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John Heers is the Co-Founder and Director of the First Things Foundation, and the host of the podcast, Why Are We Talking About Rabbits?  The First Things Foundation is a non-profit organization that takes young people from the “new world” of the West to the “old world” of developing countries where they immerse, learn the language, and connect with local entrepreneurs and helps empower them to spur organic, ground-up development in their communities. They have active projects in Guatemala, Sierra Leone, the Georgia Republic, Ethiopia, and Appalachia near and dear to me here in the Rust Belt of the United States. John has a Master's Degree in History from Columbia University. Previous to First Things Foundation, John worked overseas serving the Peace Corps as a water resource manager in Mali, oversaw emergency relief in the Georgian Republic, and taught history for 9 years in South Bronx and Harlem in New York City and Haiti.  In our conversation we dive into:The global response to COVIDMetaphysics, spirituality, and secularismWealth inequalityCorruption in the non-profit worldPsychedelics and simulation theoryNihilism, and spiritual versus the material worldLoneliness and the opioid epidemicCommunity, and extreme povertyDemocracy and revolutionThe declining health of western cultureHow technology may make or break our future Connect with John:Website: First-Things.orgInstagram: @firstthingsfoundationPodcast: Why Are We Talking About Rabbits? Music by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Chris Giuseppini is a cinematographer, entrepreneur, and founder of Sondor Media. He's helped YouTube influencers reach over a million subscribers, and worked on videos that advertised for Sony, Canon, and Fujifilm. In our conversation we dive into:The day-to-day struggles of living with ADHD, personally and professionally.Approaching ADHD as a latency problem.Overcoming perfectionism and conflict avoidance.And much more...Connect with Chris:Website: SondorMedia.comLinkedIn: @ChrisGPresentsMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Christopher Silvestri is a rock-star freelance conversion designer & copywriter. Over the past 15 years, he has honed his craft at the intersection of copywriting, UX design, and digital psychology to help SaaS and eCommerce companies convert more prospects into customers.In our conversation we dive into:Meditation, imposter syndrome, and freelancing.Lifestyle design and his travels to over 20 countries.Copywriting, user experience design, and psychology.Strategic approaches to learning.How to become an expert listener.The experience of having a twin.And much more.Connect with Chris:Website: ChristopherSilvestri.comLinkedIn: @SilvestriChrisMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh speaks with Roy Steves about the chaotic life of the marketing and agency world.Some of the topics we dive into are:The emotional rollercoaster of starting and maintaining a marketing agency.The issues of incentives, scope creep, and managing expectations with clients.Advice for young people getting into marketing and the agency world.What Roy and I would do differently if we had to start again.Escapism, imposter syndrome, and the trappings of success.Existential threats, and the importance of therapy for entrepreneurs.AI, machine learning, and the unexpected implications of complex systems.Crypto, Brave, and BAT.The future disruptions in digital marketing, social media, and the attention economy.And lots more.Roy is an industry veteran, who over the last 20 years his career evolved from being a programmer to running several of his own businesses, being the VP of Digital Marketing and CMO of two prominent eCommerce brands, to ultimately co-founding StatBid in 2015.StatBid is a boutique paid search and SEO agency, where Roy and his team work with direct-to-consumer eCommerce brands to optimize and scale their digital marketing.Connect with Roy:Website: StatBid.comLinkedIn: @RoyStevesMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh speaks with Sam McNerney on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.Some of the topics we dive into are:The geopolitical reactions and support of Ukraine.Putin’s mental health and motivations behind the invasion.Russia's political and economic future.The prospects of WW3.How Russia and Ukraine are both using propaganda as part of information warfare.The differences between Russian and American oligarchs.And much more.Sam McNerney is an applied behavioral scientist, market researcher, and brand strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with brands such as Walmart, Procter & Gamble, and CitiBank.As a writer, he has interviewed business and academic leaders including Arianna Huffington, Andrew Yang, Jonathan Haidt, and Charles Murray – and his essays have been featured in publications like The Washington Post, Psychology Today, and Scientific American.Connect with Sam:Website: SamMcNerney.comTwitter: @SamMcNerneyMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh talks with Oliver Seligman about the struggle of mental illness, mindfulness, and stability.Oliver is a monk, author, and inspirational speaker. He has spent twenty years traveling the world, helping people to find peace through meditation. In doing so, he has developed insight into the workings of the mind and what makes us happy or unhappy.Oliver has written three books, his first being “The Broker Who Broke Free” about his life