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Ambition. Ask Yourself The BIG Questions to Drive Success!

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Every week I speak with entrepreneurs, tech founders, actors, musicians, comedians and the most wonderful leaders across a range of industries and am constantly inspired by their ability to pursue their dreams with unwavering tenacity!

In this week’s episode of the Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! weekly entrepreneurship podcast, I answer those very same questions that I ask of these awe-inspiring individuals and invite you all to ponder them for your own life also, in the hope that you will take stock and feel inspired to chase your own pursuits.

In this ever-evolving technological age, many of you are working longer hours, the cost of living is more expensive and we’re all bombarded by the social construct of wanting bigger, faster, longer and better.



Better?
The human need to strive to be better isn’t a bad thing. Without it the very nature of science, technology, innovation and creativity would be nowhere near as exciting as it is today. The massive strides forward in nearly every discipline surely has come from the human desire to be better.

But who’s version of ‘Better’ are you striving for? 

Really stop and think about that. As wondrous as the forward motion in innovation and technology are, there is of course always a downside. What with the fast-paced world that is 2018, is it any wonder that most of us don’t stop and consider what OUR version of ‘better’ is?

Not your parents’ version.
Not reality television’s version.
Not the Instagram version of yourself.
Not Hollywood’s version.

YOUR version. Your ‘why’. Your values. Your dreams. Yours.

Let’s get into the show!

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Show notes:
Books Mentioned:
1. ‘Losing my Virginity’ by Richard Branson
2. ‘Scar Tissue’ by Anthony Kiedis
3. ‘The Dirt’ by Mötley Crüe
4. ‘The Heroin Diaries’ by Nikki Sixx from Mötley Crüe
5. ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho

Burleigh Heads escape + Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! solocast where we answer ALL the big questions:

1. If you could jump on a plane anywhere tomorrow where would you go & why?
2. What’s your primary motivator? What drives your hunger for success?
3. What are your favourite books or biographies/autobiographies? What did they teach you?
4. Can you describe in detail a key moment of joy or realisation, 2 pinch me moments that you’ve had, you’ve been in a daze and thought to yourself “I can’t believe that this is happening right now?”
5. What does success look like to you?
6. My personal values are the same are my business ones. What values do you hold yourself to?
7. What are 2 pieces of advice you’d give to someone who has a dream, but is afraid to take that first step?

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Talking Super Bowl TV, David Beckham & QANTAS – Grant Flannery

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Currently based in New York City, Grant Flannery is the Strategy Director for celebrated advertising agency Droga5 whose current clientele includes Google, Sprint, Mailchimp, ESPN, The New York Times and Hennessy.

An award winning strategist, Grant’s broad range of experience working with top tier clients across a number of digital, social, branding, business and creative strategies makes for enlightening conversation, particularly on the changing nature of digital consumerism.

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In this episode, we enjoy vast-ranging chats about Grant’s first EVER Super Bowl TV commercial, the award-winning Qantas Out of Office Travelogue campaign, working with David Beckham and what it’s like to be an Aussie expat living in New York City.

 



Awesome podcast, absolute pearls of wisdom. Let’s get to it!

Great work by Grant Flannery:
1. Sprint Super Bowl Commercial 2018: Evelyn
2. Evelyn is learning Selfies: Pre Super Bowl ad
3. Evelyn is learning how to take brunch pics: Pre Super Bowl ad
4. Qantas Out of Office Travelogue
5. Sprint – David Beckham

Show Notes:
1. Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons.
2. Abe & Arty – The Weiner dogs of Instagram
3. The 5 must-haves for Aussies when applying for a US Visa – A podcast with Andrew Szew

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #172 Grant Flannery (Droga5 – Strategy Director) here

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Lifestyle x Work – Choose Your Own Adventure!

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Work. Save. Work. Save. Reward. Work. Save.

This is the modern, western formula that I’m sure most of us have grown up with and in the past it certainly worked. But let’s face it: 2018 is an expensive world, mindsets and attitudes towards work are changing and it’s becoming more and more difficult not to compare yourself to every colleague, friend or Insta-famous model who are all living their best life. The modern world, particularly Generations Y, Z and beyond and facing enormous economic pressure and immense spiritual discord.

Do you have to put up with one to forgo the other?



On one hand we’re faced with a property market that’s nearly impossible to break into, working longer hours to combat wage stagnation with the knowledge that without a certain level of capital it’s going to be very difficult to follow our bliss.

On the other hand, what about our bliss? The old-school societal expectation of working in a well-paid, 40+ hour, high-stress job REGARDLESS of whether or not it’s an industry you actually enjoy is not at all a thrilling concept and unfortunately those who undertake such a mission are buckling and buckling hard. Gone are the days where one wants to work hard for their whole life in order to retire at 60, take a well-earned break and finally regain a sense of freedom.

The reality is we want to work hard at a job that is rewarding, fulfilling and abundant, we want the freedom to change careers based on our interests without judgement AND we want to experience life’s beauty and all it has to offer, preferably before we’re 60 years-old.

We want want it all and we want it now. So how do we get it?


