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Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

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Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

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Astounding info! Really connects the dots!

Inspiring Possibility

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2032 Ratings
Average Ratings
1584
239
90
55
64

Jill Blakeway- Energy Medicine

By Stratoblogster - Aug 26 2019
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Astounding info! Really connects the dots!

Inspiring Possibility

By Ragdollbackpack - Jul 29 2019
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Thank you for Inspiring Possibility.
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Good Life Project

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Rank #12 in Education category

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Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

Rank #1: Brené Brown: Vulnerable, Brave and Awake [Best Of].

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Brene Brown (http://brenebrown.com/) and I met a few years back while speaking at an event. We clicked immediately, grabbed lunch and laughed a lot. I asked her to come and share a bit of her journey with our Good Life Project community. The conversation that unfolded left me changed.

Brown’s fascination with what she calls wholehearted living eventually led her to explore how we dance with shame and vulnerability, and how we navigate criticism, and awaken to our own power and potential. How we become brave, awake and alive. She's since written numerous books, including, Daring Greatly (http://brenebrown.com/books/), Rising Strong (https://amzn.to/2vvqvnE) and Braving the Wilderness (https://amzn.to/2M2YWfQ).

I asked her to join me on Good Life Project in October 2012 and the conversation that unfolded moved us both to tears at various points. Brene was so beautifully real, raw, candid and wise. Every part of that conversation is as relevant today, maybe more so given the current climate, than it was the day we talked.

We first aired this as a video conversation in October 2012. Click here to watch the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Sd3DYvBGyFs). I'm so excited to share this "Best Of" episode with you today.

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Aug 21 2018
52 mins
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Rank #2: Elizabeth Gilbert: Creating Your Life In Real Time [Best Of]

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As we move into these final weeks of August, we'll be airing two extraordinary "Best Of" episodes, featuring powerful conversations from the last year.

First up, Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert exploded into the public's consciousness in 2006 with the release of her mega-bestselling memoir, Eat Pray Love.

Since then, she's published a series of books, given a TED talk on creative genius that's been viewed more than 10 million times, become a leading voice on the pursuit of a creative, connected and vital life.

GIlbert's latest book, Big Magic, takes you deeper into what it means to live a creative life, offering a wonderful blend of wisdom, unabashed magical thinking, amazing stories and a whole lot of unexpected myth-busting and contrarian insights.

I had a chance to sit down with Liz and, as often happens with these Good Life conversations, we ended up going all sorts of places I'd never planned. We touched on the power of curiosity and the fallacy of passion, where creativity comes from, what stops us from doing the thing we're here to do, the importance of caring for your vessel, what happens when you think you've reached the end of your capacity and her powerful lens on what it means to life a good life.

This is deeply moving, revealing, insightful and sometimes pretty funny conversation. In fact, we begin with a hard-hitting reveal of a relationship that Gilbert had kept secret for more than four decades. And, along the way, this beautiful thought came tumbling forth:

"When you come to the end of yourself is where all the interesting stuff starts." Tweet this.

If you've ever wondered how to step into a creative life, how to get that thing in your head and heart out into the world, this is an absolute "do not miss" conversation.

We first aired this conversation in September 2015. I'm so excited to share this "Best Of" episode with you now.

Aug 22 2016
1 hour
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Rank #3: To Succeed at Anything, Do This.

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Success is not just about knowing what to do. It's about doing it.

Information, plans and goals will not get you where you want to go. Success is about something bigger.

To succeed at anything worth doing, you must make key shifts in your environment, mindset and community that "turn on" the actions needed for game-changing results.

I call this "Success Scaffolding." It applies to everything, from weight loss to business, and relationships to careers.

In today's episode, instead of our traditional guest conversation, I'm sharing what I call the "7P Success Scaffolding™" framework.

Every element, every step, nothing held back. Why? Because it is that time of year when millions commit to big, new, deeply-meaningful goals, only to walk away or fail by the time we hit February. Not because we don't want it badly enough. Not because we're not smart enough. But, because we do not have our Success Scaffolding in place.

This is my New Year's offering. I shared it for the first time in 2017, and it feels like time for a refresher as we enter 2018. It is about helping you make this year different, bridging the gap between hope and reality.

