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The Science of Success

Author: Matt Bodnar presents the The #1 Evidence Based Growth Podcast on the Internet. The Science of Success is about psychology, decision-making, and much more. Similar to Tim Ferriss, Hidden Brain, Robert Cialdini, Lewis Howes, & Freakonomics

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The #1 Evidence Based Growth Podcast on the Internet. The Science of Success is about the search for evidence based personal growth. It's about exploring ways to improve your decision-making, understand your mind and how psychology rules the world around you, and learn from experts and thought leaders about ways we can become better versions of ourselves.
131 Episodes
Five Things You Never Knew About Building Real Self Esteem with Dr. David Lieberman
In this episode we discuss how to build self control and self esteem. We look at what happens when you lose control - and how to develop the strategies so that you can feel calm and collected in tough situations. We discuss the importance of having an “allegiance to reality,” share concrete strategies for building self esteem, discuss the relationship between pain and fulfillment - and discuss how you can never get angry again with our guest Dr. David Lieberman.Dr. David Lieberman is a New York Times bestselling author and expert in the fields of human behavior and interpersonal relationships. His most recent work Never Get Angry Again dives into the science behind our emotions and how we can stay calm in any situation. His work has been featured on ABC, The Today Show, NPR, Entrepreneur and more.Why do people get angry? What’s at the root of anger?At the core of anger is a feeling of vulnerabilityWhen we become angry the brain releases a number of neurotransmitters and hormones - and it gives us the illusion of feeling in controlAs our self esteem erodes, we like ourselves less, we get angrierThe degree that we don’t like ourselves, the more we need other people to validate us, engaging the egoWhen someone is angry - it's about them, its not about youThe core of anger is fear and a fear of losing control Anger creates the illusion of controlPeople with low self esteem are often the most controlling people - because they need to be able to influence things around them, because they feel like they don’t have control of themselvesSelf control is at the CORE of self esteem. If you can control your own behavior, you begin to build self esteem.How do you build self esteem?Recognize that you’re in pain. Acknowledge and accept that. Allegiance to reality at all costs. Don’t pretend that it doesn’t exist. Self compassion, not self pity. Don’t beat yourself up more. With self love, you begin to grow out of pain. Reconnect with who you are. What are you living for?Living being driven by the ego - causes pain and sufferingSlow simple progress, moving step by step out of darkness will begin to fuel self esteem The entire trajectory of our lives can be shaped by our egoFocusing on achieving to win the praise and approval of other peopleQuestions to break through the ego and understand what really matters to you:What would I do if I had all the money I needed?What would I do if I felt that I couldn't fail?What would I do if I was unconditionally loved?Neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them, and psychiatrists charge rentThe beginning of mental health is when you face yourself. Ask yourself: Where have I been trying to ignore a reality?By ignoring a problem, you end up compounding it and feeling worse and worse about yourself. "Blame mode" conflicts with "solution mode". We live in culture that fosters the idea of not accepting responsibility and blaming other peopleThe way to gain self esteem is to ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY “The lottery curse” - what is it?Money, intelligence, life experience have no bearing on happiness - just the QUALITY OF OUR CHOICESThe power of decision is the power to change your life.Painful experiences ultimately help create meaning in our livesJill Bolte Taylor "90 Second Rule"
Being Busy vs. Creating Results - What Are You Doing? with Jake Knapp
In this episode we discuss what happens when you mistake being busy with creating results, we take a hard look at time management and examine concrete strategies for carving out more time, we look at the dangerous power of “defaults” in shaping our behavior and how we can use them to our advantage, and examine how to have a healthy relationship with our inbox with our guest Jake Knapp. Jake is the New York Times bestselling author of Sprint. He spent ten years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint process and ran it over 150 times with companies like Nest, Slack, 23andMe, and Flatiron Health. Previously, Jake helped build products like Gmail, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Encarta, and his work has been featured in Tech Crunch, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and more.Jake’s own battle and journey with time, time management, and figuring out how to make the most of his time, effort, and energy to create more results Lessons from a “time dork” who has spent time in the trenches thinking about how to best spend your timeWe spend a lot of our time in the world of “defaults” - with our technology platformsThe “busy bandwagon” - the cultural norm of wanting to be and appear that you’re busyDeleting instagram, facebook, twitter and more from his phone helped Jake be more present What happens when you mistake being busy with creating resultsIf you're caught up in the minutiae of life - what can you do to step back and get clarity on priorities and what’s really important in your life?There’s no secret solution