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Voted Best Podcast Episode of 2016 by ProductHunt, The SuperHuman Academy Podcast (previously The Becoming SuperHuman Podcast), hosted by lifehacker & accelerated learning expert Jonathan Levi interviews extraordinary people such as Dave Asprey, JJ Virgin, Robb Wolf, Hal Elrod, Joe Polish, Wim Hof, and many more to bring you the skills, tips, and tricks to overcome the impossible. From physical fitness to learning and memory, we seek to understand optimal performance and superhuman abilities through engaging conversations and interviews with some of the world's most interesting people.

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Voted Best Podcast Episode of 2016 by ProductHunt, The SuperHuman Academy Podcast (previously The Becoming SuperHuman Podcast), hosted by lifehacker & accelerated learning expert Jonathan Levi interviews extraordinary people such as Dave Asprey, JJ Virgin, Robb Wolf, Hal Elrod, Joe Polish, Wim Hof, and many more to bring you the skills, tips, and tricks to overcome the impossible. From physical fitness to learning and memory, we seek to understand optimal performance and superhuman abilities through engaging conversations and interviews with some of the world's most interesting people.

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Transformational

By KrysWard91 - Nov 05 2019
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I discovered this podcast when I could have easily gone into a depression about 2 years ago. I searched "positivity" on Spotify and my life has not been the same since. These interviews have the potential to literally turn you into a "superhuman." I've listened to each episode multiple times and I'm truly watching myself grow. Thank you Jonathan Levi and team!

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By Christian Yves - Jul 02 2019
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This podcast gets me ideas on how to be a better me

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231 Ratings
Average Ratings
201
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5
6

Transformational

By KrysWard91 - Nov 05 2019
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I discovered this podcast when I could have easily gone into a depression about 2 years ago. I searched "positivity" on Spotify and my life has not been the same since. These interviews have the potential to literally turn you into a "superhuman." I've listened to each episode multiple times and I'm truly watching myself grow. Thank you Jonathan Levi and team!

All about me

By Christian Yves - Jul 02 2019
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This podcast gets me ideas on how to be a better me

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Voted Best Podcast Episode of 2016 by ProductHunt, The SuperHuman Academy Podcast (previously The Becoming SuperHuman Podcast), hosted by lifehacker & accelerated learning expert Jonathan Levi interviews extraordinary people such as Dave Asprey, JJ Virgin, Robb Wolf, Hal Elrod, Joe Polish, Wim Hof, and many more to bring you the skills, tips, and tricks to overcome the impossible. From physical fitness to learning and memory, we seek to understand optimal performance and superhuman abilities through engaging conversations and interviews with some of the world's most interesting people.

Ep. 5: USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis on Memory, Tenacity, and Conquering Anything

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An interview with Nelson Dellis, 3X USA Memory Champion, accomplished mountain climber, and Alzheimer's crusader. Nelson and I discuss memory, willpower, tenacity, and how his two fields of expertise, memory and rock climbing, cross-pollinate and make him a better all-around superhuman. Besides just an insight into how an elite memory athlete trains, Nelson's words offer inspiration and motivation as to how we can conquer some of the most challenging goals in our lives.

Feb 24 2015

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Ep. 203: The Science & Magic Of Lucid Dreaming W/ Charlie Morley

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

You should know that I’m really excited because I enjoyed this episode so much! You’re going to see, or I should say understand, why…

Well, today we are joined by Charlie Morley. Charlie is a best-selling author and teacher of lucid dreaming and shadow integration. Now, if you don’t know what lucid dreaming is, it is having dreams where you know you’re dreaming, but not just that – in lucid dreaming, you can also control your dreams.

As I learned, lucid dreaming is a lot more than flying, skydiving, and doing other fun stuff – it’s actually a deep spiritual practice that you can use for psychological recovery, accelerated learning and for much more.

In fact, Charlie was actually “authorized to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008, and has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called “Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep”. He has also written three books which have been translated into 13 languages!

He’s spoken at Cambridge University, The Houses of Parliament, and he is a regular expert panelist for The Guardian. In 2018 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship grant to research “mindfulness-based PTSD treatment”. Charlie also runs workshops, lectures all over the world, and, as you’ll see, he’s an absolutely awesome guy.

I so enjoyed this interview and I learned so much about lucid dreaming, which I thought I knew a fair bit about. Well, I didn’t. I’m also very excited because Charlie and I talked after the show, and we actually decided that we are going to do a 30-day challenge around lucid dreaming, where he will coach a select group of listeners into lucid dreaming and how to actually use it to make an impact to their life. If you want to learn more about that and get involved in the challenge, you can go to https://jle.vi/mastermind.

Now, without any further ado, let me introduce you to my lucid dreaming SuperFriend, Charlie Morley.

-Jonathan Levi

Dec 11 2018

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Ep. 208: Chris Voss On The Art Of Negotiation And Building Trust With People

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Welcome to a very special episode!

It is special because... I originally lost it. No, I'm not joking...

Out of 200+ episodes, I have never lost a podcast episode, and yet this one I did. To make things even worse, the episode was amazing - in fact, I think it was our best episode recorded in 2018.

Anyway, the great news is our guest was so gracious that he was willing to rerecord it! And now, I hear you asking, who is this amazing guest?

Well, it is Chris Voss, the CEO of the Black Swan Group and author of the national best-seller "Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It", which was named one of the seven best books on negotiation.

A 24-year veteran of the FBI, plus former member of a SWAT team, Chris retired as the lead international kidnapping negotiator, and then built his company helping businesses and individuals solve problems based on that exact experience and the accompanying skills.

