EPISODE
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Lewis Howes

Author of "The School of Greatness"

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Today I have the great pleasure of bringing back Lewis Howes to the show to talk about his latest book out today. That’s right, you can go over to Barnes and Nobles, Amazon or your local bookstore after you listen to this and pick up a copy, which I highly recommend that you do. In fact I’m giving away 20 free copies, listen to the end of this podcast to discover how you can be selected or check out the instructions below.

The book is called “The School of Greatness.” It’s the same title of his very successful podcast and as I said, I’ve already had Lewis on the show before in case you miss that episode, you’ll have to check it out it was episode 4.

Now a little bit of background to catch some of you up about Lewis. A lot of you may recognize his name, he is a former pro football player, he is an elite athlete, after suffering a career ending injury he bounced back creating a multimillion dollar online business as a business coach and speaker.

In his new book, he shares the tips and habits that he uncovered in interviewing some of the greatest people including Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and Pencils or Promise CEO Adam Braun among countless others, he’s uncovered that greatness that comes from within. He decided to write about his experiences and share a real world guide to living bigger, loving deeper and leaving a legacy. His ultimate goal is showing people that anyone is capable of achieving success.

Takeaways from our time together:

  1. What are the secrets to greatness as told by his book and he talks about how you have to do something painful every day. Really? What does he do?
  2. How we all experience at some level adversity. His advice is you have to embrace it, you have to learn how to transform that adversity into achievement and can you be successful without adversity?
  3. Creating your circle of greatness. What if you’re not so happy with your friends? How do you go about creating a community of supportive and frankly smarter people?

If you’d like to learn more about Lewis Howes, visit his website www.lewishowes.com.  If you’d like to pick up a copy of his new book from Amazon visit http://lewishowes.com/book or visit his website in order to receive a gift with purchase of the new book. Also, follow him on Twitter @LewisHowes.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview: “If we want to be successful in business, relationships or anything, we’ve got to have our health under control” – Click To Tweet

I’m giving away 20 free copies of the book. It’s simple, to enter to win leave a comment below about your thoughts related to Lewis’ interview. What did you love about the interview? What’s your definition of greatness? Would love your feedback. I’ll pick 20 people to get their free copy.

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  • J Sparks

    Very insightful.. Greatness defined: taking those God given gifts and maxing it out for the most people.. It’s incredible to realize through the struggles come awesomeness. It’s amazing to see how we all have problems no matter our walk of life and the perseverance and courage to admit issues and still become great! Great episode guys!

  • Brent Maxwell

    Hearing “doing something painful everyday to grow” was a bitter pill to swallow, but necessary to hear from your guest today. The timing of hearing his advice came at the right time in my personal and professional life. I was re-inspired by this episode. Thanks

  • Loved today’s episode! Lewis so so authentic and you can hear it in his voice that he stands by what he says. It sounds like anyone can benefit from his book and I’m so excited for him! First bit of advice I’m going to try and implement: that one painful thing every day…

  • Kain

    This Episode was epic, so great content ! Maxing out ur potential is fantastic

  • rubots12

    Great information to take the next steps in personal development. Thanks!!

  • Jacqueline V Twillie

    I love that you’re supporting Lewis & he’s a great 2x guest for So Money

  • Ashely Clark

    Yes to the conversation about exercise making you more successful! Funny enough, yesterday when I was leaving work my boss said ‘you’re so good – always going to workout.’ We got into a conversation about people using work as an excuse to not workout. Last year, I decided I no longer was going to allow work to get in the way of my health. Since then, I’ve lost 30 pounds and run my first ultra marathon. As I explained to my boss, not only is my health better, but I’ve become a better employee. Knowing that I have a hard stop everyday to make it to my workout class has made me more efficient. I don’t waste time doing non-important things or having water cooler conversations. Thanks for another great, thought provoking episode Farnoosh!

  • Joe Koss

    Great information as always Farnoosh. The parts that really stood out to me on this interview were being a “go giver” which is something I have been intentionally been doing with my budget of not only money but time.

  • Rebecca E. Starr

    This was actually the first time I listened to your podcast and I am so happy that I did! It will be on my feed from now on. It was probably no coincidence that you had Mr. Howes as your guest. He made some amazing points that spoke to me at this time in my life especially (I just turned 40!). His encouragement to advocate for yourself and sell yourself was inspiring and I especially loved the stress that he put on making sure our bodies are healthy first as I am beginning to explore a new career in the health and fitness industry. I would love to read his book and will continue to look forward to the special guests you invite each day. Thanks for this incredible resource and a wonderful interview with someone who is truly able to inspire!

