Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

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076: Leading Yourself Down a Path
Aug 3 • 18 min
In This Episode: Having vague, preconceived, and uninformed notions and, worse, acting upon them, isn’t just the opposite of Uncommon Sense, it can actually cause harm. How do you avoid that trap? 076: Leading Yourself Down a Path Tweet Jump to Transcript…
075: Leveraging Thinking Tools
Jul 20 • 5 min
In This Episode: A profound bit of advice isn’t necessarily usable just for the situation it’s created for. In fact, that may be what makes it profound, because sometimes you end up with a nice tool for leveraging your Uncommon Sense. This episode offers…
074: “I’ve Learned to Never Give Up”
Jul 6 • 12 min
In This Episode: Previous episodes have pointed out that children can indeed have Uncommon Sense. So much so, they can truly contribute to society. So this week, I’ll tell you about Nora Keegan. She’s 14, and has been doing something extraordinary for…
073: The Missing Element
Jun 22 • 14 min
In This Episode: The medical profession is starting to realize that it’s been missing a very important element of patient care. It’s likely that you’ll be very surprised to hear what it is, but then when you think about it, it’ll make total sense — and…
072: Not Perfect
Jun 15 • 11 min
In This Episode: Sure, it’s cool to hear stories of famous (and completely obscure) people who exhibit Uncommon Sense. But there’s one other thing you need to know about every one of them: they’re definitely not perfect, and that’s important to know…
071: Taking It To the Extreme
Jun 1 • 21 min
In This Episode: Humans mostly pay attention to the short term. If we can lift our eyes and look much farther out, not only does that benefit us personally, but business leaders that truly have Uncommon Sense sometimes take it to the extreme, and their…
070: Pushing for Better
May 25 • 10 min
In This Episode: Company owners aren’t just employers: sometimes they’re mentors who can change lives. My buddy Doc recently told me about his old boss, and his story illustrates what I mean very clearly. 070: Pushing for Better Tweet Jump to Transcript…
069: A Link to the Future
May 15 • 14 min
In This Episode: When you really look into something that’s “obvious” and “common sense,” sometimes you’ll find that …the “experts” are wrong! This is the story of a man who was pretty sure the industry experts were wrong about something, and boy did it…
068: What Normal?
Apr 27 • 11 min
In This Episode: Everyone says they want to “go back” to “normal” rather than have the constant uncertainty of the pandemic. But what “normal” do we want to “go back” to? It’s time to think about a new normal — what do we want to go to as this craziness…
067: Counterintuitive
Apr 20 • 13 min
In This Episode: An American company that makes masks and other PPE chose NOT to ramp up production to help with the COVID pandemic. That sounds like a decision to be criticized, but it’s actually an example of Uncommon Sense. This episode explores why.…
066: Masking the Problem
Apr 13 • 15 min
In This Episode: Some of the stories told in Uncommon Sense are wonderful, but we can’t always relate to the person in the sense we can’t necessarily emulate them: we’re not all well-connected technology geeks, born at the right point in history, or…
065: Beating the Fear over Covid
Mar 30 • 11 min
In This Episode: The rise of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, is exceeded only by the fear it engenders. Yet Uncommon Sense tells us that fear is getting in the way of what we should be focusing on, not just in the face of the…
064: The Line in the Sand
Mar 16 • 18 min
In This Episode: Colorado, having seen constant partisan manipulations of redistricting in the past — Gerrymandering — actually did something about it, and did something radical in the process: they exercised Uncommon Sense. 064: The Line in the Sand…
063: The Contrarian
Mar 2 • 21 min
In This Episode: Having Uncommon Sense often means going against what “everyone” says is the right way to do something. Being a contrarian can absolutely be the correct way to succeed, as Dan Price demonstrates. He even had to fight off his own brother to…
062: “Why Should I Have to Develop a Sense of Humor?”
