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Slo Mo is a series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat Mo Gawdat

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    • 5.0 • 136 Ratings

Slo Mo is a series of conversations hosted by bestselling author and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.

    Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Lola Jaye on How to Stop Fortune Telling and Start Being You

    Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Lola Jaye on How to Stop Fortune Telling and Start Being You

    Today's episode is part of a mini-series of interviews done in the context of the topics of my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, available now: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    This week I talk to Lola Jaye. Lola is a registered psychotherapist author of historical novels which feature characters tackling race, mental health and, simply, life. A member of the Black Writers' Guild and the author of five previous novels,  her most recent is The Attic Child , a hauntingly powerful, emotionally charged and unique dual-narrative novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity and belonging, seen through the lens of Black British History. 

    I have learned so much from Lola's work about the value of pain, and so much from her personal story succeeding as a black woman about the value of authenticity.

    Listen as we discuss:
    The heartbreaking backstory of The Attic Child.Modern racism and how it is strictly a product of conditioning.Why having a "bestselling" book is mostly a marketing job.Life isn't short. It's long, when you're present.Lola's writing process and the internal voice of an eight year old boy.There has to be something in everything, or there's no point to all this.My only-recent understanding of fiction writing (engineer brain problems)Fortune telling, and why you shouldn't do it.Lola's top tip for happiness: be in the moment.How did Lola succeed as a black woman? By staying authentic.YouTube: @mogawdatofficial (full episodes on video here)
    Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Lola Jaye on Twitter @lolajaye, Instagram @lola.jaye, and her website, lolajaye.com

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

    • 41 min
    Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Owen O'Kane on How to Be Your Own Therapist

    Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Owen O'Kane on How to Be Your Own Therapist

    Today's episode is part of a mini-series of interviews done in the context of the topics of my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, available now: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    This week, I speak with my good friend Owen O'Kane for a second time on Slo Mo. (Check out episode 120 for our first chat if you missed it).  Owen is a psychotherapist and author of Ten Times Happier and the globally acclaimed and Sunday Times bestselling book, Ten to Zen..

    His latest book, How to Be Your Own Therapist, is out on June 23rd. 

    Owen has over 25 years’ experience in physical and mental health and is a former NHS Mental Health Clinical Lead. He now runs a successful private practice in London.

    Listen as we discuss:
    The healing power and intuition of dogs.Combating the stigma and hurdles of getting therapy.Owen's new book, How to Be Your Own Therapist, and writing himself out of a job.Getting attached to the familiarity of your own issues.Learning to attribute our problems to how we approach life, not on external factors.The importance of understanding your story.Owen's shame as a young gay man was his brain feeding him inaccurate information.The pressure to be happy all the time when you're a "happiness teacher."All you need to do is be truthful.PPSD, or post-pandemic stress order.What's one thing you can do immediately to make life happier?Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    YouTube: @mogawdatofficial
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Owen O'Kane on Instagram @owenokaneten and his website, owenokane.com

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Nadia Gilani on How to Confront the Colonization of Yoga

    Slo Mo X That Little Voice In Your Head - Nadia Gilani on How to Confront the Colonization of Yoga

    Today's episode is part of a mini-series of interviews done in the context of the topics of my new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, available now: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    I speak with Nadia Gilani, a writer, yoga teacher, and in my designation, a yoga activist. Nadia has noticed not only yoga's rising popularity, but also how its modern incarnation no longer serves people of color, working class people, or many other groups who originally pioneered its creation. The Yoga Manifesto is her first book. Combining her own memories of how the practice has helped her with an account of its history and transformation in the modern west, she creates a love letter to yoga and a passionate critique of the billion-dollar industry whose cost and inaccessibility has shut out many of those it should be helping.

    Listen as we discuss:
    My personal experiences with yoga (not great).Nadia's new book The Yoga Manifesto and why it's not [only] an angry book.Nonviolence is an action.What yoga truly is and how it applies to modern life.Even the prophets wandered and asked questions about their faith.The eight limbs of yoga and what it means to be a yogi.What is samadhi (enlightenment)?The dark side of modern yoga and why I call Nadia a yoga activist.The effects of yoga on the little voice in your head.What is happiness for Nadia?Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    YouTube: @mogawdatofficial
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Nadia Gilani on Instagram @theyogadissident and her website, nadiagilani.co.uk

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 57 min
    John Butler - How to Stay Humble in Spiritual Pursuits and Learn to Love the Silence

    John Butler - How to Stay Humble in Spiritual Pursuits and Learn to Love the Silence

    This week, I speak with John Butler in what may be the most genuinely Slo Mo episode to date. Recorded in Bakewell Parish Church, a place filled with prayers of the hopeful going back over a thousand years, this conversation is an honest perspective and retrospective on the purpose of our existence, and nothing less.

    John Butler has been practicing meditation for nearly 60 years. Now in his eighties - a self-proclaimed 'little boy with a grey beard' and humbled back into innocence, he shares his insights with the world on a YouTube channel that now has over 200,000 subscribers. He has also published 8 books, to describe his amazing life in search of spiritual perfection - details on his website. 

