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Uncomfortable is OK Podcast

Making it easier for you to get out of your comfort zone.

Chris Desmond explores the science, the stories, and the strategies of getting out of your comfort zone and finding your magic.

Jun 5, 2017

A couple of months ago I had the good fortune of striking up a conversation while waiting in line to get into a conference. The guy that I was talking to was called Tommie Maharaj and he pointed my in the direction of Noa Woolloof as someone to have a podcast conversation with. That went well and Noa and I had a chat back in episode 52 of the podcast. Noa also told me that I needed to get Tommie on the show to share his inspiring story.

Tommie and I managed to have a chat and create a podcast episode down at the BizDojo in Wellington last week. Tommie is a young guy full of passion and enthusiasm for life and for helping people. Whether that is through his role at Inspiring Stories, or as Founder of Millennials – the social enterprise recruitment agency helping young Kiwis, or just in his general day to day life.

Tommie is also the survivor of a brain tumour and he graciously shared his experience of this with me. Going through this experience really cemented the three values that are important for him to live by. Tommie shared these in our chat.

It’s a vulnerable conversation with bits of levity, a lot of emotion and almost some tears from both Tommie and myself. We talk about staring and growing a movement, creating safe spaces to share, using your own challenges to help leverage others up, the dichotomy of trying something you’re curious about and realising you’re not into it and seeing things through to the end, building and inspiring the possibilities of young New Zealanders, and leaving a legacy he can be proud of.

Guest: Thomas Maharaj

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Host: Chris Desmond



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Music: Jeremy Desmond Music