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Interviews w/ authors, entrepreneurs, athletes and others on resilience, getting on or getting over life’s set ups and setbacks.

If research exists on how people bounce back, he talks about it. If there are physical practices, proven psychologies or philosophies that can help people build personal foundations before the storms come, he digs into it.

Bounce! Conversations with Larry Weeks Larry Weeks

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Interviews w/ authors, entrepreneurs, athletes and others on resilience, getting on or getting over life’s set ups and setbacks.

If research exists on how people bounce back, he talks about it. If there are physical practices, proven psychologies or philosophies that can help people build personal foundations before the storms come, he digs into it.

    MISTAKES WERE MADE: CAROL TAVRIS AND ELLIOT ARONSON ON COGNITIVE BIAS AND LEARNING FROM THE ERROR OF OUR WAYS

    MISTAKES WERE MADE: CAROL TAVRIS AND ELLIOT ARONSON ON COGNITIVE BIAS AND LEARNING FROM THE ERROR OF OUR WAYS

    On this podcast, we talk about what happens after we make a terrible mistake. What is our response to our mistakes? Do we try to brush it off or double down? Or can we get better, can we learn and grow from our mistakes?

    • 52 min
    EP. 40: HOW WILL WE BEHAVE? RORY SUTHERLAND ON THE NEW WORLD OF WORK AND CONSUMER BEHAVIOR POST COVID-19

    EP. 40: HOW WILL WE BEHAVE? RORY SUTHERLAND ON THE NEW WORLD OF WORK AND CONSUMER BEHAVIOR POST COVID-19

    Rory Sutherland is a best selling author, ad man being the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy and Mather and co-founder of Ogilvy Change, a behavioral science practice where they believe the greatest gains to be made in business and society are psychological, not technological.  Rory is regarded as one of marketing and advertising's most original thinkers and inspirational speakers; a cumulative 7M viewers have seen his Ted Talks. 
    This is Rory's second appearance on the podcast. The first episode 20,  which is still very popular. Because Rory has his finger on the pulse of consumer psychology, I wanted his take on the impact of stay at home orders on our respective western consumers as the Coronavirus (hopefully) wanes. 
    How will our consuming and workplace behavior change? 
    So this is a wide-ranging conversation covering these topics and more...
    Speculating on permanent and temporary consumer behavior changes  Behaviors that are inherently resilient Social norms The future of the workplace, commuting, public policy, travel, and movies Trends vs. vectors  What does he think about marketing/advertising on the edge of a pandemic?  What should brands do amidst all this change? Habits and social copying  Enjoy! 
    For resources and notes see larryweeks.com

    • 46 min
    EP.39: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: JAMES ALTUCHER, BOUNCE BACK PREDICTIONS

    EP.39: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: JAMES ALTUCHER, BOUNCE BACK PREDICTIONS

    I'm never sure how to introduce James Altucher to anyone who might not have heard of him. He's a best selling author with a hugely successful podcast, investor, serial entrepreneur, former VC & hedge fund manager, computer programmer, and chess master. I'm sure I've left some out but just Google him, he's everywhere. 
    Returning for his second appearance on the podcast (see more of his story here), James is one of the most interesting people I know. But his superpower and what I admire about him most is his vulnerability. He's an open book and not afraid to lean into controversy. 
    To the point of this show, on his podcast, he's been talking with a wide variety of experts about the Coronavirus, everyone from an immunologist, physicians, geneticist, economist to policy experts and super forecasters in the form of regular updates starting in February. He also lives in Manhattan, which is ground zero for the epidemic here in the states, which gives him another perspective I don't have. 
    Well, I thought I'd short cut my research and just call him for a distillation of what he's finding out; what after all these conversations has he concluded about what is happening now?  
    So here are just some of the topics we cover 
    Political risks for any opinion on what to do next  The math used for Coronavirus spread / who got what wrong?  Issues with flattening the curve  Dividing the certain from the uncertain He view on when this will it effectively "end" Possible shape of the recovery - L,U,V,W? Economic impact and when he thinks the country should open up or could open  How the future has been pulled forward  Businesses that may never return to normal  How to be an idea machine  Business ideas that are favorable in this environment  His personal practices for recovering from setback - as he's been through many   Enjoy
    Seem more at larryweeks.com

    • 1 hr 16 min
    EP.38: HOW STOICS KEEP CALM: WILLIAM B. IRVINE ON PHILOSOPHICAL FRAMING

    EP.38: HOW STOICS KEEP CALM: WILLIAM B. IRVINE ON PHILOSOPHICAL FRAMING

    William B. Irvine is a professor of philosophy at Wright State University. The author of seven books, including The Stoic Challenge and A Guide to the Good Life, he has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Salon, Time, and the BBC. He lives in Dayton, Ohio
    For the context of the show I refer you to his latest,  The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher’s Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer and More Resilient 
    Philosophy for William is not just an academic career; he actually lives it, having adopted Stoicism many years ago, making him an outlier in the academic community.
    In many ways, this ancient school of thought preempted many aspects of modern psychology and how to use some of its tenants to deal with setbacks. 
    The Stoics’ realized that even though you have limited control over what setbacks you experience, you can develop considerable control over how you respond to them. One of the 1st century Stoics Seneca wrote about the differences between experiencing a setback and suffering from it, by changing the perspective of how one thinks of setbacks. 
    You’ve probably read or heard of some form of this quote attributed to another Stoic, Epictetus 
    “We suffer not from the events in our lives but from our judgment about them.” On this show, we explore that precept - with some helpful thought experiments that I encourage you to try 
    Topics covered 
    How he came to Stoicism Comparisons with Buddhism Psychology of a setback   Stoic framing (the test frame, hero frame, target frame)  Negative visualization  “The last time” exercise and premature nostalgia  Resetting hedonic standards The power of perspective  Enjoy! 
    For show notes and more see larryweeks.com

