Rank #1: The 2 Ways People Get Rich & How to Read People Instantly
Ever have that feeling that you’re being watched? Or stared at? Do humans really have the ability to know if someone is watching them? We’ll explore that. Also, there are two ways to get rich - assuming you don’t inherit the money. Lewis Schiff, Executive Director of The Business Owners Council and author of the book Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons (http://amzn.to/2sCvDpt) has spent a lot of time studying wealthy people and he offers some great insight into how any of us can use these same practices. Plus, there are a lot of kitchen practices people believe are helpful that just - aren’t. For example, olive oil shouldn’t be used for frying because it has a low smoke point. That is something that is widely believed – but totally false, when tested. And there are other kitchen myths I’ll discuss. And learning to read people when you meet them can help you connect better, both in business as well as socially. Paul Tieger, author of The Art of Speed Reading People (http://amzn.to/2sFuiyJ) gives some practical ways for you to get a better sense of people when you meet them so you can relate better.
Rank #2: How to Use a Secret Identity to Get What You Want & Why We Have a Moon
Sibling relationships change as we move from childhood to adulthood. Sometimes they change for the better – sometimes not. We begin this episode by unraveling the complications of adult sibling relationships. http://www.rd.com/advice/relationships/adult-sibling-estrangement/ When you were a kid you had a secret identity. You pretended to be Superman or a princess or someone you admired. What’s interesting is you can do the same thing as an adult to help achieve your personal and professional goals. Todd Herman, a performance coach and author of the book The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life (https://amzn.to/2YVO46c) joins me to explain how adopting a secret identity can help you succeed in anything. How much water should you drink today? There is a simple formula I’ll explain that will make sure you are sufficiently hydrated every day. https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/milk-and-other-surprising-ways-to-stay-hydrated/ It is the 50th anniversary of the first man walking on the moon. To celebrate you are going to discover some fascinating things about the moon that will forever change the way you think when you look up in the sky. Dr.Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a space scientist and science educator. She is an Honorary Research Associate in University College London's Department of Physics and Astronomy and author of the The Book of the Moon: A Guide to Our Closest Neighbor (https://amzn.to/2D11Afx). Her view of the moon will fascinate you. This Week's Sponsors -LinkedIn. For $50 off your first job post, go to www.LinkedIn.com/podcast -BetterHelp. Get help with a counselor you will love at www.BetterHelp.com/SYSK -Care/Of Vitamins. For 50% off your first order go to www.TakecareOf.com and use the promo code: something50 -Ollie. For 60% off your first order plus a free bag of dog treats go to www.myollie.com/try/something -Calming Comfort. For $15 off the displayed price go to www.calmingcomfortblanket.com and use the promo code: something -ADT. To get a secure smart home designed just for you go to www.ADT.com -Capital One. What's in your wallet? www.CapitalOne.com
Rank #3: Amazing Factors that Determine What and How Much You Eat & How to Better Deal with Life’s Catastrophes
Ever go out knowing your hair looks horrible or there is something wrong with your clothes? Everyone probably has but the more important question is – does anyone actually notice. This episodes begins with some fascinating research about how much people actually pay attention to you and your physical appearance. http://www.youbeauty.com/beauty/psychology-of-hair/ So many factors influence what you eat and how much you eat – and you are totally unaware of many of them. Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University and author of the book Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life (https://amzn.to/2XlCS1M) returns for a closer look at how you are influenced and how to protect yourself from eating too much of the wrong food. Every office has a set of coffee mugs in the kitchen that people use. Have you ever stopped to consider just how clean those coffee mugs are? A scientist has tested mugs in several offices and wait until you hear what he found. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2013/02/23/Expert-Coffee-mug-on-desk-agerm-machine/UPI-72401361679514/?spt=hs&or=hn Bad things happen. They are part of life. Often when catastrophe strikes, people freak out and don’t cope well with the situation. That’s why Sarah Knight is here. Sarah was one of those people who worried about problems rather than actually deal with them. Then she found a better way. Sarah is the author of the book Calm the F* Down: How to Control What You Can, Accept What You Can’t So You Can Stop Freaking Out and Get On With Your Life )https://amzn.to/2VnXNzn). Listen as Sarah offers some great advice to help deal with those inevitable disasters that life brings and come out better as a result. This Week's Sponsors -Purple Mattress. Text "Something" to 84888 to get a free pillow when you buy a mattress. -Quip. Get your first refill free when you buy a quip toothbrush at www.Get Quip.com/something -Geico. Go to www.Geico.com to see how Geico can save you money on your car insurance -ADT. Go to www.ADT.com/smart to learn how ADT can design and install a smart home system for you.
