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#199 - The Secret to Being Great
#199 - The Secret to Being Great

#199 - The Secret to Being Great

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Shaan Puri, Sam Parr
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Jul 12, 2021
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I had this thought, oh, this is what it would have been like to talk to Bill Gates at 21. I feel like I can rule the world. I know where I could be, what I want to put my all in it, like a Days on the Road, Less Traveled never looking back.
So this episode is gonna be, it might be shorter than normal, right? Yeah, I think so. Okay. I want to I just drove, like 30 hours and I listened to a ton of content I wanted to tell you,
On about some of the stuff that I listen to and why it's interesting, is that what you want to do this entire episode? Yeah, let's do it and I'm sure you'll have some stuff that you consume. Okay. The first one, I found this podcast that has like actually let's see how many reviews I think like no reviews. I think I emailed the guy he's amazing but it's called how to take over the world is that
we should just have this guy. We should just absorb this guy's podcast. We need to acquire this guy's podcast. This should just be on our feed.
Wait, did you did you?
You listen to it?
No, I'm just looking at the description of it and then the gems that you just told me, and I'm like, this should be part of MFM. This is
great. It's amazing. This guy. He, he, it's like his Hobby and he, he, they're so in depth. So it's called how to take over the world. What I think he's doing is, you know, a lot of biographies of great people, like Napoleon Julius, Caesar the raw, child, they're like 800 to a thousand pages. So it's like a real commitment to read it. So he just reads it and he takes notes in one episode, he did.
Napoleon, he goes, I have 60 painter, Thomas Edison. He goes up to 60 pages of notes, and he just reads the book and takes notes. And then just explains and tell stories from the book, and does it in chronological chronological order. And it's basically turns if you listen to a thousand-page book on audio inaudible and something like 40 or 50 hours. But with him, I just listen to this to our podcast and I feel like I've just read most of the book, it's pretty amazing. But he also gives his analysis about it. And so, I listened to a few of them, I listened to one on Edison one on Napoleon and one of the Rothschild.
Rothchilds and there's three commonalities that I want to tell you about these guys. So do you know who Rothschild is Rothschild? Am I saying it right? Yeah. So basically it was started by this guy named anshel, Rothschild. In the Seventeen hundreds, he basically built like the Amazon of this, his little ghetto in Germany where he would sell, like, he would mail you an item and if you wanted it, you would send him money and it wasn't like that big. But eventually he started he grew that over 50.
Ears and start investing in stuff. And then his kids started the Goldman Sachs of Europe. So it was like a long slow build-up to building this family business. So I'm going to tell you three things that I've noticed that these folks had in common. The first, all of them enjoyed their work. So there's a story where Nathan Rothschild, this this one woman was talking to him. He was like, you know, I hope you better hope that your kids are addicted to work. Like you already goes. Oh no. I hope they are because I love what I'm doing and I don't ever want to stop say
I'm with the polian, that someone said Napoleon, what what's your heritage? What race are you? He goes, I'm of the race of men who found Empires like, they're addicted to it. Like they love it. They can't, they can't not do it. Same with Edison. Addison. He was like nice to his kids and nice to his wife, but he was really never around and they called he called his, his Studio, which was in Menlo Park. I believe it's called Menlo Park in New Jersey, and they said that it looked like a homeless, encampment.
There's these men in suits but they were just like laying around on the floor and sleeping there because they would do their best work from Midnight to 6 a.m. and they would just sleep alone under their desk and they're like, well why are you doing this? He's like, because there's so much to do and we love it. Like we can't not do this. So they all enjoyed their work. The second thing, crazy crazy, high energy. So super high energy so it's a Napoleon. He went to Egypt to go conquer something and on his way he stopped and like some Island where he like, reorganized the government and three weeks and he, and he changed their currency.
Just they all have crazy high energy and that's something that I didn't actually think was a big deal but they all had crazy a high-energy. Now here's the third thing that I found to be kind of interesting. A lot of the successful people that I'm learning about on this podcast, they eat very, very, very little. So like Edison would only drink milk, sometimes for months, Steve Jobs, four months, four months. What's a milk? Steve? Do you remember Steve Jobs how he had a fruit
of? Yeah, I was gonna say is a fruitarian or whatever. It was the same thing. He used to only eat like
Lunch and it's just fruit, you know, or something like that for a period of
time. Rockefeller Rockefeller. And Vanderbilt were this way to like, in their first in like the it was it's all when they're all described like look, he ate very little typically, didn't eat breakfast, eat very little, they're all like physically hungry and that physical hungry hunger. Some, it does actually seem like at least to some type of like success have does that. So
yeah, so let me give you my take on all three of these, so you said they really enjoy their work. Like their work feels like plays the way.
