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  • DB 280: Small Habits, BIG Results! - Today, Eva discusses the power of small habits. Given that Eva’s podcast is titled Dream Big, it should not be a surprise that Eva talks mostly about BIG dreams, BIG goals, and BIG action. But it is important to remember that small habits each and every day can lead to very big results over a period of time. Eva shares some great examples in this episode. For instance, did you know that if you read just 20 pages per day, you could read 30 books in 2022 (assuming average book size was 243 pages). I don’t know about you… but 30 books in one year sounds super ambitious to me! But 20 pages per day seems very doable. And that is just one of many great examples you’ll hear when you tune in to the 280th episode of the Dream Big Podcast. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/280
  • DB 279: How To Get Along With Your Siblings (Works for Anyone!) - We noticed recently that there have been way too many comparisons being made within our family. Sophia, our six year old, is constantly comparing (and complaining about) what her older sister Eva is allowed to do. Why can Eva stay up later? Why can Eva have sleepovers? By comparison, Eva gets frustrated that we are not nearly as strict with Sophia and require more contributions from her in the house. For instance, Sophia sets the table for dinner (which takes only a few minutes), and Eva cleans all the dishes and the kitchen after dinner (which can take 30 minutes or more). So the focus of this week’s episode is why is it never a good idea to compare yourself to others, especially to your siblings? Is this a recurring source of tension in your home, like it has been in ours! Then be sure to listen to this episode as a family and see how much the energy will improve in your home when you stop comparing yourself to others! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/279
  • DB 278: My #1 Productivity Secret: N.E.T. Time! - Eva often gets asked how she is able to get so much done -- from being a full-time student to hosting the Dream BIg Podcast, not to mention all the extracurricular activities she’s involved in. And now, Eva is about to launch a second podcast which she will be producing entirely on her own. So how does Eva find the time to do well in school while still pursuing her Big Dreams. Today, Eva shares her #1 Productivity secret: N.E.T. time. Have you heard of this acronym before? We first heard it from the great Tony Robbins, and have used N.E.T. to capture 1-3 hours per day of time that would otherwise not be utilized towards pursuing our Big Dreams. To learn what the N.E.T acronym stands for, how Eva applies the concept in her own life, and how all Big Dreamers can do the same, be sure to listen to this fascinating episode! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/278
  • DB 277: How To Be Memorable! (A Lesson From My Trip To Florida) - This past weekend, we enjoyed an extended weekend getaway in Miami, Florida. It is November and that means it is getting cold in most of the northern hemisphere. But in Miami, the sun was out, the ocean was warm, and everyone was so friendly. We also had the opportunity to catch up with lots of friends and family who live in Miami and the surrounding areas. Eva had a particularly strong connection with our friends Gregory and Iryna, who welcomed us into their home for a wonderful afternoon. Of course, everyone we visited was super nice to Eva but there was something special about her interaction with Gregory and Iryna that stood out. As we drove away from their house and waved goodbye, Eva said “Wow! I really like them and hope we can visit again sometime soon.” What made the interaction so memorable, and what can all Big Dreamers learn from the way Gregory and Iryna welcomed Eva into their home? Listen to this powerful episode to find out! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/277
  • DB 276: You Choose Your Destiny. Don’t Leave It To Chance. - Exciting news alert: Eva is going to be launching a new podcast soon! First off, let us reassure you that the Dream Big Podcast is not going anywhere. This will be a 2nd podcast that Eva is launching to focus on a passion that she discovered the past year, specifically farming and sustainability. What is different about this new podcast is that Eva will be producing it on her own. This means identifying guests, inviting them, preparing for interviews, writing show notes and publishing episodes. Which leads us to the following quote: “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. -- William Jennings Bryan.” We’re very proud that Eva is making this decision to create this new podcast. It’s been our greatest honor as her parents to help her produce Dream Big these past 5 years (and we’ll continue to do so). And now we’ll be there to support her and offer guidance while she takes control of her own destiny and works toward the launch of the new podcast. So stay tuned for big announcements on the new podcast’s name, first guest, and other exciting tidbits. And again, Dream Big is here to stay! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/276
  • DB 275: My #1 Secret To Getting Good Grades At School - At the beginning of the school year, we had a conversation with Eva about her classes. Our advice was simple: Take the easy wins! So many kids struggle at school academically because they fail to turn their homework in on time, they have missing assignments, they don’t take advantage of extra credit assignments when offered. We explained to Eva that her classmates who don’t take the easy wins are facing an uphill battle to get good grades. Eva has followed our advice, and she has seen firsthand how in some classes where she scored Bs or B+s on her exams, she still has an A overall because she always turns in her homework on time, she participates in class, and she does extra credit. Eva shares this “secret” with the Big Dreamers, and explains why it is so important to take the easy wins in school and in life. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/275
  • DB 274: Why We (Almost) Always Fail The First Time - Rachel Hollis is the best selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing and host of the Rachel Hollis Podcast. In a recent interview, Rachel explained how early in her career before she had written her 1st book, she believed that she just had to finish a book and then it would get published. But when she finished it, no publisher was interested. Michael Jordan, widely considered the best basketball player of all time, was famously cut from his high school basketball team. There are many who would say that Michael Jordan’s coach made the biggest mistake of his life, or those publishers missed a huge opportunity by passing on Rachel’s first book. But Rachel shared: “The truth was that I was not good enough yet and he was not good enough yet and we had to keep on doing the work to get to this place. That’s what people miss. You have to keep going. You don’t know who you are going to be half a decade from now or 10 years from now.” Expanding on Rachel’s quote in this episode, Eva shares why we can expect to fail (especially on our first try) when we are pursuing our big dreams. And why it is so important that we keep on doing the work and not give up. Rachel Hollis and Michale Jordan would have never shared their unique gifts with the world if they had quit! We all have unique gifts and we must keep on pushing toward our big dreams even when we don't get the early result we were hoping for! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/274
  • DB 273: Life Lessons Learned From Bows & Arrows! - This summer Eva was fortunate enough to go to a sleepaway camp for a few weeks. When she sent us letters in the mail, she would sometimes include a playing card that she had shot with an arrow during Archery, which turned out to be her favorite activity at camp! In fact, Eva loved archery so much that her #1 request for the upcoming Holiday season is her own set of bow and arrows. In discussing with Eva why she loves archery so much, we realized that there are many important life lessons that you learn from archery that apply equally to when you pursue your big dreams. Hint: Eva shares the top lessons she has learned from archery in this episode! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/273
  • DB 272: How To Find Happiness! - You may not know the name but Bobby Hall, but if you have followed the music scene for the past decade you likely know of the multi-platinum recording artist known as Logic. Logic is Bobby Hall (or I guess Bobby Hall is Logic depending on how you look at it!). Logic has a new book out called the Bright Future which is a memoir of his journey from a horrifically abusive childhood to becoming one of the most accomplished and respected musical artists of his generation. Logic has been out promoting his memoir and in a recent interview, he was asked about how to find happiness. Logic grew up in very difficult circumstances with an alcoholic mother and an absent father who was addicted to crack cocaine. It was a struggle to survive yet alone become successful. In this episode, Eva shares Logic’s enlightening answer on how he found happiness. Hint: He didn’t find happiness by becoming rich or famous. It is an important lesson for all the young Big Dreamers who are constantly bombarded with messages about how money and fame is all what matters. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/272
  • DB 271: “Want to” Goals Versus “Have to” Goals? (the difference is HUGE!) - Dr. Susan David, the bestselling author of Emotional Agility, has identified a powerful difference between “Have to” Goals and “Want to” Goals. Eva shares that difference in this episode, and offers some examples of “Want to” and “Have to” Goals in her own life. This includes the recent experience of hatching baby quail from an incubator (definitely a “Want to” goal). But more importantly, Eva shares how she was able to apply Dr. Susan’s advice to convert studying for math, which she always thought of as a “Have to” task, into a “Want to” task by connecting math with her love of farm animals. Eva also challenges all Big Dreamers to identify a “Have to” goal in your life, and reframe it as a “Want to” goal using the strategy that she shares in this powerful episode. A huge thank you to Dr. Susan David for outlining this important distinction. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/271