Rank #4: A Closer Look at Your Personality & Why You "Click" with Some People and What it Means
You probably assume that in almost any situation, a face-to-face meeting is always better than a phone call or email or text. And certainly if you are inviting someone on a date, you would think face-to-face is the way to go. But is it? Could technology improve your odds of success over old-fashioned face-to-face? I think you’ll find this interesting. Plus, your personality is what makes you – you. But where did it come from? Can you improve your personality? Professor Brian Little, author of the book, Who Are You, Really? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality (http://amzn.to/2vWHYm7 ) examines why you are who you are and how much of your personality is changeable and how much is set in stone. Then, if you think someone is lying to you, there are a few words and phrases to look out for. Liars tend to use certain language that can help you determine if they are being truthful or not. Also, have you ever just clicked with someone? You know that feeling of instant connection? It can happen in a romantic way but also happens platonically and with people at work. Ori Brafman, author of the book Click (http://amzn.to/2vWATSC ) has studied this phenomenon and believes strongly that these relationships are special. Ori says we shouldn’t just brush it off as “love at first sight.” Listen and understand why these relationships are worth exploring.
Rank #5: Helicopter Parents & What's Happening On Our Highways
Educator Julie Lythcott Haims author of How To Raise an Adult talks about the unintended consequences of helipcopter parents. Plus Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Door to Door has a fascinating discussion about America's highways and how you drive.
Rank #6: How to Have a Good Day (Almost) Everyday & Extremely Fascinating Facts You Never Knew
I’ve lived with dogs most of my life (and one pretty cool cat) so I am fascinated by doggy behavior. And did you know that even though dogs will eat almost anything – they actually prefer two distinct flavors. We begin this episode of the podcast with that and some other interesting facts about what your dog is really thinking. (Paulette Cooper author of 27 Secrets Your Dog Wants You To Know) https://amzn.to/2xoCi83 You have good days and you have bad days. So what if you could control that so that you had far more good days than bad ones? Caroline Webb, author of the book How to Have a Good Day (https://amzn.to/2pnE0Ct) reveals the psychology, neuroscience and behavioral science that can help you greatly improve the odds that today and tomorrow will be fabulous! If you have to present something at a meeting or make a proposal – do your best to NOT go first. I’ll discuss why and when in the meeting is a more optimal time to speak up. (Sarah McGinty author of the book Power Talk https://amzn.to/2plWwej0 What do 46% of people in Japan do when the doorbell rings? Why do astronauts have to sleep near a fan so they don’t die? This is just two of a bunch of facts you’ll hear from John Lloyd, creator of the Q.I television program in the UK and contributor to the book, 1,342 Quite Interesting Facts To Leave You Flabbergasted (https://amzn.to/2NREHll). If you like interesting facts to dazzle people at a cocktail party – this will be fun! This Week's Sponsors Daily Harvest. Go to www.Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SOMETHING to get three cups FREE in your first box! Apple Music. Go to www.AppleMusic.com/something to sign up and get 3 months free! No obligation, cancel at any time.
Rank #7: You Are a Victim of Food Fraud & Don't Know It
Larry Olmstead author of "Real Food Fake Food" discusses the problem of food fraud. It turns out much of the food you eat isn't what you think it is - or has been altered in some way without telling you. Plus why women are better at online dating.
