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Ep35: FOCUS: The Superpower of the 21st Century | with Cal Newport

1/18/2018
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In our 24-7 world of constant distractions, focus is quickly becoming the superpower of the 21st century. Your ability to get meaningful work done, become successful, and avoid the endless trap of busyness that we are so tempted to get sucked into is directly proportional to your ability to do ‘deep work’ and focus intensely on one important action at a time. In today’s interview I speak with one of the foremost experts in the world on the topic of focus. Cal Newport is an Associate...

Duration: 01:08:25


Ep34: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less | with Greg McKeown

1/15/2018
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Less...but better. Sounds like an oxymoron, but I promise adopting this mantra can change your life. Modern technology has changed everything about our lives, and while in some ways it has simplified things, in other ways technology has massively complicated every hour of the day for us. We are no longer human beings, we have simply become extensions of our technology. Clients expect quicker turnarounds, we are surrounded by endless distractions, we take on more projects than we can handle,...

Duration: 01:02:51


Ep33: Winning at The Ultimate Game of Life | with Jim Bunch

12/21/2017
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I can’t believe I’m about to say this...but 2017 is just about to end (which seriously doesn’t even seem possible), which means it’s time to start setting some goals for 2018. If you missed my previous episode with high performance coach Jeanette Goodrich I highly recommend checking that out first because in that interview we talk a lot about setting high level goals and the steps that most people miss when setting their goals. As I mentioned in that episode, over 92% of people fail to...

Duration: 01:13:33


Ep32: Why People Fail And How To Properly Set Your Goals | with Jeanette Goodrich

12/19/2017
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Around this time every year a common word begins to resurface: “Resolutions.” And while we all have the best intentions of beginning the new year with all the energy and motivation to make positive changes in our lives, inevitably 92% of resolutions fail. It’s easy to make excuses and say that “Life got in the way,” but if you truly intend to achieve your goals in 2018 and make positive progress towards the life you truly desire, I promise you it’s gonna take a lot more than willpower and...

Duration: 00:52:14


Ep31: The Weekend Warrior's Guide to Obstacle Course Racing | with Nick Montgomery

12/14/2017
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If you’re a keyboard monkey like me who loves to escape the dark room on weekends and get dirty in the real world, i.e. you consider yourself a “Weekend Warrior,” then you’ll love today’s episode as much as me because this interview blends two of my favorite passions: Creative work and obstacle course racing. My guest today is Nick Montgomery, a film editor who likes to run around in the mud and lift heavy things up hills for fun. He maintains that his lifestyle balance of pushing creative...

Duration: 01:00:26


Ep30: How Regular Movement Makes You Smarter | with Dr. John Ratey

12/12/2017
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It's no secret that my #1 productivity hack is movement throughout the workday. And everyone knows that exercise is good for us and can help us feel better, but who has the time to go running for 45 minutes every morning just to achieve the "Runner's High?" Luckily for working stiffs like us who live in front of computers, the benefits of simple exercises and movement reach far beyond what you might get from intense activity, and the full potential that exercise and regular movement...

Duration: 01:04:02


Ep29: Protecting Your Vision Using 'Iris' | with Daniel Georgiev

12/7/2017
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For those of us who spend most of our waking hours sitting in front of screens (i.e. ALL of us), we’ve learned a lot recently about the negative health effects of screen exposure, especially when it comes to eye health. I’ve seen a lot of activity in Facebook groups in the last few months especially about eye health and protecting yourself from blue light. I’ve done past podcasts with sleep experts such as Shawn Stevenson and Ben Greenfield about how to get better sleep in part by limiting...

Duration: 00:50:21


Ep28: The Science Behind Depression and Anxiety | with Dr. D and Dr. Michael Mark

12/5/2017
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When discussing depression and anxiety, it’s not uncommon to hear people say things like, “Why don’t you just snap out of it!” or, “You just need to get some sleep and you’ll be fine.” But unfortunately for many people like myself, depression and anxiety come part and parcel with being blessed with creative talents. There is no simple way to “snap out of” depression or “sleep off” anxiety if you have the genetic predisposition towards both of these ailments or if your biochemistry has been...

Duration: 01:14:27


Ep27: How to Rewrite Your Own Story | with Dr. Steven Isaacman

11/30/2017
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The term “Psychoanalysis” comes with plenty of baggage, not the least of which is images of Freud asking someone about their relationship with their mother, or on the opposite end of the spectrum someone lying down on a couch expressing their innermost fears and desires only to have a practitioner passively responding with, “and how did that make you feel?” Ugh….shoot me. But despite some of the negative stigmas surrounding therapy and mental health in our society today, there’s a lot more...

Duration: 01:01:21


Ep26: The Power of a 'Mindfulness' Practice | with Dr. Swati Desai

11/28/2017
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“Mindfulness” is a buzz word you see on the Internet all the time nowadays, but what does the term mindfulness actually mean? And do I need to wear sandals, eat organic hemp granola, and chant to the stars while somebody balances my chakras to authentically practice mindfulness? Luckily mindfulness requires nothing more than a willingness to hit the pause button on your life for just a few minutes a day and focus on the present moment. And in doing so it is scientifically proven to help you...

