Making Better Decisions, The Sophomore Jinx, & The Illusion of Objectivity with Dr. Richard Nisbett

December 15, 2016
In this episode we discuss the errors people make in their reasoning and how to correct them, we explain a number of statistical principles to help sharpen your thinking and make you a better decision maker, why every $1 spent on a “scared straight” program creates $400 of cost for the criminal justice system, the illusion of objectivity, why you should NOT rely on your intuition and much more with Dr. Richard Nisbett. 
 
Dr. Richard Nisbett is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychology Association, the William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievements, and the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology, among others. He is the author of the recent book Mindware, as well as The Geography of Thought, Think Differently, and Intelligence and How To Get It.
  • The errors people make in their reasoning and how to correct them
  • How to apply the lessons of statistics to making better decisions
  • Is your intelligence fixed and unchangeable?
  • How the industrial revolution massively transformed the way people think
  • We discuss the skills, not on an IQ test, that you must have to be able to function effectively in today’s age
  • Why job interviews are totally useless and have almost no correlation to job performance 
  • How misunderstanding the law of large numbers can lead you to make huge mistakes
  • Why does the rookie of the year almost always have a worse performance the following year?
  • Understanding regression to the mean and how it creates extremely counterintuitive conclusions
  • Why Performance = Skill + Luck 
  • Why deterministic thinking can drastically mislead you in finding the root cause of a phenomena
  • We explain a number of statistical principles to help sharpen your thinking and make you a better decision maker
  • The concept of "base rates" and how they can transform how you think about reality
  • We walk through a number of concrete examples of how misunderstanding statistics can cause people to make terrible decisions
  • If you’re like most people, then like most people, you think you’re not like most people (but you are)
  • Why every $1 spent on a “scared straight” program creates $400 of cost in criminal and incarceration costs 
  • Why the “head start” program is a massive failure and what we could have done about it 
  • How you can use the experimental method to make data driven experiments in your life
  • The illusion of objectivity - Why you should NOT rely on your intuition 
  • How we massively distort our perception of reality and why our perceptual apparatus can easily mislead us
  • How many of the structures we use to understand the world are highly error prone
  • Why we are amazing at pattern detection but horrible at "covariation detection”
  • Why the traditional rorschach test is bogus and doesn't actually produce any results
  • Why you are likely are “horrendously miscalibrated” in your assessments of people’s personalities
If you want to make better decisions - listen to this episode! 
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How You Can Predict The Future Better Than World-Famous Experts - The Art & Science of Risk with Dan Gardner

December 8, 2016
In this episode we discuss the radical mismatch between your intuitive sense of risk and the actual risks you face. We look at why most experts and forecasters are less accurate than dart throwing monkeys. We talk about how to simply and easily dramatically reduce your risk of most major dangers in your life. We explore the results from the “good judgment project” study of more than 20,000 forecasts. We talk about what superforecasters are and how they beat prediction markets, intelligence analysts with classified information, and software algorithms to make the best possible forecasts and MUCH more with Dan Gardner.
 
Dan Gardner is a New York Times best-selling author and a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His latest book Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, which he co-authored with Philip Tetlock. Superforecasting was chosen as one of the best books of 2015 by The Economist, Bloomberg, and Amazon. Dan is also the author of Future Babble and Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear and previously worked as a policy advisor to the Premier of Ontario and a journalist with the Ottawa Citizen. 
  • How and why people make flawed judgements about risk
  • The radical mismatch between our intuitive sense of risk and the actual risks we face
  • Why we are the safest, healthiest, wealthiest people to live on planet earth (and we don't realize it)
  • Why we focus on vivid, dramatic risks, and ignore the real dangers in our lives
  • How to simply and easily dramatically reduce your risk of most major dangers in your life
  • The power of “meta cognition,” what it is, and why it’s so important
  • Lessons you can learn from the mega successful investor George Soros
  • Why most forecasters are less accurate than monkeys throwing darts
  • The difference between foxes and hedgehogs (and why you never want to be one of them)
  • The inverse correlation between fame and prediction accuracy
  • What cancer diagnosis shows about how averse people are to uncertainty
  • The universal principles of good judgement
  • The importance of intellectual humility and intellectual curiosity
  • Why certainty is an illusion and nothing is ever certain
  • Why everything is a question of degrees of maybe (probabilistic thinking)
  • The results from the “good judgement project” study of more than 20,000 forecasts
  • What superforecasters are and how they beat prediction markets, intelligence analysts with classified information, and software algorithms  to make the best possible forecasts
  • The differences between these “superforecasters” and regular forecasters
  • The importance of being “actively open minded"
  • Why you should unpack smaller questions & looking things like base rates
  • How to use “fermi estimates” to solve tough and challenging problems
  • Why the growth mindset had a huge impact on positive ability to forecast
Need to do some planning for next year? Listen to this episode!
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Uncover the Root of Your Pain, How to Smash Perfectionism, Love Yourself, and Live a Richer Life with Megan Bruneau

December 1, 2016
In this episode we discuss why the “happiness” movement has done us a disservice and sometimes makes things worse, how perfectionism creates an illusion of control and distorts your reality, how to become aware of the critical inner voice at the root of your pain and unhealthy habits, the incredible power of self compassion, and much more with Megan Bruneau.
 
Megan Bruneau is a psychotherapist, wellness coach, writer, podcast host and creator of oneshrinksperspective.com After years of perfectionism-fueled depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, she discovered how to like herself, take risks, and find success without beating herself up to get there. 
 
  • Why Megan advocates a holistic approach to mental health
  • Why the “happiness” movement has done us a disservice and sometimes makes things worse
  • How to become aware of the critical inner voice at the roof of your pain and unhealthy habits
  • What your “secondary emotions" are and why its so important to pay close attention to them
  • How you internalize self judgement from your childhood experiences
  • You can have expectations about mood not just performance and that can create suffering
  • The importance of giving yourself permission to feel feelings even when they are uncomfortable
  • What your physiological symptoms look like when you experience a fight or flight response
  • How to build tolerance and grow your “emotional muscle”
  • The tools you can use (with a concrete example) to stop a downward spiral of anxiety
  • Things you might do that actually make a negative emotional response worse
  • The importance of making space for difficult feelings ( through mindfulness )
  • How to have deep self compassion and treat yourself with kindness
  • What exactly to say to yourself when you’re dealing with difficult emotions
  • Why you should treat yourself like a dear friend who is suffering
  • How the “self esteem” movement screwed you up and created many of your emotional challenges
  • What happens when your self worth is dependent on being better than other people
  • How Megan defines perfectionism (and why you might be a perfectionist without even realizing it)
  • The critical importance of self compassion and how you can practice it
  • The importance of understanding the concept of "common humanity"
  • We define mindfulness and its core components, and discuss how to practice it
  • Why painful feelings don't make you broken, but are a natural part of the human experience
  • The huge downsides of having your self worth tied to your achievements
  • Why your fear of difficult and uncomfortable emotions is the roof of your suffering
  • The exact internal dialogue you should use if you constantly put too much pressure on yourself
  • The massive danger of “globalizing” negative experiences
  • Why giving up high expectations actually enhances your performance
  • Why you should change for your focus from being productive to focusing on what’s meaningful
  • How you can “become friends” with difficult emotions
  • And MUCH more!
 
