How a Game Theory Expert Sold One Billion Bottles of Tea & What He Learned On The Journey with Barry Nalebuff

March 30, 2017
In this episode we discuss the fundamental principles of game theory, we correctly guess the answers to SAT questions - without every knowing what the question was! We look at how to use game theory in practical ways, and go deep on how a college professor and his student started a beverage company, sold a billion bottles of tea, and competed against Coke, Nestle, and other major players to become incredibly successful with our guest Barry Nalebuff.
 
Barry is a Professor of Economics and Management at Yale School of Management. A graduate of MIT, a Rhodes Scholar and Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, Barry earned his doctorate at Oxford University. Barry is the author of several books, an expert in game theory which he applies to business strategy, and the co-founder of Honest Tea which has been named one of America’s fastest Growing Companies
 
We discuss:
 
  • What is game theory?
  • What are the fundamental principles of game theory?
  • The difference between ego-centric and being alo-centric
  • How do you design a system that avoids death spirals?
  • Everything in life is a game
  • Barry grills me on game theory with a fascinating example
  • We crush through some SAT questions and find the correct answer - without every knowing the question!
  • We use a simple game to understand Nash equilibrium and how that explains third world development challenges and corruption
  • What is the prisoner’s dilemma and how does it apply to the real world?
  • How global warming demonstrates a multi-person prisoner’s dilemma
  • The concept of “signaling” in game theory and how Michale Spence won a noble prize studying it
  • A real world example of how signaling can be used to change outcomes getting hired
  • How to use game theory to negotiate and create the best possible outcomes
  • A concrete example of how to "divide the pie” and reach a fair and “principled” conclusion in a negotiation
  • Why its important to figure out what the pie is before you determine how to split it
  • How a professor and his student pooled their resources, started a beverage company, sold a billion bottles of tea, and competed against coke, nestle, and other major players
  • The concept of “declining marginal utility” and how that shaped the founding of Honest Tea
  • We explain why a function is maximized when its derivative is zero
  • The “Babysitter Theorem” and why it was critical to Honest Tea’s success
  • How Barry and Seth used the Lean Startup approach to launch Honest Tea
  • Would it make sense for Pepsi to release a perfect replica of Coke?
  • Barry’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs 
    • Be radically different
    • Solve a challenging problem
    • Succeed without being copied
  • How Honest Tea prevented their business model from being copied and knocked off
  • And much more
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The Neuroscience Behind Building a Sustainable Healthy Lifestyle with Foodist Darya Rose

March 23, 2017

In this episode we discuss why dieting actually predicts weight gain over the long run, how you can build a “healthstyle” of habits that can accumulate small advantages and create a healthy lifestyle over time, how “habit loops” are formed and how you can leverage neuroscience to create habits that stick, the concept of Mindful Eating and how it can transform your relationship to the meals you eat, and more with our guest Darya Rose.

Darya Rose is a neuroscience Ph.D and the author of the book Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting. Darya is the creator of Summer Tomato a blog where she teaches others to form healthy food habits by combining neuroscience, mindfulness, and nutrition. She has been featured on the Today Show, Oprah, Time Magazine, and was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential People In Health and Fitness

  • How Darya dug into the science behind healthy lifestyles and what she discovered
  • How everything Darya learned about health and nutrition was wrong
  • How Darya defines “dieting” (and why that’s so important)
  • Why dieting actually predicts weight gain over the long run
  • How your current relationship with food impacts your long-term health (and how you can shift it)
  • What the “biggest loser” gets wrong about dieting and weight gain
  • Why dieting is “torture” and is “set up so that you can't’ win”
  • The psychology behind why dieters often regain weight
  • What it means to  “moralize” your food choices and why you should avoid it
  • Why you should lose weight more slowly
  • How “dieting” can confuse your hormones and negatively impact your satiety cues
  • You are the sum of your habits
  • How do you build a “healthstyle” of habits that can accumulate small advantages and create a healthy lifestyle over time
  • How “habit loops” are formed and how you can leverage neuroscience to create habits that stick
  • Why growth mindset is essential to changing your habits and living a healthy lifestyle
  • The critical importance of rewards in building habits (and the different types of rewards)
  • Rewards must be internal and innately linked to whatever you’re doing
  • “Home court habits” that you need to develop to live in a healthy place and stay there sustainably 
  • Why you should eat your veggies!
  • Why Darya says that "Sitting is the new smoking"
  • The importance of sleep and maintaining your circadian rhythms to building a healthy lifestyle
  • Why Mindfulness is a critical part of a healthy diet
  • Mindful Eating and how it can transform your relationship to the meals you eat
  • The definition of “mindfulness” - being aware of your present physical experience, thoughts, & feelings (emotional feelings in the body) and being AWARE that those are happening without judgment 
  • Why you should focus on chewing your food more and eating more slowly
  • How to battle junk food cravings
  • The importance of real food, how do define it, and how to find it
  • The 80/20 principle and how it applies to healthy living
  • Create a habit journal and recognize how the things you are doing often
  • And more!
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How To Listen To Your Emotions, Recover From Trauma, and Control Your Brain Waves with Rene Brent

March 16, 2017
 

In this episode, we discuss why you can’t out-think your emotions, the relationship between trauma and our mind/body connection, how to start listening to your emotions, the power of hypnosis, and how to drop into your body to experience what you’re truly feeling with Rene Brent.

Rene is a Certified Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. She is the Director and Instructor of the Externship Program at the Orlando Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy. She’s also the bestselling author of How Big is Your But: Discover How To Let Go Of Blocks And Move Forward In Your Life.

We discuss:

  • How working as a trauma nurse deepened Rene’s understanding of the mind/body connection
  • How our thoughts control our body chemistry and physical reactions
  • What is hypnosis and how does it work?
  • How Rene approaches hypnosis from a science-based perspective and how hypnosis impacts your brain waves
  • The difference between alpha brain waves and beta brain waves
  • The relationship between hypnosis and flow states
  • How we can get caught in conscious thought loops that prevent us from experiencing our emotions
  • What happens when we consciously suppress our subconscious thoughts and feelings?
  • How the subconscious mind bubbles up and tries to get you to listen
  • How being very busy with your external life can prevent you from looking at your internal life
  • True joy only exists when you start experiencing emotions and listening to your subconscious mind
  • You cannot out-think your emotions, positive thinking doesn't work when you’re in a survival state
  • How something that happens in childhood can imprint a false belief that can impact you for your entire life 
  • Communication is not what you said, it's what the other person heard
  • How do you listen more effectively to your subconscious mind?
  • How to push a pause button and pattern interrupt in the subconscious brain
  • Why you cannot heal something until you bring it up from the subconscious mind
  • The power of breathing and breath exercises
  • Anxiety is not an emotion, its a symptom of fear
  • Emotions amplify when we push them down, they release when we allow them to happen
  • While you may not have words for your emotions, your physical body is your emotional GPS
  • The “felt sense” of emotion and how you feel it in your body
  • When you drop into your body, you’re actually dropping into your subconscious mind
  • If the heart is quiet and you pay attention, the mind will be still
  • The pattern of how events create beliefs, beliefs create emotions, and emotions create symptoms
  • How targeting the subconscious mind rapidly speeds up interventions
  • The power of forgiveness and working with your inner child
  • How negative self-talk is counter productive
  • Why SLEEP is the fundamental pillar of psychological wellbeing
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Find Your Dream Job, Pivot Your Career, and Take Smart Risks with Jenny Blake

March 9, 2017
In this episode we discuss what to do if you feel like you’re having a mid-life crisis every two years, the importance of staying grounded while you make big changes in your life, how to pivot your career and take “smart risks,” how to discover your strengths, and the right way to make big, exciting changes in your career with Jenny Blake.
 
Jenny Blake is a bestselling author, career and business strategist. Jenny began in the startup world and went on to work in Training and Career Development at Google before pivoting to pursue her own projects full time. Shes teh author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One: and has been featured on TED, CNBC, Forbes, US World & News, and more!
 
We discuss: 
  • What to do if you feel like you’re having a mid-life crisis every two years
  • The importance of learning, growing, and making an impact
  • How to find “pivot points” in your life and what to do when you find them
  • The importance of staying grounded while you pivot and while you make big changes in your life
  • The 4 stages of pivoting & how to take "smart risks”
  • The comfort zone, the panic zone, and the stagnation zone
  • The critical importance of finding your strengths
  • Exercises that help you truly find your strengths
  • The risk of “self assessment” strength tests and what you can do to find your strengths more effectively
  • The critical importance of bolstering your bench
  • “Frentors” and how they can create accountability and help you achieve your goals
  • How finding people who are a few steps ahead of you can help you 
  • The “perpetual newbie state” and the critical importance of learning and growing
  • Think of your career like a smartphone, not a ladder
  • Why you don’t have to know what direction you’re heading in next, but you can try many directions and double down on the ones that are working the best
  • The importance of "10% projects” and how you can find them either within your career or in entirely new spaces
  • The “15 for 30” challenge and how you can transform your options 
  • Why you should revel in what others reject
  • How someone else’s grunt work can be your area of genius
  • The “3 Es” of Testing a new idea and how they can help you pick the right direction to move in
  • How you can “flip failure”
  • How defining failure can help you overcome the fear of it
  • And much more! 
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How To Master Emotional Intelligence & Why Your IQ Won’t Make You Successful with Dr. Daniel Goleman

March 2, 2017
In this episode, we talk about Emotional Intelligence. What is emotional intelligence and why does it matter so much? How the science demonstrates that emotional intelligence matters far more than IQ, how you can develop and improve your “EQ”, how to build the muscle of focus, and much more with Dr. Daniel Goleman.
 
Daniel is a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. He is the international best-selling author of several books including Primal Leadership, Focus, and Emotional Intelligence which has been translated into over 40 languages.
 
