15 episodes
  • Looking Back, Looking Ahead with Jody Maberry and John Walsh

    Feb 22 2021

    As we close out the old year and embark on the new, Jody Maberry joins me to process all that 2020 was and where I see The Standout Movement going in 2021.

    Jody is a friend, mentor, and partner. In his past lives, Jody has been a park ranger, a Disney executive, a speaker, and so much more. Having Jody interview me today brings clarity and encouragement as I take inventory and plan for the future.

    2020 was an awkward year, to say the least. Personally, Covid-19 was a catalyst for transition and starting the journey of taking The Standout Movement from idea to reality. I learned that launching a book is no joke and that being an entrepreneur is correctly compared to riding a rollercoaster. There are highs and lows. It is always hard work, and to succeed, you have to get clear about what you are trying to do.

    On a personal note, 2020 reinforced the importance of relationships and clarity. We all fall into four buckets where 2020 is concerned. We either spiraled down, hung on, grew, or lead. Moving into 2021, we have to understand where we are, know where we want to go, make a plan and get the help we need to get there. After that, we put one foot in front of the other and walk out the journey every single day.

    Going into 2021, we at the Standout Movement gained clarity, and we’ve made changes and prioritized accordingly. We know that we are a people company; we are intentional about empowering others to stand out. There are no specific traits required to be a stand-out. You stand out simply by being you and being willing to step up and break away from the herd.                                             

    If you can take anything away from Jody and my conversation and apply it immediately, it is this: get clarity around what it is you want to do or how you want to stand out. Set your priorities accordingly. Then make it a goal, every day, to take action toward those priorities. 

    Rise. Shine. Impact. Breakaway from the herd and stand out.

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    46 mins
  • Finding Balance & Follow Your Dreams with Hayley Hobson

    Feb 8 2021

    Hayley Hobson, health, wellness, and life coach, joins me to help unpack the loaded question ‘how do I follow my dream and find the balance to get everything done?’

    Hayley Hobson is no stranger to chasing after a dream. A former lawyer, yoga and pilates instructor, and now entrepreneur, speaker, and author, Hayley has learned how to navigate life through the seas of others' expectations and your desires and dreams.

    Standing out is often tied to what you do, but it is not just about your output. You stand out by being the person only you can be. It takes vision and passion to look beyond what others desire for you and to forge your path. We are inundated by ideas and opportunities. Learning how to sift through all of the noise to uncover what is worth your investment takes discipline and self-awareness.

    The danger of blazing your own trail is burn out. Balance is hard to come by, but by being intentional to build your schedule around the cornerstones of your life, you will find a way to get it all done. Calendar management and surrounding yourself with strategic support are the fulcrum a balanced life hinges on.

    Don’t be satisfied with settling. Don’t be afraid to embrace what makes you you. People want to see that you are human. Whether it is art or entrepreneurship, find an outlet for creativity and seize the opportunities it affords you.

    While we live in uncertain times, as leaders, we must lean in and see how we can express ourselves in a way that adds value to our world. 

    If you can take anything away from Hayley and apply it immediately, it is this: You be you. See how you can express yourself and where and what you can create that others need. Download my Biz Hacks e-book (linked in the resources) and start dreaming.

    Rise. Shine. Impact. Leave a mark only you can make.


    Hayley’s free Biz Hacks E-book: www.hayleyhobson.com/biz-hacks-ebook

    Interested in working with Hayley: www.hayleyhobson.com/habittrackers 

    Connect with Hayley

    Website – www.hayleyhobson.com

    Podcast – The Whole You Podcast

    Blog – The Whole You Blog

    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hayleyhobson/?hl=en

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

    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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    38 mins
  • Standing Out at Apple and Firehud with Zack Braun

    Feb 1 2021

    Zack Braun is with me, and we are exploring what it takes to stand out in a place like Apple and as an entrepreneur. 

    Zack is a Georgia Tech grad, soon to be MBA, and Forbes 30 under 30 (did you know there is an application for that?). A National Science Foundation STTR Grant winner and founder and CEO of Firehud, Zack knows all about standing out in industries where you are surrounded by the best of the best.

    To stand out in highly competitive arenas; it is not enough to just be selected or be the best in your small pond. It takes initiative. It takes commitment. It takes seeking out ways to improve, learn and set yourself up to have differentiators among your peers. It isn’t enough to work the most hours – you have to show up, work hard and kill everything you do.

    As young people, it is not enough to pick a job and live life. It is about finding a problem that you are passionate about solving and then doing just that. While discovering your path, make sure you are exploring your interests and diversifying the things you learn. Surround yourself with a good group of strong and trusted friends that will challenge you and push you. 

    Dare to pursue and explore opportunities. Go after the things you know are essential to your future. As you interview for internships or approach clients, remember that they are all human, just like you. You don’t need to be nervous.

    Once you find the path you want to walk, don’t be afraid to take calculated risks. As a leader or an entrepreneur, you have the responsibility to set the culture within your organization. Lead by example. Don’t micromanage. Make wise hiring choices – hire smart people and give them the freedom to manage themselves.

