Many of us may not realize it (I’m definitely guilty of this), but we sometimes fall into the trap of being “personal development junkies” - often chasing the high from those incredible “aha!” moments that books give us, but we don’t always turn those lessons into real personal development or meaningful life changes.
In today’s solo episode, I dig into why this is, talk about how to integrate “book summaries” into your reading plan, as well as my personal hacks that help me read more books (hint: there’s an app for that) — and how to get more out of them faster than ever before.
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Imagine if you possessed 4 powerful questions that would automatically (and almost instantly) put you in a positive state of mind, improve your relationships with every person in your life, and deepen your sense of purpose.
For those of you joining us in San Diego next month for the Best Year Ever Blueprint LIVE experience (December 7-9th), this conversation is the PERFECT preview of the event and these are the type of transformative questions that you’ll be engaging with next month.
Today’s podcast episode is an encore presentation of the #1 most popular episode we’ve ever done, which is an unscripted conversation between me and Jon Berghoff that originally aired live (with 4,000+ people watching), last year, and let’s just say it got VERY personal.
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Today’s episode is the most important I’ve recorded for you in a long time and ends with me giving you a simple 3-step solution to quickly (and literally) transform any area of your life, as I recently did after having a painful realization... I’ve been a mediocre dad.
That hurts to admit—even to myself. But the other night, I had a profound personal breakthrough when I suddenly realized that I’ve fallen back into some old patterns and have been settling for mediocrity in the area of my life that matters more to me than anything… my children.
Part of the breakthrough was realizing that I’ve been oblivious, delusional and in denial about this. AND… I realized that being oblivious, delusional and in denial about our blind spots is something we ALL suffer from in one way or another. Thus, it is crucial that we all give ourselves the reality check that I’m sharing with you in today’s episode.
If you think you’re settling for mediocrity in any way, it’s time for you to get out of your comfort zone, engage in a reality check, and schedule time for reflection in whatever areas you need to address.
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Before today’s guest embarked on his mission to save millions of lives, he had to save his own.
Scott Harrison was one of New York City’s premier nightclub promoters, doing drugs, drinking heavily, deeply unfulfilled and on the verge of self-destructing. In today’s podcast episode, he tells me his riveting story of how he came to declare spiritual, moral, and emotional bankruptcy – and uses it as a catalyst to change the world…
Now, Scott has made lists such as Fortune’s 40 Under 40, Forbes’ Impact 30, and was #10 on Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business, as well as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He is the CEO and founder of Charity Water, an organization dedicated to helping people in developing nations get access to clean and safe drinking water. Charity Water has provided clean drinking water to over 8.5 million people in 26 countries.
I’ve been enamored with Scott’s story, passion, and vision – which are the basis of his new book, Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World.
Today, he joins the podcast to share insights from his remarkable journey and personal transformation, in a way that can inspire you to do the same.
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Pete Vargas is the founder of Advance Your Reach, an organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs spread their message and grow their business through stages – both physical (speeches, etc.) and digital (podcasts, webinars, etc.) – even if you have a fear of public speaking.
He’s helped people reach audiences of up to a billion individuals on over 25,000 stages, generating over $10 million in revenue.
Pete believes that your signature talk is the most powerful marketing tool you have. If you’re an entrepreneur or have a message you want to get out there, Pete wants you to learn how to make the most of it – including what to say on stage, how to identify what the right stage is (both figuratively and literally), and how to conquer the common fears that stop people from becoming public speaking powerhouses.
Today, Pete joins the podcast for the second time to provide immediate action steps you can take to spread your message.
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Wow. I was nearly speechless during and after my conversation with today’s guest, Akshay Nanavati, who is as fascinating as he is brilliant. After serving during the Iraq War, he returned home and found himself suffering from addiction, post-traumatic stress, survivor’s guilt, depression, and alcoholism.
On the brink of suicide, Akshay discovered a unique way to find gifts in what most of us view as “negative” emotions—such as fear, stress, and anxiety—so that they would no longer hold him back. In fact, these emotions became fuel to help him achieve his greatest goals, including running across 8 countries (on his way to running across EVERY country in the world).
His new book, Fearvana, is his actionable guide to transforming fear and struggle into boundless bliss. Today, he joins the podcast to share his unbelievable story and teach us exactly how he turns what should be debilitating adversities into major successes.
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Jesse Levine was my first mentor, and it’s safe to say that his impact on my life has been as crucial to my success as that of any other person. In fact, when people ask me who I attribute my mindset or my success to, I always say, “It’s half mom and dad, and half Jesse.”
We met when I was 19, and Jesse was 23. He was my manager at Cutco—the #1 manager in the 50-year history of the company—and he didn’t just help me break national sales records, he helped me to fulfill my potential in ways I never even knew existed.
