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Elizabeth Gilbert: Curiosity and the Passion Fallacy. [Best Of]  

[Best Of Episode] Elizabeth Gilbert exploded into the public's consciousness in 2006 with the release of her mega-bestselling memoir, Eat Pray Love.

Since then, she's published a series of books, given a TED talk on creative genius that's been viewed more than 10 million times, become a leading voice on the pursuit of a creative, connected and vital life.

Gilbert's book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, takes you deeper into what it means to live a creative life, offering a wonderful blend of wisdom, unabashed magical thinking, amazing stories and a whole lot of unexpected myth-busting and contrarian insights.

I had a chance to sit down with Liz and, as often happens with these Good Life conversations, we ended up going all sorts of places I'd never planned. We touched on the power of curiosity and the fallacy of passion, where creativity comes from, what stops us from doing the thing we're here to do, the importance of caring for your vessel, what happens when you think you've reached the end of your capacity and her powerful lens on what it means to live a good life.

This is deeply moving, revealing, insightful and sometimes pretty funny conversation. In fact, we begin with a hard-hitting reveal of a relationship that Gilbert had kept secret for more than four decades. And, along the way, this beautiful thought came tumbling forth:

"When you come to the end of yourself is where all the interesting stuff starts." Tweet this.

If you've ever wondered how to step into a creative life, how to get that thing in your head and heart out into the world, this is an absolute "do not miss" conversation.

We first aired this conversation in September 2015. We're so excited to share this timeless "Best Of" episode with you today.


Photo credit: (c) Timothy Greenfied-Sanders

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Why You Need a Point of View. Swearing and Pain.  

Good Life Riff: We hear a lot of talk about finding your voice. Truth is, it matters, but it's also not enough. Not if you want to stand out, rise above, create impact and make meaning. There's something else that we need to both cultivate and share. And, in today's world, it matters more than ever. What is it? Your point of view. That's the focus of today's riff.

Good Life Science: Swearing, cussing, cursing, it's got many names. Some people revile it, others revel in it. No matter how you feel about swearing, though, it turns out it has a very specific benefit when it comes to your ability to tolerate pain. In today's Good Life Science Update, we're diving into fascinating research on the topic. And, as always, for those want to go to the source, here's a link to the full study.

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Liz Dolan: Mega-Business, Side-Hustles and Podcasting.  

So, how exactly did the global head of marketing for Nike become a podcaster?

From studying Comparative Literature and French to becoming the head of marketing at mega-brands like Nike, OWN, National Geographic Channels and Fox International, Liz Dolan has taken the world of big business by storm.

But in between these high-profile gigs, she found herself diving into deeply personal endeavors and side-hustles, with a focus on creativity, media and storytelling.

Most recently, she left the world of mega-business to host a great podcast, I Hate My Boss, where Dolan and co-host, Larry Seal, help people navigate the drama, highs, lows and angsty moments of modern-day work. And as a fun bonus, on the same day we're airing her conversation on Good Life Project, GLP founder, Jonathan Fields, is also featured on I Hate My Boss.

You’d Never Guess: What NIKE founder, Phil Night, said to her when she told him she was leaving.

Current Passion Project: I Hate My Boss podcast.

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Using DNA as Sunblock. Creating Daily Transition Windows.  

Good Life Riff: There's this thing that happens at the end of the day when you're near the water. The breeze settles down, everything slows and there's a window where everything becomes still.

It only lasts for 15-20 minutes, but it's a powerful moment. Kind of nature's way of transitioning its environment from the high-pitch, frenetic, creative energy of the day into the ramped-down, chiller, more reflective energy of the evening. Thing is, it's not just nature that needs this. We need it to. That's what today's riff is all about.

Good Life Science: And, in our Good Life Science segment, we're diving into some very cool new research that comes out of Binghamton University. Researchers used DNA as a sort of a second-skin that could take the hit before the UV rays could damage the skin. And the results are kind of remarkable. That's what we're talking about in today's Good Life Science Update. And, as always, for those want to go to the source, here's a link to the full study.