If you are frustrated, suffering, or struggling with uncomfortable emotions, listen to this episode!
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The Science of Power - How to Acquire It, What Makes You Lose it with Dr. Dacher Keltner

November 23, 2016
In this episode we discuss lessons from 25 years of studying the evolution of human emotion, examine whether the Machiavellian concept of power still works, explore the surprising scientific data on how you can acquire power, and look closely at the foundation of enduring power from studies of military units on how to achieve and maintain power with Dr. Dacher Keltner.
 
Dr. Dacher Keltner is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. He is also the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct.
  • Lessons from 25 years of studying the evolution of human emotion
  • What the hard science says about the powerful impact of gratitude
  • Why you’re interpretation of “survival of the fittest” is totally wrong
  • Why emotion is not something to “remove” or rid ourselves of
  • How emotions guide social behaviors in many very important ways
  • Does the Machveiallian conception of power still work?
  • Studies in military organizations, schools, show about how to effectively wield power
  • The surprising scientific data on how you can acquire and maintain power 
  • We discuss in depth if power is given or if power is seized 
  • What are the foundations of enduring power?
  • importance of empathy and building strong social ties rather than serving your narrow self interest
  • The power paradox and why the more powerful you get, the harder it is to stay powerful
  • The importance of focusing on other people
  • How do we create organizations and societies that prevent the abuses of power?
  • We review and share resources for practical steps to implement all of these lessons
  • The massive impact and power of touch to communicate emotions
  • The shocking science of how half a second of touch can communicate almost every major emotion
  • The hilarious gender differences in Dr. Keltner’s emotional touch research
  • How to cultivate gratitude and awe
  • The simple power of just saying thank you
  • The new collaborative definition of power and how its radically different from what you may think of when you think of power
  • And much more!
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The Surprising Truth Research Reveals About What Motivates You with Dr. Dan Ariely

November 18, 2016
In this episode we discuss one of the most interesting results ever found in the psychological research of education, why pleasure maximization is a flawed model for human understanding, we go deep into a number of research examples, discuss the massive (and counterintuitive) difference between motivating top performers and bottom performers, and much more with Dr. Dan Ariely!
 
Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at  Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight and also the co-founder of BEworks. Dan's talks on TED have been watched over 7.8 million times. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both of which became New York Times best sellers, and he has a newly released book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations. 
  • How being badly burned and spending 3 years in the hospital radically changed Dr. Dan Ariely's life
  • How good intentions can go terribly wrong in changing behavior
  • The two flawed models of motivation and why neither works
  • I get interviewed by Dr Dan Ariely - he turns the mic on me and starts grilling me!
  • The difference between momentary joy and lasting purpose
  • Why motivation is not about YOU
  • The critical importance of creating, meaning, improvement, and having an impact
  • How money can demotivate and skew your motivation
  • We get into the weeds on some fascinating experiments Dr. Dan Ariely has conducted about how money (doesn’t) motivate us
  • Why bonuses don’t actually work
  • The massive (and counterintuitive) difference between motivating top performers and bottom performers
  • Why it’s much better to analyze the BARRIERS to good performance and remove them
  • One of the most interesting results ever found in the psychological research of education
  • Why pleasure maximization is a flawed model for human understanding
  • We dig into the the science of motivation itself
  • The difference between social norms and market norms (and why it’s important)
  • Why you would rather move a couch for free, than get paid $5 to do it
  • Ideas for how we can use psychology to change America’s education system
  • Why suicide rate among physicians are climbing rapidly 
  • The Crazy Day Care Story (and why its important) 
  • How effort and complexity create affinity for things you work on
  • Why Dr. Dan Ariely and I both love legos! 
  • We go through half a dozen hilarious and very counter-intuitive findings from Dr. Dan Ariely's research
  • We discuss the quest for symbolic immortality (and why it matters to you)
 
If you want to deeply understand how motivation really works - listen to this episode!
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How Two Simple Words Can Massively Shift Your Perspective & Ten Superpowers to Transform Your World with Life is Good Founder John Jacobs

November 10, 2016
In this episode we discuss how our guest went from being “wildly unsuccessful”, sleeping in a used van, to launching a massive brand, the power of simple gratitude during the toughest challenges of our lives, the transformational superpowers that can change your life, the massive perspective shift you can grain from two simple words, and much more with John Jacobs.
 
John is the co-founder and chief creative optimist for Life is Good as well as the author of Life Is Good: The Book. He and his company have previously been featured on CNN, CNBC, Nightline, Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,and much more.
 
  • The ten superpowers that can change your life
  • What drove John to find a way to combine art and business to launch an amazing company
  • How Life is Good went from being “wildly unsuccessful”, sleeping in a used van, to launching a massive brand
  • Why its often the people that face the biggest adversity and trauma that embrace the real meaning of “life is good"
  • How Life is Good takes a stand against the negativity in the news media 
  • The incredible power of simple gratitude during the toughest challenges of our lives
  • How to focus on optimism without ignoring the negative experiences in your life
  • How the story of one person can transform your experience 
  • The Amazing story of how one act of hate created a wave of love
  • How John embarks on his mission to “spread the power of optimism"
  • Even when facing hardest adversity - you can consciously shift your mind to the positive and grow good instead of being consumed by the negative
  • The incredible power of optimism and strategies to become more optimistic
  • Why you should never say you “have to” do something (and what you should say instead)
  • Incredible, simple perspective shift you can get by changing a SINGLE WORD when you find yourself complaining
  • The Rule of “Yes, And,” how it can have a huge impact on your life & unleash your creativity
  • The real depth behind the concept of “life is good”and why its OK to acknowledge the painful parts of your life
  • The importance of taking a few moments to connect with someone
  • Why fun is “part of the main course” and not your dessert
  • How to find simple ways to weave joy into your life
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Seven Catalysts To Creating Progress and Becoming A More Effective Leader with Dr. Teresa Amabile

November 3, 2016
In this episode we look at the single biggest factor that impacts your performance at work, the 7 major catalysts for creating progress in your life, we dig deep into the data to look closely at the correlations between mental states and actual performance in terms of creativity, technical skill, productivity and much more with Dr. Teresa Amabile.

Dr. Amabile is a Professor and Director of Research at Harvard Business School. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford. Her research investigates how life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. She has published over 100 articles in top scholarly journal and is the co-author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work, as well as Creativity in Context and Growing up Creative.

We discuss:
How offering a reward can undermine people’s intrinsic motivation to do something
We dig deep into the nearly 12,000 daily diary entries from over 200 professionals inside organizations that formed the foundation of Teresa’s research
We look closely at the correlations between mental states and actual performance in terms of creativity, technical skill, productivity and more 
How positive and negative work environments arise within organizations 
Your “inner work life” and why its so important (and you may not even be aware of it)
How external motivators can accidentally wipe out your true motive for working and achieving your goals
Why “Making Progress on Meaningful Work” is the single biggest factor impacting performance
An important and powerful tool that managers can use to help people do better in their work and have better experiences every day
The "intrinsic motivation principle of creativity” and why it matters to you! 
The largest disconnect between what managers think motivates their employees and what the research actually shows that motivates them
The 7 catalysts to creating progress in your life
The importance of having clear goals (what you’re doing and why it matters)
Why creating a culture where people learn from problems, failures, and mistakes is vital to success
The importance of control and autonomy in your work
How to create emotional support for your employees and coworkers
How small words of kindness and understanding can make a huge impact on productivity
The importance of setting daily goals for yourself - something you want to get done that is really core to your work
The importance of measurement and tracking your progress with a daily progress journal
The enormous impact of even a tiny win on your day
And much more!