change from being a successful Sales Trader at Merrill Lynch to becoming an Ishaya monk.His most recent book, “Befriending Bipolar” covers his lifelong battle with bipolar disorder, suicidal depressions, psychotic episodes, his complicated relationship with psychiatric medication, and how he ultimately learned to cope with it.Some of the topics we dive into are:Our shared experiences with bipolar disorder.Burnout, stress, and optimizing for happiness.Social media, propaganda, and psychedelics.Misconceptions about mindfulness and mental illness.Neuroplasticity, hallucinations, and psychotic episodes.Stoicism, wisdom, and reincarnation.The experience of living as a monk in the modern world.Ice baths, cold showers, and sauna for anxiety.The optimistic future ahead.And much more.Connect with Oliver:BefriendingBipolar.co.ukLinkedIn@befriending_bipolar on InstagramMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh talks with Felix Velarde about the potential optimistic and pessimistic futures ahead and the compound interest of positive impact. Felix is a strategist, author, speaker, lecturer, and pioneer of the internet. He started one of the world’s first web design companies in 1994. He then had a high-profile, twenty-year career as a serial founder of several innovative digital creative and strategy agencies, including being chairman at pioneering CRM firm Underwired and CEO of The Conversation Group. He co-created “Head-Space”, which Forbes has described as one of the world’s ten most influential websites. He has been the subject of a BBC documentary and has won many of the world’s biggest creative and marketing awards.He taught on the MBA program as an adjunct professor at Hult International, one of the world’s top business schools. He was part of the organizing team and the UK lead of People-Centered Internet, a non-profit organization chaired by the Internet’s co-inventor and architect Vint Cerf.Currently, Felix is the CEO of 2Y3X, a two-year commercial growth accelerator program to help startups achieve long-term sustainable growth, and recently the author of the book, Scale at Speed.Some of the other topics we dive into are:Pessimistic optimism and the existential threats ahead.The decline of Western civilization.The fractionalization of the United States.Purpose, empathy, and nihilism.Life as an outsider of society.Venal politicians, special interests, and conspiracy theories.The stress and barriers to scaling a business.Overachievers and universal imposter syndrome.The compound interest of positive impact.The power and consequences of being a content creator.And lots more.Connect with Felix:Website: 2Y3X.comLinkedIn: @FelixVelardeBook: ScaleAtSpeed.comMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh talks with Kenda Macdonald about marketing, trauma, cognitive biases, and the state of American culture over a copious amount of whiskey and tequila. Kenda is an international public speaker, a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, and author of the best-selling book "Hack the Buyer Brain."With a degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of London, she operates at the unique intersection of marketing, neuroscience, and buyer psychology.Currently, she is the founder and CEO of Automation Ninjas, a world-class award-winning agency specializing in behavioral marketing automation.Some of the topics we dove into are:The beauty and harsh realities of small businesses.Cultivating and crafting great experiences.Consumer purchasing and evolution of the brain.imposter syndrome, forensic psychology, stereotyping, and behavioral patterns.ADHD, childhood trauma, self-worth, suicide attempts, and the treadmill of overachieving.American culture, gun rights, the rise of conspiracy theories, Trump, and tribalism.Propaganda, disinformation, and institutional gaslighting.And lots, lots more.Connect with Kenda:Website: AutomationNinjas.comLinkedIn: @the-marketing-automation-expertMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh talks with Matthew Caruana about depression, suicide, resilience, and purpose.Matthew is a speaker, youth advocate, and suicide survivor. He attempted suicide at the age of 16, which left him a paraplegic, but ultimately led him to find his passion and purpose in life.Now Matthew is a speaker at schools, colleges, and mental health conferences internationally, and has been featured on ABC News, The Daily Telegraph, and more. His goal is to share his story and the lessons he has learned to inspire and guide millions of youth in overcoming their own drug abuse, depression, and anxiety to live a life of happiness, passion, and purpose.Some of the topics we dive into are:Alienation and addiction.Social media and self-worth.Depression and anxiety, and our relationship to them as we age.The aftermath of a suicide attempt.Hope and overcoming the fear of vulnerability.The effects of art and music on our mental health.The roles of medications and adversity.The tight rope of supporting a suicidal person in your life.Resilience and escaping the downward spiral of depression.Love, trust, and purpose.Connect with Matthew – Website: MattCaruana.com LinkedIn: @Matt-Caruana Instagram: @MattSharesMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh speaks with Terry B. McDougall about courage, fear, corporate leadership, and living a fulfilling life.Terry is an executive coach, speaker, and best-selling author of Winning the Game of WorkAfter more than 30 years of corporate business