The Amber Hawken Podcast

As a holistic behavioural therapist, Amber invites her guests to reveal the workings of their inner world while unpacking their expertise in topics ranging from psychosomatic therapies and bio-hacking to multi-million dollar for-profit organisations bettering our planet. She extracts the practices, habits, traits and strategies they teach, have mastered or are developing. The conversations are often deep, hilarious and reveal the human behind the voice.
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Jan 16, 2018

The guest on today's show, Simone Griffiths, who is the co-founder of Who Gives A Crap toilet paper, has been abundantly successful in raising over $1000,000 in donations and building toilets to those in need and in turn, contributing to the reduction of the (currently) estimated, 800 children who die a day from unsanitary toilet conditions in disadvantaged countries.

It all began with Simone sitting on a toilet for 50 hours straight, to raise the cash for his (successful) Kickstarter campaign which funded the first production of toilet paper. 

Simon and his team have massive hearts, using recycled materials for their paper, donating 50% of all profits which funnel into said donations and considers the economy, our environment and it's people every step along the production and distribution of their product. 

Simon was recognised in The Age’s Melbourne magazine as one of the top 100 influential people, and in 2013 he was shortlisted as Young Entrepreneur of the Year. 

What fascinates me most about this world is the variety of ways in which people discover themselves and what it is that makes them feel alive. Some of us seem to understand ourselves from a really young age, and some of us need to explore 13 different jobs, 50 countries and 3 marriages before we get it.

Simon is in my opinion, someone who falls into that first category - lucky bastard.

In a nutshell we discuss:

  • How to return to goals and find your ambition again after massive (perceived) failures
  • What is Who Gives A Crap toilet paper, and how does the business work?
  • The concept of consumer-driven philanthropy and how it is potentially a more effective way to make an impact
  • How the Who Gives a Crap toilet paper brand was born
  • The best advice for ensuring you’re not going to fumble over your own ego
  • What it means to be a social entrepreneur and the impact it has at a personal level, as well as professional
  • The process of creating a video that ultimately resulted in Simon sitting on a toilet for 50 hours straight to raise funds via a Kickstarter campaign
  • How standing out, creating memorable experiences and interrupting the industry doesn’t happen overnight, but takes patience, persistence and planning  
  • Why it’s the attention to the often overlooked details in business every single step of the way that creates momentum and customer commitment
  • How surprise, delight and weaving your persona into your business make for excellent marketing

After our interview, I went through my notes and smiled as I saw a similar pattern in Simon as I do in so many of the people I get on the show.

At our core, we know who we are and what it is we are capable of, even if we don’t know it consciously. It just seems that some of us are better are having a go, being different and following that contribution pull that seems to be ingrained into our human hard wiring, and we eventually end up with our heads and our hearts aligned, resulting in  the world becoming a better place.

Enjoy the episode and be sure to listen right through to the end where Simon shares his ultimate Dad advice that trumps most inspirational books on the shelves.

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Jan 10, 2018

Jordan Harbinger is the co-founder of the prodigious show, The Art of Charm, where he squeezes the wisdom from leading entrepreneurs, celebrities, authors, and experts on psychology, human performance, behavioral economics, and success. According to Forbes, Jordan is one of the 50 best relationship-builders in the world, and after listening to this interview, you’ll legitimately understand why.

Jordan is an exceptionally interesting and intelligent character, having shared his ideas worldwide, including with Silicon Valley, the U.S. Military, the Department of State, and Department of Defence.

In a nutshell, we discuss:

  • The development of your fulfillment through diversity, as opposed to ‘following your purpose’.
  • The difference between using and abusing skills in human behaviour and the long term game of psychology and behavioural intelligence.
  • Understanding manipulation vs. contribution when you are in a position of power.
  • How boredom can lead you to very interesting and successful places if you go with your interests.
  • How to fit in five languages, a law degree and a podcast that has produced conversations with some of the world’s most exceptional people and had millions of downloads.
  • How to separate from fear in a healthy way and make the right decision (both in life threatening situations and your normal everyday circumstances).
  • Why he recommends diversity via experience and experimentation.
  • The danger of empathic people not being able to tap into their intuition as well.
  • Again, why following your passion is terrible advice (with justifiable reasoning).
  • How to break down, understand and most of all, cultivate your intuition and it’s signals.

… And this is just the beginning!

For a person who has hundreds of hours of experience interviewing exceptional people, Jordan remains down to earth, humble and kind, which is rare. What I loved the most was Jordan’s wrap up around what drives his work, which is essentially about leaving the world and people better than when you found them.

Jordan’s wide and diverse life experience and our shared love of human psychology and how things work, made this conversation feel like I was having lunch with an old friend. I had a giggle at it listening back, feeling like a curious child leaning into a conversation about life, coming to understand what the world looks like through his eyes.

I had the honour of interviewing Jordan in person at the We Are Podcast event last November and he closed the event just after this recording and shared how he escaped his second abduction. If you’re going to dig deeper into any interviewee I have on the show, I highly recommend you choose Jordan. It would be impossible to listen to his show and not become a better and more self aware person.


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