These conversations will clear your mind and open up your heart.

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Back in February 2013, I started phoning a few friends to see if they would be open to having a more intimate conversation to share some of the more meaningful aspects of their life. Much to everyone’s amazement, the conversations became both cleansing and spiritually uplifting. Themes around facing one’s own fears and inadequacies topped the list; having meaningful relationships – whether it be with friends, intimate partners, or even one’s own children – also emerged; and even re-evaluating life in the face of death – whether it was one’s own near-death experience or the passing of a loved one, eventually found its way into conversation. My friend Paul and I ended up filming near three dozen memorable conversations and decided that we’ll continue to do more. Here’s some of what we found…

SRO Conversations #026: Talking Trash with Tom Szaky

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In the 26th episode of SRO Conversations, waste entrepreneur Tom Szaky talks trash with Summer Rayne and Paul America. From dropping out of college in order to start a “worm poop” company, Tom now runs an international business collecting 150 different types of waste in 23 countries.

Simon Sinek: Who do you turn to when you need help?

In the 22nd episode of SRO Conversations, best-selling author Simon Sinek of Start With Why talks about the themes around his second soon-to-be-released book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. In this edition, he opens up to who he turns to for advice and help in time of need.

Simon Sinek: How to gain critical mass to change pre-existing systems

In the 22nd episode of SRO Conversations, best-selling author Simon Sinek of Start With Why talks about the themes around his second soon-to-be-released book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. In this edition, he reveals his passionate plea for businesses today. “I don’t want to drive the conversation. I don’t want to add to the dialogue. Why doesn’t someone do something one day? I want people to f*cking act. I’m tired of driving the conversation and adding to the dialogue.”

Simon Sinek: We’ve raised a generation on dopamine

In the 22nd episode of SRO Conversations, best-selling author Simon Sinek of Start With Why talks about the themes around his second soon-to-be-released book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. In this edition, he discusses about how the youth of today want to make an impact, but have trouble concentrating on doing one thing well since they are addicted to “every bing, buzz, beep or flash” of their telephone.

Simon Sinek: Businesses never see their competition coming

In the 22nd episode of SRO Conversations, best-selling author Simon Sinek of Start With Why talks about the themes around his second soon-to-be-released book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. In this episode he talks about competition in business. “They play a finite game in an infinite scenario,” he attests. “It’s always the small start-up that tips the applecart.”

Simon Sinek: Promoting a collaborative, supportive work environment

In the 22nd episode of SRO Conversations, best-selling author Simon Sinek of Start With Why talks about the themes around his second soon-to-be-released book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. He discusses how humans are best-suited for collaborative, supportive environments and when they are taken out of those environments, they are more likely to operate from a level of distrust and selfishness.

Simon Sinek: Don’t sacrifice people for numbers, sacrifice your numbers for people.

In the 22nd episode of SRO Conversations, best-selling author Simon Sinek of Start With Why talks about how corporate policies and practices have evolved to more benefit the corporation and the shareholders vs. the employees. “You never sacrifice numbers for people,” Simon voices. “You sacrifice numbers for people. Because in hard times, numbers will never save you. People will save you. Corporations weather hard times because people come together.”

Simon Sinek: Why CEOs of some corporations should be considered murderers

In the 22nd episode of SRO Conversations, best-selling author Simon Sinek of Start With Why talks about the themes around his second soon-to-be-released book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. “Our jobs are high-stress,” he says. “We live in a people-disposable culture.” From a biological level, Simon strongly and controversially attests that any CEO that upholds that type of corporate culture is “literally a murderer.”

Simon Sinek: Why modern corporate structures are detrimental to the health of the human species

In the 22nd episode of SRO Conversations, best-selling author Simon Sinek of Start With Why talks about inspiration for his second soon-to-be-released book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. “I can explain on a biological level,” he says, “why corporations like Goldman Sachs are biologically and anthropologically extremely dangerous to the human species.”