  • DB 270: Never, Ever Give Up On Your Big Dream! - Michaela DePrince was born in the midst of a horrific civil war in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Her father was killed by rebels, and shortly after her father’s death, her mother died of fever and starvation. As if life was not already difficult enough, Michaela has a skin condition which causes patches of her skin to lose its color. In her village, this was considered the curse of the devil and she was abandoned by her uncle and lived in an orphanage where she was the least favorite child out of 27 kids -- which meant she was the last to eat at every meal. Fast forward to today, and Michaela is a professional ballerina, competed on Dancing With The Stars, performed in Madonna and Beyonce music videos, and spoke alongside Barack Obama at a leadership conference. In this episode, Eva shares how this remarkable lady was able to overcome the living nightmare that was her early childhood and fulfill her dream of being a professional ballerina. Michaela’s story is a powerful reminder that circumstances outside of your control do not define you and to never, ever give up on your dreams. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/270
  • DB 269: Don’t Be Patient (With Your Big Dreams!) - We’ve told our kids on numerous occasions to “Be Patient. Things Take Time.” or even the good ol’ phrase “Patience is a Virtue.” But we recently stumbled across a quote from the great Tom Bilyeu that challenged our views on patience, especially when it comes to teaching our kids about how to accomplish their Big Dreams. Tom shared: “Stop being patient and start asking yourself, how do I accomplish my 10 year plan in 6 months? You’ll probably fail but you’ll be a lot further along than the person who simply accepted it was going to take 10 years.” In this episode, Eva unpacks Tom’s quote and shares why it is so important to not only Dream Big but also to take massive action. While Tom’s quote may be controversial, we believe it is an important reminder that Big Dreamers can not wait for their big dreams to unfold but instead must charge towards their dreams. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/269
  • DB 268: What Matters Most In Life (Hint: You Can’t Buy It!) - What really matters most in life? The shoes that you wear? The latest video game that you own? The care that you drive? Material items might bring us temporary joy but when you really think about the things that matter most in your life, what comes to the top of your mind? Sergey Young has achieved great success in life. He founded the Longevity Vision Fund to accelerate life extension through technological and scientific breakthroughs. He raised 100 million dollars for this fund, which is investing in companies that are focused on building products and services that will extend healthy lifespans. He’s been a successful investor with experience spanning over 20 years, which includes managing a $2 billion private equity fund. But in a recent interview, Sergey beautifully described what comes to his mind when he thinks about what he is grateful for in life. In this episode, Eva shares Sergey’s answer, and why Sergey’s insight is such an important reminder for our young Big Dreamers. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/268
  • DB 267: How To Turn Hate Into Love - Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare syndrome that makes it impossible for her to gain weight. As a result, even though Lizzie is an adult, she has never weighed more than 65 pounds. A number of years ago, a terrible cyber bully posted a video on Youtube titled “World’s Ugliest Woman” and the video was about Lizzie. Not only was this a horrible, horrible thing to do, but unfortunately the video went viral so millions of people saw Lizzie in the “World’s Ugliest Woman” video and the comments were even worse. When Lizzie discovered the video online, she was completely devastated. In today’s episode, Eva shares the powerful decision that Lizzie made in weeks and months after the video was posted so that this nightmarish experience did not destroy her life. Quite the opposite, Lizzie now believes that the video being posted was one of the best things that ever happened to her. Eva shares how Lizzie was able to come to such a inspiring decision, and how this choice has impacted the lives of so many others who struggle with self-esteem or have been the victims of bullying. Thank you Lizzie for inspiring so many. You are beautiful inside and out! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/267
  • DB 266: Medals & Trophies Do Not Guarantee Happiness - A few years ago, a UCLA gymnast named Katelyn Ohashi captivated the world with a viral floor routine that has amassed over 190M views on Youtube. If you are one of the few who has not seen Katelyn’s performance, we are including a link to the video in the Resources section of our show notes. You will literally feel Katelyn’s positive energy and fun-loving attitude come through your device when you watch her routine. Katelyn’s performance, which earned a Perfect 10, showcased that rare combination of immense talent and contagious joyfulness, which made the whole world stop and collectively smile. That’s why it came as a complete shock to our family when we heard Katelyn share in an interview that until recently she was extremely unhappy. In fact, just a few years before arriving at UCLA, Katelyn was so depressed that she was ready to give up on gymnastics entirely. How did Katelyn turn her life around and become the happy, young woman that was on full display in that performance? Eva shares Katelyn’s story in this episode, which includes important life lessons for all the young Big Dreamers in our audience particularly about the importance of self-love. Thank you Katelyn for inspiring this episode! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/266
  • DB 265: When You Are Ready To Give Up, Do THIS! - Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and currently ranked No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). As of this publication, he has won 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles (a record shared with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) and based on his play in recent years most tennis fans believe he will own that record before the end of his career. In a recent interview, Novak shared a story about a very low point in his career when mentally he felt like giving up. It is hard to imagine one of the world’s greatest players ever thinking about giving up, and it goes to show that even the world’s best, go through ups and downs in their career. Yet at the time, Novak was really contemplating whether he wanted to continue competing in tournaments. He described himself crying, sitting on the floor, and really struggling with this decision. In this episode, Eva shares the advice that Novak got in the midst of this struggle and why he ultimately decided to continue playing tennis professionally. This is a really important lesson because we will all face significant obstacles on the path to our Big Dreams, and Novak’s advice will help you reconnect with that passion that inspired you to embark on the journey in the first place. Thankfully Novak implemented this technique, and he continues to share his unique gift with tennis fans around the world. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/265
  • DB 264: The Girl With The Golden Legs (and Mindset)! - On October 3, 2012 at the age of 24, Lauren Wasser's life changed forever. As a result of a medical condition called toxic shock syndrome, Wasser was placed in a medically-induced coma. Doctors pumped her with 80 pounds of fluids to get the toxins out of her body and conducted several blood transfusions. Lauren miraculously survived but doctors were not able to save her right leg, which had to be amputated. Overnight, Lauren had lost her identity. As a professional model, she had developed an idea of what it meant to be beautiful and initially she felt that losing her legs meant that she was no longer beautiful. While this story could have ended tragically, thankfully it has taken an inspiring turn as today Lauren believes she is more beautiful than ever before -- inside and out. Leading brands around the world agree with Lauren’s assessment, and she continues to book modeling gigs now with her beautiful golden prosthetic legs. In this episode, Eva shares the mindset shifts Lauren made in order to turn her life around. Eva also reminds all Big Dreamers that what truly matters in life is not how you look, but your character, values, and how you feel about yourself. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/264
  • DB 263: A Genius Trick To Build Great Habits! - Like most content creators, Joey Schweitzer started making Youtube videos just for fun not really thinking it would become a full-time career. But his videos, which are mostly about self-improvement, were so well made and he is such a talented storyteller, that his channel quickly amassed a huge following and as of this writing, over 1.3 million subscribers enjoy his videos that inspire you to live your best life. This particular episode focuses on an amazing idea that Joey shared in a video entitled: “How I tricked my brain to like doing hard things.” Specifically, Joey shares how he uses a technique called “habit bunching” to build new habits. In Episode 263, Eva shares what “habit bunching” is, and how all of our Big Dreamers can implement this little trick as well! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/263
  • DB 262: Why You Need To Learn To Stand Up For Yourself - Have you ever wanted to speak up for yourself and for whatever reason stayed quiet? Eva used to be so shy that she didn't even want to place her own order at a restaurant. Today Eva shares why it is so important to be willing to raise your hand, to ask for help, and to stand up for yourself. This episode was inspired by Maria Menounos. Maria has been a primetime TV personality for many years, serving as host of Extra and E! News, co-host of Eurovision song contest , and TV correspondent for Today and Access Hollywood. She is also a professional wrestler with the WWE and hosts a podcast called Better Together. Now you would think that for someone who has made a living speaking on live TV that Maria would have no problem at all speaking up for herself at work! But that was not always the case, and Maria shares the toxic belief system that held her back from speaking up earlier in her career. And how she gained the respect of her bosses more recently when she became more vocal about her feelings and needs. This is such an important lesson for our young Big Dreamers, and Eva shares examples of how she has learned the importance of speaking up and asking questions in her own life. Thank you Maria for inspiring this episode. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/262
  • DB 261: The secret to building confidence (not what you want it to be! - There are so many experts out there claiming to be able to teach you a shortcut to building confidence. These “hacks'' might temporarily help you pump yourself up and act confident, even if you really may not be. Recently we heard Chris Bosh, former NBA all-star, champion and Olympic Gold medalist, describe how he developed his confidence on the basketball court. It may not be the most popular method, but we think it is the most honest way to truly build confidence. In this episode, Eva shares Chris’ illuminating answer, as well as an amazing quote from martial arts legend Bruce Lee on confidence. Finally Eva shares how she applied Chris' technique to be confident when she performed a complicated rap in front of her entire school a few years ago. Thank you for the fantastic lesson Chris and congrats on the launch of your new book “Letters to a Young Athlete.” For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/261
