Galen Gordon: The Truth About Knowing What You're Good At

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Galen Gordon is the Vice President of Talent Management at NFL. He is in charge of on air talent and he has 68 people under his purview. Galen previously worked for ESPN where he helped rebrand shows like First Take, Numbers Never Lie, The Stephen A. Smith Show, Sports Center: Coast to Coast, amongst others. Prior to working at ESPN, he was a news network producer working at ABC and NBC. He also spent three years at CNN. Galen got his Mass Communication degree from Oral Roberts University.

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[3:39] Everyone is blessed with certain gifts and abilities. Initially, Galen could not really tell what his ability and gift was. His first job an internship writing for a newspaper and two months after graduation he was hired as an associate producer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The intent of the news director was to make him a reporter but he sat next to producers and learned how to write for television. He quickly learned that his personality is more for managing the whole thing as opposed to having one aspect like that of a reporter. Production was a natural fit for his demeanor. It took him over two years of trying different things in order to hone in on what exactly he wanted to do.

[10:41] Over the last four years, Galen has dealt with a lot of loss. Losing both parents and a second child within that time frame. He was able to learn, through each event, that he has the ability to manage through and make sure others are okay. Galen puts others first before himself. In doing all of that, one has to take time and acknowledge what is going on and to deal with it. When his wife lost their child through still birth, he held the child, spent time with the child and acknowledged that he had passed away. He said goodbye and supported his wife throughout the ordeal. For Galen, it was a release that needed to happen. At the same time, he does not question God because he has been blessed in so many other ways. There is always a bigger cause and people need to keep on moving despite everything.

[17:24] Galen's mom experienced loss at the age of three when her dad passed away. Then when she was fourteen, she lost her mother. She put herself through nursing school in England and when she finished, she took a boat from England to Canada where she started working as a nurse. From Canada, she went to Brooklyn where she met Galen's dad. She named Galen after the first doctor. Galen's mom was very rooted in her faith and in her own ability to pull herself up by the bootstrap and make something for her family. She lived her life for God and her family and therefore Galen has no excuse not to maximize the God-given abilities placed upon him. Galen continues to work hard and to learn new things every day. He believes that serving other is the price he pays for living on earth.

[22:00] Galen graduated in 1994 and it was not until the summer of 1995 that he attended The National Association of Black Journalists, NABJ. He attended the conference in Philadelphia. There were more than 2,000 African American journalists who held roles that Galen aspired to hold. He immediately identified mentors and people that could speak directly into his life and guide him. Later on when he had figured out he wanted to a producer, he started going to NABJ. NABJ, his friends and the mentors that Galen had, were there every step of the way. He now mentors and guides upcoming journalists.

[25:57] Between 1994 to 2003, Galen was doing local news. As a local news producer, he was directing and managing anchors and reporters. He then spent three years in CNN as a Network News Producer where he dealt with anchors, reporters, stories and journalists. After this, he went on to work with ESPN where he spent 11 years literally creating, developing and rebranding shows, mostly debate shows. In producing those shows, Galen was literally producing conversations. All that experience rolled into what he does now as the head of talent for the NFL Media Group. He deals with reporters, anchors and analysts. Galen is therefore able to identify a good story teller, a good reporter, assign roles that best fit a person and also manage people.

[29:23] According to Galen, Drew Brees is not the greatest NFL quarter back ever. He is the all-time passing leader in league history but not the greatest. There are other guys like Joe Montana, John Elway and Dan Marino that pass under a different game, a much more aggressive game. Drew Brees was fortunate to play in an era where it was a passing league. He broke a record that only stood for little more than three years. Galen also thinks that the most beautiful women do not come from Trinidad and an African American will own an NFL team in the next ten years. He also thinks that LeBron James is a great player. 

[32:43] Galen thinks that fatherhood is easier than marriage. This is because when a person gets married he truly loves his wife but when a child comes in, especially the first one, then that person truly learns the meaning of unconditional love. This does not mean that that person loves his wife any less but he would give absolutely anything for that child. Galen also thinks that Steven A. Smith is not the most arrogant man on television and radio. Steven is the most hardworking journalist Galen has ever worked with. At the time he was working with Galen, he had four jobs. 

Galen denies that Los Angeles has more culture than New York. There are so many subcultures in Brooklyn alone, let alone Manhattan or the Bronx. In California, there are large Hispanic communities, Asian communities and there is a black community as well. He thinks that Colin Kaepernick should play in the NFL in 2019. Colin has shone the light on an issue that is important not only for black people but everyone despite the narrative coming out of DC that he is disrespecting veterans and the flag. Colin took a bow against police brutality in America.