WE DISCUSS:
 
  • What is emotional intelligence and why does it matter so much?
  • The 4 pillars of emotional intelligence
  • Is IQ or EQ more important, which correlates more with success?
  • Why IQ is more of a threshold, and EQ scales more with people’s actual results in the world
  • How the science of “competence modeling” demonstrates that emotional intelligence matters far more than IQ, the more successful you become 
  • Which of the four pillars of EQ do people struggle with the most?
  • The 3 varieties of empathy - cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and empathic concern
  • The mental exercises you can do to strengthen certain brain circuitry required to build emotional intelligence
  • How to cultivate and strengthen emotional self control
  • What the science say about ways to strenghten the prefrontal cortext around controling your amygdala
  • The mind is a muscle and basic repetition strengthens your circuitry
  • The hard science behind how to cultivate a positive outlook
  • The ventilation fallacy and why venting your anger is actually bad for you
  • The more you rehearse an emotion, the stronger the underlying brain circuitry becomes
  • The incredible power of seeing your thoughts as thoughts and nothing more
  • How to step back and assess your thoughts by asking “Is this helpful?"
  • The power of distraction to shift your thoughts away from anxiety and depression
  • How Dr. Goleman defines FOCUS and why it's so important
  • How focus and attention are muscles and cultivating them can help strengthen your underlying brain circuitry
  • The difference between rumination and reflection - and why reflection is so important
  • How a Power Nap can restore your brain
  • How to restore your attention and focus when you find yourself at wit’s end and cannot focus anymore
  • What is PRIMAL Leadership and why is it so important?
  • Why the crucial competencies you need to develop EQ and emotional intelligence are all learned abilities
  • How to give positive feedback and constructive criticism - the right way and the wrong way - don’t attack the PERSON - don’t trigger the negative circuitry, trigger a positive outlook 
  • Why managing your own negative emotions is the FIRST STEP towards cultivating emotional intelligence
  • Step back from your thoughts and ask yourself - is this useful? Cultivate self-awareness
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Are Babies Racist? Is Empathy Bad for Society? And More with Dr. Paul Bloom

February 23, 2017
In this episode we start with a dive into evolutionary psychology and how biases have been programmed into you by millions of years of evolution, look at why our guest condemns the concept of Empathy, how the science demonstrates that empathy has no correlation with doing good in the world, how empathy creates disastrous outcomes, and more with our guest Dr. Paul Bloom


Dr. Paul Bloom is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University and received his PhD from MIT. Paul is the coeditor of the journal Behavior and Brain Sciences and author of several books including Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, and most recently Against Empathy: The Case For Rational Compassion.
 
  • We dig into Paul’s research on babies and their innate sense of right and wrong
  • A surprising and extremely powerful source of bias that babies innately have
  • The in-group vs out-group and how babies slice up and divide the world
  • How dividing a group by coin flips can create serious behavioral biases towards your own group
  • Evolutionary psychology and how biases have been programmed into you by millions of years of evolution
  • The morality of evolution and how kindness evolved 
  • How people, from an evolutionary point of view, think about strangers
  • The definition of empathy and how Paul defines it
  • Why Paul criticizes the concept of empathy
  • Why feeling the feelings of others is a really lousy moral guide
  • Why the science shows that empathy has no correlation with how much good people do in the world
  • What happens when soccer fans see someone shocked and how they're brains respond completely differently if its a fan of their team vs their opponents team
  • How our natural empathy response is riddled with extreme bias
  • How empathy creates disastrous political outcomes
  • The "Willy Horton incident" and how the empathic response resulted in more rapes and murders
  • Why Paul says controversially that mass shootings are objectively less than a rounding error
  • Why being against empathy doesn't mean we should turn into cold blooded monsters
  • The distinction between empathy and compassion and why its so critical
  • How Buddhist philosophy lead Paul to move away from empathy and towards compassion
  • Why its so critical to be aware of your biases before you can shift them and overcome them
  • Why we are more than just our biases and limitations
  • Pauls vision for the human future and how an awareness of our biases is critical to build a future where rational and logical thinking can move us to a better future
  • And more!
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The Paradox of Happiness - Why Pursuing It Makes You Less Happy & What You Can Do About It with Dr. Tal Ben Shahar

February 16, 2017
In this episode we discuss the paradox of happiness - why pursuing it makes you less happy, and what you can do about it, we dig into the research about what really makes people happy, we break down happiness into its essential components and discuss how to cultivate it, we look at the interaction between stress and recovery and why most people look at it the wrong way, why active acceptance and surrender is critical to processing and dealing with negative emotions and much more with Dr. Tal Ben Shahar.
Dr. Tal Ben Shahar created the most popular course in Harvard University’s history, he is the best-selling author of several books including The Pursuit of Perfect, Happier, Choose The Life You Want, Even Happier. He’s also the co-founder and chief learning officer of The Wholebeing Institute, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV.
 
We discuss:
  • What science shows is the The #1 Predictor of Happiness
  • How the direct pursuit of happiness can actually prevent you from being happy and makes you less happy
  • One of the most robust findings in the field of psychology research is about what creates happiness
  • The paradox of happiness - why pursuing it makes you less happy, and what you can do about it
  • Why the expectation that you should be happy all the time is a barrier to your own happiness
  • The “hamburger model” and how it can transform the way that you live your life
  • The lens that we can use to understand all of our “happy” experiences
  • How Tal defines “happiness” as the intersection of meaning and pleasure
  • We discuss what The BEST predictor of your future behavior is
  • Why awareness is a critical first step to cultivating happiness
  • We dig into the research about what really makes people happy
  • Why money has very little to do with happiness (according to the research)
  • The vital importance of cultivating healthy relationships
  • We discuss the blue zones where people live the longest in the world and why these people live longer than anyone else
  • The critical importance of physical exercise on your psychological wellbeing
  • How to trigger a release of the “feel good” chemicals in your brain (norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin)
  • How happiness helps you be healthier, more creative, gives you more energy, and makes you more productive
  • Strategies for indirectly pursuing happiness
  • We break down happiness into its essential components and discuss how to cultivate it
  • The only 2 types of people who do not experience painful emotions (are you one of them?)
  • What happens when we try to suppress negative emotions 
  • How experiencing and accepting negative emotions can paradoxically improve your happiness 
  • Why active acceptance and surrender is critical to processing and dealing with negative emotions
  • How perfectionism can create self sabotage and unhappiness
  • The critical distinction between healthy perfectionism and unhealthy perfectionism
  • The vital importance of accepting criticism and how refusing to accept criticism hamstrings you
  • Adaptive vs maladaptive perfectionism and why its important to know the difference 
  • (Once again) Meditation and how important it is
  • The interaction between stress and recovery and why most people look at it the wrong way
  • Why stress isn’t bad and in fact can be very good for - but with a very important caveat 
  • How the concept of weight lifting can help us better understand and manage stress in our lives
  • How recovery is vital to your productivity, health, and happiness
  • How long periods of recovery are an investment in your future growth
  • The power of breath and how it is an incredibly impactful mind/body intervention to reduce stress and anxiety
  • The vital importance of rituals and how you should build them into your day
  • “We first make our habits, then our habits make us.”
  • We walk through Tal’s powerful daily ritual and how you can harness it to change your day
  • How self forgiveness and self compassion can transform your life and emotional experience
  • And much more!!
 
If you want to live a happier life - listen to this episode! 
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Do Neuroscience and Quantum Physics Disprove the Existence of Free Will? With Dr. Alfred Mele

February 9, 2017

In this episode we go DEEP on free will. Does free will exist? How does quantum physics impact the existence of free will?  We look at the neuroscience behind the concept of free will, and look at whether conscious decision-making exists at all or all of our decisions arise within the subconscious with Dr. Alfred Mele.

Dr. Alfred Mele is a Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He is also the Director of the Philosophy and Science of Self-Control Project and previous director of the Big Questions in Free Will Project (2010-2013). Mele is the author of over 200 articles and ten books including “Free Will & Luck”, “Self Deception Unmasked,” and “Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will."

  • We do deep on the definition of Free Will and what it means
  • Do you have free will?
  • Dr. Mele’s “gas station” model of Free will and what it means
  • What is “deep openness” and does it underpin the existence of free will?
  • The concept of determinism and whether or not it is compatible with the idea of free will
  • How quantum physics shapes the physical reality of free will
  • Philosophical concept of dualism and how it interacts with the existence of free will
  • Does your environment impact your ability to have “free will” and make independent decisions?
  • Does science leaves open the possibility for free will to  exist?
  • We go deep into the actual neuroscience experiments that test whether or not we have free will
  • We get into the millisecond readings of EEGs that show how the brain’s decision making works to determine whether or not our decisions are truly free
  • We explore type 2 readiness potential and why its so critical to understanding whether or not we have free will
  • Where the evidence lands in terms of the neuroscience of free will
  • Does your unconscious rule your mind or can you consciously make free decisions?
  • Does your environment and upbringing predetermine your decisions?
  • Does moral responsibility exist in a world without free will? 
  • How do we handle questions of moral responsibility if free will doesn’t exist?
  • How do people behave when they dont believe they have free will?
  • Why 94% of University Professors rated themselves as above average professors
  • Why 25% of High School Students rated themselves in the top 1% of their ability to get along with others
  • We discuss the concept of Self Deception and how to combat it
  • And much more!
 
If you’ve always wondered about Free Will - listen to this episode! 
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How to Crush Fear, Overcome Anxiety, and Reprogram Your Life For Success with Justin Stenstrom

February 2, 2017
In this episode we discuss the 8 step process for overcoming anxiety and conquering your fears, how to stop a panic attack in real time, how you can tap into your subconscious mind and reprogram it, how to get deeper sleep, the power of hypnosis, and much more with Justin Stenstrom.
 
Justin is a nationally acclaimed life coach, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He is the founder of EliteManMagazine.com, the host of the Elite Man Podcast. Justin’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Lifehacker, Maxim, and several other publications. 
 
We discuss:
  • How Justin overcame major depression, anxiety, and panic attacks to achieve his dreams
  • How Justin went from 3-4 panic attacks per week, suicidal thoughts, to living a healthy and happy life
  • Why Justin views his struggle with depression and anxiety was a blessing in disguise
  • Justin’s 8 step process to overcome anxiety and conquer your fears:
    • #1 - Realize that you’re not going crazy and there are a lot of solutions
    • #2 - Do a combination of meditation, yoga, hypnosis
    • #3 - Live in the present, future focus builds up a lot of anxiety, living in the past creates depression
    • #4 Exercise 4-5x per week, backed by substantial research
    • #5 Improve your sleep
    • #6 Improve your diet
    • #7 Take the right supplements
    • #8 Use the 3 step technique to crush panic attacks
  • The incredible 3 step process for dealing with a panic attack right now
  • How hypnosis can be an incredibly powerful intervention for dealing with anxiety and how you can hypnotize yourself
  • Why hypnosis is so powerful, because it speaks directly to your subconscious mind
  • How to tap into your subconscious mind and reprogram it
  • The “trance” state between sleep and waking
  • Practical tips for cultivating a healthy and deep sleep environment
  • How to condition your mind for deeper sleep
  • Why Cell phones and TV before bed are one of the worst things you can do
  • How to stop yourself from hitting the snooze button
  • The ideal temperature to sleep
  • Why having a midnight snack might be really good for you
  • Should you wake up in the middle of the night and work?
  • Dietary interventions to deal with depression
  • “This is how you ride a roller coaster”
  • The power of facing your fears head on and exposing them for what they are
  • Why you should challenge your fears and ask for more of it
If you want to crush anxiety and fear, listen to this episode!
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Pride: Why The Deadliest Sin Could Hold the Secret to Your Success with Dr. Jessica Tracy

January 26, 2017
In this episode we discuss PRIDE – and why it may not be the deadly sin that it’s often cracked up to be. We dig into how the research defines pride, examine the critical distinction between self esteem and narcissism, the deep importance of being able to accept criticism, and look at the difference between strategies of dominance and strategies of prestige with Dr. Jessica Tracy. 
 