  • Kathryn D.

    This was a really wonderful episode with powerful content. I loved what he said about putting your health first, otherwise nothing else matters. That’s something many of us forget or take for granted – until you’re faced with serious health issues with yourself or a loved one, and that’s when it can be very apparent that health should have been priority #1 all along. He’s right in that taking care of yourself is so important, even when it can be difficult. I just wish there was a way to really influence that kind of mindset change in everyone. Being a “go-giver” is also something that resonated with me. Society tends to dictate not to give away anything for free, or that we’re entitled to receive things – but it’s also important to give so that you can receive. Giving without the expectation to receive is a powerful thing. Finally, I appreciated his attitude about constantly learning new things and growing your skillset. There’s something really compelling about being a lifelong learner, and learning shouldn’t stop just because you’re not in school anymore. Thank you for having him on the show! I’m now very interested in his book and the messages it gives. Really great!

  • Nii Darko

    As always, great podcast! I appreciated Lewis’ candor about his recent breakup with his girlfriend. Yes, he is an expert in personal lifestyle, but he comes off as genuine when he often times gives listeners a peek into his own life. The part about surrounding yourself with folks who are smarter than you or can keep you accountable to your goals is so true. But what if you don’t have access to that circle? I use Farnoosh’s, Lewis’ podcasts and others as my “mastermind” group that keeps me focused on my goals through the week.
    Loved the weekend podcasts, but I know… a girl’s gotta get some rest! Big fan of your show Farnoosh…don’t change

  • Kayla Koroush

    Lewis made a point to say that you need a healthy body to have a healthy mind. When you grow the health of your body you can grow the health of your business, you mind and maybe even your soul.

  • MReza

    It was a great episode. One part that stood up from the whole conversation was what Lewis said about being the one you would like to meet, actively trying to have the characteristics that make you someone whom successful people love to hang out with. Thank you Farnoosh for this episode.

  • Jonathan

    I’ve been struggling to get back to a daily workout routine for a while now, and I had just finished at the gym when I heard Lewis say to put your body and health first instead of money. That really hit home for me since I’ve been a bit obsessed lately with personal finance and my TaskRabbit side hustle. I think this might have been just what I needed to continue working out on the daily.

  • Emmett D. Dashiell

    This was one of my favorite episodes. I have been a business fan of Lewis Howes for a few years now. I really enjoyed the part where he spoke about how to attract relationships with mentors and influencers. I am going to be making a list of qualities that I personally want to attain as well as ways that I can create more value. Thanks Farnoosh for being Soo Money! This will not be the last time you hear from me. Have an amazing week!

  • Anon

    Great interview with Lewis. His comments on health and success and prioritizing your body really struck home as this is a constant struggle of mine. I’ve shared this interview with a couple of friends.

  • Whitney Frykman

    What a refreshing interview! I actually just discovered Lewis’ podcast the other day, so it was a pleasant surprise to see him sponsored here. What struck me was his focus on “strong body and strong mind”, and the importance to take the time to do good things and take care of yourself, in order to be present and be there for others in your life.

  • Laurie

    Really enjoyed this podcast with Lewis Howe! He is such an inspiration because he doesn’t sugar coat and he provides advice and inspiration that we can all follow. My favorite part was when he talked about doing something every day to push yourself to take care of your body first, giving squats and running 3 miles as examples. I am relieved to hear that I am not the only one who struggles with 3 miles! Thanks Farnoosh and Lewis!

  • john fisken

    I really liked how this episodewent beyond the normal format of your podcast and really got quite philosophical. Things got real there for a while! I would love to hear some further interviews
    with previous guests in a similar fashion. Lewis’s comments regarding being a better person to attract the type of people you want in your life really resonated with me as I have just moved to a new city. Also, I believe the go-giver phrase may actually be from “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill but don’t hold me to that…

  • Maggie Scott

    Lewis Howes is a great guest, again! What I found inspiring was his thoughts about the “Circle of Greatness” and the example of becoming that ideal mate first before you can attract those qualities in another person. It is a good reminder to always be learning, growing and evolving. Thanks Farnoosh!

  • Dekishea Gordon

    Great podcast as usual! I also love listening to Lewis Podcast. My favorite part of the show is when he mention Matthew Hussey, who I also watch on Youtube. I have a mixture of friends that are in different places in life, but I have been trying to meet and build relationships with people who are successful and inspirational. I definitely need to continue striving to be the person I want to attract.

  • Jenny

    Great interview and so inspired by Lewis! I completely agree with taking care of your body–it’s critical to success! Giving to others is another piece that I loved–nothing feels as good as giving back. Thank you for another great show!

