November 29, 2021

#BookReads It's Not Your Money

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"It's natural to crave prosperity. Some seek to manifest it in myriad ways--using anything from vision boards to writing a pretend check for a million dollars from the Bank of Divinity. Yet whatever comes, or doesn't, the mind always seems to want more. But what if there was a whole other way? Instead of grasping and chasing, what if we offered everything--our money (or lack of it), our triumphs, our problems, our desires--fully back to Love? What if this offering itself was actually the secret to abundance? Tosha Silver, internationally beloved spiritual guide, has created a practical and powerful financial book unlike any other. Leading you through a deeply transformative eight-week process, she shares the mental, emotional, and spiritual steps that anyone can take to learn to fully receive and prosper. Her step-by-step guidance is filled with prayers, meditations, and stories to help you find and heal the source of these fears and unworthiness. As you come to know you are part of something larger--something that you serve and that longs to serve you--you begin to feel a new sense of freedom and abundance. You yourself become a vehicle for Divine Flow." Credit: It's Not Your Money

November 24, 2021

FirstHive on Marketing Education & Big Data

CEO Aditya Bhamidipaty of FirstHive joins Sasha on Moving Mountains.

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Aditya Bhamidipaty, Founder and CEO of FirstHive, joins Sasha on Moving Mountains.  ​His stewardship of FirstHive has empowered it to be among the first to incorporate machine learning into customer data profiling. Founded in 2016, FirstHive has customer deployments in some of the leading BFSI, FMCG, and manufacturing enterprises across the US and the Indo-Pacific region. 

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FirstHive is a Customer Data Platform that builds Unique Customer Identities by aggregating data from across all sources of customer interactions and customer transactions. (viz. ERP, CRM, Website, Social, PoS, mobile app, customer care, etc.) It integrates with all the customer touchpoints deployed by a brand to pull in data to a single interface and build rich customer profiles which can be grouped into relevant, intelligent cohorts. FirstHive also supports creation and execution of customer engagement campaigns across email, SMS, Voice, browser, website, mobile applications, and social channels like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Its advanced customer journey orchestration capabilities enable a marketer to use behavioural triggers from a particular channel to initiate an action in another channel. All this while providing complete visibility through comprehensive dashboards and analytics, and ability to steer the campaigns, in real-time. Credit: F6S

Below are a few sample White Papers shared by FirstHive that educate and provide clarity to businesses, entrepreneurs and appropriate end users from marketing & data to IT teams.  Learn more about big data, customer data platform, social media management and more here.
  • Building Customer Loyalty or Focusing On Engagement
  • Artificial Intelligence in Customer Data Platforms
  • Why you need a Marketing Automation platform along with your CRM

November 09, 2021

The Secret


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The worldwide bestselling phenomenon that has helped millions tap the power of the law that governs all our lives to create—intentionally and effortlessly—a joyful life.  In 2006, a groundbreaking feature-length film revealed the great mystery of the universe—The Secret—and, later that year, Rhonda Byrne followed with a book that became a worldwide bestseller. Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions, and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it. In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life—money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers—men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible. Credit: Secret @ Amazon / Learn more @ SecretTv.

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November 04, 2021

Author Phil Robertson on America


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It’s time to take back what the devil has stolen and put God back into our culture. The Theft of America’s Soul is a prophetic wake-up call for all who desire to see our nation thrive, challenging readers to exchange these ten lies for truths that will bring peace of mind, harmony, and prosperity back to our country—an invitation to experience the life-giving, peace-filling, wholly-transforming love of God. Phil Robertson, patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and one of the most recognized voices of conservative Christianity in America, believes that little by little, generation by generation, America has allowed the lines of morality, decency, and virtue to be erased. Our values have disappeared as we began to believe lies—such as that God is dead, truth is relative, and unity is impossible—that have brought discord, division and protest. But Phil also believes that things can change.

Meet the Author
Phil Robertson, the founder and co-owner of the Duck Commander Company, is a professional hunter, successful businessman, and the popular star of A&E’s reality television series Duck Dynasty. He is also the host of the new subscription television series In the Woods with Phil on He authored two New York Times bestselling books, Happy, Happy, Happy and UnPHILtered. He and his wife, Kay, live in West Monroe, Louisiana. Together, they have four grown sons and daughters-in-law, sixteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Credit: Phil Robertson

October 31, 2021

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

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Overview - The Power of Your Subconscious Mind is one of the most beloved and inspirational self-help guides of all time. Having sold millions of copies, this bestselling book, complete and with the original text will show you how changing your thought patterns can produce dramatic improvements in all aspects of your life, from money, to relationships, to jobs, to success and happiness. With easy-to-understand practical techniques and actual case studies, Dr. Murphy teaches you to apply and direct its awesome power to achieve all your goals and dreams. Since its first publication in 1963, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind has inspired millions of readers to unlock the unseen forces and invisible power within them. 

Meet the Author Dr. Murphy wrote, taught, counseled, and lectured to thousands of people all over the world, as Minister-Director of the Church of Divine Science in Los Angeles. His lectures and sermons were attended by thousands of people every Sunday. Millions of people tuned in his daily radio program and have read the over 30 books that he has written. Dr. Joseph Murphy has been acclaimed as a major figure in the human potential movement, the spiritual heir to writers like James Allen, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, and Norman Vincent Peale and a precursor and inspirer of contemporary motivational writers and speakers like Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar and Earl Nightingale. He was one of the best selling authors in the mid-twentieth century. This book has sold millions of copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. This book has never been out of print and is still one of the best sellers in the self-help genre. Over the years Dr. Murphy has given lectures and radio talks to audiences all over the world. In his lectures he points out how real people have radically improved their lives by applying specific aspects of his concepts, and gives the listener guidelines on how they too can enrich their lives. Credit: Amazon Authors.

