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For seekers and achievers looking for inspiration, advice and tools to maximize their success and personal happiness. Join journalist and award-winning writer Seline Shenoy as she explores mindsets, strategies and habits to tap into your full potential in your personal and professional life. Seline also speaks with thought leaders in personal empowerment, relationships, wellness and social justice.
 
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Every day, we face hundreds of choices — from what to eat for dinner to the more complex ones that impact our future. Most of us aren't equipped for problem-solving because it's not something we're taught in school. But, it's a skill set that everyone should have in their toolkit. One way to acquire it is by using decision making models, a process …
 
History is carried forward through the stories a culture tells and values. That’s why stories have the power to shape our world and define our identity. However, for most of human history, the storytellers have been men — and women’s voices have been largely absent. According to my guest, Elizabeth Lesser, had there been an equal blend of male and …
 
Have you ever been in the presence of someone who left you feeling tired and exhausted because of their behavior? The chances are high that you encountered an energy vampire. An energy vampire is a person who feeds off your emotions and life force. They get their energy fix by preying on and consuming the vitality of their victims, leaving them fee…
 
Whether it's a co-worker, friend, or influencer, seeing others succeed can lead us to question our abilities. Feeling threatened by others' success is normal and does not make you a bad person. But it does mean that there are some beliefs that you need to take a closer look at. The good news is that we all have the power to override feelings of env…
 
The term Bushido literally means the way of a warrior. It’s been used in Japan since the 9th century when samurai soldiers bravely served their lords. Today, Bushido is seen as a collection of ideals that lead to fidelity to one’s values and self-improvement. My guest, Yoichi Utebi, believes that Bushido can serve us well in dealing with our person…
 
Your purpose is the reason you wake up in the morning feeling eager to start the day. However, most people move through life not quite knowing what they’re here for. Instead of digging deep, they follow the social scripts for success, like going to a good school, getting a well-paying job, and starting a family. To break away from this, we need to …
 
Traveling to a sacred site is different from a vacation where people travel for fun or relaxation. A journey to a spiritual location is a holy quest where seekers search for meaning, truth, and purpose. Those who visit these sites report a shared experience of connection to something greater than themselves. You don’t have to be attached to an orga…
 
Too many of us are living life on autopilot. Sleepwalking through it with no purpose and direction. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if we could take control and live out our days more consciously. According to my guest Noor Hibbert, we all have the power to make every single day count and design a life that we truly want. When we ta…
 
Flow is a state of mind where we’re highly focused on one activity beyond the point of distraction. When we harness a flow state of mind, we’re productive and effortlessly creative. We use only a fraction of our potential, and flow opens the doorway for us to access our limitless capacity. However, many people find it challenging to harness a flow …
 
Friendships are essential for our wellbeing and bring out the best in us. Like any other relationship, when we find the right connections and invest in them, our lives will be enriched. Many of us have experienced the benefits of joyful connections, but we still struggle to find the right types of friends. Becoming aware of the blocks will clear th…
 
In our unpredictable and ever-changing world, we’re constantly in a state of figuring out how to sow our seeds for a happy life. The information age has turned our attention into a currency that’s being mined, and time seems to be an increasingly scarce resource. But what if it wasn't? What if we had the ability to take control of how we trade our …
 
Heroes play a significant role in our society. Not only do they save us when we’re in trouble, but they represent justice, balance fairness, and give us hope. Modern heroism is defined as “a behavior or action on behalf of another person or for a moral cause.” We all possess an inner hero capable of doing tremendous good for others. Unleash your he…
 
Revolutions are instruments of change. They are often used when an existing leadership refuses to embrace progress. These transformations are fundamental to the growth and evolution of civilization. Learning about revolutions that changed the world can help us appreciate the sacrifices made by our ancestors and encourage us to embark on our own rev…
 
Native Americans have lived in North America for over 13,000 years. Today there are over 500 tribes that celebrate their heritage. Their culture is rich in tradition and spiritual beliefs. For instance, traditional healing treatments such as herbal remedies, allopathic medications, smudging and several others are an integral part of promoting healt…
 
Values guide our lives, and we make choices based on them. When people don't know their values, they take on other people's values. Studies show that integrity and embodying our values lead to lasting fulfillment and satisfaction. Regardless of your life circumstances, you can create a routine that aligns with your values. In this episode, you’ll l…
 
Being called picky is a hard pill to swallow. When others accuse us, we doubt ourselves and lower the bar. But if we don’t have high standards, we attract what we don’t want. We allow low-vibrational people who don’t add value to our lives. Learn how to set high standards the right way and replace doubt and fear with the knowledge that your standar…
 
