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Improve your decision-making process through tactics and resources that will help you gain more clarity and focus, no matter the scale!

Andra Zaharia, content marketer and life-long learner, interviews great decision-makers, so you can learn from the best.

Discover how they built and improved their process over the years to strengthen your own.

How do you know? by Andra Zaharia Andra Zaharia

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Improve your decision-making process through tactics and resources that will help you gain more clarity and focus, no matter the scale!

Andra Zaharia, content marketer and life-long learner, interviews great decision-makers, so you can learn from the best.

Discover how they built and improved their process over the years to strengthen your own.

    Optimize for who you are (with Vladimir Oane)

    Optimize for who you are (with Vladimir Oane)

    Vladimir always struck me as a very outspoken, no-BS person, who has a deep understanding of the topics he talks about. His clarity of expression reflected clarity of thought and that stands true to this day, as you’ll learn yourself if you listen to the episode we recorded together.

    What came out of our conversation is a range of ideas and questions that can help anyone upgrade their thinking and their actions – not by imitation but by strengthening their own critical thinking.

    If the phrase “it’s very hard to do a Kanye West on a book” piques your interest, I promise there’s a bit of fun in this episode too, along with valuable lenses you can try out to improve your outlook on life, meaning, decisions, and your creative pursuits.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Supporting good decision-making in trying times

    Supporting good decision-making in trying times

    It’s been a tough week for the entire world.

    I found it difficult to concentrate these days and I’ve heard the same from basically everyone, no matter their age or where they are in the world.

    For example, all I could do in a day was to edit an article, which usually takes me much less.

    It’s not difficult to feel triggered during this time, even anxiety hasn’t been a major issue for you, as it has been for me in the past for example. People who’ve never experienced these levels of uncertainty, confusion, and fear might have a difficult time understanding their emotions and gaining control over them.

    It may not be you, but it may be someone you love.

    I wanted to share this personal story because the rest that follows is a quick list of ideas, habits, and practices that help me weather difficult moments.

    • 14 min
    Tips on how to live with imposter syndrome

    Tips on how to live with imposter syndrome

    Last year, I wrote an article that ended up becoming the most read piece of content published on my English blog.

    It has nothing to do with my job but everything to do with an important part of my mindset.

    The article is called “Tips on how to live with imposter syndrome” and the reactions I continue to receive made me want to revisit it in a dedicated episode for the How do you know podcast.

    Because this article is about vulnerability, living with imperfection, and being okay with both, I decided to record and post this episode uncut and unedited. Just like real life.

    So here’s my struggle with imposter syndrome, how it affected my decisions, and a few things I’ve learned along the way that made a big difference for me.

    • 36 min
    Calibrate how you perceive and manage actual risks (with John Opdenakker)

    Calibrate how you perceive and manage actual risks (with John Opdenakker)

    Using the same password to most (or all) of your accounts is like using the same key for all the doors in a city. When a data breach like those we often read about happens, it’s like someone just copied that key (and many others). The attackers instantly gain access to everyone’s homes at the same time. It’s unsettling, isn’t it?

    This is just one one of the reasons I got interested in cybersecurity: because it changes your mindset and the way you make decisions. Once you understand it, you start to see your own choices in a very different light and you start to question them, to ensure they make you safer and more resilient in protecting your work, life, and the people you love.

    In this episode, application security specialist John Opdenakker explains to us what cybersecurity means, who can be affected by cyber-attacks and how you can protect yourself from them. So take a listen, and learn the basics of this sector that is no longer confined to the interests of technical-minded people.

    • 54 min
    Don't assume, even if you think you know (with Matthew Woodward)

    Don't assume, even if you think you know (with Matthew Woodward)

    We often base our decisions on perception rather than reality, a perception of our making that sometimes gets in the way of making wise choices that benefit us in the long run.

    For example, having a corporate job gives you a sense of security and stability that is rarely real. There’s a hefty amount of uncertainty involved in both holding down a full-time job and in running your own business.

    I was eager to learn how Matthew Woodward, one of the best SEO specialists on the web, built his impressive business while helping thousands of people and transparently sharing his journey.

    For Matt, leaving the ”cozy” corporate world and launching his own business was a painless transition because of his approach (which he shares in detail).

    So if you’re looking for struggle p0rn, you won’t find any of it in this story.

    If you’re searching for thought-provoking questions that help you identify and move towards life-changing choices confidently, then hit play!

    • 53 min
    Choose tiny hops over big leaps (with Josh Garofalo)

    Choose tiny hops over big leaps (with Josh Garofalo)

    With so many options at every step - for work, friends, relationships, learning, entertainment - it can be draining to figure out what the best choices are.

    Josh Garofalo shares how he set up a personal system to achieve clarity, focus, and growth.

    As a fellow freelancer, Josh also talks about the creativity, continuous learning, and discipline required to thrive in this exponentially developing space.

    • 59 min

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