The Science of Success

By Matt Bodnar presents the The #1 Evidence Based Growth Podcast on the Internet. The Science of Success is about psychology, decision-making, and much more. Similar to Tim Ferriss, Hidden Brain, Robert Cialdini, Lewis Howes, & Freakonomics

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 Aug 31, 2018
Great Podcast, so insightful, plenty to learn from. The introductions are always way too long. The actual show doesn't usually start prior to minute 3 or 4. That's my only criticism. Keep up the terrific work.

Nik Payne
 Jul 18, 2018
The Science of Success, through delving into diverse subjects, from physical to psychological, always leaves you with plenty to think about and act upon on your own personal success journey


The #1 Evidence Based Growth Podcast on the Internet. The Science of Success is about the search for evidence based personal growth. It's about exploring ways to improve your decision-making, understand your mind and how psychology rules the world around you, and learn from experts and thought leaders about ways we can become better versions of ourselves.

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Command Your Focus and Attention on What Really Matters with Chris Bailey
In this episode we show you how to command your focus and attention. We discuss why many people have the wrong idea of what it means to be productive - and how thinking that you need to boil your life down to spreadsheets and checklists is the wrong way to approach productivity . We share the secret ingredient for true productivity - and look at exactly how you can implement it, practically and realistically, in your own life with our guest Chris Bailey. <br>Chris is a productivity expert, speaker, and best-selling author. His career began by conducting a year-long experiment examining best practices for productivity which is documented in his book, <em>The Productivity Project</em>. His latest book <em>Hyperfocus</em> aims to help readers stay focused and avoid distractions. His work has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, TED, Fast Company, and more!<ul><li>Many people have the wrong idea of what productivity is - and it often leads to implementing the wrong solutions&nbsp;</li><li>It’s not about efficiency and boiling your life down to checklists and spreadsheets</li><li>If there’s one thing that underlies real productivity is INTENTION&nbsp;</li><li>We are perfectly productive when we accomplish the things we set out to do</li><li>Intention is like the “wood behind the arrow"</li><li>The percentage of the day with which you act with intention is directly proportional to your results and to the quality of your life&nbsp;</li><li>How much control of attention you have is correlated with happiness, satisfaction, and productivity&nbsp;</li><li>What is intentionality and why is it so important?</li><li>Most people manage their time relatively well, but where they massively fall short is managing their ATTENTION</li><li>The novelty bias in our brains causes us to constantly jump into new phenomenon to get our next dopamine hit</li><li>Deliberate mind wandering is as important as the time we focus on being productive</li><li>“Not all those who wander are lost” - J. R. R. Tolkein</li><li>Cultivating “unfocus”, mind wandering, and contemplative routines open up space to focus on and determine what’s most important - to unearth the beautiful, brilliant ideas we wouldn’t arrive at otherwise</li><li>Researchers found that people who watched 6 or more hours of news coverage about a bombing were more likely to develop PTSD than someone who was actually at the bombing event (Boston Marathon)&nbsp;</li><li>How do you go about taming your distractions?</li><li>Does meditation waste time or does it make you more productive?</li><li>Meditation is one of the few things that gives you more attention and focus for other things</li><li>When you have an active meditation practice your working memory increases by up to 30%&nbsp;</li><li>If you don’t execute on productivity ideas and strategies - what’s the point?</li><li>Meditation has the best time-adjusted return of any productivity strategy&nbsp;</li><li>We look at busyness as a proxy for how productive we are when that’s completely wrong.&nbsp;</li><li>Working on a sleep deficit shrinks your ability to focus by up to 60%&nbsp;</li><li>There’s a huge amount of guilt, especially in western society, around taking breaks, resting, and downtime - even though these are HUGE components of being highly effective and productive&nbsp;</li><li>How do you deal with the GUILT of not feeling productive?</li><li>Set 3 intentions every day, set 3 intentions every week, and set 3 intentions every year&nbsp;</li><li>Pre-Decisions create intention throughout your day&nbsp;</li><li>How do you Re-Charge your attention?</li><li>Habitual tasks create the structure that frees our mind to think freely and wander&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: What resonated the most for YOU - take action on that?</li></ul>
Dec 13, 2018
Are You Ready To Spend More Time On What You LOVE? A Conversation with Gay Hendricks
In this episode we explore how to unleash and live in your genius. How do you discover what your genius is? How can you spend more and more of your time doing what you love? We discuss how you can unlock the incredible potential within yourself and avoid the traps that may stop you from getting there. We share the lessons learned from working with more than 20,000 people to help them on their own journeys to genius - and give you the exact strategies and tactics to create a positive upward spiral of genius for yourself with our guest Dr. Gay Hendricks. <br>Dr. Gay Hendricks is the president of the Hendricks Institute and has been a thought leader in the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies for over 45 years. Gay earned his Ph.D in counseling psychology from Stanford and taught at the University of Colorado for 21 years and has conducted seminars across the globe. He is also a multi-bestselling author, having written more than 40 books most recently <em>The Joy of Genius</em> which was released earlier this year!<ul><li>The 2 big issues that human beings face</li><li>Upper limit problems&nbsp;</li><li>Living in your genius&nbsp;</li><li>People get used to operating at a certain level of success, happiness, etc - we often trip these fears that cause us to sabotage back to the levels we feel we deserve</li><li>Lessons from working with over 20,000 people and 5000 couples&nbsp;</li><li>Almost everyone, no matter how successful you are, has a lot of potential left to be developed&nbsp;</li><li>You need to make a commitment to bringing forth your genius. You have absolutely no idea how much potential you have left inside of yourself.&nbsp;</li><li>It doesn’t matter how bright you are - it’s about making an inner commitment to bringing your genius out. That inner commitment is the first starting place.&nbsp;</li><li>How Gay went from spending 10% of his life doing what he loves - it took him years to get to 30%, years more to get to 50% - until 20 years later he spends 90% of his time doing what he loves&nbsp;</li><li>The first thing you need to do is find out if you’re courageous enough to make a heart felt commitment to living in your zone of genius&nbsp;</li><li>Simple Mantra - “I Commit To Bringing Forth My Genius No Matter What It Takes"</li><li>You must find 10 minutes per day committed to finding your genius</li><li>Genius is addictive and its contagious - the more you do it, the more you want to do it , the more you inspire people with your genius, the more people who get inspired&nbsp;</li><li>What is the genius Move? How can you do it everyday?</li><li>What’s a Genius Moment? We are confronted with them every day.&nbsp;</li><li>A genius moment may look like a problem at the surface, but it’s often actually an invitation to spot your genius&nbsp;</li><li>There are some things you can control, and some things you cannot control&nbsp;</li><li>What often makes miserable is focusing on things that we don’t have control over whatsoever&nbsp;</li><li>None of us have any control whatsoever over the past - the only reason to think about the past is to identify something in this moment that you can do differently&nbsp;</li><li>True creativity is when you’re expressing your own genius - and when you’re doing it in a way that is inspiring others around you</li><li>“All of humanities problems stem from not being able to sit quietly in a room” - Blaise Pascal</li><li>Homework: Sit for 10 minutes quietly living with the question of “What is my genius?"</li><li>If you already know what your genius is - ask yourself “ How can I bring forth my genius in a way that inspires me and other people I interact with?"</li><li>How and why you can use “Wonder questions” to discover your life’s purpose&nbsp;</li></ul>
Dec 06, 2018
Stop Being Afraid To Be YOU - The Power of Bold Authenticity with Dr. Aziz Gazipura
In this episode, we explore how you can confidently be yourself - even if you’re afraid of what other people may do or think. We discuss how our obsession with niceness and people pleasing is often a problem and share specific tools you can use to overcome it. We also talk about the power and importance of saying no - and the right way to do it so that you can move away from approval seeking and step into bold authenticity with our guest Dr. Aziz Gazipura.&nbsp;<br>Dr. Aziz Gazipura is a clinical psychologist and founder of The Center for Social Confidence, which is dedicated to helping others break through their shyness and social anxiety. He is the author of the #1 Amazon best-seller Not Nice: Stop People-Pleasing, Staying Silent, &amp; Feeling Guilty... And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself. Aziz’s work has helped thousands of people through workshops, coaching, media appearances, and more.<ul><li>Do you struggle with people pleasing and being afraid to say no to people?</li><li>What’s the difference between being nice and behind kind?</li><li>A lot of the behaviors that we think are nice often come from fear, obligation, or guilt&nbsp;</li><li>The opposite of niceness is BOLD AUTHENTICITY</li><li>Niceness is a way of being that is focused on “damage control”- being in a place of “safety mode”&nbsp;</li><li>When we are focused on being nice our #1 priority is to focus on avoiding possible danger - making sure everyone is pleased&nbsp;</li><li>If you didn’t care at all what people thought of you - would couldn’t have any relationships - you would be a sociopath</li><li>“Nice conditioning” - is a pattern that is conditioned into us from an early age. We’re systemically told not to trust our own desires and to instead “do the right thing” and “be nice”&nbsp;</li><li>Why we’ve lost the ability to ask “what do I want” and how that is dangerous</li><li>Why you should be more selfish</li><li>Excessive niceness is not benign - it’s coming from a place of fear, insecurity, and feeling threatened - and when you’re constantly in that space you are much more likely to experience symptoms of stress, anxiety, sickness, pain and more - TMS - Tension Mytosis Syndrome - from living in&nbsp; place of chronic stress&nbsp;</li><li>First become AWARE that it’s OK to say no and that we need to say no</li><li>To retrain from niceness to authenticity - it’s about being uncomfortable and discomfort training&nbsp;</li><li>You live in a cloud of stories and dramatic fantasies about what will happen when you say no - TEST THE ASSUMPTION and see what happens.&nbsp;</li><li>Why you should do a “social fitness” “warm up” to get out of your comfort zone. Friendly greetings to strangers is a great strategy for this.&nbsp;</li><li>It’s like launching into orbit - after a few tries, you reach a breaking point where you “pop” into zero gravity and you’re no longer being held back.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>Niceness is not serving you, it’s not who you are, it’s a safety pattern.</strong></li><li><strong>This is how you STOP BEING AFRAID TO BE YOU</strong></li><li>Find 2 opportunities per week to specifically ask for what you want. Then build that muscle, start asking for things that are edgier and edgier and edgier for you.&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Make a fundamental decision that you don’t want to be as nice anymore. Write out a short paragraph about why it’s no longer serving you to be the nice and that you are going to do something different.&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Pick one thing - what’s the one thing that will be the easiest for you to do that would benefit you and change your life the most?</li></ul>
Nov 29, 2018
You’ve Been Learning All Wrong - Making Knowledge Stick with Peter Brown
In this episode we discuss a highly counter-intuitive approach to learning that flies in the face of the way you <em>think</em> you should learn and how it might transform your learning process. We explore several powerful, evidence based learning strategies that you can start to apply right now in your life, we explain why you should focus on getting knowledge out of your brain instead of into it (and what, exactly, that means), we share a number of powerful memory strategies you can use to super charge your brain - and much more with our guest Peter Brown. <br>Peter Brown is a best-selling author and novelist. He is the author of five books including <em>Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning</em>. Peter’s work turns traditional learning techniques on their head and draws from recent discoveries in cognitive psychology to offer concrete techniques for becoming a more productive learner. His work has been featured in The New York Times, American Public Radio, The New Yorker, and more!<ul><li>What teaching and learning strategies lead to better retention of material?</li><li>The non-intuitive approach to learning that flies in the face of the way you <em>think</em> you should learn</li><li>The act of wrestling with knowledge and material is what actually builds learning that sticks</li><li>3 Big ideas from Brian’s research&nbsp;</li><li>(1) It's about getting the knowledge out of your head, not getting it in</li><li>(2) When learning is easy it doesn’t stick. You have to challenge yourself.</li><li>(3) Intuition leads us astray. We think that simple repeated practice makes it easier to learn, but that may not be the case. You can’t rely on learning that feels constructive.&nbsp;</li><li>How does memory get stored? How can your lack of understanding about this lead to worse learning strategies?</li><li>The more connections you make to existing knowledge, the more you are likely to remember something&nbsp;</li><li>The more complex knowledge that you build and develop the more you can develop complex mental models for explaining and understanding reality</li><li>Visual markers, memory palaces and mnemonic devices can be very powerful memory techniques&nbsp;</li><li>They are not about learning, but rather ORGANIZING what you’ve already learned&nbsp;</li><li>The key to learning is to put ideas in your own words, to digest them, play with them, and think about the application of them - not just to review the text or information you’ve already read.&nbsp;</li><li>The “forgetting curve” is a mental model that helps interrupt your pattern of forgetting things - and remembering them at just the right time &nbsp;</li><li>Mass practice vs mixed practice - and why the feeling of improvement may be misleading your learning efforts&nbsp;</li><li>Mental effort and persistence towards a learning goal help build deeper memories - literally change the physical structure of your brain and lead to better and richer memories&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Look back at your own life and the things that you’ve tackled that were a struggle, and yet you became good at it - use these as examples for how this strategy can work&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Read about the science of learning in general</li><li>Homework: Create flash card sets or quizzes for things you want to memorize (even if you aren’t a student)&nbsp; in order to TEST yourself. Practice retrieving information, over and over again. The retrieval is key! Only by doing it can you be confident you know how to do it. Self testing, space it out, and come back later to do it again.&nbsp;</li></ul>
Nov 21, 2018
Your Secret to Feeling Powerful In Life's Toughest Moments with Dr Amy Cuddy
In this episode we discuss the incredibly important thing that everyone (including you!) get’s wrong about presence, we explore how to prime yourself for the best performance in moments of pressure and high stakes situations where other people are watching and judging you. We look at the results from thousands of experiments over the last few decades to uncover the fascinating truth about power and powerlessness. And we share the exact strategy you can use to shift your brain into the mode that allows you to view the world as more friendly, help you feel more creative, and make you into someone who takes action. We dig deep into all this and much more with our guest Dr. Amy Cuddy. &nbsp;<br>Dr. Amy Cuddy is an American social psychologist, author, and speaker. She currently lectures on the psychology of leadership and influence at Harvard University and she and her work have won several awards including being named one of “50 Women Who Are Changing The World” by Business Insider. She is the author of the 2015 best-selling book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges and her 2012 TED talk is the second most viewed talk of all time. Her work has been featured in TIME, Wired, Fast Company, NPR, and countless academic journals.<br><br><ul><li><strong>The incredibly important thing that everyone (including you!) get’s wrong about Presence&nbsp;</strong></li><li>Presence is a momentary state - its when you are attuned to and able to comfortably express your authentic best self</li><li>What is does it mean to be your “authentic best self?"</li><li><strong>Presence is about moments of pressure that come from human interaction - people judging us, high stakes situations throwing us off our games</strong>&nbsp;</li><li>When you are present you become aligned, you become synchronous, you aren’t getting in the WAY of yourself you’re BEING yourself - you believe your story and people hear, feel, and see that in your verbal and nonverbal communication&nbsp;</li><li>The people who do the best on Shark Tank are the ones who clearly buy what they are selling - there is no reservation, you can hear their belief and their conviction&nbsp;</li><li><strong>When you’re in a place of feeling Powerful - you see the world as more friendly, you’re more creative, you’re more likely to take action - you view the world from the “approach” system</strong></li><li>The vital difference between what Amy calls PERSONAL POWER and what many people’s traditional understanding of POWER might be.</li><li>Make peace with the idea of Power - its OK to feel powerful. Power is not just power over others or power over resources - its about feeling that you control your own resources, your own destiny, your own life.</li><li>You want to feel powerful - you want other people to feel powerful - power is a HUGE piece of your general wellbeing. As you start to feel less powerful, as you start to feel less control, you begin to flip into the “Inhibition System”&nbsp;</li><li>Focus on feelings of expansiveness and try to prepare yourself before getting in high-pressure situations&nbsp;</li><li>Often times “Mind-Body” Interventions are MUCH more effective, especially when we’re anxious, than “Mind-Mind” Interventions</li><li>If the body is acting like it’s not being threatened, the mind will often follow into the same pattern&nbsp;</li><li>How does <strong>Imposter Syndrome</strong> play into feelings of powerlessness?&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Before you go into a stressful situation - prepare by using expansive postures, in private, have good posture, carry yourself with a sense of pride, mind your posture. Notice when you slouch and make yourself small.&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Change how you’re holding your phone - sit back and hold your phone up over you</li><li>Homework: Pay attention to other’s posture. Presence invites presence from others.&nbsp;</li></ul>
Nov 15, 2018
How You Can Be More Confident In Tough Situations, Conflicts, and Negotiations with Kwame Christian
Do you feel uncomfortable in conflict with others? Do you experience fear and anxiety when dealing with tough situations? Most negotiation tactics and strategies assume you’re already a master negotiator with nerves of steel - that’s the wrong starting place. In this episode we discuss how you can get comfortable with having tough conversations and build the foundation to become a real master of negotiation - using a simple and easy to apply framework. We discuss how you can deal with tough situations and conflict from a place of poise, curiosity, and confidence with our guest Kwame Christian. <br>Kwame Christian is a business lawyer and the Director of the American Negotiation Institute where he puts on workshops designed to make difficult conversations easier. As an attorney and mediator with a bachelors of arts in Psychology, a Master of Public Policy, as well as a law degree, Kwame brings a unique multidisciplinary approach to the topic of conflict management and negotiation. He also hosts the <a href="">top negotiation podcast in the country, Negotiate Anything</a>.<ul><li>Should we hide from conflict or should we seek it out and embrace it?</li><li>Avoiding conflict is human, but it’s not healthy</li><li>Powerful tactics and strategies don’t matter if you’re unable or unwilling to enter conflicting situations in the first place&nbsp;</li><li>When people are afraid - their limbic system lights up and their prefrontal cortex is less active - your rational decision-making shuts down and you react more emotionally&nbsp;</li><li>Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - an action oriented approach to pushing past phobias, fears, anxieties and more</li><li>Rejection Therapy &amp; exposure therapy - how to build the skillset of mental toughness&nbsp;</li><li>By forcing yourself into difficult and tough situations - your brain actually changes (via neuroplasticity) and it gets easier over time&nbsp;</li><li>How do you negotiate with someone and move them out of a negative place / negative emotional state so that you can help get what you want out of a tough situation?</li><li>3 Step Framework<ul><li>Step one is to Acknowledge Emotions</li><li>Get Curious with Compassionate Curiosity</li><li>Engage in Joint Problem Solving / Collaborative Negotiation&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>How do you use the tool of “Acknowledging Emotions"<ul><li>Put it on YOURSELF, not on you “If I was in this situation, I would feel X (frustrated, etc)"</li><li>Tell me more about what you’re experiencing?</li><li>The goal is to help them get it out of their system?</li></ul></li><li>Then transition to "compassionate curiosity"<ul><li>How can we help you feel more secure?</li><li>How can we help you solve this problem / situation?</li></ul></li><li>Often times people’s emotions will be hidden under a veil of professionalism - exploring the emotional side first helps to defuse them</li><li>When exploring emotional issues - use the past tense</li><li>The power of joint problem solving and joint brainstorming to develop a collaborative approach to solving problems&nbsp;</li><li>The “copy machine” experiment</li><li>False Belief Negotiations is a zero sum game.</li><li>There is a difference between conflict and combat. Conflict is an opportunity to solve problems and learn more, there is a big difference.&nbsp;</li><li>Negotiation isn’t the art of deal making, it’s the art of deal discovery&nbsp;</li><li>3 Pillars of Negotiation<ul><li>Get more of what we want</li><li>Get less of what we don’t want</li><li>Strengthen relationships&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>Even if you don’t get a deal, there is still value to be achieved from a negotiation</li><li>Homework: Take action - don’t avoid conflict, look at it as something to approach and use it as a Tool to strengthen your skills - find and seek out small conflicts</li></ul>
Nov 08, 2018
How You Can Overcome Procrastination and People Pleasing with Dr. Taylor Newendorp
In this episode we discuss how to deal with never feeling like you’re “enough,” show you how to overcome the insidious trap of "people pleasing,” look at the most effective treatments for OCD, panic attacks, anxiety and stress, discover the dangers of “toxic perfectionism” and how it might be holding you back, tell you why “should” is a dangerous word, and much more with our guest Taylor Newendorp.&nbsp;<br><br>Taylor Newendorp is the founder and president of Chicago Counseling Center and specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Perfectionism, and Anxiety Disorders. He was worked as a practicing therapist for many years and completed the International OCD Foundation's Behavioral Therapy Training Institute Taylor is the author of The Perfectionism Workbook: Proven Strategies to Break Free from Perfectionism and Achieve Your Goals.<ul><li>What is the myth of perfection and how does it impact your life?</li><li>You are more likely to grow, thrive, and succeed once you acknowledge and accept your weaknesses</li><li>The Five Tendencies of Toxic Perfectionism</li><li>What is the root cause behind the “people pleasing” tendency?&nbsp;</li><li>Perfectionism can often be genetically pre-disposed if your family has a history of OCD or anxiety</li><li>People pleasing is rooted in the idea that for you to be loved you have to achieve and be successful</li><li>How much of what you’re doing is is because you WANT to or because you feel like you HAVE TO in order to have other people like you?</li><li>What activities are you doing that you do solely for the approval of others? Would you do them for their own sake?</li><li>Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset and how that impacts perfectionist tendencies&nbsp;</li><li>Do you feel a feeling of discontent? No matter what you do, no matter what you achieve, do you feel like it’s never enough? Do you keep pushing yourself harder and harder causing stress and anxiety for yourself?</li><li>How do you deal with self criticism and negative self talk?</li><li>What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and how does it work?</li><li>Exposure and response prevention is a highly effective solution to OCD, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, etc&nbsp;</li><li>Learn and familiarize yourself with the cognitive distortions that are out there and see how they are playing out in your head&nbsp;</li><li>Understand the connection between thoughts and feelings and how that might be influencing how you’re behaving</li><li>One question you can use to challenge your negative thoughts - if you had to stand up in a court of law and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this thought is 100% true would it hold up?&nbsp;</li><li>When you feel something uncomfortable - avoidance and distraction are the two most common strategies for avoiding discomfort</li><li>The more you avoid something the more you increase your anxiety around that fear. The fear grows larger and larger in your brain. The more you face and spend time with your fears, your anxiety dissipates.&nbsp;</li><li>Dig into and understand the triggers that make you uncomfortable and continually face them to build tolerance and resistance to them&nbsp;</li><li>Exposure and response therapy creates new neural pathways that reduce anxiety over time</li><li>What is the relationship between perfectionism and OCD?</li><li>A lot of people with OCD engage in compulsive behaviors to get a sense that things feel “just right"</li><li>You should make your goals specific, measurable, and meaningful&nbsp;</li><li>Mindfulness at its core is about observing yourself, observing others, without attaching judgement to it</li></ul>
Nov 01, 2018
Create Epic Breakthroughs By Blasting Away Your Biases & Assumptions with Dr. Beau Lotto
In this episode we discuss the surprising science of creativity. We begin with a fascinating look into how your brain create reality around you and assigns meaning to things that often have no meaning at all, then we examine the unlikely relationship between doubt, ambiguity, and creativity. We ask how you can chip away at your assumptions so that you can open spaces of possibility to be more creative, we explore the foundations of asking truly good questions, and examine the way that doubt can be a powerful force for unleashing creative insights and more with our guest Dr. Beau Lotto.&nbsp;<br>Dr. Beau Lotto is neuroscientist, author, and the founder of the Lab of Misfits. His studies in the science of human perception have led him to work in several fields including education, the arts, business, and more. Beau has given multiple TED talks, has spoken to companies such as Google, and his work has been featured on the BBC, PBS, Natural Geographic, Big Think, and much more!<ul><li>Do we see reality as it really is? Do we see the world as it really is?</li><li>We have no direct access to the world except through our senses&nbsp;</li><li>Raw data from the senses is all the information the brain gets&nbsp;</li><li>Data by itself is pointless - any piece of data could mean literally anything</li><li>You can conflate so many different things from your senses&nbsp;</li><li>The brain relies on history - on context - to interpret all the information it collects - the history of your life, your culture, your evolution, your family, and much more</li><li>Your brain has effectively encoded biases and assumptions that filter and shape your perception of reality&nbsp;</li><li>We didn’t evolve to see the world accurately, we evolved to see it usefully - evolution didn’t optimize for accuracy, it evolved for utility&nbsp;</li><li>Because of this conclusion we can constantly update and adapt our perceptions</li><li>Your brain does not create meaning by passively receiving content - it makes meaning by physically engaging with the world&nbsp;</li><li>We think of creativity as putting two things that are far apart together - of a eureka moment or moment of insight - for YOU these ideas are far apart - the creative person is making the next logical step of assumption&nbsp;</li><li>Creative people are making small steps to the next most likely possible. The key to creativity is to CHANGE what’s possible and change your perceptions and assumptions of what’s possible</li><li>Nothing interesting begins with knowing - it begins with not knowing, it begins with doubt, it begins with a question</li><li>The need for closure, the need for certainty is so strong that we constantly need closure&nbsp;</li><li>Awe and wonder are also key skills to embracing uncertainty. When you experience awe and wonder you feel connected to the world, you feel curious</li><li>Find out what you care about, have the desire to shift/move/change, and ask the right question - then engage other people</li><li>How do we celebrate doubt? How do we chip away at our assumptions so that we can open spaces of possibility to be more creative?</li><li>A KEY to asking good questions is to Doubt what you assume to be true already</li><li>Homework: Take ownership of your own biases and assumptions. Engage in a person you care about with a question of your assumptions next time you have a conflict</li><li>Homework: Go from A to “Not-A” - Let go of reflexive meanings. Take a cold shower and feel the cold water, don’t attach the significant of uncomfortableness - just feel the coldness as neutral.</li><li>Homework: Change the meaning of what’s happened in the past (which will change your assumptions and perceptions). The brain is a time machine - we can never change what happened, but we can change the MEANING of what happened. You can change history of your past meanings. That’s what therapy does.&nbsp;</li></ul>
Oct 25, 2018
The Hidden Brain Science That Will Unlock Your True Potential with Daniel Coyle
In this episode, we discuss the science of Talent. We look at how great talent is built into the very physical structure of the brain itself, explore the incredible importance of striving at the edge of your ability and staying there as long as possible, the vital importance of mistakes in the learning process, how a group of kindergartners beat a bunch of CEOs at a simple team-building exercise, a powerful tool Navy Seals use to make better decisions that you can apply to your life right now, and much more with our guest Daniel Coyle.&nbsp;<br>Daniel Coyle is the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Talent Code, The Culture Code, several other books. He is a contributing editor for Outside Magazine and works as a special advisor to the Cleveland Indians. His most recent work focuses on how we can build cultures that last and high highly productive and his work has been featured on the TED stage and more.<ul><li>What is a talent hotbed? What are these little places that produce hugely disproportionate high achievers?</li><li>How does the brain learn and what that has to do with Talent?</li><li>What does great practice look like, what does great motivation look like,&nbsp; what great coaching looks like?</li><li>Repeatedly going to the edge of your ability, noticing your failure, and learning from it - that’s how great performance is built</li><li>It’s not nature vs nature - it's not either or - its nature multiplied by nature&nbsp;</li><li>How do we learn at the edge of our growth zone?</li><li>You should be aiming for a failure rate of 20-30% of the time<ul><li>If you’re failing more than that, move the target closer</li><li>If you’re failing less, move the targets further away&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>This concept of learning at the edge of your comfort zone flips the entire idea of mistakes on its head - mistakes are WHERE the learning takes place&nbsp;</li><li>Mistakes are information that you can use for your next try - they’re a keep component of the learning process&nbsp;</li><li>Mistakes are the gift - they ARE the moment - when the learning is embedded in your brain</li><li>The way to create feedback loops in business and areas with murky or long feedback loops is to define your scoreboard - define yourself against a very clear standard or dashboard for yourself - hold yourself accountable to metrics</li><li>Define what you want - make the bar really clear</li><li>Learning = Experience + Reflection. Without the reflection, you won’t learn.&nbsp;</li><li>Get really specific on what skills you want to improve - and then build a process towards improving those skills and make it as measurable as possible</li><li>Culture is the MOST IMPORTANT THING you do in a group - it's your most important asset, it's your Achilles heel&nbsp;</li><li>High-performance groups operationalize truth, vulnerability, and safety&nbsp;</li><li>Navy Seals “AAR” - After Action Review - hard conversation about what went wrong, what went right, what they’re doing to do differently next time&nbsp;</li><li>Groups that hide vulnerability are weak</li><li>Leaders who are constantly radiating humility have more strength - humility takes strength&nbsp;</li><li>To be vulnerable at work - frame your vulnerability around learning</li><li>We have a powerful instinct to hide away from negative moments and things we don’t like - and yet leaning into mistakes and problems is the best way to grow as an individual - and the best way to form strong organizations&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: “WSD” - Write shit down. Have a place and a time every day where you can get away from things and reflect on what happened. A cool calm place where you can reflect, trace threads, connect dots, reflect on your performance. This is the most powerful thing you can do.</li></ul>
Oct 18, 2018
These Habits Will Help You Crush Procrastination & Overwhelm with James Clear
In this episode, we discuss the foundations of evidence based thinking, the important balance between Habits and Decisions and how each of them shapes who you ultimately become and dig into the idea that your decisions set the trajectory of your life, but your habits determine how far you walk on that journey, from there we explore how to build high impact habits, what you need to do to determine the best habits to focus on first, how you can harness the the power of the “aggregation of marginal gains,” and much more with our guest James Clear. <br>James Clear is an american author, entrepreneur, and photographer. His personal blog, <a href=""></a> has over 400,000 email subscribers and his first book <em>Atomic Habits</em> is set to release in October this year. His work focuses primarily on habits and human potential looking to answer the question “How can we live better?” by focusing on science-backed methods. James’s work has been featured in The New York Times, CBS, Forbes, and more.<ul><li>There’s no real playbook, everyone is operating on their best guess and trying to do their best with limited information</li><li>Science and scientific research are the best tools we have for determining what the “Best guess” would be for improvement</li><li>Science is still a guess, but its the best method we have to guide our actions and is much better than anecdote or opinion&nbsp;</li><li>You are not the average - you have to adopt this philosophy of self experimentation to determine what works for you</li><li>It’s very hard to step outside of your own experience - but that experiment may not always be the best predictor or provider of information</li><li>You could live a billion lives - its up to you to decide and determine which single version of YOU actually gets lived&nbsp;</li><li>Your decisions set your trajectory and your habits determine how far you walk</li><li>Decision making creates leverage, habits capture it</li><li>It’s always the process that leads to the outcomes. Focus on the process. And build a system so that process happens every day</li><li>True behavior change is identity change. Once you change your identity it doesn’t feel like work anymore.&nbsp;</li><li>It’s NEVER the first mistake that ruins you - its the spiral of mistakes that follows it. Get back on track.&nbsp;</li><li>A “craving” is a desire to change your state” to some small degree</li><li>Motivation is something that rises and falls arbitrarily - don’t rely on motivation to force yourself to adopt new habits</li><li>It can be dangerous to “start too big” with new habits</li><li>&nbsp;The true impact of habits is far greater than we realize - little habits are like an entrance ramp to a highway - the determine what we end up doing for minutes or even hours afterwards</li><li>Focus on mastering a few decisive moments that end up shaping how you spend your time - and make those moments as easy as possible.</li><li>Find people who’ve achieved what you want to achieve - but also have SOME commonality with you now</li><li>Homework: downscale your habits until they can fit within 2 minutes (make sure your habits are small enough)<ul><li>Read one page in a book</li><li>Make the decisive moment as easy as possible&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>Homework: reduce friction so that doing that behavior is as easy as possible. Start with environment design<ul><li>Increase friction for bad behaviors</li><li>Reduce friction for good behaviors</li></ul></li></ul>
Oct 11, 2018
Double Your Productivity and Focus on What Matters with Marc Effron
In this episode we discuss how to become a high performer at work. We look at one simple question you can use to double your productivity, we talk about how to decipher scientific evidence and determine what’s really important to focus on for maximum performance, we examine how to get quality feedback on your work, share strategies for creating high performance habits and behaviors, and uncover what it takes to quickly improve your performance with our guest Marc Effron. <br>Marc Effron is the founder and president of the Talent Strategy Group and publisher of the Talent Quarterly Magazine. He is a Harvard Business Press best-selling author and just released his latest book <em>8 Steps To High Performance</em>. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Influencers in H.R. and he has worked and consulted with some of the largest companies in the country.<ul><li>We have so much science that tell us many of the right things to do - and yet its often so hard to discern signal from noise&nbsp;</li><li>People like writing about individual topics - but often don’t combine them all into one cohesive view of reality as a whole</li><li>“The Three Tiers of Proof”&nbsp;<ul><li>Bottom tier “Research" - a consulting firm does a study and comes out with a report - not peer reviewed, not validated, not controlled - but still may have some value</li><li>Next step up - "Science" - someone has published an article in a peer reviewed journal&nbsp;</li><li>The best - "Conclusive Science" - 100 people do the experiment and all come to the exact same conclusion&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>If you want to get better you’re much better off asking others for feedback than just looking at yourself</li><li>What’s your disciplined approach for gathering feedback from others about what makes you so successful?</li><li>How do we gather quality feedback?<ul><li>Source of opinions and quality of opinion are not equal.&nbsp;</li><li>Find your high performing peers</li><li>Find your high performing people at your bosses level that you would like feedback from</li></ul></li><li>If you’re a solo entrepreneur your customers or investors are probably the best people to ask</li><li>Can we set goals that are too big and too ambitious? How do we strike that balance?<ul><li>Ask yourself - is your big goal too disengaging? Could it be harmful to the organization?</li></ul></li><li>Given where my company is - what needs to happen for me to be the most high performance I can be? What are the few behaviors that matter the most for performance right now?</li><li>Three “buckets” of behaviors that cause us to derail:<ul><li>“Moving away” behaviors - behaviors that cause you to put distance between you and other people. Passive aggression, shyness, etc.&nbsp;</li><li>“Moving against” behaviors - putting you into other people’s space and make them want to spend less time with you</li><li>“Moving towards” behaviors - suck up behavior, managing up and the people below you don’t like it</li></ul></li><li>There are many fixed traits of your life, background, abilities etc that you can’t change - focus on what you can change&nbsp;</li><li>It’s the experience we have that grow us fastest - the most big, challenging, scary, risky experiences you have the faster you’re going to learn.&nbsp;</li><li>It’s easy to get comfortable, but comfort is the enemy of growth</li><li>We often exaggerate the downside and underestimate the upside</li><li>Homework: Action begins with an assessment of where we are today - how do you compare against the 8 step framework - then determine what your ONE key priority going forward should be&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Ask your boss: I want to deliver 2x next year - what’s the ONE thing I could do differently to deliver more on that goal?</li></ul>
Oct 04, 2018
The Shocking Counter-Intuitive Science Behind The Truth of Positive Thinking with Dr. Gabriele Oettingen
In this episode we discuss the shocking truth about the dangers of positive thinking. Is it always good to visualize your goals? Could there be potential downsides to daydreams and fantasies about the future? How can we identify what stands in the way of our goals and take concrete action to get there? We look at these questions and much more, along with a proven evidence-based methodology for creating effective behavior change - to actually achieve what you want - with our guest Dr. Gabriele Oettingen<br>Dr. Gabriele Oettingen is a Professor of Psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg. She is the creator of the WOOP process and author of the book <em>Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside The New Science of Motivation</em>. Her work has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, NPR’s Hidden Brain, and much more!<ul><li>Positive thinking must be positive, right?</li><li>The shocking and counter-intuitive science behind the truth about positive thinking</li><li>Positive fantasies and daydreams about the future can be very helpful when we think about improving our mood - but when it comes to actually executing and creating results, positive fantasies can have a serious negative impact on our behavior and our results</li><li>Studies show that inducing positive fantasies about the future causes a drop in energy and motivation</li><li>Positive fantasies and daydreams sap our energy for moving towards our goals</li><li>Mental Contrasting of the Positive Future and the Inner Obstacles of Reality standing in the way of that positive future</li><li>Mental contrasting helps you prioritize your goals and figure out the right ones to pursue&nbsp;</li><li>The myth of “positive thinking” and “being optimistic” is very seductive - but it can be dangerous and misleading</li><li>Most of our wishes are more challenging, difficult, and complicated than we think they are</li><li>Sheer positive visualization won’t help you get to your goals, and may be harming you and making it less likely for you to achieve your goals&nbsp;</li><li>Positive visualization creates a measurable physical change in your body that makes you less likely to the action and create results&nbsp;</li><li>The idea that you have an obstacle in the way will stir up the energy necessary to overcome your obstacles</li><li>Thinking about your obstacles will produce strategies that will help you overcome your obstacles</li><li>The Conscious Exercise of Mental Contrasting triggers nonconscius processes and the conscious processes do the work</li><li>The work of Mental Contrasting builds associative links to the subconscious that produces the behavior change necessary to achieve your goals</li><li>The combination of Mental Contrasting + Implementation Intentions it the “WOOP” Strategy<ul><li>Wish</li><li>Outcome (imagine)</li><li>Obstacle (imagine)</li><li>Plan (if/then)</li></ul></li><li>It only takes 5-10 mins to apply the WOOP methodology - 5-10 mins of concentrated focus<ul><li>Slow</li><li>Uninterrupted</li><li>Focused</li><li>By yourself</li></ul></li><li>WOOP builds the subconscious framework that creates the behaviors that result in action</li><li>WOOP is a skill you can learn and its different because it draws on automatic subconscious processes to create behavioral change</li><li>WOOP is a discovery tool - dig a little deeper into your wishes - what is it really that stands in the way?</li><li>Homework: WOOP for yourself (details on <a href=""></a>)</li></ul>
Sep 27, 2018
Creating Nerves of Steel – The Science of Performing Under Pressure with Dr. Hank Weisinger
In this episode, we go deep on the science of performing under pressure. We look at why some people perform under pressure and others don’t. We discuss the skill of flexibility and “fluid intelligence,” explore the differences between stress and pressure, look at concrete strategies for managing both in your life, and much more with our guest Dr. Hank Weisinger. <br>Dr. Hank Weisinger is a psychologist trained in clinical, counseling, school, and organizational psychology. He is the originator of Criticism Training and the emerging field of pressure management. He is the author of several books including his most recent New York Times Best Seller <em>How To Perform Under Pressure</em> and his work has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ESPN, NPR, and much more!<ul><li>The work on criticism and anger that Dr. Weisinger comes from deep clinical experience and informs his perspective on emotional intelligence</li><li>Emotional intelligence is not a new field - it’s been around for a long time - and yet most people don’t grasp the basic premises of emotional intelligence</li><li>Why advice doesn’t work and what you should do instead of giving people advice</li><li>You can’t criticize someone for something they can’t change - the goal of criticism is to create change - and sometimes people can’t change - sometimes the best way to create change is to change your own behavior</li><li>A good key to developing the skill of criticism is how quickly you can recognize the defensiveness of another person and use it as a clue that you’re being ineffective and need to try something else</li><li>The faster your recognize that you’re being ineffective the faster change your behavior and create results</li><li>If you played your best and lost - don’t feel bad. You only feel bad when you play below your capability.&nbsp;</li><li>Pressure is a villain in your life. There’s nothing good about it. The function of pressure is to weed people out.&nbsp;</li><li>What is pressure? You're experiencing pressure in a situation where the (a) the outcome is uncertain and (b) its dependent on your performance.&nbsp;</li><li>Stress and pressure are two different psychological concepts - you must treat them separately and handle them separately.&nbsp;</li><li>Stress is about having lots of demands on your time and feeling overwhelmed. There are lots of ways to reduce stress.&nbsp;</li><li>If you have to perform effectively under pressure 24x7 that's a terrible way to live</li><li>Evidence-based strategies for reducing the feelings of pressure during the moment</li><li>“Pressure anxiety” vs “performance anxiety” - what’s the difference and why is it important?</li><li>How people perform under pressure is often about how they perceive the situation - do they perceive it as threatening or do they perceive it as an opportunity?</li><li>Don’t get over-attached to an outcome and define yourself and your self-esteem by your job performance</li><li>Homework: Literally write down your anxiety and you will do better in your pressure moments. Write them down and they will be less likely to surface during the moment of truth.</li><li>Homework: Affirm your self-worth before a pressure moment with 3 things that have nothing to do with your performance.&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Share your feelings of pressure with others.&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Anticipate what might go wrong during a pressure moment.&nbsp;</li></ul>
Sep 20, 2018
Three Dangerous Ideas That Are Putting Our Society At Risk with Dr. Jonathan Haidt
In this episode we discuss several seemingly good ideas that are actually quite dangerous. We start with a look at how the immune system can teach us about the vital importance of being “anti-fragile.” We look at lessons from ancient cultural traditions all the way up to modern psychology research to peel back the layers of our current social dialogue and look at many notions that have permeated our current thinking. What are the best ways to promote growth and development? How can we help heal people who have suffered from trauma? How can we create a framework that allows for our society to seek the truth and solve our toughest challenges? We take a hard look at the answers to these questions and much more with our guest Dr. Jonathan Haidt. <br>Dr. Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is the author of multiple books including most recently <em>The Coddling of The American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.</em> He is also the author of over 90 academic articles and his work has been featured across the globe.<ul><li>What can the immune system teach us about vital importance of anti-fragility?</li><li>The reason peanut allergies are rising is because America started protecting kids from peanuts in the early 90s</li><li>Kids need to get sick and be exposed to dirt and germs so that they can be healthier - that’s the cornerstone of the immune system</li><li>Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort - we must be uncomfortable to grow</li><li>Our extreme culture of overprotection has really harmed children</li><li>You don’t grow in a threatening world - you hunker down and get defensive</li><li>Children need to be in the zone of exploration and excitement</li><li>What happens when students themselves ask for protection from ideas and think that ideas will traumatize them?</li><li>A desire to protect those who are emotionally fragile is wrong - exposure is how you solve fear and emotional fragility</li><li>If the goal is actually to help people - the entire culture of safetyism - that people are fragile and need to be protected - is directly opposed to the scientific research around what actually helps people</li><li>Are the phenomena of Safe space, trigger warnings, micro aggressions and the morality of “safetyism” that arose in the last few years healthy for individuals and society?</li><li>If you goal is healing trauma and helping people improve - embracing discomfort is the best solution</li><li>If your goal is to seek truth - then you must expose yourself to ideas you disagree with and have others challenge your ideas as well&nbsp;</li><li>If you goal is ideological victory then you try to silence your opponents ideas&nbsp;</li><li>If people don’t share ideas because they’re afraid of being attacked - then the entire goal of truth seeking cannot be achieved. Today people are afraid of speaking up and afraid of challenging many ideas</li><li>This is a pragmatic argument - its not moral or political - and yet the dialogue today prevents the discussion of truth from even happening</li><li>The “Chicago Principles” for freedom of thinking - an open platform to speak, discuss, and debate ideas - so that you can make your case with evidence and good arguments.&nbsp;</li><li>If you don’t have diversity of ideas when you’re searching for truth you often come to erroneous conclusions. When we lose viewpoint diversity the science itself is at risk. If you don’t have diversity you’re likely to have bad thinking.&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Spread these ideas to others.</li><li>Homework: Think about the context and system you can to improve and think about how these principles can be appleid to keep healthy debate and productive disagreement&nbsp;</li></ul>
Sep 13, 2018
Simple Hacks For Thinking Better From Sherlock Holmes To Professional Poker with Maria Konnikova
In this episode we discuss several simple strategies for thinking better by looking at lessons ranging from sources as disparate as the methods of Sherlock Holmes to the principles of professional poker. How do you create focus and engagement when you’re trying to solve a problem? What are the potential ways that you can improve your memory to supercharge your thinking ability? How can you train your mind to think more effectively about emotion, risk, and uncertainty? We discuss this and much more with our guest Maria Konnikova. <br>Maria Konnikova is the author of two New York Times best-sellers <em>Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes and The Confidence Game.</em> Maria graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received her Ph.D in psychology from Columbia University. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, WIRED, and much more and she is an avid poker player as well.<ul><li>Is is possible that a fictional character could teach us how to think and make better decisions?</li><li>Mindfulness - the thing that distinguishes Sherlock Holmes from any other detective is that he is fully present and sees and observes small details</li><li>The hidden power of how remarkably quiet Sherlock Holmes is - he’s a great demonstration of the power of contemplative routines</li><li>How do we create focus and engagement when we’re working on something?</li><li>You carry this real estate with you all the time - your “Brain attic” - and how you can use it to think more effectively</li><li>Any information you remember is only useful to you if you can retrieve it when you need - and that’s why you must store things properly&nbsp;</li><li>A few strategies for making your memory more effective:<ul><li>Encoding - the moment where we first remember it. If you aren’t paying attention you won’t remember in the first place and the memory will never get encoded.&nbsp;</li><li>Memories are most powerful when they’re tied to other existing memories</li><li>Every single point of encoding is an anchor or retrieval point that can retrieve everything</li><li>Use multiple senses to encode a memory - not just one - build a rich texture of memories to encode them&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>Encoding is different than rote memorization - it’s much more powerful</li><li>How Maria went from a psychology PhD to becoming a professional poker player</li><li>How poker can teach you how to make decisions under conditions of risk, uncertainty, and emotion&nbsp;</li><li>You can teach people about biases and yet they still make the same mistakes&nbsp;</li><li>Poker is a way to teach your mind to think in the right ways about risk, emotion, and uncertainty</li><li>There is no better metaphor for the game of life than poker</li><li>What enabled Maria Konnikova to go from a total outsider to a professional poker player in such a short period of time?<ul><li>Having one of the top players in the world mentor her was a huge piece of it</li><li>Having a beginners mind and being willing to not know and ask simple questions&nbsp;</li><li>Being willing to study and put in massive hours to learn</li><li>Fully immersing yourself, studying 9-10 hours a day, reading, analyzing hands, watching streams, taking notes, talking to people about strategy</li><li>There are no shortcuts, ever. There’s no magic bullet.&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>You must put aside your ego to learn and improve</li><li>Homework: Single most important thing that you can do is meditate 10 minutes per day every day. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around you. Admit the distractions and then let go of them. It doesn’t need to be a quiet place. That one habit can be life changing.&nbsp;</li></ul>
Sep 06, 2018
A Beginner's Guide To Body Language & Nonverbal Communication with Joe Navarro
In this episode we break down the complex and confusing world of body language and nonverbal communication. We discover the easiest starting point for learning the basics you need to know to get started with reading and understanding body language and we dig into the specific tools and strategies you can start using right away to not only decode the body language of others, but also change your own body language to communicate what you want. We explore all this and much more with our guest Joe Navarro. <br>Joe Navarro was approached to join the FBI while working as a police officer at the age of 23. He spent the next 25 years at the FBI working as both an agent and a supervisor in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Since retiring in 2003 Joe has written several best selling books on human behavior most recently <em>The Dictionary of Body Language: A field Guide To What Every Body is Saying</em>. His work is frequently featured on programs such as The Today Show, Fox News, Good Morning America, and more!<ul><li>How do we breakdown the maze of nonverbal communication and cues and use them to understand and influence others?</li><li>Nonverbals are everything other than spoken communication - body language, clothes, cars, pens, accessories, etc&nbsp;</li><li>You can use nonverbal cues to deeply understand other people, their behaviors and desires&nbsp;</li><li>The most simple way to understand human body language is to break it down in to the basic categories of “comfort” and “discomfort”</li><li>We are always transmitting, we’re always being examined, people are assessing us the minute we come into view</li><li>Easy signs of discomfort to spot and teach yourself to view:<ul><li>Eye touching / eye covering - a powerful phenomena that can even be seen in blind children&nbsp;</li><li>Lip compression is a very good indicator that something is wrong - someone is struggling with something or worried about something</li><li>Jaw shifting - sign of struggle / difficulty</li><li>Neck touching - welcome tend to touch the base of their neck with their finger, men tend to grab their necks or massage their necks</li><li>Ventilation behaviors - pulling on your shirt, lifting up your hair - shows difficulty or struggle</li></ul></li><li>If you stand at an angle, people will listen to you for a longer period of time</li><li>Tilting your head slightly to the side is one of the best ways to build rapport with people</li><li>The feet are the most honest part of the body - how you can read people’s feet to understand what they’re telling you&nbsp;<ul><li>When they’re something we don’t like our feet will immediately turn away from it</li></ul></li><li>The limbic system in the brain - the “lizard brain” - is responsible for our survival and triggers many of these subconscious nonverbal reactions</li><li>Try this out at a meeting or cocktail party - pick out a behavior, observe it, and see if you can learn to watch for it</li><li>It’s very difficult to detect deception in someone’s body language - the story of the parking ticket&nbsp;</li><li>All actors rehearse - it’s no different with the nonverbal personas you want to use to interact with people</li><li>Homework: watch as people are reporting on the stock market on a good and bad day and watch their nonverbals</li><li>Homework: watch a TV show with the sound off and see if you can pick out what’s going on from just the nonverbal cues</li><li>Homework: 3 starting behaviors to look for&nbsp;<ul><li>Look for eye blocking/eye closure</li><li>Look for lip compression &amp; jaw shifting</li><li>Look for neck touching&nbsp;</li><li>Notice when it happens, how it happens, what questions were asked, and how people answer - build that into your repitoirs and the expand your skills</li></ul></li></ul>
Aug 30, 2018
This Simple Idea From Quantum Physics Could Change Your Life with Mel Schwartz
