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Living A Life In Full

“Living a Life in Full” is the conversation you always wanted to have with that person who gave an amazing TED talk, or the author of one your favorite books, or that inspirational Olympian you always wanted to know more about. This show is for the intellectually curious. You want to not just know more about the interesting and the innovative, but also what makes them tick, and maybe even what makes them laugh. It’s graduate-level conversations with those making a difference in the world and the lives of others. This show brings you new ideas and approaches so you can live a life in full. The show is equal parts information and inspiration, but without the aphorisms and pablum. We cover a wide range of topics in an engaging way—from Burning Man to The Renaissance Weekend, from the United Nations to top universities, Nobel Laureates to astronauts—we have an amazing Rolodex. Interviewees are a who’s who of high performance athletes, bestselling authors, high-caliber leaders, world changing humanitarians, innovative researchers, amazing start-up founders, clever life-hackers, paradigm busting thought-leaders and global innovators. Cheers, and thanks, Chris http://www.alifeinfull.org/

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Colin O’Brady on Making the Impossible Possible for Everyone
Millions of people dream of living a more fulfilling life, yet many settle for a life of comfortable complacency, allowing excuses and negative thoughts to invade their minds. I don’t have enough time…I don’t have enough money…I’m afraid to fail...I don’t have what it takes—we allow these limiting beliefs to control us. Colin O’Brady has an empowered way of thinking that can help with that. So who is Colin O’Brady? He’s a guy that knows a lot about mindset. He is a 10-time world record breaking explorer and one of the world’s best endurance athletes. He isn’t your typical adventurer despite his unmatched athletic accomplishments including a world-first solo crossing of Antarctica, a world-first ocean row across Drake Passage (from South America to Antarctica), and summiting Mt. Everest twice. Colin is an expert on mindset, a highly sought-after keynote speaker and a New York Times bestselling author. He’s also a television host, an executive producer and an entrepreneur who has built and sold companies. And, he’s done it all after overcoming a devastating accident - that nearly left him unable to walk - to prove that anything is possible.
82:06 09/01/2022
Effective Altruism: Charlie Bresler, PhD, on How to Amplify Your Impact
Extreme poverty has devastating effects on over 700 million people globally. Every year 5.3 million children, under the age of five, die, and more than half of these deaths could have been easily prevented if they would have been fortunate enough to have been born in the United States. Peter Singer has famously noted that “we have an ethical obligation to use some portion of our wealth and privilege to save lives and reduce the unnecessary suffering associated with extreme poverty—defined as living on less than $1.25 USD/day.” Almost a decade ago, Charlie Bresler became volunteer Executive Director and co-founder of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to reducing extreme poverty. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped Peter Singer, develop the organization from the ground up. The Life You Can Save’s mission is to inspire more people to give effectively and end world poverty. And Charlie has famously said that it’s a privilege, not just a responsibility to save lives, reduce suffering, and empower livelihoods. The “amplification” of how much further a dollar goes in impoverished countries is the perspective Singer and Charlie suggest should affect our giving decisions. The effective altruism movement has reignited thinking how much we should give and where. “What greater motivation can there be than doing whatever one possibly can to reduce pain and suffering?” Charlie is a heroic figure that lives his ethos and life in full, and in the service of others.
75:42 08/01/2022
Jordan Metzl, MD, on High-Performance Ways to Optimize Lifespan and Healthspan
With a practice of more than 20,000 patients, Dr. Jordan Metzl is widely known for his passion for sports medicine and fitness. His academic appointments are as an Associate Attending Physician and Associate Attending Pediatrician at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Which I consider to be the premier orthopedic surgery center in the United States. In addition to his busy medical practices in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut, Dr. Metzl is the author of the bestselling titles Running Strong, The Exercise Cure, and Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies, and has also authored three other books including The Young Athlete.  He serves as the medical columnist for Triathlete Magazine. He’s been recognized in Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area since 2007, as well as being named one of New York Magazine’s Top Doctors for over 15 years. A former collegiate soccer player, Dr. Metzl is a 33-time marathon runner and 12-time Ironman finisher, so far… Jordan has done so many things, and done them so well, so we started with his origin story for his life path and career as a sports medicine physician. We discussed his books in the context of topics, and I had so many things to talk with him about. We also got into the role of diet and nutrition, science versus woo-woo in health and nutrition information, and even a little bit on Wim Hof. We also talked quite a bit about running, the role of genetics and health/performance, the role of recovery is now much more appreciated and perhaps understood as a performance enhancer, and illness prevention. Jordan certainly lives his life in full and he helps millions of others do so as well. This episode is not to be missed.
74:32 07/01/2022
Augmenting Medicine with AI: Hassan Tetteh, MD, on Innovation in Healthcare
Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a decorated Navy captain and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine. As a cardiothoracic surgeon, he was deployed in Afghanistan and on warships in the Persian Gulf. He’s also an unabashed medical “nerd,” part of a cadre of physicians board-certified in clinical informatics. Dr. Tetteh is the founder and principal of Tetteh Consulting Group, creator of The Art of Human Care book series, and a best-selling author of several books. He is board certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery, clinical informatics, and healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association. In a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, it was noted that he has one of the coolest-sounding jobs in medicine – “Warfighter Health Mission Chief for the Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (or Jake).” Dr. Tetteh told us about the Center and his work there. We then start a dive into big data, Project Orion, and the JAIC’s suicide-prevention initiative and the idea of psychological autopsy and digital phenotyping. This is a wonderful conversation about not only living one’s life in full, but also the promise of technological innovation to help others do likewise.
