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Celebrating 65 episodes in our inaugural year, 40 of them featured guests from all walks of life. Remarkably, given that each shared their top 3 Insights to Live By, not one of those many life lessons were repeated. EVERY single guest deserves the spotlight in this Top Insights of Year 1. Only 20 are selected. This is a great opportunity to get to know the show and its host, Matt Zinman. Hope you enjoy this very special episode!
How well do you meet life’s challenges? Do you take courageous action or hold yourself back? Joining the show to show you the way is Australian author Eric Winters, a world-class speaker, facilitator and creator of the entertaining and inspiring, “Swipe Right on Your Best Self.” Eric shares his strategies – backed by science – to meet challenges more effectively in professional and personal life. Among all else, hear how to leverage regret, mindfulness and a sense of urgency to enrich your days and achieve your goals.
Among his many “once in a lifetime experiences” shared in this episode, Glenn Plaskin describes his “human moments” with Calvin Klein, Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett, Paul Newman, Lionel Richie, Amy Grant, Nancy Reagan and Tony Robbins, to name a few. Known for his exclusive, in-depth interviews with celebrities, Glenn is a veteran journalist, syndicated columnist, recognized collaborator and a ghostwriter for CEO’s, film stars, high achievers, newsmakers, performing artists and public speakers. Join the conversation to hear some fascinating stories along with his insights about creating a storied life.
She’s an award-winning TV host, author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading health & wellness experts. Forbes Riley is also a sought-after spokesperson, broadcast journalist and success/results coach to celebrities, sales teams and CEOs. Her trusted brand has featured 194 infomercials that have grossed more than $2.5 Billion Dollars. Needless to say, Forbes has cultivated her share of Insights to Live By. Here, she and Matt discuss everything from tragedy and love to the keys to success.
How important is your freedom to you? How much time is within your control among all the hours you spend working? What is your quality of life at work? Here to help is Belinda Ellsworth, a professional speaker, trainer, best-selling author and host of the podcast: Work From Your Happy Place. She’s helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success.” Belinda has guided more than 200 companies as a consultant and conference speaker. You’ll find she has a vast supply of Insights to Live By!
Are you ready to confront limiting beliefs, embrace your worthiness and change your life for the better? Wait no longer because joining the show is Diane Forster, the best-selling author of “I HAVE TODAY” as well as a podcast and TV host and – among all else – an intentional living expert. She focuses on supporting professional women that have yet to be free of self-imposed limitations often because the busyness of life has led them to put others first. It’s time to put aside self-doubts and fears by accepting unconditional love to live happier, more fulfilled lives.
How far would you be willing to go to get out of your own way to fully align your relationship with money? Joining the show to help you find out is Morgana Rae, a 20x international best-selling author, mentor coach and the world’s leading authority on relationship with money. Affectionately called the “Money Goddess” by her fans, Morgana heals the rift between heart, spirit and money.
There is a deep and direct connection between a parent’s emotional health and that of their kids. But children face very different challenges and lack the skills to cope. How can parents can navigate this emotional landscape, especially now impacted by the pandemic? Here to help, “Dr. Ro” shares timely insights from her new book, “It’s Gonna Be Ok,” including about what signs to look for that indicate the need to check in with kids, techniques to handle those red flags and when to seek greater help. Taking care of themselves and modeling behaviors are also key.
People often think that volunteering and donating money are the only ways to make an impact. There are so many ways to make the world a better place. Joining the show is the co-founder of For Purpose, Brian Ford, who is on a mission to make social impact more approachable by making purpose a lifestyle that anyone can live and feel empowered to make a difference. Join the movement!
With more than 3 million followers on Instagram alone, Natasha Grano is among the 20 most influential people in 2021 (source: Yahoo). Yet beyond being a top social media expert, her core focus as a leading mindset coach is to help others use her renowned MBS Method to manifest their desires – from finding a soulmate to fulfilling ones purpose. Among all else, she explains how the most common blockage to achieving transformation is feeling unworthy. Listen in to discover how to overcome self-imposed limitations and live the life of your dreams.