Rank #8: How Money Plays Tricks On You & How To Stop It
There’s nothing more embarrassing than those awkward moments in life – when your fly is down or there is spinach in your teeth or you embarrass yourself accidentally. But how you handle those moments is what really matters and that is topic number one on today’s podcast. Also how you think about money – and how money plays tricks on is a fascinating topic everyone needs to understand. Claudia Hammond, a broadcaster for the BBC in London is author of the book Mind Over Money and has some amazing insight on how you handle money and make financial decisions – and how others use little mind games to get you to part with more of your money. Being aware of these things can really help you not fall victim. And lastly today, I want to talk about appreciation. There is great power in expressing appreciation – yet most people think they don’t get enough of it. The result of that lack appreciation creates all kinds of havoc in relationships and organizations. We’ll discuss.
Rank #9: How the House You Live In Affects Who You Are & The Scientific Way To Lose Weight for the New Year
When you feel and ache or pain in your body, you likely reach for a Tylenol. And it turns out that you should also reach for one when you are feeling emotional pain as well; such as loneliness or distress. Why? I begin this episode with that explanation. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091222154742.htm No matter how clean you think your home is, you are sharing your house with millions of creatures – both visible and invisible. From the tiniest germs to your dog or cat – all of these creatures have an impact on you. In fact, if you own a cat, there is an excellent chance of getting infected with a parasite that will change your behavior! I know it sounds crazy but you have got to hear this. Rob Dunn, biologist and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University joins me to discuss the fascinating world inside your home you never knew was there. Rob is author of the book Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live (https://amzn.to/2VE0j5K) One of the big pitfalls of writing texts or emails is that people can misinterpret your intent – particularly if you are being sarcastic. But I have a solution that will make sure people will understand what you are really trying to say in your written communication. http://mentalfloss.com/article/73392/winky-faces-make-your-texts-sarcastic-scientists-say Do you know what your set point weight is? Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows there is a point where you get stuck and it is really hard to drop more weight. Jonathan Bailor, author of the bestselling book The Calorie Myth has researched this for his new book The Setpoint Diet (https://amzn.to/2SK4V8r). He joins me to explain why people get stuck on their set point weight and how to outsmart your body so you can lose more weight. This Week's Sponsors -Capterra. To find the right software for your business visit www.capterra.com/something -ADT. Go to www.ADT.com/smart to learn how ADT can design and install a smart home system for you. -Geico. Go to www.Geico.com to see how Geico can save you money on your car insurance.
Rank #10: The Science of Sin: Why We Do Bad Things & How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge
Why does traffic just seem to stop for no reason then magically clear up? You are sure there must be an accident or construction but there isn’t. So what causes it? We begin this episode with an explanation of that. (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090608151550.htm) There are 7 deadly sins: pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth. Why are they so tempting? We humans spend our lives trying to resist the lure of sin. So what’s it all for? Jack Lewis author of the book The Science of Sin: Why We Do the Things We Know We Shouldn’t (https://amzn.to/2HVhXhL) joins me for a fascinating discussion on why we are attracted to things that can do us no good and what determines if we resist or give in to temptation. Ever have a chain necklace get all tangled in a knot that is hard to get undone? That is just one of several household emergencies that you’ll hear the solution for in this episode. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g3397/quick-cleaning-fixesfor-everyday-issues/ You probably assume that in order to be a leader, you have to have authority – otherwise why should anyone listen to you? Well you don’t, according to my guest Clay Scroggins, author of the book How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority (https://amzn.to/2UxS7Gc). Listen to understand why it is not about authority so much as it is about influence. This Week's Sponsors -LinkedIn. For $50 off your first job post, go to www.LinkedIn.com/podcast -BetterHelp. Get help with a counselor you will love at www.BetterHelp.com/SYSK -Care/Of Vitamins. For 50% off your first order go to www.TakecareOf.com and use the promo code: something50 -Ollie. For 60% off your first order plus a free bag of dog treats go to www.myollie.com/try/something -Calming Comfort. For $15 off the displayed price go to www.calmingcomfortblanket.com and use the promo code: something -ADT. To get a secure smart home designed just for you go to www.ADT.com -Capital One. What's in your wallet? www.CapitalOne.com
Rank #11: How Complaining Makes You Stupid and Unsuccessful & Sugar and Your Health
It’s the weirdest thing – but when you make typos in your emails it does a couple of unusual things that can really influence what the reader thinks of what you wrote – and what they think of you as a person. Then, if you have a complainer in your life – run, don’t walk. Complaining makes you stupid and ruins your chances for success. Trevor Blake author of Three Simple Steps (http://amzn.to/2rmLFUw) explains some of the science behind complaining and why being around a complainer can suck the life right out of you. Also, you probably know people who dress and act younger than their years in hopes that people will think they are younger. In fact the research shows people think just the opposite – and worse! Then, the problem with sugar. We eat a lot of sugar and it is causing health problems and contributing to the obesity epidemic. Journalist Gary Taubes author of the best-selling book The Case Against Sugar (http://amzn.to/2r1yW6x) explains some of the science behind obesity and why maybe the problem isn’t fat in the diet – it is sugar.