If you want to master motivation for yourself and others, listen to this episode!
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Trading Your House For A Tulip, Your Love Life, And What It All Has To Do With Making Better Financial Decisions with Dr. Daniel Crosby

October 27, 2016
In this episode we explore how you can learn from dating mistakes to make better financial choices, the most expensive words in investing (and how you can avoid them), why highly qualified experts are wrong more than 94% of the time, the importance of focusing on process vs outcome and much more with Dr. Daniel Crosby.

Dr. Crosby is a psychologist and behavioral finance expert as well the author of New York Times Best-Seller "Personal Benchmark: Integrating Behavioral Finance and Investment Management as well as “Laws of Wealth: Psychology  and the secret to investing success.” He was named named one of the “12 Thinkers to Watch” by Monster.com, a “Financial Blogger You Should Be Reading” by AARP and listed on the Top 40 Under 40 by Investment News.com. 

We discuss:
  • How Daniel works to integrate the messiness of human psychology into fields like economics and finance
  • How your emotional state colors your perception of risk
  • How you can learn from dating mistakes to make better financial choices
  • The most expensive words in investing (and how you can avoid them) 
  • The insane “tulip” craze and what it says about financial markets
  • Why in our efforts to manage risk we often create the outcomes we are trying to avoid
  • How you control what matters most (often without realizing it)
  • The importance of focusing on process vs outcome
  • Why “you are not special” and how that advice can save you a lot of money! 
  • Why experts are wrong 94% of the time
  • Why really successful people automate their day and free up their cognitive power for more important tasks
  • How to be aware of the biases impacting our thinking and get a second opinion
  • The importance of being “not stupid” instead of being smart
  • Existential boundary experiences and how they can transform you
  • How to break out of the glorified business of our daily lives and embrace the inevitability of our own mortality
  • 2 simple and actionable steps you can take right now to improve your personal finance and investment knowledge
  • And much more!
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Influence Anyone With Secret Lessons Learned From The World’s Top Hostage Negotiators with Former FBI Negotiator Chris Voss

October 20, 2016
In this episode we discuss the secret lessons hostage negotiators around the world use to win the day, how to understand and influence people’s emotional drivers, the two words that can transform any negotiation, the biggest hallmarks of powerful master negotiators and much more with the FBI’s former lead international kidnapping negotiator Chris Voss.
Chris Voss is the founder and CEO of the Black Swan Group, an adjunct professor at Georgetown and University of Southern California. During his 24 year term with the FBI where he most recently served as the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator, Voss worked approximately 150 kidnappings worldwide, from the Middle East to Haiti including a number of high-profile kidnappings. Voss has been trained by the FBI, Scotland Yard and Harvard in the art of negotiation and negotiated with likes of terrorists, hostage takers, and bank robbers.
We discuss:
  • FBI’s behvaioral change stairway they use to negotiate with terrorists and hostage takers
  • Why emotional intelligence is at the forefront of business success today
  • How to leverage “tactical empathy” in your life to achieve the results you want
  • How to create leverage to influence anyone in the world by understanding their emotional drivers
  • Why you should never be mean to someone who could hurt you by doing nothing
  • Why understanding is NOT the same as agreement and why that is important
  • The biggest barrier to negotiation success is not complexity - its overcoming the awkwardness
  • How repeating the last 1-3 words someone said can have a huge impact
  • Why winning in a negotiation is not the same as beating the other side
  • The incredible importance of listening and how you can cultivate “active listening"
  • The power and importance of open ended and clarifying questions
  • How to draw out the hidden cards from the other side of a negotiation
  • The secrets hostage negotiators AROUND THE WORLD use regardless of cultural dynamics
  • The two most important words in any negotiation
  • The three different types of negotiator and the strengths and weaknesses of each
  • How changing one question totally transformed the kidnapping negotiation for Jose Escobar 
  • Why Chris would “never lie to anyone he’s not going to kill"
  • Why Chris hates compromise in any negotiation
  • The “F Word” in negotiations and why you should be careful with it
  • One of the biggest hallmarks of powerful negotiators 
  • And much more! 
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How To Execute on Huge Goals, Take Action, and Create The Results You Want with Neil Patel

October 13, 2016
In this episode we talk about execution, how to break down big goals into actionable steps, how and why Neil hired a “mama” for himself, the “ten minute rule” that could help you achieve big productivity gains and how to optimize your life to free up huge amounts of time with entrepreneur Neil Patel.
Neil is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.
We discuss:
  • How to break huge goals into small bite sized tasks that you can quickly and easily execute
  • How Neil defines success and why money wont make you happy
  • The "10 minute rule" and how it can help you achieve big results
  • “Hacks” that Neil recommends for those who want to climb the corporate ladder
  • How to go from A to Z by skipping B, C, D etc and getting straight to the result
  • Why you don’t have to take the traditional path the everyone else does to get what you want in life
  • The strategy Neil uses to pitch huge deals to corporate executives
  • How to optimize your life to save time and free your time up
  • The rules that Neil uses to improve and use his time more efficiently
  • How Neil hired a “mom” to cook him breakfast and do his laundry (and why!)
  • How to manufacture and generate luck for yourself
  • Why shouldn’t “rent your dreams"
  • How to take action on the things that matter and actually create results, so you can stop spinning your wheels
  • And much more!
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How to Overcome Trauma, Mental Health Struggles, and Learning Issues to Achieve World Changing Results with Dr. Gail Saltz

October 6, 2016
In this episode we explore the link between trauma, mental health, learning disabilities and genius, look at a number of historical figures and how they harnessed challenges like depression and ADHD to achieve world-changing results, and examine the practical steps you can take to overcome struggles today with Dr. Gail Saltz.

Dr. Gail Saltz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell School of medicine and a psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. She is a columnist, bestselling author, podcast host and television commentator and one of the nation’s foremost go-to experts on a variety of psychological and mental health issues, having appeared on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, The View, Dateline, 20/20, Primetime, Today, CNN, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show and more.

We discuss:
  • How people like Vincent Van Gogh and Abraham Lincoln harnessed their mental issues to achieve success
  • Deconstructing the “psychobiographies” of some of the greatest achievers in the world (DaVinci, Einstein, Lincoln, etc)
  • Close to half of Americans struggle with some sort of mental health issue
  • What people who are embarrassed about seeking help can do
  • Why “mental illness” is often a STRENGTH and the greatest achievements are a often a DIRECT RESULT of struggles with issues like dyslexia, anxiety, depression, etc
  • How Abraham Lincoln struggled his whole life with depression and why it gave him the empathy to reshape history
  • How Einstein overcome crippling ADHD to change physics
  • Practical steps that someone can take who is struggling with anxiety and depression right now
  • How to hone-in on your strengths and leverage them
  • How we get caught in defeating stories that we tell ourselves
  • How to identify and “re-write” self-defeating stories that we tell ourselves
  • A few actionable insights into how to improve and build relationships from one of the best sex and relationships experts in the world
  • How to LISTEN better, improve communication, and build better relationships
  • And more!

