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Mick Unplugged is a thought-provoking and inspiring podcast that invites listeners to embark on a transformative journey beyond the conventional concept of 'Why' and into the empowering realm of 'Because.' Hosted by the engaging and insightful Mick Hunt, this podcast is perfect for those who are not just dreamers but doers, leaders, and anyone aspiring to make a significant impact in their personal and professional lives.

Each episode of "Mick Unplugged" delves deep into how understanding and embracing your 'Because' – your core driving force – can turn aspirations into actions and dreams into realities. Listeners can expect to gain practical advice on how to identify their own 'Because,' learn to make it a daily focus, and understand how it can fuel their journey towards success and fulfillment.

Whether you're looking to find deeper motivation, set meaningful goals, or simply seeking inspiration to overcome challenges, "Mick Unplugged" offers valuable insights and tools to help you on your path.
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Mick Hunt engages with Amanda Cole in a profound discussion about her music career, principles, and commitment to authenticity. Amanda shares her journey through the music industry, her approach to overcoming challenges, and her aspirations to positively impact the industry. Her story is a powerful reminder of the importance of staying true to one's values and the transformative power of music.Amanda Cole's Background: Celebrated for her versatile singing career, from Envogue to solo performances, focusing on authenticity and positive influence in the music industry. Defining Moments: Reflecting on her choice to step away from traditional music paths to forge her own, focusing on her work's personal and emotional resonance. Discussion Topics:Amanda is dedicated to creating music that remains true to her identity and values rather than conforming to industry norms.Insights into her decision to prioritize family and personal integrity over fame, including her departure from Envogue.The impact of digital platforms like YouTube in offering artists the freedom to explore and express their musical talents without industry constraints.Key Quotes:"I think having positive and beautiful images is important, and I feel very responsible as an artist.""It's about being true to yourself, no matter the external pressures.Next Steps:Explore: Listen to Amanda Cole's music to experience her unique blend of passion and authenticity.Reflect: Consider how personal values and professional choices align in your own life.Engage: Share how Amanda's approach to music and integrity inspires you using #MickUnplugged.
In this profound episode, Mick Hunt engages with Brenda Russell to explore her journey as a musician and songwriter. Brenda discusses her creative process, the stories behind her most cherished songs, and her philosophy on music and life. This episode offers an in-depth look at the artistry that has made Brenda a beloved figure in the music industry.Brenda Russell's Background: Celebrated for her deep musical heritage and iconic songs that have resonated across generations.Defining Moments: Brenda shares her approach to songwriting, including the spontaneous creation of "So Good, So Right" and insights into maintaining creativity and authenticity in her work.Discussion Topics:The inspiration and emotional depth behind her hit song "If Only For One Night."Her songwriting process and how she captures complex emotions and stories in her music.Collaborations with legendary artists like Maurice White and experiences that shaped her music career.Key Quotes:"Many writers write about our heartbreaks, and those sometimes are the best songs.""Write from your heart for yourself because that's your highest point."Next Steps:Listen: Explore Brenda Russell’s music to experience her powerful storytelling.Reflect: Consider how you can bring more authenticity and heart into your creative endeavors.Engage: Share your favorite Brenda Russell song and how it has impacted you using #MickUnplugged.
In this powerful episode, Mick Hunt explores Chef Robert Irvine's extensive career, his approach to leadership and philanthropy, and the impact of his work on various communities. Chef Irvine shares his personal challenges and triumphs, offering insights into the resilience required to lead and inspire effectively in the culinary world and life.Robert Irvine's Background: Known for his dynamic presence in the culinary world and beyond, Chef Irvine blends his kitchen expertise with a deep commitment to philanthropy and leadership. Defining Moments: Chef Irvine discusses his approach to overcoming challenges, including the scrutiny of his background and how it fueled his mission to help others. Discussion Topics:Chef Irvine's philosophy on leadership and the importance of empathetic management.Insights into his book "Overcoming Impossible," which provides tools for effective leadership and personal growth.He discusses the role of his foundation in supporting veterans and emergency services personnel and how he uses his platform to make a tangible difference.Key Quotes:"There are people out there that need my help. I've been given a blessing to be able to pick you up no matter what walk of life you are from.""Money does not drive me. It's about how do we make a difference in people's lives that are lost."Next Steps:Explore: Visit Chef Irvine's foundation website and consider supporting their initiatives.Reflect: How can you incorporate empathetic leadership and service into your career and life?Engage: Share how Chef Irvine's story and insights inspire you to lead and serve in your community using #MickUnplugged.
