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Dream Big Podcast

The Dream Big Podcast is a family-friendly podcast inspiring kids (and adults!) to pursue their passions in life and take action to make their dreams a reality. Your hosts Eva Karpman (currently 9-years-old in the 4th grade) and mom Olga Karpman interview world-class performers who do what they love and live their dreams each and every day. Eva also does solo episode where she answers questions from our audience and discusses personal development principles. The Dream Big Podcast’s short 15-...more


  • DB 178 - School Success Blueprint - How To Get Good Grades & Have A Blast At School!

    Feb 24 2020

    It took us over 3 years -- but Eva has finally launched her first product, the School Success Blueprint at  We could not be more proud of this professionally illustrated video workshop series. The Dream Big Podcast podcast (178 episodes now) has and will continue to be free -- but we have heard from so many of you who wanted Eva to go deep on a particular subject.   In surveys to our listeners, we noticed a common pattern. Parents are struggling to get their kids to f...more

  • DB 177: Marketing Legend Russell Brunson On Creating Irresistible Offers + My Very First Funnel!

    Feb 17 2020

     If you are a long-time listener of the Dream Big Podcast, you know that Russell Brunson has had a major influence on my life.  I’ve already done 4 solo episodes sharing with you Big Dreamers the life-changing strategies I have learned directly from his teachings.  So I could not be more excited to share that Russell is this week’s guest on the Dream Big Podcast. Russell is probably most famous for popularizing the concept of sales funnels and launching ClickFunnels, a software that enables anyo...more

  • DB 176: If You Want To Be Perfect, Listen To This!

    Feb 10 2020

    Last weekend, Eva performed as Annie from the class musical Annie!  In this episode, Eva shares how it went (spoiler alert: it went great!) but also some important lessons she learned from her experience.   Specifically, she talks about the things that went “wrong” during the show, and how she stayed focused and kept on performing to the best of her ability.  We could not be more proud of Eva for her performance, but more importantly how she handled herself when things did not according to plan....more

  • DB 175: My thoughts On Kobe Bryant's Passing & How We Can Honor His Legacy

    Feb 03 2020

    Eva shares her thoughts on the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the 7 other innocent souls who perished in last week’s helicopter crash.  The whole world mourns the loss of a global icon like Kobe, but it is particularly difficult for the city of Los Angeles where Kobe played for 20 years on the Lakers.  We live in Los Angeles, Eva’s dad grew up a huge Lakers fan and interned for the team during college, and Eva had the honor of interviewing Kobe on the Dream Big Podcast.  W...more

  • DB 174: 3 Secrets For Dealing With Stressful Situations

    Jan 27 2020

    Eva has been in a handful of musical productions, but next weekend is the first time she will be  performing in a starring role -- as Annie from the classic musical Annie! Eva has been super excited about the show, especially as the big date approaches, and so she thought she would share her top 3 secrets for dealing with stressful situations.   Whether you have a big school project or presentation coming up, or you are going to be in a recital or performance like Eva, or you are playing in an i...more

  • DB 173: The Most Important Gift You Will Ever Receive

    Jan 20 2020

    Our family is always on the lookout for powerful stories that we can share with our Big Dreamers.  With the seemingly infinite amount of content online, stumbling across a truly amazing storyteller often feels like finding a needle in a haystack.   Recently, we were introduced to the incredible Jay Shetty - who creates short videos typically centered around a story and then draws out lessons and key takeaways from that story.  He recently released a video entitled “Ungrateful son teaches us all ...more

  • DB 172: $200 in 2 Hours Selling Hot Chocolate!! Here’s the SECRET to how Eva did it

    Jan 13 2020

    Eva had been asking for some time now if we could find an afternoon to set-up a hot cocoa stand in front of our house.   Last Saturday, we finally had a day with no major plans on the calendar so we made it happen First, I’ll tell you what we did NOT do.  We did NOT sell hot cocoa for 25 cents, 50 cents, or even a dollar. We did NOT set up just a table with a basic cardboard sign. Let’s just say this was NOT your typical hot cocoa stand.  We had our youngest daughter Sophia singing and waving to...more

  • DB 171: How My Family Turned A Terrible Day Into One Of Our Best Days Ever!

    Jan 06 2020

    In this first episode of 2020, Eva shares our most recent family adventure.  We had been hoping to spend some time in the snow this holiday season, and finally got what we thought was the perfect opportunity when a storm had passed through California dumping snow on the nearby mountains.   We packed up all of our gear, woke up super early to beat the traffic, and embarked on a 3-hour drive to the closest ski resort. Eva and Sophia were so excited to experience their first snow of the season, but...more

  • DB 170: Focus On This ONE WORD To Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet!

    Dec 30 2019

    This episode is being published on December 30, 2019 -- so 2019 is about to be a wrap and we are on to 2020.   This episode is about the ONE WORD that will be a central theme for Eva (and our entire family) in 2020. Be sure to listen to this episode to find out how if you make this ONE WORD the focus of your energy in 2020, it will surely be your best year yet.   And you can apply this word to your family life, to your school life, and to your work life for the adult Big Dreamers. Listen to the ...more

  • DB 169: How to Make The Impossible, Possible!

    Dec 23 2019

    Eva recently came home from school excited to invite a man named Colin O’Brady on the Dream Big podcast.  When we asked her why she wanted Colin to come on the podcast, she explained that her incredible teacher Ms Angel shared with the class that Colin and his team are currently attempting to row across Drake Passage - from the southern tip of South America to Antarctica.   This has never been done before, which is no surprise given that Drake Passage is the most dreaded bit of ocean on the glob...more

  • DB 168: Make Your Bed! How This “Little Thing” Can Lead To BIG Wins

    Dec 16 2019

    This week, Eva shares an incredibly valuable lesson from Admiral William McRaven’s commencement speech delivered at the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.  Admiral McRaven’s message was so powerful that it went viral -- amassing tens of millions of views - and even inspiring a bestselling book entitled Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World.    Admiral McRaven’s entire address is only 20 minutes and is well worth watching in its entirety, as he shares th...more

  • DB 167: Living With A Navy Seal. Now That's Uncomfortable!

    Dec 09 2019

    We are always on the lookout for fun and unique stories to illustrate important life lessons.  And recently we stumbled across a video online of Jesse Itzler sharing his experience inviting a Navy Seal to live with his family for 31 days and following his every command.   Now, here’s the catch. Jesse did this voluntarily. And the man he invited is none other than David Goggins -- who many regard as the world’s toughest man. David is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL train...more

  • DB 166: Win The Morning, Win The Day!

    Dec 02 2019

    It is hard to believe we are at Episode 166 of the Dream Big Podcast, including countless interviews with so many of the world’s top performers.   While each guest has a unique journey -- from NBA Legend Kobe Bryant to astronaut Chris Hadfiled to actress Evanna Lynch -- Eva has started to notice common patterns of behavior which she has applied to her own life.  One such pattern is that so many of our guests have a morning routine or ritual. Essentially, the 1st hour of their day is very much th...more

  • DB 165: Legendary Composer James Newton Howard On His Creative Process & Always Improving

    Nov 25 2019

    It is a true honor to have one of Hollywood’s most prolific and accomplished composers on the Dream Big Podcast this week.   James Newton Howard has composed music for over 120 films, including the Academy Award-nominated scores for Defiance, Michael Clayton, The Village, The Fugitive, The Prince of Tides, and My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Academy Award-nominated songs for Junior and One Fine Day.  Our Big Dreamers can learn so much from Eva’s interview with James. For instance, James famously w...more

  • DB 164: How To Deal With Cyberbullies

    Nov 18 2019

    In recent months, 3 different Big Dreamers from around the world wrote to Eva about how to deal with people who say mean things about them online.   Jenny from Long Island who recently started a YouTube channel, and is upset that commenters in her channel make fun of the way she dresses. Charlie from Dublin, Ireland who is thinking about starting a podcast but is self-conscious about his lisp and thinks that haters will poke fun at his voice.   And Tim from Sydney, Australia who started a blog a...more

  • DB 163: Lori Harder On Overcoming Bullying And Finding Bliss

    Nov 11 2019

    We always look for guests with inspiring life stories -- those who overcame struggles that would have caused most to quit but instead chose to transform their lives to achieve their Big Dreams.   Lori Harder is the epitome of the ideal guest. In her discussion with Eva, Lori shares an emotional story of being bullied as a child because of her weight. Rather than let the bullies destroy her life, Lori embodied the idea that “the greatest revenge is success” and transformed her body (and life) thr...more

  • DB 162: Where Does Confidence Come From? Here’s The Secret!

