The School of Greatness

by Lewis Howes


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Lewis Howes is a New York Times best-selling author, 2x All-American athlete, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur. The School of Greatness shares inspiring interviews from the most successful people on the planet—world-renowned leaders in business, entertainment, sports, science, health, and literature—to inspire YOU to unlock your inner greatness and live your best life.

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How to Build Life Changing Habits and Break Addiction with Dr. Jud Brewer

November 20, 2019 • 78m

YOUR EGO NEEDS FEEDING. We all have addictions. Some of us know exactly what habits we need to break. Others don’t even realize we’re addicted to unhealthy patterns. Whether it’s smoking, relationships, or simply being addicted to ourselves, we could all benefit from mapping out our habits to begin to understand them. It’s important to foster our curiosity. If we can learn to investigate our minds the way we investigated our environment as children, we can begin to understand ourselves.  Sometimes it’s our ego that we continue to feed. Other times it’s a false sense of reward we think we’re receiving from an old habit. Through mindfulness, we can learn to experience our habits as they are and not as we remember them. When we do this, we can begin breaking even our most challenging addictions. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, we discuss optimizing habits, breaking addictions, and transforming your life with one of the kindest addiction psychiatrists and mindfulness experts that I have ever met: Dr. Jud Brewer. Dr. Jud Brewer is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University, as well as a research affiliate at MIT. As an addiction psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for treating addictions, Dr. Jud has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, and emotional eating and anxiety. So get ready to learn how mindfulness can free you from addiction on Episode 878. Some Questions I Ask: What was the hardest addiction for you to overcome? (11:05) What is the first thing people can do to self-assess themselves? (21:45) What are the 5 or 6 common addictions that most people have? (22:30) Are meditation and mindfulness the solution to everything? (36:00) Are there any addictions that you have not been able to overcome? (46:55) What’s the difference between a habit and an addiction? (50:00) Is mental illness something that can be cured? (54:30) What is the difference between mindfulness and overthinking? (57:50) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the ego and how many people are addicted to themselves (13:25)  How mapping out your habit loops can help you understand the truth about your experiences. (21:00) The power of curiosity (20:00)  About reward-based learning (26:30)  The science behind reward-based learning and how it helps us understand changing behavior (31:30)  How to hack cravings with curiosity (34:30)  How Dr. Jud’s apps help you map out your habits and start your habit-breaking journey (42:00) About positive habits and when they become problematic (45:00)  About the two types of curiosity (52:00)  Why we continue to struggle so much when the answers are often right in front of us (59:00)  The science behind the effect of true generosity, kindness, and connection on our habits (1:07:00) Plus much more... If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at





826 Dr. Joe Dispenza: Heal The Body and Transform the Mind

July 22, 2019 • 84m

GO FROM THINKING TO DOING TO BEING. Your emotions create your reality. You can either be held back by the feelings of your past, or you can create the feelings of your future. Every thought you have affects every atom. So how can we free ourselves from those familiar emotions that are keeping us from our ideal reality? It takes work. You’ll probably feel uncomfortable. You might even miss the old you. But once you harness your thoughts, you’ll be able to heal your body and create your future. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the power of the mind with a neuroscientist and one of my favorite past guests: Dr. Joe Dispenza. Dr. Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes. Dr. Joe says that we can collapse space and time by using our thoughts and emotions to create our future. So get ready to learn how to have heart and brain coherence on Episode 826. Some Questions I Ask: How does someone feel worthy when they’ve always been told they’re not? (14:00) How do you achieve a coherent heart? (21:00) What’s more powerful- our thoughts or our emotions? (42:00) How does someone become aware of their thoughts? (49:00) For mission-driven people, how can you have a relationship? (1:02:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: How to stop being held back by your past (15:00) Why gratitude is crucial for changing your thoughts (24:00) About the scientific evidence backing up Dr. Joe’s work (26:00) How to use quantum physics to accomplish your dreams (45:00) Dr. Joe’s prediction for the future (1:10:00) The reason people’s dreams don’t happen (1:16:00)





688 Maria Shriver on Reflections for a Meaningful Life

September 03, 2018 • 54m

“Everybody wants to be great, but I advocate that people already are great.” Things move much faster than they used to. The world is 24 hours a day, and people feel like they have to keep up. We have to post, we have to read, we’re comparing ourselves to each other on social media. Wayne Dyer says, “Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is rather than as you think it should be.” It’s so important that we take time to step back and reflect, so we don’t lose sight of what really matters. When we accept ourselves and everyone around us, we can experience a fuller life. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into a lot of things that have inspired an incredible mother and human being: Maria Shriver. Maria Shriver is a journalist, author, and former first lady of California. She has received a Peabody Award, been a co-anchor on CBS and NBC, and is an emmy-award winning producer. Maria is a New York Times Bestselling Author a few times over. She works with Alzheimer's and helps with so many charities around the world. Maria’s been through a lot in her life, but she still shows up for all of us. I’m so excited about this one, guys. So get ready to learn all about faith, love and family on Episode 688. Some Questions I Ask: Do you think we’re doing too much as a society? (3:30) You’ve spent time with the most amazing individuals- are they typically happy? (8:50) How can parents raise conscious children to live meaningful lives? (12:20) Who has been your greatest teacher (19:00) Do you think we should be putting more women in leadership, or do you think that they should earn it on their own? (29:54) In This Episode You Will Learn: How social media affects your children (3:35) Benefits of church vs. the benefits of meditation Why successful people are more complicated than anyone else What to do when you’re triggered emotionally by someone next to you The greatest lesson Maria learned from her mom (15:20) The number one thing Maria thinks will heal society (27:30) Why faith, love, and family are the most important things in life (45:30)