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I’m glad that there’s a seemingly growing contingency in the scientific community who feel deeply inspired to help us better understand consciousness in the language of Science.

It’s an important step in human development and will be imperative for consciousness expansion to be embraced by the mainstream.

Today’s guest is one of those people. Andrés Gómez-Emilsson is the founder of Qualia Research Institute (QRI). QRI seeks to formalize the math behind our subjective experience and its emotional valence in order to map the  state-space of consciousness. One way you can think about this is that all states of being are just different expressions or configurations of underlying math.

The bet is that understanding this math can help improve the human experience. Broadly speaking, I think anything that helps us see and understand ourselves more clearly is generally supportive. So I find approaching this from the vantage point of math vs. direct experience to be quite interesting.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Life has probably never felt more frenetic and speedy for humans than it does today.

Technology and culture have made it easy to always be on, always be productive, always be improving ourselves, and always be running to the next thing.

Underlying this behavior is the idea that more and faster is what’s going to create the best experience and outcomes.

But is that true?

I think it behooves us to take stock on how this narrative is actually playing out for our well-being and prosperity.

And are there times in life when it is particularly useful to slow down?

Today’s guest Steve Schlafman thinks so. Steve is the first boomerang guest I’ve had on the show. This time he is coming back to talk about Downshift, the world’s first decelerator for high performers. 

Steve has been a leader, investor, and coach in the world of startups and technology. More recently he has focused on helping higher performers in periods of transition.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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I am honored to bring a very special guest to the EvolutionFM today.

Today’s guest is Ron Michael. Ron is the founder of Ascension Keys and is someone who has had a big impact on my life. 

In 1993, he had a near death experience. While he floated above his body and went towards the light, he was told if he chose to come back, he would help usher in a new paradigm of how we looked at the frequency, resonance, and the human organism. When humans embraced the new paradigm, it’d help us far enhanced states of being. 

We did this podcast, so Ron obviously decided to come back!

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Energy, Qigong, Kundalini, + how it can shift our experience

An essential part of consciousness evolution is finding other people you can relate to.

It helps us realize we’re not alone and has the ability to refine our understanding of our experience.

Today’s guest is someone I have some shared experience with. Master Kambo has spent the past 20 years exploring and deepening his understanding of the metaphysical arts which he now teachers others. He is the founder of The Mind of Matter and Kamotion Qigong.

A formative part of his experience was his Kundalini awakening which began in 2015. In this discussion we talk about how this process unfolded and how impactful learning to work directly with our primordial energy can be.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast


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Life is kind of funny in that pretty much everyone is trying to do the same thing - create a good experience.

Yet we all run around with such profoundly different ideas of how to do that.

The central idea in today’s conversation is the art of creating a good experience. 

Our guest is Burgs, the founder of the art of meditation. I first discovered him through this beautiful Mt. Wolf track a few years ago. Since then he has become one of my favorite teachers to listen to Spotify.

Like many teachers, Burgs life took him to Asia where he studied and practiced under the guidance of some of the world’s greatest living masters. He moved back to England at the request of one of his teachers where he has been teaching meditation for the past 25 years.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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We live in a time where there are many paths to increasing our awareness.

The information age has really changed the game for those who feel called to go on the journey of self discovery and realization. 

The people I know who seem to have went the deepest, usually try a bunch of things and then eventually commit to one tradition or pathway to really focus their energy. This focus creates a capacity for depth that seems to be harder when people are dabbling in many things.

Today’s guest Delson Armstrong is quite unique in that he has been verified to reach the highest levels of many different systems. Verification is when someone like a master within a tradition provides confirmation of your depth of experience.

He has mastered the levels of Samadhi mentioned in the Yoga Sutras, received the six degrees of kriya under the lineage of Hariharananda, as well as the seven degrees of kriya under the lineage of Panchanon Bhattacharya. He has also mastered the eight jhānas and attained the ability to entered into the state of Nirodha Samapatti or cessation.

As a Dhamma teacher and author, this diversity of depth and experience is incredibly rare and gives him a unique perspective to guide students on their path to deeper awareness and realization.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast


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And the inner gold that comes with it

I was recently in a text thread about how to find truth in our current times?

There has never been more people with microphones in history telling us how to live, what to believe, and what is happening in the world.

Although this diversity of information has created an immense amount of opportunity and freedom, it’s also made discernment more important than ever.

This is true whether we’re trying to understand what’s happening in the world or the wisdom we choose to follow for our growth.

Today’s guest Nadine Kreisberger has a unique perspective on this topic. As a counselor and consultant on her own journey of self exploration, she has spent the past 25 years studying many wisdom traditions, psychology, and geopolitics to help herself and others discover what she calls “the inner gold.” The inner gold is our deepest essence and gifts that we come into this experience to discover and contribute. 

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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I think a lot about how to integrate working on consciousness in the business world.

Some people view these things as best kept separate, but this idea or path never resonated with me.

If we’re going to spend so much time in the working why not use that as an opportunity for Self discovery?

A lot of people think we are going through a shift in human consciousness. Many people think this is a necessity if humans want to continue to live here. I agree with both.

The question is how do we usher in a more harmonious way of being and society? If consciousness is part of the solution, I don’t expect large portions of the population to all of a sudden become renunciates. It seems like we’re going to need more and more efforts to integrate consciousness work with existing parts of life like work in ways where the sum is greater than the parts.

I love learning about this intersection and people who are pushing it forward. Today’s guest Scott Shute is doing exactly that. Scott is the co-founder of Changing Work and was the first head of mindfulness and compassion at LinkedIn. 

His story is a powerful one that demonstrates how our calling often starts as a seed in an unexpected place before it can blossom into something bigger. Scott was a customer operations executive who volunteered to host a meditation session at LinkedIn for employees. One person showed up to the first session. But he kept at it he was still VP of Customer Operations and gradually he became known inside the company for leading meditations. Eventually this turned into a full time position pioneering mindfulness and compassion internally at LinkedIn.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast


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A convo with my dear friend Mark on playing the non-linear space

What if success wasn’t just about picking good bets, making good decisions, and working hard?

This is the traditional narrative and I’ve come to believe it’s missing an integral part of the pie. Oftentimes, this can lead us to what today’s guest calls “counterfeit success” where everything on the outside looks great, but their personal lives and inner experience is a different story.

Today’s guest is my dear friend Mark Krassner. Mark Krassner is a 2x founder and executive coach who brings a fresh approach to the art of achievement, contribution, and fulfillment.

As a coach, he began to notice a distinct pattern where some of his clients toiled away following the traditional narrative achieving mediocre results while others seemed to experience wild success with flow and ease.  

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast


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How Vibes Shape our world.

I see the world of energy (Qi) as the next frontier for many fixtures of the human experience.

Many traditions, including RenXue where I have studied for the past 4 years, see Qi as the fundamental building block of reality.

The more we understand it through widely accepted means like Science, the more humans will be able to work with it to create a more compelling experience.

Today’s guest scientist and author Garrett Yount has been studying energy and its impact on healing for the past 20 years. His interest began when he started to experience clairvoyant phenomena as a child. This eventually led him to a career in advancing our understanding of molecular neurobiology, consciousness and extended human capacities. Through his research he has performed extensive experiments with spiritual healers and biofield practitioners from around the world.

His new book Why Vibes Matter: Understand Your Energy and Learn How to Use it Wisely covers in depth his experiences as a researcher in this field and the large body of available research on the subject.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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What if learning who we are creates a more fulfilling life than getting what we want?

I heard this question posed on a podcast with today’s guest and it pretty much sums up the entirety of my experience over the past few years. Nothing has been more enriching than the deeper exploration of the nature of Self and learning to embody that more fully so that it can be expressed in the world. 

Today’s guest is Joe Hudson, founder of the Art of Accomplishment platform and executive coach.

Highlights of the episode for me were:

  • Why making life and business spiritual practice is so compelling

  • How you can think about creating a container in the business world that fosters spiritual growth

  • Why many companies fail at creating thriving businesses that help employees grow

  • The power of letting go of trying 

  • How he thinks about the Art of Accomplishment as a platform for change and empowerment

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Why is it that we can be doing something, and our mind starts to think about something else involuntarily?

Is this a helpful part of the human experience? A nuisance?

The nature of mind-wandering is something that scientist Arnaud Delorme has been investigating for the past 20 years. In this conversation, we explore what he has learned as well as some of the main questions the scientific community is trying to understand around the nature of mind. Arnaud recently released a book on this topic and his research called Why Our Minds Wander.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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There are some people I just love listening to talk.

Today’s episode is one of those people. 

David Perell is an entrepreneur, writer, and creator of the renown online course Write of Passage which helps aspiring writers transform their lives by writing online. 

A lot of people know David on the internet because of his prolific writing and content creation, but what I was interested in learning about is how the shifts in David’s personal and spiritual life fuel his creative endeavors.

In this conversation we talk about David’s journey with his faith and how it’s empowered him to be a better leader and step even more deeply into his purpose. It feels like many people I talk to these days have difficulty feeling aligned with their purpose. A big part of my personal hypothesis is that uncovering this is a process that occurs naturally once you begin to do the inner work and remove the impediments that make it easy to embrace what you love.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Today’s guest is Stephen Zerfas, the Co-Founder and CEO of Jhourney. 

Five years ago Stephen found himself crying tears of joy after stumbling into a prolonged state of ecstatic bliss on a meditation retreat. 

Up until this point, most of the retreat was migraine-inducing so he wasn’t sure how he had landed in this profound place. After the retreat, he was interested in how to recreate this experience whenever he wanted. Through many months of personal experimentation and research, he realized that these states are available to all humans on demand. In fact, you don’t even need to be a long-time meditator!

In this conversation, we discuss the Jhanas and how Jhourney is going about making them more accessible. Interesting ideas include:

  • An overview of the Jhanas and why we should care

  • How meditation as far as what has been brought to the West is still largely unexplored

  • The history of why these experiences went from very popular to obscurity and are now emerging yet again

  • The different schools of insight including dry vs. wet insight

  • His learnings collecting the largest scientific dataset on Jhana meditators in the world

  • How technology can enhance this age-old tradition

  • Arguments against pursuing the Jhanas and his response

  • How access to the Jhanas has the potential to change the world


For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Today’s guest Sarah McCrum is the author of the book Love Money, Money Loves You. Sarah’s background was that she studied energy with Chinese masters for 20 years eventually opening a Qigong center in London. In 2010, she experienced spontaneous contact with the energy of money and began to receive information about its essence and what it wanted to communicate to humans. She began to transcribe this information and eventually, it became the contents of her book.

Although this may sound like an absurd idea to many people, channeling is responsible for many profoundly impactful books such as A Course In Miracles which we covered in an earlier podcast. The idea is that all things are made of energy, including beings and energies on higher planes, and if we can open to and connect with these energies we can begin to receive and transmit information. This is the same exact way a radio works.

I’ve read Sarah’s books and the ideas are pretty revolutionary. It really makes you question everything you thought you knew about how money works. Some concepts it covered which we discuss in this episode include:

  • How money is actually in unlimited supply

  • Its purpose to facilitate exchange, connection, and expansion

  • The role of relaxation and enjoyment in aligning with the flow of money

  • How it’s not inner abundance vs. outer abundance, but both

  • Why so many of us are unconsciously blocking money from flowing into our life

  • Why spiritual teachings about money cause many people unnecessary difficulty

  • How to find love and joy in money


For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Our society is obsessed with self-improvement. This was a major feature of how I related to reality for most of my life. As helpful as self-improvement can be, it also has a major shadow side that largely goes unexamined. 

Implicit in the pursuit of self-improvement is that there is a deficit; that whatever or however your being is in this moment is not whole or complete. This keeps you grasping in a seemingly endless treadmill without ever reaching an enduring sense of completion or fulfillment.

Most people don’t really even know there is an alternative to the self-improvement paradigm. This is one of the main topics of today’s conversation with Steve March, the founder of Aletheia Coaching

Some of my other favorite ideas include:

  • Why self-improvement on its own can be a trap

  • Striking the balance between self-improvement and self-unfoldment

  • How to practically embody a more unfoldment experience 

  • Understanding how solutions and support often arise when we allow them vs. exert force

  • How shifting our attunement and unfoldment might be an answer to our current metacrisis


For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Imagine having access to a source of guidance that could tell you exactly what’s needed at any moment for your highest good in all parts of your life. I honestly can’t think of a more valuable resource!

According to today’s guest Laura Coe, this is a potential for all humans by accessing what’s called the Akashic records. The Akashic records are like an energetic database that stores all the information from every thought, emotion, and experience we’ve had in all of our lives as a soul. 

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • What are the Akashic records and how we can work with them

  • The potentiality for anyone to access this inner technology

  • The relationship between intuition, soul, and the Akashic realm

  • Moving from striving to accomplishment from flow and oneness

  • The difference between fulfillment and success

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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One of those people early on in my startup journey was Leo Widrich, one of the founders of the social media company Buffer. At one point, Buffer was a darling in startup land with their great product, prolific blog and a culture of transparency that gained them lots of notoriety.

I remember reading about their co-founder split and kind of never heard much about Leo again. I’m not exactly sure how, but somehow I found myself on his website 6 months ago and learned that he’s been on a similar journey of inner discovery. After “making it in startup world” Leo went to live in a Buddhist monastery for a few years. In this conversation, we talk about his experience going from the frenetic world of startups to living a monastic lifestyle. He shares a lot about the experience of facing his unconscious inner material which I related to immensely. Post monastery life, he found himself coaching startup founders who were experiencing similar challenges and dissonance that he had gone through. This article on lessons learned coaching 101+ startup founders resonates immensely. One of the things Leo recognized is how company building was actually an unconscious way he was trying to experience community. We talk about this recent revelation and his newest adventure which is building his intentional co-living community Wild Life Ranch in Colorado. If you’re craving an intentional co-living community experience, you might want to check it out! Other interesting talking points:
  • What living in a monastery is actually like

  • The impact of somatic therapy on his life

  • Why fear is such a valuable experience and how we can meet it when relating to others

  • His vision and motivation for the ranch

  • The meditation experience that caused him to change his name from Leo to Mo Wildman


For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Ryan is an accomplished entrepreneur who spent 10 years building VNN, the largest, fastest-growing high school sports marketing and media network in the United States. He’s since moved into the world of executive coaching starting his firm Inside-Out Leadership which is the only coaching firm that I know of completely comprised of exited founders who also integrate consciousness work.

