The ability to focus is key to improving our productivity and achieving our goals, but it’s a skill that most people are never taught! Dandapani is a Hindu priest, entrepreneur, and former monk of 10 years. He has helped millions overcome distraction through his popular TED Talk, workshops and courses. In his new book, The Power of Unwavering Focus, Dandapani distills his wisdom into a step-by-step guide to cultivating concentration. On this episode, he shares tools to help you overcome distraction and sharpen your focus so that you can achieve your goals.
Eric “ET” Thomas has reached millions with his story of going from homeless to one of the world’s top motivational speakers. He’s been profiled in GQ, Sports Illustrated and ESPN and is a trusted advisor to top corporate teams, sports teams and athletes looking to unlock greatness. Known as “the hip hop preacher,” ET is especially passionate about helping kids nurture and realize their potential. His new book “You Owe You” is all about how to rewrite your narrative and take ownership of your life. In today’s conversation, we talk about how to ignite your purpose, leverage your superpowers and stop making excuses.
Andrew “Hawk” Hawkins is a former NFL player, sports executive, and Emmy Award-nominated host. He played seven seasons in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, while earning his Master’s degree from Columbia University with a 4.0 GPA. After retiring from the NFL, Hawk began his media career at ESPN as an anchor of SportsCenter on Snapchat. He co-hosts his own podcast, “Thom & Hawk” with Joe Thomas and recently co-founded sports technology company, Status Pro. On this episode, we talk about his long journey to the NFL, how to channel doubt into fuel, and why the best things in life are hard.
What do you wish you had the confidence to do? Lisa Bilyeu is the cofounder of Quest Nutrition, the President of Impact Theory, and the host of the Women of Impact podcast. In her new book, Radical Confidence, Lisa shares the story of how she went from stay-at-home housewife to cofounder of a billion-dollar company. On this episode, we talk about how to face your insecurities, boost your confidence, and live the life of your dreams.
Allyson Felix is a 5-time Olympian and recently retired as the most decorated American track & field star of all time with 30 medals. Recently named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People,” Allyson is stepping into her next chapter as a fierce advocate for women. She’s the founder of Saysh, a lifestyle brand focused on athletic-inspired footwear made for and by women, and is a powerful voice for maternity health. On this episode, we talk about managing pressure and expectations, bouncing back from setbacks, and overcoming fear to find her voice.
Natasha Graziano went from homeless and broke to top mindset coach and motivational speaker. The creator of the MBS Method, Natasha is passionate about helping people transform their lives through neuroscience and ancient wisdom. She’s amassed more than 15 million followers on social media and has been featured in The New York Times, Vogue and USA Today. Natasha is the host of the popular Law of Attraction podcast and is the author of the new book, Be It Until You Become It. In today’s conversation, we talk about the law of attraction, creating a success mindset, and how to achieve your goals faster.
With three World Series titles to his name, Tony La Russa is widely considered one of the best managers in Major League Baseball history. He’s spent 33 years as a manager, currently for the Chicago White Sox and previously with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. A member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, Tony ranks 2nd all-time in wins among big league managers. In our conversation today, we talk about his relentless approach to preparation, building a strong team culture, and how to inspire greatness in others.
It’s never too late to change your life. Ten years into a successful career as a nightclub promoter, Scott Harrison felt empty and unhappy. Desperate for change, he signed up to volunteer on a hospital ship in Liberia where he first learned about the impact of the global water crisis. That experience inspired him to start the nonprofit charity: water to bring clean water to developing countries around the world. Today, charity: water has funded 91,414 water projects to help more than 14.7 million people get access to clean water. On this episode, Scott talks about the power of second chances, finding a sense of purpose, and why it’s never too late to make a change.
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Bethenny Frankel is an entrepreneur, TV producer, and author of the new book, Business Is Personal. Bethenny burst onto the scene as the unfiltered breakout star of Bravo’s hit show The Real Housewives of New York City and leveraged her reality TV fame to build a business empire. A self-made businesswoman, she is the founder of the Skinnygirl and Bethenny brands and host of the chart-topping podcast Just B with Bethenny Frankel. Her charitable initiative BSTRONG has raised millions of dollars for disaster relief efforts around the world. On this episode, we talk about why she originally turned down Real Housewives (and what made her change her mind!), what it takes to be successful while staying true to yourself, and how she’s built a business empire.
Kara Goldin knows what it takes to build a business from scratch. She’s the founder of Hint, the leading unsweetened flavored water. Hint was inspired by Kara’s own health journey, when she kicked her diet soda habit by turning to fruit infused water. After discovering there was nothing like the fruit-flavored water on the market, she decided to make it herself. Kara is a former tech executive at AOL, host of the podcast The Kara Goldin Show and author of Undaunted. She’s been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs list. On this episode, we talk about how to move forward despite uncertainty, turn criticism into motivation and create your own opportunities.
Tim Brown is the co-founder & CEO of Allbirds, the sustainable shoe and apparel company and maker of “the world’s most comfortable shoe.” Tim's experience as a World Cup soccer player for New Zealand led him to think about things on a grand scale, whether that be crafting shoes or running a business. On this episode, we talk about how Allbirds began as a curiosity project, the drive to get better every day, and how tackling tough problems can unlock our purpose.
What does it take to not just get to the top but stay there? Sue Bird is a 4x WNBA champion, 5x Olympic gold medalist and 2x NCAA champion. To say she’s a winner is an understatement. In her 19th season in the WNBA, Sue is looking to lead the Seattle Storm to one more championship in what is expected to be her final season. Sue is a fierce advocate for equality and is the co-founder of TOGETHXR, a media company that elevates and centers women through storytelling. On this episode, we talk about mental toughness, keeping your competitive edge and the legacy she’s leaving behind to inspire the next generation.
What does it take to become an Olympic gold medalist? Figure skater Tara Lipinski catapulted onto the world stage at age 15, becoming the youngest individual gold medalist ever at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Today she’s a broadcaster for NBC and producer for the new docuseries, Meddling. On this episode, Tara shares the sacrifice and immense discipline it takes to be elite and what it’s like to perform under pressure.
What’s the #1 blocker to achieving your biggest goals and dreams? Fear. Rebecca Minkoff is a fashion designer and wildly successful entrepreneur. An industry leader in accessible luxury handbags and apparel, her designs are inspired by strong, confident women. In her new book, Fearless, Rebecca re-writes the rules to share her secrets for unlocking creativity, courage, and success. In our conversation, Rebecca guides us how to let go of others’ expectations, overcome the fear of failure, and reach your goals—no matter how unattainable they may seem.
What’s your New Year’s resolution this year? Maybe it’s to exercise more, save money or learn a new skill. Whatever your goal, you need tools and tactics to help you identify and overcome the barriers to change. Katy Milkman is an award-winning professor at Wharton and host of the popular podcast, Choiceology. She’s devoted her career to the studying behavior change and she shares the tools she’s learned in her book, How to Change. On this episode, Katy reveals a science-based approach that can take you from where you are to where you want to be. We talk about why change is so hard, when the best time to change is, and how to overcome the common barriers to change. Whether you’re a manager, coach or leader aiming to help others change for the better—or are struggling to kick-start change yourself, this conversation is for you.