I would describe it where they didn't feel like they were forcing themselves to do something. They just won't wait to go. Keep doing it.
I would also say there's an obsession there now, like, is like I'm obsessed with stuff. Like, is that do I enjoy it? I don't know if I enjoy it, but, like, I the OCD forces you, there's an obsession.
So there's a Conor McGregor fight this Saturday, and he has a great kind of like monologue from back when he was a nobody. But he was talking about it. He goes, he goes, I've lost my mind to this game, eight years, I think you must do that. I think you must become obsessed. You want to lose your mind to
Craft. And I've seen that as, like, a common thing for a lot of people and that actually relates to the ate very little, a lot of time you get so engrossed in what you're doing, you just forget to eat, you forget to go to the restroom. You forget what time it is? You forget that, you know, you should sleep or you forget to pay that bill because you become completely obsessed and engrossed in what you're doing and you get in the Flow State, really in a flow State, you sort of block out a lot of the other stuff that's going on. And so I think that's, that's
That's those two sort of go hand-in-hand, and then the high-energy I'm curious what that means to you. So that's like,
it doesn't mean like, you're bouncing off the walls, right? Yeah. That's what I imagine. What did you mean? No, it doesn't mean that you're bouncing off the walls. But for example, when I go and when I'm at a conference, like, let's say it's my conference or let's say it's at our at our talk that we did the other day. How did you feel at the end of that,
the live shows? Yeah, I felt kind of drained.
I felt drained. I felt exhausted.
but what I think, like, what I think high energy means is, I felt just so worn out then. But I think that some people, they would feel good and they be like, all right, let's go, like, it's more deals done. Let's go invest. Like, like, like I invest a little bit of money, but if I was a full-time investor, you're doing deals all day. And for me, by like four or five o'clock, I'm like, oh I can't talk to another person. I'm exhausted, I can't think about this anymore, but I've seen some people that can do it all day and they just aren't worn out nigga.
Keep going and going and going and going right that's what I mean
yeah I'm with you on that. Yeah I think this is cool and I like the study of the sort of study of greatness. And what I've also found is that like we've talked about this before, it's like, would you want to be Elon Musk? Would you want to be like, basically this stuff comes at a, pretty big sacrifice for other things in life family, often, you know, relationships, you it's hard to relate to people or spend time with friends, or
Like that if you're doing this. So when you so I'm like you, I like digesting these, I like knowing it but then over time I've learned that like the goal is not to be Steve Jobs or act like Steve Jobs or anything. I just kind of am fascinated by it in the same way that like I'm fascinated about how you know a rhinoceros moves and eats and I don't necessarily want to be a rhinoceros. I just write find it interesting that it's extreme
creature. I love freaks. I like the freak Show and these guys are freak shows. I also love bold people. I admire
Anyone who's bold? So for example, I was reading a book about Steve McQueen. He was just an actor like he didn't change the world. He probably didn't work that hard. But he was like known for like saying his opinion and he like lived a very like free life that and it's like in the same field I like these people. I like man who will hold who do what they say and they say like things that are different than other people. But then also I love these freak shows like Napoleon. Now let's actually talk about each of these Thomas Edison like Elon a bunch of divorces. One of his wives died from a morphine overdose. His kids didn't really like him or get to know him that well even though he was like a kind guy but it was
Around Napoleon died on an island because they kicked him out and he died basically with nothing alone in the island. Off the coast of Africa. Rothschild. He the I mean they were okay they actually had good ideals but with a lot of successful people like this. Yeah. You don't actually want to be them necessarily.
Yeah. Okay. So what else? What else you got? So you consume that, what else you can do?
Okay. Have you read novels
Almanac? Yeah. Shout out to Jack Buck here.
No, no - Eric right? Eric Georgia think Jorgenson's last
name. Yeah, he was the main guy in Jack animated illustrate ever. Yeah. Oh there it is. So Nepal has. So it's a two-part. I actually don't know how it came to be involved. Just do it. Bunch of podcasts and interviews and he summarized the Vols feelings.