I find Ryan to be an incredibly thoughtful guy and compelling speaker which is why I was excited to have him on the show.

In this conversation, we unpack how and why developing a more effective relationship with shame can be such a profound unlock for improving your life and leadership ability. This exploration bleeds into how to increasingly move towards emptiness so that you can meet life as spacious awareness. 


For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Today’s guest is a fascinating and inspiring example of expanding beyond an old identity to step into something deeper.

Mona Sobhani was a hard-charging neuroscientist who at one point looked at spirituality as a coping mechanism for people who couldn’t cut it in the real world.

Through an unforeseen series of direct experiences and deep exploration of scientific evidence, she gradually transformed her worldview and began to embrace the ineffable mystery that is spiritual life. Her book Proof of Spiritual Phenomena shares her experience as well as the mountain of scientific evidence that substantiates what many ancient wisdom teachings have been saying all along.

In this conversation, we talk a lot about the interplay of scientism and spirituality. Some interesting talking points for me include:

  • Why much of the science community continue to overlook or turn away from the compelling evidence surrounding spiritual phenomena and their potential impact on the human experience

  • How to skillfully navigate shifts in identity and transformational conflicts

  • Making it through a dark night of the soul

  • Finding your tribe as you make these changes

  • How Science and spirituality can exist harmoniously

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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I recently came across the work of author, illustrator, and creator of LifeExplained Hans Wilhelm.

Hans does a fantastic job simplifying and distilling topics about how Earth is a school for the evolution of our consciousness and how reality is actually orchestrated for this purpose and many other interesting stuff on his YouTube channel and Website. He also has written over 200 children's books including a bunch that explain spiritual concepts.

In this conversation, we dive deep into the big question that occupies many of our minds: why are we here? How do we make the most of this experience?

To answer this question, Hans helps illuminate the laws of Karma and how they show up in our everyday lives. As I’ve talked about in the responsive reality, we come to see that there is an intelligence that brings us the perfect choreography of experiences needed to return us to our divine state. This process is a gradual realization vs. addition. 

In addition to this overarching concept, we also discuss: 

  • Lightworkers - what are they and how are they doing

  • The difference between knowledge and wisdom

  • How to find meaning in what can feel like trying times

  • The purification spheres

  • The importance of forgiveness and repentance 

  • Educating children on spirituality


For full shownotes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Today’s guests are Nicco Reggente and Leo Christov-Moore from The Institute for Advanced Consciousness Studies. The IACS is trying to make these life-altering experiences available to more people by better understanding what goes into meditative and entheogenic experiences so that we can find additional, more accessible entry points using modern technology. Through a better understanding of both the mechanics of what creates these states from how our brains change, to traditional components like the role of a facilitator and set and setting, they hope to make attaining positive behavior through these states accessible to the masses. Right now their research focus is on enhancing meditation, neuromodulation, and technodelics.

 This conversation is wide-ranging and builds upon past conversations I’ve had on the latest Neuroscience of Meditation. Some highlights include:


  • Why their research lab is set up like a startup vs. typical academia

  • The current state of using ultrasound to induce altered states

  • What Technodelics are and why they are exciting

  • Where they see the biggest opportunities to make entheogenic experiences more accessible

  • Their principal first approach to understanding the deeper why behind the impact these states create

  • What they learned as researchers at a week-long Joe Dispenza event

  • Considerations for the early exploration of “shared consciousness” capacities

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Today’s conversation dives deep into the realm of the soul and the initiatory experience. 

Brooks Barron is a leadership coach and wilderness guide. One of the reasons I was excited to chat with Brooks is the formative role nature plays in his work helping people make contact with their soul and bring its expression into reality. 

In this conversation, we talk about the pan-cultural tradition of the initiatory process and why it can be so impactful in our growth journeys. We explore how multi-day fast vision quests in nature can create a container for soul initiation.

Full episode notes and links https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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I first heard the term "cerebrospinal fluid" about four years ago during a Joe Dispenza course. I remember doing meditations that had me squeeze my perineum to try and move the fluid up my back into my brain.

I encountered it again when I studied breathwork, and then my cranial sacral therapist would talk about it. It has continued to hover around my sphere for years, and finally, I decided I needed to go deeper and figure out what I needed to know about cerebrospinal fluid. I encountered the work of Dr. Mauro Zappaterra in this way. 

Mauro has spent the past 20 years studying the impact of cerebrospinal fluid on human functioning. He received his MD/PhD from Harvard, where he studied neuronal stem cells and the effects of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) on brain development in adults. His work has been published in numerous scientific articles on CSF, and it was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron Journal. He is also the author of several children's books that make consciousness teachings accessible to kids, such as I AM, All One, and All One. 

Mauro is one of those amazing consciousness explorers who are pushing the boundaries of science to help explain some of the greater mysteries of the human experience while improving well-being.

In this episode, we go in-depth on cerebrospinal fluid and its effects on the human body and potential implications for consciousness.

For full show notes visit: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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This is a conversation with Humanity's Team co-founder Steve Farrell on his unconventional and inspiring journey from successful entrepreneur to uplifting human consciousness.

In the 1990’s, Steve Farrell had started two high flying Silicon Valley businesses respectfully doing $75 million in revenue when he recognized his call to serve humanity. By all traditional definitions he had “made it,” but recognized that his soul’s purpose for coming into this plane was more then just being a serial entrepreneur.

He left Silicon Valley and started his non-profit Humanity’s Team with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the seminal book series Conversations With God. 

Humanity’s team’s mission is to make conscious living pervasive by 2040 by helping educate people throughout the world to awaken to the interconnectedness and oneness of everything. Over the last 20 years, they have created the #1 non-profit in transformational education bringing together some of the biggest spiritual leaders, scientists, and educators in the world.

Full shownotes here: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Is it possible to live life in a state of play, grow spiritually, and build the life of your dreams all at once?

This is a question I have spent many years pondering. 

Our guest today, Victoria Song would answer this question with an emphatic YES! For a long time, I thought there was a polarity between these things, but this is something I no longer believe. 

This has to be one of my favorite conversations since starting the show. It was just one of those conversations where there was a strong vibe, and I left feeling electric.

Victoria is someone I met back in the tech industry when she was working in Venture Capital. From here, she went on to become a leadership advisor and coach working with everyone from billionaires and high flying CEOs to creatives at the top of their field. She is also the author of the book Bending Reality which shares many of her most effective tactics she’s field tested with her clients.

For complete show notes and links to all resources mentioned visit: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast


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“I think we’re going to see a lot of people who are half professional, half shaman in the coming years.”

This was a soundbite from the recording of this week’s episode with my guest Jake Housdon. As the expansion of consciousness becomes more popular, I agree with the idea that people are going to live a more integrated experience.  

Jake and I are kindred spirits in some ways in that we both spent a decade+ working in startups and are now seeking ways to blend consciousness evolution with being a modern professional. 

Jake has an inspiring and courageous story. He was a sales leader in the startup world for the past decade and left that life to buy a retreat center in Peru, embark on becoming a shaman, and create an ecosystem dedicated to serving the conscious professional.

In this episode, we talk about his mystical story of how he ended up where he is today and the windy path it took to get there. We went deep on many of the polarities that one can encounter while trying to be an earnest seeker, yet also someone who accomplishes in the working world. As someone who has oscillated on both sides of the pendulum quite a bit, I appreciated his wise perspective.

For complete show notes and links to all resources mentioned visit: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast


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What’s Unique About The Mental Health of Entrepreneurs?

Starting and running a company can be HARD.

And when you look at the odds of success, you realize you gotta be a little crazy to do it. Many times during my own experience, I’ve reflected on how if I knew how hard it was, I’m not sure I would have done it. I’m finding the same thing can be said about embarking on the path of spiritual evolution btw! Apparently, I like hard shit.

So what is it about entrepreneurs that make them do the things they do?

Are they fundamentally different from the average bear? And what implications does this have for their mental health and well-being?

This is the nature of my conversation with today’s guest Dr. Michael Freeman. Dr. Freeman serves as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and as a Mentor in the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF. With support from the Kauffman Foundation, Dr. Freeman has conducted extensive research into the mental health of entrepreneurs. Freeman studies issues related to entrepreneur mental health in collaboration with colleagues from U.C. Berkeley, the Gallup Organization, and other universities. Additionally, he was the founding Chief Medical Officer at U.S. Behavioral Health and the Founder of Econa, the global center of excellence for entrepreneur mental wellness.

For complete show notes and links to all resources mentioned visit: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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I love synchronicity.

Not just because it’s fun when it happens but because it serves as a clue to the fact that there is something more going on here than the story we’ve been told about reality.

The answer to what causes synchronicity will vary depending on who you ask.

I have my own ideas, but I wanted to see who out there has done extensive research on the topic.

This is how I came across today’s guest, Dr. Bernard Beitman. After studying at Yale and Stanford, Dr. Beitman went on to become the chair of the psychology and neuroscience program at The University of Missouri. He has also published multiple books, including Meaningful Coincidences, and started a non-profit called the Coincidence Project which seeks to better understand and educate the world on why and how coincidences occur.

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Altered states of consciousness are going mainstream. This episode is a deep dive on the startup ecosystem with my friend Greg Kubin who an investor a Psymed Ventures. We recorded this conversation as a followup to a longer post covering the startup ecosystem related to expanding human consciousness.

Startups will play a key role in enabling and expanding access to altered states of consciousness. The types of companies come in many flavors – hardware, software, and community. Technology could even result in accessing completely new states of consciousness.

But first… how do we define consciousness?

Most humans live in a state of normal waking consciousness – i.e. being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and physical surroundings. For most people, this is seemingly all there is to reality, maybe  except for dreams. In contrast, altered (or “alternative”) states of consciousness enable us to experience additional levels of awareness, perceptions, memories, thinking, emotions, sense of time, place, and self-control (source). In the process, they expand our understanding of the potentials of reality and the human experience. There are a variety of reasons people seek altered states: improved mental health, physical healing, creative breakthroughs, and spiritual connectedness. There are also risks – without proper support, altered states can be destabilizing.

“Our normal waking consciousness . . . is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the flimsiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus and at a touch they are all there in all their completeness” - William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast


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Consciousness is subjective. This means, for the most part, we only know what it feels like inside our own inner space.

So how do we move beyond our limitations if our only reference point is our subjective experience? Well, one way is to have a map of all the different potentialities available to humans and clear directives on how to experience them.

This is the subject of today’s episode with guest Trish Blain. Trish is the founder of Nonordinary and the author of The Four Forces book. She first got on my radar with her work helping previous podcast guest Alexander Beiner who she worked to navigate the extended state DMT trials.

In this conversation, I think Trish stimulates some interesting ideas around how we can move beyond our limitations and then look to embody these ecstatic states in union with others. I think one thing that resonated with me is how even amidst many people doing their inner work, more expansive states of being are often investigated and understood in isolation. This presents a challenge when we are looking to co-create more expansively. One way Trish proposes that we overcome this is the creation of a shared understanding and map of human experience. This is the crux of a lot of her work with The Four Forces framework and the Edges Map

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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What is happening in the world of neuroscience and meditation?

That is the subject of today’s episode with Katie Devaney who is a researcher at University of California Center for Psychedelic Research and Co-founder of Berkeley Alembic.

As an independent organization, Berkeley Alembic has more autonomy to perform research on experiences that highly experienced meditators have, yet might not match the immediate criteria of fighting disease. 

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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I went on a men’s retreat a few months ago called Junto and realized that there were some major growth opportunities for me in the outer expression of a lot of my inner work.

What this retreat made me realize is that I’ve spent less time on learning how to effectively communicate and express these experiences in many relationships in an elegant and authentic way.

Today’s guest is Andrew Horn -- the creator of the Junto retreat experience, founder of the tech company Tribute, and a leadership coach & facilitator. 

In this conversation, we talk about relational leadership and the practicalities of what that looks like in our day to day experience. A big takeaway for me is that even when we work on our consciousness, we often don’t have many tools we need to be fully expressed as humans. Andrew shares many of his favorite tools that he uses in his own life and the people we work with.

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/publish/podcasting/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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The study of the DMT experience by standard only takes around 10 minutes. What if we could extend the duration of these experiences and get into a deeper exploration?

Enter DMTx. In 2018, researchers kicked off a study to observe participants in an extended DMT state experience to delve deeper and conventional limits.

Today’s guest is Alexander Beiner, one of the 9 incredibly brave participants who embarked on this pioneering inner exploration.

What did he find?


For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/publish/podcasting/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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We, humans, are a funny bunch. 

Sometimes it feels like we think we have it all figured out only to later understand how the way we’ve been doing things needs some rethinking.

You may have heard of the term “regenerative” in various contexts. I most often came across it in relation to agriculture. But the concept can be applied to all the systems in our society including business.

Today’s guest is Rudy De Waele, the founder of RegenerateX, UnconditionalMen, and Heart Masters. He has been working with leaders and organizations across the world to transform themselves and the systems we find ourselves in.


For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/publish/podcasting/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Today’s guest is Angelo Dilullo, the creator of Simply Always Awake and author of the book Awake: It’s Your Turn.

When I’ve read about very enlightened or realized beings, I always wonder what it must feel like to experience reality through their eyes. What is the texture of the inner experience?

This was one reason I was thrilled to have Angelo on the show to get the background of his journey and understand what his current experience feels like.

Angelo does a fantastic job outlining the awakening process in the context of his story. You can check out more of his work here:



I am also teaching a 5-week training program called Guided on cultivating the emergent wisdom we describe in this episode starting 5/31/23.

To learn more about the Guided 5-week intuition course, you can find full details here: https://guidedintuition.co/

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Mark is a newer author in the consciousness space, having published 5 books in the last 4 years including An End To Upside Down Thinking which compiles the most emergent science and countless anecdotes to make the case for consciousness creating reality. 

In this conversation, we touch upon Mark’s journey which shares many overlaps with my own. We both got to a deep passion for exploring consciousness from what sometimes feels like the most unlikely of places: being student-athletes at Princeton University.

I am also teaching a 5-week training program called Guided on cultivating the emergent wisdom we describe in this episode starting 5/31.

To learn more about the Guided 5-week intuition course, you can find full details here: https://guidedintuition.co/

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast


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There have been many big shifts in my life over the past 5 years.

Without a doubt, one of the biggest ones has been moving away from a militant allegiance towards logic and reason, into a more inclusive paradigm that incorporates and prioritizes intuition.

In this conversation, we touch on a lot of this literature, historical examples, and how intuition emerges. One thing that is very congruent with my own experience that Theresa touches upon is how self-awareness and inner healing go hand in hand with the emergence of intuition.

I am also teaching a 5-week training program called Guided on cultivating the emergent wisdom we describe in this episode starting 5/31.

To learn more about the Guided 5-week intuition course, you can find full details here: https://guidedintuition.co/

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/p/accessing-our-innate-intuitive-gifts?sd=pf


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Life is a series of transitions.

This truth is something I’ve increasingly realized on my consciousness journey. I once thought there was a destination to get to. At first, this was becoming a wildly successful entrepreneur and then an enlightened being. I now see that there are no endpoints and that the process of evolution is one that continues to infinity. Inherently, this means we will need to continuously reinvent ourselves and I believe this is something we can learn to do with greater skill and ease.

This reality is one reason I was excited to have a conversation with my good buddy Schlaf, the transition coach and the brains behind Where the Road Bends. Steve and I got to know each other as “hustlers” in the early days of the New York Tech scene. If there was anyone who was out there buying more coffee and trying to rub elbows with the right people more than me back in the day, it might have been Steve!

For full show notes, https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast


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Sean Reagan is a teacher of A Course In Miracles and today’s guest on EvolutionFM.

Like many of us, Sean had tried following many other pathways from Buddhism to Catholicism to have more persistent peace and joy in his life. Eventually, he stumbled across A Course In Miracles and things shifted in an amazing way. 

The book was created by Helen Schulman from 1965 to 1972 via a direct channeling from Jesus Christ according to the author (source). Ironically, the author was an atheist psychologist leading up to “inner dictation” as she put it. 

Since the book was published it has helped an incredible amount of people find peace and healing through its daily devotional style of teaching.

One of the core concepts is that many of the things that cause our suffering such as fear are not actually real. These are simply misperceptions that have to do with the false identification of yourself as a body. I have come to experience many of these great truths in my own experience but got here through a different entry point.

Now you might be thinking No fear? Sounds nice but how do you do that? I experience fear all the time.

Well, this is a topic Sean and I unpack in this conversation as well as other “sounds nice but how” concepts like the recognition of not being a body, but having one.


For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/publish/post/109853382

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Now that I’m going to be a parent soon, I can’t help but wonder about how all this technology is going to impact my kiddo?

And what can I do about it to help them be happy, heathy, and prosperous?

I recently discovered the work of Sara Filipcic who spent years studying the impact of technology on children and now has started a new company to help improve the situation called BeHumane.

Her research painted somewhat of a dire picture that made it clear that we as a society need to do something about this:

  • Adolescents using devices 5 or more hours a day (vs. 1 hour) were 66% more likely to have at least one suicide-related outcome1 

  • Results of a 2016 Common Sense Media Report found that 50% of teens “feel addicted” to mobile devices, while 59% of parents surveyed believe that kids are addicted to their devices2

  • Seven-in-ten U.S. teens said anxiety and depression is a major problem among people their age in the community where they live3

  • Technology can negatively affect children's developing social skills, relationships, health, and overall ability to focus, developing their social skills. This can lead to more children being socially awkward, withdrawn, shy, or intimidated by social situations.4

Going deep into this area of study there were many more subtle “aha” moments that helped her form her vision for BeHumane which aims to teach kids how to use technology effectively.

For full details on the episode check out the show notes here: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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The nervous system is the lens through which you experience the world.

This quote really hit home for me from this weeks episode with Jonny Miller, founder of Nervous System Mastery and the Curious Humans Podcast and blog.

The nervous system seems to be intimately related to energy in our bodies. As electrical beings, this shouldn’t come as a massive surprise. I wanted to learn more about this which is why I was very excited to have Jonny who is a nervous system expert on the show.

I’ve learned many hard lessons on overtaxing my nervous system due to my spiritual ambition which has resulted in lots of discomfort over the years. In many instances, this was due to engaging in practices I thought were supposed to help aid my transformation like breathwork and other somatic release techniques. 🧐

What I see now and discuss with Jonny, was how I was missing a the imperative long integration and re-patterning period after big releases. I also generally overdid it. Shocker.

There also proves to be an immense amount of nuance in truly relaxing into a sensation vs. trying to focus on it and push it out. Learning this is practically a whole skill in itself. Again, this took me years of doing it wrong and enduring subsequent physical difficulties to truly understand.

If you are doing any somatic work, this is a must listen episode. The depth of understanding that Jonny has is truly amazing and the language he uses to communicate complex concepts is wonderful. Did I mention he has a charming British accent?!

Full episode notes on: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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It's abundantly clear that we are experiencing a massive increase in consciousness amongst our respective societies and cultures. Many spiritual people get very enthusiastic about discussing the "global awakening" or "move to the fifth dimension," though I have no idea about the reality of these things. I am just genuinely excited that it appears more people are interested in the inner path to greater levels of peace, joy, creativity, and wisdom that comes with the expansion of consciousness.

With this shift, we will need new technologies and services that are better suited to ushering and supporting these changes as I wrote about here. Many investors have noticed this and started to focus on investment theses that revolve around new companies that facilitate the expansion of consciousness. Whenever I want to learn about new and interesting innovations, I often turn to investor friends because their job is essentially to learn about all this stuff.

This is why I was interested in talking to my new friend Greg Kubin, who is a partner at Psymed Ventures and a guest on EvolutionFM. Psymed focuses on investing in technologies that elevate mental health and wellness, including psychedelics, neurotech, precision psychiatry, and digital therapeutics.

I was eager to talk to Greg to learn about new things, but also to get the perspective of someone who must balance the constraints of capitalism and what is best for humans. 

We discussed a range of topics, including the psychedelic investment tension, precision psychiatry (which I had never even heard of), and the pros and cons of neurotech that claims to drop people into jhanas or enlightened states. I found it to be a fun and interesting conversation.

If the business of psychedelics is interesting to you, Greg runs a podcast exclusively focused on it called Business Trip. There are some great episodes on there exploring all different types of business models to make a living with psychedelics.

For full shows notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Did you know every mammal including humans produces DMT naturally in their bodies? The same can be said for 1,000’s of plants.

I wanted to make sure you knew this before anyone wrote this off as a psychedelics or “drugs” conversation which is often the cultural association with DMT.

Right now there is a massive disconnect between mystical experiences and the world of Science. The gap is closing, but it often still feels like there’s these two camps who speak in different languages.

What we need is a bridge!

And that bridge just might be a greater understanding Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). You might have the heard of DMT because it’s the active psychedelic agent in things like Ayahuasca. But as I alluded too in the intro, it’s also produced naturally in every mammal and most plants! In fact, we have just as much DMT in our systems as serotonin.

John Chavez is the founder of DMTQuest which is an organization that is helping push forward the much needed research and education around DMT. Through financing studies and creating a media that educates and amplifies the potentiality of understanding this substance, he is helping us answer these questions.

