Monday, June 29, 2020

Podcast Episode 34: Self Awareness

Accept and love yourself

Don’t take things personally take them as suggestions (facts)

Listen to what others say, even if they’re joking there can sometimes be truth to what they say

Step back and imagine that you are an outside observer watching your speech and actions. What would you think of yourself?

Pay attention to what things bother you in other people and chances are, they bother you because your subconscious knows that you do those same things.

Come at it from a desire to learn and grow, not to feel bad about yourself. None of us are perfect but we should always try to be better.

If someone gives you feedback about yourself that you don’t agree with, listen anyway. They’re not always going to be right but they are more likely to be right then you are.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Podcast Episode 33: How I Fixed my Knee

I don’t know a ton about different herbal remedies but I had this product recommended to me.

Growing up I played a lot of soccer. A little during high school but mostly after I started having sharp pains in my knees. One knee would hurt pretty bad so I would wear a brace on that one and then the other one would start to hurt so I would switch.

In addition to the sharp pain while playing, they would also ache quite often making it hard to sleep sometimes.

I had this product recommended to me because it is able to help your body to reproduce cells faster, including your bones and other deep issues.

I was a little dubious but I started putting it on whenever my knees hurt. They seemed to have a small pain relief effect in the short term but I started to notice that I was using it less and less as my knees stopped aching. I also stopped wearing the knee brace while playing. In the last year I have probably only used it once.

My boss uses for cracked hands

My mother-in-law uses it for cracking feet

Also good for small cuts and bruises

Don’t use for deep cuts

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Podcast Episode 32: Finding everyone a Good Job

Currently it’s all about who you know. Getting connections is the key to getting a good job. If you are just sending in resumes then you are going to have a hard time finding a new job.

This makes it difficult for people that don’t have connections to get ahead in life.

We could help teach people how to make valuable connections

We could create companies that do it for us

Companies want employees and are willing to pay

Employees want jobs and are willing to pay

There is incentive on both sides to solve this problem.

Headhunters keep a list of people that they know are good employees and they are always looking for opportunities to connect their people with good jobs. Why not have a scalable version of this.

Tinder for jobs

Counselors to help you find interesting jobs

Schools help with learning specific skills

Monday, June 22, 2020

Podcast Episode 31: Junk Food for the Brain

I was listening to a podcast and the host asked the guy, “Why are people so addicted to the news?”. The guy responded quickly and almost dismissively, “It’s junk food! It’s just junk food for the brain. Anything shocking or anything like that, it’s junk food.” They moved on to a new subject but for whatever reason his quote stuck with me.

What is easier to sell, cookies or vegetables?

What will have people coming back again and again because they crave it?

I feel like over time the news has just gone more and more towards the “junk food” and less and less towards healthy foods.

So to take this analogy further:

Junk food:

Quick high - shocking news gives you a jolt

Bad for you short term and long term - in the short term it makes you anxious and emotional, in the long term it makes you cynical, depressed, numb.

Healthy food:

Not as exciting up front - almost boring sometimes

Leaves you feeling good - learning something new

Gives you more energy - Leaves you feeling positive about the world

Allows your body to heal.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Podcast Episode 30: EDC (Everyday Carry)

Every day carry

Wallet - Grip6 Wallet v1 (not for sale)

Keychain - Carabiner clip


Gerber Dime -

Knipex Pliers -

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Podcast Episode 29: Kidney Donation Market

Kidney Donation Market

Is it ethical to allow people to sell their kidneys?

Potential issues

Poor people could be manipulated into selling their kidneys because they feel they need the money or even as collateral for a loan.

Is this a bad thing? I’m not sure... probably

The purpose of a market is to  allow supply and demand to work out the optimal distribution of a scarce resource

Money is a great way to run a market because it is fungible, easily transferable and allows people to make good decisions.

But a market doesn’t have to be monetary.

Other solutions:

Kidney paired exchange programs

If you want to donate to a friend or family member but you are incompatible, you can donate to someone else in the same situation and you can swap the kidneys.

Preferred status for organ donors

People who have signified their intent to be organ donors if they die are given a preference if they ever need an organ transplant.

My idea:

Why haven’t I donated a kidney? Partially because I want to save it in case someone I care about needs it. But what if no one I care about ever needs it? What if I could donate now and then receive a voucher that I could give to anyone in the future that gets them first on the list for a new kidney?

This would allow me to donate now, helping someone who needs it, and then in the future if a friend or family member needs a kidney, I can give them my voucher which would be equivalent to giving them my kidney.

In fact, you could probably do this for all organs, but instead of you getting a voucher when you die, you could specify in your will who gets the vouchers for any organs they are able to use when you die.

This would incentivise people to donate organs now, when they are needed but still be able to get some benefit from them in the future.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Podcast Episode 28: Get Off Your Phone!!

Most mobile phone users check their phones up to 63 times daily.
Americans spend an average screen time of 5.4 hours on their mobile phones daily.
Currently, there are 272.6 million smartphone users in America.
Social media is responsible for 2 hours and 24 minutes of global internet time spent online by an average user daily.
13% of millennials spend over 12 hours on their phones daily.
Most people check their phones around 63 times a day.
Baby Boomers spend 5 hours using their phones.
Millennials spend 48 minutes texting every day.

Being on your phone isn’t a bad thing in and of itself

This really is a time management issue. There are lots of ways that we waste time doing things that don’t really make us happier

The problem with phones is that they are especially addictive

Push notifications:

This is a big one. If you haven’t disabled push notifications then your apps will send you little alerts every once in a while begging you to come back.

Disable all push notifications by default and only enable ones that you truly want to be notified of immediately. For the rest of your apps, you can check them when you want to on your schedule, not whenever the app maker wants to distract you.

variable ratio schedule - Excitement of seeing new things, sometimes something new sometimes not. Same as slot machines

FOMO - What if you miss out on some tidbit of information? This is what the app makers want you to think.

This is especially common for social media and news apps

To cure yourself of it, don’t check the app for a while and see if you really missed out on as much as you thought. I bet you won’t.

Infinite Scrolling - If there’s no bottom then you will never get the mental que or satisfaction from finishing so you will just keep scrolling forever.

Make a stopping point for yourself. Setting a timer is a good way to do this.

Autoplaying videos -

This is common in video streaming services as well as social media

When your show finishes the next one starts playing automatically, this means that if you don’t take initiative then you could sit there forever.

If possible, disable this feature so that if you want to watch the next show you’ll have to physically push the play button. This gives you a minute to decide if you really want to watch another show or not.

Remember that you are in a constant battle for your time, the only resource that you can never get more of. We only have so much time, how are you going to spend it? The app makers want you to give it to them so that they can sell your time to advertisers. They will do whatever they can to make that happen. If you don’t want that then you will need to fight back against them.

I talked about it in my first show but make sure that you are paying attention to others and not ignoring them because of you are addicted to your phone.

Ask yourself, am I making myself happier, becoming a better person, helping others?