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#84 What's your definition of impact?

In this live talk from Google Campus x General Assembly, Mark Leruste, founder & host of The Unconventionalists and creator of The Impact Accelerator, explores the importance of asking yourself, "What does having an impact mean to you?". Based on his TEDx talk (http://www.markleruste.com/tedx/), Mark dives deeper into the reason why so many people are driven to start their own business. Get on all the action by subscribing on iTunes...

Duration: 00:22:48

#83 From cursed to blessed with Johnny BANG Reilly

When it comes down to reinventing yourself and overcoming adversity, few men come close to today's guest, Johnny B.A.N.G. Reilly. But after a rough start to life and spending years abusing his mind and body, Johnny purified his diet and mineralised his brain. The result? A man in his prime at 53 years of age who chose to pursue love over destruction. You could say that Johnny is part of a special club: “the go forward type” and he's been many things over the last decade: a survivor,...

Duration: 00:38:02

#81 How to have a portfolio career with Robin Boot

Robin Boot is a pluri-passionate individual who's pretty much done it all. He started his career as a professional athlete, playing rugby at an elite level but after suffering a career-ending injury, had to find a new calling in life. Since then, Robin has somehow managed to convert himself into a photographer, model, musician, acrobat and stand up comedian...

Duration: 01:03:57

#80 Why we need to talk about the state of fitness with Leanne Spencer

Leanne Spencer is a fitness entrepreneur, Amazon best selling author and TEDx speaker who's incredible journey is a reminder to us all that it's never too late to change your life around. After an excessive career in corporate sales working in the City, in 2012, Leanne was finally treated for alcoholism. Since then, she's been on a one way ticket to changing her life and impact thousands of others in the process, and she hasn't looked back. In our raw and super honest conversation, Leanne...

Duration: 01:09:51

#79 OMG we're two today! (SPECIAL BIRTHDAY EDITION)

Here's a special episode celebrating the last 730 days of podcasting pretty much every single week... In this episode I share with you the ups, the downs, and what I've learned along the way speaking to some of the most inspiring and incredible people in the world. And none of this would be possible if it wasn't for you, unconventionalist Tribe. For showing up each week and for sharing this podcast with your friends and loved ones. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Mark Get on all...

Duration: 00:23:08

#78 How to become an elite public speaker with Alex Merry

Apparently, a quarter of us are more concerned about the idea of speaking in front of an audience than dying… That's a little extreme if you ask me, but the truth is, so many people ARE terrified of the idea of speaking in public. So how does someone go from hating public speaking to becoming one of London’s most sought-after speaker coach? In today’s episode I sit down with Alex Merry, speaker coach and founder of TEDxClapham who also happens to have been one of the key people who helped...

Duration: 00:40:43

#77 Why your definition of success matters

What does being successful mean to you? Is it having millions in the bank? Is it living in an epic mansion? Is it being at the top of a multinational? Or maybe driving fancy cars?... If you're a regular on the show, chances are it's probably neither of the above. But if it's none of the above, then what is it? In today's episode I dive into what I've come to realise about the definition of success after spending the last year running my own company. Spoiler alert, it has nothing to do with...

Duration: 00:15:33

#76 How to speak your truth with the founders of Somebody Inside

Imagine being in charge of a team of 10,000 people and working for one of the world's largest media & telecommunication companies. And one day you wake up and realise there's more to life than working for a huge corporate. So you start all over again and decide to start a business with one of your best friends to change the way woman see themselves. Welcome to the inspiring story of how Danielle Macleod and Nic Conway, came together to launch Somebody Inside, a truly revolutionary way for...

Duration: 01:01:20

#75 How to turn your mess into your message with Dan Keeley

Listen to today's inspiring interview with Dan Kelly who 5 years was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Now he's running 1250 miles from Rome To Home to share his story and keep men alive by talking. If you enjoy today's episode please share it with a friend! And if you don't want to miss another episode, make sure to subscribe now on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-unconventionalists-with-mark-leruste/id1029651449?mt=2 Until next time, go and do work you love! Mark SHOW...

Duration: 00:55:09

#74 How baking can change the world with Tom Gilliford

Unless you've lived in a cave for the past few years, you're probably familiar with Britain's most popular TV baking show, the Great British Bake Off, aka GBBO. Where amateur bakers come together to compete for the sweetest title of all. But if you thought that a Great British Bake Off competitor only cares about cakes and bread, you’d be wrong. In this episode I talk to Tom Gilliford from the 2016 season of GBBO who went to win two Star Baker awards on consecutive weeks. In this episode...

