35. Mark Divine: Unbeatable Mind

Hello my friends today my guest is Commander Mark Divine. Mark is an amazing human being whose nickname when he was in the Navy SEALs, was Cyborg. In his class of 185 participants, 19 graduated and he was the number one of those 19 earning the Honor Man. He’s unquestionably a leader and a warrior and he teaches leaders and warriors.

We talk about how to transmute desire into certainty, how to achieve peace and contentment, how to live one day, one lifetime as a philosophy. I had the chance to hear first at a Tony Robbins event a few years back in San Diego. He later came and spoke to executives at our company and as part of that event he took us outside and had us all engaged in some PT, some physical training, and we went for a run and we did some of the stretching and some of these movement and breathing exercises, and I realized how much I’d missed that. Mark has written The Way Of The SEAL, Kokoro Yoga, Unbeatable Mind, and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT. I hope you’ll hear something in this interview from a man who has been around the world who has studied martial arts, meditation, all kinds of different trainings, but really gone beyond all of that and looking deep into the heart and the mind and the soul to find really what it means to be alive and effective as a leader in these challenging times.

00:03:04 – What’s life about?
00:04:38 – Ringing the bell in SEAL training.
00:09:01 – A moment of clarity.
00:30:04 – Officer candidate.
00:41:27 – Daily routine.
00:50:47 – Five mountains.
01:04:48 – Growing up.
01:23:14 – 50 hours of nonstop mental training.
01:26:23 – Lightning round.
01:39:49 – Questions about writing.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Books written by Mark Divine
Unbeatable Mind / Mark Divine’s website
SEALFIT / Physical and mental training
How to do a burpee

34. Ian Manuel: My Time’s Going to Come

Ian Manuel is a truly inspiring soul. He’s a spoken word poet who’s messages is the impossible is obtainable. When I first met Ian, he was on stage delivering some of his spoken word poetry, and when I talked to him afterward, he shared with me something that I could see in his delivery. He said, “God has given me the gift to compose words in ways that move people.” He had plenty of time to practice cultivating that gift while he spent a 26 year prison sentence, 18 consecutive years in solitary confinement, for a crime he committed at 13 years old. He received life in prison without the possibility of parole. In this interview, we talk about the crime that landed him there, how he confronted his victim, and why, what she said and did and continues to do.

Very, very remarkable. And the final thing here, and we talk about this briefly toward the end, but it’s a theme I think that runs throughout, is this idea that our traditional justice system is oriented toward punishment where a restorative justice system is or would be oriented toward healing. And that was a concept I had no notion of more than two years ago. It’s one that I have really enjoyed learning more about. It was kind of invisible to me. I hope that if you’re not already familiar with the concept of restorative justice, that this interview opens your eyes and your mind to the possibility of something that would serve us as a society in a far greater way than what we’re currently doing.

00:02:27 – What’s life about?
00:07:12  – Life sentence at 13 years old.
00:19:41 – Solitary confinement.
00:25:14 – Preserving strength while in prison.
00:40:00 – Forgiveness.
00:43:35 – Writing his book.
00:50:04 – Reentry process.
00:54:15 – Lightning round.
01:00:12  – Creative process.
01:08:03 – Poem: Every Time I Breathe

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Equal Justice Organization
Ian on Facebook
Starbucks Coffee Video

33. Scott Harrison: charity:water

My guest is Scott Harrison. Scott is the founder and CEO of charity:water. He’s also the author of a book called Thirst: A Story of Redemption, compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World. Scott describes himself in this interview as having become at one point in his life early on, the most degenerate, hedonistic, sycophantic person that he knew. What is so awesome about Scott and his story is the fact that it is possible to change, and you’ll hear his transformation from a nightclub promoter and a party promoter. The more effective he was at that, the more money he earned. He was able to turn his life around a complete 180 and created a completely new model of how charities and philanthropies operate. Please enjoy this conversation with Scott Harrison.

00:02:37 – What’s life about?
00:04:24 – Why he wrote the book.
00:11:20 – How it all began to change.
00:26:36 – A billion people without water.
00:37:06 – The mystery of faith.
00:45:29 – Business models.
00:48:02 – Lightning round.
01:07:24 – Watches.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Thirst: A Story of Redemption, compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World
The Spring

32. Adam Piore: The Body Builders

Today my guest is Adam Piore, author of The Body Builders, Inside the Science of the Engineered Human. This is a fascinating book that explores the cutting edge of science and technology as it relates to the human body and explores things like advanced prosthetics, the regeneration of lost limbs and lost digits, technologies that help the blind to see, quadriplegics who are able to drink milk by thinking, and many things that I hadn’t even thought about until I read about them in this book. Adam is an award-winning journalist based in New York, a former editor and correspondent for Newsweek magazine as well as writing for Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Discover Magazine, Mother Jones, and Playboy among many others.

