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    • WordPress's Success: Factors and PhilosophyWordPress's success stems from its passionate creators, dedicated community, adaptability, and open-source philosophy. Embracing collaboration and sharing can lead to personal growth and success.

      WordPress's success can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, it was created out of a passion for blogging and a desire to combine the best features of various existing platforms. Matt Mullenweg, along with a fellow volunteer named Mike Little, worked together to develop WordPress. Secondly, the success of WordPress can be attributed to the strong community that was built around it. This community consisted of individuals who loved working on the platform, rather than just being paid employees. Additionally, WordPress's adaptability and customization options played a significant role in its popularity. Lastly, the open-source philosophy behind WordPress, which encourages collaboration and sharing, was a powerful idea and contributed to its success. Incorporating this philosophy into one's life can have significant benefits.

    • The power and potential of open source software like WordPress.Open source software provides freedoms and control over technology, allowing for continuous improvement and evolution while maintaining successful principles.

      Open source software, like WordPress, offers four important freedoms: the freedom to use the software for any purpose, the ability to see how the software works, the freedom to modify the software, and the freedom to distribute those changes. These freedoms give individuals and businesses the ability to have agency and control over their technology. Open source software has the potential to dominate markets over time because it allows for continuous improvement and evolution. While commercializing open source projects is possible, it's important to maintain the principles that make open source successful. Rather than creating paid versions or withholding the best features, the approach taken by WordPress is to provide a strong core software for free and offer additional services around it.

    • Acismet: The Successful Spam StopperAcismet's machine learning AI system has been blocking spam with high accuracy for over a decade, leading to the creation of the company Automatic, focused on benefiting developers and creating a positive impact online.

      Acismet, now known as automatic spam stopper, has been successful in blocking spam for over 10 years with over 5 nines of accuracy. It is a machine learning AI system that allows collaboration against spammers by adapting in real time to their changing tactics. This system was created to combat the constant arms race of spam blocking and to provide a safe online environment. Additionally, Acismet's success led to the development of automatic, a company dedicated to flourishing from the open web and open source. With the pairing of a nonprofit and a for-profit entity, this organization aims to both benefit developers and create positive impact in the digital world.

    • Growing in Harmony: Matt Mullenweg's Approach to Building a Successful Company in the WordPress EcosystemBy capturing a smaller percentage of revenue and empowering others to thrive, a company can create value, avoid downfall, and ensure the success of its ecosystem.

      Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress and CEO of Automatic, believes in creating a company that doesn't dominate the market but rather grows in harmony with its ecosystem. He emphasizes the importance of not taking all the revenue in a platform's ecosystem, but instead capturing a smaller percentage, around 5%, and allowing others to benefit and thrive. This approach ensures that the company continues to create value and avoids capturing more value than it creates, which can lead to its downfall. Matt Mullenweg highlights the successful platforms that have maintained a ratio of 20 to 1 in terms of revenue distribution, and he aims to follow a similar strategy with Automatic by offering products like WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Tumblr while empowering individuals and businesses to succeed within the WordPress ecosystem.

    • Maximizing Potential Through Strategic Acquisitions and Cultural IntegrationAutomatic aims to enhance the success of acquired companies by merging cultures and leveraging knowledge, expertise, and shared resources to create something unique and impactful.

      Matt Mullenweg, as the CEO of Automatic, believes in the value of turnarounds and acquiring undervalued companies. He sees the potential in polishing up these companies and integrating them into the Automatic family. By bringing acquired companies like Tumblr under the Automatic umbrella, Mullenweg aims to leverage economies of scale and shared resources to make them more successful. He wants the cultures of the acquired companies to merge with the Automatic culture, creating something new and influenced by both sides. Cross-pollination of talent plays a significant role in influencing culture, with people being the most important aspect. Mullenweg believes in showing the benefits of technology rather than forcing engineers to adopt it. Ultimately, the key takeaway is that through strategic acquisitions and cultural integration, Automatic aims to maximize the potential of acquired companies while leveraging its knowledge and expertise.