    Nov 04 2019

    In this episode, Eva answers a question from Jane who lives in Boise, Idaho.  Jane wrote: “Eva, -- where do you get your confidence from? I’ve been a long time listener of the podcast -- and I’m amazed that you feel confident enough to have one-on-one conversations with Kobe Bryant, Evanna Lynch, General Stanly McRystal, astronaut Chris Hadfield and so many other amazing people who have accomplished so much in their life.    I have been really struggling with my self-confidence I am super shy an...more

  • DB 161: Surfing Legend Laird Hamilton On His Big Dream To Ride The World’s Biggest Waves

    Oct 28 2019

    It is not very often that Eva interviews a guest who has had multiple full-length documentary movies made about them.  Usually to do her research, Eva has to find numerous videos on Youtube and read articles authored by the guest to adequately prepare for an interview.  With this week’s guest -- Laird Hamilton -- our family watched the movie: Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton -- and we immediately knew that Laird was a Big Dreamer who we would love to have on the podcast.   We were thr...more

  • DB 160: 3-Year Anniversary Of The Dream Big Podcast & Why Everything Is Figureoutable!

    Oct 21 2019

    It is simply amazing that it has been 3 years since we launched the Dream Big Podcast.   Our very first show, Episode #1 was published on October 19, 2016. Whether you have been part of Eva’s journey since 2016, or have just recently learned about the podcast -- we wanted to thank each and every one of you Big Dreamers for listening to the podcast, for supporting the show, and for being Eva’s inspiration to continue to record new episodes each and every week.  We are proud to say that Eva has no...more

  • DB 159: Michelle Poler On Facing Her 100 Greatest Fears & Why You Should Too!

    Oct 14 2019

    Born and raised in Caracas-Venezuela, Michelle Poler is a creative and passionate social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, fear-facer, and branding strategist.   Michelle was not always a fear-facer. In fact, as a child and young adult, Michelle avoided all her fears and did everything in her power to never step foot outside of her comfort zone.   In this podcast episode, Michelle shares how an assignment she received in graduate school changed her life forever. Indeed, Michelle has become so passi...more

  • DB 158: How I Got Elected To Student Council - My Top 3 Secrets!

    Oct 07 2019

    Towards the tail end of summer, Eva told Alex and I that she wanted to run for student council representative for her class.  Only 2 students are selected per classroom (and last year over 10 had run!), so she asked if we had any tips on how to persuade her classmates to vote for her.    We came up with a 3-part strategy, and we’re happy to share that she was elected so the strategy worked! In this episode, Eva shares her top 3 secrets on (1) what she in the weeks before the election (likely the...more

  • DB 157: Neil Pasricha On The Secret To Happiness & How To Be Awesome

    Sep 30 2019

    Eva typically works super hard to secure guests for the podcast.  We research guests, film personalized invite videos, diligently follow-up -- but every so often we hit the lottery and the opportunity for Eva to interview an amazing guest falls right in our laps.   In this case, we received an email introduction from Humble The Poet (guest in Episode 146) connecting us with his friend Neil Parishca. In addition to being Humble’s friend, Neil also happens to be the New York Times bestselling auth...more

  • DB 156: The Time I Didn't Take "NO" For An Answer

    Sep 23 2019

    Last December, we were invited by our dear friends Jackie and Chris to spend the weekend at their cabin in Lake Arrowhead.  The highlight of the weekend for Eva was riding her own go-kart for the very first time. There is a go-kart track in Lake Arrowhead Village, and Eva had just barely made the height requirement and was permitted to ride on her own.   We were graciously invited again to join Jackie and Chirs this summer, so right away Eva asked if we could ride go-karts again. When we arrived...more

  • DB 155: My 1st Dodgers Game & What Made It So Special!

    Sep 16 2019

    This is Alex, Eva’s dad, writing.  Last month, I took Eva on a daddy-daughter date to Dodger stadium.   Eva had been asking to go to a Dodgers game for some time now -- and I finally got the tickets and put it on the calendar.  I turned out to be an incredible evening -- filled with memories that she and I will never forget. I always knew that Eva was a powerful young lady -- so I guess it should not have been a surprise that minutes after telling me it would be amazing to come home with a foul ...more

  • DB 154: What To Do When One Of Your Heroes Dies.... R.I.P. Sean Stephenson

    Sep 09 2019

    In this week’s episode, Eva shares her feelings about the recent passing of Sean Stephensen.  This is the first time Eva has ever talked about death on the podcast, and as you know, the podcast is typically upbeat.  But Sean was a guest on the podcast and someone our whole family considered to be a hero. While those who loved Sean were devastated to learn this tragic news, Eva does have an uplifting message about how Sean’s legacy can and will live on.   She also shares practical advice on how t...more

  • DB 153: Master This One Skill And Never Be Boring Again!

    Sep 02 2019

    A few weeks ago, we took Eva to her first marketing event, put on by ClickFunnels which is the marketing software we use in our businesses.   During the event, the CEO of ClickFunnels Russell Brunson shared the power of storytelling. Specifically, Russell explained that emotional stories are the key component to drive people to make buying decisions.   And of course, stories can be persuasive in non-business contexts as well. Students who learn to tell persuasive stories can influence classmates...more

  • DB 152: Back To School Challenge - Choose Positive Friends!

    Aug 26 2019

    This episode is being published around the time that most of our younger Big Dreamers are back to school after summer vacation.   To start the school year off right, Eva thought it would be fun to do a Back To School challenge. Typically, in the first month of school, students tend to gravitate towards the groups of classmates that they will spend the majority of their time with throughout the school year.   Eva challenges all of the students listening to choose friends with positive attitudes a...more

  • DB 151: Luck is for Leprechauns and You Are Not Green!

    Aug 19 2019

    The title of this episode is Luck is for Leprechauns and you are not green.   It’s a famous quote from one of the most motivational people on the planet - Eric Thomas.  We can say that with confidence because his Youtube videos gets tens of millions of views -- and they are all about how you can find your purpose and then turn your dreams into reality.    As you can probably tell from the quote -- Eric does not believe that you should wait around and hope your dreams come true. Eric is all about...more

  • DB 150: Felecia Hatcher on Popsicles, Entrepreneurship & Being A Champion For Change

    Aug 12 2019

    Today we welcome Felecia Hatcher -- who had literally the coolest job ever -- as “Chief Popsicle” of Feverish Ice Cream - a company she founded.   For the past decade, Felecia has dedicated her life to inspiring a new generation of leaders and creating diverse tech/startup ecosystems. An author and globally sought after speaker, Felecia has been honored at the White House on two occasions for the impact of her entrepreneurship and the social impact of her work.  You’ll fall in love with Felecia’...more

  • DB 149: The Most Important Conversation You'll Ever Have

    Aug 05 2019

    Recently, we became familiar with the work of David Goggins, bestselling author of Can’t Hurt Me.  David had an incredibly tough childhood --and was going down a very dangerous path in life. Ultimately he defied all odds, became an active Navy SEAL and then later a world class ultra athlete and world record holder.   Now, unfortunately, we can’t recommend the book for our younger Big Dreamers as it certainly not intended for kids -- but for our adult Big Dreamers -- we highly encourage you to ch...more

  • DB 148: The Amazing Michael Hirsch On How Loveworks Inspires Students to Be Leaders & Dream Big

    Jul 29 2019

    This week, we are so excited to introduce you to the amazing Michael Hirsch and the incredible organization he runs in Oklahoma called Loveworks. We know that Michael is amazing and Loveworks is incredible because we actually flew to Oklahoma a few months ago to meet Michael and visit the summer leadership camp that was in session at Loveworks, which coincidentally is also called Dream Big.   Michael had discovered the Dream Big Podcast, and was kind enough to invite Eva to be the keynote speake...more

  • DB 147: Why Your Values Are Way More Important Than Money, Fame, or Power!

    Jul 22 2019

    We are super proud of all of Eva’s accomplishments with the Dream Big podcast, the work she is putting into creating the Academy which will launch later this year, and how she continues to  push outside of her comfort zone (most recently by delivering a Keynote at the Love Works Summer Leadership camp in Oklahoma). But we always emphasize that it is her values and character that are way more important than any fame, money, or accolades she can earn through the Podcast (and wherever her Big Dream...more

  • DB 146: Humble The Poet On Why To Focus On The Rainbow (And Not The Pot Of Gold)

    Jul 15 2019

    Kanwer Singh aka Humble The Poet is a toronto-bred mc/spoken word artist with an aura that embodies the diversity and resiliency of one of the world’s most unique cities.  With tattoos, beard, head wrap and a silly smile, Humble commands attention. He stimulates audiences with ideas that challenge conventional wisdom and go against the grain, with dynamic live sets that shake conventions and minds at the same time.  Humble's first book Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths For A Better Life is a best-selle...more

  • DB 145: The Water Bottle Agreement - Let It Go So You Can Grow!

