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008: The Self-Help Addict with Daniel Gefen
13th August 2018 • Do Well & Do Good • Dorothy Illson
00:00:00 00:40:32

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Daniel Gefen is the #1 bestselling author of The Self Help Addict: Turn an Overdose of Information Into a Life of Transformation, and the host of “The Daniel Gefen Show” and “Can I Pick Your Brain?” podcasts. He also founded the Daniel Gefen Media Group, which helps others launch their own podcasts, and launched, which allows podcast hosts and their guests easily link up. Through family history and personal experience, he’s fascinated by people’s relationships with money, and is driven to give back to his community.


Show Notes:

  • What is Daniel most pumped about in his life right now?
    • Being on this show!
  • What beliefs about money and success did Daniel’s family instill in him? And how helpful or harmful have these beliefs been?
    • Grandfather was a concentration camp survivor who became independently rich after being liberated, ultimately giving away most of his money to charities and those in need.
    • Father was preoccupied with and controlled by money, which led Daniel to want to avoid similar anxieties in his own life.
  • How difficult was it for Daniel to avoid his father’s mindset?
    • He still struggles with these concerns and has to remind himself that money is just a means.
  • What is Daniel’s advice to those looking to change their mindset towards money?
    • Form a relationship with money, pay attention to your financial needs and anxieties, understand the roots of financial worries and build better habits.
  • How did Daniel become so interested in self-help and personal development?
    • Found himself hooked to the cathartic thrill of reading and watching self-help material and finding again and again that there was no follow-through. Wanted to break out of the usual cycle and take genuine action.
  • How important does Daniel think accountability is and how does he think people can be more accountable?
    • Very important. Setting hard deadlines and and following through on promises made to others is key.
  • How to we prevent fear from holding us back?
    • Daniel actually think fear is important, keeping us from taking reckless risks.
    • Fear is also compelling, propelling us forward and making others invested in our success.
  • What does Daniel think about hustle culture and how does he prevent burnout?
    • It’s important to take advantage of energy bursts to maximize productivity, but we also need to make the most of downtime in order to refresh.
    • There’s no one size fits all approach to day-to-day growth and success.
  • Why is Daniel so committed to giving back to his community?
    • Went through a financial rough patch, had to move out of his posh Los Angeles home, and went to a mentor for help. Mentor advised him that being part of a community ensures there will always be a comforting place for him and his family.
  • How does he give back to his community?
    • Couples counselling, drug rehabilitation, paying for other’s utility bills, even surgery.
  • Who has been the most impactful person in Daniel’s journey to do well and achieve financial success?
    • His wife.
  • Who has been the most impactful person in Daniel’s drive to do good?
    • His grandfather.
  • When Daniel is having a bad day, what does he do to get himself out of his funk?
    • Accept the bad day, take a walk, decompress. Ice cream and Netflix.
  • What book does Daniel recommend to those seeking a more successful path in life?
  • What is one thing on Daniel’s bucket list?
    • Go on a cruise to the Greek island.
  • What are the worst and best pieces of advice Daniel has received?
    • Worst: Follow just one person’s lead, and blanket statements in general.
    • Best: Be yourself, know who you are, know what your strengths are.
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