Living Curiously

When what you think you know about your life collides with the pesky truth of reality… Living curiously could be the best remedy. 

Becki SaltzmanLiving Curiously

There’s an old saying that goes: “Curiosity killed the cat,” but for us humans, it not only doesn’t kill us, but it will open new doors of inspiration and add years of wisdom to our lives.

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This week’s episode of Between the Lines features a most charming guest with a unique passion. Her name is Becki Saltzman and she is a “curiosity expert” whose career is all about helping others find their own path to curiosity. One key reason this is so relevant is that according to Becki it helps us by, “viewing failure with curiosity instead of fear.”

Another aspect, of particular interest, was that during our conversation Becki revealed that curiosity also helps us fall back in love with our own lives and can rub off on others to help them do the same. What I found most curious about curiosity is that: “Living curiously is not about endless inquiry. It is about uncovering what you need to know.” Plus, one of the key elements of it all according to Becki is, “becoming comfortable with not knowing.”

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Besides this special episode, this is also a special time for many viewers and readers as they celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. To all of you observing the holidays and to those who may not, I wish you all a very sweet, happy, and healthy New Year. In the Jewish tradition this time is known also as “The Days of Awe.” It is a time of deep introspection and no better moment than now to start living a curious life.

In addition to it all, this week is my Dad’s 90th Birthday and without a doubt he has provided for me a most wonderful and joyous life. Thank you Pop for all you’ve done and for continuing to encourage my curiosity. I’m also looking forward to sharing many more with you.

Enjoy the show, have a great week and a wonderful holiday.

Barry

 

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Are We There Yet?

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I could write a book about the things I’ve learned but still don’t know. Just like the little kid in the back of the car, I wonder when I will get to that indescribable place where I feel at one with myself and in a sense, complete.

A part of me says; NEVER. A part of me says; WHEN? And a part of me sometimes says; NOW. However, they are not in equal parts. The feelings resemble a bell curve with the NEVER and the NOW on the very ends and a large sweeping WHEN hovering across most of it.

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Although it does not always feel that way, WHEN at least means motion and since every single thing from the tiniest of particles to the massiveness of the universe is always in motion, I can at least feel in good company.

You express gratitude for what you already have and for all that you’d like to receive as though you have already received it…

GRATITUDE that is the key in my opinion to setting this all in motion.

May McCarthy – The Path to Wealth

Ah, that lovely word GRATITUDE. Why does that have such a hard time staying in the forefront of my consciousness, but is so comfortable lying down in the back of my mind?

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Some enlightening answers to that question comes from my conversation with May McCarthy, seen this week on Between the Lines.

May is an extremely successful entrepreneur, speaker and author who believes that we all have the power within to: “Eliminate old behaviors that have kept you from the experiences you really want.”

I have gotten to know May very well and I am certain that she is right. However, I still cannot help but wonder: “Am I there yet?”

Until I can I will keep her words in mind:

Remain calm in the face of adversity – There will always be distressing situations in life that we can’t control. But if we’re prepared, we don’t have to experience debilitating distress.

Enjoy the episode, remain calm and have a great week whether you are there or not yet,

Barry

 

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Being Our Own Brand

We know we want more, but we’re not sure what it is that we need… More often it’s not the elimination of a clog but the creation of a new path.

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 My mother always had a saying that went like this: “I don’t know what I need but I know I need something.” It is a state that we all often find ourselves in.

I believe we feel that way most especially when we do not know our purpose, mission, or our brand. And even those lucky enough to have found all of the above still sometimes feel a yearning for what they believe is lacking in their life, without actually knowing what that is.

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Gary Szenderski is an author, speaker, teacher and branding specialist. He is internationally acclaimed as an expert on the subject of defining a company’s, an organization’s, and an individual’s brand and how to find that something you need but cannot put your finger on it.

Our perspective makes a difference in how all of it unfolds.

But changing our perspective, as simple as it sounds, is not as easy as we would wish it to be. Gary knows that: “Waiting for, and expecting something to happen can freeze a person into a stall.”

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So, are we just caught between a rock and a hard place? Not according to Gary:

If we tap into what got us here, we can create a better version of ourselves from here forward, one step, one chapter, one moment at a time.

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In our conversation this week on most of our PBS stations Gary and I explore this topic. Whether you find that something or not, you will get one step closer.

The deepest wisdom is not knowing your exact purpose in this world, but knowing that you do indeed have one.

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Also, this being the Memorial Day weekend I wish all my viewers and readers a good time with friends and family. Please though, as you gather around the barbeque, take the time to pause and be thankful for all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and those who continue to serve and defend our country. They certainly know their brand and purpose and we are all the better for it.