In this episode we discuss how a few crazy ideas from quantum physics might just change your life. We look at how some of the core principles from the hard sciences have huge implications for the way we live, love, and deal with a world of danger and uncertainty. It is possible that the laws of physics hold lessons that could help us redefine our relationship with anxiety and suffering and open the door to possibility? We discuss this and much more with our guest Mel Schwartz<br>Mel Schwartz is a psychotherapist, marriage counselor, author, and speaker. He is one of the first contemporary practicing psychotherapists to distill the basic premises of quantum theory into therapeutic approaches. Mel is the author of the book The Possibility Principle: How Quantum Physics Can Improve the Way You Think, Live and Love and has been featured in Psychology Today, TED, and much more.<ul><li>How a panic attack led to a chance encounter with a worldview that transformed Mel’s perceptive</li><li>The Core Principles of Quantum Physics and how they can redefine our lives</li><li>The epidemic of anxiety in our society has to do with our relationship with uncertainty - warding off uncertainty creates stress and anxiety</li><li>Quantum theory holds the premise that reality is literally one inseparable whole</li><li>Science confirms the “mystic” belief that everything in life is inseparable&nbsp;</li><li>“The myth of separation” - We are no longer separate disconnected cogs&nbsp;</li><li>You don’t need to be a math wizard to understand how the principles of quantum physics can transform your world view&nbsp;</li><li>Our thinking has been trained to compartmentalize and separate the world</li><li>Depression comes from a sense of alienation and alone-ness from Newton's deterministic worldview</li><li>The Newtonian worldview - the deterministic / mechanistic worldview&nbsp;</li><li>Quantum reality is in a state of potential - always waiting to occur&nbsp;</li><li>Mistakes should not be feared - labeling your experience as mistakes causes you to live in a prison of fear and anxiety</li><li>Don’t avoid it - embrace discomfort - we must embrace discomfort psychologically and cognitively to grow&nbsp;</li><li>Embrace confusion - it’s exciting, its a sign post for growth, it gets you to places you’ve never been before&nbsp;</li><li>The way to embrace uncertainty is by shifting your relationship with your thoughts</li><li>Uncertainty = possibility</li><li>Addiction to certainty = anxiety, fear, stress</li><li>Ask yourself - what is my thought telling me? How do I know it’s true? How often do I have these thoughts?</li><li>What does it mean to really be strong? To be vulnerable. Sharing your insecurities, self doubts, and fears.</li><li>You give other people the power to judge you - and judge yourself based on what you think, they think of you</li><li>The way we picture reality is the way we experience reality&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: In the course of your day - try to capture the themes of your thoughts and ask yourself, what are they telling you?&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: As yourself some larger question - how do you view life? How did you come to your core beliefs about the world? What informs your core beliefs about the world?</li></ul>
Aug 23, 2018
The Death of Time Management & How You Can Manipulate Time with Laura Vanderkam
<br>In this episode we tell the truth about time. We throw out the old and dated conceptions of “time management” and look at how time really works. We explore the fundamental way you must flip your approach to time so that you can focus on what really matters in life. We look at how you can become an artist manipulating time at your will - stretching your best moments so that they last longer and ruthlessly removing the things that clutter your life. If you feel pressed for time - like there is never enough - and want to figure out how to create time for what really matters - listen to this episode with our guest Laura Vanderkam.&nbsp;<br>Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books. Her TED talk titled “How To Gain Control of Your Free Time” has been viewed over 5 million times and she is the co-host of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune.<ul><li>Does time management work? Is time management a concept with too much baggage associated with it to even be meaningful?</li><li>It’s not about cramming so much stuff into your life - it’s about focusing on the most important things.&nbsp;</li><li>Fundamentally flip your approach - removing as much as possible is much more important than cramming as much as possible into your day</li><li>People who were highly relaxed around their time had a tendency to plan “mini adventures” in their lives&nbsp;</li><li>Putting more valuable stuff into our lives makes time more memorable. If you want to feel like you have more time you need to create more memories.&nbsp;</li><li>Can we become “artists manipulating time” to stretch the best moments so that they last longer?<ul><li>Anticipation is powerful - starting savoring before it starts</li><li>Be as present as possible, notice details, think about how you might describe it to someone</li><li>Tell the story of what happened - every time you tell it you get pleasure from it</li><li>Commemorate it with artifacts (ticket stubs, t-shirts, etc)</li><li>Play the same song over and over again to encode that song to a specific memory or experience</li><li>Create as many memories as possible - more memories makes time expand&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>Time is highly elastic - it stretches to accommodate what we need or want to fit into it&nbsp;</li><li>Time management is not about shaving extra hours out of every day - it’s about selecting the right priorities</li><li>If you’ve ever binged something on Netflix - you found extra time because you had something that was a big priority</li><li>Lack of Time = Lack of Priorities&nbsp;</li><li>“Reflective Activities” like journaling, meditating, praying - stepping back from life and thinking about life - people with the highest time perception and time management scores did these every other day, the lowest scores people never did it</li><li>Part of feeling relaxed about your time is knowing when and how you’re spending your leisure time</li><li>Letting go of expectations is a great time management strategy&nbsp;</li><li>Planning your weeks before you’re in them is a great strategy to make time for your priorities FIRST</li><li>Make a 3 category priority list:<ul><li>Career</li><li>Relationships</li><li>Self</li></ul></li><li>Each one of those categories is key!!</li><li>A great tactic for setting your short to medium term goals - writing a “Performance Review” (for next year)<ul><li>Look at this list all the time</li><li>It can start informing your schedule choices</li></ul></li><li>How do we create more effective morning and evening routines?</li><li>Homework: Track your time for a week (if you can’t track it for a day or two)</li><li>Homework: Plan a “mini adventure” during the work day or after work this week - do something different, put a little adventure into your life</li></ul>
Aug 16, 2018
Speak & Present With Total Confidence Using These Tactics with Matt Abrahams
In this episode we show you the science of communication. Have you ever been afraid to speak or present? Are you worried about not having the skills or tools to communicate your ideas to the world? We dig into the science and the strategies of mastering skills like speaking and presenting, crushing the anxiety that often accompanies thee high stakes moments, and share evidence based strategies for becoming&nbsp; a master communicator. <br>Matt Abrahams is a Professor of Strategic Communication for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He is the co-founder of Bold Echo Communication Solutions and author of the book <em>Speaking Up Without Freaking Out</em>. Matt’s videos and training techniques have been viewed tens of millions of times in TEDx, Inc. and much more!<ul><li>What happens when you rip your pants in the middle of a big speech?</li><li>Anxiety can have a tremendously negative impact on our ability to to communicate</li><li>Confidence in speaking and what it means to be authentic and how to be an engaging communicator&nbsp;</li><li>Anxiety negatively impacts communication in two major ways<ul><li>Audiences have trouble listening to a nervous speaker</li><li>You get caught up in your own head&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>A foundational tenant of all communication is to be audience centric - your job is to serve the needs of your audience&nbsp;</li><li>Research sees anxiety about speaking and communicating as ubiquitous across ages, cultures etc</li><li>Fear of communication is hard-wired intro your brain by evolution and it’s social pressures</li><li>There are two fundamental approaches to dealing with anxiety<ul><li>Dealing with the symptoms</li><li>Dealing with the actual sources of anxiety</li></ul></li><li>Speaking in high stakes situations is internalized by your body as a threat</li><li>Hold something cold in the palm of your hand it can reduce your body temperature and counter-act sweating and blushing that results from anxiety.&nbsp;</li><li>Distracting your audience is a great strategy to take their focus off of you. Give the audience something to distract them and get them more engaged</li><li>If you gesture more slowly you will actually slow down your speaking rate</li><li>Greet your anxiety - give yourself permission to be anxious. This is how you short circuit the loop of getting nervous about getting nervous. This works with any emotion, not just anxiety.&nbsp;</li><li>The powerful learnings from improv comedy that can make you be a more confidence speaker&nbsp;</li><li>Dare to be dull - don’t strive for perfection. Do what needs to be done, and by reducing the pressure you put on yourself you increase the likelihood that you will actually achieve a great outcome.</li><li>The “Shout the wrong name” exercise that can help you reduce your anxiety in real time</li><li>Constraints and structure invite more opportunities for creativity (in life) and in communication</li><li>The components of confidence<ul><li>Managing anxiety</li><li>Creating presence &amp; meta awareness - adapt your communication to what’s happening the moment&nbsp;</li><li>Convey emotion - confidence speakers convey emotion&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>You have to tie the data and facts back into the emotions - the implications of the science and the data</li><li>The “What?,” “So What?,” “Now What?” Structure&nbsp;<ul><li>The answer</li><li>Why its important</li><li>What you do with the answer that’s just given</li></ul></li><li>Homework - Take the opportunity too build your skills. Like any skill you’re trying to build -&nbsp; it’s all about<ul><li>Repetition - find avenues to speak and give presentations</li><li>Reflection - ask yourself what worked and what didn’t work</li><li>Feedback - find a trusted other - a mentor, a colleague, a loved one who can give you honest feedback. We are bad at judging our own communication</li></ul></li></ul>
Aug 09, 2018
Stop Chasing Happiness and Do This Instead with Emily Esfahani Smith
In this episode we discuss happiness. Can the pursuit of happiness backfire? Why are people more depressed an anxious than ever in a time when the world is physically safer and healthier than ever before in history? We look at the crisis of meaning in our society and examine how we can cultivate real meaning in our lives, beyond ourselves, and move towards an existence of purpose with our guest Emily Esfahani Smith.&nbsp;<br>Emily Esfahani Smith is a journalist, positive psychology instructor, and author. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her articles have been read over 30 million times, her TED talk has over 1.3 million views and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, TIME, the TED stage, and more.<ul><li>Should we be pursuing happiness?</li><li>There’s more to life than being happy</li><li>When we pursue happiness - it’s very self-oriented</li><li>2 reasons why the “pursuit of happiness can backfire"<ul><li>It’s not possible to be happy all the time - and it’s a fool's errand to try and pursue happiness all the time - it’s not a realistic expectation for your life</li><li>Happiness is very “self-focused” - how is this affecting ME - its a very selfish perception&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>People are healthier, safer, more comfortable than any time in history - and yet anxiety and depression are increasing, suicide rates are increasing - why is this happening?</li><li>Meaning is about connecting and contributing to something beyond yourself - being connecting to your family, to god, to nature, to the universe, etc&nbsp;</li><li>Some of the essential characteristics of people with meaning in their lives<ul><li>Your life has worth and significance</li><li>Your life has a sense of purpose</li><li>Your life is coherent</li></ul></li><li>How can we find meaning beyond ourselves in a world where most of our major social institutions have eroded away to a large degree (patriotism, religion, family, etc)?</li><li>In the modern era - the challenge of being alive is the challenge of trying to find meaning on your own</li><li>The Four Pillars of Meaning<ul><li>Belonging - being in communities and relationships where you feel valued for who you are intrinsically</li><li>Purpose - using your strengths to serve other people. Having something worthwhile to do with your time. Making a contribution to the world.&nbsp;<ul><li>Children who do chores around the house have a higher sense of meaning</li></ul></li><li>Transcendence - when your sense of self-starts to turn down or turn off completely. Stepping beyond yourself.</li><li>Storytelling - the story that you tell yourself about yourself</li></ul></li><li>How do we create belonging in your life?<ul><li>Forming intimate relationships with others</li><li>Belonging is a choice that we make - and we can choose to cultivate in any given moment</li><li>You can also take the initiative to create these new types of communities within your own life and community</li></ul></li><li>How do we change the stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves?<ul><li>The first thing is to recognize that we are constantly telling ourselves stories about ourselves</li></ul></li><li>A “contamination” story and how that can change your self-perception and create negative results in your life?<ul><li>Something happened in my life, then there was a negative result, not I’m “contaminated"</li></ul></li><li>A “redemptive” story - a story that moves from bad things happening to good things happening<ul><li>Something bad happened in my life, and that has made me grow, made me stronger&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>If you’re telling a negative story, how do you start telling a better story?<ul><li>Narrative writing, journaling&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>Is leading a meaningful life just about accomplishment and achieving results?</li></ul>
Aug 02, 2018
When the Impossible Becomes Possible - The Secrets of Flow Revealed with Steven Kotler
In this episode we discuss how the impossible becomes possible. We look at how to create paradigm shifting breakthroughs, dig into the science and research at the frontier of peak human performance to understand what’s at the core of nearly every gold medal or world championship - the powerful concept of flow. How do we create flow in our lives, how can we use it as a tool to become 400% more creative and learn skills 200% faster? We dig into this and much more with our guest Steven Kotler.&nbsp;<br>Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the cofounder and director of research of the Flow Genome Project. His most recent work, Stealing Fire, was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Steven’s work have been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TIME.<ul><li>Wherever people are taking huge risks to change the world, you find flow&nbsp;</li><li>How do you create Paradigm Shifting Breakthroughs?</li><li>Whenever you see the impossible become possible you see two things:<ul><li>People leverage and take advantage of disruptive technology</li><li>People finding ways to extend human capacity</li></ul></li><li>Peak performance is about being fanatical - repeating, week after week, year after year, for your entire career. You have to have that level of hunger, motivation, and drive</li><li>Steven’s work is focused on studying the peak performance state known as Flow</li><li>How can we use Flow to massively level up performance?</li><li>Major Characteristics of Flow<ul><li>Flow is definable - it has&nbsp; core characteristics<ul><li>Complete Concentration</li><li>Time Dilation</li></ul></li><li>Flow is measurable</li><li>Flow is universal</li><li>Flow is a spectrum experience - you can be in micro flow or macro flow</li><li>Flow often mistaken for a mystical experience before it was measured and studied</li></ul></li><li>McKinsey did a 10 year study on flow - it made top executives 500% more effective</li><li>Flow creates a 400% - 700% increase in creativity<ul><li>Can that really be true?</li><li>What is creativity?</li></ul></li><li>Soldiers learn skills 230% faster in flow states</li><li>When you’re in a flow state you’re actually using LESS of your brain not more of it<ul><li>Your brain is burning a lot of energy and so it shut’s this part of the brain down</li><li>As your need for concentration goes up, the brain starts shutting down non-critical areas to maximize attention</li></ul></li><li>Flow also creates a huge dump of positive neurochemicals and stress hormones are flushed out of your system and replaced with “big five” neurochemicals</li><li>Anybody can access flow because flow stats have triggers - flow is universal provided certain initial conditions are met</li><li>One of the most important triggers is the challenge/skills balance - when the challenge slightly exceeds our skillset</li><li>“Let my people go surfing” - Patagonia<ul><li>Training up flow while you’re surfing trains the brain to enter flow states in general</li><li>Heightened creativity lasts for several days</li><li>Conscious altered and being focused is usually 1-1.5 hrs</li></ul></li><li>A place where most people screw up Flow - they take the amplified creativity from flow and ride it til the very bitter end until they are very exhausted. That makes it more difficult to jump into flow the next time.&nbsp;</li><li>The intersection of flow states and the Science of Spirituality</li><li>The same neurobiological states from flow show up in the same place as mystical experiences, psychedelic states, states of awe, near death experiences. All of these experiences neurobiologically are very very similar.</li></ul>
Jul 26, 2018
Making Smart Decisions When You Don’t Have All The Facts with Annie Duke
In this episode we discuss how to make better decisions under conditions of uncertainty. We look at “the worst call in the history of football,” discuss examples from life, business and even high stakes poker to understand how to make the best possible decisions in a a world filled with unknowns. What exactly is a good decision? Is that different than a good outcome? We look at this key question - and uncover the wisdom hidden in the reality that these two things might be completely different. All this and more with our guest Annie Duke. <br><br>Annie is a professional decision strategists and former professional poker player. She has leveraged her expertise in the science of smart decision making throughout her life and for two decades was one of the top poker players in the world. She is the author of the book <em>Thinking In Bets: Making Smart Decisions When You Don’t Have All The Facts</em> and after being granted the National Science Foundation Fellowship, studied Cognitive Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania.<ul><li>How do we get create lessons from our experiences?</li><li>How do we sort out the noise in the gap between decision quality and outcome quality?</li><li>In poker (like life) you can make really good decision and have a really bad outcome - but that doesn’t mean that you made a <em>bad decision</em></li><li>This fuzzy relationship between decision making and outcomes can be very problematic for people&nbsp;</li><li>“Resulting”- tying the quality of the outcome too tightly to the quality of decisions</li><li>An unlucky / bad outcome is not the same as a bad decision</li><li>Red lights and green lights - and how they can shine a light on hidden risks to decision-making</li><li>The only thing that matters is not the result - but the process&nbsp; of making decisions - because that is all we can control</li><li>In our own lives we constantly lurch into over-reactions when we focus only on results and not on our decision-making quality</li><li>Strategy #1: Approach the world through the frame of decisions as bets</li><li>Why you should ask “Wanna Bet?” to get more clarity about a situation</li><li>There are 2 major sources of uncertainty between Decisions and Outcomes<ul><li>Luck/Randomness</li><li>Information Asymmetry</li></ul></li><li>Strategy #2: Get other people involved in the process with you<ul><li>You are really good at recognizing other people’s bias, even when you can’t see your own</li></ul></li><li>When you’re trying to make a decision (or a bet) the person who will win is the person who has the most accurate “mental model” or model of reality</li><li>Strategy #3: Try to quarantine yourself from experience<ul><li>Escape the quality of the outcome and how it impacts your assessment - unless you have enough data to actually verify it&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>Key Steps to Focusing on the Decision-Making Process Not the Outcome<ul><li>Evaluate decisions prior to getting the outcome</li><li>Create a Decision Pod of other people who can challenge your thinking</li></ul></li><li>The key to making effective decisions is to multiply the probability of the outcome by the impact/magnitude&nbsp;</li><li>Homework #1: find a group of people who are open minded, who want to be better decision-makers, and agree together that you want to question each others thinking, not be defensive, hold each other accountable to bias</li><li>Homework #2: Start listening to yourself for signals that you might be engaging in biased behavior, using the words wrong/right, should of</li><li>Homework #3: Discuss a decision with 2 different people and give them opposite “outcomes” (Tell one it went really well, tell the other it went really poorly) to get clear sense of different sides of the coin</li></ul>
Jul 19, 2018
Why The Science of Trait Psychology May Just Predict Everything In Your Life with Dr. Brian R. Little
In this episode we go deep on the science of personality. We look at how we’ve moved way beyond the debate of nature vs nurture, we look at the “Myth of Authenticity" and the danger of “just being yourself,” we examine why human wellbeing (aka success) depends on the sustainable pursuit of core projects in our lives, explore the complex dance of self improvement between the limitation of biological, social factors and the identity of individuals, and look at how much agency and control we really have in shaping our personalities and lives among all of these different factors with our guest Dr. Brian Little.&nbsp;<ul><li>What is Trait Psychology?</li><li>Traits do have predictive validity</li><li>“The Big Five” personality model is the most dominant perspective in personality trait psychology</li><li>OCEAN<ul><li>Openness to experience</li><li>Conscientiousness</li><li>Extraversion</li><li>Agreeableness</li><li>Neuroticism&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>Honesty / humility is a sixth factor that may not be included in the “Big Five” model</li><li>These personality traits have consequential predictive ability for your life outcomes, happiness, marriage, success, divorce, etc</li><li>The trait of conscientiousness is a very good predictor of work place success but also predicts health outcomes, why is that?</li><li>Disagreeable people also have a health risk factor - low agreeableness shows an increased risk for heart disease</li><li>Openness-to-experience and conscietouness have different paths to success - but both can be successful predictors of positive life outcomes</li><li>The myth of the creative hero. The creative project is much more important than the illusion of the solo creative.</li><li>How changeable or immutable are our personality traits? Are we stuck with the personality we are born with?</li><li>Your trait expressions can be shaped not just by your biology but also by the things that really matter to you - by your own “personal projects”</li><li>If you constantly act out of character - you may eventually run the risk of burning out</li><li>The study of our traits gets us INTO the study of personality but not ALL THE WAY in</li><li>We’ve moved WAY beyond the nature vs nurture debate&nbsp;</li><li>Genetic expression is a matter of external influence than shapes the expression of genes</li><li>There is a biological “base” to our personality - but it’s a base that we can either act against or act in accordance with it</li><li>Self improvement is a dance between biological, social, and individual factors&nbsp;</li><li>Traits are a necessary way of understanding personality but they are not sufficient&nbsp;</li><li>We explore "The Bodnarian Aspects of Matt"</li><li>We are not just pawns - we can shape things and change the trajectory of our lives (within reasonable boundaries)</li><li>“Go for it” feels good - but its often a cheap way out - take a harder look and really look at the best path forward for yourself&nbsp;</li><li>Accepting and facing reality as it is - including your own limitations and weaknesses - is an essential component of success</li><li>Human wellbeing (“success”) depends on the sustainable pursuit of core projects in our lives.&nbsp;</li><li>Natural dispositions that we don’t borrow from our cultural scripts are the first line of influence that help shape what becomes the core projects in our lives</li><li>Out of the stew emerge biological shaped, but also socially influenced possible futures for yourself that are anchored in core projects&nbsp;</li><li>The sustainable pursuit of core projects is vital - the way in which we get them is</li><li>Homework: If you want to play outside your personality comfort zone, start with small uncomfortable changes and gradually build into more and more difficult situations&nbsp;</li><li>Homework: Conduct short term experiments, self change experiments, “fixed role explorations” and then monitor the impact that has on your personality and behavior</li></ul>
Jul 12, 2018
Self Help For Smart People - How You Can Spot Bad Science & Decode Scientific Studies with Dr. Brian Nosek
In this episode, we show how you can decode scientific studies and spot bad science by digging deep into the tools and skills you need to be an educated consumer of scientific information. Are you tired of seeing seemingly outrageous studies published in the news, only to see the exact opposite published a week later? What makes scientific research useful and valid? How can you, as a non-scientist, read and understand scientific information in a simple and straightforward way that can help you get closer to the truth - and apply those lessons to your life. We discuss this and much more with Dr. Brian Nosek.&nbsp;<br>Dr. Brian Nosek is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science and a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia. Brian led the reproducibility project which involved leading some 270 of his peers to reproduce 100 published psychology studies to see if they could reproduce the results. This work shed light on some of the publication bias in the science of psychology and much more.<ul><li>Does the science show that extrasensory perception is real?</li><li>Is there something wrong with the rules of the science or the way that we conduct science?</li><li>What makes academic research publishable is not the same thing as what makes academic research accurate<ul><li>Publication is the currency of advancement in science</li><li>Novel, positive, clean</li></ul></li><li>What does “Nulls Hypothesis significance testing” / P-Value less than .05 even mean?<ul><li>Less than 5% of the time would you observe this evidence if there was no relationship</li></ul></li><li>The incentives for scientific publishing often skew, even without conscious intent by scientists, towards only publishing studies that support their hypothesis and conclusions</li><li>The conclusions of many scientific studies may not be reproducible and may, in fact, be wrong&nbsp;</li><li>How the reasoning challenges and biases of human thinking skew scientific results and create false conclusions<ul><li>Confirmation bias</li><li>Outcome bias</li></ul></li><li>“The Reproducibility Project” in psychology<ul><li>Took a sample of 100 studies&nbsp;</li><li>Across those 100 studies - the evidence was able to be reproduced only 40% of the time</li><li>The effect size was 50% of what it was&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>What The Reproducibility Project spawned was not a conclusion, but a QUESTION</li><li>How do we as lay consumers determine if something is scientifically valid or not?</li><li>We discuss the basic keys to understanding, reading, and consuming scientific studies as a non-scientist and ask how do we determine the quality of evidence?<ul><li>Watch out for any DEFINITIVE conclusions</li><li>The sample size is very important, the larger the better</li><li>Aggregation of evidence is better - “hundreds of studies show"</li><li>Meta-studies / meta-analysis are important and typically more credible</li><li>Look up the original paper</li><li>Is there doubt expressed in the story/report about the data? (how could the evidence be wrong, what needs to be proven next, etc)</li></ul></li><li>Valid scientific research often isn’t newsworthy - it takes lots of time to reach valid scientific conclusions&nbsp;</li><li>It’s not just about the OUTCOME of a scientific study - the confidence in those outcomes is dependent on the PROCESS&nbsp;</li><li>Where do we go from here as both individuals and scientists? How can we do better?<ul><li>Transparency is key</li><li>Preregistration - commit to a design</li></ul></li><li>The powerful tool of “pre-registration” and how you can use it to improve your own thinking and decision-making</li><li>Homework - deliberately seek out people who disagree with you, build a “team of rivals"</li></ul>
Jul 05, 2018
Real Life Inception – From Bank Robbery to Neuroscience with Dr. Moran Cerf
In this episode we discuss real life inception with a former bank robber turned neuroscientist. Is it possible to plant ideas in your head? Are your memories an accurate reflection of past reality? Can you change and mold your memories to be different? We open the door on human irrationality and explore why and how we make bad decisions, and what you can do to make small changes that will create a big impact in your life and much more with our guest Moran Cerf.&nbsp;<ul><li>How Moran went from an accomplished bank robber to a prominent neuroscientist</li><li>Most times in life we tell our story backwards to make sense of the past</li><li>Are people rational actors who make decisions in their own best interest?</li><li>Humans are not rational actors - they often make irrational choices</li><li>Behavioral economics opened the door to explaining human irrationality - but neuroscientists were necessary to truly explain WHY these mistakes were happening</li><li>Irrational behavior - why it works - and how we can change it&nbsp;</li><li>Is losing a $10 movie ticket the same as losing $10? In case of most people’s behavior - almost certainly not.&nbsp;</li><li>&nbsp;Your memories are not a reliable reflection of reality or your past - despite the fact that you think they are&nbsp;</li><li>“Don’t believe everything you think"</li><li>Real Life Inception - Planting Ideas In Your Brain, re-shaping your memories</li><li>How neuroscientists use magicians and slight of hand to demonstrate our ability to rationalize and explain our decisions</li><li>If you make a small positive step, the brain will start to build pillars of support to underpin that new behavior</li><li>How does neuroplasticity impact our brains ability to change adapt and transform our beliefs and memories</li><li>Your memories are never fixed - they aren’t sitting in a vault, perfect, unchanged. Your memories are changed and modified every time you remember them and pull them back.&nbsp;</li><li>Ever time you use a memory, you change it a little bit - over time we change memories greatly - we can remember things that never existed and forget what truly happened</li><li>This is how the brain deals with trauma and negative experience</li><li>Even when you’re sleeping your brain rehearses, loads, and engages with your memories.</li><li>Bringing up and talking through negative memories physically reshapes those memories in your brain</li><li>You think you are very unique - in terms of your brain - but we are very similar and fall into predictable behavioral patterns and biases&nbsp;</li><li>We often think our decisions are our own - but in reality they are often influenced by biases, the environment, and many things beyond our control.&nbsp;</li><li>We are discovering that more and more of our brain is not really under our control.&nbsp;</li><li>Subtle shifts in your environment change how you respond to things.&nbsp;</li><li>“Embodied cognition” shows that many things are happening to us, that we don’t have full control over&nbsp;</li><li>If you have a name for something you can think about it, if you can think about it you can control it<ul><li>Coding things is huge as well (what was the temparture, your mood, hunger level etc when you made decisions)</li></ul></li><li>Just by listening to this episode you’re improving your ability to think more effectively and make better decisions!&nbsp;</li><li>How can we take these lessons of neuroscience and apply them to make ourselves smarter and better decision makers?</li><li>Planting computer chips into your brain - and teaching your brain how to read and interact with them.&nbsp;</li><li>Homework - surround yourself with people who are doing what you want to do&nbsp;<ul><li>Think about what you want</li><li>Find people who have it&nbsp;</li><li>Spend time with them and in their proximity</li></ul></li></ul>
Jun 28, 2018
The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing with Daniel Pink
In this episode we discuss the secrets of perfect timing. Is there really a science to timing the most important things in life? Is it possible that something as simple as time of day could impact the effectiveness of doctors and other medical experts? Can you align your day to be more effective just by changing the time that you do certain activities? We dig into these questions and much more as we explore the truth about the power of time - with Dan Pink.<br>Dan Pink is the New York Times bestselling author of multiple award winning books including his most recent work <em>When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.</em> Dan has been named one of Thinkers 50’s top 15 business thinkers in the world. His TED talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED talks of all time and his work has been featured across the globe.<ul><li>Is timing an art or a science?</li><li>The science of timing is multi-disciplinary challenge</li><li>The power of multi-disciplinary thinking and how thinking between and beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines gives us the more coherent picture of reality</li><li>We don’t take WHEN as seriously as WHAT</li><li>Science say about constructing better daily architectures?</li><li>The three major day parts - Peak / Trough / Recovery&nbsp;</li><li>How we should think about aligning our day around each of these periods</li><li>Our “vigilance” peaks in the morning</li><li>Align Analytic, Administrative, Creative&nbsp;</li><li>We see the same patterns across different domains of life</li><li>All times of day are not created equal&nbsp;</li><li>The performance gap is pretty astounding&nbsp;</li><li>Why you should never go to the doctors office in the afternoon</li><li>“The Science of Breaks” is proving to be really powerful&nbsp;</li><li>The science of “breaks” is where the science of sleep was 15 years ago</li><li>“Breaks are for wimps, breaks are a sign of weakness” - this is totally wrong</li><li>Professionals take breaks, amateurs don't</li><li>The three “chronotypes” - the field of chronobiology&nbsp;<ul><li>Morning people - “larks</li><li>Evening people - “owls"</li><li>Intermediate people - “third birds"</li></ul></li><li>“The Munich Chronotype Questionnaire"</li><li>Does fasting raise your energy levels throughout the day?</li><li>Does caffeine positively or negatively our energy flow throughout the day?</li><li>Take a cup of coffee and then a short nap - will energize you tremendously&nbsp;</li><li>Our lives are a series of episodes, not a clear linear progression</li><li>Life is full of Beginnings, Middles, and Ends - and each affects us differently&nbsp;</li><li>Middles can bring us up or bring us down</li><li>Mid points are often invisible to us</li><li>Homework: Make a “break list"<ul><li>A small break is better than no break at all</li><li>Moving is better than not moving</li><li>Social is better than solo</li><li>Best breaks are FULLY detached</li></ul></li><li>Homework: Track your daily behavior&nbsp;<ul><li>Set an alarm every 45min to an hour</li><li>How do I feel right now 1-10</li><li>How am I worked right now 1-10?</li><li>Chart those answers over time for a week or two</li></ul></li><li>Homework: Observe your own behavior and conduct small experiments - A/B Test on yourself</li></ul>
Jun 21, 2018
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Willpower & Grit - The Science of Long-Term Success with Dr. David DeSteno
In this episode, we discuss why the way we think about grit and willpower is fundamentally wrong. Self-control is one of the most research-validated strategies for long-term success - but the way we think about cultivating is fundamentally wrong. Emotions don’t get in the way of self-control - they are actually the path forward to sustainable and renewable willpower. How do we develop the emotions that underpin grit, self-control, and achievement? We dig into that and much more with our guest Dr. David DeSteno.&nbsp;<br>Dr. David DeSteno is an author and professor of psychology at North-Eastern University where he directs the Social Emotions Group. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more!<ul><li>What do Marshmallows have to do with success?</li><li>What do Buddhist monks and hot sauce have to do with the most effective strategies for succeeding over the long term?</li><li>Lower debt, lower addictive behavior, better SAT scores, and higher overall life success can be predicted by the ability to resist temptation and delay gratification</li><li>There’s NO DOUBT that delayed gratification/resisting temptation is highly correlated with success&nbsp;</li><li>The real question is - what’s the best way to create self-control. Does willpower actually work? Do our emotions get in the way of self-control?</li><li>Self-control didn’t evolve so that we could save money for retirement or complete Whole 30. It evolved to help us develop strong relationships</li><li>What are the mechanisms that create fairness and good character? Positive emotions.&nbsp;</li><li>Rather than being a roadblock to self-control, emotions may actually be the best way to develop self-control</li><li>Revisiting the marshmallow test for adults - and determining what really works to help adults develop self-control&nbsp;</li><li>The three emotions of developing self-control<ul><li>Gratitude</li><li>Compassion</li><li>Pride</li></ul></li><li>People who have more of these pro-social emotions (gratitude, compassion, and pride) persevere 40% longer than someone who doesn't.&nbsp;</li><li>Most successful teams at organizations like Google are predicated on empathy and compassion, not technical skill.&nbsp;</li><li>These emotions seem to form “pushing vs pulling” - more sustainable and powerful strategy of self-control&nbsp;</li><li>The pro-social emotions are “the font of virtue” - you don’t have to struggle and remind yourself, they naturally create more self-control</li><li>53% of Americans feel lonely in their work lives. Loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking.&nbsp;</li><li>Pro social emotions not only give you “grit” - they give you “grace” - and the ability to invest in others and to help them.&nbsp;</li><li>Resume virtues vs eulogy virtues - what are they and how do we balance them?</li><li>Should you be a jerk or should you be nice in order to succeed?</li><li>Self-control is double sided - it's about both controlling negative impulses (anger, etc) and making positive long-term choices (eat healthily, save money, etc)</li><li>Meditation does not tamp down your negative responses, it prevents them from arising in the first place</li><li>Key strategies for cultivating pro-social emotions<ul><li>Gratitude practices</li><li>Meditation</li><li>Perspective taking exercises</li><li>Self-compassion</li></ul></li><li>Why Pride? Is that really a positive and pro-social emotion?</li><li>People will work 40% longer when they feel “proud” of the work they are doing</li><li>Emotionally based strategies for self-control are more robust and sustainable</li><li>Homework: Choose your emotion and pick a weekly practice to start implementing it<ul><li>Gratitude</li><li>Meditation</li><li>Compassion</li></ul></li></ul>
Jun 14, 2018
This Is How You Create Life Changing Moments Starting Right Now with Dan Heath
In this episode we explore the power of moments in our lives. Moments are the way we remember our lives, they define us, and yet we don’t have a coherent way of thinking about and understanding them. Can you engineer the defining moments of your life? Can you create more moments that are powerful and impactful? We discuss that and much more with our guest Dan Heath. <br>Dan Heath is a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s CASE Center where he founded the Change Academy. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and is the co-author of several New York Times best sellers. Their book <em>Switch</em> was named one of the best nonfiction books of the year and spent almost an entire year on the bestseller list.<ul><li>The power of moments - why did Chip and Dan decide to study the defining moments in our lives?</li><li>Are there patterns that link the defining moments of our lives?</li><li>The four elements of defining moments?<ul><li>Elevation - the high points</li><li>Insight - in an instant your view of the world shifts</li><li>Pride - times when are at our best, when we’re recognized for what we’re capable of</li><li>Connection - when we deepen our ties to other people - either individual or groups</li></ul></li><li>Struggle, especially with a group, can create deep connections</li><li>If you look at powerful moments, they tend to be composed of these four elements</li><li>You can flip that around and make it practical - if you want to create better experiences in your own life - these are the ingredients of HOW to do that</li><li>We don’t remember our own experiences&nbsp;</li><li>What’s so special about the The Magic Castle Hotel in LA?</li><li>What’s the secret behind the second highest rated hotel in Los Angeles?<ul><li>Ahead of the Ritz Carlton</li><li>Ahead of the Four Seasons</li></ul></li><li>Moments have power. Great experiences hinge on peak moments&nbsp;</li><li>The academic research on memory and how that shapes the power of moments</li><li>“Duration neglect”&nbsp;</li><li>There are two kinds of moments that we disproportionately recall - the Peak and the End</li><li>We are in the business of creating great experiences for people. If you get the Peaks right - you can create a great experience.</li><li>The power of things that are obvious in retrospect</li><li><strong>“Moments are the medium of memories” - and yet we don’t live in a way that’s intentional around creating more moments</strong></li><li>Inconveniencing yourself to create a powerful moment is worth it - you will remember the powerful moment but not the inconvenience&nbsp;</li><li>“We feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not"</li><li>What can we do to create more dramatic and memorable moments in our life?</li><li>“The Saturday surprise” - how you can break your script and create novelty in your life.&nbsp;</li><li>Sometimes you need to resist your routines</li><li>When you start thinking in moments you start spotting all kinds of strange phenomenon in your life</li><li>Fixing problems doesn’t make people happy</li><li>How do set about creating peak moments for ourselves (and others)?</li><li>Peaks, ends, and transition points are disproportionately memorable for people</li><li>We can be the authors of amazing moments in our lives</li><li>Powerful insights come with speed and force - in the flash of moment</li><li>How change happens:<ul><li>People see something</li><li>That makes them feel something</li><li>That makes them CHANGE sometime</li></ul></li><li>How can creating new rituals help us manufacture transition points in our lives that become powerful moments?</li><li>“The Fresh Start Effect”</li><li>The power of forgiving yourself for falling short and cleaning the ledger, starting fresh.&nbsp;</li></ul>
Jun 07, 2018
This Is What Will Make You Finally Take Action - How To Bridge The Learning Doing Gap with Peter Shallard
In this episode, we take a look at the biggest failure of The Science of Success and what we can do about it. We examine the three types of people in the world and how they go about approaching their own development and achieving their goals. Peter and Matt dig into accountability, the impact it’s personally had on Matt and his businesses, and how you can build accountability in your own life <strong>with Matt himself</strong>. Finally, we examine the gap between learning and doing that prevents most people from ever actually applying what they’ve learned.&nbsp;<br>Known as “The Shrink for Entrepreneurs” - Peter is a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade, he works with entrepreneurs from around the globe to help them master the psychology of reaching their goals of success faster, better, and with a bigger impact.<ul><li>Matt has failed, failed you, failed his listeners.&nbsp;</li><li>Matt shares his personal struggle with moving from learning to doing and actually applying everything he learns. &nbsp;</li><li>The three types of people and how they go through life…which are you?<ul><li>Close eyed and on autopilot - These people typically have a closed mindset and are not ambitious about achieving their goals.&nbsp;</li><li>Learners - These people are curious and passionate about the world and their goals. Typically these types have a growth mindset.</li><li>High Leverage Action Takers - There are not many. They concretely apply these learnings in their lives and execute every day.&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li>Are some people just born in group 3? Born High Leverage?</li><li>If you want to become high leverage and level 3 then you cannot do it alone. It’s not possible.</li><li>The importance of having Accountability</li><li>The Science Behind Accountability and what makes it so powerful.&nbsp;</li><li>How Peter and Matt formed strategies for accountability and executing on Matt’s most important projects.&nbsp;</li><li>It’s up to you to take the action, but group accountability will get you there.&nbsp;</li><li>We take a deep dive into Matt’s past both accomplishments and failures.&nbsp;</li><li>Learn the history behind the beginnings of The Science of Success.&nbsp;</li><li>Matt’s first experience learning outside of a classroom and actually applying that knowledge for results in the real world.&nbsp;</li><li>Matt’s list of his personal favorite influencers and thought leaders.&nbsp;</li><li>The PERIL of the learning-doing gap. What is it? Are you in it? And how can we get our of this spiral?<ul><li>Are you stuck in the “bat-cave of learning?"</li><li>Do you have a huge sense of what you’re capable and know you have potential… but never actually realize it?</li><li>What evidence do you have for your own growth?</li></ul></li><li>How to move from intellectual learning mode to high energy doing mode.</li><li>Matt’s unknown “selfish" reasons for starting The Science of Success.&nbsp;</li><li>What you need to do after every episode of The Science of Success from this day forward.&nbsp;</li><li>There is an aspect of development that simply cannot be taught, it must be experienced.&nbsp;</li><li>The studies and research showing that conscientiousness is a learnable skill and can be a predictor of success.&nbsp;</li><li>This IS NOT about doing more stuff. It’s about doing the right things that require courage and discipline.&nbsp;</li><li>How isolation affects your productivity due to your mammalian brain.&nbsp;</li><li>Technology is robbing us of that “paleo” accountability that would normally flourish.&nbsp;</li><li>Do you have accountability - These questions will tell you!</li><li>Is it even possible to hold oneself accountable?</li><li>Unveiling of The Science Of Action!</li></ul>
May 31, 2018
Essentialism - Get the Mental Clarity to Pursue What Actually Matters with Greg McKeown
In this episode we look at the real strategy for producing breakthrough results, high contribution and personally satisfying work .The last time someone asked you how you were doing - did you answer “Busy?” Then this episode is for you. We explore why smart, capable people end up plateauing and failing. We examine the culture of busyness that has overtaken us and examine how to avoid the traps of getting overwhelmed and focusing on the wrong things. We share strategies for determining what’s important, eliminating the non-essential, and making execution effortless with our guest Greg McKeown. <br><br>Greg McKeown is an international keynote speaker and the bestselling author of <em>Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less</em>. Greg has spoek at events around the world including SXSW and interviewing Al Gore at the World Economic Forum, where he serves as a Young Global Leader. Greg has worked with some of the largest and well known companies in the world and his work has been featured on Fox, NPR, NBC, and praised by many more.<ul><li>How do smart, capable people end up plateauing and failing?</li><li>Success breeds options and opportunities, which can eventually undermine success</li><li>Success can actually be a catalyst for failure via "the undisciplined pursuit of more"</li><li>You have to become “successful at success,” success itself must be managed if we are to get to the next level</li><li>Essentialism is a continually process and a disciplined pursuit of less</li><li>The three key strategies of essentialism are:<ul><li>Explore what’s essential</li><li>Eliminate the non-essential</li><li>Make Execution as effortless as possible</li></ul></li><li>The forces of success are such that they tend to naturally push us away from that process of focusing on the essential</li><li>Our old responses are necessary but not sufficient to the challenge of focusing on the essential</li><li>Do you ever feel busy but not productive?</li><li>Do you ever feel like your life is being hijacked by other people’s agendas?</li><li>It’s not just about eliminating the time wasters, but also eliminating the good opportunities too</li><li>We have to shift more deliberately than we have, more deliberately than we think we need to.&nbsp;</li><li>We must become FAR more selective in what we go after</li><li>Does this sound familiar: How are you? “Busy"</li><li>What does the science say about being productive?</li><li>The second most highly correlated item that distinguishes TOP PERFORMERS from good performers - is the number of hours of sleep</li><li>It’s not about doing more thing's its doing more of the RIGHT THINGS</li><li>“First less, then obsess"</li><li>The essentialist mindset can help both your personal and your professional life</li><li>The idea is not called “no-ism”&nbsp; - the key is to figure out what IS essential - what’s the most important thing we could be doing - and then DO THAT</li><li>The most graceful no is actually saying YES to something that’s more important. Yes to a bigger and more important opportunity. &nbsp;</li><li>How do you say no gracefully? How do you overcome the discomfort of telling people (especially your boss) NO?</li><li>Are you falling prey to "Bertolt-Becht Thinking”? (and why that might be dangerous)</li><li>What will matter when I’m no longer in the picture?</li><li>This is what we need to do in order to not waste our lives&nbsp;</li><li>Self actualization is not the same as self transcendence - and why that distinction is essential (no pun intended) to understand&nbsp;</li><li>"Reducing oneself to zero"</li><li>"Humility and simple truth is more powerful than empire"</li><li>How to cultivate a self-transcendent perspective</li><li>The most important thing to do is to figure out the most important thing to do is and to do it</li><li>Homework - begin a daily reflection a journal - even just one sentence a day</li></ul>
May 24, 2018
Five Things You Never Knew About Building Real Self Esteem with Dr. David Lieberman
In this episode we discuss how to build self control and self esteem. We look at what happens when you lose control - and how to develop the strategies so that you can feel calm and collected in tough situations. We discuss the importance of having an “allegiance to reality,” share concrete strategies for building self esteem, discuss the relationship between pain and fulfillment - and discuss how you can never get angry again with our guest Dr. David Lieberman.<br>Dr. David Lieberman is a New York Times bestselling author and expert in the fields of human behavior and interpersonal relationships. His most recent work <em>Never Get Angry Again</em> dives into the science behind our emotions and how we can stay calm in any situation. His work has been featured on ABC, The Today Show, NPR, Entrepreneur and more.<ul><li>Why do people get angry? What’s at the root of anger?</li><li>At the core of anger is a feeling of vulnerability</li><li>When we become angry the brain releases a number of neurotransmitters and hormones - and it gives us the illusion of feeling in control</li><li>As our self esteem erodes, we like ourselves less, we get angrier</li><li>The degree that we don’t like ourselves, the more we need other people to validate us, engaging the ego</li><li>When someone is angry - it's about them, its not about you</li><li>The core of anger is fear and a fear of losing control</li><li>&nbsp;Anger creates the illusion of control</li><li>People with low self esteem are often the most controlling people - because they need to be able to influence things around them, because they feel like they don’t have control of themselves</li><li>Self control is at the CORE of self esteem. If you can control your own behavior, you begin to build self esteem.</li><li>How do you build self esteem?<ul><li>Recognize that you’re in pain. Acknowledge and accept that.&nbsp;</li><li>Allegiance to reality at all costs. Don’t pretend that it doesn’t exist.&nbsp;</li><li>Self compassion, not self pity. Don’t beat yourself up more.&nbsp;</li><li>With self love, you begin to grow out of pain.&nbsp;</li><li>Reconnect with who you are. What are you living for?</li></ul></li><li>Living being driven by the ego - causes pain and suffering</li><li>Slow simple progress, moving step by step out of darkness will begin to fuel self esteem&nbsp;</li><li>The entire trajectory of our lives can be shaped by our ego<ul><li>Focusing on achieving to win the praise and approval of other people</li></ul></li><li>Questions to break through the ego and understand what really matters to you:<ul><li>What would I do if I had all the money I needed?</li><li>What would I do if I felt that I couldn't fail?</li><li>What would I do if I was unconditionally loved?</li></ul></li><li>Neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them, and psychiatrists charge rent</li><li>The beginning of mental health is when you face yourself.&nbsp;</li><li>Ask yourself: Where have I been trying to ignore a reality?</li><li>By ignoring a problem, you end up compounding it and feeling worse and worse about yourself.&nbsp;</li><li>"Blame mode" conflicts with "solution mode".&nbsp;</li><li>We live in culture that fosters the idea of not accepting responsibility and blaming other people</li><li>The way to gain self esteem is to ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY&nbsp;</li><li>“The lottery curse” - what is it?</li><li>Money, intelligence, life experience have no bearing on happiness - just the QUALITY OF OUR CHOICES</li><li>The power of decision is the power to change your life.</li><li>Painful experiences ultimately help create meaning in our lives</li><li>Jill Bolte Taylor "90 Second Rule"</li></ul>
May 17, 2018
Being Busy vs. Creating Results - What Are You Doing? with Jake Knapp
In this episode we discuss what happens when you mistake being busy with creating results, we take a hard look at time management and examine concrete strategies for carving out more time, we look at the dangerous power of “defaults” in shaping our behavior and how we can use them to our advantage, and examine how to have a healthy relationship with our inbox with our guest Jake Knapp.&nbsp;<br><br>Jake is the New York Times bestselling author of Sprint. He spent ten years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint process and ran it over 150 times with companies like Nest, Slack, 23andMe, and Flatiron Health. Previously, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta, and his work has been featured in Tech Crunch, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and more.<ul><li>Jake’s own battle and journey with time, time management, and figuring out how to make the most of his time, effort, and energy to create more results&nbsp;</li><li>Lessons from a “time dork” who has spent time in the trenches thinking about how to best spend your time</li><li>We spend a lot of our time in the world of “defaults” - with our technology platforms</li><li>The “busy bandwagon” - the cultural norm of wanting to be and appear that you’re busy</li><li>Deleting instagram, facebook, twitter and more from his phone helped Jake be more present&nbsp;</li><li>What happens when you mistake being busy with creating results</li><li>If you're caught up in the minutiae of life - what can you do to step back and get clarity on priorities and what’s really important in your life?</li><li>There’s no secret solution for everyone - it’s about trying strategies to see what works for you - and constantly engaging in contemplative analysis of what’s important&nbsp;</li><li>A “burner list” strategy you can use to organize your todo list&nbsp;</li><li>We’re not super human and we don’t want to be - many of us wouldn’t be happy with the life of Elon Musk</li><li>Think about the space between a TASK and a GOAL - clear 60-90 minutes to really dive in and create results on your most important item on your ToDo list</li><li>You don’t need to be busier to create the results you want - its about taking control of what you’re doing</li><li>“Someday” goals can become realities if you prioritize correctly and break them into executable chunks&nbsp;</li><li>If you’re not taking steps toward your goals, they effectively don’t exist</li><li>The importance of creating a meaningful connection to your goals - to create motivation in the near term</li><li>You have the ability to “recover time” in your day by spending less time in a reactive state</li><li>As one of the early pioneers of email, spending his time help building gmail app and much more - Jake has some strong insights into how we can have a healthy relationship with our inboxes&nbsp;</li><li>The difficulty of saying no - and how we can do a better job of it</li><li>Get out saying yes/no to commitments in person, defer and come back later when you’ve had time to think about it</li><li>Saying yes to something is a great way to kill your own priorities. They are like barnacles on the hull of your ship</li><li>Trying to construct situations where a team can make really good decisions using the Design Sprint process&nbsp;</li><li>Lessons from constructing environments to help people make better decisions</li><li>The design sprint process and how it helps teams work together and make great decisions<br><br><ul><li>Making sure that you’re considering opinionated / conflicting solutions to, and creating an environment where it’s healthy to have disagreement&nbsp;<br><br></li><li>Anonymous disagreement on paper<br><br></li></ul></li><li>Homework - Lightning Decision Jam&nbsp;</li><li>Homework - What is your distraction kryptonite?<br><br></li></ul>
May 15, 2018
Profound Insights In Brain Science Revealed During A Stroke? with Dr. Jill Taylor
In this episode, we explore the brain. Are the two halves of the brain really that different? What is the idea of whole brain thinking? How do you get your brain to do what you want it to do? Can we become more “right brained” or “left brained” if we want to? And we also dig into the personal story of our guest - a neuroanatomist who suffered from a devastating stroke - and how the experience transformed her worldview - with our guest Dr. Jill Taylor.&nbsp;<br><br>Dr. Jill Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist. She is the bestselling author of her memoir My Stroke Of Insight which recounts her experience and recovery after a severe stroke, which left her unable to walk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Here iconic TED talk has been viewed over 22 million times and her work has been featured all over the globe from Oprah to the New York Times and more.<br><br><ul><li>Are the two halves of the brain really completely disconnected?</li><li>The right hemisphere and the left hemisphere process the world completely differently&nbsp;</li><li>Whole brain thinking - how to think about yourself and the world in a holistic way by integrating both hemispheres into your thinking process&nbsp;</li><li>The different hemispheres have different value structures and ways of perceiving the world&nbsp;</li><li>Every ability we have is a result of brain cells that perform that function - if those cells go away, we lose that function</li><li>The more you practice/use a group of cells in the brain, the more automatically those cellular networks run - that’s true for an athlete training, and it's also true for how we think and act in the world&nbsp;</li><li>Whatever cells we exercise become dominant, and those begin to shape our thinking and action</li><li>Is it true that people can be more left brained or right brained?</li><li>How you can engage processing in the hemisphere that you are less dominant in</li><li>How do you get your brain to do you want it to do?<br><br><ul><li>Self-awareness is a KEY component and the first step&nbsp;<br><br></li><li>Get an understanding of how much time you’re spending with each brain hemisphere being dominant<br><br></li><li>Do your brain hemisphere’s get along?<br><br></li></ul></li><li>Each of your own cognitive minds (left and right hemisphere) have their own emotional limbic systems</li><li>What should someone do if they don’t feel like they have the power or don’t understand how to CHOOSE which hemisphere to engage?</li><li>Look at your own patterning and begin understanding how you react to given situations</li><li>How do shape your reactions to negative emotional experiences</li><li>The importance of observing your emotions instead of engaging in them - the simple fact that you’re alive and capable of having an experience of the negative experience is a powerful thing&nbsp;</li><li>Why is not the question its the WOW</li><li>We all get caught up in the oh my gosh, I'm so important - when really we are just stardust</li><li>The incredible story of how Dr. Taylor’s own stroke was a profound experience</li><li>The experience of being one with everything that came from Dr. Taylor’s stroke</li><li>Mindfulness research shows that certain thought patterns can transform and change our brain circuitry&nbsp;</li><li>Is the idea that we are separate from everything else a controlled illusion maintained by the brain?</li><li>The profound lessons that come from having your entire left hemisphere shut down</li><li>What is neuroplasticity? Is it possible to change our brain?</li><li>Neuroplasticity is a fundamental property of the neurological system</li><li>Homework “pay attention to what’s inside of your head"</li></ul>