    Jul 08 2019

    If you are a long-time listener, you know that Eva has a little sister named Sophia.   Sophia recently turned 4. She brings so much joy into our lives with her hilarious personality -- but she can be a handful at times (to say the least).  Especially when she gets tired, and manages to stay up past her bedtime. Eva was on the receiving end of a sucker punch to the face a few weeks ago on an evening that Sophia was up too late, and Eva was understandably upset at Sophia for hitting her.    Usuall...more

  • DB 144: Cal Newport On The Power Of Focus And Digital Minimalism

    Jul 01 2019

    Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to researching cutting­ edge technology, he also writes about the impact of these innovations on society. Newport is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism, which argues that we should be much more selective about the technologies we adopt in our personal lives, and Deep Work, which argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace.  Social media i...more

  • DB 143: Facing My Fears: My School Talent Show and My 1st Keynote!

    Jun 24 2019

    In this episode, Eva shares two recent experiences:  performing a complicated rap at her school talent show, and delivering a 20 minutes keynote in front of a live audience.   Many people assume that as the host of the podcast, Eva is super confident and has no fear of public speaking. But the podcast is recorded at our home with a microphone.   Eva does many episodes in her pajamas! Performing and speaking in front of a live audience is a completely different skill set -- and Eva had to push wa...more

  • DB 142: Elena Favilli on Empowering Rebel Girls One Good Night Story at a Time

    Jun 17 2019

    Elena Favilli is an Italian writer and serial entrepreneur. She’s the co-creator of the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, which has broken records on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter for literary publications.  Eva’s wonderfully generous Aunt Ilene backed the Kickstarter campaign and gave the Rebel Girls series to Eva, who absolutely adores the books, artwork, and the amazing women featured in the books. We were beyond thrilled when Elena agreed to be a guest on the show, and share ...more

  • DB 141: Stop & Smell The Roses: The Joshua Bell Rush Hour Experiment

    Jun 10 2019

    What do you think would happen if one of the world’s best violinists – Joshua Bell -- performed in a busy Washington DC metro station during rush hour? Here’s the catch --- no announcement was made.  There was no promotion. Instead, Joshua Bell played incognito in a baseball cap and lay out his violin case to collect donations – as street musicians often do.  In this episode, Eva asks you to guess how many of the 1097 people who passed by stopped to listen, reveals the shocking results of the ex...more

  • DB 140: Kyle Maynard On The “No Excuses” Mentality & Living Without Limits

    Jun 03 2019

    Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics.  Kyle shares his “No Excuses” mentality and the deeply emotional and rewarding experience of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 139: Treat Your Body Like A Million Dollar Racehorse

    May 27 2019

    You’ve probably heard Eva share on previous episodes how much she loves horses.   Horses are beautiful animals and we’re lucky enough to have a stable about 20 minutes from our house.    Eva occasionally take group classes and one of the things she has noticed is just how well horse owners take care of their horses, especially the horses that are participating in competition.  What if we started to treat our bodies like a million dollar racehorse? In this episode, Eva shares why it is so importa...more

  • DB 138 - Evanna Lynch on Harry Potter, Veganism, Animal Rights, And So Much More!

    May 20 2019

    This week’s episode is truly special.  Eva gets excited for all of her interviews, but the truth is that she is usually not very familiar with our typical guest’s career when we start the process of preparing for an interview.  Eva is curious by nature, so she becomes more and more interested in the guest as we do our research. But in this instance, Eva actually requested that we reach out to Evanna Lynch, one of her favorite actresses from the Harry Potter films, to see if she would be our gues...more

  • DB 137: How Humans Are Like Power Plants! A POWERful episode :)

    May 13 2019

    One of the most motivational mentors in the world right now is Brendon Burchard.   Recently, we stumbled across a video of Brendon comparing people to power plants.  Brendon explained that when a power plant is first built - it alone does not have any energy.   The power plant takes energy from a source -- whether that’s the sun or wind, and then transforms the energy into a usable energy that can be sent to your home.  In other words, the power plant does not have energy -- it generates energy....more

  • DBP 136: Champion Climber Sasha DiGiulian On Reaching New Heights In Life And For Female Athletes

    May 06 2019

    Sasha DiGiulian first began climbing at 6 years old, in 1998.  She has won the World Championships for Female Overall, and has placed Silver in the Bouldering World Championships, as well as Bronze in the Duel. Sasha has been the undefeated panAmerican Champion 2004 to the present, and she is a three-time US National Champion.    In this episode, Eva focuses on the mindset required to successfully ascend steep cliffs -- and how Sasha has worked on both her body and mind to become a champion clim...more

  • DB 135: Your Life Is A Gift! Be Grateful For It :)

    Apr 29 2019

    Have you ever opened a gift either for your birthday or a holiday, and discovered that what was inside the box was not something you wanted?   Let’s say your Grandma gave you a sweater in a color that you are not a fan of -- and you really don’t need any more sweaters any way. Now, if you tell your Grandma:  “This is the worst present I have ever received. I hate the color. I don’t even need a sweater. Take it back.” How excited do you think Grandma will be to give you more gifts?    Now contras...more

  • DB 134: Natalie Jill, Fitness Expert, On Leveling Up With Energy To Achieve Your Big Dreams

    Apr 22 2019

    Imagine you are destined to be a fitness sensation and even have a degree in health sciences, but instead you choose a career in a multinational corporate environment where you struggle to find inspiration and the drive to go on!  You finally reach that point tagged ‘rock bottom’ and things have nowhere to go but uphill. That’s the story of Natalie Jill, the uber-successful sports nutritionist and fitness trainer. Her story is amazingly inspiring and so is her journey to the top tier of fitness ...more

  • DB 133: MUST versus SHOULD, and why real decisions require a MUST

    Apr 15 2019

    Eva shares with what it means to make a decision in your life.   A real decision that you will follow through and actually take action on.  It all comes down to whether what you are deciding is a Must or a Should. Eva shares a fun example from her own life of when she decided that she MUST win a trivia game about her favorite series, Harry Potter.   And she also shares how she applies the same principle of Must versus Should when making decisions about her Big Dream of inspiring millions of kids...more

  • DB 132: Marie Diamond, Feng Shui Expert, On Vision Boards And Positive Energy.

    Apr 08 2019

    Marie Diamond is a globally renowned Transformational Teacher, Leader, Speaker and International Best-Selling Author, Creator of Diamond Feng Shui, Diamond Dowsing and Inner Diamond Meditation Programs. She is also the only European star in the worldwide phenomenon "The Secret”.  In addition to all these accolades, she also happens to be a dear, long-time friend to my mom and our family. It was a true honor to have Marie as a guest to share her wisdom with our audience. For our show notes, visit...more

  • DB 131: What Brushing Your Teeth Can Teach You About Achieving Your Big Dreams

    Apr 01 2019

    If you are a long time listener of the podcast, you know that Eva loves to find analogies from every day life to teach lessons about what it takes to achieve your big dreams.   In episode 90, she even found a way to explain how the journey is similar to the Bean Boozled Challenge. And recently, we’ve done a number of episodes comparing the process of pursuing your dreams to the Chinese Bamboo Tree, Circus Elephants, Eagles and even Lobsters.   We like to use these analogies and stories because i...more

  • DB 130: Kechi Okwuchi, America’s Got Talent Finalist, On Why Big Dreamers Must Know Thyself

    Mar 25 2019

    Kechi Okwuchi is a singer and motivational speaker. She was one of the two survivors in the Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crash on December 10, 2005 that claimed 107 lives, 60 of which were her schoolmates.  Kechi spent the next seven months in the hospital with a majority of that time in intensive care and has endured more than 100 surgeries. She credits her faith, family, friends, and singing for keeping her going.  We first learned about Kechi’s story when she auditioned on America’s Got Tale...more

  • DB 129: Why You Need Mentors And Eva’s Best Secrets On How To Find Them!

