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The Next Level with Jeff Agostinelli

Each week we’ll bring you a new episode with an EXCEPTIONAL entrepreneur, author, thought leader, speaker or leader in their field. The goal of The Next Level Podcast is to inspire and educate by extracting key lessons from those who have already been there. Each week our special guest will gift you a download, secret, tip or strategy to help YOU get to The Next Level.
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Dec 28, 2017

A few episodes back I went into 3 Simple Things to Manage Overwhelm where I talked about some strategies I use to get past overwhelm by creating the space to get things done personally and professionally. In there I went into blocking time, eliminating distractions by putting your phone on airplane, and letting others know in your immediate environment what you need to have the type of environment you need for the task at hand.

At the root this is cultivating undivided attention and funneling your focus and pretty much everything you've got into what requires it in the moment

The amount of attention you can commit and hold by your mental and emotional focus can make all the difference in creating something with meaning and making memories with the people you love.

As you're heading into the new year, you can use this practice to really dive into the things at the top of your list and start the year strong.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Some simple ways to communicate with your family what your need are
  • How to hit the pause button and change gears
  • Creating the space mentally and emotionally to give your full undivided attention to the task at hand
  • Why being completely present is a gift to yourself and others
  • A simple practice to begin giving your undivided attention on one thing today
Dec 25, 2017

The beauty industry, for men and women, has had a strong focus on the veneer. It's largely about acquiring and applying beauty as apposed to radiating beauty from the inside out.

There's no better example that I know of personally who radiates health and well-being as much as Nadine Artemis and when it comes to cream of the crop pure products Nadine has curated and formulate just that.

Nadine Artemis is the creator of Living Libations, an exquisite line of serums, elixirs, and essentials oils for those seeking the purest of the pure botanical health and beauty products on the planet. Living Libations natural beauty line that’s won over devoted fans such as singer Alanis Morissette and actresses Carrie-Anne Moss, Shailene Woodley and Mandy Moore.

She is the author of Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance and Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums, a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets, and her products have received rave reviews in the New York Times, the National Post, and the Hollywood Reporter.

Described by Alanis Morissette as “a true-sense visionary,” Nadine has formulated a stunning collection of rare and special botanical compounds. Her healing creations, along with her concept of Renegade Beauty, encourages effortlessness and inspires people to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness.

Today we'll dive into some common beauty and self-care practices you can upgrade right away and dig into Nadine's new book, Renegade Beauty.

In this episode you'll learn

  • The real damage people are doing to their bodies in the name of external beauty.
  • What toxic chemicals may be hiding in the self-care products you use on a daily basis
  • How lotions and potions are mutating and eliminating microbes that are essential for your skin health and immune system
  • The importance of giving your home a makeover to clear out toxic products
  • How to improve your health and boost your mood with the natural healing powers of essential oils
  • The health benefits of spending time in nature and interacting with the elements
  • Why certain products listed as natural may actually be misleading and unsafe
Dec 21, 2017

Around the holidays, we typically spend time with our friends and families.

Something that started to happen for me when I was upgrading my nutrition and digging into personal development was that going back home felt awkward. Not only that, but I would get judgemental and try to impose my newly found discoveries on my family and friends.

It can even feel like there is a mismatch going on. These people may remember you as a different person with different views and beliefs. This is super common in the personal development and transformational space.

Today I'm gonna unpack what this looks like and how to navigate these situations. It's been a solid 10+ years since I've started down the path of lifestyle and consciousness shifts, so I feel fairly competent in these situations and confidently expressing myself without getting pulled into anyone's B.S.

So naturally, I thought this would be useful for you to navigate the holiday festivities.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How the right and wrong of things can lead to harboring feelings and resentment
  • The magic of allowing someone the freedom of their own experience
  • The art of honoring each others differences
  • How a personal transformation or any big shift can naturally make you want to share it with others, but being able to discern the best timing
  • Why it's important for people to be ask for help and be in a place of receiving
  • How to navigated what might turn out as a heated debate around the holidays
  • Gauging when you are being sucked into other people stuff
Dec 18, 2017

Today I invited Dorie Clark to come back on the show to talk about her new book, Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive. Dorie was on the show back at episode 037 (The Art of Reinvention and Standing Out in A Crowded Marketplace) where we dug into her book Stand Out and really got deep into how to coach your inner critic.

Dorie Clark is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.”

A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, she consults and speaks for clients including Google, Microsoft, and the World Bank. She is also a producer of a multiple Grammy-award-winning jazz album.

In Entrepreneurial You, Dorie outlines a blueprint for professional independence and creating what she calls a portfolio career.

There are countless people who are really good, heck... even GREAT at what they do, but are yet to actually turn that into a lucrative income. Something I've had to grow up and realize and what Dorie so perfectly states is how:

"Learning to make money from your expertise is a different skill set from what’s needed to become excellent at your work or well known in your field."

We are going to unpack Dorie's book Entrepreneurial You and start to chip away at what the income path for independent professionals actually looks like.

In the year Dorie spent writing Entrepreneurial You her income grew by more than $200,000 as a direct result of using the techniques in this book.

