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Elizabeth Gilbert: Magic Lessons
MAGIC LESSONS are road maps for the path to creativity, the extra nudge you need when you’re feeling stuck. In alternating episodes, Elizabeth Gilbert talks to people who are facing creative challenges and to guest experts, to offer perspective, advice, and inspiration.


Gabrielle Bernstein: Guided Meditation 
A podcast for young people looking for a common voice. Featuring meditations and inspiration by author, life-coach and motivational speaker Gabrielle Bernstein.

Don’t Keep Your Day Job
Don’t Keep Your Day Job is a weekly podcast hosted by Cathy Heller, showcasing how creative people have made a living doing what they love. We’ll pinpoint what strategies have been proven to turn passion into a profit, and interview successful creators from screenwriters, fashion designers, chefs, songwriters, directors, comedians, photographers, animators and more. Go inside these inspirational stories and come away with hard-hitting advice on how to make your dream a reality. This show will drag you out of your slump, empowering you to take action and giving you real tools to end the 9-5 and begin being paid to do what you’ve always wanted to do.

This American Life: It’s Not the Product, It’s the Person
Starting a business is not for the self-doubting. Or even usually the self-deprecating. The first thing you have to sell is yourself–like dating, but with a greater chance of landing in debt. Alex Blumberg tells the incredible, sweat-stains-and-all saga of a man fumbling through starting a new business, and the man is: himself. Plus, new stories from Mike Birbiglia and Love + Radio.

How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black
In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating people to discuss how they became, well, amazing. 

TED Talk Radio: Success
Five TED speakers share ideas about what makes us successful.

Soul Feed | Influential Chats with Leaders + Inspiring Life Coaching
Each episode brings you a motivational interview with a powerful leader -OR- an inspiring life coaching session with someone ready to step into a world of endless possibilities. Every episode includes a weekly challenge + a downloadable meditation for you to access on-the-go.


Benjamin Zander – Work (How to Give an A) (14 min)


Brené Brown on CreativeLive | interviewed by Chase Jarvis (1 hour 19 min)
Chase Jarvis welcomes Brené Brown as his guest on 30 Days of Genius, a special series of Chase Jarvis LIVE featuring the world’s top creative + entrepreneurial minds of our time.


Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts (18 min 56 sec)
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.


Elizabeth Gilbert & Marie Forleo: on Fear, Authenticity & Big Magic (47 min 56 sec)
Listen in as Elizabeth Gilbert and me (Marie Forleo) talk perfectionism, why you shouldn’t strive to be fearless, and unpack the keys to living your most creative life. Don’t miss this Big Magic episode, it’s one of my all-time favorites!

Arianna Huffington & Marie Forleo: on Thrive (17 min 51 sec) 
Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, has been wildly successful, but was working so hard at one point in her life that she found herself sick and burnt out, overworked, and boggled down with things to do. In her book Thrive, Arianna Huffington shares the secret to how changing your mindset and a few habits in your daily routine can help you unlock your true wisdom, allow you to come up with your best ideas, and be your most creative self.

Brené Brown on Blame (3 min 25 sec)

You are probably a bit of a blamer – most of us are. But why should we give it up? In this witty sequel to our most watched RSA Short, inspirational thinker Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic behaviour.

Know your inner saboteurs: Shirzad Chamine at TEDxStanford (20 min 31 sec)

Shirzad Chamine shows Stanford students how his research on positive intelligence can help them achieve their full potential for professional success and personal fulfillment.


Adam Braun: How To Change The World & Live Your Purpose (27 min 27 sec)
Change the world just by following your dream. It may sound impossible, but in this video you’ll learn how one ordinary man, Adam Braun, followed his dream and is now creating major change in the world by helping others on a massive scale.



Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count (22 min 40 sec)
There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.”


Rick Tamlyn: The Surprising Ways Complaining Hurts Your Career (2 min 5 sec)
Leadership coach Rick Tamlyn on getting out of the toxic habits that impede our ability to be creative.

