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I had the opportunity to interview the author of one of my favorite books of all time! 

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, has seriously transformed my life. Trust me, I don’t use the word ‘transformed’ loosely. Never in my wildest dreams (pun intended) did I ever see myself becoming a morning person overnight (more puns :P). All jokes aside, if you’ve ever wanted to start your days feeling at the top of your game, or simply wake up earlier and actually LIKE IT, then this book is absolutely for you.

@TheHashtagHERO meets @HalElrod! @TheHashtagHERO meets @HalElrod!

Hal is an exceptional business man, family man, and motivational coach. I was both humbled and ecstatic to have the chance to talk to the author who started it all. All the way from my headquarters in Berlin, we were able to conduct a video interview via Skype! It is my sincerest hope that this interview provide the utmost value to your life and that the principles in the book spring you into action, as they did for me.

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(WATCH THE WHOLE THING but if you’re the on-the-go this timeline can help)

4:205:12 The Jim Rohn quote that changed everything for Hal during the darkest time of his life. 

5:436:38 6 key principles of The Miracle Morning.

6:507:16 “I already know that” vs “Am I living that?”

7:409:00 Hal’s extraordinary results after having his first Miracle Morning.

10:50 How to create high impact affirmations that spring you into action for achieving goals.

15:38 The superpower of The Miracle Morning and why it works. 

16:32 Hal’s greatest breakthrough during his morning routine.

19:45 The horrific accident that changed the course of Hal’s life. How he was able to bounce back in flying colors.

24:15 The 5 Minute Rule to get you past difficult situations. 

25:18 The most effective ways to use positive thinking. 

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My greatest takeaway from this experience is to challenge your fears and don’t be afraid to reach out to your heroes! Chances are they’re waiting to hear from you <3

 

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PS: Here’s a link to Hal’s Achieve Your Goals Podcast. It’s great to listen to back to back.

I got to sit down and speak with, Karin Heinzl is the founder of MentorMe Berlin. MentorMe is a mentorship startup designed to help women build careers in humanities and social sciences. In our interview, Karin discusses her inspiration for creating MentorMe, as well as, her current startup growing pains.

From The Start

I met Karin at my first networking event with The Changer earlier this year. I explained to the room that my production partner and I had just moved from New York to Berlin in search of everyday superheroes to promote on our multimedia channels. Karin immediately came our way with explosive enthusiasm. She explained her project and all the ways it would make a positive difference in Berlin. 

At the time she explained that MentorMe was very much in the beginning “idea stages”, and that little by little she was creating her plan to implement it. That was in March. 

Fast forward 8 months later, Karin has successfully launched MentorMe Berlin! Along with her newfound dream team of trusty administrators, MentorMe has been able to gather and match 50 mentor-mentee pairs; completely filling the program for the 2015-2016 season! 

FLASH FORWARD SUMMARY

00:33 What inspired Karin to create MentorMe 

1:21 Why the program focuses on helping female students

1:56 How MentorMe finds mentor and mentee participants

2:27 What does the mentor/mentee relationship look like?

3:28 The greatest challenge MentorMe currently faces

4:06 The superpower of MentorMe

4:29 MentorMe’s expansive future plans

4:48 What MentorMe needs to move forward

5:37 How to support MentorMe!

5:58 !!HERO SPITFIRE!! Karin’s favorite hashtag, villain, secret lair and more 😉

Wonder Woman Much?

Since our conversations at The Changer event, I have witnessed Karin grow MentorMe from the ground up. She’s worked exceptionally hard to meet the right people who could take her vision to the next level.  She’s sought coaching from those who understood the nuances of her venture, while also taking risks and having fun along the way. 

I’ve seen her when things were going “right” and when things were going “wrong”. All the while she’s kept a positive attitude and winning energy. To witness what she’s been able to build in the span of 8 months is truly remarkable.