You may want to open your "notes" app to take notes. Or, if you'd like a PDF mind-map of the entire 7P Success Scaffolding framework, be sure to sign up for our Weekly Insider Updates. I'll include a link to a free downloadable PDF in our next dispatch.

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We first aired this conversation in January 2017. I'm so excited to share this "Best Of" episode with you now.

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Jan 01 2018
52 mins
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Rank #4: Glennon Doyle Melton: On Love, Life, Leading and the Limelight

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Glennon Doyle Melton is an author, activist, and founder of Momastery.com and Together Rising, a non-profit that has raised close to five million dollars for women and children in crisis.

Her brand new book, LOVE WARRIOR is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and the most recent Oprah's Book Club selection.

Today, I sit down with Glennon the morning after she's wrapped one of her gathering at the legendary BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in New York City, where she was joined by a multi-denominational collective on-stage, including Alicia Keys who was so moved she couldn't help but belt out an impromptu song before leaving.

In this conversation, we dip into her new memoir. But that's more of a jumping off point that leads us into some very different waters, from leading as an introvert, her feelings about faith and how it informs what she's creating to how she's moving into a season of her life where the line between public and private, art and service, love and leading is shifting in profound and intentional ways.

We go deep into some provocative territory here, and there are more than a few invitations to reconsider how you move into the world and what you choose to focus on. Agree or not, this is a conversation that'll leave you lifted, challenge your assumptions and also make you think and feel.

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Oct 24 2016
58 mins
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Rank #5: Jen Sincero: You are a Badass (at life and money)

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Guest: Jen Sincero, #1 NY Times bestselling author of You are a Badass and You are a Badass at Making Money.

Story: From playing in a band and living in a garage in Venice Beach, CA to building a career as an internationally-acclaimed and massively successful writer on her own terms.

Big idea(s): Stepping into your true identity changes everything. Money is not the enemy, it is a conduit for expression and impact.

You'd never guess: What it took to sell her first book, You Are a Badass, which has now sold a bajillion copies and been on the NYT list for a long time. And, what the name of her first band had in common with how she now views money.

Current passion project: Her new book, You are a Badass at Making Money.

May 08 2017
54 mins
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Rank #6: To Succeed at Anything, Do This.

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Success is not just about knowing what to do. It's about doing it.

Information, plans and goals will not get you where you want to go. Nor will willpower. Success is about something bigger.

To succeed at anything worth doing, you must make key shifts in your environment, mindset and community that "turn on" the actions needed for game-changing results.

I call this "Success Scaffolding." It applies to everything, from weight loss to business, and relationships to careers.

In today's episode, instead of our traditional guest conversation, I'm sharing and in-depth walk-through of my "8P Success Scaffolding™" framework.

Every element, every step, nothing held back. Why? Because it is that time of year when millions commit to big, new, deeply-meaningful goals, only to walk away or fail by the time we hit February. Not because we don't want it badly enough. Not because we're not smart enough. But, because we do not have our Success Scaffolding in place.

This is my New Year's offering. I shared it for the first time in 2017, but have continued to research and develop it since then. And, this year, you'll discover a new, greatly expanded version. It is about helping you make this year different, bridging the gap between hope and reality.

You may want to open your "notes" app to take notes. Or, if you'd like a PDF mind-map of the entire 8P Success Scaffolding framework, be sure to sign up for our Weekly Insider Updates (http://www.goodlifeproject.com/radio/). I'll include a link to a free downloadable PDF in our next dispatch.

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Jan 01 2019
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #7: You Are Enough

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Funny thing about competence. With rare exception, we so often look at others and think they've got it so much more together than us.

They're more skilled, smarter, more established, more connected, better able to do the thing we most want to do.

Except, it's almost always a lie.

We're all in that same "looking at the person ahead of us and wishing" boat. Thinking someday we'll get there. Or, maybe giving up and wondering how do we just be okay being okay.

When we determine our own self-worth, happiness or sense of fulfillment in comparison to others, we always lose. Because we're comparing our insides to their outsides. And, even if we knew their insides, they're not us.