With a combination of vision, talent, and high standards, Jesse brings out the best in people consistently. His enthusiasm is contagious, and as a serial entrepreneur, he brings it to every single project he takes on.
Today, Jesse joins the podcast to share a few fun stories from our time at Cutco, including how he reached goals seen as impossible by managers 10+ years older than he was when he reached them, how to get highly talented people to buy into your vision, and how he makes things happen that have never been done before.
Gone are the days when education was something that only happened at the start of your career. The name of today's game, both personally and professionally, is to be constantly learning: just enough, just in time, and never stopping.
In today’s podcast, I have an intriguing conversation with Danny Iny – the CEO of Mirasee – who is on a mission to provide business education that equips professionals and entrepreneurs with the tools to impact their communities and change the world.
I met Danny at a mastermind in Austin and was instantly impressed by his character, integrity, and value-driven approach. He cares deeply about the people he serves.
Today, he joins the podcast to talk about the problems facing our education system and job market - and how you can use this transformational time to both get ahead and empower others.
But… before you listen to the podcast, you can get a free copy of Danny’s new book, Leveraged Learning: How the Disruption of Education Helps Lifelong Learners, and Experts with Something to Teach. In it, he explores robust, affordable, and viable new models of education for both students and educators alike. (*You can download Danny’s book for free, here.)
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Each December, Jon Berghoff and I team up with the Front Row Foundation to present the Best Year Ever Blueprint LIVE experience in San Diego, California.
It’s a community-created experience… scientifically designed to invite reflection, awareness and reconnection with your highest/best self… and artfully engineered with nature, music, movement and space to help you amplify your most powerful strengths and access your biggest future.
On today’s podcast, I’m joined by both Jon Berghoff and Front Row Foundation founder Jon Vroman to reveal an unconventional approach that you can immediately implement into your world, which happens to be exactly what makes the BYEB Live experience unlike any other in the world (literally).
We want you to have your best day… year… and life ever—no matter where you’re at or what you’re doing—and to give you universally applicable principles to help you amplify your results for you, everyone you love, and everyone you lead.
Join us for this Year's Best Year Ever LIVE Experience!
To get more details on joining us for this year’s Best Year Ever Blueprint LIVE experience, visit www.BestYearEverLive.com.
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David Bach is one of America’s favorite financial experts. He’s been teaching America about money on Oprah, the Today Show, CNBC, Fox, CBS, and just about everywhere else. Tony Robbins has gone so far as to call him “the financial expert you need when you’re intimidated by your finances.”
He’s also a 9-time New York Times bestselling author – having sold over 7 million books. His latest is a newly updated and expanded 20th anniversary edition of his first book, Smart Women Finish Rich, which has been completely expanded and updated for today’s woman - and today’s world.
Today, David joins the podcast to share his own journey, talk about how to make your financial dreams come true, why being a morning person has been so critical to his success, and much more…
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While in the midst of battling cancer (three days after I received a 96-hour chemotherapy treatment), I left the hospital in Houston, TX and flew to Orlando, FL and gave my signature keynote speech in front of 2,500 distributors at the Pure Romance 2017 World Conference.
It was the most terrifying speech of my life (because of the circumstances, which I expand on in the opening minutes of today’s podcast) and somehow turned out to be one of the best speeches I’ve ever given! Today’s podcast is a special episode – the audio from that speech.
You’ll hear the story of the several times I hit rock bottom in my life, how I came up with the Miracle Morning, and the “emotional invincibility” strategy I’ve used to deal with everything life has thrown at me, and which you can use to maintain a positive emotional state in the midst of anything life throws at you (car accidents, cancer, traffic, bad days, difficult people… anything!)
If you’ve never heard my Miracle Morning keynote before, now’s a great opportunity to listen. If you have, I hope you enjoy this refresher.
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Many people rely on multiple cups of coffee or products like 5 Hour Energy to get through the day. Far more of us choose not to prioritize our health until it becomes a serious issue - and one thing we often don’t think about is how the food we eat impacts our energy levels and resulting motivation (or lack thereof) throughout the day.
Today, I’m talking to you about how to change that in order to naturally feel more energetic and live a longer, healthier, happier life. By the end of this episode, I want you to start to choose foods based on long-term health consequences instead of just taste.
Along the way, I’ll share with you insights from my own eating habits, strategies to transform your overall diet, and how you can still eat yummy food for every single meal.
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Patricia Moreno has been training, mentoring, and educating people all over the world for over 30 years. Her struggles with weight (she weighed in at 212 pounds in 8th grade), eating disorders, and body image led her to create IntenSati - a multidisciplinary study of fitness, martial arts, nutrition, dance, and spiritual practice, which is now taught by thousands of instructors all over the world.
I met Patricia at a speaking event and quickly discovered that she views fitness as a “spiritual” practice beyond just the physical. In other words, you’ve got to be fit both inside and out. And since beating cancer, I’ve realized that our HEALTH is not merely important, it needs to be our #1 priority, otherwise we won’t have the energy to optimize and enjoy our other priorities.
Patricia’s work has been acclaimed by international experts and featured in publications such as Shape, Vogue, and O: The Oprah Magazine, and I’m thrilled to have her on the podcast to share her story and introduce you to the power of “Spiritual Fitness.”
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When world class organizations like Harvard University, YPO, EO, and others want to help their people succeed at home, they call Jim Sheils. As the founder of 18 Summers, Jim is on a mission to deepen relationships for entrepreneur families. And his book, The Family Board Meeting, has been a game changer for me and my family.
Jim and his wife have been referred to as “Crazy Glue for families.” His work helps parents connect with their children in fun and experiential ways, revolutionizes life as a family, and helps entrepreneurs balance success at work and at home.
Jim’s views on education are also very much in alignment with my own, and he’s working to change our education system to better prepare children for the more practical affairs of life - and you’ll soon know why his book was recommended to me over and over again.
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Who are the people in your life who rub you the wrong way because of what they say or do? Is there anyone who you hold resentment towards?
Maybe it’s much deeper than just being “rubbed the wrong way”—maybe you’ve been wronged and deeply hurt by someone in your life.
In today’s solo podcast episode (this may be one of the most important episodes I’ve ever recorded), I explore why we judge others, how that’s detrimental for us, and how to never judge another person again—no matter what they say or do—so that you never have to suffer from the negative emotions that judgment creates.
I also share my own experiences with forgiving people who have wronged me, practicing unconditional love, and why I always replace judgment with empathy—even with difficult people and in seemingly impossible situations.
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Jon Berghoff walked into Christopher Lochhead’s Play Bigger keynote at the One Life Fully Lived conference in Sacramento in 2016. Just a few minutes in, Jon realized that Christopher was expertly teaching how legendary companies (like Facebook) become that way by designing a category.
Over the last few years, Christopher has gotten one question more than almost any other: “How does ‘category design’ apply to me if I’m not going to be the next Mark Zuckerberg?” His answer is Niche Down - a book about how “small” entrepreneurs and people who are seen as unique, different or ground-breaking achieve great success by developing niches of their own.
He joins the podcast to share success stories of entrepreneurs selling crazy socks, sushi burritos, bundt cakes, reggae, surfing, and more - and you’ll almost definitely be surprised by what you learn.
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You may remember a month or so ago when I emailed about the experience of me convincing my daughter to watch a documentary, which inspired her to ask me if we could deliver care package to homeless individuals, the next morning.
Well, we did exactly that, and I’ve been blown away by the impact that the film made for her and our family.
The film was Look To The Sky, and after being so moved by it, I reached out to the man who made the film, and asked him if I could interview him on the Achieve Your Goals podcast. It is my pleasure to introduce to you, Brett Culp.
After serving as a personal cinematographer to Hollywood stars, iconic musicians, authors, athletes, and even royal families, Brett Culp has built a unique career telling tales of everyday superheroes. His heartwarming films capture human experiences and inspire people all over the world, and his work has been featured in USA Today, Entertainment Tonight, Wired, and The Hollywood Reporter.
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It wasn't very long ago that Chip Franks was taken out on a stretcher in the middle of a conference for entrepreneurs after just having a stroke. As his wife cried and his children were alone in their hotel room, one question consumed his mind: "Did I tell them everything I wanted to tell them?"
This led to him quitting his job to write a book outlining everything he’d want his kids to know if he wasn't around. The result? Life Lessons From Dad: 101 Ways To Get More Out of Life From Someone Who Loves You - a 685 page handbook for life.
Chip is an entrepreneur at heart - he started early, selling calendars door to door as a child, and went on to build and sell a real estate and property management company after 20 years as a broker. He’s shared stages with Tony Robbins, Peter Diamandis, Lewis Howes, Daymond John, Simon Sinek, and today, he joins the podcast to share life lessons and his practical instructions for how to realize them.
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When Nick Santonastasso was born, he was given a 30% chance of surviving birth. One of only 12 people in the world born with Hanhart Syndrome – an extremely rare genetic disorder that caused Nick to be born with no legs, only one arm, and one finger. Growing up was hard, and Nick found himself self-loathing and thinking about ending his life.
However, more than just surviving, Nick found his WHY when he became a high school wrestler and professional bodybuilder. Now, he is sharing his experience with people all over the world as a keynote speaker at schools, non-profits, as well as Fortune 500 companies. He can even count Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Tony Robbins among his admirers.
