3 Minute Monday – Role Models, Fathers & Basketball

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, I just got back from a weekend in San Francisco for Mikhaila Peterson’s wedding. Seeing my friends be happy makes me feel very good. There was more than just beef, salt and water served for dinner too which was a pleasant surprise. I also finally got to meet Rob Henderson […]

3 Minute Monday – Data-Driven Happiness, NASA & Beauty

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, What things in life truly make us happy in life is a difficult question. The things we think will make us happy in advance often end up being hollow when they arrive. And there is a large chunk of things we often don’t think to do which would actually give […]

3 Minute Monday – Corruption, Sex Work & Corpses

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, I made it back from Guatemala in one piece. My trip ended up taking a fair bit longer than I expected so I went full Alan Partridge Travel Tavern Mode living in the hotel I’d only intended being at for a few days but I got the job done… I […]

3 Minute Monday – Remembering, Penguins & Risk

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, Laura Vanderkam is a time management expert. In my podcast with her in 2018 she talked about how there are 3 selves which make up our lives… The Anticipating Self, is the one who looks forward to experiences which are yet to come. The Present Self, or experiencing self is […]

3 Minute Monday – Expectations, Svetlana & Selfridges

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, My favourite studies that I’ve learned about this year are from my conversation with David Robson about his book The Expectation Effect. Listen to the full episode here on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Self-reports of gluten intolerances have increased 10x from 3% to 30% over the last decade. Researchers wanted to find out what […]

3 Minute Monday – Risk, Sexless Men & Messiahs

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, Douglas Murray is on the show today. Listen now on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. He told me about a story from Philip Larkin the English poet and novelist. Larkin said:“I felt like I’d been shunted to the side of my own life”. Oftentimes there’s a thing we must do, something we’re called or […]

3 Minute Monday – Intuition, Fish & Hand Strength

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, I had an awesome conversation with Iain McGilchrist last week. The tension between cognition and intuition is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Letting go of thinking and relying on feeling to make decisions and guide your actions. The thing is that when you first start out […]

3 Minute Monday – Moods, Assassins & Daughters

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, One of the easiest ways to work out how to improve your mood is through inversion. Making yourself happy seems a large, complex task, but making a happy person depressed is much simpler. So what would you do if you wanted to make someone miserable? Well, you’d probably mess with […]

 3 Minute Monday – Inner Citadel, Death & Sex

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, Today we’re revisiting the Inner Citadel. My good buddy and past Modern Wisdom guest Rob Henderson taught me about it last year and I can’t stop seeing it everywhere. So you’re swallowing this red pill along with me. Isiah Berlin says: “When the natural road towards human fulfilment is blocked, […]

3 Minute Monday – Success, Tax Fraud & Status

3 Minute Monday Hi friend, One of the most common tensions I talk about at the moment is between a desire for success and a desire to feel like we’re enough. Success is a strange thing. Presumably we want success because we think a more successful life will bring us more happiness, meaning and fulfilment. […]