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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.

Below the Line with James Beshara James Beshara

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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.

    #102 — Thinking Deeply — Adam Robinson (Part 1)

    #102 — Thinking Deeply — Adam Robinson (Part 1)

    https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine



    Adam Robinson is a famed best-selling author, the founder of Princeton Review, a leading advisor to some of the largest financial institutions in the world, and a rated chess master, among other things. He also one of the clearest thinkers James has ever come across. In part 1 of their wide ranging conversation, James & Adam talk about the concept of "red-teaming" an idea, the right mindset when approaching a task, and places where logic fails.



    Where to find Adam:

    https://twitter.com/IAmAdamRobinson
    https://iamadamrobinson.com/ 



    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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    What to Look for in a New Hire (Qualities of a 10x Employee) —Below the (Hot)Line #7

    What to Look for in a New Hire (Qualities of a 10x Employee) —Below the (Hot)Line #7

    https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine   

    Hiring new employees can be nerve-racking, but having hired 170+ employees, James gives 3 essential traits you should look for before adding the next member of your team.  

    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   

    Check out previous Below the HotLines:

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


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


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

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

    #5 — The Craziest (Plausible) Idea I've Ever Heard  

    #6 — What is BitClout  

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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.

    • 10 min
    #101​ — The Mindset of a Grandmaster — Maurice Ashley

    #101​ — The Mindset of a Grandmaster — Maurice Ashley

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    Maurice Ashley is a Jamaican-American chess grandmaster, author, and commentator. In 1999 he earned the grandmaster title, making him the first black person to attain the title of grandmaster. This heavy hitting conversation focuses on honing the ability to maintain attention, the skill of being able to deal with uncertainty, and a devastating moment in Maurice's life 2 years before winning the title of Grandmaster that led him to doubt his path.   

    Where to find Maurice:  
    Website: https://Mauriceashley.com
    Twitter: @MauriceAshley
    Instagram: @Mauriceashleychess  
    Watch Maurice Ashley Play Chess Live on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/gmashley

    00:00 Intro
    02:37 Movies about chess masters
    09:11 Performance enhancing compounds with chess
    12:11 What is a Grandmaster in chess  
    20:03 Maurice’s college experience
    26:18 What is risk?  
    29:45 Mental superpowers
    35:42 Maurice in his 20’s
    41:07 Moments of doubt
    47:15 Invest in yourself before helping others
    56:24 Choosing different paths in chess  
    1:04:01 Chess teaches you to be more interested in the other
    1:09:37 Understanding your opponent’s next move
    1:14:19 Comparing patience in chess to other sports
    1:20:16 Maintaining complexity and tension  
    1:32:10 Intentionally leaving your comfort zone
    1:38:02 Grandmaster vs Beginner
    1:48:43 Three Stories that shaped Maurice  


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

    • 1 hr 55 min
    What is BitClout?— Below the Hotline #6

    What is BitClout?— Below the Hotline #6

    https://bit.ly/Go_BelowtheLine

    The rise of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have familiarized many with the concept of decentralized money, but can BitClout become the first main stream decentralized social networking platform? James Beshara explains the benefits of the crypto based platform, and spells out just why it might end up being so revolutionary.

    More from James on BitClout: https://jjbeshara.com/2021/04/19/i-have-seen-the-future-and-its-bitclout/

    Follow James on BitClout: bitclout.com/u/jamesbeshara

    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   

    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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    • 11 min
    #100 — Woman Evolve — Sarah Jakes Roberts

    #100 — Woman Evolve — Sarah Jakes Roberts

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    Sarah Jakes Roberts is a Public Speaker, Author, and co-pastor of The Potter's House at One LA and The Potter's House Denver. She is redefining what it means to be a modern woman of faith. She and James talk about how Sarah ended up public speaking despite it being that last thing she ever saw herself doing, how her relationship with her father shaped her, and gives advice to young women who are trying to find their calling.   

    Women Evolve
    The book : https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Evolve-Break-Fears-Revolutionize/dp/078523554X

    Find Sarah:  
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahjakesroberts
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/sjakesrobert
    FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahJakesRoberts
    https://sarahjakesroberts.com/

    00:00 Intro
    01:39 How Sarah became a public speaker
    05:33 What her father taught her
    07:57 How to manage an audience  
    11:46 Book: Woman Evolve
    19:13 Having a child at 14
    22:52 Public speaking flow
    40:34 What shaped Sarah into who she is now
    54:03 How failure/change is liberating  
    1:07:27  How Eve shaped women
    1:20:12  Advice for younger women  
    1:21:35  Why women are so powerful in this generation  
    1:31:20  -Spiritual reflection in Los Angeles  
    1:40:00  T.D. Jakes advice on her book  
    1:45:22  Sarah’s advice for women
    1:52:17 Where listeners can find Sarah  

    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.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    The CRAZIEST (plausible) Idea I've Ever Heard — Below the Hotline #5

    The CRAZIEST (plausible) Idea I've Ever Heard — Below the Hotline #5

    As an angel investor deeply embedded in the tech world, James Beshara hears the next craziest idea he's ever heard every 5 minutes, but which of these are actually plausible, and could have an everlasting impact on the way we govern ourselves? James explains dives into the concept of "Crypto Countries" or sovereign states founded on blockchain technology on this week's "Below the Hotline".  

    He dove even further into the concept with the former CTO of Coinbase Balaji S on our latest episode of Below the Line:
    https://bit.ly/btl99_balaji

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    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.

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