Snapshot from the MentorMe kickoff event
Snapshot from the MentorMe kickoff event

What It Takes

So often we praise results with a complete disregard to the process it took to get there. To be heroes in our everyday lives we must learn praise the process. If we do not find peace on the way to our goals, we most certainly will not find it at our destination.

Karin’s story is one of passion, leadership and hard work! She’s a one woman wonder who isn’t afraid to directly take on the challenges that come her way with winning fortitude. 

Although there is much to be done in terms of funding, I have complete faith that her and the MentorMe team will prevail with flying colors! (pun intended :-P)

Watch our interview to find out more about MentorMe Berlin! If you enjoy the episode please remember to give it a thumbs up on YouTube or leave a comment with your thoughts. 

++++++Meet my mentee, Mitzi!!

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We had a special Periscope live stream question and answer session with Periscope guru and 6-figure business coach Dana Garrison.

Dana is the creator of the popular online community Periscope Love Tribe, a resource and support group that helps people to grow their following and meet others with common interests…FAST! 

As a business coach, she helps entrepreneurs break through their 6-figure ceiling by determining the limiting subconscious beliefs that get in the way of their success.

What holds us back

Ever hear the saying “What you don’t know won’t hurt you”? In my experience, its what we don’t know that can actually hurt us the most!

Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

— C.G. Jung
Follow Dana on Periscope & Twitter! @DanaGarrison
Follow Dana on Periscope & Twitter! @DanaGarrison

Dana’s story is proof of this principle.

After coming down with a chronic illness that doctors could not diagnose, Dana decided to do thorough research on her own. It wasn’t until she learned that approximately 90% of what shows up in our lives is governed by our unconscious habits and patterns, was she able to develop the framework to not only cure her cognitive illness but also create a 6 figure business coaching practice in 9 months.

FLASH FORWARD SUMMARY:

1:00 What is Periscope Love Tribe? How does it work and how to join?
2:30 How To Use Love Tribe to grow your following, increase engagement and have a great time!
3:50 How Periscope compares to the other social media outlets like Instagram and Twitter
5:18 How Dana was able to become a 6-figure business coach
7:19 Dana explains her family entanglements and childhood imprints methods
7:40 Dana’s two secrets sauces that helped her reach the next level in her business
8:31 Dana’s greatest “aha” moment and how she deals with negative thoughts
10:07 Dana’s advice specifically for young entrepreneurs
12:27 Dana’s arch enemies!
13:51 Book recommendations
15:34 Quotes to live by! Dana’s #HEROICPhilosophies
17:05 Dana’s favorite mentors and authors
18:06 Where to find Dana!

Its all love

I love following Dana on Periscope. I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of Periscope Love Tribe and to see it grow exponentially in a short amount of time. Her online movement is built on positivity and communal support. Not to mention her scopes are incredibly informative, useful and full of energy! She puts a lot of thought and effort into her broadcasts which keeps everyone coming back. If you are a current or aspiring business owner I highly recommend you follow her!

Follow me on Periscope! @TheHashtagHERO
Follow me on Periscope! @TheHashtagHERO

Thanks everyone who tuned in for the live show, your participation made this post possible!

 Who should we interview next? Tweet me @TheHashtagHERO

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Scott Bolden, alongside the local communities of Berlin are creating a larger-than-life organic indoor treehouse space as a hub for sustainable development. 

After hosting Europe’s largest sustainability festival, Emergent Berlin, founders Scott Bolden and Karen Wohlert continue to push the boundaries of sustainable solutions with Das Baumhaus (translation: The Treehouse) project.

 

The Inspiration 

With a background in sustainable design, Scott saw the pillar at the center of the vacant space in Wedding, Berlin as an opportunity to create something organic and treelike. 

Where most designers would attempt to hide or remove the pillar, Scott sought to bring attention to it through spectacle:

“We hope to design a space that’s Gaudi meets Avatar meets Lord of The Rings.”  – Scott Bolden

The Community

Throughout the week progress is made as people from all over the city arrive at Gerichtstrasse 23 to help build the space! 

