The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

By: Lewis Howes


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Lewis Howes is a NYT bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, former pro athlete and world record holder in football. The goal of the School of Greatness is to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet; to help you find out what makes great people great. Find out more at

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Recent Episodes

How to Break Your Addiction



In football, we had systems for exercise, nutrition, plays, and practice. If the system worked, we won championships. The same works for addiction. You have to have a system in place to help you overcome it. You can’t just hope that you’ll make the right decision when you’re faced with it. It all starts in the morning. Meditation, gratitude, and breathing can help you get in the right mindset. Program your day. We all have addictions we want to end. That’s why I’m sharing some key points from a conversation I had with the co-author of the book The 30-Day Sobriety Solution: How to Cut Back or Quit Drinking in the Privacy of Your Own Home: Jack Canfield. Jack Canfield is an award-winning speaker and an internationally recognized leader in personal development and peak performance strategies. He is the creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and author of over 150 books. In 2014, SUCCESS magazine named him “One of the Most Influential Leaders in Personal Growth and Achievement.” Jack tells us that some of the systems that we have in place to fight addiction may not be working as well as we’d like. Learn how to conquer your addictions on Episode 708. In This Episode You Will Learn: The problem with rehab (00:50) Why a systematic approach to sobriety is much more effective than rehab (2:30) Jack's step by step visualization to do every morning while working on breaking an addiction (3:20) What “decision fatigue” is (4:10) How gratitude can help you fight addiction (6:00)

How Champions Win



You hear so often that people get to the top of the mountain and realize that the summit isn’t the answer. To be a champion, you have to know that there is so much more to success than a final outcome. If you focus on the goal without being connected to your joy and larger purpose, you will get burnt out. But when you’re coming from a place of passion, the results will fall into place. To explore this topic further, I gathered parts of conversations with four world-class champions who’ve visited The School of Greatness in the past: Julianne Hough, Ray Lewis, Shawn Johnson, and Novak Djokovic. Julianne Hough is a two-time winner of ABC’s Dancing with Stars and now sits as a judge on the show. She’s one an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography and has appeared in many movies and TV productions like Footloose (2011) and Grease Live on Fox. Ray Lewis is a former NFL linebacker. He is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Super Bowl MVP and played his entire 17-year career with the Baltimore Ravens. Shawn Johnson is a gymnast who won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics for balance beam and a silver medal in floor exercise and all-around. She’s also a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist. Novak Djokovic is a Serbian tennis player is currently ranked third in men’s singles. He’s won 14 Grand Slam singles titles and four Wimbledon titles among many more. These athletes have achieved the immense success in their fields and have all realized that being the best is not enough of an end goal to give them purpose. So learn how these champions get in the mindset to win on Episode 707. In This Episode You Will Learn: Why being content won’t ruin your drive (10:30) What Ray Lewis learned from joining ESPN (13:40) Why Ray Lewis thinks he was able to play football for so long (14:10) What people can do to win even if they get second (14:56) What helped Novac Djokovic get through a breakdown (21:04) Plus much more...

Every athlete needs an offseason. They need time to train in different ways to strengthen their mind and body for a new year. The more you work on yourself, the more you’ll be able to give. Give your mind, your heart, and your soul the nurturing it needs to grow. That’s why I was so excited to speak with an artist who is on a journey to find inner peace in order to share his gifts: Mike Posner. Mike Posner is a singer-songwriter, poet, and record producer. Mike has co-written amazing hit songs like “Sugar” by Maroon 5, “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber, and “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth. His debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff includes the US Billboard Hot 100 singles “Cooler than Me” and “Please Don’t Go.” His 2017 book Tear Drops & Balloons is his first book of poetry. Mike has been through a lot of loss in recent years, and he uses it all to make music and poetry. Learn about Mike Posner’s journey and hear some of his new songs on Episode 706. Some Questions I Ask: What got you into songwriting? (6:10) Where do your melodies come from? (7:35) Did things change for you overnight after your big hit? (9:15) What makes a song really go big? (15:46) What’s the biggest struggle for an artist that has a hit? (18:30) Who is your personal favorite greatest musician? (21:36) What is the biggest lesson your dad taught you? (30:02) In This Episode You Will Learn: About Mike’s struggle with depression (18:46) What makes a song a hit (24:35) What the death of loved ones taught Mike (27:01) What keeps artists happy when they’re not touring (44:10) How Mike uses meditation to be more present (45:05) Plus much more...

The Power of Meditation



Why do we set aside time to take care of our bodies, but not our minds? You need to work out your mental health just as often as you work out your physical health. Meditation is basically a bicep curl for your brain. When you meditate, you’re training your brain to come back to the present moment over and over again. It’s scientifically proven to alter your brain waves. That’s why I’m revisiting a conversation I had with someone whose life was changed by meditation: Dan Harris. Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story and Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book. Dan found meditation after suffering an on-air panic attack. Now he works to make meditation accessible for everyone. Learn how meditation helped Dan and why he thinks it’s health’s next big thing in Episode 705. In This Episode You Will Learn: The crazy thing Dan Harris did (00:50) The hardest part of a 10-day meditation (1:10) The happiest Dan has ever been (2:20) Why mediation helps (3:00) About the next big public health revolution (3:40) And much more…

