#47 The Fear of “Against the Grain”

ANNOUNCEMENT!: If you are accessing this episode in real time (Jan 2015), then we’d LOVE to see you at our first live event on Friday February 6th 2015 at 7pm. The event is at “The Base Studio’s” at 7 Yarra Place, South Melbourne Victoria 3205 (www.thebase.com.au) – There will be some drinks/socializing in the lounge area, a bit of a live episode recording to sit in on, and some dinner plans to follow at a nearby restaurant.

This week, we had a friend with a fascinating story of what it means to pursue a life-long ambition at a time that might seem either “too late”, “wrong age”, “wrong circumstance” or “against popular belief”.

Our friend Jane has a wonderfully heartwarming, yet inspiring story to tell. We are sure that you will grab something significant from this, no matter what stage in life you are.

Thanks again to Jane – Enjoy!

Mick & DOB

#46 Fun…

ANNOUNCEMENT – If you’re downloading before Feb 2015, then save the date on Friday February 6th for our exciting first Risking Failure Event! It will be hosted in Port Melbourne at 7pm, with venue currently being finalized. PLEASE LET US KNOW YOU ARE COMING so we can make sure we pick the right venue..

This week – We just had a bit of fun. Seriously – (Well, not seriously) we explored the subject of having fun in life and the workplace, and how that sometimes pisses people off. As well as judging when is the right time to have a bit of fun…

Enjoy. We truly laughed our asses of in this one!

#45 – Listening

ANNOUNCEMENT!! We have our first event coming up on FRIDAY FEB 6th!! (We know – We did first talk about Feb 7th, and even announced it as Feb 7th a short time ago, but we’ve had to change it due to circumstances beyond control.) – WE NEED YOUR HELP! Let us know if you’re coming so we have head count and can decide on the final venue. The location will be in Port Melbourne, Victoria though!

ALSO – We realized that the file uploaded for this episode last week got botched somehow, so we’ve re-uploaded. Sorry if you missed the whole thing the first time.


How much do you REALLY listen in a conversation? Especially with people you are close to? LISTEN-IN this week as we discuss just that!

We talked about more than just the perceived importance of listening, but dug deep into what actually goes on in our minds when we’re in an intense conversation. We’re so busy forming our thoughts for what we’re going to say next, that we don’t hear what’s being said.

So what are we missing out on? Are we mis-understanding people because we’re not listening? How far does this really go, and should we be trying to fix it?

#44 – Christmas & End of Year Reflection

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and THANK YOU for being a part of this project in 2014!

It’s been our first full calendar year, so in this episode we revisited an earlier episode about “Goals”, last years “New Year Plans” and more…

If you’ve been following along, then much of this will make sense as we reflect back to that episode where we talked about our plans for the year.

How was your year? We hope it was grand, and that you can use this little conversation as a good reflection opportunity!

Cheers from Dobbo & Mick

#43 – Quitting

How do you know when you should quit, when you should already have quit and at what point to quit something in the future?

This week, we talked about the fear of doing something (for years) that was destined for “average”, and the fear of wasting away a decade or more of your life working hard at something you should have given up long ago…

Ever have that feeling?

#42: Angst & Experiencing Failure In Advance

In this week’s conversation, we explored a topic that quite honestly should have come up a LOT earlier!

The angst we carry through almost every moment of our day is not only crippling at times, but can often feel “lame” that we have the feeling in the first place.

Could this be an experience that EVERY human being is constantly managing at some level, but without talking about it?

What do you think?

#41 – Stretched Thin: Outsourcing, Consistency & Saying No

In this week’s show, Dobbo “had a little chat” with Mick about how the fixed and consistent weekly upload pattern has dropped off? Why? What’s been going on? Is Risking Failure dropping in priority?

We talked about what might seem like the topic of “overwhelm” which we’ve covered before – but it was actually more about how we deal with having many things to do, how things suffer and whether that’s an issue or not.

In addition to all this, we talked about “mentoring and networking” – For instance deciding who we should reach out to, whether there is mutual value, and also talked about “Asking for Yes” and “Saying No”.

#40 – Relationships #2: Pushing Boundaries & Exploring Meaning

Episode #40 - Relationships: Pushing Boundaries & Exploring Meaning
Episode #40 – Relationships: Pushing Boundaries & Exploring Meaning

In this episode, we’re so pleased to introduce you to some friends of Dobbo, and new friends of the show Jess & Pete.

Jess and Pete are in a long distance relationship, where Jess lives in Australia and Pete in the USA. While Pete was visiting Australia, Dobbo sat down with them both and the conversation that followed is really amazing.

We’re certain this episode will help you explore the meaning, boundaries and ideas of your own existing or past relationships. If nothing else, we think you’ll agree that the ideas, questions and conversations within this episode are nothing short of thought provoking.

We hope you enjoy!

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#39 – Relationships & The Stories We Tell Ourselves…

In this episode Dobbo, Mick & ML talked about the very broad subject of relationships. But we doubled down on romantic relationships specifically, and discussed “the stories we tell oursevles” about them.

What do we tell ourselves about;

– Marriage

– Making relationships work

– Finding a soul mate

– What a successful relationship is

– Sacrifice

And more specifically we explored what society has molded us to believe about relationships.

#38 – Vulnerability Part 2

This week’s show is part 2 of the vulnerability episode we had last week (you can checkout part 1 here). Please hold on, as part 2 is better than part 1 (Just like all the great duo’s and trilogies!!)

Of course, we all thought this conversation was a load of bullocks at the time, but as we’ve listened back we think maybe we hit the odd insight here and there! Hope you enjoy!