The Life Profitability Podcast

We live in a world that idolizes the successful individual. But what do we really know about them, what makes them do the things they do, or whether those things are life profitable? Every week, I host a conversation with a fascinating individual who is manifesting their uniqueness in this world through the things they create (whether that is entrepreneurship, art, writing, poetry, music, or any other craft). These conversations curiously explore topics that relate to identity, values, labels, purpose, meaning, and success.

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Episodes

Ep20 - Silvia Mella | Rediscovering Passion With Green Tea

Dec 2020

In this episode, Adii and Silvia talk about designing personal alignments in life, finding true calm, and the trip to Japan that would set Silvia off on a quest to found her own green tea brand.

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Ep19 - Leo Widrich | Finding Energy in Fear

Dec 2020

In this episode, Leo shares vulnerable stories as he and Adii discuss making human connections, Leo’s time living at a Buddhist monastery, and an anecdote about Burning Man.

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Ep18 - Bunny Young | Throwing Starfish Around the World

Nov 2020

In this episode, Adii and Bunny discuss becoming an entrepreneur against all odds, how being diagnosed with a heart condition and losing a dear friend transformed her journey, and ultimately her goal of making the world a better place.

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Ep17 - Saray Khumalo | The First Black African Woman to Summit Everest

Nov 2020

In this episode, Adii and Saray discuss mountaineering, failing up, finding a unique purpose in life, imposter syndrome, and why the sky is not the limit.

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Ep16 - Amira Alvarez | Reprogramming Yourself for Success

Nov 2020

In this episode, Adii and Amira discuss reprogramming self-perceptions, the power of getting dressed, mapping out your own path, getting off the “hamster wheel,” and building a unique, personal legacy.

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Ep15 - Andrej Dukic | Industrial Designer and Creator of Maker Hand

Nov 2020

In this episode, Adii and Andrej talk about the need to find meaning in life, even when you’re comfortable; the injury that inspired his project; the importance and dangers of competition; and a desire to create a meaningful impact.

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Ep14 - Lora DiCarlo | It all Started with an Orgasm

Nov 2020

In this episode, Adii and Lora talk about personal values that served as a foundation for her business and building the best team to create a sexually equitable world.

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Ep13 - Paddy Donnelly | Illustrating a Legacy

Nov 2020

In this episode, Adii and Paddy discuss the pursuit of diversity, openness to new opportunities, growing and making changes in work to avoid monotony, and creating a legacy through illustration.

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Ep12 - Nora Wendel | Living a Life of Effortless Pleasure

Nov 2020

In this episode, Adii and Nora discuss seeking effortless pleasure in work and life, why self-expression is so important, the difference between feminine and masculine energies, and the need for feminine energy in capitalism.

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Ep11 - Andrew Wilkinson | Designing a New Way To Do Business

Nov 2020

In this episode, Adii and Andrew discuss Andrew’s evolution from designer to investor, how design fits into the work he does now, starting MetaLab out of necessity, and optimizing his life and career to be able to say “no.”

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Ep10 - Catharine Dockery | Removing Stigmas and Reducing Harm in the Vice Industry

Sep 2020

In this episode Adii and Catharine discuss harm reduction; the mission, vision, and values of Vice Ventures; standing up for your beliefs; overcoming stigma through conversation; and where passion fits into creating something meaningful.

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Ep9 - Megan Davies | Entering the Music Industry in the Age of YouTube

Sep 2020

In this episode, Adii and Megan discuss turning music into a viable career, the importance of curiosity in refining a craft, artistic individuality, and being true to your own vision and holding yourself to a standard of growth and improvement in whatever you do.

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Ep8 - Sidra Qasim & Waqas Ali | From Pakistan to Y Combinator, Kickstarting a Vision

Sep 2020

In this episode Adii, Sidra, and Waqas discuss their journey from rural Pakistan to the USA, combining craftsmanship and heritage, building a second company, how they define and are defined by labels, and what has ultimately kept them going through their business journey.

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Ep7 - Tony Weaver Jr | Being Weird Enough

Sep 2020

Adii and Tony discuss social entrepreneurship, interplay between business and art, the importance of honest conversations with oneself, the “why” of business, and the impact of influencers and the danger of idolizing the wrong people.

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Ep6 - Brian Gardner | Less is More in Business, Life, and Design

Sep 2020

In this episode Adii and Brian discuss their similar paths in business, living as a minimalist in life and business, side projects, and committing to new journeys.

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Ep5 - Tshepo Mohlala | Solving Humanities Greatest Problems Using Startups

Aug 2020

In this episode Adii and Tshepo discuss how growing up in South Africa and where you get an education can greatly affect your worldview; expanding Silicon Valley ambitions beyond San Francisco; and the concept of going big and going home.

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Ep4 - Sara Mauskopf | Transforming Childcare with Tech

Aug 2020

In this episode, Adii and Sara talk about raising millions of dollars and transforming the childcare market with Winnie, early ambitions and adjusting to change, and creating a work/family life balance.

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Ep3 - Tim Van Damme | Unfair Moments of Opportunity and Leaving Space for Others

Aug 2020

In this episode, Adii and Tim discuss getting started in design, evolving into a team player, unfair moments of opportunity, leaving space for others, and setting an example for children through work/life decisions.

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Ep2 - Marie Prokopets | Making a Change, Taking a Risk, and Quieting the Inner Critic

Aug 2020

Marie Prokopets is the co-founder of tech start-up FYI and recent recipient of Product Hunt’s Golden Kitty Maker of the Year award. In this episode Adii and Marie discuss making career changes, keeping a student mindset, taking risks, and the habits and attitudes necessary for success.

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Ep1 - Eliot Peper | Making Sense of the World through Storytelling

Aug 2020

Eliot Peper is the author of nine novels. In his writing, he bends and blends traditional genres to explore the intersection of technology and culture. In this episode, we discuss the intersection of Eliot’s roles and storytelling, how forgetting can be a superpower, and the importance of labels.

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Homogeny

Jul 2020

What I didn't realise is how quickly homogeny compounds, unless of course there is a proactive and purposeful awareness of always creating or supporting the spaces for diverse individuals, voices and perspectives.

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