Slo Mo is a series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and former Chief Business Officer of Google X, Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of...
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Shahzad Younas - How Faith And Culture Impacts Finding Love
My guest today is Shahzad Younas, who is the founder of Muzz, which you would absolutely know about if you are a Muslim - you would know nothing about if you are not - it is the world’s largest Muslim dating site - if dating is the right word to use. He used to be an investment banker and then realised this is not what he wanted to do with this life, and what a journey! If you know the story of how business works in the background for some of those things you end up having in your hand, it would blow you away. So excited to have a conversation about, not only how he ended up here but why he ended up here, and you know, how different some of our cultures are when it comes to love, dating and romance. Shahzad Younas (London, UK) is the founder and CEO of Muzz (formerly muzmatch). Previously a Vice President in Equity Portfolio Trading at investment bank Morgan Stanley for 9 years, Shahzad quit his career to fully focus on building a high-quality mobile app to help Muslims around the world find their perfect marriage partner.Backed with a total of $9M investment (Seed and Series A) from a range of Silicon Valley and global investors, headquartered in Aldgate, London, and boasting a fast-growing 65+ strong global team, Muzz (formerly muzmatch) is transforming how Muslims meet and marry.Listen as we discuss: 02:00 - Muslims don’t date they marry! 06:30 - The gamification of dating apps 09:30 - Finding Love 16:00 - The process of choice 19:00 - Sex education 21:30 - Where’s the romance? 25:30 - Looking for the one 27:30 - What does the science say? 31:30 - When things go wrong 35:00 - Leave her in kindness 36:00 - Treat others as you want to be treated 38:30 - Ethics 40:30 - Do dating app works? 47:00 - AI 49:30 - Solve it for women 56:00 - Working from home 59:00 - Good boys win 01:07:00 - The mechanics of it 01:11:30 - Honestly 01:13:00 - Ghosting Connect with Shahzad Younas on LinkedIn and learn more about his work here.YouTube: @mogawdatofficialInstagram: @mo_gawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatWebsite: mogawdat.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Saturday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy
Matthew Hussey - What Makes A Happy Relationship?
Today I bring you the first of a mini-series on relationships which I have been waiting for for a while. But I couldn’t start them without my guest Matthew Hussey who started from humble beginnings, you know, being a life coach in the cafes of London, to being the coach for Christina Aguilera, to then having half of the corporate world listening to his advice, including Hugo Boss and others. And today he’s just talking to us so hey we’re doing well! But the thing about Matthew is that in 2013, he had a New York Times best-seller called Get The Guy. From there he became more and more successful internationally with millions and millions of followers, with events that changed the lives of thousands of people at a time - a wonderful human being. In the studio today we have his wonderful fiancée Audrey, and my incredible ex-girlfriend and a true, true soul partner for me, Shelly. Matthew Hussey is a speaker, New York Times bestselling author, columnist for Cosmopolitan Magazine, and dating expert on ABC’s digital series What To Text Him Back. Matthew’s rise to success as a motivational speaker has been meteoric. From humble beginnings working as a life coach with individual clients in London’s coffee shops and cafes, Hussey now runs programs across the globe, helping thousands of men and women reach their true performance potential. Through his online programs, viral internet broadcasts, sell-out seminars, NYT Bestselling book, and his roster of private clients, he has been able to pass on his insights and strategies to countless people. 50,000 women have attended his live events and he has reached over 10 million online. Hussey is the new international guru of the dating and relationship-coaching scene.Listen as we discuss:03:00 - Why is finding love so difficult? 07:00 - Show me a picture 09:30 - Trust the feeling and faulty wiring 11:30 - The dating casino - does it work? 19:00 - Addicted to dating apps 23:30 - Closure 25:00 - Sell mode 29:00 - The impetus for change 31:30 - Possibilities Vs Trends 34:00 - There’s no control 37:00 - Throwing the dice 38:30 - Four stages of importance 47:00 - Ticking the boxes 49:00 - The Love of My Life? 52:30 - Building it together 56:30 - The un-datables 59:30 - Showing up on a white horse 01:04:00 - What’s most important in life? 01:07: 40 - The Mathematics… 01:15:00 - Trying new things 01:17:00 - Where the happiness is 01:20:00 - Honesty and vulnerability 01:25:00 - What makes a happy relationship 01:31:00 - People pleasers Connect with Matthew on Instagram @thematthewhussey and learn more about his work here.YouTube: @mogawdatofficialInstagram: @mo_gawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatWebsite: mogawdat.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Saturday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy
Lavina Mehta - How Movement Can Help Change Your Mindset
My guest today is Lavina Mehta who during covid, decided out of nowhere, to help millions of people find health and purpose by doing modified forms of exercise that basically were available to everyone for free on the internet, for that, she was awarded an MBE. She went on to discuss publicly, very vulnerably and beautifully and intelligently, her journey with menopause, online. Lavina is a Patron of the Menopause Mandate, is a proud Ambassador for Diabetes UK and The Alzheimer’s Society.When we spoke two years ago, she told me about her approach to 'exercise snacking' which to me sounded delicious. I have been waiting to bring this to your attention for a very long time.Lavina Mehta, is a 45-year-old British Asian award-winning Personal Trainer, TEDx speaker and mum of three. Lavina has been awarded an MBE for services to health and fitness during Covid-19. Her mission is to help people of all ages feel good physically, mentally & emotionally through her concept of “Exercise Snacking®” & free chair/desk workouts. Her slogan is “Exercise for Sanity, not Vanity®.” Lavina is a Patron of the Menopause Mandate, is a proud Ambassador for Diabetes UK and Alzheimer’s Society, and supports many charities. She won the Inspiration in Health and Fitness Award in 2020, and was a finalist for the Sports Category in the Asian Women of Achievements Awards in 2020 & UK Coaching Heroes Awards in 2021. Lavina was recognised & awarded by the Women of the Future Kindness Rules Programme, BBC Make a Difference bulletins, British Asian Trust British Asian Heroes Award for her COVID work. Lavina is on a mission to keep giving back so people can use exercise as medicine, for positive changes long-term in their life. She is currently writing a book, due to be published 2024.Listen as we discuss:03:00 - Staying healthy and helping others07:00 - Jainism and education10:00 - My first job14:30 - Falling in love with motherhood16:00 - Strength training and the power of movement17:30 - Studying fitness20:00 - Getting in the gym22:00 - Being in nature25:00 - Exercise snacking27:00 - Diabetes30:00 - Eat the Rainbow31:30 - Lockdown workouts34:30 - Spirituality and enlightenment36:30 - Humble beginnings40:00 - Perimenopause52:00 - The second spring53:30 - Andropause - Men get it too55:00 - Stress management57:00 - How exercise makes you feel better01:02:30 - Food for perimenopause01:07:00 - The Ripple Affect01:09:30 - A mindset changeConnect with Lavina Mehta on Instagram @feelgoodwithlavina and find out more about her work here YouTube: @mogawdatofficialInstagram: @mo_gawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatWebsite: mogawdat.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Saturday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy
Gelong Thubten - How A Retreat Can Help You Find Yourself
My guest today is one of my favourite people on the planet, Gelong Thubten. I never met Thubten before - we met on a Zoom call two and a half years ago during the times of covid where he truly changed my life. He doesn’t know that but I’ll talk about that in a minute. At that time I saw in Thubten an amazing soul that went through an amazing journey to help the rest of us souls find a path to happiness and enlightenment. We stayed in touch as much as we could after we recorded that podcast episode. And now finally at my best friend’s studio in London, we meet for the first time and we meet for me to realise that he is exactly what I thought he was. Thubten has written a new book that he so kindly shared with me before he shared with the rest of the world it’s called Handbook For Hard Times - such an appropriate title for what we are about to go through if you don’t mind me saying. It’s a monk’s guide to fearless living. I absolutely loved it. The book is out in just a few days on August 31st. I would ask you to please pre-order it. Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author. He became a monk 30 years ago and has spent over six years in meditation retreats, including one which lasted for four years. He is regarded as one of the UK’s most influential meditation teachers, working with corporations, schools, hospitals, prisons and rehab centres. He has lectured at the University of Oxford and for large organisations such as Google and The United Nations. He is also a director of several meditation centres as well as the humanitarian aid charity ROKPA International. Thubten is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’. His new book ‘Handbook for Hard Times’ will be published in August 2023.Listen as we discuss:02:30 - Finding Monk-hood 05:00 - Getting through a hard time 06:30 - Spreading the message 09:00 - What my teacher taught me 12:30 - A humbling retreat 15:00 - Pretentious spirituality 17:00 - The high of meditation 23:00 - The opposite of meditation 25:00 - Hard times, risks, fear and anxiety 30:00 - Growth from adversity - The Four Noble Truths 33:00 - Fearlessness 36:00 - From resistance to acceptance 42:00 - The Great Depression 44:00 - What is the point of retreating? 46:30 - How to cope with suffering 48:30 - Suffering is the teacher Connect with Gelong Thubten on Instagram @gelongthubten and learn more about Thubten's work here. YouTube: @mogawdatofficialInstagram: @mo_gawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatWebsite: mogawdat.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Saturday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy
Ella Mills - How A Journey Of Self-Discovery Helped Others To Live A Healthier Life
My guest today is one that I waited to meet for a very long time - Ella Mills. If you’re from the United Kingdom you will know her from her brand Deliciously Ella, which became incredibly successful as I started to interact with the UK as Solve For Happy was published. At that time, she had an incredibly famous and popular podcast that she cleverly decided to put on hold for a while - I wanted to be on that podcast so now she is on mine. Ella is a very successful businesswoman, she is a beautiful brand for healthy eating, and she is truly a representation of what she tells the world in many ways, but more importantly, hopefully, if you dig deeper below the brand you will see an incredible story of vulnerability, of success, of perseverance resilience and of living true to her feminine I would say - one my heroes - I hope you will enjoy this as much as I will. Ella was diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome while still at university. This led her to research other people’s experiences of relieving the symptoms of this rare diagnosis and she discovered that turning to a plant-based diet could be the key to her health. With little experience in cooking Ella began to experiment with recipes and started to keep an online diary that would later become her impressively popular blog, Deliciously Ella. Her blog has had over 130 million hits, she also set up social media accounts to inspire a larger community and is now hosting supper clubs and cooking classes. Her small personal project soon led to the creation of her own mobile app which landed at the top of the Food and Drink charts on the UK App Store as well as the publishing of her own cookbook which became the Best-Selling Debut Cookbook ever in the UK. Taking the idea to a whole new level, Ella and her husband have opened a few delis around central London. They have also launched their own product range, also titled Deliciously Ella which includes breakfast cereals, energy balls and oat bars. Listen as we discuss:03:30 - What made Ella, Ella? 09:00 - A dark place 12:30 - Choosing food 14:00 - A better bad day 15:30 - The Unstressable Retreat 18:00 - Health choices 21:00 - Food plan 23:00 - Deliciously Ella 26:00 - Right time, right place 29:00 - A shrewd businesswoman? 32:00 - Finding love 35:00 - The media attention 39:00 - Solve For Happy 41:30 - Focusing on the business 46:00 - Working with my husband 55:00 - Decision-making at work 56:30 - Where I am now 01:01:20 - A bizzarre duality 01:04:00 - Tough love 01:05:00 - Cancer hit the family 01:07:30 - The journey of self-acceptance Connect with Ella Mills on Instagram @deliciouslyella and learn more about her work here.YouTube: @mogawdatofficialInstagram: @mo_gawdatLinkedIn: /in/mogawdatWebsite: mogawdat.comDon't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Saturday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy
Slo Mo is a series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and former Chief Business Officer of Google X, Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.