179. Coaches Commonplace Book #2

Dean Miles is a fellow member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 coaches group. Dean joins me in this special series where we dive into some of our philosophies about coaching and good living.

Join us in this unique podcast episode with my co-host, Dean Miles, and I explore a new thought activity where we read the headline of a magazine cover and share what things we would include if we were to write the articles ourselves.

“Our behavior always follows who we know ourselves to be.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What is a commonplace book and why this series is named after it
  • Brilliant’s magazine headline – 18 Ways to Overhaul Your Life Starting Today
    • Brilliant’s ideas for overhauling your life
    • Dean’s ideas on overhauling your life
    • Stories of people who have overhauled their lives
  • Dean’s magazine headline – The science of inspirational quotes
    • Some of Dean’s favorite aphorisms and proverbs – as well as some of his own
  • The uplifting way of making amends
  • Attitudes that help in overcoming challenges
  • How quotes can help you have good living

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178. Britt Frank – The Science of Stuck: Breaking Through Inertia to Find Your Path Forward

Britt Frank is the writer of “The Science of Stuck: Breaking Through Inertia to Find Your Path Forward.” Britt’s upbringing exposed her to a lot of the things she now studies and the things that she helps others to understand about themselves. Her approach to therapy focuses on the physical reality of mental health by targeting the physiological processes that drive our sometimes illogical or unwanted decisions. She uses this knowledge to help others understand their different parts and how to effectively interact with them as an effective method of self-care.

In this Interview on the School for Good Living Podcast, Britt joins me to talk about some important things that I believe really have the potential to help you live the life you want to live, be the person you want to be, and make the contribution you want to make. We talked about why mental health is a physical process, all the different aspects of ourselves, and why self-care maybe ought to be called parts care. We talked about why your browser history and transactional history might actually be the greatest entry points into shadow work. We also talk about things related to making your intimate relationships work, making them last, making them a rich and fulfilling why and making amends is so much more satisfying than apologizing.

“Mental health is not a mental process—mental health is a physical process.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • How Britt became aware of mental health and what she has done to embrace it
  • Understanding the physical realities of mental health
  • How “parts-care” can help us understand self-care
  • Understanding that our thoughts aren’t crazy
  • Turning your inner monologue into an inner dialogue
  • Empowering people to figure things out for themselves
  • Creating a conflicting contract
  • Understanding boundaries
  • The uplifting way of making amends

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177. Bernd Heinrich – Racing the Clock: Running Across a Lifetime

Bernd Heinrich is the author of more than 12 books and 100 scientific papers. His most recent book is “Racing the Clock, Running Across a Lifetime.” Bernd holds many records as a runner. He ran a sub two-minute half mile, at one point he set the American national records for any age in ultramarathon distances of 100 kilometers, 200 kilometers, 100 miles, and the longest distance ran in 24 hours, totaling 156.8 miles. For many years Bernd’s work focused on the comparative physiological of insects, where he studied bumblebee behavior. He studied moths. He studied caterpillars very closely and their ecology and their pollination. He later shifted to studying ravens and other birds. For many years, Bernd has lived in a cabin in the woods of Maine, one that he built himself by hand. He lives without running water, phone service, or refrigerator, and he eats solely with wood and relies on a solar panel to power his laptop and his wifi router. He’s just about to turn 82 years old and he’s still running about four miles a day.

In this interview on the School for Good Living Podcast, Bernd joins Brilliant to discuss many things, including having a plan versus enjoying life, love and its role in our lives, and balancing it with accomplishment. Bernd talks about finding our own path and figuring out who we are. Bernd shares about running, aging, and about writing. A theme that kept coming back was this one of just beginning. In running, as they say, the hardest and most important step is always the first one out the door. Everyone can do it and it counts.

“The hardest and most important step is always the first one out the door.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Bernd’s unorthodox upbringing
  • How Bernd became a runner and what impact running had on his life
  • Love and its role in our lives
  • Bernd’s scientific breakthroughs
  • How Bernd responded to his work being stolen
  • Overcoming injury and adversary
  • How roadkill can help enhance our life view

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176. Coaches Commonplace Book #1

Coaching and writing are two very powerful tools that can be used to help and benefit others. Today my co-host Dean Miles joins me for a candid interview about coaching, writing fulfillment, and our objectives for this new podcast series. Stay tuned for this unique and engaging series where we dive deep into some creative thinking exercises that help us to learn more, understand deeper, and live better.

