Hello my friends, today my guest is Nathalie Molina Nino. Never having met before, I was interested to interview Nathalie because she has some very different perspectives and experience in life from me. She’s Latina, originally from Ecuador in South America, who came to the United States. She was raised here, learned english perfectly, spent time as the family’s interpreter in some ways, and describes in this interview the experience of feeling like she didn’t belong here, but reframes an experience that is so common and so disempowering one where she feels she belongs…everywhere.
Today Nathalie is an impact investor, focused on making a catalytic impact on women in the world. Nathalie’s book, “Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs” is a book that she wrote following her own advice. I think especially if you are interested in entrepreneurship, that you’ll find something valuable in this interview and my invitation is to listen to see what’s probably a different perspective from one that you’ve had before, or at least from many, many of my guests so far.
SUMMARY 00:04:27 – What’s life about? 00:13:46 – Why did you write this book? 00:21:21 – What does Leapfrog mean to you? 00:30:25 – Co-authors and Ghostwriters 01:20:40 – Lightning round. 01:43:04 – How to connect with Nathalie. 01:44:00 – Writing advice.
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Pascal is Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship and Open Innovation. He is the cofounder and enfant terrible of Radical Ventures, which he explains what that means. His work focuses on the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, culture, and global impact. Pascal has founded a series of startups and he has a deep background in technology including being on the Internet before web browsers. He led Ebay’s platform solutions group in Europe. He held leadership positions at Mozilla and he’s helped build startups. Pascal has written a book called The Heretic, Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs and has blogged and written a newsletter for a long time, more than 1,200 posts. In this interview, he shares a lot of what he’s seen in the world of technology, what’s on the horizon, how our world will be different from these disruptive exponential technologies that are coming down the pike, things that are already transforming our world, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, 3D printing, autonomous driving, gene editing and so on. He talks about the importance of a purpose for your organization and the difference between a purpose and a mission. He also walks through a simple framework to help you articulate yours in a very clear, compelling, powerful way. We go deep into his methods to prepare and deliver really powerful messages from the stage. Things that I’m not sure how many lifetimes I would live before they occurred to me, but fortunately I learned them in this interview with Pascal.
SUMMARY 00:02:44 – What’s life about? 00:07:41 – Growing up. 00:13:33 – Processing information for the Heretic. 00:31:23 – Sure bets in the future. 00:38:09 – First principals thinking. 00:52:36 – Mulago Foundation. 01:07:42 – Lightning round. 01:26:10 – Thoughts on writing.
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Hello my friends, today my guest is Akshay Nanavati – author of Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth, and Happiness. In this book, Akshay defines Fearvana as the bliss that results from engaging our fears to pursue our own worthy struggle.
Akshay has lived in Bombay, Bangalore, Singapore, Austin, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota because, hey, why not? So in this interview he shares his experiences, what he’s done with his life, including joining the Marine Corps, where he spent time sweeping in front of vehicle convoys to find explosives. He’s skydived, mountain biked, scuba dived, rock climbed, ice climbed, anything he says that forced him to face his fears.
In the Forward to his book, the Dalai Lama writes (and I love this, I get to quote the Dalai Lama), he says, “his book Fearvana inspires us to look beyond our own agonizing experiences suggesting means for overcoming our fears. I appreciate his sincerity and hope that others will find reason and the encouragement to see the positive side of their lives.” This interview is one that I think you’ll find pretty interesting.
SUMMARY 00:03:37 – What’s life about? 00:08:37 – Asking the Dalai Lama for his blessing 00:11:15 – The Ethos of Fearvana 00:23:58 – Two guys volunteering Marine Corps style 00:37:32 – Your past is a lie 0042:04 – Seven days in darkness 00:59:27 – The lightning round 01:07:57 – The writing process
Brian is the founder and CEO of O2E Brands, Ordinary to Exceptional. 1-800-GOT-JUNK, WOW, One Day Painting, You Move Me, and Shack Shine. He’s also a regular contributor to Forbes.
