38 episodes

Bearded Wisdom is the podcast for leaders and entrepreneurs who want to get unstuck. You’ll learn proven self-awareness techniques and get the tools and mindset needed to level up your life at home and at work. Listen every weekday for relevant lessons and timeless strategies from a guy who will shoot it straight with you.

After spending years learning from some of the greatest spiritual teachers in the world, Les McDaniel is bringing those teachings into easy-to-understand lessons that are relevant to the challenges you’re facing today. If you’re looking to live a more meaningful life — while also enjoying as much of it as possible - hit the follow button and join the ‘Bearded Wisdom’ community so that we can all inspire others to become liberated and re-claim the power of their story!

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Bearded Wisdom is the podcast for leaders and entrepreneurs who want to get unstuck. You’ll learn proven self-awareness techniques and get the tools and mindset needed to level up your life at home and at work. Listen every weekday for relevant lessons and timeless strategies from a guy who will shoot it straight with you.

After spending years learning from some of the greatest spiritual teachers in the world, Les McDaniel is bringing those teachings into easy-to-understand lessons that are relevant to the challenges you’re facing today. If you’re looking to live a more meaningful life — while also enjoying as much of it as possible - hit the follow button and join the ‘Bearded Wisdom’ community so that we can all inspire others to become liberated and re-claim the power of their story!

    How To Tap Into True Compassion

    How To Tap Into True Compassion

    We all want to be seen, heard, and understood. It's a basic human need. Yet, most of us are so desperate to be understood that we forget to be understanding. 
    The sad reality is that many people focus on the problem when it would be much better to focus on the person. You see, understanding others does not require agreement. You just have to put yourself in their shoes before trying to put them in their place. 

    There is joy and connection to be found when we take the time to seek understanding instead of constantly trying to be right. In today's episode, Les shares what it means to move from misunderstanding to understanding by perceiving our emotions at a much deeper level. 

    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN:
    00:00 Introduction
    01:41 Understanding the purpose of our emotions
    02:48 Ways our emotions influence our judgments
    05:18 Leveraging other people's emotions for mutual gain
    06:28 The outcome of genuinely understanding other people's emotions
    07:50 Reasons it's so easy to misunderstand other people's emotions
    08:51 We all want to be seen, heard, and understood
    11:07 Practicing a way of life that leads us to oneness
    11:30 We are all born, and someday we'll all die
    13:30 The goal is to multiply liberated leaders
    14:36 The impossible situation we're all born into
    15:20 Parting thoughts

    Links and Resources:
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    Connect with Les on Facebook 

    • 16 min
    How To Turn Your Pain Into Purpose

    How To Turn Your Pain Into Purpose

    Have you ever felt completely controlled by your emotions? It happens to the best of us; some trigger event can lead to an emotional reaction that is nothing close to who you truly are.
    Although such powerful emotions can feel like riding a runaway horse, emotional intelligence can help you take back the reins. Remember, if you'd like to expand your peace, never let emotions interfere with what you want to accomplish. Yes, sometimes situations can be a little overwhelming, but the better control you have over your emotions, the more peace you'll have in your life.

    On today's episode, Les breaks down ways you can use emotions to expand your peace and take control of your internal wellbeing. 

    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN:
    00:00 Introduction
    02:30 Are you controlled by your emotions?
    03:22 Using trauma to create your ideal life
    04:37 Your thoughts influence your emotions 
    05:55 How to use your thoughts to improve your ability to connect with others
    08:58 To solve a problem, focus on the desired outcome
    10:45 How Les handled a partner who double-crossed him out of a deal
    13:40 Be creative instead of reactive
    15:25 Understanding your emotions to build flourishing connections
    16:28 Parting thoughts 

    Links and Resources:
    Lesismore.life
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    Connect with Les on Facebook

    • 18 min
    The Power Of Emotional Expressions

    The Power Of Emotional Expressions

    How high is your emotional intelligence? Can you accurately perceive your emotions based on context and culture? 
    The first step to mastering your emotions is to perceive them accurately - this might involve understanding how your emotions promote thinking and cognitive activity. However, as Les explains, the ability to differentiate between real and false emotions is even more important when navigating the testy waters of personal and professional relationships. 
    In today's episode, Les goes through 7 key factors influencing your ability to express and control your emotions and those of others. He also shares how you can learn to use your emotions to act with assertiveness and defined boundaries.

