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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Are you governed by fear? If so, it’s time to figure out if what you’re scared of is real or imaginary. What if there really isn’t anything to be afraid of? You might have some setbacks or “fall,” but at the end of the day you’ll be fine. In the face of stress, you can get overwhelmed by negative emotions, or you can look forward. You can instead focus on the task ahead. It’s all about your mindset. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about fear with a champion climber who has learned to be mental tough by constantly pushing her limits: Sasha Digiulian. 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. Outdoors, Sasha is the first North American woman to climb the grade 9a, 5.14d, recognized as one of the hardest sport climbs achieved by a female. She has done two. Sasha was the third woman in the world to accomplish this grade. Additionally, she has onsighted multiple 8b+’s, 5.14a’s, ascended groundbreaking multi-pitch routes of up to 1000 feet of 8c climbing, and has accomplished multiple First Ascents and 28 First Female Ascents around the world, including a First Female Ascent on the North Face of the Eiger. Sasha has learned to trust the process and the universe in order to quiet her anxiety. She says that the only way to get up a mountain is to think positively. She’ll find herself saying, “Just go, just go, just go” when she’s in a tough spot. So get ready to learn how to have the mindset of a champion risk-taker on Episode 731. Some Questions I Ask: What’s the highest mountain you’ve climbed? (20:00) How do you stay focused while climbing? (23:30) Are there more men or women in climbing? (27:00) How do you manage stress levels? (32:00) What’s your thought process during a climb? (46:00) What did you learn from your father’s death? (1:00:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The difference between speed climbing, bouldering, and sport climbing (11:00) How Sasha got started in climbing (12:00) The largest distance Sasha has fallen (17:00) About Sasha’s scariest climb (34:00) The mantras that Sasha says while climbing (48:00) The three things Sasha’s parents taught her (53:00) The reason why sleep is so important (1:06:00) And much more...

We all want connection. We all want an amazing, sexy, supportive romantic relationship. So why is it so hard to find the person who can fill that position? Most often, it’s not other people that are the problem- it’s ourselves. We have so much hurt from our past that we haven’t worked through that keeps us from experience true connection with someone else. Hurt people hurt people. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I discuss what is keeping people from accepting love and why marriages fail with an incredible relationship guru: Stephan Labossiere. Stephan Labossiere a.k.a Stephan Speaks is a certified relationship coach, speaker, and author. From understanding the opposite sex to navigating the paths and avoiding the pitfalls of relationships and self-growth, Stephan's relationship advice and insight help countless individuals achieve an authentically amazing life. Seen, heard and chronicled in national and international media outlets including; the Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Examiner, ABC, and Huffington Post Live, to name a few. To coin a phrase by an individual who attended one of his speaking engagements, "he's definitely the relationship guy, all relationships all the time." Stephan talks about how important it is to heal before you get into a relationship. Otherwise, you’re going to be projecting your past hurt onto your partner. He says that the most important part of every relationship is connection. Connection will bring chemistry. So get ready to learn all about the things that make a romantic relationship last on Episode 730. Some Questions I Ask: Who runs away from relationships that have potential more? Men or Women? (15:00) What makes you an expert on relationships? (19:00) What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned in a relationship? (22:00) What are the key things people should be looking for in a partner? (24:00) How often should we be talking about our sexual needs? (35:00) How do you manifest “the one?” (42:00) When someone feels like they have found “the one,” what are the conversations they should have to know it’s the right decision? (49:00) How do you know when you should end a relationship? (1:08:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The number one thing holding people back from successful relationships (10:00) Why men ruin relationships more than women (18:00) How abstinence helped Stephan see things more clearly (20:00) The things that every great relationship needs (23:00) About the “Who Hurt Me” List (39:00) The attitude many women have that pushes men away (44:00) The truth about open relationships (58:00) The one thing that Stephan wishes men knew about women (1:13:00) And much more...

Investing In Your Future



You know how people always say, “There’s power in your peer group?” That’s only half the story. Sometimes you have to buy your way into growth. There are plenty of successful people who want to help you. You just have to create an environment where they can. Sometimes, you have to pay for the knowledge and connections of the leaders in your field. It’s the same way you set yourself up for success with fitness, with education, and with goal-setting: you invest in learning. For this Five Minute Friday, the incredible Brendon Burchard shares why investing in a Mastermind is the way to get to the next level. Brendon Burchard is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, Life’s Golden Ticket, and The Millionaire Messenger. He was on the cover of SUCCESS magazine in October 2017 and is included in Oprah’s Super Soul 100. When he started out his career, Brendan didn’t have a positive network. He had to make his own. By “buying his way in,” he got connected with influential people who could open doors for him. Learn how to create structures in which people can support you in Episode 729. In This Episode You Will Learn: What a Mastermind is (1:30) About Brendan’s upbringing and how he got connected (2:00) The three benefits of a Mastermind group (3:45) Why it’s worthwhile to invest in your future (4:30) And much more...