Rank #12: What It REALLY Means to Be Healthy & How to Capture Attention in a Distracted World
You know that strawberries, garlic, tomatoes and broccoli are good for you but interestingly, how you cook them can make them more – or less - healthy. I’ll explore that in this episode. Then, how well do you take care of your health and well-being? In order to really take good care of your health, you need to understand what good health looks like. Matthew Edlund, M.D. and author of the book Healthy Without Health Insurance (http://amzn.to/2qZCdBT) offers an interesting and insightful view of your health and how to nurture it. Also, how does anyone NOT like the “Every Day Low Prices” policy at a store? It’s interesting because it seems to make all the sense in the world and yet a lot of shoppers don’t like it – and prefer a different policy instead. Plus, how do you grab and people’s attention in a world where attention spans are shrinking – drastically? Paul Hellman, author of the book, You’ve Got 8 Seconds (http://amzn.to/2saKfMF) explains how you can capture people’s attention and keep it by using the right techniques and strategies in today’s distracted world.
Rank #13: Understanding & Reducing Stress and The Law of Averages is No Law at All
Stress is mostly a distortion of your perception. Life is almost never as bad as we think. Dr. Arthur Ciaramicolli author of "The Stress Solution" reveals how to reduce your stress. Plus a better understanding of The Law of Averages (it's no law).
Rank #14: Why Eating Healthy Isn’t as Hard as You Think & How to Be More Productive Than Ever
What’s the real reason people get angry over the little things? At least one leading expert believes it’s all about control. I begin this episode of the podcast discussing the high cost your pay by getting so upset over nothing and how to let go of life’s little aggravations. (The Anger Trap by Les Carter https://amzn.to/2NYGHpd) So much of the advice on eating healthy is about what to avoid – meat, dairy, gluten, sugar, oil etc. But pediatrician Dr. Aaron Carroll, professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and author of the book The Bad Food Bible (https://amzn.to/2uuXeJk) says there isn’t much science to support these kind of restrictive diets in terms of them being healthier. He joins me to explain what it really means to eat healthy and talks about how many of the foods people think are bad – really are not. If your relationship has lost some of the magic or passion – how can you steam things up a bit? I have a couple of very simple techniques that are proven to help you feel the romance and excitement once again. http://www.womansday.com/relationships/sex-tips/g654/spice-up-your-relationship/ Why does it seem some people are incredibly productive and others of us never seem to have enough time to get all the things done we need to? Charles Duhigg has the fascinating answer to that. Charles is one of the leading authorities on productivity and is author of the books Smarter Faster Better (https://amzn.to/2NYMw5J) and The Power of Habit (https://amzn.to/2NUsadT). Charles joins me with some very practical advice that will help you get everything done and still have time left over. This Week’s Sponsors Hoka One One. Get free expedited shipping on your first pair of shoes by going to www.hokaoneone.com/SYSK and use the promo code SYSK Hunt A Killer. Order now and get 10% of your first box. Go to www.HuntAKiller.com and use the promo code SOMETHING Sworkit. Get your 30 day free trial and then 10% off your subscription by going to www.Sworkit.com/something and use the offer code SOMETHING Helix Sleep. Get up to $125 off your mattress order by going to www.Helixsleep.com/something Udemy. Go to www.Ude.my/something for up to 90% off when you sign up for classes. InterContinental Hotel Group. Listen to the podcast called “Stories of the InterContinental Life” at Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay or wherever you listen to podcasts Madison Reed. Get 10% off your first hair color kit plus free shipping by going to www.madison-reed.com and use the promo code SOMETHING Care/Of Vitamins. For 25% off your first month of vitamins go to www.TakeCareOf.com and enter promo code SOMETHING