Happiness can seem kind of nebulous. It is a state of being that comes and goes? Is it an experience in any given moment? Could being happy be a life skill? Discerning these and other answers is exactly why we welcome Edwin Edebiri, Chief Happiness Officer of the Happy Neighborhood Project who – among all else – successfully lobbied the United Nations to declare March 20th the International Day of Happiness. Needless to say, Edwin is an authority on this topic as well as you’ll find – an all-around happy guy.
Join the conversation with #1 BILLBOARD singer and songwriter Sophia May, who’s current focus as a mental health advocate includes co-creating Mendable, an app to help men through related challenges. She’s also a registered mental health nurse and founder of the Mental Health Awareness Club on Clubhouse.
There was a time when the Law of Attraction was a fringe concept. Now it’s seemingly everywhere, which it is. How do you decide what to consume? That’s exactly why Matt’s guest is Andrew Kap, the best-selling author of “The Last Law of Attraction Book You’ll Ever Need to Read.” Andrew shares his best insights and techniques, including his Time-Lapse Method, scripting and how to align intentions with habits that take as little as five minutes a day to make yourself – among all else – a money magnet.
Join Matt for a walk down Z-isms lane beginning with the inflection point that led to the book, the birth of the podcast and where it’s all going, including a big reveal! This episode features fresh insights about the 12 core principles within Z-isms among self-discovery and mindset, well-being, relationships and legacy achievement as well as about Matt taking the LEAP in Choosing Happierness.
Among all else, she is a 3x Emmy Award-winning journalist, media trainer, professional speaker, new author, philanthropist and the reigning Mrs. Virginia American. Dhomonique exudes individuality and reminds all of us that we’re no better than one another and have the opportunity to make extraordinary decisions every day. You’ll find good reason why this conversation is so in-depth.
Do you live by chance or by choice? By default or by design? How many of us ever make a concerted and conscious effort to define and devise a plan to live happily ever after? One challenge with pursuing happiness is that it can seem vague to achieve, which is precisely why – in this special solo episode – Matt shares insights about the types of happiness, defining your needs, warding off negativity and at least 10 steps you can take right now to live a happier life.
Where The Secret leaves off, we begin. Joining the show is Master Empowerment Coach, Joey Drolshagen, who helps navigate the Law of Attraction to bring vision, passion and intention to fruition. Hear how to achieve quantum growth in your business, career and personal goals. Convert your struggles into opportunities and get unstuck to enjoy a passion-lived life.
Our lives are an evolution in and unto themselves. Now more than ever, it can be difficult to assure your sense of direction and accelerate your goals, be that for your career, business, leadership or personally. Here with the right answers to move you from where you are to where you want to be is Brian G. Bachand, founder and CEO at evolution evolution, a global coaching company dedicated to unleashing your authentic self.
The free-flowing conversation continues with Mike Alden, Esq., 3x WSJ and USA Today Author and founder and CEO of Blue Vase Marketing. In addition to some telling insights about Mike are in-depth perspectives about handling haters, overcoming struggles, knowing when to quit, evolving adversity and navigating relationships with family, coworkers and others. Even if you somehow missed Part 1, this exchange stands well on its own. As always, feel welcome to Listen In.
There’s something to be said about a free-flowing conversation that could go on at length. But after two hours of truth bombs, pearls of wisdom and other Insights to Live By with Mike Alden, Esq., 3x WSJ and USA Today Author, it’s clear that a two-part episode is a good entrée. Among all else, Mike is founder and CEO of Blue Vase Marketing, which encompasses his 15 years of experience in Direct Response Marketing and innovative techniques to help authors and others succeed. Feel free to join the conversation, at least Part 1.
Do you live to work or do you work to live? Maintaining a healthy work-life balance has become a seminal issue with the titanic shift in lifestyle this past year. Fortunately, here to help make sense of it all is the world’s leading work-life balance integration expert, Susanne Grant. Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, she is also an intuitive Business Coach, consultant, international bestselling author and award-winning monthly contributor for Brainz Magazine.
