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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Embracing Discomfort

November 10, 2015

On this week's "The Science of Success", Matt explores one of the most crucial elements to leading a successful life: moving through discomfort. It's human tendency to want to avoid things that make us feel awkward, and most of us do. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's the right thing. 

Matt discusses two tricks that can help you move through discomfort and, if practiced enough, ultimately embrace it.
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The Biological Limits of the Human Mind

November 3, 2015

On this episode of "The Science of Success", we explore one of the fundamental underpinnings of psychology: the brain itself. 

Your brain is a roughly million-year-old piece of hardware, designed to operate in the world of hunting and gathering, where dangerous animals and competing humans may lurk behind the nearest bush.

While our society has changed massively in the last 10,000 years (or even the last 500 years), our brains have not had time to catch up.

As a result, you and I are equipped with a tool that is riddled with shortcuts and processing errors, which can manifest themselves in mistakes, calamities, and all around terrible decisions.

To find out how you can get around these and make life a little easier, listen to this week's episode "The Biological Limits of the Human Mind".

 Also continue the conversation by following Matt on Twitter (@MattBodnar) or visiting his website MattBodnar.com.

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