Coping with the loss of a loved one is an emotional rollercoaster, I know for I speak from experience having lost my mother, father, and brother. Coping with the loss of your husband as your son turns five years old is the story of author and podcast guest Maria Quiban Whitsell about her new book “You Can’t Do it Alone-A Widow’s Journey through Loss, Grief, and Life After.”

In our interview with Maria she tells her story and the journey she, her husband Sean and their son Gus took when Sean was diagnosed with glioblastoma– incurable brain cancer.  Her new book entitled “You Can’t Do It Alone-A Widow’s Journey through Loss, Grief, and Life After” is her memoir about this experience.  She not only tells her heartfelt story she teaches those who read her book about things they can do to better cope with loss and grief.

One of the things Maria speaks about is acceptance and assembling her A-Team.  When Sean’s symptoms of a life-threatening illness began to appear, she says it is not uncommon for a spouse or partner to ignore or be blinded to those symptoms.  Sean changed emotionally and his mood swings were initially challenging for Maria to understand.

Within moments of learning of Sean’s diagnosis, she began to assemble her A-Team, the close family , member, and friends who would be at their side to lend systematic, unwavering support and love from that moment onward. Initially, dealing with the reality of having to find the best doctors, going through the battery of tests, and entering the onset of treatment is a full-time job. Having the ability to maintain hope that your partner might be in that ten-to-twenty-percent minority that would survive is a good coping strategy to employ during this stressful time. Coming out of denial and getting to the business of treatment is not incongruent with maintaining hope.

If you want to learn more about Maria’s new book please click here to be directed to her website.  I hope you enjoy this heartfelt and informative interview with Maria Quiban-Whitsell.


How many of you have ever wondered why you are having challenges in your relationships?  This is an all too common scenario where issues we have carried forward from our childhood experiences affect our adulthood relationships.

Our guest Thais Gibson on this podcast and the author of a new book entitled “Attachment Theory-A Guide to Strengthening the Relationships in Your Life” provides us with practices and techniques that will assist us in moving through our painful experiences from our childhood relationships.

Attachment Theory is the key principle and the attachment patterns of our loved ones.  Attachment Theory is predicated on the underlying concept that attachment is the primary mechanism within all our relationships, whether they are romantic, platonic, or familial.  Our childhood experiences impact the traits that we express as adults, these impacts are revealed in what is referred to as attachment styles.

There are four (4) basic attachment styles or the way in which different types of childhood experience emerge in adulthood, and they are: 1) Dismissive-Avoidant 2) Fearful-Avoidant 3) Anxious Attachment 4) Secure Attachment.  In this interview with Thais you will learn about the styles and how to change your behavior so that you can become more successful in your adult relations.

You can take a quiz at Thais’ website where you can learn at no-charge about your personal styles.  I encourage you to click here to be directed to the no-cost quiz to learn more.   If you want to learn more about Thais’ Personal Development School just click the link to be directed to her website and check out the many courses she provides to individuals working on improving their lives and relationships.

I hope you enjoy this engaging and informative interview with Thais Gibson about her new book ” Attachment Theory-A Guide to Strengthening the Relationships in Your Life

How often do you think about your thinking?  Most likely your thinking on automatic pilot as it is for most people, thoughts just come and go, then on to the next thought.  In my interview with author and thought leader Jane Cull we have an intriguing discussion about her new book entitled “WTF?!… How am I Thinking

Jane states ” As human beings, we live our lives in language.  This is precisely what we do. We are observers living in language.  We construct and create our experiences, worlds, realities in language, thus we are entirely responsible for what we construct or create. In the habitual unconscious thinking that we do, we do not see what we are doing. We are unconscious and unaware of what we are doing in thinking.”

In Attachment Thinking, we generate emotions–attachment thinking is fear-based thinking. We not only generate the emotion of fear, but we also generate anxiety, stress, mistrust, suspicion, jealousy, resentment, frustration, anger, rage, hate, restlessness, agitation impatience, grief, sadness, pain, and depression–we go down the rabbit hole.

