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Author: Lewis Howes

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Lewis Howes is a NYT bestselling author, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, former pro athlete and world record holder in football. The goal of the School of Greatness is to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet to help you find out what makes great people great.
339 Episodes
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE YESTERDAY. We are all governed by fear. Even when good things happen, we’re afraid they will go away. Once you accept and welcome your fear, it won’t have control over you anymore. It’s about embracing the duality. You have to be ok with the best outcome and the worst outcome. Here’s the truth: you don’t have to live anxious and scared. You don’t have to be governed by your story. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about increasing your receiving vibration with a comedian turned motivational speaker: Kyle Cease. Kyle Cease is a New York Times best-selling author with two #1 Comedy Central specials to his credit. He has been a guest speaker at thousands of colleges, summits, and Fortune 500 conferences and has made over 100 TV and movie appearances. Kyle teaches that most of our “triggers” are fears we have based on old stories. Once we dig deep to figure out where those are rooted, we can stop letting them control us. So get ready to learn how to let go of fear on Episode 839.Some Questions I Ask:Why do we resist fear? (56:30)How do we overcome our fears? (1:00:00)How do you get prepared to receive money? (1:22:00)How important is it to develop skills? (1:26:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:How to operate with a receiving vibration (9:00)How to avoid ending up in a codependent relationship (23:00)Why you have to accept opposites (34:00)How meditation transforms the old story (38:00)The only thing that causes fear (56:00)An exercise to get rid of fear (1:03:00)The purpose of triggers (1:07:00)Why you should be careful about the way you talk about money (1:15:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
BE A CONSCIOUS SAMARITAN. Most of us know the parable of The Good Samaritan. It tells the story of an injured man at the side of the road. The priest crosses to the other side and ignores the man in need of help. The Levite does the same. The Samaritan, though, stops and cares for the man. But let’s zoom out a bit. Is there something we could do on a more global scale so that less men are left injured and uncared for on the side of the road? People are living with chronic trauma. Every day is a struggle. If there is a way to help more people at once, we should be open to making those changes. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about caring for those who are in need with a 2020 candidate for President of the United States: Marianne Williamson. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, activist and author of four #1 New York Times bestselling books. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Bill Maher. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. To date, Project Angel Food has served over 11 million meals. Marianne also co-founded the Peace Alliance. Marianne is seeking to harness the power of love to fight the hate she sees in the world. She teaches us to go “all in” for the causes we believe in while being unattached to the result. So get ready to learn how to overcome the fear of failure and change the world on Episode 838.If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
Set Yourself Up For Success

