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  • DB 323: Famous Failures Who Refused To Give Up - Arianna Huffington, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison & Steve Jobs -- these are some of the most recognizable names and most successful people in the world. Do you know what they all have in common? They all had many many failures in life but they kept going. This week, Sophia and Olga talk about this very important subject, going in depth on what failure really means and, more importantly, why we should always decide to learn from failures. In this episode, Sophia tells the story of how she learned the hard way that failure is the first step to successful creation. Sophia and Olga also talk about how to be kind to yourself in the face of failure, learn from your mistakes and also, share your experience so others will learn from it too. We challenge all you Big Dreamers to think of a time when you experienced failure. What did you learn from it? Did you use that experience to become better? Let us know! Record a video about it and ask your parents to post it on Instagram or Facebook. Tag us @dreambigpodcast. We're sure you'll be inspired by this episode. Enjoy! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/323
  • DB 322: Long Live The Queen’s Legacy. Here’s How! - Queen Elizabeth II once said, “It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult." We couldn't agree more! This week, we're paying tribute to one of the most iconic women of our times, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the II. On September 8th 2022, the United Kingdom lost its Head of State, and today Sophia and Olga talk about interesting facts about her and the important lessons that we can all learn from her life. They also talk about what legacy means and how we can follow her footsteps and create a meaningful life for ourselves, lead by example and leave a lasting legacy. Big Dreamers, our big challenge for you is to find a way to give back today and each day for the rest of the week. Share your story with us and email us at [email protected] Enjoy this episode!
  • DB 321: Little Kids’ Guide to BIG Emotions - This week, Sophia and Olga talk about the eight primary built-in emotions that we all feel, and how Sophia experienced and dealt with them all when she travelled for four days to Siberia a few weeks ago. While preparing for this episode, Sophia and Olga came across a very informative book entitled Exploring Emotions by Paul Christelis. This book is the perfect way to teach the young big dreamers about dealing with different emotions, what "inner weathers" are, and the importance of acknowledging our emotions. The book is so insightful that Sophia and Olga are doing something that's never been done before in this podcast: read a book. You can listen to the book on YouTube by heading over to this link: https://youtu.be/wwzWGijskso and purchase Paul's book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1631983326/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_YFNKQ8W1SNVKGYP2XV3Q Our challenge for you this week will be based on Paul's book. We would like you to check your personal weather report, be mindful of your emotions and make it a habit to share them with your family every night. Discuss it. We would love to hear your experience so please email us at [email protected] Enjoy the episode!
  • DB 320: Sophia’s Trail Race in Siberia. 3 Lessons Learned! - Sophia recently went to Siberia to visit her grandparents, who she has not seen in a long time. Needless to say, it was a fun and exciting experience to catch up with them, and amid this adventure, Sophia had the opportunity to join a trail race. As it was something she had never done before, Sophia was very hesitant and nervous; she was scared that she will fall and get hurt. She just wanted to quit before even starting. In this episode, Sophia shares the 3 important lessons she learned about herself when she finally got the courage to face her fear and join the trail race. She even won third place in the race, and was very happy that she conquered her fear. Our challenge to you big dreamers is to play a running game called the Bag Game with your friends and family. It's so much fun, and it will motivate you to get moving. Listen to this week's episode to learn more. Enjoy!
  • DB 319: 3 Rules For a Happy Life (According to Hawaiians) - As we wrap up our 3-month adventure in Hawaii, we want to share with you the 3 most important principles of a happy life that we learned and will forever treasure in our hearts from the Hawaiians -- Shaka, Ohana and Aloha. In this episode, Olga and Sophia talk about what each of these principle mean, and how they can help you live a happier life.  Our challenge for you this week is to apply all these principles in your daily life, especially when you're feeling down or sad. We guarantee that these would lift up your mood and make you happy! Share to us your story, and email us at [email protected] We'd absolutely love to hear from you.  Enjoy the episode!
  • DB 318: Motivational Speaker Sean Stephenson On Overcoming Obstacles & Building Confidence (Rebroadcast) - This week, we once again honor one of the most inspiring people we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing in the podcast, Sean Stephenson. Sean is a therapist, self-help author and motivational speaker. He was born with a rare bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta that stunted his growth and caused his bones to be extremely fragile. Despite all the medical challenges he has faces over his life, Sean made the decision to lead an extraordinary life and has inspired millions worldwide, including Sir Richard Branson, President Clinton, Tony Robbins and the Dalai Lama.
