The military teaches individuals to lead from the front, rather than follow. It starts from day one when you walk into a recruitment station and goes all the way through your career. They invest in leaders from the ground level to build resiliency and create thought leaders who can get the job done. Transcript: "The question is, can you talk more about how the military teaches individuals to lead from the front? Okay, let me be very clear. There is no such thing as leading from behind. I don't care who you are. I don't care where you come from. I don't care what your experience is. There's no such thing as leading from behind. Leaders lead from the front always, no matter the situation, no matter the challenge, no matter what they're doing, you lead from the front. The military, any branch, from day one, from when you walk into a recruiting station to basic training to your entire career, teaches you how to be a leader. They never teach you how to be a follower. You never walk in and they say, hey, today we're going to teach you how to follow. No, they talk about leadership from day one. Great organizations invest in leaders from the ground level. That's how you build resiliency with thought leaders who get the job done day in and day out. You lead from the front always."
I work for a knowledge sharing platform called any question, which is similar to the 2012 Olympics in London where I was representing the Bahamas. We are led by our CEO and founder Ed Baker, and we hope to reach our destination soon. Transcript: "Lots of people want to know what I'm doing these days. Well, I'm an owner at a knowledge sharing platform called AnyQuestion and really our purpose there is to empower everyone to share insights, ask questions, generate new ideas and create positive change through knowledge exchange. It's an incredible place to work. I'm so proud and honored. We actually had a staff meeting today where I was looking around and I was trying to compare what I saw at the staff meeting to something I'd experienced in my life before and the only thing I could compare it to was being at the 2012 Olympics in London representing the Bahamas. There was myself, the coach, a single swimmer and a physiotherapist. Three people. We were small but we were mighty and we're at the pool deck at the Olympic Games. Over here we had the powerhouses of USA, Australia, England and yet we were on the pool deck and representing and competing. That's how I feel about AnyQuestion right now. Now fast forward four years where I was selected to represent Brazil at the Olympics at the 2016 Olympic Games representing the home team and we had a team of about a hundred people and that felt different and that's where we're headed with AnyQuestion. The journey is going to be long but the destination is going to be incredible. We are led by our CEO and founder Ed Baker. If you don't know anything about Ed, do a little research. He's a brilliant man. I'm very honored and privileged to be working for him and the rest of the company and I hope you follow our journey to our final destination of where we want to go."
The most rewarding part of hosting Inside with Bread Hawk is the connections that I've made with people. The podcast has allowed me to explore deeper relationships with those in the industry and share their stories with the world. Transcript: "So what's been the most rewarding part of hosting Inside with Brett Hawke? Well honestly I think it's just the connections that I've made with people. I chose to step off the pool deck in 2018. I was burnt out. I felt like I'd done everything I wanted to do in the sport up to that point, but I still wanted to stay very connected. And Inside with Brett Hawke has allowed me the chance to explore the relationships that I've already established and dive into them deeper. Get to know the person, the people, the coaches, the athletes, the people that are in our industry and really get to know them. I think before there were more of acquaintances or there were competitors or I knew that swimmer, I was a fan of that person, but now this podcast has allowed me to connect on a much deeper level. Get to know that person, what's their story and then share their story with the world, which is so rewarding. I mean just every time I'm about to put out a podcast, I get so excited. I want everybody to watch it because the conversation that I've just had, I remember all the things that we talked about and it's just so cool to be able to share someone else's journey and their story. So that's the most rewarding part for me is just being connected."
Flow is the word that sums up my best intentions for 2023; to be in a state of effortless grace and ease. Transcript: "The word that sums up my best intentions for 2023 is to be in flow. Flow is the word that I chose because I don't want to grind. I don't want to grind anymore. I want to be in flow like a bird in the air, in flow."
Start by deciding what kind of podcast you want to have. Reach out to potential guests, record at least a dozen interviews, launch with three and commit to at least 50 or 100 episodes. Have a clear idea of the message you are trying to extract from your guests and what listeners actually want to hear. Transcript: "What tips would I offer to somebody wanting to start their own podcast? Well honestly, I would start by saying what kind of podcast do you want to have? Is it one where you just want to be talking? And if that's the case, you can probably just use any question and use the playlist to have mini-podcasts. I don't think you need to start your own podcast. If you want to interview other people and have guests on your show, then I would make sure that you reach out to 10 to 20 people before you even hit a record button and ask them if they would come on to a show if you have a show. Then I would line up all of those before I even hit the first recording button. I would record at least a dozen interviews before you even bother uploading it to a host. Once you've recorded those dozen interviews, I would launch with three of those interviews to begin with on day one and then either weekly or every second week, whatever you want, then put out the following interviews that you've already done. Then I would commit to at least 50 or 100 episodes. So 50 episodes is basically a year if you're going to do one a week. But being very clear about what message you're trying to extract from your guests, what do listeners actually want to hear? And that's not to say you can't change as you go, but I think having a very good idea of what kind of show you want is a good place to start."
To stay productive and positive when feeling overwhelmed, I practice gratitude to get myself back to neutral, wake up early and do some work, then go to the gym and test my physical body. Then I can get into the rest of the day with discipline and understanding of what needs to be done. Transcript: "What strategies do I use to keep myself productive and positive when feeling overwhelmed? Well, honestly I want to break this down into a couple of things. One is I practice gratitude often and I practice gratitude to get myself back to neutral and put everything in perspective to be honest. It's not about being positive. I don't believe I have to be positive the whole time but I do believe I want to remove myself from negativity and get myself back to neutral so happiness, joy, positivity can all flow in. When it comes to productivity I like to kind of approach the day with discipline early. So that's always an early wake up 4 a.m. or earlier and then do a little bit of work, catch up on emails or slacks or whatever it is. Then go straight to the gym and I like to hurt myself a little bit at the gym whether that's extreme temperature in the sauna or ice baths or lifting heavy weights or running hard. Whatever it is I like to do something that starts the day by testing the physical body pretty hard. Then I feel like I've ticked a couple of big boxes to start the day and then I can kind of get into the rest of the day. But if I have that discipline early, get my workouts done, clean up the day, understand what my calendar is for the day, that then sets up for a great day for me. I get everything I need to get done and I'm more productive than if I missed those things. Cheers."