    • 42 min
    EP. 37: THE WEDGE, SCOTT CARNEY ON STRESS AND HACKING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

    EP. 37: THE WEDGE, SCOTT CARNEY ON STRESS AND HACKING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

    This episode is about trying to understand our true capacity to cope with stress and how to arouse the dormant resilience in all of us. 
    My guest on this show seems to be proof there are benefits from extreme physical challenges. In his case, actually seeking out stressors and using them to hack the nervous system - reprogramming it's response to those stressors.
    Scott Carney is an investigative journalist who has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including NPR and National Geographic TV. 
    Before writing what eventually became the New York Times bestseller, "What Doesn't Kill Us," Scott set out to prove that the now-famous "iceman" Wim Hoff was a charlatan and his workshop retreats destined to kill people. Instead, Scott winds up climbing Mount Kilimanjaro half-naked, submerging himself in ice water learning radical breathing techniques (see Episode 6 of this podcast). The experience gave Scott almost superhuman levels of endurance, and he says it quieted a persistent autoimmune illness. 
    At the core of these methods is a technique Scott outlines in detail with his new book "The Wedge." In this episode, we talk about how it works, what he found on his search for other people who understood the language of the body's response to the environment. What other "wedges" did he discover? 
    This chat with Scott helped me think of stress as something to use. Specific stressors can be opportunities to build a form of strength in the area where the stress is met, whether physical or mental. During the interview, Scott talks about the brain's ability to build "libraries of emotional experiences" tied to stressful events. He thinks you can hack the libraries by various means of exposure and or wedges dealing with the stress to change how you experience it, thus increasing your ability to cope.
    This chat will push you to reconsider how far out your limits may be.
     Some interesting sections of the conversation...
    What he learned from Wim Hoff The two way communication between the mind-body and body-mind  Relationships between physiological and psychological stress Possibilities in reprogramming the nervous system Placebos How to use environment to increase resilience A new game of catch - with iron weights  Confronting fear in a laboratory  Enjoy!
    For show notes and more visit larryweeks.com
     
     

    • 58 min
    EP. 36: CORONAVIRUS QA WITH DR. ALEX LICKERMAN, M.D.

    EP. 36: CORONAVIRUS QA WITH DR. ALEX LICKERMAN, M.D.

    At the moment as I publish this, there are 340,000 cases of the Coronavirus and over 9,700 deaths from it in the U.S. Over 70,000 deaths world wide. 
    The amount and velocity of information on the pandemic is overwhelming and much of it conflicts. Do this - don't do that. I need help parsing all of it. 
    Enter Dr. Alex Lickerman, M.D. 
    Alex is a direct primary care physician at ImagineMD, spending the first 20 years of his career as a leader at the University of Chicago, where he ran primary care for seven years and taught generations of today’s leaders in medicine. There he enjoyed a reputation as “a doctor’s doctor,” caring for many physicians who are themselves today considered leaders in their fields. 
    I wanted to talk with Alex about the Coronavirus because of his unique qualifications as a physician and his work in resilience. Alex is the author of, The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self that formed the basis of the landmark Resilience Project, which he began while at the University of Chicago.
    Short show (36 mins) but I get to ask a lot of questions that he kindly answers in detail
    Comparisons New York vs Chicago What's unique about the Coronavirus Current best treatments   Separating fact from the news  Symptoms and timeframes What should I do if I get sick? How long will this last? Tylenol, Advil - which ? The problem with hydroxychloroquine Percentages - sick or very sick Hospital capacity in the US On face masks How long will this last? Why and how we can be calm

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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M12Choi ,

Perfect Balance

It’s great to listen to something that is engaging to the layperson yet still scientifically based. This podcast also stands out because it focuses on a specific topic, yet draws from a wide range of people and backgrounds.

peanutgallerygeek ,

Nice podcast

The title of this podcast is a bit deceiving. At first, you think 'oh yeah, another pile of inspirational stories which is supposed to get me fired up about being alive'. And sure there's some of that here but really it's not about the stories, it's about techniques. Techniques used by actual people in actual situations to recover from bad breaks.

Larry is not a professional interviewer and it shows but who cares. He come through as a nice fellow who doesn't have an agenda and is just really into the subject of recovery techniques and how he can use them in his OWN life. This isn't some guy who has it all together who is going to SHOW YOU how it all works, au contraire. He's just as interested as anyone else listening to the podcast as to what the host has to say and how he can apply it.

I'm rootin' for him and I hope the enterprise continues.

KyleAustinDavis ,

Bounce is the Podcast our mind wants

Getting into podcasts, it seemed like every podcast had its own niche that was usually very one dimensional and fit a specific realm. Whether it be history, politics, entertainment, etc. When I first discovered BOUNCE, I realized it offered an assortment of topics I never thought I needed to work on. Mental health, attitude, and success in this technology driven modern world.

I look forward to each new podcast with these exceptional guests providing in depth analysis and Larry gracefully guiding them along with his own sense of style and humor.

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