YOU ARE A MADE-UP STORY
Your life is make believe. I expect you to deny it and call me crazy. How can your very “real” life be make believe?
How can your dreams, your hopes, your joy, and your pain be make believe?
Bear with me. I’m not saying your life is fake. I’m saying that you and I and everyone else create our lives, our realities, through stories that begin in the imagination and are embellished by our minds. Is that good or bad?
Willie Shakespeare said it best in Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” And our boy, Willie, earned the right to say that. He was so damned good at storytelling!
So, what the hell does any of this have to do with today’s podcast? Everything. Our guest is Dr. Adrian McIntyre, a storytelling master who helps people achieve high performance communication.
Adrian understands that we are all hardwired to tell and love stories. He’s a guy with a heightened self-awareness. He will expand your mind in this podcast episode where you will learn:
- How story is natively human
- Why stories “wake you up” by releasing feel good chemicals in your brain
- The brilliant insight that “story is to humans as water is to fish”
- The simple story structure that will immediately make you a better storyteller
- The relationship between drama and your personal and business stories
- Why you should understand the Hero’s Journey
- How “story listening” gives you greater storytelling power
- Why your weaknesses hold the key to your strength and success
- The importance of discovering your “story-print” (not unlike your fingerprint)
- How story can help you grow by serving the world
- SO MUCH MORE…
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Adrian’s favorite book)
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
The Hero’s Journey: The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell by Joseph Campbell
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (audio book)
ADRIAN’S FAVORITE QUOTE
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates
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FINDING HUMAN CONNECTION
The Internet has connected the entire planet. So why is human connection at an all time low in this age of digital connectivity?
Today’s guest discovered an answer and a solution to the problem. He did it through his own painful experiences. He is a millennial named Gordie Bufton.
Gordie shares his discoveries in his two books, The Connection Effect: An Entrepreneurs’s Playbook to Unlocking the Present Moment, and Eluding Reality: A Memoir About Drugs, Psych Wards, and Recovery.
This episode is for people who have lost direction and are ready to put their lives back on track toward happiness and success. It is also for highly successful entrepreneurs who want more success without compromising their quality of life.
These are few of the things you will learn from my conversation with Gordie:
- How the technology that serves you is also robbing your sense of human connection
- The power you gain when you need guidance and you reach out for help
- Why environment is stronger than willpower
- How to simplify your life and dramatically increase your focus
- The meaning of Silent Sunday and how it can reboot and renew you
- How to conquer information overwhelm
- Your life resume vs.your work resume
- How to be a master of technology instead of its slave
BOOKS IN THIS POCAST
Eluding Reality: A Memoir About Drugs, Psych Wards, and Recovery by Gordie Bufton
The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life by Jeff Olson – Gordie’s favorite book
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
The Seven Secrets to Living in Harmony: A Guide to Freeing YOU to Create YOUR Life by Gregory Reece Smith
GORDIE’S FAVORITE QUOTE
“Be the change you want to be in the world.” – Ghandi
WHAT IS ADDICTION?
Is it a profound weakness that some people have? Are those people fundamentally weak or bad?
It’s comforting to answer yes to those questions. When you answer yes, you create a safe divide between normal and abnormal behavior. And it’s easy to see yourself as normal. Especially if you work hard, earn good or great money, have a loving family, and are a respected member of your community.
But here’s the thing. You can be all of those wonderful things and still be an addict. You may not abuse alcohol or drugs; you may not binge eat and purge by vomiting; you may not throw money away at the track.
But you may be a “respectable” addict. A workaholic, an attention getting junkie, or an insatiable perfectionist.
To really understand addiction, we must look beneath the behavior to uncover its root cause. Almost always, we will find a damaged self-esteem craving connection, validation, and love.
We may discover what today’s guest, Lori Losch, discovered: “…that addicts are not bad people. We are not people with no resolve, no will-power, and no character. We are simply highly sensitive people trying to survive. And our addictions helped us … until they didn’t. Then we sought a better way. “
Lori’s discovery led her beyond her own addiction to the awareness that your “biggest MESS can become your biggest MESSAGE.”
Today, Lori is a happy highly successful woman. Her coaching program, Rather than Rehab Addiction Recovery, helps people discover their worth and their power that are hiding behind the mask of addiction.
This podcast episode opens the door to a world of self-empowerment. Here are just a few of the gems it offers you:
You will learn about:
- A clearer understanding of the inner demons we all fight
- How to feel safe in an unsafe world
- Why all addictions are survival tools
- How to move from isolation to connection
- Why you should embrace your demons and make them allies
- How having a recovery coach can change a life positively
- 3 empowering tips for people who are struggling addiction
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
Bumbles: … Finds Her Way Home! by Lori Losch
Bumbles: … Saves Naipoki! by Lori Losch
Safe Souls by Lori Losch
Rather Than Rehab by Lori Losch
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Loving What Is by Byron Kati
The Soul of Success by Jack Canfield
The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
The Monster Within by Cynthia McClure
The Great Pain Deception by Stephen Ray Ozanich
“Treat others how you want to be treated.” – The Golden Rule
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
Black & White – A Film by James Toback
Brain Octane Oil
The Genius Network Annual Event
Genius Network – The World’s Best Wisdom – Presented By Joe Polish
Dr. Gabor Maté
Being True to You
A Dangerous Story