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"There’s a hidden blessing in everything we go through in life.” If you enjoyed this episode check out the video, show notes, and more at
"It's time we awaken a peaceful mind." - Lewis Howes If you enjoyed this episode, check out show notes and more at
"When we're afraid, we can't have fun." - Lewis Howes If you enjoyed this episode, check out show notes and more at
"If we never ask what we can give back to the world, it's going to be an unfulfilling life." - Lewis Howes If you enjoyed this episode, check out show notes and more at
"We don't grow when things are fabulous." - JJ Virgin If you enjoyed this episode, check out show notes, video, and more at
“We need to think about feelings and how we respond to them as something we have control over.” If you enjoyed this episode check out the video, show notes, and more at:
"It takes way less energy to be positive than it does to be negative." If you enjoyed this episode, check out show notes and more at
“If you find your purpose, you’re going to give purpose to others.” - Novak Djokovic I you enjoyed this episode check out check out the show notes, video, and more at
"You have to fill that void by using an asset they will listen to.” - Bozoma Saint John If you enjoyed this episode check out the show notes, videos and more at
"Once you get momentum, it does all the work for you." - Ryan Blair If you enjoyed this episode, check out show notes, video, and more at
"IT’S NOT ABOUT ME, IT'S ABOUT THE EXCHANGE OF ENERGY ON STAGE.” So many times we give up on our dreams because of deadlines we put on ourselves. There have been plenty of moments when I felt like things were taking too long or like I was getting too old. It’s those moments we need to look within and understand why we are doing it. Find our real purpose. Do you want to be an author to hit the New York Times bestseller list or because you want to have people read your work? Is it because you want your message out there or so that you can make your profile bio look great? My feeling is that your purpose should always be to serve. Serving other people brings fulfillment to yourself. Reaping the material rewards is just a bonus. Remember, you’re never too old. It’s never too late for your dreams to come true. Our guest today, Rachel Platten, didn’t reach her mega-success in music until she was 32 - when most people would have given up on their dreams. Rachel is an incredibly hard working person. She kept pushing and pursuing her dreams for over ten years before anyone noticed. She was doing small intimate gigs and performing for people in hospitals. When her hit song Fight Song came out it wasn’t an instant success. She was devastated and lost in her definition of success. She was certain it would sell millions of records and hit the charts. After reaching an all-time emotional low, feeling her only chance passed her by, she began to reflect on herself. The reason she got into making music was because she loved it for herself and she loved the connection it gave her with people. She came to the conclusion that playing hospitals and small venues was enough for her to feel happy. After that revelation, it was only a few weeks later that her song became a hit. She let go of her ego and trusted in the process. Doesn't sound like coincidence to me. Discover all of Rachel's incredible story and much more, on Episode 572. Show notes: What’s the thing you’re most grateful for and inspired by this year? (7:05) Did you always feel like you were looking for outside approval? (8:44) How did you stay dedicated to your dream for years before anything happened? (10:01) Why was music shut down in your life for a while? (17:39) Do you get nervous on stage? (18:56) Who was your greatest teacher? (20:37) Do you doubt yourself now? (22:14) How do you find confidence? (23:17) What’s been your most memorable moment on stage? (25:23) Whose opinion matters the most to you right now? (27:42) Did you work other jobs while you were starting? (34:07) How has becoming famous affected your marriage? (37:17) Who have you been jealous of most in your career? (43:43) What do you think is your highest purpose? (47:46) In this episode you will learn: Rachel’s experience performing at hospitals (10:50) What it was like to perform in front of 80,000 people in Trinidad (14:08) The importance of staying on mission (24:11) How Rachel realized she didn’t need the approval of others (28:38) What it was like performing small shows for years (32:13) How she survived living in the city (35:07) The dream her husband is pursuing (40:01) How she’s not afraid to go to places others are (42:53) When a big dream becomes a delusion (44:40) How you begin to lose yourself (52:31) Plus much more...