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Eric Barker: What If Everything You Knew About Success Was Wrong?  

What if most of what we've been taught about success was wrong?

That's the question we're asking today's guest, Eric Barker. A former Hollywood screen-writer turned blogger, he shares science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life with his more than 300,000 subscribers. Barker's content is also syndicated by Time Magazine, The Week, and Business Insider and he has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Financial Times. His first book "Barking Up the Wrong Tree" is a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Story: Eric dives deep into the psychology of how we act in the world, often focusing on the paradoxes. The weird things we do and bringing research to illuminate why we do, how we do it. and trying to give us good wisdom to how we live our lives. 

Big idea: His deep fascination with human psychology grew a pretty giant global platform.

You’d never guess: He posted a Facebook ad in 2009 when he graduated school to get a job. He also has an undergrad in Philosophy, a degree Entertainment Production and an MBA in Marketing.

Current passion project: Reading up on The Dark Triad, the three personality characteristics that are nefarious, or evil: narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy.

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I'm joining Honest Tea in celebrating the lighthearted ways we're less than perfect through the #RefreshinglyHonest Project. To hear my #RefreshinglyHonest moment, check out this week's episode. Are you #RefreshinglyHonest? Share the fun and funny ways you're less than perfect on social media and tag #RefreshinglyHonest. Want more honesty? You can learn more by visiting honesttea.com/podcast

Why You Should Talk to Yourself (in 3rd person).  

Good Life Riff: Ever wonder why the internet is littered with a bajillion feel-good quotables, when the reality of most people's lives is pretty far from the utopian mumbo-jumbo we so often see hand-lettered all over insta?

Ever wonder what might happen if you changed those quotables to something that was a little less aspirational and a little more real? The short answer just might surprise you. That's what we're talking about today.

Good Life Science: And, in our Good Life Science segment, we're diving into an eye-opening bit of new research. It's about how we talk to ourselves when we're anxious and under stress. Turns out, we just might get better faster when we do something just a little bit, well, weird. When we shift our self-doubt to the third-person. Details in today's Good Life Science brief. And, as always, for those want to go to the source, here's a link to the full study.

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Nilofer Merchant: How to Turn Ideas Into Impact with Onlyness  

Nilofer Merchant is a master at turning seemingly “wild” ideas into powerful new realities and showing the rest of us how we can do the same.

Over the years, this has taken the form of books, her top-ranked TED talk, strategic advising for some of the largest, most-innovative companies in the world and game-changing startups, as well as being a member of organizational teams responsible for global impact and billions in product revenue.

More recently, though, she's focused her fierce ideation and research lens on a bigger question. Nilofer asks, "do we really each have within us the unique capacity to make a substantial impact?"

Her conclusion, indeed we do. And, we're living in times that, maybe for the first time ever, have made it possible for people who've been marginalized, disenfranchised and stripped of power to bring forth and build momentum around ideas that, in her words, are mighty enough to "dent the world." Merchant explores these ideas in her intriguing new book, The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World.

Big idea: Every single one of us has the ability to contribute. The fact that we don’t is the society’s greatest problem and the greatest opportunity.

You’d never guess: How one woman was able to sway the decision of a group of Pakistani tribal leaders to change the way they create justice.

Current passion project: Educating people about the power of ideas and the power of all people to move ideas to create impact in the world.

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On Awe, Positive Actions, Anxiety and Depression.  

We spend so much of life racing from one goal, one task, one agenda item to the next, we end up missing so many opportunities to experience grace and awe.

In today's Good Life Dispatch, we're talking about how a simple moment reconnected us with the power of awe. Be sure to listen to understand the picture in the show notes.

And, in our Good Life Science segment, we're diving into some interesting new research on something called "positive activity interventions" and how they affect mood, anxiety and depression. As always, here's a link to the full study, for those who'd like to dive deeper.

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Caroline Adams Miller: The Road to Grit.  

Guest: For almost three decades Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP has been a leading voice in applying the science of goal-setting, grit, happiness and success.

