Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning
Author Kent Healy on “Managing Time: Our Greatest Asset”

Author Kent Healy on “Managing Time: Our Greatest Asset”

December 31, 2019

This is episode #33 with Kent Healy, the co-author of The Success Principles for Teens[i] with Jack Canfield and the co-creator of The Uncommon Life[ii] where you can go to learn more about this phenomenal writer, thinker, entrepreneur and now family man. You can listen to the podcast here or watch Kent's visuals on YouTube.

Welcome to the “Neuroscience Meets SEL” podcast, my name is Andrea Samadi, a former educator who has been fascinated with understanding the science behind high performance strategies in schools, sports and the workplace for the past 20 years. Today we have a flashback interview with Kent Healy, someone I discovered by chance, over 14 years ago, when I was researching the most popular books for teens and success, before the release of my first book, The Secret for Teens Revealed. [iii]I came across Jack Canfield’s “Success Principles for Teens” and since I owned his National Bestseller The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be,[iv] (if you have never looked at this book—I highly recommend it). After seeing Kent’s connection to Jack Canfield,[v] who is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for Soul Books with Mark Victor Hansen, I thought I had better find out who Kent Healy was, and get to know him better. Back then I wasn’t on Facebook, and don’t remember how I searched to learn more, but I did find out that Kent had written a few books, and he was in his 20s.

After a few minutes of thinking about the time I had wasted in my 20s, before I started to manage my time, I read his books and was blown away by the dedication, awareness and motivation that this young man had at an early age. Since I was always looking for high performers, I knew that he could help inspire some of the young people I was working with at the time, and when I needed help with launching Achieveit360 (2012), Kent was the first person I asked to say a few words of inspiration to help this next generation of learners.

I hope you enjoy Kent’s thoughts on how the most successful people in the world manage their time, our greatest asset, and think of some ways that you can better manage your time in 2020.

Kent Healy: Welcome to my name is Kent Healey. I am the co author of the Success Principles for Teens and the cocreator of So I assume since you're on this website you're looking for more, maybe more from yourself, more from your life. I really respect that-- the challenge is, you know, in order to get more, we often start with this question, do I have what it takes to get me to that next level? The problem with this question is it usually leads to a game of comparison, a game that we usually end up losing. So it's one thing to look at somebody else and appreciate and respect, you know, the talents and the skills that they've built. It's another to look at it and then compare yourself to those talents and skills that you're still in the process of building. Basically to say that you're not a leader is to compare yourself to somebody else and focus only on those differences.

But if we had to focus on what was most common, one thing that we often overlook is the fact that we all have the same amount of time. It doesn't matter who the person is, you know, whether they're a successful athlete, or a successful business owner or successful in any other way. It's not that they have more hours in a day or more days in a week. It's that they use that time extremely well. And this is why I always say that talent is overrated. So hands down, time is the greatest asset that we have. Time is really the great equalizer more than anything else. It's how we use our minutes that matter most. Successful individuals realize that time is more valuable than skill, than money, than almost any other resource there is. Because with enough time you can hone skills, you can raise capital, you can nurture relationships, and you can summon whatever is required to lead an exceptional life or to achieve the specific goal that you're after.

So you may ask, well, is it really that important to obsess about the seconds and minutes that make up my day? Well, rather than just give you my opinion, let's look at some specific numbers. So I don't know about you, but I've been guilty of saying, eh, whatever, it's only 10 minutes. Well, in the course of a year, that's two and a half days. In five years, that's almost two weeks. But 10 minutes is such a small period of time. I mean, let's look at something more realistic, like 30 minutes. Maybe that's the length of a TV show that you love to watch. Well, just 30 minutes every day in one year is a week in five years, that's 38 days. So you can see how time adds up and why it really matters. So what's really alarming though is the number of people that really can't answer or identify where their time goes, especially in increments of say like five to 10 minutes.

I mean, just think of yesterday, for example, what were you doing at 2:00 PM? You know, it's hard to really identify and it gets even worse the longer we go back. So the problem is we usually write off these lost minutes as no big deal, but it really does add up. I mean, let's use this fun example. So imagine that every morning a deposit of $86,400 was added to your checking account, but with each deposit came two unbreakable rules, number one, at the end of each day, your account balance is completely wiped, meaning that you know everything you don't spend and on that day disappears. No transfers allowed. Number two, the game can end at any time without warning. So the questions you have to ask yourself is, what would you do with this money? How might you act differently? And what would your days look like? Okay, so truth be told, this is not an exercise in finance.

It's actually much more sobering than that. Metaphorically, this is your game of life. So the daily deposits I mentioned of 84,600 are actually the number of seconds that we're given each day. So money or not, the same rules, right I mean, at the end of the day, we don't get to use those seconds in a different way and the game may end at any point in time. So we have to be in the moment and appreciate every second that we're given. That's what makes the difference. So I'm currently in my twenties now and when I look back over the last 10 years or so, you know, I'm very pleased with the amount of stuff I've been able to do in that period of time. But I'm also smart enough to know that I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed. There's a lot of people who are born with more natural talent and ability than I am.

But it's funny that this awareness has actually changed my life in a surprisingly positive way. Instead of focusing on this like obscure, immeasurable, and inheritable concept of talent, I've turned my attention to maximizing what we all have that's equal. And that's time. So over the years I've developed this healthy obsession for these 84,000 seconds that I get given in a day. And that to me has made all the difference. So here's the thing. No one else can make you care. No one else can make you care about these 84,600 seconds that you're given every day. But in the end, that is what makes the difference. It's not innate talent. The best tips and the best insights will do absolutely nothing if not proceeded by the willingness to take action and apply what it is that we learn. So let's stop looking at things in which we can't control and start focusing on what we can.

