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"If you Don't Grow Yourself, you Won't Grow your Business" - Mindset & Money Talk with Chris Lavish
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All photos by Cassell Inc.

Never under the influence, always influencing
— Chris Lavish

When I heard of Chris Lavish for the first time, Global Digital Director at Fashion Week Online, I thought “Not only does this guy unapologetically say what he thinks, but he has a style that’s impossible to copy. And he escaped the 9/5, And he’s woke. And vegan. And spiritual…”

#Tribe!

I wanted to investigate more about the Lavish signature and learn:

-> What led the self-called “intergalactic tattoo module” to stop caring about people’s opinions to become his true self,

-> How he unlocked the money energy and the mindset that allowed him to access the traveling & influencer lifestyle that "many dream of, but few work for”.

The conversation turned into a podcast with one of the most genuine and fun persons I’ve met, filled with inspiration and motivational quotes.

Find your Way in the Episode:

0:30 - How making money affects your biochemistry

3:00 - Why you have to know how much you’re worth

6:30 - Morning & evening routine

9:45 - Chris’ fashion journey

11:30 - Pleasing yourself comes first

13:00 - Truth in the media & why how much you care will dictate how far you go in life

17:00 - How the universe rewards you for living freely

26:00 - Can you work AND be happy? + Why you should avoid the 9/5

“The way you start your day is the way you start your life”

Chris Lavish’ tips to conquer the day:

  1. Wake up as early as possible

  2. Stretch, foam-roll

  3. Exercise to get the body active

  4. Drink water

  5. Take a really cold water

  6. Kill the day!

Some delicious quotes from Chris Lavish, for when you need a little extra motivation to crush your goals:

MONEY

“Which language am I fluent in? Money talk”

“Money is the only way you’ll ever free yourself from both yourself and what other people think”

SELF-LOVE

“If you want to be everybody else, you’ll never be yourself”

“Caring will dictate how far you go in life. If you care too much, you’ll kill yourself out of money.”

“It’s impossible to make someone happy - You’re better off trying to please yourself, at least you know you better.”

“You can’t please everyone, but as long as you please yourself you’ll be alright.”

VALUING YOURSELF

“You have to know how much you’re worth, or else you’ll always get underpaid”

“I’m close to priceless, or to some people im just completely free.”

MENTAL FREEDOM

“I escaped that mental prison a long time ago and never looked back”.

“Mental freedom is the first step and then you just pick your path”.

HUSTLE

“The way you start your morning is the way you start your life”

“You expect too much and work too little”.

“I’ve never met anybody who works 24/7 and never got somewhere”

“If you don’t grow yourself, you won’t grow your business”

Find more of Chris on Instagram:

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Chris Lavish Instagram

Unifying Earth with the Street Musician Danni Lança
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Photos by Christopher Brown

Photos by Christopher Brown

I overheard Danni Lança’s music while walking nearby my hotel in Lisbon.

I picked up on certain words in Portuguese and figured he was singing about nature preservation and questions related to the future of our planet and species.

You know me, I sensed he had powerful messages to spread, so I waited for his break to ask for an interview:

“We need unification right now, he says.

There’s lots of differences and cultures on the planet and we forget we are one tribe.

You know, as a street singer; I’ve noticed the difference… I’ve been singing on the streets for 20 years, and people are not looking at me as much.

I sing in 5 languages though, so they understand what I say. And music is the most expansive art too. Say if I danced, passersby would only use one sense to notice me.

But if they don’t see me, how could they listen?

Popular songs nowadays talk about girls, gold and Ferraris. Those lyrics are low frequency and centered around ego.

But music has power and people cannot live without it, so I hope that musicians will start writing about more interesting topics, so we can bring a positive vibe and make a difference by talking about what’s inside humans rather than appearance.”

Find your way in the episode:

1:30 lyrics - the importance of taking care of the nature and each other

4:00 humans are disconnected

5:30 the power of music

"You are Always a Work of Art" / Chatting Inspiration & Mood with Alessandro Valente

I came across Alessandro while stepping out of a store in London. When I heard his music, I chose to stop my autopilot of going from point A to point B and appreciate that moment.  After we connected, I looked through his Instagram profile and a caption stayed with me: 

“WHEN PEOPLE STOP BY AND SHARE A MOMENT OF THEIR LIVES WITH ME AND MY MUSIC, ALL THE NOISES OF THE STREET FADE OUT, DISAPPEAR FOR A SECOND, AND WE CAN FOCUS ON THE PRESENT. TOGETHER”.

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How often do you catch yourself focusing on the moment like that… And how often are you on auto-pilot?

“My overall message is to pay attention to what surrounds you. People, buildings, nature, the sky...

I play music on the streets and it's interesting to observe people and notice how they look around: the stressed ones look at the pavement, others look at the sky and take it all in... In fact, when you look at the sky, your problems are nothing. Even if you think your problems are covering you, the sky covers your problems! 

When I play, I focus on those who stare at me to connect over my music rather than just see me, because they are in the present.  

I reached a turning point two years ago after quitting my studies in Italy to come here, focus on music and discover my artistic self. 