for everyone - it’s about trying strategies to see what works for you - and constantly engaging in contemplative analysis of what’s important A “burner list” strategy you can use to organize your todo list We’re not super human and we don’t want to be - many of us wouldn’t be happy with the life of Elon MuskThink about the space between a TASK and a GOAL - clear 60-90 minutes to really dive in and create results on your most important item on your ToDo listYou don’t need to be busier to create the results you want - its about taking control of what you’re doing“Someday” goals can become realities if you prioritize correctly and break them into executable chunks If you’re not taking steps toward your goals, they effectively don’t existThe importance of creating a meaningful connection to your goals - to create motivation in the near termYou have the ability to “recover time” in your day by spending less time in a reactive stateAs one of the early pioneers of email, spending his time help building gmail app and much more - Jake has some strong insights into how we can have a healthy relationship with our inboxes The difficulty of saying no - and how we can do a better job of itGet out saying yes/no to commitments in person, defer and come back later when you’ve had time to think about itSaying yes to something is a great way to kill your own priorities. They are like barnacles on the hull of your shipTrying to construct situations where a team can make really good decisions using the Design Sprint process Lessons from constructing environments to help people make better decisionsThe design sprint process and how it helps teams work together and make great decisionsMaking sure that you’re considering opinionated / conflicting solutions to, and creating an environment where it’s healthy to have disagreement Anonymous disagreement on paperHomework - Lightning Decision Jam Homework - What is your distraction kryptonite?
Profound Insights In Brain Science Revealed During A Stroke? with Dr. Jill Taylor
In this episode, we explore the brain. Are the two halves of the brain really that different? What is the idea of whole brain thinking? How do you get your brain to do what you want it to do? Can we become more “right brained” or “left brained” if we want to? And we also dig into the personal story of our guest - a neuroanatomist who suffered from a devastating stroke - and how the experience transformed her worldview - with our guest Dr. Jill Taylor. Dr. Jill Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist. She is the bestselling author of her memoir My Stroke Of Insight which recounts her experience and recovery after a severe stroke, which left her unable to walk, read, write, or recall any of her life. Here iconic TED talk has been viewed over 22 million times and her work has been featured all over the globe from Oprah to the New York Times and more.Are the two halves of the brain really completely disconnected?The right hemisphere and the left hemisphere process the world completely differently Whole brain thinking - how to think about yourself and the world in a holistic way by integrating both hemispheres into your thinking process The different hemispheres have different value structures and ways of perceiving the world Every ability we have is a result of brain cells that perform that function - if those cells go away, we lose that functionThe more you practice/use a group of cells in the brain, the more automatically those cellular networks run - that’s true for an athlete training, and it's also true for how we think and act in the world Whatever cells we exercise become dominant, and those begin to shape our thinking and actionIs it true that people can be more left brained or right brained?How you can engage processing in the hemisphere that you are less dominant inHow do you get your brain to do you want it to do?Self-awareness is a KEY component and the first step Get an understanding of how much time you’re spending with each brain hemisphere being dominantDo your brain hemisphere’s get along?Each of your own cognitive minds (left and right hemisphere) have their own emotional limbic systemsWhat should someone do if they don’t feel like they have the power or don’t understand how to CHOOSE which hemisphere to engage?Look at your own patterning and begin understanding how you react to given situationsHow do shape your reactions to negative emotional experiencesThe importance of observing your emotions instead of engaging in them - the simple fact that you’re alive and capable of having an experience of the negative experience is a powerful thing Why is not the question its the WOWWe all get caught up in the oh my gosh, I'm so important - when really we are just stardustThe incredible story of how Dr. Taylor’s own stroke was a profound experienceThe experience of being one with everything that came from Dr. Taylor’s strokeMindfulness research shows that certain thought patterns can transform and change our brain circuitry Is the idea that we are separate from everything else a controlled illusion maintained by the brain?The profound lessons that come from having your entire left hemisphere shut downWhat is neuroplasticity? Is it possible to change our brain?Neuroplasticity is a fundamental property of the neurological systemHomework “pay attention to what’s inside of your head"
The Mysteries of Consciousness Explained & Explored with Neuroscientist Dr. Anil Seth