Feb 24 • 19 min
In This Episode: After This is True stories on religion, it’s fairly typical for a reader or two to complain. This time the complaint was, ‘Why should I have to develop a sense of humor’ (about his religion)? This episode is my response to that question;…
061: The Domino Effect
Feb 17 • 12 min
In This Episode: When you follow your gut and push to be the best, amazing things can happen. James Flanagan did that, and the domino effect that followed is so amazing, you’ll find it hard to believe that one guy’s efforts are probably a part of your…
060: Uncommon Sense in Kids
Feb 3 • 15 min
(How to Help Your Kids be Millionaires …when you aren’t rich.) In This Episode: Can children have Uncommon Sense? Let me tell you the story of Colin Flynn, and then see what you think. 060: Uncommon Sense in Kids Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe…
059: Rescuing History
Jan 27 • 21 min
In This Episode: A wild story of several civilians who rescued a piece of history — a little-known account from the sidelines in the race to the moon. 059: Rescuing History Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes Show Notes * To…
058: Solving Cultural Amnesia
Jan 20 • 14 min
In This Episode: We know our ancient cultural history because of stone tablets and paper scrolls. We know more recent history because it was printed in books. But with the Internet, where is our history? There are millions of web sites, but if the owner…
057: The Key to Innovation
Jan 6 • 10 min
In This Episode: Two episodes ago I talked about the “diffusion” of innovation. The next episode was about where innovations occur: they happen in forward-thinking companies perhaps as much or more than in entrepreneurial startups. But what is innovation…
056: Running with An Idea
Dec 30, 2019 • 10 min
In This Episode: What if you have a business idea, but you’re not sure if you want to take the risk to pursue it: should you quit your day job? Well, there’s an alternative to quitting your job, and it’s something a lot of people with Uncommon Sense are…
055: Resisting Uncommon Sense
Dec 16, 2019 • 12 min
In This Episode: Why isn’t there more Uncommon Sense? Because the default for humans is to resist change. Uncommon Sense requires your mind to be open to new ideas, to be convinced that “the way we’ve always done it” might not be the best way. Yet humans…
054: Pre-Silicon Valley
Dec 9, 2019 • 11 min
In This Episode: A news story going around on social media sounds too amazing to be true. So I’m going to dig into the idea that the smartphone was invented in 1953. The back story is even more impressive: it nicely demonstrates that you don’t need a…
053: Leveraging Uncommon Sense
Dec 2, 2019 • 11 min
In This Episode: Sometimes people are forced into thinking up solutions because of an emergency. But when they practice Uncommon Sense, they can leverage their thinking into, once in awhile, saving millions of lives. This is the story of a married couple…
052: Uncommon Sense the Easy Way
Nov 25, 2019 • 14 min
In This Episode: Can you quit a bad habit with willpower? Allen Carr thought that was the hard way, but he had insight into what he called the “Easy Way” that would work better, and saved perhaps millions of lives by quitting his day job to help teach…
051: Out of Thin Air
Nov 18, 2019 • 10 min
In This Episode: Now here’s a fun example of Uncommon Sense in action — in the adult beverage category…?! You could call it another concept for “neutral spirits,” and it ties in with a very interesting early episode. 051: Out of Thin Air Tweet Jump to…
050: The Mother of All Demos
Nov 11, 2019 • 13 min
In This Episode: One person with Uncommon Sense can have a profound effect on the world. Wait until you hear the story of Doug Engelbart: he’s the visionary behind many of the technologies you use most every day. 050: The Mother of All Demos Tweet Jump to…
049: Mind Triggers
Nov 4, 2019 • 7 min
In This Episode: Here’s another tool in what I call the Thinking Toolbox: a way to learn how to think better, unlike most of the people in This is True’s stories. Or, if you’re already an accomplished thinker, a way to help others learn how to think…
048: A Competitive Advantage
Oct 28, 2019 • 11 min
In This Episode: We’ve been hearing about “diversity” in the workplace for years now, but many companies are doing something so radically different on the diversity front, it’s very surprising for a lot of people. Yet what it really comes down to is…
047: Standing in Line
Oct 14, 2019 • 11 min
In This Episode: How does a man use his years of experience working for IBM as they introduced computers to business, leverage that experience to invent a worldwide phenomenon that you have used many, many times? He uses Uncommon Sense. 047: Standing in…
046: ‘An Ethic of Compassion’
Oct 7, 2019 • 7 min
In This Episode: It’s a conundrum in the business world, but this idea really is about living in general. And that is, how can businesses encourage their employees to be more productive, healthier, and provide better customer service? University…
045: Right Place, Right Time
Sep 30, 2019 • 13 min
In This Episode: Sure, being in the right place at the right time helps. But it often takes Uncommon Sense to step back to consider the bigger picture, and what the implications of a profound event might be. This is the story of how someone I knew as a…
044: The Rants Get Serious
Sep 23, 2019 • 17 min
In This Episode: Do you want to know what TRUE is really about? Then listen to this one if you can — don’t read the transcript. You’ll hear the true passion behind one of my written rants, because now it’s literally in my voice. If you don’t have a…
043: The $100 Education
Sep 9, 2019 • 9 min
In This Episode: Warren Buffett says the biggest impact on his massive success was one particular class he took. But it wasn’t part of his college or graduate school education. I’ll tell you what it is, for free. 043: The $100 Education Tweet Jump to…
042: Pushing the Uncommon Sense Envelope
Sep 2, 2019 • 13 min
In This Episode: Uncommon Sense facilitates some pretty out-of-the-box thinking that not only improves the thinker’s life, but sometimes improves or even saves countless other lives. Doug Lindsay’s story pushed the envelope pretty far — there really is no…
041: What is Thinking?
