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We’re Adam and Adam, two Aussie blokes that love reading great books. Each week we share the best bits from the best books, and interview the world’s top authors. The books we cover can help you improve every area of your life, from your health to your wealth, from your relationships to your mindset. You’ll learn to pick up healthier habits, and drop the ones that are holding you back. We put the world’s best ideas within your reach, for a fraction of the time it would take to read the full book.

What You Will Lear‪n‬ Adam Ashton and Adam Jones

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We’re Adam and Adam, two Aussie blokes that love reading great books. Each week we share the best bits from the best books, and interview the world’s top authors. The books we cover can help you improve every area of your life, from your health to your wealth, from your relationships to your mindset. You’ll learn to pick up healthier habits, and drop the ones that are holding you back. We put the world’s best ideas within your reach, for a fraction of the time it would take to read the full book.

    Enchiridion

    Enchiridion

    We read the 2000+ year old text known as Enchiridion by Epictetus (and we had a little help from Sharon Labelle's more modern translation The Art of Living).


    In this episode we talk about: what is inside your control (and what is outside of your control), perceptions, objectivity, other people's opinions, managing our desires, and controlling our emotional reactions.


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    • 25 min
    The Three Languages of Politics

    The Three Languages of Politics

    Our political debates are not debates but are instead vehement expressions of tribal anger. That insight was the basis Arnold Kling to write this book. Since then, the insight has been reinforced. There is now widespread concern with the way political divisions are exacerbated by the communication that takes place in both traditional and social media.


    Politically interested people sort themselves into 3 coalitions: progressive, conservative and libertarian:
    - Progressives will communicate along the oppressor-oppressed axis.
    - A conservative will communicate along the civilization-barbarism axis. 
    - A libertarian will communicate along the liberty coercion axis.


    And...
    - Progressive assert moral superiority over conservatives and libertarians
    - Conservatives assert moral superiority over libertarians or progressives
    - Libertarians assert moral superiority over progressives and conservatives


    They cannot all be correct! And when they think in those terms, it is unlikely that they will sit down and work out solutions to shared problems.


    In politics, Arnold claims that progressives, conservatives and libertarians are tribes speaking different languages. The language that resonates with one tribe does not connect with others. As a result, political discussions do not lead to agreement. Instead, most political commentary serves to increase polarization.
     
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    • 21 min
    The Way of the Wolf

    The Way of the Wolf

    What they say about Jordan Belfort in the Wolf Of Wall Street is True. He is one of those natural-born salesmen who can sell ice to an Eskimo, oil to an Arab or port to a Rabbi. If you've seen The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo De Caprio, you may remember the scene of how Jordan took thousands of kids who could barely string a sentence together and turned them into world-class closers using his magical system called The Straight Line.


    This book is the same turnkey solution as shown in the movie. It can be applied for any business or industry. Selling is everything in life. Either you're selling, or you're failing.
     
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    • 27 min
    The Courage To Be Disliked (part 2)

    The Courage To Be Disliked (part 2)

    Being disliked is a cost for exercising freedom. If you're disliked by people, it is proof that you are exercising your freedom and a sign that you are living in accordance with your own principles. It is certainly distressful to be disliked. But it can be seen as a necessary cost for a better life.  
     
    The Courage to be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. This is the most recommended book we've had from the listeners, so about time we got to it! And it didn't disappoint.  
     
    We're breaking this book up into two episodes. In Part 2, we look at the courage to be disliked.  
     
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    • 19 min
    The Courage To Be Disliked (part 1)

    The Courage To Be Disliked (part 1)

    For some people, events in our past determines a failed life. But for others, the same even can be the seed of success. It is the perceptive filter that leads to two entirely different destinations. There is no escape from your own subjectivity. At present, the world seems complicated and mysterious to you. But if you change, the world will appear more simple. But do you have the courage to change? 
     
    The Courage To Be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. This is the most recommended book we've had from the listeners, so about time we got to it! And it didn't disappoint.  
     
    We're breaking this episode up into two parts. In Part 1, we look at the courage to change.  
     
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    • 31 min
    One Up On Wall Street

    One Up On Wall Street

    As always, this episode is NOT financial advice.
    Peter Lynch is one of the most successful professional investors of all time. According to him, amateurs can win. The most important rule to follow is that you should stop listening to professionals!
    Most investment books recommend passive investing, where you buy a whole haystack and assume you'll get a few needles. Peter's shows a strategy that gives us amateurs a chance at beating the investors, picking the needle.
    There are some things you're sincerely interested in. Whether it is cars, cameras or technology, you develop a sense of what's good and what's bad. You know what sells and what doesn't. In some contexts, you know it before Wall Street knows it. And you have the opportunity to jump on before the investment banks begin to recommend the stock.

     
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19 Ratings

RaeKiwiland ,

Helpful reviews before buying books

Thanks Adam’s. I appreciate the effort you both go to. It’s helpful to hear a review before deciding to read. Great range of books covered. Excellent podcast.

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Well structured and easy listening

Love the interaction of the guys and the way they simply present some complex ideas. Seriously not taking life too seriously whilst really adding value to the podcast arena

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