Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 26 Gary Vaynerchuk on complainers and those that are not winning in life

Welcome to our new Gary Vaynerchuk followers! As some of you loyal followers know, Wang is not the biggest fan of Gary Vee. Why? There’s nothing specific, just that Wang is not a big fan of Gary. Shawn shares a clip where Gary is doing an interview on BBC radio (UK) and they ask Gary about the complainers in life who are not winning or ahead in life.

Is this the turning point in Wang’s life? Will he eventually listen to Gary Vee’s podcasts on a regular basis? Find out on this episode.

Here’s a short recap of the items we discuss in our podcast:

  • Shawn asks Wang about a review that he read on the last episode of the podcast – who left the review?
  • Gary Vee’s evolution over the time that we have followed him
  • Gary vs. Wang – who would win? (Spoiler: Gary)
  • Who we create the podcasts for and why it may not appeal to everyone
  • The benefit of having two hosts
  • Gary’s response to the complainers in life
  • Shawn’s thoughts on the complainers and why he agrees with Gary
  • Wang shares his key takeaways from Gary’s passionate response
  • Shawn shares a story of a woman who asked for his advice on innovating their company and what he told her
  • Ask for forgiveness or ask for permission?
  • Shawn shares an unusual piece of advice for employees in companies
  • Wang’s advice for those that do not have the time to innovate

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Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 25 – Vanessa Van Edwards on social skills

We in Shawn’s house now! How important are social skills to you? Do you know exactly what to say to start a conversation? End a conversation? The exact questions to ask to have great conversations? If you’re like me (socially awkward), then the answer is probably no and I recommend learning from Vanessa Van Edwards, a best-selling author and a ‘professional people watcher’ who has broken down social skills into a science that anyone can practice and apply to their lives. For example, a great question to ask instead of “how’s it going” is to ask “what’s been the high point in your day so far?”

In this episode of the Remix with Shawn and Wang, we hear a clip from the Jordan Harbinger Show where the host (Jordan Harbinger, formerly of the Art of Charm) dissects the top performers in the world and deconstructs these into insights that you can apply into your life. We hear a clip from Vanessa and other tidbits like:

  • Wang and Shawn share our appreciation for our better halves
  • Wang shares the back story of the Jordan Harbinger and the Art of Charm
  • Wang and Shawn have a mock conversation – Shawn shares his technique for ending a conversation
    • Did you know Monterey (California) has a lot of people that look like Wang? I didn’t.
  • What do jokes have to do with ending a conversation? Find out from Shawn
  • Wang shares a technique for ending conversations from Demetri Martin
  • How Wang ends conversations – he has to rely on others…unfortunately
  • We transition into the social skills needed for group conversations – Shawn talks about his strategy for getting into an open circle conversation
  • Wang is a social genius when it comes to entering group conversations (not) – learn what not to do and learn a technique from Vanessa on entering group conversations
  • Is it weird to have a process for social interactions? or weird to take notes about people?
  • We take the time to thank one of our reviewers

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Let us know what you think about these social skills? Do you have a way of entering group conversations? Ending conversations?

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Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 24 – Barbara Corcoran and her secret to productivity

One of my favourite quotes is from Gretchen Rubin: “what you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while”. It’s a quote that I think about a lot because to me, it means that what you do on a regular basis (brushing your teeth, being grateful, meditating, exercising) has a bigger impact than what you do once in a while (e.g., going to the doctor, attending a conference).

This is why I was so interested in hearing about Barbara’s secret to productivity. Barbara Corcoran was recently on Daymond John’s new podcast called “Rise and Grind” where she shared her story about how she got to where she is today. Barbara is a speaker, consultant, entrepreneur, author, TV personality and she is best known as one of the Sharks on Shark Tank (similar to Daymond). In this episode of the Remix Podcast, Shawn and I talk about:

