A Weekly Look at The Pursuit of Creative Excellence
#21 - Jamie Russo: Entrepreneurship for Positive Change and How to Spread A Million Acts of Kindness
Warning: my guest today is a very, very kind person. Today on the podcast I'm talking with Jamie Russo (@jamierusso), creator and writer of the Goodnote newsletter. I love Goodnote! And to think of it only as a newsletter would be a mistake. Goodnote is a proxy for Jamie's quest to spread 1 million random acts of kindness. He's using his writing platform as a means to an extraordinarily compassionate end. Check out these little blue postcards he mailed me. If you'd like one, reach out to Jamie on Twitter by clicking here. We talk writing (as I usually do with my guests), volunteering, why Jamie cares so much about people, working with compassionate companies, helping people at scale, the benefits of walking, how to use entrepreneurship as a force for positive change, how to find your guiding force in life, and much, much more. I had so much fun talking with Jamie, and at the end of our talk my cheeks were sore from smiling so much. You won't want to miss this one. Please enjoy!
Philosophy Means Love of Wisdom
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The Wrong Way to Read and the Meaning of Insight
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#20 – Uri Bram on Publishing a Newsletter with 50,000 Subscribers, How to Enjoy Writing, and Statistical Errors We Make Everyday
Warning: what follows is a communion of two souls in a chance encounter.Uri Bram is the publisher of The Browser — a weekly newsletter curated by Uri and his team, read by over 50,000 subscribers. He’s written two books: Thinking Statistically and The Business of Big Data. Uri is also the designer of three games: Lettercat, Person Do Thing, and Days Old.Uri and I had never spoken before we recorded this episode. And neither had I heard of The Browser prior to two weeks before this post. The morning I discovered their work was the morning I became brighter, smarter, more entertaining, or at the very least, half as much as the folks working hard to produce the world’s favorite curation newsletter.I kept scrolling through their site.I was floored.Their website is topnotch. The giraffe mascot is cute as all hell.“A truly wonderful site”– Stephen FryMost important, they collect only the finest, most entertaining and thought provoking articles on the Internet. I’m incredibly impressed at their high bar for quality. I promise that any article chosen by their hard working team is worth the read. This isn’t your typical buzzfeed b******t. And nor is it as high brow as The New Yorker. The content they collect is fun, interesting, hilarious, and full of humanity. Reading articles from The Browser is now a part of my evening reading routine. It’s making me less stupid, and it’ll make you less stupid, too.In this conversation, we discuss Uri’s writing process at length. Uri’s a much more experienced writer than I am. And I learned so much about how difficult it is to organize hundreds, if not thousands of ideas in a book. We also discuss content curation (not creation), and why The Browser is world-class at it, game design, meditation, getting unstuck, going for walks and getting out in nature, how regular people can benefit from learning statistics, and much more.So grab your favorite coffee and please enjoy our talk!
There Are No Safe Drivers: A Car Almost Slammed Into Me at 65 MPH And I Didn't Become A Self-Help Guru
It happened so fast that my brain didn't get the chance to flash my life before my eyes.
#19 - The Mad Scientist of Reading: Poor Bjorn on Self-Experimenting with Non-Fiction
Warning: what follows is a conversation for book nerds Books transform us. When we really dig into a book, nestle beneath the words, peek under the author's skin, we transcend our current self. We become someone greater. The best books maintain that transformation long after we've finished reading the last word. A book isn't something to collect. A book is to be experienced. Which is why I wanted to have this conversation with Poor Bjorn (@poorbjorn on Twitter and Instagram). Poor Bjorn loves books. He loves books so much that he doesn't just read books. He lives books. He's the creator of an Instagram page where he not only reviews books, he conducts self-experiments based on the lessons from the book. Bjorn will cover any subject. Stoicism. Wealth. Esoteric Philosophy. Psychology. History. Self-help. Persuasion. Negotiation. It doesn't matter what the book is about. If it's physically possible, he'll run the experiment. He once ordered a square pizza because he read a book about seeking rejection. In an utterly hilarious stroke of fate, he failed the experiment. The pizza place delivered him a square pizza.This episode is brought to you by my weekly newsletter, Hey Penguin. Hey Penguin includes tips for improving yourself through creativity, plus a bunch of extra goodies like drafts of blog posts, art I’m digging, letters from my audience, and previews of podcast episodes. Sounds good? Click here to subscribe and get the next issue delivered straight to your inbox.
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