WHAT TURNS YOUR CRANK? We often define ourselves by what job we do. I’m an accountant. I’m a teacher. I work in finance. But maybe we’re thinking about our careers in the wrong parameters. Instead of finding a job, we should be trying to find a way to feel excited and fulfilled every day. If you wake up with dread, you feel like you’re in a suit that’s too small, or you’re uninspired, you’re probably not in the right place. So how do we figure out what we’re meant to do? It’s not easy. But it’s worth trying to figure out. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Suzy Welch where she shares how to find your “Area of Destiny.” Suzy Welch is a business journalist, TV commentator, and public speaker. A popular Today Show and CNBC contributor, Suzy is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, a guide to values-driven decision making. With her husband, Jack Welch, Suzy founded the Jack Welch Management Institute, ranked as one of the top online MBA programs in the world by Princeton Review and CEO Magazine. In This Episode You Will Learn: About the sermon that gave Suzy the idea of the “Area of Destiny” (2:30) The two types of “Super Highways” (3:30) How to find what you’re uniquely good at (4:00)
TURN ADVERSITY INTO ADVANTAGE. Do you spend a lot of time wishing things were different? Do you feel sorry for yourself for the struggles you face? Maybe it’s time to reframe those obstacles as gifts. After all, the things that hurt us the most can help us show others more love. Pain can lead us to pleasure. And your negative experiences will lead you to greatness. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Prince Ea where he shared his message that everything is perfect. Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince EA, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St Louis, Missouri. He has over four million subscribers on YouTube and inspires people daily with his viral videos. Learn how to accept your present while changing your future on Episode 843. In This Episode You Will Learn: How the artist Immortal Technique influenced Prince Ea (2:00) The importance of accepting what is (3:00) About the philosophy that everything is perfect (3:30) How pain can be ultimately good (4:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
DOMINATE YOUR COMPETITION. Most of us don’t have unlimited budgets to market ourselves. So how can we compete with people who do? The answer is simple: we have to fascinate. Utilize whatever you have that is unique to capture people’s attention. Stop trying to offer what your competition is offering- instead, do something they can’t. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Sally Hogshead she shared how to fascinate by utilizing the first nine seconds of your audience’s attention. Sally is a New York Times bestselling author, Hall of Fame speaker, “fascination scientist,” and mom of 8 kids. In two weeks, Sally was able to fill up her calendar with speaking engagements by changing one thing in her approach. Learn how to market yourself no matter what your budget in Episode 894. In This Episode You Will Learn: The two choices every brand has (02:00) The four types of competitors (03:00) About the average attention span and how to utilize that (04:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
BECOME AN EXPERT. Confidence is so important. But you have to earn it. If you’re confident without putting in the work, it can come off as arrogance or even insecurity. So how can you have calculated confidence? Learn from your mistakes. Put in the hours. And believe in what you’re doing. Once you’ve worked hard for your confidence, you’ll be able to look your clients in the eye knowing you’re an expert in your field. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the hit show Million Dollar Listing’s Josh Altman where he shared what makes him one of the best realtors in the world. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to be a successful salesperson (2:05) Why you should surround yourself with a dream team (3:00) The importance of getting a mentor (4:00) The four keys to Josh’s success (5:30)
DON’T GET DISTRACTED BY SHINY THINGS. It can be exciting to receive connections to the rich and powerful. Fancy dinners, galas, and White House dinners can be tempting. But if these things are keeping you from accomplishing what you set out to do, you’re better off without them. Money comes with strings. If the people pulling those strings don’t align with your message, that money has too great a cost. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Jacob Lief where he shared what has made his non-profit Ubuntu so successful. Jacob Lief is the Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization that takes vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa from cradle to career. Ubuntu's programs form an integrated system of medical, health, educational and social services, ensuring that a child who is either orphaned or vulnerable can, after several years, succeed. Jacob has been able to stay focused on one area and one community of people by being consistent about what Ubuntu says yes to. It’s not the most glamorous route, but it’s the most impactful. Learn how to stay disciplined and focused on your goal in Episode 849. In This Episode You Will Learn: The thing that has worked the best for Ubuntu (2:00) Why you sometimes have to say “no” to things (2:30) About the struggle to keep people interested in your cause (3:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
