53 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
    • 4.8 • 39 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.

    46. The Life Lessons You Shouldn't Ignore

    46. The Life Lessons You Shouldn't Ignore

    There's an endless sea of advice online.

    Whether it's from a vague Twitter thread or a clickbait blog post, the advice sounds catchy, but if we're honest... often holds little water.

    However, we all know from experience that the right lessons, sometimes even sitting in plain sight, can genuinely change the trajectory of one's life.

    In this episode, Cal and Steph discuss the few pieces of advice that they think matter most and shouldn't be ignored.

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    Resources:
    Calvin's article: https://calvinrosser.com/40-pieces-of-advice/Josh Pigford's project page: https://joshpigford.com/projectsDoing Time Right: https://doingtimeright.com/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    45. Are You Playing Russian Roulette With Life?

    45. Are You Playing Russian Roulette With Life?

    In this episode, Cal and Steph discuss the hidden side of risk: the infrequent, often unpredictable events that make the biggest differences in our lives.
    If you look around, rare, high-impact events are everywhere. 
    A small number of days in the stock market drive the bulk of the returns.Large businesses like Google, Amazon, and Best Buy have tested thousands of products, yet have a single profit puppy. Insurance companies make money on most customers, but have to pay out very large claims to a few people.A handful of people have had more of an effect on the future than the other 7 billion people combined.This episode is all about navigating tail risk and tail opportunity. You'll learn how to better avoid the catastrophic events in life, and on the flip side, to take advantage of the life-enhancing opportunities with asymmetric upside.

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    • 46 min
    44. The Best Sh*t We Learned in 2021

    44. The Best Sh*t We Learned in 2021

    In this episode, Steph and Cal break down the best of 2021. You'll find out the...
    Best New IdeaBest New SkillBest New Life HackBest New ExperienceBest/Worst PurchaseBest/Worst InvestmentBest/Worst TrendBest PodcastCreator of the YearBest Personal Win/Accomplishment#1 Goal for Next YearPrediction for the New YearJumpstart 2022 by doubling down on the best activities and avoiding the worst. It's going to be an awesome year.

    PS: If you liked the sound effects in this episode, we found them here.

    • 1 hr
    43. Technology that People Feared

    43. Technology that People Feared

    What do airplanes, railroads, and jazz music have in common? They were all innovations that people feared.

    In fact, if you look into any key technology shift from the past, you'll find a wealth of fear, uncertainty, and doubt surrounding it. And while this shouldn't be surprising, we can still learn from the skeptics of the past.

    We can learn just how difficult it is to predict what's to come and look toward our future with a humble perspective, an acceptance that we probably will get it wrong again.

    In this episode, Calvin and Steph talk through how people viewed inventions seemingly as innocuous as the bicycle or teddy bear, what we can learn from these stories, and how to stay open minded and capitalize on opportunities as technology takes us into the future.

    • 50 min
    42. Special Episode: Finding Meaning in Sudden Death

    42. Special Episode: Finding Meaning in Sudden Death

    Death is universal part of the human experience. During our lives, we often must confront the painful reality of death around us, and eventually, we face that reality ourselves.

    What's odd is that despite death being at the core of the human experience, many people avoid talking or thinking about it. So when people pass away or we face a health scare that brings us into contact with the fragility of life, we often don't know what to do. 

    In this episode, Calvin shares his experience with the death of two close loved ones: his mentor and his mom. He dives into the depths of those experiences, whether it's choosing to take his mother off life support or the psychedelic experience that helped him process his guilt. And most importantly, he shares what he's learned from years of grieving.

    We hope this episode serves as a jumping off point for people to speak more openly about death and to connect with the many people that have lost a close loved one.

    As a disclaimer:  If you are unable to listen to difficult topics like suicide, mental health, or sexual abuse, please do not listen to this episode.

    Resources:
    My Mom’s Path to Suicide: Battling the Darkness in a Broken SystemI Will Make You Proud: A Eulogy for My MomThe Power of Mentorship and Paying it ForwardUnpacking Unit 73: Insights from Revisiting My Youth

    • 1 hr 58 min
    41. The Future of Work: What Comes Next? (Part 2)

    41. The Future of Work: What Comes Next? (Part 2)

    In the second part of this series on the future of work, Steph and Cal dive into new products and services, alongside macro trends that they predict are in full flux.

    These include mass migration, global tax infrastructure, opportunities for services to specialize, increased isolation, UBI, and of course... the metaverse. :)

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Dafirstkey ,

Unique, Thought Provoking, & Actionable

This is my new favorite podcast. Steph and Cal are awesome at choosing interesting topics, then delivering a conversation with layers of depth and immediately actionable takeaways. Congrats on the growth guys, excited for more!

DID IT CHANGE ,

Really good

So cool to hear two brilliant millennials share the latest in life, entrepreneurship, tech, and emotions. Digital nomad to crypto to monogamous relationships. Top pod for all millennials

Thecla37 ,

Better world with this pod

I’m enjoying this podcast and the sincere and thoughtful content on a variety of topics! It’s interesting to get a man and a woman’s perspective, too! Please keep up the great work!!

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