Creating Your Own Destiny with Mark Nepo Part 2

Mark Nepo, deemed one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit, is a poet, teacher, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, which sold over one million copies. Mark has written twenty-two books translated into over twenty languages and also writes regularly for Spirituality & Health Magazine. He has been featured on OWN TV’s Super Soul Sunday and interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. His work focuses on helping others through inner transformation.

Mark joins me today to discuss his relationship with feelings and how he allows fear to exist without drowning in it. He shares why we can’t be all things to all people, and why we need to take the time to intentionally clear our minds and not give in to a “fill it up” world. Mark also highlights his relationship with poetry and how poems are his teachers and the building blocks of his work.

“Great love and great suffering bring us to the edge of authenticity, and when we are there, we often discover what we didn’t know we know.” – Mark Nepo

This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What Mark believes is our strongest muscle and window to everything
  • The concept of clearing out our personal and collective “acequia”
  • How Mark stopped allowing fear to run his life and how he approaches emotions
  • The mental tendency towards assumptions and conclusions and what is needed to combat this
  • Why it is essential to recognize and accept our limitations in relationships
  • The real reason why we often don’t keep our promises
  • Mark’s perspective on what real wealth is
  • Mark’s guide and inspiration
  • The interplay between effort and grace and how letting go of intent fits into the picture

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Special Release – Covidcast 7 – Outcomes

In this final episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Outcomes, and how writing down what we want to accomplish in the future will lead us to our best selves.

As part of the episode, Bryan walks you through why this is the beginning step in his program and why it’s not a selfish process. You can reach out to Bryan and let him know what your goals are, or ask him any other questions on your mind, by emailing him at [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
Medical staff flying to New York to fight Covid-19
QuarARTine All-Ages Art Show

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Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the School for Good Living Podcast, with your host, Bryan Miller. If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave us a rating and review.

Don’t forget to visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. And be sure to share your favorite episodes with your friends and colleagues on social media to inspire others to improve their lives and reach their full potential.

Special Release – Covidcast 6 – Perspective

In this episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Perspective, and how understanding our position in the universe can help us live a better life.

As part of the episode, Bryan talks shares details on the cosmic calendar and how small humanities footprint actually is in it, as well as what brings him hope on this day. You can reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope, or ask him any other questions on your mind, by emailing him at [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
Cosmic Calendar

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Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the School for Good Living Podcast, with your host, Bryan Miller. If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave us a rating and review.

Don’t forget to visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. And be sure to share your favorite episodes with your friends and colleagues on social media to inspire others to improve their lives and reach their full potential.

Special Release – Covidcast 5 – Move, Breathe

In this episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Move, Breathe, and how pausing to properly breathe can improve every aspect of your day.

As part of the episode, Bryan talks about his current feelings on the current situation and being ready for this season of quarantine to conclude. Bryan also walks you through a simple example of how to breathe. You can reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope, or ask him any other questions on your mind, by emailing him at [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
Extending social distancing guidelines.
Olympics being held in 2021

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Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the School for Good Living Podcast, with your host, Bryan Miller. If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave us a rating and review.

Don’t forget to visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. And be sure to share your favorite episodes with your friends and colleagues on social media to inspire others to improve their lives and reach their full potential.

Special Release – Covidcast 3 – Time

In this episode of our special podcast series, Bryan focuses on Life’s Best Practices – Time, and how to visualize the ideal day that brings us a sense of joy and satisfaction.

As part of the episode, Bryan shares his hope upon hearing about the government’s financial plan for our current challenges. If you find yourself lacking hope during the Covid-19 pandemic (or any time for that matter), and you want to live each day to its fullest, this is the podcast for you. Please reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope. [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life’s Best Practices
Ventec Life Systems and GM

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Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the School for Good Living Podcast, with your host, Bryan Miller. If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave us a rating and review.

Don’t forget to visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. And be sure to share your favorite episodes with your friends and colleagues on social media to inspire others to improve their lives and reach their full potential.

Special Release – Covidcast 1 – Presence

In this special podcast release, Bryan introduces Life’s Best Practices – Presence, and how implementing it can give us the hope necessary to overcome turbulent situations. If you find yourself lacking in hope during the Covid-19 pandemic (or any time for that matter), this is the podcast for you. Please reach out to Bryan and let him know what brings you hope. [email protected]

Resources Mentioned:
Life‘s Best Practices
Governor Herbert’s Economic Response Plan

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Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of the School for Good Living Podcast, with your host, Bryan Miller. If you enjoyed this episode, please head over to Apple Podcasts to subscribe and leave us a rating and review.

Don’t forget to visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. And be sure to share your favorite episodes with your friends and colleagues on social media to inspire others to improve their lives and reach their full potential.

Life’s Best Practices – Intro

Bryan has recently launched the School for Good Living. Within the School, Bryan has created an online group coaching program called Life’s Best Practices Breakthrough Coaching. The promise of the course is to help participants create a life of happiness, meaning, and contribution. Many want to make a difference, they want to contribute, and they think they can – but they are held back by not knowing how. Life’s Best PracticesBreakthrough Coaching provides the principles to guide participants and instill in them the faith to believe: I can. I do. I am.

