The Remix Podcast – Season 1 Episode 10 – The Rock, Exponent and Andy Weir on failure

This episode is amazing! We listen to three different clips. One is from The Rock when he was in Vancouver. The next is from The Exponent, a podcast from Ben Thompson and James Allworth that talks about tech and society. Finally, the last clip is from The Outlier Podcast where Ever Gonzales talks to founders, entrepreneurs and mavens; he talks to Andy Weir, the best selling author of The Martian.

In this freaking amazing podcast episode with three clips (three!?), Shawn and Wang talk about:

  • Clip, clip and clip – three clips in one podcast episode? How can we fit so many clips in a podcast?
  • Which celebrity does Shawn and more importantly, his wife, Deepa, love?
  • Shawn summarizes his and his wife’s celebrity crush’s life path
  • What The Rock’s story teaches us about failure
  • How failures open up opportunities
  • Why Wang disagrees with the word ‘failure’ and what he thinks it is instead
  • Why failures can be blessings
  • A story from Wang’s life on a failure that was a blessing in disguise
  • A new podcast that Wang has started listening to – Outlier
  • A story from Shawn about Chip and Dan Heath on a similar story of throwing away work
  • Wang explains the dissonant ideas that he has encountered: ship fast, ship early vs. throwing away things that are not good enough – and asks Shawn what his thoughts are about this conflict of ideas
  • Shawn explains the number one rule to businesses
  • Wang shares his thoughts on the takeaways from listening to these three clips

What do you think about failure?

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 9 – Robin Sharma, Sam Walton and the irreverence of titans

Robin Sharma used to be a litigation lawyer, but being dissatisfied with his life, he decided to walk away and pursue a life of professional speaking. He is the best selling author of The Monk who sold his Ferrari, The Leadership with no title, The Greatness Guides to name a few of his books. On his podcast, The Mastery Sessions, Robin shares a story about Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Do you know Wang Yip? I certainly don’t – Shawn provides a bit of a bio for Wang
  • Wang summarizes the competitions that he has done in Toastmasters and his plans for the future
  • Wang explains how he came about the Robin Sharma podcast
  • Why Shawn loves this story about Sam Walton so much
  • The one country that Shawn has never gone to and why he wants to go there
  • Wang shares a story about his trip in Shanghai and contrasts that with construction in Canada
  • Wang shares his takeaways from the Sam Walton story
  • Why Shawn likes observing people in the wild

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 8 – Noah Kagan talks about coming up with business ideas

Noah Kagan was employee #30 at Facebook, employee #4 at Mint and is currently the Chief Sumo at AppSumo – a website that helps entrepreneurs kicks ass (his words, not mine). Noah Kagan Presents is a podcast where Noah shares strategies on growing businesses, entrepreneurship, improving productivity, and living a happier and more successful life.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Kudos to every podcast that Shawn and Wang has clipped
  • Not a lot of people know this, but Wang consulted with a disruptor in the industry to get the idea for this podcast – find out who!
  • Wang explains why he enjoys the Noah Kagan Presents podcast show (and gets the numbers mixed up – whoops!)
  • How do you actually go about building a great business? What is the secret? How do you find a market?
  • Shawn proposes that there is another way to build a great business – one that Henry Ford and Steve Jobs did – what is it?
  • Peter Thiel and his concept of zero to one – how does that apply to creating a great business?
  • Shawn shares his thoughts on the Alberta ecosystem – why didn’t Alberta invest in other energy alternatives? Why is it so difficult for organizations to innovate?
  • How do other organizations innovate against the face of disruption?

How do you generate business ideas? Why do you think organizations find it a challenge to innovate? Let us know.

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 7 – Recode Media with Peter Kafka and Derek Thompson – are people just sheep?

Why are some things more popular than others? Why do some videos go viral? Whereas other videos go sterile (you know what I mean)? Why do people just choose whatever is popular – whether it’s music or restaurants?