Their negotiation methodology focuses on something different, which is discovering the “Black Swans,” small pieces of information that have a huge effect on an outcome. Chris and his team have helped companies secure and close better deals, save money, and solve internal communication problems.

Which is why you've probably seen Chris in TIME, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc., Fast Company, Fortune, The Washington Post, CNN, ABC News and much more...

Chris Voss is the negotiation expert. And, if you're not in business and wondering what you're going to learn today that's valuable to you, it turns out that negotiation is a part of all of our lives, every single day, and we often don't even realize it.

The skills that Chris teaches to people are not only revolutionalizing their businesses, they're also revolutionalizing their relationships, their families, their personal lives, and much more.

In this episode, we go deep in various amazing topics, like:

  • Human psychology
  • How you can better build trust with people
  • How you can deal with incredibly high-stress situations without freaking out
  • Why you need to learn to handle stress to become more effective
  • And, of course, how to better negotiate and have better outcomes both for you and for your partner

It's an incredible episode, which I think is almost as good, if not just as good as the first time we recorded it!

I'm certain you folks are going to enjoy this!

- Jonathan Levi

Jan 15 2019

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Ep. 53: How to Change Your Life & Be A Total Badass w/ Jen Sincero

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Today’s guest, is a total badass. Actually, she wrote the book on being a badass. No… seriously, though.

She’s the NYT bestselling author of “You are a badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life,” and a bunch of other books, including one interesting titled “a straight girls guide to sleeping with chicks." With titles like that, coaching clients who themselves have gone on to become new york times bestsellers, an upcoming and much anticipated podcast, and features in the new york times, HBO, bloomberg, and O magazine, I just had to get her on the show while I still could to share some of the badassness with us.

In this episode, we discuss a really broad range of topics, from discovering your life’s passion, to the value of coaches and how to find a good one, to the perks of travel for personal development, and even tips on how to maximize your income. My guest is an absolute wealth of positive energy and inspiration, and I just know this episode is going to knock your socks off.

Jan 26 2016

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Ep. 3: Dr. Anthony Metivier on How to Remember Anything & Everything

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An interview with Dr. Anthony Metivier, an experienced author, consultant, expert in the field of memory. Dr. Anthony is a fellow instructor on Udemy, and he has been a friend of mine since I originally appeared on his highly-rated podcast, the Magnetic Memory Method. Anthony’s innovations in the field of mnemonics help him teach people all over the world how to exceed in academics, learn languages, memorize poetry, and a whole host of other amazing skills. And now, I’m very excited to introduce you to Dr. Anthony Metivier.

Feb 10 2015

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Ep. 36: How to Supercharge Your Sleep with Nick Littlehales, Sleep Coach to the World's Best Athletes

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In this episode, we’re going to dive deep - really deep - into how you can actually optimize your sleep from a practical perspective, as we host the man responsible for making sure the world's best athletes are sleeping properly - Nick Littlehales. We’re going to learn how to set up your sleep environment, when it’s best to sleep, which positions are healthier, how much is enough, how to troubleshoot sleep issues, and what factors make the biggest difference. Just to give you guys a fair bit of warning, it’s a rather a long interview, and we do take a little while to warm up and get into the groove of things. We spend probably about 25 or more minutes just talking about how to identify your sleep needs and the type of mattress and pillows.... So yeah, when I say we go deep, I really mean it. Stay the course and listen through to the end, though, because we cover a ton of ground in the second half of the episode, and there are a number of surprising takeaways and bits of homework that could dramatically impact the quality of your life.

Sep 29 2015

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Ep. 23: Rory Vaden on Self Discipline, Procrastination, and Multiplying Your Time

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You have a lot to look forward to in this episode. My guest Rory Vaden and his team have spent thousands upon thousands of hours developing theories, and frameworks, and methodologies, and he generously shares so many of them with us in such a short time. The episode is absolutely jam-packed: it’s very theory-heavy and offers a lot of very new, unique, and impactful ideas that I certainly had never considered. Quite frankly, you should probably listen to it with a notepad handy, because I’m quite confident you’re going to take away a ton of applicable knowledge to use in your day to day lives.

Jun 30 2015

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Ep. 50: How To Be the Most Productive Person You Know w/ Chris Bailey

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Today, I’m excited to welcome back one of the most entertaining, engaging, and personable guests we’ve had on the show - productivity expert Chris Bailey. For this of you who don’t know, Chris is a life-long productivity enthusiast and devoted a year of his life to testing every productivity hack and strategy and blogging about it. His blog exploded in popularity, and so this week, Chris is publishing his much-anticipated book, The Productivity Project, through Crown Publishing and Penguin Random House.   In this episode, we discuss some of the more nitty-gritty details of how to achieve peak productivity, and Chris was kind enough to share so much of the wisdom and so many teachings of his book in such an engaging and informative way on the podcast. Just like last time, the episode is not only packed with actionable takeaways that you can put into practice TODAY, but it’s also really hilarious. Chris is an absolute delight, and he had me cracking up half the show!

Jan 05 2016

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Ep. 114: Memory GrandMaster Kevin Horsley on How To Have an Unlimited Memory

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Today, we are joined by Kevin Horsley, a GrandMaster of Memory, world record holder, bestselling author, and public speaker who hails from South Africa.

For the past 25 years, Kevin has been working to better understand the mind and memory - overcoming his own difficult learning disabilities and going on to win the world record for the matrix memorization of 10,000 digits of pi - often referred to as the “Everest” of memory tests.

