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Let’s Talk About The Art of Living! With John Sellars

Let’s Talk About The Art of Living! With John Sellars

March 4, 2021

I’ve got a lot of questions. In a fascinating 40-minute conversation, John Sellars answered them all succinctly. “How do I discern the right path?” “What is success?” “How can I reduce anxiety?” If similar life questions keep you busy, then this podcast is for you.

John, a writer, professor of philosophy and founding member of Modern Stoicism, is a learned, approachable and accomplished thought-weaver. His most recent book, “The Fourfold Remedy”, follows on earlier works that include “The Art of Living”, “Lessons in Stoicism” and “Marcus Aurelius”. It drills down into the Epicureans' question about how best to live life (the short answer?: pursue tranquility), borrowing from his mailman along the way.

Our interview carried us from the individual to the universal – from practical coping techniques and the avoidance of pain to the rationale of social existence. Turns out we are not isolated predators after all. All kinds of things may incline us toward egotism, but in the end, we’re unimportant. So cultivate social relationships. That’s where the joy lies.

We also spoke about chosen and unchosen roles. The contingencies, duties and responsibilities these carry. And particularly about how to put these into perspective. Which roles can we choose and which ones should we choose? In the absence of religion and in a tsunami of social media voices, rituals and routines offer guidance. Observe yourself; get to recognize your own value judgements. How? By slowing down and reflecting. By spending time alone. By spending the next 40 minutes with your headphones on.

Those 4 remedies? He ticks them off in a single sentence.

 

About John Sellars:

www.johnsellars.org.uk

www.modernstoicism.com

 

If you want to know more about my Leadership programs and me:

www.themacs.partners

fief@themacs.partners

I would love to hear from you!

Let’s Talk About: Leadership! With David Languilli

Let’s Talk About: Leadership! With David Languilli

February 23, 2021

David Langiulli claims he’s certain of one thing: uncertainty. This thought stayed with him on mountaineering expeditions throughout the world. It’s with him today on the jiu-jitsu mat. “Don’t react, respond!” he exhorts. “Get your mind right.”

David and I sat down to mull over the Stoics and leadership. Our conversation romped off quickly toward responses to the things beyond our control. How to act. Whether (!) to act. Join me for an engaging half hour with the author of “The Essential Leadership Journal”. Along the way, he offers his take on rousing to motivation and about clarifying what’s essential.

Does your work give you joy? You’re on the right track. Where, exactly, does that joy originate? (Be mindful: both the rational and the emotional may be floating your boat. And your “inner critic” often clouds vision, grabbing at the tiller.) David Langiulli, an experienced guide, provides insight.

About David:

www.fundraisingleaderhip.org

www.davidlanguilli.com

 

If you want to know more about Leadership and me:

Fief@themacs.partners

www.themacs.partners

 

Let’s Talk About Focus! With Tiffany Mika

Let’s Talk About Focus! With Tiffany Mika

February 5, 2021

In the 90s, Tiffany Mika traveled the world playing pro tennis. Today she's at the top of het game .....of golf, tennis and life! I spoke with this remarkable athlete about her mental approach, about her recent book "Focus- How to Reach Your Potential in Sport, Business & Life" and about changes in her life.

Join me for this enjoyable conversation with Mika in which she reveals how little wins lead to big ones. Little wins can be as simple as waking up in the morning the right way or just making your bed! We spoke about peeling back the "levels of why". And about her practical TFAR system(thoughts feelings actions results)-for use in your life both on and of the court.

Discover more about Tiffany Mika's website and social media:

tiffanymikapodcast

theladygolfteacher.com 

www.Tiffanymika.com

Let’s Talk About Dealing With Fear and Discomfort! With Ben Aldridge

Let’s Talk About Dealing With Fear and Discomfort! With Ben Aldridge

January 14, 2021

Ben Aldridge writes about practical philosophy, comfort zones, mental health and adventure. His first book How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong Resilient Mindset is an exploration of unique ways to leave our comfort zones, face our fears and overcome our anxieties. Heavily influenced by Stoicism, Buddhism, Popular Psychology and CBT, Ben's challenges encourage us to get uncomfortable and experience the personal growth that we can only gain from pushing ourselves to the limit. 

Discover more at Ben's website and on social media: 

www.benaldridge.com 
Instagram: @dothingsthatchallengeyou

Twitter: @iambenaldridge

Let’sTalk About Getting Things Done! With David Allen

Let’sTalk About Getting Things Done! With David Allen

January 2, 2021

A great interview with David Allen!

David is widely recognized as the World's leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. He is an author, consultant, international lecturer, and Founder of the David Allen Company.

Author of the book Getting Things Done, the Art of Stress-Free productivity (ISBN 978-0-14-200028-1)

It has been a perennial business seller since it's publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages.

