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The Harris family get excited WITH SAM AND JANE HARRIS The first introduction episode to the Growth Mindset Podcast. Sam looks back at his life with his mother Jane and explores some of the main events and funny stories that cultured his growth mindset. He comes away with some great advice for anyone to be a happier and more successful person and lays a great base for guests to come. SHOW NOTES Jane’s Top Tips: Stoicism The practice of resilience and stepping outside your comfort zone and reduce your fear of losing everything and appreciating what you do have. She actually got this from my nan who was a crazy awesome lady and used to send her kids to the neighbours randomly just so they would be okay if for some reason the parents died which I guess is the ultimate resilience for any child. Which is a practice I haven’t really heard of this day and age. Meditation and focus This was a really big one for her. The practice of calming your mind and helping to find focus and peace. and from that Try not to do so many things at once so you can apply more focus to the things that are your priorities and ultimately be more successful as a whole. Remember that often less is more. Test your ideas, the earlier the better Don’t be afraid to start a business at uni if things go tits up your back at home with your parents . and it’s okay to play it safe and try less risky business models that aren’t going to change the world straight away but will help teach you the essentials of launching a business, you can then scale up when you have more time. Basically, think sensibly about what fits your situation the best and then try things that fit the potential market. In general, if you’ve had dreams of running a business but it seems like such a big thing it really not that hard to just start a small side project without sacrificing everything and literally anyone can do it. Jane’s favourite books The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole — Age 13 and 3/4 ( Possibly one of my favourite and most memorable books I have ever read. All humans should read this book. Harry Potter ( It's just great. Jane recommends this highly to anyone who is looking to get into reading more Of Mice and Men ( A true classic and a beautiful if somewhat tragic read. Try a free Audible trial of any book here ( Sam’s Top tips: Don’t forget about family! The tail end ( — See this great blog about the ratio of time you spend with family as you get older. ( — If you aren’t worried about a little cry see find out how many times you’ll see your parents before they die Mushroom Coffee Not as well received as expected. Even a trial pack of ten isn’t cheap. So message me on Twitter @SamHarrisTweets and I’ll send you a free sachet =] CONTACT Jane: Twitter — @virtualJane ( Medium — Jane Harris ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guests: Jane Harris and Sam Harris. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
TOMIWA ADEY, FOUNDER — START-UP BAKERY Tomiwa Adey is a young tech entrepreneur who has founded several start-ups, learning a lot from his successes and failures. He grew up in Nigeria where he often had to hustle just to feed himself which in hidsight now leads to some amazing stories to tell. He offers a humorous insight into the trials and tribulations of being a tech entrepreneur and how to develop a positive mindset in the face of any situation. SAM’S TAKE HOME TIPS Tip 1 — Do things crazy things that scare you Whether it’s doing crazy projects to get yourself noticed or taking leaps out of your comfort zone, always keep things a little insane. It will help lead to a more varied life that you can look back on with rich memories of contrasting moments. Basically, you’re life will be a series of events that stand-out rather than a blur of monotony. You’ll have more stories to tell the grandkids and it will force you to keep learning and improving in ways you can’t even imagine. Tip 2 — Do something you’re passionate about If you want people to recognise what you’re doing or help you will be much more successful if you can demonstrate clear passion for what you’re doing and show the fact you will go the extra mile you’re much more likely to open more doors for yourself and Tip 3 — The power of a network A great lesson for tech entrepreneurs out there. sitting indoors building your project and perfecting things is great but you’ll never be a success unless you go outside and talk to people. Growing a network you can leverage its just as an important skill as being able to code if you want to be a successful entrepreneur. Tommy teaching me how to use a computer Contact Us You can find out more about us and chat about anything you like Tommy: ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( TOMMY’S FAVOURITE BOOKS We didn’t even get onto books during the episode. But fortunately, Tommy already has a list of his favourite books with his own short summary of why you should read it. Get any of the books free on audible ( Traction — Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares ( The key message in this book: Even great products don’t sell themselves. A start-up stands or falls on the customer base it can build. This is why you need to think about traction early and often and build your company’s goals around achieving that traction. 4 Hour Work Week — Timothy Ferriss ( Instead of living the 9–5 life of a desk slave, join the New Rich, create an automated income and enjoy a full life here and now. 22 immutable laws of Marketing — Al Ries & Jack Trout ( While having the cash to invest in marketing strategies is important, it’s far more essential to understand the rules by which companies play. Successful marketing deals in perceptions — not products — so follow the laws of marketing to help you craft a strategy that will win every time. Venture Deals — Brad Feld and Jason Medelson ( If you want to secure funding for your start-up, then you’ll need to know what your options are and how to make the most of them. When it comes to raising venture capital, that means understanding the interests of investors and assembling the right team to support you at the negotiating table. Start With Why — Simon Sinek ( Businesses, individuals and movements of all kinds should always start with WHY — their reason for doing something. This WHY should be the basis for every decision its leaders make and every message they transmit. By doing so, they will attract loyal supporters and garner long-term success. Think and Grow Rich — Napoleon Hill ( Wealth — in whatever form — is seldom the result of luck or coincidence. Far from that, it’s almost always the result of different traits and skills that anyone can learn and acquire. Mindset — Carol S. Dweck ( People with a fixed mindset obstruct their own development through their belief in innate talent and their fear of failure. On the contrary, people with a growth mindset work hard and train hard to ultimately realize their potential to the fullest. By confronting our own attitudes and ideas, we can develop a growth mindset. The Art of Learning — Josh Waitzkin ( Anybody can achieve superior performance with the right mindset, perseverance, dedication and strategy. Using performance psychology methods, you can learn to manage your ability to focus and relax, switching between them as needed. Predictable Revenue — Aaron Ross and Marylou Tyler ( Today’s world requires a new approach to sales. Salespeople must truly understand lead generation, from the different types of leads to the most effective approaches for generating them. With a specialized team that ensures every step of a sale is performed to a high calibre, and an organization that is committed to best practices, you can expect powerful and reliable revenue. The Everything Store — Jeff Bezos ( The main message of this book: Strong customer orientation, long-term thinking and the drive to evolve and improve are the qualities that make Amazon what it is. The company’s unequalled success can undoubtedly be traced back to the way of thinking promoted by its founder, Jeff Bezos. He stands out in particular for his willingness to take risks and try new things, as well as for his future-oriented thinking, which is also exemplified by his other projects, such as a private space program and a 10,000-year clock. Positioning: The Battle for your Mind — Al Ries & Jack Trout ( In order to successfully market a product, you have to have a good product name, avoid marketing traps and utilize your competitors. If you can’t be the first in the market, you must use your own positive qualities and specialities to find a niche for your product rather than being a “me-too” product. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook — Gary Vaynerchuck ( As more and more of our lives take place online, it is essential for businesses to use social media campaigns. So figure out what platforms are best for your brand, and tailor your marketing to them. Remember there’s no “one size fits all” for social media marketing, and don’t be afraid of new platforms like Pinterest. Any business can find success when it gets social media right. The Little Prince — Antoine De Saint-Exupery ( Tommy’s favourite piece of fiction of all time. An absolute classic you must read. Try a free Audible trial of any book here ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Tomiwa Adey. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Dean is the CTO of, a rapidly growing tech start-up in London. They are revolutionising the way people buy and sell homes making the process far more efficient and less of a headache for everyone involved. He is also the author of 3 books and an avid triathlete which are certainly non-trivial things to complete. He shares great insights into running and growing a successful team and of course personal insights on being a human and culturing a growth mindset. SAM’S TAKE HOME TIPS: 1 — Write a Non-fiction Book A great way to focus and really understand a topic. It doesn’t last forever and can really help build credibility. (Note from Sam — You can start by just writing a blog and answering Quora questions on topics) 2 — Pay it forward Don’t expect anything for free, just approach things sensibly expecting them to cost you time or money. be nice and genuine to everyone you meet without expecting stuff back. Then anything you do get you can be extra grateful for and will likely end up getting more in the process. 3 — Understand the Role of a CTO over time In the long-term, a CTO isn’t going to be a coder and needs to have the skills as a manager if he wants to retain that title Bonus — Test your idea first before building it! DEAN’S FAVOURITE BOOKS The Hard Thing About Hard Things — Ben Horowitz The tale of starting and growing a business to a billion dollars and losing it all and getting back and then nearly losing it and then starting another billion dollar business. Basically, there is no recipe for success and it is defined by what you do when things are going wrong. Such a good read. Sam’s Review and summary ( Get the book here ( Get on audible free ( The Lean Start Up — Eric Ries The book that started the whole lean movement. A standard for all cash-strapped entrepreneurs Buy on Amazon ( Get on audible free ( Design Sprints — Google Ventures The steps to design the full idea of your business model Buy the book ( Design Sprint Kit ( The Five Dysfunctions of a Team — Patrick Lencioni An interesting fictional story used to highlight the main issues that cause teams to become ineffective. The conversations in the book really show how to remedy a bad situation and get buy-in from others. Sam’s review and summary ( Get the book here ( Get on audible free ( Bernard Cornwell A fantastic fictional writer who focuses on historical-themed novels across the globe. Whenever travelling I love to read a book by Bernard Cornwell if he has written one in that country. His amazing imagery and storytelling really get you into the mindset of the character and they are always a great ride. Dean suggests starting with the Saxon series (renamed “Last Kingdom series” since TV adaption…) Get the book here ( Get on audible free ( READ DEAN’S BOOKS Building Great Startup Teams So many insights on hiring decisions, building the culture and getting the best out of everyone. Great read! Progressive Web Apps A useful book to get into the world of PWAs. Save time on developing native apps you don’t need when you can deliver a better experience through the web. Fast ASP.NET Websites I haven’t read this but the summary sounds good if you are a .net developer GET IN TOUCH You can chat to either of us about the topics covered in the episode or anything of interest =] Dean and Settled: ( Twitter ( ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Dean Hume. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
