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Want to develop more willpower and empathy? Positivity Podcast gives you exercises to develop your character traits.

In this series, Positivity Dan will help you think about character development the way you think about professional development--with strategies, advice, best practices, and tools to help you grow. The series covers essential topics like Empathy (#2), Talent (#7), Honesty (#9), Meditation (#6), and Forgiveness (#5), from experts that range from academics to best-selling authors--all of whom have actionable tips to help you become a better, happier, more effective version of yourself. Think of this series as your character development consultant, aimed at helping you succeed in life. Chances are, you’ll be helping your professional career, too.
- Produced with love by Make School and Positivity Dan. Join thousands of the world's brightest computer science students at Make School (www.makeschool.com).

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Want to develop more willpower and empathy? Positivity Podcast gives you exercises to develop your character traits.

In this series, Positivity Dan will help you think about character development the way you think about professional development--with strategies, advice, best practices, and tools to help you grow. The series covers essential topics like Empathy (#2), Talent (#7), Honesty (#9), Meditation (#6), and Forgiveness (#5), from experts that range from academics to best-selling authors--all of whom have actionable tips to help you become a better, happier, more effective version of yourself. Think of this series as your character development consultant, aimed at helping you succeed in life. Chances are, you’ll be helping your professional career, too.
- Produced with love by Make School and Positivity Dan. Join thousands of the world's brightest computer science students at Make School (www.makeschool.com).

    Motivation - Daniel Pink on designing routines, self-talk, and projects to increase your drive

    Motivation - Daniel Pink on designing routines, self-talk, and projects to increase your drive

    What motivates us? How can we motivate ourselves? Our guest today is a legend in the psychology world, Dan Pink. He’s often credited for paving the paved the path for authors of other character trait oriented books, including many of the authors who have been on this podcast. And he’s so well regarded that at this point if I see an amazing education organization I just assume he’s on the board. In his groundbreaking book, "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us", Dan uses 50 years of behavioral science to overturn the conventional wisdom about human motivation and offer a more effective path to high performance.

    This episode is incredibly practical and I’ve since used it as my go-to-guide for when I feel like I’m in a slump. Dan talks on how to design your habits, routines, commitments, self-talk, and projects to increase your drive.

    So you want to be more motivated, this episode is for you. And, of you are a manager you may want to jump to minute (31) where Dan shares his top 5 tips for what organizations can do to increase their employee motivation.

    It’s incredibly practical and will leave you with new techniques to be inspired.

    • 37 min
    Career Story: Rob Percival - all-time bestselling iOS instructor with Unathi Chonco of Make School

    Career Story: Rob Percival - all-time bestselling iOS instructor with Unathi Chonco of Make School

    Were you ever in a classroom that felt too crowded? Maybe 35 students, 50, 100? One man teaches a lot more students than that - he teaches over 320,000 students. What a headache! But not for one person.

    Who is he? Rob Percival. He’s one of the best selling online instructors of all time. His uDemy iOS course has reached hundreds of thousands of students. We discuss why Rob believes his courses caught on, his teaching philosophy, the story of his career and how he hopes to change the world. This episode helped me rethink my teaching career, and how to cope with unexpected dramatic success and impact. In this episode, I’m joined with Make School student Unathi Choco.

    • 30 min
    Altruism - Matthieu Richard on cultivating urge to give

    Altruism - Matthieu Richard on cultivating urge to give

    How can you cultivate a generous attitude?

    In this episode, we have Matthieu Richard, a Buddhist monk in Nepal with TedTalks on happiness and altruism that have over 8 million views. In this episode, we deconstruct how to cultivate this urge in our own hearts to be altruistic. We also talk about Matthieu's journey from the intellectual elites in France to a monastery in Nepal, meditation, self-love, how to evaluate the effectiveness of an altruistic act, habits to achieve a meditative mindset throughout the day, and why some reporters call Matthieu “the happiest man in the world” but he disagrees.

    Our talk helped me think about how to push the boundaries of my own giving, how to better delight people in my life. We also talk about how giving can make me happier. Matthieu's new meditation app (https://www.imagineclarity.com/) may also be the tool you need to find peace.

    Alright, here’s Matthieu.

    • 51 min
    Negotiation - William Ury on how to get what you want in business and life

    Negotiation - William Ury on how to get what you want in business and life

    Today’s episode stars William Ury, author of Getting to Yes. The book is an international bestseller with over twelve million copies in print and publication in thirty-four languages. Ury is also the founder of the Harvard Program on Negotiation and along with Jimmy Carter, founded the International Negotiation Network. And as Ury mentions we are always negotiating so...

    His tactics are relevant for job seekers, business deals, and even to reach an agreement with a loved one.

    In this episode, we talk through a linear process to prepare for a negotiation. The step by step way you should understand what you want, communicate it, and respect the other person’s perspective. He also shares a fascinating story about how he helped two billionaires resolve a conflict that was called the “the biggest cross-continental war room showdown in history”, and how a few hours of preparation can make you thousands of extra dollars. I can say personally, Wiliam’s insights have saved me tons of stress and worry during the difficult conversations in my own life.

    Let’s go!

    • 59 min
    Project based learning - Bob Lenz on how project design can help you grow

    Project based learning - Bob Lenz on how project design can help you grow

    How can we design projects to optimize our learning?

    Bob Lenz and the Buck Institute has answers. His name may sound familiar - a previous guest on this podcast, Tom Vander Ark, recommended his work.

    This topic of planning projects could be relevant to you in many ways. It could be relevant if you are a manager designing projects for employees, a teacher designing projects for students, or even you designing projects for yourself.

    The episode helped me design my work in order to increase my motivation, incorporate expert feedback, contextualize my learning, and communicate my expectations to teammates better. This episode is dense and jam-packed but like any project, it’s ultimately rewarding. Oy I feel like a cheezy teacher now.

    I hope that this podcast inspires learning for you as much as it did for me!

    Let’s go!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Prioritizing What Matters - Noël Gordon on Rethinking how Work and Life Intertwine

    Prioritizing What Matters - Noël Gordon on Rethinking how Work and Life Intertwine

    How do you navigate your quest to live a full life?  

    How do you prioritize work versus family, stretch yourself while maintaining your wellness?

    Acclaimed civil rights activist Noël Gordon Jr has a unique perspective. He’s not trying to optimize for career or happiness. He points somewhere else.

    What's most surprising: Noël is incredibly accomplished, and he says his focus on other priorities has driven his success.

    At 24, Noël won the employee of the year award while serving as Senior Program Specialist at the Human Rights Campaign, America's leading LGBTQ civil rights organization. Noël has advised the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Delegation to the United Nations on issues affecting LGBTQ people, and his work has been mentioned or quoted in more than 300 publications nationwide, including USA Today and Teen Vogue.

    This episode changed my life. I hope it changes yours too.

    • 43 min

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