55 episodes

Designing solutions to the problems in our personal lives and in the world!

Solve my World Joseph

    • Self-Improvement

Designing solutions to the problems in our personal lives and in the world!

    55: Lessons from the Game of Poker

    55: Lessons from the Game of Poker


    Receive 2 cards, you are the only one to see your two cards

    Dealer reveals 3 cards that all players can see and use in their hand

    Players bet

    Check - if you have enough bet but don’t want to raise

    Fold - if you need to put in more chips but don’t want to

    Call - match the amount of chips bet by others

    Raise - increase the amount of chips bet by each player

    Dealer reveals another card

    Players bet

    Dealer reveals final card

    Players bet

    Best hand wins

    You have no control over the cards you are dealt or the community cards

    The only control is whether you take the opportunity given to you or wait for another opportunity

    If you are wise about the opportunities you take and the ones you don’t, then over time you will win more often than lose.

    When deciding how much to bet, you determine how often you would win out of 100 rounds with that hand (winning percentage) If you would win 1 out of 100. Then you wouldn’t want to bet much if at all because you would have to get 100x what you lost each round when you win just to break even. But if you would win 50% of the time then you only need to double your loss when you win which if you have more then 2 players is likely going to happen.

    In life, you don’t get to choose where you start, who your parents are. You only have a small control (usually) over what other people do to you. But you do have the opportunity to choose how you react.

    When you have a bad “hand” you can fold and just ignore the situation, you could also bluff and try to learn some things about the other players.

    Sometimes, when I have someone who is purposefully attacking me (verbally). I often find it’s a good strategy to bluff and assume that they are joking with me and I laugh along with them. Oftentimes this either softens them up or at least confuses them enough that I can leave the situation.

    Sometimes you are given great opportunities and you should determine your odds of success and how much you are willing to bet on that opportunity.

    Most of the time you are just dealt average hands and you can try to make the most of it and be willing to adjust as you go.

    If whenever you get a bad hand you get angry at chance and think it’s not fair, you will be a poor poker player. Use your bad hands to learn. Be creative, is there any way to turn this into a win, even if it’s a small one?

    Remember, we are playing the long game, it’s not about winning every hand, it’s about winning the whole pot. This happens by consistently making good decisions and correctly determining probabilities.

    Great players can turn bad hands into successful rounds. It’s all about the mindset


    Clifton Taulbert


    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/solvemyworld/message

    • 35 min
    54: Auto Assign Secret Santa

    54: Auto Assign Secret Santa

    Each year for Christmas each person in my family is assigned one other person to give a gift to.

    We want it to be a surprise so we can’t have a rotation

    We can’t have ourselves or our spouse

    We can’t have the person we had last year

    We would like to make it more likely to get someone that we haven’t been assigned for awhile.

    My program automatically sends out an email to each person with their assignment.

    I like it because it forces you to try to get to know the person better so that you can get them a good gift. Strengthens family bonds etc.


    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/solvemyworld/message

    • 12 min
    53: The Tragedy of Age Segregation

    53: The Tragedy of Age Segregation

    Age Segregation

    Kids go to school, spend all day with other kids their age

    People are encouraged to retire, leaving the workforce for people in working age

    Older people spend their time in retirement homes

    The normal thing is for the grandparents to help teach the kids

    Grandparents teach what is most important, morals, how to live a good life

    Parents teach more practical things, how to make a living, how to organize your life etc

    Why the change?

    Perhaps because things are changing so much that many people look at their parents and grandparents as uninformed because they don’t know the latest tech.

    Schools and the push for retirement are big factors


    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/solvemyworld/message

    • 19 min
    52: Designing your vision for your life

    52: Designing your vision for your life

    People making drastic life choices without thinking them through

    Autopilot just following the path of least resistance

    Buying things you don’t need or sometimes don’t even really want

    Weighing the importance of each thing

    There isn’t enough time or money for you to do everything so you must actively prioritize

    Big potential mistakes:

    Going into debt - car, house, college, consumer

    Wasting time

    Not having an idea of what you want your life to look like

    What to do?

    Think about what a perfect day would look like for you

    Try to be as realistic as possible (sitting around all day gets boring fast)

    What can you do to design your day to look like that as much as possible?

    Do this exercise often because it will motivate you and also it will change over time.


    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/solvemyworld/message

    • 31 min
    51: LastPass Password Manager

    51: LastPass Password Manager


    Syncs across computer and mobile

    Password Generator


    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/solvemyworld/message

    • 11 min
    50: Making the World Stronger by Allowing Groups to Split

    50: Making the World Stronger by Allowing Groups to Split

    When more than one leader crops up it is because the people no longer agree on something fundamental

    Social insects follow this pattern

    Primates follow this pattern

    Dunbar’s number hypothesizes that we can have a group of 150 people max that we feel comfortable socializing with


    If a group gets so big that each person no longer knows all the others then it’s harder to agree on a leader (or common ideologies)

    The tribe then splits (or fights)

    This is probably good over all

    As long as the groups can get along, separating because of fundamental differences leads to more options

    The more options there are, the more likely a better option will emerge

    If we force everyone to stay in the same group it is probably unhealthy

    -it leads to animosity and resentment

    -If there is only one option it is less likely to be the ideal (fragile)

    How could a system like this work?

    Maybe try to design cities with this in mind

    Allow communities as much autonomy as possible

    Make sure there are clear agreements, traditions, expectations, etc for what happens when there needs to be a split. (peace treaty, who leaves and who stays)

    Dispute resolution is key


    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/solvemyworld/message

    • 37 min

Top Podcasts In Self-Improvement