1. Ben Casnocha ( http://ben.casnocha.com ) in conversation with Colin Marshall ( http://colinmarshall.livejournal.com/ ).

    0:39 - Theories about writing; how to practice; developing your "voice".

    5:28 - Taking the best from the best writers. First imitate; then come up with your own voice.

    10:00 - Your first draft is crap. Embrace suckage.

    10:57 - We need a museum of first drafts.

    12:30 - Philosophies of self-improvement; tips and tricks versus larger ideas.

    18:13 - Nothing is so important as going out into the world and doing the action.

    21:00 - Information diet

    25:00 - Bits and learning. Would you rather go a week with no books or a week with no blogs?

    29:00 - Internet friends vs. "real life" friends. Proximate friends vs. far-away friends.

    34:00 - Should your friends and gf read your blog?

    36:00 - Interviewer's instinct - asking people questions

    41:18 - The question "why" and overanalysis

    46:00 - Something you've changed your mind about

    49:00 - Your political ideology doesn't say very much about what you actually do in the world

    50:25 - What would your eternal bio -- a bio that was as relevant in 25 years as today -- say? What's permanent about you?

    55:37 - Long/short: formal schooling, Netflix, the state of California, democracy in china, the print book, libertarianism, Twitter.

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  2. Ben Casnocha (http://ben.casnocha.com) in conversation for 35 minutes with #1 career coach, U.S. News and World Report editor, and radio host Marty Nemko (http://martynemko.blogspot.com).

    0:55 Marty's clients are now freaking out about finding a new job, not just how to move up in the ranks.

    1:22 There are two groups of people: the entrepreneurial and non-entrepreneurial people. Non-entrepreneurial people should work for the government or government contractors.

    3:17 What should entrepreneurial people do?

    3:28 Obama has become religion, followed by environmentalism.

    4:20 There'll be opportunities in mass transit, thanks to Obama.

    5:30 Biotech will also be big.

    6:00 The developing world will also be rich in opportunity.

    6:30 Marty says: CHINA!

    7:13 U.S. has been reluctant to consider nuclear power whereas China is doing it.

    8:00 Liberal media, liberal presidency, liberal congress: Marty says this may strangle options for growth

    8:24 Ben says China doesn't have a "billion entrepreneurs" as Marty suggests. Unless capitalism crushes communism, is it sustainable in the long run?

    10:00 Marty disagrees and says there's an obsession with entrepreneurship.

    11:00 Don't get complacent about China and entrepreneurship.

    11:30 Ben says bringing in a few profs on entrepreneurship doesn't change an underlying culture.

    14:25 What unpopular causes does Marty champion?

    15:53 To make a difference, focus on issues where others aren't focusing.

    16:15 Boys and men are treated terribly in the school system, higher education is America's most overrated product.

    18:45 The censorship of the left suffocates the exploration of unpopular ideas.

    19:20 Ben says the grip of CNN and NYT is loosening and the media landscape is nicheifying.

    21:43 Are people under the age of 30 going to the liberal MSM for news? Ben says they won't be as influential going forward.

    25:00 Is being ambitious un-cool?

    26:00 The most self-efficacious people Marty knows what to die at the workplace, at their computer. Marty tries to spend as many moments of his life as possible trying to make the world better.

    27:45 Marty says he doesn't like his work. It's work. Spiritually, the life well led is making a difference and working. Not to have fun.

    28:38 Marty says he's not happy, sometimes content.

    30:00 So much of career and life advice centers around the happiness goal. If that's not your goal, the advice is not very applicable.

    30:55 Most people are made less happy by their romantic misadventures.

    31:45 "We assume love is the answer when it often is not," says Marty.

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  3. Ben Casnocha and Josh Kaufman (PersonalMBA.com) in conversation for 40 minutes about books, self-education, the process of reading, ambition, and other topics.