In this episode, Mick Hunt delves deep into Kevin Flournoy's musical world, exploring his evolution from a talented keyboardist to a masterful producer whose works have touched millions. Kevin shares insights into his creative process, his approach to collaboration, and music's profound impact on both the creator and the listener.Kevin Flournoy's Background: They transitioned from an aspiring musician influenced by family and early mentors to a renowned figure in the music production industry.Defining Moments: Kevin reflects on key collaborations and how they have influenced his approach to music, including work with icons like Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan.Discussion Topics:Kevin's early exposure to music and the influence of his father and early mentors in shaping his musical style.The process and passion behind his music production emphasize the emotional impact of his work.Collaborations with prominent artists and the unique synergy in these creative partnerships.Key Quotes"It's not just about playing music; it's about evoking emotions that resonate on a deeper level.""My goal is to reach people with my music, to touch their hearts and minds in a way that only music can."Next Steps:Explore: Check out Kevin Flournoy's latest projects and live performances for a deeper appreciation of his art.Reflect: Consider the role music plays in your life and how it affects your emotions and memories.Engage: Share your favorite Kevin Flournoy track or moment using #MickUnplugged and discuss how it moved you.
Mick Hunt and Ken Coleman delve into the importance of finding one's professional calling. Ken shares effective career planning and personal growth techniques, emphasizing the significance of continuous learning and meaningful professional relationships. His insights provide listeners with a roadmap for professional success, personal satisfaction, and growth.Ken Coleman's Background: Ken Coleman is a renowned career coach and host of "The Ken Coleman Show," where he provides expert advice on achieving job satisfaction and career success. Known for his insightful guidance, Ken helps individuals discover their true calling by aligning their strengths with professional opportunities. His methods emphasize the importance of passion and purpose in fostering career advancement and personal fulfillment.Defining Moments: Ken discusses key daily habits that successful people practice and shares his journey of discovering his passion for coaching.Discussion Topics:Ken's approach identifies personal strengths and aligns them with professional opportunities.Practical strategies for career advancement and overcoming job dissatisfaction.The importance of passion and purpose in achieving long-term career success.Key Quotes"You need to find something you love and then master it.""Pushing yourself to that last rep but for a purpose, not just to be fatigued."Next Steps:Learn More: Visit Ken Coleman's website for resources on career development.Reflect: Think about how you can apply Ken’s strategies to enhance your career and personal growth.Engage: Share your career transformation stories using #MickUnplugged.
Mick Hunt talks with Lisa Borders about her illustrious career across various sectors, focusing on her transformative impact on the WNBA and her dedication to community service. Lisa discusses her approach to leadership, the challenges she's faced, and her ongoing commitment to improving every environment she's part of, leaving a lasting legacy of growth and inclusion.Lisa Borders' Background: From corporate America to the presidency of the WNBA and beyond, Lisa has been a dynamic leader in sports, politics, and community welfare.Defining Moments: Lisa shares her strategies for revitalizing organizations and her passion for opening doors for others, ensuring sustainable success and growth.Discussion Topics:Lisa's leadership philosophy and her impact on the WNBA, transforming it into a thriving league.Her tenure at Coca-Cola and the Grady Health Foundation highlights significant public health and corporate social responsibility achievements.Insights into overcoming challenges and fostering consensus in diverse environments.Key Quotes"To whom much is given, much is required.""Leave places and spaces better than I found them."Next Steps:Explore: Learn more about Lisa Borders' initiatives and contributions.Reflect: Think about how you can use your position to impact your community positively.Engage: Share how Lisa's journey inspires you to lead with purpose using #MickUnplugged.
