Not As Advertised

Not As Advertised
Not As Advertised is an investigative series focused on validating the ideas and products that dominate the personal development and productivity space. Each episode we ask “What if it was not as advertised?” Through scientific research and data analysis, this show will help you design a personal productivity system that actually works.

3: Working from home: As good as advertised?
May 6 • 16 min
We talk about the pros and cons of working from home, and offer practical tips to make the work from home experience more of a positive one.
2: Do you thrive under pressure?
Mar 25 • 22 min
1: Does hard work guarantee success?
Feb 26 • 23 min
We explore whether hard work really does bring you success and what the consequences are of overworking.
Announcement: New Show
Jan 28 • 7 min
Season Finale: Recap of 2019 & Looking ahead to 2020
Dec 10, 2019 • 42 min
TCS 28: Drew Dudley - Day One System
Nov 5, 2019 • 38 min
Break the System 39: Your Guts and Your Brain
Oct 31, 2019 • 12 min
Today on Halloween, we talk about the spooky details of your gut and how the bacteria and microbes can influence your sleep and your mood.
Break the System 38: Relationships and Productivity
Oct 24, 2019 • 11 min
Today, we talk about how relationships can boost your self-esteem and productivity.
Break the System 37: Can hobbies better your productivity?
Oct 17, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we talk about how having a hobby can actually make you more productive at work.
Break the System 36: Safe Goal Pursuit?
Oct 10, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we break down why some of us are less willing to take risks to succeed and get a win.
Break the System 35: Aggressive Goal Pursuit?
Oct 3, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we break down why some of us are more willing to take risks to succeed and get a win.
27: TCS 27: Pauleanna Reid - Systems to Succeed at Your 9 to 5 and Side Hustle
Oct 1, 2019 • 26 min
34: Break the System 34: Is all criticism bad?
Sep 26, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we talk about the different forms of criticism and how (maybe not so) surprisingly, constructive feedback is the most effective way to up your productivity.
33: Break the System 33: Self-reflection
Sep 19, 2019 • 13 min
Today, we talk about a 6-step method to implement self-reflection and re-iteration into your daily workflow, whether that be for personal goals or for work.
32: Break the System 32: Fear of Missing Out
Sep 12, 2019 • 12 min
Today, we break down the fear of missing out (FOMO) and the main forces driving this, and how productivity might actually make FOMO worse.
31: Break the System 31: Feedback Loops
Sep 5, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we’re going back and refreshing our content on habits by delving into the core concept of how feedback loops are made in our brain.
26: TCS 26: Luki Danukarjanto - Systems for Family, Health and Entrepreneurship
Sep 3, 2019 • 31 min
30: Break the System 30: Working Musically
Aug 29, 2019 • 11 min
Today, we break down how music can or can’t be helpful in your work productivity!
29: Break the System 29: Mood? Mood.
Aug 22, 2019 • 11 min
Today, we talk about mood regulation and a system to help you understand how your mood can be affected by different stimuli.
28: Break the System 28: Food and Dieting?
Aug 15, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we talk about the effects and sugars and fats on your health and productivity.
27: Break the System 27: Work is Frustrating
Aug 8, 2019 • 9 min
Today, we talk about frustration and how our brains process it - and more importantly, is it predictive, or is it hardwired into us?
25: TCS 25: Beckie Thain-Blonk - Systems for Entrepreneurship, Health and High Performance
Aug 6, 2019 • 32 min
26: Break the System 26: Exercise and Memory
Aug 1, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we talk about how exercise can help improve our memory and cognitive abilities.
25: Break the System 25: Work Anxiety
Jul 25, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we talk about work anxiety and how that might affect your productivity.
24: Break the System 24: Information is Key
Jul 18, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we talk about why information is so rewarding to us, and how our brain processes that reward.
23: Break the System 23: Over-planning
Jul 11, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we talk about the dangers of overplanning and how we can learn from chess players about planning.
22: Break the System 22: Productivity, Pt. 2
Jul 4, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we talk about the importance of sleep cycles in productivity.
