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    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Podcast

    Best-selling author Mark Manson brings his irreverent, hard-hitting style right to your ear holes with life advice that doesn't suck. ㅤ Featuring a mix of guest appearances, burning reader questions, and solo shows with just Mark and a microphone, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Podcast explores all the uncomfortable questions that, if you're brave enough to ask yourself, might just change your life. ㅤ Whether it's your relationship, career, health, wealth, or happiness, Mark tackles it all with refreshing honesty and a dash of foul-mouthed humor.
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    Special Forces Vet Explains: Building Resilience, and Breaking World Records (ft. Dean Stott)

    Special Forces Vet Explains: Building Resilience, and Breaking World Records (ft. Dean Stott)

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    After a catastrophic parachuting accident ended his military career in the British special forces, Dean Stott couldn't just retire to a quiet life. Instead, he decided to shatter boundaries in entirely new fields.


    These days, when Dean isn't prepping to beat another world record, like a 14,000-mile bike ride in less than 100 days, he's jet-setting around the world rescuing civilians and diplomats alike from war zones.


    In this episode, Dean shares his unique approach to overcoming adversity, managing risk, and staying mentally tough in the most challenging situations. We explore his fascinating experiences from war-torn countries to royal security and the psychological benefits of meticulous planning and mission-driven thinking. Dean also offers a glimpse into how he balances extreme challenges with a grounded personal life.


    Enjoy.

    The Blue Dot Effect: Why Things Always Seem Worse Than They Are

    The Blue Dot Effect: Why Things Always Seem Worse Than They Are

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    Have you ever wondered why, despite everything seemingly going well, you still feel a nagging sense of dissatisfaction? Well, you’re not alone. This is actually a fascinating psychological phenomenon I call "The Blue Dot Effect". It’s all about how our brains can trick us into seeing problems and negativity even when everything around us is getting better.


    Join me and Drew as we unpack this curious effect and explore how it impacts our everyday lives. From the way we perceive our personal achievements to our overall happiness, the Blue Dot Effect plays a sneaky role in shaping our mindset.


    Let's dig right in.

    The Harsh Truth About Self-Discipline (ft. Rich Roll)

    The Harsh Truth About Self-Discipline (ft. Rich Roll)

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    I’ve often wondered if self-discipline is just a way of turning bad addictions into healthy ones. After all, addictions of all kinds are really just an attempt to numb and distract ourselves from facing uncomfortable feelings. Can’t the same be said for healthy behaviors once they reach a level of compulsion?

    I brought Rich Roll on the pod to discuss this idea because, well, he’s a recovered alcoholic who turned into an ultra-endurance athlete in his 40s. Rich is no stranger to reinventing himself, repeatedly leveraging his flaws into virtues.

    We talk about the value of pain as a catalyst for change, the idea that addiction is a spectrum that doesn’t just involve substances, terrible breakups, finding a deeper spirituality, lessons from Rich’s financial struggles, his career running a top podcast, and much, much more.

    5 Ways to Hack Your Mind For Success

    5 Ways to Hack Your Mind For Success

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    The way you think about the world and your place in it can have a huge impact on your life. And yet, when it comes to evaluating the way we think, we’re rarely able to smell our own bullshit.

    So today, Drew and I break down five different mindsets you can adopt to live a more examined, successful life. This requires you to reject many of the mindless beliefs you’ve been force fed your entire life.

    Let’s do it.

    How Modern Dating Became Such a Dumpster Fire (ft. Sadia Khan)

    How Modern Dating Became Such a Dumpster Fire (ft. Sadia Khan)

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    Let's be honest: the modern dating landscape is a shit show. From declining marriage rates and rising infidelity to the nightmare of using dating apps—it's brutal out there.

    With all these supposedly "easy" ways to meet new people, why are the people who want long-term, stable relationships so fed up with the dating world?

    I invited dating and relationships coach Sadia Khan on the pod to discuss how the skills we use to excel in modern dating often sabotage long-term happiness.

    Sadia brings a refreshing, thought-provoking perspective to the conversation that will help you navigate the complexities of today's dating world. We dive into the role of self-esteem in successful relationships, the pitfalls of modern dating advice, and the skewed expectations shaped by social media, dating apps, and pornography.

