In Search of Wisdom

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In Search of Wisdom is a podcast for seekers and curious minds interested in timeless principles and practices for everyday life. Join the search with J.W. Bertolotti from the Perennial Leader Project as he engages in meaningful conversations with leading thinkers in philosophy, theology, and everything in between. Learn more at PerennialLeader.com.

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Jason Merchey | The Wisdom of Skepticism
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In this episode, my guest is Jason Merchey, the author of Wisdom: A Very Valuable Virtue That Cannot Be Bought. Jason is the founder of Values of the Wise, author of five books, and someone with a deep interest in ancient philosophy, virtue ethics, and human nature. Connect with Jason at valuesofthewise.com

In the conversation, Jason and I discuss: 

  • Practical Philosophy
  • The wisdom of skepticism
  • Finding the balance between knowing and not knowing
  • What we can know for sure
  • The value of quotes and aphorisms
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


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Aug 03, 2022
Dr. Mark Vernon | Psychotherapy and the Spiritual Path
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In this episode, my guest is Mark Vernon, the author of the new book Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey. Mark is a psychotherapist and writer interested in spirituality and inner life. He has a Ph.D. in ancient philosophy, as well as degrees in physics and theology. You can learn more about Mark’s work at markvernon.com.

In the conversation, Mark and I discuss: 

  • Psychotherapy and the spiritual path
  • Why the way down can be the way up
  • The role of guides on the spiritual path
  • How the Divine Comedy can change our perception
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


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Jul 27, 2022
Seneca | On the Happy Life (Part III)
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Welcome to the Sunday edition of In Search of Wisdom. Here we slow things down, find time for stillness, and take a deeper dive into the ancient texts. We reflect on selected readings from philosophical and spiritual traditions to help us live our highest good. To learn more, you can visit perennialleader.com

In this episode, we conclude our selected readings of Seneca’s On the Happy Life. According to Seneca, “Happy therefore is the one right in his judgment. Happy is the one content with the present circumstances no matter what they are and a friend to his own affairs. Happy is the one whose disposition of his affairs is entirely as reason recommends.” […]

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Jul 24, 2022
Shane Sorensen | Renaissance Wisdom - How to Flourish in the Modern Day
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In this episode, my guest is Shane Sorensen, the author of the new book Renaissance Wisdom: How to Flourish in the Modern Day. Shane is a self-taught philosopher, avid fitness enthusiast, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and someone with a deep passion for wisdom. You can learn more about Shane at renaissance-wisdom.com

In the conversation, Shane and I discuss: 

  • The Renaissance period
  • Flourishing vs. happiness
  • Overcoming self-limiting beliefs
  • The Middle Way
  • Meditating on mortality
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


Connect with Shane Sorensen: instagram.com/renaissancewisdom/

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Jul 20, 2022
Seneca | On the Happy Life (Part II)
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Welcome to the Sunday edition of In Search of Wisdom. Here we slow things down, find time for stillness, and take a deeper dive into the ancient texts. We reflect on selected readings from philosophical and spiritual traditions to help us live our highest good. To learn more, you can visit perennialleader.com

In this episode, we continue our selected reading of Seneca’s On the Happy Life. According to Seneca, “What prevents us from saying that the happy life is free, upright, fearless, and stable mind, placed beyond fear and beyond desire" […]

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Jul 17, 2022
Brandon Tumblin | The Wisdom of Dostoevsky
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In today’s episode, I’m sharing the second part of my recent conversations with my good friend Brandon Tumblin (the host of The Strong Stoic podcast). Brandon has been on the podcast multiple times and today we focus on the wisdom of Dostoevsky. Brandon has an upcoming talk on Dostoevsky for The Walled Garden Philosophical Society which I highly encourage you to check out. You can sign up at thewalledgarden.com. Brandon’s talk is actually scheduled for later today (14 Jul at 5:00 pm EST). I’ll put a link in the show notes to check it out, it's completely free and delivered live over Zoom. 

 In the conversation, Brandon and I discuss: 

  • Why Dostoevsky is a resource for wisdom 
  • We discuss some of his notable works and where to start
  • How Dostoevsky might define wisdom
  • Happiness, responsibility, and much more


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Jul 14, 2022
Brandon Tumblin | Creating Harmony in the Chaos of Life
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In this episode, my guest is Brandon Tumblin the host of The Strong Stoic podcast. Brandon is a return guest on the show and as you’ll hear us talk about in the episode — we take a deep dive into the topic of harmony. Brandon did a solo episode on his podcast on harmony that I loved. So, I asked him to come on to share some wisdom about how we might find harmony amid the chaos of life. Connect with Brandon: brandontumblin.com/

In the conversation, Brandon and I discuss: 

  • Why understanding harmony matters
  • The obstacles to creating harmony
  • How to play your part
  • Finding a balance between order and chaos
  • How to deal with people that are creating chaos, and much more


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Jul 13, 2022
Seneca | On the Happy Life (Part I)
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Welcome to the Sunday edition of In Search of Wisdom. Here we slow things down, find time for stillness, and take a deeper dive into the ancient texts. We reflect on selected readings from philosophical and spiritual traditions to help us live our highest good. To learn more, you can visit perennialleader.com

In this episode, we reflect on Seneca’s On the Happy Life. According to Seneca, “Everyone wants to live happily, but when it comes to discerning what it is that makes life happy, they are in the dark.” […]

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Jul 10, 2022
Dr. Brian Russell | The Wisdom of Forgiveness
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Brian Russell the author of Centering Prayer and host of the Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations podcast. Brian is a return guest to the show, and someone with a great deal of wisdom to share. He is a professor of biblical studies and a transformational coach for pastors and spiritually-minded professionals.

In the conversation, Brian and I discuss: 

  • How to define forgiveness
  • Why the practice of forgiveness is so challenging
  • What’s possible in the way of forgiveness.
  • How a stillness practice can help us 
  • The connection between wisdom and forgiveness, and much more


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Jul 06, 2022
Dr. Bruce Tallman | The Paradox of Love and Wisdom
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Bruce Tallman the author of the new book God’s Ecstatic Love. Bruce is a Spiritual Director and Marriage Counselor. He is the author of four books and has written hundreds of articles on spirituality published in the London Free Press and other newspapers and is an adjunct faculty for the Haden Institute for Spiritual Directors Training. 

 In the conversation, Dr. Tallman and I discuss:

  • Spiritual direction and formation
  • Searching for meaning
  • The paradox of love and wisdom
  • Navigating suffering in relationships
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

Connect with Dr. Bruce Tallman: brucetallman.com/

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Jun 29, 2022
Chris Fisher | Stoicism as a Way of Life
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In today’s episode, my guest is Chris Fisher, the host of the Stoicism on Fire podcast and the creator of TraditionalStoicism.com. Chris started his blog in 2015 to provide material for those who are interested in Traditional Stoic theory and practice. In 2018, he started the Stoicism on Fire podcast. Chris now serves as the second Scholarch of The College of Stoic Philosophers.

