• Summary

  • The Standout Experience will inspire you to stand out in your career and every area of your life. Each week, we bring you a standout person, mentor, or world-class expert to share key ideas, strategies, and tactics to help you ignite and accelerate your own potential. The Standout Experience is about becoming your best self, being a leader, and making a positive difference in the world. We call this rise, shine, and impact. Being a standout also means that you live life fully, love, and connect with others deeply, and you compete every day to try to win your day. Being a standout is difficult, and you need guidance, coaching, and support in personal development, leadership, and making a difference. The Standout Experience is hosted by John Walsh, former Disney and Madison Square Garden executive. John left corporate life to start the standout movement and lead the world’s fastest-growing community of future standouts.
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  • Cultivating Sustainable Empathy and Impact with Kehkashan Basu

    Jan 4 2021

    Kehkashan Basu and I are tackling the topic of global sustainability and how empathy and following your path plays a huge part.

    At only 20, Kehkashan has already made an impact on a global level. By day a third-year student at the University of Toronto, Kehkashan spends her “free time” running Green Hope Foundation. Green Hope is a global foundation empowering children, youth, and marginalized communities in sustainable development. As if that weren’t enough, she is also a recipient of the 2016 Children’s Peace Prize, one of Canada’s top 20 women of influence, and on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.

    As young standouts, it is imperative that empathy and passion act as the compass as we identify our path. While our passion and enthusiasm may be inherent, they must also be cultivated and nurtured, and fostered by the choices we make. You want to make a difference. The first step is understanding that you can’t leave it up to chance or other people. Be the change in the world you want to see.

    Don’t be discouraged if the problem or challenge in front of you seems daunting. Find the simple solution and work on scaling it over time. Start small. Ask yourself “what can I do today?” Then step up to do it and take your small part in moving the world forward. When your love for your work is greater than your fear, you can accomplish anything. As human beings, we are all global citizens, and cultivating empathy and awareness, stepping outside of our comfort zones will open doors for change. 

    You don’t have to have all of the answers now. You don’t have to decide on one specific path. Follow the compass of your passion in the direction that most aligns with what fuels you and you will find your path.

    If you can take anything away from Kehkashan and apply it immediately, it is this: Start local, start small. Whatever is most applicable to your local environment, no matter how small – find it and start doing it. 

    Rise. Shine. Impact. Make your difference in the world today.

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    58 mins
  • Living a Quality Life and Entrepreneurship

    Dec 21 2020

    Joe Lau joins me, and we are going deep on four topics that regularly challenge entrepreneurs: struggle, balance, priorities, and focus.


    Joe is a serial entrepreneur with six companies under his belt, three of which have sold for millions. A speaker, quality of life coach, and devoted family man, Joe is no stranger to the tightrope entrepreneurs walk with their multifaceted lives.

    As an entrepreneur, “failure” will come. Most of us will come to the point that we wonder if we suck and what we can do about it. But business doesn’t have to be a win or lose situation. You win, or you learn. The sooner you get feedback, the quicker you learn, and as long as you see “failure” as learning, you won’t fail.

    There are three things an entrepreneur needs: A love of problem-solving, a passion for learning, and a support system. Some of these skills are born, and some are learned; each piece is imperative for entrepreneurial success and avoiding burnout.

    There is no such thing as work/life balance. There is, however, work-life integration. You have to prioritize what is important...and when. Aim for a harmonic lifestyle and learn to identify the three stages in entrepreneurship/life.  

    Be intentional. Prioritize. Joe’s A.P.P prioritization is simple: Align your priorities by attitude, productivity, and people. Run things through the W.W.W. lens. Ask yourself who, what and when?

    Quality of life is about enjoying every day. Allocate some time each day for happiness – that doesn’t cost money. Stay focused. You will stand out because you know who you are and what you stand for. Focus on what you truly believe is the right thing and do it, even if you don’t feel like it or if no one else is doing it. 

    If you can take anything away from Joe and apply it immediately, it is this: Take the assessment. Standing out is knowing your value and maximizing your strength, and delegating your weaknesses. Also, take a look at your day, prioritize and eliminate distractions so you can focus. Do it today; do it now.

    Rise. Shine. Impact. Know yourself, know your value. 


    Personality Assessment Gift –www.moretimetospend.com/standout

    Connect with Joe

    Website – https://www.therealjoelau.com/

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/therealjoelau

    Connect with John:


    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout 

    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr 

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout 


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    56 mins
  • A Conversation with an Award Winning Student Ananya Jain

    Dec 14 2020

    Ananya Jain is with me, and we are digging into what it means to be happy and successful. 

    Jain was born in India, moved to the US at 18 for college, and is currently a senior at Georgia Tech. At 21, Jain is the founder of Full Circle LLC, a company dedicated to sustainable solutions, especially in the mental health industry. She is making a global impact and garnered recognition with many prestigious awards, including the Genius Award, the President's Award at Georgia Tech, and the rare Diana Award. Her TedTalk How Creative Thinking Saved My Life is mind-blowing, as is the humility with which she discusses her ability to have an impact on the world around her.

    Influence can be viewed as something reserved for the aged and wise. But standing out is not dependent on a completed story. We all have something to offer, and it is impossible to stand out if you are waiting for your narrative to be fully formed. You are living your story right now. Your influence is a living thing as well; growing as you grow, and it can open the door for others.

    In a complicated world, one of the best things you, or anyone for that matter, can do, is define what success looks like for you, as an individual. Life is difficult and full of mistakes and heartbreak. Without knowing what your success looks like, you will never find your path to happiness. 

    The ability to look forward to what you can do will help you gain momentum. Recognizing who in your life is contributing to that momentum and who is slowing you down is paramount to success. Have boundaries, know them, and don’t be afraid to cut ties with those who cross them. Perspective can be hard to come by, especially when it is clouded by different energies and efforts. Invest your energy wisely and make sure you are investing in those who are traveling the same road as you.

    Lastly, don’t let success be about what you do. Go where happiness takes you. Explore where you are, meet different people, and try new things, and then you can make the choice. When you are surrounded by the right people, those who will keep you humble and lift your dreams, you will have the freedom to explore and make the mistakes necessary to find out what your thing is. You don’t need to know what it is right now; you need the stability to discover it. 

    We are all a work in progress. Stand up for yourself, define your boundaries, be intentional about who you surround yourself with, and then find the job that fits into the life you have created for yourself. 

    In parting, Jain has a thought for you: I love you and trust you to do what is best for yourself. Don’t wait for it to be the last message - say this to those around you every day.

    Rise. Shine. Impact. Define success and find your happy. 


    TedTalk – How Creative Thinking Saved My Life

     Connect with Jain

    Website - https://teamfullcircle.wixsite.com/fullcircle

    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ananya-jain-gatech-edu

    Connect with John:


    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/johnwalsh_standout 

    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrwalshjr 

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/johnwstandout 

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    57 mins

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