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“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes Best-Selling Author

Below the Line — Observing what’s really there.

Should we “aim as high as possible” or “detach from results”? Should I be content where I am or always strive for “better”? We now know a lot about the field of sports psychology — but what can the best creators, founders, leaders, and research tell us about the nascent field of creator psychology? What are the real stories behind the men and women leading the world forward?

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“The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder and NYTimes Best-Selling Author

Below the Line — Observing what’s really there.

Should we “aim as high as possible” or “detach from results”? Should I be content where I am or always strive for “better”? We now know a lot about the field of sports psychology — but what can the best creators, founders, leaders, and research tell us about the nascent field of creator psychology? What are the real stories behind the men and women leading the world forward?

Subscribe to Below The Line to find out.

    #106 — Music to a Creator’s Ears— Guster's Ryan Miller

    #106 — Music to a Creator’s Ears— Guster's Ryan Miller

    Ryan Miller is the lead singer of Guster. After meeting James in a Clubhouse meeting, Ryan decided to come on the podcast and share his life experiences in a music career as a creator. In this episode, James and Ryan, speak about his ability to create new friendships wherever he goes based off energy. Ryan also gives his insight into what it was like being a touring musician during a pandemic and the lack of live shows. In the middle of the episode, Ryan announces that Guster will be headline Red Rocks Amphitheater this summer (Tickets Below). To conclude the episode,  James and Ryan, speak about the differences between releasing music now vs his first album.   

    Where to find Ryan Miller:  
    https://www.instagram.com/ryancmiller/
    https://twitter.com/guster  
    https://www.guster.com/  
    https://www.vermontpbs.org/makinfriends/   

    Tickets for Guster at Red Rocks Amphitheater:  https://www.axs.com/events/403100/guster-tickets  

    00:00 Intro
    02:30 Being a musician during a pandemic  
    10:35 Fascination with storytelling  
    34:46 Ryan’s superpowers
    47:36 Friendships on tour
    58:38 Connections between peers
    1:08:44 Lowest moment of Ryan’s Career
    1:13:32 Guster’s new album
    1:34:29 Releasing albums in 2021 vs 1991
    1:41:38 3 stories that have shaped Ryan
    1:50:36 What takes up a lot of Ryan’s mindspace?   

    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline   

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    About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  

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    • 2 hrs 4 min
    The Real MVP (Minimum Viable Product) — Below the (Hot)Line #11

    The Real MVP (Minimum Viable Product) — Below the (Hot)Line #11

    https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine   

    James talks about the importance of the concept of MVP or Minimum Viable Product is when starting a company. Even Nike started out with a single shoe. Launching earlier than your instinct may tell you is pivotal for 2 reasons:   
    1. It allows you to get invaluable early feedback
    2. Build grassroots advocacy that will be one of your most effective marketing tools  

    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline   

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    About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  

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    • 18 min
    #105 — Doing The Work — Steven Pressfield

    #105 — Doing The Work — Steven Pressfield

    Steven Pressfield is a best selling famed author that has influenced many creator's mindsets. in this episode of Below The Line, James and Steven talk about how the "The War of Art" and resistance has had a huge effect on both of their journeys. Steven sold his first book at 53 years old, James and Steven dive into the process and why it took many years before he had a book that was worth publishing. Steven also gives his advice into overcoming resistance and how he has mastered it. To conclude the conversation, Steven talks about how the Bhagavad Gita influenced him to write an American novel about golf.   

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    Find Steven Pressfield:
    https://www.stevenpressfield.com/
    https://www.twitter.com/spressfield
    https://www.instagram.com/steven_pressfield  
    Steven's new book "A Man at Arms": https://www.amazon.com/Man-at-Arms-Novel/dp/0393540979/  

    00:00 Intro
    02:57 Moments that change your life
    08:00 3 stories that have shaped Steven  
    20:14 All of us live 2 lives  
    30:49 Connection of Entrepreneur vs Artist  
    40:23 Knowing your limits 56:45 Do the work
    59:47 Surrendering to resistance  
    1:04:50 Writing an American novel about golf based off Bhagavad Gita   

    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline   

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    bout your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Fear Of Failure— Below the (Hot)Line #10

    Fear Of Failure— Below the (Hot)Line #10

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    Fear is essentially a prerequisite at the start of any creative journey. On this week's episode, James explains how allowing yourself to become at peace w/ "the worst case scenario" can allow you to manage that fear & avoid the self sabotage that often follows

    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline   

    Support Our Sponsors
    Magic Mind: https://magicmind.co  

    About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  

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    • 13 min
    #104 — Putting a Dent in Mental Illness: The Promising Results of Psychedelics — Rick Doblin

    #104 — Putting a Dent in Mental Illness: The Promising Results of Psychedelics — Rick Doblin

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    Rick Doblin is the founder of MAPS - the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. He created this non-profit to help bring psychedelics to the public. MAPS was created in 1986 during "The War on Drugs." In this episode, Rick talks about his journey with creating MAPS and also his personal experiences with psychedelics. Rick also reveals the Phase 3 studies that were just released by the FDA for medical MDMA for PTSD. He also spoke about mental illness and how MDMA could improve many people's everyday life. To conclude the episode, Rick gives his thoughts on the future of our world with psychedelics becoming legal.   

    For more info on MAPS visit:  https://maps.org/(Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies)  

    Where to find Rick Doblin:
    https://www.instagram.com/rickdoblinmaps/
    https://www.twitter.com/rickdoblin/

    About your host, James:  James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  

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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Your New Favorite Productivity Tip: No Meetings — Below the (Hot)Line #9

    Your New Favorite Productivity Tip: No Meetings — Below the (Hot)Line #9

    https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine   

    In June of 2020, James Beshara wrote a popular essay on the subject of "Mental Wealth", or the concept of investing in your mental well being. Caller Williams adds what James would add as a 6th pillar to his 5 existing pillars of diet, exercise, stress management, and exogenous compounds. James talks about the surprising discovery he has made over the past year is the value of asynchronous work and limiting meetings with regards to his 6th pillar — blocking off thinking time.  

    Show Notes.
    “Asynchronous” Working In 2021
    https://jjbeshara.com/2021/03/14/asynchronous-working-in-2021/

    Orignal Mental Wealth Essay
    https://jjbeshara.com/2020/06/04/mental-wealth/

    Past Below the Hotlines:
    #8 — The *Actual* Environmental Impact of Bitcoin
    https://youtu.be/ToQgBlAr8-Q

    #7 — What to Look for in a an Employee
    https://youtu.be/_24E05m1WKE

    #6 — What is BitClout
    https://youtu.be/AceOhj3S1Kg

    #5 — The Craziest (Plausible) Idea I've Ever Heard
    https://youtu.be/a7_J8STPmbY

    #4 — Setting Boundaries: The Key to Work Life Balance
    https://youtu.be/dqnCpDLQLRk

    #3 — Why I Invested in Clubhouse (And is it worth $4 Billion???)
    https://youtu.be/gnLbeMxoWhM

    #2 — The Number 1 Piece of Advice for Creators
    https://youtu.be/o8VYr_YxLL0​

    #1 — What are NFTs?
    https://youtu.be/AEf6ZCP5Y1I​

    Hit the show hotline and leave a question or comment for the show at 424-272-6640, email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline   

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    About your host, James:  
    James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line.  

    “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Another Podcast Network.

    • 13 min

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