Rank #15: How to Sleep Much Better & The Ways Virtual Reality Will Change Your Life
Of course you know better than to talk on your phone while driving – but you should also tell other people in the car to stay off their phones as well. This episode starts with a discussion on why passenger’s phone conversation can be trouble for the driver. (http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2010/05/half-heard-phone-conversations-reduce-performance) How well do you sleep? Before you answer you should know that you may not HAVE the answer. So many people sleep so poorly, they don’t even know what good sleep is – or feels like. For some real insight into how people sleep and how we can all sleep better, listen as I speak with sleep medicine specialist Chris Winter, M.D., author of the book The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It (https://amzn.to/2JVEHMd) Anyone who spends time on Facebook knows that feeling of, “Why does everyone else’s life seem so wonderful compared to mine?” There is now research that proves this happens to everyone who goes on Facebook and that actually people’s lives aren’t any better than yours – it just looks that way. Listen and I’ll explain. (http://www.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2015/April/040415FaceookStudy) Do you know much about virtual reality? You are about to. Peter Rubin, senior editor at Wired magazine knows a lot about it. In fact he is the author of a new book on the topic called Future Presence: How Virtual Reality is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy and the Limits of Ordinary Life (https://amzn.to/2HeLUFD). Peter joins me to explore some of the fascinating and fun parts of virtual reality and also some of the concerns about how it will impact how we humans live our lives.
Rank #16: Safety Tips from a CIA Spy & The Truth About Performing Under Pressure
Keeping your family, yourself and your home safe is probably something you think about – a lot. Besides the common sense things , what else can you do? Listen to former CIA Officer (spy) Jason Hanson, author of Spy Secrets that Can Save Your Life. He has some really ingenious and practical tips to keep you safe. Do you perform well under pressure? Some people claim they do their best work that way. Really? I know one guy who really doubts that. Dr. Hendrie Weisinger is one of the leading authorities on the subject of “performance under pressure” and is the author of Performing Under Pressure. He has some great advice on how to handle their pressure situations when a lot is riding on how you perform. Also, should you tip when you pick up takeout food? We’ll explore the proper etiquette of that . And if you’ve ever got mad at another driver – so mad that maybe you even surprised yourself – then you need to hear what I am going to tell you in this episode of the podcast.
Rank #17: How to Ooze Self-Confidence & The Magic of Doing What You’re Good At
When you fly on an airplane – you think things. Like: “How good, is the air I’m breathing? Will I get drunker than normal if I drink at 35,000 feet? What if some lunatic tries to open the airplane door during the flight?” I’ll reveal the answers to these and other common questions about air travel. Some people seem to be born with a lot of self-confidence. But most of us are not. So how do we increase our confidence and project it to the world? Psychotherapist Sheenah Hankin, author of the book, Complete Confidence (http://amzn.to/2El5bV0) has some excellent strategies to increase your confidence that you can put into practice immediately. The U.S. Postal Service is a part of everyone’s life. And sometimes it seems that they can make your life difficult. So, I have some tips from actual postal employees to help you navigate the postal service with more efficiency and do it in less time. Are you doing what you are really good at? Or do you work in a job that leaves your true skills idle and untouched? Sir Kenneth Robinson, author the book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life (http://amzn.to/2GAxyPP) explores ways to discover what you do well and then find ways to incorporate those things into your life. It’s important because when you do what you are good at and it is something you find satisfying, it can transform your life.
