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Ep 058 You Are The Dragon with Dov Baron

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Mar 21, 2020

Besides being a bestselling author of One Red Thread and Fiercely Loyal: How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent, Dov has been named one of Inc. Magazines Top 100 Leadership Speakers to Hire and as one of the Top 30 Global Leadership Guru’s. He has spoken to the United Nations, The World Management Forum (Iran), The New York National Speakers Association, and The Servant Leadership Institute.

Dovs humour and no-BS style is contagious. As a master storyteller, he is considered to be the leading authority on actualizedleadership. Actualized leadership means getting the result you set out to achieve in the most meaningful manner.

Working with diverse leaders and executive teams, Dov filters common bonds to create Fiercely Loyal cultures. You cant achieve loyalty without meaning and talent only stay when they feel they are a part of something larger than themselves.

In June 1990, while free rock climbing, Dov fell approximately 120 feet and landed on his face. The impact shattered most of the bone structure of his face. After ten reconstructive surgeries, no external evidence remains; however, this experience wasn’t just life-changing, it has been completely transformational. Dov shares how Dragons are born in fire, experiences that could potentially destroy you, instead can birth purpose, passion, and hunger to champion others to nurture the Dragon Fire in ourselves, our families, our communities, and our companies.Â

Dov believes the world needs more “Dragon Leaders” committed to living their purpose, standing in their truth, and empowering others to find their fire and do the same

what you will hear on this podcast:

* hear the story of how Dov Baron started his speaking career

* hear how a boy who was raised by a machinist, a sparky and a grease monkey turned from that upbringing like that into a  one of the most sought after speakers in the country

* fitting in or becoming a dragon

* enjoy the story of the caterpillar, the butterfly and the dragon

* for those who feel alone, for those who feel they don’t belong, how do we have the courage to be the dragon?

* hear about the legend of the dragon

* hear the story of the closet and trying to fit things in

* if we don’t deliver our fire, we will die without delivering our purpose

* is everybody a dragon?

* the alchemy of the dragons fire

*  the baptism of the fire

* hear the wisdom of joseph campbell above the cave and the treasure

* why do we push away what is good for us* what is freedom? 

* why are we so scared fo the very thing we want?

* hear a very clear beautiful description of the certainty of where we are, the uncertainty of the world 

* we know this, hear what happens when he goes underneath these words and captures something deeper?

* understand the pain of the identity crisis

* hear Dov walk you through the phases of life 

* what is the thing that allows people the courage to say i am not this, i am this. what happens in that moment.

* the story of the lady who would come to his wednesday evenings who saw him yers later and what she thought

* where does you power comes from ?

* the story of being present with whatever is in front of me

* the beauty of staying curious

* the world in evolution.  self awareness is the new bottom line

*start on the dark side, ask the basic hard questions. hear what they are

* 5 years of therapy ins 5 minutes

* my summary


to reach Dov, go to his Website:



email him: dov@dovBaron.com

or use his Social Media:






to contact Danny,




to pick up a copy of my book, The Mosaic:


Ep 059 A Global Human Connection Project with Traci Ruble

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Mar 26, 2020

Traci Ruble is a relationship expert.  She has been working with individuals and couples for over sixteen years in California and has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, and NPR.  She is currently working on her first book on intimacy at home and at work.  

Traci also founded and leads a global human connection project called Sidewalk Talk where over 7000 listeners sit on sidewalks in over 92 locations across 15 countries offering to listen about anything and heal our lonely and divided world.  Sidewalk Talk was recently featured in Oprah Magazine.




what you will hear on this podcast:

* hear about the environment she grew up in

* listen to her wound story

* how the assumptions we hold and very rarely what is true about the reality

* the piece that allowed her to lift herself out of the reality she was borne into

*  hear the lob over the net and what it meant

* hear how we create the thing we most seek

* the story of the annoying kid and diarreha of the mouth

*  the elisa story and what she was trying to say for what is your son trying to say

*  the feeling of exhausting her physiology to release the feeling of of stress and pressure.

* what changed for her in the movement fro running as a spiritual practice to running to achieve

* how her friendships helped her through her life

* what it means to repair with each other

* understand a whole new way of seeng connection

* hear the connection points we make that are not true, in the actions another does.

* the faulty assumptions we make and the acceptance that sometimes that will happen

* thich nat hahn, the trashman and the freedom that comes in letting go of the burdens they carry

* how she setup a movement to listen to people

* the beautiful moment of claiming who she is

* the artistry of the provocation of just sitting with another on a busy street with people hurrying by.

* thinking  through the process of just setting up 16 chairs

* what is the most surprising things she has noticed from listening to people

* find out what do people say most to  her and the people who listen with her

* listen to the story of her tour to the south with 7 listeners and what happened in Louisville, KY

* what would she say if she knew the world was really listening

* an intimate moment when she shares her big fear.

* hear about the kind of listening that melts away the attention giving speech and touched the depth of what really wants to be said

* the honor of truly hearing someone and the blossoming that happens when it happens.

* hear about the humility of seeng what we see as a reflection on ourselves

* find out what she is really good at. it just might surprise you.

* the story of the up-stander.

* the one thing she would suggest you do right now to help create the world you want to see


to learn more about danny, please go to his websites:




to buy my book The Mosaic, please go to: http://a.co/dvgsgG3

Ep 057 Surrender, Letting Go and Minimalism with Nathan Seaward

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Mar 17, 2020

born into a pretty ordinary life in new zealand, nathan lived in a suburban neighbourhood which was a 15 minute bike ride to the airport , where he would lay in the long grass and watch the planes fly a few hundred feet above him.

surprise, surprise.Nathan Seaward became a pilot and enjoyed a successful 16-year career flying planes until. his desire for personal development led him to become a  Personal Coach and host and creator of the popular podcast The Nathan Seaward Show. 

He believes, through the process of self discovery and self mastery, entrepreneurs can change the world whilst creating extraordinary lives for themselves and their families. 

He became fascinated with minimalism. and today i hope we will talk about “reducing all of the excess stuff”  in your life so that you can focus on what you truly love.  he has travelled to over 25 countries and coaches a group of highly motivated ambitious people who want to take their life to the next level. 

to learn more about him:


in this podcast you will hear:

* a discussion about the coronavirus and it’s global reach

* listen to the story of his parents and who he mentor was and the family he grew up in.

* the impact of growing up the way he grew up

* hear the effect of the way we grow up on who we become

* the feelings of loneliness and not knowing how to not be alone

* holding people at bay, but not letting them go

* the favours of loneliness

* the beauty of owning your own experience

* the discovery and power of inner child work

* witnessing

* what he would like to say that he has not said before and why he feels that way

* hear us share with each other what we don’t really say to many others

* how the way we grew up experiencing love is the way we love now even though we want to love differently

* those inflection points where we collide with ourselves

* what suprises him most in the work he does

* hear the story of what he did in liberia and what he saw

* what stops us from loving and accepting each other?

* the closed heart reality????

* why do we carry the stories of our childhood so completely into the life we are living now.

* the power of how quickly southing can happen

* the stories, letting go, and having something completely new

* maybe life doesn’t have to be so hard, maybe everything we want can come to us when we just let go of all the stuff that fills us. it is simple.

* hear about  the moment when nothing for him was going right and  he couldn’t make it right and what he did.

* hear what was the noose around his neck and then what happened.

* the difference between getting and receiving

* the shack and the mansion

* a discussion around minimalism

* become aware of what you are carrying around with you, when you can at anytime set it down

* hear his answer to the question i always ask to end every podcast

*the story of the 7.1 earthquake in australia that he lived through and how fragile the world seemed

* hear about the world he sees and why he wants to hand that over to future generations.

* just stop and breathe and see all the things you are grateful for that have nothing to do with coronavirus/

* from airline pilot to life coach- hear the why? 

the impact.work site that he is offering people for free




for his podcast: h

impact.work – a free training on calming down and creating space for yourself





if you ever need someone to just listen to what you want to say, contact me.

Ep 056 Into the Magic Shop with James R. Doty, M.D.

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Mar 9, 2020

James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. 

He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, having given support to a number of charitable organisations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world.

Dr. Doty has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities. He is on the Board of a number of non-profits and is the former chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation and the former vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion. 

Doty is the Senior Editor of the recently published Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart”that has now been translated into 36 languages.

