“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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The Dependencies Behind The Success of A Foreign Entrepreneur – Self Improvement Article

An interview with Davies Iyiegbu, Author of Foreignpreneur on the dependencies behind starting a successful business as a foreign entrepreneur. What makes or break a foreign entrepreneur in business. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? My name is Davies Iyiegbu, Founder & CEO of Study in Europe mobile app, Author of the Foreignpreneur. I was born in Nigeria, from Nnewi South LGA in Anambra state to a family of four. I am married with a daughter. Growing up…

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How Marketing Agencies Stay Productive: Paul Jitta of DPDK – Productivity Article

This week we feature Paul Jitta, CFO at DPDK. DPDK is a creative digital agency based in Rotterdam which delivers creative strategy and digital production for a wide range of engaging projects and products. They are designers, technologist, producers and thinkers with a shared passion for innovation and creative ideas. In this interview, you can read more about his work at DPDK, favorite marketing tools, productivity tips as well as his advice for budding marketers. ‍ ‍ Your location: New York. Your favorite…

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My Three Favorite Tools For a Healthy, Happy Life with Soraya Bakhtiar – Meditation Article

 In one word, what describes your approach to life? “Presence.”   We were honored to interview fashion blogger Soraya Bakhtiar about her passions and lifestyle, and how the Transcendental Meditation technique has fostered the strength, awareness, and presence to support her in accomplishing her ambitious goals. The world of fashion has become a cyclone that whizzes through each season, and despite the overwhelmed audience left in its wake, the storm only continues to gather speed. At the eye of this…

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“When We Fail in Some Way or Another, We Can Simply Begin Again.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Jerry Colonna Jerry Colonna has had a very interesting career. He is a well-regarded venture capitalist, and as an executive coach, he’s helped many people do their best work. He’s the cofounder and CEO of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm. If you listen to the terrific podcast Start Up, in Season 4, Episode 3, you may remember hearing from Jerry Colonna. Gimlet co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber talked to him to help them work through…

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“Creativity Begins with Noticing What Everyone Else Overlooked.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Rob Walker Rob Walker is a journalist who writes about design, technology, business, and the arts, among other things. He’s been a columnist for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine and Lifehacker, and has written several books, and has several fascinating side projects. I’m interested in many of the things that he’s interested in—most recently, the subject of his latest book, The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in…

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“[I Love] the Challenge of Doing Stuff that Scares Me Because that Relief and Happiness You Feel on the Other Side Makes It Worth It.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Amanda Little Amanda Little is a professor of journalism and science writing at Vanderbilt University. Her reporting on energy, technology, and the environment has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, Rolling Stone, and Bloomberg Businessweek. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and children. She has just published a new book: The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. In a nutshell: “Amanda Little tells the defining story of the…

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Chetan Saxena of Digital Success – Productivity Article

This week we feature Chetan Saxena, COO at Digital Success. Digital Success is a digital marketing agency based in Dallas, TX, delivering top-notch SEO, PPC, Social Media, Content and Programmatic advertising services. In this interview, you can read more about his work at Digital Success, favorite marketing tools, productivity tips as well as his advice for budding marketers. ‍ Your location: Dallas. Your favorite gadget: My Synthesizer. You start your day with: Yoga. Your favorite time-saving trick: Check list. Your top 3 blogs you read…

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“The Stories We Tell Ourselves Are What Make Our Dreams Come True.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Sheri Salata Sheri Salata has had a remarkable career. She served as co-president of Oprah Winfrey Network and president of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. In various roles, she worked with Oprah for twenty-one years. Then she decided to go out on her own, and reinvent her career and her life. Along with her longtime best friend Nancy Hala, she has launched The Pillar Life as a way to create more happiness, success, and abundance. The eight “Pillars” they explore…

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“When I Feel Anxious, I Make Lists: ‘What’s Going Well Right Now?’ and “What Bothers Me?’” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Chris Guillebeau Chris Guillebeau and I have been friends and colleagues for a long time—so long that I don’t remember how or when we met. I’ve attended his terrific conference, World Domination Summit; we’ve done book events together; and his excellent daily podcast Side Hustle School is part of the Onward Project, the family of podcasts headed up by me, all about making your life better (along with Do the Thing with Whole30’s Melissa Hartwig Urban, Happier in Hollywood,…

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How Marketers Stay Productive: Justin Little of uHerrd – Productivity Article

This week we feature Justin Little, Co-Founder and CTO at uHerrd. uHerrd is an engaging online poll search engine that aims to replace comment sections on websites with a more quick and natural suite of applets for Readers to share their opinions. In this interview, you can read more about his work at uHerrd, favorite marketing tools, productivity tips as well as his advice for budding marketers. ‍ ‍ Your location: Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Your favorite gadget: My MacBook Pro. It’s my main…