 In the conversation, Chris and I discuss:

  • The search for Stoic wisdom
  • Traditional Stoicism
  • The need for responsibility
  • How worldviews shape our actions
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


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Jun 22, 2022
Ryan Hawk | The Pursuit of Excellence
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In this episode, my guest is Ryan Hawk (@RyanHawk12), the author of the new book The Pursuit of Excellence. Ryan is the founder and host of The Learning Leader Show (a podcast with nearly 500 episodes). He’s an avid speaker on leadership and personal and professional development.

In the conversation, Ryan and I discuss:

  • Leadership and excellence
  • Loving what you do
  • The connection between gratitude and excellence
  • Humility and patience on the path
  • The wisdom of reading
  • How to be consistent and much more


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Jun 15, 2022
Dr. Lisa Miller | The Awakened Brain
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Lisa Miller, the author of the new book The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and our Quest for an Inspired Life. Dr. Miller is a New York Times bestselling author and a professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the Founder and Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, which is the first Ivy League graduate program and research institute in spirituality and psychology.

In the conversation, Dr. Miller and I discuss:

  • Navigating science and spirituality 
  • Finding meaning in life
  • The science of desire and clinging
  • Wisdom and nature 
  • Letting life unfold and much more


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Jun 08, 2022
Shane Trotter | The Wisdom of Standards
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In this episode, my guest is Shane Trotter the author of the new book Setting the Bar: Preparing our Kids to Thrive in an Era of Distraction, Dependency, and Entitlement. Shane is a writer, educator, and a Strength and Conditioning Coordinator with a passion for youth development. He has a free weekly newsletter called Stuff They Never Told You that I encourage you to check out at inspiredhumandevelopment.com.  

In the conversation, Shane and I discuss:

  • Discerning our path in life 
  • The importance of setting standards
  • How to cultivate character
  • The obstacles to realizing our standards 
  • The wisdom of reading and much more


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Jun 01, 2022
Nate Anderson | How Nietzsche Can Change Your Life
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In this episode, my guest is Nate Anderson the author of the new book In Emergency, Break Glass: What Nietzsche Can Teach Us About Joyful Living in a Tech-Saturated World. Nate is the deputy editor at Ars Technica and writes about technology law and policy. 

In the conversation, Nate and I discuss:

  •  Why Nietzsche is an important figure today 
  • How Nietzsche can help us move forward in the information age
  • What we can learn about finding meaning
  • The wisdom of walking 
  • How to love life in spite of everything 
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


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May 24, 2022
Dr. Kevin Vost | Stoicism and the Spiritual Path
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Kevin Vost the author of more than twenty books. Today we discuss the Porch and the Cross and his new book Memorize the Stoics. Kevin is a clinical psychologist, professor, and speaker. His work covers a wide array of topics from ancient philosophy, theology, and even strength training.    

In the conversation, Kevin and I discuss: 

  • Searching for wisdom 
  • The Stoic view of God
  • Philosophy and forgiveness
  • Navigating negative emotions
  • How to memorize ancient lessons 
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


Connect with Dr. Kevin Vost: drvost.com/#home

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May 20, 2022
Simon Drew | The Wisdom of Parables
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In this episode, my guest is Simon Drew the author of The Poet & The Sage and host of The Walled Garden podcast. Simon is a poet, musician, philosopher, and friend. He’s a repeat guest on the show, I always enjoy connecting with Simon and this conversation was no exception. Today’s episode focuses on the wisdom of parables. A parable is generally defined as a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.

In the conversation, Simon and I discuss:

  • Forgiveness and love
  • How to observe the past without a sense of regret
  • The role views and beliefs play in shaping our world
  • How to navigate the inner critic
  • Searching for wisdom and much more


Connect with Simon Drew: thewalledgarden.com/simon-j-e-drew


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May 11, 2022
David Robson | The Expectation Effect - How Your Mindset Changes Your World
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In this episode, my guest is David Robson the author of the new book The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World. David is an award-winning science writer specializing in the extremes of the human brain, body, and behavior. David explores cutting-edge research that reveals the many profound ways that our expectations shape our experience. He brings together fascinating case studies and evidence-based science to uncover new techniques that we can all use to improve our fitness, productivity, health, and happiness.

In the conversation, David and I discuss:

  • What the expectation effect is and why it matters
  • The role our views and beliefs play in shaping our world
  • The difference between the expectation effect and positive thinking
  • The power of expectations for leaders and educators
  • The wisdom of being kind to yourself and much more


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May 04, 2022
Dr. Ron Siegel | The Wisdom of Being Ordinary
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Ron Siegel, the author of the new book The Extraordinary Gift of Being Ordinary. Dr. Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over three decades. He is a longtime student of mindfulness meditation and is a faculty and board member at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

In the conversation, Ron and I discuss: 

  • The good news of being ordinary
  • Why we compare ourselves with others
  • How to think about self-esteem
  • The role of mindfulness and self-acceptance
  • How to navigate disappointments
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


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Apr 29, 2022
Dr. Kelly Flanagan | Love is the Practice
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Kelly Flanagan (a returning guest on the show) and the author of True Companions, Loveable, and a forthcoming novel titled The Unhiding of Elijah Campbell. Kelly is a clinical psychologist by day, a writer by night, a consultant and speaker in my free time, and an ordinary human, husband, father, and friend in the midst of it all. You can learn more about Kelly’s work in the world at drkellyflanagan.com

In the conversation, Kelly and I discuss:

  • The importance of loving yourself
  • The role of self-acceptance
  • Letting go of control
  • Both/And thinking
  • Love and courage
  • Nietzsche’s concept of Amor Fati and much more


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Apr 25, 2022
Andrew Lynn | Classic Wisdom for Modern Life
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In this episode, my guest is Andrew Lynn, the author of Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man. Andrew is a lawyer, writer, and author of the ‘Classics for the Modern Man series. His mission as a writer is to draw upon classic texts and traditional wisdom to help us answer some of the most profound questions we face. The Classics for the Modern Man series include Classic Philosophy, Classic Political Philosophy, and Classic Ethics.  

In the conversation, Andrew and I discuss:

  • Finding harmony in the Tao Te Ching
  • Blaise Pascal and the role of faith
  • Schopenhauer and the vanity of existence
  • Nietzsche’s meaning behind the phrase “God is Dead.”
  • Spiritual Wisdom in daily life and much more


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Apr 21, 2022
John Sellars | Stoicism and Epicureanism
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In this episode, my guest is John Sellars, the author of the new book The Pocket Epicurean. Professor Sellars is a Reader in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London. He is also the author of Lessons in Stoicism, The Art of Living, and many others. 

