The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

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Mastering the Best of What Other People Have Figured Out
Catalyzing Success
Apr 16 • 87 min
Daniel Gross, former Y Combinator partner and current founder of Pioneer, discusses how we can make our success less about luck, the powerful role we play in the lives of others, and the valuable lessons he learned about leadership. —- For…
The Great Mental Models: Volume 1
Apr 9 • 8 min
Today is launch day for the Audible version of The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts, our first mental model book. In this special edition of The Knowledge Project, I’m reading an excerpt from the book that explains why this book, why…
Becoming a Model Thinker
Apr 2 • 83 min
On this episode, Scott Page, 5x Author and Professor of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan explains the power mental models have in how we view the world, discover creative solutions and solve complex problems. —- For comprehensive show…
Doing the Enough Thing
Mar 19 • 59 min
Basecamp CEO and co-founder Jason Fried gives us a peek behind the scenes of his company and discusses his philosophy on doing great work, making a positive difference, and learning to breathe in the fast paced culture of today’s workplace. —- For…
Luck, Risk and Avoiding Losers
Mar 5 • 92 min
Billionaire investor, author and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Howard Marks discusses risk assessment, how to think different than the crowd, and the three mighty dares that separate the successful from the also-rans. —- For comprehensive show notes…
Peaceful Parenting
Feb 19 • 89 min
Parenting expert and multiple best-selling author Dr. Laura Markham breaks down the three keys to successful discipline, how to properly model emotions and conflict resolution, and the coveted recipe for raising happy, resilient kids. —- For…
The Dying Art of Conversation
Feb 5 • 72 min
Speaker, author and radio journalist Celeste Headlee has had decades of experience fine tuning the recipe for engaging and rewarding conversation. She shares some tips to help us instantly improve our conversational skills and meaningfully connect…
Inventing the Future
Jan 22 • 97 min
Josh Wolfe, co-founder of Lux Capital discusses how to unearth the unexplored ideas that will reshape our future. We also talk parenting, decision making, and which generation has the best rap. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode,…
Goal Mining
Jan 8 • 52 min
Former NHL player turned mining executive Brent Gilchrist joins me to share the lessons he learned in the trenches of professional hockey. We discuss leadership, hard work, and what it takes to win as a team. —- For comprehensive show notes on this…
Winning at the Great Game (Part 2)
Dec 26, 2018 • 70 min
Author, educator, and hedge fund advisor, Adam Robinson returns for part 2 of our fascinating discussion. We talk chess, AI, handicapping horse races, and the secret to learning that nobody is teaching. —- For comprehensive show notes on this…
Winning at the Great Game (Part 1)
Dec 11, 2018 • 120 min
Author, educator, and hedge fund advisor, Adam Robinson shares powerful lessons on winning the game of life. He teaches us how to learn, how to fail, and his three secrets of happiness and success. —- For comprehensive show notes on this episode,…
Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love
Nov 27, 2018 • 65 min
Television personality, activist, mother, and wife to Canada’s Prime Minister, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau discusses her battle with eating disorders, why nature and art play such a huge role in her life and what unites us as people. —- For…
Taking Time to Get It Right
Nov 13, 2018 • 64 min
Dan Kluger, award winning chef and owner of NYC’s Loring Place joins me on the podcast to reveal what really happens behind the scenes of a bustling restaurant, why every detail of your craft matters, and how to create the perfect experience for…
The Kids Are Worth It
Oct 30, 2018 • 123 min
Parenting expert and best selling author Barbara Coloroso shares her three foundational principles of child-rearing, how to get kids to be accountable for their actions, and what we can do as parents to raise confident, happy children. —- This…
The Mental Habits of Effective Leaders
Oct 16, 2018 • 90 min
In a world that changes at a dizzying rate, effective leaders need to develop the skills to keep up. Developmental coach and author Jennifer Garvey Berger shares 3 habits to ensure continual growth, accelerated learning and deepened relationships of…
The Path to Perpetual Progress
Oct 2, 2018 • 80 min
The world-renowned surgeon, writer, and researcher Atul Gawande shares powerful lessons about creating a culture of safe learning, the critical difference between a coach and a mentor, and how to ensure constant improvement in key areas of your…
The Trust Battery
Sep 18, 2018 • 105 min
Today, I interview fellow Ottawan and the founder and CEO of Shopify, Tobi Lütke. In case you’re still new to the internet, Shopify is the largest ecommerce platform that allows people to easily set up online storefronts to sell everything from…
Thriving in a Digital World
Sep 5, 2018 • 100 min
Today’s guest is Stratechery author and founder Ben Thompson. If you’re an investor in Silicon Valley, work at a tech start-up, or just love to geek out on technology and business analysis, odds are good that Stratechery is on your short list of…
Thinking About Thinking
Aug 21, 2018 • 56 min
There are only a handful of websites that I read religiously. One of those is MarginalRevolution.com, started by my next guest, Tyler Cowen. Other than hosting one of the most popular economic blogs in the world, Tyler is also an economics professor…
Thinking in Algorithms: My Conversation with Ali Almossawi
Aug 8, 2018 • 19 min
My guest for this short episode of The Knowledge Project is a man who wears many hats. Ali Almossawi is a San Francisco-based author of books on critical thinking and computer science education, and the creator of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments….