Is there such a thing as Happierness? The choice is yours. Join Matt to explore what’s become the premier mindset of Z-isms that fills an essential void in the devoted pursuit of personal life enrichment and true joy. Take a journey on the practical side of living in the present.
Is there such a thing as a “good quit?” Of course there is! Joining the show to clarify the answer is Coonoor Behal, author of the forthcoming book, “I Quit: The Life Affirming Joy of Giving Up.” She is also the Founder and CEO of MindHatch, a design thinking firm as well as an accomplished Improv comedy performer, trainer and coach. This conversation is full of great energy and… insights!
Celebrating a milestone with Episode 40 is an encore about Earned Confidence – by far – the most downloaded episode of Insights to Live By. It’s also entirely fitting given that it represents the foundational building block with Z-isms to just deal with the real, level up your life and experience true joy – among other things. Matt also leads off with the latest update about Z-isms and recent guest episodes. Kindly feel welcome to Listen In.
He has visited 42 countries and has met 3 presidents, 2 kings and an emperor. Among all else, Robert is a serial entrepreneur, leadership expert, keynote speaker and author of the best-selling book, “Living an Extraordinary Life.” Throughout his endeavors, he has also provided high-impact experiential trainings to 1.3 graduates as well as freely shares his Eight Principles of Success to life an extraordinary life. Join the conversation.
On the very day of this episode, Hala submitted her resignation to Disney Streaming Services to officially become her own boss – once and for all! Now, as founder of YAP Media and the host of her own Top 10 show – Young and Profiting – Hala is taking the podcast world by storm and helping other achieve their full potential. Among sharing her exciting journey, Hala suggests “10 Things to Give Up to Succeed” and offers her insightful predictions for 2050. Join the conversation.
In a word, he is a FORCE. At 23, Mark is working on his second book, the first – “Screw Being Shy” – is a timeless guide for introverts and those ready to overcome setbacks. He’s also the host of Humans 2.0 – a Top 100 podcast; the founder of GROWCASTS – a podcast accelerator; and an emerging expert on career transition, personal branding, LinkedIn, and then some. Join the conversation.
Revisiting the origin of Z-isms its evolution since, Matt shares his personal insights about making a “Mindset Reset” and, with it, a “Life Upgrade.” Here he recaps the most relevant and actionable points involving self-discovery, well-being, managing energy, interpersonal interactions and relationships, amplifying mindfulness and gratitude – all leading up to legacy achievement and life enrichment. He also reveals a few secrets about the book, the podcast and to where it’s all leading.
From elite motivational speakers and “spiritual scientists” to business titans and college interns – EVERYONE has insights to live by. In this inaugural episode of 2021, Matt fulfills a New Year’s wish to interview his interns, Megan and Sandra. It’s a total blast! Topics feature: a behind-the-scenes look about the show (and Matt), finding positivity, sound college advice, seeking discomfort, a BIG reveal and a sneak peek.
Joining Matt from New Delhi for this special New Year’s episode, Dr. Sahi shares her insights and approach to personal transformation as a whole and what it means to live fully and most joyfully. As a pioneering physician, she has been able to combine her formal medical training with a host of complementary therapies, based upon biophysical and quantum physical evidence in concert with mental, spiritual and social systems as a single entity. It’s a flat-out fascinating conversation!
What is it that ever goes so wrong in our lives that we reach the point of seeing ourselves as the enemy? First, we’ll need to defeat the past, strengthen our mindset about the future and improve our ability to stay present – where true joy happens. It’s only then that we can calibrate our internal compass about self-respect, self-esteem and self-love. Wait. What’s the difference? What are the missing building blocks that can help us get unstuck and accelerate personal growth? Here you’ll hear the foundational Z-isms for Winning the Battle Within.
His life is his fault, which is just how Dave Crane likes it. Among all else, he is an international entertainer and motivational keynote speaker with nearly 6,000 presentations and 24,000 on-stage experiences reaching an audience of more than 2 billion people in 33 Different countries spanning over 117 nationalities (by last count).