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Enjoy the holiday, the episode, and have a great week,

Barry

 

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Woody-Wooden and Me

Most worthwhile things come wrapped in adversity… If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier. 

Coach John Wooden, as told to Woody Woodburn, in Wooden and Me 

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I get to magnify my blessings every time I hear from viewers. I also am blessed to meet some of the most wonderful people in the world and then get to share that experience. Add to the mix a great family and wonderful friends and what more could anyone ask for?

Okay, to be a little thinner and have more money.

That said, this is a rare occasion for me when I share with all this week’s episode. Because my guest, Woody Woodburn, was first a viewer. However, as a world class journalist, he also happened to develop a long-time, deep relationship with the greatest coach, John Wooden, who also was a guest on Between the Lines. 

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My conversation with Woody, about his friendship with Coach, felt like getting a double dollop of wisdom from two very special people. Woody’s friendship with Coach spanned decades and throughout the years they would often walk and talk together for many miles. Woody got to hear first-hand some of the coaches most important messages of life.

Whatever your goal is, if you take it one step at a time… If you focus on making each day your masterpiece – specifically, making today your masterpiece – well then it becomes doable. And it also becomes more enjoyable.

Have a great week, enjoy this stirring episode and make each day your masterpiece,

Barry

 

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Limping on Water

Develop a reputation for hard work and honesty… Don’t do anything that is ethically questionable. You will lose more than you could ever gain.

Phil Beuth – Limping on Water

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I have been blessed to have a number of people in my life who have supported me on many levels. One of those very special people is a gentleman named Phil Beuth. As President of ABC Late Night, Phil gave me my first job in network television. He also was the first non-family member to help support Between the Lines and did so at such a crucial time that without him there would be no show. He also did it without expecting anything in return.

That is just a small taste of the great things Phil Beuth has done for others. He was a pioneer in fundraising for the fight against AIDS, organizing the first television special-telethon that raised money and awareness for this previously closeted disease.

As the first employee of Capital Cities, the former owners of ABC Television, Phil helped grow what many consider the best managed company of the 20th century.

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In fact, at the upcoming Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting later this month, legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, not only praises Phil’s book, Limping on Water, but ordered hundreds of copies so it would be available to his shareholders when they meet in Omaha, Nebraska on April 30th.

Hire the best people, pay them well, never have more people than necessary, give them equity and autonomy in an ethical company and leave them alone.

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Phil was born with cerebral palsy, thus the title for his book, but could not let something like that stop him. In our conversation, airing on our PBS stations this week, you will meet this wonderful man, see how a company can succeed when its main focus is integrity and how when you apply the lessons from Phil’s book you too will reap the benefits in your work and your life.

Enjoy and have a great week,

Barry

 

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Raising the Barre

When Lauren Kessler’s episode about her book, Raising the Barre, aired it inspired so many.

Her encouraging tale of a mid-life challenge motivated others to experiment with things they always wanted to do, but didn’t think possible.

For those who missed Lauren’s story, and those who wanted to share it with friends and family, just click below to see the entire episode.

Wishing all a very joyous Easter shared with friends and family,

Barry

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The Mystery of Mastery

Mastery: The feeling that we have a greater command of reality, other people and ourselves.

Robert Greene – Mastery

Most of us have a hard time even feeling adequate, but the truth is we were built for MASTERY whether we are aware of it or not. Plus, we all have the ability to get on the path of mastery even if it first appears to be an unconquerable struggle.

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We are not born with the secret key to mastery, yet we can unlock its mystery for it lies within our uniqueness and the role we are meant to play in the game of life. Even the thought of mastery seems meant for people of higher capabilities than we possess. Yet, if we find it tough just to get through the daily struggle why even contemplate mastery? The answer again comes from Robert Greene:

You must see the goal of mastery as a necessity. A larger purpose to our lives.

For me, the true goal is not for the sole purpose of mastering a particular subject, but to gain a better command over ourselves. It opens up doors of wonder, curiosity and awe that allows us to see our reality more clearly.

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Doubting your ability to find mastery in your life is normal. However, your ability to endure the doubt is in your control. Do not even attempt to stop the feelings of doubt, just do not let them stop you from achieving the awareness that mastery is an attainable goal. In fact, the frustration is actually a sign of progress. As Robert writes:

The only real impediment to mastery is yourself and your emotions. You cannot suppress such emotions – they are normal to the process. What you can do is have faith in the process.

Below is my entire conversation with Robert Greene about his book Mastery. Just click HERE or watch below to begin your own journey towards mastery.

Enjoy, share with others, and have faith in the process.

Barry

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