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Founded by coach and teacher Joshua Steinfeldt, The Courageous Life is a global conversation with thought leaders and everyday heroes about overcoming fear and growing courage to pursue what matters most in life, work, and love.

The Courageous Life Joshua Steinfeldt

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Founded by coach and teacher Joshua Steinfeldt, The Courageous Life is a global conversation with thought leaders and everyday heroes about overcoming fear and growing courage to pursue what matters most in life, work, and love.

    63: Dr. Andrew Reiner - The Changing Face of Masculinity

    63: Dr. Andrew Reiner - The Changing Face of Masculinity

    Andrew Reiner is a professor at Towson University, where he offers the seminar “The Changing Face of Masculinity.” He has written on masculinity and men’s issues for the New York Times,Italy’s La Republica and the Washington Post Magazine, and his work has been featured on NPR and the Canadian Broadcasting Company, and in The Guardian, Men’s Health magazine, and Forbes. He speaks about masculinity regularly at schools and conferences nationally and internationally. 


    In this episode Andrew shares themes from his new book, Better Boys, Better Men including:


    His story and the reasons behind his passion and interest in his workReflections on traditional messaging around masculinity and why much of this thinking is outdated and no longer serving many of today's boys and men.How he is thinking about healthy masculinity today Why vulnerability and asking for help are forms of strength, and how these qualities can promote greater courage and emotional resiliencyWhy living authentically is courageous and is at the core of his workUpdated research findings in neuroscience and child development supporting the need for a new vision of healthy masculinity And more!
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    • 48 min
    62: Dr. Sunita Puri - The Eleventh Hour: Lessons on Life, Acceptance, and Courage

    62: Dr. Sunita Puri - The Eleventh Hour: Lessons on Life, Acceptance, and Courage

    Dr. Sunita Puri is the Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine Service at Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California, where she also serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee. Sunita is the author of That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, an acclaimed literary memoir examining her journey to the practice of palliative medicine, and her quest to help patients and families redefine what it means to live and die well in the face of serious illness. Her work has been featured on PBS' Amanpour Show, the Guardian, NPR, the Atlantic, Forbes, and People Magazine, which named her book the Book of the Week. She has also written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. For more, please visit sunitapuri.com

    In this episode we explore:
    Sunita’s personal journey toward greater self-acceptance Why honesty is a form of kindnessHow curiosity can be a key factor in keeping the heart open in the face of difficultyStrategies for having courageous conversations about what really matters in lifeWhat death can teach us about living wellEmpathy - why it’s about asking the questions that need to be listened toA few of Sunita’s learnings about when to keep fighting, and when to let goThe role of courage in living a life without regretAnd more!Enjoying the show? Please take a moment and rate it on iTunes. 

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    • 52 min
    61: Dr. Melvin L. Smith - Finding the Courage to Pursue Your Dreams

    61: Dr. Melvin L. Smith - Finding the Courage to Pursue Your Dreams

    Melvin L. Smith, Ph.D., is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and Faculty Director of Executive Education at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. Melvin's teaching and research focus on leadership, leadership development, executive coaching and the development and use of human and social capital in organizations.  He is coauthor of the book Helping People Change: Coaching for Lifelong Learning and Growth. Prior to his academic career, Melvin spent nearly 15 years in a series of Sales, Marketing and Organization Development roles at a number of Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Pepsi and H.J. Heinz. 

    In this conversation Melvin and I explore:
    What renewal is and why it's fundamental to thrivingHow we can navigate stress in uncertain times using practices of renewalEvery day practices for finding renewal, including meditation, deep breathing, and moreHow community and compassionate relationships support renewal and thrivingWhy negative emotions help us survive, and positive emotions + renewal help us thriveWhy questions are so powerful when it comes to pursuing your dreamsThe importance of having a dream, and pursuing it with intentionalityHow Melvin works with coaching clients to realize their dreamsThe 4 foundations of a courageous lifeAnd more!
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    • 50 min
    60: Dr. Jeffrey Hull - The Art and Science of Leadership in a Changing World

