“If you’re having trouble thinking bigger, just think stranger.”
This episode is a review of the past year, as well as a look at how I plan for new years.
I haven’t written New Year’s resolutions for roughly six years. Instead, I do a post-game analysis with a series of exercises and odd questions. This episode describes that, as well as a few lessons I’ve learned.
All of the links and resources I mention in the audio can be found below.
Thank you for listening, and wishing you and yours all the best in 2017!
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Want to hear another podcast with an end-of-year review? — Listen to my last podcast of 2015. In this episode, I share 25 of my favorite learnings from 2015: tips, gadgets, and quotes from podcast guests that I’ve incorporated into my own life. (stream below or right-click here to download):
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss
- Making Oprah from WBEZ
- How a Gang of Skinheads Forever Changed the Course, The Oprah Winfrey Show
- Shopify’s Build a Business Competition
- The Culting of Brands: Turn Your Customers into True Believers by Douglas Atkin
- Debt by David Graeber (Get it on Audio)
- The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World and Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art by Lewis Hyde
- Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
- Seth Godin likes Kramer knives
- Mystery Show Case #3: Belt Buckle
- 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly, The Technium
- Testing The “Impossible”: 17 Questions That Changed My Life
- My Life Extension Pilgrimage to Easter Island
- How to Say “No” When It Matters Most (or “Why I’m Taking a Long ‘Startup Vacation'”)
- DonorsChoose, QuestBridge, and BUILD are education-oriented nonprofits I enjoy working with.
- Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton
- The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day
- The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training, Part Two — Home Equipment, Weighted Stretches, and Muscle-Ups
- Jason Nemer — Inside the Magic of AcroYoga
- Wired Business Conference
- How to 10X Your Results, One Tiny Tweak at a Time
- The 30-Day Challenge: No Booze, No Masturbating (NOBNOM)
- What I took away from a documentary about Oprah Winfrey. [07:29]
- There are only two emotions: love and fear. [08:18]
- Are you attempting to be a force of good in the world, or are you representing darkness? [09:44]
- Book, podcast, and knife recommendations from Seth Godin. [10:36]
- “If you delight them, you’ll never lose them.” [11:39]
- If I had to charge two times more for my product or service and couldn’t do any paid advertising, what would I do instead? [12:50]
- 80/20 analysis: 20 percent of activities, experiences, or people who produced 80 percent or more of my most positive emotions and outcomes. [14:21]
- Should I go on a podcast tour? [19:14]
- I need to see more sunrises and spend fewer days in big cities. [20:34]
- If it is not on the calendar, it is not real. [21:12]
- Can money buy happiness? [22:20]
- Using my journal to spot patterns. [24:14]
- Thinking in threes: three things to add and three things to remove from life. [26:57]
- Matchmaking? [27:21]
- The solution to cleaning up dog hair without anyone moving my stuff. [27:50]
- Can I pay for every possible VR demonstration? [28:38]
- Coming up with absurd ideas for experiments. [30:17]
- 10x vs. 10% [33:16]
- The importance of scheduling the fun stuff. [34:54]
- I’m taking suggestions for potential 30-day challenges and experiments (remember NOBNOM?). [36:59]
- A virtual hug and legitimate gratitude to all of you and best wishes for the new year! [38:58]
- Oprah Winfrey
- Tony Robbins
- Seth Godin
- Lewis Hyde
- Kevin Kelly
- Peter Attia
- David M. Sabatini
- Navdeep S. Chandel
- Derek Sivers
- Dan Sullivan
- Jocko Willink
- Sarah Silverman
- Jerrod Carmichael
- Shay Carl
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