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#480: Hiking With Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most polarizing and misunderstood of modern philosophers. Dismissed by some and misinterpreted by others, the real philosophy of Nietzsche in fact holds some incredibly life-affirming truths for everyone, regardless of belief or age. My guest today has spent much of both his personal and professional life tracking down those insights. At the age of 19 and then again at age 37, he traveled to the Swiss town where Nietzsche wrote his famous work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and learned something different on each trip from the mustachioed philosopher about living a life of meaning and significance. His name is John Kaag, and he’s a professor of philosophy and the author of Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are. In this compelling conversation, John discusses what he learned about life hiking the same mountain Nietzsche hiked, including the role that walking itself played in Nietzsche's approach to thinking. We begin with the biggest misconceptions about the philosopher, including what he really meant when he said “God is dead." John then walks us through Nietzsche's idea of the will to power, how this impulse should be balanced with amor fati -- the love of fate -- in order to achieve Nietzsche's ideal of becoming who you are, and the different things his philosophy can mean to a young man and to one approaching middle age. Get the show notes at aom.is/kaag.

#480: Hiking With Nietzsche

2019-02-0600:42:4614

#479: Becoming a Digital Minimalist
Practicing minimalism with your possessions has been a trend for the past decade, and it can be a worthy practice, as long as you use it as a means to greater efficacy outside your personal domain, rather than just an end in itself.But there's arguably a minimalism practice that's even more effective in achieving that greater efficacy: digital minimalism.My guest has written the definitive guide to the philosophy and tactics behind digital minimalism. His name is Cal Newport and this is his third visit to the AoM Podcast. We’ve had him on the show previously to discuss his books So Good They Can’t Ignore You and Deep Work. Today, we discuss his latest book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.We begin our conversation discussing why digital tech feels so addicting, why Steve Jobs didn’t originally intend for the iPhone to become something we check all the time, and why the common tips for reducing your smartphone use don't work and you need to implement more nuclear solutions instead. We then discuss the surprising lesson the Amish can teach you about being intentional about technology, how cleaning up your digital life is like decluttering your house, and why he recommends a 30-day tech fast to evaluate what tech you want to let back into your life. Cal then makes an argument for why you should see social media like training wheels for navigating the web, how to take those wheels off, and why you should own your own domain address. We end our conversation exploring what you should do in the free time you open up once your digital distractions are tamed, and the advanced techniques you can use to take the practice of digital minimalism to the next level.I think you'll find this a tremendously interesting and important show. Get the show notes at aom.is/digitalminimalism.
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Daniel

"If you’re working 30 hours a week on a full-time job, it really pays to increase that. That’s just too low. Forty is too low. We found 50 hours in our data set, this is corporate America across a number of industries, about 50 hours a week is the point where it pays to go do 50. " I don't know what area of work he studied, however, a lot of research has said that with at least programming, you're only working at max efficiency around 4 hours per day. This make me question the findings in this podcast. https://www.andrewjensen.net/should-you-work-more-than-40-hours-a-week/

Feb 18th
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L. Tertia

it's very sad that most schools in North America (Canada) don't teach cursive any longer. Soon it may be a lost form of communication.

Feb 14th
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Tyger White

The show notes aren't loading for me.

Feb 4th
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Derek Boshard

I enjoyed this. Thumbs up

Jan 21st
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ripthruwit

Guest is super passionate and plenty to learn about Washington and the political climate he was faced with.

Jan 13th
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ripthruwit

Good episode with some nice facts about Reagan.

Jan 13th
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Staci S

The fact that I WANT to identify as someone who likes to run, won't make me like to run. It's never sustainable to pretend that you're someone you're not.

Jan 7th
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Ved

Staci S Identify as someone who cares for his wellbeing and protects his cardiovascular health. Running is how you've chosen to realize that

Jan 10th
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Ezra Fickov

Staci S yeah. aaand pretending to be something your not, is not really what's being encouraged...

Jan 9th
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Tim Moline

I've tried meditation on a limited basis. For me I think it does help to relieve stress and relax but only for a short time. I believe that much if it is hype when it's carried to the extremes.

Dec 31st
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Tim Moline

The ads are playing over part of the interview.

Dec 31st
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Jose Ventura

who can help college kids? we know is not academia, colleges or the media. are parents to blame for raising wimpy kids? what's their future once they leave college? it's a crude world out there, poor things, they're in for a huge surprise.

Dec 28th
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Thomas Frisch

Love AOM! Keep em coming, Brett.

Dec 27th
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Random Commenter

Pretty good introduction, not much new

Dec 27th
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daniel s

the ad clip ad clip plays plays back again in the middle of the talk. couldn't get anything at this moment

Dec 22nd
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Bruce Chestnutten

This guy misidentified what core values actually even are, several times. Another waste of time episode.

Dec 19th
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Bruce Chestnutten

Bryan Thiessen Grab a dictionary, then get a life.

Jan 20th
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Bryan Thiessen

Bruce Chestnutten What is the true definition of core values? I wasn't aware there is a universally-accepted definition, so I'd like to get more info on where that's found. Would the proper definition work in his framework for companies and families?

Jan 20th
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Chong Yun Kim

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Dec 6th
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Adrian Whitmire

nice

Oct 30th
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Eddie Hart

you can tell the guest speaker has experienced neither generalized anxiety disorder nor crippling depression, due to the number of false statements in this episode. normally love listening to AoM episodes, but this one's off.

Oct 30th
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Ian Buell

Eddie Hart that's the difficult thing about depression (and anxiety, I assume - I don't have that, only the depression). I feel paralyzed by despair. He's saying to move - even a little bit - to not think about the FEELING and focus on the MOVEMENT. I can see the logic in this. I get so focused and wrapped up in the feelings that no movement takes place. The moment would help lessen the feelings.

Jan 5th
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Nate Ballew

So organizations shouldn't place too many entrepreneur types in the same department? "Sir! They're all gone!" "Jabolski! Have you gone mad? What are you talking about? Who's gone?" "Accounting. They're apparently starting an online e-commerce payment solution." "My God. Jabolski get my wife on the phone" "Yes, Sir. But--sir what about accounting?" "Screw accounting. I quit. I'm going to finally pursue my dream of opening a yogurt shop."

Oct 25th
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Nate Ballew

This episode is packed with some tasty information. THANKS.

Oct 24th
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Randy Westerberg

This podcast is great! So informative and helpful. I learned how to actually budget from this episode.

Oct 22nd
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