When Sean was 13 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Disease and given 3 months to live, he survived but then at 16 the doctors discovered another totally unrelated form of cancer, Askin’s Sarcoma and this time he was given only 14 days and was read his last rites. He is the only recorded person in history to have been diagnosed with both these deadly cancers, but again Sean survived. He then became the first cancer survivor ever to Summit Mount Everest. He has since climbed the highest mountains on all 7 continents, completed the Iron Man World Championships in Hawaii and trekked to the South Pole. He is the only person in history to have accomplished what he has. He is the author of the book “Keep Climbing,” and has been voted “one of the top 8 most inspirational people of all time”.
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I love this clip about choice and having self confidence to be able to trust our own intuition.

“The data for any situation is infinite….worriers are people, who think of all the variables beyond their control of what might happen. Choice is the act of hesitation we make before making a decision.” Alan Watts

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Kirk Brown is Centre Teacher at Dhamma Dipa Meditation Centre and has praticed Vipassana Meditation for over 40 years. Vipassana means ‘to see things as they really are’ and is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It goes back to Buddha two and a half thousand years ago and was taught by him as a remedy for all universal ills. This is a technique and is non religious and so can be used by people from all cultures and backgrounds. It’s aim is for the complete removal of mental impurities and to result in a person’s full liberation and happiness.

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Dave Cornthwaite is an adventurer, writer and filmmaker. He is best known for his Expedition1000 project, a plan to undertake 25 separate journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. He has written 3 books, spoken to audiences on 6 different continents and broken 9 Guinness world records including travelling the furthest distance by longboard after he skated 5823 km across Australia from Perth to Brisbane.

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Kirsty Hanly is one of the UK’s top cognitive hypnotherapists and personal development coaches based in Harley Street in London and has worked with some of the world’s leading coaches. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post and is a highly sort after speaker who was recently invited to present at TEDx in London.

Her passion is in helping people to let go of their blocks to success, to unlock their potential, and to create the life of their dreams.

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Dani is the author of the books: Stay Positive and The Positively Present Guide to Life. She’s the founder of PositivelyPresent.com, a site dedicated to helping readers around the world live more positively and be more present. She has been featured in countless Media publications including: Forbes, Glamour, Elle Magazine, Pyschology Today and The Washington Post.


In This Episode:

  • After 25 years of having a negative mindset Dani decided to focus instead on the positive
  • How trying to find happiness through drinking, partying and things outside of herself wasn’t working and never lasted
  • How dwelling on the past or worrying about the future was causing her unhappiness
  • The difference between planning for the future and dwelling on the future.
  • The power of thinking positively and being aware of our thoughts
  • Some of the tangible benefits that Dani has experienced in her own life as a result of adopting a positive mindset
  • How can people stay positive when they’re going through a grief, a broken relationship or the death of a loved one?
  • The power of acceptance and looking for the lessons in tough situations
  • Ways that Dani is able to deal with change
  • Some of the dangers of having and holding expectations
  • Dani’s morning routine and rituals
  • What does a fulfilled life mean to Dani?
  • What is 1 thing our listeners can do today that will have a massive positive effect on their lives?
  • Which books or resources have changed/had a big impact on your life?


People Mentioned:

Eckhart Tolle


Books Mentioned:

Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life by Barbara Fredrickson

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Stay Positive: Daily Reminders from Positively Present by Dani De Piro

The Positively Present Guide to Life: How to Make the Most of Every Moment by Dani De Piro


Connect with Dani

Positively Present website

Dani’s personal website

Dani on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


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Duncan Goose spent 2 years motorbiking around the world, surviving earthquakes, hurricanes, shootings and even an attempted kidnapping. He has since gone on to found Global Ethics Ltd and is the man behind the One water brand which has raised over £10m for humanitarian projects and has changed 2.6 million lives worldwide.

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