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September 20, 2019
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. It’s not about having a stress-free life- it’s about learning how to deal with it gracefully. Think of the last stressful moment you had. How did you react? Did you get angry and tense up? Or were you able to breathe and move through it? The more we work on our reaction when things go differently than we’d hoped, the happier we will be. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Dan Millman where he shared his definition of stress and the practice that helps him with it. Dan Millman is a former world champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor. After an intensive, twenty-year spiritual quest, Dan’s teaching found its form as the Peaceful Warrior’s Way. He has now written seventeen books. Learn how to move through life without tension in Episode 852. In This Episode You Will Learn: Dan’s definition of stress (2:30) Stress with tension vs. stress without tension (3:50) How martial arts can help with stress (4:30) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/852 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
September 18, 2019
YOU TEACH OTHERS HOW TO TREAT YOU. Often, we don’t like how people talk to us. Whether it’s at home, at work, or with our friends, there are many times where we don’t get the respect we desire. It feels terrible. But how much ownership do we take of those situations? Here’s the truth- you get what you put up with. Unless you’re willing to set boundaries and tell people what’s not ok, you’ll end up being walked over. If you keep showing up, people will assume that it isn’t that bad. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about what it takes to stand up for the things you believe with an actor-turned-activist: Sophia Bush. Sophia Bush starred as Brooke Davis in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill and as Det. Erin Lindsay in the NBC police procedural drama series Chicago P.D. Sophia consistently uses her platform for activism and fundraising and has a new podcast called Work in Progress. Sophia stood up for herself before the Me Too Movement began by quitting a television show where she was being mistreated. She shares her struggle to admit that something was wrong and the tricks her mind played on her in the process. So get ready to learn how to have the courage to demand change on Episode 851. Some Questions I Ask: What’s missing in your toolkit? (31:00) What needs to change for actual change to happen? (53:00) How do we know what to take on first? (58:00) What are the three accounts we should follow to be educated on what’s going on? (1:12:00) Who was the most influential person in your life? (1:18:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: The scary side of acting (27:00) About Lewis’ “Yes and No List” (34:00) The importance of opening up about what you’re ashamed of (40:00) The struggle Sophia had with quitting her toxic work environment (45:00) How to separate yourself from the system that you’re in (1:00:00) Sophia’s plan for the future (1:24:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/851 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
September 16, 2019
THE CRITICS ARE COMING. People understand that there will be challenges and fear when they chase their dreams. But they’re not willing to be embarrassed. Are you willing to look like a fool? To go all-in and fail? It’s a guarantee when you go after the thing you want. You have to keep putting your head out there knowing that it could get chopped off. The more you face your fears, the more self-confidence you’ll have. You will fall. You need to have the grit to use it as fuel to get back up. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about relentlessly pursuing your passion with one of the most successful football players in history: Tony Gonzalez. Tony Gonzalez is a Pro Football Hall of Famer, retired All-Pro NFL Tight end, and father of four. He is currently an analyst on Fox NFL’s pregame show. During his career, he only missed two games and lost only two fumbles on 1,327 touches. Tony is open about his struggles with depression and self-doubt that he might not be good enough. But by working through these emotions, he has come out a more authentic and heart-centered person. So get ready to learn how to get into the flow of life on Episode 850. Some Questions I Ask: How do you get connected to the heart when there is so much ego? (8:00) When did you experience the most self-doubt? (16:00) How do people stop caring what people think about them? (31:30) Who was the most influential for you growing up? (43:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to get into the flow (6:00) How to use criticism as fuel (20:00) About Tony’s struggle to transition from football to commentary (22:00) An exercise for opening your heart (32:00) About the letters Tony wrote himself before games (35:00) How to parent with your heart (52:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/850 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
September 13, 2019
DON’T GET DISTRACTED BY SHINY THINGS. It can be exciting to receive connections to the rich and powerful. Fancy dinners, galas, and White House dinners can be tempting. But if these things are keeping you from accomplishing what you set out to do, you’re better off without them. Money comes with strings. If the people pulling those strings don’t align with your message, that money has too great a cost. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Jacob Lief where he shared what has made his non-profit Ubuntu so successful. Jacob Lief is the Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization that takes vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa from cradle to career. Ubuntu's programs form an integrated system of medical, health, educational and social services, ensuring that a child who is either orphaned or vulnerable can, after several years, succeed. Jacob has been able to stay focused on one area and one community of people by being consistent about what Ubuntu says yes to. It’s not the most glamorous route, but it’s the most impactful. Learn how to stay disciplined and focused on your goal in Episode 849. In This Episode You Will Learn: The thing that has worked the best for Ubuntu (2:00) Why you sometimes have to say “no” to things (2:30) About the struggle to keep people interested in your cause (3:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/849 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
September 11, 2019
NEVER BE CLOSING. A lot of books about selling encourage you to act like someone you’re not. They tell you to say the other person’s name. Copy their body language. Become a salesman. But what if the key to selling is accepting who you are? What if everything weird about you is what will make you successful? Stop thinking of business as transactional. Instead, be generous. Play the long game. And be kind. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the soulful art of persuasion with an expert in marketing: Jason Harris. Jason Harris is the CEO of the award-winning creative agency Mekanism and the co-founder of the Creative Alliance. Harris works closely with brands through a blend of soul and science to create provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Iconic brands include Peloton, Ben & Jerry’s, MillerCoors, HBO, and the United Nations. Under his leadership, Mekanism was named to Ad Age’s Agency A-list, twice to their Best Places to Work, and to the Creativity 50. Harris has been named in the Top 10 Most Influential Social Impact Leaders, as well as the 4A’s list of “100 People Who Make Advertising Great.” His methods are studied in cases at Harvard Business School. Jason has put together four principles of persuasion that can help transform you into a master influencer. The bullet points are easy to understand and might even surprise you. So get ready to learn the soulful art of persuasion on Episode 848. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the most fun you’ve had working on a brand? (10:00) How can you be empathetic when people are attacking you? (31:00) What’s something people can do today to make them more influential (43:00) What are you three truths? (46:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Jason’s company Mekanism (5:00) Why you should never be closing (12:30) How vulnerability is key to power (16:00) The Four Core Principles of persuasion (19:00) Why it’s important to master different skills (38:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/848 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
September 9, 2019
DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY. We all face a lot of pressure from the world. We’re constantly comparing ourselves to others on social media and getting critiques from friends and family. Whether it’s when to have kids, our relationship choices, or a nontraditional career, it’s hard to step outside the box. We might feel judged. We might feel alone. And it might be scary to wander into new territory. So how can we stay true to what WE want? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk to an inspirational woman changing the world on her terms: Marie Forleo. Marie Forleo is a life coach, motivational speaker, author and host of Marie TV. She is the owner of Marie Forleo International, B-School and MarieTV, and Oprah named Marie a thought leader for the next generation. Marie is passionate about spreading her message that you can figure out the problems in your life. She shares three simple steps to avoid getting overwhelmed and feeling helpless. So get ready to learn how life is “figureoutable” on Episode 847. Some Questions I Ask: What’s been the greatest lesson in the last 10 years? (6:00) What are the things you think you’re not doing well in business? (24:00) Are you open to the idea of marriage? (35:00) Where would you be if you were single for the last 10 years? (38:00) Where do you have the least amount of confidence? (48:30) What are the 3-5 things you do every day or most days? (1:00:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How work ethic can be a bad thing (13:00) How Marie sets non-negotiable “adventure time” with her husband (16:00) The importance of downtime at home and in your job (20:00) About Marie’s decision to not have kids (27:00) Why you should trust your timing (42:00) The three rules for understanding “everything is figureoutable” (1:18:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/847 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
September 6, 2019
WRITE FOR OTHERS, NOT FOR YOU. There are a lot of smart, accomplished people in our audience. You know things that are valuable to others. You’ve got great businesses. You’re ready to share that knowledge with the world. But figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Tucker Max where he shared his three steps to starting your book. Tucker Max is a NYTimes Best-selling Author who was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential in 2009. He invented the genre “fratire,” and his number one bestseller, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, was made into a major motion picture. Tucker is the co-founder of Scribe, a company that turns ideas into books. He says that before you sit down and start typing, you should first hone in on who you’re writing for and what you’re writing. Learn how to find the goal, audience, and subject of your book in Episode 846. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to understand what kind of book you’re writing (02:00) How to find the audience for your book (03:00) The way to figure out what to write about (04:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes and more at http:/www.lewishowes.com/846
September 4, 2019
BELIEVE IN SOMETHING GREATER. There are two types of winners I’ve observed. Both of them have confidence. But one winner, when asked how they did it, answers, “I am the greatest.” The other winner, when asked how they did it, answers, “God is the greatest.” Are you putting pressure on yourself to succeed or fail? Or are you putting your strength in something greater? Whether or not you consider yourself a religious person, know that you are not going through life in a vacuum. You’re never on your journey alone. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about spirituality, loss, and dreaming big with one of the most inspirational performers on the planet: Lindsey Stirling. Lindsey Stirling is a modern-day "Dancing Violinist" who got her start on American’s Got Talent in 2010. Since then, she has over 11 million subscribers on YouTube. She has been called "The Hip Hop Violinist" due to her twist on songs from today's hits, as well as creating an electronic / dubstep album of original compositions. Lindsey has learned to use her spirituality to inspire her to do things she never thought possible. She shares the daily practices that ground her and retrain her brain. So get ready to learn how to live intentionally and with gratitude on Episode 845. Some Questions I Ask: Why do we lose the ability to dream? (23:30) How do we “re-dream” when things are going well? (26:00) What should someone do who is experiencing periods of darkness? (31:00) How does someone build a belief in themselves? (37:00) How did you handle two close people passing away? (42:00) What’s missing in your life right now? (54:00) What would your dad be most proud of today? (1:00:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The inspiration behind Lindsey’s new album (7:00) About Lindsey’s experience getting booed off the stage on America’s Got Talent (12:00) Why you need to live life without limits (19:00) How to live intentionally (34:00) How gratitude affects happiness (37:00) Why Dancing With The Stars was spiritual for Lindsey (47:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, video and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/845 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
September 2, 2019
FAMILY ISN’T EVERYTHING. How often have you heard phrases about putting family first? Most of us had a plaque on the wall growing up that said something similar. But if you’re letting family walk all over you, you’re doing a disservice to yourself. We get what we tolerate. If you don’t like something, but you tolerate it, you can’t expect people to change. So how do we have better relationships with our families? We have to create a request. And we have to keep our word. Telling people what you need doesn’t always feel good, but it’s necessary to take care of yourself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about boundaries and reparenting yourself with an inspirational holistic psychologist: Dr. Nicole Lepera. Dr. Nicole LePera is a Holistic Psychologist who believes that mental wellness is for everyone. She evolved her more traditional training from Cornell University and The New School to one that acknowledges the connection between the mind and body. Dr. LePera founded the Mindful Healing Center in Center City Philadelphia where she works with individuals, couples, and families taking gut health, sleep, movement, cellular health, belief, and mindfulness into treatment. Dr. Nicole Lepera shares her three steps to creating healthy boundaries and how to break cycles in ourselves. So get ready to learn how to be a self healer on Episode 844. Some Questions I Ask: What were your biggest limiting beliefs? (9:30) How do we become unstuck? (17:00) How do we manage the guilt of our family? (23:00) How do we regulate our nervous system? (46:00) What does it mean to “reparent” yourself? (1:0200) How do we become a self healer every day? (1:16:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How emotion is tied to memory (12:00) What “interdependence” means (20:00) The three steps to create a boundary (29:00) How to “depersonalize” (39:00) Dr. Nicole’s definition of manifestation (57:00) About the “Small, Daily Promise” (1:13:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/844 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
August 30, 2019
TURN ADVERSITY INTO ADVANTAGE. Do you spend a lot of time wishing things were different? Do you feel sorry for yourself for the struggles you face? Maybe it’s time to reframe those obstacles as gifts. After all, the things that hurt us the most can help us show others more love. Pain can lead us to pleasure. And your negative experiences will lead you to greatness. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Prince Ea where he shared his message that everything is perfect. Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince EA, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St Louis, Missouri. He has over four million subscribers on YouTube and inspires people daily with his viral videos. Learn how to accept your present while changing your future on Episode 843. In This Episode You Will Learn: How the artist Immortal Technique influenced Prince Ea (2:00) The importance of accepting what is (3:00) About the philosophy that everything is perfect (3:30) How pain can be ultimately good (4:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/843 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
August 28, 2019
PLAY MORE CHESS AND LESS CHECKERS. We always make fun of dogs chasing their tails. It’s funny to watch- they spin and spin and spin trying to catch the impossible. They eventually flop onto the ground exhausted. What’s the “tail” you are chasing? You probably think something will change when you finally catch that thing that is just out of reach, but the reality is that it probably won’t. I’ve accomplished so many goals that ultimately left me feeling empty. Stop spinning around reaching for things that won’t ultimately bring you happiness. Instead, focus on the process and the impact you have on others. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about figuring out what really matters with a King of New York hospitality: Eugene Remm. Eugene Remm is an entrepreneur and wellness expert whose companies include Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, Lexington Brass) and the boxing-inspired group fitness concept Rumble. Forbes Magazine dubbed him one of the “New Kings of New York Hospitality.” Eugene has been able to leverage social media in truly innovative ways by staying ahead of trends and being authentic. He had to learn through failure to be a team player. He now teaches that looking out for the benefit of all benefits you as well. So get ready to learn how to play big and stay humble on Episode 842. Some Questions I Ask: What happened to your nightclubs? (27:00) How do you handle relationships when their investments are lost? (28:00) What was the moment you had the biggest ego slap? (34:30) Why does a nightclub guy think he can start a fitness company? (47:00) How do you attract such high profile investors? (52:00) How do you manage 1000 people? (1:04:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you should focus on the process and not the goal (7:00) Why it’s important to know your limit (21:00) The power of taking accountability for your failures (25:00) Why you need a balance of gut instincts and data (38:00) The three things you need to be successful (40:00) When to lean into a trend and when to go against it (42:00) Why paying people isn’t the number one thing (1:06:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/842 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
August 26, 2019
GRIT CANNOT BE TAUGHT. What does it mean to be unstoppable? No matter what knocks you down, you stay the course for your goal. It’s not enough to just withstand the struggle. You have to embrace the struggle. That’s what I did when I played football, and it’s what I do in my career today. Fall in love with the pain associated with your passion. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of grit with a champion surfer with an inspiring story: Bethany Hamilton. Bethany is a professional surfer, author and motivational speaker. At the age of 13, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her dream career as a surfer. However, one month after the attack, Bethany returned to surfing and within two years had won her first national surfing title. Bethany’s foundation of faith has been her backbone; her source of truth, hope, and strength. At 17 years old, she realized her dream of surfing professionally, and she is still an active surf competitor to this day. Bethany talks about her journey to become a mother and what it’s taught her. She also reveals the lessons her parents taught her that allowed her to get back on the board after losing her arm. So get ready to learn all about how to be unstoppable on Episode 841. If you enjoyed this episode check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/841 and follow at www.instagram.com/lewishowes.