The Power of Masterminds



Are you taking advantage of the knowledge of the smartest people in your field? If not, you are denying yourself an abundance of information. You need consistent accountability at the highest level. You need inspiration from inspiring peers. And you need to be a part of something that is coaching you to play bigger. Some might call it an accountability group. In the business industry, we call these groups “Masterminds.” It’s a dynamic that you miss out on when you only do one-on-one coaching. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I do a special solo episode where I explain how joining a Mastermind group has changed my life and how it can change yours. “You need to constantly clear your mind and be open to new opportunities.” - Lewis Howes I coach my own group called the Greatness Mastermind. If you’re making seven figures, you eligible to join. You don’t want to join a group that will keep you at the same level or where you’re the smartest person in the room. You have to be inspired by the community of people you join. So get ready to learn all about getting access to influential people by joining a Mastermind on Episode 728. In This Episode You Will Learn: The one thing I would do differently if I started over again (2:00) Why you should be looking for a Mastermind (2:40) About the first Mastermind I was a part of (6:00) 6 Keys to finding a mastermind (12:45) About my mastermind (22:00) And much more...

So often we are afraid to go all in. Whether it’s in a relationship, in business, or in an investment, the fear of failure keeps us from fully committing. What a mistake. I’ve had to learn to love failure. I have to consciously tell my brain, “You’re going to fail. And it’s going to be ok.” Take the leap. Make the commitment. Dare to take a stand. If we’re not failing, we are staying too safe. And you won’t grow unless you are constantly making yourself uncomfortable. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I dive deep into the idea of going all in when the time is right with one of the most successful investors in the world: Matt Higgins. Matt Higgins is a proven operator, investor and business builder with a knack for helping founders at pivotal growth moments achieve breakout success. He serves as CEO of RSE Ventures, a private firm that incubates and invests in companies across sports and entertainment, food and lifestyle, media and marketing, and technology. Higgins co-founded RSE with Miami Dolphins owner, Stephen M. Ross, the most prominent private developer in the U.S. and a serial entrepreneur. Together Higgins and Ross have helped build enterprises from scratch, including the largest privately owned soccer tournament in the world (International Champions Cup) and leading brand strategy and communications agency Derris. Matt didn’t graduate from high school. He came from a humble beginning but never let that hold him back from getting where he is today. He says that when you do things your own way and you start with a blank page, it’s going to be a lonely journey. You have to trust yourself and be careful about the advice that you take. So get ready to learn what makes Matt a great investor and why certain businesses are winners on Episode 727. Some Questions I Ask: How did you start this business-building fund? (7:00) What are the characteristics of the people you invest in that made them stand out? (9:45) If the product is average but the person is incredible, can there be a massive business? (19:00) What’s the biggest lesson your mom taught you? (44:00) What’s your greatest fear? (46:00) What’s the thing you’re most proud of? (53:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The two things you need to be a great business leader (10:00) The question Matt asks himself before he invests in a company (12:00) The story of Matt’s first investment (14:00) Matt’s advice for people who are playing small (22:00) Matt’s biggest regrets in business (23:00) What do you do when you go all in but then you fail? (24:00) About Matt’s surprising backstory (31:00) The one thing Matt thought about when he was diagnosed with cancer (51:00)

Believing in Yourself



The more you say things, the more you believe them. You have to tell yourself you will succeed. Write it down every day. Say it looking in the mirror. People may look at you like you’re crazy. But the more you say it, the more they’ll start to believe it, too. You will not get to where you want to go if you don’t believe in yourself. That’s why, for this Five Minute Friday, I’m sharing a conversation I had with Logan Paul whose strong belief in himself started in high school. Logan Paul has achieved so much in such a short amount of time. He is a 23 year-old actor and internet star who started out making videos on Vine and now has an amazing 18.6 million subscribers on YouTube. He also has roles in the films The Thinning and The Space Between Us. Logan says that having specific goals and working harder than everyone else has given him an edge over his peers. Learn how having a positive mindset can help you achieve enormous success in Episode 726. In This Episode You Will Learn: The hardest scene Logan has filmed (1:00) How working out gives Logan an edge (2:00) The mantra that Logan says every morning and night (3:00) How The Secret helped Logan Paul (4:00) The non-negotiable things Logan does that separates him from his peers (5:30) How working out at night can benefit you (6:00) And much more...

