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  • DB 142: Elena Favilli on Empowering Rebel Girls One Good Night Story at a Time - Elena Favilli is an Italian writer and serial entrepreneur. She’s the co-creator of the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, which has broken records on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter for literary publications. Eva’s wonderfully generous Aunt Ilene backed the Kickstarter campaign and gave the Rebel Girls series to Eva, who absolutely adores the books, artwork, and the amazing women featured in the books. We were beyond thrilled when Elena agreed to be a guest on the show, and share how she took her big dream of empowering young girls to believe in their ability to accomplish extraordinary things, and turned it into reality with the Rebel Girls series. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/142
  • DB 141: Stop & Smell The Roses: The Joshua Bell Rush Hour Experiment - What do you think would happen if one of the world’s best violinists – Joshua Bell -- performed in a busy Washington DC metro station during rush hour? Here’s the catch --- no announcement was made. There was no promotion. Instead, Joshua Bell played incognito in a baseball cap and lay out his violin case to collect donations – as street musicians often do. In this episode, Eva asks you to guess how many of the 1097 people who passed by stopped to listen, reveals the shocking results of the experiment, and shares important lessons for all our Big Dreamers. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/141
  • DB 140: Kyle Maynard On The “No Excuses” Mentality & Living Without Limits - Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics. Kyle shares his “No Excuses” mentality and the deeply emotional and rewarding experience of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/140
  • DB 139: Treat Your Body Like A Million Dollar Racehorse - You’ve probably heard Eva share on previous episodes how much she loves horses. Horses are beautiful animals and we’re lucky enough to have a stable about 20 minutes from our house. Eva occasionally take group classes and one of the things she has noticed is just how well horse owners take care of their horses, especially the horses that are participating in competition. What if we started to treat our bodies like a million dollar racehorse? In this episode, Eva shares why it is so important to take care of our bodies and gives her best tips on fitness (hint, get out and sweat!), drinking plenty of water, and eating your veggies. Parents: Eva maks a very compelling case for why kids should care about what they put into their bodies and we encourage you to have your kids listen to this one especially if you are struggling with their fitness and eating habits. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/139.
  • DB 138 – Evanna Lynch on Harry Potter, Veganism, Animal Rights, And So Much More! - This week’s episode is truly special. Eva gets excited for all of her interviews, but the truth is that she is usually not very familiar with our typical guest’s career when we start the process of preparing for an interview. Eva is curious by nature, so she becomes more and more interested in the guest as we do our research. But in this instance, Eva actually requested that we reach out to Evanna Lynch, one of her favorite actresses from the Harry Potter films, to see if she would be our guest. When we got confirmation from Evanna’s lovely assistant Lucy that Evanna would love to be on the Dream Big Podcast, Eva was beyond thrilled. She actually jumped for joy. It is moments like that -- when we see Eva’s pure excitement in getting to talk one-on-one with someone she truly admires like Evanna Lynch -- when we realize how truly amazing this experience has been for Eva to host the Dream Big Podcast. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/138
  • DB 137: How Humans Are Like Power Plants! A POWERful episode 🙂 - One of the most motivational mentors in the world right now is Brendon Burchard. Recently, we stumbled across a video of Brendon comparing people to power plants. Brendon explained that when a power plant is first built - it alone does not have any energy. The power plant takes energy from a source -- whether that’s the sun or wind, and then transforms the energy into a usable energy that can be sent to your home. In other words, the power plant does not have energy -- it generates energy. Likewise, we don’t have gratitude or happiness, we generate it. By the same token, we don’t have sadness or negativity, we generate it. We take in energy from the outside world -- and we decide (yes it is a DECISION) -- how to transform and transmit that energy to the world. In this episode, Eva explores this analogy in great detail, applies the analogy to the incredible life of Kyle Maynard (who will be our guest in an upcoming June episode!), and then shares her wish for all Big Dreamers. This is a short, but powerful episode about Power Plants and what we can learn from Brendon’s thoughtful analogy. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/137
  • DBP 136: Champion Climber Sasha DiGiulian On Reaching New Heights In Life And For Female Athletes - Sasha DiGiulian first began climbing at 6 years old, in 1998. She has won the World Championships for Female Overall, and has placed Silver in the Bouldering World Championships, as well as Bronze in the Duel. Sasha has been the undefeated panAmerican Champion 2004 to the present, and she is a three-time US National Champion. In this episode, Eva focuses on the mindset required to successfully ascend steep cliffs -- and how Sasha has worked on both her body and mind to become a champion climber. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/136
  • DB 135: Your Life Is A Gift! Be Grateful For It 🙂 - Have you ever opened a gift either for your birthday or a holiday, and discovered that what was inside the box was not something you wanted. Let’s say your Grandma gave you a sweater in a color that you are not a fan of -- and you really don’t need any more sweaters any way. Now, if the tell your Grandma: “This is the worst present I have ever received. I hate the color. I don’t even need a sweater. Take it back.” How excited do you think Grandma will be to give you more gifts? Now contrast that to a situation where you receive a gift and you react with gratitude. “Grandma thank you so much. I love that you are always thinking about me and want me to stay warm this winter. You are the best. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” With a reaction like that -- do you think your Grandma will be more or less likely to want to get you more gifts in the future. In this episode, Eva explains how life works the same way! The more you find to be grateful for, the more you will have to be grateful for. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/135
