Rank #1: 034: Issa Rae
The funny and smart Issa Rae joins me to chat about her path to creating the hit webseries, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl along with her new project, Color Creative. Shenanigans and laughter abound as we discuss personality types, shifts in the entertainment industry, our deep love of The Wire, overcoming insecurities, and why we won't let people pick our brains.
Dec 11 2014
Rank #2: 084 Q+A: Dealing w/ Overwhelm + Opportunities
This week's episode is a Q+A session where I answer a question
about dealing with overwhelm and how to manage new
This week, Lisa Likes Spider Oak ONE, a super awesome,
privacy-enhanced backup system that stores your files on a hard
drive and in the cloud for access anytime across multiple devices.
A life saver if anything ever happens to your computer.
This episode covers:
-Why "no" is a complete sentence and why "hell yeah or no" is a
great place to start
-Values and how they inform a vision, goals, plans, actions, and
measuring the return on choices
-Rest + sleep and why they're so necessary (and generally
-Priming the creative pump
-Productivity: hacks for batching, email, time management, and
-Assessing costs for an opportunity in terms of time, money,
energy, and opportunity cost
-Choosing projects that benefit the greater good
-Aligning opportunities with goals
-FOMO is a mofo (full stop)
-Figuring out what really matters to you and having the
opportunities you accept reflect that
Hit me up and let me know what you think of this episode!
May 05 2016
Rank #3: 100: Joyful Ambition
This solo episode deals with how to pursue big ambitions with sanity and joy. I cover a lot of stuff: borrowing from the future, defining success, goals vs milestones, popularity vs purpose, and much more.
It's a dose of real talk, inspiration, and my usual shenanigans sprinkled throughout.
Let me know what you think on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram: @LisaNicoleBell
Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB100
Aug 25 2016
Rank #4: 103 Q+A - Friends Who Match Your Hustle + Feeling Stuck
This week's episode is a Q+A answering questions about how to find new friends once you've overhauled your life and what to do when you feel stuck.
In the first answer, I share my approach to building new personal friendships (and how badly I used to suck at it), how I approach "networking", why values are a pre-req for having great relationships and more.
In the second answer, I share ways I've gotten myself unstuck, the best questions to ask yourself to get to the next level, and why patience is supremely important.
Share your feedback and thoughts with me @LisaNicoleBell
Sep 15 2016
Rank #5: 114 Q+A: Creating an "Ideal Life"
This week's Q+A episode deals with the topic of creating an "ideal life" and escaping a 9-5. I put ideal life in quotations because I don't believe in absolutes when it comes to figuring your life out. It's heavy lifting, it's hard, and it takes time (and I sure as heck am not a guru).
Still, I do have a lot (I mean, a LOT, no seriously look at how insanely long this episode is...yeah, a lot) of thoughts, observations, and experiences related to the topic so I answered.
Leissan asked: "In your opinion, what is the most graceful way to make that transition? From a 9-5 desk job to doing things that are completely nontraditional. I know everyone has their own path, but hearing your transition and how you took the steps to make your ideal life possible would help me construct mine. I'm at the point would require taking some risks and running into trouble with that as well. How do you gracefully take the risk to make your goals happen?"
My answer covers many topics including managing time, managing money, rethinking priorities, mindset matters, assessing risk, and a lot more.
Take a listen and tell me what you think -- I'm @LisaNicoleBell on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
All of the books mentioned in this episode are in the show notes. Link (case sensitive) below.
Show Notes: http://bit.ly/btb114
Jan 12 2017
Rank #6: 055 On Manifestation
In this solo episode, Lisa discusses her thoughts on the idea of "manifesting" and shares a personal story on the topic.
Jun 18 2015
Rank #7: 161 Lisa Feldman Barrett on How Emotions Are Made
Lisa Feldman Barrett is the author of 'How Emotions Are Made' and a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University with an appointment at Harvard Medical School. In this conversation, we talk about Lisa's book and what she's learned about how emotions are made, how we can be happier and healthier by understanding how our emotions work, and the myths about the mind and emotions.
Behind Her Brilliance: Tenacity + The People in Her Life
Say hi to Lisa on TwitterTOPICS COVERED
Lisa’s path from a working poor family to academic researcher
How Lisa overcame failure and setbacks (including 8 failed experiments and a failed dissertation proposal)
How emotions are constructed
What emotional granularity is and why you should develop it
How emotions and the perceptions associated of emotional expression tie into healthcare, education, and the legal system
How “bitches” become leaders
The practical uses of emotional intelligence
Myths about the way our brains and emotions work
How to turn the dial down on intense emotions
Distinguishing between discomfort and distress (and why it matters)
The simple things you can do to develop more emotional control
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/BTB161
Jul 19 2018
Rank #8: 062 Morgan DeBaun
Lisa sets down with cofounder and CEO of Blavity, Morgan DeBaun, to discuss her journey as an entrepreneur, the impact of black Milennial culture, and her approach to getting things done.
Oct 15 2015
Rank #9: 048 Don't Follow Your Passion
In this solo episode, Lisa discusses her perspective on why "following passion" is bad advice and what dreamers should do instead.
Apr 30 2015
Rank #10: 022: Dealing with Setbacks
In this episode, Lisa follows up episode 21 with Benoni Tagoe with a discussion on setbacks. She shares her thoughts and experiences with setbacks and how she's overcome them. She also offers book recommendations (surprise, surprise) and shares her thoughts on failure and why ambitious people have to make peace with it.
