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Getting Better Sleep : 17 Science-Backed Tips For Getting a Good Night's Sleep

EP139. Getting Better Sleep • In this article/episode, we'll be covering a list of Do's and Don'ts on getting better sleep, inspired by Arianna Huffington's book, The Sleep Revolution

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Know What You Want

EP138. Know What You Want • Aristotle once said, "The way to achieve success is first to have a definite, clear practical ideal---a goal, an objective. Second, have the [...]

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Shawn Stevenson - Sleep Smarter

EP137. Shawn Stevenson: Sleep Smarter • On today's episode of the podcast, we’re going to be talking about sleep… Now, we’ve all been told how important it is to get enough sleep — but [...]

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Joy-Money-Flow : The Simple Formula For The Work You Were Born To Do

EP136. Joy-Money-Flow • In this episode, I'll be sharing a simple formula to help you find the work you were born to do...

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Disfluency - The Secret to Turning Knowledge into Power

EP135. Disfluency: The Secret to Turning Knowledge into Power • Ever try to remember something, only to realize your brain can't find the folder? Today you'll learn why it happens + what to do...

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Chris Guillebeau - Born For This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

EP134. Chris Guillebeau - Born For This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do • Author Chris Guillebeau stops by to discuss how to optimize the joy, money and flow you get out of your work.

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Stretch Goals + SMART Goals = SUCCESS (Smarter Faster Better, Part II)

EP133. Stretch Goals + SMART Goals = SUCCESS (Stretch and SMART goals examples included) • Part II of our two-part series on how to be smarter, faster and better at everything you do.

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How To Be Smarter, Faster and Better at Everything You Do, Part I: Goals

EP132: How to Be Smarter, Faster and Better at Everything You Do, Part I: Sexy Stretch Goals, Bullet Train Thinking, and Why SMART Goals Don't Work

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Daniel Coyle - The Talent Code (Interview)

EP131. Daniel Coyle • Today I'm joined by Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, and he's here to tell us about what it really takes to tap into your greatest skills and talents.

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Carmine Gallo - The Storyteller's Secret

EP130: Carmine Gallo - The Storyteller's Secret • In this interview, you'll learn to craft compelling stories that can help you inspire, instruct, and drive positive change both in life and business.

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The Laws of Attraction - 13 Easy Ways To Get People To Like You

This article/episode was inspired by a book called The Like Switch, which outlines 13 “Laws of Attraction”—NOT to be confused with the “Law of Attraction” which is something different..

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Strategic Procrastination - How The World's Most Original People Get Things Done

EP127: Strategic Procrastination • This article + episode combo was inspired by "Originals" by Adam Grant. Get ready to learn how to achieve success through productive procrastination.

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11 Tips to Have a Long-Lasting, Happy Relationship

I'm no relationship counselor, but earlier this year the wifey + I came up with 11 things we think will help us maintain a happy relationship. We think they're awesome. Hopefully you will, too

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Resistance : 3 Steps to Embracing Struggle and Succeeding in Spite of Fear

EP126. Resistance | In this episode we'll talk about why most people fail to live their dreams, and 3 things you can do to overcome the fear of failing to do so.

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Positive Thinking Is NOT Enough

EP125: Positive Thinking Is NOT Enough • In this episode + article combo, we'll talk about why positive thinking is just ONE part of the 3-legged stool of success.

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Jay Papasan - The ONE Thing

EP124: Jay Papasan - The ONE Thing | My guest today is Jay Papasan, co-author of one of my all-time favorite books, “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.”

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The Power of Habit: 3 Steps To Creating Good Habits (and Breaking Bad Habits)

EP123: The Power of Habit | In this episode/article combo, you'll learn about 3 science-backed steps to creating good habits (and breaking bad ones)

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Take Action

Taking action is the only thing extraordinary individuals have in common across every field. If you aren't already doing so--It's time to motivate yourself to take action

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Presence by Amy Cuddy : Book Summary

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy - Book Summary | Read on for my favorite big ideas from "Presence" by Amy Cuddy

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Stressed Out? Remember Your Core Values

EP120: Stressed Out? Remember Your Core Values | In this episode, we'll talk about a quick way to beat anxiety with what scientists call, "Self-Affirmation Theory"

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The Power of PRESENCE

EP118: The Power of PRESENCE | This episode was inspired by a book called "Presence" by Amy Cuddy. We'll talk about an actionable (and science-backed) idea on overcoming nervousness and stress

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Can't Get Motivated To Focus On Your Personal Growth and Development? Do This

This past week, my wife and I checked into a seaside villa, locked ourselves inside of it for 2 1/2 days, and took that time to reflect on 2015 and recharge for 2016. In this episode, I want to...

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Top 10 Self Development Podcasts of 2015

A quick roundup of my most popular self development podcasts / episodes published in 2015.

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Have Your Best Year Ever: 4 Simple Tips To Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet

In this episode/article, we'll talk about the top new years resolutions and why people fail at keeping them. Then we'll chat about 4 of my best tips to make 2016 a great year -- the year you CRUSH it.

