Elevated U

Elevated U

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Thoughts, talks and tips to elevate you to win at life. A podcast about personal growth through the enhancement of individual free-thought, perspective, self-reflection, & purposeful action.
Familia Es Todo: Maintaining Happy & Healthy Family Ties with Sherri Blowers – EU 40
Jul 16 • 46 min
Familia es todo (translation): Family is everything. This week we sit down with special ed school teacher, mother, aunt, wife, and advocate Sherri Blowers to discuss the topic of family and how to maintain happy and healthy family ties. Sherri is the…
Reflection, Forgiveness, Moving Forward – EU 39
Jul 11 • 34 min
It feels as though a heavy weight of negativity, pessimism, and stagnation has been lifted, and the moment feels peaceful and the future seems bright. This episode, which marks an end to the 30s and a bridge to the 40s (episode-wise), is all about deep…
Four Score & Seven Years Ago… A Salute To Freedom – EU 38
Jul 2 • 28 min
“The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.” – General George Washington, January 14, 1776 This patriotic episode of the Elevated…
Evolving Paradigms: Progression Without Regression – EU 37
Jun 24 • 36 min
Our last few episodes have focused on analyzing your life from 360 degrees. What’s driving you? What is keeping you from moving forward? What does moving forward even mean? In order to move forward, especially in life, we must take a step backward at…
How To Understand & Survive An Identity Crisis – EU 36
Jun 20 • 52 min
This episode focuses on the philosophical and psychological implications of identity coupled with Michael’s personal journey/challenges through various stages of life and identity. While recording, the phrase “identity crisis” was not mentioned, but upon…
Having Vs. Seeking, Self Trust & The Power Of Perspective – EU 35
Jun 13 • 33 min
This week’s episode shares a passage from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay The Over-soul to set the stage for the concept of having vs. seeking. I discuss suicide after the passing of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, signs to look out for, and the hotline…
15 Thoughtful Ways To Improve Your Life – EU 34
Jun 5 • 43 min
There is an infinite number of ways to improve your life and what works for one person may or may not work for another. Personal development, self-help, spiritual elevation, all of these are lifelong processes and many situations do not have clearcut…
Letting Go To Rise Above – EU 33
May 29 • 35 min
Letting go is like winning a fight (physical or otherwise); many of us think we’d have the upper hand if the situation were to present itself, but when push comes to shove, most of us would move away from the confrontation and towards any alternative.…
Pioneering Tech, Business, & Life With Blockchain CEO Joe Snyder – EU 32
May 11 • 47 min
Joseph Snyder, President & CEO of Lannister Holdings – a publicly traded blockchain development company based out of Phoenix, Arizona (OTC: NBDR) – joins us this week to share wisdom from 15 years of building, scaling, bootstrapping, acquiring, and…
New Horizons, Toxic Social Media, Goal Attainment, & The Virtue Of Trying – EU 31
May 4 • 55 min
Do not be afraid of what you can or can’t control. Do not let the uncertainty of an outcome stop you from trying. Go out into the world, put forth the best of your effort, live fully, and what is meant to happen will manifest in the most splendid and…
A Candid Conversation On Personal Growth – EU 30
Apr 25 • 68 min
In this episode, Bryan and Michael sit down to discuss personal growth, next steps in life, and ways to work towards the peak of self-elevation. We talk about entitlement and how the world and others don’t owe us anything. Identity, ego, and how shifting…
How To Find And Live Your Truth – EU 29
Apr 10 • 45 min
In this week’s delayed episode (sorry about that), we talk the necessity of truth and how to find it. I share a history lesson about a man who risked his life for truth, Martin Luther with his 95 Thesis, how expressing truth can heal psychological and…
Is Culture The Path To Understanding? – EU 28
Mar 14 • 51 min
Travel fanatic and student Ciera Rocco joins us this episode to discuss the five elements of culture, cultural blind spots, whether or not we can escape culture, if some cultures are better than others, integrating into new societies, hierarchies, chaos,…
The Nature Of Evil – EU 27
Mar 3 • 21 min
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of…
Career Development & Alignment: First Job To Dream Job – EU 26
Feb 22 • 46 min
If you, like most people, did not have the good fortune of having a fat sack of money fall from the sky and into your lap, you’ve probably had to work for the things you want. Work is an integral part of life. Not only does it allow us to prosper…
The Devil’s Advocate Pt. 2: Apathy – EU 25
Feb 14 • 48 min
“I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn.” - Leo Buscaglia There are many obstacles on the way to being your best self. Many of these obstacles are fairly apparent. Getting fired from your…
The Art Of Being Yourself: Individualism & Self-Actualization – EU 24
Feb 9 • 48 min
To “be yourself” in this world is no easy feat. We face constant social, cultural and economic pressures to conform to the status quo. In the west, we have freedom of speech, thought and expression, but who’s in the driver’s seat for capitalizing on those…
How To Be A Good Friend (And Not Destroy Friendships!) – EU 23
Feb 2 • 40 min
There is no magic formula for how to be a good friend. No instruction manual with 10 simple steps. Just lots of time, effort, loyalty, trust, vulnerability, and attempts at mutual understanding. In today’s episode featuring special guests Bryan and Rocco,…
The Devil’s Advocate: Vice – EU 22
Jan 25 • 30 min
“As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue” – Albert Einstein In each of us exists light and dark, good and bad, angel and devil, virtue and vice. The play of duality that constitutes morality and ethics is an interesting one.…
How To Develop A Successful Strategy To Win At Life – EU 20
Jan 12 • 48 min
Stumbling Into The New Year – EU 21 Minisode
Jan 4 • 11 min
