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You may not know this, but growing up I was raised a Christian Scientist. My family didn’t believe in going to the hospital. My father believed that all I needed to heal myself is the power of belief. I was taught that a powerful mindset is all you really need to be healthy and heal things that even western medicine may not be able to help with. You might be thinking to yourself that it’s not true. That it’s all a bunch of nonsense. At the very least, you know plenty of people who feel that way. As it turns out, there’s a lot of science to back up this belief, which is why I brought on someone who has studied thousands upon thousands of cases on the subject: Dr. Joe Dispenza.  
I am channeling my inner motivational powerhouse today on The School of Greatness. For this 5 Minute Friday, I’m speaking straight from the heart.
NEW DECADE, NEW SLEEP GOALS. So often we glorify not getting enough sleep. We brag about pulling an all-nighter. We “grind” or wake up at the crack of dawn. Some of us think that staying up is helping us achieve our dreams. But sleep is key to our mental and physical health. It even keeps us young. So why do so many of us put quality sleep on the back burner? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about sleep with a bestselling author on the subject: Shawn Stevenson. Shawn Stevenson is an author of “Sleep Smarter” and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Health podcast in the country on iTunes. A graduate of The University of Missouri - St. Louis, Shawn studied business, biology and kinesiology, and went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations worldwide. Shawn says that often we look at sleep as something we should sacrifice to be more present for other people and our goals. But the word sacrifice actually means “to make sacred.” We need to make sleep a sacred practice that heals our body and mind. So get ready to learn how and why you should have more restful sleep on Episode 896. Some Questions I Ask: What is sleep? (16:00) How bad is sugar for sleep? (28:00) What does the research say about eating before sleep (32:30) What is the optimal evening routine? (52:30) What is the optimal amount of hours of sleep? (1:07:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The four stages of sleep (19:00) Why you need sleep to produce Human Growth Hormone (21:00) About the REM Rebound Effect The relationship between sleep and aging (40:00) How the body receives melatonin (47:00) Hacks for using technology while preparing for sleep (57:30) Why you should keep your room cold when you sleep (1:02:00)
THERE ARE FEW PEOPLE I TRUST WHO HAVEN’T BEEN THROUGH SOME SORT OF ADVERSITY. Many people feel that holding their shame hostage will make them a stronger person. This just isn’t true. It has become very clear to me: If you’re going to heal, you have to find a way to be open about your issues. In order to live in today, you have to be open about your past. This is the key to being comfortable in your vulnerability. This is the key to unlocking the next level of your mental health. So how do we begin to share our shame? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about breaking free of perfectionism with someone who has been through her own deep journey of embracing her shame: Dr. Margaret Rutehrford. “Narcissism is the diagnosis of the decade ” - @doctor_margaret Dr. Margaret Rutherford has been a psychologist in private practice for over twenty-five years. She's the author of "Marriage Is Not For Chickens", and hosts a weekly podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford, where she offers compassionate common-sense directions, ideas and goals toward the changes listeners want to make in healing. Dr. Margaret shares her journey on how she became one of the leading experts on embracing our shame and understanding our functioning. So get ready to learn how to be ok with not being ok on Episode 895. “Let me question why I do what I do.” - @doctor_margaret Some Questions I Ask: What happens if we hold on to our shame? (12:50) What would you say are the common things or the common theme that you see as challenges that people have? (18:15) What is mental illness and do we all have some type of it? (25:10) How do we recognize if we have depression if we’re a perfectionist? (36:20) What are three to five things we can do to arm ourselves against being susceptible to the things that hold us back? (42:00) How do we accept something about our past that we are not proud of? (49:00) What are the things that most of us learn from childhood that hold us back? (50:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Dr. Margaret’s journey through her own shame that has brought her to the work she does today. (10:00) What Dr, Margaret believes therapy can pinpoint in people and why it is integral to embracing vulnerability. (25:00) What it means to be a perfectionist and how it coincides with being “great.” (29:40) The complexity of the human condition on what we might require to start our healing process. (41:00) How to find your sense of well-being and why it is important to value our uniqueness. (45:00) The power of modeling healthy habits for our children. (57:00) 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
