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  • DB 228: Here’s the Key To A Joyful LIfe (And We Have Evidence Thanks To Dr. Brene Brown!) - Since we just celebrated the holiday of Thanksgiving here in the United States, we thought this would be the perfect episode to talk about the central theme of Thanksgiving. Giving Thanks! In other words, Gratitude. This is a subject that legendary researcher Dr. Brene Brown has conducted a ton of research on -- and in this episode, Eva shares a life-changing finding from one of Dr. Brown’s studies which spanned 12 years with over 11,000 pieces of data. Specifically, Dr. Brown did not interview a single person who would describe themselves as joyful who did not actively practice gratitude. The key word there is practice. In this episode, Eva shares the importance of incorporating a gratitude practice into your daily routine, and shares the gratitude practice that our family has done daily for over 12 months now. I think we all knew intuitively that gratitude was central to our happiness, but thanks to Dr. Brene Brown we now have scientific evidence that a gratitude practice is the key to a joyful life. Speaking of gratitude, there’s no time more fitting to express our sincere appreciation for your support of Eva’s podcast. We are deeply thankful and extend to all you Big Dreamers our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/228
  • DB 227: Why Monks Are Happy And Billionaires Are Often Not - Last week, Sophia was overtired and started to have a temper tantrum. She told us that the only thing that can make her stop crying and cure her sadness was a new toy. In fact, she said that if we got her this new toy she would never be sad again. Of course, we all know that getting Sophia a toy would not lead to her everlasting happiness, but in this episode Eva really dives into WHY money and the material possessions it can buy can never guarantee your happiness. Eva borrows some great lessons from Jay Shetty’s new book Think Like A Monk, which is one of our favorite books of 2020. Jay draws the following distinction between success and happiness in his book: “Success is earning money, being respected in your work, executing projects smoothly and receiving accolades. Happiness is feeling good about yourself, having close relationships, making the world a better place.” We believe this is such an important concept to teach our children at a young age. I know many of our kids (including Eva and Sohpia!) are excited to open their presents this holiday season. But in this episode, Eva shares why those gifts are not the key to our happiness, and why fulfillment must come from within. Thank you Jay for the great lesson, and we hope you’ll be Eva’s guest on the podcast in the not so distant future 🙂 Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/227
  • DB 226: How Kamala Harris turned IMPOSSIBLE into I’M POSSIBLE - As parents, we have worked very hard to eliminate phrases like “That’s impossible” and “I can’t do it” from our kids’ vocabulary. Turns out with the word IMPOSSIBLE -- you can just add a space and an apostrophe, and IMPOSSIBLE becomes I’M POSSIBLE. This idea certainly hit home with the US election earlier this month, in which Kamala Harris became the first woman and person of color to be elected Vice President. Let’s not forget…. it was just one hundred years ago -- in August 1920 -- that the 19th amendment to the constitution was passed which gave women the right to vote. And then in 1965, just 55 years ago, the Voting Rights act was passed to prohibit the terrible racial discrimination in voting that will forever remain a stain on U.S. democracy.For our American listeners regardless who you vote for, I think we can all agree that shattering these barriers is a good thing for our country. I know that Eva and so many girls around the country heard Kamala’s speech and now wholeheartedly believe that women can be leaders at the highest level of government. In this episode, Eva shares her feelings about believing that anything is possible, even if it has not been done before. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/226
  • DB 225: Erik Weihenmayer On How To Avoid Unnecessary Panic - One of the world’s most inspiring humans, Erik Weihenmayer, is back on the Dream Big Podcast. Erik lost his vision by the age of 13, but he resisted the idea that blindness would sweep him to the sidelines of life. He’s the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest peak. He also kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon -- among many other feats. We’ve heard from a lot of Big Dreamers in our audience who continue to struggle with this pandemic, which is becoming more of a concern right now as cases are surging here in the United States and across the globe. I know a lot of kids (and adults) are scared right now, so I decided to reach out to Erik and ask him to share his thoughts on how to stay calm and how to avoid unnecessary panic during these difficult times. Climbing to the peak of Mt Everest and solo kayaking the Grand Canyon both require you to be in peak physical condition, but more importantly require tremendous mental strength. That fact that Erik accomplished these feats without eyesight is truly remarkable, and I can not think of anyone on the planet more qualified to answer a question about how to stay calm under pressure and push forward when the going gets tough. Not surprisingly, Erik delivered a brilliant answer that we all need to hear right now. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/225
  • DB 224: How To Catch More “Greenlights” On The Road To Your Big Dreams - Have you ever been in the car in a rush to get to your destination, and hit a red light at practically every intersection along the way. And on other days, you might take the same route and enjoy green lights all the way without having to stop once. Matthew McConaughey talks about how to catch more greenlights in life in his new memoir, which is one of the most celebrated books of 2020 and appropriately titled “Greenlights.” We’ve listened to Matthew brilliantly discuss the concept of Greenlights on this book tour, and Eva loves to share when complex subjects about life can be broken down into a memorable analogy. In this episode, Eva dives deep into the analogy that is the center of Matthew’s philosophy of life. We believe that understanding and applying this analogy in your life can help you reach your big dreams, and do so without as many stops along the way. Thank you Matthew for giving the world this gift, and if anyone has a connection to Matthew McConaughey, please let him know that Eva will give him the green light to be a guest on the Dream Big Podcast at any time 🙂 Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/224
  • DB 223: Dream Big is 4 Years Old! My Secret To Never Missing A Single Week. - It is hard to believe we are celebrating 4 years of the Dream Big Podcast this month. Eva started Dream Big when she was just 7 years old, and we can safely say that helping Eva launch the podcast was the best parenting decision we ever made. We are obviously blown away by all the incredible guests she has interviewed. Truth be told, it is surreal to sit next to your daughter as she has thoughtful one-on-one conversations with Mark Cuban, Dr. Shefali, General Stanley McCrystal, Bethany Hamilton, and Kobe Bryant. But what gives us the most pride is the commitment Eva has shown to bring our listeners a new episode every Monday for the past 4 years. There are times when we are going out of town and we need to batch record a handful of episodes, or Eva is not feeling well but still sits down to record in order to hit an important deadline. In this special anniversary episode, Eva shares her secret to publishing a new episode every Monday, week-after-week, year-after-year. Eva, we are so proud of you and the tremendous effort you put into the podcast. You are an inspiration to all the Big Dreamers, and also to your family! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/223
  • DB 222: James Lawrence, The Iron Cowboy, On Your Most Underrated Superpower! - The Iron Cowboy is back on the Dream Big Podcast! James Lawrence earned his nickname by completing 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 days, in each of the 50 United States. A single Ironman alone is an incredible accomplishment -- as it consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. To do 50 Ironman races in 50 days across 50 days seemed unthinkable, until James did just that in 2015. James posted the following quote on his Instagram earlier this year: “Tolerance for Monotony is a very underrated superpower.” Eva asked us what the quote meant, and we said: “Well you know James! Why don’t you ask him directly?” And that’s exactly what she did, and James was kind enough to answer 🙂 James starts his anwer by defining the word “monotony” (as we are sure that a lot of the younger Big Dreamers may not have even heard the word “monotony” before), and then shares how he would have never completed the 50-50-50 and become the Iron Cowboy without learning to embrace monotonous training. Eva also shares her thoughts in this episode as to why monotonous tasks are so important to achieving your big dreams in life. Thank you James for answering Eva’s question, and by extension sharing this very underrated superpower with the Big Dreamers! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/222
  • DB 221: Believe In The End Of The Story! - This episode is inspired by Jesse Itzler. Our family is part of his Build Your Life Resume Calendar Club, so as part of that club, we have been blessed to enjoy a ton of his content. What we love about Jesse is how he breaks down really complicated concepts into simple-to-remember catch phrases. In this episode, Eva shares a 6 word phrase that Jesse coined that will make all the difference as to whether you turn your big dreams into a reality. That 6 word phrase is… “Believe In The End Of The Story.” To give you some context, Jesse is currently training for an Ultraman race next year, and the most challenging component of that race for him will be a 6 mile open water swim since he is not an experienced swimmer. Jesse shared how he recently gave up during one of his practice swims, but that because he :believes in the end of the story” -- in this case completing the Ultraman -- he was able to chalk it up to just a bad day and will continue training for the race. Expanding on Jesse’s concept, Eva shares how believing in the end of the story is so important for any goal or big dream that you have in life. If you don’t believe you can accomplish something, then why would you bother to try? Big Dreams are difficult to achieve. You will hit obstacles. There will be moments of failure. But if you remember Jesse’s phrase to “believe in the end of the story,” then you will keep on pushing and moving towards your dream. Thank you Jesse for inspiring yet another episode of the Dream Big Podcast. Eva believes in the end of the story that Jesse will one day be a guest on the Dream Big podcast, and we’ll keep on working towards that goal until we can introduce Jesse to all the Big Dreamers. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/221
  • DB 220: Bethany Hamilton, Legendary Surfer, On How To Be Unstoppable. - Eva’s #1 mission for the Dream Big Podcast is to inspire her listeners to believe in their potential to achieve their biggest dreams in life, even when life is fraught with obstacles and challenges. In this regard, we can think of no better guest to inspire the young Big Dreamers than Bethany Hamilton. At the age of 13 as a rising surf star, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her dream career. However, one month after the attack, Bethany returned to surfing and within two years had won her first national surfing title. At 17 years old, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and she is still an active surf competitor to this day. Bethany has an amazing course that she recently created also called Unstoppable, and has been so generous to offer to do a giveaway of her course to one lucky Big Dreamer. To enter your name into the giveaway, please visit our show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/220. The winner will be announced and contacted on October 15. Thank you again Bethany for being Eva’s guest on the Dream Big Podcast, and for all that you do to inspire others to become unstoppable like you!