68:55 06/01/2022
Michael Clinton on Achieving Your Dreams by Reimagining Your Life
As disruption impacts many industries, mid-career professionals must navigate change and consider its future impact. Likewise, the post-career population faces transformation, and needs to prepare financially, logistically, or emotionally for the next phase of their lives. Michael urges us to view this transition through a progressive lens: don’t retire, but rather rewire or re-fire toward a happier, more productive next chapter. And end self-imposed ageism; focus instead on self-driven growth-ism – to fulfill dreams, and plan new experiences, travel, relationships, and more. Michael’s mission is to help others shape a second half of life full of joy, purpose, learning, and fulfillment. Packed with practical tips and insightful research, his new book ROAR into the second half of your life (before it's too late) and our conversation offer ways to optimize our lives and realize our most important goals. Michael is a testament to this process, applying it himself to pursue a diverse and richly layered life. Rising from working class roots to a successful career in magazine publishing, he also enjoys other “lives” as a photographer, pilot, philanthropist, marathon runner, and winemaker.  This is the master class and the textbook for learning how to live your life in full.
54:49 05/01/2022
Innovation in Humanitarian Work During Geopolitical Crisis with Dr. Mohammad Haqmal
Dr. Mohammad Haqmal, is the former Chief of Public Health for Afghanistan, where he developed a series of groundbreaking programs and has received the Afghanistan National Public Hero Award – twice. He is a medical doctor by training and also holds master’s degrees in Business Administration, Public Health, and Global Health. Before all this, he and his mother had to flee Afghanistan when he was five to live in a refugee camp in Pakistan; they were the only two of his family who survived the attack and managed to escape.   Currently he is a lecturer at the University of London, and at the time of our conversation was in the process of joining the faculty of the University of Cambridge. He’s also involved in a number of research projects based in the UK, he serves as a columnist at Arab News, and he has a forthcoming new book.   Dr. Haqmal shared his experiences as the Chief of Public Health and many innovative projects that were inclusive, community-based, respectful of the beliefs of those cared for, and were empirically based. We did cover public health and humanitarian aid issues under the Taliban rule. In fact, we discussed a recent article he coauthored and published in the Lancet on urgent health and humanitarian needs of the Afghan population under the Taliban, and what spurred him and his colleagues to write it.   Dr. Haqmal has been through much adversity, and nevertheless has chosen to live his life in full by helping others, often at great risk to himself, and the result is to have made a true difference in the world.
72:58 04/01/2022
Learning from a Legend: Mark Mahaney’s Insights and Lessons on Tech Investing and Financial Literacy
“I’ve watched the rise of some of the leading companies of today–Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google–and the fall of some of the leading companies of yesterday–Yahoo!, eBay, and AOL…Figuring out which companies really are going to be dominant franchises is an extremely hard thing to do. But those who accomplished this were arguably able to generate some of the best portfolio returns in the stock market over the past generation.” In Mark Mahaney’s new book, Nothing But Net, and in this episode, he shares stock-picking lessons from both his best money-making stock calls and his biggest mistakes. He walks us through the history of the commercial Internet, including the Dot Com Boom and the Dot Com Bust, describes which companies succeeded spectacularly and which failed miserably—and why—explains what drives stock prices—especially for high-growth Tech stocks, and provides ten hard-earned lessons for building a powerful Tech stock portfolio. You don’t want to miss this episode.
44:26 03/01/2022
Authoring Your New Script: April Rinne on How to Flux (and Thrive) in Constant Change
April Rinne is equal parts global authority, advocate, ally and adventurer. She spent the first half of her career focused on global development and financial inclusion, and the latter half on the “new” digital economy and the future of work. For more than two decades, she has seen emerging trends early, understands their potential, and helps others do the same. Her new book Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change is part personal guidebook, part strategic roadmap, and part blank canvas for discovery, Flux provides a refreshing, unconventional take on navigating change today and far into the future. Each of the eight Flex Superpowers helps you see differently and ground you in your truth. Our conversation is not to be missed if you want to learn how to be empowered to thrive – no matter what changes come your way. We have a great discussion of the eight flux superpowers, which she calls a “Bento box for the mind.” Run slower See what's invisible Get lost Start with trust Know your "enough" Create your portfolio career Be all the more human (and serve other humans) Let go of the future In her book, April provides discussion guides at the end and the exercises and figures in each chapter that I found to be quite instructive. We end with some guidance for listeners who are overwhelmed with change and facing anxiety or burnout, her career advice for someone who is worried about where the future of work is taking us, and the seeming paradox of her being a futurist, yet having a superpower be "Letting Go of the Future." We went deep in looking at a world that clamors for "more, more, more," and her perspective on Knowing Your "Enough" and how we can figure out what our enough is. And April’s answer to my asking her about what are some of the ways she lives your life in full is not to be missed.
84:58 02/01/2022
The Art, Science and Genius of Alejandro Cremades - The Startup Founder’s Best Friend
Alejandro has been included in the Top 30-Under-30 lists of Vanity Fair, GQ, and Entrepreneur Magazine. He is a Forbes contributor as well as the author of the bestselling book The Art of Startup Fundraising, published by John Wiley & Sons and includes a foreword by Barbara Corcoran. We focused much of our conversation on this new book, Selling Your Startup: Crafting the Perfect Exit, Selling Your Business, and Everything Else Entrepreneurs Need to Know, also published by Wiley. The book includes testimonials from over 20 entrepreneurs that have sold their company for over $500 million. In our conversation, we discuss the most common denominators in successful, and unsuccessful, companies and what gets in the way of a company being successful, this episode that is not to be missed.