    Enjoy.

    5 Ugly Truths That Make Life Beautiful

    5 Ugly Truths That Make Life Beautiful

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    So many people seem to be obsessed with feeling good all the time. They’re always looking for “hacks” to an easier, happier life. But what if the easy way actually makes it harder to have a life full of meaning and purpose?

    Today, Drew and I take on the ugly truths that give life its beauty. Some of these might be a little hard to stomach at first. But if you see them through, you might be surprised at what’s on the other side.

    How to go from Boring to Extraordinary (ft. Codie Sanchez)

    How to go from Boring to Extraordinary (ft. Codie Sanchez)

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    In an era where “quiet quitting” and “self-care” obsessions seem to be all the rage, there’s a huge opportunity to set yourself apart from everyone else—and it’s not as hard as you might think.

    Codie Sanchez set herself apart by buying “boring businesses” and turning her venture into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

    But for Codie, it’s about so much more than the money. Her simple mantra is, “question everything”, and it has given her a unique perspective on life, relationships, and happiness, which we explore here in this week’s pod.

    This was a fun interview, check it out.

    Exploring the Ancient Philosophy That Doesn’t Give a F*ck (ft. Ryan Holiday)

    Exploring the Ancient Philosophy That Doesn’t Give a F*ck (ft. Ryan Holiday)

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    There’s an ancient philosophy that could actually help you give fewer f*cks, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of it.

    Stoicism has been helping people manage their stress and anxiety for thousands of years and today, it’s more relevant than ever.

    @ryanholiday is the New York Times Bestselling author of multiple books on Stoicism. He believes that Stoicism is the framework that can help you be a normal person in an increasingly crazy world.

    Today’s episode dives into the life-altering benefits of following a philosophy that encourages you to focus on what you can control, and fuck the rest.

    7 Underrated Habits for a Better Life (and 7 Overrated Ones Too)

    7 Underrated Habits for a Better Life (and 7 Overrated Ones Too)

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    I just heard about the “bed rotting” trend on social media and I think I need a minute.


    Because if the kids think staying in bed all day eating pizza and doom scrolling is a form of rejuvenation then I’m calling bullshit on self-care.


    Today’s episode is a fun one. Drew and I have a long list of common self-improvement practices and I’m scoring them as overrated or underrated or, “it depends.”

    How Bad Therapy Can Harm a Generation (ft. Abigail Shrier)

    How Bad Therapy Can Harm a Generation (ft. Abigail Shrier)

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    If the story of humanity is about loss, privation, suffering, and resilience, why are kids having nervous breakdowns about bad grades?


    In today’s episode, I talked to Abigail Shrier about what parents and mental health experts are inadvertently doing to rob young people of the resilience and grit that past generations had.


    It’s a spicy one. Enjoy.

    Why It's So Hard to Make Friends as an Adult

    Why It's So Hard to Make Friends as an Adult

    Making friends is hard, and unfortunately, as you get older, it gets harder.

    In this episode, we look at research behind friendships, plus the complicating factors people experience in making new friends as they get older.

    And for anyone struggling with their social lives, we share practical tips on how to meet and keep new friends.

    Enjoy and, good luck out there.

    Founder of Eight Companies Explains: How to Take Massive Action (ft. Noah Kagan)

    Founder of Eight Companies Explains: How to Take Massive Action (ft. Noah Kagan)

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    Social media messes with our expectations because it convinces us that we should be doing everything, everywhere, all at once.

    But the reality is that we should focus on doing one or two things extremely well, in one place, consistently over a long period of time.

    Today on the pod, I talk to Noah Kagan, multi-millionaire and multi-business owner, about the type of consistency and habits that lead to wealth.

    Noah created his own wealth out of self-belief, learning from failing and being careful with what he gives a fuck about. Noah’s story is compelling as he shares how he found success over decades, by never ceasing to try.

    If you’re looking for some raw talk to get you motivated to go out and do cool shit, this is the episode to sink your energy into. Enjoy.