experience leading marketing efforts in senior management roles, Terry chose to become a coach to concentrate on helping leaders step fully into their potential to lead satisfying careers.Some of the other topics we dive into are:The external trappings of success.The negative feedback loops of work stress and pain avoidance.Childhood trauma, high achievers, and external validation.Unhealthy coping mechanisms, setting governors and detoxing from corporate life.The operating costs of poor leadership.Fear detachment and the illusion of job security.Self-moderation and critical self-talk.The future of work in the corporate world.Courage, anxiety, and letting go.And so much more.Connect with Terry:Website: TerryBMcDougall.comLinkedIn: @TerryBMcDougallBook: Winning The Game of WorkMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh speaks with Sam McNerney about the growing conspiratorial culture in the West, its further detachment from reality, free will, and the implications of us potentially living in a simulation.Some of the other things we dive into are:How marketers are like alchemists.QAnon as a marketing campaign.The root of cults and religion.Mental illness and mental viruses.The differences between marketing, storytelling, and being persuasive.What is our relationship to brands?The philosophical differences between chains and small businesses.Existentialism, secularism, and simulated realities.Mental health, religion, submission, and control.The Matrix, free will, and purpose.Does it matter if we live in a simulation?And so much more.Sam McNerney is an applied behavioral scientist, market researcher, and brand strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with brands such as Walmart, Procter & Gamble, and CitiBank.As a writer, he has interviewed business and academic leaders including Arianna Huffington, Andrew Yang, Jonathan Haidt, and Charles Murray – and his essays have been featured in publications like The Washington Post, Psychology Today, and Scientific American.Now as an independent consumer insights specialist, he specializes in using surveys to help businesses answer questions about their customers that unlock the greatest value.Connect with Sam:Website: SamMcNerney.comTwitter: @SamMcNerneyMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh speaks with Seth Erickson. Seth is an entrepreneur, author, and storyteller.He recently published his book, How to Hack Humans, an unfiltered take on the neuroscience and psychology of storytelling, and how startups can use storytelling to grow and communicate their value to investors and the market at large.He is currently a Partner at Storify Agency, where he helps startups personally craft their story and tell it in a way that resonates.Prior to Storify, he was CEO of Kodis Agency, an award-winning marketing agency, for over 17 years, where he worked with brands such as Redbox and MTV.Some of the other topics we dove into are:Personal branding and authenticity.Social anxiety and introversion.The neuroscience and evolutionary history of storytelling.Overcoming tribalism and accepting outside perspectives.Losing your identity in relationships.Taking personal responsibility, and learning to accept yourself.Using filters to find like-minded partners.And so much more.Connect with Seth:Website: StorifyAgency.comLinkedIn: @SethEricksonGet a free chapter of Seth's book, How to Hack Humans.Music by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh speaks with Dr. Mark Vorderbruggen about food, health, and sustainability. Mark is a chemist, ethnobotanist, author, speaker, and foraging expert. He has a Masters in Medicinal Chemistry, a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.For over 18 years he worked as a research chemist in the oil industry using his knowledge of natural products to develop environmentally-friendly replacements for traditional oil field chemicals.In 2008 he started what would become one of the top foraging websites online, Foraging Texas, and has since become nationally recognized as an expert in wild edible and medicinal plants. In 2016 he released the book "Foraging", published as part of the popular Idiot’s Guide series under Penguin Random House.Currently, he is the co-founder of Medicine Man Plant Co, where Mark has applied his decades of research and experience as a chemist to formulate blends of these traditional medicinal herbs and mushrooms with the most scientific backing.Some of the topics we dive into are: Dynamic ecosystems, and the co-evolution of plants with humans.The 80/20 on how to identify and forage edible plants.The prehistoric root causes for the obesity, diabetes, and chronic illness epidemic in modern times.Topsoil depletion and the micronutrients we're missing in modern diets.Our detachment from nature and its downstream effects.Forest bathing and outdoor therapy for ADHD.The benefits of juggling and throwing things.Medicinal mushrooms, cancer, and the immune system.How to grow your own Lions Mane and other medicinal mushrooms.The pharmaceutical industry and misaligned incentives.The lack of integrity in the nootropics and supplements industry.How to re-establish permaculture in your backyard.Music by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