Yeah, basically. So Duvall had been putting out his content for years different podcast and stuff like that and a lot of people like me and Eric and others were big fans of it. And what he did was he said all right
If you've ever bought the book or have a book, porch are poor Charlie's Almanac. I think that's what this ripped off of which is Charlie Munger, who's Warren Buffett's business partner, it was like about Charlie Munger and so he tried to make, you know, if navall is one of the good great thinkers of our time, then he tried to make the compilation of all the shit and of all said, he took it from all the times of all talked about wealth and they pulled it all together and put it all in one place and distilled it down
and this book is broken into two parts. The first Is wealth, the second is happiness. I
found the wealth stuff to be a little bit boring. I don't even remember. I actually skipped over a lot of it. I don't even remember what he said about wealth
you. Yeah, I mean, I think it's the same thing that that we've talked about on here but he has this tweet storm that went Ultra Ultra viral. Like maybe I don't know fifty to a hundred million. People have seen it by now and it's called how to get rich without getting lucky. And he talks about these four thing, I can go into it or I can
skip it. If you want to tell you until I could talk about it a little bit.
Yeah, basically, his summary is like, you know, here's some of the principles that over, you know,
all become very wealthy and over time you sort of learn for himself, you wanted to be wealthy as a kid because we're pretty poor and he wanted to be wealthy and he wanted to be wealthy not in a way that required outlier luck and he says is great thing, which is like you know, I want to if I lived life a hundred times I want to end up wealthy 98 99 times or like if you took away all my wealth now and you drop me, you know, butt-naked and in the streets of Bangalore, I want to be able to again in five ten years, end up, rich again and so that means I actually understand
The principles of how this is done and I'm not relying on luck. And so he talks about those principles and he basically says you know, you want to have these like three or four things. So first stop renting out your time you'll never get rich renting out your time, which is, you know, 90 something percent of people are employees somewhere. You are basically renting your time to an employer and you'll never become wealthy or you rarely become wealthy with that path. You become Wealthy by owning a piece of business either, as an investor
Or as a business owner, or as an employee, who ishares like employees at Google or Facebook, who have seen. Yeah, I got a lot of wealth by the appreciation of those shares. And so when he talks about, you know, how do you, how do you get to that point? Well, you need a few things you want, you know, you speak all specific knowledge which is basically like like Sam, you know, how to grow a newsletter, you know, how to write content, you know, copywriting right? You know, certain things and so you need specific knowledge. Then you pair that with accountability.
So you want to do it in the name of the hustle or Sam or some brand that accrues that reputation. So you want to put your name on the line and say I'm going to do this thing and so that when you do it you get paid for it. You know, the people at the hustle who writes your daily newsletter, but are less well, known, they actually have certain skills. They have certain unique knowledge, specific knowledge but they don't have the account. They're not putting up the accountability. They're not living and dying By The Sword of this news that are working, or not, maybe in
The company they are but not externally and then you have leverage so you know back in the day if you wrote something you would maybe distribute it locally on your newspaper or on a flyer or something like that. But with the internet you have leverage where you can put this in an email and you can send it, you can put the same amount of work in to write the email once you can send it to a hundred thousand people, a million people or 10 million people. It's the same amount of work because you have tremendous leverage through technology. And so basically he talks about like use these three things, get specific knowledge.
Be accountable, put your name on the line, that way you get the risk and the reward and lastly apply leverage to maximize the value that you get out of the thing. That's kind of the basic formula
and the whole book. Basically it's broken down to this idea of life is about health wealth and happiness or sorry wealth, health happiness and he says we actually pursue it. We go, we pursue wealth, then we do Health then we do happiness and he's like that's actually a fine way to pursue it. It's got
Be practical and fine way to pursue it. The reality is that it's the reverse is true like the in terms of importance. So it's time for some most yeah, happiness, health wealth, but it's whatever. It's finally pursue that way. And he has this beautiful line in the book where he said something like, of course, once you get the wealth you're going to see that it's actually not nearly as important as you thought. But you're not going to listen to me and you have to pretty much Discover it on your own.
Yeah you're not gonna listen to me. I wouldn't have listened to me.
