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Khe Hy was one of the youngest Managing Directors at BlackRock before he took the plunge into deep, uncomfortable self-exploration. Bloomberg called him “The Wall Street Guru” and CNN “Oprah for Millennials” and he is the creator of the Rad Reads newsletter and Quartz’s First Entrepreneur in Residence. The Rad Awakenings podcast tells the stories of individuals who are stuck, undergoing transitions, or embarking on new adventures. These authentic and vulnerable conversations will teach us about power of emotional self-regulation, introspection, and growth mindsets. Find out more at http://radreads.co

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Khe Hy was one of the youngest Managing Directors at BlackRock before he took the plunge into deep, uncomfortable self-exploration. Bloomberg called him “The Wall Street Guru” and CNN “Oprah for Millennials” and he is the creator of the Rad Reads newsletter and Quartz’s First Entrepreneur in Residence. The Rad Awakenings podcast tells the stories of individuals who are stuck, undergoing transitions, or embarking on new adventures. These authentic and vulnerable conversations will teach us about power of emotional self-regulation, introspection, and growth mindsets. Find out more at http://radreads.co

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AWESOME Podcast

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This podcast is ABSOLUTELY an awesome podcast!! Khe perfectly interviews his guest and always make sure that his questions comes from a novice perspective( if you ask me). This podcast helps me along my journey and keeps me going everyday! Learning new things all the time!

Worth your time!

By rprp42 - Oct 26 2017
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Aspirational and existential, but down-to-earth. An awesome podcast!

iTunes Ratings

160 Ratings
Average Ratings
157
2
0
1
0

AWESOME Podcast

By TeresaNun - Aug 29 2018
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This podcast is ABSOLUTELY an awesome podcast!! Khe perfectly interviews his guest and always make sure that his questions comes from a novice perspective( if you ask me). This podcast helps me along my journey and keeps me going everyday! Learning new things all the time!

Worth your time!

By rprp42 - Oct 26 2017
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Aspirational and existential, but down-to-earth. An awesome podcast!
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Rad Awakenings with Khe Hy

Latest release on Oct 28, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Jeff Warren (Ep.36): You are what you repeatedly do

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My happy place is interviewing a high energy meditator who curses like a sailor. Jeff Warren is a meditation teacher and the co-author of Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (alongside Good Morning America’s Dan Harris). We talk a lot about mental health and Jeff’s longtime struggle with ADD, which to this day impacts his sense of acceptance and belonging. This conversation is nothing like what you’d expect from two meditators – it’s high energy, very personal, and pragmatic. We cover the daunting long game (i.e. lifetime) of meditation, how the stories around us can shape our reality (à la Sapiens), and how meditation is one of those small habits that unquestionably improves our happiness AND stops the endless and draining mental chatter.

LOOKING FOR A COACH? Whether you need to get unstuck or are committed to uncomfortable introspection but don’t know how to begin, the #radfam has got you covered. We’ve handpicked a group of talented coaches over at http://rad.family/coaching.

Feb 22 2018

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Rank #2: Kate Bednarski (Ep.7): Is This All There Is?

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What is a life coach? What does life coaching consist of? Does it work?

In this episode, we’ll meet my coach, Kate Bednarski, one of the most impactful people in my life. I’ve asked Kate to throw out all patient confidentiality constraints and crack open all of her notes from our two years of working together.

We start with our first meeting, where I showed up “jacked up on caffeine” a 34 year old guy rife with many tensions. I had a messed up relationship with time – there was never enough, yet I wanted to accomplish so much that it was affecting my marriage and relationship with my daughter. I was also in the midst of a successful career in hedge funds, yet my “money madness” as Kate calls it made me constantly second guess myself, as I was anchored to the belief that things couldn’t be savored without delayed gratification and that it was a proxy for success. At the end, as many of our listeners will know, most of these anxieties emanated from a deep rooted fear of my own mortality. Kate coaches many hard-charging high achievers, many of whom reach inflection points in their career and find themselves asking “Is this all there is?