    • Creating a Positive and Inclusive Environment for Performance and ContributionThe environment surrounding individuals greatly affects productivity and performance. Creating an open and diverse community enhances contributions and fosters world-changing performance.

      The environment plays a crucial role in how people perform and contribute. Matt Mullenweg emphasizes the importance of creating a positive and inclusive environment in both companies and communities. He believes that the environment surrounding individuals, such as the office space, lighting, and music, significantly impacts their productivity and overall performance. Moreover, Matt highlights the significance of creating an open and diverse community, where people from all backgrounds can contribute and have their voices heard. He strives to attract a wide range of individuals to projects like WordPress, breaking the mold of traditional open source projects. Ultimately, Matt believes that creating an environment that fosters mastery, autonomy, and purpose is key to driving world-changing performance and achieving ambitious goals.

    • The Power of Words: Choosing the Right Terminology for Effective Communication and ConnectionThe words we use have a profound impact on how we perceive and interact with the world. Choosing inclusive and accurate language fosters connection and collaboration in any environment.

      Words hold power and influence, shaping our perceptions and behaviors. Matt Mullenweg emphasizes the significance of choosing the right words to accurately describe concepts and ideas. He highlighted the shift from using "remote" to "distributed" to better represent their organization's structure. The term "remote" implies distance and isolation, whereas "distributed" promotes equal contribution and connectivity. This lesson extends beyond semantics and applies to various aspects of life, including the naming of phenomena like "social distancing" during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once words become established, changing them becomes challenging, so it is crucial to carefully consider the initial choice. Ultimately, appropriate vocabulary can foster understanding, collaboration, and a sense of belonging in a distributed work environment or any other setting.

    • The Benefits of Remote Work for Flexibility, Autonomy, and ProductivityRemote work offers flexibility, autonomy, and the ability to focus on accomplishing goals efficiently, eliminating distractions and false proxies present in traditional office environments.

      Remote work allows for flexibility and autonomy in choosing working hours and methods, ultimately focusing on accomplishing the goals of the business. Matt Mullenweg highlights that customer support has specific hours, while engineers and designers have the freedom to accomplish tasks efficiently. The conversation also emphasizes that remote work eliminates distractions and false proxies present in traditional office environments. Matt emphasizes the importance of objectivity and inclusivity in evaluating performance, advocating for a focus on the actual work rather than external factors like appearance or office politics. Additionally, the conversation touches on the levels of autonomy within organizations, with Matt mentioning his intention to write a book on the topic of distributed work.

    • The Levels of Distributed Work: From Impossible to Efficient CollaborationEmbracing online tools and communication platforms can transform remote work from being challenging to efficient, enabling seamless collaboration and improved productivity.

      The switch to distributed work during the pandemic highlighted the importance of embracing the benefits of working online. Matt Mullenweg, through his experiences and conversations with various companies, identified five levels of distributed work. Level 0 represents jobs that were previously believed to be impossible to do remotely but were proven otherwise during the pandemic. Level 1 refers to tasks that can be managed remotely for a short period but lack the necessary resources for seamless collaboration. Level 2 is the mimicry of in-person office work online, often leading to exhaustion. However, Level 3 encourages the use of tools like Google Docs and Zoom to create real-time records and improved communication, minimizing misunderstandings and improving productivity.

    • Enhancing Productivity and Collaboration through Asynchronous Work and CommunicationEmbracing asynchronous work and communication allows organizations to tap into global talent, provide flexibility to employees, and foster autonomy, leading to better decision-making and preventing reinvention of problems.

