#278 Dr Randall Bell: Four Cornerstones for a Meaningful Life

May 9, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Today we are privileged to have once again on our show a very recent guest, Dr Randall Bell. In our previous podcast, we talked about his latest book, Post-Traumatic Thriving—which has turned out to be one of our most popular episodes on the Next Chapter with Charlie. 

In this episode we go another direction as we discuss an earlier book titled, Me, We, Do. Be: The Four Cornerstones of Success. 

Although in The Cornerstones of Success explores four key traits that successful people share, Dr Bell suggests a unique approach “to success.” He comes at success through the lens of what it means to be a “person of value,” not a person of accumulations. 

Dr Randall Bell is a socio-economist. He is internationally recognized his work as a Trauma Specialist, but also recognized as a man that simply understands what it means to live a life worth living. And that is what we talk about today.


Please check out Randall Bell’s very popular book, Me, We, Do, Be

Visit Dr. Bell’s Wikipedia page here

Also check out more about Dr. Bell here.




#277 Bessi Graham: How Success and Compassion Work Together

May 2, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Our guest today, Bessi Graham, is best known an “entrepreneur with a heart.” Bessi works primarily with business leaders on figuring out how to establish what she calls a blend of high profits and meaningful impact.

She believes that business leaders can be profound agents of change of a world hungry for impact and meaning and… they can make money at the same time. 

Bessi Graham is an award-winning entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience working with business owners, governments, and large funding bodies to bring doing good and making money back together.

So, I was thinking… I was wondering if Bessi might be able to apply her business principles of blending success and meaning to each and every one of us as individual people… just as she does so expertly with business leaders.

Well, since she is on the show you can guess that Bessi is excited to show us just that: How success and compassion work together. 


Website: www.bessigraham.com 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bessi-graham-48a31323

#276 Fred Sievert: Fast-Start Your Career

April 25, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Today we have the privilege of speaking with Fred Sievert, renowned speaker and author, AND former president of the Fortune 100 New York Life Insurance Company. 

In this show we have a conversation with Fred about his latest book, Fast-Starting A Career of Consequence. In this book Fred Sievert offers incredible (as well as uncommon) suggestions for how to move up in the ranks of your company.

We talk about starting a new career, re-entering the workforce, or even how to reinvigorate your current career. 

Also, as a devout man of faith, Fred gives creative insights on how we might create a balance between faith, family, and career. 

With that, let’s begin the show.


Please check out Fred Sieverts latest book, Fast-Starting a Career of Consequence.


#275 Terry Hershey: Loook! Don’t Miss the Awe

April 11, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

If you have ever visited our website at the Next Chapter dot life, you will have found, in bold letters, our driving mission: In Search of Meaning, Adventure, and Awe. 

In retrospect, we have done a lot of exploration into the world of “meaning,” a bit on “adventure,” and then just a very little bit on “awe.” Today I want to address that issue in a conversation with our good friend, Terry Hershey. Today is all about Paying Attention and taking to time to Notice just what is going on around you… daily. You may be surprised. Awe comes in regular doses… if we take time to see it.

Now, if you’re a frequent listener of the show then you’re already familiar with Terry Hershey, who is a regular guest. If you don’t know him, Terry is a prolific writer, conference keynote speaker, renowned landscape architect, and spiritual advisor. 


Click here for a link to get a copy Terry’s book, This Is the Life, in which he writes about focusing on The Power of the Present Moment

Click here to get a copy of Terry’s popular book about paying attention to the awe of everyday life, The Power of Pause.

Check out more about Terry and his blog Sabbath Moment on his website at www.terryhershey.com

#274 Judge Mary Beth O’Connor: Create Your Own Robust Recovery Program

April 4, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Today’s guest, Judge Mary Beth O’Conner has recently released her new book, From Junkie to Judge, where she offers, not only hope, but tactics to create your own Robust Recovery Program. 

Mary Beth O’Connor has been sober since 1994. She has also been in recovery from abuse, trauma, and anxiety. Six years into her recovery, Mary Beth attended Berkeley Law School. She worked at a large law firm, then litigated class actions for the federal government. In 2014, she was appointed a federal administrative law judge, a position she held until 2020.

Mary Beth is serious about sobriety and helping others recover from addictive substance abuse. She is a director and founding investor for She Recovers Foundation, and a director for LifeRing Secular Recovery. She speaks regularly about multiple paths to recovery.