  • DB 219: Humble The Poet On How Expectations Can Be An Enemy To Happiness - Humble The Poet (Eva’s guest in Episode 146) has an amazing book out called Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life. In that book, Humble writes that “Unhappiness is simply when the picture in your head does not match the picture in front of you.” And that “expectations are a bigger enemy to our happiness than our circumstances.” Eva really loved both those quotes, and wanted to ask Humble to expand on those concepts. So she filmed a quick video question for Humble, who was kind enough to record a thoughtful response. Now more than ever, as we continue to navigate 2020 in very uncertain times, we think Humble’s message about expectations is really important for all Big Dreamers to hear. Enjoy! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/219
  • DB 218: Dr. Shefali Tsabary On How To Be Superpowered! - We are over-the-moon thrilled to welcome Dr. Shefali Tsabary to the Dream Big Podcast. We have been following Dr. Shefali’s groundbreaking work on conscious parenting for years now. It was such a thrill when we learned that Dr. Shefali had a new book coming out for kids and teens, and was interested in being a guest on the Dream Big Podcast. Dr. Shefali was kind enough to send Eva an advanced copy of Superpowered, so we had a chance to read the book before Eva’s chat with Dr. Shefali to prepare for the interview. Needless to say, we loved it! In our humble opinion, this episode with Dr. Shefali is one of Eva’s best interviews yet -- and we hope that all the Big Dreamers enjoy Dr. Shefali and Eva’s discussion about Wista The Worrier, Flipping The Switch, the POWER acronym and so many other tools and strategies laid out in Dr. Shefali’s new book Superpowered. Be sure to support the launch by getting your copy today! For our show notes and links to everything discussed in this episode, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/218
  • DB 217 – Siri Lindley, World Champion Triathlete, With The Most Beautiful Description Of Gratitude That You Will Ever Hear! - A few months ago, we asked Eva which former guests she would want to have on the Dream Big Podcast. She immediately thought of Siri Lindley, the former World Champion triathlete who dominated the world rankings for years as the #1 triathlete in the world. During the interview, Siri and Eva bonded over their mutual love of horses, and Siri has an amazing non-profit Believe Ranch and Rescue which rescues horses and finds them loving homes. When we checked out Siri’s instagram to see what she had been up to, we noticed that Siri had lost all of her hair and quickly learned that Siri is recovering from a bone marrow transplant. In the midst of her battle not only did Siri agree to come back on the podcast, but she delivers the most honest and beautiful response imaginable. I think all of our listeners -- kids and adults alike -- will gain so much insight and practical tips by taking 5 minutes to listen to what Siri has to say about the power of gratitude. In addition to publishing the audio on iTunes, we also posted Siri’s full video response on our Instagram page. We highly recommend you watch the video because there is something very powerful about seeing Siri, who is clearly still in her battle, talk so eloquently about the power of gratitude. We love you Siri and wish you a speedy recovery. When you are fully recovered and this pandemic is over, we would love to visit you and give you, Bek and your beautiful horses a hug at the ranch. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/217
  • DB 216: Gabby Bernstein On How To Be (And Stay) Happy During Challenging Times - Today, Eva welcomes Gabby Bernstein, a #1 New York Times Bestselling author (many times over), and one of the world’s leading authorities on happiness. We are longtime admirers of Gabby’s work, and actually did an entire solo episode last month (Episode 208) about her famous “comeback rate” concept. And now, the Big Dreamers get the gift of hearing directly from Gabby about why the “comeback rate” is so important and so many other practical tips on how to be and stay happy -- especially during these crazy times. Gabby has a new book, You Are The Guru: 6 Messages to Help You Move Through Difficult Times with Certainty and Faith, available now on Audible.com. Like all of Gabby’s content, the new book is incredible and we would love it if you support her book launch and follow her accounts for never ending inspiration and positive vibes. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/216
  • DB 215: Your Best Friend Should Be….. YOU! - A few weeks ago, we did an episode on how to be a great friend to others. In this episode, Eva shifts gears and shares why it is so important to be a best friend to yourself! This week’s episode was inspired by one of Deepak Chopra’s guided meditations. There, Deepak made the point that if you look at the qualities of a best friend -- someone who would lift you up when you are down, make encouraging statements, treat you well, etc -- those are the same qualities and behavior that you should apply to yourself too! Yet so many people are great friends to others, but don’t take good care of themselves. Whether that is negative self-talk or not eating healthy food, or not getting enough sleep -- we need to stop treating ourselves poorly and instead embrace Deepak's vision of looking at oneself as your own best friend. Eva shares some powerful examples in this episode of what it means to be your own best friend. And Eva explains how taking care of yourself will also help you be a better friend to others too. Thank you Deepak for all the wonderful work you do, and for inspiring Eva to create this episode. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/215
  • DB 214: Space Gal Emily Calandrelli On STEM, Roller Coasters & DYI Science Experiments - When schools closed in the spring due to the pandemic, Eva’s grandparents suggested that we check out Xploration Outer Space streaming on Amazon Prime Video. That show, which became a household favorite, is hosted by the wonderful and brilliant Emily Calandrelli -- who is Eva’s guest this week on the Dream Big Podcast! Emily has also been featured as a correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World and is the author of the science children's book series, the Ada Lace Adventure. Emily also has a new Netflix show called Emily’s Wonder Lab where she takes kids through lively mind-boggling experiments that will get your kiddos excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which is Emily’s great passion. As you will see from the episode, Emily has great energy and is so much fun. We encourage all Big Dreamers to check out her new show on Netflix! Our family has been watching her amazing experiments on her Youtube and Instagram all summer, and we know Emily’s Wonder Lab on Netflix will be great educational fun for the whole family. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/214
  • DB 213: Kechi Okwuchi’s (Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer!) Expert Advice On How To Deal with Bullies - This week’s episode may just be one of the most important episodes we’ve ever published. We are so honored to have Kechi Okwuchi on the Dream Big Podcast. You may recognize her name because Kechi was Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer on America’ Got Talent and she has been Eva’s guest before. If you know Kechi’s story, you know that she survived a horrific plane crash as a teenager and suffered burns all over her body. While Kechi has not let the injuries that she suffered in this tragic incident destroy her dreams, bullies continue to poke fun and say awful things about Kechi’s physical appearance. We know that bullies and cyberbullies are a HUGE problem in our schools and online -- so we thought there was no better person for Eva to ask about how to react when you come across a bully. With school starting back up this month for most students -- whether that will be in-person or virtual -- Kechi’s advice can not be more timely. Thank you so much Kechi for your wisdom, your courage, and being a friend of Eva and the Dream Big Podcast. We love you! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/213
  • DB 212: The 3 Cs Of Being A Great Friend - Since this is the Dream Big Podcast, Eva spends a lot of time talking about themes like setting goals, working hard, and being confident. But we understand that achieving big dreams alone is not nearly as satisfying or fulfilling as sharing the journey with those you love -- both your family and close friends. At a family dinner a few weeks ago, Eva mentioned that we should talk more about how to make and keep great friends. And then just a few days later we heard Jesse Itzler, founder of Build Your Life Resume, talking about the 3 Cs of being a great friend. He credits the 3 Cs for his success both in personal and business relationships. Jesse’s framework is so simple to follow and implement that Eva decided to share it with all the Big Dreamer’s in this week’s episode. Tune in to discover the 3 Cs and how they can transform the relationships in your life! Thank you Jesse for the wonderful insight, as always! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/212
  • DB 211: How These Powerful Words (Not Our Legs!) Helped Us Finish A Grueling Hike - A phrase that kids often hear from their parents is: “Words Are Powerful!” Usually when this is said it is when your kiddo has stepped over the line and used language in a hurtful or otherwise negative way. In our house, we also constantly discourage negative phrases like “I can’t do that” or “That’s impossible.” Recently, we had the opportunity to test the power of the spoken word on a grueling hike in Mammoth. Truth be told - we didn't’ see many kids on this trail - certainly not Sophia’s age. So when Eva and especially Sophia started to complain and whine when we still had a few miles left on our journey, Olga sprung into action and shared how we can shift the energy in our family just by uttering some simple phrases. Needless to say, this tactic worked and we not only made it back to the car but had so much fun on that last leg of our hike. Eva shares the story in this episode -- which we think your kids will love because it shows the power of words in the positive sense. And if you are a family that loves the outdoors, we think you will find Olga’s strategy very helpful the next time your kiddos get tired and start to complain. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/211
  • DB 210: Is 2020 A Curse or A Blessing? - Eva has long shared the importance of being an optimist -- the kind of person who sees a glass half full - rather than a pessimist -- who sees the glass as half empty. There are so many reasons you can easily take a “glass half empty” outlook to 2020. Dean Graziozi, bestselling author and entrepreneur, recently poised the following question to his audience: Is 2020 a curse or can it be a blessing? Well as Eva shares in this episode, the answer to that question is entirely up to you! Of course, Eva wishes that COVID-19 did not happen this year. Eva misses school, her friends, and there are so many people across the world who are suffering as a result of this terrible disease. Nobody wished for this to happen. But it did! Given that we just recently passed the midway point of the year -- it seemed appropriate for Eva to share her “glass half full” mentality for 2020. Eva shares the new skills and passions that she is developing during this unprecedented year, and how with the right mindset 2020 can indeed be viewed as a blessing. A special thank you to Dean Grazioizi for inspiring this episode 🙂 Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/210
