Friday, April 17, 2015

Podcast of the Week (4/12 - 4/18, 2015) Tim Ferriss interviews Glenn Beck

Tim Ferriss does great interviews because he researches previous interviews on a subject and asks questions to which he's never heard the interviewee respond. (I recommend several on the list.) A friend challenged him to interview Glenn Beck, who you would think Ferriss would have little in common with, and surprises abound. Ferriss encourages his listeners repulsed by Beck to "keep an open mind." "The goal of my blog and podcast is to push you outside of your comfort zone and force you to question assumptions."

Beck is a reminder that people we already have an opinion of often don't match the caricature we imagine. For example, he's friends with Penn Gillette, a staunch atheist, and the discussion of that friendship and the costs to Gillette is quite fascinating. He hangs with Peter Thiel.

I felt a kindred spirit with Beck's quest in his 30s to make up for what he missed in formal education by reading widely and reading opposing arguments.

I liked his points:
We're all bluffing in our jobs.
Integrity matters, one of his favorite books is Winners Never Cheat by Jon Huntsman Sr.
Be willing to fail on who you really are.
Ask: What role are you playing in the dialogue of humanity today?

Who do you hire for your enterprise/team?
Don't hire "yes people," but hire people who are fully "in the pocket" (fully on the same page and "get it").
Focus on these in order:
1. Principles. 2. People (Tribe) 3. Product. 4. Protect the people and the product, profit will follow.

Beck tells two stories about Walt Disney that I did not know.

Glenn's counter-intuitive belief (one of Peter Thiel's interview questions) is that we're getting ready to have a massive global conflict between Russia, ISIS, and the West and we need to be honest about that.


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