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8 minutes | 4 days ago
DB 227: Why Monks Are Happy And Billionaires Are Often Not
Last week, Sophia was overtired and started to have a temper tantrum. She told us that the only thing that can make her stop crying and cure her sadness was a new toy. In fact, she said that if we got her this new toy she would never be sad again. Of course, we all know that getting Sophia a toy would not lead to her everlasting happiness, but in this episode Eva really dives into WHY money and the material possessions it can buy can never guarantee your happiness. Eva borrows some great lessons from Jay Shetty’s new book Think Like A Monk, which is one of our favorite books of 2020. Jay draws the following distinction between success and happiness in his book: “Success is earning money, being respected in your work, executing projects smoothly and receiving accolades. Happiness is feeling good about yourself, having close relationships, making the world a better place.” We believe this is such an important concept to teach our children at a young age. I know many of our kids (including Eva and Sohpia!) are excited to open their presents this holiday season. But in this episode, Eva shares why those gifts are not the key to our happiness, and why fulfillment must come from within. Thank you Jay for the great lesson, and we hope you’ll be Eva’s guest on the podcast in the not so distant future :) Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/227
7 minutes | 11 days ago
DB 226: How Kamala Harris turned IMPOSSIBLE into I’M POSSIBLE
As parents, we have worked very hard to eliminate phrases like “That’s impossible” and “I can’t do it” from our kids’ vocabulary. Turns out with the word IMPOSSIBLE -- you can just add a space and an apostrophe, and IMPOSSIBLE becomes I’M POSSIBLE. This idea certainly hit home with the US election earlier this month, in which Kamala Harris became the first woman and person of color to be elected Vice President. Let’s not forget…. it was just one hundred years ago -- in August 1920 -- that the 19th amendment to the constitution was passed which gave women the right to vote. And then in 1965, just 55 years ago, the Voting Rights act was passed to prohibit the terrible racial discrimination in voting that will forever remain a stain on U.S. democracy.For our American listeners regardless who you vote for, I think we can all agree that shattering these barriers is a good thing for our country. I know that Eva and so many girls around the country heard Kamala’s speech and now wholeheartedly believe that women can be leaders at the highest level of government. In this episode, Eva shares her feelings about believing that anything is possible, even if it has not been done before. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/226
11 minutes | 18 days ago
DB 225: Erik Weihenmayer On How To Avoid Unnecessary Panic
One of the world’s most inspiring humans, Erik Weihenmayer, is back on the Dream Big Podcast. Erik lost his vision by the age of 13, but he resisted the idea that blindness would sweep him to the sidelines of life. He’s the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest peak. He also kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon -- among many other feats. We’ve heard from a lot of Big Dreamers in our audience who continue to struggle with this pandemic, which is becoming more of a concern right now as cases are surging here in the United States and across the globe. I know a lot of kids (and adults) are scared right now, so I decided to reach out to Erik and ask him to share his thoughts on how to stay calm and how to avoid unnecessary panic during these difficult times. Climbing to the peak of Mt Everest and solo kayaking the Grand Canyon both require you to be in peak physical condition, but more importantly require tremendous mental strength. That fact that Erik accomplished these feats without eyesight is truly remarkable, and I can not think of anyone on the planet more qualified to answer a question about how to stay calm under pressure and push forward when the going gets tough. Not surprisingly, Erik delivered a brilliant answer that we all need to hear right now. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/225
7 minutes | 25 days ago
DB 224: How To Catch More "Greenlights" On The Road To Your Big Dreams
Have you ever been in the car in a rush to get to your destination, and hit a red light at practically every intersection along the way. And on other days, you might take the same route and enjoy green lights all the way without having to stop once. Matthew McConaughey talks about how to catch more greenlights in life in his new memoir, which is one of the most celebrated books of 2020 and appropriately titled “Greenlights.” We’ve listened to Matthew brilliantly discuss the concept of Greenlights on this book tour, and Eva loves to share when complex subjects about life can be broken down into a memorable analogy. In this episode, Eva dives deep into the analogy that is the center of Matthew’s philosophy of life. We believe that understanding and applying this analogy in your life can help you reach your big dreams, and do so without as many stops along the way. Thank you Matthew for giving the world this gift, and if anyone has a connection to Matthew McConaughey, please let him know that Eva will give him the green light to be a guest on the Dream Big Podcast at any time :) Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/224
8 minutes | a month ago
DB 223: Dream Big is 4 Years Old! My Secret To Never Missing A Single Week
It is hard to believe we are celebrating 4 years of the Dream Big Podcast this month. Eva started Dream Big when she was just 7 years old, and we can safely say that helping Eva launch the podcast was the best parenting decision we ever made. We are obviously blown away by all the incredible guests she has interviewed. Truth be told, it is surreal to sit next to your daughter as she has thoughtful one-on-one conversations with Mark Cuban, Dr. Shefali, General Stanley McCrystal, Bethany Hamilton, and Kobe Bryant. But what gives us the most pride is the commitment Eva has shown to bring our listeners a new episode every Monday for the past 4 years. There are times when we are going out of town and we need to batch record a handful of episodes, or Eva is not feeling well but still sits down to record in order to hit an important deadline. In this special anniversary episode, Eva shares her secret to publishing a new episode every Monday, week-after-week, year-after-year. Eva, we are so proud of you and the tremendous effort you put into the podcast. You are an inspiration to all the Big Dreamers, and also to your family! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/223
10 minutes | a month ago
DB 222: James Lawrence, The Iron Cowboy, On Your Most Underrated Superpower!
The Iron Cowboy is back on the Dream Big Podcast! James Lawrence earned his nickname by completing 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 days, in each of the 50 United States. A single Ironman alone is an incredible accomplishment -- as it consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. To do 50 Ironman races in 50 days across 50 days seemed unthinkable, until James did just that in 2015. James posted the following quote on his Instagram earlier this year: “Tolerance for Monotony is a very underrated superpower.” Eva asked us what the quote meant, and we said: “Well you know James! Why don’t you ask him directly?” And that’s exactly what she did, and James was kind enough to answer :) James starts his answer by defining the word “monotony” (as we are sure that a lot of the younger Big Dreamers may not have even heard the word “monotony” before), and then shares how he would have never completed the 50-50-50 and become the Iron Cowboy without learning to embrace monotonous training. Eva also shares her thoughts in this episode as to why monotonous tasks are so important to achieving your big dreams in life. Thank you James for answering Eva’s question, and by extension sharing this very underrated superpower with the Big Dreamers! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/222
8 minutes | a month ago
DB 221: Believe In The End Of The Story!
This episode is inspired by Jesse Itzler. Our family is part of his Build Your Life Resume Calendar Club, so as part of that club, we have been blessed to enjoy a ton of his content. What we love about Jesse is how he breaks down really complicated concepts into simple-to-remember catch phrases. In this episode, Eva shares a 6 word phrase that Jesse coined that will make all the difference as to whether you turn your big dreams into a reality. That 6 word phrase is… “Believe In The End Of The Story.” To give you some context, Jesse is currently training for an Ultraman race next year, and the most challenging component of that race for him will be a 6 mile open water swim since he is not an experienced swimmer. Jesse shared how he recently gave up during one of his practice swims, but that because he :believes in the end of the story” -- in this case completing the Ultraman -- he was able to chalk it up to just a bad day and will continue training for the race. Expanding on Jesse’s concept, Eva shares how believing in the end of the story is so important for any goal or big dream that you have in life. If you don’t believe you can accomplish something, then why would you bother to try? Big Dreams are difficult to achieve. You will hit obstacles. There will be moments of failure. But if you remember Jesse’s phrase to “believe in the end of the story,” then you will keep on pushing and moving towards your dream. Thank you Jesse for inspiring yet another episode of the Dream Big Podcast. Eva believes in the end of the story that Jesse will one day be a guest on the Dream Big podcast, and we’ll keep on working towards that goal until we can introduce Jesse to all the Big Dreamers. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/221
27 minutes | 2 months ago
DB 220: Bethany Hamilton, Legendary Surfer, On How To Be Unstoppable
Eva’s #1 mission for the Dream Big Podcast is to inspire her listeners to believe in their potential to achieve their biggest dreams in life, even when life is fraught with obstacles and challenges. In this regard, we can think of no better guest to inspire the young Big Dreamers than Bethany Hamilton. At the age of 13 as a rising surf star, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her dream career. However, one month after the attack, Bethany returned to surfing and within two years had won her first national surfing title. At 17 years old, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and she is still an active surf competitor to this day. Bethany has an amazing course that she recently created also called Unstoppable, and has been so generous to offer to do a giveaway of her course to one lucky Big Dreamer. To enter your name into the giveaway, please visit our show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/220. The winner will be announced and contacted on October 15. Thank you again Bethany for being Eva’s guest on the Dream Big Podcast, and for all that you do to inspire others to become unstoppable like you!
8 minutes | 2 months ago
DB 219: Humble The Poet On How Expectations Can Be An Enemy To Happiness
Humble The Poet (Eva’s guest in Episode 146) has an amazing book out called Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life. In that book, Humble writes that “Unhappiness is simply when the picture in your head does not match the picture in front of you.” And that “expectations are a bigger enemy to our happiness than our circumstances.” Eva really loved both those quotes, and wanted to ask Humble to expand on those concepts. So she filmed a quick video question for Humble, who was kind enough to record a thoughtful response. Now more than ever, as we continue to navigate 2020 in very uncertain times, we think Humble’s message about expectations is really important for all Big Dreamers to hear. Enjoy! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/219
30 minutes | 2 months ago
DB 218: Dr. Shefali Tsabary On How To Be Superpowered
We are over-the-moon thrilled to welcome Dr. Shefali Tsabary to the Dream Big Podcast. We have been following Dr. Shefali’s groundbreaking work on conscious parenting for years now. It was such a thrill when we learned that Dr. Shefali had a new book coming out for kids and teens, and was interested in being a guest on the Dream Big Podcast. Dr. Shefali was kind enough to send Eva an advanced copy of Superpowered, so we had a chance to read the book before Eva’s chat with Dr. Shefali to prepare for the interview. Needless to say, we loved it! In our humble opinion, this episode with Dr. Shefali is one of Eva’s best interviews yet -- and we hope that all the Big Dreamers enjoy Dr. Shefali and Eva’s discussion about Wista The Worrier, Flipping The Switch, the POWER acronym and so many other tools and strategies laid out in Dr. Shefali’s new book Superpowered. Be sure to support the launch by getting your copy today! For our show notes and links to everything discussed in this episode, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/218
10 minutes | 2 months ago
DB 217: Siri Lindley, World Champion Triathlete, With The Most Beautiful Description Of Gratitude That You Will Ever Hear!
A few months ago, we asked Eva which former guests she would want to have on the Dream Big Podcast. She immediately thought of Siri Lindley, the former World Champion triathlete who dominated the world rankings for years as the #1 triathlete in the world. During the interview, Siri and Eva bonded over their mutual love of horses, and Siri has an amazing non-profit Believe Ranch and Rescue which rescues horses and finds them loving homes. When we checked out Siri’s instagram to see what she had been up to, we noticed that Siri had lost all of her hair and quickly learned that Siri is recovering from a bone marrow transplant. In the midst of her battle not only did Siri agree to come back on the podcast, but she delivers the most honest and beautiful response imaginable. I think all of our listeners -- kids and adults alike -- will gain so much insight and practical tips by taking 5 minutes to listen to what Siri has to say about the power of gratitude. In addition to publishing the audio on iTunes, we also posted Siri’s full video response on our Instagram page. We highly recommend you watch the video because there is something very powerful about seeing Siri, who is clearly still in her battle, talk so eloquently about the power of gratitude. We love you Siri and wish you a speedy recovery. When you are fully recovered and this pandemic is over, we would love to visit you and give you, Bek and your beautiful horses a hug at the ranch. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/217
21 minutes | 3 months ago
DB 216: Gabby Bernstein On How To Be (And Stay) Happy During Challenging Times
Today, Eva welcomes Gabby Bernstein, a #1 New York Times Bestselling author (many times over), and one of the world’s leading authorities on happiness. We are longtime admirers of Gabby’s work, and actually did an entire solo episode last month (Episode 208) about her famous “comeback rate” concept. And now, the Big Dreamers get the gift of hearing directly from Gabby about why the “comeback rate” is so important and so many other practical tips on how to be and stay happy -- especially during these crazy times. Gabby has a new book, You Are The Guru: 6 Messages to Help You Move Through Difficult Times with Certainty and Faith, available now on Audible.com. Like all of Gabby’s content, the new book is incredible and we would love it if you support her book launch and follow her accounts for never ending inspiration and positive vibes. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/216
6 minutes | 3 months ago
DB 215: Your Best Friend Should Be….. YOU!
