Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work


Several years ago I had the good fortune of meeting one of the brightest, most creative individuals I’ve ever crossed paths with, award-winning film producer and creativity expert, Barnet Bain.

I had been acquainted with his work through the powerful Oscar winning film What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams, which Barnet produced. It was a bit surreal sitting  at a dinner table for hours with Barnet, his lovely wife Sandi, and other brilliant friends at The Ivy in Santa Monica. The evening was spontaneous and  very reminiscent of a dinner scene in Steve Martin’s LA Story. What impressed me most was Barnet’s inquisitive nature, his deep interest in the brain, and how to tap it’s potential to help people realize their dreams.

Fast forward to 2015 and I’ve just finished The Book of Doing and Being, Barnet’s new self-help book. And I must say it is really superb!

With clarity, humor, and insight, award-winning filmmaker Barnet Bain guides readers to unlock the raw power of the creative self. Sharing creativity principles and practices at the leading edge, The Book of Doing and Being offers a life-altering map for stepping beyond what we already know and into a dimension of imagination from which innovation is born.

Known for his inspiring movies and documentaries, as well as his popular creativity workshops, Barnet Bain makes available his teachings for the first time in book form. Discover how will and action come together with imagination and feeling to form the very foundation of creativity by working with this treasury of more than forty transformative exercises. Each one is designed to spark new creative connections by challenging our usual ways of thinking, feeling, and perceiving.

These lessons, tools, and techniques serve to unlock great reservoirs of creativity in every individual, whether it’s jumpstarting or completing a project, launching a new business, creating a work of art, experiencing more fulfilling relationships, or making other dreams come true. Bain’s motivational guidance includes: rewiring your brain to unleash ultra-creativity; finding freedom from self-criticism, perfectionism, and other obstructions to productivity and creative expression; harnessing the two forces of creativity: inspiration and action; discovering your emotions as the doorway to creative aliveness and ingenuity; and heeding the call of your Real Work, regardless of age, education, or experience.

Step by step, you will make the discovery of a lifetime: how to stop being ruled by your past and start consciously creating your present and future. You will be surprised and energized—by your next creative impulse, the next idea that excites you, the next experience that moves you—and you will live a creative life.

Join me and my guest Barnet Bain as we discuss his new book Doing and Being.

When? Wednesday, September 9th at 8PM Eastern. Register here for this live, free podcast

NOTE: This show was originally scheduled for September 2nd and has been rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict. Please join us on September 9th for Doing and Being on TLP Radio.

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Can Structure and Creativity Coexist?


Innovation surrounds us, and we can each be engaged in creative expression within organizations, bolstered by rather than being crushed by structure and systems. Being given the freedom to ideate, try new ideas, and fail within a safe and flexible system fosters an environment built for innovation. People will unleash their creativity when empowered to do so.

Can structure and creativity coexist? Workfront asked me and 10 marketing thought leaders this question.  See what I say…  Can Structure and Creativity Coexist?

And, check out Chris Brogan, Rachel Herrscher, Ted Rubin and the others thoughts on this on Slideshare.

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Music Does Profound Things to Your Brain

My friend Max Lugavere joined us in Utah this past weekend to speak about brain health and his film BREADHEAD at The Listening Program® Conference 2015. We had a few minutes to film a quick chat about the power of music to change your brain. In the interview I introduce Max to inTime and our Waves multisensory headphone system where he experiences bone conducted listening for the first time. I loved his reaction! And be sure to listen to podcast we did on The Listening Program Radio & Podcast a while back.