  • DB 317: How Our Visit To Pearl Harbor Triggered Profound Gratitude - A few weeks ago, our family visited Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. We learned so many things about this historic location, so much so that it will be the focus in this episode. Sophia and Olga share their thoughts on one of the most tragic days in the history of our country, and the amazing female heroes from that day including Ann Danyo Willgrube and Marguerite H. Gambo. This week, our challenge for you Big Dreamers is to learn more about our heroes. Who is your favorite? How can you help honor their legacies? You can also show appreciation to our troops by checking out Operation Gratitude. You can send them letters or care packages. Even at times at peace, there are American soldiers stationed all over the world, away from their families and keeping us safe. We're sure it will mean a lot to them. Enjoy!
  • DB 316: Mel Robbins On The 5-Second Rule That Will Make Your Big Dreams A Reality (Rebroadcast) - In today’s episode, we are rebroadcasting one of the most important episodes we’ve ever published. We are sharing Eva's interview with the amazing, Mel Robbins. She is a regular CNN contributor and author of the best-selling phenomenon 5-Second Rule. Mel is one of the most sought out speakers in the world right now and when you listen to the interview you’ll understand why. She has so much energy and so much wisdom. And the 5-Second Rule that Mel shares in our interview will be the difference between you making your Big Dreams a reality or not. Enjoy!
  • DB 315: Sophia’s Secret To Making Great Friends (And Keeping Them!) - Today, Sophia and Olga talk about one of the most important life skills that we all need to develop: making and keeping great friends. In this episode, the mother-daughter bestfriends discuss the difference between making friends and creating friendships, and how friendship takes time and effort. They also talk about the important qualities you have to look out for in choosing the people you surround yourself with. This is such an important lesson to teach our kids at a young age, and a good reminder for the adult Big Dreamers listening as well. Enjoy! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/315
  • DB 314: Gabby Bernstein On How To Be (And Stay) Happy During Challenging Times (rebroadcast) - Since we have been talking about making assumptions and avoiding negativity in the podcast recently, we have decided to share with you again Eva’s interview with Gabby Bernstein, a #1 New York Times Bestselling author (many times over), and one of the world’s leading authorities on happiness. We have been long time admirers of Gabby’s work, and have actually created an entire solo episode about her famous “comeback rate” concept. And now, the Big Dreamers will get the gift of hearing directly from Gabby again about why the “comeback rate” is so important and so many other practical tips on how to be and stay happy. Enjoy!
  • DB 313: What You Focus On Expands! Crater Story Part 2 - Today’s episode is inspired by Tony Robbins’ famous quote, “You Are Not a Creature of Circumstance, You’re the Creator of Your Life!” It encourages us all to choose what we create, and essentially, the trajectory of our lives. This week, Sophia continues to tell the story of her experience climbing the Diamond Head. In this second part, she’ll share the amazing surprise that was waiting for her when she finally reached the top of the crater. She also shares important lessons that her mom, Olga, learned from the legend Tony Robbins, and how it helped her when they started heading down the mountain. We’re excited to see how you choose to use what you learn from this episode. Enjoy!
  • DB 312: STOP making assumptions. Here’s WHY! - Have you ever heard of the phrase, Ask questions; don't make assumptions? In this episode, Sophia tells the story of her experience going to the Diamond Head on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu and how her experience made her realize that assumptions can be helpful, but also can be proven unproductive— even damaging. This week, our challenge for you big dreamers is that if you hear someone make assumptions about a situation, ask them to rethink their thoughts. Who knows, Maybe they don’t even know the whole story. Try to help them and you’ll see that life is so much better without (making quick) assumptions. Enjoy the episode!
  • DB 311: How I Led My Family Through the World’s Largest Maze - This week's episode is inspired by the famous quote from Jack Welch, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” In this episode, Sophia tells the story of how she led her family through the Dole Plantation's giant Pineapple Garden Maze, the world’s largest maze. She shares the strategies and the things she learned from being an effective leader. Sophia and Olga also talk about why leadership is one of the most important skills you can learn, and how you can practice leadership every single day. Enjoy the episode!
