On Dec 16, 2014 a terrible event occurred in Peshawar, Pakistan, which disturbed the country deeply. It’s effects were felt across the world and it turned out to be the 4th largest school massacre in the history of the world. On this day a terrorist group of 7 men invaded an Army Public School of Peshawar and shot and killed 149 people. 134 of those lives lost were children between the ages of 8-18. 112 more people were injured. Waleed Khan is a survivor of the attack but did not get away unscathed, he suffered 6 bullet wounds to the face and 2 shots to the body. His doctors and family did not believe he would survive, but miraculously he did. He was 12 years old at the time. Waleed now is 17 years old, and today on this episode he shares his experience of that terrible day and what he had to deal with in the aftermath of it all. Waleed also discusses the amazing transformation he underwent once he discovered a new purpose that gave him hope and created a desire to use his experience to help change the lives of others by sharing his story, and a powerful message of peace.
Welcome back, in today’s episode I speak with Daisy Torres and her struggles early on in life when she became a mother at the young age of 16 years old. Coming from a family that worked very hard to make ends meet, Daisy was devastated when she realized that being pregnant meant that she might not be able to get ahead in life and pursue the career she had always dreamed of- that of becoming an architect. In this episode Daisy shares her story of her early life and humble beginnings, the challenges she went through being a teenage mom, and how she was able to beat the statistics for teenage mothers getting a formal education. Daisy, thankfully and with a lot of hard work, was able to get herself through school and achieve her dream.
Daisy places a lot of credit for her success on the support that her family gave her throughout her journey that she says made it all possible. Due to this Daisy is very passionate about spreading awareness about the importance of empowering and supporting young mothers, along with praising them for choosing life, rather than frowning upon them. This, Daisy attests, is what is truly needed to help these young women succeed.
About the guest: Daisy Torres-Pertuz is the VP of Development for Crescent Heights, one of the nation’s leading urban real estate firms specializing in the development, ownership and operation of architecturally distinctive mixed-use high rises in major cities across the United States.
If you wish to support the organization that Daisy spoke about in the interview here is the information below!
Our Mother’s Home: A Non-Profit organization that focuses on assisting young women in the foster program by supporting them in a home that has been set up for them to keep their children under their care while they continue pursuing their high school education. Most women in these circumstances either have no family or have been abandoned by their families.
If you wish to help, please follow the link HERE
Eli Nash is a recovering porn addict who spent 15 years of his life in shame in guilt while he struggled with controlling his addiction to porn. On top of that, Eli had kept a secret from his family and friends for years: that at the age of 8 he had been sexually abused by a person he, and his family, had considered a friend. Eli shares with us on this episode his experience being a victim of sexual abuse, how he coped with it and how he later confronted his abuser during his process of healing. He also discusses his struggle with porn addiction in his adult life, and how he was able to turn his unfortunate story into a meaningful purpose.
A big highlight for this podcast is how passionate Eli is on people sharing their story with others and finding connection and healing through it. Eli experienced it for himself and he has seen it work wonders for others; as he states “when we share our hardships, it moves us from shame into healing”.
Dr. Ellie Katz is a leading practitioner of holistic psychotherapy. For the last 49 years, her eclectic interventions for her patients have featured innovative approaches to using meditation, guided thinking and the Bach Flower Remedies. With decades of working in the field, Dr. Ellie Katz has concluded that we all have attachments we would be better without. In her writing, as author of 3 books, Dr. Katz sets out to tackle the everyday face of addiction, exploring root causes, personal struggles and the gift of recovery.
In this episode Dr. Ellie Katz discusses her 6 key behavioral principles that she uses to work with individuals overcoming addiction. The beauty of these principles is that I consider them just as valuable to helping anyone desiring change and peace of mind to restore serenity back into their lives.
These principles are the following:
- Good Mood and Hope.
- Meditation and Relaxation
- Love and Kindness
Dr. Katz dives into these principles on the episode and explains how they are crucial to living a life where we control our emotions and impulses, and how rejecting these principles can lead us down a path of self-destruction.
Dr. Katz is also the Author of 3 wonderful books that can be found and purchased online:
“Love and Kisses From my Padded Cell” : A compendium of the personal stories of ten recovering addicts. Dr. Katz gives voice to ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, offering a nonjudgmental glimpse into what individuals are willing to do in the service of their irresistible urges.
“When Sane People Do Insane Things”: A practical guide to the enrichment of mental health. The book elaborates on what is essential and what is hazardous, offering the reader an opportunity to help himself reach the most precious gift: a life well-lived.