Peter Kafka talks to best selling author Derek Thompson on his podcast Recode Media with Peter Kafka about a study that was done on music and popularity and we dissect the story and the answers to the above questions on this podcast.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Wang defines popularity using chocolate, and talks about how he gets influenced
  • Wang talks about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
  • Shawn talks about a documentary he saw about the number one rated restaurant in London (and it was not actually a restaurant)
  • Wang drops a Master of None reference with Aziz Ansari
  • We learn that Wang can’t walk and talk at the same time, while Shawn is amazing at it
  • What can people do about these shortcuts that we take?

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 6 – Cal Fussman and Kobe Bryant – awareness of fear

Apologies on the audio on this one Still a fire episode!

What do you get when you cross a master interviewer with one of the greatest competitors ever?

The Remix!

Half kidding – you get Cal Fussman and Kobe Bryant on a very profound and insightful podcast.¬†Cal Fussman’s podcast Big Questions has a special guest: Kobe Bryant. For those of you that don’t know Kobe (only me really), he is a recently retired professional basketball player and played for 20 years with the L.A. Lakers. and has won the NBA Championship 5 times. After Kobe retired, he started a venture capital firm and his film, Dear Basketball, was nominated for an Oscar. In this episode, Shawn and I talk about a number of interesting things including:

  • Why we renamed and rebranded our previous podcast The Dip into The Remix with Shawn and Wang
  • Kobe shares a story about when he was 4 years old and was in a karate session
  • Shawn and Wang react to Kobe’s story
  • Shawn’s transition to professional speaking and taking that first step – what drove Shawn to take that first fearful step into choosing himself?
  • Wang’s fears and what he does to conquer them
  • Wang’s tips for being uncomfortable with yourself and the concept of fear
  • An evolutionary insight from Wang (what?)
  • How the story of fear translates into innovation and disruption at companies
  • Shawn’s new podcast announced here!

If you haven’t already, please subscribe and rate and review us on iTunes. Let us know your stories of fear or times when you chose to conquer fear and what happened after.

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 5 – Inside the Hive w/ Nick Bilton – Conan on fame

Is it Co-nan o’brien? or Con-an o’brien? Conan talks with Nick Bilton who hosts a podcast called “Inside the Hive w/ Nick Bilton” and he talks about this concept of gravity and what it has to do with Hollywood and fame. Unless you’ve been living under a rock all these years, Conan O’Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer and producer and he is the host of Conan on TBS. There was a bit of drama between him and Leno on The Tonight Show but I believe that he’s come out of it much better.

In this episode, Shawn and I remix our thoughts on:

  • Shawn shares his perspective on EconTalk and how it relates with innovation
  • Wang’s recent favourite read -> Terry Crews and Manhood and why he likes Terry Crews so much
  • Conan shares a story about astronauts, Hollywood and gravity
  • Wang interprets Conan’s story and what it means for fame and Hollywood stars
  • Shawn believes that Conan’s story also applies to organizations and he shares his experience with organizations and the concept of ‘gravity’
  • How Wang stays grounded in his life and career
  • The reason why Wang touches Shawn in the audio booth (please don’t sue me)
  • Shawn working on planes and why he enjoys it so much (and why other people he knows do not work on planes)
  • EY’s move to the workplace of the future and what that means for openness and transparency

Okay, but seriously, is it Co-nan o’brien or Con-an o’brien? Let us know, subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already and rate and review us on iTunes!

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 4 – Gary Vee and Hasan Minhaj talking about cultural stereotypes and making different choices in life

When I (Wang) was younger, I wanted to be a doctor. Was it because I was Asian? Was it because my parents had forced me to? Was it because I was brainwashed by the stereotype that all Asian parents want doctor sons or daughters?

Talking to Shawn on this episode of The Remix, he can relate – his brother and my brother are both doctors and he had a huge amount of respect and admiration for those that he saw growing up that did not choose the typical path set out by propaganda, brainwashing or stereotypes (although I would argue that his career path has been anything but typical).

