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Deadly Arnold Ep. 13: “Marketing your Marketing – some thoughts on staying true to your creative core.”

More In this episode Josh talks about his own failings in keeping song writing and performing at the centre of his musical world as opposed to music marketing. He introduces what he sees as the "marketing-your-marketing problem" and then goes on to explain how a musician or band might be able to spot if their focus has shifted away from what's really important - the completion of the best music and lyrics possible. Proposed Thought Technology:...


Deadly Arnold Ep. 12: “Some thoughts on being in a Band, and becoming a Professional Opera singer w/ Shanul Sharma.”

Shanul's next great adventure - help him out by taking a look at this link!…diff-fund/ In this episode Josh is joined by long time friend Shanul Sharma. Shanul moved from India to Australia in the early 00's and soon after entered the world of Australian heavy metal. He has since transitioned into a career as a professional Opera singer. Yes that's right, the bloke can REALLY SING, and is also a champion...

Deadly Arnold Ep. 11: “Some thoughts on the Cult Of Planning.”

More In this episode of the show Josh speaks extemporaneously about his growing belief that the online marketing world is creating a Cult of Planning, and how he thinks it might be a bad-thing for your creative career - as he is finding it is for his own song writing and third-act music career. These are just Josh's initial thoughts on whether planning every aspect of your creative output will actually help you succeed, or whether it could end up...


DA Ep. 10: “Josh & George on busking in S/E Asia, winter nights in a tipi, and opening a bar in Malaysia.”

More The Deadly Arnold welcomes Josh Thompson and George Arnold from The Buskers Guide - the boys are travelling the world using primarily busking as their financial engine (oh yeah, they've also made a few films and sold a few toasted sandwiches along the way). The boys share some really funny stories, and amazingly (being the awesome blokes that they are) avoid pitching anything in particular - outside of an admiral level of self awareness and...

Deadly Arnold Ep. 09: “Share what you’re fanatical about, and leveragibility is overrated.”

More In this episode Josh discusses his dislike of marketeers pushing their content-as-leverage narrative, and not caring enough about what makes something truly worth spending your time with. What Josh speaks about in this episode: The new Saosin album "Along the Shadow" and how damn awesome it is. How discovering Amazon's Kindle Rentals allowed Josh to both afford to rent "The Dramatic Imagination" and also skip the cost of postage during a time...

Deadly Arnold Ep.08: “When are you going to do something more Grown-Up?

More Dan Caulfield is both a talented instrumentalist/vocalist/lyricist and also one of your Josh's dearest friends. In today's show Josh and Dan have an extemporaneous post-guitar-jam discussion of the following question: "When are you going to do something more Grown-Up?" Josh post podcast thoughts: I'm yet to meet acreative person who is approaching or living through the third decade of their life that hasn't heard a version of this very same question...

Deadly Arnold Ep. 06: “Going with Knowledge Over Numbers” – 107 books part 3

More In this episode Josh talks about "Going with Knowledge Over Numbers" in non-fiction reading. A questions for the avid readers - "Are you reading a lot of books to gain more understanding, clarity and enjoyment in your life, or are you just chasing a reading-goal?" Changes of Heart-brain: Decide in advance what you want a new non-fiction book to help you understand better, prove/disprove, expand upon, etc. Be open to the idea that this new book...


Deadly Arnold Ep. 05: “Fluency vs Mastery in non-fiction reading” – 107 books part 2

More This is part 2 of of a multi-part podcasting series that your host Josh liston is putting together around the issues he can see in his own voracious reading habit incl. shortfalls he can see in his own "Goodreads Approved" reading list from 2015 - which incl. around 107 non-fiction books read. In this episode Josh start by reading from the following short original-piece, and then finishes up with a segment of audio from an past podcast episode...


Deadly Arnold Ep. 04: “Vertical vs Horizontal Chains of Inspiration and Inquiry” – 107 books part 1

This is part 1 of a multi-part podcasting mini-series around the insights gained (or not gained) from reading 107 non-fiction books in 2015. The following notes were taken in Drafts for iOS and were used as the core of this episode. Vertical vs Horizontal Chains of Inspiration and Inquiry. “It wasn’t until I sat down to read to the work of Austin Kleon that I realised that for a very long time I’ve been following horizontal lines of both inquiry and inspiration. Kleon, in his incredible...


