Hosts Leon and Paul talk to Ed Jenneson a recognised leader in employment law. 

Breathe, Believe and Succeed In Business 

In today's fast-paced world, people often find themselves overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. In this engaging podcast, our hosts Leon and Dean chat with Ed Jenneson and delve into the power of discovering yourself and incorporating self-discovery as an essential tool for dealing with these challenges and achieving a balanced life to improve our mental well-being and cultivate resilience for personal growth. 
Ed Jenneson is a recognised leader in employment law; he advises on all aspects of employment law. He has been helping clients navigate legal and HR matters for over 20 years with a passion for people and human-centric solutions. 
In the podcast, Ed shares his insights into his struggles with ADHD and dyslexia and explains how important it is to create a space for self-reflection to develop emotional intelligence and handle life’s challenges more effectively. He emphasises the importance of addressing our behaviour, thoughts and feelings to help improve our performance, relationships and work-life balance. 

Trauma & Addiction 

The podcast begins by exploring the concept of Trauma and addiction. Three books that have changed Ed's life are Audiobooks, Including In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction By Gabor Maté Explores how Trauma is the internal response to an external event or experience rather than the event itself. Trauma can cause behavioural patterns such as addiction and people-pleasing when left untreated. An addiction is any behaviour that a person continues to engage in for pleasure or relief, despite the negative consequences it brings, and without being able to quit. 
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions By Johann Hari This book examines how depression is caused by disconnection from meaningful work, relationships, and community. According to Hari, disconnecting from these things leads to a lack of meaning in our lives, leading to depression. 
The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober: Discovering a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-Free Life By Catherine Gray This book looks at the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of sobriety from alcohol. It encourages readers to take a break from drinking to experience the joys that can come with being sober in an honest and inspiring way which was the start of Ed's sober journey, which has dramatically changed his life. 

Resilience Coaching – Josh Connolly 

As part of Ed's self-care journey, he hired a coach and made a lifelong friend in Josh Connolly. Josh is a resilience coach and certified breathwork coach. He does group coaching, keynote events and separate group breathwork. 
Breathwork is the most life-changing technique-Ed cannot stress how important this is; it has been the single and most helpful thing to help him with his personal development. Breathwork is using your breath to release stress, anxiety and trauma at a deeper level than traditional talk therapies. The practice encourages exploring how emotional energy can be released through connected breathing. 
You can hear more from Josh when Ed was a special guest on his 115 Miles podcast, where they discuss Mental Health Awareness Week and the topic of anxiety or take a look at the blog

Believe in Yourself 

One of the essential lessons from ED’s failures is not giving up, being authentic, and being comfortable with who you are and believing in yourself. It’s important to remember that failure is not final; it's just feedback. 
Ed believes in the power of being comfortable with yourself and living life on your terms. He explains how people often become too focused on their external successes or achievements rather than learning to accept themselves as they are. 
His favourite quote is, 'We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realise that we only have one.' This quote has made him realise that to get the most out of life; you must accept and embrace who you are. 
Ed has discovered that adopting new habits has resulted in positive changes. He advises his younger self to be more attentive, curious, and open-minded. He also suggests being willing to make mistakes and receive negative feedback. He quotes Tank Hanks's Speech This too SHALL PASS - Tom Hanks's Beautiful Advice. 
Living with ADHD, Dyslexia, overthinking behaviour, and people-pleasing is an everyday struggle, but he is enjoying it now; it has shaped who he is, and he is grateful for the lessons he has learnt on his journey. 

The Role of Compassion-The Go-Giver 

The conversation then shifts to the importance of compassion for oneself and others. Leon explains that cultivating compassion can lead to increased happiness, improved relationships, and a greater sense of fulfilment in life. 
They discuss the significance of self-compassion, emphasising that being kind to oneself is just as important as showing kindness to others. Practising self-compassion helps individuals develop resilience in the face of adversity and fosters a positive mindset. 
Leon mentions the book The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann, which emphasises the importance of generosity and providing value to others. Giving without expecting anything in return is an important lesson to remember when it comes to cultivating relationships with other people, as well as yourself. 

Final Thoughts 

This insightful podcast presents a compelling case for accepting who you are, with all your faults and flaws. It provides invaluable lessons for understanding our behaviour, thoughts and feelings to improve personal growth. By incorporating self-care practices into our daily lives, we can develop resilience, improve mental well-being, and ultimately lead more fulfilled and balanced lives for personal growth. 
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