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Lewis Howes is a NYT bestselling author, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, former pro athlete and world record holder in football. The goal of the School of Greatness is to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet to help you find out what makes great people great.
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EP 810 Lead with Love

EP 810 Lead with Love


COMMUNICATE YOUR VISION. Being an effective leader is difficult. Some do it through fear. Some do it through understanding. And others lead with love. You could be super demanding and scary and get what you want. But is that the kind of life you want to lead? Probably not. Often, leading in a way where you understand other people’s concerns will be the most beneficial to you. There’s a lot you can learn from others. Ask yourself: how can you bring people together in a way that satisfies their needs as well as your own? For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with the legendary director Jon Chu where he shared how he communicates his vision on set. Jon Chu directed the films Crazy Rich Asians, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Jon graduated from the USC School of Cinema-Television where he won the Princess Grace Award, the Dore Schary Award presented by the Anti-Defamation League, the Jack Nicholson directing award, and was recognized as an honoree for the IFP/West program Project: Involve. Learn how to enlist others in your vision and lead with love on Episode 805.In This Episode You Will Learn:The kind of leader Jon wants to be (1:00)The importance of synergy in creativity (1:30)The most important thing Jon has learned about communicating his vision (1:45)How to talk to people who have concerns about your vision (2:30)If you enjoyed this episode check out the show notes and more at and follow at
THE LESS YOU DO THE MORE YOU CAN RECEIVE. Take a moment to explore your habits. Do you glance at your phone during every free moment? Do you fill up your calendar with things that don’t add value? Do you spend your day working on a job that has no meaning for you? If so, your life is cluttered. Not just with stuff, but with noise. Quieting down and clearing out our schedule can be scary because it means you may have the space to face some tough questions. But when you do, you’ll find you’re able to live a much more intentional life. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I explore minimalism with five experts on the subject: Cal Newport, Jesse Itzler, Joshua Fields Millburn, Rich Roll, and Chris Guillebeau. Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to academic research, he writes about the intersection of technology and society. He’s particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work or lead satisfying lives. Jesse Itzler is an ultramarathon runner who is also a bestselling author, award-winning rapper, and an original partner for ZICO coconut water. He is the co-founder of Marquis Jets and a co-owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Joshua Fields Millburn is the co-founder of The Minimalists, which has become a hugely popular podcast and lifestyle in the past few years. Joshua and his co-host help more than 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and films. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, and more. They have spoken at Harvard, Apple, and Google. Their documentary was recently released by Netflix. Rich Roll is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete and former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, popular public speaker, and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courage and healthy living. Rich became a #1 bestselling author with the publication of his inspirational memoir Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. Taking up where the book leaves off, in 2013 Rich launched the wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast. Chris Guillebeau is a NY Times Best Selling Author, speaker, a modern day explorer, and has been to nearly every country in the world. He is best known for The Art of Non-Conformity blog and book. He has also written guides for travel and small business topics under the brand Unconventional Guides. He organizes the annual World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. These five incredible teachers all have a practice of minimalism. I’ve combined key lessons from interviews with them to create a masterclass on doing less so that we can ultimately do more. So get ready to learn all about quieting down and clearing out on Episode 809.Some Questions I Ask:What was the greatest lesson you learned from Monks? (16:15)What’s the biggest personal challenge over the last few years? (32:13)If you were going to choose diet, meditation and exercise, which would you start with? (34:15)What’s the difference between a hobby and a quest? (36:39)In This Episode You Will Learn:About Cal Newport’s “30 Day Digital Declutter” (10:53)What happens when you remove your “pacifiers” (26:10)The question we should be asking ourselves but don’t (29:00)Why it can be good to have a quest (37:02)The importance of “getting in the box” (39:40)Plus much more...
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? We can have our eyes on the prize. We can work every day to accomplish our goal. We can sacrifice and suffer to be the best. But at the end of the day, you can’t define yourself by whether or not you get “first place.” If your identity depends on one thing, you’re bound to fail. You have to free yourself from tying your worth to winning. When you do, you just might see some amazing results. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about faith, family and CrossFit with the “Fittest Man On Earth:” Rich Froning. Rich Froning is a CrossFit athlete known for his achievements participating in the CrossFit Games. He became the first person to win the title of "Fittest Man on Earth" four times and has led team CrossFit Mayhem Freedom to the first-place finish three times. Froning owns and operates the affiliate gym CrossFit Mayhem, located in Cookeville, Tennessee, and is a member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff. Rich fell off the rope the first time he competed in the CrossFit Games and got second place. He felt like a very public failure. But when he released his need to win, he became unstoppable. So get ready to learn what it takes to be an outstanding competitor, husband and father on Episode 808.Some Questions I Ask:Who did you have a deeper relationship with- mom or dad? (7:18)How did you get into CrossFit? (10:00)Did you get injured a lot when training? (20:00)How did you train your mind to prepare yourself for the whole world to take you down? (33:00)How did you handle fear throughout your career? (38:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:How Rich trained for the CrossFit Games (18:00)About the changes happening in the CrossFit Games (26:00)How Rich’s faith helped him compete (35:00)The importance of pain in daily life (41:00)About Rich’s infertility and adoption journey (48:00)The three lessons Rich has learned from his years in CrossFit (58:00)If you enjoyed this episode check out the video and show notes at and follow at
EP 807 Steal the Show