Yeah, the type of person who's attracted to this content, you know, they're they're going to go through the same thing. You have to learn that the hard way
and so that was pretty interesting. So I liked that but the second half is all about happiness and there was a few things that kind of stuck that stuck out to me. The first is that he basically acknowledged he was like look don't worry, it will then let me preface this by saying the Vault interest me because he's like, I mean, he's probably a billionaire, I would have to imagine he started AngelList which is a multi-billion dollar company. He's
Investor, like he's in the game and he acknowledges that I'm in the game and so like this is a little bit hypocritical but basically he was like what I have found is that a happiness? Must be a choice. Like I've been unhappy for decades and then I decided you know I'm going to be happy and he steals a lot of philosophy from stoicism and he steals a lot of it from Buddha Buddhism and the idea here is that like your past is unimportant and the future is unimportant and to say that you want to do XY and Z for legacy
That's bullshit, because what's going to happen is when you die, it's going to be as if you were, you know, if it's the same feeling that you had before you were born, which is like nothing. So, like, who cares about some bullshit Legacy, which is like hard to fight against, right? But and he's like, it only matters about the about the present and where you are now and that gets a little bit fluffy, but I still thought it was really useful, and oddly did you, if you read the book, he talks about not working hard. He was like, you actually should only do work that feels like play.
Yeah, I thought that was kind of cool and he's like Life's Too Short, by the way, just to grind and work your ass off which again I'm like but navall you're like a billionaire. Like there is this like what you know, how do you have to like, kind of come to grasp it with us a little bit but I thought it was cool. He also talks about a very oddly gives diet advice. He's like, just don't eat sugar. Stay away from sugar, do high intensity, interval, training, and stretch a lot.
Yeah. And he even says he goes, I try not to
He's like, you know, I don't talk too much about health because I'm pretty good at health. I'm okay, but I'm not self-actualizing. That meaning, like in wealth, he's done better than 99.9% of people so you know, for him to talk about it. Well, he's self-actualized it. He has actually done it for himself and seen it done by many other people and so he feels comfortable putting out his whole philosophy on it. He's like in terms of health like I'll say some general things that you, you know, it's hard to argue against. But I try not to talk too much about it even though it's very important because
I myself for many years, didn't have an exercise routine or wasn't, you know, the best eater and now I'm better, but I'm still not the best. I'm not world-class at that. I'm not 99.9% at that one.
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Cam. I could tell one story so I called a friend and this is almost like stuff I've read or listen to the last like four days which is a lot but I want I had a friend and this is all related to what we're this is a relate to what we talked about earlier about crazy people. I love Freaks and I had a friend call and tell me about their best friend. And let me tell you the story. So there's this guy.
I'm going to change some details. I don't want to reveal it. He was an accountant and on some large deals that he was working on at the age of like 30. He was able to save up one to two million dollars, I think it was two million dollars at the age of 30. He was single, he lived relatively frugally, but he worked on some weird had a big company who just an employee but he worked on such a deal that he was able to capture like some of the commission's and he made like two million bucks with that two million dollars. He Angel invested a little bit and
One of his Angel Investments made like half a million dollars. And so here he is sitting with like two-and-a-half to three million dollars at the age of mid-30s, okay. So about last 20 months ago, when was Bitcoin
$6,000. Yeah. But about your and a half two years
ago or no. Sorry. When it was 3,000, whatever it was. He put three million dollars into Bitcoin everything. Yeah. Everything 100% of everything he had to the point of like I think he likes a like, 10,000 or
$1 for living expenses. He put most everything he had and also he borrowed money, I don't know. He was able to borrow money somehow like through, like like as simple as like, Robin Hood gives you a little bit of margin, but he was able to borrow money to the point of like he was in debt, a significant amount of money and he bought a ton of Bitcoin. Well, last December, when it hit 65 or $63,000, his three million dollars turned into a row.
Would a hundred million dollars and he sold about half of it. So he's got like this cushion and then he up and left and moved to another country and he lives there because he's like, you know, I'm just I believe that like this country is the future and the point of this story is I'm not like this crazy person. I don't think you are, either you have a family. You're not going to up and move them. Although, you will take interesting bets but and I recognize I'm not this human being. I am so thankful
Faithful that crazy people like this exist
and along Amusement,
not for our Amusement necessarily, but like the world neat, like his boldness was like rooted in some type of selfishness. He wants to get risk, Rick get rich. But that type of boldness, even though this may not be the best example, but that personality type is what pushes Society forward. And actually does weird crazy stuff that ends up becoming normal and common for
us, dude. I don't know if I don't think this is uncommon.
feel special the way I feel special that I'm this way, but I know this is actually most people I think, but I
fucking love greatness in any field. Like you could just be like, hey you play Billiards and back. Now check this out. This first is the best in the world of Billiards. Tell me more, I saw watching and I'll watch them for eight hours straight. I'll then go watch the documentary about them and then I'll go find that like, you know, the book about them and I'll just keep going deep because there's something about greatness that is just so like, attractive to me. And so recently, you watch the TV show day.
Of course I like, what's the guy's name?
The real Ricky? Yeah, little Dickie. So Dave is a show that I started watching and I love Dave, Davis like a hilarious show to me and it's like a very unique show, right? And it's not like most TV shows I made like most TV shows and uses like everybody's real names. It's like kind of set in Hollywood. It's this guy's story of trying to be a big rapper, which is his real story and then it's kind of like he's not like it's not Entourage where he's just a cool and cool shit keeps happening models. Keep throwing themselves at him, it's like
The opposite. He's kind of like a nerdy Jewish guy who happens to be an aspiring rapper and you know things happen to him that are not so great all the time. And so
just love this, dude. This dude is like, he's so talented, he's very talented as a rapper. If you haven't listened to the little Dickie sway freestyle, we should put that hole for myself at the end of this episode and do that. Just grab the whole audio for that freestyle and put it at the end of
this one, where he gives the girl flowers
because our flowers. Exactly. Did he doubt that freestyle is amazing? All I mean obviously it's not an actual freestyle and then, you know, to be to then go into like how he marketed himself. So he's a former Ad Agency guy who got his job at a
I didn't see but it was like writing a rap song for like Doritos to like when the client when the gig when the account then leaves to go become an actual rapper. He his story is kind of like he, he works for a long time on his album doesn't show. Anyone has no results to show for it, kind of like, runs out of time and money doing this. And then like launches his first music video and it like goes viral and because he had put so much work into his craft of like, making this work and he's completely authentic, right? So like back to an of all ISM Escape.
Competition through authenticity, most of the things you want occur in very competitive spaces and the answer is not to try to out-compete everybody by being better because everybody's trying to be better. The way to do it is to be different the way to be different. The easiest way to be different is to be completely you because nobody can be better at you than you, you've been you your whole life, you have a lifetime of experience at it. And so similarly for Dave, he his niche in wrapping is like being a, you know, an awkward white guy rapper, just kind of growing through life
Trying to get with women and failing sometimes and sometimes succeeding and etc. Etc. And so, I think this guy is so impressive to me. And so I love finding these like, you know, whether it's in the UFC. That's why I loved Conor McGregor and his rise because early on, I was like, this guy seems like he's full of greatness and then you see it play out and you're like, wow, that was amazing, Dave in the rap scene. So this and you're talking about this with Edison and some of the books that you can evolve
Uh, like some of the content you're consuming. I don't know. Like, what do you think? Are we in? Kind of like, are we unique in this or is this just like, everybody loves greatness, right? But is there
something different about think? I think that, I think it's because we have a privilege. We have been privileged in that you and I have seen people who have a cup, we have seen, like, dozens of people, accomplish things that a most people, like, like hear rumors about or movies about like, no, I know this person, they
And a lot of them is financial but you know, they sold their company, they made 500 million dollars. Like we know many people have done that and so we like we firsthand know, like man greatness is real and you could self-actualize, we know it's real. The second thing is we know people that have been created or invented or worked on things that everyone else takes for granted and you're like, dude, you have no idea what it takes to like to have like made that a reality. It just it's so impressive. And I think that because of that yeah, we like appreciate bold.
Who are also capable, right? It's so I think a lot of people are like that but not that many people for example, when I go to a convenience store and there's like a sign taped to the door, I'm like, do you have any fucking Pride fix that shit? Like, put a proper frame like do this the right way? It like be the best. That's why I asked you to test
lack of recognition. I
can't stand that but like eat. But you know, there's a reason why I like, we're not the only ones, there's a reason. Why gyro, what's that gyro Love? Sushi, or zero Sushi. Yeah, yeah, like
Nike Nike Soul marketing is not about the Rubber and their shoes. It's about like great athlete because everybody loves great athletes. That's easy one that everybody loves.
