Today, we’re starting with one of my all-time favorite guests — the late, great Kobe Bryant. The NBA legend was a hero to so many people and a deep source of inspiration for me personally. He epitomized goal setting, hard work, and competitive fire. It was heartbreaking— and incredibly moving — to revisit this interview and remember how much Kobe had left to discover and accomplish.
But greatness isn’t only about fire — sometimes it’s about sitting quietly and getting in tune with your thoughts. Mindfulness is an essential element in the pursuit of greatness, and none of my guests inspired me on this topic more than Preetha ji. Preetha ji is a transformational leader and spiritual guide, and our conversation inspired me to go to India for a course on meditation. Now, I try to practice it every day. This interview changed my life.
But there’s definitely a spiritual element of meditation, and my relationship to spirituality has been complicated. I grew up in a home of Christian Scientists, but I found myself continuing to search for spiritual clarity as an adult. Rob Bell helped me find it. My interview with Rob was awe-inspiring and faith-renewing. He reminded me of the invigorating, transformative aspects of religion, without any of the dogmatic preaching or divisive lecturing. Regardless of your belief system, I guarantee you will find immense value in his words.
But I don’t want this podcast to be focused only on me and my belief system. The School of Greatness audience is diverse, and I want to make sure I represent all of you. After all, in this amazing opportunity we call life, we all want to live our own truth and achieve the lives of our dreams. Just a few months ago, I interviewed Hollywood powerhouse and equal rights activist Laverne Cox. Laverne and I connected over our experiences of childhood trauma, and we reminded each other that we’re not alone.
My interview with Laverne took me to some vulnerable places, and I was reminded of the value of vulnerability and honesty. I’ve been on a journey to share my trauma for over 30 years, and I’m still on that journey today, but a significant moment of healing and empowerment for me was my interview with Jonathan Fields. In that episode, I shared the story of how I was raped as a child. I knew I had to make The School of Greatness a safe place to be vulnerable, and I knew that if I was going to talk about courage, I had to live it myself. Sharing my story on the podcast was a nerve-wracking experience, but the response has been overwhelmingly positive, both internal and externally.
And that’s a wrap. I hope you all enjoy going back through these impactful moments with me and listen to the full episode to hear my greatest takeaway from all of these lessons. Thank you sincerely for joining me on this journey — I am so thankful for all of you.
Tune in to Episode 1001 to revisit some of the top moments in The School of Greatness history!