TOM CARTER — FOUNDER & CTO — ULTRAHAPTICS Tom Carter is the Founder and CTO at Ultrahaptics. A leading technology company making mind-blowing technology that lets users feel the sensation of touch in mid-air. The future is coming and they are at the pinnacle of it. Tom invented the technology behind Ultrahaptics alongside his professor in a research lab at the University of Bristol. They have since grown the idea into one of the UK's most innovative businesses raising multiple rounds of funding with a rapidly growing team. You don’t go through events like this without learning a lot of lessons. On the podcast, he shares some amazing insights into what he has learned along the way. It's an incredible story direct from the front line and I’m sure something all listeners will want to follow updates as their tech gets into the hands of consumers over the coming years. TOM’S TOP TIPS: 1. Culture: I love the way he thinks about making a nice culture without trying to take over people’s lives to try and squeeze more work out of them. Just getting more hours out of people doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get more work Allow people more freedom from work, so work 9–5 and they can go home. They can enjoy the money they earn and live their own social lives. Make sure that meal times are utilised as a good way for the team to bond and get some down time, consider this in the layout of your office 2. Focus on your strengths: I’ve got a lot of respect for the way he freely accepted taking on an incoming CEO so early on in the business, giving the company the management experience it needed to scale rapidly and allowing Tom to focus on driving innovation . Know your own strengths and limitations and just step back Be willing to get better people to do things you can’t do as well, this can help you achieve far more in the long run and you might learn a thing or two from them in the process. 3. Hiring He has a lot of insight from so conducting so many interview conversations in a rapidly scaling company that has experienced barely any turn over of staff. Approach interviews as more open conversations with people rather than a structured process. Aim to just get a good feel for what they would be like and what they could be doing for you. They might even have a role in your company that you weren’t specifically interviewing for. Make a point to ask questions like: What are they proud of doing? What do they enjoy doing? What are they best at doing? When hiring for a top position, screen candidates until you get four people that can do the job and get them all in on the same day. Afterwards, If you can all agree that one can do the definitely do the job don’t waste time overthinking it and just hire them. Bonus — Just do it Keep trying. success isn’t easy but if you have faith in the end goal even if it is a long way off it is worth the effort. Get out and try stuff whilst you’re still young! Don’t wait for life to happen to you because it comes around fast. TOM’S FAVOURITE BOOKS THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS — BEN HOROWITZ the tale of starting and growing a business to a billion dollars and losing it all and getting back and then nearly losing it and then starting another billion dollar business. Basically, there is no recipe for success and it is defined by what you do when things are going wrong. Such a good read. Sams Review and summary ( GETTING THINGS DONE: THE ART OF STRESS-FREE PRODUCTIVITY — DAVID ALLEN Just a standardly very useful book about just being an efficient human being and making the most of your time. Find top tips on maximising your time to achieve your goals that you can start implementing from day 1. It might not be the most exciting book but if you’re struggling to keep up with your task list or want to become better at achieving your goals then this should probably be at the top of your list before moving onto anything else. Get the book ( READY PLAYER 1 - ERNEST CLINE Since recording the podcast I have now read this book and it is amazing. I listened on audible and literally read the whole thing in 2.5 days whilst travelling in Kazakhstan. I couldn’t stop listening. Such an engaging read. Like Tom says it’s a really interesting perspective view on the future that gives a scary insight into some of the possibilities facing us. It also appeals to the geek in you and has a lot of 70’s and 80’s references so I sort of put it as the Matrix meets Guardians of the Galaxy maybe but based in a more possible reality. Get the book ( Get any of the books free on audible ( TALK TO US We’d love to know what you learned most from the episode and feel free to leave a comment or start a conversation with us on twitter. You can find out more about Sam or Tom and talk about any episode you’ve enjoyed or the future of the podcast. Tom and Ultrahaptics: Instagram ( Twitter ( Ultrahaptics ( University of Bristol ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Tom Carter. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Harsh is the VP of Engineering at TransferWise. On the podcast, he shares his wealth of experience leading software teams at scale. Prior to joining TransferWise, Harsh was Director of Product at PayPal leading product strategy and development of PayPal’s mobile apps and SDKs enabling third parties to build mobile wallet experiences. He also led eBay’s Local initiatives as Director of Engineering where he owned the vision and development of eBay’s Click & Collect platform globally, including launching eBay’s Click & Collect integration with Argos in the UK. He has a LOT of experience working with products at scale and managing teams through tough challenges and disasters. TRANSFERWISE TransferWise is a leading low-cost currency exchange online currency exchange allowing you to easily send money across the globe. You can sign up here to send your first transaction for free. ( Borderless Bank Account Their new Borderless Bank Account is possibly my favourite product of 2017. You can register your own bank account with a physical address and bank account numbers so you can store legit money, pay people and be paid in several currencies. For anyone that travels frequently, enjoys currency speculation or supplies digital work across borders this is the most amazingly useful thing ever. You can sign up for an account here ( SAM’S TOP TIPS FROM THE EPISODE When building a team that scales, so called 10x engineers can be toxic and not worth the risk. Check that someone is a team-player first and has the right alignment with the company, then assess on how good they are. Take risks early in life and try wearing some different hats. See what suits you and commit to big idea’s before life gets in the way. In tech it is inevitable that things will break at some point. Don’t be so sure of yourself that good processes will prevent any failures occurring. Always keep in place good monitoring to ensure you catch it early and can diagnose and roll back or fix the problem quickly. FAVOURITE BOOKS The Lean Start Up — Eric Ries ( The book that started the whole lean movement. A standard for all cash strapped entrepreneurs. The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. It’s about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it’s too late. Four steps to epiphany — Steve Blank ( The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup approach to new ventures. It was the first book to offer that startups are not smaller versions of large companies and that new ventures are different than existing ones. Startups search for business models while existing companies execute them. The book offers the practical and proven four-step Customer Development process for search and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Start Up owners manual — Steve Blank ( It s been called the bible for startups and the best $40 investment a startup can make (on sale at Amazon for far less)! A startup without customers is like a day without oxygen, and the Startup Owner s Manual helps founders get it right and shows you how to get, keep, and grow customers, literally every step of the way. Bill Bryson ( A travel writer who creates ight-hearted yet insightful thought pieces on the world around him. A great read to understand a lot more about different cultures and what is going on across the globe all form teh comfort of your armchair. PODCASTS PLANET MONEY An informative and often humorous insight into the world of money and the way economics shapes the world around us. 50 THINGS THAT CHANGED THE MODERN ECONOMY Short 10 minute episodes on things you might never have thought of but perhaps play a huge role in your life or the modern world. Nice thought bites to listen to on the train to make you a little bit wiser. CONTACT US We’d love to know what you learned most from the episode and feel free to leave a comment or start a conversation with us on twitter. You can find out more about Sam or Tom and talk about any episode you’ve enjoyed or the future of the podcast. Harsh and TransferWise: Twitter — @HarshSinha ( Twitter — @TransferWise ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Harsh Sinha. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Edward Broadhurst is a solicitor for local government and a member of the Territorial Army. A relaxed podcast where we explore his accidental launch and sale of his business and strategies to achieve more happiness and content in our lives. Some great tips covered and an interesting break from tech. If you want to get in touch with Ed it'll have to be via me: Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