Deadly Arnold Ep. 03: “It’s All Too Much” – plus our 2016 must-read book list.

More [ Converse with the show here @joshuacliston on Twitter or email:] In Ep. 03: of The Deadly Arnold your host Josh Liston talks about the positive impact the book "It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh" had on his day-to-day life in 2015 (thank you Mr. Merlin Mann for sharing this strange little book with us all) - Josh also shares his 2016 Must-Read Book List. Josh's 2016 Must-Read Book List: Fin. "What Technology Wants" by Kevin...


Deadly Arnold Ep. 02: “Claybrin McMath on expanding ones focus beyond being just-an-athlete.”

In this episode of the Deadly Arnold Josh has an extemporaneous and deep conversation with writer, athlete and emerging poet Claybrin McMath. The guys discuss the following: Breaking the chains of self-indentification and the private/public pressure to be what those around you expect you to be. Moving into a creative field when you’re most known […]


Deadly Arnold 001: a re-launch in motion “make the thing you most want to make”

After much planning, deliberating and a healthy smattering of procrastinating this is The Deadly Arnold. The show I wanted “Braver By The Day” to be but it never was. Why the re-launch? Braver By The Day sounded like the show I thought others most wanted to hear, but I didn’t want to make. The show […]


#48: BBTD vs Ending Stuff – why is ending your art (or work) so damn hard t

Today Josh talks about ending his first ever Podcast, the idea of Sunk Costs, and shares an introduction to the book “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown. [ This episode is powered by the amazing cartoon-drawings and caricatures ] Talk with Josh here: Em: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Thanks so so much for checking out […]


BBTD vs Pre-Built Failure: are you building failure points into your habit

More on Twitter to reach out to the show) In todays episode I’m going to share a story about how I set-up a personal exercise challenge for myself (based around the Jerry Seinfeld method for getting things done), and without meaning to, I built in some obvious failure points into the process. Possible Failure Points: […]


P3E1: A quick review of habit loops, and The Power of Habit book.

More (to rate, review and subscribe to the show in iTunes) @joshuacliston talks habit loops and the Cue > Routine > Reward habit loop cycle. This subject was spurred on through a re-reading of The Power of Habit by author Charles Duhigg. We also look at the following questions and in-house experiments: What exactly is […]


#BBTD vs Running vs Sunk Costs – part 2 with Benny Dale.

More (To rate, review and subscribe to our show). Josh (@joshuacliston) talks with his friend Benny Dale about how he discovered a love for running (Josh is finding this one hard to take), how Benny feels about the sunk costs of learning a musical instrument, and the guys finish up with their thoughts on setting […]


#BBTD vs The Scale (and bread) w/ Benny Dale – part 1.

In this Part 1 episode Josh (@joshuacliston) speaks to father, gym goer, and good friend, Benjamin Dale about all manner of awesome stuff (incl. having much older siblings, respecting your parents as you get older, setting little weight-loss goals, and the feeling of waking up 20 kilos lighter). What Josh and Benny talk about: […]


#BBTD vs The Panacea: productivty isn’t everything, so stop punishing yours

More Josh (@joshuacliston) talks about productivity and optimisation, and how obsessing over being productive might actually be making you less-happy. And Josh also talks about why we need to STOP punishing ourselves for our relaxation time. Questions we ask: Why do we pride ourselves on little we sleep, how much we work, and productive we […]


#BBTD vs Willpower: some quick insights from Kelly McGonigal’s book “The Wi

More Josh (@joshuacliston) talks Kelly McGonigal’s book “The Willpower Instinct” (right from the back seat of his car). This episode is to wrap up some of the tangents Josh has been on (and probably never returned from) over the past few #BBTD episodes. The research points to:(Kelly McGonigal PH.D.) uncovered the following findings that stood […]


#BBTD vs Pandora Radio – why do we stop trying new things?

Josh talks about what a revelation it was to discover Pandora Radio; how awesome it was to see Bill Burr live, and the sweet sweet revenge he is having on his shy self – changing beliefs people! ( @joshuacliston ) In this Ep we chat about. How discovering a love for Pandora Radio has […]


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