Good Journeys with Second Mountain

Second Mountain Comms

The inspiring show with purpose at heart. The 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' podcast and YouTube show will raise you up, push you forward and challenge you. Hosted by Ben Veal, founder of Second Mountain Comms, each episode features very special guests from across the globe, all sharing their personal, moving and honest life journeys and lessons learned along the way. read less
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028 | Sammy Burt, Author of What Is A Grown-Up, Anyway?
15-04-2024
028 | Sammy Burt, Author of What Is A Grown-Up, Anyway?
Do you struggle with what it means to be a 'grown-up' in today's world? Feel weighed down by the burdens and responsibilities that go hand-in-hand with adulting? You're not alone! Sammy Burt is the author of new book 'What Is A Grown-Up, Anyway?' which explores the perplexing world of adulthood through interviews, research and original insight. A speaker and culture change consultant, Sammy is the founder of Backpack and part of the founding team of Farleigh Performance, and is all about helping people to be the very best that they can be. Sammy has spent years helping to develop purpose in brands, and loves nothing more than debunking unhelpful myths. She is also a trustee of UK modern slavery charity Unseen. Sammy joins Ben Veal on the award-winning 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' podcast to talk: - What it means to be a grown-up - How being an adult and being a grown-up are two very different things - The journey leading towards the writing of the book - Tackling imposter syndrome - The struggle to be authentic and to move beyond the views of others - The impact that our work environments have on creativity and our sense of self. Sammy's new book is out very soon - sign up to be the first to hear about the launch: https://www.yourbackpack.co.uk/whatisagrownupanyway Good Journeys with Second Mountain: Lessons Learned From Trails Travelled Subscribe to our channel: www.youtube.com/@secondmountaincomms Subscribe to the podcast: https://www.secondmountaincomms.co.uk/podcast Sponsors: Resilient Leaders Elements - make resilience part of your leadership journey - https://www.resilientleaderselements.com Follow us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/secondmountaincomms/ X: https://twitter.com/2ndMountainUK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secondmountaincomms TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@secondmountaincomms #adulting #grownups #grownup #author #authorinterview
Best of 2023: Why New Yorkers Disliked The Ghostbusters Movie
06-12-2023
Best of 2023: Why New Yorkers Disliked The Ghostbusters Movie
Why were New York City residents so irked by 1984's Ghostbusters? What changed between the first and second movie? Why does Ghostbusters continue to inspire audiences globally almost 40 years after its release? #ghostbusters #ghostbusters2 #billmurray #cinema #newyorkcity #nyc Joining the 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' #podcast for episode 10 is the author of new book 'A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever.' - James Greene Jr. The full interview is out now on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/ks9hAjhNh8Q?si=kKUssz4ZkDNR0OY9 Also available via Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Podcasts: ⁠www.secondmountaincomms.co.uk/podcast Produced for Second Mountain Comms by Loretz Visuals. ******************************************************************* 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Resilient Leaders Elements: ⁠⁠https://tinyurl.com/2edzmvfe⁠⁠ Leadership begins with about resilience - and Resilient Leaders Elements (RLE) are focused on making world class leadership development available to all, training people worldwide to build the skillsets needed to become resilient leaders.  RLE’s highly respected Resilient Leaders Development Programme is a bespoke development tool that’s perfect for leaders of all levels - and you can sign up now. So if you want to turbo-charge your leadership growth, and become more resilient both in the workplace and in your personal life, there’s never been a better time to start your journey.
Best of 2023: What's It Like To Live With ADHD?
05-12-2023
Best of 2023: What's It Like To Live With ADHD?