      Asynchronous work and communication can greatly enhance the success of meetings and the overall functioning of an organization. By transitioning to level 4, where work becomes asynchronous, an organization can tap into the world's talent, offer flexibility to its employees, and foster autonomy. Asynchronous interactions allow introverted individuals to contribute their best thoughts and ideas, as they have time to think and ruminate on the problem at hand. Implementing platforms like P2, where discussions are held through threads and participants have the opportunity to provide well-thought-out responses, can lead to better decision-making and a higher quality of outcomes. Additionally, these threads contribute to the institutional knowledge of the organization, preventing reinvention of the same problems in the future.

    • Embracing Asynchronous Approach and Internal Blogs for Productivity and Employee HappinessEmbracing an asynchronous approach and leveraging internal blogs can help fast-growing companies improve productivity, quality, and employee satisfaction by providing autonomy and flexibility. However, occasional in-person interactions are essential to foster trust, connection, and strong team dynamics.

      Embracing an asynchronous approach and utilizing internal blogs can help fast-growing companies avoid repeating mistakes and achieve higher productivity, quality, and employee happiness. By providing increased autonomy and flexibility, employees can design their work-life balance to suit their needs, leading to overall satisfaction and better performance both at work and in their personal lives. However, one drawback of a fully distributed workforce is the absence of in-person interaction, which can build trust and connection among colleagues. While remote collaboration can come close, it may not fully replicate the benefits of face-to-face communication and shared experiences. Therefore, companies should strive to find a balance between remote work and occasional physical gatherings to foster relationships and strengthen team dynamics.

    • Nurturing Relationships for Connection and TrustInvesting time and effort to develop trust and connection in relationships is essential, even in a technology-driven world. Prioritizing deeper connections fosters a sense of belonging and adaptability for long-term success.

      Building and maintaining relationships, whether with existing or new acquaintances, requires effort and investment of time. While technology now allows for instantaneous communication, it is important to actively work on developing trust and connection. This can be done through various activities such as playing games together, reading and discussing books, and having regular conversations. In the current work environment, where people may feel overworked and less productive, it is crucial to prioritize these investments in relationships. Transactional relationships erode trust, so it is necessary to focus on establishing deeper connections that make individuals feel part of something larger and meaningful. Learning to adapt and being flexible in this changing world is also emphasized for long-term success.

    • The Power of Effective Communication in Building Relationships and Achieving SuccessOpen, honest dialogue and clear, concise written communication are essential for developing strong connections, fostering understanding, and making better decisions in personal and professional settings.

      Effective communication and intentional relationship-building are crucial in both personal and professional settings. Matt Mullenweg emphasizes the importance of talking openly and honestly with others to develop strong connections. Whether it's discussing feelings of disconnection with a colleague or brainstorming solutions as a team, open dialogue is vital. Additionally, clear and concise written communication plays a significant role in fostering understanding and maintaining productivity. Matt suggests that hiring individuals with strong writing skills and promoting a writing culture can lead to clearer thinking and better decision-making. Ultimately, the key takeaway is that effective communication, both verbal and written, is fundamental in building successful relationships and achieving optimal outcomes in any context.

    • Streamlining Communication for EfficiencyTLDRs, time boxing discussions, asynchronous communication, and transparent notes or recordings are effective methods for efficient and streamlined communication, saving time and maximizing productivity.

      Effective communication and information sharing require efficient methods. One such method is the use of TLDRs or summaries at the top of posts, which allow readers to quickly understand the main points without going through extensive content. Additionally, time boxing discussions and providing a summary at the end can help streamline internal communication and make it easier for people to consume and understand information. Asynchronous communication, such as recorded meetings, allows for flexibility in consuming information at a faster pace, ultimately saving time. By ensuring transparency through good notes or recordings, individuals feel less pressure to be present in every meeting, leading to smaller and more effective meetings. Striving for efficiency in communication ensures that valuable institutional knowledge is accessible while minimizing wasted time.

    • Clear Expectations and Effective Time OrganizationSetting clear expectations and organizing time into different areas can help prioritize tasks, improve productivity, and prevent burnout.