But of all the accolades of all the amazing people who speak so highly of Dr James and his work, the thing that interests me most, is how in the emptiness of a life filled struggle, what happened when in the search for a plastic thumb, he walked into a magic shop.

what you will hear in this podcast:

* the beauty of what happens when we have no idea why we are doing what we are doing, but we do it anyway

* how the situations we are born into DO NOT always determine the life that is possible for us.

* what happened to him when he rode his bike much farther than he would normally ride and walked into a magic shop

*the power of a radiant smile

*the point where the way one person sees the world and another who sees the world differently collide and what happens to change the reality of the world they see

* what happened in the back room of a magic shop

* the important of attending life

*  the narrative we have that has nothing to do with reality

* how the change in narrative changed his perception of the world he saw

* the power of a change of perception and what it allowed me to become

* how being told things were not going to work and how he walked past that

* when we change the way we see the world the world we see changes, going deeper into that.

* the gift we have is how we respond to things, not the ability to change the things that happen.

* equanimity – evenness in a world that moves up and down

* attachment to transitory realities that bring unhappiness.

* the gifts of pain

* how the view of the angry kid and the way the world should respond to him but how this angry kid allowed this woman in a magic shop give him “psychological safety”

* the biases that effect the interactions we have

* the intersection point between the angry kid and the compassionate woman

* the dirty window story

* where did he learn some of the most valuable insights

* the ego mind and the beginners mind

* the story of the liquor story and the quart of vodka the story of the man and the friendship that emerged 

*  the story of the homeless man and  what he saw

*  the effect of listening to someone for only 10 minutes

*  the compassion center and how people would book appointments just so someone would listen to them

* one of the greatest gift we can give to ourselves when we just listen to another.

* what people think when we show our emotions and how people want to fix us.

*  the story of the village we used to grow up in and the moderation of the life we live now.

* in the presence of great spiritual leaders and unconditional love

* the story of the mirror maker

* the bridge from the world we do not want to hand over to our children to the possibility that exist for what the world could be

* his kind suggestion that everyone contributes to The Listening Tour. 

* the story of the 12 year child

* thank you all for the gift of your time and to Dr James for the work he is doing and get involved with what he has created.

* everyday we have the capacity to make one persons life better.


to learn more about dr. James and the work he does




Social Media: 

Twitter: @jamesrdotymd

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesRDotyMD

LinkeIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jrdoty/


listen to his 2 of his amazing ted talks: 




to get his book Into The Magic Shop, go to: https://www.amazon.com/Into-Magic-Shop-Neurosurgeons-Mysteries/dp/0399183647/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=james+doty&qid=1583504922&sr=8-2

To learn more about Danny:



to buy his book, The Mosaic: http://a.co/dvgsgG3

to hear his podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mosaic-podcast/id1465338321

Ep 055 The Recalibration with Filippo Voltaggio

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Filippo Voltaggio is Author, Workshop Leader, Host of “The LIFE CHANGES Show,” and Creator / Designer of a transformational jewelry line, PHI Beads™ and runs a program called “The Recalibration” 

Filippo has experienced many “life changes” and has subsequently made a career of supporting others in their life changes. 

Along the way, he has garnered many awards, including two “President’s Call to Service Awards,” a U.S., Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, and the “Master Award” from the Save the World Foundation.

what you will hear on this podcast:

* a discussion on the instantaneous connection that makes life so special

* hear how strong an influence his mother was on him even in a world where woman were overlooked 

* how he saw things that others did not see and how he sometimes gotten punished for it

* the stories here are less important and what the feeling of being an empath showed hm

* the story of the two people yelling

* the sensitivity that we all have as children

* how he saw things and shared it and people told him he could know that and still watching it coming to pass

* hear the conversation around just knowing things we shouldn’t know and shutting it down and the process of opening the door

* the hidden cure of saliva

* what scares you about shutting the door?

* what is the battle that prevents us from really giving voice to the voice that is our voice

* the effect of frustration on guidance

* the beauty of not knowing how we know what comes through us

* the client that got him to share more information with her out of love and not frustration and her feedback

* what allowed him to move from sharing important things with people out of love rather than frustration

* hear about The Recalibration Course

* the story of the famous director and what he said to me after interviewing him after his first show

* the interview that opens people’s heart

* our conversation on story, stories and the belief that you believe the stories you . 

