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The Maverick Paradox Podcast is a twice weekly show where Judith Germain demonstrates that Maverick Leadership exists everywhere, through her conversations with a diverse array of guests.

New episodes are released every Monday and Friday at 12pm UK time.

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Jun 19, 2023

In today's episode Judith Germain speaks to John Vagueiro about proving that you're wrong and being relentlessly and aggressively optimistic when facing challenges.

John shares his personal journey as an entrepreneur and how he overcame his struggles with a learning disability and anxiety disorder. He emphasises the power of turning negative experiences into opportunities for growth and success, and encourages listeners to view challenges as opportunities for personal development. Vagueiro also discusses the importance of recognising and overcoming comfort zones in order to prioritise one's health and achieve success.

They discussed the challenges of balancing financial stability with business growth. John stressed the importance of careful planning and setting oneself up for success before starting a business, while Judith added that sometimes taking a leap of faith is necessary to progress a business. Overall, the conversation emphasises the need for resilience, determination, and careful planning in order to achieve success in both personal and professional life.

CEO and Founder of global digital marketing agency Adapting Social, John Vagueiro started his business at age 17 to help his struggling family. Today nearly 15 years later, Adapting Social serves clients in over 20 countries including Bentley, Ferrari and Columbia University.

You can find out more about our guest and today's episode in this Maverick Paradox Magazine article here.


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