Leveraging curiosity and tiny habits to achieve big goals
“I believe that you have to have a minimum and you have to have a maximum that you’re going to do per day. Otherwise you’ll burnout. And I think that’s true for something like this.”
When it comes to big challenges, Kori D. Miller is an unstoppable force. Yet, her approach isn’t forceful. Rather, it’s inspired by boredom, fed by curiosity, and sustained with purpose and process.
The times that I’ve been in this situation, I felt very much like, “I can make it better. It’s somehow my fault. I just need to do these things differently.”
And you know what? None of that works.
If you spend enough — or even very little — time in the working world, then you’re bound to end up in the clutches of a toxic boss. You know, the kind of manager who only ever adds to your stress and dissatisfaction, and seems to enjoy doing so.
Chris Sowers found himself in this scenario a few times over. Despite years…
“I love Ralph Waldo Emerson. And he said, the reason why the world lacks unity and lies broken and in heaps, is because man is disunited with himself. And so these seven pieces are all about reconnecting with yourself and the things that are important in your life, including including the nourishment of relationship. And nourishment of yourself.”
Happiness, according to David Paul Kirkpatrick, is all about connection: connection to yourself, to the Earth, to other people, to rituals and myths. It is an endless cycle we can nurture, break, and mend.
Having spent more than 40 years as a…
“If you’re feeling worse as a consequence of meditation, it probably means that you’re doing a good job, because you’re seeing things that you were rejecting before.”
We tend to think of meditation as a sort of magic bullet. A spiritual hack that works as an antidote to modern living.
Meditate 15 minutes a day and find yourself feeling happier! Less stressed! More focused! Anyone can do it!
But, this understanding of meditation and its benefits isn’t entirely right. And Marta Brzosko, who studies the use of mindfulness meditation in psychotherapy, thinks you should know a few things.
“I’m a writer. And so when I’m on the go, I’m always texting people, communicating, asking things and so on. But I noticed at some point that just because I was using my phone more, it didn’t always mean I was more productive.”
Niklas Göke thinks your toothbrush is the greatest tool of all time.
Why? Because you never forget its purpose and you only use it when you’re supposed to, not a moment longer.
Our phones, however, are an entirely different story.
“It’s not like I’m always ready with my notebook at hand when I’m talking to someone and obsessively taking notes. So I like to come to the end of the day and have a good structure that allows me to reflect and come up with the very best ideas that I had throughout the day.”
Sílvia Bastos seeks a certain richness from life. A relentless self-experimenter, she has immersed herself in nomadic living, lucid dreaming, minimalism, and near-obsessive daily routines, among other pursuits.
With all of this intense living, Sílvia found herself doing a lot of learning. But those insights…
“Fate is one of those words that people like to hide behind. I think that we are more creators of the things that happen around us than we think.”
Rafael Sarandeses is a three-time founder of businesses in Europe and Africa, and he has had a 15-year career in investment banking, plus a professional racing career. These days, he is a performance and career coach, helping others take ownership of their own paths.
In other words, he’s done a few things. And he thinks you can do a few things too. …
“I’ve had a few companies bring me in for leadership development with some of their employees. And I’m honest with them, that this is going to awaken this person.
“They’re going to understand who they are and their true value, and what they really want from their career and their life. And they may start to question, is this the right place for me?”
As a leadership coach and career advisor, Larry Cornett, Ph.D. helps individuals level-up by understanding, embracing, and investing in themselves.
But for years, Larry felt out of place in his own career. Working with companies like…
“I think people have a very natural inclination to say unhelpful things, but that’s only because they want the person to calm down. They want the person to relax. So then they fall into these bad habits of doing things to help them resolve their own anxiety, and not the person’s who is actually having a panic attack.”
As a therapist, Ryan Engelstad has worked with hundreds of people experiencing difficult emotional situations.
Guided by these experiences, Ryan learned that coaching the friends, families, and significant others of his patients on how to cope with panic attacks was more helpful…
“I think one of the things you have to remember as a public speaker is that your first job actually is entertainment. You’ve been hired to entertain people first and foremost — and then inform them, persuade them, (blah, blah, blah) afterward.”
Jason Shen didn’t intend to become a seasoned public speaker. He studied biology, competed in gymnastics, and eventually moved into tech.
But the ability to speak well in public is a powerful skill. Curiosity led Jason to take every opportunity to learn and practice what it takes to captivate an audience.
In this episode, Matt East speaks with…