May 15, 2018
The Mysteries of Consciousness Explained & Explored with Neuroscientist Dr. Anil Seth
In this episode, we go deep into a scientific look at consciousness. We ask, how do our brains experience reality? What is consciousness? Is our perception of reality nothing more than a “controlled hallucination?” What is the “hard problem of consciousness” and what are the major aspects of consciousness? How can we use the neuroscience of consciousness to better ourselves and improve our lives? And much more with our guest Anil Seth.&nbsp;<br><br>Anil Seth is the professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. He is the co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, the editor in chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness, and was the President of the British Science Association for psychology in 2017. His TED talk has been viewed over 2.5 million times and his work featured in The Guardian, the BBC, New Scientist, and more!<br><br><ul><li>How does our brain experience reality?</li><li>Consciousness is a funny thing - we don’t have a good definition of it, but everyone knows what consciousness is&nbsp;</li><li>There is a subjective experience of consciousness for being human</li><li>The questions of consciousness are some of the most important and urgent questions we can ask</li><li>What is the “hard problem of consciousness?” and why is it so important?</li><li>What are the problems of consciousness?<br><br><ul><li>The easy problem is figuring out how brains do what they do, how they implement functions, guide behavior, allow the world to be sensed, how the brain works as a mechanism - this will keep neuroscientists and biologists busy for a long time<br><br></li><li>The hard problem is explaining how and why any of this should have anything to do with conscious experience and why conscious experiences happen<br><br></li></ul></li><li>However detailed your understanding of the brain is - it will leave untouched the question of how/why consciousness exists in the first place&nbsp;</li><li>The three major aspects of consciousness (they inter-related and not necessarily independent)<br><br><ul><li>Conscious level - a scale from being completely lacking in consciousness (a coma, dead) all the way to being fully awake and fully conscious<br><br></li><li>Conscious content - when you’re conscious you’re conscious OF something<br><br></li><li>The experience of being a particular person<br><br></li></ul></li><li>When we perceive things, our brain is taking energy waves and electrical signals and interpreting them into prior predictions and expectations</li><li>Optical illusions really demonstrate how adapted our visual system is</li><li>Informed skepticism is an incredibly valuable thinking framework - the scientific method and a healthy dose of humility help us move towards truth</li><li>How Anil’s own battle with negative emotions and negative emotional states has been shaped by the work he does in neuroscience</li><li>What interventions have helped Anil battle his own depression?<br><br><ul><li>Going for a long walk in the country<br><br></li><li>Exercise<br><br></li><li>Fresh Air<br><br></li><li>Nature<br><br></li><li>When you’re in the thick of it - you forget these interventions work, but they DO work<br><br></li><li>Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps Anil as well<br><br></li></ul></li><li>You aren’t defined by your own suffering - does having the Flu define you as a person? Why should a psychological issue?<br><br></li></ul>
May 15, 2018
Using Science to Create the Perfect Day with Caroline Webb
In this episode, we look at how to use insights from behavioral science to improve your life. We look at what it means to have a “good day” and figure out how to reverse engineer more good days, by examining decision making, the power of rest and recovery, intention setting, setting boundaries, and much more with our guest Caroline Webb.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Caroline Webb is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that uses insights from behavioral science to improve their client’s working lives. She was previously a partner at McKinsey consulting and is the best selling author of How To Have A Good Day, which has been published in 16 languages in more than 60 countries. Her work has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Fortune, and much more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;What does it mean to have a good day? What does that have to do with the science of improving your life?<br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;What is a bad day? what is a good day?<br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;3 Core things about having a good day<br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;Working on your priorities<br><br></li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;Feeling that you’re producing great work<br><br></li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;Can it be repeated?<br><br></li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;What is the science behind what actually allows people and organizations to change?<br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;The two system brain - there are two systems that interact in the brain, as Kahneman called them System 1 and System 2.&nbsp;<br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;“System 2” - the slow system, our conscious experience, deliberate thinking mind, but it moves slowly and can only process information slowly and clunkily&nbsp;<br><br></li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;“System 1” - the automatic system - our subconscious mind, immense processing power, but it often takes shortcuts&nbsp;<br><br></li></ul></li><li><br>&nbsp;How do we create the conditions for our deliberate system to be as successful as possible?<br><br></li><li><br>&nbsp;Breaks are not for wimps, breaks are crucial opportunities to reboot your deliberate system and improve your thinking and decision-making</li></ul><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;Frequent, short breaks enormously enhance your mental ability&nbsp;</li></ul><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;Short cardio activity will boost your focus and mood materially</li></ul><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;When we are resting, we encode and consolidate information - and often create new insight<br><br></li><li><br>&nbsp;When you “single task” you work about 30% faster than someone who is multi-tasking - every time your attention switches, there is a cost in time and processing power</li></ul><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;Why saying "ABCDEFG 1234567” is so much easier than saying "A1, B2, C3, D4, E5, F6, G7”</li></ul><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;What’s the most important thing you’re doing today and how can you get yourself to single task on that?</li></ul><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;Willpower is not the way to create big changes in your life, it's about changing your environment<br><br></li><li><br>&nbsp;Nudges vs Sludges - how to shift your environment to create behavioral change</li></ul><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;Your brain is constantly filtering out a huge amount of information - and whatever is top of mind for you filter your reality</li></ul><br><ul><li><br>&nbsp;The hard science of setting your intentions - set what attitude you want to have, what your aim is, what your assumptions are, etc - setting intentions can have a material impact on your behavior<br><br></li></ul>
Apr 19, 2018
Effortlessly Remember Anything – Lessons From A Grandmaster of Memory with Kevin Horsley
In this episode we learn the memory tactics and strategies of an International Grandmaster of Memory, we look at why there is no such thing as a bad memory or a good memory - only bad memory strategies and good memory strategies, in real time we build a memory palace that you can use to memorize and effortlessly recall the ten emotions of power, go deep into the system for organizing and remembering huge chunks of information and much more with our guest Kevin Horsley.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Kevin Horsley is an International Grandmaster of Memory, and was one of the first five people in the world to obtain this title. Kevin is also the World Record Holder for the matrix memorization of 10,000 digits of Pi. He is also the bestselling author of several books on memory and his work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Times, Forbes, Inc. and many more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Kevin went from severe dyslexia, almost being diagnosed with brain damage, to becoming a world record holder in memory&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You can never be more than your definition of yourself, you have to question your labels as they aren’t often the absolute truth</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There is no such thing as a good memory or a bad memory - there are only good memory strategies or bad memory strategies</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Auditory memory is always sequential - improving your spacial/visual memory allows you to move seamlessly through information&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The best way to get your brain engaged is to imagine content and connect it to something you know&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There are 3 keys to developing a super memory</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>A place</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>A unique image</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Glue them together</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>“PUG”&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Place (long-term memory)</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Unique Image</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Glue</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We build a memory palace on your body to memorize the 10 emotions of power from Tony Robbins</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Long-term memory + short-term memory = medium-term memory</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Using google maps and tourist attractions to remember anything by exploring and planting memories anywhere on earth</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>&nbsp;There’s no real limit to what you can do with your mind - the only real limit is time&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“The more you know, the easier it is to know more”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We have a phenomenal brain and aren’t using all of its potential&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Do you need to know something for Just in Time or Just In Case?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power and importance of periodic review to encode information for the long-term</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Just in case information - using a system of Evernote + Todoist to store and review information</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Book strategy:&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Get the book - first do an overview of the book, look at the table of contents, make predictions what is the book about, what do you know about (active knowledge networks), once he’s overviewed the book, he does a preview of the book - what specifically do you want to know from this book?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Lay the book contents out on a memory journey with the key principles ideas - what is the key content - put it on a journey&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Put a little note - you put a specific information</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><ul><li>You need to work on these ideas and get the key fundamentals - it’s like driving. You have to train yourself and improve and grow.&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Kevin spends 1 hour a day on new content, 1 hour a day on review. Discipline is a key to this</li></ul>
Apr 12, 2018
Your Ultimate Guide to Performing Under Pressure and Unleashing Confidence - Dr. Michael Gervais is BACK
In this episode we go deep into the high performance habits of the worlds top performers, look at the only place confidence truly comes from, dig into why we struggle to perform when the pressure is on, examine the habits, routines, and strategies the world’s absolute best use to perform at their peak, and much more with our guest Dr. Michael Gervais.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Michael Gervais is a high performance psychologist who has worked with some of the world’s top performers including the Seattle Seahawks, Felix Baumgartner (The Red Bull Athlete Who Completed the Stratosphere Jump) Olympians, musicians, and champions! His work has been featured on ESPN, CNN, The New York Times, and much more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>We love to put some of the world’s top performers on a pedestal - but there are extraordinary things that take place every day that aren’t capture on the cameras&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Are extraordinary performers born that way? No.</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why do we struggle to perform “when the lights are on”/ “when there is pressure”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Top performers have fundamentally organized their lives around growth and improvement</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What does it mean to have your life organized around performance and growth?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There are only 3 things we can train</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>We can train our body</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>We can train our craft</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>We can train our minds</li></ul></li><li><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When we look at the best in the world across domains - they are more similar to each other than dissimilar&nbsp;</li></ul><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Relentless dedication to building and refining their craft</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Relentless dedication to building the right body / carriage&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Ability to adapt and be strong from a mental perspective</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><ul><li>Provide opportunities to stress the system (mind &amp; body) and to recover the system&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Feedback loops are both internal and external&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The importance of having consequences - both natural/physical consequences and man made consequences</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Lessons from working with coach Pete Carroll from the Seattle Seahawks&nbsp;</li></ul><br><ul><li>Ask yourself: Who in your life helps you be better and what are the characteristics of those people?</li></ul><br><ul><li>Internal feedback loops</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>How am I doing? How does it feel? Am I executing at the right level?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>What is going on in my body?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Being aware of the energy, tension in your body, your thoughts, etc&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><ul><li>External feedback loops - having people in your life who can help you get better</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>At any given time we can have our attention focused internally or externally - but we can’t spend too much time focused on the internal</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>To do extraordinary things in life - NOBODY does it alone. We need other people. You have to invest in the true connection with other people.&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The greatest wayfinders, when they set sail, they don’t pray for calm waters, they pray for rugged seas, moving through the rugged seas is what forges strength - that is where you get made, that is where you find your true nature</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The brain’s job is to scan the world and see what’s dangerous - but you can’t let the brain have too much control</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 05, 2018
Blindspots, Bias, Billionaires and Bridgewater with Dr. Adam Grant
In this episode we discuss the relationship between bad ideas and creative genius, the three biggest lessons from studying the most successful hedge fund on earth, why a complete stranger may often be a better judge of your abilities than you are, the key things that stand in the way of developing more self awareness and how you can fix them, why it’s so important to invest in the ability to make better decisions, and much more with our guest Dr. Adam Grant.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for six straight years and has been named a Fortune’s 40 under 40, as well as one of the world’s 10 most influential management speakers. He is the multi bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals and Option B which have been translated into over 35 languages. His work has been featured on Oprah, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and he is the host of the new TED Podcast, WorkLife...<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>You don’t know yourself as well as you think you do</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There are two things that stand in the way of self awareness&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>We have blindspots that other can see, that we can’t</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Biases - the things we don’t want to see</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We are better judges of our internal state, but much worse at judging our external behaviors than our friends and colleagues</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We are motivated to have a positive image of ourself</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>A complete stranger is a better judge of your assertiveness, creativity, and intelligence after 8 minutes than you are of yourself (after your entire life!)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We all want to think of ourselves as being smart and creative</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>“Male pattern blindness”</li></ul></li></ul><br><br><br><ul><li>At Bridgewater they tape video + audio of every single meeting</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Bridgewater was a fascinating place to study deep self awareness</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>No one has the right to hold a critical view without speaking up about it</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Peer support in the workplace is vital</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When we get criticized, we make the mistake of going to people to support and cheer us up - we need a “challenge network” to challenge our assumptions, push us, and see through our BS</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When things are going poorly, people usually ignore the naysayers and dissenters, but the more you do that the worse things typically get - you should be doing the opposite</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we avoid shooting the messenger when we receive negative feedback?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Any time you are about to receive negative feedback, get some praise / positive feedback in a positive domain to buffer your negative emotional response first</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why “feedback sandwiches” (praise, criticism, praise) doesn’t work as well as people think they do</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>If you’re praising, praise in a separate realm</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“Democracy is a dumb idea for running a company” - some people’s decisions are objectively better than other people’s</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of domain specific believability scores and how that’s shaped Bridgewater’s results in a positive way</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Not all feedback is equal&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Go around and look at your feedback sources and ask yourself two questions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>What’s their track record in the skill you’re asking for feedback on?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>How well do they know YOU?</li></ul></li><li><br></li></ul>
Mar 29, 2018
The Scientific Search for The Self - Discovering Who You Truly Are with Dr. Robert Levine
In this episode we approach the concept of the self from a concrete perspective, not in an abstract philosophical way. What do the hard sciences like biology and physics say about the existence of the self? Does the “self” exist from a psychological perspective? What does the science say and what does that mean for ourselves, our future, and how we think about change and self improvement? We explore the scientific search for the self with Dr. Robert Levine.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Robert Levine is a professor of psychology and former dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University. Robert is the bestselling author of Geography of Time, Stranger in the Mirror, and The Power of Persuasion, which has been translated into eight languages. His work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, CNN, and more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Is our current conception of “the self” accurate?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The hard sciences demonstrate that there is not one, single, conception of the self</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The boundaries that we imagine divide us from the rest of the world are vague, porous, and sometimes non existent</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The self is a changeable object and we have control over changing it</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When does the self become the non-self?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>A huge portion of our body is bacteria - does that constitute part of the self?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>From a psychological perspective, we do not have a single personality or self</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Who are you?&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Approaching the concept of the self in a real way, not in an abstract philosophical way</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What do virtual body parts have to do with the perception of the self?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What are the consequences of the lack of a concrete, definitive, self?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Your mind can be tricked, despite knowing that it’s being tricked</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Context and situation often determine your behavior moreso than your personality / self</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The interconnectedness of everything / are we actually separated from the universe / what is the “boundary” of the self?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Where do our thoughts, decisions, and ideas come from?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The notion from early psycho-neurology that your brain decides before we are aware that we have decided</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The self versus the non-self</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Where do our thoughts, desires, and impulses come from?&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The boundary between ourselves and others is vague &amp; malleable</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we use the fluidity of the self to reshape and edit ourselves?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We are multiple personalities and selves - and this allows for and creates real possibilities for change</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What are the implications of this fluidity of the self?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We can actualize the possibilities within our multiple and complex understanding of self-hood to create positive change in our lives</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We are the “editors” of our own lives and “selves”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Creating positive change in your life requires thinking for self, introspection, and self honesty</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The lowest hanging fruit for keeping track of your “self” and editing to become the person you want to be</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Mar 22, 2018
How You Can Hack Your Creativity, Productivity, and Mood Using Your Environment with Benjamin Hardy
In this episode we discuss how your environment plays a tremendous role in shaping who you are, look at how personality develops and what underscores it, talk about how to engineering your own environment to make yourself more productive and effective, examine at how to battle self sabotage and much more with our guest Benjamin Hardy. <br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Benjamin is a PhD candidate at Clemson University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is currently the #1 Writer for <a href=""></a> with over 50 million page views recorded. He is the author of the upcoming book Willpower Doesn’t Work and his research and writing has been featured in Psychology Today, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, and more!<br> &nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Success is about growth, never plateauing</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Always be a student, always be growing</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Living according to a value system that you believe in / a cause you believe in / serving people who you love</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The difference between security and freedom. Many people base their security in something external to themselves.&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Develop your own worldview / beliefs / values / goals to help form a more independent</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Transformational learning experiences” helps transform your world view and perception of yourself</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Stretch your mind, push your body - to start to open up your world view</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>If you do not create and control your environment, your environment controls you&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The western belief that we exist independent of our context, what psychological research shows is that your environment has a tremendous impact. Your environment shapes who you are.</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Mindfulness is awareness of your surrounding and how those surroundings influence you</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You can also shape your environment, and this creates the possibility for radical change</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Epigenetics shows that your environment has a huge impact on your personality</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Personality is more of an adaptation to situations and unresolved trauma&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The false belief of western culture is that we think personality is a fixed trait - science shows that it’s not</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Suppressed trauma can “freeze” your personality&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“You are a sick as your secrets” - the things you keep isolated are the things that keep your personality frozen, your personality changes and continues to grow, you are stuck as a child in some aspects of your personality&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Will Durant - most people believe that history was shaped by heroes, “It’s not heroes that shape history, its demanding situations that create heroes - the average person could have double their ability or more if the situation demanded it of them”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to “up the stakes” of your environment to create external situation to force you into the behaviors you want to create&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The two kinds of “enriched environments” you need in order to maximize your performance</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Only 16% of creative ideas happen when you’re at your desk (when the mind is in a rested state)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The concept of “psychological detachment” - letting go of work for a few days - really helps you fully engage when you come back to it</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The vital importance of recovery as a key component of being both happier and more productive</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do you stop from self sabotaging? Put yourself in situations where its a self fulfilling prophecy. Create the environmental components necessary for you to succeed and thrive.</li></ul>
Mar 15, 2018
Four Questions That Will Change Your World - An Exploration of “The Work” with Byron Katie
In this episode, we take a journey into the inquiry know as “The Work’ and uncover the 4 question framework that you can use to break down negative thoughts and limiting beliefs. We examine what happens when we argue with reality, look at the difference between being right and being free, explore the causes of suffering, and much more with our guest Byron Katie.&nbsp;<br><br>Byron Katie is an American speaker, author, and founder of the method of self-inquiry known as “The Work”. She has worked with millions of individuals at both private and public events in prisons, hospitals, treatment centers, universities, and schools. She is the author of three bestselling books and her work has been featured in TIME, The Huffington Post, Oprah, and much more!<br>&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><ul><li>What happens when you don’t accept reality?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Do you like it when you scrape your knee?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How should you deal with negative experience?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Missing the miracle of life by arguing with it</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What happens when we get caught up in having to be right?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why it’s painful to “believe your own thoughts” and why you should question your own thinking</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The Four Questions of “The Work” that can allow you to challenge your negative thoughts and limiting beliefs</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Using the “Four Questions” to meditate on and reflect on challenges in your life</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to become a better listener, listening is powerful</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When you argue with someone else, you miss valuable information and become disconnected with that person</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We are often looking outside for the answers to our questions - we should instead look inside</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The only way to change the world is to question what you believe about the world?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to be open and fearless</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What you think that causes your suffering - it's only what you’re thinking and believing that causes your suffering</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What we think and believe create our identities</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>People don’t need to change - what you think and believe about them could use some work</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Be aware of your life right here, right now - the value and the gift of life and how to take care of it.</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The Four Questions of the Work and how you can apply each of them<ul><li>Is it true?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Can I absolutely know that it’s true?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Who am I when I believe this to be true?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Who would I be without this thought?</li></ul></li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Mar 08, 2018
The Secret That Silicon Valley Giants Don’t Want You To Know with Dr. Adam Alter
<br>&nbsp;In this episode we discuss the danger of getting addicted to your screens. We look at how technology is designed to be as addictive as possible, and how those addictions specifically make you spend more time on things like social media and news that make you less happy. We discuss how screens rob us of time and attention and why it’s so hard to break away from them. We also look at how-how you can structure your environment to spend more time away from your phone and create ways to get out of these addictive behavior loops with our guest Dr. Adam Alter.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department. His research focuses on judgment, decision making, and social psychology. He is the bestselling author of Drunk Tank Pink, and Irresistible, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, WIRED, and much more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Technology programs like Facebook are not designed to make you happy - they're designed to be as addictive as possible and consume you</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Steve Jobs didn't let his children use iPads</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why technology giants in Silicon Valley often don’t let their children use technology (and why that’s important for you)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The four negative affects of being addicted to your screens</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Your psychological wellbeing</li><li><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Your threshold for boredom declines dramatically</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Boredem is good, it creates creative and divergent thinking</li></ul></li></ul></li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Negatively impacts your social wellbeing</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Lowers your emotional intelligence and your ability to read the emotions of others</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Negatively impacts you financially</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>In app purchases</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Negatively impacts you in a physical way</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Too much time in front of screens</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul></li><li><br></li><li>Screens rob you of time and attention</li></ul><br><ul><li><a href="">Can’t get into Deep Work</a></li><li><br><br><ul><li><a href="">Get less sleep</a></li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Not spending time being present, enjoying time with loved one and friends</li></ul></li><li><br></li></ul><br><ul><li>The Drug of Choice Today is the PHONE</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There’s a huge rise in behavioral addictions today</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Social media and news make you LESS HAPPY when you use them - leaving you hollow and unfulfilled</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>AR and VR will make it even more difficult to break away from technology addiction</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Apps today are built like slot machines - they are intentionally designed to hook you and not let you go</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Humans don’t like open loops - goals help close them&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“Email is a lot like zombies” - you can kill them all and they just keep coming</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The abscence of stopping queues makes technology keep you addicted</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How can we mindfully create stopping queues in our own lives?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You must become the architect of your own environment to control your own stopping queues</li></ul>
Mar 01, 2018
How You Can Become A Superconnector with Scott Gerber
In this episode we discuss how to become a “superconnector." We look at the idea that networking is not about tactics, it’s about a fundamental shift in how you think about interacting with people. We examine how to break free from the lazy and shallow networking that social media often creates, discuss why you should never ask “how can I help?”, look at the power of curiosity and asking better questions and much more with our guest Scott Gerber.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Scott Gerber is CEO of The Community Company and founder of Young Entrepeneur’s Council. He is also an internationally syndicated columnist, the co-author of Superconnector and the author of Never Get a “Real” Job. Scott has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg and has even been honored by White House.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How do we cut through the quagmire of endless linked-in connections, twitter followers and more?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Self awareness is one of the key attributes of super connectors</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Rather than being authentic, we are being internet authentic - social media conscious&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Providing real signal, being human, allowing your humanity to show through - amplify your humanity</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We live under the illusion that vanity metrics determine social status</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Step one is the cultivation of emotional intelligence</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Focus on being of service to others</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Networking is not about tactics, its about a fundamental shift in how you think about interacting with people</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>One of the key principles to networking is that you have to be a real, authentic human</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What kind of service / value do you want to bring to a community of peers?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Failure is often a result of not building your relationships and communities</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Come from a true place of wanting to help others first</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Don’t be a “networker":</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>A taker</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Out for yourself</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Wolf in sheeps clothing</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Get back down to the basics - guru nonsense, marketing hucksters etc are full of it</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>A connector thinks about - what questions / context do I need to ask that this person is not giving me, so that I can figure out how to play a role to help them in succeeding in life or business - where I can be helpful?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why asking “How Can I Help” is the Worst Question</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>You put the onus on the other person to tell a stranger how they can help</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Directionally it provides no guidance</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>It shows you don’t care - because if you actually wanted to help, you would be curious, keep asking questions, to come up with a thesis and then say “here are some ways I CAN help, proactively”</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Offer actual assistance, not the platitude that you can help</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>It’s the new social script - but it has no meaning or value</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You MUST ask better questions. The best connectors are curious.&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Great question - “what does success look like for you?” “what are the steps you need to take to get there”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to cultivate curiosity and ask better questions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Start with auditing your conversations</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Be curious about the other person</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Figure out questions that you want to ask people</li></ul></li></ul>
Feb 22, 2018
Brain Scans Reveal The Powerful Memory Techniques of Memory Champions, Greek Philosophers, and SuperLearners with Jonathan Levi
In this episode we discuss becoming a SuperLearner. We dig into questions that I’ve pondered for a long time - does speed reading work? Can we actually speed read and increase our reading comprehension? Are there strategies you can use to improve your memory? And perhaps most importantly - how can we align the way we think, learn, and remember with the way our brains actually operate? We go into this and more with our guest Jonathan Levi.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Jonathan Levi is an author, learning expert, and founder of Super Human Enterprises. He is the author of the book Become a SuperLearner and has helped over 120,000 students improve their learning methodology through his online courses. He has been featured on the TED Stage and his work has been published in Inc. Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Jonathan went from a “troubled student” to a learning and memory expert</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Memory strategies from greek philosophers to current day experts - what actually works?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What to do if speed reading doesn’t work?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You average college graduate reads about 250 wpm, at Jonathan’s peak he was reading 750-800 wpm with 80-90% comprehension</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Its vital to distinguish between rote memorization and how the memory actually works</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Most people have no concept of how powerful and effective memory techniques actually are</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>By doing memory work you can change the physical structure and neurochemistry of your brain</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>"Paleo Learning” - Get back to what actually works, from an evolutionary standpoint, with learning strategies</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Using our brains in the way they are intended to use - aligning our learning with our evolutionary design - creates an huge impact on your learning&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The framework of 40 day study with 30 minute sessions per day</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Strategic memory techniques you can use to improve your memory</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How these two specific memory techniques could more improve your memory by 135%</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Pygmalion effect and the golem effect - people typically conform to the expectations of teachers and leaders&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>The same thing happens with your ego and your perception of yourself</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Even if these techniques don’t work for you, they still work for you</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Your ego’s incentive is always trying to prove you right</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Lessons from both the hard and soft sciences on how you can improve your memory</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Our brains are built in clusters / neural networks</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There are more neurons in your brain than stars in the known universe</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 3 primary strategies for improving your memory</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Strongest memory effect are SMELL and TASTE - very deeply rooted in your brain</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Second most effective memory sense is sight - the "Picture superiority effect”</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Next most powerful is location-based memory</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Visual memory and location based memory are deeply ingrained in your brain and the keys to unlocking super learning</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Connecting all of your knowledge to preexisting knowledge</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“Hebb's Law” - Neurons that fire together, wire together</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Our brains thrive on novelty and newness - our brains are amazing at recognizing patterns and connections</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Learning how to use the memory palace technique&nbsp;</li></ul>
Feb 15, 2018
Why Your Brain Struggles To Understand Money with Jeff Kreisler
In this episode we discuss how money messes with your brain. We look into the obvious traps we fall into when we think about money, examine how cultural influences shape our financial choices, and explore the key biases that underpin the most common and dangerous financial mistakes that you are most likely to make with our guest Jeff Kreisler.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Jeff Kreisler is a bestselling author and the winner of the Bill Hicks Spirit Award for Thought Provoking Comedy. He is most recently the co-author of the new book Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How To Spend Smarter with Dan Ariely. (who we have previously had on the show as well?) Jeff is a regular contributor for CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Get rich cheating??? What’s that all about?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The common tropes within the self help industry (and how many of them are not based in evidence)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of satire to explore the underpinnings of human behavior</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What is money?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why do we have such a hard time thinking about money?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Awareness of your biases is a huge difference maker (even if you do nothing other than just being aware of your biases)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Spending is very obvious in our culture, but saving is not</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Research shows men are more willing to admit they take viagra, than how much money they've saved in their 401ks</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We dig deep into several of the mental biases that stop you from understanding money</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The relativity bias and how that impacts spending habits</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>‘What do you want for dinner” vs “would you rather have chicken or fish for dinner”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“The Pain of Paying” Bias and how it impacts what we think about money</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“The credit card premium” and how using a credit card makes you pay more</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Anchoring bias and arbitrary coherence.&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How your social security number could impact how much you pay for a bottle of wine</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We often obsess about small financial decisions, but make judgements on a whim with large financial decisions like buying a home or car</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“Ulysseses contracts," reward substitution and how to create self control</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How self awareness is the cornerstone of making better financial decisions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The locksmith example and how we misunderstand value and fairness</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Feb 08, 2018
The Evidence Based Habits You Need To Build an Unstoppable Brain with Dr. Mike Dow
In this episode we discuss how to build a rockstar brain. We get into the neurochemical compositions that create moods from happiness to depression and look at you can change the building blocks of the neurochemicals by changing your diet and your habits. In a world were people are more stressed than ever, sleeping less, and trying to do more - we look at the causes of “brain drain” and what we can do to have physically happier and more productive brains with Dr. Michael Dow.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Michael Dow is a psychotherapist, neurotherapist, and a New York Times Bestselling author. He has been the host of several television series examining relationships, brain health, addiction, and mental illness. Dr. Mike is frequently a guest cohost on The Doctors and his work has been featured in Today, Good Morning America, Nightline, and more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Your brain is being drained every day by stress, life, etc&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 3 subtypes of brain drain</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Adrenaline</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Norepinephrine</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Cortisol</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What happens, neurologically, when you suffer from “brain drain” or brain fog</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The brain balancing neurochemicals that are the antidotes to stress hormones</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>EPA and DHA Omega 3 Acids - and why they are important co-factors in building a healthy brain</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>People are feeling more stressed than ever, working more, sleeping less</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How are we causing “brain drain” with our daily habits and activities?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 24 hour relationship between cortisol and melatonin</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Throughout the day, your melatonin level rises and your cortisol level decreases</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What we do every single day has a far more profound effect on our neurochemicals than we even realize</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Lifestyle interventions you can implement to rebalance and change your neurochemicals</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Sugar and flour drain and shrink the hippocampus - which is the main site of neurogenesis</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we cultivate GABA?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Glutamine from spinach</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Vitamin B6 in bananas, magnesium and zinc</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Eat seven servings of whole fruits and vegetables every day</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Are vitamins and supplements are useful tool or should we get all our nutrients from whole foods?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The importance of getting Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>EPA = Feel Better Omega 3 (stress less Omega 3)</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>DHA = Sleep soundly Omega 3 (promotes restful sleep)</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>EPA and DHA compete for space in your cells</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Omega 3s are one of the best foods you can eat for your brain - they are the building blocks of yo</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You can build a “rockstar brain” with a modified mediterranean diet</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Lean protein</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Nuts</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Olive Oil</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Fish</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Lots of fruits and vegetables</li></ul></li><li><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The modified mediterranean diet has been shown via research to combat major depressive disorder</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Common sources of omega 6 fats - soybean oil and factory farmed meat products - most intense source of omega 6 fats which cause brain inflammation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Strategies for shifting the brain from the sympathetic to the parasympat</li></ul>
Feb 01, 2018
“The Most Innovative Experimental Psychologist In The World Today” on Luck, Deception, and Success - Dr. Richard Wiseman
In this episode we explore luck. Does luck exist? Is there a science of luck? What does the research reveal about lucky people and unlucky people? Is it possible to manufacture your own luck? We speak with research psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman and learn the truth about luck and how you just might able to create a bit more in your own life.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Richard Wiseman has been described by The Scientific American as “The most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today” and his books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Richard started his career as a working magician and now holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology. His work has been featured across the globe and he has delivered keynotes to The Royal Society, The Swiss Economic Forum, Google, and more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Richard went from being a performance magician to being deeply interested in human psychology</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How studying "the psychology of deception” taught Dr. Wiseman to subtly influence human perception and behavior</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Most people think they are good lie detectors, but they are in fact not - they are no better than chance</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When you focus on reading only a transcript - average people go up to 60-70% effectiveness in detecting lies</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>People prefer to lie with the spoken word rather than with written word</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What research reveals the difference between lucky and unlucky people</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>For the most part, people are CREATING THEIR OWN LUCK by the way they are thinking and acting</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The research supports, with enormous consistency, that you can create luck</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The “newspaper experiment” and how it demonstrates the difference between being lucky and unlucky&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How your “attentional spotlight” filters your perception and reality - causing you to miss basic opportunities - this is what the “unlucky” often do to themselves</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Then, Dr. Wiseman taught subjects in experiments to “think like a lucky person” and these simple exercises caused the “unlucky” to be more lucky</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Keep a “luck diary” - the most positive thing / positive thought that happens in a day - will rapidly reorient you towards being more “lucky”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The lucky tended to be more intuitive, risk seeking, and resilient</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Generating “negative counterfactuals” and “finding the silver lining” can help you generate more luck</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You are creating your own good and bad luck by what you are thinking and feeling</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What happens if you don’t think you can train your mind to be more positive?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Try these “luck producing strategies” for 1 month and you will be luckier in your life</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How people get stuck in an identity of being “unlucky” can sometimes trap you in a certain behavior pattern</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Creating and cultivating flexibility in your life - taking a different route to work, changing your conversational style - enables you to capture luck in your life</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Lucky people are “team players” and constantly look for win-wins - trying to help other people become successful and engaging and talking with other people constantly&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Buying lottery tickets all day by exploring opportunities and relationships in an open way is how you can “create luck” in your life</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The biggest myths of self help - and what evidence actually says about them</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The danger of visualization - and why it doesn’t actually work - in fact “visualization is a terrible idea”</li></ul>
Jan 25, 2018
The Real Strategies Top Achievers Use To Create Results with Jeff Haden
In this episode we discuss the habits of high achievers, the motivation myth, dig deep into habits, routines, and strategies you can use to achieve more in less time, balancing hustle and hard work vs recovery and much more with our guest Jeff Haden. <br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Jeff is a contributing editor for <a href=""></a>, author, and ghostwriter. Jeff has ghostwritten nearly 40 non-fiction books including four amazon best sellers. He is the author of the upcoming book The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up To Win and his articles for <a href=""></a> were read by over 20 million people in 2016 alone.<ul><li>How Jeff achieved his dream and realized it wasn't nearly as exciting as he thought it would be</li><li>Top achievers don't have special sauce - its hard work and hustle that gets them there</li><li>In interviewing and studying top achievers and the lessons from studying them</li><li>The power of process and the power of routine</li><li>Map out and create a blueprint of what you want to do&nbsp;</li><li>The power of doing the right things every day without fail&nbsp;</li><li>How do we find out what the right things to do are?</li><li>Find someone who has achieved what you want to do, look at what they did to get there, create a blueprint based off of that and execute it</li><li>You don't need to reinvent the wheel&nbsp;</li><li>The hard part is actually what gets you to where you want to be&nbsp;</li><li>Motivation comes from action and progress - not the other way around</li><li>Your muse comes from action, you get ideas from doing things, you get inspiration from getting out there and getting started</li><li>2 quick and easy tricks to be as productive as possible every day</li><li>A fantastic daily productivity strategy you can implement right away</li><li>Setting your daily MIT every week to avoid decision fatigue and make high leverage choices every week</li><li>"I can’t” vs “I don’t” and what research reveals about using one phrase vs the other</li><li>The benefits of working out in the morning</li><li>How to generate energy in the afternoon with small rest periods</li><li>How do you balance hard work and hustle with recovery?</li><li>High leverage thinking, focusing questions, and avoiding busywork</li><li>The “breaking a sweat” principle - starting with the smallest thing possible</li><li>How do you deal with big, far off goals? “the distance between here and there”</li><li>How Jeff did 100,000 pushups in a year</li><li>Set big goals, but focus on the routine/process every single day to execute&nbsp;</li><li>How talking about your intentions and big goals can actually prevent you from achieving them</li><li>How Jeff want from being a factory manager to a prolific writer, writing more than 40 books and countless articles</li><li>Jeff’s daily writing habit and how he developed it</li><li>Break down into parts, and execute each of those component parts by day</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Jan 18, 2018
Simple Keys To Reading Anyone’s Hidden Emotions with Psychology Legend Dr. Paul Ekman