    60: Dr. Jeffrey Hull - The Art and Science of Leadership in a Changing World

    Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D. is an author, educator and consultant with over twenty years experience partnering with C-suite executives on issues of high performance leadership, change management, organizational strategy, structure and culture. Dr. Hull is a highly sought-after facilitator, keynote speaker and executive coach to both non-profit and for-profit global organizations. Dr. Hull is Director of Education & Business Development at the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate. He is also a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct professor of leadership at New York University. For more about Jeff, and his new book Flex: The Art and Science of Leadership in a Changing World, please visit jeffreyhull.com

    In this episode Jeff and I explore:
    The current landscape of leadership and who is rising to the topWhy agility and being able to flex your communication style is key to succeeding as a leaderPractical strategies that will help you to flex Stories of inspirational leaders Jeff has worked withVulnerability as a form of courage How to tap into creativity including practices that are supportive of innovationJeff's latest thinking on the future of leadership and why compassion is at the coreAnd more!Enjoying the show? Please take a moment and rate the Courageous Life on iTunes

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    • 53 min
    59: Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman - The New Science of Self-Actualization

    59: Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman - The New Science of Self-Actualization

    Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist exploring the depths of human potential. He has taught courses on intelligence, creativity, and well-being at Columbia University, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in using his research to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and self-actualized life. Scott's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review. In his latest book Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization, he presents a new hierarchy of human needs for the 21st century, one that allows for the fulfillment of individual potential as well as the actualization of transcendent purpose and peak experiences. Scott also hosts the #1 psychology podcast in the world, The Psychology Podcast. To learn more, please visit scottbarrykaufman.com

    In this episode Scott and I discuss themes from his new book Transcend, including:
    His deep interest in the Abraham Maslow's work and motivation for writing TranscendThe psychology of everyday saintsThe link between a "quiet ego" and self-actualizationAcceptance as a form of courage Practical strategies for living a more authentic and fulfilling lifeFinding meaning and joy in everyday experiencesHow setting personal boundaries can unlock a deeper capacity for compassionAnd more!Enjoying the Courageous Life? Please take a moment and rate the show on iTunes!

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    • 41 min
    58: Dr. Jud Brewer - Is Curiosity a Superpower?

    58: Dr. Jud Brewer - Is Curiosity a Superpower?

    Have you ever thought about us and them thinking, judgment,  tribalism, or blame as habits? If they are habits, can they be broken using the latest science of habit change? Dr. Jud and I dive deep into this question in this episode. We also explore: 
    A 3 step process for habit change developed by Jud and his teamWhy Jud believes curiosity is a superpowerHow to rewire your brain for greater kindness, curiosity, and connectionThe key to adopting a growth mindsetWhat Jud's team found when they analyzed Anderson Cooper's brain during meditationHow findings from Jud's neuroscience lab can be used to build bridges, counter tribalism, and foster communityPractical ways to keep your heart open when it begins to closeHow mindfulness can be helpful in dealing with difficult emotions
    About Dr. Jud:

    Dr. Jud Brewer is passionate about understanding how our brains work, and how to use that knowledge to help people make deep, permanent change in their lives — with the goal of reducing suffering in the world at large. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University. As an addiction psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for treating addictions, Dr. Jud has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness. He has trained US Olympic athletes and coaches, foreign government ministers and corporate leaders. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED, Time magazine, Forbes, CNN, BBC, NPR, The Washington Post, Businessweek and others. You can find out more at drjud.com

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    • 1 hr 2 min

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Like a Phoenix

Thank you and your guests for bringing so much insight and understanding to my life. My soul and I are deeply grateful for learning about the wisdom within mindfulness and equanimity. I love listening to The Courageous Life. Always time well spent. Joshua is a courageous and compassionate ninja of thoughtfulness. 🥰

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Keeps Getting Better

I just finished listening to Joshua’s conversation with Roshi Joan Halifax. I’m inspired again by the way Joshua asks deep, thoughtful questions which invite exploration and unique, personal responses. As a Psychologist and a parent, I find nuggets of inspiration both personally and professionally in each podcast I listen to.

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A journey

I’m so grateful to Joshua for creating this space to listen, learn, and reflect. Each episode is a journey into myself and highlights, in a time when we need it most, our shared humanity. I’ve yet to listen to an episode that doesn’t shift my way of thinking.

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