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The best self improvement podcast episodes. From improving productivity, to finding purpose in your life to what constitutes freedom, this topic is on anything and everything that can help people to improve their lives. Add episodes you're interested into your queue below!

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The best self improvement podcast episodes. From improving productivity, to finding purpose in your life to what constitutes freedom, this topic is on anything and everything that can help people to improve their lives. Add episodes you're interested into your queue below!

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Stop Trying to Fix Your Weaknesses

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Marcus Buckingham, author of StandOut 2.0, explains why performance management systems are broken and often push people to fix weaknesses instead of strengths. "If you work on your weaknesses you'll end life with a bunch of strong weaknesses." Perry Marshall. However, other say 'you need to work on your weaknesses to the point they do not inhibit the ability for your strengths to shine'. Life is complex, 'everything works somewhere, nothing works everywhere'.

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Stop Trying to Fix Your Weaknesses

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Marcus Buckingham, author of StandOut 2.0, explains why performance management systems are broken.
Sep 01 2015 · 14mins


It's not "will this job fulfill me for the rest of my life." It's "will this job get me to the next level."

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Standard career advice: “Work on what you are passionate about.” But what if you aren’t passionate about anything? What if you can’t make money from your passion? And what if your passion changes? Option 1 - passion on input side: Passion * Work => Happy Option 2 - passion on output side: Meaning * Work => Passion + Happy Meaning = helping make the world better What what what? You can get passion from the output side of work? That is you start off not passionate but become passionate about work over time! I believe yes. On top of this, passion based on making the world better vs some innate like of something (eg food) is more likely to be lasting.

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Bonus: 10 New Rules for Big Career Changes (The Graduation Episode) w/Jordan Harbinger

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On Masters of Scale, we talk a lot about how businesses grow. But we also talk about how people grow: How key decisions (and happy accidents) can shape your future, and how your setbacks can actually set you up for success. On this special Graduation Episode, guest host Jordan Harbinger teams up with Reid Hoffman to share advice that will help you navigate choices in your career, with insights from Instagram's Kevin Systrom, Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, Spotify's Daniel Ek, and more. 

Get more from Jordan Harbinger: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/

Read a transcript of this interview at: https://mastersofscale.com/jordan-harbinger-10-new-rules-for-big-career-changes/

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Jun 21 2019 · 1hr 14mins


The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes

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“General intelligence is a crucial ingredient to good thinking—but it needs many other complementary traits to truly flourish”. Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else, they may be even more susceptible to them. 'As a rule, I have found that the greater brain a man has, and the better he is educated, the easier it has been to mystify him.' (Houdini to Arthur Conan Doyle). Here about cutting-edge ideas in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, including "strategic ignorance," "meta-forgetfulness," and "functional stupidity." You need to be a confidence novice but a humble master. Some tools to think better are 'seeking distance' and 'talking about yourself in the third person'.

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Why smart people do stupid things

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Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else—they may even be more susceptible to them. This idea has been dubbed the Intelligence Trap. It explains the flaws in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, and how the decisions of even the brightest minds and talented organisations can backfire.
May 19 2019 · 29mins
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Tim Urban - Grand Theft Life - [Invest Like the Best, EP.59]

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This week’s conversation is about artificial intelligence and interplanetary travel. Its about content creation, thinking from first principles, and death progress units. Its about brain machine interfaces and why it is crucial that you be a chef and not a cook. 

My guest is Tim Urban, along with his business partner Andrew Finn. Tim is the most entertaining writer I’ve come across in years, who explains complicated and interesting topics to his millions of dedicated readers on the website “Wait, But Why.” As an example, Tim’s last post on Elon Musk’s neurlink venture is 40,000 words long, roughly the length of a short book. It explains almost all of human progress and our potential future using drawings and cartoons. Its impossible to stop reading.

While this conversation is wildly entertaining, it is also chock full of metaphors and lessons that will be useful to anyone doing creative work or building a company. I hope this leaves you as energized as it left me. I called this episode Grand Theft Life because that is the name that Tim and Andrew give to their worldview, which I think will change the way you behave, too. Please enjoy my conversation with Tim Urban.

For comprehensive show notes on this episode go to http://investorfieldguide.com/urban

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Books Referenced

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Links Referenced

The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce

Wait But Why

Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future

Wait But Hi

YouTube Channel  Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

Show Notes

1:50 – (First question) –  Explaining his concept of planets 1, 2, 3 and 4 and understanding the human colossus

5:46 – Tim’s favorite idea of the human knowledge compounding

7:52 – Die Progress Units (DPU)

9:45 – Different stages of AI and the positives and negatives of each stage

14;04 – What happens when AI gains breadth and general intelligence

16:23 – The idea of a cook vs a chef and how Tim had the chance to interview Elon Musk

17:48 – Why you should reason from first principles instead of reasoning by analogies

25:19 – Why it’s possible to turn a cook into a chef

30:08 – Why being a chef is the safer route in a world with AI and what Tim has changed in himself as to why.