There's an artist on Instagram called DrFakenstein, and he does weird short meme videos, like having Snoop Doug's face on a little girl. That is known as a deep fake, and while the memes are hilarious, there are much more nefarious uses for this technology.What happens when this is weaponized, and used for extensive PR assassinations, or false flag operations by government agencies around the world?What happens then when the far-left or far-right starts habitually doxxing and attacking people over false accusations?Do we continue to spiral into chaos, or do we sign all digital media with some sort of blockchain certificate of authenticity?And let's say there's massive data breaches, and someone gets access to a celebrity or politician's iCloud account, all there photos and videos – or someone pulls an Edward Snowden and releases tens of thousands of government documents – what if 99% of that is real, but 1% is secretly-doctored and that's what the media runs with?Even if the truth surfaces, the damage is largely done, as the retraction is gonna be buried in the news cycle – and in fact, it'll become a conspiracy theory that the retraction itself is the real fake news.How do we protect ourselves from being hacked, both in our data, and in our world-views?That's some of what we dive into today with our guest Jay Smith. Jay is a Digital Forensic Analyst, Private Investigator, US Army Veteran, and White Hat Hacker based in Louisville, KY – with a degree in psychology from the University of Louisville, and is now an instructor in Digital Forensics and Security at Loyola University.He currently operates Alliance Investigation Group, where he merges private Investigation services with modern cyber security methodologies to offer support, protection and education to individuals, families and small businesses.And that is what fascinated me about Jay is how he operates at the intersection of all of these areas and has a uniquely holistic perspective on the current digital landscape.Some of the topics we dive into are:The threat of deep fakes.TikTok, misinformation, doxing, and open-source intelligence.Anti-doxing legislation and it's implications.The weaponization of Reddit.Gen Z and their relationship to online identity.The long-term effects of social media, echo chambers, and self-referential feedback loops.The threat of social credit scores.Decentralization, blockchain, and dispersing the power of data.Wall Street Bets, Gamestop, and the hypocrisy of the financial institutions.The psychology of social engineering.The 80/20 of online security and what you can do to protect yourself.The illusion of anonymity and permanence of data.The emotional weight of working as a private investigator.Tribalism and the rise of the binary world.And much more.Links from this episode:DrFakenstein on InstagramMail Out OutKevin Rose podcast with founder of ArweaveConnect with Jay:LinkedIn: @jaysmith502Website: AllianceInvestigationGroup.comMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
In 1999 the Star Wars film "The Phantom Menace" released and garnered widespread acclaim amongst fans. But ever since, people gradually started seeing the movie in a very different light; the enthusiasm waned, and the critical perception diminished significantly.This is a common phenomenon that is like a collectively unconscious lens that distorts through nostalgia. That collective experience is known now as “The Phantom Menace Effect.”And ugh. Well, history repeats itself... and my guest and I today observed a similar phenomenon this year with the Japanese Evangelion franchise's final film release.  Evangelion fans largely seem to love this new adaption at first in spite of the movie embodying the very things that the series originally intended to deconstruct and destroy. And just like in 1999 with Star Wars fans, this seems like another instance of The Phantom Menace Effect. It makes you question, if they legitimately enjoy this adaption — what did they even like about the original to begin with?And in this is episode we're going to use this experience as a case study to discuss some larger topics:The journey of an artist.Creative decline.The lifecycle and segments of cult fandoms.Deconstructing what's causing The Phantom Menace Effect.My guest today is Mikel Dever. Mikel is a writer and film director with a Master's degree in Film & Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is also well known online as GoatJesus, where his YouTube channel garners millions of views for his meta-analysis on Japanese animation, most extensively on the Evangelion franchise.Outside of that, we also dive into:The structure and process of filmmaking.Embracing pain & failure.The struggle of dealing with criticism and online harassment as a creator.Childhood trauma.Self-hatred, imposter syndrome, and staying true to yourself as an artist.George Lucas, and the derailment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.The poison of success, and the death of creativity.And much more.This is a condensed form of the conversation that Mikel and I had focused more on the larger general themes and less on the specifics of the plot of the final movie and this series. If you want the "Evangelion fan" extended version, check it out on YouTube here.Connect with Mikel on YouTube: @GoatJesusMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Norm MacDonald did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit in 2018, and when asked what life's purpose is he said: "Well, it depends on your view I suppose but it's been my experience is that life's purpose is to suffer. To abide the inevitable pain and to bear it in a noble way."For many, particularly in the West, there's this notion that if someone "pays their dues," then one day they'll be able to do what they truly want to do.  