24: TCS 24: Kim Parnell - Systems for Mornings, Discipline and Sleep
Jul 2, 2019 • 34 min
21: Break the System 21: Productivity, Pt. 1
Jun 27, 2019 • 9 min
Today, we talk about how much of your day you’re actually productive for!
20: Break the System 20: Group Q & A
Jun 20, 2019 • 26 min
Today, we celebrate our 20th episode with a group Q & A session, asking questions regarding motivation and stress among others!
19: Break the System 19: Switch Costs
Jun 13, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we talk about the cost associated with multitasking, and how to minimize that cost in your daily life.
18: Break the System 18: Associations
Jun 6, 2019 • 9 min
Today, we talk about the psychology behind making associations, and how use associations either at work or home to your advantage.
23: TCS 23: Daniel Francavilla - Systems for Creative Entrepreneurs
Jun 4, 2019 • 38 min
Daniel Francavilla talks about his systems to manage time, people and space.
17: Break the System 17: Perfectionism
May 29, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we talk about perfectionism, how your brain processes it and a few tips to help combat phone addiction.
16: Break the System 16: Breaks
May 23, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we talk about why taking breaks can actually be beneficial to your productivity, instead of being a guilty pleasure.
15: Break the System 15: Phone Addiction
May 16, 2019 • 9 min
Today, we talk about what phone addiction is, and a few tips to help combat phone addiction.
14: Break the System 14: Guilt
May 9, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we discuss the guilt you feel during lapses in productivity and how to minimize its effects.
22: TCS: Behind the Canvas 22 - Daniel Breez
May 6, 2019 • 22 min
13: Break the System 13: Nature vs. Nurture, Pt. 2
May 2, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we discuss the nurture portion of the nature versus nurture argument.
22: TCS 22: Daniel Breez - Systems for sleep, diet and exercise
Apr 30, 2019 • 31 min
12: Break the System 12: Nature vs. Nurture, Pt. 1
Apr 25, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we discuss the nature portion of the nature versus nurture argument.
11: Break the System 11: Impostor Syndrome
Apr 18, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we go into what impostor syndrome is, why you feel it and how we can help fight it.
10: Break the System 10: Fake News
Apr 11, 2019 • 7 min
Today we break away from our normal topics and talk about fake news, and what makes us susceptible to believing fake news headlines.
Raphael Wong on Millennial Minimalists podcast
Apr 8, 2019 • 14 min
My guest appearance on The Millennial Minimalists podcast - a show about how to live a simpler, more intentional life.
9: Break the System 09: Attention
Apr 4, 2019 • 9 min
Today, we talk about the processes behind attention and a couple of tips to help you stay attentive.
Raphael Wong on Ideas Into Action Podcast
Apr 1, 2019 • 14 min
In this episode, we talk about fear, entrepreneurship and productivity.
8: Break the System 08: Motivation
Mar 28, 2019 • 9 min
Today, we talk about motivation and how you can help yourself stay motivated and on task!
21: TCS 21: Kelly Foss - Minimalist Journal and Smartphone
Mar 26, 2019 • 28 min
7: Break the System 07: Indecision
Mar 21, 2019 • 10 min
Today we’ll talk about how decisions are made in the brain, and what factors go into your decision-making!
Raphael Wong on Accounted For Podcast
Mar 20, 2019 • 21 min
A sample discussion I had with Daniel Lee on the Accounted For Podcast. We talk about my career jumps and what I’m up to at myTechne
6: Break the System 06: Burnout
Mar 14, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we talk about burnout and how it can be harmful to our health and productivity.
5: Break the System 05: Multitasking
Mar 7, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we talk about why multitasking might not be as effective of a productivity tool as we might think it is.
Raphael Wong on Pass the Torch Podcast
Mar 6, 2019 • 4 min
Here’s a sample of the recording I did with Lavontay Santos on Pass the Torch podcast. In this episode, we talk about: Mentorship; Productivity; and What we are up to at and The Canvas Series podcast Be sure to listen to the full episode by…
4: Break the System 04: Sleep Deprivation
Feb 28, 2019 • 10 min
Today, we talk about sleep, sleep cycles and sleep hygiene to improve your productivity!
