Episode Date July 11, 2023
Featured Guest Emily Balcetis
Featured Book "How to Change" by Katy Milkman

Episode Summary

Emily Balcetis reading from Katy Milkman’s How to Change, and discussing reframing your mind to allow yourself to hit reset and give it another go.

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I remember reading that one of the ways to become luckier is to consider yourself a lucky person. So – whether or not you think of yourself as lucky – if you had to name your lucky break, what would it be? That moment when things tipped in your favor, when you inadvertently unlocked the secret to the next level or noticed a clue to a hidden door; that moment when things changed?

Dr. Emily Balcetis is one of the most sought-after voices on Motivational Science. Her research sees her delving into the differences in judgments and behaviors from person to person. Emily shares what she finds out through her keynote speaking and her writing, and continues to shape and define the cutting-edge research in her role as Director of the Social Perception, Action and Motivation Lab.

Emily reads two pages from ‘How to Change’ by Katy Milkman. [reading begins at 14:55]

Hear us discuss:

  • What to trust in the world, and what to not: “Sometimes what we’re going to know, is that we don’t know. And what you do know is that you might not be right.” [9:21]
  • Navigating failure and being kind to yourself: “It doesn’t need to be a failure, the experience can be labeled a learning opportunity.”  [19:55]
  • The complex relationship between the journey and the reward. [25:15]
  • How optimism and pessimism affect the pursuit of goals: “The fear of the unknown stands in the way of people hitting the reset button.” [31:01]
  • Must you say no to the present in order to say yes to the future? [33:48]
  • “Don’t hesitate to seek out additional perspectives.” [38:34]

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Mentioned Episodes | Ep. 76: You are Predictably Imperfect: Katy Milkman | Ep. 20: How (and Why) to Be Good-ish: Dolly Chugh

Emily Balcetis | LinkedIn | NYU SPAM Lab | Psychology Today | Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World

Katy Milkman | How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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