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Learn all the hacks to upgrade your life, money and travel – all while spending less and saving more. Host Chris Hutchins is a life hacker who has saved millions by breaking down every aspect of life, looking to maximize happiness at the lowest cost. Chris and guests like Tim Ferriss, Tony Hawk, Codie Sanchez and Gary Vaynerchuk will help you learn the strategies and tactics they used to shape their success.

All the Hacks with Chris Hutchins Chris Hutchins

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Learn all the hacks to upgrade your life, money and travel – all while spending less and saving more. Host Chris Hutchins is a life hacker who has saved millions by breaking down every aspect of life, looking to maximize happiness at the lowest cost. Chris and guests like Tim Ferriss, Tony Hawk, Codie Sanchez and Gary Vaynerchuk will help you learn the strategies and tactics they used to shape their success.

    Secrets of Success in Life and Work with Legendary Silicon Valley Investor Andy Rachleff

    Secrets of Success in Life and Work with Legendary Silicon Valley Investor Andy Rachleff

    #174: Legendary investor Andy Rachleff shares invaluable lessons to accelerate your personal and professional growth. He explores how success can be achieved through the power of intellectual curiosity, non-consensus thinking, effective writing and questioning, and decision-making. He also offers practical advice on career advancement and leadership.
    Andy Rachleff co-founded Benchmark Capital, one of the most successful venture capital firms, and is currently the co-founder and executive chairman of Wealthfront. He teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and serves as chairman of the endowment investment committee at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Link to Full Show Notes: https://allthehacks.com/andy-rachleff-life-lessons-for-success

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    2013 Silicon Valley Career Guide


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    All the Hacks Episode #19: Becoming a Better Investor


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    Full Show Notes
    (00:00) Introduction
    (02:42) Learn It All vs. Know It All Mindset
    (06:33) The Importance of Writing
    (09:17) How to Navigate the Early Stages of Your Career
    (10:33) Andy’s Non-Consensus Point of View
    (14:04) How to Learn from Success and Failure
    (20:19) Balancing Passion with Practical Experience
    (23:41) Things to Look for When Hiring People
    (26:15) The Difference Between Being Good, Very Good, and Exceptional
    (29:39) What Is a Product Market Fit and How Do You Find It?
    (38:16) Traits of Successful Managers and Leaders
    (42:35) Andy's Golden Rule in Life
    (43:37) Role of Optimism and Pessimism in Business
    (45:40) How to Foster Relationships with Experts and Mentors
    (47:25) Introductions and What Not to Do When Making Them
    (50:37) Can You Achieve Work-Life Balance and Be Successful?
    (53:04) How Andy Makes Big Life and Work Decisions
    (58:11) Can Graduate School Pivot Your Career?
    (1:02:09) The Best Way to Optimize Your Time
    (1:03:10) Ways to Invest Successfully

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Digital Wallet Security and Credit Score Myth Debunking with NerdWallet's Smart Money

    Digital Wallet Security and Credit Score Myth Debunking with NerdWallet's Smart Money

    #173: Today I’m sharing an episode of NerdWallet’s Smart Money Podcast, where hosts Sean and Sara address the safety and privacy concerns of digital wallets and debunk common credit score myths. They highlight the importance of securing your digital wallet by leveraging phone security features, understanding privacy policies of digital wallet providers and implementing proactive measures to safeguard your information online.
    Sean Pyles is the executive producer and host of NerdWallet's Smart Money podcast. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and more. Sara Rathner is a NerdWallet travel and credit cards expert. Her work has been featured on the “Today” show, Nasdaq and CNBC’s “Nightly Business Report.”
    Link to Full Show Notes: https://allthehacks.com/digital-wallet-security-credit-score-myths

    Resources Mentioned
    NerdWallet's Smart Money Podcast
    Article: Companies’ deceptive ‘dark patterns’ online cost you money. Here’s how to fight back.