  • DB 260: The hard truth about pursuing your Big Dreams - When we stumbled across a video on Matt D'Avella Youtube channel entitled “The truth about chasing your dreams,” we took the bait and had to watch. After all, this is the DREAM BIG Podcast and Eva’s mission is to encourage young Big Dreamers to believe in their dreams and take massive action in pursuit of those dreams. In the video, Matt shared his “ 3-year rule” which is that in order to find success in any field you need to dedicate at least three years before you can expect to see significant results. And then he introduced Tommy Jackett and Josh Janssen, 2 friends from Australia who in 2018, 3 years ago, started a podcast called “The Daily Talk Show.” Now you would expect that since Tommy and Josh had been podcasting for 3 years, they would have found “success,” right? It turns out that after three long years of consistent hard work, Tommy and Josh did not have nearly as big of an audience as they had expected, nor had they made enough money to quit their day jobs. But they both still consider their podcasting experience as a huge success! In this episode, Eva explores the meaning of the word “success,” why success does not equal making lots of money, and even shares some unexpected “truths' ' about the Dream Big Podcast, which she has hosted for nearly 5 years now! Thank you Matt for the beautifully crafted video illuminating this hard truth about chasing your dreams and to Tommy and Josh for reminding us that followers and money does not equal success. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/260
  • DB 259: How To Get Comfortable With The Uncomfortable - This week Eva shares lessons she learned from Luvvie Ajayi Jones’ Ted Talk entitled “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable.” Luvvie is a bestselling author and world renowned speaker, but for many years she refused to publicly admit she was a writer. She had grown up dreaming of being a doctor, and feared that as a writer she would not be able to make ends meet. When she was turning thirty, Luvvie decided to embrace the idea of stepping outside of her comfort zone, and in her Ted Talk, she shares stories about ziplining, scuba diving, and skydiving -- all of which terrified her but helped her build confidence which ultimately played huge dividends in her career. Inspired by Luvvie’s Ted Talk, Eva encourages all of you young Big Dreamers to push outside of your comfort zone, even if the actions you take are not directly related to your Big Dreams. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/259
  • DB 258: Rebecca Zamolo, Youtuber Extraordinaire, On Why Awkward Moments Make Her Happy! - We were thrilled when Rebecca Zamolo’s publicist reached out to see if Eva was interested in interviewing Rebecca, who is promoting her new book “The Game Master: Summer Schooled.” Rebecca is one of the most innovative content creators in the world, with multiple award winning Youtube channels with over 30 million subscribers. She also has had a fascinating life story, as Eva discovered while preparing for the interview. Rebecca was a competitive gymnast growing up, which is where she developed her incredible work ethic. She also studied Improv at Second City in Los Angeles, which is where she blossomed into a comedic actress. Everything Rebecca does is entertaining and will make you smile, including her interview with Eva 🙂 Be sure to check out Rebecca’s new book The Game Master: Summer Schooled! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/258
  • DB 257: Let The Paint Dry! (especially when you are overwhelmed) - Daniel J. Watts is a legendary Broadway performer, appearing in nine Broadway shows including Hamilton, In The Hnines and Memphis. So it should be no surprise that Daniel used performance art when he delivered his recent TedX talk. He literally painted with his feet while masterfully sharing his life experience leading up to and during the pandemic. Daniel uses the metaphor of paint, sharing that in life sometimes we need to let the paint dry. We need to take a break, assess the situation, and then make the next move. With the pandemic cancelling Broadway shows for the past year, Daniel was forced to let the paint dry and now plans to be more conscious of intentionally letting the paint dry in the future. Eva shares how she is implementing Daniel’s advice in her own life and why this is such a powerful metaphor to remember whenever you feel overwhelmed or stressed. Thank you Daniel J. Watts for your inspiring and creative TedX talk! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/257
  • DB 256: What Did You Fail At This Week? GREAT Question! - Sara Blakely is an inventor and entrepreneur who created the clothing line Spanx. For the younger Big Dreamers who may not be familiar with Spanx, ask your mom because chances are she knows and can explain better than Eva can! Joking aside, with the incredible success of Spanx under Sara’s leadership, in 2012 Sara became the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire. In today’s episode, Eva focuses on an amazing story that Sara shared about her father in an interview with the great Tony Robbins. Specifically, Sara explained that when she was growing up, her father would ask her “What did you fail at this week?” And he would be disappointed if she did not have anything to share! Now that may seem like a backwards question, but actually Sara credits this ritual with obliterating her fear of failure in the traditional sense of failing to achieve the desired outcome. Instead, Sara’s definition of failure became failing to try her best. What a fantastic lesson for all Big Dreamers - young and old! When you are pursuing a big dream, you will “fail” time and again. But rather than hide or be ashamed by those failures, we should share and even celebrate the failures as long as we tried our best! Thank you Sara for this powerful reminder and kudos to your dad for asking you such a fantastic question during your childhood. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/256
  • DB 255: Pity Party? No thank you! - Candace Parker is one of the most decorated female basketball players to ever put on a uniform. Candace was the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, A WNBA Champion, WNBA Finals MVP, 2x WNBA MVP, 2x Gold Medalist, and WNBA Rookie of the Year. But that incedibe legacy was definitely not guaranteed, and in fact could have easily been cut short by a devastating ACL tear during high school that required surgery to repair. In a recent interview, Candace was asked about what it took to develop her winning mindset, and she actually pointed to that injury and her road to recovery as the time in her life that she developed the tenacity to overcome obstacles. Specifically, Candice shared that after a doctor told her that she may never play basketball again, her Dad challenged her to look at herself in the mirror and make a decision to fully recover rather than throw a pity party. We’ve all had the tendency to throw a pity party when things go terribly wrong, but at the end of the day feeling bad for ourselves and complaining about the situation is never a solution. Thank you Candace for the reminder to rsvp NO to the pity party and instead pour your energy into overcoming the obstacles in the path to your big dreams. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/255
  • DB 254: Push (A Tad Bit) Outside Of Your Comfort Zone - We were listening to Lewis Howes interview Rich Roll, a man who transformed his life from being an alcoholic and drug addict to one of the fittest men in the world. Lewis was asking Rich about how to achieve your big dreams. Rather than just giving the stereotypical answer like “you have to go for it, be bold, take massive action,” Rich gave a much more practical answer that Eva thought was super helpful and wanted to share with all the Big Dreamers. Specifically, Rich shared that when you push outside of your comfort zone, the best strategy is to just push a tad bit outside. Start with an action today that doesn’t involve a lot of risk. You need to get outside of the comfort zone because that is where growth happens, but you can start small, build your confidence, and then take an additional step. Eva applies Rich’s lesson to her own experience as a podcaster, and how her growth these past 5 years has come from many little steps outside of her comfort zone rather than one huge one. Thank you Rick for this very practical advice, and reminder that Big Dreams don’t happen overnight but require incremental progress over a long period of time! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/254
  • DB 253: A LITTLE Thing That Makes A BIG Difference - This week’s episode is inspired by Amberley Snyder, who as a young girl developed a love of horses and was on her way to becoming one of the world’s best in rodeo. In 2009, she won the National Little Britches Rodeo Association All-Around Cowgirl World Championship. Amberley's life changed forever on January 10, 2010. She was driving her truck and sadly not wearing a seatbelt. She took her eyes off the road for a brief moment and the next thing she knew her car was rolling and she was ejected from the vehicle and ended up breaking her neck, leaving her paralzyed from the waist down. Instead of giving up on her passion for horses and the idea of riding again, Amberley told her doctors that she would ride a horse again and even compete in rodeo. And only 4 months after the accident, Amberley was back on her horse and ultimately realized her dream of competing in rodeos. In this episode, Eva shares Amberley’s story and a quote that Amberley says changed her life forever: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Please be sure to watch the video we link in the resources section of our show notes. It will give you goosebumps to see Amberley hoist herself onto her horse from a wheelchair, and ride strapped to her horse in rodeo competitions. Thank you Amberley for being such a powerful example of the power of attitude, and how that little decision we make every morning makes all the difference. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/253
  • DB 252: Take Pride In Your CHOICES, Not Your GIFTS! - Share this:  LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST Subscribe and listen to the DREAM BIG Podcast on: iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Google Play Music  |  Soundcloud  |  iHeartRadio  |  Spotify SOLO EPISODE FROM EVA Jeff Bezos was once asked what makes someone successful. Jeff is uniquely qualified to answer this question, considering he founded ecommerce giant Amazon.com and is one of the …