In this episode, we talk about… you guessed it… memory and learning. Just a warning: we go very deep very fast into the nitty gritty of many of the techniques, and how Kevin is innovatively using them. If you haven’t heard our past episodes on memory and learning with Anthony Metivier, Mattias Ribbing, Ron White, and a few more, you might want to listen to those ones first, because we do assume in this interview that you kind of understand basic mnemonic techniques by now. We talk about speed reading, methods for reviewing and retaining what you learn, memory palaces, and a lot more. Kevin holds nothing back and shares a ton of super valuable tips and ideas, and so I think you’re really going to enjoy it.

Mar 28 2017

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Ep. 126: Developing Grit, Patience, & Passion w/ Caroline Adams Miller

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Today, we’re joined by Caroline Miller, author, public speaker, coach, and expert on “grit.”

For almost three decades Caroline has been a pioneer with her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on this research and how it can be applied to one’s life for maximum transformation and growth. In 2015 she was named “one of the ten Positive Psychology coaches to follow.”

Caroline has also been featured in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and other media around the world for several decades, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and CNN. She’s even published an impressive 6 books, including Creating Your Best Life, Positively Caroline, and Getting Grit.

In this interview, I wanted to dive into a topic we haven’t covered much at all on the show: grit, or, as I understand it, tenacity and perserverance. What is it? What does it help with? How does it work? Can you learn it?

Of course, Caroline offered all of that - but much, much more. We go into her story, the role of passion, the power of patience, and much, much more. I just know you're going to love this episode.

Jun 20 2017

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Ep. 86: David Heinemeier Hansson: An Interview With A Real-World SuperLearner

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Today we are joined by a real-life superhuman - a man who has risen to prominence in not just one, but two extremely competitive arenas.

David Heinemeier Hansson, better known as “DHH,” is a software developer, entrepreneur, and race-car driver from Denmark.

He’s most known for his company, Basecamp, and for developing the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework that has taken the world of web development by storm. In 2005, he was recognized as “Hacker of the Year” by Google and O’Reilly. He’s written a slew of books on software development, and 3 very popular books on building and managing software companies: Getting Real, Rework, and Remote.

If that weren’t enough, David has also had a meteoric rise to prominence in the world of auto-racing, climbing through the ranks and coming in among the top spots in what many would call record time.

In this episode, I wanted to deconstruct David’s thinking process and figure out how he learns so much so effectively. I wanted to understand how he has managed to be so successful in two entirely different worlds, and see what tips he had to offer to anyone looking to live a life as diverse as his.

We talk about how he manages his time, but more than that, we take a deep dive and deconstruct his entire learning methodology in depth, flow, habits, happiness, goals, and how David has spent decades deconstructing and analyzing his own performance from every possible angle.

Quite honestly, I can say without exaggeration that this is one of the absolute BEST episodes we’ve ever done.

Sep 13 2016

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Ep. 24: Navy SEAL Dr. Kirk Parsley on Sleep vs. Performance, Heart Rate Variability, & Supplementation

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This week, I’m excited to bring you another bona-fide superhuman. Get this - my guest Dr. Kirk Parsley is not only a former Navy Seal and all-around athlete (having seriously competed in football, track and field, power lifting, boxing, multiple martial arts, volleyball, and crew). He’s also a doctor. Through his extensive work with the elite Navy SEALs and extensive personal experimentation, he has become an expert in all things fitness and health, but most specifically, sleep. In the episode, we'll learn how to optimize sleep, health, and generally perform better in a lot of aspects. I know you're going to love it!

Jul 07 2015

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Ep. 216: Improving Sleep & Letting Go Of Alcohol W/ James Swanwick

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by James Swanwick. James is a serial entrepreneur, an Australian-American investor, speaker, former SportsCenter anchor on ESPN, host of The James Swanwick Show podcast and the author of The 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge. In fact, Forbes listed James as one of 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch.

But, despite all these, he is probably best known for his company Swannies or Swanwick Sleep, which produces blue blocking glasses. Now, the reason I wanted James on the show is not just because I use his product pretty much every night when I'm broadcasting or doing Facebook lives in front of the screen, but also because he, like me, is an avid bio-hacker, and has all kinds of thoughts on different ways to live and feel better.

In the episode, we talk about sleep, we talk about the benefits of letting go of alcohol, and we also cover a lot of different kinds of habits that can make you feel more SuperHuman.

I really enjoyed this conversation with James, and I know you will as well.

-Jonathan Levi

Mar 12 2019

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Ep. 39: Kris Carr - These Simple Lifestyle Adjustments Can Help You Overcome Anything - Even Cancer.mp3

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Our guest today is Kris Carr, the #1 New York Times Bestselling author behind Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen. You also may know her from the documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer, which documents her battle with cancer, and ability to thrive despite it.

In the episode, we talk about health and nutrition and juicing and fighting cancer... but we also talk about self esteem, self love, self talk, meditation, daily habits, and even entrepreneurship. As I said, Kris is such an incredible fountain of inspiration… I know this episode is going to blow you guys away.

Oct 20 2015

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Ep. 156: Dr. Barbara Oakley: Understanding Learning And How It Works

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Today we are joined by Dr. Barbara Oakley. If that name sounds familiar, it should, because not only is she a professor of engineering at Oakland University, but she also teaches the world's largest and most popular online course, literally. It is called Learning How To Learn and has over 2 million students. You have probably also seen Barb's, as she told me to call her, Ted talk, which is a viral hit and definitely worth checking out.

So, it is pretty obvious why I wanted to have Professor Oakley or Barb on the show. There is so much overlap between the things that we do, and we completely hit it off. We agreed on so many different things in this talk, but we also learned from one another. At a certain point she shares with me some ways in which the techniques that I've been teaching for years can be used, that I didn't know of and at another point I shared with her some of the visual mnemonics and gave her some advice as to how she can overcome a memory and learning challenge that she's been going through.

