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Design a life that really matters. I’m your host, Greg McKeown, author of New York Times bestsellers "Effortless" and "Essentialism" and I’m on mission to help you advocate and negotiate your way to remarkable results without burning out. Come with me on this journey every Tuesday and Thursday as we examine the most essential areas of our lives. Learn more about my books and courses at https://GregMcKeown.com.
 
Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. I ...
 
“20 years ago I survived years of sexual assault from my boyfriend. 14 years ago I decided not to kill myself. 11 years ago I was left with 350 k worth of bad debt and ruined credit. 9 years ago I went into Consumer Proposal and began to clean up the mess. 7 years ago I welcomed my beautiful daughter into the world. 5 years ago I left my marriage to fall in love with myself. 3 years ago I allowed myself to fully heal and reconnect with my feminine; 2 years ago I rebuilt my life, moved into m ...
 
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I get asked a lot about why I became an essentialist, and I have to say that I was rather unwilling at first. I am not usually one to go into details on the show about this story in particular, but it felt great to get a little nitty gritty on this short show to lay the groundwork for more to come. Watch for guest episodes coming soon! Resources: T…
 
Today I have invited Jack Zenger to the show. Jack has spent, if you can believe it, five decades and then some working as an entrepreneur and also an academician. He's the CEO and co-founder of Zenger Folkman. He was a faculty member at USC and later taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, but beyond all of this, what Jack Zenger is real…
 
It’s almost that time of year again. Yup, you guessed it. When folks are going to get their cars stuck in the snow. 😂 Now the worst thing you can do when you get stuck is to just floor it… …and hope that someone how spinning your wheels will free you. But what happens is you just make yourself more stuck. Hence the phrase, “spinning my wheels.” The…
 
What if gratitude isn't what you've always thought it was? Today, I will share a personal story, something counterintuitive I have learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to turn a negative into a positive, and a person who can do that can never be defeated. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw L…
 
Have you ever faced resistance from someone at work or at home to something that really mattered to you? How did you handle it? What was the result? Today, I will share a recent story in my life, something counterintuitive I've been learning, and some actionable advice, and by the end of this episode, you will learn the number one way to remove res…
 
“Accomplishing goals is not success. How much you expand in the process is.” This quote from Brianna Wiest perfectly explains this week’s episode. This is the first interview I’ve done with a guest in almost a year. So I’m super excited to share it with you. Crystal was generous enough to be the first guest to experiment with the new episode format…
 
In part two of our conversation with guest Matthew McConaughey, we discuss ways in which a higher level of thinking can not only change our lives, but leave a lasting impact for generations to come. His new book, Greenlights: Your Journal, Your Journey, is available now at https://greenlights.com. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Le…
 
In this episode, our guest Matthew McConaughey gives us insight into ways in which understanding how we operate on a relational level can give us a new outlook on how we live our lives. His new book, Greenlights: Your Journal, Your Journey, is available now at https://greenlights.com. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more abou…
 
It has been a fascinating time to run any kind of marketing campaign. Especially paid ads. Especially FB + IG ads. 😂 This week I want to share with you 3 stories. And through those stories, you’ll find exactly what you’ve been looking for. That is how storytelling works. My goal is to move away from giving people advice. Or telling them what I thin…
 
An upbeat solo episode for you where I do a dive into what it means to "trust the niggle", how that leads to knowing your truth and living in INTEGRITY. If you are someone who has lost trust with yourself, feels lost and isn't sure how to resolve the space between WHO you ARE and WHO you WANT TO BE - this is an episode for you. If you have never po…
 
In the second part of our conversation with guest Alex Budak, we discuss more essential practices from his new book, Becoming a Changemaker, and how a healthier understanding of rejection can change your life dramatically. Alex is a social entrepreneur, UC Berkeley Haas faculty member, speaker, and helping people make a positive impact in their liv…
 
Have you ever been involved in a conversation where you or the other person's resistance started to go up? Today I will share an interesting story, something counterintuitive I've learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to turn resistance from other people into open collaboration. Join my weekly newsletter a…
 
Imagine you’re a digital artist and the work of art that wins first place in your category is created through the use of A.I. Would that change how you feel? Would it feel like cheating? What if you’re a business coach and lose a customer, not to another coach… …but to an A.I. algorithm that can receive questions and give customized advice better t…
 
In this episode, our guest Alex Budak gives us insight into a few essential practices from his new book, Becoming a Changemaker. Alex is a social entrepreneur, UC Berkeley Haas faculty member, speaker, and helping people make a positive impact in their lives, career, and communities has become his life's work. Learn more from Alex here - https://ww…
 