In this episode, Shawn and I talk about:

  • Did you know that Wang Yip is an Asian male? Yes indeed.
  • Wang’s childhood and the influence his parents had on his life
  • Why Wang wanted to be a doctor when he was younger
  • Why Shawn feels the same way as Hasan in the podcast clip we share and why he cheers on people that took different choices in life
  • Shawn’s non-traditional career path
  • How non-traditional career paths or choices be applied to our lives
  • Whether or not Shawn would recommend his daughter to go through college

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Let us know how you have made unconventional choices in life and what the results were! As Mark Twain says “whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect”.

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 3 – Daniel Pink and Dan Heath on the Power of Moments

In this episode of the Remix, we explore a brand new podcast by Dan Pink, the best selling author of Drive, A Whole New Mind, To Sell is Human and the recent book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, called 1-3-20. Dan Pink meets with an author, asks them three questions (what’s the big idea, why should I care, and what can I do / what are my key takeaways) and he does this in under 20 minutes. Dan talks to Dan Heath on his and his brother’s new book called “The Power of Moments”. The book explores why certain brief experiences can change us and how to create such moments in our lives.

This episode is full of interesting moments (get it?):

  • How do funny safety instruction videos actually make Southwest more money?
  • What are the memorable moments in our lives?
  • How does Motley Fool onboard their employees?
  • How important are partners in our lives?
  • What can banks do to create powerful moments?
  • How do we know when we are feeling good or feeling bad? A rule of thumb from the Tribe of Mentors

What are some of the most memorable and powerful moments in your lives? What makes them so memorable? Let us know what you think about this episode and the power of moments!

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 2 – Recode Decode and appearing smart in meetings with Sarah Cooper

Meetings. Productive time spent together or necessary evil? Chances are in the past week, you have attended a meeting that may not have been as productive as it could have been. We have both attended a number of meetings and worried about whether or not we looked smart in the meeting¬† and that is why this is a timely podcast episode. On Kara Swisher’s podcast, Recode Decode, she talks to Sarah Cooper, a former Googler who witnessed and later wrote a book on ways to appear smart in meetings.

What do we talk about in this episode?

  • Feedback that we have both received about the podcast and the hosts and what we are going to do to improve
  • Tactics to appear smart in meetings including venn diagrams, fractions, repeating what people have said very slowly, scaling, taking a step back
  • Times when Wang has looked or appeared smart in meetings
  • A situation Shawn has encountered with a partner
  • One great way to appear smart and have effective meetings
  • Tactics that Shawn has seen to appear smart in a meeting
  • Shawn’s strategy for decreasing ineffective meetings
  • Shawn’s suggestion for changing conference calls or instant meeting
  • Wang’s hypothetical formula for rank vs. meetings

Subscribe to us on Google Play, Stitcher, iTunes and leave us a rating and review. If you have tricks to appear smart in meetings or have tricks to actually be smart in meetings or for having effective meetings, let us know!

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The Remix – Season 1 Episode 1 – James Altucher and Jeff Goins discussing Chris Rock and his stand up

We are back baby and it is amazing! Shawn and I reunite on a new podcast called The Remix where we listen to and curate our favourite podcasts and share the best takeaways, along with our perspective, on these podcasts.

In the first episode of The Remix, we talk about:

  • What we have been up to in our short hiatus
  • A shout out to Karen Unland @karenunland and her help in revitalizing the podcast
  • Why we like James Altucher despite his ‘mediocre’ podcast picture
  • Chris Rock and his process for stand up and creating jokes
  • What we like about Chris Rock’s process
  • Shawn’s concept of documenting vs. creating
  • Neil Strauss and his process for writing and editing books
  • Times when both Wang and Shawn have acted vulnerable, failed and what they learned
  • Wang’s latest obsessions in the past 6 months
  • Big news from Shawn on his career

Hit us up! Let us know what you think on iTunes about Chris Rock, some of your favourite podcasts that you think we should listen to and times when you have experimented, failed and what you have learned from it.

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