Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
083: How to Be Grounded and Positive Through Life’s Challenges with Marc and Angel Chernoff

083: How to Be Grounded and Positive Through Life’s Challenges with Marc and Angel Chernoff

Every one of us has our own unique set of challenges and negative beliefs that keep us from living life to the fullest. To thrive, we have to develop rituals, practices and methods that help us root out the negative thoughts and beliefs that are hurting our productivity, goals, health and relationships. Marc and Angel join me today to share the practices, tools and insights that helped them in their journey from newlyweds and trying circumstances to being recognized by Forbes as the creators of one of the most popular personal development blogs in the world. Ready? Let’s do this!

Key Takeaways:

[1:02] Charlie tells us a little bit about Marc and Angel Chernoff.

[3:24] Marc tells us about the early days in his and Angel’s journey.

[6:01] How did their blog,, evolve?

[9:15] Marc talks on the shift in expectations in relation to the ‘hockey stick’ effect.

[10:48] What were some of the mindsets and limiting beliefs Marc and Angel struggled with?

[14:33] When you’re faced with two opportunities, always go with the one that scares you the most because that’s the one that you’re going to be able to grow with the most.

[18:27] A huge part about being grounded is simply, gratitude.

[19:14] Implementing very small rituals can help you make positive changes.

[20:31] You have to have a contingency plan. Always ask what’s the worst and best thing that can happen and be prepared for it.

[24:22] Back in 2006, Angel and Marc were faced with lots of tragedies. Angels talks on how they overcame some of those challenges.

[27:45] Marc speaks on some of the relationship challenges they faced.

[29:18] How do Angel and Marc keep things healthy and warm given the nature of their professional relationship?

[31:39] Journaling and self-enquiry are two major tools that Marc uses to work through his perfectionistic tendencies.

[35:14] Distractions and working on multiple things at once is something Angel has to work through.

[37:03] What’s the most powerful story they have told themselves and how was it created?

[41:30] Parenting has turned out to be the most unanticipated challenge for Angel and Marc.

[45:29] Don’t doubt yourself. You’re the most important person in your life.

Mentioned in This Episode:

1,000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently by Marc and Angel Chernoff  

Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing
Productive Flourishing (formerly the Creative Giant Show) explores how to do the work that matters to become your best self in the world. Host Charlie Gilkey and occasional co-host Angela Wheeler take listeners on a deep dive into the lives of leaders, changemakers, creatives, and entrepreneurs who are thriving in life and business by doing work that matters. Listen in to see how they cultivate meaning, success, and happiness as well as their approach to productivity, business, health, and the challenges (yes, even the deep, dark ones) that show up in their lives.