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A growth mindset is the belief that you can do anything if you work for it.
Your host Sam Harris finds remarkable individuals doing extraordinary things and breaks the processes down to show how anyone can achieve anything.
Sam has launched several businesses, travelled the world, and nearly died a few times, all in the spirit of curiosity and adventure. Some highlights include touring North Korea to hitch-hiking across Kazakhstan. He brings his insatiable appetite for learning to the podcast and challenges his guests with unusual questions to bring listeners unique insights.

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A growth mindset is the belief that you can do anything if you work for it.
Your host Sam Harris finds remarkable individuals doing extraordinary things and breaks the processes down to show how anyone can achieve anything.
Sam has launched several businesses, travelled the world, and nearly died a few times, all in the spirit of curiosity and adventure. Some highlights include touring North Korea to hitch-hiking across Kazakhstan. He brings his insatiable appetite for learning to the podcast and challenges his guests with unusual questions to bring listeners unique insights.

    89: Enjoy the Moment and Celebrate your Age

    89: Enjoy the Moment and Celebrate your Age

    On this episode, Sam Harris talks about time because he has been thinking a lot about life and being happy as much as possible. Sam explores the things that makes people feel sad about their age and also holds back their enjoyment in the moment.


    After hearing complaints from friends of all ages it seems a wierd phenomonom that everyone over the age of 21 starts to panic about their birthday and in society it is rude to ask peoples age as if the fact they are old is a dirty thing. Thinking about how he would be 30 soon and having to re-watch an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S where all cast members were having mid-life crises about turning 30 themselves was a wierd event. Sam panicked about the idea of old age but quickly got over it and presents some of his solutions.






    "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. "
    > -Mark Twain



    So I’ve been asking myself this question: What makes so many people scared of aging? And how can people deal with aging?


    Why people get scared of their age


    Impending death - It's a logical thing and natural process of life
    Looking less attractive - Skin ages and being less able
    Expectations - From watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S, normally one would be established with life by the age of 30. Getting married, having kids, your own house or a job you enjoy


    Things that might help people deal with their age


    Thinking about death is just a waste of time. Death is going to happen to everyone and just enjoy life
    Care for yourself more - Accept who you are and be happy with what you have
    Imagine yourself as an artist and TIME as your canvas. Paint the most interesting piece you can and celebrate it


    Show Links

    Connect with Sam - LinkedIn
    Sam's blog - SamWebsterHarris.com
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    88: Ending Aging - Aubrey De Grey

    88: Ending Aging - Aubrey De Grey

    Meet Aubrey De Grey – Chief Science Officer at SENS Research Foundation, VP of New Technology Discovery at AgeX Therapeutics, and editor-in-chief of Rejuvenation Research, the highest-impact peer-reviewed academic journal focused on postponing aging.


    He works on the development of medical innovations that can postpone all forms of age-related ill-health with an undivided focus is on rejuvenation: that is, the active repair of the various types of molecular and cellular damage which eventually cause age-related disease and disability, as opposed to the mere retardation of the accumulation of such damage.


    Our guest tells his story of how he came to be a biologist from being destined to be a pianist according to his mother in the beginning and later choosing programming out of a wish to make more of a contribution to the progress of mankind.


    Insights


    Switching fields and how it helped Aubrey find fulfilment in his work.
    Understanding the process of aging – how it happens and what is the rational, sustainable, and effective way to combat it.
    Why public awareness on the topic is important, and how Aubrey has been striving to raise awareness.
    What makes us age faster is not just the unhealthy habits of ours, but also the mechanisms like breathing that are essential to our life.
    Whether fasting helps you combat the aging process or not.
    A revolutionary view in gerontology and how it became mainstream, thanks to Aubrey's untiring efforts.
    Where we hope to be in the coming decades in terms of defeating the process of aging altogether or even partially.
    Why individual contributions are important in the field of gerontology.


    Aubrey and his foundations


    Connect on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/aubrey-de-grey-24260b/ -
    SENS Research Foundation - https://www.sens.org/
    The Methuselah Foundation - https://www.mfoundation.org/


    Show Links

    Connect with Sam - LinkedIn
    Sam's blog - SamWebsterHarris.com
    Support the Show - Patreon


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    Summary

    Aubrey's Career Path


    "I wanted to be a scientist, but ultimately, I wanted to make a difference to the world. And I recognized that scientists, in the long run, make the most difference.”



    Having chosen programming at the age of 15 and for the purpose of making more of a difference to the world, Aubrey continued in that career till he got exposed to something much more demanding.



    "I started programming, and I thought that one of the biggest problems the world faces is that people have to spend so much of their time doing stuff that they wouldn’t do unless they were being paid for it – I’ll stop that by helping in artificial intelligence research to create more automation. ”



    Learn why Aubrey chose to switch fields back in 1990 and pursue a career that could ultimately fulfil his desire of being able to make as big of a difference to the world as possible.



