To alleviate symptoms such as anxiety and depression, mental health professionals have access to a variety of scientifically-based methods. However, these reductionist approaches rarely produce the lasting peace we seek. My guest for today, Dr. Seth Gillihan, a practicing psychologist and one of the leading popularizers of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), believes that to become healthy and whole, we must do more than alleviate our symptoms. He believes that to achieve lasting health and happiness, we must incorporate spirituality into our healing.

Everyone has a writer inside them. Everyone has stories inside them. They have to find a way to unravel it. In this week’s episode of the Pursuit of Learning podcast, we are joined by Ben Putano, founder of Damn Gravity Media, and author of the book, Great Founders Write:  Principles for Clear Thinking, Confident Thinking and Startup Success.  Throughout the conversation, we cover Ben’s journey to becoming an author, writing with a purpose, the ABC123 copywriting framework, writing with empathy, the power of persuasion, and more. 

Our guest today is Andrew McConnell, founder, and CEO at, a team of vacation rental professionals with 50+ years of experience in managing, marketing, and pricing vacation rentals, to talk about his best-selling book ‘Get Out of My Head’. Throughout the episode, we dive into Andrew’s background, stoic wisdom, valuing ourselves, love and hate for what you do, zero-based Calendaring, and more.

One of the best things about being a writer is you provide value to your readers’ lives. You help them overcome their problems and build their lives in a better way.

Our guest today is Nicolas Cole, an author and top writer on Quora. With over 30 million views online, he is one of the most-read digital writer. He has written over a dozen books, including the best-selling ‘The Art & Business of Online Writing.’ He joined us today to talk about his new book Snow Leopard, [insert subtitle]‘ Throughout the episode, we’ll dive into Nicolas’ journey to become a writer and thought leader, the five levels of the creative journey, obvious and non-obvious content creation, financial independence, and more.

Clarifying who we are no matter what life throws at us, having the courage to achieve things in life no matter how many times we fail, and being able to understand and feel empathy for others are some of the most important aspects that we have to attach to our personality. In today’s episode, we are joined by Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison; president and co-guiding teacher at New York Zen Center for contemplative care, a Zen practice center in Manhattan to discuss his upcoming book ‘Untangled’. Throughout the episode, we dive into how Koshin became a Zen monk, what he meant by junk pleasure, the eightfold path of Buddhism, the consequences of actions, the three giants, the importance of words, and more.