46 episodes

Formal schooling does a terrible job of preparing you to thrive as an adult. The Shit You Don't Learn in School podcast exists to make up for this societal failure. In this show, Calvin Rosser and Steph Smith share stories, insights, and resources designed to help you improve the quality of your personal and professional life. If all works out, you'll be at least 1% better at navigating the waters.

Shit You Don't Learn in School Calvin Rosser & Steph Smith

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 26 Ratings

Formal schooling does a terrible job of preparing you to thrive as an adult. The Shit You Don't Learn in School podcast exists to make up for this societal failure. In this show, Calvin Rosser and Steph Smith share stories, insights, and resources designed to help you improve the quality of your personal and professional life. If all works out, you'll be at least 1% better at navigating the waters.

    80/20 Habits, Beliefs, and Products

    80/20 Habits, Beliefs, and Products

    The information age gives us access to so much advice that it can be hard to see through the noise.

    4AM morning routines that don't make sense for you. Productivity hacks that hardly move the needle. Hindsight bias cloaked as success stories.

    Most advice is well-intentioned, but rarely translates to improvements in another person's life. So this week, Cal and Steph took a step back to ask the simple question: what are the 80/20 habits, beliefs, and products that had an outsized impact in changing their lives.

    While many of their answers aren't revolutionary, they're universal and can be adopted by anyone.

    If you find yourself looking for an 80/20 episode that cuts through the noise, this one is for you.

    • 35 min
    38. Open Salaries and Solving for an Equitable Workforce

    38. Open Salaries and Solving for an Equitable Workforce

    With the exception of a few companies like Buffer and GitLab, 99.99%+ of companies opt to keep their salaries closed. This closed nature creates information asymmetry and at times, inequity in the workplace.

    Lack of transparency gives companies a hall pass to not develop a robust compensation system, but at the same time, sharing salaries openly isn't without its pitfalls, including privacy and the tendency for people to over-compare themselves to others. 

    In this episode, Steph and Cal debate whether companies should share their pay methodology or even fully open up their book. They share a range of studies, including results from Norway, a country that has shared their tax returns publicly since 1863.

    If you've felt the information asymmetry in the workforce or are considering how you can get more out of your career, this episode is for you.

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    • 51 min
    37. Should Billionaires Exist?

    37. Should Billionaires Exist?

    Wealth inequality has been increasing for decades, and recently, there has been a heightened focus on billionaires as we debate what to do about the concentration of large swaths of wealth in a few hands.

    In this episode, Steph and Cal discuss whether or not billionaires should exist, common proposals for dealing with billionaires, and a few policy proposals for how we can start thinking about tackling wealth inequality.

    Whether you find yourself saying, "billionaires are evil and don't deserve all that money", "billionaires deserve what they have earned", or "I don't care about billionaires, but I care about a world with more equality of opportunity," this episode is for you.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    36. The Psychology of Pricing

    36. The Psychology of Pricing

    In this episode, Cal and Steph discuss the subjective nature of pricing. They explore how a value extends beyond utility or the physical nature of an asset (think luxury items, NFTs, etc) and use these ideas to explore new pricing models, including tiered, retention-based, and completion-based pricing.

    They also explore how our own psychology can inhibit use as consumers to spend on what's most meaningful and the importance of unlearning certain spending habits.

    If you find the psychology of money as fascinating as we do, give this episode a listen.

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    • 41 min
    35. Does Marriage, Retirement, or the 40-Hour Work Week Still Make Sense?

    35. Does Marriage, Retirement, or the 40-Hour Work Week Still Make Sense?

    In this episode, Steph and Cal dive deep into traditions, the societal defaults that shape how we think and act in the world. They start by exploring the origins of the 40-hour work week, modern alternatives, and how we can rethink the idea of retirement. In the second half of the episode, they explore how the ways in which commonly held beliefs about monogamy, love, and marriage may not set people up for the life they want to live. If you're interested in questioning the norms and designing a life that works for you, this episode is worth a listen.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    34. Rethinking Productivity & How You Spend Your Time

    34. Rethinking Productivity & How You Spend Your Time

    The big failure of most productivity advice is the focus on efficiency – getting things done more quickly. We should be focused on effectiveness – making sure we're doing the right things. In this episode, Steph and Cal explore how we can rethink productivity to get more out of how we spend our most valuable resource: time. They cover a variety of topics, including many practical ideas about getting more out of every day, including the Eliminate, Automate, Delegate, and Iterate framework from their new course: Doing Time Right.

    You can dive deeper into the concepts discussed and learn more about the course here: http://doingtimeright.com/.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

james berges ,

Lives up to its name!

Steph and Calvin cover modern issues that I wish I learned in school- like the history of the 40 hour work week, to how to live and work remotely. Lively and informative - no fluff 👍🙏

tomnassr ,

Actually helpful

Shared insights for the digital nomads of the future. It’s awesome and you’d be silly not to listen!

CamKaram ,

Amazing!

Very insightful thinkers!!

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