We had an incredible groove recording this episode. We're definitely going to have Barb back on the show and I know you guys are just gonna love this episode and learn so much.

Jan 16 2018

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Ep. 83: The Healing Power of Psychedelics: Ayahuasca, LSD, Psilocybin & More w/ Dr. Dan Engle

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Today, we are going to talk a bit about “drugs” - or rather, medicines. But not the drugs or medicines you’re thinking of.

In fact, we're going to be talking about ancient, psychedelic medicines, used for hundreds or even thousands of years by indigineous societies for spiritual exploration. You may have heard of some of these substances - things like ayahuasca, psilocybin, or MDMA.

What you may not have heard is how powerful they can be for personal growth and development.

On that note, we are joined today by Dr. Dan Engle, a board certified expert in Psychiatry and Neurology with a clinical practice in holistic medicine, orthomolecular psychiatry and integrative spirituality.

He is medical consultant to the Temple of the Way of Light Ayahuasca Center in Peru and Onnit Labs in Austin, Texas.

He is also Medical Director of Crossroads Ibogaine Recovery Center in Rosarito, Mexico and the Rejuvenation and Performance Institute in Sedona, Arizona.

In this episode, my objective was to learn more about the power of tribal medicines such as Ayahuasca and Ibogaine, learn how they affect the body, and see why it is that they're experiencing such a renaissance. But, as always happens, I got so much more out of this conversation than I could have possibly imagined.

It's a bit of a longer and denser episode. We go deep into the world of psychedelics, spiritual exploration, trauma recovery, and more. We geek out on neuroscience, and share incredible stories. It’s a bit of an unstructured conversation, but easily one of the most fascinating and engaging we’ve ever had.

Aug 23 2016

1hr 5mins

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Ep. 175: Tim Urban On Elon Musk, Learning, Procrastination, and Changing The Blogging Paradigm

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by one of my personal heroes, someone whose work I've admired for years, and someone who has really shaped my thinking on a lot of different topics, ranging from A.I., Elon Musk, and electric cars, to the history of the universe and space travel.

You are probably wondering who that guy is, that writes about so many different things. Well, his name is Tim Urban, and he is the creator and writer/illustrator of Wait But Why, where he writes very in-depth posts on a wide range of topics from procrastination to A.I. It's really an incredible blog.

You probably know Tim because of some of his mega-viral posts, like his post on why Generation Y is unhappy, or his Ted Talk on procrastination. But, you might have recently learned about him because he actually got the opportunity to hang out with one of his most famous readers, Elon Musk.

Tim spent time following Elon around, just learning about everything that he could through him, and then creating posts out of it. So, he had more access to Elon Musk than most people. You'll see in the interview the amazing insights that he has about what makes Elon Musk successful, and, of course, how you can emulate that success.

By the way, his blog started in 2013, and now it has almost 600.000 email subscribers with over 1 million people visiting the site every single month. Incredible.

I was really excited to interview Tim, and an incredible episode came out of it. He has so many unique insights about writing, about procrastination, and, of course, about Elon Musk. I know you guys will enjoy this episode, and if you do, please make sure to share it.

May 29 2018

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Ep. 108: How Spirituality, Mindfulness, Psychedelics, & Religion Alter Your Brain & Performance w/ Neuroscience Researcher Mark Robert Waldman

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Today, we are joined by author, neuroscientific researcher, therapist, and the world’s leading expert on spirituality and the brain, Mark Robert Waldman. Mark is faculty at Loyola Marymount University and author of 13 books, including Words Can Change Your Brain and How God Changes Your Brain, the latter of which was nominated as a “must read” by Oprah Winfrey. He’s also just published a new book on January 31st, called Neurowisdom.

Mark’s body of work is a formidable cornucopia of knowledge on the brain, and how we can influence it’s development and behavior with something as simple as thoughts and beliefs. But don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another episode where I go off into energies and woo-woo… Mark is a very respected researcher in the field of neuroscience, having had his work published in peer-reviewed journals worldwide, and publications ranging from Time Magazine to Forbes and The New York Times.

In this episode, we talk about… god, neuroscience, psychedelics, spirituality, yawning, communications, guided meditations.

Feb 14 2017

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Ep. 170: David Heinemeier Hansson On Leadership, Remote Work, and The Workplace of Tomorrow

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

This is an episode that is worth many, many listens. Personally, I am going to listen to it way more than I normally listen to our own episodes, which is 2-4 times already.

Why, you ask? Well, do you guys remember how in 2016 we won Product Hunt's best podcast episode of the year? We got a Golden Kitty award, which is kind of a really cool thing. And we did it because we had today's guest on the show.

That's right. We have David Heinemeier Hansson back on the show! For those of you who haven't heard that episode, stop what you are doing, go back and listen to it.

David is the epitome of what we call a SuperLearner. He invented the Ruby on Rails software development platform, which is used by companies like Fiverr, YellowPages, Shopify, and Github. Many of the websites that you use every day were built on technology that David himself invented.

On top of that, he is the co-founder of Basecamp, which he's been running for almost 20 years. To top even that off, he is an accomplished professional race car driver, an amateur photographer, a husband, and a father. He also is various more things.

In this episode, we wanted to talk not about learning and productivity, but about a different subject that David and his partner have covered in their books, which is leadership. Managing and working in remotely distributed companies, what the workplace of tomorrow will look like, and how we can all become SuperHuman in our productive lives and careers.

I have to say I'm a huge fan of David's and I tried as much as possible to let him present his ideas. With that said, so many of his ideas have shaped the way I live my life, the way that I run my companies, and have influenced the lives of my employees and my customers.