      Clear expectations and effective time organization are crucial for high performance and preventing overwork. Matt Mullenweg emphasizes the importance of setting clear expectations for oneself and others to ensure that the most important tasks are prioritized and completed. He suggests that having conversations about meeting expectations helps identify areas of improvement and avoid wasting time on non-essential activities. In terms of time organization, Matt divides his time into three buckets: people, product, and emergencies. This allows him to dedicate focused attention to each area, ensuring that he can effectively address different aspects of his role. Additionally, he highlights the significance of taking breaks and recharging to maintain productivity and avoid burnout.

    • Eliminating recurring meetings for increased problem-solving velocityHaving fewer recurring meetings saves time, allows for quick action, and provides flexibility, benefiting organizations by increasing problem-solving velocity and enabling efficient organizational structures.

      Having fewer recurring meetings can increase the velocity at which problems are solved and decisions are made. Matt Mullenweg explains that by eliminating the need for extensive scheduling and calendar Tetris, teams can hop on a meeting immediately when needed. This not only saves time but also allows for more flexibility and quick action. It is important to note that this approach may not be suitable for everyone or all the time, as Matt mentions that there were periods when he had more frequent meetings. However, in their current situation, where Matt's value lies in synthesizing information and making subtle but impactful changes to the organization, having more time for reading and thoughtful planning is essential. With the expectation of significant growth in the future, creating efficient organizational structures becomes crucial.

    • Investing in Employee Development for Long-Term SuccessInvesting in employee development and training is vital for long-term success and retention. Matt Mullenweg highlights the importance of making employees more effective, exploring new methods for training, and having clear communication and long-term commitment for business growth.

      Investing in the development and training of employees is crucial for long-term success and retention. Matt Mullenweg emphasizes the importance of making employees more effective, as it has the same impact as hiring a significant number of new staff. He acknowledges that in-person training has been a reliance in the past, but with the shift to a distributed work model, new methods need to be explored. The organization aims to invest heavily in coaching, one-on-one programs, and concepts such as radical candor to distribute effective training throughout the entire organization. Additionally, Matt Mullenweg challenges the notion that public markets do not reward long-term investments, citing examples like Amazon. He believes in clear communication and long-term commitment to reap the rewards. Despite the capriciousness of the market, understanding the factors that truly matter for business growth is essential.

    • Effective communication and onboarding for growing teamsClear communication and thorough onboarding are essential for maintaining harmony and growth within a company, even as it expands and experiences changes.

      As a company grows and teams expand, effective communication and onboarding become crucial. When a company goes through a phase of division and scaling, the ability to brute force collaboration and get everyone on the same page diminishes. It becomes essential to communicate in a way that is well understood by existing employees and to effectively onboard new team members to the institutional knowledge that has been built over the years. Avoiding conflicts and dysfunction within the organization is important for growth and success. Additionally, it is important for leaders to recognize when it is necessary to expand the company and not hold onto a smaller size for fear of losing control or increasing complexity.

    • Self-reflection and continuous improvement for personal growth and successful relationships within an organizationBy challenging beliefs, improving communication skills, and addressing blind spots, personal growth leads to better relationships and a more successful organization.

      Self-reflection and continuous improvement are crucial for personal growth and building successful relationships within an organization. Matt Mullenweg realized the importance of challenging his own beliefs and questioning the status quo. By investing in self-work and improving his communication skills, he was able to create a company where he enjoys working with every colleague. Working with a coach helped him uncover blind spots, such as limiting his communication and unintentionally taking a savior role. He also discovered the significance of listening to his body and being aware of his emotions. By investing in improving relationships and actively listening, the organization as a whole can benefit and lead to a better product and faster iteration.

    • The Power of Embracing and Understanding Our FeelingsAcknowledging and exploring our emotions and physical sensations can have a profound impact on personal growth, decision making, and building successful relationships. This approach enhances well-being and fosters better outcomes and connections with others.

