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Podcast #493: 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

There are over a hundred million books in existence. And the average person only has 8 decades in which to read them. So which books should you choose to read over others before you croak? It’s a question that’s launched scores of lists and many an argument, and my guest today has fired his own missive in the debate.  His name is James Mustich, he’s been in the book business for over 30 years as a book seller, reviewer, and editor, and he’s created the ultimate book list in his book 1,000 Boo...
Tags: Books, Podcast, Life, Senate, Travel & leisure, Alfred Bester, Squarespace, James, Jim, Marcus Aurelius, Robert Caro, Nero Wolfe, Patricia Schultz, Hubert Butler, Mary Karr, Natalia Ginzburg


Podcast #492: How to Survive a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison

Matthew Schrier was on his way home from Syria after spending months photographing the war going on there, when, just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the Al-Nusra Front — a branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria. For the next seven months he was starved and tortured in six different prison camps. Yet he survived, becoming the first Westerner to escape Al-Qaeda. Today he teaches the military about what he learned through his experience. Today on the show, I talk...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Syria, Al Qaeda, Michael Strahan, Matt, Al Nusra Front, JCP, Matthew Schrier, Al Qaeda Today


Podcast #491: Everything You Know About Passion is Wrong

“Passion” is a word that’s been thrown around a lot in the last few decades. People have a vague notion that passion is a very good thing, and that they want to find it in their work and lives. But beyond passion as a buzzword, its realities are actually very little discussed and seldom well understood. My guests today have set out to correct this deficit in their new book: The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life. Their...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Steve, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Brad, Steve Magness, Money & Career, Brad Stulberg, Bill Walsh John Wooden, Steve PassionParadoxBook


How to Make Smart Financial Decisions

3 things to keep in mind when making financial decisions, so you can enjoy life more, now and later. We discussed financial decisions on The BIGG Success Show today. Here’s a summary of that discussion. George Krueger (aka “The Professor”) was quoted in an excellent article on U.S. News and World Report about opportunity costs, […] The post How to Make Smart Financial Decisions appeared first on Bigg Success. [click the title link above to read our full post]
Tags: Personal Finance, Podcast, Careers, Personal Development, Audioblog, Bigg Success, George Krueger, Mary-lynn Foster, The Bigg Success Show, Opportunity Cost, Geoff Williams, U.S. News & World Report, The Professor And Mary-lynn, BIGG Success Show, Emotional Costs, Long-term Costs


Podcast #490: Can You Learn to Be Lucky?

There’s no doubt that luck plays a role in how successful we are in life, but the more we believe in luck, the less motivated we feel to proactively go after our goals. How do we navigate this paradox around luck — acknowledging the influence of chance but not letting it demoralize us? My guest today argues the answer lies in seeing life more like playing a game of poker than pulling the handle of a slot machine. Her name is Karla Starr and she’s the author of Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why S...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Karla, Karla Starr, Podcast Sponsors Topo Athletic Shoes


Podcast #489: How to Get a Handle on Your Anger

If you’ve been trying to get a handle on your  anger , you’ve likely read tips for calming down like taking a deep breath and counting to ten. My guest today argues while those tactics might serve as band-aid in the short term, truly getting control of your anger has to begin long before you have a blow up. His name is David Lieberman. He holds a Ph.D in psychology and is the author of several books, including his latest, Never Get Angry Again. We begin our discussion talking about what happe...
Tags: Podcast, Life, David, Squarespace, A Man's Life, David Lieberman


Podcast #488: Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline

The health benefits of fasting from food have gotten a lot of attention in the last several years. What’s often forgotten in these discussions, however, is that fasting has been practiced for thousands of years not only for the sake of the body, but for the spirit as well.  My guest today has written a book, The Sacred Art of Fasting, that explores the different ways fasting is practiced by all of the world’s major religions and how it can be practiced by individuals today. His name is Fathe...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Faith, Personal Development, Tom Ryan, A Man's Life, Podcast Sponsors Navy Federal Credit Union Proud, Father Ryan, Islam Jesus


Podcast #487: Leadership Lessons From the 3 Greatest Ancient Commanders

Alexander the Great, Hannibal, and Julius Caesar. Three of the greatest generals of antiquity. But what made them great and what can we learn from them about leadership? My guest explores those questions in his book Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership. His name is Barry Strauss and he’s a classicist and military historian at Cornell University. Today on the show we discuss the traits all three of these men possessed that made them such military genius...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Rome, Barry, Cleopatra, Hannibal, Ancient Rome, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Caesar, Military History, Twitter Listen, Barry Strauss, Barry Barry, Alexander the Great Hannibal, Alexander Hannibal Caesar


