Daniele Bolelli may have initially gravitated toward the martial arts for the discipline created between mind and body. He excelled to earn a 5th-degree black belt in Kung Foo San Soo, while he built that strong warrior prowess. Little did he know is that one day he would have to call upon all he’d learned to rise to overcome a barrage of major life challenges, and save his soul in the process. In this episode we discuss martial arts, discipline, facing life challenges, how to overcome them and so much more.
If you’ve never heard of Laird Hamilton, one might feel compelled to give you the ice-bucket-challenge awakening to clear your brain fog. In his half-plus century on our big, blue, mostly-water planet, Hamilton, 53, has thrived in it as a surfer, innovator, athlete, author, inventor, stuntman, model, producer, TV host, fitness and nutrition guru, coffee connoisseur, husband, father, and adrenalin junkie. If nothing else, he’s known as the surfer to catch the “heaviest wave”, the “Millennium Wave” — Jurassic Peak, in Tahiti’s Teahupo’o (pronuonced “cho-po”) — on August 17, 2000, which is featured in the surf documentary Riding Giants and captured in a front-page picture of Surfer Magazine, February 2001, with the caption, “oh my god…” Laird goes DEEP on what it means to catch some of the biggest waves in the world in this episode. You will be enthralled.
Danielle Laporte is a titan in the self help industry. Forbes magazine has named LaPorte’s blog one of “The Top 100 Sites For Women” in 2012, calling her “a contrarian self-help guru.” She’s on Oprah’s “Super Soul 100 Leaders,” because, in Oprah’s words, LaPorte’s enterprises are “uniquely connecting the world with a spiritual energy that matters.” Today, Virtuonica, the multi-media publishing company she founded in 2016. White Hot Truth was published by Virtuonica. This conversation goes deep into debunking some self help myths, empowering yourself and your mission and so much more.
The future indeed looks bright when millennials like Italian-born Simonetta Lein, 34, share life on this planet with us. Those who have seen her on fashion magazine covers, and in the pages within them, may, at first glance, not realize the depths to which this fashion icon’s heart and soul go. In her thus far short time in the world, Lein has graced big-name fashion publications — both as a model and as a writer — beginning with Vanity Fair Italy. Now she is a regular contributor to such fashion staple publications as The Italio Americano, Vogue Italia, Elle Italy, la Repubblica, Style Italy, Destination Luxury, Philadelphia Metro, Splash, Heaven Has Heels, and Pink Trotters. American fashion-philes may have come across Lein’s fashion and lifestyle column in The Huffington Post. She is also part of the Forbes Under 30 contributors.
Dr. Stanley Krippner, a beloved and prolific teacher, facilitator, and researcher in humanist psychology and its many facets, shows no signs of slowing down. Going into his 85th year on this planet, he’s still keeping pace. And for this, we are thankful. Even if you don’t currently know about parapsychology, altered states, dream telepathy, and the like, your gratitude will be happy delayed reaction. A small bio does him no justice. His vitae are mind-blowingly extensive. Going into his 85th year on this planet, he’s still keeping pace. He is considered a PIONEER in the field of consciousness, has worked exclusively with the likes of Timothy Leary, Alan Watts, Jerry Garcia and other members of the Grateful Dead. This is a wonder filled conversation from the mind of a person who has witnessed and been actively part of a revolution in the way we understand consciousness, and consciousness studies. You will love this episode!
Dr. Dennis Mckenna is one of the most warm hearted human beings on this planet and his work is pioneering the field of Plant Medicine. McKenna received his post-doctorate fellowships in the Lab of Clinical Pharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and in the Department of Neurology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He recently completed a project, funded by the Stanley Medical Research Institute, to study the Amazonian ethnomedicine for the treatment of schizophrenia and cognitive deficits. This episode was nothing short of hilarious, where Dennis and I both have a beer together and get into the trenches of science and plant ecology. This is an absolutely phenomenal, information-packed episode which you will LOVE!
