Is everything you know about “success” wrong? Maybe not everything, but a hell of a lot of what we’ve been taught about achievement may be simplistic at best. Eric's blog, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, has almost 300,000 subscribers and his recent WSJ best-seller of the same name, subtitled "The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong" is also the topic of this podcast. The good news is, there is ...... Read More
Failure, Fear, Falling Down...
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Pain, loss, grief. We have these experiences and feelings in common more so than success, courage or good fortune. Yet the vulnerability these conditions create in us keep us from talking with one another about them. Hence we don't learn how to handle them; we don't learn how to bounce back. Our only school becomes personal experience, a good one yes but the lessons are considerably expensive.
What if you could be a person who is improved by crisis? - Tim Ferris
On the podcast I have conversations with people from a variety of fields to get their stories or research on how to deal with or prepare for life’s challenges. I try to find out how they learned to be happy either in spite of or maybe because of such challenges. If there are physical practices, proven psychologies or pragmatic philosophies that can make me more resilient, I want to learn them.
Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, some guests give me valuable information to avoid potential pitfalls or self-sabotage and thus any acute need to bounce.
My guests include influencers and Ted Talk alums like; Kyle Maynard, James Altucher, Andrew Zolli, Dr. David Burns, Isaac Lidsky, Eric Barker, Massimo Pigliucci, Dr. Alex Lickerman and many others.
The show is long-form, interview format and despite the fact that I’m scratching my own itch and even through my frequently dumb questions, the guests are always game, very insightful and encouraging.
I'm learning a lot, I think you will too.
Oh, and drop me a note and tell me which guests I should have on.
"There's a policeman on the phone for you.” It's the phone call everyone dreads, especially parents. In May of 2014, Lucy Hone’s 12 yr old daughter, Abi, was killed in a tragic car accident along with her best friend Ella and Lucy’s best friend Sally. Lucy said her life was smashed, as she put it, “...your entire life scheme - your life story, your identity - has been smashed to smithereens... Read More
When you open Scott Carney's new book you get this: “WARNING! No one should attempt any of these methods or practices without appropriate experience, training, fitness level, doctor approval and supervision…” You quickly learn why. It documents people using unusual training techniques in very extreme conditions. Scott, an investigative journalist, is out to prove the man (Wim Hoff) teaching this stuff is a charlatan and his techniques destined to kill people.... Read More
Dr. David Burns says most of the time thoughts that upset you will be distorted. He says they're frauds and depression is a con. He should know. David is the Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a pioneer in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). On our podcast Dr. Burns tells the story of a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer who... Read More
Isaac Lidsky’s TED talk was viewed more than a million times in its first 20 days. It has a mid preso reveal I’ll spoil for you here - he is blind, and when revealed, it’s a surprise. He looks and presents like he’s seeing you, but make no mistake, he is not. Isaac was diagnosed with a blinding eye disease when he was 12 years old...... Read More
In turbulent times, why do some people, communities, companies and systems thrive, while others fall apart? Andrew Stolli answers that question and more. Andrew is the author of the best-selling book “Resilience, Why Things Bounce Back” published by Simon and Schuster in the U.S., and in many other languages and territories around the world. The books is his research on the... Read More
An undefeated mind isn’t one that never feels discouraged or despairing; it’s one that continues on in spite of it – Alex Lickerman Over the last twenty years Dr. Alex Lickerman has watched thousands of patients struggle with sickness, issues from colds to cancers. He’s treated the sickest of the sick at a renowned academic... Read More
Imagine the challenge everyday tasks become if you were missing just one of your limbs, say an arm or a leg. Now imagine effectively not having any. Now, after you learn to surmount the subsequent complexity and effort in autonomy with personal hygiene, dressing, eating, etc, try to compete in high school football, wrestling, then attempt to ...... Read More