Full Show Notes:
http://bit.ly/radpod7

Kate’s Website:
http://www.5steppingstones.com/

Jul 11 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #3: Tiago Forte (Ep.17): First principles of workflow design (part 1/2)

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Tiago Forte is our resident productivity and workflow guru and the founder of Forte Labs. This is part 1 (of our 2 part series) in which we geek out on our First Principles (i.e. building blocks) of workflow, productivity, and personal knowledge management. Tiago approaches these questions through the lens of design thinking and also reflects on some of the blind spots in his system.

+ SPONSOR: Join Skillshare the online learning community with 17,000+ classes in business, design and more. Get one free month of unlimited access. http://skillshare.com/rad

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+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod17

Oct 06 2017

38mins

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Rank #4: Venkatesh Rao (Ep.27): The stress that makes you come alive

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Venkatesh Rao defies labels – he’s a blogger, thinker, consultant whose ideas span the digital economy, science, philosophy, and the zeitgeist. Rao is the creator of Ribbonfarm and Breaking Smart and we discuss “paycheck addictions” and the wave of transformation that’s going to hit the economy. Is becoming a free-agent a way to stay ahead of the curve? How should a mid-career executive prepare? An immersion in the technology conversation is a must – but so is the ability to emotionally self-regulate.

+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod27

+ JOIN THE COMMUNITY: radreads.email

Dec 14 2017

56mins

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Rank #5: Adam Schwartz (Ep. 44): Navigating fatherhood and entrepreneurship

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Adam Schwartz is the co-founder and COO of TeePublic an e-commerce platform for independent creators. TeePublic is a high growth company with 50+ employees yet is completely self-funded. Is it a lifestyle business? We explore the negative connotation of the term and how it translates into constraints, profitability, and the “life” part of lifestyle. One thing’s for sure, irrespective of the name, entrepreneurs have very little mindspace for anything but their companies. And therein lies some of Adam’s anxiety around becoming a new father. How does one make room for a new person, when life and work are already all consuming? And consistent with the RadReads ethos, it comes down to the repeated topics of time scarcity, financial security, achievement and how this all ties into our sense of self worth.

+ SHOWNOTES: http://rad.family/adam-schwartz

+ LOOKING FOR A COACH? Whether you need to get unstuck or are committed to self-exploration but don’t know how to begin, the Rad Family has got you covered. We’ve handpicked a group of talented coaches over at http://rad.family/coaching.

Apr 19 2018

58mins

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Rank #6: Anastasia Alt (Ep. 5): The Business School of the World

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Anastasia was destined to be an options trader since she was a little kid: she loved finishing at the top of the leader board during elementary school games and came up with her own brute-force approach multiplication tables. She then had her first shift, joining McKinsey and 18 months later found herself at a crossroads: Get her MBA or commit the money she would’ve spent and start building stuff. She chose the latter — “The business school of the world” as she calls it. Her thinking is crystal clear — on Love/dating/and relationships, the difference between aggressive and assertive, managing cash flow burn, and how much of our identity, for better or worse, is buried in the question “What do you do?”

Jun 29 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #7: Eugene Wei (Ep.38): Be a novice

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Eugene Wei’s career cannot be described succinctly or linearly. He worked as an analyst at Amazon in the late 90s, went to film school, worked as a product manager at startups including Hulu and Flipboard and most recently was head of video for Facebook’s Oculus VR. Eugene always “seeks to be a novice” and eschews traditional “career rules.” I was drawn to Eugene’s blog by his grasp of the written word and the fluidity of his interests, ranging from tech, sports, culture, psychology, media, and storytelling. We talk a lot about reading, writing and communicating – why it’s important for product managers to read fiction and how great leaders create leverage through compression – tiny, repeatable and memorable messages. We also discuss what makes Jeff Bezos a unique leader, how to use data to become an “expert” and what he’s learned by studying high performance athletes.

LOOKING FOR A COACH? Need to get unstuck? Ready to take a risk? Or are you committed to self-inquiry but don’t know how to begin? Look no further than the #RadFam. We’ve curated a group of talented coaches over at bit.ly/radcoaching.

