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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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THERE IS JUST CONSCIOUSNESS AND ITS CONTENTS. When you’re dreaming, you don’t know that you’re asleep. You’re caught up in the dream. That’s how most of us go through life. We’re unaware that we’re not actually experiencing the things we are feeling. But you can break the spell in a moment with meditation. When you become present, you’re no longer asleep. It’s time to wake up. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I continue my conversation on meditation and mindfulness with one of the greatest thinkers of our time: Sam Harris. Sam Harris is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and creator of the Waking Up Course. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. Sam shares that when he experiences emotions like anger to sadness, he becomes interested in the emotion. He observes his body’s reaction and tries to distance himself from the feelings. So get ready to learn how mindfulness can end suffering on Episode 824.Some Questions I Ask:How do you eliminate worry? (49:00)How do we stay satisfied in an unsatisfied world? (1:07:00)When do you feel the most loved? (1:15:00)What’s the one lesson you want to teach your kids? (1:21:00)What’s the question you wish you had the answer to? (1:31:00)What are you most proud of? (1:40:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:The landmarks for mindfulness (53:00)Why the feeling of self is an illusion (54:00)The hardest part of meditation (01:11:00)What death has meant in Sam’s life (01:37:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, video, and more at http://lewishowes.com/824 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
ALMOST ALL OF YOUR SUFFERING COMES FROM YOUR THOUGHTS. We all get stuck in the past. We worry about the future. We’re full of anxiety. It can consume us. And makes us ungrateful for what is happening now. In fact, you could say that the root of all our unhappiness is our thoughts. So how can we get more present? It’s not something that happens automatically. You have to practice every day. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into the idea of eliminating suffering with an expert in meditation: Sam Harris. Sam Harris is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and creator of the Waking Up Course. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. Sam explains how experiencing unconditional love got him interested in meditation and how he reframes the “bad things” that happen to him in life. So get ready to learn all about consciousness on Episode 823.Some Questions I Ask:When did you get into meditation? (6:00)Had you ever felt unconditional love before taking MDMA? (10:30)When did you start to focus on the desire to be happy? (15:50)Why do so many people believe so firmly in religion? (19:30)How do we unlock our consciousness? (32:40)If you could control your thoughts, what would you want to think? (41:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:The goal of meditation (14:00)The main tool we have is human conversation (18:00)The only important thing in the universe (30:00)How to reframe anxiety (35:00)Why worry is pointless (45:30)If you liked this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/823 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
Optimism is a Superpower