The Impact

The expansive Das Baumhaus initiative aims to create a ripple effect of sustainable subcultures around the world; quite literally and figuratively from the ground up.  

The core of our unsustainability ecologically and economically comes from human behavior. From us! Because we’re the ones who create the systems.

What we hope to do is be able to show that local communities can come together and solve their problems. . . . We hope to inspire other people to create their own places for meaningful engagement.” -Scott Bolden  

While there is still much more work to be done for Das Baumhaus, the space often hosts a variety of workshops and weekly local farm food-shares, demonstrating the founders’ strong community values and commitment to taking action NOW.

Source baumhausberlin.de
Source baumhausberlin.de

Room To Grow

The construction of Das Baumhaus remains an ongoing project with many ways to get involved! To become an active part of their network:

  • VISIT/HELP BUILD Das Baumhaus

Thursdays, 5PM-7PM , Gerichtstr. 23 front building, 13347 Berlin, Germany

  • SUPPORT their upcoming crownd funding campaign for Das Baumhaus on StartNext.com

  • Follow Das Baumhaus on Social Media

Facebook.com/baumhausberlin and Twitter @Baumhausberlin

For more information and daily happenings visit Baumhausberlin.de

 

Takeaways

What I find most heroic about Das Baumhaus initiative is their dedication for taking action NOW.

During our conversations it was clear that Scott Bolden is someone very adamant about “getting things done”.

Rather than merely talking about sustainability issues, they are acting on sustainability issues. 

Rather than completing the treehouse themselves and hosting projects later, they are involving others in the process everyday and hosting projects now. 

So often we find excuses to wait for resources before making a change when in reality it can work even better the other way around. Das Baumhaus is proof of that and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to help this tree continue to grow.

 

Getting a call from a giant organic zucchini #winning @TheHashtagHERO
Getting a call from a giant organic zucchini #winning @TheHashtagHERO

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PS: You may want to check out our amazing coverage of Emergent Berlin Sustainability Festival here!

“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

In this interview, I Skyped in from Berlin to Brooklyn with Elayne Fluker, founder of ChicRebellion.tv.

We chatted about the misconceptions of women of color in the media today and how her website is an everlasting effort to challenge it.

With a focus on user generated content, Elayne is currently open to a variety of video content submissions from around the world!

I don’t have to tell your story, or the media, or television, or news channels don’t have to tell your story. You tell your story.

— Elayne Fluker, Founder of Chic Rebellion

Needless to say, ChicRebellion.tv looks forward to hearing from our everyday superhero community.

FLASH FORWARD SUMMARY

00:28 What is the network all about?
1:11 What is the misconception about women of color in media today?
3:52 Elayne’s personal heroes
4:44 Elayne’s worst enemy
5:10 A great book to check out about perseverance through resistance
5:32 Elayne’s epic goal
5:58 How to submit your content to Chic Rebellion TV
6:50 How Chic Rebellion will promote your work
7:06 How to have your crowd funding campaign supported by Chic Rebellion
7:45 Advice to take the world by storm!!
8:57 HERO Spitfire + other fun shenanigans 😉 

More adventures @TheHashtagHERO!
More adventures @TheHashtagHERO!

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Niko Woischnik, the creator of Tech Open Air, Europe’s leading technology festival speaks with us! 

After our whirlwind adventures at Tech Open Air, it was only right that we speak to the amazing festival creator himself! Niko Woischnik took some moments to speak with us on what it was like creating Europe’s leading technology festival from the ground up! (watch now)

Niko Woischnik & Super Ivi pose 007 style! Instagram @TheHashtagHERO
Niko Woischnik & Super Ivi pose 007 style! Instagram @TheHashtagHERO

What You’ll Find: 

  • Niko shares his experience in creating TOA from the early days to now.
  • Where he thinks technology is headed.
  • The inside scoop on the future of Tech Open Air!