It's the passing of time combined with just an effort and a commitment to be a better person is all that we need is all the opportunity necessary to accomplish the goals that we want. We just have to demonstrate that commitment each and every day. Look at nature, even the largest mountains, the hardest rocks are no test against the tenacity of time. And the reality is we have far more time than we know what to do with or that we care to admit. So do you have what it takes to succeed? Well, if you use your time well, the answer of course is yes. If you could just spare 15 minutes each day to work towards your goal, then that equals 3.8 full days at the end of the year. That's a lot of time to start, you know, building a new skill to start networking with other successful, extraordinary individuals to start raising capital or to start doing whatever necessary for you to reach a goal. The only question remaining is, will you, nobody can force you to take action, but most importantly, will you stop focusing on this arbitrary idea of talent and start focusing on what you do have control of it, which is time. I hope you enjoyed this video and be sure to check out the other amazing resources here at 


[i] The Success Principles for Teens by Jack Canfield and Kent Healy (April 15, 2008)


[iii]The Secret for Teens Revealed by Andrea Samadi (September 15, 2008)

[iv] The Success Principles by Jack Canfield (10th Edition January, 2015)



John Assaraf on “Brain-Training, the Power of Repetition, Resourcefulness and the Future”

John Assaraf on “Brain-Training, the Power of Repetition, Resourcefulness and the Future”

December 22, 2019

This is episode #32 with John Assaraf, one of the leading mindset and behavior experts in the world, who has appeared numerous times on Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. You can watch this Flashback interview on YouTube.

Welcome to the “Neuroscience Meets SEL” podcast, my name is Andrea Samadi, a former educator who has been fascinated with understanding the science behind high performance strategies in schools, sports and the workplace for the past 20 years. Today we have John Assaraf—he has built 5 multimillion-dollar companies, written 2 New York Times Bestselling books and has been featured in 8 movies, and today, he is the founder and CEO of NeuroGym, a company dedicated to using the most advanced technologies and evidence based brain training methods to help individuals unleash their fullest potential and maximize their personal and professional results.

In 2014 when my company was awarded grant funding to run character programs in Arizona schools, I knew I needed to find someone who had a proven path for business success to make sure I had the right systems in place, so I immediately looked up John to see what courses he was teaching and applied to join his “Cloning for Business Success Class” that he was teaching at the time. For those interested, you can see a similar business acceleration mastermind he is currently accepting applications for called The Escape Velocity Mastermind.[i] I had no idea that this class would lead me to brain-training (I was given a FREE course to try that has been a part of my daily routine for the past 6 years), and that this decision would lead me to Mark Robert Waldman, and eventually adding the most current neuroscience research to my programs. It all started with John and with anyone who has met him, or knows his work, you would know that this was a pivotable point in my career as he has such a wealth of knowledge, is an expert at helping people change their behaviors to get the results they want, and he sincerely wants to see other people succeed.

To learn more about John, go to and enjoy this Flashback interview from 2016. Keep in mind this was 4 years ago, when he speaks about research that has just emerged. We apologize for the sound quality, but sure you will agree with me that this information is powerful.

[i] See John’s most current course Escape Velocity 212 Mastermind


Andrea Samadi: So John, can you explain your story. What were you doing that wasn't working and what made you decide to choose a different path for your life?

John Assaraf: You talking about when I was younger, the kid getting myself into a whole lot of trouble.

Andrea Samadi: Yes. What made you decide to move past that and stop going that direction that you were going, to the pathway that you're on now?

John Assaraf: Well, I grew up with loving parents who taught me right from wrong. What they didn't teach me is how to overcome or even recognize my low self-esteem and that I didn't think I was smart enough or good enough and I don't think, they knew that I thought that way. And I don't, no. That they have the tools to know themselves to grade three and grade five is where my parents finished school. I knew that when I was getting myself into a lot of trouble and that it was the wrong thing to do. But I also didn't know that there was a better way. And it wasn't until I was 19 years old where I met a mentor, somebody who saw a good young kid who was just doing the wrong things. That showed me that there was a different path and he showed me that I could do something that I really loved to do instead of doing what I thought I had to do, which is well, and I had a job, a company that was an electronics company is Phillips Electronics.

John Assaraf: And that as the scenario, you know, for eight hours a day and the little three by five cards writing when inventory came in and when inventory went out, and that was, it was mindless. And so I knew that I didn't want that, but I also didn't know that there were other options for me. So the first thing that he did was he had me, Oh, if I could do other things, what would it be? What would my life be like? What would I feel like? What would I be doing? Where would I be going? Who would I be helping? And as soon as I started to think about that side of it, even though I didn't know how, even though I didn't have the knowledge or the skills, he then said, well, those who gain after you decide what it is you really would love to do.

John Assaraf: And so he gave me a little glimpse, of hope. And then he backed off of the hope with a plan. And every day he had me focusing on my goals every day have me listening to (back then)cassette tapes every day have me reading things that fertilized my mind, and showed me how people overcome obstacles, how people can overcome their lack of confidence or certainty. They're not good enough or smart enough or deserving enough. And each day he showed me that it was possible. And in him guiding me and him loving me and caring about me to take this time to show me the path, I started to see that maybe I could. And then my maybe turned into a lot more. And I started to learn the process, but I never learned before for self-acceptance or self-love for gaining more knowledge and upgrading my skills because I was never afraid of work. I was just doing the wrong work. I was never afraid of thinking. I was just thinking the wrong things. I was never afraid of my emotions, but I just didn't know what to do with the ones that I had.

Andrea Samadi: Wow, everyone can have access to your mentor. That changes your thinking.

John Assaraf: But that's the work I do today with understanding, you know, many of these concepts. No, they're real life things that we can start to help individuals understand. At 19 he put me on a path, learning how I could become more so I could do more and give more and heal more. And it's been a journey of learning and growing and overcoming obstacles and achieving some great successes, favorable, wonderful failures that, you know, are some of my best lessons and all of that. You know, the painting of my life has been developed and that that's what makes the smiles. It's all the good, the bad, the ugly, the challenging, the amazing, the downright, Oh my gosh. And and ashamed and guilty and, and blame and all of that stuff. And learning how to navigate through that is really what helped me.