Mick Hunt delves deep with Eric North, exploring his transformation into a happiness warrior. Eric discusses his approach to turning life's challenges into opportunities for growth and how he uses his experiences to inspire others to find their joy. This episode is a treasure trove of practical advice on living a happier, more fulfilled life.Eric North's Background: A transformative journey from overcoming personal challenges to becoming a happiness coach, known for his unique approach to fostering joy and well-being in others.Defining Moments: Eric shares how overcoming a dangerous and abusive relationship shaped his mission to help others find their path to happiness.Discussion Topics:Eric's philosophy on happiness is that it's a choice and a lifestyle rather than a fleeting emotion.The role of gratitude, self-acceptance, and positive affirmations in personal transformation.Insights into the impact of relationships and environment on personal happiness.Key Quotes"Focus on being your best example, being your hero.""Everyone is capable; the answers we're looking for are always within."Next Steps:Learn More: Visit Eric North's website and follow his journey on social media.Reflect: Consider how daily gratitude and positive affirmations can transform your outlook.Engage: Share how Eric's insights inspire changes in your life using #MickUnplugged.
Mick Hunt explores Jessica Kizorek's journey from a marketer to a renowned filmmaker and philanthropist. Jessica discusses how she leverages her filmmaking skills to boost nonprofit fundraising efforts and her dedication to making a tangible social impact through her work. Her stories are not just inspiring but are also a testament to the power of media in driving positive change.Jessica Kizorek's Background: Transitioned from a marketing expert to a filmmaker and philanthropist, using her skills to support nonprofits through documentary filmmaking.Defining Moments: Jessica reflects on her projects that have raised substantial funds and awareness, particularly for the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County and initiatives against fracking in Miami-Dade County.Discussion Topics:The inception and growth of her company, 2 Parrot Productions, and her nonprofit, Eyes on Your Mission.The power of video in fundraising and awareness for nonprofits, detailing how her films have helped organizations significantly increase their funding.Her unique approach to documentary filmmaking focuses on stories that make a social impact.Key Quotes:"I realized that I could both charge money for this but also donate it for free as a pro bono thing.""My real reason is that I use technology to improve the world."Next Steps:Watch: Check out the impactful films produced by Jessica’s company on the 2 Parrot Productions website.Reflect: Consider the role of technology and media in social change and how you can contribute.Engage: Share how Jessica’s approach to filmmaking inspires you to use your skills for social good using #MickUnplugged.
In this compelling episode, Mick Hunt discusses with Diana Lammerts her extensive experience in digital strategy and public relations. Diana shares her journey from journalism to becoming a digital strategy leader, emphasizing the importance of adapting to technological advancements like AI. She also discusses her proactive approach to remote work and her vision for future digital trends.Diana Lammerts's Background: From radio journalist and news anchor to a leader in public relations and digital strategy.Defining Moments: Diana's shift to remote work before it became mainstream, her approach to overcoming challenges, and her integration of AI into daily operations.Discussion Topics:The transition from traditional media to public relations and the evolution of digital marketing.The impact of AI on the future of digital communication and public relations.Effective remote work strategies and building a thriving remote team culture.Key Quotes:"Success has a pattern. You have to take certain steps to succeed, just like walking up stairs.""AI will free up time for creative and strategic thinking, enhancing public relations and journalism productivity."Next Steps:Learn More: Follow Diana Lammerts for insights into digital strategy and public relations.Reflect: Consider how AI can enhance your efficiency and creativity in your field.Engage: Share how you plan to apply Diana's strategies in your work using #MickUnplugged.
In this inspirational episode, Mick Hunt delves into the remarkable journey of Kendra Erika from a tone-deaf child to a successful music artist. Kendra shares her experiences with vocal training, her passion for songwriting, and her approach to staying unique in a competitive industry. She discusses her challenges and the creative processes behind her top hits, offering listeners an intimate look at the life of a rising music star.Kendra Erika's Background: Overcame tone deafness to become a chart-topping singer-songwriter.Defining Moments: Kendra's experiences with classical training, her entry into professional music, and her rise on the Billboard dance chart.Discussion Topics:Kendra's unique journey from overcoming tone deafness to achieving musical success.The evolution of her musical style and influences over the years.Insights into her songwriting process and collaborations in the music industry.Key Quotes:"With tenacity and conviction, you can overcome any obstacle.""My parents taught me the way to be successful, not the way to be famous."Next Steps:Listen: Check out Kendra Erika's latest tracks and watch for her upcoming releases.Reflect: Consider how personal challenges can be transformed into artistic strength.Engage: Share how Kendra's story inspires you using #MickUnplugged.
