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“Once we have a starting point and a target, we can start to evaluate, do we turn left, do we turn right? How do we measure success? Then that dynamic process never stops.” — Brandon Johnson

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Brandon Johnson is the CEO and CIO of JFG Wealth, which oversees more than $1.8 billion in wealth for families across the United States. …


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“I was really interested in achieving good health along with performance, and I sacrificed my health in the name of performance. So I wondered if there was a way in which we could kind of have both — that I could be strong and lean and fit and happy and healthy and productive and shiny and sparkly and all the things that people want, without all of this pain and suffering and sacrifice.” Mark Sisson

On this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Mark Sisson (@Mark_Sisson) about his transition from a focus on pure performance to one on…


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“When you’re first starting a fund, you’re going to spend your first five years, realistically, actively raising money from LPs — and that is your primary role. It is not interfacing with founders and helping entrepreneurs; that’s a small piece. I think it’s important that people realize: if you just want to work with entrepreneurs all day, join an existing fund.” — Andrew Dumont

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Andrew Dumont (@andrewdumont) is the CEO of Meteor and WeWorkRemotely and the Founder of Curious Capital. He…


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“There’s no way to stop these accidents from happening, but there’s a way to stop them from happening to you.” — Laurence Gonzales

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Laurence Gonzales (@deepsurvivalsm0) is an award-winning author of numerous books about the psychology and neuroscience of survival . In this episode, Laurence and Daniel discuss his newest book, The Chemistry of Fire, a collection of exploratory essays that feed into his work on survival.

Laurence Gonzales also authored Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, Surviving Survival…


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Nicolas Cole’s writing for publications like Inc Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, and Harvard Business Review has racked up more than 100,000,000 views to date.

“You have to surround yourself with the people that are a version of who you ultimately want to become.” — Nicolas Cole

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To date, Nicolas Cole’s (@Nicolascole77) writing has racked up more than 100 million views. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Business Insider, The Chicago Tribune, Apple News, Slate Magazine, Inc Magazine, and on CNBC. …


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Erling covered 800 miles on foot over the course of 50 days during his solo expedition to the South Pole, dragging hundreds of pounds behind him — all without any contact with the outside world.

“I strongly believe that we are all born explorers. In the sense that when you’re one year old you learn how to walk, you walk out of the house, and you start to wonder what’s hidden between yourself and the horizon. And soon you will start to wonder, what’s even beyond your horizon? So this spirit of exploration, that’s something we all have. I kept it more than most people, but it never goes away. We all have it to a certain degree. Being an explorer is not something you begin being, but something you slowly stop being. You still…


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Kevin Kelly is the publisher of the incredibly weekly newsletter, Recomendo, and co-host of the Cool Tools podcast.

“What is this thing we call technology? In the cosmological sense, like, where does it fit in? How does it relate to life? And my current summary would be that it is an extension of life and therefore is not contrary to life. It’s an extended version of life — and that gives me hope, because it means that we can always make a greener version of whatever we make.” — Kevin KellyIn this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) of WIRED magazine about his perspective on technology and its evolution. …


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Paula Faris is the author of “Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling.”

“I believe everything happens for a reason. I don’t have any regrets, even though I’ve done some stupid stuff in my life — like, really dumb things. I wouldn’t take it back, because I learned more from my flaws and failures than I have from the ‘successes’ of life. Those have been the character builders.” — Paula FarisIn this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Paula Faris (@paulafaris) about leaving prominent television host roles at the height of her career to find her strengths, her vocational calling, and her true self.

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“I do believe that if you want to level up your leadership skills, if you want to contribute at a higher level… everybody should have some form of assistance.” Casey Putschoegl

In this episode of Outliers, I sit down with Casey Putschoegl (@caseyputschoegl), Co-Founder and CEO of 33Vincent, to talk about when and how to bring on an incredible executive assistant. We discuss how she’s built a successful executive assistant agency with a focus on quality relationships, a rigorous selection process, and true partnerships between assistants and executives. …


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In this episode of Outliers (which is brought to you by Flow), I catch up with Carey Smith, a brilliant entrepreneur who founded Big Ass Fans and grew it from $0 to $500 million in the span of 20 years. We discuss:

  • What Carey learned from his first business venture (which actually flopped).
  • The evolution of Big Ass Fans, how the company got its name and why it worked.
  • The importance of creating a company culture that puts both employees and…

Daniel Scrivner

Fanatical about decoding what the Top 1% of people across industries have mastered — as well as what they’ve learned along the way. Host of Outliers.fm.

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