MW041 — Storyteller & Globe Trotter, Dara Padwo-Audick: Let the World be your Classroom

What lens do you see life through? When you look behind the glass, can you pinpoint your relation to the world? Dara Padwo-Audick, creator, world traveler, storyteller, and most recently, life coach, shares the secrets of following your intuition and connecting with the world to help you define your life’s purpose.

As President of Creative Strategies Media LLC (a media consulting company) and Enlightened Media LLC (a film production company), Dara’s genuine storytelling has taken her around the globe. In 2008, her journey to understand and share the serenity of the Himalayan culture took her to Bhutan where she produced the documentary, Bhutan: A Kingdom of Happiness. As an educator, mentor, and dedicated life-long learner, Dara has embraced her work as an adjunct professor in the School of Communication at American University. At the heart of her pursuits, Dara coaches creative change-makers, helping them discover and explore their unique gifts to fulfillment.

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Key Takeaways:

The hide-and-seek of destiny. Did you ever have a childhood dream? You visualized where you wanted to be, who you wanted to become, and always wondered how to get there? The KEY to knowing your purpose and following your intuition is… [3:56].

The worldly lesson. When we embrace another culture, appreciating our differences, it allows us to see different parts of ourselves that we didn’t recognize before. Dara shares the one perspective from her time spent in the Himalayas that will help you rethink your fears and beliefs about danger… [11:40].

The uncharted opportunity. It’s instinctual to have a plan and want everything to go according to it. Be it life, or your day, or a simple thing like your drive to work. The one thing you can do to accept any situation for what it is regardless of your plans and that’ll allow you to be open to other possibilities… [29:06].

The unforeseen truth. Dara’s digital series, She’s Got Grit, highlights female athletes with disabilities and it’s their stories that could change everything you once knew about authentic leadership. Listen in to what these women can teach you to overcome… [36:47].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. That’s how we Live Lead and Play! 

Meet the host, Luke Iorio
All you really need to know is this: Luke Iorio is a dad, a spouse, an entrepreneur, a conscious growth strategist, coach, blogger, podcaster, a wide-angled observer, and enthusiastic participant in the game of life who seeks to ask and answer, “What’s truly possible?”
So where does that all come from? Well, for that we need to answer this: How does a shy kid from the suburbs of New Jersey grow up to become a conscious strategist, sought-after coach and speaker, and disrupter of life’s “good enough” status quo?
In a nutshell, Luke intentionally pushed through some of his most palpable moments, or what he calls inflection points. These moments included standing on stage, gripping a microphone, and getting totally out of his comfort zone. This repeated intention to “choose different” has catapulted Luke toward stellar success.
So, what happens AFTER you choose…when you start to take meaningful action? That’s when an inflection point becomes an open road — a pathway to living your intended purpose.
Luke’s path looks something like this…he became President of The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching at age 32, and has since graduated more than 11,000 coaches, leaders, athletes, and professionals across 44 countries, all of whom share his vision and desire for expanding our human potential and creating lasting, conscious change.
You could say Luke’s manifesto reads something like an everyday philosopher and spirited entrepreneur having been inspired early on by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Og Mandino. Nowadays, his intrinsic curiosity and wisdom is paying off as a media personality quoted on The Huffington Post, Fox Business, and Next Avenue, and most recently taking to the airwaves to entertain life’s pivotal questions with the help of celebrated thought leaders, mentors, and everyday unsung heroes.

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