I think that all of you know my affinity toward the Napoleon Hill Foundation and the teachings, books and podcasts that are developed by the foundation.

My good friend Don Green has been a guest on Inside Personal Growth many times, and whenever I interview Don, I get to learn something new about Napoleon Hill and his prolific works, and in this interview with Don Green nothing changes about what one can learn.

In my interview with Don Green about a recently published book entitled ” Wishes Won’t Bring Riches” we discuss the content of the interviews that Napoleon Hill had with Andrew Carnegie about “Applied Faith” and “Enthusiasm”.  What I always find interesting about these interviews as published in “Wishes Won’t Bring Riches” is the depth of wisdom that Andrew Carnegie had, and how spiritual he was in his teachings.

Faith only attracts that which is constructive and creative.  Fear attracts only that which is destructive.” This is a wonderful quote by Carnegie and the essence of applied faith.

The dividing line between success and failure is found at the stage where aimless drifting ceases. “We are all creatures of emotions, passions, circumstances and accident.  What the mind will be, what the heart will be, and what the body will be, are problems which are shaped by the drift in life, even when special attention is given to any of them”.  

Carnegie speaks a length about our ego and ego control but one comment he makes should resonate with everyone listening ” A man’s or woman’s ego is his or her’s greatest asset or his or her’s greatest liability, and the only thing he or she may build to suit his or her desires”.  

I hope you will join me in this wonderfully enlightening interview with the executive director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Don Green as we explore the teaching of Andrew Carnegie about applied faith and enthusiasm in “Wishes Won’t Bring Riches”    

If you would like to learn more about this book or the Napoleon Hill Foundation please click here to be directed to their website.  Thanks for listening!

 

I have had the honor of knowing thought leader and author Simon Mainwaring for over 15 years.  His first book entitled “We First-How Brands & Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World” is a New York Times Best selling book.

As Simon has journeyed through life, his business and personal lessons have shaped his passion for helping people explore and discover their business purpose as well as their personal purpose.

In my recent interview with Simon what I learn that drives him in his intense desire to help people find out what they have come to this earth to accomplish, do and achieve.  He wants them to apply their God given talents into making our world a better place to live as a result of them being here.  While this is a lofty goal, Simon is the kind of man with the character, drive and ambition to make it happen.  (Video message) 

His new course is truly an on-line immersive and engaging platform that guides individuals and business owners through a step by step process of exploring values, personal and business history all in an effort to find at our core what we are meant to do and become.  In this compelling interview you will learn what fuels Simon, and you will hear stories of people just like you who have taken the purpose course, and have redefined their lives with more focus, drive and ambition to achieve goals in alignment with their values.

I hope you will listen to every word of this podcast, as Simon takes us on a journey to understand the importance of knowing our personal purpose.

To learn more about signing up for the course please click here, to learn more about Simon and We First please click here.

To watch an introductory video please click here to listen to Simon provide you with an introduction to the course.

Thanks for listening.

 

 

I recently had the honor of interviewing my good friend and author Dr. Lance Secretan from the Secretan Center in Canada.  Lance is a wonderful thought leader, author and speaker in the areas of leadership and cultural transformation.

His new book book entitled ” The Bellwether Effect-Stop Following and Start Inspiring” is a must read for all leaders and middle management employees of organizations.  In my interview with Lance we discuss the eight counterproductive business processes and their antidotes.

The first thing we discuss is the fact that most business leaders adopt business practices which are outdated before they even begin.  Lance states that this leads to “dissonance between the truth and what people want to believe, an inconsistency between the beliefs.  This is counterproductive according to Lance and as a matter of fact “when 10% of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society”–this is the Bellwether Effect.

Fear is the ruling practice in modern organizations. Employees are afraid of their managers, of losing their jobs, being lost in bureaucracy, being replaced by robots, getting poor performance ratings.   Our goal in corporations as well as the rest of our lives–is to meet the second most important human need–to be inspired and to inspire others–and this second need is most easily achieved by meeting the first.