31:22 – Looking at the discovery process

            34:39 – Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies\

40:01 – Being the person who creates the metaphor vs being the people who simply using them

            43:41 – YouTube Channel  Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

44:54 – Most fun that Tim has had researching a topic

46:08 – Musk model for attaining your goals

53:43 – Why not caring what people think is one of the world’s best superpowers, grand theft life

56:50 – Neuralink – what is it and how did Tim come to research it

1:02:38 – Elon Musk’s concerns about AI

1:14:28 – What then if the Neuralink concept works out

1:18:02 – Kindest thing anyone has done for Tim

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Oct 17 2017 · 1hr 20mins
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How to Be More Productive (Rebroadcast)

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In this busy time of year, we could all use some tips on how to get more done in less time. First, however, a warning: there's a big difference between being busy and being productive.

Dec 22 2016 · 39mins
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Kobe Bryant: Mamba Mentality and The Mind of a Champion

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Kobe is widely regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time. He’s won five NBA championships with the Lakers and led the NBA in scoring during two seasons. He’s an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons played with one franchise for an entire career: 20 seasons. In 2018, he received an Academy Award for his animated short “Dear Basketball.” He also just launched a podcast called The Punies that teaches kids morals and history in a really fun way. Kobe’s known for what he calls his Mamba Mentality, but it’s his big heart that is truly admirable. He is constantly reinventing himself and continuing to pursue new dreams. There is so much power in his energy and presence. I know you’re really going to love this one. So get ready to learn all about Mamba Mentality and how to embrace failure on Episode 691. Some Questions I Ask: Who was your greatest teacher? (7:10) What are some other things you do to raise the level of your teammates? (17:00) What’s been your greatest challenge since leaving the game? (20:30) What’s a constant theme in your life? (24:40) Why is storytelling important to you? (25:39) What’s your greatest weakness? (34:35) In This Episode You Will Learn: All about the “Mamba Mentality” (12:20) Why he has a passion of storytelling (26:00) Why you should be excited about failure (27:10) Kobe’s greatest moment in 20 seasons of basketball (36:14) Kobe’s daily routine (39:00)

Sep 10 2018 · 52mins
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#187: Jocko Willink on Discipline, Leadership, and Overcoming Doubt

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"Don't count on motivation; count on discipline." - Jocko Willink Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) is one of the scariest human beings imaginable. He is a lean 230 pounds. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert who used to tap out 20 Navy SEALs per workout. He is a legend in the Special Operations world. His eyes look through you more than at you. Jocko spent 20 years in the US Navy and commanded SEAL Team 3's task unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated special operations unit in the Iraq War. Upon returning to the US, Jocko served as the officer in charge of training for all West Coast SEAL teams, designing and implementing some of the most challenging and realistic -- and perhaps psychotic -- combat training in the world (his words, not mine). After retiring from the Navy, he co-founded Echelon Front, a leadership and management consulting company and authored the number one New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win. Jocko did his first interview ever with me (find it here), and it took the Internet by storm. Now he joins us for round two to answer the questions you've been asking. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Show notes and links for this episode can be found at www.fourhourworkweek.com/podcast. This episode is brought to you by Headspace, the world's most popular meditation app (with more than 4,000,000 users). It's used in more than 150 countries, and many of my closest friends swear by it. Try Headspace's free Take10 program-- 10 minutes of guided meditation a day for 10 days. It's like a warm bath for your mind. Meditation doesn't need to be complicated or expensive, and it's had a huge impact on my life. Try Headspace for free for a few days and see what I mean. This podcast is also brought to you by Wealthfront. Wealthfront is a massively disruptive (in a good way) set-it-and-forget-it investing service led by technologists from places like Apple. It has exploded in popularity in the last two years and now has more than $2.5B under management. Why? Because you can get services previously limited to the ultra-wealthy and only pay pennies on the dollar for them, and it's all through smarter software instead of retail locations and bloated sales teams. Check out wealthfront.com/tim, take their risk assessment quiz, which only takes 2-5 minutes, and they'll show you -- for free -- exactly the portfolio they'd put you in. If you want to just take their advice and do it yourself, you can. Well worth a few minutes to explore: wealthfront.com/tim.


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Sep 21 2016 · 1hr 19mins


Making change is hard. Hear about the transformative power of small changes.

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The changes may be small but the impact can be revolutionary. "Mood follows action." Want to change your mood? Try changing your actions. "First you make your habits, then your habits make you." A healthy addiction is a habit. An unhealthy habit is an addiction. Having your habits work with you, so you are swimming with the tide, it a key way to have a good life. This episode is very interesting!

