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Sunday Shakedown - The Podcast Bros, Greg Schopman, Austin City Limits, & More!

Sunday Shakedown - The Podcast Bros, Greg Schopman, Austin City Limits, & More!

Hello! Welcome to my weekly newsletter. Every Sunday, I share a few things that I've been getting my hands on. Hope you enjoy!

The Podcast Bros Want to Optimize Your Life
By The New York Times

This is an opinion piece that talks about a new generation of wellness gurus, a network of podcasters centered in the Austin, Tex., area and Southern California. These are the bros I like. My favorites include Joe Rogan, Tim Ferriss, and Aubrey Marcus. I know that I feel part of their tribe and have become a better person from their guidance. Here is a snippet from the article. 

"Don’t dismiss the podcast bros merely as hucksters promoting self-help books and dubious mushroom coffee. In this secularized age of lonely seekers scrolling social media feeds, they have cultivated a spiritual community. They offer theologies and daily rituals of self-actualization, an appealing alternative to the rhetoric of victimhood and resentment that permeates both the right and the left...

All this continues a long American tradition of self-help and creative, market-minded spirituality. The 19th century brimmed with gurus ready to guide you to other dimensions and prophets of the path from rags to riches. The podcasters’ exhortations to cultivate character and learn from the habits of successful businessmen, scientists and soldiers (whom they invite for interviews that sometimes stretch longer than two hours) could come straight from the pages of Victorian self-improvement manuals. When I asked Mr. Marcus about his admiration for his guests on the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast,” he said: “It’s self-mastery of the ego, knowing you have nothing to prove. That’s real strength, real masculinity.”"


Finding Strength in Happiness 
I had a conversation with Steve a few weeks ago about writing an article for his blog, and decided to write about something that has been weighing on my mind in different capacities for a greater part of the last year.  For those who don’t know me, I lived with Steve for about 5 months while in India together last year.  I am originally from Philadelphia, moved to Houston, Texas when I was 7, went back to Pennsylvania for college, and currently reside in New Jersey about 10 minutes train ride into Manhattan.  If you know me, you know I’m pretty passionate about all of these places. (WE ARE!!)

I recently finished the book Into the Wild by John Krakauer (synopsis), and was particularly moved by a few lines in the book.  The words are part of the diary of the main character Chris McCandless, who writes, “You are wrong if you think joy emanates only or principally from human relationships.  God has placed it all around us.  It is in everything and anything we might experience.  We just have to have the courage to turn against out habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.”  As many in our generation can relate, I struggle with this every day.  We are tasked with determining how we chose to live our lives: through the relationships formed with those around us, or by the deep burning passion to go out into the world and see what no one else has seen before us.

It’s assumed if you are reading this blog, you are likely friends with Steve in some capacity.  I think he is a fantastic example of what I outlined above.  Went to college in 3 states, traveled 3 months through Southeast Asia, moved to China to teach English, decided to run a marathon in North Korea, moved to India, met the girl, moved to Texas, married the girl, and then got a puppy.  Did Steve get rid of the travel bug?  I don’t know.  But he has proven time and again that wherever he chooses to be, happiness is never far behind. 

Without wasting your time with too much ramble, the point I want to make is we each have a decision to make about what we want to do with our lives.  Some choose to make the milestone decisions sooner than others.  The important thing to do though is to ensure that you are happy doing what you are doing.  Happiness and joy can be found everywhere, in anything, from anyone – so go out and explore.  Do something you may be uncomfortable with.  Take a step in a direction that you know some of your closest friends and family would look at you with contempt.  Do what makes you happy, and ultimately everything else with fall into place.

It is easier said than done, and I get that.  If I impulsively did what I wanted, I’d be lying on a beach in Thailand right now.  It’s as much about the little things as the big.  If you are unhappy with something and don’t see how you can change it, look at the positives in the room and focus on those.  There is always a path to happiness, and I encourage you all to take the path less traveled to get there.  You never know what you might find
My boss was in town this week. Here is him next to a yellow nipple.
We also went hiking over by the Bright Leaf Preserve. 
My beautiful wife

Austin City Limits
Oct. 12 -14 Lineup

Sunday Shakedown Spotify Playlist

Although he has no plans to step aside as the head of Waystar Royco, the international media conglomerate controlled by his family, aging patriarch Logan Roy is contemplating what the future holds. He has lingered in the limelight longer than even he thought he would, and now family members want to run the company as they see fit. Despite a best-laid succession plan, tempers flare over Logan's intentions. Kendall Roy, Logan's eldest son from his second marriage and a division president at the firm, is the heir apparent. As Kendall attempts to solidify his eventual takeover, he and the three other Roy children face a difficult choice as company control and family loyalties collide.

“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. 

We have no scar to show from happiness. We learn so little from peace."

- Chuck Palahniuk

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