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The Elements of Being Podcast

Author: Michael Moody

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Michael Moody explores what it means to live the life you want with people who do just that….whether they are filmmakers, writers, industry icons, or otherwise in this podcast. Listeners will reexamine their approach to their personal and professional lives by discovering the blind spots in their creative process, the nuances of the writing process, mindfulness, successful morning and evening routines, and what it takes to make a transition non-negotiable through the anecdotes and advice of intriguing guests.
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Hello! This is Michael Moody and you are listening to “The Elements of Being” podcast, where I explore what it means to live the life you want with people who do just that….whether they are filmmakers, writers, industry icons, or otherwise.Today, you’ll hear an inspiring conversation with a champion of social justice, Jahmal Cole. His mission is to build a more interconnected Chicago on the pillars of service and education...and this was without a doubt reflected in our time together.As the founder and CEO of the city’s fastest-growing social impact organization, “My Block. My Hood. My City.”, Jahmal is the creator of an exposure-based education program for teens and a network of volunteer initiatives that serve Chicago communities year-round. Traveling, youth mentorship and community organizing are the subjects of Jahmal’s highly acclaimed books and speeches. He has spoken to audiences ranging from high school students to the Mayor of Chicago.Jahmal is most recently the recipient of the 2019 Champion of Freedom Award from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the 2018 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Honoree, and the 2018 Chicago City Council Resolution Award. In 2018, he was also named one of the “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans” by Streetwise Magazine and a Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine.In this episode, we examine how to stir community spirit starting with small gestures, look for inspiration from Uber bumper stickers of all places, establish intent, remove yourself from the destructive traps of justification, and take responsibility for your conditions and environment. With that being said, let’s jump in!
Hello! This is Michael Moody and you are listening to “The Elements of Being” podcast, where I explore what it means to live the life you want with people who do just that….whether they are filmmakers, writers, industry icons, or otherwise.Jason B. Rosenthal is an author, Foundation Board Chair, public speaker and lawyer. He is also the subject of an article written by his wife, critically acclaimed author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, called “You May Want to Marry My Husband” which went viral and was read by millions of readers worldwide. Amy died of ovarian cancer just 10 days after it appeared in the Modern Love column of the New York Times.Since then, Jason reevaluated his life’s work and now speaks publicly and writes about issues related to grief, loss, and resilience. Besides giving a Ted Talk that has garnered 1.8 million views, he wrote the children’s book “Dear Boy” with his daughter Paris. It debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at #1. Jason’s recent project is a forthcoming memoir that will be published on March 17, 2020.In this episode, we uncovered the emotional and mental challenges Jason faced over the last 4 years. We also dissected what it takes to write a children’s book, how to prepare for a Ted Talk, how a loss can lead you to a transformative path, how Jason practices mindfulness and meditation, and much, much, more. With that being said, let’s jump in!
Hello! This is Michael Moody and you are listening to “The Elements of Being” podcast, where I explore what it means to live the life you want with people who do just that….whether they are filmmakers, writers, industry icons, or otherwise.Today I explore how John Brand, a finance guru, left a demanding career in the corporate world after 15 years and started the quickly expanding Open Outcry Brewery in Chicago. Despite his physical and emotional investment, he pivoted his career in ways people only dream of. In this episode you'll hear about what led to this transition and how John strategically approached it. You'll also get an inside look into how John uses fear of failure to motivate himself, how he methodically approaches life and work, how he defines the business recipe for success and how you can pursue the life you want to. With that being said, let’s jump in!
Hello! This is Michael Moody and you are listening to “The Elements of Being” podcast, where I explore what it means to live the life you want with people who do just that….whether they are filmmakers, writers, industry icons, or otherwise.Today, you’ll hear about one woman’s experience searching for her path and how it led to award-winning documentaries. Documentary filmmaker Dana Michelle Cook made a career shift when she realized reality TV wasn’t aligned with her authentic self and purpose. Her first documentary “Girls on the Run” won her an Emmy and her second documentary “The Empowerment Project” found worldwide acclaim as she showcased the careers of ordinary women across the U.S. Dana’s latest effort, “Seeing Brave” takes viewers into the lives of three women who have taken initiative to have an impact and make a change in the lives of others. Most important it reflects her connection to female empowerment and telling the stories of amazing women from around the world.In this episode, Dana and I also explore the narrative of women told on television, our own blind spots in the creative process, the nuances of the writing process, the challenges of sitting with your thoughts, and the morning and evening routines of a filmmaker. With that being said, let’s jump in!
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