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.
Toxic Productivity, Competition & Framing Work
After a week away, we’re back with a typically wide-ranging episode. Our discussion ranges from toxic productivity to mindsets around competition and competitiveness to how we should frame the abstract nature of work that we ‘have’ to do. Ali’s also looking for a name for his new stationary brand so if you have any suggestions then please send them in. Thank you for listening and please leave us a review if you can. Enjoy.
Brandon Sanderson (Best-Selling Author) on Writing, Careers and Finding Your Passion
Hey everyone - another bit of an 'in-between'-isode this week. In this episode, Ali talks to Brandon Sanderson - his favourite author of all time. Brandon is a best-selling author who has written books that have sold millions of copies including the incredible fantasy books, Mistborn and The Stormlight Archive. He also wrote the final 3 books of The Wheel of Time series. Brandon's output is legendary - he writes books almost faster than we can read them, and he teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. In this wide-ranging discussion, they not only discuss writing but also talk about finding your passion, creating enjoyment, business decisions and why Brandon wanted to work night shifts at a hotel when he was first starting out on his writing journey. Enjoy.
Reflections on 100 Episodes
In this episode, we look back over the past two years of recording this podcast. We discuss why we think it’s lasted so long, reflect on how the podcast has changed over the two years since we began recording in March 2019 and finally consider whether we should think more about our target audience and we try to break down why people listen to podcasts.
Should we optimise our relationships?
In this episode, we're joined by Joey Savoie, co-founder of Charity Entrepreneurship. Joey's an expert at 'spreadsheetising' all aspects of his life, including health, relationships and careers to have the biggest impact on the world. Our wide-ranging conversation discusses the extent to which we can (or should) quantify our lives, and Ali gets a lot of dating advice as well. Enjoy
Introverts, Extroverts and Identity Signals
In this episode, we begin by talking about Ali’s theory for what makes for a good blog post or YouTube video before a tweet from none other than Agnes Callard about introverts sends us down a path debating introversion, extroversion and signalling.
Social Media and Sincerity
In this episode, we talk about earnestness and sincerity when posting on social media. We discuss Ali’s decision to start writing online, why it feels different posting a blog post as opposed to publishing a YouTube video and how we each want to come across on Twitter. We also delve a little into Ali’s dating life and how we each deal with people reaching out to us.
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Thought-provoking, funny, real.
I love this podcast. Very rare to have deep conversations such as these irl, but even rarer to come across on a podcast. I listen to Ali and Taimur (and guests) and then talk through their ideas with various people in my life, which inevitably leads to more of these sought-after conversations. I don’t think this podcast is for everyone but I also think that’s why it’s good. Thanks and keep it up!
Awareness by Anthony De Mello
Hello from New Jersey, US. Great pod! I would love to hear your take on the book Awareness by Anthony De Mello. It's an interesting read.
My favorite wasteman pod
Was on the pod once and it was grand. I challenged Ali to take a week off from YouTube and I think he actually increased his output after our chat. Incredible. Now to listen to the pod Taimur makes me message him every time I hear his voice. Quite needy but worth the price. Good pod.