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Where There's Smoke

Brett Gajda and Nick Jaworski

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Where There's Smoke explores self-development through the filter of current events, pop culture, and experience. We surf the zeitgeist through an array of audio clips, quotes, concepts, and conversations. In the spirit of The Daily Show and This A...Show More

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The Phone Call

14:04 | Oct 9th, 2018

Brett & Nick talk on the phone.

Announcement: We NEED to talk with you!

09:42 | Jul 24th, 2018

Brett and Nick pull the car over to tell you about two exciting things that they need your help with. One is the launch of their show How To Be Better! While that's exciting, regular listeners should know that HTBB is simply Where There's Smoke repac...Show More

The #BeBetterChallenge

07:05 | Jul 20th, 2018

Brett has a secret, that’s not really a secret, but that you might not know about. WTS Studios (aka, Brett & Nick) have released another podcast called ‘How To Be Better’. It is out right now! Really. Search for it, subscribe, listen. The show is ba...Show More

73: Time to Go (Urgency)

18:29 | May 22nd, 2018

Author Frank Herbert once said, “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” In this final episode of Season 4, Brett & Nick take a look back and ask “What is the story of Season 4?”, “Was it a success?”, and - most import...Show More

72: What Are You Telling The World? (Message)

34:40 | May 8th, 2018

If you could tell the world just one thing, what would it be? And, what impact might it have? This week, Nick explores that idea through the music of The Beatles and shows that you reap what you sow. (Spoiler alert?) Also, Brett goes straight to the ...Show More

71: Refresh Yourself (Classic)

32:54 | Apr 24th, 2018

This 48 Hour Challenge is going to be classic. Literally. But what is classic? How do we define it? Is there a Classic version of you? And if so, what can the Classic You teach the Current You? Once again, we gathered show topic suggestions from our...Show More

70: Whole In One (Integrity) w/ Matthew Schueller

38:46 | Apr 10th, 2018

Integrity is defined as “a state of being whole and undivided”. It is a simple concept, and yet at times, living it can be some of the hardest work we will ever do. This week we hear from Matthew Schueller about an important journey in his life - it...Show More

69: Go Let It Out (Expression) w/ Lord Birthday

43:20 | Mar 20th, 2018

Expression is the process of taking something from a spark of an idea through to existence. And, while there can be moments in that process that are truly amazing, it can also run us through the ringer - several times over. So, what is required of u...Show More

68: Straight from the Source (Secrets)

40:43 | Mar 6th, 2018

We’ve all had a time or two (... or three…) where we’ve shared a secret that wasn’t ours and it comes back to his us square in the face. Sometimes, before you even think about it, you’ve let something slip out of your mouth and immediately cringe - j...Show More

67: How You Are Who You Are (Self-Acceptance)

41:37 | Feb 20th, 2018

The 48 Hour Challenge is back! We gathered show topic suggestions from our audience, threw them into a word randomizer, and ended up with “self-acceptance”. From there, our challenge was to research, write, and record a brand new episode in 48 hours ...Show More

Help us choose the topic for our 48-hour challenge!

02:33 | Feb 8th, 2018

Surprise, Explorers! Just a quick update to let you know that we need suggestions for our 48-hour challenge. You can either listen to the episode or go to www.facebook.com/explorewts and leave your idea in the pinned post at the top. (OR, if you're i...Show More

Lost Together (Collaboration) w/ Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo

32:57 | Feb 6th, 2018

Jim Cuddy has been making music with Greg Keilor for 40 years. For the last 34 of those years, they have made up the songwriting duo for one of Canada’s most beloved and best-selling bands, Blue Rodeo. Brett sits down with Jim to talk about that part...Show More

We’re Mad As Hell and We’re Not Going to Tweet It Anymore! (Complicity)

44:06 | Jan 23rd, 2018

In the 1976 movie Network, upon being prompted by news anchor Howard Beale, people in cities all over the USA get up, open their windows, and yell, “I’m mad as hell as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”. It is now 2018 and people still seem ...Show More

Best. Year. Ever. (Goals) w/ Michael Hyatt

41:51 | Jan 9th, 2018

What would it take for this to be your best year ever? That said, what is a year? Is it the days between January 1st and December 31st? Or is it any 12 month span of time? And does it even matter? Are cassette tapes coming back? Could Nick rock Ste...Show More

A Where There's Smoke Christmas

28:54 | Dec 19th, 2017

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! www.supportwts.com * * * Just what IS Christmas Spirit? Is it re...Show More

Eat Be Move (Exploration) w/ Bassam Tarazi

47:04 | Dec 5th, 2017

What does it mean to explore in a world where everything’s been found? That’s the question posed to Brett by Bassam Tarazi - author, entrepreneur, adventurer, and friend of the show. Bassam participated in The Mongol Rally which is plugged as “the gr...Show More

How to Inspire (Engagement) w/ Chris Atkinson

46:26 | Nov 21st, 2017

We’ve heard it countless times before: “Beautiful minds inspire others,” “Time to inspire,”, “Get out there and inspire people”, or simply “Be inspiring.” But, despite all of what the people and posters hanging on office walls say about inpiring othe...Show More

Ahead by a Century (Our Life): Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip

45:15 | Nov 7th, 2017

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 me...Show More

Just The Way You Are (Sincerity)

45:09 | Oct 17th, 2017

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 t...Show More

Knowing Me, Knowing You (Understanding) w/ Gretchen Rubin

42:58 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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 journey by...Show More

Let’s Dent The World (Onlyness) w/ Nilofer Merchant

47:30 | Sep 19th, 2017

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 this show...Show More

The Where There’s Smoke Summer (almost) Spectacular!

