Episodes
Join me for an enlightening conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Charles Duhigg, as we unravel the mysteries of supercommunicators and their impact on both personal and professional spheres. Listen in as we consider the innate abilities some individuals possess to connect, persuade, and influence through the power of effective communication, and how the decline in interpersonal communication education has affected our society. The episode brings to light different...
Published 02/22/24
Published 02/22/24
Listen in as Leo Babauta, renowned author, blogger, and creator of Zen Habits, joins us to share his compelling journey from a life weighed down by debt and unhealthy habits to one of simplicity and mindfulness. His story is a powerful demonstration of how changing a single habit can drastically alter the course of our lives. We tackle the often daunting task of breaking and changing habits, examine the captivating design of smartphones and their role as one of today's most addictive objects,...
Published 02/20/24
Join me for a thought-provoking journey with the incredible Leo Babauta, a champion of mindfulness and minimalism, as we discuss the transformative practice of slowing down. Listen in as Leo sheds light on the often-overlooked power of simplicity in our hectic lives and how creating mental space within our daily tasks can lead to profound changes. His Zen Habits principles and actionable strategies for habit formation are not only insightful but also equip us with the tools to live more...
Published 02/15/24
Join me on a thought-provoking journey where we explore the power of choice and the profound tranquility of inner solitude. Drawing from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's timeless reflections in "Gift from the Sea," we ponder the significance of cultivating a personal rhythm in life that allows for creative pauses and the nurturing of vibrant relationships with ourselves and others. Listen in as we discuss the wisdom of finding a peaceful inner space amidst the hectic pace of modern existence. We also...
Published 02/13/24
Erik lost his wife, Aubrie, to cancer. It was a tragic loss that has left a hole in his life and the life of their young daughter as well. But in losing Aubrie, Erik gained something, too: incredible insight into love, connection, and what truly matters. Their love story, defined by deep connection and resilience through adversity, paints a vivid picture of life's most meaningful treasures. Erik details the inspiring spirit of his late wife, a woman who fought through a traumatic childhood...
Published 02/08/24
Join me as I continue my enriching conversation with Mo Gawdat, the former chief business officer at Google X and author of the international best-seller, "Solve for Happy." In this part 2 conversation, we unravel the complexities of human connections in our increasingly digital world. We question the true issues within our relationships, touch upon the concept of essentialism, and dissect the current epidemic of loneliness and the fallacy that online connections can suffice for the...
Published 02/06/24
Join me as I embark on a thoughtful journey with the remarkable Mo Gawdat, former Google X executive and the driving force behind 'Solve for Happy.' Together, we explore the intertwining paths of essentialism, the pursuit of happiness, and celebrating the concept of 'less but better.' Our conversation takes us through personal narratives of simplifying life and the lasting impact of word-of-mouth for the books that truly resonate with us. Listen in as we examine the emotional depth of...
Published 02/01/24
David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, discusses the practical ways and key specifics to immediately begin the journey of cutting out what is non-essential, both personally and professionally. We go back and forth on the deeper and visionary elements of why it’s beneficial to focus on doing what matters most. Follow David on LinkedIn Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and...
Published 01/30/24
Join me for a captivating journey with Brian Murphy, the visionary behind ReliaQuest, as we unravel the transformation from a meticulous auditor to a bold IT consulting entrepreneur. Listen in as Brian shares the defining moments and crucial conversations that sparked his leap into the entrepreneurial realm. We explore the essence of foundational business principles and the impact of personal connections in the business world. We also navigate through the stormy period of the Great Recession,...
Published 01/25/24
Join me as I uncover the surprising power of weak ties, a concept coined by sociologist Mark S. Granovetter, which plays a pivotal role in our lives more than we ever imagined. Listen in as I discuss Granovetter's groundbreaking findings on the importance of casual acquaintances in job searches and the immense influence of weak ties in the digital age. I share my own experiences with unconventional networking, like speed meeting events, and how these can dramatically foster new connections...
Published 01/23/24
Join me as I welcome the remarkable Brian Murphy, the founder and CEO of cybersecurity giant Reliaquest, to share his inspiring story of entrepreneurship. Listen in as Brian takes us back to his formative years, from his blue-collar roots to the pivotal moments that shaped his future. We laugh about his childhood mishaps and marvel at how a mobile library and a curious mind led him to his first business book at the tender age of thirteen. In this episode, we explore the profound influence of...
Published 01/18/24
Join us for part 2 of my conversation with Jennie Allen as we unpack the complexities of our emotional responses and their surprising intensities. This conversation peels back the layers of our emotions, tracing them to their roots, and reveals how past experiences, like childhood fears and moments of crisis, can shape our present feelings. Listen in as Jeannie bravely navigates her history of fear and loneliness, illustrating the transformative journey of emotional untangling. The heart of...