HELENA SMITH — WRITER FOR LONELY PLANET AND ROUGH GUIDES AND AUTHOR OF HACKNEY GUIDES Helena Smith is a travel writer and book author. She writes for the ‘Lonely Planet’ and ‘Rough Guides’ publications whilst exploring the world, and has self-published her own books ‘Inside Hackney’ and ‘Eat Hackney’ in which she shares her insights travelling just a few miles from her doorstep. She shares her insights into travelling and how she worked her way into a dream job being paid to follow her passions. TOP TIPS 1. Pack minimally The less stuff you have the better your trip will be. trust me. baggage drags you down, there is more stuff to lose, more stuff to carry. more stuff to unpack and repack every stop and it literally is a huge drain on your energy and attitude to do fun stuff and ties you down. having just a tiny backpack with everything you need is the most liberating thing you can do for a good travel experience! This can also be applied as a general life strategy to keep you freer and able to take new opportunities without being so entrenched in stuff 2. Want to have a job as a writer — Just start writing. Actually pretty obvious in hindsight. to get good at writing you need to do it. By showing initiative and interest in writing about travel or local insights is the only way to get started in the world of travel writing. Just self-publish on a personal blog or submit to online magazines and grow from there. You can also review things on TripAdvisor and answer questions and give advice on Quora. In this modern age also things like an Instagram wouldn’t hurt… 3. Bananas are awesome You can do lots of healthy alternatives to things with them and keep all your vegan friends happy. And you can basically buy them anywhere in the world cheaply. So no excuses. HELENA’S BOOKS Inside Hackney ( If you’re in London or plan to visit the inside Hackney is a great resource beyond the average guidebook or using TripAdvisor. So many cool things she’s put in the book. Eat Hackney ( For culinary travellers, Eat Hackney is your chance to get hold of and recreate the best food available in Hackney from the comfort of your own home. I’m already keen to try the Mung-bean curry she mentions and excited to see what other gems she has inside. HELENA’S FAVOURITE BOOKS True History of the Kelly Gang ( by Peter Carey Her absolute favourite book. It sounds pretty interesting and as I’m about to visit Australia I’m lining it up on my next books to read. Daunt Bookshop A great shop in London, it pairs travel books with novels about the country. So you can read a nice story about where you are going. SAM’S FAVOURITE TRAVEL BOOK PAIRINGS ‘The Shadow of the Wind (’ — Carlos Ruiz Zafón — Barcelona, Spain A beautiful captivating tale from early 20th century Barcelona, it’s one of my absolute favourite books also so a great read to lose yourself in. The Caesar ( —  A Series of 5 Books by Conn Iggulden — Rome, Italy, Europe Just an epic account of the great man. All about Julius Caesar, Rome, Italy and also his conquests across Europe in general. ‘Memoirs of a Geisha (’ by Arthur Golden. — Japan A stunningly beautiful book all about the last true geisha’s of Japan that follows the story of a young girl who goes to Geisha school to try help her family in a troubled age and goes on to be a leading geisha but during a time when Japan was catching up with the modern world. It’s just a really interesting book into a crazy country and a crazy life that doesn’t really exist anymore but with many poignant life lessons about how to succeed and stay relevant in a changing world around you. ‘Nothing To Envy (’ by Barbara Demick, North Korea This book blew my mind. I literally had no idea about what has been going on in North Korea and it is a truly fascinating and shocking book about the crazy world of an entire country ran in a big brother state. it follows the tale of several families and characters and the effects that politics, famine and desperation has on them and the amazing resilience of human beings and the shocking power or information and what can happen when it is withheld from us. Obviously, I haven’t been to North Korea (YET) but I’ll update you on any progress on that front as I’m totally looking into it! Try a free Audible trial of any book here ( CONTACT Helena: You can find out more about Helena and her projects at: ( Twitter — Helena ( Twitter — Inside Hackney ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Helena Smith. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Nick Miller is the CEO of Buzzhire, an on-demand staffing agency for the hospitality industry in London. Their app provides a modern solution to staffing issues and empowers users to work when they want at a price that suits them. Nick has also launched several other businesses including EatFirst and Jumia whilst working for RocketInternet. We discuss the best strategies for raising finance, creating a successful team and some amazing insights on being an entrepreneur. TOP TIPS 1. Be Sensible About Equity Raising a large amount of money always seems like a good idea but ask yourself if you really need it straight away or if you can do without and retain a bigger holding and thus more control of your company. VC’s are often put off by companies where the founders don’t have a controlling share in the company. Equally, don’t be greedy and try to retain too much of your business. Selling at an inflated valuation can be damaging and limit your ability to raise further finance. So be realistic about your value and give out shares accordingly. 2. Enjoy your commute Plan your living and working situation in a way that you enjoy your commute. It is one of the single biggest contributors to well being and happiness much more than most material items. So before taking on that higher paying job, ask your self will the commute make me happy, rather than will the money. 3. Interview Strategy Ask Oddball questions to gauge more personality. If you think the candidate is a fit are worthwhile to spend time in the interview to make sure they really understand your business. Ensure that they have everything they need to make the decision to work for you. 4. Have clear distinctions of roles for founders. CEO — to raise money and drive the vision COO — to run the business and keep things together CTO — to build the tech Each person should have ownership of their area and be trusted by the others that they will deliver. Of course, you need to meet regularly to be sure your all working towards the same goal. But each in their different area and then stop getting in each other’s way. 5. Plan realistically — Don’t take on too much Expect all of your plans to take twice as long and ensure to take on a minimal amount of stuff at any point in time so that you do it properly. And then you don’t get stressed out and deliver what you say will the way you want to! Give yourself time to focus on being awesome at minimal stuff instead of being poor at everything. BOOKS: Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches  (— Carlo Ancelotti A thoughtful insight into managing people and getting buy-in from others, it sounds like a great read and happy to add to my ever-growing list. Nick mentions a great quote. _‘People don’t care how much you know, till they know how much you care.’ _< A great quote on how much of a role passion play’s when you want to be successful at anything. CONTACT Nick and Buzzhire: ( @nickam30 ( @buzzhire ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Show notes ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Nick Miller. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Matt is the CEO of CrowdEmotion. A tech start-up in London that tracks human emotional data with the goal of humanising technology to understand who we are and how we feel. It’s an amazing and ambitious project operating in one of the most interesting spaces in technology today. We discuss the business and the shape of things to come, along with his key lessons from being a CEO of a bootstrapped tech company. A must listen for those interested in AI, psychology, business and the future. TOP TIPS 1. Employee’s First Matt always holds his employee’s before anyone else and cares so deeply about them. This overwhelming principle was the glue that kept the company together when things went tits up and kept us all fighting for the greater cause. Knowing that your team are there for you makes such a difference. We were always welcome in his house and to chat about our issues whenever we needed. He even did the little things like surprising me by turning up at one of my gigs to showing up at the airport when a new employee from overseas arrived. 2. Trust People and don’t Micromanage To scale yourself successfully and operate a sound business and keep a sound mind you have to trust others to do their work. It free’s you up to focus on delivering the core things you need to do. It empowers others to do great work knowing that they are responsible for delivering on important items. Matt was great at finding young inexperienced individuals with an edge and getting the best out of them by giving them opportunities to grow. 3. Be your honest self Honesty is a theme that is important in so many areas. Want to give a good pitch? = have all the facts to hand and just be honest and yourself. Want to be a good networker? = Just do the hobbies you honestly enjoy and don’t put yourself in awkward business meet ups. Want to be successful employee or leader? = Find the things you honestly enjoy and commit to doing that the best you can and don’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole to please others. BOOKS: The Alchemist ( — Paulo Coelho A really cute and inspiring book about following your dreams and learning about the world. Perhaps a perfect example of the Growth Mindset in a fable form. Definitely read it if you haven’t. Suitable for any age. I think I’m looking forward to reading this to my children when I have them its sooo good Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Get in the Way of True Inspiration  (— Ed Catmull From the cofounders of Pixar. An incisive book about creativity in business and leadership. Part autobiography, part history of Pixar, part business book, Creativity Inc is an inspiring look at the role creativity plays in one of the most successful media businesses the world has ever seen The Hard Thing About Hard Things ( — Ben Horowitz The tale of starting and growing a business to a billion dollars and losing it all and getting back and then nearly losing it and then starting another billion dollar business. Basically, there is no recipe for success and it is defined by what you do when things are going wrong. Such a good read. Sam’s Review and summary ( Thinking Fast and Slow  (— Daniel Kahneman Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions, how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives — and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Hooked ( — Patrick Fagan How a marketer can pull on human traits to create more effective communication from the latest neuroscience and behavioural economics research. CONTACT Matt and CrowdEmotion Website — ( Twitter — ( Medium Publication — Making Senses ( Matt on Medium ( Matt on Twitter ( Matts TedX speech — Youtube ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Matt Celuszak. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Alex Denne is one of the most curious people I have ever met. He has an uncanny ability to break things down and gamify self-improvement as well as pretty much anything else. I worked with him co-running Basecamp, a business accelerator for students at Bristol University where we learnt a lot about start-ups and young entrepreneurs. On the show, we cover a lot about start-ups... Also, lots of business ideas and strategies for self-improvement and fun times travelling. He has a great view of the world that I think you’ll enjoy. TOP TIPS 1. Gamify Self-improvement I love the way he breaks things down and works out how to improve them, t’s good to always step back and be mindful and curious about what you’re doing and what you want to achieve. Wherever possible try and make the process more fun by gamifying elements of it or setting targets, rewards or budgets that you can monitor and acknowledge achievements. Note — Learn to Type Fast! 2. Cycle Touring is Awesome I need to do more cycle touring with my life, everyone should try it. It’s such a great way to see the world. It can be done really cheaply and is a fun healthy way of exploring with a good amount of challenge. 