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Kelli Reese: Recovering Control to Get to the Truth

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Kelli Reese has spent over 17 years as an executive in a $30 million company in the natural food market. She also owned a bakery in Brooklyn. Kelli then moved and settled in Tulum which is on the eastern side of Mexico. She is the author of The Destiny Roadmap: The Little Guidebook to Face Your Fears, Embrace Change, and Follow Your Heart and The Relationship Roadmap: The Spiritual Guidebook to Ditch the Uncertainty and Find Clarity in Your Marriage.

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[3:57] One of the personal truths Kelli has come to accept is that people can be friends with their fears. Fear should not stop anyone from doing things that are extremely scary. Kelli has learned to embrace the fear and make choices in a way that embraces the unknown while still being comfortable with the fact that she does not have everything figured out. After she graduated college, she decided to move to New York City where she initially did not want to move to. Fear constantly kept her questioning herself whether she wanted to move. She made the decision and was miserable for the first year because of fear and difficulty in adjusting. Kelli has since learned to accept the fear of the unknown especially when she takes on something big like moving to a new city or leaving a job.

[8:20] When Kelli left her six figure job, she worked with an executive coach to make sure the decision she made was the right decision. She was the breadwinner in her family and she also enjoyed the job. This made the decision to quit very hard but she embraced the fear of the unknown and she quit. Once she made the decision she felt this huge weight lift off her shoulders. This released her from the void of what was and what would be. Being undecided puts one in such a void. People get stuck because of fear and once she realized this, everything changed in her life. Fear is disguised as challenges to help an individual to grow.

[12:28] Kelli's professional truth is if a person is no longer where they are meant to be, then the universe and their soul will be screaming at them. Not being engaged at work, day dreaming of doing something else, being depressed, hating the work environment are all examples of the soul and universe screaming. Kelli had incredible health challenges in form of thyroid tumors growing in her uterus and stress at work. Every time she overcame one challenge, another one presented itself. The universe gave Kelli something she could not ignore anymore which was her health issues. Kelli says that most people only listen to the universe after they have suffered a lot because of the fear. Kelli knows her fear and understands it to a point she laughs with it.

[18:12] Kelli meditates a lot which gives her mindfulness and eases her stress levels. It also calms her nerves which help the amygdala function well. This keeps her physical body connected and in tune with what is going on in her body. The powerful thing about meditation is that it allows an individual to control the physical body so that when stress is there, the body can have mechanisms to manage it.

[20:14] Kelli's book is written for people in long term relationships who are seeking clarity about their relationships. She writes about entering relationships compassionately and with a loving heart but at the same time, having your own back. A lot of people enter relationships with wounds that are not associated with their current partners. This hinders growth a lot. Kelli advises people to show up in relationships as the person they want to be and their partners as well to be who they want to be because what a person receives in a relationship is what that person is energetically putting out. If what you are putting out is not reciprocated, then you need to ask yourself questions if you are happy or if you are in the right relationship. Such inconvenient questions will help one make a decision. Kelli had a courageous discussion with her partner. She was trying to change him into a person he wasn’t which was not fair for both of them. This led to them splitting because they no longer felt an alignment. Both of them are now happier.

[27:10] What Kelli looks for in a life coach is a coach who is in a place she wants to be, meaning he or she must be ahead of her. She likes asking inconvenient questions because she believes without those questions she would not be the person she is. Kelli acknowledges that answering questions that a person was not willing to answer before leads to personal discovery.  She puts the focus on her clients and most of them retain their relationships. 

The difference between coaching and cycle therapy is that cycle therapy focusses on the past while coaching focuses on the present and the future. Coaching is more goal oriented because it intends to know what a person wants to achieve, where a person wants to get to, what needs to happen for that person to achieve all that. Therapy on the other hand looks back at the past experiences. Kelli's goal is to equip her client's tool box and build a strong foundation for them so that they may be independent in future if they choose to

[30:31] Kelli calls herself a practical mystic which is a title she was given by the clients that she works with. This is because most of the people that she works with are just coming into their understanding of a deeper connection beyond what they see around in the 3D reality. She was also called that because she is down to earth. Besides being a life coach, Kelli also does readings for people. She reads the Akashic records.

[33:28] According to Kelli, fear is not necessary for success. It may be necessary for growth but not success. Success here is relative because it could mean financial or educational. There some cases where financial or educational success is driven by some deep fear. Kelli is where she is today because she pushed through fear. Kelli believes that a person can talk to their heart. The heart is the eyes and the windows to the soul. It is the connection to a person's higher self. Kelli always follows her heart.

