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Jan 23, 2020

Summary: Gary Ware, a TEDx Talk Speaker, and Play Consultant works with top executives and Fortune 500 companies, like Google. He runs workshops about how incorporating  “play” into your day can help you be more productive. He has a 99.9% success rate and has a lot to say about how PLAY helped him and how it can help you overcome burnout, improve your mindset, business, and relationships. 

What We Learn: 

03:46 How to play with your kids without panicking about getting back to work

05:49 What is a play consultant?

14:26 The improv class that changed Gary’s life; and the importance of psychological safety at work. 

20:19 Gary’s startup failure

24:57 Example of a game you can play now to improve your productivity

28:44 Warning signs of burnout 

31:06 How to play if it’s hard for you to move; not all play is physical 

32:56 Gary’s 5 Tips to Activate Your PLAY drive

41:52 Play it forward Fridays

42:13 Legos!!!

43:26 The cool thing about play, is play can change your perception. 

43:39 Schedule play, see how it will make you feel and the mindset will come after

45:30 That’s the cool thing about play, you can get wins very fast. 

47:41 What makes a high performing team? Aristotle research

51:04 Gary’s thoughts on failure

52:13 When everyone starts connecting and lighting up and having fun, they end up being the most...

58:10 Dad guilt, it's a thing

01:07:00 The BS Gary’s feeding himself: in order to be an exceptional dad, I need to know everything

01:11:52 What’s in Shawna’s bag, what’s in Gary’s bag?


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The BS We Feed Ourselves Website:

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Shawna’s personal Instagram:

Book Mentioned: Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul   By, Dr. Stuart Brown