Mark Duplass: SXSW (59 min 35 sec)
Duplass has eight pieces of advice for those who want to start a career in filmmaking.


Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do (22 min 30 sec)
Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that make us do what we do.


Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich (2 hours 13 min)
An individual with desire, faith and persistence can reach great heights by eliminating negative energy and thoughts and focusing on the greater goals at hand. “All success begins with a clear picture in your mind of precisely what you want.”


Brendan Burchard: How Incredibly Successful People Think (6 min 34 sec)
Successful people and unsuccessful people are differentiated in the way that they think.  Successful people take their current limitation and view it as a challenged that can be learned and a problem that can be solved, instead of giving up in the face of the limitation.


Roy Dalio: The Economy Machine (31 min)
This simple but not simplistic and easy to follow 30 minute, animated video answers the question, “How does the economy really work?”


Jason Silva: Radical Openness (2 min 48 sec)
 An anthem on the power of IDEAS.


Paul Zak: Future of Storytelling (5 min 56 sec)
Short film on empathy, neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc. Zak takes us inside his lab, where he studies how people respond to stories.


Benjamin Zander: Give Yourself and Others an “A” (14 min 10 sec)


A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person (18 min 42 sec)
Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal — until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.


Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness (21 min 16 sec)
Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.


Sarah Lewis: Embrace the Near Win (11 min 41 sec)
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?


Kare Anderson: Be An Opportunity Maker (9 min 45 sec)
We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? (And … what if you’re shy?) Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions.


Tony Robbins: 3 Ways to Effect Success (5 min 2 sec)
Tony Robbins, a self-help author and motivational speaker, reveals three ways you can effect success: have a strategy, change your story and develop a quality state. Plus, find out why he says some people need to divorce their stories so they can marry the truth.


Simon Sinek: Start with Why TED Talk (18 min)
Simon Sinek discusses the principal behind every successful person and business. A simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”


Patsy Rodenberg: The Second Circle (10 min)
Helps to explain that elusive idea of “stage presence”


Elizabeth Gilbert: On Genius TED Talk (19 min 9 sec)

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.


Brené Brown: The Power of Empathy (2 min 54 sec)
What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. 


The Long Game – 2 Videos and Essay (4 min 25 sec) (5 min 48 sec)
Feeling Down After Another Setback – Help Put Your Career into Perspective and Find a New Breath


Bryan Cranston’s advice to aspiring actors (1 min 22 sec)
Bryan Cranston shares his advice – “An actor is supposed to create a compelling, interesting character that serves the text. You present it in the environment where your audition happens, and then you walk away. That’s it. Everything else is out of your control.”


Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (21 min 2 sec)
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.


The GAP by Ira Glass (2 min 18 sec)
“For anybody who is in doubt about his/her creative career. Ira Glass’ message  can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.”


Jill Bolte: My Stroke of Insight TED Talk (18 min 44 sec)
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.


Cynthia Loy Darst: Safe Inside Yourself (8 min)
Darst answers the question, “How can you feel safe within yourself? Safe from the nasty, loud and whiny thoughts that occur between your ears?” Most of us go through life bullying ourselves or tolerating loud repetitive thoughts that don’t seem to go away. When we feel truly safe in ourselves, we can imagine, we can create, we can take risks and have stronger relationships. Her playful, direct talk challenges us each to hear those sometimes destructive thoughts in a new way for the sake of inner-peace and productivity.


Brené Brown and Oprah: On Joy (5 min 58 sec)
Joy is an emotion so many people seek, but, Dr. Brené Brown says, it’s by far the most terrifying feeling we face. Find out why we’re so afraid our joy will be taken away. Plus, discover why Dr. Brown says we can’t find joy without gratitude.


The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance (12 min 29 sec)
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

Interviews with directors and behind-the-scenes people about filmmaking.


“Serpentine” path example from “The In-Laws” (2 min 14 sec)