October 24, 2021

Robert Hollis, Author & Entrepreneur

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Robert, the co-founder of My Relationship Experts, has set forth on a mission of helping singles find the right couple-hood, helping couples make the right decision, and helping marriages stay together. Although he has a background in IT, life experiences and heartbreaks have re-focused Robert to help others avoid and break free of that devastated-heart feeling. With certifications and degrees in Temperament Therapy and Christian Counseling, Robert brings much more than just an interest. He is passionate about relationships and has devoted his life to helping others in this area.  Robert lives a life of example, having met, pursued, and married his wife using the same approach he coaches his clients to follow. While many dating coaches 'experiment' to see what works, "everything we bring to you is tried and true", and Robert's heart is to help you Find True Love! Credit: My Relationship Experts.

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October 19, 2021

The Power of Habit


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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business is a book by Charles Duhigg, a New York Times reporter, published in February 2012 by Random House. It explores the science behind habit creation and reformation. The book reached the best seller list for The New York Times,, and USA Today. 

Meet the Author
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter and the author of Smarter Faster Better, about the science of productivity and The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies.  Credit: Charles Duhigg

October 13, 2021

Co-Author Paul Donsbach Presents The Bronze Scroll


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Paul, Welcome to Authors by Sasha!  Please introduce yourself and share with audiences how you were introduced to the world of writing?

Hi, Sasha, thank you for inviting me. I really enjoy your work and especially how you emphasize the spiritual aspects of your guests’ careers, achievements, and aspirations. This is really important and has become a big part of my work life too. As a first-time author of an adventure-romance series, I got involved in writing to indulge my curiosity about what spirituality really means in our daily lives. I’m an attorney in my “day job” and, from that perspective, have a strong belief that the truth is knowable and can be learned by looking at something from every angle and breaking it down with the right balance of objectivity, skepticism, and creativity. From my experience, this works much better as a team process, and I’ve been extremely fortunate to team up with a co-author who shares the same vision.

As the co-author of "Knights of the Lost Temple", book one tells the story of The Bronze Scroll. Where did the idea of this adventure-romance novel come from?

Working with my co-author, Alia Sina, we wanted to explore the world’s spiritual traditions through a story of adventure, romance, and discovery in both the ancient and modern worlds. Although we have different backgrounds and perspectives, we’re both big fans of mystery stories, and we wanted to combine all these elements into an adventure-romance series with a spiritual dimension. We chose the so-called Copper Scroll as our first mystery because it was supposed to be unsolvable, which we viewed as symbolic of the modern era, when all the great discoveries seem to be behind us. The Copper Scroll is a treasure map that was actually made of bronze and which lists 60 mysterious treasure sites in and around Jerusalem that no one’s ever been able to figure out.

The story revolves around at least three characters which include Sam Romero, an investigative attorney; Rebecca Schreiber, a reporter and Roy Griffin III, a rogue executive who's holding Rebecca hostage. How many characters are there in the first book, The Bronze Scroll, and how were you able to manage the character development process ensuring each person was fairly represented given their role in the story?

The first book has those three main characters and seven others who are important to the story. Before we started writing, we spent a month or two creating the characters and their backgrounds and stories. We wanted to get a strong sense of their personalities—their hopes and dreams and even what they look like—before we began writing the book. It felt at times like an audition process, as though we were interviewing characters to see if they would fit in our book. They became vividly real to us, and we knew that we would need a full series of books for their stories to fully unfold.

Which character was the most challenging to develop in the book writing process? Why?

Rebecca has been our most challenging character as writers. Working with Alia is pure magic, but it’s also a humbling experience. Even when I think my draft contributions are quite strong, Alia always has better ideas and greatly improves the original ideas and writing. This is particularly true in our writing about Rebecca. It turns out that all of my insights and perspectives on feminine emotions and behavior have been completely wrong. Co-writing Rebecca’s story with Alia has been a tremendous learning experience. Comically, the reverse is not true at all. Alia always understands Sam’s thoughts and feelings perfectly well, and I never have to explain the male perspective. It tells you quite a bit about the power of feminine insight that this is such a one-way street.

One of the goals of the book was to convey the 'impossible' from a real perspective as well as make possible the impossible. When working with the co-author Alia Sina, how were you able to balance each writer's perspective to be reflected sensibly throughout the novel?

Early in our writing process, Alia and I realized that the synthesis of our different writing styles and ideas was a perfect mirror of the ideas we wanted to write about. Despite our different backgrounds—Alia as a believer in new age Islam and miraculous possibilities, and me as a skeptical fan of science and logic from a Christian background—our common belief in the goodness of people and in the power of unity and tolerance created a workspace that made writing each chapter seem almost effortless. We began to understand each other’s perspectives so well that we could even start editing our own contributions from the other’s mindset, creating a surprisingly cohesive writing style and narrative.

Paul, in your opinion, what elements of writing enrich the storytelling process when a story embodies mystery, suspense, adventure and romance?

Alia and I both wanted to write about characters and a story that captures the intensity of how each of us feels about our lives and loved ones. Alia is married with young children, and I’ve never known anyone so deeply committed to her family and personal values. I’ve often been told that I can be fairly enthusiastic and opinionated about the things that I care about too. We agreed that an adventure-romance story based on an unsolvable mystery would be the best way to capture the intense emotions and experience of living “normal” lives in our modern world. Every day is really a miracle, and we wanted to celebrate that.

How does romance play a role in The Bronze Scroll? Would the omission of romance affect Sam Romero's commitment as an attorney to save Rebecca Schrieber from her circumstances?

Romance is life! This is really the essence of what our characters experience on their journeys. Romance is so much more than two lives shared together. It’s really about openness to the magic of connection, spirit, and love. Even if Sam and Rebecca hadn’t fallen in love, their relationship would still involve the sharing and togetherness that make life meaningful. Sam would still move mountains (or find a lost Ark) to rescue Rebecca, as she represents the goodness of the human soul and the power of higher purpose. Both in her career as a reporter and in her personal life, Rebecca has an unshakable commitment to ethics, truth, and meaning—along with a stylish flair for elegant fashion, farm-to-table cuisine, and seductive glances. Sam would do anything to stop Roy from harming her and, in our story, this means solving that impossible ancient mystery known as the Copper Scroll.