Let me give you this frame of reference. Business analysts and health professionals from around the world mostly agree that an individual is likely to change careers between 3-7 times in their lifetime. So with this knowledge why are people more than ever dreading Monday? Why is there a stubborn residue of old, accepted social norms in regards to ‘sticking it out’ in a career you hate in favour of financial freedom? Why aren’t we giving ourselves the space to fail forward and forge multiple careers based on a commitment to Life-Work Balance?


In this week’s episode I take you through my unexpected career path that I forged solely through a commitment to choosing employment based on my dream lifestyle. From hospitality to university, from promotional work to aviation I share with you what I’ve learned from each profession and how I built upon it moving forward. If you told me 20 years ago about my career path of course, I would have laughed at you. Contrary to what you’re told in high school, I’ve learned that there is no one way to achieve financial and spiritual success. If you follow your bliss, listen to your gut and fail forward you’ll open yourself up to a life you never dreamed of.

 


Go on then. Choose your own adventure!

Show Notes:

1. Episode #76 with Australian actor Daniel MacPherson
2. Episode #169 Life Work Balance with @hotndelicious – Solocast
3. “Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons” – Harvard Business Review article by Michael Maccoby.

 

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Life Work Balance with @hotndelicious – My Tips & Tricks.

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If you pick up the arts and entertainment section of any newspaper you’re likely to see in the best seller list AT LEAST one book on success, achieving work-life balance and consciously owning your time. Whether it’s new titles like “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson or “The 4 Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferris, it seems that people more than ever are openly on the quest to achieve ‘work-life balance’.

But is it even possible to achieve? What with the mountain of books, podcasts, classes and Netflix specials on ‘work-life balance’ it can sometimes feel like an elusive concept made only for bloggers, entrepreneurs and coaches who coach people on creating work-life balance. Needless to say, I understand how it can seem elusive particularly if your career doesn’t fit any of these moulds.

But what if we changed the angle?

On today’s podcast I discuss my philosophy of Life Work Balance and how it’s possible to be working full-time and creating your own projects while also ensuring you make time for you. I take you back to where I first implemented this concept and let you in on some of my tips, tricks and how-to’s to integrate Life Work Balance into your schedule right now.

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Music Industry Podcast: Global Jetsetter Tom Richardson launches ‘Somebody Say Love’ single!

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Tom Richardson (Australian singer/songwriter) launches launches ‘Somebody Say Love’ single on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

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Tom Richardson is a close mate of mine and inspirational Australian singer/songwriter, who has performed in 15 different countries, had his music featured on Rip Curl surfing documentaries and in 2018, hits a decade of travelling the globe with a dream job as a full-time independent musician since the age of 21.

On today’s podcast we chat about Tom Richardson’s latest EP ‘Promise of the Light’, which is due to launch worldwide in early 2018 and was recorded in solace in lakeside cabins in Alberta, Canada and jungle hideaways in Bali, Indonesia, before collaborating with close friends Benny Walker & Tim Bennett in home studios in the Adelaide Hills and with seaside views at his home in Warrnambool, Australia.

We also enjoy vast-ranging chats about the systems & processes and tools that Tom utilises as a small business owner to keep a balanced life of physical & mental health, his favourite podcasts including Song Exploder, The Tim Ferris Show and Pilgrim Heart with Krishna Das, different meditation and yoga techniques that he practicessharing stages with the likes Joe Bonamassa, Cold Chisel, John Butler Trio and a musical  passport of memories including musical collaborations with Native American poets, Indian Kirtan masters, Fijian highland village choirs & indigenous Australian icons. Fascinating chats!

This latest release truly reflects Tom Richardson’s nomadic schedule and his life across the past 10 years, which is a musical odyssey of regular tours around Australia, North America, Asia and Europe leading to “rave reviews, prime festival slots, and international airplay”.

Oh and we snapped up the exclusive 1st worldwide global release of ‘Somebody Say Love’, the first single off Tom Richardson‘s ‘Promise of the Light’ EP! YES!

Super podcast, top bloke. I know you will enjoy the show. Let’s get into it!

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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #161 Tom Richardson (Australian singer/songwriter) launches launches ‘Somebody Say Love’ single!

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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

 

Tom Richardson (Australian singer/songwriter) launches launches ‘Somebody Say Love’ single on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

The 5 must-haves for Aussies when applying for a US Visa – A podcast with Andrea Szew.

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US Immigration Lawyer, Andrea Szew on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

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Ever wanted to work in the USA like me? 

Last year I was in Los Angeles and the USA under the ESTA Visa Waiver Program for just under 3 months to explore what Los Angeles was like as a place to be based for work – to see if there was another side to the City of Angels away from the plastic fantastic and then based on these experiences, decide if I wished to pursue the O1 Visa as an option to work in the USA (also known as the O1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability Visa – yes, that’s what it’s called).  

Now any Australian who has spent time in Los Angeles with a Green Card, E3 or O1 Visa will tell you that they have the best US Immigration Lawyer in the USA ever! And chances are that they might, but it’s not all cut & dried and there are some key things that you need to know before you go splash the cash on securing a lawyer in the hopes of chasing the American dream.