In the conversation, John and I discuss:

  • Finding Tranquility
  • The Wisdom of Nature
  • What we actually need to live a good life
  • How the Stoics and Epicureans viewed the role of virtue
  • How to think about emotions
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

Connect with John Sellars:  johnsellars.org.uk/

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Apr 13, 2022
Owen Flanagan | How to Do Things with Emotions
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In this episode, my guest is Owen Flanagan, the author of the new book How to Do Things with Emotions. Owen is the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. Owen is also the author of The Geography of Morals, The Problem of the Soul, and others.   

In the conversation, Owen and I discuss:

  • Philosophy and emotions
  • The study of anger across cultures
  • How to let go of deeply held emotions
  • Making sense of shame
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

Connect with Owen Flanagan: scholars.duke.edu/person/ojf

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Apr 06, 2022
Stephen Cope | The Dharma in Difficult Times
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In this episode, my guest is Stephen Cope the author of the new book The Dharma in Difficult Times: Finding Your Calling in Times of Loss, Change, Struggle, and Doubt. Stephen is a best-selling author and scholar who specializes in the relationship between the Eastern contemplative traditions and Western depth psychology. Stephen is a repeat guest on the show! We spoke around a year ago to discuss his book The Great Work of Your Life

In the conversation, Stephen and I discuss:

  • The meaning of Dharma
  • Disorienting Dilemma’s
  • Making sense of suffering
  • The benefits of contemplation
  • Letting go of the outcome
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

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Mar 31, 2022
Cory Allen | The Wisdom of Mindfulness in Daily Life
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In this episode, my guest is Cory Allen the author of Now is the Way: An Unconventional Approach to Modern Mindfulness. Cory is a meditation teacher, audio engineer, and host of the Astral Hustle podcast where he connects with experts in mindfulness, neuroscience, and philosophy.

In the conversation, Cory and I discuss: 

  • Meditating on mortality
  • Impermanence in daily life
  • The limits of perception
  • How to think about self-improvement
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


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Mar 23, 2022
Judith Valente & Br. Paul Quenon | How to Be in the World
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In this episode, my guests are Judith Valente and Br. Paul Quenon the authors of the new book How to Be: A Monk and a Journalist Reflect on Living & Dying, Purpose & Prayer, Forgiveness & Friendship

In the conversation, we discuss: 

  • Discerning your path
  • Becoming a person
  • The purpose of life
  • How meditation helps us Be in the world
  • The role of friendship
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

Judith Valente is an award-winning author, journalist, poet, and essayist. She is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. And today she is a sought-after speaker and retreat leader on living a more contemplative life, discovering inner wisdom through poetry, and finding meaning in your work.

Brother Paul Quenon, OCSO, entered the Trappists in 1958 at the renowned Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky at the age of 17. Thomas Merton was his novice master and spiritual director. Quenon is the author of 9 collections of poetry and his memoir is titled, In Praise of the Useless Life. 

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Mar 16, 2022
Beverly Lanzetta | Becoming Wisdom
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In today’s episode, I'm sharing another response to the question What is wisdom? The response comes from my conversation with Dr. Beverly Lanzetta the author of many books from A New Silence, The Monk Within, and Sacred Seasons (a new daily reader). Beverly is a theologian, spiritual teacher, and the author of many ground­breaking books on global spirituality and new monasticism. Dedicated to a vision of theological openness and spiritual nonviolence, her work has won praise for its wisdom, eloquence, and mystical insight and is considered to be a major contribution to a feminine mystical path for the 21st century.  

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Mar 13, 2022
Dr. Joshua Knabb | Searching for Wisdom in Spiritual Practices
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Joshua Knabb the author of Christian Meditation in Clinical Practice. Dr. Knabb is a Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist with research interests in mindfulness-based therapies, the psychology of religion and spirituality, and Christian meditative and contemplative practices.

In the conversation, we discuss: 

  • Searching for wisdom
  • Contemplative practices
  • Navigating our thoughts
  • Transcending the self
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more
  • Book mentioned: A Liberated Mind by Steven Hayes


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Mar 10, 2022
Steven Nadler | What is Wisdom?
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In today’s episode, I’m sharing another response to the question "what is wisdom?" This short clip comes from my conversation with Steven Nadler the author of Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die. Professor Nadler’s research focuses on philosophy in the seventeenth century and he’s written extensively on Spinoza. Steven also has a new book coming out called When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People.

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Mar 06, 2022
Nic Bommarito | Buddhist Philosophy and Practice for Daily Life
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Nic Bommarito the author of Seeing Clearly: A Buddhist Guide to Life. Dr. Bommarito is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and his research focuses on questions in virtue ethics, moral psychology, and Buddhist philosophy. Seeing Clearly is a guide to the good life that anyone can follow, laying out the basic philosophical ideas behind Buddhism’s teachings and offering practical techniques and practices. This episode was recorded early last year and was one of our first episodes released.  Connect with Nic Bommarito: nicbommarito.com/

In the conversation, we discuss: 

  • The Problem of Seeing
  • The Solution to Seeing Clearly
  • Impermanence and Interconnection
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Buddhist Practices and much more


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Mar 04, 2022
Brandon Tumblin | Stoicism, Happiness, and Love
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In this episode, my guest is Brandon Tumblin the host of The Strong Stoic Podcast. Brandon is a friend, a deep thinker, and someone with an interesting perspective on life. I highly encourage you to check out his podcast; he explores a wide range of philosophical ideas both solo and with guests. 

In the conversation, Brandon and I discuss: 

  • Stoicism
  • Happiness
  • Love
  • Desire
  • The Good Life and much more


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Mar 02, 2022
Dilip Jeste | What is Wisdom?
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In this episode, I share a short clip from my conversation with Dr. Dilip Jeste the author of Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good. Dr. Jeste is a neuropsychiatrist who has spent more than 20 years studying aspects of wisdom and healthy aging. In the conversation, Dr. Jeste discusses the difference between intelligence and wisdom, and answers the question - What is wisdom?