Duration: 01:07:16


Ep25: Being Grateful In the Face of Adversity | with Humberto Gurmilan

11/21/2017
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The holidays are the time of year we’re all meant to slow down and recognize all the things in our lives that we are grateful for, but unfortunately with the crazy speed that life moves nowadays, the holiday season is most likely the most stressful time of the year. All most people (including myself) are often focused on is rushing to get projects done before the year ends, making travel plans, fighting the mad rush of holiday shoppers and traffic, and if there’s any spare time left in the...

Duration: 01:02:10


Ep24: The Journey of 1000km That Began With a Single Step | with Todd Kopriva

11/16/2017
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If you spend all day sitting in front of a computer, then you’ll no doubt relate to Todd Kopriva’s oh-so-familiar story of gaining over 70 pounds from working a sedentary job for over a decade as a software designer for Adobe. But even though the beginning of this story might sound familiar, the rest of it is anything but ordinary. During his final year before leaving Adobe, Todd had a stark realization about the direction his life was headed and decided he needed to make a major change. So...

Duration: 01:06:17


Ep23: How Being Sedentary Is Damaging You (According to NASA) | with Dr. Joan Vernikos

11/14/2017
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If you work in one position all day long, whether sitting, standing, or otherwise, it's important to understand how gravity is negatively affecting your health when you are sedentary. We've all heard the phrase, "Sitting is the New Smoking," but it goes much deeper than that. My guest in this episode is Dr. Joan Vernikos, the former director of the Life Sciences Division at NASA and author of the book Sitting Kills, Moving Heals. She is one of the world's foremost experts on stress from a...

Duration: 01:09:54


Ep22: The 'Limitless' Drug Is Here...Introducing Qualia | with Dr. Daniel Stickler

11/9/2017
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Qualia is quite possibly the most revolutionary product I’ve come across in my decade-long quest of personal development and self-optimization. It’s as close as you’ll ever get to experiencing the ‘Limitless’ drug. Yes...it’s that good. I’ve been experimenting with it behind-the-scenes for several months now, and I’m finally coming out of the closet to share it with you because I’m now thoroughly convinced this product delivers exactly what it promises, and more. In today’s episode I have...

Duration: 01:20:02


Ep21: Using HRV to Reduce Stress (and Master Your Nervous System) | with Ronda Collier

11/7/2017
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HRV, or “Heart Rate Variability” is a term you might not be familiar with. It’s a biological measurement you should absolutely know just as you would your weight, your cholesterol, or you blood pressure. Simply put, HRV is the measurement of time between your heartbeats. While this sounds relatively simple, what is so profound about this measurement is how it can help you measure the strength of your nervous system, and more importantly how knowing it can help you predict your physical and...

Duration: 00:58:49


Ep20: Rewiring Your Brain to Be Happier | with Shane Burcaw

11/2/2017
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As of this week’s episode I have now recorded over 130 interviews with people all over the planet in many different industries with their own unique stories. But with all due respect to every single person I’ve ever interviewed, I can confidently say that talking today with Shane Burcaw was one of the highlights of my life. Rarely do you come across a human being that radiates such positivity, clarity, and confidence. If you don’t walk away from this interview feeling like you can overcome...

Duration: 01:04:36


Ep19: From Rehab to Running Ultra Marathons | with Wes Plate

10/31/2017
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Wes Plate is no stranger to adversity. On the surface it may appear that he is incredibly successful having founded the software company Automatic Duck, as well as worked for companies such as Adobe and Pinnacle, not to mention years of editing commercials and main title sequences for network television shows. On top of all that Wes is currently a product designer for a little tiny tech startup you may have heard of called Apple. Beyond Wes’ professional success is his personal...

Duration: 01:11:28


Ep18: Surviving the Insanity of the Edit Suite | with Billy Goldenberg, ACE

10/26/2017
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Billy Goldenberg is the Oscar-winning film editor of such films as Detroit, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, The Imitation Game, several of the Transformers films, the National Treasure franchise, and many more. He's done numerous collaborations with Michael Mann, Ben Affleck, Michael Bay, and he even won his Oscar the same year that his mentor Michael Kahn was nominated (if you're not familiar with Michael Kahn, he's Steven Spielberg's longtime editor and collaborator). Needless to say, Billy...

Duration: 01:04:32


Ep17: Is Taking Free Work Really Worth It? | with Alan Bell

10/24/2017
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In creative industries like film & television post-production, it's extremely common to see job listings for free or low paid work, but how do you know if it's worth it or if you should run for the hills? After all, would you ask for services for free in other industries? » Click here to download your 'Should I Take Free Work?' Assessment Tool Just imagine walking into an upscale restaurant and saying, “I’d love to try out the most popular item on your menu, and while I won’t pay for it...

Duration: 01:09:09


Ep16: Writing Your Own (Unique) Path to the Top | with Wendy Calhoun

10/19/2017
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#AdvanceYourself month continues where we’re diving into the weeds talking about taking practical, boots-on-the-ground action steps to move your creative career forwards, or more specifically to this episode, how to transition from climbing one ladder to climbing a different one, even if that means taking one step back to take several forwards in the future. I’m incredibly excited for this episode because it’s with Wendy Calhoun who happens to not only be an incredibly decorated and...

Duration: 01:14:30

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