My guest for this week’s episode is Philip McKernan. He is an inspirational speaker, philosopher, writer, and filmmaker who works with entrepreneurs and leaders to live a life that benefits all aspects of their lives. One of the most impactful episodes I’ve had (so I suggest that you really listen to his insights), we had a very refreshing conversation that covered so much it can get you to see things in a different light.
He talked about letting go, alignment, consumption of information and authenticity. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as he discussed with much conviction so many profound things that he’s done and realized through his own life.
Some of the topics we covered today are:
- The mindset that puts money on a pedestal, the freedom people think it provides, and how that doesn’t equate to peace of mind, sense of fulfillment and purpose (2:51).
- How long it took him to realize that what he was chasing was out of alignment with who he really was (3:44).
- How busy-ness and chaos indicates an underlying pain, how staying busy is just a rationalization of the feeling of disconnection, and how society evolved such that busy became socially acceptable (4:00).
- Indicators and manifestations of a life that is not aligned (5:20).
- The problem with people consuming so much how-to-guides and information instead of trusting their internal wisdom, gut and intuition (8:57; 12:10).
- His insights on retreats and conferences, and finding those which actually resonates with an individual that can serve them emotionally and intellectually (14:04).
- The film he put together titled Give & Grow (15:50), his definition of what gifts are vs. talents (16:26), what drove him to create a film, and why use this specific medium (17:33).
- The two core things human beings want to do (16:47).
- Strategies to let go on an emotional level and what things that we carry deep down end up sabotaging ourselves (19:54).
- How being aligned is a human possibility that creates fluency making things easier, instead of thinking that life must be hard and hard work is necessary (21:14).
- His thoughts on minimalism as not merely letting go of material things but is deeply rooted in alignment and emotions (24:02).
- The overwhelming expectation for perfection, productivity, and success people are subjected upon – which may not necessarily be their personal truth but a reflection of their family’s, friend’s, or society’s expectations (25:25).
- His thoughts on consumption of information – whether online or offline and how to move from mere information to knowledge, wisdom, and awareness (28:38).
- How he spent a huge chunk of his life suppressing his real self (30:40).
- His advice on how everyone should deal with life (32:05).
If you want to connect with Phillip McKernan and check out things mentioned in this episode, below are the links:
- Philip McKernan (@PhilipMcKernan) | Twitter
- PhilipMcKernan.com | Are you destined for more?
- Uncover Your Gift | GIVE & GROW
- A 5 Minute Plea to Do by Gary Vaynerchuck - YouTube
- Stoicism 101: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
- Stoic Optimism: Ryan Holiday at TEDxUChicago 2014
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