John’s story is a fascinating one that in some ways mirrors my own. He had a radical and spontaneous mystical experience that redirected him to pursue answering and understanding the greater truths about the human experience.

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One of my closest friends Justin Mares knows more about health then just about anyone I know. He’s built 3 food companies in Kettle & Fire, Perfect Keto, and Surely Wines which give him unique insight into how the stuff we put into our bodies is actually made. Now he is working on new company called True Medicine that is making it easier and more affordable to be healthy.

I’ve been a long time follower of his newsletter @  and a few years ago he started sharing staggering information on what is happening to the U.S. population's health citing our food system as a culprit. 

Check these stats out which we discuss in the episode:

  • The average testosterone of a 22 year old American male is the same as a 67 year old man 20 years ago

  • In 1990, there were 0 states with obesity greater than 20%. In 2018, there are 0 states with obesity less than 20%. Obesity, which is correlated to lots of health issues, has more then doubled in the past 28 years.

  • 25% of the pesticides we use in the U.S. for growing food (including organic) are illegal in Europe

  • The new food pyramid in the U.S. claims that sugary cereal is more healthy then eating an egg or piece of beed

  • 93% of streams, rivers and lakes in the US had some sort of like microplastic contamination in them

Full episode notes here: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Let me start off by saying, I have zero interest in participating in what many call the transhuman movement. Specifically, implanting some type of technology into my body in order to alter or enhance the way in which I experience the world. 

That being said, I do think it’s important to understand what is going on. This is clearly going to be a thing in our lifetimes that will vastly impact culture and society and I’d rather be informed. A few weeks ago someone had recommended Singularity Weekly to me and I was startled to see how far along we are in this field.

I wanted to have Joe Allen the author of singularity weekly and Steven Bannon’s War Room transhuman expert. 

The most interesting thing that emerged from the conversation was the realization that transhumanism is very much a religion. There is a group of people that are attempting to transcend their current condition and achieve salvation. In these higher states, they also strive to achieve greater abilities of unity and access to higher intelligence.

Gee. Sounds kind of like most wisdom traditions. I guess the main difference is the mechanism they believe will usher into this change is technology. Joe called this worship of technology as our savior an inversion of spirituality. I tend to agree, but this new understanding certainly helped me better understand what is more fundamentally driving the leaders of these movements. 

I can’t say that my opinion has really shifted. I am increasingly getting excited about living a more analog life. Having less technology dominates my experience and generally being more connected to nature. This probably means I will have to move from my urban existence at some point, but I am okay with that. I increasingly think living in Urban areas with high degrees of invisible environmental toxins make it harder to be healthier than it needs to be. And I care more about myself and family being healthy than nice dinners with friends and access to luxury experiences. I think we will start to see this appeal to more and more urban professionals in the next decade. I guess we already are. 

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It can be quite frustrating to be experiencing something unfamiliar that our medical system doesn’t have an answer for. Unfortunately, I know from experience as documented here!

This is very common with many “spiritual”, “mystical”, “energetic”, etc. experiences and effects, that are often referred to as emergent phenomena.

A few months ago, I was delighted to discover the The Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium. The EPRC is a group of 180+ researchers, scientists, medical, therapy and spiritual professionals that are trying to tackle the hard problem of gathering data and research on the large catalogue of emergent phenomena experiences that humans may face and the efficacy of different protocols for handling them.

Daniel Ingram is one of the co-founders of the organization and also the author of one my favorite books on Buddhism Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha.

The EPRC’s aim is to give health care systems, mental health providers, and those who are helping to teach and promote various practices the information they need in order to make better decisions about how to both promote the benefits of these practices and manage the various effects that they can produce.

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Today’s guest is someone I have followed since 2016 when I participated in a startup growth program called Reforge where he was a guest lecturer. Simply put, Andy Johns is one of the most prolific startup growth executives in the modern era. He has been an leader or key player at 8 consecutive billion dollar startups including Facebook, Twitter, Wealthfront, Quora, and others. 

In this conversation, Andy shares his personal experience of working on his mental health and consciousness through the context of being an ambitious person in the world of high growth startups.

For full show notes visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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This week’s episode is with my good friend Zach Poitra who I have worked with in a Shamanic capacity for 3 separate ayahuasca retreats.

Zach’s story is amazing. After working for an investment bank for 10 years, he moved down to Peru to live in the jungle and work on himself. What he thought would be a temporary stint transpired into him meeting and training with his shamanic teacher for 4.5 years before becoming a full-time shaman himself. Now after many years helping others with their own inward work, he has felt a calling to re-enter the world of finance which was something he would have never anticipated. 

He provides an inside look at what the life of a Shaman is actually like demystifying a lot of common misconceptions I know I originally had. We also talk about his inner experience of being guided to return to finance which too many, seemed like a surprising move. Personally, I think its a fantastic example of surrendering to the universe and when we do this things often take different forms then what we would have expected.

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My friend Robby Bent joins us to talk about his amazing online / offline company Othership. A lot of people are turned off by wellness and mindfulness in the current way it is packaged and introduced. Robbie and his team have incredible perspective to this dynamic and are taking a different approach with their physical Othership locations and amazing breathwork app which I love. By focusing on creating something that's cool and avoiding all the spiritual woo woo, they are casting a wider net to these powerful practices that ultimately drive transformation.

Check out their site and app: https://www.othership.us/

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Today my great friend Dylan Beynon, CEO of Mindbloom joins us on the show. Mindbloom is the market leader in providing ketamine assisted therapy in the US and our a trailblazer as these substances become more deeply integrated into our society and institutions. Dylan is one of the smartest and most thoughtful people I know making this an electric conversation. If you want to know more about the business side of pyschedelics and where the industry is heading, this is a must listen. 

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This is the first episode of EvolutionFM, a new show exploring the evolution of consciousness in modern times. We cover what the show will be about as well as a bit of my experience in my own journey up to this point.

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We brought back the podcast for a special episode with my buddy Ryan Denehy. Ryan is the Co-Founder of Swarm Mobile which was acquired by Groupon and one of the hardest working guys I know. In this episode, we chat about what it takes to be sucessful and how you can engineer your life to get the results you want for your life and business. If you're not there today, that's okay because this is a PROCESS, not an overnight switch. We chat about habits, routines, and attitude which made me super fired up about this episode!

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Brothers Ilan and Guy Ferdman come on the show to share how they've relied upon being super intentional about what they choose to focus on to quickly go from starting a business to some of the most pre-eminent facebook marketers in their space. We'll talk about the even bigger vision they have and how they plan on getting there along the way. These guys are full of energy, wisdom, and enthusiam which makes for an awesome episode. 

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Ben Greenfield drops some serious knowledge in this episode. We chat about everything from building muscle while burning fat, to wine and coffee intake. In terms of peak health and performance, Ben is an absolute machine which really shines through in this episode. He also is a great entrepreneur which we touch upon as well! 

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Peter Shankman comes on the show to discuss his new book Zombie Loyalists and the power of providing an incredible experience for customers. Peter's been known as a marketing thought leader even before he founded HARO and that shines through in this episode. We talk about a host different marketing tactics especially how to really activate customers to spread WOM using great service. This was a fun episode!