Jessica is a professor of psychology at the University of BC where she also directs the Emotion and Self Lab. She is the author of Take Pride: Why The Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success. She has published over 80 journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and reviews, and her groundbreaking work on pride has been covered by hundreds of media outlets, including ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR’s All Things Considered, the New York Times, the Economist, and Scientific American.
 
  • How Jessica defines Pride in a way that may shock you
  • How pride can also be positive
  • The two different kinds of pride experiences 
  • How one type of pride is linked to tons of positive outcomes (and the other has severe downsides)
  • The critical distinction between self esteem and narcissism
  • The truth about what narciststs and hubristic people feel deep down
  • We dig into research studies show about how people with narcissism deal with criticism 
  • The critical importance of being able to take criticism 
  • Why not being able to take criticism is a huge red flag for hubristic pride
  • We discuss Paul Eckman’s research on the universality of emotions
  • The expansive and visually apparent physical display of Pride and how you can recognize it
  • The fascinating finding from studying blind olympians and how they demonstrate pride
  • How pride can be a huge positive motivator to make you want to succeed
  • We dig into a number of specific research examples from Dr. Tracy’s research
  • How your emotions are “adaptive” and what that means
  • The adaptive benefits of pride and how it helps you achieve status
  • The critical difference between prestige and dominance 
  • We discuss whether a strategy of dominance or a strategy of prestige is more effective in creating the results you want
  • Would you rather be loved or feared? (we answer that)
  • We discuss President Donald Trump and how his strategy of dominance caught many people by surprise and serve as a fascinating real life case study of Dr. Tracy’s research
  • We discuss the concept of “self conscious emotions”, what they are, and why they are important
  • We discuss some of Dr. Tracy's research about shame 
  • Why its better to be guilty than ashamed
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Artificial Intelligence, Cryogenics, & Procrastination with Wait But Why’s Tim Urban

January 19, 2017
In this episode we discuss what Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking all consider the single greatest threat to humanity, why “death” is not binary event that makes you transition from being alive or dead at a specific moment in time, we ask if you would spend $1000 on a chance to live forever, we look at the biology behind cryogenics, vitfrication, and putting your body on biological pause, and we explore why poverty, climate change, war, and all our problems melt away in the face of one massively important issue with our guest Tim Urban. 
 
Tim Urban is the creator of Wait But Why and has become one of the most popular writers on the internet with fans such as Maria Popova, Sam Harris, and Elon Musk.
 
His content has become so popular that according to Fast Company he has “captured a level of reader engagement that even the new-media giants would be envious of” with an average of over 1.5 million unique readers visiting and engaging on Wait But Why each month. 
 
We discuss:
  • Tim’s story and how he got started with Wait But Why
  • How Tim writes about everything from the human condition, to the universe, the future and huge technology trends
  • How Tim becomes a mini-expert in tons of different fields
  • How Tim overcomes massive procrastination to achieve his goals 
  • The interplay between “The Rational Decision-Maker”, “The Instant Gratification Monkey” and "The Panic Monster”
  • The vital importance of "important but not urgent" activities 
  • Tim’s struggle with perfectionism
  • The importance of creating accountability to overcome procrastination 
  • What Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking all consider the single greatest threat to humanity
  • Why Artificial Intelligence is the single most defining issue facing humanity
  • Are you smarter than a computer?
  • The difference between “narrow” artificial intelligence, “general” artificial intelligence and artificial “superinteliigence"
  • What happens when artificial intelligence develops the ability to improve itself?
  • Why the AI revolution is inevitable and will take place within the next 20-40 years
  • Why poverty, climate change, war, and all our problems melt away in the face of artificial superinteligence 
  • The battle between instant gratification and long term planning - how it relates to procrastination and AI
  • Why the notion that cryonics is the act of “freezing” “dead people”is fundamentally wrong on several levels
  • Why “death” is not binary event that instantly transitions you from being alive or dead at a specific moment in time
  • The biology behind cryogenics, vitfrication, and putting your body on biological pause
  • Would you spend $1000/year for a chance to live forever?
  • “The truth is, involuntary death sucks”
  • The body is just a physical object that can be upgraded and replaced
  • And much more!
 
If you love exploring relevant and highly fascinating scientific topics - listen to this episode! 
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The Hard Truth About Psychology, Learning New Skills, & Making Mistakes with Dr. Art Markman & Dr. Bob Duke

January 12, 2017
In this episode we discuss whether time speeds up as we get older, why your life story only makes sense looking in reverse, whether or not brain games actually work, the importance of proactive learning instead of passive learning, why psychology confirms all your worst fears about studying and getting smarter – and much more with a special TWO GUEST interview featuring Dr. Art Markman & Dr. Bob Duke!
 
Dr. Art Markman is a Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations.
 
Dr. Bob Duke is a Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, He also directs the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.   

Together they co-host the NPR radio show Two Guys on Your Head and recently co-authored the book Brain Briefs.

We discuss:

  • Does time speed up as you get older?
  • Why your brain pays less and less attention to things that don’t change 
  • How you underestimate the power of new experiences to have a positive impact on on you
  • Brains are efficient, and efficient is another word of lazy
  • Why your brain wants to keep doing what it did last time
  • How Dyson vacuums where created (and what saw mills have to do with it)
  • The importance of learning things that seem like they “don’t matter” right now
  • The downside of a linear and close minded path of achievement
  • Why “everyone they know who is successful knows ALOT about ALOT of things” and you can’t know ahead of time what key information will make you successful
  • Why you shouldn’t edit your life story in the forward direction (and what that means)
  • Is your memory doomed to fail?
  • Why one of the worst things you can do for your memory is to worry about your memory!
  • Do brain games actually work?
  • How do you engage the mind a way that develops thinking?
  • The difference between reading and writing and how they impact your brain
  • The importance of proactive learning instead of passive learning
  • What the data says about regret and how to deal with it
  • How learning is effortful when it actually works, and why without effort, there is very little learning
  • Is it true that we only use 10% of our brains?
  • Your brain is 3% of your body weight, but uses 25% of your daily energy supply
  • Does listening to Mozart make you smarter?
  • Why we can’t get something for nothing (and why you should stop looking for “get smart quick schemes”)
  • Why psychology confirms all your worst fears about studying and getting smarter
  • How curiosity is vital to your thinking ability
  • Why its OK to get stuff wrong, as long as you repair your error
  • Why every bit of skilled performance that you see has a deep reservoir of hard work hidden behind it 
  • The critical importance of perception and self awareness in growing and improving
  • Why you are worst at judging your performance when you are bad (isn’t this one true!)
  • Why “expert performers” are really good at identifying all of their flaws
  • How to cultivate self awareness of your flaws in a way thats non-threatening to you and your ego
  • Mistakes are not the problem, but denying them is
  • The critical importance of sleep
  • How sleep clears toxins out of your brain, helps you form better memories, learn more, etc
  • Think about what has brought you joy, what brings you joy, and schedule those things into your life regularly
 
If you want to master your mind - listen to this episode! 
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The Power of Storytelling, Loving Yourself, and Using Fear as Your Compass with Kamal Ravikant

January 5, 2017

In this episode we discuss the Daily Practice that works to develop self-love, how fear is often the signpost for what we most need to do next, lessons from a 550 mile pilgrimage through Spain, how seeking too much knowledge can be counter productive, and much more with our guest Kamal Ravikant.

Kamal has worked with some of the best minds in Silicon Valley, hiked to one of the highest point in the Himalayas, mediated with tibetan monks, earned a US army infantry patch, and walked 550 miles across Spain. Kamal is the best selling author of several books including Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It and most recently Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart.

We discuss:

How a 550 mile pilgrimage through Spain transformed Kamal's life and taught him many powerful lessons
How everyone who is great goes through some kind of fall before they truly rise and start to shine
The Daily Practice that works to develop self love
How Kamal leveraged neuroplasticity to pull himself out of a deep depression
How Kamal spends 10 mins per day to develop real self love
Why you have to work every day consistently to love yourself
The BEST piece of advice Kamal has ever received in his life
"Life is from the inside out” and how that wisdom transforms everything
Why practice means you have to do it frequently
Why loving yourself is the opposite of being egotistical and selfish
The paradigm shift of life happening to you vs life is happening for you
"Rejection is God’s Protection"
The difference between “success” vs “success and fulfillment”
If something scares you, there is magic on the other side
How are fears from within are often a signal where we need to go, what we need to do next
You have to take a jump first, and then you sprout wings
Why we can’t overcome fear, but we can use it to our advantage
Why gaining knowledge doesn't make you better, but applying it does
How seeking too much knowledge can be counterproductive
How Kamal re-evaluated his definition of success and realized that we are the effort not the outcome
Why Kamal decided to write a fictional self-help book and how stories can help you learn
The amazing power of forgiveness, and why self forgiveness is so important
Why you should ask "If I loved myself, would I do this?"

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The 2016 Recap - Lessons from FBI Hostage Negotiators, Game Theory Experts, Neuroscientists, Expert Poker Players, Entrepreneurs, And More

January 3, 2017

In this episode we sit down and discuss everything we’ve learned in the last year of doing The Science of Success, review some of our favorite lessons and episodes, and talk about all the incredible insights we’ve discovered and share some of the biggest common themes that have emerged from a year of interviews with amazing guests ranging from FBI Hostage Negotiators, Game Theory Experts, Neuroscientists, World Class Poker Players, Amazing Entrepreneurs  and much more!

