Tag Personal Growth

Improving ourselves improves the world around us. Looking for inspiration? From curated TED Talks to stories of thought leaders providing actionable advice, there’s no better place to start your personal growth journey than right here.

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Cultivating Emotional Intelligence to Manage Your Reaction to the World with Brittney-Nichole (Episode #88)

In this episode, we welcome Brittney-Nichole to talk about emotional intelligence, or the ability to be aware and sensitive to our own emotions and the emotions of others. We discuss some of the most common things that impede our ability to develop this skill, including negativity bias, victim mentality, and a lack of receptivity to feedback. We talk about how taking risks can be a valuable way of growing and learning, and how being willing to step out of our comfort zone can help us to become stronger and more capable.
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Your Trauma is Not a Barrier, It’s a Window with David Richman (Episode #85)

It’s easy to feel bad when you are not yet the person you want to be. When you haven’t yet developed the habits you desire, or haven’t yet got up and pursued the life of your dreams. David Richman found himself in this position, feeling bad about his smoking habit and his weight. Now an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, athlete, and philanthropist, there are endless lessons to learn from David’s journey through trauma to the life of his dreams. Listen in for proof that it’s never too late to take a step back, assess your life, and make changes that will get you where you want to go.
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Image: A man doing a cartwheel on the beach - an example of one of the activities suggested by the algorithm to help you get out of a rut.

Stuck in a Rut? Here’s a Counterintuitive Way to Start Living Again

For two years, software engineer Max Hawkins let an algorithm randomize his life. Making every decision from where he ate dinner to what city he moved to, the algorithm freed Max from the monotony of routine and showed him the incredibly important way our preferences blind us to the world. Here's how his experiment can improve your life, too.
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How to Invent Yourself with Innovative Thinking with Ann Makosinski

Ann Makosinski is our youngest guest in Happy[ness] Hour history but don’t let that fool you her accomplishments are much greater than your average 23 year old. Ann is an inventor, writer, global keynote speaker, and CEO of her own company! A person with aspirations this high who is able to achieve so much at a young age is someone we can all learn something from. She will show us the power of innovative thinking. How it has changed her life and how it has the potential to change all of ours.
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Your Best Time Management: Knowing What to Let Go with Oliver Burkeman (Episode #83)

There is a fresh - rather freeing - perspective when it comes to "time-management" that can relieve us from stressing over our inboxes and to-do lists.  Our guest, Oliver Burkeman, is just the one to have discovered it. For 10 years, he wrote a column for the Guardian about time-management. And then one day, realized that much of the schemes and advice for managing time were nonsense. Instead, the solution to our overwhelming dilemma with time starts somewhere we might never look. This conversation is both freeing and fun.
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