Episode 118

The Podcast Your Excuses Don’t Want You To Listen To

With Bassam Tarazi

The exact same situation often prompts very different reactions from different people. Bassam Tarazi outlines a range of personas and reactions in his Redefining Optimism Chart:


Though this is a spectrum and people can have mixed reactions, one scenario (the Realistic Optimist) experiences the greatest growth. They take a situation, don’t judge it as “good” or “bad,” and figure out how to use it to fuel their personal development. I like to think that I fit really well into this category (but only after years and years of work!)

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk with Bassam about the importance of accountability, and how important it is for completing big goals and dreams. We discuss anchor friends and how to have open communication about your (and their) needs. We talk about how to live a fulfilled life and be the person you want to be. And we challenge you not to attempt to change the world, but to change the moment.

For more on Bassam, you can follow him on Instagram @bassamtarazi, on Twitter @BassamTarazi, on Facebook @bassam.tarazi, and through his website here. To access his free ebook, The Accountability Effect, click here.

To check out Bassam’s free resource: “ChangeX” assessment, go here

Also mentioned in this podcast are Bassam’s other books: In 5 Years You’ll Be Wrong and Borders, Bandits, And Baby Wipes, His TedX talk, the book, Poke the Box by Seth Godin, and author Steven Pressfield

For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here https://my.community.com/dhrupurohit

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Why "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is not the right question to be asking
  2. What the “accountability effect” is
  3. Bassam shares a personal story about privilege
  4. How to help change the moment
  5. Bassam's Eulogy Exercise
  6. Redefining optimism essay discussion
  7. A time when Bassam struggled to step into accountability
  8. How hiding can be the opposite of accountability
  9. Outside resources that helped steer Bassam to accountability
  10. How important anchor friends are
  11. Why it's so important to have open (sometimes tough) communication with our closest tribe
  12. How to get from hope to action
  13. More about The Accountability Effect book
  14. More info on Bassam's other books


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

Bassam Tarazi

Bassam Tarazi is the author of In 5 Years You’ll Be Wrong, Borders, Bandits, And Baby Wipes and my personal favorite, The Accountability Effect. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded The Nomading Film Festival and The Ignition Lab. A wanderer at heart, he’s also traveled to 73 countries and all 7 continents, having had such absurd experiences as getting to Everest Base Camp and the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, convincing Fidel Castro to sign his passport, living on an Alaskan glacier for 8 days, and being hunted by a pig-tailed macaque in the jungles of Borneo.

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