  • Who is the brain and the brawn on The Remix?
  • Why is Wang listening to Rise and Grind? What is he taking away from the podcast?
  • Find out Wang’s and Shawn’s favourite Sharks and  we discuss whether the Sharks’ personalities are real personalities or ‘TV’ personalities
  • We hear a clip from Barbara about creating lists every 3 – 4 months and what she puts on the list and what she does with the list after
  • Shawn has been doing this for years – find out exactly what he did and what he has learned about the world
  • Shawn’s thoughts on how to do things without resources like money
  • How do you figure out what you should be doing and what you should let others do – Shawn shares an anecdote from his consulting days
  • The importance of having the right mindset at different salary levels
  • We debate between hiring generalists and specialists and we argue about what are the skills that everyone should have these days no matter what job you have

“Double down on the things that you’re good at. Screw everything else.  Get somebody else to do it. Outsource / crowdsource automate things as much as possible…. the most important thing on the planet is your time…YOLO”

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Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 23 – Grant Baldwin and Stephen Shapiro on the brick activity

We are super excited to bring you another episode of the Remix Podcast where we learn about professional speaking and a bit of the things that Shawn does when he speaks professionally.

In this episode, we feature a clip from Grant Baldwin who has a podcast called The Speaker Lab. Grant talks to professional speakers to understand how they have developed their speaking business, the tactics and tools that they use and other questions you may have about professional speaking.

Shawn and I also talk about:

  • Who has Wang been thinking about recently?
  • Who is Robert Shapiro? Is he related to Stephen Shapiro, the guest that is featured in Grant’s podcast?
  • Does Stephen Shapiro’s backstory sound familiar to you? Who does it remind you of? Why?
  • We hear a clip from Stephen Shapiro on the brick activity and Shawn’s thoughts on human centred design
  • What did Wang takeaway and learn from the clip?
  • Wang talks about a course he is taking from IDEO and what he has learned from the course
  • Shawn shares an amazing story from Freakonomics about Kobayashi – the famous competitive eater and how he was able to beat the competition
  • The importance of flipping the question and reframing the problem
  • Shawn shares another great story about Thomas Edison and the phonograph and the importance of reframing the question or problem
  • The concept of speaking as an experience vs. a lecture and Shawn’s opinion on this concept
  • Wang shares a story of when he sold pizza in university – a ‘problem’ that he reframed

You know what to do! Hit us up on Twitter with your questions and thoughts on this episode.

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Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 22 – Parenting advice from Daniel Coyle and Michael J. Mauboussin

Do you have kids? Are you interested in helping them become the best adults they can be (of course you are)! Listen to this episode of the Remix where we get parenting advice from two podcast clips and Shawn and Wang’s thoughts on this advice.

In this episode, we hear a clip from Daniel Pink’s 1-3-20 podcast where he talks to Daniel Coyle, author, best-selling author of multiple books but in particular, the recently published The Culture Code which explores the secrets of highly successful groups. We also hear a clip from The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish who runs the Farnam Street Blog. Michael Mauboussin is managing director and head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse and is a best-selling author and who Shane considers a “Decision Making Jedi”.

Recap of the Remix:

  • Wang asks Shawn about his journey as a parent and a Dad and his experience with his baby girl Maya
  • What Shawn and Deepa (Shawn’s wife) fights about (and a consideration for ambitious parents that want to have kids)
  • The personality that Maya has taken on and who she is more like, Shawn or Deepa
  • When Wang will have a ‘little Wang’
  • We hear a clip from Dan Pink’s 1-3-20 podcast where he talks to 1 author / book, asks them 3 questions, and he does this in under 20 minutes. In this clip, Daniel Coyle shares his advice on how to have better conversations with kids.
  • What Shawn will take away from this clip for his conversations at home
  • How Wang has applied the concept of vulnerability at work
  • Wang shares an embarrassing story of when he first went to OrangeTheory
  • The question that Shawn never asks people and how it has changed his life
  • The celebrity that Wang and Shawn are crushing on and why they like this celebrity
  • We hear a second clip from Shane Parrish’s podcast The Knowledge Project where he explores how to improve the decisions that we make in our lives. In this clip, Michael shares his advice on how to develop your kid’s problem solving abilities.
  • Wang and Shawn talk about our role as parents and as consultants – should we play a different role?
  • Wang shares his thoughts on how parents should be teaching their kids
  • A mind blowing concept on schools and universities and Wang asks Shawn his thoughts on whether Maya should be going to university.