  • DB 310: How My Worst Enemy Became My Best Friend - Have you ever heard of the saying that Your Worst Enemy Could Be Your Best Friend? This is the central question for today's podcast and something that has confused and bothered Sophia for a while. I'm sure most of our Big Dreamers can relate to that too! In this episode, Sophia will share the story of riding the biggest rollercoaster she has ever seen in her life: the fear she felt leading up to the ride and the four strategies she used to overcome her worries, all of which ultimately allowed her to find joy in the supposedly scary rollercoaster ride! This episode will also see a new challenge for all of us Big Dreamers, inspired by one of our favorite quotes, which many attribute to former first lady and well-loved humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt: "Do one thing everyday that scares you." We know how "everyday" seems like a huge task, so let's start small! Try a new thing for at least for three days, something you are unsure of and scares you. Let us know about your experience by emailing us at [email protected] Also, join Sophia in her journey, and follow us on Instagram at https://instagram.com/dreambigpodcast Enjoy the episode!
  • DB 309: 3 Great Lessons Walt Disney Wanted Every Big Dreamer To Learn - How many rejections are you willing to take before giving up on your dream? In today's episode, Sophia and Olga talk about the visionary who created the happiest and the most magical place in the world, Walt Disney. He is proof that even if you get more NOs than YES, about 300 to be precise, if you have the vision, will and determination, you will make your dream a reality. Sophia also shares the most memorable moment from her recent Disneyland trip, and the 3 important lessons we can all learn from Walt Disney. We challenge all you big dreamers listening to try something you are afraid of or know nothing about— expect rejections, cook up new strategies and try again. Repeat as many times as needed! Take notice of how people’s reactions differ when you try different methods to get your desired result. One such strategy is to imagine yourself in the other person’s shoes: what can you say or do that will get the result you want but also be of benefit to others? Let us know! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/309
  • DB 308: Simon Sinek On The Importance Of Starting With Why! (rebroadcast) - We are on vacation this month, so decided to rebroadcast some of our favorite interviews from the past. Fortunately with over 300 original episodes, there are many amazing interviews to choose from. This week we are sharing with you Eva’s interview with Simon Sinek, best-selling author of “Start With Why” -- which we consider a must-read and offer our highest recommendation. Simon believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Simon is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/308
  • DB 307 – Kechi Okwuchi, America’s Got Talent Finalist, On Why Big Dreamers Must Know Thyself (Rebroadcast) - Kechi Okwuchi is a singer and motivational speaker. She was one of the two survivors in the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash on December 10, 2005 that claimed 107 lives, 60 of which were her schoolmates. Kechi spent the next seven months in the hospital with a majority of that time in intensive care and has endured more than 100 surgeries. She credits her faith, family, friends, and singing for keeping her going. She eventually moved to America in 2007 for reconstructive surgery and later enrolled in the University of St. Thomas where she graduated summa cum laude in 2015. We first learned about Kechi’s story when she auditioned on America’s Got Talent in 2017 as a singer, and finished the competition as a finalist. She later participated in America's Got Talent: The Champions in 2019, where Simon Cowell gave her the golden buzzer, sending her straight to the final. We fell in love with Kechi’s talent and story, and were thrilled when she agreed to be a guest on the podcast. It’s one of our favorite interviews ever, so we decided to rebroadcast it since it’s been over 3 years since it was first published. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/307
  • DB 306: The Power Of Compliments. And We Can Prove It! - This weekend, we went to an art, yoga and music festival called Lightning It A Bottle (LIB) at Buena Vista Lake, just outside of Bakersfield, California. It was our first time camping at a festival like this with tens of thousands of people, and needless to say, our family saw people wearing outfits and expressing themselves in ways that you don’t typically see at your local CVS. Sophia loves to give compliments and so as we were walking through the festival, she would constantly be stopping people and telling them how much she liked their hat, sunglasses, or dress.. We saw firsthand the power of compliments as she brought such huge smiles to everyone she complimented, and even had a few people gift her the things she complimented them on (as you’ll hear in the episode). You’ll love hearing Sophia and Olga describe our experience at the LIB festival and Sophia issues a challenge to all Big Dreamers that you won’t want to miss!