[35:57] Indecision is not better than the wrong decision. Sometimes people get frozen because they do not know what to do because they are afraid of making the wrong decision. Kelli agrees that travel facilitates change. She recently went to Italy for a month by herself and she rented a car and drove without knowing where she was going. That experience made her realize that she is much stronger than she gives herself credit for. Traveling facilitates change especially if one travels alone.

[37:36] Kelli is not sure if she would move back to New York. She is not as productive in New York compared to Mexico. She is not currently dating but she might consider being remarried. Wealth is a state of mind according to Kelli. She does not need much to be happy. Kelli sold two houses and a BMW and she says she is so much happier in that simplified state. Helping and working with people is gratifying to her

[40:52] Success is not destined. This is because people get in their way all time. People come to learn certain lessons that they chose for themselves and things are predated including some major decisions like who to marry, to have children among others. People get in their way and look at the things that happen to them. Some look at those things that happen to them as negative while Kelli looks at them as opportunities for growth. When a person has that outlook only then will success be inevitable. People are the ones who place the limits on what they can achieve.

Resources

The Destiny Roadmap: The Little Guidebook to Face Your Fears, Embrace Change, and Follow Your Heart- Kelli Reese

Relationship Roadmap: The Spiritual Guidebook to Ditch the Uncertainty and Find Clarity in Your Marriage- Kelli Reese

Connect with Kelli Reese

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Stephanie McAuliffe: The Truth Behind Alcoholism and Addiction

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Stephanie McAuliffe grew up around alcohol throughout her life.She numbed her own pain for years which meant that she did not take personal responsibility for how she thrashed through life. When she was finally brought to her knees, she turned around to face the truth of her role in everything. It was at that time that she began to set herself free. She figured that her experiences and lessons she learned from them could help others as well. As a result she wrote her book Message in the Bottle-Finding Hope and Peace Amidst the Chaos of Living with an Alcoholic.

Time Stamped Show Notes

[3:32] One of the biggest personal truths in Stephanie's life was the fact that she grew up around alcoholism. She numbed her own pain for years, which meant that she did not take personal responsibility for how she thrashed through life. When she was finally brought to her knees, she turned around to face the truth of her role in everything. It was at that time that she began to set herself free.

Stephanie was married to her second husband and she was working for AIG at that time. The job was stressful and when she went home, she was not sure what she would find because her husband was an alcoholic.  At one point she thought she was having a heart attack and ended up in the hospital but it was hiatal hernia caused by stress. At the hospital she was still working. As she was looking up at the ceiling she asked herself what she was doing with her life. She was doing more for her husband that he was doing for himself. She was also doing more for him than she was doing for herself.

[5:17] Stephanie's personal truth was to take personal responsibility for herself and also to stop ignoring her feelings. The first time she started to work with a coach, the coach asked Stephanie how she wanted to feel. Stephanie was stunned and could not answer the questions. According to Stephanie, people are taught not to express their feelings especially those who grew up around alcohol.

[7:04] Stephanie proved her worth by the size of her projects and her elevation with the company. She proved her worth with things outside of her because she did not feel worthy within. Stephanie made it up all the way to becoming a senior manager. Managing all the programs, keeping everything running and the responsibility she put on herself prevented her from unwinding. She begun having time when she was not going to the city regularly. This gave her an opportunity to unwind which was very foreign for her. The professional truth for Stephanie was to focus on internal wealth.

[9:16] There are more male alcoholics than female. The reason why Stephanie focusses on women is because the family members of the alcoholics are often left to figure things out on themselves. This responsibility solely lies on the wives. Such women have to power themselves through the day rather than living and finding joy in the moment. Stephanie likens it to death by a thousand paper cuts. People don’t want to face it because the love the person but hate the disease. If nothing changes the question one should ask is whether or not they can continue living life the same way forever.

[11:05] Stephanie encourages women to have conversations with their children. Children see and hear everything. They should not leave the children to figure out things on their own. Having that conversation with kids reassures them and they can confidently come to you when they feel afraid. The way people heal is by having open conversations and feeling the emotion.

[12:20] People get stuck in their logical minds and are left trying to think of a way out a situation. When a person is stressed, all the blood goes to the back of the brain. That individual cannot therefore think logically. Stephanie helps her clients to focus on the energy behind the situations that they are living in or trying to resolve. She also helps them to uncover and discover the source of the energy and the trigger. Once the source of energy or trigger is cleared, that information can be incorporated as knowledge and wisdom. Carrying it forward it will also no longer be a trigger.

