168. Suzanne McConnell – Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style

168. Suzanne McConnell – Pity The Reader: On Writing With Style

              Suzanne McConnell is the author of “Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style”. Suzanne was a student and a friend of Kurt Vonnegut’s, and she was asked to write this book by Kurt’s Trust. Kurt is the author of Slaughterhouse-five and several other works of primary fiction, but also nonfiction. He shares many stories from his life in ways that were sometimes humorous, sometimes touching, but almost always entertaining. In this book, Suzanne includes Kurt Vonnegut’s instructions and advice about writing, work and family balance, and sharing our talents.

In this interview for the School for Good Living Podcast, Suzanne joins Brilliant Miller to discuss what Suzanne learned from Kurt Vonnegut and how to earn a living as a creative, those financial considerations as a writer, love, finding a community, or building one. Suzanne talks about how Kurt dealt with depression as so many creatives do, and how he thought about love and sharing our talents. Throughout the interview, Suzanne and Brilliant uncover many of the Keys to Good Living that can be learned from Kurt Vonnegut, his life, his family life, and especially his writing.

“The most meaningful aspect of our styles, which is what we choose to write about, is utterly unlimited”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Who is Kurt Vonnegut and what is his work about?
  • Meeting Kurt Vonnegut and Suzanne’s relationship with him.
  • Why Suzanne wrote “Pity the Reader”
  • How to write with style.
  • Sharing our talents.
  • Balancing work and family.
  • Finding a community and building one.

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167. Adam Stern – Committed: Dispatches From a Psychiatrist in Training

Adam Stern, M.D is the author of “Committed: Dispatches From a Psychiatrist in Training.” It’s a memoir Adam wrote about his time learning to become a psychiatrist, which involved overcoming imposter syndrome and learning the value of human connection. Adam is well studied in psychology, medicine, psychiatry, clinical neurosciences, all kinds of smart, academic scientific stuff. But he’s a very approachable human being. He’s currently an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard, and he has won several awards for psychiatry, for writing, and excellence in medical education, and he’s also published more than two dozen scholarly publications.

In this interview for the School for Good Living Podcast, Adam joins Brilliant Miller to discuss overcoming doubts, the difference between being empathic and being empathetic, how those things differ, and how we can become more empathic. Adam shares his thoughts about individuality, knowing what we want, breaking through to the next level for us, and helping others do the same thing. Adam shares a bit about his creative process and what he feels it means to be a writer and follow your passion, doing what you love for yourself, and the serendipity that often happens in the process.

“Whatever it is that you want to do, take the chance and do it.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What lead Adam to the world of medicine and Psychiatry
  • Overcoming Doubts and Imposter Syndrome
  • Empathic versus Empathetic and becoming more Empathic
  • Practicing Gratitude: The antidote to a lot of negative feelings
  • Actively participating in your own life.
  • The power of questions
  • The power of silence and accepting it

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166. Matt Alt – Pure Invention: How Japan Made the Modern World

Matt Alt is a Tokyo-based translator, writer, and speaker. He has written for or writes for The New Yorker, CNN, Wired, Slate, The Japan Times, Newsweek Japan, Vice, and more. Matt’s curiosity and love for Japanese culture and inventions have led him to find the creators of what he calls “Fantasy Delivery Devices”; gadgets that changed our lives, things like the karaoke machine, the Walkman, the Nintendo entertainment system, the Gameboy characters like Hello Kitty and the Pokémon. He’s also tracked the roots of strange new forms of digital expression like the Tamagotchi, Emoji, anonymous imageboards, and he discovered how a wild bunch of Japanese creatives has shaped modern life, forging new tools for navigating the weirdness of late-stage capitalist societies. For nearly the last two decades, Matt has worked successfully alongside his wife for a company they started called Alt Japan.

In this interview for the School for Good Living Podcast, Matt joins Brilliant Miller to discuss his latest book called “Pure Invention: How Japan Made the Modern World”.  Japanese culture and inventions are what Matt is passionate about and he’s good at sharing them with the world. In this interview, Matt shares how his 24 years in Japan have helped him understand how language shapes our thoughts and how we see and experience the world. He discusses his take on Japanese spirituality, and how deep-down humans really are the same in some fundamental ways. This interview helps us to grasp how, for Matt, Japanese pop culture has been a key to good living.

