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Welcome to Free Your Inner Guru, the podcast for and about conscious leaders and change-makers. Hosted by Laura Tucker, Free Your Inner Guru is designed to inspire with strategies that work and stories that resonate. Leaders share stories and insights from their journey so we can learn how to connect to our inner wisdom. Guests share the philosophy, tools and strategies they use to embrace their core values and carve out an empowered, meaningful path to lasting impact.

Free Your Inner Gur‪u‬ Laura Tucker

    • Self-Improvement
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Welcome to Free Your Inner Guru, the podcast for and about conscious leaders and change-makers. Hosted by Laura Tucker, Free Your Inner Guru is designed to inspire with strategies that work and stories that resonate. Leaders share stories and insights from their journey so we can learn how to connect to our inner wisdom. Guests share the philosophy, tools and strategies they use to embrace their core values and carve out an empowered, meaningful path to lasting impact.

    Seth Godin: The Practice of Picking Yourself

    Seth Godin: The Practice of Picking Yourself

    Seth Godin is the author of 19 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages.







    Seth’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have transformed the work of thousands of people.







    He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip , Purple Cow, and This Is Marketing, an instant bestseller around the world.







    His newest book is The Practice: Shipping Creative Work.







    Conversation highlights:







    Why courses don’t work.The change Seth seeks to make.What marketing is and what marketing is not.What it means to pick yourself.Scarcity as a tenet of the industrial age.Why you get to pick yourself.Different kinds of fame and the smallest viable audience.Empathy and generosity as core values and compass of leadership.The solution for imposter syndrome and self censorship.The pandemic. Now what are we going to do?How Seth built the Creative’s Workshop and wrote The Practice.The process of turning “pro.”Why streaks are important.Perfection, perfect, and good enough.The mistake of listening to unqualified critics.The journey of the creative professional vs the journey of the hack.Marketing and moralitySynchronous vs asynchronous communication and learningThe role of genre in creating an impact with your work, or hiding from it.Where The Practice fits in the book store.







    Mentioned in this episode:







    Seth's blog







    Book: The Practice: Shipping Creative Work







    The Creative's Workshop







    Free Your Inner Guru® Leadership Community







    Winter of Self Care™ Workshop







    Memorable Quotes from Seth Godin:







    "Our craft, our work, our art is an act of generosity, that if we can get out of our head that we are taking, and embrace the idea that we have a chance to give. Then, we’re more likely to give to people.You can’t use it as an excuse to hustle people, to take. Use it as fuel for finding the thing inside you that you can actually contribute. give, simply because they can."







    "Every time the world has gone sideways, Spanish flu, WWII, the world has got better because people show up. Not from the top. Not because it’s an edict. Because you and me say, “How can I make things better?”"







    "It’s up to us if we are picking ourselves to decide what we want to be known for. It’s essential that we not permit ourselves or anyone else deniability just because it’s “doing my job.” I think if you’re doing your job, you’re responsible for the work whether or not someone asks you to do it."







    📷 Photo credit: Darius Bashar







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    • 43 min
    The Meaning of Life with Nathanael Garrett Novosel

    The Meaning of Life with Nathanael Garrett Novosel

    Nathanael Garrett Novosel wants to help you systematically create a life that is meaningful to you.







    In his career as a professional researcher and advisor, Nathanael has researched psychology, evolutionary biology, organizational best practices, leadership decision making, business, technology, finance, and philosophy to understand how the world as we know it works and why.







    In his book The Meaning of Life: A Guide To Finding Your Life’s Purpose, Natanael has laid out a framework to help you systematically create a life that is meaningful to you.







    Using the 8 Principles of the Meaningful Life, Nathanael and I explore a wide range of topics from why growth is the scientific point of life, the difference between beliefs, values and ethics, why people join cults, and why ethics with the ultimate trade between freedom and safety is at the core of our interactions with each other.







    It’s a conversation for the topics of today and events today. Although the subject material is serious, the conversation was quite a bit of fun.







    Nathanael Garrett Novosel is a professional researcher and advisor with over 20 years of experience studying individual and group behavior. Nathanael has spent much of his career using the insights from this research to help the world’s leading executives solve their most pressing organizational challenges and create their strategic plans. Noticing the common drivers of success in all areas of life, he decided to devote his research, problem-solving, and advisory skills to helping people live the best lives possible.







    Mentioned in this episode:







    Books:







    The Meaning of Life: A Guide to Finding Your Life's Purpose, Nathanael Garrett Novosel







    Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Czikmihaly







    The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins







    Find Nathanael online:







    Website







    Facebook







    Instagram







    Visit lauratucker.com







    Photography







    Daily Letter







    Visit freeyourinnerguru.com







    Podcast episodes







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    • 1 hr 45 min
    A Quiet Christmas and the Purple Toilet

    A Quiet Christmas and the Purple Toilet

    A story about my first quiet Christmas resonates with Christmas 2020.







    May your focus this holiday season bring you ease and grace.







    Laura







    Original video on Instagram







    Original blog on lauratucker.com

    • 16 min
    Bridgit Dengel Gaspard: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals

    Bridgit Dengel Gaspard: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals

    Author and therapist Bridgit Dengel Gaspard explains how the double bind is often the cause of why we get stuck just short of accomplishing our goals.







    Have you ever been caught between a rock and a hard place, unable to find a palatable - let alone winnable - option?







    If you've ever felt this way, you'll recognize your situation as a double bind.







    "One of the best-kept secrets of your Inner Critic is that it plays both sides of the double bind. It tells you that you're not good enough as it pushes you to be better."