In this episode we explore emotions and facial expression in depth with one of the world’s top experts - the psychologist who pioneered much of the work in this field - Dr. Paul Ekman. We discuss the 6-7 major universal emotions, how emotional reactions are unchanged across cultures, ages, and even species, we discuss micro expressions, reading people’s faces, how to manage and control your emotions, and much much more.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Paul Ekman is best known for his work as a pioneer researching the field of emotions and how they relate to our facial expressions and as founder of the Paul Ekman Group. These studies along with many others led to Paul being named one of the top 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine and One of the Most Influential Psychologist of the 20th Century by the American Psychological Association. Paul has written over 14 books and 170 published articles having his work appear in Psychology Today, The New Yorker, Oprah, Larry King, and more.<ul><li>Reading facial expressions with definitive evidence</li><li>There is some universality to our expressions across cultures, ages, and even species&nbsp;</li><li>Expressions are a product of evolution&nbsp;</li><li>There are 6-7 major universal emotions</li></ul><br><ul><li>Fear</li><li>Anger</li><li>Sadness</li><li>Disgust</li><li>Surprise</li><li>Enjoyment</li></ul><br><ul><li>Contempt (maybe not as robust evidence)</li><li>You have to avoid “Othello’s error” - you can read an emotion, but that doesn’t tell you what TRIGGERS it</li><li>The face, as a universal signal system, conveys a tremendous amount of information</li><li>There are 16 different types of enjoyment</li><li>How poker tells can teach us about emotional expressions and how we often read them wrong</li><li>We can know HOW people feel, but we cannot know what triggered how they feel</li><li>In one hour you can learn to read anyone's face</li><li>The hardest emotion to turn on is enjoyment</li><li>Emotions are memories, expectations, changes in what we think, and changes in how we can remember</li><li>When we are in the grip of an emotion - we most readily perceive things that fit the emotion we are experiencing and ignore things that don't</li><li>It’s not easy to manage your emotions, but it is possible</li><li>Fast onset vs slow onset emotional reactiveness</li><li>Fast vs slow emotional offset</li><li>The specific steps you can take to manage your emotions and create a gap between emotional triggers and emotional reactions</li><li>Diary / journal is a powerful tool for understanding and managing your emotional states</li><li>Record negative emotional experiences</li><li>See what they have in common</li><li>See if you can anticipate and prepare for negative emotions</li><li>Emotion is useful, powerful, but also can become cumbersome</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 11, 2018
Everything You Know About Sleep Is Wrong with Dr. Matthew Walker
In this episode we discuss everything you ever wanted to know about sleep. We examine the findings from hundreds of studies across millions of people and pull out the major findings about how vitally important sleep is, the global sleep loss epidemic, the stunning data about sleep and productivity, the simplest and most effective evidence based strategies for getting better sleep and much more with Dr. Matthew Walker. <br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Dr. Matthew Walker is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of the <a href="">Center for Human Sleep Science</a>. He has published over 100 scientific studies and is the author of the book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. Which is currently the #1 Amazon Bestseller in Neuroscience . He has been featured on numerous television and radio outlets, including <a href="">CBS 60 Minutes</a>, <a href="">National Geographic Channel</a>, <a href="">NOVA Science</a>, NRP and the <a href="">BBC</a>.<ul><li>Global sleep loss epidimic - the average American sleeps only 6.5 hours per night</li><li>Sleep has slowly been eroded by our society over the last 60 years</li><li>Sleep is vital and essential from an evolutionary standpoint - you can’t just lop off 25% of the necessary sleep you need&nbsp;</li><li>If you sleep less, you will be dead sooner, lack of sleep kills your more quickly</li><li>Lack of sleep is a major predictor of “all cause mortality” including cancer, alzheimers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, and suicide</li><li>Hard science shows why a lack of sleep is tremendously bad for you</li><li>Sleep has an image problem, we stigmatize sleep and think its lazy and slothful - people wear lack of sleep as a badge of honor to be celebrated</li><li>The 5 clear truths of sleep research and productivity</li><li><br><br><ul><li>Under-slept employees take on less challenging problems</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>They produce fewer creative solutions</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>They exert less effort when working in groups (slacking off, social loafing)</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>They are more likely to lie, cheat, and engage in deviant behavior</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>The more or less sleep that a CEO has had, the more or less charismatic they will be</li></ul></li><li><br></li><li>Chronic exhaustion cost most first world nation 2% of the GDP - 411 billion dollars lost each year to a lack of sleep</li><li>The evidence is resoundingly clear - cutting on sleep makes you less productive and less creative and less effective</li><li>After being awake for 21 hours, you’re as cognitively imparied as someoen who is legally drunk</li><li>The two principle types of sleep - REM sleep and non-REM sleep</li><li>The different stages of sleep - the 4 stages of REM sleep</li><li>Hard science shows that deep Sleep is critical to clearing toxins out of your brain</li><li>Sleep is like a sewage system for your brian - it cleans all the toxins and debris out of your brain</li><li>The less sleep you have, the higher your probability of getting alzheimers</li><li>Different cognitive systems in your brain also work during sleep - its like saving files to a hard drive, you have to sleep to get the save button</li></ul>
Jan 04, 2018
Finding Joy In A World Full of Suffering - Lessons From a Former Buddhist Monk with Robert Thurman
This episode is a bit off the beaten path for us here at the Science of Success. Given this time of year, when many are thinking, reflecting, and being a bit more spiritual - we wanted to offer a different perspective. This episode is not as science based, but still provides a fascinating dialogue with a Buddhist monk, who was the first westerner ordained by the Dalai Lama, on life, meditation, mindfulness, and much more with our guest Robert Thurman.<br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Robert Thurman is a Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at <a href="">Columbia University</a>, and President of the <a href="">American Institute of Buddhist Studies</a>. Time magazine has called Robert “the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.” and named him one of Time Magazine most influential Americans in 1997. Robert was the first westerner ever to be ordained as a Tibetan Monk by the Dalai Lama and his work and books have been featured all over the globe.<ul><li>How Robert’s journey took him to becoming a Tibetan Monk under the Dalai Llama</li><li>The dogma of materialism - mind is the power that directs matter&nbsp;</li><li>The basic misunderstandings of buddhism from a western perspective</li><li>Life is suffering</li><li>It’s just meditation</li><li>Meditation without context isn’t useful&nbsp;</li><li>The two kinds of meditation</li><li>Clearing your mind of thinking / emptying the mind</li><li>Analytic / critical meditation or “insight meditation”</li><li>Thinking something directed towards the exploration of yourself, ideas, or things around you</li><li>How an egotistical approach creates “guaranteed misery” - you could become the most powerful person on the planet and people still wont think you’re important&nbsp;</li><li>Why enlightenment is not clearing your mind of thoughts</li><li>The importance of focusing on and being open to other people</li><li>You can learn if you examine yourself and your world</li><li>Look more objectively at your thought flow - see where thought flows arise, penetrate the thought flow, see the negative thoughts and the positive thoughts</li><li><br><br><ul><li>What thought is that?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>How accurate is it?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Where does it come from?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Whose voice is it? my mother’s voice? my fathers? my uncles? my teacher?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Gain leverage on how the mind works, edit how the mind works reinforce the positive insights, de-enforce the negative insights&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li><li>It’s helpful to have help of others - mobilize minds that are further along the path than you are - your the only one who can learn your reality in a&nbsp; viscerally transformative way - use their help and follow their methods</li><li>How Eckart Tolle battled back from the verge of suicide - looking critically at negative thoughts&nbsp;</li><li>Experiential understanding of the nature of reality - reality is beyond anyone’s idea of reality</li><li>How does the Dalai Llama keep up his joy, good humor, and happiness in a world full of so much suffering?</li><li>The nature of life itself is blissful. Reality is good. The more you’re open to reality, the happier you are.&nbsp;</li><li>Broaden your attitude and orientation, don’t deny the bad experiences</li></ul>
Dec 28, 2017
Evidence Reveals The Most Important Skill of the 21st Century with Dr. Tasha Eurich
In this episode we discuss one of the most important evidence based psychology principles that make people successful - self awareness. We look at the difference between people who succeed and those who plateau. We talk about why self awareness is the meta-skill of the 21st century and the foundational skill required to succeed in anything, and we examine conclusions form over 800 scientific studies about self awareness with our guest Dr. Tasha Eurich. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and principal of The Eurich Group. She received her Ph.D in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University and a BA in Theatre and Psychology. She is the New York Times Bestselling author of Bankable Leadership and INSIGHT. Her TED talk has been viewed over one million times and her work has been featured in Business Insider, Forbes, The New York Times and many more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Tasha uses evidence based psychology principles to make people more succesful</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The difference between people who plateau and people who meet and defeat challenge head on</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Self awareness “the meta skill of the 21st century"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What does the data show is linked to high self awareness?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Self awareness is foundational to all skills required to succeed</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What does the Science say about Self Awareness?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Self aware people are:</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>More fulfilled</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Better communications</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>More confidence</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Have better relationships</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>More effective leaders</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Run more profitable companies</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Self awareness sets the UPPER LIMIT for the skills you need to be successful in the world today</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>95% people of people think that they are self aware but only 10-15% actually are</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>On a good day 80% of people are lying to themselves about lying to themselves</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Conclusions from reviewing over 800 scientific studies to figure out WHAT self awareness was</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 2 broad categories of self awareness - the ability to see yourself cleary</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Internal Self Awareness (introspective people)</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>External Self Awareness (pleasers)</li></ul></li><li><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Self awareness is an “infinitely learnable skill”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There are no demographic commonalities between self awareness</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 3 categories of Self Awareness Unicorns&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Being in a new role / new set of rules</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Earthquake events - usually negative - that are so devastating that they either cause is to bury our heads in the sand, or they become a catalyst for self awareness</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>The MOST LIKELY - everyday insights</li></ul></li><li><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The barriers to self awareness are myriad</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Internal wiring of human beings - change the way you introspect</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>The power of substituting the word WHY for the word WHAT</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>The world we live in today - social media, reality TV, the “cult of self”</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The cult of the self - and how our culture damages self awareness</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The challenges of excavating our subconscious / unconscious mind</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Moving forward with purpose, logic, and curiosity</li></ul>
Dec 21, 2017
Never Eat Alone - How Relationship Expert Keith Ferrazzi Built His World Class Network
In this episode we discuss how to master relationships, go deep into cutting edge networking strategies from one of the world’s top connectors, examine how to unite people in collaboration and co-elevation, the power of generosity in building real and authentic relationships, how to let go of individualism, and much more with Keith Ferrrazi.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Keith Ferrazzi is the CEO and founder of Ferrazzi Greenlight and the best selling author of Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone. Keith’s Greenlight Research Institute has proven the correlation between specific practices that improve relationships, with business success. His work has been featured in several high profile publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, Inc, Fast Company, and around the globe.<br><br><ul><li>Why you need to make the shift form networking to authentic relationship building</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The importance of leading with generosity to build real authentic relationships</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Are you still clinging to the rugged john wayne individualism and self focus?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Keith wants to shift that to recognition that the greatest things in our lives only happen via co-creation</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Co-creation vs collaboration - it's one step beyond collaboration, going higher together</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we commit to growing together in the process?&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You have to put in the work to bring about co-elevation and co-creation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Take full responsibility for all the relationships around you - take responsibility for making those people successful&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The victim mindset and how to defeat it</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>For someone stuck in a victim mindset - how do they start making the shift towards responsibility?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“What’s your blue flame?”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>What really matters to others?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>What drives success in their eyes?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>How do you serve that?</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Do you really know the blue flame of your boss? What does your boss truly care about?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do you become a conduit for other people to achieve their goals? (And why that’s so important)&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Focus on fully understanding what a person needs, wants and how you can serve them</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>2 Key shifts you have to make to get out of the victim mindset:</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Understanding that it’s all on you to take action</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Understand that it’s all about “them” (and the more broadly you define them, the more successful you will be)</li></ul></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Creating is the new competency of leadership</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do you invite this community into becoming a movement?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 3 reason people don’t get on board with Co-creation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Laziness</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Cowardice</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Sense of Entitlement / Ego / Vindictiveness / Indulgence</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You have no choice if you want to be successful other than to embrace relationship building</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Practice is the KEY to building successful relationships and enabling co-creation</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br>
Dec 14, 2017
Your Secret Weapon to Becoming Fearless with Jia Jiang
In this episode we explore rejection in depth. We talk about the incredible power of rejection, go deep into rejection therapy, look at the incredible results created by seeking out rejection and living beyond your comfort zone, talk about the magic of asking why, hear a few incredible stories from 100 days of rejection, and much more with our guest Jia Jiang.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Jia Jiang is the founder 100 Days of Rejection and the author of Rejection Proof. In an effort to overcome his fear of rejection Jia spent 100 Days forcing himself into situation after situation where rejection was almost guaranteedJia has been featured on the TED Stage, Forbes, Business Insider, and much more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Jia’s personal relationship with rejection</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The misalignment between wanting to achieve and being afraid of rejection</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The only way to overcome your fear is to embrace it and meet it head on</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to become a badass and become fearless</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Saying no with grace - how to say no with grace</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Show people alternatives</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Give them something else / help them to get a yes in some way</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Have respect</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>"Everything amazing and beautiful happens outside your comfort zone"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The amazing power of forcing yourself to constantly challenge and operate outside your comfort zone</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The importance of understanding the vast majority will stay say no to you and why that doesn’t matter</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>It doesn’t matter when you get rejected</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>The few people that say yes make a huge impact - a real breakthrough</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>"How many yesses have I missed in my life?”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>It’s not about getting a yes - it’s about EXPLORING and CREATING SOMETHING</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The worst thing that can happen is you saying no to yourself</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>It’s about having fun and challenging yourself</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Jia’s advice for someone who is afraid to take the first step</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to take the first step and overcome the inertia of facing your first rejection</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Start small, just a little bit outside of your comfort zone, and grow</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>If you ask enough, there is no request that will get rejected by everyone</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What to do if you feel like you’re bothering people when you ask them for something</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Be curious, don’t make your goal to get a yes - make your goal to ask 10 people&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Turning no into yes, and the magic of asking “why”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Ask people why they said no to you - find out what the reason is</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What Jia learned from asking a stranger to plant a flower in his back yard</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of doubt and empathy</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Humor and positivity - don't take yourself too seriously</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We go through a bunch of rapid rejection techniques you can use right now</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You can do rejection therapy for FUN - or you can align it with you goals!&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Embrace rejection - rejection means something GOOD not something BAD</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dec 07, 2017
The Psychology Secrets of Extreme Athletes, NFL Teams & The World’s Top Performers with Dr. Michael Gervais
In this episode we explore what it takes to succeed at the highest possible levels, we get science and data from years in the trenches with top performers to uncover the strategies that really work for achieving results, we dig deep into the life long quest of discovering your own personal philosophy and much more with Dr. Michael Gervais.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Michael Gervais - Michael is a high performance psychologist who trains mindset skills and practices that are essential to revealing one’s potential. Michael has worked with some of the world’s top performers including sports teams such as the Seattle Seahawks, Felix Baumgartner (The Red Bull Sponsored Athlete Who Completed the Stratosphere Jump)Olympians, musicians, and more! His work has been featured on ESPN, CNN, The New York Times, and much more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;NOTES:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Years in the trenches with top performers to get the best strategies</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The importance of rugged and hostile environments to cultivating presence and peak performance</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The value of working hard and getting right on the edge of capacity in order to grow</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Our ancient brain is the thing that gets us stuck, keeps us safe, and keeps us small</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There are only 3 things you can train as a human</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>You can train your body</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>You can train your craft - this varies by person - can be anything from writing to motorcross to partening</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>You can train your mind</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Everything falls into those buckets when we talk about the development of the human experience</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>A personal philosophy is one of the most significant anchors you can ground yourself with. Great achievers always have clarity of personal philosophy</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Line up your thoughts, words, and actions across any environment - there is a sense of power that comes from that - an inner knowing and being that is so rock solid that you can move eloquently in any environment when you have that mindset</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The life-long quest of discovering your own personal philosophy - and the 3 methodologies</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Mindfulness - being present with your inner experience</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Being around wise people - people who are switched on, people who are having deep convos, talking about their philosophies, having those conversations</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Writing - the art of writing, taking a thought and all the words in your native tongue and lock down these ideas and concepts</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><ul><li>Start with putting your philosophy to memory, and then most importantly begin putting your philosophy into practice</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There’s nothing new in the world of self help - the science is super clear - this is what we know to be true - you just have to do the work</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Optimism is a foundational pillar for mental toughness, optimism is about how you think about your future</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Relentless belief that you can focus your mind on what’s good</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>First function - without awareness of inner dialogue you’re dead in the water - you must have meditation/mindfulness - train your inner experience to become more aware of thoughts and sensations</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Second - Martin Seligman - focus on 3 good things - gratitude journal&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Become a researcher of amazing / researcher of good in your own life&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li><li>Mindfulness is the backbone that runs through all of these strategies</li></ul>
Nov 30, 2017
Introducing Tuesday Talks - The 80/20 Principle
We're extremely excited to introduce to you a new occasional segment of The Science of Success, Tuesday Talks!<br><br><br><br>Are you tired of all the BS and fluff that oftentimes accompanies personal development? Tuesday Talks delivers to you Evidence Based Growth tactics that are proven to work and deliver maximum impact in your life in under five minutes.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>In this episode, we dive into the 80/20 principle and the impact it can have on your life starting today. This principle can be applied to everything in life. By utilizing it the right way, you can ensure you are focusing on the right things, getting the most out of your time, and ultimately, begin producing more results than you ever thought possible.&nbsp;<br><br>
Nov 28, 2017
Proven Practices For Building The Ultimate Competitive Advantage with Todd Davis
In this episode we discuss the proven strategies building effective relationships, why it’s vital to understand that the results you get in the world are a result of working with other people, how you can see the world from other people’s perspectives, tactics for building your credibility, how to get better feedback and much more with Todd Davis.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Todd Davis is the Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Franklin Covey and author of the new book Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work. Todd is responsible for Franklin Covey’s global talent development in over 40 offices in 160 countries and previously served as director of innovations, developing many of the company’s core offerings.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>The culture of an organization can make all the difference</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The nature of relationships between people becomes a companies ultimate competitive advantage</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Todd’s lessons from working with and coaching hundreds of companies and executives</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What did Sarte mean when he said that “Hell is other people?”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The ultimate way you are measured is by the results you get</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You get your results WITH and THROUGH and other people</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What we see determines everything we do, and what we do determines the results we get</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Consider stepping back and understanding that their may be a different way to view things - that can powerfully impact your relationships</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Ask yourself “have you considered the other person’s perspective?”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>An exercise can you use right now to start to see the world from other people’s perspectives</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of examining your real motives</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Journaling exercise you can use to understand your real motives</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“The Five Whys” - keep asking why until you get to the root cause</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The most effective, successful, and influential people start with themselves first</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Your circle of influence vs your circle of concern</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why you should focus your time, energy, effort, and resources on things that you can impact and control</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of asking “Can you help me understand something?”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Start with humility - the power of having humility in dealing with tough conversations</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Proactive, effective people don’t wait for feedback, they actively go and seek it out</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 4 common reasons why we don’t seek feedback (and what you can do about them)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>A great opening line for dealing with tough conversations and situations&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Seeking validation vs actually seeking feedback</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to “behave your way to credibility”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 2 key components for credibility - character and competence&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>An exercise you can use to build your credibility over the long term</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The single biggest mistake of influencing other people - not “walking your talk”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Make sure someone deeply understands your intent</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When emotions are high - that’s not the moment to start addressing the problem</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>With people - "fast is slow and slow is fast"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The socratic method of influencing people - if you ask the right questions, seek understanding, and uncover the real issues - you can solve serious problems</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Todd shares a personal story that deeply impacts the lessons we discuss in the show</li></ul>
Nov 22, 2017
How To Learn More In Record Time - Speed Reading, Concentration, & Memory with Jim Kwik
In this episode we discuss how our guest went from a childhood head injury to becoming an accelerated learning expert. We cover memory, speed reading, improving your focus, taking notes like an expert and go deep into tactics for accelerated learning. We talk about the importance of mastering the fundamentals, and get into tons of highly specific and actionable advice you can use today with our guest Jim Kwik.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Jim Kwik is the founder of Kwik Learning and Superhero You. Jim is a brain coach in speed reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. Jim’s methods and work have been utilized by with several high profile companies including Nike, SpaceX, and GE, as well as individuals such as the Clintons, Oprah, Richard Branson and more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>We’ve discovered more in the last 20 years about the human brain than we learned in the 2000 years before that</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How Jim went from growing up with learning challenges from an early childhood head injury to become an expert in accelerated learning and speed reading</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to read 30 books in 30 days</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How we can actually retain what we read</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Knowledge is not power, its only potential power&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The one super power you want to master in the 21st century (learn faster)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Traditional speed reeding, skimming, skipping words, getting the gist of something is not enough - its about fully capturing and retaining the information</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The average person reads 1-2 books per year, but the average CEO reads 4-5 books per month</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What Bill Gates said the #1 super power he would pick would be</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can gain 2 months of productive time per year</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why motivation is such a critical component of accelerated learning - have a purpose for why you read</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>"H-Cubed” - 3 things you need for motivation to have accelerated learning&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The fastest way to read something is not to read it at all - figured out what your end goal is</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can remember names more effectively &amp; become a great connector</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>If you forget someone’s name, you show that they’re not important to you</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to give a speech without notes</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Brain Hacks for Speed Reading</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“Leaders are readers” and why Jim thinks you should read 30 minutes per day&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>12 things Jim does every morning to jumpstart his brain</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Mental fitness is as important, if not more important, than mental intelligence</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Using a “visual pacer” and how that brain hack can help you instantly double your reading speed</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>One of the biggest traps in the personal development field is the “next new thing”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>People who are truly on the path to Mastery focus on the fundamentals and get REALLY REALLY GOOD at the BASICS</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to get a 20-50% boost in your reading speed right now</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Excellence comes down to a set of routines, rituals, and habits</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>If we always do the easy thing in life, life becomes hard, if we do the hard things, life becomes easy</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>BEMAT = behavior equals motivation ability and trigger</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The primacy principle and the recency principle - and why you should chunk and take breaks to create more “beginnings and ends"</li></ul>
Nov 16, 2017
The Skeptics Guide To Meditation With Dan Harris
In this episode we discuss how our guest went from a hard-nosed skeptic who thought most self help was BS, to someone who uncovered the evidence based growth strategies that actually work. We talk about our guest’s journey from meeting self help gurus, to spiritual teachers, and neuroscientists to discover the biggest lessons about improving your mind and body, and the simple, scientifically validated tool that evidence demonstrates is the best way to be happier with Dan Harris.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News and the co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Dan regularly contributes to Nightline, 20/20, and World News and has covered stories from all over the world including war reporting in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as investigative reports in Haiti, Cambodia, the Congo and more. Dan is the author of the book 10% Happier and his work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Dr. OZ, Good Morning America, and much more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Dan went from being a skeptical hard-nosed reporter who thought meditation and self was was largely “bullshit”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What happened when Dan had a panic attack in front of 5 million people on Live TV</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What it’s like to have your mind get hijacked by the most boring person alive</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Dan’s journey of visiting self help gurus, religious leaders, neuroscientists and more led him to one major conclusion about how to improve your brain and your body</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How many self help gurus are correct, but often not useful in a practical sense</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Simple and scientifically validated tool to deal with the voice in your head</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The secrets of "contemplative neuroscientists"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to train up the ability to focus, deal with emotions, be nice to other people, be nice to yourself, have patience, and be grateful</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The radical notion, supported by research, that you can literally train and transform your brain to prime it for happiness</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Happiness is skill, according to the science, and it can be trained</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There are thousands of kinds of meditation and it’s not useful to get overly dogmatic about the superiority of one method over the other</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Dan gravitates towards mindfulness meditation because it has valuable and strong research supporting it</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The basic and simple strategy you can use to start meditating RIGHT NOW</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You don’t need to clear your mind - clearing your mind is impossible</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Think about meditation like going to the gym - if you’re not sweating and panting you're not doing it right, meditation is like bicep curls for the brain</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The whole game of meditation is have the collision with the voice in your head and return to breath</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to defeat anxiety, depression, and panic attacks using meditation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What to do if you don’t have enough time to meditate</li></ul><br><br><br><ul><li>The different between responding wisely and reacting blindly</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we strike a balance between acceptance/mindfulness and achievement?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Non-attachment to results - you are not fully in control of the universe - everything is interconnected and multifactorial - the wise stance for an ambitious person is to recognize that you shouldn’t be attached to results</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we battle back from nihilism if we go to deep down the path of buddhism?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We do have some agency to impact the universe, but we aren’t the master of the universe</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The importance of seeing things as they are instead of as you want them to be</li></ul>
Nov 09, 2017
The Ancient Molecule You Can Use To Unlock Peak Performance with Dr. Paul Zak
In this episode we discuss the groundbreaking research behind the ancient molecule that fuels peak performance, the foundations of neuroeconomics, how our brains react during social interactions, we examine how our brains are designed to connect and built to work cooperatively, we dig into the power of oxytocin and how you can increase it in your life, and much more with Dr. Paul Zak.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Paul Zak is founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology, and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He was also among the team of scientists who were the first to use brain imaging to identify the role of oxytocin as a key driver of trust, love, and morality that distinguish our humanity. Paul is the author of the new book Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies and has appeared on ABC World News, CNN, Fox Business, and more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Paul founded the field of Neuroeconomics - what is that?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How are humans able to interact with total strangers when that is impossible in the animal kingdom?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do our brains balance the risks of meeting a stranger vs the benefits of increased social influence?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Our brains live in this soup of chemicals, none of which we are aware of consciously</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How Paul’s groundbreaking research transformed what scientists thought about the production of oxytocin and how humans build trust&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Oxytocin is an on/off switch</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Paul challenges the listeners to a fight!&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Our brains naturally help us adapt to the environment we are in</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we get people in groups to perform at their highest level</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can train your brain to release more oxytocin</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Learn how to read the emotional state of the people around you</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How “listening with your eyes” can help boost your oxytocin and help you become more in sync with people</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The “evil trick” you can use to get tons of information when you meet someone (it’s NOT what you expect!)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Our brains are designed to connect, we want to be connected. We are naturally open to touch. Our brains are built to work cooperatively.&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Strategies you can use in your daily life to increase your oxytocin&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How companies can measure and manage their culture for high trust and high performance</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 8 key building blocks leaders can use to build trust and improve high performance</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Paul focuses on measuring brain activity and use that to solve real problems that humans have.</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The neuroscience firmly demonstrates the power and vital importance of sleep&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can implement concrete changes to get the biggest bang for your buck in building a culture of high performance</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We trust people more who are their real, vulnerable, natural selves</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why you should replace “how was your weekend” with “hey you look really &lt;insert emotion on their face&gt;” to build deeper relationships</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Almost no human can survive on their own - we only survive in groups - we must understand how to engage the groups that we are constantly around</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Science predicts, and data strongly supports, that people want to be and enjoy being part of high performance groups</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why isn’t work an adventure? How can we make a work an adventure</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Connecting, touching, giving a gift - give the gift of connection, empowerment, love, to someone around you</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Nov 02, 2017
How You Can Use Behavioral Design To Create Any Habit You Want with Nir Eyal
In this episode we discuss How To Use “Mind Control” Techniques to Create Any Habit You Want, why we are driven much more by pain than pleasure, the “hook” model for describing human behavior, how to hack your rewards to change your behavior, the power of tiny amounts of friction, and much more with Nir Eyal. <br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Nir Eyal is an expert in “behavioral design” having worked in both advertising and video gaming helping companies build and create more engaging products. Nir is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the book Hooked: How To Build Habit Forming Products and has been featured in Forbes, Psychology Today, and more. Nir is an active angel investor and currently writes to help companies create good habit and behaviors in their users on his blog <a href=""></a>.<br> &nbsp;<br> We discuss:<br> &nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Persuasion, mind control, and behavioral design</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What is a habit and how do you define it?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How we can leverage technology to build healthier habits</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How 50% of your actions take place with little or no unconscious thought</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Internal vs External triggers&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There is only one reason you use a product or service - to modulate your mood - that’s it</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Our behaviors are driven NOT by seeking of pleasure, but rather the quelling of a unconformable emotion&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Figure out what your frequently occurring internal triggers are</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We are driven more by PAIN than by PLEASURE</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There’s no end to what we can accomplish if we can understand that pain is our primary motivator</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Even seeking pleasure = satisfying the PAIN of WANTING</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of the unknown to draw us in&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 4 stages of the “Hook” Model on how Habits are formed and sustained</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Rewards are actually wanting to quell the “stress of desire”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Discomfort drives us to action</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How the same mental hardwiring behind addiction also underpins love and desire</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The easier you can make a behavior the more likely people are to do it</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The biggest thing that drives people to adopt technology is making life EASIER</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Reward itself doesn’t have much impact on your brain, its the anticipation of the reward that drives us&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>3 Kinds of Variable Rewards</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Rewards of the Tribe</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Rewards of the Hunt</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Rewards of the Self</li></ul></li><li><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Belief is as much of a factor in addiction as physical dependency itself</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How making a behavior just a little bit easier can have dramatic results</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to put the hook model in reverse and destroy bad habits</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How putting space between steps in your habit loop can create massive changes</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How can you make bad habits more difficult, take longer, or be harder to do?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can use “temptation bundling” to break the hold of variable rewards in your habit loop</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Never do something when you don’t have the end in sight - do things that have a finite END so that you don’t get hooked</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Key question you must ask yourself: Is this technology serving ME, or am I serving IT?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>One simple piece of advice to implement the ideas discussed in this interview right away</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to leverage technology to combat technology that is distracting you&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Oct 26, 2017
How This Astronaut Survived Going Blind In Space & Tools for Crushing Fear with Chris Hadfield
In this episode, we discuss what happened when our guest astronaut Chris Hadfield went blind during a space walk - and how he made it out alive. We talk about the mental toughness necessary to survive extremely dangerous situations like that, discuss in depth how astronauts deal with fear, look at the vital importance of powerful training to deal with huge risks, and much more with&nbsp; Chris Hadfield.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Chris Hadfield, who the BBC called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong" has been a part of several space missions with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA. He served as Chief of Robotics and Chief of International Space Station Operations. Chris was the first Canadian to command the International Space Station and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and inducted to the Canadian Aviation Hall Of Fame. In addition to his work as an engineer and astronaut Chris is an author, musician, and speaker.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>The 3 key things that enabled chris to make it all the way through the astronaut selection process</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How Chris survived going BLIND during a space walk in outer space!!</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How astronauts rescue incapacitated crew in outer space</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to cultivate the mental toughness to survive the most dangerous situations imaginable</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The learned and trained ability to deal with extremely complex circumstances</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why Chris was an astronaut for 21 years and only spent 6 months in space, thats how important training is</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>In outer space, you can’t count on luck, you count on your own learned ability to deal with the probable things that could go wrong</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How NASA develops training programs to do everything possible to be successful</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The vital importance of visualizing failure and understanding what could go wrong</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Astronauts don’t visualize success, they practice for failure, all the time</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Visualize failure, incrementally improve, don't count on luck</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>NASA’s Recipe for Success</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The relationship between DANGER and FEAR</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Things don’t change whether or not you are afraid of them - the ONLY question is whether or not you are prepared</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Your body’s physiology reacts to being unprepared to a dangers situation with a reaction we simply call “fear”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>FEAR = LACK OF PREPARATION</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Perpetual fear = STRESS (and overwhelm)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Listen to fear, but don’t keep fear from allowing you to dictate your life</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do you change your own threshold of fear?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Recognize real threats through the noise of the non threats</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>if you dont know what to be afraid fo, then your afraid of everything</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>the difference between belief and knowledge</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>If you're afraid of a jaguar, should you be afraid of a kitten?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>One of the ways to increase your own significance is to exaggerate your problems</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why the perception that the world is more dangerous now than ever is fundamentally flawed</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>"The Sky is Not The Limit"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Life is TOUGH and the earth is TOUGH - it’s been here for 4.5 billion years</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The perspective of an astronaut viewing the entire world from above</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why Chris recommends that you should “aim to be a zero”</li></ul>
Oct 19, 2017
Hack Your Biochemistry To Create Spontaneous Weight Loss and Improved Mental Health by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary
In this episode we discuss how neurology's perspective on the brain fundamentally ignores the health of the entire system, we look at your gut biome’s role in depression, mood regulation and how the microbiome controls your behavior and emotions, we ask why it is so hard for people to break negative eating habits, talk about the biochemistry of addiction, the incredible importance of understanding your microbiome and gut health with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary is a neuroscientist and Ayurveda expert. She has participated in over 20 clinical research studies working with new stem cell therapies for diabetic neuropathy and drug development for the treatment of ALS. Dr. Chaudhary is the author of The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss, and is a regular guest on the Dr. Oz show!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Dr. Chaudhary’s personal experience led her down the path of integrative medicine</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The health of the brain is highly dependent on the health of the gut</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Auyerveda is the oldest recorded medical system in the world - one of the oldest forms of “lifestyle medicine"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why food is medicine</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How the Neurologist’s perspective on the brain fundamentally ignores the health of the entire system</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Dr. Chaudhary’s perspective on how eastern &amp; integrative medicine can be integrated with western science to form a more holistic solution for health</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Tumeric is a great example of a spice that has scientifically demonstrated health benefits</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Micro-biome &amp; gut health underpins huge medical issues</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Western medicine is just now catching up with insights from 5000 year old holistic medicines</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>90% of your serotonin comes from your gut and gut health is a major factor in depression&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Scientifically, the mind and mental health are deeply connected and directly related gut health</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why is it so hard for people to break negative eating habits? Is it really just a question of willpower?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The neurochemistry and biochemistry that underpins negative eating habits</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Your micro biome itself can shift your eating habits and make you desire and consume certain foods</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why 85% of people cannot change the way they are eating with willpower</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The biochemistry of addiction and food addiction &amp; the role dopamine plays&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How food scientists have engineered junk food to produce massive dopamine spikes</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The dangers of overstimulated dopamine receptors and how they lead to addiction</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>An obese person’s brain chemistry responds the same way to sugar as a cocaine addict responds to cocaine</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Environmental toxins and toxic inflammation and how they impact your body</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Enteric nervous system - the “brain inside your gut” which produces 95% of the serotonin and 50% of the dopamine in your body</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“The gut does most of the talking and the brain does most of the listening”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Who dictates the content of what the gut says? The Microbiome&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>"How smart is your gut?"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How fecal matter transplants in mice can completely reverse genetically engineered personality traits</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Research clearly demonstrates that your micro-biome controls your behavior and emotions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We are still in the infancy of discovering and understanding the microbiome - there is a lot of “noise” that’s hard to understand</li></ul>
Oct 12, 2017
The Military Influence Training that Maps Out Human Weakness, Harnesses Confusion, and Triggers Obedience in Others With Chase Hughes