The champagne’s gone, confetti is in the garbage, and 2018 is officially in full swing. This minisode features a short conversation with Michael as he discusses sobriety, questions of vocation, and an evolving direction with the podcast. If you have any…
3 Keys To An Elevated Existence: Flexibility, Mistakes & Pivots – EU 19
Dec 27, 2017 • 51 min
This episode is packed full of so many concepts, we were nervous to do the write-up. Join us for a candid conversation between Michael, Bryan, and our exceptional guest Chris Dinelli as we unpack flexibility as a concept, mistakes, learning through pain,…
Happy Holidays & A Fireside Chat – EU 18
Dec 21, 2017 • 35 min
Happy Holidays! With Hanukkah wrapping up and Christmas right around the corner, we take a moment to wish you a very happy holiday season. Stay safe, spend time with friends and family, turn off technology, and enjoy the final weeks of 2017 as we tie this…
How To Start – EU 17
Dec 12, 2017 • 26 min
Envision yourself with everything you presently want. The shredded physique. The perfect significant other. The window seat on an airline transporting you to a distant land of your choosing. The corner office overlooking the city skyline. The time to do…
Reframe Your Mind, Conquer Adversity – EU 16
Dec 7, 2017 • 43 min
“We forget: In life, it doesn’t matter what happens to you or where you came from. It matters what you do with what happens and what you’ve been given.” ― Ryan Holiday Jarrod Greth was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, at age three.…
Feeling Insecure? A Cure For The Plague Of Insecurity – EU15
Nov 29, 2017 • 38 min
“It is always the secure who are humble.” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton You wake up, brush your teeth, and gaze into the mirror hoping to see the reflecting visage of a Brad Pitt or Emma Watson. Nope, just you again, frazzled hair and all. In that moment,…
Turkey Day & Travel Escapades – EU14
Nov 23, 2017 • 49 min
Happy Thanksgiving! This week, we’re joined by the lovely and talented Ms. Alex to talk turkey day and travel escapades. We practice gratitude by reflecting on the things we’re thankful for and share stories acquired from traveling the world. This episode…
Unraveling The Elements Of Exceptional Relationships – EU13
Nov 15, 2017 • 34 min
Relationships are awesome, they allow you to share the essence of your soul with another individual willing and capable of receiving it. Once this bond is solidified by an unbreakable love, you are both carried away to nirvana to spend the rest of your…
A Millennial’s Guide To Surviving The Quarter-Life Crisis – EU12
Nov 8, 2017 • 30 min
“Just because we’re on different paths doesn’t mean I’m lost.” As the fall season continues to descend upon us, Bryan and Michael share their plans to partake in “Sober November” and get personal on the topic of quarter-life crisis. The quarter-life…
Emotional Stupidity & How To Avoid It – EU11
Nov 2, 2017 • 33 min
Have you ever found yourself weeping uncontrollably into a vat of Ben & Jerry’s for no apparent reason? Have people told you your level of agreeableness is less than that of a rabid baboon? Do you struggle to connect with others to form healthy, win-win…
Why So Serious? – EU10
Oct 25, 2017 • 21 min
In this double-digit installment of the Elevated U Podcast, Bryan and Michael steal a quote from their favorite Batman movie and riff on the topic of seriousness. We ponder the causes and effects of seriousness, how it impacts those around us, and how fun…
Our Elevated U Journey & The Case For Stagnation – EU9
Oct 18, 2017 • 35 min
The best and most memorable adventures are the ones that happen. In this week’s installment, we discuss our roots, how Elevated U came to be, and what we’ve learned in the process. We show some love to all of our listeners, you guys rock! Then Bryan and…
10 Psychological Traps That Stifle Awesomeness – EU8
Oct 11, 2017 • 27 min
In this week’s episode, Bryan and Michael riff and rant on 10 psychological traps that hinder people from achieving optimal states of awesomeness: 1) Discipline 2) Excuses 3) Not listening to others 4) Lack of exercise 5) Judging others 6) Perfectionism…
The Pursuit Of Happiness – EU7
Oct 3, 2017 • 30 min
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi This week’s episode features special guest and close friend Robert as we plunge face-first into the topic of happiness. We share personal views on the…
Just Do It! Productivity Pointers To Power-Up Your Life – EU6
Sep 26, 2017 • 26 min
It’s the first week of fall, and in this episode Michael and Bryan drop some wisdom on how to stay productive even after that 7th slice of pumpkin pie. We share personal productivity strategies, common productivity pitfalls and what to do when you fall…
How To Be An Effective Leader – EU5
Sep 19, 2017 • 31 min
What does it take to be an effective leader? How do effective leaders champion their cause? In this week’s installment of the Elevated U Podcast, Bryan and Michael take a stab at the topic of leadership. We dissect what leadership means to us, examine…
How To Cultivate Strength To Pierce Through Adversity – EU4
Sep 12, 2017 • 29 min
We admire those people who are able to push through seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve great heights. The Ghandis, MLKs, Steve Jobs of the world. In this week’s episode, Bryan and Michael delve into the concept of strength, how to find and…
Is The Road To Bliss Paved With Regret? – EU3
Sep 5, 2017 • 29 min
In this week’s episode, Bryan and Michael get deep on the topic of regret, what initiates it, how it’s affected their lives, and how regret can be used as a powerful tool for altering behavior, inviting growth, and inspiring integrous and value-based…
An Optimist, A Pessimist & A Realist Walk Into A Bar… – EU2
Aug 29, 2017 • 32 min
In today’s episode, we break away from optimism’s stereotypical golden throne atop the cultural paradigm and dive into how pessimism and realism can also be useful perceptive tools for living a good life. We chat about what it’s like to be a realist, how…
Episode 1: Thinking For Yourself
Aug 22, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode, we talk about the concept of “thinking for yourself,” the dangers of group think, how to take responsibility for your life, and how to get in touch with your core of awesomness to make decisions to be the best version of you!