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Brilliant Thoughts is about people. It’s about how relationships shape careers. It’s about how influence shapes industries. It’s about how at the end of the day, ones and zeroes on spreadsheets represent real humans and no one is going to find success without keeping that top of mind.

Brilliant Thoughts with Tristan Ahumada SUCCESS Magazine

    • Business

Brilliant Thoughts is about people. It’s about how relationships shape careers. It’s about how influence shapes industries. It’s about how at the end of the day, ones and zeroes on spreadsheets represent real humans and no one is going to find success without keeping that top of mind.

    In Case You Missed It: Common Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs with Barbara Corcoran

    In Case You Missed It: Common Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs with Barbara Corcoran

    In Case You Missed It:

    If you've seen Shark Tank, you know Barbara Corcoran. She's the badass top real estate agent and investor who's a magnet for Hollywood superstars and big business execs. She's guild a legendary career in New York real estate. She talks with Tristan about what that exposure to entrepreneurs has taught her about what it takes to succeed in business.
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    • 43 min
    In Case You Missed It: Creating Agency Instead of Obedience with Seth Godin

    In Case You Missed It: Creating Agency Instead of Obedience with Seth Godin

    In case you missed it, Tristan Ahumada had an insightful conversation with Seth Godin. This episode originally aired June 2. 

    When surveying 10,000 people in 90 countries for his latest book, The Song of Significance, Seth Godin found that the top response for an aspect of the best job participants had ever had was not money, which Godin says is a common assumption of bosses, but being allowed to feel challenged at work in a healthy way. However, from an industrialist mindset, employees having agency (that is, freedom plus responsibility) and significance in their work is not the top priority of employers—instead, they want to exert control and gain obedience, according to Godin.

    Godin has learned from the many experiences and jobs he’s had throughout his life, including his first job as an underqualified 23-year-old in a company making computer games for kids and, more recently, as a volunteer running The Carbon Almanac. Now, he discusses some of those lessons with Brilliant Thoughts host Tristan Ahumada, as well as industrial capitalism and its connection to schooling, “page 19 thinking” and the uses of AI, as well as the necessity of understanding it before you choose to ignore it. 

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    Mentioned:


    Song of Increase by Jacqueline Freeman
    Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin
    The Principles of Scientific Management by Frederick Taylor
    The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

    Seth Godin is a bestselling author, entrepreneur and speaker.
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    • 41 min
    Adding Dharma To Our Lives with Suneel Gupta

    Adding Dharma To Our Lives with Suneel Gupta

    This week’s Brilliant Thoughts guest is Suneel Gupta, an author and seasoned entrepreneur, who takes listeners on an exploration into the concept of "dharma."  What is dharma and why is it vital to maintaining energy and avoiding burnout? Suneel challenges the idea that outer success guarantees inner fulfillment, prompting us to discover activities in our lives that truly matter. He encourages a balanced approach to life and entrepreneurship, outlining why hustle culture could be problematic. 

    Suneel flips the script on rest and recovery, highlighting their role as preparation for future endeavors rather than just rewards. He also reminds us that our work doesn't define our identity, urging us to find true authenticity and balance in our lives. This episode provides a thought-provoking journey that challenges traditional approaches to success and offers insights for those seeking a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

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    Everyday Dharma by Suneel Gupta Follow Suneel Gupta on LinkedIn and Instagram. Be sure to also check out his new book, and website. 
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    • 52 min
    The Art of Effective Communication with Matt Abrahams

    The Art of Effective Communication with Matt Abrahams

    Are you wanting to become a better communicator but not sure where to start? Don’t miss this week’s episode of Brilliant Thoughts as Tristan chats with gues Matt Abrahams, an educator and communication coach with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. If you're interested in becoming a better listener, communicator, or speaker, Matt shares practical tips that can make a noticeable difference in your interactions. He sheds light on staying present during conversations, conquering common challenges like filler words, and establishing stronger connections with your audience. 

    What does the future of communication look like with the role of AI, such as Chat GPT? Matt shares his thoughts and more about the good, the bad and the ugly with modern technology’s impact on communication. For anyone looking to excel in the art of effective communication this episode is a must-listen!

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    Think Faster, Talk Smarter by Matt AbrahamsFollow Matt Abrahams on LinkedIn and YouTube. Check out his new book, podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart and website.
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    • 51 min
    Strategic Networking and Authentic Marketing with Brian Pattaca

    Strategic Networking and Authentic Marketing with Brian Pattaca

    This week Brilliant Thoughts welcomes guest Brian Pattaca, a seasoned life and career coach, reverend, and entrepreneur who chats with Tristan as they discuss strategic networking and marketing in a meaningful and authentic way. Curious about how to reach target audiences and craft impactful messaging that resonate? Wondering how to grow your email list in a way that makes you approachable? Tune in as Brian helps listeners navigate the intriguing realm of maintaining authenticity while fostering engagement – an endeavor illuminated by insights on growing email lists and nurturing them with care. He also touches on the importance of reliability and consistency in your networking communication. 

    Don’t miss this week’s episode and the thought-provoking journey into self-expression, authenticity, and effective audience engagement. 

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    • 45 min
    Mastering Management with David Dodson

    Mastering Management with David Dodson

    This week’s guest, David Dodson, is a faculty member at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an impressive resume that includes international speaking engagements and notable business investments. With a wealth of experience, David offers insights with Brilliant Thoughts listeners this week about how to improve your business performance in many areas. His latest release, "The Manager's Handbook," distills top-tier hiring practices, covering everything from structured team interviews to guardrails for improved success rates and bias mitigation.

    David’s expertise lies in curating optimal hiring strategies from industry leaders. He offers actionable advice on conducting team interviews, enhancing hiring success, and addressing biases. Don’t miss tuning in this week as David outlines five pivotal management skills that underpin effective leadership. With his extensive background, Dodson translates complex management concepts into practical strategies for achieving organizational excellence. 

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    • 49 min

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