  • DB 134: Natalie Jill, Fitness Expert, On Leveling Up With Energy To Achieve Your Big Dreams. - Imagine you are destined to be a fitness sensation and even have a degree in health sciences, but instead you choose a career in a multinational corporate environment where you struggle to find inspiration and the drive to go on! You finally reach that point tagged ‘rock bottom’ and things have nowhere to go but uphill. That’s the story of Natalie Jill, the uber-successful sports nutritionist and fitness trainer. Her story is amazingly inspiring and so is her journey to the top tier of fitness training. Her franchise program, Natalie Jill Fitness, began as an accident and it went on to become a huge success across the country. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/134
  • DB 133: MUST versus SHOULD, and why real decisions require a MUST. - Eva shares with what it means to make a decision in your life. A real decision that you will follow through and actually take action on. It all comes down to whether what you are deciding is a Must or a Should. Eva shares a fun example from her own life of when she decided that she MUST win a trivia game about her favorite series, Harry Potter. And she also shares how she applies the same principle of Must versus Should when making decisions about her Big Dream of inspiring millions of kids to Dream Big. You really should listen to this episode, but I’m asking you right now to decide that you MUST listen to it 🙂 For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/133
  • DB 132: Marie Diamond, Feng Shui Expert, On Vision Boards And Positive Energy - Marie Diamond is a globally renowned Transformational Teacher, Leader, Speaker and International Best-Selling Author, Creator of Diamond Feng Shui, Diamond Dowsing and Inner Diamond Meditation Programs. She is also the only European star in the worldwide phenomenon "The Secret”. In addition to all these accolades, she also happens to be a dear, long-time friend to my mom and our family. It was a true honor to have Marie as a guest to share her wisdom with our audience. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/132
  • DB 131: What Brushing Your Teeth Can Teach You About Achieving Your Big Dreams - If you are a long time listener of the podcast, you know that Eva loves to find analogies from every day life to teach lessons about what it takes to achieve your big dreams. In episode 90, she even found a way to explain how the journey is similar to the Bean Boozled Challenge. And recently, we’ve done a number of episodes comparing the process of pursuing your dreams to the Chinese Bamboo Tree, Circus Elephants, Eagles and even Lobsters. We like to use these analogies and stories because it makes the lesson easy to remember. And what is easier to remember than brushing your teeth? You all do that twice a day, right? At least I hope you do! Make sure to listen to this episode where Eva shares what brushing your teeth can teach you about the road to achieving your big dreams! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/131
  • DB 130: Kechi Okwuchi, America’s Got Talent Finalist, On Why Big Dreamers Must Know Thyself - 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. 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. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/130
  • DB 129: Why You Need Mentors And Eva’s Best Secrets On How To Find Them! - One of the skills that will be most important in achieving your big dreams is learning to seek guidance from those who have already found success. Think about it... The most successful people in any field have dedicated years, if not decades, towards their journey. Can you imagine all of the lessons they were learning along that path? Many of those were painful lessons from mistakes that could have been avoided. Wouldn’t it be nice if you can find mentors who can help you avoid those same pitfalls? Can you see how it would be extremely valuable if a mentor could steer you away from that same error so you can achieve your dreams even faster? Of course, the answer to all these questions is a resounding YES. That’s why you want to listen to this episode where Eva shares her best tips and secrets for finding mentors. You don’t want to miss this one! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/129.
  • DB 128: Here’s Why Most People Don’t Achieve Their Big Dreams. - Since this is the Dream Big Podcast, we know that all of you listening have BIG DREAMS. Many listeners have taken the time to write us emails to share their Big Dreams. Johnny, an 8 year old boy from Texas, wrote in and shared his dream of one day being an astronaut like Chris Hadfield who was our guest in Episode 30. Lisa from Rhode Island emailed us about her dream to be a professional dancer and actress like Ruby Rose Turner from Episode 128. And Sharon from Los Angeles told us about how she dreams of being a successful author one day like Alex Banayan, our guest from Episode 88. If you have heard these episodes, or for that matter any of the interviews I’ve done on the podcast, you know that Chris Hadfield, and Ruby Rose Turner, and Alex Banayan had to overcome numerous challenges and obstacles to ultimately achieve their big dreams. How did they do it? Well, clearly they wanted it bad enough to put in the work even when it was hard, even when the odds were against them. Recently, we came across a video of a very powerful speaker Eric Thomas telling a story that perfectly illustrates this point. Make sure to listen to the episode to hear the powerful story and its very important lesson. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/128
  • DB 127: Why You MUST Practice Gratitude Daily (& Two Of Eva’s Favorite Strategies) - Gratitude is an important theme on this podcast. In Episode 8, Eva even did an entire episode on 5 reasons to be grateful. In that episode, we shared many startling statistics about very difficult circumstances that so many of our fellow humans across the world find themselves living in. For instance 785 million people go to bed hungry. Over 100 million are homeless. Tens of millions are living in war torn regions. Over 2.5 billion do not have access to clean water and sanitation. And over 60% of the world’s population still has no internet access. These numbers are tragic -- and as you live your life day-to-day it is understandable that you are probably not thinking about just how lucky you are to be YOU. In this episode, Eva shares two powerful gratitude tactics that she uses during in her daily life to remain grateful. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/127
  • DB 126: Famous Failures (Jordan, Disney, Lincoln, Rowling) Who Thankfully Did Not Give Up! - One theme that Eva talks about all the time on the Podcast is that on your road to achieving your big dreams -- you will experience setbacks, obstacles, and even failures. But Big Dreamers who are truly passionate about their dreams do not give up. Instead, Big Dreamers treat failures as a learning experience on the difficult journey towards achieving their dreams. Today, Eva shares some examples of famous people (Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, JK Rowling, Abe Lincoln and others!) who all experienced failure and could have easily quit. But because they persevered in the face of failure -- the world experience their unique gifts and will never be the same. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/126
  • DB 125: The Elephant & The Rope – Why Big Dreamers Must Never Give Up! - Breaking free from barriers or limitations set by others is a common theme on the Dream Big Podcast. In this episode, Eva and her sister Sophia share the story of a majestic elephant at a circus who can easily break free of the rope tied to her leg. But because the elephant was conditioned from a young age to believe that the rope was strong enough to hold her in place, the elephant does not bother to even try to break free. Eva then applies the lesson of this story to her own life and shares why developing self-belief and perseverance is vital for all our Big Dreamers. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/125
  • DB 124: The Chicken & The Eagle Story — Why You Should Choose Friends Who Are Also Big Dreamers! - We have spent a lot of energy sharing our thoughts on how you achieve your Big Dreams -- but in looking at our past episodes we realized that we have focused almost exclusively on the individual’s journey. These topics -- such as developing self-belief, persistence, and hard work -- are all vital to achieving your Big Dreams. But we realized we had not adequately addressed the importance of your peer group, specifically making sure you surround yourself with other Big Dreamers rather than Debbie Downers. Expanding on the old phrase “Birds of a feather flock together,” Eva shares the story about the Chicken and the Eagle. This fable about a majestic eagle living with chickens does not have the happiest of endings, but we believe the lesson is an important one that all of our Big Dreamers (especially the young ones) must learn! Please enjoy this powerful episode. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/124
  • DB 123: You must fall before you can fly! Just ask an Eagle 🙂 - There is an incredible speaker named Myron Golden who teaches about the Law Of Advancement. The idea behind this law is that you must always go down before you can go up. It might sound backwards but think about it for a second. For a seed to turn into a tree -- it must first go into the ground before it can sprout. Before skyscrapers are built -- construction workers have to dig deep into the ground to lay the proper foundation to support the skyscraper that will be erected above the ground. And in this episode, Eva shares Myron’s story of a mama and her baby eagles and how she teaches one of her babies Sophia (played by Eva’s 3 years old sister Sophia) how to fly. As always, Eva then shares how the story applies to going after your Big Dreams. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/123
  • DB 122: The Chinese Bamboo Tree Story And What It Means For Your Big Dreams! - One of the lessons we keep on learning from all our incredible guests -- from Kobe Bryant, to General Stanley McCrystal, to Melissa Hartwig - and pretty much every guest we’ve had on the podcast -- is that they all worked super hard over many, many, many years to achieve their Big Dreams. Each person goes through a long, challenging journey and overcomes countless obstacles to turn their dreams into reality -- it certainly does not magically happen overnight. Today, we are super excited because for so long we have looked for the perfect analogy -- the perfect story - to powerfully demonstrate this lesson of persistent effort over a long period of time -- and we finally found it! Specifically, we came across a video of one of the world’s most dynamic speakers, Les Brown, sharing the powerful story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree. We instantly just knew that our Big Dreamers needed to hear this story. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/122
  • DB 121: How Big Dreamers Are Just Like LOBSTERS! - In today’s episode, Eva shares a powerful life lesson taught to us by Lobsters. Yes, LOBSTERS. You never know who is going to be your mentor on the Dream Big Podcast. Haha. So you are probably wondering at this point -- Lobsters? What in the world can Lobsters teach us about life? Don’t worry -- I would be wondering the same thing myself -- but then our family came across a video of a Rabbi - Dr. Abraham Twerski -- who shared such a beautiful and powerful story about Lobsters that we just had to share it with our Big Dreamers. And of course, Eva shares how she applied the story in her own life and how all you Big Dreamers can do the same!For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/121
  • DB 120: I’m not nervous…. I’m EXCITED. Thank you Simon Sinek for the tip! - We were lucky enough to have Simon Sinek on the Dream Big Podcast in Episode 91. He was one of Eva’s favorite guests evers so definitely check out that episode if you haven’t at DreamBigPodcast.com/91. We recently came across a video of him speaking entitled “How To Never Be Nervous Again.” That is a pretty bold promise -- so of course we had to watch the video (and it is not surprise the video has gone viral with millions of views). In this episode, Eva describes the amazing story Simon shared in the video, the powerful lesson to take from it, and how Eva applied the lesson in her own life on a recent ski trip. We are super proud of this episode because it shows how Eva is learning from mentors and implementing their advice in real-life situations. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/120
  • DB 119: Chris Colfer, Golden Globe Winning Actor & Author of Land Of Stories On Creativity & Courage - Chris Colfer rose to fame as a Golden Globe-winning actor best known for his role as "Kurt Hummel"" on Glee. But to Eva, Chris is the author of one of her favorite book series -- The Land Of Stories. Eva has devoured all of the books in the series, so she was beyond thrilled when Chris agreed to come on the podcast. And as you’ll hear, he was super nice, gracious with his time, and has tons of amazing advice for you Big Dreamers! And later that same evening, we saw that Chris was on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon! So he started his morning talking to Eva and end with Jimmy. Now that’s an epic day of interviews 🙂 For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/119
