Lil Wayne & Stephen King on Work Ethic


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Stephen King knows a thing or two about writing. And about discipline. And about pretty much anything that has to do with being successful with your art. Well guess what, Lil Wayne knows a thing or two as well. In this episode we uncover all the reasons why he can serve as a role model for any artist, creator, or entrepreneur.

Music by:

Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith

Sources Referenced:

Stephen King article “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

Stephen King On Writing

Lil Wayne video “Words of Advice”

Lil Wayne track “You Hate Me You Love Me”

Drake video on His and Lil Wayne’s Writing Process

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The Lives Of Men: A Modern Startup


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Jason Rosario and Claudio Cabrera have accomplished a lot in their young lives, but this endeavor they’ve just leapt into is not about accomplishment, it’s about honoring their worldview. In this episode I speak to Jason, founder of The Lives of Men–and Claudio, its lead content specialist–who through their stories show us that it’s possible to DO GOOD, and LOOK GOOD in the process.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith
Julian Avila Soundcloud

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Stress is a Feature, Not a Bug


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How well do you avoid stress?

Most people would say “not very well at all.” Well, this turns out to be a blessing in disguise, IF we start thinking properly about this stress in our lives.

In this episode we look into the myths and perceptions of the modern stressful life, and through the lenses of Kelly McGonigal and Ellen DeGeneres, we get some great mind-tools for hacking a stronger self.

Music by:

Julian Avila https://soundcloud.com/julian_avila/pineapple-paradise

Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith

Sources Referenced:

Ellen Degeneres “Here and Now”

Kelly McGonigal’s book “The Upside of Stress”

Kelly McGonigal at 99U “How To Turn Stress Into an Advantage”

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Skill Over Success – according to Great Filmmakers and Songwriters


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When you create, what is your goal? Is it recognition, money, excitement, or respect? Well, according to masters like Picasso, Aaron Sorkin, and Max Martin, all the previous goals are WRONG. As a creator, our first aim should be to attain SKILL, not success. It all derives from this. In this episode we analyze the words and works of these artists to decipher what a pure work philosophy really is.

Music by:

Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith

Sources Referenced:

Aaron Sorkin’s Masterclass(on sale for $90, a great price!): https://www.masterclass.com/classes/aaron-sorkin-teaches-screenwriting 
Max Martin accepts Polar Music Prize: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50TyNDPjHxg

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