If there’s one thing that you take away from this interview, perhaps it’s this idea that we all have things we can be better at. We all have areas to learn. It’s easy to look at somebody who’s where we want to be, who’s doing what we want to do and think, man, they are there. They are probably amazing, but at the same time, things, seemingly little things that maybe are easy for us, are not necessarily easy for them. Overall, it’s a fascinating interview. It’s one that might open your mind to the possibilities of the human body and even the human spirit.

00:02:14 – What’s life about
00:07:30 – Cambodia motivation. 
00:22:15  – Dangers in Cambodia.
00:31:38 – Respectful conversations.
00:34:06 – Bodybuilders
00:45:26 – Lightning round
01:06:31 – Questions specifically about writing.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
The Body Builders by Adam Piore
Adam’s website www.adampiore.com

30. Dylan Ozmore: Poetic Spaces

Today my guest is Dylan Ozmore. I’m thrilled to have him on my show because I love talking to Dylan and he has so many fantastic insights and perspectives. He’s the first poet I’ve had on this School for Good Living Podcast and he’s written a book called Words to Dance to: A Book of Poetic Meditations. He’s already written his followup called And the Lights Came On: A Book of Zen Parables and Poetic Meditations. He reads one of these zen parables in this podcast. We talk about how to know when something’s really a hell yes, when something really is a part of your calling, the willingness to give up, and everything to pursue your truth. We also explore this idea that everything is sacred and the space from which his books have been written and spaces in general, metaphysical, perhaps spiritual, emotional spaces as places from which we create.

00:02:42 – What’s life about?
00:11:05 – How do we really know something?
00:21:56 – Advice to others hearing the whisperings.
00:34:32 – Initial writing experience.
00:45:10 – Lightning round.
01:04:28 – Focused discussion on writing.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Words to Dance to: A Book of Poetic Meditations

29. Arkan Lushwala: Deer and Thunder

Today I have a conversation with a really amazing indigenous healer, Arkan Lushwala. Arkan is a Peruvian ceremonial leader who was adopted by a Lakota Elder named Basil Brave Heart. Arkan has written a couple books, one called The Time of The Black Jaguar: An Offering of Indigenous Wisdom for the Continuity of Life on Earth. And more recently, Deer and Thunder: Indigenous Ways of Restoring the World.

One of the things you’ll hear is that he is a very humble man. In fact, he’s the only podcast guest I’ve had who, when I asked him to describe himself, says, “First, as a farmer.” Please take anything you hear in this interview with some caution, particularly some of the rituals and ceremonies that he talks about. Some of these things are potentially dangerous and not to be played with. There’s a real concern there, so taken care for your safety, making sure that anything you might do along these lines is under the guidance of someone who has experience and is looking out for your well-being.

00:04:11 – What’s life about?
00:14:02 – Second oldest civilization.
00:23:51 – Awareness of who we are.
00:34:25 – Fearing nature.
00:52:02 – Who Arkan writes to.
01:02:13  – The Coca Cola quest.
01:15:40 – How do you find yourself when you’re the one with something missing?
01:29:37 – Forgiveness.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Books by Arkan Lushwala

28. James Altucher: Choose Yourself

Today, my guest is James Altucher. James is an amazing human being, a next level thinker, an investor, entrepreneur, author, stand up comedian, and former hedge fund manager. James is also a podcaster ranked in the top 100 podcasts who has interviewed just about everyone.

In this conversation he shares his perspective on trying to be 1% better each day, as well as strategies he’s used to be a great interviewer. James also opens up about giving away everything he owned and living only in Airbnb’s for over 3 years, while also sharing some of the best advise I’ve ever heard about marketing your creative work.