In this engaging episode, Mick Hunt explores Bruce Chamoff's groundbreaking journey in podcasting. Bruce discusses his early challenges, the strategic insights that led to the creation of the World Podcast Network, and how he adapted to technological changes over the years. His story is a testament to innovation and adaptability in the digital age.Bruce Chamoff's Background: From aspiring DJ to web developer and ultimately a podcast network founder.Defining Moments: Bruce's transition from music and web development to creating a pioneering podcast platform.Discussion Topics:The inception of the World Podcast Network and its evolution.Challenges of podcast marketing before the prevalence of social media.The impact of podcasts on communication and media.Key Quotes:"I always wanted to be a radio DJ...I found a way to market other podcasts.""We didn't have social media...we had to rely on search engine optimization."Next Steps:Explore: Visit the World Podcast Network to discover diverse podcasts.Reflect: Consider how digital media has transformed your access to information and entertainment.Engage: Share your favorite podcast episode from the World Podcast Network using #MickUnplugged.
In this enlightening episode, Mick Hunt talks with Italia Tornabene about her multifaceted approach to understanding men and securing financial independence. Italia discusses how her background informed her unique perspectives on interpersonal relationships and investment. She offers actionable advice for anyone looking to deepen their relationships and stabilize their financial future.Italia Tornabene's Background: Former exotic dancer turned author and financial expert, known for her keen insights into male behavior and innovative investment strategies.Defining Moments: Italia shares transformative experiences that shifted her from surviving to thriving financially and personally.Discussion Topics:Insights from her book "Decoding Men" explore male behaviors and traits based on extensive personal observations.Italia's journey from financial struggles to success highlights her unique investment approaches, including real estate and domain investing.Practical advice for both men and women to understand each other better for healthier relationships and personal growth.Key Quotes:"Men are simple creatures; understanding them can significantly improve communication.""Invest in tangible assets like gold, land, and domain names to secure financial growth."Next Steps:Explore: Check out Italia Tornabene's books for deeper insights into human behavior and smart investing.Reflect: Consider how understanding the simplicity of relationships can improve your interpersonal connections.Engage: Share how Italia's strategies can influence your financial and personal life using #MickUnplugged.
In this enlightening episode, Mick Hunt explores Kelly Lynn Adams's path from corporate success to coaching and speaking on conscious leadership and personal growth. Kelly discusses her mission to help individuals and leaders embrace authenticity, overcome challenges, and lead with empathy and understanding. Her insights provide valuable guidance for anyone looking to deepen their self-awareness and impact the world positively.Kelly Lynn Adams's Background: Transitioned from a successful corporate career to coaching, driven by a desire to help others find inner freedom and break through personal and professional barriers.Defining Moments: Kelly shares her journey of overcoming burnout and finding purpose, highlighting the role of resilience and the power of choosing love in every situation.Discussion Topics:Kelly's approach to coaching emphasizes the importance of being seen, heard, and acknowledged.Strategies for personal transformation include embracing one's imperfections and practicing self-love.The concept of conscious leadership and how it can drive change in personal and professional lives.Key Quotes:"We all just want to be loved.""Lead with love in every situation."Next Steps:Connect: Follow Kelly Lynn Adams for guidance on conscious leadership and personal empowerment.Reflect: How can you incorporate more love and understanding into daily interactions?Engage: Share how you plan to embrace conscious leadership using #MickUnplugged.