Everyone is at a different place in their professional journey. So this isn't to say you'll see those EXACT results, and there's power in seeing what's possible.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Key strategies for building a sustainable business in today’s digital world
  • The proven lead magnets and opt-ins Dorie uses when launching her books and courses
  • How to develop a clear content strategy to share your idea, passion, or business online
  • The critical pieces needed to grow a highly engaged online community
  • How to leverage your content to create multiple streams of income
  • The power of guest blogging and sharing your content through established publications
  • How to develop a trusting relationship with your audience
Dec 14, 2017

In a society where we place a high value on the intellect, it can be a tough to drop into how we really feel about making choices in our life.

I've personally found it extremely valuable to be able to tap into a deeper intelligence to navigate life's choices and be able to draw upon the feeling of a decision.

In a recent coaching session with a client we came up with a great analogy that helped her clear the mental clutter and drop into a deeper more resourceful place to make the choice she was up against.

In today's episode I'll unpack what that looks like and how to move from a more frenetic whack-a-mole state to a place of yummy tummy. I know that sounds a little strange, but you'll hear all about it in today's show.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How to move from mental noise to a place of deeper knowing
  • A strategy for cultivating child like curiosity
  • Another way to make choices based on feeling
  • How to start passing options through each state... whack-a-mole and yummy tummy
Dec 11, 2017

Tim Larkin is a former military intelligence officer with a 25 year career where he has trained people in 52 countries in how to deal with imminent violence. Over 10,000 clients are trained in his Target Focus Training (TFT) from Military Special Operations Units, Special Law Enforcement Teams, Celebrities and high profile business leaders on how to use physics and physiology to injure any human(s) trying to attack them. TFT is the original Reality Based Fighting System.

His numerous magazine covers and articles in the Martial Arts and self-defense industry are as controversial as his “pro-victim advocate” position on self-protection. He is a highly sought after speaker as well as the media’s “go to guy” on Self Defense and Victim’s rights.

Today we'll unpack Tim's new book, When Violence Is the Answer: Learning How to Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake, and get to know the ins and outs of this topic that most people don't want to think about.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Why it doesn’t make you a bad person to learn the tools of violence for self-protection
  • How to pick up on social cues to know when you may be in real danger
  • The key differences between fighting, martial arts, and self-protection protocols
  • How to know when it’s an appropriate time to use violence
  • Learning to identify and exploit the weakness of an attacker
  • Strategies to maintain emotional composure under fear
  • How to make better decisions to minimize the chance of encountering violence
  • Why the brain should always be used as your primary weapon
Dec 7, 2017

Something that a lot of us men are missing out on is real authentic connection with other men. Like a lot of things that somehow find their way into my life, I didn't know it was something I needed until it found me.

My friend Billy introduced me to the work of Dr. Robert Glover and his book, No More Mr. Nice Guy. After diving into his work and having him on the show, I started attending a men's group with my friend Billy and about 8-10 other guys every other week.

One of the exercises we've done in the group is sharing a story, something we did, or something that happened to us that we haven't shared, or that we are ashamed of. I really underestimated the power of such a simple exercise.

In today's episode, I'll unpack what I'm starting to understand about shame and some things that are unfolding as a result of entering the darkness to find the light.

In this episode you'll learn

  • Some ways that shame potentially gets passed on and creates a false identity
  • How shame can only live in hiding
  • Leaning into being uncomfortable
  • Putting yourself into situations where you may have felt embarrassed in the past
  • The surprising result of having a support system
Dec 4, 2017

Growing up an Irish boy in East London, Steve Sims was the son of a brick mason. This laid the foundation, yes... pun intended..., for his insane work ethic. Steve paints this amazingly vivid picture in his new book Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen, where he saw his dad, uncles, and cousins. His entire family tree down the line of ladders. In that moment he realized that he would eventually be that next one on the ladder for the rest of his life. That night, he quit.

The second he was clear there was a different way to think, he took action.

Ever since Steve has been pulling off the unimaginable. He's been able to make his clients' wildest dreams come true, from a wedding at the Vatican, to being serenaded by Andrea Bocelli, to powerful business introductions to moguls like Elon Musk.

Steve Sims is is the visionary founder of Bluefish: the world’s first luxury concierge company that delivers the highest level of personalized travel, transportation, and cutting-edge entertainment services to corporate executives, celebrities, professional athletes, and other discerning individuals interested in living life to its fullest. He has been invited to speak to MBA students at Harvard (twice), has spoken at the Pentagon, and has been featured in major media all around the world: From The Sunday Times and China Post, to The Wall Street Journal.

Today we'll dive into how Steve pulls the strings and the art of Bluefishing.

In this episode you'll learn

  • How Steve built his luxury concierge service that delivers extravagant adventures to rich and famous clientele
  • Why most people are scared to acknowledge or go after their deepest passions
  • Strategies to develop and nurture your personal relationships
  • How raw transparency will help others connect with your vision
  • The power of using video messaging to spark excitement and connection
  • How many of today’s entrepreneurs are misallocating their time
  • Why genuine engagement is more important than the size of your following
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