A few weeks ago, we did an episode on how to be a great friend to others. In this episode, Eva shifts gears and shares why it is so important to be a best friend to yourself! This week’s episode was inspired by one of Deepak Chopra’s guided meditations. There, Deepak made the point that if you look at the qualities of a best friend -- someone who would lift you up when you are down, make encouraging statements, treat you well, etc -- those are the same qualities and behavior that you should apply to yourself too! Yet so many people are great friends to others, but don’t take good care of themselves. Whether that is negative self-talk or not eating healthy food, or not getting enough sleep -- we need to stop treating ourselves poorly and instead embrace Deepak's vision of looking at oneself as your own best friend. Eva shares some powerful examples in this episode of what it means to be your own best friend. And Eva explains how taking care of yourself will also help you be a better friend to others too. Thank you Deepak for all the wonderful work you do, and for inspiring Eva to create this episode. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/215
17 minutes | 3 months ago
DB 214: Space Gal Emily Calandrelli On STEM, Roller Coasters & DYI Science Experiments
When schools closed in the spring due to the pandemic, Eva’s grandparents suggested that we check out Xploration Outer Space streaming on Amazon Prime Video. That show, which became a household favorite, is hosted by the wonderful and brilliant Emily Calandrelli -- who is Eva’s guest this week on the Dream Big Podcast! Emily has also been featured as a correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World and is the author of the science children's book series, the Ada Lace Adventure. Emily also has a new Netflix show called Emily’s Wonder Lab where she takes kids through lively mind-boggling experiments that will get your kiddos excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which is Emily’s great passion. As you will see from the episode, Emily has great energy and is so much fun. We encourage all Big Dreamers to check out her new show on Netflix! Our family has been watching her amazing experiments on her Youtube and Instagram all summer, and we know Emily’s Wonder Lab on Netflix will be great educational fun for the whole family. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/214
16 minutes | 3 months ago
DB 213: Kechi Okwuchi's (Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer!) Expert Advice On How To Deal with Bullies
This week’s episode may just be one of the most important episodes we’ve ever published. We are so honored to have Kechi Okwuchi on the Dream Big Podcast. You may recognize her name because Kechi was Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer on America’ Got Talent and she has been Eva’s guest before. If you know Kechi’s story, you know that she survived a horrific plane crash as a teenager and suffered burns all over her body. While Kechi has not let the injuries that she suffered in this tragic incident destroy her dreams, bullies continue to poke fun and say awful things about Kechi’s physical appearance. We know that bullies and cyberbullies are a HUGE problem in our schools and online -- so we thought there was no better person for Eva to ask about how to react when you come across a bully. With school starting back up this month for most students -- whether that will be in-person or virtual -- Kechi’s advice can not be more timely. Thank you so much Kechi for your wisdom, your courage, and being a friend of Eva and the Dream Big Podcast. We love you! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/213
8 minutes | 4 months ago
DB 212: The 3 Cs Of Being A Great Friend
Since this is the Dream Big Podcast, Eva spends a lot of time talking about themes like setting goals, working hard, and being confident. But we understand that achieving big dreams alone is not nearly as satisfying or fulfilling as sharing the journey with those you love -- both your family and close friends. At a family dinner a few weeks ago, Eva mentioned that we should talk more about how to make and keep great friends. And then just a few days later we heard Jesse Itzler, founder of Build Your Life Resume, talking about the 3 Cs of being a great friend. He credits the 3 Cs for his success both in personal and business relationships. Jesse’s framework is so simple to follow and implement that Eva decided to share it with all the Big Dreamer’s in this week’s episode. Tune in to discover the 3 Cs and how they can transform the relationships in your life! Thank you Jesse for the wonderful insight, as always! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/212
7 minutes | 4 months ago
DB 211: How These Powerful Words (Not Our Legs!) Helped Us Finish A Grueling Hike
