The Think Grow Podcast

By Ruben Chavez | Think Grow Prosper

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Where personal development meets real life. Ruben Chavez explores a variety of topics with thought leaders, scientists, creators, artists, entrepreneurs and other interesting people to bring you different perspectives you can use to enrich your mind and improve your life in whatever way you see fit. Ruben is a writer and personal development educator. He has created a community of over 3 million people across different platforms, including his Instagram page (@ThinkGrowProsper), blog (thinkgrowprosper.com), and podcast.

Episode Date
42: The Myths You Live By - With Erick Godsey
01:04:03

In this episode I speak with Erick Godsey, (@erickgodsey on IG) who describes himself as a student of the psyche, myths, and dreams. Erick draws on cognitive, evolutionary, and Jungian psychology as well as mythology and dreams to approach the question of how to “be” in the world. This was one of my favorite conversations I've had thus far on the show.

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Dec 06, 2019
41: My Daily Routine (How Constraints Enable)
40:04

In this episode, I walk through my daily routine and explain why I've been less active on social media lately (Hint: I'm writing a book!). I also discuss the principle that explains why having a routine is useful. This principle can be summed up in two words: Constraints enable.

 

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Sep 27, 2019
40: 7 Tools to Improve Your Relationships
43:54

My wife and I talk about some of the approaches and frameworks that have helped us improve and maintain our relationship for nearly a decade. We start off by addressing a question from a listener regarding her own relationship with a guy who doesn’t believe he should have to tailor his communication to suit her. This episode is mostly centered on romantic relationships but most of the principles we discuss can be applied to non-romantic ones as well.

 

SHOW NOTES & TIME STAMPS:

https://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/tools-to-improve-your-relationship

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR:


Skillshare is an online learning community with over 25,000 courses. They are extending an offer to listeners of the Think Grow Podcast - two months FREE! You can take advantage of this offer at skillshare.com/THINKGROW.

Aug 22, 2019
39: Dealing With Unworthiness, Fear, and Limiting Beliefs - With Psychologist Rebecca Ray
01:06:58

Rebecca Ray is a clinical psychologist, speaker, and author of The Universe Listens to Brave. In this episode we talk about some of the more common issues she sees, including low self-worth, crippling fear, and the underlying limiting beliefs at the root of these cognitive distortions.

Her new book, The Art of Self-Kindness is due for release August 2019.

You can find the show notes for this episode here:

https://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/rebecca-ray

Jul 17, 2019
38: Master Your Diet, Master Your Life - w/ Daniel Thomas Hind
01:21:57

Daniel is the founder of EvolutionEat, a company that helps entrepreneurs and creatives of all types transform their diets and lives by teaching them the skill set and mindset of healthy eating.

The topic of proper diet is notably left out of most conversations surrounding personal growth. But the reality is, the food we eat is just as important to living a good life as any self-development strategy or principle. It's definitely been a huge part of my personal journey.

 

FREE MINI-COURSE & LIVE TRAINING

Daniel is offering a free online course plus a free live training to listeners of the Think Grow Podcast. (I've taken it's amazing. Quite honestly, I’m shocked that it’s free.)

Sign up for the FREE mini-course + live training here:

https://EvolutionEat.com/thinkgrowprosper

Jun 21, 2019
37: Dr. Dan Siegel - The Science and Practice of Presence
01:20:40

I speak with Dr. Dan Siegel. He is a clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute.

Dr. Siegel has written 16 books and multiple New York Times best sellers, including Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation and The Whole Brain Child (two of my favorites). However, most of our conversation covers topics in his new book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence.

If you feel like some of the things Dr. Siegel talks about in this episode go over your head, you are not alone. His work is interdisciplinary so there are times when he uses ideas from biology, neuroscience, psychology and math to talk about a single concept. This is what makes his work so interesting and groundbreaking but also difficult to grasp at times, especially for the uninitiated.

 

EPISODE SHOW NOTES

I recommend you check out the show notes for this episode to help you understand it better:

https://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/dan-siegel/

 

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Please consider supporting our sponsors - this show would not exist without them. I *only* partner with companies whose products or services I personally use and believe in.

Skillshare is an online learning community with over 25,000 courses. They are extending an offer to listeners of the Think Grow Podcast - two months FREE! You can take advantage of this offer at skillshare.com/THINKGROW.