Andrea Samadi: Wow, that's a great, great story and excellent lessons. What are some strategies that really helped you because I know a lot of people have an idea, they set goals and then they only know what they know. I know how you found a mentor, but how, how would just any regular person out there figure out what to do next?

John Assaraf: Yeah, I think there's a couple of fundamentals that are really critical.

John Assaraf: Machio Kaku, a quantum scientist from New York University who is being interviewed with a group of other people on what is genius. And he said something really profound and he said in his University, he has many childs prodigy toward geniuses and let's say mathematics or physics. And it says a genius in an area without the will to the drive, succeed in the past, succeed will fizzle out. And so one of the things that I learned early on was setting goals is one part of the equation. And while I'm talking to you, I'm going to get up because I just saw a signal that my battery was dying. So give me one second.

John Assaraf: And I will, just plug in my computer and then, okay, excellent, share while I shift my office here. And so a couple of things that I, realized, that I think sports gave me the benefit of, was the power of repetition. So if you were to learn the alphabet, if you were to learn how to walk, if you're to learn, language or your low spots to learn guitar there are the basics. You practice the basics, which allows you to then move to a little bit more complex, know the activity or action, which allows you to go from knowing, conscious effort to unconscious competence. And so I learned the power of perfect practice when I was very, very young because you have to practice the layup perfectly. You have to practice getting the puck in the net for hockey perfectly.

John Assaraf: You have to practice doing it right, not just doing it. So when I've gone into the world of business and the world of sales and the world, I wasn't afraid to practice and to fail and to stand back up. But I also learned a really important lesson. And that was around being resourceful when you don't have resources. Yes. So one of my earliest lessons when I was 16 years old is I wanted to go to basketball camp and my family didn't have money to send me to a basketball game. I lived in Montreal, basketball camp was in New York. It was with a professional basketball player. And the camp was like, you know, $1,000 and my family couldn't afford $1,000. And so somebody said to me, well, why don't you just see if you could work at the camp. So I called the campus and said "Hey, is there work?"

John Assaraf: The camp said, "no." I said, "I really want to come to the camp. What can I do to come to the camp?" And I remember the gentleman's name, Alex Robinson, I'm telling you this is 39 years ago. 39 years ago, Alex Robinson said to me, "I'll let you come for a discounted price if you can bring four other kids with you." I said, "okay." So I started to ask every kid that I knew who may want to go to camp, to go to basketball camp. That's why I got all the kids and they paid, their parents, paid for them. And Alex let me come to basketball camp for $500 of which I paid $250 because I had a paper route and my father and mother came up with the other $250. The point that I want to make is when you don't have resources, you have to think of being resourceful. And there are so many ways to achieve something. So if you need knowledge or information, Google it, go to Coursera, go to all of the places that offer free knowledge and information. Start there if you need, in order to upgrade your knowledge and skills on sales, marketing, management, finance, health, relationships, career, business, spirituality, you don't need to spend a nickel and you could keep busy for the next five years. That's right.

John Assaraf: And nobody has, nobody has the right any more to say, you know, I can't, I don't know. it's too hard. Baloney! And so resourcefulness is really, really, really critical. The other part of it was to learn how to not take rejection personally. And again, I'll go back to when I was a kid. I wanted, to win the school raffle contest for selling the most raffle tickets. Some kids sold chocolates, but we sold raffle tickets, the deal you buy for a dollar or $5 for a book of 10, whatever the case is. And the first prize was a bicycle and my family couldn't afford to buy me a bicycle. And so I was taught by the gym teacher how to ask people to buy raffle tickets. And so where most kids went "Hey, do you want to buy a raffle ticket?"

John Assaraf: I said, Hey, how would you like to help me win a bicycle while you help our school paint the murals in the school so we'd have a much more wonderful environment?" He taught me one line, one line! Some people don't want to buy a raffel ticket. But it might help you, you know, win a bicycle, they might help the school paint the wall so that the environment is better for the kids. So in one simple sentence I was able to sell 5 or 10 times more raffle tickets than any other kid, because I asked for help. And that really is the second or third part of this is why are so many of us afraid to ask for help and say, "I don't know. Could you please help me?" And the reason I suggest that is there are so many people with the knowledge, the skills, the contacts, the resources, the blueprint, the map, that want to help others.

John Assaraf: But they don't ever get asked or people are just afraid because they're afraid of being rejected. And so I learned many years ago that when people reject, they don't reject you, 99.9% of the time they reject what you may have offered them. They may reject the product, the service the request, but not you. And rejection of a product, service or request is something that either works for them or doesn't, but also could be that you didn't ask the right way. And so that's where hour yours my responsibility learn how to do whatever it is that we need to do at the highest level possible. And in the world that we live in, in the world of whether it's sports, music, money, business,

John Assaraf: there are people that do at the kindergarten, okay. Level. I don't mean teaching at the kindergarten level, but being in average kindergarten teacher, there are people that do it at a very, very, very high level. And I decided many years ago I want to play whatever game I was playing at a high level. And so playing at a high level is a decision that you need to make and then you need to reverse engineer. How do I need to think, what I need to feel What are the knowledge, what are the skills that I need to upgrade to play at that level if I have the aptitude

Andrea Samadi: Wow. Wow. So anybody can be successful, John. Absolutely. Which gives us, which really does give everybody hope. If you're watching this video that John has, I've known who you were for many years--since the late nineties and it's just amazing when I come across some of my notes from eight years ago that you were working on the brain back then, so I just wonder what made you change from what you were doing back then to helping people retrain their brains? Where did that come in?

