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Behind the Brilliance is a weekly long form podcast featuring conversations with some of the world’s most innovative and inspiring people in art, culture, technology, business, lifestyle, and personal development along with Lisa's inspiring and funny advice on life, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

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Behind the Brilliance is a weekly long form podcast featuring conversations with some of the world’s most innovative and inspiring people in art, culture, technology, business, lifestyle, and personal development along with Lisa's inspiring and funny advice on life, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

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

Love it!

By motorstorm03 - Sep 30 2017
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I just stumbled on this podcast and love it. Very interesting subjects.

iTunes Ratings

173 Ratings
Average Ratings
157
6
4
3
3

Thank You

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

Love it!

By motorstorm03 - Sep 30 2017
Read more
I just stumbled on this podcast and love it. Very interesting subjects.
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Behind the Brilliance

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Behind the Brilliance is a weekly long form podcast featuring conversations with some of the world’s most innovative and inspiring people in art, culture, technology, business, lifestyle, and personal development along with Lisa's inspiring and funny advice on life, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Rank #1: 034: Issa Rae

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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

1hr 10mins

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Rank #2: 084 Q+A: Dealing w/ Overwhelm + Opportunities

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This week's episode is a Q+A session where I answer a question
about dealing with overwhelm and how to manage new
opportunities.

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
awesome)

-Priming the creative pump

-Productivity: hacks for batching, email, time management, and
efficiency

-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!

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May 05 2016

51mins

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Rank #3: 100: Joyful Ambition

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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

44mins

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Rank #4: 103 Q+A - Friends Who Match Your Hustle + Feeling Stuck

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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

48mins

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Rank #5: 114 Q+A: Creating an "Ideal Life"

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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

1hr 17mins

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Rank #6: 055 On Manifestation

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

Jun 18 2015

36mins

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Rank #7: 161 Lisa Feldman Barrett on How Emotions Are Made

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THE SHOW

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 Twitter

TOPICS 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

And more!

SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/BTB161

Jul 19 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #8: 062 Morgan DeBaun

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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

1hr 7mins

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Rank #9: 048 Don't Follow Your Passion

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

Apr 30 2015

30mins

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Rank #10: 022: Dealing with Setbacks

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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

27mins

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Rank #11: 014: Risk vs Regret

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

Jul 25 2014

35mins

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Rank #12: 085 Willie Jackson

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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/

Enjoy!

May 13 2016

2hr 12mins

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Rank #13: 074 On Purpose

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Lisa shares her thoughts on how to discover and live with a sense of purpose.

Jan 27 2016

40mins

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Rank #14: 149 Lisa Congdon on Reinventing Yourself and Melding Commerce and Creativity

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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. 

We covered: 

-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

1hr 24mins

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Rank #15: 076 Risk & Reward

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Lisa breaks down an approach to taking calculated risks and why you should probably be taking way more risks in life.

Feb 11 2016

50mins

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Rank #16: 090 Rachel Rodgers

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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

1hr 31mins

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Rank #17: 023: Decluttering

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

Sep 25 2014

26mins

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Rank #18: 091 Q+A - Journaling & Unsupportive People

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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"

-And more!

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB091

Jun 23 2016

42mins

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Rank #19: 110 Q+A: Getting Out of a Funk

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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

1hr 13mins

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Rank #20: 097 Q+A: Values Based Filters + Time vs Money

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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 btb@lisanicolebell.com

Show Notes: http://bit.ly/BTB097

Aug 04 2016

50mins

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