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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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The Power of Storytelling

The Power of Storytelling

2019-06-2600:47:16

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
THE HARDEST THING TO DO WHEN YOU GET OLDER IS CHANGE A HABIT. There is a Buddhist metaphor of the elephant and the rider. We are all riding an elephant. We think that we are in control. We have the reigns. But the elephant could overpower us at any moment. No matter how much we use our minds, our emotions ultimately are more powerful. This applies to the way we eat. We become slaves to our cravings and desires. Sometimes it takes something big to get back in control of our “elephant.” On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about changing habits, being authentic, and what it takes to build the longest running act in Vegas with one of the world’s most famous magicians: Penn Jillette. 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. Not many people can keep a marriage together for over forty years, let alone a working partnership. Penn is someone who shows up authentically every day. He isn’t afraid to express his thoughts and values even though they upset some people. So get ready to learn how to doubt yourself less and care about the things that matter on Episode 814.Some Questions I Ask:Why do we live in so much fear when we’re safer than ever? (8:00)What are you most proud of in the last few years? (9:00)Which of your parents is the most influential in your life? (47:00)What’s the lesson you still need to learn about yourself? (54:00)Is there anything you wish you would have done differently in the last years? (1:01:00)What is your superpower? (1:09:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:About the “mono diet” (20:00)Penn’s thoughts on religion (40:00)What makes Penn and Teller successful as a partnership (58:00)About “effective altruism” (1:13:00)How empathy makes a great magician and artist (1:19:00)If you enjoyed this episode check out the video, show notes and more at www.lewishowes.com/814 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
Live Intentionally

Live Intentionally

2019-06-2100:07:10

WRITE YOUR STORY. Everyone has a story. You do. I do. Your life will be recorded. The question is, is your story the one that you want to be told? We often let other people write our pages instead of taking the pen and doing it ourselves. If you want your life to be a masterpiece, you’re going to have to live intentionally. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with John Maxwell where he shared the gift that inspired him to live an intentional life. John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in fifty languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders. John says that in order to live intentionally, you have to bridge the gap between knowing and doing. You have to take your good intentions and act them out.
MEDITATION WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. A lot of us are suffering, and we don’t even realize it. We’re always on the move. We’re always doing. We’re balancing so many responsibilities. We don’t take time to quiet our minds so that we can start to understand what’s going on up there. That’s why meditation is so powerful. It allows you to get to the root of your problems instead of constantly fixing the symptoms. It’s like flossing your brain. Meditation will get all “gunk” out. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined interviews with experts on meditation: Jay Shetty, Preethaji, Krishnaji, Dan Harris, and Andy Puddacomb. Jay Shetty is a former monk who was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for being a game-changer and influencer in the world of Media. Jay’s daily show HuffPost Live #FollowTheReader, where he interviewed the likes of Russell Brand, Tim Ferriss and Deepak Chopra reached 1 million people daily. Jay aims to share knowledge at the pace we want entertainment, something he likes to call “making wisdom go viral.” He has created content for and partnered with Snapchat, Facebook, National Geographic, Nasdaq and HuffPost to name a few. Preethaji is a modern day Indian philosopher and sage who has co-founded along with her husband Krishnaji the O&O Academy (school to revolutionize and transform human thought), World Youth Change Makers (an elite community of youth redirecting the future of the world through a revolution in consciousness), and One Humanity Care (a Foundation working with the vision to uplift 10,000 villages in India). Dan Harris is correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Harris encourages the use of meditation, and his "10% Happier" podcasts are interviews with other meditators. Harris' book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works – a True Story, was published in March 2014. Andy Puddicombe is a meditation and mindfulness expert. An accomplished presenter and writer, Andy is the voice of all things Headspace. In his early twenties, midway through a university degree in Sports Science, Andy made the unexpected decision to travel to The Himalayas to study meditation instead. These masters explain the importance of meditation, the common misconceptions, and the science behind it all. It’s a lot more straightforward than you might think. So get ready to learn all about meditation on Episode 812.Some Questions I Ask:What’s the biggest lesson you learned from being a monk (5:45)What’s the intention you set every morning? (10:45)Why do we focus so much on suffering when it only hurts us? (21:10)What’s the importance of a spiritual vision? (22:35)Why is meditation so powerful? (24:45)Why is mindfulness meditation healing and how can we know what’s for us? (29:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:Why you need to deal with the root of the problem instead of relief of symptoms (7:00)A three-minute meditation to connect you to your emotions (13:00)How to end all suffering (20:40)About “mindfulness meditation” (28:30)Three tips for meditation (37:00)
BUILD YOUR CASTLE. Love at first sight is bullshit. A relationship is like a castle. You find a plot of land that has a lot of potential. Then, bit by bit, you build the castle. But it takes work from both of you. One person can’t be laying the bricks while the other is home watching TV. After lots of hard work, you’ll have something unique and ornate that belongs to you. You’ll have a castle. That’s love. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the key to lasting relationships with an international guru of the dating and relationship-coaching scene: Matthew Hussey. Matthew Hussey is a speaker, New York Times Bestselling author, columnist for Cosmopolitan Magazine, and dating expert on ABC’s digital series What To Text Him Back. His corporate clients include Hugo Boss, The Perfume Shop, Virgin Gyms, Procter & Gamble, Bare Escentuals, U.S. legal giant Weil Gotshal & Manges, and global management consultants Accenture. 50,000 women have attended his live events and he has reached over 10 million online. Matthew says that the “activation energy” for starting relationships is lower than ever. This causes ghosting. People are less invested in relationships. But there are ways you can meet people indirectly.So get ready to learn the three things you need to build a great relationship on Episode 811.Some Questions I Ask:Do people even want to have a committed, long term relationship? (19:00)Is a great relationship when you stop thinking about your needs and not expecting anything in return? (21:30)How do we step outside of the emotional feelings in a relationship? (25:00)When do you know you’re ready for a committed, intimate relationship? (47:00)What are the three things you need to have to sustain a relationship? (52:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:About “activation energy” and why things like Tinder make it low (10:00)Why space is important in order to not react emotionally (30:00)About the “castle” metaphor and why you need to build together (38:00)Why the “trash cans” define your relationship more than the highlights (45:00)The four stages of all relationships (1:02:30)The first step you can do to get out of the weeds of singlehood (1:11:30)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at www.lewishowes.com/811 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
Lead with Love

