The School of Greatness

By Lewis Howes

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Lewis Howes is a NYT bestselling author, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, former pro athlete and world record holder in football. The goal of the School of Greatness is to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet to help you find out what makes great people great.

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Find Your Area of Destiny
WHAT TURNS YOUR CRANK? We often define ourselves by what job we do. I’m an accountant. I’m a teacher. I work in finance. But maybe we’re thinking about our careers in the wrong parameters. Instead of finding a job, we should be trying to find a way to feel excited and fulfilled every day. If you wake up with dread, you feel like you’re in a suit that’s too small, or you’re uninspired, you’re probably not in the right place. So how do we figure out what we’re meant to do? It’s not easy. But it’s worth trying to figure out. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Suzy Welch where she shares how to find your “Area of Destiny.” Suzy Welch is a business journalist, TV commentator, and public speaker. A popular Today Show and CNBC contributor, Suzy is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, a guide to values-driven decision making. With her husband, Jack Welch, Suzy founded the Jack Welch Management Institute, ranked as one of the top online MBA programs in the world by Princeton Review and CEO Magazine. In This Episode You Will Learn: About the sermon that gave Suzy the idea of the “Area of Destiny” (2:30) The two types of “Super Highways” (3:30) How to find what you’re uniquely good at (4:00)
Aug 23, 2019
How to Attract Wealth and Believe in Your Worth with Kyle Cease
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE YESTERDAY. We are all governed by fear. Even when good things happen, we’re afraid they will go away. Once you accept and welcome your fear, it won’t have control over you anymore. It’s about embracing the duality. You have to be ok with the best outcome and the worst outcome. Here’s the truth: you don’t have to live anxious and scared. You don’t have to be governed by your story. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about increasing your receiving vibration with a comedian turned motivational speaker: Kyle Cease. Kyle Cease is a New York Times best-selling author with two #1 Comedy Central specials to his credit. He has been a guest speaker at thousands of colleges, summits, and Fortune 500 conferences and has made over 100 TV and movie appearances. Kyle teaches that most of our “triggers” are fears we have based on old stories. Once we dig deep to figure out where those are rooted, we can stop letting them control us. So get ready to learn how to let go of fear on Episode 839. Some Questions I Ask: Why do we resist fear? (56:30) How do we overcome our fears? (1:00:00) How do you get prepared to receive money? (1:22:00) How important is it to develop skills? (1:26:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to operate with a receiving vibration (9:00) How to avoid ending up in a codependent relationship (23:00) Why you have to accept opposites (34:00) How meditation transforms the old story (38:00) The only thing that causes fear (56:00) An exercise to get rid of fear (1:03:00) The purpose of triggers (1:07:00) Why you should be careful about the way you talk about money (1:15:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Aug 21, 2019
Marianne Williamson On Running for President and Standing for Love
BE A CONSCIOUS SAMARITAN. Most of us know the parable of The Good Samaritan. It tells the story of an injured man at the side of the road. The priest crosses to the other side and ignores the man in need of help. The Levite does the same. The Samaritan, though, stops and cares for the man. But let’s zoom out a bit. Is there something we could do on a more global scale so that less men are left injured and uncared for on the side of the road? People are living with chronic trauma. Every day is a struggle. If there is a way to help more people at once, we should be open to making those changes. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about caring for those who are in need with a 2020 candidate for President of the United States: Marianne Williamson. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, activist and author of four #1 New York Times bestselling books. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Bill Maher. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. To date, Project Angel Food has served over 11 million meals. Marianne also co-founded the Peace Alliance. Marianne is seeking to harness the power of love to fight the hate she sees in the world. She teaches us to go “all in” for the causes we believe in while being unattached to the result. So get ready to learn how to overcome the fear of failure and change the world on Episode 838. If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Aug 19, 2019
Set Yourself Up For Success
NOTHING HAPPENS EASILY. If you want to make real change in your life, you have to know it’s going to be uncomfortable. Everything has its process. You’re going to feel scared. You’re going to have growing pains. That’s part of being a human. But your ability to make mistakes and still stay true to your goals will determine whether or not you make it. You have to take it one step at a time. You have to surround yourself with people who share your belief system. And you have to be honest with yourself. Little by little, your self-confidence will grow, and you’ll be miles away from where you started. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Gabrielle Reece where she shared strategies to increase your belief in yourself. Gabby is a world-renowned athlete, New York Times bestselling author, wife, and mother. Together with her husband, surfing legend Laird Hamilton, Gabby is an avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their health and a truly authentic example of healthy living. Gabby has become a role model for women worldwide regarding how to achieve peak fitness, good health, and overall well-being for themselves and their entire family. Gabby says that you need to create the infrastructure around yourself to be successful. Learn how baby steps will help you reach your goals in Episode 837. “When it can be easy, allow it to be easy.” - @GabbyReece In This Episode You Will Learn: How to create an infrastructure around yourself to be successful (1:30) Why baby steps are the most impactful (2:00) Why you have to surround yourself with people who have similar messaging (3:00) How to make a safe space for you to fail (4:50) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at amd follow at
Aug 16, 2019
The Secret of The Law of Attraction
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. We all have greatness inside us. That’s the whole reason I started this podcast. So why do we make ourselves smaller to fit in with everyone else? Why do we hide? Why do we make excuses? Why do we let others dim our light? By denying our destiny, we create disease, conflict, and unhappiness. Shine your light. It’s not always easy. When you embrace your greatness, others will attack you. You’re challenging their “paradigm.” DO IT ANYWAYS. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined key lessons from Teachers of The Secret: Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, and Bob Proctor. Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, and Bob Proctor are all featured in the book and movie The Secret. Michael Beckwith is a minister, author, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a New Thought church with a congregation estimated in excess of 8,000 members. Lisa Nichols is a hugely successful entrepreneur, life coach, and CEO of one of the first publicly traded self-development companies. Jack Canfield is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages. John Assaraf is founder of NeuroGym, has built 5 multimillion dollar companies, wrote 2 New York Times Bestselling books and is featured in 8 movies. Bob Proctor is the best-selling author of “You Were Born Rich” and has transformed the lives of millions through his books, seminars, and courses. These teachers help us to use visualization to tell The Universe what we want. It’s not difficult, but it’s a skill many of us have never been taught. So get ready to learn how to master the Law of Attraction on Episode 836. Some Questions I Ask: How do you deal with people trying to dim your light? (07:15) What are you most proud of? (10:00) Is there ever a place for anger? (12:00) How does someone discover their unique calling? (15:00) How can someone be positive when they’re broke and unhealthy? (22:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why people attack you when you go after your dream (7:30) How to visualize with emotion to create cognitive dissonance (13:30) Why you should pursue acts of service instead of “things” (17:45) How negative self-talk affects the brain (19:15) The only two beliefs that exist (24:00) The fundamental truths to achieving success (26:00) Why so many brilliant people are not successful (36:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video show notes and more at and follow at
Aug 14, 2019
Bob Proctor: How to Manifest Abundance
ENERGY FLOWS TO AND THROUGH YOU. We tend to minimize what we think we can accomplish. We put ourselves in a box. But we often think that other people can do what we can’t. Why do we believe in others more than ourselves? We all have infinite potential. But we let our “paradigm” define what’s possible. Let’s investigate all the ways your thoughts are holding you back from being happy, healthy, and wealthy. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about shifting your paradigms with a master of the Law of Attraction: Bob Proctor. Bob Proctor is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world and featured in the wildly popular film, The Secret. For over 40 years, Bob Proctor has focused his work and teachings on helping people use the power of their mind to achieve prosperity, rewarding relationships and spiritual awareness. He is the best-selling author of "You Were Born Rich" and has transformed the lives of millions through his books, seminars, courses and personal coaching. Bob says he was going nowhere before he “woke up” to how the universe works. He’s passionate because he figures that if it could work for him, it could work for anyone. So get ready to learn how to develop your six mental faculties on Episode 835. Some Questions I Ask: Why do you call your former self a loser? (9:00) Did you have big dreams as a kid? (24:00) Which faculty was the hardest for you to tap into? (29:30) What’s the thing you want to change most in yourself? (59:00) Do you think you’ll ever realize your potential? (1:03:00) What is something you’re proud of that most people don’t know about you? (1:23:33) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Bob almost missed the change to film The Secret (5:00) The power of generosity (14:00) How Bob changed his outlook on money (15:30) The 6 faculties to improve the qualities of your life (28:00) How to develop your intuition (33:00) The power of self-image (43:00) The key habits to change your life (1:21:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at
Aug 12, 2019
Rise Above Your Circumstances
WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE? We love to focus on why we’re not able to go after our dreams. Whether it’s our financial situation, our past, or the government, it’s much easier to blame an outside force than take responsibility. But what if there are no excuses? What if the only thing in your way is you? After all, you can’t change your circumstances. But you can change how you react to them. Life isn’t happening to you- you’re happening to it. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Fabio Viviani where he shared how he became successful in America despite being in debt and not speaking English. Fabio believes that complaining only holds you back from going after what you really want. Learn how to succeed in spite of any circumstances in Episode 834. In This Episode You Will Learn: Fabio’s mindset (2:13) Fabio’s biggest pet peeve (1:45) Why Fabio lives his life like a “military tank” (2:00) How Fabio re-created his success in America arriving half a million dollars in debt and not speaking English (2:30) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at
Aug 09, 2019
73 Questions with Lewis Howes
JOIN ME FOR TESLA TALKS. Be open. Be honest. Let other people in. Too often we keep up walls and try to hide who we really are. But when you are vulnerable and transparent, amazing things can happen. My friend Matt joins me in the Tesla for this episode of The School of Greatness to ask me 73 questions. I answer them all. Instead of “Coffee Conversations,” this is “Tesla Talks.” Matt asks me some silly questions, but we also get deep about my goals. I share a dark dream I had about my greatest fear, I talk about the scariest moment of my life, and the one question I wish I got asked more. We had a lot of fun- I hope you enjoy it! So get ready to know 73 new things about me on Episode 833. In This Episode You Will Learn: My greatest fear (16:00) My secret talent (23:02) My most-used emoji (29:30) What I would do if I weren’t doing what I do now (33:50) My career high point (24:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Aug 07, 2019
Whitney Cummings on Loving Yourself, Addiction and Creative Success
WE HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES. We learn a lot of coping mechanisms when we’re younger. They help us get through tough times. But so many of us are still carrying around tactics that are no longer needed. They can make us defensive. They can prevent us from developing relationships. And they can hold us back from our goals. We need to “update our software.” Our situation has changed, but our brain has stayed the same. By working through your issues and not being afraid to change, we can learn healthier ways to move through the world. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about letting go of the things that no longer serve us with a world-famous comedian: Whitney Cummings. Whitney Cummings is a stand-up comedian, actress and producer. She created the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, the NBC sitcom Whitney, and the movie The Female Brain. She was also a producer and writer for the ABC revival of Roseanne. So get ready to learn all about codependency and reinventing yourself on Episode 832. Some Questions I Ask: When did you realize you were good at stand up? (6:30) What are you most proud of? (29:00) Who was more influential growing up- mom or dad? (51:00) How do you deal with the Hollywood ups and downs? (1:06:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why we should forgive our parents (20:00) How anxiety can help you (27:00) How to change the type of people you’re attracted to (36:00) Why your relationship needs to be “boring” (41:30) The difference between interdependence and codependency (48:00) Why financial freedom is important to Whitney (1:00:00) About PC culture and stand up comedy (1:33:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at: and follow at
Aug 05, 2019
Cultivate the Right Culture
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR NARRATIVE. What stories are you telling? The ones you repeat will end up shaping your life. When you’re building a work culture, storytelling is key. They will determine how employees behave. They will shape the narratives they tell themselves about their coworkers. And they will inspire them to work even harder. How can you harness the power of storytelling to create an ideal environment for you and your company? For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Bryan Johnson where he shared how he used town hall meetings, stories, and unconventional hiring methods to make his ideal work culture. Bryan Johnson is the founder of Kernel, OS Fund and Braintree. In 2013, he sold Braintree to Paypal for $800 million. Bryan set a high standard for his employees that let them know they had to be at the top of their game at all times. Learn how to build an amazing work culture on Episode 831. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to communicate your vision to your team (02:30) The interesting job ad Bryan placed to find employees (2:45) Why Bryan used Town Hall meetings at work (04:00) How storytelling is key for the culture you want to build (5:15) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at
Aug 02, 2019
Cultivate Inner Peace and End Your Suffering with Preethaji
IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORM. At some point in our lives, we have let go of our old selves and grow into something greater. Think about the king cobra. It starts to feel uncomfortable in its skin. It’s not able to see- its skin makes its vision blurred. So it moves in seclusion. It gets rid of the old skin, and a new shiny skin comes up. Suddenly, its vision is clear. We all need this process. We all need to let go of the past and embrace our future. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about freeing ourselves from suffering with one of my most influential teachers: Preethaji. Preethaji is the co-founder of the O&O Academy near Chennai, India. O&O’s campus and teachings are designed to free humans from all forms of suffering. Combining ancient wisdoms and teachings with neuroscience and neurobiology, Preethaji helps students develop a personal practice of mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork with the goal of personal transformation. I studied with Preethaji in India, and it changed my life. She taught me that there are only two states in life: a suffering state and a beautiful state. So get ready to learn how to stop suffering on Episode 830. Some Questions I Ask: Why did this calling come to you when it did? (6:30) How do we stop suffering? (18:00) What happens when we fixate on past experiences? (23:00) Why do so many people hold onto heartbreak (39:30) What happens when our outer world is thriving but the inner world is suffering? (49:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: What to do when your children struggle with depression and addiction (11:00) The only two states in life (13:00) The fable of Yesmi and Nomi (22:00) The root of loneliness (25:00) The four sacred secrets (34:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at
Jul 31, 2019
Mike Tyson: The Mind and Journey of a Champion Fighter
TREAT OTHERS HOW YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. Kindness seems like a basic idea, but when you’re a champion it’s not high on your list. The Golden Rule isn’t always easy. Especially when you’re focused on yourself. But you can be the best and be good to others. It takes discipline. It takes mentorship. And it takes a commitment to what’s important in life. No matter what you’ve done in your past, you can always reinvent yourself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into never giving up from a champion who went through dark times: Mike Tyson. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the World and won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old. Mike Tyson is learning to forgive himself and be grateful. He also shares his feelings about discipline and how visualization helped him believe he could be a champion. So get ready to learn how to be a champion and why it’s never too late for a comeback on Episode 829. Some Questions I Ask: Did you know who you were at 25? (6:00) What was your biggest fear in your early 20s? (10:00) If your 25 year-old self was sitting here, what would you tell him? (14:00) What are you most proud of? (36:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Mike Tyson’s spiritual journey (4:30) The power of visualization (19:00) When Mike started to feel more peace in his heart (32:00) Why you should think outside the box (42:30) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Jul 29, 2019
Stick With Your Health
CONSISTENCY IS KEY. So many of us diet. But we don’t maintain it. We start strong and then fall off. The reason? We don’t have a strong “why.” Wanting a six-pack isn’t enough. It has to be deeper than that. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Drew Canole where he shared how to find your ideal diet and stay consistent. Drew Canole is a Nutrition Specialist, Transformation Specialist and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and vitality. He is the founder of Fitlife.TV where he shares "Educational, Inspirational and Entertaining" videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. Drew says that to succeed in your diet, you need a “whydentity.” This is the combination of your identity and your “why.” Learn how to finally stay consistent with your nutrition and your goals on Episode 825. In This Episode You Will Learn: How a genetic test can help you figure out what you should be eating (3:00) How to stay consistent with your diet (4:00) How to make your "why" strong enough (4:00) The reason coaching helps you lose weight (5:00) If you enjoyed this episode check out the video, show notes, and more at
Jul 26, 2019
Mark Sisson: Building a $200 Million Dollar Personal Brand
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE LANES. Pivoting isn’t a sign of failure, it’s a sign that you’re listening to feedback. You have to know when to jump ship. If you don’t, you might be missing out on some amazing new opportunities. So, how do you know which direction to take? See what people are responding to. Build relationships with your audience. And never think you’ve missed your chance to follow a dream. There’s no better time than now. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about being able to pivot with an entrepreneur who is never afraid to change directions: Mark Sisson. Mark Sisson is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Primal Nutrition, LLC, and Primal Kitchen, LLC. He is the publisher of, the #1-ranked blog for over a decade in its health and fitness category. Mark says that he figured out his famous product by first building a brand. It took a lot of groundwork but ultimately paid off in the end. So get ready to learn how to be a successful entrepreneur at any age on Episode 826. Some Questions I Ask: How do you know when you need to pivot? (15:15) How did you have the mindset to shift into running a large business? (30:00) What advice would you have for people building their personal brand? (34:30) What was your biggest fear when building a food business? (40:00) How do you deal with companies knocking off your product? (45:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Mark’s journey to where he is now (6:00) The greatest skill set an entrepreneur can have (13:00) The power of hiring a team to execute your vision (31:00) Why in retail you have to compete on brand not price (36:00) How to build a brand (38:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Jul 24, 2019
Dr. Joe Dispenza: Heal The Body and Transform the Mind
GO FROM THINKING TO DOING TO BEING. Your emotions create your reality. You can either be held back by the feelings of your past, or you can create the feelings of your future. Every thought you have affects every atom. So how can we free ourselves from those familiar emotions that are keeping us from our ideal reality? It takes work. You’ll probably feel uncomfortable. You might even miss the old you. But once you harness your thoughts, you’ll be able to heal your body and create your future. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of the mind with a neuroscientist and one of my favorite past guests: Dr. Joe Dispenza. Dr. Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes. Dr. Joe says that we can collapse space and time by using our thoughts and emotions to create our future. So get ready to learn how to have heart and brain coherence on Episode 826. Some Questions I Ask: How does someone feel worthy when they’ve always been told they’re not? (14:00) How do you achieve a coherent heart? (21:00) What’s more powerful- our thoughts or our emotions? (42:00) How does someone become aware of their thoughts? (49:00) For mission-driven people, how can you have a relationship? (1:02:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to stop being held back by your past (15:00) Why gratitude is crucial for changing your thoughts (24:00) About the scientific evidence backing up Dr. Joe’s work (26:00) How to use quantum physics to accomplish your dreams (45:00) Dr. Joe’s prediction for the future (1:10:00) The reason people’s dreams don’t happen (1:16:00)
Jul 22, 2019
Give Your Dreams All You've Got
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAM? Are you giving all you’ve got? Or are you afraid to go all in? So often we give up before we’ve even begun. You are worthy of going after your dreams. You are worthy of fighting for what you want. You’ve got to commit to yourself so that you can succeed at the one thing you can control- your effort. For this Five Minute Friday, I’m doing a special solo episode where I share where I’m at in my journey to become an Olympic athlete. I received some difficult news about six weeks ago about the Pan American Games. But I’m still training with the team for the next ten days. I need to give everything I can so that I don’t have any regrets. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why I’m leaving for Brazil for the next week (1:30) The physical sacrifices I’ve made for handball (3:00) The reason I’m going even though I’m an alternate (3:50) What it takes to accomplish a goal (8:00)
Jul 19, 2019
Suffering vs. Satisfaction with Sam Harris, Part 2
THERE IS JUST CONSCIOUSNESS AND ITS CONTENTS. When you’re dreaming, you don’t know that you’re asleep. You’re caught up in the dream. That’s how most of us go through life. We’re unaware that we’re not actually experiencing the things we are feeling. But you can break the spell in a moment with meditation. When you become present, you’re no longer asleep. It’s time to wake up. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I continue my conversation on meditation and mindfulness with one of the greatest thinkers of our time: Sam Harris. Sam Harris is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and creator of the Waking Up Course. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. Sam shares that when he experiences emotions like anger to sadness, he becomes interested in the emotion. He observes his body’s reaction and tries to distance himself from the feelings. So get ready to learn how mindfulness can end suffering on Episode 824. Some Questions I Ask: How do you eliminate worry? (49:00) How do we stay satisfied in an unsatisfied world? (1:07:00) When do you feel the most loved? (1:15:00) What’s the one lesson you want to teach your kids? (1:21:00) What’s the question you wish you had the answer to? (1:31:00) What are you most proud of? (1:40:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The landmarks for mindfulness (53:00) Why the feeling of self is an illusion (54:00) The hardest part of meditation (01:11:00) What death has meant in Sam’s life (01:37:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, video, and more at and follow at
Jul 17, 2019
Mindfulness vs. Happiness with Sam Harris, Part 1
ALMOST ALL OF YOUR SUFFERING COMES FROM YOUR THOUGHTS. We all get stuck in the past. We worry about the future. We’re full of anxiety. It can consume us. And makes us ungrateful for what is happening now. In fact, you could say that the root of all our unhappiness is our thoughts. So how can we get more present? It’s not something that happens automatically. You have to practice every day. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into the idea of eliminating suffering with an expert in meditation: Sam Harris. Sam Harris is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and creator of the Waking Up Course. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. Sam explains how experiencing unconditional love got him interested in meditation and how he reframes the “bad things” that happen to him in life. So get ready to learn all about consciousness on Episode 823. Some Questions I Ask: When did you get into meditation? (6:00) Had you ever felt unconditional love before taking MDMA? (10:30) When did you start to focus on the desire to be happy? (15:50) Why do so many people believe so firmly in religion? (19:30) How do we unlock our consciousness? (32:40) If you could control your thoughts, what would you want to think? (41:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The goal of meditation (14:00) The main tool we have is human conversation (18:00) The only important thing in the universe (30:00) How to reframe anxiety (35:00) Why worry is pointless (45:30) If you liked this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Jul 15, 2019
Optimism is a Superpower
LIFE IS GOOD. Being an optimist instead of a pessimist is a choice. You can wake up each day and focus on what’s wrong. Or you can choose to be grateful. Whatever you focus on grows. So if you are spending your time on things that make you unhappy, they will take over. But if you can cultivate gratitude, simplicity, and optimism, that’s what your life will become. Choose happiness. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Bert Jacobs, founder of the Life is Good Company, where he shared a few of his ten Superpowers that are surprisingly simple and timeless. Bert has appeared on CNN’s Tips from the Top, CNBC’s Business Nation, and The Donny Deutch Show. Life Is Good has been featured in the New York Times, on the cover of Inc Magazine, and on NBC’s The Today Show. Bert is the second youngest of six siblings from Needham, MA. He credits his mother with teaching his brother and him to face the bumps in the road with a smile. The Jacobs brothers see simplicity, humility, and a sense of humor as the three keys to Life is good’s continued success. Learn how to live a good life the same way your grandfather and your grandfather’s father did in Episode 822. “Optimism is a choice.” - @LifeIsGood In This Episode You Will Learn: Why optimism is a choice (1:00) How openness is a superpower (1:30) What selling “Life is Good” t-shirts taught Bert (2:00) About the tools for living a fulfilling life (3:00) For videos, show notes, and more visit: and follow at
Jul 12, 2019
Coffee Conversations: Building The School of Greatness Empire
IN CHARM WE TRUST. How do you enroll people in your vision? How do you ask for more than what your limiting beliefs think you deserve? How do you accomplish dreams even though you feel unprepared? It’s all about pushing past what you think you can do. You have to ask. And you need to surround yourself with people who will help you accomplish the impossible. The School of Greatness wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of my executive team. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the journey of The School of Greatness with my friend and COO Cesar and my amazing assistant: Sarah Livingstone. Sarah Livingstone has been my assistant for the last six years and is now moving on. She doesn’t love the spotlight, but I wanted to stretch her by having her as a guest on The School of Greatness. She says the keys to being a great assistant are thinking three steps ahead of others and believing in the message. So get ready to learn more about Sarah and how The School of Greatness has become what it is today on Episode 821. Some Questions I Ask: What’s been the biggest lesson from the last four years? (11:00) What was the highlight of the second your for you? (29:00) What advice do you have about being a great team player? (35:30) Who was your favorite guest on The School of Greatness? (43:00) Was there ever a time you wanted to quit? (46:00) What advice do you have for me moving forward? (56:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The story of how Sarah and I met (15:00) About the “champagne” story (19:00) Sarah’s highlight of the six years (24:00) About the evolution of Sarah’s mindset (40:00) What’s next for Sarah (1:00:00) For videos, show notes, and much more go to and follow at
Jul 10, 2019
Thriving in Marriage and Business with Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick
DO THINGS ON YOUR OWN TERMS. We all judge people. We make assumptions about what people care about and who they are based on the way they look. But people are often more than they seem. No matter what judgments people may have of you, you can break the status quo. Never let the way you look determine what you’re capable of. Keep questioning your judgements and make others question. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about defying people’s expectations with a couple who is much more than they seem: Lauryn and Michael Bosstick. Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick host the entrepreneurial podcast, The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER, which just hit 16 million downloads. Lauryn has turned her passion for beauty, wellness and no-censor advice into one of the most distinctive blogs online today, The Skinny Confidential. Along with the blog Lauryn released her own book, The Skinny Confidential Lifestyle Guide and a BODY GUIDE, which is a monthly subscription service that includes new workouts and meal plans. Michael Bosstick is the CEO of Dear Media, founder of Bosstick Media, co-founder of Jetbed, Inc., co-host of the TSC podcast + much more. Lauryn and Michael are open about the struggles of working together while being married and what it takes to keep sex alive after ten years. So get ready to learn how to keep a relationship exciting (especially while working together) on Episode 820. Some Questions I Ask: What did you want in a long term partner? (7:00) What do you guys get judged for the most? (17:00) What’s the hardest thing about being married and working together? (19:00) Do you ever wish you could not be so public with everything? (27:00) Which is something you wish you were better at? (38:00) What advice would you give to a couple who wants to go into business together? (46:00) What’s the question you wish Lauryn would ask you that she hasn’t asked? (58:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Lauryn and Michael’s most interesting podcast guest (11:00) A fun easy way to spice up your sex life (23:00) Why Lauryn has been transparent about her plastic surgery (26:00) How to build a “strategic future by design” (47:00) How to not let outside voices affect your relationship (54:00)
Jul 08, 2019
Find Your Calculated Confidence
BECOME AN EXPERT. Confidence is so important. But you have to earn it. If you’re confident without putting in the work, it can come off as arrogance or even insecurity. So how can you have calculated confidence? Learn from your mistakes. Put in the hours. And believe in what you’re doing. Once you’ve worked hard for your confidence, you’ll be able to look your clients in the eye knowing you’re an expert in your field. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the hit show Million Dollar Listing’s Josh Altman where he shared what makes him one of the best realtors in the world. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to be a successful salesperson (2:05) Why you should surround yourself with a dream team (3:00) The importance of getting a mentor (4:00) The four keys to Josh’s success (5:30)
Jul 05, 2019
7 Keys to Being Present In Your Life with Chris Lee
LIFE IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL. All of us are trying to do too many things at once. We’re on the phone while doing something else. We’re on a date but we’re distracted. We’re responding to text messages at red lights. When we live like this, we never fully experience anything. We’re half-living. It’s hard to build relationships, be joyful, and be open to opportunities when you’re not present. You may even be putting your life in danger. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of presence with a coach and mentor who has grounded me throughout my adult life: Chris Lee. Chris Lee has spent the last 27 years leading powerful Leadership Seminars around the world. A pioneer in emotional intelligence, Chris Lee has trained and developed people at the top of their game such as Olympic athletes, Fortune 500 Business leaders, celebrities and individuals with a desire to elevate themselves. Chris Lee also serves as a collaborator on TV and radio shows for Univision and The Fox Network. Chris says that we need to realize that life has an ending. What you’re experiencing now will soon be over- this is your one shot! By taking ownership of your life and your environment, you can stop your resentments of the past and anxiety about the future. So get ready to learn the Seven Keys to Being Present on Episode 818. Some Questions I Ask: How do we be more present? (7:00) How do we lead a more joyful life? (13:00) What’s the difference between appreciating where you’re out and realizing you want something better? (14:50) What is a lesson you’ve learned in the last six months? (36:00) What’s a lesson you still need to learn? (38:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Seven keys to be more present (9:00) Why we stay stuck in situations we don’t want to be in (16:00) Why you need to hold other people accountable for being present (18:00) The importance of setting intentions (24:00)
Jul 03, 2019
How to Find Your Highest Potential with David Epstein
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THE BEST. So often we feel behind. Other people have already figured out what they want. Other people got started earlier. They’re sure of the path they’re on. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. I would have never thought I’d end up where I am now. My whole life I’ve been a generalist. I’ve never been the best at anything. There was always someone bigger, faster, and stronger. But I had heart and vision, and I was willing to work just as hard. This allowed me to collect a lot of different skills. Those skills, even though they seem random, make me successful on the path I’m on now. If you take your time and follow your inspiration, you’ll end up somewhere you couldn’t have even imagined. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about finding your perfect career path with an expert on fulfilling work: David Epstein. David Epstein is a New York Times bestselling author and a science and investigative reporter. He co-authored the story for Sports Illustrator that revealed Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. David gives example after example of people who had diverse backgrounds that seemed unrelated to the thing they ended up being famous for. He says that his most important projects are things he never could have planned. So get ready to learn why setting rigid long term goals may actually hold you back on Episode 817. Some Questions I Ask: How do we know what our best skills are? (22:30) What advice would you give your son about figuring out his career? (23:30) How do we do the matching process for ourselves? (43:00) Why do we have an obsession with being the best? (57:00) How do we know when we’ve found fulfillment? (1:04:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the concept “skill stacking” (10:00) Why David wrote his book on generalists (11:00) About The Dark Horse Project (13:30) Why “self-regulatory learning” is the most beneficial (16:00) About the “end of history allusion” (25:00) How David uses a “book of experiments” (48:00) Why we get stuck in the rut of competence (52:00)
Jul 01, 2019
Plant Good Seeds
Harvest seeds of growth. Ending relationships is never easy. But it’s a part of life. Not all relationships last, but it’s how we end them that makes all the difference. You can use the opportunity to plant seeds that better your future, or you can plant bitter seeds that will bloom into hatred and rage. You make the decision. It is possible to consciously uncouple. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Katherine Woodward where she explained the best way to end a relationship. Katherine Woodward Thomas, M.A., MFT is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After, which was nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award, and the national bestseller, Calling in “The One:” 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and teacher to thousands from all corners of the world in her virtual and in-person learning communities. Katherine teaches us to understand our feelings and gives us techniques to release them. In This Episode You Will Learn: About “affect labeling” or naming your feelings (2:00) The practice of Tonglen (3:55) How to harvest the seeds of growth that are underneath our emotions (4:30) About the concept of Karma (5:20)
Jun 28, 2019
The Power of Storytelling
WE COULD ALL USE A LITTLE MAGIC. Storytelling is an important part of everything you do. Whether you’re trying to sell something, speaking, or building relationships, you can’t ignore the power of story. It’s what causes us to have an emotional connection to something. Magic is an art form that uses storytelling. It’s not just about magic tricks. It’s about what you feel while you’re watching the trick. It’s about what the magician is telling you that changes your memory of the event. And it’s about how you take what you’re seeing and relate it to your story. How can you use the power of magic in your own life? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined lessons about capturing your audience from some of the greatest magicians alive: Penn Jillette, Oz Perlman, Julius Dien, Derren Brown, and Lior Suchard. Derren Brown uses magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship to create series and specials on stage and television. He’s won two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and has also written books for magicians as well as the general public. Lior Suchard is considered to be the world’s greatest mentalist. His mind-blowing performances of thought influence, miraculous prediction and startling mind reading have made him the most sought after mentalist on the planet. He entertains audiences all over the world, which have brought him a list of fans stretching from A-list Hollywood celebrities to heads of state and notorious businessmen. Born and raised in London, Julius Dein has fast become one of the world’s most recognized social media stars. Mixing together mind-blowing magic with hilarious comedy and travel culture, Julius Dein has over 20 million followers across the internet. Oz Pearlman is a world-class entertainer and one of the busiest mentalists in the country. You might recognize him from America’s Got Talent where he placed third out of thousands of acts. Oz has also appeared on a variety of both national and international networks, a few of which include NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The TODAY Show & ABC World News and been profiled in Forbes, The New York Times, to name but a few. When he isn’t blowing the minds of audiences around the world, Oz is an avid marathon and ultra-marathon runner. Penn Jillette is a magician, actor, musician, inventor, television personality, and best-selling author best known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. The duo has been featured in numerous stage and television shows such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and are currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. He has published eight books, including the New York Times Bestseller, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. All of these amazing magicians use the same tools to draw in their audience and capture their imaginations. It’s more than impressive tricks, flashing lights, or fancy outfits. So get ready to learn how to harness the power of storytelling on Episode 815. Some Questions I Ask: What is your greatest superpower, Darren Brown? (12:35) Do you feel like you had a good childhood? (17:10) How did you learn how to tell better stories? (19:25) Does mentalism have to do more with emotional intelligence or observed behavior? (35:20) What’s the perfect person to work with as a mentalist? (36:40) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why the stories we tell ourselves restrict us (8:10) The four pillars of magic (15:00) The power of the sense of wonder (16:50) Why you need to combine your message with an emotional response (22:05) The formula for going viral (24:45) Why you should reverse engineer based on the outcome you want (30:45) The power of partnership (38:24) Why empathy is important in art (41:26) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, video and more at and follow at
Jun 26, 2019
Penn Jillette: Building the Longest Running Act in Vegas
THE HARDEST THING TO DO WHEN YOU GET OLDER IS CHANGE A HABIT. There is a Buddhist metaphor of the elephant and the rider. We are all riding an elephant. We think that we are in control. We have the reigns. But the elephant could overpower us at any moment. No matter how much we use our minds, our emotions ultimately are more powerful. This applies to the way we eat. We become slaves to our cravings and desires. Sometimes it takes something big to get back in control of our “elephant.” On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about changing habits, being authentic, and what it takes to build the longest running act in Vegas with one of the world’s most famous magicians: Penn Jillette. Penn Jillette is a magician, actor, musician, inventor, television personality, and best-selling author best known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. The duo has been featured in numerous stage and television shows such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and are currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. He has published eight books, including the New York Times Bestseller, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. Not many people can keep a marriage together for over forty years, let alone a working partnership. Penn is someone who shows up authentically every day. He isn’t afraid to express his thoughts and values even though they upset some people. So get ready to learn how to doubt yourself less and care about the things that matter on Episode 814. Some Questions I Ask: Why do we live in so much fear when we’re safer than ever? (8:00) What are you most proud of in the last few years? (9:00) Which of your parents is the most influential in your life? (47:00) What’s the lesson you still need to learn about yourself? (54:00) Is there anything you wish you would have done differently in the last years? (1:01:00) What is your superpower? (1:09:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the “mono diet” (20:00) Penn’s thoughts on religion (40:00) What makes Penn and Teller successful as a partnership (58:00) About “effective altruism” (1:13:00) How empathy makes a great magician and artist (1:19:00) If you enjoyed this episode check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Jun 24, 2019
Live Intentionally
WRITE YOUR STORY. Everyone has a story. You do. I do. Your life will be recorded. The question is, is your story the one that you want to be told? We often let other people write our pages instead of taking the pen and doing it ourselves. If you want your life to be a masterpiece, you’re going to have to live intentionally. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with John Maxwell where he shared the gift that inspired him to live an intentional life. John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in fifty languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders. John says that in order to live intentionally, you have to bridge the gap between knowing and doing. You have to take your good intentions and act them out.
Jun 21, 2019
Calm Your Mind and Master Meditation
MEDITATION WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. A lot of us are suffering, and we don’t even realize it. We’re always on the move. We’re always doing. We’re balancing so many responsibilities. We don’t take time to quiet our minds so that we can start to understand what’s going on up there. That’s why meditation is so powerful. It allows you to get to the root of your problems instead of constantly fixing the symptoms. It’s like flossing your brain. Meditation will get all “gunk” out. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined interviews with experts on meditation: Jay Shetty, Preethaji, Krishnaji, Dan Harris, and Andy Puddacomb. Jay Shetty is a former monk who was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for being a game-changer and influencer in the world of Media. Jay’s daily show HuffPost Live #FollowTheReader, where he interviewed the likes of Russell Brand, Tim Ferriss and Deepak Chopra reached 1 million people daily. Jay aims to share knowledge at the pace we want entertainment, something he likes to call “making wisdom go viral.” He has created content for and partnered with Snapchat, Facebook, National Geographic, Nasdaq and HuffPost to name a few. Preethaji is a modern day Indian philosopher and sage who has co-founded along with her husband Krishnaji the O&O Academy (school to revolutionize and transform human thought), World Youth Change Makers (an elite community of youth redirecting the future of the world through a revolution in consciousness), and One Humanity Care (a Foundation working with the vision to uplift 10,000 villages in India). Dan Harris is correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Harris encourages the use of meditation, and his "10% Happier" podcasts are interviews with other meditators. Harris' book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works – a True Story, was published in March 2014. Andy Puddicombe is a meditation and mindfulness expert. An accomplished presenter and writer, Andy is the voice of all things Headspace. In his early twenties, midway through a university degree in Sports Science, Andy made the unexpected decision to travel to The Himalayas to study meditation instead. These masters explain the importance of meditation, the common misconceptions, and the science behind it all. It’s a lot more straightforward than you might think. So get ready to learn all about meditation on Episode 812. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the biggest lesson you learned from being a monk (5:45) What’s the intention you set every morning? (10:45) Why do we focus so much on suffering when it only hurts us? (21:10) What’s the importance of a spiritual vision? (22:35) Why is meditation so powerful? (24:45) Why is mindfulness meditation healing and how can we know what’s for us? (29:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you need to deal with the root of the problem instead of relief of symptoms (7:00) A three-minute meditation to connect you to your emotions (13:00) How to end all suffering (20:40) About “mindfulness meditation” (28:30) Three tips for meditation (37:00)
Jun 19, 2019
Find Lasting Love with Matthew Hussey
BUILD YOUR CASTLE. Love at first sight is bullshit. A relationship is like a castle. You find a plot of land that has a lot of potential. Then, bit by bit, you build the castle. But it takes work from both of you. One person can’t be laying the bricks while the other is home watching TV. After lots of hard work, you’ll have something unique and ornate that belongs to you. You’ll have a castle. That’s love. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the key to lasting relationships with an international guru of the dating and relationship-coaching scene: Matthew Hussey. Matthew Hussey is a speaker, New York Times Bestselling author, columnist for Cosmopolitan Magazine, and dating expert on ABC’s digital series What To Text Him Back. His corporate clients include Hugo Boss, The Perfume Shop, Virgin Gyms, Procter & Gamble, Bare Escentuals, U.S. legal giant Weil Gotshal & Manges, and global management consultants Accenture. 50,000 women have attended his live events and he has reached over 10 million online. Matthew says that the “activation energy” for starting relationships is lower than ever. This causes ghosting. People are less invested in relationships. But there are ways you can meet people indirectly. So get ready to learn the three things you need to build a great relationship on Episode 811. Some Questions I Ask: Do people even want to have a committed, long term relationship? (19:00) Is a great relationship when you stop thinking about your needs and not expecting anything in return? (21:30) How do we step outside of the emotional feelings in a relationship? (25:00) When do you know you’re ready for a committed, intimate relationship? (47:00) What are the three things you need to have to sustain a relationship? (52:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About “activation energy” and why things like Tinder make it low (10:00) Why space is important in order to not react emotionally (30:00) About the “castle” metaphor and why you need to build together (38:00) Why the “trash cans” define your relationship more than the highlights (45:00) The four stages of all relationships (1:02:30) The first step you can do to get out of the weeds of singlehood (1:11:30) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
Jun 17, 2019
Lead with Love
COMMUNICATE YOUR VISION. Being an effective leader is difficult. Some do it through fear. Some do it through understanding. And others lead with love. You could be super demanding and scary and get what you want. But is that the kind of life you want to lead? Probably not. Often, leading in a way where you understand other people’s concerns will be the most beneficial to you. There’s a lot you can learn from others. Ask yourself: how can you bring people together in a way that satisfies their needs as well as your own? For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the legendary director Jon Chu where he shared how he communicates his vision on set. Jon Chu directed the films Crazy Rich Asians, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Jon graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television where he won the Princess Grace Award, the Dore Schary Award presented by the Anti-Defamation League, the Jack Nicholson directing award, and was recognized as an honoree for the IFP/West program Project: Involve. Learn how to enlist others in your vision and lead with love on Episode 805. In This Episode You Will Learn: The kind of leader Jon wants to be (1:00) The importance of synergy in creativity (1:30) The most important thing Jon has learned about communicating his vision (1:45) How to talk to people who have concerns about your vision (2:30) If you enjoyed this episode check out the show notes and more at and follow at
Jun 14, 2019
The Power of Minimalism
THE LESS YOU DO THE MORE YOU CAN RECEIVE. Take a moment to explore your habits. Do you glance at your phone during every free moment? Do you fill up your calendar with things that don’t add value? Do you spend your day working on a job that has no meaning for you? If so, your life is cluttered. Not just with stuff, but with noise. Quieting down and clearing out our schedule can be scary because it means you may have the space to face some tough questions. But when you do, you’ll find you’re able to live a much more intentional life. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I explore minimalism with five experts on the subject: Cal Newport, Jesse Itzler, Joshua Fields Millburn, Rich Roll, and Chris Guillebeau. Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to academic research, he writes about the intersection of technology and society. He’s particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work or lead satisfying lives. Jesse Itzler is an ultramarathon runner who is also a bestselling author, award-winning rapper, and an original partner for ZICO coconut water. He is the co-founder of Marquis Jets and a co-owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Joshua Fields Millburn is the co-founder of The Minimalists, which has become a hugely popular podcast and lifestyle in the past few years. Joshua and his co-host help more than 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and films. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, and more. They have spoken at Harvard, Apple, and Google. Their documentary was recently released by Netflix. Rich Roll is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, popular public speaker, and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courage and healthy living. Rich became a #1 bestselling author with the publication of his inspirational memoir Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. Taking up where the book leaves off, in 2013 Rich launched the wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast. Chris Guillebeau is a NY Times Best Selling Author, speaker, a modern day explorer, and has been to nearly every country in the world. He is best known for The Art of Non-Conformity blog and book. He has also written guides for travel and small business topics under the brand Unconventional Guides. He organizes the annual World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. These five incredible teachers all have a practice of minimalism. I’ve combined key lessons from interviews with them to create a masterclass on doing less so that we can ultimately do more. So get ready to learn all about quieting down and clearing out on Episode 809. Some Questions I Ask: What was the greatest lesson you learned from Monks? (16:15) What’s the biggest personal challenge over the last few years? (32:13) If you were going to choose diet, meditation and exercise, which would you start with? (34:15) What’s the difference between a hobby and a quest? (36:39) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Cal Newport’s “30 Day Digital Declutter” (10:53) What happens when you remove your “pacifiers” (26:10) The question we should be asking ourselves but don’t (29:00) Why it can be good to have a quest (37:02) The importance of “getting in the box” (39:40) Plus much more...
