Thinker's Apprentice #40- Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Thinker's Apprentice #40- Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

In this podcast we talk about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and how they relate to your journey of growth and self-development and how they may inform why you're not able to pursue that journey at this time. Topics include:

  • A call to action to begin the podcast with me soliciting feedback from the listeners on what they like, what they don't like, what they want to hear more of and any questions they have for a future Q&A episode. 

  • An introduction to Maslow's Hierarchy. What it is and why we care.

  • I break down each of the 5 levels of the pyramid, one level at a time beginning at physiological needs, and then moving through safety needs, social belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.

  • We spend some time discussing each level and how it pertains to your basic human needs.

  • We spend some extra time on level 5 because it's unique in that it's not a human requirement and many people will never pursue self-actualization even if their level's 1-4 needs are met.

  • I propose a basic concept of determining what your self-actualization would look like: If money and obligations weren't a factor then what would you be doing? That's the target of your self-actualization.

  • And in this week's Call-to-Action we all take a long, hard look at our level 1-4 needs and determine if we are meeting the basic requirements for humans to survive. Because if our basic needs aren't being met then our pursuit of growth and self-development will not become a priority. 

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Thinker's Apprentice #39- Failure

Thinker's Apprentice #39- Failure

In this episode we talk about failure and how to use it as a powerful tool for growth and self-development. Topics discussed include:

  • The breakdown of my 2019 marathon goal. How I chose it, what the plan was, and where it went south.

  • I mention David Goggins' book Can't Hurt Me, which I highly recommend to anybody that needs some inspiration or motivation. 

  • I dive deeper into the execution of my marathon plan and explain the domino effect that resulted in 2 knee injuries. 

  • I use this example to highlight the ways that failure can be used as a tool for growth. 

  • I talk about things to avoid after a failure, mainly denial and rationalization.

  • That segues into accepting and embracing failure, which means taking full ownership of your failure.

  • Then we talk about how to do a post mortem on your failure in order to determine the "cause of death" of your goal so that you can learn from your mistakes and grow. 

  • I talk about looking at failure as a fork in the road instead of the end of a road. This goes deep into the types of decisions that define who we are and who we become as individuals. 

  • I explain why failure is a necessary and inevitable part of life if you hope to ever achieve anything meaningful. 

  • Then in this week's Call-to-Action we all pull a failure out of our past and do a post mortem on it and determine what that failure taught us and how it continues to inform the decisions we make today.

  • I use an example of my time as an EMT in the Coast Guard and some hard failures I experienced during that time and how they taught me a lesson that has stuck with me ever since. 

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Thinker's Apprentice #38- Personality Testing

Thinker's Apprentice #38- Personality Testing

In this episode we talk about the MBTI-style personality testing and how it can be used as a tool of growth and self-development in all aspects of your lives. Topics discussed include:

  • What the MBTI, or Meyers Briggs Type Indicator, is and what it tells us about ourselves.

  • The 4 sets of 2 opposites that make up the 16 unique personality types.

  • I go into introversion and extraversion, sensing and intuition, thinking and feeling, and judging and perceiving. Then we do a little guessing game to see if you can guess your personality type before you take the test.

  • I dig into my own results and explain how I can use them to inform my future actions and decisions. I identified some of my blind spots that need work and I learned what types of work best suit my style. 

  • I also had my wife do an MBTI and I explained where our 2 personality types would run into some troubles and how to work around them and how to maximize our strengths to improve our relationship. 

  • I also explain how this podcast was affected and influenced by the various aspects of my personality. 

  • So using my own results and life experiences I explained how I would use this tool to self-actualize. And then we moved on to this week's Call-to-Action. This week we take a personality assessment on 16personalities.com. It only takes about 12 minutes and the report it gives you (for free) is extremely valuable and actionable. 

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Thinker's Apprentice #37- Play

Thinker's Apprentice #37- Play

This podcast is all about play and why it's crucial not just for kids, but for adults as well. Most of the podcast was derived from the book, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, by Stuart Brown MD and Christopher Vaughn. Topics include:

  • Why we play at all. what is the purpose of play.

  • The cognitive advantages of play.

  • Why we stop playing as adults. 

  • The 8 different play personalities.

  • The 3 subtypes of social play: friendship and belonging, rough and tumble play, and celebratory and ritual play.

  • I do a deep dive into the rough and tumble play and explain why it's important and why parents need to let it happen.

  • Then we talk about how play is the lubrication that allows societies to function.

  • And in this week's Call-to-Action we play. That's it. plain and simple. Play for the pure joy of it and have fun because you deserve to. 

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Thinker's Apprentice #36- Communication

Thinker's Apprentice #36- Communication

In this episode we talk all about communication including:

  • The origin of communication, or more specifically the impact of our learning how to communicate.

  • How communication has enabled every achievement our species has ever accomplished since it's inception

  • I define communication a few ways and give some examples of communication from a theoretical perspective

  • I dig into the common statistics many of us have heard about communication as it pertains to words, tone, and non-verbal.

  • Then we talk about how we have now removed the tone and body language and rely simply on the words with text messaging, social media, emails, etc. And then I talk about the extreme impact this is having on our society (hint: it's mostly negative)

  • Then we move into echo chambers and how they create dogmas out of unsubstantiated beliefs.

  • We move into the pure vitriol and venom that is spewed online every day as well as the way people generally try to make their case for the things they believe in (hint: it's mostly fallacious logic)

  • Then we talk about silencing the opposition as opposed to debating your ideas versus theirs. And we also talk about some atrocities of the last hundred years that began in much the same way.

  • We talk about moral arguments and drawing conclusions based on emotion and then trying to prove it right after you've already decided you believe it.

  • I provide an example of much of what I'm talking about with our current political situation in America. And then I explain why we NEED both parties for the country to operate properly. 

  • I debunk the myth of pure evil

  • And then I talk about recreational outrage, and the type of people that engage in it. 

  • And for our Call-to-Action this week I challenge the listeners to challenge one of their deepest held beliefs and try to prove it incorrect. Find the ways it is wrong. Then find someone on the opposite side of the argument and have a civil conversation and try to understand their point of view and how they arrived at it. You may be surprised to learn that they aren't evil or ignorant and that from their perspective things might even make sense. You might learn something. 

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