It is the time of year to get our acts together.  Many of us will be making New Year’s resolutions and setting goals for 2018, all with the good intention of following through in 2018.   We all have different software aids that can help us break old habits–like cloud-based software that will track our exercise and calories. Wearable devices such Fitbit, Garmin, and others.  There is a pleather of software, planners, and books to read to improve the quality of our life.

I personally have found that one of the best ways you can exercise your mental muscle is to reach out to new people and build relationships.  In my interview with Bart Lorang the founder of Full Contact a cloud-based customer relationship management software we discuss the benefits of having a fully integrated system that pulls data from social media together in one spot for our use in learning more about our relationships.

I have personally used the Full Contact Software and find the software to have great features that are highly valuable in helping build strong lasting relationships.  One of the features is the card reader.  You literally can take pictures through an application Full Contact has developed for both Android and IOS of the business cards you receive during your networking, then they will be converted to contacts with a high degree of accuracy into the Full Contact CRM.  In my estimation, this feature is worth the very reasonable annual subscription fee for Full Contact.

I hope you enjoy this podcast with Bart Lorang the founder of Full Contact CRM system.  Enjoy listening.

I know that many of us know the importance of defining and living our purpose, but how many of us really do the work required to define and live our purposes?  I believe that it can be challenging to prevent the inertia from setting in because we are creatures of habit.  We get comfortable with our current situation and year in and year out we just keep doing the same things and wonder why things have not changed.

I know from personal experience that embracing our fears and getting out of our comfort zone requires grit, determination and a willingness to change.  We need to embrace change and do it with zest.

If you are willing to take some risk and step out of your comfort zone as you set your goals for 2018, then this podcast recording with Craig Filek the founder of Purpose Mapping is especially for you.

In my interview with Craig Filek, we discuss his unique process for helping his clients define their life purpose and values.   Craig teaches a course and coaches his clients to not only defining their purpose but living it.  If you want to clarify your strength, embrace your fears, ignite your potential and align your actions with your purpose then you want to listen to this great podcast on Purpose Mapping.

If you would like to test drive Craig’s Purpose Mapping course then I encourage you to click this link to be directed to his website. There you will be taken through a 20-minute video which will inspire and encourage you to define your life purpose.  Craig is engaging and has a compelling message.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful podcast on Purpose Mapping with founder Craig Filek.

Taking the spiritual journey is about finding the place you feel most at home.  I frequently believe that people on the journey have to experience many different spiritual paths before they ever find their true home.  Once you find it, you will know it–for you will feel comfortable and alive with all sentient beings around you and with the Universe.

In my interview with author Dani Antman about her new book “Wired for God-Adventures of a Jewish Yogi“, you will get to learn from someone who has found her home and has used the deep spiritual understandings to help heal others. When the Judaism from her childhood did not satisfy her spiritual awakenings she went on a path that included yoga, energy healing, and the Kabbalah to help her make a personal spiritual transformation.

A healing crisis, misplaced trust, and a failed marriage intensify her desire for a teacher who can lead her to self-realization. Dani’s prayers are answered in the form of a realized adept, a Swami from the fairway shores of Rishikesh, India, who initiates her in his lineage of Kundalini Science, the study of the Divine force within every human being that is the initiator of spiritual growth.

Dani has taken her own spiritual path from mystical Judaism through Kundalini Science and back again. Dani story is inspirational and provides the reader with true insights for all spiritual seekers.  If you want to learn more about Dani’s new book “Wired for God” please click here to go to her website or you can connect with her on Facebook by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with Dani Antman author of “Wired for God“.

We all hear about meditation and the tremendous benefits of the practice, but really how many of us are practicing?  Yes, I mean really practicing so that we can make a connection to our Higher Spirit, God whatever you want to call the connection we reach that moves us to the ultimate transcendent experience.

