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Join the journey of discovering practical solutions to your life, based on modern research, that will help you have less stress, greater passion, and amazing results. On First Things, join Dr. Brandon Vaughn and discover how current research combines with timeless wisdom for true authentic change and productivity. From personal productivity to personal development, get the insights and tools you need to win at work and succeed at life. Life is both an adventure and a journey. This podcast will better enable you to see your journey as the amazing adventure it is.

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Join the journey of discovering practical solutions to your life, based on modern research, that will help you have less stress, greater passion, and amazing results. On First Things, join Dr. Brandon Vaughn and discover how current research combines with timeless wisdom for true authentic change and productivity. From personal productivity to personal development, get the insights and tools you need to win at work and succeed at life. Life is both an adventure and a journey. This podcast will better enable you to see your journey as the amazing adventure it is.

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Very smart and useful

By ScottyVa201 - Mar 16 2019
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Brendan does a great job synopsizing ideas into useful podcasts.

Well Done

By Mr. Hagerty - Apr 19 2015
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I absolutely love this podcast! Cannot thank him enough for the insights he provides.

iTunes Ratings

105 Ratings
Average Ratings
95
5
1
2
2

Very smart and useful

By ScottyVa201 - Mar 16 2019
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Brendan does a great job synopsizing ideas into useful podcasts.

Well Done

By Mr. Hagerty - Apr 19 2015
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I absolutely love this podcast! Cannot thank him enough for the insights he provides.

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First Things

Latest release on Jul 21, 2019

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 9 days ago

Rank #1: #088 – Listen & Observe (Like Switch Pt 10) [Podcast]

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Most would never guess the biggest secrets to verbal communication … learning to listen and observe.  This means our biggest hindrance is often our own mouths … from overuse! This week, we look once more at techniques to help us better observe and listen to people around us. Click to Listen “Listen & Observe” Show Notes […]

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Jun 18 2016

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Rank #2: #030 – Assertiveness Pt 1: Introduction [Podcast]

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For most of my life, I wasn’t assertive enough at work (I’m usually assertive enough in my personal life, but even there, I’m not always assertive enough). I was scared to death to speak in public. I’d often allow others to walk all over me, often ending in disastrous work situations. I was usually willing […]

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Mar 07 2014

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Rank #3: #047 – Essential Assertiveness Skills (Assertiveness Pt 18) [Podcast]

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Wow … 17 episodes on assertiveness!!  As we finish up this series on assertiveness, I thought it would be good to summarize what we have discussed for 17 episodes.  This episode is a bit longer than other episodes (one hour and 21 minutes, so be forewarned!). In this episode, we first go through a brief […]

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Jul 04 2014

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Rank #4: #051 – Essentialism Introduction (Essentialism Pt 1) [Podcast]

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Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you sometimes feel overworked and underutilized? Do you feel motion sickness instead of momentum? Does your day sometimes get hijacked by someone else’s agenda? Have you ever said “yes” simply to please and then resented it? If you answered yes to any of these, the way […]

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Aug 01 2014

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Rank #5: #003 – The Battle Between the Compass and the Clock – Why Direction is More Important than Speed [Podcast]

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There is a continual battle in our lives for time … between the best and the good … between the journey and the destination … between where you are heading and how fast you are going. In this episode of First Things I share on the battle between the Compass and the Clock. Click to […]

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Aug 25 2013

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Rank #6: #031 – Assertiveness vs Aggressiveness (Assertiveness Pt 2) [Podcast]

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What exactly is assertiveness?  What is the difference between assertiveness vs aggressiveness?  What about passivity or being passive-aggressive? Many people believe that assertive and aggressive behavior means the same thing. The first step in managing difficult people at work is to clear up this confusion.  What is the difference in assertiveness vs aggressiveness? Click to […]

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Mar 14 2014

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Rank #7: #074 – Mindset Intro (Mindset Pt 1) [Podcast]

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Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference. Every so often a truly groundbreaking idea comes along. This is one. Mindset explains: Why brains and talent don’t bring success How they can stand in the […]

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Feb 13 2015

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Rank #8: #087 – Attraction Laws (Like Switch Pt 9) [Podcast]

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We can implement certain “attraction laws” into place that will better enable deeper friendships.  Last week, we discussed one such law … the law of similarity. This week, we look into the various attraction laws and how to practically implement them into our lives. Click to Listen “Attraction Laws” Show Notes Law of Reciprocity: When […]

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May 27 2016

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Rank #9: #004 – Slaves to the Tyranny of the Urgent: The Constant Battle Between the Important and the Urgent