Duration: 01:08:31

#73 How to be happy at work with Samantha Clarke

According to Forbes magazine, work is more often a source of frustration than one of fulfillment for nearly 90% of the world’s workers. That sounds pretty awful if you ask me. So does that mean we're all doomed to be miserable at work? Thankfully, far from it. Enter Samantha Clarke, a happiness consultant who's worked with an impressive list of clients including American Express, The Guardian, Innocent, Harrods, PizzaHut and MediaCom. In today's episode she shares her top tips on how to...

Duration: 00:34:54

#72 How to beat cancer and kick ass with Seb Broster

In 2013 Seb Broster was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. As a result of a combination of chemotherapy and steroids, he suddenly ballooned to 135kgs and lost all his hair. That's when we first met in London. The thing that struck me most about Seb back then was how positive he was and just how funny he was. "A black sense of humour is what got me through this whole journey. You've got to laugh no matter what." Our penchant for growing moustaches for the Movember Foundation...

Duration: 00:49:40

#71 How to re-invent yourself with Ravinol Chambers

It can feel a little daunting to imagine yourself stuck in the same job for the rest of your life. Especially if it's all you've done. One of the questions I get asked a lot is, "is it too late to change?". And the answer is NO. Meet Ravinol Chambers, founder of Be Inspired Films who's literally re-invented himself over, and over again. From being a broker to a monk to getting his MBA and setting up one of the first B-Corp certified companies in the UK. This is truly inspiring story of why...

Duration: 00:49:57

#70 Why startups fail with Denis Duvauchelle

Over the last decade, Denis Duvauchelle has launched more businesses than anyone I know. Including Twoodo, the productivity app for teams that was successfully accepted in one of Europe's most sought after startup accelerators and raised two rounds of funding. But then along came Slack. And Denis had to face one of the toughest experiences any entrepreneur and CEO must one day face: failure. In today's episode Denis opens up about the ups and downs of his decade long entrepreneurial...

Duration: 01:08:08

#69 What it really takes to become a TEDx Speaker

What's one of your crazy dreams? Mine was to give a TEDx talk. And three weeks ago, that dream came true. But it wasn't an easy ride. I can still remember saying my big crazy dream out loud for the first time. It was seven years ago, back in 2010, when half way through a coaching session with my life coach at the time, Roya Ferdows, I started visualising and imagining myself speaking on stage, in front of a roaring crowd. I had my eyes closed and started describing how it felt. But more...

Duration: 00:46:54

#68 How work can be a force for good with David Baker

David Baker returns on The Unconventionalists podcast for a second time to share with us how work can be used as a force for good. A true fan favourite, David's previous episode (#57), "What you need to know about the future of work" (http://www.markleruste.com/episode/57) is one of the most downloaded episodes of all time. David's worked for 12 years for the Financial Times, was the launch managing editor of Wired magazine in the UK and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4. He's also a...

Duration: 01:21:11

#67 How to live life your way with Nerea Carryon

Nerea Carryon is the founder and CEO of The Happy World Company and in today's episode Nerea shares her amazing story of how she went from being stuck working in finance to becoming a full time entrepreneur making people smile for a living. If you enjoyed today's episode make sure to share it with your friends! Mark Subscribe now on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/unconventionalists-mark-leruste/id1029651449?mt=2 SHOW NOTES http://www.markleruste.com/episode/66 GET IN TOUCH...

Duration: 00:58:31

#66 How to start a side hustle with Chris Guillebeau

Wouldn't it be nice if you could supplement your monthly income with a side hustle? Problem is, how do you start? And how do you decide what it should be? Enter Chris Guillebeau, New York Times Best Selling Author of four books, host of the daily podcast #SideHustlePodcast, the man behind the annual festival in Portland, "World Domination Summit" and who by the age of 35 had visited every single country around the world (that's right all 193 of them!). His daily podcast: “Side Hustle...

Duration: 00:55:15

#65 Startup Confessions #2

Do you ever feel like a loser? Like you're the only one struggling and everyone else seems to have all their sh*t together? I sure know I do sometimes. In today's episode I share with you why I believe it's time for us to stop buying into this bull stupid idea that becoming an entrepreneur is the ultimate gateway to happiness. It's not. In fact, it really sucks sometimes. It's by far one of the hardest things I've even done. So why are we constantly bombarded with messages saying how...

Duration: 00:23:47

#64 How to overcome emotional eating with Fadela Hilali

Today's guest believes that "when we feel good, we do good." And she's got a point! I certainly know what it feels like to grab comfort food when I feel like crap. And then feel even worse off for it... It's a vicious circle right? So how do you get out of the habit of reaching out for food instead of dealing with your emotions? Especially when you're an entrepreneur and you're under a lot of stress? Meet Fadela Hilali, the author of "Stuffed: how to feel so good about yourself you won't...

Duration: 00:56:07

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