Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

Uncommon Sense: the This is True Podcast

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054: Pre-Silicon Valley
Dec 9 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to…
050: The Mother of All Demos
Nov 11 • 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. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe…
049: Mind Triggers
Nov 4 • 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 • 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 • 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. Tweet Jump to…
046: ‘An Ethic of Compassion’
Oct 7 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe…
042: Pushing the Uncommon Sense Envelope
Sep 2 • 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 • 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. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to…
040: Undaunted
Aug 19 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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. Tweet Jump to…
036: The Stakes are High
Jun 24 • 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 • 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 • 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. Tweet Jump to Transcript…
033: Taking Control of Your Attention
Jun 3 • 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 • 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. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes Show Notes * The…
031: Boosting Creativity the Easy Way
May 13 • 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. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of…
030: I Learned There Are No Boxes
Apr 29 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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’? Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All…
026: What a Talking Ape Can Teach Humans
Apr 1 • 12 min
In This Episode: It’s easier for young children to learn basic sign language than to speak, and what a head start they can get on learning! Proof of concept: a gorilla, which in part shows that thinking is not limited to humans. Tweet Jump to Transcript…
025: Finding Your Purpose and Mission
Mar 25 • 18 min
In This Episode: Some know their life’s purpose and mission. Others don’t know how to apply them to their lives. Here’s how to get clarity on both, even if you’re retired. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes Show Notes * I…
024: Extending Thinking Beyond Humans
Mar 11 • 14 min
In This Episode: Thinking about thinking that might occur in machines — for the betterment of humanity. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes Show Notes * Notice that the sources which follow are both recent, and in multiple…
023: Why Uncommon Sense Matters
Mar 4 • 14 min
In This Episode: Whether you “need” a monkey (wait… what?!) or “want” something for nothing, scammers are eager to take your money from you. Here are a few stories of those who fell for it and (more importantly) how you can reduce your chances of being…
022: The Little Things
Feb 25 • 9 min
In This Episode: The “little things” matter — a lot. Right down to making the world a better place for generations to come, and they’re easy to do. And really: if a 5-year-old is obviously starting to develop Uncommon Sense, anyone who puts their mind to…
021: Uncommon Sense at Work
Feb 18 • 16 min
In This Episode: Uncommon Sense isn’t just for your day-to-day life. The story of a guy who not only runs his life with Uncommon Sense (even if he doesn’t call it that), he does it on the job, too. “Tiny little things” that bring huge financial results.…
020: How to Lose Everything, Instantly
Feb 11 • 22 min
In This Episode: The Hewlett-Packard fire that destroyed early Silicon Valley History is anything but Uncommon Sense, but you can learn from it: it’s a real “Wake-Up Call”. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes Show Notes *…
019: How to be Happier
Feb 4 • 14 min
In This Episode: A ‘secret’ to Uncommon Sense used to be passed down from generation to generation… but has started to die out, which explains a lot. Learn it to reduce stress and fear, and increase satisfaction and happiness. Tweet Jump to Transcript How…
017: Developing Uncommon Sense
Jan 28 • 17 min
In This Episode: Can you really develop Uncommon Sense? From none to some, and from some to more? Yes: it can grow, get stronger, and help you in your life — or even save your life. Here’s how. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All…
018: Big Brother and the “Online Challenge”
Jan 17 • 12 min
Special Note: This episode is running out of order since it’s very timely, and becoming a news story. It was recorded yesterday, after Episode 17 was recorded (as promised, that one is about how to develop Uncommon Sense). So I’m swapping the order,…
016: Barking Up the Right Tree
Jan 14 • 9 min
In This Episode: Dogs may or may not have Uncommon Sense, but how its owner reacts to a dog might be an interesting indicator of their thinking ability. A really cool story. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes Show Notes *…
015: Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize
Jan 7 • 12 min
In This Episode: Do you have a big, overriding goal in life? Most really haven’t thought about it. Those who did often gave up after awhile, and maybe led a fine life, but never reached their big goal, their dream, their aspiration. But every few months,…
014: Expect the Unexpected
Dec 31, 2018 • 14 min
In This Episode: Just how much impact one person can have by refusing to be stymied by those who don’t have it. Because he did that, you might owe this guy your life. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes Show Notes * Much of…
013: How ADD Made TRUE Possible
Dec 24, 2018 • 35 min
In This Episode: Is ADD/ADHD a curse? No: when properly managed, it provides “superpowers” that are an absolute gift! It actually helped me in my job at NASA, and then in going solo as an entrepreneur. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of…
012: Dreaming Big
Dec 17, 2018 • 11 min
In This Episode: I like to make fun of the lottery, but if you are going to play, here’s how to apply some Uncommon Sense to the mix, whether you win or not. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes Show Notes * It’s lore that…
011: We Need Better Heroes
Dec 10, 2018 • 12 min
In This Episode: Some people — usually people with Uncommon Sense — aspire to something greater than the whims of the masses and can make a huge impact on the world. This episode looks at what we as a society pay a lot of attention to, at the detriment to…
010: “I Just Don’t Have Time”
Dec 3, 2018 • 12 min
In This Episode: “I just don’t have time” is the modern mantra. And I’m here to tell you why that’s total B.S. Because if you apply Uncommon Sense to the time problem, that turns out to not be the problem you think it is. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to…
009: The Headlines Lied
Nov 26, 2018 • 15 min
In This Episode: There’s a lot of talk about accuracy in the media these days, up to and including frequent accusations that the mainstream press publishes “fake news.” The real “fake news” isn’t what you may think — and it starts even before you click.…
008: The Man with the Golden Arm
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
In This Episode: I had heard about the man I’m going to tell you about several times over the past several years, but I didn’t know the whole story of “The Man with the Golden Arm”. It’s a bit of a medical mystery and, as I researched all of this to…
007: A Second Opinion
Nov 12, 2018 • 23 min
In This Episode: A very different kind of episode: a story that’s not from the newsletter, but rather one that’s too long and complex to be shortened to 100ish words plus a pithy tagline. It’s an amazing story of despair, hope, and renewal, with a wild…
006: The X Factor
Nov 5, 2018 • 15 min
In This Episode: How two men 70 years apart inspired others to change the world in a massive display of Uncommon Sense. It’s a story about how someone figured out a way to get people to push forward, to think hard, and to solve real problems. I call it:…
005: The Last Stroke of Midnight
Oct 29, 2018 • 7 min
In This Episode: Feel-good stories can go viral online, but let’s apply the Uncommon Sense filter and see what we can take away long after the viral story is forgotten. Tweet Jump to Transcript How to Subscribe and List of All Episodes Show Notes * The…