“My Last Summer as a Fat Girl”: In her memoir, Dr. Katz opens up about the events that have given her life its miraculous shape. She invites the reader on a personal journey as she investigates the powerful role food has played in her biography.
When you first meet Kat you will see a self-made woman who is living the dream life that many people desire to live. She runs a successful coaching business and is wakes up every day thankful for the life she is currently able to live alongside her husband and son. However, besides the success and accomplishments that Kat has had she has also dealt with an unfortunate past where her worth and dignity were belittled from a young age.
Kat has been holding in a secret about the past she experienced before the outward successes ever came into play, and she has made a powerful decision to share that secret with us today on the Relentless Minds podcast in hopes to inspire other women who may have experienced similar hardships. In this episode “From a Life of Abuse to a Life of Purpose”, Kat shares with us her painful memories being raised in an abusive household and how that affected her self-esteem growing up and led her to get involved in the sex industry at the age of 19. Kat openly and honestly shared her experiences being a stripper and dominatrix and how she was able to pick her life back up, learn that she was enough, and began to create the incredible life she is blessed to enjoy today.
*Attn: Unfortunately in this episode there were audio issues on behalf of the host and as a result some of her speech is muffled. However, Kat’s audio is crystal clear, therefore her entire story can be clearly and easily heard and appreciated. Thank you for your patience.
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Debbie Cromack is a corporate lackey turned entrepreneurial renegade. She is an international best-selling author and Business Coach, empowering introverted female entrepreneurs to set up the foundation of their coaching business, implement a replicable sales process that feels good, and replace their corporate income so they can thrive in their business, quit their corporate job, and create a life they fall in love with every single day! If you’re done being an employee – making others rich! – and ready to make yourself wealthy in impact, income, and soul-happiness, Debbie is the coach for you! Debbie talks about the challenges she faced when building her online business while working 12-14 hours in a high-earning corporate position, and how she managed to transition successfully. This is a great episode for anyone interested in earning income online as a coach to learn what it takes to get started!
Get In Touch!- Debbie Cromack
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Jimmy is a recovering addict who grew up in a Wolf of Wall Street Environment. He watched his father make millions all while partying with drugs and alcohol on a daily basis. In 2008, Jimmy graduated from FSU expecting to take over the family business. Shortly afterwards, one of the largest recessions in the United States hit and his family lost everything….
He became depressed, $40,000 in debt to the IRS, became estranged from his father, and his brother went to prison. All of which culminated with a deadly drug addiction to Xanax and Oxycontin. In November of 2015 he was involuntarily baker acted into a mental health facility and since then Jimmy has completely transformed his life. Through his story he strives to show that anything is possible by mastering your mindset.
Today, Jimmy is a mindset coach, TedX speaker, podcast host for “Jimmy D Radio”, and the father to two amazing boys, Anthony and Angelo.
Get In Touch! – Jimmy DeFalco
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Christopher is an inspiring individual who has had an impressive level of self-awareness from a young age and has accomplished many things in life despite the early diagnosis he received of having dyslexia. Although a widely considered “handicap”, Christopher used the lessons he learned while dealing with and managing his dyslexia as a child to shape his relentless mindset and successfully accomplish careers as a firefighter, real estate broker and now speaker and coach. He shares his story of how he was able to step into a career that he felt at a time he could never do, speaking and coaching, and the key elements he teaches others to help them also get out of their own way.
Get In Touch! – Christopher Dedeyan
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This episode is a special one and a different twist than my other episodes on my podcast. In this episode I sit down with Blake Fly, a motivational speaker and purpose-driven entrepreneur and we talk about living in a state of gratitude and mindfulness and how easily it can be applied to every day life. Blake has dedicated his life to introducing this value to students in college and business professionals to remind people of the importance of appreciating every moment and to make the most of them. The authenticity and gratitude that Blake displays in this episode and in his life are qualities that I cherish and are the foundation upon which I created this podcast and so this interview was an especially enjoyable one for me- enjoy!
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In this episode I share the story of Christine Conti, a relentless and incredibly mentally strong woman who has had her share of victories as well as struggles. With a background in investment banking and teaching, she ventured into her passion in fitness coaching, crushed it, and even co-hosts a podcast called Two Fit Crazies And a Microphone Podcast. With struggles including sexual abuse, infertility and a final diagnosis of a severe form of Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 30, Christine walks us through her journey and shares her perspective that kept her pursuing her goals. Christine has run a total of 30 marathons and also completed an Ironman in 2018 all the while under chemotherapy for her RA symptoms. But she is far from done. Tune in to listen to Christine’s incredible story and see how she was able to experience her breakthrough!
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