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Why You Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion & The Rare Value of Deep Work with Cal Newport

December 29, 2016
In this episode we discuss why you should not follow your passion, the two biggest pitfalls people struggle with trying to build a career they love, the incredible importance of DEEP WORK, why deep work is so valuable and how we can cultivate it, as well as how you can structure your lifestyle to attain autonomy and mastery with Cal Newport.
 
Cal is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, He previously earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 2009. Cal has authored several bestselling books including “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” and “Deep Work” both of which have received deep praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and many more. 
 
If you’re looking for some guidance as you plan your new year, listen to this episode! 
 
We discuss:
  • Why following your passion is bad advice
  • The 2 fundamental flaws of the idea that you should follow your passion
  • There’s a huge difference between what makes you enjoy a hobby and what makes you enjoy a profession
  • The core components of having a happy professional life
  • If we don't follow our passions, how do we end up with a job we are passionate about?
  • The simple, but not easy, path to having a passionate career
  • Importance of building up rare and valuable skills by pursuing an apprecenticeship phase
  • How to cultivate skills to attain leverage to get the autonomy and mastery that will make your work meaningful
  • The right question you should ask if you are unsatisfied with your job
  • The 2 biggest pitfalls people run into trying to find and build a career they are passionate about
  • Why you need career capital and how to cultivate it
  • There are many many paths you can take that could lead to a passionate career
  • We go deep on the concept of DEEP WORK
  • We discuss why deep work is increasingly both valuable and rare
  • How you can produce at an elite level while working fewer total hours
  • How Deep Work is a meta skill that fuels other skills 
  • Attention residue and how it can crush your cognitive ability
  • Why Deep work requires zero distraction. A single glance at an inbox or social media account can disrupt an entire deep work session
  • The importance of scheduling deep work far in advance on your calendar
  • Why everyone is an artist, and how that changes what work you should focus on 
  • The danger of focuses on “taxes and paint”
  • Deep work is a SKILL not a HABIT and it gets better with practice
  • How to stretch your ability to concrete
  • Lifestyle changes you can implement that create the foundation for deep focus and deep work
  • How to break the cycle of addiction to novel stimuli 
  • Why you should schedule all your deep work on your calendar ahead of time
  • Exercises that you can implement right now to train your concentration
  • Why Cal recommends that you should embrace boredom
  • Your deep mental addiction to new stimulus and how you can break it
  • And much more!
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How One Simple Act Could Massively Transform Your Brain Chemistry Today - The Power of Kindness with John Wang

December 22, 2016
In this episode we discuss the incredible power of kindness, show how kindness triggers “the helpers high” and causes dopamine and oxytocin to flow through your brain, look at study data from 136 countries showing science behind why kindness is so powerful, we walk through several concrete examples you can use RIGHT NOW to take action and be kind to someone today, and much more with John Wang.
John Wang has spent the past several years researching the scientifically proven benefits that being kind to others has on our own lives. Making us not only happier, but healthier, and even more attractive! John is also the founder of The One Kindness Challenge which transformed a personal experience into a mission to spread the healing powers of kindness. Through unique accessories called kindness bands, The One Kindness Challenge seeks to remind us to commit at least one act of kindness each day and to help spread the message of kindness wherever we go. 
  • How John’s personal challenge transformed into a mission
  • John’s Lessons learned from taking homeless people out to lunch for a year
  • How John’s visit to Nepal after the Nepalese earthquake changed his life
  • The evolutionary purpose of Kindness 
  • Why people aren’t kind often enough
  • Johns experience from practicing radical honesty for an entire year
  • What is the one kindness challenge?
  • We walk through the feelings and experiences of a moment of kindness
  • Kindness is triggered by the Vagus Nerve
  • How kindness triggers “the helpers high” and causes dopamine and oxytocin to flow through your brain
  • Even the smallest acts can trigger the same effect as large acts of kindness
  • Consistency in kindness it he MOST important thing
  • 21 day challenge will transform your life
  • Why kindness is more important now than ever
  • How one Uber ride can change your life 
  • Its not about the words its about making a connection
  • How social media has replaced real connection with fake connections
  • How a single smile could transform someone’s life
  • We dig deep into the science behind kindness
  • How study data from 136 countries showcased the incredible power of kindness
  • We walk through several concrete examples you can use RIGHT NOW to take action and be kind to someone TODAY
  • John shares some incredibly inspiring stories from his own life about sharing and creating kindness
  • Research data showing how kindness literally makes you live longer
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Making Better Decisions, The Sophomore Jinx, & The Illusion of Objectivity with Dr. Richard Nisbett

December 15, 2016
In this episode we discuss the errors people make in their reasoning and how to correct them, we explain a number of statistical principles to help sharpen your thinking and make you a better decision maker, why every $1 spent on a “scared straight” program creates $400 of cost for the criminal justice system, the illusion of objectivity, why you should NOT rely on your intuition and much more with Dr. Richard Nisbett. 
 
Dr. Richard Nisbett is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychology Association, the William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievements, and the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology, among others. He is the author of the recent book Mindware, as well as The Geography of Thought, Think Differently, and Intelligence and How To Get It.
  • The errors people make in their reasoning and how to correct them
  • How to apply the lessons of statistics to making better decisions
  • Is your intelligence fixed and unchangeable?
  • How the industrial revolution massively transformed the way people think
  • We discuss the skills, not on an IQ test, that you must have to be able to function effectively in today’s age
  • Why job interviews are totally useless and have almost no correlation to job performance 
  • How misunderstanding the law of large numbers can lead you to make huge mistakes
  • Why does the rookie of the year almost always have a worse performance the following year?
  • Understanding regression to the mean and how it creates extremely counterintuitive conclusions
  • Why Performance = Skill + Luck 
  • Why deterministic thinking can drastically mislead you in finding the root cause of a phenomena
  • We explain a number of statistical principles to help sharpen your thinking and make you a better decision maker
  • The concept of "base rates" and how they can transform how you think about reality
  • We walk through a number of concrete examples of how misunderstanding statistics can cause people to make terrible decisions
  • If you’re like most people, then like most people, you think you’re not like most people (but you are)
  • Why every $1 spent on a “scared straight” program creates $400 of cost in criminal and incarceration costs 
  • Why the “head start” program is a massive failure and what we could have done about it 
  • How you can use the experimental method to make data driven experiments in your life
  • The illusion of objectivity - Why you should NOT rely on your intuition 
  • How we massively distort our perception of reality and why our perceptual apparatus can easily mislead us
  • How many of the structures we use to understand the world are highly error prone
  • Why we are amazing at pattern detection but horrible at "covariation detection”
  • Why the traditional rorschach test is bogus and doesn't actually produce any results
  • Why you are likely are “horrendously miscalibrated” in your assessments of people’s personalities
If you want to make better decisions - listen to this episode! 
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How You Can Predict The Future Better Than World-Famous Experts - The Art & Science of Risk with Dan Gardner

December 8, 2016
In this episode we discuss the radical mismatch between your intuitive sense of risk and the actual risks you face. We look at why most experts and forecasters are less accurate than dart throwing monkeys. We talk about how to simply and easily dramatically reduce your risk of most major dangers in your life. We explore the results from the “good judgment project” study of more than 20,000 forecasts. We talk about what superforecasters are and how they beat prediction markets, intelligence analysts with classified information, and software algorithms to make the best possible forecasts and MUCH more with Dan Gardner.
 
Dan Gardner is a New York Times best-selling author and a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His latest book Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, which he co-authored with Philip Tetlock. Superforecasting was chosen as one of the best books of 2015 by The Economist, Bloomberg, and Amazon. Dan is also the author of Future Babble and Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear and previously worked as a policy advisor to the Premier of Ontario and a journalist with the Ottawa Citizen. 
  • How and why people make flawed judgements about risk
  • The radical mismatch between our intuitive sense of risk and the actual risks we face
  • Why we are the safest, healthiest, wealthiest people to live on planet earth (and we don't realize it)
  • Why we focus on vivid, dramatic risks, and ignore the real dangers in our lives
  • How to simply and easily dramatically reduce your risk of most major dangers in your life
  • The power of “meta cognition,” what it is, and why it’s so important
  • Lessons you can learn from the mega successful investor George Soros
  • Why most forecasters are less accurate than monkeys throwing darts
  • The difference between foxes and hedgehogs (and why you never want to be one of them)
  • The inverse correlation between fame and prediction accuracy
  • What cancer diagnosis shows about how averse people are to uncertainty
  • The universal principles of good judgement
  • The importance of intellectual humility and intellectual curiosity
  • Why certainty is an illusion and nothing is ever certain
  • Why everything is a question of degrees of maybe (probabilistic thinking)
  • The results from the “good judgement project” study of more than 20,000 forecasts
  • What superforecasters are and how they beat prediction markets, intelligence analysts with classified information, and software algorithms  to make the best possible forecasts
  • The differences between these “superforecasters” and regular forecasters
  • The importance of being “actively open minded"
  • Why you should unpack smaller questions & looking things like base rates
  • How to use “fermi estimates” to solve tough and challenging problems
  • Why the growth mindset had a huge impact on positive ability to forecast
Need to do some planning for next year? Listen to this episode!
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Uncover the Root of Your Pain, How to Smash Perfectionism, Love Yourself, and Live a Richer Life with Megan Bruneau

December 1, 2016
In this episode we discuss why the “happiness” movement has done us a disservice and sometimes makes things worse, how perfectionism creates an illusion of control and distorts your reality, how to become aware of the critical inner voice at the root of your pain and unhealthy habits, the incredible power of self compassion, and much more with Megan Bruneau.
 
Megan Bruneau is a psychotherapist, wellness coach, writer, podcast host and creator of oneshrinksperspective.com After years of perfectionism-fueled depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, she discovered how to like herself, take risks, and find success without beating herself up to get there. 
 
