Podcast 2016-10-20T00:57:26+00:00

Optimizing your performance in health, wealth, and relationships. Don't just be yourself, be your best self.

Your host Keith Ledig takes a strategic approach on how to be happy and successful in life through personal development, growth, motivation, life hacks, and continual learning. Through interviews, books, and a multitude of resources we discuss topics including business, career, lifestyle, sex and dating, fitness, nutrition, and many others.

You Are A Badass! – 114

Jen Sincero writes in her book You are a Badass about tips on how to be successful in life. Comparing this book to Subtle art of Not Giving a F*ck, I would say that Badass has less actionable advice for the advanced personal developer. However Badass is still a great book for the beginner, and written by a woman it may have the ability to connect with other women looking to be inspired as Jen is a great role model. I also read Grant Cardone's book The 10x Rule and found little actionable advice in it. Grant's book seems to [...]

September 22nd, 2017|

10 Quick Storm Prep Tips – 113

Last minute pro tips: 1. 5 gallon buckets (available at Lowes and Home Depot for example) are great for use in storing water, food, or used as a latrine. A potty seat is available at camping stores that fit on top of the bucket. Lids are available that make the buckets pretty much waterproof. You can also store non-food items that are at risk of water damage. 2. A decent flashlight is a must. LED and at least 100 lumen or greater. Waterproof is a huge plus. Most high end flashlights are about 300+ Lumens and are waterproof. Avoid batteries [...]

September 6th, 2017|

Optimize Reading Retention – 112

Skim the material beforehand If you are familiar with the subject, or have prior knowledge that can be associated with the new knowledge, the new material will be retained more effectively. immerse yourself in the material. Don't read with the TV on. Read with deliberate practice. Take notes repeat the material to remember better teach it to others, or prepare to teach it Those in multi-sensory environments always do better than those in uni-sensory environments. They have more recall with better resolution that lasts longer. I find that auditory lends itself better to storytelling and less so [...]

August 28th, 2017|

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – 111

The title of the book sounds like the author, Mark Manson, will teach you not to care. In fact the book is all about learning how to care in the right way. The author wants you to care about things that serve you, that are truly important in life. we sweat the small stuff and that drains us from giving proper energy to the best stuff. Like Gary Keller's The One Thing, care about what is most important to you, and care less (or not at all) about everything else. The more you pursue something the more it reminds you [...]

August 17th, 2017|

What If There Was No Tomorrow? – 110

Pontifications More apologies for lateness, I've been sick lately. Also I've been working on my other podcasts: The Confirmation Bias podcast and Every Day Prepper New car fiasco - I bought a new Honda Accord V6 Touring just to find that it makes some whining/ringing noise at highway speeds. The dealer heard the noise but could not fix it, so I was stuck with a car I hated (because of the noise).  Even though I couldn't return it, I was able to exchange it for a Honda Accord Hybrid. I'm digging the tech in the hybrid and it [...]

July 21st, 2017|

The Secret To Success – 109

Originally it was thought that the predictor of a person being successful was IQ. Traditional intelligence is a critical factor to being successful, however there are some attributes to intelligence that can lead to ones downfall. One is ego. Ego is the enemy. Also Tetlock in Superforecasting determined that the most intelligent forecasters were not necessarily the most accurate. IQ is definitely a contributing factor but by itself insufficient to success. Next EQ, emotional intelligence Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills: [...]

June 21st, 2017|

The Signal and the Noise – 108

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't by Nate Silver Nate silver writes on his blog about sports and political forecasting. Most economists try to predict too accurately and are too confident about their skills. Every prediction always needs the proper assessment of a human being. You can use Bayes’ theorem to account for errors in your own predictions. Bayes Theorem - describes the probability of an event, based on prior knowledge of conditions that might be related to the event. For example, if cancer is related to age, then, using Bayes’ theorem, a [...]

June 2nd, 2017|

Make vs. Buy, or to Outsource or Not – 107

This episode is part of the Systems engineering for non-systems people series. Make vs. buy is a frequently encountered paradigm. It starts out with a need for a product (or service). A customer has a need and they must decide to buy something off the shelf and customize it to fit their needs or to make it from scratch. We do this all the time when we buy restaurant food vs. making it ourselves at home. The off the shelf item is cheaper than making it from scratch because when you buy someone's product you are leveraging all the research [...]

May 18th, 2017|

Hit Makers – 106

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson discusses why and how things become popular. He has thoroughly researched his material and the book is written in a storytelling manner which lends itself fantastically to audio. I highly recommend this book for its educational value as well as how easy and enjoyable it is to read (or listen to). You will get a lot out of this book whether you read it for leisure or to self-educate. I highly recommend this book. My observation of the author's work is that that there are 2 [...]

May 5th, 2017|

Personal Time is Productive Time – 105

Tips for using personal time to become more productive. Learning time - when I run I listen to audio books or podcasts. Also take time out to read. Meditation time - bike riding or walks are meditation time for me. Exercise gets the heart pumping which also stimulates the brain. Sitting is the new smoking. Time block but inside the blocks be flexible. Take breaks. It's part of the creative process. The brain is an additive device. You can't subtract ideas. Don't think of a pink elephant. You can add new things, but can't intentionally forget an idea or memory. [...]

April 25th, 2017|

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