Sep 18 2014
Rank #11: 014: Risk vs Regret
Lisa shares her unique perspective on risk vs regret and offers a framework for making risky decisions. She touches on the consequence of not making strategic decisions, the reason other people's opinions don't matter, and the most important reason to take risks.
Jul 25 2014
Rank #12: 085 Willie Jackson
This episode starts with a recap of my trip to Egypt. This week, Lisa Likes Global Entry - the trusted traveler program that lets you breeze through customs when you return to the US.
This week's guest is Willie Jackson, an entreprenurial technologist who serves as technology lead for Seth Godin (renown author + marketer) while also running Abernathy Magazine, a digital publication for black men.
In this conversation, we cover a lot of ground:
-transitioning to doing work you love
-how to create a new professional network when you want to make a career leap
-the importance of self-care no matter how busy you are
-developing work habits that support your goals
and much, much more!
This is the longest episode of BTB ever, but it's a worthwhile conversation.
Details on stuff mentioned are in the show notes: http://lisanicolebell.com/behind-brilliance-085-willie-jackson/
May 13 2016
Rank #13: 074 On Purpose
Lisa shares her thoughts on how to discover and live with a sense of purpose.
Jan 27 2016
Rank #14: 149 Lisa Congdon on Reinventing Yourself and Melding Commerce and Creativity
Lisa Congdon's brilliance in her courage, dedication, and willingness to take calculated risks. After leaving her elementary school and nonprofit careers at 40, she become a self-taught artist. Now she manages an empire of passive and active income that spans e-commerce, books, teaching, and more. In this conversation, she pulls back the curtain on her path to profitability, her thoughts on thriving as an artist, and why she feels grit matters more than talent.
-how Lisa went from teacher and nonprofit pro to self-taught thriving artist
-Lisa's approach to building a devoted following that threw money at her before she was ready
-how Lisa managed the transition from steady paycheck to income uncertainty
-Lisa's thoughts on imposter syndrome, confidence, and managing insecurities
-Lisa's approach to risk-taking, negotiation, and time management
-and much more!
Say hi to Lisa on Twitter + Instagram: @lisacongdon
Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB149
Nov 09 2017
Rank #15: 076 Risk & Reward
Lisa breaks down an approach to taking calculated risks and why you should probably be taking way more risks in life.
Feb 11 2016
Rank #16: 090 Rachel Rodgers
This week's guest is attorney-turned-entrepreneur Rachel Rodgers. After realizing she didn't want to take a traditional path after law school, Rachel launched a virtual office and went on to make a business out of sharing what she knows.
In this conversation, we cover a lot of ground including:
-Why traditional careers don't have to be boring
-How Rachel managed being the breadwinner in her home as an entrepreneur
-How Rachel deals with critics
-Rachel's advice for anyone trying to find their path
-How Rachel bounced back from her darkest time
-And much more!
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/BTB90
Follow Rachel: Twitter/Instagram - @RachRodgersEsq
Jun 16 2016
Rank #17: 023: Decluttering
In this episode, Lisa shares her thoughts on the importance of decluttering and streamlining your life. She also shares like a gazillion books, her favorite TED talk and and the 5 areas you should declutter before year end.
Sep 25 2014
Rank #18: 091 Q+A - Journaling & Unsupportive People
In this solo episode, I answer two listener questions: 1 about my journaling process and another about how to deal with unsupportive family members.
I share a lot of thoughts:
-Why I journal and reasons I think journaling is helpful for everyone no matter what you do professionally
-How I approach journaling (time, location, frequency, etc)
-Benefits of journaling
-Why other people not supporting you is not about you
-The most important part of feeling "supported"
Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB091
Jun 23 2016
Rank #19: 110 Q+A: Getting Out of a Funk
This is a solo Q+A episode featuring 2 questions from listeners. This episode is long but meaty. I lay out my process for getting out of a funk, how I keep my mental state elevated on a daily basis, and more.
Question 1: As I was on the train this morning and listening to the Kirk Moore episode, I reflected on a meetup I had last night with an established entrepreneur/digital nomad. I rarely vent, especially about things I'd categorize as negative, but I did mention to her that every now and then I feel discouraged. I try not to, but it's sometimes inevitable to compare yourself to someone else. I don't think it's always a bad thing and I usually label it as something to aspire to be/do rather than be jealous. That word makes me cringe. It was crazy that as soon as I figured I'd inquire about that, Kirk began to speak on this topic. Usually I'll get myself together and remind myself why I'm doing what I'm doing, why my journey is unique, and why I can still succeed. I live by the saying "what's for me is for me." Last night my new friend is the one who got me together and gave me all types of encouragement and inspiration. Do you ever become discouraged? If not anymore, when this did happen to you, how did you usually get back on track? Affirmations? Journaling?
Question 2: Do you ever go through funks? If yes, do you have a plan or some type of routine/process you do to help you get out of it? How long did it take you to formulate that process and make it something habitual, rather than just knowing about what you should do, but taking the actual action to do it?
Take a listen and let me know what you thought of this episode!
Twitter, Facbeook, Instagram: @LisaNicoleBell
Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTBep110
Dec 16 2016
Rank #20: 097 Q+A: Values Based Filters + Time vs Money
This week's episode is a Q+A answering questions on how I created my values-based filters that I use to make key decisions and why time is more important than money.
There's one more Q+A episode coming up this season so if you have a question, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB097
Aug 04 2016