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Late Nights with Trav and Los

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Best friends, Trav & Los, talk late into the night, exploring new ideas for creative professionals. They argue over concepts, share secrets, and interview their industry heroes.

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Best friends, Trav & Los, talk late into the night, exploring new ideas for creative professionals. They argue over concepts, share secrets, and interview their industry heroes.

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By Bom.com! - Nov 13 2019
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I love this podcast! It’s been helpful in growing my skills as a person of product and lover of design. Also funny!

Makes Commuting a Breeze!

By roberto_perez112 - Nov 11 2019
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I been listening for about 2 weeks and I been able to put into practice some of knowledge I have fostered and couldn’t be more happier! Thank you Trav and Los for sharing the knowledge!

iTunes Ratings

80 Ratings
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79
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❤️🙏🏻

By Bom.com! - Nov 13 2019
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I love this podcast! It’s been helpful in growing my skills as a person of product and lover of design. Also funny!

Makes Commuting a Breeze!

By roberto_perez112 - Nov 11 2019
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I been listening for about 2 weeks and I been able to put into practice some of knowledge I have fostered and couldn’t be more happier! Thank you Trav and Los for sharing the knowledge!

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Best friends, Trav & Los, talk late into the night, exploring new ideas for creative professionals. They argue over concepts, share secrets, and interview their industry heroes.

Storytelling for Designers

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###Music

Dj Quad Mix - https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads/back-in-time-vlog-music

Dyalla Remix - https://soundcloud.com/dyallas/lets-go-out

Stranger Things Remix - https://theartistunion.com/tracks/26ccfb

Kimbra Remix - https://soundcloud.com/search?q=kimbra%20remix


##Storytelling for designers

Today’s episode is about storytelling.

This is a conversation around what the role of storytelling looks like for a modern designer in this creative economy.

Because, the most successful, companies/designers, who are able to convert known and unknown customer needs, into a story the customer can get behind, end up becoming the best in the industry.

I tweeted this yesterday “The emotions evoked by the stories you tell is what sells a product. It’s no longer about the features.”

So, the conversation prompts are these:

  1. What are some of the companies that are great storytellers?Why?
  2. What role does story telling play in what you do?
  3. What are some things we can do as designers to help evoke the emotions that make it easier for customers to get behind your brand?
  4. How does it work when you are working at a company and storytelling is not part of the culture. What are some things you can do, to help create a culture that understands the importance of great storytelling?
  5. If you are in high school, first year in college, or fresh out of college, and you are listening to this, why is this important to you?

Podcast review:

Thanks!

Aug 23 2016

49mins

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Pleasure + Purpose = Happiness

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Travis talks with Chas about trying to balance pleasure and purpose to find happiness

Aug 08 2017

37mins

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Getting Started as a Public Speaker

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In this episode, we unravel a thread of an idea and watch it unravel into a fantastic walkthrough from Travis around some potential actions we could take to get started as a public speaker.

Oct 10 2017

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Craft & Launching & Balance & Dark UX Patterns

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In this episode Trav and Los talk about Craft & Launching & Balance & Dark UX Patterns

Episode Sponsor:
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Aug 01 2017

32mins

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Alex Tran + New Designer + Fresh

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In this episode we talk to Alex Tran about being a Junior Designer and his journey into design

Aug 29 2017

26mins

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Full-Process Designer

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Full-Process Designer

  1. A full-process designer concerns themself with the entire creative process (Reflect -> Make -> Observe -> Repeat)

  2. A full-process designer does not let the excitement of starting a new project carry them past the important initial steps.

  3. A full-process designer has focused their skill set on being able to take an idea from inception to completion, yet is able to interface with, and welcomes the collaboration of others more specialized in their vertical.

  4. A full-process designer is more concerned with process than outcomes, trusting that good process will always lead to good outcomes.

  5. A full-process designer is not confined by tools or trends although uses these things to achieve the desired result.

  6. A full-process designer documents their thinking and will never expect someone to understand their vision without context.

  7. A full-process designer can lead as well as follow.

  8. A full-process designer asks questions throughout the entire process.

  9. A full-process designer understands how to create as well as sell their work.

  10. A full-process designer understands that the quality of the conversations held are largely responsible for the outcome of the process. The quality of the resulting product reflects the quality of the creative process—and the curiosity and determination of the participants.

