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You can afford anything, but not everything. We make daily decisions about how to spend money, time, energy, focus and attention – and ultimately, our life.
How do we make smarter decisions? How do we think from first principles?
On the surface, Afford Anything seems like a podcast about money and investing.
But under the hood, this is a show about how to think critically, recognize our behavioral blind spots, and make smarter choices. We’re into the psychology of money, and we love metacognition: thinking about how to think.
In some episodes, we interview world-class experts: professors, researchers, scientists, authors. In other episodes, we answer your questions, talking through decision-making frameworks and mental models.
Want to learn more? Download our free book, Escape, at http://affordanything.com/escape. Hosted by Paula Pant.

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    • 4.7 • 3.3K Ratings

You can afford anything, but not everything. We make daily decisions about how to spend money, time, energy, focus and attention – and ultimately, our life.
How do we make smarter decisions? How do we think from first principles?
On the surface, Afford Anything seems like a podcast about money and investing.
But under the hood, this is a show about how to think critically, recognize our behavioral blind spots, and make smarter choices. We’re into the psychology of money, and we love metacognition: thinking about how to think.
In some episodes, we interview world-class experts: professors, researchers, scientists, authors. In other episodes, we answer your questions, talking through decision-making frameworks and mental models.
Want to learn more? Download our free book, Escape, at http://affordanything.com/escape. Hosted by Paula Pant.

    Q&A: Don’t Waste Your Inheritance! Here’s How

    Q&A: Don’t Waste Your Inheritance! Here’s How

    #524: Mark and his partner will soon inherit an IRA worth over a quarter million dollars. With today’s elevated interest rates, would throwing it all at a primary residence be the smartest play? 

    An anonymous caller and his girlfriend are musicians who dream of building a home with a monetizable recording studio. How do they untangle personal wants from business needs?

    Will feels stumped about the options in his defined benefit pension plan. When should he choose a guaranteed annuity over a lump sum payment? 

    Former financial planner Joe Saul-Sehy and I tackle these three questions in today’s episode.
    Enjoy!
    P.S. Got a question? Leave it at https://affordanything.com/voicemail

    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode524
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Power of Deep Work, with Google’s Productivity Expert Laura Mae Martin

    The Power of Deep Work, with Google’s Productivity Expert Laura Mae Martin

    #523: How much is an hour of your time worth?
    Google's Executive Productivity Advisor , Laura Mae Martin, joins us to answer that question.
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    • 50 min
    Q&A: Help! I’m STUCK On A Financial Tracking Hamster Wheel

    Q&A: Help! I’m STUCK On A Financial Tracking Hamster Wheel

    #522: Emily Anne is worried about her obsessive tracking behavior. She’s in great financial shape but struggles to shake the constant compulsion to check her accounts. What should she do?

    An anonymous caller and his partner plan to use geo-arbitrage to retire early before reaching their financial independence number. Can they have their cake and eat it too?

    Kevin and his wife are having second thoughts about their Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) real estate investments. How do they back out without compromising their estate plan?

    Former financial planner Joe Saul-Sehy and I tackle these three questions in today’s episode.

    Enjoy!

    P.S. Got a question? Leave it at https://affordanything.com/voicemail

    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode522
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Behind-the-Scenes with Paula and Joe

    Behind-the-Scenes with Paula and Joe

    If you're a longtime listener, you'll enjoy this candid, behind-the-scenes conversation about entrepreneurship and growth between Paula Pant and former financial advisor and Stacking Benjamins host Joe Saul-Sehy.
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode521
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    • 40 min
    How The Supreme Court's Chevron Ruling Could Impact Retirement

    How The Supreme Court's Chevron Ruling Could Impact Retirement

    #520: Happy 248th birthday, USA!

    In this 5th of July First Friday economic update, we cover five topics: the economic impact of elections in the UK; the S&P 500 topping 5500; the effect of the Supreme Court’s Chevron ruling on Social Security and retirement planning; the latest jobs report; and California’s new law allowing accessory dwelling units to get sold separately as condos.
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode520

    Resources Mentioned:
    UK’s Office for National Statistics: May 2024 report
    SupremeCourt.gov: Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo
    Federal Register: SSA
    Social Security Administration: Will Social Security Be There for Me?
    Bureau of Labor Statistics: June 2024 jobs report
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    • 44 min
    Jim Kwik: Secrets to a Smarter Brain

    Jim Kwik: Secrets to a Smarter Brain

    #519: We sit down with Jim Kwik, a brain coach and expert in memory improvement, speed reading, and optimal learning.