What parenting advice do you have for Shawn (and Wang)? How do you have better conversations with kids? Do you agree that schools are engineering kids to be employees and not entrepreneurs?

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Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 21 – Neen James and why attention pays

Shawn and I (Wang) bring in so many great podcasts that inevitably, we get some of them mixed up. In this episode of the Remix, I made a terrible mistake. What I thought was a clip from the Solopreneur Hour with Michael O’Neal (a fantastic podcast that I was listening to recently) was actually a clip from the equally wonderful podcast ‘Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do by Thom Singer’. My apologies to our listeners for re-remixing things and of course, attributing the wrong clip to the wrong podcast (in fact, my mistake was because I was not paying enough attention which is the central theme of this episode).

In this episode, Shawn and I talk about why attention pays and:

  • Harold and Kumar – what? And Neil Patrick Harris’ meteoric success
  • Wang mistakenly thinks that the clip is from Solopreneur Hour but it is actually from Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do – apologies to Michael O’Neal and Thom Singer. Thom is key note speaker, best selling author, professional speaker and the host of Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do where he talks to business leaders, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and others on some of the coolest things that they are working on.
  • Shawn’s hidden connection with Neen James – the person we are featuring in this clip!
  • Why Wang decided to clip this episode and the concept of attention as the reason for Peloton (and other companies’) successes
  • Shawn’s deep dark secret that has gotten him free meals, free rides, free hotel stays and more
  • Wang’s view of conversations, especially conversations with people that you see on a regular basis
  • Shawn shares an example of his deep dark secret in practice with his mentor Mike Brodie and Wang shares a story that he heard from Mike Brodie and how it applies to Toastmasters

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Let us know what you think! How do you remember specific things with contacts or acquaintances?

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Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 20 – Scooter Braun and narcissism as the key to success?

How great do you think you are at your job? How awesome are you at basketball? Soccer? Chess? Poker? Do you believe that you are better than everyone else? If so, that narcissism and ego might be the key to success.

In this episode, we hear a clip from the Bill Simmons Podcast. Who is Bill Simmons? Bill is the CEO of The Ringer – a sports and pop culture blog and podcast network and formally worked at ESPN, HBO and even wrote for Jimmy Kimmel.  The clip features Scooter Braun who is an American talent manager and represents Justin Bieber, Arianna Grande, Psy and others.

Shawn and I remix this clip and share our thoughts on:

  • Why Shawn was skeptical about insights from Scooter Braun
  • What Wang thinks is the key to success (and it’s not narcissism) and he shares a story from badminton’s superstar
  • The situations where Shawn thinks that narcissism can work and where narcissism can’t work
  • Wang presents a situation comparing a team full of superstars vs. a team with only one superstar
  • Shawn talks about why a team full of superstars can work and presents a case with the Golden State Warriors
  • Why Shawn thinks that Stephen Curry is one of the greatest players of all time
  • The case for support players and the case with the Miami Heat when they had Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade
  • Why narcissism just does not work in management consulting
  • Wang asks Shawn how many times in his life as a consultant where he does not know the answer
  • In terms of his future, what Shawn will take away from this episode
  • A story when Shawn and his friend hosted a show and were narcissistic

Interested in hearing more stories? Other things, other than basketball, that Wang has no clue about?

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Is narcissism the key to success? Let us know.

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Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 19 – Andy Grove and how to avoid the sunk cost fallacy

Have you ever worked hard at something? Put your blood, sweat and tears into a goal. Put every free minute that you had into the idea. Worked weekends and nights to make the idea come to life. And then at the last minute, you had a decision to make – either continue with this idea, the one that you’ve spent a considerable and not insignificant amount of time, energy and effort into already or abandon it completely. What would you do?