3. Work with people who complement you Just because you and a potential partner are both interested in an idea and get along, doesn’t mean you are the best business partners. You need to find someone that seeks out and solves the problem that you can’t, otherwise you are just double working and can actually cause conflict. People that do the same job as you should just be the employee’s that you hire whilst you find new problems that you can solve. People that solve things you can’t comprehend are your partners. BOOKS Peak By Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool ( This book really embodies the growth mindset and explains how you can improve and master and any skill. You don’t necessarily need innate talent to be brilliant. Have you ever wanted to learn a language or pick up an instrument, only to become too daunted by the task at hand? Expert performance guru Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak condenses three decades of original research to introduce an incredibly powerful approach to learning that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring a skill. Tim Ferris 4 Hour Work Week ( Great book on how to live your life and be more successful. One of the best books you can ever read to think more strategically about your life and how you want it to work and giving you the tools to get there. His other books are also worth reading but take the 4-hour body and 4-hour chef with a grain of salt and he makes some overwhelming statements that aren’t exactly accurate. Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind ( In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical — and sometimes devastating — breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction ( Everyone would benefit from seeing further into the future, whether buying stocks, crafting policy, launching a new product, or simply planning the week’s meals. Unfortunately, people tend to be terrible forecasters. Superforecasting offers the first demonstrably effective way to improve our ability to predict the future — whether in business, finance, politics, international affairs, or daily life — and is destined to become a modern classic. SuperIntelligence: Paths, Dangers and Strategies — Nick Bostrum ( What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. If machine brains surpassed human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become extremely powerful — possibly beyond our control. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on humans than on the species itself, so would the fate of humankind depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence. But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Growth Mindset Summary ( Learn more about the Growth Mindset and how to encourage one with this really informative blog. CONTACT Both very happy to discuss any of the idea’s mentioned in the show or anything else =] Alex: Twitter ( Instagram ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Show notes ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Alex Denne. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Eamonn is the Managing Director at Techstars London, and an early stage investor, advisor and board member in over 25 companies across the US, Europe and Asia. He also helps out at in Hong Kong, who invest in AI and ML companies. He is launching his own VC fund and runs a regular dealflow email for 300+ angel and VC investors. Previously, he was the MD at Techstars Connection in partnership with AB InBev program in New York, and has worked as a mentor on Techstars and multiple other accelerator programs across Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. He is a regular speaker at conferences around the world and a wealth of information on the VC, accelerators and tech scene. As such we talk a lot about accelerators, VC’s and tech on the podcast. TOP TIPS 1. You do only have one life on this planet — Enjoy your work If you aren’t super passionate about what you’re doing at work. minimise time at work or start your own business and do something you believe in. find your passion and work for your own goals Don’t work with dickheads The team you work with should be nice people that don’t suck. When interviewing for a role ask mundane questions to see if they can be normal and nice to hang out with. When interviewing a team check to see if they get on with each other within the team and be alert to micro-gestures that might suggest one person is being controlling or isn’t appreciated by the others. 2. Scheduling Keep control of your time by constricting tasks to specific slots so you know when you will be able to do different things and ensure you keep time saved for personal stuff. whether it’s working on specific business tasks or spending time with your family its good to have time that won’t be interrupted by calls. especially when your an investor in many companies and working with accelerators 3. Being a good CEO with Growth mindset Having a can-do attitude where you can constantly learn and improve your skills is the best way to be. His favourite CEO’s are like sponges that are constantly learning from everyone they meet and every action they take whether it has good or bad consequences it is a chance to constantly improve themselves and their businesses. As a bonus, they are normal people who are fun to hang out with due to having varied interests. So go all in on growth mindset 4. Don’t always listen to advice from Mentors / Investors There is no overwhelming easy to implement the strategy on how to take advice. you will always get some good advice and some bad advice and work out which is the best and which isn’t comes with experience. The only thing we can say is to not let advice paralyse you into indecision and when you are unsure try to go with your gut. The story of the business that received mainly negative feedback and stalled on their idea to then lose out to others is hardly unique. Have faith in your vision. If people don’t understand it often you need to explain your vision better rather than give up. or ignore some of the haters. of course, the advice is often really useful and just ignoring people is also stupid. A good rule of thumb is to not listen too closely to people that don’t understand the industry and try rely more on input from your potential customers. CONTACT We are both very happy to discuss any of the idea’s mentioned in the show or anything else =] Eamonn: LinkedIn ( Twitter ( Techstars ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Show Notes ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Eamonn Carey. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Escape the rat race and follow your dreams — The joys and woes of the nomad lifestyle Felix Chandler is a young millennial with a very relaxed attitude to life. He has made some great optimisations from the 80:20 rule leading to achieving a lifestyle he is very content with. In his part-time when he isn't on a beach, he is also a chess teacher, yoga instructor and massage therapist. But a lot of this can often be done from the beach... He taught me a lot about how to approach doing anything and provides a great reminder to ask yourself why you do things and what you wish to achieve. TIPS 80:20 - REALLY ASSESS HOW TO OPTIMISE YOUR TIME AND MONEY. You can save so much hassle and time by really assessing where your time is being spent and what you get from it. Felix shares a great example from his remote business where he didn’t charge a client up front and avoided extra hours worth of email to clarify on price and getting them to send half money now before starting work and then half when complete etc... If you lose 10% of leads but save 80% of time you are going to be much richer! You can deal with more clients. It also saves them time giving them a better experience, they are less likely to cancel and they also appreciate your trust and are more likely to book again. Everyone wins. YOU NEED A FIRE UNDER YOUR ARSE TO DO BIG THINGS! To really be successful and grow a business you need serious energy and drive to solve problems and deal with admin headaches. If you start a business to just solve a short term problem you will lose the fire and likely not turn the business into a big thing. You need to have real passion and drive to continuously dedicate to a project. YOU CAN BE VERY CONTENT WITH MINIMALASM You can be very happy by needing less. Reduce expectations of what you need to be happy and life can be very gratifying and rewarding. You don’t need to waste time working in a job you don’t like and spend it on the beach and reading and doing art if you spend less, LIFE IS NOW Don’t seek something in the future. You need to be content and happy in the now. If you can’t learn this then you won’t be content in the future because you will be seeking something else! BOOKS 4 HOUR WORK WEEK - TIMOTHY FERRIS ( A classic book. You won't end up working just 4 hours a week after reading it, but the way you think about work and life will never be the same. Learn to optimise your short time on this earth to spend as much of it doing what you enjoy and maximise the output of your labour to suit your needs. SAPIENS AND HOMO DEUS ( - YUVAL NOAH HURARI Bloody great books on everything about humans. Read them and be enlighted on the world around you! Try a free Audible trial of any book here ( CONTACT Felix: Felixkchandler at gmail dot com Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Felix Chandler. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Nick White is the head of the AI department at He helps startups in the accelerator to make the most of their potential with AI and grow their business. He also speaks and writes on AI and has a great medium blog, as well as practicing yoga and surfing in his spare time. Nick has some amazing life experiences we can learn from and has lots of great ideas and stories we can all enjoy. TIPS MASTERY TAKES TIME You can master anything with dedication and starting small. As part of the philosophy of the biggest journey still starts with a single step, if you have a passion project there is no reason to put it off and spending a small amount of time each day can quickly add up. Like the hare and the tortoise, if you can be dedicated and not bite off more than you can chew you will surely win. SACRIFICES ARE A PART OF LIFE It's great to be free and open to any opportunity. But if you want to master something and succeed you have to make sacrifices. Whether that is travelling less and having a home, or planning things in a calendar far in the future and sticking to it. I really love this attitude. Nick doesn't let the fact he is missing out on growing a successful banana ice cream biz with his mates get him down, instead he accepted that he made a logical choice to pursue AI and he couldn't do both successfully. DON’T LOSE TOUCH WITH WHO YOU ARE. It’s great to be shaped by your experiences and adapt to life in different situations, but don’t let yourself lose the values that make you great. Big cities can be cold places with little reason to be nice to those around you but wherever possible give the world a smile and make friendships with the people you come into contact even if only fleetingly. + it’ll make you happier =] BOOKS An avid reader. Some of his favourite books on AI and our future are: Get any of the books free on audible ( DEEP LEARNING - YOSHUA BENGIO ( HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY - JERRY KAPLAN ( SAPIENS AND HOMO DEUS - YUVAL NOAH HARARI ( Bloody great books on everything about humans. Read them and be enlightened on the world around you! PRINCIPLES - RAY DALIO ( A legendary investor he has a great set of guiding principles to life that have helped him be so successful and happy with his life and they serve as a great toolset for everyone. Understanding AI Blogpost ( Nick has co-created a great and lengthy article on AI which covers basically everything you need to know about how it works and where to get started if you are keen on dabbling in the field or just knowing how the hell it works. So uncover the inner magic and read on. Contact Us You can find out more about us and chat about anything you like Nick: Medium ( LinkedIn ( Zeroth ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Sam's blog - ( Support the Show - Patreon ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Nick White. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