  • DB 305: What Dancing In The Rain Can Teach Us About Life - During a recent visit to grandparents house, Sophia pointed out a quote that adorns a piece of artwork in their bedroom. It says: “​​Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” At a family dinner one night, we started talking about the meaning of this beautiful quote and looked for stories from our own life that were consistent with its meaning. Olga and Sophia recalled the perfect sequence of events from our recent time in Hawaii. We thought why not share the story and discuss the meaning of this quote with all you Big Dreamers, which is exactly what you’ll enjoy listening to in Episode 305 of the Dream Big Podcast. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/305
  • DB 304: My Sister’s BIG Day Is Here. 10 Ways I’m Inspired! - This coming weekend, Eva will be celebrating her bat mitzvah.This is an important day in the Jewish tradition as it symbolizes Eva coming of age -- i.e when a child becomes an adult. At the ceremony, Sophia will be giving a speech on the 10 ways that Eva inspires her. We thought it would be nice to have Sophia share what she’ll be telling our family at the ceremony with our extended family here at the Dream Big Podcast! Congrats to Eva on this wonderful milestone. We are so proud of you! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/304
  • DB 303: We Saved A Goat (Seriously!) And Learned 3 Life Lessons. - We met a sad, lonely goat in Hawaii. It was tied to a small leash all day long. Even its bleat (the sound goats make) sounded sad. You’ll hear the full story when you tune into this week’s episode. Rather than just let the goat be sad, Sophia, Eva and Olga sprung into action and found the goat a new home. And now the goat is happy. Not only did we help the goat, but the goat helped us by teaching us 3 important life lessons that Sophia and Olga share in this episode. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/303
  • DB 302: 5 Life Lessons Sophia Learned From Surfing (And Wiping Out)! - We spent the month in April in Hawaii. Practically every day we were in the water and watched in amazement the surfers catching and riding waves. We knew the trip would not be complete without surf lessons! So we found an amazing instructor not too far from where we were staying and thankfully he agreed to also train Sophia, who is a good swimmer but only six years old right now! In this episode, Sophia and Olga share our family’s experience surfing for the very first time, as well as important life lessons that we learned. Without spoiling the episode, we are happy to share that Sophia did stand up and rode many waves on her very first outing. And Olga and Sophia both loved surfing so much that they just had another lesson this week. So perhaps you will be hearing more stories in the future about Sophia catching waves. In the meantime, enjoy this fun and enlightening episode about Sophia’s first surf lesson! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/302
  • DB 301: Meet Eva’s sister Sophia and mom Olga. 5 Fun Facts! - Today's episode is a huge one, and we are very excited about it! As you all know, Eva started Dream Big when she was just seven years old back in 2016. Eva’s little sister Sophia was born in 2015, and literally grew up listening to Eva podcasting and dreaming big that one day she would be a podcaster too. That day has arrived! Sophia will be turning seven in June, so this is right about the same age as when Eva started podcasting. You already know and love Sophia from our Silly Sophia segment! Well today, you are going to learn a lot more about Sophia and get reacquainted with the woman that brought both of them into this world, Eva and Sophia’s amazing mom Olga Karpman. Enjoy this episode where Olga and Sophia share fun facts about each other, and share their exciting vision for the future of Dream Big. If you miss Eva already, don’t worry! She’ll still be involved with the podcast and will be making appearances too. Enjoy this episode! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/301
  • DB 300: Celebrating 300 Episodes & The Miracle Of Grace. - Wow! We are at 300 episodes of the Dream Big Podcast. Thank you all for being part of this incredible journey. Eva launched the podcast when she was 7 years old and we are excited to start introducing Eva’s sister Sophia (who will be turning 7 in June) to all you Big Dreamers. Yes, Sophia has been making us all laugh with Silly Sophia jokes for many years now, but she plans to get even more involved in coming episodes so stay tuned! Sophia is a bundle of energy and joy (and as you already know, hilarious) -- and I’m sure you will all love her participation in Dream Big. In this episode, Eva also shares a story from an incredible hike we did this past week that you won’t want to miss. Thank you again for celebrating 300 episodes of Dream Big with us! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/300
  • DB 299: Every Single Human Has THIS In Common - One of Eva’s core beliefs is that every human has a unique gift to share with the world. Yet, there is one reality that we all undeniably have in common. For each and every one of us, there are 24 hours in a day. The people who realize their potential and make their dreams come true understand that those hours are precious, and refuse to squander the majority of their free time on distractions. Eva shares how she has been spending her free time recently (hint: it’s not been binge watching shows on Netflix) and challenges all Big Dreamers to be mindful of how they are spending their time. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/299