August 23, 2019
WHAT TURNS YOUR CRANK? We often define ourselves by what job we do. I’m an accountant. I’m a teacher. I work in finance. But maybe we’re thinking about our careers in the wrong parameters. Instead of finding a job, we should be trying to find a way to feel excited and fulfilled every day. If you wake up with dread, you feel like you’re in a suit that’s too small, or you’re uninspired, you’re probably not in the right place. So how do we figure out what we’re meant to do? It’s not easy. But it’s worth trying to figure out. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Suzy Welch where she shares how to find your “Area of Destiny.” Suzy Welch is a business journalist, TV commentator, and public speaker. A popular Today Show and CNBC contributor, Suzy is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea, a guide to values-driven decision making. With her husband, Jack Welch, Suzy founded the Jack Welch Management Institute, ranked as one of the top online MBA programs in the world by Princeton Review and CEO Magazine. In This Episode You Will Learn: About the sermon that gave Suzy the idea of the “Area of Destiny” (2:30) The two types of “Super Highways” (3:30) How to find what you’re uniquely good at (4:00)
August 21, 2019
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE YESTERDAY. We are all governed by fear. Even when good things happen, we’re afraid they will go away. Once you accept and welcome your fear, it won’t have control over you anymore. It’s about embracing the duality. You have to be ok with the best outcome and the worst outcome. Here’s the truth: you don’t have to live anxious and scared. You don’t have to be governed by your story. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about increasing your receiving vibration with a comedian turned motivational speaker: Kyle Cease. Kyle Cease is a New York Times best-selling author with two #1 Comedy Central specials to his credit. He has been a guest speaker at thousands of colleges, summits, and Fortune 500 conferences and has made over 100 TV and movie appearances. Kyle teaches that most of our “triggers” are fears we have based on old stories. Once we dig deep to figure out where those are rooted, we can stop letting them control us. So get ready to learn how to let go of fear on Episode 839. Some Questions I Ask: Why do we resist fear? (56:30) How do we overcome our fears? (1:00:00) How do you get prepared to receive money? (1:22:00) How important is it to develop skills? (1:26:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to operate with a receiving vibration (9:00) How to avoid ending up in a codependent relationship (23:00) Why you have to accept opposites (34:00) How meditation transforms the old story (38:00) The only thing that causes fear (56:00) An exercise to get rid of fear (1:03:00) The purpose of triggers (1:07:00) Why you should be careful about the way you talk about money (1:15:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/839 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
August 19, 2019
BE A CONSCIOUS SAMARITAN. Most of us know the parable of The Good Samaritan. It tells the story of an injured man at the side of the road. The priest crosses to the other side and ignores the man in need of help. The Levite does the same. The Samaritan, though, stops and cares for the man. But let’s zoom out a bit. Is there something we could do on a more global scale so that less men are left injured and uncared for on the side of the road? People are living with chronic trauma. Every day is a struggle. If there is a way to help more people at once, we should be open to making those changes. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about caring for those who are in need with a 2020 candidate for President of the United States: Marianne Williamson. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, activist and author of four #1 New York Times bestselling books. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Good Morning America, and Bill Maher. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. To date, Project Angel Food has served over 11 million meals. Marianne also co-founded the Peace Alliance. Marianne is seeking to harness the power of love to fight the hate she sees in the world. She teaches us to go “all in” for the causes we believe in while being unattached to the result. So get ready to learn how to overcome the fear of failure and change the world on Episode 838. If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/838 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
August 16, 2019
NOTHING HAPPENS EASILY. If you want to make real change in your life, you have to know it’s going to be uncomfortable. Everything has its process. You’re going to feel scared. You’re going to have growing pains. That’s part of being a human. But your ability to make mistakes and still stay true to your goals will determine whether or not you make it. You have to take it one step at a time. You have to surround yourself with people who share your belief system. And you have to be honest with yourself. Little by little, your self-confidence will grow, and you’ll be miles away from where you started. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Gabrielle Reece where she shared strategies to increase your belief in yourself. Gabby is a world-renowned athlete, New York Times bestselling author, wife, and mother. Together with her husband, surfing legend Laird Hamilton, Gabby is an avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their health and a truly authentic example of healthy living. Gabby has become a role model for women worldwide regarding how to achieve peak fitness, good health, and overall well-being for themselves and their entire family. Gabby says that you need to create the infrastructure around yourself to be successful. Learn how baby steps will help you reach your goals in Episode 837. “When it can be easy, allow it to be easy.” - @GabbyReece In This Episode You Will Learn: How to create an infrastructure around yourself to be successful (1:30) Why baby steps are the most impactful (2:00) Why you have to surround yourself with people who have similar messaging (3:00) How to make a safe space for you to fail (4:50) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/837 amd follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
August 14, 2019
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. We all have greatness inside us. That’s the whole reason I started this podcast. So why do we make ourselves smaller to fit in with everyone else? Why do we hide? Why do we make excuses? Why do we let others dim our light? By denying our destiny, we create disease, conflict, and unhappiness. Shine your light. It’s not always easy. When you embrace your greatness, others will attack you. You’re challenging their “paradigm.” DO IT ANYWAYS. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined key lessons from Teachers of The Secret: Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, and Bob Proctor. Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, Jack Canfield, John Assaraf, and Bob Proctor are all featured in the book and movie The Secret. Michael Beckwith is a minister, author, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a New Thought church with a congregation estimated in excess of 8,000 members. Lisa Nichols is a hugely successful entrepreneur, life coach, and CEO of one of the first publicly traded self-development companies. Jack Canfield is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages. John Assaraf is founder of NeuroGym, has built 5 multimillion dollar companies, wrote 2 New York Times Bestselling books and is featured in 8 movies. Bob Proctor is the best-selling author of “You Were Born Rich” and has transformed the lives of millions through his books, seminars, and courses. These teachers help us to use visualization to tell The Universe what we want. It’s not difficult, but it’s a skill many of us have never been taught. So get ready to learn how to master the Law of Attraction on Episode 836. Some Questions I Ask: How do you deal with people trying to dim your light? (07:15) What are you most proud of? (10:00) Is there ever a place for anger? (12:00) How does someone discover their unique calling? (15:00) How can someone be positive when they’re broke and unhealthy? (22:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why people attack you when you go after your dream (7:30) How to visualize with emotion to create cognitive dissonance (13:30) Why you should pursue acts of service instead of “things” (17:45) How negative self-talk affects the brain (19:15) The only two beliefs that exist (24:00) The fundamental truths to achieving success (26:00) Why so many brilliant people are not successful (36:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/836 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
August 12, 2019
ENERGY FLOWS TO AND THROUGH YOU. We tend to minimize what we think we can accomplish. We put ourselves in a box. But we often think that other people can do what we can’t. Why do we believe in others more than ourselves? We all have infinite potential. But we let our “paradigm” define what’s possible. Let’s investigate all the ways your thoughts are holding you back from being happy, healthy, and wealthy. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about shifting your paradigms with a master of the Law of Attraction: Bob Proctor. Bob Proctor is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world and featured in the wildly popular film, The Secret. For over 40 years, Bob Proctor has focused his work and teachings on helping people use the power of their mind to achieve prosperity, rewarding relationships and spiritual awareness. He is the best-selling author of "You Were Born Rich" and has transformed the lives of millions through his books, seminars, courses and personal coaching. Bob says he was going nowhere before he “woke up” to how the universe works. He’s passionate because he figures that if it could work for him, it could work for anyone. So get ready to learn how to develop your six mental faculties on Episode 835. Some Questions I Ask: Why do you call your former self a loser? (9:00) Did you have big dreams as a kid? (24:00) Which faculty was the hardest for you to tap into? (29:30) What’s the thing you want to change most in yourself? (59:00) Do you think you’ll ever realize your potential? (1:03:00) What is something you’re proud of that most people don’t know about you? (1:23:33) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Bob almost missed the change to film The Secret (5:00) The power of generosity (14:00) How Bob changed his outlook on money (15:30) The 6 faculties to improve the qualities of your life (28:00) How to develop your intuition (33:00) The power of self-image (43:00) The key habits to change your life (1:21:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/835
August 9, 2019
WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE? We love to focus on why we’re not able to go after our dreams. Whether it’s our financial situation, our past, or the government, it’s much easier to blame an outside force than take responsibility. But what if there are no excuses? What if the only thing in your way is you? After all, you can’t change your circumstances. But you can change how you react to them. Life isn’t happening to you- you’re happening to it. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Fabio Viviani where he shared how he became successful in America despite being in debt and not speaking English. Fabio believes that complaining only holds you back from going after what you really want. Learn how to succeed in spite of any circumstances in Episode 834. In This Episode You Will Learn: Fabio’s mindset (2:13) Fabio’s biggest pet peeve (1:45) Why Fabio lives his life like a “military tank” (2:00) How Fabio re-created his success in America arriving half a million dollars in debt and not speaking English (2:30) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/834
August 7, 2019
JOIN ME FOR TESLA TALKS. Be open. Be honest. Let other people in. Too often we keep up walls and try to hide who we really are. But when you are vulnerable and transparent, amazing things can happen. My friend Matt joins me in the Tesla for this episode of The School of Greatness to ask me 73 questions. I answer them all. Instead of “Coffee Conversations,” this is “Tesla Talks.” Matt asks me some silly questions, but we also get deep about my goals. I share a dark dream I had about my greatest fear, I talk about the scariest moment of my life, and the one question I wish I got asked more. We had a lot of fun- I hope you enjoy it! So get ready to know 73 new things about me on Episode 833. In This Episode You Will Learn: My greatest fear (16:00) My secret talent (23:02) My most-used emoji (29:30) What I would do if I weren’t doing what I do now (33:50) My career high point (24:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/833 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
August 5, 2019
WE HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES. We learn a lot of coping mechanisms when we’re younger. They help us get through tough times. But so many of us are still carrying around tactics that are no longer needed. They can make us defensive. They can prevent us from developing relationships. And they can hold us back from our goals. We need to “update our software.” Our situation has changed, but our brain has stayed the same. By working through your issues and not being afraid to change, we can learn healthier ways to move through the world. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about letting go of the things that no longer serve us with a world-famous comedian: Whitney Cummings. Whitney Cummings is a stand-up comedian, actress and producer. She created the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, the NBC sitcom Whitney, and the movie The Female Brain. She was also a producer and writer for the ABC revival of Roseanne. So get ready to learn all about codependency and reinventing yourself on Episode 832. Some Questions I Ask: When did you realize you were good at stand up? (6:30) What are you most proud of? (29:00) Who was more influential growing up- mom or dad? (51:00) How do you deal with the Hollywood ups and downs? (1:06:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why we should forgive our parents (20:00) How anxiety can help you (27:00) How to change the type of people you’re attracted to (36:00) Why your relationship needs to be “boring” (41:30) The difference between interdependence and codependency (48:00) Why financial freedom is important to Whitney (1:00:00) About PC culture and stand up comedy (1:33:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at: http://www.lewishowes.com/832 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes.
August 2, 2019
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR NARRATIVE. What stories are you telling? The ones you repeat will end up shaping your life. When you’re building a work culture, storytelling is key. They will determine how employees behave. They will shape the narratives they tell themselves about their coworkers. And they will inspire them to work even harder. How can you harness the power of storytelling to create an ideal environment for you and your company? For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Bryan Johnson where he shared how he used town hall meetings, stories, and unconventional hiring methods to make his ideal work culture. Bryan Johnson is the founder of Kernel, OS Fund and Braintree. In 2013, he sold Braintree to Paypal for $800 million. Bryan set a high standard for his employees that let them know they had to be at the top of their game at all times. Learn how to build an amazing work culture on Episode 831. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to communicate your vision to your team (02:30) The interesting job ad Bryan placed to find employees (2:45) Why Bryan used Town Hall meetings at work (04:00) How storytelling is key for the culture you want to build (5:15) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/831
July 31, 2019
IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORM. At some point in our lives, we have let go of our old selves and grow into something greater. Think about the king cobra. It starts to feel uncomfortable in its skin. It’s not able to see- its skin makes its vision blurred. So it moves in seclusion. It gets rid of the old skin, and a new shiny skin comes up. Suddenly, its vision is clear. We all need this process. We all need to let go of the past and embrace our future. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about freeing ourselves from suffering with one of my most influential teachers: Preethaji. Preethaji is the co-founder of the O&O Academy near Chennai, India. O&O’s campus and teachings are designed to free humans from all forms of suffering. Combining ancient wisdoms and teachings with neuroscience and neurobiology, Preethaji helps students develop a personal practice of mindfulness, meditation, and breathwork with the goal of personal transformation. I studied with Preethaji in India, and it changed my life. She taught me that there are only two states in life: a suffering state and a beautiful state. So get ready to learn how to stop suffering on Episode 830. Some Questions I Ask: Why did this calling come to you when it did? (6:30) How do we stop suffering? (18:00) What happens when we fixate on past experiences? (23:00) Why do so many people hold onto heartbreak (39:30) What happens when our outer world is thriving but the inner world is suffering? (49:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: What to do when your children struggle with depression and addiction (11:00) The only two states in life (13:00) The fable of Yesmi and Nomi (22:00) The root of loneliness (25:00) The four sacred secrets (34:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/830
July 29, 2019
TREAT OTHERS HOW YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. Kindness seems like a basic idea, but when you’re a champion it’s not high on your list. The Golden Rule isn’t always easy. Especially when you’re focused on yourself. But you can be the best and be good to others. It takes discipline. It takes mentorship. And it takes a commitment to what’s important in life. No matter what you’ve done in your past, you can always reinvent yourself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into never giving up from a champion who went through dark times: Mike Tyson. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the World and won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old. Mike Tyson is learning to forgive himself and be grateful. He also shares his feelings about discipline and how visualization helped him believe he could be a champion. So get ready to learn how to be a champion and why it’s never too late for a comeback on Episode 829. Some Questions I Ask: Did you know who you were at 25? (6:00) What was your biggest fear in your early 20s? (10:00) If your 25 year-old self was sitting here, what would you tell him? (14:00) What are you most proud of? (36:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Mike Tyson’s spiritual journey (4:30) The power of visualization (19:00) When Mike started to feel more peace in his heart (32:00) Why you should think outside the box (42:30) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/829 and follow at insagram.com/lewishowes.