00:03:13 – What’s life about?
00:06:45 – Improving yourself 1% every day.
00:15:58 – The conception of Choose Yourself.
00:29:17 – Interrupting your guest.
00:30:49 – Making and losing lots of money.
00:36:20 – Spirituality and meditation.
00:50:10 – Death.
00:53:53 – Reading.
01:04:02 – Personal mission statement.
01:07:01- Lightning round.
01:18:00 – Airbnb0
1:22:10 – 10 ideas every day.
01:35:12 – Micro loans.
01:39:15 – Discussion about writing.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Books by James Altucher
James Altucher Website
The James Altucher Show – Podcast
The James Altucher Report
Life Coaching Offer

27. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu: From Mindfulness to Heartfulness

Hello my friends today, my guest is Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu. He is a psychologist and has training and clinical and community psychology, Yoga, meditation, and Chinese medicine. He holds a Doctorate from Harvard University. He’s been a teacher and counselor in Japan and the United States working with all ages from daycare to medical school. His current research is in the assessment of mindfulness and promoting personal wellbeing, leadership and social transformation. I was privileged to find Stephen’s book in the basement of the Strand bookstore in New York City. In it, he uses his personal experience to expand concepts that help us to transform ourselves, ultimately help us transform society using compassion. Stephen talks with me about the power of listening and how to be a more effective listener, what it really means. He also talks about actually seeing others and being seen, why it matters how we can do it. Stephen talks a lot about this duality, this tension between serving our ego, which of course we all have while remaining humble. So how do we walk that line between ego and humility? How do we share the things we know, the gifts we have with others in ways that make a difference while not letting it go to our head, not just being arrogant jerks. With that, please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu.

00:04:03 – Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu on what life’s about.
00:07:06 – Living to 111.
00:15:10 – A short meditation.
00:28:49 – Unhappy students.
00:38:41 – Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu’s mentor.
00:49:20 – Intellectual compassion.
00:57:29 – Lightning round.
01:21:16 – Who inspired you to write?
01:34:22 – Technical writing tools.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu’s Books
From Mindfulness to Heartfulness by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
Multicultural Encounters by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
When Half is Full by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

26. Colin Beavan: A Fulfilling Life and a Better World

Today, my guest is Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man, the Adventures of a Guilty Liberal who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process. Colin has also written a book called How To Be Alive. Now, I found Colins’s book used at a second-hand bookstore. This book is printed on post-consumer waste paper printed with soy ink. It’s very environmentally friendly, which is no surprise given that it contains the stories and experiences of a man who lived a year without producing any trash except for compost. Purchasing no goods except for food and that food had to be grown within a 250 mile radius. He used no carbon-emitting transportation, no airplanes, no buses, no cars for a year. He didn’t even use elevators, taking the stairs. Now, all of that with a family living in New York City. Oh, and no paper products either including no toilet paper. He’s appeared on the Colbert Report, Good Morning America, Nightline, just about every morning show in the country. He holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool and he’s an all-around good guy.

00:02:21 What is life about?
00:03:53 Daughter Bella’s purpose of life.
00:14:34 Criticism surrounding the documentary.
00:28:15 Building literal bridges.
00:30:11 A model for changing a persons life.
00:51:04 What Colin would have changed with No Impact Man.
00:54:56 Lightening round.
01:10:16 Specific questions about writing.
01:33:14 Qualities of a great sentance.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Colin Beavan’s website
How to Be Alive by Colin Beavan
No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
Operation Jedburgh by Colin Beavan
Fingerprints by Colin Beavan
No Impact Man documentary

25. Mark Gober: Ending Upside Down Thinking

Today my interview is with Mark Gober, author of An End to Upside Down Thinking: Dispelling the Myth that the Brain Produces Consciousness and the Implications for Everyday Life. Mark explores many different areas of life that we don’t often talk about even though we have some personal experience with them. Things like psychedelics, remote viewing, telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, communications with the deceased, and children who remember previous lives. It’s not, in my opinion, woo woo or out there. Instead, Mark takes a very level look at this, looking at the science and the research. Decades, 70 years or more in some cases, things that have been taking place in respectable laboratories, places like Princeton or Stanford by well respected scientists and researchers. Things that show there’s something strange going on in the universe more than we often realize.

00:02:19 What’s life about?
00:06:11 Marks’ background.
00:11:22 Consciousness.
00:16:16 Spiritual traditions.
00:24:02 The most surprising thing learned from writing the book.
00:50:44 Dreams
00:59:15 Lightening round.
01:06:21 Titling the book.
01:22:37 Favorite part of the creative process.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Mark Gober’s Website
An End to Upside Down Thinking by Mark Gober
Sherpa Technology Group