  • DB 209: Lewis Howes On The Power of Dreams, Public Speaking, Gratitude & More! - Today’s guest is Lewis Howes, the host of the School of Greatness podcast which has over 100 million downloads and 1000 episodes since it launched in 2013. Lewis was one of the inspirations for Eva to launch the Dream Big Podcast. We would often listen to Lewis Howes and another podcaster Tim Ferriss in the car, and one day Eva asked: “Mom and Dad, why is there not a podcast where a kid interviews amazing people?” And of course, the rest is history. Lewis is more than a podcaster. He is a bestselling author. He was named by The White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. And he has been featured on Ellen, The Today Show, The New York Times, and in other major media outlets. Eva and Lewis had an amazing conversation which we actually recorded on video -- so in addition to being able to listen to the interview on your favorite podcast platform -- you can also watch the full interview on Youtube. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/209
  • DB 208: What’s Your Comeback Rate? The Answer Is Your Key To A Happy Life! - Eva often gets asked by her friends and fans of the podcast: “Eva, are you always feeling positive emotions? Do you ever get upset? Or angry? Or disappointed?” Eva's answer is always along the lines of: “Of course, I’m not always happy. I’m not always in a great mood. But… and this makes all the difference in the world, I have trained my brain to not get stuck in a negative state. So when I do feel negative emotions, I can identify those feelings and take action to put myself back in a good mood.” In other words, Eva doesn’t let bad news ruin her entire day, as many kids and even adults often do. Instead, she has trained her brain to “come back” to a happy state very quickly. The brilliant Gabby Bernstein has coined this concept as the “come back rate” and in this episode Eva shares why learning to have a fast come back rate is the key to a happy life, as well as some of her favorite ways to get back to a beautiful state when she does feel negative emotions. We hope that Gabby will one day be a guest on the podcast so that she can share more on the come back rate, and other nuggets of wisdom as well! Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/208
  • DB 207: A Super Healthy “Cookie Jar” With Unlimited Supply (Credit: David Goggins) - In today’s episode, Eva talks about a cookie jar. But this is no ordinary cookie jar. Instead, this cookie jar is super healthy and has unlimited supply. Indeed, parents would LOVE for their kids to grab cookies from this cookie jar all the time. This concept was invented by the great David Goggins, who Eva has mentioned on a number of prior episodes (links in Resources Section in the show notes). David is widely considered to be the toughest man on the planet. He is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, the U.S. Army Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. Since his retirement from the military, David has also become one of the most accomplished endurance athletes in the world, completing over 60 ultra-marathons and setting new course records. He also once held the Guinness World Record for pull ups completing 4,030 in 17 hours. David has inspired millions by sharing his story and being honest that, even today, he has moments of doubt. But wherever he finds himself lost or lacking confidence, he goes to this Cookie Jar. Eva shares what he means and how your kiddos can apply the Cookie Jar concept in their lives. Hopefully David will come on the Dream Big Podcast one day to discuss the Cookie Jar and his incredible life story. Enjoy this powerful episode! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/207
  • DB 206: How To Build The Ultimate Resume… A “Life Resume” (Credit: Jesse Itzler) - In today’s episode, Eva shares a concept that our family learned from an incredible man by the name of Jesse Itzler. If you follow Jesse on social media, you know that he is always smiling, always laughing, and always having epic experiences. This is no accident -- Jesse is committed to building what he calls a “Life Resume.” Not the traditional resume that most people think about that lists your work experience when you are applying for a job, but a resume that reflects all the amazing and unique experiences you have created in your life. Jesse’s personal life resume is chock-full of unique experiences that the vast majority of people would, quite frankly, not voluntarily sign up for… Like the time Jesse invited a Navy Seal to live in his house for 31 days to push him to his mental and physical limits. But Jesse is not encouraging his community to copy his resume -- but instead to build your own life resume that you can look back and marvel at one day. Jesse’s concept of a Life Resume has deeply impacted our entire family -- including Eva and our youngest daughter Sophia who have both adopted this mindset of seeking out new skills and new adventures. Eva shares in this episode how she has already started to build out her Life Resume, how she continues to do so even during this pandemic, and how having the “Build Your Life Resume” mindset leads to actually scheduling epic experiences and making them happen. Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/206
  • DB 205: Vishen Lakhiani, founder of Mindvalley, on transforming 1 BILLION lives with personal growth by 2038 - If you are interested in Personal Growth content, then this weeks’ guest is an absolute rockstar. Vishen Lakhiani famously quit his prestigious engineering internship at Microsoft after 11 short weeks, which forced him to set out on his own personal growth journey and ultimately led to the founding of MindValley. Now the #1 platform in the world for Personal Growth, MindValley brings together the worlds best practitioners to teach personal growth principles with the mission to transform 1 Billion lives by 2038. As you will no doubt agree after this interview, Vishen is very serious about this Big Dream, and he has the plan and skills to make that dream a reality. MindValley is currently offering a program called Be Extraordinary for Teens, which at the time of this publication is free. We are including links to the program and everything discussed during the interview in our show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/205
  • DB 204: People Will Never Forget THIS About You…. - This episode we take a pause from the “Dream Big” theme to share a timeless quote from Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” Eva talks so much about setting big goals and taking action on the podcast -- but what we have been really focused on as a family is how we make each other feel. Are we kind to one another? Are we there to support one another? Eva shares how we have started to put a huge emphasis on kindness, compassion and love in our household -- and why being known for these qualities is way more important than the accolades you can ever achieve in school, extracurriculars, and ultimately in your career. Be sure to listen to the episode to hear Eva’s story about why we shared Maya’s quote at a recent family dinner, and see how it is impacting how we are treating one another, our extended family, and our friends. If tensions are high in your household (especially amidst all the stress of these challenging times), then we hope Maya’s quote has a similar impact in your home 🙂 Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/204
  • DB 203: Mark Cuban, Mavericks Owner & “Shark”, On Confidence, Teamwork and Happiness - Share this:  LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST Subscribe and listen to the DREAM BIG Podcast on: iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  Google Play Music  |  Soundcloud  |  iHeartRadio  |  Spotify TODAY’S GUEST Big Dreamers! This week’s guest is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world and someone who many predict will one day be the President of the United States. …
  • DB 202: The Captain Of The Thoughts In Your Mind (Rhyme Time) - First, we can’t contain our excitement! In our next episode, you will be hearing Eva’s interview with Mark Cuban. Yes, that Mark Cuban! Not to downplay today’s episode, which is amazing too! We are sharing a special poem that we wrote on how the pandemic can be compared to turbulence on an airplane. Eva first shared this analogy in Episode 191 -- and the feedback was so great that we decided to make it into a poem too. We even had our illustrator add fun artwork -- you can check out the poem on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Links are in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/202
  • DB 201: The Hidden Meaning Of Row Row Row Your Boat - We all know the classic kids song “Row Row Row Your Boat”. Just a simple, catchy song for toddlers, right? Well, that’s what we thought until we learned the hidden meaning and now we’ll never never think of the song the same way again. Thank you Prince EA for cracking the code of Row, Row, Row Your Boat -- and for being such an inspiring storyteller in general. We are including his original video in the resources section of the show notes, and we encourage you to check it out. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/201
  • DB 200: The #1 Secret I’ve Learned in 200 Episodes (Rhyme Time) - Eva launched the Dream Big Podcast in October 2016 at the age of 7. This week we are celebrating Eva’s birthday (she turns 11) and her 200th episode! In discussing what we should do for this special episode, Eva decided she wanted to share the #1 secret she has learned from recording and publishing 200 episodes. In addition, we created a special poem to commemorate this milestone. Be sure to follow us on social media (links in the show notes) as we are actually posting videos of Eva reciting the poem and have added professional illustrations to the poem too. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/200
  • DB 199: My Big Birthday Plans Are Cancelled. Here’s Why I am Not Angry. - Like millions of other kids with March, April and May birthdays, Eva’s big birthday plans have been cancelled. Her elementary school graduation -- at least the big celebration that has been planned - is also not happening. We feel for all the high school and college seniors who are missing out on the festivities associated with traditional commencements. In this episode, Eva explains that while she was initially bummed out about having to cancel her big birthday plans, she’s not angry about it. Eva also shares the 1-word secret to not getting angry about how life has changed as a result of this pandemic. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/19
  • DB 198: How Forgetting The National Anthem In Front Of 20,000 People Can Be “Perfect.” - Eva wanted to take a break from the Pandemic-related content for the week, and share an incredibly touching story that has recently resurfaced. It’s the story of Natalie Gilbert, who in 1993 at the age of 13, forgot the lyrics of the National Anthem in front of 20,000 fans at a NBA playoff game. The biggest moment of Natalie’s life quickly became the most terrifying. The whole stadium went silent -- yet one man, Maurice Cheeks, came to Natalie’s rescue and exhibited an act of kindness that forever changed Natalie’s life. What’s even more remarkable is how Natalie did not let a performer's worst nightmare destroy her dream, and thanks to Maurice Cheeks she even now describes the experience as “perfect.” We are thrilled to share this feel-good story of kindness during these challenging times. We also encourage you to watch the full news segment, which we linked to in the show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/198