EP 807 Steal the Show


FIND YOUR BIG IDEA.Anyone can craft an engaging speech. You have to start with something that drives you. Whether you’re speaking to one person or a thousand, once you find your big idea, you can continue with a few key steps that will guarantee to keep your audience wanting more. You must demonstrate that you can view the world from your listener’s perspective. Say what the consequences will be if they don’t accept your offer. And what the reward will be if they join your movement. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisit a conversation with my good friend Michael Port, who breaks down five key components of speech writing and why they work. Michael Port is a New York Times bestselling author and former professional actor having appeared in numerous films and on television. These days, Michael can be seen on MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS as an on-air expert in communication and business development and as the host of his own podcast Steal the Show with Michael Port. From creating a powerful speech to preparing for an interview, Michael assures that including these components will win your audience over. Learn how to write an incredible speech in Episode 807.In This Episode You Will Learn:What Michael means by “big idea” (1:10)Why you need to show your listener that you understand how they feel (2:16)The importance of feeling a little pain around change (3:50)How demonstrating the consequences before the reward is key (4:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the show notes, more at, and follow me on
BE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP. As influencers, we don’t always accept that we are in control of our business. We depend on agents, our audience, or even chance to make decisions for us. But you have to get clear on your model. Reclaim your life’s agenda. Take back command of your ship. It’s the only way your business will scale. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I continue to explore what makes a successful career as an “influencer” with a top personal growth leader: Brendon Burchard. Brendon Burchard is a 3-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most-watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in history. SUCCESS Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, have both named him one of the most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Forbes named him the world’s leading high-performance coach and Larry King named him the world’s top motivational trainer. Brendon says that you can’t worry about things being perfect, you just have to have consistency. Get out there. So get ready to learn how to master “mayhem” and “meaning” and be your own captain on Episode 806.Some Questions I Ask:What does “mayhem” mean? (1:07:00)How do influencers find “meaning?” (1:14:00)Why do influencers experience self-doubt? (1:20:30)When do you feel the most loved? (1:23:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:Why you need to care about business and building a brand (50:00)The three ways to make money without working as hard (55:00)The four aspirations everyone has (1:03:00)The moment that Brendon almost gave up (1:30:00)How to be more present (1:36:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
THE TIME TO HAVE THE MAP IS BEFORE YOU ENTER THE WOODS. There’s more opportunity now than there ever has to make money as an influencer. There are so many platforms, avenues, and audiences. But a lot of people aren’t doing it right. Everything has to be intentional. Everything. If you’re going through the motions, you’re in trouble. One of the biggest things that lights our brains up is novelty. You have to focus on what’s working and also on things in the pipeline for the future. Use the momentum you currently have but continue to reach for new heights. It takes more than just showing up. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I explore what makes a successful career as an “influencer” with one of the most-watched speakers in history: Brendon Burchard. Brendon Burchard is a 3-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most-watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in history. SUCCESS Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, have both named him one of the most influential leaders in personal growth and achievement. Forbes named him the world’s leading high-performance coach and Larry King named him the world’s top motivational trainer. Brendon says you need to get clear on you who are, get clear on your message, and get clear on how you are going to influence others. He gives us concrete tools to take our “brand” to the next level. So get ready to learn how to have a powerful message and create positive change on Episode 805.Some Questions I Ask:Who should be thinking about becoming an influencer? (17:00)How do you find your message if you’re trying to become an influencer? (21:00)What is a “market?” (29:00)What is your method and has it changed over the past 10 years? (43:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:Why you need to build a business, not just a platform (3:00)How our past can hold us back from big dreams (10:00)About the “role model” mindset (19:00)Why you should come up with three words that define who you are (24:00)The importance of having a “method” (35:00)The power of vulnerability (39:00)If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes, and more at and follow at
EP 804 The Power of Why

