185. Tamar Haspel – To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard

Tamar Haspel coined the term first-hand food. Food that you grow, you cultivate, you forage for, you fish for, or you hunt for so that you get yourself. Tamar writes the James Beard Award-winning Washington Post column “Unearthed,” which covers the intersection of food and science, exploring how what we eat affects us and our planet. She’s also written for Discovery, Slate, Fortune Eater, Edible, Cape Cod, and other magazines and publications.

For this week’s interview on the School for Good Living Podcast, Tamar joins me to talk about her book “To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard.” Join us as we discuss the structure of gardening, chickens, fishing, foraging, turkeys hunting, and many others, including the ethics of eating animals. We get into first-hand food, what it is, why it matters, and why it could matter to you. Relationships are another recurring theme in this interview and I think Tamar’s take on what it takes to create and sustain a lasting and fulfilling relationship is pretty cool, and I hope you like it too.

“You do your best and hope for the best, that’s all you can do.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What is firsthand food and how it differs from our typical diets
  • What is non-overlapping magisterial and how accepting it can benefit relationships
  • How to determine what plants are edible
  • The ethics of raising, hunting, and eating animals
  • Tips for staying open-minded

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184. Leah Weiss – How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind

Leah Weiss, Ph.D. is an author and a speaker who helps leaders be better humans. Leah has taught and spoken in more than 100 organizations worldwide, including Goldman Sachs, Nasser, the European Commission, Google Intuit and more. Her work has been covered by outlets including the New York Times, BBC TEDx, The Financial Times, A Harvard Business Review, and on and on. Leah co-founded Skylyte, a company that specializes in using the latest neuroscience and behavior change to empower high-performing leaders and managers to prevent burnout for themselves and their teams.

In this interview, Leah joins me to explore a lot of things that can help you not only be a better leader, but also a better human. We talk a lot about her first book “How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind.” that was also endorsed by the Dalai Lama. One interesting thing we talk about is purpose, not just as a concept, but how we can incorporate it into our day to day lives. We talk about mindfulness, compassion, and balance. Leah has a particularly interesting perspective of balance that I think you might find useful. If you work in a professional environment, or if you’ve experienced Sunday dread, overwhelm, burnout, mom guilt, inertia, or a struggle for balance, then this interview is for you.

“Maybe there are external changes to make, but the first step is to do the internal work.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Becoming a better leader and a better human
  • What truly matters to us and how we can incorporate it into our lives
  • Finding balance in our increasingly busy lives
  • Staying motivated and productive
  • Marketing and promoting books

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183. Gary Ferguson – The Eight Master Lessons of Nature: What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World

My guest today is Gary Ferguson. Gary has written 27 books on Science and Nature, including a book called “The Eight Master Lessons of Nature: What Nature Teaches us About Living Well in the World.” Gary’s most recent book is called “Full Ecology: Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World.” Garry has created an organization called Full Ecology with a cultural psychologist named Mary Clare, who is not only has co-founder and partner, but also his wife. Gary describes full ecology as an idea and an organization dedicated to breaking down the walls between the human psyche and the natural world. Together, he and Mary Clare offer workshops, retreats, keynotes and continuing professional development to help individuals, families and or organizations traverse life’s changes with integrity and vision.

In this interview, we discuss how to renew your relationship with nature and how to deepen it. We also talk about things like the many, many hundreds and thousands of miles that Gary has spent in Yellowstone National Park. We discuss what he has learned in that including beauty, community, relationships, grief, and mystery.

“It is no wonder that we are starving to rediscover a connection with the natural world.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What is the objective case and what does it teach us about the world?
  • What Gary has learned in his thousands of miles walked in Yellowstone National Park.
  • What Gary has learned about grief and how it helps him to empathize with others.
  • How things in nature, including humans, react to the forces of trauma.
  • How we can make space for grief in our lives and what that can do for us.
  • What is full ecology and what does it teach us about what’s inside us and between one another.

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182. Coaches Commonplace Book – Episode #3

182. Coaches Commonplace Book – Episode #3

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 episode of the Coaches Commonplace Book where we dive into the information that we have been consuming recently, what things we have been learning from that information, emotional fitness, emotional resiliency, and a bit about making money and influencing others as a coach.

“As things grow, they become more complex, but they don’t need to become more complicated.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • How humans are “infovores”
  • What are Brilliant and Dean currently reading?
  • The information diet of a coach
  • What Brilliant and Dean would include if they wrote the Men’s Health article “Are You Mentally Fit? 31 Ways to Power up Your Brain”
    • Da Vinci’s work and philosophies
    • Brilliant’s habits for mental fitness
    • Dean’s habits for mental fitness
  • Embrace failure in your life without letting yourself fall too far
  • Becoming space holders for other people and for things we care about

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181. Steven Kotler – The Devil’s Dictionary

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. He is the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective, as well as the co-host of a podcast by the same name. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance and has appeared in over 100 publications. In addition, he has been nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes. In his latest book, The Devil’s Dictionary, he writes about what the world could look like in 15 years if we manage to solve some of the biggest problems we face as a species and what adjustments we would see in society.

In this interview on the School for Good Living Podcast, Steven shares about his latest book, The Devil’s Dictionary. It’s a near-future thriller about the evolution of empathy in the tradition of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson. In this interview, we talk about empathy and why it’s critical for us as humans to cultivate at this time to expand our sphere of caring and how we can do so. Steven shares personally from his life about his loving-kindness practice, the skepticism he had coming into that, and the benefits he’s found from doing it. We also talk about a conservation technique called mega linkages, how we can connect more nature for very specific reasons.

“If we’re going to solve the environmental challenges that we’re up against, we are going to have to start caring for forests and oceans the way that we care about friends and family.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What is happening with the world and what hope to have for the future
  • How “empathy for all” could be the key to solving the big environmental challenges we face
  • What are mega linkages and how they could help us save the natural environment around us
  • What is loving-kindness meditation and how it can bless our lives
  • How we can cultivate empathy and its role in us performing at our peak
  • What difficulties writers face when writing both fiction and non-fiction books

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180. David McRaney – How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion

David McRaney is a science journalist fascinated with brains, minds, and culture. David is the creator of the blog, the book, and the podcast called “You Are Not So Smart.” His most recent book is “How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion and Persuasion.” In this book, David writes “You are about to gain a superpower. A step-by-step script of how to change people’s minds on any topic without coercion, by simply asking the right kinds of questions in the right order.” That’s a pretty bold claim, but David has traveled the world to learn from experts in communication and human behavior such as scientists and psychologists. He’s also talked to 911 truther cult members, flat earthers, all kinds of people who believe just about everything to find out why they believe what they believe and when they stop believing it, what caused them to stop believing it and to believe something else instead. It’s not exaggerating to say that it very well could change your life.

In this conversation, we explore disagreements, opinions, attitudes, beliefs, and how they’re different. We talk about the fact that humans are ultra-social creatures and how the groups we belong to influence what we believe. We talk about identity and about the potential that each of us has to change the world. I love this book and I’m super grateful to David for being a guest on The School for Good Living.

“What if instead of trying to win an argument as to whether or not one of us is seeing this properly and the other is not… we enter into a conversation of why you think we see this differently?”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Why we disagree
  • How our brains lie to us to try and disambiguate new things
  • How we think differently alone versus in a group
  • How cognitive empathy can help us to change our minds
  • How we can change who we know ourselves to be
  • What is a threshold to conformity and what does it say about our natural ways of finding community

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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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