July 26, 2019
CONSISTENCY IS KEY. So many of us diet. But we don’t maintain it. We start strong and then fall off. The reason? We don’t have a strong “why.” Wanting a six-pack isn’t enough. It has to be deeper than that. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Drew Canole where he shared how to find your ideal diet and stay consistent. Drew Canole is a Nutrition Specialist, Transformation Specialist and national spokesperson for the benefits of juicing vegetables for health and vitality. He is the founder of Fitlife.TV where he shares "Educational, Inspirational and Entertaining" videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. Drew says that to succeed in your diet, you need a “whydentity.” This is the combination of your identity and your “why.” Learn how to finally stay consistent with your nutrition and your goals on Episode 825. In This Episode You Will Learn: How a genetic test can help you figure out what you should be eating (3:00) How to stay consistent with your diet (4:00) How to make your "why" strong enough (4:00) The reason coaching helps you lose weight (5:00) If you enjoyed this episode check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/828
July 24, 2019
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE LANES. Pivoting isn’t a sign of failure, it’s a sign that you’re listening to feedback. You have to know when to jump ship. If you don’t, you might be missing out on some amazing new opportunities. So, how do you know which direction to take? See what people are responding to. Build relationships with your audience. And never think you’ve missed your chance to follow a dream. There’s no better time than now. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about being able to pivot with an entrepreneur who is never afraid to change directions: Mark Sisson. Mark Sisson is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Primal Nutrition, LLC, and Primal Kitchen, LLC. He is the publisher of MarksDailyApple.com, the #1-ranked blog for over a decade in its health and fitness category. Mark says that he figured out his famous product by first building a brand. It took a lot of groundwork but ultimately paid off in the end. So get ready to learn how to be a successful entrepreneur at any age on Episode 826. Some Questions I Ask: How do you know when you need to pivot? (15:15) How did you have the mindset to shift into running a large business? (30:00) What advice would you have for people building their personal brand? (34:30) What was your biggest fear when building a food business? (40:00) How do you deal with companies knocking off your product? (45:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Mark’s journey to where he is now (6:00) The greatest skill set an entrepreneur can have (13:00) The power of hiring a team to execute your vision (31:00) Why in retail you have to compete on brand not price (36:00) How to build a brand (38:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at www.lewishowes.com/827 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
July 22, 2019
GO FROM THINKING TO DOING TO BEING. Your emotions create your reality. You can either be held back by the feelings of your past, or you can create the feelings of your future. Every thought you have affects every atom. So how can we free ourselves from those familiar emotions that are keeping us from our ideal reality? It takes work. You’ll probably feel uncomfortable. You might even miss the old you. But once you harness your thoughts, you’ll be able to heal your body and create your future. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of the mind with a neuroscientist and one of my favorite past guests: Dr. Joe Dispenza. Dr. Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes. Dr. Joe says that we can collapse space and time by using our thoughts and emotions to create our future. So get ready to learn how to have heart and brain coherence on Episode 826. Some Questions I Ask: How does someone feel worthy when they’ve always been told they’re not? (14:00) How do you achieve a coherent heart? (21:00) What’s more powerful- our thoughts or our emotions? (42:00) How does someone become aware of their thoughts? (49:00) For mission-driven people, how can you have a relationship? (1:02:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to stop being held back by your past (15:00) Why gratitude is crucial for changing your thoughts (24:00) About the scientific evidence backing up Dr. Joe’s work (26:00) How to use quantum physics to accomplish your dreams (45:00) Dr. Joe’s prediction for the future (1:10:00) The reason people’s dreams don’t happen (1:16:00)
July 19, 2019
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR DREAM? Are you giving all you’ve got? Or are you afraid to go all in? So often we give up before we’ve even begun. You are worthy of going after your dreams. You are worthy of fighting for what you want. You’ve got to commit to yourself so that you can succeed at the one thing you can control- your effort. For this Five Minute Friday, I’m doing a special solo episode where I share where I’m at in my journey to become an Olympic athlete. I received some difficult news about six weeks ago about the Pan American Games. But I’m still training with the team for the next ten days. I need to give everything I can so that I don’t have any regrets. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why I’m leaving for Brazil for the next week (1:30) The physical sacrifices I’ve made for handball (3:00) The reason I’m going even though I’m an alternate (3:50) What it takes to accomplish a goal (8:00)
July 17, 2019
THERE IS JUST CONSCIOUSNESS AND ITS CONTENTS. When you’re dreaming, you don’t know that you’re asleep. You’re caught up in the dream. That’s how most of us go through life. We’re unaware that we’re not actually experiencing the things we are feeling. But you can break the spell in a moment with meditation. When you become present, you’re no longer asleep. It’s time to wake up. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I continue my conversation on meditation and mindfulness with one of the greatest thinkers of our time: Sam Harris. Sam Harris is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and creator of the Waking Up Course. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. Sam shares that when he experiences emotions like anger to sadness, he becomes interested in the emotion. He observes his body’s reaction and tries to distance himself from the feelings. So get ready to learn how mindfulness can end suffering on Episode 824. Some Questions I Ask: How do you eliminate worry? (49:00) How do we stay satisfied in an unsatisfied world? (1:07:00) When do you feel the most loved? (1:15:00) What’s the one lesson you want to teach your kids? (1:21:00) What’s the question you wish you had the answer to? (1:31:00) What are you most proud of? (1:40:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The landmarks for mindfulness (53:00) Why the feeling of self is an illusion (54:00) The hardest part of meditation (01:11:00) What death has meant in Sam’s life (01:37:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, video, and more at http://lewishowes.com/824 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
July 15, 2019
ALMOST ALL OF YOUR SUFFERING COMES FROM YOUR THOUGHTS. We all get stuck in the past. We worry about the future. We’re full of anxiety. It can consume us. And makes us ungrateful for what is happening now. In fact, you could say that the root of all our unhappiness is our thoughts. So how can we get more present? It’s not something that happens automatically. You have to practice every day. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into the idea of eliminating suffering with an expert in meditation: Sam Harris. Sam Harris is a New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, and creator of the Waking Up Course. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. Sam explains how experiencing unconditional love got him interested in meditation and how he reframes the “bad things” that happen to him in life. So get ready to learn all about consciousness on Episode 823. Some Questions I Ask: When did you get into meditation? (6:00) Had you ever felt unconditional love before taking MDMA? (10:30) When did you start to focus on the desire to be happy? (15:50) Why do so many people believe so firmly in religion? (19:30) How do we unlock our consciousness? (32:40) If you could control your thoughts, what would you want to think? (41:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The goal of meditation (14:00) The main tool we have is human conversation (18:00) The only important thing in the universe (30:00) How to reframe anxiety (35:00) Why worry is pointless (45:30) If you liked this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/823 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
July 12, 2019
LIFE IS GOOD. Being an optimist instead of a pessimist is a choice. You can wake up each day and focus on what’s wrong. Or you can choose to be grateful. Whatever you focus on grows. So if you are spending your time on things that make you unhappy, they will take over. But if you can cultivate gratitude, simplicity, and optimism, that’s what your life will become. Choose happiness. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Bert Jacobs, founder of the Life is Good Company, where he shared a few of his ten Superpowers that are surprisingly simple and timeless. Bert has appeared on CNN’s Tips from the Top, CNBC’s Business Nation, and The Donny Deutch Show. Life Is Good has been featured in the New York Times, on the cover of Inc Magazine, and on NBC’s The Today Show. Bert is the second youngest of six siblings from Needham, MA. He credits his mother with teaching his brother and him to face the bumps in the road with a smile. The Jacobs brothers see simplicity, humility, and a sense of humor as the three keys to Life is good’s continued success. Learn how to live a good life the same way your grandfather and your grandfather’s father did in Episode 822. “Optimism is a choice.” - @LifeIsGood In This Episode You Will Learn: Why optimism is a choice (1:00) How openness is a superpower (1:30) What selling “Life is Good” t-shirts taught Bert (2:00) About the tools for living a fulfilling life (3:00) For videos, show notes, and more visit: http://www.lewishowes.com/822 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
July 10, 2019
IN CHARM WE TRUST. How do you enroll people in your vision? How do you ask for more than what your limiting beliefs think you deserve? How do you accomplish dreams even though you feel unprepared? It’s all about pushing past what you think you can do. You have to ask. And you need to surround yourself with people who will help you accomplish the impossible. The School of Greatness wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of my executive team. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the journey of The School of Greatness with my friend and COO Cesar and my amazing assistant: Sarah Livingstone. Sarah Livingstone has been my assistant for the last six years and is now moving on. She doesn’t love the spotlight, but I wanted to stretch her by having her as a guest on The School of Greatness. She says the keys to being a great assistant are thinking three steps ahead of others and believing in the message. So get ready to learn more about Sarah and how The School of Greatness has become what it is today on Episode 821. Some Questions I Ask: What’s been the biggest lesson from the last four years? (11:00) What was the highlight of the second your for you? (29:00) What advice do you have about being a great team player? (35:30) Who was your favorite guest on The School of Greatness? (43:00) Was there ever a time you wanted to quit? (46:00) What advice do you have for me moving forward? (56:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The story of how Sarah and I met (15:00) About the “champagne” story (19:00) Sarah’s highlight of the six years (24:00) About the evolution of Sarah’s mindset (40:00) What’s next for Sarah (1:00:00) For videos, show notes, and much more go to www.lewishowes.com/821 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes.
July 8, 2019
DO THINGS ON YOUR OWN TERMS. We all judge people. We make assumptions about what people care about and who they are based on the way they look. But people are often more than they seem. No matter what judgments people may have of you, you can break the status quo. Never let the way you look determine what you’re capable of. Keep questioning your judgements and make others question. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about defying people’s expectations with a couple who is much more than they seem: Lauryn and Michael Bosstick. Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick host the entrepreneurial podcast, The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER, which just hit 16 million downloads. Lauryn has turned her passion for beauty, wellness and no-censor advice into one of the most distinctive blogs online today, The Skinny Confidential. Along with the blog Lauryn released her own book, The Skinny Confidential Lifestyle Guide and a BODY GUIDE, which is a monthly subscription service that includes new workouts and meal plans. Michael Bosstick is the CEO of Dear Media, founder of Bosstick Media, co-founder of Jetbed, Inc., co-host of the TSC podcast + much more. Lauryn and Michael are open about the struggles of working together while being married and what it takes to keep sex alive after ten years. So get ready to learn how to keep a relationship exciting (especially while working together) on Episode 820. Some Questions I Ask: What did you want in a long term partner? (7:00) What do you guys get judged for the most? (17:00) What’s the hardest thing about being married and working together? (19:00) Do you ever wish you could not be so public with everything? (27:00) Which is something you wish you were better at? (38:00) What advice would you give to a couple who wants to go into business together? (46:00) What’s the question you wish Lauryn would ask you that she hasn’t asked? (58:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Lauryn and Michael’s most interesting podcast guest (11:00) A fun easy way to spice up your sex life (23:00) Why Lauryn has been transparent about her plastic surgery (26:00) How to build a “strategic future by design” (47:00) How to not let outside voices affect your relationship (54:00)
July 5, 2019
BECOME AN EXPERT. Confidence is so important. But you have to earn it. If you’re confident without putting in the work, it can come off as arrogance or even insecurity. So how can you have calculated confidence? Learn from your mistakes. Put in the hours. And believe in what you’re doing. Once you’ve worked hard for your confidence, you’ll be able to look your clients in the eye knowing you’re an expert in your field. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the hit show Million Dollar Listing’s Josh Altman where he shared what makes him one of the best realtors in the world. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to be a successful salesperson (2:05) Why you should surround yourself with a dream team (3:00) The importance of getting a mentor (4:00) The four keys to Josh’s success (5:30)
July 3, 2019
LIFE IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL. All of us are trying to do too many things at once. We’re on the phone while doing something else. We’re on a date but we’re distracted. We’re responding to text messages at red lights. When we live like this, we never fully experience anything. We’re half-living. It’s hard to build relationships, be joyful, and be open to opportunities when you’re not present. You may even be putting your life in danger. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of presence with a coach and mentor who has grounded me throughout my adult life: Chris Lee. Chris Lee has spent the last 27 years leading powerful Leadership Seminars around the world. A pioneer in emotional intelligence, Chris Lee has trained and developed people at the top of their game such as Olympic athletes, Fortune 500 Business leaders, celebrities and individuals with a desire to elevate themselves. Chris Lee also serves as a collaborator on TV and radio shows for Univision and The Fox Network. Chris says that we need to realize that life has an ending. What you’re experiencing now will soon be over- this is your one shot! By taking ownership of your life and your environment, you can stop your resentments of the past and anxiety about the future. So get ready to learn the Seven Keys to Being Present on Episode 818. Some Questions I Ask: How do we be more present? (7:00) How do we lead a more joyful life? (13:00) What’s the difference between appreciating where you’re out and realizing you want something better? (14:50) What is a lesson you’ve learned in the last six months? (36:00) What’s a lesson you still need to learn? (38:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Seven keys to be more present (9:00) Why we stay stuck in situations we don’t want to be in (16:00) Why you need to hold other people accountable for being present (18:00) The importance of setting intentions (24:00)
July 1, 2019
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THE BEST. So often we feel behind. Other people have already figured out what they want. Other people got started earlier. They’re sure of the path they’re on. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. I would have never thought I’d end up where I am now. My whole life I’ve been a generalist. I’ve never been the best at anything. There was always someone bigger, faster, and stronger. But I had heart and vision, and I was willing to work just as hard. This allowed me to collect a lot of different skills. Those skills, even though they seem random, make me successful on the path I’m on now. If you take your time and follow your inspiration, you’ll end up somewhere you couldn’t have even imagined. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about finding your perfect career path with an expert on fulfilling work: David Epstein. David Epstein is a New York Times bestselling author and a science and investigative reporter. He co-authored the story for Sports Illustrator that revealed Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids. His writing has been honored by an array of organizations, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Center on Disability and Journalism, and has been included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. David gives example after example of people who had diverse backgrounds that seemed unrelated to the thing they ended up being famous for. He says that his most important projects are things he never could have planned. So get ready to learn why setting rigid long term goals may actually hold you back on Episode 817. Some Questions I Ask: How do we know what our best skills are? (22:30) What advice would you give your son about figuring out his career? (23:30) How do we do the matching process for ourselves? (43:00) Why do we have an obsession with being the best? (57:00) How do we know when we’ve found fulfillment? (1:04:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the concept “skill stacking” (10:00) Why David wrote his book on generalists (11:00) About The Dark Horse Project (13:30) Why “self-regulatory learning” is the most beneficial (16:00) About the “end of history allusion” (25:00) How David uses a “book of experiments” (48:00) Why we get stuck in the rut of competence (52:00)
June 28, 2019
Harvest seeds of growth. Ending relationships is never easy. But it’s a part of life. Not all relationships last, but it’s how we end them that makes all the difference. You can use the opportunity to plant seeds that better your future, or you can plant bitter seeds that will bloom into hatred and rage. You make the decision. It is possible to consciously uncouple. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Katherine Woodward where she explained the best way to end a relationship. Katherine Woodward Thomas, M.A., MFT is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After, which was nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award, and the national bestseller, Calling in “The One:” 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and teacher to thousands from all corners of the world in her virtual and in-person learning communities. Katherine teaches us to understand our feelings and gives us techniques to release them. In This Episode You Will Learn: About “affect labeling” or naming your feelings (2:00) The practice of Tonglen (3:55) How to harvest the seeds of growth that are underneath our emotions (4:30) About the concept of Karma (5:20)
June 26, 2019
WE COULD ALL USE A LITTLE MAGIC. Storytelling is an important part of everything you do. Whether you’re trying to sell something, speaking, or building relationships, you can’t ignore the power of story. It’s what causes us to have an emotional connection to something. Magic is an art form that uses storytelling. It’s not just about magic tricks. It’s about what you feel while you’re watching the trick. It’s about what the magician is telling you that changes your memory of the event. And it’s about how you take what you’re seeing and relate it to your story. How can you use the power of magic in your own life? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined lessons about capturing your audience from some of the greatest magicians alive: Penn Jillette, Oz Perlman, Julius Dien, Derren Brown, and Lior Suchard. Derren Brown uses magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship to create series and specials on stage and television. He’s won two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and has also written books for magicians as well as the general public. Lior Suchard is considered to be the world’s greatest mentalist. His mind-blowing performances of thought influence, miraculous prediction and startling mind reading have made him the most sought after mentalist on the planet. He entertains audiences all over the world, which have brought him a list of fans stretching from A-list Hollywood celebrities to heads of state and notorious businessmen. Born and raised in London, Julius Dein has fast become one of the world’s most recognized social media stars. Mixing together mind-blowing magic with hilarious comedy and travel culture, Julius Dein has over 20 million followers across the internet. Oz Pearlman is a world-class entertainer and one of the busiest mentalists in the country. You might recognize him from America’s Got Talent where he placed third out of thousands of acts. Oz has also appeared on a variety of both national and international networks, a few of which include NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The TODAY Show & ABC World News and been profiled in Forbes, The New York Times, to name but a few. When he isn’t blowing the minds of audiences around the world, Oz is an avid marathon and ultra-marathon runner. Penn Jillette is a magician, actor, musician, inventor, television personality, and best-selling author best known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. The duo has been featured in numerous stage and television shows such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and are currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. He has published eight books, including the New York Times Bestseller, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. All of these amazing magicians use the same tools to draw in their audience and capture their imaginations. It’s more than impressive tricks, flashing lights, or fancy outfits. So get ready to learn how to harness the power of storytelling on Episode 815. Some Questions I Ask: What is your greatest superpower, Darren Brown? (12:35) Do you feel like you had a good childhood? (17:10) How did you learn how to tell better stories? (19:25) Does mentalism have to do more with emotional intelligence or observed behavior? (35:20) What’s the perfect person to work with as a mentalist? (36:40) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why the stories we tell ourselves restrict us (8:10) The four pillars of magic (15:00) The power of the sense of wonder (16:50) Why you need to combine your message with an emotional response (22:05) The formula for going viral (24:45) Why you should reverse engineer based on the outcome you want (30:45) The power of partnership (38:24) Why empathy is important in art (41:26) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, video and more at www.lewishowes.com/815 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
June 24, 2019
THE HARDEST THING TO DO WHEN YOU GET OLDER IS CHANGE A HABIT. There is a Buddhist metaphor of the elephant and the rider. We are all riding an elephant. We think that we are in control. We have the reigns. But the elephant could overpower us at any moment. No matter how much we use our minds, our emotions ultimately are more powerful. This applies to the way we eat. We become slaves to our cravings and desires. Sometimes it takes something big to get back in control of our “elephant.” On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about changing habits, being authentic, and what it takes to build the longest running act in Vegas with one of the world’s most famous magicians: Penn Jillette. Penn Jillette is a magician, actor, musician, inventor, television personality, and best-selling author best known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. The duo has been featured in numerous stage and television shows such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and are currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. He has published eight books, including the New York Times Bestseller, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. Not many people can keep a marriage together for over forty years, let alone a working partnership. Penn is someone who shows up authentically every day. He isn’t afraid to express his thoughts and values even though they upset some people. So get ready to learn how to doubt yourself less and care about the things that matter on Episode 814. Some Questions I Ask: Why do we live in so much fear when we’re safer than ever? (8:00) What are you most proud of in the last few years? (9:00) Which of your parents is the most influential in your life? (47:00) What’s the lesson you still need to learn about yourself? (54:00) Is there anything you wish you would have done differently in the last years? (1:01:00) What is your superpower? (1:09:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the “mono diet” (20:00) Penn’s thoughts on religion (40:00) What makes Penn and Teller successful as a partnership (58:00) About “effective altruism” (1:13:00) How empathy makes a great magician and artist (1:19:00) If you enjoyed this episode check out the video, show notes and more at www.lewishowes.com/814 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
June 21, 2019
WRITE YOUR STORY. Everyone has a story. You do. I do. Your life will be recorded. The question is, is your story the one that you want to be told? We often let other people write our pages instead of taking the pen and doing it ourselves. If you want your life to be a masterpiece, you’re going to have to live intentionally. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with John Maxwell where he shared the gift that inspired him to live an intentional life. John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in fifty languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders. John says that in order to live intentionally, you have to bridge the gap between knowing and doing. You have to take your good intentions and act them out.
June 19, 2019
MEDITATION WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. A lot of us are suffering, and we don’t even realize it. We’re always on the move. We’re always doing. We’re balancing so many responsibilities. We don’t take time to quiet our minds so that we can start to understand what’s going on up there. That’s why meditation is so powerful. It allows you to get to the root of your problems instead of constantly fixing the symptoms. It’s like flossing your brain. Meditation will get all “gunk” out. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined interviews with experts on meditation: Jay Shetty, Preethaji, Krishnaji, Dan Harris, and Andy Puddacomb. Jay Shetty is a former monk who was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for being a game-changer and influencer in the world of Media. Jay’s daily show HuffPost Live #FollowTheReader, where he interviewed the likes of Russell Brand, Tim Ferriss and Deepak Chopra reached 1 million people daily. Jay aims to share knowledge at the pace we want entertainment, something he likes to call “making wisdom go viral.” He has created content for and partnered with Snapchat, Facebook, National Geographic, Nasdaq and HuffPost to name a few. Preethaji is a modern day Indian philosopher and sage who has co-founded along with her husband Krishnaji the O&O Academy (school to revolutionize and transform human thought), World Youth Change Makers (an elite community of youth redirecting the future of the world through a revolution in consciousness), and One Humanity Care (a Foundation working with the vision to uplift 10,000 villages in India). Dan Harris is correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Harris encourages the use of meditation, and his "10% Happier" podcasts are interviews with other meditators. Harris' book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works – a True Story, was published in March 2014. Andy Puddicombe is a meditation and mindfulness expert. An accomplished presenter and writer, Andy is the voice of all things Headspace. In his early twenties, midway through a university degree in Sports Science, Andy made the unexpected decision to travel to The Himalayas to study meditation instead. These masters explain the importance of meditation, the common misconceptions, and the science behind it all. It’s a lot more straightforward than you might think. So get ready to learn all about meditation on Episode 812. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the biggest lesson you learned from being a monk (5:45) What’s the intention you set every morning? (10:45) Why do we focus so much on suffering when it only hurts us? (21:10) What’s the importance of a spiritual vision? (22:35) Why is meditation so powerful? (24:45) Why is mindfulness meditation healing and how can we know what’s for us? (29:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you need to deal with the root of the problem instead of relief of symptoms (7:00) A three-minute meditation to connect you to your emotions (13:00) How to end all suffering (20:40) About “mindfulness meditation” (28:30) Three tips for meditation (37:00)
June 17, 2019
BUILD YOUR CASTLE. Love at first sight is bullshit. A relationship is like a castle. You find a plot of land that has a lot of potential. Then, bit by bit, you build the castle. But it takes work from both of you. One person can’t be laying the bricks while the other is home watching TV. After lots of hard work, you’ll have something unique and ornate that belongs to you. You’ll have a castle. That’s love. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the key to lasting relationships with an international guru of the dating and relationship-coaching scene: Matthew Hussey. Matthew Hussey is a speaker, New York Times Bestselling author, columnist for Cosmopolitan Magazine, and dating expert on ABC’s digital series What To Text Him Back. His corporate clients include Hugo Boss, The Perfume Shop, Virgin Gyms, Procter & Gamble, Bare Escentuals, U.S. legal giant Weil Gotshal & Manges, and global management consultants Accenture. 50,000 women have attended his live events and he has reached over 10 million online. Matthew says that the “activation energy” for starting relationships is lower than ever. This causes ghosting. People are less invested in relationships. But there are ways you can meet people indirectly. So get ready to learn the three things you need to build a great relationship on Episode 811. Some Questions I Ask: Do people even want to have a committed, long term relationship? (19:00) Is a great relationship when you stop thinking about your needs and not expecting anything in return? (21:30) How do we step outside of the emotional feelings in a relationship? (25:00) When do you know you’re ready for a committed, intimate relationship? (47:00) What are the three things you need to have to sustain a relationship? (52:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About “activation energy” and why things like Tinder make it low (10:00) Why space is important in order to not react emotionally (30:00) About the “castle” metaphor and why you need to build together (38:00) Why the “trash cans” define your relationship more than the highlights (45:00) The four stages of all relationships (1:02:30) The first step you can do to get out of the weeds of singlehood (1:11:30) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at www.lewishowes.com/811 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
June 14, 2019
COMMUNICATE YOUR VISION. Being an effective leader is difficult. Some do it through fear. Some do it through understanding. And others lead with love. You could be super demanding and scary and get what you want. But is that the kind of life you want to lead? Probably not. Often, leading in a way where you understand other people’s concerns will be the most beneficial to you. There’s a lot you can learn from others. Ask yourself: how can you bring people together in a way that satisfies their needs as well as your own? For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the legendary director Jon Chu where he shared how he communicates his vision on set. Jon Chu directed the films Crazy Rich Asians, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Jon graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television where he won the Princess Grace Award, the Dore Schary Award presented by the Anti-Defamation League, the Jack Nicholson directing award, and was recognized as an honoree for the IFP/West program Project: Involve. Learn how to enlist others in your vision and lead with love on Episode 805. In This Episode You Will Learn: The kind of leader Jon wants to be (1:00) The importance of synergy in creativity (1:30) The most important thing Jon has learned about communicating his vision (1:45) How to talk to people who have concerns about your vision (2:30) If you enjoyed this episode check out the show notes and more at http://lewishowes.com/810 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes.
June 12, 2019
THE LESS YOU DO THE MORE YOU CAN RECEIVE. Take a moment to explore your habits. Do you glance at your phone during every free moment? Do you fill up your calendar with things that don’t add value? Do you spend your day working on a job that has no meaning for you? If so, your life is cluttered. Not just with stuff, but with noise. Quieting down and clearing out our schedule can be scary because it means you may have the space to face some tough questions. But when you do, you’ll find you’re able to live a much more intentional life. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I explore minimalism with five experts on the subject: Cal Newport, Jesse Itzler, Joshua Fields Millburn, Rich Roll, and Chris Guillebeau. Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to academic research, he writes about the intersection of technology and society. He’s particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work or lead satisfying lives. Jesse Itzler is an ultramarathon runner who is also a bestselling author, award-winning rapper, and an original partner for ZICO coconut water. He is the co-founder of Marquis Jets and a co-owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Joshua Fields Millburn is the co-founder of The Minimalists, which has become a hugely popular podcast and lifestyle in the past few years. Joshua and his co-host help more than 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and films. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, and more. They have spoken at Harvard, Apple, and Google. Their documentary was recently released by Netflix. Rich Roll is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, popular public speaker, and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courage and healthy living. Rich became a #1 bestselling author with the publication of his inspirational memoir Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. Taking up where the book leaves off, in 2013 Rich launched the wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast. Chris Guillebeau is a NY Times Best Selling Author, speaker, a modern day explorer, and has been to nearly every country in the world. He is best known for The Art of Non-Conformity blog and book. He has also written guides for travel and small business topics under the brand Unconventional Guides. He organizes the annual World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. These five incredible teachers all have a practice of minimalism. I’ve combined key lessons from interviews with them to create a masterclass on doing less so that we can ultimately do more. So get ready to learn all about quieting down and clearing out on Episode 809. Some Questions I Ask: What was the greatest lesson you learned from Monks? (16:15) What’s the biggest personal challenge over the last few years? (32:13) If you were going to choose diet, meditation and exercise, which would you start with? (34:15) What’s the difference between a hobby and a quest? (36:39) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Cal Newport’s “30 Day Digital Declutter” (10:53) What happens when you remove your “pacifiers” (26:10) The question we should be asking ourselves but don’t (29:00) Why it can be good to have a quest (37:02) The importance of “getting in the box” (39:40) Plus much more...
June 10, 2019
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? We can have our eyes on the prize. We can work every day to accomplish our goal. We can sacrifice and suffer to be the best. But at the end of the day, you can’t define yourself by whether or not you get “first place.” If your identity depends on one thing, you’re bound to fail. You have to free yourself from tying your worth to winning. When you do, you just might see some amazing results. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about faith, family and CrossFit with the “Fittest Man On Earth:” Rich Froning. Rich Froning is a CrossFit athlete known for his achievements participating in the CrossFit Games. He became the first person to win the title of "Fittest Man on Earth" four times and has led team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom to the first-place finish three times. Froning owns and operates the affiliate gym CrossFit Mayhem, located in Cookeville, Tennessee, and is a member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff. Rich fell off the rope the first time he competed in the CrossFit Games and got second place. He felt like a very public failure. But when he released his need to win, he became unstoppable. So get ready to learn what it takes to be an outstanding competitor, husband and father on Episode 808. Some Questions I Ask: Who did you have a deeper relationship with- mom or dad? (7:18) How did you get into CrossFit? (10:00) Did you get injured a lot when training? (20:00) How did you train your mind to prepare yourself for the whole world to take you down? (33:00) How did you handle fear throughout your career? (38:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Rich trained for the CrossFit Games (18:00) About the changes happening in the CrossFit Games (26:00) How Rich’s faith helped him compete (35:00) The importance of pain in daily life (41:00) About Rich’s infertility and adoption journey (48:00) The three lessons Rich has learned from his years in CrossFit (58:00) If you enjoyed this episode check out the video and show notes at http://lewishowes.com/808 and follow at instagram.com/lewishowes
June 7, 2019
FIND YOUR BIG IDEA. Anyone can craft an engaging speech. You have to start with something that drives you. Whether you’re speaking to one person or a thousand, once you find your big idea, you can continue with a few key steps that will guarantee to keep your audience wanting more. You must demonstrate that you can view the world from your listener’s perspective. Say what the consequences will be if they don’t accept your offer. And what the reward will be if they join your movement. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisit a conversation with my good friend Michael Port, who breaks down five key components of speech writing and why they work. Michael Port is a New York Times bestselling author and former professional actor having appeared in numerous films and on television. These days, Michael can be seen on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS as an on-air expert in communication and business development and as the host of his own podcast Steal the Show with Michael Port. From creating a powerful speech to preparing for an interview, Michael assures that including these components will win your audience over. Learn how to write an incredible speech in Episode 807. In This Episode You Will Learn: What Michael means by “big idea” (1:10) Why you need to show your listener that you understand how they feel (2:16) The importance of feeling a little pain around change (3:50) How demonstrating the consequences before the reward is key (4:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, more at http://lewishowes.com/807, and follow me on instagram.com/lewishowes
June 5, 2019
BE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP. As influencers, we don’t always accept that we are in control of our business. We depend on agents, our audience, or even chance to make decisions for us. But you have to get clear on your model. Reclaim your life’s agenda. Take back command of your ship. It’s the only way your business will scale. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I continue to explore what makes a successful career as an “influencer” with a top personal growth leader: Brendon Burchard. Brendon Burchard is a 3-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most-watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in history. SUCCESS Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, have both named him one of the most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Forbes named him the world’s leading high-performance coach and Larry King named him the world’s top motivational trainer. Brendon says that you can’t worry about things being perfect, you just have to have consistency. Get out there. So get ready to learn how to master “mayhem” and “meaning” and be your own captain on Episode 806. Some Questions I Ask: What does “mayhem” mean? (1:07:00) How do influencers find “meaning?” (1:14:00) Why do influencers experience self-doubt? (1:20:30) When do you feel the most loved? (1:23:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you need to care about business and building a brand (50:00) The three ways to make money without working as hard (55:00) The four aspirations everyone has (1:03:00) The moment that Brendon almost gave up (1:30:00) How to be more present (1:36:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/806 and follow at instagram.com/LewisHowes
June 3, 2019
THE TIME TO HAVE THE MAP IS BEFORE YOU ENTER THE WOODS. There’s more opportunity now than there ever has to make money as an influencer. There are so many platforms, avenues, and audiences. But a lot of people aren’t doing it right. Everything has to be intentional. Everything. If you’re going through the motions, you’re in trouble. One of the biggest things that lights our brains up is novelty. You have to focus on what’s working and also on things in the pipeline for the future. Use the momentum you currently have but continue to reach for new heights. It takes more than just showing up. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I explore what makes a successful career as an “influencer” with one of the most-watched speakers in history: Brendon Burchard. Brendon Burchard is a 3-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most-watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in history. SUCCESS Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, have both named him one of the most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Forbes named him the world’s leading high-performance coach and Larry King named him the world’s top motivational trainer. Brendon says you need to get clear on you who are, get clear on your message, and get clear on how you are going to influence others. He gives us concrete tools to take our “brand” to the next level. So get ready to learn how to have a powerful message and create positive change on Episode 805. Some Questions I Ask: Who should be thinking about becoming an influencer? (17:00) How do you find your message if you’re trying to become an influencer? (21:00) What is a “market?” (29:00) What is your method and has it changed over the past 10 years? (43:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you need to build a business, not just a platform (3:00) How our past can hold us back from big dreams (10:00) About the “role model” mindset (19:00) Why you should come up with three words that define who you are (24:00) The importance of having a “method” (35:00) The power of vulnerability (39:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/805 and follow at instagram.com/LewisHowes
May 31, 2019
START WITH YOUR WHY. You have to believe in your vision. We all get caught up in limiting beliefs. The sooner you understand what holds you back and why the sooner you can achieve flow. Find your purpose and chase it. Once you zero in on what it is you’re trying to accomplish, it will be easier to keep your ego from getting in the way. It all comes back to your “why.” For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Lisa Messenger where she shared how she connects to her purpose in order to stay focused on the bigger picture. Lisa is an international speaker, best-selling author, and an authority on disruption in both the corporate sector and the start-up scene. She is the vibrant, game-changing founder and CEO of Collective Hub. Lisa says that once you know what you’re working towards, you need to have insatiable self-belief that you will receive everything you need. Learn how to hustle hard for the right reasons in Episode 804. In this episode, you will learn: The importance of having a “why” (2:00) How to thrive when you’re an introvert (2:30) Why you need to fail fast (3:20) The reason you need to tell people about your vision (4:15) Plus much more... Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 29, 2019
YOUR SUCCESS IS IN YOUR OWN HANDS. What does it take to be a champion? You have to love what you do. You have to care about the little details that other people let slide. And you have to have deep, unshakable confidence. A lot of what separates a player from a champion is mental. We can’t ignore the importance of keeping our mind away from the negative and focused on the end goal. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’m sharing the most inspirational clips of interviews with the world’s greatest female athletes: Maria Sharapova, Katrin Tanja Davíðsdóttir, Michelle Waterson, Sasha Digiulian, Brooke Ence, The Bella twins, Emily Skye, and Danica Patrick. Maria Sharapova is one of the world’s greatest tennis players, Katrin Tanja Davíðsdóttir is a two-time champion of the CrossFit Games, Michelle Waterson is a mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC, Sasha Digiulian is a world champion climber, Brooke Ence is an elite CrossFit Champion, The Bella Twins are former WWE Wrestlers, Emily Skye is a top fitness model, and Danica Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. We can all get distracted by self-doubt, comparing ourselves to others, and focusing on the wrong things. But we can train ourselves to have the mindset of a champion. It feels good to be great at what you do. Get ready to learn step into your greatness on Episode 803. Some Questions I Ask: Why are you so driven to be the best? (7:00) What does it mean to be respectful of your opponent? (16:30) How do you stay focused when you’re scared? (18:57) What are some tools you use when you start comparing yourself? (30:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The difference between “showing up” and “playing” (6:00) The reason you need to focus on the things you can control (12:00) Why not doing your best is doing a disservice to your opponent (18:00) How trust can heal anxiety (20:00) How to not let negative comments affect you (27:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 27, 2019