YOU TEACH OTHERS HOW TO TREAT YOU. Often, we don’t like how people talk to us. Whether it’s at home, at work, or with our friends, there are many times where we don’t get the respect we desire. It feels terrible. But how much ownership do we take of those situations? Here’s the truth- you get what you put up with. Unless you’re willing to set boundaries and tell people what’s not ok, you’ll end up being walked over. If you keep showing up, people will assume that it isn’t that bad. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about what it takes to stand up for the things you believe with an actor-turned-activist: Sophia Bush. Sophia Bush starred as Brooke Davis in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill and as Det. Erin Lindsay in the NBC police procedural drama series Chicago P.D. Sophia consistently uses her platform for activism and fundraising and has a new podcast called Work in Progress. Sophia stood up for herself before the Me Too Movement began by quitting a television show where she was being mistreated. She shares her struggle to admit that something was wrong and the tricks her mind played on her in the process. So get ready to learn how to have the courage to demand change on Episode 851. Some Questions I Ask: What’s missing in your toolkit? (31:00) What needs to change for actual change to happen? (53:00) How do we know what to take on first? (58:00) What are the three accounts we should follow to be educated on what’s going on? (1:12:00) Who was the most influential person in your life? (1:18:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: The scary side of acting (27:00) About Lewis’ “Yes and No List” (34:00) The importance of opening up about what you’re ashamed of (40:00) The struggle Sophia had with quitting her toxic work environment (45:00) How to separate yourself from the system that you’re in (1:00:00) Sophia’s plan for the future (1:24:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
We all want to maintain our youth. Our goal is to be attractive, healthy, and energetic as we age. What if there were ways beyond basic diet and exercise regimens that could literally reverse aging? But what if we could defy our own biology? There are many ways to stay young and live a healthy, productive life. But maybe those methods aren’t enough. Maybe if we lived at the intersection of technology and health we could actually live forever. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the things you can do to maintain your health with a master biohacker: Dave Aspery. Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the podcast Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Bulletproof Diet. Dave was described by Men’s Health as a "lifestyle guru” and his body-hacking gym, Upgrade Labs, has more than 15 different technologies in two signature locations dedicated to improving mental and physical performance and recovery. His new book Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever is out on October 8th everywhere books are sold online. So get ready to learn how to maintain your health and energy as you age on Episode 860. Some Questions I Ask: What is the BulletProof diet? (12:45) What are the seven things that make you old? (17:25) How do you get a better ROI on your workout? (46:50) What are five things you can do for better health and less pain? (55:30) What are the five health killers? (01:09:35) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to get to your ultimate fitness level (9:27) How to keep your body young (16:55) Key steps on maintaining your health and energy as you get older (40:17) The power of your immune system and “killer cells” (52:00) Five simple tips to improve your overall health (55:45) Why fried food is worse than cigarettes (1:02:40) The incredible benefits of intermittent fasting (1:03:55) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
LOVE THYSELF. Our wounds often rob us of the life we were meant to live. Many of us live with pain and regret. It becomes a vicious cycle. We have the power to break the cycle. You deserve to heal. You deserve to love yourself. It is possible to move through life as a healed person. There is no reason to live in pain. Your best life is waiting for you. All you need is the courage and commitment to make it a reality. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about what it takes to heal yourself, love yourself, and empower others around you with “The Millenial Oprah”: Cleo Wade. Cleo Wade is a best-selling author, artist, mentor, activist, and poet. Her work reflects her spirit and her belief in the power to create change through self-love, commitment, self-care, and social justice. Cleo was named one of America’s 50 Most Influential Women by Marie Claire. She sits on the board of The Lower East Side Girls Club, The National Black Theatre in Harlem, as well as the advisory board of Gucci’s Chime for Change. So get ready to learn how to heal yourself and love deeper, wider, and bigger on Episode 875. Some Questions I Ask: How do we start to heal a wound? (3:55) How do we get to a place of deserving and feeling worthy? (10:20) What are the ingredients of a big life? (14:40) How does someone deal with self-doubt? (22:00) What’s the most significant trauma you’ve had to overcome in your life? (27:37) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why everything is a habit. (2:20) That no matter what we’ve been through, we deserve our healing. (5:00) The importance of allowing yourself to have your dreams. (11:30) The difference between an opinion and a belief system. (22:00) How to prepare for moments where you’ll need self-care. (25:00) How individuals dealt with someone being violent, disrespectful, or uncivil towards them during the civil rights movement. (35:45) Why men need to learn how to share their emotions. (40:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Often, we doubt ourselves and our creative ideas. We think that creative people were born with special abilities. And often, we doubt our creative talents. But, is that what we truly believe? If so, why are those creative ideas still in our heads? Ready to come out. Here’s the truth- they were given to you because you were born to create it. Creativity isn’t a birthright or destination, it’s a process. If you follow the I.D.E.A strategy and keep working, good things will happen. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about how everyone has a creative force inside of them and what it takes to develop that creativity with an author, entrepreneur and photographer: Chase Jarvis. Chase Jarvis is an American artist, director, entrepreneur and author who co-founded the on-line educational platform Creative Live. Chase consistently uses his voice to educate and inspire people to achieve their creative potential. As a child, Chase Jarvis loved being creative and started making his own films, but after overhearing his teacher tell his parents “Chase is so much better at sports than arts”, he lost his creative passion and replaced it with a need to achieve athletically. In the following years he became a standout athlete in multiple sports, but his grandfather’s death reignited his creative spirit and since that time he has lived a creative life putting his creative spirit into everything he does. Now, his mission is to help people tap into their creative potential. So, get ready to learn how to unleash your creativity on Episode 853. Some Questions I Ask: Why do we shut down creativity? (13:20) How much happier are creative people? (19:44) How can you make creativity your daily practice? (33:40) Why is it important for artists to build powerful relationships? (38:09) Why did you decide to write the book now? (47:18) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you should dream big (16:20) Why Mindset Matters (21:50) How to move with intent (34:00) Why building relationships is important (38:09) The I.D.E.A creative process (38:25) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
“IF YOU FILL YOUR HOUSE LIGHT, DARKNESS CAN'T COME IN.” So many people I know put more time and energy into their things, or their career, than they do into into their relationship. I know I can be guilty of it, and I’m sure you can be too. We put so much time into fixing up things like our homes, maintaining our cars, we tend to forget about those closest to us. We take them for granted. When is the last time you really took the time to make your partner feel good? How often do you really put effort into boosting their confidence -- or even just being present with them. That’s not the only relationship we neglect though - we forget about the one with ourselves. Chances are it’s been awhile since you’ve taken the time to forgive yourself. To do something respectable and give yourself that moment to appreciate it. To appreciate you. To dive further into this I wanted to bring back a previous episode with the internationally acclaimed spiritual author and lecturer, Marianne Williamson on Episode 639. In This Episode You Will Learn: The only thing that matters (00:37) What our society really seems to care about (00:43) What you should be doing for your partner daily (1:19) Where a lot of the pain we feel comes from (1:57) The importance of atonement (2:20) How to start respecting yourself again (2:52) Plus much, much more
“We don’t talk about the end all. We talk about how to get there.” If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at
"WEALTH IS THE ABILITY TO FULLY EXPERIENCE LIFE” Lately so many people have been asking me about how to make more money. In fact 3 of my top 6 episodes are about money. Another 3 of my top 10 episodes are about habits. It got me thinking that there really is a correlation between money and the things that people do. I decided to address this for all of you and teach you what I’ve learned studying all of the wealthy people around me. I’m also willing to share my personal habits that have contributed to my success. So if you’re looking to find out about the habits that made people rich and kept them on top, don’t wait to download Episode 568.
“It’s not who you think you want to be, it’s who you actually are that’s going to lead you out of the darkness into the forever light.”If you had seen Justin Bieber on American Idol, do you think he would have made it to the final round? (2:20)Why do great shows stop when they are still popular? (10:33)What got you into music in the first place? (15:40)Who are the greatest musicians you have played with? (23:23)Who is the most unique artist out there right now? (25:40)What are the top 3 moments of your life so far? (27:40)How do you stay open to blessings? (30:50)How did you keep getting asked by huge artists to work on their albums? (38:55)What is unique about Unify Labs supplements? (48:15)How artists are often their own worst enemy (4:27)Where Randy came up with the idea for America’s Best Dance Crew (6:40)Why simple ideas become the most popular (12:12)Why jazz musicians are the greatest musicians in the world (20:05)How to get the best opportunities even if you’re not the most talented (33:53)How Randy got his health in order after years of being overweight (42:20)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
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Sep 28th, 2016
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