No book this week – Instead, we recommend different episodes of podcasts. Each of us recommends 3 podcasts and asks a question or explains a segment that typically comes up in that podcast.
- What is Dungeons & Dragons like?
- What have you learned in the gym that you’ve been able to apply in life?
- What would you tell your 12-year-old self?
- If this episode were a Saturday morning cartoon character, who would it be?
And many more! (Or two more.)
It’s a little different. We should have another book next week. As always, thanks for checking us out!
We opened by talking about UFC 217. We will not niche down to MMA, but we just might start getting down to making videos and vlogging. Wally and I both make videos on our own. They’re very different, but the media is roughly the same.
In light of that turn, this week’s book is Edit Better by Jeff Bartsch.
We had this idea that we’d take some of the lessons in this video editing book and see how we could turn it into general life advice. Actually, here’s the convo where I ran through some ideas with Wally (by “convo” I mean it’s me writing paragraph texts):
That text followed the format we had in mind more than this podcast did.
People then respond with righteous indignation, “I will make my own choices because it’s a personal thing and I am going to be me and I’m going to create my own editorial reality and who R U to tell me how to make my own personal choices you stupid big obnoxious judgmental person you stop judging me stupid judger I shall now post sarcastic yet contextless updates about you on social media.”
This is something I lean on too much. I want to do things my way. In every case, I’m wrong. I didn’t want to do what some podcasts with higher production value do. When I did start adding some of those elements (structure with some audio signposting, adding some music), the episodes improved.
Video-wise, I’ve been trying to skip some necessary steps for making videos. In the making-of videos I’ve seen, people making whiteboard videos always start with a script. I’ve been trying to start with an outline and it leads to problems.
I’m okay with this, though. I’ve learned some things about making videos quickly that I think will pay off in the long run. (Contrasted to skipping standard podcast procedure that just led to worse podcast episodes with no benefits in the long run.)
I mentioned some YouTube channels that I really like:
- PictureFit: Short animated videos on just about every fitness and nutrition topic you can think of. He also did a great livestream Q&A where he shares how he grew his channel.
- AsapSCIENCE: Similar to PictureFit but instead of fitness and nutrition it’s about a broader range of topics. ‘Science’ is in the title but there are videos like “What if Everyone Lived Like Americans” and “Introverts vs. Extroverts“.
- Extra Credits: I started watching I think around when they just started expanding into other topics like history. I’m excited to see they started doing sci-fi videos. When I first got my iPad I looked to Extra Credits for inspiration for simple, engaging visuals. In the past year they’ve grown the team and now the illustrations and animations are more elaborate. It’s great.
- Nerdwriter: Some of my favorite content on the internet. Evan Puschak 1.) has interesting ideas and 2.) is good at presenting them in interesting ways. I’d love to have a handle on just one of those two things. If you’re all caught up in Game of Thrones, check out his side by side cut of one of the battles in the latest season against clips with similar shots from other classic movies. That reminded me of the side-by-side of the “Let Your Game Speak” commercial with the original shots.
Another section in our episode was about the editorial planning rules:
Determine your Desired Outcome
Determine your Message
Determine your Market. Who is your audience?
Determine your Media
Determine your Method, the driving idea or unifying concept behind your project
If you’re making videos, check out Edit Better. It’s great.
If you want tenuous connections between video editing advice and life, hit play on our podcast episode!
In this episode we cover a few different topics from the book. We talk about:
- Good and bad customer service experiences
- First days of work that we remember
- Moments that are crystallizations of discontent
- Moments that affected our lives that have had a long-lasting effect
Stay with it until the end where we do a short scripted section that we wrote from the book.
- Send your questions in on Twitter
- Weekly fitness update: my weight isn’t great! But I’ve started going Simple & Sinister. Trying to do a daily workout. The approach is that it’s moderate exertion instead of some programs where failure is pretty much the goal for each workout.