Podcast #486: How to Get Better at Making Life-Changing Decisions

How do you make the biggest decisions you face, the ones that have significant consequences and can change your life? Choices like whether to get married, move, attend a certain college, take a particular job, and so on? If you’re like a lot of people, you just kind of wing it, and maybe draw up a basic pros and cons list.   My guest today has studied the latest research in decision making theory and formulated a better approach. His name is Steven Johnson, his latest book is Farsighted:...
Tags: Podcast, Osama Bin Laden, Life, America, Benjamin Franklin, Eisenhower, Squarespace, Steven, Daniel Kahneman, Steven Johnson, William McRaven, A Man's Life, Steven Steven, Podcast Sponsors Topo Athletic Shoes, Steven Johnson Darwin, George Eliot My


Money Questions You Need to Ask

Asking better money questions is one of the keys to getting the future you want, says Veronica Karas, author of the new book, Money Matters: Everything You Should Have Learned in School but Didn’t. On The BIGG Success Show today, we talk with Veronica Karas, CFP, about her new book, Money Matters: Everything You Should […] The post Money Questions You Need to Ask appeared first on Bigg Success. [click the title link above to read our full post]
Tags: Podcast, Budget, Money, Saving Money, Retirement, Careers, Personal Development, Audioblog, Bigg Success, George Krueger, Mary-lynn Foster, The Bigg Success Show, The Professor And Mary-lynn, Veronica Karas


Podcast #485: Why Visiting Dark Places Is Good for the Soul

When you go on vacation, you probably travel to places that help you feel good, relax, and have fun. My guest today likes to visit places where great human suffering and tragedy has occurred. His name is Thomas Cook. He’s a writer of crime fiction, but in his latest book, Even Darkness Sings, he takes readers with him on the real family trips he’s taken to see humanity’s darkest places, including Auschwitz, Verdun, and Hiroshima. We begin our conversation discussing how Thomas and his wife go...
Tags: Grief, Podcast, Life, Thomas Cook, Fiji, Hiroshima, Thomas, Tom, A Man's Life, Brilliant Earth, Verdun France, BrilliantEarth, Podcast Sponsors Brilliant Earth, Auschwitz Verdun, Auschwitz Alcazar, Toledo Jose Moscardo Ituarte


Podcast #484: A Man’s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring

If you’ve never been in a fight before, have you ever wondered how you’d respond to getting punched in the face? My guest today found the experience pretty delightful. Which is all the more surprising given that he’d lived more than three decades of his life as a self-described pacifist, who abhorred violence, thought fighting was barbaric, and feared he was a coward. His name is Josh Rosenblatt, and he’s the author of Why We Fight: One Man’s Search For Meaning Inside the Ring, which describe...
Tags: Amazon, Podcast, Life, Martial Arts, MMA, Squarespace, Josh, Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, Rocky Marciano, Health & Sports, Josh Josh, Instagram Listen, Josh Rosenblatt, Krav Maga Kimbo


Podcast #483: What Really Works for Exercise Recovery?

In the past few years, sports recovery has become a big business. Elite athletes and weekend warriors alike are spending lots of time and money on things like cryotherapy, float tanks, foam rolling, and supplements in order to feel better, push themselves harder, and gain an edge over the competition. But does any of this stuff actually do anything?  My guest today spent a year investigating the science of exercise recovery. Her name is Christie Aschwanden and she’s the author of Good to G...
Tags: Wellness, Podcast, Sleep, Fitness, Life, Salvador Dalí, Christie, Christie Christie, Health & Sports, Christie Aschwanden, James Bond Shower, Shot of Cold Water for Health, Twitter Christie, Podcast Sponsors Topo Athletic Shoes


Finding Startup Money

Finding startup money is essential if you are to move forward with a new business. However, you might not need as much as you think. On The BIGG Success Show, we were joined by Maria Aspan, Editor-at-Large of Inc. Magazine. We talked about her wonderful new book, Startup Money Made Easy*. Maria combines her award-winning […] The post Finding Startup Money appeared first on Bigg Success. [click the title link above to read our full post]
Tags: Business, Podcast, Finance, Careers, Startup, Maria, Business Development, Audioblog, Bigg Success, George Krueger, Mary-lynn Foster, The Bigg Success Show, Maria Aspan, Business Finances, The Professor And Mary-lynn, Large of Inc


Podcast #482: The Power of Penmanship

In the 21st century, most of our written communication is done through typing on a computer or tapping digital buttons on a smartphone screen. But my guest today argues that we can increase our sense of humanity and our connection to the physical world and to other people by rediscovering the lost art of putting a real pen to real paper. His name is Michael Sull. He’s a master penman, penmanship instructor, and the author of several penmanship books. Today on the podcast, I talk to Michael ab...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Michael, Manly Skills, MICHAEL Michael, Facebook Listen, Penman, Hair Club, Handwriting/Penmanship, Michael Sull, Instagram Michael


