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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gundry.
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.
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.
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.
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 NoKidHungry.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'm 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 serves 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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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 a business with purpose with the creator of the One for One® model: Blake Mycoskie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 mentally tough by constantly pushing her limits: Sasha Digiulian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Early in my career, I would react to every negative comment online. I let everything in. I was driven to be perfect to keep people from critiquing me. It was exhausting. It wasn’t until recently I learned that I could “put down the racquet and walk off the court.” It takes two to volley. If we truly know that we are enough, then the words and opinions of others will have less of a hold on us. That’s why I was so excited to talk about the power of thought with a superstar hypnotherapist: Marisa Peer.
What does it mean to be authentic? We may be projecting something on the outside that doesn’t match our inside. Here’s the truth- all the work in the world doesn’t matter if you aren’t working on yourself. Mental health, relationships, and physical health need to be a focus. Business will grow, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter unless you’re working on you. Once you face your past, your path will become clear. You’ll be more grounded. And you’ll be a more effective leader who doesn’t just have employees but has a High-Performance Team. That’s why I’m so grateful to have an incredible human and entrepreneur on this episode of The School of Greatness: Bedros Keuilian.
When we’re suffering from poor health, we want a quick fix. But the cause of pain is often a combination of several things in our lives that is out of balance. We can’t just focus on one area and expect to live a full, abundant life. Even if we appear successful on the outside if we’re constantly eating fast food or not taking care of our mental health, how far can we truly go? That’s why I wanted to revisit a conversation I had with an authority in the health and wellness space who is redefining the idea of wealth: Jason Wachob.
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.
Growing up, I wasn’t the biggest or strongest. When my teammates who were better than me were out partying, I stayed in because I knew it would give me an edge. You just can’t underestimate the power of showing up every single day and doing the work. If you want to be a champion, you have to have the champion mentality. No one has mastered the art of staying focused on your goal and working tirelessly towards it like legend and icon, Kobe Bryant.
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.
We go through lots of challenges and adversities throughout every season of life. It’s what we learn through the failures that make us a better leader. Although we always want to have successes and celebrate them, we can’t overlook or forget the times we fall short. Those are moments we need to reflect on constantly, so we can strategize in the future and really nail it the next time. When we discover the right path, that’s when we can teach our lessons to others so they can avoid the pitfall. Traditionally, in medieval times, a king would be the first person in the battle. He would show his men the right way to go - and knew he might not come back from his journey. This willingness to take chances and not send other people to do their dirty work was how they were able to take command of massive groups of people and earn their respect. A leader can’t be afraid to fail, and needs to be willing to show the way. That’s why I’m excited to share some tips from someone who as been coaching for four decades: Coach Rick Pitino.
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.
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. In this 5 Minute Friday, Jenna talks about how she handles the pressures of Pilot Season in Los Angeles. It’s not always easy. She breaks down how she made it to a hit show, what it was like to go through a pilot season, and the rules she lives by to keep her going. Learn how to handle rejection in a healthy way on Episode 687.
Most of you know that health, fitness, and wellness are important to me. It’s the reason I work out almost every day (I never go more than two days without working out). 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 have 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. Are you challenging your body, putting it to the test, and really paying attention to the results? I’m not saying it’s going to solve every challenge, but it definitely helps. For this 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.
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 do 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 and 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.
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.
Do you have dreams you want to have come true? Of course you do. We all do. The hardest thing is to start taking action. But ultimately, your dreams will only become a reality if you start taking those first steps. In life, it’s never too early or too late to get going - but you need to get going. Also, understand that your dreams will change. When I was a kid, I didn’t dream of being a podcast host or having my own Facebook Watch show. I dreamed of being a football player. As I got older, and injuries kept me from playing pro ball, my dreams changed and I found my true calling.Even though I still love sports (both watching and playing) I can’t imagine my life any other way. I look forward to sitting down in front of a microphone and helping you, and other people like you, who also want to achieve greatness. To discuss more about making your dreams become a reality, I brought you another mashup from masters like Steve Aoki, Lilly Singh, Cassey Ho and Julius Dein.
Words are one of the strongest tools we have. They can be used to destroy someone from the inside, or used to bring them up and help them change the world. I have a lot of respect for people who have spent their time mastering language and really harnessing the power and art behind it. Lately there has been a large movement in spoken word poetry. It’s been growing in popularity, and influencing the lives of people all over the world. As you know, I’m someone who aims to make an impact in this world, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that I’m a big fan of this movement. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve brought someone who has been on the forefront of this movement and making an impact for nearly a decade: Humble the Poet.
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.
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.
You may not know this, but growing up I was raised a Christian Scientist. My family didn’t believe in going to the hospital. My father believed that all I needed to heal myself is the power of belief. I was taught that a powerful mindset is all you really need to be healthy and heal things that even western medicine may not be able to help with. You might be thinking to yourself that it’s not true. That it’s all a bunch of nonsense. At the very least, you know plenty of people who feel that way. As it turns out, there’s a lot of science to back up this belief, which is why I brought on someone who has studied thousands upon thousands of cases on the subject: Dr. Joe Dispenza.
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.
A few years ago I was watching a really beautiful video of a song called Seriously.I was really obsessed with it. I listened to it so many times, and it moved me. It put an amazing singer on my radar: Leslie Odom Jr.As I started researching him, I found out so much more about him. He started on Broadway as a teenager doing a little show called Rent. Most recently you may have heard of another show he’s been doing: Hamilton. I think it’s no surprise that both of these shows blew up with him on the stage. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness I sat down with Leslie to discuss what it takes to be a real artist and dominate your field.
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.
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.
Since we've hit over 650 episodes on the School of Greatness, I wanted to record a little intro episode for any newcomers who are just discovering the show.I know it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start if you're just now diving into over 5 years of epic conversations on the show. So I recorded a short intro to explain what the show is about, how often we post new episodes, and a few of my personal recommendations of where to start.Be sure to subscribe to the show on your favorite listening platform and also subscribe to our YouTube channel to see videos of the episodes!More than everything, I want to say welcome to the Greatness community! I'm so glad you're here.If you enjoy the show, it would mean the world to me if you'd leave a review in the Apple Podcasts (or iTunes) app to let me know.
Sometimes success will come to you from the strangest places. It may seem like your passions won’t pay off, but if you push through and continue to grow you’ll find a way to have it work. It won’t be easy, and there will be plenty of times you’ll want to give up. It may even seem like the smart thing to do. But if you want to feel fulfilled and happy, it can’t be about the money. It has to be about the love of what you do, and trust that the money will come later. The perfect example of this comes from today’s guest, Tony Hawk. I used to love watching Tony Hawk on the X Games. He was an instant legend, and an icon in something that no one saw as a sport when he started out. In fact, learning a new trick was frowned upon when he was starting out. Today, today is one of the most respected athletes there is. He’s a household name and continues to push the boundaries.
Influence is a very powerful thing. It can be used to change an individual's impression or used to move the masses. It’s something that can be done for good or for bad. Too much of it is a dangerous thing, but not enough will leave you stuck in one place in life. On this episode of The School of Greatness, I have brought on someone I’ve wanted to have on for a long time: Lior Suchard. Lior is an amazing mentalist, who uses his power of influence to entertain the masses. I’ve seen him live, and I was so glad that he was final able to come into the studio and blow my (and Christine’s) mind!
Sleep is one of the most important things in life. If you’re not getting a good night's 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.
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 emotion. 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.
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.
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.
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.
A business is very similar to any personal relationships you have in life. They follow a lot of the same rules if you want them to be successful. Whether you’re working on the next Amazon, courting someone new, or trying to build a relationship with your child, you need to be innovative. Innovation is all about assessing the situation. See what’s working and what’s not. Sometimes you may need an outsider’s view to see the problem areas. Most importantly, innovation comes from listening, really hearing out your clients and your loved ones. They are constantly trying to reach out and tell you exactly what it is they want -- even though it’s not always with their words. These are important lessons I’ve learned the hard way while growing my own business and that's why I thought it would be good to bring you an episode of Coffee Conversations with my good friend (and COO) Cesar to discuss this topic.
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 times 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. 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 lot of money, and at one point, she 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
There’s one thing everyone likes: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I used to get really wrapped up in myself. I was always thinking, “What’s in this for me? Why should I do this?” All I was doing was serving myself.It wasn’t until I started to shift my mindset that I really started to feel fulfilled. The moment I started serving others, that’s when I felt a change for the better in every way.The truth is, the world isn’t about us. We are such a small fragment of it and one that will disappear in a short amount of time. If we want to be fulfilled, we need to look at what we can do to make the biggest impact.Serving others allows us to make that impact. And when we do help everyone around us, they find ways to show their appreciation.To dive more into this on this 5 Minute Friday, I’ve brought back some insights from Rainn Wilson.You know Rainn as “Dwight” from the office.He sat down with me to explain the importance of knowing your spirituality (whatever it might be) as it helps to inform your daily decisions.We also discuss the importance of gratitude, and servitude, and how he tried living a selfish life - only to feel unfulfilled.Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 648.
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?
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.
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.
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 far.Yes, I'm talking about health and wellness.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve had a huge number of people tell me they enjoyed my past solo rounds and that they wanted more of them.As a result, I wanted to make this episode for you about the 5 biggest obstacles I have overcome in my life.I know you’ve gone through your own number of challenges, and you’re probably going through some right now.It probably feels to you like life is just throwing you one thing after another - and it is.Every time we overcome something there is always another thing that will come into our path and feel like it’s holding us down.I want you to know, it’s not a bad thing.
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 also 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most important things you can do is keep your beliefs flexible. This gives your mind the freedom and room to grow if it wants to try on 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.If you’re looking to expand your mind, listen here on Episode 615.
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.
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.
Running your own business can be one of the hardest things on you mentally. It’s a very masculine dominated world, and there’s often times not enough love.I often notice I’m being hard on myself, especially when things go wrong.All of this got me thinking about the important words I received in the past from Sara Blakely.If you don’t know Sarah, she is the CEO of Spanx. She is the YOUNGEST female self made billionaire in America. She didn’t do that by going to war with her competitors; she did it through love and encouragement.Along her route she also suffered from severe grief, having lost 11 people that were close to her in a very short period of time.Listen to how you can be kind to yourself, and be successful in business, on Episode 612.
I know that transformation and change is one of the hardest (and scariest) things you can go.Change is the only way that you can truly grow. As a person, in relationships, and even in business.The best way to transform is to constantly focus on doing better than you previously did.As you push yourself further and further, a little more each time, you’ll become much more confident in yourself and your abilities.To help with understanding more about transforming yourself, trusting yourself, and believing in yourself, I brought on one of best people I could think of: Shaun T.
Having grown up in Ohio, I have always been a fan of Ohio State University. If you weren’t aware, they have the best coach out there: Coach Urban Meyer.What I love about Coach Meyer is that he doesn’t just set up a team for winning in football, he sets them up to win in life.Even though football is just a game, there is a lot you can learn from it. The power of teamwork, what it means to be a great leader, and what truly defines a loser (hint: it’s not losing).Coach Meyer really sets all of his players up to have a solid career and foundation when they leave university, because he doesn’t just run a football program. He runs a leadership program.
One of the most important things you can do to get your mindset ready for success is to have a strong morning routine. That’s honestly why I wrote my latest book, The Millionaire Morning.We only have so much attention we can give out. To people, to goals, to anything. As a result it’s important to have that strong foundation.For this episode of 5 Minute Friday I wanted to bring you this insightful clip from an episode with John Assaf.John is one of the leading behavioral and mindset experts in the world. He has written two NY Times Best Sellers, was in The Secret and has built 5 multi-million dollar companies.He shares why you should be concerned with your limited number of attention units and how you can start everyday ready to win.Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 609.
When I was growing up I always knew I wanted to be a professional athlete. Like many people, and probably you as well, my life changed in a very unexpected way.There is no way any of us can know where our life will go, and today’s guest took his life in a very different direction.Jay Shetty grew up thinking he would he an art director and loved design. As a teenager he was a troublemaker. He never would have thought his life of drugs and stealing cars would turn into the life of a monk.He made it to college and did well, but as soon as he graduated, he decided to go to India to spend three years studying how to find inner peace with monks.
I have a lot of guests on this show who inspire me. I would say no one inspires me more consistently than my good friend and spoken word poet In-Q.I have seen In-Q perform live so many times and I’m always left speechless.Poetry is something that not only gives us a glimpse into the poet's soul, but also into our own.I wanted to bring In-Q back on the show to share his work with you. He has created incredible impact through his work in the past few years and I knew he'd have some amazing new insight to share with us.I even asked him to perform one of my favorite spoken poems he does titled "85."
There’s so many times I try to find the fast or easy way to get things done. I’m sure you’ve been there too.We want to get things done as “efficiently” as possible. But honestly speaking, shortcuts are rarely the answer because if they were, they wouldn't be a shortcut. They’d just be the way.Many times we need to avoid taking shortcuts. We need to do the hard work because it’ll save us time and money in the long run.For this episode of 5 Minute Friday I brought back the renowned Mike Rowe with this clip on the importance of hard work and how even the most successful people in the world take pride in their hardest working days.Learn the importance of not taking the easy way out, on Episode 606.
Have you ever thought about how much trash you create in a day? My juice comes in plastic bottles, my prepared meals come in plastic containers, my favorite to go meal from my favorite restaurant comes in a plastic bowl in a plastic bag. It’s not just food either, it’s everything. When you order something online it comes in a box full of packing products. It all adds up pretty quick, and once I started to notice how much trash I was creating, I started to wonder about a different solution. I’m not the only one noticing this problem, and you may even feel the same way. The zero waste lifestyle is a growing trend, and on the forefront of that is my friend Lauren Singer.Some of you may know Lauren from her popular blog Trash is for Tossers, or even from her giant social media following. Lauren was an environmental science major in college when she came to the discovery that she was creating just as much waste as everyone else. She decided to make an impact on the world by changing her personal actions and believed that her love for the planet would inspire others to do the same. Today she has been featured on several major news outlets, has a massive social media impact, owns a package free shop in Brooklyn, and is considered a leader in the zero-waste movement. On this episode, Lauren gave some amazing insights on how to live a waste free life. If you’re worried that cutting down on your waste is expensive or impossible based on where you live, get ready to see this lifestyle in a new light. Learn all about the impact your actions have on our planet and how to improve them on Episode 605.Some questions I ask: What is zero waste and why did you get into it? (1:26) Is it easier for anyone to buy things without plastic? (6:04) Where can you go for non-packaged food? (10:09) When you want a smoothie do you bring your own container? (13:20) What if you were dating someone who had plastic everywhere? (16:42) Have you inspired others to be completely zero waste? (19:03) In an ideal world, what would happen with products in general? (23:50) Where do you need to grow the most? (26:55) Do you feel like you were more giving to everyone else as opposed to yourself? (29:07) Who do you reach out to when you’re going through problems? (30:36)In this episode you will learn: What hydrofracking is (2:06) Why recycling isn’t enough (7:24) If Lauren gives in to temptation of items that come in packaging (11:57) Where and how Lauren buys her clothes (14:22) How many people she’s influenced to be waste free (15:26) How her life became simplified (17:56) How to get rid of plastic in the most efficient way (19:45) How she deals with all the haters (21:14) What she’s working on the most right now (25:30) When Lauren reached her breaking point (28:04) Advice for female entrepreneurs in their 20s (29:30) What Lauren is going to do to get to the next level this year (31:30)
All of us want to be happy. Many of us pursue happiness in different ways, and sometimes that includes trying to block out “less than happy” emotions. You might have noticed that becoming obsessed with this pursuit can actually make you less happy in the long run. That’s because all emotions are meant to be experienced. They are meant to pass through you, and when you suppress them or try to pretend they aren’t there they will just come back to you with a vengeance. So how do we be truly happy? That’s exactly what Susan David has spent her career studying.Susan David is a psychologist, originally from South Africa, that has been learning about emotions and people’s pursuit of happiness since she lost her father in high school. She has recently written a best selling book, Emotional Agility, about the importance of every emotion we go through. Susan also recently gave a Ted Talk that was one of the most successful campaigns to date. It received over a million views within the first week. I like to think that things come into our lives at the perfect time and for the right reasons. Lately I’ve been going through some emotional challenges, which I open up about on this episode, and I took so much away from Susan’s advice. I feel privileged to have Susan on this episode and I know you will learn a lot, on Episode 604.Some questions I ask: How did you handle the passing of your dad at a young age? (2:13) What does disability mean? (5:06) How should we approach situations in life we’re unhappy about? (7:12) What are your range of emotions like on a daily basis? (11:24) How do we evaluate our emotions? (19:05)Would you say that to make a greater impact in the world that you need to take on more stress? (24:05) How should we approach people going through a difficult time but won’t admit it? (29:33) What advice do you have for me if I lose my father? (38:40)In this episode you will learn: What it was like losing her father in high school (00:58) The importance of journaling (56:15) Are we trying to become resilient with our emotions? (4:41) How do we learn from our emotions? (8:28) As a trained psychologist, how do you just allow your emotion to be? (14:20) Are all emotions valuable? (23:09) What does a healthy relationship with our emotions look like? (27:04) What should people do when they lose their job? (37:00) What advice do you have for men who hold in their emotions? (50:03)
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that you really do need to follow your heart. Do what feels good for you and ignore the people who are putting you down for it. Don’t listen to the naysayers because they don’t understand your passions. If you feel yourself being pulled to something, and excitement fills you when you do it, then follow that path. You’ll be surprised at how fast, when you make it, the people who put you down become your ultimate supporters. For this episode of 5 Minute Friday I wanted to bring you back this inspirational clip from a previous episode with Stephen “tWitch” Boss. You probably remember tWitch as being a fan favorite on So You Think You Can Dance and the DJ on The Ellen Show. Learn the importance of following your heart and how to bypass the naysayers on Episode 603.In This Episode You Will Learn:What you need to do in life. (1:16) Who you should and shouldn’t listen to (1:50) How to win over your naysayers (2:17) The concept people struggle with the most (2:28) How you know if you have what it takes to make it (3:16) What makes things happen (3:40)
Philip is now running for Governor with a progressive vision to move Florida forward as a leader in the 21st century economy. He wants to revitalize the economy, envisioning a Florida with better-paying jobs, more competitive public schools, and an entrepreneurial approach to protecting our environment. In the past, he funded his own campaign, refusing money from special interests, and easily won re-election to two terms with a majority of the vote. On this episode we had a really amazing conversation. Before he was ever in public office, Philip was an entrepreneur, creating multiple companies and scaling them to great success. He let me in on some incredible information a lot of people don’t know about him, including how he gave back to one of the most influential people from his childhood. Philip goes into detail on how he led a successful election campaign, the lesson he learned from Bill Clinton, and how you can become a better communicator. If you want to hear how you can be a better entrepreneur and better humanitarian at the same time then you need to listen to Episode 602.Some Questions I Ask: What made you want to transition from entrepreneur to mayor? (6:50) How do you enroll people in a single “company” that’s going to be gone a year later? (10:20) When did you first connect with Bill Clinton? (14:55) What’s something Clinton isn’t notorious for that makes him different? (19:28) Who was your greatest teacher growing up? (26:32) What’s the biggest lesson your mother taught you? (28:52) Do you think everyone should serve in public office at some point? (33:47) What’s an entrepreneurial approach to helping our environment? (38:04) What’s the biggest challenge that you’ve had to overcome? (41:36)In This Episode You Will Learn: How Philip’s background in marketing gave him an edge (9:30) When he first felt the need help people (13:46) The greatest lesson he learned from Bill Clinton (17:03) How to train yourself to be a better communicator (22:53) Which of his parents was the more inspiring teacher (27:36) What got him so involved in the environment (30:28) How you can get involved in your community (34:08) What Philip thinks we need the most as a society (41:12) What he is most proud of that most people don’t know about him (42:48) And much, much more
I have had a lot of injuries in my life. I’ve even had a physical injury that destroyed my sports career. Honestly, that was nothing compared to some of the emotional injuries I’ve been through. We all tend to neglect our emotional injuries. We push them off and consider ourselves as wimps or over-emotional. In reality, these injuries are extreme. They need to be cared for like any broken bone. If we continue to ignore our heartbreaks, that pain will never heal. It will carry with us for years, or even decades. On this episode of The School of Greatness I’m joined again by the amazing psychologist, Guy Winch, to discuss emotional pain -- whether it’s from a break up, the loss of a loved one, or any other negative feelings that may be holding you back in life.Dr. Guy Winch, is a licensed psychologist, author, and in-demand keynote speaker whose books have been translated into twenty-four languages. Dr. Winch's viral TED Talk, Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid, has been viewed over 5 million times and is rated among the top 5 most inspiring talks of all time on TED.com. His upcoming book, How to Fix a Broken Heart, just came out and that's what we dove into in this episode. Previously on the show (way back in year 1), we talked about the idea of "emotional first aid" and how important it is for us to learn how to heal our emotional injuries just like we do our physical ones. However, as Guy pointed out, heartbreak is a special kind of emotional pain and there are certain behaviors that support us in healing from this (and many that don't.) Learn how to understand yourself and your friends in heartbreak, and heal the healthy way, on Episode 601.Some Questions I Ask:How do we communicate with someone who has a broken heart? (7:02) Should we feel embarrassed for grieving? (12:32) What are examples of some things people do with feelings thare ok, or that they shouldn’t be doing? (14:21) What are thoughts we should be having after a heartbreak? (18:30) What’s the best approach to process the feelings? (25:36) What’s the best way for friends to reach out to someone going through a heartbreak? (31:08) What’s the longest it took you to get over a romantic relationship? (40:15) What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself from 20 years of psychology? (43:10) What do you think is holding you back from doing what you want to do faster? (47:03) Has there ever been a challenge someone brought to you that you didn’t feel like you could find a solution for? (52:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:What happens if you don’t process your heartbreak (10:36) The “stupid” feelings Dr. Winch has (13:02) The time frame for when someone should be able to get back to a normal life after a heartbreak (16:32) The best process for when you breakup with someone (21:42) Which is harder to recover from, an emotion or a physical injury (27:34) A serious heartbreak that took Dr. Winch a long time to recover from (35:45) What’s the greatest part about being a psychologist for Dr Winch (41:32) The greatest challenge Dr. Winch faces in his life right now (44:34) A common theme he’s learned about people (49:00) And much, much more
I know so many people who are struggling with debt. They are looking for ways to retake control of their finances, and often times they feel hopeless.For all of you who are feeling this way, I wanted to bring you back this clip from a previous episode with Joshua Fields Millburn.This 5 Minute Friday talks about what it’s like, and what it means, to live a minimalist lifestyle. If you are looking to take control of your life, this may be something you will want to consider. Learn all about the benefits of minimalism in just five minutes, on Episode 600. In This Episode You Will Learn: What minimalists ask themselves (1:02) How minimalism helps with debt (1:28) The oldest person Joshua helped become a minimalist (2:07) The youngest person Joshua has known to be a minimalist (2:28) The truth about the minimalist lifestyle (2:58) The 3 rules of minimalist mindset (4:10)
One of the things that even I struggle with is being complacent. It’s easy for all of us to feel comfortable where we are in life and settle for what we have. In fact, it can be scary to try to push things even further. Breaking out of that comfort zone and continuing to grow is the difference between being average and being great. Anytime you feel comfortable, that means you’re not challenging yourself and it’s time to make a shift. Maybe you need a new job or just to find ways to push yourself further. On this episode of The School of Greatness, we are joined by an inspirational and amazing actress, Nina Dobrev. She’s spent her whole life pushing the boundaries and keeps challenging herself any chance she can.You probably know Nina from the hit show The Vampire Diaries. Nina was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She moved to Canada at the age of two and has lived in Toronto, Ontario ever since. From a very young age, she showed great enthusiasm and talent for the arts: Dance, Gymnastics, Theatre, Music, Visual arts, and Acting! Modeling jobs led to commercials, which then turned into film auditions. Shortly after, she booked roles in the feature films Fugitive Pieces, Away from Her and the popular television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. We've become good friends over the past couple of years, and I'm constantly impressed by how Nina decides to push herself. Through all of her work, acting is her passion, and she sees it as an adventure that has just begun; she believes that the journey and the characters we create along the way will help us understand ourselves. Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 590.Some Questions I Ask: Why did you get behind the #TimesUp movement? (8:20) What can people do to stop the abuse? (12:48) Did you have a hunger to work hard at an early age? (22:40) Do you feel like you were good to everyone on your way up? (26:55) What is the biggest insecurity you’ve overcome in your ‘20s? (28:10) Did you see yourself being a star? (30:57) When Vampire Diaries happened did you expect it to be a success? (33:21) Did you see yourself doing things bigger than the show, or were you focused on the role? (36:20) Did you struggle to find new characters to audition for? (40:20) What do you enjoy more, being a character telling the stories or directing the stories? (44:38) What’s a story you want to tell that hasn’t been told? (46:40) What do you think is holding you back from being the woman you want to be? (47:35) What’s the thing you are most proud of that most people don’t know about you? (52:30)In This Episode You Will Learn: About the abuse happening in Hollywood (10:55) What it was like moving from Bulgaria to Canada (16:10) The most important lesson her parents taught her (23:51) Insecurities she had growing up (27:15) Who taught her the most about abundance in her life (29:30) Why she loves creating characters (32:45) How she felt when Vampire Diaries took off (34:30) What it was like choosing to leave a hit show (38:20) What she's been writing (42:00) What she wants to do next (46:15) What it is about Audrey Hepburn that people love (47:10) The greatest piece of advice she ever received (50:04) A question she wishes more people would ask (55:44)
Today you’re in for a real treat. I interviewed a friend of mine, and king of dad jokes, Daymond John. He was telling so many dad jokes that had me rolling, I didn’t even think we were going to be able to record the interview. Not only that, but he is an amazing businessman with great insights anyone can use. If you’ve ever wondered how to become an entrepreneur, how to get started in investing, and how to balance your work and family life, you'll love Daymond's perspective. On this episode of The School of Greatness, Daymond shares the most important things he’s learned from the most successful people ever. One of the biggest things is one we all neglect: our health. By taking on the lessons that he shares in his newest book Rise and Grind, Daymond learned to listen to his body and discovered cancer in his throat. Daymond is a truly remarkable man who has started from the ground up and is constantly learning and changing his game to adapt not only to the world around but also to how he himself is changing.Daymond is the CEO and Founder of FUBU, a famous lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and his marketing strategies and ability to build successful brands has made him a highly influential consultant and motivational speaker today. In 2009, he joined the cast of ABC entrepreneurial business show Shark Tank by acclaimed producer Mark Burnett. Shark Tank has been such a success, it's now on its 10th season! Get ready to take notes from Daymond’s insights on Episode 598.Some questions I ask:Who has been the most inspiring person to come on the show? (10:02) What is the greatest negotiation you’ve ever done? (12:40) Do you feel like you have more balance for family life now? (17:38) When did you have surgery for your cancer? (23:08) Do you have any insecurities? (25:46) How do you choose what opportunities to take on? (28:17) What is the 20% that provides 80% of your revenue? (30:22) What is the thing that you are most excited about right now? (32:58) What’s the thing that pulls are your heart the most? (36:04) Do you think about running your family like a business? (37:53) Why do you think entrepreneurs aren’t as willing to have discussions with their significant others as they are a business partner? (39:54) What is your unique superpower? (45:27) Do you schedule everything in the book every day for you? (48:00)In this episode you will learn:The most important element to Shark Tank (8:55) The biggest lesson Daymond learned about himself over the last 10 seasons (11:53) How having a child shifted his views of business (15:25) The big things people taught him about continuing to master his skills (19:17) Daymond’s daily schedule for health (24:29) How he decides which causes to support (27:23) The one thing he can do this year to increase his revenue (29:32) What his new podcast is based on (32:03) The thing Daymond is most proud of (34:55) The most painful thing in Daymond’s life (36:24) What he sees as a great opportunity to get into (42:16) The thing Daymond looks for when he picks people (46:16) Plus much more...
I truly believe that one of the most important things we have in this world is our voice. All of us need to speak up without fear, without apologizing, and show the world we care.When I say voice, that doesn’t mean your literal voice. For some people, it may be their art, their designs, the technology they develop. Everything you give to this world is a part of your voice.That’s one of the reasons I decided to go back and bring you this past episode with Sekou Andrews.Sekou is an incredible spoken word poet who has performed in front of huge audiences. In this clip, he shares a very powerful and inspirational spoken word poem about using our voices for good.I invite you to getting your voice out into the world with pride, on Episode 597.
I’ve learned that greatness can come from anywhere, everywhere, or anyone. It all starts with a dream, a vision. Of course one of the secrets is never giving up, but the biggest one is that it needs to be yours.You need to know that your goals are your goals, not something pushed on you by someone else.No matter where you are in your life, or what obstacles appear in your way, you can achieve it. I believe this now more than ever after sitting down with our most recent guest, Tererai Trent.Tererai was born in Zimbabwe, was forced into marriage as a child, and even gave birth to 4 children by the time she was 18. She came from a place where education wasn’t an opportunity given to women.Tererai ended up pushing through so many obstacles and now had a PhD - and that’s just the beginning of her incredible accomplishments.Tererai was named by Oprah as her “All-Time Favorite Guest” and received a $1.5 million donation to rebuild her childhood elementary school in recognition of her tenacity and never-give-up attitude. With the firm belief that education is the pathway out of poverty and a desire to give back to her community, she founded Tererai Trent International. Eleven schools are being built in Zimbabwe and education has been improved for over 5,000 children so far. And this is only the beginning. Today, Dr. Trent is invited to speak all over the world, to share her remarkable story and the valuable lessons she has learned along the way. She just came out with a new book all about empowering women to awaken to their full potential (she is the poster child of this). Her favorite motto is “Tinogona,” meaning, “It is achievable!” Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 596.Some Questions I ask: What interested you in agriculture? (16:15) What made you bring your 5 children and your abusive husband to America? (17:20) What was it like when you met the same woman who inspired you 14 years later? (26:26) Do boys have more access to education around the world? (36:10) What’s your message to girls from privileged and non-privileged parts of the world? (40:36) How can anyone make an impact in the world? (42:43) What is available for a woman who is not sexually happy with herself? (46:05) What advice do you have for men to support the women in their lives? (48:15) What’s your vision now? Have you planted new dreams? (50:00)In this episode you will learn: What it’s like to be a young mother in Kenya (and mother of 4 by 18) (7:43) The struggles of raising kids in while going to school (21:18) The thoughts that helped Tererai find her greatness (23:12) How Tererai funded her dreams (30:09) How writing down her dreams helped her achieve them (37:28) The ways women have been silenced (44:40) A ritual someone can do to rekindle the fire within themselves (47:18) What makes Tererai whole (54:32) Plus much more...
As you know, it’s important to continually grow (especially if you’re an entrepreneur). I’m not excluded from that. Ten years ago I read a book by Gary Vaynerchuk that changed the course of my life.On this episode of the School of Greatness, Gary returns to the show for his third time. He gives me advice for my next ten years but also gives you invaluable advice on so many topics that you won’t hear anywhere else.Gary is known for his unapologetic truth-telling attitude. He says a lot of things on social media that people may feel are harsh or extreme. But when we were talking, Gary revealed he actually cares deeply about what people think about him. And that’s why he’s so committed to serving people with hard-earned business wisdom in the long run.He explains why teenage nerds are winning right now, how hitting the big lists isn’t what matters in business, and why you need an independent person in a romantic relationship.If you aren’t familiar with Gary, you’re missing out. Gary is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients.Gary rose to prominence in the late 90’s after establishing one of the first e-commerce wine sites, WineLibrary, helping his father grow the family business from 4 to 60MM in sales.Gary is also one of the most sought-after public speakers alive today. He is a venture capitalist, 4-time New York Times bestselling author, and an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo, and Uber.You’ll learn everything you need to know about how to become the best of the best, on Episode 595.Some questions I ask: How are you affected emotionally when you see yourself aging? (9:32) Did business get better for you when you got married and started having kids? (16:52) When you started having kids did your obsession for business stay the same? (22:31) Why are you doing things you don’t like when you have options not to? (24:51) When are the moments that you doubt yourself the most? (26:09) What’s your insecurity? (33:45) What do you think you need to take you to the next level? (38:00) What advice would you have for me over the next 10 years? (51:52)In the episode you will learn: The results you should be concentrating on in business (14:02) The biggest challenge Gary’s faced since starting Vayner (23:13) Best way to actually build your Instagram following (30:21) Why Gary hates being disliked (34:20) When relationships are really made (42:41) Plus much more...
On this episode of 5 Minute Friday I wanted to bring you something a little different. Something that you can actually do, right now. I want you to participate in this meditation from a previous video I made with Light Watkins, an amazing meditation teacher and friend of mine. He just released a new book on his simple and accessible meditation techniques and we did a YouTube Live to test them out in person. This meditation is a great way to assess your body and be aware of everything happening within yourself. Download this episode and take the time to sit down and learn this meditation technique on Episode 594.
Wow. This week marks the 5 year anniversary of the School of Greatness podcast. I took a minute tonight to reflect on the incredible gift this show has been to me and I was overcome with gratitude. I could never have imagined what this show and these conversations and these relationships and this audience would become when I started this little project. I would love to hear from you this week -- how has the podcast impacted your life? How long have you been listening? What have been your favorite episodes? Has anyone listened to every single episode? At the end of the day, the best part of this whole experience is you -- the audience. There's no show without you. I'm so grateful you've listened and stayed with me on this journey."It's all about living the adventure of life and doing it together."When I think about the inspiration we’ve heard, the lessons we’ve learned, the value we’ve gotten, and the people we’ve met through this show, I am so humbled. And this is just the beginning. While I am always looking forward to what we can create even better, I knew it was important to take this moment and acknowledge what we have created together so far. I am truly honored to be in this journey of greatness with you. To celebrate this milestone, I wanted to highlight one top episode from each year of the podcast. I added a little commentary before each one and shared my thoughts about the show as a whole. So thank you again and here’s to another 5 years of greatness in Episode 593.In this episode you will learn:How Tim Ferriss prepared for big keynotes Tony Robbins’ morning priming ritual and book recommendations Alanis Morissette’s definition of true success Why Chris Lee believes in the power of visualization so strongly How Mel Robbins became a confident master of her fear Plus much more…
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 for fitness (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 that 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 this year (54:16) Plus much more...
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.
So often in American society, we revere and talk about athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs -- but not as often do we acknowledge dancers in the same way. Especially male ballroom dancers. However, with the rise of popularity of the hit show, Dancing with the Stars, this sport has become much more popular in the U.S. And a part of that rise to popularity and appreciation is today's guest, Valentin Chmerkovskiy. If you've seen him on the show (winning twice and competing at the top multiple times), you already know what a brilliant dancer and artist he is. But you might not know the rest of his story and perspectives.Val and I met through social media a few months back, but I didn't realize how cool he was until we met in person. Not only does Val have the hard-earned wisdom of a long-term elite athlete (he's been winning championships since he was a teenager), he also is a successful entrepreneur, social media influencer, coach, and now an author. But what I really loved talking to Val about was how he has developed an incredible level of confidence in doing what he loves -- even before it was popular. Val's humility and focus shows up in all his work. As we discussed what dance has taught him about being a good partner, human being, and man, I was really inspired to keep pushing myself to be better. And of course, we made plans to go salsa dancing as a result. I'm excited and proud to bring you this insightful conversation about what is possible when you go for your dreams because YOU believe in them in Episode 590.Some questions I ask:What has dance taught you about being a great human being? (15:44) What are the key elements to create an explosive, captivating performance? (19:20) How do you get to a place of confidence if you don't feel comfortable with yourself? (21:04) How do you approach connecting with a new partner to get the best performance out of them? (23:36)In this episode you will learn:Why Val is still proud of the titles he won as a teenager (1:03) How ballroom dancing is viewed differently in Eastern Europe versus the U.S. (4:50) The story of how Val got into ballroom dance as a kid (7:45) The secret skill you probably didn't know Val has (trained for 16 years!) (13:08) How partner dances teach you to be an excellent communicator (17:58) How I got over my fear of dancing and learned salsa (26:30) The best way to deal with bullying (31:30) The difference between giving 100% and giving 99% (39:15) Val's perspective on being an immigrant and why it's so motivating (48:45) Plus much more...
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...
I used to believe that money was a main factor in creating happiness. But then I learned that when you spend all of your time chasing the dollar, it brings you emptiness. The real reason to chase after money is so you can have the freedom you need to experience life’s beautiful moments. 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)
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...
"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)
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...
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 LifeHealth (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.
"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 (53:00)
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...
"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)
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)
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...
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...
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
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.
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..."You have a gift inside of you, something unique to offer to the world. No one else will be you."
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...
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.
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..."Don’t look outside of yourself for approval. You need to find it from inside and know that you are enough.”
So many of us feel like we struggle with our weight. We search for diets and end up getting frustrated with them because the rules are hard to follow or they simply don’t work because there’s no 'one size fits all' solution.A while back I discovered a great, easy to use program called Whole30. It explains, step by step, how you can find the diet program that works for you.There’s a lot of people out there whose diet is making them sick. Maybe your friends can eat grains, but you can’t. Whole30 is designed to help you find exactly what YOU need.This system is one that felt so good I took it way past the 30-day mark.But the woman behind it is even more incredible.
We all need a tool chest filled with things that will help us with confidence, and motivation - especially if we want to be successful. One of the most powerful, useful, and important ones you need is the 5 second rule.On this Five Minute Friday I felt I HAD to bring you this tip from our episode with Mel Robbins.She’s a bestselling author, a former criminal defense attorney, a CNN commentator, happily married for 20 years, and a mom of 3 kids. She also has a 7-figure speaking business and is an inspiration of mine.Mel was easily one of my favorite interviews, and I know this is a tool that can launch you further than you ever expect.Hear all about her secret weapon and how to utilize it on Episode 570.
Lately I’ve been traveling around doing a book tour for The Mask of Masculinity. I always like to do a Q&A with my audiences to learn more about them and help answer any questions that may not be in the book.I recently recorded my talk in Los Angeles with an amazing group. They really dug deep and asked a lot of great questions, including a lot about my past.My book can only fit so much information and was written to help others more than be a biography.So I wanted to share with you this special talk. I really open up and practice what I preach. I talk about my father and open up about how he affected my life. I also share how I’m still learning, how I keep myself on track to keep my aggression in check, and much more, on Episode 569.
Lately so many people have been asking me about how to make more money.In fact 3 of my top 6 episodes are about money. Another 3 of my top 10 episodes are about habits.It got me thinking that there really is a correlation between money and the things that people do. I decided to address this for all of you and teach you what I’ve learned studying all of the wealthy people around me.I’m also willing to share my personal habits that have contributed to my success.So if you’re looking to find out about the habits that made people rich and kept them on top, don’t wait to download Episode 568.
I know him as a comedian with great videos, but were you aware at how inspiring JP Sears is?He puts himself out on the line every day, purposefully making himself look silly and taking chances. He doesn’t let fear get in his way, he embraces it.It’s normal for all of us to become scared, and hold ourselves back. That doesn’t create happiness, though. It creates comfort.If you want to be happy, take a lesson from JP Sears on this episode of Five Minute Friday, pulled from a previous interview. He discusses how fear isn’t something we should be pushing away from. It’s what we need to embrace in order push ourselves further, find out who we really are, and achieve the true happiness we want.Discover all of that and much more, on Episode 567.
Do you ever feel like you’re in a dark place? Do you struggle and find that you keep comparing yourself to others?You’re not alone, and it’s natural. Even I find myself comparing my body to other guys on Instagram and feeling like I’m not adding up - and I’m a fit, healthy guy.The key is to shift our mindset. Don’t feel like you are competing with them. Look at them for inspiration and motivation. If they can achieve it, you can too.There’s a secret that really helps make this shift, and it’s critical that we do it in our media flooded world.
With everything going on in the world I think it’s important now more than ever to spread hope, love, and inspiration.Today’s guest is the very definition of all of those things.Novak Djokovic grew up during two wars in Serbia. As a child, he would be woken up at 2 am to alarms going off and be forced to head to a safe place. He saw the night’s sky turn to light as he heard and felt the rumble of bombs being dropped around him.Through all of this Novak didn’t turn to hate. Instead he turned to love and passion. He became the #1 tennis champion in the world.
Believe it or not, there’s a lot we can learn from the animal world - especially about leadership.They can’t lie.They have to lead without words.In order to be a strong leader you have to be calm and confident.I believe there’s so much we can learn from the animal kingdom, and on this episode we get some amazing insights from The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan.So listen to this 5 Minute Friday, taken from our previous interview, and learn how you can truly be a great leader, on Episode 564.
Have you ever looked up at the moon and wondered what it's like to walk on its surface?It's fascinating to think of going there on vacation and seeing the world from a new perspective - literally.The only reason why it hasn’t happened yet is that people haven’t found the monetary value in it.Most people think of the moon as a big deserted rock without much purpose, not to mention how expensive and hard it is to get there. You'd sound like a crazy dreamer to say that that is going to change anytime soon.Our guest today not only sees the moon in a different light, but he has found a way to get us there very soon.
As I’m sure many of you know, I’m pretty big on sports.I love everything about it. The challenge of the games, the sense of being part of a team, and even the science behind how it works. It’s always fascinated me.Why is it some people can excel at sports, while others fall short no matter how hard they try?It’s not just a matter of genes and physical strength. In fact, someone’s natural mind set under pressure also has a lot to do with it.When you talk to Super Bowl Champions, no matter how much pressure is on them, it’s just a game. If they win or lose, they go home to their families and they know life will go on.To most of us that kind of pressure would cause us to live in the moment, we’d be stuck in our heads, and end up costing us the big game.
If you ever feel discouraged by mistakes, remember that living a life without mistakes would only mean you weren't trying nearly enough things.On this 5 Minute Friday, Dr. Oz talks about the mistakes that he has made in life as well as in the operating room, where the difference can be life and death.While the emotional toll of mistakes can be immense, they show us that we are on the road to success, as we learn from them and overcome what caused the mistake next time we face it.I want to remind you that mistakes are an essential part of your path to greatness, on this 5 Minute Friday, Episode 561.
I am so excited to finally be releasing this episode with the amazing Les Brown on The School of Greatness.Les is a motivational speaker who doesn’t just help people find inspiration, but helps them achieve greatness, and I think that this conversation will help you get a little closer to greatness, too.Les and his twin brother were adopted as infants and never knew their biological parents. They were raised by a single woman who was strong enough to do it all on her own.As a child, Les was diagnosed as mentally disabled, and referred to as DT - the dumb twin. He let this story everyone told him hold him back and keep him from achieving greatness.One day, in a class room, all of that changed.
Ever wonder who is the mastermind behind successful campaigns by brands such as Pepsi and Beats by Dre? Well it’s the same person who is looked at as the savior for Uber - Bozoma Saint John.Bozoma or “Boz” has lead an incredible and inspiring life. She grew up in Africa, learned to speak three languages, and has pushed through so many hardships it’s absolutely amazing.Boz started her early career working for Spike Lee. She started by getting coffee, and doing everything needed around the office (including fixing the coffee machine). By chance one day she was given a script to look over, and the notes she made instantly boosted her career into an expert of branding and campaign management.She went on to lead marketing at Pepsi, which became an era of her life when she went through her toughest personal struggle. Her husband was diagnosed with cancer, and only had six months left to live...
It's easy to feel beaten down by life's challenges. The grind. All the responsibilities.But I want you to remember that you are so much more than all that.You have believe that it's all worth it.That you're working for something bigger.And that your true potential is beyond anything you can imagine.You're on the path. You're headed in the right direction. You are getting there.I'm here to remind you of that in this 5 Minute Friday, Episode 558.
I started noticing Najwa's Instagram posts for months before I met her.Her voice and thoughts were so compelling, I felt like she was speaking the exact feelings of my heart.When I met her in Toronto to interview her, it was like meeting family.Najwa may have a completely different background than me, growing up in Lebanon and Canada as a Muslim woman, but she is so relateable that literally hundreds of thousands of people read her posts every day.I loved getting to know her story so much, I invited her to speak at the Summit of Greatness this year.
My second mainstream book, the most raw, vulnerable, authentic piece of work I've created so far, comes out tomorrow.It's been five years in the making, since my big wake up call, and I've been writing and editing and preparing this book for the last two years.It's been an opportunity for me to face my biggest fears, go into the fire, and undo all the beliefs and behaviors that aren't serving me.I've learned so much in the process (and still am).I've had incredible conversations with men and women that have opened my heart and mind wide open.And now it's time to share these messages and this wisdom with the world.
If you feel like your struggles are overwhelming you right now, listen up.I've known struggle since I was a kid.I struggled so much in school, for years, and felt worthless as a result.I thought that if I wasn't good at academics, my only way to add value was in sports.And then I got injured in sports and thought I had no value.But I kept going, in every struggle, and eventually those struggles became my strengths.It's a truth that I feel so strongly about that I wanted to dedicate a 5 Minute Friday to it in Episode 555.
The words "peaceful" and "warrior" don't usually go together.In fact, they seem to be opposites.But if you've read the international bestselling book or seen the movie Way of the Peaceful Warrior, you know there's something powerful about this idea.Dan Millman is the author of this (and 16 other books) and an incredibly wise teacher. He was an early guest on the podcast, back in Episode 193, and I was excited to have him back on since he just released a new book.When I watched the movie based on his hit book, it was hugely influential to me and became one of my favorites. Sitting down with him 11 years later to discuss the wisdom behind this story was powerful.
Recently I flew to St. Louis for the weekend to record interviews on a couple of my good friend's podcasts.One of those was with Andy Frisella, who you probably remember from when he came on Episode 485 of my show.There's a lot of reasons I love Andy (he's a super successful entrepreneur, good guy, and speaks honestly about life), but when we got into a discussion about my new book, The Mask of Masculinity, I found even more reasons to love him.You see, looking at Andy and I from the outside, we look pretty much exactly like the stereotypes of alpha males. But when you hear us talk in this episode, you find out there's a lot more to the picture.
That is the question I'm addressing today on 5 Minute Friday.There is so much hurt happening in the world right now.It is mostly coming from men. And it stems from fear.Fear of being vulnerable. Of being misunderstood. Of feeling pain.But it's time to step up men. It's time to shed those masks and be real men.Men who serve. Men who heal. Men who protect.That's why I'm reading an excerpt from my new book, The Mask of Masculinity, on Episode 552.
Do you wonder how your relationship with technology is affecting your brain, health, relationships, and creativity?These are all things that today's guest, Manoush Zomorodi, started thinking about when she began hosting her popular podcast, Note to Self.Little did she know that her exploration of our relationship with technology (and the decreasing time we let our minds be bored) would lead her to a massive study and new book.But it turns out that letting our minds wander, letting ourselves get bored, zoning out, daydreaming, etc. are really important for our brains.In fact, the times we let ourselves be bored often leads us to our best ideas.
What is especially interesting about Jeff Bethke though is that he's talking about some of the most unpopular topics -- religion, Jesus, marriage, and waiting to have sex.I first saw one of Jeff's videos about 5 years ago and I still remember being captivated by his energy and the power of his words.When I saw that he and his wife Alyssa were publishing a new book about how to make love (and marriages) last, I was interested to get his perspective on these topics.I especially was interested to get his thoughts on what society has taught men about their role in dating, marriage, and love.
I've got another epic custom track from Fearless Motivation for you today.This one is on a topic that I really believe in.We are so influenced by the people we surround ourselves with.It's nearly impossible to rise to your own personal greatness if you aren't surrounding yourself with people who are doing the same.Which is why in this 5 Minute Friday, I'm calling you forth to make a powerful choice.Choose wisely who you surround yourself with in Episode 549.
Wow, I already know this is going to be another one of the most popular episodes on the podcast to date.The first time the queen of relationships, Esther Perel, came on the podcast, she blew me away with her insights about love and intimacy. (A few hundred thousand downloads of that episode later and I know I'm not the only one).So when she told me her new book was about infidelity and unpacking why people cheat (especially when it's on the people they still love), I knew it was going to be a powerful conversation.Esther spoke just last month at the second annual Summit of Greatness, and she was by far one of the most popular speakers. (People were booing me as I had to wrap up our Q&A because they wanted to hear more from her.)She has an incredible ability to speak the truth in a way that cuts you to the core and also makes you feel safe to explore topics we usually don't talk about.
Before you decide that you don't believe in this kind of stuff, listen up.I met today's guest, Nick Ortner, years ago in NYC during a mastermind.I have watched his career, success, and the impact he's making (teaching people how to heal themselves from all kinds of issues) over the years since then.And I know he's the real deal.But I was especially excited to sit down with him on the podcast to hear about the science behind the method he uses -- and he explained it all.If you've never heard of tapping, let me introduce you to the technique.
What else are we here for if not to live our dreams?This is the question I have asked myself for years.It's what has fueled me through dark times and huge successes.And it's what still fuels me to serve everyone I possibly can in becoming the best versions of themselves.Here's the truth: the world needs us to live up to the greatness inside of us. We need the talents and contributions YOU have.And it doesn't matter if you don't have any evidence yet of what those are. You still get to dream big and go for it.Sharing my belief in the power of vision in this 5 Minute Friday, Episode 546.
If you spend much time on Instagram or Pinterest, you've probably seen one of Rupi Kaur's poems and illustrations.She is the #1 NYT bestselling author of the hit poetry collection Milk and Honey, and she just released her second book of poetry this week.Rupi is not only a brilliant and successful poet and artist, she has learned how to connect deeply with her audience.By using social media to share her beautiful, raw, honest short poems, Rupi has created a massive following of fans who love and promote her work.But none of that as important as what Rupi is saying through her work.
Despite millions in winnings, world recognition, and playing at the high roller tournaments, Fedor Holz is leaving professional poker at age 24.He's focusing his energy on creating easy-to-access training on high performance mindset tactics.And I was fascinated to learn why.When I met Fedor a few weeks ago, he had just finished in the top rankings of a huge high roller tournament in Vegas.But instead of talking about poker, we mostly talked about how he stays grounded when so much is at stake.
We often don't hear about the rocky starts of the mega-successes.We mostly see the glamour, the flashy money, the press, and the smiles.But the truth is so many entrepreneurs, thought leaders, authors, inventors, and founders faced a lot of rejection before their big idea caught on.If they hadn't kept going in the face of all of that, we wouldn't have some of the best ideas that exist today.I'm sharing a simple story of one example of this today in 5 Minute Friday as a reminder to all of us to keep going with what inspires us in Episode 543.
You might have a ton of good ideas in your head.You might have even tried to get some of them out into the world.But chances are, most of your best ideas have never been heard.And today's guest is standing for you to share them.Nilofer Merchant is an author, TED speaker, and well-experienced idea-sharer. She has worked at many of the biggest tech companies in the country, making sure the best products succeed.But her passion for creating a culture where good ideas get shared is what inspired her most recent book.
Her uber popular hit book The Happiness Project took over the world by storm. But so have her other books, as well as her podcast.She is an extremely successful blogger, author, podcast host, and speaker.But one of the things I love most about Gretchen Rubin is her dedication to helping people.If you listened to Episode 187 a couple years ago, you remember our first podcast interview where she explained how habits work.Since then, she has done extensive research to figure out why we live up to our goals (or not) -- and it turns out it's not the same for everyone.
So when I read this short story about puppies for sale (with a surprise ending), I had to share it.As a recovering perfectionist myself, I constantly need reminders that it's okay not to be perfect.In fact, our imperfections truly do set us apart and allow us to contribute in unique ways to the world.What I love about this puppy story is the reminder that none of us need to feel "less than" because of our imperfections.If you needed a reminder that you are worthy of everything good, just as you are, here it is in Episode 540.
He's also one of my favorite humans on the planet.He's shown up for me time and again (most recently at the Summit of Greatness last week).He's the youngest person to travel to every country in the world.He hosts one of the coolest annual events, World Domination Summit.And he just wrote a new book on the easiest ways to make money . . . on the side.Chris Guillebeau is a master of the side hustle.
And it turned out I was totally off.I'd seen Brendon Burchard's videos all over Facebook, heard his name in big circles, and seen his bestselling books at the top of the charts.But for whatever reason, I felt like there might be something fake about him.So I never bothered to find out.Until we spoke at the same event and I met him in person.And I realized there was more to the story.