Getting Better by Being Wrong
Jul 24, 2018 • 116 min
I have wanted to do this interview for a long time. On this episode, I am thrilled to have Annie Duke, former professional poker player and author of the new book, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts. Annie…
The Science of Doing Good
Jul 11, 2018 • 65 min
On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I’m happy to have William MacAskill. William is the co-founder and President of the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) and an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University. He is also the founder…
Alive Time vs. Dead Time
Jun 27, 2018 • 77 min
In this episode of The Knowledge Project, I have the brilliant Robert Greene. Robert is the author of 5 New York Times bestsellers, including The 48 Laws of Power and The 33 Strategies of War. He’s also written on mastery and seduction. Robert’s…
Learning How to Suffer
Jun 13, 2018 • 69 min
Since the popularity of Obstacle Course Racing, or OCR, has exploded onto the scene, there has been one woman who has dominated the sport: Amelia Boone. Amelia ran her first race in 2011 after some prodding from a co-worker, and though she says she…
The Truth About Lies
May 25, 2018 • 56 min
On this episode of the Knowledge Project, I’m joined by the fascinating Dan Ariely. Dan just about does it all. He has delivered 6 TED talks with a combined 20 million views, he’s a multiple New York Times best-selling author, a widely published…
Earning Your Stripes
May 2, 2018 • 109 min
On this episode of the Knowledge Project Podcast, I chat with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of the leading online payment processing company, Stripe. If you’ve purchased anything online recently, there’s a good chance that Stripe…
Learning How to Learn
Apr 10, 2018 • 93 min
Just when I start to think I’m using my time well and getting a lot done in my life, I meet someone like Barbara Oakley. Barbara is a true polymath. She was a captain in the U.S. Army, a Russian translator on Soviet trawlers, a radio operator in the…
Collaboration and Competition
Mar 13, 2018 • 76 min
Today, I’m joined by speaker, international executive and five-time author Margaret Heffernan. We discuss how to get the most out of our people, creating a thriving culture of trust and collaboration, and how to prevent potentially devastating…
Survival of the Kindest
Feb 21, 2018 • 79 min
When Pixar was dreaming up the idea for Inside Out, a film that would explore the roiling emotions inside the head of a young girl, they needed guidance from an expert. So they called Dacher Keltner. Dacher is a psychologist at UC Berkeley who has…
A Decision Making Jedi
Jan 23, 2018 • 76 min
Michael Mauboussin returns for a fascinating encore interview on the Knowledge Project. We geek out on decision making, luck vs. skill, work life balance, and so much more. *** Michael Mauboussin is back as a returning guest on the Knowledge Project!…
The Art of Letting Other People Have Your Way
Jan 3, 2018 • 82 min
In this episode, we get negotiation coaching from Chris Voss, former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI. *** Whether you’re buying a car, requesting a raise at work, or just deciding where to eat out with your spouse or partner,…
Improving The Questions You Ask
Dec 13, 2017 • 82 min
The quality of your outcome depends on the quality of your questions. Through asking the right questions we can spark innovation and creativity, gain deeper knowledge in the topics that are most important to us, and propel us forward in our personal…
Is Sugar Slowly Killing Us?
Nov 29, 2017 • 103 min
It seems that nowadays, aside from religion and politics, one of the most hotly debated topics is that of nutrition. Should we eat high carb diets? Low carb? High fat? High protein? What about wheat or gluten? Should we eat meat or adopt a vegan diet?…
Leading the “Quiet Revolution”
Nov 1, 2017 • 56 min
For decades, introversion was looked at as something to overcome, almost like an illness. The way to win in life was through charisma, outspokenness, and self-promotion. Even now, in an increasingly noisy world, introverts may feel added pressure to…
Life Lessons from a Self-Made Billionaire
Oct 11, 2017 • 91 min
Are you in love with your own ideas regardless of how good they are Would you like to make better decisions and fewer mistakes? Would you like to improve the most important relationships in your life? These are just some of the topics I discuss with…
Givers, Takers, and the Resilient Mind
Sep 20, 2017 • 87 min
Are you a giver or a taker? Have you ever struggled to find work/life balance? How do you build resilience in yourself, your team, or your children? I tackle these topics and many more in this interview with my special guest, Adam Grant. In this…
The Warrior Poet and the Secret to a Happy Life
Aug 9, 2017 • 61 min
Ed Latimore (@EdLatimore) might be the most interesting person you’ll ever meet. Ed is a professional heavyweight boxer, physics major, and philosopher. He’s also the author of the cult-hit Not Caring What Other People Think Is a Superpower. If…
The Future of Transportation
Jul 2, 2017 • 59 min
Marc Garneau (@MarcGarneau) is a Canadian politician, Engineer, and the Minister of Transport. This interview was recorded live in front of an audience in Montreal. As a bilingual country, you’ll hear bits of French from the audience…
The Psychology of Advertising
May 30, 2017 • 116 min