Jun 14, 2019
36: Yumi Sakugawa - How to Become Friends With Your Demons
53:06

I speak with comic book artist and author Yumi Sakugawa. Yumi’s book, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With The Universe is a gem and has made it onto a couple of my book recommendation lists.

A good portion of our conversation is centered around one of the ideas in that book: having cake and tea with your demons. This is a metaphor for the spiritual and psychological principle that, instead of avoiding the dark or undesirable parts of yourself, you should face them. Or, as she says: "Invite your demons to sit down and have a slice of cake and a cup of tea."

It’s an interesting and powerful idea that shows up in psychology, philosophy and religion. It’s also an idea that isn’t talked about nearly enough in the world of self-development. I’d like to change that.

Jun 07, 2019
35: Farokh Sarmad - Networking With Purpose and Integrity
01:01:58

Farokh (@farokh) is a social media expert and entrepreneur. He was one of the very first people I connected with when I started my Instagram page (@ThinkGrowProsper) in early 2014. Since then, I’ve watched him build a hugely successful social media-based business, working with a diverse range of big name brands, ranging from L’Oréal to Dom Perignon and many others.

One of Farokh’s superpowers he’s cultivated over the years is the power to network effectively. I use the word “network” with caution here because I know it can sometimes have a mercenary or negative connotation, as though it’s all about getting what you need with little regard for others.

But as Farokh explains, that mentality has nothing to do with his philosophy of networking. Rather, it's a life philosophy of genuinely wanting to help others and provide value.

In our conversation, Farokh explains how his ability to network has enabled him to get the attention of (and work with) influential and powerful people ranging from business powerhouses like Gary Vaynerchuk to celebrities and rappers like Soulja Boy.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

This podcast would not exist without support from our sponsors. I ONLY partner with companies whose products or services I personally use and believe in. Please check out these special offers:

Skillshare is an online learning community with over 25,000 courses. They are extending an offer to listeners of the Think Grow Podcast - two months FREE! You can take advantage of this offer at skillshare.com/THINKGROW.

May 17, 2019
34: Daniel DiPiazza - Let Go Of What's Holding You Back
01:09:18

Daniel DiPiazza is the founder of Alpha Mentorship, an immersive training and investment platform for the next generation of entrepreneurs, creators and leaders. He also is the best-selling author of the book Rich20Something.

Since we met and became friends in 2015, I’ve watched Daniel undergo a massive transformation — not just in his business but in his consciousness. Daniel is currently on a world-wide speaking tour, developing the material for his new book, Wielding Power. In our conversation, we talk about some of the ideas in that book.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

This podcast would not exist without support from our sponsors. I ONLY partner with companies whose products or services I personally use and believe in. Please check them out and support them if possible:

 

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Audible is how I consume most of my books these days. As a new parent, I could never read as much as I do without it. Whether I'm driving, cooking, or rocking baby to sleep, Audible gives me the ability to feed my mind good stuff while I go about my day. Get a free audiobook plus two free "Audible Originals" when you sign up for a free 30-day trial here.

May 03, 2019
33: Jonathan Fields - How To Discover The Work You're Here To Do
01:13:41

Jonathan Fields is the creator of the world’s first “purpose archetypes” which he calls Sparketypes™. This framework has been used by tens-of-thousands of individuals, as well as companies and institutions to discover purpose and amplify performance.

Jonathan is also an award-winning author, serial entrepreneur, and innovator in the field of human potential. He's founded a number of game-changing wellness companies and has led workshops around the world on everything from yoga and mindfulness to conscious entrepreneurship and innovation. 

This is Jonathan’s second appearance on the podcast and we dive even deeper into doing meaningful work. We talk about the Sparketype framework he designed for helping you discover the work you’re here to do.

 

See the show notes for this episode here:

https://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/jonathan-fields

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

This podcast would not exist without support from our sponsors. I ONLY partner with companies whose products or services I personally use and believe in. Please check out these special offers:


Four Sigmatic is a superfood company that uses functional mushrooms and herbs in their easy-to-drink blends. I’ve been using their supplements for years — long before they became a sponsor of this podcast. Get 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase by going to foursigmatic.com/tgp. Or, use discount code ‘TGP’ at checkout.

 

Audible is how I consume most of my books these days. As a new parent, I could never read as much as I do without it. Whether I'm driving, cooking, or rocking baby to sleep, Audible gives me the ability to feed my mind good stuff while I go about my day. Get a free audiobook plus two free "Audible Originals" when you sign up for a free 30-day trial here.