In Reflective Thinking, we do not generate all the emotions of Attachment Thinking.  The emotions of Attachment Thinking do not show up because we are not holding onto our thoughts. In fact, in Reflective Thinking, we “become” calm and peaceful. The core emotion is trust.  This kind of trust is not actually an emotion, it is more like a state; an ongoing state and so we ‘become’ and live in this state in which we feel calm and peaceful.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can shift from Attachment Thinking to Reflective Thinking then you are going to want to listen to this interview with author Jane Cull about her new book “WTF?!…. How am I Thinking“.  You can visit her website by clicking here to learn more about her books, and on-line courses.

Enjoy this informative interview with author Jane Cull about “WTF?!… How am I Thinking?



When I mention the word success, what comes to mind for you?  Money, Accomplishment, Possessions? No matter your viewpoint on success, it is defined through your own perspective and experience in life.

We all have lots to learn about the word “success” and what it means, and my guest Don Green can certainly shed some light on what it means to be successful.  Don Green is the executive director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation and has been a guest on Inside Personal Growth many times before.

In this interview with Don about the teaching of Napoleon Hill, we learn that success to Napoleon Hill was something much more than monetary success. In this new book entitled “Success-Discovering the Path to Riches,” we learn that success is made up of many factors of the character of an individual, and in my discussion with Don we learn just what those character traits are that make up a successful person.

This compact little book “Success-Discovering the Path to Riches” is something that you might want to consider keeping by your bedside and reading to influence your subconscious.  As is stated “Money is not necessarily evidence of success. It may be, in fact, evidence of failure, and will be, if happiness and goodwill did not accompany it throughout the process through which it was accumulated.”  Napoleon Hill spent a lifetime studying successful people to understand why some are successful and others are not.  His interviews with over 500 of the most successful people of his time helped to answer these questions.

What Hill discovered is the fact that there were weaknesses that inhibit us from being successful and they are: greed, intolerance, jealousy, revenge, and egotism.  The biggest factor that must be defined is a definite chief aim or major purpose, without and aim and (goals) and a purpose you will probably not achieve the personal success you are looking for.

I encourage you to listen to the wise words of Don Green a lifetime student of Napoleon Hill’s teachings and extract the nuggets and truths about success that resonate for you.

If you want to learn more about the book and the Napoleon Hill Foundation please click here to be directed to the website.

Enjoy this engaging interview with author and executive director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation Don Green.

This is not the first time I have had Dr. Richard Moss MD as a guest on our show.  In this podcast, we are actually revisiting practices for creating greater awareness and consciousness presented in a book called “The Mandala of Being-Discovering the Power of Awareness”  If you want to hear part one our interview which was taped in December of 2007 please click here to listen to our first podcast on the subject.

Early in Richard’s career as a consciousness teacher he learned that is was relatively easy to bring people to a state of what he refers to as “radical aliveness” where the mind is silent, the body is filled with presence, and a new enthusiasm for living is born.  As is stated in “The Mandala of Being” “As our minds move further from the Now, we begin to function from a lower emotional register. Lower energy represents a shrinking of consciousness, so we feel smaller and isolated. We become dogmatic, inflexible, and self-protective. We then become victims of fear, anger, distrust, neediness, and other destructive emotions.

As we all are here now all coping with the pandemic, the work that Richard teaches through his courses and the books are so important in helping us cope, and deal with our fears and anxieties.

As Richard writes ” Because survival is at the root of the false self, fear is its true god. And because in the Now we cannot be in control of our situations, only in relationship with it, the survival personality is poorly suited to the Now. It tries to create the life it believes it should be living and, in so doing does not fully experience the life it is living.  Our survival personalities have identities to maintain that are rooted in early childhood escape from the threat. This threat comes from the disjunction between how we experience ourselves as children and what we learn to be, in response to our parent’s mirroring and expectations”. 

