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Dec 27, 2018

Today we are going to talk about how you can get better results in life and business by activating your creativity.

I first became aware of this concept when my book ON FIRE made a must read list by The Business Journals along side the book of today's guest, Natalie Nixon.

Natalie's book is called Strategic Strategic Design ThinkingToday, you'll learn how this concept will help you live more inspired.

SHOW NOTES:

  • We don't understand creativity; that's why we don't use it.
  • Be curious. Humble yourself to ask for help: "How would you approach this?"
  • Using the phrase "How might we?" shifts the onus of expertise. It is inclusive, focusing on a process, not solution.
  • Natalie referenced Warren Burger's book A More Beautiful Question.
  • Asking questions does not = ignorance. Cultivate an environment where you can ask questions - at the dinner table, etc. - lead by asking questions. 
  • See Natalie's Ted Talk on the 7 Ways to Improvise at work here.
  • Embrace mistakes + errors. In jazz there is no such thing as a mistake, if you accidentally play the wrong key you figure out in the moment how to build on that - how to make it seamless.
  • Convert an "error" into something new. Don't dwell on it or make it larger than it needs to be.
  • Check out Natalie's essays on Inc.com here.
  • Get better at accepting failure. Have a practice that is unrelated to your work, where you are constantly having to learn.
  • What can you do to become more creative? Be curious. Creativity is grounded in curiosity.
  • Creativity starts with asking better questions.
    • Why?
    • What if?
    • How could we do it / put it into action?
  • Rigor cannot be sustained without wonder. 

NATALIE NIXON'S LIVE INSPIRED 7

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? In Search of Satisfaction and A More Beautiful Question.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Audacity and day-dreamy-ness.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? An old black + white photograph of my parents in a photo booth. They're so beautiful and young and when I see that picture I just see the beginnings of me.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Harriet Tubman, my grandmother who I was never able to meet, people who are long gone. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? Keep on keeping on, persevere... from my dad. And also, "please and thank you" will set you apart one day.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? She was brave before she was masterful.

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Dec 20, 2018

30 years ago I was burned on 100% of my body and not expected to survive. I beat the odds and recovered thanks to the care, encouragement + love of my family, friends, healthcare team, MLB baseball players and countless individuals I'll never know.

From this, I have a profound sense of gratitude for my life + perspective on overcoming challenges. Today, I share 3 of the most formative lessons I learned during my recovery. One is a favorite I share on stage from time to time. One I shared in my #1 National Bestselling book ON FIRE. One I've never shared before. I hope they fuel you to live inspired today.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Start each week with Monday Motivation email! Get it here.
  • "You have two eyes, two ears + one mouth. Use them proportionally." - Dr. Avazian
  • John shares his favorite quote + what it means in your life: "When you know your why you can endure any how." Get Viktor Frankl's book Man's Search for Meaning to read it in context.
  • People matter.
  • Words matter. Be aware of the words you're listening to + the ones you're speaking.
    • If we hear it enough, even if it is wrong, we think it's true.
    • What words are you listening to: Through your social feed, news + on your commute? Where are you listening/being fed? What we put into our bodies shows up in our lives.
    • What words are you sharing with your children, family, spouse + coworkers. Are you telling them through your words + actions that their best days are in front of them? 
  • Wonder matters. "I no longer identified as a wounded person. Wonder matters. The way he had a twinkle in his eye + joy in the way he worked + treated the others, I saw that and try to exemplify it 20 years later.
  • Grow. Learn. Share. Produce. Go through life with great wonder.
  • Check out a few of Dr. Pappalardo's poems here.

Enjoy this episode on life lessons from my doctors? Check out Ep. #38 with Nurse Roy, this is one of the most popular stories I share from the stage + an amazing reminder of the impact EACH of us has each day. Don't miss it. Check it out here.

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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

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Dec 13, 2018

Today, we've got a really fun treat for you! An awesome lesson on love and how to fill your home with it just in time for the holidays... from HGTV stars, Erin + Ben Napier. 