Apr 27, 2019
32: Practical Strategies for Dealing with Overthinking [Best of the Podcast]
27:51

In this rebroadcast of one of my most popular episodes, I explore overthinking (and its close cousin, anxiety) from an evolutionary perspective then offer some practical strategies you can apply immediately to help you overcome repetitive, obsessive, non-productive thoughts.

See the show notes for this episode here:
https://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/-how-to-stop-overthinking

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

This podcast would not exist without support from our sponsors. I ONLY partner with companies whose products or services I personally use and believe in. Please check out these special offers:

 

Skillshare is an online learning community with over 25,000 courses. They are extending a free 2-month trial offer to listeners of the Think Grow Podcast. You can take advantage of this offer by visiting skillshare.com/THINKGROW.

 

Audible is how I consume most books these days. As a new parent, I could never read as much as I do without it. Whether I'm driving, cooking, or rocking baby to sleep, Audible gives me the ability to feed my mind good stuff while I go about my day. Get a free audiobook plus two free "Audible Originals" when you sign up for a free 30-day trial here.

 

 

Apr 19, 2019
#31: Austin Kleon - The Art of Being Productively Lazy
01:10:04

Austin Kleon is the New York Times best-selling author of Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work! -- two of my favorite books on creativity and getting discovered. His new book is Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad.

In this episode, I ask Austin about some of the more personal aspects of his work and life.

A central theme of our conversation is the importance of play, and why it’s so vital to producing good work.

See the show notes for this episode here:

https://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/austin-kleon

Apr 10, 2019
#30: Dr. Rubin Naiman - Rethinking Sleep and Dreams
01:09:30

Dr. Rubin Naiman is a clinical psychologist and sleep & dream specialist at the University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine. In this episode, we discuss:

  • Dr. Naiman’s philosophy on sleep and dream consciousness

  • “Wake-centrism” and the problem with how our culture views sleep

  • The spiritual value of dreaming (and how to dream more)

  • The cultural epidemic of dream deprivation

View the show notes for this episode at:

https://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/rubin-naiman

Mar 28, 2019
#29: Making Sense of Self-Development
38:48

Having been a student of self-development and other related fields for the past 15 years, I’ve been exposed to a massive amount of ideas and information. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the best way to organize it all in order to make sense of it. 

To that end, I’ve identified three distinct categories into which most life advice/wisdom can be sorted. You can think of these categories as the principles behind the principles. They represent the fundamental ideas behind concepts in self-development, psychology, philosophy and even religion to a degree.

In this episode, I attempt to explain these three overarching categories, or what I call “meta-principles.” It’s is a simple framework and is still under construction. But there does seem to be something to it. At the very least, organizing information helps your brain remember it more effectively.

Mar 21, 2019
#28: Sean McCabe - From Passion Project to Sustainable Business
01:19:43

Sean McCabe (@seanwes) is an entrepreneur who has built multiple successful businesses in different niches. He is also the author of Overlap: Start a Business While Working Full Time. In this episode, we talk about the practical path to making a living from your passion.

Sean is an extremely disciplined and organized person so I wanted to also pick his brain about the systems he has in place for his business and his life.

Whether you are just starting out in business or are an intermediate entrepreneur looking for direction, you’ll get a lot out of this episode.

SHOW NOTES:

Check out the show notes for selected links and resources from the episode plus an outline of topics covered:

https://thinkgrowprosper.org/blog/sean-mccabe

Mar 15, 2019
#27: Ask Me Anything 3
41:33

My wife, Vanessa and I recorded this episode just hours before she went into labor with our first child. So if it sounds like we are a bit distracted it’s because we are. I will be doing more Q&A episodes in the future where I cover more ground. For now, enjoy this (sometimes rambling) ask-me-anything episode where Vanessa and I discuss the following questions:

QUESTIONS ANSWERED

- My guru told me I should stop reading books in order to find enlightenment. What are your thoughts on this?

- Which book represents your values and beliefs the most?

- What is the best thing to look for in a life partner?

- How can I create a life I'm passionate about?

- What -- or who -- drives you to be the beacon of positivity that you are and how do you stay in that mindset?

- What are your passion projects?

- How is self-love achieved? When you feel guilty thoughts about yourself, how do you push those thoughts away?

 

SHOW NOTES:

Check out the show notes at the link below for selected links & resources from the episode, plus an outline of questions answered:

http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/ama3

Feb 27, 2019
#26: Adam J. Kurtz - Overcoming Perfectionism
58:22

I speak with artist, author & speaker Adam J. Kurtz (@adamjk) about overcoming perfectionism, being an online creative, and what goes into making good art/content.

