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The Legendary Leaders Podcast

Apr 12, 2022

How happy and fulfilled are you with your life? Are you living out your purpose, do you have a life balance? Living a truly happy life is much more than being happy at work, it is the ability to live in the present moment without the distracting thoughts of your past or future.

In this Episode of the Legendary Leaders Podcast, we have Rob Dubin, motivational speaker, and keynote speaker. He was a successful filmmaker with a dream career, but retired after 20 years, bought a sailboat, and spent the next 17 years sailing around the world. Rob’s insights on creating a fulfilling career and having a rich life, transform audiences. He explains how he and his wife figured out the secret to living a happy and fulfilling life.

Listen in to learn about the framework on how to figure out and prioritize your dreams that are not necessarily about work dreams without fear. You will also learn how being grateful, living in the moment, and contributing to others can add to your happiness.


This podcast is sponsored by InnerProfessional online training programs. With courses geared specifically for Legendary Leaders, InnerProfessional provides an extraordinary catalog of leadership and professional development programs unlike any online training you’ve experienced before.

Key Takeaways:

  • How unfulfillment with life contributed to the great resignation.
  • The importance of having a life balance rather than striving for a work-life balance.
  • How companies can teach their employees happiness by focusing on lifelong wellness.
  • Find a solution to your fears, by breaking them down into little chunks and getting specific about each.
  • How to be happy by living in the present moment and not in the past or future. 
  • Get rid of your old stories and tell yourself a new story that will help you become who you want to be.

Episode timeline:

  • [1:13] Intro
  • [7:41] He explains how he now helps other people go after their dreams.
  • [8:54] How he’s managed to create happiness in his life by having gratitude as his primary emotion.
  • [11:36] The 3 paradigm shifts that contributed to the great resignation and what we can do about it.
  • [20:05] Rob’s framework on how to figure out and prioritize your dreams without fear.
  • [29:46] Rob narrates how he shifted tragic events in his life by having an internal locus of control.
  • [38:29] Learn to be happy by living in the present without beating yourself about the past or agonizing about the future.
  • [41:40] A framework to happiness – steps on how to be happy by letting go of your past stories.
  • [51:40] He explains how contributing to others added to his happiness during his sailing journey.
  • [56:44] How being grateful and living in the moment can contribute to your happiness.
  • [1:01:21] The 3-step process to finding your passion and figuring out how to make a living out of it.
  • [1:05:53] The power of curiosity in opening life opportunities and lessons.


“Good motivational speakers don’t just offer an opportunity for how you can have a better life, but they solve a problem that you’re aware that you have.”- Rob Dubin [11:58]

“Happiness is an emotion that only exists in the present moment; if you want to be happy, spend more time in the present moment.”- Rob Dubin [39:54]

“The reason most people don’t go after their dreams even before the fear, is they worry what other people will think of them.”- Rob Dubin [50:23]

“Happiness is that emotion that we all want, and it only exists in the moment; if you’re not paying attention to it, you’re not going to get it.”- Rob Dubin [59:20]



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About Rob Dubin

Rob’s insights on creating a fulfilling career and a rich life transform audiences. His story of sailing around the world with his wife on a small sailboat grabs attention and inspires audiences from the first moment. Rob does not just inspire though, his practical strategies and guidance steer listeners to creating a fulfilling career balanced with an extraordinary life.

Rob was a successful filmmaker with a dream career being well paid to travel the world camera in hand for TV networks and Fortune 500 companies. But after 20 years the flame began to fade, and new dreams beckoned. Rather than continue doing something that did not spark him every day, at age 42 he and his wife retired, bought a sailboat, and spent the next 17 years sailing around the world.

Along the way they gained unique life insights that can guide others to fulfillment.

About Cathleen Merkel

As a Thought Leader in the Mindset & (Self-) Leadership space, Cathleen supports high achieving, but worn-out women create a more content & balanced life without sacrificing their hard-earned success. Following a simple 6 step framework, she helps you not only reconnect with your inner feminine side; Cathleen also supports you to rediscover your REAL YOU!

Cathleen focuses on women who lost their sense of purpose, who feel they are running in a hamster wheel, trying to please everyone but themselves. She helps you to turn your careers, your social connections and personal life around so that you will start feeling fulfilled and excited again about the days to come.  At the end of the process, Cathleen's clients will feel healthier, happier, energised, and clear about their future.  

With over 15 years of leadership experience in Retail, Media & Broadcasting, Engineering and Property Investment, Cathleen has not only experienced the challenges and opportunities of a female leader herself; she has also been leading and supporting various leadership development initiatives within large, complex, multinational matrix organisations.

Only by deeply experiencing her very personal life challenges – ‘hitting a wall experiences’ –Cathleen was able to redefine her own purpose, deciding to bring ease and content to as many women as possible on the planet!

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