  • Bobbie

    I love his story, but loved that you guys skipped straight to the realness! I think greatness is simply being content with working hard and achieving your family’s goals.

  • BEChamness

    I really loved this podcast interview with Lewis Howes. One part that really resonated with me was about mastering your body in order to master other parts of your life. Such a simple concept, yet very challenging for so many. This interview will really stick with me…I may need to listen to it again! My definition of greatness includes always challenging yourself to improve and get better in life especially with creating relationships (as in be a kinder person, be a more open-minded person, and be a more loving person). I also loved the part about listing the attributes you are looking for in a partner and then become that person (in order to attract those wonderful things to your life in love). So absolutely true!

  • jlpesca8

    I loved this interview! Like many others, the part that resonated with me the most was that to continue the path towards greatness, you need to take care of your body. I had an aha moment when I realized that I pay more attention to the battery life of my phone than to my own energy levels.

    I think greatness is being in harmony with your deepest values and never allowing yourself to settle for less than you’re capable of, even when it’s hard or uncomfortable.

    Love the podcast – keep up the good work!

  • Rocio Baeza

    Really enjoyed this episode. For me, 2 points really resonated:1) that the meaning of greatness (or of being great) evolves over time and 2) the importance of taking care of our health. Thanks for a thought-provoking conversation with Lewis!!!

  • Nicole Meade

    Thanks for introducing us to Lewis. I enjoyed his take on greatness, and I liked that he hadn’t looked it up in the dictionary! I often get hung up on what words mean instead of defining what they mean to ME. Lewis has clearly grappled with tough situations in his life, and has emerged optimistic and forward thinking. A great listen.

  • David Fox

    Great interview Farnoosh! I thought it was pretty inspirational and made me think about how I define greatness in my life. I think I often have trouble defining greatness in a person, so I thought Lewis’ point of focusing on great traits and then to emulate them was a good idea. I definitely want to check out the book! Thanks again, your podcast is great and I listen to it each day in Paris! Cheers!

  • Ric Santos

    Awesome interview as usual Farnoosh. I’ve been following Lewis Howes on a number of fronts and have to say, his podcast is pretty good too…almost as good as yours! And I totally agree with Lewis about putting your health at the top of your priority list. Because let’s face it, without good health and a well-balanced diet, you can’t truly do all you’re capable of doing. I’ve decided to exercise more and push myself to pain each day starting today. Please continue to bring it – spreading the word about you here in Texas!

  • Ally

    Awesome episode! I liked the emphasis on health. Great points to redirect priorities.

  • Abbey

    Love the episode Farnoosh and now I’m subscribed to Lewis’ podcast. My favorite part of the interview was something I need to get better at – simply asking my friends and family for support. Seems so easy, but few actually ask.

  • Meghan Lazier

    I loved the part Lewis mentions about experiencing pain everyday. It just sounds awful to type that – but the idea of being comfortable with the uncomfortable – is what truly readies us for the next level. The first thing that came to mind is that I can start to do push-ups everyday! A little pain, lots of gain.

  • Jeff G.

    Hey Farnoosh,

    I just listened to the Lewis Howes interview. I really enjoyed the discussion, as I always do! I believe what I liked best was hearing the overarching story of struggle and success. Sure it might be like some other stories, but I always find it interesting when a ex-professional athlete has to make it work. I think after being in such an elite sport, and then losing that through an injury, it would be tough to find something that replicates the intensity and scale. I think that is why I enjoyed hearing his story so much. He’s not only making it, but he’s crushing it again. It’s interesting how many professional athletes either go broke, or do absolutely nothing after their careers. Kudos to Mr. Howes.

    However, the one thing that I didn’t love about this particular podcast was the lack of “Farnoosh” questions. I’m just giving you a hard time, but seriously where were the typical questions that you ask everyone? Sure you asked him a few questions, but I feel like it wasn’t in the typical Farnoosh fashion. And I think you missed one or two of your typical questions.

    Anyway, keep up the great work! I love to hear your wonderful advice and the humor that I’ve grown to love.

    • Farnoosh Torabi

      Hey Jeff, i already interviewed Lewis once before (check out episode 4 http://podcast.farnoosh.tv/2015/01/lewishowes/) and during that interview I asked him all the Farnoosh questions. That’s why I did it differently this time. Thanks for listening!!

      • Jeff G.

        Thanks for the quick reply. I heard you say “episode 4” several times and it never clicked. I’ll have to go have a listen. Keep up the great work!

