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Where There's Smoke explores self-development through the filter of current events, pop culture, and experience. We surf the zeitgeist through an array of audio clips, quotes, concepts, and conversations.

In the spirit of The Daily Show and This American Life, we throw everything into an audio centrifuge that separates “what” from “why”. You walk away with insights and actionable solutions to improve your business, relationships, and almost any area of your life.

Where There's Smoke Brett Gajda and Nick Jaworski

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    • 4.8 • 527 Ratings

Where There's Smoke explores self-development through the filter of current events, pop culture, and experience. We surf the zeitgeist through an array of audio clips, quotes, concepts, and conversations.

In the spirit of The Daily Show and This American Life, we throw everything into an audio centrifuge that separates “what” from “why”. You walk away with insights and actionable solutions to improve your business, relationships, and almost any area of your life.

    In Memoriam: Verleon Grant (Listener Favorite Guest and Nick's Grandmother)

    In Memoriam: Verleon Grant (Listener Favorite Guest and Nick's Grandmother)

    Sadly, my grandmother passed away this week at the age of 99. You might remember her from episode #49 of WTS: Can't Get There From Hair (Acceptance). 
    She was a force and I hope you take a few minutes to listen to what she has to say.
    Article written in 2019: 
    https://tntribune.com/mother-of-the-year-a-tribute-to-mrs-verleon-h-s-grant-age-98/?fbclid=IwAR223gtu-k4umJtZgWW6MkyPs5yv7OkEzS8EHrrv_AXFo6jGUpxaA3iUUa8

    • 11 min
    82: A Christmas Episode

    82: A Christmas Episode

    It is December and any show worth its weight in gold (or frankincense… or myrrh) has a Christmas episode - and WTS is definitely with its weight in tree resin.
    This episode comes to you in the form of two audio gifts. We even wrapped them and put them under the tree for you. We hope you enjoy them and, perhaps, even take away an idea or two that helps your holiday season be merry and bright.

    Thank you to Joseph Quinn for joining us in this episod and also for crafting and recording this year’s jazzy holiday version of our theme.


    p.s. This is Where There’s Smoke’s 3rd Christmas episode. If you love Christmas and all things Christmas, be sure to check out the other two - 38: A Where There’s Smoke Christmas and 56: Soaking in the Holidays (Feeling) . The first is an all-time fun and wacky WTS classic, and the second is a beautiful and reflective listen.
    Find full show notes for this episode (with links to resources) at www.wheretheressmoke.co
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    • 35 min
    81: Halloween or Hallo... won’t? (Play)

    81: Halloween or Hallo... won’t? (Play)

    What is Halloween without the trick or treating?

    That is the question that started the journey of this episode. A lot of our traditions over the next few months are going to look different this year. Not just Halloween. It’s unlikely that celebrations of US Thanksgiving, Diwali, Hanukkah, or Christmas will have the same gatherings of people they have in the past. And that sucks. And many people feel stuck.
    And this feeling of being stuck is not exclusive to Halloween where 2020 is concerned.

    So how do we adapt? And is perhaps perhaps a tool that can help all of us adapt? For Halloween … and beyond.
    Find full show notes for this episode (with links to resources) at www.wheretheressmoke.co
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    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

    We want to share the mic … with you!

    What does that mean? Well, how would you like to create an episode of Where There’s Smoke? Do you have an idea, concept, something you've been pondering, and you think ‘That would make an amazing Where There’s Smoke’? Well, let’s make it! 
    We are looking for collaborators, co-writers, and co-hosts. Fresh new perspectives to be a part of the Where There’s Smoke universe. Is that you? If so, email us at connect@wheretheressmoke.co
    If you want to pitch us an idea for a show. Great. But you don't need to have an entire pitch right now. Just tell us why you want to work with us.Tell us why you think you'd be a great person for us to work with. Tell us why you think you'd make a great addition to the WTS universe. 
    Email us at connect@wheretheresmoke.co and let’s start a dialogue.
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    • 26 min
    80: Can We Talk? (Dialogue)

    80: Can We Talk? (Dialogue)

    The world is grappling with a lot of tough issues. Issues that are nuanced and layered. Issues that don’t necessarily have a right or wrong answer. Issues that demand dialogue for progress. And yet we seem to mostly be doing something else. 
    This week we are talking about talking. Debate vs Dialogue. Nick revisits an actual debate, and both Nick and Brett attempt to create some dialogue. 
    In the end they hope to answer the question, Is dialogue dead?
    Find full show notes for this episode (with links to resources) at www.wheretheressmoke.co
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    Make sure to check out Nick's new podcast, Shame Rules!. Click here and subscribe: http://smarturl.it/jjuoz0
     
    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

    We want to share the mic … with you!