UP NEXT on TheHashtagHEROTV

#HEROTalks: 

  • Key Takeaways on the future of technology 
  • Favorite Talks and Memorable Conversations from Tech Open Air
  • Tips to help YOU attend Tech Open Air festival in Berlin next year

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CALLING ALL EMPOWERED WOMEN OF COLOR

 ChicRebellion.TV Network Needs You! 

ChicRebellion.tv is the worlds first and only global Internet TV network for women of color. The platform creates, curates and syndicates original web series and videos for this demographic of powerful ladies!

I recently hosted Periscope live stream question and answer session with ChicRebellion.tv founder Elayne Fluker.

Elayne speaks about how you can submit your content for the opportunity to be featured and promoted on the platform + gives us details on her upcoming series: “Untitled” currently being filmed in Brooklyn, New York. 

FLASH FORWARD SUMMARY:

1:54 – What is Chic Rebellion?
2:30 – How to submit your series or video to ChicRebellion.tv
3:49 – What type of content is featured on Chic Rebellion? 
5:08 – Elayne’s upcoming series “Untitled”
6:33 – Is the network looking for any series in particular?
7:05 – Is this a platform for all mixed races or for mostly African American women?
7:53 – What if my content isn’t necessarily about being a women of color? Can I still make submissions?
8:24 – Elayne’s plans for a future film festival
8:55 – Where and how to send submissions!

Stay tuned for our full HEROInterviews episode with Elayne Fluker coming to TheHashtagHEROTV!

Mad you missed the live-stream Q&A? Its all good! Follow me on Periscope @TheHashtagHERO to join in on the daily action!!

Live-stream shenanigans on Periscope @TheHashtagHERO!
Live-stream shenanigans on Periscope @TheHashtagHERO!

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We had the opportunity to interview Bibop Gresta, the Deputy Chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. In our interview he gives us the scoop on the Hyperloop + some valuable tips for the many aspiring serial entrepreneurs in The Hashtag HERO community. 

Bibop Gresta

Bibop Gresta went from being an international pop star to the serial entrepreneur behind ventures like JumpStartFund, Project Happiness, The Cure Aids Project, and the soon-to-be fastest transportation system on land: The Hyperloop. During the Tech Open Air festival in Berlin, he led a talk entitled From Popstar To Techstar: How To Create A Successful Company From Passion.

The Hyperloop

You may have heard of the Hyperloop from Elon Musk and Space X. Conceptually, The Hyperloop will be the fastest mode of ground transportation the world has ever seen. Comprised of an enclosed capsule and high pressure tubes, the Hyperloop is expected to clear speeds that rival the speed of sound (598 mph (962 km/h) – 760 mph (1,220 km/h). Prototyping of the Hyperloop will take place between Los Angeles and San Francisco mid 2016. 

Surely the introduction of this technology will revolutionize mobility as we know it! Check out our inside scoop on the Hyperloop + the valuable tips Bibop Gresta was able to share regarding his experience as a successful serial entrepreneur! 

If you appreciate this content, remember to give the video a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel! 

Giving the (Bibop Gresta) Deputy Chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies The Hashtag HERO Stamp of Approval! Instagram @TheHashtagHERO
Giving the (Bibop Gresta) Deputy Chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies The Hashtag HERO Stamp of Approval! Instagram @TheHashtagHERO

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Here is an inside look at Europe’s leading technology festival in Berlin, Germany: Tech Open Air 2015. This festival brings together technology professionals and collaborators from around the world for a 3-day experience unlike anything else. Taking place both inside and in the open air, TOA successfully fuses art, music, party and technology embodying the true essence of Berlin.

 

The Program: List of Talks, Speakers and Workshops

I watched about 20 talks out of the approximate 80 listed. 

Some Favorites:

  • From Dust to Dawn: Venture Capitalists Reborn
  • Are The Germans Unable To Disrupt?
  • Robotics Meets Design: Making New Kinds of Urban Mobility
  • What We Get Wrong About Millennials in The Digital Age
  • Steering Towards an AI-Augmented Society

What’s Next?

