118: Move From Fear to Faith to Freedom with Ilona Parunakova

118: Move From Fear to Faith to Freedom with Ilona Parunakova

Daniel Gomez

About this episode

“Opinions are like armpits— Everybody's got them but most of them stink.” -Ilona Parunakova

All of us have been rejected at some point in our lives—maybe even more than once! But when we look at it from a distance of time, we can all agree that a rejection isn't the end. It's just another step in our journey. 

Rejection is just the universe telling us that what we're doing is worth doing and that there's something worth pursuing in life that no one else has gotten around to yet. 

In this episode, we are joined by Ilona Parunakova, an International TEDx speaker, a 10x Best-Selling Author, and the CEO of IP Resilience Global. Because of her background, Ilona has faced a lot of rejections in her life- from school, from work, and even from family members! She grew up believing that she was ugly, incapable, and undeserving. But one thing changed her life forever! 

Listen in as Ilona shares why trying never hurts and why others' opinions of us can be likened to an armpit. (Yes, you read that right.) Daniel and Ilona also discuss how just one kind word and one person can change our life, how to handle gossip with grace, how to overcome the trap of perfectionism, and the secret message behind the word “No.” 

This episode is for those who are P.H.D. only— the Poor, Hungry, and Determined to chase after their dreams and change their narrative. If you are by any means one of them, this episode is for you!


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Episode Highlights:

04:52 The Power of Voice

07:50 When People Speak Negatively of You 

12:27 The Secret Message Behind the ‘No’ 

17:42 What to Do When You’re Faced with Resistance

21:26 Perfection is Not the Standards

25:19 You Can Be the Next Thomas Edison

33:31 From Fear to Faith to Freedom