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Feb 27, 2022
Brittany Polat | A Guide to Staying Calm, Mindful, and Engaged
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In this episode, my guest is Brittany Polat the author of Tranquility Parenting: A Guide to Staying Calm, Mindful, and Engaged. Brittany believes that anyone who is willing to reflect carefully on life can make progress toward inner peace and contentment. She has a Ph.D. in applied linguistics and her website is livinginagreement.com

In the conversation, we discuss: 

  • Searching for wisdom
  • Finding tranquility
  • Philosophy for life
  • The Cardinal virtues
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

Learn more about Brittany's upcoming online conference - Stoics Care 

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Feb 23, 2022
James Romm | Dying Every Day, How to Live a Life
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In this episode, my guest is James Romm the author of Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero. James is a Professor of Classics at Bard College in NY. He specializes in ancient Greek and Roman culture. He has also edited two books on Seneca for the Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers series titled How to Die and How to Keep Your Cool

In the conversation, James and I discuss: 

  • The meaning of Dying Every Day
  • The Two Seneca’s
  • Fear and Death
  • Living a meaningful life
  • Humility and wisdom
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

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Feb 16, 2022
Carl Erik Fisher | The Urge: Our History of Addiction
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In this episode, my guest is Dr. Carl Erik Fisher the author of the new book The Urge: Our History of Addiction. Carl is an addiction psychiatrist, bioethics scholar, and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University. He is a Zen practitioner, and his clinical work focuses on applications of meditation and mindfulness. Carl also hosts the Flourishing after Addiction podcast.  

In the conversation, Carl and I discuss: 

  • Addiction and human nature
  • Social and cultural factors on addiction
  • Self-acceptance and recovery
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


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Feb 11, 2022
Tim Parks | The Hero's Way
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In this episode, my guest is Tim Parks the author of the new book The Hero’s Way: Walking with Garibaldi from Rome to Ravenna. Tim is an acclaimed author, translator, and essayist. He grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981, he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since, raising a family of three children. Tim Parks’s acclaimed books about Italy include Italian Ways, Italian Neighbors, and An Italian Education. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of BooksConnect with Tim Parks: timparks.com/

 In the conversation, Tim and I discuss: 

  • Finding your way in life
  • The perils of ambition
  • The wisdom of experience
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

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Feb 08, 2022
William B. Irvine | A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
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In this episode, my guest is William Irvine the author of A Guide to the Good Life, The Stoic Challenge, and On Desire to name a few. William is a philosophy professor who not only teaches, thinks, and writes about philosophy, but who has adopted a philosophy for living, namely, the ancient philosophy known as Stoicism.

 In the conversation, William and I discuss: 

  • Philosophy
  • Desire 
  • Happiness 
  • Tranquility 
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

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Feb 03, 2022
Leidy Klotz | Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less
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In this episode, my guest is Leidy Klotz the author of Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less. Leidy has a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering and studies how we transform things from how they are to how we want them to be.
 
In the conversation, Leidy and I discuss: 

  • The science of less
  • The research on our tendency to add over subtracting
  • How this tendency influences organizations and policy decisions
  • Habits and goals
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more


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Jan 26, 2022
David Fideler | Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living
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In this episode, my guest is David Fideler the author of Breakfast with Seneca: A Stoic Guide to the Art of Living. David’s studied ancient religions and philosophies, the history of science, and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and intellectual history. 

 In the conversation, David and I discuss: 

  • The life of Seneca
  • Cultivating friendship
  • Navigating hardships
  • Overcoming fear and anxiety
  • Wisdom and much more


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Jan 23, 2022
Carl McColman | Eternal Heart: The Mystical Path to a Joyful Life
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In this episode, my guest is Carl McColman the author of Eternal Heart: The Mystical Path to a Joyful Life. Carl is a contemplative writer, speaker, and teacher. He is the author of numerous books, including The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and Unteachable Lessons to name a few.

In the conversation, Carl and I discuss: 

  • The meaning of mysticism
  • Exploring various traditions
  • The spiritual path
  • The wisdom of silence and much more

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Jan 18, 2022
Meghan Sullivan and Paul Blaschko | The Good Life Method: Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith, and Meaning
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In this episode, my guests are Meghan Sullivan and Paul Blaschko the authors of the new book The Good Life Method: Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith, and Meaning. Meghan Sullivan is the Wilsey Family Col­lege Professor in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, director of the God and the Good Life Program, and director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Paul Blaschko is an assistant teaching professor in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He heads up curriculum design and digital pedagogy for the God and the Good Life Program and has recently been working to develop similar curricula at universities across the nation as part of an initia­tive funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In the conversation, Meghan and Paul provide insights on: 

  • The Good Life
  • Faith
  • Suffering
  • Contemplation, and much more


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Jan 11, 2022
Donald Robertson | How Compassionate is Stoicism?
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In this episode, my guest is Donald Robertson the author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor as well as a forthcoming graphic novel titled Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius available for preorder. Donald is a writer, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, and trainer. He specializes in teaching evidence-based psychological skills and is known as an expert on the relationship between modern psychotherapy (CBT) and classical Greek and Roman philosophy.

In the conversation, Donald and I spend the majority of the time discussing a recent article titled How Compassionate is Stoicism?

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Jan 06, 2022
Shimon Edelman | Life, Death, and Other Inconvenient Truths
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In this episode, my guest is Professor Shimon Edelman the author of Life, Death, and Other Inconvenient Truths: A Realist’s View of the Human Condition. Shimon is a professor at Cornell University and is interested in all aspects of mind, brain, behavior, and the human condition. At Cornell, Prof. Edelman works on behavioral, neural, evolutionary, and computational aspects of language, vision, consciousness, and happiness.

In the conversation, Shimon and I discuss:

  • Ambition
  • Anxiety
  • Uncertainty
  • Happiness
  • Perception and much more


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Jan 04, 2022
Kevin Griffin | One Breathe at a Time - Buddhist Wisdom for Daily Life
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In this episode, my guest is Kevin Griffin. Kevin is a long-time meditation teacher and best known as the author of One Breathe at a Time. He also has a daily reader that I’m really enjoying called Buddhism and the Twelve Steps Daily Reflections. Kevin is a longtime Buddhist practitioner and 12 Step participant, he is a leader in the mindful recovery movement and one of the founders of the Buddhist Recovery Network. 

In the conversation, Kevin and I discuss:

  • The search for wisdom
  • The wisdom of not knowing
  • The roots of suffering
  • Sitting quietly
  • Wisdom in daily life and much more

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Dec 22, 2021
Karen Swallow Prior | On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Karen Swallow Prior the author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books. Karen is a Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Relevant, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Religion News Service, Books and Culture, and other places.

In the conversation, Karen and I discuss:

  • The connection between reading and virtue
  • What it means to be prudent
  • The perils of perfectionism
  • Language and love
  • How to see love as a virtue and much more


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Dec 15, 2021
On the Shortness of Life | The PERENNIAL Podcast
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Welcome and thank you for listening! In today’s episode, I am sharing a short reflection from The PERENNIAL Podcast another show we produce at the Perennial Leader Project

In addition to sharing this reflection with you. I wanted to announce that season two of PERENNIAL is starting just after the new year and it will be all about The Wisdom of Seneca. I’ll be taking a deep dive into Seneca’s writing and connecting with a few guests to discuss the wisdom of Seneca. 