  • DB 118: The Rocks, Pebbles and Sand Story, & How It Can Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever! - This episode is being published on December 31, 2018. The last day of the year, and tomorrow rings in a New Year, 2019. And maybe when you are reading this it is already 2019 -- so wishing all you Big Dreamers a Happy New Year. Now if you are like Eva (and all members of our family!) -- you want to make 2019 your best year ever. And we’ve got good news for you. Today Eva shares the secret on how to make 2019 your best, and all you need to be able to do in distinguish between Rocks, Pebbles and Sand. Rocks Pebbles and Sand? Yes, Rocks, Pebbles and Sand -- and you can listen to this episode to hear this terrific story and powerful lesson. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/118
  • DB 117: Ruby Rose Turner, Star of “Coop And Cami Ask The World” On Shining Your Light On The World - Ruby Rose Turner is an actress, dancer, singer and model who began her professional career at the age of 7 as a dancer on an episode of Univision Miami's longest running hit TV show, "Sabado Gigante." Currently, Ruby stars in the Disney Channel series "Coop And Cami Ask The World,” in which she plays the title role of Cameron “Cami” Wrather. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/117
  • DB 116: The Secret Is… It All Starts With Belief! - One of the most remarkable stories that illustrates the power of belief is Roger Bannister’s feat of running a sub 4-minute mile. Before May 6, 1954, no human had ever recorded a mile in under 4 minutes. Roger Bannister broke this barrier, and since that time thousands of athletes have done so. When Roger Bannister accomplished this feat -- it then became possible in the minds of all other aspiring mile runners. It today’s episode, Eva shares this story that all kids (and adults) should hear -- and encourages all of our Big Dreamers to understand that believing in your potential to accomplish your big dreams is the first step to making those dreams a reality. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/116
  • DB 115: Jocko Willink, Retired Navy Seal Officer, On Why Discipline Equals Freedom - Jocko is a decorated retired Navy SEAL officer. He was a Navy SEAL for 20 years, and was the commander of SEAL Team Three, Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Now, Jocko teaches leadership, strategy, tactics, fitness, and jiu-jitsu to people all over the world. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/115
  • DB 114: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life! - This episode tells the story of how Eva went from one of worst servers on her Volleyball team to one of the best. And the best part is that it did not take her all season to experience this incredible turnaround. It happened within a few weeks, and it came down to FOCUS. Specifically, what she was focusing on when she stepped up to the line to serve. Hear the story and learn from this important life lesson at DreamBigPodcast.com/114
  • DB 113: Radha Agrawal, Daybreaker founder, On Positive Energy And Building Community - Radha is the co-Founder, CEO and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker, the early morning dance and wellness move-ment that currently holds events in 25 cities and over a dozen college campuses around the world with a community of almost half a million people. Her new book BELONG answers the questions, "how the heck do I find my people?" and "How do I create large and meaningful communities in the real world?".
  • DB 112: The untold story of why I launched the Dream Big Podcast - It’s not every day you meet a 9-year-old who has her own podcast. So people are naturally curious when they find out that Eva has a podcast and ask a lot of questions. What is the podcast about? What do you like about podcasting? When did you start your podcast? But invariably the question that friends, family and our listeners are most eager to hear Eva’s answer to is WHY? Why did Eva decide to start her own podcast? Eva has told bits and pieces of the story before on other interviews and in private conversations – but she has never told the entire story. That changes in this episode! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/112
  • DB 111: Elora Hardy & The Magical Bamboo Houses She Builds In Bali - When we watched Elora Hardy’s TED Talk and saw photos of the magical bamboo houses that she was building in Bali, Eva immediately said that we need to invite Elora on the podcast. We encourage everyone to watch the TED Talk because the phrase “you have to see it to believe it” definitely applies to Elora’s work. We were honored to have her on the podcast and hope to be able to visit Bali to meet Elora and see her mesmerizing bamboo homes in person. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/111
  • DB 110: Is it really impossible? Ask “What If?” Before You Decide - We all want to reach our goals as fast as possible. But when you have a BIG dream, the reality is that it can take a lot of time to get to where you want to be… If you were able to achieve the result you wanted overnight – then it means that your dream was not very big to begin with! In this episode, Eva shares why it is so important to understand that big dreams by their nature will typically take years if not decades to turn into reality, and therefore why it is so important to fall in love with the journey (not just the destination). For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/108
  • DB 109: Mia Sinclair Jenness, Star Of Disney’s Hit Show Fancy Nancy, On Why We Should All “Add A Little Fancy” To Our Lives - Mia Sinclair Jenness is the voice of Nancy in Disney’s hit show Fancy Nancy based on the New York Times bestselling book series that most kids know and love! I know I do! Thank you Mia for coming on the Podcast and for singing a few lines of the sublime -- that’s a fancy word for amazing - theme song. We loved having you on the show! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/109
  • DB 108: The Secret Is… Falling In Love With The Journey! - We all want to reach our goals as fast as possible. But when you have a BIG dream, the reality is that it can take a lot of time to get to where you want to be… If you were able to achieve the result you wanted overnight – then it means that your dream was not very big to begin with! In this episode, Eva shares why it is so important to understand that big dreams by their nature will typically take years if not decades to turn into reality, and therefore why it is so important to fall in love with the journey (not just the destination). For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/108