In this episode we discuss the darker side of how the US military influences human behavior - we touch on brainwashing, reading human body language, creating Manchurian candidates, how this one psychological bias can convince strangers to murder someone more than 80% of the time, how to profile someone and search for their weaknesses, and much more with Chase Hughes.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Chase Hughes is the founder of Ellipsis Behavior Laboratories and the amazon bestselling author of The Ellipsis Manual. Chase previously served in the US Navy as part of the correctional and prisoner management departments. Chase speaks on a variety of topics including brainwashing and attraction and frequently develops new programs for the US Government and members of anti human-trafficking teams around the world.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How seeing "how weak and vulnerable everyone was" transformed Chase’s worldview</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Is it possible to create real world Manchurian candidates?&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why you’re grossly underestimating the work necessary to read human body language and understand human behavior</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why the typical strategies of influence won’t work unless you can profile and understand the individual - and tailor what you’re saying and doing to meet that individuals weaknesses and needs</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Simple questions you can use to “disengage someone from autopilot” and break the pattern they are stuck in</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can develop “FIC" to hack human behavior&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Focus</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Interest</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Curiosity</li></ul></li><li><br></li></ul><br><ul><li>The “RAS” - reticular activation system - constantly looking for things that are threats and things that are socially valuable</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How the Milgrim experiment fundamentally demonstrates the incredible power of <a href="">the authority bias</a></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The one strategy that can be effective influencing strangers to commit murder more than 80% of the time</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 5 key factors you can use to hack authority and trigger an “obedient” response</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Dominance / ambition&nbsp;</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Discipline</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Leadership</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Gratitude</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Fun /&nbsp; sense of adventure</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When we interact with authority we go through an “agentic” shift - our brain shifts responsibility for our own actions onto the person who instructed us to do it - you can make people take extreme behaviors if you get them to give YOU responsibility for their actions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Master yourself first before you can influence others</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Master environment first</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Master your time - keeping a plan and sticking to it</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Master the mechanics of your habits</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Master your attention span</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Tactics for mastering authority today</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Express genuine interest in other people and make them feel INTERESTING not interested</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Remember the phrase - LEADERSHIP through SUPPORT</li></ul></li><li><br></li></ul><br><ul><li>The people who think they are alpha males are usually NOT the alpha male - big dogs don’t feel the need to bark</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The Columbo method - make deliberate social errors, be vulnerable, start with an insecurity - that helps open people up to influence</li></ul>
Oct 05, 2017
How This Government Agency Spy Recruiter Hacked Psychology To Change Anyone’s Behavior with Robin Dreeke
How this FBI spy recruiter hacked evolutionary psychology to learn to change anyone’s behavior, 5 steps for “strategizing” trust, how to get someone’s brain to reward them for engaging with you, the vital importance of self awareness, the power of not keeping score, and much more with Robin Dreeke.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Robin began his career in law enforcement in 1997 after serving in the United States Marine Corp. Robin has directed the behavior analysis program of a federal law enforcement agency and has received training and operational experience in social psychology and the science of relationship management. Robin is currently an agent of the FBI and the author of “It’s Not All About “Me”” and the upcoming book The Code of Trust.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Robin went from being a hard charging type-a individual to learning the principles of actually inspiring people and changing behavior</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Robin’s main job was to recruit spies</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How manipulating, pressuring, bullying people doesn’t work - and why learning that lessons in counter-intelligence is one of the most powerful places to learn the lesson</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The Art Form of Inspirating Anyone and Getting them to do what you want</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The New Car Effect - and what that has to do with influencing and inspiring anyone</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>"Strategizing Trust" - the five steps of trust&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How the old conception of leadership is flawed and ineffective</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How being hard charging, type-a, and in your face is backwards from what you need to be successful</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How the crucible of counter-intelligence doesn’t afford you the luxury of making mistakes - and the strategies that come out of that for influencing others</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When people don’t have to talk to you and don’t care about your title and position - you have to find the strategies that work</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The vital importance of self awareness and honest self assessment</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What you think you’re projecting to the world is often not what the world is seeing</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How ego, vanity, and insecurities can hijack what you say and do</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Listen to the people around you, take feedback, and learn how you can change</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How strategies of inspiration and influence focus almost exclusively on the other person</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Focus on other people, what their priorities are, and what’s important to them - that’s how you can change their behavior and influence them</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why should someone want to talk to you, listen to you, and do what you want?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Think in terms of inspiring other people, not manipulating them</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How seeking other people's thoughts and opinions can help you neurobiologically build trust with them</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Leaders don’t keep scorecards. Give and let go. And wait.&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When you honor the healthy and happy relationships - everything falls into place and flows very easily</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to get someone’s brain to reward them for engaging with you</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Honesty is one of the critical factors&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why you shouldn’t convince, cajole, and manipulate people</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How the FBI spy recruits hacked evolutionary psychology to learn to change anyone’s behavior</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How the use of lies and deception can destroy trust forever</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>It cost nothing to make it about other people and its one of the simplest strategies in the world - and can have a huge impact on your ability to influence and inspire&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Become an available resource for other people</li></ul>
Sep 28, 2017
Do You Have To Be Ruthless To Succeed? The Truth About Survival Of The Fittest with Dr. Chris Kukk
In this episode we ask "do you have to be ruthless to succeed?”, we examine how compassion is powerfully linked with success, we discuss the essential task of challenging your own world view and seeking evidence you disagree with, learn how to ask great questions, and much more with Dr. Chris Kukk.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Chris Kukk is a former counter intelligence agent, now a professor of Political and Social Science at Western Connecticut State University. He is the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity, and Innovation. He is the author of the newly released book The Compassionate Achiever and has been featured on NPR, NBC, The Economist, and more<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Social and emotional learning and how Chris is using that to transform early childhood education</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How positivity and compassion can spread from the bottom up to change schools</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The neuroscience behind how compassion helps children learn more effectively</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why cultivating personal awareness is the first step to mastery</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>With meditation you catch more than you miss, without it, you miss more than you catch</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What did Charles Darwin have to say about how compassion impacts the “survival of the fittest”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How a focus on helping one another moves society forward</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why the conception of compassion as “soft” or “weak” is completely wrong</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How compassion is powerfully linked with success</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Mother Theresa’s “Ripple of Kindness”&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Do you have to be ruthless in order to succeed?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Compassion enables you to have sustained success</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Lessons from Enron</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What psychology and neuroscience studies show about extrinsic focus vs intrinsic focus on your achievement</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How Utah has saved money by pursuing a policy of compassion in solving homelessness</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The “4 step program” for cultivating compassion that you can start implementing right now</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of “LUCA”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of listening to learn instead of listening to reply</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The definition of compassion - understanding and taking action</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How we can “understand to know” and build a deeper mosaic of understanding to find common solutions to our problems</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Connecting to capabilities, reaching beyond yourself to help people with the human potential hidden in plain sight</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The essential task of challenging your own world view and seeking disconfirming evidence&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>All feedback makes you stronger, ideology fears the truth, wisdom seeks it&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The buddhist concept of “fierce compassion”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Remember, water cuts through rock over time</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What are “knownaughts” and “noxxers”?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of connection to make your success limitless</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we ask great questions (and why its so important to do that)?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The great question is like the lens of a camera, the aperture shapes what you see on the other side</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The words that you use frame the way you see a problem</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How silence can open up doorways for deeper understanding</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Lessons from counter intelligence interrogations about how we can become better listeners</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of "nondoing"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Practical steps you can implement right now to begin walking the path of compassion</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Sep 21, 2017
Break Your Phone Addiction (& Your Other Bad Habits) With Charles Duhigg
In this episode we discuss habit loops, how they form, and what they are, we look at why you can’t stop picking up your phone (I know that’s definitely a challenge for me), the habits and routines that research shows are most correlated with success, how to bake mental models into your brain, and much more with Charles Duhigg.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Charles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and senior editor at The New York Times. Charles is the author of “The Power of Habit,” which spent over two years on the New York Times best-seller list, and more recently “Smarter Faster Better,” also a New York Times best seller. Charles graduated from Yale University, Harvard Business School and has been featured in This American Life, N.P.R, Frontline, and much more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Habit Loops, what they are and how they form</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>40-45% of what we do every single day is not a decision it's a habit</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Emotional cue for checking your phone and "novelty seeking"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How your brain makes that behavior automatic because it's delivering a reward</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to break habits</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What Reward are you seeking? Get as specific as possible</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Figure out the REWARD, then reprogram the HABIT</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Keystone habits and how they can transform your identity and create a chain reaction</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why it's that the most successful people work harder, they just think differently</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The rituals and habits of people who are more productive</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why its not being smarter, its not working harder, its not going to the right schools - the research shows that what correlates the MOST with success is that the people who are most successful tend to have “contemplative routines”, habits in their lives that push them to think more deeply</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Journaling is a great example of a contemplative routine that can make you be more productive</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Being busy and being productive are not synonymous</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Thinking has always been the killer "productivity app"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The story of Quantas Flight 32</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Maintaining focus while in the middle of a crashing airplane and how to cultivate situational awareness</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How Firefighters develop ESP</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Building a story, a mental model of a situation, and how that can shape your situational awareness</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The vital importance of building mental models</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Sep 14, 2017
How You Can CRUSH Self Sabotage with Dr. Gay Hendricks
In this episode we discuss how you can fall into cycles of self sabotage and constantly reset your happiness down to where you think it should be, lessons learned from coaching over 20,000 people, how to crush upper limit problems and break through the beliefs holding you back, the questions you need to discover and live in your zone of genius, and much more with Dr. Gay Hendricks.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Gay Hendricks is the president of the Hendricks Institute, he earned his Ph.D in counselling psychology from Stanford and taught at the university of Colorado for 21 years and conducted seminars across the globe. He is also a multi bestselling author, having written more than 40 books and his work has been featured on CNN, CNBC, Oprah, and more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Gay’s "encounter with destiny" and how it “knocked him out” of his usual way of thinking</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Lessons from training thousands of counselors and coaches to help people transform their lives</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Lessons from counseling and coaching over 20,000 individuals!</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How Gay went from 300+ lbs, smoking 2-3 packs of cigarettes per day, and transformed his entire life</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The two “big ideas” from the Big Leap</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Upper Limit Problems</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Occupying your Zone of Genius</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What are "Upper Limit Problems?"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to Occupying your “Zone of Genius"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Often times its not the lack of business skills that stifle us, its lack of heart centric communication skills</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>If you’re able to bring forth what is within you, it will pave the path to success - but if you keep your emotions in, you stifle yourself</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How a tiny bit of misalignment can create echos and rattles throughout your life</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How we fall into cycles of self sabotage to “reset” our happiness down to where we think it should be</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We often manufacture fears, stresses, and anxieties to stop ourselves from feeling good</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The core fears you experience underpinning that Upper Limit Problem</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>#1 The Fear of Outshining</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>#2 The Fear of Being Fundamentally Flawed</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Upper limit problems are rooted in fear - unless we come to terms with those - we cannot actualize our full potential</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to explore, lovingly, your own fears and limitations</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The concept of having enough vs having plenty&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>#3 The Fear of Leaving Behind or being disloyal to the people you care about</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Do you ever feel like “things are going too well, now something bad is going to happen”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Focusing on what can go wrong is useful if we TAKE ACTION about it, but if we can’t act on it, its just useless worrying</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The “quick fix” for blame and criticism - get underneath the blame, own what you’re afraid of that is causing that blame and talk about it openly and honestly&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to fix broken relationships and heal communication problems in 10 minutes or less</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Self criticism is rooted in FEAR - something you’re afraid of in yourself, or something your afraid to communicate to someone else - what is it that im basically afraid of?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Can honesty (with ourselves and our relationships) reduce suffering?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Ultimate success mantra - I expand in love, abundance, creativity, and success every day as I inspire other people to expand in love, abundance, success, and creativity!&nbsp;</li></ul>
Sep 07, 2017
How You Can Come Alive And Unleash Your Brilliance with Simon T. Bailey
In this episode we look at why your definition of success might be hurting you - and how you can redefine it in a much healthier way, examine the power of intellectual humility, talk about what it means to provide value and how to do it, we go deep into the power of listening, why its so important, and discuss 3 strategies you can use to become a better listener, we explore the concept of brilliance as well as how you can unlock your own brilliance in 30 seconds, and much more with Simon T. Bailey.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Simon T. Bailey is the CEO of Simon T. Bailey International an education company that specializes in creating learning and development content for individuals and organizations. Simon is a hall of fame keynote speaker and is one of the top 10 most booked corporate speakers on Leadership, Change, and Customer Experience and will be the emcee at the upcoming SUCCESS Live Event in September!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Why your definition of success might be hurting you - and how you can redefine it in a much healthier way.&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why success is about others and not just yourself</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Intellectual humility and why it’s so important&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Questions to put yourself on the path towards true success:</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>What would I do if I knew that I couldn't fail?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>What would I do if no one paid me to do it?</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>What makes me come alive?</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Don't ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive - the world needs people who come alive</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to create an “exit strategy” to test your ideas and pursue your dreams</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Can (and should) you quit your job and play videos games all day?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We are now in a recommendation economy - people will tell other people if you are excellent</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What it means to provide value to the world and how you can do it:</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Going above and beyond, exceeding expectations, doing more than people expect of you</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Listen and discover ways to exceed expectations</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Meta Listening and why you should often slow down in order to speed up</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 3 levels of listening &amp; Why listening shows the person that they matter</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why it’s not good to “need to be the smartest person in the room”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to practice intellectual humility</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Release the need to be right</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Understand the power of diversity of opinion &amp; perspective</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Find someone who is willing to say no and challenge your ideas</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to step outside your comfort zone and seek disconfirming opinions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Simon’s strategy for reaching 1 billion people around the globe</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Brilliance - what it is, why its important - and what Harvard research says about it&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Within the next decade millions of knowledge worker jobs will be eliminated due to automation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can unlock your own brilliance in 30 seconds</li></ul><br><br><br><ul><li>The concept of emotional congruence</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Language is the software of the mind - your words carry energy and create worlds</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to rehearse the future in the present</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>"15-7-30-90"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You decide your habits, and your habits decide your future</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Answer the question “W</li></ul>
Aug 31, 2017
The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong with Eric Barker
In this episode we ask what really produces success by looking at what separates truly successful people from the rest, we examine many common and conflicting “success maxims” and look at what the data actually says really works, we dig deep into the vital importance of knowing yourself and your own strengths, look at the power of aligning your work with your environment, and discuss the dangers of constantly overcommitting your time with Eric Barker.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Eric Barker is the creator of the blog “Barking Up The Wrong Tree” - with over 290,000 subscribers.&nbsp; His work is syndicated by Time Magazine, Business Insider and he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and more. Just recently, his new book Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong was named a Wall Street Journal Bestseller.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How Eric took a myth-busters approach to success maxims and figured out what really works</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Vital importance of knowing yourself and your strengths</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why you need to align with a context and environment that rewards your skills</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What really produces success? What separates the very successful from the rest of us?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We take a lot of the common maxims we hear that conflict about success and look at what the DATA actually says about them</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What are intensifiers and why should you know about them?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When are negatives positives? How can you know when it’s important?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Context really reveals when and how these maxims work or not</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Do nice guys really finish last? What does the science say?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why, in some contexts, being a jerk can pay off (and when it can backfire)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Strategies to improve self knowledge and know yourself more deeply</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Pursuing your passion doesn't always lead to happiness, but pursuing what you’re good at more frequently does lead to happiness</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Research is clear - focus on what you’re good at - and find a way to compensate for your weaknesses.&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Understanding your strengths allows you to plan the right way to go about achieving your big picture goals</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Deluding yourself is often worst situation of all and you frequently end up working against yourself</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Do quitters never win? Should we quit or persevere? How do we think about Grit?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The vital importance of opportunity cost - we only have so much time in the day - we have to focus in on the biggest things</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Strategically quitting is not the opposite of grit, but enables you to focus in on the most important things</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>People consistently over-commit their time and don’t understand how little time they have</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Find a balance - look at what’s producing results - show grit with those things - things that aren’t producing results</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why you should absolutely dedicate 5-10% of your time to what Peter Simms calls “little bets”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The key litmus test on whether or not you should apply GRIT or QUIT</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What research reveals (Richard Wiseman in the UK) on how you can improve your luck!</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we “walk the tightrope” between confidence and delusion? How often should we “believe in ourselves”?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Confidence as a whole is a problematic paradigm, confidence follows success, it doesn’t lead to success - it has NO effect on outcomes, only impact on trying to build confidence is that it increases narcissism&nbsp;</li></ul>
Aug 24, 2017
How To Demolish What’s Holding You Back & Leave Your Comfort Zone with Andy Molinsky
In this episode we discuss why people struggle to reach outside their comfort zones – and why it’s so critically important that you do, we explore the 5 core psychological road blocks stopping people from stepping outside their comfort zones, we go deep on how you can become tougher, more resilient, and embrace discomfort, how you can master the art of small talk, what you need to do to cultivate the skill of “global dexterity” and much more with Dr. Andy Molinksy.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Andy Molinsky is a professor of Organizational Behavior and Psychology at Brandeis University. Andy is the author of Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence, as well as Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process. He has been featured in Inc., Psychology Today, The Harvard Business Review, and was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices for 2016.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Lessons from interviews with students, teachers, police officers, rabbis, priests, entrepreneurs, goat farmers - and the common lessons of WHY people struggle to step outside their comfort zones<br><br></li><li>Why do people struggle to reach outside their comfort zones?<br><br></li><li>The vital importance of stepping outside your comfort zone<br><br></li><li>The 5 core psychological road blocks / challenges that make it hard to step outside our comfort zones<br><br></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Authenticity/Identity/Self image</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Likability</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Competence</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Resentment</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Morality</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><ul><li>Imposter Syndrome and how it can trap you in your comfort zone<br><br></li><li>Our “amazing capacity” to avoid discomfort and seek relief<br><br></li><li>What happens when people avoid uncomfortable situations<br><br></li><li>How we can often create imperfect substitutions for situations we want to avoid<br><br></li><li>How our minds rationalize excuses so that we can avoid uncomfortable things<br><br></li><li>“Fear is about predicting the future” and we are often poor predictors of our own futures<br><br></li><li>Specific tactics and strategies you can use to step outside of your comfort zone<br><br></li><li>How conviction can help you step outside your comfort zone and push you<br><br></li><li>Customizing and tweaking situations to make them slightly more bearable can help you take that first step<br><br></li><li>The danger of “catastrophizing” and always assuming the worst case scenario<br><br></li><li>The power of clarity and getting clear on the truth about what you want, and what the worst case scenarios are<br><br></li><li>How we can build resilience and make the pursuit of discomfort stick<br><br></li><li>The power of a learning orientation and growth mindset to give you the ability to step outside your comfort zone<br><br></li><li>Stepping outside your comfort zone starts in your mind<br><br></li><li>The power of desensitizing yourself to things outside your comfort zone, and what happens when you continue to have experiences outside your comfort zone<br><br></li><li>How to deliver bad news to people, fire someone, and have tough conversations<br><br></li><li>The dysfunctional conversations that might arise if you don’t know the right way to deliver bad news<br><br></li><li>The vital importance of mastering the art of small talk &amp; strategies for mastering small talk<br><br></li><li>Why every meaningful relationship you’ve ever had (other than family) started with small talk<br><br></li><li>Focus first on building camaraderie and rapport, then trust<br><br></li><li>Listening, making connection, asking questions in an open ended way<br><br></li><li>Developing global dexterity and learning to act outside of your cultural comfort zone</li></ul>
Aug 17, 2017
Simple Strategies You Can Use To Persuade Anyone with The Godfather of Influence Dr. Robert Cialdini
In this episode we discuss an old trick palm readers use that you can leverage to get people to do what you want, why persuasion does not lie just in the message itself, but rather in how the message is presented, what the research reveals about why the context matters as much, if not more, than the content itself, why you shouldn’t ask people for their opinion but instead ask someone for their advice, how small differences that seem trivial make a HUGE impact on human behavior, and much more with Dr. Robert Cialdini.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Robert Cialdini is the president and CEO of Influence at works. He is the multi best selling author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and his latest book Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way To Influence and Persuade and he is currently a regions professor eremites of psychology and marketing at the Arizona State University . Commonly referred to as “The Godfather Of Influence” Robert’s work has been featured around the world with clients such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, The Department of Justice, and more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br><br><ul><li>Research reveals that getting you to pay attention to something doesn't just reveal who you are, it makes you who you are</li><li>How small differences that seem trivial make a HUGE impact on human behavior</li><li>Why most people don't’ recognize the subconscious priming of pre-suasion</li><li>Lessons from Dr. Cialdini's time as an amateur palm reader</li><li>How researchers boosted their response rate from 29% to 77.3% with one simple question</li><li>Can a photo change your ability to solve problems more effectively?</li><li>How you can create a state of mind in your recipient that is consistent with the message you’re about to give</li><li>How getting people to reflect on a particular trait that they might have can prime them to respond to what you want them to do</li><li>How you can get people to think of themselves as whatever you want them to be</li><li>This one trick palm readers use that you can leverage to get people to do what you want</li><li>Persuasion does not lie just in the message itself, but rather in how the message is presented</li><li>"Tell me what you’re paying attention to, and I'll tell you who you are"</li><li>Does it matter what store you’re standing in front of if you ask a woman for her number at the mall?</li><li>Why Pre-suasion is "a dangerous stick of dynamite"</li><li>The medium is the message, the messenger is the message, and the multitude is the message - the true power of authority and social proof</li><li>What does the United Kingdom’s tax policy have to do with creating more influential communication</li><li>Learning what most others are doing is a message itself</li><li>Context matters as much as or more than content</li><li>How can you ethically leverage the concepts of persuasion?</li><li>One thing you can do to hack job interviews using this simple tactic</li><li>Why you shouldn’t ask people for their opinion but instead ask someone for their advice</li><li>Why its better to ask for $75,123.00 than $75,000.</li><li>Ask yourself “What is it about my message that will make it most wise for people to say yes to it”</li><li>Is it possible to use pre-suasion on ourselves?</li><li>How changing a simple image can improve your ability to solve problems by more than 48%</li><li>The best thing you can do to prime someone for change (the simple easy thing you can to do to get people to change)</li><li>And much more!&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Aug 10, 2017
Can You Have It All In Career and Life? Learn the Secrets of Multipotentialites with Emlie Wapnick
In this episode we discuss what to do if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, we look at the concept that you only have one true calling, we learn how to become a better big picture thinkers, we look at the superpowers you can develop by being a “multi-potential-ite,” how to master rapid learning and cultivate beginners mind, the fallacy behind the phrase “jack of all trades,” and much more with Emilie Wapnick.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Emilie is a speaker, career coach, founder of the popular blog Puttylike, and author of the book How To Be Everything: A Guide for those who still don't know what they want to be when they grow up. Her TED talk has been 3.7 million times and translated into over 36 languages. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Lifehacker, and more.<br><br><ul><li>How Emilie’s diverse interests and passions lead her down the path of creating a community of people who wanted to do more than just focus on one thing in their lives</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What does it mean to be “puttylike”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Who are Multi-potential-ites and what makes them so interesting and powerful?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Do you have a destiny, one true calling?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How the industrial revolution shaped our language and understanding of “what you do” being who you are (and why that’s wrong)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The idea that there is one specific thing you should master is a socially reinforced illusion &amp; narrative</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Do you have to focus on one thing to be able to be successful?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The assumption that you can either be a master of one thing or a jack of all trades is fundamentally flawed</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>There are nonlinear and multi-connected and multi-faceted domains of knowledge that multi-potential-ites thrive in</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The diminishing returns and 80/20 principle behind mastering knowledge in different domains</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The Superpowers of Multipotentialites</li></ul><br><ul><li>Idea Synthesis</li><li><br><br><ul><li>Rapid Learning (and passion)</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Adaptability</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Big Picture Thinking</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Relating and translating</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to cultivate the ability to be a better big picture thinker</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Pattern recognition underpins many of these super-powers</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to master rapid learning and cultivate beginners mind</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The power of exploring other fields and domains and how that can bring back new knowledge to the field you’re an expert in</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The 4 common approaches that multi-potentialites use to succeed financially in today’s world</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>The “group hug” approach - combining all your interests into one thing</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>The “slash” approach - creating separate and distinct revenue streams that you focus on fractionally</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>The “Einstein” approach - find a job that supports your true passion</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>The “Phoenix” approach - diving deep into a field, then pivoting out into something completely else</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What you do for money isn’t necessarily more valuable than the other things you do in your life</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Failure Celebration Week and taking the stigma away from failure</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>If you had 10 lives what would you want to be in each of them?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to cultivate the variety you need in your life and career</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The importance of getting everything out of your head and onto paper</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>And much more!&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Aug 03, 2017
Discover Your Hidden Emotional Insights & What’s Truly Valuable To You with Dr. Susan David
In this episode we discuss emotional agility and how you can cultivate it, discover that beneath your difficult emotions are the signposts to the things you value most, learn how to make space for emotions and embrace a willingness to experience difficult emotions, talk about why its vital to understand the distinction that emotions are meaningful but not always correct, how you can “piggyback” your habits to create very powerful strategies to live more aligned with your values and more with Dr. Susan David.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Susan David is an award winning Psychologist at Harvard Medical School, co-founder of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology. She is the author of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller Emotional Agility and has had her work featured in several publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and TIME magazine. Susan’s work and research have led to her consulting and working with several top organizations including the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum, and much more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Susan’s experience growing up in apartheid South Africa led her down the path of studying emotional resilience and agility</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The tyranny of positivity and how it can actually harm us</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How focusing too much on your happiness can make you less happy over time</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How surpassing your emotions increases depression and anxiety and decreases your chance at achieving your goals</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Beneath your difficult emotions are signposts to the things we value most</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Research psychology reveals the power of the “amplification effect” when we push our thoughts and emotions aside</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Emotional contagion and how the behavior of others - even people you’ve never met and who are far removed from your life, can have a huge impact on your behavior and your life</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>If someone in your social network - even if you don’t know them - puts on weight or gets divorced, you are more likely to do those things!</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Between stimulus and response, there is a space, in that space is our opportunity for agency</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What happens when you bottle and brood on your emotions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Who’s in charge, the thinker or the thought? Who’s in charge, the emotion or the person feeling them? This story, or you the person who can experience many stories?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What is emotional agility? How can we cultivate it?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to make space for emotions and embrace a willingness to experience difficult emotions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Our emotions are not good are bad, they just “are”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Strategies for developing self compassion</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Imagine yourself as a child approaching yourself as an adult - how would you treat that 3-4 year old who has failed, been rejected, struggled, etc?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Emotions are meaningful, but not RIGHT (emotions are DATA not direction)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Its critical to cultivate space between stimulus and response</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Emotions are important but they aren’t necessarily correct - tap into the wisdom they offer us, but don’t necessarily go in the direction they want us to go in</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The vital importance of cultivating an “observer” view of our emotions to help us step out from our emotional reactions and create space between stimulus and response&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why you should use language like “I am noticing that I am feeling X” and “I am noticing the emotion of fear”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Accurately labeling your emotions, digging in beyond just the surface, taps into and helps deal with negative emotions - the field of emotional diff</li></ul>
Jul 27, 2017
A Powerful 2000 Year Old Life Hack & Creating Work That Lasts for Generations with Ryan Holiday
In this episode we discuss how our perception of reality dramatically shifts what actions we take, why you should embrace 2000+ years of wisdom to be happier and more productive, how to stop judging yourself and others based on your achievements and root your identity in something within your control, we look at how we can cultivate a more humble and resilient world view, discuss strategies for connecting with top tier mentors, and much more with Ryan Holiday.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and writer. He is the bestselling author of over five books including The Obstacle is the Way, Ego is The Enemy, and most recently his upcoming book Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts. Ryan previously worked as the director of marketing for American Apparel, working on several controversial campaigns,&nbsp; before starting his own creative agency. His work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Forbes, and more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Why you should understand the Stoic discipline of "perception"</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The way in which we see the world changes how we interact with it</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to accept situations as they are, not as you want them to be</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why you shouldn't waste time figuring out how things happened, who is to blame, etc - you should shift your focus to constructively determining the next thing to do</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“There’s no problem so bad (in space) that you can’t make it worse”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The challenge of perception is not making the situations in your life worse with interpretations, resentments, anxieties&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The story of Amelia Earhart and how you can use it to take action in the face of challenges</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>When you’re offended, when you think something is beneath you, you are projecting onto that situation something that may not be there</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do you react when people don’t think you have what it takes?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to make yourself the most important person in a room, not by posturing, but by what you can contribute</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How we can flip obstacles on their heads and view setbacks as opportunities</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“What stands in the way becomes the way”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We have the ability with our minds to change how anything means&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Setbacks make some people worse, some people tough it out, other people get even better</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What is “Stoic Optimism” and why stoicism is not a focus on the negative</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The distinction between Being and Doing and why its so critical</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Should you do the “right thing” even if it pisses people off, hurts your chances of being promoted, causes political infighting, and worse?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Many people make the choice unknowingly between being and doing - and end up one day wondering where it all went wrong</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we untangle success from our identities?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we avoid the trap of judging people based on their achievements?</li></ul><br><br><br><ul><li>Focus on basing your identity on an internals scorecard that is within your control</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Decide what’s important to you, and root it within the things you control</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do we anchor our identity and self worth on a more stable footing?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The critical difference between stoicism vs pessimism and how to look at both sides of the coin and realizing there are no good or bad outcomes - just outcomes</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Everything is relative and subjective - someone in the third world would kill to live the life you may think of as failure</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jul 20, 2017
The Principles You Can Use To Live An Authentic & Fulfilling Life with Jon Vroman
In this episode we discuss the dangers of “playing it safe” in life, how we can learn to celebrate more, the power of cheering on, showing up, and serving other people, how to balance the acceptance of negative emotions with amplifying the good and focusing on the positive, what it means to live life in the “front row,” lessons learned about living life from people fighting for their lives, and much more with our guest Jon Vroman.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Jon is the co-founder of The Front Row Foundation, a charity that creates unforgettable moments for individuals who are braving life-threatening illnesses. Jon teaches others to “Live Life In The Front Row” through teaching and inspiring others with the Art of Moment Making. He is also an award winning speaker, podcast host, and the bestselling author of his new book The Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with The Art of Moment Making.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br><br><ul><li>How John went from being bullied and feeling insignificant, to stepping up and living his life in the front row</li><li>How would you rate your contribution to the world on a 1-10 scale?</li><li>The dangers of “playing it safe” in life</li><li>What does it mean to live life in the front row?</li><li>The anticipation principle and how to bring the power of the future into the present moment</li><li>How we can learn to celebrate - bring light and attention to something, even if its something small</li><li>Celebration is appreciation and gratitude</li><li>How do you recognize or create a front row moment every day in life?</li><li>“What can I celebrate right now?</li><li>If you can’t celebrate yourself, ask “How can I celebrate somebody else?”</li><li>Being in the front row is also about service, stepping up for people, and not always being the center of attention</li><li>The power of cheering on, showing up, and serving other people and why there is so much meaning, love, and joy in doing that</li><li>What does it mean to be a moment maker?</li><li>Recognizing the beauty and joy within a moment and noticing it, take a moment, breathe in, look around, feel it and appreciate it - recognizing what’s already there and not chasing what could be</li><li>Why you should ask “How can I make this special?”</li><li>How you can create special moments in the simplest spaces within life, turning something normal into something spectacular&nbsp;</li><li>Why we should amplify the good so that we silence what’s not</li><li>The importance of accepting negative emotions and living the full range of emotions in life, the importance of being cold so you can appreciate the warmth</li><li>The 90% Rule - where do you want to “live” 90% of the time</li><li>How to re-align with what you value and live a life of making moments and celebration</li><li>The three things you need to live life in the front row</li><li>How to balance questions of acceptance/discomfrot/negative emotions with amplifying the good and focusing on the positive - focus on what state you end up at when you have the balance between those two things</li><li>"Proximity is power” - what thoughts, questions, and relationships are you close to that are shaping your life?</li><li>Questions drives our lives - what questions are we trying to answer?</li><li>What questions are running your mind? What different questions could be running your mind?</li><li>Everything we've learned about living life from people fighting for their lives</li></ul>
Jul 13, 2017
Human Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, and the Uncertain Future of Cyber Warfare with WIRED’s Kevin Kelly
In this episode we discuss the inevitable technology shifts that will be impacting our future, the second industrial revolution, the importance of having an open mind, critical thinking and seeking disconfirming evidence, we explore how to ask better questions (and why it’s so important that you do), and talk about some of the biggest technology risks with Kevin Kelly.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Kevin Kelly is the Senior Maverick and Co-Founder of Wired Magazine. Kevin is also the co-founder of The All Species Foundation, which seeks to catalogue and identify every living species on earth as well as The Rosetta Project, building an archive of ALL documented human language and much much more. He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of several books including The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future, his work has been featured in Forbes, Smithsonian, and more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>The 12 inevitable forces that are shaping the future of humanity and our lives</li><li>How the physics of the “technological” terrain make tectonic technological shifts INEVITABLE and what you can do about it</li><li>Why cars, telephones, light bulbs, and the internet were also “inevitable"</li><li>Evolution keeps trying to make “minds” - is AI the next attempt?</li><li>How we are “cognifying" the world around us and what that means</li><li>How we will fill the world with a zoo of possible minds that think differently</li><li>AI will become a commodity like electricity - it will be a utility that anyone can get or use</li><li>What can I do with 1000 minds (like 1000 horsepower) working on a problem</li><li>The second industrial revolution and how it will impact our entire society</li><li>How our lack of understanding of intelligence currently hinders our ability to truly understand what makes intelligence</li><li>You can’t optimize every dimension - there will always be trade-offs</li><li>How much of today’s technology is akin to “flapping wings” versus artificial flight using fixed wings</li><li>The chief asset for innovation and wealth generation in this new economy is being able to THINK differently</li><li>How do we focus our attention in a world with such infinite possibilities of things to do and focus on?</li><li>How do we battle against fake news, alternative facts, and the temptation to only filter information we want to hear?</li><li>In the future - we may have to teach the “literacy” of filtering and understanding information as Kevin calls it “techno literacy”or “critical thinking”</li><li>The vital importance of being open to having your mind changed - and how travel can be a tool to do that</li><li>Why asking great questions will be one of the most valuable skillsets and assets in the future</li><li>How we can start to ask better questions right now</li><li>There are no dumb questions - never be afraid to ask if you don’t understand&nbsp; - and then really listen for the answer</li><li>Why we should use lateral thinking to approach a question or challenge from a completely different angle - how we ask a question that has never been asked before</li><li>How you can believe you are a martian and ask questions as if you were a machine and you didn’t know all the things humans normally know</li><li>Don’t be afraid of obvious questions</li><li>The technology trend that Kevin Kelly is most afraid of and thinks is the biggest risk to humanity</li></ul><br><br><br>
Jul 06, 2017
The Shocking Truth About Talent & What It Means For You with Geoff Colvin
In this episode we discuss the “experience trap” and why someone who has been doing their job for 20-30 years may be no better (and sometimes worse) than someone who has very little experience, look at the shocking truth that 35 years of research reveals separates world class performers from everyone else, how “Talent” is overrated, misunderstood, and most research says it doesn’t even exist, we go deep on the critically important concept of deliberate practice, and much more with our guest Geoff Colvin. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Geoff Colvin is an award winning speaker, writer, and broadcaster. Geoff holds a degree in economics from Harvard, an MBA from NYU, and is currently the the senior editor-at-large for FORTUNE. He is the bestselling author of several books including Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World Class Performers from Everyone Else, Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will and more. Geoff has delivered over 10,000 broadcasts on the CBS Radio Network and has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, and more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>The “experience trap” and why someone who has been doing their job for 20-30 years may be no better (and sometimes worse) than someone who has very little experience</li><li>What do surgeons, auditors, parole officers have in common with their skillsets?</li><li>Why the assumption that a lot of experience makes you good at something is fundamentally flawed&nbsp;</li><li>What the very best performers are constantly doing that most people simply don’t do</li><li>Why going to a teacher and taking lessons is NOT enough to get better at singing (or any other skill)</li><li>What separates world class performers from everyone else</li><li>Why the concept of talent is a loaded term that most people don’t understand</li><li>Why the conception of “talent” as an in-born gift is a mischaracterization</li><li>How “Talent” is overrated, misunderstood, and why most research says “talent" simply does not exist</li><li>What 35 years of research and science answer exactly what explains great performance better than anything else</li><li>What is the concept of "deliberate practice" and why is it so vital to great performance?</li><li>The road to great performance is long and hard, but most importantly its available to anyone</li><li>Why deliberate practice is not what you typically think of when you think of practice</li><li>The key components of deliberate practice.</li></ul><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>Deliberate practice is an activity designed especially for you, at your stage of development, at doing what you’re doing right now</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>It is designed to push you just beyond what you’re currently capable of doing</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Can be repeated at high volume</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>The vital importance of continual feedback</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li><li>Why high-volume deliberate practice changes the physical structure of your brain</li><li>As you get better, your deliberate practice must be adjusted higher</li><li>Why deliberate practice is neither work nor play</li><li>The vital importance of training and practicing just outside your realm of ability</li><li>How to harness deliberate practice for business &amp; investing</li><li>Simulation</li><li>Software that lets you make these decisions at high volume</li><li>Create simulators that put these decisions to the test at high volume</li><li>These simulations have to be highly realistic and very demanding</li></ul><br><br><br>
Jun 29, 2017
Master The Universal Skills To Become Awesome At Any Job And Succeed At Your Work with Pete Mockaitis