STOP PLAYING SMALL. A lot of times when we think about growth, we think small. We say, “How can I make thirty thousand more a year?” Instead, we should say, “How can make 300 thousand more a year.” You’ve got to unlock yourself from your budget mentality. Other people may not understand, but you can’t get knocked off course. If you’re destined for greatness, you shouldn’t settle for anything less. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about playing big with one of the top entrepreneurs in the world: Grant Cardone. Grant Cardone is the author of eight business books, thirteen business programs, and is the CEO of seven privately held companies. Forbes calls him one of the top social media business influencers in the world. Cardone founded and manages a real estate investment firm, Cardone Capital, with $1Billion assets under management. He also travels the world consulting Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, startups and governments on business expansion. One of his enterprises recently hosted The 10X Growth Conference at Miami Marlins Park in Miami, Florida with over 34,000 business people and entrepreneurs in attendance from over fifty countries. Grant Cardone wants you to 10X your business, 10X your income and 10X your life. Everyone is underestimating themselves. So get ready to learn how to maximize your growth on Episode 802. Some Questions I Ask: What switched in your mind to go from making 30 thousand to 300 thousand? (14:00 ) When did you start to think bigger? (16:00) What advice would you have for women about following their dreams? (32:30) What do you think your superpower is? (38:00) Where would you be without having your married partner? (49:00) How do you build from a small team to a large team with a culture of success? (1:17:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How thinking small can have lasting problems (16:00 ) About Grant’s mother’s passing (24:00) Why people only have half the formula right (52:00) The three things Grant thinks are important in a relationship (1:04:00) How to deal with haters (1:08:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 24, 2019
Knowledge is not enough. We can know what we’re doing isn’t good for us in the long run. We can know that we have weaknesses in certain areas. We can know that we have stored up pain and anxiety. But what do we do with that knowledge? You have to work through your past issues and trauma so that you stop repeating harmful patterns. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Neil Strauss where he shared how he went from being a “pick up artist” to someone capable of having a fulfilling romantic relationship. Neil Strauss is a seven-time New York Times best-selling author. In his latest book, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, Strauss dives deep into the worlds of sex addiction, non-monogamy, infidelity, and intimacy, and explores the hidden forces that cause people to choose each other, stay together, and break up. Neil says that learning humility was key to helping him grow as a person. He had to admit to himself that he was smart but didn’t know everything. Learn how to heal from your past trauma and keep evolving in Episode 801. In This Episode You Will Learn: What was driving Neil to become a pickup artist (2:00) The three things Neil learn in therapy (3:00 ) About Somatic Experiencing (4:00 ) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @Lewis Howes
May 22, 2019
QUESTION WHAT YOU’RE BELIEVING. We’re a slave to our thoughts. And most of the time, they’re not true. “This person doesn’t care about me. This person did this to me. I’m not worthy of love.” Our thoughts create suffering. So how can we stop believing them? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the ego and how to investigate our thoughts with the creator of The Work: Byron Katie. Byron Katie is a speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as "The Work". She is the founder of Byron Katie International, an organization that includes The School for the Work and Turnaround House. TIME describes her as "a spiritual innovator for the 21st century.” Byron walks us through her four questions that help us investigate the stories we tell ourselves. After listening to this episode, you can download the worksheet for free and work on investigating your own stories. So get ready to learn how to live fearlessly on Episode 800. Some Questions I Ask: Why were you so depressed in the first place? (6:00) How do we eliminate anger? (26:00) How often do you feel suffering? (42:00) When you see something that is unjust, what do you do? (56:00) How do we tap into an abundant mindset? (1:00:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Byron Katie came out of her depression (5:00) Why our brain thinks harmful thoughts (13:00) The “four questions” to get rid of untrue thoughts (18:00) The four noble truths (38:00) Why it’s important to investigate our thoughts (50:00) How to not allow fears of the future to affect your present (1:05:00)
May 20, 2019
RELAX. How often do you say, “I’m just going to get through the day.” You’re running on adrenaline. But it’s not sustainable. If you’re not relaxed, you’re not breathing. If you’re not breathing, you’re not getting oxygen. It’s a loop. You’re going to be exhausted all the time. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of breathing to heal our mind and body with a man known as “The Iceman:” Wim Hof. Wim Hof got his nickname “The Iceman” by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. His feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. He developed the Wim Hof Method: a natural path to an optimal state of body and mind. He says that our brains have the power to guarantee us happiness, strength, and health. We can actually regulate our mind and the autonomous nervous system by breathing and being present. Shut Up. Go in. Feel. Be. Connect. So get ready to learn how to harness the power of the mind on Episode 799. Some Questions I Ask: How does creating stress on the body prevent disease? (4:00) What do you think about right before you get in the cold water? (8:30) Why did you get into the ice and breathing business? (16:30) Where do you feel the most loved in your life? (29:00) Who was more influential? Your mom or your dad? (38:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How control of the autonomic nervous system in the brain can help depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders (10:00) How cold helps you still the emotion on your mind (25:00) About your sixth, seventh, and eighth senses (32:00) About the science behind the benefit of putting stress on your body (3:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 17, 2019
SPEND ON THE THINGS YOU LOVE. We all have an area of life we love spending money on. For me, it’s relationships. For you, it could be travel, food, wellness or something else. This is called your “money dial.” Once you figure out your money dial, you can spend intentionally on that rather than spending lots of money on everything. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Ramit Sethi where he shared about his concept of “money dials” and how to spend money on the things that bring you joy. Ramit says that we should cut back spending on things we don’t care about but spend without apology on the area that makes us the happiest. We can also stop judging other people for having different money dials than us. Learn how to identify your money dial and how it can take your life to the next level in Episode 798. In This Episode You Will Learn: About the different “money dials” people have (1:40) The most common “money dial” (2:03) Ramit’s personal “money dial” (2:56) What you should cut back spending on (4:18) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 15, 2019
LET'S PUT AN END TO SELF-HATE. Shame takes on many forms. We can feel shameful about our race, our gender, about aging, and so much more. Shame makes us stay small. What if instead of feeling shame about our insecurities, we celebrated every aspect of ourselves? What if we learned to think independently instead of listening to what the media says about us? To become the powerful confident person you are meant to be, you have to identify your shame and work hard to eliminate it. It won’t just disappear on its own. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about shame with an actor who has made body positivity her mission: Jameela Jamil. Jameela Jamil is an actress, model, presenter, and body positivity activist. Following a breast cancer scare in 2016, Jamil moved to America to become a screenwriter. She is known for playing Tahani Al-Jamil on the hit TV show The Good Place. Jameela is a big proponent of therapy as a way to move past our shame. She says mental health should be a top priority for all of us despite the stigma around it. So get ready to learn how to stand up to the harmful messaging we receive from the media on Episode 797. Some Questions I Ask: How much did you shame yourself growing up? (6:30) Do men or women shame women more? (9:00) What was the biggest insecurity you’ve had? (16:00) Do you think you’d be able to make the impact you’re making if you weren’t on tv? (29:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The difference between Brittish and American cultures (4:00) The types of shames that Jameela has “killed off” in herself (11:00) What led Jameela to come to America (24:00) How to combat inequality in the workplace (37:00) The wrong messages that men are taught by the media (42:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 13, 2019
FIND YOUR FLOW. You can’t always be achieving. You can’t always win, always give, and always be making an impact. Sometimes you have to receive, too. It’s how the universe works. You have to balance your “in” with your “out.” Even when the water recedes back from the shore it’s still the ocean. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about being equally grateful for the busy times and the quiet ones with a successful podcast host, author, and comedian: Pete Holmes. Pete Holmes is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer who premiered his own talk show, The Pete Holmes Show, on TBS in 2013. He went on to create and star in the hit HBO series Crashing, and he also hosts the podcast You Made It Weird. Pete has learned to say, “Yes, thank you” to whatever happens to him. So get ready to learn approach life with an abundance model on Episode 796. Some Questions I Ask: Why can’t you just achieve all the time? (26:22) How did you show getting canceled make you feel? (28:30) What does happiness mean? (42:55) What’s the biggest challenge in your life you’re actually grateful for? (1:00:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to have balance in life (10:00) How your thoughts don’t have power on their own (37:00) About your false self (44:00) How Pete deals with anger and sadness (55:00) How psychedelics changed Pete’s mindset (1:09:30)
May 10, 2019
Nerves are important. It’s ok to be nervous when you’re up against something big.It means that you’re passionate.But you have to understand that the world is a game.You have to act like you’re confident and that you know what you’re doing. Then others will want to invest in you.After all, everyone who has the power to make decisions about you and your work is also just human.For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Todrick Hall where he shared how he is able to take on huge projects that usually take teams of at least 50 and do them with only four people.From original written and choreographed music videos, such as Virgin America’s safety video, the opening number to The 2014 Kids Choice Awards, and upcoming Target spots, Todrick Hall has mastered the art of blending live experiences with social media. Todrick is rapidly becoming one of the next great powerhouses in entertainment.Learn how to conquer your fears and achieve your dreams in Episode 795. In this episode, you will learn: What Todrick does right before he goes on stage (1:50) How to handle high-pressure situations (3:13 )How Todrick’s mom helps him stay grounded (4:21 ) Why it’s important to have friends who are honest with you (5:01) Plus much more... Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes
May 8, 2019
THE SECRET TO WEALTH IS GRATITUDE. Money is not a bad thing. Money is portable power. It allows you to make the impact you want to make. It allows you to build your legacy. You have the power to take control of your money and start hoping for a better future. It’s all within your grasp. However, it doesn’t matter how much money you have if you’re not enjoying life. That’s why you need gratitude. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about mastering your money with a man who needs no introduction: Tony Robbins. Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist and the nation’s #1 Life and Business Strategist. Author of six internationally bestselling books, including the recent New York Times #1 best-seller MONEY: Master the Game and UNSHAKEABLE, Tony has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries through his audio, video, and life training programs. Tony uses his money to help others and give back. Once he got rid of the scarcity mindset he was able to become the man we know him as today. So get ready to learn how to gain wealth and how to use that wealth to make the world better on Episode 794. Some Questions I Ask: If you could only use one strategy, what would that be? (5:10) How does someone continue to stay hungry? (7:30) How do you stay grounded in your relationships? (10:30) How do we invest without fear? (17:00) What are you the most grateful for right now? (32:00) What are some things people can do to stop living in scarcity? (40:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Tony’s mom thought his ego was too big when he was younger (11:50) How Tony views failure (8:45) Tony’s key to financial success (15:00) The difference between a correction and a crash in the stock market (22:00) How gratitude is an important part of building wealth (30:00) Tony’s system for strengthening your mind (40:00)
May 6, 2019
THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING UP. When you accomplish your dream, you think it’s going to be amazing. But it means you don’t have a dream anymore. You have to reinvent yourself. This may sound like a first-world problem, but it’s a common struggle. When you no longer have a big goal, life seems pointless. You might be living large, but you lack purpose. On this episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into how to motivate yourself after you accomplish your dreams with an incredible bestselling author: Mark Manson. Mark Manson is a NYTimes bestselling author, blogger, and internet entrepreneur. He writes about big ideas and gives life advice that doesn’t suck. Mark Manson's articles have been published and quoted in CNN, BBC News, Business Insider, and more. Mark wrote The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a book that had the kind of success that only happens every five years. But he has continued writing and growing even though what he does next will probably never reach the same level. Mark says that you don’t need to crush each day. You just need to slowly find new dreams. So get ready to learn how to keep reaching for new goals when you think you’ve reached the top on Episode 793. Some Questions I Ask: How do you handle knowing you will never reach the same success again? (5:00) How does someone develop a sense of hope? (18:00) How do you create pain for yourself when you have “first world problems?” (24:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: The thing people don’t tell you about success (11:00) How values can help motivate you (20:00) About the “Goldilocks amount of pain,” you need in your life (23:00) Why overcommitting is actually good (46:30) How to delegate (50:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 3, 2019
BREATH IS NECESSARY FOR LIFE. They say if you learn to master your breath, you’ll have the strength of ten tigers. So, why don’t we focus more on breathing? We should Breath is energy. When an endurance athlete loses control of their breath, it usually means they’re losing. But it’s bigger than that. Your life begins with your first breath and ends with your last. You exist because you breathe. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Laird Hamilton where he shared how he has mastered his breath. Laird Hamilton is best known as an American big-wave surfer and pioneer in the world of action water sports. In addition to his affinity for the water, Laird is labeled as an inventor, author, stunt man, model, producer, TV host, fitness and nutrition expert, husband, father and adrenaline junkie. Laird says that people who swim have a different relationship with breathing because they’re forced to realize its importance. He says that there are ways you can work on breathing to bring you both a sense of calm and energy. Get ready to learn all about the power of breath in Episode 792. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why breathing is so important in our lives (1:00) The connection between spirit and breath (2:00) Why swimmers have a better relationship with their breath (3:00) Different ways to train your breath (4:00) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
May 1, 2019
BE FINANCIALLY SELFISH. Too many people are living paycheck to paycheck. Our debt has us in handcuffs. We don’t think that financial security is possible for us. But anyone can build wealth. Anyone. You just have to pay yourself first. The key is to have your money make money. With some simple math, you can see that putting away a little bit of money every day can bring huge results. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about financial freedom with an incredible personal finance expert: David Bach. David Bach is one of America’s most trusted financial experts who has written eleven national bestselling books. His runway #1 bestseller The Automatic Millionaire spent 31 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show more than 100 times The Oprah Winfrey Show six times. David says that by paying yourself first, you can save enough to become a millionaire by the time you retire. So get ready to learn the power of becoming financially selfish on Episode 791. Some Questions I Ask: How much should someone put down on a home? (29:00) What is missing in my personal financial portfolio? (32:00) What are three steps that people can do right now? (53:00) What’s the best money advice you’ve ever heard? (1:04:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why you don’t need a budget (8:00) The three lessons about money David’s grandma taught him (11:00) The three secrets to financial freedom (19:00) The “rule of 72” (40:00) The dangers of subscription services (56:00) Follow me on: Instagram @lewishowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook @LewisHowes
April 29, 2019
YOU WERE BORN ON PURPOSE. We often think of purpose as something we have to “find.” But what if purpose is something you already have? What if you are your purpose? It’s not something that is temporary or can be taken away. It’s your essence. Other people can tell you what you’re good at. But at the end of the day, it has to resonate with you. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about purpose with a former NFL player who reinvented himself after football: Trent Shelton. Trent Shelton is a former NFL wide receiver who is now considered one of the most impactful speakers of this generation. He reaches over 60 million people weekly through hard-hitting videos and unprecedented engagement. Though based in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two children, Trent connects with people all over the world through his speaking engagements. Trent says that he has a magnet inside of him that drew him to his calling of speaking. He says that we all need to find our magnet. He believes that to be the greatest you, you have to find peace. So get ready to find out what really matters so that you can continue to stay true to yourself on Episode 790. Some Questions I Ask: What do you regret about the man you used to be? (13:00) How do we develop a champion mindset? (20:00) How do you maintain a championship mindset? (24:30) Why do you say that you need to burn bridges? (35:00) What’s a demon in your life? (39:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Trent’s past infidelities (1:00) The key to making a relationship work (8:00) How to hack fear (19:00) Why “leverage questions” can help you reach your goal (22:00) The five principles of the championship mindset (25:00) About the four “A’s” (50:00)
