They say that with age comes wisdom, and while I’m not sure if that’s true, I have definitely picked up on a few things over the course of my time on this Earth. One thing I’ve noticed is that many cliché sayings are far more than just cliché. They are as true as true can get. They are wisdom in a tiny, bite-sized morsel. A great example of this is, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. Every one of us has benefited in some way from knowing someone at some time in our lives. Maybe it was as small as getting a discount at a local business. Maybe it was as large as getting an interview for a job that ended up cascading into your lifelong career. Maybe it was someone introducing you to the love of your life. No amount of interview prep or reading ‘Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus’ could get you in front of the right people at the right time. This begs the question, why do we not focus more time on trying to get out there and meet more people? Why do we not build our networks to allow more of these wonderful things to happen in our lives? Today’s guest is a networking natural and decided to start a matchmaking/networking business. Emily helps people build their networks with like-minded, amazing people that just might be able to help move the needle in their lives.
Money. It’s one of those things that most of us spend a little too much time thinking about and could probably use a little more of. Today’s guest, Mark Podolsky, was very much like the rest of us until one day a friend introduced him to the concept of land investing. Rather than flipping real estate, just buying raw land and turning around and selling it for a quick profit. A massive, quick profit. Mark thought his friend was making it sound too good to be true, but sure enough, his first piece of land he sold for close to 10x what he bought it for. Now, many years later, Mark has built a 7 figure business buying and selling land, and he now educates people on how they can do the same. Over three episodes Mark will explain the basics of the process to us and defend his claim that land investing is the best passive income model around.
Most of us, at some point in our lives, have a pet that is one of our best friends. I, for one, am a dog person. I absolutely love it whenever I’m out and about and I get to meet a new dog. I also own two dogs who, next to my wife, make me laugh and smile and fill me up with good emotions more than anybody else in my life. They call dogs ‘Man’s best friend’, and to me that sounds about right, but I definitely believe that any pet can fill that best friend role. It makes sense then that we would treat our pets with the same level of love and care that we treat anyone else when they get sick. Today’s guest, Dr. Sarah Boston, is one of 50 fellowship trained surgical vet oncologists in the world. If your dog or cat gets cancer, she is the amazing person you would want to treat them.
The amount of things we take for granted in any given moment are astronomical. Right now, you can read this, for instance. In a moment you’re about to listen to this episode. That means that someone created language. It was passed down to you. You didn’t have any inherent learning disabilities that kept you from assimilating the language or learning how to read. Someone taught that language to you. The list goes on and on. At the very top of that list, and yet somehow often overlooked, are our senses. You can read this because you were born with the ability to see, and you still have that ability today. You can listen to this podcast and all of the beautiful, wonderful noises in the world because you have the ability to hear. What would you do if that ability started slipping away, or went away completely? Or if you had a child that was not born with hearing the way that you were? You would go and see an intelligent, caring audiologist like today’s guest, Lauren Keller.
When most of us are in school we don’t know exactly what we want to be when we grow up. Yet, we know that we’re going to work for someone. We put a lot of effort into learning as much as possible, grooming ourselves to be good employees for our future employers. Then, we go through the rigors of career fairs, mock interviews, and finally the real thing. Somehow, it never occurs to us, most of us, that we could spend this time and effort trying to find a way to work for ourselves. Trying to do our own thing. Today’s guests had this epiphany during their senior year of college in the midst of their own get-a-job hunt. At the end of the year they were both offered jobs, which they later rethought and rejected, due to a budding fashion accessory company they launched. A year later and they’re doing just fine having never worked a day for anyone but themselves.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” These are the words of the Statue of Liberty. Back when the statue was placed in New York, and even more true before it was ever erected, these were not hollow words. Many people you ask in America can trace back their lineage to a poor family in another part of the world that was looking for a new start. Men and women looking for a chance to give their children, and their children’s children, a better life. However, since the statue was placed in New York in 1886, the U.S. and world population have increased 6 fold and 7 fold, respectively. A lot has changed since America was a young country, and it unfortunately does not look like we can lift quite as bright a lamp beside our golden door as we did for our ancestors when they made the journey. Today we speak with an immigration attorney to learn about the what life looks like for immigrants that want to come to America, and how that picture becomes murkier with the governance of the new administration.
