“Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life.”
— Hal Elrod, author
We open this episode by talking about finally starting the podcast after a year or two of only talking about it but not getting it off the ground.
Mr C discusses the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” and how it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is generally a good starting point to get skilled in a number of different areas before you specialise, and even the Druids were ‘jacks of all trades’. Often business niches arise from the intersections of different areas, so you may need to become a “Master of the Intersection”.
Discussion leads to some of our favourite movies and books such as The Matrix, Interstellar, Inception, Minority Report, 1984 and A Brave New World, where the lines are blurred between reality influencing art, or is it art influencing our future technological developments and inventions? Also, how about an alternate reality as depicted in The Man in the High Castle, where Germany and Japan won World War 2, which is a useful exercise in flipping your perspective to consider different points of view.
We talk about the process of recording, editing and publishing the show, our favourite parts and how we are finding the project in general. Mr Beard mentions the Toyota Way – a systematic approach to 1% improvements over and over. Using this approach, we are able to reflect and improve on our own podcasting skills as time goes on.
We touch on the topic of sleep and the circadian rhythm – a rabbit hole we fully intend to dive down into in a future episode. We finally wrap up the episode by going back over previous episodes and topics such as runnning, cold showers. Also, Zealandia.
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Check out this video on The Toyota Way. The Toyota Way consists of 14 principles of lean manufacturing, but one of these principles is of continual incremental improvements.
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The Matrix. What is left to say about The Matrix that hasn’t been said a hundred times before? An all-time favourite movie of both our hosts, The Matrix is a sci-fi movie set in a world where machines have taken over and are using humans as slaves and a power source.
It brought the (real) world “Bullet Time” and other jaw-dropping special effects, as well as a storyline that will be sure to intrigue and make you look at the world and reality in green-tinted sunglasses. There is no spoon.
Following the theme of The Matrix and an alternate reality, The Man in the High Castle is a sci-fi-book-turned TV show where the Axis (Germany and Japan) won World War 2 and now occupy America.
The book was written by Philip K. Dick in 1962 and the TV show was created by Frank Spotnitz and credits Ridley Scott (along with other heavyweights) as an executive producer. You know you are on to something special when you see these credited together.
Brave New World is a dystopian novel by author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931. Set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens are engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story’s protagonist.
Often compared to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World was far ahead of its time containing forewarnings which echo even in today’s society. A fascinating read, it is often listed in the top 5 of all 20th century novels.
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology and social science, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value – creativity, responsiveness, resilience – are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.
In Messy, you’ll learn about the unexpected connections between creativity and mess; understand why unexpected changes of plans, unfamiliar people, and unforeseen events can help generate new ideas and opportunities, and come to appreciate that the human inclination for tidiness can mask deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation.
The idea is simple: your flinch mechanism can save your life. It short-circuits the conscious mind and allows you to pull back and avoid danger faster than you can even imagine it’s there. Getting close to the edge of a cliff, your flinch instinctively makes you step back. See a tiger coming for you in a jungle, your flinch makes you run before you realise what is happening.
But what if the danger was just in your mind and didn’t really exist? You can train and take conscious control of your flinch, quieten it, and then step outside your comfort zone and start achieving your goals and living your dreams. Check out The Flinch, written by Julien Smith, on Goodreads.
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