Podcasts

[PODCAST] #424: The Creative Pursuit – Appropriate Engagement, With David Allen

#SSPCreate Finally...David Allen - the author of Getting Things Done Discussed: - the new version of the book has some new language for GTD's 5 steps - criticism - GTD is not ideal for creatives? - flexibility of GTD - "freedom to make a creative mess" - how GTD encourages focus, creating space in life and in mind - "appropriate engagement" - turning up creative awareness, when you're not present you miss opportunities - the natural planning model - it's not usually externally imposed chaos that GTD has helped me with... the mind doesn't seem to know how to balance ideas - sudden imaginative aspiration can suddenly seem to overpower something that has be done in 2 hours - systematizing ...

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[PODCAST] #423: The Creative Pursuit – Directing Creative Energy, With Jonathan Milligan

#SSPCreate Jonathan Milligan is a former teacher turned online entrepreneur. He joins me to discuss how to best direct creative energies from both big-picture and daily routine perspectives. - money buys time - throughout most of history, many new ideas had nowhere to go - the importance of having an "opportunity filter" - lifestyle, impact, financial Freedom, effort - "The One Thing" - do creative work first - work for yourself first - collaboration - Evernote Bumper Music: The Arcade Fire - Wake Up Look Closer: JonathanMilligan.com/ bloggingyourpassion.com/ Jonathan's Online University for Bloggers Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps ...

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[PODCAST] #422: The Creative Pursuit – I Terrify Myself, With Jeffrey Tucker

#SSPCreate Jeffrey Tucker joins me to discuss writing, public speaking, technology, motivation and the following Jeffrey Tucker quotes: “I promise you that right now you are radically underestimating your capacities. Test yourself. Throw yourself out into some impossible, insane thing, and see if you can fly.” “Creativity is a learned thing. It can be triggered.” “Ideas are weird. They float by like little bubbles and if you don’t grab onto them fast, they’re gone. Creativity is like a dream. If you don’t write it down or tell the story soon enough, it slips away.” Look Closer: JeffreyTucker.me FEE.org Jeffrey Tucker On School Sucks Podcast Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club ...

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[PODCAST] #421: The Creative Pursuit – Applied Rule Transgression, With Davi Barker

#SSPCreate Back by popular demand, Davi Barker! I originally wanted to include Davi, a graphic designer by trade, in this conversation because he often has to be creative with a deadline. That's something I'm not very good at. Also discussed: -zombies and the failure of democracy -Davi discusses his trilogy, Survivor Max -hyper-stimulation -creativity on command -juxtaposition and "enhanced collage" -going freelance -imperfection behind the scenes -what do you do to get into your creative zone? -how do you deal with creativity blocks? -what do you do to keep yourself motivated? -"playing in public" -Davi's experiences teaching art -what's your favorite creation? Enhanced Collage Examples: Look Closer: Davi's Site Davi's Portfolio Davi's Books Bitcoin Not Bombs ShinyBadges.com Davi Barker On ...

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[PODCAST] #420: The Creative Pursuit – Self-Censorship and Self-Critique, With Julia Tourianski

#SSPCreate Julia and I discuss the challenges of trying to create useful and insightful commentaries in an increasingly cacophonous and Orwellian online environment. Bumper Music: Amy Winehouse - "You're Wondering Now" Miguel - "What's Normal Anyway" Look Closer: Brave the World Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a bonus content section with 200+ hours of exclusive audio and video. If you are a regular consumer of our media, please consider making ...

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[PODCAST] #419: The Creative Pursuit – Inspiration, With Julia Tourianski

#SSPCreate Julia Tourianski is back to address the following questions: -Have you always wanted to do what you are doing? If not, what made you decide to start? -What is your favorite creation? -What/who inspires you? -How have the life events you have experienced influenced your creative style and ability? -Do you believe that each person has the capacity to be creative? Bumper Music: Amy Winehouse - "You're Wondering Now" Look Closer: Brave the World Please Support School Sucks Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. ...