“I truly believe that anyone in this world can benefit from coaching.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Who are the hosts Brilliant Miller and Dean Miles?
  • How the Coaches Commonplace came to be
  • How coaching can make a difference
  • What makes quotations so special and what are the caveats of using others’ words
  • Gaining client trust
  • Productivity tools
  • What it means to find fulfillment and how to do it

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175. Raymond Moody – Life After Life: The Original Investigation Revealing Near Death Experiences

Raymond Moody has a Ph.D., he’s also a medical doctor, a world-renowned scholar, lecturer, and researcher. And he’s widely recognized as the leading authority on near-death experiences, as he coined the term. He’s the bestselling author, the bestselling author of many books, including Life After Life, Glimpses of Eternity, The Light Beyond Coming Back, and more. His work profoundly illuminates our understanding of death, dying, and grief, and offers compelling answers to the question Is there an afterlife? Dr. Moody has several books including My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife and his latest book called God Is Bigger Than the Bible.

In this conversation for the School for Good Living, Raymond Joins Brilliant to discuss philosophy and nonsense. Raymond shares commonly reported experiences of those who have died and returned to life. Dr. Moody is a skeptic, as he says. He draws no particular conclusion, although he does have his own experiences, including his own near-death experience. If you are a seeker, if you’re curious, if you want to understand the universe or life more fully, you might enjoy this conversation.

“Philosophy is a rehearsal for dying.” – Plato

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Why death is the key component of philosophy
  • Why the chicken really crossed the road
  • How near-death experiences came to light with the development of resuscitation
  • Commonalities in reported near-death experiences
  • What we can learn from death without dying

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174. David J Helfand – A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind

David J Helfand is the chairman of the American Institute of Physics, past President of the American Astronomical Society, and has been a faculty member at Columbia University for 45 years. He’s authored nearly 200 scientific publications and mentored 22 Ph.D. students. But most of his teaching has involved teaching science to non-science majors. David instituted the first change in Columbia’s core curriculum in 50 years by introducing science to all first-year students. David’s book is A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific Habits of Mind.

In this interview on the School for Good Living podcast, David joins Brilliant to discuss how living a bit more skeptically with scientific habits of mind can help you improve the quality of your thinking, your life, and even the world. With all the information that we’re producing every single day, it’s hard to know what to pay attention to, what to make it mean, and what to do as a result. Our challenge today is not the scarcity of information, but the overabundance of it. But David helps navigate a course that hopefully will result in our survival and our thriving for not only us as humans but all of life.

“Throughout human history, information has been limited, difficult to access, and expensive.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Why accurate information has devolved over time
  • What is the difference between truth, meaning, and understanding
  • How to approach verifying and qualifying facts
  • Why astronomy can be considered a good use of taxpayer money
  • What are dark matter and dark energy and why are they so hard to define
  • How to be skeptical without being negative

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173. Kim Scott – Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-Ass Culture of Inclusivity

Kim Scott is the author of several very impactful books, some of which you may have heard of, such as “Radical Candor,” that give some very useful perspectives on how to give feedback, and how to receive feedback. Her latest book is called “Just Work: How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kickass Culture of Inclusivity.” Kim was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies. She was a member of the faculty at Apple University and before that led teams at Google, including AdSense. She also managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo and started a diamond-cutting factory in Moscow. Kim is especially admirable because she’s not just writing from theory, but from deep experience.

In this interview on the School for Good Living Podcast, Kim joins Brilliant to discuss some of the different roles that we play as we go through life and in the workplace. She talks about the workplace, what to do when we are a person being harmed, or when we are the person who causes harm, when we’re in a leadership position, when we are someone who just observes this, and what our responsibility is or might be and how to effectively handle situations. Throughout the interview, Kim shares how effectively handling potentially difficult situations can be a key to good living.