If you think you have a challenge you can’t overcome - listen to this episode! 
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What Makes People Turn Evil, Time Paradoxes, and The Power of Heroism with Dr. Philip Zimbardo

September 29, 2016
In this episode we discuss how to create evil in a research laboratory, what makes people “turn evil”, we examine the definition of heroism, dig into the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, explore time paradoxes, and much more with the legendary Dr. Philip Zimbardo. 
Dr. Zimbardo is an internationally recognized scholar, educator, researcher and media personality, winning numerous awards and honors in each of these domains. He has been a Stanford University professor since 1968, where he conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment. His career is noted for giving psychology away to the public through his popular PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, along with many text and trade books, among his 500+ publications. He was recently president of the American Psychological Association.
We discuss:
  • How to create evil in a research laboratory
  • The different kinds of evil
  • Is there a fixed line between good and evil?
  • What is the definition of heroism (and how its distinct from altruism)
  • How Dr. Z defines evil (and why thats important)
  • What happens when you put only good people in a really bad situation?
  • The inside take on the famous Stanford Prison Experiment
  • How a situation can create an emotional breakdown in a normal, healthy, smart person in less than 36 hours
  • The social processes that can grease the slippery slope of evil
  • How normal people can transform into monsters
  • The substantial risks of dehumanization
  • The power of the heroic imagination
  • How teachers can bring the best out in their students
  • The time paradox and how we live with vastly different time perspectives 
  • How conflicts derive from people’s differing time perspectives
If you want to hear from a titan of psychology about the inner workings of the human mind - listen to this episode! 
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How to Out-Think Your Competition and Become a Master Strategic Thinker with Dr. Colin Camerer

September 22, 2016
In this episode we discuss the intersection between neuroscience and game theory, ask whether you are smarter than a Chimpanzee, examine how simple mental judgments can be massively wrong, explain the basics of game theory, and dig deep into strategic thinking with Dr. Colin Camerer. 
Colin is the Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance and Economics at the California Institute of Technology. A former child prodigy Colin received his B.A in quantitative studies from John Hopkins University at the age of 17, followed by an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago at the age of 19, and finally a Ph.D in behavioral decision theory from the University of Chicago at the age of 21. Colin research is focused on the interface between cognitive psychology and economics. 
We discuss: 
  • How to out-think (and think one level ahead of) your competition
  • How we make simple mental judgments that go wrong
  • The fundamentals of game theory and how you can practically apply it to your life
  • Are you smarter than a chimpanzee? (the answer may surprise you)
  • The psychological limits on strategic thinking
  • How game theory cuts across multiple disciplines of knowledge from evolution to corporate auctions
  • The concept of a nash equilibrium and why its important
  • The fascinating intersections between psychology and game theory
  • The game theory behind rock paper scissors (and the optimal strategy)
  • Why people don’t think strategically (and why it matters)
  • Discover if you re you a level zero thinker or a “Level K” thinker
  • Why working memory has a strong correlation between making strategic decisions and cognitive flexibility
  • The fascinating results behind the “false belief test"
  • How to make strategic inferences from the knowledge that other minds have
  • And much more! 
If you want to make better decisions or have always been fascinated by game theory - listen to this episode!
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck with Mark Manson

September 14, 2016
In this episode we discuss how to escape the feedback loop from hell, the paradoxical idea of embracing negative experiences, why struggle creates meaning, how discover the false values underpinning your worldview, and how to cultivate the ability to sustain and handle adversity with Mark Manson.

Mark is a blogger, author and entrepreneur. Most well-known for his site markmanson.net, where he writes personal development advice that doesn't suck. He also wrote a book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. It doesn't suck, either.
We discuss:
  • Alan Watt’s Backwards Law (and why its so important)
  • How to escape the Feedback Loop From Hell
  • The paradoxical idea of embracing negative experiences
  • How your mind invents problems for you every day
  • Why Mark gives the advice “don’t try"
  • How to release the judgement of your own emotions 
  • The difference between indifference and “not giving a f*ck"
  • The biggest “false values” you cling to that create unhappiness in your life
  • Why "entitlement" is the idea that you deserve happiness and don’t have to struggle for it (and how that causes suffering)
  • How to cultivate the ability to sustain and handle adversity
  • Why the key question to living a better life is NOT “what do I want out of life?"
  • Why struggle creates meaning and its important to feel bad sometimes
  • What champions and world class performers focus on every day
  • Why you should listen to Disappointment Panda
  • Why pain is required for growth
  • And much more!
If you are dealing with a challenge and can't figure out what to do next - listen to this episode! 

Warning this episode has some profanity! 
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Master Your Mental Game Like a World Champion with Performance Coach Jared Tendler

August 31, 2016
In this episode we explore the mental game of world champion performers, examine the emotional issues preventing you from achieving what you want to achieve, how those issues happen in predictable patterns that you can discover and solve, look at why people choke under pressure, and discuss how to build mental toughness with mental game coach Jared Tendler.
Jared is an internationally recognized mental game coach. His clients include world champion poker players, the #1 ranked pool player in the world, professional golfers and financial traders. He is the author of two highly acclaimed books, The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, and host of the popular podcast “The Mental Game.”
We discuss:
-The emotional issues preventing you from achieving what you want are happening in predictable patterns, and you can discover them! 
-Why people choke (and what to do about it)
-How to cultivate mental toughness over time
-Why the typical sports psychology advice doesn’t work
-Lessons from 500+ of the best poker players in the world of dealing with mental game
-How high expectations create self sabotage
-Why emotions are the messengers and not the root cause of performance issues
-Why mistakes are an inevitable and important part of the learnign process
-The yin and yang of performance and learning
-The characteristics of peak mental performers
-How to deal with “tilt" in poker and the different kinds of “tilt"
-How to use confidence intervals to deal with uncertainty 
-And much more!
If you want to improve your mental game - listen to this episode!
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Improving Sleep, Giving Up Alcohol, and Reading a Book a Day with James Swanwick

August 24, 2016
In this episode we explore one of the biggest things disrupting your sleep, examine strategies for getting a better night’s rest, dig into sleep cycles, talk about the 30 Day No Alcohol challenge and break down how to read books more effectively with James Swanwick.
James is an Australian-American entrepreneur, former SportsCenter anchor on ESPN and host of The James Swanwick Show podcast. He is the creator of the 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge, which helps people reduce or quit alcohol; and creator of blue-blocking glasses Swannies which improve your sleep. Forbes magazine voted him one of Top 25 Networking Experts. Swanwick has interviewed celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
We discuss: 
-The #1 reason you don’t get a good night’s sleep
-Melatonin and your sleep cycle
-The importance of a good night’s sleep 
-Why you shouldn’t read your smartphone in bed
-The 30 Day No Alcohol Challenge 
-How to build rapport and have a conversation with anyone
-How to read a book in 15 minutes
-Why you retain only 10% of what you read (and what to do about it)
-The 3 main lessons in radical honesty
-How to build a framework to retain everything you learn 
-Why knowledge is NOT power
-We discuss "social skydiving" and how you can do it
-And Much More! 
If you want to get a better night’s sleep - check out this episode!
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How To Double Your Creative Output in Fifteen Minutes with Tom Corson-Knowles

August 17, 2016
In this episode we explore strategies to jump start your creativity, how to think about the definition of success, how to retain the knowledge from all of the books you read, and how to be a better writer with best-selling author and publishing expert Tom Corson-Knowles.

Tom is a serial entrepreneur, blogger and international bestselling author. He started his first business at age 13 and is the founder of TCK Publishing whose mission is to help every client earn a full-time income as an author. Tom’s bestselling books include Secrets of the Six-Figure Author, The Kindle Publishing Bible, and The Kindle Writing Bible, among others.