Brian is a high school and a college dropout who has built what has become a nearly half a billion-dollar group of companies. Brian is also author of WTF?! (Willing To Fail: How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success. Brian talks about passion and if you don’t know exactly what you’re passionate about, how to approach finding your passion or not bothering and just making a commitment instead.
We talk about his company’s values, how he decided what they would be and the difference they have made in his organization. Brian shares about the inclusiveness with which he has grown his organization from the time it was called rubbish boys when it was really just himself. Brian also shares why he has his assistant lock him out of his own social media and email while he’s on vacation. If you have an entrepreneurial bone in your body, I think you’ll enjoy this conversation with Brian.
SUMMARY 00:02:38 – What’s life about? 00:08:43 – Advice on clarity. 00:26:58 – Why did Brian write WTF? 00:41:47 – Racing to the conflict. 00:50:25 – Lightning round. 01:06:15 – A deeper discussion of the book writing process.
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In this episode my guest is AJ Jacobs – author, journalist, lecturer, and human guinea pig. AJ has written four New York Times bestsellers, with his writing combining memoir, science, humor, and a dash of self help. His genre immersion journalism, has also been called stunt journalism, where he goes deep into a particular topic or experience and then writes about it (sometimes for years).
Jacobs also writes for the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and New York Magazine. His most recent book and the one that we explore most in this interview is, Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey, where he endeavors to thank everyone who was involved in making his morning cup of coffee possible.
We also talk about his creative process. We talk about how he chooses the topics that he devotes years of his life to. We talk about how he finishes, how he gets books over the finish line and have them be good. I believe that you will take away at least one thing that will improve the quality of your life and help you to make a contribution to others. So please enjoy.
SUMMARY 00:03:21 – What’s life about? 00:13:27 – Origin Story 00:28:18 – How did writing this book change your life? 00:30:25 – Expressing yourself naturally 00:35:38 – Lightning round. 01:02:13 – The Creative Process 01:07:06 – Reaching the finish line
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Erwan Le Corre is the acknowledged founder and leader of the concept of Natural Movement. He’s been called one of the fittest men in the world and a fitness visionary by Men’s Health magazine.
Erwan was born in France where he grew up with a black and white TV, no remote, no video games, no personal computers and no internet. His father encouraged him to run, crawl, climb, and jump. He was introduced to karate at 15 years old which taught him discipline, method, and commitment.
By the time Erwan was 19, he’d trained for seven years in both natural and urban settings – climbing bridges, balancing on high places, jumping on roofs, walking on all fours in the underground, swimming in cold water and practicing all manner of breath training and fighting techniques. At 27, he started a period of sailing, olympic weight lifting, rock climbing, long distance triathlon, trail running, and Jujitsu. At 33, he started researching European history of physical education, discovering forgotten training methods. If you are not familiar with his work and you enjoy movement, you’ll enjoy this interview.
SUMMARY 00:02:31 – What’s life about? 00:04:16 – What our world is missing. 00:17:06 – Poor relationship with father. 00:25:13 – The reason for his children’s names. 00:29:23 – Helping the homeless man in China. 00:38:40 – Climbing Notre Dame. 00:56:50 – Lightning round. 01:08:12 – Questions about the creative process.
Today’s guest on The School for Good Living Podcast is David Burkus who says, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”
David was named one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers 50. He’s a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, his work has been featured in multiple publications such as Fast Company, The Financial Times, Ink Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, and he has a Ted Talk that’s been viewed about 2 million times!
I liked David from the moment I met him. He’s an interesting guy, very charismatic, he’s got a great message, and he knows how to entertain. We talk about weak ties, dormant ties, how most of us allow our networks to grow organically, but says David, we shouldn’t. David shares about the idea that networking is not necessarily about making new connections, but it’s about understanding the network you’re already in and making new connections as part of that. He talks about the idea of super connectors, people who have a disproportionately high level of connections with the network and how we can be ‘One’.
