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Christopher Lochhead Follow Your Different™ is a celebration of people, ideas and companies that stand out. A leader in the category “dialogue podcasts,” it feels like eavesdropping on a surprisingly captivating, candid, insightful, no-BS and conversation. Lochhead features legends who’s name you know. And every day legends who you’ll love getting to know. New York Times Bestselling author Hal Elrod calls it “one of the best podcasts of all time”, NBA Legend Bill Walton calls Lochhead “an exploding star – a quasar across the sky”, Fast Company Magazine calls him “a human exclamation point”, The Marketing Journal says he’s “one of the best minds in marketing” and The Economist says he’s, “off-putting to some”.

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Christopher Lochhead Follow Your Different™ is a celebration of people, ideas and companies that stand out. A leader in the category “dialogue podcasts,” it feels like eavesdropping on a surprisingly captivating, candid, insightful, no-BS and conversation. Lochhead features legends who’s name you know. And every day legends who you’ll love getting to know. New York Times Bestselling author Hal Elrod calls it “one of the best podcasts of all time”, NBA Legend Bill Walton calls Lochhead “an exploding star – a quasar across the sky”, Fast Company Magazine calls him “a human exclamation point”, The Marketing Journal says he’s “one of the best minds in marketing” and The Economist says he’s, “off-putting to some”.

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Rank #1: 059 Bill Walton NBA Legend, The Power of A Positive Life

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In celebration of the NBA finals, we’re releasing a special re-issue of an episode with the legendary Bill Walton. Originally aired in February 2018, let us revisit this conversation full of Bill’s enthusiastic view of life through its many ups and downs.
“When you wanna get someplace, you have to have the dream. And then you have to have a teacher, somebody who has been where you wanna go because the surest way to find out how get there first is to talk to somebody who’s on their way back.” - Bill Walton
More Failures than Greatness
A lot of life’s greatest lessons come mostly from failures, Bill says. Sure, he has lived more than 60 years and has been part of some true greatness. Even then, he still felt cursed with his lifelong speech impediment and eventual injury.
“My life has been defined by meteoric rises to the top from [when I was] really young and then incredible crashes to the bottom all caused by orthopedic health crises.” - Bill Walton
In the course of those 60 and some years, Bill has completely changed as a human being.
Enjoying Life Including Change
After reading Lochhead’s Play Bigger, he came to realize the importance of willingness to embrace change. It is, after all, one of the things that athletics prepares you for. In life, things go wrong and things collapse and we need to get ready when they do.

To aid in his positivity-driven life, Bill lives by Coach John Wooden’s 2 sets of 3. Never lie, never cheat, never steal; don’t whine, don’t complain, don’t make excuses. Embracing change means embracing and working around what life serves you.
“When I see these guys whining, when I see these guys complaining and making excuses, I always tell them, ‘Look, I'll listen to your problems one time. But from here on out, I wanna hear a plan on your path forward.’” - Bill Walton
Secrets to Get Someplace
Bill shares that he always tries to be a dreamer to get somewhere in life. He has learned to keep dreaming from the greatest influences in his life. In a world that tries to send him in other directions, he always turns to those who love to read, who dare to dream.

The second key ingredient? A teacher who can show him the way.

To hear more about Bill’s secrets to positivity and its fruits, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
In 1997, Bill Walton was selected as one of the NBA's Fifty Greatest Players of all Time.

He’s an Emmy award-winning broadcaster and Forbes calls him one of the top 10 pundits in America.

In 2009, Walton was named one of the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association.

In June 21, 2001, Bill was named as the inaugural inductee into the Grateful Dead Hall of Honor.

Bill is the bestselling author of “Back From The Dead" and a highly entertaining and engaging keynote speaker.
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BillWalton.com

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NBA Profile

ESPN Biography

We hope you enjoyed Bill Walton on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!

May 29 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #2: 052 Professor Scott Galloway on the Algebra of Happiness

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A powerful, researched-based look at happiness with Professor Scott Galloway from NYU. Professor Galloway is one of the most respected voices on the Internet today. He shares how the happiness curve dips in our 20s and 30s, the many "algorithms to achieving a happy life" and why “follow your passion” is the worst advice ever.
The Arc of Happiness
According to Professor Galloway, the arc of happiness starts off at a peak from the age of 0 to 22, when there’s not a lot of responsibility to deal with. Around 25, shit finally gets real. Everything we have been told is simply not going to happen and handed to us on a silver platter.

By the time we’re in our late 20s and 30s, we come to grips with the fact that as a species, we are competitive. We vie for the title of most successful, and when we fail at that, disappointments come in one after the other. At 35-45 years old, we reach the bottom of the smile, where we slowly work our way up once again to a more rewarding life.
“The happiest people in the world are probably the people who shouldn't be, and that is, [the] seniors.” - Professor Scott Galloway
Algorithms and Equations to Happiness
Through his research, Professor Galloway found about 10 or 12 algorithms and equations directly correlated to someone’s happiness. A lot of factors contribute to happiness—financial, geographical and even demographic.

For instance, the difference between being poor and being financially secure is enormous in terms of contribution to one’s happiness. After all, money can buy you happiness up to a certain point. Where you choose to settle can also affect your chances at success and opportunities for growth, especially as a young person.
“You wanna get to where the snow and the waves are great such that you have the greatest opportunity to be good at what you do.” - Professor Scott Galloway
Why “Follow Your Passion” is Bad Advice
We have heard it time and again. Any speaker would typically sign off with doing what you love when they themselves achieved financial success through, say, iron ore smelting. And the notion that they are actually passionate about such a thing is utter bullshit.

Professor Galloway says that we are most passionate about finding what we are good at and becoming great at it. Only then can we become one step closer to happiness.
“The financial and psychological and emotional accouterments that come with being great at something will make you passionate around whatever it is.” - Professor Scott Galloway
To hear from Professor Galloway about the state of young men in America today and why love is ultimately the key to being happy, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Scott Galloway is a Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing to second-year MBA students. He is the author of the Digital IQ Index ®, a global ranking of prestige brands' digital competence.

In 2012, Professor Galloway was named "One of the World's 50 Best Business School Professors" (Poets & Quants).

Professor Galloway is also the founder of several firms including:

L2, a subscription business intelligence firm serving prestige brands;
Red Envelope, an e-commerce firm (2007, $100mm revs.); and
Prophet, a global brand strategy consultancy with 250+ professionals

Professor Galloway was elected to the World Economic Forum's "Global Leaders of Tomorrow," which recognizes 100 individuals under the age of 40 "whose accomplishments have had impact on a global level." Professor Galloway has served on the board of directors of Eddie Bauer (Nasdaq: EBHI), The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), Gateway Computer, and Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

He received a BA from UCLA and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
Links:
ProfGalloway.com

NYU Faculty Bio

Twitter

Medium

TED Speaker Bio

Vox Interview

Penguin Random House Author Bio

We hope you enjoyed Professor Scott Galloway on this episode of Follow Your Different™!