When I was a kid my sister and I used to play video games together while listening to music. The games weren’t too particularly complicated back then, so it was perfect to turn the sound to the game on and turn some music on instead. Since we were kids we didn’t have too many games, or too big of a music selection, so to this day I can still remember every single album tied to every single game we would play it with. Some games I don’t even remember the title, but I sure do know what we listened to with it. Samurai Showdown and TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool. Some cartoony Mario Cart-esque snowboarding game and The Wedding Singer soundtrack. I have countless memories like this from my life where I can remember exactly what song was playing with what memory. Music is a pretty powerful thing! Today’s guest knows all about the power the music and its tie to emotion and memory. Chris is a composer and specifically he regularly composes music for movies. Some pieces that are out in the forefront, and some pieces that stay back and subtly influence a scene. He’ll tell us all about both and the music writing process.
Wine? Check. Travel? Check. Why do we need to complicate our lives with much more than that? Today’s guest Brent realized that he sure as hell didn’t. He left his prestigious job as an Engineer to travel the world and make (and drink) wine, and he’ll tell you how you can do the same.
I have a confession to make. I am a long time milk-aholic. In my youth I drank it straight, in high-school and college I would go through a gallon a week absolutely drowning bowls of cereal multiple times a day, and now that I’ve given up straight dairy and things like cereal, I’ve replaced liquid milk with it’s solid butter and cheese cousins. Who doesn’t love a salty gruyere or a creamy brie? Who doesn’t love butter on…everything? Yep all of my life I’ve owed a huge debt to our good friend, the dairy cow. Today we learn about how our amazing friends are fed and what impacts the finished product that we love.
Do you consider yourself a pretty discerning customer? Do you like having cool stuff instead of having lame stuff? Well, the whole reason that people like us are even allowed to be discerning and have nice things is thanks to people like today’s guest, Jimmy Huynh. Jimmy is an industrial designer which means it’s his job to make products look nice and function well. Apple would be the primary example of a company that has considered industrial design a top priority. Jimmy will break down the fun and difficulties of working in the industrial design world.
F-R-A-N-K, is there a more beautiful combination of 5 letters in the Latin alphabet? Frank and I have been friends since we were 8 years old. He is, and always has been, one of the most genuine and giving people that I know. When I had the idea for my podcast 2 years ago I called Frank and told him all about it and asked it I could have his help with editing the audio of the show. Frank, you see, is an audio engineer for a living. Since I had just quit my job to start the podcast I had nothing to offer Frank other than digital high-fives and my thanks, and yet, Frank being Frank said that he would love to help in any way he could. He proceeded to chop together an awesome intro for me that made the show feel ‘real’ and to this day edits the audio on every episode of the show. Today we get to take a look at the man behind the curtain, Frank.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you have had some not fun times with customer support in your life. Perhaps even reading the words customer support makes you have flashbacks of one such time that really takes the cake? Deep down we know that we should be happy that companies even have customer support, and yet you’d be hard pressed to find someone that has a favorable opinion of their time spent on the phone trying to solve a problem. Today’s guest, João (Joe), is the manager of a customer support team for an international travel website. He’ll give us the inside scoop on what it’s like to deal with all the haters and live life on the other side of the telephone.
Do you ever wonder where your food came from? What sorts of approvals and checks and balances it had to pass before making its way to you? As we recently learned in the ‘Organic Farmer’ episode, getting produce on your table is not as simple as you might think. For better or for worse, if you live in the Western world your food will endure quite a bit of scrutiny before it ever makes it to you. Today we learn about another side of this food chain. Natalie was recently employed as a North Pacific Groundfish Observer for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division (FMA)…quite a mouthfull. Natalie’s long title meant that she lived on fishing boats off the coast of Alaska and made sure that everyone was following the rules. Thanks to people like Natalie sustainable fishing that makes minimal impact on the overall ecosystem is a reality in the majority of the United States.