Mary Beth’s Wall Street Journal op-ed, “I Beat Addiction Without God,” is where she describes how to combine ideas from several secular programs to create a robust recovery foundation. As you might imagine, this is a subject we discuss on the show.


Please enjoy Judge Mary Beth O’Conner’s new book, From Junkie to Judge.

Also check out Mary Beth’s recommended recovery workbook: Recovery by Choice, A LifeRing Workbook

#273 David Dennis: Discover Your “Gameness” in Life

March 28, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

I think one of the primary goals of every parent is to pass on to their children the wisdom they have gained after decades of life experience. Well, our guest today, David Dennis, has done just that. He wrote a book, originally intended for his five children, that has become a life-guide for all of us—young and old. 

In his book, “Gameness,” David Dennis offers four very practical and immensely powerful principles of a life worth living. 

David Dennis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Eckerd Connects, one of the nation’s largest nonprofits focusing on helping people in poverty get out of poverty. Their tactics include providing workforce skills development, juvenile justice, and child welfare services across the country. 

David is a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and childcare administrator. 


Be sure to check out David’s book, Gameness: Land on Your Feet not on Your Feelings

For more please visit www.GamenessLeadership.com

#272 Felicia Searcy: Multiply Your Impact

March 14, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

I can’t wait to interview our very special guest today Felicia Searcy who is a transformational life and business coach. Widely known as the “Impact Multiplier,” Felicia’s purpose is to empower you to discover and express your extraordinary life. 

I so agree with her approach to coaching: Understanding the ABC’s of personal development in a way that demands action and personal responsibility—all with the goal of turning your dreams into real life experiences. 

Felicia has been given a calling: to bring powerful spiritual principles to entrepreneurs that guide them to multiply their impact as they build their business. 

With that, let’s welcome 4-time award-winning coach, international speaker, author, and minster Felicia Searcy onto our show.


Please enjoy Felicia’s website at https://www.feliciasearcy.com.



#271 Lynette Eddy: Winning the Battle

March 8, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Lynette Eddy is the creator of the Open Heart Mindfulness approach to life. OHM is a mind management practice that provides steps to live a life well-lived.  

She earned a master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Nevada Reno and is founder of Eddy House which serves thousands of at risk and homeless youth in Northern Nevada.  

Lynette Eddy is the Founder of Eddy House in Reno, Nevada which serves homeless and at-risk youths with housing, food, and training in life skills. In fact, Eddy House has been declared by HUD (Dept of Housing and Urban Development) to be a National “Model” for serving at-risk youth!

Today Lynette and I will focus on the teachings of her new book, The Fight Inside: Winning the Battle Between Your Ego and True Spirit

With that, let’s welcome author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Lynette Eddy. 


To learn more about Lynette Eddy please visit her website, www.lynetteeddy.com 

For more on Eddy House and how to donate go to www.eddyhouse.org


#270 Dr Randall Bell: Post-Traumatic Thriving

February 21, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Hi All. 

I’ll tell you what… we have a great show for our listeners today. Our guest, informally known as the Master of Disaster, is socio-economist Dr Randall Bell who is an internationally recognized Trauma Specialist.

Dr Bell helps people survive, and even thrive, after experiencing a traumatic event, or series of traumatic events, in their lives.

I like this description I found on the back-cover of his book: “Today we see crime, abuse, alcoholism, drugs, anger, and anxiety everywhere. This, says Dr Bell, is the result of unresolved trauma. Ultimately, the quality of our lives depends on our ability to successfully process our heartbreaks and our catastrophes.”

On our show today, Dr Bell offers insights to help you to create a Game Plan for Post-Traumatic Thriving… which is also title of his latest book.  


Please review Dr. Bell’s latest book Post-Traumatic Thriving.

Visit Dr. Bell’s Wikipedia page here.

Also check out even more about Dr. Bell here.




#269 John Pearson: Pt 2 Mastering Mistake-Making

February 15, 2023 by Trista Dedmon − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

On today’s show we continue with Part 2 on Mastering Mistake-Making with non-profit mistake-making guru John Pearson.

For those that missed last week, besides being a good friend, John Pearson is a board governance and management consultant from San Clemente, California who served for more than 30 years as a nonprofit ministry CEO of 3 significant organizations. 

John is also the author 10 books on board governance and leadership development, with an emphasis on leadership at the highest levels in an organization.

Please enjoy the podcast. John Pearson is a delight!


For more on John Pearson please visit his website at 




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