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A show about the challenges and surprises that arise on our journey to the things we want: career, relationships, and health. Because the big lessons show up after the phrase “Or So I Thought...”

Or So I Thought Alex Cespedes

    • Personal Journals

A show about the challenges and surprises that arise on our journey to the things we want: career, relationships, and health. Because the big lessons show up after the phrase “Or So I Thought...”

    How To Profit From Your Problems

    How To Profit From Your Problems

    In magazines and TV we constantly see stories of individuals going from rags to riches. Regardless of whether you want to get rich or not, there is a lesson hidden inside these stories of triumph. Today we look at artists and entrepreneurs that have laid out the formula of how we too can profit from our pain.  

    • 21 min
    Why Goals Are Best Accomplished Indirectly

    Why Goals Are Best Accomplished Indirectly

    Andy Warhol and Bill Murray were right all along. They practiced a certain strategy that is easy to comprehend, but tough to master. They understood human nature and that our goals are best accomplished indirectly.  In this episode we hear examples from business, art, acting, and martial arts about the real reason why we often fail to reach our goals-- and how to flip this equation in our favor.

    • 28 min
    Lil Wayne & Stephen King on Work Ethic

    Lil Wayne & Stephen King on Work Ethic

    Stephen King knows a thing or two about writing. And about discipline. And about pretty much anything that has to do with being successful with your art. Well guess what, Lil Wayne knows a thing or two as well. These are the reasons why he can serve as a role model for any artist, creator, or entrepreneur.

    • 12 min
    The Lives Of Men: A Modern Startup

    The Lives Of Men: A Modern Startup

    Jason Rosario and Claudio Cabrera have accomplished a lot in their young lives, but this endeavor they've just leapt into is not about accomplishment, it's about honoring their worldview. In this episode I speak to Jason, founder of The Lives of Men--and Claudio, its lead content specialist--who through their stories show us that it's possible to DO GOOD, and LOOK GOOD in the process.

    • 23 min
    Master Your Writing with Ed Sheeran's FAUCET Approach

    Master Your Writing with Ed Sheeran's FAUCET Approach

    Ed Sheeran is one of the most successful songwriters over the past five years. While I was listening to an interview Ed gave in front of young musicians, there was a one minute portion where he revealed his mental process for mastering his craft. In this episode we discuss this approach which we'll call "FAUCET," along with other methods described by Ira Glass, and Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn.

    • 13 min
    Quality and Popularity Are Not Connected w Adam Westbrook

    Quality and Popularity Are Not Connected w Adam Westbrook

    A must listen for Vloggers and Youtubers! In this episode we talk to Adam Westbrook, creator behind the exceptional The Long Game 3-part video essay. He shares all he's learned, and where he sees the industry of video creation going. Adam was living the dream: He was making a good living as a freelance video journalist, something he had been working towards since childhood. But then his view of the world got flipped upside down. He learned that quality and popularity aren't directly related.

    • 31 min

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A Podcast Made For Serendipity-Led Freelancers

This is a great podcast on creativity and every issue that a freelancer deals with on a minute to minute basis. Great guests: Seth Godin, Jonah Berger, Austin Kleon, Jessica Hagy. Alex is a great interviewer and the format is perfect. He interviewed me. I felt like we were having a pint in my local West London pub. Then as if by magic, he turned a banter-fuelled chat into a really interesting podcast where he summarised my points and made everything flow perfectly. Alex is only 6 months into this podcast thing and he’s already a real pro. He’s taken the best techniques from shows like TED Radio Hour and made it his own. Subscribe now.

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