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    • Nancy Sherman's Exploration of Stoicism and Its Connection to the MilitaryNancy Sherman's journey highlights the significance of promoting a more compassionate and inclusive form of stoicism in the military, emphasizing the importance of seeking support and destigmatizing mental health.

      Nancy Sherman's journey led her to focus on the connection between stoicism and the military. It all began when she was called upon by the Naval Academy to teach ethics during a cheating scandal. While teaching midshipmen and officers, many of whom had fought in Vietnam, she discovered their version of stoicism, which emphasized dealing with deprivation. This resonated with her and led her to interview Jim Stockdale, a senior POW who had memorized Epictetus' book, "The Handbook," and incorporated its wisdom into his life. However, as wars continued and mental health became a pressing issue, Nancy realized the importance of promoting a gentler stoicism and destigmatizing mental health for the military. She aimed to find stoic lessons that went beyond self-reliance and encouraged reaching out for support, acknowledging that the military is a community.

    • The Nuanced Approach to Emotions in StoicismStoicism teaches individuals to cultivate a rational approach to emotions, aligning their responses with their values to react in a balanced and constructive manner.

      Stoicism involves recognizing our connection to the world and managing our emotions in a balanced way. Stoicism is often misunderstood as suppressing emotions or embracing suffering, but it actually involves a more nuanced approach. There are three levels of emotions in stoicism. The first level consists of natural bodily reactions that are adaptive and instinctual. The second level includes intense emotions like anger, fear, and grief that can be problematic if blindly embraced. The stoics advocate for the third level, which is a rational desire and response based on reasoning and reflection. By cultivating a rational approach to emotions, individuals can align their emotional responses with their values, allowing them to react in a more balanced and constructive manner. Stoicism encourages slowing down and filtering emotions through reason to avoid becoming stuck or overly reactive.

    • Regaining Control of Emotions Through Self-Awareness and ReflectionPracticing self-awareness and reflection, such as through journaling and embracing Stoic philosophy, can help us regain control of our emotions and achieve a calm and serene state of mind.

      We can regain control of our emotions by practicing self-awareness and reflection. Nancy Sherman explains that by monitoring our reactions and observing our impulses, we can create a pause between feeling anger and reasoning, allowing our rationality to take control. One way to achieve this is through journaling, where we articulate our thoughts and visually see our thinking, helping us reflect and clarify our experiences. Writing also attaches words to our emotions, giving them meaning and power. Additionally, the Stoic philosophy suggests pressing the pause button and inserting space between the initial input and our reaction, giving ourselves time to challenge biases and respond reflectively. Through these practices, we can manage debilitating emotions and achieve a calm and serene state of mind.

    • Techniques for making better decisions and managing challenging situations using Stoic practices and Aristotle's philosophy.By pre-rehearsing potential dangers, accepting mortality, being honest with oneself, and considering the consequences, we can improve decision-making and navigate difficult situations more effectively.

      There are various techniques and practices that can help us make better decisions and navigate challenging situations. One approach is to adopt Stoic practices, such as pre-rehearsing potential dangers and accepting our mortality. By anticipating and preparing for difficult scenarios, we can avoid being caught off guard and better manage our emotions. Additionally, Aristotle's philosophy highlights the importance of leveling with oneself, especially in moments of weakness. This involves being honest about the harmful aspects of relationships or behaviors, rather than getting caught up in attractive illusions. Ultimately, these techniques emphasize the need for self-awareness, thoughtful consideration, and a fuller understanding of the consequences of our choices.

    • The Stoic Path to Reducing Stress and Finding MeaningTrue happiness lies in prioritizing virtue over external factors, leading to a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

      Philosophy, particularly Stoicism, offers a way to reduce stress by emphasizing the importance of virtue and goodness. The Stoics believed that true happiness and flourishing can be achieved by focusing on developing and maintaining a virtuous character. They considered external factors such as wealth, health, and social status as "indifferences," acknowledging their importance but not allowing them to determine one's happiness. Instead, they emphasized that virtue is the only thing that truly matters and should be the guiding force in decision-making. By prioritizing goodness and modeling it in our everyday lives, we can resist the temptations of false glory and external pressures, leading to a more meaningful and fulfilling existence.

    • Rethinking the Meaning of Honor and Glory in a Superficial SocietyTrue honor and glory come from one's character and inner qualities, not external markers of success. We should prioritize virtue over superficial metrics and be cautious in choosing our leaders.

      Our society often ties honor and glory to superficial measures such as status, wealth, and social media popularity. However, these external markers of success do not truly reflect a person's virtue or meaningfulness in life. True honor and glory are derived from one's character and inner qualities, such as wisdom and goodness. Aristotle argued that honor and glory should be secondary to virtue, as they can be easily manipulated or earned without deserving it. This lesson is particularly relevant in a world driven by superficial metrics like likes and followers. We must remember that our worth is not determined by these external factors, but by our true virtues and how we treat others. It is through culture, philosophy, and religion that we direct our hierarchical instincts towards moral behavior. However, it is important to recognize that hierarchical systems, such as those found in the military, can easily be abused and can perpetuate divisions based on gender, race, and wealth. Deference to authority should not be blindly given, and we should be cautious in choosing our leaders.

