Host Sam Ushio interviews people who have taken intentional steps to discover and live their ikigai. Each episode features inspiring stories that highlight the journey toward a living a life filled with purpose.
Jonathan Rauch, Author of "The Happiness Curve"
Sam talks with Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, and author of "The Happiness Curve."
Jonathan reflects on important milestones that contributed to writing "The Happiness Curve," including:
• How winning the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize in magazine journalism at 45 years old provided only momentary relief from his midlife malaise.
• Viewing the Voyage of Life at 19 years old and how the art series has shaped his perspective on life's journey.
• The 30-year anniversary of walking the streets of Tokyo with an influential mentor and their simple but profound conversation about the "midlife crisis"
The discussion highlights key concepts for those at/near middle age;,while inspiring a movement to rebuild society around the natural trajectory of adult development in midlife and beyond.
Link to Voyage of Life: Manhood:
Brigitte Granger, CEO and Founder, Supporti
Sam talks with Brigitte Granger, CEO and Founder of Supporti, a technology company that pairs people as accountability partners to increase the probability of goal success. The personal experience of moving away from Boston and losing her running buddy sparked the idea to create a human-powered app for people helping people.
Brigitte shares the insight that she learned on Day 1 of her Masters Program in Health Policy at Harvard University: Telling people what to do does very little for behavior change, but social determinants of health, like community and relationships, can have a profound impact on well-being.
Dr. Jake Smith, Instructor, Louisiana State University
Sam talks with Jake, Instructor at the Flores MBA Program at Louisiana State University, where he teaches management classes with an emphasis on leadership, organizational culture, and motivation. Jake spent nearly a decade in financial services, with much of his time in Australia, where he eventually noticed his job satisfaction and motivation on the decline.
The question, "If money didn't matter, what would I do?", led him to pivot his career toward the PhD path. Jake shares a beautiful story about honoring his mother's legacy of compassion by incorporating kindness and gratitude assignments into his curriculum.
Be Like Mike LIVE With Dr Jake Smith And Andrew Venrick
Sam Ushio, Andrew Venrick, and Dr. Jake Smith from LSU discuss the intersection between ESPN's The Last Dance, personal well-being, and purpose. Dr. Smith highlights research in organizational culture, shared values, and social structures that benefit both sports and business teams. The three discuss well-being examples from the documentary and highlight how viewers can grow through the lens of well-being.
Be Like Mike Miniseries #3: ESPN's The Last Dance + Well-Being
Sam Ushio and Andrew Venrick discuss the intersection between ESPN's The Last Dance, personal well-being, and purpose. The three-part miniseries will tackle Episodes 1-6(#1), Episodes 7-8(#2), and Episodes 9-10 (#3).
Following the three-part series is a live, facilitated conversation on May 26th at 2p PST with Sam, Andrew, and Dr. Jake Smith from LSU. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with others and discuss the intersection between the documentary and well-being.
Free registration here:
Shelly Kurtz, Co-Founder, Giving Tech Labs
Sam talks with Shelly Kurtz, Co-Founder of Giving Tech Labs, a Seattle-based company that delivers sustainable technology for public interest. Shelly's extensive media background (NBCUniversal and Comcast)combined with co-founder Luis Salazar's technology background (including Microsoft as co-founder of Office 365) deliver digital and business best practices that yield large societal gains.
Shelly outlines Giving Tech Lab's organizational adoption of the ikigai philosophy, her personal ikigai of "human connection", and the "second mountain journey" that inspired the launch of a tech company.