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The story references pieces of history which include Flavius Josephus' writings, the Great Revolt in 66 CE and historical events taking place in Jerusalem. These references supplement the realism of characters and their mission as they are in search of the hidden truth. 

What was the purpose of integrating these references into the story?

How do you define the word 'truth'? 

Out of all the characters represented in The Bronze Scroll, is there any character that is struggling more than others to identify with their 'truth'(s)?

When we started writing our novel, we trusted that Sam would learn enough about the Copper Scroll’s mysteries to rescue Rebecca and stop Roy’s sinister plans. But we never expected Sam and his friends to solve all of this Dead Sea scroll’s mysteries and figure out where all of that treasure was hidden. Sam knew better, and he started with the writings of the ancient historian Flavius Josephus. He downloaded the e-book version and ran word searches taken from the treasure sites listed on the Copper Scroll. As the supposedly unsolvable mysteries unraveled one by one, what emerged was a heartbreaking story of love and loss from the Great Revolt in 66 CE involving a father and son who found themselves on opposing sides of a civil war within the Judean revolt.

What we learned is that the Copper Scroll was really made as a peace message from that father to his son and from the Judean rebel leadership to the occupying Roman forces. This truth—that reconciliation and peace are the only paths forward—seems equally important today, as more children die in seemingly endless cycles of senseless violence. To Alia and I as writers, truth is really about the values that give meaning to our lives. The facts matter greatly, but the whole point of solving mysteries is to learn more about the deeper meanings within our lives and in the world around us.

For Sam, this journey has been especially difficult, as he started learning the surprising truth about his early life and family and the conflicts and challenges awaiting him. Having always relied on reason and logic to guide him, he must now learn to trust the unseen as he embarks on a mysterious spiritual path without knowing where it will lead.

The treasure map in the story relays messages through metaphors and legends. How were you able to integrate these riddles into the adventure's unfolding story without compromising the suspense for the readers?  

As a writer, is there such a thing as lacing in too much suspense into a novel that it starts to distract readers from the main theme of the work?

As our characters began to uncover the metaphors and legends hidden within the Copper Scroll’s treasure descriptions, we had to discard our “unsolvable” mystery plot line and adapt our story to a more optimistic narrative. Maybe nothing is impossible after all. If even fictional characters in an adventure novel can decipher an ancient treasure map, does that mean that reconciliation can be possible and peace can be more than a dream? We knew that revealing the lost Ark’s hiding place would need to be saved as a suspenseful ending to the book, but we didn’t realize that this legendary artifact could have so much meaning for the modern world. Who knew that it could be a symbol of interfaith understanding and brotherhood?

The positive themes of change are exhibited throughout the book which call for unity, diversity and inclusion. This serves as a form of inspiration for the characters as well readers. 

What does inspiration mean to you? How does this inspiration impact your decisions as a writer?

It's often said that inspiration comes from within. But, in our case, we feel that our characters are inspired by what connects them to each other and to the divine. As writers, we believe that this sense of unity is a great source of inspiration. It starts with inner reflection, of course, but for us life is also about shared experiences and active engagement in the world. We feel that our writing decisions reflect this sense of wonder about the connections between people, regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.

There is a reference made to miracles as these characters search for the hidden truth. How do you define a miracle in the context of The Bronze Scroll?

Our characters experience miracles as the events in their lives in which physical limits are transcended by the force of universal love. As he awakens into a more spiritually centered life, Sam begins to learn the truth about his life and destiny through mysterious dreams and legends that become increasingly important in his life.

What will be unique about the second book in 'The Knights of The Lost Temple' series as it's being written?

Most of our characters are returning for the second book, The Last Pharaoh. Sam travels to Egypt, Greece, and Italy on work assignments and runs afoul of an organized crime ring looting archaeology sites. After another whistleblower report, he wonders how this crime ring could possibly be involved in a massive data breach. Will he solve another mystery? Will the sparks of romance between Sam and Rebecca lead to true love? What about that secret knighthood? We can’t wait to find out!

Spirituality is sprinkled in the book celebrating its diverse traditions that can assist with dissolving conflict in society. 

What aspects of spirituality resonate with you? 

How were you introduced to these different facets of spirituality?

When I was 13 years old, my sister died after a long fight with leukemia. She was only a year older than me, and we were quite close. As she struggled to stay with us at the hospital, a nurse hugged me and held me until the end. The most wonderful feeling of joy and peace enveloped me, and I could sense my sister’s soul passing to a realm of pure love. Like Sam in our novel, my life since then has had a split-screen quality. On the one hand, I’ve always felt deeply connected to a sense of having directly experienced the divine, my own soul, and those of my loved ones. But like my sister, my conscious mind and body have often felt resistance and struggle against a seemingly capricious creator who can take everything we love away from us for no reason at all. I want to continue exploring this tension between the conscious mind and soul, and I want to understand better what it means to be an eternal being experiencing mortal life in what can seem like an unpredictable world.

Paul, you're also a lawyer. When did you discover that a renewed commitment to spiritual ideals is a viable alternative to mitigating society's historical and present challenges?

Like many lawyers, I began my law school studies with a sense of excitement about having a career that can serve justice and the common good. But, as every lawyer quickly learns, our legal system isn’t very good at doing this, and it often seems that we’re just serving ourselves with insider games and mindless conflict. I think we owe it to our clients to do better, which I have come to believe means reinvigorating the values that created our legal system in the first place. How can we work for justice if we don’t even talk about what that means or how to balance the needs of society with personal freedom?

