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.
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.
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