EP 804 The Power of Why


START WITH YOUR WHY.You have to believe in your vision.We all get caught up in limiting beliefs. The sooner you understand what holds you back and why the sooner you can achieve flow.Find your purpose and chase it.Once you zero in on what it is you’re trying to accomplish, it will be easier to keep your ego from getting in the way.It all comes back to your “why.” For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Lisa Messenger where she shared how she connects to her purpose in order to stay focused on the bigger picture. Lisa is an international speaker, best-selling author, and an authority on disruption in both the corporate sector and the start-up scene. She is the vibrant, game-changing founder and CEO of Collective Hub. Lisa says that once you know what you’re working towards, you need to have insatiable self-belief that you will receive everything you need. Learn how to hustle hard for the right reasons in Episode 804.In this episode, you will learn:The importance of having a “why” (2:00)How to thrive when you’re an introvert (2:30)Why you need to fail fast (3:20)The reason you need to tell people about your vision (4:15)Plus much more...Follow me on:Instagram @LewisHowesTwitter @LewisHowesFacebook @LewisHowes
YOUR SUCCESS IS IN YOUR OWN HANDS.What does it take to be a champion?You have to love what you do.You have to care about the little details that other people let slide. And you have to have deep, unshakable confidence. A lot of what separates a player from a champion is mental. We can’t ignore the importance of keeping our mind away from the negative and focused on the end goal. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I’m sharing the most inspirational clips of interviews with the world’s greatest female athletes: Maria Sharapova, Katrin Tanja Davíðsdóttir, Michelle Waterson, Sasha Digiulian, Brooke Ence, The Bella twins, Emily Skye, and Danica Patrick. Maria Sharapova is one of the world’s greatest tennis players, Katrin Tanja Davíðsdóttir is a two-time champion of the CrossFit Games, Michelle Waterson is a mixed martial artist who competes in the UFC, Sasha Digiulian is a world champion climber, Brooke Ence is an elite CrossFit Champion, The Bella Twins are former WWE Wrestlers, Emily Skye is a top fitness model, and Danica Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. We can all get distracted by self-doubt, comparing ourselves to others, and focusing on the wrong things. But we can train ourselves to have the mindset of a champion. It feels good to be great at what you do. Get ready to learn step into your greatness on Episode 803.Some Questions I Ask:Why are you so driven to be the best? (7:00)What does it mean to be respectful of your opponent? (16:30)How do you stay focused when you’re scared? (18:57)What are some tools you use when you start comparing yourself? (30:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:The difference between “showing up” and “playing” (6:00)The reason you need to focus on the things you can control (12:00)Why not doing your best is doing a disservice to your opponent (18:00)How trust can heal anxiety (20:00)How to not let negative comments affect you (27:00)Follow me on:Instagram @LewisHowesTwitter @LewisHowesFacebook @LewisHowes
STOP PLAYING SMALL.A lot of times when we think about growth, we think small. We say, “How can I make thirty thousand more a year?” Instead, we should say, “How can make 300 thousand more a year.” You’ve got to unlock yourself from your budget mentality. Other people may not understand, but you can’t get knocked off course. If you’re destined for greatness, you shouldn’t settle for anything less. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about playing big with one of the top entrepreneurs in the world: Grant Cardone. Grant Cardone is the author of eight business books, thirteen business programs, and is the CEO of seven privately held companies. Forbes calls him one of the top social media business influencers in the world. Cardone founded and manages a real estate investment firm, Cardone Capital, with $1Billion assets under management. He also travels the world consulting Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, startups and governments on business expansion. One of his enterprises recently hosted The 10X Growth Conference at Miami Marlins Park in Miami, Florida with over 34,000 business people and entrepreneurs in attendance from over fifty countries. Grant Cardone wants you to 10X your business, 10X your income and 10X your life. Everyone is underestimating themselves.So get ready to learn how to maximize your growth on Episode 802.Some Questions I Ask:What switched in your mind to go from making 30 thousand to 300 thousand? (14:00 )When did you start to think bigger? (16:00)What advice would you have for women about following their dreams? (32:30)What do you think your superpower is? (38:00)Where would you be without having your married partner? (49:00)How do you build from a small team to a large team with a culture of success? (1:17:00)In This Episode You Will Learn:How thinking small can have lasting problems (16:00 )About Grant’s mother’s passing (24:00) Why people only have half the formula right (52:00)The three things Grant thinks are important in a relationship (1:04:00)How to deal with haters (1:08:00)Follow me on:Instagram @LewisHowesTwitter @LewisHowesFacebook @LewisHowes
Knowledge is not enough. We can know what we’re doing isn’t good for us in the long run. We can know that we have weaknesses in certain areas. We can know that we have stored up pain and anxiety. But what do we do with that knowledge? You have to work through your past issues and trauma so that you stop repeating harmful patterns. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Neil Strauss where he shared how he went from being a “pick up artist” to someone capable of having a fulfilling romantic relationship. Neil Strauss is a seven-time New York Times best-selling author. In his latest book, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, Strauss dives deep into the worlds of sex addiction, non-monogamy, infidelity, and intimacy, and explores the hidden forces that cause people to choose each other, stay together, and break up. Neil says that learning humility was key to helping him grow as a person. He had to admit to himself that he was smart but didn’t know everything. Learn how to heal from your past trauma and keep evolving in Episode 801.In This Episode You Will Learn:What was driving Neil to become a pickup artist (2:00)The three things Neil learn in therapy (3:00 )About Somatic Experiencing (4:00 ) Follow me on:Instagram @LewisHowesTwitter @LewisHowesFacebook @Lewis Howes
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