It’s the missing link to remedy many of our most pressing problems by marrying them in such a way that they solve one another with exponential impact. From job creation and economic gaps to education reform and college debt relief, The BIG Idea extends to industry labor needs as well as enabling nonprofit charities with more helping hands to expand their social causes. The list goes on.
The BIG Idea expands the boundaries of human potential. It would create many tens of thousands of new jobs, many of which would be for U.S. veterans. It would take many billions of dollars. The good news is that the funding is ALREADY there!
In revealing The BIG Idea, Matt also exposes the dirtiest secret in higher education and illuminates the hidden economic epidemic that’s having a multi-decade impact on many college students and their families. He also shares the single next step that can bring The BIG Ida to fruition.
“I believe that experience is the key to career success, personal happiness, lifelong prosperity and the ability to earn one’s freedom.” – Matt Zinman
From dental hygienist (and cancer survivor) to co-founder of Isagenix, a multinational corporation with more than $8 billion in cumulative sales, Kathy Coover is the embodiment of resilience. Author of the new best-selling book, Resilient: Lessons Learned, Lives Changed, Kathy shares the defining personal and professional experiences that led to her successes in business and in life.
This intimate conversation also reveals everything from Kathy’s most daring feat to her parenting advice and what few know about her.
For more than 15 years, Matt Zinman has focused on the success of employers, students and jobseekers. Through it all, he has developed original resources and innovative techniques, especially to help graduates, professionals, disadvantaged youth and military veterans in transition. Here he reveals his best advice along with exclusive insights about networking, informational interviews and how to create a Plan B and Turn it into Plan A. So be sure to join this not-to-be-missed conversation!
Named one of the world’s greatest motivators and a Top 100 Business Coach, David is on a mission to empower over 1 billion people to be happy. His endeavors focus on four overarching principles involving gratitude, empathy, accountability and effective communication, which he advances throughout his many books, multiple podcast and radio shows, television productions, keynote speaking and weekly free trainings. Here Matt covers everything from David’s greatest life challenges to topics about mentoring and becoming a “Ferocious Buddha.”
Among all else, Matt is a tireless champion of internships and making experience matter. In addition to founding The Internship Institute in 2007, he has managed and mentored nearly 300 interns throughout his career, including many virtually. Here he shares his insights about deciding whether to have interns and how to make them optimally productive. This applies to any size company as well as for solopreneurs.
You may be skeptical about hypnosis, but there’s no denying that our subconscious plays a vital part of our quality of life. Fortunately, here to debunk the myths and explain how it all works is a world-renowned hypnotherapist. Gale also pioneered the Reprogramming Hypnosis System and shares her experiences and insights about how our subconscious can help us get what we really want.
Discovering your “why” is the easy part. Achieving that purpose is something else entirely. The Law of Attraction can help, but only gets you so far. This is your “why” is something effortful. Books don’t write themselves. Companies don’t thrive on their own. This is where INEVITABILITY comes in. If the Law of Attraction is powered by gratitude, then INEVITABILITY is fueled by self-belief. Join Matt for this insightful approach to goal achievement and techniques that make that inevitable.
Do you believe the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve? Well, here to explain just that is the Go-Giver himself, Bob Burg. You may know his book, The Go-Giver, took the business world by storm and has since sold more than a million copies. Hear Matt and Bob discuss the simplest, most fulfilling and most effective path to success in business and in life; as well as explore unusual topics about “Intrapreneurs,” how the book emerged and became a success.
Would you rather live life by design or by default? The thing about gratitude is that it doesn’t happen by itself. The same may not be true of the Law of Attraction. Whether you believe in it is less relevant than the role of gratitude in your life. Positive experiences like happiness, joy, inspiration and love rely on making a conscious decision and effort to feel grateful. This means that harnessing gratitude goes to the very heart of mindfulness and life enrichment.