This week on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! I chat with Los Angeles-based US International Business and Immigration lawyer, Andrea Szew, about:

  • The 5 Must-Haves When Applying for a US Visa.
  • How Trump’s administration is affecting foreign nationals’ ability to work in the US 1 year on since taking office and what you as an applicant needs to take into consideration.
  • Andrea Szew’s life growing up in California, her time at UCLA and what inspired her to become a lawyer specializing in Immigration Law.
  • Some of the iconic clients Andrea’s worked with including Hootsuite CEO, Ryan Holmes, Australias Thunder from Down Under in Las Vegas and much much more.

For context, Andrea and I met through the Aussies in LA Australians in LA Facebook Pages, which is a wonderful community of Aussies and a super important resource for any Australian based in or seeking to be approved for a USA visa to work in Los Angeles.

And the good news is that there is SO much more to L.A. than the glitter, gloss and your name up in lights; countless hiking trails in the greater Los Angeles area, live comedy every night of the week, amazing Mexican food, a live music scene that makes your mouth water and I fell in love with the Sports Bar culture too. I’ve found the American people as a whole, from my previous holidays there and on this trip, to be so warm and welcoming, polite and giving. Plus if you need it, there’s this a super supportive community of expat Australians in both Los Angeles and New York City (should you need it) and a whole new country to explore. Loves it!

So if you an Australian businessman/women seeking to work in the USA or you have a friend who is… if you are award-winning digital media professional, an actor, musician, producer or entertainer who believes you have done the hard yards and have what it takes to make it in the USA, then this is the podcast for you!

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #160 Andrea Szew (USA Immigration Lawyer – Szew Law Group).

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Article, podcast & Interview by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!
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DOWNLOAD the PODCAST via iTunes – #160 Andrea Szew (USA Immigration Lawyer – Szew Law Group).

Android Users: Download Castbox Podcast App via Google Play, then Click here to Subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! podcast.

Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

 

US Immigration Lawyer, Andrea Szew on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

3 Crucial Tips – Social Media Strategy, ROI & The User Experience 2018.

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy & Content Production for your brand.

Well now, what an amazing year 2017 has been!

After taking the leap of faith and leaving my role as Social Media Lead at SapientNitro Australia to step back into my own Social Media Strategy & Content Production business, I have relocated to Sydney from Melbourne (via Los Angeles) to take on Cancer Council Australia as a client, significantly diversified our depth of experience across a range of different industries, lectured social media strategy in university at Macleay College in Sydney for the first time, had my own radio show on Bondi Beach Radio and run a series of live podcasts including the International Business Review Conference in Melbourne just 2 weeks ago!

Over the past year or so, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! have worked Cancer Council Australia, Planet Life Balance Virtual Reality Greening app, Moula fintech, Mahlab Agency (global B2B business, hbf insurance), REBORN Agency,  and Cherry Blooms global cosmetics brand providing a range of services including a full audit of organisational digital ecosystems and assets, the generation Best Practice Social Media Playbooks and Monthly Reporting templates, creation of systems and processes to improve internal/external ways or working and 2-3 year strategic roadmaps.

3 key points have only further solidified in my mind over this time. We as Social Media Strategists, Creatives and Account Management teams need to push our teams and our clients to be more sophisticated in the creation of through-the-line strategies and content that generate Social Social Media designed for the User Experience, Funnel Strategies that drive ROI and evolve our approach for the The Next Wave of Brand Influencer Campaigns.

Inspirational quotes do zero for your brand objectives unless you’re a meditation/yoga business or run a speaker agency, cat videos and dog memes aren’t suitable unless you’re Whiskas or Chum and generic lifestyle/beauty products laid out on a towel on the beach is just not doing much of value to sales or a connection with your brand.

If you haven’t implemented the following in your agency or brand yet, then this is where you need to start in 2018:

  1. Social Social Media + UX – Generate Content That You’d Want To See In Your Own Mobile Newsfeed. Don’t use social media to yell at people! Billboards ≠ Effective Content.
  2. Create a Funnel Strategy. Create strategic content and advertising campaigns to drive results and client ROI.
    1. Design or re-design your digital ecosystem with specific roles.
        1. Assess your current digital ecosystem.
        2. Determine where your target audience are playing.
        3. Assess what ad solutions best suit your objectives and target audience penetration.
    2. Ladder your Content Pillars -> Social Media Objectives -> Business Pillars.
    3. Utilize your content and ad spend as part of a Funnel Strategy.
  1. The Next Wave of Brand Influencer Campaigns – Pivot from the wanna-be Instagram model to working with and upskilling influencers to create campaigns with a measurable uplift in Sales and Return On Investment.

Want to delve into this further? Check out this LIVE at Future Social Media 2017: Social Social Media + UX, Funnel Strategy and The Next Wave of Brand Influencer Campaigns feature presentation and podcast that I recorded with Carat media agency Senior Business Manager, Harry McGoldrick at International Business Review Conference 2 weeks ago and download the accompanying deck/resources here!

And if you, your agency, your business, your brand or your client are looking to transform the way you approach social media, designed for both the User Experience AND ROI… then let’s chat. Drop me a line:

Dan Wilkinson info@hotndelicious.com

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