9. Greg McKeown: The Essential Essentialist

Hello my friends, today I am so pleased to share with you a conversation I just had with Greg McKeown, author of the New York Times bestseller, Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Greg is an amazing thinker and teacher. He’s taught at companies that include Apple, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Linkedin, Semantic, Twitter, VMware, and he was recently named a young global leader by the World Economic Forum. He just moved to southern California. He’s got four kids. He has an MBA from Stanford University. He is truly wise beyond his years. In this conversation, he shares about a lot of things including culture; he says it’s the one thing you can’t lie about it in an organization, talks about leadership, things that he’s learned in his career as a consultant and as an advisor to some of the world’s leading companies. Talks about we’re always leading all the time. He gives some insight into how to do that more effectively. He breaks down, of course, the philosophy of the essentialist, which I will leave it to you to hear directly from him, but he talks about it as a contrast to the default setting. For almost everyone who is non-essentialist. He talks about developing the gift of discernment, filling your mind with light, the power and value of thinking. I love one of the things he says when you’re reading, you’re thinking with someone else’s mind, so we explore a bit of time talking about books, how to choose them, how to make the most of them. Greg talks about the power of cumulative consistency, celebrating what’s right, and he also talks about creating residual streams of goodness. So I’m so excited for you to hear this conversation. If you haven’t read Essentialism, I highly recommend you do. There were about a half dozen people who told me how much it had impacted them before I finally got around to reading it myself. If you haven’t read it, I think you’ll find many great ideas that you’ll love and I think you’ll love this conversation. So, with no further words for me, please enjoy my conversation with Greg McKeown. Greg, welcome to the School for Good Living Podcast.

00:05:43 – Touring with Beauty and the Beast.
00:07:28 – Lessons learned traveling around America.
00:10:55  – Everyone has a certain leadership skill.
00:17:06 – A big question.
00:24:00 – Putting your all into a failed business plan.
00:29:02 – How can we get clear?
00:35:51 – Greg’s journaling.
00:39:52 – The gift of discernment.
00:45:44  – Advice on reading the best books.
00:57:12   –  How do you live essentialism where you have limited control?
01:04:22  – Lightning round of questions.
01:27:17 – Anticipating the success of your book.
01:39:46 – People don’t buy what they need–they buy what they want.
01:50:36 – Writing words of encouragement.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Beauty and the Beast touring show
EO, The Entrepreneurs Organization
The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection by Michael Singer
John Adams, by David McCullough
Jenkin Lloyd Jones Quote about what life is like.
The Book of Mormon
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Chicken Soup for the Soul
7 Habits
Life’s Best Practices Guided Coaching Program

8. Noah Rasheta: Life Lessons From Paragliding

Today my guest is Noah Rasheta. He’s a Buddhist teacher, lay minister and author, as well as the host of the podcast, Secular Buddhism. Noah teaches mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy online and in workshops all around the world. He works with others to make the world a better place as he studies, embodies, and teaches the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy, integrating Buddhist teachings with modern science, humanism, and humor. He lives in Kamas, Utah with his wife and three kids. Noah and I have a very wide-ranging conversation. We talk about his passion for powered paragliding. We get into a little bit about how he’s achieved 2 million downloads on his podcast, what it means to live skillfully versus unskillfully, what it means to be awakened and enlightened. How to see deeply. He talks about in this how to use meditation, not to change yourself, but to befriend who you already are, and then also how mindfulness has helped him to change his relationship with his thoughts. I think that you’ll find something in this that will be very valuable for you.

00:02:22 – Powered paragliding.
00:04:24 – What’s life about?
00:07:40 – Substitute school bus driver.
00:15:34 – What spurred change.
00:19:05 – A quest for answers
00:24:4 – Non-religious Buddhism
00:26:38 – A clear lesson learned from paragliding.
00:37:21  – Lightning round.
00:42:54 – What are our expectations and where do they come from?
00:48:29 – Meditation and bubbling to the surface.
01:06:28 – 2 million downloads.
01:15:04 – Being asked to write.
01:20:46 – Writing without a team and other details.
01:34:25 – Podcasting details.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Paramotor Sport
10% Happier by Dan Harris
The Dalai Lama
Tara Brock
Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop
Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
SecularBuddhism.com Podcast
Callisto Media (publisher)
Scrivener, Evernote, Ommwriter
Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris
Hardcore History podcast with Dan Carlin
Noah recommended podcast links: How To #1 / How To #2
Kiva Loans

7. Steve Zaffron: Three Laws Of Performance

Steve Zaffron is the CEO of the Vanto Group, a global consulting firm that designs and implements large-scale initiatives to elevate organizational performance. Zaffron has directed major corporate initiatives with more than three hundred organizations in twenty countries. Steve sits down with Bryan for a wide-ranging discussion about the meaning of life, Black Box Theory, Steve’s involvement with the Barbados think tank, and his experience writing the national bestseller, The Three Laws of Performance.