* giving people the space to live their story and tell it until it no longer feels comfortable

* the story of the woman who didn’t want to participate and then broke out of th story to tel a new story

* what most surprises him in the work he does

* the realisation that wanting to be someone else would not allow us to be ourself   

* the lesson of the tomato plant man                                                 

  * how the quality of what we do is so much more important than the many things we do

* the calmative value of many voices informing us

* we do not need to hand over to others what we have been handed

* that beautiful moment where someone you see as one person suddenly becomes more himself

* the story about how the stories we believe can and do change

* the recalibration that happens when we give people the time to change at their own pace

* i misspoke his website at the end of the show. his main website is www.lifechangesshow.com


To learn more about Filippo please go to:










Ep 054 The Connection Cure with Lisa Daron Grossman

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Feb 29, 2020

Lisa Daron Grossman, founder of The Connection Cure, speaker, facilitator, and coach, has made it her life’s work to listen, learn, and engage in conversations around loneliness, connection, and compassion. 

A native New Yorker, she has been living on the road full-time as part of her cross-country human engagement journey, exploring face-to-face connection as a catalyst for healing and wellness. 

For the past three years she has been traveling across the U.S. meeting strangers and listening to stories of loneliness, love, and belonging, challenging people to notice more moments of connection in their daily lives.


What you will hear in the podcast:

* one of my big inspirations. Lisa has done for the few years, something that i am about to embark upon in a couple of months bringing to the world the message of connection

* the importance of human connection

* the highs and lows that live in our passion

* hear why she original thought she went on her journey and what she learned once she was actually out on the road

* does isolation affect our physical wellbeing

* what if we could heal ourself  through human connection

* micro moments of connection

* how a brief genuine moment of connection even with a stranger is an opportunity for healing

* the intimacy she experienced with total strangers

* In To Me See – the new definition

* hw growing up in a home that modelled for her compassion and  freedom and taking risks and how that foundation contribute to a girl who felt so much loneliness.

* the feeling that “I have to do this on my own>”

* the stories we grow up with and the realisation that these are just stories.

* hear her thoughts when for the first time in over two years  she was alone and wondering what to do now that she is alone.

*how to be more aware of the moments that are micro moments

* is every person supposed to be a micro moment?

* the science shows the more we look into the eyes of another person, the more we determine how safe we can feel.

* what does it mean for a micro moment to become a macro moment?

* how she started to want to return to the people she had connected to.

* did the trip help her relieve or even heal her pain?

* what if you go out and when you come back you feel different but the science of it (blood levels, and medical diagnosis) remains the same, does that mean you were successful or does it mean you failed?

* there is a science behind the feeling

* how leading with loneliness brings connection

* what does loneliness want to say to us?

* the difference between the joy of being alone and the loneliness of being alone

* the stories we make up to keep us lonely

* the difference that comes when we stop and stay vs those moments that comes when we are constantly moving

* the 4 steps of connection

* what happens when we allow a lack of distraction to introduce us to being with ourselves

* the forever journey of the connection to self

* what scared her the most being on the road

* does stopping  and staying put scare you?

* on the other side, what excited her most in what she found?

* the amazing things people share when we take the time and just listen.

* listen to the world she sees so that you can know it.


to learn more about Lisa:


Instagram @lisadaron

Facebook: The Connection Cure


a link to Barbara Fredrickson whom Lisa speaks about:



To learn more about Danny:




The hear The Mosaic Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mosaic-podcast/id1465338321

to buy The Mosaic: http://a.co/dvgsgG3

Ep 052 You Are A Gift To The World with Darrell Stern

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Feb 27, 2020

Darrell Stern is known around the world as the Digital Marketing Jedi.

“You are a gift to the world, and the world needs your gifts.” Mr. Stern proclaims as his marketing agency and marketing academy teaches his philosophy behind profits and influence.

As the voice of Scooter Computer on ABC’s SchoolHouse rock in 1983, Darrell has mastered how computer, the web, and now video media marketing make the world go round.