    If you can take anything away from Zack and apply it immediately, it is this: Try new things, utilize the technology around you, like YouTube, and expand your skill sets. Also, Firehud is always looking to hire great people. Email your resume. Let’s see if it is a good fit.

    Rise. Shine. Impact. Invest in learning something new.


    To apply for a position with Firehud, please email your resume to zack@firehud.co

    National Science Foundation STTR Program - https://seedfund.nsf.gov/

    Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/

    The Focus Project: The Not So Simple Art of Doing Less by Erik Qualman

    Connect with Zack

    Website – https://www.firehud.co/

    Email – zack@firehud.co

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zack-braun-555792a6/

    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FireHUDinc/?ref=br_rs

    Twitter –  https://twitter.com/firehudinc

    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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    44 mins
  • 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
  • Ep 9: The Most Powerful You and the Seven Gaps with Kathy Caprino

    Dec 7 2020

    Today is a big day. Kathy Caprino, renowned author, speaker, career, and leadership coach and Sr. Forbes contributor is with me today. Kathy and I have a lot in common when it comes to our innate desire to empower others to be their best self and show up that way every day. That is what we are unpacking today – how to be the most powerful you.

    I love to discuss shining, but as Kathy accurately points out, before we can shine, we have to break free of the opposite mindset. The opposite of shining is suppression or depression. From a young age, we are taught to suppress. We are raised to be fearful. Whether or not it is well-intended, this crippling mindset will leave our light dimmed and our impact impotent, all out of fear of being embarrassed or losing face.

    You aren’t born with confidence. You gain it by doing the things you don’t think you can do. As you live and learn and push beyond your perceived boundaries, your confidence grows. Often, your natural talents – those things you have always been, are the foundation for what will allow you to be fulfilled and add value to other people. 

    You won’t get it on the first try. You have to press beyond the fear of making a mistake sot that you can recognize what makes you happy and adds the most value to others. When you can turn your mess into a message, you will find healing from limiting beliefs and find your center. You can choose who you want to be in the world. Anchor yourself to the core truth you hold dear and know that, while what you do may change, who you are remains true.

    It sounds simple enough – believe and do better. It takes bravery to step into who you truly are. It takes courage to look openly at what isn’t working and be accountable to change it. You have the power to act as an agent of change in your own life and be the author of your own story. Find something every day that restores you and put it on your calendar. Invest in restoration. You are no good to anyone bound by stress.

    In parting, Kathy has a challenge for you: Right now, for the next ten minutes, take a self-assessment. Do you believe in yourself? Do you believe you are important? And that the world needs you? Now believe it more and ask yourself the following question: “If I truly believe I am important and the world needs me, what will I try next?”. Don’t stop until you believe in yourself more than you did when you started. After that, take my power gap survey (listed in the resources below) and start taking practical steps toward living the true you.

     Rise. Shine. Impact. Honor who you want to be..


     Connect with Kathy

    Website - https://findingbrave.org/

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/kathycaprino

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

    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathycaprino/

    Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/KathyCaprino

    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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    1 hr and 6 mins
  • Ep 8: Being Focused and Making Things Happen with Eric Qualman

    Nov 30 2020

    Eric Qualman, also known as Equalman, is with me today. Eric is a top 50 influence, best-selling author and some might say, most likable author in the world. He is a motivational speaker, often referred to as the digital Dale Carnage. Today, we discuss how embracing discomfort and happening to your day before it happens to you will help you to stand out and leave the impact you desire. 

    It is easy to look at others and think they have something you don’t have. The secret that successful people know is that we are all living our version of the same story, or the same movie as Eric likes to say. Challenges and adversity are a guarantee, and your perception will make or break you. Remember things happen for you, not to you. How you respond to challenges and less than ideal circumstances may just be what causes you to stand out. 

    It is ok if you don’t know the exact next step. That first job will come, that connection will be made, but they won’t be what makes you. Be persistent everyday and patient in the long run. Have a firm destination in mind, but go with the flow while you are on the path. There will be challenges and hurdles – but they make you stronger even as they keep others out. 

    On the practical side, utilize social media and digital tools. Remember that digital leadership is less to do with technology and more to do with relationships. Stand out by posting forward and inverting the selfie mindset. 

    As we close out, Eric gives us the inside scoop on his new book, The Focus Project. By developing the habit of focus, you will finally be able to step beyond the busy and tackle the big things that will move the needle in your life. 

    In parting, Eric has a challenge for you: Every night, before you go to bed, write down one thing that will make something in your day easier or unnecessary. When you wake up, during your first hour of the day, focus on doing that one thing and watch the habit of focus develop and help you to stand out.

    Rise. Shine. Impact. Your discomfort may be someone else’s inspiration.

    Connect with Eric

    Website - https://equalman.com/

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/equalman

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

    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/qualman/

    Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLC9cX5GntaQmTSF6hTqrzA

    Socialnomics - https://socialnomics.net/erik-qualman/


    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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    43 mins
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