May 14 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #3: 087 9 Lies About Work w/ Ashley Goodall

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The author of a ground-breaking new book called Nine Lies About Work, Ashley Goodall, joins us today for a fun, smart and unpredictable conversation about work and life. Lochhead and Goodall discuss what’s wrong with work and what to do about it, work-life balance and nurturing the human spirit at work. 
Nine Lies About Work  
Ashley Goodall is SVP of Leadership and Team Intelligence (LTI) at Cisco. He built this new organization to focus entirely on serving teams and team leaders. Through this, they are able to research and study the most challenging questions about work. 

His work at Cisco focuses on defining what is special about the best teams and how does one create the best team for the company. Other than this, he is also the co-author of Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World.
“There are very few things in life that you can’t or shouldn’t smile at. At some point, the more serious the topic, the more important it is to find little moments of levity and humor.” - Ashley Goodall
Work-Life Balance 
Ashley points out his opinions about achieving work-life balance and why it is such an unapplicable paradigm in today’s world. Christopher shared how this mindset creates two persons: one that is working and another one, who is living his life. 
“The implication of that is, all that stuff in work is bad and all the stuff in life is good. Your job ⁠—  in order to lead a fulfilled life ⁠— is to have enough sugar to sprinkle into all that bitterness of work.” - Ashley Goodall
In this mindset, we are taught that life is the antidote to work  ⁠— but that is a huge misrepresentation of life. Further, Ashley says that work-life balance is such a disservice to the wonderfulness of work. It mutes employee curiosity of finding out what work will be like if one is high-performing or say, growing and making a huge impact. 
“If the prescription is to take over the toxicity and balance it with life, you'll never get to ask those questions, that is such a shame.” -Ashley Goodall
Language, Love, and Life
Ashley shares a wide array of stories and opinions in this podcast. He poses his standpoint on giving weight to context, as opposed to just taking words as it is. 

He further gives advice on how to grow the human spirit in the workplace. The discussion turns into an interesting discussion about love.

To hear more about the nine lies about work and more relevant information from Ashley, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Ashley Goodall is an executive, leadership expert, and author, and has spent his career exploring large organizations from the inside.

He looks for lessons from the real world that help people and teams thrive. Further, he focuses on what makes work a more human place for all of the humans in it. 

His first experience of teams and leadership were as a student musician and conductor. He was fascinated by the unspoken understanding between people playing together and carried this fascination into the corporate world.

He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence (LTI) at Cisco. It is a new organization built to focus entirely on serving teams and team leaders, and which aims to reveal the answers to some of the most challenging questions about work. What is special about the best teams?

Why do we follow one leader and not another? How can we make more teams like our best teams and more leaders like our best leaders?

The new approaches he has pioneered address everything from performance management to feedback, to team activation technology, to real-time team intelligence, to social network mapping, to strengths-based leadership—and together this challenge much of the conventional wisdom of work today.

Ashley is the co-author, with Marcus Buckingham, of Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World (Harvard Business Review Press, April 2019), and of two cover stories in the Harvard Business Review: The Feedback Fallacy,

Aug 02 2019

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Rank #4: 038 Kerri Walsh Jennings Volleyball Legend: An Inspired Life

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What drives a five-time Olympian? Today, we hear from the true legendary champion Kerri Walsh Jennings. The best beach volleyball player in the world sits with us for a conversation all about drive and inspiration.
"My bronze completes me. My dark side completes me... You need to have both." - Kerri Walsh Jennings
Discipline Liberates and Consistency Feels Great
One of Kerri’s favorite quotes is Jocko Willink’s “Discipline equals freedom.” A lot of high-performing people get either flak for being so disciplined or pity for being “punished”. But discipline liberates and allows Kerri the space to breathe and accomplish things.

Discipline is all about showing up and doing what it takes on the daily. And it is as beautiful a word as competition despite the negative connotation often attached to the two.
“It makes me feel good to be consistent and to do the hard things when things are hard and to do it until they're done.” - Kerri Walsh Jennings
Love for Winning Always Wins
Like most athletes, Kerri loves winning. But her relationship with it is as unique as it could get. The joy of winning motivates and inspires her more than the pain of losing.

People would often say that losing motivates them, but Kerri thinks that losing is like a chronic injury or a weight on one’s shoulders. It gets into your psyche in a way that drives you crazy. It is a toxic feeling despite the positives to it.
“I love winning more than I hate losing, which I think is why I'm still going.” - Kerri Walsh Jennings
Feeling at Home in the Olympics
With her veteran status in the Olympics, one would think that she felt the pressure of having basically the entire world watching her either win or lose. But not once has this ever occurred to Kerri.

The Olympics is fun, and she has always found it helpful to create a bubble around her to make her feel safe and not get caught in the noise. She has found her home in the Olympics, and not even the millions of spectators would take her off her game.

To hear more about Kerri’s distinction between inspiration and motivation and a whole lot more, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Kerri Walsh Jennings has been called, “the Best Beach Volleyball Player in the World”.

Kerri is a five-time Olympian, three-time Olympic gold medal winner, and a one-time bronze medalist.

She is the beach volleyball career leader in career wins.

And Kerri is half of what has been called "the greatest beach volleyball team of all time," with her longtime partner Misty May-Treanor.

She is currently training and competing with her partner Brooke Sweat to compete in the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Walsh Jennings is also an entrepreneur. She is the founder of p1440,  a beach volleyball event series launched in September 2018 with eight events in the 2018–2019 season, showcasing the best in women’s and men’s beach volleyball from around the globe.
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p1440.com

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

Wikipedia

Parade - Three-Time Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings Says Change Is a Process—and an Opportunity

VICE Sports - What Makes Kerri Walsh the Best Beach Volleyball Player in the World? 

We hope you enjoyed Kerri Walsh Jennings on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!

Mar 22 2019

1hr 44mins

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Rank #5: 067 CEO Whisperer Jerry Colonna Reboot

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WIRED calls Jerry Colonna the CEO Whisperer. He believes better human beings make better leaders. Today, he joins Lochhead in a fun and deep adult conversation about his new book, Reboot, and about growing up, what it takes to become a warrior leader and a lot more.
Writing a Book He Would Read
Jerry shares that Reboot is the only book he could write. Anything else would have been complete and utter bullshit. After all, he has had too many scars to bullshit his way through life.

He didn’t even know what he wanted to write when he received his agent's offer. But soon he realized that they wanted him to be himself and show up. And the experience, coupled with his readers’ reactions, could easily reduce him to tears.
“I wrote the book that I needed to read 20 years ago.” - Jerry Colonna
Words Coming from Life
Towards the beginning of his book, Jerry ran by some of the many hardships people could go through. A co-founder quitting, investors pulling funding, spouses giving up, and many more. Every one of these instances is not some theoretical experience and can happen to anyone.

