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In-depth exploration into purpose in life. What is purpose? How does it change lives? How do we find more of it? Interviews include researchers who study it, practitioners who guide people to it, and people who have experienced it. New episode every Wednesday morning.

School of Purpose Bradley Wright PhD

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In-depth exploration into purpose in life. What is purpose? How does it change lives? How do we find more of it? Interviews include researchers who study it, practitioners who guide people to it, and people who have experienced it. New episode every Wednesday morning.

    #85. Purpose in Work and Leadership: Professor and Center Director Stuart Bunderson

    #85. Purpose in Work and Leadership: Professor and Center Director Stuart Bunderson

    What is true leadership? Some view it as effective influence--getting more people to do what you want. But it's more than that. When leadership is rooted in values, it has the potential to change the world. 
    Stuart Bunderson studies meaningful work and leadership. He is an organizational psychologist, and he heads the Bauer Leadership Center at Washington University. One of Stuart's seminal works explored how zookeepers find meaning in their work and the implications this has for them. 
    In this episode, you'll learn about:
    Value-based leadershipStarting with one's own values as a leaderThe difference between values and purposeFinding meaning in workOne's calling as destinyConnect with Stuart:
    Website
    Bauer Leadership Center
    Publications
    The Zookeeper's Secret
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    Want help in finding  your own purpose? Email us at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com.
    Want to connect? Make a connection on Bradley's LinkedIn page. 
    Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com. He specializes in working with early podcasters.

    • 53 min
    #84. Creating and Telling Your Life Story: Publisher and Storyteller Jeremy Brown

    #84. Creating and Telling Your Life Story: Publisher and Storyteller Jeremy Brown

    Do you have a life story waiting to be told? Storytelling provides a powerful structure for organizing how we think about our lives. It can be used to create a life of greater purpose.
    Jeremy Brown started is the founder and CEO of Throne Publishing. He works with people to convert their own life stories into books. This has given him insight into what makes for a meaningful, purposeful life. Here, he shares his perspective on living a life worthy of telling about. 
    In this episode, you'll learn about:
    Fitting a business model to your lifestyleProactive vs. reactive purpose seekingBeing passionate about people Processing your life storyUsing our life experiences to help other peopleConnect with Jeremy:
    LinkedIn
    Throne Publishing Group
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    Want help in finding  your own purpose? Email us at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com.
    Want to connect? Make a connection on Bradley's LinkedIn page. 
    Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com. He specializes in working with early podcasters.

    • 46 min
    #83. A Journey of the Mind through Great Difficulties: CEO and Activist Leon El-Alamin

    #83. A Journey of the Mind through Great Difficulties: CEO and Activist Leon El-Alamin

    Leon El-Alamin started out life on the wrong path. Growing up in Flint, Michigan he got into the street life. He was a drug dealer. He was shot in the head. He was incarcerated. In prison, he was put into 22-hour-a-day lockdown. Amid these difficulties, he had a revelation. He discovered who he really was, and what he wanted to become. Upon release, he went looking for work, but no one would hire him because of his record. Rather than returning to crime, Leon decided to change the community. He started a non-profit to support at-risk youth and formerly incarcerated individuals.  
    In this episode, you'll learn about:
    Taking a radically new path in lifeThe need to focus on one's selfThe power of reading Creating yourself into who you want to beThe impact of spirituality on self-disciplineConnect with Leon:
    Made Institute
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
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    Want help in finding  your own purpose? Email us at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com.
    Want to connect? Make a connection on Bradley's LinkedIn page. 
    Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com. He specializes in working with early podcasters.

    • 52 min
    #82. Using Self-Hypnosis to Find Purpose: Professor of Psychiatry & Reveri Co-Founder David Spiegel

    #82. Using Self-Hypnosis to Find Purpose: Professor of Psychiatry & Reveri Co-Founder David Spiegel

    You've heard about hypnosis. Did you know that you can hypnotize yourself--easily and safely? Doing this can be a powerful way of clarifying lots of issues--including your purpose.
    David Spiegel is the Wilson Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His life work--for forty years--has been studying hypnosis using stringent scientific protocols. He knows what it is, how it works, and how it benefits people. He's also hypnotized thousands of people. Here he demystifies hypnosis and explains how to start practicing it. 
    In this episode,  you'll learn about:
    What hypnosis isHow hypnosis worksThe connection between hypnosis and the unconsciousThe Reveri app-an easy, safe way to hypnotize yourselfHow self-hypnosis can clarify purposeReveri App
    David's publications

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    Want help in finding  your own purpose? Email us at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com.
    Want to connect? Make a connection on Bradley's LinkedIn page. 
    Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com. He specializes in working with early podcasters.

    • 48 min
    #81. How to Find Your Calling in Life: Psychologist and Chief Science Officer Bryan Dik

    #81. How to Find Your Calling in Life: Psychologist and Chief Science Officer Bryan Dik

    Do you have calling in life? Do you want one? How would you know if you have a calling?
    Bryan Dik is an expert on callings. As a professor of psychology, at Colorado State University, he has studied them for two decades. He even started a company to help young people choose purposeful careers. In this episode of the School of Purpose Podcast, Bryan teaches about callings--what they are and how to find your own. 
    In this episode,  you'll learn :
    What a calling isHow knowing our gifts and strengths guides us to our callingHow to assess our deepest valuesThe power of starting with what we're most interested inStarting with possibilities and making informed choicesWhere to find Bryan:
    Personal Website
    PathwayU
    The Purposeful Work Podcast
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    Want help in finding  your own purpose? Email us at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com.
    Want to connect? Make a connection on Bradley's LinkedIn page. 
    Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com. He specializes in working with early podcasters.

    • 50 min
    #80. Being Brave Enough to Suck at Something New: Master Woodworker and YouTube Star Cam Anderson of Blacktail Studio

    #80. Being Brave Enough to Suck at Something New: Master Woodworker and YouTube Star Cam Anderson of Blacktail Studio

    Have you ever dreamed of doing something that was entirely new, but  you have no idea how to do it? All too many people don't act on such a dream. It's too different, too difficult. Some people, however, try it. They take the risk and boldly walk into the unknown. 
    Cam Anderson is a woodworker doing really interesting things. He makes extraordinarily beautiful tables--thick slabs of wood with gaps filled with resin. He also films himself making these tables, and posts the videos to YouTube. Many, many people watch these videos. The channel has 1.2 million subscribers! In this episode, Cam shares his secrets for getting into something new that feels purposeful.  
    In this episode, you'll learn about 
    Being brave enough to suck at something newSerendipitous input from othersCore vs. manifest purpose in lifeEducating others about their purposeThe relationship between ability and purpose Connect with Cam:
    YouTube Channel
    Instagram
    Blacktail Studio
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    Thank you for listening to the School of Purpose Podcast.
    Would you like assistance in finding  your own purpose? Email us at bradleywrightphd@gmail.com. We'll do what we can.
    Want to connect? Make a connection on Bradley's LinkedIn page. 
    Want to start your own podcast? This podcast is edited and produced (and music too) by Josh Gilbert. Contact him at   joshgilbertmedia@gmail.com. He specializes in working with early podcasters.

    • 49 min

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Thanks for sharing such an empowering story! And congratulations for your sobriety and and accomplishments. I know that your story resonates with many!

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#64 William McNeeley

This discussion is so encouraging and inspiring! I finished listening and was filled with hope and joy! Thank you, Bradley, for this extra special work you are sharing, and thank you to William, for being such an inspiration and truly wonderful human being!

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