No sensible person wants our government to tell us what to believe or how to honor the divine. But does the public space have to be a spiritual vacuum, with logic and reason unmoored from the values that make life meaningful? Many thoughtful writers have pointed out that our world’s current problems—growing inequality, racial intolerance, violence, and climate change—are essentially spiritual in nature. Mankind has made moral progress to be sure, but this has always been achieved through expressions of shared values and spirit, not the empty legal calculus and rules that govern so much of our society today. This is one of the reasons I wanted to start writing, so that I can use my experiences to help those calling for change.

For writers wanting to entertain a partnership in writing, how was your experience collaborating with a co-author?

Working with my co-author Alia has been such a wonderful experience that I can’t imagine ever writing a solo project. Not only are the writing and plot so much stronger, but the process really becomes a joy. Hardly a day goes by that one of us isn’t calling up the other, excited about a new story idea or something new in our writing.

What writing tips do you have for fiction writers?

Writing should be fun. When Alia and I started writing The Bronze Scroll, I had assumed there would be difficult days and I might even get writer’s block. None of that ever happened, and both of us thought it was the most enjoyable work we had done.

Live in the moment. The old advice about writing from your experience is so true. I would go beyond that and say that being present while you’re writing is important too. Take time to meditate or relax before you start a writing session. It will make a huge difference and will surprise you with what happens next.

Think big. It’s often said that dreams come true. Our thoughts become our reality. This is so true, so why not take this approach to your writing? You might even solve an ancient mystery or meet someone new who’s just like one of the characters in your book.

Please share with audiences how they can support your work. 

Thank you for asking and, first of all, please consider donating to help the current Afghan refugee crisis through the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, or another charity working on this problem. Alia grew up in an Afghan American family and feels a personal connection to this crisis. Promoting unity and solidarity across borders is one of the themes of our book series, and we hope that potential readers will consider helping in this time of need.

Then, for potential readers, The Bronze Scroll is available in local stores and on Amazon and Google Books, with links available on our website:

October 12, 2021

Discover Your Badass Now

Meet J. Stewart Dixon, Coach and Author of "Spirituality for Badasses". The book blossomed out his life as a spiritual seeker, finder and coach/teacher. He teaches based on his direct experience, twenty-nine years of interaction with numerous nonduality-advaita-zen-unorthodox teachers, his ongoing education & certification in modern mindfulness. He visits Moving Mountains with Sasha to discuss his philosophical and comedic insights on spirituality, living and learning how to celebrate your authentic self starting today. 

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Book Overview ✒️

Spirituality for Badasses contains numerous astonishingly simple and spectacularly effective principles, techniques and methods which will change everything about your life, including who you think you are and who you truly are. No preparation required. Anyone can do it. Start immediately. You'll experience deep inner changes simply by reading the book. Yes, Spirituality for Badasses is some powerful mojo. As a fair warning, it does contains cursing, tequila drinking, loud rock-n-roll and bar fights. Get it now. You'll have zero regrets. (Credit: J. Stewart Dixon) 

October 11, 2021

CEO David Botos Welcomes Academics & Businesses


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David, Welcome to Authors by Sasha! You're the Founder and CEO of Helix Professional Services. At what point within your academic journey did you recognize the opportunity to create an entrepreneurial medium that would connect talented academics with businesses needing a creative, yet objective, perspective in solving their organizational challenges?

When I was just a freshman, I was getting involved with case competitions and hackathons.  I had seen my sister win an internship with Accenture after her sophomore year from a case competition and I knew it was the way forward.  I participated in many of them for the cash prizes and clout but found the process lacking for many students.  It was poorly marketed and there was no guidance for students.  We thought this was the perfect opportunity for students who understood the competition process first-hand to make an impact on the industry.

Do you recall the very first business case you worked on during your academic and professional journey? What did you learn from the initial experience? 

My first business case was for KPMG.  It was a competition paired with an event called the Michigan Undergraduate Consulting Conference.  This competition and event was run locally by a professional club on campus meaning that competition operations were less professional than even those we experienced later run by our current competition.  We found from this that transparency in marketing, speedy payments of prize pools, and better guidance for participants was a necessary improvement.  This continued to ring true for our competitors as we went on to their competitions.

What variables other than the opportunity to be paid for engaging with leading organizations contribute to delivering a unique experience for students within the Helix Network?

Students receive a myriad of benefits from  From the most direct benefits of meaningful jobs, relevant experience, and prize pools, to the networking benefits we offer with judges, mentors, and speakers, students receive more from HelixCases than any other professional recruiting website.  We see the student side of the market as an often-disregarded element of the recruiting process and actively are improving our offering by the day for students.

Talents are trusted to craft solutions to real challenges existing within organizations. What are a few challenges that are common among start-up companies and established organizations?  

For any sized client, HelixCases collects student participants interested in working for them as a first career.  We use our student ambassadors at campuses across the US to blast messaging through flyers, professional clubs, tabling, and more.  Then, we test the aptitude of participants with a real problem the firm faces.  For these organizations, often the hours of time that Gen-Z participants are spending ideating solutions can yield interesting insights for a firm.

Are there any unique organizational challenges that you've discovered during the course of the pandemic? Have the type of business cases evolved in the past year given how workers, consumers and employers are operating in the global white space of uncertainty?

The pandemic has changed the HR dynamic.  The Great Resignation was a symptom of a larger shift in workers’ psyches towards working on problems found personally meaningful and fulfilling.  In the past, work was a necessary evil, not something that is meant to be enjoyed.  In this changing environment, AI screening tools, chatbots, and even interviewers continue to depersonalize and dehumanize the process.  That is why we are confident HelixCases will succeed in changing recruiting.  We believe that we are adding a low-cost, competitive or complementary option to AI solutions on the market.

David, you've also acquired some business acumen from investing your time at MATTER which is a healthcare incubator in Chicago. What was your experience working there given the healthcare industry is evolving and booming at an exponential pace?

