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Divesh is one of the most connected people I know. Charming and opinionated, he advises and invests the fortunes of the most successful and wealthiest people on the planet.  So I wanted to ask him what he's learned along the way and what we can learn from him.This is... A Bit of Optimism.For more on Divesh and his work check out:
When you show up with love and aim only to give of yourself, everyone you interact with can feel it.Carla Hall has led a life and a career filled with zigs and zags. The two-time Top Chef contestant and current cooking contributor for Good Morning America went from accountant, to model, to author, to chef. She has done it all and shown up with love at every opportunity. She’s living proof that when you make decisions out of love—both for yourself and others—even your falls can be beautiful.This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on Carla and her work, check out:
Every generation is different, but one thing currently unites Boomers, Gen X-ers, and Millennials: they are all struggling to understand Gen Z.  David and Jonah Stillman are a father-and-son research team who specialize in generational differences and their impact on the workplace. David is Gen X, Jonah is Gen Z, and together they are helping today’s leaders understand the new generation.  This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on Jonah and David's work, check out: genguru.com
New year, new opportunities, new questions!We’re ringing in 2023 with more answers to the hundreds of questions our listeners sent in from all over the world.  This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on my work, check out:
A few weeks ago, I put out an open call on social media to see what questions my listeners have for me.  And there were a LOT of responses.So, as an end-of-the-year special, our next two episodes will be dedicated to answering your burning questions.  This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on my work, check out:
Remember how it was an incredible idea to get Brené Brown and Adam Grant on a call, have absolutely NO plan, and hit record?Well, this is the second part of that lovely, free-flowing conversation where we talk about creativity, leadership, and if the three of us love each other.  This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on  Brené and Adam's work, check out:
What separates exceptional ideas from good ideas?  Here’s an example of a good idea: Book two podcast guests and meticulously plan a conversation about creativity.Now, here’s an exceptional idea: Get Brené Brown and Adam Grant to join you on a call, have absolutely NO plan, and hit record.  This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on Brené and Adam's work check out:
Daring to be different feels risky. There’s constant pressure to “read the room” or “tone it down.”Kathryn Finney discovered at a young age that – when it comes to being authentic – the rewards are actually far greater than the risks.Kathryn is a model for how being yourself can get you ahead in both business and relationships. She is: an author, an entrepreneur, a fund manager, and a celebrated non-conformist. And she does it all in incredible style.This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on Kathryn and her work check out:kathrynfinney.com
Turns out laughter isn't the best medicine. Medicine might not even be the best medicine. If you were to ask Dr Mark Hyman, he would tell you that food is the best medicine. Some would say Mark is a modern age miracle worker. In reality, he has figured out ways to help the body perform its own miracles. From curing diseases to extending our lifespans, his approach to wellness is unlike what most of us are used to. His work is inspirational, anthropological and downright fascinating.This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on Mark and his work check out: his forthcoming book, Young Forever, at www.youngforeverbook.com
Most of us think that social media is the bastion of our younger generations. Until a middle-aged woman named Janis Burl proved that assumption completely wrong. She oversaw the team that built the TSA’s Instagram account (yes, the TSA has an Instagram account and it’s brilliant) into one of the most popular accounts on Instagram. And the best part of her story is how she got the job. The non-linear career path she followed may be a better way for us to find joy in our careers.  So if you would kindly take off your shoes, take your liquids and gels out of your bag and throw away your water bottles, this is...a Bit of Optimism. For more on Janis and her work, check out:
There’s something profound in life’s bitter moments. The transformative beauty of a sad song, the anguished past of a story’s hero, the unexpected turnout of a crowded funeral. Turns out we often need darkness in order to appreciate the light.  In our modern world, we focus so much on the pursuit of happiness that we often forego an appreciation of bitterness. Susan Cain has found a way to celebrate both the sweet and the bitter… in fact she’s written a bestselling book about it.This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on Susan and her work check out: key music sample by Musictown from PixabayMajor key music sample by Trygve Larsen from Pixabay
Kindness with James Rhee