  • Why Megan advocates a holistic approach to mental health
  • Why the “happiness” movement has done us a disservice and sometimes makes things worse
  • How to become aware of the critical inner voice at the roof of your pain and unhealthy habits
  • What your “secondary emotions" are and why its so important to pay close attention to them
  • How you internalize self judgement from your childhood experiences
  • You can have expectations about mood not just performance and that can create suffering
  • The importance of giving yourself permission to feel feelings even when they are uncomfortable
  • What your physiological symptoms look like when you experience a fight or flight response
  • How to build tolerance and grow your “emotional muscle”
  • The tools you can use (with a concrete example) to stop a downward spiral of anxiety
  • Things you might do that actually make a negative emotional response worse
  • The importance of making space for difficult feelings ( through mindfulness )
  • How to have deep self compassion and treat yourself with kindness
  • What exactly to say to yourself when you’re dealing with difficult emotions
  • Why you should treat yourself like a dear friend who is suffering
  • How the “self esteem” movement screwed you up and created many of your emotional challenges
  • What happens when your self worth is dependent on being better than other people
  • How Megan defines perfectionism (and why you might be a perfectionist without even realizing it)
  • The critical importance of self compassion and how you can practice it
  • The importance of understanding the concept of "common humanity"
  • We define mindfulness and its core components, and discuss how to practice it
  • Why painful feelings don't make you broken, but are a natural part of the human experience
  • The huge downsides of having your self worth tied to your achievements
  • Why your fear of difficult and uncomfortable emotions is the roof of your suffering
  • The exact internal dialogue you should use if you constantly put too much pressure on yourself
  • The massive danger of “globalizing” negative experiences
  • Why giving up high expectations actually enhances your performance
  • Why you should change for your focus from being productive to focusing on what’s meaningful
  • How you can “become friends” with difficult emotions
  • And MUCH more!
 
If you are frustrated, suffering, or struggling with uncomfortable emotions, listen to this episode!
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The Science of Power - How to Acquire It, What Makes You Lose it with Dr. Dacher Keltner

November 23, 2016
In this episode we discuss lessons from 25 years of studying the evolution of human emotion, examine whether the Machiavellian concept of power still works, explore the surprising scientific data on how you can acquire power, and look closely at the foundation of enduring power from studies of military units on how to achieve and maintain power with Dr. Dacher Keltner.
 
Dr. Dacher Keltner is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. He is also the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct.
  • Lessons from 25 years of studying the evolution of human emotion
  • What the hard science says about the powerful impact of gratitude
  • Why you’re interpretation of “survival of the fittest” is totally wrong
  • Why emotion is not something to “remove” or rid ourselves of
  • How emotions guide social behaviors in many very important ways
  • Does the Machveiallian conception of power still work?
  • Studies in military organizations, schools, show about how to effectively wield power
  • The surprising scientific data on how you can acquire and maintain power 
  • We discuss in depth if power is given or if power is seized 
  • What are the foundations of enduring power?
  • importance of empathy and building strong social ties rather than serving your narrow self interest
  • The power paradox and why the more powerful you get, the harder it is to stay powerful
  • The importance of focusing on other people
  • How do we create organizations and societies that prevent the abuses of power?
  • We review and share resources for practical steps to implement all of these lessons
  • The massive impact and power of touch to communicate emotions
  • The shocking science of how half a second of touch can communicate almost every major emotion
  • The hilarious gender differences in Dr. Keltner’s emotional touch research
  • How to cultivate gratitude and awe
  • The simple power of just saying thank you
  • The new collaborative definition of power and how its radically different from what you may think of when you think of power
  • And much more!
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The Surprising Truth Research Reveals About What Motivates You with Dr. Dan Ariely

November 18, 2016
In this episode we discuss one of the most interesting results ever found in the psychological research of education, why pleasure maximization is a flawed model for human understanding, we go deep into a number of research examples, discuss the massive (and counterintuitive) difference between motivating top performers and bottom performers, and much more with Dr. Dan Ariely!
 
Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at  Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight and also the co-founder of BEworks. Dan's talks on TED have been watched over 7.8 million times. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both of which became New York Times best sellers, and he has a newly released book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations. 
  • How being badly burned and spending 3 years in the hospital radically changed Dr. Dan Ariely's life
  • How good intentions can go terribly wrong in changing behavior
  • The two flawed models of motivation and why neither works
  • I get interviewed by Dr Dan Ariely - he turns the mic on me and starts grilling me!
  • The difference between momentary joy and lasting purpose
  • Why motivation is not about YOU
  • The critical importance of creating, meaning, improvement, and having an impact
  • How money can demotivate and skew your motivation
  • We get into the weeds on some fascinating experiments Dr. Dan Ariely has conducted about how money (doesn’t) motivate us
  • Why bonuses don’t actually work
  • The massive (and counterintuitive) difference between motivating top performers and bottom performers
  • Why it’s much better to analyze the BARRIERS to good performance and remove them
  • One of the most interesting results ever found in the psychological research of education
  • Why pleasure maximization is a flawed model for human understanding
  • We dig into the the science of motivation itself
  • The difference between social norms and market norms (and why it’s important)
  • Why you would rather move a couch for free, than get paid $5 to do it
  • Ideas for how we can use psychology to change America’s education system
  • Why suicide rate among physicians are climbing rapidly 
  • The Crazy Day Care Story (and why its important) 
  • How effort and complexity create affinity for things you work on
  • Why Dr. Dan Ariely and I both love legos! 
  • We go through half a dozen hilarious and very counter-intuitive findings from Dr. Dan Ariely's research
  • We discuss the quest for symbolic immortality (and why it matters to you)
 
If you want to deeply understand how motivation really works - listen to this episode!
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How Two Simple Words Can Massively Shift Your Perspective & Ten Superpowers to Transform Your World with Life is Good Founder John Jacobs

November 10, 2016
In this episode we discuss how our guest went from being “wildly unsuccessful”, sleeping in a used van, to launching a massive brand, the power of simple gratitude during the toughest challenges of our lives, the transformational superpowers that can change your life, the massive perspective shift you can grain from two simple words, and much more with John Jacobs.
 
John is the co-founder and chief creative optimist for Life is Good as well as the author of Life Is Good: The Book. He and his company have previously been featured on CNN, CNBC, Nightline, Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,and much more.
 
  • The ten superpowers that can change your life
  • What drove John to find a way to combine art and business to launch an amazing company
  • How Life is Good went from being “wildly unsuccessful”, sleeping in a used van, to launching a massive brand
  • Why its often the people that face the biggest adversity and trauma that embrace the real meaning of “life is good"
  • How Life is Good takes a stand against the negativity in the news media 
  • The incredible power of simple gratitude during the toughest challenges of our lives
  • How to focus on optimism without ignoring the negative experiences in your life
  • How the story of one person can transform your experience 
  • The Amazing story of how one act of hate created a wave of love
  • How John embarks on his mission to “spread the power of optimism"
  • Even when facing hardest adversity - you can consciously shift your mind to the positive and grow good instead of being consumed by the negative
  • The incredible power of optimism and strategies to become more optimistic
  • Why you should never say you “have to” do something (and what you should say instead)
  • Incredible, simple perspective shift you can get by changing a SINGLE WORD when you find yourself complaining
  • The Rule of “Yes, And,” how it can have a huge impact on your life & unleash your creativity
  • The real depth behind the concept of “life is good”and why its OK to acknowledge the painful parts of your life
  • The importance of taking a few moments to connect with someone
  • Why fun is “part of the main course” and not your dessert
  • How to find simple ways to weave joy into your life
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Seven Catalysts To Creating Progress and Becoming A More Effective Leader with Dr. Teresa Amabile

November 3, 2016
In this episode we look at the single biggest factor that impacts your performance at work, the 7 major catalysts for creating progress in your life, we dig deep into the data to look closely at the correlations between mental states and actual performance in terms of creativity, technical skill, productivity and much more with Dr. Teresa Amabile.

Dr. Amabile is a Professor and Director of Research at Harvard Business School. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford. Her research investigates how life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. She has published over 100 articles in top scholarly journal and is the co-author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work, as well as Creativity in Context and Growing up Creative.

We discuss:
How offering a reward can undermine people’s intrinsic motivation to do something
We dig deep into the nearly 12,000 daily diary entries from over 200 professionals inside organizations that formed the foundation of Teresa’s research
We look closely at the correlations between mental states and actual performance in terms of creativity, technical skill, productivity and more 
How positive and negative work environments arise within organizations 
Your “inner work life” and why its so important (and you may not even be aware of it)
How external motivators can accidentally wipe out your true motive for working and achieving your goals
Why “Making Progress on Meaningful Work” is the single biggest factor impacting performance
An important and powerful tool that managers can use to help people do better in their work and have better experiences every day
The "intrinsic motivation principle of creativity” and why it matters to you! 
The largest disconnect between what managers think motivates their employees and what the research actually shows that motivates them
The 7 catalysts to creating progress in your life
The importance of having clear goals (what you’re doing and why it matters)
Why creating a culture where people learn from problems, failures, and mistakes is vital to success
The importance of control and autonomy in your work
How to create emotional support for your employees and coworkers
How small words of kindness and understanding can make a huge impact on productivity
The importance of setting daily goals for yourself - something you want to get done that is really core to your work
The importance of measurement and tracking your progress with a daily progress journal
The enormous impact of even a tiny win on your day
And much more!

If you want to master motivation for yourself and others, listen to this episode!
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Trading Your House For A Tulip, Your Love Life, And What It All Has To Do With Making Better Financial Decisions with Dr. Daniel Crosby

October 27, 2016
In this episode we explore how you can learn from dating mistakes to make better financial choices, the most expensive words in investing (and how you can avoid them), why highly qualified experts are wrong more than 94% of the time, the importance of focusing on process vs outcome and much more with Dr. Daniel Crosby.

Dr. Crosby is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert as well the author of New York Times Best-Seller "Personal Benchmark: Integrating Behavioral Finance and Investment Management as well as “Laws of Wealth: Psychology  and the secret to investing success.” He was named named one of the “12 Thinkers to Watch” by Monster.com, a “Financial Blogger You Should Be Reading” by AARP and listed on the Top 40 Under 40 by Investment News.com. 

