“The world always makes sense; we just don’t understand it.”
This episode sets a new record with five guests — each considered among the best in their field. It features Adam Robinson (@IAmAdamRobinson), Debbie Millman (@debbiemillman), Neil Strauss (@neilstrauss), Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky), and Veronica Belmont (@Veronica).
This roundtable conversation discusses best investments, favorite failures, and bad advice to avoid. I really enjoyed all of the answers from the guests as there’s lots of actionable advice. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
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- Books by Adam Robinson
- Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases by Daniel Kahneman, Paul Slovic, and Amos Tversky
- Adam’s method of meditation is heart rate variability training (HRV).
- A book on HRV: The HeartMath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath’s Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart’s Intelligence by Doc Lew Childre and Howard Martin
- Adam’s recommendation for tracking HRV.
- Books by Debbie Millman
- AIGA: Sold Out — the Speak Up open letter that Debbie credits as “the most important defining experience of [her] life.”
- Books by Neil Strauss
- Who Knows What’s Good or Bad? by David Allan, Medium
- No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs: The Ultimate No Holds Barred Kick Butt Take No Prisoners Guide to Time Productivity and Sanity by Dan S. Kennedy
- Mastery by Robert Greene
- Books by Scott Belsky
- Books by Veronica Belmont
- Veronica hosting the Game of Thrones season six premiere.
- Introducing Adam Robinson. [05:55]
- Bad recommendations Adam hears often. [07:17]
- One of Adam’s most worthwhile investments. [13:09]
- Introducing Debbie Millman. [17:12]
- What is Debbie’s favorite failure? [18:44]
- One of Debbie’s most worthwhile investments. [20:30]
- Bad recommendations Debbie hears often. [26:48]
- Introducing Neil Strauss. [27:47]
- Neil’s favorite failure. [28:40]
- One of Neil’s most worthwhile investments. [31:54]
- Introducing Scott Belsky. [35:41]
- Bad recommendations Scott hears often. [36:46]
- What advice would Scott give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the so-called “real” world? [39:32]
- Introducing Veronica Belmont. [41:16]
- Veronica’s favorite failure. [42:28]
- Bad recommendations Veronica hears often. [44:07]
- What advice would Veronica give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the so-called “real” world? [44:38]
- Adam Robinson
- Debbie Millman
- Neil Strauss
- Scott Belsky
- Veronica Belmont
- Bobby Fischer
- Paul Slovic
- Daniel Kahneman
- Josh Waitzkin
- Seth Godin
- Kevin Hart
- Dan Kennedy
- Robert Greene
- Joe Gebbia
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