If that sounds interesting, please join me – you can subscribe for free wherever you listen to podcasts and learn more at perennialleader.com. I hope you enjoy this episode on the shortness of life.   

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Dec 13, 2021
Catherine Wilson | How to Be an Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Well
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In this episode, I speak to Catherine Wilson the author of How to Be an Epicurean: The Ancient Art of Living Well.  Catherine received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University and has taught at universities in the US, Canada, and Europe. Her research is focused on the relationship between the natural and social sciences and classical philosophical problems in the following areas: the history of atomism and materialism; theories of life and sensory awareness; visuality and aesthetics, and morality and emotions from an evolutionary perspective. 

In the conversation, Catherine and I discuss:

  • Catherine’s path to philosophy
  • The pivotal figures in Epicureanism
  • Pleasure and Pain
  • The virtue of Justice 
  • Managing our desires and much more 


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Dec 08, 2021
Lodro Rinzler | Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times
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In this episode, I speak to Lodro Rinzler the author of Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times. Lodro’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Good Morning America, CBS, and NBC. 

He is the author of seven meditation books including The Buddha Walks into a Bar and is the co-founder of MNDFL meditation studios in New York City. Lodro has taught meditation for 20 years in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and travels frequently for his books, having spoken across the world at conferences, universities, and businesses as diverse as Google, Harvard University, and the White House. 

In the conversation, Lodro and I discuss:

  • Navigating anxiety and stress
  • Finding wisdom
  • Cultivating compassion
  • Meditation in daily life and much more 


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Dec 01, 2021
Gratitude to Grateful
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In this episode, I am sharing a portion of the conversation we had with Kristi Nelson the author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted. Kristi has spent most of her adult life in non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, fund, and strengthen organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change.

In this portion of the conversation, Kristi provides an important distinction between gratitude and being grateful. Go to episode #10 of In Search of Wisdom to hear the full conversation.

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Nov 25, 2021
Susan Liautaud | The Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World
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In this episode, I speak to Susan Liautaud the author of The Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World. Susan is the founder and managing director of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited, which advises clients from global corporations to NGOs on complex ethics matters. She teaches cutting-edge ethics courses at Stanford and has a forthcoming book titled: The Little Book of Big Ethical Questions

 In the conversation, Susan and I discuss:

  • The Power of Ethics
  • Avoiding perfectionism 
  • Ethical resilience
  • Courage and ethics  
  • The importance of expertise and much more


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Nov 24, 2021
Andrew Lynn | Classic Philosophy for Modern Life
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In this episode, I speak to Andrew Lynn the author of the book Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man. Andrew is a lawyer, writer, and author of the ‘Classics for the Modern Man’ series. His mission as a writer is to draw upon classic texts and traditional wisdom in order to help us answer the most profound questions that we face as human beings. The Classics for the Modern Man series include Classic Spirituality, Classic Political Philosophy, and Classic Ethics.   

 In the conversation, Andrew and I discuss:

  • Classic philosophy for modern life
  • Aristotle and the golden mean
  • Ancient lessons from parables
  • William Hazlitt on success 
  • Finding your path in life and much more


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Nov 17, 2021
Simon Drew | The Poet & The Sage and The Walled Garden
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In this episode, I speak to Simon Drew the author of the new book The Poet & The Sage. Simon is a poet, musician, photographer, and philosophical mentor. He is someone that I’ve listened to many times over the years through The Practical Stoic podcast which has now transformed into The Walled Garden.  

 In the conversation, Simon and I discuss:

  • The Poet & The Sage
  • Searching for wisdom
  • How to find our passion
  • Cultivating alignment in our lives
  • Where to begin a path to wisdom and much more


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Nov 10, 2021
Benjamin Lipscomb | How Four Philosophers Revolutionized Ethics
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In this episode, I speak to Benjamin Lipscomb the author of the new book The Women are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics. Benjamin is a professor of philosophy, specializes in contemporary ethical theory, the history of philosophy (particularly the history of ethics), legal interpretation, town planning, and Christian worship. His overarching concern, across all these areas, is with issues of character formation.

 In the conversation, Benjamin and I discuss:

  • His path to philosophy
  • How we think with others
  • The meaning of ethics 
  • How four philosophers revolutionized ethics
  • Wisdom for everyday life and much more


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Nov 03, 2021
Dr. Brian Russell | Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God's Presence Can Change Your Life
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Brian Russell the author of the new book Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life. Brian is an award-winning professor of biblical studies and a transformational coach for pastors and spiritually-minded professionals. He is also the host of the Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations podcast.

 In the conversation, Brian and I discuss:

  • The Practice of Centering Prayer
  • The Power of Sitting Quietly
  • The Obstacles to Sitting in Silence 
  • Humility and Confidence
  • Love, Compassion, and much more


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Oct 27, 2021
Lyanda Lynn Haupt | Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit
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In this episode, I speak to Lyanda Lynn Haupt the author of the new book Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit. Lyanda is an award-winning author, naturalist, ecophilosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives.   

 In the conversation, Lyanda and I discuss:

  • Eco-Philosophy
  • Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit
  • The Power of Solitude 
  • Wisdom and Love
  • The Practice of Memento Mori and much more


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Oct 20, 2021
Michael Ward | After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Michael Ward the author of the new book After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man. Michael is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. You can learn more about Michael and his work at michaelward.net. If you purchase After Humanity through the publisher Word on Fire you’ll also receive a companion edition of Lewis’s The Abolition of Man.  

 In the conversation, Michael and I discuss:

  • C.S. Lewis and why he is an important figure today
  • Lewis’s book The Abolition of Man
  • The objectivity of value
  • The problem of subjectivism
  • How to integrate our rational and emotional nature and much more


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Oct 13, 2021
Beverly Lanzetta | A New Silence: Spiritual Practices for the Monk Within
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Beverly Lanzetta the author of many books from A New Silence, The Monk Within, and Sacred Seasons (a new daily reader). Beverly is a theologian, spiritual teacher, and the author of many ground­breaking books on global spirituality and new monasticism. 

In the conversation, Beverly and I discuss:

  • Searching for Wisdom
  • A New Silence
  • Seeking Truth
  • The Practice of Humility and much more


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Oct 06, 2021
Oliver Burkeman | Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
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In this episode, I speak to Oliver Burkeman the author of the new book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Oliver is a great writer, and this book is no exception. 

