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The Knowledge Project Podcast unlocks your potential. We interview world-class doers and thinkers so you can better analyze problems, seize opportunities, and master decision-making. Every episode is packed with wisdom you can use at work and home. Learn more at https://fs.blog/podcast

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The Knowledge Project Podcast unlocks your potential. We interview world-class doers and thinkers so you can better analyze problems, seize opportunities, and master decision-making. Every episode is packed with wisdom you can use at work and home. Learn more at https://fs.blog/podcast

    #124 Douglas Rushkoff: The Perils of Modern Media

    #124 Douglas Rushkoff: The Perils of Modern Media

    Renowned media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff offers an in-depth take on the connection between modern-day technology and the problems caused by polarized extremism. On this episode Rushkoff discusses some of the ways our behaviors are shaped by technology and how our behaviors shape technology in return, the best practices for social media, a lack of trust in the news media, when he feels peace, and why he’s trying to break the habit of using email.
     
    Rushkoff is an author, professor, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, culture, and institutions create, share and influence each other's values. He is the author of 17 books including the 2019 release Team Human, and he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens.
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #123 William Irvine: How To Live a Stoic Life

    #123 William Irvine: How To Live a Stoic Life

    Author and philosophy professor William Irvine goes in-depth on Stoicism, and why the fundamental tenets of this ancient philosophy can provide answers to some of the toughest problems in today’s society. On this episode Irvine offers a definition and some useful background on Stoicism and its origins, the original Stoics, their thoughts on failure, their advice on decision making, and how we can train ourselves to be more stoic.
     
    Irvine has written seven books including the wildly popular 2008 release A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, and the 2019 follow-up, The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient. Irvine also teaches philosophy and logic courses at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    #122 Robert Cialdini - The Principles of Persuasion

    #122 Robert Cialdini - The Principles of Persuasion

    What are the best strategies to get people to say “Yes” to your requests in life? Acclaimed psychologist Robert Cialdini dives deep into the seven small things that make a huge impact in influencing others, as well as the difference between being influenced and being manipulated into making decisions. What are the tactics, how do they work, and how do we defend against them? This episode is jam-packed with practical advice that will make you more persuasive in life.
     
    Known colloquially as “The Godfather of Influence,” Cialdini is a foundational expert in the science of influence and how to apply it ethically in business. His books, including Influence: Psychology of Persuasion and Pre-Suasion, have sold more than 7 million copies in 44 different languages, and he is the Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University. 

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    #121 Walter Isaacson: Curiosity Fuels Creativity

    #121 Walter Isaacson: Curiosity Fuels Creativity

    What do Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Jennifer Doudna all have in common? Celebrated journalist and author Walter Isaacson calls upon his years of research to explain how curiosity has always fueled creativity among history’s greatest innovators, and how each of those individuals shaped the world around them. On this episode Issacson dives deep into the curious obsessions of Jobs, da Vinci’s ability to develop a brilliant mind, Ada Lovelace and how she developed the algorithm, and how Doudna’s work with gene editing could shape the future to come.
     
    A journalist by trade, Issacson served as the editor of Time and then chairman and CEO of CNN before eventually spending 15 years as president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, the international research institute and think tank. Isaacson has also written bestselling biographies on Jobs, da Vinci, Franklin and Albert Einstein, and in 2021 released his latest biography, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race.

     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    #120 Chris Bosh: Hunger and Greatness

    #120 Chris Bosh: Hunger and Greatness

    Two-time NBA champion and 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Chris Bosh goes in-depth on the skills it takes to become a winner on the basketball court and in life. On this episode Bosh discusses the rare combination of talent and hunger, emulating others before becoming your own person, individual success vs. team success, the subjective traits that set championship teams apart, what it means to lead by example, where confidence comes from, and so much more.
     
    Bosh is widely regarded as one of the best big men of his generation and was part of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s celebrated Class of 2021. An 11-time NBA All-Star and 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Bosh won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat after being drafted fourth overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. He spent 13 seasons in the NBA and is the author of the 2021 memoir, Letters to a Young Athlete.
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #119 Todd Simkin: Making Better Decisions

    #119 Todd Simkin: Making Better Decisions

    Todd Simkin calls on experiences from his lengthy career in financial services and educating traders to help Shane understand how to make better decisions. On this episode Simkin breaks down all the influences that go into how and why we make decisions, why financial decisions are different than inter-personal ones, the strategies involved with teaching other people to make better decisions, what he looks for when he’s hiring, the value of asking the right questions, and so much more.
     
    Simkin is Associate Director at Susquehanna International Group, a privately held trading and technology firm. During his 25 years with the company he has held a variety of roles, including responsibility for SIG’s firm-wide education and trader development, where he taught the company’s new traders what questions to ask and what criteria to weigh before making hugely impactful decisions for the firm.
     
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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

1010sport ,

A go to for leaning on impactful topics

For some years now the Knowledge Project podcast has been one of my go to podcasts. Most episodes present a challenge to my current thinking or introduce me to concepts to go down a rabbit hole of exploration. What I appreciate most about this podcast is its ability to share learnings & knowledge others have gained and use in a way that allows me to still find benefit from their perspective even when I don’t align with the point of view, or work, of that guest. The hardest thing for me is prioritizing what knowledge I just gained should I begin the hard work of applying to my life in a meaningful way.

DeWittLater ,

Episode 124… oooof

Love this podcast and have listened to almost every episode, but the guest on 124 was horrendous. Had to stop listening halfway through. At least I know this is the outlier and hope for better guests in the future

Rob Schmoldt ,

Excellence in Podcasting

Thank you Shane for the Knowledge Project, you’re making us all a little better.

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