In this episode, we go deep into a scientific look at consciousness. We ask, how do our brains experience reality? What is consciousness? Is our perception of reality nothing more than a “controlled hallucination?” What is the “hard problem of consciousness” and what are the major aspects of consciousness? How can we use the neuroscience of consciousness to better ourselves and improve our lives? And much more with our guest Anil Seth. Anil Seth is the professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex. He is the co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, the editor in chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness, and was the President of the British Science Association for psychology in 2017. His TED talk has been viewed over 2.5 million times and his work featured in The Guardian, the BBC, New Scientist, and more!How does our brain experience reality?Consciousness is a funny thing - we don’t have a good definition of it, but everyone knows what consciousness is There is a subjective experience of consciousness for being humanThe questions of consciousness are some of the most important and urgent questions we can askWhat is the “hard problem of consciousness?” and why is it so important?What are the problems of consciousness?The easy problem is figuring out how brains do what they do, how they implement functions, guide behavior, allow the world to be sensed, how the brain works as a mechanism - this will keep neuroscientists and biologists busy for a long timeThe hard problem is explaining how and why any of this should have anything to do with conscious experience and why conscious experiences happenHowever detailed your understanding of the brain is - it will leave untouched the question of how/why consciousness exists in the first place The three major aspects of consciousness (they inter-related and not necessarily independent)Conscious level - a scale from being completely lacking in consciousness (a coma, dead) all the way to being fully awake and fully consciousConscious content - when you’re conscious you’re conscious OF somethingThe experience of being a particular personWhen we perceive things, our brain is taking energy waves and electrical signals and interpreting them into prior predictions and expectationsOptical illusions really demonstrate how adapted our visual system isInformed skepticism is an incredibly valuable thinking framework - the scientific method and a healthy dose of humility help us move towards truthHow Anil’s own battle with negative emotions and negative emotional states has been shaped by the work he does in neuroscienceWhat interventions have helped Anil battle his own depression?Going for a long walk in the countryExerciseFresh AirNatureWhen you’re in the thick of it - you forget these interventions work, but they DO workCognitive Behavioral Therapy helps Anil as wellYou aren’t defined by your own suffering - does having the Flu define you as a person? Why should a psychological issue?
Using Science to Create the Perfect Day with Caroline Webb
In this episode, we look at how to use insights from behavioral science to improve your life. We look at what it means to have a “good day” and figure out how to reverse engineer more good days, by examining decision making, the power of rest and recovery, intention setting, setting boundaries, and much more with our guest Caroline Webb.    Caroline Webb is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that uses insights from behavioral science to improve their client’s working lives. She was previously a partner at McKinsey consulting and is the best selling author of How To Have A Good Day, which has been published in 16 languages in more than 60 countries. Her work has been featured in Inc., Forbes, Fortune, and much more.    What does it mean to have a good day? What does that have to do with the science of improving your life? What is a bad day? what is a good day? 3 Core things about having a good day Working on your priorities Feeling that you’re producing great work Can it be repeated? What is the science behind what actually allows people and organizations to change? The two system brain - there are two systems that interact in the brain, as Kahneman called them System 1 and System 2.  “System 2” - the slow system, our conscious experience, deliberate thinking mind, but it moves slowly and can only process information slowly and clunkily  “System 1” - the automatic system - our subconscious mind, immense processing power, but it often takes shortcuts  How do we create the conditions for our deliberate system to be as successful as possible? Breaks are not for wimps, breaks are crucial opportunities to reboot your deliberate system and improve your thinking and decision-making Frequent, short breaks enormously enhance your mental ability  Short cardio activity will boost your focus and mood materially When we are resting, we encode and consolidate information - and often create new insight When you “single task” you work about 30% faster than someone who is multi-tasking - every time your attention switches, there is a cost in time and processing power Why saying "ABCDEFG 1234567” is so much easier than saying "A1, B2, C3, D4, E5, F6, G7” What’s the most important thing you’re doing today and how can you get yourself to single task on that? Willpower is not the way to create big changes in your life, it's about changing your environment Nudges vs Sludges - how to shift your environment to create behavioral change Your brain is constantly filtering out a huge amount of information - and whatever is top of mind for you filter your reality The hard science of setting your intentions - set what attitude you want to have, what your aim is, what your assumptions are, etc - setting intentions can have a material impact on your behavior
Effortlessly Remember Anything – Lessons From A Grandmaster of Memory with Kevin Horsley