Jul 21 2015

29mins

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Why You Should Be A Publisher

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Why you should start publishing today

What is publishing?

  • Creating content with a speciffic audience in mind.

Why you should start publishing today

  1. You will become a better thinker
    Knowing a skill or a fact is something entirely different than being able to relate it to an audience in a relatable and consumable way. You learn to simplify and clarify, which is an invaluable skill.

  2. You will be more intentional about your life
    Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started.

    Everything is a potential source for your next blog post or video or podcast.

  3. You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things
    We pickup and discard valuable lessons every day. We have truly profound moments that never really crack through our ultra distracted attention spans.

    Being responsable to an audience forces to look at life with a new lens. You are more critical and observant of cause and effect around you. You learn to draw connections that you would otherwise have no real reason latch on to.

  4. Make friends and meet interesting people
    This one is not hard to justify. We are on the phone right now with one of fthe coolest guys I’ve ever met and never would have had that oppertunity without making the descision to be a publisher.

  5. You will be able to influence and inspire others.
    About 5 years ago I wrote a blog post in which I said (I know it’s tacky to quote yourself, but at least its not a tweet, thats always weird.) I said “To be a valuable person, to truly live an extraordinary life, you must strive to reach and influence as many people as deeply and as profoundly as you possibly can.”

    A few weeks ago here on this podcast I said that ”webs of weak ties are how ideas are spread”

    So basicly, start blogging and live an extraordinary life.

  6. Build Confidence
    Like anything, putting yourself out there becomes easier with repetition. Standing up in front of people and relying a clear message, wether it’s to an audience of 1, or 100K, is a great way to build self confidence.

  7. It feels really good when people appreciate you

    I’m not talking about an upvote or a like. I’m talking about when someone takes the time out of their day to thank you for being an instrument in changing their life

  8. An audience is a hard-won, yet valueable asset that you can leverage throughout your entire career

    • recommendations
    • job oppertunities
    • buy your product
    • promote your product
    • provide resources
    • offer moral support
    • provide man-power
    • be social proof
    • be your friends

May 26 2015

38mins

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The Fantastic Story of Oliver Blank

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Trav tells Los about meeting a designer who took a stand for what he believes in.

Sep 26 2017

32mins

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How to have a better conversation with anyone

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In this episode we remove a word from our vernacular and rethink our habitual sentence structures for better conversations.

TL:DL;

  • Remove "Just" and structure your sentences in a "yes, and..." format! Listen through for the full details!
  • "No, But!" is more of a mindset to avoid than the word itself. The use of the word "but" is still good to use to contrast ideas!

Jul 07 2015

25mins

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Sell Your Work, Sell Yourself

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Question: How are you a salesman?

Mark Landis

  • There is a Documentary about him on Netflix, it’s called “Art & Craft” — he’s one of the most successful art forgers. It’s quite amazing he would recreate Picaso’s, among other
    things magic markers and canvases bought at walmart.

  • He convinced over 45 museums to hang his paintings on their walls.

You or I could not tell the difference between an authentic Picasso and one from Landis. So what makes Picasso’s work with millions and Landis’s a scam?

The story!

“You might think that the pleasure you get from a painting depends on it’s color and it’s shape and it’s pattern. And if that’s right, it shouldn’t matter whether it’s an original or a forgery. — but our brains don’t work that way —When shown an object or given a plate of food, or shown a face, people’s assessment of it — how much they like it, how valuable it is — is deeply affected by what you tell them about it.”

— Paul bloom, Psychology Professor

So this is where I say that every successful artist and creator is a salesman.

Are you placing your work on in your portfolio unaccompanied by context or explanation?

A smart creative displays case studies, not portfolio projects.

If you think your art speaks for itself. You are wrong.

Jul 14 2015

17mins

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A Case For Bravery

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Rejection

You are what you love, not what loves you. That’s from Adaptaion, written by Charlie Kaufman. I quoted that before, but I mis-attributed it.

The point is - so what? You will likely get rejected or even made fun of. So what?