00:00:46 – What is life about?
00:04:51 – Is there a distinction between nothingness and emptiness?00:09:34 – What do you tell other people about yourself?
00:12:06 – The three laws of performance.
00:14:29 – Platinum mine in conflict and the think tank.
00:25:30 – How the book has changed lives.
00:36:31 – Being a leader does not require authority.
00:43:51 – Learning golf from a book.
00:48:57 – Black Box Thinking
00:54:30 – On being a musician.
01:04:19 – Learning from his parents.
01:07:16 – Working with a co-writer.
01:25:48 – Working really hard will make up for shortcomings.
01:30:15 – Customizing methodology.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
La Nausée by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Three Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
Landmark Worldwide
Werner Erhard
Michael C. Jensen
The Barbados Group
Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Brand
Vanto Group
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed and Simon Slater
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler, Jamie Wheal, and Fred Sanders

6. Dorie Clark: On Writing

At age 14, Dorie Clark entered Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. At 18, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, and two years later received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review. Today she shares with Bryan of the School for Good Living Podcast her writing philosophy, motivation, and technique.

00:00:43 – What is life about?
00:02:45 – Who you are and what do you do?
00:06:32 – Why Dorie wrote her second and third book.
00:08:45 – Picking interview guests.
00:11:46 – Starting her business and dealing with rejection.
00:20:09 – Asking for feedback.
00:23:39 – Dori’s online course, Recognized Expert.
00:28:59 – Where most people falter.
00:34:56 – Discovering her passions.
00:38:42 – Social media branding.
00:47:15 – Social media profile maintenance.
00:48:38 – Lightning Round
00:59:51 – Keeping money in perspective.
01:00:42 – Finding that next big project.
01:21:50 – Kiva.org donation.
01:07:58 – Writing in four blocks.
01:10:28 – Typical writing day.
01:19:38 – Writing rituals.
01:21:12 – Writing advice.
01:28:27 – Writing tech.
01:32:28 – Using a ghostwriter.
01:34:45 – Qualities of a well-crafted sentence.
01:38:27 – Encouragement to struggling writers.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Dorie Clark – website
The Progress Principle, by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer
Dori Clark’s Books
Entrepreneurial You
Reinventing You
Stand out
Recognized Expert – Online course
Dorie Clark Instagram
The Work of 1000 – Documentary film
Reputation.com founded by Michael Furtick
The Fuqua School of Business at Duke, Communication for Leaders
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Summit conference
Class Pass – Gym
www.Kiva.Org – The Mawenzi Group
88 Question Entrepreneurial You Self-Assessment
StickK – Stick to your commitments
Hygga Candle
The Headline Analyzer
Chris Winfield Blog
Alan Weiss

5. Peter Bregman: Leadership Mastery

For over 30 years, Peter Bregman has worked with CEOs and senior leaders to help them create accountability and inspire collective action on their most important work and is the host of the Bregman Leadership Podcast, which offers insightful conversations with industry thought leaders on how to become more powerful, courageous leaders. He is also a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and his articles and commentary appear frequently in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, The Financial Times, PBS, ABC, CNN, NPR, and FOX Business News.

Peter is the author of multiple leadership books, including his book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

00:00:59 – What’s life about?
00:06:30 – Who is Peter Bregman?
00:12:56 – Why the focus on CEO’s as clients?
00:19:28 – The missing conversations. What’s holding us back from growth?
00:29:57 – How to make your marriage last.
00:34:13 – The real definition of success.
00:39:01 – Hard vs Soft skills.
00:49:23 – Trained as a therapist in core energetics.
00:53:02 – Lightning round questions.
01:01:43 – Fatherly advice on going to college.
01:04:17 – Questions on writing.
01:11:16 – Reading fiction can make us more empathetic.
01:13:11 – Meditation
01:19:03 – Writing habits, routines, rituals.
01:21:50 – How writing material is organized for various outlets.

4. Petra Kolber: Strengthen Your Courage Muscle

Today’s guest is Petra Kolber, author of The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely, and Unleash Your Joy. Petra is an internationally renowned fitness expert and wellness leader who’s known throughout the industry as a crusader for change and a beacon of authentic happiness. In her 25 years in this field, she starred in and choreographed more than 60 award-winning videos and fitness programs, spoken live to thousands of people and audiences around the world, lead workshops nationwide. She’s a keynote speaker and inspires people to stand up for their lives and live profoundly from their hearts. She’s been the face and voice of leading food and fitness companies like Reebok, Spry Living, Yes Fitness Music, and California Walnuts. She’s a two-time cancer survivor and she’s passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to motivate people to move more and fear less so they can stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle, and build an inspired life full of joy and gratitude.