Getting Things Done is a personal productivity methodology that redefines how you approach your life and work. With 5 clear steps that apply order in chaos.

- Capture

- Clarify

- Organize

- Reflect

- Engage

He borrows a simile used in martial arts termed "mind like water". The opposite of "mind like water" is a mind that never returns to quiescence but remains continually stressed by every input. With a trusted system and a "mind like water" you can have a better perspective your life.

His other books: Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work(ISBN 978-0-670-03250-1) and Making it all Work (ISBN:978-0-7499-4103-1)

Check: www.gettingthingsdone.com

 

Let’s Talk About Purpose in Life! With Vic Strecher PhD

Let’s Talk About Purpose in Life! With Vic Strecher PhD

December 17, 2020

An interview with dr. Vic Strecher. He is a pioneer in the field of behavior science, delivers groundbreaking work that shows how finding your purpose in life leads to better health and overall happiness. An American public health figure, professor, author, researcher, entrepreneur and visionary leader.  

One of his books he wrote is Life on Purpose: how living what matters most. Going beyond the fads, opinions, and false hopes of "expert"self -help books, Life in Purpose explores the incredible connection between purposeful living and the latest scientific evidence on quality of life and longevity. 

Also by Vic Strecher: On Purpose: lessons in Life and Health from the Frog, The Dung Beetle, and Julia

Look at his course on Coursera! Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life: Living for What Matters Most

 

Check out Vic Strecher:

www.vicstrecher.com

www.coursera.org

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk About Eastern Martial Arts & Zen Philosophy! With Bjørn Aris

Let’s Talk About Eastern Martial Arts & Zen Philosophy! With Bjørn Aris

December 3, 2020

An interview with Bjørn Aris. He has been studying Eastern martial arts and Zen Philosophy for more than 35 years. He has been amongst Europe's top practitioners of the art of iaido within his league, the Japanese Way of the Sword.  Since 2000, he has been working as a trainer and coach to middle and higher management in the business world.

One of the books is called The Cutting Edgeit offers a number of ground rules for being successful at work, based on Eastern philosophies and martial arts, at the heart of which lies the right balance between reason and intuition. The ground rules in this book are all you need to teach yourself to use your own strength to find the right answer to any situation in this constantly changing world and to be able to enjoy your work more, with less stress and strain.

His latest book is called Lessen van een Samoerai, the ultimate guide for a meaningful life.

For more Information about Bjørn Aris: www.bjornaris.com and www.returnonpeople.nl

 

Let’s Talk About Procrastination! With Dr.Tim Pychyl

Let’s Talk About Procrastination! With Dr.Tim Pychyl

November 19, 2020

An interview with dr. Tim Pychyl. Tim is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, the Director of the Center for Initiatives in Education. His research in psychology is focused on the breakdown in volitional actions commonly known as Procrastination and it's relation to personal well-being. He is a winner of numerous teaching awards, wrote several books and published a lot of articles. One of his books is called Solving The Procrastination Puzzle:a concise guide to strategies for change. Let's put some pieces of this puzzle together in this Episode!

Let’s Talk About The Stoic CEO! With Alkistis Agio

Let’s Talk About The Stoic CEO! With Alkistis Agio

October 15, 2020

An interview with Alkistis Agio! Alkistis is a Tedx Speaker, coach, author, wellness TV Host, "lover of Philosophy" and leadership trainer.

She works with professionals to transform fear, frustration, anger and anxiety into calm, confident leadership. She uses her own system "The Alkistis Method" based on the teachings of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato and the Stoics.

She wrote books like The answer within, Europhoria, From fear to freedom. In this interview we talk about "The Alkistis Method" and her book The stoic CEO. 

 

Check out for more about Alkistis: www.alkistis.net

 

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Let’s Talk About How To Think Like A Roman Emperor With Donald Robertson(PART 2)

Let’s Talk About How To Think Like A Roman Emperor With Donald Robertson(PART 2)

October 1, 2020

Part 2 of my interview with Donald Robertson. Author, trainer and writer. Donald wrote 6 books and a lot of articles about philosophy and psychotherapy. He leads online courses on Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius. AND is called The super glue of the stoic community....

 

His latest book is called How To Think Like A Roman Emperor. Number 1 bestseller in philosophy in the US. The book is about Marcus Aurelius. One of the best Roman Emperors, writer of The Meditations and a stoic example. 

 

According to Ryan Holiday, bestseller author of The Obstacle Is The Way and The Daily Stoic: "This is a wonderful and important book that anyone interested in Stoicism or in being a better leader should read".

 

In this Episode Donald and I explore:

- How to deal with Anger?

- About his new graphic novel

- The stoic techniques Donald uses

AND LOTS MORE!

 

Check out Donald Robertson:

https://donaldrobertson.com

 

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