So, again, I really can't overstress this, listen to this episode with a pen and paper, listen to it at least twice, and you guys will learn just so much about how to get great work done in less time, with greater happiness, from anywhere in the world that you choose to be.

This is an incredible episode! I think it gives a really, really solid fight to the first episode we did with David, which was an award-winning one. It's a shame that Product Hunt has discontinued that award because I'm quite confident this episode would have won it again!

Apr 24 2018

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Ep. 194: Meditation And Optimizing Your Brain W/ Ariel Garten, Founder Of Muse

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

This week's episode is a really interesting one, which I'm so happy we did! We are joined by Ariel Garten, a neuroscientist, an innovator, a mother, and an entrepreneur, whose driving purpose is to empower and help others overcome mental obstacles in order to live healthy, happy lives and reach their maximum potential.

What is probably most known about Ariel, is that she is the founder of InteraXon, the makers of the wildly popular device Muse, which is also known as the brain-sensing headband. But, what I didn't realize, is that behind Muse's award-winning wearable technology, there is a lot of neuroscience.

In fact, Ariel herself was a neuroscientific researcher. So, you can just imagine how much we geeked out about the brain, about learning, about health, and about optimizing our lives. You will immediately see why Ariel has been so successful, and you'll be fascinated to go into a side of meditation that we've not covered before, which is the science behind it. How does it actually work, what is going on in your brain and why should everybody, even those of you that think "well, I just can't meditate", be meditating.

It's a wonderful episode, which I know you folks are really going to enjoy!

-Jonathan Levi

Oct 09 2018

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Ep. 254: How To Construct And Utilize Your SuperHuman Alter-Ego W/ Todd Herman

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

This week we are joined by Todd Herman. I have to say that this is one of the best episodes I remember recording in a very long time.

Todd Herman is a performance coach and mental game strategist for ambitious entrepreneurs, athletes, and leaders who want to achieve wildly outrageous goals. He’s helped clients reach the Olympic podium, build multimillion-dollar companies, and establish brands that have become internationally known.

But he's best known not for his sports training and coaching, but for his bestselling book The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life. He lives in New York City with his wife and three young children, and is currently the world’s worst ukulele player - his words, not mine!

This episode was incredible, mind-blowing, insane. In it, we talk about a fascinating concept that you can use to get yourself at a higher performance level, and that is the Alter Ego effect. We talk about Todd's intense story of getting to where he is, the trauma and abuse that got him there, which he shares very openly, and he explains how he went from A to B in a linear fashion.

As I've already said multiple times, this is a fascinating episode, which I'm sure you will enjoy!

-Jonathan Levi

Dec 03 2019

1hr 4mins

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Ep. 253: How To Be A True SuperHuman & The Power Of Visualization W/ Matt Belair

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Matthew Belair. I actually appeared on Matt's podcast, and I got so interested in the little bits of his story that I managed to get out of him, that I invited him on my show to learn more about him.

Matt is a top-rated podcast host, best-selling author of Zen Athlete: A Guide To Self-Mastery, and he is an expert in human performance. He hosts The Master Mind, Body and Spirit show, which has reached #1 on iTunes and he does all kinds of insane coaching and blogging around sports, performance, spirituality, mindset, and many more things.

I think Matt is one of the only people in the world that have sought out as many SuperHumans as I have. Matt is a life long martial artist, traveler, and truth-seeker who has indeed trained with many masters. He has studied meditation in Nepal with Tibetan monks, survived a near-death experience trekking mount Everest, he's worked with Wim Hof, and he has trained with professional MMA fighters in Thailand as well as with 34th generation Shaolin Monks in China.

It would take me the whole episode to list all the crazy things Matt has done to try and learn more about optimal performance. That is why we had a wide-ranging conversation where we talked about everything from mindset and visualization to athletics, spirituality, and meditation. You will truly discover all different kinds of ways to improve your experience on this planet in this wide-ranging episode with Matt Belair!

Enjoy!

-Jonathan Levi

Nov 26 2019

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Ep. 252: Deeply Understanding The Chemical Side Of Our Brains W/ Roy Krebs

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Roy Krebs. Roy is the co-founder and CEO of NaturalStacks, an Open Source supplement company that helps consumers improve mood, memory, and focus through targeted brain health products. Together with his team at NaturalStacks, Roy is on a mission to build a billion better brains - you can, therefore, imagine that he and I completely mind-melded.

In this conversation, I wanted to discuss and suck out some of the knowledge that Roy and his team have developed doing so much research around brain performance, which as you all know is something I am deeply passionate about. I wanted to learn about the ways that the brain works that I don't know about, like emotions, moods, and chemical balances, and I wanted to learn more about how we can influence those and optimize the performance of our brains on a chemical level.

I've spent so much time talking about the technique and the habit level, things like sleep and nutrition, but I wanted to discover how we can actually use supplementation and compounds to improve the performance of our brain and improve our mood, our attitude, and our outlook.

I have to say that I actually learned a ton in this episode, which is not an easy thing to happen when it comes to teaching me new things about how the brain works. I really enjoyed the episode, and I know you will too - enjoy!

-Jonathan Levi

Nov 19 2019

49mins

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Ep. 251: How To Always Identify The Highest Value Thing You Can Do W/ Pete Mockaitis

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Pete Mockaitis. Pete is an award-winning speaker and coach, host of the "How to be Awesome at Your Job" podcast, who teaches professionals how to perform optimally at work. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and Inc.

Pete has also delivered 1-on-1 coaching to over 700 leaders hailing from world-class organizations (such as Google, FedEx, Amazon, Apple, Anheuser-Busch, and the United Nations), 50 countries, and every Ivy League university.