 In the conversation, Oliver and I discuss:

  • What makes Four Thousand Weeks different from other books on time management
  • The productivity trap
  • Why it’s difficult to find time for the meaningful tasks in our life
  • The importance of patience
  • Why accepting our mortality leads us to make wise decisions
  • Living in uncertainty and much more


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Sep 22, 2021
Massimo Pigliucci | Think Like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World
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In this episode, I speak to Massimo Pigliucci the author of many books on Stoicism from How to Be a Stoic, A Handbook for New Stoics, and A Field Guide to a Happy Life to name a few. Massimo is currently a Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the relationship between science and philosophy and the practical philosophy of Stoicism. Massimo also recently came out with a series of lectures through The Great Courses titled Think Like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World

 In the conversation, Massimo and I discuss:

  • The connection between science and philosophy
  • What makes up a philosophy of life
  • How to choose a philosophy for your life
  • The importance of Stoic practices
  • How to think about anger and much more


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Sep 15, 2021
Matthew Barzun | The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go
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In this episode, I speak to Matthew Barzun the author of The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go. Matthew is a former US Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Sweden and served as President Obama’s National Finance Chair. He has always been fascinated with how we can stand out and fit in at the same time. 

In the conversation, Matthew and I discuss:

  • The constellation mindset 
  • Downsides of the traditional pyramid mindset 
  • The importance of broadening our perspective
  • Why we should embrace uncertainty
  • How to think about wisdom and much more


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Sep 08, 2021
Kai Whiting | Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In
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In this episode, I speak to Kai Whiting the co-author of Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In. Kai is a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoicism based at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His main research interests are how to better account for resource use and the practical application of Stoic philosophy to the challenges of the 21st century. 

 In the conversation, Kai and I discuss:

  • Sustainability and Stoicism 
  • Success and letting go of the outcome
  • Why we are not our past mistakes
  • The difference between rules and principles
  • The importance of perspective and much more


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Sep 01, 2021
Steven Nadler | Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die
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In this episode, I speak to Steven Nadler the author of Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die. Professor Nadler’s research focuses on philosophy in the seventeenth century and he’s written extensively on Spinoza. Steven also has a new book coming out called When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People

 In the conversation, Steven and I discuss:

  • How to define wisdom 
  • The connection between wisdom and other virtues 
  • The philosophy of Spinoza   
  • How to think about death 
  • Living the good life and much more


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Aug 25, 2021
Jonathan Gustin | Discovering Your Soul-Level Purpose
3591

In this episode, I speak to Jonathan Gustin. Jonathan is a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and founder of the Purpose Guide Institute. He has taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Kaiser Permanente, Green Gulch Zen Center, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Open Circle, Bay Area Integral, and The Nondual Wisdom & Mental Health Conference. 

In the conversation, Jonathan and I discuss:

  • Discovering your soul-level purpose
  • How we grow into our purpose 
  • Navigating our inner voice  
  • How to think about fear
  • Living the questions and much more


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Aug 21, 2021
Tony Martignetti | Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to an Inspired Life
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In this episode, I speak to Tony Martignetti the Founder of Inspired Purpose Coaching, author of Climbing the Right Mountain, and host of The Virtual Campfire podcast. Tony is a leadership coach, entrepreneur, idea generator, people connector, and a curious adventurer. He integrates practical experience, formal training, and extreme curiosity, to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate change.

In the conversation, Tony and I discuss:

  • The power of purpose
  • How to redefine success 
  • Discovering your values 
  • Embracing uncertainty and much more


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Aug 16, 2021
Julian Baggini | The Great Guide: What David Hume Can Teach Us About Being Human and Living Well
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In this episode, I speak to Julian Baggini the author of The Great Guide: What David Hume Can Teach Us on Being Human and Living Well and How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy. Julian is a philosopher, writer, and author of more than 20 books covering a wide range of topics. 

In the conversation, Julian and I discuss:

  • What we can learn from David Hume
  • How to be open minded
  • The limits of human understanding
  • The wisdom of experience
  • Perception of mind and much more


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Aug 11, 2021
Don't Aim at Success
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On this weekend edition of the podcast, we reflect on an excerpt from Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. The episode discusses the timeless principle of letting go of the outcome and how it can lead us towards a meaningful life.

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Aug 08, 2021
Julie Lythcott-Haims | Your Turn: How to Be an Adult
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In this episode, I speak to Julie Lythcott-Haims the author of Your Turn: How to Be an Adult. Julie is also the author of the New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult, a book on overparenting (with a popular TED Talk on the topic), and Real American: A Memoir. Julie believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. Her work encompasses writing, speaking, mentoring, and activism.

In the conversation, Julie and I discuss:

  • Vulnerability and confidence
  • Planning and flexibility
  • How to avoid perfectionism
  • Choosing your own path in life 
  • Forgiveness and much more 


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Aug 04, 2021
This is Not Bad Luck
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On this weekend edition of In Search of Wisdom, we look to Marcus Aurelius for wisdom. In this podcast, Joshua reflects on a short passage from Meditations (4.49) and discusses how to think about hardship and the impermanence of distress.

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Aug 01, 2021
Tim Ash | Unleash Your Primal Brain
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In this episode, I speak to Tim Ash the author of Unleash Your Primal Brain: Demystifying how we think and why we act. Tim is an authority on evolutionary psychology and digital marketing. Tim is a highly-rated keynote speaker and presenter at over 200 events across four continents. He has been asked to return as a keynote at dozens of events because of the fantastic audience response. Tim shines on massive stages with over 12,000 attendees, as well as in intimate executive events or workshops. He offers dynamic conference keynotes, workshops, and corporate training services (both in-person and virtually). Tim also selectively works as an online marketing advisor with senior executives. For nineteen years Tim was the co-founder and CEO of SiteTuners – a strategic digital optimization agency. Tim has developed deep expertise in user-centered design, persuasion, understanding consumer behavior, neuromarketing, and landing page testing. In the mid-1990s he became one of the early pioneers in the discipline of website conversion rate optimization.

In this episode, Tim and I discuss: 

  • The lie of rationality 
  • How we learn and remember
  • Why emotions are central to decision making
  • The power of language
  • The dance between our two brains 
  • The importance of sleep on the brain  
  •  Navigating uncertainty and much more

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Jul 28, 2021
Mark Van Buren | Your Life Is Meditation
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In this episode, I speak to Mark Van Buren the author of Your Life Is Meditation and A Fool’s Guide to Actual Happiness. Mark is a go-to guide for meditation and mindfulness-based training. With well over a decade of experience in the field, Mark instructs meditation workshops, lectures, professional development days, corporate wellness classes, and silent retreats in a practical, yet accessible way. He offers simple tools and practices that can reduce stress, help with anxiety and depression, manage pain, and transform the many difficult aspects of life.

In the episode, Mark and I discuss: 

  • Living in the moment 
  • Accepting what is
  • Finding actual happiness
  • Myths about meditation
  • Finding peace and much more 

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Jul 22, 2021
Estelle Frankel | The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty
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In this episode, I speak to Estelle Frankel the author of The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty and Sacred Therapy. Estelle is a practicing psychotherapist, author, spiritual director, and popular public speaker. In her private practice in Albany, Ca. she works with individuals and couples providing brief and long-term psychotherapy and spiritual mentoring. Estelle is also a seasoned teacher of Jewish mysticism and meditation who offers workshops on the intersection of psychology and spirituality is a behavior coach, author, and someone deeply inspired by the quest to understand how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live.  

