Interview

“The Infinite Mystery of Children Is a Wondrous, Ever-Bountiful Source of Happiness.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Stewart Friedman. I met Stewart Friedman several years ago, during a visit to The Wharton School. He’s a professor of organizational psychology at Wharton as well as the founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program and Work/Life Integration Project. He’s been recognized twice as one of “HR’s Most Influential International Thinkers.” He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents, and honored by the Families and…

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“New Opportunities for Solving Tough Problems Show Up in My Conversations with Myself.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Emily Balcetis. Emily Balcetis, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at New York University. She’s the author of more than seventy-five scientific publications, and her research has been covered by Forbes, Newsweek, Time, Cosmopolitan, Scientific American, and The Atlantic. Her TED talk on “Why some people find exercise harder than others” has had more than 3.7 million views. Her new book is Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World. When it comes to setting and meeting goals,…

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“Moving My Body—Yoga, Tennis, Biking—Wakes Me Up, Clears My Mind, Relieves Stress.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Mark Hyman. Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He’s the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a New York Times best-selling author (many times over), and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine. In all his free time, he hosts a leading health…

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“For the Entirety of My Adult Life, I’ve Carved Out the Peaceful Dawn Hour of 5 am to Read a Book.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Richie Jackson. Among other things, Richie Jackson is an award-winning Broadway, television, and film producer who most recently produced the Tony Award-nominated Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song on Broadway. He executive-produced Showtime’s Nurse Jackie (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for “Best Comedy Series”)  and co-executive produced the film Shortbus, written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. He recently wrote a book that just hit the shelves: Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son. I couldn’t wait to talk to Richie about…

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“It’s Never Events That Make Us Happy or Not—But Our Own Attitudes Toward Them.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Janice Kaplan. Janice Kaplan is the author of fourteen popular books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Gratitude Diaries, and she has a new book  called The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World. She was the editor-in-chief of Parade magazine, which at the time reached 70 million people each week, and she spent many years producing network television specials. Her books have been translated around the world, and she speaks about gratitude and genius at…

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Bad Interview Answers To – Why Did You Apply For This Job? ( And What To Say Instead)  – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

It’s the new year, and you’ve resolved to land your dream job in 2020. But did you know that January is the most popular month to look for a new job? This means there’s much more competition. So the last thing you want to do is give bad interview answers to – Why did you apply to this role? which is one of the most common interview questions you’re likely to get asked.   This question can come in different…

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“I Thought I’d Wake Up One Day and Be an Adult Who Knew What Made Her Happy.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Lydia Denworth. Lydia Denworth is a science journalist who’s a contributing editor for Scientific American, and writes the ‘Brain Waves’ blog for Psychology Today. Her work has also appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, and many other publications. Her new book is Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond. I couldn’t wait to talk to Lydia about happiness, habits, and relationships. Friendship is so important to happiness!…

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“Life. Nothing Goes As Planned. Distractions, Misfortunes…All Have To Be Factored In.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Twyla Tharp. Twyla Tharp is a dancer, director, and choreographer who is famous for her innovative and often humorous work. She has choreographed more than hundred thirty-five dances, five Hollywood movies, directed and choreographed three Broadway shows, received a Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, the National Medal of the Arts, and many grants including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the “Genius Grant”). She’s a member of the American Academy of…

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“When Children Feel Safe, Seen, and Soothed (Most of the Time), They Develop Security.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. Dan is also a New York Times bestselling author, neuropsychiatrist, and interpersonal neurobiologist. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of…

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“Avoiding Mistakes and Broken Promises Will Do Much More for You Than Going Beyond the Call of Duty.” – Personal Development Article

Author interview: John Tierney John Tierney is a science writer who, among other things, is a contributing editor to City Journal and a contributing columnist to the Science section of the New York Times. He’s also a public speaker and makes frequent TV appearances. I really love his book, with Roy Baumeister, called Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Greatest Strength. It was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into 20 languages, and I found it invaluable in…

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“I’m a Huge Quote Nerd.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Marissa Orr A former executive at Google and Facebook and best-selling author, Marissa regularly speaks on the topics of female leadership, diversity, the gender gap, innovation, and creativity. Her new book is Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, & the Workplace. Based on in-depth research and personal experiences, the book explores how to change the trajectory of the lives of women and men in the corporate world and beyond. I couldn’t wait to talk to Marissa about happiness,…