This is exactly the situation that Andy Grove, the founder of Intel got into – he had a decision to make as Intel faced a number of competitors in the memory business (Intel was originally a manufacturer of memory and RAM). In this episode, we hear a clip about Andy Grove’s decision from Dan Heath’s podcast Choiceology – a podcast that explores how we make decisions and the hidden factors that can influence the decisions that we make and we learn:

  • Why Wang has so much energy?
  • Why Wang is so interested in decision making and what he suggests that everyone does
  • Why Shawn disagrees and what you should do instead
  • The story of how Andy Grove decided to pivot into the processor business
  • The question that Andy Grove asked himself and that Shawn will be stealing in his framework
  • The one piece of advice that Shawn gave an audience when he was asked on a panel
  • Why change is so difficult for organizations and the reason that organizations get disrupted
  • One thing at work that Wang has tried to disrupt or innovate
  • Some examples that Shawn has seen where organizations will quickly be disrupted but are ignoring it for now
  • Why Shawn thinks that the metrics for economic development is not as forward thinking as it could be
  • Shawn and Wang discuss crowdsourcing and freelancers and why firms are not worried about these models

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What are your thoughts on making decisions? Do you keep a decision journal? What are the questions that you ask yourself to get yourself out of a rut? Let us know. We will make sure to feature your questions, ratings or reviews in a future episode dedicated to our listeners.

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Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 18 – Howard Schultz and expanding Starbucks in China

“I’d like a coffee, venti, two sugars and two creams please”

It seems quintessential these days to have a coffee in the morning. Many of my friends and coworkers cannot go through a day without coffee. But how did it get this way? How did places like Starbucks become so mainstream in our lives? A lot of it has to do with Howard Schultz – the CEO of Starbucks who saw an opportunity to bring coffee and the Italian culture of coffee into America.

In this episode, we listen to a clip from Reid Hoffman’s (Co-founder and former CEO of LinkedIn and serial entrepreneur) podcast called Masters of Scale. In the podcast, Reid interviews founders, CEOs and entrepreneurs to understand how they took their companies from zero to a gazillion.

In this episode, we remix our thoughts on:

  • Why Wang seems calm and confident – is it because he doesn’t drink coffee? Why doesn’t he drink coffee?
  • Shawn and his invincibility when he drinks coffee
  • Reid Hoffman’s podcast Masters of Scale and compare it to NPR’s podcasts (hey our podcast is a lot of work too!)
  • A story of Howard Schultz trying to break into the Chinese market and the key breakthrough moment for Starbucks
  • The key takeaways that Wang took away from the episode – a concept called ‘ethnographic research’
  • Why Wang has a huge amount of respect for CEOs who are deep in their weeds
  • Whether Wang knew about this key breakthrough moment beforehand
  • Shawn and his thoughts on how people of his similar culture would react to a Starbucks career
  • The failures of tech companies in China and why that might be the case
  • Shawn’s experience with how different cultures can affect organizations and the way they run their business – one story from UAE and a story from him trying to create the next biggest app and what he learned about teenage girls
  • The key takeaway for Shawn that he learned from Howard Schultz

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Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 17 – Seth Godin and the Grand Whisper

Seth Godin is one of the few people that I (Wang) would call a genius. He publishes every day on his blog ( and if you visit his website, it’s a picture of Seth with a single word next to it “Go”. He recently created a new podcast called “Akimbo” which is an ancient word meaning bend in the river or bend in a bow and I think it’s an awesome word that describes the force that makes things happen, which Seth is.

In this episode of the Remix Podcast, we pontificate on:

  • The different names that Wang has been called and how his parents came to that name
  • Wang’s nickname “Mr Jobs” and the story of how he got the nickname
  • Seth Godin tells a poetic story weaving in Google, Dropbox, Momofuku and more – and we share our key takeaways from listening to this clip
  • How to market in this day and age, especially given that our attention is limited and being chased by more and more companies these days
  • Wang shares a story about soy milk and how it came to be so popular
  • The Remix Podcast and how it is getting better and better every day (better content, better stories, better hosts)
  • Wang shares the secret to Momofuku’s success

We would love to meet some of our most devout fans and listeners! Let us know what you think about The Remix Podcast and the podcasts that we share. Do you have other podcasts that you think would be worth remixing?

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