    What does that mean? Well, how would you like to create an episode of Where There’s Smoke? Do you have an idea, concept, something you've been pondering, and you think ‘That would make an amazing Where There’s Smoke’? Well, let’s make it! 
    We are looking for collaborators, co-writers, and co-hosts. Fresh new perspectives to be a part of the Where There’s Smoke universe. Is that you? If so, email us at connect@wheretheressmoke.co
    If you want to pitch us an idea for a show. Great. But you don't need to have an entire pitch right now. Just tell us why you want to work with us.Tell us why you think you'd be a great person for us to work with. Tell us why you think you'd make a great addition to the WTS universe. 
    Email us at connect@wheretheresmoke.co and let’s start a dialogue.

    • 34 min
    79: Lessons from Chadwick (Generosity)

    79: Lessons from Chadwick (Generosity)

    This week our episode is inspired by the life of Chadwick Boseman.
    We challenge ourselves to look at how we are showing up in the world. With all of our fears and doubts and distractions, and over corrections and under corrections, and at times just plain laziness or indifference - how many of us manage to consistently show up in our life? For ourselves and for others? To bring all of ourselves to the party?

    We hear a story from Personal Story expert, Bo Eason. And you may just leave this episode with a different view on generosity, and a renewed commitment to bring it.

     
    Check out Bo Eason’s new book, There's No Plan B for Your A-Game: Be the Best in the World at What You Do, at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43263553-there-s-no-plan-b-for-your-a-game
    And find out more information about Bo and his Story Power workshops at https://boeason.com


    Find full show notes for this episode (with links to resources) at www.wheretheressmoke.co
     
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    WTSdigs
    Brett: Ted Lasso, on Apple+
    Nick: Avatar: The Last Airbender, available on Netflix
    Nick's wedding links: here and here.
    Want to get Nick and Ashley a wedding gift? http://smarturl.it/jjuoz0

    And we want to hear from you. What is your strongest example of something that is much better than it has any right to be / much better than it needs to be. Share on socials using #BetterThanItNeededToBe or email us with your example at connect@wheretheressmoke.co.

    If you dig this episode, please share it with at least one person!
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    • 33 min
    78: Stay The Course (Change)

    78: Stay The Course (Change)

    “Change is the only constant in life.” Heraclitus said that back in 500 BCE. It was true then, and 2500 years later, it is still true. 
    That said, there are times in life when it feels like we are in a more intense period of change. As we release this episode, it is June of the year Two Thousand and Twenty AD. We’ve got a pandemic that is still very much happening, economic uncertainty, and the world is starting to look closely at systemic racism. Oh yeah, and a globally significant presidential election is happening in the USA.

    This episode we are exploring ‘Change’. What is change? How do we accept it? How do we fight it? And how can we as individuals make positive change for ourselves or the world. 
    This is our final episode before a mid-season summer break. We are working on a brand new newsletter this summer and have some special announcements coming before the fall. Please go to www.wheretheressmoke.co and sign up for our Mailing List, so you don’t miss a thing!
    Here is Rhett Power’s article, 10 Inspirational Podcasts That Will Make You Better: https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/10-inspirational-podcasts-that-will-make-you-better.html
    Find full show notes for this episode (with links to resources) at www.wheretheressmoke.co

    If you dig this episode, please share it with at least one person!
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    Want to support the show and help keep it going? Please check out Support WTS.com for our Patreon campaign. 

    To reach out to us or give the show a signal boost, find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We are @exploreWTS on all three. You can also email us on connect@wheretheressmoke.co.


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    If you dig the show, please take a moment to rate & review it on iTunes

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
527 Ratings

527 Ratings

Erica Robyn ,

My favorite self-help/personal development podcast!

This is my favorite self-help/personal development podcast. Each time I see a new release, I listen to it immediately. I love the two hosts and what they are doing here. The episodes are so impactful with my personal and professional development, but they're also fun to listen to! This podcast is a must listen for all.

DanSpira ,

Amazing...original... enjoyable...WTS FTW!

As a long time listener, I recommend this podcast to anyone looking for a next-level take on a wide range of topics for personal development... it’s like Wikipedia for your ears.... only better... all delivered with world-class panache by Brett and Nick. Subscribe!

crazyblondelady ,

Well worth going back and listening from the beginning

I found this podcast late in the game. Fell. In. Love. It has definitely helped me through the pandemic. Highly recommend and encourage you to go back and enjoy the previous episodes from years past. Thank you Brett and Nick.

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