Derek Sivers: Pop Philosophy, Finding the Opposite, Questioning Answers, and Nerding Out About Books

Adam Ashton interviewed Derek Sivers, the author of the book that was our FIRST EVER episode of the What You Will Learn podcast, ‘Anything You Want’.  We spoke about answering questions then questioning the answers, using creative thinking strategies to find an answer that is … Continue readingDerek Sivers: Pop Philosophy, Finding the Opposite, Questioning Answers, and Nerding Out About Books

Seth Godin (round 2): Making the choice, taking responsibility, becoming indispensable

Seth Godin is back for round 2.  We drill into the choices we make – to take responsibility or relinquish it, to be generous or follow the script, to try something new or stick to the job description.  With Seth Godin, we also spoke about … Continue readingSeth Godin (round 2): Making the choice, taking responsibility, becoming indispensable

Nir Eyal: Becoming Indistractable by reclaiming your time and attention

Five years ago, Nir Eyal wrote the best-selling book ‘Hooked’. It was all about the four-step process businesses can use to make habit-forming products and services. By getting people ‘hooked’, by getting people to almost the point of addiction and compulsion, businesses can thrive (think … Continue readingNir Eyal: Becoming Indistractable by reclaiming your time and attention

Dr John Demartini: Identifying Your Values & Reaching Your Potential

Dr John Demartini, is an American researcher, best selling author, international educator, public speaker in human behaviour. He lives on a boat, travelling the world delivering his signature seminars. We caught him when he was in Melbourne and spoke face-to-face before attending his event later … Continue readingDr John Demartini: Identifying Your Values & Reaching Your Potential

Mia Freedman: Work/Life Balance, Side Hustles and Changing the Culture

We spoke with Mia Freedman, founder of the Mamamia media empire. In this episode, we speak about: – Work/Life Balance: is it achievable or just an impossible fantasy? – Some career advice for getting ahead – The importance of having a Side Hustle: ‘you want … Continue readingMia Freedman: Work/Life Balance, Side Hustles and Changing the Culture

Brian Wansink

Brian Wansink is the author of Slim By Design and Mindless Eating, with all the tricks in the tool bag to make you lose weight without conscious effort. In this episode we discuss more tricks to eat less and be healthier. Check out Brian Wansink’s … Continue readingBrian Wansink

Jonah Berger

Jonah Berger is the author of Contagious and Invisible Influence, and is currently working on a new book called ‘The Catalyst‘. In our review of his book Contagious, we highlighted the six principles that helped products and ideas and behaviours ‘catch on’ by making them … Continue readingJonah Berger

Chris Yeh: Blitzscaling – Lightning Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

One surprising thing that all of the billion dollar tech companies have in common (like Google, Facebook and Apple), is the ability to Blitzscale – that is, prioritising speed over efficiency. Chris Yeh and Reid Hoffman just released their brand new book, Blitzscaling. We interviewed … Continue readingChris Yeh: Blitzscaling – Lightning Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

Robert Cialdini

Dr Robert Cialdini is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Best-Selling author. His first book Influence was published in 1984 and has sold over 3 MILLION copies, and his latest book Pre-Suasion, published in 2016, was a New York Times Best Seller. Dr. Robert … Continue readingRobert Cialdini

Chip Conley

Chip Conley is the best selling author, founder of Joie de Vivre hotels and the Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy at Air BnB. After reviewing the Peak, we were really interested in how to make the climb from the base to the top of Maslow’s … Continue readingChip Conley

Jay Papasan

Jay Papasan tells us “when you’re suppose to be working, work. When you’re suppose to be playing, play. It’s a weird tightrope you’re walking, but it’s only when you get your priorities mixed up that things fall apart” The antidote to having things fall apart, … Continue readingJay Papasan

Annie Duke

Annie Duke is a former poker pro who has shifted her focus to decision making. She won the 2004 World Series of Poker and the 2010 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, amassing career winnings of $4m. Now, she is looking at why people make decisions that … Continue readingAnnie Duke

Peter Singer

We visited Peter Singer (AC), the world’s most famous and most influential living philosopher. Singer’s career started over four decades ago, with the publication of his book ‘Animal Liberation’ in 1975. He essentially kicked off the animal rights movement, and his since applied his utilitarian … Continue readingPeter Singer

Tom Peters

We spoke to Tom Peters, the father of the modern business book. Before ‘In Search of Excellence’ in 1982, most business information was contained textbooks or academic journals. But thankfully, engaging and insightful information is now available and digestible for everyone. Tom Peters just released … Continue readingTom Peters

Scott Adams

We interviewed Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of Win Bigly, How To Fail At Almost Anything And Still Win Big and The Dilbert Principle. As a trained hypnotist, Adams viewed the 2016 US Presidential election through a different filter: he saw a … Continue readingScott Adams

Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer is the founder of the Skeptic Society, which boasts over 55,000 members today. He is also the editor-in-chief of Skeptic Magazine. Skepticism means viewing the world through a rational eye, always looking for scientific evidence to support or refute new claims, and always … Continue readingMichael Shermer

Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown is the author of the book ‘Essentialism’. In this episode, we talk about: – The ‘Busy’ Bubble – Elon Musk’s ‘First Principles Thinking’ – How we can be less ‘busy’ but more productive – How employees can apply the principles of Essentialism even … Continue readingGreg McKeown

Dan Heath

We spoke to Dan Heath, one half of the Heath Brothers, who wrote two books we read and loved (Switch & The Power of Moments), as well as Made to Stick and Decisive which we are yet to read (but certainly will soon!). Aside from … Continue readingDan Heath

Kevin Kelly

We spoke to Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable, to find out all of te thing that are coming in the next three decades. KK describes the ’12 technological forces’ that will shape our future, and we spent the first half of the interview talking … Continue readingKevin Kelly

Doctor Karl

We headed to Dr Karl’s place and had one of the most fascinating conversations of our lives. Probably the smartest and most curious dude we’ve ever met, Karl certainly taught us a thing or two. We covered: – the downside of Adam Jones quitting coffee … Continue readingDoctor Karl

Dan Pink

We got to speak to Dan Pink on the eve of the release of his brand new book, ‘When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing’. We read and reviewed Dan’s book Drive back in 2016 as one of our very first episodes, then more recently … Continue readingDan Pink

Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely. Absolute legend. Author of ‘Predictably Irrational’, ‘The Upside of Irrationality’, ‘The Honest Truth About Dishonesty’ (which was made into a Netflix documentary called (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies), ‘Payoff’ and his latest book, ‘Dollars & Sense’. We shared a few red wines, a … Continue readingDan Ariely

Naomi Simson

Naomi Simson is the founder of RedBalloon, a ‘shark’ on Shark Tank Australia, Australia #1 LinkedIn profile with over 2.4m followers, and the author of the books ‘Ready To Soar’ and ‘Live What You Love’.   In this episode, we talk about: – The skills … Continue readingNaomi Simson

Frans Johansson

We got the opportunity to speak to Frans Johansson, the author of The Medici Effect and The Click Moment. We spoke about both of these books, and our discussion spanned uncertainty, purposeful bets, click moments, doubling down, innovation, and a whole lot more. Frans is … Continue readingFrans Johansson

Chris Guillebeau [Author: ‘Side Hustle’ and ‘The $100 Startup’]

Chris Guillebeau is the author of ‘The $100 Startup’, ‘Born For This’, ‘The Happiness of Pursuit’, ‘The Art of Non-Comformity’, and is about to release his brand new book ‘Side Hustle’. He hosts the daily podcast ‘Side Hustle School’ which you can find wherever you’re … Continue readingChris Guillebeau [Author: ‘Side Hustle’ and ‘The $100 Startup’]

Andy Molinsky [Author of: ‘Reach’ and ‘Global Dexterity’]

Our interview with Andy Molinsky, the author of ‘Reach’ and ‘Global Dexterity’. We delve deeper into the ideas of getting outside your comfort zone as we discussed on our previous episode, our review of the best bits of Andy’s book Reach. We also talk about Andy’s … Continue readingAndy Molinsky [Author of: ‘Reach’ and ‘Global Dexterity’]

Seth Godin

We got the opportunity to speak with our absolute idol, Seth Godin. The author of so many amazing books that we’ve reviewed in the past, like The Dip, Tribes and Purple Cow, and plenty that we will review in the future, like Linchpin, The Icarus … Continue readingSeth Godin

Pamela Slim [Author: ‘Escape from Cubicle Nation’ and ‘Body of Work’]

Pamela Slim: Author of ‘Escape from Cubicle Nation’ and ‘Body of Work’ Our previous episode summarised the biggest lessons from Pamela’s book, Escape from Cubicle Nation, and today what got to speak with her to find out a little bit more of her journey and … Continue readingPamela Slim [Author: ‘Escape from Cubicle Nation’ and ‘Body of Work’]

Scott Pape

Our interview with Scott Pape, better known as ‘The Barefoot Investor’ In our previous episode, we gave a summary of Scott’s new book, ‘The Barefoot Investor’ and how you can apply his simple strategies to better control your personal finances. The book has been at #1 on … Continue readingScott Pape

Janine Allis

Our interview with Janine Allis Janine Allis co-founded Boost Juice in the year 2000. In 2004 she was awarded Australian Businesswoman of the Year. Today, Boost Juice has 500 stores in 17 countries employing 7,000 staff and has made over $2 billion in sales. Janine … Continue readingJanine Allis

Timber Hawkeye [Author: Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless]

Our interview with Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless. Timber was working at a law firm in corporate America, but eventually realised that it wasn’t a life he wanted to live. He decided to work part time so that he could live full time. … Continue readingTimber Hawkeye [Author: Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless]