A super-condensed version of my story:
3 years ago I was silently working in my career. Not really wanting anything different. It's funny, I'm not sure if the term is "woke" or "awaken", however; I became conscious of a burning need to be more. I can't really explain why, maybe its related to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, maybe I climbed the pyramid, and the last piece of the puzzle of the American Dream was self-actualization. Anyway, I started searching for external things to make me feel like I was growing. I started the podcast because I thought that I could grow it quickly and become rich and famous. I became "that guy" looking for sponsorships and quick ways to earn a buck for the podcast, to show that I was successful. I busted my ass and nearly lost everything, because of the need to prove myself.
To make a long story short, I became aware of what I truly am, a source of higher consciousness. I became aware that "I" was creating goals, and those goals would never end. I would continue killing myself for the rest of my life trying to crush these goals that weren't "real". I mean "real" in the sense of fulfillment. The goals could produce physical rewards, but none would ever fill that bucket.
The real reward is NOW. Right now. This sec. Can you be in this moment, with your body and mind, and just be. Can you create enough silence in your mind to hear your true self? My true self wants to be heard. The universe is helping me prepare my message. The podcast is my tool for growth.
The podcast is teaching me how to be in the moment with some pretty righteous people from all walks of life. It's hard. To give yourself fully to someone you don't know, and to have an authentic conversation, where you show the other person who you truly are. No judging, just connection, and flow. These are some of the best conversations I've ever had. I really hope you enjoy them. There is no particular order, just find one that you like and binge the rest.
Life is not about how much you obtain, it's about how much you learn.