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Ryan Coisson comes on the show to talk about the biggest opportunity in ecommerce and how he's built a booming business abroad. In just a few short years, Ryan has launched over 40 ecommerce brands that do over 7 figures a month. Even more impressive, Ryan has built a team of over 40 employees abroad in the Philippines that run his business while he lives and travels around. We'll dive deep into the mindsets, tactics, and processes that make this possible! 

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A few months ago I had this crazy idea for a workout that incorporated many of the habits that make me feel empowered and push me to heightened levels of motivation and achievement. I have continued to develop this concept which is now called Peak State and in this episode you'll get a full background on the story, workouts, and where this project is going. I think its pretty cool and have yet to see anything out there like it. Take a listen and let me know what you think!

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Brian Smith the founder of popular shoe company UGG joins us on the show today to talk about his journey building a world class brand. You'll learn about how an optimistic aussie started his business from scratch in a foreign country after an idea hit him while reading a surfing magazine. 
One of the most challenging things an entrepreneur faces is just the resiliency to hang in there in the face of adversity and uncertainty. Mastering this was a key part of Brian’s journey and something we’re going to dive deep into during this episode.
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There has been a plethora of exciting startups who are innovating on painful buying experiences while championing what has been popularly known as the direct to consumer model. Today we're fortunate enough to have one of the most exciting companies in the space Casper. Casper Co-Founder Philip Krim comes on the show to talk about building the company as well as how we can be thinking about this new category of ecommerce. These guys did over a million in revenue in their first month and have only grown since then so there is definitely a thing or two to be learned from their journey so far.

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Matt Ellsworth is our guest today. The guy is a total stud and in this interview we're going to start by talking about how using a combination of scraping, vritual assistants, and cold emails he built a massive lead generation machine at his last startup storefront. So much so that his outsourced team was sending out thousands of targeted, personalized emails a week while his interal sales team could focus on responding to warm leads. But this convo isn't just all about startups...despite seemingly being on top of the world as a preeminent Growth guy in Silicon Valley, Matt left his last company to pursue standup comedy and focus on some others. We'll talk about how he thought about pursuing a different type of dream when everyone around him expected him to do more startup stuff. Super inspiring stuff.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

John Durant, author of the Paleo Manifesto and MY NEW ROOMMATE is our awesome guest today. John is one of the foremost thought leaders on ancestral health and paleolithic living. In this episode, he shares with us why one way to unlock new levels of peak health and performance is to revert to a lifestyle more similar to one humans have bee living for 10's of thousands of years. Many of the modern diets, exercise trends, and lifestyle habits that get lots of attention in pop culture are actually hurting our ability to thrive in many instances. We'll dive into this and more topics surrounding peak health in this jam packed episode.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Nir Eyal is the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and blogs about the psychology of products at NirAndFar.com. In this episode we chat about the science and psychology behind some of the most addictive internet products and apps. If you're like me and wonder why you constantly feel an urge to check Instagram or even email, this episode brilliantly lays out how these behaviors can be engineered. Awesome episode for anyone interested in startups and building the next big thing. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

This episode dives into the topic of achievement and how we can approach the art of “happily achieving”


Its funny - a lot of us are really quick to ask ourselves what we want without ever asking what we’re willing to give up for that which is a much greater predictor of whether will get those things and enjoy the process along the way.


This episode is a bit all over the place, but Mark shares some mindsets that have helped him in his own entrepreneurial journey in growing one of the largest self-development sites on the internet. Resiliency, values, and overcoming fear are just a few of the topics we’’ll go deep on. Consider this required listening for anyone who wants to be their best selves. Let’s hear from Mark Manson.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Have you ever had an idea for a food product or personal recipe you've wanted to take mainstream? Today I chat with my buddy Ryan Smith, one of the co-founders of Bitchin' Sauce which is my favorite garnish in the world. This stuff is so good that it's now on the shelves in groceries stores everywhere including Whole Foods. We'll talk about all the steps to take what was just a family creation to the shelves of major grocery stores and a whole lot more. Ryan is also hilarious which makes for a Bitchin' episode.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Steve Sisler, the founder of the Behavioral Research Group comes on the show to reveal the power that can be unlocked when people understand AND leverage their natural hardwiring. Steve provides countless examples of how understanding this can help you be a more effective leader and entrepreneur. We also do a live profiling of yours truly which has been excellent for helping me make crucial decisions in my business since having this conversation. A must listen especially if you're familiar with the DISC profile.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Steve Schlafman is a good bud and startup investor for RRE ventures.  He's also someone whose work ethic and hustle I genuinely admire. We’ve had a lot of entrepreneurs on this show, but today I wanted to bring someone on the other side of the table on.

Steve sees 100’s if not thousands of companies a year and has to distill amongst all the people building things which ones he things are going to make it.  One of the cool things about this job, is you get to see patterns amongst companies and individuals.

What type of company wins? What do the founders look like?

We’ll pick Steve’s brain on these types of questions, and unpack what entrepreneurs should know before pitching a venture capitalist. My favorite part of the episode is hearing some stories from the trenches about the lengths some entrepreneurs have taken to make their company successful…

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:57pm CDT

After 3 people asked me about how to be beaming with joy in a 24 hour period, I wanted to share this gratitude practice that has been a big part of creating the deepest and lasting sense of inner joy I've ever had. Everyone can do this and it only takes a few minutes a day. It's even backed by Science!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm CDT

Steve Sims runs The Bluefish which is probably coolest company in the world. They deliver world class experiences to people and in the process make the impossible happen. This episode is chock full of stories of resourcefulness and mindsets that have helped Steve create the premier executive concierge service in the world. If you want to live the high life and access experiences Steve provides, listen to his advice in this episode and you'll be on your way. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:09am CDT

Ben Altman from Charisma On Command comes on the show to chat how you can make an amazing first impression on people. Whether you're walking into the room at a networking event or meeting someone at the bar, we all want to know how to leave that person wanting more....the framework Ben proposes rings true in my life and is definitely something you can apply in any situation. Definitely worth a listen!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm CDT

Jayson Gaignard, creator of Mastermind Talks, comes on the show to discuss what it takes to throw a world class event. The origin story of Mastermind Talks contains the ultimate hustle move by Jason and it's the one event that every person I've talked to says is by far and away a home run. There's a whole lot more in this episode than just creating a world class experience...we'll dive into some philosophy stuff and business tips that you can use to attract A+ players in your life like Jayson has.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm CDT

Maren Kate Donovan the CEO of Zirtual comes on the show to talk about how we can massively increase our productivity and happiness by using Virtual Assistants. We'll give specific instances where you can use them as well as the best ways to work with them. We also talk about Zirtual as a business and where its headed which is pretty exciting!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:48pm CDT

Stephan Aarstol founder of Tower Paddle Boards comes on the show to talk about the origin story of his company Tower Paddle Boards. Stephan's company was named one of the top 10 companies to go on Shark Tank and he provides a ton of insight into what it is actually like before, during, and after the show. We'll touch on a framework you can use to evaluate and disrupt ecommerce verticals as well as some very smart strategies Stephan has used to grow his business. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am CDT

Chris Walker comes on the show to chat about how to naturally boost the hormone responsible for energy, aptitude to put on muscle, and positive emotions...testosterone. Seriously, what guy doesn't want more of these things? We'll cover things like diet, exercise, and the many other variables which for the most part can be optimized to make your perform at higher levels. Boom!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:19am CDT

