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6 Lessons: Leaving the White Picket Fence for Travel Life

Chase and Mellisa Reeves discuss lessons learned on leaving the white picket fence for a lifestyle of travel as a family.

CONTENTS:

  • 1:13 How long we’ve been travelling
  • 5:38 Point 0: knowing what you want… do you know what you want? Are you heading out on the road to discover what you want?
  • 6:52 Point 1: uncertainty is not the same thing as insecurity.
  • 20:25 Point 2: intimacy concerns…
  • 25:52 Point 3: Everyday relationships are as important as the place you’re living and the things you regularly use.
  • 26:25: PaktBags.com/chase
  • 27:48 Trade Coffee Monthly Deliveries (affiliate link): http://bag.gg/Trade
  • 33:41 Point 4: insights about finding time for creative projects and taking care of your self.
  • 47:07 Point 5: your default rhythms will show themselves on the road… (the real beginning happens when you burn through your fantasies and expectations).
  • 54:08 Point 6: traveling helps you find out which relationships can thrive in what conditions.
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James Clear on What You Want

In this episode Chase and NYT bestselling author James Clear pull apart the question “what do you want!?” and discuss life after success (and how James got there).

CONTENTS:

  • 7:46 what it has been like to become successful. How he began.
  • 10:03 James’ worry for content creators.
  • 15:10 the challenge of relevancy.
  • 21:02 “Volume/consistency before intensity.”
  • 27:10 “I’m starting to think the most important thing is to know what you want.”
  • 29:00 Where we waste our energy: chasing status symbols, continuing status quo.
  • 31:27 Let your life speak by Parker Palmer
  • 32:15 what makes a good answer to the question: what do I want?
  • 36:04 The enneagram.
  • 44:55 On setting directions instead of goals.
  • 50:23 James’ minimal travel setup
  • 51:07 Big if true: every thought you have is downstream of what you consume.
  • 58:21 “Life is short, but it’s also long… and you have to live with your choices.” See also: “life begins after 40. Before that it’s just research.”

Chase Lynks:

Corbett Barr & The State of the Creator Economy

On this week’s show Chase and Corbett Barr discuss media, independent digital business, and the state of the creator economy. (Table of contents below)

CONTENTS:

  • 3:00 Why are people easy to trick, and how is it that creators rule the world?
  • 5:54 “Successful digital media.” One example: The Social Dilemma. Jaron Lanier is the name we were looking for.
  • 13:00 Expertise is the product (still).
  • 17:19 Proving relevancy in a world without gatekeepers.
  • 18:03 Owning your content vs renting platform space: 3 digital elements you can actually own.
  • 20:00 Working the Work: developing consistent creative rhythms and the “Viability Ratio.”
  • 28:00 Resonance resonates… but how does it work? Example Corbett describes.
  • 33:00 Book publishing is the archetype (still).
  • 37:00 Working the Work: developing rhythms of accomplishment.
  • 44:07 “I have an opinion” as a prerequisite for platform.
  • 49:00 Artist fires and the John Baldessari documentary you need to watch.
  • 53:47 You are waiting too long to get started (or not waiting long enough).
  • 58:00 Digital authenticity: making your outside look like your inside.
  • 59:20 Organizing, conscientiousness and this Rectix SNL commercial.
  • 1:01:00 Working the Work: STARTING it working vs KEEPING it working.
  • 1:03:23 Francis Bacon on Arena is a thrilling piece of 70’s media.
  • 1:06:00 Are you (still) imitating other platform successes?
  • 1:08:00 Speaking with your own voice… is simple, not easy (still).
  • 1:11:00 Completely deleting your public history on the internet… here’s how Corbett did it, how it’s going.
  • 1:22:00 What Corbett and Chase got right when they built Fizzle.co.
  • 1:29:00 Corbett’s productivity tools mentioned: Bear (notes), Trello (projects) and Front (email). RoamResearch also discussed
  • 1:41:00 Jobs to be Done is (still) a worthwhile framework to grok. Here’s a primer
  • 1:42:00 Corbett’s Jura espresso machine

Chase Lynks:

Terrence McKenna on Spiritual Food

“I’m amazed what thin soup is dished out as spiritual food.”

Terrence McKenna


Really great 8m bit here on Terrence’s own way of seeing his history of “drugs”, thinkers, competing ideologies and experiences.

“I think it was the pursuit of beauty that served me best.”

“You do not have to sell out to any form of airhead-ism. You can be as demanding, analytical, rational as you want, and the thing is bigger than you are. It’ll take you apart, you’ll be weeping like a baby. It kicks in the front door and takes you prisoner.”

“You’ll never get anywhere if you believe in stuff because, you know, it’ll take you 6 months to get through Baba G and then you have to go on to someone else and life is just not long enough to give all these guys a crack and your enlightenment… so you sort of have to goose it along.”

Timothy Leary’s 8 Circuits of Consciousness

To any of you fellow psychonauts, cosmonauts, spiritual seekers and reality leapers, I recently read this text below in a fantastic (must-read!) book called Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson (hint: regardless of subtitle it has very little to do with the Illuminati).

If your experience has been anything similar to mine, this may make what scientists refer to as a fuck ton of sense. Please note, however, this is just a model. You can learn more about this model and how to keep it as a model here.

Collecting here for future research. (more…)

Hunter S. Thompson on Progress & Lost Causes

“Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top.

At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles, a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other that kept me going.”

Hunter S. Thompson