Adam’s work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His latest book, Things Are What You Make of Them, is a handwritten essay collection that digs into the emotional realities of being any type of modern day creative person.

This episode is for you if you’ve ever found yourself at the mercy of perfectionism, are a creative entrepreneur (or anyone who creates anything on the internet,) or if you’d like inspiration for your creative work.

SHOW NOTES:

Check out the show notes at the link below for selected links & resources from the episode, plus an outline of topics covered.

http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/adamjk

Feb 21, 2019
#25: Marie Forleo - The Power of Doing What Excites You
01:04:14

Marie Forleo is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is the host of the award-winning show, Marie TV where she helps people create a life and business they love. She is also the creator of the world-class entrepreneurship training program, B-School.

You can view the show notes for this episode on my blog here:

http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/marie-forleo

Marie's new book, "Everything is Figureoutable," releases September 10, 2019. You can pre-order it on Amazon here:

https://amzn.to/2X2QTkY

You can learn more about my personal experience with Marie's world-class business training program, B-School, here:

bit.ly/Starting-Before-You-Are-Ready

 

Feb 14, 2019
#24: Neil Pasricha - How (And Why) To Read More Books
01:07:34

I speak with positive psychology researcher and author Neil Pasricha (neil@globalhappiness.org) about how (and why) to read more books. Some topics we cover include:

  • The main difference between reading and other forms of media
  • The importance of fiction and why he reads more of it now than ever before
  • How he got over a “reading slump”
  • Why “different” is better than “better”
  • Why he’s obsessed with the number 1000
  • What’s up with his quirky podcast “3 Books With Neil Pasricha”

 

CONTACT NEIL 

You can get in touch with Neil directly at neil@globalhappiness.org.

 

GET MORE NEIL 

Neil also has three free newsletters dedicated to living intentionally. They are ad-free and spam-free. You can subscribe to any or all of them at https://www.neil.blog/newsletter/. (I recommend his Reading Club newsletter -- he reads over 100 books a year)

Feb 07, 2019
#23: How to Disagree Constructively
35:06

Disagreeing can be frustrating but there can also be great value in it. When you disagree with someone -- whether it be in a relationship or political discussion -- instead of digging in your heels and blindly defending your position, you can use it as an opportunity to gain a better understanding of a person or viewpoint. Of course, this isn’t easy. In this episode, I discuss four obstacles that keep us from disagreeing constructively, along with several strategies for overcoming them.

Dec 07, 2018
#22: Think Grow Together: A Conversation With My Wife, Vanessa
01:03:03

I speak with my wife, Vanessa about a variety of topics including our upcoming transition into parenthood, our mental health, thoughts on creativity, and more.

Nov 16, 2018
#21: 4 Keys to Remembering What You Learn
24:11

In today's episode, I show you how to remember more of what you learn.

In today’s age of information overload, it’s easy to consume tons of information and feel like we’re informed. Ironically, we understand less than ever. There’s too much information coming at us all the time. Because of this, we feel like we know things when the truth is, we couldn’t recall most of it. We may be familiar with material, but we don’t truly understand it. This is what is sometimes called the illusion of competence.

Here are the most important principles and strategies for effective learning that I’ve distilled from a variety of sources over the years. They have helped me remember more of what I learn. I hope they help you too.

Oct 18, 2018
#20: How To Be Resilient With Walking Paraplegic Janine Shepherd
49:09

Janine Shepherd was a cross-country skier training for the Olympics when a utility truck ran her over and crushed her body along with her dreams. She was not expected to live, let alone walk but she did both. Not only did she learn how to walk again, she learned how to fly, earning her pilot's license and becoming a flying instructor in a span of 18 months. Her message: You are NOT your body.

Sep 30, 2018
#19: 5 Success Principles Drake Uses
15:11

This episode is the audio version of my original blog post: 5 Self-Development Principles Drake Uses.

As someone who has studied personal development principles for over a decade, I take notice when I see celebrities and public figures applying these concepts in their own lives and work.

I'm a big fan of Drake and have long admired how he interweaves personal development principles throughout his music and applies them in his life. He strikes me as an introspective, thoughtful, and self-aware individual.

I’m not arguing that you should aspire to be exactly like Drake. This episode is just a fun and lighthearted way of explaining timeless success principles using a famous person as a case study. I'll show you how Drake has employed these concepts to create his version of success.