    "Having found out that nobody was working on trying to keep people healthy late in life – not properly, anyway – I thought, what? I better switch fields, really? And that’s what led to my moving into the biology of aging back in the early 1990s. ”






    Raising Awareness and Concern about the Process of Aging

    Our guest is the person who played a key role in the introduction and spreading of this revolutionary idea in the field of gerontology – a switch from making efforts for the prevention of ‘aging’ to making efforts for the remediation of the process called ‘aging.’



    "I was fortunate enough to have a few ide

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    87. Being a Worthy Human - Tracy Litt, Success coach

    87. Being a Worthy Human - Tracy Litt, Success coach

    Tracy Litt, a Certified Mindset Coach, and Rapid Transformational Therapist is the author of the best seller book, Worthy Human.


    Tracy has much motivation and valuable insights based on her life experiences to share with her audience. Understand what helped Tracy become who she is today, and how her own decisions changed the outcome of what she faced throughout her life.


    Through gaining mastery over herself to become the best version of herself, learn how Tracy discovered her own importance as a mindset coach, met success on her way to it, and what creates scope for mindset mastery.



    “Investing in yourself will give you the biggest ROI of anything in your life.”



    Insights


    How we develop baseless beliefs about our own abilities and capacities as children and stick to them throughout life.
    What happens to us is not as important as our response to it – the changes that we make in ourselves because of it.
    Often, our sufferings arise from within us and are caused by our own decisions on how to respond to certain things.
    All the things – concepts and behaviours – that are detrimental to our growth and how to manage them.
    How Tracy gauges and analyses energy levels of her clients and then manipulates them to shift their behaviours.
    Everything is possible if you change your programming.
    Where college helps and where it does not. Where it is essential and where it is not.
    Self-discovery – its importance and its effects on our lives.


    Tracy and The Litt Factor


    Connect with Tracy - LinkedIn
    Tracy's Coaching - The Litt Factor
    Tracy's Book - Worthy Human


    Show Links

    Connect with Sam - LinkedIn
    Sam's blog - SamWebsterHarris.com
    Support the Show - Patreon




    Summary

    Meet Tracy Litt, a certified mindset coach, best-selling author, rapid transformational therapist, and awe-inspiring speaker. She is the founder of a personal growth and coaching company called the Litt Factor, and Worthy Human, an inspirational and empowering book.


    Tracy's Work

    Tracy helps to remind people of their potential, teach the power of their mind, and support them in nurturing an amazing relationship with one’s self.



    "One of the things that inspires me to teach and coach people, because you can either be a victim or a warrior no matter what external circumstances coming your way. And you can live your life based on what happens outside of you and be a total powerless entity to what that is."



    Where Beliefs Form

    Tracy has much motivation and valuable insights based on her life experiences to share with her audience. Learn how – as kids – we develop certain beliefs that we hold throughout our lives.



    "Anything that’s ever happened to you that has influenced your ability to fully own your inherent worth is a lie. It’s not true. It doesn’t influence it that way. But when we’re kids, we don’t know that we hold our belief systems and then we end up as adults with a 7-year-old controlling our lives, basically thinking that we’re not enough."



    Rapid Transformation Therapy

    Our guest also talks about how she coaches her clients and other people who are in need of a coach with the help of Energy Assessment and Rapid Transformational Therapy. How we show up in life and experience it is determined by our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors.



    "Ultimately, I’m here to impact people. I am a vessel of healing and growth and inspiration. And I also just do what feels good to me. And I think that’s probably the biggest part of who I am. There’s always someone out there in the world who is waiting for you to show up and share what you know and teach."



    Choices

    Tracy indicates that the most important thing you have is your power to choose what you believe and think. Everything in your life comes out of you, therefore doing the work of you is non-negotiable if you want to reach your potential and make your

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    86. Question Everything. Let's start with Gender - Noam Kostucki

    86. Question Everything. Let's start with Gender - Noam Kostucki

    Meet Noam Kostuki – a life artist and business coach with a diverse professional portfolio, the author of “You Are Your Brand” and “Seek to Keep: How to Find the Best Mentors and Keep Them,” and also the pioneer of a jungle culinary adventure called HiR Fine Dining in Costa Rica.


    Having delivered two TED talks, delivered programs at Harvard and Yale, and spoken at over 80 international conferences, mostly on subjects related to “making money from doing good” and “creating masterpieces,” Noam is now an experienced teacher, consultor, coach and guide for business owners, entrepreneurs, creators, and investors.


    Summary

    Learn why it is important to Noam to be adding value to the world and enjoying himself at the same time.


    *Parts of us are always wanting different things and living in different matrices. We all want things that don’t make much sense when viewed from a broader perspective.
    The only way to create something magical is to start with something impossible. *


    Noam shares his radical and influential views about environmental change and other issues that need people’s attention or interest – how their points of view can be manipulated to make them directly link carbon emissions or other harmful substances to the damage they cause and try to be less negligent about such things.


