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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.

465 Episodes
Augusten Burroughs knows how to keep a secret. An autodidact with no formal education ( beyond elementary school, he began working as a copywriter in his late teens and spent 18 years creating global ad campaigns. Behind the scenes, though, he was falling apart, an alcoholic, harboring the effects of what he describes as a wildly-chaotic, abusive and destructive childhood that he'd eventually detail in the massive New York Times bestseller-turned major motion picture, Running With Scissors ('s since written numerous follow-on memoirs and novels, and crafted a life as a successful writer. But, there was one area Augusten never told anyone about, even his husband. Until one day, it literally came bursting onto the page. It was time to "come clean" with this one final, and deeply-provocative part of himself, detailed in his new memoir, Toil & Trouble ( In today's conversation, we unwrap the layers that led Augusten from a traumatic childhood through to his wild successes, the life-saving role that writing played in his recovery from alcoholism, what it’s like to navigate the world with atypical sensitivities, and finding the gift among the unfixable things in life.Check out our offerings & partners: Nimble: Get 25% off your first Nimble order! Just head over to and enter code GOODLIFE at checkout.LinkedIn's Hello Monday podcast: Find Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code (, the nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does. She is the author of three books (, including Brave, Not Perfect (, New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World (, and Women Who Don't Wait In Line. Her TED talk, "Teach girls, bravery not perfection," has more than four million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how we're raising our girls.Reshma's earned broad recognition for her work as an attorney, activist, and advocate for young women, including Fortune World's Greatest Leaders; Fortune 40 Under 40; WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year; Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World; Fast Company 100 Most Creative People; and Crain's New York 40 Under 40, among others.Join us today to hear how a young, outsider Indian girl in Chicago who was expected by her family to grow into a quiet, unassuming life, now regularly battles tech giants and thinks nothing of going to the White House to speak out for the rights and opportunities denied to young women. It's a great conversation about navigating cultural and familial expectations, how things that initially appear to be devastating losses can actually lead to some truly unexpected opportunities, and the beauty of living brave, not perfect. Check out our offerings & partners: Zapier: Right now through November, try Zapier free by going to our special link Go to now to find your perfect-fitting bra... and get 15% off your first purchase!Four Sigmatic: Get 15% off your Four Sigmatic purchase by going to and using code GOODLIFE at checkout.
Cyndie Spiegel was a rising star in the fashion industry. Fifteen years in, living the life so many dream of, she made a bold decision. To walk-away from her career and, in no small part, her life, in order to create the space to step into a powerful new season of contribution and connection. Now flourishing and more fully-alive than ever, she's a keynote speaker and author with a focus on empowerment, culture and inclusion (, community-organizer, and founder Dear Grown Ass Women™ (, a movement to redefine and elevate the diversity of Xennial & GenX women. Speigel is also regularly featured in publications like Entrepreneur, Forbes, Glamour Magazine, Teen Vogue and The Huffington Post, and is the author of A Year of Positive Thinking: Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage ( out our offerings & partners: Varsity Tutors: To receive up to$250 and a FREE consultation with an education director, go to is a convenient, affordable way to encourage your children to be anything they want to be. Go to to get YOUR FIRST MONTH FREE.Ethos is a faster, easier and affordable way to get life insurance. Get a fully personalized quote by going to
Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business ( who researches the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures –– including the cultures of progressive, conservatives, and libertarians. His goal is to help people understand each other, live and work near each other, and even learn from each other despite their moral differences. He’s written several books, including The Happiness Hypothesis (, The Righteous Mind ( and The Coddling the American Mind (, and co-founded a variety of organizations and collaborations that apply moral and social psychology to help foster connection among disparate groups. In today’s conversation, we talk about everything from deconstructing happiness to changing attitudes towards adversity to what it means to truly flourish — and the critical importance of connection, community, and relationship-building in the face of profound differences as a part of a good life.Check out our offerings & partners: NetSuite: Business management software on an easy to use cloud platform. Get NetSuite’s guide “Crushing the Five Barriers to Growth” when you go to now.Boll and Branch: Get $50 off your first set of sheets at, and enter promo code GOODLIFEPerfect Bar: Get 15% off your online order. Just go to Perf.Bar/GOODLIFE
Madison McFerrin is an independent singer-songwriter ( based in Brooklyn, NY, who's lit up the world with her distinctively soulful voice and arrangements. Raised in music by her father, legendary vocalist Bobby McFerrin, Madison knew she was going to be a singer from the age of 5 and was on her path, learning, performing, finding her own unique voice and building her career.But after a very public national anthem performance went sideways, she found herself facing an onslaught of viral, online hate from thousands of anonymous critics as well as some of the biggest names in music. She had to decide exactly how she wanted to keep sharing her gift with the world. Rather than hiding, she took the critics on by releasing powerful new a capella tracks that wowed listeners, turned the tide, and set her off on a new musical direction. She is currently building on her momentum, pairing her timeless voice with modern production on her new project, You + I, which quickly had its lead single "TRY" ( rack up 560K+ views in her debut COLORS session.Check out our offerings & partners: LaCroix®Sparkling Water: Join the LaCroix community on Social at @LaCroixWater and for more information and a full list of retailers, visit LaCroixwater.comLinkedIn's Hello Monday podcast: Find Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.Stitch Fix Kids: Get started today at to try Stitch Fix and get an extra 25% off when you keep everything in your box! And as a bonus, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee when you use our special URL.Coaches, Counselors, HR pros, Advisors, Leaders, & helping professionals - Become “Sparketype® Certified!” Learn how to tap the power of the Sparektypes to help others come alive in work and life.
