Wonder, Surprise and Finding Your Genius Zone with Gay Hendricks

Gay Hendricks, author of the new book, The Genius Zone, and the bestselling classic, The Big Leap, thinks a lot about how we thrive. For over four decades, he’s narrowed his focus on the life-altering practice of helping people reach their potential through discovering their Genius Zone. When we’re there, life feels filled with wonder, surprise, joy, meaning, fulfillment and curiosity. In essence, we thrive.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • Finding your Genius Zone;
  • Fear and how we can move through it;
  • What it means to have an “upper limit” problem;
  • The importance of surprise and wonder in our lives.

I LOVED interviewing Gay! You can listen to our conversation wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., has been a leader in the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind therapies for more than 45 years. After earning his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford, Gay served as professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado for 21 years. He has written more than 40 books, including bestsellers such as Five Wishes, The Big Leap and Conscious Loving (co-authored with his co-author and mate for more than 35 years, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks), both used as a primary text in universities around the world. In 2003, Gay co-founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle,which distributes inspirational movies and conscious entertainment to subscribers in 70+ countries. Gay has offered seminars worldwide and appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including OPRAH, CNN, CNBC, 48 HOURS and others. In addition to his work with The Hendricks Institute, Gay is currently continuing his new mystery series that began with The First Rule Of Ten.Learn more at hendricks.com.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, will be released this summer. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 100 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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