"If you make things and share them, your heart will at some point be broken. If you never share, it will harden. Your choice." — Todd Henry

Obscurity

This one is easy. You already are obscure. So, move on.

Failure

What even is failure? On our patron podcast we talked about how failure is a necessary step toward success. All great works were born from great failures.

Starvation

“I’m not good enough”

I as reading a comic book this morning on the train, and one of the secondary characters has this kind of throw-away line. “Well, you have to be brave before you can be good.”

Parting thought

Dr Brené Brown has studied vulnerability for over a decade. One of the key things her research has brought to light is that there wasn't ever a single instance of bravery that didn't require being vulnerable as well.

Jun 02 2015

22mins

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The intro episode

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Trav and Los intro you to the podcast :)

May 23 2014

17mins

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Viable Minimum Product

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In this episode we take a look at how the ethos of "Minimum Viable Product" has been lost in translation. We break it down, unpack it, and talk to the spirit of what once was the MVP.

Oct 24 2017

25mins

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What is important to you?

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In this episode, Los had planned to talk about one thing and we end up talking about how does one find importance?

Episode music:

https://soundcloud.com/dyallas/with-me

https://soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie/little-brother

Aug 30 2016

18mins

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Tools, not Rules (live conference talk)

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Trav gives a live presentation in front of a small group about lessons learned after three years of podcasting. Thank you to invisibletalks.com for putting the event together!

Sep 19 2017

36mins

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Steal a College Education

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Learn how to steal a college education. Hack that education! If you have access to the internet, then you have access to all the knowledge you need. What is hard about learning is not knowing what you don't know. We talk you through a simple exercise to learn what you don't know.

Jun 30 2015

16mins

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Burn Out - What it is, and how to avoid and overcome it.

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Travs Thesis

Burn out happens when you don't believe in what you are doing.

Avoid Burnout

Los says that if you want to avoid burn out, you should not burn out.

Overcome Burnout

Trav says that if you are currently experiencing burnout, you should try to find a shoulder to lean on.

Caleb Meredith

"Burn out is when you tell yourself you don't believe in what your doing because that's easier than continuing"

Lukaz Morawski

"or when what you are doing becomes a routine"

Karim

"burnout happens when you are stuck in whatever you are doing. When you stop learning the fun in zapped !"

Priomh

"IMHO burnout happens as a result of not managing your burn rate. I am not referring to financial "burn rate", but physical and mental burn rate. It is so easy to get burned out if you are not clear aboutwhat you are trying to accomplish, so I somewhat agree. Not believing in what you are doing is a huge part of that.

"A common factor for my own burnout that I personally have found is that I am not addressing subconscious issues. Dave Allen gives some great advice on this and said the root of most stresses in life is not knowing what you want and not addressing the task at hand.

  1. What are you trying to do?
  2. How are you going to do it?
  3. Write your answers down.
  4. Execute on them A.S.A.P

Wash Rinse Repeat"

Mike Heitzke

"I don't disagree necessarily, but that sounds more like "What you realize right before you start looking for other jobs".
IMO burnout happens when there's no clear objectives, unclear/unrealistic timelines, a lack of direction, lack of leadership/ownership. Working on a project for any length of time that has any of these characteristics can burn you out."

G Bowden

"Back in the day a basketball coach I had once told me, "show my a player who is burnt out and I'll show you a player who doesn't recover properly"

Seye Kuyinu

"I don't agree. I think burnout has a lot to do with managing time and communication. You may love what you do and believe what you do but when you don't know when to prioritize and manage resources(both human and material"

Ben Regali

"Agree to disagree!

Sounds like a kick in the nuts to all people who worked hard on things they love and still had to experience burnout.

Edit: I don't think there is more than one reason why this happens, but being swamped and working too much are definitely one those reasons. People have different stress levels."

Jun 23 2015

25mins

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Branding the network with a name in 30 minutes

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In this episode Trav and Los brand the podcast network and give it a name in about 30 minutes.

Episode Sponsor:
http://bit.ly/FreshBooks001

Jul 25 2017

37mins

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Seek first to understand the why?

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Before starting any project or sharing any work, first seek to understand the why? not the what.

In this episode we talk to you about why it's important to understand the why behind anything you are doing or will do.