In this episode we discuss:
  • Why creativity is a learned skill and not an innate talent
  • Why creativity is important for everyone, not just “starving artists"
  • 3 simple strategies you can use to improve you creativity right now
  • The incredible importance of “thinking time"
  • The two parts of the creative process
  • How to improve your writing skills
  • How you can double your creative output in 15 minutes per day
  • How to stop yourself from pressing the gas and the brakes at the same time when trying to create
  • And much more!
If you want to boost your creativity - check out this episode! 
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Are You Being Held Back By Childhood Limiting Beliefs? With Guest Catherine Plano

August 10, 2016
In this episode we discuss how you have multiple limiting beliefs that you have yet to discover that, if uncovered, could radically transform your life. We go deep into limiting beliefs, look at how random childhood experiences can shape your worldview for decades, discuss how your outer world is created by your inner world, examine how to reverse engineer bad behavior and much more with our guest Catherine Plano.

Catherine is the founder of the I Am Woman Project and an International Executive Coach with more than two decades of experience working with top companies, having impacted more than 100,000 lives and whose mission is to aid companies and individuals in becoming aware of their limitless potential and in using their extraordinary abilities to achieve their desired outcomes. Catherine is also a certified Life Coach and a certified Master Practioner of NLP.  Catherine focuses on changing lives daily through her coaching and motivation speaking. 

We discuss:
  • How simple, innocuous things in our environment plant seeds that can dramatically change of our lives
  • How we give meaning to situations without fully understanding them
  • How your parents programmed many of your behaviors 
  • How limiting beliefs get planted into your mind from childhood
  • How your memories can be completely false
  • How your outer world is a reflect of your inner world
  • Why your thoughts become self fulfilling prophecies
  • Why 95% of your behaviors are not “who" you are, they are “learned behaviors"programmed by your environment
  • And Much More! 
If you feel like something is holding you back, but you can’t figure out what it is - Listen to this episode! 
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How to Master the Superpower that Builds All Other Powers with Dr. Rick Hanson

August 3, 2016
In this episode – we go deep on mastering the superpower that underpins all other powers, how your brain’s automatic survival mechanism tilts you towards unhappiness, growing the mental resources to deal with the biggest challenges of your life, and down the rabbit hole of exploring the idea of the self, ego, and much more with Dr. Rick Hanson. This was one of the most profound conversations we have had on this podcast.
Dr. Hanson is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He’s also the Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities.
We discuss:
-How to master the SUPERPOWER that BUILDS ALL OTHER POWERS
-How to grow the mental resources inside yourself to deal with the biggest challenges in your life
-We reverse engineer the olympic athletes of the mind to learn their secrets
-We discuss how your thoughts change the physical structure of your brain
-How your brains 5 core survival strategies create suffering in your life
-How reality is continually constructed by the underlying hardware of the brain
-How to disengage from stress and suffering
-How to let go of attachment to your ego
-How to stop being defensive and taking things personally
-Why your “self” doesn't have an independent existence outside of the totality of the universe
-And MUCH more!
If you want to wire your brain to be happier - you can’t miss this episode!
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How To Put Your Body In Relaxation Mode, Reduce Stress, and Develop Body Awareness with International Yoga Expert Tiffany Cruikshank

July 27, 2016
In this episode we explore the boundary where eastern and western medicine meet with international yoga expert Tiffany Cruikshank – we discuss how cultivating body awareness can put your nervous system in “Relaxation mode,” how meditation impacts your metabolism, the lessons Tiffany has learned from more than 25k patient visits, and how to jump in and start yoga TODAY as we demystify and examine some of the science behind the practices of Yoga!
Tiffany is an international yoga teacher who has been teaching for over 20 years, an author, health and wellness expert, the founder of Yoga Medicine, and she is internationally known for her focus on fusing the two worlds of eastern and western medicine together and apply it to the practice of yoga in an accessible and relevant way. We discuss:
  • How to put your body in "relaxation mode"
  • The science behind the parasympathetic nervous system (and why its so important)
  • How to cultivate a mind-body connection and develop body awareness
  • How to get started simply and easily with yoga today
  • The impact meditation has on your metabolism
  • The differences between yoga and meditation
  • The lessons Tiffany has learned in more than 25,000 patient visits
  • And more!
If Yoga has interested you and you don’t know where to start - or you just want to learn how to become more relaxed - listen to this episode! 
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How a Judge Literally Rolling Dice Could Get You Double The Jail Time - The Anchoring Effect

July 20, 2016
In this episode we are going to talk about how random dice rolls can influence judges to give people longer jail sentences, how so-called experts are massively influenced by completely random numbers – even when they explicitly deny it – and how you can better understand this crazy phenomenon – the Anchoring Effect.
As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it in his book Thinking Fast and Slow: 
"The main moral of priming research is that our thoughts and our behavior are influenced, much more than we know or want, by the environment of the moment."

Arbitrary numbers and anchors can have huge implications for your decisions without you even realizing it and this all operates at a subconscious level beyond your conscious experience.
 
This episode is going to focus on drilling down and understanding a specific cognitive bias – a mental model – to help you start building a toolkit of mental models that will enable you to better understand reality.
 
Anchoring bias – along with Priming and Framing, which we have covered in previous episodes – are all cognitive biases that you want to know, understand, and be aware of – so that you can add them to your mental toolbox and make better decisions.
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How This Simple Change In Wording Made 50% of Doctors Choose a More Dangerous Medical Procedure

July 13, 2016
Do you think that your doctor makes their decisions based on data or on trivial factors such as how a sentence is worded?

Do you think that your decisions are typically rational and based on the facts?
In this episode we discuss how a twist of phrase made 50% of doctors choose a more dangerous medical procedure, what explains an 88% difference in organ donations in two similar countries, and how experts can make vastly different choices based on the same exact data as we explore the Framing Bias.

As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it in his book Thinking Fast and Slow: 
"It is somewhat worrying that the officials who make decisions that affect everyone’s health can be swayed by such a superficial manipulation."

The way things are presented can have huge implications for your decisions without you even realizing it and this all operates at a subconscious level beyond your conscious experience.
 
Behavioral economist Richard Thaler explains it this way: “The false assumption is that almost all people, almost all of the time, make choices that are in their best interest."
This episode is going to focus on drilling down and understanding a specific cognitive bias – a mental model – to help you start building a toolkit of mental models that will enable you to better understand reality.
 
Framing bias – along with Priming, which we covered last episode, and Anchoring – which we will cover in a future episode – are all cognitive biases that you want to know, understand, and be aware of – so that you can add them to your mental toolbox.
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This Powerful Factor Controls Your Decisions And 86% of People Have No Idea It Exists

July 6, 2016
Do you think you’re in control of your thoughts and actions?
 
What if things totally out of your conscious experience of reality actually controlled your decisions?
 
What if random phenomenon – like the music you just heard, or the words on a billboard, changed the way you thought, moved, and the decisions you made?
 
The power of your subconscious mind is much greater than you realize.
 
As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman puts it in his book Thinking Fast and Slow: “You cannot know this from conscious experience, of course, but you must accept the alien idea that your actions and your emotions can be primed by events of which you are not even aware.”
 
