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Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism

Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism

Author: Justin Malik

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I read you the best content on personal development, minimalism, productivity, and more, with author permission. Think of Optimal Living Daily as an audioblog or blogcast where the best blogs are narrated for you for free. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
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Courtney Carver of Be More With Less shares how to become a minimalist or just simplify your life a little. Episode 1508: How to Become a Minimalist (Or Just Simplify Your Life A Little) by Courtney Carver of Be More With Less Courtney Carver was stopped in her tracks with a scary MS diagnosis after decades of debt, discontent, and trying to do it all. She had to slow down, prioritize her health, and figure out what was really important in her life. She discovered what mattered most by getting rid of everything that didn’t matter at all. In the end it all came down to love and health. She went from a busy, overwhelmed advertising director to spending 2-3 hours every morning taking care of herself, loving her work, and being present and engaged with the people she loves. Her family changed, too. They moved from wanting bigger closets, nicer furniture, and more stuff to downsizing into a 750 sq. ft apartment with no storage. Courtney has written books, courses, and hundreds of articles to help you simplify your life and work so you can focus on what really matters. The original post is located here: https://bemorewithless.com/how-to-become-a-minimalist/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares his thoughts on great teachers and the remarkable life. This is part 2 of 2. Episode 1507: [Part 2] On Great Teachers and the Remarkable Life: A Deliberate Practice Case Study by Cal Newport Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive. The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2010/02/08/on-great-teachers-and-the-remarkable-life-a-deliberate-practice-case-study/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Cal Newport of the Study Hacks blog shares his thoughts on great teachers and the remarkable life. This is part 1 of 2. Episode 1506: [Part 1] On Great Teachers and the Remarkable Life: A Deliberate Practice Case Study by Cal Newport Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age as a professor, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work. His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the knowledge economy, and that individuals who cultivate their ability to concentrate without distraction will thrive. The original post is located here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2010/02/08/on-great-teachers-and-the-remarkable-life-a-deliberate-practice-case-study/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Whether you're an experienced investor or new to the game, our friends at The Motley Fool want to help you find great stocks. Visit fool.com/optimallivingdaily --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Andrew James of Establishing The Self shares his thoughts on taking risks and combatting fear. Episode 1505: Taking Risks (Pt. I): Combatting Fear by Andrew James of Establishing The Self on Getting Past Irrational Fear Establishing the Self is a frequently updated collection of philosophically themed short essays aimed at interpreting the Human Condition as well as encouraging self-improvement, self-betterment, and self-preservation. The original post is located here: https://www.establishingtheself.com/home/taking-risks-part-one Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Brian Tracy shares 5 common myths about success. Episode 1504: 5 Common Myths About Success by Brian Tracy on How To Achieve A Happy & Fulfilling Life Brian Tracy's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 70 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year. He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He is the top selling author of over 70 books that have been translated into dozens of languages. The original post is located here: https://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/common-success-myths/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Get $50 off at BollandBranch.com with promo code OLD. Shipping is always free and you can try them out for thirty nights risk-free. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Benjamin Hardy shares why live in the moment is terrible advice. Episode 1503: Why "Live In The Moment" Is Terrible Advice by Benjamin Hardy on Living Your Best Life Benjamin Hardy has been the top writer on Medium.com since late 2015. He focuses on self-improvement, motivation, and entrepreneurship. His writing is fueled by his personal experiences, self-directed education, and formal education. His research focuses on the psychological differences of "wantrepreneurs" and actual entrepreneurs. He lives in Clemson, South Carolina with his wife and they are the foster parents of 3 children. The original post is located here: https://medium.com/@benjaminhardy/why-living-presently-could-ruin-your-entire-life-1f6298420800 Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Gusto is making payroll, benefits, and HR easy for small businesses. Get 3 months free once you run your first payroll with our link: Gusto.com/OLD --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist shares how to stage your home for living. Episode 1502: How to Stage Your Home for Living by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist on How To Simplify Your House Joshua Becker and his family decided to live with fewer possessions after a conversation with his neighbor in 2008. As a result, they found a better way to live, centered on more important pursuits. Their story has been seen on the CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world. Their books have sold