Season Four

Self Love - Kamal Ravikant 033
Released October 8, 2018

Kamal Ravikant is an extraordinary guy.  He has trekked to one of the highest base camps in the Himalayas, meditated with Tibetan monks in the Dalai Lama's monastery, earned his US Army Infantry patch, walked 550 miles across Spain, lived in Paris, been the only non-black, non-woman member of the Black Women's writers' group, written a novel, held the hands of dying patients, and worked with some of the best people in Silicon Valley.  He is also the author of Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It.  He and I have a great discussion about self-love in one of the most unique and human episodes of Intangibles ever.

Positivity - Phil Hellmuth 034
Released October 14, 2018

Phil Hellmuth is a professional poker player who has won a record fifteen World Series of Poker bracelets. He's a colorful guy with a lot of interesting stories.  He's written a book called #Positivity.  He and I discuss how a positive outlook along with goal setting has impacted his life and led to success.

Essentialism - Greg McKeown 035
Released November 4, 2018

Greg McKeown is a public speaker, leadership and business consultant, and author. He is the founder and CEO of THIS, Inc., a leadership and strategy design agency based in Silicon Valley. His book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, published in April 2014, is a business and self-help book that discusses how to lead a more meaningful and successful life. He and I discuss the principals of essentialism as he walks me through some priority setting exercises.

Compassion - Emma Seppälä 036
Released December 16, 2018

Emma Seppälä is the Science Director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She is also Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.  She is authored of the 2016 book The Happiness Track.  She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University.  We have an in-depth discussion about how to be compassionate and the value of doing so.

Critical Thinking - Dr. Larry Weiss 037
Released January 3, 2019

Dr. Larry Weiss has spent the past 8 years as the Head of School at Brooklyn Friends. Since 1974, when he began his career in secondary school education, he has helped lead in one form or fashion Friends World College, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Horace Mann School in Riverdale and Saint Ann’s.  Dr. Weiss graduated from Columbia College in 1971 majoring in Oriental Studies. He subsequently earned Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Ph.D, degrees at Columbia  University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Certificate in Chinese Studies from Columbia's East Asian Institute.  Dr. Weiss teaches high school seniors a class on critical thinking.  He and I talk about how to be a good critical thinker and the pitfalls to avoid.

Luck - Karla Starr 038
Released January 14, 2019

Karla Starr is a writer who has written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, the Guardian, and more. She is the recipient of a ‘Best Science/Health’ book award from the Society of Professional Journalists.  Her first book, 'Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others', was published earlier this year. She and I explore how doing the little things and preparation increase the surface area of luck.

A.I. - Kai-Fu Lee 039
Released January 28, 2019

Kai-Fu Lee is a venture capitalist, technology executive, writer, and an artificial intelligence expert. Dr. Lee developed the world's first speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system as his Ph.D. thesis at Carnegie Mellon. He's been an executive, at Apple, SGI, Microsoft, and Google.  He is one of the most followed micro-bloggers in China where he has over fifty million followers. In 2018 he authored the book, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order.

Grit - Angela Duckworth 040
Released February 11, 2019

Angela Duckworth wrote one of my favorite books... Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. In 2013 she became a MacArthur Fellow, which means she won what some call “the genius award.” This is a sizable 'no strings' attached grant to do research. Not to mention, it’s typically given to geniuses.  She is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.  She has advised the White House, the World Bank, teams in the NBA and the NFL, and CEOs of the Fortune 500.  Her TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time.  And… she is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Ph.D.  We have a deep talk about what Grit is.

Curiosity - Todd Kasdan 041
Released February 25, 2019

Dr. Todd Kashdan is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Senior Scientist at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.  He has published over 185 peer-reviewed journal articles and written a number of books.  He is the author of the book ‘Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life’.  He is also a scientific advisor for Time, Inc., National Geographic, and Merck.  He and I discuss the nature of curiosity and how important it is to entrepreneurship and life in general. 

Storytelling - Rob Biesenbach 042
Released April 16, 2019

Rob Biesenbach is a corporate communications consultant, keynote speaker, and author. In addition, he is a Second City-trained actor and improviser, who has appeared in nearly 200 stage and commercial productions. Rob is a former vice president at Ogilvy PR Worldwide. He was also the press secretary to a state attorney general.  Rob has written a number of books, but the one we talk about is: Unleash the Power of Storytelling.