MATTER was deeply influential in helping me realize that startups are deeply human at their core.  Meeting and watching entrepreneurs work on their ideas in the space every day helped me to realize the job of an entrepreneur in any industry is to rally excitement and define the future of the industry.  Healthcare is the perfect example of an industry prime for entrepreneurship.  Outdated, full of errors, formerly non-digital, and representing a massive chunk of our GDP there is plenty of room for exciting ideas in that space.

What guidance would you offer to prospective candidates interested in contributing their skills in these entities?

If a young person is interested in entrepreneurship and has a chance on the job, they will find how to get involved with startups.  If someone is unable to learn on their own and make all the necessary introductions to enter the industry, they are not cut out for the job.  It isn’t easy and what must be done is often specific to each situation – giving generalized advice to people looking to enter entrepreneurship is doomed to mislead.  You know your situation best.

Recruiting appears to be a significant pillar that allows the Helix Network to expand its headcount among academic and professional communities. What is the Helix Ambassador Program? How many universities are participating in the national program? What steps should interested members take to be considered for this program?

Our ambassador program is a major differentiator, and the application can be found on  Students looking to get paid and earn some early experience serve as our eyes, ears, and hands on campuses across the US.

Helix Professional Services was born in February 2020.  What effective branding strategies has your team applied to raise awareness on behalf of the business?

Marketing messaging is directed at two audiences: businesses and students.  For both audiences, our continued challenges serve as the best indicator of our brand and product for both audiences.  Beyond that, we are excited to pursue channel partnerships and some exciting endorsements for the student side. 

Are there any branding lessons you've learned in the past eighteen months while marketing the Helix brand?

I believe that brand is never cookie cutter.  It is the main space where you need to operate to define your story and benefits to a consumer.  Making sure that your brand is aligned with your sales strategy is key.

David, in your opinion, what is one branding mistake that entrepreneurs need to avoid and why?

I think that entrepreneurs need to be careful to make sure to identify all the stakeholders of their product or service.  More often than not now, stakeholders that were previously disregarded are exercising their power.

Strategy entails time and direction among a few ingredients to execute business planning. Strategy also requires a healthy degree of mental and emotional investment to entertain solutions. How do you define strategy?

I think that strategy is the process of connecting the day-to-day of the current business with the opportunities of what you need to be in a week, month, quarter, or year.

How do you nurture your mind to cultivate fresh ideas among the many commitments you honor as an academic, an entrepreneur and an Executive?

I think that staying physically active is the most important thing I do to stay level set.

Competent academics and organizations come together to work on real business cases. What are the top two characteristics of academics that help them succeed when competing in these business case competitions? What are the top two prerequisites for businesses to qualify for their 'challenge' to be entertained as a business case scenario?

We believe that our better marketing makes sure top talent is even aware the competition opportunity is available.  That is often the biggest thing stopping students from participating.  Further, our unmatched workshops, speaker events, resources, and guidance make sure that resulting presentations are competent.

When participating students function in a team setting for these business case competitions, is there a headcount ceiling for how many members are allowed to work on one case? Are there any unique circumstances when team members are traded among other groups, or eliminated, to better align with an organization's needs?

Teams are generally made of two to four participants.  For participants unable to find a full team of their own, they are able to join a free agent list and be paired with one of similar skills.

What type of competition do you believe the present and future generation of business professionals face here on forward? How can they better prepare themselves for navigating the innovative tech driven world over the next five years?

I believe that we are going to face increasing problems with outsourced work as China continues to indicate that they will try to determine how much profit is made in the East.

When you're not working, David, how do you unwind and relax? 

I love to cycle, play video games, Dungeons & Dragons, and read.  It always helps break down ideas.

What is one area within your professional development that you aspire to focus on more over the course of the coming year?

Over the course of this coming year, I am working on learning as much as I can about startup finances.  It is probably the most gatekept part of entrepreneurship, unsurprisingly.

David, who has made a significant difference in your entrepreneurial journey since the launch of Helix?

I would say that I would like to thank my Dad for continued guidance and early help in learning the ropes.  It was deeply influential to my business mind!

Please share with audiences how they can support your work. 

For businesses looking into whether Helix might be good for their firm, please send an email or LinkedIn connection to me to get in touch.  The best email to reach me is David(at) and if you are interested in reading more you can check out

Students -- go make some money on and tell your friends!

October 08, 2021

"Spirituality for Badasses" by J. Stewart Dixon


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Jeff, Welcome to Authors by Sasha! As the author of "Spirituality for Badasses: How to Find Inner Peace Without Losing Your Cool", what motivated you to finally write a book that blossomed from at least twenty nine years of experience working with unorthodox teachers to discover your best self?
Spirituality for Badasses is my second book.  The first was written ten years ago.  I’ve had multiple false starts on a second book over the years.  I’d write a chapter or two and then resign it to the dust bin. Spirituality for Badasses came about after a frustrating attempt to make a more conventional version of my work fly. It didn’t fly. It flopped. So, in frustration, I said screw it, and wrote the first few chapters of Spirituality for Badasses in one sitting.  I gave those chapters away for free and it immediately flew.  

Your life experience includes history with drugs and alcohol, conventional therapy and pharmaceutical drugs. When and how did these influences enter your life path?  
College. Typical pot smoking, beer drinking hijinks. 

What was the hardest challenge you faced when breaking up with these substances in your journey? 
Who said I broke up with them?  I still drink tequila, whiskey or beer while barbequing on the back deck. And I smoke pot occasionally at night in my hot-tub. 

What were you seeking during this phase of your life? (Were you seeking a higher source, or were you a rebel without a cause?) 
My use of drugs and alcohol was and is mostly recreational.  Every once in a blue moon I’d have some sort of quasi-slightly deluded insight from pot. 