NOTHING SHOULD STAND IN THE WAY OF YOUR STORY. We've had some pretty amazing women on The School of Greatness. I've learned a lot from each of them. In fact, I learn a lot from all the women around me (almost my whole team is women). Today's guest is no exception. Male, female, old, young - we could all learn from this incredible businessperson. Not only is she the youngest self-made female billionaire in America (wow, right??), she is also the mother of four young kids, the wife of another podcast guest, Jesse Itzler, and the founder and CEO of the massively popular women's apparel brand SPANX. In this episode, I got to sit with and learn from a legend among entrepreneurs: Sara Blakely. During this interview, I kept finding out new things to admire Sara for. She struggled a lot in school (me too!). She sold fax machines door to door FOR 7 YEARS before she had the idea for Spanx. She was rejected by every manufacturing company she took her idea to. But she didn't let any of that stop her. Sara's hustle and can-do attitude is just one thing I learned about her in this interview. We dive into dealing with grief, how to scale companies the right way, what it's like to be mentored by Richard Branson, and much more. Welcome to an inspiring interview with a powerhouse in Episode 893. Some Questions I Ask: How did you meet your husband Jesse? (30:12) How do you stay so grounded and calm with everything you have going on? (32:00) What did you learn from being mentored by Richard Branson? (44:47) What is more challenging for you – running a billion-dollar brand or being a mom? (49:46) In This Episode You Will Learn: What happened in Sara’s life to prepare her for entrepreneurship before she had her big idea (7:12) The list of possible product names Sara considered before she decided on Spanx (11:46) The hardest part of getting her company off the ground (15:55) How Sara guerrilla-marketed her first order of Spanx in Neiman Marcus (20:01) Why being kind to yourself is so important (32:15) How Sara got Warren Buffet to paint his belly for her new book (36:32) What grief and loss can teach us (43:01) Plus much more… If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
CREATIVITY IS HARD WORK. Have you wanted to complete a project but stopped? You might have expected it to be perfect. Or maybe you thought you weren’t qualified enough to make it. You might have finished it but didn’t take the time to shape it into its final form. Completing something we’re passionate about is good for our wellbeing. But it’s not easy. Lin Manuel Miranda took six years to write Hamilton. Put in the time to make your own masterpiece. You never know how what you’ve made will inspire others and change the world. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about creativity with a successful actress, writer, and new mother: Felicia Day. Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous television shows and films. She is currently recurring on the CW show "Supernatural,” and the SyFy series "The Magicians.” However, Felicia is best known for her work in the web video world. Felicia shares the importance of creativity in our daily life and how to push through self-doubt and judgment. So get ready to learn how to incorporate creativity in your world on Episode 892. Some Questions I Ask: How do you become a mom and be in Hollywood? (10:00) What’s your greatest fear? (17:45) What’s been the lowest point for you? (21:00) What did you learn from your daughter about creativity? (25:30) How do you overcome the need to be perfect as a creative? (35:00) How do you deal with being less relevant? (45:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Some fun facts about Felicia (07:00) The identity shift Felicia had after having a baby (10:00) How to focus on what’s important (17:30) How to love ourselves unconditionally (21:00) An exercise for shutting out your enemies (38:00) If you enjoyed this episode check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
OVERWORKING ISN’T THE GOAL. So often, we get a pat on the back when we run ourselves into the ground. We get recognition for always staying late at work. We answer emails at night and on the weekend. People ask us, “Wow, how do you manage to DO IT ALL?!” But what we’re really doing is destroying our minds and our bodies. We can only operate at 110% for so long. Professional athletes know the importance of rest and recovery. They work it into their schedule, and they never skip it. Why shouldn’t the rest of us do the same? For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Arianna Huffington where she shared how she reshaped her life and health after collapsing from burnout. Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of fifteen books. She’s no stranger to hard work, but a life-changing event made her drastically change her approach. Learn how to thrive and stop being exhausted in Episode 891. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Arianna collapsed from exhaustion (1:30) What athletes know better than most people (2:30) What Arianna implemented at Huffington Post (3:00)
YOU HAVE TO LET GO. So many of us make decisions because we feel like we have to do something. Whether it’s the religion we grew up in, what our parents want, or what we feel is culturally acceptable, we often betray ourselves. But you can only live this way for so long before you start to break down. You’ll lose sight of who you are and suddenly realize you don’t know how to find it. It’s a lonely feeling. For me, this point came after I got injured in football. I was forced to look at my decisions and figure out what I wanted. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about spirituality, relationships, and mental health with one of the most successful musicians of all time: Dan Reynolds. Dan Reynolds is the lead singer of Imagine Dragons and a recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award. He shares how he had a crisis of faith after being raised Mormon. He almost divorced his wife and left everything behind. But he was able to make some changes and find himself again. So get ready to learn how to stop living a people-pleasing life and stay true to yourself on Episode 890. Some Questions I Ask: How were you able to make your relationship work? (05:00) Why do you think people don’t share how they feel? (38:00) Do you believe it’s more powerful to create from a place of pain or love? (43:40) What’s your greatest fear? (42:00) What was the greatest lesson you learned in the last decade? (52:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you can’t live a people-pleasing life (00:00) Dan’s crisis of faith and how Mormonism has affected his life (00:00) About Dan’s work with the LGBTQ community (19:00) Dan’s struggle with depression and anxiety (28:00) Dan’s health journey (45:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, more at and follow me on
CHAMPIONS AREN’T SUPER-HUMAN, THEY’RE SUPER-INTENTIONAL. I’ve noticed that there are two types of champions. One of them wins and says, “I am the greatest that ever lived.” The other says, “All of the glory goes to God.” Both of these mindsets have good results, but is one better than the other? You need a certain amount of arrogance to be the best. After all, self-doubt is the biggest crusher of dreams. But if you aren’t able to look at what you could be doing better, you’ll eventually decline. People won’t want to be around you. And you might destroy yourself in the process. So how can we lead with confidence and avoid getting a massive ego? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about self-doubt and self-love with a sensitive, inspiring Formula One Champion: Nico Rosberg. Nico Rosberg followed in his father’s footsteps to win the Formula One World Championship in 2016. He grew up racing against Lewis Hamilton and constantly coming in second only to one day win the championship for himself. Nico shares how even though he was at the top of his field, he struggled with a fear of failure. In a field as macho as car racing, it’s inspiring to hear a man be so vulnerable. So get ready to learn how the tiny details matter when going for big wins on Episode 889. Some Questions I Ask: Why isn’t Formula One as popular in the US? (06:44) Do you feel like your dad pushed you? (11:00) How much does the car have to do with winning? (16:00) What was the biggest lesson your father taught you? (19:00) Where does your lack of self-love come from? (28:00) What do you think about during the races? (42:00) What’s the key to eliminating self-doubt? (46:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Nico avoids pushing his children too much (09:00) About Nico’s rivalry with Lewis Hamilton (15:00) The magic ingredient to success (25:00) The one thing Nico did that made him a world champion (38:00) The story of how Nico one the 2016 Formula One Championship (47:00) How coming in second to Lewis Hamilton affected Nico (52:00) Why failure is important (56:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
YOU NEED TO TALK TO SOMEBODY. So many of us (especially men) are afraid to open up about what we’re going through. We often don’t even tell the people who are closest to us. For whatever reason, we think we have to suffer alone. But there is freedom in sharing your struggles. Whether it’s depression, low self-esteem, or something like erectile dysfunction, you need to be able to tell your doctor. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Bill Phillips where he talked about the importance of getting help for depression and other problems. Bill is the former Editor-In-Chief of Men’s Health Magazine and the author of The Better Man Project. Learn how to talk to your doctor and confront your health issues in Episode 888. If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
OUR THOUGHTS ARE DREAM KILLERS. The bigger the dream, the more fear you’re going to have. But to grow, you have to take on new challenges. It’s a real catch-22. I’m very curious about fear and self-doubt. In fact, I’m writing a book about it. In this new year, I want to challenge you to change the way you think about the things that scare you. I want you to start embracing difficult situations and stop letting yourself get in your way. Once you do, nothing will stop you. So how can we harness our thoughts so they start to work for us and not against us? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’m re-sharing a previous episode about facing fears with the creator of the “Five Second Rule:” Mel Robbins. Mel Robbins is the most booked female speaker on the planet with a 7 figure speaking business. Oh yeah, she’s also a bestselling author, a former criminal defense attorney, a CNN commentator, happily married for 20 years, and a mom of 3 kids. But what I really fell in love with about Mel was her passion, energy, straight-talking truth, and beautiful vulnerability. I’m pumped to re-share Mel’s incredible wisdom about how she overcame procrastination, fear, and low self-confidence after a devastating career blow and financial hardship. Get ready to laugh, cry, and learn how to master your thoughts to create extraordinary results on Episode 887. Some Questions I Ask: Once you mastered your thoughts, did you have no more fear? (13:30) When did you discover the 5 Second Rule? (16:34) What area of your life has the 5 Second Rule had the biggest impact? (38:22) Is there any area of your life that you still lack confidence in? (41:54) In This Episode You Will Learn: The definition of habits (the good and bad side of them) (7:19) Why it’s so important to control your thoughts versus your feelings (11:56) What anxiety really is (15:45) How we make decisions (26:05) The neuroscience behind why the 5 Second Rule works (30:39) How to use the 5 Second Rule in business negotiations (37:45) What successful people do in their minds to keep moving ahead no matter how they feel (40:07) Plus much more… If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