    Do I need to be constantly producing and always getting better every single second of my hour? Probably no. I could be hanging out and just having a nice time with the people here on the course and observing.


    Our guest discusses how school teaches us the black and white reality, but it does not teach us how to deal with it. Whether we should maximize our time and stay productive and busy all the time or we should do nothing at all for at least some fixed time periods. Why, sometimes, finishing things that we start or sticking to them is not as important as we think it is? How gender roles are not fixed and how different errors can also make a business unique and successful.


    *I think that the state of gender is definitely changing a lot. I think that the world is going through a new openness. I think that we’re going through a crisis of masculinity and I think we’re going to see a lot of changes around that. I think that the gender question is definitely going to be a big topic. *


    Noam has an open, innovative, radical, and revolutionary approach to the topics of gender identity, diversity, roles, expression, sexuality, and much more. He believes that the focus is soon going to shift from the stronger or more masculine side of women to the softer or more feminine side of men.


    *I love the feeling that as much as the last hundred years have been about empowering women and about elevating women. I’ve got a feeling that this next phase now and the next five years might be the beginning of reconnecting men with both masculinity and femininity. I can see the response to what I’m doing is so surprising. I mean, for metrosexual men and women in Costa Rica, in the US and the Philippines, young and old, it’s really amazing to see how people are responding. *


    Noam discusses how being on a privileged side of the society in any way makes you unable to complain or be unhappy about anything – especially as a kid – when you keep getting told that there are people who are in a much worse condition. As a young guy, when you are frustrated, you are not allowed to cry because that is sissy, but you are not allowed to shout either. That creates bottled up emotions.


    A moment that something becomes a routine. It’s time for me to change.
    Special Guest: Noam Kostucki.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    85. The Ultimate Answers to Everything - Noam Kostucki

    85. The Ultimate Answers to Everything - Noam Kostucki

    Noam Kostuki is one of the most fascinating humans on the planet. He is a Ted speaker, successful author, coach and runs one of the top-rated restaurants in Costa Rica.


    Noam is a deep thinker and observer of life and lives for the moment whilst transcending meaningless baggage that gets in the way of the true self. An endless experimenter he has lived several lives over and enjoys reinventing himself and whatever he is doing in the name of curiosity and adventure.


    This is possibly the most thought-provoking and life-changing piece of audio I might ever create. It profoundly impacted me and several people who listened to this prior to release so I am confident you will enjoy it too.


    Be prepared to reconsider:



    What the point of life is
    What success really means
    What are the weird preconceptions you have that are dictating your life and if you really need them.





    Links to Noam



    HiR Dining - http://hiradventure.com/






    Noam Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/noamkostucki/






    Noam LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/noamkos/






    Youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/noamkos 






    Ted, Making Money From Doing Good - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gRaHyHJjrg





    Podcast - Links



    https://GrowthMindsetPodcast.com  - Show notes and updates






    https://samwebsterharris.com - Sam's blog






    https://www.patreon.com/growthmindset - Support me on Patreon!

    Special Guest: Noam Kostucki.

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    84. Existential Risks - Jaan Tallinn, CoFounder Skype, Kazaa

    84. Existential Risks - Jaan Tallinn, CoFounder Skype, Kazaa

    Meet Jaan Tallinn – an Estonian hacker, physicist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor, who is known for being the co-founder of Kazaa, a file-sharing platform, and his participation in the development of Skype that took communication to a whole new level.


    Since then, he has co-founded many more companies, been an advisor to the President of Estonia and focused heavily on effective altruism and mitigating existential risks from AI.





    Insights



    How programming nourishes the cognitive abilities.

    The drastic contrast in gaming about twenty to thirty years ago and gaming today.

    Why programming and other tech-related skills were more valued or exciting in the past.

    How Kazaa and Skype became successful – luck and effort combined.

    We are the dominant species on Earth for being the best planners on Earth.

    The reason why species have gone extinct is that we are modifying the environment to suit us and our needs while making it uninhabitable for them. Superhuman AI may do the same to us.

    How creating machines that are better planners than us can threaten our dominance on Earth.

    Incorporating our idea of a good future in those machines or aligning their ideas with ours can help combat this issue.

    Unpredictability, once introduced into AI, can pose a huge threat to the human race.





    Jaan Tallin - Links:



    https://futureoflife.org/ - Future of Life Institute

    https://app.effectivealtruism.org/funds/far-future - Effective Altruism

    https://80000hours.org/ - 80000 hours project





    Podcast - Links


    https://GrowthMindsetPodcast.com  - Show notes and updates

    https://samwebsterharris.com - Sam's blog

    https://www.patreon.com/growthmindset - Support me on Patreon!





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