What were your favorite moments of 2019? Today we’ll lay our cards on the table and show you ours, plus what we learned from each of these stellar guests. From composers to chefs, and from iconic investors to artists, today we’re going to actually learn something…and from LOTS of different types of personalities. We’re very proud of the wide range of topics we covered in 2019, and today we’ll take a glimpse of just a few of them with you.
That’s not all…of course, we’ll leave time for Doug’s trivia! Enjoy!
What did we learn?
<4:53> Robert Wilson
Robert came on the show to discuss his book Barnum: An American Life
PT Barnum learned at an early age that things people tell you might not be totally accurate when he was mislead about some land he was set to inherit, when the land ended up being worthless swampland.
You might not be born super rich. You might have to work hard to get where you want to be and success isn’t just handed to you. Sadly, there’s rarely a shortcut, and usually, success is paved by hard work.
<9:13> Colleen Bordeaux
Colleen taught us, that there is much more to life than striving for financial independence and other externally motivated milestones, often when people reach those milestones, they feel empty. Often we forget that the journey and finding internally motivated purpose is the key.
A good exercise before the end of the year is to think about the last decade as a timeline, and what milestones you’ve reached over the past 10 years so you can see how far you’ve come. This will pull you away from focusing solely on the future and help you appreciate how much you’ve already accomplished and what might be in store for you over the next 10 years.
<19:54> Frankie Celenza
Frankie taught us that we should look to be creative to leverage existing skills and interests to form our ideal job/profession.
While studying music and production in college, Frankie applied the skills he was learning in his studies toward his interest in cooking. The goal isn’t to try to escape a bad situation, but rather use your unique skills and abilities to propel you into the life you’ll love.
This lesson also wouldn’t be complete without some tips on how to easily spruce up your cooking.
<25:24> Neil Bond
Neil Bond teaches us some age-old investing lessons. Strategies that focus on buy and hold, and not trading is what typically equates to success.
<31:46> Doug’s Trivia
- On March 10 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a plane bound for Nairobi, crashes shortly after takeoff killing all 157 people on board. What was the name of the plane that was grounded worldwide after the crash?
<37:31> Ashley Goodall
Ashley teaches us that often the way that we will excel in and enjoy our careers is to focus more on what we do well, rather than focusing on fixing mistakes.
People need to spend less time trying to improve at things they’re incompetent to become competent and instead spend more time finding those things that you’re good at. If you’re really trying to get to excellence don’t spend your time trying to be mediocre, delegate away the mediocre stuff, and focus on honing those things that you really rock at.
<43:52> Doug Lynam
Doug, who went from Monk to money manager, teaches us how to have money conversations with those close to us. The key is to acknowledge that you are where you are, there is no value in finger-pointing, the best path forward to identify solutions.
<48:59> Austin Kleon
Austin talks to us about getting things done in a world full of distractions. To live a more fulfilling life, we need to focus on where we are.
<55:49> Nicholas Mann
Nicholas Mann talks about his father’s life as a world-renowned musician, and how yet again, focusing on your strengths leads to exceptional outcomes.
<1:00:57> Ken Honda
Ken helps us to understand the value of an abundance rather than a scarcity mindset. When we focus on giving we send a signal to our brain that there is more than enough, and we will often gain even more abundance.
Join us Friday!
…when we discuss our lessons learned from the decade on the Friday Roundup