Good Life Project
Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

Jonathan Fields / Wondery
Self-Help   Podcasts   Health   Business  

Latest Episode
You can check more episode on Publisher's website

Why You Need a Teacher (even if you're sure you don't).

If you don't have a teacher, you're cheating yourself.

Wow, I do NOT like those words!

In fact, I resisted the whole notion of a teacher for decades. Friends and colleagues, from artists to athletes, execs to educators would all tell me about their amazing mentors, teachers, coaches and gurus. My eyes would roll. I'm an autodidact, I'd tell myself, I learn best when I'm in control. I don't need a teacher or a coach, I just need access to information.

Turns out, that is a complete and utter lie.

To go from being a newbie to being really good at anything takes a ton of work. Still, most people, with enough motivation, can get there. To go from really good to excellent takes a whole different level of effort known as "deliberate practice." But, to go from excellent to stunningly-good, to step into that final, brutally-hard to access top 5% of your potential, that takes something entirely different. Something called "directed practice." And, here's the thing, you cannot DO directed practice without a teacher. End of story. No exceptions.

What deliberate and directed practice are, and how a teacher becomes a critical player, no matter how smart you are, is what we're talking about in today's GLP Riff.

Good Life Science Update.

And, on the science side of things, today, we're diving into a cool new study from a team out of University of Illinois about how being in nature affects your ability to focus your attention, stay engaged longer and go better work. We've known about the effects of nature on your body and mind, it's an amazing Vitality Bucket filler. But, now, we've got research to show how it can effect your ability to do your best work. To fill your Contribution Bucket, too. And, as always, for those who want to go to the source, here's a link to the full study.


We're grateful for the kind support of: 

  • ShipStation: Manage and ship your orders. FREE for 30 days, plus a bonus. Visit, click on the microphone at the top of the homepage and type in GOODLIFE.
  • Harney & Sons Fine Teas by Master Tea Blenders: $15 off your first order of $49 or more. Go to and use promo code GOODLIFE for your $15 off.
  • HelloFresh: For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit and enter goodlife30.

2018-01-18 08:00:00 UTC

About This Site  Privacy Policy


the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod touch, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.