Such are the moments to stare deeply into our own experience and ask ourselves some important questions. What are we made out of, what have we chosen? But more broadly, in what ways have we been complicit in creating conditions we don't want?
“It's much easier to look at the world and say, ‘Why are you doing this to me? Why is this happening to me?’ But that's uninteresting.” - Jerry Colonna
Complicit Versus Responsible
In writing his book, Jerry used the word “complicit” purposefully. He says that it differs from “responsible”, in that being complicit is like “going along with” and also unconscious. And like Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung said, until we make the unconscious conscious, it will direct our lives and we will call it fate.

We can realize how we become complicit in creating such conditions by answering the question of how they have served us. After all, that which persists does so because it delivers something.
“We might maintain structures not in our best interest because they serve this sort of larger wish for love, safety and belonging.” - Jerry Colonna
To hear more about Reboot, warrior leaders with open hearts and more life-altering nuggets from Jerry, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
The founder and CEO of Reboot.IO, Inc. Colonna is a certified professional coach.

Colonna draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction.

He established his coaching practice in 2007. Prior to this work, Colonna was a venture capitalist focused on investing in early-stage technology-related startups.

In 2002, Colonna became a partner with J.P. Morgan Partners (JPMP), the private-equity arm of J.P. Morgan Chase where he led the firm’s investments in companies such as ProfitLogic, Inc.

Colonna served as a director at ProfitLogic until its purchase by Oracle, Inc.

During his time at JPMP, his commitment to the non-profit sector increased significantly. In the fall of 2001, he worked with The Partnership for the City of New York to help launch the Financial Recovery Fund, a $10 million-plus program that made recoverable grants to small businesses impacted by the attacks on the World Trade Center.

He was named co-Executive Director of NYC2012 in January 2002, the organization designed to secure the City’s designation as the representation in the competition to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

In that year, he helped raise more than $6 million to further those efforts.

He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners.

With his partner, Fred Wilson, Colonna launched Flatiron in August 1996. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early-stage investment programs.

During his tenure with Flatiron, Colonna was responsible for the firm’s investments in companies such as Geocities Inc. and Gamesville Inc.

Jun 17 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #6: 117 What School Could Be w/ Ted Dintersmith

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We continue our run of legendary VCs and legendary authors like our guest for today, Ted Dintersmith. He’s a former top tech VC and he’s the author of the book What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America.

This is a powerful look at what’s possible in education from a smart, committed, super thoughtful guy.
What School Could Be
Ted Dintersmith went to all fifty states, visiting some 200 schools and spoke to different school personnel and students. He says he was stunned by the innovative classrooms and schools he found across the USA. However, he also talked about schools who he described as good in paper, but not as good in reality.
“There were so many schools like that, where on paper, it looks likes the kids are doing really well. Good grades, good test scores, reasonable to good College placements. The point I make is that I think these kids, are not really being helped in terms of being prepared for a world defined and shaped by innovation. They're actually being impaired.” - Ted Dintersmith
Shifting Mindsets
Ted shares his conversations with school teachers, administrators and students shifted his thinking. He further says that the measure of success in so many schools is aligned with a few narrow capabilities.

He questioned the schools, asking if he puts a kid in their school who excelled at memorizing material, replicating low-level procedures and following instructions, he bets that kid would be on the honor roll.
“SAT tutors say, ‘don’t be creative when you take this test. Don’t think of unusual ways to answer it. Think clearly, simply and formulaically. The 2nd thing is, if it’s hard and it’s going to take a while to figure it out, skip it.’ Is that a great message for the kids?” - Ted Dintersmith
Education is a Pie Eating Contest
Ted continues to share with Christopher his insights that many kids are being told that they're not gifted because they don’t match up to those narrow skills. Christopher also remarked in an overly simplistic form, that education nowadays is like a “Pie Eating Content” where you jam everything, regardless of what kind of pie it is, and know that the more you take, the better.
“It’s crazy. We organize most of education around what’s easy to test and not what’s important to learn.” - Ted Dintersmith
To hear more about how to encourage kids, unleash their passion and support dedicated teachers and more about Ted Dintersmith, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
About Ted
Links:
Ted Dintersmith

Twitter: @dintersmith

We hope you enjoyed this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes! Get amazing, different stories on business, marketing, and life. Subscribe to our newsletter The Difference.

Nov 18 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #7: 092 1000+ Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently w/ Marc & Angel Chernoff

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Our guests for today, NY Times best-selling author/power couple Marc and Angel Chernoff talks about their new book and other self-help topics. We had an insightful conversation about happiness and unhappiness, as well as overcoming serious set-backs and other tons of practical insights for living.
The Journey is Worth It
Marc and Angel Chernoff got into this line of work when they lost someone — a best friend and a sibling. Just in their late 20s, they found themselves investing a lot in personal development and self-reflection. 
“It was those moments where ultimately  — we saw therapists, I mean depression sets in. We had no tools for coping and coming out of it. We realize what we want to do on a daily basis was to reflect.” - Marc Chernoff
Fast forward to the present day, Forbes dubbed this duo as “the authors of the most popular personal development blogs on the planet.” They are promulgators of the idea of acknowledging that “our present lives are more important than all of the lofty goals we have set for ourselves.” 
“Because obviously it’s a cliche, but the journey is worth it. The journey is more important. Are we spending our days the way we want to spend our lives? Our days are our lives.” - March Chernoff
Live a Life Worth Living
Marc and Angel further share some wise words about living a life worth living. Marc pointed out how lucky most people are, as there are a lot of people living in dire situations and facing immense challenges. He further discussed the importance of a positive mindset and the ability to focus on the present.

Christopher also shares his own views on living life, especially about dealing with failures. He quoted Marc when he discussed “the belief that failure is the opposite of success.” He shares candidly that he has failed himself into a life that he loves and shares a quote that says “failure feels fun.”
“I don’t necessarily think that time wasted is wasted time. It’s time for self care, it’s time to relax. We don’t always have to be go-go-go.” - Angel Chernoff
Other practical insights
Both Marc and Angel share tips on how to cope with heartbreaks ⁠— from love interests to a divorce or a broken friendship to a loss of life. Marc shares how we can use these experiences to empower us in moving forward with our lives.

Marc, Ange-and Christopher discuss a lot more about things that happy and unhappy people do, as well as dealing with expectations of others.

To hear more about the 1000+ little things happy successful people do differently, and more information about Marc and Angel Chernoff, download and listen to the episode.
Bio: 
Marc and Angel Chernoff are New York Times bestselling authors, professional coaches, full-time students of life and admirers of the human spirit. Forbes recognized the couple as having “one of the most popular personal development blogs.”  

Through their blog, books, course and coaching, they’ve spent the past decade writing and teaching proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love, and peace.

Marc and Angel’s New York Times bestselling book, Getting Back to Happy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs, is a guide to spark sustainable action—and to return to whenever needed. 
Links:
Website: MarcandAngel.com

Twitter: @marcandangel

Instagram: @marcandangel

We hope you enjoyed this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!