“Bias is a pattern – and we as humans are pattern makers; but we’re also pattern changers, and we can change those patterns.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • How to celebrate failures and successes
  • What you can gain from weeding out the bias in the words you choose
  • How to stand up to bias, prejudice, and bullying in the workplace
  • Designing management systems around fairness and safety
  • Using writing to rejuvenate
  • Making a difference through editing

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172. John Philip Newell – Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What our Souls Know and Healing the World

John Philip Newell is a Celtic teacher and author of spirituality, who calls the modern world to reawaken to the sacredness of the Earth and every human being. John Philip’s most recent book is called “Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul: Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World.” John Philip began the School of Earth and Soul, which was originally called the School of Celtic Consciousness. Reading John Philip’s book and talking to him today has inspired me in so many ways. John Philip’s writing and his teaching offers the possibility of leaving others living and being and relating in new ways that are healthy, that are sustainable, and that are fulfilling. It’s a big promise, and it’s not a simple algorithm, but there is inspiration.

In this interview on the School for Good Living podcast, John joins Brilliant to discuss Celtic spirituality and the divinity that can be found in all things. John provides lots of insight on understanding the sacredness of the Earth and the people around us. Throughout this discussion, John also provides a lot of insight on how this knowledge can be a key to good living and how these perspectives open us to new possibilities of healing and overcoming the difficulties this world has to offer.

“The crises that we are in the midst of today stem from the fact that we treat the Earth and one another as less than sacred.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Who the Celts are
  • How to make prayer a way of living
  • What is “Anam Cara” (a soul friend)
  • Panentheism – there is divinity in all things
  • How divinity flows and how we can set it free
  • Writing with your audience in mind

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171. Phil M Jones – Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact

Phil Jones is the author of seven Best-Selling Business Books, and he is the creator of the Exactly series, including “Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact.” Phil is an entrepreneurial success story who has founded five multi-million-dollar companies. Phil is a dual citizen of the United States and England, which comes with a lot of great perspectives. Phil is one of less than 200 living members of the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame and the youngest winner of the British Excellence of Sales and Marketing Award.

In this interview on the School for Good Living podcast, Phil joins Brilliant to discuss becoming a decision catalyst — someone who can effectively change “maybe” to “yes” by using effectively choosing their words. Phil has a variety of “magic words” with a certain purpose that can have an incredible impact. Along with sharing some of his magic words and their meaning, he also explains how they can help people make up their minds. He also shares several ways to serve others through your work and through your writing. Phil is passionate about words, and he shares a lot of ways choosing the right ones can be a key to good living.

“Change your words, change your world.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Using magic words to help people make up their mind
  • Asking questions with empathy and curiosity
  • Being a decision catalyst
  • Understanding how the enemy of “yes” isn’t “no”, it’s “maybe
  • Overcoming rejection and setbacks
  • Writing with a purpose

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170. Ron Lieber – Priceless Advice on Parenting, Money, and College Admissions

Ron Lieber is the author of the “Your Money” column for The New York Times and the author or co-author of five books. His most recent book is called “The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Roadmap for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make.” He’s also written for Fast Company for The Wall Street Journal and for Fortune Magazine. Ron is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, which is the most prestigious award in business journalism. Part of that is because his writing is not only enjoyable to read, but it’s also practical.

In this interview on the School For Good Living Podcast, Ron joins Brilliant Miller to discuss his book “The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money,” which if you are raising kids, you probably hope they’ll turn out that way, not spoiled. This interview includes a lot about money and parenting, including allowance, whether we should pay it, what its relationship to chores should be, how to approach it, and even what should be off-limits for kids, if anything, when it comes to how they spend their own money. Ron also shares his thoughts on how much the tooth fairy should pay for a tooth, which he answers in a very interesting way, and how to answer kids’ questions about money. Throughout Ron’s book, and in this interview, he shares many ways to approach talking about and using money to use it as a key for good living.

“Spoiled is a passive verb. Kids aren’t born that way, they are made. So I think that would be a pretty bad sin to commit unto them.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Finding happiness in serving others
  • Raising kids who aren’t spoiled
  • Writing for others – “Service Journalism”
  • Coming up with writing ideas
  • Making money a key to good living without relying on it for happiness

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