  • DB 107: Joe De Sena Returns With His Family To Inspire Us All To Be Spartans! - We’ve had a ton of amazing guests on the Dream Big Podcast. So when we started to talk about inviting a previous guest back on – there was no shortage of choices. But there was one guest that came immediately to Eva’s mind when we asked her who she wanted to talk to again… JOE DE SENA. Joe is the founder of Spartan, a brand that he and his team have grown to become the world’s leading obstacle racing company with over 170 events in 25+ countries and 1 million-plus global participants. For our show notes and to find out why Eva decided to invite back on Joe, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/107
  • DB 106: How To Say “I’m Sorry” When You Royally Mess Up - We’re all human and mess up sometimes. And occasionally, even the best of us royally mess up and really hurt the feelings of someone we love. In this episode, Eva shares a 3-step process which we believe is the best way to say “I’m Sorry” in such a situation. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/106
  • DB 105: Iron Cowboy James Lawrence On The 50-50-50 & The Power Of Self Belief - Iron Cowboy James Lawrence completed 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 days, in each of the 50 United States -- The 50-50-50. A single Ironman is an incredible accomplishment -- as it consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. So you can see why everyone told James he was absolutely out of his mind to think he could do an Ironman 50 days in a row, especially with the travel required to do this in all 50 US States. But as you’ll learn in this episode, James did reach his goal, learned a ton about himself and life through the process -- and certainly earned his incredibly cool nickname -- the Iron Cowboy. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/105
  • DB 104: The Secret Is To…. SHOW UP! - Eva shares a very powerful secret with our Big Dreamers, and we have to give credit to author Rachel Hollis for this one! To give you the full backstory, my husband and I were listening to Russell Brunson’s podcast Marketing Secrets, and Russell was discussing this inspirational Facebook Post that Rachel Hollis had posted after delivering a keynote to a stadium packed crowd in the UK. For those of you are not familiar with Rachel, she is a super successful author and podcaster and influencer who recently wrote a best selling book called Girl, Wash Your Face which has sold over 1M copies. Eva reads Rachel’s post in the podcast so be sure to listen -- but it was such a powerful statement that we decided to make this episode about it! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/104
  • DB 103: Kobe Bryant, Lakers Legend, On Curiosity, Teamwork, And His Big Dream For The Future! - Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players to ever live. He played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, and led his team to 5 NBA championships. This interview focuses on what Kobe has been doing since his retirement, including his new family friendly podcast “The Punies by Kobe Bryant.” For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/103
  • DB 102: Why The Word “Hate” Is A Dream Killing Monster! - We’ve noticed that the word “hate” gets thrown around way too often, especially by kids. I hate homework. I hate school. I hate doing my chores. I hate veggies. I hate traffic (ok, maybe I’ve been guilty of saying that too often). Is the word “hate” is overused in your household? If so, be sure your kiddos listen to this powerful episode where Eva shares the devastating impact that the word “hate” can have on your life. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/102
  • DB 101: 3 Powerful Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts - Today, Eva answers a question from Tom in Seattle. Tom writes: Eva, I hope you can help me with something. I play baseball. I’ve been playing for a few years now, and it is my favorite sport. Like in any sport, you have good days and you have bad days. Sometimes, I will play really well, and I’ll get a few big hits, score some runs, and even help my team win. Other times, it feels like I can’t hit the ball. I’ll strike out or hit the ball right to the infielder for an easy out. Here’s the problem that my parents and I noticed. While I do feel happy when I play well, I feel way way worse when I play bad. For example, if we win, we give High 5s to the other team, we celebrate, I feel great, and then I just go about my normal day. But when we lose and I play bad, it really bums me out. And not just right after the game. I’ll actually come home and still be upset about it hours later. Do you have any advice on how I can enjoy the good games more, and not let the bad games affect me so much? Enjoy this episode where Eva shares the scientific explanation for why humans tend to focus on the negative more than the positive, and 3 powerful tips to help overcome negative thoughts (and embrace positive ones)! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/101
  • DB100: Episode 100! Top 5 (Surprising) Lessons Learned From The 1st 100 Episodes - We did it! 100 Episodes of the Dream Big Podcast. Nearly two years of publishing weekly episodes. It has been a remarkable journey and we thank you all for being part of it. Rather than do a normal interview or solo episode, Eva wanted to recap the top 5 lessons she has learned from the first 100 episodes. What’s so incredible about these 5 lessons is that we could not have predicted any of them when we first launched the show. But that is the way life works! You live, and you learn! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/100
  • DB 099: What Should You Do When You Get Angry (And What You Should Never Do!) - This episode covers a topic that is rarely discussed on the podcast, and that is anger. We often talk about the importance of having a positive attitude, but sometimes -- especially when something that is unfair has happened -- we are human and get angry. But what you do (or do not do) when you get angry is the focus of this episode. Eva shares a classic story to illustrate her point -- that it is best to control your temper and make sure you are calm rather than responding in anger. We think you’ll love the story she shares, and the lesson we can all learn from it. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/99
  • DB 098: Zig Ziglar’s Timeless Quote: You Don’t Have To Be Great To Start, But You Have To Start To Be Great - In this week’s episode, Eva answers a question from a Big Dreamer who is interested in starting her own podcast. Jenny from Long Island has been waiting for 2 years to launch her podcast because she is trying to get everything perfect before she publishes her 1st episode. Eva shares a great Zig Ziglar quote -- “You Don't Have To Be Great To Start, But You Have To Start To Be Great” -- and encourages Jenny to get started now. There is a great lesson for all Big Dreamers, young and old, who are pressing the snooze button on their dreams. There is never going to be a perfect time to start, and you always learn so much about yourself during the process. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/98