    Full Show Notes
    (00:00) Introduction
    (02:05) Credit Score Myth #1: Small Balance Equals Good Score
    (04:29) Credit Score Myth #2: Checking Your Score Will Hurt Your Credit
    (06:24) Credit Score Myth #3: Closing Old Credit Card Accounts
    (09:50) A Listener's Favorite Money Mistake
    (13:41) Are Digital Wallets the Safer Option?
    (15:42) Ways to Secure Your Digital Wallet
    (16:58) Challenges of Digital Wallets
    (18:06) Privacy Around Digital Wallets
    (21:12) Safeguarding Your Information Online & Offline
    (24:22) How to Fight Back Dark Patterns

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    • 26 min
    Is Renting Actually Better Than Buying a Home with Katie Gatti Tassin

    Is Renting Actually Better Than Buying a Home with Katie Gatti Tassin

    #172: Today we go deep on the dilemma of renting vs. buying a home. Joined by Katie Gatti Tassin, we'll discuss current market dynamics, debunk misconceptions about homeownership, and provide insights to help you navigate this significant life decision. We'll also share personal finance strategies and insider tricks to help you secure the best deal. Katie Gatti Tassin is the creator of the Money with Katie podcast blog, and newsletter.
    Link to Full Show Notes: https://allthehacks.com/katie-gatti-tassin-rent-vs-buy

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    Episode with Kathryn Valentine: It’s Officially Negotiation Season—This is What Works

    Fractional Home Ownership: Pacaso
    Property Appraisal Appeal: Ownwell
    Rational Reminder Podcast
    The Fort - An Entrepreneurship Podcast by Chris Powers
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    Full Show Notes
    (00:00) Introduction
    (03:04) Reality vs. Expectations of Homeownership
    (07:50) The Forced Savings Argument for Ownership
    (12:33) Factors to Consider Before Buying a House
    (14:34) Current Status of Rental vs. Buyer's Market
    (16:50) Chris' Experience with Refinancing
    (23:53) Why Past Generations Invested in Homes to Build Wealth
    (27:16) A Questionable Rule of Thumb for Buying a House
    (29:29) Ways to Generate Income from Your House
    (31:08) A Big Mistake People Make When Buying a House
    (33:40) How Societal Standards Pressure People to Buy Homes They Can't Afford
    (41:20) Why You Should Care About What Matters to the Seller
    (49:32) Fixed vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage
    (52:13) How to Appeal Your Property Tax
    (54:53) Why People Rent Even If They Can Afford to Own a House
    (57:20) The Hidden Costs of Owning a House
    (1:00:32) The Emotional Reasons for Buying a Home

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Secrets of Super Achievers: Learning the 10x Growth Mindset with Dr Benjamin Hardy

    Secrets of Super Achievers: Learning the 10x Growth Mindset with Dr Benjamin Hardy

    #171: Organizational psychologist Benjamin Hardy explores the power of a 10x growth mindset, highlighting how you can achieve more in one week than most people do in one year. He explores the core principles of 10x and the ‘Future Self’ science to transform yourself, offers practical advice to achieve ambitious goals, addresses the challenges of adopting a 10x mindset and more.
    Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and best-selling author, whose books have sold millions of copies. His expertise stems from his PhD research on entrepreneurial courage and transformational leadership, and his work has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, and many others.
    Link to Full Show Notes: https://allthehacks.com/benjamin-hardy-10x-growth-mindset

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    10x Is Easier Than 2x: How World-Class Entrepreneurs Achieve More by Doing Less 

    The Gap and The Gain: The High Achievers' Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success

    Dan Gilbert TEDx Talk: The Psychology of Your Future Self
    Books:


    Good to Great by Jim Collins


    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl


    Full Show Notes
    (00:00) Introduction
    (01:35) Why 10x Transformation Is Easier Than 2x
    (04:17) How to Reframe Your Past and Future with Psychological Flexibility
    (08:53) Imagining Your Future vs. Your Future Self
    (14:00) The Psychology Behind a 10x Philosophy
    (18:27) The 80-20 Principle in 10x
    (21:51) 80-20 Examples to Achieve 10x Performance
    (24:37) Non-Work Related 10x Goals
    (35:58) How to Use Your Past and Future to Increase Your Present
    (39:51) Where Would People Get Stuck in A 10x Mindset?
    (43:32) How to Get Rid of Things You Don't Need
    (46:35) Why We Hold Onto The 80% We Don't Need
    (49:34) Ben’s Advice For People Struggling To Let Things Go
    (52:07) 10x As A Filtering System
    (55:24) Techniques Used to Build A 10x Mindset

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    • 59 min
    Cash Back vs. Points: Are We Playing the Wrong Credit Card Game?

    Cash Back vs. Points: Are We Playing the Wrong Credit Card Game?

    #170: Chris makes a case for cash back in your credit card strategy based on some recent changes in the points and miles world. He goes deep on strategies for every spending category and shares his analysis of how to optimize points vs. cash back for the best ROI.
    Link to Full Show Notes: https://allthehacks.com/cash-back-vs-points-credit-cards

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    Robinhood Gold Card

    Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Credit Card

    Discover it® Miles

    Chase Freedom Unlimited®

    Higher Cash Back in 1-2 Categories

    U.S. Bank Cash+® Visa Signature® Card

    Citi Custom Cash℠ Card

    Bank of America® Customized Cash Rewards Credit Card

    Rotating Categories

    Discover it® Cash Back Credit Card

    Chase Freedom Flex℠

    Dining/Restaurants

    Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card

    U.S. Bank Altitude® Go Visa Signature® Card

    American Express® Gold Card

    Travel

    The Platinum Card® by American Express

    U.S. Bank Altitude® Reserve Visa Infinite® Card

    Wells Fargo Autograph Journey℠ Card

    Chase Sapphire Reserve®

    Grocery/Supermarkets

    Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

    AAA Daily Advantage Visa Signature ® Credit Card

    American Express® Gold Card

    Verizon Visa® Card

    Internet/Cable/Phone Bills

    Chase Ink Business Cash® Credit Card

    BMO CashBack® Mastercard®

    Gas
    Abound Visa® Platinum Card
    Entertainment/Streaming

    Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card

    Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card

    Drugstores

    Chase Freedom

    Chase Freedom Unlimited®

    Chase Freedom Flex℠

    Rent
    Bilt Mastercard®
    Office Supplies
    Chase Ink Business Cash® Credit Card
    Amazon/Whole Foods
    Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card
    Mobile Wallet:

    U.S. Bank Altitude® Reserve Visa Infinite® Card + Real Time Rewards


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    X (Twitter) post: Couple opened 26 credit cards in 2017 and earned 2M points

    Full Show Notes
    (00:00) Introduction
    (01:55) Chris' Personal Points & Miles History
    (02:48) 3 Big Changes to Chris' Credit Card Strategy
    (04:29) How to Take Advantage of Transfer Bonuses to Book Flights
    (11:49) The Basics of Cash Back
    (12:50) Best Cash Back Cards for Overall Spend
    (14:06) Cards for Higher Cash Back in Certain Categories
    (15:11) Other Category Spend
    (19:42) Best Cards for Dining
    (20:40) Travel Category
    (21:44) Uncapped Card for Gas
    (21:56) Cards for Groceries
    (22:26) Internet, Phone Bill, and Cable Category
    (22:35) Chris' Revamped Card Optimization Spreadsheet
    (26:35) Main Cards for Team Points Vs. Team Cash Back
    (27:44) Chris' Analysis & Category Run Through
    (33:42) The Biggest Takeaway on Cash Back
    (36:24) Cards for Spending Categories Like Rent, Entertainment, and Office Supplies
    (39:32) The Big Wrench: Welcome Bonuses
    (41:58) The Points & Miles Game With Player 2
    (43:14) Credit Card Issuer Rules for Welcome Bonuses
    (48:03) Quick Summary and Chris’ Final Takeaway