DECLARE YOUR VISION. The end of the year is time to reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going. I’m using this episode to share my biggest lessons and regrets from 2019. One of the most significant changes for me this year was in my romantic life. I went from being in a relationship that wasn’t working to being with someone who is a force multiplier in my life. I had to be aware of my relationship patterns to break them. Are you taking the time to investigate your past and envision your future? Or are you just going to work and coming home and putting on Netflix? It’s time to wake up to your dreams. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the 13 lessons I learned this year. This has been a year of transition for me, and I’m so happy with where I am right now. I’ve gone all-in on love. I can’t wait to see what big things are around the corner. So get ready to learn the things I’ve learned this year on Episode 886. In This Episode You Will Learn: The top three episodes of the year (06:00) Why you need to kill your ego (8:00) How to invest in your closest friends (12:00) What I’ve learned from romantic relationships (20:00) The importance of mission statements (28:00) How I forgive people in my past (35:00)
IT’S NEVER GOING TO BE PERFECT. We all have this vision of the ideal life. We work hard and get everything done. All of our relationships are in great shape. We take time to exercise and eat right. But the truth is, there is no magical destination. And even if we reach that place, it could all be destroyed in an instant by one of life’s famous curveballs. Instead of looking at balance like a happily ever after, look at it as something you constantly need to reevaluate and adjust. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Jay Papasan where he shared his philosophy of counterbalance. Jay Papasan is the co-author of The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. He wants you to be purposeful about the way you spend your time. Learn how to tackle the myth of work/life balance in Episode 885. In This Episode You Will Learn: About work/life balance and if it’s possible (02:00) Why balance is a verb, not a noun (02:30) How to counterbalance (03:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
USE YOUR PAIN AS AN ARROW. None of us like to feel unpleasant emotions. Whether it’s pain, anxiety, or stress, we numb them with food, alcohol, and overscheduling. But there’s a lot we can learn from discomfort. Instead of drowning your feelings, get curious about them. Your envy can lead you to your passion. Your anxiety can show you your authentic self. And your pain might be asking you to comfort something in your past that is keeping you from your future. Unless we embrace where we’re from, we’ll never get where we’re going. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with some of the most inspirational women on the planet: Elizabeth Gilbert, Rachel Hollis, Sarah Blakely, Glennon Doyle, Mel Robbins, and Lisa Nichols. Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love. Rachel Hollis is the bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face. Sarah Blakely is the founder and CEO of the massively popular women’s apparel brand SPANX. Mel Robbins is the author of the 5-Second Rule. Glennon Doyle is the creator of the online community Momastery. Lisa Nichols is a bestselling author and motivational speaker. These women share their experiences in overcoming limitations from their past to become the powerhouses they are today. Like Elizabeth Gilbert says in this episode, if your only goal is to be at the very top, you’re going to be disappointed. So get ready to learn from these vulnerable, powerful women on Episode 884. Some Questions I Ask: How do you follow your passion? (11:18) What’s the biggest challenge for moms? (16:30) How did Oprah help you succeed? (25:00) How has the 5-4-3-2-1 rule helped you the most? (32:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The danger of only wanting to be on top (10:00) Jackhammers vs. Hummingbirds (14:00) What causes anxiety (19:00) How Sarah went above and beyond for Spanx (24:00) How Sarah’s dad encouraged her to fail (28:00) About the 5-4-3-2-1 rule (29:00) About the transformative yoga class Glennon Doyle took (37:00) How suffering is a choice, and what we can learn from pain (39:00) Why it’s important to be non-negotiable (48:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show ntoes and more at and follow at
IS YOUR PERSONAL BRAND MAKING YOU MONEY OR COSTING YOU TIME? The last time Rory Vaden joined the show, he shared some strategies we could use to create influential personal brands — insight that helped me shift the focus of my business and scale it to the next level. We hear a lot more talk about personal brands today than we did even just a year or two ago, but I still don’t think people are acting seriously enough when it comes to establishing, scaling, or monetizing their brands. I am not exaggerating when I say there is no way I would be where I am today, personally or professionally, if I hadn’t started getting strategic and intentional about branding over 10 years ago. And, as time goes on, personal branding is only getting more important — for all of us. Luckily, things are a lot easier for us today than they were for me back then. There are hundreds of successful personal brands you can model, online marketing tools are only getting more accessible and easier to use, and most importantly, we are being guided by one of the world’s leading experts on influence. In today’s episode of The School of Greatness, we discuss why personal branding isn’t just a fad, why it’s actually only becoming more important, and the five best ways you can start monetizing your brand today. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, freelancer, or employee, pay close attention to this episode, because Rory brings the heat (again) and his advice will be transformative — if you take action. And if you’re really serious about monetizing your personal brand, you can book a free brand strategy call with Rory’s team. Let out a sigh of relief, because you’re about to find clarity on how to monetize your personal brand and scale your business in Episode 883. Some Questions I Ask: Why is personal branding still so important? (7:57) What are the five best ways to start monetizing your brand (AKA how to get P.A.I.D.S.)? (16:46) How does someone know which of these five ways to monetize a personal brand is the best for them? (40:07) What is ONE thing that listeners can do now if they want to monetize their personal brand? (1:00:58) In This Episode, You Will Learn: How people become “Twitter rich but dollar broke” (10:20) How you can monetize your audience without ever selling something to them (19:20) What my personal branding journey with Rory looked like & what we did to make my business more scalable (28:50) The advantages and disadvantages of P.A.I.D.S. (40:30) Why “you need to make sure your influence doesn’t grow wider than your character runs deep” (1:07:10) Plus much more... If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
YOU CAN’T DISMISS PAIN. So many of us try to cover up our pain. We eat too much, buy too much, and drink too much in order to not feel anything. I used to avoid my feelings. I didn’t have the tools to process heartache and loss so I found another outlet: inflicting pain on the football field. But pain doesn’t just disappear- it will find another way of coming to the surface. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Brene Brown where she explained how hate is just a mask for pain. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past fourteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. If you look at the world today, people are pointing fingers looking for someone to blame so they don’t have to confront what’s inside. We are much better at causing pain than feeling pain. Learn how to tolerate discomfort in Episode 882. In This Episode You Will Learn: How Brene thinks we can heal the country (2:00) The reason why people hate (2:30) How Lewis had trouble dealing with loss (03:00) The toxic type of leadership you need to be aware of (4:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
WE FEAR WHAT WE DON’T UNDERSTAND. The future doesn’t have to be scary. You don’t have to put your energy into building bunkers, hiding gold bars in the ground, and preparing for the end. The future can be full of possibility. There are so many exciting advancements happening in the fields of science, health, and space. But you have to change your mindset from fear to positivity. The world is magic. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the future of health and technology with a transformative leader and visionary: Peter Diamandis. Recently named by Fortune as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Peter H. Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the executive founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world's leaders on exponentially growing technologies. Peter repeats his “Massively Transformative Purpose” to himself throughout his day to give him focus. His passion is the key to his success. So get ready to get excited about the technology of the future on Episode 881. Some Questions I Ask: Isn’t every generation going to be the best time in the world moving forward? (11:00) Have you ever doubted yourself? (33:00) Did anything shift in you when your boys were born? (41:00) Does the future make us dumber? (48:00) Is there anything missing in your life? (1:02:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About your MTP, or “Massively Transformative Purpose” (17:00) About Peter’s goals for longevity (23:30) The four keys to longevity (26:00) Three questions you can ask to help you find your passion (31:00) Why you should consider banking a placenta (54:00) The single most important skill everyone needs (1:11:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
SUFFERING COMES FROM SELF-OBSESSIVE THINKING. I used to be terrified to speak in public. I’d get nervous before getting in front of any kind of group. But then I trained in meditation and learned to switch my mindset. Instead of being so focused on me, I focused on being of service. Now, I love getting in front of a crowd. Once you connect to a purpose that is bigger than yourself, you can overcome the obstacles holding you back. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the value of coming from a place of faith and service with a Democratic presidential hopeful: Tulsi Gabbard. Tulsi Gabbard is the first female combat veteran to ever run for president and the first female combat veteran ever elected to Congress, along with Tammy Duckworth. She has served for seven years on the Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and Homeland Security Committees, where she's been intimately involved with sensitive, national security issues. Tulsi is an introvert who had to push herself to be the type of person who felt comfortable knocking on doors to share her message. Now she communicates her plan for the future on one of the biggest platforms in the world. So get ready to learn how to lead with love on Episode 880. Some Questions I Ask: What has been the most challenging lesson you’ve learned in the past year? (3:00) What has been the situation in your life that challenged your faith the most? (15:00) Did you always think you had a great calling? (19:00) Did you always think you were a confident person, or did you doubt yourself? (21:00) How do you prepare yourself for an interview where you might be under attack? (29:00) What are the non-negotiables in your marriage? (40:00) What is your greatest fear and your greatest Superpower? (54:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The meaning of “aloha” (03:00) Tulsi’s opinion of “cancel culture” (04:00) Tulsi’s interesting multi-faith upbringing (04:00) How being in service to others can help with nerves (28:00) How meditation helps Tulsi resists the temptation of ego (47:00) What makes a great leader (51:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
MONEY IS A GREAT SERVANT BUT A BAD MASTER. Money can get a bad rap. You hear stories of people who worked so hard to get it, and it left them feeling unhappy. Some people even call it the root of all evil. But what if you used money as a tool for happiness? If you spend it wisely, it can help you have better health, better relationships, and more time for the things that fill you up. Instead of making money the problem, make it work for you. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Gretchen Rubin where she talked about her research on happiness and money. She says that happiness, like money, should be something we observe in the good times and the bad. Learn how to improve your relationship with happiness in Episode 879. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you need to think about happiness in the good times and the bad (2:00) How money relates to happiness (03:00) The difference between buying things and experiences (3:30) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
YOUR EGO NEEDS FEEDING. We all have addictions. Some of us know exactly what habits we need to break. Others don’t even realize we’re addicted to unhealthy patterns. Whether it’s smoking, relationships, or simply being addicted to ourselves, we could all benefit from mapping out our habits to begin to understand them. It’s important to foster our curiosity. If we can learn to investigate our minds the way we investigated our environment as children, we can begin to understand ourselves.  Sometimes it’s our ego that we continue to feed. Other times it’s a false sense of reward we think we’re receiving from an old habit. Through mindfulness, we can learn to experience our habits as they are and not as we remember them. When we do this, we can begin breaking even our most challenging addictions. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, we discuss optimizing habits, breaking addictions, and transforming your life with one of the kindest addiction psychiatrists and mindfulness experts that I have ever met: Dr. Jud Brewer. Dr. Jud Brewer is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University, as well as a research affiliate at MIT. As an addiction psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for treating addictions, Dr. Jud has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, and emotional eating and anxiety. So get ready to learn how mindfulness can free you from addiction on Episode 878. Some Questions I Ask: What was the hardest addiction for you to overcome? (11:05) What is the first thing people can do to self-assess themselves? (21:45) What are the 5 or 6 common addictions that most people have? (22:30) Are meditation and mindfulness the solution to everything? (36:00) Are there any addictions that you have not been able to overcome? (46:55) What’s the difference between a habit and an addiction? (50:00) Is mental illness something that can be cured? (54:30) What is the difference between mindfulness and overthinking? (57:50) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the ego and how many people are addicted to themselves (13:25)  How mapping out your habit loops can help you understand the truth about your experiences. (21:00) The power of curiosity (20:00)  About reward-based learning (26:30)  The science behind reward-based learning and how it helps us understand changing behavior (31:30)  How to hack cravings with curiosity (34:30)  How Dr. Jud’s apps help you map out your habits and start your habit-breaking journey (42:00) About positive habits and when they become problematic (45:00)  About the two types of curiosity (52:00)  Why we continue to struggle so much when the answers are often right in front of us (59:00)  The science behind the effect of true generosity, kindness, and connection on our habits (1:07:00) Plus much more... If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