Danny Clinch has played with, photographed, and filmed some of the most iconic musicians in modern history, including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Tupac Shakur, and Johnny Cash. Acclaimed as one of the top photographers in the music scene ( for decades and the recipient of 3 Grammy Award nominations himself, Danny’s work has appeared everywhere in Vanity Fair, Spin, Rolling Stone, and GQ, as well as numerous galleries. He recently founded the Transparent Gallery ( at the Asbury Hotel to showcase music and culture in the area, along with his annual Sea.Hear.Now music and art festival ( addition to his camera, the other thing Danny Clinch never leaves home without is his harmonica. He doesn't just love photographing musicians, he's also a long-time lover and creator of music, playing with his own band and sitting in with many of the amazing people he photographs. In today’s conversation, we talk about the complete coincidence that led to him first picking up a camera, how he honed his chops under Annie Leibovitz and other legends in the biz, and the power of place and devotion in shaping who we become.Check out our offerings & partners: Butcher Box: Right now, ButcherBox is offering new members 2 pounds of ground beef in every box for the life of their subscription, plus $20 off their first box. Go to OR enter promo code GOODLIFE at checkout.Modsy: This month ONLY, when you go to, start a design project, and use the code GOODLIFE you will get 20% OFF.ZipRecruiter: Right now, you can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address:, Counselors, HR pros, Advisors, Leaders, & helping professionals - Become “Sparketype® Certified!” Learn how to tap the power of the Sparektypes to help others come alive in work and life.
Bridgett M. Davis ( up in the high-stakes mix of Motown, motor-city unions, and racial tension that was Detroit in the 1960s and 70s, watching her mother, Fannie, run a neighborhood numbers game that provided for the family and the community. After leaving Detroit for New York City, she honed her craft as a journalist, novelist, and screenwriter, with her most recent work, The World According To Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life In The Detroit Numbers (, paying tribute to her mother’s ingenuity and care under world-shifting circumstances. Join us to hear Davis share her journey from the troubled city of her upbringing to award-winning author and professor, and the incredible through-line of compassion, generosity, and tangible acts of love that saw her through it.Check out our offerings & partners: “A Million Little Things”, Returns Thursday, September 26th , 9/8 central, after “Grey’s Anatomy”, on ABCBoll and Branch: Get $50 off your first set of sheets at, and enter promo code GOODLIFEZapier: Right now through November, try Zapier free by going to our special link Coaches, Counselors, HR pros, Advisors, Leaders, & helping professionals - Become “Sparketype® Certified!” Learn how to tap the power of the Sparektypes to help others come alive in work and life.
Tania Katan ( a speaker, bestselling author, and co-creator of globally viral empowerment campaign #ItWasNeverADress. Her inventive way of formulating ideas led to the groundbreaking bestseller, Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back into Your Work and Life ( While she’s now known for her unique ability to make unseen connections, generate imaginative innovations, and foster creative breakthroughs across a wide range of industries, the way she got there was anything but a straight line. From finding the right blend of “pay the bills work" to creative work as a young playwright to subverting the status quo of the art world with arm wrestling events, she’s explored what it means to harness creativity in all kinds of arenas. In today’s conversation, Katan shares the story of how she came to embrace creative trespassing, and what she’s learned about finding opportunities for new ways of working and being, even in the most mundane circumstances.Check out our offerings & partners: “A Million Little Things”, Returns Thursday, September 26th , 9/8 central, after “Grey’s Anatomy”, on ABCMailchimp: Now what? Mailchimp, that’s what. Learn more at mailchimp.comFully: Reimagine what your work can feel like. To transform your workspace, go to Right now, you can check out our personalized collection at plus, you’ll get free shipping on your first order.Coaches, Advisors & Leaders - Become “Sparketype® Certified!” Learn how to tap the power of the Sparektypes to help others come alive in work and life.
Productivity - not a fun word for most people. Well, what if there was a way to quickly figure out what matters most, focus in on that, let go of everything else, then go from idea to done? To become a productivity Jedi. That is what we're talking about in today's powerful conversation with Start Finishing ( author, and founder of Productive Flourishing (, Charlie Gilkey. We dive into Charlie's specific ideas around why so much of our effort to be productive fails, and how to rewire our brains and schedules and actions for finishing and finally feel good about what we're accomplishing. Along the way, we explore how Gilkey's highly-unique background as a philosopher, military logistics officer, productivity strategist and consultant to creative professionals, founders and fast-growth entrepreneurial teams has shaped his powerful lens of going from idea to done.Check out our offerings & partners: Mailchimp: Now what? Mailchimp, that’s what. Learn more at mailchimp.comPerfect Bar: Get 15% off your online order. Just go to Perf.Bar/GOODLIFELaCroix®Sparkling Water: Join the LaCroix community on Social at @LaCroixWater and for more information and a full list of retailers, visit
Growing up in northern California, Kyle Bryant ( loved being outside and being active. But, his late teens would change everything. He began experiencing a loss in balance, coordination and strength. A battery of doctors and tests eventually led to a diagnosis of Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a rare, progressive neuromuscular disease that currently has no treatment or cure. While grappling with this diagnosis and all it meant, Kyle discovered cycling, and, along with it, a new lease on freedom. He's now completed numerous ultra-distance rides including "The World's Toughest Bike Race", Race Across America in 2010, as part of 4-man Team FARA which is the subject of the documentary The Ataxian. He is the co-host of the Two Disabled Dudes Podcast and the author of a moving new memoir, Shifting Into High Gear ( Bryant is also the founder and director of the bicycle ride fundraiser, rideATAXIA for the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). rideATAXIA is currently held annually in 6 locations and has raised over $7 million for Friedreich's ataxia (FA) research since 2007.Check out our offerings & partners: Peloton: Try the Peloton Bike in your home for 30 days. Free pick-up and a full return if you still aren’t certain the Peloton Bike is for you! Learn more about Peloton’s 30-Day Home Trial at and use promo code GOODLIFE to get $100 off accessories with the purchase of a Peloton.ThirdLove: Go to now to find your perfect-fitting bra... and get 15% off your first purchase!Legacybox: There’s never been a better time to digitally preserve your memories. Go to to get 40% off your first order.
Comments (52)

