Oleg Lougheed, How to Overcome the Odds and Lead from Within – InnovaBuzz 410

Oleg Lougheed

Oleg Lougheed, Overcoming Odds

In this episode, I’m really excited to have as my guest, Oleg Lougheed, founder of Overcoming Odds. Oleg’s start in life was inauspicious. At 9 years old, he relinquished his parents’ rights and entered a Russian orphanage at his choosing. At 12 years old, he decided to be adopted into a new family, in a new country, halfway across the world, to start a new life. At 24 years old, he began his journey of helping others live the life they have always dreamed of, despite their hardships and misfortunes by allowing them to recognize the uniqueness and worth within their own story.

In our discussion, Oleg  talked to me about:

  • The power of recognising and acknowledging problems as a first step to solving them
  • The courage to ask for help – people need people and people help people!
  • Leading from within

Scott Mason in episode 381 introduced us to Oleg.

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Show Notes from this episode with Oleg Lougheed of Overcoming Odds

Key points and takeaways from this episode include:

  • There’s no obstacle too great to overcome.
  • Life is truly about finding an opportunity to get to the next day. It’s all about using the resources you have at hand to help you get through the next stage.
  • Keep being enthusiastic about the future. Believe that despite everything you are facing now, things can be different and there is always another way to move forward.
  • You have the ability to shift your narrative. You can approach every single adversity through the lens of what you can learn from it and what this experience is there to teach you.
  • Sometimes in life, you’ll be presented with an opportunity to make a decision, and almost never in your life will you know the consequences of that decision until you are living it out and seeing what your decision could truly offer.
  • Progress is all about getting to the next level. 
  • There is always someone who’s been successful that you can strive to emulate. Success becomes more attainable when you can see the future in someone else. 
  • We need to create an open space for people to share and learn from their own stories.
  • Your story matters and there’s tremendous power in that story.
  • There’s a lesson behind every single experience.
  • Slow down. Be more patient with life and let the opportunities come more freely to you.
  • The first step is to recognise that there is adversity at hand. You won’t know that there is a problem until you recognise that there is a problem. From there, expand all possible solutions by asking for help from other people.
  • Adversity is there to serve you. It is not there to hinder your progress. It’s there to create an opportunity for you to see things that you haven’t seen before.
  • You can overcome adversity by having the ability and the mindset to think in the realm of possibility. 
  • Have the courage to ask for help. People need people, and people help people. 
  • If you don’t ask, the answer is always “no.” Getting a “no” is part of the process. The more no’s you get, the closer you are to a “yes.”
  • You have a choice. You can stop what you are doing or use that “no” as your energy and motivation to keep going.
  • A podcast creates an opportunity for people to have their voices live beyond their years.
  • There is so much wisdom that any person can share with the rest of the world, regardless of status.
  • Every single person has value because every single person sees the world differently.
Slow down. Be more patient with life and let the opportunities come more freely to you. @OlegLougheed on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

The Buzz – Our Innovation Round

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

  1. #1 thing to be more innovative – Lead from within. Take responsibility for your own life. Choose to be of service to yourself first before being of service to others. Everything starts from you when it comes to innovation and impact. Have an open mind. Ideas are just ideas. It is ideas with implementation that make the difference.
  2. Best thing for new ideas – Rapid brainstorming. Time yourself and generate as many possible ideas without judgement. Pressure stimulates creativity
  3. Favourite tool for innovation – My mind.
  4. Keep project/client on track – Take it one step at a time. Just look at next thing that’s ahead of you instead of trying to figure out the whole picture at once. Don’t focus on the whole “how.” Focus on where to start and then focus on the next step. It’s about knowing where to start and believing that the step beyond that will reveal itself when the time is right.
  5. Differentiate – Share your story. The one thing that differentiates you from others is your experience and how you choose to share it with the rest of the world.

To Be a Leader

Be fully engaged in the timing of things. As opportunities present themselves in your life, put yourself in the position of being fully engaged in what it might offer you, how it might help you see the world differently, and what other things it might present within your own journey.

Reach Out

You can reach out and thank Oleg through his website.

Suggested Guest

Oleg suggested we have a conversation with Leadership Coach, Nancy John. So Nancy, keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation from us to the InnovaBuzz Podcast, courtesy of Oleg Lougheed.


Cool Things About Oleg

  • He’s also the host of The Genius Within Us Podcast and the Power of Your Story Podcast, and co-hosts the Just a Squirrel Looking for a Nut with Scott Mason.
  • He graduated with honors from Kent University.
  • He won first place at Kent State University Idea Olympics. 
As opportunities present themselves in your life, put yourself in the position of being fully engaged in what it might offer you and how it might help you see the world differently. @OlegLougheed on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

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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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