Trump, Conspiracies, and the American Dream of Home Ownership (OTB #029)

It’s been a while, but Kelvin and I are back with another episode of Outside the Box. And to be honest, this was probably the most fun we’ve had in any episode.

We didn’t come in with a specific topic in mind, but like the media for much of 2016, we talked more about Trump and conspiracies than anything else.

It’s a long episode, but there’s a lot of fun history, philosophy, and everything else thrown in.

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How to Follow Your Intuition with Vanessa Rivera (LALYL #011)

In this episode, I chat with my good friend Vanessa Rivera.

Vanessa is incredibly open, authentic, and transparent about her life, her struggles, and how she’s managed to build an amazing life. It’s what makes her a great coach, but more importantly, it’s what makes her an awesome person. It also makes this episode amazing.

We spent most of the episode talking about Vanessa’s struggles early in life, from abandonment to bulimia to leaving a life of certainty to follow her intuition.

If you’re trying to find your own way, or if you’re struggling with personal issues, this is an episode that you’ll love and will get a lot out of.

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Tea Eggs, the Fringe Festival, and Louis CK: The Weekly Roundup (LALYL #010)

Weekly Roundup

Book I’m Reading or Remembering

This is usually a book I just finished, although it’s occasionally a book I read some time ago and have just returned to.  While we all have a long list of books to read, this is a book that I think is worth adding.

Atlas Shrugged

I can understand why this book resonates with so many people, and also why so many people dislike it.

Ayn Rand taps into some very deep desires of individuals and difficulties of society. And while I don’t fully agree with the tenets of Objectivism, Atlas Shrugged in my mind does a fantastic job of highlight 2 particular issues:

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Achieving Big Goals by Focusing on the Fundamentals (LALYL #009)

Have you ever been frustrated by not getting the same results that you see someone else getting?

Maybe you’re building a business, and you’re doing all the same things as your competitor, but they seem to be getting all the clients and customers.  Or maybe you’re trying to get in great shape, but you don’t get the same results as other folks you see at the gym.

That’s a painful situation to be in.  You start to lose confidence, because it feels like you’re the only one who is failing.  And you feel bad about yourself, because you feel like it’s something about you that’s failing.

I’ve been in that position more times than I care to admit, and it always comes back to one thing…  I hadn’t mastered the fundamentals of what I was trying to do.

If you’re wondering what it takes to reach huge goals, it all starts with fundamentals, without fail.

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Getting Unstuck in Your Life with Arda Ozdemir (LALYL #008)

How to Get Unstuck in Your Life with Arda Ozdemir.

Arda is a Personal Transformation Coach, Energy Healer, and somebody I greatly admire. He’s a friend, and I’ve also been a client of his coaching program.

Prior to his current business and non-profit work, he was a banker who wasn’t happy with the life he was living. He’s now seeking to promote peace and healing throughout the world.

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Masterminds, Mythology, & Jason Connell: Weekly Roundup (LALYL #007)

Weekly Roundup

Book I’m Reading or Remembering

This is usually a book I just finished, although it’s occasionally a book I read some time ago and have just returned to.  While we all have a long list of books to read, this is a book that I think is worth adding.

The Power of Myth

I’d had this book on my list to read for a very long time, and I just got around to it at the beginning of 2015.  It’s now firmly rooted in the 10 or 15 most influential books I’ve read in my life.

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Overcoming Fear versus Doing What You Love (LALYL #006)

You often hear about two competing ideas:

  1. You Need to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
  2. Do What You Love and What You’re Great At

The thing is, they’re both true, to some degree…

It can be hugely beneficial to get good at stepping out of your comfort zone.  That way, you’re not ruled by fear, you’re more comfortable in all circumstances, and you have more fun because you learn to enjoy the unexpected.

On the other hand, it can also be hugely beneficial to focus on doing what you love and what you’re great at.  If you do, then research (and common sense) shows that you’re happier and more successful.  After all, you’re more committed to doing what you love and what you’re great at.

But there’s a potential conflict.

How do you know if you don’t like doing something or if it’s just fear and discomfort?

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Alexis Sclamberg on Manifesting a Spectacular Life (LALYL #005)

How to Manifest a Spectacular Life with Alexis Sclamberg.

I hadn’t met Alexis before this conversation, but she came very highly recommended and did not disappoint. We talk about how she got unstuck in various areas of her life, how she completely changed her mind and herself, and how she’s now helping other folks do the same.

There are a lot of people who talk about personal change and development, but Alexis has been through it and shares a lot of details.  She has also done her homework and won’t leave you with vague and un-researched opinions on how to change the direction of your life.

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Serendipity and Doing More: Weekly Roundup (LALYL #004)

Book I’m Reading or Remembering

This is usually a book I just finished, although it’s occasionally a book I read some time ago and have just returned to.  While we all have a long list of books to read, this is a book that I think is worth adding.

A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

This is an old book, and I haven’t read many of the other Chicken Soup books. However, the stories stand up well, are still very inspiring, and really dig into emotions that you might not have felt for a while.  

I think it’s a particularly good read for men, although my guess is that readers of the book are largely women.

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The Importance of Play (LALYL #003)

Depression, decreased emotional regulation, diminished impulse control, shallow relationships, higher likelihood of violent crime.

Those are just a few of the things that are made more likely by playing too little.

In this episode of Live a Life You Love, I discuss why play is so critical for every aspect of your life, from your relationships to your business/career to your health.  I also talk about 4 of the easiest ways to add more play into your life.

This is particularly important to me, not only because I love play (and games in particular), but also because play has helped me overcome both burnout and minor bouts of depression.

And I have many friends for whom play has also played a big role in the improvement of their mental and emotional well-being.

All animals play, and humans – you – are no exception.  If you want to live a thriving life, then play is absolutely necessary.  Here are just a few of the benefits:

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