    Mar 18 2019

    One of the skills that will be most important in achieving your big dreams is learning to seek guidance from those who have already found success. Think about it... The most successful people in any field have dedicated years, if not decades, towards their journey. Can you imagine all of the lessons they were learning along that path? Many of those were painful lessons from mistakes that could have been avoided. Wouldn’t it be nice if you can find mentors who can help you avoid those same pitfal...more

  • DB 128: Here’s Why Most People Don’t Achieve Their Big Dreams

    Mar 11 2019

    Since this is the Dream Big Podcast, we know that all of you listening have BIG DREAMS.  Many listeners have taken the time to write us emails to share their Big Dreams. Johnny, an 8 year old boy from Texas, wrote in and shared his dream of one day being an astronaut like Chris Hadfield who was our guest in Episode 30.   Lisa from Rhode Island emailed us about her dream to be a professional dancer and actress like Ruby Rose Turner from Episode 128. And Sharon from Los Angeles told us about how s...more

  • DB 127: Why You MUST Practice Gratitude Daily (& Two Of Eva’s Favorite Strategies)

    Mar 04 2019

    Gratitude is an important theme on this podcast.   In Episode 8, Eva even did an entire episode on 5 reasons to be grateful. In that episode, we shared many startling statistics about very difficult circumstances that so many of our fellow humans across the world find themselves living in.   For instance 785 million people go to bed hungry. Over 100 million are homeless. Tens of millions are living in war torn regions. Over 2.5 billion do not have access to clean water and sanitation. And over 6...more

  • DB 126: Famous Failures (Jordan, Disney, Lincoln, Rowling) Who Thankfully Did Not Give Up!

    Feb 25 2019

    One theme that Eva talks about all the time on the Podcast is that on your road to achieving your big dreams -- you will experience setbacks, obstacles, and even failures.  But Big Dreamers who are truly passionate about their dreams do not give up. Instead, Big Dreamers treat failures as a learning experience on the difficult journey towards achieving their dreams.   Today, Eva shares some examples of famous people (Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, JK Rowling, Abe Lincoln and others!) who all exper...more

  • DB 125: The Elephant & The Rope - Why Big Dreamers Must Never Give Up!

    Feb 18 2019

    Breaking free from barriers or limitations set by others is a common theme on the Dream Big Podcast.   In this episode, Eva and her sister Sophia share the story of a majestic elephant at a circus who can easily break free of the rope tied to her leg.  But because the elephant was conditioned from a young age to believe that the rope was strong enough to hold her in place, the elephant does not bother to even try to break free.  Eva then applies the lesson of this story to her own life and share...more

  • DB 124: The Chicken & The Eagle Story -- Why You Should Choose Friends Who Are Also Big Dreamers!

    Feb 11 2019

    We have spent a lot of energy sharing our thoughts on how you achieve your Big Dreams -- but in looking at our past episodes we realized that we have focused almost exclusively on the individual’s journey.    These topics -- such as developing self-belief, persistence, and hard work -- are all vital to achieving your Big Dreams. But we realized we had not adequately addressed the importance of your peer group, specifically making sure you surround yourself with other Big Dreamers rather than Deb...more

  • DB 123: You must fall before you can fly! Just ask an Eagle :)

    Feb 04 2019

    There is an incredible speaker named Myron Golden who teaches about the Law Of Advancement.  The idea behind this law is that you must always go down before you can go up. It might sound backwards but think about it for a second.  For a seed to turn into a tree -- it must first go into the ground before it can sprout. Before skyscrapers are built -- construction workers have to dig deep into the ground to lay the proper foundation to support the skyscraper that will be erected above the ground. ...more

  • DB 122: The Chinese Bamboo Tree Story And What It Means For Your Big Dreams!

    Jan 28 2019

    One of the lessons we keep on learning from all our incredible guests -- from Kobe Bryant, to General Stanley McCrystal, to Melissa Hartwig - and pretty much every guest we’ve had on the podcast -- is that they all worked super hard over many, many, many years to achieve their Big Dreams.   Each person goes through a long, challenging journey and overcomes countless obstacles to turn their dreams into reality -- it certainly does not magically happen overnight. Today, we are super excited becaus...more

  • DB 121: How Big Dreamers Are Just Like LOBSTERS!

    Jan 21 2019

    In today’s episode, Eva shares a powerful life lesson taught to us by Lobsters.   Yes, LOBSTERS. You never know who is going to be your mentor on the Dream Big Podcast.  Haha. So you are probably wondering at this point -- Lobsters? What in the world can Lobsters teach us about life?   Don’t worry -- I would be wondering the same thing myself -- but then our family came across a video of a Rabbi - Dr. Abraham Twerski -- who shared such a beautiful and powerful story about Lobsters that we just h...more

  • DB 120: I’m not nervous…. I’m EXCITED. Thank you Simon Sinek for the tip!

    Jan 14 2019

    We were lucky enough to have Simon Sinek on the Dream Big Podcast in Episode 91. He was one of Eva’s favorite guests evers so definitely check out that episode if you haven’t at  We recently came across a video of him speaking entitled “How To Never Be Nervous Again.” That is a pretty bold promise -- so of course we had to watch the video (and it is not surprise the video has gone viral with millions of views).   In this episode, Eva describes the amazing story Simon shar...more

  • DB 119: Chris Colfer, Golden Globe Winning Actor & Author of Land Of Stories On Creativity & Courage

    Jan 07 2019

    Chris Colfer rose to fame as a Golden Globe-winning actor best known for his role as "Kurt Hummel"" on Glee.  But to Eva, Chris is the author of one of her favorite book series -- The Land Of Stories. Eva has devoured all of the books in the series, so she was beyond thrilled when Chris agreed to come on the podcast.  And as you’ll hear, he was super nice, gracious with his time, and has tons of amazing advice for you Big Dreamers! And later that same evening, we saw that Chris was on the Tonigh...more

  • DB 118: The Rocks, Pebbles and Sand Story, & How It Can Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever!

    Dec 31 2018

    This episode is being published on December 31, 2018.   The last day of the year, and tomorrow rings in a New Year, 2019.   And maybe when you are reading this it is already 2019 -- so wishing all you Big Dreamers a Happy New Year.   Now if you are like Eva (and all members of our family!) -- you want to make 2019 your best year ever. And we’ve got good news for you.  Today Eva shares the secret on how to make 2019 your best, and all you need to be able to do in distinguish between Rocks, Pebble...more

  • DB 117: Ruby Rose Turner, Star of “Coop And Cami Ask The World” On Shining Your Light On The World

    Dec 24 2018

    Ruby Rose Turner is an actress, dancer, singer and model who began her professional career at the age of 7 as a dancer on an episode of Univision Miami's longest running hit TV show, "Sabado Gigante."  Currently, Ruby stars in the Disney Channel series "Coop And Cami Ask The World,” in which she plays the title role of Cameron “Cami” Wrather. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 116: The Secret Is… It All Starts With Belief!

    Dec 17 2018

    One of the most remarkable stories that illustrates the power of belief is Roger Bannister’s feat of running a sub 4-minute mile.   Before May 6, 1954, no human had ever recorded a mile in under 4 minutes. Roger Bannister broke this barrier, and since that time thousands of athletes have done so. When Roger Bannister accomplished this feat -- it then became possible in the minds of all other aspiring mile runners. In today’s episode, Eva shares this story that all kids (and adults) should hear -...more

  • DB 115: Jocko Willink, Retired Navy Seal Officer, On Why Discipline Equals Freedom

    Dec 10 2018

    Jocko is a decorated retired Navy SEAL officer. He was a Navy SEAL for 20 years, and was the commander of SEAL Team Three, Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Now, Jocko teaches leadership, strategy, tactics, fitness, and jiu-jitsu to people all over the world.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 114: Change Your Focus, Change Your Life!

    Dec 03 2018

    This episode tells the story of how Eva went from one of worst servers on her Volleyball team to one of the best.  And the best part is that it did not take her all season to experience this incredible turnaround. It happened within a few weeks, and it came down to FOCUS.   Specifically, what she was focusing on when she stepped up to the line to serve. Hear the story and learn from this important life lesson at

  • DB 113: Radha Agrawal, Daybreaker founder, On Positive Energy And Building Community

    Nov 26 2018

    Radha is the co-Founder, CEO and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker, the early morning dance and wellness move-ment that currently holds events in 25 cities and over a dozen college campuses around the world with a community of almost half a million people. Her new book BELONG answers the questions, "how the heck do I find my people?" and "How do I create large and meaningful communities in the real world?" For our show notes, visit

  • DB 112: The Untold Story Of Why I Launched The Dream Big Podcast

    Nov 19 2018

    It’s not every day you meet a 9-year-old who has her own podcast.  So people are naturally curious when they find out that Eva has a podcast and ask a lot of questions.  What is the podcast about? What do you like about podcasting? When did you start your podcast? But invariably the question that friends, family and our listeners are most eager to hear Eva’s answer to is WHY?  Why did Eva decide to start her own podcast?  Eva has told bits and pieces of the story before on other interviews and i...more

  • DB 111: Elora Hardy & The Magical Bamboo Houses She Builds In Bali

    Nov 12 2018

    When we watched Elora Hardy’s TED Talk and saw photos of the magical bamboo houses that she was building in Bali, Eva immediately said that we need to invite Elora on the podcast.  We encourage everyone to watch the TED Talk because the phrase “you have to see it to believe it” definitely applies to Elora’s work. We were honored to have her on the podcast and hope to be able to visit Bali to meet Elora and see her mesmerizing bamboo homes in person.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 110: Is it really impossible? Ask “What If?” Before You Decide.