    1:13 Josh says he's reading personal development books since it's the beginning of the year and you want to start the year off right

    2:14 Steve Pavlina? He promotes 30 day experiments - just test something and see how you like it

    4:30 Reducing goals into manageable, bite size pieces helps you start achieving them.

    6:20 It's important to have at least one experimental side project going at all times

    6:49 Ambition - what is it, how has the word evolved

    8:48 When ambition is nakedly about power and money, it can be unattractive

    10:40 There are people who are trying to do big things where the motivation is wanting to make the world better or just craftsmanship -- wanting to do something for the joy of doing it, have the ability to exercise skill.

    12:40 How we choose what books to read

    16:28 The role of books in the self-education process

    18:00 Searching Amazon and Google for the best books

    18:34 Are customer reviews on Amazon reliable?

    20:54 The process of reading a book - start to finish or cherry pick sections?

    22:18 Take a few minutes before reading a book to think about what you want to get out of it. Selective attention.

    26:50 Read until you've gotten the key points and could re-hash them to others

    28:00 Recording / summarizing important nuggets from a book

    30:00 Looking for mental models: concepts that have broad explanatory power

    31:08 The value of book summaries / outlines that are sold?

    33:00 If you're a business person, what % of books you read should be in the business book genre?

    35:55 Study how people work (psychology, communication, history) and systems / processes.

    37:00 Reading about science can help you understand systems / processes (ie, friction)

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  4. 0:59 Ramit explains what he's telling his readers about personal finance in these tumultuous times
    5:00 Has the media done a good job explaining the crisis?
    8:00 Ben says he admires those who have conceded the complexity of the situation
    8:50 Ben says most young people he talks to don't really care what's going on in D.C. re: finance industry
    9:08 Ben says if you're going to be an engaged citizen, you should follow what's going on even if it doesn't affect your own situation
    11:16 Ramit says ignore macro-economics and focus on what you can control
    13:10 Ben says if you take "only focus on things you control" to its logical end, people shouldn't focus on anything going on in Washington.
    15:38 Ramit talks about his scholarship
    17:48 Ramit says doing things that can scale -- and reach a large audience -- is most fun
    19:53 What are the keys to a successful outreach to get 15 mins of a busy person's time?
    21:24 Ramit says personalize the outreach
    23:50 Ben says asking good questions is key and the key to a good question is specificity
    24:38 Ben cites Geoffrey Moore's strategy to dominating niches and leveraging success as analogous to escalating communications in a relationship
    25:35 Ramit asks Ben what the best way to get 15 minutes of Ben's time is - Ben says he's biased toward people who do their background research
    27:10 Ramit: "Build a portfolio of work online that you can point people to"
    28:59 Ben confesses that he judges people based on appropriate apostrophe usage in "its" and "it's"
    29:54 Ramit talks about the "lamest, most ridiculous" emails he gets
    31:10 Ben says in early days of a relationship your communications need a clear call to action, but eventually you should be able to say something and have the person react
    32:32 Ramit says his use of "eom" in the subject line reflects the intimate nature of his relationship with Ben
    33:27 Ben riffs on mentors: don't ask explicitly for someone to be a mentor, and it takes time. Relationships have a natural pace to them.
    37:00 Ramit says ask your mentor good questions
    38:31 Ben says also try to add value and bring up those topics for which there is no expert.

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  5. Ben Casnocha and Cal Newport in conversation for Think Different TV: http://www.thinkdifferenttv.com

    Chapter Markings (Let whole video load before jumping to a section):

    0:54 - Cal tells us what his third book is about
    3:33 - Ben says people confuse "mysterious" with "impressive"
    7:49 - Difference between being an impressive person vs. an interesting person
    15:10 - Cal talks about the "confounding effect" that distorts our sense of interestingness since we don't understand how something is done
    16:37 - Attributing someone else's success to "magic" relieves yourself of responsibility / guilt?
    20:46 - What's the difference between school and the "real world"? What skill sets are transferable?
    27:26 - To succeed as as student requires some degree of entrepreneurship/innovation

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