How did you perceive spirituality before you embraced it as a lifestyle? What diverse modes of spiritual healing did you try before committing to mediums that worked for you?  
With healthy skepticism. Then, while in college, I had several major kundalini/out-of-body experiences that proved to me there was something to it.  I practiced kundalini yoga with 3HO foundation for 3-4 years in my early twenties.  I was a big fan of The Monroe Institute as well (Robert Monroe wrote the famous new age book Journeys Out of the Body)

The book "Spirituality for Badasses" infuses self-help and humor to deliver healing to global audiences effected by the pandemic. Some perceive humor to be a double edged sword -- it can nurture the human spirit and for some it's a defense mechanism that helps them survive in a world that can be cruel at times.  

As an engineer and global citizen, how do you view humor?     
I agree.  Humor can be used to avoid or embrace deeper issues.  I use humor in SFB as a disarming mechanism.  The humor disarms any preconceived ideas the reader may have about what spirituality should look, feel or sound like. It’s much easier to charm someone, than to argue with or convince them. First the lollipop- then the medicine. 

What advice do you have for readers who can benefit from lightening up a bit?  
Laughter is good medicine.  Notice where you are when you laugh- in the present moment.  In your body. In your heart. Happy.

Many people are a 'work in progress'. What were the initial steps taken to slowly detach yourself from the fleeting man-made influences (drugs, alcohol, Prozac) that weren't helping you in the long run? What was the turning point that encouraged you to pursue a new solution to continue your quest for "seeking" from the universe? 
Direct spiritual experience that provides an insight, change or big aha moment makes drugs and alcohol seem like doggy treats.  Turning point for me- having multiple out-of-body experiences. 

Jeff, you've tried conventional therapy. What was your experience like and did you learn anything?  Given your experience, do you have thoughts on why such therapy works for some individuals whereas others struggle with this specific mode of healing? 
My experience of traditional therapy: Dry, heady and lacking in depth. Once I switched to nondual-zen satsang teachers and energy workers I found what I was looking for.  I believe it’s hit or miss- Kinda like dating.  I think there are both awesome and shitty therapists, satsang teachers and energy workers out there.  Getting stuck or struggling means you just haven’t found the right one yet.

As the author of "Spirituality for Badasses", you've referenced moments where you were 'too smart for your own good'. Can you share a few examples when you were too smart for your own good that it resulted in attracting more complications in your life?
Ego/personality/identity is too smart for its own good and caused much suffering throughout my life. My whole spiritual path adventure was about seeing, accepting and transforming ego. When ego shifted from the pilot's seat to the co-pilot's seat- everything changed for the better.

Is there a way for people to tame their ego so their 'smartness' doesn't rob them of a chance of living an authentic and abundant life? 
Mindfulness does this. It’s much better to be aware than to be smart.  But it takes some humility and usually some ass kicking or suffering before we decide to let awareness take precedence over smartness.

Spirituality is a tool that can transform lives on local and global levels.  
What emotions did you encounter day to day as these shifts were taking place within you? 
I was a pro at dark-night-of-the-soul shit: anxiety attacks, fear of death, existential annihilation fears, bodily trembling, sweating and contracting.  I swam in a sea of monsters before finding the calm warm bay.

How were you able to entertain these healthy transformations without ‘losing your cool and compromising your libido’? 😊 
When you peer through to the ultimate nondual nature of existence- then all experience equalizes. There is no difference between sex, an ice-cream cone or Nirvakalpa samadhi.   So abstaining from these things is pointless. Ergo- you can still be the unique, funny, artistic, quirky, strange, quiet, shy (however it manifests) badass cool you.

What are nonduality-advaita-zen-unorthodox teachers? What role do they play in your life? 
Teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, Andrew Cohen, Saniel Bonder, Gangaji, Adi-Da, Osho and more.  They played an immense role in my life. Most 20-somethings have a little black book filled with the phone numbers of girlfriends or boyfriends. My little black book had spiritual teachers in it.

Spirituality helps people recognize parts of themselves that can benefit from healing. What part of yourself needed to be healed, helped and restored to ensure that you live your best life aligned with a higher purpose? 
I suffered from existential depression, anxiety attacks and feelings of separation. When this crap went away permanently I raised my hand and said:  Cool. I’m okay now.  Thank you, universe.

Jeff, what spiritual practices help you maintain a state of mindfulness amidst the uncertain times we live in today? 
I don’t practice.  I’m it.  What’s the point of practicing to get to a place that I’m already in? So being it is my practice. “I am that”- Nisargadatta Maharaj  😊  And based on my 52 years on this forlorn little planet…times are always uncertain.

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When writing "Spirituality for Badasses", what did you learn about the writing process? Do you have any tips for writers wanting to launch their first book? 
I love writing. I go deep into the Zen happy spot zone when writing. Tips for a book launch: hire a professional.  I did. Money well spent.

What does 'badass' mean in your life? When did you finally discover your badass and how has it improved your quality of life? 
Badass means being courageous. A spiritual badass channels his or her courage into the spiritual adventure of knowing thyself. When I finally discovered my own spiritual badass true nature it ended my depression, anxiety attacks and feelings of separation. That improved my life, to say the least.

What guidance do you have for people wanting to improve or change the circumstances in their life? 
Read Spirituality for Badasses. 

Please share with audiences how people can support your work.  

Private sessions, coaching or courses:
Buy the book @ Amazon here.

October 06, 2021

Ramon Martinez on Real Estate Literacy & Training

Ramon Martinez Joins Sasha in Conversation on Moving Mountains!

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Meet Ramon Martinez, Founder of Ramon Wholesale Sharks

Ramon Martinez or Ramon Wholesale Sharks (best known in the social media world) used to work for people, now he teaches people how to work for themselves. Let go from corporate America, Martinez went from breeding English bulldogs just to make ends meet to running a multi-million dollar wholesale real estate company. Now, he’s giving back by helping others achieve the same success he has.