If you want to learn how to adopt new practices that will shift your organization’s culture from fear to inspiration then I would recommend that you listen carefully to my interview with Dr. Lance Secretan.

You can learn more about the “The Bellwether Effect”  by clicking here.  Enjoy this podcast with Dr. Lance Secretan.

We all live in this fast paced always “on” world, and it continues to test our ability to manage our focus and our activities to reach and attain our desired results.

I was recently introduced to the founder and developer of an inspiring new cloud based system that help you manage your focus and get done what is most important to you.  The name of the cloud based software is “Focuster” and the founders name is Jordan Baker.

In my interview with Jordan we discuss how he decided to develop “Focuster“, and the intention behind the software.  What Focuster does is automatically reschedule your activities so that you don’t forget about them.  It moves them to available time slots within your calendar or to the next day so that your focus is on what you wanted to accomplish.  It seamlessly integrates with all the calendar systems such as Google Calendars, iCal, Outlook etc.  It is the smartest to-do list you will ever encounter.

If you were to calculate the cost of distractions you would find that at whatever hourly rate you get paid, or are billing yourself out at– that you lose thousands of dollars each year.   I would encourage you to listen to my podcast with Jordan and learn how you can regain your focus and decrease the distraction that are costing you a tremendous amount of money.

I hope your enjoy this interview with Jordan Baker the founder and developer of “Focuster” the cloud based software guaranteed to help you regain your focus and improve your productivity.

Please click here to be directed to the Focuster website. 

We are all leaders in our own way.  It does not matter in what capacity, as a mom, dad, employer or whatever role we play–we lead.

As Drew Dudley the author of “This is Day One-A Practical Guide to Leadership that Matters” Most of the world’s leadership comes from people who don’t see themselves as leaders. Drew provides a quintessential guide to cultivating the behaviors that will help you embrace your leadership and empower those around you.

In the interview with Drew about his new book “This is Day One” we discuss the six key values and the accompanying questions that will drive leadership behaviors immediately.  We discuss the key values of 1) Impact 2) Courage 3) Empowerment 4) Growth 5) Class 6) Self-Respect, and in our discussion you will soon realize that it is easy to embrace your leadership, and understand truly what inspires you.

Drew states that planning to matter starts with this question: What is your personal leadership philosophy?  Your personal leadership philosophy is a set of beliefs and principles you use to evaluate information and respond to people and situations.  If you want to learn more about finding out what your leadership philosophy is, then join Drew and me as we discuss his highly engaging new book “This Is Day One“.

If you want more information about the book click here to be guided to Drew’s website.  You can also check him out on Facebook, or watch this highly acclaimed Ted-X video with over 3,000,000 views.

 

Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy our interview!

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” –Socrates (quoted in the Apology by Plato)

We live in a world filled with things to explore, and most importantly our relationship with the vastness of this world.  When we take a deep dive into this state of not knowing, it really is about knowing what you don’t know and to me that seems to be much of my world.   As I have aged I see the world with the eyes of a child, looking at it with newness, wonder and fulfillment it is a blessing.

In my interview with author Estelle Frankel about her new book “The Wisdom of Not Knowing-Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty”  We discuss the the deeper wisdom that emerges out of silent, white spaces between the lines of our stories. It is a meditation on how expanding our awareness of life’s great mysteries enables us to connect with unknown part of ourselves.

“The unknown occupies an important place in all the world’s religious traditions.  It is the realm where faith operates. In Jewish mysticism, divinity is the ultimate unknown and unknowable reality that, paradoxically, we are enjoined to “know” This essential paradox lies at the heart of the spiritual quest”, states Estelle.

If you are on your own spiritual quest and want to take a deeper look at what the “unknown” can bring with all its uncertainty then you have stumbled upon the right book to guide you through your quest.  There is simplicity, beauty and awe in uncertainty, it is where you are most creative.