Aug 16 2019

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Rank #8: 081 American Immigrant Dreamer Entrepreneur, Diego Corzo

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Young immigrant and entrepreneur dreamer Diego Corzo joins us today in an insightful conversation about entrepreneurship, investing and achieving dreams in a different country. This episode takes the theoretical discussion about the immigration debate in the US and makes it real through Diego. 
Being an Undocumented Immigrant
Diego Corzo entered the US with his family when he was nine. He understood the implications of being undocumented when he applied for a driver’s license. He got denied because of his status. These obstacles continued when he found out he was not eligible for any financial grants or student loans.
“I saw the sacrifices that my parents had, from not speaking English to finding work. My mother, from working in a bank, she was cleaning toilets and houses, without having a day off for a long while.” - Diego Corzo
He was a straight-A student at Florida State University and was working part-time and doing some internships with small business and non-profits organizations. He was handpicked by some companies for work after graduation but unfortunately, he does not have a work permit.
Windows of Opportunity
After these obstacles in finding work to fund his schooling, he conducted research on Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and found out he can start a company under LLC set-up. He then registered an IT consulting company with a colleague and took in as clients the small business and NGOs. 
“I always had the mindset that no matter what happens, there is always a way here in the United States. As my dad always says, ‘The US is a land of opportunities and its up to us to find it’.” - Diego Corzo
Back in 2017, Diego also posted a commentary to President’s Trump, as he plans to remove DACA. His post went viral and was able to reach some Dreamers like himself. Dreamers are defined as immigrants who entered the US below 16 years old, have finished high-school and have zero criminal records.
Celebrating the Good Life at Age 28
Part of being viral, he was able to meet some millionaire entrepreneurs from the mastermind group, Gobundance. Although Diego started with 25k net worth, these men saw the potential in him and pledged to mentor him to become a millionaire himself. Diego, at 28 years old, now earns 10x of his initial net worth and owns 19 doors in 13 properties.
“When I shared the story, I’m sort of breaking the paradigm. They think that undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes. They just take jobs and they dont really support the community.” - Diego Corzo
At present, Diego is into real estate investing and is a financial freedom advocate, especially targeting Dreamers like himself.

To hear more about being an American immigrant Dreamer and more relevant information from Diego, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Diego Corzo is a 20-something, Peruvian living in Austin, Texas.

He founded FreeBy26.com to help millennials realize that they don’t have to settle to what society expects.

Diego graduated from Florida State University in 2012 and moved to Austin, TX to work as a software developer for an IT Company.

In his spare time, he started learning as much as I could about financial literacy and the habits of wealthy people.

He became interested in real estate as began to explore different ways to increase his income.

He bought my first property when he was 23. 

Fast forward 3 years, he now owns 8 properties which are the source of his passive monthly income. 

Ultimately, his goal is to be financially free before he turns 27.

He shares more about his struggles, successes, and mindset through his journey, through his website. 
Links:
Diego Corzo

TED Talk: Diego Corzo

FWD.US/DACA 

We hope you enjoyed this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!

Jul 19 2019

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Rank #9: 083 A Legendary Executive, Sue Barsamian

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Today, we hang out with an amazing and effective executive, Sue Barsamian. Sue recounts the early beginnings of her career, her challenging job at Mercury Interactive with Christopher and her not-really-a-retirement retirement. In this episode, find out why people dream about having her career.
Challenges After Challenges
Sue has an engineering background that might have contributed to her natural passion for creating, building and solving things. She worked with Christopher at Mercury, which was sold at $5B to HP. She stayed with HP and was assigned to run a billion-dollar cybersecurity business.
“HP gave me a chance to test myself at a scale that I have never tested myself, ‘can you lead 4000 people, can you do 10,000 at P&L?’ Its a different ball game and you’ll never know until you tried it, so that was fun, I had a blast.” - Sue Barsamian
She went ahead to become the head of Sales and Marketing for Software at HP⁠—a role that is unusually given to a single executive. At present, she’s on the board of Symantec ($15B), Box ($2.5) and privately held Gainsight, Xactly. She retired from the operations side of the business but still held a seat at the board.
Keep on Evolving
Sue admits she had a good run in her 36 years in the business. She worked with 8 companies have had around 25 roles overall. 
“Nothing in my resume that would say ‘she could do that.’ One of the things about staying in a company is, companies take a risk on people they could stretch and that benefitted me tremendously through my career.” - Sue Barsamian
Other than staying with a company, she stressed the importance of working well with people. She admits that she loves working with different people of different cultures, surviving different situations. She has learned how to understand people and help them become successful
Career Tips to Ponder
Sue Barsamian shares a lot of career tips in this episode. She gives special importance to understanding people and how they have a part to play on the path to success. Giving due credit and acknowledging employees as heroes also do wonders.
“In order to get things done in a company, you need to move mountains that don't report you. At the end of the day, if you are not about other people’s success, if its all about you and you taking credit to all of your work personally, you’ll crash and burn.” - Sue Barsamian
To hear more about the legendary executive Sue Barsamian and more relevant information from Sue, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Sue Barsamian is a seasoned technology veteran with experience in both startups and major public enterprises.

Her background spans in general management, marketing, sales and engineering.

She serves on the boards of Symantec, Box, Gainsight, and Xactly.

Previously she served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software, successfully spinning the division out from HPE and merging with Micro Focus International, plc to form the 7th largest software company in the world.

From 2006 to 2016, Ms. Barsamian served in various executive roles at Hewlett Packard including SVP and GM of Enterprise Security Products, the company’s cybersecurity portfolio and SVP of Worldwide Indirect Sales.

Prior to joining Hewlett Packard, Ms. Barsamian was Vice President, Global Go-to-Market at Mercury Interactive Corporation and held various leadership positions at Critical Path, Inc. and Verity, Inc.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and completed her post-graduate studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. 
Links:
Linkedin - Sue Barsamian 

Twitter - @suebarsamian

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Jul 24 2019

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Rank #10: 133 New York Times #1 Best Seller Ryan Holiday On Stillness, Wisdom, Faith, Peter Thiel & More

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We continue our run of legendary Authors and today, our guest is NYT #1 Best Selling author Ryan Holiday. Ryan is one of the most important writers of our time and hanging out in his brain, makes you a different person! We talk about stillness, wisdom, faith, Peter Thiel and more!

Interesting Topics

Ryan is the author of Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue. The book is interesting enough as it is about how Paypal founder Peter Thiel took down Gawker Media, through a grand scheme that was founded on the issue with Hulk Hogan. Apparently, Gawker Media publicized an illicitly recorded home sex tape of Hogan.

He also authored the books The Obstacle is the Way, Trust Me, I’m Lying and Growth Hacker Marketing” Ego Is the Enemy. Today, he shares about his recent book Stillness is the Key.