FROM QUITTING YOUR JOB TO SELLING YOUR FIRST BUSINESS. Katherina is a young start-up founder who runs a logistics business based out of Singapore. She was a venture partner of the accelerator where she gives fabulous advice and mentorship. Originally from Bolivia she has a diverse life history with a number of lessons and stories along the way, including quitting her job to start a business with her new life partner. Not part of the typical formula for success she fought hard to achieve her goals regardless. TIPS DREAM IT AND JUST DO IT You really can just decide to quit your job and go off into the sunset with your partner and start a business when you don’t even know what it will be. This may sound a bit silly but when you aren’t happy with your situation you really can just aim for your dream of how you want things to be and not even know what it will be and yet still get there if you work for it. I find this very very inspiring. SELL WITH CONFIDENCE You don’t need to be specifically qualified or a big business to aim high and secure big clients. If you believe you can solve a problem for people then just do it and talk to the big scary companies you should be talking to. I was also quite surprised to find they were a team of only 4 people, it really shows you can run a great business by keeping it simple with a small team and still trade with the big guys IMPORTANCE OF SELF-CARE Whether is meditating or taking a walk or watching movies and hitting the gym everyday it’s important to take some time for yourself to ensure you have balance in your life and are doing things on your terms. There’s a huge shift in the mentality of you choosing to be there and working on the things you should be rather than the work choosing itself for you and you feeling like you are just putting out fires endlessly without any control of where the next fire will be. BOOKS A big fan of the classics which you can totally download for free win. Pride and prejudice (, to kill a mockingbird (, 1984 ( If you had to read them when you were younger and didn’t get them they really are worth picking up again. and if you never read them then sort your life out. you can just search free audiobook player in any app store and get an app that downloads any of the old classics, so no excuses. Get any of the books free on audible ( Contact Us You can find out more about us and chat about anything you like Katherina Instagram ( LinkedIn ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Sam's blog - ( Support the Show - Patreon ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Katherina Olivia-Lacey. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
FROM GROWING A BUSINESS IN STEALTH MODE TO CULTIVATING AN ATTITUDE OF SELF IMPROVEMENT Antoine created the technology behind Siri which he sold to Apple. He is currently the founder of Sentient Technologies, one of the worlds leading AI businesses. In his spare time he is a mentor at Zeroth AI where he is a source of brilliant advice. We cover some awesome topics about the future and the past, dealing with problems at a personnel level to threats facing the whole of humanity. Some huge idea’s that made my head spin at the time and lead to me conducting some very rapid reading up on latest tech idea's. Anyone interested in Tech and the future or just being a better person will learn plenty from Antoine. TIPS GROWTH MINDSET You can literally achieve seriously big goals if you work for them. grandfather carried on with his life with a positive attitude and went on to do incredible things without giving up. Running a business and not giving u on his personal hobbies. I don’t think i’ll ever forget the story of Antoine playing chess with him, that is truly incredible. CHALLENGE YOURSELF AND DON'T BE AFRAID TO TAKE A PAY CUT Open yourself to interesting challenges and learning experiences at every point. America vs. Japan —> choose japan. Taking the next job up the chain vs a step down in a new avenue where you can learn loads more. ASK CANDIDATES WHAT OTHERS THINK OF THEM You can get a lot more insight into how a person actually functions by asking what others think of them rather than just asking for their strengths and weaknesses. BOOKS A huge fan of history and reading real books. I would love a chance to look into his personal library. but for now we have these books from him as his must reads. Get any of the books free on audible ( LOST ILLUSIONS (LA COMÉDIE HUMAINE #38) - HONORÉ DE BALZAC ( I’d never heard of this book but on investigation it sounds amazing. It seems to be considered one of the Great french classics that is taught in school but much more appreciated as an adult and I really can’t wait to read it. It seems to be a coming of age novel about a french man who moves to Paris to seek love and glory and i’m hoping to get insights on life and France all in a beautiful novel. MEMOIRS: A TWENTIETH CENTURY JOURNEY IN SCIENCE AND POLITICS - EDWARD TELLER AUTOBIOGRAPHY ( It covers the story behind the H-bomb as well as The entire path of edward teller leading up to and after it. He also recounts the effects had on him from his relationships with great minds like einstein, von neuman, borr and fermi. So another book I”m excited to read. NOTHING TO ENVY - BY BARBARA DEMICK ( This book had a huge effect on me really learning how an entire society can be controlled by their rulers and that it’s actually still going on today just made it feel all the more real and worrying. So a truly great book that covers the story of several families in North Korea from the end of the war up until today. Possibly the best book I read last year. Contact Us You can find out more about us and chat about anything you like Antoine: LinkedIn ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Sam's blog - ( Support the Show - Patreon ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Antoine Blondeau. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
THE STORY OF HAVING A MASSIVE IDEA AND THEN MAKING IT HAPPEN. Adam Dodds, CEO and Viktor Nebehaj, Head of Growth Freetrade is a revolutionary trading platform for UK investors to make trades for free. Their mission is to completely improve the experience of trading so that people can make the best use of their money and never have to worry about fee's. Adam Dodds, CEO and co-founder of Freetrade shares his experience in starting the platform and key issues and features of the platform. Viktor Nebehaj is the Head of Growth and goes much deeper into crowdfunding strategies, investing strategies and tools to make you a better human. is launching this month May 2018 and also raising their 3rd round of funding on for anyone interested to get involved. TIPS LONGER TERM INVESTING. I really like Viktor's investing approach of looking for the companies that have maybe been neglected by the stock market with newer fancier businesses like Tesla or facebook taking the limelight but actually have a great business model and are offering a decent return and have invested in R and D to keep themselves producing relevant products and selling a big volume of products and companies like Ford and Nike represent that. Also the long-term goal of aiming to be able to make a reliable income of your investments is such a great way to be designing your life and really worth thinking about. A GOOD IDEA CAN GET FUNDING Apparently raising a relatively small in their words circa £150k is easy. This seems pretty big but with just a few founders with an idea, you can tell a good story about it's totally doable. You need to show you know what you are doing then you really have no excuse to quit your job and just bloody do it. Now in the UK this is even easier with the SEIS scheme but there are similar incentives in many countries. PRACTICE REAL KINDNESS Kindness isn’t just being nice to your family members and friends or doing acts that you hope to get paid back. It’s about doing things that genuinely help or improve someone else’s life without expecting any recognition or thanks. Practicing such kindness is the most enlightening, empowering and satisfying thing you can do and learning to make such acts will give huge personal rewards once you can do it. BOOKS Get any of the books free on audible ( BORN TO RUN: A HIDDEN TRIBE, SUPERATHLETES, AND THE GREATEST RACE THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN BY CHRISTOPHER MCDOUGALL ( Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong. CHAOS MONKEYS: OBSCENE FORTUNE AND RANDOM FAILURE IN SILICON VALLEY BY ANTONIO GARCIA MARTINEZ ( Liar’s Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent exposé of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio García Martínez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager and startup founder/CEO. The reality is, Silicon Valley capitalism is very simple: Investors are people with more money than time. Employees are people with more time than money. Entrepreneurs are the seductive go-between. Marketing is like sex: only losers pay for it. ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON'S GREAT ADVENTURE - ALFRED LANSING ( In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world. DISRUPTED: MY MISADVENTURE IN THE START-UP BUBBLE BY DAN LYONS ( For twenty-five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession--until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: Poof. His job no longer existed. "I think they just want to hire younger people," his boss at Newsweek told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the vague role of "marketing fellow." What could go wrong? HILLBILLY ELEGY: A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS BY J.D. VANCE ( From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream. SHANTARAM BY GREGORY DAVID ROBERTS ( "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured." So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Contact Us You can find out more about us and chat about anything you like Freetrade: Medium ( Website ( Twitter ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Sam's blog - ( Support the Show - Patreon ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guests: Adam Dodds and Viktor Nebehaj. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Co-Founder - RavenProtocol , Rocco AI , Good Audience Partner and Investor at Zeroth AI Writer for Forbes, Huffington Post and Business Insider Sherman Lee is an inspiring entrepreneur who knows how to have fun doing it. He has extensive experience in social media, bots, growth hacking, crypto-currencies and Machine Learning, of which he has businesses involved in all of these things. Somehow he also finds the time to write for major publications such as Forbes and the Huffington Post and do a lot of hiking and be a dad. We discuss key insights on how to growth hack your business as well as developing your own personal skills and function as a human being. As usual, I learn more than I expected and want to spend another 3 hours interviewing him. TIPS USE FORCING FUNCTIONS TO MAKE YOURSELF GROW A big motivator is a great way to really force yourself to tackle your demons and grow. Putting yourself out there in a sink or swim situation is the best way to learn fast and hard. Sherman was terrified of sales but running out of money he finally actually charged for his products and learnt how to sell them 2.DON'T DO EVERYTHING YOURSELF 'Someone else is always better than you at something' - Don't try and take everything on yourself because you aren't even the best person to do everything. People can help your idea or teach you much faster than if you do everything by yourself. 3. MUMS ARE AWESOME Mums put in a lot of effort. Be nice to them, thank them, do random acts of kindness. BOOKS Get any of the books free on audible ( FOUNDERS AT WORK: STORIES OF STARTUPS' EARLY DAYS - JESSICA LIVINGSTON Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? Founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company. Where did they get the ideas that made them rich? How did they convince investors to back them? What went wrong, and how did they recover? Contact Us You can find out more about us and chat about anything you like Sherman: Medium ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Sam's blog - ( Support the Show - Patreon ( Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Sherman Lee. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