Ramon was born and raised in Hermosillo Sonora Mexico. He graduated from Alhambra High School & dropped out of Phoenix College. He's worked for such companies as Chase Bank, Wells Fargo & Bank of America. Ramon resides in Phoenix and works alongside his Brother Rodrigo Martinez, his cousin Christian Murrieta, & sister Raquel Martinez. Credit: Ramon Martinez

His appearance on Moving Mountains with Sasha focuses on his early days in corporate america prior to life circumstances challenging him to expand upon his existing business acumen to serve clients in the market. Ramon passionately shares his journey as he navigates through a few seasons of change as he discovers his success in the real estate realm. As a successful businessman, he's investing his time in training future entrepreneurs to capitalize upon their skills on their terms.

October 04, 2021

David Botos Unites Top Talents with Organizations

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Meet David Botos, Founder & CEO of Helix

David Botos envisioned Helix as an opportunity to provide his incredibly talented, case competition winning, upperclassmen colleagues an opportunity to be paid for engaging with leading organizations and helping them solve real challenges while at university. David brings incredible value to the table from his experiences at leading healthcare organizations in Chicago such as MATTER. In addition, he has hands-on experience participating in and winning national level case competitions hosted by P&G, KPMG, Oliver Wyman and United Airlines. Credit: Helix

Helix Professional Services connects firms to a network of premium college talent for any work related to their current business challenges. They offer affordable case competitions for startups and scaling businesses looking for guidance on strategy, business model reformatting, projects or for any other requests. As the first college level recruiting hub, they give students a chance to practice real world business problems and offer firms the resources they need to be successful. Working with Helix does not only grant an opportunity for recruitment, but also pushes brand promotion to tens of thousands of contacts, formulates a series of unique marketing solutions and provides only the best insights to addressing their clients' business challenges. 

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Audiences and interested members are encouraged to visit the Helix website to explore the Helix Ambassadorship Program, join the growing Helix Network population that comprises of top talents from colleges throughout the United States and learn how businesses can partner with this innovative recruiting channel to maintain their competitive advantage in the market.

September 26, 2021

#BookReads "Let That Sh*t Go"

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It’s no wonder you can’t calm down: your to-do list is as long as your arm, your bank balance keeps dropping, you feel guilty for not calling your parents more often and there always seems to be a big deadline to meet at work. You need a serious breather—but you can barely find time to shower, let alone to exercise or meditate.

In Let That Sh*t Go, Kate Petriw and Nina Purewal share the wisdom they’ve gained though decades of practicing and teaching others to find peace of mind no matter how busy they are. Learn to put your life in perspective, take each day one step at a time and steal moments of calm amid the chaos. And remember: it’s not worth holding onto that sh*t. Credit: Amazon

September 20, 2021

Life, Career & Business Insights from the Best

Authors by Sasha Celebrate Past Contributors as New Members Join the Fun!

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What guidance do you have for novice professionals who want to pursue a career in Film and TV Production? 

“MARRY RICH.  Only kidding. 

Many years ago, a Producer named Joe Manduke said to me: “Joe, in order to succeed in this business, you must want it more than life itself.” At the time, that sounded like self-serving hyperbole. But time and experience has cast that line in a different light.  You must be prepared to disrupt relationships, miss family dinners, work around the clock and leave town on very short notice. 

In my career, I have been punched, stabbed, needed eye surgery because of how velocity freezing wind and stood on broken bricks for twelve hours enduring extreme pain. And always saying to myself: “What? And give up showbiz?”

Joe Wallenstein

 Author & Hollywood Producer

Dr. Tran-Harding, the show shares the stories of "heroes" in the medical community and society. While growing up, what did you envision a hero to be? How has that perception of a 'hero' evolved for you over the years?

Growing up, I always envisioned the typical textbook definition of a hero to be someone who is courageous, an overachiever, and a superhuman. Over time, my perception of hero now also includes someone (or something – animals can be heroes too!) that is selfless, caring, and giving. So in a way, what I thought of as a hero when I was a child really expanded into the many heroes we see every day, beyond just health care professionals. I think that anyone that does a kind deed for others without even considering getting anything back in return is a truly commendable person. 

Dr. Karen Tran Harding

 Founder & Host of Medical Heroes

Some of your works include the American Horror Story, Bones, 2 Broke Girls and For Nothing. What have you learned about receiving direction from Directors and improvising at your discretion?

Well, this is a tricky question. I always believe in being open to improv. But there are times when it wouldn't be appropriate for the character or the moment. But I think in all of those projects you listed that we were all very open to collaboration and improv. In Bones, the director and I decided to do something in that scene and not tell David Boreanez that we were going to do it so that they could just catch his reaction when the cameras were rolling. In American Horror Story, Sarah Paulson asked if we could just play in the scene at one part, which, of course, I loved. To get to work with excellent actors and get to play in the moment with them, that's it. That's the best. 

Megan Davis

 Hollywood Actress & Producer

You just released a book “Speed Matters: Why Best in Class Business Leaders Prioritize Workforce Time to Proficiency Metrics."  The book is described as "distilled wisdom from an extensive research on 66 start-to-end project success stories spanning 28 industries, contributed by 85 best in class business leaders from 7 countries". What led you to write this book?

The book came into conception mainly because of the Covid-19 crisis. During that dire time, we saw how many organizations struggled to adapt to the radical changes enforced by Covid-19. But at the same time, for many others, it has accelerated the need to transform and fast track in the competitive business world. The key challenge I see is how leaders and organizations will prepare their employees for faster recovery. But there is a crucial gap in executive education. The executives, leaders, and managers have never been training in the science of speed. So, I thought this was the right time to give them important leadership thinking to effectively tackle contemporary issues. 

Dr. Raman K Attri

 Author & Speaker; Speed Specialist

Brad, often in your videos you touch upon the words 'resistance', 'healing', and 'acceptance'. How do you define these words?

Resistance – Resistance is that force that stops us from making the positive choices and taking the positive actions that we know would lead to the circumstances we desire.  It’s self-sabotage, but it comes from a loving intention to protect us from something we have been led to believe would be harmful to us in some way, even though that may seem illogical.  This programming is most often based on misunderstandings – ours or someone else’s – but the longer we’ve bought into it, the stronger the resistance is likely to be. For example, if we’ve been taught that “money is the root of all evil,” our subconscious mind will resist opportunities to make more money, because it is protecting us from being evil.  We will sabotage possible relationships if we’ve learned that people tend to hurt us, and we understandably want to resist that.