No. I but I like it. Like when I look at it like I don't care about weightlifting but I'm a weightlifter I'm like dude the game look at this guy's like weighing his food every single day and getting up at 5:30 like just for the like I just I love that. So we'll let me move on to one more thing but yeah, I do. I love greatness and I'll tell you these last two things that I've read
one point on that, I would say,
Definitely a lot of good has come. It has come from being a fan of greatness, but I would say try to be a fan of greatness, not a fan of the people. And the reason I say that is because what often happens is, when people get really into greatness, they go study these people and then they their end their net conclusion is. Wow, they're great and they're different than me and I they sort of like separate. It's almost like oh that's a different species. And there's a there's a way to do this that's better. Which is basically you take, you get entertainment and inspiration from them. And
Station from them of the things that they do. But like, don't count yourself as something different treat yourself. Like, that's, that's you, you're them, you're no different than them. They are just like you, they're just made of the same things as you had the same doubts as you have the same insecurities as you had the same struggles as you and, and so, like, don't like create this divide of the great people and then you, because then it's counterproductive. Then every time you, you learn about their greatness, it reinforces this kind of like negative perception of yourself in.
Ed. If you think about yourself just like them, then every time you learn about them, it creates a positive reinforcement about what you can also do.
And I'll tell you this, the last few things that I consume this week, that made a difference. The first is not or the last couple nonviolent communication, it's real touchy feely, you know. Nonviolent communication is,
I've never read it, but I've heard about it. Yeah. Wait in a way I guess. I don't know. How would you explain it?
Basically, I have a problem, like, I suck at dealing with people like my emotions. Get the best of me. I get angry at people and I
Kate stuff and I'm like, why am I getting angry? Like this is so counterproductive. I do this with Sarah, I've done it with you before, I've done with all my co-workers, I just communicate horribly. So I'm actually trying to learn a better way to communicate a more effective way to communicate in. This is like giving you a toolkit, so it's basically like it just gives you like a better way to talk to people so you
can give us a one nugget from it. So, what's one tweak,
dude? It's really hard. It's like like it's so opposite of how I do things. So if for example like
Like there's like a like a okay. So the there's a lot, someone who's an expert on this is going to like criticize me and how am I explaining it? But it's quite complicated for me because it's so not normal. But basically the idea here is like, look, I'm not going to judge you for you telling me this, I'm not gonna get angry. I'm not gonna judge you, but I actually just want to clarify. Like, so you feel like this? Correct. Okay. Well, what I need from you is x, y and z. Are you able to like, are we able to can I get that from you or? No. And then it's like that type of like very like crystal clear.
And then like you'll say things like, look, can you repeat back what you thought I said. So for example I'll tell you to do something and I'll say, you'll say okay fine, I'll bet can you repeat back? Well, you said, if you don't do this you're going to yell it. Let me find a better example. Okay, my wife and I we got into like an argument over. I forget what we got into an argument over but I said can you repeat back to me? What you thought? I said well you said it's gonna piss you off. If you if I do this again and I was like, no, I actually
I mean to express the idea of I'm going to be angry at you. It was just like, it hurts my feelings when this happens, you know what I mean? So it's a different. It's a different way to communicate. I'm not good at it. This is why I'm reading this fucking book. Clearly can't really describe the damn thing the last thing or the second to last thing the courage to be disliked great book. I started getting into it because after navall and it's just like, there's a few takeaways here. I'll read the my for takeaways. The Firs is dangerous to believe that your Passage
Is your future? I know it's fluffy. If you focus on what's wrong with you, you might be looking for reasons to hate yourself on purpose again, fluffy third, most of what we think is competition is just made up and is hurting your happiness, and for this is like crazy. Whoo. Basically life is just a bunch of like, sounds and lights and like the emotion, we assign a motion to it and so you don't actually like you can assign a happy emotion. So not. So that's the last one. And then the last article, I read that made a big difference. There's this New Yorker article written in.
One in 14 about Sam Altman. Have you ever read
this? Maybe I like to study Sam Walton but I haven't I don't remember. This one
is written in 2016. I'm New Yorker. It's called Sam Altman's. Manifest Destiny. And I was rereading this and I don't want to tell you a few reasons. First in 2016, he talks about this, they asked him what his hobbies are and what he does when he's not working, he goes, I like racing cars. I like renting planes and flying them. Oh, and I've got one odd thing that I like, I like to prep her prep for surgery.
