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4 Podcasting Lessons from 100 Author Interviews over 2½ Years

You learn to swim by swimming. You learn to create by creating. You learn to give by giving. Below are four lessons I’ve learned about podcasting over the last two and a half years as I’ve created more than 100 episodes by interviewing authors. Many of these lessons apply to…

What I Learned about Finding the Right Path by Taking a Wrong Turn

Like me, you’ve probably learned A LOT from classrooms, seminars and books. Maybe too much. 🙂 In recent years I’ve endeavored to learn more directly from nature, indigenous traditions, the breath and body, and mysticism. That’s why it was such a privilege when Sadhguru invited me to ride motorcycles with…

The Journal Entry that Transformed Matthew McConaughey’s Life

On the evening of September 1st, 1992, Matthew McConaughey lay on the top bunk in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house at the University of Texas at Austin. Before he nestled in for a good night’s sleep, he opened his journal and wrote, Ten Goals in Life: Become a father…

A Book—and Man—That’s Helped Me Access Deeper Dimensions of Life 

Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy is a book that changed my life. When I discovered it in 2016, I didn’t know who Sadhguru was, and I certainly had no idea how broadly I’d travel with him or how much he’d teach me. And it would never have happened…

A Story to Help You Develop Your Integrity Superpower

In the fall of 1968, a man named Don bought a truck from a dealership in Salt Lake City. As part of the transaction, Don paid for a trailer kit to be installed on the truck. When he called to see if it was ready for him to pick up,…

Having Strange Dreams? You’re Not the Only One

Having Strange Dreams? You’re Not the Only One Since the Pandemic started, many people report having more—and more bizarre and vivid—dreams than in pre-Covid times. Scientific American recently published an article called “The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams”. It explains, “anxiety about social distancing and infection is altering how…

A Podcast for People Who‘ve Experienced Sexual Abuse and Want to Heal

Tim Ferriss has shown millions of readers and podcast listeners the way to design their lives in ways they love. His latest podcast, he says, is the most important one he’s ever produced—and that’s saying something given the caliber of people he’s interviewed.  In it, in conversation with author and…

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How a Friend’s Intuition Saved His Life

It was an early morning, and cold enough to see your breath. Mark heard a loud “crack!” and felt a bullet whiz past his ear, so close he could feel the wind as it flew by. He turned to find Chris, a fellow special forces operator, pointing a 9mm pistol…

Why I Started Meditating, and Why I Do It—Easily—Twice a Day No Matter What

Why I Started I didn’t start meditating to find God, improve my health or take a few strokes off my golf game.  I started meditating to escape from pain—mental, emotional and spiritual. Never mind that I was the one causing all that pain. In my thirties, if my life was…

How I Found Peace When My Brother Died Unexpectedly

My brother Roger passed away in an accident three days before his 45th birthday. He was a thoughtful and loving, and I suspect his highly sensitive soul never felt truly at home in this world. When my mom called to tell me, I sensed that something was wrong even before…

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The Power Of Adding Purpose To Your Actions

Bucky suffered greatly early in his long life. His daughter died of spinal meningitis before her fourth birthday. He lost his job after his second daughter was born and couldn’t support his family. One day during this difficult period, he walked along the shores of Lake Michigan, deep in thought….

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Maroon Cars And What They Taught Me

No offense if you own one, but I’ve never liked maroon cars. And it doesn’t matter what you call it—burgundy, carmine, rosewood, auburn—I just think that color goes better on farmhouses, fire stations and school buildings. Don’t get me wrong, if someone gave me a maroon Maserati, I’d take it…

Becoming More Generous

Although she goes about it without much publicity, my mom—in partnership with my dad when he was alive—has now given away more than a hundred million dollars to improve the quality of life in communities where our family businesses are located. Believe it or not, it’s harder to give money…

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The Finer Elements of Friendship

In my last post, I told you about Adam, the friend who saved my life by answering my phone call during one of my darkest times. In this post, I’ll tell you about a gift I gave him that might have saved his life. Here’s the story, as told to…

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The Phone Call That Saved My Life

One night, after a particularly nasty argument with the woman who was soon to be my ex-wife, I drove home on I-80. As I made my way past the Great Salt Lake, headed deeper into Utah’s desert, I seemed to be driving into a darkness that would swallow me whole….