In 2015, she was named “one of the ten Positive Psychology coaches to follow.” Her latest book is, Getting Grit: The Evidence-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose.

Story: A fiercely-competitive athlete and academic even in her youth, Miller was exposed to Bulimia at the age of 14 and turned to it as an outlet and control mechanism. Outwardly successful by every external measure, she eventually attended Harvard, got married and started a family, all the while keeping her disorder secret. Until one day, gripped by the need to control her disorder any more, she began to reveal her secret life and seek help.

Fortunately, she heard the right words at the right time during a support group meeting, which helped turn her life into one of purpose. Caroline drew upon this life-changing experience to write a book about bulimia that exposed the disorder in a way that is still saving lives. That also started her down the road to understanding the human condition, studying positive psychology, writing a series of books and eventually focusing in on goal-setting and grit.

Big idea: Grit is only good when it’s used for the right reasons, in the right context, and awes and inspires other people to play bigger and be better.

You’d never guess: Why Caroline’s great-great-grandfather was in Abraham Lincoln’s Honorary Guard and why Lincoln and other presidents frequented his store in Washington D.C.

Current passion project: Educating thousands of people around the world on the science of goal-setting, grit and their intersection with Positive Psychology.

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Your Work Zone Matters. Chocolate and Your Brain.  

GLP Riff: Ever wonder how your work environment affects everything from your mood to your health and even your ability to do your best work? Turns out, it can make a huge difference. And, it's one of those decisions most of us never actually make. It's time to get more intentional about the environment that best supports your ability to rock your work and life. That what today's GLP Riff is all about.

Good Life Science Update: Chocolate, it's pretty much proof of the existence of God, in our humble opinion! But, turns out, some fascinating research shows that it may also play a serious role in brain function and memory. Especially as we get a bit further into life. That's what we're talking about in today's Good Life Science update.

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Ryan Holiday: How to Make Stuff That Stands the Test of Time.  

Guest: Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of multiple books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy and Growth Hacker Marketing.

His company, Brass Check, has advised companies like Google, Taser and Complex as well as multi-platinum musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world, such as Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, and Arianna Huffington. His latest book, Perennial Seller, Ryan reveals to creatives of all stripes—authors, entrepreneurs, musicians, filmmakers, fine artists—how a classic work is made and marketed.

Story: The art of making stuff and bringing it to the world. Stuff that lasts. Stuff that is designed to endure the test of time. We dive into his journey of becoming a writer, which was certainly not linear, and he's written some provocative things about what he's learned about the world of media, marketing and manipulation.

Big idea: What we're really creating when we create something that we want to matter in the world.

You’d never guess: At nineteen Ryan dropped out of college to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power.

Current passion project: He does all this while minding a herd of longhorn cattle, goats (Bucket, Biscuit, and Watermelon), chickens, ducks, geese and a miniature donkey and a five-acre lake filled with bass, catfish, and sunfish at his Texas ranch outside Austin.

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Good Life Jam: Just Be Kind. Smart Phone Dumb Life.  

What if we didn't have to wait for tragedy in order to be kind?

What if there was no WAY to kindness, but rather, kindness WAS the way? That's what we're talking about in today's GLP Riff, inspired by an awakening during a Broadway show about a powerful true-life story from the town of Gander, Newfoundland.

And, be sure to tune in for today's Good Life Science Update, too.

We're diving into some new research that shows something just a tiny bit terrifying about how even having a silent smartphone in the room with you might affect your ability to think and perform at the top of your game. For those who want to go deeper, here's a link to the research cited.

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Julie Piatt aka SriMati: Being Brought to Your Knees (and Vegan Cheese).  

Guest: Julie Piatt aka SriMati is a plant-based chef, meditation guide, yoga teacher, musician, and author of This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home.

Story: In the midst of a successful career as a designer and business owner, Julie and her husband made radical changes in career. While this set in motion a powerful new path for both, it also led them into a financial collapse that took nearly 7 years to emerge from, all which navigating both their own individual evolutions and parenting four kids.

