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Top 3 Health and Wellness:
Living to 100 and Beyond. Do you want to live to 100+? Of course you do, as long as you don’t have to wear a diaper! Our guest this week has figured out the key to living to the ripe old age of 100 and beyond and he’s here to share it with you. National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world’s longest-lived peoples, distilling their secrets into a single plan for health and long life. He is the author of the New York Times best selling book, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter; author of #1 NY Times Bestseller, Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Look, we know you don’t need a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter to tell you that junk food is bad for you, soda makes you fat, and the Western diet is causing an epidemic of diabetes and obesity. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg lettuce. The fact is, we almost never had a chance to eat healthy once big business got its grubby hands on the food industry. And what’s worse, is the large food corporations have known for decades that they are cramming harmful food down our throats – and they just kept on doing it!
Director of the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, marketing guru, author and MUCH more. The Boston Medical Center indicates that approximately 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight-loss products in their pursuit of a trimmer, fitter body. I’d be willing to bet, if you are reading this, you have tried SOME form of diet in your lifetime. I would ALSO be willing to bet, that you didn’t stick with that diet very long. So let me just say in advance…you are welcome! Jon and I are here to tell you to stop worrying about what you eat. Stop fretting every time you make a food decision, you are GOING to screw it up. I can almost hear your brain asking “Is this a trick? Why should we listen to you schmucks?”. And our response, don’t listen to us – listen to this week’s episode!
and of course Episode 210 with Rich Roll!
Top 3 Self Improvement:
Roger is perhaps best known as ‘Asia’s leading wealth consultant’, but in our opinion, he is more of a career and life mentor with a talent for story telling. Roger is the Founder of Entrepreneurs Institute and creator of the Wealth Dynamics, Talent Dynamics & Genius Test profiling systems, used by over 250,000 entrepreneurs and leaders around the world. His newest book, The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Path to Financial Success takes you on an amazing journey to help you make a living doing what comes most naturally to you.
Author of five provocative bestselling books about the changing world of work, including his most recent, To Sell is Human. I first found Dan Pink when I read, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. This book spoke directly to me. If you’ve ever wondered why your job feels so unfulfilling, this book can give some terrific insight. In essence, Dan posits that humans seek 3 fundamental things in order to feel motivated:
- Autonomy: People want to have control over their work.
- Mastery: People want to get better at what they do.
- Purpose: People want to be part of something that is bigger than they are.
“Know Thyself”. It was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo, it has been referenced by everyone from Plato, to Benjamin Franklin and Ralph Waldo Emerson. It’s an idea that is deeply ingrained in our culture…and rightfully so. Perhaps no other journey is as important as trying to figure out who you are and who you want to become. In this episode we speak with Brené Brown and discuss her AMAZING new book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Dr. Brown is a member of the research faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. Her work has been featured on PBS, Oprah, Self magazine and Elle magazine.
Chris’ Top 3 (not including those already listed):
The ocean is the final, unseen, untouched, and undiscovered wilderness. In fact, we know more about other planets and stars lightyears away than we do about our oceans, which cover more than 2/3 of our planet. Join us this week as we follow author James Nestor on an amazing journey to the depths of the ocean. James is the author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves which is ranked as one of Amazon’s best non-fiction books of 2014. The book follows clans of extreme athletes, adventurers, and scientists as they plumb the limits of the ocean’s depths and uncover weird and wondrous new discoveries that, in many cases, redefine our understanding of the ocean and ourselves.
Simon is a popular author who is best known for his book, “Start with Why”. Not only is he an amazing speaker, but he has one of the most popular TEDx videos ever released (How great leaders inspire action). The video is so popular, it ranks in the top 3 TED list with over 17 million views! Simon’s latest book is Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, which focuses on the idea that leaders who are willing to “eat last” are rewarded with loyal colleagues.
Morality, emotion and politics: “Morality binds people together into teams that seek victory, not truth, and it closes hearts and minds.” Taking the moral high ground is considered noble. Being morally sound is an admirable trait. But who determines if your moral stance is correct? Ultimately you do…don’t you? I mean, as this week’s guest points out, even the Nazi’s thought they were morally just in their beliefs. Jonathan is the author of the book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Haidt explains how morality plays a large role in the current political stalemate that grips America.
Jon’s Top 3 (not including those already listed):
After leaving Reddit (and since returning!), Alexis continued his entrepreneurial path and helped launch the travel search website, Hipmunk, and an “uncorporation” named Breadpig. Breadpig is a site that allows for the making and selling of “geek” merchandise, with the proceeds being given to charity. Alexis seems to always be at the forefront of the Internet and he became an Internet activist speaking out against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, an organization dedicated to connecting promising recent graduates with startups with the hope of fostering a generation of entrepreneurs who can create economic value.
According to Professor Adam Grant, at work we all fall into one of the following 3 categories: Takers, Givers, and Matchers. You can pretty much imagine that a taker is someone who receives (or takes) more than he gives, a giver is someone who gives without expecting things in return, and a matcher is someone who gives and takes equally and conditionally. Ok – nothing mind blowing yet. But which one are you? Which one do you want to be?