So, here's the thing.

This day. This moment. We ARE enough. You Are Enough.

That's what this week's short and sweet GLP Riff is all about. And, it's a response to a listener email we recently received.

May 06 2016
11 mins
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Rank #8: Tim Ferriss: Halfway Through Life, What Really Matters?

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This week, we're bringing you Tim Ferriss like you've never heard him.

Ferris has been a man on a mission, driven to deconstruct mastery and excellence, then share what he's learned. It began with his own relentless experimentation and documentation, which yielded #1 New York Times bestsellers The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef.

In more recent years, though, this yearning has led him to sit down with hundreds of elite-performers, from a vast array of domains, on a quest to reveal what made them them. These conversations are shared weekly on Tim's award-winning podcast, The Tim Ferris Show. We recorded a Good Life Project conversation with Tim earlier this year, which you can listen to here.

In today's conversation, we go in a very different direction. Tim actually lost a number of people this year, turned 40 and found himself in a deeply contemplative and emotional space, thinking about who he is, how he wants to create the next 40 years of his life and what matters. This all led him to seek out wisdom from many of the world's greatest thinkers and achievers, which he's condensed and edited into his latest book, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World.

In this week's conversation, we drop into the deep end of the pool quickly. When we sat down with Tim, he'd recently returned from an intensive 10-day silent meditation retreat. While gone, he lost yet another close friend. He was, in his own words, in an incredibly "porous" place, leading more from the heart than the head, which is a bit of a major turnaround for him.

We spent time deconstructing Tim's 10-day silent meditation experience, his struggles and awakenings, how it compared to psychedelic experiences and how, barring one major saving grace, his retreat may have sent him spiraling into a very bad place. We also talked about his experience with death, his decision to append audio of his most recently departed friend, Terry Laughlin, which was recorded by Terry's daughters in the hospital during his final days of life to the end of Tim's recent podcast interview with Terry. Tim also shared his decision to take the TED stage, switching last minute to talk about something deeply painful and personal, and what that meant to him, his lens on legacy work (and how it landed with his family, who didn't know what he'd be talking about). And, we explored Tim's awakening to a "softer" set of metrics to measure a life well-lived and his evolving definition of what it truly means to live a good life.

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Nov 27 2017
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #9: Byron Katie: Doing The Work and Awakening to Joy.

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In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression, Byron Katie woke up one morning to a state of constant joy that has never left her.

She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, that suffering gave way to truth and then joy, and that this is true for every human being.

Over a period of years, she distilled her simple yet powerful process of inquiry into what is now called The Work; four questions and a set of turnarounds that let you see and step into a new reality that exists beyond suffering. One that allows you to become free.

Katie (as she goes by) has been bringing The Work to millions of people for more than thirty years now, publishing the bestselling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True? and A Thousand Names for Joy,

In this in-depth conversation, Byron Katie is joined by her husband, scholar and bestselling author, Stephen Mitchell, to explore her journey and also dive into their newest collaboration, a book on seminal Buddhist text, The Diamond Sutra entitled A Mind at Home with Itself.

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Oct 23 2017
58 mins
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Rank #10: To Succeed at Anything, Do This.

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Success is not just about knowing what to do. It is about doing it.

All the information in the world, the best laid plans, the clearest, most-defined, measurable and attainable goals will not deliver the outcomes, results or resolutions you want.

There is something missing. In order to succeed at anything worth the effort, you also need to put in place critical changes in environment, culture, mindset and community that enable the consistent action that, over time, delivers astonishing results.

I call this "Success Scaffolding." And, I've been diving into, experimenting with and refining the key elements for years, across a wide array of domains, from health and fitness to art, innovation, careers and entrepreneurship.

In today's episode, instead of our usual long-form conversation with a special guest, I am doing something different. I'll be sharing what I call the 7P Success Scaffolding™ framework.

Every element, every step, nothing held back. Why? Because it is that time of year when millions commit to big, new, deeply-meaningful goals, only to walk away or fail by the time we hit February. Not because we don't want it badly enough. Not because we're not smart enough. But, because we do not have our Success Scaffolding in place.

