Brian Bogert, Harnessing Personal Stories for Global Change – InnovaBuzz 629


Brian Bogert.

Our guest in this episode is Brian Bogert, a passionate coach and speaker, who has transformed his profound personal adversities into a professional mission to empower others to live more authentically and impactfully. In his conversation with host Jürgen Strauss, Brian delves into the importance of embracing vulnerability, harnessing personal adversities for growth, and the power of intentional living. Key points discussed include:

  • Embracing Vulnerability as Strength: Brian discusses how embracing one’s vulnerabilities is not a sign of weakness but a profound source of strength. It allows for deeper human connections and a more authentic existence.
  • Impact of Mindset on Overcoming Challenges: He emphasizes the critical role of mindset in overcoming challenges, advocating for a balance between mental toughness and emotional awareness to foster resilience and personal growth.
  • Strategies for Self-Awareness and Personal Growth: Brian shares practical strategies for enhancing self-awareness and personal growth, including understanding one’s triggers and the stories we tell ourselves, which can profoundly affect our interactions and life path.

This conversation is a treasure trove of insights for anyone looking to lead a more impactful and purpose-driven life, emphasizing that true strength and innovation come from our ability to authentically connect with ourselves and others.

Jeff Giagnocavo in episode 615 introduced us to Brian.

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Show Notes from this episode with Brian Bogert

Overcoming Adversity with Authenticity

Welcome to another deep dive into the journey of resilience and authenticity. Today, we spotlight Brian Bogert, who joined me on the InnovaBuzz podcast to share his extraordinary story. Brian, a motivational speaker and coach from Phoenix, Arizona, transforms profound personal adversities into powerful lessons for living authentically and impactfully. Let’s explore the key themes of this enriching conversation.

The Power of Personal Stories in Building Resilience

Brian’s journey is a testament to the power of personal stories in fostering resilience. After a life-altering accident at the age of seven, where he was run over by a truck, Brian turned this traumatic experience into a source of strength. Through his narrative, we learn that our darkest moments can lead to the most enlightening discoveries about ourselves. Brian’s candid sharing encourages us to embrace our stories, not as sources of shame, but as platforms for growth and empathy.

Embracing Vulnerability for Greater Strength

One of the most profound lessons from Brian is the embrace of vulnerability. Far from seeing it as a weakness, Brian discusses how vulnerability has been the bedrock of his strength. It allows individuals to connect deeply with others and to foster genuine relationships. By sharing vulnerabilities, Brian demonstrates that we can break down barriers and build bridges, creating spaces where others feel safe to share their truths.

The Role of Mindset in Overcoming Challenges

Brian’s insights into the role of mindset in overcoming both physical and emotional challenges are both inspiring and educational. Initially, he adopted a mindset of mental toughness, which served him well until it didn’t. This realization led to a more balanced approach, where emotional awareness plays a crucial role alongside mental resilience. This shift illustrates that true growth involves evolving our strategies and mindsets as we encounter new challenges and stages in life.

Strategies for Self-Awareness and Growth

Brian generously shares several strategies to enhance self-awareness and personal growth. He emphasizes the importance of introspection and intentionality in our daily lives. For example, being aware of our triggers and the stories we tell ourselves can profoundly affect how we interact with the world. These strategies are not just theoretical but are practical steps we can all take to better understand and improve ourselves continuously.

Cultivating Human Connections and Community

A significant part of Brian’s message revolves around the importance of human connections. He believes that healing often occurs in the context of community and through deep, meaningful connections with others. Brian’s approach involves building communities where openness, vulnerability, and mutual support are the norms, not the exceptions. This section explores how we can cultivate such communities in our own lives, enhancing both personal and collective well-being.

Conclusion: Living a Life of Impact and Purpose

In concluding, Brian Bogert’s conversation with me reminds us of the power each person has to impact the world positively. By living authentically and embracing our full selves—vulnerabilities and all—we can live a life of purpose and influence. As Brian aims to impact over a billion lives, let his story inspire you to consider how your authentic self can make a difference. Let’s challenge ourselves to step into our own power and potential, reshaping not just our lives but those around us.

Call to Action

Reflect on your own life and challenges. What parts of your story could you embrace more fully to live authentically? Take a moment today to identify one step you can take toward more genuine self-expression and impact. Remember, every journey starts with a single step.

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The Buzz – Our Innovation Round 

Here are Brian Bogert’s answers to the questions of our innovation round. Listen to the conversation to get the full scoop.

  1. No. 1 thing to be more innovative – Lean into AI, not as artificial intelligence, but as awareness and intentionality.
  2. Best thing for new ideas – Put yourself in environments with others to spark new ideas, embrace vulnerability, and acknowledge that you don’t know it all.
  3. Favourite resource – Utilize elements that help with nervous system regulation like infrared sauna and cold plunge to maintain energy and focus.
  4. Keep project/client on track – Hold clients in truth objectively and non-judgmentally so that their truth can guide them.
  5. Differentiate – Be you and no one else. Embrace your unique value and the treasures hidden by your life’s challenges to stand out.


Brian encourages listeners to engage in a self-reflective exercise to better align with their true selves. He suggests creating two lists: one detailing aspects of your life that energize and uplift you, and another for those that deplete and discourage you. By systematically addressing and minimizing the negative influences and maximizing the positive, you can live more authentically and impactfully.

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank Brian by visiting his website, where you can explore his podcasts, resources, and events. If you’re on social media, connect with him at @bogartbrian on all channels. Brian is eager to help and impact as many lives as possible, and welcomes interactions, whether for guidance or just to say thanks.


Cool Things About Brian

  • Resilience: Brian survived being run over by a truck, undergoing 24 surgeries. His recovery showcases immense physical, mental, and emotional resilience.
  • Authenticity: Brian prioritizes living authentically, aligning his actions with his identity as a husband and father first, demonstrating personal integrity and strong family values.
  • Impactful Mission: Brian aims to impact over a billion lives by reducing suffering, focusing on creating meaningful connections and facilitating healing.
  • Artistic Flair: Brian’s cartoonized sketch, highlighting his passions like podcasting and blogging, adds a unique personal and artistic touch, showing his appreciation for creativity and relationships.
  • Tech-Savvy: Brian leveraged technology during COVID-19 by engaging in podcasting and online content creation, demonstrating his strategic approach to new platforms for outreach.
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Jürgen Strauss

Dr. Jürgen Strauss is The World's Best Human-Centred Podcasting Coach and the only Podcast Innovator with the signature bright yellow headphones, who masterfully crafts human connection for high-impact achievers in a vibrant community. You can find Jürgen on LinkedIn, The InnovaBuzz Podcast, The Flywheel Nation Community as well as on Innovabiz' InstagramTwitter, Facebook pages and his personal Photography website.  

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