  • DB 197: Here’s Where I’ve Found The Most Joy During This Crisis - We have definitely noticed that Eva’s happiest moments during this crisis have been out in nature. Whether that’s been on bike rides or walks in the neighborhood (practicing social distancing of course), or sitting on the low climbing tree in our yard, or espaping with the family to an off-the-beaten-path hiking trail -- these times in nature have been pure magic for our family. In this episode, Eva shares the scientifically proven health benefits of nature, and how being outside has been so therapeutic during these challenging times. We highly encourage you to get your kids outside -- of course keeping in mind the health guidelines and law for your local communities. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/197
  • DB 196: Rhyme Time – Practice Makes Progress - Today’s episode is the first in a series of episodes we plan to call Rhyme Time. When you see “Rhyme Time” in the title of the episode, you know it is going to have a poem that our family wrote and a short discussion of the meaning of that poem. This week’s poem is called Practice Makes Progress. We want to thank Eva’s recent guest IN-Q - one of the world’s greatest living poets - for reminding us how much we love poetry and inspiring us to write our own poems. Be sure to follow us on social media (links in the show notes) as we are actually posting videos of Eva and Sophia reciting the poem and have added professional illustrations to the poem too. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/196
  • DB 195: Your Mind Is Like A Garden. Stop Weeds with TLC. - The other day, as we went for a quick walk around the neighborhood to get some fresh air, we came across a house that was completely overrun with weeds. This neighbor clearly had surrendered to mother nature -- and had not made any effort to mow the lawn or otherwise care for the property in what looked like years. Seeing this house reminded us of a great analogy from the classic personal growth book As A Man Thinketh, published in 1903. The author James Allen compares our mind to a garden. If we don't work on our minds, weeds will begin to grow. And during these challenging times, when we are at home and can’t see our friends and relatives -- when we turn on the news and all the headlines are about the virus -- then it is super easy for those weeds to grow and take over our minds. In this episode, Eva shares this classic analog, and 5 specific ways we can give Tender Loving Care (TLC) to our minds during these challenging times. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/195
  • DB 194: If Your Family is Getting On Your Nerves, Listen To this - Currently with much of the world still under stay-at-home orders, we are not seeing our friends, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins -- at least not in-person. But I can tell you who we are seeing PLENTY OF -- and that’s our immediate family. In our case, that’s Olga (mom), Alex (dad), Eva (you all know her!),and Sophia (sister). When you spend that much time with the same people day-after-day, week-after-week, everyone is bound to get on each other's nerves at times. So in this episode Eva shares her top strategies for what to do when your family is DRIVING YOU CRAZY. I’m sure you all can relate 🙂 Please enjoy this fun episode with helpful strategies! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/194
  • DB 193: Adopt The Role Model Mindset. Thank you Brendon Burchard For The Tip! - One of our family’s favorite teachers is Brendon Burchard. Ever since this pandemic started, Brendon has been sharing amazing ideas on how to train your brain and actually use this time as an opportunity to grow. In this episode, Eva share’s Brendon’s concept of adopting a role model mindset. Specifically, for our younger Big Dreamers, Eva explains what it means to be a role model, and why COVID-19 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for kids to be a role model to their friends and family. In our house, Eva has really stepped up to be a role model for her sister Sophia about how to stay calm and upbeat during a global crisis. At 4 years old and with a huge personality, Sophia can be more than a handful. Eva does admit that a few times she has lost her cool, but for the most part adopting Brendon’s strategy of being a role model has been super helpful and strengthened their bond. Please do check out Brendon’s amazing work (links in the resources section), and hopefully he’ll be a guest on our podcast in the not-so-distant-future 🙂 Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/193
  • DB 192: Why NOW Is The Perfect Opportunity To Learn New Skills + Eva’s Challenge - We believe that kids (and adults) can always find time to learn new skills BUT obviously your time is much more limited when you are at school from 8am-3pm and have after-school activities too! Those excuses don’t really work when you are stuck at home, right? And while many schools are still offering online classes -- if we are being honest there are now many hours per day that have freed up as a result of the pandemic. Eva’s challenge to the Big Dreamers is to come out of this pandemic and be able to say you picked up some new skills. In this episode, Eva shares some of the skills she has developed during the last month, and will inspire your kids to pick up new skills and passions too! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/192
  • DB 191: This Pandemic Is Just Like Flying Through Turbulence - Mel Robbins was Eva’s guest in Episode 47 of the Dream Big Podcast. We are great admirers of her work, and not surprisingly, Mel has really stepped up for her community during the pandemic. In one recent Instagram post, she described how what we are experiencing right now feels like going through rough turbulence on an airplane. And how the calm demeanor of the pilot and stewards has such a powerful impact on the emotions of the passengers. In this episode, Eva shares the analogy (which Mel credits to author Elizabeth Gilbert) and explains why we must remain calm in this situation as well, for ourselves but also for our loved ones. Thank you Mel for the inspiration, as always. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/191
  • DB 190: What You’ll Remember Most From This Pandemic - These are chaotic times. For the past 3 weeks, we haven’t seen our friends or relatives in person. We haven’t really even left the house, other than a few times per day to go on walks or bike rides around the neighborhood. We don’t know if this will be our reality for a few more weeks or a number of months - but ultimately our communities will re-open, kids will be back at school, and we’ll be able to hug our friends and family once again. When we look back at this unique time in our lives five or ten years from now, how will we remember this time? What will we remember most from the time we spent at home with our family? Eva shares that what we’ll remember most is the overall energy of the home. We’ll remember the feelings we were experiencing. We can’t control the virus, and we can’t control the chaos that is happening outside our homes but we can control the vibe, the energy, and the experience we are having in our house. That’s why Eva keeps on talking to the Big Dreamers about the power of a positive mindset. Ultimately it is up to us how we internalize this experience. Here at the Karpman household, we are making the decision to make this a positive one. In Episode 190, Eva shares 5 creative ideas that have worked wonders for our family during this challenging time. Join our Dream Big Squad Facebook Group and let us know what you are doing to keep things upbeat and positive in your home! Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/190
  • DB 189: How You Can Still Find Beauty In This Very Ugly Virus - If you turn on the 24-7 news machine, 99.9% of stories are about the terrible illness, death and havoc that the Corona Pandemic is unleashing on the world. We do stay informed, especially with regards to health guidelines, but we are purposefully avoiding most news stories and we certainly don’t let our kids watch it. Why? Because, as we learned in Episode 188, we must stand guard at the door of our mind. While we don’t let the negative headlines constantly infiltrate our minds, we do actively seek out inspirational stories of hope, kindness and love. In this episode Eva shares some of those stories to illustrate how we can find beauty even in this very ugly virus. We are such a creative and resilient people -- and these stories give us great hope as Big Dreamers in the future of humanity. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/189
  • DB 188: Why You Must Stand Guard At The Door Of Your Mind - There’s a powerful phrase by one of the original legends in personal development, Jim Rohn, who would often say that “Stand Guard At the Door of Your Mind.” When our kids hear the words “Stand Guard,” they likely think about the Queen's Guard that is charged with guarding the official royal residences in the United Kingdom. Last year before we entered this new CoronaVirus no-travel reality, Eva and I went to London and had the chance to see the Queen’s guards at Buckingham palace. You know, the soldiers who wear the red uniforms with the tall black hat. But Mr. Rohn’s advice is to stand guard at the door of your mind. In today’s episode, Eva explores what that means, and why now more than ever it is important to heed Mr. Rohn’s advice. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/188
  • DB 187: In-Q On Why We Must “Inquire Within” & Storytelling Through Poetry - It was a great honor to have IN-Q as a guest on the Dream Big Podcast. IN-Q is based in Los Angeles, so we were even fortunate enough to meet IN-Q and do the interview face-to-face, just a few weeks before the Stay At Home orders took effect. If you are not familiar with IN-Q’s work, you should be! IN-Q is one of today’s greatest living poets. He’s a National Poetry Slam champion and multi-platinum songwriter. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100 list of the world’s most influential thought leaders, and being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque Du Soleil. We are so excited to support IN-Q with the launch of his book “Inquire Within” which brings IN-Q’s powerful poems to paper and invites you on a journey to the center of the soul. IN-Q performs one of his incredible poems during the interview with Eva and we believe that every family should have a copy of his book on their coffee table as a source for inspiration, especially during these challenging times. IN-Q was kind enough to send us an advanced copy, and it is simply incredible. Thank you IN-Q for sharing your gift with the Big Dreamers, and please support IN-Q by going to IN-Q.com and ordering your copy of Inquire Within today! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/187
  • DB 186: Play This Game & Make April Your Best Month Ever. Join The Score 4 Challenge - In our last episode, we revealed how after a very chaotic Week 1 of this new stay-at-home reality, we made huge strides by coming up with a daily planning system for our family. This past week we made another huge improvement by literally gamifying our day. The game is called Score 4, and the goal of the game is to see if you can score 4 points. To do so, you need to score 1 point in each of the following 4 categories: (1) Body; (2) Brain; (3) Best Friends & Family; and (4) Big Dreams. We’ve been playing, testing and perfecting the game this week, and it has been AMAZING. So amazing that our family will be doing a Score 4 challenge during the entire month of April. There are 30 days in the month, so that means the maximum amount you can score is 120 points. In this week’s episode, Eva shares the rules of the game and some really neat prizes we are going to give the Big Dreamers who score the most points in April. If you would like to participate with us in the April Score 4 challenge, then be sure to join our “Dream Big Squad” Facebook Group. There, we shared a PDF of our Daily Planning sheet, which incorporates the Score 4 game. We’ll also be going live in our Group in April to connect with all you Big Dreamers who are participating in the Score4 challenge with us, and share some fun ideas for how you can score 4 points each day. So join the Group! Let’s make the most of this situation, and find a way to strengthen our minds and bodies during this unprecedented time in modern history. Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/186
