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Radical Brilliance is about defining the parameters of a life of contribution .

Radical Brilliance is about defining the parameters of a life of contribution .


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Radical Brilliance is about defining the parameters of a life of contribution .






Quantum Reality ~ with Dr. Vlatko Vedral

Today's episode of the Radical Brilliance podcast is with Dr. Vlatko Vedral, professor of quantum technology at Oxford University. I hope that it will blow your mind as much as it did mine. The more that I explore the cutting edge of quantum physics, the more new insight I have about what is happening in our world. We all get locked in the echo chambers of mutually exclusive narratives of meaning, which we defend literally as if we were under physical attack. The shift in how we understand...


Learning to Think ~ with Raj Jana

So often when we listen to conversations with “experts,” they are people who have written the books, mapped out the landscape, and created a lifetime of credentials. Often, of course, these experts are baby boomers, now in their 50s 60s or beyond. Eric Hoffer once said, “In times of rapid change, it is the learners who will inherit the earth, while the knowers will be well-equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” We are in times of rapid change. Our very survival hangs in the...


Disruption Provokes Evolution ~ with Joe Mechlinkski

The latest episode of the Radical Brilliance podcast is with Joe Mechlinski, the author of "Shift the Work," and the founder of Shift. His organization has a long track record of supporting organizations, from tens to thousands of employees, to change the work environment. Most of us find ourselves in unprecedented times of uncertainty. Just a few months ago, the economy was booming, unemployment rates were low, and everyone was busy hopping on and off planes to exotic destinations, eating...


The Power of Tribe ~ with Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan

Welcome back to the Radical Brilliance Podcast. This week our guests are Bill Kauth and Zoe Alowan, talking about the power of tribe. Us homo sapiens have always done better when we collaborate. Truth is… we need each other, whether we're willing to admit it or not. Historically, we all used to live tribally just in order to survive. But, over time, tribal ways were largely abandoned or actively destroyed, especially with the rise of urban development, systems of governance, religion,...


Creation Out Of Nothing ~ with Alex Ebert

"No one really knows why they're alive until they know what they would die for." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Death plays an essential role in the cycle of creativity. There's no light without darkness and there's no life without death. The most beautiful gardens grow from rich and dirty compost. As a society, we regularly try to cheat death and avoid discomfort but we're really just cheating ourselves of the opportunity to feel, grieve, fear, rage, fall, fail, learn, and eventually grow --...


Fusion Dance ~ with Justin Riley

As an expert in personal transformation, I thought I had seen it all. Tried hundreds of modalities, and developed some as well. Read and written countless books, and coached thousands of people on how to be their best. So imagine my surprise when I stepped onto a Fusion dance floor and found myself completely blown away by the deep life lessons being offered to me in such an unassuming form. Dance is a metaphor for life. Everything we need to work on in our personal and professional lives...


Enabling Creativity ~ Forrest Landry

What conditions enable our highest creative states? What's the role of skill in creativity? Is the creative impulse emotional or intellectual? Please enjoy this provocative conversation about the what, where, and how of ideas with brilliant mind, Forrest Landry. 4:00 -- Conditions that enable creativity 21:06 -- Creativity to what end? 35:21 -- Creation versus discovery 44:15 -- “The process that allows the light to emerge”


Zero Limits ~ Joe Vitale

How do the words, "Anything is Possible" make you feel? Maybe you feel relief when you read them. Maybe excitement. Maybe something that previously seemed inaccessible just opened its doors for you. Or maybe you're a skeptic. "Surely they don't mean 'anything is possible,'" you think. Does it seem ridiculous? Consider this: If you look for proof that an idea, a project, some future scenario is totally impossible -- you won't find it. There's not enough data to support your hypothesis. That's...


Conscious Business ~ with Rinaldo Brutoco

The words "private enterprise" and "social change" haven't always gone hand in hand. From tobacco companies, to big banks, to the military industrial complex -- the examples of harm done in an attempt to make money are numerous. Numerous, but waning. In this week's episode we will discover how companies with values and a mission actually do better financially. We'll talk about how organizations (for-profit and non-for-profit) do better when they have a thriving revenue model to support their...


Should You Write a Book? ~ with Bill Gladstone

There are so many good reasons to write a book: Writing can help organize our thoughts or come to new understandings about the material we're presenting once we go through the process of putting it all on paper; writing can be emotionally gratifying -- cathartic and/or joyful; writing can help uplift and preserve diverse perspectives and cultures that deserve representation. If you have something to contribute to the world (and, by the way, everyone does), then consider writing a book. Bill...


