Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

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Explore self-development through the filter of current events, pop culture, and experience. Produced by Brett Gajda and Nick Jaworski.
Ahead by a Century (Our Life): Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip
Nov 7 • 45 min
We are getting tragically hip this week with a story about a band, a country (Canada), and all the people in it. But, this episode is really about everyone, everywhere. So, regardless of who you are, where you live, and what listen to - there is a…
Just The Way You Are (Sincerity)
Oct 17 • 45 min
Halloween is coming up and that means Halloween movies and TV specials! To celebrate, Nick explores one of the earliest and most famous Halloween specials - It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. An often overlooked element in that show is the fact…
Knowing Me, Knowing You (Understanding) w/ Gretchen Rubin
Oct 3 • 42 min
Have you ever heard of The Golden Rule? If you have, you may realize that while it sounds nice, it has a pretty significant flaw in it. In this episode, we expose that flaw and go on an exploration to try and fix it. We are joined in this…
Let’s Dent The World (Onlyness) w/ Nilofer Merchant
Sep 19 • 47 min
It’s easy to see that the world has a lot of problems right now. But as the saying goes, slightly paraphrased, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing’. And we don’t feel that anyone who listens to…
The Where There’s Smoke Summer (almost) Spectacular!
Aug 8 • 30 min
Where There’s Smoke is coming back in September for their Fourth Season! In this episode you will hear all the details - launch date, frequency, etc. But first, Brett and Nick seem to have slightly different views on how exactly to launch this new…
Believe It or Not (Gratitude) - For Mom & Dad
May 12 • 38 min
In honor of Mother’s Day and the anniversary of the passing of Brett’s Dad, we offer this episode on gratitude. We hope you take the time to say “Thank You” to the people in your life who have given you so much. * * * Original show notes:…
How Do We Do This?! - A WTS Spin-off Podcast
Mar 7 • 25 min
A few weeks ago we aired an episode on “strategy”. And while the episode featured two entrepreneurs talking about their businesses, the origin of that show really started in a conversation Nick & Brett had about this very podcast. In that…
Life’s Like a Movie
Feb 7 • 33 min
This week, Nick asks himself AND the listeners a hypothetical question. If you have an answer or a thought that you’d like to share, visit www.wheretheressmoke.co and leave a Speakpipe message. To help get you in the mood, Nick presents the…
Bringing Home the Bacon (Strategy) w/ Melanie Deziel & Truly Social’s Tara Hunt
Jan 31 • 32 min
Succeeding at something isn’t just about having a good idea. That’s part of it, but there’s so much more. This week, we are talking about strategy - and breakfast - but mostly strategy. How do you take the idea you have in your brain and turn it…
A Personal Message from Brett
Jan 24 • 17 min
Brett provides an update and shares some thoughts. Listen to past episodes of Where There’s Smoke at www.wheretheressmoke.co.
Once Was Lost (Movement) - A WTS Favorite
Jan 17 • 33 min
Two stories separated by two years. Two moments moved by music. Have you ever felt lost? Ever found yourself stuck in a moment where you look outside of yourself for answers? Or where an answer came from outside - even when you weren’t looking? …
You Say You Want a Resolution (Willpower) w/ Kelly McGonical - A New Year’s WTS Favorite
Jan 3 • 43 min
New Year’s Resolutions. Around 45% of Americans will set a resolution for 2016 and by the end of January 36% will break them. Ultimately, only 8% of people who make resolutions, achieve them. Why? Well, according to a survey by the American…
A Where There’s Smoke Christmas
Dec 20, 2016 • 27 min
An annual WTS tradition returns! (Or starts… whatever.) Gather your family around the podcast box in the living room and relive your favorite podcast Christmas special all over again! * * * Just what IS Christmas Spirit? Is it real? If so, how do…
Soaking in the Holidays (Feeling)
Dec 13, 2016 • 30 min
Two holiday vignettes make up this week’s episode: First, Brett peels back the veneer of the joyful and festive holiday season, to acknowledge that sometimes … Christmas sucks. But, what if that’s actually be a good thing? If you are…
Let’s Build! (Environment) w/ Archangel Summit’s Giovanni Marsico
Dec 6, 2016 • 44 min
How much of who we are is influenced by where we are? And what do we do if we feel our environment is draining us, instead of charging us? A year and a half ago, Brett moved from San Francisco to the suburbs of Toronto, and lately he’s wondering -…
How to Get a Grip (Control) w/ JJ Virgin - A WTS Favorite
Nov 22, 2016 • 35 min
Much of life is out of our control. Often we are in situations where our level of control is small, but the impact of not having control is potentially large. And these moments can challenge our character, hamper our forward progress, or just be…
Everybody Can Be Great (Service)
Nov 15, 2016 • 29 min
Mahatma Gandhi never said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”. But … that doesn’t mean it’s not an accurate statement. This week, we explore what we can do to make a difference through service….