“In stillness, I’m illustrating stoic ideas with stories from Zen philosophy and vice versa. I always want to be seeking out deeper ideas and diverse ideas. I think that’s ultimately how you learn and how you triangulate real truths.” – Ryan Holiday

Old Soul

Christopher remarked how Ryan reminds him so much about Adele, as he is an old soul stuck in a 30-something body. Christopher was astounded with his choice of topics ranging from Rome, Greece, Ancient History and the like. He is none like his contemporaries who are busy with social media and mindless online content. 

“I got an advise a long time ago that you should write what you’re afraid about, or write what you are unsure about.” – Ryan Holiday

Probably one controversial part of the book is the discussion about faith.

“Part of this idea of surrender is saying ‘you know what, I’m going to accept this uncertainty a little bit. I will accept that this isn’t all about me, that I don’t know everything. I’m going to accept that there is “something” operating behind the scenes that have an agenda or perspective, or indifference to a regular human problem or issue.” – Ryan Holiday

Stillness 

Ryan shares how his conversation went with the publishers for his new book. He says he does not claim it as The Ryan Holiday philosophy as he merely translated and popularized the tried and tested ideas of smart people 

To listen more about what Ryan learned while doing marketing for fallen fashion brand “American Apparel” and more on faith, wisdom and stillness, download and listen to this episode. 

Bio:

Ryan Holiday is one of the world’s foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. 

He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; and The Daily Stoic. 

His books have been translated into over 30 languages and read by over two million people worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his family.

Links:

Ryan Holiday

Twitter: @ryanholiday

Instagram: @RyanHoliday

Good Reads – Stillness is the Key

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Jan 24 2020

54mins

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Rank #11: 098 Build a legendary Board of Directors w/ Coco Brown

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In this episode, the CEO of Athena Alliance Coco Brown talks about how to build a legendary board of directors. Coco is an entrepreneur and an advocate for women. She tells us why boards need to have fresh talents and why they need diversity on skills and people. Also, she shares why the old model of creating a board is worn out.
The Athena Alliance
Coco Brown is the CEO of Athena Alliance. It is a global community of women business leaders, committed to driving diversity on company boards and developing new women leaders.
“We're essentially bringing the top-tier women together in a digital ecosystem that provides us a lot of opportunities for them across disciplines.” - Coco Brown
Coco describes the community as in-part-Linkedin — with a portion of coaching and networking — and in-part-Bumble, because of matchmaking activities.
Male CEOs and The Outdated Board of Directors
Athena Alliance serves as an agency. The group is in contact with male CEOs who wish to expand their network with women.

Coco further shares with Christopher how outdated most companies are, in terms of the composition of their Board of Directors. In the past, the board is ultimately responsible for long term shareholder. Oftentimes, it is the reason why CEOs tend to stay long in their position, up until retirement.
“The board room needs a lot more empathy, connection, communication and understanding of the marketplace. If you look at the old board — seated with former CEOs and financial experts — the average age is 63, the average tenure is 8 1/2 years.”  - Coco Brown
Building A Legendary Board
In the past, the committees are largely about CEO compensation, equities, and succession.  Historically, committee topics are financials or risks. In the new world, these financial experts try to squeeze in other pressing corporate issues into those committees.
“So you’re starting to see this need for a much wider range of skills set in the board room. People who understand consumers. So good market strategists and leaders.” - Coco Brown
Moreover, she suggested to bring in more sets of people in their 30s or 40s. Ideally, she suggests contemporary professionals who are experienced with the operations.

To hear more about building a legendary Board of Directors, and more relevant information about Coco Brown, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Coco Brown leads “change and transformation.” She is responsible for accelerating multimillion-dollar growth through vision, strategy, technology, and people leadership.

She held leadership roles including CEO, COO, President, board member, and advisor—partnering with F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits. Through her leadership, she has delivered successful outcomes for Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, Silicon Valley Bank, and many others.

Currently, she is the founder, CEO, and board member of The Athena Alliance. The company is a game-changing executive firm helping to position the top 10% of executive women for advancement and board opportunities.

Since founding Athena in the Spring of 2016, she has led the organization to a network of over 1000 C-Level women, VCs, and CEOs from over 150 companies. These companies include Accenture, Cisco, Microsoft, Intuit, Autodesk, and Alphabet / Google.

Within two years, we have overseen 20 board placements and have secured $2 million in income through corporate and investor service offerings.
Links:
Athena Alliance

LinkedIn: Coco Brown

Twitter: @cocobrown1020

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Aug 30 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #12: 036 Loonshots The Power of Crazy Ideas w/ Safi Bahcall

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How can structure drive culture? On today’s episode, the amazing author of Loonshots Safi Bahcall unpacks the reasons why we should pay attention to the structure of an organization to achieve success. Learn how crazy people and ideas lead to breakthroughs, and so much more.
Is It Really Culture?
When Safi first became an entrepreneur, he read every article and book he could find on various subjects like how to become a good leader and build great teams. All those things sounded good, but after a while, he got hungry for something more solid.
“I was trying to understand if there was some science to this. If there was something else besides just culture.” - Safi Bahcall
He observed that companies with completely different cultures would succeed, while those with the same cultures failed. There are elements of culture that are very important. But is it really the culture that drives the success of an organization?
Structure Eats Culture for Lunch
Christopher shares that there are successful companies with the “biddings will continue until morale improves” culture. Then there are other successful organizations that adopt an “everybody loves each other” culture. From this standpoint, there seems to be no such thing as a culture that works and a culture that doesn’t.
“Well, there’s a saying in business that says, ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast.’ What I would add is that ‘structure eats culture for lunch.’” - Safi Bahcall
It appears that structure enables exponential differences in organizations in a way that culture doesn’t as much.
Structure Drives an Organization’s Culture
To exemplify, Uber had an outlier incentive system. Nobody wanted to work on other people’s project because of the 8X incentive that successful project proponents could earn. No matter how many times teamwork was encouraged, nobody would actually get into it.

But when the team-based incentives began to roll out, the culture changed. People were rewarded based on team performance. This perfectly sums up how structure eats culture for lunch.
“It means that underlying structure can drive the culture, rather than the way around.” - Safi Bahcall
To hear about how water molecules relate to business structure and how genius and serendipity need to meet to produce breakthroughs from Safi, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Safi is a second-generation physicist (the son of two astrophysicists) and a biotech entrepreneur.

He received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard and his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford, where he worked with Lenny Susskind in particle physics (the science of the small) and the Nobel laureate Bob Laughlin in condensed matter physics (the science of the many).

He was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley (the school of the many). After working for three years as a consultant for McKinsey, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years.