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[PODCAST] #418: The Creative Pursuit – Seven Practices To Promote Divergent Thinking

#SSPCreate As a follow-up to the last show, I discuss some strategies I have been using more regularly in the last few months to encourage different thinking. Covered: - Osborn's Model Reviewed: 1. Orientation: pointing up the problem (STEP 1, PART 1) 2. Preparation: gathering pertinent data (STEP 1, PART 2) 3. Analysis: breaking down the relevant material (STEP 2, PART 1) 4. Ideation: piling up alternatives by way of ideas (STEP 2, PART 2) 5. Incubation: letting up, to invite illumination - added 6. Synthesis: putting the pieces together (STEP 3, PART 1) 7. Evaluation: judging the resulting ideas (STEP 3, PART 2) - Set the right conditions: (1) remove deadline pressure if possible, accept and embrace failure - ...

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[PODCAST] #417: The Creative Pursuit – Introduction, Definitions and Useful Models

#SSPCreate In this introduction to March's theme, I discuss the problems I am aiming to address, a brief history of creativity as a concept, what creativity is, and three helpful models for self-evaluation and conscious improvement. Covered: - Am I out of ideas? - Creativity is relatively new in human history - "The Art of Thought" - A Pioneering Model of the Four Stages of Creativity, from a Fabian Socialist named Graham Wallas (1926) - Ad man James Webb Young's "A Technique for Producing Ideas" (1939) - Ad man Alex Osborn's "Creative Problem-Solving Process" (1953) - Let's not forget about Sir Ken Robinson Bumper Music: Electric Guest - "This Head I Hold" Look Closer: 6 Obstacles to Creative Thinking and ...

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[SUPPLEMENTAL] #416: Just Say “Milo Yiannopoulos” and Watch What Happens – Brett On Free Talk Live

Yesterday I joined Mark and Ian on the Free Talk Live Saturday show. I wanted to discuss my impressions of Milo Yiannopoulos and his recent confrontations on college and university campuses. But race took over the conversation. Covered: Social Justice Warriors, Colleges and Universities, Black Lives Matter, Free State Project, Racism in America, Soft Bigotry, Institutional Racism, Black Holocaust, Taking Responsibility, Work Ethic and Driving While Black. The article: Pitt Students ‘In Tears’ and Feeling ‘Unsafe’ After Milo Yiannopoulos Event The video: The show:

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[VIDEO] #415: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 5 – Embrace Your Incompetence + Q&A

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #5: Embrace Your Incompetence Ego is perhaps the biggest obstacle in the way of learning. People get wrapped up in the appearance of competence or the appearance of knowledge, and they rarely allow themselves to admit being wrong. You might think of ego as a huge methodological error. In reality, failure is your best friend. Failure is immediate feedback that “something is wrong.” And it’s a necessary part of the process for everyone. You literally cannot get from beginner to ...

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[PODCAST] #415: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 5 – Embrace Your Incompetence

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #5: Embrace Your Incompetence Ego is perhaps the biggest obstacle in the way of learning. People get wrapped up in the appearance of competence or the appearance of knowledge, and they rarely allow themselves to admit being wrong. You might think of ego as a huge methodological error. In reality, failure is your best friend. Failure is immediate feedback that “something is wrong.” And it’s a necessary part of the process for everyone. You literally cannot get from beginner to ...

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[VIDEO] #414: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 4 – Doubt Everybody

Part 1 Part 2 February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #4: Doubt Everybody (Skepticism) Though it sounds rude, I suggest assuming that most people don’t know what they are talking about and do not understand the correct basics. That includes most “experts”, or instructors, in everything from the world of ideas, back to the martial arts, or even basic practical skills. See More Show Notes Here Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or on Steve's YouTube channel. Support Steve through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stevepatterson Support Steve with Bitcoin: 1A3oPBkXU156c3NKqWpNdGfTizc8JAgwKZ ...