in the tens of thousands. BecomingMinimalist.com is about their journey towards a rational approach to minimalism. It is about the joys and the struggles. It is about the lessons they have learned. It has inspired millions around the world. It is written to inspire you to intentionally live with less, and find more life because of it. The original post is located here: https://www.becomingminimalist.com/stage-your-home-for-living/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Whether you're an experienced investor or new to the game, our friends at The Motley Fool want to help you find great stocks. Visit fool.com/optimallivingdaily --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shares a simple method for working with the disorder of our lives. Episode 1501: Herding Cats: A Simple Method for Working with the Disorder of Our Lives by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. The original post is located here: http://zenhabits.net/cats Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Chel Hamilton of Meditation Minis Podcast takes over episode 1500. Episode 1500: Chel Hamilton of Meditation Minis For over 13 years Chel has been a hypnotherapist seeing clients full time in private practice. She decided to create her podcast, Meditation Minis, which focuses on helping people manage their stress and anxiety through guided meditations, after several girlfriends kept insisting that she start a podcast on meditation. Chel committed to doing six episodes, but now 5 years in and millions of downloads later it feels like the journey is just beginning! Learn more about Chel and her podcast here: https://meditationminis.com/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
2 short posts from Adi Redzic where he shares why you're an expression of greatness and on stepping into the arena. Episode 1499: You're An Expression of Greatness AND Stepping Into The Arena by Adi Redzic on Personal Growth Mindset Adi Redzic is an award-winning life, business, and leadership coach, entrepreneur, author of two books, and motivational speaker. From a war-torn childhood to meetings at The White House, Adi has proven the possibility of change and growth. The original posts are located here: https://www.adiredzic.com/journal/2018/9/20/youre-an-expression-of-greatness & https://www.adiredzic.com/journal/2018/9/28/stepping-into-the-arena Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Native makes an aluminum free and effective deodorant. For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code OLD during checkout! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
James Altucher shares his thoughts on surrendering. Episode 1498: I Surrender by James Altucher on How To Work Hard, Meditate, and Let Things Go James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and podcaster. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies and says he failed at 17 of them. He has published 11 books, and is a regular contributor to The Financial Times, TechCrunch, and The Huffington Post. USA Today named his book Choose Yourself one of the 12 Best Business Books of All Time. The original post is located here: https://jamesaltucher.com/blog/i-surrender/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Start saving time, saving money, and saving waste RIGHT NOW - because when you go to ImperfectFoods.com/OLD now through February 16th you'll get ten dollars off your next four orders. Just go to ImperfectFoods.com/OLD and enter OLD at check out. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
David Cain of Raptitude on if it's important, learn it repeatedly. Episode 1497: If It's Important, Learn It Repeatedly by David Cain of Raptitude on Best Learning Techniques & Tips David Cain is a writer and entrepreneur living in Winnipeg, Canada. On a particular boring day at his office job in 2009, he started Raptitude. His interest has always been human society and the internal human experience, and Raptitude became his megaphone for his thoughts about those things. It found an audience rather quickly and it’s been central to his life ever since. In 2013, he left his day job to write full time. The original post is located here: https://www.raptitude.com/2018/01/if-its-important-learn-it-repeatedly/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Whether you're an experienced investor or new to the game, our friends at The Motley Fool want to help you find great stocks. Visit fool.com/optimallivingdaily --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
2 short posts from Ellen Burgan of If It Brings You Joy on increasing happiness by removing one thing and why smiling is good for your health. Episode 1496: Increase Happiness by Removing this One Thing From Your Life AND Why Smiling is Good For You by Ellen Burgan Ellen Burgan is a midlife woman who loves to have fun, yet has a big appreciation for the art of relaxation. She prefers to live spontaneously and go where the wind blows. If It Brings You Joy is a blog that inspires ideas to make life a little better for yourself and others. Ellen has a passion for bringing joy to her life and share her ideas with you. The original posts are located here: https://ifitbringsyoujoy.com/negative-thought/ & https://ifitbringsyoujoy.com/why-smiling-is-good-for-you/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Thank you to ZipRecruiter for sponsoring! Listeners of O.L.D. can post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE! Just go to: ZipRecruiter.com/old --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Leo Babauta of Mnmlist shares how to be less busy in a busy busy world. Episode 1495: How To Be Less Busy In A Busy Busy World by Leo Babauta of Mnmlist on Slowing Down & Enjoying Life Leo Babauta created Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. The original post is located here: https://mnmlist.com/how-to-be-less-busy-in-a-busy-busy-world Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Gusto is making payroll, benefits, and HR easy for small businesses. Get 3 months free once