Good Life Project

by Jonathan Fields / Wondery

73m

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Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

Best Good Life Project episodes upvoted by the community

Last updated on August 13, 2020, 6:59 am

#1

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done | John Chester

June 18, 2019 • 68m

John Chester has been a filmmaker and director for the last 25 years, telling stories that re-connect us with our humanity and help us see the same in others. During that same time, his wife Molly, was busy changing lives as a private chef and teacher in LA, with a focus on natural foods, biodiversity and sustainability. Years into their careers, they took a radical left turn, moving out of the city, buying a piece of land that’d been deemed largely unfarmable and transforming it, over a period of years and sometimes gutting challenges and loss, into Apricot Lane Farms (https://www.apricotlanefarms.com/). It's not just a biodynamic, regenerative and organic farm, but a stunning example of what is possible when you hold onto a vision to rehabilitate a small slice of nature, while surrendering to how the adventure tells you it needs to unfold. The story of Molly and John’s journey is captured in a moving new documentary called The Biggest Little Farm (https://www.biggestlittlefarmmovie.com/).Check out our offerings & partners:FabFitFun: Discover new beauty, fashion, home, fitness & wellness products. Use my code GOODLIFE to get $10 off your first box at FabFitFun.com!Mailchimp: Now what? Mailchimp, that’s what. Learn more at mailchimp.comSkinsei: Visit Skinsei.com/GOODLIFE for a free diagnostic & get 20% off your first order with code GOODLIFEButcher Box: To receive $20 off your first box and a package of Free Bacon in every box for the Life of your subscription, go to ButcherBox.com/GOODLIFE or enter GOODLIFE at checkout.Fully: To get your body moving in your workspace, go to fully.com/GOODLIFE

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How Do You Know When to Take a Leap of Faith?

June 15, 2017

A lot of the decisions we make are about tiny tweaks that, in some way, make things better. But, on occasion, life hands us a seeming opportunity to "do something BIG!" Something that holds the potential to profoundly change our lives, the lives of others and maybe even bring into existence a new paradigm, profession, body of work or worldview. Thing about these moments, the always include giant leaps of faith. There is no way to know or prove you'll succeed at something big and new, before you actually do it. In fact, if you could prove it's success in advance, that tells you it's not actually big or new. Because, the only way to do that is if you've already done it before, or if someone else has. Then, it's no longer the revolution you'd hoped it might be. So, when you are faced with the decision to say yes or no, to allocate time, money, energy or resources to something potentially game-changing, where you don't know how it's going to end, how do you make THOSE decisions? On THAT level? Do you trust others? Do you look for data? Do you trust your intuition? That's what today's GLP Riff is all about. Rockstar sponsors & supporters: Camp GLP - Come spend 3 1/2 days with "your people," make amazing friendships, drop the facade, reignite your vitality and learn powerful strategies and breakthrough business ideas. Learn more & grab your spot now. http://goodlifeproject.com/camp/ 90-day year - Check out the free online video masterclasses on hyper-productivity now and 90 Day Year program. https://www.90dayyear.com/p/?p=omcitykid&w=90dysp

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Facing Fear as a Gateway to Purpose and Possibility

April 16, 2015

"Will you step into purpose and connection and expression, or leave them for dead?"There's nothing quite like getting up on stage in front of a crowd to share something creative you made.It's terrifying for most (if not all) of us.But sometimes we feel compelled to do it because we know that facing THAT fear will open the door to purpose and potential.On today's GLP Riff episode, I share the story of one of our GLP Immersion members, Barry Solway, how he literally and figuratively faced his fear of being a writer on stage at Camp GLP last year. And how the incredible GLP community rallied around him to help turn his poem into a published illustrated children's book in a matter of weeks.This story is about more than facing fears however. It's about making the choice to either stay in your comfort zone, locked down by self-imposed stories, or to step outside of that and shine the light onto what you are capable of.Here's an excerpt from the blog post where I tell Barry's story:I love Barry’s story.Not just because he’s part of our GLP family. Not just because he’s bringing a wonderful story into the world and stepping into his craft as a writer.But because his journey has been a beautiful example of what can happen when you commit to a process of discovery and openness and vulnerability. When you allow all the assumptions about what you should be to fall away and step into what youare. When you’re willing to share your voice with the world, hold yourself out to be on the one hand, judged, but on the other, embraced and lifted.If you'd like to read this full story, it's written on Jonathan's blog athttp://www.jonathanfields.com/courting-monster/

