Semi-Random Walks # 29: Lawrence Lanoff

Lawrence LanoffLawrence Lanoff is, as he describes it, “a sex positive, streetwise, business savvy life coach,” also known as Catholic rehab. Follow him on Twitter @soullight

Links to more info about some of the things we covered:

  • Christoper Hitchens’ takedown of the Dalai Lama
  • Lawrence’s early interest in Pyramid Power
  • Transcendental Meditation, which Lawrence calls a “full-on complete waste of money.” (I looked into it a couple years ago but was turned off by the price, then I found an alternative called Natural Stress Relief. I tried it out but I’ve found that I get the same benefits from yoga. I still would like to try a Vipassana retreat, however.)
  • At about 36:50 we talk about ayahuasca, which I did in a ceremony shortly after this interview. (You can hear the results at the end of the episode starting at 48:00.)
  • Lawrence says there are four major belief systems that you can trace all spiritual systems back to:
    • “It’s all good, even the bad” e.g. Buddhism
    • “Life is a struggle between good and evil” – Christianity, Islam etc
    • “My way or the highway” – many cults follow this line of thought
    • Objectivity – a scientific-ish attempt to find objective reality (many atheists follow this)

The show opens with James Brown’s Sex Machine we wrap it up with Steve Reich’s Six Marimbas.

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Semi-Random Walks #28: Amy Baglan, founder of MeetMindful

Amy Baglan is the founder of MeetMindful, an online dating site geared toward people who value healthy living, personal development, sustainability, spirituality, yoga, meditation, self-awareness and authentic connections. Follow her on Twitter @amybaglan and MeetMindful @MeetMindful.

Some of the things we discussed in the episode:

The show opened with Funkadelic’s Hit it and Quit It  and closed with George Clinton’s Atomic Dog.

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Semi-Random Walks #27: Mike Vogel

mikevogel-selfie-square-300x300Mike Vogel is the future of movies, or at least one of the futures. To get an idea of what I mean, check out Phrenic. It’s a kinda sorta TV miniseries for the iPhone. I stumbled it across it a couple years ago and loved both the content and the business model. Listen in to find out how Mike came up with the idea and the broader concept of transmedia.

Some of the things we covered:

The show closed with St. Germain’s So Flute.

Oh and make sure you check out Scott Adams’ How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big.

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Semi-Random Walks #26: Futurist Thomas Frey

Thomas Frey is a the founder of the DaVinci Institute, and his job is to think about the future. How cool is that? Here are just a few of the many things we touched on in the interview:

The show opened with Kraftwerk’s It’s More Fun to Compute. Check out this great New Yorker article about their influence.

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Semi-Random Walks #25: The Depression Episode with Rand Fishkin

Warning: this is the depression episode. Not only do we talk about depression, but I was literally in the midst of a pretty bad clinical depression myself when I produced it.

Rand Fishkin is co-founder (with his mom!) of Moz. Which is really cool, but the real reason I reached out to Rand is because of this epic post he wrote about depression. It’s amazingly transparent, but nothing new for Rand. He touched on the subject previously in late 2013. As he describes in the interview, he’d rather the skeletons in his closet just be out in the open than feeling like he has something to hide. And not just with his personal life. Check out this exhaustive post about how Moz raised $18 million. Follow him on Twitter @RandFish.

Other stuff we talked about:

The show opens with the Zoloft by Ween and closed with Be So Happy by the Heartless Bastards.

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Semi-Random Walks #24: John Corcoran

John Corcoran is an attorney and the founder of Smart Business Revolution. He’s also the consummate networker. Listen to the episode to here how you can grow your network and in turn use it to grow your business.

Some of the things we discussed:

I also open the show with a discussion of the difference between vulnerability and pathos.

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Semi-Random Walks # 23: Michael Amon teaches you how to “Kill the Interview”

Kill_the_Interview_pdf__page_1_of_22_This episode is a little different. Michael Amon is the national practice manager of a major consulting firm, the name of which will remain secret. (Trust me, you’ve heard of them.) He self-published an e-book called Kill the Interview that has been circulating among some successful people that I know, but which has never been released to the general public.

Until now. You can download the e-book here.

I invited Michael on the show to walk us through the key points of the e-book. If you’re looking for a job, this stuff is gold. Especially if you’re just getting out of school and trying to differentiate yourself from the thousands of other grads.

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Semi-Random Walks # 22: Ted Rheingold

Ted Rheingold is CEO of InVenture a mobile credit company focused on the developing world. He’s also founder of Dogster, which is way cooler than Facebook. Listen in to learn how he’s meandered through a very rewarding and interesting career.

Make sure to read his excellent Medium essay Why I’m Changing Industries. (Reading this motivated me to reach out to interview him.)

Follow @TedR on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn here.

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Semi-Random Walks # 21: Claudia Batten

Claudia batten is a serial entrepreneur who’s built an impressive career focusing on digital marketing and advertising. Listen in to hear how she parlayed a law degree into a leading role at multiple fast-growing companies. Follow her on Twitter @ClaudiaBatten and on LinkedIn here.

Also make sure to check out The Squiggly Line, where she talks about how random things can lead to big changes in your life, and now to seize on those opportunities. Sound familiar? (Trivia: I wanted to call this podcast the Squiggly Line but the domain was already taken.)

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Semi-Random Walks # 20: Natalie Baumgartner

Dr. Natalie Baumgartner is Chief Psychologist and co-founder of RoundPegg. If I could have a do-over with college I probably would have done a double major of computer science and psychology. Information technology has evolved to the point where we can now apply it to improving people’s psychological well-being. Listen to the episode to learn how Natalie and the folks at RoundPegg are using it to help not just people, but entire companies.

Follow Natalie on Twitter @ask_dr_nat and on LinkedIn. And don’t miss her TedX talk on The Power of Fit.

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