This is my New Year's offering. It is about helping you make 2017 different, bridging the gap between hope and reality.

You may want to grab a pen. Or, if you'd like a PDF mind-map of the entire 7P Success Scaffolding framework, just be sure to sign up for our Weekly Insider Updates. I'll include a link to a free downloadable PDF in our next dispatch.

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Jan 02 2017
54 mins
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Rank #11: The Secret Lives of Therapists | Lori Gottlieb

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Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist (http://www.lorigottlieb.com/) and New York Times bestselling author who writes the weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column for The Atlantic.

She has written hundreds of articles related to psychology and culture, many of which have become viral sensations all over the world. A contributing editor for the Atlantic, she also writes for The New York Times Magazine, and appears as a frequent expert on relationships, parenting, and hot-button mental health topics in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dr. Phil, CNN, and NPR.

Her latest book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, (https://amzn.to/2Tj5UMZ) and this week's conversation is a revealing look at the inner thoughts, struggles and revelations of a therapist who finds herself on the "needing help" side of the conversation, and all the unexpected things this shift in dynamics brings up.

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Apr 16 2019
59 mins
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Rank #12: Krista Tippett: Becoming Wise

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Today's conversation features Krista Tippett, a Peabody-award-winning broadcaster, New York Times bestselling author, and National Humanities Medalist.

As the creator and host of public radio’s On Being, she takes up the great questions of meaning amidst the political, economic, cultural, and technological shifts of 21st century life.

In 2013, Krista took On Being and its emergent Civil Conversations Project into independent production, creating "a social enterprise with a radio show at its heart." She grew up in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, was a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin, and holds a masters of divinity from Yale.

Her books include Einstein's God, Speaking of Faith, and most recently Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.

In This episode, You’ll Learn:

  • Lessons she drew from her hellfire and brimstone Southern Baptist grandfather.
  • Her experience being in East Germany while the wall was still up.
  • What drew her to divinity school.
  • Why pitching her idea for On Being was a hard sell in the early 1990's.
  • Why it took 2 years to convince her to release the long form, unedited content of her show and why this resonates with listeners.
  • What essential quality she thinks is a mark of wisdom.
  • Why leaning into mystery, being fully grounded in our bodies, and returning to the beloved community are so crucial today.
  • How joy and hope play into the attainment and expression of wisdom.


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Apr 04 2016
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #13: Gretchen Rubin: The Four Tendencies (how to start and stick to anything).

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Guest: 

Gretchen Rubin is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Four TendenciesBetter Than Before and The Happiness Project.

On her weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft.

Want to hear more from Gretchen? Listen here to her 2015 conversation with Jonathan.

About The Four Tendencies: 

During her investigation into understanding human nature, Gretchen discovered that when it comes to our ability to start and stick with anything, people fit into Four Tendencies: Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels. Our Tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress, and succeed in nearly anything meaningful.

Big Idea: Gretchen reveals the surprising truth about the four hidden personality types or tendencies that drive everything we do. Learn how to understand yourself better—and also how to influence others more effectively.

Current passion project: Her new book, The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too). Join more than 600,000 people and learn more about your tendency by taking The Four Tendencies quiz here. 

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Sep 04 2017
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #14: Elena Brower: On Yoga, Love, Addiction and Grace

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Today’s guest, Elena Brower, dedicated her life to the practice and teaching of yoga nearly 20 years ago. She rose to acclaim, becoming known first as a wonderful teacher on the New York yoga scene, and then a teacher of teachers on a larger stage.

But she also had a secret. Actually, not so much a secret as an addiction. And there came a time where she felt she not only had to get sober, but also share the journey in a very public way. With her students, her community of teachers, and her son.

It became one of the most empowering journeys of her life. This is just one of the many paths our conversation takes in today's episode.

We explore Elena's early years, her career in textile design and what led her to leave it behind and make yoga her "thing." We talk about the path to becoming a teacher, then eventually developing an authentic voice, a treasured lens and emerging as a teacher of teachers. We explore the power of awareness and mindful attention.

We also dive into what it's like to run your own studio, to travel the world, speaking and teaching. And, we talk about how becoming a mom has changed her and her world in a profound way.