Mar 08 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #8: Scott Norton (Ep.48): Contentment is so damn elusive

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Scott Norton is your prototypical millennial – a tinkerer with a creative and entrepreneurial streak . There’s a narrative that the financial crisis crushed economic mobility for an entire generation of Millennials – in fact, Scott’s first job was at Lehman Brothers in 2008. Yet for Scott, the crisis catalyzed a trip around Asia on a foldable bike spanning 23 countries and 100 cities. Upon his return he co-founded Sir Kensington’s, challenging the consumer goods “complex” of ketchup and mayonnaise. We explore mission-driven businesses – are they marketing hype or changing the world? Regardless, big business has taken to the idea; last year Unilever acquired them for a pretty penny. Scott’s got the belt notches: he’s a touch above 30 with a spectacular exit.  How does this change someone? For sure, it takes failure off the table. But contentment, being present with loved ones, a quiet mind, and yes – even freedom – don’t appear overnight and can remain viscerally elusive.

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+ SHOW NOTES: http://rad.family/scott-norton

+ SUPPORT THE PODCAST: http://patreon.com/radreads

May 17 2018

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Rank #9: Andrew Taggart (Ep.23): Skimming the surface of life

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Andrew Taggart is a practical philosopher who works with executives and entrepreneurs. He challenges them to investigate life’s basic assumptions, even if it’s uncomfortable. We discuss high performers’ antagonistic relationship with time and their desire to turn life into a series of problems which can be solved – and how this can mask our confounding relationship with mortality. Instead of avoiding these question, we consider how “an examined life, is a life lived more fully.”

+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod23

+ SUBSCRIBE: http://radreads.email

+ SUPPORT: patreon.com/radreads

Nov 17 2017

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Rank #10: Dan Shipper (Ep. 3): The Scorecard is Learning

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Dan is a Wunderkid entrepreneur who has been building web apps since he was a kid. He went to Penn as a Philosophy major and bootstrapped his startup Firefly which he sold the same month as his graduation. So what happens to your internal monologue when you sell your company at a time when most grads are starting their first jobs? There’s the common story that says “When X happens, my life will begin.” But you wouldn’t say “I’ll start exercising once I get promoted to Managing Director?” Dan vulnerably shares deeper insecurities of social rejection, the emotional drain of self talk, and how a relentless drive to improve can be destructive. We riff on writing (how it’s like compound interest and creates serendipity), the dangers of putting off working on yourself, not doing “half a push-up” (when it comes to experimentation), and the lumpy nature of progress. And together we have a good laugh comparing how Dan and I, both nerdy, skinny and insecure teenagers hatched up detailed plans for social acceptance.

See the full show notes at bit.ly/radpod3

Jun 01 2017

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Rank #11: Lisa Shalett (Ep. 8): You are Where You’re Supposed to Be

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This week’s episode is a story of career agility, embracing change, and living with intention. Lisa Shalett is a former Goldman Sachs partner, now board director and startup investor/advisor. At Goldman, Lisa held numerous leadership roles, including Japanese Equities, Global Compliance and Brand Marketing/Digital Strategy. She shares with us her approach to these transitions or “reinventions:” the danger of viewing your skills in narrow contexts (such as your current job); controlling your narrative as you change roles; or simply, asking your boss “What’s keeping you up at night?”

We then discuss post-retirement life, driven in part by family considerations. Yet retirement isn’t as worry free as we perceive it to be, especially when identity and career are so intertwined. One must navigate FOMO, the (perceived) loss of relevance, maintaining one’s “edge,” and yes — even for retired Goldman partners — the emotional irrationality of negative cash flow burn arising from entrepreneurship. And her advice to those currently in the grind, make sure you carve out the space to call “time out” — so that a minimum you can reflect on the trifecta of life, family, and career.

Full Show Notes:
http://bit.ly/radpod8

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Jul 28 2017

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Rank #12: Srini Rao (Ep.6): Turning your Liabilities into Assets

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And by liabilities, we mean “Angelina Jolie lips.” I’m not kidding, I never thought I’d open a podcast by asking another guy about his lips. And that’s only one of many similarities I share with this week’s guest, Srini Rao, the CEO of Unmistakable Media. Srini and I also had “non-existent” dating lives which led to a deep-rooted fear of never falling in love and spending life alone. Today, at 39 – a self-proclaimed “late bloomer” Srini is still searching for that special person with whom he can grow a family of mini-surfers – but also knows that being alone is infinitely better than being with the wrong person.