  • DB 298: Dreaming Big in Las Vegas - We’ve spent the majority of our time in the past few months in Big Bear Lake, a mountain village a few hours outside of Los Angeles. The beauty is in nature -- the snow capped mountains, the majestic trees, and of course the stunning lake. The town itself is charming, but as you can imagine there are no tall buildings and just a small selection of restaurants and shops in the charming village. That’s probably why it came as a complete shock to our system when we decided to visit Las Vegas this past weekend. Turns out, it is only a 3 hour drive from Big Bear Lake. So we decided to go on an adventure. Eva and Sophia were simply amazed that in this barren desert, Big Dreamers had built a pyramid, New York, Paris, Venice, and of course if you’ve been to Vegas you know the list goes on and on. In this episode, Eva shares some highlights from the trip, and how it inspired her more than ever to Dream Big. I must say it was surreal to take our kids to see one of the great illusionists of our time, David Copperfield, who Olga and I remember from our own childhood. Enjoy the episode! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/298
  • DB 297: Life Lessons From The Ski Slopes - We spent a ton of time skiing this winter. We always had wanted to give our girls the gift of learning how to ski before their adult years. We had taken them for snow days here and there in prior years, but this season we decided to go all out. We bought season passes, purchased equipment, and made sure to make the most of the investment! I'm estimating our kids got at least 25 days on the slopes in February and March! Both Eva and Sophia learned so much from the experience, and Eva thought it would be helpful to share some of the life lessons that kids (and adults) learn from skiing! And of course, there is always a connection to dreaming big and how learning to ski can help you move towards your dreams. Enjoy! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/297
  • DB 296: A Glass Of Water Can Teach You This… - Eva shares an important lesson about what we can learn from a glass of water, and it’s not about how drinking lots of water is healthy (which it is!). Instead, it is an inspirational story about the weight of water. If you hold a glass of water for a few minutes, you probably won’t notice the weight. But what if you held that glass of water with your arm outstretched for 10 minutes, or 10 hours. That glass would start to feel very, very heavy. At some point, you wouldn’t be able to hold it any longer and it would fall to the ground. This is a wonderful metaphor to explain what it is like holding on to stress and worries. There is a difference between being stressed for 10 seconds versus 10 minutes versus 10 hours, right? Eva shares why it is so important to not let your stresses weigh you down with a little help from this wonderful story about the weight of water. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/296
  • DB 295: THIS Is What Makes Humans So Unique! - Today, Eva shares a uniquely human trait, which also has the potential to be an incredible gift (if we choose to make it a gift). And that is the ability to choose, to decide, how we interpret the events and circumstances in our lives. Of course, with choice comes the ability to make both good and bad decisions. So today, Eva recounts a recent story from her own life about not making the right decision and compares that to inspirational stories of prior guests on the Dream Big Podcast. With this perspective, Eva reminds us all how we can embrace this uniquely human characteristic to make empowering (rather than destructive) decisions in our own lives. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/295
  • DB 294: This Gesture Is More Powerful Than Any Compliment! - We absolutely love it when we discover that scientific studies back up something that we intuitively knew to be true. In the case of this episode, Eva talks about the “High Five.” Everyone loves receiving a High Five -- but just how powerful is it… Well in this episode, Eva shares a study that she heard the great Mel Robbins talking about in a recent interview. The study demonstrated that the High Five is far more powerful than verbal praise. Eva shares the details of the study, explains why High Fives can have such an extraordinary impact, and challenges all Big Dreamers to give High Fives more often! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/294
  • DB 293: My Secret To Add Hours To Your Day! - This episode is likely to be one of the most controversial Eva has ever published, at least among the younger big dreamers who would love nothing more than to spend hours of time each day watching TV, perusing TikTok or playing video games. But this is the DREAM BIG podcast, and the truth is that too many people are destroying their big dreams by spending all their “free” time every day on anything but working towards their big dreams. Studies show that the average American spends more than 6 hours every day watching TV and on social media. That’s 6 hours per day that could be spent making progress on your dreams. In this episode, Eva shares her 3-part strategy for reclaiming many of those hours, and how you can ensure that this newfound time will be spent on working towards your big dreams. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/293