50:37 01/01/2022
Jon Gertner on the Stories Worth Telling
How do we make sense of the ideas of the present, that might determine our lives in the future? How can we weigh the legitimacy of new technologies--and sort through what is hype, and what is not? Well, that’s what Jon Gertner, a veteran journalist, editor, historian, and author, seems to have figured out. Jon is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, and is best known for his work on science, technology, innovation, business, and society. His journalism and reviews also appear in Wired, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and a number of other print and digital publications. Jon served as an editor for Fast Company, Money and The American Lawyer. Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and is on the faculty of Princeton where he teaches the McGraw Seminar on writing. His first book, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, was a New York Times bestseller. His latest book is The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future. We’ll be doing a deep dive on both of his books, as well as his approach to writing and journalism.
84:01 12/01/2021
Chris Mamula on Affording a Life You Don’t Want to Retire From
What are the principles of financial independence that enable others to create a different way of life than most people think is possible? In this episode we explore the practical questions behind ways to spend less, earn more, invest better, and work toward financial independence. We go deep and avoid the hucksterism often rampant in this area, and we demystify and vet the actual mechanics of living off of one’s investments.
90:21 11/01/2021
Alonzo’s World of Risks and Rewards in Diplomatic and Humanitarian Work
Allan "Alonzo" Wind is a former Senior Foreign Service Officer from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) having worked on diplomatic assignments in Peru, Nicaragua, Angola, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Africa. He provided oversight to U.S. government foreign aid development and humanitarian assistance, and supported U.S. Ambassadors as their senior development officer on multiple U.S. Embassy Country-Teams. In South Africa, he helped establish the Southern Africa Regional Leadership Center as part of President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative, and contributed to other youth development efforts and business incubators. In Alonzo’s diplomatic work, he has been shot at, arrested and jailed, teargassed, threatened, almost died in the jungle, and been in a number of other dangerous situations that include a terrorist car bombing in Peru and an expulsion order in Bolivia. All of these experiences and adventures are examined in Andean Adventures: An Unexpected Search for Meaning, Purpose and Discovery Across Three Countries an Amazon best-seller, and we cover a number of them in our episode. We also discuss the personal aspects of raising a family overseas and being away when working in hot-spots. We discussed his thoughts as to the Peace Corps’ value in the world, and what it means to him. Alonzo talked about his early days in Common Cause with Rahm Emanuel in Chicago and what he sees as the qualities that someone needs in order to be successful in the world of development and international service, and his thoughts on ways to encourage more young people to consider becoming involved in national service. Alonzo discussed how development organizations like USAID can better ensure a more cohesive, “human-centered development” approach and the semi-controversial concept of self-reliance in the development space. He noted some of the ways that development actors can better ensure that all voices are heard and he share his thoughts as to my questions about what seems to be a more isolationist or jingoistic US perspective these days, than a decade ago and why it is Americans should care about what is happening overseas. He also opined as to the importance of modern foreign aid and what changes he’d like to see. I felt a certain kinship in the overlapping areas of our work over the years, over the world, and sharing many friends—he is indeed a veritable Kevin Bacon of humanitarian intervention and development sphere. It’s a great conversation not to be missed.
80:04 10/01/2021
William Green on Becoming Richer, Wiser, and Happier
One indelible lesson from the last year is that we can’t control the cards we’re dealt in life. Still, we can improve our odds by learning to play those cards more skillfully. How? By studying the best investors. They are the grand masters of probabilities. The ultimate game players, they focus relentlessly on minimizing risks, maximizing rewards, and optimizing their odds of success. But do they have anything to teach us besides making money? Can we apply their way of thinking to enhance our odds of building happy and successful lives even in times of extreme uncertainty? Determined to answer these questions, financial writer William Green traveled the world on a quest to extract the most valuable lessons about investing and life from a pantheon of super-investors. Over 25 years, he spent hundreds of hours interviewing investment legends, and in this episode, we learn how to improve the way we think, reach decisions, assess risk, build resilience, and turn uncertainty to our advantage. The best investors are master game players who consciously maximize their odds of long-term success in markets and life while also minimizing any risk of catastrophe. In this we discuss this and his newest book, Richer, Wiser, Happier.
87:33 09/01/2021
Understanding Risk and Making Better Decisions with Michele Wucker
Michele Wucker is the founder of the Chicago-based strategy firm Gray Rhino & Company, drawing on three decades of experience - first as a financial journalist, and then media and think tank executive. She has been honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and as a Guggenheim Fellow. Risk has always been a part of life, to the point that for most of human existence life was risk.  Drawing on compelling risk stories around the world and weaving in economics, anthropology, sociology, and psychology research, Michele has written a new book, You Are What You Risk: The New Art and Science of Navigating an Uncertain World which bridges the divide between professional and lay risk conversations. She challenges stereotypes about risk attitudes, re-frames how gender and risk are related, and shines new light on generational differences. She shows how the new science of “risk personality” is re-shaping business and finance, how healthy risk ecosystems support economies and societies, and why embracing risk empathy can resolve conflicts. Michele shares her insights along with practical tools, and proven strategies that help us to understand what makes us who we are, and in turn, to make better choices, both big and small.