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Bloom, Brain-Based Parenting

Lynne Kenney I’ve come to know some truly exceptional people via social media over the years and Dr. Lynne Kenney is one of the stand outs. A mother of two, practicing pediatric psychologist, and the author of The  Family Coach Method, Dr.Kenney has just published the first multi-media book on parenting. Taking its lead from neuroscience and best practices in early childhood mental health, Bloom, the latest book from Dr. Lynne Kenney and Wendy Young offers parents, teachers and care providers the words, thoughts and actions to raise calm, confident children, while reducing the need for consequences and punishment. Bloom allows you to take a collaborative stance with your children, improving their cognitive, emotional and social skills. It offers a new approach to human relationships that will change the way you perceive, think, and feel about parenting, love, work and life. Join me and my guest Lynne Kenney on The Listening Program Radio this Wednesday, July 1st at 8 pm Eastern as we discuss her new book Bloom, and how we can say, think and do things differently in order to parent and teach children who are anxious, angry, and over-the-top. Register here to submit a question for Dr. Kenney and to receive an email reminder 3 hours before the program.

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Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain- For Life

Brain Maker

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.

In his latest book Brain Maker, the New York Times # 1 bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain’s destiny. Neurologist David Perlmutter, MD explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, BRAIN MAKER opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.

Join me and David Perlmutter Wednesday, May 6, at 8PM EST as we discuss Brain Maker, brain disorders, and how to open the door to brain health. Register now for this free program and receive an email reminder 3 hours before the show.

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Autism: Identifying the Biochemical Fingerprint



A few years back I was introduced to a physician by a mutual friend, Kristin Selby Gonzales. Kristin is mom to Jaxson who is diagnosed with autism, and Chairman of Autism Hope Alliance , a non-profit doing great work in the field, and whose advisory board I proudly serve on. The three of us shared a panel discussion on autism treatment and recovery at the Natural Product Expo West. That doctor was Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP, FMAP. After hearing his personal story as a father with two children with autism, who switched from a family medical practice to biomedical research and treatment to help other families whose lives are touched by autism and other pediatric special needs, I gained an instant respect and appreciation for this man. I’ve tracked his work closely since and want to share what he has been up to with parents and health professionals, so I’ve invited him as my guest on TLP Radio tomorrow.

Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that autism is often characterized by complex abnormalities such as oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, certain genetic abnormalities, exposure(s) to environmental toxicants, immunological abnormalities, infections, and in some cases, developmental regression and seizures. These abnormalities may contribute to the symptoms of autism, such as sleep problems, obsessive behavior, speech delay, impaired social interaction, self-stimulatory behavior, hyperactivity, inattention, and abnormal gastrointestinal findings.  Many children with autism have a unique combination of these abnormalities and may possess some or all of these problems simultaneously. The early identification of these abnormalities helps clinicians and parents to choose the most effective treatment options.  Dr. Rossignol’s aim is to identify the unique biochemical abnormalities that each individual possesses (e.g., the biochemical fingerprint) and works to create the most effective treatments for these abnormalities using evidence-based medicine principles.

Join me and Dr. Dan Rossignol on The Listening Program Radio and Podcast tomorrow, April 1st at 8PM Eastern as we discuss the latest biomedical research on autism, his approach toward individualized treatment, and efforts to prepare other medical professionals to deliver the best possible care to children with autism through the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). Register for an email reminder and submit a question for my esteemed guest.


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BREAD HEAD: How do we prevent America’s most feared disease?

Max Lugavere

Filmmaker and media personality Max Lugavere recently crushed his $75,000 goal on kickstarter, raising over $130,000 to produce a first of it’s kind documentary that explores the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health. Based on the results of his fundraising efforts with 1,748 backers including myself, I’d say people want to see BREAD HEAD: How do we prevent America’s most feared disease come to fruition.

Because changes in the brain begin decades before Alzheimer’s symptoms, the absolute best way we can move the needle on this disease is through minimizing risk when it matters most. Max Lugavere is directing this project which includes interviews with David Perlmutter, MD, and many other thought leaders working to help prevent and treat this and other devastating neurodegenerative diseases.

Join me and Max Lugavere on TLP Radio and Podcast tomorrow, March 4th at 8PM EST as we discuss Alzheimers, the BREAD HEAD documentary, and how you can take control of your brain health. Register for an email reminder.


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