  • DB 251: Be The Author Of Your Own Story - This week’s episode is inspired by Amy Purdy. Amy’s childhood and teen years were filled with fun and adventure. She was an incredible athlete and especially loved snowboarding. At the age of 19, Amy had a medical emergency caused by a bacterial infection. The doctors gave her a 2% chance to live, and had to remove her spleen and amputate both her legs below the knees. Her father also had to donate a kidney to give her a chance to survive. Needless to say, it was a very scary time for the Purdy family and life as Amy knew it would never be the same. In this episode, Eva shares Amy’s analogy of how after this emergency, she made a decision to look at her life as a book where she would be the author of that book and write an incredible story. Which is exactly what she has done! Eva shares many of Amy’s remarkable accomplishments, including winning Paralympic medals in snowboarding, being the runner-up on Dancing With The Stars, touring with Oprah, and becoming a New York Times best-selling author. Amy can inspire all Big Dreamers, especially those going through difficult times, to be the author of their own story. Thank you Amy for inspiring millions and now all the Big Dreamers. We can’t wait to read the next chapters in your incredible life 🙂 For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/251
  • DB 250: Give Yourself The Gift Of Forgiveness - This week’s episode is inspired by Dr. Edith Eger. In 1944, when Edith was a teenager, she experienced the unimaginable horror of the Holocaust. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz, the heinous concentration camp. Her parents and fiance were killed by the Nazis, and she witnessed horrific crimes against humanity as a prisoner at Auschwitz. Despite this unimaginable trauma and suffering, Dr. Eger was able to lead a remarkable life after the war. She moved to the United States, started a family, got her doctorate in Psychology, and is still inspiring so many at the young age of 93 years old. As part of a recent book tour, Dr. Eger often shared how she was able to give herself the gift of forgiveness. We thought that was such an interesting idea -- usually when you think of forgiveness you are forgiving the person who wronged you. But Dr. Eger looks at forgiveness differently, and we thought it was a very important lesson for Big Dreamers, young and old, to learn. Thank you Dr. Eger for the gift you have given to the world, and for teaching us that you don’t have to forget in order to forgive. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/250
  • DB 249: You Can Learn Anything. Here’s Proof! - This week’s episode is inspired by Lisa Bilyeu, and specifically her journey from being a traditional housewife to the cofounder of a billion dollar company. For over 8 years, Lisa played the role of a traditional stay-at-home wife to her husband Tom. This was actually a one-year plan at the start, as she was supporting Tom’s effort to build a film business. But eventually Tom pivoted and launched Quest Nutrition, and asked Lisa if she would help fulfill orders of the company’s protein bars from their living room floor. Lisa stepped up to help, and ended up doing far more than stuffing boxes from their house! Quest Nutrition grew 57,000% in 3 years time, earning a billion-dollar valuation and ranking as the #2 fastest growing company in North America by Inc. Magazine in 2014. So how did Lisa go from a stay-at-home wife with absolutely no experience in shipping or logistics to leading a huge team and managing tens of millions of dollars in inventory? Lisa recently shared her secret to learning anything, and today Eva is sharing Lisa’s secret with all the Big Dreamers 🙂 For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/249
  • DB 248: How Amanda Gorman Turned Her Speech Impediment Into her Superpower! - This episode of the Dream Big Podcast is inspired by Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first Youth Poet Laureate. Most of the world first witnessed the greatness of Amanda Gorman at the Presidential Inauguration, when she delivered her masterpiece of a poem The Hills We Climb. Amanda was so poised, so confident, so riveting in her delivery that I’m sure you would have never guessed that she spent most of her life struggling with a speech impediment. Into her teen years, Amanda had great difficulty pronouncing the letter R. So how did Amanda overcome this obstacle and deliver one of the most celebrated public speaking performances in recent history? Eva explores Amanda’s journey and shares how Amanda transformed this perceived “weakness” into her greatest strength. Thank you Amanda for inspiring a nation with The Hills We Climb, and for inspiring all the Big Dreamers with strength and courage to overcome this speech impediment so you can share your unique gift with the world. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/248
  • DB 247: When Something Goes Terribly Wrong, Do THIS! - This episode of the Dream Big Podcast is inspired by Dean Graziozi, a multiple New York Times best selling author, entrepreneur, and investor. Dean has started or played a major role in over 14 successful companies that have changed lives all around the world – including the new Mastermind.com platform with Tony Robbins. Dean posted a video to his Youtube channel on how successful people react when they encounter an obstacle or even suffer a setback. We were so inspired by Dean’s message that we wanted to share the lesson with all Big Dreamers. If you are dreaming big and pushing outside your comfort zone, you are guaranteed to make mistakes and even fail. That’s why all Big Dreamers must know how to respond when life does not go according to plan, and Dean’s advice can change your life by inspiring you to push forward and find solutions even in the face of immense challenges. Thank you Dean for all that you do to impact the lives of millions, and we hope one day to introduce you to all the Big Dreamers by being Eva’s guest on the podcast! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/247
  • DB 246: Olympic Legend Greg Louganis On Hard Work And Never Giving Up - It is not every day you get the opportunity to interview someone considered to be a GOAT -- the greatest of all time. It was such a thrill for Eva to chat with Greg Louganis, four-time Olympic diving champion and the greatest diver of all time. Greg took part in his first Olympic Games, the 1976 Montreal Games, aged just 16 and claimed silver in the 10m platform. Four years later, he was firmly established as the world’s best diver, but the United States’ boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games meant that he had to wait another four years to taste Olympic gold. At the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Greg found himself competing in front of his home crowd in California. He won the gold medal in both the 3m springboard and 10m platform events. This made him the first Olympian in 56 years to achieve this spectacular double. He repeated this feat in the 1988 Summer Olympics, becoming the only man and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games. Thank you Greg for inspiring Eva and the Big Dreamers with your incredible life story and the lessons you shared about hard work, overcoming obstacles, and never giving up. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/246
  • DB 245: Change THIS To Change Your Life - This episode is inspired by three of Eva’s mentors. (1) Tony Robbins who often teaches that in order to change your life, you need to raise your standards; (2) Jesse Itzler who recently shared in a speech that he sets Olympic standards for himself in the 3 main buckest of his life: Business, Mindset, and Wellness; and (3) Greg Louganis who we are thrilled to announce will be Eva’s guest on next week’s episode of the Dream Big Podcast. Eva asked Greg about his training regimen when he was in pursuit of Olympic Glory, and let’s just say we can think of no better example of raising standards than what Greg demanded of himself during his Olympic training. Enjoy this episode which will inspire you to raise your standards, and be sure to tune in next Monday to Eva’s interview with Greg. In our humble opinion, it is one of her best interviews yet! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/245
  • DB 244: How To Deal With Rejection (Mentor Magic: Jamie Kern Lima) - Jamie Kern Lima is a self-made entrepreneur, champion of women, philanthropist, keynote speaker and co-founder of IT Cosmetics. Jamie is on a book tour right now for Believe It - How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable. We’ve watched many of her interviews, and were so inspired by Jamie’s story that Eva decided to create an episode about her remarkable journey from a Denny’s waitress to the CEO of a billion dollar makeup brand, IT Cosmetics. Of course, when you hear a rags-to-riches story like Jamie’s, many assume that the success came overnight. But Jamie is very transparent about the years of rejection and challenges she and her husband experienced before they enjoyed any success. In this episode, Eva shares Jamie’s philosophy on dealing with rejection and how she was able to keep on pushing towards her big dreams, even when she only had $1000 left in her bank account. Thank you Jamie Kern Lima for sharing your remarkable story, and now for inspiring so many young Big Dreamers to believe in themselves even in the face of rejection. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/244
  • DB 243: The Magic of TRASH CANS (at Disney World) - Matthew Hussey is an internationally acclaimed speaker, New York Times Bestselling author, and relationship expert. In a recent interview, we heard Matthew share how the trash cans at Disney World had such a profound impact on his life. We were so moved by the story and its lesson that Eva wanted to share it with all the Big Dreamers. There’s an old saying “How you do anything, is how you do everything.” Disney World trash cans perfectly encapsulate this quote. Most cities have a local theme park with rides, but Disney fans travel from all over the world at great expense to go to Disney World. Thanks to Matthew, Eva shares why Disney makes such an emotional impact and how we can all apply that strategy in our own lives. Thank you Matthew Hussey for sharing your childhood story of discovering the magic of Disney World trash cans, and inspiring all the Big Dreamers who will benefit from this Mentor Magic as well 🙂 Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/243
  • DB 242: How Tiny 1% Improvements Led To Olympic Gold - James Clear is one of the world’s leading experts in habit formation and performance improvement. In his New York Times best selling book Atomic Habits, which has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, James shares the remarkable turnaround of Great Britain Cycling which in under a decade went from being a laughing stock to the most dominant cycling team in modern history. But what is even more remarkable is the strategy that was responsible for these then unthinkable results. In this episode, Eva shares how Dave Brailsford, who was hired in 2003 to be the team’s performance director, ushered in this amazing new era of cycling for Great Britain, and most importantly, how we can implement the same strategy in our own lives to see remarkable results as well. Thank you James Clear for sharing the story of Great Britain cycling and the underlying strategy with over 3 million (and growing) readers, and now to all the Big Dreamers who will benefit from this Mentor Magic as well 🙂 Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/242