It’s that time a year where a lot of us commit to making changes in our lives. But sticking with resolutions is hard. Very few of us are consistently committed to ourselves. It is not easy. We have to think of new habits like a roller coaster. We’re building momentum to making the change. But then the roller coaster goes down. The dip is normal. When you’re feeling low, you have to know that you will climb back up. You have the forward motion to make it happen. To talk about this journey of transformation, I wanted to share a special presentation and Q+A from this year’s Summit of Greatness with an inspirational icon: Shaun T. Shaun T is a world-renowned health and fitness expert, TV host, motivator and creator of the best-selling fitness programs INSANITY, HIP HOP ABS, FOCUS T25, INSANITY MAX:30, CIZE and newly released SHAUN WEEK. He has hosted several primetime TV series and shared the stage with Adam Lambert and Val Kilmer in the musical version of the Ten Commandments, as well as landing roles in Pippin, Applause, Six Feet Under and the feature film Beauty Shop. A native of New Jersey, Shaun T received a BS in Sports Science and a minor in Theater and Dance from Rowan University. He’s danced with Mariah Carey as well as Aaron and Nick Carter, and choreographed for USTA’s Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the NCAA Final Four Halftime Show and the movie Bring it on: All or Nothing. Shaun talks about the phases that we go through when we try and succeed. He shares the superpowers that you have to get in touch with to withstand the roller coaster of chasing a goal. So get ready to learn how to unleash your seven superpowers on Episode 725. Some Questions Asked: What stories need to be told? (7:55) Who do you prepare yourself for the low? (11:06) How do you encourage people to stop hiding the things they’re uncomfortable with? (12:46) How do you go bananas but balance your life? (16:12) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the “secret backpack” that has tools for your life (8:12) Listen to what people are saying their biggest pain (9:57) What are your needs and wants now (11:48) Why you have to have a mirror moment every day (17:40)

Do you go the easy route? The expected route? Or do you find your own path that compliments your unique passions? Finding your own way takes inner strength. You won’t be able to do it without believing in yourself. It takes a special person to defy expectations and break into a new field. People will doubt you when you do something unexpected. That’s a given. It’s how you respond when people try to dissuade you will determine if you’re successful or not. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with an unlikely zookeeper who is known online as The Real Tarzann: Mike Holston. Mike Holsten is a 24 year-old zookeeper at Mario Tabrue’s Zoological Wildlife Foundation. He recently did a collaboration with Will Smith and has over four million followers on Instagram. Mike says that working hard, believing in yourself, and prayer will help you be successful against any odds. So get ready to learn how The Real Tarzann came to be on Episode 724. Some Questions I Ask: How many animals do you have right now? (16:00) How many times have you been bitten or stung? (22:30) Why is important to see someone who looks like you doing what you do? (28:30) What was the first job you had that paid you to work with animals? (33:00) What’s the most endangered animal? (38:00) What has being around animals taught you about humans? (39:00) What has changed since Will Smith posted about you? (51:00) What has kept you motivated to pursue this dream? (53:00) Do you eat meat? (1:03:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: The biggest thing Cesar Millan taught Mike (14:00) Why some species get along with each other (19:00) The best pet Mike has (20:00) About the time Mike swam with sharks (24:00) If Mike thinks that wild animals should be left in the wild (35:30) The story of how Will Smith found Mike (47:00) What Mike did to get out of his depression (49:00) And much more...

Give to Receive



It’s a time of year where we focus on giving. We give gifts, we give back to our communities, and we give to charities. So what does it mean to give? And why is it important? Giving is not just a nice thing to do, it’s critical to your wellbeing. We are all connected- the more you give to others, the more you help yourself. For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited an amazing conversation I had with Russell Simons where he shared how the practice of giving has made him incredibly prosperous. Russell Simmons is an American entrepreneur, record producer, yogi, and author. He co-founded Def Jam Recordings and created the fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and Tantris. He is also the founder of Rush Communications. Russell is one of the richest men in Hip Hop, but he didn’t get there by hoarding all of his wealth. He’s learned that the more he makes the world better, the more his own world is improved. He makes the point that good givers are great getters, but you have to give fully without the expectation that it will benefit you. Learn more about Russell Simmons background and why his practice of philanthropy is key to his success in Episode 723. In This Episode You Will Learn: How black entrepreneurs are inspired by their street experiences (1:30) How integration destroyed the fabric of black communities (3:00) Why Russell loves to empower new artists (4:00) Why Russell chooses to give back (5:00) How giving will help you receive (5:30) And much more...

Whatever it is, you’re creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. You’re projecting your story onto everyone around you without even realizing it. That’s why mentalists are so successful- they suggest a story to you that you accept as true. Whatever your way of thinking, it doesn’t have to stay that way. You can be free of your own story. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk with someone who changed his own way of thinking to become an incredible illusionist and mentalist: Derren Brown. Derren Brown uses magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship to create series and specials on stage and television. He’s won two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and has also written books for magicians as well as the general public. He doesn’t use his skills to deceive others for his own benefit. Instead, his acts are often designed to expose the methods of faith healers and mediums. So get ready to learn why humans are so easily persuaded on Episode 722. Some Questions I Ask: Do you believe there are mediums who can see into another realm? (25:54) What is your greatest superpower? (27:46) When you meet people, what goes through your mind first? (30:02) Did you used to have a bigger ego? (38:05) Why did you get into magic? (39:27) Do you have any regrets? (47:11) How can we rewire our minds? (1:02:37) In This Episode You Will Learn: The two ways faith healers deceive (19:56) Why it’s important to make peace with the parts of you that aren’t “right” (46:06) The effects of coming out as gay later in life (48:46) The three main fears people have (55:27) The importance of accepting yourself (59:44) And much more...