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In our pursuit of balancing the compass and the clock … the important vs the urgent … there is a need to understand how to process the urgent matters.  Urgent matters force themselves on us constantly. Urgent matters can so force themselves on us, that they can be a “tyrant” in our lives.  There is little […]

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Sep 01 2013

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Rank #10: #018 – The Now Habit Pt 1: Defining Procrastination [Podcast]

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Defining procrastination properly is a vital step to overcome it.  Procrastination is a habit you develop to cope with anxiety about starting or completing a task. … tasks that are boring or overwhelming. We begin a multi-week study on procrastination, inspired by The Now Habit by Neil Fiore.  Your first step toward breaking the procrastination […]

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Dec 06 2013

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Rank #11: #006 – A Happiness Project & Prescription: 10 Steps Toward Greater Joy and Passion [Podcast]

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Need a happiness project? Or a prescription for happiness? Looking to understand what happiness even means? Or more importantly how you can actualize a happiness project in your life? In this podcast, I speak on the topic of happiness.  A “happiness project” to give you ways to see your life differently.  Hopefully it will be […]

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Sep 13 2013

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Rank #12: #075 – Carol Dweck on Mindset (Mindset Pt 2) [Podcast]

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We introduced the concept of “mindsets” in our last episode. I always like to get the author’s perspective on their topic.   In this episode, we listen to a speech that Carol gave on the topic of mindset. Click to Listen “Carol Dweck on Mindsets” Show Notes “Carol Dweck on Mindsets” Episode Resources Resources on Mindset: […]

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Mar 13 2015

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Rank #13: #008 – Stuck: Emotional Health by Unthawing Frozen Emotions and Moving Forward with Traction [Podcast]

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Ever feel stuck in life?  Perhaps you might feel that you have no traction in your life, that you are just spinning your wheels.  Or perhaps you see negative emotions which dominate your life, and quickly react to the smallest of incidents. In this episode of First Things, we dive into the issue of feeling […]

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Sep 27 2013

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Rank #14: #005 – Unleashing the Lion in Your Brain: More Efficient Ways to Study and Learn [Podcast]

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In a recent blog post, I detailed some steps that people can take to take their learning and studying to the next level. It generated some interest, so I thought this would make for a good podcast as well. If you are attempting to learn something new, or have children in school, I believe the […]

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Sep 08 2013

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Rank #15: #079 – Friendship Formula (Like Switch Pt 1) [Podcast]

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We begin a new study this week on “The Like Switch” by Jack Schafer and Marvin Karlins. This week we look at the “Friendship Formula” as discussed in Chp 1. The Friendship Formula is rather simple:  Friendship = Proximity + Frequency + Duration + Intensity. In this episode, we discuss each of these aspects in […]

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Nov 28 2015

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Rank #16: #054 – Vital Few (Essentialism Pt 4) [Podcast]

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Not everything in life is important … just a few … the vital few.  Most of what exists in the universe – our actions, and all other forces, resources, and ideas – has little value and yields little result.  On the other hand, a few things work fantastically well and have tremendous impact. We have […]

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Aug 22 2014

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Rank #17: #019 – Why We Procrastinate (The Now Habit Pt 2) [Podcast]

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Have you ever thought about why we procrastinate? What is behind this? What is the motivation? Is it just a matter about us being lazy … or is there something more than that happening? Many of us use our performance as “mirrors”.  Instead of them being an expression of who we are … an expression […]

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Dec 13 2013

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Rank #18: #034 – Stinking Thinking (Assertiveness Pt 5) [Podcast]

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Whatever your mind can conceive and believe it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill In a previous episode, we talked about the overall aspects of Stinking Thinking.  How does Stinking Thinking apply to the topic of Assertiveness?  What are some examples of stinking thinking that can thwart our attempts to develop an assertive style of communication? […]

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Apr 04 2014

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Rank #19: #043 – Assertive No (Assertiveness Pt 14) [Podcast]

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Do you have difficulty saying “no”? Not sure you know the difference between an “aggressive no” and an “assertive no”?  Are you always trying to be nice to others at the expense of yourself? Well, you’re not alone. In the past, I was not good at saying “no”, because I didn’t want to hurt the […]

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Jun 06 2014

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Rank #20: #053 – Choice (Essentialism Pt 3) [Podcast]

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Choice, this is the very first pillar … the first mindset we need to embrace Essentialism.  It is the ability to choose that makes us human. We often think of choice as a thing. But a choice is not a thing. Our options may be things, but a choice—a choice is an action. Click to […]

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Aug 15 2014

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