71:24 08/01/2021
Comedy Central Founder Art Bell on Creativity, Business, and Leadership
Art Bell is a writer and former media executive known for creating, building, and managing successful cable television channels like Comedy Central and CourtTV. He’s worked with top talent like Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and discovered Bill Maher and Jon Stewart.  He worked with other notables such as Dennis Miller—all with various, interesting, South Park-esque experiences that we talk about in this episode.  This is an engaging, educational and fun conversation that is not to be missed.
91:19 07/01/2021
The Invincible Norma Kamali
Norma Kamali is a treasure. In this episode she shares life lessons on career-building, fitness, authentic beauty, timeless style, and wellbeing through her personal stories, worldly insights, and actionable advice. She is the epitome of living a life in full, and shares how the rest of us can as well.
70:23 06/01/2021
Putting the Humanity (and Humility) in Humanitarian Work with Dr. Glenn Geelhoed
As longtime listeners know, all of my guests have some type of involvement in humanitarian or philanthropic endeavors, but I have to say that Dr. Glenn Geelhoed is an all-star from that very deep bench. He is a member of numerous medical, surgical, and international academic societies, and is an author with more than 800 published journal articles and book chapters, along with several books, including his most recent – Furthest Peoples First – which is based on his work as the founder of Mission to Heal. Dr. Geelhoed has conducted medical mission trips around the globe for over forty years, with some amazingly clever solutions to sustainable healthcare. We started this episode with his latest book to set a context for understanding his work and the work of Mission to Heal. It’s entitled Furthest Peoples First: M2H's Mission to Teach Mobile Surgical Care for Africa's Sick, Poor, and Remote. His friend, Freeman Dyson, penned a beautiful Foreword just prior to his passing. I love how he recognizes and values the resourcefulness of those he works with in-country, and the hope they have for their own progress. While he teaches clinical and technical skills, he does so with a refreshing ethos of humanity and humility. Glenn noted that medical mission experiences are key to transformational learning for medical students. I very much respect his shunning the more common Colonialism often rampant in medical missions, or West-knows-best hubris, and instead his desire to “indigenize surgery.”  He made key points on this philosophy vis-à-vis Mission to Heal’s vision in the context of global health and sustainable medical missions. In spite of Glenn being more of a “workhorse than a show horse,” there are two documentary films that have been produced concerning his work—Surgery on the 6th Ring of Saturn and We Are the Ones. In one of them, he said that he’d like to be a Cheshire Cat. He explained what he meant by that and described what the films cover. Glenn is the Cheshire Cat of humanitarian work, his smile is what’s left as he lives his life in full, and helps others to survive and live full lives.
79:02 05/01/2021
Putting Values into Value Investing with Guy Spier
Guy Spier is a Zurich-based investor and founder of Aquamarine Capital’s privately offered investment funds, with assets under management valued at over $250M. He authored The Education of a Value Investor, perhaps the most untraditional book on investing ever written. He explained what a hedge fund does and his “Graham-Buffett-Munger-Pabrai philosophy” for investing and for living. Guy is one of the most global citizens I know. He was born in South Africa, grew up in Israel and Iran; lived in England and the US for school and work, and now Zurich. This episode was an intellectual treat for me, and for listeners as well. Guy not only lives his life in full, but he is so open to helping many others to do the same. He is a treasure.
119:36 04/01/2021
Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Steve Herz on How to Accomplish More, Help Others, and Do Better Work
Have you ever wondered why someone else got the position you applied for?  Or why a colleague succeeded in getting a promotion rather than you? Steve Herz may know why, and what to do about it not happening again. Steve has spent his career helping broadcast journalists get positions with companies like CBS, CNN MSNBC, and Fox, as a premier talent agent, and now he helps others to advance their careers and improve their lives. Please join Steve and I as we explore “Don’t Take Yes for an Answer” and how to use Steve’s advice as a self-empowerment and self-assessment guide to achieving your fullest professional and personal potential.
42:21 03/01/2021
Understanding The Iceman: The Complete Wim Hof
Wim Hof, aka, The Iceman has set over 20 Guinness World Records. And while he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, run a half-marathon in the Arctic – barefoot – what may be most compelling is that he has made the core of how he is able to do such things available to the public to learn. Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical but I have read the studies and asked Wim my own questions, and I must say, I think he may be on to something. I hope you enjoy this episode with the one and only, Iceman.
68:59 02/01/2021
Living a Life in Full: Revolution over Resolutions 2.0
It seems to have become a new tradition every January 1st to do an update to prior Epic Living, Living a Life in Full, and The List/Life Resume plans and consider to how to approach the upcoming year. The idea is to share my N-of-1 trials, be a bit autobiographical in the use and results from this past year, and to share tools and approaches you may want to give a go yourself, depending on your personal goals and in living your life in full. Interested listeners can look at the companion LinkedIn Influencer post which acts as a complete transcript/show notes combo with clickable links to the original sources. I hope you enjoy it and find it of use. Doing this is a little scary—to put oneself out there in a pretty transparent way. Being mindful that it is hard to give advice. We are all different and in a myriad of ways. There are a lot of intervening variables in our own lives. I don’t always keep doing the same things or in the same way as I age or circumstances change. If you try any of what follows, please do so as an experiment. Lab coat on and clipboard optional. Kick the tires, test drive, and keep in mind your mileage may vary. Please, please do your research of the links and determine what's good for you—test and retest—rinse-and-repeat. My job is to expose you to what I have experienced, perhaps save you some time and hassle by doing so, and provide you with sources so you can decide for yourself.