Absolutely incredible!

In this episode, we talk about Pete's own journey from being a salaried employee and a consultant all the way to his decision to go out and become an entrepreneur. We talk about why he did it, how he did it, and his advice for being your absolute best - being SuperHuman - in the workplace. Some of the things we cover are how to actually make the difference in your work and life, as well as how to stand out.

And, of course, I asked him about all his favorite ways to perform at his absolute best. I really enjoyed this conversation, and I am sure you will as well!

-Jonathan Levi

Nov 12 2019

40mins

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Ep. 250: Developing Social Confidence And Leading A Meaningful Life W/ Myke Macapinlac

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Myke Macapinlac. Myke went from a shy immigrant who used to work as a structural designer to becoming a podcast host, a social skills coach, and a lifestyle entrepreneur.

He now teaches shy people who are technically skilled to improve their social confidence so they can create meaningful connections in their personal, romantic, and professional lives. His work has been featured in the Calgary Herald, on Breakfast Television, on Shaw TV, and in the Huffington Post.

A little bit of backstory now. I actually went on Myke's show to talk about my latest book, The Only Skill That Matters, and I was so impressed by the little bits of his story that he shared with me that I immediately asked him to get on the show to talk to you. As you can tell, he agreed, and thus this episode was born.

I really enjoyed talking to Myke because he and I both strolled down memory lane of our own journey going from being socially awkward, uncomfortable, and lacking in confidence to where we are today. It was a great conversation, and I think there is a lot of benefit in it for all of you, both men and women. Please enjoy!

-Jonathan Levi

Nov 05 2019

42mins

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Ep. 249: Realizing Your Full Potential & Learning To Invest Your Energy W/ Matt Ward

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Matt Ward. Matt is a serial entrepreneur, a startup advisor, an investor and a futurist podcaster at Disruptors.FM, a TED-esque long-form podcast with top scientists, creatives, and world-leaders focused on a better future through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Matt is also a top writer on Medium, he has built and sold 3 companies (incl. a 7-figure exit in 12 months), has created four top 5 podcasts and, on top of all that, is writing a post-gene-editing Sci-Fi novel.

I wanted to have Matt on the show because I wanted to know how he is so multidisciplinary, how he manages to do so much, focus on so much, have so many different interests, and create such an interesting and meaningful life.

We also talked a little about the future and what that holds, and all the various things that he has learned interviewing some of the world's top authorities on the future. As we know, technology and innovation are going to make us all SuperHuman, so it's nice to know what is coming down the pipeline.

It was a great episode, I really enjoyed chatting with Matt, and I'm sure you will enjoy this conversation as well!

- Jonathan Levi

Oct 29 2019

37mins

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Ep. 248: The Future Of The Education System & What That Means For Us W/ Kevin Stoller

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Kevin Stoller. Kevin is the founder and CEO of a company called Kay-Twelve, which helps academic organizations better structure learning environments. It is pretty obvious that he and I share that interest and passion about how to get people to learn more, isn't it?

Apart from Kay-Twelve, Kevin also runs the Better Learning podcast, where I recently had the great pleasure to be a guest on, where he talks about different ways that we can influence the educational space, real-world tactics, improving education, and what the future of education is.

I wanted to have Kevin on the show, not just because we both geek out about learning, but because he has some really interesting insights into what the future of education will look like. I don't think anyone is surprised when we say the model is not working and that it is going to be disrupted.

But, we need to ask what that means for us, what does that mean for the children in our lives, how can we help create this revolution in education, and also how can we improve our own learning based on what experts like Kevin are discovering in their day to day work.

This was a really interesting conversation, a little bit different than usual, but since it has to do with learning, I'm sure you folks are going to love it!

-Jonathan Levi

Oct 22 2019

40mins

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Ep. 247: Going Deep On Coaching, Raising Children, And Esoterism W/ Sean McCormick

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Sean McCormick. Sean is a high-performance coach, a life coach, host of two different podcasts, including the top-rated Optimal Performance podcast, which I've had the pleasure of being on a couple of times, and is a super interesting dude.

It is rare that I actually lose track of time during the podcast episode - after all my job is to make sure we are on time and that the very important people that I have on the show are not late to their next appointment. But, I got so sucked into this conversation!

We talked about how to properly raise or mentor children, we talked about what it takes to make a good coach, we talked about coaching skills, and then we took a dive into the weird. We talked about plant medicine, alternate dimensions, and spiritual growth - I really enjoyed this conversation! You will actually see how much, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it all the same.

-Jonathan Levi

Oct 15 2019

57mins

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Ep. 246: Controlling Our Physiology Through Our Breathing W/ Niraj Naik

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Niraj Naik. Niraj is a certified former pharmacist turned holistic health and breathwork expert. Having cured himself of Ulcerative Colitis, he is dedicated to helping others restore their health and improve their overall quality of life with holistic practices and lifestyle changes.

Niraj is also a professional musician and has produced therapeutic music that is used in wellness centers and spas internationally. He is also the founder of SOMA Breath, the global breathwork movement taking the world by storm.

I wanted to have Niraj on the show because breathwork is something I've experimented with and had really interesting and positive results. Many of you know that I'm trying to do the Wim Hof method breathing exercises every single morning and I find that I'm healthier and happier when I do. So, I wanted to learn from someone who is in the field what some other options for breathwork are, and try to understand how I can use my breath the same way that other people use pills and medication to treat different ailments or feel certain ways.

I think this episode definitely delivers on that promise. I actually learned a lot about the different things that I can do to control my physiology using nothing but my breath. Please enjoy!

