The CUInsight Experience podcast: Antonio Neves – Rediscover you (#102)

“There is always opportunity in change.” - Antonio Neves

Thank you for tuning in to season 3, episode 102 of The CUInsight Experience podcast, with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.

My first guest of Season 3 is Antonio Neves. Antonio is an internationally recognized leadership speaker, author, podcaster, and success coach and was our first keynote in the CUInsight mini-con series we launched last November. Because of the craziness, we called 2020. I wanted to get back to basics and share the stories of how leaders in our movement got to where they are and what lessons they have learned. Antonio is the first guest of the season because of his presentation at REFUEL, and since I knew I was going to reference his speech over and over, I figured we might as well hear it directly from him.

Listen as Antonio shares how he had to pivot in his career to accommodate and excel in the pandemic. He expresses the unexpected gift he received by working and being able to stay home with his family and the importance of truly and deeply reconnecting with those he cares about. 

Antonio believes that if you miss the spark in your life, you need to think about what you stopped doing that got you where you are today. He explains that it is important to identify what is the most important.  Antonio also discusses ‘dream jobs’ and not attaching an identity to your profession, but be ready to endorse yourself if someone should ask. 

We finish up with rapid-fire questions and learn that Antonio was a jock in high school. The best album of all time is The Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory, and his father Al Neves is the first person who comes to mind when he hears the word success. Antonio believes there is such power in choosing how to show up with amazing ideas and thoughts that we can all learn from. Enjoy!


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Show notes from this episode:
A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! To hear more from Antonio Neves, save your spot at Mini-Con: REFUEL on November 17, 2021.
Shout out: David Miller
Shout out: Lauren Culp
Shout out: Jill Nowacki
Shout out: Mich Mathews
Book mentioned: Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility Of Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You by Antonio Neves
Book mentioned: A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Book mentioned: Upstream: The Quest To Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath
Album mentioned: The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Lauren Culp episode 39Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64, 82 & 101

In This Episode:
[04:39] – Welcome to the show, Antonio!
[06:36] – Antonio believes that there is always opportunity in change and how he had to pivot to accommodate the times.
[08:27] – Antonio shares that he loves to travel, but the time at home with his toddler twins and wife has been a gift.
[10:48] – Antonio says you have to be clear on your priorities and use this time to see what projects in your life need to be closed and what needs to be left open.
[13:52] – Are you afraid to say no? Do you have trouble taking a stand on what you believe is important?
[16:24] – Antonio speaks about a Credit Union Human Resources leader in Southern California that did something that stood out to him.
[18:42] – What have you stopped doing that got you where you are today?
[21:33] – Antonio asks, are you still contributing or have you settled?
[23:21] – Antonio discusses how to go from working with people to getting promoted and struggling to find your zone of genius.
[26:59] – Antonio speaks about dream jobs and not attaching your identity to our profession.
[28:46] – You have to be ready to endorse ourselves.
[29:13] – Antonio defines a dream job.
[31:27] – Listen, as Antonio speaks about being a player in our own life, be your own benefactor.
[34:02] – Randy discusses how CUInsight was a side hustle at first, and he had a full-time job to support himself.
[35:18] – What brought you joy from doing your show, and did you get your energy from talking to others?
[37:41] – Antonio talks about the moment he realized he could make a living doing what he loves.
[39:28] – Is there something you said no to that you are glad you did?
[40:46] – Antonio shares that he was a jock in high school.
[41:39] – What books do you recommend people read?
[42:37] – What is the best album of all time?
[43:27] – Antonio says that his father, Al Neves, comes to mind when he hears the word success.
[45:03] – Antonio shares some final thoughts with the listeners.
[45:32] – Thank you for being on the show!

Randall Smith

Randall Smith

Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust. As one of the co-founders of CUInsight he looks ... Web: Details