Today we talk to Greg Van Borssum. Greg is an award winning Hollywood filmmaker, known for his work on the Oscar winning movies, Happy Feet and Mad Max: Fury Road. He is also a national body building champion, pistol shooting world champion and an internationally accredited speaker. We talk about leadership, mental health, overcoming adversity and pursuing goals.
2:30 - how Greg got into martial arts.
3:30 - how Bob Paris inspired Greg to become the National Body Building champion.
5:04 - we don't have to be limited by what people say about us.
6:14 - the example we set can change lives.
6:30 - Greg's grandfather won the Military Medal in WWI.
7:08 - the remarkable example Greg's grandmother set.
8:48 - the importance of believing in someone's potential.
9:08 - we need to start going towards what we're scared of.
9:57 - your fear is your greatest strength in waiting.
11:16 - kids need to be taught their family history.
12:32 - reaching your goals.
13:28 - two greatest assets: naivity and stupidity.
14:07 - said yes to Happy Feet with zero prior experience.
14:55 - Leadership is easy: leadership is care.
16:20 - turning around a toxic culture.
16:44 - there is an "I" in "TEAM".
17:55 - lack of communication kills a team.
18:20 - Greg banned emails!
19:24 - if I find you blaming someone you're off the film
19:35 - literally breaking down the barriers to communication.
20:10 - team bonded by playing together.
21:52 - ego makes you an ineffective leader.
23:46 - focus is the key to achieving goals.
26:18 - be a spiky person.
26:52 - the employment world needs to be turned on its head.
28:00 - you need to take time to understand people to get the best out of them.
29:23 - training people and building confidence.
31:22 - the cost of success.
32:03 - how a near death experience changed Greg's life mission.
34:18 - Greg became an accredited speaker to help others.
37:07 - how Greg became an advocate for mental health.
40:39 - protecting his family from his struggles was Greg's stupid moment.
41:42 - you feel like you're not a man if you talk about this stuff.
42:12 - I did not know if I was coming home.
43:35 - Greg started learning public speaking after he started giving keynotes.
44:15 - Greg's aim is now to go global to change lives.
44:33 - how do we help people when they are struggling?
45:10 - do something!
46:05 - clinically proven: a hug can change someone's entire day.
46:10 - 30 minutes of excercise gives 12 hours of better brain health.
46:19 - don't put off seeing someone who is struggling.
46:26 - us, we, together.
46:55 - don't just give them a number and move on.
47:21 - everyone's been through stuff.
47:51 - life doesn't always fire a warning shot.
48:56 - the signs that someone is struggling.
49:32 - suicide survivors want to live.
50:12 - help yourself before trying to help others.
51:12 - what is strength really?
52:12 - chase fulfillment, not success.
52:35 - strength doesn't focus on what you can't do. Focus on what you can do.
53:01 - everyone has the internal battle, but we've got to get up and move on anyway.
53:28 - keep a journal.
54:24 - training to overcome the fear of public speaking.
55:13 - use your time to invest in people.
55:40 - redirecting bad forces for good.
56:30 - importance of being able to detach.
58:18 - it's our responsibility to reach in to help them out.
59:18 - don't worry about saying the right things. Have the right heart.
01:00:34 - the signs are in the body language.
01:01:58 - R U OK is not good enough.
01:02:34 - being a good person.
01:02:55 - we need to unify to fight against mental health.
01:03:36 - the human factor is always needed.
01:04:34 - chasing success leaves no space to help others.
01:05:42 - the small things are the big things.
01:06:34 - going back to old high school.
01:07:58 - people in our life shape us.
01:08:44 - get in touch with Greg.
01:09:33 - final thanks.
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