Rank #18: How to Ask For and Get Anything You Want & How Medicine Has Changed in 100 Years
Do attractive people really get the best tables at a restaurant? Did you know menus are designed to steer you to particular dishes? These are just a few of the things I cover as we kick-off this episode. It turns out there are a lot of fascinating things going on behind-the-scenes at restaurants that are helpful for you to know. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2363861/The-restaurant-secrets-diners-know-Huge-mark-upswine-dishes-containing-chefs-saliva-blacklist-rude-customers.html My father used to tell me, “You have to ask for what you want.” While that is good advice, it is hard for many people to ask for what they want and even harder to negotiate to get it. With some very practical advice is Dr. Meg Myers Morgan, an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and author of the book, Everything is Negotiable The 5 Tactics to Get What You Want in Life, Love, and Work (https://amzn.to/2SFdnW3). Meg joins me with some unique and actionable steps that will help you get what you want. If you want to appreciate how great medical care and knowledge is today, all you have to do is look back 100 years ago or so to see what medicine was like back then. Medical historian Thomas Morris author of the book The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine (https://amzn.to/2Lbjqiy) joins me to explore some of the curious oddities, treatments and miracles from 100 years ago that seem so strange today – just 100 year later. It makes you wonder what people will think of our medical practices 100 years from now! Choosing the right hospital is always important – but it also turns out that choosing the right day to check-in to the hospital also matters. Studies of hospitals all over the world conclude there are some days you might want to avoid. Listen and I’ll tell you which days those are. http://www.today.com/health/why-hospital-weekend-effect-dangerous-t30581 This Week's Sponsors -SimpliSafe. To save hundreds of dollars on home protection go to www.SimpliSafe.com/something -Quip. Get your first refill pack free when you get an electric toothbrush from www.GetQuip.com/something -Care/of Vitamins. For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins go to www.TakeCareOf.com and use the promo code SOMETHING
Rank #19: Great Ways to Save Money in 2018 & Why You Feel Embarrassment – and How Not To
I love strawberries. But I hate how they go moldy so fast. Well, there is a way to make them last longer – and that is just one of the great life hacks I have for you to begin this episode. Then, if you want to save money, the people at Consumer Reports are experts. Senior Editor Tobie Stanger joins me with some simple but powerful ways to keep more of your own money in your own pocket. Also, if you have trouble sleeping and counting sheep doesn’t work, there are other, far more effective ways to lull yourself to sleep. I’ll reveal some easy, proven ways. Then, why do we feel embarrassment? In those moments when you think you’ve made a huge embarrassing blunder – what do other people actually think? Probably not what you think they think. Embarrassment expert David Allyn, author of the book, I Can’t Believe I Just Did That (http://amzn.to/2zMSoqD) offers some valuable insight into embarrassment and how NOT to feel so bad when you screw up.
Rank #20: How to Handle Criticism & How to Make Your Relationship Happier - Right Now
Want to keep your fresh cut flowers, fresher? My grandmother always said put aspirin in the water and I’ve also heard you should put a penny in the water or some sugar. Well someone actually tested all these things out – and you’ll hear the results and discover what works best, just in time for Mother’s Day. Also, you constantly receive criticism and feedback from people – some of it is welcome some not. Some of it is warranted and some of it not. So how can you learn to evaluate the feedback coming at you so you can determine what is true and what is false – and not get defensive? And then how do you use that feedback to your advantage? Sheila Heen author of the book, Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (http://amzn.to/2pelwW0) has studied this and you will find what she has to say extremely helpful. Plus, why do so many marriages and relationships go bad? Dr Harville Hendrix has been studying relationships and has worked with couples for over 30 years. He has authored several books on the topic including Making Marriage Simple (http://amzn.to/2pYzh9k) . He shares some incredible insight into how any relationship can be made better – instantly if at least one person is willing to make some simple changes. And who doesn’t love bacon? Just the smell of bacon cooking is enough to make you crave it. So what is it about bacon that makes it so desirable? I’ll explain the science of bacon in this episode.