  • DB 097: Worst Case Scenario Thinking: A “Backwards” Strategy To Get You Out Of Your Comfort Zone - We are big proponents of having a positive attitude here at the Dream Big Podcast. So I think that most of our Big Dreamers will be surprised that this week’s episode is about engaging in Worst Case Scenario thinking. This “backwards” strategy is very powerful, and will be a good lesson for kids and adults that the “worse case scenario” is often not that terrible after all. And when you compare the “worse case scenario” with the benefits that you’ll experience if the outcome turns out positive, this strategy will help you break out of your comfort zone and grow. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/97
  • DB 096: Hollywood Mega-Producer Devon Franklin On How To Stay In Your Own Movie - DeVon Franklin is a New York Times bestselling author, spiritual success coach, and the CEO of Franklin Entertainment, a production company in conjunction with 20th Century Fox. He is the producer of the box office hit Miracles from Heaven and the most recent release, THE STAR, for Sony Pictures Animation. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/96
  • DB 095: How To Go With The Flow! This Skill Will Change Your Life Forever - We all have difficulty managing our expectations and learning to go with the flow when things don’t go as planned. But this is especially challenging for kids. In this episode, Eva shares 3 real-life examples of situations her expectations were not met, and offers her advice on what to do in those frustrating situations. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/95
  • DB 094: Paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara On Hunting For Dinosaurs And Discovering Dreadnoughtus - Dr. Kenneth Lacovara has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk our planet, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons weighs more than seven T. rex. We’re sure that Eva’s discussion with Dr. Lacovara about hunting for Dinosaurs will be fascinating to all our Big Dreamers -- young and old! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/94
  • DB 093: What To Do When You Are Stuck In A Rut! Eva Shares Her 3-Step Process - Eva shares what it means to be stuck in a rut -- we literally did get stuck in a rut when we were in Mexico and she shares that story. Eva then shares her 3-step process on what to do when you are in that situation to start moving towards your Big Dreams again, and ends the episode with a fun rhyme. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/93
  • DB 092: Haters Gonna Hate. How I Deal With Insulting Podcast Reviews! - In this solo episode, Eva shares how she deals with the occasional negative review of her podcast. Haters can destroy your Big Dreams if you are not careful, so this one is such an important and honest episode. For our show notes and fun rhyme, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/92
  • DB 091: Simon Sinek On The Importance Of Starting With Why! - Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist, and we were thrilled he agreed to come on the Dream Big Podcast -- as we have been great admirers of his work for years. If you haven’t read “Start With Why” -- we consider it a must-read and offer our highest recommendation. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/91
  • DB 090: How Achieving Your Big Dreams Is Like Playing The Bean Boozled Game - In this solo episode, Eva shares an analogy about how chasing your Big Dreams is a lot like playing the Bean Boozled game. It’s a super fun episode and an analogy that will definitely resonate with anyone who has ever done the Bean Boozled challenge. For our show notes and fun rhyme, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/90
  • DB 089: What To Do When A Friend Lies To You - In this solo episode, Eva answers an audience question about what to do when you think that someone you care about is lying to you. You can’t control the action of others but you can control how you react -- and that makes all the difference. For our show notes and fun rhyme, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/89
  • DB 088: Alex Banayan On Unlocking The “Third Door” To Achieve Your Big Dreams - Alex Banayan hacked The Price Is Right the day before his freshman year final exams, won a sailboat, sold it, and used the prize money to fund his quest to learn from the world’s most successful people. He shares what he has learned in his new book “The Third Door” which you can pick up at ThirdDoorBook.com. Alex has been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People Under 30.” For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/88
  • DB 087: How To Handle “I’m Not Good Enough” Thoughts - In this solo episode, Eva answers an audience question about what to do when you have moments of self-doubt -- when you start hearing that voice in your head that says “You Are Not Good Enough.” For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/87
  • DB 086: Comic Book Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick On Creating Marvelous Stories - Kelly Sue DeConnick has been credited with drawing female readers back to comic books. She is the writer of many popular comic-book series starring female characters, including most famously the Marvel imprint Captain Marvel.. She writes passionately, both on and off the page, about feminism, female representation, and the need for more female comic-book creators. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/86
  • DB 085: Cal Fussman, Master Interviewer, On Why The Question Is The Answer - Cal Fussman is a New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned interviewer, podcast host, keynote speaker and corporate consultant on interviewing and storytelling. He inspires organizations to take a new look at their business through storytelling, connection and the fundamental idea that Changing your Questions can Change Your Life. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/85
  • DB 084: Oceanographer David Gallo On Our Mysterious & Astonishing Oceans - David Gallo works to push the bounds of oceanic discovery. Active in undersea exploration (sometimes in partnership with legendary Titanic-hunter Robert Ballard), he was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of manned submersibles and robots to map the ocean world with unprecedented clarity and detail. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/84