49:06 01/01/2021
It’s like a TED talk for Mentoring
This is a special in-between-a-sode that we do periodically, and generally specific to humanitarian work. Drs. Param Singh (Carnegie Bosch Professor of Business Technologies and Marketing at the David A. Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University) and Rohit Aggarwal (Associate Professor and Ph.D. Coordinator of Information Systems at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah) have built a site they call Mentor Students, at MentorStudents.org. The idea is to have a multidisciplinary site where mentors are invited to respond to interview questions to help students and new grads with their career-readiness, provide insights on various job roles (as for me in the humanitarian space) and, how to prepare. I’m honored to have been invited. I also discuss how to get published and a few other areas. The goal is to be like a TED talk for mentoring. A couple of technical notes: First off, this podcast version includes hearing the interviewer’s questions. He did not have the best connectivity, so that may sound a bit hinky at first, but you’ll get the gist.  As an alternative way to listen, or watch, is to see the YouTube version which omits hearing the interviewer’s cuing question and is edited just for my answers. The YouTube version includes not just the video but also a transcript. YouTube’s transcript is a digital conversion, so it’s not perfect, but a help if need be. And you can also go to MentorStudent.org for their version of my transcript, and view many other interviews as well. I highly recommend it. For all the tools and links I discuss of, please go to http://www.alifeinfull.org/courseworks.
57:18 12/14/2020
Michael F. Schein on How to Learn the Science and Master the Art of Hype
Imagine if you could generate and leverage hype for positive purposes―like legitimate business success, helping people, or effecting positive change in your community. Michael F. Schein teaches us how.   Influencers have always deployed the power of hype to get what they want. But never in history have people been so susceptible to propaganda and persuasion as they are now. Hype truly runs our world. Citing the latest research in psychology, sociology and neuroscience, Schein breaks the concept of hype down into a simple set of strategies, skills, and techniques―and illustrates his methods through stories of the world’s most effective hype artists, including American propagandist Edward Bernays, Alice Cooper manager Shep Gordon, celebrity preacher Aimee Semple McPherson, Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena, and digital guru Gary Vaynerchuk. Whatever your temperament, education, budget, background, or natural ability, The Hype Handbook delivers everything you need to apply the most powerful tools of persuasion for personal and business success. 
59:20 12/01/2020
David Meltzer - A Masterclass in Coaching, Business, and Doing for Others
David Meltzer, is the former CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency, which was the basis of the Tom Cruise movie Jerry Maguire. He is now the Co-founder, with partner and NFL Hall of Famer, Warren Moon, of Sports 1 Marketing which leverages over $20 billion in relationship capital to market some of the biggest sporting events in the world like the Superbowl, The Masters, the NFL’s Hall of Fame, The Pro Bowl, The Kentucky Derby Breeders’ Cup, and award shows like the Emmys, Oscars, and Grammys as well as numerous charitable events. David regularly speaks around the globe at some of the world’s biggest business, sports, technology, and motivational events as a result, he was recognized as one of Forbes’s Top 10 Keynote Speakers. He has created a value-based consulting model that focuses on guaranteed, quantitative value which has earned him Marshall Goldsmith’s recognition as a Top 100 Business Coach. David’s clients include leaders who are Fortune 100 executives to start-up entrepreneurs. In terms of media, he had a starring role in WGN’s World’s Greatest Motivators, he is the executive producer of Entrepreneur‘s #1 digital business show, Elevator Pitch, and David hosts of one of the top entrepreneur podcasts, The Playbook, which is an engaging mix of exclusive conversations with some of today’s most influential CEOs, sports icons, and successful entrepreneurs – including Gary Vaynerchuck; Jordan Belfort, known as The Wolf of Wall Street; Tillman Fertitta, Owner of Houston Rockets; NBA Champion, Jeremy Lin; Former Professional Racer, Danica Patrick; as well as Cameron Diaz. He is often on the other side of the mic as a frequent guest on a number of interview shows as well as Bloomberg, ESPN, Forbes, CNBC, and Variety. He is a three-time international best-selling author and we’ll be discussing his books and his philosophy. David has been recognized by Variety Magazine as their Sports Humanitarian of the Year and he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. It seems inevitable that he and I were meant to connect as we have some notable overlaps in our Rolodexes—while I’m a bit more so in the sandbox of endurance athletes, we both nevertheless know Colin O’Brady (I “climbed” with him and Lewis Howes and Jesse Itzler at a 29029 a couple of years ago in Vermont, and Colin’s been on my show); and Daniel Lubetzky, KIND bar founder, and I have done Davos together a number of times and I profiled him and his work in my book, The New Humanitarians. I still need him to connect me with Cameron Diaz though… We delve into David’s origin story, which may be a surprise to some. Many successful individuals become that way because they were born on third base and think they hit a triple as Barry Switzer used to say, that’s not the case with David. His also shares how he earned and then lost over $100 million, went bankrupt and then made an amazing comeback. We discuss how Covid-19 has impacted his sports work and humanitarian work. And he gives some actionable advice for entrepreneurs and business leaders as well.   We discuss his books, starting with his most recent, the best selling Game-Time Decision Making: High-Scoring Business Strategies from the Biggest Names in Sports. Tilman Fertitta chairman and CEO of Landry's, owner of the Golden Nugget Casinos and the NBA's Houston Rockets, wrote the Foreword, and said:  “No matter what ‘game’ you’re playing, teaching others to make the right decisions is even more important for leaders. If you can equip others with the ability to make informed and well-reasoned calls, your impact is scalable. This is the core of David’s approach to Game-Time Decision Making: to empower you and those around you with the awareness and ability to make the right call when the ‘game’ is on the line and the pressure is high.” David’s method of structuring the book is via sports metaphor, in particular-football. I particularly enjoyed his style of chapter structure as “The Offense and Defense” for the business areas of Branding or Marketing or Communication, and the topical areas of putting together an all-pro team with diverse skillsets, building a positive mindset, and learning from failures. In our conversation, David gives us a highlight-reel of his points from the book. His concept of “asking” in Chapter 3 reminded me of Amanda Palmer’s Art of Asking TED talk and her subsequent book. David notes the power in something so simple, and too often overlooked. In his prior book, Connected to Goodness he identifies seven interconnected principles that are applicable to our lives in general and just as relevant to more specific pursuits such as business along with the four key elements they are predicated upon. His first book, Be Unstoppable: How to Create the Life You Love  is a very quick and enjoyable read. That book breaks down how people tend to limit themselves with their beliefs and mindset, and offers strategies that will change the way people pursue their goals. In it he wrote about shifting his business paradigm to be of service, and this becomes is a thread throughout our conversation. He hosts a very popular Friday Trainings for entrepreneurs, star-up founders, and business leaders. This led to his thoughts on the difference between a good coach and a good mentor, and we then delve into coaching (David commands 5-figure coaching gigs), getting value from coaching, various methods to coaching, and much more. Uniquely, David’s life goal is to inspire or make a billion people happy. I think you’ll enjoy leaning how he goes about doing that, and measuring it. This ethos, along with his humanitarian work in Kenya and other projects are what distinguish David from others. His positive spirit is infectious and his resilience and caring for others, an inspiration.
