Kevin Rapp: How to Be A Cynical Optimist (#31)

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Today I’m joined by hardware engineer and comedy writer Kevin Rapp. Kevin writes a weekly newsletter about nothing, aptly titled the “Full of Krapp newsletter.” I’m subscribed to dozens of newsletters. Kevin’s is by far one of my favorites. It’s part hysterical part informative take on the ridiculousness of modern life. Highly recommended.

We cover:

  • Comedy, what it is and why it matters
  • Kevin’s favorite comedians (and some of mine)
  • The outrageousness of outrage culture
  • People who get compared to Hitler who shouldn’t be compared to Hitler
  • Writing advice
  • Glue, horses, and how they’re (not) related
  • Criticism and how nobody avoids it (even Viktor Frankl)
  • The draconian California lockdown curfew
  • And loads more.

Please enjoy!

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Rich Hebron: The Slow Life, Rethinking Homelessness, French Pressed Meditation, Museums, Books, Chicago, and Defining Success (#30)

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Today on the show I’m joined by my buddy Rich Hebron (@richhebron). Rich Hebron is a writer, illustrator, and public speaker from Chicago, Illinois. His podcast Rich Conversations is available on Spotify, Apple podcasts, and YouTube.

I love this guy. Rich Hebron is a true renaissance man. In three words? Playful. Wise. Open. Rich Hebron is like an open treasure chest in the middle of an urban park. You walk through the city, distracted by the sights and sounds. But then you discover the park, like that big park in New York City. Sitting in that park is an open treasure chest. You peek inside. It’s full of ancient wisdom on how to live life to the fullest. That’s Rich Hebron.

When Rich was 22 years old he voluntarily lived homeless to see what it was like. He remembers those experiences to this day. And in this episode he shares what he learned about homelessness, and how we need to rethink what it means to live without permanent housing.

Rich brings the sort of joy to a conversation that reminds me why I love talking to people. This is only round one of a hundred more episodes we’ll have together.

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation about books, museums, dinosaurs, life, death, rethinking homelessness (Rich spent months living homeless), and, of course, so much more.

Cheers, and here’s to your good health this week.
-Paul


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Thanksgiving, Laziness, and The Denial of Death (#29)

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All alone on this episode of the show. But not really, because you’re here. Talking Thanksgiving, family, laziness, routines, and a book called The Denial of Death.


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Sparking Conversations, Best Practices of Podcasting, and The Origin of Penguin Latte (#28)

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In this episode I’m interviewed by my buddy Robbie Crabtree (@RobbieCrab). Robbie Crabtree is a trial lawyer with a decade of experience handling some of the world’s most brutal court cases. I’m talking domestic violence, child abuse, homicide — all the nasty stuff we’d rather not think about. To call him thick-skinned would be an understatement. Robbie first appeared on the podcast in episode 18, which you can listen to here.

But to call him intimidating would be an overstatement. Robbie’s one of the most generous souls I’ve ever met. He’s also packing 10 years of public speaking experience into a month long online workshop called Performative Speaking (which I’m producing videos for).

So why the heck is this powerhouse trial lawyer interviewing little’ol me? Hell if I know! But Robbie was generous enough to reach out to talk to me about sparking conversations, the best practices of podcasting, constraints, formatting, what to name your show, and much more. This is an episode for anyone thinking of starting their own podcast. So, please enjoy!

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The Penguin Latte Friday Weekend Bonanza: Greg Frontiero Returns! Tasting Flow State Coffee, Launching Noowave, and Pro Wrestling Injuries (#27)

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Have you seen the trailer?

An introduction for those who haven’t listened to episode 18 of the podcast:
Greg Frontiero (@sfwgreg) is a pornstar the founder of Noowave – a company that creates products for optimal mental health and function. Oh yeah, he’s also a pro wrestler.