Rory Sutherland (@rorysutherland) is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group, which is one of the largest and most renowned advertising agencies in the world. Rory started the behavioral insights team and spends his days applying behavioral…
The Angel Philosopher
Feb 27, 2017 • 121 min
Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He’s invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, Yammer, and many others. It’s difficult to nail down exactly what we discuss in our conversation because I had so…
Aristotle Koskinas on Greek History
Jan 5, 2017 • 63 min
This is one of 2 interviews that I conducted while visiting Greece this summer. Greek history is deep routed in many things as philosophy, democracy and culture and has laid the foundation of so much of what we know and how we live today. Today I…
Santorini Wine with Panayiota Kalogeropoulou
Jan 5, 2017 • 29 min
The island of Santorini has not only has breathtaking views but also a fascinating history. Traces of its first inhabitants have been linked back to 4500 BC. In 1613 BC the most powerful volcanic event in the last 10,000 years took place –…
Future-Proof Your Knowledge
Nov 28, 2016 • 46 min
Samuel Arbesman is a complexity scientist whose work focuses on the nature of scientific and technological change. Sam’s also written two books that I love, The Half-Life of Facts and Overcomplicated. In this episode, Sam and I discuss: Our…
Reading, Writing, and Lifelong Learning
Oct 24, 2016 • 58 min
On this episode, I’m happy to have Morgan Housel (@morganhousel). Morgan is a partner at the Collaborative Fund. He’s a former columnist at the Motley Fool and a former columnist of the Wall Street Journal. His work has also been published in…
The Rise of The Machines
Aug 30, 2016 • 62 min
On this episode of The Knowledge Project Podcast, I am so happy to have Pedro Domingos (@pmddomingos) who is a professor at the University of Washington. Domingos is the leading researcher in machine learning and recently wrote an amazing book…
Wine Lessons From a World Class Sommelier
Jul 24, 2016 • 62 min
On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I talk about one of my favorite subjects with one of the most respected sommeliers in the world: Véronique Rivest. After placing twice in the top 12 in 2007 and 2010, Véronique became the first woman to make…
Media Manipulator
May 15, 2016 • 45 min
Ryan Holiday is the author of a number of incredible books, including Trust Me I’m Lying, The Obstacle is the Way, and Ego is the Enemy. He also runs Brass Check, a premier book marketing agency responsible for dozens of New York Times…
Are we too busy to pay attention to life?
Mar 29, 2016 • 43 min
An inbetweenisode of sorts where Jeff Annello and I discuss whether we’re too busy to pay attention to life - on whether we’re too busy to live. If you want more of these let me know #tkp on twitter.
The Architecture of Music
Mar 18, 2016 • 56 min
On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I talk about the architecture of music with conductor Alexander Shelley. Out of all the amazing conversations I’ve had, this might be my favorite. Shelley is currently chief conductor of the Nuremberg…
The Art of Changing Minds
Feb 20, 2016 • 53 min
On this episode of The Knowledge Project, I talk rationality, changing minds (our own and others), filtering information, the role of intuition, and a lot more with Julia Galef. Galef is the President and co-founder of the Center for Applied…
The Three Types of Decision Makers
Jan 28, 2016 • 66 min
Venkatesh Rao is the founder of the blog Ribbonfarm, the technology analysis site Breaking Smart, and the author of a book on decision making called Tempo. We talk about a host of fascinating subjects, including: The dangers and the benefits of…
How to See the Future
Dec 8, 2015 • 46 min
On this episode, I’m happy to have Philip Tetlock, author, and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s the co-leader of The Good Judgement Project, which is a multi-year forecasting study. He also wrote the New York Times best-selling…
The State of Venture Capital
Nov 12, 2015 • 55 min
On this episode, I have Chris Dixon. Chris is a partner at perhaps the most famous venture capital firm in the world, Andreessen Horowitz or commonly known as a16z. We talk about the history of venture capital, why companies fail, the future of…
Elevate Your Financial IQ
Oct 19, 2015 • 60 min
On this episode I have Jason Zweig. Jason writes The Intelligent Investor column for the Wall Street Journal. He has also written books like Your Money and Your Brain, The Little Book of Safe Money, and taken part in revised editions of the…
Why Mental Models?
Sep 18, 2015 • 53 min
In this episode of The Knowledge Project, I have on the show one of my favorite people: Sanjay Bakshi. Sanjay is one of India’s most recognized finance professors. He teaches a course entitled Behavioural Finance and Business Valuation at…
Leadership on the Field, in the Office, and at Home
May 28, 2015 • 32 min
This episode features Michael Lombardi, former General Manager of the Cleveland Browns and current member of the coaching staff on the New England Patriots. He’s widely regarded as one of the best evaluators of talent in the NFL and as we’ll see, a…
When To Trust Your Gut
Apr 27, 2015 • 38 min
The first episode of The Knowledge Project features Michael Mauboussin, the head of Global Financial Strategies at Credit Suisse. He’s also written numerous books, including More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional…