In the podcast, "What Makes You Happy with Jake Pearson," Jake interviews Tony Leake, a mindset coach and volunteer therapist for a cancer charity in Worksop, England. Jake asks Tony what makes him happy, and Tony answers that creating things, such as software systems and music, and getting lost in the moment bring him happiness. As a mindset coach, Tony's advice to listeners struggling to find happiness is to ask themselves more often what makes them happy and to make a list of things that bring them joy.
What Makes Tony Leake Happy?
In this 5-minute episode, I sit down with Tony Leake, a Personal Development and Mindset Coach, to discuss the ins and outs of his happiness.
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Welcome back to the podcast where we ask the question, what makes you happy?
My name is Jake Pearson and today we have with us a mindset coach, who outside their traditional work is a volunteer as a therapist for a local cancer charity Tony Leake from Worksop England. Tony, pleasure to have you on the podcast.
Good morning, or good evening where you are. Thank you very much for inviting me, Jake.
Super excited to talk about all things that make you happy. We were just off screen talking about how much I butcher [phonetic 00:54] the names of the places that come out of England. And I'm so glad that I pronounced it correctly, did not?
You got it perfect.
Good, because that was probably the thing I was most anxious about going into the introduction. But moving on from that, could you tell us a little bit about what makes you happy? Yeah,
I would love to. And I'm gonna not go with the obvious things like friends and family, I take that as a given really [phonetic 01:19]. So the first thing that I thought about was creating things, creating things that didn't exist before. And two examples that I came up with. And I'll try and keep this short and sweet. I used to be a software developer. And I wrote a system once that ran a warehouse. And when I was kind of having a tough day at work, I just go and stand in the warehouse, and I'd look at people using the systems that I have [phonetic 01:41] created, okay! I made that. And more recently, I'm a musician as well. And I created something called a MIDI-Pedals, it's a pedal that controls all my other effects pedals. And I could have bought something, but I didn't- I have made it and I didn't know how to make it. So I had to learn. And it's sitting on my pedal board now. And every time I use it, I look at it and go, I did that. So creating things makes me happy.
I find, I resonate with that for several aspect for me in my garden, I could have went and bought some garden beds when I moved into my new house, but I built them from scratch, no prior knowledge of power tools, I went and bought the power tools, the screws, everything the-- And every time I look at, I'm like, I made that. Oh my god, I made that. So I really love that.
Yes, it's really good, isn't it, because it's just a way of building yourself up from the inside. And it ties into another thing that makes me happy with is getting lost in the moment. Anything that helps me get lost in that moment. And I really did when I was building this this pedal. But I get that when I'm working with clients. Sometimes I get it when I'm listening with music. It's like nothing else exists in the world apart from this moment in time right now. And I love that it makes me happy.
How beautiful is it when you get fully absorbed into something that you're just so interested in, you're like, and everything else that's going on, you just completely forget about and you're just so engrossed, and you're just excited is awesome feeling you're learning like, Oh, this is how this is done. This is what I'm going to do here. I'm learning something new. It fills my soul. I don't know if it fills your soul.
It really does. And you know, a lot of the time, life just goes by really quickly, you can look at you and you g, Where did that go. But when you get lost in the moment, it can be two minutes or five minutes, but it can feel like an eternity. And it's to me that's kind of what life's about. It's creating those life filling moments and filling your soul what a great way to put it.
Beautifully said. So, as a mindset coach, then what would your personal advice be for our listeners who are struggling to find happiness within their own lives?
First thing I'd say is reach out to you and ask to be a guest on your podcast. Because what this has made me do was ask myself the question, what makes me happy? And you know, it's not a question I've asked myself for quite a while. And it's a question we should ask ourselves way more often than we probably do. Because I have to sit down and think about this, which in some ways I'm a little bit embarrassed about, but I'm glad that I did. Because now I've made a list of things that make me happy. And then they're made sub lists of what are the things that I can do to help me get lost in the moment. And when I know what they are, I can create a life that's going to deliberately create those moments instead of waiting for them to happen. So my advice to people listening, you spend some time thinking about what makes you happy, make a list. And once you've got that list, what can you do deliberately to go and put those things into your day or your week?
I love it. I really do love it. And I love that. By me creating this podcast is given you an opportunity to explore what makes you happy for your personal life and your own life and how that's going to affect your world. So that's super, that makes me happy.
Good. And there you go. You've created something and by you creating that something, it's creating happiness for other people as well. So you've done a great thing here, Jake.
And that's all we're trying to do here is help create happiness for other people. And we hope that what Tony has said, is inspired you to find a little bit of your own happiness, so go and create that list. Go find that list of the things that make you happy because without that you're just kind of stumbling around to really dig deep start on the surface level and then you can dig deeper like you Tony have you-- you've gone off and you've put little explanations of how to recreate that happiness in those different scenarios etcetera.
Yes, absolutely. That's the thing to do. So I really do appreciate you, you invite me to help me here today, Jake.
Beautiful. And if you'd love to connect with Tony and learn more about how he helps people you can do so by checking out his links in the podcast episode description below. Tony been an absolute pleasure to hear about what makes you happy.
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