- Jonathan Levi

Oct 08 2019

51mins

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Ep. 245: Dr. Stephen Cabral On Identifying And Fixing The Root Causes Of Your Health

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Dr. Stephen Cabral. Stephen is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor and founder of the Cabral Wellness Institute and StephenCabral.com.

At 17 years old, Stephen Cabral was diagnosed with a life-altering illness and given no hope for recovery. Today, however, through his long journey towards discovering and learning all things health, he is actually empowering tens of thousands of people every single year to discover their own health through things like Ayurvedic healing, naturopathic and functional medicine, and much more. In fact, he and his team have completed over 250,000 client appointments, using Functional Medicine lab testing and Personalized Wellness Plans!

So, this was a wide-ranging conversation, where we talked about all different kinds of things, health- and fitness-related, as we always do. I even learned a few different things I didn't know about toxins and cleanses, plus many different kinds of things that you can do to improve your health. I am sure you will enjoy this episode as much as I did!

-Jonathan Levi

Oct 01 2019

44mins

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Ep. 244: Preventing Diseases And Achieving Extraordinary Wellness W/ Dr. Ann Shippy

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Dr. Ann Shippy. Dr. Shippy has an incredible story of starting medical school late in life, going on to become a functional medicine doctor and then a successful entrepreneur, building her entire brand with books, in the clinic, with supplements, and more.

But, even more interestingly, her area of specialty is extraordinary wellness, which she is pursuing by using cutting-edge science, testing, and the latest genetic research to find and treat root causes—and not just the symptoms—of illness. In other words, her area of specialty, and what I wanted to talk on this whole episode about, is preventative maintenance - how do we avoid getting the disease, so that we won't have to treat it.

I've been really fascinated by this, as in my own life I'm looking more and more at people around me aging and getting all kinds of weird ailments and afflictions, and I've been asking myself how I, someone who aspires to become SuperHuman, can avoid that whole mess altogether.

So, in this episode, you are going to learn a lot about that, and you are going to learn some really interesting things we haven't talked about on the show before. I really enjoyed this conversation with Dr. Ann Shippy, and I'm sure you will too!

-Jonathan Levi

Sep 24 2019

45mins

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Ep. 243: Jerzy Gregorek On Establishing Standards Of Mastery And Meeting Them

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by a past guest from a year ago, someone who has actually won 4 world championships in Olympic weightlifting! Incredible, right? His name is Jerzy Gregorek, and the reason I wanted him back on the show was that I felt like he had more to share after our last conversation - and I was right!

In this episode, we talked about standards in general, as well as about establishing standards of excellence. We talked about motivation, how Jerzy motivates people that he coaches, and how he motivated himself to get 4 world championships in addition to earning poetry awards and an MFA in writing. This is what we call completely cross-disciplinarian! We also talked about how he motivated the people that he coached at UCLA, as well as how he got to work with people like Tim Ferriss.

As you can probably imagine, this is a really interesting episode! I enjoy talking to Jerzy because of his ability to spin a story and tell you a mind-blowing tale - he has that kind of life wisdom and experience. I'm sure you will enjoy this episode as well!

-Jonathan Levi

Sep 17 2019

48mins

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Ep. 242: Nir Eyal On Defeating Distractions The Right Way And Becoming Indistractable

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Nir Eyal, an author, speaker, and thought leader. Nir writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Actually, the MIT Technology Review dubbed him the prophet of habit-forming technology after his last book Hooked went supersonic and became a best-seller in pretty much every place you can imagine.

By the way, many people don't realize that Nir has also founded 2 tech companies since 2003, he's taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, and he's invested in a whole bunch of incredibly successful companies like Worklife, Product Hunt, Refresh.io and Eventbrite, in addition to many more. You've probably also seen his writing in HBR, Techchrunch and Psychology Today.

Wow! So, why have someone who is an expert in technology - and habit-forming technology at that - on the show. Well, actually Nir and I have intersecting interests besides the fact that we are both children of Israelis and Hebrew speakers. Nir has recently written an all-new book, which is called Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Now, as many of you already know, I've recently invested a ton of time working with an expert in my life to create a Digital Zen course and help people figure out how they can put control and controls back on their technology use and get their life back in order, digitally speaking.

I was really excited to pick Nir's brain and learn more. I have to say that, before we hopped on the interview, I asked Nir what would make this a huge success for him, and he had a really untraditional answer. Most guests answer that having a great conversation on the topics they are passionate about is what they are looking for, but Nir answered: "If I blow your mind or completely change the way you see an aspect of life, that'll be a huge win for me" - and I have to say that he did not disappoint.

I really enjoyed this conversation, and I can guarantee you will enjoy it as well!

- Jonathan Levi

Sep 10 2019

55mins

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BONUS Episode - The Only Skill That Matters - Jonathan Reads From His New Book!

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In The Next 10 Years, Every Knowledge Worker On Earth Will Become One Of Two Things: Invaluable Or Obsolete.

Which One Will You Be?

No matter the industry, the pace of progress and new information is faster today than ever before in human history—and it’s accelerating exponentially.

In this new reality, how can we possibly hope to keep up?

How can we learn, unlearn, and relearn fast enough to stay relevant in the world to come?

In The Only Skill That Matters, Jonathan Levi unveils a powerful, neuroscience-based approach to reading faster, remembering more, and learning more effectively.

You’ll master the ancient techniques being used by world record holders and competitive memory athletes to unlock the incredible capacity of the human brain.

You’ll learn to double or triple your reading speed, enhance your focus, and optimize your cognitive performance.

Most importantly, you’ll be empowered to confidently approach any subject—from technical skills, to names and faces, to foreign languages, and even speeches—and learn it with ease.