In my interview with author and yoga teacher Jennie Lee about her new book entitled “Breathing Love Meditation in Action,” we discuss not only the benefits of meditation but the various forms of meditation that can assist us in making a connection with those deep areas of emotional hurt and filling them with love so that we are better able to move beyond our emotional pain.

As Jennie states ” In order to notice the difference between the small self and its efforts in love and the greater Self and its essence as the love we need to practice periods of stillness throughout the day. These are moments to check in, get centered, self-reflect.  They are moments to manage stress, to listen to our inner needs and to respond with self-compassion.”  To ask questions like: Do I hold any beliefs about love that are not uplifting to me?  Do I have any judgments about love? About myself and love? About other and love?   These are just a few of the opportunities that Jennie gives her readers to turn this into a reflective and daily practice.

Remember nothing from outside fulfills us forever, it is always an inside job to reach our desired happiness.  I hope you will join me and author Jennie Lee as we explore the teaching of “Breathing Live Meditation in Action.”   If you want to learn more about Jennie please click here to be directed to her website, or you can connect with her on Facebook by clicking here.

Enjoy this great interview with author and yoga teacher Jennie Lee.

If you are like most people from time to time you question your life; and if done effectively how to change our worldview.  Is the world in which we “think” we live the reality we want to live in?  Are we happy with our existence on this round blue ball called earth?  If we are not happy how can we, change our emotional, spiritual and physical experiences?

I am pleased to say that in this interview with author Rodney Smith about his book “Touching the Infinite-A New Perspective on Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness” you can find a starting point in which you can look at your life, and question your perceived reality.  What is the truth?

As Rodney states ” The spiritual journey is looking behind the scenes.  We have all grown up holding the world to a conventional set of criteria established by our cultural and personal norms. These norms established our worldview and are embedded early in childhood. There is both a conscious and unconscious part of our drama, a part that we are willing to see and a part that does not fit our script.”  As Buddha taught “only one thing, suffering, and its cessation

If you want to release yourself from the shackles of life, you best look at the world from the perspective of the end of suffering.  “When we question what we are doing and why we have to steer the question through the continuum bounded by suffering and the end of suffering: Does this method you are employing, this effort you are exerting, this goal you are setting, add to or alleviate suffering?

I am fascinated by Rodney Smith’s perspective, his book and teaching and I know you are going to learn tremendous lessons from our dialogue in the interview.

If you want to learn more about “Touching the Infinite” just click the link.   You can also click any of the highlighted URL to be directed to the book on Amazon.

Enjoy this wonderful dialogue with a very informative and deep teacher of living a life of mindfulness.

I know that personally throughout my career I have made changes and taken course corrections. If you are like many people you may want to make a career course correction but you are uncertain about what your new career path might look like.  There are obviously lots of decision one must make, but in my interview with author Tim Cole, he outlines a great set of guiding principles that I believe would be great to follow.

In Tim’s new book “The Compass Solution” you are 4 P’s which stand for 1) Personal Accountability 2) People 3) Process 4) Perspective.  These main principles are important guideposts for navigating the path to a better career. As Tim states “It is your performance, your goals, and your vision for your life that will dictate your future.  For the remainder of your career, it will be the one thing you can count on and that you can set your course around.  Nothing else and no one else.”

I ask this questions to the listeners of this podcast.  If not now then when?  When will you make that all important decision to make the career change you have been thinking about but afraid to take?   Don’t let your fears hold you back.   Use this podcast and Tim’s book as the tools that can provide you with the courage and strength to make the change.  Allow the important information in the book to be your guide to a better career and life.

If you want to learn more about Tim Cole and his new book “The Compass Solution” please visit his website by clicking here or you can reach out to him via Linkedin by clicking this link.  I hope you enjoy this interview with a Tim Cole the author of “The Compass Solution

I have interviewed Don Green several times before for previous books that the Napoleon Hill Foundation has released.  In my many years of interviewing I have never found a more genuine and wonderful soul than Don Green the executive director of the foundation.