Jun 09 2015

18mins

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Change Will Lead To Insight

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"Change will lead to insight far more often than insight will lead to change." — Milton Erekson

  • Los sees this as a call to change your perspective and has found that moving your feet helps.
  • Trav's take is that you should try to change something about your work and see what insights form.

Either way, Milton likes YooHoo! (Or Yahoo, lol :)

Jun 16 2015

14mins

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The intro episode

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Trav and Los intro you to the podcast :)

May 23 2014

17mins

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How to be Self-learning Part 1

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Be sure to tweet us @TravAndLos

How to be self-learning

I want to talk about the most impactful concepts I’ve encountered and developed while optimizing my learning. This episode is two parts.

Part 1 Intro (00:3:43)

Summary (00:8:13)

1. Follow your curiosity (00:11:13) This is your compass for self-learning, and immersing yourself in the things that interest you is the best way to digest and make sense and understand your topic to it’s core.

2. Write it Down (00:16:53) It took me some time, but once I started organizing my thoughts on paper or computer I noticed a profound change. Our brains are capable of amazing things, but by trying to depend on your brain to remember all of your ideas and to-do’s, takes a drastic toll for it to operate at its best.

3. Find your Ambassadors (00:20:09) This is important. Choosing the right people to take advice from in life is one of the most important skills to have. Yes, a skill. Look for people that are humble, compassionate, and above all else are authentic/real.

4. Tune your speed (00:41:16) Finding the optimum balance between speed and comprehension is an ongoing process. Always be pushing yourself to find that sweet spot. Sometimes that means slowing down and at times that means speeding it up. Always be on the lookout for playback speed options in your audio and video apps.

5. Plan on Teaching (00:44:02) Everyone knows that the best way to learn is to teach it, and by opening myself to the possibility, I increase my overall understanding. Sometimes the way to create good habits is to trick ourselves into it.

Outro to Part 1 (00:48:08)

Nov 24 2014

56mins

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How to be Self-learning Part 2

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How to be self-learning

I want to talk about the most impactful concepts I’ve encountered and developed while optimizing my learning. This episode is two parts.

Part 2 Intro (00:00:01)

6. Focus on Productivity (00:02:18) Hardest thing about learning is often finding time to do it. Working to become more productive will create the time and willpower you need. Focus on habits to increase productivity.

7. Mix it up (00:12:08) There are multiple ways to learn today so mix it up. Books, magazines, blogs, audiobooks, articles, podcasts, lectures, movies, documentaries, online video, apps, music and debates. Listening to experts disagree with each other is a great way to approach a topic with an open mind.

8. Avoid Confirmation Bias (00:23:09) Remember to always keep an open mind and seek out contradictory opinions. This will keep you more balanced, informed and objective on the topic. It’s easy to limit your consumption to content that agrees with you.

9. Bring your friends (00:45:06) Surround yourself by other people that are interested in the same things you are, it makes the learning process more rewarding. Book clubs, meet-ups, dinners or just spending the evening talking with someone close to you are great ways to grow and support each other.

10. Relate as you go (00:48:29) If you can attach a new idea or concept to something well established in your mind, grasping and remembering concepts becomes a breeze. I can retain new information well when I can draw connections to things I have experience with. At least Isaac Asimov thinks this is were great ideas come from.

Outro (01:03:00)

Most important part to learning is putting what you have learned to use.

Nov 24 2014

1hr 8mins

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How to find a mentor

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Travis takes Los to the airport while they discuss the best way to find and engage mentors.

Review the podcast so far (00:00:01)

  • It feels good to make, to publish
  • Brocasting is fun
  • Put in work up front to find your rhythm and voice

Finding a Mentor is like dating (07:17:16)

Best Practices in contacting a mentor (16:24:12)

  • Choose the platform you contact them on carefully
  • Keep a good tone, be thankful
  • Try to offer value right away
  • what can you supplement their operation with?
  • who could you introduce them to?

Some don'ts

  • Ask for a job
  • Ask for help right away
  • Correct their mistakes
  • Gush

Value based relationships (33:44:11)

  • You need to provide unique consistent value over time
  • Offer value right away
  • Don’t stop!
  • Be ready, they will naturally offer value in return
  • Show a lot of gratitude about any help you get. Make a big deal about it.

