Author: Rikki Ayers

Communication is a dance with Jay Holman

Forget perfect. We’re not looking for black and white, we’re not looking for the script…with me everything’s based on improv comedy, the whole Yes-And philosophy.” Meet Jay Holman, music and dance instructor who believes in deliberate living, love, and leaving people better than he found them. Most of us struggle with communication skills. We believe our partners are mind-readers or that people just don’t understand us. You know what? They don’t understand you because you’re not communicating clearly. Yeah, it’s as simple as that. Jay teaches communication skills through dance, particularly west coast swing and blues, and he’s all...

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Free your mind with Ben Gerbrecht

If you think 50,000 thoughts a day (or 70,000 or 12,000, depending on where you look), how many of those thoughts are useful and how many are you wasting on things that don’t matter? Ben Gerbrecht is deep into figuring out life stuff, particularly the mind-body connection or how what you think affects how you feel. He’s a practical goal-setter who practices the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and meditation to help him set and reach his goals. It’s helped him become more confident (definitely a requirement for his stand-up comedy!), less reactive, and more in control of how to goes...

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Finding the right career starts with finding yourself with Saran Ekambaram

Careers are more than just the work you do. For millennials like you and I, our careers must have meaning. We live in an age where we resist settling—in careers, in relationships, in places. We seek deeper meaning, we want to make an impact. We want to do something that makes our 50+ years of working 40-hour weeks seem worth it. In this episode of the Own Up Grown-Up podcast, I talk to a friend who loves to learn. More than that, he’s learned how to learn. If that’s confusing, thinking about it this way: some of us go...

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Gaming and going for it with Chevy Johnston

If you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life, look back to your past. What have you always loved doing? Chevy Ray Johnston is an indie game developer. And it seems he was born to do it! Chevy’s been into games of all kinds since he was a kid. Over time, he mastered his craft and developed FlashPunk, a free ActionScript 3 library designed for developing 2D Flash games (If you don’t understand what that is, that’s OK—listen to the episode), which is used by many other game developers. It catapulted Chevy into the spotlight and into...

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Why we make life so needlessly hard for ourselves with Elizabeth Guerrero

I don’t often post questions on Facebook, but when I do, I meet amazing people like Elizabeth Guerrero! A couple of months ago, I was really struggling with the concept of “hustling”—working your ass off, or according to the Merriam- Webster dictionary, “to make strenuous efforts to obtain especially money or business.” Hustling also means swindling and to the entrepreneur crowd, working really hard and really smart to get ahead. It’s a flexible verb. I’m torn about hustling. There is a lot of evidence to show that it works. If you look at it in terms of efficiency, it’s...

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