This challenging time, or as Julie calls it “The Sacred Moment,” has not only defined she as a person but also allowed her to become the highest version of her true self and informed her journey as a teacher, creator, life-partner and parent.

Big idea(s): Times in our lives that are filled with struggle and pain that bring us to our knees are Sacred Moments that strip us of anything false, show our true nature, and forge us into our highest selves

You’d never guess: How receiving her spiritual name, SriMati, has impacted Julie’s journey of discovering her life purpose.

Current passion project: Facilitating intimate retreats of yoga, meditation, exploration, and transformation and building a community of like-minded people around the globe. And developing a line of in-store cheese.

Want more? Listen in on Jonathan's 2015 conversation with Julie: Fueling Vibrant Health the Plantpower Way and you can watch the video of Jonathan's 2013 conversation with Rich Roll: How One Man Kicked Addiction, Dropped 50 Pounds And Became Ultra-Fit.

Riff + Science: Burn the Ships; Carrots and Curiosity.  

We're excited to premiere a new segment on today's episode. Along with our weekly Riffs, we'll be bringing you a new weekly Good Life Science Update™ where we share interesting research on a specific topic designed to help you live a better life.

And, we'll also be bringing in other fun segments and maybe even a few new voices. So, stay tuned!

Today's riff topic.

When does it makes sense to go all-in on a new career, business or idea and "burn the ships" so you have to succeed, OR do it on the side and take the "safer" and less-disruptive approach? Hint - anyone who tells you to do one or the other without asking a critical question first...is very likely wrong!

Today's Good Life Science Update.

We all know that fruits and veggies can make us healthier, improve energy and reduce risk of disease. But, did you know that they also may make you more curious, creative, upbeat and cultivate a deeper sense of purpose? Some very interesting research suggests that veggies just might be power tools in ways we never imagined! And, we're breaking it down for you in today's GL Science Update.

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Agapi Stassinopoulos: In the Presence of Love.  

Guest: When Agapi Stassinopoulos walks into a room, you know you're in the presence of love. Her name, in fact, translates to "love." She is a sought-after speaker, teacher and a best-selling author of multiple books, the latest being Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life.

Story: Training at the Royal Academy of London, Agapi wanted to build a career in performing arts. But it seems the universe conspired to create a different path. Struggling to find her way on the stage and screen, she changed direction and instead pursued a Masters in psychology, seeking to inspire and elevate people not by taking on the persona of other characters, but by taking the stage as herself and sharing her own, very personal stories, ideas and wisdom.

Big idea(s): If you’re stuck and you can’t seem to break out of it, help someone else get what they need and you’ll automatically be empowered.

You’d never guess: How spontaneously performing Joan of Arc to a stranger on a NYC bus kick-started her career.

Current passion project: Speaking and facilitating workshops around the world on changing the way people work, helping them reclaim their lives and move from merely surviving to thriving.

Please enjoy this guided meditation, titled, Let Love In, from Chapter 13 of Wake Up to the Joy of You.

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In It Together: Nobody Opts Out of the Human Condition  

We tend to think that once we get to a certain place in life, everything just gets all dreamy.

And, that makes us sometimes hold those who we look to as teachers and leaders to a different standard. But, what if we're all just in it together? What if life happens, humanity and all of its stumbles and struggles, highs and lows, grace and grind, no matter how far we get into a path of discovery?

Nobody gets to opt out of the human condition.

What if leading and living a good life wasn't about learning and practicing our way out of the realities of day-to-day existence, but rather owning the fact that, no matter what may come our way, the essential ingredients for a meaningful existence are here, in front of us, in each moment? Even the hard ones. What if a good life is not a place at which we arrive, but a lens through which we see and create our world?

That's what we're talking about in today's GLP Riff. And, as part of that discussion, we offer a question to ask that just might guide better decisions as we tell the story of our lives.

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Robert Thurman: Living Buddhist Ideals in a Western World.  