  • DB 292: You Can ALWAYS Find A Problem! - We all have problems. Every human on earth can find something to complain about. Some stress. Some aggravation. Something that is going wrong in their life. Yet while we can look for what’s wrong, we can also look for what’s right! And that is Eva’s message in this episode. Even better, Eva shares how we as a family train our brain every evening at dinner to look for what’s going right in our lives. It’s amazing how 5-10 minutes of gratitude practiced every day can change the way you view the world. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/292
  • DB 291: Saying NO Can Be The Right Decision. - At a family dinner a few weeks ago, the word NO became a subject of discussion and we were surprised to learn that our kids thought of NO as a “bad word.” I guess that shouldn’t be a huge surprise because kids are taught from a young age not to say no to their parents or their teachers. And of course the word YES often has a positive connotation since we are encouraging our kids to say yes to their dreams, to pushing outside of their comfort zone, to taking on new challenges, etc. We explained to Eva and Sophia that sometimes NO is the best answer you can give. Whether it is saying NO so you can prioritize your dreams (since there are only so many hours in a day) or saying NO to harmful choices like drugs or crimes. Eva wanted to make sure all big dreamers also grasped this idea that NO is often the right answer, so we recorded this episode which we hope you all enjoy! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/291
  • DB 290: The Meaning Of UNCONDITIONAL Love - Love is not an easy emotion to describe. It’s a feeling that you experience when you are giving or receiving love -- but certainly not easy to explain to a kid or even an adult. Unconditional love is an even more challenging concept -- this idea that you can love someone without conditions, even if that person is misbehaving or treating you unfairly. That's why Eva decided when she came across an example of unconditional love in her own life, that she would tell the story. Because there’s no better way to explain a concept than with a story that perfectly illustrates it! We hope you enjoy Eva’s example of unconditional love and challenge all you Big Dreamers to show unconditional love in the way Eva describes the next time an opportunity presents itself. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/290
  • DB 289: What NOT To Do When You First Wake Up! - Today’s episode is rare in that Eva is telling the Big Dreamers something that they should NOT do! This is something that many parents (us included) have been guilty of far too often. But it is a really bad habit, and one that becomes harder to break as the years go by. Specifically, Eva discusses the habit of waking up and immediately opening your phone to either check email or to otherwise consume other people’s content (we are leaving out motivational content for purposes of this episode). Eva explains why giving away the precious first 30 minutes of your day to someone else’s priorities is a terrible way to kick off your morning, and shares what she does when she first gets out of bed. We hope that this episode serves as an important reminder to young and older Big Dreamers to prioritize the first moments you are awake as a time to claim the day as your own -- which simply cannot be done by looking at your inbox or watching dance challenges on TikTOk! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/289
  • DB 288: You Don’t Need A Reason To Be Happy! - Have you ever met someone who has far less than you in terms of material wealth but is way, way happier? These people are living proof that you don’t need money to buy happiness. In fact, as Eva explains in today’s episode, you don’t need any reason to be happy. You can just decide to be happy. Eva shares two examples of people who have far “less” than our family -- yet are making the decision to be happy. These people have inspired us to proactively work in 2022 on making the decision to be happy more often, and we know that they will inspire you as well! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/288
  • DB 287: The Best Gratitude Exercise Of All Time! - Gratitude is a recurring topic of discussion on the Dream Big Podcast. Over the years, Eva has shared a ton of ideas on how to practice gratitude, from visualization exercises to gratitude diaries to our family’s daily practice of expressing gratitude at the dinner table. Today however, Eva wanted to share her favorite idea for expressing gratitude, courtesy of Tony and Sage Robbins who recently shared how they create an annual slideshow of all their favorite memories from the year. Not only do they have so much fun selecting the photos and adding their favorite music, but it becomes a slideshow that they can then rewatch whenever they need a good ol’ dose of gratitude. What a great idea, and Eva shares why she is so excited about creating a 2021 highlight reel slideshow for our family, as well as her favorite apps for creating slideshows with minimal effort (other than going through Olga’s thousands of photos to pick out her favorite ones!). For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/287