  • DB 185: How I Schedule My Day & Make It A Game! - The first week of having the kiddos home from school was definitely a challenge. We continue to work full-time with important calls scheduled throughout the day, and Eva and Sophia also have online Zoom classes to join. We know from chatting with our friends that Week 1 was chaotic for everyone. It became quickly apparent that we needed to get our family on the same page, and make adjustments to meet the challenges of this new reality. We are happy to report that Week 2 is going so much better, and it all comes down to how we schedule our day. We’ve even gamified the day with a game called Score 4. To earn 4 points, you need to score 1 point in each of the following 4 categories: (1) Body; (2) Brain; (3) Best Friends & Family; and (4) Big Dreams. In Episode 185, Eva shares how scheduling our day has been such a game-changer, and shares the essential elements of her daily routine. We’re planning to do a Score 4 challenge with you all in April, so stay tuned for more details on that. And be sure to join our “Dream Big Squad” Facebook Group -- where we shared a PDF of our Daily Planning sheet, which incorporates the Score 4 game. We’ll also be going live in our Group in April to connect with all you Big Dreamers who are participating in the Score4 challenge with us. So join the Group, and together we’ll come out of April stronger than ever before 🙂 Show notes at DreamBigPodcast.com/185
  • DB 184: How This Pandemic Is Like Riding A Bike (Up A Steep Hill) - Ever since Eva launched the podcast in October 2016, we have published a new episode every monday. We have not missed a single Monday since we launched because it is our commitment to all you Big Dreamers to create content that will train your brain to be strong and optimistic no matter the circumstances. Given these challenging times and the fact that Eva is home from school, we are going to double down on our efforts and produce more content than ever before. We’re not sure exactly what that will look like just yet -- because we are learning as we go -- but we wanted to do our part to give your families positive and inspirational messages during the Pandemic. Today, Eva shares a powerful metaphor for how our new reality is much like the challenge of biking up a steep hill. We went for a bike ride this weekend to Eva’s school, and had to climb a long, steep incline as we approached the school. We had to keep moving, keep pedaling to get to our destination. If we had slowed down and stopped pedaling, we would have never made it! The same applies here. Our families have to keep growing during these challenging times. Eva shares the story of our bike ride, and how we can all keep momentum in the weeks and months ahead as we battle and ultimately win this fight against the Corona Virus. Links to our show notes, as well as to our new Resources Page with over 50 hours of free content can be found at DreamBigPodcast.com/184
  • DB 183: When You Are Upset or Stressed, Answer These 3 Questions - It’s been a challenging week for the entire world. The stock market is crashing. “Stay At Home” orders have been issued. Kids are home from school. And outside our immediate family, we can’t interact in-person with our closest family and friends. Under these circumstances, it is no surprise that people are stressed, angry, and scared. But we can’t let those negative emotions consume our lives, and that is especially the case for our young kids. In this Episode 183, Eva shares the 3 Questions our family has been asking to train our brains to stay strong during these difficult times. As Tony Robbins famously says, when you ask better questions you get better answers. When Sophia, our 4 year old, was feeling upset the other night because she misses her teachers and friends, we went through the 3 questions and she went from crying to laughing 🙂 Links to our show notes, as well as to the free Positive Mindset course we released can be found at DreamBigPodcast.com/183
  • DB 182: Corona Virus: We Are Here To Help (2 Free Resources) - We know that these are very scary, uncertain times. That stress is further magnified as millions of kids (including ours) are home from school, and even worse, are isolated from friends and relatives. Now, more than ever, our kids need to train their brain to stay upbeat and positive as we navigate this challenging period in human history. We feel we are in a unique position to help given Eva’s podcast. We have over 180 episodes filled with personal growth content and interviews with world-class performers like Simon Sinek, Mel Robbins, and the late, great Kobe Bryant. But we want to do MORE, and now have the extra time to do it with Eva home from school. So we are making 2 announcements: (1) We are releasing a FREE Positive Mindset course. The course contains 5 professionally illustrated video lessons (taught by Eva) and an accompanying PDF fill-in-the-blank workbook. This is not content we rushed to put together in the last few days. It is part of a premium course we will be releasing later this year, but we know how important it is to keep a positive outlook through this ordeal so we are releasing this now FREE OF CHARGE; and (2) We created a free Facebook Group called the Dream Big Squad. With our entire family home, we will be sharing videos showing you behind-the-scenes on how we are maintaining a good attitude during these trying times. The podcast is audio-only so we are looking forward to sharing video content in the Group and connecting with you on a more personal level. As an added bonus if you join the Group, you will see we are offering a bonus course on how kids can be more confident speakers (this is for those who leave their email address in the Group’s questionnaire). Links to the free Positive Minset course and to join our Facebook Group can be found at DreamBigPodcast.com/182
  • DB 181: The Power of EPIC Experiences - Last week, Eva went on a week-long outdoor education trip with her entire 5th grade class. When we picked her up from school after the experience, she had tears streaming down her face as she exited the bus. Initially we were concerned, but within a few seconds she shared that she had so much fun that she didn’t want the trip to end. And that’s why she was crying! Eva had enjoyed an EPIC experience with her friends. At our family dinner that evening, we were amazed when Eva observed that it is experiences that matter most in life. In this episode, Eva opens up about her special week with her classmates, and also explains why experiences (especially epic ones) can be so powerful and make such a lasting impact on your life. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/181
  • DB 180: My GrandMentor Myron Golden On Sales, Marketing & Storytelling - Our guest in Episode 180 is Myron Golden. In episode 176, Eva had her mentor Russell Brunson on the show. Russell is considered one of the world’s leading marketers and Myron is the person that Russell commonly refers to as his mentor. That’s why the title of this episode refers to Myron as Eva’s GrandMentor 🙂 We are big believers that it is never too early to start dreaming big and taking action. But we’re also big believers in the power of mentorship, and after you hear Eva’s interview with Myron, you will understand why Russell turns to Mryon for advice. Myron contracted polio as an infant and has walked with a metal brace on his leg his entire life. That hasn’t stopped Myron from becoming a black belt in martial arts and a skilled golfer. And it certainly hasn’t held him back in business - where Myron has become a go-to speaker and trainer in the areas of sales and marketing. Eva met Myron at Russell’s Unlock the Secrets event last year -- and we’re so grateful that she decided to introduce herself, invite him on the podcast, and that Myron agreed to be her guest. Please enjoy Eva’s interview with her GrandMentor, Myron Golden. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/180
  • DB 179: 2 Important Life Lessons We Can Learn From My Chickens! - A few months ago, Eva finally convinced us to let her get chickens. Up until last week, the entire experience has been smooth sailing. Eva and Sophia feed the chickens, clean the coop, and our dog Annie actually gets along with them. The kids prefer to be outside with the chickens and Annie than inside on their devices, and we started getting fresh eggs last month. So the chickens have been fun and nutritious. But then last week, Eva came to us very concerned because one of her hens named Velvet did not want to leave the nesting box. When Eva tried to remove Velvet from the coop, the hen even hissed and pecked at her. How rude! Eva did some research and figured out that Velvet was brooding. She was sitting on the eggs for the purpose of hatching them. The problem is that we don’t have any roosters so these eggs are unfertilized and have no chance to hatch! Even worse, we discovered that brooding behavior is contagious because one of Eva’s other hens Phoenix also started to brood. Eva thought it would be fun to do a podcast episode about the brooding hens, and she shares two important life lessons we can learn from their behavior. Eva has done a number of episodes on life lessons we can learn from animals, but this is the first time she has done an episode on her own pets. This is one of our favorite episodes, and we hope you love it too! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/179
  • DB 178: School Success Blueprint – How To Get Good Grades & Have A Blast At School - It took us over 3 years -- but Eva has finally launched her first product, the School Success Blueprint at SchoolSuccessBlueprint.com. We could not be more proud of this professionally illustrated video workshop series. The Dream Big Podcast podcast (178 episodes now) has and will continue to be free -- but we have heard from so many of you who wanted Eva to go deep on a particular subject. In surveys to our listeners, we noticed a common pattern. Parents are struggling to get their kids to focus on school, especially with all the distractions now with devices and the internet. That’s why we created School Success Blueprint, which shares the top mindset and productivity principles Eva has learned interviewing top performers, like Simon Sinek, Mel Robbins, General Stanley McCrystal and Kobe Bryant. All of the workshops and bonuses are beautifully illustrated and cost less than a family outing to IHOP! Eva worked tirelessly the last 4 months to put this together, and we are super proud of her effort and the result. We have an iron-clad 30-day money back guarantee, so enroll in SchoolSuccessBluepint today for a risk-free trial. Make this small investment in your kids' future today at SchoolSuccessBlueprint.com
  • DB 177: Marketing Legend Russell Brunson On Creating Irresistible Offers + My Very First Funnel! - If you are a long-time listener of the Dream Big Podcast, you know that Russell Brunson has had a major influence on my life. I’ve already done 4 solo episodes sharing with you Big Dreamers the life-changing strategies I have learned directly from his teachings. So I could not be more excited to share that Russell is this week’s guest on the Dream Big Podcast. Russell is probably most famous for popularizing the concept of sales funnels and launching ClickFunnels, a software that enables anyone with a voice to create an irresistible offer and then sell that offer online via a sales funnel. But to me, Russell should be most famous for being one of the world’s best teachers. He provides frameworks that anyone can follow to share their unique gift with the world. Since today’s interview is with the “category king” of Sales Funnels, I thought it would be the perfect time to show my mentor how even a 10 year old can “Do What Russell Says” and create an irresistible offer. So after you listen to my interview with the legendary Russell Brunson, you can check out my first funnel at SchoolSuccessBlueprint.com -- where I teach the top mindset and productivity principles for your kids to excel academically and socially at school. I have put together an incredible “stack” (my fellow Funnel Hackers will know what that means!), and you can give your kids a life-changing toolkit for less than what it costs for a family outing to IHOP 🙂 But first, please enjoy my interview with my mentor Russell Brunson. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/177