John Assaraf: I was looking for the missing link to advancing people's results and consistently when I used to teach people,

John Assaraf: well, I used to have business owners pay me $100,000 I would help them create a blueprint of science, strategies, tactics, timelines and they wouldn't do it. You just paid $100,000, you turn $1,000 or $500,000. You know, whether to buy a franchise or get this knowledge and get what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and you didn't do it. I was fascinated. Why aren't people taking action? And it boiled down to a couple things. Once we knew that it wasn't knowing what to do, then it came down to mental and emotional obstacles. Right! And when we broke it down even further, what constitutes, you know, mental abilities-- Well, your ability to focus, your ability to have, your perception and, and so either people, were focusing on the wrong thing. Their attitudes were wrong. They were, they, they framed things in a negative way all the time instead of positive.

John Assaraf: There are mental reasons why people didn't take action. And then that caused certain emotions to stir up. So, people have fear of disappointment. People felt they weren't smarter, They felt they didn't deserve success. Some people felt like were afraid of failure, afraid of disappointment. There were all of these emotional obstacles of why they weren't taking action. So, I said "Hmm, okay, well those are all skills you can learn, right?" Those are all skills. Everybody's brains the same. Wow. It's all brain based. And so, could you teach somebody how to look at things differently? Absolutely. Could you teach somebody how to focus? Absolutely. Could you teach somebody to expand their mind? Absolutely. Could you teach somebody the difference fears that there are and how to navigate through them? Absolutely. Could you teach somebody the different emotions of sadness, guilt, shame, fear? Absolutely. Those are skills that were never taught in school. So I said, "okay, so if they are skills we can teach people. I want to teach them and I'm going to find out the latest in neuropsychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology anything that we could research to find out how do we help people change the way they look at things, so that the things that they look at changes, including themselves."

Andrea Samadi: I love it. I love it because I'm in your group and and I can see what's happening with people. So what do you see? How, how does it make you feel when you look at the work that you're doing to change people's lives?

John Assaraf: Do you know I, I feel like I'm living my life's purpose. And for whatever reason, I've been fascinated with this part of myself. Being a father of two boys and a husband, I'm just fascinated with behavior perception. Why people do what they do, whether it's ISIS and the level of conviction. They have to have to want to kill, you know, entire societies, or people that jump out of, you know, airplanes or people that are petrified at home when they've got three PhDs. I'm fascinated with why. And the more I learned about myself, the more I know about you, the more I learn about others, the more I know about myself. And so I've just been fascinated with the question of how can I help, you know, and on my, on my own goals, how do I help billions of people? And so I'm looking for the answers to be able to take what we discover, what I find is my passion and what my life's purpose is and take it to the world in a way that there's many people who want to learn, learn, and have access to it.

Andrea Samadi: I love it. So what's the best place if someone's watching this and they want to learn more about brain training? Is it that's the best place?

John Assaraf: is the best place and we'll be releasing some really neat things in the next year, two years, three years that we believe will help individuals who really want to pass their lives and do what I'm what I call deliberate conscious evolution of themselves.

Andrea Samadi: I love it. John, do you ever think that we're going to have like some of these neat equipment things in classrooms virtual (augmented) reality? Do you think that's ever gonna be discovered?

John Assaraf: It's already happening! There's already, computer brain interfaces that are being installed in people's brains right now. Mostly individuals that, need help because they have a paralysis or stroke victims or Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. So we already know this computer brain interfaces as they're happening. They just in the last, 30 days, they were able to just transfer, a behavior from one mouse or a laboratory rat to another and they were able to transfer information from one brain to another so that the second rats had a neural pathway, for a certain behavior without having had gone without having gone through the exercise that the one rat had to do in the learning that the one that had to do. So there is, there already is the early phases of that happening. Now, our brains, there's no question in my mind that in our lifetime our brain will be connected to the internet and have information disposable at any time.

John Assaraf: Second, we won't have to have the information reside in our own brain as part of our memory system. We will be part of its collective memory system. But also I believe that just like in The Matrix, you're were able to in character Neo, download the program for jui jitzu or kung fu and go "Oh, I know kung fun" it's a neural pathway. You would figure out how to create a neural pathway, no different than or you know how, now they've already started doing research and, and studying on how to take a memory that somebody hasn't had and erase the memory. It's a neural pattern. So if you can erase the memory, you can insert a memory, but also we are in that era right now.

Andrea Samadi: Fascinating John! I look forward to continuing my studies with you and thanks for all you're doing for the world. (John) It's my joy and thanks for being such a great student and advocate and  helping many people as well. Thanks, John. You're welcome.


Civilian Astronaut, and Extreme Adventurer Nik Halik on “Overcoming Adversity to Create an Epic Life!”

Civilian Astronaut, and Extreme Adventurer Nik Halik on “Overcoming Adversity to Create an Epic Life!”

December 10, 2019

Welcome to EPISODE #31, this is Andrea Samadi, a former educator who has been fascinated with understanding the science behind high performance strategies in schools, sports and the workplace for the past 20 years. Today we have a flashback interview from 2016. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some of our high-level interviews that are hosted in our online learning portal for schools and the workplace. These interviews are eye-opening with some of the most powerful insights from world leaders, and high achievers from around the globe. This interview was audio only, but there are some visuals on YouTube of Nik's work.

Today I want to introduce you to The Thrillionaire® Entrepreneurial Alchemist, Civilian Astronaut, Extreme Adventurer, and Keynote Speaker. Nik Halik is the founder and CEO of Lifestyle Revolution and 5 Day Weekend®. He became a multi-millionaire and amassed great wealth through savvy investments in property, business and the financial markets. Nik’s group of companies have financially educated and life coached over 1 Million clients in over 57 countries.