Safi has presented at approximately 130 banking conferences, investor events, and medical meetings around the world, as well as at leading academic institutions including physics, mathematics, or medical departments at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Caltech, Cornell, Bell Labs, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Rockefeller, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

He lives with his wife, two children, and roughly 37 Gerald + Piggie books in Cambridge, MA.
Links:
Bahcall.com

Twitter

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Mar 19 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #13: 057 Connected Strategy w/ Christian Terwiesch

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Professor Christian Terwiesch gets in touch with Lochhead for a remarkable conversation about connected opportunities in the customer journey. They dig into his new book, Connected Strategy, which looks into new forms of connectivity that can build legendary interactions with customers.
“What would it take that you blow this tradeoff away and you can have a higher efficiency, low fulfillment cost interaction with the customer and still delight the customer?” - Professor Christian Terwiesch
First Things First: Customer’s Perspective
In order for connected strategies to happen, business leaders should first think about the customer’s perspective. It is important to know the product and service that you want to provide them. And even more important is knowing the customer’s motivations for availing of your product.

For example, a shoe designer can spend tons of money on R&D and marketing to build relationships with retail stores. And even then, they could fail miserably at understanding their customers’ pain points. After all, the company that focuses on just the shoe itself will not be able to deliver quality customer journey.
“The customer's pain points are not about just buying the shoe and having a great shoe. There's a much bigger aspiration that this runner potentially has—feeling good, running their first marathon.” - Professor Christian Terwiesch
Connected Customer Journeys
A term that Professor Terwiesch is particularly fond of is “consumption shame”, called “customer journey” in his book. This reminds us that people do not wake up in the morning and say they want our product.

They first have to realize the need, which may be initially latent, for a product. From there, they can make the choice and finally buy the product. This journey, a form of engagement and experience, is made of weaved and repeated interactions.
“It's weaving those disjoint experiences together, so that you and I—my firm and you—will have a relationship that goes much longer than one episode.” - Professor Christian Terwiesch
Recognize, Request, Respond, Repeat
Lochhead also shared his own experience after a recent purchase of podcasting equipment. A representative rang him up, asked some questions about his purchase, and then offered to help him directly should he have concerns. Christopher also received an email containing links to the shop’s FAQs page, which completely blew him away.

A company’s personal touch shows the embeddedness of the moment of purchase in a longer customer journey. There could also be a similar experience for other customers before they make the purchase. Four stages in the journey that could use such connected strategies are the moments when customers recognize, request, respond and repeat their interaction with the product.

To hear more about connected strategies from Professor Terwiesch and how you can utilize them, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Christian Terwiesch is a professor of Operations and Information Management at Wharton and co-directs Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management.  

With extensive experience in MBA teaching, online courses, and executive education.

Professor Terwiesch has authored several books, and published in many of today’s leading academic journals, from Management Science to The New England Journal of Medicine.   

He also hosts the national Sirius XM radio show Work of Tomorrow. He holds a doctoral degree from INSEAD and a Diploma from the University of Mannheim.  
Links:
OID, Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania Profile

Executive Education, Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania Profile

Twitter

Amazon Profile

Amazon - Connected Strategy

Speaker Booking Agency Profile

Work of Tomorrow

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May 24 2019

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Rank #14: 088 The Impact Entrepreneur: Mike Flynn

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Fellow entrepreneur and podcaster Mike Flynn joins us today for another great episode. He is a best-selling author and host of the podcast, The Impact Entrepreneur. Today, he talks about his heart-felt book “Master The Key,” the inspiration behind it and his opinions on personal development, commitment and service and many more. 
Facts About Employee Disengagement
Mike shares some important figures for employee disengagement at work. He says that "85% of the employees globally are disengaged at work." Further, 40% of these American employees said they have a side gig that is related to their passion.
“If someone is following their passion and they really dont know what they are passionate about, and they don't know what they are willing to suffer for, and they still haven't left their job that they are disengaged at, when that business fails and they fall back from that place where they were disengaged, what's gonna happen, Christopher?” - Mike Flynn
Personal Development in the Workplace
Christopher cited some of his observations about employee disengagement at work. He cites the visible impacts of this, such as the escalating depression rates and obesity problems.

Further, Christopher shared some important points from Episode 071: How to design a company that people are lining up to work for. He discussed the importance of the personal development of every employee. For him, happy individuals in the workplace result in positive company culture.
“Every company needs to be personal development company because every organization is made up of a bunch of individuals who are grappling with 4 fundamental questions: who am I, how do I show up in the world, what would I do when I get there, who do I do it with?” - Mike Flynn
The Podcast and the Book
Mike also talks about his podcast, “The Impact Entrepreneur.” He shares that he has not earned any money from the podcast for three years. He started monetizing his talents through his book and through public appearances as a speaker. He shares that all his efforts are done out of love.
“I was at a point in life when I needed to reach out to people and learn how they managed the various impact moments: the victories, the failures, the brokenness of their life — and how they turned that into something that served the good.” - Mike Flynn
Additionally, he shares the inspiration behind his fictional book, “Master The Key: A Story to Free Your Potential, Find Meaning and Live Life on Purpose.”

To hear more about the impact entrepreneur himself, Mike Flynn, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
About Mike Flynn
Links:
The Impact Entrepreneur

Instagram 

Twitter 

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Aug 05 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #15: 097 Legendary Writer Dushka Zapata

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One of the most prolific and important writers in the world and our most regular guest Dushka Zapata, joins us today. We had a heartfelt conversation about mending broken-hearts, why grief is worst when you’re young, why discipline is better than inspiration and many more!
Writing Beautiful Answers at Quora
You may find Dushka lounging in Question and Answer site Quora, where her writings receive 140 million views. Her life-affirming, fun and powerful answers have garnered her quite a following, including Christopher himself.

During this conversation, she shared a wonderful passage where we can learn a thing or to about mending a broken heart. She shares a story about a big, crowded yoga class she attended. The intention was to heal the physical and non-physical aspects of the person ⁠— whether a sprain, a wound or even sorrow, anxiety and loneliness.
“At this point, I sneaked a peek. I opened my eyes and slowly panned the room. I would say that 97% of the people on the room had placed both their hands over the left side of their chest." - Dushka Zapata
She left a powerful message to readers, reminding everyone to tread very carefully in this world because, in reality, almost everyone is desperately trying to mend a broken heart.
Grief is Worse When You’re Young
Dushka shares another question lifted from Quora about a young 16-year old who wanted to marry her girlfriend. She crafted a very creative and wholehearted response: she affirmed what the young lad was feeling and then informed him that this feeling is temporary.
"Feelings  ⁠— real and deep  ⁠— change. Feelings change and the fact that they do is what breaks me. The fact that it changes, saves me and it will save you too." - Dushka Zapata
She concludes that the younger you are, the more confusing things are because you don't know you can survive them.
Discipline Matters More Than Being Inspired
Dushka shares to Christopher about some days in her career, where she counts on being disciplined, rather than inspired., which she believes is the secret to anything.
“I don’t think there is such a thing as motivation. I think that you just do it because, you said you are gonna do it every day.” - Dushka Zapata
More on this Oddcast, Christopher, and Dushka discuss the importance of being an amateur. She also conversed about her new book, You Belong Everywhere and Other Things You'll Have to See for Yourself.