You can read the original blog post here:

http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/2017/4/24/5-self-development-principles-drake-uses

Sep 18, 2018
#18: Idil Ahmed - Keys to Manifesting Your Vision
58:36

In this episode, I speak with author, speaker, and self-described science enthusiast Idil Ahmed about consciously creating your reality. 

Idil has written a new and long-awaited book called Manifest Now, which is all about guiding you through the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of creating the life you want. In this conversation, she explains some of the key principles and ideas in that book.

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REMINDER:

Registration for the next Mindset Shifts Masterclass is open from September 3rd through September 10th, 2018.

What is the Mindset Shifts Masterclass?

 

The Mindset Shifts Masterclass is a 6-week course designed to help you let go of the stories that are holding you back, cultivate a mindset that helps you grow, and reprogram your mind for success. It distills and simplifies many of the strategies I've learned over the years from a variety of different fields and philosophies. You can learn more here.

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EPISODE SHOW NOTES:

http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/idil-ahmed

Sep 01, 2018
#17: Personality 101: Understanding Others and Yourself Better
01:09:15

I discuss the Big Five personality model and how it can improve your life and relationships with my wife and business partner Vanessa. For books and other resources related to this topic, visit my blog http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog.

Article I wrote about the Big Five personality model:

http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/big-five-personality-traits

Aug 14, 2018
#16: Act Like The Person You Want to Become
05:50

In this mini-episode, I analyze the old adage, "Fake it 'til you make it" from a different angle.

You've probably heard this phrase hundreds if not thousands of times.

But what does it really mean? Is there any truth to it? And how can you use it in the real world?

As is the case with many pithy maxims like this, it's necessary to dig a little deeper to extract its value. In this short episode, I try to do just that.

Let me know your biggest takeaway by leaving a review on iTunes with something you learned in this episode. (I read every review).

Aug 03, 2018
#15: Gretchen Rubin - Four Tendencies That Shape Your Life
53:31

Gretchen Rubin is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about happiness and human nature. In this episode, we talk about a personality framework she created called The Four Tendencies, which describes how you respond to inner and outer expectations. It has deeper implications than you might think.

Take The Four Tendencies Quiz to find out which one you are.

Jul 24, 2018
#14: Jim Kwik - Learning How to Learn
01:11:52

Jim Kwik is a celebrity brain & memory coach. He is the founder of Kwik Learning, with online students in over 150 countries. He is a world-renowned expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning.

For over two decades, he has served as the brain coach to students, seniors, entrepreneurs, and educators, and as an advisor to many of the world’s leading CEOs and celebrities.

In this episode we talk about the meta-skills of learning how to learn and learning how to read more effectively and efficiently.

See the full show notes for this episode and every other episode at https://thinkgrowprosper.org/blog/jim-lwik

Jun 15, 2018
#13: Yung Pueblo - Cultivating Inner Peace
01:16:59

Today I talk with Yung Pueblo about emotional history -- what it is and how it relates to cultivating inner peace. I ask him what it was like to go on a 45-day silent meditation retreat, what his meditative practice looks like, what other resources he recommends, how he got started on this path, and more.

You can connect with Yung Pueblo on Instagram @Yung_Pueblo. His book, Inward is available on Amazon.

See the full show notes for the episode -- including time stamps and resources mentioned -- on my blog.

Jun 08, 2018
#12: Ask Me Anything 2
57:24

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

 

  • Is it necessary to do something great and earn fame? Can't I just live a normal life and make my family and people around me happy? (7:35)
  • How do you deal with difficult people (13:00)
  • How do you read so much without getting overwhelmed? (17:45)
  • How do you retain information better? (21:37)
  • How did you get into Stoicism? What books do you recommend on this philosophy? (25:34)
  • What do you have to say about confidence? What is it? What books can I read? Most importantly, what can I do to be more confident (please don't say "believe in yourself" because I do). (28:35)
  • You talked about overthinking in a recent podcast episode and gave some strategies for overcoming it. But I don't think overthinking is a bad thing. Wouldn't the opposite of overthinking be underthinking? (34:05)
  • Are you able to give more advice on self-worth and staying positive? (38:05)
  • You mentioned you were working on a book. When will it be done? (46:50)

 

SHOW NOTES:

http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/ask-me-anything-2

May 24, 2018
#11: Ryan Holiday - Practical Philosophy, Career Advice, and Tools for Better Learning
57:02

Ryan Holiday is a writer and media strategist. He is the author of seven books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and his newest book, Conspiracy.