Welcome back to SEASON 3 of Create the Ripple Podcast! I am your host, Candice Smiley and this season we are diving deeper into conversations that matter, conversations that take courage to engage in. We will be having conversations with powerful, amazing guests on how they listen to their own deep inner knowing (the niggle), and how they tell the …
 
What is your habitual orientation towards other people? When you encounter people, customers, employees, your spouse, children, an unhelpful person in customer service, what is your inclination? Is it to be heard by them? Is it to get by them? Is it to handle them as efficiently as possible so that you can get on with more important things, or is y…
 
Original Air Date: October 18, 2021 Less is more. Truly. But as humans we always seem to want more. Is the desire for more causing us to lose what truly matters? In this episode, I share my thoughts on the practice of pursuing less. Some refer to this as ‘essentialism’ since the purpose is to maintain a deep focus on only the most important things …
 
Have you ever pursued or even achieved something only to feel unsatisfied? That you've given your energy, your effort to winning a game, but having won it, have questioned the whole experience? Today we will continue with part two of the interview with Bill George. Bill is the former CEO and chairman of Medtronic. He's the Henry B. Arthur Fellow of…
 
What is one problem you are dealing with in your business right now? What is one problem you are dealing with in your life right now? Well, whatever problems you are facing, this conversation with Jeremy Utley is the answer, because as he says in his new book, Ideaflow, "Every problem is an idea's problem." Today I've invited my friend Jeremy to ta…
 
Original Air Date: February 22, 2021 The way to differentiate yourself in today’s economy is by investing time and resources in things that don’t scale. Deep listening + building lasting relationships will always = a fantastic customer experience. This is at the center of my conversation with this week’s return guest - Tech Founder and Millionaire …
 
Have you ever felt unsafe to share what you really think? Have you ever felt disoriented, lost, or muddled as a result of that? For some people, founders, professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, this problem grows as we advance in our careers. As our responsibilities increase, the number of people we can speak to openly decrease. What would happe…
 
Have you ever felt stuck in an unproductive relationship or been on a team that just did not perform to the level of the individuals within the team? Today, I will share an inspiring story, some counterintuitive research that I've been learning from and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to increase your own psycho…
 
You probably know by now how passionate I am about living an intentional life and doing things your own way, and I think it’s fair to say that my guest today is equally as passionate about it! Candice Smiley is a mom, speaker, writer, blogger, social marketer, host of Create the Ripple Podcast and essentialist who loves to engage in interesting con…
 
Original Air Date: August 10, 2020 Imagine coming home from work only to find that your partner of 7 years has completely moved out of the home you shared together. No warning. No note. No discernible reason. Just the empty space where that person’s furniture, clothes, dishes, and presence once were. Ok. Now let’s jump back one year. Let’s say you …
 
In Part 1 of my conversation with Richie Norton, we discussed his countercultural but transformational approach to time management, program stacking and how they can help you generate huge results. In today's episode, Richie and I are picking up where we left off to talk about the importance of changing how you are paid. Listen in for the stories a…
 
Today, I will share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive I have learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to tap into the primary source of human motivation, the DNA, so to speak, of the people you work with and live with. Let's begin. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about…
 
Original Air Date: July 5, 2021 Have you ever had a conversation that changed your life? This week’s episode, ‘Living In Legacy & Breaking The Curse’, with Khalisa Rae, is all of that and more. Our guest, Khalisa Rae, is an award winning poet and journalist in Durham, NC that speaks with furious rebellion. She is also the author of Ghost in a Black…
 
Productivity and efficiency are frequently found at the altars of the working world, but are we sacrificing too much for them? In this episode, I'm joined by Richie Norton, author of Anti-Time Management, an unconventional but genius approach to reclaiming your time while revolutionizing your results. By the end of this episode, you will understand…
 
Have you ever felt that there are some subjects that you just can't master? Have you ever imagined what would be possible if you could get more intelligent? What would happen if you got 1% more intelligent every single day? By the end of this episode, you will be able to increase your intelligence, figure things out faster, absorb knowledge more qu…
 
Original Air Date: June 14, 2021 Failure. A complete sentence. Is it a teacher Or a jailer? Is it a beginning Or does it end there? Where do you place your next step When the ground beneath you begins to erupt? Maybe if there was something to grasp, If it wasn’t so abrupt. Perhaps if no one was watching, Not even me seeing me. Then this… Failure Wo…
 
Have you ever felt like it's too late for you? Have you ever felt like life passed you by, that your dream is gone forever, or that too many awful things have happened to you? Today I have as my guest the daughter of the late great Stephen R. Covey. Her name is Cynthia Covey Haller, and she has spent 10 plus years completing a book for you. She sta…
 