In this enlightening episode, Mick Hunt speaks with Dr. Judith Orloff about her unique approach to psychiatry, emphasizing empathy and intuition. Dr. Orloff discusses how being an empath influences her practice and offers advice on protecting one's emotional energy. She explores the necessity of empathy in healing and provides actionable tips for anyone looking to navigate their emotional landscape more effectively.Dr. Judith Orloff's Background: She is a psychiatrist who integrates traditional medical training with her innate empathic abilities to enhance patient care.Defining Moments: Dr. Orloff shares her journey from dreaming of medical practice to becoming a pioneer in empathic psychiatry.Discussion Topics:Understanding what it means to be an empath and the spectrum of empathy.Practical strategies for managing emotional energy and preventing burnout.The role of intuition in psychiatric practice and personal wellness.Key Quotes:"Empathy is a spectrum, and at the higher end are empaths who absorb emotions profoundly.""Observe, don't absorb—crucial for managing your emotional health."Next Steps:Learn More: Explore Dr. Judith Orloff's techniques and publications for enhancing emotional wellness.Reflect: Consider how empathy and intuition play roles in your own life and relationships.Engage: Share your experiences with empathy and intuition using #MickUnplugged.
Mick Hunt explores Leif Bristow’s creative world, delving into his journey from performing to becoming a renowned filmmaker. Leif shares his philosophy on storytelling, his commitment to producing content that uplifts and educates, and his experiences working on international projects. The episode provides a deep dive into the motivations and aspirations that drive Leif's work, offering valuable insights for aspiring filmmakers and storytellers.Leif Bristow’s Background: Transition from a child performer to a leading figure in the film industry, with a focus on family-friendly content and powerful female role models.Defining Moments: Leif's decision to shift from acting to directing and producing, prioritizing family and a desire to influence positively through cinema.Discussion Topics:Leif's unique filmmaking approach emphasizes authenticity and draws inspiration from real-life experiences.He has insights into creating popular Hallmark movies and the importance of understanding the audience.Discussion on "Dancing Through the Shadow," a film based on a true story highlighting the challenges faced during China's Cultural Revolution.Key Quotes:"Capital and finance are not always the hindrance to creativity. Creativity will help you source the financing.""Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Amazing things happen outside of it."Next Step:Discover: Watch Leif Bristrow’s influential works, including "Dancing Through the Shadow," to experience his storytelling prowess.Reflect: Consider how you can use your creativity to positively impact others, whether in film or your chosen field.Engage: Share your thoughts on the episode using #MickUnplugged and explore how storytelling can shape perspectives and foster understanding.
In this episode, Mick Hunt and Bella Gandhi explore the complexities of modern dating. Bella discusses her unique approach to helping clients find love through self-improvement and strategic dating plans. They also explore maintaining authenticity and building lasting relationships in today's fast-paced world, emphasizing the importance of character and mutual effort in partnerships.Bella Gandhi's Background: Transition from a career in finance and mergers to becoming a leading dating expert.Defining Moments: Bella shares her journey to finding love and how it inspired her to help others find the same.Discussion Topics:The evolution of dating and relationships in the digital age.Strategies for developing a successful dating mindset and avoiding common pitfalls.Insights on creating meaningful connections and character's importance in relationships.Key Quotes:"Focus on being the best version of yourself.""It's not about 50/50 in a relationship; it's 100/100 from both sides."Next Steps:Learn More: Visit the Smart Dating Academy website for resources and tips.Reflect: Consider how you can apply Bella’s dating strategies to enhance your own love life.Engage: Share your dating stories and how Bella’s insights might help using #MickUnplugged.
In this enlightening conversation, Mick Hunt delves into Andrew Spruill's journey from military service to becoming a trailblazer in sports performance training. Andrew shares his unique perspective on training, emphasizing the critical aspects of consistency, nutritional focus, and mental well-being. His approach enhances athletic performance and fosters personal growth and resilience in athletes, setting a new standard in the field.Andrew Spruill's Background: He transitioned from Air Force discipline to becoming a pivotal figure in athletic training, shaping the future of numerous athletes across various sports.Defining Moments: Andrew's approach to training underscores the importance of dedication, adaptability, and a holistic view of athlete development.Discussion Topics:The influence of military discipline on Andrew's training philosophy.Key insights into developing athletic prowess, emphasizing the importance of consistency, nutrition, and mental health.Innovative training methodologies, including velocity-based training and specific speed work tailored to individual sports.Key Quotes:"Being reliable and willing to learn can set you apart in any field.""Specialization in sports is a double-edged sword; developing a broad athletic foundation is essential."Next Steps:Connect: Follow Andrew Spruill on social media and explore his website for cutting-edge training insights.Reflect: Consider how discipline, consistency, and mental focus can elevate your performance in any area of life.Engage: Share your thoughts on the episode using #MickUnplugged and discuss how you can apply Andrew's principles to your athletic or personal development journey.