A phrase that kids often hear from their parents is: “Words Are Powerful!” Usually when this is said it is when your kiddo has stepped over the line and used language in a hurtful or otherwise negative way. In our house, we also constantly discourage negative phrases like “I can’t do that” or “That’s impossible.” Recently, we had the opportunity to test the power of the spoken word on a grueling hike in Mammoth. Truth be told - we didn't’ see many kids on this trail - certainly not Sophia’s age. So when Eva and especially Sophia started to complain and whine when we still had a few miles left on our journey, Olga sprung into action and shared how we can shift the energy in our family just by uttering some simple phrases. Needless to say, this tactic worked and we not only made it back to the car but had so much fun on that last leg of our hike. Eva shares the story in this episode -- which we think your kids will love because it shows the power of words in the positive sense. And if you are a family that loves the outdoors, we think you will find Olga’s strategy very helpful the next time your kiddos get tired and start to complain. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/211
6 minutes | 4 months ago
DB 210: Is 2020 A Curse or A Blessing?
Eva has long shared the importance of being an optimist -- the kind of person who sees a glass half full - rather than a pessimist -- who sees the glass as half empty. There are so many reasons you can easily take a “glass half empty” outlook to 2020. Dean Graziozi, bestselling author and entrepreneur, recently poised the following question to his audience: Is 2020 a curse or can it be a blessing? Well as Eva shares in this episode, the answer to that question is entirely up to you! Of course, Eva wishes that COVID-19 did not happen this year. Eva misses school, her friends, and there are so many people across the world who are suffering as a result of this terrible disease. Nobody wished for this to happen. But it did! Given that we just recently passed the midway point of the year -- it seemed appropriate for Eva to share her “glass half full” mentality for 2020. Eva shares the new skills and passions that she is developing during this unprecedented year, and how with the right mindset 2020 can indeed be viewed as a blessing. A special thank you to Dean Grazioizi for inspiring this episode :) Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/210
24 minutes | 4 months ago
DB 209: Lewis Howes On The Power of Dreams, Public Speaking, Gratitude & More!
Today’s guest is Lewis Howes, the host of the School of Greatness podcast which has over 100 million downloads and 1000 episodes since it launched in 2013. Lewis was one of the inspirations for Eva to launch the Dream Big Podcast. We would often listen to Lewis Howes and another podcaster Tim Ferriss in the car, and one day Eva asked: “Mom and Dad, why is there not a podcast where a kid interviews amazing people?” And of course, the rest is history. Lewis is more than a podcaster. He is a bestselling author. He was named by The White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. And he has been featured on Ellen, The Today Show, The New York Times, and in other major media outlets. Eva and Lewis had an amazing conversation which we actually recorded on video -- so in addition to being able to listen to the interview on your favorite podcast platform -- you can also watch the full interview on Youtube. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/209
7 minutes | 4 months ago
DB 208: What’s Your Comeback Rate? The Answer Is Your Key To A Happy Life!
Eva often gets asked by her friends and fans of the podcast: “Eva, are you always feeling positive emotions? Do you ever get upset? Or angry? Or disappointed?” Eva's answer is always along the lines of: “Of course, I’m not always happy. I’m not always in a great mood. But… and this makes all the difference in the world, I have trained my brain to not get stuck in a negative state. So when I do feel negative emotions, I can identify those feelings and take action to put myself back in a good mood.” In other words, Eva doesn’t let bad news ruin her entire day, as many kids and even adults often do. Instead, she has trained her brain to “come back” to a happy state very quickly. The brilliant Gabby Bernstein has coined this concept as the “come back rate” and in this episode Eva shares why learning to have a fast come back rate is the key to a happy life, as well as some of her favorite ways to get back to a beautiful state when she does feel negative emotions. We hope that Gabby will one day be a guest on the podcast so that she can share more on the come back rate, and other nuggets of wisdom as well! Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/208
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