On today’s show our guest is Tony Schwartz. Tony is considered one of the world’s thought leaders around sustainable high performance and building more human workplaces. He is the founder of The Energy Project, a consulting firm committed to creating work cultures that are more human, more energized and higher performing.
He began his career as a journalist and has been a reporter for the New York Times, a writer for Newsweek and a contributor to publications such as Esquire, Vanity Fair, and the Harvard Business Review.
At the height of his career as a journalist, Tony hit an unexpected wall. He started questioning.. Why did success suddenly feel so empty? How could he add richer meaning to his everyday life?
For five years he explored these questions and wrote What Really Matters: Searching For Wisdom in America I really enjoyed this book, you should check it out.
In today’s episode we cover a lot of ground, including:
You guys are going to love Tony. Hope you enjoy the show.
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The Energy Project https://theenergyproject.com/
BOOK: What Really Matters by Tony Schwartz
BOOK: The Way We're Working Isn't Working by Tony Schwartz
BOOK: The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz
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Do you suffer from stress or anxiety? Do you ever feel out of control of your life? Then this could be a good episode for you.
Tom believes the portal to reduce stress and access stillness and calm in our lives is meditation. As a meditation teacher for many years he has inspired thousands of people all over the world to unlock their brilliance and calm. But Tom’s journey to find Stillness has not always been easy.
At just 19, Tom started his career as a financial broker. If you guys have seen “The Wolf of Wallstreet” Tom says this is a pretty accurate portrayal of what his life was like back then.
He was living the work hard, play hard lifestyle… long, high stress hours at the office, followed by late, drug and alcohol induced nights entertaining clients. After a decade of this lifestyle Tom was suffering from various addictions, anxiety and depression, which eventually led to a nervous breakdown. (We talk all about this in the episode)
Doctors advised him to take medication but Tom didn’t believe that was the answer for him.
He found meditation and that is what finally helped him to bring balance and wellness back into his life.
Then in 2012, after 26 years in the finance industry and at the height of his career, Tom decided to walk away from his very lucrative job to fulfill what he believed to be his mission of spreading calm and stillness across the globe.
Determined to share the transformative power of meditation with others Tom started The Stillness Project.
The Stillness Project is a movement of change.
Using multiple streams - from films and online courses, to retreats, blogs, books, and personal mentoring,
his goal and the hope of The Stillness Project is to inspire 1 billion people to sit in Stillness daily to connect with their inner Being and transcend the barriers of separation. The hope is to encourage a movement of awakening on our planet.
And boy does our world need more humans who are connected to spread some love! So, thank you Tom!
In today’s episode we discuss:
-Tom’s personal transformation
-Why it took a nervous breakdown to finally change his life
-The dangers of stress
-How stress changes your physiology and biochemistry and effects our ability to LOVE
-Understanding the difference between the soul and the ego
-How stillness relieves anxiety and stress
-How we can replenish our mind, body and spirit
-The benefits of meditation
And much much more
One of my favorite parts about meditation is that it’s a way to help us remember who we really are, a way to reconnect with our truth- our authentic self - amidst the chaos and stress of the modern world. It gives our mind a moment to rest and it turns up the volume to the voice of our soul.
Often times we look outside for answers or validation only to be left feeling empty, confused and alone. What if all of the answers are within? What if all that you need is within? What if all that you are so desperately longing for the world to give you is within? When we look inward and find stillness we are reminded of our infinite power and connectivity with all that is.
To come from a place of authenticity is where we are our most powerful in life. What if our only mission in life was to be ourselves? To be our TRUE selves and to peel away all the false layers and barriers that prevent us from being ourselves. What would that look like? How would your priorities change? What would you do differently?
If meditation is a way to bring us closer to our authentic self, then I think it’s worth making time for! Don’t you?
RESOURCES FROM EPISODE:
The Stillness Project https://stillnessproject.com/
Tom’s Website www.tomcronin.com
Thom Knoles – Tom’s meditation teacher http://thomknoles.com
Erwin Valencia is a friend whom I met through my husband, Rory. Erwin, or E, as some people call him, is a fascinating guy whose skill set and knowledge span across multiple industries. He’s the world-renowned physical therapist with the New York Knicks, an athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and healer of the body. He is also a life coach, speaker, social entrepreneur, and mindfulness coach----and this is the abridged version of the list! Erwin is passionate about living life with purpose, being of service to others, and has truly blazed his own path.
Raised and educated in the Philippines, Erwin is the first Filipino to be on the medical staff for both the NBA and MLB. Prior to joining the Knicks, he was the rehab director for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 8 seasons. He runs a global educational social enterprise called Kinetiq, and is the founder of the Philippine-based charity, the Beyond Medyo Foundation, which promotes a mindful movement lifestyle. You’re probably wondering like I am--How in the world does he do it ALL? We are determined to find out! In light of the many roles I play, I’m very curious about how others balance multiple endeavors, and Erwin offers great insights on the matter of balance and prioritizing life. Erwin carries a zest for life and an eagerness that is contagious. I think you guys are going to LOVE him!
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