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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158. Adii Pienaar – Life Profitability: The New Measure of Entrepreneurial Success

Adii Pienaar is someone who uses his strengths, gifts, and talents in a variety of ways to solve real problems for others. He has been able to implement self-expression into his career of building successful companies. He’s a family man, a seeker, and a learner. He’s also a founder of Cogsy, Conversio, and WooCommerce; which shows he knows a thing or two about building and growing a successful business from the ground up. One of the things that sets Adii apart is his ability to balance creating these successful businesses with the things he values most in life.

In addition to his success in the business and tech worlds, he is also a writer. His latest book is called “Life Profitability: The New Measure of Entrepreneurial Success”. He’s also written a book called “Rockstar Business”, another called “Branding”, and even a book of poetry. He’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Startups.com. He’s a native of South Africa, where he lives in Cape Town with his wife Jeanne and their two children. You can learn more about him and the work he does at Adii.me.

“Like the age-old question, what is the meaning of life? We should answer that question. And I don’t think you find those answers exclusively by building a business.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Being the best versions of ourselves
  • Using labels positively to define our focus
  • Finding the true meaning of the work we do
  • Privilege and how we should approach it
  • Being successful as an entrepreneur – both in business and in life
  • How to create a community for building a business or a following

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157. Sadhguru – Karma: A Yogi’s Guide to Creating Your Destiny

Sadhguru is a yogi, a mystic, and an author of many books. His most recent book, as mentioned in this interview, is A Yogi’s Guide to Creating Your Destiny. He is no stranger to public speaking, having been an invited guest to the United Nations, Harvard, MIT, World Economic Forum, and so many more. In his work, Sadhguru has devoted himself to the betterment of mankind and this planet as both a humanitarian and environmentalist.

For today’s short interview, we focus in on Sadhguru’s new Green Earth Initiative; a group focused on informing the world of the facts regarding environmental decline, and it’s hopeful reversal. We discuss the importance of this planet, it’s fragile ecology, and the surprising cause of it’s decline. We also talk about the importance of soil, and how it is the root of all life. Lastly, we discuss his tips to writing a book and where to look for inspiration.

“Everything that’s happening to you…is entirely your making because human experience comes from within”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • The purpose of life here on this planet
  • The human experience
  • Action over inspiration
  • The degradation of our soil
  • The next steps

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