Engage with Mr. Stern in a Stern Storming session to develop the content you need to create from your own gifts, or join his $7 a month marketing Mastermind group where he does not hold back in teaching you EVERYTHING you need to know to master digital marketing.


welcome to the mosaic podcast. on this podcast, you will hear:

What impressed me the most about Darrell was the speed in which he responded to an opportunity. It inspires me when people see something they  want and move quickly to have it.

* a virtual cigar and scotch conversation

* how growing up in a education driven family

* does time heal all hurt?

* we are mammals: we eat, sleep and poop and everything else is just the drama we make up in life. how do you feel about this statement?

  • there are memories we have in life that we remember, even though we don’t remember some other important moments.
  • hear the dramatic story of his birth
  • words have meaning and the ramifications of that for him with his father point of view
  • check out the filler words that protect us from our silence
  • thoughts become our words, or words create our stories, and our stories make up our life
  • how vivid some memories we have are, down to the pictures on the wall and the smell of the room and yet in other situations how much we don’t remember
  • what is common now in families has not always been.
  • how view of the evolution or de-volution of the family
  • the idea of creating theatre and watching the way he performs what he presents rather than just speaking it.
    • what is the motivation behind what you say
    • what are the events in your life that make your life interesting
  • how moments create a life time
  • the difference between the movie ticket and the concession stand
  • creating theatrical production, creating a show on your website, in your social media marketing
  • how people acting so often and so long have forgotten their own voice? 
  • the effect of loneliness and isolation on the lives we live
  • what if the stories we are telling ourselves and each other are not true?
  • hear a sensitive moment where Darrell opens up and talks about personal stuff
    • the professional person and the personal person
    • how his desire for a girlfriend materialised and the story behind it
    • the codependency of the way he was in relationship 
  • a funny moment, where Darrell “exposes” me for the work i do
  • listen to how he explains the public life persona and the private life persona
  • hear how important it was for him to have something that was always denied from him
  • how we spin a web around the stories of our life where we experience pain and how we block out all of the occurrences that happened because we can’t experience that pain.
  • how even the video of our conversation disappears while he is talking abut the pain of his situation
  • hear the importance to him of family and the power of a smile hand gesture
  • hear about the wonder that drives us forward 
  • as you listen to this podcast, what do you believe? do you have the courage to listen to others who hold different points of view?
  • do you love the idea of turning everything you do into a theatrical performance of educating and entertaining on your social media and video and podcasts?
  • do you get so caught up in the person of being who you have to be that you lose the sense of who you actually are? is there any difference?
  • can you listen without judgement and allow the way another person thinks to challenge your belief systems and question some of the things you believe?






Stern Marketing Agency


Ep 053 The Poetry of Just Showing Up with Inaugurial Poet Richard Blanco

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Feb 29, 2020


Richard Blanco’s mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid where he was born. 

Forty-five days later, the family immigrated once more to New York City, and eventually settled in Miami. Only a few weeks old, Blanco already belonged to three countries, a foreshadowing of the negotiations of cultural identity, community, and belonging that would shape his life and continue to inform his work. 

As a poet, memoirist, and essayist, Blanco is a sought-after speaker who captivates audiences around the nation and the world with his dynamic storytelling and powerful readings.

Advocating for diversity, LGBTQ rights, immigration, arts education, cultural exchange, and other important issues of our time, Blanco routinely speaks at a variety of venues and functions, including fundraisers and galas, professional development conferences, middle and high schools, universities, commencement ceremonies, writing conferences, and literary festivals.

Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the shy boy or the openly gay man, the civil engineer or the civic-minded poet, Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that illuminates the human spirit. His work asks those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?


Here is what you will hear in this podcast:

* hear the big message he wants to convay to the world today.

* what it means to be dependence, independent and interdependent

* the influence of his parents being 2nd language english speakers and how he learned the linguistic power of language

* how language is not just a form of communication but rather a way fo being in the world.

* how growing up in a family who didn’t know who the Rolling Stones were, and was homophobic around the arts and the creative curiosity that led him to poetry.

*what happens when you do something full heartedly without expectation.

* how things evolved slowly one step at a time

*how through exploring he found poetry, something that he never even knew was possible.