    Nov 05 2018

    Eva shares a very important two-word question that she challenges our Big Dreamers to always ask before deciding whether something is impossible:  What If? Eva shares some fun examples of when she asked the question What If?  You’ll learn what she discovered by asking the question, as well as what would have happened if she did not ask the question.   For our show notes, visit

  • DB 109: Mia Sinclair Jenness, Star Of Disney’s Hit Show Fancy Nancy, On Why We Should All “Add A Little Fancy” To Our Lives

    Oct 29 2018

    Mia Sinclair Jenness is the voice of Nancy in Disney’s hit show Fancy Nancy based on the New York Times bestselling book series that most kids know and love!  I know I do! Thank you Mia for coming on the Podcast and for singing a few lines of the sublime -- that’s a fancy word for amazing - theme song. We loved having you on the show!  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 108: The Secret Is… Falling In Love With The Journey!

    Oct 22 2018

    We all want to reach our goals as fast as possible.  But when you have a BIG dream, the reality is that it can take a lot of time to get to where you want to be…  If you were able to achieve the result you wanted overnight – then it means that your dream was not very big to begin with!   In this episode, Eva shares why it is so important to understand that big dreams by their nature will typically take years if not decades to turn into reality, and therefore why it is so important to fall in lov...more

  • DB 107: Joe De Sena Returns With His Family To Inspire Us All To Be Spartans!

    Oct 15 2018

    We’ve had a ton of amazing guests on the Dream Big Podcast.   So when we started to talk about inviting a previous guest back on – there was no shortage of choices.   But there was one guest that came immediately to Eva’s mind when we asked her who she wanted to talk to again… JOE DE SENA.   Joe is the founder of Spartan, a brand that he and his team have grown to become the world’s leading obstacle racing company with over 170 events in 25+ countries and 1 million-plus global participants. For ...more

  • DB 106: How To Say “I’m Sorry” When You Royally Mess Up

    Oct 08 2018

    We’re all human and mess up sometimes.  And occasionally, even the best of us royally mess up and really hurt the feelings of someone we love.  In this episode, Eva shares a 3-step process which we believe is the best way to say “I’m Sorry” in such a situation.   For our show notes, visit

  • DB 105: Iron Cowboy James Lawrence On The 50-50-50 & The Power Of Self Belief

    Oct 01 2018

    Iron Cowboy James Lawrence completed 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 days, in each of the 50 United States -- The 50-50-50.  A single Ironman is an incredible accomplishment -- as it consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.   So you can see why everyone told James he was absolutely out of his mind to think he could do an Ironman 50 days in a row, especially with the travel r...more

  • DB 104: The Secret Is To…. SHOW UP!

    Sep 24 2018

    Eva shares a very powerful secret with our Big Dreamers, and we have to give credit to author Rachel Hollis for this one!   To give you the full backstory, my husband and I were listening to Russell Brunson’s podcast Marketing Secrets, and Russell was discussing this inspirational Facebook Post that Rachel Hollis had posted after delivering a keynote to a stadium packed crowd in the UK.    For those of you are not familiar with Rachel, she is a super successful author and podcaster and influenc...more

  • DB 103: Kobe Bryant, Lakers Legend, On Curiosity, Teamwork, The Punies, And His Big Dream For The Future!

    Sep 17 2018

    Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players to ever live.  He played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, and led his team to 5 NBA championships.   This interview focuses on what Kobe has been doing since his retirement, including his new family friendly podcast “The Punies by Kobe Bryant.” For our show notes, visit

  • DB 102: Why The Word "Hate" Is A Dream Killing Monster!

    Sep 10 2018

    We’ve noticed that the word “hate” gets thrown around way too often, especially by kids.  I hate homework. I hate school. I hate doing my chores. I hate veggies. I hate traffic (ok, maybe I’ve been guilty of saying that too often).  Is the word “hate” is overused in your household? If so, be sure your kiddos listen to this powerful episode where Eva shares the devastating impact that the word “hate” can have on your life. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 101: 3 Powerful Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts

    Sep 03 2018

    Today, Eva answers a question from Tom in Seattle.   Tom writes: Eva, I hope you can help me with something.   I play baseball. I’ve been playing for a few years now, and it is my favorite sport.  Like in any sport, you have good days and you have bad days. Sometimes, I will play really well, and I’ll get a few big hits, score some runs, and even help my team win.   Other times, it feels like I can’t hit the ball. I’ll strike out or hit the ball right to the infielder for an easy out. Here’s the...more

  • DB 100: Episode 100! Top 5 (Surprising) Lessons Learned From The 1st 100 Episodes

    Aug 27 2018

    We did it!  100 Episodes of the Dream Big Podcast.   Nearly two years of publishing weekly episodes.   It has been a remarkable journey and we thank you all for being part of it.   Rather than do a normal interview or solo episode, Eva wanted to recap the top 5 lessons she has learned from the first 100 episodes.  What’s so incredible about these 5 lessons is that we could not have predicted any of them when we first launched the show. But that is the way life works!  You live, and you learn! Fo...more

  • DB 099: What Should You Do When You Get Angry (And What You Should Never Do!)

    Aug 20 2018

    This episode covers a topic that is rarely discussed on the podcast, and that is anger.   We often talk about the importance of having a positive attitude, but sometimes -- especially when something that is unfair has happened -- we are human and get angry.   But what you do (or do not do) when you get angry is the focus of this episode. Eva shares a classic story to illustrate her point -- that it is best to control your temper and make sure you are calm rather than responding in anger.   We th...more

  • DB 098: Zig Ziglar’s Timeless Quote: You Don't Have To Be Great To Start, But You Have To Start To Be Great

    Aug 13 2018

    In this week’s episode, Eva answers a question from a Big Dreamer who is interested in starting her own podcast.  Jenny from Long Island has been waiting for 2 years to launch her podcast because she is trying to get everything perfect before she publishes her 1st episode.  Eva shares a great Zig Ziglar quote -- “You Don't Have To Be Great To Start, But You Have To Start To Be Great” -- and encourages Jenny to get started now. There is a great lesson for all Big Dreamers, young and old, who are ...more

  • DB 097: Worst Case Scenario Thinking: A “Backwards” Strategy To Get You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

    Aug 06 2018

    We are big proponents of having a positive attitude here at the Dream Big Podcast.   So I think that most of our Big Dreamers will be surprised that this week’s episode is about engaging in Worst Case Scenario thinking.   This “backwards” strategy is very powerful, and will be a good lesson for kids and adults that the “worse case scenario” is often not that terrible after all.   And when you compare the “worse case scenario” with the benefits that you’ll experience if the outcome turns out posi...more

  • DB 096: Hollywood Mega-Producer Devon Franklin On How To Stay In Your Own Movie

    Jul 30 2018

    DeVon Franklin is a New York Times bestselling author, spiritual success coach, and the CEO of Franklin Entertainment, a production company in conjunction with 20th Century Fox. He is the producer of the box office hit Miracles from Heaven and the most recent release, THE STAR, for Sony Pictures Animation.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 095: How To Go With The Flow! This Skill Will Change Your Life Forever

    Jul 23 2018

    We all have difficulty managing our expectations and learning to go with the flow when things don’t go as planned.  But this is especially challenging for kids. In this episode, Eva shares 3 real-life examples of situations her expectations were not met, and offers her advice on what to do in those frustrating situations.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 094: Paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara On Hunting For Dinosaurs And Discovering Dreadnoughtus

    Jul 16 2018

    Dr. Kenneth Lacovara has unearthed some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk our planet, including the super-massive Dreadnoughtus, which at 65 tons weighs more than seven T. rex.  We’re sure that Eva’s discussion with Dr. Lacovara about hunting for Dinosaurs will be fascinating to all our Big Dreamers -- young and old! For our show notes, visit

  • DB 093: What To Do When You Are Stuck In A Rut! Eva Shares Her 3-Step Process

    Jul 09 2018

    Eva shares what it means to be stuck in a rut --  we literally did get stuck in a rut when we were in Mexico and she shares that story.   Eva then shares her 3-step process on what to do when you are in that situation to start moving towards your Big Dreams again, and ends the episode with a fun rhyme.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 092: Haters Gonna Hate. How I Deal With Insulting Podcast Reviews!