Erin + Ben share about their new book, Make Something Good Today, and how this motto has transformed their lives. My friends, rehabbing isn't just meant for homes, but more importantly, for our hearts, lives and towns, too.

SHOW NOTES:

As I mentioned, today is the last day to place an order + receive it in time for Christmas! Head to the Live Inspired Shop + use code podcast for 15% off t-shirts, calendars + autographed copies of ON FIRE.

  • Erin + Ben Napier are stars of the HGTV show Home Town
  • Get Erin + Ben's book Making Something Good Today here
  • You just need enough faith to take the first step.
  • "If I could make my faith more real than my fear, I could do this."
  • Take time to find one thing that is great in every day + it will make the things that are uncertain feel less scary.
  • Renovating life - making something that seems bad, old, useless into something new, good and valuable again.
  • The sense of wonder, that ability to hope for what was impossible, its inside of all of us.
  • Always evolving; it's how we were created to be.
  • Advice we can all borrow this holiday season. Need a gift idea?: Just be thoughtful enough to give your time + make something, it doesn't matter how big or small it is.
  • Ben Napier about why they chose to do the show: "If we can be a beacon of hope for small town America, we'll do it."
  • What would you say to a person who is struggling? It's all about being yourself. What worked somewhere else might not work for you. Look at who you are. 

Enjoy hearing from a wife + husband? Check out Ep. #67 with Marc + Angel Chernoff who tackle everyday issues on their blog Hack Life here.

ERIN + BEN NAPIER'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? 

Erin: Love in the time of Cholera. It's a love story that happens across decades. Beautifully written, colorful. I recommend to anybody.
Ben: A Childhood by Harry Crews.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? 

Erin: I wish I made more art. I wish I did more with my hands.
Ben: I was much more naive and trusting as a child, which is hard to have as an adult.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? 

Erin: The anniversary books from Ben. 
Ben: Probably the anniversary books for Erin. 

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? 

Erin: My grandfather who died. I wish I got to spend more time with him.
Ben: Erin.

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? 

Erin: My dad says "Sugar, every bucket has to sit on it's own bottom." Any huge decision, or goal: You have to do it for yourself. Its the only way to be proud of it and own it.
Ben: Look at who you want to be in 5 years + only say yes to things that will take you there.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? 

Erin: Your parents know everything. They were right.
Ben: Try harder to get Erin.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?

Erin: She was afraid but she did it anyway.
Ben: He loved everyone.

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Dec 6, 2018

"Be remembered for your love."

My friends, today we have as our guest Bob Goff, bestselling author of Love Does and Everybody, Always.

Bob's books have sold millions of copies and after hearing our whimsical conversation - ripe with lessons on how to love everybody, always - you'll know why.

My friend, you are in luck. You won't be able to listen to Bob and not live inspired. Join us.

SHOW NOTES: 

  • Get a copy of Bob's recent book Everybody Always here.
  • Get a copy of Bob's classic book Love Does here.
  • "Why are you doing what you are doing? If it is for the applause - join the circus."
  • All the time you spend investing in your family is worth it. that's what you'll be remembered for.
  • People think about open + closed doors. That God or fate closed the door. But I say, kick a couple down! If you have a dream to contribute, go do it. Don't take no for an answer.
  • We're rivers not reservoirs. just let it flow.
  • My greatest teachers weren't trying to teach me anything.
  • Be remembered for your love.
  • If you're doing things for applause, join the circus.
  • Move it from the to do list. Take action.
  • Learn more about Bob here.  

BOB GOFF'S LIVE INSPIRED 7 

1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Don Miller's A Million Miles and a Thousand Years and Scary Close. They are awfully good.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Childlike faith. 

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Artwork my kids made when they were young.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Mark Twain would be really interesting to talk to. I'd ask him questions about hope, confidence, purpose and meaning. 

5. What is the best advice you've ever received? From my grandparent, that it's possible. you can actually do this. they were very poor by all standards, but rich in spirit.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Swing for the fences! Keep your eye on your own paper. Write your own music.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read?What if we weren't afraid any more. 

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If you enjoyed today’s episode: Subscribe, rate & review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. See you here next Thursday!

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