Healing – This is the process of letting go what no longer serves us so that we experience greater freedom and well-being, physically as well as emotionally. It is a return to who we really are – this unique expression of light and love.

Acceptance – Many people find acceptance a challenging concept, because we often mistake it for approval.  Acceptance isn’t saying that things which cause us pain in our life are okay. But rather an acknowledgment that they are there.  Too often we fight the idea of what is there, which makes it difficult if not impossible to resolve issues.  If your dog poops on your carpet, you need to accept the truth that it is there in order to clean it up.

Brad Yates

 Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Specialist & Author

Your book "The Grace Effect" is inspired by your adopted daughter Sasha's life story in Ukraine. How did you two cross paths?  How soon did you recognize Sasha was meant to be a part of your life? What has she taught you about life, faith and fatherhood?

I did not meet Sasha until her adoption was well underway. My wife and my three boys participated in a mission trip to bring relief to children languishing in Ukrainian orphanages. There they met Sasha who, as an HIV-positive child, had little hope of being adopted. Lauri proposed we adopt her. We did. She had a huge influence on us all in many ways, not the least of which was the fact that I grew up in a family of boys and had all boys. When Sasha, with all of her girliness, entered our household, it was … an adjustment! But her life, her suffering, her perspective, is much needed in a country where so many see themselves as victims when they aren’t. Not really. By contrast, Sasha has known suffering on a scale that beggars the imagination. That continues to shape my perspective.

Larry Alex Taunton

 Author, Speaker & Cultural Commentator

Do you believe that most individuals have the ability to refine their communication skills in order to become better writers?

One of the first things I do in my Creative Writing course is to ‘Bust the Talent Myth’. There is research indicating that ‘talent’ is really ‘deliberate practice’; i.e. those who demonstrate great ability are usually the people who apply themselves more diligently/passionately than others. (This includes the classic example of Mozart, who had already practiced several thousand hours by the age of six.) I’m not particularly interested in arguing the point philosophically that there is no such thing as talent, but I do like to give my students this acronym: TALENT = Time, Application, Love – Energy, Not Talent. It’s not about being lucky enough to have been bestowed with talent; writing skill comes about as a result of writing (and reading).

Liliane Grace

Award-Winning Global Author, Speaker & Writing Coach 

Are there any writing tips you can share with new authors?

Absolutely. I actually coach other authors and have an entire talk I give on writing books. The first thing is just go for it. Put pen to paper or fingers on the computer keys, or dictation and just get it out. And don’t think about it as writing an entire book. That seems so incredibly overwhelming. Think about it as writing a few sentences that become a paragraph that become a chapter that becomes a book. Break it down into doable chunks of what you want to say. As far as publishing goes, everybody thinks they want a traditional publisher. And that’s great for some but isn’t usually unfit for most authors. Think about what you really want from writing that book. Why are you writing the book? If it’s going to be a vanity project or something that you sell at your office or give away to friends and clients, a traditional publisher is not going to be the route to go for you. There are many low cost if not free self-publishing options that will get you the results you want. Also know that traditional publishers are not easy to get. Many will only go through an agent, which also takes a while to obtain. You have to write proposals that can be up to 50 or 60 pages. And it’s not quick. Most books through publishers take 12 to 24 months to get on a shelf. 

Kathy Gruver, PhD.

 Author, Speaker, Coach & Holistic Practitioner

Dchained provides a platform to educate oneself on cryptocurrency without complexity. Which topic is the most popular within the Dchained community that delivers utility value among members and potential investors? 

By far, most traffic has come to our section outlining Bitcoin. However, it’s been fascinating to see that nearly half the traffic is over the age of 50 to our Bitcoin content. In general, investing strategy for many starts to shift to assets with less risk as the individual moves closer to retirement age. However, this trend makes sense as the yields from Treasury bonds have decreased steadily as the Federal Reserve has increased the supply of money to support the US economy during COVID. This practice, known as quantitative easing, has led investors to seek out two of the most stable investment assets available: gold and Bitcoin. 

Edmund McCormack

 CEO & Founder Dchained

In the mid 1970's you started working as a freelancer for BBC radio and television. How were you introduced to the BBC organization? What did you learn at BBC which helped you refine the art of writing and storytelling?

I fell into writing for the BBC, as prior to this I was a drummer in a pop rock band, the lead guitarist and singer is a guy called Phil Campbell, who had previously worked as a runner for Hammer Films, the makers of numerous horror films, starring the likes of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Vincent Price to name but a few.  So Phil suggested we get together as he had a friend who needed some scripts for a hospital radio program. We produced the scripts and were left with a plethora of material which Phil sent to the BBC. One of those jokes got selected by ‘The Two Ronnie’s’ who at the time were probably the leading comedy duo on TV and we had our material on their Christmas show. Once bitten by the comedy bug, we looked around for more places to approach, we chose ‘Hudd Lines’ which starred and was performed by the late Roy Hudd, the Producer was John Lloyd MBE, who is also the Producer of ‘Not the Nine O Clock News’ and Black Adder as well as many other comedy shows. Now we were in the BBC, all be it on the fringe, we wrote for a satirical  show called ‘Week Ending’ starring David Jason who went on to become ’Dell Boy’ in Only Fools and Horses. Some of the Producers on ‘Week Ending’ became household names like Gryth Rhys Jones and the late Douglas Adams of ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.’ I also started to try some one off scripts and was picked up by BBC Scotland who produced a show called ‘A kick up the 80’s’ with Tracey Ullman. Phil was writing for Dick Emery by then. All these people in many ways contributed to my education in writing, I don’t think I would have written much had it not been for this experience.

Myron Edwards

 Author & Former Advertising Professional

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