Motivated Life with Ravi Raman

Motivated Life with Ravi Raman

Ravi Raman
Sep 29, 2020 58 min

#23 - David Kadavy On Unleashing Your Creative Genius

David Kadavy joins me on this episode. David is an independent writer, blogger, and podcaster. He has written several books, including the best-selling "Design for Hackers", "The Heart to Start" and the soon to be released "Mind Management (Not Time Management)". In this conversation, we explore David's career journey and intuitive call to step off a promising career track in Silicon Valley to become an independent creator, the nature of creativity, and why it matters that we unleash more of our full potential as artists. We also explore a few strategies for doing more great creative work that are relevant for everyone, even if you don’t consider creativity a vital aspect of your job. Follow David on Twitter,, and at Get "Mind Management (Not Time Management)”, David’s latest book, at
Sep 15, 2020 46 min

#22 - Adam Tank On Taking The Entrepreneurial Leap

Adam Tank joins me on the podcast to explore what it’s like to leave the safe confines of a corporate career to find his way as an entrepreneur. We also dive into his passion for the water industry, the value of writing and blogging, the key qualities of an entrepreneur and much more. Connect with Adam, and check out his writing, on his website on Twitter.
Aug 18, 2020 50 min

#21 - Jeff Kinsey on Finding Your Path in Life and Leadership

Jeff Kinsey joins me on the podcast to explore the insights that led to a radical lifestyle and career transformation. We also dive deep into his unique way of helping leaders and teams be more human as a coach and organizational consultant. A former banker, Jeff discovered that there was a different way to live, and followed insight and wisdom in moving with his family to the mountains of Colorado. His current vocation soon emerged, serving clients through his company, The Logos Group. In this podcast we discuss: What being stuck in a snowstorm at 13,000 feet taught Jeff about dealing with challenges. How the mind works and it’s our natural capacity to find peace and calm. Finding direction and solving problems through wisdom and insight. Jeff’s motivation for taking the road less traveled, and reimagining life and work. The single master skill every leader needs to cultivate. Why suffering is optional when it comes to doing great work. ...and much more! Connect with Jeff: Follow Jeff on LinkedIn. The Logos Group. Jeff’s blog. Mentioned during our conversation: A Tale of Adventure Survival [and Leadership Lessons Learned] Mt of the Holy Cross
Aug 04, 2020 42 min

#20 - Uday Dandavate: SonicRim's CEO on Poetry, Design Activism and Creativity

"Every human being has the ability to transcend their reality and think constructively and imagine a different future.” ~ Uday Dandavate Uday Dandavate joins me for this podcast to discuss his new book of poetry “a window for a home without walls”, the importance of collaborative innovation, and why design activism - not design thinking - is needed now more than ever. Uday has had a long career at the intersection of design, innovation, and technology; as the CEO of SonicRim, a firm that has supported creative initiatives at leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, and eBay. I partnered with SonicRim over 10 years ago during my career at Microsoft to explore consumer needs and trends in support of product innovation. It was nice to catch up after so many years to discuss how we can apply a design activist mindset to today’s pressing leadership issues. By the way, even if you aren’t a reader of poetry, I think you will find his book of poems both thought-provoking and inspiring. In this podcast we discuss: Skills every designer needs Writing a book can be a fun and playful act Value of having the right questions, not the right answers Listening to inner wisdom Fearlessness as a way to see the world objectively Being authentic in business What the pandemic is teaching us about leadership Moving beyond design thinking to design activism Comics as a storytelling vehicle What leaders can do to unlock creativity …and much more!
Jul 27, 2020 16 min

#19 - Flexing Your Creative Muscle

When was the last time you created something from scratch? If you need to think more than a few seconds about it, chances are you are missing a key ingredient to a satisfying and successful day. We worry about not getting enough water, sleep, fresh air, sunshine or protein. There are books and podcasts dedicated to filling up our physical tank with the “good” stuff. Yet, very few talk about the value of being insightfully generative and creative. I argue that it’s as important as sleep. The feeling of satisfaction that comes from creating something from scratch is remarkable. It trumps a runners high, and I’ve done a lot of running in my years! In this podcast I cover: What happens when we aren't using our creative talents Research on the role creative tendencies play in work and business performance An easy method for unlocking your innate creativity
Jan 21, 2019 44 min