Product Manager at Roche Pharmaceuticals (Kindest person I know) Bob Asim is a mid 30-year-old Malaysian professional who has worked at various large medical organisations bringing products to market and into hospitals and GP surgeries such as breast cancer and diabetes medications. Bob is also one of the kindest and happiest people I have ever met and just has some amazing philosophies on life that have really stuck with me and I hope will help you as well. TOP TIPS HAPPINESS THROUGH GENEROSITY Now this is kind of a difficult concept to grasp and initially practice when you’re brought up in a world where you are taught to think for yourself and When you can start deriving happiness from making others happy your life truly changes. When you think of things from other peoples perspectives instead from your own perspective you really unlock a whole extra dimension of happiness that never even existed before and its suddenly becomes remarkably easy to enjoy each day instead of going through life selfishly trying to have more for yourself or feeling owed stuff or victimised when you don’t get as much as others instead of feeling happy that other people are doing well. This also makes you are much nicer person to be around and then other people start doing nice things for you and your life and relationships get a whole lot better. Bob thinks that the ability to be generous should be considered a privilege that you shouldn’t take for granted and should use at all times: 1 - The fact you can give anything is a privilege. even just a smile is a privilege that you are happy. giving anything of value is a privilege that you have something of value. 2 - Being able to give to others because they are open to receive is also a privilege. Not everyone in life is ready to receive help or advice or any form of gifts from you. So when people are open to generosity you can be grateful that you are able to improve their day. Then to conclude with his biggest philosophy - Having what you need is enough and having more is awesome because you get to give to others. HAPPINESS THROUGH LIVING IN THE MOMENT AND JUST DECIDING TO BE HAPPY Don’t let your expectations of what you want control your happiness. when shit things happen accept them and just move on without being dragged into unhappiness, like Bob and his new kitchen or me and my parking ticket. If you accept reality as it is straight away you can continue to be happy and have good relationships with the people around you. If you kick and scream like a child resisting acceptance of this new fate that has befallen you and blaming those around or shouting at people you are just being stupid, you have to accept this new situation you are in eventually and you are just wasting time. If a problem arises and you let that make you unhappy and get angry or sad, instead of having one problem you create many more problems for yourself and waste your own time being unhappy about life and waste time of others being a dick and life is simply too short too waste with this so just don’t. and then life is much better. And as a bonus when you observe the fact that you could be unhappy right now but have decided not to be, you feel even happier because you aware of how much crap you are avoiding. I appreciate that this is super easy to say and super hard to do. Like i learnt my lesson with the parking ticket ten years ago but still didn’t become great at practicing it till more recently. Some people certainly feel like they are supposed to get angry when someone does them wrong and like it’s violating their principles letting someone get away with something. but if you can look at the big picture and see how much benefit and negative you truly get from following these negative emotions it just always works out worst for yourself. Like buddhist say. ‘Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other man to get sick' STAY TRUE TO YOUR BELIEFS When something makes you feel awkward and you know it's wrong yet you feel like it can’t be changed and those around you aren’t doing anything. Don’t just carry on. Have the balls to stick your neck out and risk it. Bob saved patients money and impressed his bosses by being the one willing to tell them about the issues going on with doctors stealing money from patients. He risked being not understood or losing sales of the product for his company by doctors no longer using their products. But he stood up for his belief and the patients and everything worked out. I think we all have times when our morale beliefs are challenged and examples like this are a great reason to have faith in ourselves instead of just following the crowd. BOOKS Get any of the books free on audible ( REPLAY - KEN GRIMWOOD ( The tale of a man who is reborn several times into his same body as a teenager and provides a great perspective on the way someone can choose to live a life. I just found this a beautiful tale of the paths and decisions we take in life and how they affect us what really matter in our search for happiness. 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEENS - SEAN COVEY ( Sean is the son of Stephen Covey who wrote 7 habits of highly effective people. this book is an interpretation of those principles in a way that a teenager can apply them to their life or a parent or grandparent can help them. Both books are excellent read for anyone wanting to do more with their lives and be happier. 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We all experience learned helplessness in our lives much to our own detriment. Yet most people don't even know what it is. Sam breaks down what the effect is, from how it was discovered to what you can do about it. This episode helps us learn more traits to boost our growth mindset with the goal of making you a more positive and strategic thinker able to look at the bigger picture and less caught up in the problems life throws at us. BACKGROUND It was discovered by Marting Seligman. He restrained dogs in a box and then gave them an electric shock at the same time as ringing a bell. After repeating this the dogs learned they would get a shock every time they heard the bell. He then put them in a box with a small fence they could jump over. on the other side of the fence would not get a shock when the bell rang. However, when the bell rang they just cowered and accepted the shock. If he put a different dog in the box that had not received the electric shocks before it would try to escape and quickly learn that when the bell rang it would be safe on one side of the box and not on the other. This has been demonstrated with other animal studies such as rats and even elephants and just in teh last few years in zebrafish and tree-shrews. They found that elelphant trainers would tie a young elephant to a post and it would struggle to try and escape the rope. For hours and days they might pull against it before giving up. However, once they gave up they wouldn’t test it again. So once teh elephant becomes an adult that can rip up tree’s and knock down walls, if you tie it to the post it was tied to as a child it gives up and sits down until it’s released. amazing! LEARNED HELPLESSNESS IN HUMANS Learned helplessness in extreme scenarios has not been experimented on with humans but it has been proven to be similar to those observed in animals although there are more complicated factors at hand and they found two types of helplessness can arise. Original Experiment In one experiment they had three cases for the human test subjects. One group heard a loud noise and had a button in front of them. they needed to press the button 4 times to make it stop and they usually worked this out pretty fast. a second group had the same noise and hte same button. but when pressed the button did nothing and the subjects soon stopped bothering with the pointless button a third group had no noise at all. In the second test all participants heard a similar loud noise and had a box with a lever in front of them. When manipulated the lever turned off the noise. Groups 1 and 3 learned to turn off the noise quickly. group 2 who had become used to not being ablt to turn off the noise mostly didn’t try the lever and sat with an annoying noise playing. Deficits of Helplessness They deduced that learned helplessness creates three deficits in subjects, cognitive, motivational and emotional: Cognitive - the subject has the idea in their mind that their circumstances are uncontrollable Motivational - meaning that the subject doesn’t bother to respond to potential methods of escaping a negative situation Emotional - the subject takes on a depressed state when they are placed in a negative situation they cannot control TWO TYPES OF HELPLESSNESS Learned helplessness in humans can have two types. Universal helplessness and personal helplessness Universal helplessness is a sense of helplessness where the subject believes nothing can be done about the situation, no one can help alleviate the pain or discomfort. Personal helplessness is where the person believes that others may be able to find a solution or to avoid the pain or discomfort but that they are not personally capable of finding a solution. Both can lead to a state of depression but with different qualities. Universal helplessness leads to explanation of the problem being due to external factors that they can’t solve, whereas personal helplessness will tend to be explained due to internal reasons. As such personal helplessness is associated with a lower sense of self-esteem and can have a greater emotional impact. Neither are great and experiencing either is a bad place to be. They are more likely to arise when we are anxious or under stress and then just naturally over-time we are more likely to accumulate learned helplessness traits as we get older due to two fundamental laws of nature as time passes we are exposed to more situations where learned helplessness can arise as time passes our bodies age and we experience more loss of abilities and health complications, some of which are reversible yet they get accepted. As well as the immediate issues of not helping ourselves in the given situation it also has negative effects such as burnout, Depression, anxiety, phobias, shyness, and loneliness COMMON LEARNED HELPLESSNESS EXAMPLES CHILDREN IN SCHOOL Often a child performs badly in one topic, math or in my case languages. They perform poorly compared to the rest of the class and the teacher doesn’t provide useful examples the student can learn from or faith in the student that they can do better. The student gets used to being bad at the subject and only get’s worse and pays less attention in lessons and completes homework in a more resigned manner expecting to do badly. They lose confidence to use the skills in the rest of their live. i.e. a bad math student never has confidence to work with figures or a bad language student never tries to learn a new language and assumes they will not be able to. Example My friend who first told me about learned helplessness used to be bad at english, when he was a t school in Germany he had one teacher who gave him his test results back once and told him he’d never be any good at english and that he was a stupid child. like seriously WTF was this guy being a teacher but the effect was really damaging on my friends motivation to even try and get better at english so he always approached it with an attitude that he wouldn’t learn much and struggled even more than he needed to. Luckily Germans basically have to study english forever so he went on to become pretty much fluent, however, he still had really low confidence for a long time even when he was pretty much fluent until he found out about learned helplessness and how silly his mindset was. SHYNESS Another common example is shyness. People who feel shy in social situations can eventually feel there is nothing they can do to overcome their symptoms. When the believe their symptoms our outside of their control this can lead to them not engaging in social situations and making the shyness even more pronounced and compounding effects of anxiety and stress around the situation so they avoid it even more. I personally have suffered from shyness and language learning difficulties. but where i first encountered learned helplessness was with coding MY FIRST HELPLESSNESS QUALITY - CODING I realised my first ‘learned helplessness’ quality whilst my co-founder was teaching me some programming techniques for a new front end framework we we re writing. I am more the business guy that has just got into coding and not exactly the core developer here but I can code. However, as he was teaching me and giving me tasks to do I was constantly asking more questions whenever I became stuck or didn’t understand something. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in the code I was writing and generally made the assumption that what I was doing was probably wrong. I’d literally internalised that I was a bit of an idiot. He sat down and told me I wasn’t stupid that I was showcasing learned helplessness qualities to my problems. The solutions are in front of me I just need to look for them instead of assuming I will fail. I had developed a mindset that I am not clever enough to work things out by myself and that I need someone to show me the way every time. As a coder that is so dangerous. It causes you to be insecure about your actions and generally worse at everything from the start. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy of your own demise. If every time you want to learn something new you expect it will take you forever and you do a million tutorials or need to hire a mentor you will never get anywhere on your own. He challenged me that I wasn’t as stupid as I was telling myself and that I could answer most of my questions myself. If I took more time to read the things I didn’t understand and follow all unknown paths to their end I would be able to answer any question I had. Everything was written in front of me I just needed to open my eyes and actually use my own initiative instead of depending on others. For a coder, this is really hard to admit but it changed me completely. I’m now reading parts of applications I would just never go into before because I just assumed I wouldn’t know what was going on. And the best thing is I'm totally getting it, I’m fixing my own problems and doing things without asking questions or without even using the internet. I literally feel like a new person. TIPS FOR BEING AN INDEPENDENT CODER (OR THINKER) Stuff you learn straight away and do and then forget and stop doing..: If trying to do something difficult. Don’t just start coding. Write out what you are going to do. The more complicated it is the more notes you should make. If you are going through someone else's code. Write down what each file does and each function within that file. methodically make a map of how things work. Write down the difficult questions and don’t stop until you have found all the answers. Google is your best friend. Everyone knows this, but how many times have you asked someone how to do something and they had to google it for you. It’s embarrassing. Before you ask someone anything, first ask google. (and depending on what you are doing, also try turning it off and on again) _Rubber duck philosophy _— before asking your friend (or if you don’t have a friend) but google hasn’t worked. Try the rubber duck philosophy. Have a hypothetical conversation with your rubber duck where you explain what you are doing, explain what the problem is. Maybe draw him a diagram. If you haven’t already solved the issue by just doing this you can then ask your duck the question of how to fix the problem. Then with a better map of where the problem lies break down what you do know and don’t know, this will help get to the root of the issues. You usually find that the answer is within you. So many times when explaining a problem you will say something along the lines of, ‘Well really I should just be doing x, y, z, method because this p, w, v, y, t method is a really stupid and ….’ STOP there. you’ve solved your problem. So having seen the radical change this caused, I thought I would investigate ‘Learned Helplessness’ some more and it lead to this whole post. Note — I am a successful entrepreneur who up to now thought he was constantly challenging himself to be healthier, wealthier, happier and wiser. And for the most part, I am. buuuut there are whole sides of me I’ve stopped developing and opportunities I’ve simply shut out because of things I’ve learned about myself over time that I’ve accepted as fact. Up to now i’ve broken down the problems and attributes of learned helplessness which has been a little depressing and given one example of how I dealt with it but now we are going to learn about the more scientific solutions we can use how to overcome any learned helplessness attribute so we can live happier and more successful lives. Winning! METHODS FOR OVERCOMING LEARNED HELPLESSNESS *Martin Selgman gives the example of top athletes. * To become number one in a given sport you usually have to rank most consistently over a year including many events. (just think about tennis or formula 1). So to reach number one it is likely that the top athlete will also fail on several occasions. So their real strength is the ability to bounce back from a defeat and ‘hang in there’. If they just quit after a winning streak they would never be so successful. Seligman showed that optimists are more successful in almost all areas including relationships, sport and general health, business and academic success. So how do we become more optimistic? EXPLANATORY STYLES Explanatory styles are essentially little stories we tell ourselves to make sense of life. We are interpretation machines adn we continuosly go about our do making up explanations and stories for life around us. Your explanatory style is your default pattern for digesting and explaining bad events that occur. There are three main elements to each explanation, the “3P’s”, which determine if we approach problems positively or negatively. Personalisation - the perception of causality Pessimists view events as internally caused. e.g. A player loses a chess match. therefore I am bad a chess. An optimist view things as externally caused and will allow for non-personal factors e.g. this opponent is amazing or today I am not feeling so good or the opponent was lucky Permanence - the perception of time Pessimists believe setbacks are permanent and truly fixed forever. e.g. I will never be good at chess or be able to beat this opponent. Optimists believe setbacks are only temporary e.g. I didn’t prepare well or I had a cold or I need to practice more, next time I will perform better Pervasiveness - the perception of space and further impacts Pessimists see a setback as pervasive and related to many area’s as well as the specific setback e.g. I failed at chess, I am not clever or good at anything Optimist see a setback as narrowly contained in the one area of life e.g. I still have a life outside of chess where I am smart and capable. PERCEPTION OF GOOD AND BAD SITUATIONS I just explained that a pessimist views negative situations in the opposite way to an optimist, they takes them personally and as a permanent and wide reaching thing. It is also important to see how someone explains a good situation. When encountered with a good situation the self explanations swap and the pessimist views this event as external and not personal and as specific and impermanent, whereas the optimist takes a good situation as internal, longer lasting and wider reaching. An individuals characteristic style of explaining events plays a major role in whether a learned helplessness trait will develop. A pessimistic explanatory style is associated with a greater likelihood of experiencing learned helplessness. A NICE EXAMPLE - BILL AND BEN THE FLOWERPOT MEN Bill and Ben apply for a promotion in the flowerpot factory. They both get rejected. Bill is a pessimist. He assumes, rightly or wrongly, that the reason he missed out is personal (I wasn’t good enough), and/or permanent (I’ll never get ahead), and/or pervasive (this ruins everything -what’s the point of living). Bill is likely to give up on himself and probably won’t try again and at risk of becoming depressed due to this explanation. In contrast, Ben is an optimist. Faced with the identical setback he assumes the cause is non-personal (the boss’s nephew got it), and temporary (I had a hangover that day), and non-pervasive (this impacts my career, but not my relationship, my hobbies, my gym membership etc -life goes on). As such life does go on and Ben is fine and more likely to try for other promotions and not carry the setback around with him into other area’s of his life. IDENTIFYING YOUR STYLE Martin Seligman’s site Authentic Happiness provides a free optimism assessment test to measure your level of optimistic permanence, pervasiveness and personalization. This allows you to recognize, and therefore change, your descriptions to become more optimistic. HOW TO ACTUALLY PREVENT LEARNED HELPLESSNESS METHOD 1 - ALTERING OUR EXPLANATION STYLE When faced with loss and disappointment we should try asking ourselves these key questions to dig into current and past self explanations of problems that arise: Personal Did you blame yourself? If so, in hindsight did that prove accurate? Are you really to blame, or was it just bad luck or a factor dependant on the situation or people around you? Permanent Did you assume it would last forever? If so, were those predictions accurate? How long can it really last? Will it always be like this or will it pass? Pervasive Did you assume it would ruin everything in your life? If so, in hindsight was that truly accurate? What does it really affect in your life? What in your life will continue unaffected? Try and review your explanatory style wherever possible and challenge any pessimistic explanations that have become your default setting. Review and reduce the negative impact of past setbacks and try to keep this technique to encourage more resilience in the future. Next time life gives you lemons don’t make lemonade. Review the Personal, Permanent and Pervasive model instead! METHOD 2 - ABC METHOD When we face dissapointment or negativity of any sort we can use the ABC method to begin to change feelings of helplessness and pessimistic perspectives. The method was developed by Dr. Albert Ellis and Dr. Martin Seligman to allow a more flexible response to negativity and is a next step antidote to a defeatist mindset of learned helplessness. A - Adversity Descibe the event that happened. Leave out any evaluations or judgements. Simply describe the event that happened in a way that is as unemotional as possible. Example - ‘A colleague missed an important deadline and put the team behind schedule for the rest of the project' B - Belief Explain how the adveristy was interpreted. Do not state how you think it should be interpreted, but what your actual default belief or interpretation of the event was. Example - “I can’t believe how selfish the team member is and how unwilling they are to take things seriously. This shows their overall lack of dedication" C - Consequence Think about the feelings and actions that result