33:53 11/01/2020
The Amazing Work of Bridget Algee-Hewitt, PhD
Bridget Algee-Hewitt, PhD, does amazing things. She is a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and a Quantitative Researcher in Facebook’s SBG Data Science Research and Development Division. Bridget is a biological anthropologist who studies how skeletal and genetic traits vary among contemporary peoples, across space and through time.  She develops new computational methods, using machine learning and artificial intelligence, and geographic mapping algorithms, and hands-on DNA and osteology laboratory approaches to improve estimation of the personal identity parameters essential in forensic identification of unknown human remains and for the paleo-demographic reconstruction of past population histories in bio-archaeology.  As a practicing forensic anthropologist and geneticist, she provides forensic casework consultation to the medico-legal community. She also delivers expert testimony for asylum petitions and advocates for policy change in support of undocumented migrant and refugee rights. Her social justice work focuses on immigration, displacement, poverty, and violence in Latin America, addressing in particular the crisis of migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Bridget received her PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, an MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr, and a BA in Classics and Art History from Mount Allison University. Bridget is an Advisory Board Member for the Certificate in Critical Consciousness and Anti-Oppressive Praxis in the Stanford School of Medicine and she is the Book & Resource Review Editor for the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Listeners may recall past episodes in which we had guests who are experts in forensics, and in AI, and big data, and genetics, and anthropology, and even an artist who used randomly found public DNA to create sculptures of individuals, but Bridget’s work seems to be an integration of all of these areas and more. We begin with what drew her to biological anthropology and what biological anthropology constitutes. We then discuss her article in Medium with Casey Miller on US/Mexico border camps, COVID-19 and medical care and humanitarian relief efforts. Next we do a deep dive into her talk at the Stanford Institute for Human Artificial Intelligence conference on AI Ethics, Policy and Governance where she spoke on Race, Rights and Facial Recognition, and we discuss the social justice aspects that she spoke on—in particular how geopolitical situations can change our biology by causing trauma that may play-out in our epigenetics which can be passed on intergenerationally. It is truly fascinating, especially in the context of the Grand Ethical Challenge in this area of work. Related to this, Bridget was part of a panel on Forensic Genomics: New Frontiers and New Considerations, which focused on the difficult questions about whether and how DNA technologies are being used to identify “race” or “ethnicity” and the balance between ethical, legal and social implications and we learn her perspectives on this and what can be done as safeguards. We also circle back to her Advisory Board work on the nascent Certificate in Critical Consciousness and Anti-Oppressive Praxis in the Stanford School of Medicine and this program’s work, and her perspective on the “compound technology effect” and better ways to integrate and sort multidisciplinary effects on scientific work and its ramifications. She also has a new book coming out Remodeling Forensic Skeletal Age: Modern Applications and New Research Directions, which “presents a comprehensive understanding of the analytical frameworks and conceptual approaches salient both to the present chapters on forensic age estimation and to those seeking to grasp the current state of the field more broadly. It also includes a series of recommendations of best practice through the chapter-examples, which offer theory and guidance for data acquisition, technique and/or model development, and the assessment of impact of the adopted approaches, considering the assumptions that underlie of the forensic decision-making process.” Again, fascinating. Bridget wonderfully combines various disciplines and sciences via the connective thread of social justice and humanitarian intervention which is inspiring for us all and demonstrates how to live a life in full in the service of knowledge and helping others. “Living a Life in Full” is the conversation you always wanted to have with that person who gave an amazing TED talk, or the author of one your favorite books, or that inspirational Olympian you always wanted to know more about. This show is for the intellectually curious. You want to not just know more about the interesting and the innovative, but also what makes them tick, and maybe even what makes them laugh. It’s graduate-level conversations with those making a difference in the world and the lives of others. This show brings you new ideas and approaches so you can live a life in full. The show is equal parts information and inspiration, but without the aphorisms and Pablum. We cover a wide range of topics in an engaging way—from Burning Man to The Renaissance Weekend, from the United Nations to top universities, Nobel Laureates to astronauts—we have an amazing Rolodex. Interviewees are a who’s who of high performance athletes, bestselling authors, high-caliber leaders, world changing humanitarians, innovative researchers, amazing start-up founders, clever life-hackers, paradigm busting thought-leaders and global innovators.