Lead with Love

2019-06-1400:04:372

COMMUNICATE YOUR VISION. Being an effective leader is difficult. Some do it through fear. Some do it through understanding. And others lead with love. You could be super demanding and scary and get what you want. But is that the kind of life you want to lead? Probably not. Often, leading in a way where you understand other people’s concerns will be the most beneficial to you. There’s a lot you can learn from others. Ask yourself: how can you bring people together in a way that satisfies their needs as well as your own? For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the legendary director Jon Chu where he shared how he communicates his vision on set. Jon Chu directed the films Crazy Rich Asians, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Jon graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television where he won the Princess Grace Award, the Dore Schary Award presented by the Anti-Defamation League, the Jack Nicholson directing award, and was recognized as an honoree for the IFP/West program Project: Involve. Learn how to enlist others in your vision and lead with love on Episode 805.In This Episode You Will Learn:The kind of leader Jon wants to be (1:00)The importance of synergy in creativity (1:30)The most important thing Jon has learned about communicating his vision (1:45)How to talk to people who have concerns about your vision (2:30)If you enjoyed this episode check out the show notes and more at http://lewishowes.com/810 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes.
THE LESS YOU DO THE MORE YOU CAN RECEIVE. Take a moment to explore your habits. Do you glance at your phone during every free moment? Do you fill up your calendar with things that don’t add value? Do you spend your day working on a job that has no meaning for you? If so, your life is cluttered. Not just with stuff, but with noise. Quieting down and clearing out our schedule can be scary because it means you may have the space to face some tough questions. But when you do, you’ll find you’re able to live a much more intentional life. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I explore minimalism with five experts on the subject: Cal Newport, Jesse Itzler, Joshua Fields Millburn, Rich Roll, and Chris Guillebeau. Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to academic research, he writes about the intersection of technology and society. He’s particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work or lead satisfying lives. Jesse Itzler is an ultramarathon runner who is also a bestselling author, award-winning rapper, and an original partner for ZICO coconut water. He is the co-founder of Marquis Jets and a co-owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Joshua Fields Millburn is the co-founder of The Minimalists, which has become a hugely popular podcast and lifestyle in the past few years. Joshua and his co-host help more than 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and films. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, and more. They have spoken at Harvard, Apple, and Google. Their documentary was recently released by Netflix. Rich Roll is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, popular public speaker, and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courage and healthy living. Rich became a #1 bestselling author with the publication of his inspirational memoir Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. Taking up where the book leaves off, in 2013 Rich launched the wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast. Chris Guillebeau is a NY Times Best Selling Author, speaker, a modern day explorer, and has been to nearly every country in the world. He is best known for The Art of Non-Conformity blog and book. He has also written guides for travel and small business topics under the brand Unconventional Guides. He organizes the annual World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. These five incredible teachers all have a practice of minimalism. I’ve combined key lessons from interviews with them to create a masterclass on doing less so that we can ultimately do more. So get ready to learn all about quieting down and clearing out on Episode 809.Some Questions I Ask:What was the greatest lesson you learned from Monks? (16:15)What’s the biggest personal challenge over the last few years? (32:13)If you were going to choose diet, meditation and exercise, which would you start with? (34:15)What’s the difference between a hobby and a quest? (36:39)In This Episode You Will Learn:About Cal Newport’s “30 Day Digital Declutter” (10:53)What happens when you remove your “pacifiers” (26:10)The question we should be asking ourselves but don’t (29:00)Why it can be good to have a quest (37:02)The importance of “getting in the box” (39:40)Plus much more...
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? We can have our eyes on the prize. We can work every day to accomplish our goal. We can sacrifice and suffer to be the best. But at the end of the day, you can’t define yourself by whether or not you get “first place.” If your identity depends on one thing, you’re bound to fail. You have to free yourself from tying your worth to winning. When you do, you just might see some amazing results. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about faith, family and CrossFit with the “Fittest Man On Earth:” Rich Froning. Rich Froning is a CrossFit athlete known for his achievements participating in the CrossFit Games. He became the first person to win the title of "Fittest Man on Earth" four times and has led team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom to the first-place finish three times. Froning owns and operates the affiliate gym CrossFit Mayhem, located in Cookeville, Tennessee, and is a member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff. Rich fell off the rope the first time he competed in the CrossFit Games and got second place. He felt like a very public failure. But when he released his need to win, he became unstoppable. So get ready to learn what it takes to be an outstanding competitor, husband and father on Episode 808.Some Questions I Ask:Who did you have a deeper relationship with- mom or dad? (7:18)How did you get into CrossFit? (10:00)Did you get injured a lot when training? (20:00)How did you train your mind to prepare yourself for the whole world to take you down? (33:00)How did you handle fear throughout your career? (38:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:How Rich trained for the CrossFit Games (18:00)About the changes happening in the CrossFit Games (26:00)How Rich’s faith helped him compete (35:00)The importance of pain in daily life (41:00)About Rich’s infertility and adoption journey (48:00)The three lessons Rich has learned from his years in CrossFit (58:00)If you enjoyed this episode check out the video and show notes at http://lewishowes.com/808 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
Steal the Show