I've admired Ryan's work for a long time and I was super excited to be able to pick his brain for an hour. I hope you get as much out of this conversation as I did.

For the full show notes, including selected books & resources from the episode and time stamps of topics discussed, click the link below:

http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/practical-philosophy-career-advice-and-tools-for-better-learning-with-ryan-holiday

You can connect with Ryan on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @RyanHoliday.

Apr 19, 2018
#10: 5 Ways to Increase Your Intelligence
17:24

I'm obsessed with the human brain. I'm especially interested in how to make it work better — how to think better, how to learn better and how to maximize my overall cognitive potential.

Books like Brain Rules and audio courses like "Your Best Brain" have been a big help with this. I'm also a fan of brain-supporting foods, herbs, and supplements like walnuts, bacopa, and omega-3s.

One evening, I went down a brain research rabbit hole (just another one of my crazy Friday nights) and came across this Scientific American article that talked about strategies for increasing one's fluid intelligence.

I was struck by the approaches outlined in the article. They made sense to me both logically and intuitively -- and they were backed by science to boot.

In this episode, I summarize those strategies and give you actionable ways to integrate them into your life.

Enjoy!

 

Apr 13, 2018
#9: Markus Almond - Cultivating Creativity
53:13

Markus (@MarkusAlmond) is a writer and creative mentor. If you're a writer, musician, or other creative person -- OR, if you would like tips on how to become more creative -- I think you'll find a lot value in this episode.

 

I’ve shared Markus's writings many times on my Instagram page, ThinkGrowProsper. Even if you don't recognize his name, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a quote from his books somewhere on the internet.

 

Markus is the author of the book Motivational Quotes to Get the Blood Moving, a collection of notes he wrote to himself to help guide him in different areas of his life.

 

I came across this book in a bookstore in Brooklyn one day while Vanessa and I were visiting New York. I resonated with many of his insights and have wanted to pick his brain ever since.

 

WHO IS MARKUS ALMOND?

 

Markus started his career in the music industry as a songwriter with many of his songs played on MTV, E! Network and other television shows.

 

After moving to New York, he transitioned into writing books and poetry. Many of his works ended up reaching the Amazon best-sellers list.


Some of his earlier self-published works were shared by influential people and popular artists like Travis Barker (Blink-182), Rob Dyrdek (MTV), Steven Pressfield (War of Art), and others.

 

After his success in the music industry and then later as a published author, he began teaching some of the principles he’d learned to other songwriters and authors. Today, he runs a mentorship program for songwriters and authors of all genres.

 

One of Markus’ deeply held beliefs is that success in any creative field can be replicated no matter where a person is starting from.

 

You can connect with Markus and see what he's working on right now through his website MarkusAlmond.com

 

If you enjoyed this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review. Or you can just share it with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support!

 

You can find the full show notes for this episode on my blog here. This includes selected books and other resources mentioned in the episode, along with time stamps of topics discussed.

http://thinkgrowprosper.com/blog/cultivating-creativity-with-writer-markus-almond

 

Apr 09, 2018
#8: Jonathan Fields - Doing Meaningful Work and Understanding Yourself Better
56:22

In today's episode I talk with Jonathan Fields about his philosophy on doing meaningful work, bridging the gap between science and spirituality, the value of psychological frameworks, and other topics.

 

Jonathan Fields (@jonathanfields) is an award-winning author, serial entrepreneur, and teacher. He's founded a number of game-changing wellness companies and has led workshops around the world on everything from yoga and mindfulness to conscious entrepreneurship and innovation. 

 

His most recent book is called How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom. It's a super inspiring and insightful book. You can read the first chapter for free at GoodLifeProject.com/book.

 

Currently, Jonathan runs the mission-driven media and education company, Good Life Project®, where he produces a top-rated podcast of the same name with millions of downloads. I highly recommend checking out his podcast -- dozens of amazing guests and lots of insightful commentary from Jonathan.

 

But more importantly, Jonathan is one of the kindest, most genuine, and down-to-earth people you could ever meet. I'm extremely fortunate to call him a friend.

 

If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share it with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support!

 

For the books, resources, and links mentioned in the episode, as well as time stamps of topics discussed, you can see the full show notes on my blog here.

