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Episode #004

How to Get Your Sh*t Together, Part III: Mental

Most of us live at the mercy of our thoughts. Biases, limiting beliefs and neurotic thinking are a prison that cripples our ability to achieve success and to feel content with our lives.

If we want to break free from the human zoo and achieve our highest potential, we need to escape the prison inside our heads. 

But, how do we do that? Where's the key? And most importantly, where do we start?

As ever, the How to Get Your Sh*t Together series is here to provide you with the top 3 highest leverage interventions. If you want to free your mind and start using it to your advantage, these are the 3 simplest and most powerful tools to start with.

In this episode...

Some of the points covered in today's conversation:

  • How reading books is the most high leverage habit you can build for improving your mind in every way.
  • Audiobooks vs written - what's more effective?
  • Why everyone lives in an information bubble - and the damage this causes.
  • The vital importance of stepping out of the information bubble and how to do it.
  • Cognitive biases and why everyone is wrong (most of the time)
  • Why we choose to focus on information that supports our currently held beliefs and values.
  • Why the more you invest in something, the less willing you are to see the faults and potential issues with it.
  • The fake guru playbook and how they take advantage of cognitive bias to get people's money.
  • Why we discount future rewards vs instant gratification.
  • The availability heuristic - why things that are easier to remember are given more importance in our minds because we can't think of anything else.
  • Why learning about biases matters for reaching your highest potential.
  • Examples of the most effective mental models for better decision making, goal setting and clear thinking.

Links & Resources

Over to You

We hope you found this episode useful! Which of the top 3 mental tools will you try first? Do you have questions or feedback? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Oliver Cowlishaw

About the author

Ollie is an avid pizza connoisseur, accomplished drinker of coffee and lover of soul music. Heavily influenced by Zen & eastern mysticism, his curiosity regarding the human experience is insatiable. Despite having a strong vocabulary, he swears a lot and uses slang phrases ("ollie-isms") that almost nobody understands, not even himself.

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  • This podcast episode hit me hard! The explanation of biases was very relevant, and I realize I can improve a lot in recognizing when bias is at play — which is pretty much all the time!

    I enjoy listening to audiobooks and would love your input regarding how to capture what you’re learning while listening to audiobooks and walking. Do you stop and take notes as needed, or do a brain dump when you’re done? Or just absorb what you can and not record the learning? This is a struggle.

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