With more than two decades of learning about leading people, bringing out their best and developing winning teams, retired Lt. Col. Eric Stetson is a tireless advocate for veterans in transition, including by managing the career readiness program for FourBlock. Eric and Matt cover a broad range of topics universal for business leaders, jobseekers and professionals alike.
What’s with coincidences? Do you “believe in them”? If not, in what DO you believe? Does everything happen for a reason? At what point does an unexpected experience crossover from something random to something meaningful? Do they happen on a spectrum? What is that? Here’s where Matt addresses these along with MANY other questions as well as shares practical steps to encounter more coincidences and make them matter.
Few adjectives would be an overstatement about Jana Short. Named among 2020’s most “Influential Women of the World-Global Influencers,” Jana is a premier mindset coach in the health and wellness industry. She is a best-selling author, public speaker, host of “Oh, My Health… There is HOPE!” podcast, and the founder and editor of the rapidly popular Best Holistic Life magazine, garnering 138,000 subscribers in its first year of publication. Surviving a near-fatal condition gave her a new lease on life to lead a movement for those seeking holistic change and more meaningful life balance. Jana also guides top global health influencers to increase their social impact.
Just about everyone knows the expression, “Go with the flow.” But isn’t it more than just a saying? Isn’t it based on personal experience? What does it mean to you? Join Matt for this newly charted exploration into why things happen, what’s controllable and how to harness an amplified awareness to rely on your intuition, adapt to circumstances and make the right decisions. He also shares his own personal experiences about relationships and reveals what he believes is the true secret to a healthy and harmonious marriage.
What does it mean to live an unmuted life? Joining the show to answer that and other insightful questions is Rachel Druckenmiller, a national thought leader, keynote speaker and CEO of Unmuted. Named a “40 under 40 Game Changer” by Workforce Magazine, Rachel affirms that, “Every time I face adversity, I see it as a catalyst and an invitation to live life more fully and intentionally.” In addition to sharing the story of her pandemic pivot, she explains how leaders can instill their teams with trust, compassion, stability and hope to live healthier, happier and more energized lives.
What do our mind-body connection, the natural elements (Fire, Air, Water and Earth) and personality traits all have in common? For Matt, the answers came more than half a lifetime ago when a profound experience instilled him with a foundation for personal growth that he has relied on ever since. Among all else, he shares that unique story along with insights about self-identity, sizing others up, interpersonal skills and managing conflict.
In highlighting this vital and timely topic, Matt changes the show format for a candid conversation with Dr. Lisa Horowitz, a staff scientist and pediatric psychologist from the National Institute of Mental Health. Leaving no detail unspoken, they address mental health, suicide and the actions necessary to save lives, including those of at-risk children and young adults. Suicide either does or could affect anyone and everyone. It’s time to shatter the stigma once and for all.
What matters more to manage, time or energy? What happens when energy exchanges in our relationships and random encounters? What other energy sources impact and influence us? How can we fuel and align our energies physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to perform at our best and enjoy life to the fullest? Those are but a few questions addressed herein and answered with practical ways to enrich daily living.
While positive thinking and hard work may be prerequisites for success, one often-overlooked facet are the gaps in our identity and how we close them to become the best versions of ourselves. Here to provide a healthy infusion of fresh insights is former NFL player and American Ninja Warrior Anthony Trucks who is now CEO of Identity Shift, which is also the title of his forthcoming book. Anthony shows how to make great shift happen, especially in these shifting times.
Who among us are without a loved one who’ve faced a mental health event or have struggled themselves at some point? Stigmas and taboos cast aside, Matt gets personal by taking this topic head on with bold authenticity. Sharing his own experiences, practical insights and actionable guidance, he also presents innovative tools (The Mood Scale), health maintenance techniques (The 3-Day Rule) and offers signs of hope.
How does one persist and push forward with positivity even when faced with adversity? What does it take to refuse to allow ourselves to be anything less than the best version of who we are meant to be? Thankfully, Christopher J. Wirth – coach, speaker and co-author of The Positivity Tribe – joins us to share, among his many insights, how lifting others up enables us to rise with them while giving us a positive mental advantage to navigate through hardship and prosper.