- Wally has some mimosas at a bridal shower
Laughing at the hardship
From I Can’t Make This Up:
“In life, you can choose to cry about the bullshit that happens to you or you can choose to laugh about it. I choose laughter.”
Have you ever been bullied or have you been the bully? Kevin Hart says he was bullied as a kid but knew that it was important to stand up for himself. Even once. Take the beating and then move on. They’d rather find someone who won’t put up a fight at all.
We’ve both been bullied. I talk about when I was sort of bullied. Wally talks about when he was definitely bullied.
Bully by association. There was a time that I was sort of the bully, but not really.
Our parents were right
From I Can’t Make This Up:
“It turns out that the things I hated most as a child are the same things that serve me the most as an adult.”
Keep a schedule. Kevin Hart says that his mom would maintain a very strict schedule to make sure that he was in the right places at the right time. She would rather take the bus 2 hours than ask for a ride. Hart learned how valuable this mindset was.
Find a group of people who you meet with regularly. It doesn’t have to be church, like me and Wally went to growing up.
Kevin Hart is persistent
From I Can’t Make This Up:
Persistence: More than anything, my willingness to be persistent is responsible for the success I’ve had. My mindset is: It’s okay to fail, but it’s not okay to quit. Struggle, rejection, failure, and doubt break most people. Your goal is to learn from these challenges without letting them diminish your motivation. The secret to accomplishing this is simple: Let yourself be driven by your will to succeed rather than your fear of not succeeding.
We talked a lot about persistence in our Grit episode. This book is great because you get to see how many obstacles he runs into and how he overcomes them. Wildly successful people make it seem easy. It never is as easy as it seems. Hart knows he’s lucky. He also knows he works very hard to keep a lot of irons in the fire.
Sun’s up WHAT’S UP. Welcome to ANOTHER-ANOTHER-ANOTHER episode of Active Recall. We used to need an intro. Now we need a better intro.
This week’s book is Not Caring What Other People think is a Superpower. Ed Latimore (@EdLatimore) can actually hit hard. He’s a boxer. He can hit hard with his words as well. I really enjoyed this book.
Ed’s site: https://edlatimore.com
The Knowledge Project: Ed Latimore (A better podcast that had Ed on as a guest)
- Why you should practice gratitude like practicing a jab. Ed Latimore is a boxer. I’m guessing he’s throwing jabs daily. I was listening to The Talent Code and there’s a quote there from Yo-Yo Ma about practice. Skip a day and he can notice, 2 and his wife notices, 3 and the world will notice. Gratitudes can be similar. Think of things that make you grateful every day.
- You can’t be angry and grateful at the same time. This makes it very concrete. When you feel anger and frustration building up, think about what you’re grateful for. It helps.
- Why even the best boxers have coaches. In team sports, it’s clear to see that coaches focus on strategy and the players are focusing on tactics. You can go a long way by being great at the tactics. As you get higher and higher you need an understanding of strategy. Mike Tyson has one-punch power, but he needed a trainer day-in day-out to teach him how to get in range and land that shot. Whatever project you’re working on, do you have a way to know that your overall strategy is a good one?
- Strategy and tactics are both important. Coaches cover the strategy and the players work on the tactics. This ties into the three models of practice. When using the music model or the sports model, you’re usually practicing tactics. With the chess model, you practice strategy.
- Warren Buffet’s 2-list strategy. Write down 25 things you’re working on. Circle the 5 most important. The other 20 are now your most challenging distractions, because you can justify working on them since there’s some good.
- Why you need to have a plan (even after you’re punched in the face). The difference between a dream and a goal is knowing the steps in between. That’s planning. If you’re trying to be the single best boxer in the world, you know it will take genetics, luck, and a ton of hard work. The goal doesn’t always need to be “single best”.
In two years, let’s say you want to be a full-time videographer. What steps do you need to follow? Who’s done it in that timeframe and what can you replicate from their success?
Check some of that out, and MORE! On this episode of the Active Recall podcast with Walter and Francis. The duo second only to bob and weave.