00:03:12 – What’s life about?
00:05:28 – Learning to DJ.
00:11:22 – The Perfection Detox.
00:16:26 – An aha moment.
00:23:16 – Staying in the present.
00:33:50 – The little voices inside our heads.
00:37:03 – Loving ourselves.
00:42:42 – Mirror talk.
00:48:09 – Book release date.
00:49:10 – Lighting round.
00:54:06 – Challenges growing up as a child.
01:07:19 – What it took to get the Perfection Detox written.
01:12:01 – Beta testing of the book.
01:20:48 – Book proposal how-to.
01:28:45 – Finding an editor.
01:33:59 – The Writer’s Space.
01:37:49 – Technology used in writing.
01:43:11 – Positive psychology – a discussion.

YES! Fitness Music
Tempo Magic
The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely, and Unleash Your Joy
The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection by Michael A. Singer
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
The Bloggess – Jenny Lawson
Voice Record Pro App
Canva – Design App
If You Can Talk You Can Write
Wisdom 2.0
The Writers Room
Omm Writer
Death App
Petra’s Tedx talk


3. Gail Miller: A Life Of Integrity And Service

Gail is an American billionaire businesswoman and chairwoman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. She is the owner of the Utah Jazz NBA team, and the wealthiest person in Utah. Gail is also chairwoman of the Salt Lake Community College and a leading philanthropist.

On this podcast we are able to hear her story and feel the emotion and integrity created by a life of work and service. I hope you enjoy it, I really think you’ll love it.

2. davidji: 16 Seconds at a Time

Hello my friends, welcome to the School for Good Living podcast. In this episode, I talk with davidji. davidji has taught more than 200,000 people how to meditate. He ran the Chopra University for a decade, and I first met him when I attended Hay House’s “I Can Do It” summit in Seattle a couple years ago…spent a half-day in a workshop he led…loved what I heard, is perspectives on mindfulness and meditation. He really does demystify some of these things that seem so esoteric. He’s written 3 books: “Secrets of Meditation,” a guy who’s written a book about mediation—no surprise—he demystifies it. It’s a nautilus award-winning book. I highly recommend. He’s also written a book called “Destressifying,” where he takes out a lot of the mystical or religious associations of mindfulness and makes it very very practical in settings like schools or universities or workplaces…and law enforcement and military as well…a great book. And then his most recent book is one called “Sacred Powers,” and I really love what he says in “Sacred Powers,” and I think. you’ll enjoy this episode, hearing the journey of transformation that he experiences as he was working on Wallstreet, doing Mergers and Acquisitions, wearing a suit and tie everyday, and one day that all changed. He’ll tell you about that, and I think you’ll also enjoy hearing a bit about how he writes…kind of a unique process. And then some of the answers he provides in the lightning round I think are really cool too about how he travels internationally—rules he follows—and the one piece of advice he would give every American. I’ve never heard that before—a very interesting way of explaining what America is and what he wished every American knew. So, with that, I hope you enjoy this episode—I hope that it encourages you to practice even deeper mindfulness if that’s your thing. If you don’t, I think you’ll still enjoy hearing from a very dedicated, through and through, thorough person—if you think about it, when you talk to anyone who’s passionate about anything, and it’s so engrained in who they are, there’s something to be learned, and usually it’s enjoyable. davidji even meditates with his dog, Peaches, the Buddha Princess. So, enjoy!

1. Lynne Twist: The Pachamama Alliance

For more than 40 years Lynne has been recognized as a global visionary who is committed to alleviating poverty, ending world hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. From working with Mother Theresa in Calcutta, to the refugee camps in Ethiopia, and the threatened rainforests of the Amazon, Lynne’s on-the-ground work has brought her a deep understanding of people’s relationship with money.

I journeyed to the Amazon rainforest with Lynne with my wife and with her husband Bill and a group of other adventurous souls a couple years ago and it changed who I am. I’ve since gone back. I’ve stayed a part of the Pachamama Alliance, the organization that Lynne has started, and in this conversation, we talk about the Pachamama Alliance…what inspired her to start it more than 20 years ago…and also about the humanitarian and philanthropic work she has done around the world…what is means to live a committed life…you’ll hear Lynne talk about not striving for balance but striving for integrity…really incredible perspective—some of what she shares about money…some of the views that she has going beyond the idea of scarcity…Oprah has had her on her show…she’s counseled US presidents…she is truly a leader…and it’s my great privilege to share with you this conversation now. So, I hope you enjoy, and I hope that if you don’t already know Lynne, that by knowing her, she’ll bless your life in similar ways to the ways she’s blessed mine.