Invisibilia

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My sister recently recommended I listen to the podcast called Invisibilia. It is being offered through NPR and is thought provoking. Plus, podcasts have been so beneficial during my commute to and from work.

From the NPR website: Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

After listening to the first podcast it already has my thinking differently.

Take a listen, thanks Shell!

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http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia

 

Broadway Backstory

 

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Completely obsessed with the podcast Broadway Backstory. This podcast was recommended to me by my friend Laura (thank you Laura!). In season one, tales of 7 Broadway shows are told from idea to creation. With interviews of key players (Directors, Producers, Composers, Actors, etc.) Each podcast is dedicated to one shows story.

Patrick Hinds hosts this addictive series. The shows included in season one are: In the Heights, Fun Home, Deaf West’ Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The podcast pull back the curtain on what it takes to produce shows on Broadway, the years of dedication, setbacks, and triumphs.

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https://www.todaytix.com/insider/nyc/posts?category=broadway-backstory

Missing Richard Simmons

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Missing Richard Simmons is a podcast about the sudden disappearance of Richard Simmons. Richard being the health and fitness guru/energizer bunny.

Back in February of 2014 he suddenly stopped leading his exercise classes and communicating with any friends, at all. With no explanation whatsoever. He totally and completely removed himself from public life.

Three years in, his friend/acquaintance Dan Taberski, decided to investigate and find out what happened. The podcast has only six episodes, (4 have been released at the time of writing this blog). And is totally and completely compelling.

It feels similar in ways to the SERIAL podcasts.

Several times listening I kept thinking, truth is stranger than fiction. This story is a mix of celebrity, sadness, mystery, nostalgia, intrigue, humor, compassion, and surprise.

I had been reluctant at first, but now I am all in.

There is an incredible story here.

Richard Simmons Portrait Session

LOS ANGELES – 1992: Actor Richard Simmons poses for a portrait in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

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https://www.missingrichardsimmons.com/

 

 

TED Ed

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TED Ed is a new addition to the TED concept. They are educational videos usually no longer than 5 minutes. They ask a question and then proceed to answer it in a short amount of time. Just enough to listen, learn from, and move on in our busy and hectic lives.

I’ve already learned about topics that surprised me. Unexpected lessons: “Why do we feel nostalgia?”, “Why are we so attached to our things?”.

Take a look, you’ll be sure to learn something new.

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https://ed.ted.com/

 

 

Smart Conference

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Recently attended the Smart Conference with Dave Ramsey in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. The Smart Conference is a live event that brings different speakers to speak on different topics. Topics include: Retirement, Personal Development, Parenting, Marriage, and Money. Dave Ramsey is a financial adviser who has a radio show/podcast daily. He and his company are based out of Nashville, TN. He continues to grow his company in a variety of ways. The Smart Conference is a forum for improving ares of your life.

Initially, we were concerned that it was going to be a big, long sales pitch. And yes, there is that aspect of the event. Especially at the beginning.

However, what ends up taking place during the day is a roster of very interesting, dynamic speakers who are interested in sharing their knowledge and perspective. At times moving, challenging, funny, insightful, and trans-formative.

While this kind of event won’t be for everyone. It certainly is for some.

From the website:

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Taking back control in the key areas of life

Today, I am going to start a new relationship with my spouse and kids.
Today, I am going to get a handle on my finances.
Today, I am going to spend my time wisely.

We have all made statements like that. Our intentions were good, but life got in the way and we never followed through.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Dave Ramsey says, “All big-time extraordinary things start from ordinary things.” And this October, he’s bringing his biggest event to Atlanta to take you from ordinary to extraordinary.

At the day-long Smart Conference, you’ll hear from America’s most-trusted experts on money, marriage, parenting, retirement, and personal development. They’ve helped millions find inspiration, answers, and confidence. Now, this one-of-a-kind event will show you how to take back control in the key areas of your life.

The Smart Conference will give you the tools you need to:
1. Learn why you are struggling in a key area of your life.
2. Create a plan and be intentional about your future.
3. Implement what you have learned to rebuild your life.

It’s up to you to make a decision today and begin the journey to a smarter life.Don’t settle for “normal.” It’s time to get passionate about your goals, your family’s goals, and the goals of your marriage.

The best of life is not behind you. The best is yet to come! Take a deep breath and take this first step to living smarter.

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http://www.daveramsey.com/events/smart

Originals

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This Ted Talk has caught my attention this week. It’s an interesting story that focuses on the traits of “originals”.

Adam Grant is an Organizational Psychologist who has been researching  “originals: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world.”(from the TedTalks website)

Who knew the browser you use could be an indication of success and longevity in one’s job?  That there is a sweet spot for procrastination? Or, from the TedTalk website: “If you look across fields, the greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most.”

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Seth Godin

 

Recently became aware of Seth Godin and his work. He’s most notably an author as well as a speaker on business and marketing. His approach is not cookie cutter. And he has many insights on the new world we are living in.

While practical, he also challenges you to be more, out of the box, use your brain, work hard, make choices.

Check out his website http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/bio.asp

Also he has a podcast called Seth Godin Start Up School: http://www.earwolf.com/show/startup-school/

Below are some quotes from Seth Godin:

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