    No one enjoys being stuck and the misery is amplified when we have accomplished multiple steps toward a cherished goal - whether breaking a bad habit, losing weight, building a business, finding a mate, or finishing a degree - but just can't seem to complete it.







    In The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals,  Bridgit Dengel Gaspard guides readers through the process of identifying and speaking with their inner selves - such as the inner critic, perfectionist, artist, and risk-taker - to figure out which of them are supporting their goal and which are impeding it.







    Bridgit explains the key concepts of voice dialogue and how we can use this method to enlist the wisdom of our inner selves to get across the finish line.  She guides me through the Voice Dialogue Method so that we can have a living, breathing example of how this method works.  Then we take a deep dive into "the double bind" and how essential it is to understand this dynamic in our lives if we truly want to be free.







    Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW, is a former performer who earned a master's degree from Columbia University and teaches at numerous professional settings including Omega Institute. She is a former performer who earned a master's degree from Columbia University and teaches at numerous professional settings including Omega Institute.







    Conversation highlights:







    How Bridgit discovered Voice Dialogue and why she is focused on people who are stalled short of the finish line of their goal. Meeting your primary and secondary Inner Selves Why it’s healthy to talk to the different parts of yourself. A surprising conversation with one of Laura's inner selves. What we can all learn from our Inner A*****e. (Yes, we all have one!)Deep dive: The unresolvable dilemma of the double bind and how unwinding it frees up your energy and gives you more choice.Deep dive #2: The parentified child - celebrating latch-key kids. Children of the 70s finally have their moment.Why the Final 8th is a success issue.Practicing safe success: strategies to get across the finish line, assuming it is a finish line that wants to be crossed.







    Mentioned in this episode:







    Book - The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals







    Bridgit's website







    Twitter - @bridgitgaspard







    Instagram - @bridgitdengelgaspard













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    • 1 hr 5 min
    K.A. Tucker: Simply, Forever Wild

    K.A. Tucker: Simply, Forever Wild

    K A Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.







    K A Tucker has published 31 books and is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.







    While her success as an author is impressive, K.A. is also a fierce advocate for children with autism and human rights.







    Kathleen also happens to be my sister-in-law.







    Every now and then we’d be talking life, and business, and I’d say something like “you should come on the podcast.”







    Well, we finally made that happen this past summer just as she was in the middle of a book launch. And guess what? She’s in the middle of another one now.







    Since we recorded in the summer, there’s been a few updates that I’ll give you at the end. Because, well, she’s prolific in her craft. In the meantime, enjoy this conversation that alternates between all-business and two sisters-in-law having a laugh, mostly at ourselves. And a little bit at each other.







    Conversation highlights







    Kathleen shares what it was like to start writing on maternity leave, and continue while parenting two children with very different needs.Transition from corporate career to full time author.Genre switching - from Young Adult Fantasy to Contemporary Romance.The business of being an author.From self publishing to publisher contract to self publishing.Deadlines and motivation, writing with a gun to your head.Building the writing muscle and finding rhythm.Balancing creativity with the left brain activities of the business.Having a voice on issues vs keeping your opinion to yourself as a creative and public figure.Impact of the pandemic on fiction writing.Delayed gratification and grey hair.On self care, self forgiveness, and giving yourself grace.







    Mentioned in this episode:







    Website - katuckerbooks.com







    Instagram: @katucker_Facebook: @katucker.author







    The Simple Wild Series:







    The Simple Wild Wild at HeartForever Wild







    Ten Tiny Breaths







    Wondery’s Guru: The Dark Side of EnlightenmentApple PodcastsSpotify







    Free Your Inner Guru® Episode 67 with Charles Wilson







    Laura's Instagram - @lauraatucker







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    Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Louise Karch: All Leaders Have to Name Something

    Louise Karch: All Leaders Have to Name Something

    Louise Karch is a name whisperer and the author of the multi-award-winning book Word Glue: Find your Million Dollar Brand Name.

    Louise Karch has been naming things all her life. She believes that naming and conscious leadership go hand in hand. Word Glue is like having an award-winning naming agency in your pocket. It’s a beautifully designed handbook that contains all of Louise’s naming secrets.

    Conversation highlights:



    Louise shares how she realized that naming is her superpower.

    Louise breaks down how the name Free Your Inner Guru® didn’t simply come from the ethers.

    The relationship between conscious leadership and the names you create.

    Self care: Rituals and practices that keep you in the best place to show up and serve with empathy, especially in turbulent times.

    Why Louise is giving away her secrets.

    Once you’ve got a name: Why a strong brand is not just a logo.

    It’s a small world after all: Louise and Laura’s common connection to Wade Gilpin of Sherpa Creative.

    The journey to become an author: Why Louise believes writing a book will change your life.



    Mentioned in this episode:

    Connect with Louise Karch online:



    wordglue.co

    LinkedIn



    Word Glue cover design: Wade Gilpin, Sherpa Creative

    Word Glue internal design: Julia Afflekt, Apexiva

    Seth Godin's The Marketing Seminar

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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34 Ratings

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Seth Godin Interview

Outstanding interview with a master marketer and visionary. So inspired by this great conversation.

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Life changing

I don’t know how she does it but Laura has a way of seeing into my soul. Listen to this podcast to be re acquainted with your own inner compass so you can lead from a place full of heart and truth.

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Every little bit helps

Laura is great for helping you to explore and find new ways to think about different issues. Her topics and guests are always relevant to current events, which I find very help.

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