  • DB 176 – If You Want To Be Perfect, Listen To This! - Last weekend, Eva performed as Annie from the class musical Annie! In this episode, Eva shares how it went (spoiler alert: it went great!) but also some important lessons she learned from her experience. Specifically, she talks about the things that went “wrong” during the show, and how she stayed focused and kept on performing to the best of her ability. We could not be more proud of Eva for her performance, but more importantly how she handled herself when things did not according to plan. Because as well all know life does not follow a perfect script, and the ability to adjust and keep on moving is an essential skill. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/176
  • DB 175: My thoughts On Kobe Bryant’s Passing & How We Can Honor His Legacy - Eva shares her thoughts on the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the 7 other innocent souls who perished in last week’s helicopter crash. The whole world mourns the loss of a global icon like Kobe, but it is particularly difficult for the city of Los Angeles where Kobe played for 20 years on the Lakers. We live in Los Angeles, Eva’s dad grew up a huge Lakers fan and interned for the team during college, and Eva had the honor of interviewing Kobe on the Dream Big Podcast. We know many parents are struggling with how to talk to their kids about Kobe’s death. We hope that hearing Eva’s thoughts on what Kobe meant to her and how we can honor his memory will be helpful during this terribly difficult time. Our deepest condolences to all the families that lost their loved ones in this unthinkable tragedy. For show notes and links to Eva’s original interview with Kobe, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/175
  • DB 174: 3 Secrets For Dealing With Stressful Situations - Eva has been in a handful of musical productions, but next weekend is the first time she will be performing in a starring role -- as Annie from the classic musical Annie! Eva has been super excited about the show, especially as the big date approaches, and so she thought she would share her top 3 secrets for dealing with stressful situations. Whether you have a big school project or presentation coming up, or you are going to be in a recital or performance like Eva, or you are playing in an important sports game -- this episode shares practical strategies for how to deal with your emotions. And rather than stress out, Eva shares how to channel those emotions in a way that allows you to step up and perform to the best of your ability. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/174
  • DB 173: The Most Important Gift You Will Ever Receive - Our family is always on the lookout for powerful stories that we can share with our Big Dreamers. With the seemingly infinite amount of content online, stumbling across a truly amazing storyteller often feels like finding a needle in a haystack. Recently, we were introduced to the incredible Jay Shetty - who creates short videos typically centered around a story and then draws out lessons and key takeaways from that story. He recently released a video entitled “Ungrateful son teaches us all a lesson” that was particularly powerful. In the video, a teenage boy receives a Christmas gift from his mom, and let’s just say he did not hide his disappointment. In this week’s episode, Eva describes the teenage boy’s reaction and the important lessons we can all learn about the truly important gifts in life. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/173
  • DB 172: $200 in 2 Hours Selling Hot Chocolate!! Here’s the SECRET to how we did it. - Eva had been asking for some time now if we could find an afternoon to set-up a hot cocoa stand in front of our house. Last Saturday, we finally had a day with no major plans on the calendar so we made it happen First, I’ll tell you what we did NOT do. We did NOT sell hot cocoa for 25 cents, 50 cents, or even a dollar. We did NOT set up just a table with a basic cardboard sign. Let’s just say this was NOT your typical hot cocoa stand. We had our youngest daughter Sophia singing and waving to convince cars to stop by. We had a live chicken taking pictures at our stand (I’m not joking). And yes, we had hot cocoa. But that was definitely not the main attraction. In just over 2 hours, Eva and Sophia had collected over $200 in front of our house, which gets very little foot and car traffic. Oh, and it wasn’t even a cold day so the conditions were not ideal for Hot Cocoa. In this episode, Eva shares the secret to the smashing success of her hot cocoa stand. Our 3-part strategy can be used in ANY business (hint: this episode is great for our kid and adult Big Dreamers). For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/172
  • DB 171: How My Family Turned A Terrible Day Into One Of Our Best Days Ever - In this first episode of 2020, Eva shares our most recent family adventure. We had been hoping to spend some time in the snow this holiday season, and finally got what we thought was the perfect opportunity when a storm had passed through California dumping snow on the nearby mountains. We packed up all of our gear, woke up super early to beat the traffic, and embarked on a 3-hour drive to the closest ski resort. Eva and Sophia were so excited to experience their first snow of the season, but as we reached the final stretch of the drive we learned that the resort was closed and we were unable to travel further up the mountain. We could have easily made a u-turn and headed back home, as we saw countless cars do. Instead, we decided not to let these unexpected circumstances ruin our mood, and ended up having one of our best days in recent memory. Eva shares what we ended up doing once we discovered that the ski resort was shut down, and why you should react similarly when unexpected circumstances occur in 2020. Life does not always go according to plan -- so learning to go with the flow, be creative, and turn negatives to positives will help ensure that 2020 is your best year yet. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/171
  • DB 170: Focus On This ONE WORD To Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet! - This episode is being published on December 30, 2019 -- so 2019 is about to be a wrap and we are on to 2020. This episode is about the ONE WORD that will be a central theme for Eva (and our entire family) in 2020. Be sure to listen to this episode to find out how if you make this ONE WORD the focus of your energy in 2020, it will surely be your best year yet. And you can apply this word to your family life, to your school life, and to your work life for the adult Big Dreamers. Listen to the episode to find out what the ONE WORD is that will make 2020 a life-changing year for you! As you can tell, we are not spilling the beans here, as we really want you to listen to this final episode of 2019 🙂 For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/170
  • DB 169: How to Make The Impossible, Possible! Follow Colin O’Brady’s Epic Journey! - Eva recently came home from school excited to invite a man named Colin O’Brady on the Dream Big podcast. When we asked her why she wanted Colin to come on the podcast, she explained that her incredible teacher Ms Angel shared with the class that Colin and his team are currently attempting to row across Drake Passage - from the southern tip of South America to Antarctica. This has never been done before, which is no surprise given that Drake Passage is the most dreaded bit of ocean on the globe. In order to accomplish this feat Colin and his crew of six will be rowing 24 hours a day in a perpetual 90-minute rotation for 21 days straight. The crew will endure the iciest waters in the world, freezing temperatures, high winds, up to 50ft-high ocean swells, all while operating on limited sleep. We did some research on Colin, and it turns out that this is not the first time he has attempted to do something that had never been done before in human history. Eva was so inspired by Colin’s story and his Ted Talk that she decided to create this episode about Colins’ journey. She also shares some of the other world records he has set, and one of the main takeaways she learned from his Ted Talk. We hope that when Colin is back home and rested that he will come on the podcast to share his incredible story, and the secrets to how he has repeatedly been able to accomplish his “impossible” dreams. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/169
  • DB 168: Make Your Bed! How This “Little Thing” Can Lead To BIG Wins. - This week, Eva shares an incredibly valuable lesson from Admiral William McRaven’s commencement speech delivered at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Admiral McRaven’s message was so powerful that it went viral -- amassing tens of millions of views - and even inspiring a bestselling book entitled Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World. Admiral McRaven’s entire address is only 20 minutes and is well worth watching in its entirety, as he shares the 10 most valuable lessons he learned during his training to become a Navy Seal. In this episode, Eva focuses on the very 1st lesson, which centers around why Admiral McRaven recommends to start every day by making your bed. If you are a parent who often nags your kids to make their bed in the morning (like we often have done with Eva) -- you can finally end that power struggle by listening with your kids to this powerful episode. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/168
  • DB 167: Living With A Navy Seal. Now That’s Uncomfortable! - We are always on the lookout for fun and unique stories to illustrate important life lessons. And recently we stumbled across a video online of Jesse Itzler sharing his experience inviting a Navy Seal to live with his family for 31 days and following his every command. Now, here’s the catch. Jesse did this voluntarily. And the man he invited is none other than David Goggins -- who many regard as the world’s toughest man. David is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training (including two Hell Weeks), the U.S. Army Ranger School (where he graduated as Enlisted Honor Man) and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training. David also once held the Guinness record for most pull-ups in a single day and has run over 60 ultra-marathons. Why would Jesse (the owner of the NBA Atlanta Hawks who has enough money to never have to work another day in his life) decide to invite David into his home and subject himself to the most intense workouts imaginable? Well in this episode, Eva shares some of the hilarious stories from Jesse’s experience, and most importantly, explains WHY Jesse made this decision. This is a really fun episode that you will love listening to as a family, and Eva even issues a mini-challenge at the end! For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/167
