We see so much pain and suffering in the world and it's easy to get caught up in the sameness and finite path that our culture is going down. This is exactly why I invited psychotherapist and author Mel Schwartz onto the show today. Mel and I chat about the power that lies behind doors that we're nervous about opening. We talk about the mysteriousness of synchronicity, and how to lean into your intuition. We talk about how much we need to infuse more wonder into our lives, and how that curiosity can flip on huge light bulbs or even just soften dark, scary seasons of life.
Today we have the extreme pleasure of talking with Andy Zook of the band "Bears & Other Carnivores." Andy also has a podcast. It's called "Bad at Parties" and I know you'll love it too. I also know you'll love today's chat because we're covering topics like how to put yourself out there as an artist, how to reconcile the fact that you're probably doing things wrong, how to be wrong and still stay listening to your audience. and we also dive into a topic that is near and dear to me: advocacy and art.
Today we get to talk with Joshua Spodek. I was super excited to jump into this conversation because Joshua is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, columnist for Inc., founder of Spodek Academy, and author of the book "Leadership Step by Step." He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, and studied under a Nobel Prize winner. He helped build an X-ray observational satellite for NASA, co-founded and led as CEO or COO several ventures, and holds six patents. Joshua has visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, and has done burpees every day for six years and counting. You're gonna need to buckle up for this conversation because Joshua and I jump directly into the deep water of asking the question how do we change the world as leaders. We discuss why facts don't help, why guilt is not the answer, and why authoritarianism is equally ineffective for changing the world.
Today's guest is Troy Anderson, who's the Founder and International Director of Speak Up and splits time between Bangladesh, Thailand and the USA. Prior to founding Speak Up, Troy graduated from the UCLA School of Law and worked as a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County DA. He has spent the past eight years living and working in Thailand and Bangladesh with Speak Up. Before law school, Troy graduated from the University of Puget Sound and worked for 7 years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Washington. Troy grew up in four countries outside of the United States, has visited nearly 50 countries, and is called Uncle by thousands of girls in Bangladesh. I'm so excited for you to hear all he has to say about bravery, and how brave the people he gets to work with are, and how much bravery education requires.
There is so much in today's conversation with author Ian Cron that I was kinda giddy to talk about. Along with Suzanne Stabile, Ian Cron co-wrote the book titled "The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery." If you're gonna take a big scary leap into doing something brave, it helps to have as many tools as you can. It even helps to have those tools after-the-fact to understand, from a new perspective, why or how events or relationships in your life have unfolded. As Ian later goes into, The Enneagram is not the end-all, be-all for being brave or even knowing yourself. It is one facet. However, it is a fascinating facet - kind of like this conversation with author Ian Cron.
This week is my birthday. I will be 31 years old. I cannot imagine what my life would look like if I dropped out of school to get married at the age of 8.
To honor the education and experience I've been granted in my 31 years, I'm donating $31 every month this year to speakupforthepoor.org -- They serve over 1100 girls in 26 villages, helping them stay in school and out of child marriage, and they fund more than 20 girls removed from brothels in Bangladesh.
There is no greater human rights issue than the way we treat girls in poverty. They deserve to be heard, to be educated, to have options, to have dreams.
If you are inspired by the work I do and want to celebrate 31 years of living bravely with me, then I challenge YOU to sponsor a girl's education for $31/month.
Let's make it happen. Let's transform these girls into what we know they can be, perhaps things they don't yet have permission to dream about...
Visit speakupforthepoor.org to begin your own sponsorship of bravery.
Marie Schaeller is an author from eastern Pennsylvania hoping to raise awareness of child sexual abuse in our communities and what we can do about it. Her first book is titled "Breaking the Chains of Silence" and is just one facet of these efforts to advocate for victims of this tragedy which unfortunately occurs in every community. In her own community, Marie has assisted in attempts to get the Pennsylvania House Bill 1947 passed. This bill would stop allowing predators to get a "time out" of justice, which as Marie explains later, would greatly benefit child victims later in life.
Today we get to talk with Thomas O'Grady. We start out today's conversation with a short story of the moment our guest broke Russian/Chinese Code. Thomas is a scholar and a supremely excellent mathematician. Now, before you roll your eyes and tell me how much you hate to do math and don't understand it, let me just tell you that Dr. O'Grady, explains it all so beautifully and in a way that anchors the math in so much meaning.
Hal Grossman and I know each through Marrowstone Summer Music Festival. Which is a 2-week music camp that the Seattle Youth Orchestra puts on in Bellingham, WA.
Hal is a supremely excellent violin teacher. I have heard so many wonderful things from his students who are also violin teachers, which makes Hal a teacher of teachers.
We talk about his new teaching method, having performance anxiety, how our lack of focus and breathing are related to each other. We talk about body movement and how worry is our misguided anticipation. We also talk about what it's like to feel out of your depth and also the give and take between artist and audience.
Maria Doyle is another one of our Australian listeners and now guest on the show! She's a blast and has such an innate sense of adventure! I really loved getting to know her better through this conversation.
Today we get to talk with Theresa Reed. She's such a badass. She and I talk about what it means when everyone around you is second guessing, doubting your success, blatantly scoffing, and not believing the things you're putting out there.
We talk about how we can softly educate those around us who have a lack of understanding and a high level of fear. We don't want to cut off the friends and family who don't support us. We need people! We need that connection. But at the same time, sometimes the worst thing would happen if we didn't move forward and go do that thing that everyone else is scared of.
She and I also talk a little about the bravery of being a parent and how we can learn to listen to our gut and be present.
Let's jump right on in!
David Shriner-Cahn joins us today on Bare Naked Bravery! David is the go-to authority in how to smash a business plateau felt by mid-career entrepreneurs and professionals. He is a speaker, consultant and host of the podcast, Smashing the Plateau, produced by TEND Strategic Partners. Featured in Inc., David is dedicated to helping business leaders remove the roadblocks that are keeping them from fully achieving their goals.
Let's jump on into it!
Maximiliano Campos was born in Brazil and moved to US when he was 12. That alone is enough for a whole conversation on being outside of your comfort zone and learning a new way to communicate. But Max moved with his family to the states because they knew of a doctor in Boston who might be able to help his situation. Max has retinitis pigmentosa, or RP for short. This means a few months after he moved to the States he experienced a relatively sudden decline in his vision.
In today's episode we talk with Zach Varnell who has been recording since he was 13 years old. I have had the joy and pleasure of working with Zach in some previous music projects. He's worked with everything from a 2-track reel-to-reel in his parents basement in Denver to places like London Bridge and Bear Creek Studios in Seattle, WA.