To hear more about Legendary Writer Dushka Zapata, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Dushka Zapata is one of the most prolific and popular writers working today.

On question and answer site Quora her work has been viewed over 140 million times.

She’s the author of eight best-selling books.

Dushka has over 20 years experience as a senior communications executive in Silicon Valley.

When she’s not writing, she serves as a communications executive at tech juggernaut Zendesk.
Links:
Quora: Dushka Zapata

New Book: You Belong Everywhere and Other Things You'll Have to See for Yourself 

Twitter: @dushkaamateur

LinkedIn: Dushka

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Aug 28 2019

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Rank #16: 118 Why Are We Yelling w/ Buster Benson

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In this episode, we continue our run of legendary authors as we feature Buster Benson and his new book, “Why are we yelling?: A fascinating look at why and who we argue.” Buster shares with us the inspiration of his book, the constant-learning that he is having and how it can be applied to work and life, in general.
Agree to Disagree
Buster candidly shared with Christopher that of all the hard topics he decided to take on, it was the topic about disagreements that he deemed to be one of the hardest. He still pursued this topic as he was challenged to tackle this topic. He also admits that the inspiration for the book was his curiosity on cognitive bias.
“That is the initial problem. in order to have a conversation about disagreement, we have to be open to the idea that we don’t have the right answer.” - Buster Benson
Birds and Biases
Buster shares that cognitive bias is an evolutionary term. It is a threat that could potentially lower our survival. It has the connotation that if we’re wrong, we would want to avoid it. In modern society, being wrong leads to being ousted from a certain group.

To illustrate this, Buster shared the habits of birds looking for a nesting ground. These birds fight off other birds and other animals to have authority over a tree. In real life, human beings as a bird, are not going to engage other “birds” in civil disagreement. 
“You’re going to just try to be the bigger bird and force the other one out. When we’re no longer in a situation and there’s only one tree and we have to have a nest here, or else we’re gonna die, we ask, is this tree big enough for multiple birds?” - Buster Benson
Growth is the Consequence
The consequence of being wrong is actually growth. Further, Buster shares that if we are good at several skills, it makes us more skilled at everything else. For example: talking, being literate, being able to self reflect magnifies the value of other skills. He introduces the importance of productive disagreement as well in this episode.
“‘How do I treat somebody that is normally a threat to my survival, as an opportunity for growth’ is the core cognitive dissonance in disagreement.” - Buster Benson
To hear more about the author of “Why are we yelling?” Buster Benson, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Buster Benson wrote the book titled "Why Are We Yelling? The Art of Productive Disagreement". He also run 750words.com with my wife.

His interests include creative businesses, collaborative disagreements, cognitive biases, enterprise software, messaging platforms, behavior change, social games, silly drawings, making life a little bit better through technology. 

Read more about his through this link. 
Links:
Book: Why are we yelling? 

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

Linkedin: Buster Benson

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Nov 22 2019

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Rank #17: 076 Billionaire Entrepreneur Tom Siebel on Digital Transformation

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In today’s episode, Billionaire Entrepreneur Tom Siebel shares some thought-provoking insights on new, leading technologies and its impact on businesses and society. He is the founder of C3.AI, a new software platform that harnesses Big Data, IoT AND AI.

Tom covers in this episode the contents of his book, Digital Transformation, as well as some intriguing ideas about huge US Tech companies.
Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Giant
Listeners might recall Bruce Clevland, author of “The Traction Gap” and guest in episode 033. He used to work with Tom Siebel at Siebel Systems, which was the category king in the 1st wave of CRM.

In the year 1999, Fortune magazine named Siebel Systems “the fastest growing company in the United States.” In 2006, they merged with Oracle for $5.85 billion.
Digital Transformation
Tom has a brand new book entitled “Digital Transformation.” The book covers giant Megatrends and impacts on business and society. CEOs and senior leaders would find this book highly beneficial to their decision-making process.
“The coming two decades will bring more information technology innovation than the past half-century.” -Tom Siebel, Digital Transformation
Further, he discussed that companies who fail to seize this massive technological growth will be extinct in the future. In the last 30 years, companies that didn’t make the necessary transition required in their industry, cease to exist today.
Continuous Learning and Education
Tom Siebel and his company have a real commitment to their employees: to focus on continuous learning and education. Employees can take online classes via Coursera—in relation to AI, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, among others. Universities such as Stanford, MIT, and the University of Illinois offers these online courses.
“Things are changing more rapidly so to be on top of these, you must be continuously learning”  - Tom Siebel
The company recognizes the employees who completed the courses and awards cash bonuses — ranging from $1500 to $25,000.  At the moment, the company is rolling out new incentives — a 15% increase in compensation and an additional equity grant.
“These people are better equipped to do their jobs and to serve customers. This is to advance their careers professionally. They also do feel more empowered, so everybody wins.” - Tom Siebel
To hear more about digital transformation and more relevant information from Tom, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Tom Siebel is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C3.ai.

He was the Chairman and CEO of Siebel Systems, which merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006 for $5.85 billion.

Mr. Siebel is also the Chairman of the Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research for the public domain.

Mr. Siebel serves on the boards of advisors for the University of Illinois College of Engineering and the University of California at Berkeley College of Engineering.

Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.A. in history, an M.B.A, and an M.S. in computer science.

Links:

Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction

Thomas Siebel - Linkedin

Thomas Siebel - Forbes Profile

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Jul 08 2019

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Rank #18: 082 Next Time You’re In The Endzone, Act Like You’ve Been There Before

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In this episode, Christopher Lochhead talks about the idea of “faking it till you make it.” He poses a real question about what to do when you finally “make it.” This episode is inspired by Silicon Valley coach Bill Campbell’s quote, “next time you’re in the endzone, act like you’ve been there before.”
Bill Campbell’s Wise Words
On Episode 072, Randy Komisar of Kleiner Perkins joined Lochhead to celebrate the life and lessons of legendary Silicon Valley coach, late Bill Campbell. Guest Randy Komisar, along with colleague Paul Martino of Bullpen Capital, came together to capture Bill in a podcast, called No Bull Podcast. Bill was the coach to Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and countless Silicon Valley legends.            