I’m meeting Nick for the very first time today on the podcast. He shares stories of how he overcame his limitations to achieve everything he’s ever wanted, so that you can do the same.
You’ll hear about what he did to survive the darkest years of his life, and how he’s built a truly extraordinary career out of using challenges to inspire people to push through their suffering and live life without limitations - just like he does.
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Conversations are at the core of how we interact. We all know that conversations influence us, but we rarely stop to think about how much impact they have on our well-being and our ability to thrive.
How effective would you say that you are at having conversations that significantly and positively impact the lives of the people on the other side of those conversations?
Jackie Stavros is the author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement, in which she teaches us how we can communicate better and flourish in all areas of our lives.
When Jon Berghoff started the Flourishing Leadership Institute, he asked Dr. David Cooperrider for help. David’s response? "You need to talk to Jackie. She is a pioneer in the methodology of the work that I do." Jackie has since become a close mentor to Jon, a dear friend, and extraordinary at helping individuals and organizations to upgrade the conversations that they’re having.
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A well-respected expert in her field, Anna David is a New York Times bestselling author of two novels and four nonfiction books about addiction, recovery, and relationships.
She has appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Drew, CBS Morning, and Insider. She’s been published in the New York Times, TIME, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and has been written about in Forbes, Martha Stewart Living, Entrepreneur, Allure, and Women’s Health, among many others.
Most recently, Anna and I co-authored the newest book in the Miracle Morning series, The Miracle Morning for Addiction Recovery: Letting Go of Who You've Been for Who You Can Become, along with Joe Polish - founder of Genius Recovery.
During today’s conversation, here is a sneak-peek at what you’ll hear:
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Matt Recore (or “Matty” as I call him) is one of my best friends in the world. We met in 1999, our connection was instant, and we stayed up talking like schoolgirls until three o’clock in the morning. :^D
Since then, we’ve developed an extraordinary friendship. He was a groomsman in my wedding, I became an ordained reverend to perform his and his wife’s marriage ceremony, he was by my side in both hospitals, during my car accident and my cancer journey, and we both happen to be mildly obsessed UFC fans. :^)
Matt was also always financially ahead of everyone else I knew. He became a millionaire and figured out how to build wealth at a young age, and has kept it going—and growing—ever since. Everyone wants to achieve financial freedom to live the life they want, and today Matt joins the podcast to share not just how he did it, but how you can do the same.
He also introduces his new book, How to Purchase Real Estate at 0% Interest: To Help Sellers Get What They Want and To Accumulate Paid Off Houses Faster For Your Retirement, in which he shares stories of how he exploded his net worth.
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Tony Carlston is the owner of Best Day of My Life – a lifestyle brand for people who want to promote and create gratitude, positivity, and happiness in their lives and the lives of people around them. Knowing your positive vibe and what our community values, I think you’re going to love this episode! :^)
I wear Tony’s T-shirts often and I love the way that it gets people asking me, “Why is today the best day of your life?” I love coming up with authentic answers to that question, and I love the positive ripple effect that his company - which btw donates 10% of their proceeds to the Front Row Foundation - is having on the world.
Today, in his first-ever podcast appearance, Tony discusses how he started a movement, built a fast-growing lifestyle brand, and the powerful experiences this company has led to.
>> Special Announcement: Before you listen to the podcast, check this out: Tony made a special edition Best Day of My Life t-shirt with the “Miracle Morning” logo! :^D Click here and use the code HAL at checkout to get 10% off this limited-edition shirt (and anything else on the site).
Steve Sims is a self-described “ugly kid” from the outskirts of London who wasn’t born into luxury, but holds his place there now. If you want to sing with your favorite rockstar, be serenaded by Andrea Bocelli, get married at the Vatican, or dive to the wreck of the Titanic … Steve makes it happen.
Steve has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the London Sunday Times, the South China Post, and more. He’s also spoken at the Pentagon, twice at Harvard, countless other events - and is the author of Bluefishing: The Art of Making Anything Happen. He’s also the founder of Bluefish, one of the world’s top personal concierge services, and an expert marketer in the luxury industry.
Today, he joins the podcast to discuss his actionable strategies to achieve goals, share some of the coolest stories of his 20+ year career, and talk about what the world’s most powerful people REALLY want.
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Like many of you, I first discovered Mel Robbins through her TED Talk, How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over. Though it has over 14 million views, it’s just one of her major successes. She is also the author of The Five Second Rule, one of the most-read books of 2017 and an all-time best-seller on Audible, where she also now hosts Kick Ass with Mel Robbins.
Today, Mel tells her story – how she became the Mel Robbins – in a candid conversation about her life, family, parents, values, and what made her who she is.
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