Their entire life they've been running, even chasing this horizon of retirement: the "dream" of just sitting on a beach all day. Then they can relax. In reality, this societally-shared concept of earned paradise is often a coping mechanism to avoid the uncomfortable work of confronting your current situation.What if that mindset is ironically guaranteeing an unhappy life?What is the cash value of living your life in a way that fulfills you right now vs. betting the farm on something 20-40+ years down the line, which is both untested and not guaranteed?Could true retirement exist within a flexible lifestyle? What is 30 years of the compound interest of increased happiness worth?My guest today is Chris Giuseppini. Chris is a cinematographer, entrepreneur, and founder of Sondor Media. He's helped YouTube influencers increase their reach by 100,000 subscribers and 2 million views in under a month, worked on videos that advertised for legendary video and photographic technology players, Sony, Canon, and Fujifilm. Now, with his own brand, Chris is taking his experiences working with some of the most fascinating video influencers to help entrepreneurs grow their business through authentic, powerful storytelling. Some of the topics we dove into:The path of least resistance when creating content.How to be vulnerable while connecting your personal passions to your professional content.Finding the right online platform for your content that resonates.Emotional investment with client work.Creative risks, split testing, and the positive downstream effects of failure.How to ask provocative questions to get to know someone quickly.Breaking through tribalism.How creativity and innovation are wasteful processes.The new rich, retirement, and the arrival fallacy.Life as a series of split-tests and sprints.Boredom, dopamine-fasting, and cultivating resiliency.Why you should embrace seasonality in your life.Lifestyle-creep, freedom, and minimizing responsibilities.The subjective nature of status, influence, and imposter syndrome.Connect with Chris:Website: SondorMedia.comLinkedIn: @ChrisGPresentsMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
As a rule of thumb, the most “successful” people I know are depressed and brutal on themselves. These are people with extreme wealth and by all accounts innovators and high-performers in their fields.This isn’t just my experience; a recent study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco detailed the personality, mood, and human factors that are common among entrepreneurs in which:Self-reported mental health concerns were present across 72% of the entrepreneurs in this sample, a proportion that was significantly higher than that of the comparison group.49% reported having one or more lifelong mental health conditions, 32% reported having two or more lifelong #mental health conditions.The entrepreneurs were significantly more likely to report a history of depression (30%), ADHD (29%), substance use conditions (12%) and bipolar diagnosis (11%) than were comparison participants.5.4% of the entrepreneur participants were suicidal, more than double the control group (2%).This cultivates a subterranean culture of isolation that breeds further anxiety, depression, and self-hatred – especially among young professionals who already overwhelmingly struggle with imposter syndrome.As you'll hear in this discussion, I am one of the 32% of entrepreneurs with two or more mental health conditions. As someone diagnosed with ADHD, generalized anxiety, and bipolar II, it's something I cope with on a daily basis both in my professional and personal life.George Kapernaros is a marketing consultant based in Athens, Greece with a degree in Political Science & International Relations. His innovative work is at the intersection of behavioral marketing, retention, and applied conversion psychology, which he has applied to over 200 product launches and multi-million dollar campaigns.Some of the topics we discussed further:Are entrepreneurs more likely to have ADHD?How business partners expose strengths and weaknesses.The struggle of dealing with imposter syndrome.Marcus Aurelius, stoic stress testing, and behemoth to-do lists.Childhood influences, over-achievement, and abusive self-talk.Is balance even achievable as an entrepreneur?Self-moderation, and the momentum trap.Implanted aspirations, and what is a "free" life?Risk-taking, and the illusion of security.Consuming vs creating, and scarcity vs growth mindsets.Turnover, mindless corporate growth, and the compound interest of bad decisions.The struggle of passion projects vs maintaining cash flow.What you can learn from studying comic books, conmen, and cults.Marketing, the randomness of success, and the importance of testing your beliefs.The butterfly effect of stress, caffeine, nootropics, and health optimization.AI, UBI, and jobs of the future.The looming issue of climate change, and how to prepare for the disruptions ahead.Connect with George:Website: GeorgeKapernaros.comLinkedIn: @George-KapernarosMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