I have a question for you. What is the one thing that permeates EVERY aspect of consumer interaction with a company? If you looked at the title of this episode you can probably guess that the answer is the brand. Think about it. When Chipotle decides to add a new menu item the number one question they need to ask themselves, even more important than ‘Does this taste good?’, is ‘Does this new item fit in with our brand?’. When Apple decides to appoint a new employee as a speaker at an event, ‘Does this person represent our brand?’. When Target decides to update the lighting inside their stores, ‘Does these lights feel cohesive with our brand?’. It’s pretty crazy when you really think about it. The bigger and more successful the company, the smaller and more mundane the change that needs to pass the brand test. Today we learn all about this test and how we can better cultivate our own brands.
Food. It’s pretty important, ya know? There’s the whole entire ‘don’t eat it and you’ll die’ thing, but for most of us food is so much more than just death prevention. It’s our means to feeling good physically. It’s our means to feeling comforted mentally. The invention of agriculture was our main reason for coming together in large scale societies. Pretty important stuff. It’s no surprise then that we’re always trying to think of ways to make it better. Currently, better means organic. Today we speak to a large scale organic farm manager, Doug Kaba, to get his perspective on what better means, and learn more about the farm side of the farm to table movement.
I know, I know, we just recently had two episodes about sex…but something those episodes taught me is that sex is a giant topic with so many ins and outs and little intricacies that it can never really be fully explored. It also taught me that we all have our own relationship with sex, our own knowledge of it, and our own lack of knowledge of it. It is with those lessons that I decided to invite this week’s guest on the show and do another sex filled two part interview. Amy Baldwin is the owner of Pure Pleasure sex shop in Santa Cruz, CA, and is also a certified sex educator. Different from a typical HHI interview, I put out a call to listeners to send in your sex related questions. In part one we mostly cover questions sent in by women, in part two, men. Enjoy.
Sports is generally not known for having high caliber reporting. In fact, most of the time when I’m watching I’m amazed at how boring the questions seem that are being asked on the sidelines. But despite this perceived laid back nature there is a ton of work that goes into sports reporting. I’m talking stats. I’m talking about demanding an interview from someone that doesn’t want to talk to you right now. I’m talking about trying to say something intelligent while not overwhelming the interviewee and trying to keep everything under 30 seconds. There’s a whole lot that goes into it. And that’s just the sideline reporting side of things. Today we speak with Angela Lauren, who has been there and done that with just about every job in the sports reporter field.
Sex. It pretty much makes the world go round. They say that nearly every major invention ever can be traced back to a desire to impress someone that you are sexually attracted to. Moreover, adoption of new media and tech over the past 50 years has been heavily influenced by sex and the porn industry. One of the major reasons VHS won over the Betamax format was VHS was the main format for porn. By the late 1970s, erotic film accounted for over half of all VHS sales in the United States. On the internet 13% of all searches are for erotic content, somewhere between 4-30% of all traffic is for porn, and at any second 30,000,000 unique people are viewing porn online. Online payment was invented to collect money on porn sites. Makes you wonder what the future will hold with virtual reality and artificial intelligence…actually it doesn’t, it’s going to be a lot of porn and sex. Something this all encompassing takes a lot of time to talk about, and this will be the first of many of those talks. Today’s guest, Maxine Holloway, is a porn actress and director, live show actress and director, an escort, a sex activist, and a college level sex educator that has her masters in public health. As you can imagine, we had a lot to talk about.
Cancer. It’s probably the scariest, most feared word in the English language. It’s a word that none of us ever want to hear and yet, surprisingly, about 40-50% of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetime. That means that it’s a near guarantee that you or someone you are very close to will get cancer. Today’s guest, Dr. Sarah Boston, is one of the leading veterinary cancer surgeons in the world. A few years ago her professional and personal life merged when she found a lump on her neck that she had a bad feeling about. Sarah then became her own advocate on the long journey to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” For the majority of human history these words were a great motivator, but probably not very realistic. There was a whole lot that just plain and simple could not be done. Then, with the advent of computers, that statement seemed a bit more true. Those with enough time and money could tackle all sorts of problems. More recently, with the proliferation of the internet and smartphones, it would seem that statement is darn near fact. Apple realized this fact back in 2010 and coined the phrase “There’s an app for that”. Today there are tools online that can help just about anybody program an app to do just about anything. Matt is one such anybody and in just a few short months he learned how to program apps that solved his problems.
What do you believe in? Do you only believe in what you can see and touch? Do people say that you’re the most gullible person in the world and you’ll believe anything? Are you religious, or is science your only deity? Where do you stand on the occult and mysterious? In the past people that chose to balk at religion and consider themselves married to science and logic could sleep soundly only believing in the physical world that science explained. Then came quantum physics, and with it a bunch of unnerving and miraculous observations without explanation. Suddenly being ‘logical’ and ‘scientific’ didn’t look so different from being a believer. Things in the world of mystery and science fiction were now sounding more possible and plausible in the world of actual science. Of particular interest to me, and the focus of today’s episode, is tarot. Ask a question, pick some cards, and they will help guide your future. Sound like BS? It also sounds an awful lot like the law of attraction mixed with some quantum mechanics helping to guide your life.
Cities. Suburbs. Rural country. These are three very different and distinct areas that we often categorize, subcategorize, and most importantly separate. But what if aspects of each could move and fit into each other? What if the most important and vital aspect of one could be moved into the others? Farming and growing a sustainable, real people feeding amount of agriculture is often thought of as something that can only be done out in rural land. However, people like today’s guests are using a little bit of technology and creativity to help bring agriculture to an urban setting, and from the sound of it things are going very well.
There are not many foods that are irrevocably linked to days or events in our lives. Turkey, for instance, for people in the U.S. on Thanksgiving. There are fewer foods still that share their tie with events throughout the world, across cultures. Go to a birthday party in Japan and you will find a birthday cake. Go to a wedding in Switzerland and you will certainly enjoy some wedding cake. When you really think about it, cake is in some pretty rarified air. It makes since then that some people get really into the art and craft of making truly amazing cakes. Today’s guest, Corrie Rasmussen, explains the hobby and career of cake decorating.
Do you like to exercise and consider yourself pretty fit? Let’s take a little test. Do you like swimming? How about swimming for two hours straight, nonstop? Do you like riding your bike? How about riding your bike for 112 miles, roughly the distance from Los Angeles to San Diego? Or maybe you’re more of a runner. How about running a full length marathon? I feel like I like fitness as much as the next guy, but I’m not lining up to do any of that stuff! Now, think about doing all 3 of those things, swimming for 2 hours, biking for 112 miles, and running a marathon BACK to BACK to BACK, with no stopping in between. Seems pretty inhuman. Well, it’s what today’s guest, and thousands of other people in the world do. Today we’ll learn all about the Iron Man triathlon and the crazy people that do them.
Ahhhh beer, how I love thee. Is there anything more refreshing than a Mexican beer with a lime on a hot day? Is there anything more satisfying than a dunkelweizen in the fall? Anything more perfect than a complex IPA or red ale? The answer to all of these questions is of course, no. Beer is such a wonderful beverage with so much depth to explore. Most of us undertake this exploration by heading down to our local market or bar, getting something that sounds interesting, and then imbibing. This exploration can be taken a step further however by inserting ourselves into the process earlier, and making the beer ourselves. Today’s guest, Emma Christensen (author of Brew Better Beer and True Brews) gives us a lesson on home brewing and explains how making beer can deepen our appreciation for this wonderful beverage.
