Run Your Life Show With Andy Vasily

Run Your Life Show With Andy Vasily

Host Andy Vasily interviews leading experts in the field of education and beyond to discuss what matters most in their pursuit of both personal and professional excellence.

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February 11, 2020 101 min
The episode you are about to listen to is with Othman Almulla, who is the first tour golfer from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was an honor and a joy to sit down with Othman to talk about his very unique journey and to learn more about him as a person and as a professional athlete.  Othman exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker and to have the guts and determination to follow his dreams. Othman is the very first tour pro t...
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In today’s episode, I feel very fortunate to have interviewed Simon Dyson. Simon, who is from England, was a 17-year veteran of the European Golf Tour having won 6 times in Europe and 3 times in Asia. Simon played in 20 majors over the years, having made the cut in 9 of them. Anyone who knows and understands the game of golf, knows just how hard it is to qualify for a major, let alone make the cut.  Simon played in 2 Masters, 4 US...
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In todays’ episode, I sat down to have a face to face conversation with educational consultant and cartoonist, Matt Smith.  Matt has a great story and is genuinely a person of the world. He is a third culture kid. If you haven’t heard this term before, this is what the actual definition is: Third culture kids (TCK) are people raised in a culture other than their parents' or the culture of the country named on their passport (...
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In today’s episode, I sat down with Hamish Brewer. Anybody who has seen Hamish in action can immediately feel his presence, his passion, his zest for life and learning, and his desire to make a genuine difference in the lives of the teachers and the students he serves.  Hamish is the principal of Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia. One the the very first things you can notice about genuine difference makers in this wo...
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In today’s episode, I had the privilege to interview Shawn Livingston. Shawn is a 10-year military veteran having served in Iraq during his time in the military. Having sustained a serious back injury while serving, he required long term use of narcotic pain killers to get through each day due to the intense pain he was experiencing as a result of the back injury.  Over the course of two years, military doctor’s continued to presc...
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How habitual is it for you to take out your cell phone when waiting in lines or when in the company of strangers? How often do you strive to stay present and mindful in difficult situations? Is chaos more easily embraced when we practice mindfulness? How does practicing mindfulness help you to produce the best work possible? How does being present and truly listening help to improve the quality of relationships in your life?  Thes...
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In today’s episode, I had a chance to speak with renowned lecturer and author, Alfie Kohn. Alfie writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. He has published 14 different books since the late 1980’s and has been described by Time magazine as being America’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” As well, Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, incl...
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In today’s episode, I feel very lucky to have sat down in person with Caterina Carna, who has become a good friend of our family here in Saudi Arabia. Caterina is from a small village in southern Italy, but has lived here at KAUST in Saudi Arabia for the past 5 years. Anyone who knows Caterina knows what a kind, caring, and compassionate person she is. What makes Caterina uniquely special is her ability to connect with others in ...
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Today’s episode is part two of a two-part series devoted to sharing the inspiring journey of professional endurance athlete Adam Campbell. Although this was originally going to be just one episode, there was so much depth to our conversation that I literally lost track of time. I had scheduled in approximately 45 minutes for our podcast but before I knew it, I was asking Adam if we could do a part two in order to dig more deeply in...
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Today’s episode is part one of a two-part series devoted to sharing the amazing journey of professional endurance athlete Adam Campbell. It was originally scheduled to be a hour-long podcast, but as I dug more deeply into Adam’s journey, there was so much more that I wanted to talk with him about, so we made a decision to record two separate episodes a week apart. Adam is Canadian but spent the majority of his childhood and tee...
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In today’s episode, I have a return guest on the show. It really was a pleasure to sit down with Gary Nicol, former European Golf Tour coach and current professional golf coach and co-author of the best-selling golf book The Lost Art of Putting. Gary has a very distinct style that he brings to his coaching that is very much focused on asking rather than telling. Gary sets out to ask the right questions and by asking the right quest...
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How do you try to be more self-aware of your emotional state? Do you employ specific strategies to better control your emotions? How much self-compassion do you have toward yourself? What role does ‘impermanence’ play in your life? How do you emotionally prime yourself to prepare for each day? In the latest 4 X Mindfulness podcast, Neila Steele and Andy Vasily discuss the themes of impermanence, self-compassion, emotional priming...
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In today’s episode, I had the chance to sit down and have a great chat with 4 X World Champion and 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medallist, Donny Robinson from the USA. Donny competed professionally in BMX racing (that’s Bike Motorcross Racing), for 17 years. Donny’s fighting spirit and never give up attitude allowed him to excel on the world’s stage becoming one of the elite in his field for many years. Having won world titles in ...
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How do you contribute to the positive energy of the universe? In what ways do you embrace the role of silence in your life? When things aren’t going your way, what kind of body language do you project? How do you intentionally control your emotions? In the 21st episode of ‘4 X Mindfulness’, Andy and Neila discuss their thoughts related to the above 4 questions. In Andy’s first seed of mindfulness he shares his big takeaway from a...
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In today’s episode, my guest and I, discuss the themes of ‘making a difference’ and ‘finding purpose’ in regards to pursuing both personal and professional excellence. I feel very lucky to have had, Clint Pulver, on my Run Your Life podcast. Clint is an amazing individual who has committed himself to making a difference in the world through the talents he has worked so very hard at developing within himself. Clint is an award-win...
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A while back I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a conversation with well-known consultant, Tom Costello in my home in Saudi Arabia. Tom does quite a bit of consulting work for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and it was here that I was able to attend one of the excellent workshops. As I’m very interested in the type of work that Tom does, we connected right away and soon enough discovered that we bo...
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My guest today is Melissa McQuaid who is from Toronto, Canada and has been teaching internationally, with her husband Jeff for many years. My original intention was to have Melissa on my podcast to share some of the great work she’s doing with her grade 3 students in the classroom, in particular, her dedication to creating a classroom culture and environment that is visually rich in meaning and purpose. As I thought about how I...
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In this episode, Dr. Tim Fletcher discusses the work taking place behind the scenes in helping to develop and deepen the use of the Meaningful PE model that he and his team of researchers have been working on over the past several years. Tim is a part of a great team that is refining this model so that physical education and health teachers can develop the language needed and specific tools to know how to regularly, systematicall...
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In today’s episode, Dr. Stephen Harvey and I discuss the roles of self-regulation and self-coaching in education and how to plants the seeds for student success in physical education. Stephen dives deeply into his work and shares the vision that he has based on his own journey in education that has taken him back and forth between the United States and England over the years. Stephen’s expertise lies in the Teaching Games For Und...
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Today’s discussion is with Todd Stahl. Todd is one of those distinctly unique individuals who not only has a heart of gold, but is willing to take the risk to do the extremely hard work to find out what’s he’s truly made of and how he can honor the gifts and talents he’s been given in order to make a difference in the world through his work and passions. Todd’s life has not been routine or linear in any way which is why it’s impo...
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