Challenge Your Thinking with Dr. Linda Tucker (general)

Alyssa Monks has been able to channel her pain and grieving into creating powerful visual art. Her paintings are a unique blend of abstraction and realism, showcasing her gift for conveying the vulnerability of the human experience. She has quickly become one of my favorite artists. Alyssa’s work has been featured in galleries from Manhattan to Germany, and, I think in part because she has found a profoundly personal way to convey the universal experience of loss. While it’s often our knee-jerk reaction to run away from our grieving, imperfection, and pain, Alyssa reminds us that we’re robbing ourselves of some profound inner growth when we do. What she ultimately discovered and now transfers to her work is this astonishing realization that loss is a passageway to an even deeper connection with ourselves and others. Every one of us will experience loss at some point in our lives and we have choices when we do---We can steel ourselves away from those feelings, or we can stay vulnerable and open to what those moments have to teach us. Alyssa and her astonishing body of work are living proof that choosing the latter will take us further faster.

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Adam Grant is a New York Times bestselling author, top TedTalk presenter and organizational psychologist who explores the value and need for thinkers who color outside the lines in his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. As you will come to understand throughout this interview, Adam has a way of turning how we typically think on its head; inspiring us to re-imagine what might actually be possible when we champion new ideas rather than squash them. Whether you are a creative thinker who may feel like a misfit or a leader who could use some fresh ideas for empowering your team, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from Adam---who is in my opinion, one of the most important minds in our culture today.

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Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker, and vocalist spreading the timely message of how to have better conversations. She has appeared on NPR, PBS, CNN, and BBC, and if her viral TED Talk, which has been viewed over 6.5 million times, is any indication--we’re all seeking solutions for how to cross the divide to one another. Celeste reminds us that before we can take any first step, we must choose to believe that listening has something to offer us. While it may be easier to surround ourselves only with people who think the way we do, we are actually robbing ourselves of a much deeper understanding and openness when we insulate ourselves. The simple and for some more difficult truth is that if we want to keep growing, we have to keep expanding.If any of this appeals to you you've landed on the right episode for you. We hope you will join us to listen in to the wisdom of Celeste Headlee.

 

 

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Chalene Johnson is a New York Times bestselling author as well as a well known fitness celebrity.  Her notable successes also include a Guinness Book of World Records title for selling the most fitness videos ever--a record 10 million plus DVDs. Beyond the stage lights and upbeat cardio sequences is the compelling story of a woman who loved the idea of helping others feel better about themselves through exercise and along the way became wealthy and successful.  You may think that's the end of the story, however, for Chalene her challenges were just beginning.  Tune in to hear how hard work and an emotional openness was a part of what it took to achieve her sweet spot.  Chalene believes that if you can achieve your physical goals through emotional willpower imagine what might be possible in other aspects of our lives.

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Adam Galinsky is a Professor and bestselling author at the Columbia Business School, Management Division, and specializes in leadership, negotiation, decision-making, and ethics. He’s also co-author of "Friend and Foe," which has been praised by the New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Economist. Let's face it, speaking up can feel risky and we can each find a myriad of reasons not to. In today’s episode Adam presents us with what to think about before we put that proverbial foot in our mouth. He understands from personal experience that hard conversations often take a bit more than blind courage alone. If you have ever hesitated to speak up Adam’s words just might be the assist you've been looking for.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

Erin Loechner knows firsthand how the hunger for more can stalk us. She’s familiar with the demands of what is akin to the hustle. How do we unplug when our balance is off?  What will an unexamined life of ours be worth or feel like if we just get on the conveyor belt of life and don’t bother to question what we’re doing or where we’re going?  If we pay attention, our bodies and our minds will speak to us.  We’ll feel something is off and we will get hints we may want to pay attention to. But, how do we listen to the messages we’re being given when we have all of these responsibilities and tasks to accomplish?  Erin began listening as many of us do when things begin to fall apart. In her new and aesthetically beautiful book Chasing Slow Erin Loechner describes her journey towards what I call her inner ahhhh...the kind you can sometimes find on a massage table...or even a really good cup of espresso...where she learns to choose to savor the life she’s been given rather than hanging on by a thread.  So, let me give you a heads up...before you checkout and think there’s no way you’ll ever be able to leave it all behind for a life on the homestead-- let alone create space in your life to pause and reflect, I urge you to reconsider.  Erin is here to remind us that chasing slow has nothing to do with learning to cook organic food or living off the grid. Instead, it’s more about pursuing balance first and foremost, and making sure that we have room in our schedules for what’s most important to us.

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Jen Bricker is an author, aerialist, speaker, and State Champion in power tumbling who happened to be born without legs. She was left at a hospital at three months old and adopted into a loving family who believed in "never saying can't."  While she has had many opportunities to give into what some see as her limitations, she simply didn’t settle for anything less than the potential she knew lived inside of her. Jen knows there is no magic formula for success--you simply have to dig deep inside yourself and do the work. Her story has been featured on 20/20, HBO’s Real Sports, and Good Morning America, and you won’t want to miss hearing about the twists and turns in her life, especially how she discovered that her childhood hero turned out to be her biological sister.

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Beth French is one of the UK's Top 100 Most Inspirational Women.  She is a sage and a swimmer. To say that she is courageous would be an understatement.  She has had to overcome numerous challenges throughout her life and continues to push herself to discover the depths of her potential. Imagine the leap from overcoming an illness that left her wheelchair bound to ultimately swimming through freezing and shark-infested waters, Beth French is no stranger to challenges.  She understands more than most that we often don’t realize what we are capable of because we don’t believe enough in ourselves. Beth has built a life around pushing the uttermost limits of what is possible for her, and her most recent endeavor has her about to accomplish what has never been done before...swimming what’s called The Ocean’s Seven within the span of a year. Beth also happens to be humble, down to earth and insightful to boot.

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Simon Sinek has the #3 most popular Ted Talk of all time and four bestselling books with deliverables to spare.  He is here to share his wisdom, his "why" and how he found his way through his own struggle to the other side. If you have ever felt worried about finding your "why," or your way through your own challenges I’m confident you will find Simon’s insights right on the money.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

Karan Bajaj is a bestselling author and yogi who travelled half way around the world to find more meaning in his life. He left it all behind after his mother died. The twist in this episode is that he grew up in India and people from his village used to make fun of the kind of people he was becoming. Did he find that meaning he was hoping for? He did, but not in the ways he thought he would. I spoke with him from NYC a few months ago, while he was getting ready to leave everything behind for a second time...only this time he wasn’t headed for an ashram or spiritual journey the likes of which he will talk with us about in this episode. However, I warn you... he may tug at our wanderlust in an effort to find more meaning.  

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