0:00:00 • Welcome! Wally talks slow motion
0:06:42 • Ces stumbles through explaining what keto is
0:19:04 • Wally recommends something manly
0:26:52 • When did you realize wrestling was fake?
Is that… Jason’s music?!
0:30:44 • Jason dials in before the biggest weekend of his life
0:39:15 • Which wrestler does Jason feel like?
We’re re-thinking the book-a-week format because we can’t read fast enough. Instead, we each recommend a couple of podcasts. Ces recaps the Iron Man Match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.
This week’s book: The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday. We tried following a lot of the advice in the book and it continues to be helpful.
(On the other hand, we didn’t follow some of his other advice: Please, Please, For The Love Of God: Do Not Start a Podcast)
00:00 — Wally goes to Disneyland, Ces doesn’t renew: We start this off with the usual weekly updates. Wally talks about his trip to Disneyland. Ces gives an update on fitness and nutrition.
04:40 — Listener questions! How do you keep things balanced?
Wally grabbed a question from an offline conversation during the week and we run it as a listener question. We set up an email address for actual listener questions.
10:50 — Book intro: The Obstacle is the Way (TOITW)
We start talking about The Obstacle is the Way, which we’ve both found really useful in our lives during hard times. We try talking about when we specifically apply these things in the past
21:53 — TOITW: Will and Vegeta
Ces goes long on a bad Dragon Ball Z analogy.
28:50 — TOITW: Terrell Owens’s 3 Ds
Wally takes a concept from an NFL receiver and changes what the letters stand for to create the premise of our future ebook littered with newsletter links.
38:54 — Wally offers Ces a donut
One episode ago, Ces talked about having non-coffee dessert Frappuccino. He continues giving unsolicited nutrition advice.
47:56 — Quote vs. Quote — Wally claps BACK
Wally closes the show with a great quote from the book. Ces rambles.
Wally and I renamed the podcast to Active Recall. I explained some of the reasoning in this episode and in my previous newsletter post. This week, we discussed The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Amazing book. Here are some other links:
This excerpt gives a good sense of what The Slight Edge is about:
The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.
Everything adds up. even the small things. Particularly the small things. Even if you don’t know think about the slight edge it still has an effect on you and has had an affect on you your entire life. This book brings awareness to the small things that you do everyday. These are the decisions you don’t think about often.
There’s often a bad habit where a good habit might be. If they’re bad then you can work to change them or remove them completely. You can structure things and change your environment so that you make good decisions without thinking.
These daily habits complement deliberate practice. Deliberate practice means you’re trying to improve the skill efficiently. You work at it for a few hours each day. It’s hard and it it should stretch you. The Slight Edge talks about the time outside of your deliberate practice. Professional athletes work hard in practice. It’s structured and deliberate. The rest of the day is structured to do the small things right. It all adds up.
There’s a book called Will It Make the Boat Go Faster? I haven’t read it, but I did read a summary on Blinkist. It’s about creating a focusing question. It’s by a member of the Men’s Rowing Eight team that won gold at the 2000 Olympics. “Will it make the boat go faster?” could be asked throughout the day to make the right decisions, even for the small things. If you have a goal in mind then you can think of a focusing question that will help guide you to make the small choices that matter day in and day out.
You can set big goals for the future but you only get there one step at a time. Once in a while they’ll be giant leaps, but they’ll usually be baby steps. Make sure they’re going in the right direction.
Wally and I discussed Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker. We focused on the first chapter, which explains filtered leaders, unfiltered leaders, and the environments they succeed in.
Filtered leaders get filtered through school, more school, and then the corporate ladder. These are your valedictorians. The only issue? They end up successful, but they aren’t the world changers. Unfiltered people shake things up. They make their own ladder and come in through the window.
So you should quit your job and aim to be unfiltered to really succeed, right? Well…
Barking Up the Wrong Tree reminded me to think about what success really means. The first chapter talks about unfiltered leaders changing the world. A few chapters later you see unfiltered people going too far to succeed. They aren’t happy and they can make the people around them miserable.
Maybe a filtered approach is better in the long run. I’d bet the answer is somewhere in the middle. Which, of course, gives us a lot of choices. I loved this line from the book:
“Here’s the problem: We love having choices. We hate making choices.”
Good choice: reading this book. If reading alone led to results, I’d be captioning a sponsored post of my 8-pack for fitness IG instead of writing this.
Good choice: applying principles from this book.
Easier said than done, but the effort will lead to success. However you define it.
As far as the podcast goes, we’re applying some advice from the book:
“Good enough is good enough.”
It’s a great book and this episode doesn’t do it justice. I want to do another episode down the line when we get more reps in and are better at this. I tried out using podcast chapters to help jump through parts of the episode. Then I learned that Apple’s Podcast app stopped supporting chapters a few versions ago. I’ll list them out here:
And some links from the show.
Next week we’ll be talking about The Slight Edge. Thanks for listening!