How to Relax on Election Day
Nov 8, 2016 • 9 min
We don’t know if you’ve heard yet, but it’s Election Day in the United States of America. And that is causing many people just a bit of anxiety. So today, rather than release a new episode, we thought we could provide you with something calm,…
The Elephant in the Room (Certainty)
Nov 1, 2016 • 36 min
What does it mean to be certain? Which comes first: judgement or reason? What is the difference between our differences dividing us or empowering us? And what does any of this have to do with riding an elephant? This week Nick & Brett explore the…
BOO! Stop, Look, Listen (Criticism) - A Special WTS Halloween Replay
Oct 25, 2016 • 41 min
Ghost stories and a WTS Favorite? This special Halloween replay of our Criticism episode includes some “creepy” ghost stories, a campfire, and some new #WTSdigs. *** Criticism seems to be running rampant in our world these days. This week, we…
Decency Now! - A WTS Election Special
Oct 18, 2016 • 34 min
The US Presidential Election is weeks away, and while Brett and Nick initially thought they wouldn’t address it in the show, it eventually became clear there was no way around it. After all, the whole premise of Where There’s Smoke is to take pop…
Change Your Mind (Stress) w/ Kelly McGonigal
Oct 11, 2016 • 35 min
It’s the Season 3 premiere and Brett and Nick are asking: “Is stress really THAT bad?” To help them unpack this question they are joined by health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, Kelly McGonigal. Kelly’s most recent book is…
Let’s Go Exploring (Curiosity) - A WTS Favorite with Invisibilia’s Lulu Miller
Jun 7, 2016 • 40 min
Lulu Miller helps us introduce this week’s replay of Where There’s Smoke because her podcast, Invisibilia, comes back on June 17 and she’s looking for that all-important “Where There’s Smoke Bump”! Thanks to her for recording the intro and,…
Plunge Into Nothing (Breaks) w/ Karan Bajaj
May 24, 2016 • 38 min
So much of our life is going from Point A to Point B, and it is about execution, deliverables, and responsibilities. And there is an absolutely a place for that. However for our sanity, and our success, it is also important that we take breaks. And…
Can’t Get There From Hair (Acceptance)
May 17, 2016 • 34 min
Eventually, we’re all forced to turn around and face the truth. In today’s episode, Nick shares a truth with Brett that he is having a hard time accepting and together - with some very special help - they try to get a handle on it. Where There’s…
Scratch That Itch (Purpose) w/ Drew Daywalt
May 10, 2016 • 35 min
Do a Google search for ‘How Do I Find My Life Purpose’ and you will find a slew of articles and videos claiming to help you discover your purpose in 7 minutes … 5 minutes ….3 minutes…and even “less than 5 seconds”. But is there even a…
Choice Endures (Trauma) w/ Auberon Wolf
Apr 5, 2016 • 44 min
Our first ever 48 Hour Challenge! We took suggestions from our listeners and this week we were assigned trauma. We’ll explore some of our own traumas, uncover what causes it, how we can cope with it, and even how we can thrive from it. And…
87 Hours (Quality Time) w/ Jim Sheils
Mar 22, 2016 • 36 min
All time is indeed created equal. Where it becomes unequal is in how we choose to spend it. This week’s episode started with 87 hours - 87 hours that Brett spent with his son, Radek. And those 3.5 days turned into an exploration of Quality Time:…
Stop, Look, Listen (Criticism)
Mar 15, 2016 • 37 min
Criticism seems to be running rampant in our world these days. This week, we ask some important questions: Why do we seem more interested in tearing others down than building them up? What is the deal with this plague of criticism in our world?…
Get A Move On (Community) w/ Jeff Utecht - A WTS Favorite
Mar 1, 2016 • 38 min
As we get ready for an exciting March, enjoy another WTS Favorite from April 28, 2015. Brett is on the record that he’s “jealous” of this episode. Whatever that means. ENJOY! Remember to visit www.supportwts.com and join the The “I’m Giving Up a…