    Jul 02 2018

    In this solo episode, Eva shares how she deals with the occasional negative review of her podcast.   Haters can destroy your Big Dreams if you are not careful, so this one is such an important and honest episode.    For our show notes and fun rhyme, visit

  • DB 091: Simon Sinek On The Importance Of Starting With Why!

    Jun 25 2018

    Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist, and we were thrilled he agreed to come on the Dream Big Podcast -- as we have been great admirers of his work for years.   If you haven’t read “Start With Why” -- we consider it a must-read and offer our highest recommendation. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 090: How Achieving Your Big Dreams Is Like Playing The Bean Boozled Game

    Jun 18 2018

    In this solo episode, Eva shares an analogy about how chasing your Big Dreams is a lot like playing the Bean Boozled game.  It’s a super fun episode and an analogy that will definitely resonate with anyone who has ever done the Bean Boozled challenge.    For our show notes and fun rhyme, visit

  • DB 089: What To Do When A Friend Lies To You

    Jun 11 2018

    In this solo episode, Eva answers an audience question about what to do when you think that someone you care about is lying to you.   You can’t control the action of others but you can control how you react -- and that makes all the difference. For our show notes and fun rhyme, visit

  • DB 088: Alex Banayan On Unlocking The “Third Door” To Achieve Your Big Dreams

    Jun 04 2018

    Alex Banayan hacked The Price Is Right the day before his freshman year final exams, won a sailboat, sold it, and used the prize money to fund his quest to learn from the world’s most successful people.  He shares what he has learned in his new book “The Third Door” which you can pick up at Alex has been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People Under 30.”  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 087: How To Handle “I’m Not Good Enough” Thoughts

    May 28 2018

    In this solo episode, Eva answers an audience question about what to do when you have moments of self-doubt -- when you start hearing that voice in your head that says “You Are Not Good Enough.” For our show notes, visit

  • DB 086: Comic Book Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick On Creating Marvelous Stories

    May 21 2018

    Kelly Sue DeConnick has been credited with drawing female readers back to comic books. She is the writer of many popular comic-book series starring female characters, including most famously the Marvel imprint Captain Marvel.. She writes passionately, both on and off the page, about feminism, female representation, and the need for more female comic-book creators. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 085: Cal Fussman, Master Interviewer, On Why The Question Is The Answer

    May 14 2018

    Cal Fussman  is a New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned interviewer, podcast host, keynote speaker and corporate consultant on interviewing and storytelling.  He inspires organizations to take a new look at their business through storytelling, connection and the fundamental idea that Changing your Questions can Change Your Life. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 084: Oceanographer David Gallo On Our Mysterious & Astonishing Oceans

    May 07 2018

    David Gallo works to push the bounds of oceanic discovery. Active in undersea exploration (sometimes in partnership with legendary Titanic-hunter Robert Ballard), he was one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of manned submersibles and robots to map the ocean world with unprecedented clarity and detail.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 083: Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, On Achieving The Ideal Work/Life Balance

    Apr 30 2018

    Ryan Carson is the CEO & Founder of Treehouse, an online technology school that takes people from zero experience to job-ready in as little as six months.  With his tremendously effective work/life balance, Ryan steers the company ship and still makes family time a high priority. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 082: Jolly Good Fellow Chade-Meng Tan On Finding Inner Peace To Achieve World Peace

    Apr 23 2018

    Chade-Meng Tan is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist.  He retired from Google as its Jolly Good Fellow at the age of 45. He is currently the Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and Co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace, which has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 081: Going Deep With Extreme Cave Diver Jill Heinerth

    Apr 16 2018

    Jill Heinerth is an extreme cave diver who gets to dive deep inside underwater caves, search for never before seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, and explore the magical underwater world.  Jill’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 080: Generation Ziglar Founders James McLamb and Matt Rush On Inspiring The Next Generation Of Leaders

    Apr 09 2018

    James McLamb and Matt Rush are the founders of Generation Ziglar. Their mission is to inspire the next generation to impact future generations. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 079: Danielle Feinberg, Pixar’s Director of Photography-Lighting, On The Power Of Teamwork And Encouraging Girls To Pursue Math & Science

    Apr 02 2018

    Danielle Feinberg is Pixar’s director of photography-lighting for the Academy Award®- winning features WALL•E, Brave and Coco.  In addition to Danielle’s Pixar work, she works with teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue math and science. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 078: Erik Weihenmayer, The 1st Blind Person To Summit Mt. Everest, On Living A “No Barriers Life”

    Mar 26 2018

    Erik Weihenmayer lost his vision by the age of 13, but he resisted the idea that blindness would sweep him to the sidelines of life.  He was the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest and has founded a movement inspiring people around the world to lead a “No Barriers Life.” For our show notes, visit

  • DB 077: Cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg On 3 Decades Of Capturing Nature’s Beauty.

    Mar 19 2018

    Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 076: Siri Lindley, World Champion Triathlon Coach, On Being Coachable & Saving Horses!

    Mar 12 2018

    Siri Lindley is a World Champion Triathlon Coach and Motivational Speaker who dominated the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Rankings, winning 13 World Cup races between 2000-2002 and was the 2001 ITU World Champion. She won the World Cup Series both years by being the #1 ranked triathlete in the world!  Having achieved all of her goals in professional triathlon competition, Siri began coaching in 2003.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 075: Dr. Jen Trachtenberg On Why Veggies Are Important & Other Health Tips From A Top Pediatrician

    Mar 05 2018

    Dr. Jen Trachtenberg is a nationally renowned parenting expert, board certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 074: Dr. Kate Stafford On The Ocean’s Magical Underwater Soundscape.

    Feb 26 2018

    Dr. Kate Stafford has worked in marine habitats all over the world, from the tropics to the poles, and is fortunate enough to have seen (and recorded) blue whales in every ocean that they visit.  In this episode, Dr. Kate shares some of her unbelievable recordings underwater in the Arctic where you’ll hear sounds from bearded seals and different whale species.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 073: Billy Shore On How The No Kid Hungry Campaign Is Ending Child Hunger In America

    Feb 19 2018

    This week, Eva and Olga are proud to welcome Billy Shore to the Dream Big podcast.  Billy is the executive chairman of Share Our Strength, the anti-hunger organization that created the No Kid Hungry campaign.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 072: Ben Giroux, Comedic Actor/Director, On Laughing While Living Your Dreams

    Feb 12 2018

    Eva and Olga welcome Ben Giroux, comedic actor/director and the creator of the viral music video phenomenon Back To The 90s.   For our show notes, visit

  • DB 071: Wes Chapman on Knowing Your Self-Worth And Waking Up Your Inner Hero

    Feb 05 2018

    Wes is the founder of “A Human Project,”  an organization that empowers youth to learn how to create their own self-worth and rise above their circumstances. Listen to Wes’ inspiring journey and top tips on going after dreams even if you don’t have a supportive environment at home.

  • DB 070: Kristen Ulmer On Why You Should Embrace Fear Rather Than Avoid It!

    Jan 29 2018

    Kristen Ulmer is a thought leader and fear specialist who radically challenges existing norms around the subject of this deeply misunderstood emotion.  Learn how Kristen embraced fear during her reign as the best female big mountain extreme skier in the world at

  • DB 069: Jim Kwik On Improving Your Memory (And Life!) With Acronyms

    Jan 22 2018

    Jim Kwik is the founder of Kwik Learning and a widely recognized world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, brain performance, and accelerated learning. Listen to Jim share his top tips for memory improvement with Eva and Olga:

  • DB 068: Mentalist Oz Pearlman Will Blow Your Mind!

    Jan 15 2018

    Mentalist Oz Pearlman was our favorite contestant on America’s Got Talent. And he did not disappoint on the Dream Big Podcast either! Listen to Oz read Olga and Eva’s minds at

  • DB 067: General Stanley McChrystal On How To Be A Leader

    Jan 08 2018

    It is not everyday that a 3rd grader gets the opportunity to interview a Four-Star General, and we were so honored that General Stanley McChrystal agreed to be a guest on Eva’s show. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 066: How To Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever

    Jan 01 2018

    Eva shares her 3-step process for making and keeping resolutions in 2018.  Let’s make this coming year our best year ever!  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 065: 5 Reasons Why I Love The Holiday Season!