Diagnosed with ADHD as a child, Helena Hills, co-founder and CEO of TrueStart Coffee, is a self-described Neurodiversity champion who has been on a real journey of self-discovery - and now considers ADHD to be a key ingredient in driving TrueStart forward. It's only been in recent years that Helena has started to come to terms with - and accepted - her neurodiversity as a key strand of her identity. "I find emotions really hard to regulate; this is really common for people with ADHD," Helena shares openly on the #GoodJourneysPod. "I feel emotions deeply. I have this paralysing level of empathy for others and I find that quite often really overwhelming. I feel emotion physically through every bone in my body. I used to think, how are other people just going through life, hiding that pain so well? And the fact that they're not feeling it just explains everything!" #neurodiversity #adhd #neurodivergent #smallbusinessowner #truestartcoffee Watch the full interview with Helena: https://youtu.be/WbfpncLGtm0?si=REUMn5tWq02SSuwL Also available as a #podcast via Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Podcasts: www.secondmountaincomms.co.uk/podcast Produced for Second Mountain Comms by Loretz Visuals. ******************************************************************* 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Resilient Leaders Elements: ⁠⁠⁠https://tinyurl.com/2edzmvfe⁠⁠⁠ Leadership begins with about resilience - and Resilient Leaders Elements (RLE) are focused on making world class leadership development available to all, training people worldwide to build the skillsets needed to become resilient leaders.  RLE’s highly respected Resilient Leaders Development Programme is a bespoke development tool that’s perfect for leaders of all levels - and you can sign up now. So if you want to turbo-charge your leadership growth, and become more resilient both in the workplace and in your personal life, there’s never been a better time to start your journey.
023 | Sir Terry Waite
25-10-2023
023 | Sir Terry Waite
For 1,763 days, Sir Terry Waite KCMG CBE was held in captivity in Beirut, the first four years of which were spent in solitary confinement. Two years after his release in 1991, he published his first book, the international bestselling memoir Taken On Trust, chronicling his experiences from memory. On the 30th anniversary of Taken On Trust, humanitarian, British Quaker, Anglian and author Sir Terry Waite joins the 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' podcast and YouTube show to recall his experiences in captivity and explore how his time held hostage informed his life and worldview. Sir Terry shares his experiences of being held hostage, his learnings from his years of solitude, his personal journey of faith, reconciliation and forgiveness, and his humanitarian work with Emmaus UK and Hostage International. Like this episode? Show your appreciation by subscribing to the show and letting us know what you think! #GoodJourneysPod ******************************************************************** This episode of 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Resilient Leaders Elements: https://tinyurl.com/2edzmvfe Leadership begins with about resilience - and Resilient Leaders Elements (RLE) are focused on making world class leadership development available to all, training people worldwide to build the skillsets needed to become resilient leaders. RLE’s highly respected Resilient Leaders Development Programme is a bespoke development tool that’s perfect for leaders of all levels - and you can sign up now. So if you want to turbo-charge your leadership growth, and become more resilient both in the workplace and in your personal life, there’s never been a better time to start your journey.
022 | Lilian Garcia
28-09-2023
022 | Lilian Garcia
Lilian Garcia is a multi-talented international recording artist, broadcaster and globally-recognised television personality as a beloved member of the WWE family for over two decades. Lilian was the first female and Latina to ever announce WrestleMania, holds the record for signing the most times at WrestleMania, and is also the first female in-cage announcer for the Professional Fighters League. Passionate about giving back to her community through charity work and guided by her faith, Lilian was named as an official spokesperson for breast cancer organisation the Susan G. Komen Foundation in 2013, and has performed the national anthem at several of their events, including New York City’s Race for the Cure. #liliangarcia #attitudeera #wwe #wwf #wrestlemania #smackdown BE INSPIRED! Lilian joins Ben Veal for episode 22 of 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' to share her personal journey of faith, self-discovery and finding joy in life. In this candid, honest conversation, Lilian talks about losing both her parents and her marriage, rediscovering her faith life and identity, and being part of the worship team community at Mariner's Church in California. As WWE's 'history maker', Lilian also shares memories of her time in the colourful world