* the simplicity of following your heart, 

* how just showing up in those crisis moments and just continuing to show up in all aspects of life

* the experience of discovering something new

* hear him explore those moments of self doubt

* the dance of simplicity and success and ego and how it influenced his poetry

* the call from the white house

* the constant dance of ego and self doubt

* listen to his beautiful honesty and vulnerability of his being

* the love and innocence of simple guy who wrote for the joy of writing and the prestige of the accomplished writer who doesn’t want toilet down his readers and the effect both have on his writing 

*how challenging yourself keeps you relevant

* the harmony he feels at the creative edge

* the mindset that always second guesses ourselves and thinks we could have done better vs, showing up as the simple person we are and doing the best we can do

*writing as a spiritual practice and a practice of surrender

* that first moment of conscious as a kid and how that space brings him to innocence

*make me an instrument of your peace- st

* inaugural speech

* the hardest thing in living is getting to the simplest place or flow

* it was the best of times and the worst of times



A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration

January 21, 2013


One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,

peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces

of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth

across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.

One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story

told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.

My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors,

each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:

pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,

fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows

begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper—

bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,

on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives—

to teach geometry, or ring-up groceries as my mother did

for twenty years, so I could write this poem.

All of us as vital as the one light we move through,

the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:

equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,

the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming,

or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won’t explain

the empty desks of twenty children marked absent

today, and forever. Many prayers, but one light

breathing color into stained glass windows,

life into the faces of bronze statues, warmth

onto the steps of our museums and park benches

as mothers watch children slide into the day.

One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk

of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat

and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills

in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands

digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands

as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane

so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

The dust of farms and deserts, cities and plains

mingled by one wind—our breath. Breathe. Hear it

through the day’s gorgeous din of honking cabs,

buses launching down avenues, the symphony

of footsteps, guitars, and screeching subways,

the unexpected song bird on your clothes line.

Hear: squeaky playground swings, trains whistling,

or whispers across café tables, Hear: the doors we open

for each other all day, saying: hello / shalom,

buon giorno / howdy / namaste / or buenos días

in the language my mother taught me—in every language

spoken into one wind carrying our lives

without prejudice, as these words break from my lips.

One sky: since the Appalachians and Sierras claimed

their majesty, and the Mississippi and Colorado worked

their way to the sea. Thank the work of our hands:

weaving steel into bridges, finishing one more report

for the boss on time, stitching another wound

or uniform, the first brush stroke on a portrait,

or the last floor on the Freedom Tower

jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience.

One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes

tired from work: some days guessing at the weather

of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love

that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother

who knew how to give, or forgiving a father

who couldn’t give what you wanted.

We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight

of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home,

always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon

like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop

and every window, of one country—all of us—

facing the stars

hope—a new constellation

waiting for us to map it,

waiting for us to name it—together


THE PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS that Richard referenced


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master, grant that I may

Not so much seek to be consoled as to console

To be understood, as to understand

To be loved, as to love

For it is in giving that we receive

And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned

And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life



to find out more about Richard:

Website https://richard-blanco.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RichardBlancoPoetry/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/poetrichardblanco/?hl=en/  (instagram.com/poetrichardblanco)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rblancopoet?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor (twitter.com/rblancopoet)


Richard you can read Richard’s poetry in his latestest book HOW TO LOVE A COUNTRY, please go to: https://www.amazon.com/How-Love-Country-Richard-Blanco/dp/0807025917/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=how+to+love+a+country&qid=1582992528&sr=8-1


To find out more about Danny:


www.The MosaicOnline.Com

to buy danny’s book, The Mosaic:  http://a.co/dvgsgG3

Ep 051 The Power of Being Complimentary with Didi Wong

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Feb 26, 2020

Born in Hong Kong, raised in England and now residing in Los Angeles, Didi Wong is an Award Winning International Keynote Speaker, TV Producer, Business Mentor, Best-Selling Author and Angel Investor.

Didi is the CEO of The Yes Academy, a results driven educational mentorship program for entrepreneurs.

Listen to The Mosaic Podcast and hear

* To those who know The Mosaic Podcast, you know that the conversation is only a small part in the words we speak, be open to the energy that is pouring out from us.