  • DB 166: Win The Morning, Win The Day! - It is hard to believe we are at Episode 166 of the Dream Big Podcast, including countless interviews with so many of the world’s top performers. While each guest has a unique journey -- from NBA Legend Kobe Bryant to astronaut Chris Hadfiled to actress Evanna Lynch -- Eva has started to notice common patterns of behavior which she has applied to her own life. One such pattern is that so many of our guests have a morning routine or ritual. Essentially, the 1st hour of their day is very much the same, each and every day. As long-time listeners of Tim Ferriss’ podcast, we know that Tim has asked hundreds of the world’s best if they have morning routines, and virtually all of the guests have confirmed that they do. So in this episode, Eva shares why she decided to develop her own morning ritual and the 5 key elements she plans to include in her routine. Eva is super excited about this new morning ritual -- and hopefully it inspires other Big Dreamers to win their morning as well. Because when you win the morning, you are setting yourself up to win the day! For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/166
  • DB 165: Legendary Composer James Newton Howard On His Creative Process & Always Improving - It is a true honor to have one of Hollywood’s most prolific and accomplished composers on the Dream Big Podcast this week. James Newton Howard has composed music for over 120 films, including the Academy Award-nominated scores for Defiance, Michael Clayton, The Village, The Fugitive, The Prince of Tides, and My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Academy Award-nominated songs for Junior and One Fine Day. Our Big Dreamers can learn so much from Eva’s interview with James. For instance, James famously wrote 3 hours of music for King Kong in just 5 weeks. It takes an incredible work ethic and dedication to pull off such a feat on a tight deadline. James also shares the importance of teamwork and all the incredibly talented people involved in a major Hollywood production. As we often say, you can’t accomplish your Big Dreams alone. And James shares that even after his prolific 30+ year career in Hollywood, he is still striving to improve his craft with each and every project. Big Dreamers don’t believe in perfection and are always looking to grow. There are so many nuggets to be learned! Enjoy the interview 🙂 For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/165
  • DB 164: How To Deal With Cyberbullies - In recent months, 3 different Big Dreamers from around the world wrote to Eva about how to deal with people who say mean things about them online. Jenny from Long Island who recently started a YouTube channel, and is upset that commenters in her channel make fun of the way she dresses. Charlie from Dublin, Ireland who is thinking about starting a podcast but is self-conscious about his lisp and thinks that haters will poke fun at his voice. And Tim from Sydney, Australia who started a blog and is frustrated by the mean comments that have been posted about his writing skills. When we received a number of questions on the same topic, we know it is time to record a podcast episode on the issue. Fortunately, one of our mentors Brendon Burchard recently created a video entitled “How To Deal With Haters.” Eva was really moved by Brendon’s advice, and shares Brendon’s tips as well as how she has applied Brendon’s strategies to deal with the cyberbullies who have said mean things about our podcast. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/164
  • DB 163: Lori Harder On Overcoming Bullying And Finding Bliss - We always look for guests with inspiring life stories -- those who overcame struggles that would have caused most to quit but instead chose to transform their lives to achieve their Big Dreams. Lori Harder is the epitome of the ideal guest. In her discussion with Eva, Lori shares an emotional story of being bullied as a child because of her weight. Rather than let the bullies destroy her life, Lori embodied the idea that “the greatest revenge is success” and transformed her body (and life) through fitness. And she didn’t just dabble in fitness -- she went ALL IN and became a three-time fitness world champion and cover model. It was a true honor to have Lori on as Eva’s guest, and we know you will enjoy their conversation. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/163
  • DB 162: Where Does Confidence Come From? Here’s The Secret! - 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 In this episode, Eva answers a question from Jane who lives in Boise, Idaho. Jane wrote: Eva, — where do you get your confidence from? I’ve been a …
  • DB 161: Surfing Legend Laird Hamilton On His Big Dream To Ride The World’s Biggest Waves - It is not very often that Eva interviews a guest who has had multiple full-length documentary movies made about them. Usually to do her research, Eva has to find numerous videos on Youtube and read articles authored by the guest to adequately prepare for an interview. With this week’s guest -- Laird Hamilton -- our family watched the movie: Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton -- and we immediately knew that Laird was a Big Dreamer who we would love to have on the podcast. We were thrilled when he agreed! Laird Hamilton is best known as an American big-wave surfer and pioneer in the world of action water sports. Over the last decade, Laird has transcended from surfing to become an international fitness icon and nutrition expert. Many of today’s top professional athletes and celebrities look to Laird for training guidance, including instruction in his unique underwater resistance workouts. It was a true honor to have Laird on as Eva’s guest, and we know you will enjoy their conversation. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/161
  • DB 160: 3-Year Anniversary Of The Dream Big Podcast & Why Everything Is Figureoutable! - It is simply amazing that it has been 3 years since we launched the Dream Big Podcast. Our very first show, Episode #1 was published on October 19, 2016. Whether you have been part of Eva’s journey since 2016, or have just recently learned about the podcast -- we wanted to thank each and every one of you Big Dreamers for listening to the podcast, for supporting the show, and for being Eva’s inspiration to continue to record new episodes each and every week. We are proud to say that Eva has not missed a single Monday since we launched the podcast in 2016. Not a single one. In this episode, Eva reflects on the 3-year anniversary and explains how adopting the mantra “Everything is Figureoutable” (the title of Marie Forleo’s new bestselling book) has been the key secret to launching the podcast and keeping it going the last 3 years. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/160
  • DB 159: Michelle Poler On Facing Her 100 Greatest Fears & Why You Should Too! - Born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela, Michelle Poler is a creative and passionate social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, fear-facer, and branding strategist. Michelle was not always a fear-facer. In fact, as a child and young adult, Michelle avoided all her fears and did everything in her power to never step foot outside of her comfort zone. In this podcast episode, Michelle shares how an assignment she received in graduate school changed her life forever. Indeed, Michelle has become so passionate about encouraging others to face their fears that she founded Hello Fears, a social movement that has reached over 70 million people worldwide and has empowered thousands to step outside of their comfort zone and tap into their full potential. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/159
  • DB 158: How I Got Elected To Student Council – My Top 3 Secrets! - Towards the tail end of summer, Eva told Alex and I that she wanted to run for student council representative for her class. Only 2 students are selected per classroom (and last year over 10 had run!), so she asked if we had any tips on how to persuade her classmates to vote for her. We came up with a 3-part strategy, and we’re happy to share that she was elected so the strategy worked! In this episode, Eva shares her top 3 secrets on (1) what she in the weeks before the election (likely the most important key to her victory); (2) what she did on the day of the election, including some great tips on what she said during her speech and why that was so effective; and (3) what she has done after the election. This is a great episode of any young Big Dreamer who hopes to run for student council one day, and there are important lessons for anyone who is interested in being a leader and gaining the support of your peers. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/158
  • DB 157: Neil Pasricha On The Secret To Happiness & How To Be Awesome - Eva typically works super hard to secure guests for the podcast. We research guests, film personalized invite videos, diligently follow-up -- but every so often we hit the lottery and the opportunity for Eva to interview an amazing guest falls right in our laps. In this case, we received an email introduction from Humble The Poet (guest in Episode 146) connecting us with his friend Neil Parishca. In addition to being Humble’s friend, Neil also happens to be the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation, which together have spent over 200 weeks on bestseller lists and have sold over 1,000,000 copies. He hosts the Apple 'Best of 2018' award-winning podcast 3 Books with Neil Pasricha, which features live conversations with guests such as Malcolm Gladwell, Judy Blume, David Sedaris, and Chris Anderson of TED. He gives over fifty speeches a year to audiences such as Royal Families in the Middle East, SXSW, and Shopify. Prior to his current work, Neil completed his MBA from Harvard Business School and spent a decade as Director of Leadership at Walmart. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/157
  • DB 156: The Time I Didn’t Take “NO” For An Answer - Last December, we were invited by our dear friends Jackie and Chris to spend the weekend at their cabin in Lake Arrowhead. The highlight of the weekend for Eva was riding her own go-kart for the very first time. There is a go-kart track in Lake Arrowhead Village, and Eva had just barely made the height requirement and was permitted to ride on her own. We were graciously invited again to join Jackie and Chirs this summer, so right away Eva asked if we could ride go-karts again. When we arrived at the track, the cashier told Eva she could not ride because she was not tall enough. Eva was understandably upset -- given that 8 months ago she had been allowed to ride so she had not even entertained the possibility that this would happen. In this episode, Eva shares two very important lessons with our Big Dreamers about how she responded to this “NO” -- and how she ultimately was able to get a “YES” and once again make riding go-karts a highlight of the weekend. This is a powerful episode because Eva could have easily let that “NO” ruin her day, and perhaps the entire weekend. For show notes, please visit DreamBigPodcast.com/156
  • DB 155: My 1st Dodgers Game & What Made It So Special! - This is Alex, Eva’s dad, writing. Last month, I took Eva on a daddy-daughter date to Dodger stadium. Eva had been asking to go to a Dodgers game for some time now -- and I finally got the tickets and put it on the calendar. I turned out to be an incredible evening -- filled with memories that she and I will never forget. I always knew that Eva was a powerful young lady -- so I guess it should not have been a surprise that minutes after telling me it would be amazing to come home with a foul ball -- she indeed had a foul ball in her hands. I have many friends who have been to hundreds of games and have yet to catch a foul ball, and Eva got one at her very first game! As Eva shares in the episode, the whole day and evening was magical, and Eva shares a powerful lesson that I’m sure both kids and adults could hear about how to make your experiences in life magical -- even when it is not your very 1st Dodger game 🙂 Enjoy!
