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27: Discipline December pt. 2 (with Caleb Porzio)

This week we recap Discipline December. We talk discipline as a tool, the downside of letting fear motivate your work, and using experiments to diagnose your problems. Then John loses his mind over how much he loves “Holy Hour”.

Duration: 00:49:33

26: Ego depletion

We return to form with this old school episode with no guest. John is having a hard time getting things done, and Daniel has ideas for how to help. We discuss working from home, making good check lists, slowing your roll, and taking notes.

Duration: 00:31:54

25: Discipline December (with Caleb Porzio)

Daniel is going to be disciplined for (almost) a whole month! This is a very meta episode: protestant work ethic, work habits, budgeting, food, exercise, checklists, tidying up, and more! Follow along with our progress in the link in the show notes. If you want to join along, shoot us a tweet. Special Guest: Caleb Porzio.

Duration: 00:45:07

24: Many a hustle (with Michael Johnson)

Long time friend Michael Johnson calls in for our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. We talk vlogging, managing multiple side hustles, unifying your life, finding identity, and living life without a calendar. Special Guest: Michael Johnson.

Duration: 00:43:01

23: Total depravity (with Nancy French)

4-time NYT Best Selling Author Nancy French shares her thoughts on being a Conservative writer in the era of Trump. Nancy recently left the Republican party and faced harassment from the Alt-Right. We also get into the relationship between pop culture and politics, and why Nancy pays more attention to Judd Apatow than Mike Pence! Special Guest: Nancy French.

Duration: 00:40:31

22: I call it poetry, you call it content (with Aaron Belz)

John's cousin Aaron Belz drops by to talk about how businesses use language, the difference between students and young employees, how social media can shape the way people make creative stuff online, baseball, and more! Aaron is a poet and essayist who works in marketing. Special Guest: Aaron Belz.

Duration: 00:49:42

21: Thinking in public (with Mike Rugnetta)

Mike Rugnetta drops some knowledge about how to improve internet discourse, maintaining a productive comment section, focusing on the right stuff, why people join internet communities, and what it means for something to "end" on the internet. Lastly, we get into a discussion of video games that feel like work, and why we love them. Special Guest: Mike Rugnetta.

Duration: 00:50:28

20: Talking about the show on the show

We're about to take a short break! This episode is about where the show has been and where it is going. John sings the praises of incrementalism. Our list of dream guests is getting long.

Duration: 00:34:28

19: Idealogical Purity Ideas (with Brianna Wu)

Brianna is running for Congress! She stops by to share her insights about the work of running a campaign, seeking to support people you don't agree with, and why Millennials need to take direct action instead of making symbolic political gestures. We also get into info security, online harassment, and then some inside-baseball talk about Apple and the future of gaming. We really hate asking, but your reviews on Apple Podcasts really do make a difference. Please consider rating and...

Duration: 00:55:56

18: Eventually it sucks less (with Merlin Mann)

Merlin stops by to talk about finding a job that fits you, prototyping your future, and manufacturing care. Then we have a lot of rapid fire questions for him. Special Guest: Merlin Mann.

Duration: 00:59:48

8: Maslow's Hierarchy of Goals

We talk about growing out of being a slug-like process person. John claims erroneously to be a Californian. What does it take to claim that you've been to a state. John was late to recording this episode because he has disabled all notifications on his devices.

Duration: 00:41:08