A few action steps (56:23:05)

  • Make a list of potential mentors
  • Note where best to make contact
  • Contact them all
  • Give first
  • Be consistent, be ready

Dec 10 2014

1hr 4mins

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Reflect to Thrive

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33:23 - I sent out a weird birthday email - http://travisneilson.com/notes/7-birthday.html

2:10 - The worst part of birthdays

6:46 - @_ellenbrook released a product called http://morningpages.net

9:40 - Travis has a man-crush on Jack Conte - http://youtu.be/mZ02alEkbLw

10:57 - Peter Hollins and Jackie Evancho Rocked the house - http://youtu.be/9VdwDiedS0Y

13:02 - What is Patreon? - http://www.patreon.com/

19:51 - Eff an umbrella, gimme a poncho!

23:36 - Voice actors documentary - http://www.iknowthatvoice.com/

25:51 - Using Patreon to increase value to listeners

34:19 - Having a pay-community can increase interaction quality

36:37 - Travis might be afraid of rejection

38:59 - Travis wrote a note for his birthday

41:22 - “That one movie” - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0841046/

Travis’ interactive birthday poems: http://travisneilson.com/32-years-of-poetry/

Dec 23 2014

1hr 24mins

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Focus Your Passion

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06:18 - Travis and Los sing to you

02:10 - Travis reads an iTunes podcast review

06:50 - Light housekeeping

08:40 - Trav and Los rejected from a podcast network??

11:30 - Los shows up

16:30 - Travis talks about his mentoring sessions

29:48 - Travis continues to ramble... (ramblings with Travis)

32:48 - Question: How do you manage all your creative interests?

34:20 - Travis talks about creative interests

36:19 - Enjoy the work for itself

36:50 - Los starts to answer the question

37:44 - Travis gets real

38:44 - The importance of establishing your passion

40:40 - Los applies advice to himself

44:06 - What a modern designer uses

46:44 - Los sweats

50:00 - Travis is reserved on the notion of "Say NO"

55:48 - Los is frustrated with saying "no" and "yes"

56:18 - We question our effectiveness

59:40 - How do you determine what your passion is?

1:00:00 - Bro, you have to pick one.

Jan 06 2015

1hr 1min

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Los Talks About Life and Junk

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00:00 - Trav and Los catch up. Travis misses Los' touch.

4:00 - Travis has a few questions for Los before we start...

5:22 - "How did you switch careers?"

10:53 - Los is charismatic during interviews

15:13 - Los' parents are hustlers

17:40 - Twelve-year olds are useless

19:30 - Los started businesses when he was 16

32:03 - We often don't recognize the things we are passionate about

35:43 - Working with small businesses

42:30 - Care about your clients

47:32 - Los' client management style

59:49 - "Are you human?" — Los' dad

1:12:39 - Los gets mad inspirational and junk!

1:18:00 - Trav and Los sing!

1:21:00 - Trav and Los want to fight you

1:23:00 - Los reads some tweets or something

1:22:20 - "Corndogs for everyone!"

1:23:00 - Goodnight :D

Jan 20 2015

1hr 23mins

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It All Starts With Writing

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Mustache, Mustache, Mustache, Mustache.

Feb 03 2015

1hr 6mins

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What do you do when you are not inspired?

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  1. Break it down
  • Make a list of the small parts of your project.
  • Anthony Trollope, a 19th century writer said “A small daily task… will beat the labour of spasmodic hercules"
  • Do anything to move the ball. Don’t end the day having done nothing to progress your work.
  1. Rely on your preparation
  • Day work and Night work
  • leave your work half finished and now all you have to do is complete your idea.
  1. Get a ritual
  • Woody Allen famously said “80% of success is showing up”
  • put your shoes on
  • loses idea of a token.
  1. Harness the power of Frequency
  • frequency makes starting easier
  • frequency keeps ideas fresh
  • frequency keeps the pressure off
  • frequency sparks creativity
  • frequency nurtures frequency
  1. Prune the branches
  • Eventually the new branches will steal resources from the initial branches. Eventually the entire vine will succumb to systemic mediocrity.
  • Cut out anything that is not essential

We don't have the luxury of inspiration. Inspiration is a nice companion on our journey to brilliance, but it is not a necessary companion at the beginning of the journey. Inspiration tends to join you when you are already on your way.