Nik has trekked to over 157 countries, dived to the wreck of the Titanic to have lunch on the bow, been active as a mountaineer on some of the world's highest peaks, performed a HALO skydive above the summit of Mt Everest in the Himalayas, climbed into the crater of an exploding erupting volcano [1,700 Degrees Fahrenheit] for an overnight sleepover and just recently, entering the hermit kingdom of North Korea to expose a sweat shop factory operating illegally for an American conglomerate. To learn more about Nik Halik visit or find him on Twitter @nikhalik or Facebook Nik Halik. He was the back-up Astronaut for the NASA / Russian Soyuz TMA-13 flight to the International Space Station in 2008. He currently remains in mission allocation status for a future flight to Earth's only manned outpost in orbit– the International Space Station with the Russian Federation.


Andrea Samadi: He has a crazy background. If you look him up, you can see, and when you get to know Nik, you learn that he's humble down to earth with zero ego. He just wants to do as much as he can to help others. Take a listen to what Nik has to say. His story is so powerful, it will blow your mind on how he's taken his vision for his life and created a screenplay for that vision and how he's living that out now.


Question 1: I’ve never seen anyone who has set and achieved such high goals for themselves. What was the situation that ignited your passion to live life to its fullest?

Question 2: How did you heal your body so you could go out into the world and accomplish your goals?

Question 3: Nik, you make everything look so simple. Was what you have done difficult? How do you approach the obstacles you have faced?

Question 4: Do you still count down each day in your life so you live each day to it’s fullest? NOTE: The ticker website is no longer working, but the concept or idea is valuable.

Question 5: What do you do in your down time? Do you watch tv and if so, what are you watching/learning from these days?

Introduction: For the first decade of his life, Nick Halik was medically confined to his bedroom, so at age eight he drafted the screenplay of his life, including his top 10 list of goals. At age 14 he opened up his very first business. At age 17 he relocated to Hollywood, California to perform live on stage. At age 19 he bought his very first investment property. Five years later, he became a multimillionaire. Now he owns private homes in the most beautiful places on earth, nature versus the planet and pursues exciting how your adrenaline and Epic adventures. He has summited the highest mountains in the world and visited over 100 countries. He's dived down five miles and had lunch on the bow of the ship wreck Titanic. He empowers thousands of individuals, passionately sharing his life story and insights on how to live a true life. In 2009, he wrote an additional goal to create and inspire 1 million new thrilling airs across the globe and to sell fund the building of educational schools in poor remote villages across South America and Africa. Nik became a flight qualified and certified civilian astronaut. Now he's set to rocket to outer space, live on a space station and with future plans to walk the lunar surface of the moon, completing the remainder of his original top 10 list of goals. Let's give a warm welcome to global wealth strategists, successful entrepreneur, national speaker, astronauts, high adrenaline adventure and best selling author.

Andrea Samadi: Nik, we are thrilled to speak with you today where we reached you today.

Nik Halik:  I'm just basically, you know, in a airline lounge right now. I've just been traveling around the world. I've been in Iran, Italy, and Brazil the last,  10 days. I've been in a whirlwind tour. And, right now I'm just making my way to Asia and Australia the next few days.

Andrea Samadi: So exciting. Now, Nik, the purpose of this call is to inspire young people who study the Jumpstart to Success program. So they're motivated and empowered by your story to create their own exciting ethic following your lead in example. Now I'm going to give a quick background for those who are listening and have not heard of Nik Halik yet, but if anyone goes on Google and just looks up your name, you'll be blown away by what he has accomplished in his lifetime. Now, Nik, I've never heard of people who've set goals like this. Can you go and explain to our listeners what situation influenced you to set such extraordinary goals for yourself

Nik Halik: Definitely you know, like, I mean for the first 10 years of my life, for those who are not really privy to my life story, but,  I was medically confined to my bedroom. I had chronic allergies, debilitating asthma, and I pretty much led that the boy in the plastic bubble type life kind of thing. I never really joined academia until about age 10. So I believe my initial conditioning was somewhat different because I sort of grew up, I mean my, my initial mentors where the encyclopedia Britannica and the world of Tintin who was this animated cartoon hero, this Robin reporter going into most craziest adventures around the world. And it's amazing how sort of reflect on my life. I mean there's the articulate side, but there's also the, the, there's also the,  the kaleidoscopic adventurous side gang on wakey crazy adventures and all sorts of this kind of things.

Nik Halik: So for me, I sort of grew up differently because the world, to me, that, I will never be able to lead, live a ordinary life. I mean, I'll always be played by medical complications, medical hurdles or whatever. So for me, I've, I just changed the polarity on the whole world. I mean, I just changed my whole map of the world. In fact, you know, basically everybody knows, I just perceived it as a temporary. Yes and I just, I kind of, I just changed the polarity of my thinking. So an actual fact as opposed to being tired, I was going to live a very ordinary lifestyle. I knew that I to extract more out of my life in order to live a more extra ordinary type life. So at age eight, I drafted the screenplay to my life and those top 10 list of goals, is basically consumed over 32 years of my life and I'm still acting out those goals, those very same goals.

Andrea Samadi: Wow. What a story.That's just amazing. I can understand how it happened because I'm a mom and I had a daughter who was ill, very ill, young, and so I'd had to pull her out of school so I understand how it happened, but in my head, at age 10, how did you, did you heal yourself, do you think?

Nik Halik: Here's the thing, I mean, I was placed in an incubator round about 30 days old and I mean I was, I was actually born a 10 pound five ounces and I, and I lost a lot of weight. I got really sick, was in and out of hospitals for like for the first, you know, the first eight years kind of thing. And that was tough and for a long time there, you know, in incredibly paranoid parents as you can imagine. But here's the thing, you know, say pharmaceutically,  doped, you know, addicted and it wasn't around until about age 10 that I basically just stopped taking all the pharmaceutical drugs. You see. The thing was my immune system was so addicted. These debilitating and chronic allergies and asthma.