In this episode we learn the memory tactics and strategies of an International Grandmaster of Memory, we look at why there is no such thing as a bad memory or a good memory - only bad memory strategies and good memory strategies, in real time we build a memory palace that you can use to memorize and effortlessly recall the ten emotions of power, go deep into the system for organizing and remembering huge chunks of information and much more with our guest Kevin Horsley.    Kevin Horsley is an International Grandmaster of Memory, and was one of the first five people in the world to obtain this title. Kevin is also the World Record Holder for the matrix memorization of 10,000 digits of Pi. He is also the bestselling author of several books on memory and his work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Times, Forbes, Inc. and many more.   How Kevin went from severe dyslexia, almost being diagnosed with brain damage, to becoming a world record holder in memory You can never be more than your definition of yourself, you have to question your labels as they aren’t often the absolute truthThere is no such thing as a good memory or a bad memory - there are only good memory strategies or bad memory strategiesAuditory memory is always sequential - improving your spacial/visual memory allows you to move seamlessly through information The best way to get your brain engaged is to imagine content and connect it to something you know There are 3 keys to developing a super memoryA placeA unique imageGlue them together“PUG” Place (long-term memory)Unique ImageGlueWe build a memory palace on your body to memorize the 10 emotions of power from Tony RobbinsLong-term memory + short-term memory = medium-term memoryUsing google maps and tourist attractions to remember anything by exploring and planting memories anywhere on earth There’s no real limit to what you can do with your mind - the only real limit is time “The more you know, the easier it is to know more”We have a phenomenal brain and aren’t using all of its potential Do you need to know something for Just in Time or Just In Case?The power and importance of periodic review to encode information for the long-termJust in case information - using a system of Evernote + Todoist to store and review informationBook strategy: Get the book - first do an overview of the book, look at the table of contents, make predictions what is the book about, what do you know about (active knowledge networks), once he’s overviewed the book, he does a preview of the book - what specifically do you want to know from this book?Lay the book contents out on a memory journey with the key principles ideas - what is the key content - put it on a journey Put a little note - you put a specific informationYou need to work on these ideas and get the key fundamentals - it’s like driving. You have to train yourself and improve and grow. Kevin spends 1 hour a day on new content, 1 hour a day on review. Discipline is a key to this
Your Ultimate Guide to Performing Under Pressure and Unleashing Confidence - Dr. Michael Gervais is BACK
In this episode we go deep into the high performance habits of the worlds top performers, look at the only place confidence truly comes from, dig into why we struggle to perform when the pressure is on, examine the habits, routines, and strategies the world’s absolute best use to perform at their peak, and much more with our guest Dr. Michael Gervais.    Dr. Michael Gervais is a high performance psychologist who has worked with some of the world’s top performers including the Seattle Seahawks, Felix Baumgartner (The Red Bull Athlete Who Completed the Stratosphere Jump) Olympians, musicians, and champions! His work has been featured on ESPN, CNN, The New York Times, and much more!   We love to put some of the world’s top performers on a pedestal - but there are extraordinary things that take place every day that aren’t capture on the cameras Are extraordinary performers born that way? No.Why do we struggle to perform “when the lights are on”/ “when there is pressure”Top performers have fundamentally organized their lives around growth and improvementWhat does it mean to have your life organized around performance and growth?There are only 3 things we can trainWe can train our bodyWe can train our craftWe can train our mindsWhen we look at the best in the world across domains - they are more similar to each other than dissimilar Relentless dedication to building and refining their craftRelentless dedication to building the right body / carriage Ability to adapt and be strong from a mental perspectiveProvide opportunities to stress the system (mind & body) and to recover the system Feedback loops are both internal and external The importance of having consequences - both natural/physical consequences and man made consequencesLessons from working with coach Pete Carroll from the Seattle Seahawks Ask yourself: Who in your life helps you be better and what are the characteristics of those people?Internal feedback loopsHow am I doing? How does it feel? Am I executing at the right level?What is going on in my body?Being aware of the energy, tension in your body, your thoughts, etc External feedback loops - having people in your life who can help you get betterAt any given time we can have our attention focused internally or externally - but we can’t spend too much time focused on the internalTo do extraordinary things in life - NOBODY does it alone. We need other people. You have to invest in the true connection with other people. The greatest wayfinders, when they set sail, they don’t pray for calm waters, they pray for rugged seas, moving through the rugged seas is what forges strength - that is where you get made, that is where you find your true natureThe brain’s job is to scan the world and see what’s dangerous - but you can’t let the brain have too much control
Comments (14)