    As a child, Jim suffered a brain injury that made learning difficult. He was labeled "the boy with the broken brain," which deeply affected his confidence and performance in school.

    Today, he’s an expert in memory, focus, learning, cognition and mental performance.

    He’s here to remind us that our brains are our number one wealth-building tool.

    He talks to us about strategies for improving memory. He debunks myths like multitasking being efficient. He talks about the negative impact of digital distractions and the myth that we only use 10% of our brains. He describes a great brain diet, and discusses nootropics and other brain supplements.

    This episode is packed with practical advice. If you want to improve your memory, learn faster, and maintain better brain health, you’ll enjoy Jim Kwik’s tips.

    Timestamps:
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    0:58 - Jim shares his childhood experience with a traumatic brain injury
    2:26 - Impact of being labeled "the boy with the broken brain"
    3:59 - Struggles with school and a turning point with a friend’s father
    5:33 - Encouragement to write down dreams, leading to a new perspective
    8:22 - Introduction to personal development books and reading challenges
    9:59 - Consequences of overworking and lack of self-care during college
    10:45 - Realization of the need for better learning methods
    11:50 - Breakthrough in understanding learning and memory techniques
    12:25 - Teaching others and a student’s powerful story
    13:35 - Importance of knowledge as a superpower
    13:50 - Introduction to the concept of building a better brain
    15:03 - Description of the four brain types and their traits
    17:23 - Significance of understanding one’s brain type
    19:18 - The forgetting curve and memory retention
    20:11 - The three keys to a better memory using the "MOM" method
    21:01 - The importance of motivation in remembering names and other information
    22:37 - The role of observation in memory and being present
    23:15 - Anecdote about Bill Clinton’s exceptional memory and presence
    24:55 - Connection between being present and having a powerful memory
    26:11 - The concept of "digital distraction" and its impact on focus
    26:56 - The "four horsemen of the mental apocalypse" driven by technology
    29:18 - The myth of multitasking and its negative effects
    30:59 - The importance of monotasking for better focus
    31:15 - Introduction to the "Faster" method for learning
    32:06 - The role of forgetting in learning
    32:50 - The misconception of multitasking and the benefits of focusing
    33:35 - The significance of state and emotion in learning
    35:22 - Tips for maintaining a positive learning state
    36:11 - The power of teaching to reinforce learning
    37:20 - Common misconceptions about learning
    39:20 - The myth of using only 10% of our brain and neuroplasticity
    41:08 - Importance of challenging limiting beliefs
    43:08 - Influence of self-talk and belief systems on performance
    45:04 - Scheduling time for learning and implementing new knowledge
    47:04 - Making the most of conferences by setting aside time for implementation
    48:48 - Application of AI to enhance human intelligence and learning
    51:09 - Best practices for brain health and cognitive performance
    57:25 - Importance of taking care of your brain as a wealth-building asset
    59:04 - Steps to improve brain health, including diet, exercise, and positive peer groups
    1:03:33 - Role of brain supplements and nootropics
    1:06:00 - Influence of a positive peer group on behavior and performance
    1:09:22 - Conclusion and final thoughts on brain health and continuous learning
    For more information, visit the show notes at https://affordanything.com/episode519
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    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

Funfetti123 ,

Excellent

This podcast has a great variety of guest interview that provide real life and actionable recommendations. I enjoy Paula and Joe answering listener questions. Highly recommend this podcast to my friends and family!

Interested bystander ,

Shows are interesting

Paula has great insight. Strong interviewer and great interaction with Joe.

DB$$$$$ ,

Show would be better without Joe…

I think Joe’s answers are incomplete at best and wrong at worst. He likes to use buzz words like modern portfolio theory and Sharpe ratio. How is this actionable advice? I really think he is just trying to get you to buy his book.

The Q&As are getting ridiculously long winded. Paula and Joe manage to turn a trivial answer into a diatribe and spend so much time in the minutia. They do this under the guise of creating a framework, but it’s really just to hear themselves talk. Answer the question and move on already!

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