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Adam Cayton-Holland | Comedy in a Time of Darkness

May 05, 2020 • 66m

We've been nominated for a Webby! Help us win, click here to vote: https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2020/podcasts/general-series/interviewtalk-showAcclaimed comic, Adam Cayton-Holland, has appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Comedy Central Presents, @midnight, and was named one of Esquire’s “25 Comics to Watch,” as well as one of “10 Comics to Watch” by Variety. Along with his cohorts in The Grawlix, he created, wrote and starred in “Those Who Can’t,” which aired for three seasons on truTV. His albums, “I Don’t Know If I Happy,” “Backyards,” and “Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits,” (voted one of Vulture’s Top Ten Albums of 2018) are all available on iTunes, and his writing has appeared in Village Voice, Spin, The A.V. Club, The New York Times, Esquire and The Atlantic. His first book, Tragedy Plus Time, (https://amzn.to/2VFJXdp) shares the moving story of his ascension into the world of comedy as his sister descended into mental illness and how he moved through that devastating moment of life.You can find Adam Cayton-Holland at: Website: http://www.adamcaytonholland.com/ |Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caytonholland/Check out our offerings & partners:ShipStation: Try ShipStation FREE for 60 days when you use the offer code GOODLIFE. Get started at ShipStation.com today! Click on the microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in GOODLIFE.

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#11

The Great Discontent and The Good Life: Brad Smith

June 30, 2015

After years of launching, building and selling technology ventures, Brad Smith was at a crossroads.Starting almost accidentally, he parlayed a self-taught expertise in computers and then design into a series of ventures that kept him busily creating.But when the company that bought his last venture was sold, destroying his ability to run the business the way he wanted, he realized it was time to exit.That left him with a problem...exit to what?Brad was terrified. For the first time in his adult life, he woke up one day without anywhere to go, and anything to do. That might seem like a dream to many, but for a guy who is wired to create and who'd given up nearly everything outside the work to build businesses, he was left without a rudder and, in part, an identity.CAll of which makes his next move that much more fascinating. He took a wild contrarian leap away from technology and joined the team atThe Great Discontentto help take their soulful online magazine and grow it into what is quickly becoming a stunningly beautiful "artisanal" print magazine.Some would view this move as nuts. I mean, print is dead, right?Not so fast. As we'll learn, therighttype of print is not only alive, it's flourishing. Brad is now having more fun than ever before, he's totally lit up and as part of this next move, he's also reconnected to the bigger need to zoom the lens out and not just build a better business, but also reclaim his health and build a better lifeIn this week's episode, we explore his sometimes crazy journey, his entry into entrepreneurship and his journey through various startups, mergers,burnout, pulling the kill switch, self-care, time off, the timing of opportunities, making something extraordinary to help people, and returning to the roots of what inspired you in the first place.

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#13

Panache Desai: On Teachers, Triggers, Presence and Grace

October 31, 2016

This week's guest, Panache Desai, is a contemporary spiritual teacher, author of Discovering Your Soul Signature, and recent guest ofOprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday.Desai's connection to spirit, to something bigger than him or any one being, arrived as a child. Embracing it and allowing it to move through him came easily. But,because it also came so early in life, he'd not yet developed the seasoning to be able to understand and apply this wisdom in the most constructive way.It would take years of grappling, growing and even stumbling, often in the public's eye, to begin to forge a deeper wisdom and a more capable channel that would allow him to fully step into, understand and share his gift.TThe catalyst for this rapid evolution, though, would be something Panache Desai never saw coming, his daughter's devastating diagnosis of heart failure. Hours after we spoke with Panache, he would be on a plane to the hospital to join his wife and daughter, who had just been placed on a list for a heart-transplant.He was in a process of reckoning. This is where our conversation began. We dropped into the deep end of the pool very quickly and never really came out. The conversation was powerful, emotional and it will challenge your idea of meaning and connection and remind you of the importance of staying open, leading with love, being forever a student and owning our impact on those around us. We wish Panache and his family love and healing, grace and ease.Get your free guided meditation from Panache to change the energy that surrounds you and access the greatness that has always lived inside you.+++++++++Order your copy of Jonathan Fields’ new book,How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom,today! It's available at booksellers everywhere. And, you candownload the first chapter and invest in your copy now.