Mr. Frontiero is a beast. And not just because he has arms bigger than my head. In the span of something like 4 months he’s launched a company – a movement, really – that’s taking the Internet by storm. Noowave is Greg’s way of helping creative people make a living doing the one thing they love: being creative. Every time I talk to this guy I get the sense that he genuinely cares about seeing people pursue their highest ambitions. He’s helping creatives out with his unparalleled commitment, energy, trust, and heartfelt care.

Noowave is going to be a household name among creative writers, podcasters, bloggers, content creators, newsletter fanatics, Notion nerds, note-taking ne’er-do-wells, painters, poets, screenwriters – anyone who makes the world a better place with their hands and brains. And if you’re listening to this podcast, that means you! Yeah, you. I see you. You’re reading this now and thinking, “who, me? You mean I can make the world a better place with my goofy paintings?” Yes! Yes, of course you can. You can and you will. If you don’t, Greg and I will come down to your house uninvited, and we won’t leave until you start making more of those brilliant paintings of yours.

Anyways, this episode’s going to be a little different from my last encounter with Greg. First, it’s not going to be 2 1/2 hours long like last time (though it very well could have). Second, I’ll be tasting Noowave’s first product – Flow State Coffee – for the first time LIVE in front of him. It’s a moment that I’ve been anticipating for weeks. But if this episode shares anything in common with our last talk it’s that it’s highly caffeinated (by L-Theanine, to be precise), heavy on the cursing (wear headphones), and more fun than an upside down caramel macchiato.

Fans of my episode with Greg Frontiero are in for a treat. We cover:

  • My first tasting of Flow State Coffee
  • Horrible pro wrestling injuries
  • More stories of Greg’s life as a pro wrestler
  • What it’s like to launch a business during a pandemic and heated political season
  • Geeking out about stuff you love
  • Some Hot Takes on The Social Dilemma
  • How to use social media the right way
  • and oodles more

So please enjoy my second round in the ring with Greg Frontiero!

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PS: Does The Penguin Latte Podcast remind you of the excitement of fresh presents on Christmas morning? If so, please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes. It takes all of 60 seconds (or 120 seconds if you’re feeling extra spicy). By leaving a review, you’re making the podcast 1% better. So, if 500 of you leave reviews, the podcast gets 500% better (if I have my math right). Plus, I love reading all of your juicy comments. Thanks so much!

You can host a podcast

Because podcasting is the best way to leverage your curiosity.

Because a podcast lets you explore the true final frontier: your perspective.

And because the barrier to entry has never been lower. There’s no gatekeepers. There’s no network execs telling you what to say. It’s just you, a microphone, and your limitless curiosity.

But even though it’s easier than ever, it’s a lot of work to create a podcast that people remember. But that’s exactly how they’ll remember yours: because you put in the work to make it memorable.

Conversations spark insight, connection, and forward momentum. A good conversation is a collaboration between three people. The host, the guest, and the audience participate in making something remarkable.

You can host a podcast.

Which is why I’m starting a new video series called Paul Teaches Podcasting. I’ll be posting at least two videos a month on all things podcasts. Expect tutorials on…

  • The best practices of hosting a podcast
  • Stalking your guests (aka doing your homework)
  • How to have a juicy conversation
  • Getting comfortable on camera and with a mic
  • How to come up with questions on the spot
  • and loads more…

I hope you’ll check it out. And I hope it’ll move you to picking up that mic, reaching out to your favorite people, and hitting record.

Here’s a quick video to get you started.

And if you have any questions about podcasting, reach out to me on Twitter. I love talking about this stuff. I’d be happy to help.

Cheers

-Paul


P.S Thanks to Robbie Crabtree for helping with the video.

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Kat Law and Austin Lesher: Using Nanotechnology and Fashion to Fight Viruses and Save the Planet (#26)

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We want to be a very simple-minded company in the sense that our customer feels confident in wearing our clothes…we want people to focus on one thing, and that’s living life.