  • DB 241: The Secret Is… You Are Like A Thermostat! - Ed Mylett is one of the top business leaders, peak performance experts, and keynote speakers in the world today. There is a good reason why millions of people are interested in what Ed has to say. He has walked the walk, and achieved great success in all aspects of his life from health, business, and relationships. One of Ed’s favorite analogies is how your identity is like the thermostat on the wall of your life. Eva loved the analogy, and thought Ed had captured the perfect way to explain to our young Big Dreamers why it is so important to actively work on your identity -- the thoughts, ideas, concepts and beliefs you hold to be true about yourself. Your kids can listen to every episode of the Dream Big Podcast and learn all the tips and tricks from top performers like Ed, but it is all for nothing if they don’t develop a positive identity and believe in their potential. Ed’s concept of the thermostat is a brilliant way to explain this, and we are excited to share this analogy with all the Big Dreamers as well as some of Ed’s tips on how to raise the temperature of your identity! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/241
  • DB 240: Here’s Why You Should Never Compare Yourself To Others - There is an old saying that "A picture is worth a thousand words” and that’s exactly how we felt when we stumbled across a photo of a young and unknown Jeff Bezos working at an old wooden desk in a run-down office. Jeff was working on his Big Dream, Amazon.com, which has since become one of the biggest companies in the world and revolutionized e-commerce. But the headline of the photo is what really gave us the chills: “Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20.” We stumbled upon this photo on the Instagram of the great Tom Bilyeu, who often advises his community to focus on your own growth and not compare yourself to the achievements of others. In this episode, Eva focuses on how important it is to work on being the best version of yourself and how detrimental it can be when you obsess on the progress of others, especially those who are much further along on their journey. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/240
  • DB 239: With Struggle Comes Strength. Just ask a Butterfly! - This episode is inspired by the the world’s #1 brain coach Jim Kwik, who was Eva’s guest in episode 69 of the Dream Big Podcast. In a recent interview, Jim shared an analogy about the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Specifically, Jim pointed out that the caterpillar goes through a period of intense struggle inside a cocoon before emerging as a beautiful butterfly. In this episode, Eva utilizes Jim’s analogy to help answer a question emailed to Eva by Jenny Bernstein from Austin, Texas. Jenny is working on launching her own Youtube channel, and has not been able to press “Publish” on the handful of episodes that she has already recorded. With an assist from Jim’s analogy, Eva shares why Jenny’s struggles are just part of her journey. This is an important episode for all Big Dreamers, young and old, who expect overnight results. We need to embrace the journey and understand that achieving our big dreams will not be easy, and that there will be many challenges along the way! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/239
  • DB 238: A Tiny Decision To Make Every Morning To Make It A GREAT Day! - This episode is inspired by the great Mel Robbins, who was Eva’s guest way back in episode 47 of the Dream Big Podcast. We have been closely following Mel’s work ever since, particularly her Youtube and Instagram channels, which are chock-full of amazing content. Mel recently posted a video on her Instagram entitled “This Split Second Decision Will Change Your Life” --- an intriguing headline so of course we clicked and watched. Mel explains in the video how we can decide who we want to be, each and every day, with one simple decision. Mel’s message really resonated with Eva, who a few days prior had woke up in a bad mood and stayed in a funk for most of the morning before she finally made a shift in her energy. With Mel’s advice, Eva realized that she could have skipped the bad mood entirely and wanted to share Mel’s tip with all you Big Dreamers 🙂 Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/238
  • DB 237: Time Is NOT Made of Days, Months or Years. It is Made Of This! - We just had one of the most incredible weekends visiting our cousins in the San Bernardino mountains during a winter snowstorm. It was a short trip. We left our house Saturday morning and were back home before dark on Sunday. But when we pulled up to our driveway Eva said: “We were only gone for a day?! It felt like we were gone for a week!!” It was the same number of hours that we had the weekend prior, but we did 10X more! As an added bonus, we enjoyed many first-time experiences thanks to the snowstorm and our cousin’s incredible homestead, which made the weekend’s activities that much more significant. In this episode, Eva shares many fun stories from our magical weekend, from sledding at night to holding baby goats to learning how to sew. And Eva shares how all Big Dreamers can slow down time by designing magical moments with your loved ones. Be sure to check out our cousins instagram @purely.living.homestead to learn more about farm animals and gardening - and thank you for a weekend filled with countless memories that we will never forget! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/237
  • DB 236: You Turn Author Ashley Stahl On Discovering Your Core Nature And Dream Career - his week, Eva welcomes Ashley Stahl, a career coach, keynote speaker, podcast host (You Turn Podcast) and soon-to-be bestselling author of You Turn: Get Unstuck, Discover Your Direction, and Design Your Dream Career. Ashley has had one of the most interesting career paths of any Dream Big Podcast guest, starting her career as a counterterrorism professional at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Ashley shares with Eva her fascinating journey from counterterrorism to career coaching and entrepreneurship, and offers incredible advice to our young Big Dreamers about discovering their core nature and starting to think about future career options that honor who we are and maximize our positive impact on the world. Be sure to pick up a copy of Ashley’s new You Turn book, where she shares the strategies she's used to help thousands ditch their Monday blues, get clarity on what work lights them up, and devise an action plan to create a career they love. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/236
  • DB 235: How We Are Just Like Ships, And Why We Must Leave The Harbor! - One of our favorite mentors is Brendon Burchard -- and long-time listeners of the Dream Big Podcast are well aware of our admiration for Brendon given that Eva has shared many of his concepts in prior episodes. And today, we wanted to share an amazing quote that we heard when Brendon was interviewing another influential thought leader, Dave Hollis. Specifically, in talking about the need to step out of your comfort zone in order to grow, Dave shared the following quote: “A ship in harbor is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for.” Our entire family loved this quote so much that Eva decided to make an entire episode about it, filled with some fun stories of course about Eva’s personal experiences stepping outside of her comfort zone. And we are currently using the quote to inspire Sophia to learn how to ride a bike without training wheels. We adopted the quote just a bit Dave and I hope you don’t mind 🙂 “A bike in the garage is safe. But that’s not what bikes are built for.” Haha. Thank you Dave Hollis for inspiring this episode, and hopefully you can join Eva on the Dream Big Podcast in the future to share more about this quote and why it is so meaningful to you. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/235
  • DB 234: My New Passion Project for 2021. I’m so EXCITED! - It’s the start of New Year - a great time to develop new passions and new skills. About a month ago, Eva came to us filled with excitement as she explained her plans to plant a garden in 2021. When Eva sets her mind on something with this level of intention and focus, we know that nothing is going to stop her and so we are thrilled to support her new passion project. In this episode, Eva shares why she is so passionate about planting a garden, what she learned from our family’s failed attempt to do so a few years ago, and why this time the result is going to be different. Eva will be getting more active on the Dream Big Podcast Instagram account this year -- so please be sure to follow us to get regular Instagram story updates on Eva’s garden, the podcast, and other exciting announcements this year. The entire Karpman family is almost as excited for 2021 as Eva is for her new garden, which means we are super, super excited 🙂
  • DB 233: Top 5 Lessons From 2020. Apply To 2021 For Your Best Year Ever! - 2020 is now officially history, and we can’t be more excited for a New Year. 2021 here we come! That said, with the many challenges of 2020 also came many important life lessons. The final week of every year, our family discusses what we learned from the past twelve months and how our success and missteps can inform our next trip around the sun. So in the 1st episode of 2021, we thought it would be appropriate for Eva to share the top 5 lessons we learned in 2020 and how we can all apply those lessons to our decisions in 2021 to make this the best year ever. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/233
  • DB 232: When You Fail (And You Will!), Fall Forward. - Eva talks a lot about success on the Dream Big Podcast, and she has interviewed many of the most successful people on the planet from Mark Cuban to General Stanely McCrystal and Mel Robbins. But one common pattern that Eva has noticed from all of her incredible guests is that they readily admit to countless failures along their journey to achieving their big dreams. We stumbled across a commencement address that Denzel Washington delivered at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, where he eloquently shared that the way to fail is to fall forward, not backwards. In this episode, Eva shares a number of powerful examples from Denzel’s speech, and also how she literally learned the importance of falling forward and not backwards when she learned how to ride a unicycle this summer. Eva encourages all Big Dreamers to push outside their comfort zone as we enter a new year in 2021. Yes, you will fall along the way, but remember to fall forward and you will get back up and keep on moving forward towards your dreams. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/232