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Dropping Out of College to Find the Education I Was Looking For

When we’re faced with big or difficult decisions, it can be hard to know when to listen to ourselves and when to listen to those around us. Years ago, when I told my dad I was thinking about going back to school to earn an MBA, he tried to talk…

The Search for Self in Ceremonies and Other Sacred Spaces

Who are you, anyway? Answering that question truthfully—and satisfyingly—might be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. The ancient Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi asked, “Am I a man who has fallen asleep and has dreamed he is a butterfly, or a butterfly who has fallen asleep and dreamed he is…

The Integrity of a Champion

Born in Indiana in 1910, John Wooden grew up on a farm playing basketball with his brothers in a barn using a tomato basket and a ball woven from old rags.  Wooden concluded his legendary 40-year coaching career in 1975. He spent the last 27 of those years at UCLA,…

A Story about Integrity and A Radical Act of Generosity

By his own admission, Scott Harrison was a bad guy. A New York City club promoter, it was his job to fill the city’s hottest nightclubs with celebrities and other beautiful people. His success was measured in dollars and alcohol. His nights were a blur of booze, drugs and girls….

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Conquering My Own Personal Everest

Maybe our lives aren’t challenging enough. We yearn to experience a range and depth of emotions beyond those available in a typical workweek. Or perhaps we’ve lost touch with what it means to be human. Whatever the reasons, millions of us have participated in one of the extreme events that…

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Officially Brilliant

The work of a lifetime is coming home to ourselves. I’m a teenager studying in Japan, living with a host family. I’m a very long ways from home. Learning a new language and ways of looking at the world, I’m questioning literally everything: “Am I a human being?” “Is this…

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The Samurai’s Revenge

Mythologist Joseph Campbell used to tell a story about a samurai whose master was assassinated. It was this samurai’s duty to restore his lord’s honor by avenging his death. As days stretched into weeks, the samurai relentlessly tracked the killer. When he finally found the assassin, the samurai drew his…

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Share Your Passions

I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I’m the former Utah State Monopoly champion. That’s why Hasbro invited me, back in 1999, to play in the national Monopoly tournament in Las Vegas, where I placed 5th. Many people think of Monopoly as either a tedious, unending game of luck…

The Math Problem That Changed My Dad Forever

How can we become fearless, or at least more confident? For my dad, all it took was a simple math problem. This is the story of the math problem that changed my dad forever.

Dealing with What’s Jammed

To develop my storytelling skills, and, hopefully, entertain and inspire you (and sometimes challenge you!), I’ll be using some Three Point Thursdays (including this one) to tell true stories instead of my normal “100 Words To Help You…”

When Coaching, Do You Chat or Converse?

This Week:
– The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make
– Are Your Coaching Conversations Really Just Friendly Chats?
– Why You Need A Sales Plan

There Is No Substitute for External Accountability

This Week:
– Create Space For What You Really Want
– Use Deadlines To Serve Your Client
– People Need People

Better Living Through Emotions

This Week:
– This Researcher Analyzed Hundreds Of Emotions And This Is What She Learned
– How To Help Your Clients Fully Vet Any Decision
– Create Great Names For Your Products And Services

The Secret to Finding and Living Your Purpose

This week:
– How To Strengthen Friendships That Strengthen You 
– How Non-verbal Body Language Can Make You a LESS Effective Coach
– Why You Might Not Be Getting As Many Clients As You Want (And What To Do About It) 

What Are You Pretending Not to Know?

This week:
– Examine Your Fears in the Cold Light of Day
– Unblock Your Clients with this Simple Question
– Go Beyond Demographics by Using Psychographics

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