The emergence of digital practice and online yoga classes and education, something Elena has embraced, finds it way into the conversation as well. And we explore Elena’s latest ventures, Teach.Yoga, a global hub of content and inspiration created by yoga teachers, for yoga teachers and her beautiful self-practice guide, The Art of Attention.

Feb 01 2016
1 hour
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Rank #15: Dani Shapiro: On Life, Marriage and Creative Expression

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Dani Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels and four memoirs, including her latest, Hourglass: Time, Memory, Money.

A recent guest on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday, she's taught writing at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University. Dani is also the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy and a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler.

Her new memoir, Hourglass, is a fiercely honest meditation on Dani's nearly 20 year marriage. In today's episode, we explore what it's like to build a life, a family and a career when both parents are creative professionals. We also dive into writing about a relationships that you plan to stay in, sharing deeply intimate awakenings, stumbles, fears and experiences along the way and piecing together the puzzle of your life in words.

Apr 03 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #16: Daniel Goleman: The Truth About Meditation (a scientific look).

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What if much of the popular wisdom and even so-called valid research on meditation...was wrong?! According to Daniel Goleman, it's time for a meditation wake-up call.

Best known for his worldwide bestseller Emotional Intelligence, Goleman reveals powerful new truths about meditation, what it really is and isn't, and how only about 1% of the 6,000+ studies done on the topic are what might be considered "good science."

A lifelong student of meditation and meditative practices, Daniel Goleman spent two years in India, first as a Harvard Predoctoral Traveling Fellow and then again on a Post-Doctoral Fellowship, followed by decades of practice and study. He has moderated several Mind and Life dialogues between the Dalai Lama and scientists, ranging from topics such as Emotions and Health to Environment, Ethics and Interdependence.

In his new book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body, he pulls back the curtain on this practice, dives into the claims and show what's fact and what's pretty seriously stretching the truth. The bad news, there's a whole lot of fiction in the meditation space. The good news is, there are also many profoundly life-enhancing changes that come your way. Meditation, it turns out, changes you, on the level of DNA. In this conversation, you'll discover the real benefits of this powerful practice.

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Sep 18 2017
55 mins
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Rank #17: Simon Sinek: Serve Those Who Serve Others [Best of]

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On September 17, 2009, Simon Sinek stepped onto a small stage for a local gathering...and proceeded to blow away the world.

The event was TEDx Puget Sound. He had no slides, no fancy presentation. Just an idea and an easel. For 18 minutes, he spoke about an awakening. Something he called "the golden circle," and the need to know your "why." The audience was captivated.

But that's just the beginning...

The event was filmed and posted to Youtube 11 days later. So powerful was Simon's presentation and idea that it was quickly pulled onto the main TED site. There it exploded into the world's consciousness, becoming one of the most-watched TED talks of all-time with nearly 30 million views. A book called Start With Why soon followed, becoming an instant hit.

Funny thing is, Simon doesn't really care about all of that. What he does care about is the Idea. The opportunity to inspire people to wake up to the possibility in their own lives. The ability to serve from a deeper, more humble yet powerful place. And to act.

Simon's transformative ideas continued to evolve with his book, Leaders Eat Last. This week's episode features a "Best Of" conversation with Simon, where we explore his remarkable journey, his extraordinary lens on the world (though he'll likely tell you it's anything but) and his deep desire both inspire and to serve those who serve others.

Simon is also a master storyteller. As our conversation unfolds, he shares a stunningly powerful story about a trip to Afghanistan with the military that went bad, and how it became a flight he'll remember for the rest of his life. By the time he was done, I was near tears and had trouble speaking, let alone continuing the conversation. Listen all the way through, it will be so worth the investment of time and energy.

Some quick quotes from the conversation:

"Great leaders see money as fuel, not a destination."

"Serve those who serve others."

"Never sacrifice the people to save the numbers, sacrifice the numbers to save the people."

"The responsibility of the leader is to look after the sons and the daughters of the parents who have given us their children to help us build our companies with the same love and tenderness and care that their parents gave to them."

We first aired this conversation in October 2013. I'm so excited to share this "Best Of" episode with you now.

