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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.
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CRACK THE HEALTH CODE. These days there are a million ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Every day we hear about a new diet or strategy. How do we know what works and what doesn’t work? Information is the key, and with the right information, we can vastly improve our lives. What if you were able to put some of the best health and science experts in one room. Fortunately, that’s what we were able to do. It’s a biohacking breach! On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined key lessons from a few nutrition all-stars: Dr. Mark Hyman, Aubrey Marcus, Kelly Leveque, Dr. Steven Gundry, and Dave Asprey. Dr. Mark Hyman, Aubrey Marcus, Kelly Leveque, Dr. Steven Gundry, and Dave Asprey are all health care professionals and biohacking experts. Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., is the founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center, Director of the Cleveland Clinical Center for Functional Medicine, and the Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Functional Medicine. Kelly Leveque is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and celebrity health coach based in Los Angeles, California. Her consulting business, Be Well By Kelly, grew out of her lifelong passion for health, the science of nutrition, and overall wellness. Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. Dr. Steven Gundry has worked in medicine for over 40 years. He is the Director and Founder of the International Heart & Lung Institute as well as the Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, CA. Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely-popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the podcast Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Bulletproof Diet. So get ready to learn how to master your health on Episode 863. Some Questions I Ask: What are some of the things we can do with our bodies to improve our health? (20:00)Why is mindset crucial to your overall health? (10:45)How can you turn off hunger hormones? (17:30)Why aren’t most people at the fitness level they desire? (25:00)Does it matter whether our food is served hot or cold? (30:22)How can someone be positive when they’re broke and unhealthy? (22:00) In This Episode You Will Learn:About the five causes of all disease. (6:55)How to have a champion mindset with your body. (10:00)How bacteria from animal guts can make you younger and healthier. (22:11)Why plants had to adapt to animals. (37:30)About the feedback loop between your brain and your body. (41:23)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the videos, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/863 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
What does it mean to be a leader? How do you define winning? At its root, leadership is a responsibility to the people around us. Anyone on your team can become a leader. It’s the kind of team trust that transforms your co-workers into a family. Just like leadership, winning is an on-going process. Winning requires an infinite mindset. Every day we study and train so that we can become better than the day before. You must embrace the process. If you do, great leadership awaits you. In today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the qualities of leadership and how to create a better office environment with a master of organizational leadership: Simon Sinek. Simon is a business consultant, author, and motivational speaker. He teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. As an author, he has released multiple best-selling books, Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better and Find Your Why. His latest book is The Infinite Game. Simon talks about his journey and why creating a great work environment is so important to him. He also discusses the Infinite Game and why it’s a process that will reap great benefits. So get ready to learn about playing the Infinite Game on Episode 862. Some Questions I Ask:Why does following your purpose require a personal sacrifice? (05:30)Is there one person in a business who is responsible for improving the culture? (17:15)What makes someone a leader? (26:20)How do you develop self-confidence? (32:05)What is the Infinite Mind? (41:20)What is the difference between an Individual athlete and a team athlete? (44:00) In This Episode You Will Learn:How to avoid sustained stress in business (10:00)Why you should always be inspired to go to work (21:50)Simon’s definition of a leader (26:20) How to build your self-confidence (32:05)Why the Infinite Mind is vital to our future success (41:20)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://lewishowes.com/862 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
MAKE YOUR OWN RULES. If you want to become a social media star, you have to find your voice and carve out your niche. It’s important to be flexible and open to change- as long as you stay authentic. Staying flexible with your vision could keep you from being pigeon-holed in your industry. Staying YOU will keep your followers interested. If you stay consistent, keep creating, and have fun, you will find your core audience. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisit a conversation I had with Justine Ezarik, where she shared her creative process and the philosophy behind her social media empire. Justine is a social media powerhouse. When she isn’t busy being a YouTube personality, she’s busy being a producer, writer, and author. Justine made her mark in the industry creating videos about tech, travel, and gaming. Her loyal following includes over 6 million subscribers on YouTube and almost two million followers on Instagram and Twitter. Justine says that you need to be creative and unlimited when it comes to life and business. Learn how to be successful on your terms in Episode 861.In This Episode You Will Learn:How to have fun and create content without stressing goals (22:30)The importance of not being pigeon-holed in your industry (23:15) Building your brand on authenticity (26:33)How to make decisions based on the opportunities that come to you (26:50)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video show notes and more at http://lewishowes.com/861 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
We all want to maintain our youth. Our goal is to be attractive, healthy, and energetic as we age. What if there were ways beyond basic diet and exercise regimens that could literally reverse aging? But what if we could defy our own biology? There are many ways to stay young and live a healthy, productive life. But maybe those methods aren’t enough. Maybe if we lived at the intersection of technology and health we could actually live forever. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the things you can do to maintain your health with a master biohacker: Dave Aspery. Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the podcast Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Bulletproof Diet. Dave was described by Men’s Health as a "lifestyle guru” and his body-hacking gym, Upgrade Labs, has more than 15 different technologies in two signature locations dedicated to improving mental and physical performance and recovery. His new book Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever is out on October 8th everywhere books are sold online. So get ready to learn how to maintain your health and energy as you age on Episode 860. Some Questions I Ask:What is the BulletProof diet? (12:45)What are the seven things that make you old? (17:25)How do you get a better ROI on your workout? (46:50)What are five things you can do for better health and less pain? (55:30)What are the five health killers? (01:09:35) In This Episode You Will Learn:How to get to your ultimate fitness level (9:27)How to keep your body young (16:55)Key steps on maintaining your health and energy as you get older (40:17)The power of your immune system and “killer cells” (52:00)Five simple tips to improve your overall health (55:45) Why fried food is worse than cigarettes (1:02:40)The incredible benefits of intermittent fasting (1:03:55)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://lewishowes.com/860 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