of professional wrestling, including her unforgettable chemistry with The Rock, coming into the WWF during its 'Attitude Era' heyday, kicking off WrestleMania more times than legendary queen of soul Aretha Franklin at WrestleMania, and singing the American national anthem on the truly unforgettable episode of WWF Smackdown that took place just two days after the 9/11 attacks. Like this episode? Show your appreciation by subscribing to the show and letting us know what you think! #GoodJourneysPod ***************************************************************************************************** This episode of 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Resilient Leaders Elements: https://tinyurl.com/2edzmvfe Leadership begins with about resilience - and Resilient Leaders Elements (RLE) are focused on making world class leadership development available to all, training people worldwide to build the skillsets needed to become resilient leaders. RLE’s highly respected Resilient Leaders Development Programme is a bespoke development tool that’s perfect for leaders of all levels - and you can sign up now. So if you want to turbo-charge your leadership growth, and become more resilient both in the workplace and in your personal life, there’s never been a better time to start your journey. ***************************************************************************************************** You may also like: Matt Cardona - Being fired by WWE, creative reinvention and becoming the Indy God: https://youtu.be/KL4RuTQQjVM?si=oSlGRZzhW9pYxiff Stevie Richards - What happened, recovery journey and ECW memories: https://youtu.be/KL4RuTQQjVM?si=oSlGRZzhW9pYxiff Ryan Hartley - Heart-centred leadership, success, fatherhood, being always better than yesterday: https://youtu.be/KL4RuTQQjVM?si=oSlGRZzhW9pYxiff
021 | Bronwyne Billington
11-09-2023
021 | Bronwyne Billington
'The Dynamite Kid' Tom Billington is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers to come out of the United Kingdom - a trailblazing athlete whose high-flying, high-intensity grappling style paved the way for future generations of wrestling superstars. #wwe #wrestlinghistory #britishbulldogs #wwf #dynamitekid #tigermask A WWF superstar and tag team champion alongside Davey Boy Smith, multiple time All Japan Pro Wrestling and Stampede Wrestling champion, and Wrestling Observer Hall of Famer, The Dynamite Kid had a hugely successful career - but his days in the squared circle were prematurely cut short due to injury, forcing Billington to retire in 1991. He would move back to the UK shortly after hanging up the boots, and remain in England until passing away in 2018 on his 60th birthday. Bronwyne Billington, daughter of The Dynamite Kid, joins the 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' podcast and YouTube show with Ben Veal to share her memories of her father - both exploring the influence he had on so many within the sport, but also his influence as a father. Candid, open and honest, Bronwyne talks about the challenges of growing up without her father's constant presence, her dad leaving when she was aged just six, reconnecting with her father during her teenage years, and the pair rekindling their relationship and love for one another during his final years. Bronwyne also talks about her father's upbringing and values, life as part of the famous Hart wrestling family, and her thoughts on today's pro wrestling product. Like this episode? Show your appreciation by subscribing to the show and letting us know what you think! #GoodJourneysPod ***************************************************************************************************** This episode of 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Resilient Leaders Elements: https://tinyurl.com/2edzmvfe Leadership begins with about resilience - and Resilient Leaders Elements (RLE) are focused on making world class leadership development available to all, training people worldwide to build the skillsets needed to become resilient leaders. RLE’s highly respected Resilient Leaders Development Programme is a bespoke development tool that’s perfect for leaders of all levels - and you can sign up now. So if you want to turbo-charge your leadership growth, and become more resilient both in the workplace and in your personal life, there’s never been a better time to start your journey. ***************************************************************************************************** You may also like: Steven Bell - What happened to The British Bulldogs? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IItzNcVqaHs&t=2s Nick Aldis - When was pro wrestling's golden era? https://youtu.be/XG9miN7413Y?si=gmYz9nZAoLy-GA7Z Stevie Richards - What made ECW so awesome? https://youtu.be/eGx2uP-UEOU?si=sIwtXnGsqyJj9hNe
019 | TrueStart Coffee's Helena Hills
12-07-2023
019 | TrueStart Coffee's Helena Hills