75:37 10/01/2020
Understanding Forensic Psychiatry from One of the Best, William Reid, MD, MPH
Dr. William H. Reid is board-certified in general and forensic psychiatry, a professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the University of Texas Dell Medical School.  He is a former medical director of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and a past president of both the American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law, and the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications and abstracts, and 16 professional books and he consults nationally. He graduated with a BA in psychology and MD from the University of Minnesota. He did his psychiatric residency at the University of California, Davis, with a pause to serve in the military, and afterwards, obtained a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkley. Dr. Reid is a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Physicians, and he is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a longtime advocate for patients and for good mental health and developmental disabilities care. He’s especially concerned with improving recognition, assessment, protection, treatment and management of suicidal patients. In his forensic practice, spanning 40+ years, he has worked in at least 35 US states and internationally—including adult civil and criminal matters, for both plaintiffs/prosecutors and defendants, and sometimes for judges themselves. Many of those cases have involved “mass” killings, filicides, and suicide in the context of malpractice lawsuits. In this episode we discussed “forensic psychiatry 101” in general, to set the context for better understanding his work, and in particular, we will discuss his latest book, A Dark Night in Aurora: Inside James Holmes and the Colorado Mass Shootings. We have known each other for likely two decades and even co-authored a little here-and-there together, and in this episode chat about an overview or “101” of forensic psychiatry, including the M’Naghten Rule and how it came about, NGRI and how insanity is a legal not psychiatric  term, the concept of guilty but insane, the forensic unit of Elgin State Hospital and getting patients fit to stand trial and mental health court, infanticide and that in England the maximum charge is manslaughter if withing 12 months post-partum but it’s the most common charge those in our maximum security state hospital for women in Illinois, that Kansas, Montana and Utah have abolished the insanity defense, and more. Bill’s latest book, A Dark Night in Aurora, has been described by Daniel Patinkin, author of The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter said about your book, "Stunning, scrupulous, and relentlessly gripping . . . a triumphant work of investigative nonfiction . . . Reid is brilliant—as deft a storyteller as he is a scientific communicator." New York Times Best Selling author, Robert Kolker, said “anyone searching for insight into our nation’s crisis of mass shootings should start here.” Bill had a very rare and broad level of access to James Holmes—he was the only psychiatrist allowed to video interviews, he worked with the case for over a year, reviewed 75,000 pages of material and hundreds of CDs and DVDs, interviewed dozens of witnesses and other sources, and he spent over 23 hours interviewing Holmes himself on video. He shares how he got involved with the case, and we do a deep dive in to all aspects of the case, his work, and the book and what spurred him to write it. I’m not going give any spoilers as to his perspective on James, but do check out the episode to learn what Bill’s perspectives are in terms of the trial verdicts and follow-up. Bill also is a bit of a polymath in living his life in full. He’s also working on a children’s book and one on firearms with his brother—but not children and firearms(!). He also composes and performs music, and four of his five Bill Reid and The Fewer Sorrows Band albums have been on Grammy ballots in various categories. He has also written a symphony that is still under wraps. This episode is not to be missed with such an amazing person, professional and friend.
61:58 09/01/2020
Learn How to Perform at Your Best from Guinness World Record Holder, Leslie Porterfield
Leslie Porterfield is the fastest woman in the world, and that’s on a motorcycle! Let that sink in. She went 232.522 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and thus became a member of the very exclusive “Bonneville 200 MPH Club” and its first woman member. She has also been named Racing Female Rider of the Year by the American Motorcyclist Association. Leslie actually holds three land-speed records and she’s been profiled in Time Magazine and featured in a documentary entitled “Chasing Speed: Leslie Porterfield.” We first met at a Chicago International Motorcycle event a few years ago where she was doing a presentation, and I have to say I was really moved by her accomplishments. In this episode we discuss what first got her into motorcycles, when she started in racing, and how her parents felt about it. We also talk about her being featured in the documentary “Chasing Speed: Leslie Porterfield,” her work as an entrepreneur and business owner, recruiting racing sponsors, We go deep into the nuts-and-bolts (sorry) of land speed racing in general, and bike design and engineering for setting records, in particular. She talks frankly about a high-speed crash that did marked damage to both her and her bike, and her comeback, as well as being tapped to race in the machine that sadly Jessi Combs was killed in during a recent high speed run. She gives some great advice about battling stereotypes and biases, setting priorities once becoming the mother of twins, resilience, and evolving one’s career as life changes. She also talked about her philanthropic and humanitarian work via her involvement in Racers Who Care, and doing inspirational talks. Leslie demonstrates, and in this episode, deconstructs how we can all live a life in full.