In this episode we discuss how to master the universal skills required to succeed at work, the counter-intuitive truth of taking more responsibility for your own mistakes, flaws, and screw-ups can help you succeed more quickly, we look at how to cultivate and create accountability in your life, challenge yourself to rise to a higher level, and become more vulnerable, we talk about the Benjamin Franklin effect, and much more with Pete Mockaitis.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Pete Mockaitis is an award-winning trainer focusing primarily on helping professionals perform optimally at work. He’s delivered 1-on-1 coaching to over 700 clients across 50 countries, and every Ivy League school. He currently hosts the How to be Awesome at your Job podcast which has listeners in over 150 countries and has been ranked as a top 5 career podcast on iTunes.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>The importance of reading to improving your knowledge</li><li>The book that has had the biggest impact on Pete’s life</li><li>How you can transform yourself into “peak state” so that you don’t feel scared or unmotivated</li><li>How to master the universal skills required to succeed at work</li><li>Grit - what it is, why its so important, and how you can cultivate</li><li>The concept that had the biggest impact on Pete’s life</li><li>Why its so important to take a hard look at yourself and your own shortcomings</li><li>What to do when your paralyzed by fear in your job</li><li>Why Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear</li><li>How to be a more effective communicator</li><li>“Answer first communication” and how it can transform how you speak and present</li><li>How “hypothesis driven testing” can make you a much better communicator</li><li>Why you should ask: “What things need to be true for this to be a good idea”</li><li>Numbers galvanize attention and focus for people listening to you</li><li>If you’re stressed out in your current role, you’re not ready to make the next move up</li><li>“The time to meet your neighbors is not when your house is on fire”</li><li>How to cultivate and develop better relationships</li><li>The power of making the ask and "ask not, have not”</li><li>The Benjamin Franklin Effect and how it can help you build a powerful network of mentors</li><li>You can achieve whatever you want in life, if you help enough other people achieve what they want in life</li><li>How to ask for good feedback and how to give feedback</li><li>Ask for role models and ideal next steps when asking for feedback</li><li>Why you should never be afraid to ask for feedback and counterintuitively how demonstrating your weakensses can help you advance in your career</li><li>The counter intuitive truth of taking MORE responsibility for your own mistakes, flaws, and screw-ups can help you succeed more quickly</li><li>How to cultivate and create accountability in your life, challenge yourself to rise to a higher level, and become more vulnerable</li><li>What you should do when your unsatisfied with your career</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Jun 22, 2017
The Mental Tools Olympians, Traders, & Top Performers Use To Make High Pressure Decisions with Denise Shull
In this episode we ask can, and should, we set aside our emotions to make decisions in huge, high stakes environments (like trading)? How to channel and listen to your emotions to make even better decisions, learning from negative emotions, how historical echoes in our life create repeated behavior patterns, and much more with Denise Shull.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Denise Shull is a decision coach, performance architect, and founder of the Re-Think Group. She utilizes psychological science to solve the issues of mental mistakes, confidence crises, and slumps in Olympic Athletes and Wall Street Traders. Her Book Market Mind Games has been described as “The Best of It’s Genre” and “The Rosetta Stone of Trading Psychology”. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New York Times, and consulted on the SHOWTIME Drama series Billions as one of the inspirations for Maggie Siff’s character - Wendy Rhodes.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Denise studied the neuroscience of emotions and unconscious thought but ditched her PHD to become a trader</li><li>Can (and should) we set aside our emotions in a high stakes environment like trading?</li><li>Why you should consciously incorporate your emotions into your decisions to make the best decisions</li><li>Feelings, thoughts, emotions, and physical body are all part of one integrated system and you have to think about it as an integrated continuum</li><li>Your psyche is trying to get important information to you by turning up the volume of your emotions</li><li>We should focus on finding the valuable kernel of information that our emotions are sending us</li><li>How do we learn from negative emotions (such as fear and anxiety)</li><li>Being able to differentiate between granularity of anxiety helps you process the feelings better</li><li>If you didn’t have some level of anxiety you would never do the preparation necessary</li><li>Define, as clearly as possible, the things you are afraid of, own it, connect head to stomach, and describe it with the word. (your psyche will feel like you got the message through)</li><li>Once your anxiety and fear feel acknowledged it naturally dissipates</li><li>The vital importance of journaling and being gentle and kind to yourself, to help you understand your emotions</li><li>Everyone has all kinds of feelings, everyone doubts themselves on some level, the top performers, hedge fund managers, and olympic athletes&nbsp; - its part of the human condition</li><li>How can historical echoes create repeated behavioral patterns?</li><li>The critical period for who we are and how we relate in the world happen very early - as Freud called them “the compulsion to repeat”, and as Denise calls them “echoes” or “fractals”</li><li>Negative feelings are a mechanism to look and understand the fractals from our past and exploring child hood experiences can help you uncover more about them</li><li>The importance of doing the historical work, digging into your childhood, asking yourself “how would I have felt” (so you can get past the filter of “oh that didn’t bother me”)</li><li>An amazing question you can ask yourself about past events - how would someone else have felt about that? That question helps you break past the self denial that it did hurt you.&nbsp;</li><li>Repetitions of past mistakes are opportunities to reorganize things you weren't able to deal with in your past</li></ul>
Jun 15, 2017
The 3 Keys You Need To Answer Life’s Most Important Questions with Dr. Barry Schwartz
In this episode we look at how Toyota turned the worst automobile factory in America into the best without changing any personnel, we discuss the paradox of choice, paralysis by analysis and the danger of having too many choices, the vital importance of having a multi-disciplinary viewpoint to truly understand reality, ask if there are quick fixes for wisdom, and much more with Dr. Barry Schwartz<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Barry Schwartz is a Professor at the Haas school of business at UC berkley. He has authored over 10 books including The Paradox of Choice, Why We Work, and Practical Wisdom as well as more than 100 professional journal articles. He has been featured on the TED stage, in the The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and much more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How Barry’s work in animal learning, following in the footsteps of BF Skinner, led him down the path of his journey</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why a focus on rewards and punishments is too narrow an understanding</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The importance of multi-disciplinary work to unearth the truth and understand reality</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How we can begin to think in a more multi-discplinary way</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The answers to the most important questions in life are very complex, and efforts to simplify them are doomed to failure</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The flaws in the dominant ideologies of western society in understanding and explaining why we work</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>People don’t work only for pay - here are the other reasons people work:</li></ul><br><br><ul><li><br><br><ul><li>They want to be engaged</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>They want discretion and control</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>They want to be appreciated</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>They want to be challenged</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>They want to do something that has meaning</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why only 10% of the world’s work force is “engaged in their work”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How did Toyota turn around the worst automobile factory in America into the BEST factory in America without changing the work force?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The importance of the big 3 factors - Autonomy, Control, and Discretion</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What has enabled the container store to be so successful</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How focusing on improving the quality of work and creating good work can be good for the bottom line as well</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How Aristotle defines “Wisdom”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How excessive management and supervision has destroyed the ability of teachers to become effective</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How the the reliance on rules and incentives to get people to behave properly is the enemy of wisdom</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Wisdom is learned, but it can’t be taught - the way you learn to be wise is by trying and failing</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>You learned by doing, by getting it wrong, and by correcting your mistakes</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Trial and error, mentoring, modeling - there’s no quick fix for wisdom, you have to be in it for the long haul</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Its OK to get it wrong</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>We go deep into Barry’s famous book The Paradox of Choice</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Paralysis by analysis and the danger of having too many choices</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How can we simplify our lives and avoid the paradox of choice?</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>“Good enough is virtually always good enough”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>People who aspire to “the best” get better results, and feel worse about them, than people who are happy with “good enough”</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Don’t be unambitious and have no standards, have high standards, but don’t feel like if you aren’t the absolute best you’re a failure</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>And much more!</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Jun 08, 2017
Proven Tactics For Getting What You Want & Persuading Anyone With Master Negotiator Kwame Christian
In this episode we dig into Negotiation. Why, no matter what you do, its essential to master the skill of negotiation, the barriers that prevent people like you from negotiating effectively, why the common sense rules of the real world are a fragile collection of socially reinforced illusions, the most powerful type of question you can use in a negotiation, the single biggest mistake you can make negotiating, and much more with Kwame Christian.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Kwame Christian is a business lawyer and owner of the Christian Law as well as the founder of the American Negotiation Institute. He also hosts the podcast Negotiation for Entrepreneurs, the top rated negotiation podcast on iTunes, where he interviews successful entrepreneurs and shares powerful persuasion techniques.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Why the majority of the conversations we have are negotiations and its a vital skill to work on and improve</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Whether or not you’re good at negotiation, you’re still going to be negotiating on a daily basis</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The “Three Pillars” of Succeeding at Negotiation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What is “offensive negotiation” &amp; how to maximize value for yourself</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What are the “defensive” uses of negotiation? And how you can use negotiation to avoid bad outcomes and resolve conflicts</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can use negotiation to build relationships</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to become comfortable with asking for what you want</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The FIRST barrier everyone faces when they negotiate</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The SECOND barrier everyone faces when negotiating</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Rejection therapy and how it can transform and improve your ability to negotiate</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>One question you should always ask to see how much flexibility you have</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The common sense rules of the real world are a fragile collection of socially reinforced illusions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to use framing to transform a negotiation and conversation (with concrete examples from Kwame’s work)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How open ended questions decrease the perceived threat of a conversation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to become a “puppet master” controlling the conversation while the other party feels like they are in control</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to cultivate information asymmetry and get the informational advantage in a negotiation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can lead someone down a logical path where they convince themselves of what you want</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How do you develop the skill of asking questions</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can practice and improve the skillset of persuasion</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why curiosity is a critical component of being an effective negotiator and communicator</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why you need to be able to be persuaded to be able to persuade</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why preparation is an essential component in a negotiation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How, specifically, Kwame preps for a negotiation (specific checklists, questions, etc)</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The Three Characteristics of Master Negotiators</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How creativity fits into being an effective negotiator and why you should try to find inexpensive ways to solve other people’s problems</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The false belief that negotiation is a zero sum game</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why great negotiators go out of their way to try and solve other people’s problems</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The single biggest mistakes you can make in a negotiation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>One of the biggest barriers to moving forward in a negotiation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to build strong working relationships, with trust, and free flow of communication</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>And much more!</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br>
Jun 01, 2017
Research Reveals How You Can Create The Mindset of a Champion with Dr. Carol Dweck
This episode is all about MINDSET. What is a mindset? What is the fixed mindset and how does it shape the way we act in the world, what is the growth mindset and how can it transform the way we live our lives? We look at research data from over 168,000 students, examine the mindset of champions, the dangers of blame and excuses, and much more with Dr. Carol Dweck.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Carol Dweck is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of the best-selling book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - which is one of the single most important books in shaping my life. Her work has been featured in several publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Today Show, 20/20 and many more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>What is a mindset?</li><li>What is the fixed mindset?</li><li>We go deep into the “fixed mindset” and how they view challenges and the world</li><li>What is effort and how does the fixed mindset perceive it?</li><li>Is effort necessary to be successful or is it a sign that you’re not naturally talented?</li><li>If you have a fixed mindset, how do you think about criticism?</li><li>Do you often “need to be right?” - and how could that need be impacting your life?</li><li>We examine in detail what the “growth mindset” is and what underpins its core perception of reality</li><li>Setbacks are welcome and setbacks are inevitable</li><li>This fundamental conclusion is backed by 35+ years of psychological research, hundreds of studies, and more</li><li>A study of over 168,000 students (the entire 10th grade population of Chile) demonstrating all of these findings&nbsp;</li><li>Research data from everything from dating life to conflict in the middle east bears out the lessons of fixed vs growth mindset</li><li>What is the most effective way to recover from devastating rejections?</li><li>Is it possible to change your mindset?</li><li>How to transform your mindset and specific steps you can take to move towards a growth mindset</li><li>How to find the things that trigger your fixed mindset reactions</li><li>Discover and name your “fixed mindset persona”</li><li>Success as improvement vs success as superiority</li><li>Self handicapping and the concept that effort robs you of your excuses</li><li>Repairing your self esteem vs repairing your failure</li><li>It’s impossible to learn from a mistake if you deny making it in the first place</li><li>The grave danger of placing blame, making excuses, and denying failure in order to protect your self esteem</li><li>The mindset of a champion and how champions rise to the occasion</li><li>Viewing people as judges vs viewing people as allies</li><li>How do we reconcile the lessons of mindset with the idea that you should focus on your strengths?</li><li>What are the most common triggers of the fixed mindset?</li><li><br><br><ul><li>Taking on a challenge, out of your comfort zone</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Struggling, not making progress</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Setback, criticism, failure</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li><li>Strength and weakness are much more dynamic than we understand or give them credit for</li><li>Don think your strengths will be strengths forever if you don't work on them and grow them</li><li>The dangers of the self esteem movement and how it actually cultivates the fixed mindset</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
May 25, 2017
The Secret of How Sound Can Make You Be Happier & Achieve More with Julian Treasure
In this episode we go deep on sound – we discuss how sound changes your body and affects your heart rate, breathing, brain waves, and hormone secretions, the secret to cultivating soundscapes that make us happier and more productive, the incredible power of listening and how it can change your reality, how, like sound waves, we are all vibrating, from the smallest physical level, to the macro level, and much more with Julian Treasure.<br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Julian Treasure is the chair of the <a href="">Sound Agency</a>, a consultancy firm that advises worldwide businesses on how to effectively use sound. Julian has delivered 5 TED talks with more than 30 million views about listening, communication, and the effect sound has on the human brain. He is the author of the book Sound Business and the upcoming book How To Be Heard. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The Economist, and many more.<br> &nbsp;<br> We discuss:<br> &nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Why musicians have slightly larger brains than non-musicians</li><li>We are all vibrating, from the smallest physical level, to the macro level</li><li>What is sound itself and how does it affect us?</li><li>How sound changes your body and affects your heart rate, breathing, brain waves, and hormone secretions</li><li>What sound to listen to if you have trouble sleeping</li><li>How sound entrains all of your bodily rhythms</li><li>It is possible to listen to two people talking at once?</li><li>How ambient noise (especially human voice) can reduce your productivity by up to 66%</li><li>How noise can negatively change your behavior, create stress, etc</li><li>How noise kills 1 million health-years per year in Europe (via reduced life expectancy)</li><li>The secret to cultivating soundscapes that make us happier and more productive</li><li>The incredible power of listening and how it can change your reality</li><li>The underutilized sensitivity and power in the ears</li><li>Why it's a grave mistake to think that everyone listens the same way that you do</li><li>How silence is a vital part of improving your ability to listen</li><li>The power of 3 minutes of silence per day</li><li>Why open plan offices are terrible for concentration and contemplation</li><li>“The mixer” exercise you can perform to make yourself a better listener</li><li>The importance of savoring the mundane sounds around us every day</li><li>How you can use "listening positions” to transform how you listen</li><li>The difference between critical listening vs empathic listening</li><li>We all want to be heard, to be understood, and to be valued</li><li>Do men and women have different default listening positions?</li><li>Convergent listening vs divergent listening</li><li>How “RASA” can make you a much better listener</li><li>How truly listening to someone can be an amazing gift</li><li>The human voice is one of the most complex and amazing instruments in the world</li><li>The 4 communication channels - Reading, writing, speaking, listening</li><li>The way you say something is much more important than how you say it</li><li>The vocal toolbox and how you can use these tools to be a more effective communicator</li><li>Posture is a critical component in the vocal toolbox</li><li>The power of breath, and a simple breathing exercise we can all use</li><li>You want your voice to have the timbre of hot chocolate (rich, smooth)</li><li>How changing pace, pitch, and tone can impact h</li></ul>
May 18, 2017
Integrating 50,000 Years of Human Knowledge into a Single Comprehensive Map of Reality with Ken Wilber
In this episode we dig into a massive framework for answers some of the biggest questions in life, ask if its possible to integrate 50,000 years of human knowledge into a single comprehensive map of reality, we look at the greatest good that a human being can achieve, we go deep on the path of “waking up” offered by thousands of years, hundreds of cultures, and what the clearest and strikingly similar paths to enlightenment are, we discuss how to integrate and understand the connections between art, morality, and science and much more with our guest Ken Wilbur.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Ken Wilbur is the founder of the Integral Institute which serves as a think tank aiming to synthesize all human experience and knowledge. He’s been called the “Einstein of consciousness”, and is the author of over twenty books with a focus on transpersonal psychology including A Brief History Of Everything, The Integral Vision, Sex, Ecology, Spirituality and more.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>We dig into a massive framework for answers some of the biggest questions in life (who am I, why am I here, etc)</li><li>Building bigger pictures that fits all of our knowledge into a cohesive framework for understanding reality</li><li>Is it possible it to integrate 50,000 years of human knowledge into a single comprehensive map of reality?</li><li>The different paths of showing up, cleaning up, growing up, waking up</li><li>Most people, even experts, a completely unaware of the vast intersections of knowledge across human history and the major academic disciplines</li><li>The “integral” approach tries to take everything into account to provide a truly comprehensive approach to human society, life, business, ecology, politics, and more</li><li>The paths of “waking up” and “growing up” and why they are some of the most central and significant paths you can pursue in life</li><li>The two major states of consciousness that humans experience</li><li>Is it a misunderstanding to take ourselves as a single egoic self?</li><li>How every single thing and event is interwoven with the entire universe as a whole</li><li>What is the greatest good that a human being can achieve?</li><li>What is it like to have an enlightenment experience?</li><li>The seen self vs the seeing self? What is the observing self?</li><li>The synthesis of zen koans, Jesus’s teachings, and philosophy</li><li>The maps of “waking up” offered by thousands of years, hundreds of cultures, and what the clearest and strikingly similar paths to enlightenment are</li><li>All the major religious traditions describe a strikingly similar path towards “waking up”</li><li>Why mindfulness “resting in the witness” is the powerful path towards enlightenment</li><li>Religion as a mythic story that you’re supposed to agree with</li><li>Paths of waking up are not a “mythic story” but psychotechnologies of transformation</li><li>Nobody is smart enough to be wrong all the time - there has to be partial truth in almost everything that can be integrated into a holistic understanding of reality</li><li>The levels of human consciousness / understanding from developmental psychology&nbsp;</li><li>The great stages of human development of society mimic the develop of individuals</li><li>“Waking up” and “growing up” are two very different things and you can be at different places on either of those paths</li><li>There is some degree of truth in virtually every approach to reality you look at, how can all of these approaches fit together, how can embrace all of them in a coherent fashion?</li><li>Hierarchies exist, but they don’t equate to moral superiority</li><li>The “big three” - the beautiful, the good, and the true (art, morality, science)</li><li>Is the current scientific perspective too limited to incorporate and under</li></ul>
May 11, 2017
Proven Strategies of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion with Dr. Ronald Siegel
In this episode we examine how mindfulness practices developed independently in cultures across the world, discuss how evolution shaped our brains to focus on survival instead of happiness and fulfillment, we ask what is success? How do we define it? What is the failure of success? We go deep into how to practice self-compassion, and much more with Dr. Ronald Siegel.<br><br><br>Dr. Ronald Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. Ronald also currently serves on the Board of Directors and Faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is a longtime student of mindfulness meditation having authored and co-authored several books on the topic including The Mindfulness Solution, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and more.<br><br><br>We discuss:<br><br><ul><li>Lessons about mindfulness from the Harvard medical school</li><li>Why did mindfulness practices spring up independently in cultures across the world?</li><li>You didn’t evolve to be happy (and why that’s super important)</li><li>How evolution shaped our brains to focus on survival and not happiness and fulfillment</li><li>How our minds are like Teflon for good things&nbsp; &amp; Velcro for bad things</li><li>Type 1 Errors and Type 2 Errors (and why our minds evolved to make way too many Type 1 Errors)</li><li>How evolution sculpted our brains to be incredibly concerned about social ranking and hierarchies</li><li>Why we focus incessantly on what other’s think about us and how we compare to other people and how that drives much of what happens in the world around us</li><li>The pain of “I, Me, My Mine” and how constant preoccupation with ourselves is a major cause of pain and suffering</li><li>When we are preoccupied with proving ourselves, it harms our connections with other people</li><li>What is success? How do we define it? What is the "failure of success?"</li><li>The major misconceptions about what will make us happy</li><li>The importance of connecting with others and engaging more fully in this moment</li><li>The dunning-Kruger effect and how it clouds our understanding of mindfulness</li><li>“High-resolution consciousness” and how you can create it</li><li>The relationship between mindfulness and thought</li><li>A huge amount of psychological suffering has to do with our thinking</li><li>Thoughts are mental contents rather than realities</li><li>Happiness stems from being FULLY PRESENT and ENGAGED</li><li>Fantasizing about future/past etc creates suffering</li><li>How does mindfulness relate to meditation? What’s the difference?</li><li>Train the mind not to push away the unpleasant experiences</li><li>We go through exercises explicitly design for cultivating acceptance</li><li>How mindfulness helps you break out of a cycle of comparison and cultivate loving self-acceptance</li><li>Identify the feeling states in your body and notice each time you get feelings of inflation and deflation</li><li>Feel your feelings and trust that it's OK to feel them</li><li>Who was the King of England in 1361? (and why it's ESSENTIAL to understand that)</li><li>The concepts of narcissistic recalibration and the hedonic treadmill</li><li>The scientific reality that everything is a wave function</li><li>Consciousness is a stream of experience that fluctuates up and down</li></ul><br><br><br>
May 04, 2017
Learning How To Learn, Sleeping Without Sleeping & Hacking Your Brain To Become A Learning Machine with Dr. Barbara Oakley
In this episode we discuss learning how to learn, meta learning, how Salvador Dali and Thomas Edison practiced the art of “sleeping without sleeping” to hack their neural systems, the concept of Chunking - what the neuroscience says about it and how you can use it to become a learning machine, why “following your passion” is not the right thing to focus, and much more with our guest Barbara Oakley.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Barbara Oakley is an associate professor of engineering at Oakland University in Michigan. She has been described as the “female Indiana Jones” and her research adventures have taken her from Russian fishing boats to Antarctica. She has authored several books on topics ranging from genetics to neuroscience and has a recent book called Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Human Potential.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;-How Barbara’s journey has taken her from the Army to Russian Trawlers in the Bering Sea, to an outpost in Antarctica<br>&nbsp;-How Barbara went from a math-phobe to a professor of engineering (and what she learned along the way)<br>&nbsp;-Are you afraid of math? Why math can seem to be intimidating (and it doesn’t have to be)<br>&nbsp;-Why the emphasis on memorization as the sole basis of learning has sabotaged our efforts to learn<br>&nbsp;-How the concept of deliberate practice and why it's so important to learning<br>&nbsp;-How you can augment deliberate practice to become an even more effective learner&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;-Meta learning and how you can "learn how to learn"<br>&nbsp;-The concept of chunking - what the neuroscience says about it and how you can use it to become a learning machine<br>&nbsp;-What learning an instrument can teach us about learning physics and math<br>&nbsp;-How the brain learns - and the difference between “focused mode” and “diffused mode”<br>&nbsp;-The “task positive network” and the “default mode network” within your brain<br>&nbsp;-Why you can’t be in both the “focused mode” and the “diffused mode” at the same time<br>&nbsp;-How Salvador Dali and Thomas Edison practiced the art of “sleeping without sleeping” to hack their neural systems and harness the benefits of both the “focused mode” and the “diffused mode"<br>&nbsp;-How do we strike a balance between “focused attention” and “diffused attention”?<br>&nbsp;-How you can harness learning limitations like ADHD or slow memory to your advantage<br>&nbsp;-How the difference between a race car and a hiker illustrate the difference between divergent thinking styles and strategies<br>&nbsp;-The curse of genius, why geniuses often jump to conclusi s, and have a hard time changing their minds when they are wrong<br>&nbsp;-Illusions of competence and how they can short circuit our learning attempts<br>&nbsp;-Is test anxiety real? Why do we feel anxious before a test?<br>&nbsp;-Often limiting beliefs and excuses crop up when we haven’t done the work truly trying to learn something<br>&nbsp;-How to test yourself and improve your knowledge and understanding of any topic<br>&nbsp;-How you can think about math equations as a form of poetry to more deeply understand them<br>&nbsp;-Why you should focus on distilling knowledge into the core elements and principles<br>&nbsp;-Why you procrastinate (and the neuroscience behind what happens when you do)<br>&nbsp;-The pomodoro technique and how it can help you conquer procrastination<br>&nbsp;-Why “following your passion” is not the right thing to focus on<br>&nbsp;-How testosterone impacts how women and men learn differently and why women often mistakenly don’t pursue analytical paths<br>&nbsp;-Passions can lead you to dead ends in your career, you should focus on broadening your
Apr 27, 2017
The Secret Science of Lies & Body Language with Vanessa Van Edwards
In this episode we discuss how school gives you zero of the social and interpersonal skills necessary to be successful in life, the best starting point for build nonverbal communication, how to read facial expression and body language to discover hidden emotions, how to become a human lie detector, the secrets super connectors use to work a room, and much more with Vanessa Van Edwards.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Vanessa Van Edwards is the lead investigator at Science of People, a human behavior research lab. She is a Huffington Post columnist and published author. Her work has been featured on NPR, Business Week and USA Today. She has written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes. Her latest book, Captivate, was chosen as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>School gives you zero of the social and interpersonal skills necessary to be successful in life</li><li>The skills of nonverbal communication can be learned and trained</li><li>Between 60% and 90% of our communication is non-verbal</li><li>Why you shouldn’t put 100% of your eggs in the “verbal communication” basket</li><li>How humans give more weight to non-verbal communication</li><li>What is the best starting point for build nonverbal communication?</li><li>The importance good eye contact &amp; a strong handshake</li><li>Why eye contact creates oxytocin and builds deeper connections</li><li>The “sweet spot” for maintaining good eye contact</li><li>How twins separated at birth have the same nonverbal affectations</li><li>What are micro-expressions and why they are so important</li><li>The facial feedback hypothesis and how our faces create a feedback loop</li><li>The 7 micro-expressions that will change your life</li><li>Research from mental patients who lied to their doctors</li><li>How to read facial expression (or body language) to discover hidden emotions</li><li>The “fake science” myths around human lie detection</li><li>The statistical cues to deceit - things that liars most often do</li><li>Do “truth wizards” exist?</li><li>Average person is 54% accurate in detecting lies</li><li>What is baselining?</li><li>Encoding vs Decoding</li><li>What research on thousands of hours on TED Talks tells us about successful body language &amp; the importance of congruency</li><li>We cannot cover up what we feel, focus on opportunities where you can thrive instead of places where you are merely surviving&nbsp;</li><li>“The secrets of super-connectors,” how to “work a room” and the specific patterns they use&nbsp;</li><li>How to be someone’s "social savior”</li><li>"Context conversation starters”</li><li>You learn ALOT about someone from a handshake</li><li>Handshakes produce more oxytocin than 3 hours of face to face time</li><li>Make the handshake equal (firmness and direction)</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Apr 20, 2017
How You Can Work Less & Achieve More by Mastering This ONE Key Principle with Perry Marshall
<strong>I</strong>n this episode we look at what rabbit populations, craters on the moon, files on your hard-drive and the GDP of countries have in common, we discuss The power of fractals, the math of chaos theory, and what that all has to do with the 80/20 principle, How your understanding of the 80/20 is only the tip of the iceberg, how to generate 16x more leverage to achieve your goals, we go deep into sales wisdom from one of the world's top marketing consultants and much more with Perry Marshall.&nbsp; <br>&nbsp; <br> Perry Marshall is a trained engineer and one of the world’s most sought-after business consultants, helping clients across 300 industries by combining sales, engineering, art, and psychology. Perry is the bestselling author of several books including The Ultimate Guide To Google AdWord, 80/20 Sales and Marketing and Evolution 2.0.<br> <strong>&nbsp;</strong><ul><li>How Perry went from being laid off and surviving on ramen and bologna sandwiches to becoming one of the world's top marketing consultants</li><li>How your understanding of the 80/20 principle is only the tip of the iceberg</li><li>What Fractals and Chaos Theory have to do with the 80/20 principle</li><li>What the pattern that Earthquakes, volcanoes, tornados and hurricanes follow has to do with marketing strategy</li><li>Fractals are everywhere in your life, nature, and the universe</li><li>The raw power of the butterfly effect</li><li>How the 80/20 principles rules everything in your life and business</li><li>“Levers within levers, within levers” and how that can shape your focus</li><li>Where to find the tiny hinges that swing huge doors</li><li>What do rabbit populations, craters on the moon, files on your hard-drive and the GDP of countries have in common?</li><li>How to align yourself with the 80/20 principle and harness its incredible power</li><li>Do you want to live in the IS world or the SHOULD BE world?</li><li>If you deal with reality the way it is things become effortless</li><li>Once you understand the 80/20 principle, it transforms what you focus on</li><li>How most problems in life are a result of being on the wrong side of the 80/20 equation</li><li>What is “racking the shotgun?” and why is it so important</li><li>Don’t focus on fixing the bad 80%, focus on reproducing the successful 20%</li><li>One of the jobs of civilization is to mitigate the 80/20 principle</li><li>The world will always condition you to focus on the underperforms (the 80%)</li><li>You can get “A's" in six different subjects, but you’re gonna make a living in ONE</li><li>If you try 20 projects, the law of 80/20 says 1 should succeed!</li><li>Failure is OK, you only have to go get rich once</li><li>The 20% is 16x more leverage than the 80% that doesn’t generate results</li><li>Everyone is in sales in some form or fashion in their lives</li><li>Sales is not a convincing people process, sales and elimination process</li><li>First thing you should do in sales is disqualify people as quickly as possible</li><li>Never ask someone who can say no but who cannot say yes</li><li>The key questions you need to ask to disqualify sales leads</li><li>The story of the $2700 espresso machine</li><li>The 8 different modalities of selling and how you can thrive by embracing your own unique sales strengths</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Apr 13, 2017
Your Brain on Money - Its Role in Biology, History, Life & Society with Kabir Sehgal
In this episode we discuss how you can create success by mashing two seeming unrelated ideas together, why energy is the currency of the biological world (and how that impacts the evolution of money within our society), we go deep into understanding money and its role in our lives, and we look at why you should investigate your own biases about money with Kabir Sehgal.<br><br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Kabir is a former a vice president in emerging markets at JP Morgan. He is the new york times and wall street journal bestselling author of the book Coined and has served as a speechwriter for the John Kerry presidential campaign, having been featured in Fortune, The Harvard Business Review, and other publications. Kabir is a CNBC contributor as well as a grammy winning producer, composer, and Jazz musician.<br>&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong><br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<ul><li>Creating an opera about the financial crisis</li><li>How you can create success by mashing two seeming unrelated ideas together&nbsp;</li><li>The idea of lateral combination vs incremental growth and how it amplifies possibility</li><li>What is Money?</li><li>Unit of Value</li><li><br><br><ul><li>Instrument of Exchange</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Counting mechanism</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li><li>Why Kabir defines money as a symbol of value</li><li>The neurological triggers associated with money</li><li>How a trip to the Galapagos islands transformed the way Kabir thought about money</li><li>The “biology of exchange” and how money expresses something deeply biological and rooted in evolution</li><li>Why energy is the currency of the biological world (and how that impacts the evolution of money within our society)</li><li>Looking at financial decisions through brain scans and MRIs</li><li>How talking about money can change the electrical conductivity of your skin</li><li>Fascinating research data about how money impacts</li><li>How making money creates a brain state almost identical to cocaine addicts</li><li>What does research show gets men more excited - dead bodies, naked women, or money?</li><li>How your genetic composition impacts your psychology of money</li><li>How twin studies demonstrate people’s genetic preference for certain financial behaviors and risk profiles</li><li>The history of bartering and how social debt was actually the first currency</li><li>Think of money as a measurement of debt&nbsp;</li><li>What’s the difference between currency and money?</li><li>What does Genghis Khan have to do with the history of money?</li><li>What are Native American potlatches and what do they tell us about tipping behavior?</li><li>What is Soft Money, what is Hard Money, and what are the differences?</li><li>Does the weather impact your financial decisions?</li><li>Do Jesus and the Hindu scriptures offer the same financial advice?</li><li>Understanding money and its role in our lives</li><li>Why you should start with investigating your own biases about money</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Apr 06, 2017
How a Game Theory Expert Sold One Billion Bottles of Tea & What He Learned On The Journey with Barry Nalebuff
In this episode we discuss the fundamental principles of game theory, we correctly guess the answers to SAT questions - without every knowing what the question was! We look at how to use game theory in practical ways, and go deep on how a college professor and his student started a beverage company, sold a billion bottles of tea, and competed against Coke, Nestle, and other major players to become incredibly successful with our guest Barry Nalebuff.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Barry is a Professor of Economics and Management at Yale School of Management. A graduate of MIT, a Rhodes Scholar and Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, Barry earned his doctorate at Oxford University. Barry is the author of several books, an expert in game theory which he applies to business strategy, and the co-founder of Honest Tea which has been named one of America’s fastest Growing Companies<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br><br><ul><li>What is game theory?</li><li>What are the fundamental principles of game theory?</li><li>The difference between ego-centric and being alo-centric</li><li>How do you design a system that avoids death spirals?</li><li>Everything in life is a game</li><li>Barry grills me on game theory with a fascinating example</li><li>We crush through some SAT questions and find the correct answer - without every knowing the question!</li><li>We use a simple game to understand Nash equilibrium and how that explains third world development challenges and corruption</li><li>What is the prisoner’s dilemma and how does it apply to the real world?</li><li>How global warming demonstrates a multi-person prisoner’s dilemma</li><li>The concept of “signaling” in game theory and how Michale Spence won a noble prize studying it</li><li>A real world example of how signaling can be used to change outcomes getting hired</li><li>How to use game theory to negotiate and create the best possible outcomes</li><li>A concrete example of how to "divide the pie” and reach a fair and “principled” conclusion in a negotiation</li><li>Why its important to figure out what the pie is before you determine how to split it</li><li>How a professor and his student pooled their resources, started a beverage company, sold a billion bottles of tea, and competed against coke, nestle, and other major players</li><li>The concept of “declining marginal utility” and how that shaped the founding of Honest Tea</li><li>We explain why a function is maximized when its derivative is zero</li><li>The “Babysitter Theorem” and why it was critical to Honest Tea’s success</li><li>How Barry and Seth used the Lean Startup approach to launch Honest Tea</li><li>Would it make sense for Pepsi to release a perfect replica of Coke?</li><li>Barry’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs&nbsp;</li></ul><br><ul><li>Be radically different</li><li><br><br><ul><li>Solve a challenging problem</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>Succeed without being copied</li></ul></li><li><br><br></li><li>How Honest Tea prevented their business model from being copied and knocked off</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Mar 30, 2017
The Neuroscience Behind Building a Sustainable Healthy Lifestyle with Foodist Darya Rose
In this episode we discuss why dieting actually predicts weight gain over the long run, how you can build a “healthstyle” of habits that can accumulate small advantages and create a healthy lifestyle over time, how “habit loops” are formed and how you can leverage neuroscience to create habits that stick, the concept of Mindful Eating and how it can transform your relationship to the meals you eat, and more with our guest Darya Rose.<br><br><br><br>Darya Rose is a neuroscience Ph.D and the author of the book Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting. Darya is the creator of Summer Tomato a blog where she teaches others to form healthy food habits by combining neuroscience, mindfulness, and nutrition. She has been featured on the Today Show, Oprah, Time Magazine, and was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential People In Health and Fitness<br><br><ul><li>How Darya dug into the science behind healthy lifestyles and what she discovered</li><li>How everything Darya learned about health and nutrition was wrong</li><li>How Darya defines “dieting” (and why that’s so important)</li><li>Why dieting actually predicts weight gain over the long run</li><li>How your current relationship with food impacts your long-term health (and how you can shift it)</li><li>What the “biggest loser” gets wrong about dieting and weight gain</li><li>Why dieting is “torture” and is “set up so that you can't’ win”</li><li>The psychology behind why dieters often regain weight</li><li>What it means to&nbsp; “moralize” your food choices and why you should avoid it</li><li>Why you should lose weight more slowly</li><li>How “dieting” can confuse your hormones and negatively impact your satiety cues</li><li>You are the sum of your habits</li><li>How do you build a “healthstyle” of habits that can accumulate small advantages and create a healthy lifestyle over time</li><li>How “habit loops” are formed and how you can leverage neuroscience to create habits that stick</li><li>Why growth mindset is essential to changing your habits and living a healthy lifestyle</li><li>The critical importance of rewards in building habits (and the different types of rewards)</li><li>Rewards must be internal and innately linked to whatever you’re doing</li><li>“Home court habits” that you need to develop to live in a healthy place and stay there sustainably&nbsp;</li><li>Why you should eat your veggies!</li><li>Why Darya says that "Sitting is the new smoking"</li><li>The importance of sleep and maintaining your circadian rhythms to building a healthy lifestyle</li><li>Why Mindfulness is a critical part of a healthy diet</li><li>Mindful Eating and how it can transform your relationship to the meals you eat</li><li>The definition of "mindfulness” - being aware of your present physical experience, thoughts, &amp; feelings (emotional feelings in the body) and being AWARE that those are happening without judgment&nbsp;</li><li>Why you should focus on chewing your food more and eating more slowly</li><li>How to battle junk food cravings</li><li>The importance of real food, how do define it, and how to find it</li><li>The 80/20 principle and how it applies to healthy living</li><li>Create a habit journal and recognize how the things you are doing often</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Mar 23, 2017
How To Listen To Your Emotions, Recover From Trauma, and Control Your Brain Waves with Rene Brent
&nbsp;<br><br>In this episode, we discuss why you can’t out-think your emotions, the relationship between trauma and our mind/body connection, how to start listening to your emotions, the power of hypnosis, and how to drop into your body to experience what you’re truly feeling with Rene Brent.<br><br><br><br>Rene is a Certified Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. She is the Director and Instructor of the Externship Program at the Orlando Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy. She’s also the bestselling author of How Big is Your But: Discover How To Let Go Of Blocks And Move Forward In Your Life.<br>We discuss:<br><br><ul><li>How working as a trauma nurse deepened Rene’s understanding of the mind/body connection</li><li>How our thoughts control our body chemistry and physical reactions</li><li>What is hypnosis and how does it work?</li><li>How Rene approaches hypnosis from a science-based perspective and how hypnosis impacts your brain waves</li><li>The difference between alpha brain waves and beta brain waves</li><li>The relationship between hypnosis and flow states</li><li>How we can get caught in conscious thought loops that prevent us from experiencing our emotions</li><li>What happens when we consciously suppress our subconscious thoughts and feelings?</li><li>How the subconscious mind bubbles up and tries to get you to listen</li><li>How being very busy with your external life can prevent you from looking at your internal life</li><li>True joy only exists when you start experiencing emotions and listening to your subconscious mind</li><li>You cannot out-think your emotions, positive thinking doesn't work when you’re in a survival state</li><li>How something that happens in childhood can imprint a false belief that can impact you for your entire life&nbsp;</li><li>Communication is not what you said, it's what the other person heard</li><li>How do you listen more effectively to your subconscious mind?</li><li>How to push a pause button and pattern interrupt in the subconscious brain</li><li>Why you cannot heal something until you bring it up from the subconscious mind</li><li>The power of breathing and breath exercises</li><li>Anxiety is not an emotion, its a symptom of fear</li><li>Emotions amplify when we push them down, they release when we allow them to happen</li><li>While you may not have words for your emotions, your physical body is your emotional GPS</li><li>The “felt sense” of emotion and how you feel it in your body</li><li>When you drop into your body, you’re actually dropping into your subconscious mind</li><li>If the heart is quiet and you pay attention, the mind will be still</li><li>The pattern of how events create beliefs, beliefs create emotions, and emotions create symptoms</li><li>How targeting the subconscious mind rapidly speeds up interventions</li><li>The power of forgiveness and working with your inner child</li><li>How negative self-talk is counter productive</li><li>Why SLEEP is the fundamental pillar of psychological wellbeing</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Mar 16, 2017
Find Your Dream Job, Pivot Your Career, and Take Smart Risks with Jenny Blake
<br>&nbsp;In this episode we discuss what to do if you feel like you’re having a mid-life crisis every two years, the importance of staying grounded while you make big changes in your life, how to pivot your career and take “smart risks,” how to discover your strengths, and the right way to make big, exciting changes in your career with Jenny Blake.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Jenny Blake is a bestselling author, career and business strategist. Jenny began in the startup world and went on to work in Training and Career Development at Google before pivoting to pursue her own projects full time. She’s teh author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One: and has been featured on TED, CNBC, Forbes, US World &amp; News, and more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>What to do if you feel like you’re having a mid-life crisis every two years</li><li>The importance of learning, growing, and making an impact</li><li>How to find “pivot points” in your life and what to do when you find them</li><li>The importance of staying grounded while you pivot and while you make big changes in your life</li><li>The 4 stages of pivoting &amp; how to take "smart risks”</li><li>The comfort zone, the panic zone, and the stagnation zone</li><li>The critical importance of finding your strengths</li><li>Exercises that help you truly find your strengths</li><li>The risk of “self assessment” strength tests and what you can do to find your strengths more effectively</li><li>The critical importance of bolstering your bench</li><li>“Frentors” and how they can create accountability and help you achieve your goals</li><li>How finding people who are a few steps ahead of you can help you&nbsp;</li><li>The “perpetual newbie state” and the critical importance of learning and growing</li><li>Think of your career like a smartphone, not a ladder</li><li>Why you don’t have to know what direction you’re heading in next, but you can try many directions and double down on the ones that are working the best</li><li>The importance of "10% projects” and how you can find them either within your career or in entirely new space</li><li>The “15 for 30” challenge and how you can transform your options&nbsp;</li><li>Why you should revel in what others reject</li><li>How someone else’s grunt work can be your area of genius</li><li>The “3 Es” of Testing a new idea and how they can help you pick the right direction to move in</li><li>How you can “flip failure”</li><li>How defining failure can help you overcome the fear of it</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Mar 09, 2017
How To Master Emotional Intelligence & Why Your IQ Won’t Make You Successful with Dr. Daniel Goleman
<br>&nbsp;In this episode, we talk about Emotional Intelligence. What is emotional intelligence and why does it matter so much? How the science demonstrates that emotional intelligence matters far more than IQ, how you can develop and improve your “EQ”, how to build the muscle of focus, and much more with Dr. Daniel Goleman.<br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Daniel is a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. He is the international best-selling author of several books including Primal Leadership, Focus, and Emotional Intelligence which has been translated into over 40 languages.<br>&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong><br>&nbsp;WE DISCUSS:<ul><li>What is emotional intelligence and why does it matter so much?</li><li>The 4 pillars of emotional intelligence</li><li>Is IQ or EQ more important, which correlates more with success?</li><li>Why IQ is more of a threshold, and EQ scales more with people’s actual results in the world</li><li>How the science of “competence modeling” demonstrates that emotional intelligence matters far more than IQ, the more successful you become&nbsp;</li><li>Which of the four pillars of EQ do people struggle with the most?</li><li>The 3 varieties of empathy - cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and empathic concern</li><li>The mental exercises you can do to strengthen certain brain circuitry required to build emotional intelligence</li><li>How to cultivate and strengthen emotional self control</li><li>What the science say about ways to strenghten the prefrontal cortext around controling your amygdala</li><li>The mind is a muscle and basic repetition strengthens your circuitry</li><li>The hard science behind how to cultivate a positive outlook</li><li>The ventilation fallacy and why venting your anger is actually bad for you</li><li>The more you rehearse an emotion, the stronger the underlying brain circuitry becomes</li><li>The incredible power of seeing your thoughts as thoughts and nothing more</li><li>How to step back and assess your thoughts by asking “Is this helpful?"</li><li>The power of distraction to shift your thoughts away from anxiety and depression</li><li>How Dr. Goleman defines FOCUS and why it's so important</li><li>How focus and attention are muscles and cultivating them can help strengthen your underlying brain circuitry</li><li>The difference between rumination and reflection - and why reflection is so important</li><li>How a Power Nap can restore your brain</li><li>How to restore your attention and focus when you find yourself at wit’s end and cannot focus anymore</li><li>What is PRIMAL Leadership and why is it so important?</li><li>Why the crucial competencies you need to develop EQ and emotional intelligence are all learned abilities</li><li>How to give positive feedback and constructive criticism - the right way and the wrong way - don’t attack the PERSON - don’t trigger the negative circuitry, trigger a positive outlook&nbsp;</li><li>Why managing your own negative emotions is the FIRST STEP towards cultivating emotional intelligence</li><li>Step back from your thoughts and ask yourself - is this useful? Cultivate self-awareness</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Mar 02, 2017
Are Babies Racist? Is Empathy Bad for Society? And More with Dr. Paul Bloom
<br>&nbsp;In this episode we start with a dive into evolutionary psychology and how biases have been programmed into you by millions of years of evolution, look at why our guest condemns the concept of Empathy, how the science demonstrates that empathy has no correlation with doing good in the world, how empathy creates disastrous outcomes, and more with our guest Dr. Paul Bloom<br>&nbsp;<br><br>&nbsp;Dr. Paul Bloom is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University and received his PhD from MIT. Paul is the coeditor of the journal Behavior and Brain Sciences and author of several books including Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, and most recently Against Empathy: The Case For Rational Compassion.<ul><li>We dig into Paul’s research on babies and their innate sense of right and wrong</li><li>A surprising and extremely powerful source of bias that babies innately have</li><li>The in-group vs out-group and how babies slice up and divide the world</li><li>How dividing a group by coin flips can create serious behavioral biases towards your own group</li><li>Evolutionary psychology and how biases have been programmed into you by millions of years of evolution</li><li>The morality of evolution and how kindness evolved&nbsp;</li><li>How people, from an evolutionary point of view, think about strangers</li><li>The definition of empathy and how Paul defines it</li><li>Why Paul criticizes the concept of empathy</li><li>Why feeling the feelings of others is a really lousy moral guide</li><li>Why the science shows that empathy has no correlation with how much good people do in the world</li><li>What happens when soccer fans see someone shocked and how they're brains respond completely differently if its a fan of their team vs their opponents team</li><li>How our natural empathy response is riddled with extreme bias</li><li>How empathy creates disastrous political outcomes</li><li>The "Willy Horton incident" and how the empathic response resulted in more rapes and murders</li><li>Why Paul says controversially that mass shootings are objectively less than a rounding error</li><li>Why being against empathy doesn't mean we should turn into cold blooded monsters</li><li>The distinction between empathy and compassion and why its so critical</li><li>How Buddhist philosophy lead Paul to move away from empathy and towards compassion</li><li>Why its so critical to be aware of your biases before you can shift them and overcome them</li><li>Why we are more than just our biases and limitations</li></ul>
Feb 23, 2017
The Paradox of Happiness - Why Pursuing It Makes You Less Happy & What You Can Do About It with Dr. Tal Ben Shahar
