My SUCCESS Magazine Audio Interview

May 13, 2013

Today’s Monday Morning Movie is actually an audio file…

In the October 2012 issue of SUCCESS Magazine, there was a four page article by yours truly. You’ve been able to read the article online since it was published. (It is the cover article; “Innovate of Die!”)

However, unless you subscribe to the magazine, you will not have heard my 22 minute interview with SUCCESS Magazine’s publisher, Darren Hardy. It was on the CD included with the magazine, but not available anywhere else.

Darren was kind enough to give me permission to post the audio file here.

You have two ways to enjoy this interview:

  • Listen to the audio (streaming): 

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  • Download the audio (mp3) (right click to save to your computer)

I will be posting the transcription of this interview sometime soon.

Enjoy!

Every Gambler Can’t Win

April 1, 2013

Today’s Monday Morning Movie

It seems like every gambler has a system that ensures they win more than they lose. Of course this can not be the case.

The same is true with innovation. Everyone is convinced they have the next big idea and have all the evidence to support their belief. But most innovations fail.

What is going on here? And what can you do about it?

Today I discuss how the brain is fooling us into believing false beliefs.

Meander with Purpose

March 25, 2013

Today’s Monday Morning Movie

Back in 2003 I drove across the country with no plans and no agenda. It turned out to be a life changing experience.

After that trip, I wrote Goal-Free Living.

In this video I discuss two concepts from the book: “Use a Compass, Not a Map” and “Remain Detached.”

Creative Leverage for Professional Speakers

March 20, 2013

NSA LogoToday’s Wednesday Work Wisdom is an interview between me and Theo Androus where he asked me about the business model of my speaking business. We discussed the concepts of gamification and leverage and how they are important for creating a successful business (of any kind).

This recording was part of the “Voices of Experience” CD that is included with Speaker magazine – a magazine given to all members of the National Speakers Association (NSA). If you are a professional speaker (or want to be one), I strongly encourage you to check out NSA.

You have two ways to enjoy this interview:

  • Listen to the audio (streaming): 

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  • Download the audio (mp3) (right click to save to your computer)

Read the transcription here…

ABC News to Celebrate 700 posts

March 18, 2013

Today’s Monday Morning Movie marks my 700th blog entry. To celebrate, I decided to share an older video of mine that many may not have seen: my ABC News interview.

In this 5 minute video, Tory Johnson asks me about 5 tips from my book, Best Practices Are Stupid: 40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition.

Here’s the transcription of the interview

Avoid Target Fixation

March 11, 2013

Today’s Monday Morning Movie

The military knows the dangers of something called “target fixation.” This is where you overly focus on the enemy, and as a result you subconsciously end up crashing right into them.

The same thing occurs in business. When we focus on the enemy (the competition) we subconsciously end up replicating what they do. This limits our thinking. Therefore, to be successful, we need to look elsewhere.

You can find the transcription here

Stop Being a Know-it-All

March 4, 2013

Today’s Monday Morning Movie

As an expert, or someone who is highly experienced in a particular field, it can be difficult to get advice from others. We have the bad habit of positioning ourselves as the individual who has seen it and done it all.

But this can limit our ability to receive valuable input.

Instead of having all of the answers, have better questions. Instead of talking all of the time, be a great listener. Instead of having to “look good” in the eyes of others, make others look good. Instead of having to be the expert, be the novice.

When you are open to any and all input, you will become even more masterful at your craft.

P.S. This video is a tad longer than most, coming in at 6 minutes. In the future, they will be between 2 and 4 minutes. You can read the transcription here.

The Power of Positive Constraints

February 25, 2013

Today’s Monday Morning Movie…

We often think of constraints as being something bad. But actually they can be quite beneficial. They can help us get more done work more efficiently. And surprisingly, they can help us be more creative.

You can read the transcription here….

Monday Morning Movie: The Hot Tub Principle

January 28, 2013

Yesterday on my blog, I announced 3 new regular features, including the Monday Morning Movie. Today,  my video comes to you from a hot tub in Orlando. I discuss how you get new insights by reducing how hard you think.

This video was shot with my 2nd generation iPoad nano.  Some videos will be shot with a hi def camera.  And others will be shot with my iPhone.  Therefore, the video/audio quality will vary over time.  As you can see with today’s video, in an attempt to make sure the microphone as a close to me as possible, I chopped off the top of my head.  Although this was unintentional, it seems fitting given that the video is about quieting the brain…or at least parts of it.

Podcast: Interview with Author of “The Antidote”

December 7, 2012

Today I am thrilled to share with you a 45 minute conversation between me and Oliver Burkeman, the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.

I met Oliver several years ago. We got connected through a book review he did back in 2007 for the Guardian newspaper in England.

He opened his review by saying, “One of the most stress inducing books I’ve ever read is called GOALS!, by the management expert Brian Tracy.”  Reading this, given my contrarian perspective on goals-setting, I knew I was going to like this guy.

Oliver concluded his article by saying…

“Contrast that with the insight of Stephen Shapiro, whose book Goal-Free Living makes the case that you can have some kind of sense of direction to your life without obsessing about the specific destination. ‘Opportunity knocks often, but sometimes softly,’ he says. ‘While blindly pursuing our goals, we often miss unexpected and wonderful opportunities.’ That sounds a lot more smart to me.”  (For those in the goal-setting world, you will appreciate his last point as being a poke at the SMART goals, advocated by many)

After reading this, I immediately wrote Oliver, and soon after we met up in a pub in London. I quickly discovered that he has a contrarian perspective on so many aspects of personal development. And he has a great (dry) sense of humor.  I knew we would get along great.

Fast forward 5 years (after several meetings in pubs on both sides of the “pond”), Oliver wrote The Antidote. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to read a book. And I was not disappointed.  After devouring it on my Kindle, I asked Oliver if he would do a podcast with me.  Fortunately he kindly agreed. We did not discuss anything in advance. He did not give me questions to ask and I didn’t prepare any.  It was a totally goal-free, in the moment interview. I think you will agree, he has some pretty incredible perspectives.

You have three ways to enjoy this interview:

  • Listen to the audio (streaming): 

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  • Download the audio (mp3) (right click to save to your computer)
  • Read the transcription

Please share this with your friends.  I am sure that after listening to this, you will agree that this interview can have a profound impact on anyone who is addicted to positive thinking.

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