    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN:
    00:00 Introduction
    00:40 The difference between personal intelligence and emotional intelligence
    03:30 Emotional intelligence in everyday life
    05:11 Experiences that alter how we perceive emotions
    06:35 The truth about our emotions
    07:52 Accurate versus inaccurate emotional expressions 
    09:44 How to regulate your emotions based on context & culture
    10:55 How to express emotions accurately when desired
    12:45 Situational awareness: Do you have it?
    14:41 Swimming in the waters of your own emotions
    15:57 Understanding dishonest emotional responses
    16:45 Parting thoughts 

    Links and Resources:
    Lesismore.life
    Follow Les on Instagram
    Bearded Wisdom on TikTok
    Connect with Les on Facebook

    • 18 min
    Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence for a Healthier Life

    Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence for a Healthier Life

    What is emotional intelligence - and is it more important than IQ when it comes to success in life? 
    Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to interpret, control, and use emotions to relate with others effectively and constructively. Scientists have repeatedly proven that Emotional Intelligence can be a better predictor of success, quality relationships, and overall happiness than IQ. This is why Les believes EQ is essential, especially when trying to find peace in the chaotic world we live in. 
    In today's episode, Les breaks down the benefits of developing your emotional intelligence. He also reveals why the more successful people have a fine balance between EQ, IQ, and PQ(personal quotient). 
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN:
    00:00 Introduction
    00:35 Emotional intelligence in a post-pandemic world
    01:46 How to experience a healthy emotional understanding of life
    02:36 Is IQ more important than EQ?
    04:14 The cycle of death and life
    05:52 Why sadness is at an all-time high
    06:31 Living from the core of who you really are
    08:22 Understanding the intersection between EQ, IQ, and PQ
     12:47 Exercise: Figure out how EQ, IQ, and PQ show up in your life
    14:08 Parting thoughts
    Links and Resources:
    Lesismore.life
    Follow Les on Instagram
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    Connect with Les on Facebook

    • 15 min
    The Many Faces Of Emotional Intelligence

    The Many Faces Of Emotional Intelligence

    What do you stand to gain by developing higher emotional intelligence? 
    We already know EQ matters just as much as IQ when it comes to happiness and success in life. But with the ever-changing dynamics of the post-pandemic workplace and the rise of woke culture, having Emotional Intelligence is now more important than ever. In today's episode, Les goes through practical tips to help you enhance your ability to work with your emotions and use emotional intelligence as a springboard for a successful professional and personal life.
    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN:
    00:00 Introduction
    01:08 A celebratory week for Les
    02:40 Emotional intelligence secrets
    04:17 The pandemic and its impact on mental health 
    06:41 What is emotional intelligence?
    07:40 What emotional intelligence looks like in daily life
    09:20 Raising kids who don't show any emotions
    10:56 Learning to work through your emotions
    11:46 Parting thoughts 

    Links and Resources:
    Lesismore.life
    Follow Les on Instagram
    Bearded Wisdom on TikTok
    Connect with Les on Facebook

    • 12 min
    An Entrepreneur's Paradox

    An Entrepreneur's Paradox

    What does it mean to be an entrepreneur that creates success in all aspects of life?
    Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. To be one, you must have the ability to take risks, be creative, and, most importantly, give away your gifts freely. Sadly, most entrepreneurs would rather hold onto their gifts than give them away. But here's the thing; your time on earth is limited. If you hold onto your gifts waiting for the right time, that time will never come. And if it does come, it might be too late. 

    Tune in to hear Les explain why you need to take the time to figure out how you can share your unique gifts in ways that will benefit both you and those around you.

    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL LEARN:
    00:00 Introduction
    01:40 What is an entrepreneur's paradox?
    03:29 Giving away your gifts for free
    04:55 There's nothing new under the sun
    05:58 Understanding the centrifugal force in your own life
    06:49 Whether long or short, your time on earth is limited
    08:50 How suffering can be a gift
    10:56 Embracing the fullness of suffering
    12:34 Why you should only give your gifts to those who want it
    13:35 The power that comes with giving away your gifts freely
    14:55 Parting thoughts 

    Links and Resources:
    Lesismore.life
    Follow Les on Instagram
    Bearded Wisdom on TikTok
    Connect with Les on Facebook

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Chris-GBY ,

Slice of humility to go with that bearded wisdom

Helpful stories and lessons to inspire me to keep making gains. I love to hear Les’ humility and perspective in areas that are most important and he leaves the episode with a contemplative question to carry into the day. 👍❤️

Jon Vroman ,

From the depths of experience

Love the stories, which are clearly rooted in years of experience. Les brings heart each episode. When I listen, I feel like I’m in the car talking with a brother. It’s rare to find a mix of humble confidence that Les brings to the table.

Chris Coggin ,

Cosmic perspective

Great reminder to see the world from a bigger perspective.

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