I found the following themes reoccurring throughout the duration of the festival:

  1. Mobile & Wearable Technology: iWatches, collar cameras, motion sensored threads, OH MY!
  2. Blockchain Technology: Global digital database with huge potential to disrupt the market. It was originated via Bitcoin. More info
  3. Live Streaming: Apps like Periscope and Meerkat are making live broadcasting mainstream for the masses; big changes in digital media are ahead.  
  4. Artificial Intelligence: Killer robots or helpful allies? For now the answer seems to be both.  
  5. Urban Mobility: Overpopulation in cities have sparked many innovations that will change the way we get from point A to B. For example: Hyperloop, the Copenhagen Wheel or Drone deliveries via public transit in 3rd world countries

We had the opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in all that TOA had to offer. If you were following our live stream adventures on Periscope** (add me! @TheHashtagHERO) you may have seen anything from:

  • Me being chased by drones 
  • A heated Chessboxing match 
  • Expert talk and commentary on Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency revolution 
  • The Copenhagen wheel up close and explained
  • An inside look at the EYEsect oculus rift helmet
  • Among so many more other priceless behind the scenes moments! 

I really wanted to give anyone who couldn’t physically be at the event the most comprehensive inside look imaginable. So, of course there’s more!

UP NEXT on TheHashtagHEROTV

#HEROInterviews:

  • Niko Woischnik Creator of Tech Open Air Festival (watch now)
  • Bibop Gresta COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (watch now)

#HEROAdventures:

  • Power Poses with Kat Farrants, Founder of MovementForModernLife.com (watch now)

#HEROTalks: 

  • Key Takeaways on the future of technology 
  • Favorite Talks and Memorable Conversations from Tech Open Air
  • Tips to help YOU attend Tech Open Air festival in Berlin next year

If we are taking actionable steps toward creating a greater world for tomorrow, technology is most certainly a key way. Tech Open Air demonstrates that the future of tomorrow is connected and multidisciplinary. Its only right that we stay as up-to-date as possible on advancements and trends. More to come! 

Catch my daily live streams on Periscope! @TheHashtagHERO
Catch my daily live streams on Periscope! @TheHashtagHERO

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Super Ivi, The Hashtag HERO

 

At just 19 years of age, Philipp Von Der Wippel has founded the successful non-profit organization: Project Together

The mission of Project Together is to foster the ideas of young people allowing them to take action and create positive changes in the world. 

We’ve all had game-changing ideas at one time or another. A special stroke of genius that we knew, if implemented, could make an amazing impact in the world around us. However, for one reason or another we didn’t take action and instead let limitations get the best of us.

Project Together understands this phenomenon and through weekly telephone coaching and mentorship, they encourage the growth of such ideas and lead their clients to taking continuous action in bringing them to life. They’ve helped 200+ individuals and businesses do this in the past year!

Philipp explains that his desire to launch Project Together was developed after helping his friend make in impact with the human rights movement Together We Can For Syria

By experiencing the importance of one’s own action, he understood that he wasn’t just one small individual in a big community. . . but that he’s really able to change something. And, giving people this experience of self-fulfillment is what I would like to duplicate thousands of times. – Philipp Von Der Wippel, Founder of Project Together

While Project Together’s services are open to companies and individuals of any age group, Philipp stresses the importance of focusing on today’s youth. He states that they have the time to really make an impact for years to come if they begin today.

If you:

  • Have an amazing idea but are unsure how to make it a reality
  • Are currently working on an idea, but could use support in going to the next level

OR

  • Have a burning desire to do something great in your community but don’t know exactly what that is
Post-Interview selfie with Philipp Von Der Wippel Founder of Project Together.org, Super Ivi @TheHashtagHERO, media production sidekick @AlexHallFilm. 
Post-Interview selfie with Philipp Von Der Wippel Founder of Project Together.org, Super Ivi @TheHashtagHERO, media production sidekick @AlexHallFilm. 

Project Together can help!

To get started visit ProjectTogether.org

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Special thank you to our sponsor MessQueen New York