See what parenting and education can and ought to look like: Podcast ep. 66 now released

Lisa VanDamme, educator and parent (which you’ll see are both understatements), has answers regarding education and parenting that stem from an approach which I might describe as rationally passionate or passionately rational—I can’t decide which is more appropriate. In any case, you’ll hear the clear thinking down to the root of each issue that ought to concern any parent or person concerned with the future generation and the society they will help build and in which we all must live. You’ll also see the passionate love for her children and students shine through in our interview.

I’m sure that after hearing Lisa’s unique approach to the subject dearest to any parent, you will be wondering where you can find a teacher like her or a school like hers, or how you might also apply some of her insights toward being the best parent you can be for your child—and more, how you can appreciate and enjoy the journey of parenting even more deeply than you might.

Find Lisa and get involved with her projects:

VanDamme Academy: https://www.vandammeacademy.com/
VDA on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/VanDammeAcademy
Documentary, ‘A Little Candle’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv2TWkmTIlE&t=327s
Read With Me: https://readwithmesalon.com/info/home
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisa.vandamme
Enjoy Parenting podcast: https://aynrandcentre.co.uk/

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Simplify and quiet your life: Podcast ep. 65 now released

We’ve got to clear away some weeds–and sometimes even some healthy plants–to make room for new growth. Matthew makes and announcement about taking a step away from regular Mr. Bright Side podcast episodes.

Don’t worry! He will still be pursuing particular guests who he personally wants to have on, and will publish those interviews as they come. And on top, he will be back in some new incarnation at some point. Listen in for details as to what and why, and think about what you might drop from your own life that may not be as necessary as you think.

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More optimistic news!: Podcast ep. 64 now released

Good stuff is happening, and it’s much more common than the negative. Listen in for some optimistic news that’s going on in the world.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Matthew highlighted some of the astounding feats of medical science, while expounding on what this means for the lives of real individuals like you and him–and those we love. In Part 2, he presents a variety of thrilling innovations that promise to make our lives even more convenient, fun, and simply richer with experience. Man, is this exciting!

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How about some good news for a change?: Podcast ep. 63 now released

Good stuff is happening, and it’s much more common than the negative. Listen in for some optimistic news that’s going on in the world.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Matthew highlights some of the astounding feats of medical science, while expounding on what this means for the lives of real individuals like you and him–and those we love.

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Only you can know whether you’re being honest with yourself: Podcast ep. 62 now released

Matthew sets some context after he was apparently “busted” breaking his own rules, the same rules he claimed on his show were so helpful in leading him to get more done and enjoy his free time even more. Who is he to be sharing advice with people if he doesn’t actually practice what he preaches?

Fair question. On today’s episode, he responds.

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We’re all “out on the circuit over the hallowed ground”: Podcast ep. 61 now released

Matthew elaborates on the lyrics of My Morning Jacket’s 2011 “Circuital,” and the themes and lessons within. He also comments on the music itself, as it is an exhilarating and joyous song.

What are you going to do with your glorious and limited time “out on the circuit”?

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Things or experiences?: Podcast ep. 60 now released

Should I save now to have for later? Spend now for life experience at the expense of one’s future security? How much either way? And then spend on what? Acquiring things or experiences? And then at what balance? These are all questions one must answer for oneself, and there is no “right way” to live.

But depending on the answers, there is something that comes across in how much we experience in life in how much grace we carry ourselves with and in how we deal with others. It shows through in one’s carriage and being, so that we in effect “wear” that experience. It is also revealed to ourselves when no one else is looking in how much we are truly satisfied with the experience of our own lives.

Matthew’s wife said that while she used to spend much of her salary on designer bags and clothes, she now prefers to “wear her experience,” and he shares their discussion about that theme in today’s episode.

Listen to ep. 52, an interview with David Veksler

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Creating organic relationships of generosity and abundance: Podcast ep. 58 now released

“Giving is getting” but this popular idea does have a qualifier that must be highlighted and properly understood, as it is often mistaken to refer to some kind of losing in the short term to gain in the long-term—which it kind of is yet isn’t. In this episode, Matthew distinguishes “giving” from “losing” so that we’re not trying to say anything paradoxical like “losing is winning.” There need be no losers for everyone to win.

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Beware the stories we tell about ourselves (and those we love): Podcast ep. 57 now released

What stories are we telling ourselves and the people we love? Are they serving us or hurting us? And them?

In today’s show, the power of story is made alarmingly clear—I mean powerful at the neurochemical level, and I mean alarmingly in that many of us are mostly passive in allowing old, unchecked, and disempowering stories about ourselves drive us—and not anywhere we want to go.

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Self-preservation is paramount: Podcast ep. 56 now released

At minimum, you will leave this interview feeling confident and optimistic about yourself, your world, and the prospects in it, as Christmas Hutchinson convincingly reminds each of us that we’re worth more than we give ourselves credit for. Not a little more…way more.

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Why do some thrive while others are crushed by hardship? (Listener question on Podcast ep. 55)

Why do some people thrive in the face of hardship while others are crushed? To this challenging listener question, Matthew answers essentially that it’s about building resilience through the method of optimism versus the default of passive pessimistic resignation. On a deeper level, it’s about free will (optimistic) versus determinism (pessimistic).

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