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Want to get better every single day? Tune into Seeking Wisdom, a podcast hosted by Drift's David Cancel. You'll hear about the leadership principles that have changed his personal and professional outlook and the hard-earned lessons he's learned over his 25+ year career as a 5X startup founder.

Seeking Wisdom with David Cancel Drift

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Want to get better every single day? Tune into Seeking Wisdom, a podcast hosted by Drift's David Cancel. You'll hear about the leadership principles that have changed his personal and professional outlook and the hard-earned lessons he's learned over his 25+ year career as a 5X startup founder.

    #179 Focusing on the Four Main Buckets with Sara Blakely and Jesse Itzler

    #179 Focusing on the Four Main Buckets with Sara Blakely and Jesse Itzler

    One of the youngest self-made billionaires and an entrepreneur/author/ultra marathoner get married and have four kids, yet they still manage their own businesses and try new adventures daily. How do they manage it all? 

    In this from-the-vault episode of Seeking Wisdom, DC sits down with founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely, and author, entrepreneur and keynote speaker, Jesse Itzler, to talk prioritization, marriage and extreme sports. DC and Jesse bond over big calendars, and DC learns how Sara and Jesse’s whirlwind love story still works today.

    Like this episode? Be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with DC on Twitter @dcancel @DriftPodcasts or text him to share your feedback at +1-212-380-1036. 
    For more learnings from DC, check out his weekly newsletter, The One Thing. You can subscribe here: https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/dc/

    • 14 min
    #178: Will Anything Top El Cap? With Alex Honnold

    #178: Will Anything Top El Cap? With Alex Honnold

    What do you do after you accomplish your biggest professional goal at age 33? That’s the question DC asked professional climber Alex Honnold in this exclusive HYPERGROWTH episode of Seeking Wisdom.

    Alex was the first, and remains the only, climber to free solo El Cap, a 3,000ft granite face in Yosemite National Park, in 2018. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t as easy as he made it look. In this episode, DC and Alex talk about what it was like to train for the climb with an entire film crew by his side, what life’s been like since the release of the Free Solo movie, and what’s next for Alex.

    Like this episode? Be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with DC on Twitter @dcancel @DriftPodcasts or text him to share your feedback at +1-212-380-1036. 
    For more learnings from DC, check out his weekly newsletter, The One Thing. You can subscribe here: https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/dc/

    • 17 min
    #176: Why Technology Isn’t the Reason You're Distracted with Nir Eyal

    #176: Why Technology Isn’t the Reason You're Distracted with Nir Eyal

    Ever blame your unproductive day on too many emails, Slacks, and phone calls? Us too. But on this never-before-released episode of Seeking Wisdom, author, investor and lecturer, Nir Eyal, debunks the myth of technology’s influence on distraction. Because it’s not the technology’s fault you’re distracted – it’s you wanting to be distracted.

    DC and Nir talk about Nir's background in advertising and gaming, what he's learned from writing two books (Indistractible and Hooked), and why anything that you do that you don't PLAN to do is a distraction.

    Like this episode? Be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with DC on Twitter @dcancel @DriftPodcasts or text him to share your feedback at +1-212-380-1036. 
    For more learnings from DC, check out his weekly newsletter, The One Thing. You can subscribe here: https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/dc/

    • 15 min
    #175: Bridging the Gaps Between Skiing, Climbing & Filmmaking with Jimmy Chin

    #175: Bridging the Gaps Between Skiing, Climbing & Filmmaking with Jimmy Chin

    What do skiing, rock climbing, and photography have in common? They can all become part of one story – if you seek the parallels.
     
    For this episode we went back into the crates to bring you an exclusive episode with the one and only Jimmy Chin. Jimmy, who is a professional climber, photographer, and Academy-Award winning film director, talks with DC about what it was like to grow up as the “other.” He shares how his early understanding for different worlds helps him to draw parallels between seemingly strikingly different things today. But Jimmy would not be the success story he is without the help of his mentors, so in this episode DC and Jimmy geek out on storytelling and mentorship.
     
    Like this episode? Be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with DC on Twitter @dcancel @DriftPodcasts or text him to share your feedback at +1-212-380-1036. 
    For more learnings from DC, check out his weekly newsletter, The One Thing. You can subscribe here: https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/dc/

    • 18 min
    #174: Never Stop Iterating

    #174: Never Stop Iterating

    Leo Tenenblat (Drift's Chief Product Officer) is back to talk with DC about iteration. Leo shares what iteration is like at Drift and how it compares to other companies he's worked at – from the big ones (like Salesforce where he drove the Einstein platform) to the small ones (like the startup he founded called AppMesh). DC discusses the difficulty of tying together marketing and product releases too tightly. They also touch on the importance of feedback loops and why product teams need to get as close to the customer as possible. Is this really just a veiled 1-on-1 meeting for DC and Leo? You can be the judge.
    Like this episode? Be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with DC on Twitter @dcancel @DriftPodcasts or text him to share your feedback at +1-212-380-1036.
    For more learnings from DC, check out his weekly newsletter, The One Thing. You can subscribe here: https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/dc/

    • 24 min
    #173: Replacing Yourself

    #173: Replacing Yourself

    DC's goal in life? To replace himself. On this episode, he's joined by Leo Tenenblat (Drift's Chief Product Officer) to talk through what this means in the context of a scaling company. Together, DC and Leo talk about their approaches to hiring and team building, projecting yourself into the future, and the one thing Leo thinks DC should stop doing. Digressions include some Portuguese lessons (for DC) and comparing astrological signs.

    Like this episode? Be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with DC on Twitter @dcancel @DriftPodcasts or text him to share your feedback at +1-212-380-1036.

    For more learnings from DC, check out his weekly newsletter, The One Thing. You can subscribe here: https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/dc/

    • 17 min

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581 Ratings

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Just YES!

Even more excited to start at Drift after listening to several episodes of “Seeking Wisdom.” I found myself nodding in agreement to so many episodes. Can’t wait to get some book recommendations from David and be a constant learning machine.

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10 star podcast

Another great book recommendation: Muhammad: his life based on the earliest sources by Martin Lings. It’s super interesting how such a leader emerged as the one most influential person in history (according to the top 100 ranking by time magazine).

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Great lessons, insights, and conversations with an interesting and forward-thinking leader of an exciting company.

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