Podcast #481: Building Financial Independence Beyond the Stock Market

Financial independence is a goal for a lot of folks. But what does it take to get there? My guest today explores that question on his website, Financial Samurai. His name is Sam Dogen, and before writing about money online, he worked in finance. We begin our conversation discussing how his career in equities shaped his personal finance philosophy and made him leery of putting too much wealth in the stock market. Sam shares why he recommends putting a lower percentage of your money in stocks t...
Tags: Career, Personal Finance, Podcast, Money, Life, Investing, Harry, Sam, Money & Career, Multi Level Marketing Company, Budgeting and Savings, Sam Dogen, Sam FinancialSamurai, Twitter On Facebook Listen, Podcast Sponsors Navy Federal Credit Union Proud


Podcast #480: Hiking With Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most polarizing and misunderstood of modern philosophers. Dismissed by some and misinterpreted by others, the real philosophy of Nietzsche in fact holds some incredibly life-affirming truths for everyone, regardless of belief or age.  My guest today has spent much of both his personal and professional life tracking down those insights. At the age of 19 and then again at age 37, he traveled to the Swiss town where Nietzsche wrote his famous work, Thus Spoke Za...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Switzerland, Philosophy, John, Albert Camus, Basel Switzerland, Friedrich Nietzsche, Nietzsche, John Kaag, Podcast Sponsors Kendra Scott Jewelry Affordable, Greater Self Reliance Ubermensch Listen


Podcast #479: Becoming a Digital Minimalist

Practicing minimalism with your possessions has been a trend for the past decade, and it can be a worthy practice, as long as you use it as a means to greater efficacy outside your personal domain, rather than just an end in itself. But there’s arguably a minimalism practice that’s even more effective in achieving that greater efficacy: digital minimalism. My guest has written the definitive guide to the philosophy and tactics behind digital minimalism. His name is Cal Newport and this is his...
Tags: Productivity, Facebook, Podcast, Steve Jobs, Life, Philosophy, Ny Times, Cal Newport, Cal, Thoreau, Walden Pond, Adam Alter, David Sax, Podcast Cal Newport, Digital Life Reclaiming Conversation Cal, Harris Sean Parker


The One Thing You Need to Know to Retire Early

Retire early. Most people like the idea, but how can you do it? Start by knowing this one thing. We discuss retiring early on The BIGG Success Show today. Here’s a summary of that discussion. How do win with money? How to win the game of life? Don’t just think about today. Think about today […] The post The One Thing You Need to Know to Retire Early appeared first on Bigg Success. [click the title link above to read our full post]
Tags: Personal Finance, Podcast, Retirement, Savings, Finance, Careers, Fire, Spending, Earnings, Personal Development, Audioblog, Bigg Success, George Krueger, Mary-lynn Foster, The Bigg Success Show, The Professor And Mary-lynn


Podcast #478: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity

Having a positive mindset comes with an unbelievable number of benefits, from better physical and mental health, to improved relationships and performance at work. If you’ve got a more negative bent, you’re really missing out on a lot.  Fortunately, my guest says it’s possible to shift into a more positive gear. Her name is Dr. Catherine Sanderson and she’s a professor of psychology at Amherst College. In her latest book, The Positive Shift, she highlights scores of studies that show how a po...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Catherine, Personal Development, Amherst College, A Man's Life, Brilliant Earth, Facebook Listen, Catherine Sanderson, Catherine Catherine, BrilliantEarth, Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness Health


Podcast 52. Should I join a professional body?

For Episode 50 of the Cherryleaf Podcast, we look at the reasons why technical communicators join their professional bodies. The post Podcast 52. Should I join a professional body? appeared first on... [[ For the full article, see http://www.cherryleaf.com/blog.htm]]
Tags: Career, Podcast, Careers, Seo, Technical Communication, Technical Authors, ISTC, Cherryleaf Podcast


Podcast #477: The History and Future of America’s Special Forces

When people talk about military special forces, the Navy SEALs are often the first to come to mind. But there are several special forces in the military that have a storied history and play a fundamental role in America’s military defense. My guest today is the only person to have been allowed to audit and write about the training programs of the respective special forces units of every branch of the military. His name is Dick Couch. He’s a retired US Navy SEAL and the author of several books...
Tags: Podcast, Navy, Life, America, US Navy, Dick, Army Rangers, Ranger School, AOM, Brilliant Earth, Military History, BrilliantEarth, Podcast Sponsors Brilliant Earth, Dick Couch He, Power of Team Captains Ranger School


Podcast #476: Are Modern People the Most Exhausted in History?