Set Yourself Up For Success


NOTHING HAPPENS EASILY.If you want to make real change in your life, you have to know it’s going to be uncomfortable.Everything has its process.You’re going to feel scared. You’re going to have growing pains. That’s part of being a human.But your ability to make mistakes and still stay true to your goals will determine whether or not you make it.You have to take it one step at a time.You have to surround yourself with people who share your belief system.And you have to be honest with yourself.Little by little, your self-confidence will grow, and you’ll be miles away from where you started.For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Gabrielle Reece where she shared strategies to increase your belief in yourself.Gabby is a world-renowned athlete, New York Times bestselling author, wife, and mother. Together with her husband, surfing legend Laird Hamilton, Gabby is an avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their health and a truly authentic example of healthy living. Gabby has become a role model for women worldwide regarding how to achieve peak fitness, good health, and overall well-being for themselves and their entire family.Gabby says that you need to create the infrastructure around yourself to be successful.Learn how baby steps will help you reach your goals in Episode 837.“When it can be easy, allow it to be easy.” - @GabbyReeceIn This Episode You Will Learn:How to create an infrastructure around yourself to be successful (1:30)Why baby steps are the most impactful (2:00)Why you have to surround yourself with people who have similar messaging (3:00)How to make a safe space for you to fail (4:50)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at amd follow at
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. We all have greatness inside us. That’s the whole reason I started this podcast. So why do we make ourselves smaller to fit in with everyone else? Why do we hide? Why do we make excuses? Why do we let others dim our light? By denying our destiny, we create disease, conflict, and unhappiness. Shine your light. It’s not always easy. When you embrace your greatness, others will attack you. You’re challenging their “paradigm.” DO IT ANYWAYS. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined key lessons from Teachers of The Secret: Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, and Bob Proctor. Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, and Bob Proctor are all featured in the book and movie The Secret. Michael Beckwith is a minister, author, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a New Thought church with a congregation estimated in excess of 8,000 members. Lisa Nichols is a hugely successful entrepreneur, life coach, and CEO of one of the first publicly traded self-development companies. Jack Canfield is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages. John Assaraf is founder of NeuroGym, has built 5 multimillion dollar companies, wrote 2 New York Times Bestselling books and is featured in 8 movies. Bob Proctor is the best-selling author of “You Were Born Rich” and has transformed the lives of millions through his books, seminars, and courses. These teachers help us to use visualization to tell The Universe what we want. It’s not difficult, but it’s a skill many of us have never been taught. So get ready to learn how to master the Law of Attraction on Episode 836. Some Questions I Ask:How do you deal with people trying to dim your light? (07:15)What are you most proud of? (10:00)Is there ever a place for anger? (12:00)How does someone discover their unique calling? (15:00)How can someone be positive when they’re broke and unhealthy? (22:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:Why people attack you when you go after your dream (7:30)How to visualize with emotion to create cognitive dissonance (13:30)Why you should pursue acts of service instead of “things” (17:45)How negative self-talk affects the brain (19:15)The only two beliefs that exist (24:00)The fundamental truths to achieving success (26:00)Why so many brilliant people are not successful (36:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video show notes and more at and follow at
ENERGY FLOWS TO AND THROUGH YOU. We tend to minimize what we think we can accomplish. We put ourselves in a box. But we often think that other people can do what we can’t. Why do we believe in others more than ourselves? We all have infinite potential. But we let our “paradigm” define what’s possible. Let’s investigate all the ways your thoughts are holding you back from being happy, healthy, and wealthy. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about shifting your paradigms with a master of the Law of Attraction: Bob Proctor. Bob Proctor is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world and featured in the wildly popular film, The Secret. For over 40 years, Bob Proctor has focused his work and teachings on helping people use the power of their mind to achieve prosperity, rewarding relationships and spiritual awareness. He is the best-selling author of "You Were Born Rich" and has transformed the lives of millions through his books, seminars, courses and personal coaching. Bob says he was going nowhere before he “woke up” to how the universe works. He’s passionate because he figures that if it could work for him, it could work for anyone. So get ready to learn how to develop your six mental faculties on Episode 835.Some Questions I Ask:Why do you call your former self a loser? (9:00)Did you have big dreams as a kid? (24:00)Which faculty was the hardest for you to tap into? (29:30)What’s the thing you want to change most in yourself? (59:00)Do you think you’ll ever realize your potential? (1:03:00)What is something you’re proud of that most people don’t know about you? (1:23:33) In This Episode You Will Learn:How Bob almost missed the change to film The Secret (5:00)The power of generosity (14:00)How Bob changed his outlook on money (15:30)The 6 faculties to improve the qualities of your life (28:00)How to develop your intuition (33:00)The power of self-image (43:00)The key habits to change your life (1:21:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at
WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE? We love to focus on why we’re not able to go after our dreams. Whether it’s our financial situation, our past, or the government, it’s much easier to blame an outside force than take responsibility. But what if there are no excuses? What if the only thing in your way is you? After all, you can’t change your circumstances. But you can change how you react to them. Life isn’t happening to you- you’re happening to it. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Fabio Viviani where he shared how he became successful in America despite being in debt and not speaking English. Fabio believes that complaining only holds you back from going after what you really want. Learn how to succeed in spite of any circumstances in Episode 834.In This Episode You Will Learn:Fabio’s mindset (2:13)Fabio’s biggest pet peeve (1:45)Why Fabio lives his life like a “military tank” (2:00)How Fabio re-created his success in America arriving half a million dollars in debt and not speaking English (2:30)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at
JOIN ME FOR TESLA TALKS. Be open. Be honest. Let other people in. Too often we keep up walls and try to hide who we really are. But when you are vulnerable and transparent, amazing things can happen. My friend Matt joins me in the Tesla for this episode of The School of Greatness to ask me 73 questions. I answer them all. Instead of “Coffee Conversations,” this is “Tesla Talks.” Matt asks me some silly questions, but we also get deep about my goals. I share a dark dream I had about my greatest fear, I talk about the scariest moment of my life, and the one question I wish I got asked more. We had a lot of fun- I hope you enjoy it! So get ready to know 73 new things about me on Episode 833.In This Episode You Will Learn:My greatest fear (16:00)My secret talent (23:02) My most-used emoji (29:30) What I would do if I weren’t doing what I do now (33:50) My career high point (24:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at
WE HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES. We learn a lot of coping mechanisms when we’re younger. They help us get through tough times. But so many of us are still carrying around tactics that are no longer needed. They can make us defensive. They can prevent us from developing relationships. And they can hold us back from our goals. We need to “update our software.” Our situation has changed, but our brain has stayed the same. By working through your issues and not being afraid to change, we can learn healthier ways to move through the world. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about letting go of the things that no longer serve us with a world-famous comedian: Whitney Cummings. Whitney Cummings is a stand-up comedian, actress and producer. She created the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, the NBC sitcom Whitney, and the movie The Female Brain. She was also a producer and writer for the ABC revival of Roseanne. So get ready to learn all about codependency and reinventing yourself on Episode 832.Some Questions I Ask:When did you realize you were good at stand up? (6:30)What are you most proud of? (29:00)Who was more influential growing up- mom or dad? (51:00)How do you deal with the Hollywood ups and downs? (1:06:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:Why we should forgive our parents (20:00)How anxiety can help you (27:00)How to change the type of people you’re attracted to (36:00)Why your relationship needs to be “boring” (41:30)The difference between interdependence and codependency (48:00)Why financial freedom is important to Whitney (1:00:00)About PC culture and stand up comedy (1:33:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at: and follow at
Cultivate the Right Culture