Most forms of art are meant to be admired from afar. We look, we interpret. We consider how beautiful it is or how it makes us feel. However, there are entire schools of craftwork that open up art to a much greater definition. Art for practical use. Art that we can literally feel. Art meant to not just be looked at, but to be touched, and more importantly, used. Today’s guest, Josh Simpson, is one of the best in the world at one of the oldest crafts in existence, glass blowing. Josh will teach us all about the basics of glassblowing and explain the difficulties of working with such a unique medium.
Us men are a pretty basic breed. Many of us don’t fuss too much over how we look. We’re in and out of the shower, grab some (hopefully) clean clothes, take about one minute with our hair (if we have any), and that’s about it. But as most women will tell you, it can be fun to dress up. It can be fun to add something to your style that complements your outfit in some way. For women, there is a whole range of things that accomplish this. For men, we pretty much just got watches, and what a great thing to have. They can be so many things to so many people. Need a little something to pull together your outfit? Watches got you covered. Need a statement piece that lets people know how much money or how in debt you are? Some watches cost as much as houses. Need something to tell you what time it is without having to take your phone out of your pocket? Watches. It’s no wonder that so many men, and women, get really into watches. Today we talk with the two founders of Worn and Wound, one of the most popular watch blogs on the internet, about all things watches.
Kids these days. All they care about is themselves and their Snapchats. Too busy staring at their cellphones to even acknowledge anyone else. I mean, where will the world be headed with this next generation at the helm? Am I right?! Psych! (that’s what the kids say these days) This week’s episodes showcase how off base and misguided statements like that can be. In todays episode I speak with college student, and much smarter than me human being, Flavio Pacheco. Flavio is a true testament to where having your head on straight at a young age, in a country like America, can get you. After being born in America, Flavio spent the rest of his childhood growing up in Brazil. He moved back to America by himself at the ripe age of 17 and started attending junior college with scholarships he attained. Flavio proceeded to learn how to fluently speak English in only 2 years, graduated Summa Cum Laude from said junior college (while trying to learn to speak English), and is now on his way to a full ride scholarship at an Ivy League University. He also locked down an internship as a lab research assistant to ultimately help people with high cholesterol…at a lab that, up until Flavio persisted them into submission, did not allow anyone less than a PhD student to be a lab assistant. Again, all from a guy that didn’t even know how to speak English a couple years ago. Grab some popcorn and prepare to feel bad about yourself, but hopeful for the future.
Kids these days. All they care about is themselves and their Snapchats. Too busy staring at their cellphones to even acknowledge anyone else. I mean, where will the world be headed with this next generation at the helm? Am I right?! Psych! (that’s what the kids say these days) This week’s episodes showcase how off base and misguided statements like that can be. In this episode I speak with a 16-year-old high school student that raised and saved money for a year so that he could participate in a volunteer program that helps children in Ghana. Jack then flew to Ghana and spent three weeks teaching at a school, made bricks to help rebuild said school, and connected with formerly trafficked orphans in the community. Again, Jack is 16. Enjoy his positive mindset and let him assuage your fears about our youth.
Breakfast sure gets a lot of love. Thanks to an almost 100 year old article in Good Health, most of us were brought up to believe that it is the most important meal of the day. It’s the most appropriate meal of the day to have our daily coffee or tea. It sets the tone for our day, which means it basically sets the tone for our lives. People like breakfast so much that they had to create brunch, just to keep the breakfast train rollin. Most of us, however, would not write into a podcast to ask if we could discuss the hobby of being a breakfast enthusiast. Most of us are not today’s guest, Anya.