from these beliefs. Go back with a level of introspection and ask yourself how you handled it. Be sure to go deep. How and when do those emotions and feelings lead to certain behaviours and actions. Example - “I am overcome with anger and frustration. I feel betrayed and discouraged. I noticed I began raising my voice and becoming hostile and sharp towards the team member" D - Disputation Do you have grounds to dispute these automatic reactions? What are the possible repercussions of following these emotions? Consider whether there are any greater benefits to moving on from the situaion and stopping this default (impulsive) reaction before it starts. Example - “Maybe I was overreacting. I don’t know the full situation yet. Maybe they had a bad week or tried to get the work done and ran into issues. By getting stressed I just annoy myself and others and further hinder the project by reducing our ability to work together." E - Energisation Did you manage to turn things around? Put all your focus on the positive feelings that ensue as a result of reframing your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Ask yourself, what’s different between how I just handled this situation versus how I would normally handle it? Relish in those personal rewards! Example - “I am proud of myself for intervening in my automatic reactions and to be able to stop them part way through. I’m happy that I’m accomplishing more by looking at things in a more reasonable manner" Regularly applying the ABC method will get you into the habitual groove of optimistic response and avoid damaging pessimism. When you have practiced it a few times you get to notice a natural reframing of situations in response to negative events. *Let’s practice it now. * This ABC method has a stupid name. It is actually ABCDE and to be honest these letters were only chosen because they are catchy and they words they represent aren’t the best words to describe the action at each point! The result is I am annoyed and don’t use the method A - Adversity There is a method that is helpful for being positive but has a silly name B - belief I think it has a really stupid name and is therefore also a stupid method C- Consequence I didn’t take it seriously because i was pre-occupied by it’s stupid name rather than the actual method D - Disputation I am being silly and wasting an opportunity to learn a better way of living my life as a calm and happier person that gets on with people better and can be more productive and kinder to those around me. I should try out the method anyway and maybe give it a better name if I am so concerned. Like ‘The deep dive method’ or… screw it actually perhaps it is a good name after all. I like the ABC method name. E - Energisation Wow what a great example. I just made myself laugh at how stupid I am and feel more positive about the problem and more willing to use it to fix other things I react to negatively. Life is fabulous. and I have an example for my blog. Double win. METHOD 3 - SMART GOALS After diagnosing our attribution style and learning to overcome pessimistic thinking, the final method is to understand that we are in control and take ownership of our response to situations and the next steps we take. Believing that a failure is out of our control or a situation is unlikely to change leads to worse performance. To achieve greater sense of self control we should practice active goal setting. This is proven to increase behaviour change as it increases your desire to act in a particular way (motivation). setting sensible goals that are likely to be achieved provides a sense of control over our outcomes, even more so when we begin to meet those goals on a consistent basis. Specific You need to know exactly what you want to achieve and not some vague goal. Questions: What is it exactly that I want to achieve? Where is this going to happen? When am I going to make this happen? Who is going to be involved? How am I going to make this happen? Why do I want to reach this goal? e.g. I want to build a sustainable business with revenue List concrete, tangible outcomes. Give names, locations, offices, cities, etc. Give specific dates and timelines. Work backwards. Give names and team members as well as potential partners and others to lean on. With all the information above, lay out a detailed strategy, tactic, and plan. Tie it into your bigger vision for yourself and your business. These relate to your principles, values, missions – the things that you stay true to. Measurable To track your progress it must be measurable. This helps provide feedback for your brain that it is gaining a sense of self control. Questions: Make it easy to determine where you stand with your progress Help refine exactly what it is you want e.g. My business must hit $10k monthly recurring revenue by the end of the year At this point don’t take the easy option and set small micro goals that are easy too easy to achieve. Achievable You don’t want it to be too easy but also if it is too hard it is a pointless goal. You won’t be able to reach it and be more likely ot give up and fall back into learned helplessness traits. Questions: Is my target really achievable? What will happen if I fall short? Are there any constraints or obstacles to overcome? What do I need to sacrifice to achieve it? Relevant How relevant is the goal? Will it be fulfilling to me as an individual? Do I really want or need it or is a different goal more worthy of my effort? Does it actually fit in with your other goals Question: Why is this goal important to me? What is worth sacrificing to achieve this goal? Will this goal really make me happier or am I just trying to prove something to others? Timed You need a timeline ideally with sub deadlines for any goal to ensure you are on track and that it actually happens. It will help you identify neccessary steps at different points and stick to the actions required to achieve your goals. Without a timeline there is no pressure to start accomplishing the goal which allows things to slip away. Establish a time frame Set a deadline or time for completion Set benchmarks this will help track progress on route to goal helps maintain motivation over time Check in regularly are there steps you can be taking right now to help achieve a long term goal what should be done over the next week to contribute to the goal? what should be done over the next month to contribute to the goal? Practicing it SMART goals are great paired with something to keep you on track. There are many goal setting apps out there that do a good job. If you are really serious about a certain goal then I highly reccomend using stickK which allows you to set stakes and even take donations to antiu-charities if you don’t keep up with a certain goal. FINDING ANSWERS TO PROBLEMS The Great Pokemon Rescue The same friend who was told he was shit at english has another example where we can take ownership of our problems When he was a young child and the Pokemon craze was all the rage he finally got his first Pokemon game and had collected a few Pokemon, but after a few hours the Pokemon were getting very low on health and one had already fainted. He had missed the tutorial showing how to revive a Pokemon and he genuinely believed his Pokemon were all going to die. He sat on a wall and cried by himself. Anyone who ever played Pokemon i’m sure will feel for him and how terrible this must have felt! His mother asked him what was wrong and he explained. She got out the Pokemon book she had purchased for him along with the Pokemon game, within a few minutes she found the instructions of how to revive Pokemon and joy of joys they were all saved. My friend learned that when you have a specific problem you can research it and find solutions. This has helped him to become a great coder as he is great at reading the documentation to understand what he is taking on before he starts, and as soon as a problem arises he knows it can be fixed by research. Use Google Yourself Just like my example of coding many people are afraid of computers or coding or anything technical and become dependant on others to fix their problems. But so much of the time everything we need to know is on google. Myself and every developer that ever existed get so many questions from people who aren’t coders asking fairly simple things to do with computers that I don’t know how to do either. e.g. connect a printer, set up some software, connect to a network… All I do when asked how to fix something on this device i’ve never used before is google the problem in front of the other person and show them how to fix it. Yet when the same problem arises again or something similar they still come straight back despite being told that i don’t know how their device works and I need to use google which is a free resource they also have available. This is a simple example for technical vs non technical people. but there are many other examples where we get super bogged down in fairly simple questions How do I ask a girl on a date? How do I study to get a higher grade in my test? How do I exercise more? How do I find time to meditate? How do I start a business? These questions basically answer themselves by just doing it and there is no real magic sauce, sure you can learn better techniques for these things SUMMARY So we’ve found that we can all develop learned helplessness traits but with a positive attitude we can reduce our likelihood to be so prone. And by assessing ourselves we can overcome our self imposed limitations lead happier and more successful lives! BOOKS Get any of the books free on audible ( Learned Helplessness: A Theory for the Age of Personal Control ( Written by psychologist Christopher Peterson and the original learned helplessness researchers, Steven F. Maier and Martin E. P. Seligman Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life ( Martin Seligman breaks down how to lead a positive and successful life Mindset - The Psychology Behind Success - Carol dweck ( The original book on growth mindset and developing a positive attitude. Great read! VIDEOS Martin Seligman’s TED Talk on the “New Era of Positive Psychology” ( A classic talk Psychologist Lance Luria on the differences between learned helplessness and learned optimism. You’ll learn about the amazing ability of the human brain to train itself, as well as the benefits of meditation, mindfulness, and other ways to link the health of the mind and body. A quick summary of Seligman’s book Learned Optimism ( A nice animated review that covers all the main points in under 5 minutes Contact me You can find out more about me and chat about anything you like Sam: Instagram ( Quora ( Twitter ( LinkedIn ( Sam's blog - ( Support the Show - Patreon ( SCIENTIFIC LINKS Abramson, L. Y., Seligman, M. E. P., & Teasdale, J. D. (1978). Learned helplessness in humans: Critique and reformulation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 87, 49-74. doi:10.1037/0021-843X.87.1.49 Dweck, C. (1975). The role of expectations and attributions in the alleviation of learned helplessness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 31, 674-685. doi:10.1037/h0077149 Tayfur, O., Karapinar, P. B., & Camgoz, S. M. (2013). The mediating effects of emotional exhaustion cynicism and learned helplessness on organizational justice-turnover intentions linkage. International Journal of Stress Management, 20, 193-221. doi:10.1037/a0033938 Thompson, J. (2010). Learned helplessness: You’re not trapped. GoodTherapy. Retrieved from Wu, W. (2009, February 8). Learned helplessness: How to tame a baby elephant. [Personal Blog]. Retrieved from Subscribe! If you enjoyed the podcast please subscribe and rate it. And of course, share with your friends! Special Guest: Sam Harris. Don't Forget to leave a comment on this episode See for podcast listener privacy info.
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