Hooked on coffee? You're not alone. Yet you may be shocked by just how much caffeine can be found in your daily cuppa. Independent Bristol business TrueStart Coffee is on a mission: to re-define caffeine in coffee with tasty brews that are better for people and the planet. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for exclusive video content: ⁠⁠⁠www.youtube.com/@secondmountaincomms⁠⁠ Helena Hills is the CEO and co-founder of TrueStart - a carbon negative, B Corp certified, family-run company that makes delicious, healthy and energising coffee. Alongside her husband Simon, Helena has taken this challenger brand to incredible heights during the course of the last eight years: over 20 million feel-good moments have now been celebrated over a cup, or can, of TrueStart coffee, with the brand also removing 12.5 tonnes of sugar from UK diets every year. Packed with antioxidants, TrueStart’s coffee is good for both people and the planet. Diagnosed with ADHD as a child, Helena is also a self-described Neurodiversity champion who has been on a real journey of self-discovery herself in recent years and now considers ADHD to be a key ingredient in driving TrueStart forward. TrueStart’s signature positive energy is spreading far and wide - and can now be found in over 2,000 retail outlets and hundreds of offices across the UK. The interview can be watched in full on Second Mountain Comms' YouTube channel - please do subscribe for future episodes - and listened to widely across all major podcasting platforms. If you have enjoyed this episode, we’d hugely appreciate a rating and positive review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify; it really helps these inspiring journeys to reach others. Connect with Second Mountain Comms: Join the conversation: #GoodJourneysPod Website: www.secondmountaincomms.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/2ndMountainUK Twitter: www.twitter.com/2ndMountainUK Instagram: www.instagram.com/secondmountaincomms LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/secondmountaincomms Connect with TrueStart Coffee: Twitter: www.twitter.com/truestartcoffee Instagram: www.instagram.com/truestartcoffee Website: www.truestartcoffee.com 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' - inspired stories, inspiring people. Brought to you by Second Mountain Comms - helping good people do good since 2020. This podcast episode produced by Adam Loretz: www.loretzvisuals.co.uk.
018 | Stevie Richards
22-06-2023
018 | Stevie Richards
This very special episode of the 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' podcast is dedicated to the memory of Andrew Veal, father of show host Ben Veal, who passed away suddenly aged 72, shortly after this conversation was recorded. Stevie Richards' personal journey and incredible road to recovery is the very definition of an inspiring story: a tale of unexpected setback, personal resilience, faith and family. Michael 'Stevie Richards' Manna is a 30-year veteran of professional wrestling who has competed for the world’s biggest companies including WWE, WCW, Ring of Honour and for iconic, beloved Philadelphia-based promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). Achieving many highs in his wrestling career - portraying a host iconic characters including being part of the Blue World Order and Right To Censor groups - but also suffering multiple injuries, the most severe of which was a broken neck, Stevie has drawn heavily on his love and passion for personal fitness and found his purpose in life in helping others along their wellbeing journeys, launching his business Stevie Richards Fitness and now also fronting his podcast series, The Big Fitness Show. Earlier this year, Stevie’s life was put in very real danger as he suffered a very serious spinal infection - and his comeback ever since has been nothing short of incredible to follow. In this episode, Stevie shares his recollections of his journey, how he found light amidst the darkness, and the role that his Christian faith and wife has played in his recovery. He also reflects back on memories of his ECW and WWF/E wrestling days, and his enduring love of cats! The interview can be watched in full on Second Mountain Comms' YouTube channel - please do subscribe for future episodes - and listened to widely across all major podcasting platforms. If you have enjoyed this episode, we’d hugely appreciate a rating and positive review on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify; it really helps these inspiring journeys to reach others. Connect with Second Mountain Comms: Join the conversation: #GoodJourneysPod Website: www.secondmountaincomms.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/2ndMountainUK Twitter: www.twitter.com/2ndMountainUK Instagram: www.instagram.com/secondmountaincomms LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/secondmountaincomms Connect with Stevie Richards: Twitter: www.twitter.com/bWostevie Instagram: www.instagram.com/stevierichards Website: www.stevierichardsfitness.com 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' - inspired stories, inspiring people. Brought to you by Second Mountain Comms - helping good people do good since 2020. This podcast episode produced by Adam Loretz: www.loretzvisuals.co.uk.