Jun 12, 2019
Rich Froning: Becoming The World’s Greatest
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? We can have our eyes on the prize. We can work every day to accomplish our goal. We can sacrifice and suffer to be the best. But at the end of the day, you can’t define yourself by whether or not you get “first place.” If your identity depends on one thing, you’re bound to fail. You have to free yourself from tying your worth to winning. When you do, you just might see some amazing results. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about faith, family and CrossFit with the “Fittest Man On Earth:” Rich Froning. Rich Froning is a CrossFit athlete known for his achievements participating in the CrossFit Games. He became the first person to win the title of "Fittest Man on Earth" four times and has led team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom to the first-place finish three times. Froning owns and operates the affiliate gym CrossFit Mayhem, located in Cookeville, Tennessee, and is a member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff. Rich fell off the rope the first time he competed in the CrossFit Games and got second place. He felt like a very public failure. But when he released his need to win, he became unstoppable. So get ready to learn what it takes to be an outstanding competitor, husband and father on Episode 808. Some Questions I Ask: Who did you have a deeper relationship with- mom or dad? (7:18) How did you get into CrossFit? (10:00) Did you get injured a lot when training? (20:00) How did you train your mind to prepare yourself for the whole world to take you down? (33:00) How did you handle fear throughout your career? (38:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Rich trained for the CrossFit Games (18:00) About the changes happening in the CrossFit Games (26:00) How Rich’s faith helped him compete (35:00) The importance of pain in daily life (41:00) About Rich’s infertility and adoption journey (48:00) The three lessons Rich has learned from his years in CrossFit (58:00) If you enjoyed this episode check out the video and show notes at and follow at
Jun 10, 2019
Steal the Show
FIND YOUR BIG IDEA. Anyone can craft an engaging speech. You have to start with something that drives you. Whether you’re speaking to one person or a thousand, once you find your big idea, you can continue with a few key steps that will guarantee to keep your audience wanting more. You must demonstrate that you can view the world from your listener’s perspective. Say what the consequences will be if they don’t accept your offer. And what the reward will be if they join your movement. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisit a conversation with my good friend Michael Port, who breaks down five key components of speech writing and why they work. Michael Port is a New York Times bestselling author and former professional actor having appeared in numerous films and on television. These days, Michael can be seen on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS as an on-air expert in communication and business development and as the host of his own podcast Steal the Show with Michael Port. From creating a powerful speech to preparing for an interview, Michael assures that including these components will win your audience over. Learn how to write an incredible speech in Episode 807. In This Episode You Will Learn: What Michael means by “big idea” (1:10) Why you need to show your listener that you understand how they feel (2:16) The importance of feeling a little pain around change (3:50) How demonstrating the consequences before the reward is key (4:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, more at, and follow me on
Jun 07, 2019
How to Become a Full Time Influencer with Brendon Burchard, Part 2
BE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP. As influencers, we don’t always accept that we are in control of our business. We depend on agents, our audience, or even chance to make decisions for us. But you have to get clear on your model. Reclaim your life’s agenda. Take back command of your ship. It’s the only way your business will scale. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I continue to explore what makes a successful career as an “influencer” with a top personal growth leader: Brendon Burchard. Brendon Burchard is a 3-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most-watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in history. SUCCESS Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, have both named him one of the most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Forbes named him the world’s leading high-performance coach and Larry King named him the world’s top motivational trainer. Brendon says that you can’t worry about things being perfect, you just have to have consistency. Get out there. So get ready to learn how to master “mayhem” and “meaning” and be your own captain on Episode 806. Some Questions I Ask: What does “mayhem” mean? (1:07:00) How do influencers find “meaning?” (1:14:00) Why do influencers experience self-doubt? (1:20:30) When do you feel the most loved? (1:23:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you need to care about business and building a brand (50:00) The three ways to make money without working as hard (55:00) The four aspirations everyone has (1:03:00) The moment that Brendon almost gave up (1:30:00) How to be more present (1:36:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
Jun 05, 2019
How to Become a Full Time Influencer with Brendon Burchard, Part 1
THE TIME TO HAVE THE MAP IS BEFORE YOU ENTER THE WOODS. There’s more opportunity now than there ever has to make money as an influencer. There are so many platforms, avenues, and audiences. But a lot of people aren’t doing it right. Everything has to be intentional. Everything. If you’re going through the motions, you’re in trouble. One of the biggest things that lights our brains up is novelty. You have to focus on what’s working and also on things in the pipeline for the future. Use the momentum you currently have but continue to reach for new heights. It takes more than just showing up. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I explore what makes a successful career as an “influencer” with one of the most-watched speakers in history: Brendon Burchard. Brendon Burchard is a 3-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most-watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in history. SUCCESS Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, have both named him one of the most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Forbes named him the world’s leading high-performance coach and Larry King named him the world’s top motivational trainer. Brendon says you need to get clear on you who are, get clear on your message, and get clear on how you are going to influence others. He gives us concrete tools to take our “brand” to the next level. So get ready to learn how to have a powerful message and create positive change on Episode 805. Some Questions I Ask: Who should be thinking about becoming an influencer? (17:00) How do you find your message if you’re trying to become an influencer? (21:00) What is a “market?” (29:00) What is your method and has it changed over the past 10 years? (43:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you need to build a business, not just a platform (3:00) How our past can hold us back from big dreams (10:00) About the “role model” mindset (19:00) Why you should come up with three words that define who you are (24:00) The importance of having a “method” (35:00) The power of vulnerability (39:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
Jun 03, 2019
The Power of Why
START WITH YOUR WHY. You have to believe in your vision. We all get caught up in limiting beliefs. The sooner you understand what holds you back and why the sooner you can achieve flow. Find your purpose and chase it. Once you zero in on what it is you’re trying to accomplish, it will be easier to keep your ego from getting in the way. It all comes back to your “why.” For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Lisa Messenger where she shared how she connects to her purpose in order to stay focused on the bigger picture. Lisa is an international speaker, best-selling author, and an authority on disruption in both the corporate sector and the start-up scene. She is the vibrant, game-changing founder and CEO of Collective Hub. Lisa says that once you know what you’re working towards, you need to have insatiable self-belief that you will receive everything you need. Learn how to hustle hard for the right reasons in Episode 804. In this episode, you will learn: The importance of having a “why” (2:00) How to thrive when you’re an introvert (2:30) Why you need to fail fast (3:20) The reason you need to tell people about your vision (4:15) Plus much more... Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 31, 2019
What It Takes To Be a Champion
YOUR SUCCESS IS IN YOUR OWN HANDS. What does it take to be a champion? You have to love what you do. You have to care about the little details that other people let slide. And you have to have deep, unshakable confidence. A lot of what separates a player from a champion is mental. We can’t ignore the importance of keeping our mind away from the negative and focused on the end goal. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’m sharing the most inspirational clips of interviews with the world’s greatest female athletes: Maria Sharapova, Katrin Tanja Davíðsdóttir, Michelle Waterson, Sasha Digiulian, Brooke Ence, The Bella twins, Emily Skye, and Danica Patrick. Maria Sharapova is one of the world’s greatest tennis players, Katrin Tanja Davíðsdóttir is a two-time champion of the CrossFit Games, Michelle Waterson is a mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC, Sasha Digiulian is a world champion climber, Brooke Ence is an elite CrossFit Champion, The Bella Twins are former WWE Wrestlers, Emily Skye is a top fitness model, and Danica Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. We can all get distracted by self-doubt, comparing ourselves to others, and focusing on the wrong things. But we can train ourselves to have the mindset of a champion. It feels good to be great at what you do. Get ready to learn step into your greatness on Episode 803. Some Questions I Ask: Why are you so driven to be the best? (7:00) What does it mean to be respectful of your opponent? (16:30) How do you stay focused when you’re scared? (18:57) What are some tools you use when you start comparing yourself? (30:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The difference between “showing up” and “playing” (6:00) The reason you need to focus on the things you can control (12:00) Why not doing your best is doing a disservice to your opponent (18:00) How trust can heal anxiety (20:00) How to not let negative comments affect you (27:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 29, 2019
Grant Cardone: Think Bigger and Take the Risk
STOP PLAYING SMALL. A lot of times when we think about growth, we think small. We say, “How can I make thirty thousand more a year?” Instead, we should say, “How can make 300 thousand more a year.” You’ve got to unlock yourself from your budget mentality. Other people may not understand, but you can’t get knocked off course. If you’re destined for greatness, you shouldn’t settle for anything less. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about playing big with one of the top entrepreneurs in the world: Grant Cardone. Grant Cardone is the author of eight business books, thirteen business programs, and is the CEO of seven privately held companies. Forbes calls him one of the top social media business influencers in the world. Cardone founded and manages a real estate investment firm, Cardone Capital, with $1Billion assets under management. He also travels the world consulting Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, startups and governments on business expansion. One of his enterprises recently hosted The 10X Growth Conference at Miami Marlins Park in Miami, Florida with over 34,000 business people and entrepreneurs in attendance from over fifty countries. Grant Cardone wants you to 10X your business, 10X your income and 10X your life. Everyone is underestimating themselves. So get ready to learn how to maximize your growth on Episode 802. Some Questions I Ask: What switched in your mind to go from making 30 thousand to 300 thousand? (14:00 ) When did you start to think bigger? (16:00) What advice would you have for women about following their dreams? (32:30) What do you think your superpower is? (38:00) Where would you be without having your married partner? (49:00) How do you build from a small team to a large team with a culture of success? (1:17:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How thinking small can have lasting problems (16:00 ) About Grant’s mother’s passing (24:00) Why people only have half the formula right (52:00) The three things Grant thinks are important in a relationship (1:04:00) How to deal with haters (1:08:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 27, 2019
Don't Let Your Past Define You
Knowledge is not enough. We can know what we’re doing isn’t good for us in the long run. We can know that we have weaknesses in certain areas. We can know that we have stored up pain and anxiety. But what do we do with that knowledge? You have to work through your past issues and trauma so that you stop repeating harmful patterns. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Neil Strauss where he shared how he went from being a “pick up artist” to someone capable of having a fulfilling romantic relationship. Neil Strauss is a seven-time New York Times best-selling author. In his latest book, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, Strauss dives deep into the worlds of sex addiction, non-monogamy, infidelity, and intimacy, and explores the hidden forces that cause people to choose each other, stay together, and break up. Neil says that learning humility was key to helping him grow as a person. He had to admit to himself that he was smart but didn’t know everything. Learn how to heal from your past trauma and keep evolving in Episode 801. In This Episode You Will Learn: What was driving Neil to become a pickup artist (2:00) The three things Neil learn in therapy (3:00 ) About Somatic Experiencing (4:00 ) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @Lewis Howes
May 24, 2019
Byron Katie: Enlightenment Is Within You
QUESTION WHAT YOU’RE BELIEVING. We’re a slave to our thoughts. And most of the time, they’re not true. “This person doesn’t care about me. This person did this to me. I’m not worthy of love.” Our thoughts create suffering. So how can we stop believing them? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the ego and how to investigate our thoughts with the creator of The Work: Byron Katie. Byron Katie is a speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as "The Work". She is the founder of Byron Katie International, an organization that includes The School for the Work and Turnaround House. TIME describes her as "a spiritual innovator for the 21st century.” Byron walks us through her four questions that help us investigate the stories we tell ourselves. After listening to this episode, you can download the worksheet for free and work on investigating your own stories. So get ready to learn how to live fearlessly on Episode 800. Some Questions I Ask: Why were you so depressed in the first place? (6:00) How do we eliminate anger? (26:00) How often do you feel suffering? (42:00) When you see something that is unjust, what do you do? (56:00) How do we tap into an abundant mindset? (1:00:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Byron Katie came out of her depression (5:00) Why our brain thinks harmful thoughts (13:00) The “four questions” to get rid of untrue thoughts (18:00) The four noble truths (38:00) Why it’s important to investigate our thoughts (50:00) How to not allow fears of the future to affect your present (1:05:00)
May 22, 2019
Wim Hof: Master Your Body and Heal the Mind
RELAX. How often do you say, “I’m just going to get through the day.” You’re running on adrenaline. But it’s not sustainable. If you’re not relaxed, you’re not breathing. If you’re not breathing, you’re not getting oxygen. It’s a loop. You’re going to be exhausted all the time. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of breathing to heal our mind and body with a man known as “The Iceman:” Wim Hof. Wim Hof got his nickname “The Iceman” by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. His feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. He developed the Wim Hof Method: a natural path to an optimal state of body and mind. He says that our brains have the power to guarantee us happiness, strength, and health. We can actually regulate our mind and the autonomous nervous system by breathing and being present. Shut Up. Go in. Feel. Be. Connect. So get ready to learn how to harness the power of the mind on Episode 799. Some Questions I Ask: How does creating stress on the body prevent disease? (4:00) What do you think about right before you get in the cold water? (8:30) Why did you get into the ice and breathing business? (16:30) Where do you feel the most loved in your life? (29:00) Who was more influential? Your mom or your dad? (38:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How control of the autonomic nervous system in the brain can help depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders (10:00) How cold helps you still the emotion on your mind (25:00) About your sixth, seventh, and eighth senses (32:00) About the science behind the benefit of putting stress on your body (3:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 20, 2019
Spend With Joy
SPEND ON THE THINGS YOU LOVE. We all have an area of life we love spending money on. For me, it’s relationships. For you, it could be travel, food, wellness or something else. This is called your “money dial.” Once you figure out your money dial, you can spend intentionally on that rather than spending lots of money on everything. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Ramit Sethi where he shared about his concept of “money dials” and how to spend money on the things that bring you joy. Ramit says that we should cut back spending on things we don’t care about but spend without apology on the area that makes us the happiest. We can also stop judging other people for having different money dials than us. Learn how to identify your money dial and how it can take your life to the next level in Episode 798. In This Episode You Will Learn: About the different “money dials” people have (1:40) The most common “money dial” (2:03) Ramit’s personal “money dial” (2:56) What you should cut back spending on (4:18) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 17, 2019
Jameela Jamil: Be Courageous by Being You
LET'S PUT AN END TO SELF-HATE. Shame takes on many forms. We can feel shameful about our race, our gender, about aging, and so much more. Shame makes us stay small. What if instead of feeling shame about our insecurities, we celebrated every aspect of ourselves? What if we learned to think independently instead of listening to what the media says about us? To become the powerful confident person you are meant to be, you have to identify your shame and work hard to eliminate it. It won’t just disappear on its own. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about shame with an actor who has made body positivity her mission: Jameela Jamil. Jameela Jamil is an actress, model, presenter, and body positivity activist. Following a breast cancer scare in 2016, Jamil moved to America to become a screenwriter. She is known for playing Tahani Al-Jamil on the hit TV show The Good Place. Jameela is a big proponent of therapy as a way to move past our shame. She says mental health should be a top priority for all of us despite the stigma around it. So get ready to learn how to stand up to the harmful messaging we receive from the media on Episode 797. Some Questions I Ask: How much did you shame yourself growing up? (6:30) Do men or women shame women more? (9:00) What was the biggest insecurity you’ve had? (16:00) Do you think you’d be able to make the impact you’re making if you weren’t on tv? (29:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The difference between Brittish and American cultures (4:00) The types of shames that Jameela has “killed off” in herself (11:00) What led Jameela to come to America (24:00) How to combat inequality in the workplace (37:00) The wrong messages that men are taught by the media (42:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 15, 2019
Pete Holmes: Having Hindsight Now
FIND YOUR FLOW. You can’t always be achieving. You can’t always win, always give, and always be making an impact. Sometimes you have to receive, too. It’s how the universe works. You have to balance your “in” with your “out.” Even when the water recedes back from the shore it’s still the ocean. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about being equally grateful for the busy times and the quiet ones with a successful podcast host, author, and comedian: Pete Holmes. Pete Holmes is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer who premiered his own talk show, The Pete Holmes Show, on TBS in 2013. He went on to create and star in the hit HBO series Crashing, and he also hosts the podcast You Made It Weird. Pete has learned to say, “Yes, thank you” to whatever happens to him. So get ready to learn approach life with an abundance model on Episode 796. Some Questions I Ask: Why can’t you just achieve all the time? (26:22) How did you show getting canceled make you feel? (28:30) What does happiness mean? (42:55) What’s the biggest challenge in your life you’re actually grateful for? (1:00:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to have balance in life (10:00) How your thoughts don’t have power on their own (37:00) About your false self (44:00) How Pete deals with anger and sadness (55:00) How psychedelics changed Pete’s mindset (1:09:30)
May 13, 2019
Find Your Poker Face
Nerves are important. It’s ok to be nervous when you’re up against something big.It means that you’re passionate.But you have to understand that the world is a game.You have to act like you’re confident and that you know what you’re doing. Then others will want to invest in you.After all, everyone who has the power to make decisions about you and your work is also just human.For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Todrick Hall where he shared how he is able to take on huge projects that usually take teams of at least 50 and do them with only four people.From original written and choreographed music videos, such as Virgin America’s safety video, the opening number to The 2014 Kids Choice Awards, and upcoming Target spots, Todrick Hall has mastered the art of blending live experiences with social media. Todrick is rapidly becoming one of the next great powerhouses in entertainment.Learn how to conquer your fears and achieve your dreams in Episode 795. In this episode, you will learn: What Todrick does right before he goes on stage (1:50) How to handle high-pressure situations (3:13 )How Todrick’s mom helps him stay grounded (4:21 ) Why it’s important to have friends who are honest with you (5:01) Plus much more... Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes
May 10, 2019
Tony Robbins: The Icon
THE SECRET TO WEALTH IS GRATITUDE. Money is not a bad thing. Money is portable power. It allows you to make the impact you want to make. It allows you to build your legacy. You have the power to take control of your money and start hoping for a better future. It’s all within your grasp. However, it doesn’t matter how much money you have if you’re not enjoying life. That’s why you need gratitude. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about mastering your money with a man who needs no introduction: Tony Robbins. Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist and the nation’s #1 Life and Business Strategist. Author of six internationally bestselling books, including the recent New York Times #1 best-seller MONEY: Master the Game and UNSHAKEABLE, Tony has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries through his audio, video, and life training programs. Tony uses his money to help others and give back. Once he got rid of the scarcity mindset he was able to become the man we know him as today. So get ready to learn how to gain wealth and how to use that wealth to make the world better on Episode 794. Some Questions I Ask: If you could only use one strategy, what would that be? (5:10) How does someone continue to stay hungry? (7:30) How do you stay grounded in your relationships? (10:30) How do we invest without fear? (17:00) What are you the most grateful for right now? (32:00) What are some things people can do to stop living in scarcity? (40:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Tony’s mom thought his ego was too big when he was younger (11:50) How Tony views failure (8:45) Tony’s key to financial success (15:00) The difference between a correction and a crash in the stock market (22:00) How gratitude is an important part of building wealth (30:00) Tony’s system for strengthening your mind (40:00)
May 08, 2019
Mark Manson: What People Don't Tell You about Success
THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING UP. When you accomplish your dream, you think it’s going to be amazing. But it means you don’t have a dream anymore. You have to reinvent yourself. This may sound like a first-world problem, but it’s a common struggle. When you no longer have a big goal, life seems pointless. You might be living large, but you lack purpose. On this episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into how to motivate yourself after you accomplish your dreams with an incredible bestselling author: Mark Manson. Mark Manson is a NYTimes bestselling author, blogger, and internet entrepreneur. He writes about big ideas and gives life advice that doesn’t suck. Mark Manson's articles have been published and quoted in CNN, BBC News, Business Insider, and more. Mark wrote The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a book that had the kind of success that only happens every five years. But he has continued writing and growing even though what he does next will probably never reach the same level. Mark says that you don’t need to crush each day. You just need to slowly find new dreams. So get ready to learn how to keep reaching for new goals when you think you’ve reached the top on Episode 793. Some Questions I Ask: How do you handle knowing you will never reach the same success again? (5:00) How does someone develop a sense of hope? (18:00) How do you create pain for yourself when you have “first world problems?” (24:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: The thing people don’t tell you about success (11:00) How values can help motivate you (20:00) About the “Goldilocks amount of pain,” you need in your life (23:00) Why overcommitting is actually good (46:30) How to delegate (50:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 06, 2019
It Starts with Your Breath
BREATH IS NECESSARY FOR LIFE. They say if you learn to master your breath, you’ll have the strength of ten tigers. So, why don’t we focus more on breathing? We should Breath is energy. When an endurance athlete loses control of their breath, it usually means they’re losing. But it’s bigger than that. Your life begins with your first breath and ends with your last. You exist because you breathe. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Laird Hamilton where he shared how he has mastered his breath. Laird Hamilton is best known as an American big-wave surfer and pioneer in the world of action water sports. In addition to his affinity for the water, Laird is labeled as an inventor, author, stunt man, model, producer, TV host, fitness and nutrition expert, husband, father and adrenaline junkie. Laird says that people who swim have a different relationship with breathing because they’re forced to realize its importance. He says that there are ways you can work on breathing to bring you both a sense of calm and energy. Get ready to learn all about the power of breath in Episode 792. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why breathing is so important in our lives (1:00) The connection between spirit and breath (2:00) Why swimmers have a better relationship with their breath (3:00) Different ways to train your breath (4:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 03, 2019
Be Financially Free and Pay Yourself First with David Bach
BE FINANCIALLY SELFISH. Too many people are living paycheck to paycheck. Our debt has us in handcuffs. We don’t think that financial security is possible for us. But anyone can build wealth. Anyone. You just have to pay yourself first. The key is to have your money make money. With some simple math, you can see that putting away a little bit of money every day can bring huge results. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about financial freedom with an incredible personal finance expert: David Bach. David Bach is one of America’s most trusted financial experts who has written eleven national bestselling books. His runway #1 bestseller The Automatic Millionaire spent 31 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show more than 100 times The Oprah Winfrey Show six times. David says that by paying yourself first, you can save enough to become a millionaire by the time you retire. So get ready to learn the power of becoming financially selfish on Episode 791. Some Questions I Ask: How much should someone put down on a home? (29:00) What is missing in my personal financial portfolio? (32:00) What are three steps that people can do right now? (53:00) What’s the best money advice you’ve ever heard? (1:04:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you don’t need a budget (8:00) The three lessons about money David’s grandma taught him (11:00) The three secrets to financial freedom (19:00) The “rule of 72” (40:00) The dangers of subscription services (56:00) Follow me on: Instagram @lewishowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 01, 2019
Be the Greatest You with Trent Shelton
YOU WERE BORN ON PURPOSE. We often think of purpose as something we have to “find.” But what if purpose is something you already have? What if you are your purpose? It’s not something that is temporary or can be taken away. It’s your essence. Other people can tell you what you’re good at. But at the end of the day, it has to resonate with you. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about purpose with a former NFL player who reinvented himself after football: Trent Shelton. Trent Shelton is a former NFL wide receiver who is now considered one of the most impactful speakers of this generation. He reaches over 60 million people weekly through hard-hitting videos and unprecedented engagement. Though based in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two children, Trent connects with people all over the world through his speaking engagements. Trent says that he has a magnet inside of him that drew him to his calling of speaking. He says that we all need to find our magnet. He believes that to be the greatest you, you have to find peace. So get ready to find out what really matters so that you can continue to stay true to yourself on Episode 790. Some Questions I Ask: What do you regret about the man you used to be? (13:00) How do we develop a champion mindset? (20:00) How do you maintain a championship mindset? (24:30) Why do you say that you need to burn bridges? (35:00) What’s a demon in your life? (39:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Trent’s past infidelities (1:00) The key to making a relationship work (8:00) How to hack fear (19:00) Why “leverage questions” can help you reach your goal (22:00) The five principles of the championship mindset (25:00) About the four “A’s” (50:00)
Apr 29, 2019
Learning to Lead
KEEP REINVENTING YOURSELF. We all go through times of uncertainty. There are periods we don’t understand what’s happening to us, and we feel unsure of our direction. It can make you want to give up. But it’s often when you feel the most lost that you are forced to find your purpose. Once you know your “why,” you can weather any storm. You’ll still feel the wind and the waves, but you don’t lose your course. Use the uncertainty to find your direction. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with John Maxwell where he shared how a difficult time taught him how to be a leader. John C. Maxwell is a New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in fifty languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. Learn how to use tough times to your advantage in Episode 789. In This Episode You Will Learn: The moment in John’s adult life had the most uncertainty (3:00) The book that changed John’s life (3:30) How scarcity mindset makes for bad leaders (4:00) What gave John purpose (4:30)
Apr 26, 2019
Take Your Power Back with Amanda Nguyen
YOUR MOST POWERFUL TOOL IS YOUR VOICE. We are surrounded by stories of injustice around us. It can be overwhelming. Screaming with anger doesn’t get you very far. Making the other side wrong just makes a war. So how can you make a change? You have to come from a place of compassion. Know the result that you want. Stop leading with emotion and try instead to focus on the concrete change you want to make. We live in a democracy- our voice counts. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I discuss how the legislative system works with a powerful sexual assault advocate: Amanda Nguyen. Amanda Nguyen is the founder and CEO of Rise, a non-governmental civil rights organization. She was the power behind the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act, one of 23 bills to pass unanimously through US Congress. She was in Forbes' 2017 "30 Under 30" Law & Policy list and was an invited speaker at the 2017 Women's March on Washington. In 2018, California representatives Mimi Walters and Zoe Lofgren nominated Nguyen for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Amanda was raped in college and soon after learned of the injustices surrounding sexual assault survivors. Instead of getting angry, she made a change. So get ready to learn how you can make a difference by taking political action on Episode 788. Some Questions I Ask: How does someone rewrite a law? (5:00) How were you able to raise two million dollars in the last two years? (19:00) What’s your biggest fear? (31:00) How does someone who has been through trauma get a message across without anger? (37:30) What makes you feel the most loved? (53:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the Survivor Bill of Rights that Amanda helped get passed (11:30) How to avoid “activism fatigue” (18:30) The process for passing a bill (22:00) About Work/Life Integration vs. Work/Life Balance (33:00) How to transcend party lines when trying to make a change (40:00)
Apr 24, 2019
The Secrets of Millionaires with Dean Graziosi
ENTHUSIASM AND AUTHENTICITY. You don’t have to be the smartest in the room. You don’t have to have the most experience, the most charisma, or the best education. These obstacles won’t keep you from your goals. You just need to show up and keep showing up. Persistence is more important than anything else. I have dyslexia and was never very good in school. But if I had told myself I wasn’t smart enough to be successful, I would never be where I am today. Keep knocking on those doors. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of persistence from one of the most successful men on TV: Dean Graziosi. Dean is an author, investor, entrepreneur, and trainer. Dean created a multimillion-dollar real estate business, is a New York Times bestselling author, and is one of the most watched real estate and success trainers of our generation. Dean is obsessed with sharing the “Success Habits” learned along his journey with the world. Dean came from humble beginnings but was naive enough to reach for the stars. He says that once you connect to your “why,” you can push through anything on the way to your goal. So get ready to learn the art of persuasion from a master of infomercials on Episode 787. Some Questions I Ask: Who were your biggest mentors growing up? (6:30) How did you get out of the scarcity mindset of growing up? (7:00) What are some of the habits that millionaires have? (22:30) What do you want to accomplish in your life? (39:00) What do people misunderstand about you the most? (41:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How consistent action can lead to success (10:00) The two things you need more than knowledge (16:30) How making someone feel understood is the key to persuasion (20:00) The power of gratitude (25:00) About the “Seven Levels Deep” exercise (28:30) The three types of entrepreneurs (37:00)
Apr 22, 2019
Keep Your Standards High
ALWAYS QUIT. That doesn’t mean you should bail when things are hard. It means that you are not a victim to your circumstances. If the level of the project that you’re taking part in is not up to your standards, you have to leave. You can’t let other people ruin you. Your name is all you have. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with writer and producer Phil Rosenthal where he shared the secret to doing work that you’re proud of. Philip Rosenthal is the creator, writer, and executive producer of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. He is also the creator and star of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix, Exporting Raymond, and I'll Have What Phil's Having. Phil tries to keep his shows at a level that he is happy with. If they’re not working, he is willing to leave and try something else. It’s not easy, but ultimately it’s for the best. Learn how to have high standards and be in control of your narrative in Episode 786. In This Episode You Will Learn: The secret behind the success of Everybody Loves Raymond (2:00) Why you should quit when things aren’t up to your level (3:00) The importance of keeping your name intact (4:00) How to learn from the things you love and emulate them (4:40) Follow me on: instagram @lewishowes twitter @lewishowes Facebook @lewishowes
Apr 19, 2019
Jason Silva: Break the Cycle of Fear and Doubt
SHAKE THE SNOWGLOBE. So often, we talk about the importance of discipline in order to reach our goals. But doing the same thing all the time can keep us from living in the present. We have to find a balance. We’ve got to dance with routine and freedom. So how can you keep your mind in the now? Every night, do something unexpected. Travel. And constantly put yourselves in situations where you don’t know the outcome. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the importance of new experiences with a talented futurist and artist: Jason Silva. Jason Silva is an Emmy-nominated and world-renowned TV personality, storyteller, filmmaker, and sought-after keynote speaker and futurist. Jason is known for hosting 5 seasons of the Emmy-nominated, global hit TV series Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, which is broadcasted in over 171 countries. Jason says that we need to ask each other the questions we’ve been asking ourselves. Let’s talk about why we’re here, and how to find meaning. So get ready to learn more about the biggest questions on everyone’s mind on Episode 785. Some Questions I Ask: What question have you been asking yourself? (7:00) How can we eliminate self-doubt? (40:30) How do we stop comparing ourselves? (54:00) What holds us back the most? (57:00) How do you find fulfillment in a committed relationship? (1:08:00) What’s a question you think you’ll never get answered? (1:14:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Tools to help you stay in the present (24:00) How to balance routine and excitement (28:00) About the “Entropic Brain Theory,” and how psychedelics help depression (32:00) How helping other people directly can help with feeling directionless (48:00) About the “Terror Management Theory” and how when you remind people of their mortality they become more judgemental (57:30)
Apr 17, 2019
Maisie Williams: Be Your Own Hero
HOW DO YOU TALK TO YOURSELF? The relationship you have with yourself is the most important. If you’re constantly putting yourself down and judging yourself, eventually you’re going to self-destruct. It’s common to self-sabotage when things are going well. It can happen to anyone- it doesn’t matter how successful you are. We feel anxious. We feel like a fraud. We might even feel like we don’t deserve it. But once you get to the root of those feelings, you can heal the judgments you have of yourself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with one of the biggest television stars on the planet about anxiety: Maisie Williams. Maisie Williams is an actress known for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. She won the EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, the Portal Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television and Best Young Actor, and the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. In 2016, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Maisie was at the height of her fame and success but still felt worthless. She realized that there wasn’t anything outside of herself that could make her happy. She had to find her self-worth from the inside. So get ready to learn how Maisie Williams navigated childhood fame and anxiety on Episode 784. Some Questions I Ask: Why is it so terrifying to be yourself? (6:30) Where does anxiety come from for you? (14:00) What are some of the things you do now for self-care? (30:30) What is your greatest fear? (36:30) What is your superpower? (43:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to be there for someone who is struggling (22:00) How apologizing for things in your past can help you move forward (28:00) Why you need to slow down when you’re struggling with mental health (33:30) What Maisie wants to accomplish in the future (41:00) About her new startup Daisie (48:00)
Apr 15, 2019
A Lesson on Self Worth with Humble The Poet
A BROKEN HEART IS AN INJURY. A butterfly doesn’t begin as a butterfly. It has to struggle to get out of the cocoon. We can’t cut the butterfly out of the cocoon to make the process easier. It has to develop the necessary muscles it needs to fly. Its beauty comes from its struggle. Heartbreak, like any other obstacle, is essential for your growth. For this special Five Minute Friday, we hear a solo message from an amazing friend and artist: Humble the Poet. Kanwer Singh aka Humble The Poet is a Toronto-bred MC/Spoken word artist. With tattoos, a beard, a head wrap, and a silly smile, Humble commands attention. He stimulates audiences with ideas that challenge conventional wisdom and go against the grain. Most things are not in our control, and we have to move on from them. The pain that you feel will soon be gone. Time will help you adapt and go forward. Learn how to deal with heartbreak in a healthy way in Episode 783. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why losing a partner hurts so badly (00:30) Why you should stay away from alcohol during heartbreak (2:00) How to maintain a sense of self-worth through a breakup (2:30) Why it’s important to keep your expectations low in life (3:00) How you can “decide your emotions” (3:30) Follow me on: Instagram @Lewishowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook
Apr 12, 2019
Sex and Love, Lust and Infidelity with Wednesday Martin
IT'S TIME TO PUT THESE SEX MYTHS TO BED. Having a healthy sexual relationship is important. But it’s not something we often talk about. Women’s satisfaction especially seems to take a back seat. So how can women get what they need in the bedroom? As men, we can ask questions. See what your partner is into. And understanding the science behind why women like the things they do are helpful, too. The truth is a lot of what we believe about female sexuality is wrong. We all benefit when women’s sexuality takes the forefront and is better understood. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about female satisfaction with an incredible woman who wrote a book on the subject: Wednesday Martin. Wednesday Martin is a feminist cultural critic, New York Times Bestselling author, and social researcher. Wednesday has written on topics including gender, parenting and motherhood, popular culture, and female sexuality for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and Harper's Bazaar, among others. She was a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, the online edition of Psychology Today, and the parenting pages at the New York Post. Wednesday has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, NBC News, the BBC Newshour, and Fox News as a step/parenting expert. Wednesday says that we should avoid “service sex” where you’re only performing to make your partner happy. You need to know that your needs deserve to be met, too, and they can be with a little work from both partners. So get ready to learn about the science of monogamy and how to keep your relationship exciting on Episode 782. Some Questions I Ask: Why do women cheat? (6:00) Why is non-monogamy looked down upon in the world? (14:00) What made you interested in this topic in the first place? (24:00) How can a man increase sexual desire in a woman? (39:00) How do you handle your research in your personal relationship? (1:05:00) How important is sex in a relationship? (1:09:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How economics plays into who cheats (10:00) Why long term relationships are harder for women (27:00) Tools for bringing back arousal in your long term relationship (37:00) How your attachment style affects your sexual relationship (1:00:00) About the “orgasm gap” (1:11:00)
Apr 10, 2019
Topher Grace: Make Your Opportunity and Multiply It
LEARN TO EMBRACE FAILURE. We often hold onto words. When someone gives us negative feedback, we can let it consume our minds. It’s not healthy. You can’t stop yourself from being offended by what someone says. But you can listen and be open to learning. Every time you mess up you’re making yourself better. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about making the most of opportunities and learning how to listen with one of the most successful actors of our time: Topher Grace. Topher Grace is known for playing Eric Forman in the hit sitcom That 70’s Show, Venom in Sam Raimi's film Spider-Man 3, and many more. He is also the host of a new podcast called Minor Adventures with Topher Grace. As an actor, Topher constantly receives feedback on his work. While he hasn’t always agreed and his ego can sometimes get in the way, he has learned to work collaboratively. Topher started working at a very young age, but he has been able to sustain his career by constantly evolving. So get ready to learn how Topher Grace made the most of sudden fame on Episode 781. Some Questions I Ask: What was the greatest lesson you learned in the first season of That 70’s Show? (17:30) How can someone handle getting a great opportunity with grace? (21:00) Who has been the most brilliant person you’ve worked with? (27:00) What is life like as a father being an actor? (37:00) What’s the greatest challenge being married with a new child? (44:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Topher landed his role on That 70’s Show (3:00) The best way to handle criticism (23:00) Topher’s experience playing a white supremacist in BLacKkKlansman (32:00) How Topher views failure (52:30) Why it’s better to try even if it doesn’t work out (58:00)
Apr 08, 2019
Help Others and Yourself
DO GOOD ALL THE TIME. Some people have an idea of giving that is not sustainable. You can’t self-sacrifice endlessly to help others. You also have to take care of yourself. Giving can be a win/win situation. In fact, it should be. Helping the world is only worth it if you are also helping yourself. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Will Macaskill where he shared this idea as one of his principles of effective altruism. William MacAskill is a philosopher, ethicist, and one of the originators of the effective altruism movement. He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy and Research Fellow at the Global Priorities Institute, University of Oxford. He is also the co-founder and president of 80,000 Hours, the co-founder and vice-president of Giving What We Can, and the co-founder of the Centre for Effective Altruism. Learn how to help others in the most meaningful way in Episode 780. In This Episode You Will Learn: One of the core principles of effective altruism (2:00) How to create a win/win while making an impact (3:00) Why additional income doesn’t make you happier (4:00) How to give without sacrificing a lot (5:00) Follow me on: instagram: @lewishowes twitter: @lewishowes
Apr 05, 2019
Using YouTube to Bring Your Dream to Life
IT' ALL ABOUT THE HUSTLE. What gatekeepers are holding you back from doing what you love? I’m inspired by the creators on YouTube. They are people who have forged their own path. They didn’t wait for someone to allow them to make videos- they just went out and did it. They’ve dealt with negative comments. They’ve had failed videos. They’ve faced countless setbacks. And they still continued to create. You have to give yourself permission to find and express your true self. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I created a mashup of all my favorite interviews with the women of YouTube: Lilly Singh, iJustine, Bethany Mota, and Lindsey Sterling. Lilly Singh (aka iiSuperwomanii) is a multi-faceted comedian, entertainer, actress and the founder of #GirlLove. She has found worldwide fame through her comedic and inspirational YouTube videos, amassing 12 million subscribers. In March 2017, she released her debut book HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A Guide to Surviving Conquering Life, which became a #1 New York Times Best Seller. As a role model to women and girls around the globe, Singh created her #GirlLove initiative to break the cycle of girl-on-girl hate and encourage women to build each other up. Justine Ezarik, the YouTube personality better known as iJustine, took the internet by storm. She's been around for more than a decade, first popping up on YouTube in 2006 where she has accumulated millions of subscribers and fans. The vlogger still remains beloved and has since branched out with a bustling Instagram account and a memoir. Bethany Mota started with her channel, Macbarbie07 in 2009. She rose to fame for her haul videos, in which she shows her fashion and style purchases via the internet. She uploads videos of outfit ideas, makeup and hair tutorials, recipes, and do it yourself ideas. She has since expanded into her own fashion line at Aéropostale. She has gone on multiple tours, which she calls her "Motavatours" to meet and interact with fans. She also appeared on Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars. Lindsey Sterling is a violinist with 10 million YouTube subscribers, over 1.9 billion views on her YouTube channel, 2 Billboard Music Awards, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold-out tours worldwide. All of these women share a common drive that forces them to keep putting themselves out there and keep being better each day. So get ready to learn how to find creativity and inspiration on Episode 779. Some Questions I Ask: Where does your hustle come from? (4:00) Who do you want to be? (6:00) What’s your vision for what you’re creating? (8:00) What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned about yourself? (9:00) If you could put up one final video, what would you post? (11:00) What is your biggest fear? (14:00) What’s the feeling you get when you’re on stage? (17:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Lilly Singh dedicated her book to the person she was three years ago (5:00) Why it’s ok to constantly change your goals (7:00) Why you should surround yourself with people with different skills than you (10:00) How to drop your ego and do things out of love (16:00) How to find your sense of true self (18:00) Plus much more...
Apr 03, 2019
Turn Your Creative Passion into a Thriving Business with Christina Tosi
YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP EVERY DAY. I’m not a distance runner. When I run, the first few minutes are easy. But after a mile, it starts to hurt. I can either stop there, or I can keep going. When I push through the adversity, I feel like I can run forever. I hit the zone where it doesn’t hurt anymore. The same thing happens in life. You have to keep giving it your best even when it’s hard. You have to know that something great is waiting for you on the other side. Everything you’re going through now is paving the way for success in your future. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about passion and hard work with a woman who revolutionized the dessert industry: Christina Tosi. Christina Tosi is a chef, author, and television personality. She is the founder and owner of Milk Bar, the sister bakery to the Momofuku restaurant group, and just opened her seventeenth store. Christina is the recipient of several awards and was featured on a list of "Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink" by Food and Wine Magazine in 2014. Christina shares that every time she gets close to a goal, she raises the bar a little higher. She is always growing and always learning. So get ready to learn how to find your true passion and share your gifts on Episode 778. Some Questions I Ask: Can you tell us the story of how Milk Bar came to be? (12:00) How did you learn how to scale your business? (24:00) What’s your vision for Milk Bar? (31:00) How do you continue to reinvent the dream (34:00) What’s the worst voice you have in your head, and what’s the best voice (39:00) Do you think you’d be as driven as you are if you weren’t critical of yourself? (42:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About filming Netflix’s Chef’s Table (8:00) The lie of the “overnight success” (10:00) How David Chang influenced Christina (15:00) The problem of “knowing too much” (29:00) How working out can help you in business and life (37:00) Why you can’t use outside approval to measure success (43:00)
Apr 01, 2019
Science and the Soul
THERE IS ORDER TO THE CHAOS. What is this place? Are we even really here? Is there a higher power that created us, or was it a random explosion? These are some big questions. But the odds of life actually existing are insane. Everything would have had to had come together so perfectly. It’s hard for people to wrap their minds around, but we need to admit there is so much about the universe we don’t understand. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with John Brenkus where we discuss how the soul and science can meet. John Brenkus is a six-time Emmy award-winning creator, host, and producer of Sport Science on ESPN. He is also co-founder of BASE Productions and a New York Times bestselling author. He currently hosts his own podcast The Brink of Midnight. He dives into the idea of time and how humans put labels on things that are hard for our brains to comprehend. I really enjoy the way that Josh is able to explain complicated scientific ideas. Learn how to think about the miracle of life in Episode 777. In This Episode You Will Learn: If God and science can mix (1:05) About the probability of life existing (3:00) If there is really a beginning of time (4:05)
Mar 29, 2019
I Was Sexually Abused (How to Heal from Trauma)
YOU'RE ONLY AS SICK AS THE SECRETS YOU KEEP. Five years ago, I made my first post opening up about my childhood sexual abuse. It was the best thing I could have done. My life became a billion times better when I started to share my shame. I was able to sleep through the night. I connected to other people. And I was able to give and receive love. Now I want to help other people experience the same feeling of light, peace, passion, and power that I did when I opened up about my rape. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about how I healed my history of sexual abuse. My life mission is now to help these men free themselves from past trauma. So often they are not given the space or permission to share their vulnerabilities. One in six men has experienced sexual abuse. It’s time to reclaim your life. Be the owner of your life, not the victim of your life. So get ready to learn all about my journey to open up about my past on Episode 776. In This Episode You Will Learn: How breakdowns can lead to breakthroughs (18:30) The moment I opened up about what happened to me (26:00) What has changed since I first shared this story five years ago (35:00) How shame and anger block love (40:00) The reason I’m grateful for my history of sexual abuse (44:00)
Mar 27, 2019
Become Superhuman with Your Potential with Colin O'Brady
THOSE WHO SAY THEY CAN AND THOSE WHO SAY THE CAN'T ARE USUALLY BOTH RIGHT. Any time you try to do something great, there are going to be critics. That’s impossible. That’s crazy. You’ll never be able to do that. But the biggest doubter is often yourself. How can we master our minds and quiet our fears when we are striving for greatness? It’s about pushing past our limits and tapping into a flow state. We are full of limitless potential. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with a man conquered his own doubts to break records that many said were impossible: Colin O’Brady. Colin O'Brady is a professional endurance athlete, motivational speaker, and adventurer. On Dec. 26, 2018, Colin became the first person in history to cross Antarctica solo, unsupported and unaided. It was a 932-mile expedition completed in 54 days. At the end of his expedition across Antarctica, Colin tapped into a flow state that allowed him to finish without stopping. He used mantras and visualization to push past his limits. He now wants to share those tools with you. So get ready to learn how to do the impossible on Episode 775. Some Questions I Ask: Why do you want to do these challenges in the first place? (17:00) How do people push through physical and mental barriers? (20:30) What were you saying to yourself the final 12 hours of your journey? (36:00) How important is the support of your wife, Jenna? (49:00) What’s your mission moving forward? (52:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Colin broke The Explorer’s Grand Slam world record (8:00) How Colin used the “Forrest Gump Effect” (15:30) The mantra that helped Colin get through his toughest journey (27:00) How swimming and meditation can help you get into the “flow state” (29:00) The story of Colin’s burn accident in Thailand (40:00)
Mar 25, 2019
Change the World for Good
REJECT APATHY. There is suffering happening all over the world. We all can do something. Children can be a great example. When you see a kid give up what little allowance they have to help someone else or set up a lemonade stand, you realize that what you’re able to give is enough. We can’t just turn a blind eye. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Scott Harrison where he talked about living a life of giving. Scott Harrison was working as a nightclub promoter in New York when he became “morally bankrupt.” He sold all of his belongings and set sail to Africa in an effort to redeem himself. He returned to New York with one goal: to provide clean water to everyone on earth. Twelve years later, he’s raised over 320 million dollars and provided water to people in 26 countries with his nonprofit charity: water. He may not be driving a fancy car or going on huge vacations, but he is ending suffering for hundreds of people a day. For him, that means so much more. Learn what it takes to change the world for good in Episode 774. In This Episode You Will Learn: The biggest lesson Scott Harrison has learned (1:30) About the children who have gotten involved in solving the water crisis (3:00) About the donor who saved charity: water (5:00)
Mar 22, 2019
Take Your Business to a New Level with the Shark Tank Masters
PRESSURE ALLOWS YOU TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. What makes one business succeed and another fail? The most important element is the entrepreneur. If you watch the show Shark Tank, you know that people get investments from sharks just by being a passionate salesperson. It’s about going all in. So how can we ensure that what we put our time and money into will be unstoppable? We have to learn from the people who are at the top of their game. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined great advice from past conversations with five Shark Tank masters: Barbara Corcoran, Matt Higgins, Daymond John, Sara Blakely, and Kevin Harrington. Shark Tank is a critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning reality show on ABC. Now on its 10th season, Shark Tank continues to inspire a nation to dream bigger and has offered more than $100 million in deals to entrepreneurs. These investors come from some of the top companies in the world. They started from nothing and made their dreams come true. So get ready to learn how to get your business off the ground and make it a force to be reckoned with on Episode 773. In This Episode You Will Learn: The hardest part of getting Spanx off the ground (8:00) How Kevin Harrington's business model has evolved since Shark Tank (15:00) The big things people taught Daymond John about mastering his skills (25:00) What to do when you go all in but fail (29:00) What to do with the profit you make in your business (30:59)
Mar 20, 2019
How to Live a Long Life with Dr. Steven Gundry
DIE YOUNG AT AN OLD AGE. How many fad diets have you tried? There’s a reason that they don’t work. Health and diet are not one-size-fits-all. We all have a special set of genes that tell us what foods we need. But it’s more than your genes. Doctor’s will ask you if you have a history of a disease in your family. That’s because you not only share the same genetic make-up, you probably eat the same way. It’s a combination of the two that will determine your health. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the secret to longevity with one of the world’s top health experts: Dr. Steven Grundy.
Mar 18, 2019
Believe in Your Value
YOUR FALSE HUMILITY IS HURTING YOU. We all can struggle with taking money in return for our services. It’s hard to ask for what you need. My father sold life insurance. He taught me a lot about not being ashamed of selling something that adds value to another person’s life. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with my brother Christian Howes about how artists can set themselves up for financial success. It’s all about knowing your worth. If you are making other people’s lives better or easier, you should be comfortable putting yourself out there as a business. Learn how to believe in your value by using the power of selling in Episode 771. In This Episode You Will Learn: The most important thing that sets people up to make money from their art (1:41) What Christian learned from his dad about selling (2:30) Why you need to know your value (4:10) About the danger of “false humility” (5:25) Follow me on: Instagram @lewishowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook: Lewis Howes
Mar 15, 2019
The Power of Digital Detox with Cal Newport
IT'S TIME TO DIGITALLY DECULTTER. Very few of us have the courage to be alone. When we are quiet and don’t distract ourselves, we have to face hard questions. It can be scary. Instead, we reach for our phones. We might be trying to fill a void, or we might just be addicted. Technology is a lot like processed food. We want more and more, but we’ll never be satisfied. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about focus with someone who has famously never owned a social media account: Cal Newport. Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to academic research, he writes about the intersection of technology and society. He’s particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work or lead satisfying lives. Cal recommends building “fences” around our phones so that we’re not using them mindlessly all day. So get ready to learn more tools to be more focused, present and creative on Episode 770. Some Questions I Ask: What do you recommend for people who are always connected to technology? (10:30) How can we build stronger connections? (18:00) What’s the void that we are trying to fill with social media? (24:00) What’s more addictive: social media or smoking? (32:00) How can you train your children to work at things (54:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to train your focus (2:00) The three benefits from being alone (8:00) Why you need “analog” hobbies (30:00) Why anxiety has risen in younger generations (32:00) The reason Cal recommends 30 days away from technology (43:00)
Mar 13, 2019
DeVon Franklin: Relationships, Love, and Lust
THE TWO THINGS AT WAR IN A MAN ARE LOVE AND LUST. People today are struggling in relationships. With social media, there are so many options. Everything looks fresh and new and interesting. Why would anyone be happy with just one person? But when you’re constantly searching for the next best thing, you feel empty. You lack peace and satisfaction. And you miss out on what life is all about: love. We have to practice discipline in dating in order to give and receive love. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about dating in mastery with an expert on relationships: DeVon Franklin. DeVon Franklin is an award-winning film and TV producer, New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, and spiritual success coach. He’s been interviewed by Oprah, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, Dr. Phil, CNN, and featured in numerous radio, print, and online appearances. DeVon explains how one of the biggest problems in relationships is the lack of honest communication. We need to be open about our feelings about our partners. So get ready to learn how to put love in control of lust on Episode 769. Some Questions I Ask: How do you know when you’re with the right person? (8:00) How do men think beyond sex? (14:00) Do you know many successful men who are dating multiple women? (17:00) How does your wife support you? (36:30) What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced while being married? (41:00) Can you over-communicate in a relationship? (45:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why social media has amplified challenges for men in relationships (4:30) How peace is the strongest barometer of your relationship (12:00) Why women have to get out of the “grey area” when dating (21:00) The reason it’s important to wait to have sex (23:00) Why you have to heal internal pain (49:00)
Mar 11, 2019
Do More Good
DOING MORE FOR OTHERS WILL ACTUALLY HELP YOUR BUSINESS. Sometimes we get stuck after we get some success. I even feel like I’ve hit an income ceiling. How do we get to that next step? There are some mindset hacks that can get you out of a rut. One of them is tying your business to charity. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Josh Bezoni where he shared the importance of having a charitable mission in your company. Josh Bezoni is a nutritionist, best-selling author, leading health entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of BioTrust Nutrition, America’s #1 all-natural and premium e-commerce nutrition brand. Josh and BioTrust have donated over 1.5 million meals for hungry children in need through their partnership with BioTrust donates a nutritious meal to a child for every order placed with the company. He learned the importance of giving back early in life with his family, and it’s a lesson that has served him well in business. Learn why it’s important to tie your sales goals to doing something good in Episode 768. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why giving people an opportunity to donate on your website helps sales go up (2:50) Why you should tie your sales goals to giving back (3:12) How charity work can help with recruiting (3:50) How doing good can help you meet amazing people (4:23) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook: Lewis Howes
Mar 08, 2019
Greg Louganis: Silence the Haters
VALIDATION IS REDUNDANT. As many of you know, I didn’t have friends growing up. I couldn’t read and write until late high school. I was goofy and gangly. I got made fun of all the time. Sports was something I could finally understand. I was able to prove myself by what I could accomplish on the field. But then I placed my self worth in what I could achieve in football. If I lost a game, I felt terrible. If I won, I felt great. It was so unhealthy. We need to be careful where we get our self-worth. Instead of earning it through outside validation, we should get it from the kindness in our heart, the positivity that we bring, and who you are. Learn to have unconditional love for yourself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about self with the greatest diver in history who is also a great person and advocate: Greg Louganis. Greg Louganis is simply the greatest diver in history. Today, as a speaker, author, actor, activist, humanitarian and designer, he continues his tradition of excellence. Greg was the first openly gay diver in history. He is also HIV positive. He now uses his story to empower others. So get ready to learn about the mindset of an Olympic champion on Episode 767. Some Questions I Ask: What was the greatest lesson you learned during the Olympic boycott? (8:00) How would you approach your dives at The Olympics vs. practice? (12:00) What was your first Olympic dive like? (16:00) Were you driven to achieve because you were adopted? (20:00) How do you cope with something like an HIV diagnosis? (40:00) What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your life? (48:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Greg thinks the Olympic boycott may have been a blessing (4:00) Why obstacles in training are important (9:00) How to tap into inspiration as opposed to fear (17:00) About Greg’s experience being HIV positive (35:00) How imagination and visualization can help you succeed despite all odds (39:00) The method Greg uses to teach visualization (1:00:00) Follow me on: Instagram: @lewishowes Twitter: @LewisHowes
Mar 06, 2019
Barbara Corcoran: Success in Business and Life
YOU CAN'T FAKE IT. Finding your career isn’t something you decide in your head. You have to try lots of things. Put yourself in different environments. Pay attention to what makes you happy. Little by little, you’ll find the right path. When you do, you’ll be unstoppable. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about what makes a great entrepreneur with someone who knew she had found her calling once she became a realtor: Barbara Corcoran. Barbara Corcoran is a Real Estate Queen, Shark Tank Shark, and Host of the "Business Unusual" Podcast. Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. Barbara is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent (often invisible to others). She believes that the key to success in business is not the idea but the person. An entrepreneur's passion and drive can make or break a business. So get ready to learn what makes a great entrepreneur on Episode 766. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the angriest you’ve ever been in your life? (11:00) When did you learn to communicate so directly? (24:00) What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being one of ten kids? (26:30) When do you feel the most loved? (30:00) What are the smart industries to go into right now? (45:00) What three questions would you ask a potential buyer? (1:02:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: What type of partnerships are the most successful (19:00) Why guilt is the worst thing for a relationship (23:00) The importance of social media in business (40:00) The two qualities Barbara looks for in an entrepreneur (49:00) What makes Donald Trump a good salesman (57:00) What to do with profit you make in your business (1:11:00)
Mar 04, 2019
Making Healthy Simple
THINK ABOUT YOUR LONG TERM HEALTH. We all want great health. But whose advice are we taking? Often, we jump on the latest diet craze without figuring out if it’s the best thing for us. Your body works differently than anyone else’s. And these fad diets can have serious long term effects on your metabolism. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Yuri Elkaim where he shared how to find the optimum diet for you. Yuri is a New York Times bestselling nutrition author, keynote speaker, trusted health and fitness expert, and leading business coach for other health and fitness professionals committed to growing their business and creating more impact in the world. Yuri simplifies the complex world of health and reduces your confusion with clear, actionable, and science-backed advice that cuts through the nonsense. Yuri suggests finding people who are in your shoes to model your diet after. See what works for people in your same phase of life. Learn how to reach maximum health in Episode 765. In this episode you will learn: Why it’s important to find a workout and diet works best for you (2:00) Why a low-carb diet can hurt your thyroid (3:00) The steps to find the perfect diet for your body type (4:30) How your gender affects your diet (5:00) Plus much more...
Mar 01, 2019
Embrace Your Struggle with Devon Still
IT'S OK TO NOT BE OK. So often we feel like we have to mask what we are going through. We hide our fears. We cover our scars. But the adversity you face makes you a stronger person. You’re not the only one who is battling something. The more vulnerable you can be about what you’re up against, the more other people will be able to support you. It’s going to take a team effort. Don’t let a weak moment become a weak mindset. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with a former NFL player who is now tackling childhood cancer: Devon Still. Devon Still is a professional athlete, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and advocate for childhood cancer awareness. He is also a former Houston Texan’s defensive end, a former Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive tackle, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and a Penn State University All-American. Perhaps most importantly, he is Leah’s dad, helping her publicly “beat up cancer” and embarking on a pediatric cancer-fighting journey. Devon shared that once he opened up about his daughter’s battle with cancer, the more love and connection he felt. He now wants everyone to be vulnerable about the storms they are facing. He also knows the importance of having fun along the way. So get ready to learn Devon’s lessons from the football field and life on Episode 764. Some Questions I Ask: What were the biggest lessons Joe Paterno taught you? (8:00) How have you been able to reinvent yourself after football? (30:00) What’s your mission moving forward? (33:00) What’s your dream for your daughter in the next 15 years? (46:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: What it was like playing for Penn State during the Sandusky Trial (3:00) The importance of visualizing your dreams (12:00) About Devon’s daughter’s battle with cancer (14:00) The biggest lesson Devon learned from football (23:00) Why it’s important to be vulnerable (40:00) How to appreciate the struggles life gives you (47:00)
Feb 27, 2019
A Spiritual Path for Success with Erwin McManus
“WHY” IS NOT AN EVOLUTIONARY QUESTION. Growing up, I had more imaginary friends than real friends. I would play games with myself to keep myself happy. I was very lonely. I felt insecure. But as I got older, I was able to find meaning and purpose. That allowed me to feel connected to the people around me. We need to have hope and meaning. It’s what makes us human. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into why humans are always searching for a “why:” Erwin McManus. Erwin is an iconoclast, artist, and cultural thought leader known for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Mosaic, a Los Angeles based church of faith recognized as one of America’s most influential and innovative churches. Erwin says that people who have false hope are actually better off than people who have no hope. He became the person he is today when stopped using his imagination to hide from the world and started using it to create a better world. So get ready to learn all about man’s search for meaning on Episode 763. Some Questions I Ask: Why do most conservative churches tell people to not express themselves? (7:27) Did you grow up believing in God? (9:00) If love is what we want, why do we suffer so much? (15:30) What does it mean to be alive? (20:00) What questions are you still seeking answers for? (29:00) Why do we care so much about meaning? (39:00) What are your core ideals and do they evolve? (58:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why many churches are stuck in the past (8:00) The thing that sets humans apart from other animals (14:00) How gratitude can help with depression and anxiety (22:00) Why humans need hope and purpose (31:00) Why you need to have a “psychologically diversified portfolio” (45:00) How to take control of your inner world (50:00)
Feb 25, 2019
The Battle between Confidence and Humility
THERE'S A BIGGER STORY. When I started my book tour, people were always asking me, “How are you going to stay humble?” It’s not easy. When you start getting recognition, it can go to your head. But you can’t share your message if you don’t believe in yourself. It’s a balance. You need to be confident but also know that it’s not all about you. You are a part of the story, not the whole thing. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Brad Lomenick where we explore the tension between confidence and humility. Brad Lomenick is a renowned speaker, writer, leadership advisor, and founder of Blinc Consulting. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Catalyst Leader: Eight Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker, as well as his most recent leadership book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle. Brad says that the best leaders all have healthy ambition. Learn how to dance the dance of humility and confidence in Episode 762. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to be confident and humble at the same time (00:50) Why being too humble can be a bad thing (1:30) How gratitude can help you stay humble (2:00) The difference between confident humility and arrogant humility (3:00) Follow me on: Instagram: @lewishowes
Feb 22, 2019
Bubba Watson: Golf Star and Humble Champion
ONCE YOU ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS, YOU HAVE TO CREATE NEW ONES. Do you remember what you dreamed about when you were little? So often, we get what we always wanted, and then we get greedy. We start wanting more money and more recognition. But that stuff doesn’t make you happy. It’s time to get your priorities straight. Remember why you started in the first place. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with one of the best golfers in the world who is grateful just to be able to play: Bubba Watson. Bubba Watson Jr. is a self-taught professional golfer who is a 12-time PGA Tour Champion. Bubba reached a career-high 2nd place in the Official World Golf Ranking. Bubba is a famous golfer, but he feels the most loved when he is serving. The way he gives back to his community and helps others is truly inspiring. He wants to be a hall-of-fame husband and dad. So get ready to learn how to thrive by spinning your negatives into positives on Episode 761. Some Questions I Ask: When did you realize you had talent? (8:00) Did you ever think you would be an Olympian? (16:00) What did adopting kids do for your career? (22:00) Do you think you would be as successful as you are now without your dad passing? (31:30) What’s your biggest flaw? (39:30) When do you feel the most loved? (43:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why golf isn’t about money for Bubba (11:00) About Bubba’s new goal after he accomplished his 10-win PGA Tour goal (15:00) How Bubba’s father’s sickness changed his perspective (28:00) How to spin negatives into positives (35:00) The importance of giving back (48:30) What adoption means to Bubba (53:00)
Feb 20, 2019
Terry Crews on Success, Accountability, and Toxic Masculinity
YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVE. So many of us hide who we truly are. We bury our shame thinking that if anyone knew we would no longer be accepted. But living this way keeps us from connecting with others. It keeps us from truly experiencing life. I kept my history of abuse hidden for a long time. It wasn’t until I told my story that I could become the person I am today. You have to forgive yourself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about shame with a person of great courage and integrity: Terry Crews. Terry Crews is an actor, activist, artist, and former NFL football player. He plays “Terry” on Brooklyn 99 and is now a host on America’s Got Talent. Terry was included among the group of people named as Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2017 for going public with stories of sexual assault. Terry has a powerful way of talking about what it means to be a man. We all can benefit from hearing his story. So get ready to learn all about guilt, shame, and toxic masculinity on Episode 760. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the biggest mistake that was the hardest to forgive yourself for? (5:30) What’s your view on forgiving toxic men? (55:00) How did you learn to forgive yourself? (1:00:00) What do love most about your wife (1:05:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Terry’s history of addiction (14:00) Why men need intimacy (21:00) The three stages of every man’s life (28:00) The difference between shame and guilt (31:00) The definition of toxic masculinity (40:00) About Terry’s #metoo moment (45:00)
Feb 18, 2019
The Power of Guidance
UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU CAME FROM. The way you were raised still has effects on you today. It’s not that you should blame your parents. They did the best they could. But you should be aware of how your current actions reflect the truths you learned growing up. Growing up, my parents were raising four kids and working multiple jobs. I always felt invisible. I know that a lot of what motivates me today stems from those feelings of not being seen. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Alanis Morissette where we talked about the stages of development and how they mold us into the people we are today. Alanis Morissette is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actress. Her album Jagged Little Pill has sold more than 33 million copies globally. She’s also an avid supporter of female empowerment as well as physical and spiritual wellness. Learn about Alanis’ upbringing and how it made her into the person she is today on Episode 759. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Alanis was an overachiever growing up (2:00) How parenting was different 40 years ago (3:00) The stages of development and how significant it is if they are missed (3:30) How inaccurate mirroring from parents can make you not trust yourself (5:00)
Feb 15, 2019
Finding Love and Thriving in Relationships
RELATIONSHIPS ARE OUR GREATEST TEACHER. It’s Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it’s a good time to reflect. You have to get clear on what you want in a partner. Be specific. Otherwise, you’ll keep repeating the same patterns over and over. If you’re dating or married, do you treat that other person with respect? Do you listen to them and value them? Finding the right person isn’t the end of the story. You have to work hard to make that love grow. That’s why, on today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I reflect on what I’ve learned from my past relationships over a coffee conversation with my close friend, Cesar. Cesar and I talk about finding love and thriving in love. I’ve learned a lot over the years because I’ve messed up a lot. Now, I’m sharing what I know with you. Love yourself, love life, and get ready for a special Valentine’s Day relationship tell-all on Episode 758. In This Episode You Will Learn: Who I’ve learned the most from (4:30) Early dating stories from when Cesar and I were roommates (6:00) Three keys to finding love (11:00) Why generalities are keeping you down (33:00) Three steps to thrive in love (40:00) Why you need the courage to end relationships that are no longer working (57:00)
Feb 14, 2019
How the Food Industry Is Feeding You Lies with Vani Hari
STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN. It’s much easier to eat whatever you’re craving without thinking much about it. It takes energy and intention to figure out what’s actually in our food. But making the effort to understand the ingredients we put in our body will help us take our life to the next level. So why is it so hard? The food industry is doing everything they can to keep chemicals in their food in order to increase shelf-life and keep you wanting more. Unless you’re making the effort to eat well, you’ll be convinced by their marketing lies. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with an amazing woman who has bravely taken the giants of the food industry: Vani Hari. Vani Hari aka “The Food Babe” is a New York Times best-selling author, blogger, and activist. She investigates what is really in our food, how is it grown and what chemicals are used in its production. Companies such as Chick-fil-A and Kraft have changed their ingredients based on her campaigns. Vani says that we need to know all the ingredients in our food, we need to know if they’re nutritious, and we need to know where they come from. So get ready to learn about the lies the food industry tells us on Episode 757. Some Questions I Ask: Why does the food industry need so many chemicals? (24:00) How do you know what’s real and what’s fake? (26:30) Is all organic food good? (37:00) What are the standards for ingredients in your company? (42:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Vani’s efforts helped change the ingredients used by big companies (12:00) How Vani dealt with attacks on her character (16:00) The dangers of “Astroturf Campaigns” that try to prevent change (18:00) Why the “coconut oil is bad” headline was a lie (20:00) About the Three Question Detox (30:00) About the “48-hour Toxin Takedown” (36:00)
Feb 11, 2019
Believe in Yourself
YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH THAT YOU'LL FIND A WAY. Do you allow doubt to trickle in? Maybe I won’t make it. Maybe I’m not smart enough. Maybe I’m not the person for the job. Your self-belief has to be airtight if you want to go all the way. It has to be unwavering. Once you believe in yourself authentically, you will get others on board who believe in you, too. You have the power to create a movement. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Aubrey Marcus where explains how champions use self-belief as a tool to win. Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on the holistic health philosophy Total Human Optimization. He regularly provides commentary to outlets like Entrepreneur, Forbes, The Doctors, and The Joe Rogan Experience. He has been featured on the cover of Men’s Health, is the author of the life-coaching course Go For Your Win, and author of the book Own The Day, Own Your Life from HarperCollins. Having self-belief doesn’t mean you’re cocky. It means that you’ve put in the work and you have the mindset to know you will accomplish what you set out to do. Learn why a strong belief in yourself is a key to success in any field in Episode 756. In This Episode You Will Learn: How champions use belief in themselves as a weapon (2:00) The way Conor McGregor uses self-belief to win fights (2:30) How to get your belief in yourself to 100% (5:45) Why politicians don’t use self-belief effectively (7:00) The line between confidence and cockiness (8:00) Follow me on instagram: @lewishowes
Feb 08, 2019
Mastering Your Ego
YOU CAN'T LET YOUR EGO RUN THE SHOW. You might be consumed by your ego and not even know it. It can be a powerful tool or the cause of your downfall. You need to recognize it, be aware of it, laugh at it, and finally work together with your ego to be your best self. Break the bonds of your ego. Otherwise, when will you ever be enough? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve created a mashup on this topic featuring three people who have learned to work with their ego, not for it: Taye Diggs, Ryan Holiday, and Justin Baldoni. Taye Diggs is an actor and singer who is known for his roles on Broadway, TV, and Film. Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as multi-platinum musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. Justin Baldoni is an actor, director, and filmmaker who currently plays Rafael Solano on the award-winning show Jane the Virgin. These men have all experienced success in their careers, but they have to constantly work on keeping a healthy ego so that they do not self-destruct. It’s a daily battle. So get ready to learn what it takes to master your ego on Episode 755. Some Questions I Ask: What are some ways you can practice self-love? (6:00) How does reality help cure the ego? (8:00) What’s your biggest challenge right now? (12:00) Are you afraid of not being relevant? (14:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why knowing that you are enough is so difficult (7:00) Why you need to surround yourself with people who tell you the truth (9:00) The struggle between our lower and higher nature (13:00) How service can help to manage your ego (17:30) How to stop making your good deeds about you (20:00)
Feb 06, 2019
Master Your Heart and Mind with Robin Sharma
SWEAT MORE IN TRAINING SO YOU'LL BLEED LESS IN WAR. The nineties were a difficult time for me. But I believe that I experienced that to give me the motivation to do what I’m doing today. A rich life greatly lived is one that is also filled with challenges. I want you to know that no matter what you’re going through, there is richness on the other side. Take your wounds and turn them into wisdom. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with an incredible human who inspires leaders around the world: Robin Sharma. Robin Sharma is a former lawyer who is now a top leadership expert. His work is embraced by rock stars, royalty, billionaires and many celebrity CEOs. He has sold over 15,000,000 books, and his clients include Starbucks, Nike, GE, The Coca-Cola Company, NASA and Microsoft. Robin says that the most important relationship you have is the one with yourself. Awareness is the key to transformation. You not only need to have the right mindset, you have to have the right heartset, healthset, and soulset, too. So get ready to learn all about the Four Interior Empires on Episode 754. Some Questions I Ask: What has been your biggest test as you grow? (9:00) How do you deal with self-doubt? (16:30) What internal conversation do you have daily? (35:00) When do you feel the most loved? (44:30) What are you most proud of? (47:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: A philosophy for leadership (8:00) The Four Interior Empires (14:00) The 20/20/20 Formula (18:00) Why your critics are actually your spiritual friends (25:00) How providing “10x Value” could be the key to your success (43:00) Learn about Day Stacking and the Ten Rituals of Daily Genius (58:00)
Feb 04, 2019
The Power of Progress
“PROGRESS IS THE SOUL OF THE UNIVERSE.” - DE CHARDIN What do you believe in? We all agree that certain things are wrong. We’re constantly redefining what it means to treat each other with compassion and respect. So what is it that’s inspiring us to change? You might think that it’s random. But maybe there is a force behind it all. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with author, speaker and former pastor Rob Bell where he talked about why he believes in God. Rob Bell is the author of ten books, including the New York Times Bestsellers What We Talk About When We Talk About God, The Zimzum of Love, Love Wins and What Is the Bible?. His podcast, called the RobCast, was named by iTunes Best of 2015. He’s been profiled in the New Yorker, toured with Oprah, and in 2011 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Rob reminds us that moving forward and leaving harmful practices behind is what it means to be human. Reflect with Rob about how far we’ve come and where we need to go in Episode 753. In This Episode You Will Learn: What Rob puts his faith in (2:00) About the changes that are happening in society (2:30) What topics Rob thinks we still need to change as a country (3:30) If Rob believes in God (4:30)
Feb 01, 2019
How to Empower Others with Tererai Trent
UBUNTU: I AM BECAUSE WE ARE, AND, SINCE WE ARE, THEREFORE I AM. What do you do with your dreams? Do you even take time to dream? So many of us are afraid to even admit to ourselves what we really want. But if you write your dreams down, magic happens. You’ll be shocked at how they will make themselves into reality. Write them down. The best kind of dreams, though, are the ones that will help others. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’m sharing an inspiration speech from The Summit of Greatness from a woman who broke the cycle of poverty and returned to better her community: Tererai Trent. Dr. Tererai Trent is one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment. Distinguished as Oprah Winfrey’s “All-Time Favorite Guest,” Tererai is a scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, author, and founder of Tererai Trent International. Tererai wrote down her dreams and buried them in a can in Zimbabwe. She went on to accomplish them all. She visualized her dreams so fully that when she actually experienced them, it gave her a feeling of deja vu. So get ready to learn all about Tererai’s amazing journey from child bride to scholar and how you can achieve your dreams on Episode 752. Some Questions Asked: How do you, as a woman, let your voice be heard every day? (4:18) Where are your children today? (5:41) How can we inspire men to empower women? (6:55) What’s one thing we could all do different? (9:08) How do you continue your mindset? (10:08) In This Episode You Will Learn: How she defied the rules of her people (4:23) When we inspire more men, women are healed (7:22) How to believe in our dreams (9:26) How she focuses her mind on daily rituals (10:56)
Jan 30, 2019
Become an Everyday Millionaire with Chris Hogan
THE AMERICAN DREAM I NOT DEAD. We are conditioned to spend money. We think, “I’ll just get a credit card. I’ll just get a loan. I’ll just pay for it later.” Advertisements tell us to spend, spend, spend. What if, instead, you became allergic to debt. I’m lucky that my father taught me the importance of savings and investing. But I see so many of my friends spend all of their paychecks. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about growing wealth with a personal finance expert: Chris Hogan. Chris Hogan is a best-selling author and America’s leading voice on retirement, investing, and building wealth. His goal is to help as many people as possible avoid financial traps and set their families up for the future. Along with speaking at events across the country, Chris works with business leaders, professional athletes, and entertainers to help them set goals and navigate their financial futures. Chris says that to grow money you need time and compound interest. He never buys anything that he can’t pay for in cash. So get ready to learn how to build extraordinary wealth the slow and steady way on Episode 751. Some Questions I Ask: How do millionaires think differently than non-millionaires? (14:00) How do you manage emotional challenges so they don’t affect your money? (16:00) What’s the difference between getting rich and building wealth? (30:00) How do we get people to be allergic to debt? (36:00) What type of education should people be looking for right now? (40:00) Do you recommend people get a side hustle? (54:00) Should you do a prenup when you get married? (58:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Chris started working with Dave Ramsey (9:00) Two myths about millionaires (12:00) Top three positions of the millionaires Chris studied (13:00) The four people everyone needs in their life (14:00) Chris’ thoughts on cryptocurrencies (26:00) Why automatic investing is the best method for saving (40:00) The four D’s to partnerships (56:00)
Jan 28, 2019
6 Years of Greatness
THE SCHOOL OF GREATNESS IS TURNING SIX. I’ve been hosting The School of Greatness for six years. We’ve done 750 episodes. That’s 750 conversations with inspiring people like Kobe Bryant, Scooter Braun, Maria Sharapova, Tony Robbins, Sarah Blakely, Maria Shriver and more. When I started, I hoped it would reach millions of people. Now the podcast has over 90 million downloads. My life has changed for the better because of The School of Greatness. I hope yours has, too. Anniversaries are a great time to reflect back on how far you’ve come. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I bringing back a conversation with Robert Greene from my first podcast episode ever. Robert Greene is a best-selling author known for talking about strategy, power, and seduction. His books include The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law (with rapper 50 Cent), Mastery, and The Laws of Human Nature. You can hear the sound quality was different back then. That’s because I started out recording episodes on my iPhone! I now have an entire team that supports me and my business. Robert discusses the idea of having the discipline to achieve mastery after finding something you’re passionate about. Interestingly enough, that’s why I started this podcast and why I continue to do it. Thank you for listening and joining me in the pursuit of greatness. Learn about the concept of mastery and see where it all started in Episode 750. In This Episode You Will Learn: What powerful people have in common (3:05) Why Robert Greene wrote a book with 50 Cent (4:35) The secret to 50 Cent’s success (5:52)
Jan 25, 2019
Lindsey Stirling: The Power of Your Truth
WHERE YOUR FOCUS GOES, YOUR ENERGY WILL FLOW. How do you define yourself? Do you use words like “ugly,” “fat,” or “shy?” Social media and advertising like to tell us that we’re not enough. But you don’t have to live by anyone else’s definition-you have the power to create your own. Write your own view of yourself. Right now. Do it. What you believe you will be is what you will become. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’m sharing a powerful presentation from The Summit of Greatness from a musician who redefined a genre and herself: Lindsey Stirling. Lindsey Stirling is a violinist, dancer, performance artist, composer, and singer who presents amazing choreographed violin performances. Stirling was second place on last year’s Dancing With The Stars, has been named Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 In Music, and was a quarter-finalist position on America's Got Talent season five. Billions of people have now watched her videos on YouTube. Lindsey struggled with depression and anorexia. It wasn’t until she decided to change her thought patterns about herself and about her future that became the powerful musician we know today. So get ready to learn how to create your own definition for your life on Episode 749. Some questions asked: How do you have the courage to speak about your faith? (7:30) What did your dad do to encourage you throughout your life? (10:29) How do you handle the pressure? (12:32) In this episode you will learn: How she tells her truth and story (7:48) How her dad is her biggest fan (10:42) The tools she used during recovery (12:57)
Jan 23, 2019
Michael Beckwith: Leave Mediocrity Behind You
WHEREVER YOU ARE IS A NEW TARTING POINT. We often think of pain as bad. Whether you’re going through a breakup, getting let go from a job, or making a big move, the experience is uncomfortable. But you need that feeling to truly make changes in your life. It’s how you can adopt new thought patterns and let go of old habits. Think back on your own challenging experiences and how it affected your outlook. You are the person you are today because something made you want to rise above mediocrity. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the mindset of abundance and the power of pain with the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center: Michael Beckwith. Michael Bernard Beckwith is a minister, author, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a New Thought church with a congregation estimated in excess of 8,000 members. Michael was one of the featured teachers in The Secret and is the originator of the Life Visioning Process, a technique purporting to offer its practitioners a method for putting a stop to being a passive tourist in one's life. Michael knows the power of thought and how it can lead you to the life you’ve always wanted. Once you start asking the empowering questions, the universe will answer you. So get ready to learn how to stay in the flow of life by creating your vision on Episode 748. Some Questions I Ask: What principles is the church Agape founded on? (4:30) What’s been the greatest human challenge in your spiritual journey? (6:00) Why do you think we are here? (21:00) What’s something you procrastinated too long on? (32:00) Why do we block the abundance of love? (47:00) What is the root of racism? (51:00) What questions should you ask when you start dating? (1:00:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to deal with the people who tear you down (13:00) Why it’s important to transcend the ego (19:00) The practices of mediocrity (25:00) The questions Michael asks every morning (37:00) About Michael’s spiritual awakening (42:00) How to deal with people who have different beliefs than you (55:00)
Jan 21, 2019
The Abundance Mindset
YOU ARE A CULMINATION OF ALL YOUR DECISIONS. We can blame our circumstances on our upbringing, on our partners, even on the government. But the truth is, you’ve signed up for your life experience. Everything happening in your life is a direct response to your actions. You have to let go of the belief systems that are holding you back. They might have served you in the past, but they are keeping you where you are. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Lisa Nichols where she shared how she developed an abundance mindset that took her from being a single mom on welfare to a millionaire entrepreneur. Lisa Nichols is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, is the best-selling author of seven books, and is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Motivating the Masses, Inc. Changing the way we look at the world can be scary and painful. But it will make the difference between accomplishing your dreams or not. It’s time to give blood, sweat, and tears. Learn how to develop an abundance mindset no matter how uncomfortable it makes you in Episode 747. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to get rid of your old belief systems (3:00) The book that affected Lisa the most (3:30) The cost of an abundance mindset (4:00) How Lisa started learning about business (5:00)
Jan 18, 2019
Jay Shetty: Small Changes for Lasting Results
WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPRESS? We are constantly trying to be what we’re not. We’re trying to look like someone else, perform like someone else, or spend our time in ways that make other people happy. This is an exhausting way to live. Like Einstein says, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” You are the most powerful when you’re tapped into what makes you unique. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’m sharing a Summit of Greatness presentation from a former monk and master storyteller: Jay Shetty. Jay Shetty is an award-winning host, storyteller and viral content creator. Since launching his video channel in 2016, Jay’s viral wisdom videos have garnered over 1 billion views and gained over 3 million followers globally. He explains the three lies that people tell us and why it’s much more important to listen to your opinions than anyone else’s. If you take the time to write, reflect, and learn about yourself, you can learn to celebrate what makes you great. No one will be able to hold you back once you do. So get ready to learn about passion, pain, and purpose on Episode 746. Some Questions Asked: How do you figure out what “you are?” (7:08) How do you help people with ADD focus? (8:25) What’s your advice for people who are struggling with their past? (13:17) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to look at small incremental changes (8:47) How healing others’ physical pain and help your mental pain (10:00) The power of journaling (14:07)
Jan 16, 2019
Defining Masculinity and Its Power with Jason Wilson
EMOTIONS ARE GREAT SERVANTS, BUT POOR MASTERS. So many men are hurting, and then hurting others. People don’t want to hear that. But men feel like they’re emotional prisoners. They are committing suicide at much higher rates. They are the ones performing mass shootings. They are reacting in violence. We have to allow men ways to process their past and to express their emotions in order to become the people they are meant to be. It’s not important to “be a man,” it’s important to be human. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the definition of masculinity with a man whose mission is to mentor boys: Jason Wilson. Detroit’s Jason Wilson is a husband and father of two, and the founder and head instructor of the Cave of Adullam Transformational Training Academy, also known as CATTA. In 2015, he received the Campaign for Black Male Achievement Innovation Accelerator Award. In 2016, Wilson received the President's Volunteer Service Award in Washington D.C. Wilson has also been a guest on The Dr. Oz Show where he discussed his Emotional Stability Training® approach. In 2016, Wilson was a presenter at the White House for the My Brother's Keeper Showcase presented by then-President Barack Obama. What Jason is doing so needed in the world. Like Frederick Douglass said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” So get ready to learn how to heal past trauma, rule your emotions, and “man down” on Episode 745. Some Questions I Ask: When did you realize your life was full of trauma? (16:00) What should a man do if he expresses a hurt side of himself and he gets ridiculed by his partner? (24:00) How do you rule your emotions? (39:00) What’s your biggest insecurity? (45:00) What’s your biggest insecurity about being a father? (49:00) What should define us as men? (57:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why men need to operate in the fullness of who they are (27:00) The first steps to take to process past trauma (30:00) How men can be better lovers to their partners (38:00) About Jason’s training academy (42:00) The best way women can support men in processing trauma (52:00) Why it’s important for men to cry (55:00)
Jan 14, 2019
How to Find a Business You Love
RISE AND GRIND. You have to give yourself permission to follow your dreams. You might think, “People like me don’t don’t do that,” “I’m not ready,” or “There’s no way for e to succeed.” But no one is going to tell you that you can. You have to know that for yourself. It’s so important. Your belief in yourself is the difference between success and failure. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the creator of Fubu, Daymond John, where he shared how he realized that he could be a fashion designer. Daymond John is the star of one of my favorite shows, Shark Tank, and is a bestselling author with a new book called The Power of Broke. He’s a self-made multimillionaire with over $4 billion in global product sales. Daymond used to think that clothing was designed by old people in Italy who wore measuring tape around their neck. It wasn’t until he saw Karl Kani’s line that he realized that he could do it, too. Do you have self-limiting beliefs that are holding you back from pursuing your dreams? Learn how to make money doing something you’re passionate about (no matter where you come from) in Episode 744. In This Episode You Will Learn: Daymond’s age when he sold his first item of clothing (1:00) What gave Daymond his belief in himself (2:00) The story of the beginning of FUBU (3:00) About Daymond’s very first business (4:00)
Jan 11, 2019
Amy Purdy: How to Be Your Best Self
IF YOUR LIFE WAS A BOOK, HOW WOULD YOU WANT YOUR STORY TO GO? Whatever it is that you want to do in this new year- declare it. Tell everyone. One of the scariest things you can do is to admit your goals. What if you fail? But saying your intentions out loud allows the universe and those around you to make them a reality. Holding yourself accountable to what you really want won’t be easy, but it will force you to dig deep. No one knows this better than my guest on today’s special episode of The School of Greatness. I’m sharing a speech from this year’s Summit of Greatness with an inspirational athlete and author: Amy Purdy. Amy Purdy is a para-snowboarder, motivational speaker, clothing designer and New York Times bestselling author. She is a 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, 2018 Paralympics silver medalist, and co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports. In 2013, She was named one of the top 15 most marketable para-athletes in the world by the International Olympic Committee. Amy has competed on CBS’s The Amazing Race and ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, eventually becoming the show’s runner-up. Amy used a tragedy that took her feet to push her to the next level. She teaches us to use obstacles not as a reason stop but as a springboard to new ideas. So get ready to learn how to write your own story on Episode 743. Some Questions Asked: What message would you give to other disabled people? (10:26) What’s next? (15:28) How did you become such a great speaker? (17:34) What do you do to stay motivated? (22:43) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to use what you have (11:57) How Amy is aware of her time (14:07) Why it’s important to tell stories that make you feel vulnerable (19:00) The power of intention (23:40) And much more... Follow me on instagram @lewishowes Follow me on twitter @lewishowes
Jan 09, 2019
Ben Shapiro: Problem-Solving in Life and Business
DON'T LET "POTENTIAL" BE WRITTEN ON YOUR TOMBSTONE. About ten years ago when I was playing professional football, I got injured. I ended up on my sister’s couch. I felt bad for myself and thought that there should be a way for people like me to get help. Then I realized- what if I could solve this problem? It was that experience that led me into the work I do today. One of the reasons I don’t follow politics is because I want to focus on overcoming our own challenges. That’s why I’m so interested in my guest on today’s episode of The School of Greatness: Ben Shapiro. Ben Shapiro is editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show," the top conservative podcast in the nation. Ben is the New York Times bestselling author of seven nonfiction books and is constantly featured on major newspapers and websites. Ben believes that people need to look within when they have a problem. He’s more interested in root values than debating specific issues. He ruffles a lot of feathers and I don’t agree with everything he says, but I still think you’re going to enjoy this one. So get ready to learn about going from victimhood to a powerful mindset on Episode 742. Some Questions I Ask: Why are you so passionate about your message? (3:00) How do you avoid judging people you disagree with (6:00) Who was the most influential person in your life growing up? (17:00) What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from your mom? (35:00) What’s your most proud moment growing up? (57:30) What is your purpose moving forward? (1:15:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to debate effectively (8:00) The difference between rights and duties (28:00) The four things humans need to be happy (38:00) About Ben’s challenging upbringing (50:00) About the importance of authenticity (1:00:00)
Jan 07, 2019
How to Be a True Billionaire
POSITIVELY IMPACT THE WORLD AROUND YOU. If you were to ask my grandfather what a billionaire is, he would tell you it’s someone with a billion dollars. Today, that definition has changed - even by Forbes standard. Now a true billionaire is someone who impacts a billion lives. The value of money is declining, and in order to have true value in this world you need to add positivity to the world. It’s so much easier today than ever, especially in the digital age. To dive into this more, I revisited a conversation I had with Jason Silva for this Five Minute Friday. Jason Silva is a media artist, futurist, philosopher, keynote speaker, and tv personality. He is the creator of Shots of All, a short film series of trailers for the mind that serve as philosophical espresso shots exploring innovation, technology, creativity, futurism, and metaphysics of the imagination. He is also the Emmy nominated host of National Geographic’s channel, hit TV series, Brain Games, which airs in over 100 countries. Learn what it means to be human today on Episode 741. In This Episode You Will Learn: What it means to be human today (1:02) The Extended Mind Thesis (2:13) What three questions everyone should ask themselves (4:19)
Jan 04, 2019
The Secret to Happiness
LET HAPPINESS HAPPEN. Are you waiting to be happy? Maybe you’re waiting until you reach your goal weight, you get that car, or you get that promotion. What if I told you that your happiness is not going to be there when you get those things? You might feel a rush for a moment, but it won’t last. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I created a mashup on happiness with quotes from Marisa Peer, Rich Roll, Trent Shelton, Brooke Ence, James Clear, Rachel Hollis, Shaun T, and Susan David. All of these people agree that happiness cannot be found in things or achievement. It’s within your power RIGHT NOW to be happy. Happiness is not something you search for. It’s something you choose. What are you waiting for? Get ready to learn all about happiness from some of the greatest minds in the world on Episode 740. Some questions I ask: Where does happiness come from and how to you get to that place? (0:59) What exactly is happiness? (4:00) How do you achieve the mental state of happiness? (5:16) Does happiness only come from within? (9:49) In This Episode You Will Learn: How being present can help you be happy (5:02) Actionable steps to happiness (5:38) The thing most people aren’t taught about happiness (6:38) Why you need to focus on the relationship with yourself (7:14)
Jan 02, 2019
My Biggest Wins and Losses of the Year
CREATE GOLD OUT OF DIRT. It’s the end of another year. You have to take time to reflect. Celebrate your wins. Embrace your losses. If you don’t, you’ll miss out on an amazing opportunity. You have the power to mold your ideas into reality every single moment of your life. Growing up, I never wanted to lose. But it wasn’t until I learned to reframe the loss as a lesson that I was able to really get to the next level. You alone are responsible for your life. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with you about my wins and losses from the last year. I share how, this year, I chose to invest in myself. I partnered with people of the highest level to help my social media, my voice, my nutrition and more. The results were incredible. I also talk about struggling with saying “no” in the past year and how I failed to be upfront in my partnerships and relationships. Everything I’ve done has lead me here. And I couldn’t have done it without you. So learn how to celebrate your wins and reframe your losses on Episode 739. In This Episode You Will Learn: The healthiest way to look at your mistakes (2:00) My wins from 2018 (7:00) The things I’ve had to say “no” to in 2018 (21:00) Why it’s important to partner with people at the highest level (23:00) The proudest moment of my life (30:00) The lessons I learned this year (34:00) Follow me on instagram: @lewishowes
Dec 31, 2018
The Fundamentals of Nutrition
THERE'S ALWAYS A PRICE TO PAY. I’ve got a huge sweet tooth. I’d love to eat candy all day. But I know that what we put into our body will affect what we can get out of it. If you want to achieve greatness in your health, you have to keep finding what works and tweak it. You need to approach nutrition the same way you approach business or athletics.Keep refining until you get to the next level. Diet is so important. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Dr. Peter Osborne where he shared how what we eat affects every aspect of our lives. Dr. Peter Osborne is the clinical director of Origins Health Care in Sugar Land, Texas. He is a Doctor of pastoral science, and a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist. Often times referred to as “The Gluten Free Warrior,” he is one of the most sought-after alternative and nutritional experts in the world. He says that you can cheat on your diet, but if you look at it like getting 6/7 on a test score, you’re only getting a “B.” I think we can all do better than that. Learn how your diet is affecting your health in major ways in Episode 738. In This Episode You Will Learn: The three fundamental rules of nutrition (1:00) How long it takes to find out if your diet is causing you pain (2:30) If you can have a cheat day (4:00) The relationship between food and death (6:00)
Dec 28, 2018
Defy Regret and Break Your Limits with Bronnie Ware
LIVE WITHOUT REGRET. I am going to die. You are going to die. It’s a fact that we can’t escape. Even though it can be hard to talk about, it will help you live a better life if you have the courage to accept it. You might spend more time with the people you love, say how you were actually feeling, or go after that dream. In the end, the key to life might actually be death. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of accepting death with an inspiring woman who spent 8 years working with the dying: Bronnie Ware. Bronnie Ware is a teacher of courage and regret-free living. Having sat by the bedsides of the terminally ill for several years, she knows the pain of dying with regret. She has written three books: The Top Five Regrets of Dying, Your Year for Change, and Bloom. Bronnie says that the way to have more inner peace is to be kinder to yourself. We have to be willing to let more joy in. If you’re doing your best, you’re doing enough. So get ready to learn about the top regrets of the dying and how you can live a more fulfilling life on Episode 737. Some Questions I Ask: Why don’t we allow ourselves to be happy? (16:00) If there were a sixth regret of the dying, what would it be? (18:00) How can you learn how to receive? (20:00) Why did you want to write a new book? (28:00) How do you handle having an autoimmune disease? (32:00) Who were the most courageous people you worked with? (38:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The top five regrets of the dying (8:15) Why it’s important to use death as a tool for life (12:30) Bronnie’s journey through depression (23:00) The importance of leaving space (30:00) How to allow more joy in your life (36:00) How to find inner peace (39:00)
Dec 26, 2018
Blake Mycoskie: TOMS Shoes Founder on Changing Business and the World
THE MORE YOU GIVE, THE MORE YOU LIVE. You need to have a why. Why are you hustling every day? Why are you pushing yourself? Why are you sacrificing? If you have a purpose, you’ll have the passion you need to follow through. There is nothing more powerful. And it’s become a necessity- in today’s world, it’s difficult to be a successful entrepreneur unless you are connected to a greater good and you communicate that with others. Storytelling can be your greatest tool. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about creating business with purpose with the creator of the One for One® model: Blake Mycoskie. Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, which has provided over 86 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006. TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 600,000 people since 2011 and TOMS Roasting Company has helped provide over 600,000 weeks of safe water since launching in 2014. In 2015, TOMS Bag Collection was founded with the mission to help provide training for skilled birth attendants and distribute birth kits containing items that help a woman safely deliver her baby. As of 2016, TOMS has supported safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers. Before TOMS, Blake, a native of Texas who always had an entrepreneurial spirit, started five businesses. His first was a successful campus laundry service, which he later sold. Between business ventures, Blake competed in the CBS primetime series, The Amazing Race. With his sister, Paige, Blake traveled the world and came within minutes of winning the $1 million dollar grand prize. Blake is an avid reader and traveler. He is passionate about inspiring young people to help make tomorrow better, encouraging them to include giving in everything they do. His hope is to see a future full of social-minded businesses and consumers. Blake is passionate about using commerce to make money while creating social good. He says that people want to help others, they just need to be given the opportunity. He says that it’s important to connect in a way that lets the customer be the hero. So get ready to learn why it’s powerful to connect people’s wants and needs on Episode 736. Some Questions I Ask: What was your original inspiration for doing a buy one give one model? (2:00) Do you think a business can thrive with one story? (9:30) How do you stay inspired? (11:00) If you were going to create a new business in a new space, what would it be? (19:00) What is the biggest challenge you face? (26:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How storytelling can help your business (5:00) Why modern business has to have a purpose (15:00) How you can use critique to your benefit (21:30) Using the concept of “essentialism” to plan your time (28:00) Why Blake is passionate about gun reform (35:00) The one thing entrepreneurs need to stay passionate (49:00)
Dec 24, 2018
Stop Overthinking and Start Doing
DON'T LET PERFECT BE THE ENEMY OF GOOD. We can talk ourselves out of almost anything. “I’m not good enough.” “I’m not ready.” “I don’t have all the skills.” But what if you just took the plunge? What if you risked things not being “perfect” and put yourself out there? You might fail, but you’ll learn a lot more than if you had never shown your project to the world. It’s like I always say- the biggest risk takers are the most interesting. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the entrepreneur Gunnar Lovelace who is passionate about telling people that it’s ok to make mistakes. Growing up poor with a single mom left Gunnar with a burning desire to create wealth to do good. As a result, he is a five-time serial entrepreneur focused on social impact at scale (people, planet + profit). Gunnar is the founder and CSO of Thrive Market, which offers organic groceries online at wholesale prices nationally. It has raised $200 million and grown to seven million users and 700 employees in three years. Gunnar shares that part of the reason he is so successful is that he didn’t know everything when he started. He says that you need to get in the driver’s seat instead of overthinking. Learn how to battle your perfectionism and dive into your dreams in Episode 735. In This Episode You Will Learn: What Gunnar tells his entrepreneurial friends (1:30) Why it’s important to make mistakes (2:00) How to use fear as a teacher (3:00) Why you need real market feedback (4:00)
Dec 21, 2018
The Mindset and Discipline to Build a Brand and Business
Have you celebrated where you are today? It’s important to have big goals. It’s important to have high standards. But you also need to acknowledge all you’ve done. Life isn’t only about the grind. It’s also about joy. This is a lesson I’ve had to learn through the years, and I believe it’s a key to my success. You have to enjoy every step along the way. I share this thought and many more on this special episode of The School of Greatness where I invited the winners of the Inspiring Life Contest from around the world to join me in the studio. This past year, we held a contest on our Facebook Watch show, Inspiring Life. Those winners got a bunch of prizes including getting flown out to CA for an interview on the podcast. Amanda Michel from Dubai, Jackie Morey from Seattle, Pete Kotzbach from Redondo Beach, Julie Richard from New Brunswick, Canada, and Kelsey Ruger joined me for a live Q&A. They asked me questions on how I’ve created The School of Greatness, what makes a good interview, and my goals for the future. I also share some behind-the-scenes information on the podcast. Get ready to hear me answer questions from you, the listeners, on Episode 734. Some Questions They Ask: How did you start reaching out to people for your podcast? (5:30) How did you build up to live events? (11:00) At what point did you start to think of yourself as successful? (16:00) At what point did people start asking to come on your podcast? (21:00) When you started, did you feel that people supported you? (41:00) Who do you look up to? (46:00) How far out do you set your goals? (1:05:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The importance of celebrating wins (18:00) Why you have to come from joy (20:00) The questions I ask every interviewee before we record (33:00) How to surround yourself with the right people (42:00) The lesson that took me six years to learn (43:00) About the interviews I felt didn’t go well (52:00) How The School of Greatness evolved into what it is today (55:00) How I map out the year to accomplish my goals (1:06:00) How I met my girlfriend (1:14:00)
Dec 19, 2018
The World’s Greatest Athlete: Katrín Davíðsdóttir
There’s hard work, and then there’s HARD WORK. Some people may be smarter than you. They may have more resources at their disposal. They might even have more natural talent. But the one thing you can do is WORK HARD. You can only control a certain number of factors. As long as you focus on those, you will become the best version of yourself. When you get to the end, you need to know that you did everything you could to accomplish your goal. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with an athlete who works tirelessly to be the fittest woman in the world: Katrín Davíðsdóttir. Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir is an Icelandic CrossFit athlete known for her four appearances at the CrossFit Games. She is the women's champion of the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games, becoming the second woman to win twice. Katrin didn’t become Olympic gymnast like she originally wanted. But she went on to become a world-renowned CrossFit champion. You can’t always be anything you want, but you can be all that you are. So get ready to learn all about what goes into becoming the Fittest Woman on Earth on Episode 733. Some Questions I Ask: Where do you think you’d be if you had qualified for the games in 2014? (22:00) What does it take to be the best in the world? (23:15) Do you ever take a day off? (24:00) What’s your biggest physical weakness right now? (25:00) What about your mindset do you think still needs work? (43:00) Do you think intimate partnerships support someone’s drive to be the best in the world or could it hold you back? (48:30) What are your thoughts on body image and femininity? (51:30) What’s the biggest lesson your grandmother taught you (55:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why not qualifying for the CrossFit Games was the best thing to happen to Katrin (6:00) What Katrin would do if she wasn’t an athlete (23:00) About the concept of balance when pursuing your goals (24:00) Katrin’s hardest workout (42:00) The three lessons Katrin’s coach has taught her (56:30) Katrin’s greatest fear (59:00) What caused Katrin to be someone who works hard (1:04:30)
Dec 17, 2018
The Power of Erotic Intelligence with Esther Perel
“COMMITTED SEX IS PREMEDITATED SEX.” - ESTHER PEREL Let’s talk about sex. So often, we blame our lack of romance on our partner. We’ll say, “He or she just isn’t doing it for me anymore.” But what if it’s your responsibility to make sure that you’re keeping the passion alive? If you are truly living your fullest life, you will create desire. Take ownership. That’s why, for this week’s Five Minute Friday, I want to share this conversation I had with world-renowned relationship expert Esther Perel who knows the key to making monogamous relationships successful. Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel is the New York Times bestselling author of The State of Affairs and Mating in Captivity. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and she is also the host of the popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther says that it’s not the other person who turns you on or off. You turn yourself on by making sure you are connected to what lights you up. Learn how investing in yourself and pursuing your life force will help you want monogamy on Episode 723. In This Episode You Will Learn: The definition of “desire” (00:45) What makes someone want to be monogamous (1:30) What the biggest turn on is (2:10) How to experience love and desire at the same time (2:55) How to keep sex erotic (4:00).
Dec 14, 2018
Mindset of Becoming World Champion with Sasha Digiulian
“PASSION IS THE NUMBER ONE INGREDIENT TO SUCCEEDING IN ANYTHING.” Are you governed by fear? If so, it’s time to figure out if what you’re scared of is real or imaginary. What if there really isn’t anything to be afraid of? You might have some setbacks or “fall,” but at the end of the day you’ll be fine. In the face of stress, you can get overwhelmed by negative emotions, or you can look forward. You can instead focus on the task ahead. It’s all about your mindset. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about fear with a champion climber who has learned to be mental tough by constantly pushing her limits: Sasha Digiulian. Sasha Digiulian first began climbing at 6 years old, in 1998. She has won the World Championships for Female Overall and has placed Silver in the Bouldering World Championships, as well as Bronze in the Duel. Sasha has been the undefeated Panamerican Champion 2004 to the present, and she is a three-time US National Champion. Outdoors, Sasha is the first North American woman to climb the grade 9a, 5.14d, recognized as one of the hardest sport climbs achieved by a female. She has done two. Sasha was the third woman in the world to accomplish this grade. Additionally, she has onsighted multiple 8b+’s, 5.14a’s, ascended groundbreaking multi-pitch routes of up to 1000 feet of 8c climbing, and has accomplished multiple First Ascents and 28 First Female Ascents around the world, including a First Female Ascent on the North Face of the Eiger. Sasha has learned to trust the process and the universe in order to quiet her anxiety. She says that the only way to get up a mountain is to think positively. She’ll find herself saying, “Just go, just go, just go” when she’s in a tough spot. So get ready to learn how to have the mindset of a champion risk-taker on Episode 731. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the highest mountain you’ve climbed? (20:00) How do you stay focused while climbing? (23:30) Are there more men or women in climbing? (27:00) How do you manage stress levels? (32:00) What’s your thought process during a climb? (46:00) What did you learn from your father’s death? (1:00:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The difference between speed climbing, bouldering, and sport climbing (11:00) How Sasha got started in climbing (12:00) The largest distance Sasha has fallen (17:00) About Sasha’s scariest climb (34:00) The mantras that Sasha says while climbing (48:00) The three things Sasha’s parents taught her (53:00) The reason why sleep is so important (1:06:00)
Dec 12, 2018
Love, Intimacy, and Relationships
MARRIAGE ISN'T THE PROBLEM - MARRYING THE WRONG PERSON IS. We all want connection. We all want an amazing, sexy, supportive romantic relationship. So why is it so hard to find the person who can fill that position? Most often, it’s not other people that are the problem- it’s ourselves. We have so much hurt from our past that we haven’t worked through that keeps us from experience true connection with someone else. Hurt people hurt people. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I discuss what is keeping people from accepting love and why marriages fail with an incredible relationship guru: Stephan Labossiere. Stephan Labossiere a.k.a Stephan Speaks is a certified relationship coach, speaker, and author. From understanding the opposite sex to navigating the paths and avoiding the pitfalls of relationships and self-growth, Stephan's relationship advice and insight help countless individuals achieve an authentically amazing life. Seen, heard and chronicled in national and international media outlets including; the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Examiner, ABC, and Huffington Post Live, to name a few. To coin a phrase by an individual who attended one of his speaking engagements, "he's definitely the relationship guy, all relationships all the time." Stephan talks about how important it is to heal before you get into a relationship. Otherwise, you’re going to be projecting your past hurt onto your partner. He says that the most important part of every relationship is connection. Connection will bring chemistry. So get ready to learn all about the things that make a romantic relationship last on Episode 730. Some Questions I Ask: Who runs away from relationships that have potential more? Men or Women? (15:00) What makes you an expert on relationships? (19:00) What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned in a relationship? (22:00) What are the key things people should be looking for in a partner? (24:00) How often should we be talking about our sexual needs? (35:00) How do you manifest “the one?” (42:00) When someone feels like they have found “the one,” what are the conversations they should have to know it’s the right decision? (49:00) How do you know when you should end a relationship? (1:08:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The number one thing holding people back from successful relationships (10:00) Why men ruin relationships more than women (18:00) How abstinence helped Stephan see things more clearly (20:00) The things that every great relationship needs (23:00) About the “Who Hurt Me” List (39:00) The attitude many women have that pushes men away (44:00) The truth about open relationships (58:00) The one thing that Stephan wishes men knew about women (1:13:00)
Dec 10, 2018
Investing In Your Future
IT'S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW. You know how people always say, “There’s power in your peer group?” That’s only half the story. Sometimes you have to buy your way into growth. There are plenty of successful people who want to help you. You just have to create an environment where they can. Sometimes, you have to pay for the knowledge and connections of the leaders in your field. It’s the same way you set yourself up for success with fitness, with education, and with goal-setting: you invest in learning. For this Five Minute Friday, the incredible Brendon Burchard shares why investing in a Mastermind is the way to get to the next level. Brendon Burchard is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, Life’s Golden Ticket, and The Millionaire Messenger. He was on the cover of SUCCESS magazine in October 2017 and is included in Oprah’s Super Soul 100. When he started out his career, Brendan didn’t have a positive network. He had to make his own. By “buying his way in,” he got connected with influential people who could open doors for him. Learn how to create structures in which people can support you in Episode 729. In This Episode You Will Learn: What a Mastermind is (1:30) About Brendan’s upbringing and how he got connected (2:00) The three benefits of a Mastermind group (3:45) Why it’s worthwhile to invest in your future (4:30)
Dec 07, 2018
The Power of Masterminds
ACCELERATE YOUR LEARNING CURVE. Are you taking advantage of the knowledge of the smartest people in your field? If not, you are denying yourself an abundance of information. You need consistent accountability at the highest level. You need inspiration from inspiring peers. And you need to be a part of something that is coaching you to play bigger. Some might call it an accountability group. In the business industry, we call these groups “Masterminds.” It’s a dynamic that you miss out on when you only do one-on-one coaching. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I do a special solo episode where I explain how joining a Mastermind group has changed my life and how it can change yours. “You need to constantly clear your mind and be open to new opportunities.” - Lewis Howes I coach my own group called the Greatness Mastermind. If you’re making seven figures, you eligible to join. You don’t want to join a group that will keep you at the same level or where you’re the smartest person in the room. You have to be inspired by the community of people you join. So get ready to learn all about getting access to influential people by joining a Mastermind on Episode 728. In This Episode You Will Learn: The one thing I would do differently if I started over again (2:00) Why you should be looking for a Mastermind (2:40) About the first Mastermind I was a part of (6:00) 6 Keys to finding a mastermind (12:45) About my mastermind (22:00)
Dec 05, 2018
Business Growth and Raising Money with Matt Higgins
STOP PLAYING SMALL. So often we are afraid to go all in. Whether it’s in a relationship, in business, or in an investment, the fear of failure keeps us from fully committing. What a mistake. I’ve had to learn to love failure. I have to consciously tell my brain, “You’re going to fail. And it’s going to be ok.” Take the leap. Make the commitment. Dare to take a stand. If we’re not failing, we are staying too safe. And you won’t grow unless you are constantly making yourself uncomfortable. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into the idea of going all in when the time is right with one of the most successful investors in the world: Matt Higgins. Matt Higgins is a proven operator, investor and business builder with a knack for helping founders at pivotal growth moments achieve breakout success. He serves as CEO of RSE Ventures, a private firm that incubates and invests in companies across sports and entertainment, food and lifestyle, media and marketing, and technology. Higgins co-founded RSE with Miami Dolphins owner, Stephen M. Ross, the most prominent private developer in the U.S. and a serial entrepreneur. Together Higgins and Ross have helped build enterprises from scratch, including the largest privately owned soccer tournament in the world (International Champions Cup) and leading brand strategy and communications agency Derris. Matt didn’t graduate from high school. He came from a humble beginning but never let that hold him back from getting where he is today. He says that when you do things your own way and you start with a blank page, it’s going to be a lonely journey. You have to trust yourself and be careful about the advice that you take. So get ready to learn what makes Matt a great investor and why certain businesses are winners on Episode 727. Some Questions I Ask: How did you start this business-building fund? (7:00) What are the characteristics of the people you invest in that made them stand out? (9:45) If the product is average but the person is incredible, can there be a massive business? (19:00) What’s the biggest lesson your mom taught you? (44:00) What’s your greatest fear? (46:00) What’s the thing you’re most proud of? (53:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The two things you need to be a great business leader (10:00) The question Matt asks himself before he invests in a company (12:00) The story of Matt’s first investment (14:00) Matt’s advice for people who are playing small (22:00) Matt’s biggest regrets in business (23:00) What do you do when you go all in but then you fail? (24:00) About Matt’s surprising backstory (31:00) The one thing Matt thought about when he was diagnosed with cancer (51:00)
Dec 03, 2018
Believing in Yourself
WHAT YOU SAY TO YOURSELF MATTERS. The more you say things, the more you believe them. You have to tell yourself you will succeed. Write it down every day. Say it looking in the mirror. People may look at you like you’re crazy. But the more you say it, the more they’ll start to believe it, too. You will not get to where you want to go if you don’t believe in yourself. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I’m sharing a conversation I had with Logan Paul whose strong belief in himself started in high school. Logan Paul has achieved so much in such a short amount of time. He is a 23 year-old actor and internet star who started out making videos on Vine and now has an amazing 18.6 million subscribers on YouTube. He also has roles in the films The Thinning and The Space Between Us. Logan says that having specific goals and working harder than everyone else has given him an edge over his peers. Learn how having a positive mindset can help you achieve enormous success in Episode 726. In This Episode You Will Learn: The hardest scene Logan has filmed (1:00) How working out gives Logan an edge (2:00) The mantra that Logan says every morning and night (3:00) How The Secret helped Logan Paul (4:00) The non-negotiable things Logan does that separates him from his peers (5:30) How working out at night can benefit you (6:00)
Nov 30, 2018
How to Transform Your Life with Shaun T
TRANSFORMATION IS A ROLLER COASTER. It’s that time a year where a lot of us commit to making changes in our lives. But sticking with resolutions is hard. Very few of us are consistently committed to ourselves. It is not easy. We have to think of new habits like a roller coaster. We’re building momentum to making the change. But then the roller coaster goes down. The dip is normal. When you’re feeling low, you have to know that you will climb back up. You have the forward motion to make it happen. To talk about this journey of transformation, I wanted to share a special presentation and Q+A from this year’s Summit of Greatness with an inspirational icon: Shaun T. Shaun T is a world-renowned health and fitness expert, TV host, motivator and creator of the best-selling fitness programs INSANITY, HIP HOP ABS, FOCUS T25, INSANITY MAX:30, CIZE and newly released SHAUN WEEK. He has hosted several primetime TV series and shared the stage with Adam Lambert and Val Kilmer in the musical version of the Ten Commandments, as well as landing roles in Pippin, Applause, Six Feet Under and the feature film Beauty Shop. A native of New Jersey, Shaun T received a BS in Sports Science and a minor in Theater and Dance from Rowan University. He’s danced with Mariah Carey as well as Aaron and Nick Carter, and choreographed for USTA’s Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the NCAA Final Four Halftime Show and the movie Bring it on: All or Nothing. Shaun talks about the phases that we go through when we try and succeed. He shares the superpowers that you have to get in touch with to withstand the roller coaster of chasing a goal. So get ready to learn how to unleash your seven superpowers on Episode 725. Some Questions Asked: What stories need to be told? (7:55) Who do you prepare yourself for the low? (11:06) How do you encourage people to stop hiding the things they’re uncomfortable with? (12:46) How do you go bananas but balance your life? (16:12) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the “secret backpack” that has tools for your life (8:12) Listen to what people are saying their biggest pain (9:57) What are your needs and wants now (11:48) Why you have to have a mirror moment every day (17:40)
Nov 28, 2018
Do What You Love with Mike Holston: The Real Tarzann
DO THE UNEXPECTED. Do you go the easy route? The expected route? Or do you find your own path that compliments your unique passions? Finding your own way takes inner strength. You won’t be able to do it without believing in yourself. It takes a special person to defy expectations and break into a new field. People will doubt you when you do something unexpected. That’s a given. It’s how you respond when people try to dissuade you will determine if you’re successful or not. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with an unlikely zookeeper who is known online as The Real Tarzann: Mike Holston. Mike Holsten is a 24 year-old zookeeper at Mario Tabrue’s Zoological Wildlife Foundation. He recently did a collaboration with Will Smith and has over four million followers on Instagram. Mike says that working hard, believing in yourself, and prayer will help you be successful against any odds. So get ready to learn how The Real Tarzann came to be on Episode 724. Some Questions I Ask: How many animals do you have right now? (16:00) How many times have you been bitten or stung? (22:30) Why is important to see someone who looks like you doing what you do? (28:30) What was the first job you had that paid you to work with animals? (33:00) What’s the most endangered animal? (38:00) What has being around animals taught you about humans? (39:00) What has changed since Will Smith posted about you? (51:00) What has kept you motivated to pursue this dream? (53:00) Do you eat meat? (1:03:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The biggest thing Cesar Millan taught Mike (14:00) Why some species get along with each other (19:00) The best pet Mike has (20:00) About the time Mike swam with sharks (24:00) If Mike thinks that wild animals should be left in the wild (35:30) The story of how Will Smith found Mike (47:00) What Mike did to get out of his depression (49:00)
Nov 26, 2018
Give to Receive
“You have a right to your actions, but never to your actions’ fruits.” - Bhagavad Gita It’s a time of year where we focus on giving. We give gifts, we give back to our communities, and we give to charities. So what does it mean to give? And why is it important? Giving is not just a nice thing to do, it’s critical to your wellbeing. We are all connected- the more you give to others, the more you help yourself. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited an amazing conversation I had with Russell Simons where he shared how the practice of giving has made him incredibly prosperous. Russell Simmons is an American entrepreneur, record producer, yogi, and author. He co-founded Def Jam Recordings and created the fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. He is also the founder of Rush Communications. Russell is one of the richest men in Hip Hop, but he didn’t get there by hoarding all of his wealth. He’s learned that the more he makes the world better, the more his own world is improved. He makes the point that good givers are great getters, but you have to give fully without the expectation that it will benefit you. Learn more about Russell Simmons background and why his practice of philanthropy is key to his success in Episode 723. In This Episode You Will Learn: How black entrepreneurs are inspired by their street experiences (1:30) How integration destroyed the fabric of black communities (3:00) Why Russell loves to empower new artists (4:00) Why Russell chooses to give back (5:00) How giving will help you receive (5:30)
Nov 23, 2018
Mindset and Persuasion with Derren Brown
WHAT STORY ARE YOU TELLING YOURSELF? Whatever it is, you’re creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. You’re projecting your story onto everyone around you without even realizing it. That’s why mentalists are so successful- they suggest a story to you that you accept as true. Whatever your way of thinking, it doesn’t have to stay that way. You can be free of your own story. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with someone who changed his own way of thinking to become an incredible illusionist and mentalist: Derren Brown. Derren Brown uses magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship to create series and specials on stage and television. He’s won two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and has also written books for magicians as well as the general public. He doesn’t use his skills to deceive others for his own benefit. Instead, his acts are often designed to expose the methods of faith healers and mediums. So get ready to learn why humans are so easily persuaded on Episode 722. Some Questions I Ask: Do you believe there are mediums who can see into another realm? (25:54) What is your greatest superpower? (27:46) When you meet people, what goes through your mind first? (30:02) Did you used to have a bigger ego? (38:05) Why did you get into magic? (39:27) Do you have any regrets? (47:11) How can we rewire our minds? (1:02:37) In This Episode You Will Learn: The two ways faith healers deceive (19:56) Why it’s important to make peace with the parts of you that aren’t “right” (46:06) The effects of coming out as gay later in life (48:46) The three main fears people have (55:27) The importance of accepting yourself (59:44)
Nov 21, 2018
Charlamagne Tha God on Success, Anxiety, and Mental Health
TAKING CARE OF MENTAL HEALTH IS POWERFUL, NOT WEAK. It’s time to open up. No matter what you’re dealing with, you’re not alone. There is nothing shameful about having anxiety. Think about this acronym for FEAR- you either Fear Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The more you confront the things in your past you don’t want to do with, the more you’ll be able to move forward. So, are you going to run from your fear, or face it? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about anxiety and PTSD with a man who has become an unofficial mental health advocate: Charlamagne the God. New York Times Best-Selling Author Charlamagne Tha God is best known for being co-host of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program The Breakfast Club. He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World; and co-host of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots. Charlamagne says that refining his life’s mission and examining his past helped him take control of his anxiety. Don’t allow anxiety or depression to cause you to keep suffering. Learn about Charlamagne The God’s mental health struggles and what he did to restart his life on Episode 721. Some Questions I Ask: What are the tools you’ve learned in the last year to deal with anxiety? (12:55) What was your first job? (17:57) When was the moment that you realized you made it in radio? (20:17) Why did you get fired from your radio jobs? (20:47) How do you manage working with other big personalities? (37:45) What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from doing radio? (38:52) What’s your mission moving forward in using your platform? (42:48) What’s your biggest fear? (51:38) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Charlamagne decided to go to therapy (5:47) Charlmagne’s experience in the prison system (16:49) How Charlamagne’s radio career started (19:20) How Breakfast Club changed Charlamagne’s life (35:55) What made Charlamagne change his life mission (44:02) How keeping a journal of the things that cause anxiety can help (48:15) How to have healthy boundaries on social media (55:44)
Nov 19, 2018
The Gift of Acknowledgment
EMPOWER OTHERS TO SHINE. How often to tell the people around you what you love about them? Sometimes it feels easier to criticize. But this isn’t the path to creating an amazing team. Even if it’s uncomfortable to tell people what they’re doing right, it’s important. Like everything else, it’s a practice. Practice acknowledging others, and own the acknowledgment given to you. You’ll be amazed by how it changes your life. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Chris Lee where he shared his strategies for empowering the people around you to shine by acknowledging their greatness. Chris Lee has spent the last 27 years leading powerful Leadership Seminars around the world. A pioneer in emotional intelligence, Chris Lee has trained and developed people at the top of their game such as Olympic athletes, Fortune 500 Business leaders, celebrities and individuals with a desire to elevate themselves. Chris Lee also serves as a collaborator on TV and radio shows for Univision and The Fox Network. Chris says that great leaders are star makers. They make everyone around them better. Learn why it’s important to practice appreciation for the people around you and to receive gifts of praise on Episode 720. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to acknowledge the people around you (1:00) What to do if you feel uncomfortable acknowledging someone (2:30) How to receive acknowledgment (3:00) The seven strategies to empower the people around you to shine (3:30)
Nov 16, 2018
LeAnn Rimes on Music, Meditation, and Mindfulness
TRUE SELF-LOVE IS THE KEY TO LIFE. Are you insecure and in resistance to yourself? It’s such an exhausting way to live. Instead of feelings of self-hatred, start to view everything you don’t like about yourself as a gift. Why? Because once you start to love yourself, you can begin to love others. It sounds like a cliche. But it’s the truth. Self-love is a truly powerful practice. When we start to work on our inside, the outside starts to fix itself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with someone who has dealt with stardom from a young age and is learning to love herself fully: LeAnn Rimes. LeAnn Rimes is a Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and author. Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of her version of the Bill Mack song “Blue.” Her hit song “How Do I Live” was ranked as the most successful song of the 1990s by Billboard magazine. LeAnn has gone through a very public divorce and has opened up about her struggle with psoriasis and dental problems. She talks about all the trauma she experienced and how she started to work through it using chanting, meditation, and breathwork. So get ready to learn about LeAnn’s journey to focus less on pleasing those around her and find her own voice on Episode 719. Some Questions I Ask: What was your biggest challenge? (7:50) When did you start to go through your trauma? (13:31) What were the stories that your mind told you that supported your journey and what made you suffer? (20:25) What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from your failed marriage? (42:05) Have you been able to heal your experience with your parents? (47:15) How do you overcome the pressure of staying relevant? (49:40) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to use self-awareness as a tool to grow (18:42) Why your greatest competition is yourself (23:48) LeAnn’s struggle with Psoriasis (24:29) The daily practice you can do to love your body (27:57) How working with a breathwork teacher changed Leann’s life (32:39) Why gratitude is the key (34:37) How loving yourself can help you love others (48:36) How LeAnn stays in touch with her creativity (54:26)
Nov 14, 2018
Building Human Connection in a Digital World with Dan Schawbel
HUMAN CONNECTION IS THE MOST POWERFUL. We have thousands of “friends” on social media. But how many people could you actually call in a time of need? Technology is becoming a larger and larger part of our life, but it’s causing us to be more isolated. We have to work hard to continue to build actual human connections. Otherwise, life has no meaning. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about all the ways that technology is affecting us in the workplace with a friend who has done tons of research on the subject: Dan Schawbel. Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, Fortune 500 consultant, TV personality, keynote speaker, career and workplace expert & startup advisor. His mission in life is to support his generation from student to CEO. Dan says that we have to use technology to create more face-to-face interactions. The more people form relationships at work, the more collaborative and happy they will be. So get ready to learn how to create more connection in the workplace and in life on Episode 718. Some questions I ask: Why don’t people build better relationships at work? (13:59) What do you think every work environment should have? (18:33) What is the ideal workweek? (27:27) Why is it hard to find good people to hire? (34:14) What could you be doing better at in your company? (37:56) How do you deal with employees who are entitled? (40:37) In this episode you will learn: Why it’s important to have a good work environment (13:05) Why companies should have therapists in-house (17:25) What you should have everyone do in a meeting (19:24) Why you should hire for personality (23:17) How AI is going to affect the workplace in the future (24:05) The four things everyone is looking for in a job (29:20) The number one way to have a healthier work environment (36:29)
Nov 12, 2018
Love Yourself Authentically
YOUR NEED FOR CONTROL CAN HURT YOU INSTEAD OF HELP YOU. A mental disorder is like an unhealthy relationship. You have to love yourself enough to know that you deserve better. Otherwise, you’re depriving yourself of living a full, abundant life. But it’s not easy. Admitting that you or someone you know is struggling with an eating or mental disorder is scary. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I brought back a powerful conversation I had with Lindsey Stirling where she shared her journey to overcome her eating disorder. Linsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, which has over 11 million subscribers. Lindsey’s memoir The Only Pirate At The Party is a New York Times bestseller. She has been named in Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 In Music: The Class Of 2015 and was a quarter-finalist in America’s Got Talent Season 5. Lindsey says that she combatted her disordered thinking with logic and “coached” her mom on the best ways to communicate with her. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental disorder, help is available. Learn more ways that Lindsey learned to retrain her brain and helped the people around her know how to support her journey to overcome her eating disorder in Episode 717. In This Episode You Will Learn: When Lindsey realized her eating disorder was an issue (1:14) How Lindsey’s disorder affected her relationships (1:50) The gameplan Lindsey created to overcome her disorder (3:30) The best way to support a friend who is struggling (4:00) How you can retrain your brain (5:00)
Nov 09, 2018
Build a Purpose Driven Business, Education, and Life with WeWork Co-Founder Rebekah Neumann
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SUPERPOWERS. All of us have superpowers. They are the things that come easily to us. You have to find your superpower and then use it to change the world. Why is it so important? Because once you are coming from a place of passion, the rest will follow. People who lead with a desire for money or fame won’t have the same impact. It’s all about your intention. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with an amazing entrepreneur and mother who has honed in on her superpowers and helps others find theirs: Rebekah Neumann. Rebekah Neumann is a founding partner and Chief Brand Officer at WeWork, where she has directed the company’s mission, values, and culture from its inception. As an artist, entrepreneur, and yogi, Neumann has also worked as an equity trader for Solomon Smith Barnet, gained certification as a Jivamukti yoga teacher and acted in and produced a number of film projects. Neumann majored in Business and studied Buddhism at Cornell University. Mother to five children, she is committed to creating a conscious educational community that fosters growth in children’s minds, bodies, and souls, unleashing endless happiness, global citizenship, and every child’s superpowers. Rebekah has now created WeGrow as a new approach to childhood education. She’s hoping to consciously and authentically help the planet through her work using her superpower of intuition. So get ready to get in touch with your superpowers on Episode 716. Some Questions I Ask: Do you ever hate anything? (13:47) Who came up with the name “WeWork?” (14:54) What inspired you to start a different type of school? (24:24) What are you the proudest of? (33:07) How do you emotionally handle your business taking off? (40:38) Why is WeWork taking off? (42:26) In This Episode You Will Learn: Rebekah’s superpower (11:43) Why anger isn’t a helpful emotion (19:46) The biggest thing Rebekah is working on (21:20) Rebekah’s innovative approach to early education (26:01) How Rebekah used career setbacks to find her true passion (31:50) Why it’s important to be constantly changing (44:06) Follow Guest: WeWork Website: WeGrow Website: Don't forget to follow me on Instagram: @lewishowes or
Nov 07, 2018
Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds with David Goggins
CHOOSE THE PATH OF MOST RESISTANCE. Do you avoid challenging yourself? If you do, you’re cheating yourself of reaching your full potential. There is so much you can learn through pain. But we want to avoid it. We want to stay in our comfort zone. Growth, though, is found in the discomfort zone. You have to have the courage to face sickness, disappointment, and discomfort. That’s why I’m so excited to share this conversation I had with someone who has mastered the art of using pain as a way to better himself: David Goggins. David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL and is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), the U.S. Army Ranger School (where he graduated as Enlisted Honor Man) and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. David is indisputably one of the world’s best endurance athletes. He has completed over 60 endurance races, regularly placing in the top five and taken home first place several times. David says that if don’t give yourself a way out, your body will figure out a way to persevere. We are capable of so much more than we know. Mental toughness isn’t a class, it’s a lifestyle. Learn how to change your outlook on the “bad things” that happen to you and to be excited about what you can learn through hardship on Episode 715. Some Questions I Ask: What was the hardest obstacle to overcome growing up? (16:53) What was the greatest lesson your mom taught you? (25:04) When someone’s lacking confidence, how can they gain more? (33:37) What’s your biggest insecurity? (36:21) Do you have any fears today? (1:11:52) What’s the greatest lesson your father taught you? (1:26:50) In This Episode You Will Learn: What made David apply for the Military (23:04) What David believes the key to life is (35:44) Why getting sick was the best thing that ever happened to David (37:43) About the 40 Percent Rule (38:49) How to retrain your mind when you want to seek comfort (41:10) What haunts David the most (47:33) The importance of long-term gratification (1:04:20) Why you need to be quiet with yourself to succeed (1:11:08) David’s morning routine (1:17:18)
Nov 05, 2018
Use Food to Heal Your Body
IT'S TIME TO GET THE ROOT OF YOUR HEALTH PROBLEMS. Are you constantly feeling like crap? You don’t need to live like that. The food that you put in your body has a lot to do with how well you function. Your body is incredible in how it can heal itself when you change your habits. Not only do we need to work on our personal health, but we also need to be aware of how our country’s policies affect our nation’s health. That’s why I’m sharing part of a conversation I had with a leading health expert who is working to transform the healthcare system: Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. Mark Hyman is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author. He is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. Dr. Hyman says that the science of healthy eating is the same no matter what eating program you follow. The important thing is to implement a practical, sustainable nutrition plan that will help restore your body. Learn how you can be more in control of what you put into your body and how the healthcare system in America should change on Episode 714. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to go from sick to well (1:30) Why 21 days is all you need to reset your body (2:15) About the IFLC (I Feel Like Crap) Quiz and how it can help you eat healthier (3:30) What Dr. Hyman believes is causing our socioeconomic problems (4:10) The American policies that Dr. Hyman wants to change (4:45) Why it’s so important to teach nutrition in school (6:30)
Nov 02, 2018
Master the Laws of Human Nature with Robert Greene
THE KEY TO LIFE IS RELATIONSHIPS. Life’s an enrollment game. You’re either signing people up or pushing them away. The more you can learn about how the human mind works, the more you can be aware of how your actions influence others. It’s so much more than just the words that you speak. The energy that you bring into a room and the attitude you have towards life has a huge effect on the people around you. That’s why I’m so excited to share this conversation I had with an expert on human nature and the art of seduction: Robert Greene. Robert Greene is an American author and speaker known for his books on strategy, power, and seduction. He has written five international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, and The 50th Law and Mastery. Robert says that you have to understand human nature in order to get people to follow you. He argues that how you interact with others determines how far you will get in life. Are you enrolling people in your vision? Or are you showing up in a way that doesn’t make people want to say yes to you? Learn how to take responsibility for the energy you put out into the world and harness the power of body language on Episode 713. Some Questions I Ask: What is your biggest insecurity? (11:38) Is there value in detaching from our emotions? (12:51) How do we understand the strength of someone’s character? (20:28) How do we break harmful patterns? (24:10) What are ways we sabotage ourselves? (28:17) What does it mean to “infect people with the proper mood”? (45:36) How do you make people want to follow you? (1:16:33) In This Episode You Will Learn: How self-doubt can actually help you (13:42) The most important thing to think about when hiring someone (21:06) What it means to have strength of character (22:11) How the Pygmalion Effect can help you succeed (31:51) How to become a Master Persuader (36:13) The key to becoming a better listener (37:14) The importance of body language (43:35) What makes someone a successful seducer (48:57) The number one need that humans have (56:17) How to find your passion (1:15:05)
Oct 31, 2018
Money Habits: How to Create a Rich Life with Ramit Sethi
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR MONEY, TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. Talking about money can be hard. Most people would rather talk about dying than money. It’s important to come up with a game plan. When you get organized with your finances, the stress starts to go away. Both high earners and people struggling with debt both need to be educated about money management. It’s not as complicated as you think. That’s why I’m excited to share this interview with a money guru who helped me get out of debt when I was younger: Rami Sathi. Ramit Sethi is a New York Times bestselling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich and founder of He studied technology and psychology at Stanford and has helped over a million people live a “Rich Life.” Ramit shares tools and strategies to make the most out of your money no matter how much you make. He argues that you can buy as many lattes as you want and still be financially successful by focusing on the bigger picture. Listen to Episode 712 to what to do with your money if you’re a high earner and how to develop a plan if you make less than 150K. This episode is for everybody. Some Questions I Ask: How do high earners manage their money? (8:50) What are the three things high earners should invest in? (21:30) Should you worry about the market going up or down? (25:50) What should you do with an extra million dollars lying around? (28:30) What about real estate? (31:20) How do you teach people to overcome the fear of wasting money on rent? (38:00) Where can you find a personal CFO? (43:00) Who are the mega-earners that you learn from? (44:00) Why is it hard for us to talk about money? (45:15) In This Episode You Will Learn: The three biggest questions high earners ask (10:30) About the D to C Principle (12:30) The different “money dials” that people use (15:00) The incorrect assumption people make about high earners (20:00) The mistake entrepreneurs often make (21:00) Why you should spend 5% of your money on “fun investments” (25:00) Why everyone should invest in Dollar-Cost Averaging (27:00) Why Ramit chooses to rent instead of buy (33:50) About the Ladder of Personal Finance (49:00)
Oct 29, 2018
Become a Marketing Master Through Storytelling
MARKETING IS MORE THAN A LOGO. If your struggling in an area of your life, it could be due to marketing. Marketing isn’t just important in your business. It’s in every area of your life. Everything you do is designed to attract or repel others. The way that you’re telling your story and selling yourself has a lot to do with who is willing to get on board. That’s why I wanted to bring back a conversation I had on The School of Greatness with a master marketer: Joe Polish. Joe Polish is the founder of Genius Network® and co-founder of the popular podcast Joe’s marketing expertise has been utilized to build thousands of businesses and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients, ranging from large corporations to small family-owned businesses. Joe has helped raise over $3 million for Virgin Unite, Sir Richard Branson’s foundation. His current passion projects include,, and Joe’s mission is to help change the global conversation surrounding addiction and addicts from one of judgement to one of compassion. Joe makes the point that marketing is something you have to learn. It’s all about setting people up to be interested in what you’re offering so that you don’t have to rely on talking them into it. Learn the importance of creating your story in order to market your business and your life on Episode 711. In This Episode You Will Learn: The difference between selling and marketing (1:00) The importance of “positioning” (1:30) The two reasons businesses don’t have success (1:50) The best tool Apple uses in marketing (4:50) The number one question is all customers’ minds (5:30)
Oct 26, 2018
Discipline Yourself for Greatness with Eric Thomas
ROCK BOTTOM IS JUST THE BEGINNING. Look at where you are right now. Are you at the bottom? Are you at a plateau but feel like you’re not moving? Everything you’ve done so far is the foundation for where you’re going next. It’s never too late. You never have too much stacked against you. That’s why I’m so grateful to share a Q+A from this year’s Summit of Greatness with a good friend and powerful speaker: Eric Thomas the Hip Hop Teacher. Eric Thomas AKA “ET the Hip Hop Teacher,” is a critically acclaimed author, speaker, educator, pastor, and Audie Awards Finalist. As CEO of his Consulting Firm, ETA LLC., Eric has led his team through the doors of dozens of reputable organizations and Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Quicken Loans, AT&T, Nike, Under Armour, New Balance, and UPS. He has also consulted for major Universities and the major sports teams within the MLB, NBA, NFL, and MLS. He was formerly homeless on the streets of Detroit but went on to get his Ph.D. Eric is an example that no matter where you are right now, you can still accomplish your dreams. This is just the beginning. So get ready to learn how Eric got to the next level and lives to the fullest on Episode 710. Some questions I ask: What was your biggest quitting point? (6:10) Do you have to lose sleep to succeed? (11:26) How have you been able to deliver teachings to your son when you didn’t have the best example yourself? (16:18) In this episode you'll learn: How to be more motivated (7:55) What to do when you’ve lost your faith (10:25) About Hustling vs. Self Care (12:00) How to grind to accomplish your goals (13:00) Why you should do something uncomfortable every day (14:00) The importance of your social circle (16:50)
Oct 24, 2018
The Secret to Self Worth with Alicia Silverstone
SOMETIME SAVING SOMEONE ELSE WILL SAVE YOU. Even the most successful people can struggle with self-esteem. You won’t be able to share your gifts with the world if you don’t feel worthy. Often, finding a cause we believe in can cause us to figure out who we are and what we stand for. Be empowered to make a choice you believe in. That’s why I am so grateful to share a conversation I had with an actress who has found meaning by taking a stand on Animal Rights: Alicia Silverstone. Alicia Silverstone is an actress, entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and animal rights advocate. She’s started acting at an early age. She is known for starring as Cher in the comedy hit Clueless, and Batgirl in Batman and Robin, and she currently stars in the TV show American Woman. She’s written The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet and The Kind Mamma. In 2004, Alicia was named PETA's "Sexiest Female Vegetarian.” Alicia shared how becoming famous at such a young age challenged her and caused her to find a cause about which she was passionate. Learn about Alicia Silverstone’s personal journey of self-worth and hear about her new endeavors on Episode 709. Some Questions I Ask: What was your biggest challenge after Clueless? (5:17) Did your self-esteem increase after you made decisions about your diet? (12:54) If you could only do one, which would you choose: acting or spreading your message? (26:30) How were you able to handle all the fame? (35:13) How did you learn about business? (41:37) How do we cultivate our intuition? (53:09) In This Episode You Will Learn: How cleaning up her diet changed Alicia’s life (6:00) What the Kind Diet is (11:00) Why “Hollywood Diets” don’t work (12:15) What Alicia believes is the root of the world’s problems (19:50) The biggest lesson Alicia’s son has taught her (28:29) About Attachment Parenting (29:37) How breathwork changed Alicia’s life (54:23)
Oct 22, 2018
How to Break Your Addiction
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS. In football, we had systems for exercise, nutrition, plays, and practice. If the system worked, we won championships. The same works for addiction. You have to have a system in place to help you overcome it. You can’t just hope that you’ll make the right decision when you’re faced with it. It all starts in the morning. Meditation, gratitude, and breathing can help you get in the right mindset. Program your day. We all have addictions we want to end. That’s why I’m sharing some key points from a conversation I had with the co-author of the book The 30-Day Sobriety Solution: How to Cut Back or Quit Drinking in the Privacy of Your Own Home: Jack Canfield. Jack Canfield is an award-winning speaker and an internationally recognized leader in personal development and peak performance strategies. He is the creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and author of over 150 books. In 2014, SUCCESS magazine named him “One of the Most Influential Leaders in Personal Growth and Achievement.” Jack tells us that some of the systems that we have in place to fight addiction may not be working as well as we’d like. Learn how to conquer your addictions on Episode 708. In This Episode You Will Learn: The problem with rehab (00:50) Why a systematic approach to sobriety is much more effective than rehab (2:30) Jack's step by step visualization to do every morning while working on breaking an addiction (3:20) What “decision fatigue” is (4:10) How gratitude can help you fight addiction (6:00)
Oct 19, 2018
How Champions Win
FIND THE WINNING BALANCE. You hear so often that people get to the top of the mountain and realize that the summit isn’t the answer. To be a champion, you have to know that there is so much more to success than a final outcome. If you focus on the goal without being connected to your joy and larger purpose, you will get burnt out. But when you’re coming from a place of passion, the results will fall into place. To explore this topic further, I gathered parts of conversations with four world-class champions who’ve visited The School of Greatness in the past: Julianne Hough, Ray Lewis, Shawn Johnson, and Novak Djokovic. Julianne Hough is a two-time winner of ABC’s Dancing with Stars and now sits as a judge on the show. She’s one an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography and has appeared in many movies and TV productions like Footloose (2011) and Grease Live on Fox. Ray Lewis is a former NFL linebacker. He is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Super Bowl MVP and played his entire 17-year career with the Baltimore Ravens. Shawn Johnson is a gymnast who won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics for balance beam and a silver medal in floor exercise and all-around. She’s also a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist. Novak Djokovic is a Serbian tennis player is currently ranked third in men’s singles. He’s won 14 Grand Slam singles titles and four Wimbledon titles among many more. These athletes have achieved the immense success in their fields and have all realized that being the best is not enough of an end goal to give them purpose. So learn how these champions get in the mindset to win on Episode 707. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why being content won’t ruin your drive (10:30) What Ray Lewis learned from joining ESPN (13:40) Why Ray Lewis thinks he was able to play football for so long (14:10) What people can do to win even if they get second (14:56) What helped Novac Djokovic get through a breakdown (21:04)
Oct 17, 2018
Embracing Death, Making Music, and Finding Purpose with Mike Posner
WORK ON YOURSELF FIRST, THEN SHARE YOUR LIGHT. Every athlete needs an offseason. They need time to train in different ways to strengthen their mind and body for a new year. The more you work on yourself, the more you’ll be able to give. Give your mind, your heart, and your soul the nurturing it needs to grow. That’s why I was so excited to speak with an artist who is on a journey to find inner peace in order to share his gifts: Mike Posner. Mike Posner is a singer-songwriter, poet, and record producer. Mike has co-written amazing hit songs like “Sugar” by Maroon 5, “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber, and “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth. His debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff includes the US Billboard Hot 100 singles “Cooler than Me” and “Please Don’t Go.” His 2017 book Tear Drops & Balloons is his first book of poetry. Mike has been through a lot of loss in recent years, and he uses it all to make music and poetry. Learn about Mike Posner’s journey and hear some of his new songs on Episode 706. Some Questions I Ask: What got you into songwriting? (6:10) Where do your melodies come from? (7:35) Did things change for you overnight after your big hit? (9:15) What makes a song really go big? (15:46) What’s the biggest struggle for an artist that has a hit? (18:30) Who is your personal favorite greatest musician? (21:36) What is the biggest lesson your dad taught you? (30:02) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Mike’s struggle with depression (18:46) What makes a song a hit (24:35) What the death of loved ones taught Mike (27:01) What keeps artists happy when they’re not touring (44:10) How Mike uses meditation to be more present (45:05)
Oct 15, 2018
The Power of Meditation
MEDITATION WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Why do we set aside time to take care of our bodies, but not our minds? You need to work out your mental health just as often as you work out your physical health. Meditation is basically a bicep curl for your brain. When you meditate, you’re training your brain to come back to the present moment over and over again. It’s scientifically proven to alter your brain waves. That’s why I’m revisiting a conversation I had with someone whose life was changed by meditation: Dan Harris. Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story and Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book. Dan found meditation after suffering an on-air panic attack. Now he works to make meditation accessible for everyone. Learn how meditation helped Dan and why he thinks it’s health’s next big thing in Episode 705. In This Episode You Will Learn: The crazy thing Dan Harris did (00:50) The hardest part of a 10-day meditation (1:10) The happiest Dan has ever been (2:20) Why mediation helps (3:00) About the next big public health revolution (3:40)
Oct 12, 2018
The Power of Building Influential Relationships
YOUR CONNECTIONS WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. The biggest challenge I see is that most people don’t have support groups. You will not get to where you want to go without the help of those who know more than you. Find people who won’t just take from you. Find people who will help you build your dreams. That’s why, for this episode of School of Greatness, I put together a networking mashup. Here are three excerpts from previous interviews with three people whose careers have been made through networking: Keith Ferrazzi, Bozoma Saint John, and Scooter Braun. Keith Ferrazzi is a two-time NYT bestselling author including Never Eat Alone, which has become a staple among networking books. His firm coaches the very top companies and individuals in how to practice vulnerability and emotional intelligence to create and develop powerful relationships. Bozama Saint John is the marketing mastermind behind brands such as Pepsi and Beats by Dre. She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor after leaving Uber in June of 2018. She grew up in Africa, went to an ivy-league school, and has overcome a lot in her life. Scooter Braun is a talent manager, investor, and philanthropist who represent artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West and more. At the age of 20 he became an agent. In 2013, he was on the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Scooter co-organized the March for Our Lives, the demonstration for stricter gun laws, in 2018. These three people know that relationships are the key to success. You don’t have to do everything on your own. Don’t let fear of asking for help hold you back from networking and accomplishing your goals. Learn how relationships can help you get where you want to go on Episode 704.
Oct 10, 2018
What We Need Most to Change the World with Dr. Alaa Murabit
EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE. For my whole life, everything has been a competition. You either win, or you lose. I wasn’t intentionally trying to hurt people, but I wanted to be a winner. It wasn’t until I was 30 years old that I learned a better way to live: win/win. It transformed my life. I started looking for ways that I could succeed while allowing the people around me to succeed, too. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together. The idea of creating win/win situations has been mastered by my guest on today’s episode: Dr. Alaa Murabit. Dr. Alaa Murabit attended medical school at the age of 15 and was named one of Forbes 30 under 30, an Aspen Institute Spotlight Scholar, and one of Canada’s 30x30. She is one of the UN’s 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. She was recently appointed the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, LLC which provides leadership in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and more. Dr. Murabit champions women's participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. She approaches conflict in a way that humanizes both sides: by first finding common ground. She is helping everyone in the world understand that when women succeed, everyone succeeds. It’s good for the economy, it’s good for the government, and it’s even good for the environment. Learn how Dr. Murabit mediates the most difficult scenarios and helps women obtain an education, reproductive rights, and health in Episode 703.
Oct 08, 2018
Change Your Mind about Failure
“ANYTHING CAN BE TAUGHT, BUT YOU CAN ONLY GO SO FAR WITHOUT NATURAL TALENT.” Everyone thinks they can be a great entrepreneur. But is that what you’re best at? If a rabbit is trying hard to be a frog, it may make a decent frog. But it would be a much better rabbit. To be successful, you have to combine your natural talent with hard work. Even the most dedicated football player can’t make it to the NFL without innate skill. That’s why I’m revisiting a conversation I had with a person who was born to be an entrepreneur and who has spent his life pursuing it: the legendary Gary Vaynerchuck. Gary Vaynerchuck is CEO of the full-service advertising agency VaynerMedia and is a venture capitalist who has invested in companies like Snapchat, Birchbox, Venmo, and Uber. He’s a 5-time New York Times bestselling author and a sought-after public speaker. Gary makes the argument just putting in the time and energy it might not be enough to make a successful business. Learn how to deal with failure in entrepreneurship on Episode 702. In This Episode You Will Learn: What you need to be a successful entrepreneur (1:30) The thing you need to be okay with when you’re an entrepreneur (2:30) How to find out what you’re naturally best at (3:10) What to ask the five people closest to you (3:40)
Oct 05, 2018
Success Habits: The Proven Way to Achieve Your Dreams with James Clear
HABITS ARE THE FOUNDATION FOR MASTERY. When I lived in Columbus, I knew that I wanted to make a lot of money. So I took my TV out of my apartment. If I wanted to watch a game, I went to a sports bar. If I wanted a break, I would go to the movies. I changed my environment to help me reach my goals. Habits will only work if you create a world that makes them easy. If you have a pinched water hose and you want more water to come out, you can either create more water pressure or straighten the hose. Which one do you think is easier? Habits will make or break you. That’s why I really enjoyed talking with my guest today who is an expert on habits: James Clear. James Clear is an author, photographer, and entrepreneur. He writes about habits by combining scientific research (the why) with practical application (the how). James tells us that our habits are influenced by our tribe and our environment. He says the people who seem like they have the most self-control are the least tempted. Learn how to make lifestyle changes that last on Episode 701.
Oct 03, 2018
Scott Harrison: Live with Purpose or You’ll Live with Regret
DO NOT BE AFRAID OF WORK THAT HAS NO END. A life of ego is so unfulfilling. We can get caught up in the comparison game: who has the most money, the bigger house, the best car. It’s never-ending. At the end of the day, what kind of legacy does that leave? If we can have a cause that is greater than ourselves, we can find purpose. That’s why I’m so excited to share the powerful story of a nightclub promoter turned philanthropist: Scott Harrison. Scott Harrison was working as a nightclub promoter in New York when he became “morally bankrupt.” He sold all of his belongings and set sail to Africa in an effort to redeem himself. He returned to New York with one goal: to provide clean water to everyone on earth. Twelve years later, he’s raised over 320 million dollars and provided water to people in 26 countries with his nonprofit charity: water. Scott now finds worth in how much money he can raise for others, not for himself. Listen to Episode 700 to learn what makes a nonprofit successful and how anyone can turn their life around find meaning and fulfillment.
Oct 01, 2018
Stop Being Comfortable
When you feel like you’ve reached your limit, you’re only 40% there. How often do you listen to your body when it says, “I’m done?” We get tired, our muscles get sore, so we throw in the towel. We’re wired to stop every time we start to feel pain. But if we ignore that, we can push ourselves to a new limit. Unless you get uncomfortable, you won’t know what you’re really capable of. That’s why I’m excited to revisit a conversation I had with a new friend who is always pushing himself to the next level: Jesse Itzler. Jesse is ultramarathon runner who is also a bestselling author, award-winning rapper, and an original partner for ZICO coconut water. He is the co-founder of Marquis Jets and a co-owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Jesse was able to take on everything in his life by putting himself first. Like Jesse says in this episode, “So much of business is a reflection of you, and so many of us don’t invest in ourselves.” Learn how to push yourself past your limit to achieve what you never thought possible on Episode 699. In This Episode You Will Learn: About the 40% Rule (1:42) The one time Jesse reached his limit (3:20) How Jesse gained control of his time (4:47) Why Jesse sets aside 3 hours of his day for himself (5:34)
Sep 28, 2018
Glenn Beck on Suicide and Addiction to Riches and Fame
If the world says “you’re enough” and you don’t believe it, it doesn’t matter. If you are the only person in the world who says “I am enough,” that’s all you need. How you finish the phrase “I am” will change your entire life. Saying “I am worthless” or “I am stupid” speaks those words into existence. If you don’t finish the phrase “I am,” someone else will fill it in for you. It could be your parents, your partner, or even your critics. The truth is, you are special. You are loved. You are enough. On this episode, I discuss this idea with a powerful and polarizing media personality: Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck is founder of TheBlaze, a news and entertainment network, where he hosts The Glenn Beck Show. He’s a renowned American media personality, political commentator, and author. Glenn has lived through a lot of tragedy in his life. He has chosen to use all that he’s been through to get to where he is today. He’s not perfect nor does he expect anyone else to be. Glenn makes the argument that we should stop making people into heroes or villains. Learn all about Glenn’s journey and how he thinks about the bigger picture instead of getting outraged on Episode 698.
Sep 26, 2018
Rachel Hollis: How to Build Confidence, Believe in Yourself and Become Your Best Self
JUST KEEP GOING. There are three fears we struggle with the most: The fear of failure The fear of success And the fear of judgment. The center of all of those fears is “I am not enough.” When we get past that, we can step into anything. People-pleasing is an issue a lot of us face. It’s crazy how we can allow one person’s opinion of us to hold us back. That’s why I really enjoyed my conversation with a bestselling mom who overcame her need to make other people happy: Rachel Hollis. Rachel had been working for over a decade on her career, her marriage, and her brand before her career took off. She wrote six books that hardly sold any copies. Her seventh book became a hit. Her life changed with one viral post that created the momentum for her bestselling book. Girl, Wash Your Face has over a million copies sold and is growing every week. She is host of the RISE Podcast and co-host of the RISE Together podcast. She is a mother of four who was named one of the "Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30" by Inc. Magazine. She is an amazing example of the power of not giving up. So learn how to follow your dreams and live for yourself (even if you’re a mom) on Episode 697.
Sep 24, 2018
Sleep Smartly with Shawn Stevenson
YOUR BODY IS WIRED TO WORK WITH NATURE. Sleep is so important. So why do we do so many things that keep us from getting the sleep we need? If we want to optimize our performance and our life, we have to think about sleep. Humans used to sleep when it was dark. Now so many of us do the “laptop lapdance” at night, keeping our bodies awake with unnatural light. We can change our schedule and environment to get a deeper rest at night. To help you understand more on the topic I wanted to bring you this clip from a conversation I had with the King of Sleep: Shawn Stevenson. Shawn’s health podcast- The Model Health Show- has millions of listener downloads a year. He’s a bestselling author, has been featured on many major media outlets, and is an in-demand keynote speaker. He’s the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance which helps people and companies with health services worldwide. Like Shawn says in the episode, “We are infinite beings.” We have the power to have a great night’s sleep. Learn how to change your habits to change your sleep in Episode 696. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why laptops can hinder sleep (0:54) The biology of light and sleep (1:44) The difference between going to sleep and passing out (2:47) The best time to work out for good sleep (3:38)
Sep 21, 2018
Your Thoughts Will Heal or Kill You with Marisa Peer
YOU MAKE YOUR BELIEFS AND THEN YOUR BELIEFS MAKE YOU. Marisa was listed in Tatler’s Guide to Britain’s 250 Best Practitioners and was the only woman on the Men’s Health’s list “Best of British.” She has over 25 years of experience whose clients include Olympians, Royalty, CEOs, and superstars. She’s the bestselling author of four books and makes frequent appearances on TV and radio. She’s helped thousands of people overcome a variety of issues. Marisa has started a radical #iamenough movement. Just saying those three words, I am enough, you can change your brain’s pattern and come from a place of self-love. The way we feel really comes down to the pictures we have in our head and the words that we say. It’s as simple as that. Marisa sees her mind as the horse, and she is the rider. Learn how to master your thoughts to master your world in Episode 695.
Sep 19, 2018
How to Kick Ass in Business and Life with Bedros Keuilian
“INCOME WILL ALWAYS CHASE IMPACT.”- BEDROS Bedros Keuilian is founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp, one of the nation’s fastest-growing franchises. Bedros is also an investor in over a dozen companies ranging from subscription software platforms, digital ad agencies as well as mastermind and coaching services. He’s a best-selling author who has helped thousands of entrepreneurs scale their businesses. In this episode, Bedros shares that he used to be so focused on business that he had become someone he no longer recognized. It took years of self-work to get back on track. It’s amazing to see the shifts that Bedros has made in his life. So get ready to learn how Bedros refocused his energy and “manned up” on Episode 694. Some Questions I Ask: Why is “Man Up” an appropriate title for right now? (6:12) What was holding you back from “manning up?” (8:51) How do we know how to lead if we don’t know what we don’t know? (17:44) How do you find the best people to work for you? (33:00) What’s the question you wish people would ask you more often? (40:08) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to curate a High-Performance Team (10:41) The difference between a mission and a vision (16:55) How the word HALT can help you manage anxiety (23:01) The three beachballs of dealing with abuse (26:30) How the “crabs in a bucket” mentality is holding you back (38:55)
Sep 17, 2018
Wellth vs. Wealth with Jason Wachob
THERE'S NO ONE SIZE FIT ALL FOR WELLNESS. Jason is founder and CEO of which receives 12 million visitors each month. He’s also author of the book Wealth and has been featured in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Vogue. Jason has a B.A. in history from Columbia University, where he played varsity basketball for four years. He was suffering from terrible back pain from traveling constantly and was able to heal himself through yoga, sleep, and nutrition. Jason knows the importance of building a life, not just a bank account. In this episode, Jason shares with us the definition of his revolutionary word “wellth” and how it’s different from “wealth.” Discover all that and more on Episode 692. In This Episode You Will Learn: The meaning of the book title “Wellth” (00:42) How Jason created MindBodyGreen (1:57) How Jason healed his back pain (2:49) Why Jason loves what he does (5:22) The one thing Jason has to be careful of (6:14)
Sep 14, 2018
The Power of The Mind (And How I Think)
WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS HAVING A PHYSICAL EXPERIENCE. They say that the first seven years of your life shapes you into the person you will become. As many of you know, I grew up Christian Scientist. While it caused me to struggle in some ways, it taught me that the mind is more powerful than the body. From an early age I learned to create intentions to keep me grounded throughout the day. I was also forced (in a good way) to constantly challenge my thought patterns and mentality. For this episode, I’m sharing an interview by an old friend, Rob Murgatroyd, on the Work Hard Play Hard Podcast. Rob asks me some great questions about topics that I don’t usually talk much about. We dove into my religious upbringing and mistakes I made in my youth that led me to where I am today. It’s important to reflect on our past so we can understand our present. Get ready to learn how my childhood has shaped the way I think on Episode 691. Some Questions I Am Asked: How do you think the teachings of Christian Science affected you? (10:20) What did getting caught stealing teach you? (22:18) Where does your radical honesty come from? (25:00) Which teacher has impacted your growth the most? (32:50) What are some new beliefs you have about life? (36:20) What is something you do that people disagree with? (43:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: What I consider my secret sauce (8:46) Where I learned to live intentionally (12:30) The thing a lot of people don’t know about me (14:10) The greatest lesson I’ve ever learned (36:20) Facts about my life that has nothing to do with work (47:50) The one thing I would do if I had unlimited time and money (50:00) All about the upcoming Summit of Greatness (55:00)
Sep 12, 2018
Kobe Bryant: Mamba Mentality and The Mind of a Champion
“REST AT THE END, NOT IN THE MIDDLE.”- KOBE BRYANT He’s won five NBA championships with the Lakers and led the NBA in scoring during two seasons. He’s an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons played with one franchise for an entire career: 20 seasons. In 2018, he received an Academy Award for his animated short “Dear Basketball.” He also just launched a podcast called The Punies that teaches kids morals and history in a really fun way. Kobe’s known for what he calls his Mamba Mentality, but it’s his big heart that is truly admirable. He is constantly reinventing himself and continuing to pursue new dreams. There is so much power in his energy and presence. I know you’re really going to love this one. So get ready to learn all about Mamba Mentality and how to embrace failure on Episode 691. Some Questions I Ask: Who was your greatest teacher? (7:10) What are some other things you do to raise the level of your teammates? (17:00) What’s been your greatest challenge since leaving the game? (20:30) What’s a constant theme in your life? (24:40) Why is storytelling important to you? (25:39) What’s your greatest weakness? (34:35) In This Episode You Will Learn: All about the “Mamba Mentality” (12:20) Why he has a passion of storytelling (26:00) Why you should be excited about failure (27:10) Kobe’s greatest moment in 20 seasons of basketball (36:14) Kobe’s daily routine (39:00)
Sep 10, 2018
Feed Your Faith with Tim Storey
Tune your satellite dish into the All Things Are Possible Network. It’s so easy to get off track with your day. You wake up and immediately get bombarded with social media, news, and responsibilities. If you don’t get your mind right, you might be absorbing negativity and passing it on to everyone you interact with that day. I know there have been times where I’ve bought something at a convenience store and let my bad day affect the way I’ve treated a cashier. So, how can we make a positive impact on the world instead of “spreading bad seeds?” For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Tim Storey where he shared how he is able to “shift his satellite dish” so that it’s picking up good channels instead of bad ones. Tim Storey is a self-help author, motivational speaker, pastor, and founder of Tim Storey Kids Foundation. For the past 10 years, Tim has served as an adviser to leaders and celebrities like Robert Downey Jr., Kanye West, Christian Slater and more. Like Tim says in this episode, “Every day we start with a bag of seeds.” We can either spread bad ones or good ones. Learn how to keep your thoughts trained on positivity and quiet your fears in Episode 690. n This Episode You Will Learn: The way to combat fear (00:40) Why meditation is helpful (1:40) What Tim does in the morning to stay balanced (3:00) How to spread positivity throughout your day (4:30)
Sep 07, 2018
A Coach's Guide to Success with Rick Pitino
A TRUE LEADER ISN'T AFRAID TO MAKE THE FIRST MISTAKE. Coach Rick is a former American basketball coach. He’s been head coach of several teams in NCAA Division I and the NBA including Boston University, Providence College, The New York Knicks, University of Kentucky, The Boston Celtics, and University of Louisville. He is the only coach to lead three different schools to the final four. In 2013, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is the author of the book Success is a Choice, he wrote an autobiography in 1988 called Born To Coach, and has a new book called My Story. In this episode, we dive into what it takes to get the most out of someone’s abilities. So get ready to learn how to be a better coach and a better leader on Episode 689. Some Questions I Ask: How do you get people to buy into a system? (12:40) What’s the speech you give the first day the teams all together? (14:20) What happened with the Kahwi Leonard situation? (21:00) Why did you leave Louiseville? (27:00) How have you been handling the aftermath of Louisville? (33:20) Do you want to coach again? (35:45) What’s more important- recruiting great players or having great plays in a game? (47:00) How do you support your mental health when you’re going through something hard? (1:02:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why delayed gratification is what we should be looking for (14:00) College basketball vs. NBA- which Rick enjoyed more (17:15) The greatest lessons we can learn through losing (17:55) Mental and emotional ability to rise above (24:40) How ego can get in the way of greatness (37:00)
Sep 05, 2018
Maria Shriver on Reflections for a Meaningful Life
“Everybody wants to be great, but I advocate that people already are great.” Things move much faster than they used to. The world is 24 hours a day, and people feel like they have to keep up. We have to post, we have to read, we’re comparing ourselves to each other on social media. Wayne Dyer says, “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is rather than as you think it should be.” It’s so important that we take time to step back and reflect, so we don’t lose sight of what really matters. When we accept ourselves and everyone around us, we can experience a fuller life. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into a lot of things that have inspired an incredible mother and human being: Maria Shriver. Maria Shriver is a journalist, author, and former first lady of California. She has received a Peabody Award, been a co-anchor on CBS and NBC, and is an emmy-award winning producer. Maria is a New York Times Bestselling Author a few times over. She works with Alzheimer's and helps with so many charities around the world. Maria’s been through a lot in her life, but she still shows up for all of us. I’m so excited about this one, guys. So get ready to learn all about faith, love and family on Episode 866. Some Questions I Ask: Do you think we’re doing too much as a society? (3:30) You’ve spent time with the most amazing individuals- are they typically happy? (8:50) How can parents raise conscious children to live meaningful lives? (12:20) Who has been your greatest teacher (19:00) Do you think we should be putting more women in leadership, or do you think that they should earn it on their own? (29:54) In This Episode You Will Learn: How social media affects your children (3:35) Benefits of church vs. the benefits of meditation Why successful people are more complicated than anyone else What to do when you’re triggered emotionally by someone next to you The greatest lesson Maria learned from her mom (15:20) The number one thing Maria thinks will heal society (27:30) Why faith, love, and family are the most important things in life (45:30)
Sep 03, 2018
Believe Through Rejection
“You have to keep in mind the right project will come at the right time.” -Jenna Ushkowitz I am a huge GLEE fan. I used to watch all the episodes- I even bought a TV so that I could watch GLEE. I was kind of a freak. That’s why I’m so grateful and excited for you to connect with a new friend of mine, Jenna Ushkowitz. Jenna is one of the original cast members of the show GLEE which was a huge hit for six years. She’s a South Korean-born actress and singer known for her performances in Broadway musicals, and for her role as Tina Cohen Chang on GLEE. She’s also the co-founder of an organization called Kindred which is a foundation for adoption. She also wrote a book called Choosing Glee. In this 5 Minute Friday, Jenna talks about how she handles the pressures of Pilot Season in Los Angeles. It’s not always easy. Learn how to handle rejection in a healthy way on Episode 687. In This Episode You Will Learn: The ups and downs of pilot season (1:30) Jenna’s path to GLEE (2:15) The tools Jenna uses to overcome rejection (2:30) The three truths she lives by (3:50)
Aug 31, 2018
Become the Master of Your Body and Health
“We are designed for movement. Athletics is simply an exaggeration of playing.” -Carl Paoli Most of you know that health, fitness, and wellness are important to me. It’s the reason I work out almost every day. I’m constantly mindful of the food I eat, the sleep I get, and the environment I put myself in everyday because it’s key to living an abundant life. If your health is at risk right now, then you know how it holds you back. You’ve got to have the endurance and the stamina to take on life’s greatest challenges. Mastering your health and body will help you have success in your relationships, in your career, and in your personal life. I’m not saying it’s going to help every problem, but it definitely helps. For this mashup episode of The School Of Greatness, I hand picked some of the best body and health experts I know: Ido Portal, Carl Paoli, Wim Hof and Laird Hamilton. They gave me some exercises to get rid of stress, connect to breath, and work out smarter. These are some powerful tools, guys. You don’t have to be an athlete to appreciate it. I’d love to hear what you think about this episode, and how these exercises worked for you – so don’t hesitate to reach out to me on social media and let me know. You’ll be learning how to reconnect with your body on Episode 686. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why the story you tell yourself is more important than reality (5:58) A four minute exercise to eliminate stress (15:42) The importance of controlling your breathing and the effect it has on your entire body (20:08) The importance of challenging your body, putting it to the test, and really listening to the results (20:52)
Aug 29, 2018
How to manage anxiety, burnout, and overwhelm
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”- Colin Powell Have you ever felt that you didn’t have enough time in the day? I know I have. To make our dreams a reality, it takes consistency over years. It doesn’t happen magically because we think about it. But when that consistency piles up into anxiety, burnout and overwhelm - we have to manage it so that it doesn’t rob us from our joy and happiness. I want to give you a solution to set yourself up so you don’t collapse from exhaustion. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of little tricks you can to to really help that won’t side track your day. For example, make your bed in the mornings. You spend about one third of your life in bed. Taking an extra couple of minute to make your bed will subconsciously show that you respect yourself. It also gives your mind a moment to think of something else, like a forced meditation that can allow your mind a moment to reset let go of any other distractions in your life. In this episode of The School Of Greatness, I talk about a number of key lessons I’ve learned over the years to manage anxiety, burnout and overwhelm. It’s important to enjoy the ride and appreciate the challenge- otherwise, what is it all for? Find out how you can be a more present, joyful and kind person on Episode 685. In This Episode You Will Learn: The four phases to manage anxiety, burnout, and overwhelm (8:32) How to reconnect to your “why” (9:25) Daily anchors to keep you grounded (12:05) Ways to build momentum early in your day to set you up for success (13:39) How to celebrate your wins and live in gratitude (22:14) The importance of unplugging (23:37) The key to ending your day in a way that will manage stress (26:01)
Aug 27, 2018
Love Yourself First
“THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP YOU CAN HAVE IS WITH YOURSELF." Sometimes, we repeatedly attract the same kind of person into our life who does more harm than good. When we see this type of harmful pattern, we have to ask ourselves, “What is it about about me that is attracting someone like that?” You can continue to blame others for your relationship woes, or you can start to look within yourself. On this episode of Five Minute Friday, I wanted to revisit a conversation I had with Tracy McMillan where she explains the importance of loving yourself. Tracy has a fascinating history and background, including 16 years in a TV newsroom, writing the 4th most viewed article on Huffington Post, and being a dating coach on a TV Show. But beyond that, Tracy came from a really tough background and has used her life experiences as the base for all of her perspectives and wisdom. No matter what your relationships look like right now, I’m excited for you to hear Tracy’s wisdom on Episode 684. In This Episode You Will Learn: How loving yourself can change your life (1:10) The thing men need more of (2:34) What’s Tracy thinks is wrong with the show The Bachelor (3:50) Why you’re attracted to the wrong person (4:07) Tracy’s definition of love (4:50)
Aug 24, 2018
Make Your Dreams a Reality Mashup
"You get respect in culture by finishing your projects.” - Steve Aoki They give some powerful insights into how they make their dreams come true. I put a lot of thought into this, and wanted to make sure you heard from a wide variety of fields. We have wisdom from an amazing musician/DJ, a comedian/YouTuber, a health fitness guru, and a world class magician. On this episode of The School of Greatness, they break down their steps to achieving their dreams. They talk about the struggles, and steps they took to get to where they are today. Be ready on this one, and get keep a pen handy. I know you’ll get a lot of information out of this one that you can apply to any industry. This is powerful stuff guys. Get ready to hear what it really takes to make dreams come true, on Episode 683. In This Episode You Will Learn: How Steve made his decisions when he was younger (7:15) Ways you can find your culture (9:27) Where true value lies (11:57) Why you need to fill your own void (14:08) The power of YouTube (15:44) The importance of being a hustler (17:18) How Cassie got into being an entrepreneur (20:37) How Cassie finds her trainers (24:42) What made Julius get into making videos (25:46) The steps to success for Julius (31:22)
Aug 22, 2018
How to Succeed as a Creative Entrepreneur and Artist with Humble The Poet
“YOU CAN RIDE A WAVE OR YOU CAN START A WAVE.” If you don’t know Humble, he’s a Canadian spoken word artist and music video creator. His poetry is so powerful, even Apple used it on their commercials. He opened up with me on this episode about how being from s Sikh background, and the racism he’s faced, has both hurt and helped him in life. He also discusses some of the problems artists today face and how they they can overcome them. I really have to say that this is a powerful episode. You don’t have to be an artist to appreciate it. His knowledge and insights are important to anyone who is on the road to greatness, and anyone who wants to be a leader. So get ready to learn all about the power of words, on Episode 682. Some Questions I Ask: What’s your original name? (6:43) Why is it a lot of people hope something will solve the problem for us? (13:21) You can’t see positivity? (25:46) Why did being a minority help you as a teacher? (31:37) Do you think artists can be truly happy? (37:45) What’s your favorite line of a poem you wrote? (44:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: How long it took Humble to transition from being a school teacher to a full time artist (10:45) The biggest mistakes artists make (20:37) The struggles he faced with racism (28:57) Why today belongs to the weirdos (34:51) How often he writes poetry (42:36) A poem Humble wrote for his father (47:04)
Aug 20, 2018
Calm Your Mind
PUSHING AGAINST A SITUATION WILL CAUSE IT TO OWN YOU. In today’s world, it’s easy to get swept into other people’s emotions. Social media, news, and even just a hectic lifestyle can make it challenging to ever feel at peace. But it’s something you need to concentrate on. When your mind is always cluttered, it’s difficult to make the right decisions. Opportunities became unclear, unfocused. I’m sure you’ve heard taking time to meditate is important for you. And sure, for those 5 or 10 minutes you may feel like your mind is clear. Then what? Meditation should go well beyond a specific time frame. It’s a practice that should be implemented throughout your day, especially when you feel a flood of emotions or thoughts. Calming your mind is a skill you need to develop and use all throughout the day - everyday. Knowing that things are often more drastic in your mind than in reality. That some things happening to you are meant to be and our resistance only makes them worse. To go deeper into what I mean, and the importance of keeping your mind calm, I’ve brought back this clip from Andy Puddicombe. If you aren’t familiar with Andy, he’s a truly unique individual. Not only did he spend time living with monks, but he studied at the Moscow State Circus and got a degree in circus arts. He shared some of his inside tips on how he keeps his mind clear and peaceful, even when he’s got a lot going on at work, or things seems to be stressful in her personal relationships. Get ready to find peace and clarity in this hectic world, on Episode 681. In This Episode You Will Learn: How you can navigate your emotions in a busy life (00:48) What Andy does when his wife is agitated (1:49) Andy’s go to mantra (2:43) How to handle tense situations (3:48)
Aug 17, 2018
Becoming a Master Speaker and Presenter
"PERFORMING IS ABOUT CONNECTING” - MICHAEL I don’t know if you know this, but I used to be TERRIFIED of speaking. I couldn’t get up in front of my class to give presentations. I was even scared to read in front of a few friends. Any time I had to speak before a big games, I was trembling. Public speaking is one of the most important tools, no matter what your career is. You need to be able to properly present yourself so you seem confident, and people trust you. Thanks to some training I was able to overcome this fear. Today, I get on stage in front of thousands for people and make a lot of money doing it. For this episode, I decided to give you some tips that can potentially change you life like it has mine. I wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learned on what makes a great presenter, which is why I put together this new mashup for you. This one is really powerful. I hand picked some of the best words of wisdom from people like Michael Port, Bo Eason, Carmine Gallo, and Sean Stephenson. Don’t miss this one. I know you’ll be able to take a lot away from these guys, so get ready to take notes. This episode could easily change the trajectory of your life. You’ll be learning all about what makes a great speaker , on Episode 680. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why it doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or extrovert (6:33) How to be a better performer (7:32) Where criticism comes into play (10:07) How to find your voice (11:44) Where you should start your stories (12:15) How to get people to connect with you (14:30) What to do if you don’t think you have a great story (16:38) How to find your pacing (19:18) How to properly use body language (22:12) How to leave someone breathless (23:29) The thing that makes other people trust you (24:48)
Aug 15, 2018
Heal Your Body with Your Mind: Dr. Joe Dispenza
THE MIND IS WHAT CONTROLS THE BODY. Dr. Joe Joe Dispenza, D.C. is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 32 countries on five continents. As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes. As a researcher, Dr. Joe’s passion can be found at the intersection of the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics to explore the science behind spontaneous remissions. He uses that knowledge to help people heal themselves of illnesses, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases so they can enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life, as well as evolve their consciousness. The mind is so much more powerful than we give it credit for. Be ready to open your mind, learn how to be present, and heal yourself permanently on Episode 679. Some Questions I Ask: What was the theory about water from What the Bleep? (1:17) What are the four common things people do to heal with their mind? (8:44) How do we become greater than the body? (14:44) Do you rehearse where you want to be daily?(23:17) What does it take to change? (32:35) Your body will create balance for you? (38:27) What if we want good things to come faster? (46:22) When was the last time you felt an overwhelming about of love? (50:44) What’s your definition of surrender? (58:07) What challenge would you give out listeners? (1:06:24) In This Episode You Will Learn: When Dr. Joe started believing in the philosophy that the mind can heal anything (2:27) Why we stay stuck in bad relationships and bad jobs (11:07) How we can change our energy (31:34) How you can get to the point where you are in the present (35:33) How to get into the heart (42:12) When you experience the most love (47:56) If Dr. feels like he’s answered the questions for himself (57:48) What Dr. Joe’s mission is right now (59:28) Dr. Joe’s greatest teacher (1:11:24) What the Quantum Field is (20:33) How to change your life (31:04)
Aug 13, 2018
Happiness Through Hardship
WHAT IS YOUR UNDERLYING MOTIVATION? We’ve all been through a lot in life. I know there’s been a lot of times you’ve felt tested, and even just beat down. As you’ve gone through these challenges you’ve acquired sets of skills to help you get through them. Those are important skills that have helped you along your journey, whether you realize it or not. Unfortunately, though, your skills may not help you with what’s next. Life is about continually growing your tool box and being adaptive and not giving up on what you were meant to do. Even though it may be hard to know what that is, you just have to follow your heart. Live for yourself, not for others. That doesn’t mean be malicious. You still need compassion and companionship. Just know you can do good for yourself and others at the same time. On this episode of 5 Minute Friday, I wanted to bring you back and episode from Chris Guillebeau. Chris is a NY TImes Best Selling Author, a modern day explorer, and has been to nearly every country in the world. He’s certainly faced an overwhelming amount of challenges, some we can only imagine. That’s why I felt he was the best person to dive even deeper into this lesson. Learn all about compassion and building your skill sets through your personal trials, on Episode 678. In This Episode You Will Learn: What makes a true quest (00:42) How to know when to continue the quest and when to stop (1:39) Why you need to keep building skill sets (2:24) Something you should give that’s better than advice (3:49) If Chris feels he’s been getting enough companionship (4:16) Chris’ definition of happiness (5:18)
Aug 10, 2018
Leslie Odom Jr: The Art of Booking Gigs
"YOU HAVE TO TRY BEFORE YOU CAN QUIT." When Leslie started, his only dream was to be in Rent. When he made it, he was left to find a new dream. He struggled for a long time not finding any work. One day his eyes were opened by a mentor as to what he was doing wrong. He wasn’t respecting his industry. He had to show the universe what he wanted. He started taking beginner acting classes, and really researching every brand, role, producer, writer, etc before going out for an audition. The moment he made this mind shift, the universe responded and he was booked non stop for six years. Amazing. You really need to learn from his wisdom on this one. So, learn how to combat your fear of failure, mentally prepare for huge opportunity, and how to be an advocate for yourself, on Episode 677. Some Questions I Ask: There was a time you thought you’d end your acting career, is that right? (8:22) What do you think is the biggest lesson you learned from your mentors? (10:59) Were you proactively calling people at the time? (20:43) What did you see when you watched your audition playback? (28:32) How do you show up with the same passion and drive when you have so much to lose? (30:06) What did you say to yourself right before the mic turned on? (34:23) What was your dream growing up? (40:02) What happens if we dream too small? (42:33) How long did you think before you made your decision not to take the money? (48:04) How did you keep your belief? (53:43) In This Episode You Will Learn: The importance of mentors (9:39) What made Leslie take action (17:06) Why you need to respect your industry (24:26) How he lost his fire in his twenties (29:46) What Leslie says to himself before a big performance like the Super Bowl (31:34) How you can be a stronger advocate for yourself (36:53) How Leslies deals with finding a new dream (41:38) Leslie’s struggle between Hamilton and a big TV deal (44:54) Why it’s good to be the worst in your class (52:34) The song Leslie most loves to sing (54:43)
Aug 08, 2018
Behind the Scenes of My Talk Show Launch
“WHEN YOU HAVE A BIG DREAM, LIFE IS GOING TO CHALLENGE YOU.” I am so excited to share something really big with you. It’s something I’ve been working on for a long time now. I have a new Facebook Watch show that’s available to view now: Inspiring Life with Lewis Howes. This is something I created for you. I wanted to help improve the lives of 100 million people. In order to do so I knew I needed to team up with one of the biggest networks to make it happen. By that I don’t mean a traditional network that’s burning out, like one on TV. I meant the next big network. That’s why I teamed up with Facebook to make this happen. They have more users than any other network, and I knew I could be on the forefront of something truly special. On top of it all, I have something exciting that can directly affect you personally. I’m having a contest for you to come out and hang with me in LA. That’s right, I’m looking to have 5 lucky viewers come out to LA to hang out with me. I’m going to pay for your flight, I’m going to pay for your hotel room. On top of that, you’ll be on the School of Greatness. You’ll have lunch with me and a very special guest (who will remain nameless for now). I’m not stopping there either. You’ll also get two free tickets to the Summit of Greatness (which isn’t cheap) and a School of Greatness Grab Bag, which will come with some of my favorite products and goodies. Plus, more bonuses and surprises. Honestly, I don’t know exactly how much this all comes to but I know it’s a value of thousands of dollars to five lucky guests. So listen to this episode to hear the 4 simple steps it takes to win all of these prizes, and I’ll give you some behind the scene details on what my show is, how I made it, and everything it took to get it started. Learn all about my new Facebook Watch Show, Inspiring Life with Lewis Howes, on Episode 676. In This Episode You Will Learn: The contest to hang out with me (5:37) How many winners I’ll be picking (7:14) An extra special bonus (9:11) The four steps to win (10:21) What it was like to make the show (11:50) How I sold the show (14:53) A lesson on making a big move in your life (18:45) How I recovered from being a people pleaser (21:48) What you need to find (26:21) What our first practice round was like (30:08) Why I created the show (34:22) When I will be announcing the winner (38:32) The vision of this show (40:38)
Aug 06, 2018
Look Good Naked
“IF YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY, DON'T EAT." Health is one of the most important things to me. If your body isn’t operating at 100% efficiency then your mind can’t either. A lot of this really does come down to diet. On a good diet, you will burn fat efficiently. You’ll have a healthier heart, your brain will function properly, and your body will be able to repair itself properly. This last part is huge for those who are recovering from surgery, or dealing with various diseases. Plus, there’s an added benefit on top of it all - you will lose weight and look great naked. Who doesn’t want that? To talk about the importance of a solid diet and how it can make a huge impact on your life overall, I brought back this clip from Mark Sisson. Mark talks about the importance of diet, all of the problems he’s seen it solve, and some myths that even professionals have about diet, specifically with protein shakes. Learn all about how you can look good naked, on Episode 675. In This Episode You Will Learn: Where Look Good Naked came from (00:37) Why people really want to LGN (00:57) What a typical day looks like for Mark (1:46) If you should really have a protein shake (2:48) The difference between a sugar burner and fat burner (3:12)
Aug 03, 2018
Welcome to the School of Greatness Podcast!
Welcome to the School of Greatness podcast! This is my introductory "trailer" episode if you are new to the show.
Aug 02, 2018
Tony Hawk: Breaking Limitations and Creating a Legacy
“MY ONLY KEY TO TRUE SUCCESS IS HAVING THE CONFIDENCE.” Tony Hawk pushes the limits not just in his sport, but also in his business. His video games have become one of the biggest franchises in history. Spoiler: There’s even more coming in October. I felt so fortunate for Tony to come in and sit down on the. He’s an incredibly smart and dedicated person. Tony sat down with me to discuss how he has been able to be successful in his marriage as well as his business life. He also discusses if it’s more fulfilling to be relevant or innovative. He shares where his mind goes when the pressure is on for him to perform a huge trick, and how he was able to stay committed to his passion even when there was no money in it. This is a really powerful one, guys. You won’t want to miss it. Learn all about what it takes to break limitations and create a legacy, on Episode 674. Some Questions I Ask: Who was the most influential person in your life? (5:46) How old were you when you were bumped up in competition? (8:20) How do you stay committed to something when there’s no money in it? (10:11) What advice would you give to people who have a passion but can’t pursue it on a professional level? (13:36) How did you manage the emotions of success? (17:18) Did you ever feel like you weren’t comfortable in your own skin? (20:29) Do you feel like there was a time when you didn’t communicate well? (23:10) Do you feel like you still need to chase relevancy? (27:38) Where does your mind go when there’s pressure? (30:44) Did your video games take skateboarding to a new level? (29:42) You have a new game as well? (43:32) Do you goof around a lot? (45:09) What’s the thing you’re most proud of? (47:54) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why learning new tricks wasn’t cool (7:28) How Tony’s environment contributed to his success (9:52) The time when Tony thought he would give up skateboarding (12:01) How he handled the overnight success (14:57) How he manages his relationships and success (19:32) Why people shouldn’t show off on social media (21:17) The biggest challenge he’s had to overcome (24:44) How he’s able to raise his kids to not feel like they are riding off his name (28:46) What it’s like skateboarding in a loop (38:39) The thing Tony still needs to achieve (41:27) The thing he wants more people to know about him (46:53)
Aug 01, 2018
Influence People's Minds with Mentalist Lior Suchard
“ALWAYS THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS READING THEM” Lior explains his process of influence and how he is able to use how “power” for good instead of evil. We discuss such topics as how he can create the illusion of more senses. We talk about the difference between a magician and a mentalist, and how YOU can tap into your intuition. I have to admit, my mind is still spinning after this one. You’ll want to listen to it, and if you can’t believe your eyes, watch the video and you’ll see the proof of what happened. So get ready to tap into your powers, on Episode 673. Some Questions I Ask: What is it you think you do? (5:34) How do you really start to understand people with the 5 senses? (6:46) How many mentalists are there? (12:41) Do you feel like you have a good childhood? (16:36) How important is storytelling in mentalism? (18:53) Why do you keep doing this? (26:17) Is this a skill that people can learn? (28:29) What are 3-5 things that if people did more of that they would be more influential? (32:13) Do you ever wish you couldn’t read people? (35:11) What happens if something goes wrong? (43:35) What’s the skill you still get to master? (46:08) What’s your biggest fear? (50:18) How many times do you get people who write you letters saying you changed their lives? (57:24) In This Episode You Will Learn: The challenge that Lior gives to himself (4:58) The process of thinking (5:57) How Lior understood the way I thought (8:38) The difference between a magician and a mentalist (11:31) Something that someone’s done that’s blown Lior away (14:07) The riskiest thing he’s ever done (22:35) What it’ll take for Lior to help people change their lives (27:14) How we can use this in our own lives to be better (30:08) A book test on Christine (35:33) What people are easier to read than others (42:46) Lior’s biggest challenge in life right now (44:46) The person he’d really love to do something with (47:58)
Jul 30, 2018
Renew Your Energy
“HOWEVER BLESSED OUR LIVES MAY BE, EVERY DAY HA STRESS AND CHALLENGES.” Sleep is one of the most important things in life. If you’re not getting a good night sleep, it’ll affect every aspect of your life. Your quality of work will suffer, and you will find that you’re not as productive as usual. You’ll become more irritable, and your relationships will start to strain. Sadly, people won’t want to be around you as much as usual. When you get proper rest, going through your full REM cycle, everything gets better. You’ll find more light at the end of the road. It can help with depression, lower your blood pressure, and has even been shown to help fight diabetes. The importance of sleep is something many people underestimate, but it’s an important step to achieving your greatness. To help you understand good sleeping habits, I wanted to bring you this clip from a previous episode with Arianna Huffington. Arianna’s 15th book is all about sleep. She sat down and gave me some great tips on ensuring you get a solid night’s rest. Learn how you can fully recharge your energy, on Episode 672. In This Episode You Will Learn: Arianna’s sleep routine (00:52) What’s better: a hot bath or a cold shower (1:56) What you should wear to bed (2:27) What to read before bed (2:53) How you need to think before bed (4:07)
Jul 27, 2018
Overcome Emotional Obstacles
“NO ONE FEELS 100% CONFIDENT IN THEMSELVES ALL THE TIME.” - EMILY SKYE There’s so many times where we focus on what society tells us will make us happy, and that’s all we chase. Money, a nice car, a house, and material objects that show off our “success." We always end up overlooking ourselves. You avoid exercising until the doctor says you have to. I’m sure you’ve experienced it plenty. You ignore your stress at work until you just can’t take it anymore. Ultimately your emotional state should take a priority. Without it, you can’t be at your best. At the end of the day, happiness is an emotional. All of the material items in the world can’t get you there. That’s why I wanted to do a mashup this week on overcoming emotional obstacles from some of the masters: Emily Skye, Josh Shipp, Rupi Kaur and Joshua Millburn. On this episode you’ll learn how to overcome emotional barriers that continue to hold us back. If you take these lessons from people who have come from all walks of life you’ll be able to achieve your true destiny. Please, sit down with this one and take notes. I know it’s going to help you tremendously. So learn how to keep your emotions in line to nail your goals, and feel fulfilled, on Episode 671. Some Questions I Ask: Do you still go through times of being insecure? (5:40) Why do you get insecure at times? (6:32) If something isn’t working in your business, how do you handle the inner critic? (10:26) How old were you (Shipp) when you met your final foster parents? (15:56) Do you (Rupi) think your work would be as powerful without going through pain and suffering? (19:43) In This Episode You Will Learn: What everyone needs to be responsible for (5:04) Tools you can use to overcome insecurities (7:48) How Emily stays grounded when things are going well (11:38) How Josh Shipp was emotionally removed from people who were trying to help him (14:02) Shipp’s lesson from a night in jail as a teenager (16:38) The danger of being your own worst enemy (18:41) How Rupi continues to create new things (21:03) What you need to focus on (22:34) How Joshua Millburn knows what needs to be fixed (25:17)
Jul 25, 2018
Building an Influential Personal Brand with Rory Vaden
"LACK OF REVENUE IS NOT YOUR GREATEST PROBLEM; A LACK OF REPUTATION IS." - RORY VADEN There is something incredibly important in life that I don't hear enough people talking about. It's called your personal brand and it goes far beyond your career. I started learning about personal branding over 10 years ago when I got into the entrepreneurial world. I noticed a big difference between some people's brands and others. So I started taking notes. Today, I credit a huge part of my success, both personally and professionally, to the personal brand I've created. It's my reputation and much more. There's no one I trust more to teach on this topic than my good friend Rory Vaden. Rory and I met years ago and would meet up every once in a while at different events. But it wasn't until I felt the need to call him a couple of months ago that I truly learned about Rory's genius. I was feeling a little uneasy about what to do next with my personal brand and business. I knew I needed to get an outside set of expert eyes on it. So I called Rory out of the blue and asked if I could come meet him to talk about it. Rory not only gave me two days of his time and hosted me at his house, he gave me such valuable insight into my business and brand that I am shifting my entire focus as a result. I want to share this same information and insight with as many people as possible, so Rory flew out to record a podcast episode all about how he thinks about branding (and what he helps his clients do). He even offered free brand strategy calls to any School of Greatness podcast listeners if you are interested in becoming an influential personal brand. This conversation is a goldmine, and I can't wait for you to take tons of notes on it in Episode 670. In this episode you will learn: What reputation actually is (Rory's definition) Why a lack of revenue is not your greatest problem Rory's reputation formula to create rock solid results How to become unstoppable through your branding What your brand DNA is made of How to know if a decision is aligned with your ethics What one of the biggest lures of compromise is The DARES test to put all your business ideas through How to figure out the actual business you are in Plus much more...
Jul 23, 2018
Respect Your Priorities
“WHEN WE HAVE PRIORITIES WE CAN DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE URGENT AND THE IMPORTANT.” A lot of times in life we do what we feel is urgent. We will go so far as to put off what we really need to do in order to take care of urgent things. Often we even put it ahead of taking care of ourselves. It’s really unfortunate because if you don’t take care of yourself you can’t take care of the urgent. You can’t work from a hospital bed. That’s why you need to have priorities. Priorities will guide you in life’s decisions and keep you on track. Most importantly, priorities will give you the confidence to say no. They help you identify what’s truly needed in your life, versus what someone else feels is important. On this episode of 5 Minute Friday, I wanted to dive into the importance of setting priorities and sticking to them. There’s no one I know who practices this better than Michael Hyatt. Michael is a social media marketing wizard and has worked for one of the biggest publishing companies. Learn his insights on staying true to what’s necessary, on Episode 669. In This Episode You Will Learn: The essence of leadership (00:55) How Michael discovered his priorities (1:38) What gave Michael clarity (3:20) The difference between urgent and important (4:11)
Jul 20, 2018
Unlocking Creativity and Your Personal Genius
“It’s what you do with the tools, not what the tools are themselves” - Casey Neistat How many times do you try to look for success and fulfillment through logic? You might be looking too hard and in the wrong direction. Creativity is the key to unlocking your dreams and vision for the future. If you can unlock that creative mindset, you’ll be set for life. Machines and computers can do logical tasks and hard work, but they’ll never be able to be creative. That’s something only a person can do. Some people find their creative passions easily, while others feel a struggle. If you’re one who struggles, don’t worry -- finding your unique passions aren’t as hard as you might think. The key is to let go of your feeling of judgment. Let your mind relax and think about what made you weird or unusual as a child. Those fun oddities are what will make you something big today. To go more into unlocking your creativity, I wanted to bring you back past episodes from Chase Jarvis, Casey Neistat, Manoush Zomorodi, and Liz Gilbert. Continuing my mashup series, I felt it was important to bring you the masters of creativity. These conversations have helped me unlock my passions to new levels and I know they will help you too. No matter where your creativity lies, if it’s in writing, creating content on YouTube, or still something you are trying to discover, this episode will bring you valuable insights. Don’t forget to take these lessons and practice them any chance you get. Knowledge is only useful when it’s applied to your life. So learn all about unlocking and mastering your creative side, on Episode 668. In This Episode You Will Learn: What makes you great (4:35) How insecurity helps success (6:26) The relationship between an audience and content (8:39) How to learn about new media and YouTube (10:05) The key to creating successful content on YouTube (12:22) The problems our world faces right now and how to fix them (15:11) How to be creative with an impossible schedule (16:24) The ways mother nature will heal your mind (18:24) Jackhammers and hummingbirds (21:28) Why you need to follow your curiosity (25:46) Plus much, much more
Jul 18, 2018
The Power of Innovation (Coffee Conversation)
“THE KEY IS TO ASSESS WHAT IS AND WHAT ISN'T WORKING IN YOUR LIFE.” Cesar is a recent father and has been by my side pretty much since the beginning. He’s been the business side of my company, helping me push things forward and helping to reign me in when things aren’t working. For this episode, we discuss exactly how you can develop on innovative mindset -- what you need to focus on, and not focus on, to see your business and relationships move forward. If you’re not innovating, you’re standing still. When you stand still the world is leaving you behind. Innovation isn’t about being better than your competition or reacting to what what’s happening around you. Innovation happens before you need to react. Learn how you can be more innovative in all areas of your life, on Episode 667. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you need to think about reinvesting in the future (6:18) The three things we’ve got coming up (9:27) How you need to think if you want to grow your business (11:09) Ways Facebook is a solid business example (14:04) The power of branding (15:52) Where innovation can come from (17:32) The documentary we’ve been working on (20:49) Our annual event, The Summit of Greatness (24:48) How the principles of business and personal relationships are the same (27:17) The ways investing can give you piece of mind (30:19) What you need to focus on as a business (32:42)
Jul 16, 2018
Become Emotionally Fit
ADDITION IS MORE POWERFUL THAN SUBTRACTION. You’ll hear from a lot of people that if you want to succeed at something you need to cut out all of the bad. This may be in your business, your personal life, or even in your health. In reality, that’s not always the easiest thing to do. How many time have you had your heart broken and find yourself going through your ex’s Instagram posts to see what they are doing? Sure, it would be nice to cut it out - but for some reason you just can’t. The key is not to subtract these things from your life, but to add more positive things. When you do this, you won’t have the time to let bad things into your life. For example, if you are at a restaurant and you sit down at the table you may be eyeing the dessert menu. Maybe that chocolate cheesecake sounds so good. When you order your meal you start with a salad, then order a healthy plate with a lot of vegetables. When you’re finished eating, you’re so full you don’t even want that cheesecake anymore. Apply that same principle into your life. Fill it with positivity in every area of your life and the bad will weed itself out over time. To dive deeper into this subject, I wanted to bring you back an older episode from Natalie Jill. Natalie is an inspiration to everyone. She wasn’t born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and at one point lost everything she had worked for. Since then she’s gained it all back and more. She sat down and gave insights on how she is able to continually build on her success, and how anyone can achieve their goals. So learn how you can make your dreams come true through abundance instead of deprivation, on Episode 666. In This Episode You Will Learn: What you should think about in fitness (00:54) How to improve your emotional health (1:39) What feeds into negativity (2:53) What Natalie wants to be known for (3:42)
Jul 13, 2018
Jordan Peterson on Pain and Suffering
“When you love someone, you not only love them despite their fragility: but also because of it.” One of the hardest things you have to deal with in life is watching someone close to you suffer from an illness. Especially if you’re a parent. Although I’ve never had the experience of seeing my child suffer, I’ve had close loved ones go through the pain. It’s this time in life that either makes or breaks you. You have to be strong, not just for you, but also for them. That doesn’t mean you should discourage their vulnerability. You still need to embrace it, and there is a delicate balance in doing so. It’s also important to be there to support them and let them know that they are not a victim. They are still as strong as they want to be. If they fall into that victim mentality, it’s game over. They begin to lose their character in their illness. To dive into this more, I brought back Dr. Jordan Peterson. This is part two of my interview with Dr. Peterson. If you missed the last episode, go back and listen. In this part of my interview, Jordan dove into what it was like watching his child suffer with an debilitating illness. He talks about the lessons he learned as a professional, as well as a father. We discuss how his entire family was affected, and how he was able to teach is daughter to stay strong and vulnerable. This is a powerful episode, and you need to listen to it because there are valuable lesson you will need to use one day. Learn how you can avoid the victim mentality when an illness hits, on Episode 665. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? (5:16) How does mapping out your time play into the self authoring program? (9:09) Did your daughter feel responsible for causing all of the pain? (13:18) Is there anything that you wish you had done differently with your children? (21:22) Did you ever doubt yourself, in terms of your ability? (26:56) What’s your biggest fear now? (35:18) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to emotionally navigate seeing your child suffer (7:42) How to focus on your career at the same time as dealing with a loved one’s illness (11:03) What Jordan taught his daughter at an early age about her illness (16:06) How Dr. Peterson feels about his daughter’s experience (23:48) How his daughter’s health affected his career (30:27) Dr. Peterson’s plan moving forward (40:22)
Jul 11, 2018
Jordan Peterson on Responsibility and Meaning
“TREAT YOURSELF LIKE YOU ARE SOMEONE RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING.” It’s common for people to question why they are here. This question can lead to depression and a sense that the world is a terrible place. I’ve sure you’ve experienced that feeling, and you may even be going through it right now. During these times you’ll commonly replay events in your life where you felt out of control or like everything was going wrong. That reaction comes from a lack of purpose and responsibility for yourself. You’re lacking the goals you need to feel complete. Instead, start making a road map for your life: the things you want to achieve, the family you want to have, etc. It doesn’t have to be a perfect map. In fact, it won’t be. No one has the ultimate road map. But any direction is better than no direction. Without a start, you’re just going to stand there watching the world pass you by. To dive further into this I’ve brought in a special guest: Dr. Jordan Peterson. Dr. Peterson is a professor at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of the million-plus selling 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jan 2018, Penguin Books), which has been a Number 1 bestseller in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands and Brazil, and which is now slated to be translated into 40 languages. He has become super popular in the last two years for his lectures which he records and puts on YouTube. I had such an interesting interview with him that had so much important information, I actually split it into two episodes. In this episode of The School of Greatness, we sit down and discuss why we admire sports figures, how any aim (even a bad one) is crucial for you to feel fulfilled, and a mindset tool you can use to motivate you to do hard things. Learn how you can find the strength to live life you didn’t know you had, on Episode 664. Some Questions I Ask: How do you embody something in a shift of view? (7:23) Why is there so much conflict in the world? (8:14) A clear conscience is different than happiness? (11:06) When we’re watching sports, what does it do for us? (15:51) How do you fix your past traumas you can’t let go of? (21:22) What do you mean by being reasonable with your goals? (23:18) Why is it better to have a bad plan than to be in “No Man’s Land”? (27:15) What are some examples of weaknesses people might have? (28:42) What are three weaknesses, you know right now, you can still work on? (29:29) Does a rationale mean a meaning? (37:14) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Dr. Peterson’s simplifies his philosophy (6:16) The relationship between responsibility and meaning (9:56) Why people are so interested in sports (13:13) The reasons you need a noble cause (17:37) The purpose of memory (20:17) Why you need to be able to answer the seven questions (25:54) What you have to do to move forward (31:06) Why you should be exercising (32:48) The reason people get stuck searching for their meaning (39:12) Plus much, much more...
Jul 09, 2018
Hustle for a Purpose
"THERE I SUCH A THING HAS BAD HUSTLE.” The more successful you get, the more you are going to feel you need to hustle. You’ll feel the need to keep moving and it’ll seem like if you stop, all of the pieces will fall apart. Unfortunately, that can end up being your downfall. If you move just to keep moving, you can end up in the wrong place in life. After a while, other areas in your life will start falling apart: especially your health. And without that, what’s the point of all the work? That’s why it’s important to find that balance in your life. Find the time to hustle for yourself and for the ones you love. All of that is just as important for an entrepreneur as their business. On this episode of 5 Minute Friday, I’ve decided to bring you back this clip from Ryan Holmes. If you aren’t familiar with Ryan, he’s the founder and CEO of Hootsuite. He let his life get out of balance and fell into some serious health issues that turned his life upside down. Hear his story and what you can do to find the right hustle, on Episode 663. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you need a balanced life (1:00) What good hustle is (1:33) Ryan’s darkest years (1:50) Who Entrepreneurs have to rely on (2:56) Plus much, much more
Jul 06, 2018
Mastering Body Language and Confidence
There are two things that can make or break you when it comes to achieving greatness: your body language and your confidence. If you don’t have confidence, you’ll never be able to put yourself out there to the world. You need the confidence to try, and it’s confidence that will help you get back up after your failures. Once you have the confidence to get out there, your next obstacle is your first impression. Your body language tells someone a lot about you. Sometimes, it may not be what you intended it to say. Having proper posture, giving people a big smile, and treating everyone like an old friend will go a long way. These are really important lessons, which is why I wanted to bring you a mashup from Chen Lizra, Jordan Harbinger and Vanessa Van Edwards. I’ve received such an overwhelming response on the past mashups I wanted to bring you another one. I really suggest you go back and listen to the episode multiple times. There’s so much great advice from all three of these guests, you can’t absorb it all in one sitting. Take a new nugget of information each day and apply it to your life. You’ll quickly learn how not only your life can change, but these tips will also affect the people around you. So learn how you can master your body language and improve your confidence, on Episode 662. In This Episode You Will Learn: How Cuban culture heals the body (6:48) Where we should put our energy to become happy (8:05) The role tempo plays in your body (14:55) What men are commonly missing (18:00) Common misconceptions we have about first impressions (19:53) How your smile affects others (23:10) What makes popular kids popular (28:55) The biggest killer of relationships (30:52) What an ambivert is (32:07) What matters more than IQ (33:13) How you can make your interactions count (35:53) Plus much, much more
Jul 04, 2018
Building Your Personal Advisory Board (aka Dream Team)
“YOU NEED TO LOOK AT YOURSELF LIKE A BUSINESS.” I know you’ve heard the story of me falling into a funk and sleeping on my sister’s couch for 18 months in my early twenties. One thing you probably didn’t know is how I got out of this funk. I wanted to record a solo round on this topic because it's one of the most powerful tools I've ever used to shift my life -- it's called creating a personal advisory board. If you haven’t heard of it before, a personal advisory board is a group of people that you build around you to give you wisdom, inspire you, and, most importantly, create accountability. You may be wondering what the difference is between an advisor and a mentor -- the truth is there is a big difference. A mentor is someone you look up to. You may know them, but you may not. Chances are, today, any mentor you have can answer your questions through resources they’ve created. Maybe it’s a book, a podcast, or online articles. Board members are people you know much more intimately. It’s also important they have an invested interest in your success. Ultimately, they have skin in the game when it comes to you. But it goes beyond that. An advisory board can help you in all aspects of your life. It’s a team for success and they are there to call on throughout the year and see your goals through to the end. No matter where you are at in your life and business, you need an advisory board. Without it, you’re either going to stay stagnant or move toward your dreams much slower than you could with it. Learn all about my tips on building the ultimate advisory board, on Episode 661. In this episode you will learn: What inspired me to discuss this topic (5:25) The difference between personal advisors and mentors (7:15) Advisor types you should have for different areas of life (9:13) My early mentors I built an advisory board with (10:11) The 4 things we all need (12:43) How to pick members of your advisory board (14:05) The way your advisors should make you feel (19:22) How to ask someone to join your advisory board (22:51) What an advisory member needs to want to join (26:05) Your end of year check in (30:42) Plus much, much more...
Jul 02, 2018
Transform Today
"IMAGINE WHAT PEOPLE DON'T DO BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID OF THEIR ASHAMED.” A lot of people I know have a greatness inside of them, but there’s something holding them back. That thing is their self esteem. Without self esteem, you can be the best in the world, but no one will ever know because you’ll be too afraid to put yourself out there. This can be one of the hardest things to overcome, but honestly there’s an easy solution to start building your confidence - style. Changing the way you look will give you an instant feeling of change, and to go more into it I wanted to bring you a good friend of mine who knows this subject more than anyone else: Stacy London. You may know Stacy from the shows What Not to Wear, Access Hollywood, and even the Today Show. Her knowledge of style has helped change people’s lives. Learn what style can do for you, on Episode 660. In This Episode You Will Learn: How the world is changing (00:36) What Stacy would cure if she had unlimited money (1:26) How style affects self esteem (2:17) Why Stacy loves style (2:46) How style has changed people’s lives (3:36) Plus much, much more!
Jun 29, 2018
Overcome Stress and Own the Day with Master Coaches
DON'T ALLOW STRESS TO CONSUMER YOUR LIFE. I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress lately in my life. I get wrapped up in it and tell myself (and others) how stressed I am. This mentality ends up breeding even more stress, and it’s honestly not healthy. As I listen to others around me, I’ve come to realize this is the norm. Despite all of the technology we have and all of our luxuries, we consider ourselves to be the most stressed generation. That’s why I decided to bring you another great mashup talking about this stress from Amanda Enayati, Todd Kashdan, Lissa Rankin, and Arianna Huffington. Stress, more than anything, is a mindset. It’s something we create ourselves in order to try and protect ourselves. We even become stressed about the unknown. The possibility of infinite success, or infinite failure, naturally gets our emotions to focus the darker side of the world. Instead, I challenge you to take the lessons from each of these clips. Apply them to your life and see just how much better you can make your life. I’d love to hear what you think about this episode, and how you apply these lessons in your life - so don’t hesitate to reach out to me on social media and let me know how it’s been working for you. Download this episode now and learn about how you can take control of your stress, on Episode 659. In This Episode You Will Learn: The narrative we create about stress (3:39) What real stress is (5:19) How to control your stress (7:04) The misconception of optimism (8:29) How we need to look at our limits (8:58) Some of the bravest people there are (10:15) Why the ability to tolerate pain determines your success (11:46) The four beliefs that make us frightened (14:23) How we fear what we cherish (15:35) Ways you can shift your beliefs (16:47) How loss can liberate your soul (18:01) Why you should strive for integration over balance(18:58) Myths about entrepreneurs (19:48) Plus much, much more
Jun 27, 2018
My Mindset Hacks for a Greater Life
“NEVER SAY YOU'RE NOT WORTHY OF SOMETHING.” Your mindset is one of the most important tools you have in life. It can make you or break you. Many times people don’t realize the impact their thoughts and words have on their life, They tell themselves stories, whether it’s about their work, their finances, or even their health. These stories become real. They dictate your future. Unfortunately, it’s not so simple to change the narrative you are giving yourself. A lot of times it takes a major life event to make you realize the problem. By then, it can feel too late. I wanted to share this episode with you to show you 6 of the common misconceptions we have that can be holding you back. If you take the time to open your eyes to these mindset problems, you can start changing your life now instead of waiting to hit rock bottom. Learn more about my mindset hacks on Episode 658. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to change your mindset (2:14) Health as a lifestyle (3:16) How to appreciate time (10:24) Ways to get over self doubt and victim mentality (13:48) How to get your work to align with your dreams (21:05) What you need to do to connect with people (20:31) How you should look at money (25:03) Plus much, much more
Jun 25, 2018
You Are Enough
“I AM ENOUGH. I DESERVE SUCCESS.” You have to fight for what you want if you want to accomplish anything. Otherwise it wouldn’t be an achievement, it would just be the way life is. Unfortunately, the struggle we have to go through to achieve our dreams can be overwhelming. It can be discouraging, and often times people give up just before they hit that pivotal point in life. One thing you can do to push through is remind yourself that you are enough. You can succeed. It’s going to take time, dedication, and a lot of failures. As long as you keep learning, and stay strong, you can achieve anything. To go further into this, I wanted to bring back a clip from a previous episode with Carrie-Anne Moss. You may remember her as Trinity from The Matrix. What you may not know is how much she struggled moving to LA as a young actress. On this episode of 5 Minute Friday, she talks about what a challenge it was to move to Hollywood and believe in her own value. She has no money, no green card, and literally nothing but the dream of being an actress. Learn about how just being her was enough to succeed, and how you can apply her mindset into your life, on Episode 657. What it was like for Carrie to move to LA (1:10) Carrie’s deal with her manager (2:13) How she thinks about her acting career (3:00) What she did to get through the hard times (4:52) Plus much more...
Jun 22, 2018
Understanding Human Psychology from the Masters
“When people know their tendencies, they see themselves more clearly” - Gretchen Rubin No matter what business you are in, psychology is something you shouldn’t overlook. It’s not just something you should know in order to land the next client, or how to better build your team, but also to help you grow. You need to understand yourself to know what obstacles you need to overcome. When you understand your own psychology, you open a whole new world of possibilities. Getting to know your personality type means you’ll know what to adjust when you meet someone else. It also means you’ll know what to look out for when someone is trying to manipulate you. In every way, knowing psychology can be important to help you achieve the greatness you want. That’s why I put together this new mashup with the bests: Scott Barry Kaufman, Chris Lee, Gretchen Rubin, John Danner and Chris Kuenne In this episode of The School of Greatness, you’ll get a solid look as to various personality types that exist. You’ll also learn about the tendencies we all have and how to turn them into a strength. Each of my guests also give real world examples on how you can use the information provided in this episode. I hand picked the best of the best information from these episodes because I want to see you get out there, use this knowledge, and succeed. Anyone listening to this episode will take away something that they didn’t know before -- I learned new things re-listening to these clips! Get ready to better understand psychology, on Episode 656. Some Questions I Ask: What is IQ and is it effective? (6:48) What are the 4 personality types? (10:46) If I’m a controller, how would you speak my language to convince me to buy something? (14:40) If you’re selling a car, how would you approach these personality types? (27:14) What’s the main thing understanding your tendencies does for you? (30:27) Are we born with these tendencies? (35:23) Can someone be all of the personality types? (39:26) In This Episode You Will Learn: The multiple paths to greatness (5:02) How testing in the school system can cause people to fall through the cracks (8:47) What personality types a leader should have (10:26) What a controller is (11:28) The opposite personality of a controller (16:23) Exactly what a promoter is (20:51) How to spot an analyzer (24:26) How you can understand yourself and others better (30:07) The different types of tendencies (31:12) How entrepreneurs build teams (35:48) John and Chris’s 4 personality types (36:03) Plus much, much more
Jun 20, 2018
Be Vulnerable and Fight to Win with MMA Fighter Michelle Waterson
“NEVER LET ANYBODY GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR DREAMS. NOT EVEN YOURSELF.” So many times in this world we let others dictate our lives. We listen to our parents, our friends, even our neighbors on what we “should do” with our lives. No one knows our true purpose -- that’s something we have to find on our own. Our passions and our love should be what guides us in life, not just logic. Life’s too short to spend precious moments chasing something we don’t care about, something that doesn’t make us feel fulfilled. Sure, you could be a doctor or a lawyer and make money fast: but what good is the cash if you’re miserable? When you follow your passion and master those skills, the money will follow, and it’ll be worth the delay. That’s why for today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I brought on a truly inspirational woman: Michelle Waterson. Michelle is a wife, a mother, and an amazing UFC fighter. She had a passion for martial arts even as a child but pushed her passion aside to listen to what her parents wanted. She went to college and studied things she didn’t really care about. One day she was hired to work as a ring girl at a UFC fight and watching the action up close made her decide she wanted to continue her childhood passion. As soon as the semester was over, she left school and started training to be a fighter - but there was only one problem. At that time there were no UFC women. In fact, the UFC was very clear they were never planning to let women into the UFC. She didn’t let that stop her. She continued to train and take small fights any chance should could. Finally, all the hard work paid off. The UFC started letting in women fighters, and she’s had an incredible career that didn’t exist not too long ago. If you’re wondering if you should actually pursue your passion, no matter how unconventional it may be, you need to hear Episode 655. Some Questions I Ask: What has being a fighter taught you about femininity and masculinity? (7:36) You were a ring girl and then thought it would be fun to be in the ring punching people? (11:27) What’s a smoker? (14:11) If there were no women in the UFC at the time, what was your vision? (16:02) What does it take to be a champion in the UFC? (19:44) What’s the challenging part for you mentally and physically from the moment you get the phone call to the moment you step in the ring? (22:36) What has your biggest loss taught you about yourself? (26:44) What was the most challenging emotional wave you had to experience leading into a fight? (30:52) How do you get back to keeping your mental strength after and injury or bad loss? (41:32) What’s the greatest thing your dad taught you about being a better woman? (44:58) What kind of example do you want to set for your daughter? (47:08) In This Episode You Will Learn: What it is about fighting that Michelle loves (9:02) Her next step after training in Thailand (13:46) How long she was an amateur fighter (14:56) Her biggest fear today (18:08) What she does to silence the conversations that try to hold her back (20:56) How she respects her opponents when she’s fighting them (25:02) How she manages emotional up and downs (28:52) How she was able to focus on her fights, despite all of her emotional ups and downs (38:32) The greatest lesson her mom taught her (43:09) Plus much, much more
Jun 17, 2018
Tell Your Story
THERE'S ONE THING EVERYONE LIKE: A GOOD STORY. A strong story can move the masses. It can inspire a generation or change your life forever. Storytelling is also one of the most important tools we can use in business. Good storytelling can take your business to new heights. There is a secret to good storytelling: make other people the hero. If you’re the hero of your own stories, you sound conceited. Instead, make others the focus. If you want to take it to the next level, make your audience the hero of the story. To dive into the power of storytelling, I wanted to bring back an interview with Donald Miller for this episode of 5 Minute Friday. Donald unlocked the power of storytelling and quadrupled his business in no time. Then he started to get calls from the biggest companies, like Pantene, Ford-Lincoln and even the White House! Learn from the grandmaster of storytelling, on Episode 654. In This Episode You Will Learn: The thing everyone should do (00:34) How Donald quadrupled his revenue (1:26) What stories are all about (2:09) How “what ifs” can help your life (2:31) The story that’s most inspiring to Donald (2:52)
Jun 15, 2018
Become Superhuman and Achieve the Impossible with Iron Cowboy James Lawrence
"AS A PEOPLE, WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT OUR ALTER EGO IS.” One of the hardest things for us to deal with is pain. Our mind tries to prevent us from experiencing it. It's just trying to protect us and keep us alive. When we push through that pain, however, that’s when we accomplish greatness. Now I don’t mean continuing with a broken arm. I mean pushing through those tough times when your mind is trying to tell your body to stop, but you know you have more to give. That’s why I wanted to bring you today’s guest, the Iron Cowboy himself: James Lawrence. James did 50 Ironman Triathlons, in 50 days, in 50 states. He was constantly on the move for 12 hours a day, running, swimming, and cycling. As soon as he was finished, he had to travel to the next state. Most days James only had about four hours to rest. That’s no time for your body to recover. Did he hurt? Did he want to give up? Of course. But James ended up powering through, breaking a Guinness World Record. At the end of the 50 days, his body had begun to accept that this was its new reality (and he felt like he needed to do another triathlon after he finished!) Humans can push themselves so much further than we think. We just need to get over our mental barriers to see what we can really achieve. Learn what it takes to develop your skills and overcome your boundaries, on Episode 653. Some Questions I Ask: The universe was telling you to quit, how and why did you continue? (12:01) When did you do your first Ironman Triathlon? (21:00) Why do you think it’s important to put your body through a stress that your mind says no to? (25:36) What was your greatest fear growing up? (29:16) What’s the greatest personal struggle you’ve ever faced? (32:15) Were the conversations you were having with yourself more about forgiveness or the future you wanted to create? (37:56) How much mental training did it take for you to find your alter ego? (42:53) What’s your mental routine on a daily basis? (52:56) In This Episode You Will Learn: How James helped someone with Cerebral Palsy finish the triathlon (7:29) How long it takes for him to finish an Ironman Triathlon (14:32) The greatest lesson he’s learned from all 50 Ironmans (24:34) Something we can do on a daily basis to help us increase our mental toughness (27:25) How he’s preparing his children to take on the world (30:45) What he thinks about at hour 7 of the day during a race (34:51) The power of his alter ego (39:42) Why he felt the need to achieve the impossible (47:25)
Jun 13, 2018
Jesse Itzler on Building a Healthy, Wealthy, Wise Life
“I LEARN BEST BY JUMPING INTO THE UNKNOWN.” There’s one resource in this world we all take for granted: time. We’re only on this planet for a small amount of time, and we tend to build routines in our lives that makes the days roll by. The next thing we know, we look in the mirror and we’re 70. When you look at that face do you want to see a life of missed opportunities or one filled with experiences you are proud of? If you want the latter, you need to make sure you schedule time for you. Take the time to build your life resume, because that’s what makes our lives much more interesting. When you talk about someone, do you talk about how they clock in to work on time everyday at 9 am and work late hours? Or do you talk about the places they’ve been to, and the experiences they’ve had? On this episode of The School of Greatness, I bring you back someone who has decided to build their life’s resume: Jesse Itzler. Importance of taking advantage of time. Routine make life fly by. Make time for yourself - building life resume instead of business resume. Jesse enjoys living life "out of the box." In fact, he doesn't even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, co founded Marquis Jet, the world's largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company. He’s also the kind of person that when he wants something he grabs onto the opportunity without delay. He recently decided he needed to detox his mind from electronics and the constant multitasking of today’s world. He ended up living with monks, living in a room as small as a table, and unable to communicate with his family, just to find himself. The lessons he learned most were about the need to make time for yourself and the people around you that you care most about. In the end, that’s where you’ll have the most impact and where your true legacy will come from. Learn more lessons from Jesse’s isolation and time with the monks, on Episode 652. Some Questions I Ask: How was your 15 day digital detox? (8:45) What are you not waiting for? (20:09) If you could go back 20 years, what would you eliminate or add to your life? (21:41) Do you still take 3 hours for yourself every day? (24:44) What do you think you can learn from pain? (29:14) What did the monks teach you about overcoming personal challenges? (32:52) What did the master’s say (about death)? (36:34) Have you and your wife ever struggled with competing with one another? (44:47) Do you ever have a fear that your kids are a little soft? (47:04) What are the things you’ve learned from your time in your monks you didn’t know before? (48:13) In This Episode You Will Learn: When he had the idea to live with monks (10:50) What Jesse didn’t miss during his time away (14:51) How Jesse worked in the music business (17:07) The Kevin Rule (22:28) When Jesse started living this type of life (27:37) The biggest personal challenge he’s faced (30:29) Why death kept coming up in Jesse’s mind (34:40) How he maintains the spark of sexual desire and dynamic of business in his relationship (41:26) The greatest lessons his kids have taught him (45:40) Plus much, much more...
Jun 11, 2018
Overcome All Odds
“WE’RE GOING TO FALL CONSTANTLY. WHAT KEEPS YOU YOUNG?” We all go through struggles in life, and it’s so easy to get into a loop of self pity. Instead, find a way to focus on your future. Make goals for yourself, especially if you find yourself in a life changing event. Where do you want to be in six months? What accomplishment do you want to make in the next year? Life’s too short to dwell on the present, so look forward to the future. The importance of creating this sort of accountability really got me thinking about a past episode with one of the most inspirational people I had on the show: Amy Purdy. Amy is a Paralympian who lost both of her feet. It didn’t stop her from becoming a world class athlete and someone that even Oprah has called her hero. On this episode of 5 Minute Friday, Amy discusses how she was able to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles by shifting her mindset to one that is selfless. Learn all about how you can overcome the impossible, on Episode 651. In This Episode You Will Learn: Amy’s 3 Goals she gave herself (1:08) When Amy’s new journey began (2:06) Why she decided to keep training for the Paralympics (3:09) Plus much, much more
Jun 08, 2018
Leadership Lessons from the Masters
“The leader who acts like they have all the answers leaves no opportunity for others to help.” - Simon Sinek My previous mashup episodes have been exploding. Because of this, I wanted to bring you an episode on leadership. No matter who you are, or what you do, you will be in a leadership position at some point. Whether you are the CEO of a company, or a stay at home parent: there are people who rely on you to stand up and take charge. This can be a very confusing situation, as sometimes you may find yourself feeling like you can’t ask for help. You also may feel like you’re losing progress and need to keep moving forward. To give you the tools you need to lead in success I wanted to bring you back segments from Alison Levine, Simon Sinek, Nancy Duarte, and Cesar Millan. This collection of interviews, I felt, will give you some of the tools you need to really progress in your life. If you take these lessons, and integrate them into your life a little at a time, you will see results. I don’t expect you to memorize it all and I don’t expect you to make a sudden change. Integrate these lessons little by little and review them. Now get to it, and learn how to be a successful leader, on Episode 650. Som questions I ask: What if you have an employee that’s failing over and over again? (5:39) Why do you say “When you make progress on something, turn around and change direction?" (7:12) Does vulnerability create trust? (12:06) Who do you think is the most inspiring leader? (20:14) Did you (Cesar) always see yourself as a natural leader? (21:36) What if someone feels like they’re leading, but aren’t? (23:19) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to help your team learn and grow (5:15) The way you successfully reach the top (8:23) What will make you struggle the most in life (14:23) One of the greatest leadership tools (19:13) How to build confidence in human beings (24:04) Plus much, much more...
Jun 06, 2018
Make a Comeback - Body and Mind Training with Brooke Ence
“YOU HAVEN'T LOST CHANCES TO BE A BETTER PERSON.” Are you aware you’re constantly being judged? I bet you are. Are you letting it affect the the way you live your life? I really hope not. Today, it’s so much easier to feel the burden of judgment. With social media, our lives are always in the spotlight. There are so many people who will hate on us, and the more successful we are the more haters there usually are. You can’t listen to them. You just need to follow your heart and brush off their comments. Focus in on listening to those that you really do care about, not some stranger that you’ve never heard of. I have a special guest who knows more about this than most people: Brooke Ence. Brooke is a fitness and Crossfit icon. She also appeared in Wonder Woman as an Amazonian warrior and she's just getting started. Unfortunately, she’s always received a lot of criticism in her life. Her love of working out has meant she doesn’t have a traditional female body. She can come off as intimidating to people, and there’s always been a lot of backlash on social media because of it. Last year she suffered a spinal injury that nearly took her life’s passion away from her. She decided not to let it ruin everything she has built. Through pacing herself she’s learned to get back into the competition world and has been making a massive recovery in such a short amount of time. Sadly, this pacing of herself has lead to even more people criticizing her. They’ve been trying to make her feel like she’s burnt out or past her prime - but I get the feeling she’s going to come back even stronger and better in the future. Instead of listening to the naysayers she’s learned to focus her attention to people that truly know her, support her, and gauge her success on their reaction. On this episode of The School of Greatness, Brooke really opens up about her injury and the struggles she’s gone through as a woman focusing on her passion as opposed to society’s standards. She really is an inspiration to all people -- don't miss Episode 649. Some Questions I Ask: How did you get your injury? (7:48) Did people think you could come back like you did? (23:18) Has your build had an affect your confidence? (29:12) What advice do you give to people that focus on other people’s words all the time? (42:16) How do you push through every time when it hurts? (51:20) Do you feel relief that you don’t have to train as hard for the games? (53:42) In This Episode You Will Learn: How quickly Brooke had her surgery (20:32) The ways Brooke is more secure today (26:26) How Brooke dealt with the lies she was telling herself (37:15) How she sets herself up to have the best workout (48:28) Her vision moving forward (52:03) The thing she’s most proud of since her surgery (1:02:23)
Jun 03, 2018
Live to Serve
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May 31, 2018
Business Building Secrets From the Masters
"EVEN THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT." - NAVEEN JAIN We've had some incredible masters of business on the show over the years. For this next mashup episode, I selected 5 clips from some of the most impactful conversations I've had with these masters. I've learned so much about how to take my business to the next level by learning from these entrepreneurs. Each of them has a unique business and personality (and strengths), but each has achieved extraordinary success by following certain key patterns. Interested to know what they are? You'll hear from Rob Dyrdek, the mogul of skateboard products, MTV, and funding startups. You'll then hear from Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx and the youngest female self-made billionaire in the US. Then you'll hear from Naveen Jain, the founder of multiple wildly successful tech companies, including ones that are making private space travel a reality - and curing disease. Next is Lisa Messenger, the Australian multi-media entrepreneur who turned out an incredibly successful magazine when nothing supported her idea. And finally, we end on a note from Grant Cardone, the money master entrepreneur himself, who I recently spoke at his massive 9K person event in Vegas. This is a power-packed episode, so get ready to take notes and take your business to the next level after listening to Episode 647. In this episode you will learn: How to systemize your life to scale your impact (5:37) The way to get through massive obstacles in the start up phase (10:10) How to attract the very best talent in the world to your company (15:05) Why it's important to surrender to the process of building your business (20:19) How to think like a billionaire versus a millionaire (25:00) Plus much more...
May 30, 2018
How to Be the Jedi Master of Overcoming Stress
“YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER OTHER PEOPLE, BUT YOU HAVE TOTAL CONTROL OVER YOURSELF.” Do you ever feel like there’s certain things that just set you off? Certain subjects that send you into a blind rage? We all go through it. There was a period in my life, well honestly it was most of my life, I was explosive. Even if a little thing would trigger me, I found myself exploding. In those moments, I would reflect - and I know that wasn’t me. The truth is, it wasn’t me. It was my reaction. More importantly, it wasn’t my reaction to what was really happening. I was reacting to things in my past. Previous events I was holding on to, and constantly judging, were making me react in an explosive manner. Events would trigger these memories on a subconscious level, and everything that built up would come out all at once. I was able to find a place of peace with my past and find a place of neutrality, thanks to the help of today’s guest: Chris Lee. Chris Lee is a transformational facilitator and coach (and TV personality) that has been doing deep work for 30 years. This is also the 14th (yes, 14th) time he’s been on the show. On this episode of The School of Greatness, we discuss how you can achieve a neutral mindset. Not only will you get the theory behind the work, but you’ll also walk away with actionable steps you can take today to make that happen. Don’t be caught reacting to your triggers, creating an image of yourself you don’t want others to see ever again. Chris has been my coach for years on this exact topic, and I'm so excited for you to hear his wisdom as well. Learn how you can create a neutral mind-frame that allows for clarity on Episode 646. Some Questions I Ask: How can we have more results in our lives? (7:44) So what is step one to create a neutral life? (18:00) How do you handle not letting wild kids trigger you? (19:26) Do you recommend having a mantra if things seem too out of control? (21:34) What’s the next point for staying neutral? (32:34) What’s something you’ve learned about yourself that’s surprised you in the last year? (38:54) What’s the thing you need to master still that will take you to another level? (41:34) In This Episode You Will Learn: How holding onto judgment will create negative reactions (10:54) The truth about every event in life (12:10) What neutrality really is (20:06) Another way to achieve neutrality when you’re triggered (23:16) How the greatest athletes are neutral (26:21) What you need to do now to overcome triggers (28:07) The importance of a neutral accountability buddy (30:26) Your action steps after this episode is over (36:00)
May 28, 2018
Give Your Attention
“THERE’S A HUGE AMOUNT OF REAL STATE BETWEEN THE WORST AND THE GREATEST.” Do you care about getting your social media numbers up? Do you want people to love and adore you? The problem is that you’re focusing in the wrong direction. Don’t concentrate on yourself or what you want from other people. Shift your focus to helping others. Make an impact on those who already appreciate you. When that happens, more people will appreciate you. You’ll make their lives magical, and the success and admiration will come later. For example, when Oprah comes out on stage she doesn’t say “Look at me. I’m great.” She puts her focus on her audience. She zooms in on others and does what she can to help everyone around her. For this episode of 5 Minute Friday, I’m bringing back this segment from Elizabeth Gilbert. She’s an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 had spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. She gives her insights on what she’s learned about the power of looking to serve rather than be served. Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 645. In This Episode You Will Learn: Where most people lie in relation to their greatness (00:45) How to really help others (1:32) How to get a larger platform (3:17) What makes Oprah so great (3:44) Plus much, much more.
May 25, 2018
Wellness Wisdom from the Masters
THE FIRST WEALTH IS HEALTH. Lately I have been bringing you some mashups, giving you some of the best advice on a specific topic and the response has been overwhelming. I know you love the long interviews, hearing about all aspects of someone’s life - and I’m not going to stop those. I love them too. But I wanted to take a moment to bring you a best of on something very important to me. It’s something that you need to think about if you want to truly achieve greatness, because without it you can’t go very fair. Yes, it's health and wellness. Without having good health, you can’t really enjoy your life. Trust me I know. I used to not care about my body at all. I worked all day. I would hardly sleep. I was putting on a lot of weight. So much so people started to call me Flewis (Fat Lewis). Once I started taking care of myself, that’s when everything changed. I started sleeping better, I had more confidence, and I was a lot more productive. That’s why for this episode of the School of Greatness, I am bringing you a wellness mash up. To talk about the relationship champions have with their bodies and how you can achieve the same thing, I bring you Aubrey Marcus. Discussing the importance of good habits and Whole30, you’ll hear from Melissa Hartwig. The importance of educating yourself and sleep is talked about by Shawn Stevenson. Lastly, to discuss body image and self worth I bring you back Kelly LeVeque. Learn all about the importance of health and wellness, on Episode 644. In This Episode You Will Learn: How champions treat their body (5:07) How you can start understanding the relationship with your body (7:04) The way you should look at your body (8:45) Best way to start new habits (9:20) What your bones are actually made of (13:19) Why our self worth is tied to our body image (15:24) Why it’s important to celebrate your body (16:56) Plus much, much more.
May 23, 2018
Show the World Your Greatness with Trent Shelton
“WHAT YOU THINK IS YOUR GREATEST DISAPPOINTMENT CAN BE YOUR GREATEST RESCUE.” Do you ever get down on yourself over mistakes you’ve made in the past? Are you upset about things that happened to you and feel like the best times of your life are over? They’re not. When I was younger and injured right as my professional career as an athlete was starting to take off, I thought that was it. I thought my life was over in my early twenties. I had no backup. No plan B. I ended up sharing myself with the world, and turning my selfish nature into something selfless. I started making it my goal to help others, to transform lives, and I’m so much happier than I ever could have been. Of course, a part of me wishes my career as an athlete had been successful, but when I think about everything I have and all of the memories I have from helping others, I wouldn’t change it for the world. There’s no reason you can’t do the same now. Your glory days are still coming. On this episode of The School of Greatness, I had the pleasure to sit down with someone who has gone through a similar situation as myself: Trent Shelton. Trent Shelton is a former NFL wide receiver that is now considered one of the most impactful speakers of this generation. He reaches over 50 million people weekly through his various social media outlets, and also travels the world to speak his message of creating lasting change in your life. I was fortunate enough to have him sit down with me and discuss how he’s impacted people. We talk about the three steps to rehab when you’ve lost your identity, what happens when you don’t celebrate your accomplishments, and how to build your communication strategy. Learn how you can apply the best of yourself each day, on Episode 643. Some Questions I Ask: When you dropped to the arena league, did you do pretty well? (6:55) Did you start doing videos during your “rehab” time? (9:17) What has being a husband and father taught you about life?(17:48) What numbers do you think we should be measuring? (21:44) What is the biggest challenge in intimate relationships? (25:12) What do you do to connect with your wife or your kids every single day? (29:54) What’s the biggest challenge you face moving forward? (32:12) Can you share a spoken word? (34:36) What about the people who are afraid to share their story? (38:53) In This Episode You Will Learn: What Trent did when Plan A fell through (7:34) How long someone should take before they come back into life after dealing with pain (11:12) The three Rs of rehab (12:24) What Trent means by, “Chasing a life of fulfillment wears you out.” (19:38) The person Trent held a grudge against the longest (23:14) The biggest challenge he faces in his marriage (27:52) Trent’s main goal and dream for himself (30:52) How social media is affecting relationships today (33:23) The biggest thing Trent has learned from reflecting on his life (37:08) Plus much, much more
May 20, 2018
Love Versus Ego
"CONVINCE YOURSELF YOU ARE WORTH IT.” Have you ever wondered, “What value do I have? Am I good enough? How can I compete against others?” Those thoughts stem from you comparing yourself to others. It’s a natural habit, but it’s one that is going to hold you back. Your value comes from you. From being who you are, and all of the experiences you went through. This world, and finding your place in it, is all about you being you and trusting in your instincts. If you compare yourself to others, you’re always going to feel like you’re coming up short. The truth is, you are great now. Every experience you go through, good or bad, makes you something special. To go further into this, I wanted to dive into a previous episode with Taye Diggs. Taye is an actor and singer who has had an incredible career in film and theatre. He was in the film, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and the TV series Private Practice, among many other career highlights. Listen to all of Taye’s insights, on Episode 642. In This Episode You Will Learn: What Taye struggled with (00:53) The thing you need to convince yourself of (1:14) How to find your inner power (1:47) What guides Taye and his actions (2:26) How you can get the world to open up (3:18) Plus much more.
May 17, 2018
Spiritual Truths from the Masters
"You have to have some kind of practice of stillness in your life." - Danielle LaPorte Have you ever wondered what the truth is about why we're here and how to make sense of life? I think we all have. It's a question I often ask guests on my podcast who have a spiritual background. I'm fascinated by all the different ideas on our purpose in life and how to find it. We've had some amazing spiritual leaders on the show, from all different backgrounds, so I thought it would be cool to do a Masters mashup episode on spiritual truths. The response to these mashup episodes from the archives has been so great, I'm going to keep them coming. This one features 4 clips from some of the wisest spiritual minds I've ever met. First we hear from John Gray about how we can see our biggest mistakes and challenges being used for good in our lives. Then we hear from Marianne Williamson about the difference between pain and suffering (and that we have a choice about how to respond to them). Next there's a great nugget from Danielle LaPorte about why it's so important to be your own guru when it comes to walking your spiritual path. And lastly we end with Rob Bell talking about why he believes God has put paradox into every truth (and why that is a good thing). I loved each of these episodes, and I think you'll get as much value as I did by revisiting them in Episode 641. In this episode you will learn: The importance of seeing each other's struggles (5:42) The difference between pain and suffering (9:16) How to create space to listen to your own wisdom (12:38) Why paradox is baked into truth (19:04) Plus much more...
May 16, 2018
How to Overcome Obstacles
THE GREATEST PEOPLE ARE MADE BY THE GREATEST CHALLENGES. Have you ever wondered what the truth is about why we're here and how to make sense of life? I think we all have. It's a question I often ask guests on my podcast who have a spiritual background. I'm fascinated by all the different ideas on our purpose in life and how to find it. We've had some amazing spiritual leaders on the show, from all different backgrounds, so I thought it would be cool to do a Masters mashup episode on spiritual truths. The response to these mashup episodes from the archives has been so great, I'm going to keep them coming. This one features 4 clips from some of the wisest spiritual minds I've ever met. First we hear from John Gray about how we can see our biggest mistakes and challenges being used for good in our lives. Then we hear from Marianne Williamson about the difference between pain and suffering (and that we have a choice about how to respond to them). Next there's a great nugget from Danielle LaPorte about why it's so important to be your own guru when it comes to walking your spiritual path. And lastly we end with Rob Bell talking about why he believes God has put paradox into every truth (and why that is a good thing). I loved each of these episodes, and I think you'll get as much value as I did by revisiting them in Episode 641. In this episode you will learn: The importance of seeing each other's struggles (5:42) The difference between pain and suffering (9:16) How to create space to listen to your own wisdom (12:38) Why paradox is baked into truth (19:04) Plus much more...
May 14, 2018
Be Kind to Yourself
“IF YOU FILL YOUR HOUSE LIGHT, DARKNESS CAN'T COME IN.” So many people I know put more time and energy into their things, or their career, than they do into into their relationship. I know I can be guilty of it, and I’m sure you can be too. We put so much time into fixing up things like our homes, maintaining our cars, we tend to forget about those closest to us. We take them for granted. When is the last time you really took the time to make your partner feel good? How often do you really put effort into boosting their confidence -- or even just being present with them. That’s not the only relationship we neglect though - we forget about the one with ourselves. Chances are it’s been awhile since you’ve taken the time to forgive yourself. To do something respectable and give yourself that moment to appreciate it. To appreciate you. To dive further into this I wanted to bring back a previous episode with the internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer, Marianne Williamson on Episode 639. In This Episode You Will Learn: The only thing that matters (00:37) What our society really seems to care about (00:43) What you should be doing for your partner daily (1:19) Where a lot of the pain we feel comes from (1:57) The importance of atonement (2:20) How to start respecting yourself again (2:52) Plus much, much more
May 10, 2018
Train Your Mind to Win with MMA Champion Mike Chandler
"SOMEBODY HAS TO BE THE BEST. WHY SHOULDN'T IT BE YOU?" - MIKE CHANDLER Have you ever looked at the best in the world and wondered if you could be that? I have. I think a lot of us do when we're kids. We are amazed and inspired by the very best examples we find. But often we grow up and discover all kinds of reasons for why we can't be as good as the best. We fail at things. We struggle. We get knocked down, disappointed, hurt. I got to connect with someone this week who has experienced all of that. Many times. But he still decided he could be the best in the world at what he does. And he became that. Mike Chandler is a Bellator Lightweight Champion fighter. He was an All-American wrestler in college. He's overcome extraordinary opponents to win titles again and again. But he's also faced losses. Failures. Setbacks. At one point, after winning the world championship, he didn't win another fight for 688 days straight. So when we had a minute to sit down to record a podcast about the mindset of champions, I had to know what his self-talk routine is like. It really impressed me. Mike told me that self-image is actually one of the most important things he has cultivated. He has to believe he can be the best in the world, or it's not going to happen. I loved his insights on why it's so important to talk to yourself instead of listening to yourself, and so many more nuggets. Whatever you're aspiring to, I know you'll find his wisdom very helpful in Episode 638. Some questions I ask: What lesson did you learn in order to win the world championship? (8:23) Who taught you that you could become anything you want? (11:05) What do all world-class fighters have in common? (14:47) What happens when you believe you deserve great things? (18:03) What's your greatest gift in your sport and what do you need to work on the most? (19:10) In this episode you will learn: Why settling for your mediocre circumstances is unacceptable (9:20) What loss can teach us about what our potential is (11:15) Why your self-image is so important to your success (14:55) Mike's pre-fight self-talk and rituals (21:10) Plus much more...
May 09, 2018
Sex, Love and Relationships From Master Coaches
"When you become rare, people become really terrified of losing you." - Matthew Hussey I know I get huge value every time I sit across from an expert and hear their wisdom about one of the most important parts of my life -- my relationships. We've had some amazing relationship coaches on the podcast through the years, but some of the episodes are so old, I know you may not remember them (or have ever heard them). That's why I wanted to put together another mashup episode from the archives to share some of these gems with you. If you enjoyed last week's mashup episode on High Performance Habits, you're going to love this one. We're first featuring a clip from my good friend and global dating icon Matthew Hussey. This is still one of the most popular episodes we've ever recorded. Then we dive into part of my conversation with Tracy McMillan, an Oprah favorite, a long-term TV writer, and relationship expert. I love how real and honest Tracy is in this episode. Last, we feature the master therapist herself, bestselling author and powerhouse coach Esther Perel (who has been on the podcast twice and spoken at Summit of Greatness). I think you'll love each clip for a different reason -- and I want to know! Let me know by messaging me on social media @lewishowes. If you're looking for some insight into making your intimate relationships better, look no further than this mashup Episode 637. In this episode you will learn: The problem with having a sense of entitlement in dating (5:05) What makes you attractive beyond your best quality (10:10) The biggest mistake people make in dating (12:41) How to get through the rough patches of a relationship (17:13) The importance of humor in relationships (19:35) How to work with your partner when they are triggered (20:55) Why monogamy is a choice (26:45) Plus much more...
May 07, 2018
Lead the Way
“WHEN YOU HAVE A VISION, IT BURNS INSIDE OF YOU.” If you want to find your purpose in life, you need to dream with others in mind. When you find that purpose, you’ll have to lead others. When you do, there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that. To explain this more, and how to tell if you’re really meant to be a leader, I brought back this clip from Nancy Duarte. Nancy Duarte is the founder of the design firm Duarte, Inc. They have consulted companies and leaders like Apple, Google, GE, and so many more to create the speeches and presentations that have shaped all of the brands we love. Her most recent book is all about how leaders can use storytelling to enroll their teams to follow their vision. You’ll learn all about what it takes to bear the torch of leadership, on Episode 636. In This Episode You Will Learn: Who the real leaders are (1:00) The importance of being a torch bearer (1:51) Why we need self mastery (2:25) How businesses used to be run (2:53) What your dreams need to have to be successful (3:48) Plus much, much more
May 04, 2018
High Performance Habits from Master Coaches
TO BE THE BEST YOU HAVE TO LEARN FROM THE BEST. This week I wanted to bring you something new. I’ve recorded well over six hundred episodes at this point. There’s been so much knowledge and wisdom from the brightest minds on the planet shared on the show. I know it can be overwhelming to try to take it all, so I'm bringing you a recap of some of the strongest wisdom I’ve received over the years of doing this podcast. For this episode I wanted to concentrate of high performance habits that I’ve learned from such amazing people as Brendon Burchard, Michael Gervais, Tony Robbins, and Mel Robbins. Each of these guests has reached the top of their game, and the biggest factor in that has been their habits. They set their mind to achieve something big and found a way to persevere even at some of the worst times. So what makes them different than you? Nothing. They aren’t super human and they aren’t luckier than you. If you take their words of wisdom, you’ll find how to overcome what’s holding you back. I hope you enjoy these nuggets of information I hand selected so you don’t have to dig for them. Please let me know what you think of this new format on social media. Now get ready to learn high performance habits from the masters, on Episode 635. Some Questions I Ask: Why do so many of us just focus on our strengths? (10:05) What’s the habit you take on with clarity for your life? (14:44) What’s slowing people down from being their best? (18:53) Why do we fear not being good enough? (19:37) How can we train our minds to overcome fear? (22:05) What are your personal philosophies? (22:47) How does someone continue to stay hungry? (31:42) In This Episode You Will Learn: What’s really correlated with high performance (4:40) 6 most important habits for high performance (6:00) Why you can’t just focus on your strengths (12:03) What your relationship with fear should look like (18:02) How to get to your personal best (21:38) Why you need to be clear about your philosophy (25:00) What makes us grow and what makes us change (27:18) The one common denominator among all successful people (30:00) What you can count on in life (32:41) The two states of life we live in (33:48) Two of my most significant life experiences so far (36:01) What happens during our highest experiences of life (37:28) The thing everyone you admire does (40:31) Plus much more
May 02, 2018
Reverse Disease and Reclaim Your Health with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee
“WE’RE APPLYING 20TH CENTURY THINKING TO 21ST CENTURY PROBLEMS.” If you wake up in the morning and find that your tire is low, what do you do? You go with the quick fix and fill it up with air. What if you go to your car the next day and find it’s low. Do you fill it up again, and again, and again for days, weeks, months? Of course not. You find the root of the problem. You find the nail, or whatever is causing the problem, to have it removed and have it fixed permanently. So why aren’t you doing it with your health? Most of us go to the doctor and get a prescription for pills to fix our chronic problems. We just keep going for the quick fix instead of addressing the root of it. I can’t say every medical condition is this way, but in many cases ongoing problems like depression and diabetes needs to have the root problem examined. Chances are you just need to shift your lifestyle. And that doesn’t mean a drastic change to your life. You can start small. To explain much more than I can, I sat down with the UK's leading doctor, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. Dr. Chatterjee is a medical doctor who decided to rethink the way we do medicine. He’s decided that physicians need to be more holistic in their approach to treating patients and help their lifestyle as opposed to just giving them a quick fix. He has become the star of the hit BBC series Doctor in the House where he analyzes every aspect of people’s lives to help with their illness. Dr. Chatterjee has made it his goal to simplify the way the average person thinks about healthcare. He’s divided health into four easy pillars that allow anyone with a chronic disease to retake control of their lives. Learn the root cause of most chronic diseases, how to let technology empower us, and the key indicator of how well you will age, on Episode 634. Some Questions I Ask: Why are people not the best they can be? (5:38) You said a disease is an illusion, why is that? (10:16) What’s usually the root cause of people’s chronic disease? (21:17) It’s important to build muscle mass? (33:48) How come medical school isn’t teaching the two most important things to change someone’s health? (39:24) Is there anything in your health that’s lacking? (50:00) When’s the last time you meditated? (52:03) Are you doing a digital detox at night? (54:11) What’s your biggest fear as a human? (1:01:32) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why people eat so much fast food (9:02) The boy that made Rangan reevaluate the medical industry (14:03) Rangan’s first pillar of health (23:54) What the world was like before technology (28:54) Rangan’s new medical course (42:31) What Med schools should be looking for (48:26) The next thing Rangan needs to work on (53:17) Plus much, much more
Apr 30, 2018
Let Go of Ego
“CULTIVATE PEOPLE AROUND YOU WHO ARE NOT AFRAID TO TELL YOU YOU THE TRUTH.” Whether you want to admit it or not, you have an ego. Everyone does. We tend to put a bad connotation on it, but in truth a little ego is healthy. Ego can be confidence about yourself and what you do. It can be a challenge if you become successful, because people become afraid of telling you the truth and pointing out your flaws. To keep growing, however, you must surround yourself with people who aren’t afraid to tell you the uncomfortable truths in a polite way. And if you truly respect someone with power over you, you’ll do the same. To go deeper into this, I am bringing back a strong segment from a previous episode with Ryan Holiday. Ryan is a writer and media strategist. When he was 19 years old, he dropped out of college to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power. He went on to become the director of marketing for American Apparel. His creative agency, Brass Check, has advised clients like Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as many prominent bestselling authors, including Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss (and me). He has worked with huge egos in his career, but what I love about Ryan is his willingness to take on his own ego as well. Learn how to control your ego and help those around you on Episode 633. In This Episode You Will Learn: The spectrum of Ego (00:54) Where confidence comes from (1:33) How to continue your growth (3:02) When people stop listening to the truth they need to hear (3:32) How to tell powerful people the truth (5:18) What to do when you’re right (5:48) Plus much more...
Apr 27, 2018
Jay Williams: Life is Not an Accident
“WHAT HAPPEN IF I WERE TO LIVE MY LIFE WITH NO EXCUSE?” When I was injured as a pro athlete I felt I had really lost myself. I felt like my identity was stripped away from me. I began comparing myself to my past -- to what I could have been. I doubted my entire future. Chances are you’ve been through something similar. Maybe it was the loss of a job. Maybe you lost someone you depended on emotionally. I eventually came to a realization. I could continue down this self destructive path, feeling like a helpless victim in a cruel world, or I could take my destiny into my own hands. In the end, I decided to have faith that maybe this happened for a greater cause. I felt like maybe I was meant for something else. Something more important. On this episode of The School of Greatness, I had the chance to sit down with someone who knows a lot about having to reinvent themselves: Jay Williams. If you aren’t familiar with Jay Williams, he’s a former NBA pro. He came from a home that was surrounded by abusive relationships. When he was drafted at a young age, he didn’t know how to handle the fame and money. His ego got in the way, and he ended up in a motorcycle accident and put his career on hold. After a long recovery and massive amounts of physical therapy, he wound up back on the court only to suffer from injuries again. And again. He came to the same cross road: either stay a victim and fall into a life of extreme hardship or take it as a sign he was meant for something else. Today, Jay Williams is a television personality, motivational speaker, and successful businessman. He says that his life, the parts that he values the most, started after his accident. Hear all about his inspirational journey and why it's worth it to believe life happens for a reason, on Episode 632. Some Questions I Ask: What would make this the most powerful interview you’ve ever done? (5:40) What’s your biggest vulnerability? (7:24) Is there anything you’re still suppressing? (12:38) How did your father handle working for you? (16:04) What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your father? (18:47) You felt like there was less of a team in the pro league? (24:04) Did you get back on the court for a little bit? (29:12) What was it like when everyone felt entitled to your money? (48:32) Why couldn’t you have a conversation with your fiance about everything that was going on? (56:09) Have you ever tried to facilitate communication between your parents? (1:01:28) In This Episode You Will Learn: The beginnings of his family (6:23) The one lesson Jay would teach his future child (11:11) The abuse he witnessed as a child (14:53) His relationship with his father today (16:55) Jay’s motorcycle accident (21:28) How the people around him influenced his change (27:28) What an advisory board is (40:07) Why some people can’t escape their past identities (48:56) How he was able to successfully shift his career (52:10) What he wishes his dad would say to him that he hasn’t (58:32) How he is going to manage his busy schedule and his family life (1:04:08)
Apr 25, 2018
Create the Opposite of Hate with Sally Kohn
"Just because hate feels justified doesn't mean it's justifiable." - Sally Kohn Let's be honest: we've all done things we regret. They may have been when we were kids or adults. They may have affected just ourselves or many people around us. But it's likely we remember doing them because we regret them. This is something that's not easy to talk about. But there's something really valuable in recognizing the parts of ourselves that are capable of doing things we regret. I recently met a woman who gave a TED talk (and has now written a book) about this exact topic. Sally Kohn is a CNN commentator who has attracted huge amounts of haters during her career as a political speaker. As our society has gotten more divided, hate seems to be taking over a lot of actions and discussions. So Sally decided to do a deep dive study on why we hate and what the opposite of that is. She talked to her own haters, she traveled to countries that have experienced genocides, and she discussed the psychological pieces of what's going on. This was a powerful conversation about a topic that isn't always easy to discuss. I really appreciated Sally's willingness and honesty in discussing how we can each shift our habits out of hate and bias and into open-mindedness and respect. No matter what you've been through or what you believe, I know there's something valuable to learn for all of us in Episode 631. Some questions I ask: Do we believe our friend group or the media more? (9:50) How do we start thinking differently about people [versus relying on bias]? (13:10) Why did you start working for Fox News with your point of view? (19:30) How much bullying is happening today in schools? (30:22) How do we start to repair our habits around how we treat each other? (37:03) In this episode you will learn: What getting hate mail taught Sally about her own ability to be mean (3:05) The difference between our brain's hardware and its software (8:15) What happens when we wear "masks" to hide our true identity (18:50) Why it's important to talk to people who believe differently than you do (21:45) How mass atrocities can happen (and be avoided) (27:20) Why we don't usually see ourselves as the starters of hate (38:37) How to forgive and understand haters (40:15) Plus much more...
Apr 23, 2018
Love Yourself Unconditionally
"I am not my past, I am not my future. This is the only place I am able to express my will.” Do you ever have those moments when you replay a certain event in your mind over and over? It becomes so real, it’s almost like you are there. You start thinking, “What could I have done differently? Does this make me a bad person? Could I have handled things better?” I know when this happens I start judging myself. I become my worst critic, obsessing over how I lost my temper here or the person I hurt there. Ultimately, these moments don’t define us. What does define us is right now. What we do at this moment is who we are, and as long as we learned from our mistakes we shouldn’t judge ourselves. We need to forgive ourselves and stop the emotional punishment. To go more into this I wanted to bring you a clip from Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. for this episode of 5 Minute Friday. Don Miguel is a master of transformation, and he shares so much wisdom about forgiveness and moving forward with life on Episode 630. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why people judge themselves so harshly (00:47) What it means to forgive yourself (1:23) How we reward and punish ourselves (1:40) The illusion of our expectations (2:38) How to forgive yourself (3:28)
Apr 20, 2018
The Power of Hope to Heal with Elizabeth Smart
“It’s not what happens to you that defines who you are, it’s ultimately your decisions.” - Elizabeth Smart There are a lot of heartbreaking things that happen in this world. I’m sure you have your own stories. Being a victim doesn’t end with the event. It continues on for a lifetime. In the end, you have no control over what happened to you. There’s no going back. What you do have control over is the decisions you make on the other side -- how you let these tragedies affect you. You need to not only stay strong but also learn to forgive. When I say this, I say it from personal experience. I have gone through abuse when I was younger, and I understand how it can disrupt you to your core. But forgiveness isn’t for them. It’s for you. Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened is ok. It doesn’t mean you let go of what happened and consider everything to be just fine. It doesn’t eliminate what happened. Forgiveness is about allowing yourself to move forward as a better person. It’s about growing, rather than letting these events disrupt your life anymore. It’s about becoming stronger and learning from the situation to help others. There is no one who knows this better than today’s guest on The School of Greatness: Elizabeth Smart. If you haven’t heard of Elizabeth Smart, she was kidnapped by complete strangers at the age of 14 and held captive for 9 months. She endured nearly every terrible thing you can imagine. Today, Elizabeth is a NYT best-selling author and has dedicated her life to bringing empowerment to survivors and awareness to these crimes. On this episode, we discuss the biggest lessons she’s learned about forgiveness, her definition of hope, the importance of owning your story, and the biggest lesson she learned from her captors. Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 629. What’s been the biggest lesson about forgiveness for you? (6:23) If you could go back to that day would you wish it didn’t happen, or do you feel like you’re better off because of what you learned? (10:42) What was the feeling when you saw your family for the first time? (12:32) Do you feel like you’re still healing today? (16:20) What if you feel there is no hope? (17:32) Does someone who commits these crimes have no hope for a meaningful life? (19:26) Is there anything that you’ve given up hope on? (25:03) Do you believe in people? (27:42) What’s the reason to keep going when things are dark? (29:18) If what we go through doesn’t define us, what does define us? (32:09) How long it took Elizabeth to forgive and move on (9:46) The biggest fear for Elizabeth during her abduction (12:00) What gave her hope while being held captive (14:13) Her definition of hope now (16:46) The difference between a collective community having hope and a single person having hope (24:38) How people can be more educated to not commit these crimes (25:52) What Elizabeth wishes more people would do about owning our own stories (28:12) The biggest lesson that she learned from her captors (29:35) Plus much more...
Apr 18, 2018
Understand Your Body Through Somatic Intelligence with Chen Lizra
“MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE THINKING TOO MUCH AND FEELING ENOUGH.” There is a certain art that I feel had been lost over the years in this country, and you may have noticed it too. It’s the art of seduction. Let me make one thing clear, when I say seduction I don’t mean unwanted flirting. I don’t mean trying to manipulate someone. True seduction is a lore more than that. Seduction is about selflessly making other people feel good about themselves. Their bodies, their personalities, and everything about them. It’s also about being aware of your own body. Owning it, being proud of it, and listening to it. In America we spend so much time on our phones, we’ve lost that seduction between each other. This is a topic that my guest today, Chen Lizra, is an expert on. Chen Lizra had a wildly successful Ted Talk on the power of seduction. She’s also an award winning entrepreneur, best-selling author, and a professional dancer. She learned all about the power of seduction while living in Cuba, where she was deeply inspired by the culture of body confidence there. She was able to see how people were able to really connect with each other, lift each other up, and make a true connection with their bodies. As a result, she has developed a powerful method of teaching body-awareness called somatic intelligence. I was fascinated during this conversation as she explained (and demonstrated) these principles and how they impact our relationships, our opportunities, and our self-confidence. Learn all about the power of seduction in our everyday lives, on Episode 628. Some Questions I Ask: In your Ted Talk you mention children are taught in America to be more closed off, is that right? (5:20) What career were you in before this? (9:10) How long were you an animator for? (11:12) When did your vision come together? (21:51) How long were you in Cuba? (25:03) What happens when we rediscover our natural sensuality? (26:48) How do you use seduction without crossing people’s boundaries? (35:16) How do we know if we’ve disconnected from our body? (45:04) What’s the difference between sexuality and sensuality? (49:42) How do we cultivate charm? (51:44) How do we balance masculinity and femininity? (59:38) Are you in a relationship now? (1:06:24) In This Episode You Will Learn: The common misconception about seduction (7:35) What Chen decided to do after her awakening (10:24) How she learned about seduction in Cuba (18:12) What Cuba has in their culture that allowed her to free herself from trauma (22:41) When and why we started to lose the connection with our bodies (25:16) How having elegance calms nerves (30:12) How men can connect more without crossing boundaries (41:47) How we can learn to listen to our bodies (45:58) How a man be more sensual to attract a female partner (50:47) What Chen has to say to people that feel vulnerability and sensuality is weakness (56:18) How her arm injury was a result of not opening up emotionally (1:07:42) Plus much, much more
Apr 16, 2018
Let Passion Lead
LOOK FOR SOMETHING TO BE GRATEFUL FOR EVERY DAY. Finding what makes you passionate is something a lot of people struggle with. We all want to find that thing in life that we are excited to do -- the drive that makes us want to wake up early because we can’t wait to get started. When you find the energy that your passion creates, it’s your duty to share it with everyone around you. That’s when you’ll make a real impact and people will remember you. Take care of them, and they’ll end up taking care of you one day. To go more in depth about the importance of living your passion, I wanted to bring back an episode with Steve Cook for this week’s 5 Minute Friday. Steve is one of the most recognizable faces in fitness today. He’s an IFBB Pro Men’s Physique Competitor, and spokesmodel for Optimum Nutrition and Bodybuilding. Learn how you can make an impact and inspire the world (and yourself) on Episode 627.
Apr 13, 2018
Marriage Secrets from a Divorce Lawyer with James Sexton
“THIS IS THE MOST LEGALLY SIGNIFICANT THING YOU WILL DO, OTHER THAN DYING.” Marriage is something that is so important to people. In fact, you probably thought about what your wedding would be like as a child. When people go into a marriage they think so much about their venue, their cake, their guest list -- but they never really think about what they are signing up for. Marriage is, legally, one of the most important things you can do. You are signing away half of your life. And there’s nothing wrong with that - if it’s the right person. On this episode of The School of Greatness, I brought on someone who knows so much about people being with the wrong person and how to set yourself up for a great marriage: NYC divorce attorney James Sexton. James has intentionally focused his practice on divorce and family law since his graduation from Fordham Law School. In addition to his Juris Doctorate (Law Degree) he has a Master of Arts degree from New York University where he focused his graduate research on the areas of persuasive speech and propaganda studies. To top it all off, James is the author of the incredibly informative book on marriage, If You’re in My Office, You’re Already Too Late. On this episode he discusses how a lot of people rush into a serious relationship without ironing out all of the details. He shares the insights he’s learned from thousands upon thousands of failed marriages. And he shared why he still believes marriage is a good idea. Learn all of the inside secrets to creating a successful marriage, on Episode 626. Some Questions I Ask: Have there been any clients that were going to get a divorce then decided not to? (9:28) What is the technology of marriage? (10:35) What training would you want people to go through before getting married? (17:12) How long were you married for? (23:24) Do you feel like when marriage gets rough that they should throw in the towel or work through it? (27:36) What are the most important things to find out about your spouse before getting married? (32:08) When a couple is disconnected, what can they do to reconnect? (35:32) What are the top 3 reasons people get divorced? (38:56) What’s the best way to handle financial stress? (40:47) What is the real reason people cheat? (45:48) What does the government dictate in a marriage? (56:47) Would you ever get married again? (1:05:21) Is there a marriage you’ve seen that you admire a lot? (1:13:23) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why people tell more to their lawyers than their therapists (7:29) The real failure rate of marriages (13:16) What inspired James to write his book (20:45) When one client realized her marriage was over (30:02) The thing James loves about divorce law (34:36) The best thing people can do to solve their problems (38:15) The history of marriage (42:00) How to keep your sex life satisfying (49:54) The importance of a prenup (1:00:18) James’ marriage advice to his kids (1:11:06)
Apr 11, 2018
Transform Your Struggle into Strength with The Bella Twins
THESE SUPERSTAR TWINS COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED THEIR LIFE TODAY. One of the things I love most about how the world is growing is how the boundary between genders has been crumbling down. It used to be that a woman’s place was only in the home. More and more that stereotype is being disproven. Women are entering more and more areas that wouldn’t have been imaginable when I was younger. When I was a kid, when you’d think wrestlers you’d think Hulk Hogan or Randy Savage. Now you think of people like today’s guests: Nikki and Brie Bella. These two sisters are a true inspiration to the next generation of women. They are the definition of girl power and show that anyone can achieve greatness in anything they want. If you haven’t heard of the Bella Twins, they are WWE Superstars, Reality TV stars, and fashion designers. I felt so fortunate to sit down with them and have them tell me everything they know about greatness, which is a lot. So much, in fact, that this interview went longer than most episodes. I couldn’t stop, and I know you’ll love every moment of this one. Nikki and Brie told me how they went from small town farm girls to superstars. They talk about the adversity they went through, struggling in a toxic home environment, and even Brie losing her high school sweetheart to a drunk driver. Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 625. Some Questions I Ask: How did you get to think bigger than the farm life? (16:06) When did you audition for Diva Search? (24:15) In four days you had a contract with WWE? (29:16) Why were you nervous to be on Total Divas? (36:15) How do you know when to say no to something? (45:48) What was the moment that you cried the most? (54:16) When did you start to go down your spiritual path? (1:00:19) Did you go on your spiritual journey at the same time? (1:04:26) What’s the biggest lesson you both learned from your mom? (1:11:34) Has there ever been a point where you guys disconnected? (1:23:20) What are you most proud of your sister for? (1:28:02) In This Episode You Will Learn: What they dreamed about growing up (10:17) Their first job at Hooters (22:00) Why you should go to a WWE show (30:52) How long training was (32:30) Their morning routines (38:35) What it was like leaning on the job (50:23) The biggest lesson their father taught them (56:17) What it was like for Brie to lose her high school sweetheart (1:03:02) Their childhood regrets (1:08:00) What it’s like being in a relationship with inspiring, powerful men (1:15:03) Advice to coming of age girls who are feeling overwhelmed by the world (1:24:36) The feedback they have for each other (1:34:52) Plus much, much more
Apr 09, 2018
Find Your Flow
DON'T GIVE UP BEFORE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. Have you ever wondered how people can be so great in the moment? How they can go with the flow so perfectly and know exactly how to maneuver a situation in their favor? Maybe it’s the ability to land that dream client who seemed unattainable. Maybe it’s being able to nail that trick on a skateboard, just when it seems like things are about to go wrong. In any case, the secret to your success and ability to go with the flow stems from the same place: failure. We all fear failure, but in the end it’s what makes us stronger. It means we’ve been testing the space, and working towards our dreams. To go into this more I wanted to post a clip of a previous episode with Travis Pastrana. Travis is an amazing athlete of a different type. He’s won gold medals for motocross in the X-Games, and is a phenomenal BMX rider. He even runs his own action sports show: Nitro Circus. Learn how you can become a master of your own passions, on Episode 624. In This Episode You Will Learn: How bad experiences can help you (00:49) Ways the greats push everything forward (1:27) What Travis does to stay on top (2:13) How your passions will help you succeed (3:12) Why not giving up is so important (3:35)
Apr 06, 2018
The Beauty of Breaking with Candice Kumai
“The ones I’m attracted to the most have grit and grace all over them.” - Candice Kumai I’m sure you’ve had times in your life where you’ve felt broken. You may even be feeling that way now. In those moments you may feel like you’ve lost the ability to be perfect. You may even feel like there’s no point, that the boat has sailed. That’s not true. You have the chance to come out more beautiful of a person than you were before. In Japanese culture there is something called kintsugi, or golden repair. When someone would break something, especially of value, it would be repaired and finished with gold dust. These golden cracks were revered, and objects were considered to be even more beautiful than when they were brand new. These golden cracks gave it personality and a new life it wouldn’t have had before. On this episode of The School of Greatness I bring you a truly inspirational person with so much knowledge and love of applying this concept to ourselves: Candice Kumai. Candice is a Japanese Polish American who struggled with racism growing up because she was different. She persevered and saw the beauty in herself that made her different from others in her school and used it to become a professional model. From there Candice made a pivot to become a great chef, where she faced even more scrutiny in her new community for having been a former model. Candice has developed the unique ability of emotional kintsugi, where she can turn emotional turmoil, racism, and negative situations into golden opportunities. I really appreciated her energy and passion for sharing this idea with as many people as possible. Beyond being a well-known wellness influencer and chef, Candice has decided it’s time for her to tell the whole story of how wellness can come back into our lives after we experience being broken. Learn how you too can create beauty from your own personal darkness, on Episode 623. Some questions I ask: What was the hardest thing for you to reflect on? (10:16) Why is it that despite everything America has put them through, the Japanese still love us? (13:03) You had a relationship for a long time, is that right? (17:13) How long did you stay in Japan after the breakup? (23:08) Why did you want to do this type of book? (25:02) How do you think being broken makes us stronger? (28:47) What is the biggest problem a lot of Americans face with food and nutrition? (33:05) How closely related is food to our emotional stability? (41:04) In this episode you will learn: How things that were broken can become more beautiful than when they were perfect (6:25) What Candice experienced as an Asian kid growing up in Southern California (11:44) Candice’s experience of a breakup and losing a family member at the same time (18:18) Why Candice was always afraid to be successful (24:11) The biggest lesson Candice has learned about herself over the last few years (26:37) Principles we should be thinking about to have wellness all around (30:06) Why so many of us are afraid to be who we really are (36:48) Plus much more...
Apr 04, 2018
Love Everyone Always with Bob Goff
“HUMBLE VOICES CARRY FURTHER IN THIS WORLD.” All of us want to be loved and accepted. It’s how we were brought into this world, and it’s how we should be spending our lives. I’ve learned that if you want to get love you have to learn to give it, but it’s not always that easy. I’m sure you’ve found yourself around people who you may find creepy or that may hate on you for seemingly no reason. Your knee jerk reaction is probably to respond with an attack back, but that does the opposite of what anyone wants. Hate breeds hate and love breeds love. At the end of the day, how do you want to be remembered? I know I want to be remembered as someone who lit the way with love, compassion, and really tried to understand everyone I encountered. On this episode of The School of Greatness I’ve brought you someone who has been spreading nothing but love around the entire world: Bob Goff. Bob is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. He used to be a lawyer and has since turned his life into one designed to spread love. He is a New York Times best selling author, a diplomat, and a phenomenal speaker. He’s helped build schools and shelters around the world. He’s saved lives by educating witch doctors in other countries, and has even become the Uganda consolut to the US. This was easily one of the most interesting interviews I’ve ever done. Bob’s mission is one I truly believe in. And believe it or not despite everything he’s done he still gets haters on social media. We discuss how he deals with those haters, how you can love deeper, and how you can overcome your insecurities. Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 622. Some Questions I Ask: Are you insecure? (7:34) How do you do what you do? (8:50) What did you learn from the last 25 years of being magnetic? (12:24) Why did you want to become an attorney in the first place? (15:57) When did you build your first school? (21:03) What’s your best piece of advice that does rhyme? (26:17) Who are you right now? (28:22) How do you get in touch with the humblest version of you? (30:06) What does faith have to do with loving difficult people or situations? (32:54) How do you know if you are engaging people too long? (37:05) How do you deal with haters when you’re just trying to spread love? (39:48) You engaged with witchcraft people in Uganda? (43:50) Do you go to the witch doctor graduations? (46:17) What do you still need patience in? (52:27) How did you transfer from being a lawyer to having a massive social media audience? (53:53) What’s the biggest lesson you think you still need to master? (59:50) In This Episode You Will Learn: How people get caught up in stereotypes (6:46) Bob’s boat race experience (10:25) What Bob wants more than anything right now (13:06) Who I want to be in 10 years (14:20) Bob’s first publishing deal (17:33) How to really engage with someone (20:13) How to work towards the success you want (23:01) The way Bob handles haters (30:26) How you can make a large impact in the world (36:04) Why love will be what we’re remembered for (41:29) The biggest lesson Bob’s learned from witch doctors (48:30) Where the best headlines of your book would come from (51:10) Why Bob wrote his latest book (1:00:45) Plus much more
Apr 02, 2018
Fill Yourself with Energy
“SUCCESS OR FAILURE, THERE'S A LESSON - AND IT'S ALL HUMBLING.” I get a lot of people asking how I stay motivated and passionate about all my projects. It’s honestly one of the simplest secrets I have. If you want to stay passionate, get things done, and keep on top here’s what you need to do: Stay curious. When you are curious about things, you pursue that knowledge to the point of mastery. The more curious you become, the more excited you will be. That excitement is the key to success. All that energy you build up will charge the people around you. Energy feeds energy, and when you don’t have energy it’ll lower everyone else’s energy around you. To help you understand more on the topic I wanted to bring you this clip from a previous episode with Rob Dyrdek. If you don’t know Rob, he’s another Ohio boy and sensational icon. He was a pro athlete, former stuntman, and current host of the hit show Ridiculousness. On this episode of 5 Minute Friday, Rob breaks down his success and how he keeps the passion flowing in everything he pursues. Learn how you too can keep your energy up and inspire the world around you, on Episode 621. In This Episode You Will Learn: Rob’s work ethics (00:55) What drives Rob to achieve his goals (1:20) Where your beliefs come from (1:42) How you impact the people around you (3:00)
Mar 30, 2018
How to Win (and Why You Fail)
"We can't use our talent to produce outstanding results if we're in reaction mode." It's been a while since I've recorded a solo round for the podcast, but I had something to say that got me fired up. So here you go :) Lately I've been thinking a lot about the difference between surviving in business and life and thriving. It makes a massive difference in how you experience each day, as well as each year, but it really doesn't take too much adjustment to flip from one to the other. This one shift in my life has made a huge difference, so I wanted to record an episode where I break down how to do this. Most of the powerful advice I've been given in my life has been really simple. And this key is no different. But it makes the biggest difference day in and day out in my results. I'm giving you my very best insights and answers in this episode to how I consistently have been able to deliver powerful results, keep progressing, and stay healthy and motivated. And it's not as hard as you might think. Welcome to a straight-talking solo round on some of my best business (and life) strategy in Episode 620. In this episode you will learn: The main reason why people fail even when they are working hard (9:10) The key to winning (11:10) What keeps you from living in a high level of energy (11:59) My recommendation for creating consistent strategy in your life (12:40) The best way to keep your team focused on the big strategy (19:20) The 5 top ways to manage your energy efficiently (26:25) Plus much more...
Mar 28, 2018
Experience Your Ultimate Potential with Rich Roll
“My desire was to figure out a way to impact the most number of people in the most meaningful way possible.” Success can have a very tricky definition. You can have the ideal job, make a decent salary, have that sports car you always wanted, and still not really be successful. To truly be happy, the ultimate meter for success, you need to be doing things that fill you up. Finding your passion in the world can be the difference between struggling to get out of bed in the morning and being excited to get the day started. Sometimes you need to stop and ask if you’re really chasing the life you want or chasing something someone else wants of you. This is a lesson that was hard learned by my latest guest, Rich Roll. Rich Roll has been on my show twice before, and it was a pleasure having him back. He battled with an alcohol addiction that ruined his life from the age of 17 to the age of 31, when he finally went to a treatment center. Most people only spend 28 days there. He ended up spending 100. When he got out, he changed his life. He pursued a career most people would consider ideal and made a great living. The problem was, it wasn’t the life he wanted and it took a toll on him physically. After having a brush with death in his late 30s, he began living his life for him. Since then, he’s become a successful athlete, motivational speaker, podcast host, and all around incredible human being. You can hear all about his incredible journey and his plans for the future, on Episode 619. Some Questions I Ask: What are some challenges you’ve experienced since this book originally came out? (8:25) What’s the biggest lesson your wife taught you? (13:58) Do you think your 45 year old self would be proud of your 51 year old self? (16:56) Do you think you’ll be doing your podcast for another 5 years? (18:56) Do you think you’ll do a race again at 60? (27:50) If someone is looking to improve their life, what one aspect is the most important to start with? (35:48) Food does something to our physical makeup? (38:57) Why did you stay in the treatment center for so long? (39:56) How has your relationship evolved over the last 20 years? (48:00) What’s the big lesson that you try to teach your kids? What’s the biggest lessons you learned from your parents? (53:57) In This Episode You Will Learn: The biggest personal challenge for Rich the last 5 or 6 years (12:32) How Rich sees his story different now than he did when he first wrote the book (15:13) The thing Rich is most proud of over the last 7 years (18:13) The viking endurance race Rich did last year (21:10) Rich’s long battle with alcoholism (42:13) The journey of Rich’s marriage (46:34) How being a recovering addict taught Rich about being compassionate to others (49:36) The biggest challenge of being a parent (52:52) The biggest challenge Rich is facing right now (54:38) Plus much, much more
Mar 26, 2018
Faith Over Fear
“RESISTANCE IS WHAT BLOCKS US FROM RECEIVING SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE.” There’s so much happening in the world right now. One thing we can’t do is give in to the fear. Instead, give in to love. Give support, passion, and nothing but love to everyone you meet. For this 5 Minute Friday, I decided to refer back to an older episode of The School of Greatness with Gabby Bernstein. Gabby is a NYT bestselling author, she’s regarded by Oprah as one of the emerging spiritual leaders of our time, and she is a powerhouse force of love and healing. Learn about how you can make the world a better place on Episode 618. In This Episode You Will Learn: The root problem we all have (1:12) How great movements were created (1:58) What we need to keep our eyes out for (2:52) Where resistance comes from (3:42) The secret antidote to the world’s problems (4:15) Plus much, much more
Mar 23, 2018
Master Your Energy and Heal Your Body with Donny Epstein
“UNLESS YOU CLAIM EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY CLAIMS YOU.” Your mindset is one of the most powerful tools you have. In fact, it’s so powerful you may not even realize how much it affects you every day. When you show up with a lot of energy, excited, and ready give fully you will energize everyone around you. When you show up with no energy and sluggish, you’ll zap the energy out of everyone in the room with you. It’s your duty to manage the energy you give to the world with your mindset. This not only includes your day to day choices, but also the choice you make about how your past experiences show up. On this episode of The School of Greatness, I bring you an expert on energy and perception: Donny Epstein. Donny has been training practitioners in EpiEnergetics, which is provides strategies to unlock greater human resourcefulness, development, and evolution. He is the founder and developer of Network Spinal Analysis, which is renowned for its mind and body applications and is the fastest growing chiropractic methods today. Donny sat down with me to explain how you can gain and harness an abundance of energy, where our problems originate from, why you should expect miracles and much more, on Episode 617. Some Questions I Ask: Why do we become unaligned to who we are? (7:18) How do we get an abundance of energy? (14:00) What is life? (18:56) What do you mean by withdrawal of love? (27:17) Did they teach you all of this at chiropractic school? (38:30) Forgiveness isn’t about the other person? (42:51) What’s a miracle, in your mind? (46:16) In This Episode You Will Learn: Where our thoughts really come from (12:20) How you can allow energy to come in (18:40) The energy you should and shouldn’t be giving people (22:03) Donny’s definition of pain (28:46) When Donny started diving deeper into his work (39:25) How you can create change that will heal (45:23) Plus much, much more
Mar 20, 2018
Dr Mark Hyman: Heal Your Body with Food
“FOOD IS MEDICINE. IT WORKS FASTER, BETTER, AND CHEAPER THAN ALMOST ANY DRUG.” I know how hard it is to eat a healthy diet. It requires time and energy that you often feel like you don’t have. But what if I told you the time and energy you think you don’t have is because of the food you’re currently putting into your body? It's easy to be skeptical about this idea. But that’s what the food industry wants us to think. It wants us to continue eating its food, not giving a second thought to the sugars and fat we’re putting into our system. To break free from this mindset, it's really helpful to talk to the experts. And today, I have one of the most knowledgeable people in the field: Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D. is the founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center, Director of the Cleveland Clinical Center for Functional Medicine, and the Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Functional Medicine. He is a New York Times bestselling author with books like 10-Day Detox Diet and Eat Fat, Get Thin. His latest book Food: What The Heck Should I Eat? provides an explanation of the nutritional science around food and why the political, environmental, economic and social issues corrupt our understanding of food. Dr. Hyman is one of my favorite people to learn about health from because he is so honest about what's going on. Instead of trying to push his own agenda, he's got humanity's best interest at heart. If you’re looking to learn about the connection between food and energy or how the food industry manipulates what we see on TV, tune into Episode 616 to forever change your eating habits. Some Questions I Ask: How does our food impact everything? (6:45) How does funding affect the public discourse about food? (12:47) Do you think all inflammation, chronic pain and disease can be eliminated from the foods we eat? (16:30) Can you gain muscle mass living a fully vegetarian/vegan lifestyle? (20:48) What are the 3 basic food rules you live by? (24:55) What do you think the main thing people are feeding themselves that’s hurting them? (30:42) What’s the biggest challenge you face in your life? (32:13) Is there anything now you believe in that you think will eventually be debunked? (38:15) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Dr. Hyman sees food affecting our environment (8:13) When Dr. Hyman’s opinion was influenced by the food industry (12:59) What Dr. Hyman, being a functional doctor, sees as the root of disease (16:38) The question Dr. Hyman asks himself when food shopping (25:00) What Dr. Hyman sees as the greater footprint beyond your own health (28:24) How Dr. Hyman sees the power of the individual vs. the food system (34:00) What Dr. Hyman sees as the problems with grouping disease by symptoms and not causes (38:15)
Mar 19, 2018
Find Your Belief
“Let your personal experience tell you whether your belief is still valid or something has to change.” One of the most important things you can do is keep your beliefs elastic. This gives your mind the freedom and room to grow if it wants to adopt new principles. For those who lock into a set of beliefs, they close themselves off to outside influence. When you do this, your mind stops growing. For this episode of 5 Minute Friday I wanted to bring you this valuable clip from an episode with Jonathan Fields. Jonathan is the founder of a mission-driven media and education venture called Good Life Project, where he and his team lead a global community in the quest to live more meaningful, connected, and vital lives. His new book How to Live a Good Life offers a gateway to a life of meaning, connection, and vitality. Today he shares his insights on why staying open to new beliefs is the ticket to always growing. If you’re looking to expand your mind, listen here on Episode 615. “The moment you lock into certainty about your beliefs is the moment you stop growing.” In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Jonathan Fields believes certainty is the moment you stop growing (0:50) What Jonathan Fields sees as the cause of people’s lives going sideways (1:32) How Jonathan Fields responds to people who are locked into their beliefs (1:56) The definition of a good life according to Jonathan Fields (2:11) What Jonathan Fields asks from people who are locked into their beliefs (3:01) Jonathan Fields’ views on accepting norms (3:21) Plus much, much more...
Mar 16, 2018
Become the Master of Your Life
IF WE’RE FEELING SCARED, IT'S OUR EGO TALKING. We are holding onto some form of identity, and we’re meeting something that challenges it. Our ego tells us to get that thing away from us. But once you realize that it’s your ego talking and not you, then you can face it head-on. Keeping the wide-angle on your life to be able to see this in real time requires a unique type of self-care. To give you the tools to have these candid conversations with yourself, I brought on the master of self-honesty: Aubrey Marcus. “Mental override is the ability to use your mind to push you over into the “yes.” Aubrey Marcus is the Founder and CEO of Onnit, a holistic health company that focuses on what he calls “total human optimization.” Started with just one supplement, Onnit is now a whole nutrition brand with over 180 employees. In addition, Aubrey hosts the Aubrey Marcus Podcast and is the author of Own the Day: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex. Aubrey lives a life truly outside the box. From his dating to professional life, Aubrey paves his own path in this game called life. If you’re looking to learn the ways to think for yourself, tune into Episode 614 to hear how one person does it in every aspect of his life. “Find the ways to experience life as heaven.” Some Questions I Ask: Can people ever get to the root of the problem? (9:30) What’s the biggest challenge you face reaching inner fulfillment? (10:41) What’s a ritual to stay grounded when the ego is under attack? (12:26) What do you think we should be thinking about more often throughout our day to support us? (13:40) What happens when you don’t get exposure to cold in the morning? (17:44) What’s the biggest fear you’re facing? (22:58) How do you grow your business and find inner peace? (27:47) How do you set your brand apart and attract customers? (29:29) Do you think your company would be as successful if it didn’t have wellness as a main core of the business? (34:38) Do you think people who aren’t having sex frequently are missing out on something? (38:37) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Aubrey Marcus views service as the best defense to your ego (12:30) How exposure to cold can turn Aubrey Marcus’ bad day into a good day (14:35) What mental override does for Aubrey Marcus (18:59) Why Aubrey Marcus’ greatest fears are rooted in ego and identity (23:03) How passing the baton gives Aubrey Marcus more freedom (28:08) What Aubrey Marcus’ company does different than other companies (31:31) How Aubrey Marcus views sex as a great tool to prepare for the next day (36:07) What Aubrey Marcus chooses to interpret from the feedback about his open relationship (40:38) How men and women respond differently to open relationships (46:48) Plus much, much more
Mar 14, 2018
The No Excuse Guide to Success with Jon Taffer
I KNOW HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE EXCUSES. You want to be better, but you also want to stay in your comfort zone, so you tell yourself a story explaining why it’s okay to stay where you are. How to reverse this habit is to start recognizing these stories as the root of all failure. When you do this, you start to notice how your excuses are holding you back. After this becomes a habit, you won't be able to ignore it, pushing you to a more honest and productive life. To help you create this habit in your life, I'm excited for you to hear from the king of no-excuses: Jon Taffer. Jon Taffer is an international celebrity, entrepreneur, and hospitality industry guru most well known for his role in the popular TV show Bar Rescue. As the creator, producer, and star of the show, Jon helps businesses reach their full potential by assessing all aspects of their operation. Jon’s approach to business is something we can all learn from. Growing up in a broken family, Jon used this struggle as the burning fire to launch his passion projects into a career. His latest book Don't Bullsh*t Yourself!: Crush the Excuses That Are Holding You Back shows the level of honesty you must have with yourself to get to the next level. If you’re looking to turn your excuses into solutions or just flat-out stop fooling yourself, tune into Episode 613 to remove excuses from your daily life. Some Questions I Ask: What did drumming teach you about business? (7:17) What is the biggest challenge people face starting a business? (12:18) Did you always have this mindset or did you have excuses and fears in your 20s? (19:27) What’s the greatest lesson your mom taught you? (20:20) What do you look for when you hire? (22:35) How do you manage all the different personalities in different industries? (29:25) What was the biggest lesson your father or his absence taught you? (31:20) What’s the thing that holds you back from that next level? (35:00) What’s the vision moving forward? (44:01) What are your three truths? (50:20) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Jon Taffer sees business as reaction management (8:47) What Jon Taffer believes are the difficulties of the restaurant business (11:02) What Jon Taffer sees as the root of our excuses (16:55) The challenging story of Jon Taffer’s early childhood years (19:30) Jon Taffer’s views on teaching vs. training (24:00) The story of Jon Taffer going from musician to businessman (32:30) How Jon Taffer balances his professional and personal life (39:02) The biggest lessons Jon Taffer has learned working in television (44:50) How Jon Taffer learned communication through childhood abuse (52:05) Plus much, much more
Mar 12, 2018
Danica Patrick: Mindset, Spirituality and Living Fully
"If you don’t try hard enough at something, people could knock you down for it.” I recently had a friend tell me I needed to do an interview with someone special. I’m always hesitant on suggestions, but my friend has done thousands of interviews and he said in his top five was Danica Patrick. I felt I had to give her a shot and I’m so glad I did. She and I are on the same wavelength. We’re both into sports, consider ourselves to be spiritual people, and believe so much in the power of the mind. Danica has a strong presence you can feel the moment she walks into the room and yet she is still one of the sweetest and most thought-provoking people I’ve met. She’s had so many insightful things to say. For those of you who don’t know her, Danica Patrick dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a race car driver. In 2005, Patrick became the first woman to hold the lead during the Indianapolis 500. Only three years later, she was the first woman to record a win on the IndyCar circuit. After switching to stock cars, Patrick won the time trials at the 2013 Daytona 500 - becoming the first woman to win the pole position at NASCAR. Patrick has become one of the most recognizable athletes in the to world, having graced the cover of ESPN: The Magazine and TV Guide. She was also featured in the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared in 14 Super Bowl commercials (more than any other celebrity). She’s not only an amazing figure in the world of sports, but she’s also a great author and mentor. She’s just released her newest book, Pretty Intense, that brings light to living health from mind, to body, to diet. Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 592. Some Questions I ask: How she feels on the paleo diet (11:49) You’ve become more about spirituality lately, right? (15:26) What’s the biggest take away since you started going down that rabbit hole? (22:22) How did you arm yourself against criticism throughout your career? (25:22) What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? (26:44) Do you feel like people attack you in the races? (29:11) How do you handle your ego? (31:15) What’s the question you’ve never been able to answer for yourself? (38:37) How do you condition yourself before practice or a big competition? What’s the greatest moment for you in the last 20 years [in terms of racing] (47:25) How do you condition yourself to believe in yourself? (48:27) What’s the greatest lesson your father taught you? (50:48) If you could give yourself advice when you started, what would it be? (52:38) What are 3 things you want to manifest this year? (55:00) On this episode you will learn: The things Danica and I have in common (9:10) When she started lifting heavier (13:48) Why she started getting into spirituality and healing with the mind (20:39) How she conditions her mind against the intense pressure of competing (23:34) How she gets people to believe in her (27:25) Battles she’s had with her ego throughout the last 20 years (30:05)? What she would do if she could do anything in the world (36:34) What she’s revealed about herself last year she hadn’t revealed before (41:51) How long races are (46:23) The message she gives to women who aren’t as confident in themselves (47:56) Who inspired her the most growing up (50:18) The greatest lesson her mom taught her (51:08) What she has to open up about during the year of open (54:16) Plus much more...
Jan 22, 2018
Leave Your Legacy
"If the last day of my life came, and people were sitting around me, I would say ‘Smile, because I made it to the other side.’” - Ray Lewis I constantly think about the fact that the only definite thing in this world is what we leave behind. Money comes and goes, belongings eventually break or get thrown out, but what people say about you will never change. This got me thinking about an amazing episode I did with Ray Lewis. Ray has been leaving a legacy not just in football, but to the world. On this 5 Minute Friday, we hear some of the most inspirational words about how anyone can leave a legacy and fulfilled life behind when they go on Episode 591.
Jan 17, 2018
Valentin Chmerkovskiy: The Art of Dance, Success and Pursuing Your Dreams
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Jan 17, 2018
My Success Habits, Rituals and Morning Routine
HOW YOU START AND END YOUR DAY MATTERS. I get a lot of questions from listeners about what my morning routine, daily habits and nighttime routines look like. So I decided it was time to record a solo episode answering this exact question so that anyone who asks can get a quick answer :) The truth is, I believe that healthy, consistent routines make a massive difference in our daily performance and our long term health and happiness. So even though I'm not perfect at following mine every day, I know what a big impact it makes when I do. Keep in mind that these are just my routines. I've developed them over years of trial and error. Some I got from playing sports, some from studying optimal health, some from going to meditation training, and some from friends. They all serve me, but what I hope you do after listening to this episode is choose habits that serve YOU. Habits are only as useful as the results we get from them, so I invite you to experiment with your own habits until you find ones that work. Here are my favorite ones in Episode 589. In this episode you will learn: What time I wake up (5:45) How I start my day (6:15) Why I make my bed every morning (9:15) How exercise cleanses us (10:08) My morning meditation ritual (12:22) My bedtime routine (17:21) How I prep for a big event or interview (22:34) Plus much more...
Jan 15, 2018
Choose What Lights You Up
"WHAT’S THE POINT OF GOING AFTER ANYTHING THAT'S REASONABLE? THAT’S NOT GRATIFYING.” I used to believe that money was the answer to happiness. When you spend all of your time chasing the dollar, it bring you emptiness. The real reason to chase after money is so you can have the freedom you need to experience life’s beautiful moment. Chasing the endless dollar is just as bad as being stuck in a cubicle all day. Money is great, but you have to use it to achieve your higher purpose and do the things that actually bring you happiness. This got me thinking about a past episode I did with Scooter Braun, who gave amazing insights to what wealth really means and how to achieve true happiness. Discover what exactly it takes to have wealth in all aspects of life, on Episode 588. In this episode you will learn: The mentality you need to have about money (00:51) How you really achieve happiness (2:12) What you are really working hard for (3:03) Your chances of being super successful (4:36) What you need to do to be in the top 1% (6:25)
Jan 12, 2018
Coffee Conversations: Ultimate Sports Strategies for Time Management
"PLAN YOUR PLAY." We live streamed this episode of Coffee Conversations straight to YouTube -- and some of you sent us questions while we filmed! It was awesome and we'll do more of these live episodes if you like them. While Cesar and I were taking questions from you guys on social media, we kept discussing the same main theme. It's something that has made the biggest difference in our business year after year. It's the strategy we set up to manage our time throughout the year so that we can accomplish huge goals consistently. The truth is, it's based on what we learned in sports. The lessons we learned from football still keep us grounded and productive years later. As we answered your questions, we kept coming back to how much this strategic mindset supports us when we set huge goals, get through slumps, stay positive, and more. We realize that the more we choose to live and work in a disciplined, focused way, with plenty of play built in, the better we do all around. Let us know your thoughts on this episode and the live stream after you listen to Episode 587. In this episode you will learn: How we come up with a strategy to accomplish all our big goals for the year (5:10) Why taking breaks to play is so important (14:30) How to make your personal project grow when your time is consumed by your day job (17:48) Strategies for staying positive and keeping others positive (19:28) Tips we've both learned for improving conversational skills (26:58) What to do if you're scared of stepping into your greatness (33:30) How much flexibility I plan into my schedule (39:30) Plus much more...
Jan 10, 2018
The Keys to Persuasion and Powerful Self - Confidence with Ed Mylett
"THINGS HAPPEN FOR YOU, NOT TO YOU.” As you know my biggest goal is to serve you. I really dedicate every day to trying to help as many people as I can. When I get on a stage I try to speak to each individual person in the crowd. I try to reach out to every member of the audience and truly help them. I want them to take action, and leave with the tools they need to change their life. I’ve been fortunate enough to become friends with an amazing speaker that is of the same mindset - Ed Mylett. If you haven’t heard of Ed before, you’ve been missing out. “People respond to what they feel, not what they hear and see.” Ed started out with the dream of playing professional baseball. But like so many of us, an injury changed his course in life. Instead, his first job out of college was helping boys at a foster home who came from abused families. It’s here he found is life mission: to serve. He saw in the eyes of these boys that they just wanted what everyone wants - to be loved and appreciated. This ended up taking him down the road of servitude later in life. Today, Ed is one of the premier business leaders, peak performance experts, and motivational speakers in the world. He has a passion for mentoring and coaching others on what it takes to become a champion in all areas of life. He has shared the stage and has very close personal relationships with other business legends such as Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, Phil Knight and many others. Hear his insights on life, public speaking, and so much more on Episode 586. “The most important gift we can give someone is to be present” Some Questions I Ask: You wanted to be a professional baseball player, right? (10:45) Where are you from originally? (12:30) How to we permanently alter what we think we’re worth? (23:38) When did you realize things were really taking off? (32:43) How did you learn to persuade people so effectively? (35:53) How does someone believe in themselves? (38:28) How did you develop belief and confidence when you were failing? (40:34) Was there a time when you didn’t feel like you were a good person? (43:40) What would you say is your greatest asset? (46:19) How did you learn to present with passion and persuasion? (49:24) What have kids taught you about life? (55:19) What’s a question you wish more people would ask you? (59:29) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Ed learned to serve (13:00) Ways people sabotage themselves (21:23) How to associate and raise levels even with people who aren’t around you (26:35) Who you really learn from (27:22) The trouble Ed got in with police by trying to look rich (29:14) The biggest addiction today (40:07) The three types of speakers (50:52) The #1 thing speakers struggle with (53:07)
Jan 08, 2018
Think Like a Billionaire
"SUCCESS IS EASIER THAN PEOPLE THINK." I used to think that being a billionaire meant you had to be super smart, super cool, or even superhuman. None of these things are true. If you want to be a billionaire you have to be passionate, enthusiastic, and dedicated. That’s all. When you persevere past the point when most people give up, you’ll find that there’s not much competition at the top. Sometimes what holds you back, and has even held me back in the past, are your thoughts. Your insecurities and negativity are just that: thoughts. To dive more into this, I am bringing out a previous episode with Dean Graziosi. Dean is a NY Times bestselling author, THE top real estate trainer, and an incredible author and speaker. He knows what it takes to reach our full potential. And it’s something anyone can do. Learn how you can make simple shifts to reach the top on Episode 585. What it really takes to be a billionaire (0:49) The importance of being the observer of your thoughts (1:44) Intelligence vs enthusiasm for success (4:26) Plus much more...
Jan 05, 2018
How to Win in Business and Life (8 Keys to 2018)
"WITHOUT YOU THE WORLD WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME." The new year is here, and I am so excited. You know how important I think creating a clear vision for your life is. So I wanted to record this solo round at the start of this year to share my top tips for creating an incredible year. And you guessed it, it starts with creating a clear vision. I broke down the 8 areas of life that I believe are the most important ones to have a vision for. This doesn't mean that these are all of the things you should focus on, but it does mean that these are the ones I've found to make the biggest impact in my life. I stick to these key areas each year and they haven't failed me yet. My invitation to you as you listen to this episode is to write down the ones that really stick out to you. What areas can you push yourself in this year? What areas are you already excelling in? What areas are things you've never focused on? I want to hear about your vision for your year! Let me know @lewishowes on social media once you write it down. Let's make this year the best it can be by creating a strategy. Learn how in Episode 584. The 8 Keys to Winning in Business and Life Health (physical + emotional) -- Do something everyday that is uncomfortable for your physical or emotional health. Build that muscle up so you can live a long time in happiness without pain from both. Relationships - When you connect to the heart of everyone around you, it may take more energy and time from you, but it will make you the richest person in the world. Finances - Create your money vision for the year and start mapping it out Clarity for your vision - Create Strategy and Schedule (I’m using a planner that is world's first personalized productivity system based on your brain type!) Growth mindset - To reach your vision it will require the mind of a child and wanting to be curious and learning. Build your team - Finding accountability/coaching/tribe. What are the communities you are part of that will inspire you to be bigger than yourself? Play/Adventure - Remember to live and experience life without being focused on productivity…. Play! Win/Win/Win - Company wins, customers win, community wins. Leave people better than how you found them.
Jan 03, 2018
Build a Billion Dollar Brand with Revolve Co-Founder Michael Mente
"IT’S ALL ABOUT SHOWING PEOPLE A GENUINELY GOOD TIME." Being an entrepreneur is one of the most difficult tasks you can take on. In fact, some people find it soul crushing if not done right. When done properly, though, it can be the greatest thing you can do in your life. Starting as an entrepreneur means knowing what you really want to do, what your passion is and how to deliver that to consumers. It’s not about pushing it on them but listening to them and seeing how you can serve them. Most entrepreneurs stop as soon as they hit success and sell off their company, but not all of them. On this episode, we are joined by Michael Mente, who has been successful since 2003 when he helped create the incredibly popular clothing company: REVOLVE. “All we are doing is listening to the consumer and giving them what they want.” Michael Mente dropped out of an Entrepreneur program at the University of Southern California to become an entrepreneur by profession. He’s Currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Revolve and is set to bring in $400 million in sales this year. His company is considered the one-stop shop for clothing items designed by some of the hottest emerging designers. Over the years, Michael began developing organic relationships with bloggers to represent the brand on a more realistic level. To do so, Revolve regularly holds trips for influencers to gather, relax, and recreate the lifestyle of an ideal Revolve customer. Michael saw a gap between affordable and high end items, which provided grounds for him to create an online shopping experience that falls in the middle. Supporting up-and-coming designers and digital influencers has become the core of Revolve’s growth and they decided to expand their digital offerings by launching a sister company, FORWARD, in 2008. Since then FORWARD has grown to become a powerhouse in fashion and has become the go-to place for premier luxury fashion. I loved Michael's humble wisdom about what it has taken to create this kind of success in such a competitive industry. Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 583. "If it’s not enjoyable, what’s the point?” Some Questions I Ask: Would you say a lot of your sales come from Instagram? (10:46) In the beginning were you buying clothes wholesale? (13:41) What were you doing before REVOLVE? (15:40) What would you say is your biggest inspiration right now? (18:12) When did you realize you had a business that would take off? (21:38) How much money did you raise from one investor? (24:54) Do you think more people should be tapping into influencers for their brand? (28:41) What’s a good way to start approaching influencer marketers and celebrities? (36:54) How do you deal with the competition of other brands? (42:00) How have you evolved from being an entrepreneur by yourself to running an organization with so many employees? (45:39) What do you still need to learn in order to take your business where you want it to be? (49:00) How have you been consistently excited about your business for 15 years? (50:42) In This Episode You Will Learn: Just how long REVOLVE has been around (8:53) What made Michael say, “I want to get into women’s clothing.” (11:41) How they launched the same year as Zappos (14:56) When he knew he wanted to start his own business (17:24) The biggest risks he’s taken (19:41) When they decided to take on investors (23:39) The point when it becomes challenging for a company to continue its growth (26:06) How an influencer trip works (33:12) The biggest challenge for Michael right now (43:55) The most influential person in Michael’s life growing up (47:00) Michael’s advice to young entrepreneurs who want to start their own thing...
Dec 29, 2017
Build Your Confidence
"Our first impressions are always made non-verbally” One of my favorite guests I’ve had on this show is Jordan Harbinger, from The Art of Charm. Previously, he gave great advice on how to leave the right first impression, and most importantly it’s not made through what we say. So little of the impression we give off is through our words. Our body language, says so much more than anything that comes out of our mouths. This 5 Minute Friday will give you tips to build your confidence and create the impression you want, on Episode 582. In this episode you will learn: When first impressions are really made (00:50) How to test the way we make perceptions (1:54) Ways to create a good first impression (3:12) The doorway drill (4:27) Plus much more...
Dec 28, 2017
Gabrielle Bernstein: The Judgment Detox
"JUDGMENT COMES FROM THE MOMENT OF SEPARATION.” One thing I’ve always struggled with in life is feeling like I was being judged. I was afraid of what people would think of me, and I felt I had an image I needed to keep up. I’m sure you can relate. I discovered that this was caused more by judgment of myself. I was judging everything I did right, and everything I did wrong. Anything I did wrong I would beat myself up for. One thing I’ve been working on is letting go of judgment. I try to observe when it’s there, and not have any emotional attachment to it. It’s amazing how much the world can change when judgment isn’t in the picture. "Judgment is toxic and holds us back from living our lives.” On this episode of The School of Greatness we are joined by Gabrielle Bernstein. Gabby is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back, and has written five additional bestsellers! She was featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” and The New York Times named her “a new role model.” She appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz Show and co-hosted the Guinness World Record largest guided meditation with Deepak Chopra. Gabrielle is a certified Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher. She is also trained in the Emotional Freedom Technique and she’s a student of Transcendental Meditation, as taught by the David Lynch Foundation. YouTube chose Gabrielle as one of its 16 YouTube Next Video Bloggers. Mashable included her in its list of 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Inspiration. Forbes called her one of the 20 Best-Branded Women. Gabby is here to talk about her newest book, Judgment Detox, Release the beliefs that hold you back from living a better life, that is being released in January 2018. She gives amazing insights on how to control the feeling of judgment and find inner peace and respect for yourself on Episode 581. "Forgiveness isn’t something we have to go figure out.” Some Questions I Ask: Why did you write judgment detox? (5:05) What was judgment doing to you? (6:23) Do you feel like you were more judgmental of yourself or others? (9:54) When did you realize you were so judgmental? (10:41) What’s worse, judging others or judging yourself? (14:40) Do you feel like in order to be less judgmental we have to forgive first? (18:12) What happens when you are triggered? (23:51) How do you approach someone to end judgment of you? (27:51) Do you feel like you and your husband are less judgmental of each other now? (31:04) Who is this book not for? (31:40) In This Episode You Will Learn: What judgment was doing to Gabby (6:23) How judgment is like an addiction (8:26) The effects of word on judgment (10:20) How to stop judging ourselves for judging (11:38) What’s possible for us when we stop judging ourselves or others (14:52) How to navigate everything happening today without judgment (16:19) What happens to our world when we are judging more (26:18) The biggest thing that’s opened up for Gabby since the book has been completed (30:18) Gabby’s vision for her life this year (32:14)
Dec 26, 2017
How to Set Boundaries to Build Thriving Relationships
“CREATING BOUNDARIES IS NOT ABOUT CREATING A WALL, IT'S CREATING AN AGREEMENT.” There’s a lot going on in this world lately, with relationships being violated. We’re seeing it daily with the #MeToo movement, and so many people in Hollywood coming forward. Problems aren’t just occurring in intimate relationships, but in business, family, friendships, and so on. Almost all of this stems from boundaries being crossed. Boundaries are something that we all need to create and stand by. But we can’t just create them, we need to communicate them. We need to make sure the people in our lives are clear about our boundaries, and express ourselves the moment that they are crossed. You are a beautiful person, and worth the best - so make sure others are aware of that. I know it’s hard, and that you probably worry about being fired or losing someone close to you. You can’t be, because that job or that relationship isn’t make you happy. Losing it will open you up to new possibilities. The worst-case scenario about expressing and honouring your barriers is that things will get better - even if it means moving on. On this episode, we are joined again by the amazing Chris Lee. Chris has been on my show more than anyone else, a total of 13 times since episode 36. Each time we have him on the air he gives amazing insights, and he has been by my side through some amazing transformations. He’s helped me come out about my past, and build better and stronger relationships in all aspects of my live. Chris is a man on a mission committed to transforming the world one heart at a time. Chris Lee has spent over 25 years of his life transforming the lives of thousands of people worldwide through his workshops, coaching, and participation in all media, teaching people how to live an abundant prosperous life. He joins us today to give insights on how to increase yourself worth, learn to set boundaries, and how to build the most important relationship - with yourself on Episode 580. Some Questions I Ask: How do we take responsibility for the relationships we want? (12:34) What are things people can do to develop self-worth? (14:51) Should we write down our relationship goals? (19:10) What if you’re in a relationship with a bully or a decision maker? (23:34) Would you say someone who does not create boundaries is saying they don’t value their self-worth? (29:23) Why is it such a big fear for us to lose someone? (37:32) Why are we so afraid to be alone? (45:05) In This Episode You Will Learn: The importance of boundaries in a relationship (10:07) How to tell if a boundary is being crosses (12:02) Why you need a vision about your self-worth (18:28) How to make the requests you need to make (20:03) The reasons you should listen to other’s requests (23:11) The kind of relationships you should be working towards (27:00) How the environment affects self worth (31:30) Why you need to learn to forgive (41:20)
Dec 23, 2017
Live in Abundance
"THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS START EVERY SINGLE DAY IN GRATITUDE.” Every day we limit ourselves without even realizing it. So many times, we think we are reaching for the stars, but we aren’t even reaching for the trees. On a previous episode, we were joined by JJ Virgin, who gave me some great advice on how we can all change our mindset. It all starts with looking at what we want, and thinking if it’s really big enough. Listen this episode and she breaks down simple ways you can open your mind and switch from living in a scarcity mindset to living in an abundance mindset in just a few moments, on Episode 579. How to move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset (1:05) Ways we limit ourselves (2:39) The importance of Gratitude (3:08) Why you need coaches (4:05) Plus much more...
Dec 21, 2017
JD Roth: The Journey of Transformation Against All Odds
"THE QUESTION YOU HAVE TO AK IS, ‘IS IT YOUR BEST?’” Today I’m joined by someone I’ve seen on television as long as I can remember. He’s been in the business longer than most people and has used his power to help everyone he meets. JD Roth is an actor, producer, and best known for his hit TV show The Biggest Loser. He fell into his passion at the age of 10, and has earned his fame through the power of transforming others. JD bases all of his decisions on passion and what story he can tell to his audience. While most people think about money or ratings, that’s one of the furthest things from his mind. He’s a unique individual who has touched and inspired each person he meets. I was blown away when I first met him at just how much he engages with everyone around. He’s sincere, listens, and appreciates everyone. We’re lucky enough to have him share his life experiences, and give insights on how you can transform yourself into a passion driven machine that lives the most fulfilling life possible, on Episode 578. Some questions I ask: How did you learn the business side of film? (8:47) Were you parents always pushing you to pursue this? (11:38) If your show’s not making money or getting ratings, but you love it, you’ll still do it? (14:55) What’s the formula to tell a great story on TV or film? (16:40) There’s still a huge problem for weight loss, isn’t there? (20:51) Do you believe timing is everything for TV shows? (29:26) How do you tell a great story? (31:24) Was there ever a time when you lost your confidence? (34:09) How do you stay hungry and passionate? (44:45) If you could write your own story for the next chapter of your life, how would it go? 49:41) What would you say is the thing you struggle with the most? (57:57) What’s a question you wish more people would ask you? (1:00:26) What would your wife say is your greatest fault? (1:04:45) What’s the key to happiness? (1:09:29) Things you will learn: JD Roth’s career since childhood (6:46) How he learned to do his work for love not money (10:43) Why he choose to tell the weight loss transformation story (17:47) The most fascinating part of TV (20:10) How he stays committed when things don’t work out (25:41) The formula for a great show (30:13) What JD feels is missing for him right now (48:40) His take on the sexual harassment in Hollywood (52:20) Where the best art in history has come from (55:33) The greatest lessons his mom and dad taught him (59:26) The thing that inspires him most about his wife (1:02:57) The transformation he still gets to do (1:07:00) Plus much more...
Dec 20, 2017
How to Connect with Influencers, Thought Leaders and Decision Makers
"FOCUS ON INDIVIDUALS WHO REALLY INSPIRE YOU." Wrapping up this year, I'm doing an inventory of what's worked in my life and business in 2017. Similar to the last Coffee Conversations with Cesar, I wanted to go over one of the most important keys to the success I've experienced this past year. Partnerships have been a massive key to my success. The podcast has grown because of the key people I’ve met and had on the show. Some of those relationships have grown into amazing business opportunities and big win/win moments. So I wanted to do a solo round on what I've learned through the years about connecting and building powerful relationships with influencers. I haven't heard a lot of people talk about the best ways to do this -- but I have seen a lot of what doesn't work going on. So in this episode, I cut straight to the truth and get real. My intention is to shine the light on what actually does work so that you can create quality relationships. If you hear me say things you've never heard anyone else say in this, let me know! I'm always interested in your feedback. Here's the truth about building relationships with influencers the right way in Episode 577. In this episode you will learn: The 3 C’s to remind you to connect with thought leaders: Chill - Let them know what they’ve done has inspired you in some way (3:50) Curiosity - Ask thoughtful questions about the things that matter the most to them right now (5:42) Care - Be of service, give on something specific, find a way to tap into their heart (7:22) How to email someone: Research them (13:35) Find 3 points of connection (14:58) Make it about what you can do for them (17:54) What not to do: (18:37) Don’t ask for advice Don’t ask for a favor Don’t ask to pick their brain Don’t ask to work for free
Dec 18, 2017
What Is Success
"GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO BE IMPERFECT.” We all want to have success, and the one thing I’ve discovered is that most people don’t know what that means. Success has many definitions, and knowing them will help to keep you on track. On this episode, I’ve teamed up with Fearless Motivation to help inspire you to find your definition and inspire you to take action in pursuing it. So, get out there, get moving, and achieve the success you want with a little help from this Five Minute Friday, Episode 576.
Dec 14, 2017
Coffee Conversations: Top 7 Takeaways from 2017
"YOU HAVE A GIFT INSIDE OF YOU, SOMETHING UNIQUE TO OFFER TO THE WORLD. NO ONE ELSE WILL BE YOU." Back by popular demand, Cesar and I sat down again this week to record a third round of what we are calling "Coffee Conversations." This was a fun one because 2017 has been an incredible year for our business, the School of Greatness brand, the podcast, and much more. I thought it would be cool to go over the top takeaways and lessons I learned this year from all the experiences I've had. I also love hearing Cesar's take on what we've done and where we are headed. A few of the things we talk about might surprise you, but most of what I learned this year is confirming things that have proved true year after year in my career as an entrepreneur. The more I think about what makes businesses continue to grow and be successful, the more I realize that when I focus, commit, and execute on what I've committed to, the results come. Even when craziness is happening all around, even when things are uncertain, even when I'm pushing myself out of my comfort zone, if I am clear on what I'm creating and commit to the process, good things still happen. I hope these takeaways serve you in some way in your own goals, business, or challenges you are taking on in 2018. I can't wait to see what we create next as you'll hear us discuss in Episode 575 with Coffee Conversations. In this episode you will learn: The biggest wins I achieved this year in my business (0:45) The Top 7 Takeaways from 2017 for me: Think bigger and take risks (5:18) Build an all-star team (12:51) Strategize, organize, systematize (18:53) Innovate with new products and approaches (23:10) Invest in your business and bet on you (29:35) Health (37:50) Do things that matter and bring you joy (41:20) Plus much more...
Dec 13, 2017
Earn Your Confidence with Jason Khalipa
"You’ve gotta have something really deep inside your heart to compete in whatever you’re doing.” Many people dream of being a champion. Whether it’s in a sport or business, it takes dedication and time. My guest today, Jason Khalipa, is a man who has mastered both. He’s a CrossFit champion many times over, and opened his own successful chain of gym. He’s taken the time to push his element in all areas of life, and really take the time to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. This skill had become so much more valuable when his daughter was diagnosed with one of the scariest diseases I can think of - Leukemia. Jason paused his life has a champion to step into his most important role - being a father. With his high school sweetheart by his side he’s been helping his daughter fight the illness with health, diet, and the most important ingredient of love. Through all of this Jason has still managed to continue to grow his amazing gym business, making sure every person who walks through the doors of one of his gyms is treated with loyalty and appreciation. If you want to learn what it takes to be a champion, successful in business, and a role model family man you need to listen to Episode 574. Some Questions I ask: You married your high school sweetheart, is that right? (6:38) Does your wife help you in your business now? (10:19) Is it harder to run a successful family life or making it to the podium at the CrossFit Games? (11:14) What’s the best thing that’s happened (from the situation)? (17:27) How do you think being a top competitor has helped and hurt you in business? (22:17) What’s surprised you about what the human body is capable of doing? (26:00) What are your thoughts on athletes who dedicate their life to something and then an injury or retirement happens? (33:40) What do you do on a daily basis to try and retain members? (39:47) How are you teaching your children about keeping a healthy mindset? (40:53) What’s something most people don’t know about you that might shock them? (47:38) Things you will learn: What it’s like to go from nothing to champion with your partner (8:29) The mindset of being a top competitor and champion (18:43) The biggest lesson Jason learned about himself after his daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia (14:56) Jason’s deeper reasoning for doing this (19:26) The best thing someone can do to support someone that is going through a hard time (23:32) The keys to building a successful gym (37:26) The AMRAP mentality (43:00) Plus much more...
Dec 11, 2017
Keep Your Head Up
"IT’S A SWEET DEFIANCE TO FOLLOW YOUR PURPOSE.” Music is something that’s always been in my life. I love it. I used to sing in school, and I’m fascinated with people who pushed through the toughest times of the art to make their dreams become a reality. I had the pleasure of interviewing Andy Grammer on a past episode and there’s a lot he’s said that has stuck with me. When the universe seems like it’s telling you to stop and give up, that’s when you have to push even harder and let it know your serious. That’s exactly what Andy Grammer did. His dedication brought him from busking on the streets of Santa Monica to being a multi-platinum artist. I hope you’re as inspired by his story as I was, on Episode 573.
Dec 07, 2017
Rachel Platten: Never Give Up on Your Dreams
"IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, IT'S ABOUT THE EXCHANGE OF ENERGY ON STAGE.” So many times we give up on our dreams because of deadlines we put on ourselves. There have been plenty of moments when I felt like things were taking too long or like I was getting too old. It’s those moments we need to look within and understand why we are doing it. Find our real purpose. Do you want to be an author to hit the New York Times bestseller list or because you want to have people read your work? Is it because you want your message out there or so that you can make your profile bio look great? My feeling is that your purpose should always be to serve. Serving other people brings fulfillment to yourself. Reaping the material rewards is just a bonus. Remember, you’re never too old. It’s never too late for your dreams to come true. Our guest today, Rachel Platten, didn’t reach her mega-success in music until she was 32 - when most people would have given up on their dreams. Rachel is an incredibly hard working person. She kept pushing and pursuing her dreams for over ten years before anyone noticed. She was doing small intimate gigs and performing for people in hospitals. When her hit song Fight Song came out it wasn’t an instant success. She was devastated and lost in her definition of success. She was certain it would sell millions of records and hit the charts. After reaching an all-time emotional low, feeling her only chance passed her by, she began to reflect on herself. The reason she got into making music was because she loved it for herself and she loved the connection it gave her with people. She came to the conclusion that playing hospitals and small venues was enough for her to feel happy. After that revelation, it was only a few weeks later that her song became a hit. She let go of her ego and trusted in the process. Doesn't sound like coincidence to me. Discover all of Rachel's incredible story and much more, on Episode 572. Show notes: What’s the thing you’re most grateful for and inspired by this year? (7:05) Did you always feel like you were looking for outside approval? (8:44) How did you stay dedicated to your dream for years before anything happened? (10:01) Why was music shut down in your life for a while? (17:39) Do you get nervous on stage? (18:56) Who was your greatest teacher? (20:37) Do you doubt yourself now? (22:14) How do you find confidence? (23:17) What’s been your most memorable moment on stage? (25:23) Whose opinion matters the most to you right now? (27:42) Did you work other jobs while you were starting? (34:07) How has becoming famous affected your marriage? (37:17) Who have you been jealous of most in your career? (43:43) What do you think is your highest purpose? (47:46) In this episode you will learn: Rachel’s experience performing at hospitals (10:50) What it was like to perform in front of 80,000 people in Trinidad (14:08) The importance of staying on mission (24:11) How Rachel realized she didn’t need the approval of others (28:38) What it was like performing small shows for years (32:13) How she survived living in the city (35:07) The dream her husband is pursuing (40:01) How she’s not afraid to go to places others are (42:53) When a big dream becomes a delusion (44:40) How you begin to lose yourself (52:31) Plus much more...
Dec 05, 2017