Srini’s had a remarkable professional journey, he’s the failed byproduct of the “traditional model of education and work” and graduated into two recessions, the dot-com bust (undergrad) and the global financial crisis (MBA). Now, as the founder and CEO of Unmistakeable Media, he’s conducted over 700 podcast interviews, organized massive events, and is a published author of Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best. This is a wide-ranging conversation covering why men struggle to be vulnerable, if “follow your passion” is good advice, how to quiet the comparing mind, and the ingredients to finding flow at work: autonomy, purpose, and mastery.

Show notes: bit.ly/radpod6
Unmistakable Creative Podcast: https://unmistakablecreative.com/podcast
Finish What You Start Course: https://unmistakablecreative.com/finish
Srini’s Book: http://a.co/fH1t2TL

Jul 06 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #13: Holly Rogers (Ep.26): The tiny compounding adjustments of mindfulness

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Today’s episode should be called mindfulness for hyper-driven skeptics with no time. Holly Rogers is a psychiatrist at the student counseling center at Duke University and the co-founder of the center for Koru Mindfulness. Holly’s training as a psychiatrist provides a repertoire of research for the benefits of mindfulness, such as improving cardiovascular health, building a tolerance for discomfort, and my personal favorite: noticing tiny pain points with clarity and making adjustments that compound over time. We also discuss the “lowest effective dose” (10 minutes for 4 weeks), why today’s college students are way more anxious than in the past, and why mid-life crisis seem to be starting earlier.

+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod26

+ JOIN THE COMMUNITY: http://radreads.email

+ SUPPORT THE PODCAST: patreon.com/radreads

Dec 08 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: Frank Ostaseski (Ep.34): Have a plan, hold it lightly

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Here’s a controversial statement: contemplating your mortality will make you happier.  Frank Ostaseski is a pioneer in end of life care and holds this to be true. Frank co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the Metta Institute, and is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.  Those who repress their fear of death, are missing what it can teach us. The anxieties we often discuss on this podcast, identity, acceptance, self-judgement, and loving unconditionally are all impacted by our views on death. And at the end of life, everything gets distilled into two simple questions: ‘Am I loved?’ and ‘Did I love well?’

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Feb 08 2018

59mins

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Rank #15: Auren Hoffman (Ep.21): Question your default options

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Auren Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and investor in over 75 tech companies. He’s the CEO and Chief Historian of SafeGraph and co-founder and former CEO of LiveRamp. This is a conversation about thinking, reasoning, and cultivating self-awareness. We discuss: default options (such as going to college or buying a house) and the need to reaffirm these on a regular basis; combatting status-seeking behavior; the challenging skill of holding two opposing views at once; how being “cool” or a social outcast impacts entrepreneurship; and why when it comes to work-life balance, Auren thinks we should recruit “proud members of the anti-balance society.”

+ FULL SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod21

+ SUPPORT THE PODCAST: patreon.com/radreads

Nov 03 2017

57mins

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Rank #16: Sam Polk (Ep. 10): I am Enough

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Imagine getting a $3.6 million bonus at age 30? The dream scenario, right? This episode’s guest, Sam Polk made more money in that a single bonus than his parents had earned over their entire lives. Yet he still needed to repeat the mantra “I am Enough” to reaffirm his own self-worth. Sam was a senior trader at King Street, one of the most successful hedge funds in the world. But behind his rocket-ship trajectory was a story of rage, addiction, arrests, and loneliness – the result of a strained relationship with his parents, especially his dad.

Sam began his healing through regular therapy beginning at age 22 (over 400 sessions) to which he attributes some of his Wall Street success. Today, he’s a social entrepreneur and founder of Everytable, a mission-driven company delivering healthy meals affordable to everyone. Sam is truly an open book and we discuss masculinity, “the Number,” what he’d tell his 20 year old self, fatherhood, and how to forgive.

