55 episodes

A deep dive into the stories, habits, ideas, strategies and methods that drive fulfilled people and create enormous success for them. The guests are diverse, but they share profound similarities. They’re guided by purpose, live with intense joy, learn passionately, and see the world with a unique lens. Each episode lets us soak in their hard-earned wisdom and apply it to our lives. Guests include Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth Godin, and Tyler Cowen.

North Star Podcast David Perell

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A deep dive into the stories, habits, ideas, strategies and methods that drive fulfilled people and create enormous success for them. The guests are diverse, but they share profound similarities. They’re guided by purpose, live with intense joy, learn passionately, and see the world with a unique lens. Each episode lets us soak in their hard-earned wisdom and apply it to our lives. Guests include Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth Godin, and Tyler Cowen.

    Chris Zarou: The Top of Hip-Hop

    Chris Zarou: The Top of Hip-Hop

    My guest today is Chris Zarou, the CEO of Visionary Music Group and the behind-the-scenes mastermind behind the success of Logic and Jon Bellion. The episode begins with Chris’ time playing Division 1 soccer before transitioning to artist management. From there, he talks about how he met Logic and what he’s learned from Jon Bellion about the creative process. And finally, we dive into his method of finding new artists, to the economics of concerts and music festivals. I hope you enjoy this episode.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Robert Cottrell: The Secrets of Reading

    Robert Cottrell: The Secrets of Reading

    My guest today is Robert Cottrell, the founder of The Browser, which has become my go-to source for articles. Here’s how it works. Every day, he recommends five articles and includes a short summary for each one. They’re wild and random — but that’s what makes his work so exciting. Please enjoy my conversation with Robert Cottrell.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Andy McCune: How Products Go Viral

    Andy McCune: How Products Go Viral

    My guest today is Andy McCune, an entrepreneur and creative who co-founded Unfold, a mobile design tool kit for storytellers that was acquired by Squarespace. He also runs an Instagram account called Earth (@earth on Instagram) with 1.1 million followers.

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Samo Burja: The Two Writing Cultures

    Samo Burja: The Two Writing Cultures

    My guest today is Samo Burja, the founder of Bismarck Analysis, a firm that analyzes institutions, governments, and companies for high net worth individuals. Samo is known for an idea called Great Founder Theory, and his research focuses on the causes of societal decay and flourishing.

    We spoke about high vs. low trust societies, the difference between writing styles in New York and San Francisco, and how the Internet is raising the value of being a good photographer.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Tiago Forte: The Future of Education

    Tiago Forte: The Future of Education

    My guest today is Tiago Forte, who runs an online course called Building a Second Brain.

    In this conversation, we reflect on the time we’ve spent working together, explore the key trends in online education, and talk about what we’ve learned by teaching more than 1,000 students combined.

    Please enjoy my conversation with Tiago Forte.

    • 2 hrs 11 min
    Ryan Holiday: Timeless Lessons From History

    Ryan Holiday: Timeless Lessons From History

    My guest today is Ryan Holiday.

    He’s a writer, media strategist, and the author of ten books. He dropped out of college at 19 years old to apprentice under Ryan Greene, author of Mastery and The 48 Laws of Power. He worked at American Apparel and founded an agency called Brass Check.

    We begin this episode talking about two stories from Ryan’s book, Stillness is the Key. One is about Michael Jordan and the other is about Winston Churchill.

    Please enjoy my conversation with Ryan Holiday.

    • 1 hr 22 min

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