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.

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|

Human Limits are Arbitrary – 104

Human limits are arbitrary. There are many levels of capability, most people are not aware of. When you think you can't, you probably can. When I use to play racquetball there were people I could easily defeat, and those who could easily defeat me. None of which were considered professional. There are many levels of capability. It's a long journey to mastery. Ultra Marathon, etc. Nature vs. nurture. It's almost always nurture. With few limits on nature. Future genetic engineering and hormone therapies change the game. How Steroid use is a cheat. every ultra triathlon (Ironman) event must involve more than [...]

April 3rd, 2017|

What is your Homeostasis? – 103

I have seen many people go on a diet. They looked great as a result of their weight loss. They worked hard and achieved their goals through exercise and diet. The problem is pretty much all of them went right back to their original weight and fitness levels a year or less after achieving their goals. Getting to your goal is only the beginning of your journey. maintaining that level is the true challenge. The challenge will be with you for life. Homeostasis - The tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within [...]

March 23rd, 2017|

Take the Big Leap into your Zone of Genius – 102

Quick note on self development. Don't call it self help. People who are immature or have a fixed mindset will ridicule you for it. They will get the impression you are a loser in life looking to self medicate with books. The fact that anyone wants to become a better person is commendable. Also, development information is like taking a pill for an ailment. The key is to take the right pill for what ails you. With that said it's OK to accumulate knowledge as long as you don't become an armchair quarterback that hoards knowledge without taking any action. [...]

March 16th, 2017|

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight and Knowing Your Why – 101

Welcome to episode 101. Next week we will return to NLP with more advanced discussions on the subject. But today I want to talk about a recent discovery. Today we talk about Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. I just finished reading this and I highly recommend it. This book will not tell you how Knight run a shoe factory or give you a blueprint for building a multi-billion dollar sporting goods enterprise. However it will give you some insights on how Knight grew his business from just a dream to what it is today. It is an entertaining story, a [...]

March 9th, 2017|

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