This Week’s Sponsor: Skillshare

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Full Show Notes:
bit.ly/radpod10_

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Aug 11 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: Mihir Desai (Ep.40): The problem with optionality

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Mihir Desai is here to demystify and rehabilitate finance. He’s an economics professor at both Harvard Business and Law School and author of The Wisdom of Finance where he uses uses stories from the George Orwell to Kanye West to explain concepts such as options, leverage, and herd behavior, then extrapolating them into broader life lessons. For example blindly following society’s expectations is a form of the principal-agent problem. And how professionals love “collecting options,” but forget that for options to work, you need to take risks. We cover Wall Street’s culture of fear, his “a-hole theory of finance,” and the industry’s lack of diversity. We talk more broadly about higher education’s “crisis moment” and if credentialing is important in the face of technological innovation (such as cryptocurrencies and social), and why the “free-agent economy” is overhyped.

+ SHOW NOTEShttp://bit.ly/MihirDesai

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Mar 22 2018

54mins

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Rank #18: Tiffany Zhong (Ep. 42): Your unique perspective

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The Wall Street Journal called Tiffany Zhong Venture Capital’s Teenage Analyst.  At 21, she’s worked at Product Hunt, sourced consumer investments, and is the founder of Zebra Intelligence, a consulting firm for brands trying to understand Gen Z. Her journey starts on Twitter where as a teenager she engaged prominent VCs and tech founders, asking them about their businesses and sharing her views on apps and products. Tiffany gives us both a networking and Twitter 101 as she shares the importance of (digital) emotional intelligence, leading with the question “how can I be helpful” and how, irrespective of your age, everyone has at least one thing they can bring to a conversation: Perspective. Tiffany dropped out of Berkeley after a year and we discuss different learning methods, the importance of college, and how she feels about the lack of a safety net in a degree. Tiffany discusses college students and teens – the “side hustle generation,” deft at building e-commerce companies and leveraging their social followings to make money. We also discuss the Gen Z stereotypes of attention, entitlement, and anxiety – and how Gen X’ers should not call Lil Pump, Little Pump.

+ SHOWNOTES: http://rad.family/tiffany-zhong/

+ LOOKING FOR A COACH? Whether you need to get unstuck or are committed to self-exploration but don’t know how to begin, the Rad Family has got you covered. We’ve handpicked a group of talented coaches over at http://rad.family/coaching.

Apr 05 2018

57mins

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Rank #19: Caroline Webb (Ep.22): Behavioral science and your best self

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I often get listener pushback when we discuss happiness and introspection – this skepticism comes from the fact that the learnings aren’t grounded in data and they lack the pragmatism and relevance to our daily jobs. Today’s guest, Caroline Webb bridges that gap. She’s a former McKinsey partner, leadership coach, and economist and is used to C-Suiters pushing back on topics that are too “woo-woo.” She’s the founder of SevenShift, where she uses insights from behavioral science to help executives improve their working life. We discuss humans’ natural tendency to scan our environments for threats and how this impacts our brains. Are these threats real? How do we stop negative thought spirals? Is technology a source of threats? And a reader favorite, is fear a good motivator?

+ SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/radpod22

+ JOIN OUR COMMUNITY: bit.ly/RadReads

Nov 10 2017

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Rank #20: Mike Lewis (Ep.29): The unsexy steps to chasing your dreams

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At age 22, Mike Lewis had his dream job as a young venture capitalist at Bain Capital Ventures, moving up the ranks all while having fun and learning. But there was a little nagging voice reminding him of a dream – to play squash on the pro tour, even if it meant couch surfing and eating into his savings to do so. Mike did it, peaked at 112 and went on to write When to Jump: If the job you have isn’t the life you want. We’re bombarded by sexy stories about people who made the jump, but this obfuscates the planning, safety nets, and ways in which you can practice your own “jump.”

This week’s sponsor: Looking to elevate your workflow? Join host Khe Hy for a free class on the GTD methodology and how to use the productivity app Omnifocus at http://omnifocus.guru .

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Jan 05 2018

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