Brilliant Minds

My sources of learning and inspiration include the following people, podcasts, courses, workshops and books.  Always be interesting. Never be bored.
Visit this page often, I update this list weekly.
Recs are welcomed.
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Jordan B. Peterson

Helping people understand themselves better and to improve
their psychological and practical functioning.

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of the multi-million copy bestseller 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, #1 for nonfiction in 2018  in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil and Norway, and now slated for translation into 45 languages.

Tim Ferris

Productivity, Health, Fitness and Personal Growth
Tim has been described as a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist Monk. His slow carb diet from The Four Hour Body helped me slim down, losing a total of 25 pounds.
He has been an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

Brain Pickings

Intellectual, Creative & Spiritual Growth
A subjective lens on what matters in the world and why.  Maria Popova is a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large. Maria has previously written for Wired UK, The AtlanticThe New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, among others, and am an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

Tiny Buddha

little bit Buddhism, but also a lot of wisdom from all religions, traditions, and cultures.
A community that is founded and curated by Lori Deschene, the site features simple wisdom for complex lives in the way of stories, tips, and insights from readers of all ages, from all over the globe.

Ryan Holiday

Personal Development, Getting Real with Yourself & Stoicism
He originally started his blog nearly ten years ago to help him along in his journey of self-education. He wanted to write about what he wished other blogs would talk about more often – including how to be more self-critical and aware and how to deal with assholes.
My three favorite books of Ryan’s include
The Obstacle is the Way, The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
We don’t like thinking that someone is better than us.  Or that we have a lot left to learn.  We want to be done.  We want to be ready.
You can’t learn if you think you already know. 
The Daily Stoic Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and The Art of Living.

Teal Swan

Expanding Awareness & Elevating Consciousness

A powerful voice in the field of metaphysics. A spiritual catalyst.

Jason Silva

Celebrating the Mystery of Life
Known for his role on National Geographic’s Brain Games has been described as the Timothy Leary of the viral video age. His Shots of Awe videos ponder the miracle of life.
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Seth Godin

If you’re not working to change minds, why are you here again?
Seth is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 18 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn).

Lewis Howes

Better Every Day. Health, Fitness, Spiritual Personal Growth
American author, entrepreneur, and former professional Arena League football player. He hosts The School of Greatness, a talk show distributed as a podcast.

Tara Brach

Mindfulness, Meditation and Compassionate Engagement with the World
Tara earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute, with a dissertation exploring meditation as a therapeutic modality in treating addiction. She went on to complete a five-year Buddhist teacher training program at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Working as both a psychotherapist and a meditation teacher, she found herself naturally blending these two powerful traditions—introducing meditation to her therapy clients and sharing western psychological insights with meditation students.
Read her book Radical Acceptance
Helps us understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness which is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.

Rob Bell

Rob Bell is the author of ten books, including the New York Times Bestsellers What We Talk About When We Talk About GodThe Zimzum of Love, Love Wins and What Is the Bible?. His podcast, called the RobCast, was named by iTunes Best of 2015. He’s been profiled in the New Yorker, toured with Oprah, and in 2011 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He has a regular show at Largo, the legendary comedy and music club in Los Angeles, where he lives with wife Kristen and their three kids
We live with all sorts of expectations about how our life is suppose to plan out. Watch Drops Like Stars
In the Hebrew Scriptures there is no word for “spiritual.” And Jesus never used the phrase “spiritual life.” Because for Jesus and his tradition, all of life is spiritual. So what does that mean?In the Hebrew Scriptures there is no word for “spiritual.” And Jesus never used the phrase “spiritual life.” Because for Jesus and his tradition, all of life is spiritual. So what does that mean?

Srini Rao of Unmistakable Creative

His podcast is a place for instigators, rebels and people with a pathological inability to accept the status quo. Srini Rao is the host and the author of 3 books: the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Art of Being Unmistakable, Unmistakable: Why Only is Better than Best, and An Audience of One: Reclaiming Creativity for Its Own Sake.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Inc, Business Insider, and The Blaze.

Brian Johnson, Optimize Your Life

Did you know that the word Optimize comes from the Latin optimus which literally means “the best”?  Brian helps others become their absolute best self. That’s what he obsesses about all day every day and why he does what he does.

Gary Vaynerchuk (GaryVee)

People quit all the time because they are doing it for the money. Are you having fun? Do you love your process? That is the gateway to success.



Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. —Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently. I love this podcast.

Charlie Houpert

Eye candy. Personal development coach.

Marie Forleo

Entrepreneur, Writer, Philanthropist
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