To learn more about “The Wisdom of Not Knowingplease click here to be directed to Estelle’s website.  You can also learn more about Estelle Frankel by visiting her Facebook page.

As many of you might have assumed by now I am someone who embraces technology. I do know the fine balance between when to use technology effectively and when to put it away and be present with others.

In my quest to find the optimal tools, software and applications I happen to be introduce to the good people at Timeular in Austria.  My friend Charles Byrd who is a productivity guru and does lots of webinars and training on Evernote was the one that recommended Timeular.

In my interview with the Chief Marketing Officer Vanessa Ulrich we discuss this interesting time tracking tool called ZEI that is made of plastic and is octagon in its formation. It tracks your time by laying the device on any one of the eight sides, and each time you switch to a different side it keep track of that particular activity.  It comes with an erasable pen so you can change the activities on the side of the octagon at will.  Also included is a stand so when not in use you can rest the device.

If you are someone looking to better track your time, so you know where you spent time effectively and where you are wasting your time then you are going to want to check out the  Timeular/ZEI device.

I would encourage you to visit the website by clicking here, and if you want to purchase a ZEI to see how effective this cool device is just click here to be directed to the Timeular store.

Also watch this short video about the ZEI, it is truly a game changer for time tracking.

There is no doubt that we all live in a world filled with lots of options, confusion, and moves at a hectic pace.  It seems to whirl by at such a rapid pace that I frequently question my own place in this world.  Do you ever have questions about “what is this all about?”, “why am I here?”.

I know that many of us do and in my interview with Tim Burkett about his new book “Zen in the Age of Anxiety” he helps to provide sound advice and solutions on how to deal with these age-old questions and challenges we all face daily.  His book focuses on many of the topics we question, such as money, sex, desires, failure and humility: and he does it from the Zen perspective which I personally believe it wonderful.

I think a very important point Tim makes in the book is that fear and fear-based thinking is evolutionary.  It is called negative bias and scientists believe it originated as an adaptive mechanism to help humans survive. We all are aware that our need for this fear-based thinking in the type of society we live in today is not as necessary as it was during the times of early man.  But, we still have this fear trigger and it ends up making us overly or passively aggressive, conflict avoidant or frozen by indecision.

What Tim teaches is that during meditation, while our awareness if focused on the breath, or fear-based patterns begin to reveal themselves.  When discomfort arises in the form of physical or emotional pain, we usually respond in one of three ways: we fight it, becoming agitated or irritable, we try to escape the discomfort through fantasy and then feel guilty or ashamed that we are wasting our time in meditation; or we freeze up like a stone, holding our mind in a state of rigid, unfeeling blankness.

Tim teaches the art of meditation and how to release our anxiety.  If you are looking for a way to adapt, and thrive in our ever increasing world of complexity then I highly recommend reading Tims’ new book “Zen in the Age of Anxiety“.

If you want to learn more about Tim you can check out his website where there are resources for reading and listening too. 

If you are ready to have your personal views altered regarding your definition of “Self” then my interview with Robert Levine about his new book entitled “Stranger in the Mirror-The Scientific Search for the Self” is a great place to begin.

Robert and I, explore the psychology of the mind and the big question about “who we really are”? I know this is a deep thought provoking questions and infrequently gets our attention, but during our interview, we explore this questions. Frequently, we just go on with our daily routines of life, and really never give any thought to this question of “Self”. Our brains are the software running the computer-us. The bigger focus needs to be on how we can reprogram our brains-thus reprogram or “self” and what role do we play in that reprogramming process.

Stranger in the Mirror,” is a book filled with examples from multiple personality disorders to a learning more about how our two hemispheres of our brain interact to inform and guide us in our decision-making process. The stories and examples from real life examples are very revealing and inform us about how “we” work.

If you want to learn more about the “Stranger in the Mirror” please visit Robert Levine’s website. There you will find articles and resources on this topic as well as more information about Robert’s other books.