At some point in our life, we all go through difficult times when we experience pain, disappointments and loss. These experiences can have a profound impact on us, for better or worse. According to my guest, Stephen Cope, crises does not have to derail us. It can be the very thing that can help us find our purpose and step forward as our best selve…
 
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is defined as “the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions.” It’s knowing how to deal with our feelings, good or bad, at any given moment and interpreting events in ways that strengthen and bolster us. EQ is not just some nice-to-have trait — it’s essential for our general wellbeing. Although different types o…
 
Indigenous people make up 6% of the world population, are spread across 90 countries, and speak 4000 languages, many of which are at the risk of dying out. These invaluable, yet often neglected groups, have centuries of rich heritage consisting of cultural practices and knowledge that we can learn from. These ten fascinating indigenous cultures fro…
 
Our deepest common human desire is to be met deeply, intimately and with unconditional love. So why is it that what we most yearn for is one of the most elusive things to find and sustain? According to my guests, Elisa Romeo and Adam Foley, the problem is that many of us have lost connection with the authentic and unconditional part of ourselves — …
 
Our minds are powerhouses, capable of amazing feats that many of us don’t fully utilize. The good news is that your brainpower is always available to you — and you don’t need to look for a magic pill to use it. By knowing proven ways to train your brain for success, you can unlock its potential. Find out what the main brain functions and superpower…
 
Love takes many forms, many of which may seem unconventional by social standards. By looking at some famous couples from history, we can appreciate the intensity and quality of the bond two people share and how their love impacts each other. These love lessons from seven notable couples from history will inspire you to write your own love story and…
 
A spiritual journey describes the process of a person embarking on a quest to deepen their knowledge, understanding and wisdom about themselves, the world and a higher power. For most of us, spiritual awakening is brought about by life-changing events or meeting mentors who change the way we think. While every journey is unique, they all share cert…
 
Each of us has special, one-of-a-kind gifts that enable us to do things that others would find hard or even impossible. Your gifts are hardwired, but it's up to you to discover and develop them. You must believe that you're gifted and have the courage to share those gifts with others. If you're unsure about where your strengths lie, these five tech…
 
Our efforts and hopes for building a better future are inextricably linked to our perception of history and how we use the treasures left behind by those who came before. While advances in technology, science, and medicine give us leverage to further our interests, it does not make us immune to all hazards as recent events have shown us. Looking at…
 
Our soul’s journey is ultimately about awakening to our potential and authenticity - but that journey is not always easy. According to my guest, Mark Nepo, it’s a process that takes place through the labor of a lifetime as we develop into more fully realized beings. And his new book, “The Book of Soul 52 Paths to Living What Matters,” is a powerful…
 
Right timing is all about being at the right place at the right time. It’s also about using your smarts and intuition to recognize when to make a move and when to wait until things are favorable. While it’s possible to do things when the timing isn’t perfect, you’ll most likely have to work harder and face more resistance. Like an airplane, you’ll …
 
Our experience of love is greatly impacted by how deeply we love another person and how committed we are to the connection. Today, most people tend to stay on the shallower end of the emotional pool to avoid vulnerability and appearing too keen in their connections. Being cool and saying the “right thing” has become the social norm. But loving fier…
 
When it comes to pursuing our goals, mindset is everything. Whether we’re trying to find a new job, get fitter or develop healthier relationships – we need to think like a winner. And that means stepping away from our excuses, developing practical strategies to grow, and overcoming obstacles that get in our way. If that sounds like something you wa…
 
Karma can be interpreted in many ways, but it’s most commonly associated with cause and effect - what you put out into the world comes back to you. Over the years, karma has taken on other meanings beyond the law of causality and good or bad deeds. In some cases, it’s seen as a neutral force that we can work with. Knowing the different perspectives…
 
The new year is a time when many of us experience the spirit of renewal and feel an urge to hit the reset button. No matter what’s going on in our life, new possibilities await us. Whether you want to start a new career, eat healthier, or spend more time with your loved ones, the energies of a new year can give you the push you need to get started.…
 
Mental models are our perceptions of external reality and they determine our attitude and our choices in life. That’s why they’re critical to our success and wellbeing. My guest, Dr. Srikumar Rao, has been teaching people all over the world about how to develop healthy models for many years. Dr. Rao is a speaker, former business school professor, a…
 
The ability to communicate between cultures can give you an edge in your professional life and make you a more empathetic communicator. Each culture has different ways of expressing themselves, both verbally and non-verbally. When you learn cross-cultural communication skills, you’ll be able to recognize similarities and differences among various g…
 