30:34 | Aug 8th, 2017

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 s...Show More

Believe It or Not (Gratitude) - For Mom & Dad

38:03 | May 12th, 2017

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: Today’s epi...Show More

How Do We Do This?! - A WTS Spin-off Podcast

25:04 | Mar 7th, 2017

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 conversatio...Show More

Life's Like a Movie

33:38 | Feb 7th, 2017

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 first tw...Show More

Bringing Home the Bacon (Strategy) w/ Melanie Deziel & Truly Social's Tara Hunt

32:15 | Jan 31st, 2017

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 into...Show More

A Personal Message from Brett

17:26 | Jan 24th, 2017

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

33:39 | Jan 17th, 2017

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? Thro...Show More

You Say You Want a Resolution (Willpower) w/ Kelly McGonical - A New Year's WTS Favorite

43:53 | Jan 3rd, 2017

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 Psycholog...Show More

A Where There’s Smoke Christmas

27:19 | Dec 20th, 2016

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 f...Show More

Soaking in the Holidays (Feeling)

30:32 | Dec 13th, 2016

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 feeling a bit ...Show More

Let’s Build! (Environment) w/ Archangel Summit's Giovanni Marsico

44:55 | Dec 6th, 2016

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 - w...Show More

How to Get a Grip (Control) w/ JJ Virgin - A WTS Favorite

35:07 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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 incr...Show More

Everybody Can Be Great (Service)

29:20 | Nov 15th, 2016

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. We hear from...Show More

How to Relax on Election Day

09:15 | Nov 8th, 2016

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, short, ...Show More

The Elephant in the Room (Certainty)

36:41 | Nov 1st, 2016

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 co...Show More

BOO! Stop, Look, Listen (Criticism) - A Special WTS Halloween Replay

41:21 | Oct 25th, 2016

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 ask so...Show More

Decency Now! - A WTS Election Special

34:31 | Oct 18th, 2016

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 cul...Show More

Change Your Mind (Stress) w/ Kelly McGonigal

35:11 | Oct 11th, 2016

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 The Ups...Show More

Let's Go Exploring (Curiosity) - A WTS Favorite with Invisibilia's Lulu Miller

40:14 | Jun 7th, 2016

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, if you're...Show More

Plunge Into Nothing (Breaks) w/ Karan Bajaj

38:45 | May 24th, 2016

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 t...Show More

Can’t Get There From Hair (Acceptance)

34:31 | May 18th, 2016

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 Smok...Show More

Scratch That Itch (Purpose) w/ Drew Daywalt

35:36 | May 10th, 2016

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 such thing or...Show More

Choice Endures (Trauma) w/ Auberon Wolf

44:13 | Apr 5th, 2016

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 through it...Show More

87 Hours (Quality Time) w/ Jim Sheils

36:54 | Mar 22nd, 2016

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: What...Show More

Stop, Look, Listen (Criticism)

37:38 | Mar 15th, 2016

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? Why d...Show More

Get A Move On (Community) w/ Jeff Utecht - A WTS Favorite

38:14 | Mar 1st, 2016

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 Cup ...Show More

The Matter of Multitasking (Focus) w/ Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman

42:57 | Feb 23rd, 2016

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 also ge...Show More

Living Our Lies (Truth) w/ Dr. Cortney Warren | In the style of Serial (Part 2)

27:44 | Feb 16th, 2016

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 Our...Show More

The Case Against Truth (Lies) w/ Scott Berkun | In the style of Serial (Part 1)

28:45 | Feb 9th, 2016

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 Th...Show More

Who Are You? (Stories & Influence) - A WTS Favorite

39:07 | Feb 2nd, 2016

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 efforts! See...Show More

Mind The Gap (Work)

35:02 | Jan 26th, 2016

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. First, Nick shares ...Show More

Turn And Face The Strange (Authenticity): Self-Development Meets David Bowie

32:55 | Jan 19th, 2016

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 ...Show More

You Say You Want a Resolution (Willpower) w/ Kelly McGonigal

43:53 | Jan 12th, 2016

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 Psycholog...Show More

How to Create (Process) - A WTS Favorite

33:18 | Jan 5th, 2016

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 suppo...Show More

Prep, Dig, Repeat: A Message from WTS

17:00 | Dec 29th, 2015

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, not coinci...Show More

A Where There’s Smoke Christmas

27:19 | Dec 22nd, 2015

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 a little down in ...Show More

Work It! (Creativity) w/ David Usher

36:01 | Dec 16th, 2015

“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? And...Show More

It Only Makes You Stronger (Asking) w/ Kathy Quinlan-Perez

40:37 | Dec 8th, 2015

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 fo...Show More

The Way It Is? (Taste) - WTS Favorite

42:44 | Nov 24th, 2015

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)”. This episode DOES contai...Show More