And as we get into the writing and the creativity section (the two things I love), you’ll hear him talk about work writing as a journeyman – just showing up and putting in the miles, so to speak. It’s a perspective he’s learned from Dan Pink. He also shares how writing professionally can be the inverse of earning a master’s degree, where instead of dropping tens of thousands of dollars writing some kind of a thesis that very few people read, publishers pay you! A fascinating individual and academic, but also a really practical guy, I present to you my friend David Burkus.
SUMMARY 00:02:24 – What’s life about? 00:05:47 – How do you introduce yourself? 00:08:19 – Who is Friend of a Friend written to? 00:24:40 – Facebook or Gmail roulette. 00:29:14 -Lack of connection through social media. 00:40:42 – Curiosity Conversations. 00:47:34 – Lightning round. 00:52:19 – $20 rule. 01:06:25 – TEDx comment. 01:13:21 – Phase 0 and first time authors.
Today my guest is Michael Bungay Stainer, founder and CEO of Box of Crayons and author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More and Change the Way You Lead Forever. He’s also written Do More Great Work: Stop the Busy Work, Start the Work that Matters.
Box of Crayons is a company that helps organizations do less good work and more great work. Michael is a teacher of 10 minute coaching, to help busy managers and leaders build stronger teams and get better results. Michael is someone that I’ve met through Marshall Goldsmith’s MG 100 and his book is a kind of book that when I learned of it, I started to see it and hear it about it everywhere. I picked it up and I found that it’s an extraordinarily useful little book. Michael says in this interview that he was his aim to write the shortest book possible that was still useful. He also talks about the best question in the world, which he shares in this interview and how to use it, and why you would want to.
Michael was the first Canadian coach of the year in 2006, he was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University and he has written for all kinds of publications. Michael is a very smart, thoughtful, engaging thought leader who can help you become a better whatever you already are. Enjoy.
SUMMARY 02:47 – What’s life about? 10:36 – Creating books as an experience. 13:52 – Two ways of using stories. 18:06 – A great opening question. 22:46 – Finishing a conversation. 32:57 – Lightning round. 44:34 – Lessons learned.
Hello my friends, today my guest is Mark Thompson. He’s the world’s #1 CEO coach, a title that he inherited from Marshall Goldsmith, our friend and mentor. Mark is in the MG100 with me (the Marshall Goldsmith 100). He’s a leader inside that group, a member of 50 Thinkers.
He is also the coach to some of the top leaders in business including – Lyft’s CEO and cofounder Logan Green, Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp, the CEO of the World Bank Jim Kim, Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Charles Schwab, Steve Jobs. He went to high school with Steve Jobs and he was at Stanford with Jim Collins. One of only two people I’ve ever met who’s coached Tony Robbins. He talks about that in this interview
He’s one of these people that seems to know everybody. He’s been everywhere. Of course Mark is also a New York Times bestselling author. He has written Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value, that he coauthored with his wife Bonita Thompson.
Hello my friends, today my guest is Dan Brule, author of Breathwork: A 3-Week Breathing Program to Gain Clarity, Calm, and Better Health.
Dan is somebody that I first learned about when I heard him on a podcast of a previous guest of mine. Mark Divine talked about, you guessed it, breathwork or breathing. Now I want to admit and I say this in my conversation with Dan here, that I’ve had such little appreciation for the power and the value of breath over the first 40-ish years of my life. It’s only something that recently I’ve come to understand more about and I really enjoyed Dan’s book. He has spent four decades traveling the world, learning what he can from anybody who knows about breathing techniques that he didn’t know about. He’s putting them into this book.
Dan is a modern-day teacher, healer, and a world-renowned pioneer in this field of breathwork. Dan is awesome. I’m so grateful to him for coming on this show and I’m grateful to you for listening. So please enjoy this conversation with Dan Brule and may your life never be the same, in a good way.
SUMMARY 00:02:35 – What’s life about? 00:12:45 – What is it like to teach Tony Robbins? 00:24:22 – Why would Just Breathe benefit someone? 00:47:38 – Knowing a person’s destiny from observing their breath. 01:15:27 – Feeling the intensity to breathe. 01:28:01 – The lightning round. 01:34:40 – Questions about the creative process.