    Dec 25 2017

    In this solo episode, Eva reveals the top five reasons why she loves the Holiday Season. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 064: Neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett on How Emotions Are Made

    Dec 18 2017

    Eva and Olga welcome Lisa Feldman Barrett, a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and author of the best-selling book “How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” For our show notes, visit

  • DB 063: Mother of 50 Maggie Doyne On Changing The World In A Blink Of The Eye

    Dec 11 2017

    Eva and Olga welcome Maggie Doyne, mom to over 50 children and now a founder of a top-rated school in Nepal that serves over 350 students from impoverished backgrounds. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 062: Practice Makes Progress, Not Perfection

    Dec 07 2017

    In this solo episode, Eva shares a very important lesson about why the common saying “Practice Makes Perfect” is flat-out wrong. Instead we prefer to say “Practice Makes Progress.” For our show notes, visit

  • DB 061: Ultra-Marathoner Charlie Engle On Running The Sahara & Beyond

    Dec 04 2017

    Eva and Olga welcome Charlie Engle, one of the most accomplished ultra-marathon runners & adventure sport specialists in the world. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 060: Endurance Athlete Sophie Radcliffe On Her “One Life, Live It” Philosophy

    Nov 27 2017

    Eva and Olga welcome Sophie Radcliffe, endurance athlete, adventurer and blogger. She has run, swam, cycled and climbed her way around the world. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 059: Inventor Ray Kurzweil Gazes Into The Future

    Nov 20 2017

    Eva and Olga welcome Ray Kurzweil, an inventor, entrepreneur and visionary who has been described as “Edison's rightful heir" by Inc. Magazine. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 058: Sports Nutritionist Melissa Hartwig On How To Create Lifelong, Healthy Habits

    Nov 13 2017

    Eva and Olga welcome Melissa Hartwig, a certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create lifelong, healthy habits. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 057: Venture Capitalist Jesse Draper On Laughing Her Way To Success

    Nov 06 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Jesse Draper, a Venture Capitalist who does early stage seed investing in female founded startups. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 056: Toltec Master Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. On Letting Go and The Mastery Of Self

    Oct 30 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr, a Toltec master of transformation and we are going deep into why it is so important to love yourself unconditionally. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 055: NFL Agent Ryan Williams On Achieving Your Big Dreams While Staying Grounded

    Oct 23 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Ryan Williams, a premier NFL agent who also happens to be a dear friend of our family.   For our show notes, visit

  • DB 054: Adaptive Training Foundation Founder David Vobora On New Beginnings & Finding Purpose

    Oct 16 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome David Vobora, former NFL linebacker and founder of the Adaptive Training Foundation. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 053: 13-year-old Lokaa Krishna, Happy Hearts Happy World Founder, On Inspiring Change and Spreading Love

    Oct 09 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Lokaa Krishna, our youngest guest ever at only 13-years-old. Don’t let her age fool you! Lokaa has founder her own non-profit helping orphans in India. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 052: Haben Girma, The First Deafblind Graduate From Harvard Law School, On Why We Should Embrace Our Differences

    Oct 02 2017

    Olga and Eva were delighted to have Haben Girma in the show.   Due to her work advocating for equal opportunities for people with disabilities, President Obama named Haben a White House Champion of Change, and Forbes recognized her in Forbes 30 Under 30.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 051: The Power Of PLAY - How KaBOOM! Is Changing Communities One Playspace At A Time

    Sep 25 2017

    Amy Levner, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at KaBOOM!, joins Eva and Olga to discuss the importance of play and the vital work KaBOOM! is doing to ensure that every child’s life is filled with balanced and active play. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 050: Neuroscientist David Eagleman Gets Inside Our Heads

    Sep 18 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome neuroscientist David Eagleman to talk about the power of the brain. David is a TED Speaker, Guggenheim Fellow, New York Times best selling author, and has many more accolades that we can’t fit into this short description. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 049: Behavior Scientist Peter McGraw On What Makes Things Funny!

    Sep 11 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Peter McGraw, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, founder of the Humor Research Lab (HuRL), and co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny.  For our show notes, visit

  • DB 048: Why Eva believes school TOTALLY ROCKS! Back-To-School Episode :)

    Sep 04 2017

    Eva is back for her first solo episode since Episode 16 on setting SMART goals back in January. This episode is particularly timely for our young Big Dreamers who are starting back at school this month.

  • DB 047: Mel Robbins On The 5-Second Rule That Will Make Your Big Dreams A Reality

    Aug 28 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Mel Robbins, award-winning CNN commentator, best-selling author of 5 Second Rule, and all-around motivational powerhouse. For our show notes, visit

  • DB 046: Jessica Cox, The World’s 1st Certified Pilot With No Arms, On “Thinking Outside The Shoe”

    Aug 21 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Jessica Cox, the world’s first certified pilot with no arms who teaches our Big Dreamers on what it means to “think outside the shoe.” For our show notes, visit

  • DB 045: Adam Braun, Founder of MissionU & Pencils of Promise, On How Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Chang

    Aug 14 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Adam Braun, founder of MissionU & Pencils of Promise, who shares how ordinary people can create extraordinary change. For show notes, visit

  • DB 044: Jordan Harbinger On The Art Of Charm & How To Make A Great First Impression

    Aug 07 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Jordan Harbinger, entrepreneur, podcast host at “Art of Charm” and world-renowned social dynamics expert. For our customizable “First Impression” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 043: Vanessa Van Edwards On How To Make New Friends & Feel Confident

    Jul 31 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome best-selling author Vanessa Van Edwards, who shares some great tips on how to make new friends and be more confident when interacting with people.  For our customizable  “Me Too!” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 042: Professor Brian Greene On Multiverses, Einstein and Home Science Experiments

    Jul 24 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Professor Brian Greene, theoretical physicist at Columbia University and founder of World Science Festival. For our customizable "Science Is Important” download and show notes, visit

  • DB 041: Melissa Ambrosini On Choosing Love Over Fear & Mastering Your Mean Girl

    Jul 17 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Melissa Ambrosini, best-selling author of Master Your Mean Girl. For our customizable “Choose Love Over Fear” download and show notes, visit

  • DB 040: Best-Selling Author A.J. Jacobs On Why He Became A Human Guinea Pig (And Why You Should Too!)

    Jul 10 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome A.J. Jacobs, human guinea pig and an all-around nice (and funny) guy. For our customizable “Human Guinea Pig” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 039: Strength Sensei Charles Poliquin On Training World-Class Athletes And His Fitness Tips For You!

    Jul 03 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Charles Poliquin, also known as the Strength Sensei, who has trained over 800 Olympic Athletes. For our customizable nutrition download and show notes, visit

  • DB 038 : Preetha Ji, Meditation Master, On Living In A Beautiful State

    Jun 26 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Preetha Ji, founder of One World Academy and one of the most respected meditation practitioners in the entire world. For our customizable “Meditation” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 037: Poetic Voice Sekou Andrews On Creating His Own Art and Finding Your Stage Might

    Jun 19 2017

    In this week’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Poetic Voice artist Sekou Andrews, one of the world’s most mesmerizing and powerful speakers. In “Poetic Voice”, Sekou has created a new, refreshing, and cutting-edge speaking category that fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry in a way that is simply unforgettable. He has performed his poetic speeches at leadership conferences, company retreats, and for prominent individuals including Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Quincy J...more

  • DB 036 : Philosopher Alexi Panos On Being An Artist of Life & Changing The World in EPIC Ways

    Jun 12 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Alexi Panos, author, entrepreneur, artist and philanthropist. For our customizable “Artist Of Life” download and show notes, visit

  • DB 035: Minimalist Joshua Fields Milburn On Living A Meaningful Life With Less

    Jun 05 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Joshua Fields Milburn of on living a meaningful life without unnecessary material items. For our customizable “Minimalist Challenge” and show notes, visit

  • DB 034: The 7 Most Important Life Lessons I Learned When I Was 7

    May 29 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva is on her own and shares the 7 most important she learned as a 7-year-old (she just turned 8!). For our customizable “Gratitude Is The Best Attitude” download and show notes, visit

  • DB 033: Giovanni Pantoja On Alleviate Skid Row & The Value of Mentorship

    May 22 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Giovanni Pantoja, co-founder of Alleviate Skid Row, an organization that works to alleviate the conditions of the homeless community in Los Angeles. For our customizable “Help The Homeless” download and show notes, visit

  • DB 032: Motivational Speaker Sean Stephenson On Overcoming Obstacles & Building Confidence

    May 15 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Sean Stephenson, a therapist, self-help author and motivational speaker who has inspired millions worldwide with his story. For our customizable “Building Confidence” download and show notes, visit

  • DB 031: Puppy Place Author Ellen Miles On Her Writing Process and Inspiring Kids To Start Reading One Book At A Time

    May 08 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Ellen Miles, the author of the Puppy Place and Kitty Corner series - two of Eva’s favorites of all time. For our customizable “You’re so DOGgone” download and show notes, visit

  • DB 030 : Astronaut Chris Hadfield On Achieving The Impossible & Making Burritos In Space

    May 01 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield. For our customizable “Power of Imagination” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 029: Fun Family Brands CEO Tracy Fredkin On Creating Community & The Power Of To-Do Lists!