  • DB 154: What To Do When One Of Your Heroes Dies…. R.I.P. Sean Stephenson - In this week’s episode, Eva shares her feelings about the recent passing of Sean Stephensen. This is the first time Eva has ever talked about death on the podcast, and as you know, the podcast is typically upbeat. But Sean was a guest on the podcast and someone our whole family considered to be a hero. While those who loved Sean were devastated to learn this tragic news, Eva does have an uplifting message about how Sean’s legacy can and will live on. She also shares practical advice on how to deal with the loss of someone you admire. For those of you who are not familiar with Sean Stephensen, he was born with a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta -- causing him to have fragile bones that break very easily. By the time Sean was 18 years old, he had suffered more than 200 fractures in all parts of his body. The condition also stunted Sean’s growth, and as an adult Sean stood 3 feet tall and lived his life in a wheelchair. Sean became affectionately known as a 3 foot giant, because despite all the medical challenges he has faced over his life, he made the decision to lead an extraordinary life. In the process, he inspired millions worldwide, including Sir Richard Branson, President Clinton, Tony Robbins and the Dalai Lama. He was also a great inspiration to our family. Before the Dream Big Podcast had landed big name guests and racked up millions of downloads, Sean agreed to be Eva’s guest. He was so kind and gracious, and shared a powerful story that forever impacted the way our family looks at challenges (Eva shares that story on this podcast, but we encourage you to listen to the original interview). In the title of this episode, we refer to Sean as a hero. He was not a hero with a cape. Far from it -- he was confined to a wheelchair. But the doctors told Sean’s parents at his birth that he would live 24-48 hours. He lived 40 years. The fact that he defied those odds and lived such an extraordinary life for that long is heroic. And he’s a hero, Eva and our whole family will never forget. All our love to his incredible wife Mindie Kniss -- we are thinking of you and will never forget your amazing husband.
  • DB 153: Master This One Skill And Never Be Boring Again! - A few weeks ago, we took Eva to her first marketing event, put on by ClickFunnels which is the marketing software we use in our businesses. During the event, the CEO of ClickFunnels Russell Brunson shared the power of storytelling. Specifically, Russell explained that emotional stories are the key component to drive people to make buying decisions. And of course, stories can be persuasive in non-business contexts as well. Students who learn to tell persuasive stories can influence classmates to move in a certain direction in team projects, and will find it easier to make (and keep) great friends. In this episode, Eva shares the key takeaway on how to tell powerful stories, and provides an example to illustrate the difference between a boring and engaging story. We also suggest you start practicing the art of storytelling at the dinner table. If you are used to getting the one sentence answer to “How was your day at school today?” -- then encouraging your family to tell engaging stories will liven up the dinner conversation. Perhaps you can share some stories from your day at work to participate in the exercise as well. We learned about the skill of storytelling at a marketing conference, so this can be a helpful exercise for the adult Big Dreamers as well
  • DB 152: Back To School Challenge – Choose Positive Friends! - This episode is being published around the time that most of our younger Big Dreamers are back to school after summer vacation. To start the school year off right, Eva thought it would be fun to do a Back To School challenge. Typically, in the first month of school, students tend to gravitate towards the groups of classmates that they will spend the majority of their time with throughout the school year. Eva challenges all of the students listening to choose friends with positive attitudes about school and life in general. She also explains WHY choosing to surround yourself with positive people will have an impact on how you perceive the world, and the scientific evidence to back it up! By the same token, she highlights the dangers of surrounding yourself with negative peers. 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!
  • DB 151: Luck is for Leprechauns and You Are Not Green! - The title of this episode is Luck is for Leprechauns and you are not green. It’s a famous quote from one of the most motivational people on the planet - Eric Thomas. We can say that with confidence because his Youtube videos gets tens of millions of views -- and they are all about how you can find your purpose and then turn your dreams into reality. As you can probably tell from the quote -- Eric does not believe that you should wait around and hope your dreams come true. Eric is all about being proactive when it comes to your dreams. Eva shares why you need to be prepared to put in hard work to be successful, and provides examples of the legendary work ethic of former guests Kobe Bryant and Ruby Rose Turner. We have always told our Big Dreamers that dreaming alone is not enough - you also need to be willing to work and that’s what this episode is all about! Thank you Eric Thomas for this powerful quote, which we know will resonate with our young Big Dreamers. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/151
  • DB 150: Felecia Hatcher on Popsicles, Entrepreneurship & Being A Champion For Change - Today we welcome Felecia Hatcher -- who had literally the coolest job ever -- as “Chief Popsicle” of Feverish Ice Cream - a company she founded. For the past decade, Felecia has dedicated her life to inspiring a new generation of leaders and creating diverse tech/startup ecosystems. An author and globally sought after speaker, Felecia has been honored at the White House on two occasions for the impact of her entrepreneurship and the social impact of her work. You’ll fall in love with Felecia’s positive energy. We were inspired that she not only became a successful entrepreneur in her own right, but also has been paying forward by helping so many others to become successful entrepreneurs as well. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/150
  • DB 149: The Most Important Conversation You’ll Ever Have. - Recently, we became familiar with the work of David Goggins, bestselling author of Can’t Hurt Me. David had an incredibly tough childhood --and was going down a very dangerous path in life. Ultimately he defied all odds, became an active Navy SEAL and then later a world class ultra athlete and world record holder. Now, unfortunately, we can’t recommend the book for our younger Big Dreamers as it certainly not intended for kids -- but for our adult Big Dreamers -- we highly encourage you to check out David’s inspiring work and follow his highly entertaining Instagram. While his content is not suitable for kids -- there are many important lessons David shares in his book and videos that younger Big Dreamers can benefit from. In this podcast episode, Eva shares David’s thoughts on the most important conversation you’ll ever have -- which of course is the conversation inside your mind. Your self-talk will determine whether you get started and whether you continue or quit when the going gets tough. We love David’s advice on the subject and Eva shares some examples of how she has applied it in her own life in recent months. Enjoy this powerful episode! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/149
  • DB 148: The Amazing Michael Hirsch On How Loveworks Inspires Students to Be Leaders & Dream Big - This week, we are so excited to introduce you to the amazing Michael Hirsch and the incredible organization he runs in Oklahoma called Loveworks. We know that Michael is amazing and Loveworks is incredible because we actually flew to Oklahoma a few months ago to meet Michael and visit the summer leadership camp that was in session at Loveworks, which coincidentally is also called Dream Big. Michael had discovered the Dream Big Podcast, and was kind enough to invite Eva to be the keynote speaker at the leadership camp. This was Eva’s first experience speaking on stage, and Michael and his team could not have been more gracious. Listen to this engaging interview to learn more about Michael, Loveworks, and Eva’s experience speaking at the summer leadership camp. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/148
  • DB 147: Why Your Values Are Way More Important Than Money, Fame, or Power! - We are super proud of all of Eva’s accomplishments with the Dream Big podcast, the work she is putting into creating the Academy which will launch later this year, and how she continues to push outside of her comfort zone (most recently by delivering a Keynote at the Love Works Summer Leadership camp in Oklahoma). But we always emphasize that it is her values and character that are way more important that any fame, money, or accolades she can earn through the Podcast (and wherever her Big Dreams take her!). In this episode, Eva shares a powerful story about how money, fame and power cannot buy happiness. At the end of the day, your worth is not defined by the toys you have, the clothes you are wearing, the car you drive, the house you live in – what truly matters is the quality of the relationships you have and the memories you create with those you love. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/147
  • DB 146: Humble The Poet On Why To Focus On The Rainbow (And Not The Pot Of Gold). - Kanwer Singh aka Humble The Poet is a toronto-bred mc/spoken word artist with an aura that embodies the diversity and resiliency of one of the world’s most unique cities. With tattoos, beard, head wrap and a silly smile, Humble commands attention. He stimulates audiences with ideas that challenge conventional wisdom and go against the grain, with dynamic live sets that shake conventions and minds at the same time. Humble's first book Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths For A Better Life is a best-seller that has been widely praised. His next book Things No One Else Can Teach Us will be released in fall 2019. Eva has an absolute blast chatting with Humble. He is so easy to connect with, had great energy, and dropped so many valuable insights during this fun interview. Thank you Humble for being Eva’s guest! For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/146
  • DB 145: The Water Bottle Agreement – Let It Go So You Can Grow! - If you are a long-time listener, you know that Eva has a little sister named Sophia. Sophia recently turned 4. She brings so much joy into our lives with her hilarious personality -- but she can be a handful at times (to say the least). Especially when she gets tired, and manages to stay up past her bedtime. Eva was on the receiving end of a sucker punch to the face a few weeks ago on an evening that Sophia was up too late, and Eva was understandably upset at Sophia for hitting her. Usually, Eva is able to release the anger rather quickly and forgive her sister -- but we noticed the feelings continued to linger for a few days. In this episode, Eva shares an experiment that she did with her dad involving a Water Bottle -- and how that experiment helped her understand why it was time to release the negative feelings towards Sophia and move on. It is an experiment you can try at your home as well -- all it takes is a water bottle and a few minutes! Enjoy the episode 🙂 For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/145
  • DB 144: Cal Newport On The Power Of Focus And Digital Minimalism - Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to researching cutting­ edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on society. Newport is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism, which argues that we should be much more selective about the technologies we adopt in our personal lives, and Deep Work, which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace. Social media is a hot topic, especially with parents who are concerned how damaging and addictive it can be for our kids. Cal is super thoughtful and Eva was genuinely interested in his tips and strategies on ensuring that technology is a positive - rather than a negative -- force in her life. We hope your young Big Dreamers enjoy this powerful interview. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/144
  • DB 143: Facing My Fears: My School Talent Show and My 1st Keynote! - In this episode, Eva shares two recent experiences: performing a complicated rap at her school talent show, and delivering a 20 minutes keynote in front of a live audience. Many people assume that as the host of the podcast, Eva is super confident and has no fear of public speaking. But the podcast is recorded at our home with a microphone. Eva does many episodes in her pajamas! Performing and speaking in front of a live audience is a completely different skill set -- and Eva had to push way outside of her comfort zone. Both experiences went incredibly well -- and in this episode Eva shares the two strategies that she believes were the primary reason for this success. For our show notes, visit DreamBigPodcast.com/143
  • 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.