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34 minutes | Mar 12, 2013
#78: The Dark Side of Passion, with Sam Waldner
We’ve discussed passion plenty of times on this podcast, but we’ve always treated it as a good thing — something that drives you to pursue the important things in life. But passion can be destructive, obsessive, addictive. We talked to addiction counsellor Sam Waldner about the dangers of the dark side and how he uses photography to channel his clients’ passionate impulses in a healthier way.
30 minutes | Sep 16, 2012
In a world of distractions, it's often hard to hear what the people around us are saying. This week we return to the subject of listening and how to build trust, especially at work.
32 minutes | Sep 2, 2012
#68: A Fresh Start
As we mentioned last episode, your hosts Eric and Sean have been making some huge life changes this year. This week, we talk about how to start with a clean slate, the importance of friendships, and how to avoid drifting back into an easy, comfortable rut.
26 minutes | Aug 12, 2012
#67: Making It Real
It's been a summer of big changes for us here at Attention Surplus, both career-wise and in our personal lives. This week, we talk about how to engage your rational and intuitive sides in order to get clear about what you truly want.
34 minutes | Jul 29, 2012
Being too busy to think, too busy to breathe -- it's a feeling practically all of us can relate to. "It's not as if any of us wants to live like this," writes Tim Kreider on the New York Times blog, "it's something we collectively force one another to do." This week, we talk about ways of escaping the whirlwind of obligations we make for ourselves, and heeding the call of the people and things that really matter.
32 minutes | Jul 8, 2012
What does adventure mean to you? We talk about spontaneity, risk-taking and how to cultivate them in the midst of a busy, demanding life.
32 minutes | Jun 24, 2012
The act of listening - truly and deeply - has enormous power in overcoming conflict. This week we talk about happy dances, forgiveness, the many wrong ways we've attempted to raise issues with others, and why active listening is %$*#! annoying. (And fittingly for an episode about conflict, we keep Mikka the dog busy drowning out our expletives.)
33 minutes | Jun 17, 2012
This week, we talk about making time for reflection and gratitude, and making a difference in the lives of those around us.
36 minutes | Jun 10, 2012
#62: Multiple Personalities
We all have a number of personas or selves that come to the surface in different spheres of our lives. In fact, the idea that we have a single self - a single "I" -- seems more and more to be an illusion. How can we find a healthy balance between them?
36 minutes | Jun 3, 2012
#61: Gratitude, with Ayla Newhouse
This week on the patio, we chat with designer and "creative generalist" Ayla Newhouse (@aisforayla on Twitter). Ayla's the co-creator of 1THING, an app that provides a way to celebrate the people and things you're grateful for. As well as 1THING, we discuss another project of hers called Dating by Design, plus what she's learned by going on a financial "spending fast".
34 minutes | May 20, 2012
#60: Funemployed, with Sarah Hart
Sarah Hart was several years into a successful advertising career when the quiet voice in her head -- not to mention the ants in her pants -- became too much to ignore. She quit her job to embark on what she calls "a journey toward purpose", and since then she's been documenting her experiences on her blog, F The Desk. This week, Sarah joins us on location on Sean and Eli's back patio to talk about the ups and downs of "funemployment", and getting in touch with what truly matters to us.
35 minutes | May 6, 2012
#59: Embracing Sucktitude
Continuing on from last week's conversation, we talk about Eric's time volunteering with TEDx Toronto and how Sean's career "death spiral" led him to photography, writing and dog training. How do we find the courage to embrace failure, and persevere in spite of it?
32 minutes | Apr 29, 2012
#58: Rationalizing What We Do
A discussion sparked by Sean's recent blog post, "The Secret Stories We Tell About Ourselves", about the so-called overjustification effect, and how one rationale for our actions can eclipse the others in our minds -- whether it's a deeply held principle or "just for the money". Next week, we'll delve a bit deeper into our own rationalizations for various jobs or projects we've taken on.
27 minutes | Apr 22, 2012
#57: Future Collages
Last week's talk with Lisa Charleyboy inspired us to try an activity she mentioned: making a collage of images representing things we'd like to have or pursue in the future. We spent an hour or so before this week's show with some good friends, some bristol board and a stack of magazines, cutting and pasting photos to produce a sort of mood board for our lives. On the episode, Sean and Eric discuss what they learned from the process and the end results -- check out the photos on our website.
35 minutes | Apr 15, 2012
#56: Vision, with Lisa Charleyboy
Writer, blogger, traveler, actor and Urban Native Girl Lisa Charleyboy talks to us about leaving her job to pursue her passions, getting in touch with her Native Canadian roots, and the tools she uses to envision and plan her future.
34 minutes | Apr 1, 2012
#55: Point of View
This week, we talk about how exploring our interests can give clues to our point of view, beliefs and sense of purpose. Along the way, we discuss photography, cities, and our connection to nature. Plus: why you should quit your job and get a dog, and the return of coffee and Baileys.
35 minutes | Mar 25, 2012
#54: Making and Creating
What does it mean to create? We explore the way society rewards or fails to reward the actual making of things, the difficulties of tackling a new craft, and how creation aligns with purpose.
32 minutes | Mar 18, 2012
#53: Doing the Crazy Things
We've talked about adventure and play in past episodes, and this week we delve a bit deeper: walking the line of conformity, giving ourselves license to play, and setting a social contract for the more out-there things we want to accomplish.
29 minutes | Mar 11, 2012
#52: The Idea and the Reality
Why are we always running after the next fun, shiny new thing? This week, Sean and Eric discuss their tendency to jump from one project or passion to another. Sometimes the pursuit of that passion simply doesn't live up to the dream. And sometimes - like Sean - we turn a passion into a job when we might actually be better off without the expectations a job brings.
33 minutes | Feb 26, 2012
What have you been putting off lately? Eric's been reading The Now Habit, and Sean's been reading fantasy novels instead of working, so procrastination has been on our minds lately. We talk about reframing procrastination as not a bad thing in itself, but a cue to dig deeper into what's troubling us about a task and come to terms with it.
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