Optimism is a Superpower

2019-07-1200:07:126

LIFE IS GOOD.Being an optimist instead of a pessimist is a choice.You can wake up each day and focus on what’s wrong.Or you can choose to be grateful. Whatever you focus on grows.So if you are spending your time on things that make you unhappy, they will take over.But if you can cultivate gratitude, simplicity, and optimism, that’s what your life will become.Choose happiness.For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Bert Jacobs, founder of the Life is Good Company, where he shared a few of his ten Superpowers that are surprisingly simple and timeless.Bert has appeared on CNN’s Tips from the Top, CNBC’s Business Nation, and The Donny Deutch Show. Life Is Good has been featured in the New York Times, on the cover of Inc Magazine, and on NBC’s The Today Show. Bert is the second youngest of six siblings from Needham, MA. He credits his mother with teaching his brother and him to face the bumps in the road with a smile. The Jacobs brothers see simplicity, humility, and a sense of humor as the three keys to Life is good’s continued success.Learn how to live a good life the same way your grandfather and your grandfather’s father did in Episode 822.“Optimism is a choice.” - @LifeIsGoodIn This Episode You Will Learn:Why optimism is a choice (1:00)How openness is a superpower (1:30)What selling “Life is Good” t-shirts taught Bert (2:00)About the tools for living a fulfilling life (3:00)For videos, show notes, and more visit: http://www.lewishowes.com/822 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
IN CHARM WE TRUST. How do you enroll people in your vision? How do you ask for more than what your limiting beliefs think you deserve? How do you accomplish dreams even though you feel unprepared? It’s all about pushing past what you think you can do. You have to ask. And you need to surround yourself with people who will help you accomplish the impossible. The School of Greatness wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of my executive team. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the journey of The School of Greatness with my friend and COO Cesar and my amazing assistant: Sarah Livingstone. Sarah Livingstone has been my assistant for the last six years and is now moving on. She doesn’t love the spotlight, but I wanted to stretch her by having her as a guest on The School of Greatness. She says the keys to being a great assistant are thinking three steps ahead of others and believing in the message.So get ready to learn more about Sarah and how The School of Greatness has become what it is today on Episode 821.Some Questions I Ask:What’s been the biggest lesson from the last four years? (11:00)What was the highlight of the second your for you? (29:00)What advice do you have about being a great team player? (35:30)Who was your favorite guest on The School of Greatness? (43:00)Was there ever a time you wanted to quit? (46:00)What advice do you have for me moving forward? (56:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:The story of how Sarah and I met (15:00)About the “champagne” story (19:00)Sarah’s highlight of the six years (24:00)About the evolution of Sarah’s mindset (40:00)What’s next for Sarah (1:00:00)For videos, show notes, and much more go to www.lewishowes.com/821 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes.
DO THINGS ON YOUR OWN TERMS. We all judge people. We make assumptions about what people care about and who they are based on the way they look. But people are often more than they seem. No matter what judgments people may have of you, you can break the status quo. Never let the way you look determine what you’re capable of. Keep questioning your judgements and make others question.On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about defying people’s expectations with a couple who is much more than they seem: Lauryn and Michael Bosstick. Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick host the entrepreneurial podcast, The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER, which just hit 16 million downloads. Lauryn has turned her passion for beauty, wellness and no-censor advice into one of the most distinctive blogs online today, The Skinny Confidential. Along with the blog Lauryn released her own book, The Skinny Confidential Lifestyle Guide and a BODY GUIDE, which is a monthly subscription service that includes new workouts and meal plans. Michael Bosstick is the CEO of Dear Media, founder of Bosstick Media, co-founder of Jetbed, Inc., co-host of the TSC podcast + much more. Lauryn and Michael are open about the struggles of working together while being married and what it takes to keep sex alive after ten years. So get ready to learn how to keep a relationship exciting (especially while working together) on Episode 820.Some Questions I Ask:What did you want in a long term partner? (7:00)What do you guys get judged for the most? (17:00)What’s the hardest thing about being married and working together? (19:00)Do you ever wish you could not be so public with everything? (27:00)Which is something you wish you were better at? (38:00)What advice would you give to a couple who wants to go into business together? (46:00)What’s the question you wish Lauryn would ask you that she hasn’t asked? (58:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:About Lauryn and Michael’s most interesting podcast guest (11:00)A fun easy way to spice up your sex life (23:00)Why Lauryn has been transparent about her plastic surgery (26:00)How to build a “strategic future by design” (47:00)How to not let outside voices affect your relationship (54:00)
BECOME AN EXPERT. Confidence is so important. But you have to earn it. If you’re confident without putting in the work, it can come off as arrogance or even insecurity. So how can you have calculated confidence? Learn from your mistakes. Put in the hours. And believe in what you’re doing. Once you’ve worked hard for your confidence, you’ll be able to look your clients in the eye knowing you’re an expert in your field. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the hit show Million Dollar Listing’s Josh Altman where he shared what makes him one of the best realtors in the world.In This Episode You Will Learn:How to be a successful salesperson (2:05)Why you should surround yourself with a dream team (3:00)The importance of getting a mentor (4:00)The four keys to Josh’s success (5:30)
LIFE IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL. All of us are trying to do too many things at once. We’re on the phone while doing something else. We’re on a date but we’re distracted. We’re responding to text messages at red lights. When we live like this, we never fully experience anything. We’re half-living. It’s hard to build relationships, be joyful, and be open to opportunities when you’re not present. You may even be putting your life in danger.On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of presence with a coach and mentor who has grounded me throughout my adult life: Chris Lee. Chris Lee has spent the last 27 years leading powerful Leadership Seminars around the world. A pioneer in emotional intelligence, Chris Lee has trained and developed people at the top of their game such as Olympic athletes, Fortune 500 Business leaders, celebrities and individuals with a desire to elevate themselves. Chris Lee also serves as a collaborator on TV and radio shows for Univision and The Fox Network. Chris says that we need to realize that life has an ending. What you’re experiencing now will soon be over- this is your one shot! By taking ownership of your life and your environment, you can stop your resentments of the past and anxiety about the future.So get ready to learn the Seven Keys to Being Present on Episode 818.Some Questions I Ask:How do we be more present? (7:00)How do we lead a more joyful life? (13:00)What’s the difference between appreciating where you’re out and realizing you want something better? (14:50)What is a lesson you’ve learned in the last six months? (36:00)What’s a lesson you still need to learn? (38:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:Seven keys to be more present (9:00)Why we stay stuck in situations we don’t want to be in (16:00)Why you need to hold other people accountable for being present (18:00)The importance of setting intentions (24:00)
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THE BEST. So often we feel behind. Other people have already figured out what they want. Other people got started earlier. They’re sure of the path they’re on. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. I would have never thought I’d end up where I am now. My whole life I’ve been a generalist. I’ve never been the best at anything. There was always someone bigger, faster, and stronger. But I had heart and vision, and I was willing to work just as hard. This allowed me to collect a lot of different skills. Those skills, even though they seem random, make me successful on the path I’m on now. If you take your time and follow your inspiration, you’ll end up somewhere you couldn’t have even imagined. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about finding your perfect career path with an expert on fulfilling work: David Epstein. David Epstein is a New York Times bestselling author and a science and investigative reporter. He co-authored the story for Sports Illustrator that revealed Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. David gives example after example of people who had diverse backgrounds that seemed unrelated to the thing they ended up being famous for. He says that his most important projects are things he never could have planned. So get ready to learn why setting rigid long term goals may actually hold you back on Episode 817.Some Questions I Ask:How do we know what our best skills are? (22:30)What advice would you give your son about figuring out his career? (23:30)How do we do the matching process for ourselves? (43:00) Why do we have an obsession with being the best? (57:00)How do we know when we’ve found fulfillment? (1:04:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:About the concept “skill stacking” (10:00)Why David wrote his book on generalists (11:00)About The Dark Horse Project (13:30)Why “self-regulatory learning” is the most beneficial (16:00)About the “end of history allusion” (25:00)How David uses a “book of experiments” (48:00)Why we get stuck in the rut of competence (52:00)
Plant Good Seeds