* why she became a speaker and how her mentor was the impetus to her success

* when you go somewhere and feel drawn to someone and they have a program, just do it!when i

* how to win in the decision making process

* the power of a coach

* how she looks at challenges

* hear about confidence, connection and cash flow

* how she has gone through adversities and gained confidence

* how growing up in china and having a system of excellence and what happened when she did not do well in school

*what happened when she was sent to England to go to boarding school?

*how she dealt with not being smart enough and leaving the family and their home to go to England

* the questions she asked when her sister was great at school and wondering why she wasn’t

* growing up with a mom that was always critical what impact that had on her.

* the speak, scream, create a scene, destroy formula

* hear how when she felt more comfortable, she found herself. she was great in all the extra-curricular things and an environment that was not only educational

*the power of being complimentary and positive for the qualities people have rather than negative to what they don’t have

* how to live always as a student

* what she does with her and to not question the decision they have made in the lag time between knowing it will work and not believing it will come 

*the art of saying cancel

* an explanation of faith

* from a compassionate place, show a person how you let go. 

* the spirituality of yoga in the practice of letting go. when you think you have gone as far as you can go and the teacher says now go a little further. This is the beauty of the mentor.

* 2 stories of going out of your comfort zone. the story of the bear and the story of the notes

* what scares her the most now?

* when you get to those places where you are scared or not good enough, hear what comforts her

* if there was a quiet moment with another person, what would you really want to say?

* i so appreciate the honesty that Didi showed as she became more open, more vulnerable and real

* how what we do with our life helps us deal with the things in life that are hard.

* if she had a magic wand in her hand and could change one thing, what would she change?

to learn more about Didi Wong, go to these places:



Social Media:

Facebook:  @didiwongofficial  


Instagram: @didiwongofficial:


Twitter: @didiwong


-Producer of “Awakening Giants” TV Show
-Executive Producer alongside Larry King of TV Show “Incase You Didn’t Know with Nick Nanton”, with Robert Kiyosaki
-2018 WEF’s “Women of the Decade” Award in Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital
-Speaker at the United Nations for the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative
-Guest Judge and Investor on #1 Digital Business Show – “Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch” https://youtu.be/Yn7ZeMR3mO8
-Star of Feature Documentary movie “IMPACT”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vaPON3SaXw to be released Summer 2020

Best-Selling A

uthor of “Success Breakthroughs” with the legendary Jack Canfield

-Featured leading Entrepreneur 2018 in The Wall Street Journal

and USA Today
-Parent Council for Cedars Sinai Hospital Family-Centered Care Center, President of the International All Ladies League and Women Economic Forum LA, President of the Western USA-India Business Council of the Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on the Board of Advisory for Destine 4 Greatness LAUSD Organization.

Please also see her online course and her one on one mentorship program.

To learn more about Danny, please go to these links:




to buy my book, The Mosaic: http://a.co/dvgsgG3

Ep 050 The Listening Project – A Solo Podcast with Daniel Bruce Levin

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Feb 24, 2020

For episode 50, i decided to try something different. i decided to record the podcast by myself, as i have been wanting to share so much with you of what life is looking like moving forward that i thought EPISODE 50 was a great milestone to do just that. i hope you love it

Listen in to hear:

  • The story about writing The Mosaic
  • Elisa’s story and the solution to conflict resolution. Speak>Yell>Tantrum>Destroy
  • How everyone i work with does these same exact things
  • How the characters spoke to me
  • How Mo, The Protagonist of the Mosaic told me to set out on the road and do what he did
  • I have sat with the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor and what no one has ever asked me to do
  • Everyone wants the same thing. Find out what that it
  • The story of a homeless man i metThat is why i will be spending the next year on a journey across America to listen to those who do not feel heard. The mission is called THE  LISTENING PROJECT.
  • I need your help. A MOSAIC is not made from one piece if you feel inspired by this journey, become a part of it and join me in whatever way you feel drawn to do so:
    • host me in your home
    • provide a space for a listening session gathering
    • sponsor a portion of the trip, a vehicle for me to travel in, a train pass for the year
    • provide a warm meal and a hot shower
    • get media for me in your town
    • introduce me to your friends
    • set up a book signing in your local bookstore
  • to learn more about me and the work i am doing please go to my websites
  • To buy a copy of my book The Mosaic please either order a signed copy online at my website or get an unsigned copy on Amazon http://a.co/dvgsgG3