    "Who am I, but just one more of those who, since time began, have walked the hills and gazed upon the stars? When we, with heart outstretched, feel close to God, it's safer to be humble than to think we know. Experience, however, is given to be shared. While others receive otherwise, each part unique, though incomplete, contributes to the whole."
    Listen as we discuss:
    Why John doesn't consider himself wise or a teacher, and thus avoids a slippery slope.How defining meditation has deterred us from its aims.Two things in the world that have no limit.Silence is a good practical approach to the infinite.How the journey inward often begins when life shakes us up.John's story from farmer to reluctant YouTube sensation.Everything in the world works under perfect law.Looking back on life as an old person.Why we feel ourselves divided.Why the word "happy" feels too small.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    YouTube: @mogawdatofficial
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with John Butler on Instagram @spiritualunfoldment, YouTube @SpiritualUnfoldment, and his website, spiritualunfoldment.co.uk

    My new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, is now available: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 52 min
    Ali Abdaal - How to Energize Your Work for Maximum Productivity and Optimize Your Impact

    Ali Abdaal - How to Energize Your Work for Maximum Productivity and Optimize Your Impact

    This week's guest is Ali Abdaal, who is surely a familiar face to anyone who has spent any time on YouTube in the last several years. Ali and his content machine is nothing short of a phenomenon with millions of subscribers. The secret to his success? He's extremely likeable.

    Ali started his YouTube channel in 2017 as a final-year medical student at Cambridge, making videos about productivity, effective study tips, and his university experience. Since then his audience has grown dramatically, and in 2021 he quit his career as an NHS doctor to be a full-time internet creator/entrepreneur, focused on health, wealth, love, happiness, and impact.

    He now runs a multi-million pound content-creation business with 20 full-time employees, hosts a weekly podcast, Deep Dive with Ali Abdaal, interviewing inspiring people, and continues to make videos on how to lead a happier, more fulfilled life. He’s also writing a book themed around meaningful and sustainable productivity, aiming to be published in 2024. 

    Listen as we discuss:
    Where does Ali get his huge variety of ideas?How to figure out what to do with your life using the Gravestone Technique.If you won the lottery, would you continue doing what you're doing?The three motives of a founder.Ali's new book about productivity (still untitled)Monetizing your passion and slowly building it, even if you have a day job.How to integrate prioritize health into your life.Ali's dating life and the novel experience of maintaining a serious relationship.Effective altruism, and how to optimally approach your impact on the world.What's been most meaningful in Ali's life?Ali's definition of happiness: Contentment, and a choice.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    YouTube: @mogawdatofficial
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Ali Abdaal on YouTube @aliabdaal, Instagram @aliabdaal, and his website, aliabdaal.com

    My new book, That Little Voice in Your Head, is now available: mogawdat.com/littlevoice

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Steven Bartlett - How to Pursue Yourself Ruthlessly and Make the Journey Back to Human

    Steven Bartlett - How to Pursue Yourself Ruthlessly and Make the Journey Back to Human

    Today's guest is ubiquitous. He is widely considered one of Europe’s most talented and accomplished young entrepreneurs and philosophical thinkers. He's also a dear friend.

    Steven Bartlett is the 29-year-old Founder of Social Chain. A university drop-out, he built one of the world’s most influential social media companies from his bedroom when he was just 21 years old, with a current market valuation of over $600M. His debut book, ironically titled Happy Sexy Millionaire, is a Sunday Times best seller. He recently joined BBC’s Dragon’s Den as the youngest ever Dragon in the show’s history.

    Steven interviewed me on his popular podcast, The Diary of a CEO,  last September. The interview went viral and reached millions. He graciously invited me back on for a second chat, which you can listen to now. Beyond the great joy I feel talking to this man, I've only realized more and more just how absolutely brilliant he is. I'm honored to turn the tables and interview him on Slo Mo from his studio. I can honestly say it's my favorite Slo Mo episode yet. Watch this episode on YouTube to get the full experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrgXSfcE2OU

    Listen as we discuss:
    My appearance on The Diary of a CEO and the start of my friendship with Steven.Steven's childhood story that shaped his driving forces (and insecurities).The criteria for knowing when to be ruthless pursuing what you feel is right.How Steven was as happy when he was living in poverty as he is now.The excitement of documenting your suffering as if it will be made into a movie one day.How Steven can be so open with his insecurities and challenging his ego.The bizarre sense of emptiness when you get rich and start buying luxury items.The reality of giving advice from a place of privilege.What is money?The dueling narratives in all of us.Being unattached to your failures is the the key ingredient to success.Why very few of the most successful people in the world are the best at any one thing.Using social media while remaining genuine.Is there anything bigger than this life? Maybe there doesn't need to be.The casino of life, and how to play your chips according to your values and boundaries.The value of commitment is in the sacrifice.Finding a sustainable way to live and making the journey back to human.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    YouTube: @mogawdatofficial
    Website: mogawdat.com

    Connect with Steven Bartlett on Instagram @steven and Twitter @stevenbartlettsc

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy.

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

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136 Ratings

364sunE ,

Simply stellar. Heartfelt, wise & thought provoking

Mo (who’s Egyptian) brings his unique perspective, beautiful spirit, vast knowledge, wisedom and broad worldview to converse with really interesting guests. Thank you Mo & Ali!

Holly, Chief Growth Officer ,

Mo Gawdat is Amazing!!!

I started listening to SLO Mo about 3 months ago. I consume the podcasts almost every day now! He is so amazing and if you are not reading his books and listening to his podcasts you are truly missing out on a transformational experience! I believe my mind expands and life gets better every single time I listen to him!!! Thank you so much Mo! I look forward to meeting you in person one day! Keep on with your incredible work! You are changing the world for the better!!!

Paulina Mari ,

Great

Great episode with my adolescence friend Dorotka ! It’s truly amazing what self love can do for us. I’ve been amazed every single day by this miracle. Looking forward to get my hands on her book. 🤍

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