5. Charlie Smith | S1:E5


In the fifth Episode of Brain Health: Unchaining Your Pain with Dr. Ruth Allaninterviews the incredibly humble Charlie Smith to discuss his journey of recovery that transformed him into the person he is today.

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​​Charlie is a successful entrepreneur who after a 30-year career in commercial real estate, turned his attention to personal development and mental performance.

He is a survivor of violent childhood trauma and overcame a 20-year substance abuse issue with a passion for helping people find fulfillment in their lives.

He opened a supportive living home for executives struggling with substance abuse and is the host of the podcast Overcome Outloud, in addition to training companies and Athletes in the skills of mental performance.

In this episode Charlie talks about what optimal brain health means for him now – his mind to be aware of the external things happening to him and being able to deal with them in a healthy way.

At the age of six, he suffered his first closed fist punch, which carried on until age 19. This made it difficult to see anything in life other than through a trauma lens, spending his childhood surviving each day.

He discusses how a conversation with his mum became a turning point for him in his life, resulting in a complete shift in his educational performance from special education to making the honor roll, and providing him with a way out.

He goes into detail about the importance of taking the pen back to write the story of your life, using the weapon of your mind for you rather than against you.

He talks about the three P’s of advice he would give to the 12-year-old self that would have helped him through the darker days, where motivation comes from, and what mental performance constitutes.

There is so much phenomenal advice in this episode, whether you’re an adult who has been through abuse, someone currently struggling with addiction, to teachers and carers dealing with children with learning difficulties that may be a result of trauma.

This is one episode that you don’t want to miss.

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