Al Atlantis

good podcast, keep it up

Apr 28th

Artyom Bukharin

thank you so much for this episode!

Apr 1st

MrWitch Wot

Who is the electronic wookie heavy breathing into the mic when the host is talking?

Mar 20th

Joseph Thomas Edwards

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Mar 21st

Sophia Salas

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Mar 10th

Sonya S. Martinez

Sophia Salas Sophia I hear you and understand as well, I'm skeptical about my relationship with my other significant, I too is going thru a situation where to the point i often questioned myself with obligations. I tend to start a conversation with him when i know the right time is right , but it doesn't turn out i would of expect. " Im the crazy one" He Applies". All i can say is that i may be close to solve my crazy obligations. After last weeks crazy internet crashes. I may be the one who played my cards right.

Mar 21st

randal houghton

Sophia Salas 554 59

Mar 11th

Scott Wilhite


Mar 6th


*looking at audio quality in shoe form* what are those!

Feb 28th

Artin Entezarjou

I think he has some points but his advice is far from fully evidence based. Especially when talking about how folic acid is "worse" than Folate.

Feb 27th

Johanna Buenavente

This is my favorite channel. <3

Feb 22nd

Crystal Rose Gomez

the audio on commercial announcements is piercing and echos badly. content is great, audio quality is uncomfortable on thr ears

Feb 19th

Thomas Lu

At first, I thought of the podcast as one of those hosted by an awkward kid looking to fake authority by adopting a "Tim-Ferriss-like voice". After all, when one forcibly proclaim himself "an entrepreneur and investor", that immediately brings up something along the line of a 17-years-old paper trader selling video games on Craigslist. And "I've read hundreds of books, conducted countless hours of research and studies" doesn't seem to help as social proof either... But here's the thing: after you listen to the first 80 episodes or so, there's no denying it. This podcast is a great asset in developing attributes leading to a fulfilled life. Granted, the podcast seems to derail somewhat from the intended topics as the podcast goes on, but the first 10 episodes are definitely very legit. Of course, the title of the podcast is a bit misleading, as many of the techniques covered are not scientifically proven — but provided with evidence (evidence-based usually means not proven, and can be instances of an individual's confirmation bias). If you overlook listener bribery, number trick, and claims such as the "#1 evidence-based growth podcast", then I think every one who is serious about learning and growing should be able to find something valuable for themselves.

Feb 19th


thank you for this. changed the way I look at myself

Feb 16th

Jaime Alvarez

#1 for Influence series

Feb 6th
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