I was listening to The Tim Ferriss Show and I heard Dr. Philip Zimbardo. He is a past professor from Stanford University, was president of the American Psychology Association and wrote The Lucifer Effect and The Time Paradox among other books. He is well-known for his 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, in which students took on the roles of prisoners and guards for a 24-hour-a-day experiment. It only lasted six days instead of two weeks due to the psychological trauma on the participants. Most recently, he is studying heroism by asking what makes some people turn to evil things and others act like heroes and help others? Continue reading
Dr. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. He lost three of his limbs in an electrocution accident as a college student. When he was a guest on The Tim Ferriss Show he shared some amazing inspirational nuggets about being in the moment and what he has learned from those who are at the end of their journey on earth. He talked about how fresh baked cookies or looking at art brings us back to the moment and helps us remember what makes us happy. Continue reading
When I drove my two sons from Canada to North Carolina in 2019 for the World Irish Dance Championships, we took a detour on the way home and stopped in Washington D.C. We toured the Capitol and all the monuments and were so impressed with the history. As Bono once said, “America is an idea. Ireland is a great country, but it’s not an idea. Great Britain is a great country, but it’s not an idea. That’s how we see you around the world, as one of the greatest ideas in human history.” Continue reading
This week I was listening to Krista Tippett, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, and New York Times best-selling author, on The Tim Ferriss Show.
Something Krista said in the past was discussed. She said, “I can disagree with your opinion, it turns out, but I can’t disagree with your experience.” Continue reading
I was listening to comedian Jerrod Carmichael on The Tim Ferriss Show this week. He grew up in North Carolina and was selling shoes when he decided he wanted to become a comedian. So, he moved to LA to try it out there. He wanted to compete against the best. He wanted to jump into the deep end and see if he could swim.
Sounds scary. But he ended up with a show on NBC, an HBO special and a strong career. Continue reading
It’s my birthday week. And what a year it’s been. A year we never saw coming and one we will never forget. I decided to write a little poem to share my birthday wish. May this be the beginning of a year full of hope, health, happiness and harmony.
My wish for my children is to be ethical and bold
And not always do that thing that they’re told.
By society and friends and the story in their head
Let them live by their hearts and by passions be led. Continue reading
I was listening to Jerry Seinfeld on The Tim Ferriss Show. So many golden nuggets. He said, “When you have a creative gift, it’s like someone just gave you a horse. Now, you have to learn how to ride it. You got to learn how to ride this horse. I’ve seen people that are born by the dozens and dozens, I’ve seen people that were given black stallions, and it usually — if you have a black stallion, like from that movie, and you’re born, and they just put you on it — and that’s what happens. They just put you on it. And you either learn to ride this thing, or it’s going to kill you.”
You must put in the work. You must learn how to use that gift. For Seinfeld, it was writing and he explained how painful it was to learn to ride that horse. Continue reading
I was listening to The Tim Ferriss Show again this week (my course in living life) and his guest was Naval Ravikant. Naval is co-founder of Angel List and has invested in over 100 companies including a few small start-ups called Twitter and Uber.
Naval mentioned when Greek philosopher Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Naval then went on to say… Continue reading
Adam Robinson is an author, US Chess Federation life master and co-founder of The Princeton Review. When speaking with Tim Ferriss on his podcast, Adam said that he lives his life trying to delight other people. He said, “If you’re going to a meeting with a venture capitalist because you’re looking for funding for your startup, or you’re going on a date, or you’re going on a job interview, forget the fact that it’s an interview; you’re going to delight the other person. That’s what you’re there for, first and foremost and to make a connection. And if you do, if that’s your focus as opposed to getting the job or getting the funding, then you get magic and miracles. That should be your primary focus. And what it does is it gives you infinite power because you want nothing, and you’re offering everything. All I want in this moment now, with you, sitting in front of you on your couch, is to connect with you and to delight you.” Continue reading
My oldest was choosing post-secondary schools to apply to this past weekend. Time flies. I remember when he went to preschool and now, I will be the mom of three teens when my youngest has a birthday shortly.
Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.
When he asked me what programs I thought he should choose I reminded him to follow his heart. Take what interests you. What sparks your curiosity. There is no correct answer. Turning left or turning right can lead to a beautiful journey. Continue reading