April 26, 2019
KEEP REINVENTING YOURSELF. We all go through times of uncertainty. There are periods we don’t understand what’s happening to us, and we feel unsure of our direction. It can make you want to give up. But it’s often when you feel the most lost that you are forced to find your purpose. Once you know your “why,” you can weather any storm. You’ll still feel the wind and the waves, but you don’t lose your course. Use the uncertainty to find your direction. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with John Maxwell where he shared how a difficult time taught him how to be a leader. John C. Maxwell is a New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books in fifty languages. In 2014 he was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. Learn how to use tough times to your advantage in Episode 789. In This Episode You Will Learn: The moment in John’s adult life had the most uncertainty (3:00) The book that changed John’s life (3:30) How scarcity mindset makes for bad leaders (4:00) What gave John purpose (4:30)
April 24, 2019
YOUR MOST POWERFUL TOOL IS YOUR VOICE. We are surrounded by stories of injustice around us. It can be overwhelming. Screaming with anger doesn’t get you very far. Making the other side wrong just makes a war. So how can you make a change? You have to come from a place of compassion. Know the result that you want. Stop leading with emotion and try instead to focus on the concrete change you want to make. We live in a democracy- our voice counts. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I discuss how the legislative system works with a powerful sexual assault advocate: Amanda Nguyen. Amanda Nguyen is the founder and CEO of Rise, a non-governmental civil rights organization. She was the power behind the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act, one of 23 bills to pass unanimously through US Congress. She was in Forbes' 2017 "30 Under 30" Law & Policy list and was an invited speaker at the 2017 Women's March on Washington. In 2018, California representatives Mimi Walters and Zoe Lofgren nominated Nguyen for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Amanda was raped in college and soon after learned of the injustices surrounding sexual assault survivors. Instead of getting angry, she made a change. So get ready to learn how you can make a difference by taking political action on Episode 788. Some Questions I Ask: How does someone rewrite a law? (5:00) How were you able to raise two million dollars in the last two years? (19:00) What’s your biggest fear? (31:00) How does someone who has been through trauma get a message across without anger? (37:30) What makes you feel the most loved? (53:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the Survivor Bill of Rights that Amanda helped get passed (11:30) How to avoid “activism fatigue” (18:30) The process for passing a bill (22:00) About Work/Life Integration vs. Work/Life Balance (33:00) How to transcend party lines when trying to make a change (40:00)
April 22, 2019
ENTHUSIASM AND AUTHENTICITY. You don’t have to be the smartest in the room. You don’t have to have the most experience, the most charisma, or the best education. These obstacles won’t keep you from your goals. You just need to show up and keep showing up. Persistence is more important than anything else. I have dyslexia and was never very good in school. But if I had told myself I wasn’t smart enough to be successful, I would never be where I am today. Keep knocking on those doors. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of persistence from one of the most successful men on TV: Dean Graziosi. Dean is an author, investor, entrepreneur, and trainer. Dean created a multimillion-dollar real estate business, is a New York Times bestselling author, and is one of the most watched real estate and success trainers of our generation. Dean is obsessed with sharing the “Success Habits” learned along his journey with the world. Dean came from humble beginnings but was naive enough to reach for the stars. He says that once you connect to your “why,” you can push through anything on the way to your goal. So get ready to learn the art of persuasion from a master of infomercials on Episode 787. Some Questions I Ask: Who were your biggest mentors growing up? (6:30) How did you get out of the scarcity mindset of growing up? (7:00) What are some of the habits that millionaires have? (22:30) What do you want to accomplish in your life? (39:00) What do people misunderstand about you the most? (41:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How consistent action can lead to success (10:00) The two things you need more than knowledge (16:30) How making someone feel understood is the key to persuasion (20:00) The power of gratitude (25:00) About the “Seven Levels Deep” exercise (28:30) The three types of entrepreneurs (37:00)
April 19, 2019
ALWAYS QUIT. That doesn’t mean you should bail when things are hard. It means that you are not a victim to your circumstances. If the level of the project that you’re taking part in is not up to your standards, you have to leave. You can’t let other people ruin you. Your name is all you have. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with writer and producer Phil Rosenthal where he shared the secret to doing work that you’re proud of. Philip Rosenthal is the creator, writer, and executive producer of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. He is also the creator and star of Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix, Exporting Raymond, and I'll Have What Phil's Having. Phil tries to keep his shows at a level that he is happy with. If they’re not working, he is willing to leave and try something else. It’s not easy, but ultimately it’s for the best. Learn how to have high standards and be in control of your narrative in Episode 786. In This Episode You Will Learn: The secret behind the success of Everybody Loves Raymond (2:00) Why you should quit when things aren’t up to your level (3:00) The importance of keeping your name intact (4:00) How to learn from the things you love and emulate them (4:40) Follow me on: instagram @lewishowes twitter @lewishowes Facebook @lewishowes
April 17, 2019
SHAKE THE SNOWGLOBE. So often, we talk about the importance of discipline in order to reach our goals. But doing the same thing all the time can keep us from living in the present. We have to find a balance. We’ve got to dance with routine and freedom. So how can you keep your mind in the now? Every night, do something unexpected. Travel. And constantly put yourselves in situations where you don’t know the outcome. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the importance of new experiences with a talented futurist and artist: Jason Silva. Jason Silva is an Emmy-nominated and world-renowned TV personality, storyteller, filmmaker, and sought-after keynote speaker and futurist. Jason is known for hosting 5 seasons of the Emmy-nominated, global hit TV series Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, which is broadcasted in over 171 countries. Jason says that we need to ask each other the questions we’ve been asking ourselves. Let’s talk about why we’re here, and how to find meaning. So get ready to learn more about the biggest questions on everyone’s mind on Episode 785. Some Questions I Ask: What question have you been asking yourself? (7:00) How can we eliminate self-doubt? (40:30) How do we stop comparing ourselves? (54:00) What holds us back the most? (57:00) How do you find fulfillment in a committed relationship? (1:08:00) What’s a question you think you’ll never get answered? (1:14:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Tools to help you stay in the present (24:00) How to balance routine and excitement (28:00) About the “Entropic Brain Theory,” and how psychedelics help depression (32:00) How helping other people directly can help with feeling directionless (48:00) About the “Terror Management Theory” and how when you remind people of their mortality they become more judgemental (57:30)
April 15, 2019
HOW DO YOU TALK TO YOURSELF? The relationship you have with yourself is the most important. If you’re constantly putting yourself down and judging yourself, eventually you’re going to self-destruct. It’s common to self-sabotage when things are going well. It can happen to anyone- it doesn’t matter how successful you are. We feel anxious. We feel like a fraud. We might even feel like we don’t deserve it. But once you get to the root of those feelings, you can heal the judgments you have of yourself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with one of the biggest television stars on the planet about anxiety: Maisie Williams. Maisie Williams is an actress known for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. She won the EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, the Portal Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television and Best Young Actor, and the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. In 2016, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Maisie was at the height of her fame and success but still felt worthless. She realized that there wasn’t anything outside of herself that could make her happy. She had to find her self-worth from the inside. So get ready to learn how Maisie Williams navigated childhood fame and anxiety on Episode 784. Some Questions I Ask: Why is it so terrifying to be yourself? (6:30) Where does anxiety come from for you? (14:00) What are some of the things you do now for self-care? (30:30) What is your greatest fear? (36:30) What is your superpower? (43:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to be there for someone who is struggling (22:00) How apologizing for things in your past can help you move forward (28:00) Why you need to slow down when you’re struggling with mental health (33:30) What Maisie wants to accomplish in the future (41:00) About her new startup Daisie (48:00)
April 12, 2019
A BROKEN HEART IS AN INJURY. A butterfly doesn’t begin as a butterfly. It has to struggle to get out of the cocoon. We can’t cut the butterfly out of the cocoon to make the process easier. It has to develop the necessary muscles it needs to fly. Its beauty comes from its struggle. Heartbreak, like any other obstacle, is essential for your growth. For this special Five Minute Friday, we hear a solo message from an amazing friend and artist: Humble the Poet. Kanwer Singh aka Humble The Poet is a Toronto-bred MC/Spoken word artist. With tattoos, a beard, a head wrap, and a silly smile, Humble commands attention. He stimulates audiences with ideas that challenge conventional wisdom and go against the grain. Most things are not in our control, and we have to move on from them. The pain that you feel will soon be gone. Time will help you adapt and go forward. Learn how to deal with heartbreak in a healthy way in Episode 783. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why losing a partner hurts so badly (00:30) Why you should stay away from alcohol during heartbreak (2:00) How to maintain a sense of self-worth through a breakup (2:30) Why it’s important to keep your expectations low in life (3:00) How you can “decide your emotions” (3:30) Follow me on: Instagram @Lewishowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook
April 10, 2019
IT'S TIME TO PUT THESE SEX MYTHS TO BED. Having a healthy sexual relationship is important. But it’s not something we often talk about. Women’s satisfaction especially seems to take a back seat. So how can women get what they need in the bedroom? As men, we can ask questions. See what your partner is into. And understanding the science behind why women like the things they do are helpful, too. The truth is a lot of what we believe about female sexuality is wrong. We all benefit when women’s sexuality takes the forefront and is better understood. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about female satisfaction with an incredible woman who wrote a book on the subject: Wednesday Martin. Wednesday Martin is a feminist cultural critic, New York Times Bestselling author, and social researcher. Wednesday has written on topics including gender, parenting and motherhood, popular culture, and female sexuality for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and Harper's Bazaar, among others. She was a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph, the online edition of Psychology Today, and the parenting pages at the New York Post. Wednesday has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, NBC News, the BBC Newshour, and Fox News as a step/parenting expert. Wednesday says that we should avoid “service sex” where you’re only performing to make your partner happy. You need to know that your needs deserve to be met, too, and they can be with a little work from both partners. So get ready to learn about the science of monogamy and how to keep your relationship exciting on Episode 782. Some Questions I Ask: Why do women cheat? (6:00) Why is non-monogamy looked down upon in the world? (14:00) What made you interested in this topic in the first place? (24:00) How can a man increase sexual desire in a woman? (39:00) How do you handle your research in your personal relationship? (1:05:00) How important is sex in a relationship? (1:09:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How economics plays into who cheats (10:00) Why long term relationships are harder for women (27:00) Tools for bringing back arousal in your long term relationship (37:00) How your attachment style affects your sexual relationship (1:00:00) About the “orgasm gap” (1:11:00)
April 8, 2019
LEARN TO EMBRACE FAILURE. We often hold onto words. When someone gives us negative feedback, we can let it consume our minds. It’s not healthy. You can’t stop yourself from being offended by what someone says. But you can listen and be open to learning. Every time you mess up you’re making yourself better. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about making the most of opportunities and learning how to listen with one of the most successful actors of our time: Topher Grace. Topher Grace is known for playing Eric Forman in the hit sitcom That 70’s Show, Venom in Sam Raimi's film Spider-Man 3, and many more. He is also the host of a new podcast called Minor Adventures with Topher Grace. As an actor, Topher constantly receives feedback on his work. While he hasn’t always agreed and his ego can sometimes get in the way, he has learned to work collaboratively. Topher started working at a very young age, but he has been able to sustain his career by constantly evolving. So get ready to learn how Topher Grace made the most of sudden fame on Episode 781. Some Questions I Ask: What was the greatest lesson you learned in the first season of That 70’s Show? (17:30) How can someone handle getting a great opportunity with grace? (21:00) Who has been the most brilliant person you’ve worked with? (27:00) What is life like as a father being an actor? (37:00) What’s the greatest challenge being married with a new child? (44:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Topher landed his role on That 70’s Show (3:00) The best way to handle criticism (23:00) Topher’s experience playing a white supremacist in BLacKkKlansman (32:00) How Topher views failure (52:30) Why it’s better to try even if it doesn’t work out (58:00)
April 5, 2019
DO GOOD ALL THE TIME. Some people have an idea of giving that is not sustainable. You can’t self-sacrifice endlessly to help others. You also have to take care of yourself. Giving can be a win/win situation. In fact, it should be. Helping the world is only worth it if you are also helping yourself. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Will Macaskill where he shared this idea as one of his principles of effective altruism. William MacAskill is a philosopher, ethicist, and one of the originators of the effective altruism movement. He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy and Research Fellow at the Global Priorities Institute, University of Oxford. He is also the co-founder and president of 80,000 Hours, the co-founder and vice-president of Giving What We Can, and the co-founder of the Centre for Effective Altruism. Learn how to help others in the most meaningful way in Episode 780. In This Episode You Will Learn: One of the core principles of effective altruism (2:00) How to create a win/win while making an impact (3:00) Why additional income doesn’t make you happier (4:00) How to give without sacrificing a lot (5:00) Follow me on: instagram: @lewishowes twitter: @lewishowes
April 3, 2019
IT' ALL ABOUT THE HUSTLE. What gatekeepers are holding you back from doing what you love? I’m inspired by the creators on YouTube. They are people who have forged their own path. They didn’t wait for someone to allow them to make videos- they just went out and did it. They’ve dealt with negative comments. They’ve had failed videos. They’ve faced countless setbacks. And they still continued to create. You have to give yourself permission to find and express your true self. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I created a mashup of all my favorite interviews with the women of YouTube: Lilly Singh, iJustine, Bethany Mota, and Lindsey Sterling. Lilly Singh (aka iiSuperwomanii) is a multi-faceted comedian, entertainer, actress and the founder of #GirlLove. She has found worldwide fame through her comedic and inspirational YouTube videos, amassing 12 million subscribers. In March 2017, she released her debut book HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A Guide to Surviving Conquering Life, which became a #1 New York Times Best Seller. As a role model to women and girls around the globe, Singh created her #GirlLove initiative to break the cycle of girl-on-girl hate and encourage women to build each other up. Justine Ezarik, the YouTube personality better known as iJustine, took the internet by storm. She's been around for more than a decade, first popping up on YouTube in 2006 where she has accumulated millions of subscribers and fans. The vlogger still remains beloved and has since branched out with a bustling Instagram account and a memoir. Bethany Mota started with her channel, Macbarbie07 in 2009. She rose to fame for her haul videos, in which she shows her fashion and style purchases via the internet. She uploads videos of outfit ideas, makeup and hair tutorials, recipes, and do it yourself ideas. She has since expanded into her own fashion line at Aéropostale. She has gone on multiple tours, which she calls her "Motavatours" to meet and interact with fans. She also appeared on Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars. Lindsey Sterling is a violinist with 10 million YouTube subscribers, over 1.9 billion views on her YouTube channel, 2 Billboard Music Awards, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold-out tours worldwide. All of these women share a common drive that forces them to keep putting themselves out there and keep being better each day. So get ready to learn how to find creativity and inspiration on Episode 779. Some Questions I Ask: Where does your hustle come from? (4:00) Who do you want to be? (6:00) What’s your vision for what you’re creating? (8:00) What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned about yourself? (9:00) If you could put up one final video, what would you post? (11:00) What is your biggest fear? (14:00) What’s the feeling you get when you’re on stage? (17:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Lilly Singh dedicated her book to the person she was three years ago (5:00) Why it’s ok to constantly change your goals (7:00) Why you should surround yourself with people with different skills than you (10:00) How to drop your ego and do things out of love (16:00) How to find your sense of true self (18:00) Plus much more...