John Lee Dumas, host of Entrepreneur on Fire, comes on the show to discuss the mindsets and tactics he's used to quickly skyrocket to the top of itunes. This episode will cover everything from how he has learned to scale himself to the ways you should be approaching a crowded market. We'll also get a behind the scenes look at John's 6 figure a month business. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:46am CDT

Vanessa Van Edwards from The Science Of People comes on the show to talk about body language, alpha traits, the science of first impressions and these crucial things called micro-expressions. Don't think this stuff matters? Well studies say that people who understand these things make more money, have more love, and are happier. If this isn't incentive to tune in, I don't know what is. Oh and we'll also talk about lie detection : )

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm CDT

Justin Mares, Co-Author of Traction Book comes on the show to talk about something everyone in business wants to know...how to get more customers! This episode is a blueprint for how to approach acquiring users and a framework that anyone can use in their business whether we're talking about software or book marketing. Justin is a marketing champ and I gurantee you'll get some amazing ideas and strategies by listening to this episode.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm CDT

Charisma is something we all want, yet few people have really taken the time to codify it and lay it out in a way that we can develop more of it. One of my best buds and former roommates comes on the show today to decode charisma and teach you how to turn it on in an instant. Charlie used to be incredibly shy and now he's got that "it" factor that makes him a magnet anywhere he goes. Learn how he developed it here!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm CDT

Have an idea for a product that should be in your favorite retail store and trying to figure out how to make that happen? Brandon Rickman whose products have sold more than 20 million dollars worth of goods in places like Wal-Mart and Home Depot comes on to the show to lay out step by step how to go from idea to retail stores. This is the most comprehensive breakdown I've ever seen!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm CDT

Best selling author and publishing expert Tucker Max comes on the show to share what it takes to create a book that reaches mainstream popularity. We talk about the publishing industry, why you should consider publishing a book, and how media will change in the next few years. A must listen for anyone that has ever thought of writing a book.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:20am CDT

Aubrey Marcus, the CEO and Founder of human optimization company Onnit Labs comes on the show to chat about how he's taken Onnit from a few sales a day to one of the fastest growing companies in his space. We talk about podcast marketing, supplements, and some marketing and growth tactics that anyone looking to start something should consider.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:51am CDT

Tony Robbins has been an amazing influence on me. This podcast is a behind the scenes of my experience at the event and discussion around the biggest takeaways for me. Whether your current focus is personal development or business expansion, I think there is plenty of game-changing ideas in here.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am CDT

Trevor Owens comes on to the show to chat about how he's been able to connect with some incredible people that eventually became trusted mentors, advisors, and investors. The caliber of people in his life is truly amazing ranging from investors like Mark Suster and Dave McClure to entrepreneurs like Seth Godin and Scott Heiferman. You'll learn exactly how he did this with an initial cold email and we'll actually break down the logic behind each one. This is truly a unique episode and plays into some excellent psychology that is imperative for anyone looking to start relationships via cold email should understand. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am CDT

Sebastian Marshall, one of the best thinkers online in my opinion comes on the show to talk about a sleiu of mindsets that can dramatically benefit your life. We talk about everything from the intersection of biochemistry and performance to practicing directive thinking and impulse control, but I can pretty much guarantee you’ll leave this conversation with some new ideas to chew on and strategies to implement.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am CDT

This is the first episode of our live mentor series. Successful entrepreneur Spencer Fry comes on the show to give live advice and feedback to social media marketing company Biznobo. We'll talk about how to get your first customers, start charging, and think about boostrapping in the early days.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:32am CDT

NFL Veteran and media personality Ross Tucker comes on the show to talk about taking control of your life. Ross is an excellent example of someone whose made the most of out many opportunities and we talk about how he's been able to accomplish this on the show. A great listen for motivation and real stories of hustling for the life you want.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:20am CDT

Chris Bailey comes on the show to discuss what he learned after spending a year focusing on maximizing productivity. Chris did a ton of experiments and the end results are pretty fascinating and eye-opening. Definitely a must listen for people who want to increase their productivity.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm CDT

Jordan Harbinger from the Art of Charm comes on to the show to talk about how to best present yourself in social situations. Having a magnetic personality probably opens more doors than anything else so this is definitely a listen. Jordan is also hilarious which makes this an entertaining episode. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm CDT

Our brains work in such a way that the questions we ask ourselves determine what we choose to focus on and thus the actions we decide to take. In this episode, I share how I purposefully use specific questions in a variety of instances to maximize performance and make sure that my life is taking the path I want it too. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm CDT

Jerry Colonna, renown startup investor and founder of CEO Bootcamp comes on the show to talk about how we can manage our emotions as entrepreneurs. This gets deep and is such an important topic for everyone out there looking to get involved in startups and entrepreneurship.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:40pm CDT

Wiley Cerilli, the Founder of Singleplatform and a personal inspiration, comes on the show to talk about building his company which I was fortunate enough to be a part of. We cover everything from specific pre-selling strategies and sales mindsets to CEO advice and what it takes to be successful. This is a personal favorite episode and Wiley is the man.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm CDT

Oren Klaff, Best Selling Author of Pitch Anything who raised billions of dollars to help take companies public comes on the show to share his innovative method for presenting and persuading. I have to say his approach is original and codified so that anyone can use this strategy with success. Great for anyone looking to make an amazing impression. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:52am CDT

Aaron Ross, best selling author of Predictable Revenue, shares the secret sauce of how he created a system at Salesforce that was responsible for an addition 100 million dollars in recurring revenue. We chat everything from strategies to mistakes people are making in sales and lead generation. This is a good one!

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm CDT

Noah Lehmann-Haupt, the founder of Gotham Dream cars comes on the show and shares how he built the world's largest exotic rental car company. This interview has everything from awesome business advice to crazy car stories that sound like a grand theft auto plot.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:04am CDT

Stefan Pylarinos from Project Life Mastery comes on to the show and discusses how he's been able to publish over 100 books on kindle to print cash while he sleeps. We also dive into some awesome personal development topics like building routines that put us into a peak state. I finish the episode by sharing my favorite peak state jingles in the mindshare segment.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:01pm CDT

Cold emails enable us to be one touch point from anyone in the world. In this episode I reveal some unorthodox strategies throughout the cold email process that can help you connect with anyone in the world. You'll get everything from highly effective scripts to unconventional ways to find decision makers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am CDT

Ameer Rosic shares ways we can naturally increase our energy levels in this conversation. We talk about everything from when the best time to work out is, the ideal sleep time, and  how to eat for optimal health in this episode.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am CDT

Chris Taylor, the CEO of Actionable Books, discusses how to get employees and colleagues to bring their best work every single day. This is a fascinating conversation from someone who is running their company remotely, yet is still able to run a successful company.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:39am CDT

Ted Alling shares how he built a 500 million dollar company in the trucking industry with pure grit and determination. We're going to dive into some hardcore sales tactics and inspiring stories in this conversation. Ted's a total badass.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm CDT

Mike Hrostoski reveals some big time conversational mistakes people make when trying to attract abundance into their lives. We'll get authentic in this conversation and talk about fear, anxiety, and how to overcome it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31am CDT