We discuss:
  • How Daniel works to integrate the messiness of human psychology into fields like economics and finance
  • How your emotional state colors your perception of risk
  • How you can learn from dating mistakes to make better financial choices
  • The most expensive words in investing (and how you can avoid them) 
  • The insane “tulip” craze and what it says about financial markets
  • Why in our efforts to manage risk we often create the outcomes we are trying to avoid
  • How you control what matters most (often without realizing it)
  • The importance of focusing on process vs outcome
  • Why “you are not special” and how that advice can save you a lot of money! 
  • Why experts are wrong 94% of the time
  • Why really successful people automate their day and free up their cognitive power for more important tasks
  • How to be aware of the biases impacting our thinking and get a second opinion
  • The importance of being “not stupid” instead of being smart
  • Existential boundary experiences and how they can transform you
  • How to break out of the glorified business of our daily lives and embrace the inevitability of our own mortality
  • 2 simple and actionable steps you can take right now to improve your personal finance and investment knowledge
  • And much more!
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Influence Anyone With Secret Lessons Learned From The World’s Top Hostage Negotiators with Former FBI Negotiator Chris Voss

October 20, 2016
In this episode we discuss the secret lessons hostage negotiators around the world use to win the day, how to understand and influence people’s emotional drivers, the two words that can transform any negotiation, the biggest hallmarks of powerful master negotiators and much more with the FBI’s former lead international kidnapping negotiator Chris Voss.
Chris Voss is the founder and CEO of the Black Swan Group, an adjunct professor at Georgetown and University of Southern California. During his 24 year term with the FBI where he most recently served as the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator, Voss worked approximately 150 kidnappings worldwide, from the Middle East to Haiti including a number of high-profile kidnappings. Voss has been trained by the FBI, Scotland Yard and Harvard in the art of negotiation and negotiated with likes of terrorists, hostage takers, and bank robbers.
We discuss:
  • FBI’s behvaioral change stairway they use to negotiate with terrorists and hostage takers
  • Why emotional intelligence is at the forefront of business success today
  • How to leverage “tactical empathy” in your life to achieve the results you want
  • How to create leverage to influence anyone in the world by understanding their emotional drivers
  • Why you should never be mean to someone who could hurt you by doing nothing
  • Why understanding is NOT the same as agreement and why that is important
  • The biggest barrier to negotiation success is not complexity - its overcoming the awkwardness
  • How repeating the last 1-3 words someone said can have a huge impact
  • Why winning in a negotiation is not the same as beating the other side
  • The incredible importance of listening and how you can cultivate “active listening"
  • The power and importance of open ended and clarifying questions
  • How to draw out the hidden cards from the other side of a negotiation
  • The secrets hostage negotiators AROUND THE WORLD use regardless of cultural dynamics
  • The two most important words in any negotiation
  • The three different types of negotiator and the strengths and weaknesses of each
  • How changing one question totally transformed the kidnapping negotiation for Jose Escobar 
  • Why Chris would “never lie to anyone he’s not going to kill"
  • Why Chris hates compromise in any negotiation
  • The “F Word” in negotiations and why you should be careful with it
  • One of the biggest hallmarks of powerful negotiators 
  • And much more! 
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How To Execute on Huge Goals, Take Action, and Create The Results You Want with Neil Patel

October 13, 2016
In this episode we talk about execution, how to break down big goals into actionable steps, how and why Neil hired a “mama” for himself, the “ten minute rule” that could help you achieve big productivity gains and how to optimize your life to free up huge amounts of time with entrepreneur Neil Patel.
Neil is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.
We discuss:
  • How to break huge goals into small bite sized tasks that you can quickly and easily execute
  • How Neil defines success and why money wont make you happy
  • The "10 minute rule" and how it can help you achieve big results
  • “Hacks” that Neil recommends for those who want to climb the corporate ladder
  • How to go from A to Z by skipping B, C, D etc and getting straight to the result
  • Why you don’t have to take the traditional path the everyone else does to get what you want in life
  • The strategy Neil uses to pitch huge deals to corporate executives
  • How to optimize your life to save time and free your time up
  • The rules that Neil uses to improve and use his time more efficiently
  • How Neil hired a “mom” to cook him breakfast and do his laundry (and why!)
  • How to manufacture and generate luck for yourself
  • Why shouldn’t “rent your dreams"
  • How to take action on the things that matter and actually create results, so you can stop spinning your wheels
  • And much more!
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How to Overcome Trauma, Mental Health Struggles, and Learning Issues to Achieve World Changing Results with Dr. Gail Saltz

October 6, 2016
In this episode we explore the link between trauma, mental health, learning disabilities and genius, look at a number of historical figures and how they harnessed challenges like depression and ADHD to achieve world-changing results, and examine the practical steps you can take to overcome struggles today with Dr. Gail Saltz.

Dr. Gail Saltz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell School of medicine and a psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She is a columnist, bestselling author, podcast host and television commentator and one of the nation’s foremost go-to experts on a variety of psychological and mental health issues, having appeared on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The View, Dateline, 20/20, Primetime, Today, CNN, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show and more.

We discuss:
  • How people like Vincent Van Gogh and Abraham Lincoln harnessed their mental issues to achieve success
  • Deconstructing the “psychobiographies” of some of the greatest achievers in the world (DaVinci, Einstein, Lincoln, etc)
  • Close to half of Americans struggle with some sort of mental health issue
  • What people who are embarrassed about seeking help can do
  • Why “mental illness” is often a STRENGTH and the greatest achievements are a often a DIRECT RESULT of struggles with issues like dyslexia, anxiety, depression, etc
  • How Abraham Lincoln struggled his whole life with depression and why it gave him the empathy to reshape history
  • How Einstein overcome crippling ADHD to change physics
  • Practical steps that someone can take who is struggling with anxiety and depression right now
  • How to hone-in on your strengths and leverage them
  • How we get caught in defeating stories that we tell ourselves
  • How to identify and “re-write” self-defeating stories that we tell ourselves
  • A few actionable insights into how to improve and build relationships from one of the best sex and relationships experts in the world
  • How to LISTEN better, improve communication, and build better relationships
  • And more!

If you think you have a challenge you can’t overcome - listen to this episode! 
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What Makes People Turn Evil, Time Paradoxes, and The Power of Heroism with Dr. Philip Zimbardo

September 29, 2016
In this episode we discuss how to create evil in a research laboratory, what makes people “turn evil”, we examine the definition of heroism, dig into the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, explore time paradoxes, and much more with the legendary Dr. Philip Zimbardo. 
Dr. Zimbardo is an internationally recognized scholar, educator, researcher and media personality, winning numerous awards and honors in each of these domains. He has been a Stanford University professor since 1968, where he conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment. His career is noted for giving psychology away to the public through his popular PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, along with many text and trade books, among his 500+ publications. He was recently president of the American Psychological Association.
We discuss:
  • How to create evil in a research laboratory
  • The different kinds of evil
  • Is there a fixed line between good and evil?
  • What is the definition of heroism (and how its distinct from altruism)
  • How Dr. Z defines evil (and why thats important)
  • What happens when you put only good people in a really bad situation?
  • The inside take on the famous Stanford Prison Experiment
  • How a situation can create an emotional breakdown in a normal, healthy, smart person in less than 36 hours
  • The social processes that can grease the slippery slope of evil
  • How normal people can transform into monsters
  • The substantial risks of dehumanization
  • The power of the heroic imagination
  • How teachers can bring the best out in their students
  • The time paradox and how we live with vastly different time perspectives 
  • How conflicts derive from people’s differing time perspectives
If you want to hear from a titan of psychology about the inner workings of the human mind - listen to this episode! 
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How to Out-Think Your Competition and Become a Master Strategic Thinker with Dr. Colin Camerer

September 22, 2016
In this episode we discuss the intersection between neuroscience and game theory, ask whether you are smarter than a Chimpanzee, examine how simple mental judgments can be massively wrong, explain the basics of game theory, and dig deep into strategic thinking with Dr. Colin Camerer. 
Colin is the Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance and Economics at the California Institute of Technology. A former child prodigy Colin received his B.A in quantitative studies from John Hopkins University at the age of 17, followed by an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago at the age of 19, and finally a Ph.D in behavioral decision theory from the University of Chicago at the age of 21. Colin research is focused on the interface between cognitive psychology and economics. 
We discuss: 
  • How to out-think (and think one level ahead of) your competition
  • How we make simple mental judgments that go wrong
  • The fundamentals of game theory and how you can practically apply it to your life
  • Are you smarter than a chimpanzee? (the answer may surprise you)
  • The psychological limits on strategic thinking
  • How game theory cuts across multiple disciplines of knowledge from evolution to corporate auctions
  • The concept of a nash equilibrium and why its important
  • The fascinating intersections between psychology and game theory
  • The game theory behind rock paper scissors (and the optimal strategy)
  • Why people don’t think strategically (and why it matters)
  • Discover if you re you a level zero thinker or a “Level K” thinker
  • Why working memory has a strong correlation between making strategic decisions and cognitive flexibility
  • The fascinating results behind the “false belief test"
  • How to make strategic inferences from the knowledge that other minds have
  • And much more! 
If you want to make better decisions or have always been fascinated by game theory - listen to this episode!
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck with Mark Manson

September 14, 2016
In this episode we discuss how to escape the feedback loop from hell, the paradoxical idea of embracing negative experiences, why struggle creates meaning, how discover the false values underpinning your worldview, and how to cultivate the ability to sustain and handle adversity with Mark Manson.

Mark is a blogger, author and entrepreneur. Most well-known for his site markmanson.net, where he writes personal development advice that doesn't suck. He also wrote a book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. It doesn't suck, either.
We discuss:
  • Alan Watt’s Backwards Law (and why its so important)
  • How to escape the Feedback Loop From Hell
  • The paradoxical idea of embracing negative experiences
  • How your mind invents problems for you every day
  • Why Mark gives the advice “don’t try"
  • How to release the judgement of your own emotions 
  • The difference between indifference and “not giving a f*ck"
  • The biggest “false values” you cling to that create unhappiness in your life
  • Why "entitlement" is the idea that you deserve happiness and don’t have to struggle for it (and how that causes suffering)
  • How to cultivate the ability to sustain and handle adversity
  • Why the key question to living a better life is NOT “what do I want out of life?"
  • Why struggle creates meaning and its important to feel bad sometimes
  • What champions and world class performers focus on every day
  • Why you should listen to Disappointment Panda
  • Why pain is required for growth
  • And much more!
If you are dealing with a challenge and can't figure out what to do next - listen to this episode! 