The biggest challenge I see is that most people don’t have support groups. You will not get to where you want to go without the help of those who know more than you. Find people who won’t just take from you. Find people who will help you build your dreams. That’s why, for this episode of School of Greatness, I put together a networking mashup. Here are three excerpts from previous interviews with three people whose careers have been made through networking: Keith Ferrazzi, Bozoma Saint John, and Scooter Braun. Keith Ferrazzi is a two-time NYT bestselling author including Never Eat Alone, which has become a staple among networking books. His firm coaches the very top companies and individuals in how to practice vulnerability and emotional intelligence to create and develop powerful relationships. Bozama Saint John is the marketing mastermind behind brands such as Pepsi and Beats by Dre. She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor after leaving Uber in June of 2018. She grew up in Africa, went to an ivy-league school, and has overcome a lot in her life. Scooter Braun is a talent manager, investor, and philanthropist who represent artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West and more. At the age of 20 he became an agent. In 2013, he was on the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Scooter co-organized the March for Our Lives, the demonstration for stricter gun laws, in 2018. These three people know that relationships are the key to success. You don’t have to do everything on your own. Don’t let fear of asking for help hold you back from networking and accomplishing your goals. Learn how relationships can help you get where you want to go on Episode 704.

For my whole life, everything has been a competition. You either win, or you lose. I wasn’t intentionally trying to hurt people, but I wanted to be a winner. It wasn’t until I was 30 years old that I learned a better way to live: win/win. It transformed my life. I started looking for ways that I could succeed while allowing the people around me to succeed, too. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together. The idea of creating win/win situations has been mastered by my guest on today’s episode: Dr. Alaa Murabit. Dr. Alaa Murabit attended medical school at the age of 15 and was named one of Forbes 30 under 30, an Aspen Institute Spotlight Scholar, and one of Canada’s 30x30. She is one of the UN’s 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. She was recently appointed the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, LLC which provides leadership in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and more. Dr. Murabit champions women's participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. She approaches conflict in a way that humanizes both sides: by first finding common ground. She is helping everyone in the world understand that when women succeed, everyone succeeds. It’s good for the economy, it’s good for the government, and it’s even good for the environment. Learn how Dr. Murabit mediates the most difficult scenarios and helps women obtain an education, reproductive rights, and health in Episode 703.

Everyone thinks they can be a great entrepreneur. But is that what you’re best at? If a rabbit is trying hard to be a frog, it may make a decent frog. But it would be a much better rabbit. To be successful, you have to combine your natural talent with hard work. Even the most dedicated football player can’t make it to the NFL without innate skill. That’s why I’m revisiting a conversation I had with a person who was born to be an entrepreneur and who has spent his life pursuing it: the legendary Gary Vaynerchuck. Gary Vaynerchuck is CEO of the full-service advertising agency VaynerMedia and is a venture capitalist who has invested in companies like Snapchat, Birchbox, Venmo, and Uber. He’s a 5-time New York Times bestselling author and a sought-after public speaker. Gary makes the argument just putting in the time and energy it might not be enough to make a successful business. Learn how to deal with failure in entrepreneurship on Episode 702. In This Episode You Will Learn: What you need to be a successful entrepreneur (1:30) The thing you need to be okay with when you’re an entrepreneur (2:30) How to find out what you’re naturally best at (3:10) What to ask the five people closest to you (3:40)

When I lived in Columbus, I knew that I wanted to make a lot of money. So I took my TV out of my apartment. If I wanted to watch a game, I went to a sports bar. If I wanted a break, I would go to the movies. I changed my environment to help me reach my goals. Habits will only work if you create a world that makes them easy. If you have a pinched water hose and you want more water to come out, you can either create more water pressure or straighten the hose. Which one do you think is easier? Habits will make or break you. That’s why I really enjoyed talking with my guest today who is an expert on habits: James Clear. James Clear is an author, photographer, and entrepreneur. He writes about habits by combining scientific research (the why) with practical application (the how). James tells us that our habits are influenced by our tribe and our environment. He says the people who seem like they have the most self-control are the least tempted. Learn how to make lifestyle changes that last on Episode 701.

A life of ego is so unfulfilling. We can get caught up in the comparison game: who has the most money, the bigger house, the best car. It’s never-ending. At the end of the day, what kind of legacy does that leave? If we can have a cause that is greater than ourselves, we can find purpose. That’s why I’m so excited to share the powerful story of a nightclub promoter turned philanthropist: Scott Harrison. Scott Harrison was working as a nightclub promoter in New York when he became “morally bankrupt.” He sold all of his belongings and set sail to Africa in an effort to redeem himself. He returned to New York with one goal: to provide clean water to everyone on earth. Twelve years later, he’s raised over 320 million dollars and provided water to people in 26 countries with his nonprofit charity: water. Scott now finds worth in how much money he can raise for others, not for himself. Listen to Episode 700 to learn what makes a nonprofit successful and how anyone can turn their life around find meaning and fulfillment.

Stop Being Comfortable



How often do you listen to your body when it says, “I’m done?” We get tired, our muscles get sore, so we throw in the towel. We’re wired to stop every time we start to feel pain. But if we ignore that, we can push ourselves to a new limit. Unless you get uncomfortable, you won’t know what you’re really capable of. That’s why I’m excited to revisit a conversation I had with a new friend who is always pushing himself to the next level: Jesse Itzler. Jesse is ultramarathon runner who is also a bestselling author, award-winning rapper, and an original partner for ZICO coconut water. He is the co-founder of Marquis Jets and a co-owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Jesse was able to take on everything in his life by putting himself first. Like Jesse says in this episode, “So much of business is a reflection of you, and so many of us don’t invest in ourselves.” Learn how to push yourself past your limit to achieve what you never thought possible on Episode 699. In This Episode You Will Learn: About the 40% Rule (1:42) The one time Jesse reached his limit (3:20) How Jesse gained control of his time (4:47) Why Jesse sets aside 3 hours of his day for himself (5:34)