In the episode, Estelle and I discuss: 

  • Knowing and Not Knowing
  • Fear and Courage
  • The Power of Questions 
  • How to Embrace Uncertainty
  • How to Recognize Outdated Patterns
  • Wonder, Wisdom, and much more 

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Jul 15, 2021
Eric Zimmer | From The One You Feed on Spiritual Habits
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In this episode, I speak to Eric Zimmer the host of The One You Feed Podcast. Eric is a behavior coach, author, and someone deeply inspired by the quest to understand how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live.  

In the episode, Eric and I discuss: 

  • The One You Feed Podcast 
  • The Spiritual Habits program
  • How to create lasting change in our lives
  • Why spiritual principles matter 
  • How to become more aware of our choices
  • The practice of Zen and much more 

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Jul 07, 2021
Drew Moser, Ph.D. | The Enneagram of Discernment: The Way of Vocation, Wisdom, and Practice
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Drew Moser the author of The Enneagram of Discernment: The Way of Vocation, Wisdom, and Practice.  Drew is an expert enneagram-based coach, teacher, and co-host of Fathoms | An Enneagram Podcast.

In the episode, Drew and I discuss: 

  • The background of the Enneagram
  • How the Enneagram can help us make wise decisions
  • Identity, Purpose, and Direction
  • The three lies of identity 
  • The relationship between wisdom and love
  • How personality can shape our view of time and much more

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Jun 28, 2021
Joseph Badaracco | Step Back: Bringing the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life
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In this episode, I speak to Joseph Badaracco the author of Step Back: Bringing the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life. Joseph is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses on ethics, strategy, and management in the School's MBA and executive programs. He is also the author of the books Defining Moments and The Good Struggle.    

In the conversation, Joe and I discuss: 

  • How to integrate reflection in our busy life 
  • What we can learn about the art of reflection from Marcus Aurelius and Montaigne
  • How to practice reflection without rumination and much more 

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Jun 21, 2021
Ashton Gustafson | From Good, True, & Beautiful on the True Self
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In this episode, I speak to Ashton Gustafson from the Good, True, & Beautiful podcast. Ashton recently had five episodes called the “True Self Series” with guests like Mark Nepo, Parker J. Palmer, and Kelly Flanagan to name a few and I asked him to come on to share any lessons learned. I really enjoyed the conversation and hope you do as well! 

In the episode, Ashton and I discuss: 

  • The origins of the true self 
  • How to identify the false self or ego
  • Letting go, surrendering, shedding…  
  • A lighter and brighter life
  • Wisdom and experiential knowing
  • Going from scarcity to abundance and much more

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Jun 09, 2021
Simon Critchley | Bald: 35 Philosophical Shortcuts
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In this episode, I speak to Simon Critchley, the author of Bald: 35 Philosophical Shortcuts. Simon is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His work engages in many areas from continental philosophy, ethics, philosophy and literature, and psychoanalysis, among others.

In this interview, Simon and I discuss: 

  • How to find happiness 
  • How to think about hope
  • How certainty is the enemy of faith 
  • How to navigate life and much more

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Jun 02, 2021
Eric Weiner | The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers
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In this episode, I speak to Eric Weiner, the author of the book Socrates Express: Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers. Eric is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and speaker. His books include The Geography of Bliss and The Geography of Genius, as well as the spiritual memoir Man Seeks God. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Eric is a former foreign correspondent for NPR and reporter for The New York Times. He is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, BBC Travel, and AFAR, among other publications.  

In this interview, Eric and I discuss life lessons from philosophy: 

  • How to wonder like Socrates. 
  • How to listen like Schopenhauer.  
  • How to be kind like Confucious.
  • How to cope like Epictetus 
  • How to die like Montaigne and much more

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May 26, 2021
Dr. Michele Borba | The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Michele Borba, the author of the new book Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, and the book Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. Dr. Borba is an educational psychologist who blends 40 years of teaching and consulting experience with the latest science and someone with lots of wisdom to share how we can help our kids thrive. She is an award-winning author and parenting child expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s character, resilience and reduce peer cruelty. Michele is a sought-after motivational speaker; she has spoken in 19 countries and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations.   

In this interview, Dr. Borba and I discuss: 

  • The difference between striving and thriving
  • How to develop self-control and self-confidence 
  • Tools to cultivate empathy and compassion
  • The keys to building resilient kids and much more

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May 19, 2021
Nancy Sherman | Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience
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In this episode, I speak to Nancy Sherman the author of the new book Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience. Nancy has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard and has worked with the military for several decades in connection with Stoic ethics, posttraumatic stress, and moral injury. Sherman is a renowned expert in ancient and modern ethics, she relates how Stoic methods of examining beliefs and perceptions can help us correct distortions in what we believe, see, and feel. Her study reveals a profound insight about the Stoics: They never believed, as Stoic popularizers often hold, that rugged self-reliance or indifference to the world around us is at the heart of living well. We are at home in the world, they insisted when we are connected to each other in cooperative efforts. We build resilience and goodness through our deepest relationships.

In this interview, Nancy and I discuss: 

  • The Rise of Stoicism
  • Finding Calm
  • Managing Emotions
  • The Art of Stoic Living
  • A Call for a Healthy Modern Stoicism and much more

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May 12, 2021
Chip Conley | Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder
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In this episode, I speak to Chip Conley the author of Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. Chip is a rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip disrupted his favorite industry... twice. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years, and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. 

In this episode, we discuss: 

-          The Modern Elder Academy 

-          The Beginner’s Mind 

-          How to navigate midlife transitions

-          How listening connects with wisdom and much more 

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May 05, 2021
Dilip Jeste, MD | Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Dilip Jeste the author of Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good. Dr. Jeste is a neuropsychiatrist who has spent more than 20 years studying aspects of wisdom and healthy aging. He is a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience and the director of the Center for Healthy Aging at UC San Diego.

The conversation explores: 

  • The definition of wisdom
  • Cultivating Compassion
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Self-reflection and curiosity
  • Why wisdom matters and so much more 

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Apr 29, 2021
Dr. Kelly Flanagan | True Companions: A Book for Everyone About the Relationships That See Us Through
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Kelly Flanagan the author of True Companions: A Book for Everyone About the Relationships That See Us Through. Dr. Flanagan is a Clinical Psychologist, Consultant, Speaker, and author of Loveable. In this conversation, Kelly shares deep wisdom on life, loneliness, and love. 