    Why Modern Society Makes Us Feel More Lonely

    Why Modern Society Makes Us Feel More Lonely

    I came across some mildly terrifying statistics on loneliness and wanted to figure out what was going on.

    In this episode Drew and I break down three paradoxes we're calling “The Three Paradoxes of Modern Loneliness” and they are as follows:

    1. We are more connected than ever, yet loneliness is at an all-time high
    2. The more urbanized our lifestyles become, the lonelier we become
    3. Despite being more social, young people are becoming lonelier than older people

    Join us as we dig into the data and discuss why this all might be happening and what we can do about it. Check it out.

    Productivity Expert Explains: How to Accomplish Far More While Working Less (ft. Cal Newport)

    Productivity Expert Explains: How to Accomplish Far More While Working Less (ft. Cal Newport)

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    What if there was a way accomplish meaningful work—without the associated relationship breakdowns or stress? What if “making an impact” didn’t require massive amounts of energy or sacrifice? What if you could get more done by doing less?

    In this episode, I talk to Cal Newport about how knowledge work has got it all wrong. We discuss the subtle dangers of remote/digital work and the key to avoiding burnout, all while still being able to grind on the things you love.

    If you’re a stressed out, overworked remote worker, this one is for you.

    6 Things to Stop Doing in 2024 to Change Your Life

    6 Things to Stop Doing in 2024 to Change Your Life

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    What if the answer isn’t to do more? What if the answer is to want less?

    I’ve always believed that subtracting from your life can produce better results than trying to add something. Generally, quitting a bad habit, or a bad mindset, or anything distracting, will have a bigger impact on your life than learning more.

    This episode covers a few things I think we should stop doing to live a better life. Enjoy.

    The Surprising Benefits of Working Weird and Awful Jobs (ft. Derek Sivers)

    The Surprising Benefits of Working Weird and Awful Jobs (ft. Derek Sivers)

    Successful people talk a lot about what made them successful. But they're rarely asked about all the things that went wrong.

    What about all of the things that failed? Or all the times they got fired? Embarrassed themselves? Spent time in jobs that were just plain weird or awful?

    No one asks this stuff. Until now of course.

    In this episode, I talk to my friend Derek Sivers about the weird and awful jobs that eventually led him to become a millionaire. From circus ringleader to founder of one the most successful music start-ups of our time, this guy has a story to tell.

    Derek Sivers is the author of four books, founder of CD Baby which he sold for $22 million (then gave most of it away), and just an all-around badass.

    6 Important Truths No One Likes to Hear

    6 Important Truths No One Likes to Hear

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    The most important truths in life are the ones we don’t like to hear.

    In fact, I managed to make an entire career out of sharing these types of truths because the stuff we don’t like hearing is often what we need to hear the most.

    In this episode I have a lot of fun going through—one-by-one—six nuggets of wisdom, designed to make us all less awful humans. So saddle up bitches, I’m here to break hearts today.

    What Everyone Gets Wrong About Mental Health (ft. Lori Gottlieb)

    What Everyone Gets Wrong About Mental Health (ft. Lori Gottlieb)

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    Could it be that today’s increased awareness about emotions, and our obsession with mental health issues, are actually causing more mental health issues? More people are doing therapy, but are those people potentially doing it wrong?

    Therapist, counselor, and author Lori Gottlieb says that a lot of our culture’s approach to mental health is wrong.

    In today’s podcast, we discuss what it takes to do therapy effectively. We discuss the prevalence of mental health content online and why that may be a bad thing. We talk about how people’s misunderstandings of vulnerability and boundaries can backfire. And we get into the effect social media might be having on this.

    Enjoy.

    3 Questions That Determine 99% of Your Happiness

    3 Questions That Determine 99% of Your Happiness

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    We all overestimate how much you have to do to actually be happy.

    But what if I told you that achieving happiness is much simpler than you think? That’s right, the smallest lifestyle changes can have the most unexpected knock-on effects towards positive change. It’s actually quite incredible once you experience it.

    In today’s episode of the pod, we delve into the 3 of the most important questions that you can ask yourself in determining your own levels of happiness. These are questions worth asking.

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