Nik Halik: What have you, I mean, You are so weak that I'm even a sick of dust and in cental Poland. But, I stopped, I changed the polarity thinking I stopped, I refuse to go the doctors and the hospitals and I refuse to take the medication. And, it wasn't like an overnight turnaround. But, it was a gradual process and I just, you know, I mean, I really healed. But here's the thing, I, I believe that the doctors and the pharmaceutical industry had sabotaged my health and all I basically did was, you know, I gave life to that particular you know, mindset I guess. And I, I had personally altered that particular paradigm and change it. So I can just, I can do things more on my terms as opposed to being dictated to by the pharmaceutical industry.

Andrea Samadi: absolutely. So you really did find and prove the mind body connection,

Nik Halik: And it's like a particular frequency. Once you dial into it, it's like bottles of the bag. It's like there was just, you know, there was a whole world that that appeared to me kind of thing. And, for me, what really kept me going was when I, when I sort of digested and absorbed every page of the encyclopedia Britannica, I knew there was a world that that existed outside my bedroom windows kind of thing. And that was the one of those that was that captivating, caliber budding type energy though that kept me going because I wanted to like, you know, live their life that existed in the encyclopedia Britannica. And I knew that all's all up to me and that's an actual day. And the crazy thing was a, I wrote down my top 10 list of goals and as I reflect on our same top 10 list of goals, inadvertently what I did was I drafted the screenplay to my life because, and, and since age eight, you know, I've been the actor, the producer, and a director of my top 10 screenplay that I wrote down as an eight year old.

Nik Halik: And you know, I'm still accountable to their young eight year old. They're still resides in my heart because here's my coach and I'm still the student because it's the little, this little eight year old kid still inside me, they're still dictates and drives my life.

Andrea Samadi: Wow. Nick, it's such a powerful story when, when I read what you've accomplished, I was curious how you got past and healed your body to start blowing out all your goals so at age 14 opening your first business. It couldn't have just happened. Like it seemed like it was so easy for you.

Nik Halik: I mean, trust me, I've had every medical, every medical hurdle and obstacle. I mean, I'm going to want, I embrace obstacles. I love obstacles. I look, I seek obstacles where most people actually feel and a deterred by them. For me, it's the only way to grow and for me. And so I'm so fortunate, even though I had all these, I had all these medical dramas, I'm so fortunate to have had that type of experience because it extracted more out of my life. It extracted more out of me because, you know, being pharmaceutically addicted, I lost my faculty of thinking. Whereas I claimed ownership on my thinking and you know, and you know. And an interesting thing was, you know, those top 10 list of goals. I didn't view it as a, as a bucket list because I don't believe in bucket lists.

Nik Halik: I think, I think buckle is a very negative because you know, why have a buckle list and you know, and then you know, be told you've got terminal cancer and then one day decide to live a life. I mean, I became the assessment on my own life. In other words, they become this. I became like an assassin going out there to make sure that I extract the most kaleidoscopic adventures and just add as much color into my life and nothing because I was deprived of that in my first book and using my life. Trust me. I mean, you know, I've just, life has just reciprocated with interests for me.

Andrea Samadi: Absolutely. I actually saw an interview that you did on 21st century TV with Lou Hardy that you mentioned that you had somewhere a ticker. Do you still do that Are you still, um, timing each day as if it's your last

Nik Halik: yeah, I've actually got a, I'll put up a website a number of years ago and it's basically my, my countdown clock to my life expiry enough basically every day. I mean, I'm, you know, I, all my life I've always, I've always done the most extreme things, but I've always polarized and changed the polarity of how I basically view life. NOTE: The ticker is no longer on Nik's website, but the idea is still valuable.

Nik Halik: I mean, look, there are statistics out there that basically tell how long I'm going to live for, for example, a female in America is about, uh, about 81 and for a male 77 is the average. Well, here's the thing, why do people buy into this? What do people bind to these statistics? And what I view, you know, these are invested interests, is, is there an agenda. And it turned out to a lot of individuals when they do retire with continues in retirement, most people tend to die because they've lost it. They've given up a purpose led life a lot without purpose, basically all you're doing is you'll, you'll, you're retiring and you'll find your job securing preparation to dichotomy. So for me, I love life because I knew that the first 10 years of my life were very, very young and very tumultuous kind of thing.

Nik Halik: So for me, I love live and I've gone to great lengths to make sure that I loved my life and live my life each day as if it's my lines kind of thing. And genetically wise, looking at my family tree, my great, great grandparents, my grandparents, and you know, really exemplary the family tree and examining my culture, the foods that I eat, how I live my life. I sort of worked out a particular age that I see foreseeable in relation to my light's expiring date. And I created a, I created a countdown clock.

Nik Halik: I've got a thousand of clients who are using my philosophy and they've taught me that the productivity levels have skyrocketed over 200% because they're getting more done on the day. They're this, they're smiling, they're more happy each day because they're approaching age days. If it's the last day. And think about it, if today was your last day, what would you do differently You'll extract more out of it. You'll tell people that you love them, you know, your contact friends they haven't seen in years, and take them out to lunch, you'll go down and do dates, point of vigils without the accolades kind of thing. You'd go in there and make a difference. So that's exactly how I approached my life on a daily basis. So, I mean today, I've got you can, you can probably, I'll tell you exactly how many, how many thousands of hours I've got to go.

Nik Halik: Um, It's probably about, I mean, you've probably got a you could probably say for yourself, but it's a very, very unique social experiment that's really had a great impact on my clients.

Andrea Samadi:So there is no television watching on your end? I see you don't waste your time?

Nik Halik: I'll look, I'll watch probably television at nighttime kind of thing. But for me it's gotta be, um, it's going to be educational. It's gonna be something, it's going to be insightful. And it's unfortunate. I mean, I live in the United States in an 85% of American television is all reality TV. I mean, you know, there's, here's the thing, the system right now, the way it works, there's, there's a, there's an agenda right now about the dumbing, the dumbing down and the numbing, the numbing down on the world's population. Because when you dumbed down the population, you keep them in field and then capitalism kicks in and you make sure that, um, uh, society basically takes on way too much debt.