Master Mantak Chia is nothing short of Legendary Status. Born in 1944 in Bangkok, Thailand, to Chinese parents, Taoist Master Mantak Chia, 73, began his life’s mission in 1950 at the ripe age of 6, when Buddhist monks began teaching him how to sit “and still the mind.” He was mesmerized by the intrigue of meeting Taoist Master One Cloud Hermit, “who demonstrated extraordinary powers.” One Cloud fully initiated Chia into the ancient and for century’s secretly guarded practices. This episode covers SO MUCH. The energy body, balance, how to maintain and support a healthy energetic system. We get into karma, soul destiny, love. It took us 2 years to book Master Chia and it was worth every email we sent him. You will not hear this anywhere else. GAME-CHANGING LISTEN.
Modern-day shaman, James W. Jesso, embraces his difficult mission in life as a conscious explorer, seeking, learning, growing, and educating others on what it’s like on the other side. His method for self-understanding and individuation is a deeply personal and profound one. It’s unconventional and not quite mainstream — yet, but it is gaining validity in the scientific community. His “guru” is psilocybin mushrooms, or magic mushrooms. Healthy conversation here with James W. Jesso regarding the nature of plant medicine and psilocybin and their role in the development of human consciousness! Thank you for listening!
Jamie Wheal is co-founder and executive director of the Flow Genome Project (FGP), and a leading expert on the neuro-somatics of ultimate human performances. He, along with Steven Kotler, featured in HXP podcast episode 58, discussing his book The Rise of Superman. In this episode we cover a GAMUT of topics diving into the realms of flow state, consciousness, human performance and much much more. This is a phenomenal listen packed full of information where we demystify the process of being in “flow”.
Oren Klaff is one of the most animated and enlightening pitch men in the business. According to his company bio, Klaff founded his company, Intersection Capital (IC) in 2005 and has since grown the firm to approximately $2 BILLION in aggregate trade volume across a diversified portfolio of transactions. He is responsible for business and product development and oversees Velocity method of corporate finance, which offers a proprietary method for packaging deals. This is one of the most fun, exciting and information packed episodes we’ve ever done. Learn how to PITCH ANYTHING!
Tom Bilyeu was once a successful chief marketing officer at a tech company with a decent income and his own office overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Physically he was doing well. Mentally he was hitting rock bottom. His heart was just not into it and he wasn’t happy and didn’t feel fulfilled. Now he is president and co-founder of the highly lucrative Quest Nutrition.By 2013, Quest employed more than 200 people and earned revenue over $82 million. By the end of 2015, Quest bars were sold at over 40,000 points of distribution in more than 70 countries. As of 2016, Quest employed 1,300 full-time employees and more than 1,000 part-time ambassadors. This is one of those interviews that only happens once in awhile. Tom has a depth that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a CEO. In this episode we rail through conquering the mental game, being authentic, pushing the envelope of your own potential and so so much more.
Caveh Zahedi, 56, is an American film director and actor of Iranian descent. His obcure, whimsical films have earned him a devoted underground following. He began making films while earning his BA in philosophy at Yale University. Caveh is one of the most interesting film makers/actors in the industry and in this conversation we cover a span of ideas including the human condition, success in film and so much more.
John Lee Dumas, 36, founder of the daily Entrepreneur On Fire (EOFire) podcast, seems to have pulled his 7-figure annual income from out of thin air … literally. When he’s not busy with his highly popular podcast, he’s writing books. In his spare time, he’s helping others achieve their life’s goals. After success with his January 2016 The Freedom Journal: Accomplish You #1 Goal In 100 Days, his new release is set for January 23, 2017 — The Mastery Journal: Master Productivity, Discipline & Focus in 100 Days. And in his downtime, he runs an ongoing academy for would-be podcasters. In this episode we spend some time going over 2016 and it’s impact on the show. We talk about some plans for 2017 and we finally get into the interview with John