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The Big Life Questions Show
Episode 32: How Do You Define Freedom?

Episode 32: How Do You Define Freedom?

November 25, 2019

In this episode, Chris and Doug discuss freedom in all of its dimensions -- political, physical, financial, external versus internal freedom. The cohosts discuss which rights of freedom are currently threatened in the United States. As usual, Doug also offers a book recommendation.

0.55 Chris's fundamental definition of freedom

2.15 Webster's definition of freedom

7.15 Internal freedom

11.10 Freedom to be who you are

11.30 Free will

14.45 The freedom to control your body

16.45 Financial freedom

Links

Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Episode 31: What’s Your Strategy For Overcoming Adversity?

Episode 31: What’s Your Strategy For Overcoming Adversity?

November 18, 2019

All of us go through adversity. It's an inevitable part of life. In this episode, Doug and Chris talk about some of the major adversities in their own lives and how they dealt with them (successfully or otherwise).

0.30 Doug's first major life crisis

5.30 The wrong way to deal with adversity

10.30 How to overcome adversity

12.55 Chris' biggest adversity

17.25 Staying in the pocket

19.10 The growth mindset

Links

Mindset, Carol Dweck

Episode 30: What’s the Difference Between Perfectionism and Striving for Excellence?

Episode 30: What’s the Difference Between Perfectionism and Striving for Excellence?

November 11, 2019

Chris and Doug engage in a wide-ranging conversation about perfectionism, excellence and the difference between the two. They cover healthy and unhealthy attitudes, how raising kids has gotten harder, famous perfectionists, suicide, and - of course - Donald Trump. A decent effort for two non-perfectionists.

0.42 Definitions of perfectionism and excellence

4.00 Perfectionists' expectations of other people

5.25 Perfectionists and risk-taking

12.50 The promise and perils of continuous improvement

16.00 Growing up in a social media world

19.00 Is perfectionism getting worse?

Links:

Ted Talk on Perfectionism

 

 

Episode 29: How Do You Fix a Democracy?

Episode 29: How Do You Fix a Democracy?

November 4, 2019

In this episode, Doug and Chris solve all of problems facing democracies in a mere 32 minutes. It's all here - citizen engagement, gerrymandering, education, universal basic income, entitlements, etc., etc. Our cohosts also talk about how the United States could get back to doing Big Things as a country. World leaders, you are fools not to listen to this episode of The Big Life Questions Show podcast. 

2.00 Doug's starting point for the fix

6.30 Doing Big Things

12.25 Fixing entitlements

21.55 Citizenship and democracy 

26.15 Strengthening families

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