      Being in touch with our emotions and physical sensations is crucial for personal growth, effective decision making, and building successful relationships. Matt and Shane discuss the importance of recognizing and exploring our feelings rather than suppressing them. They emphasize that our bodies have pattern recognition abilities that can provide valuable insights and intuition. By paying attention to our physical sensations and listening to our bodies, we can better understand our emotions and work through difficult situations. This not only improves our personal well-being but also enhances the quality of our thinking, decision making, and relationships. It is important to acknowledge and explore our feelings rather than dismiss or gloss over them. This approach can lead to better outcomes and more harmonious connections with others.

    • Quick and deliberate decision-making for better outcomes.Build prototypes quickly, embrace contrarian ideas, and consider the costs of reversibility to make informed decisions.

      Making reversible decisions quickly and irreversible ones deliberately is a valuable approach. Matt Mullenweg shares that building a prototype or a first version of an idea quickly allows for valuable learning and iteration. He emphasizes the importance of not getting too attached to smaller reversible decisions and being open to gathering contrarian or challenging ideas for larger decisions. It is important to defend one's ideas and be able to argue the opposite to ensure that decisions are made in the most informed way. While the concept of irreversibility may vary in different contexts, considering the costs associated with reversing a decision is crucial rather than viewing it as entirely irreversible.

    • The Importance of Deliberate Decision-Making and Mental ModelsMaking deliberate decisions, being aware of potential risks, and developing mental models can greatly enhance decision-making abilities in both personal and professional contexts.

      Decision-making involves both reversible and irreversible choices, and some irreversible decisions can have significant consequences. Matt Mullenweg highlights that certain decisions, like choosing a partner or making executive hires, may have long-lasting effects on an individual or a company. He emphasizes the importance of approaching such decisions deliberately and being aware of the potential risks involved. Additionally, the conversation explores the idea that perfection is not achieved in the first draft, and the editing process is where the magic happens. Mental models, as discussed by Matt, are patterns of thinking that can be consciously developed and practiced, enabling individuals to make better decisions, especially in high-pressure situations. Just as a musician practices scales to enhance improvisation skills, adopting deliberate mental models can greatly enhance decision-making abilities.

    • Collaboration and Growth: The Path to Innovation and SuccessCollaboration and continuous learning are essential for success. By incorporating diverse perspectives and working together as a team, we can achieve greater results and drive innovation.

      Collaboration and continuous growth are essential for success. Matt Mullenweg emphasizes the importance of learning from different disciplines and incorporating diverse perspectives. He believes that the best results come from working together as a team, rather than individually. Matt's experience as a musician taught him the value of improvisation and leading a band, which he then applied to his career as an engineer and coder. Additionally, he highlights the significance of reaching out and partnering with others to create something better collectively. The idea of an idea meritocracy, where the best ideas prevail, resonates with Matt, but he remains open to evolving and finding even better approaches in the future. Collaboration and growth are key elements that lead to innovation and success.

    • The Power of Open Source and Collective CollaborationEmbracing open source and fostering collaborative efforts can lead to better outcomes and dominate every market in the digital world.

      Open source is a powerful tool for collaboration and innovation. Matt Mullenweg highlights how open source allows competitors to work together, leading to better outcomes. He compares this concept to the evolutionary success of humans, who outcompeted other animals by collaborating and working together. He believes that all proprietary software is an evolutionary dead end and that open source will eventually dominate every market. The key to success lies in inclusive, responsive, and economically incentivized projects that encourage collaboration over competition. Shane Parrish agrees that together, we can achieve far more than we can alone. This conversation emphasizes the importance of embracing open source and the power of collective efforts in the digital world.

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    David Segal is the co-founder of Firebelly Tea. He’s also best known as “the David” of DAVIDsTEA. During his time at DAVIDsTEA, Segal grew the company from a single store to a $200 million retail giant. Segal left DAVIDsTEA in 2016 and started Mad Radish—a quick service restaurant concept. Mad Radish is all about providing healthy, gourmet fast foods. In 2021, Segal started Firebelly tea to create exceptional loose leaf teas tailored to modern living.