Mar 30, 2018
#7: Practical Strategies for Dealing With Overthinking
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In this episode, I explore overthinking (and it's close cousin, anxiety) from an evolutionary perspective and then offer some practical strategies you can apply immediately to help you overcome repetitive, obsessive, non-productive thoughts. 

 

Disclaimer:
I am not a doctor or psychologist and I don't play one on the internet. If you are dealing with clinical anxiety or other mental health issues, this advice should not be construed as a replacement for professional treatment. These are simply strategies that have helped me.

 

By nature, I tend to overthink. I realized this when I was fairly young and it was a source of frustration for me until I discovered the world of personal development and learned ways to deal with it effectively.

 

I became pretty good. So good that most of the strategies became second nature to me. Simple things like focus on what I can control, not on what I can't — that sort of thing.

 

But the other day, I had a bout of, "acute" overthinking that blindsided me and led to a variety of negative feelings (mostly anxiety). It paralyzed me from doing pretty much anything that day.

 

This hadn’t happened to me in a long time so it forced me to employ some of the more powerful strategies that have helped me in the past in order to pull myself out of that hole.

 

This podcast is partly the post-game analysis of that experience and partly a guide to dealing with overthinking in general. It is as much for you as it is for me.

 

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For a list of books mentioned in this episode, see the show notes on my blog here:

 

 

Mar 25, 2018
#6: Skills For Success They Don't Teach You In School -- with Lawyer and Serial Entrepreneur Steve Mehr
01:04:04

Steve Mehr is the chairman of Jacoby & Meyers, one of the largest consumer law firms in the U.S. He is also the CEO of WebShark 360, a full-service media agency that caters to professionals. If that’s not enough, Steve is also an avid real estate investor with around 100 million dollars worth of transactions under his belt! 

But more important than any of that, Steve is a father and a husband with a beautiful family who I’ve had the privilege of meeting. And despite all his various ventures, he somehow makes it all work. We talk about how he makes it work in our conversation.

Something also worth noting is that Steve is someone who I’ve been fortunate enough to consider a mentor of mine for several years now. We initially connected through Instagram and over time, developed a real-life friendship, which I’ve been very grateful for.

 

In this conversation, we cover topics like:

  • How Steve structures his day for maximum effectiveness
  • The difference between being productive and being effective
  • How to attract a mentor and cultivate that relationship
  • Emotional intelligence and self-awareness
  • His advice to his younger self
  • A foundational belief that has enabled much of Steve's success

...and more.

You can connect with Steve on Instagram @stevemehr.

 

Selected Links and Resources From the Episode:

Dominate Your Goals by Steven Mehr

 

If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

Mar 14, 2018
#5: Your Focus Creates Your Reality (The Science Behind The Saying)
10:40

I love quotes but I also love figuring out what makes them true. Part of that has to do with applying them to my life but the other part is learning how they hold up against one of the most powerful truth detectors we have -- science.

 

Whenever I hear a quote or idea that resonates with me, I typically ask questions like:

 

  • What makes this true?
  • What basis does this idea have in reality?
  • What does science say about this?
  • Can I corroborate this with an experience from my own life?

 

I've found that sayings that have endured the test of time tend to contain -- at the very least -- a seed of wisdom or truth in them. If not in a literal way, in a metaphorical way.

 

It turns out there is both practical wisdom and scientific truth packed into the idea that “your focus creates your reality.” In this episode, I read one of my blog posts that explains what I think that consists of.

 

You can read the original blog post here:

http://www.thinkgrowprosper.org/blog/2017/11/30/how-your-focus-shapes-your-reality

Mar 09, 2018
#4: Donald Hoffman - Rethinking Reality
01:03:04

Donald Hoffman is a cognitive scientist at the University of California, Irvine. He has been studying visual perception for over 40 years. 

His research has led him to some intriguing and compelling theories about our ability (or inability) to see a true picture of reality and even about the nature of reality itself. His TED Talk “Do We See Reality As It Is” has garnered over 3 million total views on TED.com and YouTube.

In our conversation, we talk about two subjects I find endlessly fascinating and think about quite often: Perception and evolution. What does one have to do with the other, you might ask? 

In this episode, Don explains his controversial Interface Theory of Perception and brings forth compelling and rigorous scientific evidence to address this question and others, such as:

  •  Do we see a true picture of reality?
  • What is the nature of reality?
  • Do objects exist even when we're not looking?
  • What are the practical implications if his theory proves to be true?


We also touch on some of the arguments against his theory, which I found super interesting.