Sep 03 2019

20mins

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Ep. 241: Why Your Biology Affects Your Productivity That Much W/ Kate Northrup

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Kate Northrup. Kate is an author, an entrepreneur, a mom, and much much more. She specializes in a couple of different areas that I am really passionate about, including money and why we should use it in intelligent and conscientious ways to actually make our lives and the lives of those we love better, and also including one of my most favorite topics, productivity.

Kate recently published an all-new book in addition to her first best-selling book, Money, A Love Story. Her new book is about the cycles in which we can become more productive at specific things during specific periods in the month. I have to say that her method is tailored more towards women who have a cycle, but it is actually very interesting to anyone listening, not just because we all have women in our lives, but also because it turns out that even men have these kinds of cycles and can be more effective at different things at different times in the month.

I really enjoyed the conversation, I learned a lot, and we talked about so much more than just those few things. Please enjoy!

-Jonathan Levi

Sep 03 2019

47mins

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Ep. 240: Deeply Optimizing Your Health And Becoming Unstoppable W/ David Hauser

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by David Hauser. David is a former tech entrepreneur, and you've probably heard of some of his companies, ranging from Grasshopper to Chargify - but this is not why we had him on the show today.

David is on the show this week because he had a health breakdown, which completely changed the way he looked at health. In fact, he has a new book coming out very soon on how he has applied the methodology of A/B testing that he learned in the world of software companies to find the perfect health regimen for himself. Now he wants to teach the rest of the world how to do the same.

I'll let you hear all about this by David directly. Enjoy!

-Jonathan Levi

Aug 27 2019

41mins

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Ep. 239: Tailoring Your Health And Fitness To Fit Your Own Needs W/ Kathleen Trotter

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Kathleen Trotter. Kathleen is a fitness expert, media personality, personal trainer, writer, life coach, certified Pilates and ELDOA instructor, and overall health enthusiast. She has written two books on finding your fit and figuring out what works for you when it comes to fitness and nutrition.

I wanted to have Kathleen on the show to talk about the ways that we can find motivation (for exercise or otherwise), how she is helping clients achieve their optimal fitness, as well as the ways that we can utilize to choose what is right for us out of the million things that are recommended on this podcast!

It's a really enjoyable conversation, and I think you are going to love listening to it.

-Jonathan Levi

Aug 20 2019

43mins

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Ep. 238: Transforming Our Relationship With Money W/ Aggie Kowalski

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

I have to confess that today's episode will make some of you a little bit uncomfortable, but I want you to push through that. That is because the topic today is money, and the mindset around money - a topic I've been very interested in for many years now.

Some of the important questions to ask are: What does money mean in your life? What relationship do you have with money? How do you use money, and how do you use it to actually make your life and those of the people you care about better?

To help you answer all these questions, we are joined by Aggie Kowalski, who is a mindset coach who teaches the missing piece to money and wealth manifestations. With her therapy background, she has studied thousands of success patterns used to develop her unique method - permission to prosper™️ - which she uses to coach entrepreneurs, real estate agents, artists, actors, and other people in breaking their income ceilings to create a new money reality. You may have seen Aggie in popular media like Forbes, Thrive Global, USA Weekly, and Bustle, demonstrating how to neutralize manifestation blocks around wealth and success.

Now, how many of you - be honest - are a little uncomfortable talking about money, or are at least a little stressed out of the way money does or doesn't show up in your life? Well, I want you to pay special attention to this episode, because it's not just about how to make more money, it's also about how to be happier with money, it's about how to be more at peace with your own money situation, and it's also about how to push through all these things to find prosperity, happiness, and mental health around money.

I really enjoyed this episode. You'll see we just talked and talked, and I didn't ask any of the standard questions - which is usually a sign that I'm having a lot of fun! I'm sure you will enjoy this just as much!

-Jonathan Levi

Aug 13 2019

46mins

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Ep. 237: Tackling Amazing Learning Challenges Through Ultralearning W/ Scott Young

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by Scott H. Young. Scott is a writer who undertakes interesting self-education projects, such as attempting to learn MIT’s four-year computer science curriculum in twelve months and learning four languages in one year. His recent book, Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition and Accelerate Your Career is published by Harper Business August 6th, 2019, the exact same date that this episode came out.

I wanted to have Scott on the show because for many years I've been following his work - I think that the way he approaches learning challenges is super interesting. We obviously share the same interests and passions - in fact, we are both publishing a book around the same time.

I actually pushed my book's launch back for a month because Scott told me that he is publishing now, and we thought it's a better idea for both of us to have a fair margin of time between the two launches. Scott is one of the few people I respect so much that I'm willing to delay my book's launch for.

I wanted to bring Scott on the show to learn how we are similar in our beliefs, how we are different, and find out what we can learn from each other when it comes to - well, you guessed it - learning.

This is a super fascinating episode, which I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy!

- Jonathan Levi

Aug 06 2019

54mins

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Ep. 236: The Mindset And Mentality To Physically Perform At A High Level W/ Ryan Hall

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Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today we are joined by an Olympian and half-marathon record holder, Ryan Hall. Ryan is the recently published author of Run the Mile You're In, a story about how he found his way from a self-proclaimed lousy runner to being a record holder and two-time Olympian. Since achieving so much in running, he has made the transition from a runner to a quite accomplished weight lifter.

In the episode, we talked about Ryan's story, and we talked about the mindset and mentality that it takes to get to the level of performance that Ryan achieved. Moreover, we talked a little bit about his charity work, and we talked about his advice for getting your body into peak performance states.

I really enjoyed this conversation, and I know you will too!

- Jonathan Levi

Jul 30 2019

42mins

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