Kevin Carroll - The Power Of Play
The 26th episode of the Psychology Podcast with Daniel Karim features Kevin Carroll – serial author, instigator of inspiration, and creative catalyst.
“When I met Kevin, I saw a man who manages to preserve the wisdom of his inner child. This human ‘Katalyst’ is able to bring out of reality its magic and out of people its joy.”
When I read the quote above on Kevin Carroll’s website in 2020 I knew that I had to have the human ‘Katalyst’ on my show in order to ask him face to face what I can do in order to reconnect with the child within me once more.
During the time where I reached out to Kevin, I was working 100+ hours a week and I realized more and more that my bad Elon Musk lifestyle impersonation wasn’t making my life better – quite the contrary was the case.
Instead of looking like a life champ, I started to look like a 70 yeard professor who couldn’t speak or think about anything else that wasn’t related to his work.
Even though my bank account and my library grew by the day – I realized that I had accidentally killed the kid within me in order to make room for the man that I felt I needed to be.
After losing a meaningful relationship due to my workaholism, I woke up to the reality that too much of a “virtue” is actually a vice.
I was priding myself on my extreme endurance, nobility of character, and diligence – but underneath all of it was an addiction.
And addiction – no matter what the drug of choice is, is never a good thing – even if it is work.
While studying the many Ted Talks that Kevin Carroll gave – I realized that his material could not only help me to revive and integrate my inner child again – but also all my readers who were in danger of making the same mistakes that I made.
I’m honored to introduce you to Kevin Carroll – who in my mind, is the world-leading expert when it comes to the psychology of play.
What is this episode about?
- Kevin Carroll’s journey of becoming
- How to become a high performer
- How to use play in order to change the world
- What Kevin Carroll learned from working with people such as Oprah, Bishop Tutu, or Kobe Bryant
- The importance of recovery and leisure
- Kevin Carroll’s friendship with Paolo Coelho
- How to collaborate with the smartest people in the world
- How to stop being an overworking grumpy idiot.
- The dangers of workaholism
- The importance of rituals
About the guest
Kevin is an author + instigator of inspiration + creative catalyst. Kevin brings a playful curiosity, a keen understanding of human nature and a lifelong love of competition to all of his endeavors. Kevin is the author of four highly successful books published by ESPN, Disney Press, McGraw-Hill and A Kids Book About. Kevin has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as Nike, Starbucks, adidas, Walt Disney, Target, Proctor & Gamble, Columbia Sportswear, Mattel, the National Basketball Association and many others. Kevin was named by SUCCESS magazine as one of 19 “SEERS – changing the world!” Kevin believes that play is serious business!