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The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better.
Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week.
We'd love for you to join us.

Not Overthinking Ali & Taimur Abdaal

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 384 Ratings

The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better.
Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week.
We'd love for you to join us.

    Book Discussion - The Psychology of Money

    Book Discussion - The Psychology of Money

    In this episode, we discuss Morgan Housel’s book The Psychology of Money. We explore some of the key points, like the role that luck plays in success, why poor people buy lottery tickets, and the differences between getting wealthy and staying wealthy.

    • 43 min
    Competitiveness and Mimetic Traps

    Competitiveness and Mimetic Traps

    This week we read and discuss Brian Timar’s excellent blog post entitled “Mimetic Traps”. We try and figure out when competitiveness is unproblematic and how we can avoid inheriting desires from other people.

    • 59 min
    Dissatisfaction and Aspiration

    Dissatisfaction and Aspiration

    In this episode, we start by discussing an insight Ali had about the nature of dissatisfaction and setting overly high standards for ourselves. We then turn to the start of a book discussion, where Taimur explains some of the theories he’s been reading around our values, how they change and how ‘rational’ our decision-making really is.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Should we donate to charity because it "feels good"?

    Should we donate to charity because it "feels good"?

    In this episode, we discuss some of the concepts behind effective altruism with our friend Lucia. We touch on her motivations for setting up a public health charity, the Giving What We Can Pledge, and a few other curiosities.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Book Discussion - The 4-Hour Work Week

    Book Discussion - The 4-Hour Work Week

    In this episode, we discuss some of Ali’s Kindle highlights from Tim Ferriss’ magnum opus, ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’, the single book that’s most changed Ali’s life. We break down some of the main points from the book, which turns into a lengthy discussion about excitement, challenge and adventure.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Bouncing Back, Finding Fulfilment and Being Productive ft. Noah Kagan

    Bouncing Back, Finding Fulfilment and Being Productive ft. Noah Kagan

    As we were away this week, this episode is an interview that Ali recorded with Noah Kagan as part of his Deep Dive series on YouTube.

    • 2 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
384 Ratings

384 Ratings

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Insightful Conversations. Great Stuff!

Love the podcast. You guys provide many relatable insights and the banter is hilarious. It does seems like the microphone turns off a little bit too often, but it’s always a funny moment when one of you realizes it’s not recording.

Keep up the good work!

anita.nyc ,

Listen up!!

These podcasts are just fantastic. Thank you guys for taking the time out of your week to share them. They are right there are so many bozos and morons out there who don’t think about things enough. Juuust kidding. Would like to mention Ali’s YouTube channel also comes with the highest recommendation to one and all. If you haven’t seen his video about ‘Notion’ it has changed my life, for the better of course. Be sure to check it out. Guys, if there is ever the chance, would love to hear how your mother Mimi raised such thoughtful, kind gentleman. Is there anything you believe she valued or did differently to other mothers that really helped you along the way? Was she a helicopter parent or were you left to your ‘devices’, so to speak? Bravo to Mimi. Do you have any tips on how you plan to parent your future children? In other news, just signed up to the Skillshare classes and am very excited about this development, mainly to check out Ali’s productivity workshop class that sounded good.

Kabir Goel ,

Improved my quarantine by over 9000

I discovered this podcast from Ali’s YouTube channel. It makes a great companion for when I’m grinding through schoolwork, and a lot of what they discuss is strangely prophetic of my experiences as a college freshman. The guests are also great; the one on the motivation and complaining episode (Callum?) talked about week 5 blues and the days suddenly getting longer right as I hit week 5 and started experiencing the same things. Great way to process my own stresses and feelings, and it’s been very interesting to see how similarly most people experience things. Great job guys!

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