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#15

Matthieu Ricard: World's Happiest Man on What Really Matters.

January 29, 2018

What turns a devout scientist into Buddhist monk?Born in France in 1946, MatthieuRicardis a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism and live a largely monastic life in the Himalayas over 45 years ago.Sharing his insights, Ricard has since become an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the NGH forums at the United Nations, and at TED where his talks on happiness and altruism has been viewed by over six million people.His books have been translated into over twenty languages, and his newest is, Beyond the Self: A conversation between Neuroscience and Buddhism.Ricard was lightly dubbed "the happiest man alive," after neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin scanned his brain during meditation and found the highest capacity for happiness ever recorded.As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives in Nepal and devotes all the proceedings of his books and activities to 200 humanitarian projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal.+---------------------+We're grateful for the kind support of:ShipStation: Manage and ship your orders. FREE for 30 days, plus a bonus. Visit ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and type in GOODLIFE.Cultivating Place:Thoughtful conversations with both world class and everyday ordinary gardeners, growers, naturalists, scientists, artists and thinkers.To take a listen, go to cultivatingplace.com, subscribe to the podcast, and sign up for the monthly newsletter.Ring: Smart security at every corner. Get up to $150 off a Ring of Security Kit when you go to ring.com/GOODLIFE.

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#16

On Happiness, Morality & Fragility | Jonathan Haidt

October 08, 2019 • 75m

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business (https://www.stern.nyu.edu/faculty/bio/jonathan-haidt) who researches the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures –– including the cultures of progressive, conservatives, and libertarians. His goal is to help people understand each other, live and work near each other, and even learn from each other despite their moral differences. He’s written several books, including The Happiness Hypothesis (https://amzn.to/2VnpXvM), The Righteous Mind (https://amzn.to/2MfbfTe) and The Coddling the American Mind (https://amzn.to/33f6e4i), and co-founded a variety of organizations and collaborations that apply moral and social psychology to help foster connection among disparate groups. In today’s conversation, we talk about everything from deconstructing happiness to changing attitudes towards adversity to what it means to truly flourish — and the critical importance of connection, community, and relationship-building in the face of profound differences as a part of a good life.Check out our offerings & partners:NetSuite: Business management software on an easy to use cloud platform. Get NetSuite’s guide “Crushing the Five Barriers to Growth” when you go to NetSuite.com/GOOD now.Boll and Branch:Get $50 off your first set of sheets at BollAndBranch.com, and enter promo code GOODLIFEPerfect Bar: Get 15% off your online order. Just go to Perf.Bar/GOODLIFE

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#18

Mia Birdsong | How We Show Up

July 06, 2020 • 65m

Mia Birdsong is a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life. She has a gift for making visible and leveraging the brilliance of everyday people so that our collective gifts reach larger spheres of influence, cultural and political change, and create wellbeing for everyone. In her bookHow We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community, (https://amzn.to/30WJWX9) Birdsong examines community life, reimagines family and chosen family, and points us toward the promise of our collective vitality. Previously, as founding Co-Director of Family Story, Mia lifted up a new national story about what makes a good family. As Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative, she leveraged the power of data and stories to illuminate and accelerate the initiative low-income families take to improve their lives. Her public conversations, like the New America series centering Black women as agents of change and her 2015 TED talk “The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn’t True,” draw targeted attention to the stories of people who are finding their way into leadership roles despite myriad barriers, while also highlighting the vibrant terrain of all marginalized people who are leading on the ground and solving for tomorrow.Birdsong is a Senior Fellow of the Economic Security Project. She was an inaugural Ascend Fellow and faculty member with The Aspen Institute, a New American California Fellow, and Advocate-in-Residence with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Mia lives and dreams big on the occupied land of the Chochenyo Ohlone people (AKA Oakland, CA).You can find Mia Birdsong at: Website: http://www.miabirdsong.com/Instagram : http://www.miabirdsong.com/Check out our offerings & partners:Thrive Market: Go to ThriveMarket.com/GOODLIFE. Join today and you’ll get up to $20 in shopping credit toward your first order.Noom: Small steps make big progress. Sign up for your trial today at noom.com/GOODLIFE

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