SEPARATE FROM THE PACK . We all want to be successful. Some of us even want to be wealthy. Some think that to achieve success they need to become someone different. What if you could achieve your goal just by being yourself? Perhaps the change isn't who you are but what you are doing. Maybe it's your habits or a lack of hunger. The important thing is to separate yourself from the pack. But where does the mentality of a winner truly come from? On today's episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about being a bull in your profession and being a boss that everyone wants to work with, with one of the world’s leading businessmen in hospitality and sports: Tilman Fertitta. Tilman Joseph Fertitta is an accomplished businessman, entrepreneur, author, and television personality. He is the chairman, CEO, and sole owner of Fertitta Entertainment, one of the largest restaurant corporations in the U.S. He also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Tilman teaches us that the things we want are within our grasp. We have to be the bull in the room and learn how to take what we want. So get ready to learn how to let go of fear on Episode 859. Some Questions I Ask:How do you keep a competitive edge? (7:15)What should you look at when you are acquiring a business? (16:40)How do you stay grounded? (28:20)What is your definition of greatness? (42:00) In This Episode You Will Learn:How to cultivate a culture that makes employees want to stay (10:30)Why you shouldn't get caught up in things that don't matter (15:50)Why you should always take advantage of a good deal (17:50)How Tilman has raised grounded children as a wealthy parent (25:00)Staying grounded and why TIlman thinks it’s important (28:20)Tilman’s best advice on how to borrow money for a business deal (30:35)Why you should relentlessly pursue your talents (39:29)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/859 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
BE AUTHENTIC- NO MATTER WHAT. We admire great performers. Whether in sports, business, or any other field, we can all appreciate true greatness. But do you have to be born with unique talents to achieve it? Is there a magical gene lottery? If you take the mystery out of the equation, you are left with a simple truth. That path to greatness requires hard work, dedication, and preparation. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisit a conversation I had with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, where he shares how to achieve your “Personal Greatness.” Valentin Chmerkovskiy is a Ukrainian-American professional dancer, best known for his appearances on the U.S. version of ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ where he won twice. He is a two-time World Latin Dance Champion (Junior and Youth) and a 14-time U.S. National Latin Dance champion. Learn what is needed to be a top performer in Episode 858.In This Episode You Will Learn:Why authenticity is more important than perfection (2:00)The importance of being consistent in your preparation (3:00)The steps to achieving personal greatness (3:30)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/858 and follow at instagram.com/858
PURSUE CREATIVE FULFILLMENT. You might think that successful people have magic powers. A unique formula to be rich and famous. A formula you didn’t receive, and that’s what’s holding you back. But, is that the reality? Once you realize the unique formula is hard work, dedication and perseverance you realize that you’ve had the recipe all along. Stop waiting for someone or something to bring you happiness in life. Instead, focus on the daily process that will turn your dreams into a reality. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about taking the long road and dedicating yourself to a dream with comedian and actor: Jim Gaffigan. Jeff Gaffigan is a successful stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. Jeff has been able to carve out a successful career in comedy while being a “clean comic” who rarely uses profanity in his routines. He persevered through a road of challenges and failures, and now he’s at the top of his game. He conquered his fears and is living his dream. So, get ready to learn how to pursue your dreams on Episode 857. Some Questions I Ask:How did you get into comedy? (9:00)What have you learned in 30 years of comedy? (13:25)What have you learned about people? (15:47)Who was more inspirational in your life, mom or dad? (23:20)Do you think that 20-year-old Jimmy would believe where you are now? (35:00)How do you balance work and family? (38:45)In This Episode You Will Learn:How to get over your fear of public speaking (9:10)How to deal with frustration in your career (19:50)How Jim found that failure is part of the process (37:30)How to be empowered by family challenges (48:29)How Jim gets the crowd back on his side when he feels he’s lost them (51:15)Why you need to find your voice (56:30)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://wwwlewishowes.com/857 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes.
CREATE YOUR OWN AUDIENCE. It’s human to make multiple stops on the way to your destination. Often, these stops are crucial moments that inform the person you are becoming. Some are forgettable. Others stay with you long after you have moved on. All of them help us grow and evolve. It’s important to own them. You shouldn’t feel ashamed or regretful. Sometimes you just have to change the narrative. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about letting go of the past and finding your true self on the path to success with social media sensation: Amanda Cerny. Amanda Cerny is an actor, writer, model, and social media influencer. With more than 35 million followers across YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram, Amanda has become a celebrity and top female influencer. So get ready to learn all about building an audience and the power of social media on Episode 856.Some Questions I Ask: (need new questions)How did you get started on social media (9:30)What caused you to move to LA? (19:30)How did you get involved with Playboy? (25:45)What are some of the personal challenges you had to face growing your brand? (40:00) What have you learned about yourself and other people? (49:30) In This Episode You Will Learn:How to improve your social media audience. (14:30)Why you shouldn’t let people or moments define you. (33:32)Why you should create content that represents you. (39:15)How to be super passionate about your work (47:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the visuals, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/856
VISUALIZE YOUR BEST LIFE Do you find it challenging to achieve goals? Often, we get lost when we have a destination with no map. It’s time to visualize your future and lay out the steps. Keep your eye on your objectives. Think like a Navy Seal. Map out each step and stick to the plan. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Kimberly Guilfoyle, where she shared her strategy for achieving goals and going after your dreams. Kimberly Guilfoyle is a powerhouse woman, and among many accolades, she is the former co-host of The Five on Fox News, a bestselling author, a former public defender, and a mother. Learn how to make the perfect case for your future on Episode 855.In This Episode You Will Learn:The Building Blocks for creating a perfect case (3:00)The steps to visualizing your future (3:30)Why it’s important to be clear about the scenario you want to create (4:00)How to map out the steps to achieve your goal (4:30)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http:lewishowes.com/855 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
DRESS FOR HAPPINESS. People live their lives trying to find their purpose. They are looking for ways to express their true selves. But many are worried about judgment and the opinions of others. Do you deny your destiny? How can you get on the road to happiness and self-fulfillment? You have to ignore the noise. Be yourself no matter what people say. Take the time to discover what makes you happy. And once you find your happiness, work hard to keep it. Keep moving forward, step by step. When you look back, you’ll be amazed at what you accomplished. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about finding yourself and living life to the fullest with Dennis Rodman. Dennis Rodman is a five-time NBA Champion, seven-time NBA Rebounding champion, two-time NBA All-star, and trailblazer for the LBGTQ community. He recently released a remarkable ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary about his life and career. Dennis is open about his highs and lows, including his rise from poverty and his struggles with alcoholism. Through it all, he is proud of his accomplishments and hopes that others will learn from his life journey. So get ready to learn how to live life to the fullest on Episode 854.Some Questions I Ask:Was it easy being vulnerable in the NBA? (09:30)How did you stay out all night and still have the energy for practice? (18:45) What makes you proud? (30:50)Who was the best player you played with or against in the NBA? (29:55) Who was the first person in your life that you respected and admired? (33:05)What is the biggest lesson you learned in North Korea? (45:25) When it comes to your mother, what makes you proud? (01:00:50)In this episode you will learn:How he lives with enthusiasm (11:14)How he opened the door for the Gay community (11:20)Why he always does something that makes him happy (14:30)How Dennis feels he is never too old to ask for help (54:17)Plus much more...If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/854 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes.
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Harmony Vanderhorst

I love your podcast. One of the things I like most about it, is that it is clean and I can listen with my children! You do such a great job interviewing people by bringing out their best qualities with great interesting conversations! keep up the good work!

Sep 18th
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Excellence to strive for

i am new to your podcast, i've watched some of your yt episodes in the past, and it's just such an amazing content, keep pushing forward, best of luck 💪💪😁

Sep 17th
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Brian Magnani

Another fantastic episode. one of the best I've heard so far.

Sep 6th
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Brian Magnani

Need more of this stuff. love it.

Sep 6th
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Brian Magnani

Been devouring these podcasts past few weeks, this is one of a few episodes that stands apart. A must for anyone wanting to get started or is trying to become an influencer. Great stuff thanks Lewis.

Sep 6th
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Lisa Moreno

Kyle is amazing! II already have his book and the information in it is profound. Love his work. Look forward to the future of what he has coming out!

Sep 5th
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Robert Lee

fuckin bullshit tag line. of course it can be taught. it's all in how you raise your kid.

Aug 26th
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Rebecka Yaeger

This was an amazingly profound episode and it couldn't have come at a better time in my life. I felt like I was right there with you! ❤

Aug 22nd
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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
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Gillian Urquhart

1p1p0

Aug 2nd
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Wade Barrett

Awesome content

Jul 31st
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Gideon Ebelebe

Thanks for feeding our mind.

Jul 16th
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MAHMOUD POURJAFAR

greate podcast

Jul 15th
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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
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dushjr

I can't take this bitch seriously

Jul 9th
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Sandra Vicente

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Jun 21st
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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
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Crissi Dares

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

Jun 19th
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