The Matter of Multitasking (Focus) w/ Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman
Feb 23, 2016 • 42 min
It’s Single-Tasking Day and we’re taking the chance to talk about all things related to “focus”. We thoroughly explore multitasking and single-tasking while trying to understand what these habits do for our efficiency and our health. Plus, we…
Living Our Lies (Truth) w/ Dr. Cortney Warren | In the style of Serial (Part 2)
Feb 16, 2016 • 27 min
This is the second episode in our examination of truth and lies. This week we’re exploring the lies we tell ourselves. Why do we do that and how can we figure out when we’re doing it? We talk to Dr. Cortney Warren, author of the book Lies We Tell…
The Case Against Truth (Lies) w/ Scott Berkun | In the style of Serial (Part 1)
Feb 9, 2016 • 28 min
In honor of the return of Serial, this week we’re looking at Truth - well, truth and lies. Sometimes we lie for good reasons and sometimes we lie for bad ones. Which is which and why does it matter? Also, Author Scott Berkun also talks to us about…
Who Are You? (Stories & Influence) - A WTS Favorite
Feb 2, 2016 • 39 min
We’re getting ready for a fun episode next week and so we figured today was the perfect day to revisit our past and share with you the important of “story” in shaping our lives. Also, make sure to visit www.supportwts.com and support our…
Mind The Gap (Work)
Jan 26, 2016 • 35 min
Where There’s Smoke is a year old and as Brett & Nick bounced around several themes for the anniversary show, everything kept pointing back to one idea: work. Yup. Work is both hard… and awesome. So this week they explore work….
Turn And Face The Strange (Authenticity): Self-Development Meets David Bowie
Jan 19, 2016 • 32 min
Every week, we strive to use the stories around us - news, pop culture, sports - to help make a positive change within ourselves and our listeners. With so many people emotionally impacted by the recent death of David Bowie (including us), we wanted…
You Say You Want a Resolution (Willpower) w/ Kelly McGonigal
Jan 12, 2016 • 43 min
New Year’s Resolutions. Around 45% of Americans will set a resolution for 2016 and by the end of January 36% will break them. Ultimately, only 8% of people who make resolutions, achieve them. Why? Well, according to a survey by the American…
How to Create (Process) - A WTS Favorite
Jan 5, 2016 • 33 min
As we prepare for our episode on willpower next week, we figured we’d revisit another favorite episode and hope that it helps show both how much work an episode of WTS takes AND how to do your best creative work. Remember, we’d appreciate any…
Prep, Dig, Repeat: A Message from WTS
Dec 29, 2015 • 17 min
In preparation for 2016 and the next new episode of Where There’s Smoke, we thought we’d review some important concepts that can help you hit the ground running with your resolutions. Our next episode will be on the topic of willpower and,…
A Where There’s Smoke Christmas
Dec 22, 2015 • 27 min
Just what IS Christmas Spirit? Is it real? If so, how do we get it? What the heck does CWB stand for? And what’s the role of nostalgia in this whole holiday season?This week, it’s A Where There’s Smoke Christmas. Brett finds himself…
Work It! (Creativity) w/ David Usher
Dec 15, 2015 • 36 min
“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” Those are the words of John Cleese in a talk he gave back in 1991 on Creativity. In this episode we explore the concept of Creativity. What is it? Are YOU creative? Can you be MORE creative?…
It Only Makes You Stronger (Asking) w/ Kathy Quinlan-Perez
Dec 8, 2015 • 40 min
Why is it so hard to ask for things? Why do we resist? Why don’t we do it when we need support? This week, Brett and Nick launch their Patreon campaign - but they process was a difficult one. First, they had to wrestle with asking their listeners…
The Way It Is? (Taste) - WTS Favorite
Nov 24, 2015 • 42 min
This is one of Brett and Nick’s favorite episodes that, sadly, many listeners haven’t heard. So, while the WTS team takes some time off this week to rest up, please enjoy this encore presentation of “The Way It Is (Taste)”….