Nik Halik: Now they live in fear of losing their house, their job, their car, and whatever kind of thing. And now you're, you're dumbing down the population. You feed them crap on television, which means you're now able to control the population. It control the faculty of their respective thinking. And what happens People die on time. Why Because it's, it's, I mean, look, there's, there's a lot of thinking around this. And the way I look alive is I'm not gonna allow anybody else to dictate their perception of me. I'm not gonna, I'm not gonna allow anybody else to define my reality. In other words, I've drafted my own screenplay of my own date, my own expiry date. Uh, in life. There are two rules. One of the one, there are no rules. One, number two is don't forget rule number one. And that's pretty much how I view live.

Nik Halik: And I, I can control anything in the world except the weather and traffic. But I want to, I want control. I want total dominion about everything in life. And for me, it's all about I'm living, love my own terms and conditions at all times.

Andrea Samadi: Absolutely, did anyone discourage you or laugh when you showed them your goals?

Nik Halik: You know what, And it only served the purpose of energizing me further. And I love it. I, NASA is a lab dream still is. A lot of individuals are say no because I perceived a person's no as a temporary. Yes. Because ultimately I will always get in my way. Right. You know, you know, I'll negotiate my way out of any particular circumstance in life. I'll always get to my way because, you know, for me it's, it's, it's, it's not about changing my life.

Nik Halik: I want to impact other people's lives because in the words of Socrates, Socrates said in life, and let it be measured by your contribution. You know So for me, I view myself and my teachings as a bottle break for, you know, for freedom seeking free spirit of visionaries, change agents, rebels, rockstars, entrepreneurs and pioneers. And that is my why. That's what defines me. That's what drives me and me. That's what I'm, you know, that's what really calibrates me because there are individuals just like me who says they are different, you know, I mean, you know, I mean, I've cut a part of my life now to the highest order right now. You know, why Because I sensed the disturbances in the fabric of human society and I knew there was something there. And I'm new and I'm, and I view my teachings and my, my, my role as a leader right now, you know, uh, I'm a big enough light, Illumina and a path for others to follow. I want to be a lighthouse. I want to inspire them so they in turn can inspire the next generation and the next generation kind of thing. Because, you know, the way I look at it, there's a brain rewarding neural pathway, which gives access to that reckless life quality that produces this particular calibration of energy.

Andrea Samadi: Absolutely.  How did you, who mentored you to get to this level of thinking I know the adventures of Tintin on television, the Britannica, but, who, who got your mind to this level?

Nik Halik: Yeah. Well, here's the thing, right Um, you know, for the age of the men, I've always been inspired by a lot of individuals. I've always been inspired by a lot of individuals, um, historical figures who then became part of my virtual mastermind in my teenage years. I used to have cutouts on my virtual mastermind individuals from the history. And I would always, I would always recount back to them and go, what would he say What would he do What would they say So I had my virtual mastermind. They were pretty much a part of my life and my teenage years. But it wasn't until I arrived in the United States as a teenager that I'm Bob Proctor's teaching. Bob, we had a great kaleidoscopic influence I have in my life kind of thing. And, you know, Bob gave me a set of You Were Born Rich and Bob Proctor also exposed me to Napoleon Hill or all in the same year.

Nik Halik: And mind you, I was only a teenager at this particular point. And the funny thing is being exposed to Napoleon Hill's work by Bob Proctor, I'm now an advisor for the Napoleon Hill Foundation. I've actually partnered with them and I've been involved at a couple of projects with them, in a couple of their, products, which is, which has been a great, a great testimony to their particular calibrating mindset kind of thing. But being exposed as a young teenager and now being an advisor for their sane Napoleon Hill Foundation,  and absolute buzz. But definitely I actually, Bob Proctor is my, in a Bob's like the alkaline battery of the personal development industry kind of thing. And Bob Proctor, you know, I call him my godfather, but, he's had his, an amazing impact on my life too. And I love the guy. I mean, I'm going to be with him in a couple of months time. We'll be speaking together in Toronto, in Canada. But, he truly is an Epic individual.

Andrea Samadi: Absolutely. We share the same mentor. He's behind the whole Jumpstart to Success program through videos. And he's definitely the one that I met in my late twenties that changed my path.

Nik Halik: Right. Definitely. It like, you know, he drills deeper than anybody else in the industry kind of thing. And like is a, is it really is a, it's just a, is this a wonderful noble individuals, a wonderful person.

Andrea Samadi: Exactly. Now, Nick, what are you doing now with your time What's your next step

Nik Halik: Well, for me, I'm, I'm on this constant quest to basically, visit every country on the planet. I've now been to 135 countries. I've got 63 more countries remaining. You know, I've climbed the highest mountains in the world. You know, I've had lunch in the Titanic, I've rocketed into space. You know, I've, I've explored the deepest caves with the largest crystals on the planet. So for me, it's all about adding more color to my life, you know, and I've got, all those remaining 10 goals that are right down as a young eight year old, eight down, two to go. I've got to fly to the international space station in the coming years that I've already negotiated with the Russian government. And the bigger hurdle, which will be number one, will be toward the lunar surface of the moon. And, um, I've got a backup plan if my life was to expire for whatever reason, I've already paid an American consortium to rock and my crematory remains to the literal sense of the moon.