63:50 08/01/2020
New Practices for a New World: The Power to Transform with Chris Majer, MPA
“The pandemic has changed most everything—that’s not news. What is perhaps causing people the most unease is that it has removed the illusion of certainty” opines Chris Majer, a noted speaker, author, and designer of organizational transformation processes. He is an authority on organizational cultures, high performing teams and the practices of authentic leadership. He has generated a new body of work that builds on his past success and it is entitled, “New Practices for a New World." Chris Majer has a lot to say about building an approach that will enable you to stay calm while the world around you swirls in confusion, facing down the daunting challenges, and making consistently powerful choices. He is a startup founder, adventurer and expert on learning and on transformation--at the individual level, at the pro-athlete level, and at the elite military and Fortune 500 Corporate levels. Chris is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Human Potential Project or HP2 and author of The Power to Transform. Chris earned a BA in political science and went on to study organizational development, earning a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington, after which he worked as a political consultant. Chris has been featured on the Today Show, The News Hour, and Charlie Rose, and his work has been written about in Time, Esquire, People, Men’s Health and Leaders Magazine. All of these influences have come together to shape his work, and much of which is detailed in his new book, The Power to Transform (which I very much enjoyed by the way), and in this episode, we discuss it in depth. “A perfect fit for aspiring leaders.” Howard Behar, retired President of Starbucks “Chris is one of a kind. He’s clearly established himself as an innovator and leader in developing human potential. This book is the key to getting your life on track and staying on track. An absolute recommendation.” Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia “Chris’ new book makes the power of transformation available to everyone.” Nike We unpack Chris’ book and his approach using complex philosophical and linguistic concepts used to inform the practices that produce transformational change. The difference is rather than the usual application at a corporate-level, his book is focused on the individual. Chris demonstrates living life in full, and he helps others to do so as well.  
71:40 07/01/2020
Scott Carney’s The Wedge: Investigative Journalism by One of the Best
Scott Carney is a bestselling author, anthropologist and investigative journalist whose works blend narrative non-fiction with ethnography. Scott has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world, spending extensive time in South Asia. He was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men’s Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company. I find his journalistic work to be a cross between George Plimpton and Tim Ferriss – in that he is quite the participant in the journalistic work he does. His work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his story “Meet the Parents,” which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. He’s the author of four books including his recently published The Wedge which will be large part of our conversation in this episode. His other books include The Red Market, The Enlightenment Trap, and What Doesn’t Kill Us which was a New York Times bestseller. In this episode we discuss his award-winning book, The Red Market, based on his six years investigating the underground market for human bodies and body parts. I first came across his writing in What Doesn’t Kill Us. That book was about the semi-famous breathing guru, Wim Hof. As for context, I’ve summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and I had to put my water bottle inside my Gortex jacket to keep it from freezing, and Scott and Wim climbed it without a shirt on at negative thirty degrees. Scott explains how such “feats” are done. Wim endorsed Scott’s latest book, The Wedge, as "Crazy good writing" and I wholeheartedly agree. Ben Greenfield, who is also a NYTs bestselling author, said: “prepare to enter an intriguing world of self-improvement and physical and mental performance that you have never before discovered. Scott Carney, once again, has elegantly intertwined his ferocious style of immersive journalism with an entertaining educational approach that is sure to improve your life and longevity forever.” And both Dave “Bulletproof” Asprey and Amelia “Queen of Pain” Boone wrote Forewords. In The Wedge, Scott sets a framework of human evolution and migration, and introduces the concept of the power of choice as an equally significant evolutionary force vis-à-vis the limits of endurance. Key to this is what he calls “The Wedge,” in how humans can wedge control over automatic physiological responses into the breaking point between stress and biology. And off we go… Scott’s searched the globe for examples of what he calls “the subtle language of how the body responds to its environment.” We start with studying fear in a neuroscience laboratory at Stanford and then... Kettlebell partner passing, Sensory deprivation tanks (a la Altered States) Placebo paradox and mindful health experiments with breathing routines that border transcendence via Wim and DMT breathing, ayahuasca in a Peruvian Amazon jungle with a shaman, and “Kent & Lane” and MDMA augmented couples therapy We end with his recommendations on where someone could start if they were interested in their own personal exploration, to help us all live our lives in full.
75:46 06/01/2020
Innovation in Treating COVID-19 and Other Diseases: Making Personalized Medicine Personal with David Fajgenbaum, MD
Dr. David Fajgenbaum has been so close to death that Last Rites have performed—five times.   While in medical school, David became critically ill with idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease. This is his story and his work. He is one the top one-percent youngest grant awardees of a leading NIH grant. He is also Founding Director of the Center for Study and Treatment of Castleman Disease, cofounder of the Actively Moving Forward Support Network (a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting grieving college students), and co-founder and Executive Director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network. He’s the author of two books, “We Get It: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults,” a unique collection of 33 narratives by bereaved students and young adults. And more recently “Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action.” In this episode well discus his subsequent pioneering work with this disease, as well as his personal experiences as a physician, patient, and research scientist, and, as of, late using a similar approach that he’s used in Castleman disease research and treatment and applying it to COVID-19 treatment possibilities. “Chasing My Cure: A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope Into Action” has been described by New York Times bestselling authors like Adam Grant as “An extraordinary memoir . . . It belongs with Atul Gawande’s writings” and Angela Duckworth called it “A page-turning chronicle of living, nearly dying, and discovering what it really means to be invincible in hope” along with other notable endorsements from amazing people like Andrew Weil and a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine. To paraphrase from his book: “Each of us has challenges we’re facing. Our own Castleman Disease or thing you’re hoping for or passionate about that motivates and inspires you. We all have the tools, though some may need sharpening, to chase after even solve these problems. Start doing it. Start small. Do something. My greatest regrets on my deathbed were actions I didn’t take. Make every second count, because the truth is we’re all in overtime.” David is an inspiration in so many ways—scientist, physician, humanitarian, and human being. It was an honor to spend time with him, and I hope you will enjoy this episode. He is the preeminent role model for living a life in full.
68:06 05/01/2020