Joshua Spodek – Leadership Step by Step
I’m here in Greenwich village in New York City today and I’m here to meet Josh Spodek.
Josh is a fascinating character. He was a former astrophysicist and then became an entrepreneur, and now he is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship and leadership at New York University.
Josh has acheived a lot of other things. He is a bestselling author, he has a second book coming out this month called Initiative, he’s a TedX speaker, daily blogger, and he has an award winning podcast called Leadership and the Environment.
Now aside from all these things I am fascinated by these daily rituals he has. In fact he lists them in his email signature, where he does things like he blogs every single day whatever happens. He gets up within one minute of waking up, every single day, and makes his bed. And he does dozens of burpees, a particularly brutal form of push up, every single day, no matter what state he is in.
It’s these kind of habits that have built him to the point where he can acheive remarkable things, so there seems to be a link between them. I want to find out, as somebody who doesn’t have great self discipline myself, I want to find out how he’s done that and why they matter, and how this adds up into writing successful books and creating successful businesses, so I hope you enjoy it.
Joshua Spodek, PhD MBA, TEDx speaker, wrote the #1 bestselling Leadership Step by Step, hosts the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, is a professor at NYU, writes a column for Inc., and blogs daily at joshuaspodek.com.
He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. He left academia to found a venture to market an invention that showed animated images to subway riders between stations.
He teaches and coaches leadership and entrepreneurship at NYU and Columbia Business School. He has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, West Point, MIT, BCG, PwC, S&P, and IBM.
Appearing on every major network, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and more, he has been called “best and brightest” in Esquire’s Genius issue, “astrophysicist turned new media whiz” by NBC, and “rocket scientist” by Forbes and ABC.
He visited North Korea twice, swam across the Hudson River, has done burpees daily since 2011 (130,000 and counting), takes 16 months to produce one load of garbage, and hasn’t flown (by choice) since March 2016
A personal word from Joshua:
I do what I love in life and do my best to cut out what I don’t. Loving what you do means you will do more than if you don’t, so I’ve accomplished a few things to high levels while enjoying the process.
I’ve also made my life easy and fun. I think anyone can. In fact I think making life easy and fun is easy and fun, like me swimming across the Hudson River with a friend for fun in the picture on this site’s main page. This site shares how I do it so you love what you do while accomplishing more than you thought you could too.
Your values and mine differ so you’ll want to do different things than I, but if the magnitude of my successes is something you want while living an easy, fun life loving what you do, read my blog. If you love what you do and live with that passion, I’d love to meet you. Please contact me.
My mission is to help people live by their values, especially their environmental values, creating and finding joy, meaning, value, importance, purpose, passion, and other emotional reward in the process.
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