People often complain about being tired and burnt out these days from work and family responsibilities. We think it’s because of the way technology has sped up the pace of life, and the way we’re always “on,” and figure we’re living in the most exhausting age in history. But are we really? My guest today argues that, no, people have been complaining about being tired since at least antiquity. Her name is Anna Schaffner and she’s written a book called Exhaustion: A History, which traces the fa...
Tags: Wellness, Podcast, Sleep, Life, Depression, Anxiety, Dante, Freud, Health & Sports, Brilliant Earth, BrilliantEarth, Podcast Sponsors Brilliant Earth, Anna Schaffner


Podcast #475: How to Lose Weight, and Keep It Off Forever

If you’re like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve likely made it a goal to lose some weight this year. But if you’re also like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve made that goal before, maybe even succeeded with it, but have had to make it again because you gained all the weight back. My guest today argues that losing weight is actually pretty easy. The real trick is keeping it off. His name is Layne Norton. He’s a professional bodybuilder, powerlifter, and doctor of nu...
Tags: Podcast, Nutrition, Fitness, Life, Layne, Health & Sports, Brilliant Earth, Mark Bell, Real Science of Nutrition, BrilliantEarth, Podcast Sponsors Brilliant Earth, Layne Norton He, Instagram Twitter Listen


Managing Your Household Finances Like a Business

Manage your household finances like a business to see your finances in new and enlightening ways, so you understand your money better than you ever have before. Would you benefit financially by managing your household finances like a business? The two of us have. We think you will find it helpful as well. We discussed […] The post Managing Your Household Finances Like a Business appeared first on Bigg Success. [click the title link above to read our full post]
Tags: Personal Finance, Business, Podcast, Finance, Careers, Personal Development, Audioblog, Bigg Success, George Krueger, Mary-lynn Foster, The Bigg Success Show, Household Finances, The Professor And Mary-lynn, Financial Freedom Tool


Podcast #474: The Surprises of Romantic Attraction

According to the popular, evolutionary theory of human attraction, people select romantic partners based on objective assessments of what’s called their “mate value” — the extent to which an individual possesses traits like good looks and status. But is that really all that’s behind the way people pair up? My guest today has done a series of studies which add greater nuance to the mysteries of romantic attraction. His name is Paul Eastwick and he’s a professor of psychology at USC Davis. We...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Women, Dating, Usc, Squarespace, Paul Eastwick, Wolf Paul


Podcast #473: The Solitude of a Fire Watcher

The Gila National Forest covers about 3.3 million acres in southwest New Mexico. During the dry summer season, wildfires pose a serious threat to the area. To spot wildfires in this vast landscape as soon as they start, the U.S. Forest Service relies on fire towers spread throughout the area that are each manned by a lone individual. My guest today wrote a memoir about the unique experience this job offers. His name is Philip Connors, he’s a writer and one of the country’s few remaining fire ...
Tags: Podcast, Life, New Mexico, Jack Kerouac, Start, Philip, U S Forest Service, Phillip, Michael Kodas, Gila National Forest, Philip Philip, Philip Connors, Timothy Egan Norman Maclean, Desolation Peak Gila National Forest Osborne


Podcast #472: Reagan, the Man

Like FDR or JFK, Ronald Reagan has become more of a symbol for many Americans than a flesh and blood person. For some he’s the embodiment of all that’s good in America, while for others he’s the very opposite. But beyond the political divides, who was Reagan, the man? My guest today spent five years researching and writing an epic, non-partisan biography that seeks to bring the abstraction of Reagan back down to earth. His name is Bob Spitz and his biography is Reagan: An American Journey. We...
Tags: Podcast, California, Life, America, Reagan, United States, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bob, Fdr, Nancy, Midwest, Nancy Reagan, Bob Spitz, Bob Bob, Screen Actor 's Guild


Podcast #471: Using Mental Models to Make Better Decisions

We live in a complex, fast-changing world. Thriving in this world requires one to make fast decisions with incomplete information. But how do you do that without making too many mistakes? My guest today argues that one key is stockpiling your cognitive toolbox with lots of “mental models.” His name is Shane Parrish (@farnamstreet). He’s a former Canadian intelligence officer and the owner of the website Farnam Street, which publishes articles about better thinking and decision making and is r...
Tags: Decision Making, Podcast, Life, Charles Dickens, Silicon Valley, Warren Buffet, Malcolm Gladwell, Eisenhower, Shane, Enron, Boyd, Charlie Munger, Stephen Covey, A Man's Life, Farnam Street, Shane Parrish


Podcast #470: A Proven System for Building and Breaking Habits

It’s a new year and if you’re like millions of people around the world, you’re likely making goals to create some new habits or to break some bad ones. But if you’re also like millions of people around the world, your attempts at making and breaking habits will usually fail after just a few weeks of flailing effort, and you’ll probably think your lack of willpower is to blame. My guest today argues that it isn’t truly a lack of willpower that’s holding you back from your habit goals, it’s the...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Habits, Personal Development, Squarespace, James, Tim Ferriss, James Clear, Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Duhigg, A Man's Life, James James, James on Twitter James on Instagram Listen



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