  • DB 083: Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, On Achieving The Ideal Work/Life Balance - Ryan Carson is the CEO & Founder of Treehouse, an online technology school that takes people from zero experience to job-ready in as little as six months. With his tremendously effective work/life balance, Ryan steers the company ship and still makes family time a high priority. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/83
  • DB 082: Jolly Good Fellow Chade-Meng Tan On Finding Inner Peace To Achieve World Peace - Chade-Meng Tan is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist. He retired from Google as its Jolly Good Fellow at the age of 45. He is currently the Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and Co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace, which has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/82
  • DB 081: Going Deep With Extreme Cave Diver Jill Heinerth - Jill Heinerth is an extreme cave diver who gets to dive deep inside underwater caves, search for never before seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, and explore the magical underwater world. Jill’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/81
  • DB 080: Generation Ziglar Founders James McLamb and Matt Rush On Inspiring The Next Generation Of Leaders - James McLamb and Matt Rush are the founders of Generation Ziglar. Their mission is to inspire the next generation to impact future generations. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/80
  • DB 079: Danielle Feinberg, Pixar’s Director of Photography-Lighting, On The Power Of Teamwork And Encouraging Girls To Pursue Math & Science - Share this:  LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST Subscribe and listen to the DREAM BIG Podcast on: iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Google Play Music  |  Soundcloud  |  iHeartRadio  |  Spotify TODAY’S GUEST Danielle Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997 and has worked on films such as Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo and …
  • DB 078: Erik Weihenmayer, The 1st Blind Person To Summit Mt Everest, On Living A “No Barriers” Life - Erik Weihenmayer lost his vision by the age of 13, but he resisted the idea that blindness would sweep him to the sidelines of life. He was the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest and has founded a movement inspiring people around the world to lead a “No Barriers Life.” For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/78
  • DB 077: Cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg On 3 Decades Of Capturing Nature’s Beauty - Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/77
  • DB 076: Siri Lindley, World Champion Triathlon Coach, On Being Coachable & Saving Horses! - Siri Lindley is a World Champion Triathlon Coach and Motivational Speaker who dominated the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Rankings, winning 13 World Cup races between 2000-2002 and was the 2001 ITU World Champion. She won the World Cup Series both years by being the #1 ranked triathlete in the world! Having achieved all of her goals in professional triathlon competition, Siri began coaching in 2003. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/76
  • DB 075: Dr. Jen Trachtenberg On Why Veggies Are Important & Other Health Tips From A Top Pediatrician - Dr. Jen Trachtenberg is a nationally renowned parenting expert, board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/75
  • DB 074: Dr. Kate Stafford On The Ocean’s Magical Underwater Soundscape - Dr. Kate Stafford has worked in marine habitats all over the world, from the tropics to the poles, and is fortunate enough to have seen (and recorded) blue whales in every ocean that they visit. In this episode, Dr. Kate shares some of her unbelievable recordings underwater in the Arctic where you’ll hear sounds from bearded seals and different whale species. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/74
  • DB 073: Billy Shore On How The No Kid Hungry Campaign Is Ending Child Hunger In America. - This week, Eva and Olga are proud to welcome Billy Shore to the Dream Big podcast. Billy is the executive chairman of Share Our Strength, the anti-hunger organization that created the No Kid Hungry campaign. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/73
  • DB 072: Ben Giroux, Comedic Actor/Director, On Laughing While Living Your Dreams - Eva and Olga welcome Ben Giroux, comedic actor/director and the creator of the viral music video phenomenon Back To The 90s. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/72
  • DB 071: Wes Chapman on Knowing Your Self-Worth And Waking Up Your Inner Hero - Wes is the founder of “A Human Project,” an organization that empowers youth to learn how to create their own self-worth and rise above their circumstances. Listen to Wes’ inspiring journey and top tips on going after dreams even if you don’t have a supportive environment at home. DreamBigPodcast.com/71
  • DB 070: Kristen Ulmer On Why You Should Embrace Fear Rather Than Avoid It! - Kristen Ulmer is a thought leader and fear specialist who radically challenges existing norms around the subject of this deeply misunderstood emotion. Learn how Kristen embraced fear during her reign as the best female big mountain extreme skier in the world at DreamBigPodcast.com/70
  • DB 069: Jim Kwik On Improving Your Memory (And Life!) With Acronyms - Jim Kwik is the founder of Kwik Learning and a widely recognized world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. Listen to Jim share his top tips for memory improvement with Eva and Olga: DreamBigPodcast.com/69
  • DB 068: Mentalist Oz Pearlman Will Blow Your Mind! - Mentalist Oz Pearlman was our favorite contestant on America’s Got Talent. And he did not disappoint on the Dream Big Podcast either! Listen to Oz read Olga and Eva’s minds at DreamBigPodcast.com/68
  • DB 067: General Stanley McChrystal On How To Be A Leader - It is not everyday that a 3rd grader gets the opportunity to interview a Four-Star General, and we were so honored that General Stanley McChrystal agreed to be a guest on Eva’s show. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/67
  • DB 066: How To Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever - Eva shares her 3-step process for making and keeping resolutions in 2018. Let’s make this coming year our best year ever! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/66
  • DB 065: 5 Reasons Why I Love The Holiday Season! - In this solo episode, Eva reveals the top five reasons why she loves the Holiday Season. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/65
  • DB 064: Neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett on How Emotions Are Made - Eva and Olga welcome Lisa Feldman Barrett, a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and author of the best-selling book “How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/64