Listen as we discuss: 

  • Loneliness
  • Deepening Relationships
  • Finding Purpose
  • The Four Loves and much more

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Apr 22, 2021
Dr. Jonathan Pennington | Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Jonathan Pennington the author of Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life. Dr. Pennington is currently Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Director of Research Doctoral Studies at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (USA). He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (in St. Mary’s College), where he wrote a thesis entitled “Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew” under the supervision of Professors Richard Bauckham and Philip Esler.

The episode discusses: 

  • Philosophy
  • Intellectual Humility
  • The Beatitudes
  • Christianity as a Philosophy of Life
  • Emotions and Suffering
  • The Spiritual Path and much more

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Apr 14, 2021
Kristi Nelson | Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted
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In this episode, I speak to Kristi Nelson the author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted. Kristi has spent most of her adult life in non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, fund, and strengthen organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change. Kristi received her BA from UMass/Amherst, a graduate certificate in Business and Sociology from Boston College, and her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Leadership Studies, from Harvard University. Kristi is a stage IV cancer survivor who feels blessed to work with her beloved colleagues in sharing the gifts of gratefulness with people around the world.

The episode discusses: 

  • Being Grateful vs Gratitude
  • Navigating Uncertainty in Life
  • The Power of Letting Go
  • The Practice of Stop, Look, Go
  • A Grateful Leader 
  • A Grateful Love and much more

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Apr 07, 2021
Sebene Selassie | You Belong: A Call for Connection
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In this episode, I speak to Sebene Selassie the author of You Belong: A Call for Connection. For over 20 years Sebene has worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not for profits. Sebene is a long-time meditation teacher, retreat leader, and frequent guest on the 10-Percent Happier App. I truly enjoyed the conversation, and I am grateful to Sebene for sharing her wisdom!

The episode explores: 

  • The Delusion of Separation
  • Curiosity and Wonder
  • Grounding Yourself
  • The Call to Embodiment
  • Knowing Yourself
  • Loving Yourself and much more

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Mar 31, 2021
Dr. Nic Bommarito | Seeing Clearly: A Buddhist Guide to Life
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Nic Bommarito the author of Seeing Clearly: A Buddhist Guide to Life. Dr. Bommarito is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and his research focuses on questions in virtue ethics, moral psychology, and Buddhist philosophy. Seeing Clearly is a great read and a guide to the good life that anyone can follow, laying out the basic philosophical ideas behind Buddhism’s teachings and offering practical techniques and practices.   

The episode explores: 

  • The Problem 
  • The Solution 
  • Impermanence and Interconnection
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • Buddhist Practices and much more

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Mar 24, 2021
Dr. Donna Hicks | Leading with Dignity
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In this episode, I speak to Dr. Donna Hicks the author of Leading with Dignity.  Dr. Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. She is a leading expert in Dignity and Conflict Resolution and has worked extensively in areas of conflict around the world.      

The episode explores: 

  • How to Lead with Dignity
  • The 10 Elements of Dignity 
  • The 10 Temptations to Violate Dignity 
  • Dignity Consciousness 
  • Leadership and much more

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Mar 18, 2021
Stephen Cope | The Great Work of Your Life
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In this episode, I speak to Stephen Cope author of The Great Work of Your Life.  Stephen is a best-selling author and scholar who specializes in the relationship between Eastern contemplative traditions and Western depth psychology. For almost thirty years, Stephen has been Scholar-in-Residence at the renowned Kripalu Center—the largest center for the study and practice of yoga in the Western world. Kripalu hosts almost 50,000 guests a year in its many yoga, meditation, and personal growth programs.   

The episode explores: 

  • Overcoming fear and doubt
  • Discovering your true calling 
  • Discerning your path
  • Perennial figures from history and much more

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Mar 16, 2021
Donald Robertson | How to Think Like a Roman Emperor
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Donald Robertson on How to Think Like a Roman Emperor

In this episode, I speak to Donald Robertson author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius.  Donald is a writer, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, and trainer.  He specializes in teaching evidence-based psychological skills and known as an expert on the relationship between modern psychotherapy (CBT) and classical Greek and Roman philosophy   

The episode explores: 

  • Stoicism as a Way of Life
  • Why Marcus Aurelius is a perennial figure 
  • Stoic exercises and much more

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Mar 10, 2021
Dr. Kevin Vost | How to Think Like Aquinas
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Dr. Kevin Vost on How to Think Like Aquinas

In this episode, I speak to Dr. Kevin Vost author of How to Think Like Aquinas: The Sure Way to Perfect Your Mental Powers.  Dr. Vost is a Clinical Psychologist, Author, and Speaker with more than 20 books in publication.  

The episode explores: 

  • Why Thomas Aquinas is a perennial figure
  • How thinking like Aquinas can improve our lives
  • Memory and much more

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Mar 10, 2021
Father Augustine Wetta | Humility Rules: Saint Benedict's 12-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem
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Father Augustine Wetta on Humility Rules

In this episode, I speak to Father Augustine Wetta the author of Humility Rules: Saint Benedict’s 12-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem. Augustine Wetta is a monk of Saint Louis Abbey in Saint Louis Missouri. He has two degrees in Theology from Oxford University, a BA in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations from Rice University, and an MA in English from Middlebury College. For twenty years, he has taught English, Classics, and Theology at the Priory School, in Saint Louis, Missouri.  

The conversation explores: 

  • What humility is and is not.
  • The life of Saint Benedict
  • The ladder of humility and much more. 

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Mar 10, 2021
Dr. Stefanie Johnson | Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging
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Dr. Stefanie Johnson on Inclusify: 

In this episode, I speak to Dr. Stefanie Johnson author of Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams.  Dr. Johnson is an author, professor, and keynote speaker who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity, focusing on (1) how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders and (2) strategies that leaders can use to mitigate bias. Dr. Johnson is a member of the MG 100 Coaches and was selected for the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, comprising 30 international management scholars whose work will shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. 


The episode explores: 

  • What it means to Inclusify and why it matters.
  • How to lead in a way that recognizes and celebrates unique and dissenting perspectives
  • Unconscious bias and much more

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Mar 10, 2021
Pete Hamill | Embodied Leadership: The Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership
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In this episode, we speak to Pete Hamill the author of Embodied Leadership: The Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership. Pete is a consultant, facilitator, and coach with an international background in leadership and organizational development.  

The conversation explores: 

  • How leaders don't just need to know about leadership - leaders need to embody the capacity to lead in the midst of ambiguity and complexity. 
  • What embodied leadership is and why it matters today. 
  • How embodied leadership brings together the idea that the mind and body are inextricably linked: to develop one, a person must cultivate the other.
  • Practical ways to cultivate embodied leadership

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Mar 10, 2021