Published 01/16/24
Join us on this enlightening journey with the remarkable Jennie Allen, a spiritual trailblazer and best-selling author who returns to share her insights on emotional intelligence, the power of connection, and the art of living with intention. Listen in as Jennie opens up about her first encounter with loss, the intertwining of emotions with life's most vivid experiences, and how her book "Get Out of Your Head" has sparked transformative conversations about mental wellness and spiritual...
Published 01/11/24
Join me as we ponder the turning of the calendar to 2024, a time for introspection and goal-setting. But this year, we're taking a different approach, asking not just 'what' but 'who' is important in our lives. I discuss the profound shift from a task-driven to a people-centric perspective, exploring how this reorientation affects leadership, team management, and personal relationships. Leadership and virtual team performance: A meta-analytic investigation Join my weekly newsletter. Learn...
Published 01/09/24
Performance physiologist and wellness advocate Greg Wells, Ph.D. (author, Rest Refocus Recharge) shares his insights on the importance of proper rest to achieve optimal performance. Dr. Wells and Greg discuss finding the dynamic balance between work and relaxation, and the mindset shift that rest is both a skill and a responsibility. They explore practical techniques that can be developed and applied to all aspects of a healthier life. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and...
Published 01/04/24
If your life is anything like mine, you probably have far more problems than you can solve in one day. It’s easy to become overwhelmed. When this happens, it is often our most important relationships that suffer. But the good news is there is a solution. Taking just a few moments to celebrate small wins, especially with those that matter most, can change the equation in your favor.  In this episode, my wife Anna and I explore concrete ways you can reinforce good behavior at home, avoiding the...
Published 01/02/24
It’s not only important to identify what’s essential in your life, but you must also know why it matters. Join me as I speak with Simon Sinek, Inspirational Speaker and Global "Best Selling" Author (Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better, Find Your Why and The Infinite Game) , In this episode, Simon shares: The importance of finding your "why" How to find the courage to reinvent yourself How to define yourself by what you believe, not only by what you do Join my weekly newsletter. Learn...
Published 12/28/23
Have you ever wondered why we can't fix burnout culture with a wellness app? What if doing less was actually more effective than giving it 100%? Today I'm going to share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive I've learned and provide some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to accomplish more by putting in less effort. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X,...
Published 12/26/23
Join me as I continue my fascinating conversation with Yale professor Samuel Wilkinson, author of the thought-provoking book "Purpose: What Evolution and Human Nature Imply About the Meaning of Our Existence." Listen in as we tackle the intriguing topic of altruism in the evolutionary narrative, debunking the myth that survival hinges solely on selfishness. The significance of relationships and family takes center stage in our discussion as we share insights into how these bonds form the...
Published 12/21/23
Join me as I explore the transformative power of building deep, meaningful connections in our lives, especially poignant in an age where superficial online interactions are often mistaken for genuine relationships. I reflect on Erik Newton's heartfelt Twitter story about the profound love he shared with his late wife, revealing the timeless truth that at life's end, it's the depth of our relationships that truly matters. This touching narrative serves as a profound reminder of the importance...
Published 12/19/23
When medical student turned author, Samuel Wilkinson, challenged the common misconception of evolution suggesting a purposeless existence, it sparked a profound conversation that I am thrilled to share with you. This episode takes us through the riveting terrain of evolutionary biology. We delve into the phenomenon of convergent evolution, our conversations meandering down the fascinating lanes of how birds, bats, and butterflies have independently developed the ability to fly and how...
Published 12/14/23
Join me on the journey to enrich your relationships, focusing on quality rather than quantity. In this episode I explore the significance of cultivating deep, meaningful relationships in a world dominated by superficial connections. Drawing on an analogy from the Hubble Space Telescope, I demonstrate how minor adjustments in perspective can bring clarity to our relationships, similar to how small calibrations on the telescope can bring the vastness of space into focus. In our quest for...
Published 12/12/23
In Part 2 of our conversation with Shane Parrish, founder of Farnam Street and author of "Clear Thinking," you'll discover techniques that will help you think clearly and make better decisions. Shane walks us through his inspiring journey, from his initial days working for an intelligence agency to his exploration into the power of clear thinking. He shares captivating insights about his commitment to the dissemination of knowledge and the creation of The Knowledge Project. Shifting gears, we...
Published 12/07/23
Have you ever stopped to consider the depth of your connections in a world where the number of friends you have on social media platforms seems to have taken precedence? Join me as we navigate the waters of meaningful relationships, stressing the importance of quality over quantity. Our journey takes us through the paradox of loneliness and time spent alone, and how these two aren't necessarily joined at the hip. Ever given thought to the role technology plays in shaping our social lives?...
Published 12/05/23