Kindness with James Rhee


You went to Harvard undergrad, you went to Harvard Law, you became a hot-shot Private Equity guy.  So your next move is obviously…?If you’re James Rhee, you walk away from all of it and discover what really makes a business grow: the intangibles.What started out as a six month project to help a company avoid liquidation turned into a seven year passion filled with new friends, compassion, and lots of goodwill. And the results were profound.  It turns out intangibles can be measured and kindness is good for business.  This is… A Bit Of Optimism. For more on James and his work check for news on upcoming projects, including a forthcoming book.
Don’t you hate it when you’re coasting along -- not a care in the world -- and then it feels like life comes out of nowhere and hits you like a car, almost paralyzing you? Well, for Pat Berges, that wasn’t just a feeling…that actually happened.  Like many of us, Pat is not a natural optimist. He had to learn how to find optimism during this dark period. Not only did it help him recover, but what he learned continues to help him be, well, optimistic.  This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on Pat and his work, check out:
It’s what all the poets write about, all the musicians sing about, and all the brokenhearted cry about. That’s right… It's time to talk about love.  I was lucky enough to talk to Francesca Hogi, a love coach and all around incredible person, about how we can traverse through the world of digital dating, rejection, and modern day love.So… care to join us? Great. It’s a date.This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on Francesca and her work check out:
If you walk up to someone and say “you’re being unreasonable!” most people would be offended. Will Guidara, however, would take it as a compliment.  A renowned New York restaurateur, Will transformed Eleven Madison Park into the best restaurant in the world by reinventing how they offered hospitality....they made it unreasonable.  I had a chance to sit down and talk to him about how he learned the power of being unreasonable.This is… A Bit of Optimism.For more on Will and his work, check out his new book Unreasonable Hospitality below or wherever you prefer to buy your books:
Some of the most successful people in the world all have a secret power. It’s not their experience or technical expertise that matter most – it’s their partnerships.   As the President and founding CEO of Virgin Unite, Jean Oelwang has had a ringside seat to remarkable people and how they build deep business and personal relationships.   She has spent over 15 years working with some of the world's greatest partnerships as they learned to become better versions of themselves, and in doing so, multiplied their positive impact on the world.  In her new book Partnering, Jean illuminates the six core principles that weave through sixty of these extraordinary collaborations and shows how we can increase depth and meaning in our most important relationships.  This is…A Bit of Optimism.    For more on Jean and her work check out:
We've all been told in our darkest times: "Don't worry this will get better"...but what happens if everything's going right? Should we be afraid that the other shoe will drop?    Well, for Adrian Grenier, the other shoe dropped. He was the star of Entourage, the biggest show on television for a decade. He had fame, money, and everything else.   Until one day when his girlfriend abruptly dumped him. At that moment, he was forced to see himself in a new light -- which inspired him to follow an entirely new path: a journey of reflection, growth, and farming.    This is…A Bit of Optimism.    For more on Adrian and his work check out:    EarthSpeed on YouTube - EarthSpeed on Instagram - Ventures -    And a special thanks to Alo Yoga for letting us break in their brand-new podcast studio :-).
We all know a bit about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, but which President was drunk at his inauguration?  Who was the first gay president?  And what kind of parent would name their kid “Millard Fillmore”?For this Presidents' Day, I called the brilliant Jeremy Deutsch, the king of presidential history, to drop some obscure presidential knowledge and give a couple hints about our presidential future as well.This is…A Bit of Optimism. For more on Jeremy and his work check out:
Can we ensure that we will stay happy through every phase of our lives? Arthur Brooks discovered that there is a clear fork in the road that we will all face at some point. Some of us will struggle to find lasting happiness and the other will only get happier as time passes. The trick is knowing what to do to get on the happy path. The best part - Arthur tested his theory on himself…and it worked! He offers lots of words of wisdom -- and lots words I had to look up -- to help guide the rest of us in our quest for personal fulfillment and lifelong happiness.This is...A Bit Of Optimism. If you enjoy the episode, visit and check out his new book for more on the subject, From Strength to Strength.-----Here are a list of some the big words Arthur uses in the episode…just in case you need it :-)Routinized - to develop into a regular procedure.Syndicalized - to join together as one entity, as in a labor union. Pedagogical - instructional, characterized by the art or science of teaching. Metacognitive - having to do with metacognition, high-level thinking that enables understanding.Baroque - of or relating to the musical period following the Renaissance, extending roughly from 1600 to 1750.Fugue - Music. a polyphonic composition based upon one, two, or more themes, which are enunciated by several voices or parts in turn, subjected to contrapuntal treatment, and gradually built up into a complex form having somewhat distinct divisions or stages of development and a marked climax at the end.Liminality - a state of transition between one stage and the next, especially between major stages in one's life or during a rite of passage.Disconsolate - characterized by or causing dejection; cheerless; gloomy.Wizened - withered, shriveled.
When people want to do good they often get stuck because they don’t know what they can do. Mark Bustos figured out that to do good, all we need to do is what we are already good at, but to do it for someone else. Mark is a hairstylist turned humanitarian who will inspire anyone who hears his story to give more. This is…A Bit Of Optimism.For more information on Mark and his work check out:
Comments (39)