  • DB 231: Professor Errol Gerson On Gratitude, Success & 50 Years of Teaching - We are so thrilled to introduce Errol Gerson to all you Big Dreamers. Errol is the grandfather of Eva’s best friend Gianna, and a dear family friend. He also has just reached the remarkable milestone of teaching for 50 years at the ArtCenter College of Design. From his career as an entrepreneur, businessman and professor, Errol is uniquely qualified to share with our Big Dreamers the patterns of success over his incredible life. Errol was born in South Africa during Apartheid and shares with Eva why he immigrated to the United States and the hope he has for our future. Errol also happens to be the King of acronyms, and teaches a few of his favorite business acronyms to Eva (and by extension all you Big Dreamers) during their fascinating conversation. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/231
  • DB 230: How You Will Remember 2020 Comes Down To This One Word. - We are just a few weeks away from closing out 2020. In January of this year, none of us could have ever imagined how 2020 would unfold. In-person schools, camps, sporting events, concerts, extracurricular activities… all CANCELLED. And even worse, millions of people contracting COVID and the impacts the shutdowns have had on the economy. With everything we just mentioned, it is easy to see how many will remember 2020 as the worst year ever. But in this episode, Eva shares how we can look back at 2020 and actually find things to be grateful for. 2020 will soon be history, and one day our kids will tell their kids about what it was like living through a global pandemic. In this episode, Eva shares that how we will remember 2020 will come down to one word 🙂 You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out what that word is, but we did want to thank Gary Vaynerchuk for inspiring this episode. Gary is a legendary entrepreneur and thought leader who often talks about focusing on what you can control versus what you cannot. To close the episode, Eva also shares an exercise we suggest you all do as a family before the end of the year to ensure your kids remember the positive aspects of 2020, and not just the negative ones. It no doubt has been an incredibly challenging year, but we are grateful to have grown closer as a family and to have shared this year with all you Big Dreamers. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/230
  • DB 229: My 1st Time Jet Skiing. What Happened And What I Learned! - A few months ago, the family of Eva’s best friends Sienna and Cayenne got jet skis. Sienna and Cayenne have been telling Eva about their weekends at the lake, and how much fun the entire family has been having with their new toys. In turn, we’ve been hearing non-stop from Eva about how much she wants to jet ski. We had the opportunity over Thanksgiving weekend to rent a jet ski and needless to say, Eva jumped on the opportunity 🙂 In this week’s episode, Eva shares the story of her experience, as well as the important life lessons she learned which of course are equally applicable to all Big Dreamers. Based on how much Eva loved jet skiing and how determined this young lady can be, we have a feeling this will not be the last you will be hearing about Eva’s jet skiing adventures. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/229
  • DB 228: Here’s the Key To A Joyful LIfe (And We Have Evidence Thanks To Dr. Brene Brown!) - Since we just celebrated the holiday of Thanksgiving here in the United States, we thought this would be the perfect episode to talk about the central theme of Thanksgiving. Giving Thanks! In other words, Gratitude. This is a subject that legendary researcher Dr. Brene Brown has conducted a ton of research on -- and in this episode, Eva shares a life-changing finding from one of Dr. Brown’s studies which spanned 12 years with over 11,000 pieces of data. Specifically, Dr. Brown did not interview a single person who would describe themselves as joyful who did not actively practice gratitude. The key word there is practice. In this episode, Eva shares the importance of incorporating a gratitude practice into your daily routine, and shares the gratitude practice that our family has done daily for over 12 months now. I think we all knew intuitively that gratitude was central to our happiness, but thanks to Dr. Brene Brown we now have scientific evidence that a gratitude practice is the key to a joyful life. Speaking of gratitude, there’s no time more fitting to express our sincere appreciation for your support of Eva’s podcast. We are deeply thankful and extend to all you Big Dreamers our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/228
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 anwer 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • DB 207: A Super Healthy “Cookie Jar” With Unlimited Supply (Credit: David Goggins) - In today’s episode, Eva talks about a cookie jar. But this is no ordinary cookie jar. Instead, this cookie jar is super healthy and has unlimited supply. Indeed, parents would LOVE for their kids to grab cookies from this cookie jar all the time. This concept was invented by the great David Goggins, who Eva has mentioned on a number of prior episodes (links in Resources Section in the show notes). David is widely considered to be the toughest man on the planet. He is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, the U.S. Army Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. Since his retirement from the military, David has also become one of the most accomplished endurance athletes in the world, completing over 60 ultra-marathons and setting new course records. He also once held the Guinness World Record for pull ups completing 4,030 in 17 hours. David has inspired millions by sharing his story and being honest that, even today, he has moments of doubt. But wherever he finds himself lost or lacking confidence, he goes to this Cookie Jar. Eva shares what he means and how your kiddos can apply the Cookie Jar concept in their lives. Hopefully David will come on the Dream Big Podcast one day to discuss the Cookie Jar and his incredible life story. Enjoy this powerful episode! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/207
  • DB 206: How To Build The Ultimate Resume… A “Life Resume” (Credit: Jesse Itzler) - In today’s episode, Eva shares a concept that our family learned from an incredible man by the name of Jesse Itzler. If you follow Jesse on social media, you know that he is always smiling, always laughing, and always having epic experiences. This is no accident -- Jesse is committed to building what he calls a “Life Resume.” Not the traditional resume that most people think about that lists your work experience when you are applying for a job, but a resume that reflects all the amazing and unique experiences you have created in your life. Jesse’s personal life resume is chock-full of unique experiences that the vast majority of people would, quite frankly, not voluntarily sign up for… Like the time Jesse invited a Navy Seal to live in his house for 31 days to push him to his mental and physical limits. But Jesse is not encouraging his community to copy his resume -- but instead to build your own life resume that you can look back and marvel at one day. Jesse’s concept of a Life Resume has deeply impacted our entire family -- including Eva and our youngest daughter Sophia who have both adopted this mindset of seeking out new skills and new adventures. Eva shares in this episode how she has already started to build out her Life Resume, how she continues to do so even during this pandemic, and how having the “Build Your Life Resume” mindset leads to actually scheduling epic experiences and making them happen. Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/206
  • DB 205: Vishen Lakhiani, founder of Mindvalley, on transforming 1 BILLION lives with personal growth by 2038 - If you are interested in Personal Growth content, then this weeks’ guest is an absolute rockstar. Vishen Lakhiani famously quit his prestigious engineering internship at Microsoft after 11 short weeks, which forced him to set out on his own personal growth journey and ultimately led to the founding of MindValley. Now the #1 platform in the world for Personal Growth, MindValley brings together the worlds best practitioners to teach personal growth principles with the mission to transform 1 Billion lives by 2038. As you will no doubt agree after this interview, Vishen is very serious about this Big Dream, and he has the plan and skills to make that dream a reality. MindValley is currently offering a program called Be Extraordinary for Teens, which at the time of this publication is free. We are including links to the program and everything discussed during the interview in our show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/205
  • DB 204: People Will Never Forget THIS About You…. - This episode we take a pause from the “Dream Big” theme to share a timeless quote from Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” Eva talks so much about setting big goals and taking action on the podcast -- but what we have been really focused on as a family is how we make each other feel. Are we kind to one another? Are we there to support one another? Eva shares how we have started to put a huge emphasis on kindness, compassion and love in our household -- and why being known for these qualities is way more important than the accolades you can ever achieve in school, extracurriculars, and ultimately in your career. Be sure to listen to the episode to hear Eva’s story about why we shared Maya’s quote at a recent family dinner, and see how it is impacting how we are treating one another, our extended family, and our friends. If tensions are high in your household (especially amidst all the stress of these challenging times), then we hope Maya’s quote has a similar impact in your home 🙂 Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/204
  • DB 203: Mark Cuban, Mavericks Owner & “Shark”, On Confidence, Teamwork and Happiness - Share this:  LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST Subscribe and listen to the DREAM BIG Podcast on: iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Google Play Music  |  Soundcloud  |  iHeartRadio  |  Spotify TODAY’S GUEST Big Dreamers! This week’s guest is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world and someone who many predict will one day be the President of the United States. …
  • DB 202: The Captain Of The Thoughts In Your Mind (Rhyme Time) - First, we can’t contain our excitement! In our next episode, you will be hearing Eva’s interview with Mark Cuban. Yes, that Mark Cuban! Not to downplay today’s episode, which is amazing too! We are sharing a special poem that we wrote on how the pandemic can be compared to turbulence on an airplane. Eva first shared this analogy in Episode 191 -- and the feedback was so great that we decided to make it into a poem too. We even had our illustrator add fun artwork -- you can check out the poem on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/202