Cultivate the Right Culture


TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR NARRATIVE. What stories are you telling? The ones you repeat will end up shaping your life. When you’re building a work culture, storytelling is key. They will determine how employees behave. They will shape the narratives they tell themselves about their coworkers. And they will inspire them to work even harder. How can you harness the power of storytelling to create an ideal environment for you and your company? For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Bryan Johnson where he shared how he used town hall meetings, stories, and unconventional hiring methods to make his ideal work culture. Bryan Johnson is the founder of Kernel, OS Fund and Braintree. In 2013, he sold Braintree to Paypal for $800 million. Bryan set a high standard for his employees that let them know they had to be at the top of their game at all times. Learn how to build an amazing work culture on Episode 831.In This Episode You Will Learn:How to communicate your vision to your team (02:30)The interesting job ad Bryan placed to find employees (2:45)Why Bryan used Town Hall meetings at work (04:00)How storytelling is key for the culture you want to build (5:15)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at
IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORM. At some point in our lives, we have let go of our old selves and grow into something greater. Think about the king cobra. It starts to feel uncomfortable in its skin. It’s not able to see- its skin makes its vision blurred. So it moves in seclusion. It gets rid of the old skin, and a new shiny skin comes up. Suddenly, its vision is clear. We all need this process. We all need to let go of the past and embrace our future. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about freeing ourselves from suffering with one of my most influential teachers: Preethaji. Preethaji is the co-founder of the O&O Academy near Chennai, India. O&O’s campus and teachings are designed to free humans from all forms of suffering. Combining ancient wisdoms and teachings with neuroscience and neurobiology, Preethaji helps students develop a personal practice of mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork with the goal of personal transformation. I studied with Preethaji in India, and it changed my life. She taught me that there are only two states in life: a suffering state and a beautiful state. So get ready to learn how to stop suffering on Episode 830.Some Questions I Ask:Why did this calling come to you when it did? (6:30)How do we stop suffering? (18:00)What happens when we fixate on past experiences? (23:00)Why do so many people hold onto heartbreak (39:30)What happens when our outer world is thriving but the inner world is suffering? (49:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:What to do when your children struggle with depression and addiction (11:00)The only two states in life (13:00)The fable of Yesmi and Nomi (22:00)The root of loneliness (25:00)The four sacred secrets (34:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at
Comments (12)

Stacey Fitzgerald

this was so awesome. I could relate so deeply growing up with trauma and my struggles to overcome and replaying things in so many areas of my life. thank you for sharing💞

Aug 5th

Gillian Urquhart


Aug 2nd

Wade Barrett

Awesome content

Jul 31st


Wade Barrett Excellent

Aug 1st

Gideon Ebelebe

Thanks for feeding our mind.

Jul 16th

Jennifer Arabella

Gideon Ebelebe thanks too

Jul 16th


greate podcast

Jul 15th

frank bennett

he tells a story about an author changing the lanquage she writes in to get back to beginners mind. what was her name?

Jul 12th


I can't take this bitch seriously

Jul 9th

Sandra Vicente


Jun 21st

Darshika Manral

Hi Lewis!! Thanks for assimilating these talks, really enjoyed it.. Could you also please share the links for the full talks with the speakers? I tried searching with their name in your channel but somehow not able to find them. Will be really grateful to you! Thanks!!

Jun 19th

Crissi Dares

What happened to this episode? I wanted to listen again and make notes

Jun 19th
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