Episode 221 |

Breaking Free from Unhealthy Patterns with Robyn Firtel

We are all imperfect humans, so we can't expect to have had perfect parents or caregivers. Most parents do the best they can. It's just an unfortunate reality that we as their children experienced trauma at their hands. Anything less than nurturing is trauma so the bar is pretty low. We have all experienced trauma in our childhoods. These traumas can still affect us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. They can show up in our work, our relationships, our parenting and even our sense of self-worth.  My guest for this episode number 221, is Robyn Firtel, a phenomenal psychotherapist who I get to experience firsthand at a Secret Society intensive run by the author, Neil Strauss. Invited personally by Neil, Robyn blew me away with her insights and her exercises, including chair work, which we will be talking about in this episode. Robyn specializes in post induction therapy and the treatment of codependency, addiction, trauma, and relationship issues. She's A student of the internationally renowned Pia Mellody. In this episode, Robyn and I will take a deep dive into childhood trauma, taming your inner demons, unhealthy patterns, including codependency and therapeutic models. This is going to be a groundbreaking episode that everyone needs to hear, including you. So let's get started.

Episode 211 |

Disruption: Your Key to Success with Jay Samit

A lot of people in business can talk a good game about disruption, but how many can say they actually personify it? If there's one person who can lay a rightful claim to the title of serial disruptor, it's my guest for this episode number 211, Jay Samit. Jay advances the gospel of disruption everywhere he goes and his radical approach to business has transformed entire industries. As a consultant has spurred innovation in major brands like American Express, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Disney, and LinkedIn to name a few.  In his best selling book, Disrupt You!, Jay lays out a blueprint for becoming a disruptor in your own life with lessons from major innovators like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. According to Jay, anyone can become a disruptor. The key is learning to see that there are unmet needs everywhere in society. All you have to do is just simply solve one of these problems and you might just become a billionaire. Whether you're a successful entrepreneur or a dreamer in the 9-to-5 grind, this inspirational episode we'll get you up off the couch and get you motivated to change the world.

Episode 210 |

Easy-to-Form Habits That Will Transform Your Life with BJ Fogg

What makes us behave the way we do? Why do our brains keep defaulting back to the same old bad habits? And why is it so hard to scrap those bad habits and replace them with new ones? Why can't we just stick with these new habits that we tell ourselves we want to form? Installing and uninstalling habits sounds easy, but boy, is it a challenge. Whether you want to hit the gym, wake up earlier, quit smoking, or simply be more productive at work, behavior change can feel like pushing against a brick wall. Or worse, pushing a boulder up a mountain.  For entrepreneurs, the stakes are even higher. Your habits determine your behaviors, which determine your outcomes, which determines your business, which ultimately determines your destiny. The secret to your destiny, the destiny of your wildest dreams is to start small, specifically with tiny habits. Today's guest on this episode number 210 is BJ Fogg, PhD. BJ is the top expert in the world when it comes to habits. He's the author of the upcoming book, Tiny Habits, due out later this year. He is a behavior scientist, a professor at Stanford and founder of the Stanford Behavior Design Lab. For decades, he's been digging into the science of behavior change and has developed an important body of scientific research on how you can rewire your brain.  His work on persuasive technology has also been highly influential in Silicon Valley, making him one of the most sought after academics in the world. Outside of his work at Stanford, BJ spends a good chunk of his time working with innovative businesses to apply his research to real world situations. As you may have guessed, BJ's research has so many applications and everything from health to productivity to sales. In this episode, you're not only going to learn about reprogramming your brain with awesome new habits, but you also get a crash course in the fundamentals of human behavior. You're even going to learn about an important emotion that was up until recently unnamed until BJ named it. Truly, this is invaluable knowledge that could change the way you think about business and even life itself. Oh, and by the way, BJ and I are teaching a workshop together at Stanford on October 1 called The Optimized Entrepreneur. You won't want to miss that more details at bitly.com/getoptimizedworkshop. And now, on with the show.

Episode 200 |

The 200th Episode! Life Hacks, Reflections, and Highlights with Orion Talmay

I’ve been podcasting for four years and it feels like just yesterday that the first episode was published. As we wrap up Get Yourself Optimized’s 200th episode, I can’t help but look back and reflect on the last 100 guests who have graciously agreed to be on the show. It was such an honor interviewing some of the best experts, influencers, and trailblazers in the world of biohacking, business, and self-development. So many lessons learned and tips and tricks gained to live a highly optimized life. This special episode is hosted by my lovely wife, Orion Talmay, who happens to have her own wonderful podcast called The Stellar Life Podcast. Tune in as she and I discuss some of the best advice my guests have shared. And to my listeners, thank you for tuning in all these years. Cheers to 200 more amazing episodes!

Episode 197 |

Freedom through a Systems Mindset with Josh Fonger

Do you run your business or does your business run you? As entrepreneurs, it’s easy to get buried in the details and lose sight of longer-term goals while you fritter away your time picking up the slack or fixing minor day-to-day issues. I admit that I get caught up in the minutia way too often. “Majoring in the minors and minoring in the majors,” as they say. Ideally, you should be working smart rather than hard by applying your genius on the highest value activities. The best and probably the only way to achieve scale is by building intelligent systems into your business. In other words, you should be working on your business, not in your business. On this episode number 197, my guest is Josh Fonger, high-performance business coach, speaker, and co-founder of Work the System. You may already be familiar with the name Work the System from the book of the same title, authored by Josh’s co-founder, Sam Carpenter. Josh will unpack for us some key principles and distinctions from the Work the System methodology. He’ll talk us through the three pillars of a systems mindset, how to think and act more strategically in your business, and how to clear your mind to really focus in on your vision. Now, on with the show.