In this deeply personal episode, Mick Hunt talks with Carlester Crumpler about his journey from professional sports to meaningful community leadership. Carlester shares the profound lessons from his experiences on and off the field, emphasizing the importance of family, humility, and serving others. His story is a testament to the power of transforming personal trials into a legacy of positive impact.Carlester Crumpler's Background: Transition from an NFL athlete to a role model and leader in community and family life.Defining Moments: Insights into Carlester's profoundly personal and spiritual reflections following significant changes, including his journey through grief and personal discovery.Discussion Topics:Reflections on the influence of family legacy and the values instilled by his parents.The importance of humility, service, and community in his post-NFL life.Challenges and personal growth through life's transitions, including the significant impact of losing loved ones.Key Quotes"Presence is more important than performance.""Encourage, equip, and empower people to wholeness."Next Steps:Reflect: Consider how Carlester's insights on life beyond professional sports can inspire your personal and professional growth.Engage: Share your stories of overcoming challenges and serving your community using #MickUnplugged.Connect: Follow Carlester Crumpler's ongoing community projects and support his initiatives.
Mick Hunt engages with Melissa Rubin in a conversation that spans her diverse career path, her innovative approach to real estate, and her deep commitment to philanthropy. Melissa discusses the importance of adaptability, understanding client needs, and the role of real estate professionals in navigating significant life transitions for their clients. Her dedication to community involvement and making a difference in people's lives shines through, inspiring professionals across industries.Melissa Rubin's Background: Transitioned from the fashion industry to become a prominent figure in real estate, bringing a unique approach to her work.Defining Moments: Melissa shares her experiences and philosophies, emphasizing the significance of adapting to change, personal growth, and the power of community involvement.Discussion Topics:Melissa's journey from fashion to real estate and how her past experiences shape her current success.Her insights into navigating real estate transactions' emotional and financial complexities, especially during divorces.The impact of philanthropy on her career and the importance of giving back to various causes and communities.Key Quotes:"Retail is detail, and real estate is about creating experiences and lifestyle for clients.""We have to challenge ourselves to constantly become the new normal."Next Steps:Connect: Follow Melissa Rubin on her platforms to gain more insights into her unique approach to real estate and philanthropy.Engage: Share your thoughts on the episode using #MickUnplugged and how you can apply Melissa's philosophies in your career or community involvement.Discover: Explore the various ways you can contribute to your community, inspired by Melissa's dedication to philanthropy.
In this inspiring episode, Mick Hunt delves into George B. Thomas's life, uncovering the principles that drive his success in digital marketing and his approach to personal growth. George emphasizes the value of daily improvements, the pursuit of legacy, and the significance of helping others on their journey. His story is a testament to the transformative power of resilience, learning, and genuine human connection.George B. Thomas's Background: He is renowned for his expertise in digital marketing and his journey of personal transformation and resilience.Defining Moments: George shares his philosophy of living for significance over success and the power of focusing on one's legacy.Discussion Topics:George's personal and professional growth approach focuses on continuous learning and self-improvement.Insights into overcoming life's challenges and the importance of a growth mindset in achieving success.Strategies for impactful digital marketing and creating meaningful connections in the digital space.Key Quotes:"Focus on being 1% better daily in every aspect of your life.""Hustle for your last name, not your first – it's about legacy, not just immediate gains."Next Steps:Learn More: Follow George B. Thomas for his invaluable insights on digital marketing and personal development.Reflect: Consider how you can apply George's principles of continuous improvement and legacy-building in your own life.Engage: Share your personal and professional growth journey using #MickUnplugged and connect with others on a similar path.
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