Human’s are at the top of the food chain, and in fact, most of us are completely removed from the food chain all together. We understand that our fruits and vegetables grown on farms, but we go to supermarkets to get them. We try to suppress the idea of where our meat comes from, or spend copious amounts of money to get it from a relatively humane source, but no matter what we do we just get it from somebody else that does any of the heavy lifting for us. Today’s guest, Stephen, likes to hunt and eats the animals that he himself kills. Some might consider hunting cruel, but Stephen explains why getting back into the food chain changes your perspective and appreciation for your food.
Video games are pretty darn popular. Americans spend about as much on games as they do on going to the movies and buying music, combined. It makes sense then that game companies are constantly trying to figure out what the next hot game will be, and how to make it (enter Pokémon Go, episode 116). However, for every great success, there are more great failures, and even more games that even got to see the light of day. Today’s guest, Joe Martin, is a gaming journalist that like to research this lonely area of gaming, the history of games that were never released. As they say, those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So what has Joe learned?
Growth takes time. Just ask an 8 year old boy who is smaller than everyone else in his class. And success, well, success doesn’t happen overnight. Just ask the founder of nearly every company imaginable. But sometimes, very rarely, very very rarely, all the stars and planets align. Sometimes you make a product that you hope people will like, and it turns out to be the product that seemingly everyone was waiting for their whole lives. Sometimes you come to the realization that people just gotta catch em’ all.
Is there anything more badass than being a ninja? They’re stealthy, they wear all black, they’re the strong silent type. However, to my amazement, there is something more badass. Today’s guest is an emergency room physician AND he’s an American Ninja Warrior. He’ll explain what it’s like to pull off the incredible feats of being a ninja warrior and tell us about his path for getting there. There is quite possibly no better role model for children and adults of all ages. If you’re growing weary of seeing advice posts on social media from people whose commitment to said advice is tenuous at best, Noah should be a nice breath of fresh air for you.
We live in a fast paced world. On the move, internally and externally, no time to focus on the little things around us that piece together our lives. Sometimes, in rare moments of clarity, peace, or fatigue, we slow enough to appreciate some of what’s around us. We fear that this slowing down will get in the way of our fast paced productivity, but I’ve found the exact opposite to be true. It increases productivity as our true, more capable, selves often come out in the process. Today’s guest knows all about slowing down and appreciating the little things every day. He is a self confessed pen addict. Brad will explain why pens are pretty neat, and how slowing down to write things by hand has helped him cope with the increasing pace of the world around him.
Knives (and other blades) are so essential to our lives. Like, top of the life pyramid essential. Yet, they’re so commonplace and fundamental that we completely take their existence for granted. Want to not eat a whole cow all at once? Knives. Want to not grow your beard…forever? Knives. Want to get rid of that rogue tree growing in the middle of your driveway? Knives. Perhaps it’s because so many of us use cheap knives and blades stamped by machines that we don’t seem to notice them very much. There are however some amazing people that don’t take their existence for granted, and they make knives the good old fashioned way. Today’s guest Jimmy will tell us all about the process of making your own knife (or sword) and give us plenty ofother info about these indispensable tools.
Have you ever been in a state of flow? Complete and effortless focus in a single task, a merging of mind and body, all while not even thinking about it? Flow states are a pretty buzzed about topic right now, and many people are trying to crack the code for educing a state of flow. Which to me sounds kind of like forcing someone to fall in love with you. There are however certain activities that really lend themselves well to bringing on a state of flow. Competitive sports and ultra-marathon running for example. But what about something for the non blue ribbon presidential fitness award winners of us out there? Today’s guest explains the world of flow arts. A super fun, deep, flow state stimulating world for all.
According to the great Ron Swanson, "Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets". This entire week of half hour intern would make Ron proud as it's all about the #1 non-clear alcohol in the world, whiskey. Whiskey is such a great liquor to learn about as it is incredibly steeped in history, tradition, and lore. Today's guest is the perfect instructor as he has surrounded himself with the stuff in both his personal and professional life, and knows whiskey better than most people could hope to in a lifetime. This is part 2 where Josh takes me through a tasting of 4 whiskeys that he brought over.