It literally shapes our world – from our happiness and inner monologue to how we interpret our interactions and size up others. Perception is truly foundational to our quality of life. The good news is that we have the ability and opportunity to assert our free will to make choices about how we perceive our experiences. Being objective and maintaining an amplified awareness about our perceptions will foster a more accurate and optimistic reality (at least that’s my perception).
Hers is among the most popular Oprah segments of all time. Genevieve Piturro, founder of the Pajama Program is an international speaker and author of the new book, “Purpose, Passion and Pajamas: How to Transform your Life, Embrace the Human Connection and Lead with Meaning.” Here she joins Matt to help inspire others to find their calling by listening to their hearts in pursuit of true success.
It’s all-too-easy to overlook certain ways to improve daily living. Here Matt explores simple, preventive measures and practical ways to both enrich your life and avert events that diminish it. He also shares techniques for job seekers to land on their feet and reveals what he wishes his 19-year old self knew.
He has performed more than 6,000 times for over 60 million fans and is widely regarded as the most beloved mascot in all of sports. Now in his 32nd season, Tom Burgoyne describes himself as the “best friend” of The Phillie Phanatic, the always-energetic mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. He’s also the author of Pheel the Love, has entertained the justices of The Supreme Court and is adjusting to baseball’s return without fans.
There are ONLY two kinds of people in the world: there are Spiders and there are those who get caught in webs. Are you a manipulator or are you their prey? In this unusual, metaphorical episode, Matt takes this topic head on and reveals ways to recognize these individuals and either avoid or approach them with caution. He also explains how to escape and stay clear of webs altogether. This topic from Z-isms continues to earn critical acclaim.
A universal topic for individuals and businesses alike, personal branding is the nucleus for success. Here to offer her unique insights is Lorena Acosta, a Personal Brand Evangelist and creator of “The Trust Factor System” who explains the essential factors for branding with authenticity by speaking from the heart, especially on social media. This episode also reveals some unknown insights about Lorena and her mission to #BeBusyBeingAwesome.
It may seem like an overstatement that Earned Confidence is the foundation for life enrichment, but soon you’ll realize it’s more like an understatement. That’s why Earned Confidence is Matt’s signature topic as well as is at the heart of his book, Z-isms: Insights to Live By. This is THE episode to discover the solo podcast and Insights to Live By. Kindly feel welcome to Listen In.
Sandy Joy Weston is on a mission to spread the joy and positivity in the world.” She has amassed a storied career as a fitness and wellness icon, mindset expert, keynote speaker, podcast host and is the author of “Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow.”
As she is known to do, Sandy gets real both in sharing personal insights about herself and certain keys to maintaining a positive headspace based on top tips from her book and colorful life experiences.
Given that many of the solo episodes will explore the core themes in his highly acclaimed book, Z-isms: Insights to Live By, Matt explains what led him to write the book and gives a personal tour of the topics throughout, including about the guiding principle of Earned Confidence. He also shares his experiences with self-publishing with the hope it will help others fulfill their dream of becoming an author. In addition, Matt tells the story of his mysterious encounter that brought Z-man and the title to life.
In the second of this two-part interview with the Leaders of Hyperconscious Nation, Matt is joined by Kevin Palmieri, who reveals his unique Insights about personal growth, commitment to success and turning habits into happiness. Kevin also shares a personal story about his proudest accomplishment and whether he believes in soulmates, aside from Alan.
Peak performance business coach Alan Lazaros – the co-Leader of Hyperconscious Nation – shares his top Insights to Live By with Matt, including how a commitment to a principle-focused life leads to one of fulfillment. The interview also uncovers unexpected insights about Alan – from his most adventurous experience to his biggest fear.
Join Matt for an intimate introduction about himself and his personal journeys involving his defining life challenges and roles as an entrepreneur, single parent, athlete, caregiver and nonprofit founder. He also describes how an unusual coincidence led him to create the podcast as well as explains the formats for his weekly guest episodes and solo shows.