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#91 Be Here Now

Here's a scary fact: The average millennial will check their phones 153 times a day. And yet studies have found a correlation between the time we spend on our screens with the increase chances of us suffering from depression, anxiety and experiencing mental health issues. So why are we so glued to our phones. Like, ALL THE TIME?! Turns out, each ping or notification we get on social media, WhatsApp, text messages, emails, etc releases a chemical called dopamine. Which makes us feel good....


#90 Don't Give Up

Who ever said chasing your dreams was easy, was probably drunk. I mean, don't get me wrong, as much as the Universe is there to help you achieve what you want, it's also going to make sure you REALLY want it by throwing a few ball curves along the way. And yes, it can sometimes totally suck. But is it time then to throw in the towel? To give up? Hell no! In today's episode I share with you why I want you to keep going. Why I want you to understand that although things will get tough, there...


#88 How to write emails that can't be ignored with Jon Buchan

#88 How to write emails that can't be ignored with Jon Buchan by Mark Leruste


#87 A very special announcement

In today's episode I share with you the biggest announcement I've made to date. In short, what I'm about to share with you not only took my breath away, it also brought me to tears. Can you guess what it was? Get on all the action by subscribing on iTunes: SHOW NOTES GET IN TOUCH Website: Facebook: Twitter:...


#86 How to cope with the journey of starting a business

Ever got caught up in business-window-shopping mode, browsing the glossy websites and carefully curated social media streams of your peers and finding yourself thinking: “Woah, everyone else has got their sh!t together. Am I the only one struggling here?” If so, you'll be happy to know you're not alone. That's right, it's time to get real about the ups and downs, fears and insecurities we often encounter on the roller coaster entrepreneurial path. In his sold out live talk at General...


#85 How to grow your business with Noah Kagan

According to Bloomberg, 8 out 10 entrepreneurs who start a business fail within the first 18 months. Which sounds pretty scary right? So what's the secret recipe to starting and growing a business and surviving your first five years? Enter the startup whisperer, Noah Kagan. That's right, in today's episode I have the privilege to share with you my conversation with Noah Kagan, the founder of AppSumo and SumoMe, who's been one of my virtual mentors over the last few years. I came across...


#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 (, 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...


#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,...


#82 How to keep going with James Eder

In 2005, two weeks before graduating, James Eder launched Student Beans a discounts and deals website for students, making him one of Britain's youngest entrepreneurs at age 22. His brother Michael joined him and together they grew Student Beans quickly to 1 million unique visitors a month. In short, James had "crushed it". But 12 years later, James decided to walk away from the day-to-day operations of Student Beans to focus instead on launching his new startup, Causr. A location based...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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: Until next time, go and do work you love! Mark SHOW...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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" ( 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...


#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: SHOW NOTES GET IN TOUCH...


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