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Alea Kay: ‘we zijn allemaal briljant’ – Happiness Article

Zangeres en coach Alea Kay, voorheen Lex Empress, vertelt ons openhartig over haar reis en haar visie op dit stormachtige maar mooie leven. “Wees lief, werkelijke vriendelijk. Tegen iederéén.” Wij spraken haar.Kun je uitleggen wat je precies doet?“Ik doe onder andere woordimprovisaties. Ik krijg woorden uit het publiek en maak daar een kloppend lied van. Het doel is altijd transformatie. Wat zijn we nou eigenlijk met zijn allen aan het doen? Waar willen we naartoe? Daar probeer ik samen met…

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“I Try to Focus on My Breath, and Within Seconds, I’m Focusing on the Deadlines I’m Missing.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Dan Zevin. Dan Zevin is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist who has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Rolling Stone, Salon, Real Simple, Parents, and The Wall Street Journal, and as a comic commentator for NPR. He’s also the author of  Dan Gets a Minivan and The Day I Turned Uncool, which were both optioned by Adam Sandler. His latest book and YouTube series is Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations. I love aphorisms, proverbs, koans, paradoxes,…

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“More Failure = More Success.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Neil Pasricha. I’ve known Neil for years. We got acquainted long ago, through our blogs, when blogs still felt fresh and new. I was a big fan of his gratitude blog 1000 Awesome Things. From there, he’s released huge bestselling books such as The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. He’s got a terrific podcast called 3 Books with Neil Pasricha—it’s “by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers…and librarians.” You can watch his TEDxToronto talk on “The Three A’s…

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“Happiness Usually Comes from a Place of Stillness, from Feeling Like You Have Enough in the Moment.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Ryan Holiday. Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying; Conspiracy; and many other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as multiplatinum musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He’s written three books that explore ancient…

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How I Discovered My Mission In Life – Self Improvement Article

Hi there, welcome to today’s interview session with Czagler Zsuzsa, A Motivational Maps Business Practitioner, and Trainer in Hungary, ICF ACC Coach, Mentor, NLP Master, and Managing Director, VIP Valued Inspired People. How she discovered her mission in life.Thank you for joining me, Zsuzsa on thesuccesselite.com. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do Currently, I am working as a Motivational Map Consultant, Coach, and Trainer. I work with tteams and leaders in organizations to help find their…

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How I Started A LifeStyle Business – Self Improvement Article

Thank you Julia Lefaivre for joining me on the THESUCCESSELITE in today’s interview about how you started a lifestyle business. Tell us a bit more about yourself and what you do I am a health coach, author and business mentor residing in Alberta, Canada. I help women work smarter, not harder, whether it’s with their health goals or their business. I help them focus on what matters most and get rid of the fads and fluff. What’s the story behind…

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“Now I Don’t Think of a Quick Hike or Hour in the Gym as Torture But as a Reward.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Laurie Santos Laurie Santos is a professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University, and the Director of Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory and Director of Yale’s Canine Cognition Lab. She’s also the Head of Yale’s residential college Silliman College—which is my Yale college! At Yale, the “colleges” are like the Houses of Hogwarts, so it’s as if she’s my Professor McGonagall. Laurie Santos made headlines in 2018 when her class “Psychology and the Good Life” became the most…

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“Sitting Under a Tree in a Pine Forest Is Happy Medicine.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: John Jantsch. John Jantsch is from Kansas City (just like me!—I used to see his office sign on my drive home from the airport) and is a marketing consultant, speaker, and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, SEO for Growth, and The Referral Engine. His latest book, The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur: 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business, is a collection of daily meditations for entrepreneurs; by making ourselves better people,…

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“Fresh Air and Being in Nature Always Give Me an Energy Boost.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Maki Moussavi. Maki Moussavi is a coach, speaker, and author of The High Achiever’s Guide: Transform Your Success Mindset and Begin the Quest to Fulfillment. A former corporate professional, she shares tools she’s used herself and with clients to help ambitious, goal-oriented professionals rewrite their programming and start living on their own terms rather than by the “rules” that have been set by others. I couldn’t wait to talk to Maki about happiness, habits, and productivity. Gretchen: What’s a…

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“I Wanted to Be in a Field that Could Promote Creativity, Joy, Connection, and Living to One’s Highest Potential.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Steven Hayes. Steven Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. He’s extraordinarily prolific—author of 44 books and nearly 600 scientific articles—and his career has focused on understanding human language and cognition and the alleviation of human suffering. He developed the Relational Frame Theory, an account of human higher cognition, and has guided its extension to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy…

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“Having a Non-Verbal Activity Feels Essential, and As, These Days, Do Non-Digital Activities.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Amy Waldman. Through mutual friends, I’ve known Amy Waldman for years. When I first met her, she was a reporter with the New York Times (which she did for eight years, including three years as co-chief of the South Asia bureau). Then she changed her writing path to become a novelist, and her first novel, The Submission, was a national bestseller. Now Amy has a new novel that has received a huge amount of buzz: A Door in the…

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Tom Hanks And The Afternoon Crash – Meditation Article

The Event: The David Lynch Foundation’s (DLF) annual benefit dinner and gala honored General (ret.) Stephen Rippe and Ken Falke, founder of Boulder Crest Retreat, with the DLF 2017 Resilient Warrior Awards. The evening featured musical entertainment from Grammy-Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, and a conversation with Tom Hanks and Mary-Louise Parker on the benefits and impact of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Proceeds from the event helped support the David Lynch Foundation’s Resilient Warrior Program which brings the TM technique to…

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10 Things to Never Say During a Job Interview – Blog Job Hunting Career Management Solutions – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 LinkedIn 0 Google+ 0 0 Flares × The job search is no walk in the park. In fact, a 2017 CareerBuilder study found 73 percent of job seekers feel it’s one of the most… This is only a snippet of a…

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“Distraction Starts from Within; It is Our Never-ending Search for an Escape from Psychological Discomfort.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Nir Eyal I’ve know Nir for years now. How do we know each other? I don’t even remember! I’m a huge fan of his first book, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, which I found very useful when I was working on my book Better Than Before, all about habit change. I also attended his first conference, Habit Summit, which is where I met the brilliant folks at Aperio Insights who designed my quiz for the Four Tendencies framework.…

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“Why is it Easy to Make That Initial Decision to Change, and Even to Start, But Difficult to Persist?” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Wendy Wood. From my time researching and writing Better Than Before, my book about habit change, I know the fascinating work of Wendy Wood. Wendy Wood is a social psychologist whose research addresses the ways that habits guide behavior—and why they are so difficult to break—as well as evolutionary accounts of gender differences in behavior. She is Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California, where she also served as Vice Dean of Social Sciences.…

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“Mood and Energy and Self-Care Are a Huge and Under-Appreciated Part of Creativity.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Chase Jarvis. Chase Jarvis is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, and one of the most influential photographers of the past decade. He has created campaigns for Apple, Nike, Red Bull and others, was a contributor to the Pulitzer-winning New York Times story “Snowfall,” and earned an Emmy nomination for his documentary Portrait of a City. He also created “Best Camera”—the first photo app to share images to social networks, and is the founder of CreativeLive, where more than 10 million…

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“The Animal Version of Happy Boils Down to Two Things: Safety and Discovery.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Kathryn Bowers I got to know Kathryn because we’re both in a writers’ group, the Invisible Institute. I love this group because although we’re all non-fiction writers, we cover an extremely wide range of subjects. When else would I hang out in a professional group with someone like Kathryn—who’s an applied animal behaviorist and science writer? Her first book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, was a New York Times bestseller and was recently featured at…

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The mindset of a Corporate Migrant – Self Improvement Article

An interview with the Author of the Immigrant Manifesto – Obi Odenigbo. A look inside the mindset of a corporate migrant. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do My name is Obi Odenigbo, an aerospace engineer and author of the “Immigrant Manifesto” Obi is short for Obinna which is translated as “heart of the/his father”. I grew up in Enugu State, North East of Nigeria, but currently living in a small city in Iowa, USA called Cedar…

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“Ever Since I Nearly Died, I’ve Lived with a Sense that I’m in ‘Overtime’ and Every Second Counts.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: David Fajgenbaum. Dr. David Fajgenbaum has undergone an extraordinary medical experience. During medical school, he had his last rites read in 2010 and nearly died four more times as he battled a rare and incurable illness. Thanks to a drug that he discovered in his lab—and began testing on himself—he’s now in his longest longest remission ever (5.5 years). He leads the effort to cure his disease—idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease—as a physician-scientist at Penn and co-founder of the Castleman…

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