  • DB 201: The Hidden Meaning Of Row Row Row Your Boat - We all know the classic kids song “Row Row Row Your Boat”. Just a simple, catchy song for toddlers, right? Well, that’s what we thought until we learned the hidden meaning and now we’ll never never think of the song the same way again. Thank you Prince EA for cracking the code of Row, Row, Row Your Boat -- and for being such an inspiring storyteller in general. We are including his original video in the resources section of the show notes, and we encourage you to check it out. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/201
  • DB 200: The #1 Secret I’ve Learned in 200 Episodes (Rhyme Time) - Eva launched the Dream Big Podcast in October 2016 at the age of 7. This week we are celebrating Eva’s birthday (she turns 11) and her 200th episode! In discussing what we should do for this special episode, Eva decided she wanted to share the #1 secret she has learned from recording and publishing 200 episodes. In addition, we created a special poem to commemorate this milestone. Be sure to follow us on social media (links in the show notes) as we are actually posting videos of Eva reciting the poem and have added professional illustrations to the poem too. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/200
  • DB 199: My Big Birthday Plans Are Cancelled. Here’s Why I am Not Angry. - Like millions of other kids with March, April and May birthdays, Eva’s big birthday plans have been cancelled. Her elementary school graduation -- at least the big celebration that has been planned - is also not happening. We feel for all the high school and college seniors who are missing out on the festivities associated with traditional commencements. In this episode, Eva explains that while she was initially bummed out about having to cancel her big birthday plans, she’s not angry about it. Eva also shares the 1-word secret to not getting angry about how life has changed as a result of this pandemic. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/19
  • DB 198: How Forgetting The National Anthem In Front Of 20,000 People Can Be “Perfect.” - Eva wanted to take a break from the Pandemic-related content for the week, and share an incredibly touching story that has recently resurfaced. It’s the story of Natalie Gilbert, who in 1993 at the age of 13, forgot the lyrics of the National Anthem in front of 20,000 fans at a NBA playoff game. The biggest moment of Natalie’s life quickly became the most terrifying. The whole stadium went silent -- yet one man, Maurice Cheeks, came to Natalie’s rescue and exhibited an act of kindness that forever changed Natalie’s life. What’s even more remarkable is how Natalie did not let a performer's worst nightmare destroy her dream, and thanks to Maurice Cheeks she even now describes the experience as “perfect.” We are thrilled to share this feel-good story of kindness during these challenging times. We also encourage you to watch the full news segment, which we linked to in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/198
  • DB 197: Here’s Where I’ve Found The Most Joy During This Crisis - We have definitely noticed that Eva’s happiest moments during this crisis have been out in nature. Whether that’s been on bike rides or walks in the neighborhood (practicing social distancing of course), or sitting on the low climbing tree in our yard, or espaping with the family to an off-the-beaten-path hiking trail -- these times in nature have been pure magic for our family. In this episode, Eva shares the scientifically proven health benefits of nature, and how being outside has been so therapeutic during these challenging times. We highly encourage you to get your kids outside -- of course keeping in mind the health guidelines and law for your local communities. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/197
  • DB 196: Rhyme Time – Practice Makes Progress - Today’s episode is the first in a series of episodes we plan to call Rhyme Time. When you see “Rhyme Time” in the title of the episode, you know it is going to have a poem that our family wrote and a short discussion of the meaning of that poem. This week’s poem is called Practice Makes Progress. We want to thank Eva’s recent guest IN-Q - one of the world’s greatest living poets - for reminding us how much we love poetry and inspiring us to write our own poems. Be sure to follow us on social media (links in the show notes) as we are actually posting videos of Eva and Sophia reciting the poem and have added professional illustrations to the poem too. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/196
  • DB 195: Your Mind Is Like A Garden. Stop Weeds with TLC. - The other day, as we went for a quick walk around the neighborhood to get some fresh air, we came across a house that was completely overrun with weeds. This neighbor clearly had surrendered to mother nature -- and had not made any effort to mow the lawn or otherwise care for the property in what looked like years. Seeing this house reminded us of a great analogy from the classic personal growth book As A Man Thinketh, published in 1903. The author James Allen compares our mind to a garden. If we don't work on our minds, weeds will begin to grow. And during these challenging times, when we are at home and can’t see our friends and relatives -- when we turn on the news and all the headlines are about the virus -- then it is super easy for those weeds to grow and take over our minds. In this episode, Eva shares this classic analog, and 5 specific ways we can give Tender Loving Care (TLC) to our minds during these challenging times. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/195
  • DB 194: If Your Family is Getting On Your Nerves, Listen To this - Currently with much of the world still under stay-at-home orders, we are not seeing our friends, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins -- at least not in-person. But I can tell you who we are seeing PLENTY OF -- and that’s our immediate family. In our case, that’s Olga (mom), Alex (dad), Eva (you all know her!),and Sophia (sister). When you spend that much time with the same people day-after-day, week-after-week, everyone is bound to get on each other's nerves at times. So in this episode Eva shares her top strategies for what to do when your family is DRIVING YOU CRAZY. I’m sure you all can relate 🙂 Please enjoy this fun episode with helpful strategies! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/194
  • DB 193: Adopt The Role Model Mindset. Thank you Brendon Burchard For The Tip! - One of our family’s favorite teachers is Brendon Burchard. Ever since this pandemic started, Brendon has been sharing amazing ideas on how to train your brain and actually use this time as an opportunity to grow. In this episode, Eva share’s Brendon’s concept of adopting a role model mindset. Specifically, for our younger Big Dreamers, Eva explains what it means to be a role model, and why COVID-19 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for kids to be a role model to their friends and family. In our house, Eva has really stepped up to be a role model for her sister Sophia about how to stay calm and upbeat during a global crisis. At 4 years old and with a huge personality, Sophia can be more than a handful. Eva does admit that a few times she has lost her cool, but for the most part adopting Brendon’s strategy of being a role model has been super helpful and strengthened their bond. Please do check out Brendon’s amazing work (links in the resources section), and hopefully he’ll be a guest on our podcast in the not-so-distant-future 🙂 Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/193
  • DB 192: Why NOW Is The Perfect Opportunity To Learn New Skills + Eva’s Challenge - We believe that kids (and adults) can always find time to learn new skills BUT obviously your time is much more limited when you are at school from 8am-3pm and have after-school activities too! Those excuses don’t really work when you are stuck at home, right? And while many schools are still offering online classes -- if we are being honest there are now many hours per day that have freed up as a result of the pandemic. Eva’s challenge to the Big Dreamers is to come out of this pandemic and be able to say you picked up some new skills. In this episode, Eva shares some of the skills she has developed during the last month, and will inspire your kids to pick up new skills and passions too! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/192
  • DB 191: This Pandemic Is Just Like Flying Through Turbulence - Mel Robbins was Eva’s guest in Episode 47 of the Dream Big Podcast. We are great admirers of her work, and not surprisingly, Mel has really stepped up for her community during the pandemic. In one recent Instagram post, she described how what we are experiencing right now feels like going through rough turbulence on an airplane. And how the calm demeanor of the pilot and stewards has such a powerful impact on the emotions of the passengers. In this episode, Eva shares the analogy (which Mel credits to author Elizabeth Gilbert) and explains why we must remain calm in this situation as well, for ourselves but also for our loved ones. Thank you Mel for the inspiration, as always. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/191
  • DB 190: What You’ll Remember Most From This Pandemic - These are chaotic times. For the past 3 weeks, we haven’t seen our friends or relatives in person. We haven’t really even left the house, other than a few times per day to go on walks or bike rides around the neighborhood. We don’t know if this will be our reality for a few more weeks or a number of months - but ultimately our communities will re-open, kids will be back at school, and we’ll be able to hug our friends and family once again. When we look back at this unique time in our lives five or ten years from now, how will we remember this time? What will we remember most from the time we spent at home with our family? Eva shares that what we’ll remember most is the overall energy of the home. We’ll remember the feelings we were experiencing. We can’t control the virus, and we can’t control the chaos that is happening outside our homes but we can control the vibe, the energy, and the experience we are having in our house. That’s why Eva keeps on talking to the Big Dreamers about the power of a positive mindset. Ultimately it is up to us how we internalize this experience. Here at the Karpman household, we are making the decision to make this a positive one. In Episode 190, Eva shares 5 creative ideas that have worked wonders for our family during this challenging time. Join our Dream Big Squad Facebook Group and let us know what you are doing to keep things upbeat and positive in your home! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/190