If you are looking to break free from the bonds of fear, anxiety, hopelessness, and doubt then you are going to want to listen to and carefully apply the practices that Dr. Richard Moss speaks about in this podcast.

I would highly recommend that you visit Richard’s website by clicking here and evaluate the courses that he and his wife Katherine are offering, they are both exceptional guides and teachers in helping you find yourself, heighten your awareness and consciousness and break free from the bonds holding you back from living the life you were meant to live.

You can also obtain a copy of his book by clicking here, and while at Amazon please check out the other books he has written.  I hope you enjoy this inspiring interview with Dr. Richard Moss.

Success is an interesting factor in life, and it all depends on how you view success.  In our modern world, it seems as if success is measured by how wealthy you have become and how many possessions you have amassed.  Unfortunately, we should not be measuring the success of an individual by what they have made, but more on their character and what they have contributed to the world.

There are lots of successful people in the world that were not wealthy financially but have made tremendous contributions-Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teressa, Dalai Lama just to name a few.

I had the true honor to interview Douglas Holladay the author of a new book entitled “Rethinking Success-Eight Essential Practices for Finding Meaning in Work and Life” Doug through my eyes exemplifies what it means to be successful, not just financially–but by how he treats others and this kind and compassionate ways.

His new book is exceptional and provides the reader with real-life stories, and personal examples of people who are looking for finding meaning and purpose in their lives, it also provides advice and guidance on how to live a well-lived life.

As Doug writes in “Rethinking Success” Two lives, two opportunities to discover purpose and meaning.  One used his “moment” to alter the trajectory of his life-toward greater meaning–while the other feels lost. Henry David Thoreau describes the life leading up to this crisis moment as “quiet desperation,” while T.S Eliot warns of the risk of becoming “hollow men.”  Meaning and purpose might be easy to define, but figuring out how they apply to our lives is not always easy; neither is maintaining them, states Holladay.

Within this book are eight principles that if lived– I believe will change your life forever.

1) Know and live your own story

2) Maintain deep connections in your core relationships

3) Regularly express gratitude, rather than taking good things for granted.

4) Learn to forgive and serve.

5) Define success and failure for yourself, rather than allowing your worth to be defined by others shifting and subjective standards.

6) Make sure risk continues to play a role in your life, rather than allowing the torpor of security to deaden your soul.

7) Integrate your life, rather than compartmentalizing it.

8) Work to leave a legacy for others, rather than being stuck in the small and limited world of self-focus. 

If you are looking to lead a life with more meaning and fulfillment, then you will want to listen to this podcast with author Doug Holladay and get yourself a copy of “Rethinking Success“.

You can learn more about Doug and the book by clicking here.  You can also watch a book launch video that Doug did with Steve Case the founder of AOL and wife Jean the chair of the National Geographic Society by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy the inspirational and engaging interview with Doug Holladay.

When you think of luck what do you think of?  Do you believe it is only for those “other” people and that you are not lucky?  Well, the truth of the matter is that luck is not something that just favors others, it favors those who believe and have a mindset that they will be lucky.

In this interview with author Gay Hendricks about his co-authored book with Carol Kline entitled ” Conscious Luck-Eight Secrets to Intentionally Change Your Fortune,” we discuss the eight secrets about being lucky.  This powerful step by step program includes practical techniques and inspiring stories about the author’s personal journey with luck, freedom, and abundance.

We can all be more intentional about our luck, and it starts with committing to be a lucky person.  The simplest way to create abundance on all levels is by changing your luck. The knowledge that you can change your luck consciously is one of the most valuable assets you have.

Secondly, release your barriers to good fortune. Old mental patterns become a stubborn, tenacious, default position that we slip back into quickly if we’re not paying attention. To get a consistent flow of good luck in your life, make it a point of noticing how often you revert to the old concept of yourself as unlucky.