“Japanese pop culture and the ways that it is made and consumed, both in Japan and abroad is more than my hobby or my reporting, but it is my lifeblood.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Alt Japan – The company Matt created and operates with his wife
  • How Matt became curious and passionate about Japan
  • Japanese culture and it’s influenced on the world
  • Japanese spirituality
  • What we can learn from translation and interpretation
  • Keys to Good Living found in Japanese culture

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165. Scott O’Neil – Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving

Scott O’Neil is not only a successful person, but also very good at articulating the principles that he has used to achieve his success. Professionally, he’s a best-selling author, an award-winning sports business executive and leader. He’s the former CEO of Harris-Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, a 25-year tenured NBA, NFL, and NHL senior executive and a Harvard Business School alum. He was a straight-A student, president of the student body, captain of three sports teams, and even president of the local National Honor Society, so he has been on a path of success for a very, very long time.

In this interview for the School for Good Living Podcast, Scott joins Brilliant Miller to talk about his book called “Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded, and Thriving”. These are not necessarily the conversations that executives in corporate America are having, but Scott is. And for that reason, he very interesting. In this conversation, they cover many things related to not only achieving success but also living well. Scott is a great storyteller. As a heads up, there’s one challenge related to gratitude that Scott issues you in this interview that Scott has found to help him live a good life. This interview lays the groundwork for how we can live mindfully, have meaningful connections with others, and balance our time in order to help us have good living.

“Phone down, head up. Be where your feet are.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Using sports to drive positive change
  • Making gratitude a constant in our lives ***BONUS INVITATION***
  • Phone down, head up – creating meaningful time and being more present
  • Living mindfully
  • Balancing time
  • What it took to get the book published
  • “Be where your feet are”; an essential key to good living.

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164. Pamela Seelig – Threads of Yoga: Themes, Reflections, and Meditations to Weave Into Your Practice

Pamela Seelig is the author of “Threads of Yoga: Themes, Reflections, and Meditations to Weave into Your Practice.” It’s a guide for students and teachers inspired by the yoga sutras. Pam is someone who began her yoga journey more than twenty-five years ago when an illness interrupted her Wall Street career. She began meditating as a complementary therapy with startling results. Along with speeding up her recovery, the impact of her meditation led to a lifelong pursuit of perceiving and sharing yoga wisdom. Pam eventually trained at Integral Yoga Institute in New York and began teaching to friends at a local convent in New Jersey until 2009 when she opened her own studio called Lotus Mind and Body. After a rewarding nine years, she sold the studio to focus on writing this book.

In this interview for the School for Good Living Podcast, Pam joins Brilliant Miller to talk about a lot of things related to living well, yogic philosophy, and energy. We talk about the witness, cultivating a deeper relationship with the observer, quieting the mind, meditation, prana, kundalini, and the chakras. Pam also explains a bit about her writing, creative process, and how she got the book written and published. Pam explains how she has lived a better life by incorporating things both in her book and in this interview and how they can be keys to our own good living.

“That’s what yoga is really about… living a more full life.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Pam’s Journey from a successful career on Wall Street to yogic philosophy
  • How Pam and many others have used yoga as a key to good living
  • The “witness” and other yogic philosophies uncovered in the book
  • How we can regain the energy we spend on holding onto negative feelings
  • The power and purpose of breath
  • How and why Pam decided to publish with Shambhala
  • Cultivating a relationship with Prana
  • The Yamas and Niyamas: Guides for good living

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163. Dawson Church – Bliss Brain: The Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy

163. Dawson Church – Bliss Brain: The Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy

Dr. Dawson Church is the author of “Bliss Brain: The Neuroscience of Remodeling Your Brain for Resilience, Creativity, and Joy”. Dawson decided to shift from his successful publishing career because of the great impact that meditation had on his ability to be happy despite some of the catastrophic events he has lived through. Dawson’s many scientific clinical trials have also helped him find many astonishing results in the techniques he uses. Dawson’s work comes from a place of first healing trauma, and then beyond that, achieving elevated states of consciousness, which, of course, is why he’s named his book Bliss Brain. He’s founded the National Institute for Integrative Health Care to promote groundbreaking new treatments. And he’s also founded something called the Veterans Stress Project, which has offered free treatment to over twenty thousand veterans with PTSD over the last 10 years.

In this interview for the School for Good Living Podcast, Dawson joins Brilliant Miller to talk about what’s going on inside our brains and our bodies when we meditate, helping to demystify, make it comprehensible and actionable, and explain some of the benefits of meditation, taking it out of the realm of mysticism and making it very relatable, understandable, and doable. In this interview, Dawson explains and shares many of the ways that he has been able to enhance his own meditation and ultimately how it has become one of his greatest keys to good living.

