Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”) explores her passion for personal disruption through engaging conversations with disruptors. Each episode of this podcast reveals new insights about how we work, learn, and live.
Sumeet Shetty: Letting Your Mind Play
Like a bee to honey, so goes Sumeet Shetty with books. His love affair with the written word began when he was a young man, growing up in India, competing in Quiz Bowls. The experience taught him the value of hard work and helped him develop into a gifted speed reader.
Now, Sumeet Shetty is the Development Manager for Enterprise Software Solutions at SAP India and the founder of Literati, India’s largest corporate book club. Through his work with Literati, Sumeet is helping others to discover the inspiration and instruction available to us through books. In this episode we discuss Sumeet’s most formative experiences, his favorite books and how he is helping his team scale the S curve of Learning™.
For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit: http://www.whitneyjohnson.com/sumeet-shetty/
Lewis Howes: Rising in the Face of Unwanted S Curves
Tragedy often brings unwanted change, pushing us onto new and unfamiliar S Curves. What do you do when faced with the unthinkable? Do you back up? Do you freeze? Or do you rise up and scale the curve before you?
Our guest today, Lewis Howes, was faced with the unthinkable. In 2001, while just a senior in college, his family was thrust into a life altering experience that would eventually set Lewis on a crash course with a new future as the founder of the School of Greatness.
Lewis is relentless in his practice of personal disruption. He is a New York Times best-selling author, a former pro football player, a collegiate all-American athlete in football and the decathlon, a successful entrepreneur and wanting to go to a school that taught in the way that he learned, Lewis launched The School of Greatness podcast in 2013.
Lewis Howes is also dyslexic. He's been sexually abused. He struggled in school. When he was eight years old, his 19-year-old brother went to prison. Scared, embarrassed, ashamed, Lewis was determined to be great... and so, the journey of disruption began.
For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit: http://www.whitneyjohnson.com/lewis-howes/
Jamie & Melbourne O’Banion: In Good Company
When I think of our guests this episode, I am reminded of the Turkish proverb, “No road is long with good company.” Jamie and Melbourne O’Banion are on a disruptive journey and have most certainly found themselves, in good company.
Jamie is the CEO and founder of Dallas-based BeautyBio which has more than US$100 million in annual sales. Her initial beauty care line on the HSN channel in June 2011 and it immediately sold out. Her products remains a top seller on the network to this day.
In 2016, Melbourne co-founded Bestow, Inc., an insurance technology company, where he serves as the CEO. In addition to Bestow, Melbourne founded O’Banion Capital in 2012 and being a is a partner to Jamie at BeautyBio.
Join us as today for a real conversation about balancing marriage and parenting while also building thriving businesses. Jamie and Melbourne talk about what support in action looks like and share the unique way they keep the entire family focused and fired up!
For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit: https://whitneyjohnson.com/jamie-melbourne-obanion/
Shawn Stevenson: Eat Smarter
Today our guest is Shawn Stevenson, the host of the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast in the U.S., The Model Health Show. He’s the author of Sleep Smarter, and now most recently Eat Smarter, which at the time we spoke, was one of the top ten selling books on Amazon.
Shawn’s passion for empowering individuals to take control of their health and wellness is apparent to all who connect with him. Diagnosed with a debilitating degenerative bone disease at just 20 years old, Shawn found himself overweight, in pain and depressed. Determined to change his circumstances, he began a transformational journey discovering just how much influence we can have on our bodies through nutritional levers. Now, motivated to help others discover the power of nutrition, Shawn provides actionable steps to help people begin their own wellness journey.
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Jennifer Aaker & Naomi Bagdonas: Humor, Seriously
Laughing lowers stress – so much so – that simply the anticipation of laughter, just thinking about it, decreases cortisol (stress hormone) and epinephrine (our flight hormone) by 39 and 70% respectively. Our guests this episode, Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, understand this better than most. The two teach “Humor: Serious Business”, at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. This course is designed to help the business minded serious folk experience, through humor, more joy in their lives. Jennifer and Naomi have documented their insights and learnings in their latest book, Humor, Seriously
Jennifer and Naomi share their scientific based discoveries regarding the reverberating impact of laughter on leadership, teams, health, relationships and overall wellness. We learn the different humor styles they uncovered through their research – Standup, Sweetheart, Magnet and Sniper – and discover how drawing upon each, can help us show up better for one another.
Give Failure Its Due
In this episode we discuss the complicated role failure plays in our lives... today, we give failure its due. This, the sixth accelerant in our personal disruption framework, is possibly the most instructive. Yet, because of the pain and shame associated with the experience, we often blow past the lessons, missing out on the gold mine of data revealed to us in the process.
However today, we take it all in - we discuss failure openly and learn together how to ditch the shame. We do this by first setting the context, explaining why failure is hard and then we’ll focus on the reframe - sharing amazing stories along the way.
Join us as we journey into a reframe of the past and a new way of looking to the future. Together, we will discover that failure is not something to be ashamed of but rather a gift - one that yields dividends for years to come.
For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit: https://www.whitneyjohnson.com/give-failure-its-due/
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Episode 170 Molly Beck’s Inspiring episode
I love ALL Whitney’s podcasts, they always hear me up to want to change the world. I just listened to episode 170 with Molly Beck and have started sharing the link to the podcast with all my friends. I love how she talked about the importance of storytelling and I think it is incredible this outlook she has on how we can thrive in the midst of incredible disruption. I never thought of it before, but after this podcast I started to think that I would love to start an internal podcast at my company. I hope I can win that 15 minute coaching session with the Podcast Whisper to help me think this idea through!
Episode No. 177
I found Whitney’s latest podcast with Livingston Taylor both educational and entertaining. I found it hard to appreciate the value of time when I was a student. Livingston’s students are lucky to benefit for his experience in this regard - that it takes time and patience to create something worthy of sharing with others, and that this should be done in a conscious and considered way.
Episode 169 Personality Isn't Permanent
This is my introductory episode to Whitney Johnson's "Disrupt Yourself" podcast and I look forward to working my way through the back episodes. Not binge listening though, because if this episode is any indication, the discussion is substantive and deserves thought and action. Dr Benjamin Hardy's new book is relevant across all ages: young adults struggling to find their way in the world, first-time parents, newly-promoted employees, entrepreneurs, recent retirees (you can teach an old dog new tricks, or at least you aren't destined to be a grumpy old person). Key takeaways for me include the value of envisioning your future self and commiting to that future self with each decision you make in the present. With 150 journal prompts to help readers reframe past decisions and design their future selves, Dr Hardy's book includes a path forward for those willing to put in the work.