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Dean Bokhari's Self Development blog + podcast. Weekly articles, podcasts, and book summaries to help you build your most meaningful life, both personally and professionally.

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Meaningful Work

EP168. Meaningful Work • How closely aligned are your personal values with your professional values? In this episode, I share the story of Patagonia [...]

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Feel The Fear, Take Action Anyway

EP166. Feel The Fear, Take Action Anyway • Fear… It freezes people in place. And there’s only one way to avoid becoming frozen in place by fear—we must take action.

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How Happiness Comes From Solving Problems

EP165. Happiness Comes From Solving Problems • This episode is all about problems... Now, most folks tend to think that problems are a bad thing. But they're not. At least not if [...]

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5 Deadly Mistakes That Prevent You From Achieving Your Goals

EP164. 5 Deadliest Mistakes That Prevent You From Achieving Your Goals • In this episode, you'll learn the common mistakes most people when trying to accomplish their goals, and [...]

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How To Change When Change Is Hard — 3 Science-Backed Steps

EP163. How To Change When Change Is Hard • No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve achieved, if you’re anything like 99.9999% of people on this planet, it’s likely that you’ve got at least one...

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Pre-Suasion: To Influence Others, Use "The Principle of Unity"

EP162. Pre-Suasion • In this episode, we'll discuss how to influence others through the principle of "Unity." Inspired by the book, Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

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Paul Smith: Sell With a Story

EP160. Paul Smith: Sell With a Story • In this episode I'm joined by author Paul Smith, here to show us how to craft powerful stories to sell our ideas, products, and/or services to the world.

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8 Simple Ideas on Finding Your Calling

EP159. 8 Simple Ideas on Finding Your Calling • In this episode we'll discuss several simple ideas on how to find your calling, outlined in Jen Sincero's book "You Are a Badass"

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Learn To Love Yourself: 9 Ways To Cultivate Self-Love

EP158. Learn To Love Yourself • Do you love yourself? A surprisingly huge number of people don't. Here are 9 things that have helped me cultivate the self-love we all desire and deserve in life.

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3 Reasons Why You're Unfulfilled

EP157. 3 Reasons Why You're Unfulfilled • If you're unfulfilled in life, or just sort of going through the motions without a meaningful sense of purpose, then there are only three reasons why [...]

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Kute Blackson: You Are The One

EP156. Kute Blackson: You Are The One • On today's episode, get ready for a passion-fueled, straight-forward, conversation on finding your life's purpose with author Kute Blackson.

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Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz : Book Summary

Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz : Book Summary • This is an article + episode combo on one of the cornerstone-books in the Self-Help genre: "Psycho Cybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz

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You Make Mistakes--Mistakes Don't Make You

EP154. You Make Mistakes--Mistakes Don't Make You • In this episode we'll talk about how to overcome failure, inspired by the classic book, Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

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The 10X Rule

EP153. The 10X Rule • In this episode we'll look at 3 of my favorite big ideas from "The 10X Rule" by Grant Cardone: 1) Aim 10X higher and do 10X more...

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3 Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms

EP152. 3 Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms • This episode was inspired by the book, "The Code of The Extraordinary Mind" by Vishen Lakhiani

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4 Major Keys To Achieving Your Goals (Backed by Science)

EP151. 4 Major Keys To Achieving Your Goals (Backed by Science)

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99% is a BITCH; 100% is a BREEZE

EP150. 99% is a BITCH; 100% is a BREEZE • In his book, "The Success Principles," Jack Canfield tells us that the spoils of victory go to those who make a 100% commitment to the outcome, to those...

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Tucker Max: How To Write a Best-Selling Book (Everything You Need to Know)

EP149. Tucker Max • In this episode, I'm joined by three-time #1 NY-Times best-selling author and CEO of Book In A Box, Tucker Max, to discuss how to write and publish a best-selling book.

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Inspiration vs Motivation

EP148. Inspiration vs Motivation • There's a subtle difference between inspiration and motivation - but it's a biggie for anyone who wants sustainable success, rather than a momentary pump-up

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Jonah Berger: Invisible Influence

EP147: Jonah Berger: Invisible Influence • In this episode, I'm joined by author Jonah Berger to discuss his new book, "Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces that Shape Behavior"

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Flow: The 9 Essential Elements of Happiness in Life and Work

EP146. Flow • In this episode, we'll be talking about "Flow," which is a term that author Mihály Csíkszentmihályi uses to describe that feeling of total awesomeness you experience when you're

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Kevin Kelly: The Technological Forces That Will Shape Your Future

EP145. Kevin Kelly • In this episode, I'm joined by author Kevin Kelly to discuss his new book, "The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future"

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The Four Thieves of Productivity

EP143. The Four Thieves of Productivity (Avoid Them At All Cost) • Give up the following four thieves of productivity in order to get more of what you want, and less of what you don’t

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Michael Bungay Stanier - The Coaching Habit and The Power of Questions

EP144. Michael Bungay Stanier - The Coaching Habit • In this interview, we dive into how you can become a better leader and build better relationships by asking better questions...

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The First Key To Mastery : Finding Your Life's Task

EP141. The First Key To Mastery : Finding Your Life's Task • In this article + episode combo, we'll explore how you can achieve Mastery and do meaningful work.

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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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Meaning Matters

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  1. Meaningful Work

    Nov 16, 16 03:52 PM

    EP168. Meaningful Work • How closely aligned are your personal values with your professional values? In this episode, I share the story of Patagonia [...]

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