Sometimes people get an intuitive nudge to turn left or to go a certain place. That nudge is your higher self through the right brain conversing. This refers to the energy mentioned above. Another example is when a person is going to talk with his mother and he feels angry, anxious then there is a trigger there. That trigger is energy. A lot of such triggers comes from childhood and when people try to protect themselves they are locking that hurt and pain inside their hearts.

[15:05] One of Stephanie's clients was living with her alcoholic husband and was in the process of getting ready to file for divorce after a 30 year marriage. Growing up her father was a heavy drinker and her mother would go crazy about her father's drinking. The only way out for her was to isolate herself. The lady then married a man who made her isolate herself again. Once the lady understood that the isolation energy from her childhood had been carried into her marriage, she is now able to visit her parents and not get triggered by the visits, thoughts of the visits or the conversations. She now sees and loves them for who they are.

[16:43] People do not have to be authors in order to be coaches. There are training programs that are out there that people can take to help them become coaches. Stephanie's coaching is based on life experience. Her coaching has evolved into what worked for her and it continues to evolve as she works with clients. Book give credibility but they do not necessary teach anyone how to coach. It will help an individual to express their story.

Stephanie experienced abuse while growing even to the point of being threatened of death if she told anyone. Because she could not tell anyone, all that energy stuck in her throat. It was when she was writing her book that she realized that.

[20:02] Addiction is not all about control. It is based on underlying issues that somebody has not dealt with. An example is if Stephanie is not dealing with her emotional issues , triggers and things that happened earlier in life then she will go into working too much, eating too much, shopping, alcohol or drugs. There is some control however. So its yes and BS.

[21:12]Public speaking is fun for Stephanie. According to Stephanie when you truly believe in what it is you are talking about, then it becomes like having a conversation. She was always terrified at presenting in corporate meetings because she did not believe in what she was being forced to present.

[21:56] Coaching does not necessarily heal faster than counseling. This solely depends on the coach or counsellor. Stephanie has worked with great coaches and others that she can’t recommend to anyone. It all boils down to the person you are working with. Stephanie advises people to look for someone who deals with body, mind and spirit. A holistic approach be it a coach or a therapist.

[22:53] Marriage build on relationships to self. David wrote a book called Dear Lover. The book comprises of essays which a man writes to his wife. In one of the essays, he talks about two people coming together and creating something bigger than themselves. Relationships therefore is not about filling a void. It's about two people coming together and bringing their best selves. The two people should have the mindset to grow to continue to grow mentally and spiritually together.

[24:29] The government should not reinstitute prohibition. The drug was ineffective. Stephanie says that prohibition would not work but she however does not agree with the legalization of Marijuana. According to Stephanie, legalizing Marijuana is just another vehicle for people to numb themselves. Marijuana for medical purposes is okay.

Resources

The Message in the Bottle: Finding Hope and Peace Amidst the Chaos of Living with an Alcoholic- Stephanie B. McAuliffe

Dear Lover - David Deida

Connect with Stephanie

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Chris Broussard: Truth and Basketball

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In this first part of this two-part episode, Seku dives into conversation with sports analyst, Chris Broussard about the personal and professional truths Chris has learned throughout his life. From playing basketball at Oberlin College to commentating for ESPN, Chris has found Christ, found the love of his life, and figured how to balance confidence and humility in the field.

A Rant About The Truth About Transparency

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Showing yourself in your art is a part of being creative. However, it’s not a choice that every artist chooses to make. On today's episode, Dr. Gathers talks about the OTR II concert and the music by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Beyoncé released Lemonade in 2016 and Jay-Z released 4:44 the following year. Most recently the couple made the joint album, Everything Is Love as The Carters. The trials, tribulations, and truths about themselves and their infamous relationship are displayed throughout their music. After seeing them perform, Dr. G started to reflect, “ What does it means to be transparent in your art and how does it mean for artists to reveal their truths?” On this special episode of The Truth Prescription, we get Dr. Gathers' thoughts on the OTR II Tour and the Carters’ growth as artists.

Joe Imperatrice - Founder of Blue Lives Matter

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For those of you who have been following the Truth Prescription, you may know that one of the hats I wear is a Film Maker, Writer and Director. I wrote a full length feature called, "Code Of Silence," which explores the many facets of what a Blue Lives Matter or Black Lives Matter leader would have to deal with. The point of the story is, that regardless of what we do for a living, our cultural differences and appearances, we all bleed red and we are all human beings. Joe Imperatrice is the President and Founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC - an organisation that raises awareness and money for the members of families who have lost someone whilst serving in Law Enforcement. He talks about what inspired him to become a police offer, how he started Blue Lives Matter NYC and his future plans.