Dec 26 2016
49 mins
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Rank #18: Dr. Shefali Tsabary: Parenting as a Vehicle for Liberation

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This week, my special guest is Dr. Shefali Tsabary. If her name sounds familiar, you may have seen one of her appearances as the resident parenting expert on Oprah.

Dr. Shefali is the author of multiple books, including her latest, The Awakened Family. She is a clinical psychologist with an incredibly unique East-meets-West approach to helping adults become who they need to be through a relationship with children.

I knew that I needed to have Dr. Shefali on the show to share her incredible insight on the anxiety that many families experience. This anxiety can be present not only between parents and children but also between adults.

As we talk today, Dr. Shefali shares her own personal journey, from growing up in Mumbai in a strongly patriarchal society to finally striking out on her own and heading to San Diego and then New York. Her growth is an inspirational story of what you can achieve with supportive parents, a dream and the drive to succeed.

Listen in to learn to determine how to help people to emerge into a life that’s happy, fulfilled and in a place where you can be truly yourself.

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • How Dr. Shefali experienced the death of her former life...and why you might want to as well.
  • Why, as parents, we need to let go of what "we" want for our kids.
  • How kids can be a profound vessel of liberation for parents
  • Why we are so afraid to step into who we truly are.
  • The unique way Dr. Shefali’s parents helped her to become who she is today.
  • What Dr. Shefali holds most sacred for childhood development.
  • Be mindful of your child's journey of figuring out who they are.
  • Why Dr. Shefali has a deep respect and reverence for Sigmund Freud.


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Jun 09 2016
56 mins
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Rank #19: Elizabeth Gilbert: Curiosity and the Passion Fallacy. [Best Of]

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[Best Of Episode] Elizabeth Gilbert exploded into the public's consciousness in 2006 with the release of her mega-bestselling memoir, Eat Pray Love.

Since then, she's published a series of books, given a TED talk on creative genius that's been viewed more than 10 million times, become a leading voice on the pursuit of a creative, connected and vital life.

Gilbert's book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, takes you deeper into what it means to live a creative life, offering a wonderful blend of wisdom, unabashed magical thinking, amazing stories and a whole lot of unexpected myth-busting and contrarian insights.

I had a chance to sit down with Liz and, as often happens with these Good Life conversations, we ended up going all sorts of places I'd never planned. We touched on the power of curiosity and the fallacy of passion, where creativity comes from, what stops us from doing the thing we're here to do, the importance of caring for your vessel, what happens when you think you've reached the end of your capacity and her powerful lens on what it means to live a good life.

This is deeply moving, revealing, insightful and sometimes pretty funny conversation. In fact, we begin with a hard-hitting reveal of a relationship that Gilbert had kept secret for more than four decades. And, along the way, this beautiful thought came tumbling forth:

"When you come to the end of yourself is where all the interesting stuff starts." Tweet this.

If you've ever wondered how to step into a creative life, how to get that thing in your head and heart out into the world, this is an absolute "do not miss" conversation.

We first aired this conversation in September 2015. We're so excited to share this timeless "Best Of" episode with you today.


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Rank #20: Vanessa Van Edwards: Hacking Social Interaction for Good

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Today's guest, Vanessa Van Edwards , is a behavioral investigator and founder of human behavior research lab, the Science of People.

She's also known as a human lie-detector, master of influence and someone who has spent her adult life decoding human interaction, influence, social and power dynamics, charisma, likability and more.

As a geeky, modern-day Dale Carnegie, Vanessa Van Edwards' innovative work has been featured on NPR, Business Week and CNN. And, her book, CAPTIVATE: The Science of Succeeding with People, is a literal roadmap to decode and, to a certain extent, influence human interaction.

We wanted to learn all about these things, the ideas, the ethics and application. But even more, we wanted to know what unfolded in Van Edward's life that led her to become so obsessed with the study of what makes us tick. Because, it turns out, Vanessa wasn't always the social savant in the room. In fact, in her earlier life, she pretty much ran from interaction.

So, what happened? The answer, and the stories that emerged, took us by surprise, and also revealed why this pursuit is so close to her heart.

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