If you find this subject matter is too dense for you, don't worry -- we also talk about more intuitive topics like:

  • Meditation
  • The relationship between science and religion
  • What some Eastern religions have in common with his theory
  • The biological and evolutionary roots of anxiety. Why it's normal and why it was essential for our survival as a species
  • His hope for the future of science
  • What makes science such a powerful tool

(If you want to jump to this part of the conversation, start at around 43:50).

I think you are going to find this conversation fascinating and thought-provoking, just as I did. However, you may find that you end up with more questions than answers. Alas! Such is the nature of these deep topics. So, prepare your cognitive faculties and get ready for some head-spinning theories.

If you enjoyed this episode and want me to continue producing this kind of content, the best way to let me know is by subscribing to the podcast or leaving a review on iTunes. I appreciate your support!

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

 

Mar 01, 2018
#3: Mari Andrew - The Art of Self-Expression
01:04:38

I speak with author & illustrator Mari Andrew. If you are an artist or creator of any kind, today’s episode is for you. Mari Andrew (@bymariandrew) has built a massive and loyal following by sharing refreshingly honest illustrations about life, love, and vulnerability.

In our conversation, we talk about:

  • How she created a career as an illustrator despite not having any formal art training
  • What she contributes most to her success as an artist
  • Why you shouldn’t feel guilty for getting paid for your creative work
  • The benefit of not “fitting in”
  • How she deals with criticism and trolls
  • The power of stories

...and much more

Mari is also coming out with a book that expands upon some of her drawings with mini-essays about her journey: Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-loop, Ziggzagging Journey to Adulthood. We also talk about how that book came about.

Mari is a delightful and intelligent woman who is not afraid to speak candidly about who she is and what she’s been through. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

If you enjoy this episode and want me to continue producing this kind of content, the best way to let me know is by subscribing to the podcast or leaving a review on iTunes. I appreciate your support!

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

Mar 01, 2018
#2: Daniel DiPiazza - Using Meta-Habits & Foundational Principles to Improve Your Life
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Daniel DiPiazza is the founder of Rich20Something, where he teaches young people how to start businesses they care about and live happier lives. He's also the author of the book Rich20Something: Ditch Your Average Job, Start an Epic Business, and Score the Life You Want (which I am fortunate enough to be a part of). You can find him on Instagram @Rich20Something.

Daniel and I have been friends for a few years now so this is a fun interview. We talk about a variety of topics including:

- How he built his first business that allowed him to quit his job

- Why he journals every day

- The power of consistency

- The difference between working IN your life versus working ON your life

- His morning routine

- Foundational principles and the philosophy that spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle and retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink both live by

- His reasons for using DMT



My favorite part is when we discuss working on your life on a macro level -- what that looks like and why it's important (starting at around 24:55). We discuss various behaviors I like to think of as meta-habits (although I don't think we ever actually use that term in our conversation).

If you enjoyed this episode and want me to continue producing this kind of content, the best way to let me know is by subscribing to the podcast or leaving a review on iTunes. I appreciate your support!

Also, if you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

 

Mar 01, 2018
#1: Ask Me Anything
50:51

This is a special episode -- not just because it’s the first but because my wife and business partner, Vanessa is my co-host! I wanted to introduce her to you all from the very beginning because I’ll likely reference her from time to time and she may even pop up in future episodes.

For the first few minutes, we chat about some of the reasons that compelled me to start this podcast. The rest of the episode (starting at around (08:45) is a Q&A format where I answer questions that were submitted by you all.

If you'd like to see more episodes, the best way to let me know is by subscribing to this podcast and/or leaving a review on iTunes. You can also shoot me an email at podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

This would be extremely helpful data for me to have because if either you or I aren’t getting value from this project, then it’s probably not worth continuing.

Questions I Answer In This Episode:

  • What’s the first step to creating one’s own reality?
  • How do you keep going and stay positive after all the rejection you’ve experienced in your life?
  • What are your thoughts on mindfulness and stress reduction?
  • How do you balance the "give-it-your-all / keep-trying / hard-work-pays-off" message with the "relax-and-watch-the-universe-do-its-thing / think-good-and-it-will-be-good" mindset?
  • How and why did you start ThinkGrowProsper? What steps did you take? What have been your failures and successes? What mindset has helped you?
  • What is your philosophy and how has it helped you to get where you are now?
  • How do you know when it’s time to quit your job and become an entrepreneur?
  • What is your daily/morning routine?
Feb 28, 2018