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The Abstractable Podcast

Find all the show notes to our episodes below. Here you will find a brief summary of what we cover and the books discussed in each one.

As with each episode, we pluck out what resonated most with us from that episodes thinker, and how we are going to implement their ideas into our daily lives.

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Episode 007 & 007.5 - Remote Work Special Parts 1 & 2

In this 2 part special episode related to remote work in light of COVID-19 we bring what we have implemented, learnt and seen work well and provide plenty of food for thought.

In Part 1, we discuss opportunities among the chaos that Coronavirus has brought to the world and how things might look in a post COVID world

In Part 2, we discuss how we are all now settled into more remote work. We talk more in depth about working from home and being an employee, manager or business owner during this strange time.

Books discussed:

  • The Year Without Pants - Scott Berkun
  • The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

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Episode 006 - The Year Without Pants - Scott Berkun

What does the future of work look like? How can we make the most out of remote work? This ep we discuss The Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun. Berkun retell’s the year he spent in Automattic, Matt Mullenweg’s company who brought the world Wordpress. Whilst it is almost a decade old, much of its wisdom holds true, particularly as many of us find ourselves shifting to more remote work.

Books discussed:

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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Episode 005 - Total Recall - Arnold Schwarzenegger

This book is the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s colourful and fascinating life, as told by him. It takes us from his humble beginnings growing up in Austria all the way through to his careers in body building, acting and politics. Ryan and Lach explore the little-known parts of Arnold’s life and character and what we learn from his incredible journey.

Books discussed:

  • The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande

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Episode 004 - Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

This book distills the the ground breaking work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. Their work has changed the fields of behavioural science, psychology and also won a Nobel prize in economics. As with each episode, we pluck out what most resonated with us from the book and how we are going to implement these into our day-to-day.

Books discussed:

  • The Undoing Project – Michael Lewis
  • Why Buddhism is True – Robert Wright

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Episode 003 - Animal Farm - George Orwell

We discuss George Orwell's colourful and adventurous life as well as Manor Farm and the animals that inhabit it. They dissect the meaning of the book as they understand it and show just how relevant it is to today’s modern world.

Books discussed:

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Episode 002 - The Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

We discuss his formative years growing up in Lebanon and his work in the US working as a “quant” on Wall St. Most importantly, they discuss his Black Swan Theory of extreme random events. They believe truly taking the time to understand the concepts he discusses will have a profound effect on how you understand and think about the world around you. Also, that these ideas will continue to be become more important as the world becomes more interconnected.

Books discussed:

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman (Epsiode 004)

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Episode 001 - Principles by Ray Dalio

We discuss Ray's life from his humble beginnings through to running the most successful private hedge fund in the world - Bridgewater Associates with over 1500 employees and $80b under management. We explore how he see's the world, specifically his approach to learning, the failures he has had, his work and how he approaches life in general.

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