Nik Halik: That way I will get to walk an event because on the moon there is no atmosphere, no rain, no wind, meaning where my ashes are sprinkled on the moon, I will get to walk on the moon irrespective, I guess, you know. So for me it's all about, um, you know, um, there's so much I want to do and it's like I'm, I'm just, you know, I'm, I'm blessed to live this life and I don't waste each day. I, man, I make each day count, you know, I want to impact people's lives on a daily basis kinda thing. And for me that's, that's what's really, um, as what's calibrated very, very strong in me ever since I was a young boy kind of thing. And, you know, ultimately it's my responsibility to leave the world a better place. You know, it's the legacy, it's the footprints that I'll leave behind and I want to keep that big and of light, still illuminating for the next few centuries. That is

Andrea Samadi: absolutely. Well, Nick, you're incredibly inspiring and we want to follow you and keep up learning from you as you keep moving forward. What's the best way for people to learn and watch you?

Nik Halik: Definitely

Andrea Samadi: Well, you're such an inspiration, Nick, and I want to thank you so much for taking the time as you're traveling on the road and all over the world to speak with our students that will study the Jumpstart to Success program. We're going to follow you and I'll keep everyone updated on where Nik is and we just want to thank you so much. You're an amazing individual, so inspiring and you're definitely making an impact on the world.

Nik Halik: Thank you so much. Definitely. So, you know, in passing, just, you know, dare to dream, Liberty, passion, define your smile and just monetize your passion and monetize your life. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your time.



Neuroscience Researcher Mark Robert Waldman on “12 Brain-Based Experiential Learning and Living Principles”

Neuroscience Researcher Mark Robert Waldman on “12 Brain-Based Experiential Learning and Living Principles”

December 2, 2019

This is episode #30 with Mark Robert Waldman, one of the world’s leading neuroscience researchers on consciousness, communication, and spirituality, and his discoveries have been published in journals throughout the world. You can listen to the podcast here, or watch the interview and presentation on YouTube.

Welcome to the “Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning” podcast, my name is Andrea Samadi, a former educator who has been fascinated with understanding the science behind high performance strategies in schools, sports and the workplace for the past 20 years. Today we have one of the leading neuroscience researchers in the country who I was blessed to be mentored by 5 years ago when I needed to add the most current brain research to my programs. Mark has an international practice as a NeuroCoach, training students and business leaders how to use the latest discoveries in neuroscience to enhance personal and professional development.  I can say that if I was able to learn this information, well enough to teach it to others, that anyone can. Mark took his time and was patient as I learned the basics of neuroscience and he taught me in such a way that I never once felt that the information was too difficult to grasp though it did take effort and focus to learn these new concepts.

Mark has authored 14 books, including the bestseller How God Changes Your Brain, an Oprah pick in 2012. His new book called NeuroWisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness, and Success contains 100 evidence-based strategies, with guided audios and videos, showing you how to manipulate and balance the major networks of consciousness, awareness, and imagination.  These tools are now used in schools, health centers, and businesses throughout the world.  He teaches at Loyola Marymount University and his work has been featured in Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Oprah Magazine. He has been on hundreds of radio and television programs including PBS and NPR. For more information, go to  You can find Mark on Twitter @MarkRWaldman, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Welcome Mark! It’s always fun to speak with you. I’m so grateful for all that you’ve taught me.

I know you have a presentation planned and will share your screen with us. Before we dive into your lesson:

  1. Can you explain what exactly “Neurowisdom”[i] is (the title of your most recent book) and how we can discover this new voice to guide us towards a greater sense of awareness?

Questions Mark will uncover during presentation:

  1. Can you explain the new research that shows “you can consciously teach your brain to lower neural activity that generates negativity and fear and increase neural activity that generates confidence and positive decision-making?”[ii]
  2. Why is mind-wandering essential for problem-solving and decision-making? “If you don’t allow your brain to enter this highly imaginative state of mental activity before a challenging task, your memory, performance and mental health will be compromised.”[iii] Last summer, I watched the baseball player Wilson Ramos[iv], from the NY Mets, sit and meditate before his game while the other players were warming up. His performance in this game was phenomenal with a homerun and focused play and I did wonder about the science behind his focused mind before the game.
  3. What exactly do you mean when you say that “Daydreaming and mind wandering give you direct access to creative talents that are unique to human beings?”[v] Is this our intuition? What talents do we have? When we get flashes of insight how do we know what they mean? Can we misinterpret what we see? How can we best use this talent/skill?
  4. How do you teach mindfulness to your Executive MBA students, so they learn to “remain calm, relaxed, and highly focused on achieving more goals with little stress?” [vi]
  5. Can you explain what happens when your values are not aligned with your work and why this causes “increased neural stress, happiness fades away, and burnout is more likely to occur?”[vii]
  6. Why do we experience deeper levels of happiness and satisfaction with “self-awareness and social awareness?”[viii]

  You Will Learn:

  • What is Brain-based Experiential Learning and Living
  • How to use your Intuition
  • Brain-Network Theory
  • New Brain Science for Overcoming Anxiety
  • How the Brain Learns
  1. Discover how your brain likes to learn (it will surprise you and has nothing to do with what you’ve experienced the classroom)
    2. Find out why mind-wandering and daydreaming are essential for psychological health. Right in line with Srinivasan Pillay’s book “Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try” that talks about the default network in the brain and the power of “unfocusing” your brain. Mark’s book “Neurowisdom” was the first book to talk about the default network mode and provides many practical examples for using your brain to improve finances, happiness and success.
    3. Learn how Brain Network Theory is changing the world of neuroscience…and your health!
    4. See what living neurons and networks actually look like.


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[i] Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness and Success (Jan 31, 2017)

[ii] Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness and Success (Jan 31, 2017)     Page 23

[iii] Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness and Success (Jan 31, 2017)     Page 24


[v] Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness and Success (Jan 31, 2017)     Page 24

[vi] Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness and Success (Jan 31, 2017)     Page 27

[vii] Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness and Success (Jan 31, 2017)     Page 28

[viii] Mark Robert Waldman and Chris Manning Neurowisdom: The New Brain Science of Money, Happiness and Success (Jan 31, 2017)     Page 82


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