Truth Around Us: My Feature on Mornings with Mykel with Marc Clarke

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On today's episode of The Truth Prescription Podcast, I flip the script and land on the other side of the microphone on with Marc Clarke, who's no stranger to this show. One thing that's been on both our minds is turning on the news or radio and hearing the tragic stories. This episode is a reflection on our thoughts on where we are at as a country in these United States. So sit back and have a listen to this special episode of The Truth Prescription. 

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Where I Discovered Truth: School of Hermetic Philosophy

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Good People - We usually talk to one person on this podcast and we get their idea what truth is and how they've come to find this truth through the experiences in their lives. This week, I talk to two guests who discuss an approach, way of life, a science and a philosophy; Carol and David from the School of Hermetic Philosophy which was found in 1970 by Dario Salas Somer. There's over 10 branches from all of the world and David and Carol are two members of the New York Branch and we talk about their upcoming seminar on July 14th, "How Men and Women can Evolve." For more information go to www.lighthouseworkshops.com

Dr David Greuner: Success, Satisfaction and Suffering

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This guest is no stranger to media - he's be featured on NBC News, CBS' The Doctors and Dr Oz - Dr David Greuner is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of NYC Surgical Associates. As a new guy coming out of college, he found his niche which he has now been able to turn into a lucrative business. We talk about his truth around suffering and satisfaction and how it's paved the way to his current success.

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Michelle Sorro - Some Extra Truth & The Mindset Mashup

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Michelle Marie Sorro is a TV host on EXTRA, an author and a lifestyle strategist. Her lively, unfiltered and heart-centered podcast The Mindset Mashup actually launches today. She aims to bring people closer to their best life through her podcast, and she invites inspirational guests who provide tips that can elevate your life, business, and relationships. Originally born in Oak Harbor, Washington, Michelle we hear about her story from how she went to UCLA to obtain a Broadcast Journalism degree to 20 years later hosting shows on HSN and currently one of the hosts on the TV Show Extra. In this episode, we hear about Michelle's truth about her shame around smoking, her belief in investing in yourself and how she wants to unveil the belief systems that we have to shield us from being our authentic selves.

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Dr Kevin Simon - Married to Medicine

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He's the first medical Doctor we've had this season and he's from the same college I went to; Morgan State University or Maximum Skills University as I like to call it. Dr Kevin Simon opens up about the truth he learnt that he was in fact good at what he does. As a physician of color, doubt can easily creep in. Currently he's a Psychiatry Resident at Grady Hospital. Yesterday, he just announced on Instagram that he and his wife are expecting a baby. There's a lot of truth to his journey and I can't wait to share it with you in this special holiday weekend Truth Prescription.

 

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Instagram: @drkmsimon

Deborah Goodwin: Truth, Screenwriting & Good Films

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Born in Manchester, England, Deborah Goodwin is a New York based writer, director and filmmaker, not to mention an award winner for Best Screenplay at the Urbanworld Festival for her family drama, "Cherrys," with her first feature film "Vampires in Venice" making its sales debut at Cannes Market 2011.

Recently, she wrote and directed the modern western film The Pastor starring Franky G, Victoria Cartagena and Ismael Cruz Cardova.

We talk about:

  • How sometimes you have to strip yourself away from your ego to serve the purpose of a story or film
  • When to allow yourself to let go from what you've become attached to
  • Being a professor at a college in Brooklyn

    You can connect with Deborah through:
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    Femme Fatale Group in NYC.

Alex Ferrari: The Indie Film Hustler

As a filmmaker, actor and fellow creative, I've admired this guy from afar for quite some time now. He's a true hustler and knowledgeable about all things film. 

The legend himself, Alex Ferrari joins The Truth Prescription Podcast and even though he served me some truth about my geographical location. He's an author, filmmaker and fellow podcaster who lives in Los Angeles (but we won't hold that against him, will we),  and I'm so honoured to have him on The Truth Prescription.

You can connect with Alex here:

Indie Film Hustle
Indie Film Hustle Podcast
Bulletproof Screenplay Podcast

 

Dr Zaino: The Truth Behind Heroes

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Good People. It's the first Episode of Season 2 of The Truth Prescription Podcast. And we promised you more stories, more truth this time around. Our first guest, Dr. Chris Zaino isn’t your traditional type of medical professional. He works as a chiropractor in Texas but his purpose goes well beyond his practices in the medical field.

But it’s what he does outside of his day job. The ins and out--the obstacles and hurdles; the TRUTHS outside of the workplace that led him to come into his own truth.

Now, a frequent speaker, podcaster, and influencer in his field, Dr Zaino is about empowering others to live a heroic life.

In a special Truth Prescription episode; reformatted for your eyes so you can really hear the truth of Chris' story.