FIND YOUR STEADY STATE. We all hear it. The voice in our heads that tells us to quit or that we’re not good enough. The goal isn’t to eliminate the voice. Our job is to make sure we never give that voice any power. We must silence the doubt and maximize our belief. Whether it’s physical training or business, when things are challenging learn to break things down into digestible pieces. Accept the discomfort and let it go. Keep your mind on your dreams no matter what. Do whatever you need to do to motivate, inspire, and strengthen your mind daily. Once you do, you will be complete and anything is possible. In today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about building a healthy mindset and the need for body, mind, and soul alignment with retired Navy SEAL veteran, competitive Ultrarunner, and business owner: Chadd Wright. Chadd Wright had a successful career in the SEAL teams serving as a Team Leader on multiple deployments as a SEAL instructor and Master Training Specialist. Retiring in 2019, he is now a part-time defense contractor, business owner, entrepreneur, competitive Ultrarunner, and husband. Chadd teaches us how to persevere through times and challenges. He has a fantastic story that will inspire anyone. So get ready to learn about focus, goals, and the power of the mind on Episode 877. Some Questions I Ask: What does “3 of 7” mean? (06:30) Tell us about your journey to becoming a Navy SEAL. (15:00) Why did you sacrifice your life for your dream of being a Navy SEAL? (24:25) How did it feel when the doctor-approved your Navy SEAL training after the heart procedure? (28:45) How do you manage your mind during tough times? (37:40) What was your main job as a Navy SEAL? (55:00) How do you deal with self-doubt? (58:10) In This Episode You Will Learn: Chadd’s interesting story to becoming a Navy SEAL (07:00) How Chadd stayed true to his goal despite being told no (11:00) Why you should never let go of your goal. (21:20) The importance of breaking down challenges into small pieces. (34:20) Words we should and should not say to ourselves during tough times. (45:50) How to maximize your resources or tools to accomplish your mission. (01:01:26) The power of connecting and nourishing your body, soul, and spirit. (01:16:40) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU. Many of us want to have an impact on this world. We want to be a positive force in people’s lives. When we can take a step back and consider how our actions affect others, we can discover the joy in being of service. The way you deal with the people in your business and personal life is essential. Practicing the habit of service will increase the amount of happiness in your life and might also ripple out into your business. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisit a conversation I had with Shep Gordon, where he discussed why he is devoted to serving others. Shep Gordon was the manager behind mega-talents like Alice Cooper, Blondie, and Teddy Pendergrass and knew everyone who is anyone in the music and Hollywood business. He is also credited with creating the role of celebrity chefs through his work, bringing them into the spotlight. His fantastic career has led to both a documentary about his life (directed by Mike Meyers) and a recent memoir written about him, published by Anthony Bourdain. Shep Gordon thinks we could all enjoy the art of service when it comes to life and business. Learn about the power of serving others in Episode 876. In This Episode You Will Learn: The importance of service and focusing on others. (2:50) Building a brand based on happiness. (3:30) The importance of reinventing yourself. (4:30) How he found his passion for life. (4:55) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more 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
DREAM TO LIVE. Growing up in a dysfunctional household is tough. It can feel like you are in a nightmare. The only things that can keep you going day-to-day are your hopes and dreams. Jerry West has a fantastic story to tell. He’s been through it all. Just like me and many others, he dealt with significant adversity as a child. He managed to persevere and achieve at the highest levels in spite of every difficulty. Dreams are the light that brightens your way in the darkness. Stop thinking of hardship as a detriment. Look at it as your extraordinary power. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about achieving and making it through difficult circumstances with an NBA icon: Jerry West. Jerry West is an author, executive, and former NBA basketball player. He is a basketball legend who played with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960 – 1974. While with the Lakers, he won an NBA Championship and was named an All-star fourteen times. The NBA modeled its logo after Jerry West. After retiring as an NBA player, he became an executive and helped bring the ‘Showtime’ brand of basketball to Los Angeles. After leaving the Lakers organization, he worked as a general manager for the Memphis Grizzlies and as an executive for the Golden State Warriors. He currently serves on the executive board for the Los Angeles Clippers. So get ready to learn about achieving through adversity, the power of dreaming, and the importance of loyalty on Episode 874. Some Questions I Ask: How did you learn to build belief in yourself? (22:00) What role did your father play in your childhood? (23:30) How do you find your niche in life? (34:30) What was the greatest lesson you’ve learned from your father? (59:00) How do you build mental toughness? (01:01:00) What advice do you give to people who don’t know how to dream? (1:09:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How having a competitive spirit can help you achieve your dreams. (15:00) The importance of loyalty in business. (20:00) Why you should never give up on the quest to do something significant in your life. (25:00) About the three kinds of people: Fighters, Floaters, and Fleers. (39:00) Why everyone should always continue to dream. (01:09:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
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Lewis Howes
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May 6th, 2015
Latest Episode
Jan 3rd, 2020
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