you run your first payroll with our link: Gusto.com/OLD --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Jacob Jolibois with No Sidebar shares how creating space can change your life. Episode 1494: Creating Space: How It Can Change Your Life by Jacob Jolibois with No Sidebar on Making Room For Minimalism No Sidebar was created by Brian Gardner and is all about designing a simpler life. He and the contributing authors want to help you figure out what's getting in your way, at home and at work. They want to help you let go of distractions, online and off--to turn down the noise that disrupts the quiet of your heart and soul. The original post is located here: https://nosidebar.com/creating-space/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Whether you're an experienced investor or new to the game, our friends at The Motley Fool want to help you find great stocks. Visit fool.com/optimallivingdaily --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Michael Blankenship of Get Your Gusto Back shares why you lost your child-like creativity and how to rediscover it. This is part 2 of 2. Episode 1493: [Part 2] Why You Lost Your Child-Like Creativity (And How To Rediscover It) by Michael Blankenship of Get Your Gusto Back Michael Blankenship wants you to know that he gets it if you're tired, you're burnt out and you're sick of doing the same thing every day, quickly marching toward a grave stone with nothing interesting written on its face. Michael felt that way once, but one day, everything changed. Once he'd taken back control of his life, he realized that his gusto - that lightly glowing ember inside all of us - was just waiting to be reignited, waiting for torch to touch coals and set it ablaze. He believes the same thing is possible for you, no matter how far gone you are. The original post is located here: https://www.getyourgustoback.com/why-you-lost-your-child-like-creativity-and-how-to-rediscover-it/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Michael Blankenship of Get Your Gusto Back shares why you lost your child-like creativity and how to rediscover it. This is part 1 of 2. Episode 1492: [Part 1] Why You Lost Your Child-Like Creativity (And How To Rediscover It) by Michael Blankenship of Get Your Gusto Back Michael Blankenship wants you to know that he gets it if you're tired, you're burnt out and you're sick of doing the same thing every day, quickly marching toward a grave stone with nothing interesting written on its face. Michael felt that way once, but one day, everything changed. Once he'd taken back control of his life, he realized that his gusto - that lightly glowing ember inside all of us - was just waiting to be reignited, waiting for torch to touch coals and set it ablaze. He believes the same thing is possible for you, no matter how far gone you are. The original post is located here: https://www.getyourgustoback.com/why-you-lost-your-child-like-creativity-and-how-to-rediscover-it/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Bradley Charbonneau of Pass The Sour Cream on today is the first day of the rest of your life. Episode 1491: Today Is The First Day of The Rest of Your Life by Bradley Charbonneau of Pass The Sour Cream on Personal Growth Bradley Charbonneau's dad died in 2015 and it was as if, for the first time, that he realized we were mortal and had only this life to live. Unless you're a cat, but he wasn't a cat and he wasn't living the life he thought that he was supposed to live. Since then, he's been writing. Every Single Day. Bradley's now published 12 books, closed down the company he founded (and realized he hated), and moved his family to Europe. It doesn't cost him energy, it provides him with energy. Every Single Day. It all started with a single decision to write every day. When are you going to start living the life you were meant to live? The original post is located here: https://passthesourcream.com/today-is-the-first-day-of-the-rest-of-your-life/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! Whether you're an experienced investor or new to the game, our friends at The Motley Fool want to help you find great stocks. Visit fool.com/optimallivingdaily --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Nir Eyal & Lakshmi Mani share why you make terrible life choices. Episode 1490: Peak-End Rule: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices by Nir Eyal & Lakshmi Mani with Nir And Far on Memories Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today. Nir is also an active investor in habit-forming technologies. Some of his past investments include: Eventbrite, Product Hunt, Pantry, Marco Polo, Presence Learning, 7 Cups, Pana, Symphony Commerce, Worklife (acquired by Cisco) and Refresh.io (acquired by LinkedIn). Nir attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Emory University. The original post is located here: https://www.nirandfar.com/2018/04/peak-end-rule.html Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose shares how to live your actual life. Episode 1489: How To Live Your Actual Life by Shawna Scafe of Simple On Purpose on How To Deal with Discomfort Shawna Scafe is a mom of three small kids who started blogging after her first son was born. She wanted to share her c-section story in order to help herself work through the disappointment she felt about it. She read a book on minimalism that changed how she viewed her life. She started asking questions about why we have so much, do so much, work so much and we feel so restless and overwhelmed. Shawna is trying to live life on purpose, set dreams and goals for herself as a mom, wife and woman and she is trying to share it openly with everyone. The original post is located here: https://simpleonpurpose.ca/discomfort/ Please Rate & Review the Show! Visit Me Online at OLDPodcast.com and in The O.L.D. Facebook Group and Join the Ol' Family to get your Free Gifts! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/optimal-living-daily/support
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Miss T

