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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A Time-Tested Way to Get Better Ideas


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Who said ideas are worthless? The right idea, at the right time, could be worth BILLIONS. For creative folk, ideas are our LIVELIHOOD. Here’s a tried and tested way to generate BETTER ideas. Let’s look at some examples from science, business, and art in this dash across the ideasphere.

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

Sources Referenced:
Weird Habits Successful People Have to Be More Creative http://www.businessinsider.com/weird-habits-successful-people-have-to-be-more-creative-2014-3
Everything is a Remix http://everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/

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Writing of The Alchemist: How a Change of Place Changes You


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Paulo Coelho did not write “The Alchemist,” his travels did.

In this episode I talk about the events that transpired to create this massive phenomenon of a book. We mine interviews Mr. Coelho has given and discover the environmental factors that affect the caliber of work an artist can produce. Whether you like it or not, your setting can work FOR you, or AGAINST You. Choose wisely.

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

Sources Referenced:
Paulo Coelho Talks to Oprah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tunnjh5fRzU
Paulo Coelho talks about El Camino pilgrimage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lSyWAMk8LI
Will Smith sits down with Tavis Smiley, talks about Law of Attraction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWAw7gxfB7Q

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