Steal the Show

2019-06-0700:05:36

FIND YOUR BIG IDEA.Anyone can craft an engaging speech. You have to start with something that drives you. Whether you’re speaking to one person or a thousand, once you find your big idea, you can continue with a few key steps that will guarantee to keep your audience wanting more. You must demonstrate that you can view the world from your listener’s perspective. Say what the consequences will be if they don’t accept your offer. And what the reward will be if they join your movement. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisit a conversation with my good friend Michael Port, who breaks down five key components of speech writing and why they work. Michael Port is a New York Times bestselling author and former professional actor having appeared in numerous films and on television. These days, Michael can be seen on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS as an on-air expert in communication and business development and as the host of his own podcast Steal the Show with Michael Port. From creating a powerful speech to preparing for an interview, Michael assures that including these components will win your audience over. Learn how to write an incredible speech in Episode 807.In This Episode You Will Learn:What Michael means by “big idea” (1:10)Why you need to show your listener that you understand how they feel (2:16)The importance of feeling a little pain around change (3:50)How demonstrating the consequences before the reward is key (4:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, more at http://lewishowes.com/807, and follow me on instagram.com/lewishowes
BE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP. As influencers, we don’t always accept that we are in control of our business. We depend on agents, our audience, or even chance to make decisions for us. But you have to get clear on your model. Reclaim your life’s agenda. Take back command of your ship. It’s the only way your business will scale. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I continue to explore what makes a successful career as an “influencer” with a top personal growth leader: Brendon Burchard. Brendon Burchard is a 3-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most-watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in history. SUCCESS Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, have both named him one of the most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Forbes named him the world’s leading high-performance coach and Larry King named him the world’s top motivational trainer. Brendon says that you can’t worry about things being perfect, you just have to have consistency. Get out there. So get ready to learn how to master “mayhem” and “meaning” and be your own captain on Episode 806.Some Questions I Ask:What does “mayhem” mean? (1:07:00)How do influencers find “meaning?” (1:14:00)Why do influencers experience self-doubt? (1:20:30)When do you feel the most loved? (1:23:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:Why you need to care about business and building a brand (50:00)The three ways to make money without working as hard (55:00)The four aspirations everyone has (1:03:00)The moment that Brendon almost gave up (1:30:00)How to be more present (1:36:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/806 and follow at instagram.com/LewisHowes
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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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