In this episode of the Science of Success Podcast we dig deep into the Priming Effect – the way that your environment can shape your decisions, actions, and thoughts without you ever even realizing it.
 
We discuss:
-The powerful factor shaping peoples decisions that 86% of people were totally unaware of
-What caused voters to care more than children’s parents about funding the school system
- How “like ripples on a pond” primed effects can shape and define our behavior in huge ways
-How the word Florida makes people behave like the elderly
-Another mental model to add to your tool-kit
-And much more!
 
Do you want to get smarter and make better decisions? Listen to this episode!
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How to Get Rocket Fuel for Your Success, Bend Reality, and Achieve Happiness, With Vishen Lakhiani, Founder of Mindvalley

June 29, 2016

Learn to think like some of the greatest creative minds of our time - to question, challenge, and create new rules for your ideas of success, happiness, and much more with Vishen Lakhiani. Vishen shares incredible strategies to redefine your life and success on your own terms in this episode of The Science of Success.
Vishen is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a learning experience company serving three million students, subscribers and followers worldwide.
His book, The Code of The Extraordinary Mind, a New York and LA Times best seller, blends evolutionary biology and computational thinking, providing a new framework for identifying, questioning and redefining beliefs to understand and enhance the human self. The book also draws knowledge from the world's leading thinkers such as Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Peter Diamandis, Ken Wilber, Arianna Huffington and more.​
If you’re looking for something to take yourself to the next level, break through barriers, and achieve your dreams, listen to this episode immediately.
Vishen and I discuss:
-How language shapes reality and controls your understanding of the world
-How to uncover the “bullshit rules” making you unhappy in life
-How to set “ends goals” instead of “means goals"
-How to cultivate “rocket fuel” for your success
-How to live a life of “Blissipline” (and why that’s important)
-How to set and accomplish huge goals without having you happiness anchored to them
-How to combat the fear that “I Am Not Enough"
-How to live life as though everything is rigged in your favor
-And Much More!
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How To Break Free From Depression & Anxiety By Changing Your Brain Chemistry with Neuroscientist Dr. Alex Korb

June 23, 2016
In this episode we discuss how you can battle depression and anxiety and break out of a vicious downward spiral by literally changing the chemistry of your brain using very simple and straightforward tactics that you can start applying right now. 
If you've struggled with depression or anxiety, or you want to understand how we can reshape our brains with our actions, listen to this episode immediately!
Dr. Alex Korb is a neuroscientist at UCLA, is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, and author of the Prefrontal Nudity blog on Psychology Today.
Alex and I discuss:
-How people get stuck in a loop of anxiety or depression
-How to strengthen and grow new neurons to literally change the structure of your brain
-Why nothing is wrong with your brain when you get stuck in a loop of depression or anxiety
-How the same action can have an entirely different impact on your brain at a different time
-How your own choices and actions change your brain in real time
-The difference between depression and anxiety
-How 10 mins of exercise can dramatically change your brain chemistry (and the study that shows it)
-How your actions can determine your perception and shape your reality
-The Neuroscience behind “The Secret” and why it really works
-And much more!
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The Psychology Behind Making Better Decisions with Global Financial Strategist Michael J. Mauboussin

June 15, 2016
Do you want to improve your decision-making a build a better mental toolkit? In this episode we explore the psychology behind making better decisions with Michael J. Mauboussin. 

Michael is the Head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse. He is the author of three books, including More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places, named in the The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Michael also serves as an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School.
We discuss the following topics:
-The interconnectedness of knowledge across many different disciplines
-How to switch to the “outside view” to make better predictions and decisions
-How to improve your results without being any smarter or better trained 
-A fascinating psychology study that demonstrates how we deceive ourselves
-The biggest biases that cause investors to make bad decisions (and how to combat them)
-Why the right tools aren’t enough to make you a successful investor
-Concrete steps to start down the path of better decision-making
-How to understand the difference between luck and skill in complex fields like business, investing, and entrepreneurship
-How to become “numerate” and understand the physics and mathematics of misjudgment
-What statistical base-rates are and how they can improve your decisions
-How reversion to the mean really works and why you’ve been misunderstanding it
-The power of checklists and other decision-making tools
-And much more!
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How To Stop Living Your Life On Autopilot, Take Control, and Build a Toolbox of Mental Models to Understand Reality with Farnam Street’s Shane Parrish

June 7, 2016
Do you feel like your life is on auto-pilot? Do you want to take control and build a better and deeper understanding of reality? In this episode we discuss mental models, cognitive biases, go deep on decision-making and how to improve and build a smarter decision-making framework and we look at a number of key mental models that you can add to your mental toolbox.
If you want to dramatically improve your decision making with a few short steps - listen to this episode! 
Shane Parrish is the founder and author of the Farnam Street blog, which has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and much more, its one of my personal favorite blogs and an incredible resource dedicated to making you smarter every day by mastering the best of what other’s have already figured out.
We discuss the following topics:
-Why you should focus on mastering things that change slowly or don’t change at all
-Why reading “pop” books and news doesn’t make you smarter
-How to pattern interrupt yourself when you get focused on the wrong things
-What “mental models” are and how you can use them to your advantage
-Why you should focus on your “circle of competence"
-How to reduce your blindspots and make better decisions
-Simple steps you can take right now to improve your decision-making
-How to think about the world like Charlie Munger
-How you can avoid becoming “a man with a hammer"
-Why you should focus on avoiding stupidity instead of trying to be smart
-Why its so important that you should keep a decision journal (how to do it)
-And much more! 
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Are You Oblivious to the Secret Game Being Played Around You? with Art of Charm Host Jordan Harbinger

June 1, 2016
You may be oblivious to the secret relationship rules around you - and in this episode with Art of Charm host Jordan Harbinger we dig into what you can do to avoid the biggest mistakes and pitfalls when building relationships with influential people, looking at many different examples and stories.
If you want to take your relationships to the next level - listen to this episode!
Jordan is the co-founder and host of The Art of Charm - one of the top 50 podcasts on iTunes with more than two million downloads per month, he was named by Forbes as one of the 50 best relationship builders anywhere, and Inc Magazine called him the "Charlie Rose of Podcasting.”
We discuss the following topics:
-How you might be oblivious to the secret game being played around you
-The major networking mistakes you’re making
-How to build relationships with influential people
-How you might be sabotaging your relationships
-Why you should focus on providing value to others first
-How to create a scalable way to provide value to your network
-The “double-opt in” tactic
-Why it's a bad idea to ask “how can I help you?"
-And much more!
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Why Everything You Know About Time Management is Wrong with Best Selling Author Rory Vaden

May 24, 2016
In this episode - we dig into the truth about time management, uncover the reason that most time management thinking is wrong, and learn how we can give ourselves permission to multiply our time with our guest Rory Vaden. 
If you feel like you never have enough time and your todo-list just keeps growing, listen to this episode!
Rory is the best-selling author of Take The Stairs and Procrastinate On Purpose, an award winning entrepreneur and business leader, a self discipline strategist, and co-founder of Southwestern Consulting. 
We discuss the following topics:
-Why everything you’ve heard about time management is wrong 
-The one calculation that changes everything in your time managemnet
-How to do things today to create more time tomorrow
-How to tell people “no” in a kind way
-How to create "compound interest" for your time
-How to overcome the fear of delegation
-How to overcome the emotional barriers preventing you from multiplying your time
-Why time is NOT money
-And more! 
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How You Are Sabotaging Yourself By Setting The Wrong Goals - And What To Do About It - With Emmy Winner & Bestselling Author Scott Halford