“By healing yourself, you heal the world.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Healing Trauma: The initial step to reaching elevated states
  • Creating oneness with the nonlocal mind
  • How Dawson was happy and prosperous despite losing his home, business, and life savings.
  • Understanding problems and remaining happy anyway
  • Diminishing our negative thinking

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162. Keys to Good Living

What does it mean to live a good life? Over the past few years, I have tried to answer that question by interviewing nearly 200 guests from all walks of life. Each week I invite an author with a unique perspective to share their thoughts on what it means to live a good life. Each guest shares a bit about themselves, the work they do and have done, and most importantly, their Keys to Good Living. These keys not only help us to live better lives, but also to understand ourselves better, to know what we really want, and to become the people we want to be. Despite the great differences in each guest, they are all highly intelligent people who have found what it means personally for them to live a good life and they openly share how we can do the same.

This week on the School For Good Living podcast, we get an inside look at Brilliant Miller, the work he does, why he does it, and the benefits that it could have on your life. If you want to be, do, have, and give more then this podcast is for you. Video podcast interviews are released weekly on YouTube and audio recordings can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify. Subscribe for weekly tips, tricks, and ideas that could help you to unlock your potential and give you some insight on how you can achieve it.

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What is life about?
  • A Showcase of a few of my guests
  • Why do I do what I do?
  • How could it help you discover what you want and how to reach it?

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161. 2021 Podcast Highlights

What does it mean to live a good life? Over the past few years I have tried to answer that question by interviewing nearly 200 guests from all walks of life. Each week I invite an author with a unique perspective to talk about the subject of their book and share their thoughts on what it means to live a good life, as well as their tips for getting books written and published! I also run each guest through my Enlightening Lightning Round, a series of 9 quick questions regarding all aspects of life, from travel and finances, to health and relationships.

This video is designed to celebrate the diversity of my guests, as well as to showcase the new video format of my interviews. I hope that this short video will help to introduce you to my mission here at the School for Good Living, and get you excited for my upcoming episodes! Be sure to subscribe as well so you can be the first to know when my new episodes launch!

160. Dennis Rebelo – Story Like You Mean It: How to Build and Use Your Personal Narrative to Illustrate Who You Really Are

Dr. Dennis Rebelo is the author of a book called “Story Like You Mean It: How to Build and Use Your Personal Narrative to Illustrate Who You Really Are”. Dr. D is a professor, speaker, a career coach. He’s the creator of the peak storytelling model, a research-based method for crafting the narrative of who you are, what drives you, and why. His method has been used by not only former professional athletes, guidance professionals, and advisors, but also nonprofit leaders, as well as entrepreneurs and CEOs around the world. This book and this approach provide structure to really identifying what are those key moments of your life that you can share when you meet others, whether it’s for an interview, making a first impression, or simply running into somebody you haven’t seen in a long time.

We often have the chance to answer the question, “Tell me about yourself”, which can be one of the simplest yet most difficult questions to answer. In this interview, Dennis joins Brilliant to discuss why that’s so hard, how to do it well, and why it really matters. Dennis has made the connection between understanding our personal identity with our ability to tell our own story accurately and mindfully. Through this interview, we learn not only how to tell our own stories but also how it is essential to good living.

“Put the work in and your story works out.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • How understanding your story is an essential Key to Good Living
  • Answering the age old question “Tell me about yourself”
  • Why is it so hard to tell our own life stories
  • Our hero side, our collaborating side, and our virtuous side
  • Identity and telling your story
  • How to make sure your writing is conveying your story
  • Deciding what message to give to the world

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159. Rachel Harris – Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety

I’ve traveled many places around this globe and talked to many people, some of whom have very interesting views. Today’s guest is one of those people. Rachel Harris has written a book called “Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction and Anxiety”. Over her thirty-five years of experience as a psychologist and 10 years of scientific research, she’s received multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health and published more than 40 scientific studies in peer reviewed journals.

Rachel joins Brilliant to talk about her book and about ayahuasca, the benefits that it might have for humanity and what the potential risks are. As a disclaimer for this interview, this substance is currently illegal in the United States. While this subject may not appeal to everyone, there is a lot to be learned from Rachel and her perspective on how this substance has helped her and others on their quest to good living.

“You know, this is outside the Western world view and it’s very threatening.”

This week on the School For Good Living Podcast:

  • What Ayahuasca is, where it comes from, and how for some people it is a Key to Good Living
  • Rachel’s background in Psychology and Research
  • Rachel’s expansion from psychological work to both psychological and spiritual work
  • The potential benefits of Ayahuasca
  • Why Ayahuasca is currently illegal in the United States, what the potential associated risks of using it are, and whether it has addictive qualities
  • Rachel’s journey to becoming a writer and publishing her book

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