  • DB 189: How You Can Still Find Beauty In This Very Ugly Virus - If you turn on the 24-7 news machine, 99.9% of stories are about the terrible illness, death and havoc that the Corona Pandemic is unleashing on the world. We do stay informed, especially with regards to health guidelines, but we are purposefully avoiding most news stories and we certainly don’t let our kids watch it. Why? Because, as we learned in Episode 188, we must stand guard at the door of our mind. While we don’t let the negative headlines constantly infiltrate our minds, we do actively seek out inspirational stories of hope, kindness and love. In this episode Eva shares some of those stories to illustrate how we can find beauty even in this very ugly virus. We are such a creative and resilient people -- and these stories give us great hope as Big Dreamers in the future of humanity. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/189
  • DB 188: Why You Must Stand Guard At The Door Of Your Mind - There’s a powerful phrase by one of the original legends in personal development, Jim Rohn, who would often say that “Stand Guard At the Door of Your Mind.” When our kids hear the words “Stand Guard,” they likely think about the Queen's Guard that is charged with guarding the official royal residences in the United Kingdom. Last year before we entered this new CoronaVirus no-travel reality, Eva and I went to London and had the chance to see the Queen’s guards at Buckingham palace. You know, the soldiers who wear the red uniforms with the tall black hat. But Mr. Rohn’s advice is to stand guard at the door of your mind. In today’s episode, Eva explores what that means, and why now more than ever it is important to heed Mr. Rohn’s advice. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/188
  • DB 187: In-Q On Why We Must “Inquire Within” & Storytelling Through Poetry - It was a great honor to have IN-Q as a guest on the Dream Big Podcast. IN-Q is based in Los Angeles, so we were even fortunate enough to meet IN-Q and do the interview face-to-face, just a few weeks before the Stay At Home orders took effect. If you are not familiar with IN-Q’s work, you should be! IN-Q is one of today’s greatest living poets. He’s a National Poetry Slam champion and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 list of the world’s most influential thought leaders, and being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil. We are so excited to support IN-Q with the launch of his book “Inquire Within” which brings IN-Q’s powerful poems to paper and invites you on a journey to the center of the soul. IN-Q performs one of his incredible poems during the interview with Eva and we believe that every family should have a copy of his book on their coffee table as a source for inspiration, especially during these challenging times. IN-Q was kind enough to send us an advanced copy, and it is simply incredible. Thank you IN-Q for sharing your gift with the Big Dreamers, and please support IN-Q by going to IN-Q.com and ordering your copy of Inquire Within today! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/187
  • DB 186: Play This Game & Make April Your Best Month Ever. Join The Score 4 Challenge - In our last episode, we revealed how after a very chaotic Week 1 of this new stay-at-home reality, we made huge strides by coming up with a daily planning system for our family. This past week we made another huge improvement by literally gamifying our day. The game is called Score 4, and the goal of the game is to see if you can score 4 points. To do so, you need to score 1 point in each of the following 4 categories: (1) Body; (2) Brain; (3) Best Friends & Family; and (4) Big Dreams. We’ve been playing, testing and perfecting the game this week, and it has been AMAZING. So amazing that our family will be doing a Score 4 challenge during the entire month of April. There are 30 days in the month, so that means the maximum amount you can score is 120 points. In this week’s episode, Eva shares the rules of the game and some really neat prizes we are going to give the Big Dreamers who score the most points in April. If you would like to participate with us in the April Score 4 challenge, then be sure to join our “Dream Big Squad” Facebook Group. There, we shared a PDF of our Daily Planning sheet, which incorporates the Score 4 game. We’ll also be going live in our Group in April to connect with all you Big Dreamers who are participating in the Score4 challenge with us, and share some fun ideas for how you can score 4 points each day. So join the Group! Let’s make the most of this situation, and find a way to strengthen our minds and bodies during this unprecedented time in modern history. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/186
  • DB 185: How I Schedule My Day & Make It A Game! - The first week of having the kiddos home from school was definitely a challenge. We continue to work full-time with important calls scheduled throughout the day, and Eva and Sophia also have online Zoom classes to join. We know from chatting with our friends that Week 1 was chaotic for everyone. It became quickly apparent that we needed to get our family on the same page, and make adjustments to meet the challenges of this new reality. We are happy to report that Week 2 is going so much better, and it all comes down to how we schedule our day. We’ve even gamified the day with a game called Score 4. To earn 4 points, you need to score 1 point in each of the following 4 categories: (1) Body; (2) Brain; (3) Best Friends & Family; and (4) Big Dreams. In Episode 185, Eva shares how scheduling our day has been such a game-changer, and shares the essential elements of her daily routine. We’re planning to do a Score 4 challenge with you all in April, so stay tuned for more details on that. And be sure to join our “Dream Big Squad” Facebook Group -- where we shared a PDF of our Daily Planning sheet, which incorporates the Score 4 game. We’ll also be going live in our Group in April to connect with all you Big Dreamers who are participating in the Score4 challenge with us. So join the Group, and together we’ll come out of April stronger than ever before 🙂 Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/185
  • DB 184: How This Pandemic Is Like Riding A Bike (Up A Steep Hill) - Ever since Eva launched the podcast in October 2016, we have published a new episode every monday. We have not missed a single Monday since we launched because it is our commitment to all you Big Dreamers to create content that will train your brain to be strong and optimistic no matter the circumstances. Given these challenging times and the fact that Eva is home from school, we are going to double down on our efforts and produce more content than ever before. We’re not sure exactly what that will look like just yet -- because we are learning as we go -- but we wanted to do our part to give your families positive and inspirational messages during the Pandemic. Today, Eva shares a powerful metaphor for how our new reality is much like the challenge of biking up a steep hill. We went for a bike ride this weekend to Eva’s school, and had to climb a long, steep incline as we approached the school. We had to keep moving, keep pedaling to get to our destination. If we had slowed down and stopped pedaling, we would have never made it! The same applies here. Our families have to keep growing during these challenging times. Eva shares the story of our bike ride, and how we can all keep momentum in the weeks and months ahead as we battle and ultimately win this fight against the Corona Virus. Links to our show notes, as well as to our new Resources Page with over 50 hours of free content can be found at DreamBigPodcast.com/184
  • DB 183: When You Are Upset or Stressed, Answer These 3 Questions - It’s been a challenging week for the entire world. The stock market is crashing. “Stay At Home” orders have been issued. Kids are home from school. And outside our immediate family, we can’t interact in-person with our closest family and friends. Under these circumstances, it is no surprise that people are stressed, angry, and scared. But we can’t let those negative emotions consume our lives, and that is especially the case for our young kids. In this Episode 183, Eva shares the 3 Questions our family has been asking to train our brains to stay strong during these difficult times. As Tony Robbins famously says, when you ask better questions you get better answers. When Sophia, our 4 year old, was feeling upset the other night because she misses her teachers and friends, we went through the 3 questions and she went from crying to laughing 🙂 Links to our show notes, as well as to the free Positive Mindset course we released can be found at DreamBigPodcast.com/183
  • DB 182: Corona Virus: We Are Here To Help (2 Free Resources) - We know that these are very scary, uncertain times. That stress is further magnified as millions of kids (including ours) are home from school, and even worse, are isolated from friends and relatives. Now, more than ever, our kids need to train their brain to stay upbeat and positive as we navigate this challenging period in human history. We feel we are in a unique position to help given Eva’s podcast. We have over 180 episodes filled with personal growth content and interviews with world-class performers like Simon Sinek, Mel Robbins, and the late, great Kobe Bryant. But we want to do MORE, and now have the extra time to do it with Eva home from school. So we are making 2 announcements: (1) We are releasing a FREE Positive Mindset course. The course contains 5 professionally illustrated video lessons (taught by Eva) and an accompanying PDF fill-in-the-blank workbook. This is not content we rushed to put together in the last few days. It is part of a premium course we will be releasing later this year, but we know how important it is to keep a positive outlook through this ordeal so we are releasing this now FREE OF CHARGE; and (2) We created a free Facebook Group called the Dream Big Squad. With our entire family home, we will be sharing videos showing you behind-the-scenes on how we are maintaining a good attitude during these trying times. The podcast is audio-only so we are looking forward to sharing video content in the Group and connecting with you on a more personal level. As an added bonus if you join the Group, you will see we are offering a bonus course on how kids can be more confident speakers (this is for those who leave their email address in the Group’s questionnaire). Links to the free Positive Minset course and to join our Facebook Group can be found at DreamBigPodcast.com/182
  • DB 181: The Power of EPIC Experiences - Last week, Eva went on a week-long outdoor education trip with her entire 5th grade class. When we picked her up from school after the experience, she had tears streaming down her face as she exited the bus. Initially we were concerned, but within a few seconds she shared that she had so much fun that she didn’t want the trip to end. And that’s why she was crying! Eva had enjoyed an EPIC experience with her friends. At our family dinner that evening, we were amazed when Eva observed that it is experiences that matter most in life. In this episode, Eva opens up about her special week with her classmates, and also explains why experiences (especially epic ones) can be so powerful and make such a lasting impact on your life. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/181