The inability to stick to things before achieving the desired results prevents us from reaching success and undermines our confidence. We all tend to fall off the bandwagon — life is unpredictable and human motivation is fickle and changeable. But we can prevent this from happening by knowing what drives us and how to use those drivers to roll up o…
 
We’re all on the journey of self-love. And some days it’s easier to do than others. According to my guest, Regina Louise, the key to radical self-acceptance and giving ourselves permission to live a life we love is by connecting with our core self. This helps us gain a deeper understanding of what we need to feel cared for and supported. Regina Lou…
 
Falling in love is one of the best experiences, but it can also blur our vision. A vital step in our search for loving and meaningful connections is understanding the forces that impact our choices. Having a sense of who you’re attracted to and why will make it easier to recognize the right person out of all the hundreds and thousands of people tha…
 
We all face times when our reality does not meet our expectations. This becomes painful when we’re unable to manage the gap between the two. The wider the gap, the more we suffer, especially if we resist and deny. While the events in our lives can feel out of our control, we have the power to cope with them by managing our internal worlds. When we …
 
Since the 1800s tarot cards have been used as a source of spiritual guidance. And unlike common belief tarot does not predict the future – instead, they tell us stories about our lives and enable us to connect with our inner wisdom and gain a deeper understanding of a situation. It’s an additional tool that we can consult to make better and more co…
 
Most people believe that we must start from scratch when it comes to finding new and original ideas. The truth is that everything we create is a combination of things we’ve read, seen, or experienced. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel, but we do need to find experts in our fields from whom we can learn. With their help and influence, we can get t…
 
Grit is the ability and mental toughness to stick with a task even if circumstances aren’t favorable. The road to accomplishment is filled with uncertainty and setbacks, and those who make it are the ones who develop grit. Studies show that grit is the essential ingredient for success. We all have the capacity for grit, and by adopting the right mi…
 
Many of us remember looking up at the stars as a kid, and wondering “What IS out there?” As we grow older, we try to seek answers by flipping through science magazines or by following NASA’s newsfeed. According to my guest, Abigail Harrison, not only is this a healthy type of curiosity but an excellent source of inspiration and wonder. Abigail Harr…
 
A situationship is a romantic liaison that’s undefined. It’s a relationship label that’s become common in modern culture, where people are placing more importance on freedom and personal growth. While situationships can work in the short term and under specific conditions, they can harm us in the long run. Find out how to evaluate whether it’s the …
 
Everyone is intuitive and can sense things that go beyond the rational mind. You may have experienced it as an overwhelming feeling of something not being right or a premonition that you’ve stumbled upon a great opportunity. Despite having this natural ability, many people find it hard to access this intelligence because they’re either too busy or …
 
Having empathy has become increasingly important as we try to build a bridge across cultures, races and classes to create a more connected and peaceful society. My guest today, Wendy Sanford, had to reckon with her own identity and privilege to get to this level of understanding and teach it to others. In her new memoir, Wendy tells a story of her …
 
Not everyone we meet in our lives will see and appreciate what we bring to the table. This lack of recognition hurts most in connections that matter most to us, like a boss or a significant other. It’s only natural for us to yearn for acceptance and belonging, but we can’t always control how others measure our worth. Everyone is different; they see…
 
More than just a body of knowledge, philosophy is a compass we use to navigate our lives and sensitize our minds to the deeper truths beyond the surface of everyday life. At its essence, philosophy offers a prescription on how to live better. It gives us the perspective to seek meaningful and worthy pursuits that we bring to fruition with science a…
 
While Buddhism is seen as a major global religion, Buddhist ideas, philosophies and practices have long been a source of inspiration for people of other faiths. That’s because it’s more of a spiritual tradition that educates us on how to live well and find inner peace. Get to learn more about it with one of the leading experts on Buddhism and this …
 
No matter how you define it, happiness is a pleasant feeling that brings out the best in us. What’s not so straightforward is how to get there. Most of us turn to hedonic happiness – the type that’s derived from pleasure and enjoyment. In our consumer-driven society, it’s championed as the ultimate form of achievement. While hedonism might make you…
 
Courage is a product of the heart. It refers to the ability to be comfortable with uncertainty and grapple with the unknown. It’s also about accepting our vulnerability, flaws, and imperfections – the very things that make us whole. Nowhere is our courage tested more than in the realm of intimate connections. That’s why one of the bravest things we…
 
Throughout our lifetime, our hearts are tested by adversity, but during those experiences, we’re broken up by love and beauty. Nature and our community can be instrumental in awakening our sense of wonder and to the sacred treasure of being alive. These are some of the truths that my guest, Terry Helwig, uncovers in her new book “Shifting shoreline…
 
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