Douglas Smith

I'm not sure who said this but this podcast reminds me of this quote: "You can do anything you want, you just can't do everything you want" In other words, life is about making choices and prioritizing those choices.

Sep 30th

Karthik Onteddu

I definitely needed this ... thnx. ♥️

Jul 25th
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really great one!

Jul 10th

sage Sage

So powerful, so touching, so honest. Thank you for sharing. I am so looking forward to seeing Elizabeth speak in person in the next few days.

Jun 18th

Bee Stone

I don't know what the Times Sq pimp told him, but the PATH train was $1.50 in 2005.

May 5th

Bridget Norton

I like the distinction between "calling" and "life purpose." It was helpful.

May 2nd

Andi-Roo Libecap

I love everything about this episode. Brene Brown is just everything. One part of the conversation that really hit me had to do with leadership asking their employees to do things they aren't willing to do themselves. What I've come to understand is that business owners and managers expect employees to care more about the product or the company than THEY (the bosses) do. That's been my experience, at any rate, and it is so frustrating. Another thing that hit me is us as parents asking our kids to be stronger than we are -- standing up to others, disregarding public opinion, self-image, etc. I've never correlated all these ideas as related and similar and even hypocritical. What a mind-blowing episode! I've got a lot to chew on... thanks!

Apr 16th

Fatemeh Backtash

very interesting

Feb 26th

Marylou Cate


Feb 1st

Susan Suzy

people are never just one thing or another. I identify with each one of these 10 sparketypes. It's people who are clearly 70% or more of only one that can easily identify their primary driving factor and fulfill their purpose in life. It's not so easy when you're all of the above.

Jan 28th

Lisa Lawson

10 NEON 20.18. GOD

Jan 18th

Kanan Gole

There's a lot about accountability here, which is really important, but what are your thoughts on dealing with the guilt that we feel when we miss a couple of days or don't make the progress that we intended/planned? I feel this to be my biggest obstacle, the guilt trip that I go on when something isn't happening as it was intended. Sometimes the guilt is enough to sabotage the project itself, because it is always, for me, associated with feelings of low self worth. Thoughts?

Jan 7th

anyango oloo

successful success scafolding!

Jan 4th
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Praaf Rams

What a beautiful episode

Dec 24th

JIC Wilton


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JIC Wilton


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jacob come


Nov 27th

Joao Machado


Nov 18th

Crystal's Whole Health

This was a great episode! I suffer with social anxiety, and many people misunderstand me & think I'm not interested in making friends or being social. Often, I just don't know where to begin the conversation.

Nov 13th

Chanpreet Singh

A wonderful episode. :)

Oct 1st
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