After having had a rough patch, I started to see life as a roller coaster. Imagine you run in a field and fall in a black hole: you have to discover what's around you in the dark and find the tools to climb back up. 

It doesn't mean you can never fall in another hole again, it's a continuum, but at least you have the tools.

Since happiness is beautiful but not constant, you need those flows to appreciate it through contrasts, and for me as a writer, to have something to write about. 

I want my music to reflect that. I also see it as a sort of meditation because when I play, I tend to be elsewhere, in another state of mind, focused on the performance, attuned. 

I originally challenged myself to perform on the streets because I was afraid of people’s opinions, so I decided to play every day until I’d stop caring. I noticed that the more confident I was playing the exact same songs, the more successful I would be. That’s why I think looking inward is so important for an artist.

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Another beautiful thing I attach to music is its connection with nature. My guitar is a piece of wood, so from my perspective, I am playing a tree and the tree is playing me! It’s a relationship. Everything is musical in nature, it’s doing sounds. Birds are singing, workers on the streets, we just have to listen.   

When we met, I was playing “Winter is coming” which will be my first release from an EP called "O", that is about the flow of seasons and how it mirrors the circle of life.  This song is about taking action and "climbing up the hole" or in other words, facing mountains. 

What inspires me is the way I chose to react to pain and find my ways out and I translate it into emotions. This perspective is what defines my lyrics in general and the reason I write about positive things.
If you truly pay attention at the beauty that surrounds you, you can chose to see art everywhere, anywhere, within others and within you.

"This Shit is Real" - Uncovering Numerology with my Uber driver
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People’s two biggest fear are being alone, and wasting their time doing a career they hate
— Jumal Lewis

I met Jumal on my way to an interview, he was my Uber driver.

As I was preparing myself for the meeting, he quickly pulled out a numerology book and gave me a mini-reading at the red-light.

As we chatted about his craft and he was giving me advice on how to succeed at the interview (which I did), I asked him about numerology and his experience with “magic”.

He shared multiple stories of witchcraft he witnessed in African villages, where he first was confronted to unexplainable events, and his transition to numerology, what it is and how it can help guide you on your path.

Find your way in the episode:

0:00 - Getting into numerology to find clarity on your path

05:00 - Believing in magic and witnessing healing and witchcraft in the bushes 

08:00 - Traditional medicine vs modern medicine 

13:00 - “This shit is real” - Rain ceremonies & other unexplainable human power over nature

18:00 - What people ask about during readings: love and career over money and health: the two biggest fears are:

  • To be alone 

  • To waste your time doing a career you hate

19:00 - What numbers can tell you 

23:30 - Do you want to plan or do you like surprises?

25:40 - Numbers influence but do not determine + Examples of cycles

"When you Smile, Are you Happy or Pretending to Be?" - Chatting Photography with @rd.click
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Witnessing my photographer friends lose sight was an eye opener to live in the moment & cherish everything that I have right now
— @rd.click

Link to the episode: bit.ly/Ratan_LivesDisrupted

In my spare time, I sometimes like to do some modeling. 

So back in LA, I got it touch with Ratan to plan a photoshoot downtown.

He had recently moved to town and needed some content for his portfolio, while I wanted some nice pictures for myself (and Instagram :) ).

Turns out we were both keen on in-depth conversations and got to know each other quickly during the shoot.

I was floating from one emotion to another as we were telling each other’s about our passions, vulnerabilities, fears and dreams.

Truth is, Ratan is specialized in female portraits, with a focus on raw genuine emotions.

He blends storytelling and photography to create unique portraits that tell a story through the eyes of the models he shoots.

He also has a superpower that makes his creations unique.

Find out what it is in the podcast.

Find you way in the episode:

0:00 - Chasing the light and telling a story

2:10 - Being colorblind as a photographer: turning a weakness into a strength 

6:00 - Getting laid off and picking one’s camera for the first time

10:00 - The street-smart way of learning photography

14:00 - Why smile is a distraction on pictures… Are you happy or pretending to be?

18:00 - Capturing expression through the eyes after having model share their story

21:00 - Witnessing a famous photographer lose sight

More podcast episodes on Apple Podcast under Lives / Disrupted

The Life-Changing Power of Yoga / with Adam Carney
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I met Adam in beautiful Bali, and approached him after overhearing his conversation on anxiety and how his experience with yoga had been transformative.

We sat down the following day to discuss his journey through the discovery of yoga, from hating it to incorporating it to his lifestyle and as part of his mission.

We also chatted about entrepreneurship, the human quest to happiness and making an impact, discovering spirituality and embracing the feeling of being stuck in order to grow.

Embrace being stuck!
— Adam Carney

Find your way in the episode:

1:00 - Getting started with yoga to handle LA’s energy to cope with anxiety

07:00 - Being given everything in life and still not being fulfilled 

08:45 - Yoga is not just about the physical layers, it’s a lifestyle

13:00 - The origins of yoga

15:00 - Listening to your call or doing what’s comfortable?

17:00 - From being a millionaire on paper to being left with nothing

19:00 - The process of creating meaningful value & the traps of entrepreneurs

28:00 - Spiritual people: we’re all on the same train but we chose to take the window seat 

32:00 - Feeling your way through life

35:30 - Embrace being stuck!