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On Outliers, Daniel Scrivner explores the tactics, routines, and habits of world-class performers working at the edge — in business, investing, science, and so much more. In each episode, he decodes what they've mastered and what they've learned along the way. Start learning from the world's best today.
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Outliers with Daniel Scrivner Daniel Scrivner

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

On Outliers, Daniel Scrivner explores the tactics, routines, and habits of world-class performers working at the edge — in business, investing, science, and so much more. In each episode, he decodes what they've mastered and what they've learned along the way. Start learning from the world's best today.
Learn more and stay up to date at DanielScrivner.com and Outliers.fm.

    How to Make 2021 Your Year: Chris Sparks – The Commonalities of Peak Performance

    How to Make 2021 Your Year: Chris Sparks – The Commonalities of Peak Performance

    Full show notes with selected links, quotes, and the big ideas in this episode:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/chris-sparks-outliers-show-notes
    The full transcript can also be found here:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/chris-sparks-outliers-transcript

    In this episode of Outliers, I sit down with Top 20 poker player and peak performance coach Chris Sparks to discuss performance vs productivity, the power of reflection, and putting more wood behind fewer arrows.
    “If you can improve fast enough in the right areas, then the score will take care of itself.” — Chris Sparks
    Chris Sparks shares a few of his favorite tools to help him stay focused—surprisingly, there aren’t any apps on this list. Instead, he favors a simple cube timer to block off high productivity time slots and a yellow notepad, where he jots down his random thoughts throughout the day.
    Chris also shares his stance on taking supplements (spoiler: he’s not a huge fan of them), using productivity tools and apps (another spoiler: he thinks many of them are unnecessary), and he reveals his daily caffeine routine, which doesn’t include coffee.
    Topics Discussed

    00:00:39 – Background on Chris and his company The Forcing Function 

    00:05:29 – The systems thinking approach

    00:08:05 – Feedback loops and setting aside time for reflection 

    00:13:39 – Questions to ask during weekly and monthly reflection time, and how to use those for productivity and progress

    00:27:15 – Turning away from the idea of binary outcomes such as success and failure

    00:32:38 – The importance of planning and course-correcting in productivity

    00:44:19 – Simple tools and techniques for productivity


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    • 57 min
    Best of Outliers 2020 – Carey Smith: Lessons Learned Building a $500M Business

    Best of Outliers 2020 – Carey Smith: Lessons Learned Building a $500M Business

    To close out the year, we're replaying the most popular episodes of Outliers in 2020. Coming in 2nd place is Carey Smith, the Founder and CEO of Big Ass Fans responsible for growing the company from $0 to $500 million. We cover the lessons he learned building a $500M business, including the importance of brand building and endless iteration.
    “I think in some ways it's trite, but you really do learn an awful lot from failures. And the other thing you get from a failure — or certainly I did — was the fear of completely wasting my life. That was a much greater fear — to imagine that you wouldn't accomplish much of anything was just more than I could bear and what it moved me to was looking for other opportunities.” — Carey Smith
    In this episode of Outliers, I catch up with Carey Smith, the founder of Big Ass Fans, an industrial, commercial and residential fan manufacturer. We discuss where the name “Big Ass Fans” came from, how his company evolved and catered to its customers and employees, and his simple but brilliant secrets to finding success.
    Carey founded Big Ass Fans in 1999, and over the span of 20 years, he grew the company from $0 to $500 million. During that time, the company was lauded for its stellar treatment of employees, impressive growth without outside investors, and amazing customer service. After selling the company in 2017, Carey moved on to found the business incubator Unorthodox Ventures, where he helps disruptive founders build successful brands and companies. 

    Full show notes with selected links, quotes, and more:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/carey-smith-outliers-show-notes
    The full transcript can also be found here:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/carey-smith-outliers-transcript

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Best of Outliers 2020 – Dylan Taylor: The Past, Present, and Future of Space Exploration

    Best of Outliers 2020 – Dylan Taylor: The Past, Present, and Future of Space Exploration

    To close out the year, we're replaying the most popular episodes of Outliers in 2020. Coming in third place is our interview with Dylan Taylor, who's widely regarded as the most active private space investor in the world.
    “I’m in the camp that is super passionate about space as a tool for transformation. So what energizes me is getting humans into space.” — Dylan Taylor
    In this episode of Outliers, I sit down with Dylan Taylor (@SpaceAdvisor) to discuss the future of space tourism and manufacturing, investing in space, and how anyone can get involved in space (even if they didn’t study science).
    Dylan Taylor is the CEO of Voyager Space Holdings and one of Pitchbook's Top 10 Investors in Space Technology. He has previously served as CEO or board member of Fortune 500 companies and has participated in 4 IPOs over his career. Dylan founded the nonprofit Space for Humanity, is Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and serves as strategic advisor for the Archmission and the Human Spaceflight Program. He is widely regarded as the most active private space investor in the world.

    Full show notes with selected links, quotes, and more:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/dylan-taylor-outliers-show-notes
    The full transcript can also be found here:
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Nicolas Cole: On Data-Driven Writing and Getting to 100 Million Views

    Nicolas Cole: On Data-Driven Writing and Getting to 100 Million Views

    “You have to surround yourself with the people that are a version of who you ultimately want to become.” – Nicolas Cole
    To date, Nicolas Cole’s (@Nicolascole77) writing has racked up more than 100 million views. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Business Insider, The Chicago Tribune, Apple News, Slate Magazine, Inc Magazine, and on CNBC. While he’s focused more on writing books, he started his career on Quora, of all places—where he’s been named a Top Writer four different times.
    Nicolas is also the Founder and CEO of Digital Press, where he’s helped over 300 leaders create great content and, in many cases, publish their first book. Digital Press’s clients include NYT best-selling authors, Olympic athletes, award-winning musicians, Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and founders of some of the fastest-growing companies in the world.
    His latest book, The Art and Business of Online Writing: How to Beat the Game of Capturing and Keeping Attention, is an incredible primer to writing online. It includes a slew of counterintuitive tips, tricks, and ideas for finding your voice and building an audience in record time.
    Full show notes with selected links, quotes, and the big ideas in this episode:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/nicolas-cole-outliers-show-notes 
    The full transcript can also be found here:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/nicolas-cole-outliers-transcript
    Nick's guest blog post "Why Volume is the New Secret to Success":
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/why-volume-is-the-new-secret-to-success
     
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Erling Kagge: The Famed Norwegian Explorer on Silence, Philosophy, and Sumitting Everest

    Erling Kagge: The Famed Norwegian Explorer on Silence, Philosophy, and Sumitting Everest

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    “I strongly believe that we are all born explorers. In the sense that when you're one year old you learn how to walk, you walk out of the house, and you start to wonder what's hidden between yourself and the horizon. And soon you will start to wonder, what's even beyond your horizon? So this spirit of exploration, that's something we all have. I kept it more than most people, but it never goes away. We all have it to a certain degree. Being an explorer is not something you begin being, but something you slowly stop being. You still have it until you die.” – Erling Kagge
    In this episode of Outliers, I talk with famous Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge about his record setting expeditions and the importance of exploration in life. He’s the first person to complete the infamous Three Poles Challenge on foot by making it to the North Pole, South Pole, and Summit of Mount Everest. We discuss his philosophy on the importance of silence and walking, and a few of his favorite books (including how a classic like Frankenstein can be relevant to technology today).

    Show notes with links, quotes, and more:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/erling-kagge-outliers-show-notes
    Text transcript of this episode:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/erling-kagge-outliers-transcript 
    My favorite passages from Erling Kagge's latest book Philosophy for Polar Explorers:
    https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/philosophy-for-polar-explorers-by-erling-kagge
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Kevin Kelly of WIRED Magazine and Recomendo: On What Technology Wants and The Future of Virtual Reality

    Kevin Kelly of WIRED Magazine and Recomendo: On What Technology Wants and The Future of Virtual Reality

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    “What is this thing we call technology? In the cosmological sense, like, where does it fit in? How does it relate to life? And my current summary would be that it is an extension of life and therefore is not contrary to life. It's an extended version of life—and that gives me hope, because it means that we can always make a greener version of whatever we make.” – Kevin Kelly
    In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) of WIRED magazine and Recomendo fame about his perspective on technology and its evolution. We discuss AI, AR, and how humans can benefit from partnering with and embracing tech.
    Full show notes with selected links, quotes, and the big ideas in this episode:
    www.danielscrivner.com/notes/kevin-kelly-outliers-show-notes
    The full transcript can also be found here:
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    • 48 min

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Great new show! ,

Awesome new show!

Daniel is a fantastic host! I love this show and would recommend it to anyone trying to 'level up' - whether it's your personal or professional life!

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Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as someone who can translate creative energy into the impact you want to have on the world, or just getting started as a catalyst for pushing the status quo - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Daniel does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving enterprise and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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Outliers is a must-listen…

Relentless execution. Long-form interviews. Guests you wouldn't expect. This new show from Daniel Scrivner is a must-listen if you want to level up your business and life.

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