May 17, 2016
In this episode we dive into how to activate your brain, create and sustain momentum to make your goals a reality, how goals can often be self-sabotaging, and the neurochemistry behind how and why all of this happens with our guest Scott Halford.
If you are feeling stuck or want to make progress on a goal but can’t figure out why you’re not – listen to this episode!
Scott is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, acclaimed public speaker, and the author of Activate Your Brain. Scott is also a long-time educator of Fortune 500 executive teams on topics including achievement psychology, brain-based behavioral science, and more.
We cover some incredible topics including:
-How long term goals can self sabotage by triggering a “disgust” response in your brain (and what to do about it)
-The ways to “erase” cortisol and other stress inducing neurochemicals
-How to create momentum towards your goals and put yourself in an achievement state
-Simple strategies to “activate” your brain
-The “three brains” inside your head and what each of them is responsible for
-The truth about multi-tasking and why its impossible
-And Much More! 
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How You Can Memorize a Shuffled Deck of Cards in Under A Minute - The Science Behind Memory

May 11, 2016
In this episode we explore the fascinating enigma of human memory – how memories are created and stored, why we remember certain things but not others, and how to improve your memory long term – as well as an incredible tool to “hack” your short-term memory used by national memory champions:

You will learn about:
  • The weird trick that national memory champions use to memorize decks of cards, huge strings of numbers, and much more
  • Why your memories aren’t accurate representations of reality
  • The science behind how your memories can be manipulated
  • The positive memory benefits of playing video games
  • How memories are created and stored in your brain
  • What you need to do to protect and preserve your memory for the long term 
  • And much more! 
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The Neuroscience Behind Einstein and Isaac Newton’s Biggest Breakthroughs

May 3, 2016
In this episode we will talk about the incredible neuroscience behind the biggest breakthroughs of some of the world’s smartest minds, how those same principles apply to a world champion’s "daily architecture," and how you can design your day the same way to harness this powerful strategy. 

This episode goes deep on:
-The neuroscience behind Einstein and Isaac Newton’s biggest breakthroughs
-How one world champion structures his entire day around this one key principle
-Simple steps to structuring your day in the same way to harness the untapped power of your subconscious mind
-How to harness the subconscious mind for huge creative insights
-How to break through challenging questions and problems
-The 4 Phases of the Creative Process
-What the science says about cultivating creativity and creative incubation
-And much more! 
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Hacking Sleep, Improving Creativity, and Research Backed Strategies for Success with Gregg Clunis

April 26, 2016
In this episode you’re going to learn how a few tiny leaps can help you achieve your goals, how to optimize your day around your biorhythms, the truth about the difference between night owls and early birds, how to invest in improving your sleep, practical steps to increase your creativity, and much more with our guest Gregg Clunis. Gregg is the creator and host of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes - a rapidly growing podcast that shares simple research backed strategies to get more out of your life.
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The Surprising Data-Backed Truth About Achievement with Business Psychology Expert Peter Shallard

April 6, 2016
In this episode you’re going to learn the surprising data-backed truth about achievement, the one personality test that can predict success in the real world, the incredible importance of willpower, the ultimate indicators for personal growth, and much more with our incredible guest Peter Shallard.

Known as “The Shrink for Entrepreneurs” - Peter is a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade, he works with entrepreneurs from around the globe to help them master the psychology of reaching their goals of success faster, better, and with a bigger impact.

You will also discover:
-What Peter Learned from More Than 10,000 1on1 Phone Calls with High Achievers
-Why A Select Few Have Advantages In Achieving Their Goals
-The Amazing Finding of the “Marshmallow Experiment"
-How to Refuel Your Willpower
-And more!
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Unleash The Power of Meditation

March 29, 2016
In this episode we will talk about the myriad benefits of meditation, look at a few different ways to meditate, and discuss a simple and easy way to get started on meditation that finally got me into a daily meditation practice, as well as:
  • How meditation increases the size of your brain, your focus, attention, and creativity
  • The incredible power of gratitude
  • The simplest and easiest way to start meditating
  • Clear up the clutter around different kinds of meditation
  • The right kind of meditation environment
  • How e=mc2 plays an important part in my meditation framework
  • And much more!
Show Notes
http://www.scienceofsuccess.co/show-notes
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Uncover The Software Running Your Mind with Andy Murphy

March 16, 2016

In this episode of The Science of Success we dig deep into how to uncover the software running in the back of your mind and how to re-wire your brain by understanding your neural pathways. You will get a helpful definition of the term “peak state”, learn how to create a better Alter Ego of yourself, and much more with our guest Andy Murphy.

Andy Murphy is a performance coach who has worked with VIP clients including Saudi Arabian Royalty, TV producers, and world-champions, he’s a master practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming or as it’s commonly known “NLP” - and he's also the host of the podcast Mindset by Design where he talks about NLP, Self-Improvement, and World-Class Mind-Hacks for Peak Performance.

In this episode you will also learn:

  • All about NLP (and what it is if you've never heard of it)
  • How the concept of "peak state" works and why it’s so important
  • How the patterns in your mind can shape your reality
  • How to change and interrupt those patterns
  • And much more! 

 

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The Surprising Power of Compassion with Dr. Chris Kukk

March 8, 2016
In this episode of The Science of Success we dive into what it’s like to have breakfast with the Dalai Lama, the difference between compassion and empathy (and why it's important), and how you can harness compassion to achieve more and be a better version of yourself with Dr. Chris Kukk. 
Dr. Kukk is a former counter-intelligence agent, the founding Director of the Center for Compassion, Creativity, and Innovation, a professor of Political Science at Western Connecticut State University, and author of the upcoming book The Compassionate Achiever.
In this episode you will learn:
  • The physical and chemical differences between compassion and empathy (and why that matters)
  • How compassion can help you achieve your goals
  • How to avoid emotional quicksand
  • How compassion fuels creativity
  • How to cultivate emotional resilience
  • What we can do to widen our circle of compassion
  • And much more!
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Why An Almost-Empty Cookie Jar Is More Valuable Than A Full One

February 23, 2016
This is the FINAL episode in a six-part series on "The Science of Success" titled WEAPONS of INFLUENCE, based on the best-selling book “Influence” by Robert Cialdini. Each of these weapons of influence are deeply rooted and verified by experimental psychology research (of which you'll get a ton of amazing examples). 
Today you’re going to learn about Scarcity Bias, and what happens when you take people’s cookies away; how changing a single phrase drove six times more sales; and why open outcry auctions turn your brain into mush. Like many of the weapons of influence, this is something we intuitively know and understand, but often don’t realize how powerful it is or how much it impacts our decisions at a subconscious level through daily life.
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Why Co-Pilots May Ignore Instinct and Let A Plane Crash

February 18, 2016
This is the FIFTH episode in a six-part series on "The Science of Success" titled WEAPONS of INFLUENCE and based on the best selling book “Influence” by Robert Cialdini. Each of these weapons of influence are deeply rooted and verified by experimental psychology research (which you will get a ton of amazing examples of).
This week we're going to talk about the Authority Bias. This bias can create some astounding affects in the real world, such as: Why con artists wear lifts in their shoes; how a normal person can administer lethal shocks to an innocent research subject; why 95% nurses were willing to give deadly doses of a dangerous drug to their patients; and much more.
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Why Ugly Criminals Are 2X As Likely To Go To Prison

February 9, 2016

This week we are continuing our new miniseries within "The Science of Success" called "Weapons of Influence". This is the fourth episode in a six-part series based on the best selling book Influence by Robert Cialdini. If you loved the book, this will be a great refresher on the core concepts. And if you haven't yet read it, some of this stuff is gonna blow your mind.