Today on the show I’m joined by the couple-turned-business-partners Kat Law and Austin Lesher. Kat and Austin run a new clothing company called SALT, which combines nanotechnology and fashion to combat viruses.

Their message? Make wise choices, increase the longevity of the planet. Kat and Austin are bridging the gap between industry and intention. They’ve got good heads on their shoulders. I could tell from talking to them that they’ve got a stable, clear, well-thought vision for their business and life goals. They’re not hustlers. They’re true artists in every sense of the word. Keep an eye out. The Salt Clothing brand will soon be a household name among groovy minimalists. Highly recommended.

Fans of my episode with Jamie Russo will appreciate this one. We talk at length about:

  • Why in the world would you start a business during a global pandemic?
  • Nanotechnology and why it’s not as scary as it sounds
  • Entrepreneurship as a force for good
  • What it’s like to run a business as a couple
  • How to get people to stand behind your brand
  • …and loads more!

So, please enjoy our conversation, and here’s to your good health. Cheers!
-Paul

Some links and mentions from the episode

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Every Sunday, I write a weekly newsletter full of advice for creatives, plus extra goodies like drafts of blog posts and previews of the podcast. Sounds good? Click here to subscribe and get the next issue delivered straight to your inbox on Sunday.

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Cam Houser: Cloning Yourself with Video, Being Human on Camera, Creating Scalable Content, and Face-Melting Cocktails (#25)

Your craft gets better when you start to find joy in the process.

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Cam Houser (@cahouser) is the founder of Actionworks and 3daystartup, and professor at UT Austin where he teaches a course called Creative Entrepreneurship. He’s also the writer of a weekly newsletter called “Learn from Rulebreakers,” where he shares, “atypical stories of creativity, entrepreneurship, and the ups and downs of Actionworks” (and the misadventures of infusing tequila with insanely hot peppers). He’s teaching entrepreneurs and content creators how to get comfortable on camera, avoid zoom meeting awkwardness, and make the process of creating videos as simple as ordering an iced vanilla latte.

Cam Houser is a modern-day wizard. He’s redefining what it means to put up a video on YouTube that garners less than 10 views and a creepy comment about dating-girls.online.

I love my fans

If this has ever happened to you, don’t feel bad. According to Cam, you’re on the right path. As you’ll learn from our conversation, the point of recording videos isn’t to become the next YouTube Influencer star (unless that’s really what you’re after). The point is to show your potential hires, clients, and audience that you’re the right person for the job. That you’re clear about what changes you want to make. That you’ve got the real skills to do the kind of work that only you can do.

If you enjoy my conversations about content creation with Chris Jordan, then you’re in for treat. Cam I go deep into..

  • Why does video content matter?
  • Why do we stiffen up on camera?
  • How can we make Zoom meetings suck less?
  • Why I’m studying psychology
  • Habanero infused cocktails (being the masochist I am, would love to melt my face off with these)
  • The key to making good content
  • And, as always, loads more…

So, please enjoy my conversation with the brilliant Cam Houser!

Some links and mentions from the episode

Nate Kadlac: KonMari your creative life

The War on Business Books: The Wisdom of Crowds

Nardwuar: The Interview God

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Every Sunday, I write a weekly newsletter full of advice for creatives, plus extra goodies like drafts of blog posts and previews of the podcast. Sounds good? Click here to subscribe and get the next issue delivered straight to your inbox on Sunday.

PS: Does The Penguin Latte Podcast remind you of the excitement of fresh presents on Christmas morning? If so, please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes. It takes all of 60 seconds (or 120 seconds if you’re feeling extra spicy). By leaving a review, you’re making the podcast 1% better. So, if 500 of you leave reviews, the podcast gets 500% better (if I have my math right). Plus, I love reading all of your juicy comments. Thanks so much!

The Penguin Latte Podcast #24 – Sharath Kuruganty on Consistency By Design, Meditation, and Building Excellence with No-Code

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I always believed that your next big thing is not yet here. Whatever you’re doing right now is not the next big thing…Everything changes once you take action.