April 1, 2019
YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP EVERY DAY. I’m not a distance runner. When I run, the first few minutes are easy. But after a mile, it starts to hurt. I can either stop there, or I can keep going. When I push through the adversity, I feel like I can run forever. I hit the zone where it doesn’t hurt anymore. The same thing happens in life. You have to keep giving it your best even when it’s hard. You have to know that something great is waiting for you on the other side. Everything you’re going through now is paving the way for success in your future. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about passion and hard work with a woman who revolutionized the dessert industry: Christina Tosi. Christina Tosi is a chef, author, and television personality. She is the founder and owner of Milk Bar, the sister bakery to the Momofuku restaurant group, and just opened her seventeenth store. Christina is the recipient of several awards and was featured on a list of "Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink" by Food and Wine Magazine in 2014. Christina shares that every time she gets close to a goal, she raises the bar a little higher. She is always growing and always learning. So get ready to learn how to find your true passion and share your gifts on Episode 778. Some Questions I Ask: Can you tell us the story of how Milk Bar came to be? (12:00) How did you learn how to scale your business? (24:00) What’s your vision for Milk Bar? (31:00) How do you continue to reinvent the dream (34:00) What’s the worst voice you have in your head, and what’s the best voice (39:00) Do you think you’d be as driven as you are if you weren’t critical of yourself? (42:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About filming Netflix’s Chef’s Table (8:00) The lie of the “overnight success” (10:00) How David Chang influenced Christina (15:00) The problem of “knowing too much” (29:00) How working out can help you in business and life (37:00) Why you can’t use outside approval to measure success (43:00)
March 29, 2019
THERE IS ORDER TO THE CHAOS. What is this place? Are we even really here? Is there a higher power that created us, or was it a random explosion? These are some big questions. But the odds of life actually existing are insane. Everything would have had to had come together so perfectly. It’s hard for people to wrap their minds around, but we need to admit there is so much about the universe we don’t understand. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with John Brenkus where we discuss how the soul and science can meet. John Brenkus is a six-time Emmy award-winning creator, host, and producer of Sport Science on ESPN. He is also co-founder of BASE Productions and a New York Times bestselling author. He currently hosts his own podcast The Brink of Midnight. He dives into the idea of time and how humans put labels on things that are hard for our brains to comprehend. I really enjoy the way that Josh is able to explain complicated scientific ideas. Learn how to think about the miracle of life in Episode 777. In This Episode You Will Learn: If God and science can mix (1:05) About the probability of life existing (3:00) If there is really a beginning of time (4:05)
March 27, 2019
YOU'RE ONLY AS SICK AS THE SECRETS YOU KEEP. Five years ago, I made my first post opening up about my childhood sexual abuse. It was the best thing I could have done. My life became a billion times better when I started to share my shame. I was able to sleep through the night. I connected to other people. And I was able to give and receive love. Now I want to help other people experience the same feeling of light, peace, passion, and power that I did when I opened up about my rape. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about how I healed my history of sexual abuse. My life mission is now to help these men free themselves from past trauma. So often they are not given the space or permission to share their vulnerabilities. One in six men has experienced sexual abuse. It’s time to reclaim your life. Be the owner of your life, not the victim of your life. So get ready to learn all about my journey to open up about my past on Episode 776. In This Episode You Will Learn: How breakdowns can lead to breakthroughs (18:30) The moment I opened up about what happened to me (26:00) What has changed since I first shared this story five years ago (35:00) How shame and anger block love (40:00) The reason I’m grateful for my history of sexual abuse (44:00)
March 25, 2019
THOSE WHO SAY THEY CAN AND THOSE WHO SAY THE CAN'T ARE USUALLY BOTH RIGHT. Any time you try to do something great, there are going to be critics. That’s impossible. That’s crazy. You’ll never be able to do that. But the biggest doubter is often yourself. How can we master our minds and quiet our fears when we are striving for greatness? It’s about pushing past our limits and tapping into a flow state. We are full of limitless potential. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with a man conquered his own doubts to break records that many said were impossible: Colin O’Brady. Colin O'Brady is a professional endurance athlete, motivational speaker, and adventurer. On Dec. 26, 2018, Colin became the first person in history to cross Antarctica solo, unsupported and unaided. It was a 932-mile expedition completed in 54 days. At the end of his expedition across Antarctica, Colin tapped into a flow state that allowed him to finish without stopping. He used mantras and visualization to push past his limits. He now wants to share those tools with you. So get ready to learn how to do the impossible on Episode 775. Some Questions I Ask: Why do you want to do these challenges in the first place? (17:00) How do people push through physical and mental barriers? (20:30) What were you saying to yourself the final 12 hours of your journey? (36:00) How important is the support of your wife, Jenna? (49:00) What’s your mission moving forward? (52:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Colin broke The Explorer’s Grand Slam world record (8:00) How Colin used the “Forrest Gump Effect” (15:30) The mantra that helped Colin get through his toughest journey (27:00) How swimming and meditation can help you get into the “flow state” (29:00) The story of Colin’s burn accident in Thailand (40:00)
March 22, 2019
REJECT APATHY. There is suffering happening all over the world. We all can do something. Children can be a great example. When you see a kid give up what little allowance they have to help someone else or set up a lemonade stand, you realize that what you’re able to give is enough. We can’t just turn a blind eye. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Scott Harrison where he talked about living a life of giving. Scott Harrison was working as a nightclub promoter in New York when he became “morally bankrupt.” He sold all of his belongings and set sail to Africa in an effort to redeem himself. He returned to New York with one goal: to provide clean water to everyone on earth. Twelve years later, he’s raised over 320 million dollars and provided water to people in 26 countries with his nonprofit charity: water. He may not be driving a fancy car or going on huge vacations, but he is ending suffering for hundreds of people a day. For him, that means so much more. Learn what it takes to change the world for good in Episode 774. In This Episode You Will Learn: The biggest lesson Scott Harrison has learned (1:30) About the children who have gotten involved in solving the water crisis (3:00) About the donor who saved charity: water (5:00)
March 20, 2019
PRESSURE ALLOWS YOU TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. What makes one business succeed and another fail? The most important element is the entrepreneur. If you watch the show Shark Tank, you know that people get investments from sharks just by being a passionate salesperson. It’s about going all in. So how can we ensure that what we put our time and money into will be unstoppable? We have to learn from the people who are at the top of their game. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve combined great advice from past conversations with five Shark Tank masters: Barbara Corcoran, Matt Higgins, Daymond John, Sara Blakely, and Kevin Harrington. Shark Tank is a critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning reality show on ABC. Now on its 10th season, Shark Tank continues to inspire a nation to dream bigger and has offered more than $100 million in deals to entrepreneurs. These investors come from some of the top companies in the world. They started from nothing and made their dreams come true. So get ready to learn how to get your business off the ground and make it a force to be reckoned with on Episode 773. In This Episode You Will Learn: The hardest part of getting Spanx off the ground (8:00) How Kevin Harrington's business model has evolved since Shark Tank (15:00) The big things people taught Daymond John about mastering his skills (25:00) What to do when you go all in but fail (29:00) What to do with the profit you make in your business (30:59)
March 18, 2019
DIE YOUNG AT AN OLD AGE. How many fad diets have you tried? There’s a reason that they don’t work. Health and diet are not one-size-fits-all. We all have a special set of genes that tell us what foods we need. But it’s more than your genes. Doctor’s will ask you if you have a history of a disease in your family. That’s because you not only share the same genetic make-up, you probably eat the same way. It’s a combination of the two that will determine your health. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the secret to longevity with one of the world’s top health experts: Dr. Steven Grundy.
March 15, 2019
YOUR FALSE HUMILITY IS HURTING YOU. We all can struggle with taking money in return for our services. It’s hard to ask for what you need. My father sold life insurance. He taught me a lot about not being ashamed of selling something that adds value to another person’s life. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with my brother Christian Howes about how artists can set themselves up for financial success. It’s all about knowing your worth. If you are making other people’s lives better or easier, you should be comfortable putting yourself out there as a business. Learn how to believe in your value by using the power of selling in Episode 771. In This Episode You Will Learn: The most important thing that sets people up to make money from their art (1:41) What Christian learned from his dad about selling (2:30) Why you need to know your value (4:10) About the danger of “false humility” (5:25) Follow me on: Instagram @lewishowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook: Lewis Howes
March 13, 2019
IT'S TIME TO DIGITALLY DECULTTER. Very few of us have the courage to be alone. When we are quiet and don’t distract ourselves, we have to face hard questions. It can be scary. Instead, we reach for our phones. We might be trying to fill a void, or we might just be addicted. Technology is a lot like processed food. We want more and more, but we’ll never be satisfied. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about focus with someone who has famously never owned a social media account: Cal Newport. Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to academic research, he writes about the intersection of technology and society. He’s particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work or lead satisfying lives. Cal recommends building “fences” around our phones so that we’re not using them mindlessly all day. So get ready to learn more tools to be more focused, present and creative on Episode 770. Some Questions I Ask: What do you recommend for people who are always connected to technology? (10:30) How can we build stronger connections? (18:00) What’s the void that we are trying to fill with social media? (24:00) What’s more addictive: social media or smoking? (32:00) How can you train your children to work at things (54:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to train your focus (2:00) The three benefits from being alone (8:00) Why you need “analog” hobbies (30:00) Why anxiety has risen in younger generations (32:00) The reason Cal recommends 30 days away from technology (43:00)
March 11, 2019
THE TWO THINGS AT WAR IN A MAN ARE LOVE AND LUST. People today are struggling in relationships. With social media, there are so many options. Everything looks fresh and new and interesting. Why would anyone be happy with just one person? But when you’re constantly searching for the next best thing, you feel empty. You lack peace and satisfaction. And you miss out on what life is all about: love. We have to practice discipline in dating in order to give and receive love. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about dating in mastery with an expert on relationships: DeVon Franklin. DeVon Franklin is an award-winning film and TV producer, New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, and spiritual success coach. He’s been interviewed by Oprah, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, Dr. Phil, CNN, and featured in numerous radio, print, and online appearances. DeVon explains how one of the biggest problems in relationships is the lack of honest communication. We need to be open about our feelings about our partners. So get ready to learn how to put love in control of lust on Episode 769. Some Questions I Ask: How do you know when you’re with the right person? (8:00) How do men think beyond sex? (14:00) Do you know many successful men who are dating multiple women? (17:00) How does your wife support you? (36:30) What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced while being married? (41:00) Can you over-communicate in a relationship? (45:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why social media has amplified challenges for men in relationships (4:30) How peace is the strongest barometer of your relationship (12:00) Why women have to get out of the “grey area” when dating (21:00) The reason it’s important to wait to have sex (23:00) Why you have to heal internal pain (49:00)
March 8, 2019
DOING MORE FOR OTHERS WILL ACTUALLY HELP YOUR BUSINESS. Sometimes we get stuck after we get some success. I even feel like I’ve hit an income ceiling. How do we get to that next step? There are some mindset hacks that can get you out of a rut. One of them is tying your business to charity. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Josh Bezoni where he shared the importance of having a charitable mission in your company. Josh Bezoni is a nutritionist, best-selling author, leading health entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of BioTrust Nutrition, America’s #1 all-natural and premium e-commerce nutrition brand. Josh and BioTrust have donated over 1.5 million meals for hungry children in need through their partnership with NoKidHungry.org. BioTrust donates a nutritious meal to a child for every order placed with the company. He learned the importance of giving back early in life with his family, and it’s a lesson that has served him well in business. Learn why it’s important to tie your sales goals to doing something good in Episode 768. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why giving people an opportunity to donate on your website helps sales go up (2:50) Why you should tie your sales goals to giving back (3:12) How charity work can help with recruiting (3:50) How doing good can help you meet amazing people (4:23) Follow me on: Instagram @LewisHowes Twitter @LewisHowes Facebook: Lewis Howes
March 6, 2019
VALIDATION IS REDUNDANT. As many of you know, I didn’t have friends growing up. I couldn’t read and write until late high school. I was goofy and gangly. I got made fun of all the time. Sports was something I could finally understand. I was able to prove myself by what I could accomplish on the field. But then I placed my self worth in what I could achieve in football. If I lost a game, I felt terrible. If I won, I felt great. It was so unhealthy. We need to be careful where we get our self-worth. Instead of earning it through outside validation, we should get it from the kindness in our heart, the positivity that we bring, and who you are. Learn to have unconditional love for yourself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about self with the greatest diver in history who is also a great person and advocate: Greg Louganis. Greg Louganis is simply the greatest diver in history. Today, as a speaker, author, actor, activist, humanitarian and designer, he continues his tradition of excellence. Greg was the first openly gay diver in history. He is also HIV positive. He now uses his story to empower others. So get ready to learn about the mindset of an Olympic champion on Episode 767. Some Questions I Ask: What was the greatest lesson you learned during the Olympic boycott? (8:00) How would you approach your dives at The Olympics vs. practice? (12:00) What was your first Olympic dive like? (16:00) Were you driven to achieve because you were adopted? (20:00) How do you cope with something like an HIV diagnosis? (40:00) What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your life? (48:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Greg thinks the Olympic boycott may have been a blessing (4:00) Why obstacles in training are important (9:00) How to tap into inspiration as opposed to fear (17:00) About Greg’s experience being HIV positive (35:00) How imagination and visualization can help you succeed despite all odds (39:00) The method Greg uses to teach visualization (1:00:00) Follow me on: Instagram: @lewishowes Twitter: @LewisHowes
March 4, 2019
YOU CAN'T FAKE IT. Finding your career isn’t something you decide in your head. You have to try lots of things. Put yourself in different environments. Pay attention to what makes you happy. Little by little, you’ll find the right path. When you do, you’ll be unstoppable. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about what makes a great entrepreneur with someone who knew she had found her calling once she became a realtor: Barbara Corcoran. Barbara Corcoran is a Real Estate Queen, Shark Tank Shark, and Host of the "Business Unusual" Podcast. Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. Barbara is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent (often invisible to others). She believes that the key to success in business is not the idea but the person. An entrepreneur's passion and drive can make or break a business. So get ready to learn what makes a great entrepreneur on Episode 766. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the angriest you’ve ever been in your life? (11:00) When did you learn to communicate so directly? (24:00) What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being one of ten kids? (26:30) When do you feel the most loved? (30:00) What are the smart industries to go into right now? (45:00) What three questions would you ask a potential buyer? (1:02:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: What type of partnerships are the most successful (19:00) Why guilt is the worst thing for a relationship (23:00) The importance of social media in business (40:00) The two qualities Barbara looks for in an entrepreneur (49:00) What makes Donald Trump a good salesman (57:00) What to do with profit you make in your business (1:11:00)
March 1, 2019
THINK ABOUT YOUR LONG TERM HEALTH. We all want great health. But whose advice are we taking? Often, we jump on the latest diet craze without figuring out if it’s the best thing for us. Your body works differently than anyone else’s. And these fad diets can have serious long term effects on your metabolism. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Yuri Elkaim where he shared how to find the optimum diet for you. Yuri is a New York Times bestselling nutrition author, keynote speaker, trusted health and fitness expert, and leading business coach for other health and fitness professionals committed to growing their business and creating more impact in the world. Yuri simplifies the complex world of health and reduces your confusion with clear, actionable, and science-backed advice that cuts through the nonsense. Yuri suggests finding people who are in your shoes to model your diet after. See what works for people in your same phase of life. Learn how to reach maximum health in Episode 765. In this episode you will learn: Why it’s important to find a workout and diet works best for you (2:00) Why a low-carb diet can hurt your thyroid (3:00) The steps to find the perfect diet for your body type (4:30) How your gender affects your diet (5:00) Plus much more...