TY these are great tips for every area of life. Namaste. Peace Shalom

Jan 26th
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Miss T

that's remarkable concept.

Jan 26th
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Miss T

Awesome one size doesn't fit all somethings can be learned & other things that are positive for some are not in alignment for another person.

Dec 26th
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JC Blain

love it

Dec 2nd
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Rocio Ramirez

I just wanted to say that I really enjoy listening to your voice I find it very soothing and clear and just a really nice tone and that you are doing great and adding a lot of value to my life.

Nov 22nd
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Varahamihir Gupta

I could relate to this too. I have selected clothes of specific styles and I eat the same food almost everyday. Just started listening to OLD and I'm loving it.

Oct 31st
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Debt free you and me

Justin! Your voice is awesome! This podcast brings me so much joy. The content you choose seems to speak to me! And the consistent tone of voice, even during the ads, is so soothing that it often times puts my 2 and 8 year olds right to sleep! thaaaanks 🙌

Oct 20th
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Bertilla Rini

Great piece of wisdom :)

Oct 8th
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Pat

I just wish someone gave me a chance

Sep 21st
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Liqea Hill

please follow me thank u ❤

Aug 19th
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Lincoln Kaden

Arrogant, misguided and deluded.

Aug 7th
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Callisto Evans

Love this. 👍🏾🤓

Jul 19th
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Reve Sabb

I'm jus now getting into podcasts and this episode is very informative

Jul 18th
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Belinda Pitts

Jen, you're correct it is all about how we respond to a bad day that can turn it around🙏

May 30th
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Sara Wylie

one of my absolute favorite articles! Don't you dare ever feel inadequate!

Apr 26th
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Ellen

What an amazing podcast! Love the way you read, your voice is very soothing. Great content! Thank you for sharing all of it with us! :)

Apr 22nd
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Mohsen F

yes to the power of good podcast .👌

Apr 19th
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Sara Wylie

This was quite possibly the "wordiest" way of saying "Just say no" I have ever heard.

Apr 17th
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Kala Nidhi

Your Voice is soothing! no doubts there!

Apr 15th
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Cathy Hoobery

Love this podcast ❤️ this is such a great idea! I am always looking for ways to improve my life. I also believe that knowledge is power, not a control power but a learning experience. They say "The day you stop learning, is the day you start dying" An example of this, people with Alzheimer's can not learn anything new. Again Thank you so much!

Apr 11th
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