So what are the 6 weapons of influence?


-Reciprocation

-Consistency and Commitment

-Social Proof

-Liking Bias

-Authority

-Scarcity


Each one of these weapons can be a powerful tool in your belt - and something to watch out for when others try to wield them against you. Alone, each of them can create crazy outcomes in our lives and in social situations, but together they can have huge impacts.


Today’s episode covers the fourth weapon of influence: Liking Bias. In it, we'll cover what made Joe Girard the greatest car salesman of all time; how Tupperware grew their sales to 2.5 million per day; and why uglier criminals are more than TWICE as likely to go to jail; and much more. 

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Why You Should Always Ask the Guy in the Blue Jacket for Help

February 2, 2016

Based on the bestselling book “Influence” by Robert Cialdini, this is the third week of our six-part "Weapons of Influence" miniseries within "The Science of Success". If you loved the book, this will be a great refresher on the core concepts. And if you haven't yet read it, some of this stuff is gonna blow your mind. 

So what are the 6 weapons of influence?
  • Reciprocation
  • Consistency & commitment
  • Social Proof
  • Liking
  • Authority
  • Scarcity
Each one of these weapons can be a powerful tool in your toolbelt - and something to watch out for when others try to wield them against you. Alone, each of them can create crazy outcomes in our lives and in social situations - but together - or combined - they can create huge impacts.

Today’s episode covers the third weapon of influence - Social Proof. In it, we'll cover:

  • How social proof can over-ride people’s will to live
  • Why news coverage makes mass shootings more likely
  • Why TV shows use canned laughter
  • How someone could be stabbed in front of 38 people without any help
  • How you should ask for help in a dangerous situation 
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The Power and Danger of a Seemingly Innocuous Commitment

January 26, 2016

Based on the bestselling book Influence by Robert Cialdini, this is the second part of a new six-part miniseries within "The Science of Success" called "Weapons of Influence". If you loved Cialdini's book, this will be a great refresher on the core concepts in it. And if you haven't yet read it, some of this stuff is gonna blow your mind. 

So what are the 6 weapons of influence?
  • Reciprocation
  • Consistency & Commitment
  • Social Proof
  • Liking
  • Authority
  • Scarcity

Each one of these weapons can be a powerful tool in your belt - and something to watch out for when others try to wield them against you. Alone, each of them can create crazy outcomes in our lives and in social situations, but together they can have huge impacts.

Today’s episode covers the second weapon of influence: Consistency & Commitment Bias. We'll cover:
  • The powerful application of the “foot in the door” technique
  • Why hard won commitments are the most powerful
  • The dangers of seemingly innocuous commitments
  • How commitment builds its own internal justifications
  • How you can defend yourself against falling prey to commitment bias
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How To Triple the Rate of Your Success With One Simple Question

January 19, 2016
This week we are kicking off a new miniseries within "The Science of Success" called "Weapons of Influence". This is the first in a six-part series based on the best selling book Influence by Robert Cialdini. If you loved that book, this will be a great refresher on the core concepts. And if you haven't yet read it, some of this stuff is gonna blow your mind. 
So what are the 6 weapons of influence?
  • Reciprocation
  • Consistency & commitment
  • Social Proof
  • Liking
  • Authority
  • Scarcity
Each one of these weapons can be a powerful tool in your belt - and something to watch out for when others try to wield them against you. Alone, each of them can create crazy outcomes in our lives and in social situations, but together they can create huge impacts.
Today’s episode covers the first weapon of influence - Reciprocation Bias - and you'll learn:
  • How reciprocation creates unequal exchanges, and in one experiment by a factor of more than 500%
  • Why reciprocation is powerful regardless of how much someone likes you
  • How giving away flowers help build a powerful religious movement
  • What made the “rejection and retreat” technique triple the success of an experiment
  • How to defend against reciprocation bias from negatively impacting your decisions
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How to Turn Your Life Into a Video Game & Level Up, With Author Steve Kamb

January 12, 2016

Improve your decisions, hack your mind, and master the psychology of persuasion with "The Science of Success".  This podcast will teach you the tactics and strategies to understand how psychology rules the world around us and what you can do to use that information to make yourself smarter and achieve your goals.

We're very excited about the guest we have this week on "The Science of Success": Steve Kamb, the "Rebel Leader" and founder of NerdFitness.com. He's also the author of the new book Level Up Your Life
In this episode, you'll learn:

-How Steve's Epic Quest of Awesome changed his life

-How to achieve your New Year's resolutions 

-Using game mechanics to create accountability

-Overcoming the fear of changeHow to preserve willpower to make the best decisions 

-How to turn your life into a video game (using science and research!)

-Why its a good idea to floss a single tooth

-How to create your own batcave (like Bruce Wayne)
-The importance of the "progress principle" in forming habits

And much more! 
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The Neuroscience Behind Being Productive, With Researcher and Author Josh Davis

January 5, 2016
On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", we speak with Columbia Ph.D. Josh Davis, who is currently the director of research for the NeuroLeadership Institute, a NeuroCoach and Master Practitioner of NLP. Josh is also the author of the recent international bestseller Two Awesome Hours, in which he shares science-based strategies to get your most important work done.
In today's episode you will learn:
  • Why working all the time means you actually get LESS done.
  • How to conquer overwhelm (using scientific findings, not advice)
  • How to snap out of auto-pilot and make effective use of your time
  • How to leverage negative emotion to be more productive 
  • A surprising finding about how music impacts your work flow
  • And much more.
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Limiting Beliefs

December 15, 2015

On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", Matt explores the subconscious' role in our ability to be successful. Looking at powerful core beliefs--beliefs that could be holding you back from your true potential--he walks us through ways of re-drawing everything we think we know about ourselves. 

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Fixed Versus Growth Mindsets

December 8, 2015

On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", host Matt Bodnar discusses the difference between the fixed and growth mindsets. Which do you have? Have you even ever heard of it? If you haven't, listen in: It could make all the difference between whether or not you're successful at what you're doing.

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Personalizing External Events

November 30, 2015

It's hard not to look at things that happen in your life and think, "That's not fair." It's even harder not to look at them and think, "That's great!" or "That's terrible!" But that's human tendency.

On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", host Matt Bodnar discusses the act of personalizing events in our lives, and letting ego have a say in how we should feel about things. He also explains why it's important NOT to do this--and what to do instead. 
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The Reality of Perception

November 24, 2015

On this week's episode of "The Science of Success", host Matt Bodnar explores how we perceive the world and how this affects our ability to navigate every day life. Are you positive and upbeat? Or do you complain about everything? If you're not happy with the current way you view the world, or how the world "treats" you, there are ways of changing both. Find out how on "The Reality of Perception".

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Moving Through Setbacks

November 17, 2015

On this episode of "The Science of Success", Matt delves into the debilitating affect of setbacks. You've got a goal. You're working towards it, then BOOM: Something gets in your way. What do you do? Do you give up and try something else? Or do you brush yourself off and keep moving forward?

How you answer this question will make all the difference.
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