In this interview, we discuss a newly released book entitled ” How to Own Your Own Mind” by Napoleon Hill.  The content of this book was locked in a vault since 1941 and has never been released before to the general public.

There three major points that this book covers, something called creative vision, organized thought and controlled attention.  This makes up the entire content of “How to Own Your Own Mind” but each section goes into great depth on how to cultivate these characteristics.

In Hill’s interview with Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie states “that creative vision is not just another name of imagination.  It is the ability to recognize opportunities and take action to benefit from them”  Creative vision goes beyond imagination, it is imagination in action.

The second section of this book is about organized thought. Thoughts are things and it is significant that it is one of the few things an individual may control completely.  The key is to learn how to organize and direct your thought toward definite ends.  I speak with Don in our interview about the power of thought and how Hill and Carnegie had mastered the power of organized thought.

The third section is about something Hill refers to as “controlled attention”.  Controlled attention is “mental dynamite” and it is capable of blasting the cause of self-imposed limitations, and giving one the means by which he or she may take charge of his or her own life. Andrew Carnegie included this principle of controlled attention as one of the principles of individual achievement, but even the great steel master failed to associate this principle with the means by which civilization may be advanced.

If you want to read a great book on how to control your mind, then “How to Own Your Own Mind” is the one you want to read.  I encourage you to listen to this interview with Don Green the executive director of Napoleon Hill Foundation and go to the Napoleon Hill Foundation by clicking here for more information.

Enjoy this uplifting interview with Don Green.

I don’t know of too many people that hate chocolate, so for all you chocolate lovers you are going to love this interview.

Steve Wallace is the author of a new book entitled  “Oberoni and the Chocolate Factory-An Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar.” This book is about a fascinating journey about a man who truly has made a difference in the production of chocolate.  When we think of chocolate we immediately think of Switzerland, France, Belgium–but why?  Cocoa beans are not from those places.

Steve used to live in Ghana (one of the largest regions producing cocoa) when he was 16 years old. This experience transformed him and he wanted to return to Ghana and give back.  While the people of Ghana’s vertically-integrated cocoa bureaucracy, overseen by Ghans’s Cocoa Board, aspired to move up the cocoa value chain, they were unwilling to invest in doing so.  They were content to stay at the bottom of the value chain.

Needless to say with tremendous hard work and lots of maneuvering the cocoa bean system, Steve Wallace build a very successful chocolate bar factory called Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company.  The chocolate bars are produced and manufactured in Ghana and shipped to Wisconsin for boxing, sales, and shipping.  Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company is truly a global company employing and housing over 200 natives.  Steve provides his employees with a fair wage,  and housing and has infused the local economy with a newfound wealth from what was once a place of poverty.

If you want to listen to a truly great story about a social-entrepreneur on a mission to change the lives of hundreds of people, then you won’t want to miss my interview with Steve.

To learn more about Steve and his new book ” Oberoni and the Chocolate Factory” please click here to be directed to the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company website.   Enjoy this great interview with a social entrepreneur making a difference in the world!

Thomas Moore is an author that writes books with meaning and significance, and his new book entitled ” Ageless Soul-The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy” is no exception. His ability to weave into words how we are feeling as souls journeying through this lifetime and more importantly our aging process is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Moore provides readers with a new way to think about aging. In contrast to the perception that aging means diminishment, Moore regards aging as the process by which we become more fully ourselves: a series of initiations, rather than losses. “Aging with soul is the process of becoming a full, rich, and interesting person. “Ageless Soul” is a deeply compassionate book on how to find new meaning, vigor, connection and growth in the process of aging.

No matter where you are on the age continuum I believe you will find deep reflective meaning in Thomas Moore’s new book. It will get you thinking about how to live the later years of your life with more significance and meaning. It is filled with stories not only from the author’s own experiences, but of others that are traveling the aging journey as well.

I trust you will enjoy this wonderful interview with Thomas Moore the author of “Ageless Soul“. If you want to find out more about Thomas and his new book please click here to be directed to his website. Enjoy listening!