“There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.”
I think about that Amy Poehler quote all the time. Pair that with Thelonius Monk’s, “a genius is the one most like himself,” and what do you get?
A simple recipe for courage.
Today I’m joined by the bold and adventurous Shelby Smith.
Shelby Smith (
@CoShelbySmith) is head of user onboarding for LingQ. She’s also a writer who discusses leadership, language learning, self-development, and why it it’s important to stand up for yourself to get what you want. Talking Points
Shelby’s backstory with the entrepreneurial spirit (2:30) “I’m a day one listener of The Tim Ferriss Show” (6:00) Action is the missing ingredient / Life in Ecuador (9:00) Learning from having a failed business (15:00) “I wrote that I was psychic” / How to handle job interviews if you never went to college (18:00) Suggesting what companies do wrong (35:00) What it was like to go for a year without social media, and all the unexpected changes that came from doing that [I can’t believe this is even a talking point] (41:00) “Build a personal relationship with your ideas” / Experience with Write of Passage (1:00:00) Shelby’s guiding principles (1:07:00) On learning languages (1:15:00) How we elicit meaning in language (1:25:00) What’s the work you do that feels like play? (1:30:00) When was the last time you were in flow? (1:35:00) When do you feel dissatisfied? (1:38:00) The final question (1:42:00)
The Four Hour Workweek
The Art of Learning
Discipline Equals Freedom