Randy shared a story about Bill, back when he was coaching a football team. There was a time when the team hit a touch down and went mental to celebrate the small victory. According to Randy, Bill did not approve of this and gave the team his wise words: “Hey guys, next time you’re in the endzone, act like you’ve been there before.” 
Don't Do The Victory Noise
Even Lochhead is guilty of celebrating small wins. He recounts a story about surfing as he gets all too excited when he encounters a good wave, often called as “claiming the wave.” His buddy corrected him and told him the message that he sends out to other surfers is that it was “just one” of his best waves. He reminded Lochhead to have the mentality that all of his waves are the best ones.
“You wanna act like you’ve been here before. You wanna act like all your waves are like that” - Christopher Lochhead’s friend, when he does his victory noise
Fake it till you make it
Lochhead candidly shares that he had “faked it till he made it” a number of times in his life. However, Lochhead poses the question, what will you do when you finally make it?
“Act like you’ve been there before, act like it’s something that happens all the time.” - Christopher Lochhead
Further, Lochhead reminds that when we're pushing ourselves to the next level, we have to act in our own minds and in our behavior. We have to always think that we are the “Whoah-Man or Whoah-Woman.” It's always nice to celebrate wins, but ideally, it is best to do it privately.
“You have to prepare yourselves so you’ll have the least amount of faking as possible and when in you're in the situation and something happens, just roll it.” - Christopher Lochhead
To hear more about how to act next time you’re in the endzone and more relevant information from Lochhead, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Christopher Lochhead 
Links:
072 Why Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos & many others turned to “The Coach” Bill Campbell 

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Jul 22 2019

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Rank #19: 060 Cards Against Humanity Co-Creator Max Temkin

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Living legendary designer Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity (“a party game for horrible people”) talks about his ideas on design, company building, his work ethic—or lack thereof—and so much more.
Max’s Non-Existent Work Ethic
Max proclaims himself as a horrible procrastinator with no work ethic. He can never decide to do something and sit down to actually do it. Because of this, he has developed coping mechanisms to get him through last-minute clutch work.

This ties up with the philosophy of necessary and sufficient conditions that he personally believes in.

Working hard is necessary to keep a business running but it is never sufficient. Hard work needs to be coupled with critical thinking, team play and good energy to make legendary things possible.
“No one is successful just because they killed themselves with work.“ - Max Temkin
The Wild Medium: Design
Max says that it is incredibly difficult to break down what it means to be a designer.

After all, so many skills go into design.

There is design thinking, organization and empathy for the user, and then there are the technical skills like typography and color theory.

Because of the many skills that a designer can sink their teeth into, no designer is excellent at everything. It would take more than one lifetime to master them.

For example, Max has never understood color theory, so he stuck to black and white, which eventually became his brand.
“I’ve definitely come to suspect that for many people, what you might call their style is like the coping mechanisms they've developed to cover those holes in their skill set.” - Max Temkin
Building Small Things
Max says that people usually build things from the desire to make them just because it would be neat to do so. Some people would put up their creations for the people to decide their fate.

Some would build a company with the mindset of growing its worth into a billion dollars. Max believes that these ideas, however, are rarely delightful and rarely work. In contrast, allowing yourself to think small and unconstrained would help your ideas grow into huge phenomena.
“Very rarely does someone go, ‘I'm gonna change the world with this huge idea’ and then it works exactly as intended.” - Max Temkin
To hear more about design, gaming and the Do By Friday podcast from Max, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Max Temkin is a designer.  

He is best known for co-creating of the #1 selling, category creating “adult party game” Cards Against Humanity.  

He also co-created, Secret Hitler, and Humans vs. Zombies.  

Max is also co-host of the popular podcast, “Do By Friday”.
Links:
Maxistentialism.com

Max’s Legendary Personal FAQ

CardsAgainstHumanity.com

Cards Against Humanity - Wikipedia

The Sun UK -  Cards Against Humanity set to be a shocking quiz show on Comedy Central

PR Week - Cards Against Humanity Gorilla Black Friday Marketing!

The New York Times - Letter of Complaint: Cards Against Humanity

SecretHitler.com HumansvsZombies.org

Do By Friday Podcast - Overcast

Do By Friday Podcast - iTunes

We hope you enjoyed Max Temkin on this episode of Follow Your Different™! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on iTunes!

May 31 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #20: 127 How To Get & Stay Fit w/ Joey Wolfe

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For our first episode this year 2020, we hang out with professional athlete fitness trainer and founder of Paradigm Sport in Santa Cruz, CA, Joey Wolfe.

Today we go beyond all of 7-minute abs BS, get fit quick, scams and shams and have a real, different conversation about making fitness and wellness stick in your life.
Trainer of Champions and Weekend Warriors
The last time Joey Wolfe had a conversation with Christopher was a year ago. Joey’s episode remains one of our most popular ever.  We’re definitely sure, listeners will get practical ideas for well-being improvement,

He has trained superstar athletes like Mitch Haniger of the Seattle Mariners. Additionally, he has worked with former UFC champion Luke Rockhold.  World Surf League rookie of the year Nat Young and a lot of regular weekend warrior type like us have trained with him.
“We all know what to do. We all know that going and exercising in the gym for a min of 30 min is a good thing. But for a lot of people, there’s something preventing them from doing that. So just try to get clear on what their motivating factor is” - Joey Wolfe
New Year’s Resolutions and Diet Crazes
One of the reasons why people hit the gym is its part of their New Year’s resolution. Joey says that although it is a good reason, it doesn’t qualify as a great one as it cannot s sustain through the rest of the years.
“Just getting clear what their goals are and then, really trying to start off easy with their habit change. Trying to get them to do something that I know they’re gonna be successful with.” - Joey Wolfe
He also shares how he tried intermittent fasting, keto, paleo diet, vegan, blood typing diet and what works faster, what works slower and what doesn’t work at all. 
“Try to educate yourself on this stuff and then try it. Everybody is different. There are polarizing ideas in terms of what’s right and even someone like me in the health and fitness profession,  its hard to know what’s right.” - Joey Wolfe
Recommendations and What Nots
Christopher loves Joey’s POV that everyone is an athlete. We all have an athlete inside us.  Designing a legendary life entails being active, fit and healthy. With this said, he shares how athletes and weekend warriors alike can follow the same set of principles for fitness and health.

Joey shares adding more habits is better than removing some. He says there is science behind developing habits. For example, it is better to drink more water, take more protein, add more supplements, among others, rather than cutting down sugar and carbs. 

To hear more information about Joey Wolfe and to listen to his tips on how to get and stay fit,, download and listen to the episode.
Bio:
Joey is a lifelong athlete. He is the founder and CEO of Paradigm Sport, located in Santa Cruz, CA

Early in his career he played professional baseball and was on track to be a major league catcher when injures took him out. 

Never a quitter, Joey dedicated his life to empowering others to be fit, healthy and make their athletic dreams come true.  

He’s trained countless pro-baseball players, UFC fighters, pro-surfers and regular folks who want to take their game up in life. 

A native of the Central Coast of California, his talent and passion for baseball took him to the professional level where he worked with some of the country’s best trainers. As an ACSM-certified trainer he now shares his experience and enthusiasm with world-class athletes and fitness clients alike.

Joey has built a business with the goal of bringing the most advanced techniques and the highest levels of individualized athlete training to the Central Coast community. 

The local environment has shaped his interests and defined sport-specific training in two disciplines: competitive surfing, for which Santa Cruz is world-renowned; and baseball, which launched his career.
Links:
Paradigm Sport 

Instagram: @Paradigm_Sport

Facebook: Paradigm Sport

We hope you enjoyed this episode of Follow Your Different™!

Jan 03 2020

52mins

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