There's never been a better time in history for someone to make money remotely. Especially last year with COVID and the mass adoption of remote work.There's a massive community online, that's growing every year, of digital nomads. People that freelance or start a business that affords them location independence and flexibility to design the lifestyle that fulfills them.This is actually something you can do, and sooner and easier than you may think.And today, we're going to talk with someone that's done it and, and discuss the real talk of what that lifestyle is like.Jules Costa is a content and communications specialist, who built a career on a $200 laptop during the pandemic and visited over 21 countries before the age of 24.Some of the topics we dove into:The struggle with balance, moderation, and inner insecurities as an entrepreneur.Are entrepreneurs "wired" differently?Self-regulation and "unplugging" in an always-on society.Social media and the illusion of connection and learning.Starting out, and finding mentors to guide your transition into freelance.How the nomadic life is waking up in a new reality every day.What it's like growing up with entrepreneurial parents.Internships as a low stakes way to split test career pathsImposter syndrome and reframing it as beneficial.Pricing, self-worth, and how fear of rejection is limiting your income.Burnout and the early warning signs.Navigating grief and mental health with clients and coworkers.Anthony Bourdain and what is on the other side of escapism.Coming to terms with death.The "Groundhog Day" of long-term full-time travel and how it changes you.Tribalism, reality distorting algorithms, and how things changed after COVID.Gen Z being arbiters of their own reality, TikTok and the rise of nihilist meme culture.Lifestyle design, digital nomads, and arbitrage.Space capitalism and the existential dilemma ahead.Crypto, decentralized finance, and the coming disruption of power structures.Hurdles to mass adoption and reframing how the public perceives cryptocurrencies.Bad user experiences and unconscious desires.Elon Musk, and the financial incentives bottlenecking global innovation.And so much more.Connect with Jules on Instagram: @julesontapMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Do you ever feel like we're now living in some sort of alternative reality?Like there was some glitch in the matrix and we diverged into some other universe in the simulation?Sam Harris has a line "most people spend every waking moment of their lives in the 'movie' of their lives."What happens when the illusion of that movie is broken?Today Josh speaks with Sam McNerney about the Insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th, "alternative realities", the subterranean spaces online that fueled them, and the repercussions that occur when those "alternative realities" conflict with the "real world."Some of the other things we dive into are:The growing division between Joe Rogan and his audience.Declining trust in institutions, mental viruses, and the rise of the conspiratorial "They."Bad incentives and how COVID was handled so poorly.Astroturfing, the "stolen election", and who influenced those that stormed the Capitol.Do we live in a "post-truth" world of alternative realities?The gamification of the media.How could we align the incentives for real institutional change?Can the next generation escape these feedback loops? How do we inspire that in a demoralized world?As a society, what are we optimizing for? What metrics do we measure that success by?How do we align the politically and socially divided on long-term goals?And much more.Sam McNerney is an applied behavioral scientist, market researcher, and brand strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked with brands such as Walmart, Procter & Gamble, and CitiBank.As a writer, he has interviewed business and academic leaders including Arianna Huffington, Andrew Yang, Jonathan Haidt, and Charles Murray – and his essays have been featured in publications like The Washington Post, Psychology Today, and Scientific American.Now as an independent consumer insights specialist, he specializes in using surveys to help businesses answer questions about their customers that unlock the greatest value.Connect with Sam:Website: sammcnerney.comTwitter: @SamMcNerneyMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
Today Josh speaks with Mark Cann about how to open up with others, be vulnerable, make friends, and grow your network authentically.Today we dive into:The differences and the best approach for both introverts and extroverts.Learning how to tell your story in an authentic way that resonates.How to be a good listener and ask good questions to get to truly know somebody quickly.Addressing the myth that people "don't want to have authentic conversations."Overcoming scarcity bias and reframing rejection.How to approach strangers and make friends while traveling.Approaching sales as genuinely helping people — not selling or pitching.How to authentically connect with people at networking events.Networking during a global pandemic.How online networking apps like Lunchclub are a fantastic low-risk way to start meeting new people and growing your network.The future of co-working in a post-pandemic world.And much more.Mark Cann is an entrepreneur, growth marketer, speaker, and outreach specialist. For the past 16 years, he has been a consultant, strategist and successfully led business development teams, including working with the team at Vungle which exited in 2019 for $750m. Mark currently is the Founder of Growth Warriors where he helps B2B companies grow through outreach and lead generation.Connect with Mark:LinkedIn: @MarkCannWebsite: growthwarriors.coTwitter: @MarkyCannMusic by Kirby Johnston – check out his band Aldaraia on Spotify
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