Warning this episode has some profanity! 
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Master Your Mental Game Like a World Champion with Performance Coach Jared Tendler

August 31, 2016
In this episode we explore the mental game of world champion performers, examine the emotional issues preventing you from achieving what you want to achieve, how those issues happen in predictable patterns that you can discover and solve, look at why people choke under pressure, and discuss how to build mental toughness with mental game coach Jared Tendler.
Jared is an internationally recognized mental game coach. His clients include world champion poker players, the #1 ranked pool player in the world, professional golfers and financial traders. He is the author of two highly acclaimed books, The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, and host of the popular podcast “The Mental Game.”
We discuss:
-The emotional issues preventing you from achieving what you want are happening in predictable patterns, and you can discover them! 
-Why people choke (and what to do about it)
-How to cultivate mental toughness over time
-Why the typical sports psychology advice doesn’t work
-Lessons from 500+ of the best poker players in the world of dealing with mental game
-How high expectations create self sabotage
-Why emotions are the messengers and not the root cause of performance issues
-Why mistakes are an inevitable and important part of the learnign process
-The yin and yang of performance and learning
-The characteristics of peak mental performers
-How to deal with “tilt" in poker and the different kinds of “tilt"
-How to use confidence intervals to deal with uncertainty 
-And much more!
If you want to improve your mental game - listen to this episode!
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Improving Sleep, Giving Up Alcohol, and Reading a Book a Day with James Swanwick

August 24, 2016
In this episode we explore one of the biggest things disrupting your sleep, examine strategies for getting a better night’s rest, dig into sleep cycles, talk about the 30 Day No Alcohol challenge and break down how to read books more effectively with James Swanwick.
James is an Australian-American entrepreneur, former SportsCenter anchor on ESPN and host of The James Swanwick Show podcast. He is the creator of the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge, which helps people reduce or quit alcohol; and creator of blue-blocking glasses Swannies which improve your sleep. Forbes magazine voted him one of Top 25 Networking Experts. Swanwick has interviewed celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
We discuss: 
-The #1 reason you don’t get a good night’s sleep
-Melatonin and your sleep cycle
-The importance of a good night’s sleep 
-Why you shouldn’t read your smartphone in bed
-The 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge 
-How to build rapport and have a conversation with anyone
-How to read a book in 15 minutes
-Why you retain only 10% of what you read (and what to do about it)
-The 3 main lessons in radical honesty
-How to build a framework to retain everything you learn 
-Why knowledge is NOT power
-We discuss "social skydiving" and how you can do it
-And Much More! 
If you want to get a better night’s sleep - check out this episode!
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How To Double Your Creative Output in Fifteen Minutes with Tom Corson-Knowles

August 17, 2016
In this episode we explore strategies to jump start your creativity, how to think about the definition of success, how to retain the knowledge from all of the books you read, and how to be a better writer with best-selling author and publishing expert Tom Corson-Knowles.

Tom is a serial entrepreneur, blogger and international bestselling author. He started his first business at age 13 and is the founder of TCK Publishing whose mission is to help every client earn a full-time income as an author. Tom’s bestselling books include Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, The Kindle Publishing Bible, and The Kindle Writing Bible, among others.

In this episode we discuss:
  • Why creativity is a learned skill and not an innate talent
  • Why creativity is important for everyone, not just “starving artists"
  • 3 simple strategies you can use to improve you creativity right now
  • The incredible importance of “thinking time"
  • The two parts of the creative process
  • How to improve your writing skills
  • How you can double your creative output in 15 minutes per day
  • How to stop yourself from pressing the gas and the brakes at the same time when trying to create
  • And much more!
If you want to boost your creativity - check out this episode! 
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Are You Being Held Back By Childhood Limiting Beliefs? With Guest Catherine Plano

August 10, 2016
In this episode we discuss how you have multiple limiting beliefs that you have yet to discover that, if uncovered, could radically transform your life. We go deep into limiting beliefs, look at how random childhood experiences can shape your worldview for decades, discuss how your outer world is created by your inner world, examine how to reverse engineer bad behavior and much more with our guest Catherine Plano.

Catherine is the founder of the I Am Woman Project and an International Executive Coach with more than two decades of experience working with top companies, having impacted more than 100,000 lives and whose mission is to aid companies and individuals in becoming aware of their limitless potential and in using their extraordinary abilities to achieve their desired outcomes. Catherine is also a certified Life Coach and a certified Master Practioner of NLP.  Catherine focuses on changing lives daily through her coaching and motivation speaking. 

We discuss:
  • How simple, innocuous things in our environment plant seeds that can dramatically change of our lives
  • How we give meaning to situations without fully understanding them
  • How your parents programmed many of your behaviors 
  • How limiting beliefs get planted into your mind from childhood
  • How your memories can be completely false
  • How your outer world is a reflect of your inner world
  • Why your thoughts become self fulfilling prophecies
  • Why 95% of your behaviors are not “who" you are, they are “learned behaviors"programmed by your environment
  • And Much More! 
If you feel like something is holding you back, but you can’t figure out what it is - Listen to this episode! 
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How to Master the Superpower that Builds All Other Powers with Dr. Rick Hanson

August 3, 2016
In this episode – we go deep on mastering the superpower that underpins all other powers, how your brain’s automatic survival mechanism tilts you towards unhappiness, growing the mental resources to deal with the biggest challenges of your life, and down the rabbit hole of exploring the idea of the self, ego, and much more with Dr. Rick Hanson. This was one of the most profound conversations we have had on this podcast.
Dr. Hanson is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He’s also the Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities.
We discuss:
-How to master the SUPERPOWER that BUILDS ALL OTHER POWERS
-How to grow the mental resources inside yourself to deal with the biggest challenges in your life
-We reverse engineer the olympic athletes of the mind to learn their secrets
-We discuss how your thoughts change the physical structure of your brain
-How your brains 5 core survival strategies create suffering in your life
-How reality is continually constructed by the underlying hardware of the brain
-How to disengage from stress and suffering
-How to let go of attachment to your ego
-How to stop being defensive and taking things personally
-Why your “self” doesn't have an independent existence outside of the totality of the universe
-And MUCH more!
If you want to wire your brain to be happier - you can’t miss this episode!
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How To Put Your Body In Relaxation Mode, Reduce Stress, and Develop Body Awareness with International Yoga Expert Tiffany Cruikshank

July 27, 2016
In this episode we explore the boundary where eastern and western medicine meet with international yoga expert Tiffany Cruikshank – we discuss how cultivating body awareness can put your nervous system in “Relaxation mode,” how meditation impacts your metabolism, the lessons Tiffany has learned from more than 25k patient visits, and how to jump in and start yoga TODAY as we demystify and examine some of the science behind the practices of Yoga!
Tiffany is an international yoga teacher who has been teaching for over 20 years, an author, health and wellness expert, the founder of Yoga Medicine, and she is internationally known for her focus on fusing the two worlds of eastern and western medicine together and apply it to the practice of yoga in an accessible and relevant way. We discuss:
  • How to put your body in "relaxation mode"
  • The science behind the parasympathetic nervous system (and why its so important)
  • How to cultivate a mind-body connection and develop body awareness
  • How to get started simply and easily with yoga today
  • The impact meditation has on your metabolism
  • The differences between yoga and meditation
  • The lessons Tiffany has learned in more than 25,000 patient visits
  • And more!
If Yoga has interested you and you don’t know where to start - or you just want to learn how to become more relaxed - listen to this episode! 
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How a Judge Literally Rolling Dice Could Get You Double The Jail Time - The Anchoring Effect

July 20, 2016
In this episode we are going to talk about how random dice rolls can influence judges to give people longer jail sentences, how so-called experts are massively influenced by completely random numbers – even when they explicitly deny it – and how you can better understand this crazy phenomenon – the Anchoring Effect.
As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it in his book Thinking Fast and Slow: 
"The main moral of priming research is that our thoughts and our behavior are influenced, much more than we know or want, by the environment of the moment."

Arbitrary numbers and anchors can have huge implications for your decisions without you even realizing it and this all operates at a subconscious level beyond your conscious experience.
 
This episode is going to focus on drilling down and understanding a specific cognitive bias – a mental model – to help you start building a toolkit of mental models that will enable you to better understand reality.
 
Anchoring bias – along with Priming and Framing, which we have covered in previous episodes – are all cognitive biases that you want to know, understand, and be aware of – so that you can add them to your mental toolbox and make better decisions.
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How This Simple Change In Wording Made 50% of Doctors Choose a More Dangerous Medical Procedure

July 13, 2016
Do you think that your doctor makes their decisions based on data or on trivial factors such as how a sentence is worded?

Do you think that your decisions are typically rational and based on the facts?
In this episode we discuss how a twist of phrase made 50% of doctors choose a more dangerous medical procedure, what explains an 88% difference in organ donations in two similar countries, and how experts can make vastly different choices based on the same exact data as we explore the Framing Bias.

As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it in his book Thinking Fast and Slow: 
"It is somewhat worrying that the officials who make decisions that affect everyone’s health can be swayed by such a superficial manipulation."

The way things are presented can have huge implications for your decisions without you even realizing it and this all operates at a subconscious level beyond your conscious experience.
 
Behavioral economist Richard Thaler explains it this way: “The false assumption is that almost all people, almost all of the time, make choices that are in their best interest."
This episode is going to focus on drilling down and understanding a specific cognitive bias – a mental model – to help you start building a toolkit of mental models that will enable you to better understand reality.
 
Framing bias – along with Priming, which we covered last episode, and Anchoring – which we will cover in a future episode – are all cognitive biases that you want to know, understand, and be aware of – so that you can add them to your mental toolbox.
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This Powerful Factor Controls Your Decisions And 86% of People Have No Idea It Exists

July 6, 2016
Do you think you’re in control of your thoughts and actions?
 
What if things totally out of your conscious experience of reality actually controlled your decisions?
 
What if random phenomenon – like the music you just heard, or the words on a billboard, changed the way you thought, moved, and the decisions you made?
 
The power of your subconscious mind is much greater than you realize.
 
As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it in his book Thinking Fast and Slow: “You cannot know this from conscious experience, of course, but you must accept the alien idea that your actions and your emotions can be primed by events of which you are not even aware.”
 
In this episode of the Science of Success Podcast we dig deep into the Priming Effect – the way that your environment can shape your decisions, actions, and thoughts without you ever even realizing it.
 
We discuss:
-The powerful factor shaping peoples decisions that 86% of people were totally unaware of
-What caused voters to care more than children’s parents about funding the school system
- How “like ripples on a pond” primed effects can shape and define our behavior in huge ways
-How the word Florida makes people behave like the elderly
-Another mental model to add to your tool-kit
-And much more!
 
