“When you want to be extraordinary, that’s within the confines of being normal.” @bhaesa

“I’ve always believed that no matter what situation you find yourself in, until you learn something from it, you can’t escape it.” @bhaesa

Let’s go over the pond to England, where Bhavani Esapathi helps people find their purpose through adversities that come in their life.

She founded what’s called Chronically Driven, which is a digital social innovation hub that empowers those with chronically debilitating illnesses, helping them connect and share their story with the world.


On this Coffee Chat:

  • Learning from a mentor: respecting other people’s beliefs and opinions.
  • Success isn’t dictated by your educational background
  • Successful entrepreneurs desire to learn more
  • How Chronically Driven brings invisible disabilities to the forefront of mainstream media
  • Positively affecting others’ lives through your work
  • ADVICE: Be persistent in the good work that you’re doing, even if you don’t ‘see’ anything happening.
  • Finding work that suits you and your lifestyle
  • Managing your energy – what you spend time on
  • Pro tip: Make a list of tasks that only take 5 minutes to complete


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 “You got to do what you love.” @JeffreySlayter

“You only have so much life, so whatever you can do to create your own thing, get out and do it.” @JeffreySlayter

“That’s what it’s like as an entrepreneur – you have no idea if it’s going to work out and just put yourself out there and trust.” @JeffreySlayter


Let’s fly all the way over to Australia where Jeffrey Slayter now calls home. Jeffrey’s got a really unique background. Born in Hawaii into a family of entrepreneurs, Jeffrey eats, breathes and sleeps entrepreneurship, especially when he’s not surfing.

There’s so much I can say about this guy, but in short, he started up a bunch of businesses that have not only done a whole lot of good in the world – kudos to that – but also made quite a bit of money as well – double kudos to that.

His purpose-driven mission has brought him on the stage with Sir Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins – I mean, there’s so much that we could talk about today on the show.

Let’s have fun and dive into what’s got Jeffrey fired up lately.

It’s time to get real and vulnerable with Jeffrey Slayter – unplugged.

To learn about Jeffrey’s latest project, head over to http://www.thegrandinitiative.com/

Jeffrey Slayter

On this Coffee Chat:

  • “No matter what, persistence, in the end, will win.”
  • Creating something out of nothing
  • Ideas are a dime a dozen, but execution is everything.
  • Anyone can become an entrepreneur
  • Finding what you’re here to do, not what the world is telling you to do
  • Having a daily routine – eating healthy food, listening to podcasts
  • Jeffrey’s Ayahuasca experience
  • What Ayahuasca can do for your business (and your personal life)
  • The future of conscious enterprise
  • “I’ve learned how little I actually know, and I’m okay with it.”


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 “There’s no way to succeed without failure. Failure is the only teacher of business” @meronbareket

“If we push ourselves to the limit of what we can do, our limits will expand, we will become better and we’ll see results.” @meronbareket


Let’s fly over to Israel – that’s right, Israel – where Meron Bareket helps inspire innovation like none other.

For those who don’t know Meron, he is the founder of Podcast Incubator – a social hub to help podcasters accelerate their show and connect with others in the world. He’s also the voice behind Inspiring Innovation, a business podcast that helps, well, inspire innovation.

Meron’s mission is simple: he helps others create freedom through entrepreneurship.

Get your podcast starter kit at http://podcastincubator.com/travelingcup

Meron Bereket

On this Coffee Chat:

  • A shoutout to Ralph Quintero of Happy Someone!
  • Mentors helping pave your way to success
  • Whose problem are you going to solve?
  • Standing out doesn’t have to be “different”
  • It’s not about you – it’s about your audience
  • Giving your audience knowledge and understanding will set you apart
  • “Do something instead of stopping because you’re afraid to start.”
  • Transitioning from working 9-5 to having a business
  • Podcasting and sponsorship
  • Paying attention to what you can help people with
  • Trusting your gut
  • How Podcast Incubator started out
  • ADVICE: Don’t be an entrepreneur if you’re not willing to fail!
  • Being surrounded by the right people


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I watched as my students picked up their cap and gown and carried it in their arms like a newborn baby. I smiled, said a few last words of encouragement, then asked, “You graduated… now what?”

Most talked about college. Many laughed about building a bonfire with their textbooks. Some just wanted to sleep.

What I realized is that for the first time in their lives, my students have a choice.

Instead of having to go to school, they could choose to go to school. If they want to work, they could choose to work. And if they want to dream, they could choose to pursue their dreams.

The act of choosing, however, can be overwhelming — especially since the school system design does little to build a student’s autonomy. Great teachers, principals, and parents can only do so much with an outdated school design.

So, like most teachers, I want to help my students one last time as they embark on their journey.

I interviewed successful business leaders, changemakers, and entrepreneurs and asked them to share tips to help graduating students become self-reliant and happy.

If you prefer to listen, here’s a 10-step audio podcast I put together to help guide students in building their life on purpose.

Read more for 10 Quick Tips for Graduating Students To Build a Life on Purpose

 “At some point, you have to realize that you can’t really make things ideal and you can’t always rewrite and reedit and make it nicer.” @Ani_LifeProb

“When I’m writing, I’m not really thinking about whether the book will be selling or not, whether people will like it or not” @Ani_LifeProb

“If you have a dream or you want to do something with your life, just go ahead and DO IT and TRY IT. You may fail, but it will be worth it even if you do.” @Ani_LifeProb

Let’s fly over to Armenia where Ani Alexander joins us on the coffee chat today to share her story of finding greater purpose in her work – which, by the way, she is the first podcaster in Armenia. That is awesome.

She will be sharing her story, how she got started and her journey through podcasting and writing.

Ani is a storyteller, an Amazon best-selling author and of course, the first podcaster in Armenia.

Perhaps like Ani, you have a story inside of yourself that you want to share but haven’t had the chance to do it yet, or something is just holding you back.

For many, the idea of becoming an author is beautifully terrifying. Ani helps ease the journey to make this dream a reality.

Ani Alexander screencap

On this Coffee Chat:

  • How Ani left her corporate job, became an Amazon best-selling author and went into podcasting
  • Overcoming roadblocks
  • Learn how Ani launched her podcast in just three weeks
  • Write 2B Read, a podcast that aims to serve writers and entrepreneurs
  • How to make money off of fiction
  • ADVICE for authors: Find out how you can have a steady, loyal audience.
  • Authors – should you stick to just one genre?
  • Self-publishing vs traditional publishing
  • Practical writing tips
  • Great SEO and awful writing vs great writing with minimal to no SEO
  • How to handle criticism


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