    • Developing Resilience through Mental Agility and AdaptabilityResilience is about staying open-minded, seeking new information, and adjusting our actions based on changing conditions, allowing us to make better choices and navigate through life's challenges.

      Resilience involves being mentally agile and adaptive in the face of new information and circumstances. The stoics, who believed in infallibleism, emphasized the importance of being able to pivot our intentions and plans based on changing conditions. Resilience means not getting attached to specific outcomes or desires, but instead being open to new input and quickly adjusting our actions and decisions. This requires constantly seeking and updating our knowledge, similar to how we have been navigating the pandemic by staying informed with the best scientific data. To avoid blind spots and confirmation biases, it is important to detach ourselves from opinions and outcomes, and strive to see the world as realistically as possible. By doing so, we can make more informed and effective choices in various aspects of life.

    • Enhancing Understanding Through Open-Mindedness and Emotional EngagementBy recognizing biases, embracing diverse perspectives, and harnessing emotions, we can broaden our understanding and foster collaboration for a more comprehensive view of reality.

      In order to better understand reality and gain a full perspective, we need to be aware of our cognitive biases and avoid seeking only confirming evidence. It is important to rely on groups of experts and engage in substantive conversations with individuals from different areas of expertise. Effective communication skills are crucial for breaking down silos and expanding knowledge beyond our own domains. Emotions play a significant role in intellectual endeavors, as they spark interest and drive creativity. To overcome biases, we must be open to other perspectives and be willing to listen and understand without the need to agree. By breaking down siloed walls, actively seeking diverse viewpoints, and embracing emotions, we can foster cooperative endeavors and enhance our understanding of the world.

    • The Importance of Listening and Understanding Different PerspectivesTo grow personally and have meaningful conversations, we must actively listen and understand different perspectives, empathize with others, and overcome biases and barriers to engage in open and diverse conversations.

      Truly listening and understanding different perspectives is essential for personal growth and meaningful conversations. It is not enough to simply hear the words and move on without changing our own behaviors. We need to open our minds to see the world through the eyes of others and genuinely empathize with their experiences. This requires setting aside our own biases and defenses, acknowledging that our minds are conditioned to doubt and seek proof. We also need to recognize the barriers that prevent us from engaging in open conversations, such as living in self-affirming groups and clinging to power positions. To foster genuine engagement and eliminate cognitive bias, we must actively seek out diverse perspectives and have meaningful conversations that transcend slogans and slogans.

    • Stoic Teachings: Finding Inner Peace and Navigating Difficult SituationsStoicism teaches us to recognize our autonomy, visualize interconnectedness, seek help, and show self-compassion, enabling us to overcome guilt and shame and find peace and understanding.

      Stoic teachings can offer valuable insights and tools for navigating difficult situations and finding inner peace. Nancy Sherman emphasizes the importance of recognizing our autonomy and accepting that we can only control ourselves, not others. She also highlights the stoic practice of visualization, where we imagine the interconnectedness of all people and cultivate empathy. Additionally, she discusses the power of seeking help and perspective from others, as exemplified by the story of Hercules. By opening ourselves up to different viewpoints and showing self-compassion, we can overcome guilt and shame. Ultimately, stoicism teaches us to be gentle with ourselves and to listen to alternative narratives, allowing us to find peace and understanding.

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    #196 Brent Beshore: Business Brilliance and Happiness at Home

    #196 Brent Beshore: Business Brilliance and Happiness at Home

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    #195 Morgan Housel: Get Rich, Stay Rich

    #195 Morgan Housel: Get Rich, Stay Rich

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    (32:57) Talk to your kids' therapist about these things
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    (01:18:19) What makes someone a successful parent?

    #193: Dr. Jim Loehr: Change the Stories You Tell Yourself

    #193: Dr. Jim Loehr: Change the Stories You Tell Yourself

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    (06:15) How to determine whether or not the stories are limiting or enabling you

    (08:41) What the stories world-class performers tell themselves

    (15:02) How to change the stories you tell yourself

    (23:26) Questions to journal about

    (26:16) Private voices vs. public voices (and how they impact your kids)

    (31:32) How to help your friends change their stories

    (37:30) How to better come alongside your kids to prevent destructive behavior

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    (01:23:51) On success

     

     

    #192 David Segal: Yearly Planning, Daily Action

    #192 David Segal: Yearly Planning, Daily Action

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    Shane and Segal discuss what entrepreneurship really is, where motivation comes from, and what Segal learned building a $200 million tea business. Shane and David also dive deep into the dark side of success and the radical depression that can strike when you get a big payday, life and business lessons they learned from Warren Buffett, and the value of time management.

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    Listeners of The Knowledge Project can receive a special 15 percent discount on Firebelly Tea products by heading to www.firebellytea.com and entering the code Shane15 at checkout.

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    (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

    (1:00:00) On time management

    (1:04:50) What's missing in Segal's life

    (1:08:39) On success

     

     

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

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