Have you considered that you might be feeling of shame or guilt that could be impeding your way to luck?  As Guy tells his personal story about shame in his life he realized how he was blocking luck as he tells his story in our interview about how the shame-transformed to luck when he met a 25-year-old stockbroker-it is a great story you have to hear it!

If you want to transform your relationship with luck, then “Conscious Luck” is your ticket to becoming luckier, pay attention to the eight secrets that are articulated during our podcast.  If you want to learn more about “Conscious Luckplease click here to be directed to the book website where you can download your conscious luck self-assessment and claim your bonus.

If you want to know more about Gay Hendricks and the Hendricks Institute just click here to be directed to that website to learn more about the books, courses, and coaching that is made available through the Institute.

I hope you enjoy this engaging and luck filled interview with the author, thought leader, and coach Gay Hendrick’s.

There is probably not a listener to my podcasts that has not been exposed or heard of the concept of crowdfunding.  It certainly is not a new concept, but how many of you reading this have actually ventured out and launched a product and used crowdfunding as your means to finance your project?  I going to venture to say not many, and the reason is that you might not know where to start and there’s is a bit of fear or trepidation about the process.

My good friend and author Mark Pecota who just release his new book “Crowdfunded-The Proven Crowdfunding System for Launching Products, Raising Millions, and Scaling Brands Using Indiegogo and Kickstarter” is just the expert you will want to listen to so that your questions about fundraising get answered.  He is the founder of a company in San Diego called “Launchboom” which has raised over $50 million dollars for his clients.

Mark and his team have created a three-step process that saves you time, energy, and money before you launch your great idea and product.  He refers to it as the “Test, Launch, Scale” framework.  The most important element of any crowdfunded project is how well you test the market before you actually launch your product.

Mark makes reference to the four horsemen of traffic: #1 Pre-Launch Email List–you build this list before your campaign and launch. #2 Facebook Advertising-Facebook’s targeting is scary good. So good that other platforms have not come close, this helps you define and reach the customer you want to reach. #3 PR & Media Placement-Landing solid PR provides your campaign with two things: Credibility & Sales.

If you are thinking about launching a new product, then you will want to listen to this podcast.  Mark Pecota and his company “Launchboom” are leaders in the industry.  I encourage you to reach out to Mark by visiting his website, you should also read “Crowdfunded” is will be a worthwhile guidebook to answering many questions about how to crowdfund.

Enjoy this informative and engaging interview with author and crowdfunding expert Mark Pecota.

Disruption in business is quite the buzz word these days.  Everyone’s trying to find a new niche or develop something new and innovative.  According to our guest and author of “The Disruption Mindset,” businesses have been approaching “disruption” backward.

Charlene states that many companies make disruption their goal.  They believe that if they develop the right innovation, they will disrupt their markets forever and drive the kind of growth worthy of a magazine cover story.  That is not how disruption works, disruption doesn’t create growth; instead, growth creates disruption.   Growth is always hard, and disruptive growth is exponentially harder.  It requires companies to make tough decisions in the face of daunting uncertainties. Should we bet our company’s future on next-generation customers or today’s reliable ones? Should we abandon our current business model for an entirely new one?  Making bold changes demands bold leadership, and often massive cultural transformation.

Charlene advocates that organizations develop a disruptive mindset that permeates every aspect of the organization, and that can be accomplished by focusing on three elements: 1) a strategy designed to meet the needs of future customers 2) leadership that creates a movement to drive and sustain transformation and 3) a culture that thrives on disruptive change.

If you are interested in learning how to create a disruptive mindset in your organization then I recommend you reading “The Disruption Mindset” and listening to this extremely inspiring podcast with Charlene Li.

If you want to visit her website you can click here,  and watch some of her truth drop videos and subscribe to her Youtube channel just click here.  Thanks so much for listening and enjoy this informative and insightful podcast on “The Disruption Mindset”