Today on the show I’m speaking with the meticulous Sharath Kuruganty (@5arath). Sharath designs no-code apps and landing pages under the empathetic yet watchful eye of the public. He’s also the Product Evangelist at Draftbit — a no-code developing tool that puts the powers of app creation in the palm of anybody’s hand, no matter their level of technical knowledge.

Sharath is also building Shoutout.so, a tool that collects and organizes all the words of praise you receive on Twitter for the projects you’re building — currently in beta with a waitlist of nearly 350 people eagerly waiting for its release.

As if you didn’t think Sharath was prolific enough, here’s the rest of his current portfolio:

Tools for Makers, The Angel Philosopher (which was on Naval Ravikant’s Twitter bio at one point), Request for Product, Really Good Questions, One Dial, The Beyond Coffee Book Landing Page, The Below The Line Podcast Landing Page, and the Work From Home Manual

Though I’m no developer and Sharath isn’t hosting a podcast (yet), him and I have something in common: a love of making stuff — a love of helping other people make stuff. And that’s exactly why I’m excited to speak with him today.

This is a wide-ranging conversation that waxes philosophical about:

  • Meditation (my favorite rabbit hole), the different kinds of meditation, and why meditation it makes us more productive.
  • Thoughts on wealth and having enough of it.
  • How can we come up with our own definition of happiness?
  • What makes for good product design?
  • Detaching from outcomes
  • How did Sharath use journaling about his current job to land the exact job he was looking for? (…And my continued skepticism yet belief in the strange benefit of visualizing what you want your life to be like.)
  • Goal-setting.
  • …and loads more.

So, please enjoy my conversation with Sharath Kuruganty!
Cheers, and here’s to your good health this week.

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Every Sunday, I write a weekly newsletter full of advice for creatives, plus extra goodies like drafts of blog posts and previews of the podcast. Sounds good? Click here to subscribe and get the next issue delivered straight to your inbox on Sunday.

PS: Does The Penguin Latte Podcast remind you of the excitement of fresh presents on Christmas morning? If so, please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes. It takes all of 60 seconds (or 120 seconds if you’re feeling extra spicy). By leaving a review, you’re making the podcast 1% better. So, if 500 of you leave reviews, the podcast gets 500% better (if I have my math right). Plus, I love reading all of your juicy comments. Thanks so much!

The Penguin Latte Podcast #23 – Coach Steven Diaz: Why are We Terrified of Our Potential?

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Warning: this is the most inspirational podcast you’ll listen to all week (besides the one with Kanye).

Steven Diaz (@mrstevendiaz) is a coach, leader, and what I would call a “digital motivational speaker.” On that point, Steven is the motivational speaker’s motivational speaker. Those who know me well know that I’m skeptical of most motivational rah-rah. But I’ve relied on Steven for much inner-strength and confidence during times when I would otherwise break down and sob in a fetal position. I’m incredibly blessed to have Steven in my life. He has a deep heart for people, especially for people who can’t see their their own potential — a category I’ve fallen into often, hence, my constant pestering Steven for spiritual support.

This conversation orbits around Steven’s philosophy for leadership, while diverging into topics like:

  • What’s the other half of running away?
  • How to overcome the fear of your potential.
  • Why is it so difficult to believe in our skills, talents, and perspectives?
  • How to help people who don’t want help.
  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace
  • Where to find energy to do what you love, everyday, no matter how busy you are.
  • Where does Steven get his constant stream of energy from?
  • Why does coaching matter?
  • “I really think we orbit a lot.”
  • Creating things that don’t plug into an outlet.
  • Why is it so hard to start new routines?
  • Steven’s wild obsession with Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew
  • …and so much more.

Like Steven? Love Steven? Do you want to talk to Steven? (I highly recommend you do.) Reach out to him on Twitter, and do yourself a favor: check out his YouTube live channel.

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