20: TCS 20: Mahfuz Chowdhury - Audit Your Time
Feb 26, 2019 • 38 min
3: Break the System 03: Stress
Feb 21, 2019 • 8 min
Today, we talk about stress, how our brains process it and how it affects our productivity.
2: Break the System 02: Procrastination
Feb 14, 2019 • 7 min
Today, we talk about procrastination, why our brains decide to procrastinate and a few tips to help with procrastination.
1: Break the System 01: Habits
Feb 6, 2019 • 5 min
In the inaugural episode of our NEW WEEKLY show: BREAK THE SYSTEM - Ethan puts habits under the microscope and breaks down what habits are - and how it applies to you. Over the next few weeks, we are conducting a pilot to understand how we can give you…
Introducing myTechne
Feb 5, 2019 • 5 min
In this episode, I introduce myTechne - a personal development company using media and technology to help you design the systems you need to succeed at what matters most to you. I talk about our brand story, what makes us different, and what all this…
19: TCS 19: Season 2 Launch
Jan 29, 2019 • 28 min
18: TCS 18: Season 1 Finale
Dec 27, 2018 • 56 min
17: TCS 17: Take small consistent actions to create massive change
Nov 27, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode I chat with Sam Demma about the importance of taking small consistent actions to create massive change. Sam is a professional speaker and social entrepreneur on a mission to spread a simple but powerful message - that small consistent…
16: TCS 16: Be purposeful with your business and health
Oct 30, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode I chat with Mary Young about what it takes to build a thriving business while keeping up with her health and overcoming a chronic disorder. Mary is the founder of the Mary Young lifestyle lingerie brand, creator of the Self Love Club, and…
Panel: Podcasting, Storytelling and Entrepreneurship
Oct 26, 2018 • 73 min
Panelists: George Khalife (@khalifestyle) Marc Champagne (@kyoapp) Raphael Wong (@canvas.series) Hosts / Organizers: Daniel Breez (@danielbreez) Kelly Foss (@cwkellyfoss)
Talk: How an Introvert Systematically Started a Podcast
Oct 25, 2018 • 7 min
Had the absolute pleasure of sharing my story at the ImpactX Toronto Meetup. In this talk I share 3 key principles that helped me start the podcast. These principles can be used to start any kind of project that does not come natural to you. Let me know…
15: TCS 15: Navigate the good and bad times with powerful mindset tools
Sep 24, 2018 • 44 min
Ride With Me: Inspiring Chat with Raphael Wong
Sep 17, 2018 • 47 min
14: TCS 14: Master your mind and achieve success with high performance tactics
Aug 27, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode I chat with Brittany Michalchuk about success and what it takes to perform at peak levels.
13: TCS 13: The power of self-reflection and how world-class entrepreneurs and leaders stay at the top of their game
Jul 30, 2018 • 54 min
12: TCS 12: Managing your health, energy and attention for peak performance
Jun 25, 2018 • 58 min
11: TCS 11: Creating an environment that fuels the launch and beyond
May 28, 2018 • 33 min
10: TCS 10: Using storytelling to share your message, inspire change and create outcomes that matter
Apr 23, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode I chat with George Khalife about the power of storytelling - and how it helps us share ideas, meet interesting people, and ultimately create the outcomes and impact that we desire most.
TCS 09: Bringing value and appreciation to create a meaningful mentorship experience
Mar 26, 2018 • 35 min
TCS 08: Going all in to create a life of abundance
Feb 26, 2018 • 39 min
TCS 07: Following your interests to unpack a world of opportunities
Jan 29, 2018 • 29 min
TCS 06: Hacking your way to success with awareness and intent
Nov 12, 2017 • 58 min
TCP 05: The art of experimenting, hustling and thinking like an investor
Oct 16, 2017 • 27 min
TCP 04: Embracing vulnerability and self-awareness in pursuit of daringly great things
Jun 20, 2017 • 55 min
TCP 03: Asking why to set and execute on the goals that matter
May 17, 2017 • 57 min
TCP 02: Adopting the right mindset to tackle high-stake challenges
May 17, 2017 • 46 min
TCP 01: Using feedback to enhance your performance
May 17, 2017 • 45 min
TCP Intro: What is The Canvas Project Podcast all about?
May 17, 2017 • 4 min