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    • 48 min
    Using Radical Candor to Strengthen Relationships at Work and Home with Kim Scott

    Using Radical Candor to Strengthen Relationships at Work and Home with Kim Scott

    #169: Bestselling author Kim Scott highlights the impact of using radical candor to maintain better relationships at work and home. She shares tactics to solicit feedback, overcome the discomfort of giving and receiving criticism, and navigate situations when others disagrees with your feedback. They also discuss the evolution of Radical Candor towards Radical Respect, which addresses the impact of unconscious biases.
    Kim Scott is the co-founder of Radical Candor, an executive education company based on her book, which has sold over 1 million copies and has been translated into 23 languages. Kim has a diverse background in leadership and management, having coached CEOs at top tech firms like Dropbox, Qualtrics and Twitter, as well as leading teams at Apple University and Google.
    Link to Full Show Notes: https://allthehacks.com/kim-scott-radical-candor

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    Books:


    The No Asshole Rule by Robert I. Sutton


    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman


    Full Show Notes
    (00:00) Introduction
    (02:13) What Is Radical Candor?
    (07:21) Importance of Radical Candor in Personal Relationships
    (16:39) How Do You Deliver Radically Candid Feedback?
    (19:33) Ways to Share Criticism as Feedback
    (25:42) 4 Steps for Soliciting Feedback
    (31:28) What to Do If Someone Disagrees with Your Feedback
    (34:17) The Differences in Radical Candor Across Different Cultures
    (36:47) The Negative Impact of Sharing Feedback on Text or Email
    (44:17) The Evolution from Radical Candor to Radical Respect
    (49:54) Examples of Unconscious Bias
    (54:01) Tactics to Handle Unconscious Bias
    (57:44) Applying Radical Candor and Respect with Family
    (1:00:41) Importance of Being Open to Criticism from Your Kids

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Coryfa ,

Inspirational

I love listening to this podcast while working out. It makes me feel like I can take on the world. Most podcasts like this just give you things to think about, this one gives you ideas for actionable changes you can make or ways to think to propel you forward. Even when I don’t think I’m interested in the content of a particular episode I seem to always find something useful in it.

Schmatz74 ,

Disappointed

I listened to the disappointing rent vs buy podcast in this series. The analysis lacked perspective, often referring to its 30 year cash flow analysis. 50 years would have been better, capturing the financial advantage of not having to pay for housing in retirement.
Retirement is the period of life when financial goals change from wealth accumulation to income generation and generally try to reduce expenses and take less risk. Owing your own home during this period is actually comforting while effectively serving as an inexpensive long term care insurance plan.
The discussion of all the financial blows mentioned that renters avoid by not having to pay taxes, maintain their homes, etc., was particularly naïve. Owners of rental properties also incur all these costs. They have to pay taxes, have to pay homeowners association fees, have to pay to maintain their homes, and those costs are reflected in rising rental rates. In addition, owners of rental properties want to make a profit. That profit is included in rental rates. Therefore people who rent homes not only pay all the costs that they would have to pay during home ownership, but they also have to pay someone else’s profit. One can assume that the owner of the rental property is investing in rental property in favor of investing in the stock market because they believe that they can make a better long-term return.
In short, the podcast lacked perspective and was overall disappointing in its failure to provide complete long-term analysis.
Try again!

slickywilly407 ,

Out of touch, arrogant, and inaccurate advice

The host is a guy whose arrogance and pretension is audible in his voice. He has a nanny (sorry, maybe an au pair), and seems like a “born on third base, thinks he hit a triple” type of person.

The advice is for rich people. The advice is inaccurate and full of generalities (see the one on renting vs buying, it ignores the entire Midwest and other non-coastal markets, it also ignores appreciation).

This isn’t “hacks,” it’s an ignorant advertorial. Skip it.

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