Hear And Now (Music & Memory) w/ Dr. Amee Baird
Nov 17, 2015 • 39 min
What is it about music that just takes you back to specific people, places, and moments? Well, this week, we explore how music intersects with our lives. Whether it’s playing, listening, or escaping it, music is finds a way to bury deep within us…
How To Make It (Quality) w/ The Black List’s Franklin Leonard
Nov 10, 2015 • 40 min
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” That’s Steve Martin’s advice for anybody looking to be successful. We hear some form of this idea from countless actors, musicians, athletes, scientists: Do good work. This week, we attempt to unpack what…
Handle With Care (Words)
Nov 3, 2015 • 37 min
Each day, roughly 205 billions emails are sent, 3.5 billion Facebook messages are posted, and 40 million tweets are shared. In short, we are talking, texting, tweeting, and chatting at a very high rate. But in this process of sharing so many words -…
Let’s Go Exploring! (Curiosity) with Invisibilia’s Lulu Miller
Oct 27, 2015 • 40 min
Lulu Miller of NPR’s Invisibilia joins us this week to talk about curiosity. Well, she really wanted to talk about adventure, exploration, and discovery; but for reasons we discuss in the show, Brett just couldn’t let curiosity go. Simply by…
Back to The Road Not Taken (Choices) - Robert Frost meets “Back to the Future”
Oct 20, 2015 • 31 min
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Robert Frost’s classic poem, The Road Not Taken. Also, October 21, 2015 has become known as Back to the Future Day because it is the exact date that Doc Brown, Marty McFly, and Jennifer travel to in the…
The Devil You Know (Procrastination) w/ Mark Manson
Oct 13, 2015 • 39 min
Listeners asked and so our second season premiere covers a topic that everyone struggles with: Procrastination. Unfortunately for Brett and Nick, life quickly began to imitate art when they found themselves caught in their own web of procrastination…
Season 2 Launches Tuesday, October 13th
Sep 25, 2015 • 39 min
Brett & Nick announce the release date for Season 2 of Where There’s Smoke — Tuesday, October 13 — and give a personal introduction to an encore play of our June 16th episode titled, “Believe It or Not (Gratitude)”. So, make…
A New Type of Hustle (Stillness) w/ Kyra Maya Phillips
Jul 28, 2015 • 39 min
For the past couple of years it seems like one of the biggest buzzwords in business and entrepreneurship is “Hustle”. And most of the messaging around hustle is about “go, go, go!” - harder, faster, stronger, more. But what if that’s not the…
Please Leave a Message (Meaning) w/ Teri Griege
Jul 21, 2015 • 30 min
Whether we realize it or not, day after day, we’re asked to make meaning out of our experiences. Why did something happen? What does it mean? What kind of person am I? The kinds of meanings that we pull out of these moments will have a huge…
How to Get a Grip (Control) w/ JJ Virgin
Jul 14, 2015 • 34 min
Much of life is out of our control. Often we are in situations where our level of control is small, but the impact of not having control is potentially large. And these moments can challenge our character, hamper our forward progress, or just be…
Once Was Lost (Movement)
Jul 7, 2015 • 32 min
Two stories separated by two years. Two moments moved by music. Have you ever felt lost? Ever found yourself stuck in a moment where you look outside of yourself for answers? Or where an answer came from outside - even when you weren’t looking?…
Walk This Way (Observation) w/ Alexandra Horowitz
Jun 30, 2015 • 41 min
What if you could be more satisfied your life? Strengthen your problem-solving skills? Raise your awareness and intuition? Change your attitude about things you dislike? Be more creative? More innovative? Enjoy waiting in lines? And what if the…
Call To Action (Wisdom) w/ PhilosophersNotes’ Brian Johnson
Jun 23, 2015 • 36 min
Who do you consider wise today? Does anyone immediately come to mind? This week we explore the unexpectedly complex question: What is wisdom? Additionally, we discuss the state of wisdom today and how we can foster more of it in our world. Also, Nick…
Believe It or Not (Gratitude) w/ Matthew Goldfarb
Jun 16, 2015 • 36 min
Today’s episode opens with a story about fathers and, yet, the show is just as much about mothers, grandparents, teachers, and friends as anything else. We explore several important moments to uncover the true meaning of gratitude and how we can…
Be Seen (Vulnerability) w/ Bobby Umar
Jun 9, 2015 • 34 min
Superman can’t lead for sh*t. That was a playful title in the mix as we crafted this episode on vulnerability. As you listen, you will start to understand what that means, and how vulnerability feeds creation, fuels innovation, dissolves barriers,…
How To Make A Change (Behavior) w/ BJ Fogg & Jason Lassner
Jun 2, 2015 • 38 min
The road to frustration is paved with good intentions. Most of us can relate to having an experience, a conversation, taking a class, reading a book, listening to a podcast - and something grabs your attention. Sometimes it can feel like a 2X4 to your…
How to Create (Process)
May 26, 2015 • 32 min
To get from Point A to Point B - there is always a process. Sometimes it’s intentional and other times it just happens. Some aspects of that process may be effective and, ultimately, help an endeavor succeed. Other steps in the process can actually be a h
A Step in the Right Direction (Values) w/ Chalene Johnson
May 19, 2015 • 35 min
Values guide our every decision - whether we are aware of it or not. And they also have the power to align our character, attract others to us, and impact our ability to influence. This week on Where There’s Smoke we dig into values; share some example
The Best Way Out (Experience) w/ Bassam Tarazi
May 12, 2015 • 36 min
Experience. It’s more than Jimi Hendrix’s band. It is the thing which shapes and sculpts us throughout our lives. It is the process by which wisdom and mastery are created. This week on Where There’s Smoke we explore the value of our experiences. W
The Way It Is? (Taste) w/ Dr. Robert Woody
May 5, 2015 • 35 min
Taste. What’s good? What’s bad? People often come guns blazing with their opinions on things - whether it be music, movies, art, food, or drink. But where do these ideas come from and why are they so deeply ingrained? This week on Where There’s…
Get A Move On (Community) w/ Jeff Utecht
Apr 28, 2015 • 34 min
Community is a living organism - it’s always changing. And while it once only existed in a physical place, now it can also exist in just space. Technology has helped communities to evolve and become global. As Nick and Brett both leave Northern…
Are You In or Out? (Moments) w/ Kevin Carroll
Apr 21, 2015 • 36 min
Life is a series of moments and, these days, many people struggle to do two things - fully experience and fully capture their moments. And it turns out, doing both might be impossible. In this episode, we explore our modern tendency to use our…
Tomorrow Never Knows (Beginnings) w/ Hal Elrod
Apr 14, 2015 • 37 min
There is a saying, ‘It’s not how you start that matters, but how you finish.” But what if how you finish is, in fact, dictated by how you start? Hard to say more than that without giving something away. Miracle Morning creator and author, Hal…
Know Fear (Courage) w/ Brad Axelrad
Apr 7, 2015 • 36 min
Is fear really the only thing we have to fear? In this episode we seek not to define fear, but to understand it - and, in turn, to get a better grasp on its antidote - courage. We have a conversation with consultant and speaker Brad Axelrad on the…
Can You Feel It? (Success) w/ Brendan Hufford
Mar 31, 2015 • 37 min
Success. Most people say they want it, and yet few know what “it” is to them. Ask most people what success means to them, and they aren’t sure. In this episode, we give you a new perspective to contemplate success - by starting with…