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    (00:00) Intro

    (04:59) What entrepreneurship really is

    (07:10) How to manage your psychology

    (10:40) Yearly planning, daily action

    (15:50) Avoiding "ivory-tower syndrome"

    (18:30) Segal's childhood and background

    (25:15) The history of DAVIDsTEA and Firebelly

    (36:40) The evolution of tea and business over the last twenty years

    (42:30) On failures

    (49:00) Dealing with depression

    (52:30) Lessons about money

    (56:55) Business and life lessons from Warren Buffett

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    (1:08:39) On success

     

     

    #191 Dr. Rhonda Patrick: Diet Essentials For Healthy Living

    #191 Dr. Rhonda Patrick: Diet Essentials For Healthy Living
    Shane Parrish sits down with the renowned biochemist Dr. Rhonda Patrick to explore the intricate world of nutrition and health. Dr. Patrick provides a deep dive into the role micronutrients play in our daily health, detailing how deficiencies and insufficiencies in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids can lead to serious health issues over time. Shane and Dr. Patrick also discuss the science behind deliberate heat exposure. She outlines the optimal sauna conditions—temperature, duration, and frequency—necessary to achieve these health benefits and explains the physiological mechanisms at play.
     
    Rhonda Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical science and a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry/chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. She has done extensive research on aging, cancer, and nutrition.
     

    (00:00) Intro

    (04:40) A philosophy for nutrition

    (15:36) Micronutrients through supplements vs. food

    (25:43) Wild-caught vs. farm-raised fish

    (28:44) Organic vs. non-organic vegetables

    (36:14) On macronutrients

    (40:20) How protein levels differ in different foods

    (45:27) The best morning smoothie recipe

    (54:48) Dr. Patrick grades Shane's "GOAT" smoothie recipe

    (59:14) Grass-fed vs. non-grass fed

    (01:04:40) On vitamin D (Is sunscreen killing us more than the sun?)

    (01:19:48) Deliberate heat and cold exposure

    (01:44:27) Top three behavioral and diet interventions for life and health improvements

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    #190 Brad Jacobs: Building a Business Empire

    #190 Brad Jacobs: Building a Business Empire
    Throughout his tenure, Brad Jacobs has built multiple billion-dollar companies. While there is no "playbook" for growing a business, he focuses on a few factors above all else in every company he operates, and in this conversation, he reveals them all.

    Shane and Jacobs discuss how to read anyone during an interview through a series of intentional questions, the exciting role of AI and technology in the future of business, and where money-making ideas hide in companies. Jacobs also shares how his training in math and music made him a better business operator, the one thing he focuses on to grow his businesses, how to spot big trends before everyone else, and the only thing a company should focus on for success.

    Brad Jacobs has started five companies from scratch and led each to become a billion-dollar or multibillion-dollar enterprise. These include three publicly traded companies: XPO Logistics, where he serves as Chairman and CEO, United Rentals, and United Waste Systems. Before starting XPO in 2011, Jacobs founded United Rentals in 1997 and led the company as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In 1989, he founded United Waste Systems.
     
    (00:00) Intro
    (04:44) The future of AI
    (07:21) How to think rationally
    (08:48) The major trend
    (10:57) The research process
    (13:29) On asking better questions
    (19:35) On rearranging your brain
    (22:23) On music, math, simplicity, and business
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    (01:16:57) On decision-making
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    (01:37:20) On success
     

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    #189 Chris Davis: Three Generations of Wealth

    #189 Chris Davis: Three Generations of Wealth

    Most families who obtain immense wealth squander it by the third generation. But Chris Davis comes from a family whose grandfather and father all became independently wealthy of each other, and Davis has done the same. How does that keep happening? In this conversation, we find out.