Hear And Now (Music & Memory) w/ Dr. Amee Baird

39:33 | Nov 17th, 2015

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 and...Show More

How To Make It (Quality) w/ The Black List's Franklin Leonard

40:29 | Nov 10th, 2015

“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 “good wo...Show More

Handle With Care (Words)

37:27 | Nov 3rd, 2015

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 - ...Show More

Let’s Go Exploring! (Curiosity) with Invisibilia's Lulu Miller

40:39 | Oct 27th, 2015

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 asking, ...Show More

Back to The Road Not Taken (Choices) - Robert Frost meets "Back to the Future"

31:46 | Oct 20th, 2015

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 movie,...Show More

The Devil You Know (Procrastination) w/ Mark Manson

39:14 | Oct 13th, 2015

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 ...Show More

Season 2 Launches Tuesday, October 13th

39:02 | Sep 25th, 2015

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 sure you SUBSCRIBE to ...Show More

A New Type of Hustle (Stillness) w/ Kyra Maya Phillips

39:37 | Jul 28th, 2015

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 whole st...Show More

Please Leave a Message (Meaning) w/ Teri Griege

30:37 | Jul 21st, 2015

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 influence...Show More

How to Get a Grip (Control) w/ JJ Virgin

34:56 | Jul 14th, 2015

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 incr...Show More

Once Was Lost (Movement)

32:28 | Jul 7th, 2015

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? Throu...Show More

Walk This Way (Observation) w/ Alexandra Horowitz

41:05 | Jun 30th, 2015

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 powe...Show More

Call To Action (Wisdom) w/ PhilosophersNotes' Brian Johnson

36:40 | Jun 23rd, 2015

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, Nic...Show More

Believe It or Not (Gratitude) w/ Matthew Goldfarb

36:33 | Jun 16th, 2015

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 best...Show More

Be Seen (Vulnerability) w/ Bobby Umar

34:17 | Jun 9th, 2015

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, an...Show More

How To Make A Change (Behavior) w/ BJ Fogg & Jason Lassner

38:57 | Jun 2nd, 2015

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 you...Show More

How to Create (Process)

32:04 | May 26th, 2015

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 b...Show More

A Step in the Right Direction (Values) w/ Chalene Johnson

35:13 | May 19th, 2015

REMEMBER to leave an iTunes Written Review for your chance to win free coaching from Brett, free consulting or editing from Nick, or a 30-second spot on the show. * * * Values guide our every decision, whether we are aware of it or not. And they also...Show More

The Best Way Out (Experience) w/ Bassam Tarazi

36:57 | May 12th, 2015

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. We...Show More

The Way It Is? (Taste) w/ Dr. Robert Woody

35:26 | May 5th, 2015

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 Smoke...Show More

Get A Move On (Community) w/ Jeff Utecht

34:26 | Apr 28th, 2015

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 Cali...Show More

Are You In or Out? (Moments) w/ Kevin Carroll

36:35 | Apr 21st, 2015

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 smart...Show More

Tomorrow Never Knows (Beginnings) w/ Hal Elrod

37:11 | Apr 14th, 2015

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 Elrod,...Show More

Know Fear (Courage) w/ Brad Axelrad

36:31 | Apr 7th, 2015

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 fi...Show More

Can You Feel It? (Success) w/ Brendan Hufford

37:55 | Mar 31st, 2015

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 “feeling”. And we...Show More

Why Do You Ask? (Questions) w/ Chris Marcell Murchinson & Dr. Kelly Werner

35:15 | Mar 24th, 2015

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 q...Show More

Don’t Jump! (Bias) w/ Bassam Terazi

36:51 | Mar 17th, 2015

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 thoug...Show More

This Changes Everything (Caring) w/ Milton Mayeroff

33:16 | Mar 10th, 2015

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 suppor...Show More

Fish Out of Water (Attitude) w/ Will Bowen

33:45 | Mar 3rd, 2015

"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 ran...Show More

Extrasode: A Problem With Positive? (Visualization Revisited)

07:57 | Feb 27th, 2015

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 commenting on o...Show More

There You Are (Empathy) w/ Kevin Hall

36:57 | Feb 24th, 2015

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 ...Show More

Who Are You? (Stories & Influence) w/ Ty Bennett

36:03 | Feb 17th, 2015

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 power of ...Show More

How Does It End? (Visualization) w/ Matt Mayberry

32:07 | Feb 10th, 2015

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 preparation and ...Show More

What’s the Meaning of Life? (Happiness) w/ Laura Delizonna

31:51 | Feb 3rd, 2015

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 with a...Show More

On Time is Late (Accountability) w/ Sam Silverstein

30:47 | Jan 23rd, 2015

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 value. T...Show More

People Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel (Appreciation) w/ Dr. Paul White

30:26 | Jan 23rd, 2015

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 memor...Show More

The Like Button IS the Dislike Button (Listening) w/ Courtland Warren

33:40 | Jan 23rd, 2015

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?...Show More