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James Clear On Why Habits Are The Compound Interest of Self-Improvement

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“True behavior change is really identity change.”

James Clear

What stands in the way of becoming the person you aspire to be?

Maybe it's circumstances. Access or opportunity. For many its bad habits, exacerbated by the unsuccessful war waged to replace them with good habits — a rinse and repeat process that generally leads to failure and discouragement.

Why is it so hard to overcome negative patterns?

Today's guest contends the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system.

Evolving from stuck and unsatisfied into the person you wish to become is equal parts art and science. Science helps explain the root causes of our behaviors and how to modify them. But the application of said principles into practice is very much an art.

Today we explore the often misunderstood terrain of behavior change with author James Clear, a man who has spent the better part of his career attempting to understand and master the art and science of human habit formation and decision-making,

A regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies, James’ work is used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. He has been featured in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Time, and on CBS This Morning. His website jamesclear.com receives millions of visitors each month. Hundreds of thousands subscribe to his popular e-mail newsletter. And over 10,000 leaders, managers, coaches, and teachers have built better habits in life and work via his Habits Academy online program.

James recently penned Atomic Habits, a New York Times bestselling deep dive into evidence-based self-improvement. A comprehensive primer on what actually works when it comes to behavior change, it zeroes in on the transformative power of making small changes. Packed with implementable takeaways (including many strategies I have myself employed with great success), it's a must read for anyone looking to take their life to the next level.

This is a highly practical conversation that explores the psychology and neuroscience behind behavior change.

Specific topics include the problem with goals. We discuss the relationship between overly ambitious goals and failure — why most people make the mistake of optimizing for the finish line when we should instead focus on getting to the starting line.

James explains why establishing systems are critical; and why focus should be placed on practice over performance.

We also cover why it's important to move beyond temporal, emotional drivers like motivation into practical action. Why you're more likely to act yourself into feeling rather than feel yourself into action.

Or, as I like to say, mood follows action.

My biggest takeaway from this exchange is James’ compelling dissertation on why we are best served by concentrating on identity. In other words, long-term results are best derived not from achieving the goals we set for ourselves, but instead by slowly adopting and inhabiting the daily practices and characteristics of the person we aspire to become.

Powerful and potentially game-changing, this conversation will reframe how you contemplate and act upon your ambitions. So break out the pen and paper and please enjoy

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Oct 28 2018 · 2hr 23mins
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85: Jim Kwik | How to Unlock Your Brain's Secret Superpowers

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Jim Kwik (@jimkwik) is the CEO of Kwik Learning with 22 years of experience teaching speed-reading, memory improvement, and optimal brain performance to top politicians, actors, CEOs, industry shakers, and world leaders.

What We Discuss with Jim Kwik:

  • What accidental -- and often negative -- self-talk does to program your brain and keep you from achieving your true potential.
  • How you can learn more in less time and apply it as a force multiplier to improve your life.
  • Why forgetfulness is more of a glitch in attention rather than retention.
  • How to hack your long term memory.
  • The three supervillains of the modern online lifestyle that hold your brain back from being the best it can be.
  • And much more...

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Aug 23 2018 · 1hr 15mins
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#31 Barbara Oakley: Learning How to Learn

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Just when I start to think I’m using my time well and getting a lot done in my life, I meet someone like Barbara Oakley.

Barbara is a true polymath. She was a captain in the U.S. Army, a Russian translator on Soviet trawlers, a radio operator in the South Pole, an engineer, university professor, researcher and the author of 8 books.

Oh, and she is also the creator and instructor of Learning to Learn, the most popular Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ever(!), with over one million enrolled students.

In this fascinating interview, we cover many aspects of learning, including how to make it stick so we remember more and forget less, how to be more efficient so we learn more quickly, and how to remove that barriers that get in the way of effective learning.

Specifically, Barbara covers:

  • How she changed her brain from hating math and science to loving it so much she now teaches engineering to college students
  • What neuroscience can tell us about how to learn more effectively
  • The two modes of your brain and how that impacts what and how you learn
  • Why backing off can sometimes be the best thing you can do when learning something new
  • How to “chunk” your learning so new knowledge is woven into prior knowledge making it easily accessible
  • The best ways to develop new patterns of learning in our brains
  • How to practice a skill so you can blast through plateaus and improve more quickly
  • Her favorite tactic for dealing with procrastination so you can spend more time learning
  • The activities she recommends that rapidly increase neural connections like fertilizer on the brain
  • Whether memorization has a place in learning anymore, or simply a barrier to true understanding
  • The truth about “learning types” and how identifying as a visual or auditory learner might be setting yourself up for failure.

...and a whole lot more.

If you want to be the most efficient learner you can be, and have more fun doing it, you won’t want to miss this discussion.

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Apr 10 2018 · 1hr 33mins