44 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 • 17 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.

    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
    33. Digital Security – Are You Safe?

    33. Digital Security – Are You Safe?

    We're all familiar with how to increase physical security – locking our doors, paying attention to our surroundings, putting valuables in a safe, etc. – but what about our digital security?

    With an increasingly digital world comes a less perceptible risk – the risk of having your information hacked and exploited by someone with whom you will never see or interact.

    In this episode, Steph and Cal explore the basics of digital security, the risks involved, where many people go wrong, and what you should consider doing at a minimum to move from "at-risk" to "safer" with your digital information.

    See if you've been hacked: https://haveibeenpwned.com/.

    • 37 min
    32. Are We in a Bubble?

    32. Are We in a Bubble?

    At a time where several asset classes are at all-time highs, there's a lot of talk about whether we're in a bubble. That, coupled with crypto assets falling to ~half of their highs, prompted Cal and Steph to dive in to try to answer this question.

    In this episode, they discuss the markings of past bubbles, the innovation hype cycle, the difficulty in profiting from nascent innovations, the importance of educating yourself and building your own conviction behind your decisions, managing your psychology (offense vs defense),  the cyclical nature of market cycles, and of course... the burning question of whether they think we're in a bubble today.

    They also share how they've fared in crypto and how they're thinking about investing moving forward (including Cal's foray into de-fi)

    Recommended resources include the books "The Simple Path to Wealth" and "A Random Walk Down Wallstreet", as well as economic indicators like the Shiller PE ratio: https://www.multpl.com/shiller-pe

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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

sam rahim ,

Bright minds, and innovative outlooks

Steph and Calvin are two of my favorite creators on the internet. They are level-headed, ambitious, and are always finding the best topics to discuss.

They challenge my way of thinking every time I click on a new episode. This pod will be huge someday — not a matter of if, but when. Follow Steph on Twitter to get even more insights and thoughts! @stephsmithio

TravelingWithKristin ,

Packed with practical tips and insights

If you’ve ever read Steph’s blog or Twitter feed, you’ll love her new podcast, where she and Calvin go more into depth on things that, well, you probably wish you learned in school. 😄 High quality, well-produced conversations on topics that affect us all in our personal and professional lives. Recommend!

Debbie Rachman ,

Actually helpful!

I love how Calvin breaks down common problems that people face and speaks honestly about how to think about solving them. Most episodes are very understandable and actionable in ways that make me think more about how I can get more out of my life.

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