Philosophy

Focused on inspiring stories that bring to life the little (& big) ways people bring more love, joy, laughter & humanness to every day life… Our focus is to hunt for those little reminders that refuel the human soul & reminds us what life is really all about

Episodes

Guest: Kermit Miller

Age: 73 years young

Location: Postville, Iowa

Bio: I grew up on an Iowa farm, served in the Vietnam war, Then came back to the farm where we produced milk, beef and pork. We were forced out of farming during the farm crisis and reinvented my self as a real estate broker and then an licensed insurance agent and financial planner. During the 80's recession we began to aquire rental property and later in the 2000's began developing property and building homes. I have also been involved in several direct marketing companies with moderate success. Today I am involved in bringing a new asphalt and concrete sealer to market and distributing it nation wide. I have a wonderful wife and 4 children with 12 amazing grandchildren which I love to entertain.

The world needs more: The world needs more patience, respect, and appreciation and love. In our fast internet on demand world we have become impatient and too demanding of perfection from our fellow man. We forget to enjoy the experience of life and the journey itself. We often get caught up in the demands of life and fail to take time for those we love.

Favorite Color: Sky blue

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Guest: Jim "Bubba" Bay

Age: 53

Location: Pine Plains, New York

Wow Factor: Actually my WOW factor is that I am a common man that people can relate too. Being overweight most of my life, the sickness, and death of my 2 kid and my fall and near death experience has helped shape it.

What the world needs more of: The world needs more love, compassion, appreciation, belief.

Bio: Jim "Bubba" Bay has been a lifelong resident of upstate New York. Although one year was spent living in Arizona. For the past 32 years, I have been working as a landscaper with my brother John. I also have worked for many years at my family's gas station as well as a sports coach for my local high school. I have 5 children, Logan, Lauryn, Jon, and sons Robert and James Ulysses in Heaven. My favorite activity, besides spending time with my family, is metal-detecting. When metal detecting I truly enjoy the hunt for lost treasures. Finding something is icing on the cake!!!

Favorite Color: Blue

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Guest: Scarlett Lewis

Age: 50

Location: Sandy Hook, CT

Wow Factor: We can choose love in every situation and circumstance. I learned this myself after my young son was murdered in his first-grade classroom. Responding with love and compassion not only helped me but it made the world a better place.

What the world needs more of: us to be empowered with the understanding that you can CHOOSE LOVE and the skills and tools to be able to do this.

Bio: Scarlett is the founder and executive director of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement following the murder of her 6-year-old son at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The goal of the movement is to make sure everyone has access to social and emotional learning and the understanding that we can choose love in every situation. Scarlett's background includes municipal bond trading, investment banking, and real estate.

Favorite Color: Turquoise

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Guest: Randy Zales

Age: I am not young enough to know everything

Location: Tampa, Florida

Wow Factor: Making Coffee Disappear! Designing training & development solutions that drive performance, productivity, and profits.

What the world needs more of: Coffee! And, critical skills training to succeed now and into the future

Bio: Randy Zales leads sales and business growth program across four continents, with clients encompassing Fortune 500 Companies, government, franchises, small businesses and start-ups with extraordinary results. Randy recently helped a Gulf Coast Recovery firm to bring millions to Florida business owners impacted by the BP Oil Spill and is currently helping several companies to hire, train and deploy expanding sales forces, and develop emerging leader programs. Before being the President & Chief Learning Officer of The Training & Development Company, Zales built the highest revenue producing and longest running Anthony Robbins & Associates® franchises in history. Randy served as an Officer and Paratrooper in the US. Army. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and earned his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. He continues his executive development from prestigious business schools including Wharton, Kellogg, and the University of Michigan.

Favorite Color: Black

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Guest: Kirk Schneider

Age: 62

Location: San Francisco, CA

Wow Factor: the sense of awe toward life, which I evolved through some difficult childhood experiences as well as profound adult experiences, all of which derived from the hard-won development of the capacity to be more fully present to myself and others.

What the world needs more of Cultivation of the sense of awe--the humility and wonder, thrill and anxiety, or sense of adventure toward living.

Bio: Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is past president (2015-2016) of the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited 12 books (several of which have been translated into Chinese, German, Greek, Russian, Turkish, and Portuguese). These books include The Paradoxical Self, Horror and the Holy, The Psychology of Existence (with Rollo May), The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology (2nd Ed.) (with Fraser Pierson and James Bugental), Rediscovery of Awe, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, Existential-Humanistic Therapy (with Orah Krug—accompanying APA video also available), Humanity’s Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy (with Art Bohart, Barbara Held, and Ed Mendelowitz), Awakening to Awe, The Polarized Mind, The Essentials of Existential-Humanistic Therapy Supervision (with Orah Krug), The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution and The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy (with Emmy van Deurzen et al.) is in preparation. Dr. Schneider is the recipient of the Rollo May Award from Division 32 of the APA for “Outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology,” the “Cultural Innovator” award from the Living Institute, Toronto, Canada, a psychotherapy training center which bases its diploma on Dr. Schneider’s Existential-Integrative model of therapy, and an Honorary diploma/membership from the Society for Existential Analysis of the U.K. and East European Association of Existential Therapy. Dr. Schneider is also a founding member of the Existential-Humanistic Institute in San Francisco, which in August 2012 launched one of the first certificate programs in Existential-Humanistic practice to be offered in the U.S.A. In April 2010, Dr. Schneider delivered the opening keynote address at the First International (East-West) Existential Psychology Conference in Nanjing, China, and has repeatedly been invited to speak at various similar venues in China—as well as Japan--over the last several years. He delivered a keynote address at the First World Congress of Existential Psychotherapy in London in May 2015.