  • DB 063: Mother of 50 Maggie Doyne On Changing The World In A Blink Of The Eye - Eva and Olga welcome Maggie Doyne, mom to over 50 children and now a founder of a top-rated school in Nepal that serves over 350 students from impoverished backgrounds. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/63
  • DB 062: Eva Solo: Practice Makes Progress, Not Perfection. - In this solo episode, Eva shares a very important lesson about why the common saying “Practice Makes Perfect” is flat-out wrong. Instead we prefer to say “Practice Makes Progress.” For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/62
  • DB 061: Ultra-Marathoner Charlie Engle On Running The Sahara & Beyond - Eva and Olga welcome Charlie Engle, one of the most accomplished ultra-marathon runners & adventure sport specialists in the world. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/61
  • DB 060: Endurance Athlete Sophie Radcliffe On Her “One Life, Live It” Philosophy - Eva and Olga welcome Sophie Radcliffe, endurance athlete, adventurer and blogger. She has run, swam, cycled and climbed her way around the world. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/60
  • DB 059: Inventor Ray Kurzweil Gazes Into The Future - Eva and Olga welcome Ray Kurzweil, an inventor, entrepreneur and visionary who has been described as “Edison's rightful heir" by Inc. Magazine. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/59
  • DB 058: Sports Nutritionist Melissa Hartwig On How To Create Lifelong, Healthy Habits - Eva and Olga welcome Melissa Hartwig, a certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create lifelong, healthy habits. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/58
  • DB 057: Venture Capitalist Jesse Draper On Laughing Her Way To Success - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Jesse Draper, a Venture Capitalist who does early stage seed investing in female founded startups. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/57
  • DB 056: Toltec Master Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. On Letting Go and The Mastery Of Self - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr, a Toltec master of transformation and we are going deep into why it is so important to love yourself unconditionally. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/56
  • DB 055: NFL Agent Ryan Williams On Achieving Your Big Dreams While Staying Grounded - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Ryan Williams, a premier NFL agent who also happens to be a dear friend of our family. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/55
  • DB 054: Adaptive Training Foundation Founder David Vobora On New Beginnings & Finding Purpose - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome David Vobora, former NFL linebacker and founder of the Adaptive Training Foundation. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/54
  • DB 053: 13-year-old Lokaa Krishna, Happy Hearts Happy World Founder, On Inspiring Change and Spreading Love - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Lokaa Krishna, our youngest guest ever at only 13-years-old. Don’t let her age fool you! Lokaa has founder her own non-profit helping orphans in India. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/53
  • DB 052: Haben Girma, The First Deafblind Graduate From Harvard Law School, On Why We Should Embrace Our Differences - Olga and Eva were delighted to have Haben Girma in the show. Due to her work advocating for equal opportunities for people with disabilities, President Obama named Haben a White House Champion of Change, and Forbes recognized her in Forbes 30 Under 30. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/52
  • DB 051: The Power Of PLAY – How KaBOOM! Is Changing Communities One Playspace At A Time - Amy Levner, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at KaBOOM!, joins Eva and Olga to discuss the importance of play and the vital work KaBOOM! is doing to ensure that every child’s life is filled with balanced and active play. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/51
  • DB 050: Neuroscientist David Eagleman Gets Inside Our Heads - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome neuroscientist David Eagleman to talk about the power of the brain. David is a TED Speaker, Guggenheim Fellow, New York Times best selling author, and has many more accolades that we can’t fit into this short description. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/50
  • DB 049: Behavioral Scientist Peter McGraw On What Makes Things Funny! - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Peter McGraw, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, founder of the Humor Research Lab (HuRL), and co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/49
  • DB 048: Why Eva believes school TOTALLY ROCKS! Back-To-School Episode 🙂 - Eva is back for her first solo episode since Episode 16 on setting SMART goals back in January. This episode is particularly timely for our young Big Dreamers who are starting back at school this month.
  • DB 047: Mel Robbins On The 5-Second Rule That Will Make Your Big Dreams A Reality - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Mel Robbins, award-winning CNN commentator, best-selling author of 5 Second Rule, and all-around motivational powerhouse. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/47
  • DB 046: Jessica Cox, The World’s 1st Certified Pilot With No Arms, On “Thinking Outside The Shoe” - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Jessica Cox, the world’s first certified pilot with no arms who teaches our Big Dreamers on what it means to “think outside the shoe.” For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/46
  • DB 045: Adam Braun, Founder of MissionU & Pencils of Promise, On How Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Change - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Adam Braun, founder of MissionU & Pencils of Promise, who shares how ordinary people can create extraordinary change. For show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/45
  • DB 044: Jordan Harbinger On The Art Of Charm & How To Make A Great First Impression - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Jordan Harbinger, entrepreneur, podcast host at “Art of Charm” and world-renowned social dynamics expert. For our customizable “First Impression” challenge and show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/44
  • DB 043: Vanessa Van Edwards On How To Make New Friends & Feel Confident - In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome best-selling author Vanessa Van Edwards, who shares some great tips on how to make new friends and be more confident when interacting with people. For our customizable “Me Too!” challenge and show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/43