Do you want to get smarter and make better decisions? Listen to this episode!
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How to Get Rocket Fuel for Your Success, Bend Reality, and Achieve Happiness, With Vishen Lakhiani, Founder of Mindvalley

June 29, 2016

Learn to think like some of the greatest creative minds of our time - to question, challenge, and create new rules for your ideas of success, happiness, and much more with Vishen Lakhiani. Vishen shares incredible strategies to redefine your life and success on your own terms in this episode of The Science of Success.
Vishen is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a learning experience company serving three million students, subscribers and followers worldwide.
His book, The Code of The Extraordinary Mind, a New York and LA Times best seller, blends evolutionary biology and computational thinking, providing a new framework for identifying, questioning and redefining beliefs to understand and enhance the human self. The book also draws knowledge from the world's leading thinkers such as Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Peter Diamandis, Ken Wilber, Arianna Huffington and more.​
If you’re looking for something to take yourself to the next level, break through barriers, and achieve your dreams, listen to this episode immediately.
Vishen and I discuss:
-How language shapes reality and controls your understanding of the world
-How to uncover the “bullshit rules” making you unhappy in life
-How to set “ends goals” instead of “means goals"
-How to cultivate “rocket fuel” for your success
-How to live a life of “Blissipline” (and why that’s important)
-How to set and accomplish huge goals without having you happiness anchored to them
-How to combat the fear that “I Am Not Enough"
-How to live life as though everything is rigged in your favor
-And Much More!
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How To Break Free From Depression & Anxiety By Changing Your Brain Chemistry with Neuroscientist Dr. Alex Korb

June 23, 2016
In this episode we discuss how you can battle depression and anxiety and break out of a vicious downward spiral by literally changing the chemistry of your brain using very simple and straightforward tactics that you can start applying right now. 
If you've struggled with depression or anxiety, or you want to understand how we can reshape our brains with our actions, listen to this episode immediately!
Dr. Alex Korb is a neuroscientist at UCLA, is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, and author of the Prefrontal Nudity blog on Psychology Today.
Alex and I discuss:
-How people get stuck in a loop of anxiety or depression
-How to strengthen and grow new neurons to literally change the structure of your brain
-Why nothing is wrong with your brain when you get stuck in a loop of depression or anxiety
-How the same action can have an entirely different impact on your brain at a different time
-How your own choices and actions change your brain in real time
-The difference between depression and anxiety
-How 10 mins of exercise can dramatically change your brain chemistry (and the study that shows it)
-How your actions can determine your perception and shape your reality
-The Neuroscience behind “The Secret” and why it really works
-And much more!
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The Psychology Behind Making Better Decisions with Global Financial Strategist Michael J. Mauboussin

June 15, 2016
Do you want to improve your decision-making a build a better mental toolkit? In this episode we explore the psychology behind making better decisions with Michael J. Mauboussin. 

Michael is the Head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse. He is the author of three books, including More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places, named in the The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Michael also serves as an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School.
We discuss the following topics:
-The interconnectedness of knowledge across many different disciplines
-How to switch to the “outside view” to make better predictions and decisions
-How to improve your results without being any smarter or better trained 
-A fascinating psychology study that demonstrates how we deceive ourselves
-The biggest biases that cause investors to make bad decisions (and how to combat them)
-Why the right tools aren’t enough to make you a successful investor
-Concrete steps to start down the path of better decision-making
-How to understand the difference between luck and skill in complex fields like business, investing, and entrepreneurship
-How to become “numerate” and understand the physics and mathematics of misjudgment
-What statistical base-rates are and how they can improve your decisions
-How reversion to the mean really works and why you’ve been misunderstanding it
-The power of checklists and other decision-making tools
-And much more!
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How To Stop Living Your Life On Autopilot, Take Control, and Build a Toolbox of Mental Models to Understand Reality with Farnam Street’s Shane Parrish

June 7, 2016
Do you feel like your life is on auto-pilot? Do you want to take control and build a better and deeper understanding of reality? In this episode we discuss mental models, cognitive biases, go deep on decision-making and how to improve and build a smarter decision-making framework and we look at a number of key mental models that you can add to your mental toolbox.
If you want to dramatically improve your decision making with a few short steps - listen to this episode! 
Shane Parrish is the founder and author of the Farnam Street blog, which has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and much more, its one of my personal favorite blogs and an incredible resource dedicated to making you smarter every day by mastering the best of what other’s have already figured out.
We discuss the following topics:
-Why you should focus on mastering things that change slowly or don’t change at all
-Why reading “pop” books and news doesn’t make you smarter
-How to pattern interrupt yourself when you get focused on the wrong things
-What “mental models” are and how you can use them to your advantage
-Why you should focus on your “circle of competence"
-How to reduce your blindspots and make better decisions
-Simple steps you can take right now to improve your decision-making
-How to think about the world like Charlie Munger
-How you can avoid becoming “a man with a hammer"
-Why you should focus on avoiding stupidity instead of trying to be smart
-Why its so important that you should keep a decision journal (how to do it)
-And much more! 
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Are You Oblivious to the Secret Game Being Played Around You? with Art of Charm Host Jordan Harbinger

June 1, 2016
You may be oblivious to the secret relationship rules around you - and in this episode with Art of Charm host Jordan Harbinger we dig into what you can do to avoid the biggest mistakes and pitfalls when building relationships with influential people, looking at many different examples and stories.
If you want to take your relationships to the next level - listen to this episode!
Jordan is the co-founder and host of The Art of Charm - one of the top 50 podcasts on iTunes with more than two million downloads per month, he was named by Forbes as one of the 50 best relationship builders anywhere, and Inc Magazine called him the "Charlie Rose of Podcasting.”
We discuss the following topics:
-How you might be oblivious to the secret game being played around you
-The major networking mistakes you’re making
-How to build relationships with influential people
-How you might be sabotaging your relationships
-Why you should focus on providing value to others first
-How to create a scalable way to provide value to your network
-The “double-opt in” tactic
-Why it's a bad idea to ask “how can I help you?"
-And much more!
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Why Everything You Know About Time Management is Wrong with Best Selling Author Rory Vaden

May 24, 2016
In this episode - we dig into the truth about time management, uncover the reason that most time management thinking is wrong, and learn how we can give ourselves permission to multiply our time with our guest Rory Vaden. 
If you feel like you never have enough time and your todo-list just keeps growing, listen to this episode!
Rory is the best-selling author of Take The Stairs and Procrastinate On Purpose, an award winning entrepreneur and business leader, a self discipline strategist, and co-founder of Southwestern Consulting. 
We discuss the following topics:
-Why everything you’ve heard about time management is wrong 
-The one calculation that changes everything in your time managemnet
-How to do things today to create more time tomorrow
-How to tell people “no” in a kind way
-How to create "compound interest" for your time
-How to overcome the fear of delegation
-How to overcome the emotional barriers preventing you from multiplying your time
-Why time is NOT money
-And more! 
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How You Are Sabotaging Yourself By Setting The Wrong Goals - And What To Do About It - With Emmy Winner & Bestselling Author Scott Halford

May 17, 2016
In this episode we dive into how to activate your brain, create and sustain momentum to make your goals a reality, how goals can often be self-sabotaging, and the neurochemistry behind how and why all of this happens with our guest Scott Halford.
If you are feeling stuck or want to make progress on a goal but can’t figure out why you’re not – listen to this episode!
Scott is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, acclaimed public speaker, and the author of Activate Your Brain. Scott is also a long-time educator of Fortune 500 executive teams on topics including achievement psychology, brain-based behavioral science, and more.
We cover some incredible topics including:
-How long term goals can self sabotage by triggering a “disgust” response in your brain (and what to do about it)
-The ways to “erase” cortisol and other stress inducing neurochemicals
-How to create momentum towards your goals and put yourself in an achievement state
-Simple strategies to “activate” your brain
-The “three brains” inside your head and what each of them is responsible for
-The truth about multi-tasking and why its impossible
-And Much More! 
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How You Can Memorize a Shuffled Deck of Cards in Under A Minute - The Science Behind Memory

May 11, 2016
In this episode we explore the fascinating enigma of human memory – how memories are created and stored, why we remember certain things but not others, and how to improve your memory long term – as well as an incredible tool to “hack” your short-term memory used by national memory champions:

You will learn about:
  • The weird trick that national memory champions use to memorize decks of cards, huge strings of numbers, and much more
  • Why your memories aren’t accurate representations of reality
  • The science behind how your memories can be manipulated
  • The positive memory benefits of playing video games
  • How memories are created and stored in your brain
  • What you need to do to protect and preserve your memory for the long term 
  • And much more! 
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The Neuroscience Behind Einstein and Isaac Newton’s Biggest Breakthroughs

May 3, 2016
In this episode we will talk about the incredible neuroscience behind the biggest breakthroughs of some of the world’s smartest minds, how those same principles apply to a world champion’s "daily architecture," and how you can design your day the same way to harness this powerful strategy. 

This episode goes deep on:
-The neuroscience behind Einstein and Isaac Newton’s biggest breakthroughs
-How one world champion structures his entire day around this one key principle
-Simple steps to structuring your day in the same way to harness the untapped power of your subconscious mind
-How to harness the subconscious mind for huge creative insights
-How to break through challenging questions and problems
-The 4 Phases of the Creative Process
-What the science says about cultivating creativity and creative incubation
-And much more! 
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Hacking Sleep, Improving Creativity, and Research Backed Strategies for Success with Gregg Clunis

April 26, 2016
In this episode you’re going to learn how a few tiny leaps can help you achieve your goals, how to optimize your day around your biorhythms, the truth about the difference between night owls and early birds, how to invest in improving your sleep, practical steps to increase your creativity, and much more with our guest Gregg Clunis. Gregg is the creator and host of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes - a rapidly growing podcast that shares simple research backed strategies to get more out of your life.
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The Surprising Data-Backed Truth About Achievement with Business Psychology Expert Peter Shallard

April 6, 2016
In this episode you’re going to learn the surprising data-backed truth about achievement, the one personality test that can predict success in the real world, the incredible importance of willpower, the ultimate indicators for personal growth, and much more with our incredible guest Peter Shallard.

Known as “The Shrink for Entrepreneurs” - Peter is a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade, he works with entrepreneurs from around the globe to help them master the psychology of reaching their goals of success faster, better, and with a bigger impact.

You will also discover:
-What Peter Learned from More Than 10,000 1on1 Phone Calls with High Achievers
-Why A Select Few Have Advantages In Achieving Their Goals
-The Amazing Finding of the “Marshmallow Experiment"
-How to Refuel Your Willpower
-And more!
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