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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'.

Stop Trying to Fix Your Weaknesses

The HBR Channel
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Marcus Buckingham, author of StandOut 2.0, explains why performance management systems are broken.

Sep 01 2015

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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.

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

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
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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. Including clips from Instagram's Kevin Systrom, Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, Spotify's Daniel Ek, and more. 

Jun 21 2019

1hr 14mins

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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'.

Why smart people do stupid things

All In The Mind - ABC RN
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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

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There's more to life than being happy | Emily Esfahani Smith

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Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.

Jul 31 2018

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#27 The Art of Letting Other People Have Your Way with Chris Voss

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
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In this episode, we get negotiation coaching from Chris Voss, former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI.

Whether you’re buying a car, requesting a raise at work, or just deciding where to eat out with your spouse or partner, your negotiating skills will determine how pleased you are with the outcome.

Today, we have the special opportunity to learn some of the most effective tactics and strategies from a true master, Chris Voss.

Chris is the former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI and author of the excellent book, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As Though Your Life Depended On It.

In this fascinating conversation, Chris shares how you can use the same techniques that have been field tested in some of the most high-stakes, pressure cooker situations, in your daily life.

If you want to become a better haggler, a better communicator, or a better listener, don’t miss this episode. It’s packed with actionable insights you can start using today to be more persuasive and grab hold of more of what you want in life.

Here are just a few things we cover:

  • What it really takes to be great at negotiating (most people approach it all wrong)
  • How to keep your emotions in check in a negotiation
  • The three different voices you use to connect with your counterpart and put them at ease
  • How many of us “take ourselves hostage” in a negotiation and ruin it before it starts
  • The biggest time-waster (and profit-killer) that plagues so many negotiations
  • The main problems with traditional negotiation techniques (BATNA etc) and how they’re leaving lots on the table
  • The “negotiation one-sheet” Chris uses before entering into any negotiation (and how you can use it to)
  • How to use an “accusations audit” when you’re structuring winning deals (this is brilliant)
  • One technique to get your counterpart to spill their guts when they’re trying to be tight-lipped. “Prospect theory” and how to use it to your advantage
  • Maximizing employee satisfaction in the hiring process so you get the best talent...and keep them!
  • How empathy saves time and makes you more likely to get what you want in a negotiation
  • The power of deference (and when to use it)
  • Chris’ go to tools that work best on all personality types, in nearly any situation
  • How intentionally getting the other party to say “no” substantially increases the success rate of a negotiation

And much more.

An edited transcript is available to members of the Farnam Street Learning Community or for purchase separately ($9).

For comprehensive show notes on this episode and more go to https://www.fs.blog/podcast/

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Jan 03 2018

1hr 22mins

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Gretchen Rubin: 8 Rules to Happiness

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
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A graduate of Yale Law School, Gretchen Rubin spent a year doing scientific research and practical projects in an attempt to discover how to lead a happier life. This experiment of self-discovery led to her New York Times bestselling book and phenomenon “The Happiness Project.” The book recounts what Gretchen learned about herself and how she was able to become happier and more fulfilled.  Gretchen shares her eight personal rules of happiness, which she says can help fill your day with more joy.

Jan 03 2018

35mins

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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!

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

The Rich Roll Podcast
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“True behavior change is really identity change.” James Clear What stands in the way of becoming the person you aspire...

Oct 28 2018

2hr 23mins

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Amy Schumer: A Modern-Day Warrior Woman

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Amy Schumer, the Peabody- and Emmy-winning comedian, actress and best-selling author, discusses one of Oprah's favorite life lessons: You become what you believe. This message of empowerment is the theme of Amy's latest romantic comedy, "I Feel Pretty." Amy's character in the film, Renee, suffers from low self-esteem and a lack of confidence until a series of events allows her to shift her paradigm and believe in her own beauty and self-worth. Oprah describes Amy as a "modern-day warrior woman changing the way so many women perceive themselves and their lives." Amy also talks about her personal #MeToo story, her work to help prevent gun violence, and the one lesson that took her the longest to learn. Plus, she opens up about her recent marriage to chef Chris Fischer.

Apr 23 2018

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Interview With Daniel Kahneman: Masters in Business (Audio)

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August 4 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg View columnist Barry Ritholtz interviews Daniel Kahneman, who is a professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University and a fellow of the Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This commentary aired on Bloomberg Radio.\u0010\u0010(Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)

Aug 04 2016

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#31 Learning How to Learn with Barbara Oakley

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
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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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For comprehensive show notes on this episode and more go to https://www.fs.blog/podcast/

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Apr 10 2018

1hr 33mins

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