February 27, 2019
IT'S OK TO NOT BE OK. So often we feel like we have to mask what we are going through. We hide our fears. We cover our scars. But the adversity you face makes you a stronger person. You’re not the only one who is battling something. The more vulnerable you can be about what you’re up against, the more other people will be able to support you. It’s going to take a team effort. Don’t let a weak moment become a weak mindset. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with a former NFL player who is now tackling childhood cancer: Devon Still. Devon Still is a professional athlete, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and advocate for childhood cancer awareness. He is also a former Houston Texan’s defensive end, a former Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive tackle, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and a Penn State University All-American. Perhaps most importantly, he is Leah’s dad, helping her publicly “beat up cancer” and embarking on a pediatric cancer-fighting journey. Devon shared that once he opened up about his daughter’s battle with cancer, the more love and connection he felt. He now wants everyone to be vulnerable about the storms they are facing. He also knows the importance of having fun along the way. So get ready to learn Devon’s lessons from the football field and life on Episode 764. Some Questions I Ask: What were the biggest lessons Joe Paterno taught you? (8:00) How have you been able to reinvent yourself after football? (30:00) What’s your mission moving forward? (33:00) What’s your dream for your daughter in the next 15 years? (46:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: What it was like playing for Penn State during the Sandusky Trial (3:00) The importance of visualizing your dreams (12:00) About Devon’s daughter’s battle with cancer (14:00) The biggest lesson Devon learned from football (23:00) Why it’s important to be vulnerable (40:00) How to appreciate the struggles life gives you (47:00)
February 25, 2019
“WHY” IS NOT AN EVOLUTIONARY QUESTION. Growing up, I had more imaginary friends than real friends. I would play games with myself to keep myself happy. I was very lonely. I felt insecure. But as I got older, I was able to find meaning and purpose. That allowed me to feel connected to the people around me. We need to have hope and meaning. It’s what makes us human. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into why humans are always searching for a “why:” Erwin McManus. Erwin is an iconoclast, artist, and cultural thought leader known for his integration of creativity and spirituality. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Mosaic, a Los Angeles based church of faith recognized as one of America’s most influential and innovative churches. Erwin says that people who have false hope are actually better off than people who have no hope. He became the person he is today when stopped using his imagination to hide from the world and started using it to create a better world. So get ready to learn all about man’s search for meaning on Episode 763. Some Questions I Ask: Why do most conservative churches tell people to not express themselves? (7:27) Did you grow up believing in God? (9:00) If love is what we want, why do we suffer so much? (15:30) What does it mean to be alive? (20:00) What questions are you still seeking answers for? (29:00) Why do we care so much about meaning? (39:00) What are your core ideals and do they evolve? (58:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why many churches are stuck in the past (8:00) The thing that sets humans apart from other animals (14:00) How gratitude can help with depression and anxiety (22:00) Why humans need hope and purpose (31:00) Why you need to have a “psychologically diversified portfolio” (45:00) How to take control of your inner world (50:00)
February 22, 2019
THERE'S A BIGGER STORY. When I started my book tour, people were always asking me, “How are you going to stay humble?” It’s not easy. When you start getting recognition, it can go to your head. But you can’t share your message if you don’t believe in yourself. It’s a balance. You need to be confident but also know that it’s not all about you. You are a part of the story, not the whole thing. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Brad Lomenick where we explore the tension between confidence and humility. Brad Lomenick is a renowned speaker, writer, leadership advisor, and founder of Blinc Consulting. He is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Catalyst Leader: Eight Essentials for Becoming a Change Maker, as well as his most recent leadership book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle. Brad says that the best leaders all have healthy ambition. Learn how to dance the dance of humility and confidence in Episode 762. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to be confident and humble at the same time (00:50) Why being too humble can be a bad thing (1:30) How gratitude can help you stay humble (2:00) The difference between confident humility and arrogant humility (3:00) Follow me on: Instagram: @lewishowes
February 20, 2019
ONCE YOU ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS, YOU HAVE TO CREATE NEW ONES. Do you remember what you dreamed about when you were little? So often, we get what we always wanted, and then we get greedy. We start wanting more money and more recognition. But that stuff doesn’t make you happy. It’s time to get your priorities straight. Remember why you started in the first place. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with one of the best golfers in the world who is grateful just to be able to play: Bubba Watson. Bubba Watson Jr. is a self-taught professional golfer who is a 12-time PGA Tour Champion. Bubba reached a career-high 2nd place in the Official World Golf Ranking. Bubba is a famous golfer, but he feels the most loved when he is serving. The way he gives back to his community and helps others is truly inspiring. He wants to be a hall-of-fame husband and dad. So get ready to learn how to thrive by spinning your negatives into positives on Episode 761. Some Questions I Ask: When did you realize you had talent? (8:00) Did you ever think you would be an Olympian? (16:00) What did adopting kids do for your career? (22:00) Do you think you would be as successful as you are now without your dad passing? (31:30) What’s your biggest flaw? (39:30) When do you feel the most loved? (43:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why golf isn’t about money for Bubba (11:00) About Bubba’s new goal after he accomplished his 10-win PGA Tour goal (15:00) How Bubba’s father’s sickness changed his perspective (28:00) How to spin negatives into positives (35:00) The importance of giving back (48:30) What adoption means to Bubba (53:00)
February 18, 2019
YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVE. So many of us hide who we truly are. We bury our shame thinking that if anyone knew we would no longer be accepted. But living this way keeps us from connecting with others. It keeps us from truly experiencing life. I kept my history of abuse hidden for a long time. It wasn’t until I told my story that I could become the person I am today. You have to forgive yourself. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about shame with a person of great courage and integrity: Terry Crews. Terry Crews is an actor, activist, artist, and former NFL football player. He plays “Terry” on Brooklyn 99 and is now a host on America’s Got Talent. Terry was included among the group of people named as Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2017 for going public with stories of sexual assault. Terry has a powerful way of talking about what it means to be a man. We all can benefit from hearing his story. So get ready to learn all about guilt, shame, and toxic masculinity on Episode 760. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the biggest mistake that was the hardest to forgive yourself for? (5:30) What’s your view on forgiving toxic men? (55:00) How did you learn to forgive yourself? (1:00:00) What do love most about your wife (1:05:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Terry’s history of addiction (14:00) Why men need intimacy (21:00) The three stages of every man’s life (28:00) The difference between shame and guilt (31:00) The definition of toxic masculinity (40:00) About Terry’s #metoo moment (45:00)
February 15, 2019
UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU CAME FROM. The way you were raised still has effects on you today. It’s not that you should blame your parents. They did the best they could. But you should be aware of how your current actions reflect the truths you learned growing up. Growing up, my parents were raising four kids and working multiple jobs. I always felt invisible. I know that a lot of what motivates me today stems from those feelings of not being seen. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Alanis Morissette where we talked about the stages of development and how they mold us into the people we are today. Alanis Morissette is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actress. Her album Jagged Little Pill has sold more than 33 million copies globally. She’s also an avid supporter of female empowerment as well as physical and spiritual wellness. Learn about Alanis’ upbringing and how it made her into the person she is today on Episode 759. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Alanis was an overachiever growing up (2:00) How parenting was different 40 years ago (3:00) The stages of development and how significant it is if they are missed (3:30) How inaccurate mirroring from parents can make you not trust yourself (5:00)
February 14, 2019
RELATIONSHIPS ARE OUR GREATEST TEACHER. It’s Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it’s a good time to reflect. You have to get clear on what you want in a partner. Be specific. Otherwise, you’ll keep repeating the same patterns over and over. If you’re dating or married, do you treat that other person with respect? Do you listen to them and value them? Finding the right person isn’t the end of the story. You have to work hard to make that love grow. That’s why, on today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I reflect on what I’ve learned from my past relationships over a coffee conversation with my close friend, Cesar. Cesar and I talk about finding love and thriving in love. I’ve learned a lot over the years because I’ve messed up a lot. Now, I’m sharing what I know with you. Love yourself, love life, and get ready for a special Valentine’s Day relationship tell-all on Episode 758. In This Episode You Will Learn: Who I’ve learned the most from (4:30) Early dating stories from when Cesar and I were roommates (6:00) Three keys to finding love (11:00) Why generalities are keeping you down (33:00) Three steps to thrive in love (40:00) Why you need the courage to end relationships that are no longer working (57:00)
February 11, 2019
STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN. It’s much easier to eat whatever you’re craving without thinking much about it. It takes energy and intention to figure out what’s actually in our food. But making the effort to understand the ingredients we put in our body will help us take our life to the next level. So why is it so hard? The food industry is doing everything they can to keep chemicals in their food in order to increase shelf-life and keep you wanting more. Unless you’re making the effort to eat well, you’ll be convinced by their marketing lies. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with an amazing woman who has bravely taken the giants of the food industry: Vani Hari. Vani Hari aka “The Food Babe” is a New York Times best-selling author, blogger, and activist. She investigates what is really in our food, how is it grown and what chemicals are used in its production. Companies such as Chick-fil-A and Kraft have changed their ingredients based on her campaigns. Vani says that we need to know all the ingredients in our food, we need to know if they’re nutritious, and we need to know where they come from. So get ready to learn about the lies the food industry tells us on Episode 757. Some Questions I Ask: Why does the food industry need so many chemicals? (24:00) How do you know what’s real and what’s fake? (26:30) Is all organic food good? (37:00) What are the standards for ingredients in your company? (42:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How Vani’s efforts helped change the ingredients used by big companies (12:00) How Vani dealt with attacks on her character (16:00) The dangers of “Astroturf Campaigns” that try to prevent change (18:00) Why the “coconut oil is bad” headline was a lie (20:00) About the Three Question Detox (30:00) About the “48-hour Toxin Takedown” (36:00)
February 8, 2019
YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH THAT YOU'LL FIND A WAY. Do you allow doubt to trickle in? Maybe I won’t make it. Maybe I’m not smart enough. Maybe I’m not the person for the job. Your self-belief has to be airtight if you want to go all the way. It has to be unwavering. Once you believe in yourself authentically, you will get others on board who believe in you, too. You have the power to create a movement. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Aubrey Marcus where explains how champions use self-belief as a tool to win. Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on the holistic health philosophy Total Human Optimization. He regularly provides commentary to outlets like Entrepreneur, Forbes, The Doctors, and The Joe Rogan Experience. He has been featured on the cover of Men’s Health, is the author of the life-coaching course Go For Your Win, and author of the book Own The Day, Own Your Life from HarperCollins. Having self-belief doesn’t mean you’re cocky. It means that you’ve put in the work and you have the mindset to know you will accomplish what you set out to do. Learn why a strong belief in yourself is a key to success in any field in Episode 756. In This Episode You Will Learn: How champions use belief in themselves as a weapon (2:00) The way Conor McGregor uses self-belief to win fights (2:30) How to get your belief in yourself to 100% (5:45) Why politicians don’t use self-belief effectively (7:00) The line between confidence and cockiness (8:00) Follow me on instagram: @lewishowes
February 6, 2019
YOU CAN'T LET YOUR EGO RUN THE SHOW. You might be consumed by your ego and not even know it. It can be a powerful tool or the cause of your downfall. You need to recognize it, be aware of it, laugh at it, and finally work together with your ego to be your best self. Break the bonds of your ego. Otherwise, when will you ever be enough? On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’ve created a mashup on this topic featuring three people who have learned to work with their ego, not for it: Taye Diggs, Ryan Holiday, and Justin Baldoni. Taye Diggs is an actor and singer who is known for his roles on Broadway, TV, and Film. Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as multi-platinum musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. Justin Baldoni is an actor, director, and filmmaker who currently plays Rafael Solano on the award-winning show Jane the Virgin. These men have all experienced success in their careers, but they have to constantly work on keeping a healthy ego so that they do not self-destruct. It’s a daily battle. So get ready to learn what it takes to master your ego on Episode 755. Some Questions I Ask: What are some ways you can practice self-love? (6:00) How does reality help cure the ego? (8:00) What’s your biggest challenge right now? (12:00) Are you afraid of not being relevant? (14:30) In This Episode You Will Learn: Why knowing that you are enough is so difficult (7:00) Why you need to surround yourself with people who tell you the truth (9:00) The struggle between our lower and higher nature (13:00) How service can help to manage your ego (17:30) How to stop making your good deeds about you (20:00)
February 4, 2019
SWEAT MORE IN TRAINING SO YOU'LL BLEED LESS IN WAR. The nineties were a difficult time for me. But I believe that I experienced that to give me the motivation to do what I’m doing today. A rich life greatly lived is one that is also filled with challenges. I want you to know that no matter what you’re going through, there is richness on the other side. Take your wounds and turn them into wisdom. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with an incredible human who inspires leaders around the world: Robin Sharma. Robin Sharma is a former lawyer who is now a top leadership expert. His work is embraced by rock stars, royalty, billionaires and many celebrity CEOs. He has sold over 15,000,000 books, and his clients include Starbucks, Nike, GE, The Coca-Cola Company, NASA and Microsoft. Robin says that the most important relationship you have is the one with yourself. Awareness is the key to transformation. You not only need to have the right mindset, you have to have the right heartset, healthset, and soulset, too. So get ready to learn all about the Four Interior Empires on Episode 754. Some Questions I Ask: What has been your biggest test as you grow? (9:00) How do you deal with self-doubt? (16:30) What internal conversation do you have daily? (35:00) When do you feel the most loved? (44:30) What are you most proud of? (47:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: A philosophy for leadership (8:00) The Four Interior Empires (14:00) The 20/20/20 Formula (18:00) Why your critics are actually your spiritual friends (25:00) How providing “10x Value” could be the key to your success (43:00) Learn about Day Stacking and the Ten Rituals of Daily Genius (58:00)
February 1, 2019
“PROGRESS IS THE SOUL OF THE UNIVERSE.” - DE CHARDIN What do you believe in? We all agree that certain things are wrong. We’re constantly redefining what it means to treat each other with compassion and respect. So what is it that’s inspiring us to change? You might think that it’s random. But maybe there is a force behind it all. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with author, speaker and former pastor Rob Bell where he talked about why he believes in God. Rob Bell is the author of ten books, including the New York Times Bestsellers What We Talk About When We Talk About God, The Zimzum of Love, Love Wins and What Is the Bible?. His podcast, called the RobCast, was named by iTunes Best of 2015. He’s been profiled in the New Yorker, toured with Oprah, and in 2011 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Rob reminds us that moving forward and leaving harmful practices behind is what it means to be human. Reflect with Rob about how far we’ve come and where we need to go in Episode 753. In This Episode You Will Learn: What Rob puts his faith in (2:00) About the changes that are happening in society (2:30) What topics Rob thinks we still need to change as a country (3:30) If Rob believes in God (4:30)
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