  • DB 286: You Gotta Be Hungry (NOT For Food!) - You Gotta Be HUNGRY! This is perhaps personal development legend Les Brown’s most celebrated quote. When we first shared the quote with Eva, who was then probably 7 years old, she was a little confused. My parents are telling me that I have to be hungry? But when we shared a clip of Les explaining that the phrase does not refer to a hunger for food -- but rather a hunger to achieve your big dreams -- Eva understood the symbolism of the word hunger. Here, Eva shares what Les means by his catchphrase “You Gotta Be Hungry”, how she applies that sentiment to her own life, and why all Big Dreamers need to be hungry to make their dreams come true. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/286
  • DB 285: The 3 Kinds Of Goals I’m Setting For 2022 - Big Dreamers, young and old, often get overwhelmed with goal setting, especially at the start of the New Year. Too many of us just create one long list of all the goals we want to accomplish. A lengthy single-level list can lead to anxiety, which is the last thing you want when you are setting your goals. So in today's episode, Eva shares how she categorizes her goals into 3 main buckets: (1) Skills; (2) Health; and (3) Relationships. When you organize your goals in these 3 high-level categories, suddenly the goals seem much more manageable (and therefore more attainable). Eva shares some examples of goals in each of these categories that she has set for 2022, and challenges all Big Dreamers to create a handful of goals in each of these categories as well. Let’s make 2022 our best year yet! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/285
  • DB 284: You MUST do THIS before December 31! - As Big Dreamers, we are so focused on the future. What are we going to do next? What are our goals for the new year? And how are we going to accomplish them? As a result, many of us don’t spend nearly enough time reflecting on the past year, and celebrating what we have accomplished. In this episode, Eva shares the importance of capturing the wins from the past year on paper and feeling gratitude for all the amazing things that happened to you. This exercise will help energize you for the year ahead! A special thank you to Big Dreamer Chloe Chan for writing to Eva with a great question that inspired this episode. We hope that Chloe and all Big Dreamers have a great close to 2021 (which you will if you listen to Eva’s advice in this episode!) and an exciting year of growth and progress ahead in 2022. Finally, be sure to check out the resources section of our show notes, which contain links to 4 past episodes where Eva shares ideas about New Year resolutions. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/284
  • DB 283: The BEST Gift You Can Give This Holiday Season - We were brainstorming holiday gift ideas as a family earlier this month. We had our laptops open searching through the countless articles detailing the Top 10 Gift ideas for this holiday season. We didn’t find anything too exciting, so we decided to do a thought experiment. All you have to do is put yourself in the shoes of the recipient, and ask: What experience can you facilitate that would bring the most joy to that person? But really get creative and design an experience that will be memorable and cherished for many years to come. This is a great way to teach kids about gifting because it’s not like kids have a lot of money to spend on gifts, yet alone a way to drive and go shopping. In this episode, Eva shares what she came up with as incredible gifts for her sister Sophia and for us, her parents. It’s a great episode for kids to hear this holiday season and of course this thought experiment is equally applicable for birthdays, anniversaries, or just because! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/283
  • DB 282: Tis The Season To Be… - Tis The Season To Be…. KIND. And guess what, when you are kind, you will also be JOLLY. In this episode, Eva shares a sweet story of a random act of kindness that her sister Sophia recently performed. It is important to note that Sophia’s action required no real effort on her part. She didn’t have to pay for it. All she did was be thoughtful in a situation where she didn’t have to be, and that made all the difference. Listen to the episode to learn more about this little, sweet act of kindness that Sophia performed, and why small actions can make such a big impact in your relationships. Eva also challenges all Big Dreamers to perform a random act of kindness this Holiday season. Be kind, spread love, and Happy Holidays! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/282
  • DB 281: Happy Doesn’t Happen To You - We talk a lot about Big Dreams in our family. But we talk even more about happiness. Why? Because we want our kids to know that achievement alone will not guarantee you happiness. Look at all the ultra rich people in this world who are very unhappy. With the holiday season here, there are many who believe that the holiday season will bring you happiness. You’ll hear the greeting Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, but we all know that there are plenty who will not be happy and merry this holiday season. In this episode, Eva shares why Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaza, or whatever holiday you celebrate, will not make you happy. Instead, as Eva explains, it is YOU who makes you happy. This is a powerful and timely reminder that kids (and adults) need to hear, and Eva shares some practical tips on how to be happy this holiday season. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/281
  • 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