  • Todd Henry

Feb 17 2015

1hr 2mins

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Our First Guest!

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Travis and I go to a meetup. We meet Travis McCleery. He is awesome. He comes and podcasts with us! Yes, we are winning at life.

We take a look at how Travis ends up at Evernote.

Find Travis McCleery on twitter with the handle @cleerdesign or take a look at some his work here http://cleerdesign.com/

Mar 04 2015

1hr 3mins

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Set and Achieve Better Goals

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Setting Goals and achieving them

  1. Only work on one thing at a time
  2. Make changes during periods of calm
  3. Make your goal as clear and specific as possible
  4. Set things up on autopilot (routines)
  5. Make to-do lists
  6. pre-commitment
  7. Tackle the tough things first
  8. Keep yourself and your surroundings tidy and clean
  9. Surround yourself with those who have similar goals
  10. Delay gratification instead of nixing it altogether
  11. remove deterrents. Don’t make the right decision over and over again.

Mar 24 2015

57mins

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Chase The Carrot!

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Today we talk about the fear of success and how to manage that fear! Enjoy :)

Apr 08 2015

25mins

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How To Get A Job and Keep It

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Have you ever struggled in getting a job? What do you do during a phone interview? How do you approach an in-person interview? How do you negotiate an offer? What do you do in your first 90 days to keep the job? Tune into this weeks podcast and get some insights into "Interview Hacking"

We discuss all of these and more during this late night podcast.

Join in :)

Apr 22 2015

52mins

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How I increased my creative output 150% by simply changing the way I sleep

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Polyphasic Sleep

  • What is your most valuable resource?

  • How would your life change if you added 4 to 6 more waking hours to your day? What would you do?

hours gained over time

  • 16 hours becomes 20 per day
  • That’s 28 hours a week
  • 336 per year — 42 work days (month and 1/2)
  • I call this new month “Slumbtember”

Apr 28 2015

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How I increased my creative output 150% by simply changing the way I sleep - part 2

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Part 2 of Trav telling Los about his new Polyphasic sleep schedule

I’ve been on this schedule for a month, here are some of my insights:

  1. Days are long again, like when I was a kid. Days are not really a thing, but you track time by events or phases. I got to work. I come home. I have family time. I have DevTips time. It’s not really night and day anymore. the sun is up sometimes, and it’s not other times. I loose track of the weekday really easily.

  2. You are adding to your lifetime. Not piling on years at the back, filled with medications and other issues. I’m living longer than most people today.

  3. I feel more connected to the earth, to the rhythms of nature more than the concerns of the humans around me. I feel different than everyone. Like I know something they don’t. Like I can see something beautiful that they just walk by. When my colleagues come into the office in the morning (its morning for them) I’ve been awake for 8 hours and have been making videos and stuff for a long time already.

  4. People are really accepting of my new schedule. It’s not really that hard. I take naps at work, which is probably the coolest thing ever. I’ve left meetings to nap. I’ve napped at other peoples offices. It’s not really that weird, and people are very understanding.

  5. I get a lot done. A lot.

  6. It’s not easy, and I’m not perfect. It’s cold these days and my bed is so warm and comfy. I’ve overslept a few times. Those days are hard, I feel like I’ve let self down, and there goes that days extra time. It’s easier to stay up late than wake up early. But I’m focusing on not throwing in the towel on the larger picture when I make small immediate mistakes.

Apr 30 2015

31mins

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Trav's Little Book of Knowledge

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Here are the points we discuss from Trav's Book of Knowledge

  1. Whatever you do; do the best you can because the work will live forever.
    — Jackie Chan

  2. You can deal with anything today if you have a compelling future
    — Tony Robbins

  3. You will never influence the world by trying to be like it. 

  4. Most people focus on a few strong ties. But webs of weak ties are how ideas are spread.

  5. You don’t need to know everything about everything to do anything.

  6. If you describe the problem better than anyone else, people will believe that you have the best solution.

  7. Do this, or don't this. Choose.

  8. You are what you love not what loves you. (In reference to having your self-esteem be built on the opinions of others.)

  9. Most of the people we see in the arts are not there because they had the most to offer, but because they wanted to be there the most.
    — Jerry Seinfeld

  10. I keep track of my successes by counting my failures
    — Walt Disney

  11. We are all a little stupid and a little brilliant.

  12. End Strong.
    People remember the end. You can have a slow start, and a weak middle, but make sure you end strong.

  13. You can suffer from anxiety and not know it.

  14. There are finite and infinite games. You want to play the infinite game. 

  15. Take this seriously. Not personally.

  16. If I fall in love with my songs, I'll never write music.
    — Kyle cease

  17. All of your plans are stupid. All plans are stupid and a waste of time, until they work, then they are totally worth it. And you never know what plan will work, so you might as well get started on your stupid plan.

May 05 2015

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The Art of Listening

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We talk about the importance of active listening and what you can do to get better at it.

Link to the article Los reads from: https://medium.com/designing-atlassian/how-to-get-better-at-listening-956736d499d8

Kirshnamurti: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiddu_Krishnamurti

May 12 2015

27mins

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How To Get Constructive Feedback

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In this episode we teach you some tips and tricks that will help you define the type of feedback you want from your peers or clients.

May 18 2015

23mins

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Why You Should Be A Publisher

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Why you should start publishing today

What is publishing?

  • Creating content with a speciffic audience in mind.

Why you should start publishing today

  1. You will become a better thinker
    Knowing a skill or a fact is something entirely different than being able to relate it to an audience in a relatable and consumable way. You learn to simplify and clarify, which is an invaluable skill.

  2. You will be more intentional about your life
    Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started.

    Everything is a potential source for your next blog post or video or podcast.

  3. You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things
    We pickup and discard valuable lessons every day. We have truly profound moments that never really crack through our ultra distracted attention spans.

    Being responsable to an audience forces to look at life with a new lens. You are more critical and observant of cause and effect around you. You learn to draw connections that you would otherwise have no real reason latch on to.

  4. Make friends and meet interesting people
    This one is not hard to justify. We are on the phone right now with one of fthe coolest guys I’ve ever met and never would have had that oppertunity without making the descision to be a publisher.

  5. You will be able to influence and inspire others.
    About 5 years ago I wrote a blog post in which I said (I know it’s tacky to quote yourself, but at least its not a tweet, thats always weird.) I said “To be a valuable person, to truly live an extraordinary life, you must strive to reach and influence as many people as deeply and as profoundly as you possibly can.”

    A few weeks ago here on this podcast I said that ”webs of weak ties are how ideas are spread”

    So basicly, start blogging and live an extraordinary life.

  6. Build Confidence
    Like anything, putting yourself out there becomes easier with repetition. Standing up in front of people and relying a clear message, wether it’s to an audience of 1, or 100K, is a great way to build self confidence.

  7. It feels really good when people appreciate you

    I’m not talking about an upvote or a like. I’m talking about when someone takes the time out of their day to thank you for being an instrument in changing their life

  8. An audience is a hard-won, yet valueable asset that you can leverage throughout your entire career

    • recommendations
    • job oppertunities
    • buy your product
    • promote your product
    • provide resources
    • offer moral support
    • provide man-power
    • be social proof
    • be your friends

May 26 2015

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A Case For Bravery

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Rejection

You are what you love, not what loves you. That’s from Adaptaion, written by Charlie Kaufman. I quoted that before, but I mis-attributed it.

The point is - so what? You will likely get rejected or even made fun of. So what?

"If you make things and share them, your heart will at some point be broken. If you never share, it will harden. Your choice." — Todd Henry

Obscurity

This one is easy. You already are obscure. So, move on.

Failure

What even is failure? On our patron podcast we talked about how failure is a necessary step toward success. All great works were born from great failures.

Starvation

“I’m not good enough”

I as reading a comic book this morning on the train, and one of the secondary characters has this kind of throw-away line. “Well, you have to be brave before you can be good.”

Parting thought

Dr Brené Brown has studied vulnerability for over a decade. One of the key things her research has brought to light is that there wasn't ever a single instance of bravery that didn't require being vulnerable as well.

Jun 02 2015

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