  • Brandy Chittester

    Great interview, as usual. I am a newer listener and I haven’t listened to his first interview, so I will definitely do that soon!
    I am going to be a broken record here – love the connection he makes with health with greatness. It really is so easy to let that slip when things get busy, and I see it a lot in my peers and mentors in my career. As I get ready to have my second child this coming January, while getting adjusted to a recent promotion, it’s good to have the reminder to find at least 30 minutes for myself most days to keep my health in check.
    Looking forward to reading this book!

  • erl123@gmail.com

    Hi Farnoosh, I’m relatively new to the podcast (discovered it through the write-up about you in Class Notes section of the last issue of the Penn Stater) and it’s become a daily listen for me. I really enjoyed your interview with Lewis Howes – I wasn’t previously familiar with his story but one of the things that stood out to me in your conversation was how he has dealt with adversity in his life. His approach doesn’t come across as pushing advice on the reader in a way like “it’s easy – do all of these things and you can be great like me.” Mr. Howes surprised me with his humility in admitting that even as your pushing to be your best self that it’s a constant struggle and that great gains come through pain and in many cases, sacrifice. I also appreciated his willingness to ask the important people in his life to support him. It’s so easy to shy away from putting ourselves out there and asking for those who care about us to support us in our dreams; in some ways it’s more challenging to ask those we know best than to ask total strangers. Thanks for hosting another dynamic guest and keep up the great work.

  • Hi Farnoosh,

    I love Lewis advice to do something that makes you uncomfortable every day. The way I began getting over my fear of speaking up and being heard was to begin facing one fear at a time. I began with my fear of heights. I made myself go to a wall climbing gym and began climbing. I kept at it until I reached the top not once, but several consistently every time. That gave me the confidence to begin studying martial arts, which then gave me the confidence to begin asking for the things I needed at work. Each time I overcame a fear, my confidence soared. It was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I am so much happier in life for it.

  • Martha Blalock

    Hello! I’m a new avid listener and found you thru save.spend.splurge.com. Really enjoyed hearing Lewis’s financial journey. I loved the point about staying healthy to be better, more productive, and productive n the long run. That hit home. I’m trying to get back in shape since returning to school (graduate in December), working more to pay off debt and moving in with my boyfriend (now a longer commute – but I do have more time to listen).

    PS. As a Southerner, I love that you say “Ya’ll”! But do you know the plural? 🙂 Keep the great podcasts coming – your insight is terrific! Thanks, Martha

  • Paige Wu

    I love the idea of being the woman/man of your dream, and be the best version of yourself. How true is that we constantly ask our significant others to do this and fix that but we so rarely do the same to ourself. Thanks for the great interview with Lewis. I look forward to reading his book!!

  • Crystal

    I heard Lewis Howes on another podcast recently and was really turned off by him. I almost didn’t listened to this episode because of my previous experience…boy and I glad I listened! This interview shone new light on Howes!!!! Great interview Farnoosh! I particularly loved the bit about doing something uncomfortable everyday.

  • Rbrownell

    I loved the Lewis Howes interview because it focused on helping others become great. People ask what my job is and I have always said it is to bring Joy to others! I think you know what I’m talking about because that’s exactly what happens in every one of your podcasts! You have wonderful guests and carry on with directness, always probing the heart and passion of your guests. If I am chosen as a recipient of Lewis Howes book, I can tell you what will happen. It will get shared with others. And their greatness will cause a ripple that will change the lives and hearts and minds of their friends and friends of their friends. That’s what is called purpose with a passion. You go, So Money!

  • Okeoma Moronu Schreiner

    I really needed to hear Lewis’ message this week. I’m struggling to make some real change in my life and appreciated his thoughts on embracing discomfort and adversity.

  • Saeed Sahami

    Hello Farnoosh. I am a long time listener of your podcast (from day 1). I love the format and love it even more now that you have it 5 days a week! I share many of your podcasts with family and friends. Thank you for your excellent job.
    I really enjoyed Lewis’ podcast. There is some calm and tranquility in his voice while delivering his message. His strong message of ” take care of yourself and make a daily habit to exercise”
    is not new but somehow had a bigger impact on me than others.

  • Anthony

    I appreciated how Lewis Howes stated how he is not afraid to walk to people and ask them to buy his book. He does not let fear prevent him from reaching his goals, after all, our goals are usually found on the other side of fear. Farnoosh just keeps coming up with great guests and Lewis is no exception. I find myself struggling with finding a circle of like-minded friends who have the same goals as me. My best friend is the only person outside my family who is financially fit yet he is a cheapskate which hinders me from exploring fun and new things with him. Hopefully Lewis’ book can provide me insight into building a better, stronger circle of friends.