    Shane and Chris discuss life and investment lessons he learned from his father and grandfather, why writing is more important to clarify one's thinking no matter who's reading it, and the surprising benefit of reading physical newspapers and wearing ties to work. Davis also shares his value-investing philosophy, what he learned from working with and meeting Charlie Munger, and what parents can do to raise kids who aren't entitled. Davis talks about his alcohol drink tracker and why it's important to him, why he never puts himself in situations where envy can grow, and Warren Buffett's letter about why investment managers underperform.

    Chris Davis has been a Director of The Coca-Cola Company since April 2018. Davis is Chairman of Davis Selected Advisers-NY, Inc., an independent investment management firm founded in 1969. Davis joined Davis Selected Advisers-NY, Inc. in 1989 as a financial analyst and in 1995, he became a portfolio manager of the firm’s flagship funds. Prior to joining Davis Selected Advisers-NY, Inc., he served as a research analyst at Tanaka Capital Management and as an accountant at State Street Bank and Trust Co.

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    (03:20) Life lessons Davis learned from his grandfather and father

    (26:24) The importance of writing things no one reads

    (36:55) Davis' experiences through financial crises

    (52:31) Why Davis loves managing a mutual fund

    (55:49) Why Berkshire Hathaway operates with margin

    (01:01:05) What is risk?

    (01:04:02) On low interest rates and their future impact

    (01:14:46) The mismatched timelines between CEOs, companies, investors, and policy

    (01:22:19) How Davis and Munger met

    (01:30:20) Lessons learned from Munger

    (01:41:29) Why avoiding weaknesses is the ultimate recipe for success

    (01:55:46) How to raise non-entitled kids and avoid lifestyle creep

    (01:16:10) On happiness

    (02:27:00) Good vs. bad board meetings

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    #188: Bryan Johnson: Five Habits for Longer Living

    #188: Bryan Johnson: Five Habits for Longer Living
    What can you do (or avoid) tomorrow to guarantee you can live longer?

    In this episode, Bryan Johnson reveals the five simple disciplines you can start doing to live healthier and longer. Johnson shares what his daily routine looks like, the ins and outs of his experimentation process, and why he gave his father plasma.

    Johnson also opens up about the constant hate he receives from people online, how he deals with it all, and what he wishes he'd known when he sold his company.

    Bryan Johnson is the world's most measured human. Johnson sold his company to PayPal in 2013. Through Project Blueprint, Johnson has achieved metabolic health equal to the top 1.5% of 18 year olds, inflammation 66% lower than the average 10 year old, and reduced his speed of aging by the equivalent of 31 years.

    Johnson is also the founder of Kernel, creator of the world’s first mainstream non-invasive neuroimaging system; and OS Fund, where he invested in the predictable engineering of atoms, molecules, and organisms.

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    (00:14:18) Self-destructive behavior and how to pitch Blueprint to someone

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    (00:42:06) How to turn Blueprint protocols into habits

    (00:45:17) Embracing the hate

    (00:49:07) The downsides and lessons of making money

    (00:59:22) The five habits

    (01:05:09) Why does posture matter?

    (01:07:48) Relationship between biological health and sexual health

    (01:09:50) Hair-loss prevention

    (01:15:46) Sunscreen, plastics, and other miscellaneous impacts on aging

    (01:18:30) How will AI help us?

    (01:22:10) On success

    Dr. Becky Kennedy: The One Thing You Can Say That Changes Everything

    Dr. Becky Kennedy: The One Thing You Can Say That Changes Everything

    Dr. Becky Kennedy shares the skills you need but didn't get taught on regulating emotions, setting boundaries, and the best sentence you can say when a partner tells you something difficult.

    While there is an obvious focus on parenting, the most surprising thing about this episode was how much of what we discussed applies to EVERY relationship in your life.

    Learn how to parent more effectively with less stress, repair after a disagreement, regulate emotions, and unlock the next level in all of your relationships. Listen and Learn

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