Sama Esm

I need transcription of every podcast.

Jan 3rd


Retrospectively With delicate grace she sauntered into my vision As if floating on a cloud my heart raced to its mission Senses of velvet without a touch I gazed every curve with wonder and much A restless mind searched to its crest found no resolution to bad, better or best Be it unknown fear where-in lies purity such wonders now rest with meager semblance of surety Through time of life stalls such recall of beauty My vision remains clear yet drawn deeper of duty I carry that delicate grace, my trophy indeed Forgetting such wonders, pray shall never succeed My soul smiles content, most others not know For her every charm now, is my cherished double rainbow!! by JW Little

Nov 15th
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Azam Ghasemi

It was really great . Thanks Ms.Francesca and dear Simon😘🍎

Nov 6th

Mário Fonseca

😍 wonderful

Oct 22nd

Sorin Solomon

Great talk! The researcher that can tell in first 5 minutes of watching a couple if they will stay togther or not is Prof. John M. Gottman, from Gottman Institute 😎

Sep 16th

mozhgan sabzehparvae

Amazing,🥲🥲🥲tears just stream down on my cheeks during the whole podcast

Aug 22nd

Althea Madrid

i just wish u have a daily channel like this where topics makes sense

Feb 22nd

Althea Madrid

can u make more.

Feb 22nd

Althea Madrid

i wish everyone can hear all your podcast cuz this change my life perspective. its a lot clearer now.

Feb 18th

Daniela Muller

Guest speaker Angela was interrupted profusely. She handled it gracefully. Please let your guests speak..

Dec 22nd


Amazing episode ! Especially, I loved the answer of what’s the difference between winning and losing. The answer might be one of the reasons of the sins of our times. What would you say ?

Dec 7th


15:10 amazing sentence about what the world needs

Oct 11th

Farinoosh emami


Jul 19th

Shane Wong

favourite episode so far!!

Jul 2nd

alireza khorami

hi, Thanks for your great discussion. 🌹

Jun 26th

Aymeric Denoeud

Please let your guest speaks. At the beginning you keep interrupting her and she can't get through her argument. tñThank you

Jun 9th

Melissa Paul

This brought me so much joy, Simon!

May 23rd


Please interview Christina Maslach.

May 19th

Pam Orphanides

great podcast. totally agree we need to remove the binary and ask questions and challenge assumptions

May 4th


Omg nice.

May 3rd
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