Favorite Color: Aquamarine

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Guest: Daniel Levin

Age: 63

Location: Encinitas, CA

Wow Factor: while most people strive to be extraordinary, the gift I have been given is to see the beauty in the ordinary. I often ask people on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being everything you want to be and 1 being something you never want to be, where do they place the word ordinary. most people reply a 1 or 2. asked the same question now using the word extraordinary, most people answer 10. and so I ask them this simple question, why do you want extra of something you don't want to be. when we see the beauty of the ordinary, we understand the rules of nature and we see in it the beauty of the sunrise, the change of seasons, etc.

What the world needs more of listening to each other more

Bio: Daniel Bruce Levin walked away from an opportunity to run H&R Block, a business that was a household name in order to hitchhike around the world to find happiness and inner peace. The people he met along his journey remind him a lot of the characters of The Mosaic. For most of his life, Levin felt different. He saw things others did not see and thought in ways that were unlike the ways of his peers. It made him feel alone and isolated, and though he knew how to play the game and interact with others well, he never felt he was the same as them. This all changed when he started to work with government and corporations seeking innovation. Suddenly, it was his ability to see differently that made him a sought out commodity. His work, as the Director of Business Development for Hay House, catapulted the once boutique publisher into international recognition. while he was in charge of Business Development, the company grew from $3million a year in sales to $100million dollars a year in revenue. Levin is the author of The Mosaic, a fable about finding connection and the founder and creator of The BeKind2U 21 Day Challenge. He is a rare blend of mystic and businessman who is married to the woman of his dreams, and still calls himself a modern-day monk. He is a connectivity activist who works with government organizations, corporations, and businesses to improve the flow of the working group and the interactions people have with themselves and others. Sharing a message of unification, he is a sought-after speaker for groups whose focus is on how to bring the pieces of a team together to function as one voice, i.e. The Mosaic.

Favorite Color: Black

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Guest: Jessica Powers

Age: 40 years old

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Bio: Jessica Powers launched her coaching and consulting company in 2011, and has worked as an organizational development consultant, coach, and learning strategist since 2007. She has worked with many industries, including media, technology, entertainment, energy, international development, and financial services. Before entering the organizational development field, she worked in film and music production, and as a fundraiser and event producer for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Jessica believes that big thinking, joy, meaning, and intimate connection fuels business growth, and that careers can be wildly successful, fun, and healthy. She works with leaders to identify the people practices that will have the most impact on the organization’s culture, team effectiveness, and business growth. Jessica has a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oberlin College.  Some of her favorite things: meandering Brooklyn neighborhoods, talking to strangers, grocery shopping, dance breaks, and floating.

What The World Needs More of: 

1. Love

2. Letting Go

3. Unconstructed time

WOW factor: I have a warm, dynamic, and open conversations with just about anyone. I love talking to strangers and hearing stories about peoples’ lives, longing, love, struggles, and what matters to them. I am comfortable talking with anyone - from old friends to new friends to total strangers if it feels right. I think that people sense my curiosity and lack of judgement.