Aug 26, 2019 • 14 min
In This Episode: The question is harder to answer than you …think! But really, what IS thinking? Plus, if you use the “Dunning-Kruger Effect” to judge other peoples’ thinking, you’re doing it wrong — says Dr. Dunning. 041: What IS Thinking? Tweet Jump to…
040: Undaunted
Aug 19, 2019 • 12 min
In This Episode: Can anything be done to stem the decline in bookstores from Amazon’s relentless domination? Yes: Uncommon Sense is already reversing the trend, and in a surprising way. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes…
039: Failure is Not Optional
Aug 5, 2019 • 13 min
In This Episode: Humans don’t like to fail. Sure, sometimes failure has catastrophic results, so surgeons work hard to ensure their operations are successful. But when we don’t allow ourselves, or our children, or our employees to fail, they can’t reach…
038: The Giant Leap for Mankind
Jul 21, 2019 • 14 min
In This Episode: I’m recording this episode the evening of July 20th: the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the moon. If you think it maybe took Uncommon Sense to get there, you’re right: it took an extraordinary amount, and this episode…
037: You Were Never Created to Fit In
Jul 15, 2019 • 12 min
In This Episode: Uncommon Sense can be found in very unusual places. In this story, a janitor at one of the plants at a multinational corporation had the cojones to call the CEO with an idea. And the CEO was smart enough to listen. 037: You Were Never…
036: The Stakes are High
Jun 24, 2019 • 6 min
In This Episode: In This is True, I rail about obliviocy, using real people and their stories as examples. Uncommon Sense talks about the opposite: the cure for obliviocy …using real people and their stories as examples. The two sides are actually at war,…
035: To Boldly Go
Jun 17, 2019 • 11 min
In This Episode: To Boldly Go? No, this isn’t about Star Trek, but rather something even better: real life. This is the story of a 9-year-old with Uncommon Sense who was inspired to reach for the stars — and years later inspired a bunch of other kids…
034: I Have a Scenario For You
Jun 10, 2019 • 12 min
In This Episode A reader tells how she was inspired to change her life. And that leads to a powerful thinking tool: running scenarios can save your life. I’ll show you how, and tell the story of how they probably saved my life. 034: I Have a Scenario For…
033: Taking Control of Your Attention
Jun 3, 2019 • 11 min
In This Episode: “Your attention please!” Isn’t that what everyone seems to want online? They call you “eyeballs”. Meanwhile, “they” say our attention span is getting shorter and shorter. But I don’t think that’s true for people with Uncommon Sense.…
032: “Give Me a Shot at It. I’m an Engineer”
May 20, 2019 • 10 min
In This Episode: The story of a man who wasn’t satisfied with mere success. He took Uncommon Sense to a new level in order to help others, yet refused to get rich from it. 032: “Give Me a Shot at It. I’m an Engineer” Tweet Jump to Transcript How to…
031: Boosting Creativity the Easy Way
May 13, 2019 • 16 min
In This Episode: There’s a proven way to boost your creativity, open-mindedness, thoughtfulness, and more. The best part: it’s also fun, interesting, and can even be done while working, or on vacation. 031: Boosting Creativity the Easy Way Tweet Jump to…
030: I Learned There Are No Boxes
Apr 29, 2019 • 19 min
In This Episode: An unthinking This is True reader was shown Uncommon Sense — and adopted the practice for himself. A profoundly moving episode that shows how even terrible humans can change. John’s story is one of the most powerful ever told by a reader.…
029: 32 Glasses of Water Go Down the Black Hole
Apr 22, 2019 • 17 min
In This Episode: I love watching others and recognizing signs of Uncommon Sense. I’m going to tell you about another friend of mine (who has no idea I’m going to talk about this), since it’s a great example of taking something you see with a grain of…
028: Reading TRUE to Kids
Apr 15, 2019 • 12 min
In This Episode: Not having children myself, this is a topic I find fascinating, so I asked the experts: readers who do have children! The question: should you consider reading This is True to your kids? Lots of parents do — or let the kids read it…
027: Think… or React?
Apr 8, 2019 • 9 min
In This Episode: One of the This is True mantras is ‘Think first, react later …if at all.’ But what does that really mean, and how can we learn something from an example of doing it ‘wrong’? 027: Think… or React? Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe…