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Behind the Brilliance is the go to podcast for the intellectually curious and relentlessly ambitious. The show features weekly long form interviews with innovative and culture-shaping leaders in art, culture, technology, business, lifestyle, and personal development along with Lisa's inspiring and funny advice on life, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

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Behind the Brilliance is the go to podcast for the intellectually curious and relentlessly ambitious. The show features weekly long form interviews with innovative and culture-shaping leaders in art, culture, technology, business, lifestyle, and personal development along with Lisa's inspiring and funny advice on life, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

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Succinct, impactful, and solid content

By ekcb12 - Jan 07 2020
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I love how his podcast is applicable to personal life and career life, and that I always have an actionable take away.

Thank You

By ARich Life -Alisha Richard - Nov 14 2019
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This podcast is Absolutely amazing. Thanks for the content and continuing to be a light. Thanks

iTunes Ratings

185 Ratings
Average Ratings
169
6
4
3
3

Succinct, impactful, and solid content

By ekcb12 - Jan 07 2020
Read more
I love how his podcast is applicable to personal life and career life, and that I always have an actionable take away.

Thank You

By ARich Life -Alisha Richard - Nov 14 2019
Read more
This podcast is Absolutely amazing. Thanks for the content and continuing to be a light. Thanks
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Behind the Brilliance

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

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Behind the Brilliance is the go to podcast for the intellectually curious and relentlessly ambitious. The show features weekly long form interviews with innovative and culture-shaping leaders in art, culture, technology, business, lifestyle, and personal development along with Lisa's inspiring and funny advice on life, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Rank #1: 148 Tonya Rapley on Managing Money, Starting Over, and Winning Your Way

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Tonya Rapley is a leading financial educator and the founder of My Fab Finance. She's a dynamic woman who brings a smart and balanced perspective to money matters. Our chat spans way beyond money to include spirituality, starting over, hustle, ego, and much more.

We covered: 

-how Tonya found her way from music to money as a career

-money stories: what they are and how to change them

-Tonya's path to overcoming physical and emotional abuse 

-advice on setting boundaries with friends and family around money 

-Tonya's spiritual journey 

-how Tonya made more money working fewer hours 

-pride vs ego

-Tonya's advice for starting over and getting started 

-and much more!

Say hi to Tonya @myfabfinance on Twitter and Instagram 

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB148

Nov 02 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #2: 136 Duane Spires on Turning $5 into a Multimillion Dollar Empire

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Duane Spires is a serial entrepreneur who brings passion and enthusiasm to everything he does. We covered a LOT in this episode including the details of his journey to building multiple $1M+ businesses, his take on dealing with setbacks, how he handled friends who didn't support his wins, and much more. 

This conversation covers: 

-how Duane turned a $5 loan from his mom into an empire (and later hired her full time to be on his team)

-how Duane changed his relationship with money after blowing it on ballerific nonsense

-Duane's thoughts on choosing the right spouse when you have big goals 

-how Duane's relationships changed after he became successful (and what he did about it) 

-Duane's habits that resulted in him creating a $1 million side hustle 

-and much more!

Aug 17 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #3: Episode 003: Rosetta Thurman

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Life and business coach Rosetta Thurman graced Lisa's virutal couch to talk about her journey through the non-profit world to entrepreneurship. She discusses the birth of her blog, Happy Black Woman, and offers insight on various topics including location independence (she lives in Hawaii!), love (no cookie cutter relationships here), and personal development.

Apr 08 2014

1hr 5mins

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Rank #4: 014: Risk vs Regret

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Lisa shares her unique perspective on risk vs regret and offers a framework for making risky decisions. She touches on the consequence of not making strategic decisions, the reason other people's opinions don't matter, and the most important reason to take risks.

Jul 25 2014

35mins

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Rank #5: Time Management Hacks for Super Busy People

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In this episode, Lisa shares her best advice on time management and passes on great insight from high profile achievers on how to get more done in less time. She also recommends strategies for feeling less stressed while setting and pursuing big goals.

Aug 28 2014

36mins

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Rank #6: 144 Idil Ahmed on Science of the Mind, Spirituality, and Getting Out of Your Own Way

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Idil Ahmed has amassed a following of more than 1 million people on Twitter (@idillionaire), Instagram, and Facebook by delivering inspiring and illuminating content. An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and science enthusiast, Idil has made it her life's work to help as many people as possible operate from a place of power and clarity. In this conversation, we talk about her journey, the practical aspects of spirituality, how she turned a growing Twitter account into a 7 figure following, and much more. 

We cover: 

-how Idil turned her passion into a profitable pursuit

-Idil's early days and how she started her first business

-Idil's thoughts on reconciling science and spirituality 

-how the Idillionaire brand came to be and how she grew it 

-the inspiration for Idil's book, Get Out of Your Own Way 

-Idil's wisdom on forgiving yourself, navigating change, and finding your way forward

-the importance of avoiding comparison 

-and much more!

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB144

Oct 12 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: 047 Four Traits of Achievers

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Lisa breaks down 4 specific traits she's observed in Behind the Brilliance guests and provides thoughts on applying those traits to your life and work.

Apr 23 2015

29mins

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Rank #8: 038: Defining Success

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In this episode, Lisa serves Tony Robbins/Oprah Winfrey love child awesomeness as she discusses the elusive idea of "success" and how to define it in a way that feels authentic and personal. She also shares books she loves on the topic (surprise, surprise) and offers a framework for redefining success.

Feb 19 2015

33mins

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Rank #9: 055 On Manifestation

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In this solo episode, Lisa discusses her thoughts on the idea of "manifesting" and shares a personal story on the topic.

Jun 18 2015

36mins

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Rank #10: 134 Nitasha Tiku on Managing Envy, Orgasmic Meditation + Tech Journalism

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Nitasha Tiku is a senior technology writer for WIRED. Her past work includes writing for Gawker, BuzzFeed, Inc, and The Verge. During this chat, we cover a lot of topics including: 

-How Nitasha broke into journalism (and her advice for people who want to break into any creative field) 

-Nitasha's observations about founders who do well

-How Nitasha dealt with intense criticism and scrutiny (useful advice included)

-Orgasmic meditation (yes, really) 

-Nitasha's advice for slaying the green-eyes jealousy dragon 

-and much more! 

Say hi to Nitasha on Twitter or Instagram: @nitashatiku 

Get show notes at www.behindthebrilliance.com

Aug 03 2017

1hr 23mins

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Rank #11: 190 Charlie Gilkey on Going from Idea to Done

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Charlie Gilkey is a brilliant strategist and author who's written an excellent book titled Start Finishing. The book helps creatives, entrepreneurial types, and professionals finish what they start. The book lays out practical advice for everything from managing project logistics to fending off procrastination. In this chat, Charlie and I talk about how to create work that matters.

Behind His Brilliance: Tenacity and Generosity

Say hi to Charlie on Twitter: @charliegilkey

Jan 02 2020

1hr 42mins

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Rank #12: 040: Transitions

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No matter how old or young you are, you have to deal with change and transitions at some point. This week, I discuss Transitions (and how to make them easier) at the request of a couple of listeners.

Mar 05 2015

33mins

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Rank #13: 004: Stacey Ferreira

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Stacey Ferreira stopped by to share her story as a game changer and young entrepreneur. She tells the story of how she raised $1 million from Richard Branson and his business partner and then sold the company. She also shares her thoughts on dating as a female entrepreneur.

Apr 24 2014

57mins

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Rank #14: 048 Don't Follow Your Passion

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In this solo episode, Lisa discusses her perspective on why "following passion" is bad advice and what dreamers should do instead.

Apr 30 2015

30mins

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Rank #15: 129 More with Less

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In the last solo episode of Season 6, I share some thoughts on weaving minimalism into our lives in practical ways. Of course, shenanigans are sprinkled throughout for our mutual amusement. 

This episode covers: 

-the Fleeing Suitcase exercise 

-delaying purchases (aka the Amazon cart for life)

-curating + auditing what we own (and why we should do it regularly)

-the importance of gratitude and celebration 

-and more 

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB129

Apr 27 2017

34mins

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Rank #16: 176 Jonathan Jackson on Love, Lifestyle Design, and Living Intentionally

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Jonathan Jackson is a brilliant thinker. He moves through life with an intentional and authentic nature that makes you curious about how his mind works. He sat with me for this epic 2+ hour conversation to share his reflections on his career, how he makes difficult decisions, what he's learned about love and relationships, and much much more.

Behind His Brilliance: Love + His Village + Curiosity

Say hi to Jonathan on Twitter @Jon_Jackson or follow him on the 'Gram @jon_jackson 

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB176

Feb 15 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #17: 023: Decluttering

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In this episode, Lisa shares her thoughts on the importance of decluttering and streamlining your life. She also shares like a gazillion books, her favorite TED talk and and the 5 areas you should declutter before year end.

Sep 25 2014

26mins

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Rank #18: 026: Envy vs Inspiration

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In this solo episode, I share thoughts on the interesting and complicated ways relationships change when one person experiences success. I discuss my experience on getting rid of the green eyed monster (we've all been there) and how to deal with jealousy.

Oct 16 2014

26mins

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Rank #19: 191 Nedra Tawwab on Therapy, Boundaries, and Self-Care

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Therapist and Speaker Nedra Tawwab has amassed a following of nearly 300,000 on Instagram where she doles out inspiring, useful nuggets of wisdom about mental health, life, and personal development. Her perspectives on boundary setting and healing from past trauma continue to be lauded by followers from all walks of life. Now she's sitting down with me to talk about big mental health ideas, the value of therapy, and her take on what makes healthy relationships work.

Behind Her Brilliance: Being Open + Sharing What She Knows

Say hi to Nedra on Instagram: @nedratawwab

Jan 09 2020

1hr 4mins

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Rank #20: 027: Detoxing and Joy

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In this solo episode, I talk about my recent 3 day cleanse and digital detox. I also dive into what I call the "joy formula", how to create yours, and how I discovered mine. Lots of happy thoughts and inspiration in this episode...kind of like a trip to Target.

Oct 23 2014

27mins

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197 Sam Parr

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Sam Parr is the founder and CEO of The Hustle, a rapidly growing 8 figure media company that's taken no venture capital. Besides being ambitious and smart, Sam is self-aware and thoughtful about both his professional and personal lives. In this conversation, we talk about his take on building companies, leadership, lifestyle design, mental health, and much more. 

Say hi to Sam on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamparr

Feb 20 2020

1hr 23mins

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196 Bill Duke

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Bill Duke is among the most accomplished actors in Hollywood with more than 70 credits to his name. Also an accomplished director, he continues to create work that inspires and educates. During this conversation, Bill opens up about his struggles and triumphs and what he's learned about love and longevity.

Feb 13 2020

1hr 10mins

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195 On the Shortness of Life

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Lisa shares reflections from Seneca's essay, On the Shortness of Life

Feb 06 2020

34mins

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194 Emily Nagoski on Sex, Self-Compassion, and Feminine Superpowers

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Emily Nagoski is blending research and wisdom as an author, sex educator, and neuropsychologist. She sat down with me to talk about her books, her work, and what she's learned about sex, feminism, and avoiding burnout. This episode is a good listen for women AND men since we're all interconnected.

Behind Her Brilliance: Her Husband

Say hi to Zainab on Instagram: @enagoski

Jan 30 2020

1hr 26mins

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193 Zainab Johnson on Fear, Faith and Being Funny

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Zainab Johnson is among the best and brightest standup comedians working today. Her perspective is unique, and her voice is fresh. During this winding chat, Zainab and I talked about how she found her way to comedy, what she's learned from failure, how she handles fear, and the role faith plays in her life. There is funny stories, inspiring gems, and excellent wisdom tucked away in this episode. 

Behind Her Brilliance: Her Upbringing + Her Family 

Say hi to Zainab on Instagram: @zainabjohnson

Jan 23 2020

1hr 23mins

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192 On Rest, Breaks, and Sabbaticals

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Lisa shares 3 illuminating questions and her thoughts on the importance of breaks, rest, and sabbaticals.

Jan 16 2020

30mins

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191 Nedra Tawwab on Therapy, Boundaries, and Self-Care

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Therapist and Speaker Nedra Tawwab has amassed a following of nearly 300,000 on Instagram where she doles out inspiring, useful nuggets of wisdom about mental health, life, and personal development. Her perspectives on boundary setting and healing from past trauma continue to be lauded by followers from all walks of life. Now she's sitting down with me to talk about big mental health ideas, the value of therapy, and her take on what makes healthy relationships work.

Behind Her Brilliance: Being Open + Sharing What She Knows

Say hi to Nedra on Instagram: @nedratawwab

Jan 09 2020

1hr 4mins

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190 Charlie Gilkey on Going from Idea to Done

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Charlie Gilkey is a brilliant strategist and author who's written an excellent book titled Start Finishing. The book helps creatives, entrepreneurial types, and professionals finish what they start. The book lays out practical advice for everything from managing project logistics to fending off procrastination. In this chat, Charlie and I talk about how to create work that matters.

Behind His Brilliance: Tenacity and Generosity

Say hi to Charlie on Twitter: @charliegilkey

Jan 02 2020

1hr 42mins

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189 Major Questions for 2020

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Lisa offers illuminating questions in preparation for 2020.

Dec 26 2019

41mins

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188 Brian Portnoy on Connecting Money + Meaning

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Brian is the author of one of my favorite books of 2019 titled, The Geometry of Wealth. Brian’s work centers around helping us connect our pursuit and management of money to meaning. This to me makes his work unique because it’s not all about stacking as much as you can and it’s also not about pretending money doesn’t matter. There’s an important balance that has to be found if you’re going to build wealth AND be happy.

Behind His Brilliance: Curiosity

Say hi to Brian on Instagram: @bportnoy

Dec 19 2019

1hr 12mins

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187 Jessica Nabongo on Taking Risks + Seeing the World

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After traveling to every country in the world, Jessica Nabongo joins Lisa to pull back the curtain on her journey from Detroit to Japan to trotting the globe. The dynamic entrepreneur opens up about her best experiences, why she's not afraid to see the world alone, and how she thinks about her purpose as a visible leader charting new territory. 

Behind Her Brilliance: Confidence + Authenticity 

Say hi to Jessica on Instagram: @thecatchmeifyoucan

Dec 12 2019

1hr 16mins

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Season 9 Recap

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Lisa recaps each interview from Season 9 of Behind the Brilliance. 

Apr 25 2019

10mins

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185 Elaine Pagels on Faith, Grief, and Starting New Chapters

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Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community. She is a religious historian at Princeton and the author of several books including her recent memoir, Why Religion? During this conversation, Elaine opens up about her winding journey with faith, the lessons she's learned about grief, and how she's remained optimistic through it all. 

Behind Her Brilliance: Following what she loves with passion 

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB185

Apr 18 2019

1hr 2mins

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184 Vanessa K De Luca on Being Editor in Chief of Your Life and Career

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Vanessa K. De Luca is a brilliant and dynamic journalistic force who was the lauded Editor in Chief at ESSENCE magazine...and then she wasn't. With grace and resilience, she's charted a new path for her career and is creating a blueprint for other professionals who want to create lives that are rich with meaning and relevance.

Behind Her Brilliance: The People in Her Life

Say hi to Vanessa on Instagram and Twitter: @vanessa_kdeluca

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB184

Apr 11 2019

1hr 20mins

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183 Mandela SH Dixon on Reinventing Herself and Flipping Failure into Success

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Mandela SH Dixon is the founder and CEO of Founder Gym, an online training center for underrepresented founders. During our conversation, we talked about how flipped a talent for teaching into a dynamic career in Silicon Valley. 

Behind Her Brilliance: Nature and Nurture 

Say hi to Mandela on Instagram @mandelash and Twitter @mandelash

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Mandela's perspective on failures and how to keep moving 

Why Mandela started Founder Gym and what she's learned in the process 

Mandela's thoughts on starting a company with a romantic partner 

How Mandela went from teaching elementary school to empowering hundreds of founders 

And much, much more!

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB183

Apr 04 2019

1hr 15mins

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182 On Reinvention

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Lisa tees up the final block of Season 9 with a discussion on reinvention, a recurring theme in the forthcoming episodes. 

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB182

Mar 28 2019

11mins

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181 Tipsy Talk

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Lisa talks with longtime BTB listener Brandy Lucas about BTB's early days, her religious journey, her fitness regimen, and how her relationship with money has changed over time.

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB181

Mar 21 2019

1hr 9mins

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180 Laura Vanderkam on Productivity, Purpose, and Pleasure

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Laura Vanderkam is a prolific author whose TED talk, "How to Gain Control of Your Free Time" has been viewed more than 5 million times. Her books center on productivity and helping readers spend more time on the things they love and less time on the things they don't. During this conversation, she shares what she's learned in researching multiple angles of productivity and time management. 

Behind Her Brilliance: Experimentation

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB180

Mar 14 2019

48mins

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179 Q+A: Taming Impulse Buys

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Lisa answers a listener question about taming impulse buys and staying on budget. 

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTBQA179

Mar 07 2019

32mins

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178 Jamila Souffrant on Money, Mindset, and Motivation

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Jamila Souffrant is one of the few Black women blazing a trail for herself toward financial independence and documenting the journey along the way. We talked about the nut and bolts of her stacking more than $150,000, rethinking how she designed her life, and setting herself up for the long game. 

Behind Her Brilliance: Daring to do what she wants to do

Say hi to Jamila on Twitter @journeytolaunch or follow her on the 'Gram @journeytolaunch 

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB178

Feb 28 2019

58mins

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iTunes Ratings

185 Ratings
Average Ratings
169
6
4
3
3

Succinct, impactful, and solid content

By ekcb12 - Jan 07 2020
Read more
I love how his podcast is applicable to personal life and career life, and that I always have an actionable take away.

Thank You

By ARich Life -Alisha Richard - Nov 14 2019
Read more
This podcast is Absolutely amazing. Thanks for the content and continuing to be a light. Thanks