Favorite Color: Blue 

Interesting facts that few people know: I grew up in a family that was curious about people - especially my grandma. She alway asks questions and waits for answers. Spending time with her always meant eating grapes, rubbing her feet, and looking through her papers, journals, photographs. She also had letters, which she found between her father (my great grandfather, Morris) and her grandfather (my great-great grandfather, David) between America and Lithuania. I saw the inner lives of people who I never met, but were so real. I want to always know and care about what matters to people - not the mundane routine minutiae of life - but what we yearn for, what we struggle against, what we overcome, what we cannot overcome, what gives us a sense of awe. My grandfather, who died over 20 years ago, was a ham radio operator, and he collected postcards from people all over the world who he connected with - including a kings or two. I always had the exciting feeling that we could connect to people anywhere in the world, and that people want to be known. One example of how that translated for me - I'd write papers in college and dial 411 to talk to people I was writing about, and had conversations with them. Everyone felt accessible and important. Reading Anne Frank’s diary when I was young had a big impression on me. As a third grader, I knew this person sharing her intimate thoughts was alive and dynamic, but also dead. I went to a high school on a farm in Vermont for one semester - The Mountain School. Every Friday in English class was awesome. We’d turn off the lights, and our English teacher would read snippets of everyone’s journals to the class, anonymously. It was fascinating and so intimate to know the inner lives of my classmates, and to not know their particular musings, but to know that they all had these interior lives and vulnerabilities that they don’t always display. Living in an apartment building on the upper east side with some very strange neighbors (cantaloupe thrown at my door, police coming into my apartment to get inside my neighbor’s apartment through my fire escape, neighbor with pet pigeon) where I didn’t want to be friendly with anyone, to living in a building now where I love my neighbors, have them over, they have me over, they’ve helped me get stitches, talked through relationship ups and downs. I love my neighbors, and this is how I want neighbors to be in this modern world. Getting laid of from a job, and suddenly walking around Manhattan at 11AM, 3PM, and wondering what all these people sitting in cafes and walking the streets were doing. Who were they? How did they get here? Did they not have jobs? How could they afford their mid morning lattes? What interesting things are they doing with their lives? So I set out to talk to strangers on purpose once a week for a while, and I talked to a ping pong champion, street cleaner, traveling the world couple, a sober dog walker, and a nightclub manager who lived in my great grandpa Morris’s old building on Henry Street in what is now Chinatown. We are all so fascinating, connected, different, and also - the same - in our desire for love, meaning, mastery, and pleasure. I also hosted a dinner party series with friends that was so fun and intimate and stimulating - getting to what impacted my guest’s lives. Every person played a character that was a source of inspiration for one dinner guest, so we all got to know each other in a creative way.

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Guest: Chelsea Dinsmore

Age: 35

Location: London, United Kingdom

Wow Factor: I have been told that my ability to be open and vulnerable is admirable, but I also know my ability to see beyond what is happening directly in front of me (some say optimism but I think it is just perspective) is inspirational to many in the LYL community and to friends and family. I have always somewhat naturally been able to see the bright side of things but dealing with some tough life circumstances has allowed me to see that life doesn't always go the way you thought or planned, but when you stop fighting or resisting 'what is' there is beauty difference.

What the world needs more of: I believe the world needs more of many things: compassion, connectedness, perspective, etc. But I think it is important to start with where you are and what you can contribute daily... because the way you show up in the world affects (whether you know it or not) every person around you. That's why at Live Your Legend we focus on finding a deeper sense of purpose, meaning, and mindfulness (being less reactive and more intentional) in your own life. Because you cannot control what happens around you, but you can decide how you are going to respond to the things that do. I also believe the world needs to play more. We tend to take things so seriously and it strips the joy out of them, but with the right mindset, we can learn to find opportunities in our obstacles and appreciation even in the midst of pain. Emotions may occur naturally (pain, fear, etc.) but our behavior in response to those emotions is a choice.

Bio: Chelsea Dinsmore runs a personal development website called Live Your Legend that helps people discover how to live their lives with a deeper sense of purpose, meaning and mindfulness. Live Your Legend offers inspiration and education to a community of 127,000+ people through their online tools and courses and they have in-person communities that get together all around the world to provide a sense of like-minded support and accountability. When Chelsea is not helping others live their legend, you will find her teaching barre-based fitness classes, cooking up healthy meals or surfing waves around the world.

Favorite Color: My gut reaction was red but my more mindful reaction would probably be blue.

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Guest: Ajit Nawalkha

Age: 34

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Wow Factor: Serve Love. Always My story really starts in a small town in India where I grew up with 23 other people in the house. I love my family but to say that my early years were challenging is an understatement.

What the world needs more of: People who found their way to live joyful, fulfilling, abundant life

Bio: Ajit Nawalkha is an entrepreneur, business coach, founder of Evercoach author of The Book of Coaching and a co-founder of Mindvalley - one of the biggest publishers in personal development space. Ajit Nawalkha, a serial entrepreneur, global educator & consultant, he is the co-founder of Mindvalley Teach, Evercoach and Global GRIT Institute, author of The Book of Coaching and Live Big. Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan living in a home with 23 other people, has always pursued the dream of Living Big. Over the past decade, he has helped build training and coaching companies to inspire the coming generation, transform entrepreneurs to live on purpose, while enjoying their lives while increasing profits. He enjoys exploring the world, learning different cuisines, writing, and spending time with his wife Neeta. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Favorite Color: Blue

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Guest: Julie Hamada

Age: 32

Location: Toronto Canada

Wow Factor: I don't believe in giving up! Nothing will stop me from becoming the best version of me!

What the world needs more of: Love.

Bio: Julie is an extremely passionate, committed and a creative professional. For over 8 years, she has offered expertise and strategy in creating systems for growing businesses and implementing a marketing strategy to increase profitability and brand awareness. Julie brings vision, project management, and expertise to all her business endeavors. She has assisted businesses in re-branding campaigns, marketing, product developments, and national/international advertising campaign that have increased overall sales for the business. Julie is 32 years young and a mother to a beautiful girl! She believes in using business strategy to also give back and make the world a better place through innovating not just as companies but as human beings. Julie currently has a marketing consulting company and holds a marketing executive position at a growing food chain! When she’s not working she loves to spend time with her daughter, hiking, giving back, and working on her book.

Favorite Color: Black

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