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Episode 38

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21st Feb 2020

Do Kids See What We Wish We Could See?

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Do all kids simply have imaginary conversations, or are there spirits of kids that died early that roam the earth looking for friends to keep them company?

Do all kids find a storytelling gift early, and it’s only when they go to school and are taught that it’s “bad” to use your imagination that they lose the will to converse with someone that isn’t there?

These questions came to me again recently following a conversation with my daughter, and a memory of something that happened when she was 4 years old.

Topics on the menu include

  • Having your 4 year old daughter freak you out
  • Movies that scare you
  • There's a lot of kids have weird experiences
  • I believe in UFO's
  • Christmas movies and the message they share

Settle back for a chat about invisible friends, imaginations being allowed to grow, and why we need to rediscover the child in us.

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Episode 37

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14th Feb 2020

Entrepreneurship, Mental Health, and Moments of Stillness, with Josh Currivan

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Being an entrepreneur can be hard. Coping with mental health issues while growing and running your own business can add immense stress, both to you personally and those around you.

This is something that green industry professional Josh Currivan knows only too well. The last time we chatted, we spoke about his younger life, his upbringing, his mental health issues, and how that had led him to where he is today.

In this episode, we catch up one year later to talk about mental health and entrepreneurship, and how the two are intertwined.

Topics on the menu include

  • What it means to be an entrepreneur while coping with mental health
  • How it can impact your personal, family, and professional life
  • How having ADHD impacts your business
  • Why the predominantly male-dominated green industry still needs to talk more about mental health
  • Why it's important to take moments of stillness for yourself

Settle back for a chat about the pressures of wanting to succeed, why you need to take the emotion out of business decisions to, and why the "go after everything" mindset is hurting you.

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Episode 36

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7th Feb 2020

The Journey to Where We Are

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Life takes us on many twists and turns. Some, we control, some, we have zero input on whatsoever. Some turns are full of hope, opportunities, moments that turn into memories.

Some are full of desperation, and a reminder of the unfairness that life can throw at us any time. Like the friends I have that are impacted by cancer at the minute, and may be fighting a losing battle, no matter how hard they push back.

These twists and turns make us question the validity of living life well. After all, if we live life to the best we can, and be the best we can, yet still be struck down by something as devastating as cancer… Why bother? Why live life well at all, if that’s our reward?

Except… that’s not our reward. Our reward is continuing to live, and enjoy, and be happy, and bring happiness to others. Because that’s what defines us. That’s what makes us who we are, as I discuss on this week's show.

Topics on the menu include

  • How not to pronounce Glenmorangie :)
  • How small decisions can make big changes
  • How leaps of faith can change lives
  • Why we should look at our life as a reward

Settle back for a chat about fate, destiny, what we can and can't control, and why we shouldn't worry about the stuff outside our control.

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Episode 35

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4th Feb 2020

People Are Upset About the Super Bowl Halftime Show - Really?

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With the Super Bowl weekend just gone, it seems more people are talking about the halftime show with Shakira and JLo than the actual winners of the game. And, to be honest, it's kind of ridiculous.

Across multiple social media channels, posts were shared - and continue to be - from people appalled by the outfits the two Latina superstars wore, the dance moves they performed, and the apparently suggestive nature of the performance as a whole.

Many NFL fans berated the organization for allowing such a show to take place, complaining that it had ruined what used to be a family-friendly event. Here's the thing, though - the NFL is hardly the beacon of family-friendliness, nor has it been for a while, as I talk about in this week's show.

Topics on the menu include

  • The hypocrisy of many NFL fans
  • The numerous examples of where the NFL has shown their lack of family-friendly ethics
  • The irony of the complaints about Shakira's and JLo's outfits
  • Why we need more strong, culturally proud performers doing their thing

Settle back for a chat about all that's wrong with those who'll quickly condemn the two artists at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, while happily supporting an organization that consistently shows how morally corrupt it is.

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Episode 34

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26th Jan 2020

This Is Where We Take a Stand

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Almost seven years ago, I wrote a short story entitled The Cautionary Tale of Balderdash and Hogwash, which was a chapter in my book, The Parables of Business.

I was reminded of this by one of the readers of my newsletter, who emailed me with a note that stated, “More relevant than ever, with today’s climate of fake news, political divisiveness, and groupthink mentality when it comes to critical thought.”

I re-read the chapter again and, while I’d like to think that the world in general isn’t as gullible as the followers of the two main characters, current events would suggest otherwise. I thought I’d share it here with you in this week's episode, and add some new thoughts, seven years later..

Topics on the menu include

  • How the gullible will always have someone ready to take advantage
  • Why we need to heed the lessons of history if we're to avoid making the same mistakes
  • Why we need to keep fighting for those who have no voice of their own
  • How sometimes the silliest of stories have the biggest ring of truth

Settle back for a chat about not taking anything for granted, and why this time, this place, is where we need to take a stand.

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About the Podcast

Life Through a Dram
Life Through a Dram sees Danny Brown's take on life, being a better person, and appreciating the here and now, all accompanied by a dram of fine single malt whisky.

With a relaxed take and an eye for the good and the inspiring, Danny shares stories and personal examples of people making a difference in the world, as well as how you can make that difference too.

Life Through a Dram is the perfect way to either start your week, or end it.
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Danny Brown

I’m father to two amazing children who make me laugh, cry, hope, fear, anticipate, and cherish every single day. I’m husband to an awesome wife who supports me in more ways than she can ever know, and who I could never repay if I lived a thousand years.

When not podcasting, you can find me in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada, living a quiet life surrounded by trees, lakes, and wildlife, taking inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds us.