"Be you. Be you, and be cool with it. There is nobody else you can be better."
—Neil Pasricha, The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything
Neil Pasricha's writing is like a cup of hot chocolate, or as he would describe it in Awesome Thing #119, like watching butter melt on a hot piece of toast. It is comforting and delightful. His latest book is about what he learned along his own roller coaster ride of reaching smashing success with his 1,000 Awesome Things blog and books, then realizing he still wasn't happy. We break down topics like The Saturday Morning Test, the three time buckets, and many more. Enjoy!
More About Neil Pasricha
Neil Pasricha is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and The Book of Awesome series, which has been published in ten countries, spent over five years on bestseller lists, and sold over a million copies.
Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, one of the most popular TED speakers of all time, and after ten years heading Leadership Development at Walmart he now serves as Director of The Institute for Global Happiness. He has dedicated the past fifteen years of his life to developing leaders, creating global programs inside the world’s largest companies and speaking to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. He lives in Toronto with his wife and sons.
Topics We Cover
Feeling trapped by extrinsic motivators, ever-escalating goals
Achieving massive success—multiple bestsellers, TED talk—then feeling trapped by the never-ending search for more
The Success Triangle: sales, social, self
The Meat Grinder of marketing, stress from emphasizing sales
"The goal is not to be perfect, it's to be better than before."
What the healthiest 100-year-olds in the world can teach us
Ikigai, a Japanese term for the reason you wake up in the morning
Retirement is an arbitrary, relatively new concept; many of the world's healthiest places to live don't even have a word for stopping work
The Saturday Morning Test
Advice is irrelevant; "When we are looking for advice we are usually looking for an accomplice."
How he decided when to leave his job as Director of Leadership Development at Walmart
Why having a side hustle for so long as an author allowed him to take big risks at work and in his writing
Three Bucket Model of the Week: Sleep, Work, Free/Creative/Fun (56 hours each)
Podcast: The Happiness Equation with Neil Pasricha
Neil on Twitter
TED Talk: The 3 A's of Awesome
Previous Pivot Podcast: The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
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