  • Deborah Meyer

    This is your first podcast to which I’ve listened and absolutely loved it! So many wonderful take-a-ways … continue to evolve, acquire new skills, always find a way to serve. I also really enjoyed Lewis’ honest assessment of “the uncomfortable ask”.

  • Annise

    This podcast was great. It provided plenty of recommendations on how to network and get things done. If you are all about action steps and have an appreciation for hard work with a sense of humility, this podcast is a must listen! Thank you!!!!

  • Farnoosh Torabi

    thanks everyone! I’ll be selecting 20 commenters below at random to receive a free ebook copy of Lewis’ new book. Stay tuned for an email from me.

    • Paige Wu

      Just got it! Can’t wait to read it. Thanks, Farnoosh! 😀

      • I guess no email means no book. Gotta find solace in leftover candy. But, thanks for the podcast and I will support your November cancer cause!

    • MONIKA

      @
      Farnoosh Torabi:disqus + @LewisHowes

      My greatest “If we want to be successful in business, relationships or anything, we’ve got to have our health under control”

      My thoughts related to Lewis’ interview:

      Lewis is fascinating ral and brave–to have willingly climbed and re-climbed what it took to be where he is today. Including his courage to face his breakup and resiliently move through the process……

      I love about how transparent LEwis was in the interview.

      MY definition of greatness:

      Living MY Life on My terms, in a way that feels exciting and good for me; overall, at home and in the world happy, well and free — doing all my work form these states of openness. And just watch the RIPPLE EFFECT.

      Further I loved in this interview:

      -I love how Lewis demonstrated the actual process–then, how Farnoosh offered to buy Lewis’ book showing the principle applied immediately, AND those you offer to give away. TRUE integrity

      -Build relationships with influencers

      -KEEP introduce people and offer value

      -Share his ‘HOW he did it’ in a simple and easy to understand fashion

      -Evolved based on where I am at in my life at a given moment

      -Discover and figure out what my greatest gifts and dreams are; making the most out of my gifts to achieve my dreams and impact the most number of people in the world along the way

      LOVE the combination of the two of your definition of GREATNESS:

      undeserving yourself, applying it, and making the most of it

  • MONIKA

    @farnooshtorabi:disqus + @LewisHowes

    My greatest “If we want to be successful in business, relationships or anything, we’ve got to have our health under control”

    My thoughts related to Lewis’ interview:

    Lewis is fascinating ral and brave–to have willingly climbed and re-climbed what it took to be where he is today. Including his courage to face his breakup and resiliently move through the process……

    I love about how transparent LEwis was in the interview.

    MY definition of greatness:

    Living MY Life on My terms, in a way that feels exciting and good for me; overall, at home and in the world happy, well and free — doing all my work form these states of openness. And just watch the RIPPLE EFFECT.

    Further I loved in this interview:

    -I love how Lewis demonstrated the actual process–then, how Farnoosh offered to buy Lewis’ book showing the principle applied immediately, AND those you offer to give away. TRUE integrity

    -Build relationships with influencers

    -KEEP introduce people and offer value

    -Share his ‘HOW he did it’ in a simple and easy to understand fashion

    -Evolved based on where I am at in my life at a given moment

    -Discover and figure out what my greatest gifts and dreams are; making the most out of my gifts to achieve my dreams and impact the most number of people in the world along the way

    LOVE the combination of the two of your definition of GREATNESS:

    undeserving yourself, applying it, and making the most of it

  • I have started reading the book and working through each exercise and it has been phenomenal! Thank you Lewis Howes! Thank you Farnoosh! I am very grateful for the both of you.

  • Steven N

    @farnooshtorabi:disqus @LewisHowes I know I’m most likely too late to be in the running for the free book, I’m finally catching up on the podcast, but wanted to post anyway.

    I’m always striving for greatness and trying to find new ways of becoming greater than I already am. I’ve had a lot on my mind recently and have felt stuck on what the next step of my life is that I need to take. It sounds like this book will have a lot of information that will help me move on and up.

    I really like what Lewis did with Linkedin in trying to make connections with people that will help improve himself. I hope to be able to start to do that and reach out to others that I feel can make an impact in my life.

    Thanks for the podcasts and finding such wonderful people to interview in them.

  • Allison

    I just listened to this now @farnooshtorabi:disqus and of course, loved it! I have to give Lewis love for opening up about his break-up; you don’t see a lot of men do that publicly. And I love the comments about doing what’s uncomfortable (something I’ve made a habit of), and consistently working out and taking care of your mind-body-spiritual connection.

    P.S. I’m in Adrienne’s Mastermind. She speaks SO highly of you, and I’ll definitely check out more of your episodes!