<br>&nbsp;In this episode we discuss the paradox of happiness - why pursuing it makes you less happy, and what you can do about it, we dig into the research about what really makes people happy, we break down happiness into its essential components and discuss how to cultivate it, we look at the interaction between stress and recovery and why most people look at it the wrong way, why active acceptance and surrender is critical to processing and dealing with negative emotions and much more with Dr. Tal Ben Shahar.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Tal Ben Shahar created the most popular course in Harvard University’s history, he is the best-selling author of several books including The Pursuit of Perfect, Happier, Choose The Life You Want, Even Happier. He’s also the co-founder and chief learning officer of The Wholebeing Institute, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<ul><li>What science shows is the The #1 Predictor of Happiness</li><li>How the direct pursuit of happiness can actually prevent you from being happy and makes you less happy</li><li>One of the most robust findings in the field of psychology research is about what creates happiness</li><li>The paradox of happiness - why pursuing it makes you less happy, and what you can do about it</li><li>Why the expectation that you should be happy all the time is a barrier to your own happiness</li><li>The “hamburger model” and how it can transform the way that you live your life</li><li>The lens that we can use to understand all of our “happy” experiences</li><li>How Tal defines “happiness” as the intersection of meaning and pleasure</li><li>We discuss what The BEST predictor of your future behavior is</li><li>Why awareness is a critical first step to cultivating happiness</li><li>We dig into the research about what really makes people happy</li><li>Why money has very little to do with happiness (according to the research)</li><li>The vital importance of cultivating healthy relationships</li><li>We discuss the blue zones where people live the longest in the world and why these people live longer than anyone else</li><li>The critical importance of physical exercise on your psychological wellbeing</li><li>How to trigger a release of the “feel good” chemicals in your brain (norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin)</li><li>How happiness helps you be healthier, more creative, gives you more energy, and makes you more productive</li><li>Strategies for indirectly pursuing happiness</li><li>The only 2 types of people who do not experience painful emotions (are you one of them?)</li><li>How experiencing and accepting negative emotions can paradoxically improve your happiness&nbsp;</li><li>Why active acceptance and surrender is critical to processing and dealing with negative emotions</li><li>How perfectionism can create self sabotage and unhappiness</li><li>The critical distinction between healthy perfectionism and unhealthy perfectionism</li><li>The vital importance of accepting criticism and how refusing to accept criticism hamstrings you</li><li>Adaptive vs maladaptive perfectionism and why its important to know the difference&nbsp;</li><li>The interaction between stress and recovery and why most people look at it the wrong way</li><li>Why stress isn’t bad and in fact can be very good for - but with a very important caveat&nbsp;</li><li>How the concept of weight lifting can help us better understand and manage stress in our lives</li><li>How recovery is vital to your productivity, health, and happin</li></ul>
Feb 16, 2017
Do Neuroscience and Quantum Physics Disprove the Existence of Free Will? With Dr. Alfred Mele
In this episode we go DEEP on free will. Does free will exist? How does quantum physics impact the existence of free will?&nbsp; We look at the neuroscience behind the concept of free will, and look at whether conscious decision-making exists at all or all of our decisions arise within the subconscious with Dr. Alfred Mele.<br><br>Dr. Alfred Mele is a Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is also the Director of the Philosophy and Science of Self-Control Project and previous director of the Big Questions in Free Will Project (2010-2013). Mele is the author of over 200 articles and ten books including “Free Will &amp; Luck”, “Self Deception Unmasked,” and “Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will."<ul><li>We do deep on the definition of Free Will and what it means</li><li>Do you have free will?</li><li>Dr. Mele’s “gas station” model of Free will and what it means</li><li>What is “deep openness” and does it underpin the existence of free will?</li><li>The concept of determinism and whether or not it is compatible with the idea of free will</li><li>How quantum physics shapes the physical reality of free will</li><li>Philosophical concept of dualism and how it interacts with the existence of free will</li><li>Does your environment impact your ability to have “free will” and make independent decisions?</li><li>Does science leaves open the possibility for free will to&nbsp; exist?</li><li>We go deep into the actual neuroscience experiments that test whether or not we have free will</li><li>We get into the millisecond readings of EEGs that show how the brain’s decision making works to determine whether or not our decisions are truly free</li><li>We explore type 2 readiness potential and why its so critical to understanding whether or not we have free will</li><li>Where the evidence lands in terms of the neuroscience of free will</li><li>Does your unconscious rule your mind or can you consciously make free decisions?</li><li>Does your environment and upbringing predetermine your decisions?</li><li>Does moral responsibility exist in a world without free will?&nbsp;</li><li>How do we handle questions of moral responsibility if free will doesn’t exist?</li><li>How do people behave when they dont believe they have free will?</li><li>Why 94% of University Professors rated themselves as above average professors</li><li>Why 25% of High School Students rated themselves in the top 1% of their ability to get along with others</li><li>We discuss the concept of Self Deception and how to combat it</li></ul>
Feb 09, 2017
How to Crush Fear, Overcome Anxiety, and Reprogram Your Life For Success with Justin Stenstrom
In this episode we discuss the 8 step process for overcoming anxiety and conquering your fears, how to stop a panic attack in real time, how you can tap into your subconscious mind and reprogram it, how to get deeper sleep, the power of hypnosis, and much more with Justin Stenstrom.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Justin is a nationally acclaimed life coach, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He is the founder of, the host of the Elite Man Podcast. Justin’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Lifehacker, Maxim, and several other publications.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<ul><li>How Justin overcame major depression, anxiety, and panic attacks to achieve his dreams</li><li>How Justin went from 3-4 panic attacks per week, suicidal thoughts, to living a healthy and happy life</li><li>Why Justin views his struggle with depression and anxiety was a blessing in disguise</li><li>Justin’s 8 step process to overcome anxiety and conquer your fears:</li></ul><br><ul><li>#1 - Realize that you’re not going crazy and there are a lot of solutions</li><li><br><br><ul><li>#2 - Do a combination of meditation, yoga, hypnosis</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>#3 - Live in the present, future focus builds up a lot of anxiety, living in the past creates depression</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>#4 Exercise 4-5x per week, backed by substantial research</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>#5 Improve your sleep</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>#6 Improve your diet</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>#7 Take the right supplements</li></ul></li><li><br><br><ul><li>#8 Use the 3 step technique to crush panic attacks</li></ul></li><li><br></li><li>The incredible 3 step process for dealing with a panic attack right now</li><li>How hypnosis can be an incredibly powerful intervention for dealing with anxiety and how you can hypnotize yourself</li><li>Why hypnosis is so powerful, because it speaks directly to your subconscious mind</li><li>How to tap into your subconscious mind and reprogram it</li><li>The “trance” state between sleep and waking</li><li>Practical tips for cultivating a healthy and deep sleep environment</li><li>How to condition your mind for deeper sleep</li><li>Why Cell phones and TV before bed are one of the worst things you can do</li><li>How to stop yourself from hitting the snooze button</li><li>The ideal temperature to sleep</li><li>Why having a midnight snack might be really good for you</li><li>Should you wake up in the middle of the night and work?</li><li>Dietary interventions to deal with depression</li><li>“This is how you ride a roller coaster”</li><li>The power of facing your fears head on and exposing them for what they are</li></ul>
Feb 02, 2017
Pride: Why The Deadliest Sin Could Hold the Secret to Your Success with Dr. Jessica Tracy
In this episode we discuss PRIDE – and why it may not be the deadly sin that it’s often cracked up to be. We dig into how the research defines pride, examine the critical distinction between self esteem and narcissism, the deep importance of being able to accept criticism, and look at the difference between strategies of dominance and strategies of prestige with Dr. Jessica Tracy.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Jessica is a professor of psychology at the University of BC where she also directs the Emotion and Self Lab. She is the author of Take Pride: Why The Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success. She has published over 80 journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and reviews, and her groundbreaking work on pride has been covered by hundreds of media outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered, the New York Times, the Economist, and Scientific American.<ul><li>How Jessica defines Pride in a way that may shock you</li><li>How pride can also be positive</li><li>The two different kinds of pride experiences&nbsp;</li><li>How one type of pride is linked to tons of positive outcomes (and the other has severe downsides)</li><li>The critical distinction between self esteem and narcissism</li><li>The truth about what narciststs and hubristic people feel deep down</li><li>We dig into research studies show about how people with narcissism deal with criticism&nbsp;</li><li>The critical importance of being able to take criticism&nbsp;</li><li>Why not being able to take criticism is a huge red flag for hubristic pride</li><li>We discuss Paul Eckman’s research on the universality of emotions</li><li>The expansive and visually apparent physical display of Pride and how you can recognize it</li><li>The fascinating finding from studying blind olympians and how they demonstrate pride</li><li>How pride can be a huge positive motivator to make you want to succeed</li><li>We dig into a number of specific research examples from Dr. Tracy’s research</li><li>How your emotions are “adaptive” and what that means</li><li>The adaptive benefits of pride and how it helps you achieve status</li><li>The critical difference between prestige and dominance&nbsp;</li><li>We discuss whether a strategy of dominance or a strategy of prestige is more effective in creating the results you want</li><li>Would you rather be loved or feared? (we answer that)</li><li>We discuss President Donald Trump and how his strategy of dominance caught many people by surprise and serve as a fascinating real life case study of Dr. Tracy’s research</li><li>We discuss the concept of “self conscious emotions”, what they are, and why they are important</li><li>We discuss some of Dr. Tracy's research about shame&nbsp;</li><li>Why its better to be guilty than ashamed</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Jan 26, 2017
Artificial Intelligence, Cryogenics, & Procrastination with Wait But Why’s Tim Urban
In this episode we discuss what Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking all consider the single greatest threat to humanity, why “death” is not binary event that makes you transition from being alive or dead at a specific moment in time, we ask if you would spend $1000 on a chance to live forever, we look at the biology behind cryogenics, vitfrication, and putting your body on biological pause, and we explore why poverty, climate change, war, and all our problems melt away in the face of one massively important issue with our guest Tim Urban.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Tim Urban is the creator of Wait But Why and has become one of the most popular writers on the internet with fans such as Maria Popova, Sam Harris, and Elon Musk.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;His content has become so popular that according to Fast Company he has “captured a level of reader engagement that even the new-media giants would be envious of” with an average of over 1.5 million unique readers visiting and engaging on Wait But Why each month.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<ul><li>Tim’s story and how he got started with Wait But Why</li><li>How Tim writes about everything from the human condition, to the universe, the future and huge technology trends</li><li>How Tim becomes a mini-expert in tons of different fields</li><li>How Tim overcomes massive procrastination to achieve his goals&nbsp;</li><li>The interplay between “The Rational Decision-Maker”, “The Instant Gratification Monkey” and "The Panic Monster”</li><li>The vital importance of "important but not urgent" activities&nbsp;</li><li>Tim’s struggle with perfectionism</li><li>The importance of creating accountability to overcome procrastination&nbsp;</li><li>What Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking all consider the single greatest threat to humanity</li><li>Why Artificial Intelligence is the single most defining issue facing humanity</li><li>Are you smarter than a computer?</li><li>The difference between “narrow” artificial intelligence, “general” artificial intelligence and artificial “superinteliigence"</li><li>What happens when artificial intelligence develops the ability to improve itself?</li><li>Why the AI revolution is inevitable and will take place within the next 20-40 years</li><li>Why poverty, climate change, war, and all our problems melt away in the face of artificial superinteligence&nbsp;</li><li>The battle between instant gratification and long term planning - how it relates to procrastination and AI</li><li>Why the notion that cryonics is the act of “freezing” “dead people”is fundamentally wrong on several levels</li><li>Why “death” is not binary event that instantly transitions you from being alive or dead at a specific moment in time</li><li>The biology behind cryogenics, vitfrication, and putting your body on biological pause</li><li>Would you spend $1000/year for a chance to live forever?</li><li>“The truth is, involuntary death sucks”</li><li>The body is just a physical object that can be upgraded and replaced</li></ul><br><br><br>
Jan 19, 2017
The Hard Truth About Psychology, Learning New Skills, & Making Mistakes with Dr. Art Markman & Dr. Bob Duke
In this episode we discuss whether time speeds up as we get older, why your life story only makes sense looking in reverse, whether or not brain games actually work, the importance of proactive learning instead of passive learning, why psychology confirms all your worst fears about studying and getting smarter – and much more with a special TWO GUEST interview featuring Dr. Art Markman &amp; Dr. Bob Duke!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Art Markman is a Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Bob Duke is a Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, He also directs the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br>Together they co-host the NPR radio show Two Guys on Your Head and recently co-authored the book Brain Briefs.<br><br>We discuss:<ul><li>Does time speed up as you get older?</li><li>Why your brain pays less and less attention to things that don’t change&nbsp;</li><li>How you underestimate the power of new experiences to have a positive impact on on you</li><li>Brains are efficient, and efficient is another word of lazy</li><li>How Dyson vacuums where created (and what saw mills have to do with it)</li><li>The importance of learning things that seem like they “don’t matter” right now</li><li>The downside of a linear and close minded path of achievement</li><li>Why “everyone they know who is successful knows ALOT about ALOT of things” and you can’t know ahead of time what key information will make you successful</li><li>Why you shouldn’t edit your life story in the forward direction (and what that means)</li><li>Is your memory doomed to fail?</li><li>Why one of the worst things you can do for your memory is to worry about your memory!</li><li>Do brain games actually work?</li><li>How do you engage the mind a way that develops thinking?</li><li>The difference between reading and writing and how they impact your brain</li><li>The importance of proactive learning instead of passive learning</li><li>What the data says about regret and how to deal with it</li><li>How learning is effortful when it actually works, and why without effort, there is very little learning</li><li>Is it true that we only use 10% of our brains?</li><li>Your brain is 3% of your body weight, but uses 25% of your daily energy supply</li><li>Does listening to Mozart make you smarter?</li><li>Why we can’t get something for nothing (and why you should stop looking for “get smart quick schemes”)</li><li>Why psychology confirms all your worst fears about studying and getting smarter</li><li>Why its OK to get stuff wrong, as long as you repair your error</li><li>Why every bit of skilled performance that you see has a deep reservoir of hard work hidden behind it&nbsp;</li><li>The critical importance of perception and self awareness in growing and improving</li><li>Why you are worst at judging your performance when you are bad (isn’t this one true!)</li><li>Why “expert performers” are really good at identifying all of their flaws</li><li>How to cultivate self awareness of your flaws in a way thats non-threatening to you and your ego</li><li>Mistakes are not the problem, but denying them is</li><li>How sleep clears toxins out of your brain, helps you form better memories, learn more, etc</li></ul><br><br><br>
Jan 12, 2017
The Power of Storytelling, Loving Yourself, and Using Fear as Your Compass with Kamal Ravikant
In this episode we discuss the Daily Practice that works to develop self-love, how fear is often the signpost for what we most need to do next, lessons from a 550 mile pilgrimage through Spain, how seeking too much knowledge can be counter productive, and much more with our guest Kamal Ravikant.<br>Kamal has worked with some of the best minds in Silicon Valley, hiked to one of the highest point in the Himalayas, mediated with tibetan monks, earned a US army infantry patch, and walked 550 miles across Spain. Kamal is the best selling author of several books including Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It and most recently Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart.<br>We discuss:<br>How a 550 mile pilgrimage through Spain transformed Kamal's life and taught him many powerful lessons<br>How everyone who is great goes through some kind of fall before they truly rise and start to shine<br>The Daily Practice that works to develop self love<br>How Kamal leveraged neuroplasticity to pull himself out of a deep depression<br>How Kamal spends 10 mins per day to develop real self love<br>Why you have to work every day consistently to love yourself<br>The BEST piece of advice Kamal has ever received in his life<br>"Life is from the inside out” and how that wisdom transforms everything<br>Why practice means you have to do it frequently<br>Why loving yourself is the opposite of being egotistical and selfish<br>The paradigm shift of life happening to you vs life is happening for you<br>"Rejection is God’s Protection"<br>The difference between “success” vs “success and fulfillment”<br>If something scares you, there is magic on the other side<br>How are fears from within are often a signal where we need to go, what we need to do next<br>You have to take a jump first, and then you sprout wings<br>Why we can’t overcome fear, but we can use it to our advantage<br>Why gaining knowledge doesn't make you better, but applying it does<br>How seeking too much knowledge can be counterproductive<br>How Kamal re-evaluated his definition of success and realized that we are the effort not the outcome<br>Why Kamal decided to write a fictional self-help book and how stories can help you learn<br>The amazing power of forgiveness, and why self forgiveness is so important<br>Why you should ask "If I loved myself, would I do this?"<br><br><br><br>
Jan 05, 2017
The 2016 Recap - Lessons from FBI Hostage Negotiators, Game Theory Experts, Neuroscientists, Expert Poker Players, Entrepreneurs, And More
In this episode we sit down and discuss everything we’ve learned in the last year of doing The Science of Success, review some of our favorite lessons and episodes, and talk about all the incredible insights we’ve discovered and share some of the biggest common themes that have emerged from a year of interviews with amazing guests ranging from FBI Hostage Negotiators, Game Theory Experts, Neuroscientists, World Class Poker Players, Amazing Entrepreneurs&nbsp; and much more!<br><br><br><br>
Jan 03, 2017
Why You Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion & The Rare Value of Deep Work with Cal Newport
In this episode we discuss why you should not follow your passion, the two biggest pitfalls people struggle with trying to build a career they love, the incredible importance of DEEP WORK, why deep work is so valuable and how we can cultivate it, as well as how you can structure your lifestyle to attain autonomy and mastery with Cal Newport.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Cal is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009. Cal has authored several bestselling books including “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” and “Deep Work” both of which have received deep praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and many more.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;If you’re looking for some guidance as you plan your new year, listen to this episode!&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br><br><ul><li>Why following your passion is bad advice</li><li>The 2 fundamental flaws of the idea that you should follow your passion</li><li>There’s a huge difference between what makes you enjoy a hobby and what makes you enjoy a profession</li><li>The core components of having a happy professional life</li><li>If we don't follow our passions, how do we end up with a job we are passionate about?</li><li>The simple, but not easy, path to having a passionate career</li><li>Importance of building up rare and valuable skills by pursuing an apprecenticeship phase</li><li>How to cultivate skills to attain leverage to get the autonomy and mastery that will make your work meaningful</li><li>The right question you should ask if you are unsatisfied with your job</li><li>The 2 biggest pitfalls people run into trying to find and build a career they are passionate about</li><li>Why you need career capital and how to cultivate it</li><li>There are many many paths you can take that could lead to a passionate career</li><li>We go deep on the concept of DEEP WORK</li><li>We discuss why deep work is increasingly both valuable and rare</li><li>How you can produce at an elite level while working fewer total hours</li><li>How Deep Work is a meta skill that fuels other skills&nbsp;</li><li>Attention residue and how it can crush your cognitive ability</li><li>Why Deep work requires zero distraction. A single glance at an inbox or social media account can disrupt an entire deep work session</li><li>The importance of scheduling deep work far in advance on your calendar</li><li>Why everyone is an artist, and how that changes what work you should focus on&nbsp;</li><li>The danger of focuses on “taxes and paint”</li><li>Deep work is a SKILL not a HABIT and it gets better with practice</li><li>How to stretch your ability to concrete</li><li>Lifestyle changes you can implement that create the foundation for deep focus and deep work</li><li>How to break the cycle of addiction to novel stimuli&nbsp;</li><li>Why you should schedule all your deep work on your calendar ahead of time</li><li>Exercises that you can implement right now to train your concentration</li><li>Why Cal recommends that you should embrace boredom</li><li>Your deep mental addiction to new stimulus and how you can break it</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Dec 29, 2016
How One Simple Act Could Massively Transform Your Brain Chemistry Today - The Power of Kindness with John Wang
In this episode we discuss the incredible power of kindness, show how kindness triggers “the helpers high” and causes dopamine and oxytocin to flow through your brain, look at study data from 136 countries showing science behind why kindness is so powerful, we walk through several concrete examples you can use RIGHT NOW to take action and be kind to someone today, and much more with John Wang.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;John Wang has spent the past several years researching the scientifically proven benefits that being kind to others has on our own lives. Making us not only happier, but healthier, and even more attractive! John is also the founder of The One Kindness Challenge which transformed a personal experience into a mission to spread the healing powers of kindness. Through unique accessories called kindness bands, The One Kindness Challenge seeks to remind us to commit at least one act of kindness each day and to help spread the message of kindness wherever we go.&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How John’s personal challenge transformed into a mission</li><li>John’s Lessons learned from taking homeless people out to lunch for a year</li><li>How John’s visit to Nepal after the Nepalese earthquake changed his life</li><li>The evolutionary purpose of Kindness&nbsp;</li><li>Why people aren’t kind often enough</li><li>Johns experience from practicing radical honesty for an entire year</li><li>What is the one kindness challenge?</li><li>We walk through the feelings and experiences of a moment of kindness</li><li>Kindness is triggered by the Vagus Nerve</li><li>How kindness triggers “the helpers high” and causes dopamine and oxytocin to flow through your brain</li><li>Even the smallest acts can trigger the same effect as large acts of kindness</li><li>Consistency in kindness it he MOST important thing</li><li>21 day challenge will transform your life</li><li>Why kindness is more important now than ever</li><li>How one Uber ride can change your life&nbsp;</li><li>Its not about the words its about making a connection</li><li>How social media has replaced real connection with fake connections</li><li>How a single smile could transform someone’s life</li><li>We dig deep into the science behind kindness</li><li>How study data from 136 countries showcased the incredible power of kindness</li><li>We walk through several concrete examples you can use RIGHT NOW to take action and be kind to someone TODAY</li><li>John shares some incredibly inspiring stories from his own life about sharing and creating kindness</li><li>Research data showing how kindness literally makes you live longer</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Dec 22, 2016
Making Better Decisions, The Sophomore Jinx, & The Illusion of Objectivity with Dr. Richard Nisbett
In this episode we discuss the errors people make in their reasoning and how to correct them, we explain a number of statistical principles to help sharpen your thinking and make you a better decision maker, why every $1 spent on a “scared straight” program creates $400 of cost for the criminal justice system, the illusion of objectivity, why you should NOT rely on your intuition and much more with Dr. Richard Nisbett.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Richard Nisbett is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychology Association, the William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievements, and the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology, among others. He is the author of the recent book Mindware, as well as The Geography of Thought, Think Differently, and Intelligence and How To Get It.<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>The errors people make in their reasoning and how to correct them</li><li>How to apply the lessons of statistics to making better decisions</li><li>Is your intelligence fixed and unchangeable?</li><li>How the industrial revolution massively transformed the way people think</li><li>We discuss the skills, not on an IQ test, that you must have to be able to function effectively in today’s age</li><li>Why job interviews are totally useless and have almost no correlation to job performance&nbsp;</li><li>How misunderstanding the law of large numbers can lead you to make huge mistakes</li><li>Why does the rookie of the year almost always have a worse performance the following year?</li><li>Understanding regression to the mean and how it creates extremely counterintuitive conclusions</li><li>Why Performance = Skill + Luck&nbsp;</li><li>Why deterministic thinking can drastically mislead you in finding the root cause of a phenomena</li><li>We explain a number of statistical principles to help sharpen your thinking and make you a better decision maker</li><li>The concept of "base rates" and how they can transform how you think about reality</li><li>We walk through a number of concrete examples of how misunderstanding statistics can cause people to make terrible decisions</li><li>If you’re like most people, then like most people, you think you’re not like most people (but you are)</li><li>Why every $1 spent on a “scared straight” program creates $400 of cost in criminal and incarceration costs&nbsp;</li><li>Why the “head start” program is a massive failure and what we could have done about it&nbsp;</li><li>How you can use the experimental method to make data driven experiments in your life</li><li>The illusion of objectivity - Why you should NOT rely on your intuition&nbsp;</li><li>How we massively distort our perception of reality and why our perceptual apparatus can easily mislead us</li><li>How many of the structures we use to understand the world are highly error prone</li><li>Why we are amazing at pattern detection but horrible at "covariation detection”</li><li>Why the traditional rorschach test is bogus and doesn't actually produce any results</li></ul>
Dec 15, 2016
How You Can Predict The Future Better Than World-Famous Experts - The Art & Science of Risk with Dan Gardner
In this episode we discuss the radical mismatch between your intuitive sense of risk and the actual risks you face. We look at why most experts and forecasters are less accurate than dart throwing monkeys. We talk about how to simply and easily dramatically reduce your risk of most major dangers in your life. We explore the results from the “good judgment project” study of more than 20,000 forecasts. We talk about what superforecasters are and how they beat prediction markets, intelligence analysts with classified information, and software algorithms to make the best possible forecasts and MUCH more with Dan Gardner.<br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Dan Gardner is a <em>New York Times</em> best-selling author and a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His latest book <em>Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction</em>, which he co-authored with Philip Tetlock. <em>Superforecasting</em> was chosen as one of the best books of 2015 by <em>The Economist</em>, Bloomberg, and Amazon. Dan is also the author of Future Babble and Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear and previously worked as a policy advisor to the Premier of Ontario and a journalist with the Ottawa Citizen.&nbsp;<ul><li>How and why people make flawed judgements about risk</li><li>The radical mismatch between our intuitive sense of risk and the actual risks we face</li><li>Why we are the safest, healthiest, wealthiest people to live on planet earth (and we don't realize it)</li><li>Why we focus on vivid, dramatic risks, and ignore the real dangers in our lives</li><li>How to simply and easily dramatically reduce your risk of most major dangers in your life</li><li>The power of “meta cognition,” what it is, and why it’s so important</li><li>Lessons you can learn from the mega successful investor George Soros</li><li>Why most forecasters are less accurate than monkeys throwing darts</li><li>The difference between foxes and hedgehogs (and why you never want to be one of them)</li><li>The inverse correlation between fame and prediction accuracy</li><li>What cancer diagnosis shows about how averse people are to uncertainty</li><li>The universal principles of good judgement</li><li>The importance of intellectual humility and intellectual curiosity</li><li>Why certainty is an illusion and nothing is ever certain</li><li>Why everything is a question of degrees of maybe (probabilistic thinking)</li><li>The results from the “good judgement project” study of more than 20,000 forecasts</li><li>What superforecasters are and how they beat prediction markets, intelligence analysts with classified information, and software algorithms&nbsp; to make the best possible forecasts</li><li>The differences between these “superforecasters” and regular forecasters</li><li>The importance of being “actively open minded"</li><li>Why you should unpack smaller questions &amp; looking things like base rates</li><li>How to use “fermi estimates” to solve tough and challenging problems</li><li>Why the growth mindset had a huge impact on positive ability to forecast</li></ul>
Dec 08, 2016
Uncover the Root of Your Pain, How to Smash Perfectionism, Love Yourself, and Live a Richer Life with Megan Bruneau
In this episode we discuss why the “happiness” movement has done us a disservice and sometimes makes things worse, how perfectionism creates an illusion of control and distorts your reality, how to become aware of the critical inner voice at the root of your pain and unhealthy habits, the incredible power of self compassion, and much more with Megan Bruneau.<br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;Megan Bruneau is a psychotherapist, wellness coach, writer, podcast host and creator of <a href=""></a> After years of perfectionism-fueled depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, she discovered how to like herself, take risks, and find success without beating herself up to get there.&nbsp;<ul><li>Why Megan advocates a holistic approach to mental health</li><li>Why the “happiness” movement has done us a disservice and sometimes makes things worse</li><li>How to become aware of the critical inner voice at the roof of your pain and unhealthy habits</li><li>What your “secondary emotions" are and why its so important to pay close attention to them</li><li>How you internalize self judgement from your childhood experiences</li><li>You can have expectations about mood not just performance and that can create suffering</li><li>The importance of giving yourself permission to feel feelings even when they are uncomfortable</li><li>What your physiological symptoms look like when you experience a fight or flight response</li><li>How to build tolerance and grow your “emotional muscle”</li><li>The tools you can use (with a concrete example) to stop a downward spiral of anxiety</li><li>Things you might do that actually make a negative emotional response worse</li><li>The importance of making space for difficult feelings ( through mindfulness )</li><li>How to have deep self compassion and treat yourself with kindness</li><li>What exactly to say to yourself when you’re dealing with difficult emotions</li><li>Why you should treat yourself like a dear friend who is suffering</li><li>How the “self esteem” movement screwed you up and created many of your emotional challenges</li><li>What happens when your self worth is dependent on being better than other people</li><li>How Megan defines perfectionism (and why you might be a perfectionist without even realizing it)</li><li>The critical importance of self compassion and how you can practice it</li><li>The importance of understanding the concept of "common humanity"</li><li>We define mindfulness and its core components, and discuss how to practice it</li><li>Why painful feelings don't make you broken, but are a natural part of the human experience</li><li>The huge downsides of having your self worth tied to your achievements</li><li>Why your fear of difficult and uncomfortable emotions is the roof of your suffering</li><li>The exact internal dialogue you should use if you constantly put too much pressure on yourself</li><li>The massive danger of “globalizing” negative experiences</li><li>Why giving up high expectations actually enhances your performance</li><li>Why you should change for your focus from being productive to focusing on what’s meaningful</li><li>How you can “become friends” with difficult emotions</li></ul>
Dec 01, 2016
The Science of Power - How to Acquire It, What Makes You Lose it with Dr. Dacher Keltner
In this episode we discuss lessons from 25 years of studying the evolution of human emotion, examine whether the Machiavellian concept of power still works, explore the surprising scientific data on how you can acquire power, and look closely at the foundation of enduring power from studies of military units on how to achieve and maintain power with Dr. Dacher Keltner.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dr. Dacher Keltner is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. He is also the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct.<ul><li>Lessons from 25 years of studying the evolution of human emotion</li><li>What the hard science says about the powerful impact of gratitude</li><li>Why you’re interpretation of “survival of the fittest” is totally wrong</li><li>Why emotion is not something to “remove” or rid ourselves of</li><li>How emotions guide social behaviors in many very important ways</li><li>Does the Machveiallian conception of power still work?</li><li>Studies in military organizations, schools, show about how to effectively wield power</li><li>The surprising scientific data on how you can acquire and maintain power&nbsp;</li><li>We discuss in depth if power is given or if power is seized&nbsp;</li><li>What are the foundations of enduring power?</li><li>Importance of empathy and building strong social ties rather than serving your narrow self interest</li><li>The power paradox and why the more powerful you get, the harder it is to stay powerful</li><li>The importance of focusing on other people</li><li>How do we create organizations and societies that prevent the abuses of power?</li><li>We review and share resources for practical steps to implement all of these lessons</li><li>The massive impact and power of touch to communicate emotions</li><li>The shocking science of how half a second of touch can communicate almost every major emotion</li><li>The hilarious gender differences in Dr. Keltner’s emotional touch research</li><li>How to cultivate gratitude and awe</li><li>The simple power of just saying thank you</li><li>The new collaborative definition of power and how its radically different from what you may think of when you think of power</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Nov 23, 2016
The Surprising Truth Research Reveals About What Motivates You with Dr. Dan Ariely
In this episode we discuss one of the most interesting results ever found in the psychological research of education, why pleasure maximization is a flawed model for human understanding, we go deep into a number of research examples, discuss the massive (and counterintuitive) difference between motivating top performers and bottom performers, and much more with Dr. Dan Ariely!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at&nbsp; Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight and also the co-founder of BEworks. Dan's talks on TED have been watched over 7.8 million times. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both of which became New York Times best sellers, and he has a newly released book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations.&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>How being badly burned and spending 3 years in the hospital radically changed Dr. Dan Ariely's life</li><li>How good intentions can go terribly wrong in changing behavior</li><li>The two flawed models of motivation and why neither works</li><li>I get interviewed by Dr Dan Ariely - he turns the mic on me and starts grilling me!</li><li>The difference between momentary joy and lasting purpose</li><li>The critical importance of creating, meaning, improvement, and having an impact</li><li>How money can demotivate and skew your motivation</li><li>We get into the weeds on some fascinating experiments Dr. Dan Ariely has conducted about how money (doesn’t) motivate us</li><li>Why bonuses don’t actually work</li><li>The massive (and counterintuitive) difference between motivating top performers and bottom performers</li><li>Why it’s much better to analyze the BARRIERS to good performance and remove them</li><li>One of the most interesting results ever found in the psychological research of education</li><li>Why pleasure maximization is a flawed model for human understanding</li><li>We dig into the the science of motivation itself</li><li>The difference between social norms and market norms (and why it’s important)</li><li>Why you would rather move a couch for free, than get paid $5 to do it</li><li>Ideas for how we can use psychology to change America’s education system</li><li>Why suicide rate among physicians are climbing rapidly&nbsp;</li><li>The Crazy Day Care Story (and why its important)&nbsp;</li><li>How effort and complexity create affinity for things you work on</li><li>Why Dr. Dan Ariely and I both love legos!&nbsp;</li><li>We go through half a dozen hilarious and very counter-intuitive findings from Dr. Dan Ariely's research</li><li>We discuss the quest for symbolic immortality (and why it matters to you)</li></ul>
Nov 18, 2016
How Two Simple Words Can Massively Shift Your Perspective & Ten Superpowers to Transform Your World with Life is Good Founder John Jacobs
In this episode we discuss how our guest went from being “wildly unsuccessful”, sleeping in a used van, to launching a massive brand, the power of simple gratitude during the toughest challenges of our lives, the transformational superpowers that can change your life, the massive perspective shift you can grain from two simple words, and much more with John Jacobs.<br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;John is the co-founder and chief creative optimist for Life is Good as well as the author of Life Is Good: The Book. He and his company have previously been featured on <em>CNN</em>, CNBC, Nightline, Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,<em>and much more.</em><ul><li>The ten superpowers that can change your life</li><li>What drove John to find a way to combine art and business to launch an amazing company</li><li>How Life is Good went from being “wildly unsuccessful”, sleeping in a used van, to launching a massive brand</li><li>Why its often the people that face the biggest adversity and trauma that embrace the real meaning of “life is good"</li><li>How Life is Good takes a stand against the negativity in the news media&nbsp;</li><li>The incredible power of simple gratitude during the toughest challenges of our lives</li><li>How to focus on optimism without ignoring the negative experiences in your life</li><li>How the story of one person can transform your experience&nbsp;</li><li>The Amazing story of how one act of hate created a wave of love</li><li>How John embarks on his mission to “spread the power of optimism"</li><li>Even when facing hardest adversity - you can consciously shift your mind to the positive and grow good instead of being consumed by the negative</li><li>The incredible power of optimism and strategies to become more optimistic</li><li>Why you should never say you “have to” do something (and what you should say instead)</li><li>Incredible, simple perspective shift you can get by changing a SINGLE WORD when you find yourself complaining</li><li>The Rule of “Yes, And,” how it can have a huge impact on your life &amp; unleash your creativity</li><li>The real depth behind the concept of “life is good”and why its OK to acknowledge the painful parts of your life</li><li>The importance of taking a few moments to connect with someone</li><li>Why fun is “part of the main course” and not your dessert</li><li>How to find simple ways to weave joy into your life</li></ul><br><br><br><br>
Nov 10, 2016
Seven Catalysts To Creating Progress and Becoming A More Effective Leader with Dr. Teresa Amabile
In this episode we look at the single biggest factor that impacts your performance at work, the 7 major catalysts for creating progress in your life, we dig deep into the data to look closely at the correlations between mental states and actual performance in terms of creativity, technical skill, productivity and much more with Dr. Teresa Amabile.<br><br>Dr. Amabile is a Professor and Director of Research at Harvard Business School. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford. Her research investigates how life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. She has published over 100 articles in top scholarly journal and is the co-author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work, as well as Creativity in Context and Growing up Creative.<br><br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;How offering a reward can undermine people’s intrinsic motivation to do something<br>&nbsp;We dig deep into the nearly 12,000 daily diary entries from over 200 professionals inside organizations that formed the foundation of Teresa’s research<br>&nbsp;We look closely at the correlations between mental states and actual performance in terms of creativity, technical skill, productivity and more&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;How positive and negative work environments arise within organizations&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Your “inner work life” and why its so important (and you may not even be aware of it)<br>&nbsp;How external motivators can accidentally wipe out your true motive for working and achieving your goals<br>&nbsp;Why “Making Progress on Meaningful Work” is the single biggest factor impacting performance<br>&nbsp;An important and powerful tool that managers can use to help people do better in their work and have better experiences every day<br>&nbsp;The "intrinsic motivation principle of creativity” and why it matters to you!&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;The largest disconnect between what managers think motivates their employees and what the research actually shows that motivates them<br>&nbsp;The 7 catalysts to creating progress in your life<br>&nbsp;The importance of having clear goals (what you’re doing and why it matters)<br>&nbsp;Why creating a culture where people learn from problems, failures, and mistakes is vital to success<br>&nbsp;The importance of control and autonomy in your work
Nov 03, 2016
Trading Your House For A Tulip, Your Love Life, And What It All Has To Do With Making Better Financial Decisions with Dr. Daniel Crosby
In this episode we explore how you can learn from dating mistakes to make better financial choices, the most expensive words in investing (and how you can avoid them), why highly qualified experts are wrong more than 94% of the time, the importance of focusing on process vs outcome and much more with Dr. Daniel Crosby.<br><br>Dr. Crosby is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert as well the author of New York Times Best-Seller "Personal Benchmark: Integrating Behavioral Finance and Investment Management” as well as “Laws of Wealth: Psychology&nbsp; and the secret to investing success.” He was named named one of the “12 Thinkers to Watch” by, a “Financial Blogger You Should Be Reading” by AARP and listed on the Top 40 Under 40 by Investment;<br><br>&nbsp;We discuss:<ul><li>How Daniel works to integrate the messiness of human psychology into fields like economics and finance</li><li>How your emotional state colors your perception of risk</li><li>How you can learn from dating mistakes to make better financial choices</li><li>The most expensive words in investing (and how you can avoid them)&nbsp;</li><li>The insane “tulip” craze and what it says about financial markets</li><li>Why in our efforts to manage risk we often create the outcomes we are trying to avoid</li><li>How you control what matters most (often without realizing it)</li><li>The importance of focusing on process vs outcome</li><li>Why “you are not special” and how that advice can save you a lot of money!&nbsp;</li><li>Why experts are wrong 94% of the time</li><li>Why really successful people automate their day and free up their cognitive power for more important tasks</li><li>How to be aware of the biases impacting our thinking and get a second opinion</li><li>The importance of being “not stupid” instead of being smart</li><li>Existential boundary experiences and how they can transform you</li><li>How to break out of the glorified business of our daily lives and embrace the inevitability of our own mortality</li><li>2 simple and actionable steps you can take right now to improve your personal finance and investment knowledge</li><li>And much more!</li></ul>
Oct 27, 2016
Influence Anyone With Secret Lessons Learned From The World’s Top Hostage Negotiators with Former FBI Negotiator Chris Voss
In this episode we discuss the secret lessons hostage negotiators around the world use to win the day, how to understand and influence people’s emotional drivers, the two words that can transform any negotiation, the biggest hallmarks of powerful master negotiators and much more with the FBI’s former lead international kidnapping negotiator Chris Voss.<br>&nbsp;<br>Chris Voss is the founder and CEO of the Black Swan Group, an adjunct professor at Georgetown and University of Southern California. During his 24 year term with the FBI where he most recently served as the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator, Voss worked approximately 150 kidnappings worldwide, from the Middle East to Haiti including a number of high-profile kidnappings. Voss has been trained by the FBI, Scotland Yard and Harvard in the art of negotiation and negotiated with likes of terrorists, hostage takers, and bank robbers.<br><br>&nbsp;We discuss:<ul><li>FBI’s behvaioral change stairway they use to negotiate with terrorists and hostage takers</li><li>Why emotional intelligence is at the forefront of business success today</li><li>How to leverage “tactical empathy” in your life to achieve the results you want</li><li>How to create leverage to influence anyone in the world by understanding their emotional drivers</li><li>Why you should never be mean to someone who could hurt you by doing nothing</li><li>Why understanding is NOT the same as agreement and why that is important</li><li>The biggest barrier to negotiation success is not complexity - its overcoming the awkwardness</li><li>How repeating the last 1-3 words someone said can have a huge impact</li><li>Why winning in a negotiation is not the same as beating the other side</li><li>The incredible importance of listening and how you can cultivate “active listening"</li><li>The power and importance of open ended and clarifying questions</li><li>How to draw out the hidden cards from the other side of a negotiation</li><li>The secrets hostage negotiators AROUND THE WORLD use regardless of cultural dynamics</li><li>The two most important words in any negotiation</li><li>The three different types of negotiator and the strengths and weaknesses of each</li><li>How changing one question totally transformed the kidnapping negotiation for Jose Escobar&nbsp;</li><li>Why Chris would “never lie to anyone he’s not going to kill"</li><li>Why Chris hates compromise in any negotiation</li><li>The “F Word” in negotiations and why you should be careful with it</li><li>One of the biggest hallmarks of powerful negotiators&nbsp;</li><li>And much more!&nbsp;</li></ul>
Oct 20, 2016
How To Execute on Huge Goals, Take Action, and Create The Results You Want with Neil Patel
In this episode we talk about execution, how to break down big goals into actionable steps, how and why Neil hired a “mama” for himself, the “ten minute rule” that could help you achieve big productivity gains and how to optimize your life to free up huge amounts of time with entrepreneur Neil Patel.<br>&nbsp;<br>Neil is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.<br><br>&nbsp;We discuss:<ul><li>How to break huge goals into small bite sized tasks that you can quickly and easily execute</li><li>How Neil defines success and why money wont make you happy</li><li>The "10 minute rule" and how it can help you achieve big results</li><li>“Hacks” that Neil recommends for those who want to climb the corporate ladder</li><li>How to go from A to Z by skipping B, C, D etc and getting straight to the result</li><li>Why you don’t have to take the traditional path the everyone else does to get what you want in life</li><li>The strategy Neil uses to pitch huge deals to corporate executives</li><li>How to optimize your life to save time and free your time up</li><li>The rules that Neil uses to improve and use his time more efficiently</li><li>How Neil hired a “mom” to cook him breakfast and do his laundry (and why!)</li><li>How to manufacture and generate luck for yourself</li><li>Why shouldn’t “rent your dreams"</li><li>How to take action on the things that matter and actually create results, so you can stop spinning your wheels</li><li>And much more!</li></ul>
Oct 13, 2016
How to Overcome Trauma, Mental Health Struggles, and Learning Issues to Achieve World Changing Results with Dr. Gail Saltz
In this episode we explore the link between trauma, mental health, learning disabilities and genius, look at a number of historical figures and how they harnessed challenges like depression and ADHD to achieve world-changing results, and examine the practical steps you can take to overcome struggles today with Dr. Gail Saltz.<br>&nbsp;<br>Dr. Gail Saltz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell School of medicine and a psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She is a columnist, bestselling author, podcast host and television commentator and one of the nation’s foremost go-to experts on a variety of psychological and mental health issues, having appeared on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The View, Dateline, 20/20, Primetime, Today, CNN, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show and more.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<ul><li>How people like Vincent Van Gogh and Abraham Lincoln harnessed their mental issues to achieve success</li><li>Deconstructing the “psychobiographies” of some of the greatest achievers in the world (DaVinci, Einstein, Lincoln, etc)</li><li>Close to half of Americans struggle with some sort of mental health issue</li><li>What people who are embarrassed about seeking help can do</li><li>Why “mental illness” is often a STRENGTH and the greatest achievements are a often a DIRECT RESULT of struggles with issues like dyslexia, anxiety, depression, etc</li><li>How Abraham Lincoln struggled his whole life with depression and why it gave him the empathy to reshape history</li><li>How Einstein overcome crippling ADHD to change physics</li><li>Practical steps that someone can take who is struggling with anxiety and depression right now</li><li>How to hone-in on your strengths and leverage them</li><li>How we get caught in defeating stories that we tell ourselves</li><li>How to identify and “re-write” self-defeating stories that we tell ourselves</li><li>A few actionable insights into how to improve and build relationships from one of the best sex and relationships experts in the world</li><li>How to LISTEN better, improve communication, and build better relationships</li><li>And more!</li></ul>
Oct 06, 2016
What Makes People Turn Evil, Time Paradoxes, and The Power of Heroism with Dr. Philip Zimbardo
In this episode we discuss how to create evil in a research laboratory, what makes people “turn evil”, we examine the definition of heroism, dig into the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, explore time paradoxes, and much more with the legendary Dr. Philip Zimbardo.&nbsp;<br><br>Dr. Zimbardo is an internationally recognized scholar, educator, researcher and media personality, winning numerous awards and honors in each of these domains. He has been a Stanford University professor since 1968, where he conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment. His career is noted for giving psychology away to the public through his popular PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, along with many text and trade books, among his 500+ publications. He was recently president of the American Psychological Association.<br><br>&nbsp;We discuss:<ul><li>How to create evil in a research laboratory</li><li>The different kinds of evil</li><li>Is there a fixed line between good and evil?</li><li>What is the definition of heroism (and how its distinct from altruism)</li><li>How Dr. Z defines evil (and why thats important)</li><li>What happens when you put only good people in a really bad situation?</li><li>The inside take on the famous Stanford Prison Experiment</li><li>How a situation can create an emotional breakdown in a normal, healthy, smart person in less than 36 hours</li><li>The social processes that can grease the slippery slope of evil</li><li>How normal people can transform into monsters</li><li>The substantial risks of dehumanization</li><li>The power of the heroic imagination</li><li>How teachers can bring the best out in their students</li><li>The time paradox and how we live with vastly different time perspectives&nbsp;</li><li>How conflicts derive from people’s differing time perspectivesIf you want to hear from a titan of psychology about the inner workings of the human mind - listen to this episode!&nbsp;</li></ul>
Sep 29, 2016
How to Out-Think Your Competition and Become a Master Strategic Thinker with Dr. Colin Camerer
In this episode we discuss the intersection between neuroscience and game theory, ask whether you are smarter than a Chimpanzee, examine how simple mental judgments can be massively wrong, explain the basics of game theory, and dig deep into strategic thinking with Dr. Colin Camerer.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Colin is the Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance and Economics at the California Institute of Technology. A former child prodigy Colin received his B.A in quantitative studies from John Hopkins University at the age of 17, followed by an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago at the age of 19, and finally a Ph.D in behavioral decision theory from the University of Chicago at the age of 21. Colin research is focused on the interface between cognitive psychology and economics.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>We discuss:&nbsp;<ul><li>How to out-think (and think one level ahead of) your competition</li><li>How we make simple mental judgments that go wrong</li><li>The fundamentals of game theory and how you can practically apply it to your life</li><li>Are you smarter than a chimpanzee? (the answer may surprise you)</li><li>The psychological limits on strategic thinking</li><li>How game theory cuts across multiple disciplines of knowledge from evolution to corporate auctions</li><li>The concept of a nash equilibrium and why its important</li><li>The fascinating intersections between psychology and game theory</li><li>The game theory behind rock paper scissors (and the optimal strategy)</li><li>Why people don’t think strategically (and why it matters)</li><li>Discover if you re you a level zero thinker or a “Level K” thinker</li><li>Why working memory has a strong correlation between making strategic decisions and cognitive flexibility</li><li>The fascinating results behind the “false belief test"</li><li>How to make strategic inferences from the knowledge that other minds have</li><li>And much more!&nbsp; If you want to make better decisions or have always been fascinated by game theory - listen to this episode!</li></ul>
Sep 22, 2016
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck with Mark Manson
In this episode we discuss how to escape the feedback loop from hell, the paradoxical idea of embracing negative experiences, why struggle creates meaning, how discover the false values underpinning your worldview, and how to cultivate the ability to sustain and handle adversity with Mark Manson.<br>&nbsp;<br>Mark is a blogger, author and entrepreneur. Most well-known for his site <a href=""></a>, where he writes personal development advice that doesn't suck. He also wrote a book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. It doesn't suck, either.<br><br> We discuss:<ul><li>Alan Watt’s Backwards Law (and why its so important)</li><li>How to escape the Feedback Loop From Hell</li><li>The paradoxical idea of embracing negative experiences</li><li>How your mind invents problems for you every day</li><li>Why Mark gives the advice “don’t try"</li><li>How to release the judgement of your own emotions&nbsp;</li><li>The difference between indifference and “not giving a f*ck"</li><li>The biggest “false values” you cling to that create unhappiness in your life</li><li>Why "entitlement" is the idea that you deserve happiness and don’t have to struggle for it (and how that causes suffering&nbsp;</li><li>How to cultivate the ability to sustain and handle adversity</li><li>Why the key question to living a better life is NOT “what do I want out of life?"</li><li>Why struggle creates meaning and its important to feel bad sometimes</li><li>What champions and world class performers focus on every day</li><li>Why you should listen to Disappointment Panda</li><li>Why pain is required for growth</li><li>And much more!If you are dealing with a challenge and can't figure out what to do next - listen to this episode!&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br>Warning this episode has some profanity!&nbsp;
Sep 14, 2016
Master Your Mental Game Like a World Champion with Performance Coach Jared Tendler
In this episode we explore the mental game of world champion performers, examine the emotional issues preventing you from achieving what you want to achieve, how those issues happen in predictable patterns that you can discover and solve, look at why people choke under pressure, and discuss how to build mental toughness with mental game coach Jared Tendler.<br>&nbsp;<br>Jared is an internationally recognized mental game coach. His clients include world champion poker players, the #1 ranked pool player in the world, professional golfers and financial traders. He is the author of two highly acclaimed books, The Mental Game of Poker 1 &amp; 2, and host of the popular podcast “The Mental Game.”<br><br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;-The emotional issues preventing you from achieving what you want are happening in predictable patterns, and you can discover them!&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;-Why people choke (and what to do about it)<br>&nbsp;-How to cultivate mental toughness over time<br>&nbsp;-Why the typical sports psychology advice doesn’t work<br>&nbsp;-Lessons from 500+ of the best poker players in the world of dealing with mental game<br>&nbsp;-How high expectations create self sabotage<br>&nbsp;-Why emotions are the messengers and not the root cause of performance issues<br>&nbsp;-Why mistakes are an inevitable and important part of the learnign process<br>&nbsp;-The yin and yang of performance and learning<br>&nbsp;-The characteristics of peak mental performers<br>&nbsp;-How to deal with “tilt" in poker and the different kinds of “tilt"<br>&nbsp;-How to use confidence intervals to deal with uncertainty&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;-And much more!