Survival seeing their Bibble Dermot, he explained my problem. Sorry, I'm butchering this. The problem is, when my friends get drunk, they talk about ways. The world will end after a Dutch lab modified h5n1 bird flu viruses. Five years ago, making it super contagious. The chance of lethal, virus, being released the next 20 years will become well nonzero. So I have a plot of land in Big Sur that I can fly to I have
Antibiotics batteries, water, gas mask made, by Israel Defense Force all ready to go. This was in 2016, that's kind of cool. Right. Y'all he also talks about basically he sold his company and he goes He profited five million and he invested all of it in startups which I thought was pretty crazy because we're talking about like crazy freaks. It's a really good article. I think people should read this because Sam Altman is like a freaky weirdo and that's like a compliment because we talk about extreme
At ease and I think it's like a really cool insight and it's one of the only article long-form articles I've ever seen written about him. So I've been rereading that this week that's a cool and I'm going to check that out. I
remember Paul Graham had once said something and pogroms. Obviously a fan of Sam Altman because he program started Y combinator and then he put Sam Altman in charge of it and Sam Oatman was by no means the most successful YC alumni at the time I think his company sold for 30 million but it was kind of like many ways a failure. It didn't
succeed, it raised 40 in it.
Sold for thirty. Yeah,
exactly. And I think you got some out of it but you know, whatever. But Paul Graham wants said like, he's like when I was talking to Sam Altman. I think maybe for the first time or second time, he's like, I had this thought, oh, this is what it would have been like to talk to Bill Gates at 21 and I like that's like pretty high praise for somebody. So I thought that was like pretty cool, pretty cool description, pretty good to see
ya. And then there's a lot of weird things about Altman that I love. I should come up with a better word than weird but peculiar things. So, for example, listen to this sentence,
In a class that augment taught at Stanford in 2014. So, which by the way, it tells of 14, he must've been like 28, he remarked that the formula for estimating is startups, chance, of success. Is something like, idea, times product times execution, times teen times lock, where luck is a random number between 0 and 10 thousand and like, like little lines like that. I just think it's crazy that someone thinks like that and it just it's peculiar. It's exciting. It's really neat. There's another story where he
He's working with the with Brian chesky, the CEO of Airbnb and they're about to pitch in front of everyone at YC and there's this great line where he says Brian chesky goes. I attribute a lot of our success to Sam Altman and YC. And they're like, well, why? He was like, well, right before our deck they we had a limited project, we had our deck, it was all built out. We had limited our projected revenue on the deck, to 30 million dollars chesky said, Sam stalked us and looked at us and goes
Do me a favor, take all those M's, you know the 30 million and change them to B's Altman that recalls telling them either you don't believe everything you said in the rest of the deck of a, how big this is going to be or you're ashamed. Or I just can't do math. Yeah. And he just said, change all the ends to bees and I think like that weird type of thing is actually pretty interesting.
Yeah, people who can cut through the noise and just like get straight to the heart of it. All right, this is cool. This is kind of like stuff that Sam's been reading and listening to stuff. We've
I don't know. It's this interesting. Is this going to be good
or the true? I enjoyed the conversation. Dan. What do you think this is going to be a good pod?
Yeah I think it's cool. I'm gonna be a fun thing to check in every couple weeks or a month. All right well let's see but that's the episode Lil Dicky, don't turn
the rock Wonder drop a beat on them.
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Am I looking like? I need to get a job or looking like I need a bodyguard. I played tennis with Leonardo. How y'all train on track. Like cargo I go dumb. Dumb. Dumb it up. Don't fuck on planes but I'm coming up. Add up My Views to some of the I was just on. SportsCenter done it. Uh, I think this is good. I've done enough. My hair does look mad like, son of. Uh, now let me go on finish on my album, Jesse Smollett, you know, I'm a fuck it up. Oh,
We gotta catch a flight. Thank you. One done and out kill you. See how that man? Did there right now that last line, he always does. The line that gets to me, man. Oh my God,
the one and only Lil Dicky ladies and
gentlemen, your man of your word.
I feel like I can rule the world. I know I could be what I want to put my all in it. Like a Days on the Road Less Traveled never looking back.