Why Do You Ask? (Questions) w/ Chris Marcell Murchinson & Dr. Kelly Werner
Mar 24, 2015 • 35 min
Why do we ask questions? What power do they have? And how can they help us create and shape our businesses, relationships, and lives? What would it sound like to take an exploration into the world of questions? Could we start with some famous movie…
Don’t Jump! (Bias) w/ Bassam Terazi
Mar 17, 2015 • 36 min
Thinking, Fast and Slow would be a great name for your mind, if it were a professional wrestling duo in the ‘80s. It is also the title of a 2011 best selling book by psychologist Daniel Kahneman which analyzes the dichotomy between two modes of…
This Changes Everything (Caring) w/ Milton Mayeroff
Mar 10, 2015 • 33 min
Love is the still the killer app. No matter how much we innovate our strategies and advance our technology, all great leaders will tell you that caring is still at the heart of success. This week, we explore powerful concepts like kindness and…
Fish Out of Water (Attitude) w/ Will Bowen
Mar 3, 2015 • 33 min
“Fish discover water last” is a French Proverb. It’s meaning is that when we are completely immersed in something, we are oblivious it is there. It is only when are pulled of it, that we can see how immersed we were. This week we leap off a viral…
Extrasode: A Problem With Positive? (Visualization Revisited)
Feb 27, 2015 • 7 min
Welcome to the first “extrasode” of Where There’s Smoke. These are quick episodes we produce between our full Tuesday episodes when we feel that we’ve got something to say. This week, we received an email from a listener in New Jersey…
There You Are (Empathy) w/ Kevin Hall
Feb 24, 2015 • 36 min
The Breakfast Club was released into theaters 30 years ago this month. John Hughes’ classic is about five teenagers who spend a Saturday in detention and realize they are more than their respective stereotypes. As with most Hughes movies, the themes…
Who Are You? (Stories & Influence) w/ Ty Bennett
Feb 17, 2015 • 36 min
Stories are built into our DNA. For thousands of years they have shaped cultures, religions, and whole civilization. And they may just be the answer to the age-old question, ‘Who Am I?’ In this episode of Where There’s Smoke, we explore the…
How Does It End? (Visualization) w/ Matt Mayberry
Feb 10, 2015 • 32 min
Imagine if you knew how something was going to end, before it started? How much more effective would you be? How much more confident? In this episode we leap off of Malcolm Butler’s post Super Bowl interview to uncover the power of…
What’s the Meaning of Life? (Happiness) w/ Laura Delizonna
Feb 3, 2015 • 31 min
Sure, we could have layed up like David Simms at the US Open for Episode 4, but we’ve got too much Roy McAvoy in us. So, we are charging forward and tackling one of the biggest questions of all, “What’s the meaning of life?” The episode starts…
On Time is Late (Accountability) w/ Sam Silverstein
Jan 23, 2015 • 30 min
In this episode, we put Tom Brady forth as the main character in a show about accountability. This may ruffle the feathers of non-Patriots fans, and disengage non-sports fans; but if both can keep an open mind, we believe you will get great…
People Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel (Appreciation) w/ Dr. Paul White
Jan 23, 2015 • 30 min
Tomorrow, January 28, is the 29th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. In this episode, Brett shares his memories of where he was when he found out, who told him, and how he felt. What it is about certain events that causes our…
The Like Button IS the Dislike Button (Listening) w/ Courtland Warren
Jan 23, 2015 • 33 min
We launch Where There’s Smoke into the atmosphere with an exploration of one of the hardest, and most valuable, skills in life to master - listening. The episode starts with a question: “How would Einstein have fared in today’s comment culture world?”…