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Stories of Success Podcast

Release Date: 12/03/2020

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On this final episode of season 4, all my theories come together by speaking to Dr. Matt , Mateusz Grzesiak. Dr. Matt is a lecturer, therapist, and consultant. He holds several masters degrees, including in psychology and law, as well as degrees in management.

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This episode was recorded back in January with Paul Rowlett. A British entrepreneur who thought he would lose his multi-million pound business, when we all went into the first lockdown in 2020.

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I got introduced to Andy Lee through Cheryl from Xerox who has been on my podcast previously. When we spoke for the first time, we hit it off on the topic of mindfulness and stress reduction.

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Case Lane is a global writer, entrepreneur, podcaster, blogger, and the founder of Ready Entrepreneur, a business that prepares aspiring entrepreneurs to start an online business. She has been a former diplomat, consultant and corporate executive.

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Chala Dincoy, founder of Repositioning Expert and author of Gentle Marketing and How To Win Friends The Way Apple Wins Customers had been an award-winning marketer with a number of Fortune 500 companies including Pepsi, Frito-Lay, and Playtex, before moving on to found Repositioning Expert. 

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Michael Brennan co-founded tootoot in 2013 with a core mission of supporting the psychological safety and wellbeing of individuals by making it easier for individuals to talk about anything that was making them feel unhappy or unsafe.

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This week's podcast is with Francis Cholle. A global leader in creating social innovation for a sustainable future. For him it is all about unleashing untapped potential, key to achieving a competitive advantage by using intuitive intelligence.

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In this week’s episode I  welcome Cheryl Smith to my podcast. Cheryl leads talent management for Xerox, a public company with over 25,000 employees globally. She is a seasoned talent professional with over 25 years of success in talent assessment, succession planning, leadership development, employee engagement, organisational surveys and change programs for world-class, global organisations including Gartner, Legrand, Diageo, MetLife and AIG.

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For 20 years, Tim Spiker, founder of The Aperio and writer of The Only Leaders Worth Following has been helping individuals and organisations lead better, and find better leaders. He delivers keynote speeches and creates customised learning experiences to change the way people look at leadership, and he guides long-term developmental journeys as well.

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This week's guest is Simon Squibb: a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, mentor, podcast host, founder and Chief Purpose Officer at the Purposeful Project. He retired at 40 but is now back. We recorded this episode a while back, with some friendly dogs barking in the background.

He has started 17 businesses, invested in 66 and has mentored hundreds of founders. Having sold his award-winning insight-driven branding and digital agency, Fluid, to PwC, Simon now focuses on inspiring, motivating and guiding both budding and experienced entrepreneurs by sharing his personal experiences, insights, ideas and tips.

He is also a podcast host, published a book, and we spoke about entrepreneurism, and why you should overcome fear to be successful.

Discussed topics:

  • Him leaving school and founding his first company
  • What gardening told him about pricing
  • His idea for ‘booking.com
  • My idea for ‘Facebook’
  • How the same entrepreneurial ideas show up and why some people take action on it and others don’t
  • The Matrix and how we might be sitting in the future already, living in a jar today
  • Simon’s move to HongKong and the opportunities he uncovered
  • Him founding a logistics company
  • He founded a creative agency, Fluid, with a designer, now his wife, and sold it to PWC, ‘making more money than anyone ever needs’
  • His son and how that changed his life
  • How he wants to help entrepreneurs to get off the ground during Covid, to help without a need to make money back
  • Change of focus from business to family
  • The more successful you get, the busier you get
  • Money only buys you time, and you have to leverage that time; otherwise you waste success
  • Our identification with work
  • How hard parenthood is compared to work and running a business
  • Hobbies and life-life balance
  • Covid19 and how it is changing the world
  • Opportunities and challenges during Covid19
  • How to deal with fear, and how to leverage it
  • How school doesn’t teach you about creativity but is a ‘memorisation system’
  • People only regret what they didn’t do - there is no better time than now: www.thepurposefulproject.com
  • Podcast: www.goodluckpod.com
  • Book: Luck is a skill - www.Simonsays.today
  • Different stages of careers, as we are living to an older age
  • The biggest mistake agencies make!
  • Don’t sell time, buy time
  • Scalability of businesses
  • Only when you work for yourself, you are in control; working for others means you are not in control of your success
  • We finish off the show with the answer to what success means: freedom and legacy
  • www.simonsquibb.com
  • His YouTube channel is www.youtube.com/simonsquibb


Volker is a sales, strategy and leadership consultant. With a passion for coaching and mindfulness, helping individuals and companies to achieve more. In his podcast he interviews high achievers, entrepreneurs, consultants, visionaries, coaches, and mentors about their secrets and experience. Learn from the best! Find out more on his website or subscribe to his newsletter.