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Thoughts, talks, and tips to elevate you to win at life.

Thoughts, talks, and tips to elevate you to win at life.
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Thoughts, talks, and tips to elevate you to win at life.




Reframe Your Mind, Conquer Adversity – EU 16

“We forget: In life, it doesn’t matter what happens to you or where you came from. It matters what you do with what happens and what you’ve been given.” ― Ryan Holiday Jarrod Greth was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, at age three. Now cancer-free and working towards a law degree, Jarrod weighs in on life as a cancer survivor, amputee, and how he’s been able to reframe adversity to strive for the best version of himself. Key Points: Adversity is a mindset. This...

Duration: 01:01:29

Feeling Insecure? A Cure For The Plague Of Insecurity – EU15

“It is always the secure who are humble.” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton You wake up, brush your teeth, and gaze into the mirror hoping to see the reflecting visage of a Brad Pitt or Emma Watson. Nope, just you again, frazzled hair and all. In that moment, it’s easy to fall into despair. “Why am I not a beautiful celebrity worth millions?” you might think. Why aren’t my finances respectable? Why am I so socially awkward? Why did THAT incident have to happen to me? Regardless of the question,...

Duration: 00:54:35

Turkey Day & Travel Escapades – EU14

Happy Thanksgiving! This week, we’re joined by the lovely and talented Ms. Alex to talk turkey day and travel escapades. We practice gratitude by reflecting on the things we’re thankful for and share stories acquired from traveling the world. This episode follows the arc of adventure. We discuss first impressions stepping off the plane, the “honeymoon phase” of being in a new place, total immersion, the return home, lessons and benefits of travel, and practical ways to make travel a part...

Duration: 02:54:00

Ep 13: Unraveling The Elements Of Exceptional Relationships

Relationships are awesome, they allow you to share the essence of your soul with another individual willing and capable of receiving it. Once this bond is solidified by an unbreakable love, you are both carried away to nirvana to spend the rest of your days totally getting each other and living happily ever after. Except not, relationships are tough! In this content-rich episode, Bryan and Michael examine the components that constitute successful relationships. We talk interdependence,...

Duration: 02:11:35

Ep 12: A Millennial’s Guide To Surviving The Quarter-Life Crisis

“Just because we’re on different paths doesn’t mean I’m lost.” As the fall season continues to descend upon us, Bryan and Michael share their plans to partake in “Sober November” and get personal on the topic of quarter-life crisis. The quarter-life crisis is typically characterized by the solidification of identity and one’s standing in the world as they transition from young-adulthood to the next phase of life. We share personal struggles with this phenomenon, examine some of the...

Duration: 01:55:12

Ep 11: Emotional Stupidity & How To Avoid It

Have you ever found yourself weeping uncontrollably into a vat of Ben & Jerry’s for no apparent reason? Have people told you your level of agreeableness is less than that of a rabid baboon? Do you struggle to connect with others to form healthy, win-win relationships? If so, you may be suffering from a hard case of emotional stupidity, AKA a lack of emotional intelligence. In this episode, we’re greeted by special guest and father Cody Blowers to discuss the critical topic of emotional...

Duration: 01:57:43

Ep 10: Why So Serious?

In this double-digit installment of the Elevated U Podcast, Bryan and Michael steal a quote from their favorite Batman movie and riff on the topic of seriousness. We ponder the causes and effects of seriousness, how it impacts those around us, and how fun can serve as an important counter-weight for a balanced life.

Duration: 01:19:33

Ep 9: Our Elevated U Journey & The Case For Stagnation

The best and most memorable adventures are the ones that happen. In this week’s installment, we discuss our roots, how Elevated U came to be, and what we’ve learned in the process. We show some love to all of our listeners, you guys rock! Then Bryan and Michael argue the case for stagnation; why personal growth can actually be harmful. We share personal stories, examine the symptoms of misdirected growth, and offer a few suggestions for how to make your life meaningful no matter how...

Duration: 02:10:46

Ep 8: 10 Psychological Traps That Stifle Awesomeness

In this week’s episode, Bryan and Michael riff and rant on 10 psychological traps that hinder people from achieving optimal states of awesomeness: 1) Discipline 2) Excuses 3) Not listening to others 4) Lack of exercise 5) Judging others 6) Perfectionism 7) Selfishness 8) PC culture 9) Entitlement 10) Lack of appreciation for the mundane

Duration: 00:41:33

Ep 7: The Pursuit Of Happiness

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi This week’s episode features special guest and close friend Robert as we plunge face-first into the topic of happiness. We share personal views on the pursuit of happiness, challenge the notion of happiness as an end goal, and explore ways to attain sustained fulfillment throughout life. This episode was a blast to record and we hope you enjoy the variety of perspectives and honest dialogue...

Duration: 00:35:39

Ep 6: Just Do It! Productivity Pointers To Power-Up Your Life

It’s the first week of fall, and in this episode Michael and Bryan drop some wisdom on how to stay productive even after that 7 slice of pumpkin pie. We share personal productivity strategies, common productivity pitfalls and what to do when you fall off the horse. We talk about momentum, motivation, time management, sacrifice, short-term vs. long-term strategies, and how to stay sane all the while getting things done. So before you settle into that Autumn-based food coma, give us a...

Duration: 01:29:46

Ep 5: How To Be An Effective Leader

What does it take to be an effective leader? How do effective leaders champion their cause? In this week’s installment of the Elevated U Podcast, Bryan and Michael take a stab at the topic of leadership. We dissect what leadership means to us, examine various leadership styles and methodologies, share our top 3 attributes for effective/ineffective leaders, and discuss how to incorporate leadership into your life to elevate yourself and those around you to succeed!

Duration: 00:36:59

Ep 4: How To Cultivate Strength To Pierce Through Adversity

We admire those people who are able to push through seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve great heights. The Ghandis, MLKs, Steve Jobs of the world. In this week’s episode, Bryan and Michael delve into the concept of strength, how to find and build your personal strengths, how weakness factors into strength, and how to develop an overarching framework of strength to survive and thrive during the toughest times of your life. We share personal anecdotes, historic examples (Bryan has...

Duration: 00:33:49

Ep 3: Is The Road To Bliss Paved With Regret?

In this week’s episode, Bryan and Michael get deep on the topic of regret, what initiates it, how it’s affected their lives, and how regret can be used as a powerful tool for altering behavior, inviting growth, and inspiring integrous and value-based living!

Duration: 00:40:10

Ep 2: An Optimist, A Pessimist & A Realist Walk Into A Bar…

In today’s episode, we break away from optimism’s stereotypical golden throne atop the cultural paradigm and dive into how pessimism and realism can also be useful perceptive tools for living a good life. We chat about what it’s like to be a realist, how to tell which of the three you are, and how fluctuating between all of them can be useful when navigating this beautiful, tragic and ordinary existence.

Duration: 01:02:23

Episode 1: Thinking For Yourself

In this episode, we talk about the concept of “thinking for yourself,” the dangers of group think, how to take responsibility for your life, and how to get in touch with your core of awesomness to make decisions to be the best version of you!

Duration: 00:43:32