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[PODCAST] #414: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 4 – Doubt Everybody

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #4: Doubt Everybody (Skepticism) Though it sounds rude, I suggest assuming that most people don’t know what they are talking about and do not understand the correct basics. That includes most “experts”, or instructors, in everything from the world of ideas, back to the martial arts, or even basic practical skills. See More Show Notes Here Full Video: Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or on Steve's YouTube channel. Support Steve through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stevepatterson Support Steve with Bitcoin: 1A3oPBkXU156c3NKqWpNdGfTizc8JAgwKZ Please Support ...

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[VIDEO] #413: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 3 – Mastering the Basics

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #3: The Basics Essentially related to the principles of technique and efficiency is mastery of the basics – the fundamentals – of any discipline is mastering the discipline. Roger Federer isn’t doing backflips and advanced techniques on the tennis court; he does basic, textbook shots, and they are executed at an extremely high level. See More Show Notes Here Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or on Steve's YouTube channel. Support Steve through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stevepatterson Support Steve with Bitcoin: 1A3oPBkXU156c3NKqWpNdGfTizc8JAgwKZ Please ...

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[PODCAST] #413: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 3 – Mastering the Basics

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #3: The Basics Essentially related to the principles of technique and efficiency is mastery of the basics – the fundamentals – of any discipline is mastering the discipline. Roger Federer isn’t doing backflips and advanced techniques on the tennis court; he does basic, textbook shots, and they are executed at an extremely high level. See More Show Notes Here Full Video: Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or on Steve's YouTube channel. Support Steve through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stevepatterson Support Steve with Bitcoin: ...

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[VIDEO] #412: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 2 – Efficiency

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #2: Efficiency Getting from A to B with the least amount of energy, in the most efficient way. Eliminating all unnecessary steps. This is true both physically and mentally. -energy conservation -relaxation -directness Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or on Steve's YouTube channel. Support Steve through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stevepatterson Support Steve with Bitcoin: 1A3oPBkXU156c3NKqWpNdGfTizc8JAgwKZ New Subscriber Geography Trivia Today's Show is brought to you by David B. from Dallas, TX. Thank you David for your contribution to SSP! Please Support School ...

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[PODCAST] #412: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 2 – Efficiency

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #2: Efficiency Getting from A to B with the least amount of energy, in the most efficient way. Eliminating all unnecessary steps. This is true both physically and mentally. -energy conservation -relaxation -directness Full Video: Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or on Steve's YouTube channel. Support Steve through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stevepatterson Support Steve with Bitcoin: 1A3oPBkXU156c3NKqWpNdGfTizc8JAgwKZ New Subscriber Geography Trivia Today's Show is brought to you by David B. from Dallas, TX. Thank you David for your contribution to SSP! Please ...

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[VIDEO] #411: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 1 – Technique

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #1: Technique The method in which you accomplish what you’re trying to do. It’s the concrete “how”. - People have heroes, heroes become superhuman, godly – they look up to but never into people - high-level performers simply have better technique than their competition. They are closer to “the right way of doing X” than other people. - Almost everybody does everything incorrectly? - Practice makes perfect? - Steve's self-education in economics? - Credentialing Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or ...

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[PODCAST] #411: The Principles of Learning Anything – Part 1 – Technique

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Principle #1: Technique The method in which you accomplish what you’re trying to do. It’s the concrete “how”. - People have heroes, heroes become superhuman, godly – they look up to but never into people - high-level performers simply have better technique than their competition. They are closer to “the right way of doing X” than other people. - Almost everybody does everything incorrectly? - Practice makes perfect? - Steve's self-education in economics? - Credentialing Full Video: Check out more at: ...