This 36-week online group coaching course is divided into three sections:

SECTION 1 focuses on power
Power: Live with clarity about who you are, what you want, and why you’re here.

SECTION 2 focuses on productivity
Productivity: Do more, in less time, with less stress and more fun.

SECTION 3 focuses on peace
Peace: Appreciate and enjoy every moment of every day; love fully and live well.
Learn more about the School for Good Living here.


This 36-week online group coaching course is divided into three sections:
SECTION 1 focuses on power
Power: Live with clarity about who you are, what you want, and why you’re here.
SECTION 2 focuses on productivity
Productivity: Do more, in less time, with less stress and more fun.
SECTION 3 focuses on peace
Peace: Appreciate and enjoy every moment of every day; love fully and live well.
Learn more about the School for Good Livinghere.

Alan Weisman: The World Without Us

Today I am thrilled to talk with Alan Weisman. He is an author who’s worked on seven continents and more than 50 countries. He’s written six books and the book that I talked to him most about is The World Without Us. It’s a book he published about a decade ago. It began as a thought experiment about what would happen if humanity disappeared from the planet. How long would it take for nature to rejuvenate, or would it at all? He’s a journalist, who wanted to be a scientist as a kid and had so many passions and curiosities that he decided he would write about them all. That inquiry, that spirit of discovery has taken him around the globe and caused him to talk to some really, really interesting people. I hope that what you take away from this interview, and if you read his books, is a greater understanding and appreciation of the beauty and the delicate nature of the planet that we’re all a part of.

SUMMARY
00:02:40 – What is life about?
00:03:50 – Alan’s background.
00:13:23 – Concerns about the planet.
00:17:58 – One million people every four days.
00:22:19 – Public and critical response to the book’s release.
00:43:31 – Optimistic, pessimistic, or something else?
00:50:14 – Individual differences that can be made.
00:59:43- Lightning round.
01:07:46 – Two tips for completing a book.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update by Donella H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis L. Meadows
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alan Weisman
Food is the Solution by Matthew Prescott
Kiva.org

Tasha Eurich: Bankable Leadership and Insight

Tasha Eurich has helped thousands of leaders around the world to become more self-aware and successful. Her first book, Bankable Leadership, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. Her latest book, Insight, delves into the connection between self-awareness and success. Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times, bestselling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh modern voice in the business world by pairing her scientific grounding and human behavior with a pragmatic approach to professional development. In this interview, Tasha and I talk about a lot of things, including the work she’s done and the things she’s learned in more than 15 years of being a scientist. I hope you enjoy it, and if you listen all the way to the end where we talk about writing, she shares some things about writing that, if you’ve tried it, I think will resonate with you. Please enjoy this conversation with Dr. Tasha Eurich.

SUMMARY
00:02:00  – What’s life about?
00:02:32  – Who is Tasha and what does she do?
00:17:02  – Thinking about ourselves isn’t knowing ourselves.
00:27:42  – Enlisting love critics.
00:36:07 – Lightning round.
00:43:09 – Third generation entrepreneur.
00:51:38 – Meditative retreat.
01:05:54  – Composite characters.
01:26:10  – Turning research into readable content.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Bankable Leadership: Happy People, Bottom-Line Results, and the Power to Deliver Both by Tasha Eurich
Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think by Tasha Eurich
tashaeurich.com
Tasha Eurich TEDx Talk
Singularity University
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Health
White Noise APP
Orange Theory Fitness
Insight Quiz

Jeff Eggers: Leaders, Myth and Reality

Today my guest is Jeff Eggers. I don’t even know where to start introducing Jeff. He retired from the Navy in 2013 after a 20-year career as a US Navy SEAL. He served in the White House for six years, most recently as President Obama’s special assistant for national security affairs, he also served under President Bush. He earned an award, the Samuel Nelson Drew Award for Distinguished Contribution in Pursuit of Global Peace. That award was given to him by President Obama for his role in mediating the political crisis following the 2014 Afghan presidential elections, which I’m sure you were following closely. We talk about leadership and the book that he’s just written with four-star general Stanley McChrystal and with Jason Mangone. The book is Leaders, Myth and Reality. In this book, he profiles 13 leaders from all walks of life. We talk about some very practical things that you can do to increase the quality of your leadership. I think it’s fascinating. I think if you want to take your ideas and to translate them into reality, put them, especially in a written form, that you will find something here that is extraordinarily useful to you. Jeff, welcome to the School for Good Living podcast.

SUMMARY
00:02:32 – Paragliding interest.
00:05:25 – What’s life about?
00:12:50 – Discussion over Leadership.
00:26:46 – Who is the book written for?
00:43:56 – If not a Navy Seal, what was Jeff’s career choice?
00:57:40 – The warrior and peace.
01:07:08 – Lightning round.
01:13:03 – The McChrystal Group
01:21:04 – Discussion of his book and the co-authors.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Leaders: Myth and Reality by Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, and Jay Mangone
LinkedIn in profile of Jeff Eggers
The McChrystal Group