Guest: Robert Thurman is one of the world's foremost Buddhist scholars, a long-time friend of the Dalai Lama, the father of actress Uma Thurman, and a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism and related cultures.

He is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Eastern ideas to our daily lives. In doing so, he has become a leading voice of the value of reason, peace, and compassion. Thurman was named one of TIME magazine’s 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by The New York Times Magazine and People magazine. He is the author of many books, and played a central role in the new graphic biography, Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.


Story: After losing an eye in an accident at a young age, Thurman was suddenly confronted with impermanence and death. Shortly after, he embarked on a life-changing journey and exploration of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, building a close relationship with the Dalai Lama, and becoming a prominent Buddhist teacher and scholar.

Big idea(s): A lot of spirituality is skewed into an idea of escaping from relationship and transcending into some vastness. What if that vastness existed already in the life you were already living, but you just didn't see it?

Every relative thing is empty of any non-relative element.

By knowing reality, you transcend the idea that you’re more special than others, and their heartbeat becomes as important to you as your own.

You’d never guess: 

Why Bob abandoned his education in the spring of his senior year of high school.

Current passion project:

A graphic novel biography of Dalai Lama – story of one man taking on an empire, calling for truth, peace, and justice for his Tibetan people.

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Susan David, Ph.D.: Cultivating Resilience and Emotional Agility  

Guest: Susan David, Ph.D. is a Psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School; resilience expert, co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, and author of Emotional Agility. Story: Growing up in South Africa, Susan lost her father at a young age. During this pivotal time, everyday heroes emerged in her life, helping to guide her through her grief as an experience of resilience and emotional agility. This became the foundation of her quest to understand and improve the human condition. Susan David resilienceBig idea(s): Instead of simply "pushing through" to positivity, there are practical ways that we can be with ourselves and our emotions that begin to activate our readiness potential, goal setting, and capability to make real change in our lives. Our emotions have evolved to help us survive in the world. If we push them aside, we lose our ability to respond effectively. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is being able to notice your fear and your disquiet and chose the right thing to do, in alignment with your values. You’d never guess: How Susan’s teacher’s "intervention" sparked her entire career and ultimately helped form her view of herself as resilient and capable in the world. Current passion project: Researching and teaching others about our emotions, hidden drivers, and below-the-radar impulses, and how they Ȋcontrolȋ us when we interact with the world and others around us. Rockstar sponsors/supporters: Camp GLP - Register by June 28, 2017 and lock in your $100 discount. After that registration returns to full-price. And, more important, we don't have a lot of spots left, so there is a decent change we will sell soon and have no spots left at any price. So, come grab your spot now! http://goodlifeproject.com/camp/

How Do You Know When to Take a Leap of Faith?  

A lot of the decisions we make are about tiny tweaks that, in some way, make things better. But, on occasion, life hands us a seeming opportunity to "do something BIG!" Something that holds the potential to profoundly change our lives, the lives of others and maybe even bring into existence a new paradigm, profession, body of work or worldview. Thing about these moments, the always include giant leaps of faith. There is no way to know or prove you'll succeed at something big and new, before you actually do it. In fact, if you could prove it's success in advance, that tells you it's not actually big or new. Because, the only way to do that is if you've already done it before, or if someone else has. Then, it's no longer the revolution you'd hoped it might be. So, when you are faced with the decision to say yes or no, to allocate time, money, energy or resources to something potentially game-changing, where you don't know how it's going to end, how do you make THOSE decisions? On THAT level? Do you trust others? Do you look for data? Do you trust your intuition? That's what today's GLP Riff is all about. Rockstar sponsors & supporters: Camp GLP - Come spend 3 1/2 days with "your people," make amazing friendships, drop the facade, reignite your vitality and learn powerful strategies and breakthrough business ideas. Learn more & grab your spot now. http://goodlifeproject.com/camp/ 90-day year - Check out the free online video masterclasses on hyper-productivity now and 90 Day Year program. https://www.90dayyear.com/p/?p=omcitykid&w=90dysp

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