Aug 31, 2016
Improving Sleep, Giving Up Alcohol, and Reading a Book a Day with James Swanwick
In this episode we explore one of the biggest things disrupting your sleep, examine strategies for getting a better night’s rest, dig into sleep cycles, talk about the 30 Day No Alcohol challenge and break down how to read books more effectively with James Swanwick.<br>&nbsp;<br>James is an Australian-American entrepreneur, former SportsCenter anchor on ESPN and host of The James Swanwick Show podcast. He is the creator of the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge, which helps people reduce or quit alcohol; and creator of blue-blocking glasses Swannies which improve your sleep. Forbes magazine voted him one of Top 25 Networking Experts. Swanwick has interviewed celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;-The #1 reason you don’t get a good night’s sleep<br>&nbsp;-Melatonin and your sleep cycle<br>&nbsp;-The importance of a good night’s sleep&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;-Why you shouldn’t read your smartphone in bed<br>&nbsp;-The 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;-How to build rapport and have a conversation with anyone<br>&nbsp;-How to read a book in 15 minutes<br>&nbsp;-Why you retain only 10% of what you read (and what to do about it)<br>&nbsp;-The 3 main lessons in radical honesty<br>&nbsp;-How to build a framework to retain everything you learn&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;-Why knowledge is NOT power<br>&nbsp;-We discuss "social skydiving" and how you can do it<br>&nbsp;-And Much More!&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;If you want to get a better night’s sleep - check out this episode!
Aug 24, 2016
How To Double Your Creative Output in Fifteen Minutes with Tom Corson-Knowles
In this episode we explore strategies to jump start your creativity, how to think about the definition of success, how to retain the knowledge from all of the books you read, and how to be a better writer with best-selling author and publishing expert Tom Corson-Knowles.<br>&nbsp;<br>Tom is a serial entrepreneur, blogger and international bestselling author. He started his first business at age 13 and is the founder of TCK Publishing whose mission is to help every client earn a full-time income as an author. Tom’s bestselling books include Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, The Kindle Publishing Bible, and The Kindle Writing Bible, among others.<br><br>&nbsp;In this episode we discuss:<ul><li>Why creativity is a learned skill and not an innate talent</li><li>Why creativity is important for everyone, not just “starving artists"</li><li>3 simple strategies you can use to improve you creativity right now</li><li>The incredible importance of “thinking time"</li><li>The two parts of the creative process</li><li>How to improve your writing skills</li><li>How you can double your creative output in 15 minutes per day</li><li>How to stop yourself from pressing the gas and the brakes at the same time when trying to create</li><li>And much more! If you want to boost your creativity - check out this episode!&nbsp;</li></ul>
Aug 17, 2016
Are You Being Held Back By Childhood Limiting Beliefs? With Guest Catherine Plano
In this episode we discuss how you have multiple limiting beliefs that you have yet to discover that, if uncovered, could radically transform your life. We go deep into limiting beliefs, look at how random childhood experiences can shape your worldview for decades, discuss how your outer world is created by your inner world, examine how to reverse engineer bad behavior and much more with our guest Catherine Plano.<br>&nbsp;<br>Catherine is the founder of the I Am Woman Project and an International Executive Coach with more than two decades of experience working with top companies, having impacted more than 100,000 lives and whose mission is to aid companies and individuals in becoming aware of their limitless potential and in using their extraordinary abilities to achieve their desired outcomes. Catherine is also a certified Life Coach and a certified Master Practioner of NLP.&nbsp; Catherine focuses on changing lives daily through her coaching and motivation speaking.&nbsp;<br><br>&nbsp;We discuss:<ul><li>How simple, innocuous things in our environment plant seeds that can dramatically change of our lives</li><li>How we give meaning to situations without fully understanding them</li><li>How your parents programmed many of your behaviors&nbsp;</li><li>How limiting beliefs get planted into your mind from childhood</li><li>How your memories can be completely false</li><li>How your outer world is a reflect of your inner world</li><li>Why your thoughts become self fulfilling prophecies</li><li>Why 95% of your behaviors are not “who" you are, they are “learned behaviors"programmed by your environment</li><li>And Much More!&nbsp;</li></ul><br>&nbsp;If you feel like something is holding you back, but you can’t figure out what it is - Listen to this episode!&nbsp;
Aug 10, 2016
How to Master the Superpower that Builds All Other Powers with Dr. Rick Hanson
In this episode – we go deep on mastering the superpower that underpins all other powers, how your brain’s automatic survival mechanism tilts you towards unhappiness, growing the mental resources to deal with the biggest challenges of your life, and down the rabbit hole of exploring the idea of the self, ego, and much more with Dr. Rick Hanson. This was one of the most profound conversations we have had on this podcast.<br>&nbsp;<br>Dr. Hanson is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He’s also the Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities.<br><br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br><br>&nbsp;-How to master the SUPERPOWER that BUILDS ALL OTHER POWERS<br>&nbsp;-How to grow the mental resources inside yourself to deal with the biggest challenges in your life<br>&nbsp;-We reverse engineer the olympic athletes of the mind to learn their secrets<br>&nbsp;-We discuss how your thoughts change the physical structure of your brain<br>&nbsp;-How your brains 5 core survival strategies create suffering in your life<br>&nbsp;-How reality is continually constructed by the underlying hardware of the brain<br>&nbsp;-How to disengage from stress and suffering<br>&nbsp;-How to let go of attachment to your ego<br>&nbsp;-How to stop being defensive and taking things personally<br>&nbsp;-Why your “self” doesn't have an independent existence outside of the totality of the universe<br>&nbsp;-And MUCH more!<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;If you want to wire your&nbsp;
Aug 03, 2016
How To Put Your Body In Relaxation Mode, Reduce Stress, and Develop Body Awareness with International Yoga Expert Tiffany Cruikshank
In this episode we explore the boundary where eastern and western medicine meet with international yoga expert Tiffany Cruikshank – we discuss how cultivating body awareness can put your nervous system in “Relaxation mode,” how meditation impacts your metabolism, the lessons Tiffany has learned from more than 25k patient visits, and how to jump in and start yoga TODAY as we demystify and examine some of the science behind the practices of Yoga!<br>&nbsp;<br>Tiffany is an international yoga teacher who has been teaching for over 20 years, an author, health and wellness expert, the founder of Yoga Medicine, and she is internationally known for her focus on fusing the two worlds of eastern and western medicine together and apply it to the practice of yoga in an accessible and relevant way. We discuss:<ul><li>How to put your body in "relaxation mode"</li><li>The science behind the parasympathetic nervous system (and why its so important)</li><li>How to cultivate a mind-body connection and develop body awareness</li><li>How to get started simply and easily with yoga today</li><li>The impact meditation has on your metabolism</li><li>The differences between yoga and meditation</li><li>The lessons Tiffany has learned in more than 25,000 patient visits</li><li>And more!If Yoga has interested you and you don’t know where to start - or you just want to learn how to become more relaxed - listen to this episode!&nbsp;</li></ul>
Jul 27, 2016
How a Judge Literally Rolling Dice Could Get You Double The Jail Time - The Anchoring Effect
In this episode we are going to talk about how random dice rolls can influence judges to give people longer jail sentences, how so-called experts are massively influenced by completely random numbers – even when they explicitly deny it – and how you can better understand this crazy phenomenon – the Anchoring Effect.<br>&nbsp;<br>As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it in his book Thinking Fast and Slow:&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;"The main moral of priming research is that our thoughts and our behavior are influenced, much more than we know or want, by the environment of the moment."<br>&nbsp;<br>Arbitrary numbers and anchors can have huge implications for your decisions without you even realizing it and this all operates at a subconscious level beyond your conscious experience.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>This episode is going to focus on drilling down and understanding a specific cognitive bias – a mental model – to help you start building a toolkit of mental models that will enable you to better understand reality.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>Anchoring bias – along with Priming and Framing, which we have covered in previous episodes – are all cognitive biases that you want to know, understand, and be aware of – so that you can add them to your mental toolbox and make better decisions.
Jul 20, 2016
How This Simple Change In Wording Made 50% of Doctors Choose a More Dangerous Medical Procedure
Do you think that your doctor makes their decisions based on data or on trivial factors such as how a sentence is worded?<br>&nbsp;<br>Do you think that your decisions are typically rational and based on the facts?<br>&nbsp;<br>In this episode we discuss how a twist of phrase made 50% of doctors choose a more dangerous medical procedure, what explains an 88% difference in organ donations in two similar countries, and how experts can make vastly different choices based on the same exact data as we explore the Framing Bias.<br>&nbsp;<br>As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it in his book Thinking Fast and Slow:&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;"It is somewhat worrying that the officials who make decisions that affect everyone’s health can be swayed by such a superficial manipulation."<br>&nbsp;<br>The way things are presented can have huge implications for your decisions without you even realizing it and this all operates at a subconscious level beyond your conscious experience.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>Behavioral economist Richard Thaler explains it this way: “The false assumption is that almost all people, almost all of the time, make choices that are in their best interest."<br>&nbsp;<br>This episode is going to focus on drilling down and understanding a specific cognitive bias – a mental model – to help you start building a toolkit of mental models that will enable you to better understand reality.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>Framing bias – along with Priming, which we covered last episode, and Anchoring – which we will cover in a future episode – are all cognitive biases that you want to know, understand, and be aware of – so that you can add them to your mental toolbox.
Jul 13, 2016
This Powerful Factor Controls Your Decisions And 86% of People Have No Idea It Exists
Do you think you’re in control of your thoughts and actions?<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>What if things totally out of your conscious experience of reality actually controlled your decisions?<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>What if random phenomenon – like the music you just heard, or the words on a billboard, changed the way you thought, moved, and the decisions you made?<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>The power of your subconscious mind is much greater than you realize.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it in his book Thinking Fast and Slow: “You cannot know this from conscious experience, of course, but you must accept the alien idea that your actions and your emotions can be primed by events of which you are not even aware.”<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>In this episode of the Science of Success Podcast we dig deep into the Priming Effect – the way that your environment can shape your decisions, actions, and thoughts without you ever even realizing it.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss:<br>&nbsp;-The powerful factor shaping peoples decisions that 86% of people were totally unaware of<br>&nbsp;-What caused voters to care more than children’s parents about funding the school system<br>&nbsp;- How “like ripples on a pond” primed effects can shape and define our behavior in huge ways<br>&nbsp;-How the word Florida makes people behave like the elderly<br>&nbsp;-Another mental model to add to your tool-kit<br>&nbsp;-And much more!<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Do you want to get smarter and make better decisions? Listen to this episode!
Jul 06, 2016
How to Get Rocket Fuel for Your Success, Bend Reality, and Achieve Happiness, With Vishen Lakhiani, Founder of Mindvalley
Learn to think like some of the greatest creative minds of our time - to question, challenge, and create new rules for your ideas of success, happiness, and much more with Vishen Lakhiani. Vishen shares incredible strategies to redefine your life and success on your own terms in this episode of The Science of Success.<br>&nbsp;<br>Vishen is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a learning experience company serving three million students, subscribers and followers worldwide.<br>&nbsp;<br>His book, The Code of The Extraordinary Mind, a New York and LA Times best seller, blends evolutionary biology and computational thinking, providing a new framework for identifying, questioning and redefining beliefs to understand and enhance the human self. The book also draws knowledge from the world's leading thinkers such as Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Peter Diamandis, Ken Wilber, Arianna Huffington and more.​<br>&nbsp;<br>If you’re looking for something to take yourself to the next level, break through barriers, and achieve your dreams, listen to this episode immediately.<br>&nbsp;<br>Vishen and I discuss:<br>&nbsp;-How language shapes reality and controls your understanding of the world<br>&nbsp;-How to uncover the “bullshit rules” making you unhappy in life<br>&nbsp;-How to set “ends goals” instead of “means goals"<br>&nbsp;-How to cultivate “rocket fuel” for your success<br>&nbsp;-How to live a life of “Blissipline” (and why that’s important)<br>&nbsp;-How to set and accomplish huge goals without having you happiness anchored to them<br>&nbsp;-How to combat the fear that “I Am Not Enough"<br>&nbsp;-How to live life as though everything is rigged in your favor<br>&nbsp;-And Much More!
Jun 29, 2016
How To Break Free From Depression & Anxiety By Changing Your Brain Chemistry with Neuroscientist Dr. Alex Korb
In this episode we discuss how you can battle depression and anxiety and break out of a vicious downward spiral by literally changing the chemistry of your brain using very simple and straightforward tactics that you can start applying right now.&nbsp;<br><br>If you've struggled with depression or anxiety, or you want to understand how we can reshape our brains with our actions, listen to this episode immediately!<br>&nbsp;<br>Dr. Alex Korb is a neuroscientist at UCLA, is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, and author of the Prefrontal Nudity blog on Psychology Today.<br>&nbsp;<br>Alex and I discuss:<br>&nbsp;-How people get stuck in a loop of anxiety or depression<br>&nbsp;-How to strengthen and grow new neurons to literally change the structure of your brain<br>&nbsp;-Why nothing is wrong with your brain when you get stuck in a loop of depression or anxiety<br>&nbsp;-How the same action can have an entirely different impact on your brain at a different time<br>&nbsp;-How your own choices and actions change your brain in real time<br>&nbsp;-The difference between depression and anxiety<br>&nbsp;-How 10 mins of exercise can dramatically change your brain chemistry (and the study that shows it)<br>&nbsp;-How your actions can determine your perception and shape your reality<br>&nbsp;-The Neuroscience behind “The Secret” and why it really works<br>&nbsp;-And much more!
Jun 23, 2016
The Psychology Behind Making Better Decisions with Global Financial Strategist Michael J. Mauboussin
Do you want to improve your decision-making a build a better mental toolkit? In this episode we explore the psychology behind making better decisions with Michael J. Mauboussin. <br><br>Michael is the Head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse. He is the author of three books, including <em>More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places</em>, named in the The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Michael also serves as an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School.<br> We discuss the following topics:<br>&nbsp;<br> -The interconnectedness of knowledge across many different disciplines<br> -How to switch to the “outside view” to make better predictions and decisions<br> -How to improve your results without being any smarter or better trained&nbsp;<br> -A fascinating psychology study that demonstrates how we deceive ourselves<br> -The biggest biases that cause investors to make bad decisions (and how to combat them)<br> -Why the right tools aren’t enough to make you a successful investor<br> -Concrete steps to start down the path of better decision-making<br> -How to understand the difference between luck and skill in complex fields like business, investing, and entrepreneurship<br> -How to become “numerate” and understand the physics and mathematics of misjudgment<br> -What statistical base-rates are and how they can improve your decisions<br> -How reversion to the mean really works and why you’ve been misunderstanding it<br><br><br><br>
Jun 15, 2016
How To Stop Living Your Life On Autopilot, Take Control, and Build a Toolbox of Mental Models to Understand Reality with Farnam Street’s Shane Parrish
Do you feel like your life is on auto-pilot? Do you want to take control and build a better and deeper understanding of reality? In this episode we discuss mental models, cognitive biases, go deep on decision-making and how to improve and build a smarter decision-making framework and we look at a number of key mental models that you can add to your mental toolbox.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;If you want to dramatically improve your decision making with a few short steps - listen to this episode!&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Shane Parrish is the founder and author of the Farnam Street blog, which has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and much more, its one of my personal favorite blogs and an incredible resource dedicated to making you smarter every day by mastering the best of what other’s have already figured out.<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss the following topics:<br>&nbsp;-Why you should focus on mastering things that change slowly or don’t change at all<br>&nbsp;-Why reading “pop” books and news doesn’t make you smarter<br>&nbsp;-How to pattern interrupt yourself when you get focused on the wrong things<br>&nbsp;-What “mental models” are and how you can use them to your advantage<br>&nbsp;-Why you should focus on your “circle of competence"<br>&nbsp;-How to reduce your blindspots and make better decisions<br>&nbsp;-Simple steps you can take right now to improve your decision-making<br>&nbsp;-How to think about the world like Charlie Munger<br>&nbsp;-How you can avoid becoming “a man with a hammer"<br>&nbsp;-Why you should focus on avoiding stupidity instead of trying to be smart<br>&nbsp;-Why its so important that you should keep a decision journal (how to do it)<br>&nbsp;-And much more!&nbsp;
Jun 07, 2016
Are You Oblivious to the Secret Game Being Played Around You? with Art of Charm Host Jordan Harbinger
You may be oblivious to the secret relationship rules around you - and in this episode with Art of Charm host Jordan Harbinger we dig into what you can do to avoid the biggest mistakes and pitfalls when building relationships with influential people, looking at many different examples and stories.<br><br>If you want to take your relationships to the next level - listen to this episode!<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Jordan is the co-founder and host of The Art of Charm - one of the top 50 podcasts on iTunes with more than two million downloads per month, he was named by Forbes as one of the 50 best relationship builders anywhere, and Inc Magazine called him the "Charlie Rose of Podcasting.”<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We discuss the following topics:<br>&nbsp;-How you might be oblivious to the secret game being played around you<br>&nbsp;-The major networking mistakes you’re making<br>&nbsp;-How to build relationships with influential people<br>&nbsp;-How you might be sabotaging your relationships<br>&nbsp;-Why you should focus on providing value to others first<br>&nbsp;-How to create a scalable way to provide value to your network<br>&nbsp;-The “double-opt in” tactic<br>&nbsp;-Why it's a bad idea to ask “how can I help you?"<br>&nbsp;-And much more!
Jun 01, 2016
Why Everything You Know About Time Management is Wrong with Best Selling Author Rory Vaden
In this episode - we dig into the truth about time management, uncover the reason that most time management thinking is wrong, and learn how we can give ourselves permission to multiply our time with our guest Rory Vaden.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>If you feel like you never have enough time and your todo-list just keeps growing, listen to this episode!<br>&nbsp;<br>Rory is the best-selling author of Take The Stairs and Procrastinate On Purpose, an award winning entrepreneur and business leader, a self discipline strategist, and co-founder of Southwestern Consulting.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>We discuss the following topics:<br>&nbsp;-Why everything you’ve heard about time management is wrong&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;-The one calculation that changes everything in your time managemnet<br>&nbsp;-How to do things today to create more time tomorrow<br>&nbsp;-How to tell people “no” in a kind way<br>&nbsp;-How to create "compound interest" for your time<br>&nbsp;-How to overcome the fear of delegation<br>&nbsp;-How to overcome the emotional barriers preventing you from multiplying your time<br>&nbsp;-Why time is NOT money<br>&nbsp;-And more!&nbsp;
May 24, 2016
How You Are Sabotaging Yourself By Setting The Wrong Goals - And What To Do About It - With Emmy Winner & Bestselling Author Scott Halford
In this episode we dive into how to activate your brain, create and sustain momentum to make your goals a reality, how goals can often be self-sabotaging, and the neurochemistry behind how and why all of this happens with our guest Scott Halford.<br>&nbsp;<br>If you are feeling stuck or want to make progress on a goal but can’t figure out why you’re not – listen to this episode!<br>&nbsp;<br>Scott is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, acclaimed public speaker, and the author of Activate Your Brain. Scott is also a long-time educator of Fortune 500 executive teams on topics including achievement psychology, brain-based behavioral science, and more.<br>&nbsp;<br>We cover some incredible topics including:<br>&nbsp;-How long term goals can self sabotage by triggering a “disgust” response in your brain (and what to do about it)<br>&nbsp;-The ways to “erase” cortisol and other stress inducing neurochemicals<br>&nbsp;-How to create momentum towards your goals and put yourself in an achievement state<br>&nbsp;-Simple strategies to “activate” your brain<br>&nbsp;-The “three brains” inside your head and what each of them is responsible for<br>&nbsp;-The truth about multi-tasking and why its impossible<br>&nbsp;-And Much More!&nbsp;
May 17, 2016
How You Can Memorize a Shuffled Deck of Cards in Under A Minute - The Science Behind Memory
In this episode we explore the fascinating enigma of human memory – how memories are created and stored, why we remember certain things but not others, and how to improve your memory long term – as well as an incredible tool to “hack” your short-term memory used by national memory champions:<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;You will learn about:<ul><li>The weird trick that national memory champions use to memorize decks of cards, huge strings of numbers, and much more</li><li>Why your memories aren’t accurate representations of reality</li><li>The science behind how your memories can be manipulated</li><li>The positive memory benefits of playing video games</li><li>How memories are created and stored in your brain</li><li>What you need to do to protect and preserve your memory for the long term&nbsp;</li><li>And much more!&nbsp;</li></ul>
May 11, 2016
The Neuroscience Behind Einstein and Isaac Newton’s Biggest Breakthroughs
In this episode we will talk about the incredible neuroscience behind the biggest breakthroughs of some of the world’s smartest minds, how those same principles apply to a world champion’s "daily architecture," and how you can design your day the same way to harness this powerful strategy. <br>&nbsp;<strong><br>&nbsp;</strong>This episode goes deep on:<br>&nbsp;-The neuroscience behind Einstein and Isaac Newton’s biggest breakthroughs<br>&nbsp;-How one world champion structures his entire day around this one key principle<br>&nbsp;-Simple steps to structuring your day in the same way to harness the untapped power of your subconscious mind<br>&nbsp;-How to harness the subconscious mind for huge creative insights<br>&nbsp;-How to break through challenging questions and problems<br>&nbsp;-The 4 Phases of the Creative Process<br>&nbsp;-What the science says about cultivating creativity and creative incubation<br>&nbsp;-And much more!&nbsp;
May 03, 2016
Hacking Sleep, Improving Creativity, and Research Backed Strategies for Success with Gregg Clunis
In this episode you’re going to learn how a few tiny leaps can help you achieve your goals, how to optimize your day around your biorhythms, the truth about the difference between night owls and early birds, how to invest in improving your sleep, practical steps to increase your creativity, and much more with our guest Gregg Clunis. Gregg is the creator and host of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes - a rapidly growing podcast that shares simple research backed strategies to get more out of your life.
Apr 26, 2016
The Surprising Data-Backed Truth About Achievement with Business Psychology Expert Peter Shallard
In this episode you’re going to learn the surprising data-backed truth about achievement, the one personality test that can predict success in the real world, the incredible importance of willpower, the ultimate indicators for personal growth, and much more with our incredible guest Peter Shallard.<br>&nbsp;<br>Known as “The Shrink for Entrepreneurs” - Peter is a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade, he works with entrepreneurs from around the globe to help them master the psychology of reaching their goals of success faster, better, and with a bigger impact.<br>&nbsp;<br>You will also discover:<br>&nbsp;-What Peter Learned from More Than 10,000 1on1 Phone Calls with High Achievers<br>&nbsp;-Why A Select Few Have Advantages In Achieving Their Goals<br>&nbsp;-The Amazing Finding of the “Marshmallow Experiment"<br>&nbsp;-How to Refuel Your Willpower<br>&nbsp;-And more!
Apr 06, 2016
Unleash The Power of Meditation
In this episode we will talk about the myriad benefits of meditation, look at a few different ways to meditate, and discuss a simple and easy way to get started on meditation that finally got me into a daily meditation practice, as well as:<ul><li>How meditation increases the size of your brain, your focus, attention, and creativity</li><li>The incredible power of gratitude</li><li>The simplest and easiest way to start meditating</li><li>Clear up the clutter around different kinds of meditation</li><li>The right kind of meditation environment</li><li>How e=mc2 plays an important part in my meditation framework</li><li>And much more!Show Notes</li></ul><br><br><br>
Mar 29, 2016
Uncover The Software Running Your Mind with Andy Murphy
In this episode of The Science of Success we dig deep into how to uncover the software running in the back of your mind and how to re-wire<br>&nbsp;your brain by understanding your neural pathways. You will get a helpful<br>&nbsp;definition of the term “peak state”, learn how to create a better Alter Ego of<br>&nbsp;yourself, and much more with our guest Andy Murphy.<br>Andy Murphy is a performance coach who has worked with VIP clients including Saudi Arabian Royalty, TV producers, and world-champions,<br>&nbsp;he’s a master practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming or as it’s commonly<br>&nbsp;known “NLP” - and he's also the host of the podcast Mindset by Design where he<br>&nbsp;talks about NLP, Self-Improvement, and World-Class Mind-Hacks for Peak<br>&nbsp;Performance.<br>In this episode you will also learn:<ul><li>All about NLP (and what it is if you've never heard of it)</li><li>How the concept of "peak state" works and why it’s so<br>&nbsp;important</li><li>How the patterns in your mind can shape your reality</li><li>How to change and interrupt those patterns</li><li>And much more!&nbsp;</li></ul><br><br>&nbsp;<br><br><br><br>
Mar 16, 2016
The Surprising Power of Compassion with Dr. Chris Kukk
In this episode of The Science of Success we dive into what it’s like to have breakfast with the Dalai Lama, the difference between compassion and empathy (and why it's important), and how you can harness compassion to achieve more and be a better version of yourself with Dr. Chris Kukk. <br>&nbsp;<br>Dr. Kukk is a former counter-intelligence agent, the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity, and Innovation, a professor of Political Science at Western Connecticut State University, and author of the upcoming book <em>The Compassionate Achiever</em>.<br>&nbsp;<br> In this episode you will learn:<ul><li>The physical and chemical differences between compassion and empathy (and why that matters)</li><li>How compassion can help you achieve your goals</li><li>How to avoid emotional quicksand</li><li>How compassion fuels creativity</li><li>How to cultivate emotional resilience</li><li>What we can do to widen our circle of compassion</li><li>And much more!</li></ul>
Mar 08, 2016
Why An Almost-Empty Cookie Jar Is More Valuable Than A Full One
This is the FINAL episode in a six-part series on "The Science of Success" titled WEAPONS of INFLUENCE, based on the best-selling book “Influence” by Robert Cialdini. Each of these weapons of influence are deeply rooted and verified by experimental psychology research (of which you'll get a ton of amazing examples).&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>Today you’re going to learn about Scarcity Bias, and what happens when you take people’s cookies away; how changing a single phrase drove six times more sales; and why open outcry auctions turn your brain into mush. Like many of the weapons of influence, this is something we intuitively know and understand, but often don’t realize how powerful it is or how much it impacts our decisions at a subconscious level through daily life.
Feb 23, 2016
Why Co-Pilots May Ignore Instinct and Let A Plane Crash
This is the FIFTH episode in a six-part series on "The Science of Success" titled WEAPONS of INFLUENCE and based on the best selling book “Influence” by Robert Cialdini. Each of these weapons of influence are deeply rooted and verified by experimental psychology research (which you will get a ton of amazing examples of).<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;This week we're going to talk about the Authority Bias. This bias can create some astounding affects in the real world, such as: Why con artists wear lifts in their shoes; how a normal person can administer lethal shocks to an innocent research subject; why 95% nurses were willing to give deadly doses of a dangerous drug to their patients; and much more.
Feb 18, 2016
Why Ugly Criminals Are 2X As Likely To Go To Prison
This week we are continuing our new miniseries within "<a href=""><strong>The Science of Success</strong></a>" called "Weapons of Influence". This is the fourth episode in a six-part series based on the best selling book <a href=""><strong><em>Influence</em></strong><strong>&nbsp;by Robert Cialdini</strong></a>. If you loved the book, this will be a great refresher on the core concepts. And if you haven't yet read it, some of this stuff is gonna blow your mind.<br><br> <br><br>So what are the 6 weapons of influence?<br><br> <br><br>-<a href=""><strong>Reciprocation</strong></a><br><br>-<a href=""><strong>Consistency and Commitment</strong></a><br><br>-Social Proof<br><br>-Liking Bias<br><br>-Authority<br><br>-Scarcity<br><br>&nbsp;<br><br>Each one of these weapons can be a powerful tool in your belt - and something to watch out for when others try to wield them against you. Alone, each of them can create crazy outcomes in our lives and in social situations, but together they can have huge impacts.<br><br>&nbsp;<br><br>Today’s episode covers the fourth weapon of influence: Liking Bias. In it, we'll cover what made Joe Girard the greatest car salesman of all time; how Tupperware grew their sales to 2.5 million per day; and why uglier criminals are more than TWICE as likely to go to jail; and much more.&nbsp;
Feb 09, 2016
Why You Should Always Ask the Guy in the Blue Jacket for Help
Based on the bestselling book “Influence” by Robert Cialdini, this is the third week of our six-part "Weapons of Influence" miniseries within "The Science of Success". If you loved the book, this will be a great refresher on the core concepts. And if you haven't yet read it, some of this stuff is gonna blow your mind.&nbsp;<br><br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;So what are the 6 weapons of influence?<blockquote><br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Reciprocation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Consistency &amp; commitment</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Social Proof</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Liking</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Authority</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Scarcity</li></ul><br><br>&nbsp;<br><br></blockquote><br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Each one of these weapons can be a powerful tool in your toolbelt - and something to watch out for when others try to wield them against you. Alone, each of them can create crazy outcomes in our lives and in social situations - but together - or combined - they can create huge impacts.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Today’s episode covers the third weapon of influence - Social Proof.&nbsp;
Feb 02, 2016
The Power and Danger of a Seemingly Innocuous Commitment
Based on the bestselling book <em>Influence</em> by Robert Cialdini, this is the second part of a new six-part miniseries within "The Science of Success" called "Weapons of Influence". If you loved Cialdini's book, this will be a great refresher on the core concepts in it. And if you haven't yet read it, some of this stuff is gonna blow your mind.&nbsp;<br><br><br> &nbsp;<br> So what are the 6 weapons of influence?<blockquote><br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>Reciprocation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Consistency &amp; Commitment</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Social Proof</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Liking</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Authority</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Scarcity</li></ul><br><br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br></blockquote><br>&nbsp;Each one of these weapons can be a powerful tool in your belt - and something to watch out for when others try to wield them against you. Alone, each of them can create crazy outcomes in our lives and in social situations, but together they can have huge impacts.<br><br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Today’s episode covers the second weapon of influence: Consistency &amp; Commitment Bias. We'll cover:<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br><br><blockquote><br>&nbsp;<br><br><ul><li>The powerful application of the “foot in the door” technique</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why hard won commitments are the most powerful</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>The dangers of seemingly innocuous commitments</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How commitment builds its own internal justifications</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How you can defend yourself against falling prey to commitment bias</li></ul><br><br><br></blockquote><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 26, 2016
How To Triple the Rate of Your Success With One Simple Question
This week we are kicking off a new miniseries within "The Science of Success" called "Weapons of Influence". This is the first in a six-part series based on the best selling book <em>Influence</em> by Robert Cialdini. If you loved that book, this will be a great refresher on the core concepts. And if you haven't yet read it, some of this stuff is gonna blow your mind.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> So what are the 6 weapons of influence?<br><br><ul><li>Reciprocation</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Consistency &amp; commitment</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Social Proof</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Liking</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Authority</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Scarcity</li></ul><br><br>&nbsp;Each one of these weapons can be a powerful tool in your belt - and something to watch out for when others try to wield them against you. Alone, each of them can create crazy outcomes in our lives and in social situations, but together they can create huge impacts.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Today’s episode covers the first weapon of influence - Reciprocation Bias - and you'll learn:<br><br><ul><li>How reciprocation creates unequal exchanges, and in one experiment by a factor of more than 500%</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>Why reciprocation is powerful regardless of how much someone likes you</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How giving away flowers help build a powerful religious movement</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>What made the “rejection and retreat” technique triple the success of an experiment</li></ul><br><br><ul><li>How to defend against reciprocation bias from negatively impacting your decisions</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 19, 2016
How to Turn Your Life Into a Video Game & Level Up, With Author Steve Kamb
<br>&nbsp;Improve your decisions, hack your mind, and master the psychology of persuasion with "The Science of Success".&nbsp; This podcast will teach you the tactics and strategies to understand how psychology rules the world around us and what you can do to use that information to make yourself smarter and achieve your goals.<br>&nbsp; <br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;We're very excited about the guest we have this week on "The Science of Success": Steve Kamb, the "Rebel Leader" and founder of He's also the author of the new book <em>Level Up Your Life</em>.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> In this episode, you'll learn:<br> &nbsp;<br> -How Steve's Epic Quest of Awesome changed his life<br><br><br> -How to achieve your New Year's resolutions&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> -Using game mechanics to create accountability<br><br><br> -Overcoming the fear of changeHow to preserve willpower to make the best decisions&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> -How to turn your life into a video game (using science and research!)<br> &nbsp;<br> -Why its a good idea to floss a single tooth<br><br><br> -How to create your own batcave (like Bruce Wayne)<br> &nbsp;<br> -The importance of the "progress principle" in forming habits<br><br><br> And much more!&nbsp;
Jan 12, 2016
The Neuroscience Behind Being Productive, With Researcher and Author Josh Davis
On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", we speak with Columbia Ph.D. Josh Davis, who is currently the director of research for the NeuroLeadership Institute, a NeuroCoach and Master Practitioner of NLP. Josh is also the author of the recent international bestseller <em>Two Awesome Hours, </em>in which he shares science-based strategies to get your most important work done.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;In today's episode you will learn:<ul><li>Why working all the time means you actually get LESS done.</li><li>How to conquer overwhelm (using scientific findings, not advice)</li><li>How to snap out of auto-pilot and make effective use of your time</li><li>How to leverage negative emotion to be more productive&nbsp;</li><li>A surprising finding about how music impacts your work flow</li><li>And much more.</li></ul><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 05, 2016
Limiting Beliefs
On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", Matt explores the subconscious' role in our ability to be successful. Looking at powerful core beliefs--beliefs that could be holding you back from your true potential--he walks us through ways of re-drawing everything we think we know about ourselves.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dec 15, 2015
Fixed Versus Growth Mindsets
On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", host Matt Bodnar discusses the difference between the fixed and growth mindsets. Which do you have? Have you even ever heard of it? If you haven't, listen in: It could make all the difference between whether or not you're successful at what you're doing.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dec 08, 2015
Personalizing External Events
It's hard not to look at things that happen in your life and think, "That's not fair." It's even harder not to look at them and think, "That's great!" or "That's terrible!" But that's human tendency.<br><br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", host Matt Bodnar discusses the act of personalizing events in our lives, and letting ego have a say in how we should feel about things. He also explains why it's important NOT to do this--and what to do instead.&nbsp;
Nov 30, 2015
The Reality of Perception
On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", host Matt Bodnar explores how we perceive the world and how this affects our ability to navigate every day life. Are you positive and upbeat? Or do you complain about everything? If you're not happy with the current way you view the world, or how the world "treats" you, there are ways of changing both. Find out how on "The Reality of Perception".<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Nov 24, 2015
Moving Through Setbacks
On this episode of "The Science of Success", Matt delves into the debilitating affect of setbacks. You've got a goal. You're working towards it, then BOOM: Something gets in your way. What do you do? Do you give up and try something else? Or do you brush yourself off and keep moving forward?<br><br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;How you answer this question will make all the difference.
Nov 17, 2015
Embracing Discomfort
On this week's "The Science of Success", Matt explores one of the most crucial elements to leading a successful life: moving through discomfort. It's human tendency to want to avoid things that make us feel awkward, and most of us do. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's the right thing.&nbsp;<br><br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;Matt discusses two tricks that can help you move through discomfort and, if practiced enough, ultimately embrace it.
Nov 10, 2015
The Biological Limits of the Human Mind
On this episode of "The Science of Success", we explore one of the fundamental underpinnings of psychology: the brain itself. <br><br>Your brain is a roughly million-year-old piece of hardware, designed to operate in the world of hunting and gathering, where dangerous animals and competing humans may lurk behind the nearest bush.<br><br>While our society has changed massively in the last 10,000 years (or even the last 500 years), our brains have not had time to catch up.<br><br>As a result, you and I are equipped with a tool that is riddled with shortcuts and processing errors, which can manifest themselves in mistakes, calamities, and all around terrible decisions.<br><br>To find out how you can get around these and make life a little easier, listen to this week's episode "The Biological Limits of the Human Mind".<br><br>&nbsp;Also continue the conversation by following Matt on Twitter <a href="">(@MattBodnar</a>) or visiting his website <a href=""></a>.
Nov 03, 2015