#18 - Austin Belcak Shares His Best Strategies For Landing Your Dream Job

Austin Belcak joins me on this episode of the podcast to discuss unconventional methods for landing your dream job. Austin and I both believe that the current system for finding and landing jobs is broken (both for hiring managers and those seeking jobs). There is a lot of noise and not enough signal. Early sidetracks (or missteps) in one’s career or education also can be seemingly insurmountable barriers to overcome when trying to level-up in a career or make a radical change in vocation. What can we do about it? Austin was forced to think creatively when it came to landing his job at Microsoft. With a 2.5 GPA and a modest amount of work experience, he discovered a variety of methods and strategies for finding ways to add real value to employers and convince decision-makers to bet on him. Listen to this episode where we cover: How Austin landed a great job at Microsoft, without a stellar GPA or prior career experience. What motivated Austin to start a side business while working full-time. The most viciously misleading advice most job seekers blindly follow. How to start a career in a new field, with no connections. Why applying to jobs online is ineffective, and what to do about it.…and much more! Free Bonus: Austin’s Best Job Search Strategies: As a special bonus to listeners of this podcast, Austin has pulled together a few freebies for you, including (1) a guidebook with 5 strategies his students have used to land job offers at Microsoft, Goldman Sachs and Facebook without applying online and (2) free access to his “Resume Revamp” course. Visit get your free stuff! Connect with Austin Belcak at
Jan 07, 2019 46 min

#17 - Frans Johansson On Seizing Opportunity In An Unpredictable World

Frans Johansson joins me on this episode of the Motivated Life podcast. Frans is a thought leader in the realms of innovation and diversity, a captivating keynote speaker and founder of The Medici Group, a consulting firm that helps organization harness the power of diversity-driven innovation. His two books, The Medici Effect and The Click Moment are groundbreaking in their profound yet straightforward messages about how to ride the powerful waves of randomness and serendipity while unlocking innovative potential. This conversation is super relevant to anyone who is looking to innovate or disrupt when it comes to business evolution, career navigation or lifestyle design. The principles we dive into fly in the face of the conventional wisdom about what it takes to build a something remarkable in the world. You’ll find the ideas provocative, fascinating and immediately useful. Listen to this episode where we cover: The limits of hard work and “10,000-hour rule” based thinking. How the human brain reacts to luck, randomness, and serendipity. Why we should all learn to spot and take advantage of “Click Moments.” The chance encounter that propelled Microsoft to success in the 1990s. Pfizer’s serendipitous moment of insight, leading to a blockbuster drug. What we all can do to seize opportunities in an unpredictable world.…and much more! Connect with Frans at his website:
Dec 17, 2018 32 min

#16 - Andy Scantland On Being Your Best At Work

Andy Scantland, Executive and Leadership Coach, joins me to discuss how to elevate your performance and be your best at work. Andy has coached leaders in the technology, hospitality, communications, financial, education, and development industries. His goal is to drive improved organizational effectiveness through individual and team performance improvement, increased engagement, and values-driven leadership. Listen to the podcast as we discuss: Why Andy left a promising career to pursue coaching full-time How to be your best at work by leveraging your strengths The single biggest factor for improving team performance …and much more! Connect with Andy and his coaching practice at Upside Partners(
Oct 29, 2018 18 min

#15 - The Power of Simplicity as a Catalyst For Growth

Being simple isn’t easy, it’s often harder, at least in the beginning. The benefits, however, are worth the initial effort. In this podcast, I share a simple concept that might change how you think about your business, your health, your relationships and living your life in general. This idea is all about going way beyond Pareto's "80/20 Rule" and seeing that in life, we can get MUCH MORE out of less.
Oct 22, 2018 6 min

#14 - Here’s Why Making A Radical Career Change Is So Darn Tough

In this episode, your host (Ravi Raman) shares his thoughts about why making a radical career change is so darn tough. Expanding on the ideas in this blog post, Ravi goes into what it's like to "swim against the current" and make a career change later in life. He also describes three "safe havens" that tend to pull people back towards their old ways and old jobs. When we become aware of these safe havens - it can be easier to resist their pull.
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