The Best Possible Future ~ with David Houle

More or less everyone alive today agrees that this is a very pivotal time, not only in human history, but equally in the history of the earth itself. Never before have we faced so many unresolved problems. Not only is our survival threatened as a species, but so is the survival of many other species we impact, and even the biosphere in which we all live. Equally, this is a time of great promise. The quality of life has never been so great: the possibility to live in good health and to devote...


Social Anxiety ~ with Alex Ebert

Caring about what other people think of us isn't just societally conditioned, it's biologically programmed thanks to the way humans have evolved over time. We feel we need to fit in, we need to be accepted, in order to be successful. But arguably the most creative people on our planet have done just the opposite: they come up with original ideas totally independent of what other people may think. They face (or disregard) fears of critique and rejection in order to bring forward something...


Where Do Good Ideas Come From? ~ with Daniel Schmachtenberger

Are good ideas born among the stars? Do they get transmitted to us through some mysterious satellite of the heavens? Or do good ideas come from within us, from our brain making connections across the billions of data points we actively and passively collect throughout our lives? Is there such thing as an original idea that borrows from previously-shared ideas? Are ideas exclusive to individuals or can groups come together to ideate? Join us in conversation with Daniel Schmachtenberger as we...


Business Freedom ~ with Eric Edmeades

Many entrepreneurs start businesses with a vision on how to improve the quality of life. Pretty soon, the founder of a company discovers that he or she cannot perform every function alone. You need an accountant, customer support, project management, a sales team... and then an executive to manage the whole operation. After a while, the founder of the company discovers that what began as an avenue for creative expression has become a kind of prison. Instead of the business serving the...


Intuition ~ with Sonia Choquette

In chapter two of the book Radical Brilliance, we distinguish between two kinds of thought. "Horizontal thoughts," with which we are mostly familiar, are simply regurgitations of what we have heard or thought before. Almost everything that passes through the mind during the day is a repetition of something from the past. "Vertical thought," which is much more unusual, arises from the depths, out of stillness. It means thinking a thought that has never been thought before, which becomes...


The Wisdom of Slowing Down ~ with Srini Pillay

If you've become at all familiar by now with the Brilliance Cycle, you'll know that true originality and contribution requires the coexistence of four very different phases of activity. 12 to 3 is the spontaneous arising of fresh creative energy out of stillness. 3 to 6 is the realization of intentions into measurable results. 6 to 9 is where we fully integrate and learn from our mistakes to develop humility. 9 to 12 is where we recognize the limitations of our humanity, and turn to...


How to Have Original Ideas ~ with Sam Horn

Have you ever had an amazing idea that never really went anywhere? Maybe you tried to share your amazing idea with others but they just looked back at you with blank stares. How many brilliant innovations never launch, how many books never get written, how many start-ups fail -- just because a strong enough case wasn't made for them? Just because the creators couldn't get investors, customers, audiences to care? Sam Horn has mastery in condensing complex ideas and understandings down into...


How to Speed Up and Slow Down Time ~ with Roger Hamilton

Everybody wants more money, more new shiny objects. Everybody needs food and clothing and shelter and relationships. But the one thing most people in Western culture feel they don't have enough of is time. We often view time as a limited commodity, a little like the money in your bank account. If you have $300, spend $100, you've only got $200 left. What if time itself was actually expanding and contracting? What if “an hour” sometimes passed very quickly and sometimes went very slowly? If...


The Impact of Papaji ~ with Isaac Shapiro

Particularly among baby boomers, many people have had relationships to a spiritual teacher, joined a community (or Sangha) and subscribed to a particular philosophical orientation. A relationship with a teacher can be many things. It can lead to dependency on things outside yourself. It can lead to a craving for approval, fitting in, and a fear of missing out. A relationship with a teacher can easily become a way to make up for what we didn't get with mommy and daddy. Also (sadly, not...


Happy Money ~ with Ken Honda

There are approximately 2.3 million species on this planet. Only one of them accumulates possessions beyond their immediate needs for survival. Only one species uses the earth's resources in a non-renewable way, and only one species has developed a complex system initially generated by the bartering of goods and services. This is us. Money is such a complex topic because it doesn't really exist. It is created by group consensus. Babies don't understand money, nor do indigenous people, nor do...