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“I Garden Because I Cannot Help Myself—But It’s the Best Kind of Compulsion.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Margaret Roach Margaret Roach worked in publishing for many years, at places like the New York Times, Newsday, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Then at the end of 2007, she left the city and “success” for a life lived much more quietly and closer to nature. She’s a passionate gardener; has published a popular garden website since 2008; opens her garden for tours a few times a season; writes books; and lectures frequently to help foster an interest in gardening. Not…

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“Our Hearts Are Like the Hogwarts Room of Requirement—They Magically Open Up a New Room Just When We Need It.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Nora McInerny A few years ago, Nora McInerny went through tremendous period of grief and loss. Within a month, she miscarried her second baby, her father died of cancer, and then her husband Aaron died from a brain tumor. She explains, “These are all really sad stories, but they are not only sad stories. They are love stories and life stories and sometimes even funny stories.” She has a terrific podcast, Terrible (Thanks for Asking) with honest talk about…

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“The Most Important Habit I’ve Changed Is Going from Being Self-Critical to Being Kind to Myself While Holding Myself Accountable.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Lori Gottlieb. Lori Gottlieb is a bestselling writer and a practicing psychotherapist. I can’t remember how I became aware of her work. Did I meet her at an event? Did I read a magazine story she wrote? Do we have a mutual friend? It’s lost in the sands of time, but for some reason, for several years, I’ve paid particular attention to the career of Lori Gottlieb. I know I read her books Marry Him: The Case for Settling…

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“Happiness Doesn’t Mean We Are Feeling ‘Happy’ All of the Time.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Karen Rinaldi. Karen Rinaldi has a double bookish identity. She’s worked in the publishing industry for decades, and is now the publisher of Harper Wave, an imprint that she founded. She’s also a writer herself. She wrote the novel The End of Men, and now she has a new non-fiction book with an absolutely great title and premise: (It’s Great to) Suck at Something: The Unexpected Joy of Wiping Out and What It Can Teach Us About Patience, Resilience,…

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“Making One’s Bed In My Mind Is the Most Direct Road to a Happier Life.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Isabel Gillies Now, how do I know Isabel Gillies? The answer is lost in the sands of time. We have several mutual friends, perhaps that’s how. She has had a very interesting, varied career. She is an actor who appeared, among other places, on the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and in the movie Metropolitan. She’s also a highly successful writer. Her bestselling memoir Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story recounts the story of how her first…

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“Sometimes I Have to Remind Myself that Being the Best Me Doesn’t Mean Saying ‘Yes’ to Every Meeting.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Reshma Saujani Reshma Saujani founded a tech organization called Girls Who Code, and she served as the Deputy Public Advocate in the Office of the Public Advocate here in New York City. In addition to that, she’s just written a new book: Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder. So many of my favorite Secrets of Adulthood are observations along these lines. Don’t get it perfect, get it started. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of…

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“Caring Too Much About a Job Is Unhelpful and Unhealthy.” – Self Improvement Article

What is the role of emotions in the workplace? How do you stay happy when other people are grouchy or stressed out? How do you unplug from work concerns to enjoy true leisure? I think about questions like these all the time, so I was very interested to hear about a new book, No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work. Liz Fosslien is a strategy and design consultant who has worked with companies including Salesforce, Ernst…

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“People Need to Find When Their Brains Work Best and Fit Their Schedules Around That.”

Interview: Edith Hall I love Edith Hall’s short biography: “Edith Hall is a London University Academic who specialises in putting pleasure into the history, literature, theatre, myth and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome and their continuing impact in the modern world.” It manages to convey not only her expertise but also her enthusiasm for her subject, and her passion for teaching others to appreciate the ideas and history that absorb her. (Also, from the spellings we know she’s British.)…

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“A Life of Contentment and Joy Doesn’t Mean Avoiding Experiences with Loss and Pain.”

Interview: Sarah McColl Sarah McColl is a writer who has been published by a wide range of publications, and she also was founding editor-in-chief of Yahoo Foods. Her first book just hit the shelves, a memoir called Joy Enough. In it, she tackles her experience of simultaneously going through a divorce and losing her mother to cancer—a double blow. I couldn’t wait to talk to Sarah about happiness, habits, and self-knowledge. Gretchen: What’s a simple activity or habit that consistently…

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“I Realized I Was Expecting More from Myself Than the People I Treat and Counsel.”

Interview: Samantha Brody Samantha Brody has spent more than twenty years in her practice addressing the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of her patients’ health, to help them effectively address and achieve their health goals. Her new book Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out just hit the shelves. I couldn’t wait to talk to her about happiness, habits, and productivity. For many people, stress is a big happiness stumbling block as they try to make their lives…

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