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Episode #030

Become A Master Of Fire: Knives, Cars & Building Your Personal Power

On the journey to building our personal power and becoming competent, capable and responsible - exactly how safe is too safe?

Developing the capacity to influence your world requires that you confront challenge and adversity.  

With that in mind, does it serve us as individuals and as a society to prevent access to potential dangers at all costs? Or does it make us weaker and less capable? 

In this episode of the ikario podcast, Ollie & Shane discuss what it means to build personal power. The discussion also includes knives and cars, obviously.

In this episode...

Some of the points covered in today's conversation:

  • As a man, how do you deal with going bald? (response to a question from a previous episode).
  • Shane's early obsession with knives, martial arts and pretty much anything related to warfare - and how his parents were powerless to stop it.
  • Why excessive safety is not the way to build competence & power.
  • The dark arts - why preventing people from learning the skills of manipulation and persuasion can make them vulnerable.
  • That time that Ollie was taken in by a conman.
  • Why the avoidance of danger makes people more safe in the moment - but weaker and more afraid in the long term.
  • How boxing gyms in London are tackling the problem of knife crime.

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Over to You

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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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