Have you ever underinvested in your personal development? Have you ever been too busy living to think about life today? I'm going to share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive that I've learned, and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to take advantage of what might be the highest leverage activity on eart…
 
Original Air Date: On this week’s episode, I interview one of my favorite poets, the genius SuperB! We really went deep on this one. We even took a pause and just soaked in the beauty of where the interview went. SuperB’s talked about his origin story, creativity, connection, how he almost became a Catholic priest, and on pursuing one's dreams. I h…
 
Candice is a mom, podcaster, social marketer, and essentialist who loves to engage in interesting conversations with other influencers and entrepreneurs. We talk about the power of saying no, listening to your own heart and speaks openly about subtle abuse as it occurs in relationships - personally and professionally. Deeply affected by the gasligh…
 
What can we learn from the world's greatest public servant and most experienced diplomat? In this episode, we're diving deep into the practices that will help you create space to understand others, no matter the differences that stand between you. This is one of the rarest abilities to possess, but by the end of the episode, you will have everythin…
 
Original Air Date: September 30, 2019 Today’s guest is Kendra Reed of the "Kenny Hearts Life" brand. She’s an ambassador for happiness, self-care, and teaching others to "Heart" their life: all of which we talk about. We also talk about movement, blogging, and the courage it takes to break out of being ‘stuck’ (Kendra shares some personal experienc…
 
Have you ever had the sense that you had greater potential than your current life requires or even allows you to produce? Do you ever feel like there's a lot more inside of you, but you are already so busy, you can't possibly get to any of it. By the end of this part 2 episode with Rob Dyrdek, you will have a vision of what you have to create in or…
 
400 years ago, the King of Sweden, Gustav II, commissioned the building of a grand ship, The Vasa. The ship quickly became the most expensive naval project in Swedish history only to meet a heartbreaking demise on its maiden voyage. In this episode, we explore the reasons the project was doomed from the start and how we can avoid making the same mi…
 
Original Air Date: October 12, 2020 Communication is a top-shelf skill that every entrepreneur must master. If you have an important mission, movement, product, or business, the ability to connect with your audience is vital. Verbal and nonverbal communication is absolutely essential. But what is often overlooked is copywriting. Copywriting, and th…
 
Robert Stanley Dyrdek is many things. He's an entrepreneur, actor, producer, reality TV personality, and former professional skateboarder. He's possibly best known for his reality shows 'Rob and Big', 'Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory', and 'Ridiculousness', but none of that does it justice. Every time I talk to Rob Dyrdek, I feel like I'm seeing a pow…
 
Original Air Date: February 15, 2021 “We need to have an honest conversation on Black Maternal Health and the disparities in healthcare that threaten Black Women’s lives.” This is the core conversation that takes place on this week’s episode. This week’s episode is a panel discussion, where I am joined by 3 professional doulas - Iman Seraaj, Nicky …
 
Have you ever felt like you have the ability to make a greater contribution to your work, your family, or society, but you've run out of space in your life? Or maybe you've noticed that the busier you get, the less time you have for personal growth? Feeling like you have untapped potential is an epidemic in today's fast-paced culture. That's why I …
 
Do you have a relationship or a project that you need to turn around? What if you could immediately increase your influence on this project or with that relationship? In this episode, I will share a story, something I am learning, and actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will have a code for turning relationships and project around a …
 
Original Air Date: May 13, 2019 What fear have you been carrying that you are ready to set down? What would it look like to move beyond fear and embrace your experiences? This week’s episode provides a bold and courageous reflection on these questions. My guest, Nurjahan Boulden, was 21 years old when she was shot with an assault rifle in an attack…
 
Have you ever struggled with making a transition? Whether in your personal or professional life, transitions can be stressful to navigate, but what if there was a way to make them easier? In this episode, I've invited the wisest person I know, my wife Anna, back to the podcast to talk about making transitions as effortless as possible. By the end o…
 
Today I interview Candice Smiley (and yes! That's really her last name!) Candice is a mom, podcaster, social marketer and essentialist who loves to engage in interesting conversations with other influencers and entrepreneurs. Her favorite conversations are the ones that take courage to engage in. (Check out her podcast, Create the Ripple Podcast) S…
 
In this episode, I have a simple question for you: What would you do with an extra day each week? Would you use it to spend time with your family or work on an important project? Or would you simply rest and enjoy the things you don't normally have time for? Whatever it is, by the end of this episode, you'll know how to increase your productivity b…
 
Original Air Date: January 10, 2020 Niki Kelly is the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Bay County and is someone whom I respect and admire so much. Our talk together was a great opportunity to learn from a professional who has been on every side of the nonprofit world - from direct service, fundraising, leadership to the Executive Director role.…
 
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