Plant Good Seeds

2019-06-2800:06:33

Harvest seeds of growth. Ending relationships is never easy. But it’s a part of life. Not all relationships last, but it’s how we end them that makes all the difference. You can use the opportunity to plant seeds that better your future, or you can plant bitter seeds that will bloom into hatred and rage. You make the decision. It is possible to consciously uncouple. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Katherine Woodward where she explained the best way to end a relationship. Katherine Woodward Thomas, M.A., MFT is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After, which was nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award, and the national bestseller, Calling in “The One:” 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and teacher to thousands from all corners of the world in her virtual and in-person learning communities. Katherine teaches us to understand our feelings and gives us techniques to release them.In This Episode You Will Learn:About “affect labeling” or naming your feelings (2:00)The practice of Tonglen (3:55)How to harvest the seeds of growth that are underneath our emotions (4:30)About the concept of Karma (5:20)
The Power of Storytelling

The Power of Storytelling

2019-06-2600:47:164

WE COULD ALL USE A LITTLE MAGIC. Storytelling is an important part of everything you do. Whether you’re trying to sell something, speaking, or building relationships, you can’t ignore the power of story. It’s what causes us to have an emotional connection to something. Magic is an art form that uses storytelling. It’s not just about magic tricks. It’s about what you feel while you’re watching the trick. It’s about what the magician is telling you that changes your memory of the event. And it’s about how you take what you’re seeing and relate it to your story. How can you use the power of magic in your own life? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined lessons about capturing your audience from some of the greatest magicians alive: Penn Jillette, Oz Perlman, Julius Dien, Derren Brown, and Lior Suchard. Derren Brown uses magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship to create series and specials on stage and television. He’s won two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and has also written books for magicians as well as the general public. Lior Suchard is considered to be the world’s greatest mentalist. His mind-blowing performances of thought influence, miraculous prediction and startling mind reading have made him the most sought after mentalist on the planet. He entertains audiences all over the world, which have brought him a list of fans stretching from A-list Hollywood celebrities to heads of state and notorious businessmen. Born and raised in London, Julius Dein has fast become one of the world’s most recognized social media stars. Mixing together mind-blowing magic with hilarious comedy and travel culture, Julius Dein has over 20 million followers across the internet. Oz Pearlman is a world-class entertainer and one of the busiest mentalists in the country. You might recognize him from America’s Got Talent where he placed third out of thousands of acts. Oz has also appeared on a variety of both national and international networks, a few of which include NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The TODAY Show & ABC World News and been profiled in Forbes, The New York Times, to name but a few. When he isn’t blowing the minds of audiences around the world, Oz is an avid marathon and ultra-marathon runner. Penn Jillette is a magician, actor, musician, inventor, television personality, and best-selling author best known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. The duo has been featured in numerous stage and television shows such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and are currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. He has published eight books, including the New York Times Bestseller, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. All of these amazing magicians use the same tools to draw in their audience and capture their imaginations. It’s more than impressive tricks, flashing lights, or fancy outfits.So get ready to learn how to harness the power of storytelling on Episode 815.Some Questions I Ask:What is your greatest superpower, Darren Brown? (12:35)Do you feel like you had a good childhood? (17:10)How did you learn how to tell better stories? (19:25)Does mentalism have to do more with emotional intelligence or observed behavior? (35:20)What’s the perfect person to work with as a mentalist? (36:40)In This Episode You Will Learn:Why the stories we tell ourselves restrict us (8:10)The four pillars of magic (15:00)The power of the sense of wonder (16:50)Why you need to combine your message with an emotional response (22:05)The formula for going viral (24:45)Why you should reverse engineer based on the outcome you want (30:45)The power of partnership (38:24)Why empathy is important in art (41:26)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, video and more at www.lewishowes.com/815 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
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Gideon Ebelebe

Thanks for feeding our mind.

Jul 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

Gideon Ebelebe thanks too

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

llll

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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