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Cal Newport - Deep Work: Focused Success In A Distracted World

EP116: Cal Newport on doing "Deep Work" and finding focused success in a distracted world.

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The Talent Code

EP107 - The Talent Code | This episode is inspired by Dan Coyle's awesome book, "The Talent Code" - which is all about teaching us that greatness isn't born. It's Grown.

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The Science of Successful Learning: Massed Practice vs Interleaved Practice

Massed Practice and Interleaved Practice are two popular ways in which to learn something. In this article/episode, we'll talk about which one actually works.

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9 Tips To Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety

EP113: 9 Tips To Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety | Ever feel anxious about giving a public talk or presentation? If yes, check this article/podcast combo out for 9 tips on taming the fear.

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Ditch Digital Productivity Apps, Use These Journaling Ideas For Simple Success

Are those shiny productivity apps not workin' out for yah? Ceckout today's episode + article combo for my answer to one listener's question about finding a simple solution to success in the New Year

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Protein Powder, The China Study, and Turning Cancer Off

EP112: Protein Powder, The China Study, and Turning Cancer Off | Today’s episode/FlashClass is inspired by The China Study, and it’s all about protein consumption. In case you’ve never heard....

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The Happiness Hypothesis

EP110: The Happiness Hypothesis - Changing Personality, Reducing Social Anxiety + Defeating Depression | Some big ideas from "The Happiness Hypothesis" by Jonathan Haidt

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Get Out of the Box

I spent four excruciating years living in a box. I hated it. So I did something about it. I think it's time you do too. Discover not just how to think outside the box, but to live outside the box.

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Risk Taking: 7 Secrets To Succeeding As A Risk Taker

EP109: 7 Secrets To Succeeding As A Risk Taker | Let's talk about risk taking. But before we move on, let's get one thing out of the way: if you're..

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Jenny Santi - The Giving Way To Happiness

EP108: Jenny Santi | On today's episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Jenny Santi, author of the new book, "The Giving Way To Happiness"

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4 Ways To Use Self-Improvement For Stress Management

In this episode, we'll dive into 4 ways I use self-improvement for stress management. Do this daily, and you'll be get ahead of a stressful situation *before* it occurs.

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Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

EP106: Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable (Article + Podcast Combo) | One of the reasons people don't do what they know they *really want* to do is because they're...

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Stop Being Reasonable. Be Unreasonable Instead

EP105: Be Unreasonable | In this episode, I'll be sharing some words of wisdom from Katie Couric's book, "The Best Advice I Ever Got"

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Tom Rath - Fully Charged

Are you fully charged on a daily basis? Checkout my interview with Tom Rath about his upcoming documentary, "Fully Charged," for a few tips on how to get charged at work--and at home.

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Muhammad Ali's Real Secret To Success--The Growth Mindset

EP103: Muhammad Ali's Real Secret To Success--The Growth Mindset | In this episode + article combo, we'll discuss how embracing a growth mindset can help you achieve greatness.

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How To Focus When You're Overwhelmed By Too Many Ideas

Ever feel overwhelmed by too many ideas? On today's Q/A episode of the podcast, you'll learn how to solve that problem once and for all so that you can overcome overwhelm and stay focused

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86,400 Ticks of The Clock

Today brings to each of us 1,440 minutes; 86,400 ticks of the clock. Time favors no one. Today merely says, ‘Here I am. What are you going to do with me?'

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Jesse Itzler - Living With a SEAL

On today's episode of the show, I'm joined by co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks and ultra-endurance athlete, Jesse Itzler to talk about his new book, "Living With a SEAL"

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Idea Juicing: How To Find Your Best Ideas Using The 80/20 Principle

In this episode/article, you'll learn how super successful people use the 80/20 Principle to find the best ideas in life and business (and how you can do it too)

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You Are Perfect

EP096: You Are Perfect | "Nobody's perfect" - we've all heard it, said it, and most people believe it. But in his book, "The Fifth Agreement," don Miguel Ruiz questions this sentiment...

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Rising Strong by Brené Brown - Book Summary

Rising Strong by Brené Brown - Book Summary | In this book summary, we'll take a look at some of the big ideas behind Brené Brown's book about resilience.

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How To Stop Procrastinating : Why Smart People Procrastinate and How To Stop

How To Stop Procrastinating | In this episode/article, you'll learn why smart people procrastinate and a 3-step method on how to stop procrastinating immediately.

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12 Powerful Mini Habits To Practice Each Day

“Mini habits” are daily routines/rituals that take just a few minutes to perform, but have huge returns in the overall quality of your life as a result of doing so.

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  1. Getting Better Sleep : 17 Science-Backed Tips For Getting a Good Night's Sleep

    Apr 21, 16 02:23 PM

    EP139. Getting Better Sleep • In this article/episode, we'll be covering a list of Do's and Don'ts on getting better sleep, inspired by Arianna Huffington's book, The Sleep Revolution

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