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[BONUS] What Teaching Taught Me About Learning: Intellectual Aspects

We can divide the study of learning itself into several aspects: intellectual, psychological, social, physical and metaphysical. This audio is a checklist of intellectual considerations - purpose, methodology, expression, selection, embracing ignorance. One of my favorite infographics:

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[PODCAST] #410: The Principles of Learning Anything – Series Introduction

February's Theme: A New Perspective On Self-Education For this entire month I will be joined by Steve Patterson, a home-educated and self-taught Rationalist philosopher, to explore five key principles of learning that are translatable to just about any pursuit. Today's show is an orientation; Steve discusses his background and his introduction to the world of ideas. Steve: "At the highest levels, the principles of learning blend together. Efficiency, technique, mastery of the basics, relaxation, acceptance of failure - they are universal." Full Video: Check out more at: steve-patterson.com or on Steve's YouTube channel. Support Steve through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stevepatterson Support Steve with Bitcoin: 1A3oPBkXU156c3NKqWpNdGfTizc8JAgwKZ New Subscriber Geography Trivia Today's Show is brought to you by Andy K. from Tuscaloosa, AL. Thank ...

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[BONUS] Seven Tips To Prepare Your Brain For Learning

February's theme is called The Principles of Learning Anything, and this presentation is a primer for the upcoming shows. Reflecting on lessons learned in the last year, I discuss the benefits of and techniques for (1) Capturing and Collecting (2) Improving Focus (3) Escaping the comfort zone (4) Maximizing sleep quality. Plus additional thoughts on diet, exercise and lifestyle balance. HowSleepWorks.com Steve Patterson Kevin Geary's One-Page Complete Guide To Real Food [PODCAST] #352: Six Pillars of achieving a healthy body and mind (with Kevin Geary and Osborne)

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SSP Productivity Month! (January 2016)

All episodes this are intended as reviews, updates and expansions on our 2013 series Presence and Productivity. Covered: -Overcoming self-defeating attitudes -Monetizing a media project -Cultivating and maintaining gratitude -Define goals, milestones, habits, "next actions" -The mistakes we've made with goals -Breaking out of a comfort zone -School's impact on attitudes about goals -The magic of checklists -David Allen's Self-Management Matrix [PODCAST] #401: Setting and Achieving Goals (1 of 2) – Attitudes, Obstacles and Mistakes Nathan Fraser from Anarcho-Preneur Podcast joins me to discuss how to set and accomplish our goals. This is an introduction to a coming discussion about more specific tips and strategies. Click here to view those episodes. [PODCAST] #402: Setting and Achieving Goals (2 of 2) ...

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[PODCAST] #409: The Mastermind Alliance

SSP Productivity Month! We conclude this monthly theme with a roundtable discussion on perhaps one of the most powerful tools of highly successful people for over a century: the mastermind group Participants include Nathan Fraser (Anarcho-Preneur Podcast), Darrell Becker (Voluntary Visions ), Drew Sample (The Sample Hour) and Brett Veinotte (School Sucks). Visit Nathan's Free Market Squad and Get a cheat sheet for today's discussion Covered: 1) Inspired by Napoleon Hill and his books. What did Napoleon Hill have to say about Mastermind Groups? Source: thesuccessalliance.com In his book, “Think and Grow Rich,” he talked about something called a “mastermind alliance.” He goes on to describe a mastermind group as, “A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will ...

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[PODCAST] #408: A Better World Starts With A Clean Bedroom

SSP Productivity Month! Jake Desyllas from The Voluntary Life is back to discuss the process of upgrading and maintaining positive habits. Covered: - habits may seem trivial, but the are the most important part of a productivity system - two approaches to change: slow and steady vs. New Year's resolution - triggers for activating habits vs. friction against habits - How do we do it? morning routine, 7 Weeks (Android app), Jake uses Way of Life (iOS) - no matter what else is going on, do the simple things; even though these seemingly minor habits are the first thing that fall by the wayside when we're really busy - Jake: "Habits dramatically reduce the amount of willpower and brainpower required ...

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