    Apr 24 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Tracy Fredkin, CEO of Fun Family Brands. Tracy shares her best productivity tips, which inspired us to create customizable To Do List. Learn more at our show notes at

  • DB 028: Space System Researcher Angelo Vermeulen On Leadership And Our Future In Space

    Apr 17 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Angelo Vermeulen, the crew commander for NASA’s mars mission simulation study. For our customizable “Fun Facts About Mars” download and show notes, visit

  • DB 027: Spartan Race Founder Joe De Sena On The Growth That Comes From Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone

    Apr 10 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Joe De Sena, founder of Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle racing company with over 170 events in 25+ countries and 1 million-plus global participants. For our customizable “Burpee” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 026 : Humanitarian Mindie Kniss On Making Your “Impossible” Dreams “Possible”

    Apr 03 2017

    Eva and Olga welcome humanitarian Mindie Kniss, who shares lessons learned from her journey in corporate America to becoming a professional speaker and coach. For our customizable “Heart Meditation” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 025 : Billionaire Entrepreneur Naveen Jain On Leaving A Legacy And Our Multi-Planetary Future

    Mar 27 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain. He is the founder of several successful companies including Moon Express, BlueDot, Viome, Intelius, Talent Wise and InfoSpace.

  • DB 024: One-Handed Pianist Nicholas McCarthy On Fulfilling A Big Dream That Many Thought Was Physically Impossible

    Mar 20 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Nicholas McCarthy, the only one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in its 130-year history. For our customizable “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” download and show notes, visit

  • DB 023: Neuroscientist Greg Gage On Our Electric Brains & The “Follow Your Passion” Challenge

    Mar 13 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome neuroscientist and electrical engineer Greg Gage. For our customizable “Follow Your Passion” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 022: Change Agent Jon Bergmann on Flipped Learning & The Teach Yourself Anything Challenge

    Mar 06 2017

    Eva and Olga welcome Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers of the Flipped Class Movement. For our customizable “Teach Yourself Anything” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 021: Guinness Record Holder Sally Kettle On Beating The Odds & The Ignore The Naysayers Challenge

    Feb 27 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Sally Kettle, the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West, and once with her mother. For our customizable 7-Day “Trash Cleanup” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 020: Marine Biologist Simon Berrow On Saving The Environment & The 7-Day Trash Clean-Up Challenge

    Feb 20 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Dr. Simon Berrow, a world renowned marine biologist and lover of Ireland’s natural heritage. For our customizable 7-Day “Trash Cleanup” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 019: John Lee Dumas On Asking Good Questions & The "Be An Interviewer" Challenge

    Feb 13 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome John Lee Dumas, the founder and host of Entrepreneur On Fire (EOFire). For our customizable “Be An Interviewer” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 018 : Orly Wahba On The Kindness Boomerang & The 7-Day Kindness Challenge

    Feb 06 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Orly Wahba, Life Vest Inside Founder and author of the Kindness Boomerang. For our customizable 7-Day Kindness challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 017: Emmy Award Winning Musician Jim Oliver On Healing Music & The Meditation Challenge

    Jan 30 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Emmy award-winning musician Jim Oliver. For our customizable “Meditation” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 016: How To Set SMART Goals & The Take SMART Action Challenge

    Jan 23 2017

    In this episode, Eva shares with the Big Dreamers how to set goals that you’re more likely to achieve with the SMART goal framework.  She explains how she is using this framework to launch and build the Dream Big Podcast.

  • DB-015: National Geographic Photographer Anand Varma

    Jan 16 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome award-winning photographer Anand Varma. For our customizable “Be A Photographer” challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 014: 5 Reasons To Go To Bed Early & The 7-Day More Sleep Challenge

    Jan 09 2017

    In this episode, Eva shares her struggles with getting to bed early and why it is important. To create your own customizable 7-Day More Sleep Challenge, visit

  • DB 013: Celebrity Dog Trainer Zak George On Positive Training & The Dog Lover Challenge

    Jan 02 2017

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome celebrity dog trainer and Youtube star Zac George. For our customizable Dog Lover Challenge and show notes, visit

  • DB 012: Ten Questions To Reflect On 2016 And Look Forward To 2017

    Dec 26 2016

    In this episode, Eva offers her answers to 10 questions that reflect on 2016 and look ahead to 2017. To create your own customizable Top 10 New Years Questions sheet, visit

  • DB 011: Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya On Living Her Dream & 7-Day Gratitude Challenge

    Dec 19 2016

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya - who is living her dream of building school for girls in her hometown village in Kenya. For our customizable download challenging you to 7 days of gratitude, visit

  • DB 010: 21 Acts of Kindness & The 7-Day Random Act Of Kindness Challenge

    Dec 13 2016

    In this episode, Eva offers 21 unique ideas to perform random acts of kindness. For our customizable 7 Day Random Act of Kindness Challenge, visit

  • DB 009: Pina De Rosa On How You Can Change The World & The 7-Day “Say Yes” Challenge

    Dec 05 2016

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Pina De Rosa, a TEDx Speaker, award-winning producer, author, and high-performance results coach. She is also the president of Pina speaks five languages and holds four passports!

  • DB 008: 5 Reasons To Be Grateful & The 7-Day No Complaining Challenge

    Nov 28 2016

    In this episode, Eva shares the importance of gratitude and shares the top 5 reasons she feels blessed. For our customizable 7 Day No Complaining Challenge, visit

  • DB 007: Hollywood Writers Jonny Umansky And Zach Hyatt On Being Writing Partners And Achieving Success In Hollywood

    Nov 21 2016

    In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Jonny Umansky and Zach Hyatt, best friends from childhood and now successful writing partners in Hollywood. For our customizable download challenging you to create a story with a friend, visit

  • DB 006: 5 Reasons You Should Read Every Day (Kids Will LOVE #4) & The 7 Day Reading Challenge

    Nov 11 2016

    In this episode, Eva shares how she developed her love of reading, how it has benefited her in all aspects of life, and challenges the Big Dreamers out there to a 7-Day Reading Challenge. Go to to claim you free 7-Day Reading challenge download.

  • DB 005: Inspiring Lessons On Life & History With Dan Carlin & The “History Of Your Favorite Thing” Challenge

    Nov 08 2016

    In this episode, Eva and Olga welcome Dan Carlin, who the Huffington Post has called America’s Best History Teacher. He is the host of HardCore History. For our customizable download challenging you to learn the history of your favorite thing, visit

  • DB 004: 5 Ways To Stay Positive & The 7-Day Positive Mindset Challenge

    Oct 31 2016

    In this episode, Eva shares the power of having a positive mindset and offers her top 5 ways for staying positive. For our customizable download challenging you to keep a positive mindset of 7 days, visit

  • DB 003: How BLACK Overcame Bullying With A Yo-Yo And Became A World Champion

    Oct 25 2016

    In this episode, Eva and Olga welcome world yo-yo champion BLACK. He shares with the Dream Big community his journey from being bullied at school to becoming the world’s best yo-yo performer.

  • DB 002: Dana Wilde On How To “Train Your Brain” To Achieve Your Dreams

    Oct 25 2016

    In this episode, Eva shares the SMART goal-setting framework and how she has used it to launch and grow the Dream Big Podcast. To create your own customizable SMART goal activity sheet, visit

  • DB 001: Introduction | What To Expect | Meet your hosts Eva and Olga Karpman

    Oct 19 2016

    In this episode, Eva and Olga explain why they created the Dream Big Podcast, what to expect, and share some fun facts about themselves. Plus, they challenge the Dream Big community to a Dream Big Challenge. Get your custom download at