Josh: The Podcast, Episode 18: A monologue about dialogue

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"I never learned anything while I was talking," Larry King tells Lewis Howes in a recent podcast. "If you could put a billboard anywhere in the world, what would it say?" Tim Ferriss asks Cal Fussman. "One word: Listen," the writer replies.

Have a conversation, learn something. We are way more alike than we are different.

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Conversation: Remembering a time before social media and cell phones
Cal Fussman on Tim Ferriss' podcast
Larry King on Lewis Howes' podcast

Bonus material for patrons is about stillness.

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Small decisions are the difference between good enough and great

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I was running south down Drayton Street, along Forsyth Park, on yet another high-heat, high-humidity day in Savannah.

It seems like every time I've looked down at my phone's weather application the past two months, it says something on the order of "92°, feels like 109°."

I'd been frustrated by my inability — really, lack of true desire — to push past two or three miles (I'd been running two or three times a day sometimes to get some time in on the pavement).

That particular day, I had set out to run five miles, and here I was, about 2.25 miles in, drenched, sagging and miserable. Up ahead about a quarter mile — well within my view — was a corner.

I could turn left, and get home in about a mile, or I could turn right and keep going. I could go home, get comfortable and tell myself I was going back out later, or I could push myself through.

Let me note here that in general, five miles is not a stretch for me. I'll run my second half marathon this fall, and I've set a running goal of 1,000 miles this year.

At 10 minutes per mile, a quarter mile is two minutes, 30 seconds. That's not a long time if, say, you're driving to Baltimore. But just sit there and count off two and a half minutes. Go ahead. Bet you last about 15 seconds and say, "OK, I get the point."

Two and a half minutes of norepinephrine nudging me to the left, saying, "hey, three-plus miles on a really hot day isn't all that bad!" And a piece of my brain, feebly frying in the July heat, meekly responding, "no...I'm...running...five...today."

Kelvin and I did a podcast on this yesterday.

It's these bouts of internal arguments that make the difference between settling for good enough and going for great.

It's these little corners — turn left or turn right — that make the difference between the comfortable status quo the uncomfortable moments required for growth.

It's these decisions you make — be good enough or turn toward greatness — that define who you become.

I ran a touch over 5.6 miles that day. Which way would you turn?

Josh: The Podcast, Episode 17: Nothing is irreversible (well, almost)

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Ladies' Night and pin ceremony at Zerubbabel Lodge #15
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Talk yourself into the hard stuff

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Josh: The Podcast, Episode 16: A viable third party by 2020?

We talk primarily about the Democratic National Convention this week. Also, a reminder that we are a Republic, not a Democracy.

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• Work-life balance for the perpetually busy: Join my upcoming Circle by filling out this form.
• DNC and other politics coverage from PennLive and NJ.com
Donald Trump's reddit AMA
#WeThePeople Live
Wait, what did Gary Johnson call Donald Trump?

Bonus material for patrons is really some rambling at the beginning and the end. Here's Joe Rogan's discussion with Justin Wren and Malcolm Gladwell's podcast.

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Josh: The Podcast, Episode 15: Flag-burning, intellectual property and #FreeMilo

The world feels a little strange this week — I've been immersed in coverage of the Republican National Convention, to the point where it almost seems like everyday life when it's clearly a circus. My work shifts have been strange this week, which means I'm not rested at all; instead I've been trying to regulate my energy with a combination of running and meditation. The air conditioning has been out much of the week, which makes for grumpy Josh on top of the mixed realities.

Links:
• Work-life balance for the perpetually busy: Join my upcoming Circle by filling out this form.
• Full coverage of the Republican National Convention from cleveland.com.
• Was Melania Trump's speech plagiarized from Michelle Obama's?
• Does Meredith McIver really exist? (Appparently)
• Third Eye Blind trolls Republican fans
Ted Cruz didn't endorse Donald Trump
• Protests include flag-burning: Should that be a crime?
• Queen complains about use of their music
• Kelvin and I discuss living your life when the world is full of chaos
#FreeMilo: Banned, but seriously, listen to him; he's a troll (if a funny one).

Bonus material for patrons is about the power of words — specifically, do we make them too powerful?

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Josh: The Podcast, Episode 14: Here come the conventions!

The time we next speak, it'll be nominating day for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, and we'll be just days away from the Democratic National Convention. Do the conventions matter? What's it going to be like in the wake of all the violence the past couple of weeks, particularly in Cleveland — where officers have been involved in a couple of highly-criticized shooting deaths in the past couple of years and with Ohio being an open carry state?

Links:
Cleveland.com's coverage of the Republican National Convention
Cleveland agrees to $6 million settlement in Tamir Rice shooting
Cleveland pays $3 million settlement as police shoot car 137 times after chase
Revisionist History, Episode 5: Food Fight
Josh & Kelvin World Domination podcast
Join my Creative Coast Circle

Bonus material for patrons is about the importance of routines.

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Josh: The Podcast, Episode 13: Declaring independence

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When, in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one person to look around at the landscape of today's world and do his best to keep his head from exploding, maybe it's time to just remember where we came from in the week after Independence Day and read the Declaration of Independence.

Happy podcast day.

Links:
Full text: U.S. Declaration of Independence
Remembering Elie Wiesel

Bonus material for patrons is we'll actually talk about the ridiculousness that was this week in the presidential race.

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Josh: The Podcast, Episode 12: Hello, Birmingham. Plus: Kids shooting kids (again)

I spent a couple of quick days in Birmingham over the past week, and I came back to a 10-year-old accidentally shooting his 8-year-old cousin. You know how I feel about this, right? And then a 5-year-old in New Jersey shot a 4-year-old with his mom's gun. Sigh.

Links to stuff I talk about:
10-year-old shoots 8-year-old, parents say, "They know better"
5-year-old boy playing with mom's gun shoots, kills 4-year-old brother
Trim Tab Brewing Co.
Urban Standard
Octane
Holler & Dash
Saw's
Forsyth Farmers Market
Prankster gets USA Today to print Cormac McCarthy death
Tamir Rice shooting in Cleveland
Cleveland suspends 63 officers in chase that ended in deaths of two unarmed people (nope, 63 is not a typo)

Bonus material for patrons is about doing some research and having good discussions.

In the bonus material for Episode 10, I asked Lewis Howes' question about three truths you know. Listener sent his three. I think they're worth sharing.

• When in doubt or despair there is always a way to fight or push through — never give up.
• There is no magic pill — there may be many different roads but every journey will require hustle and hard work.
• Don't get stuck on money is everything. Yes you need to support yourself and your family and determine where you are comfortable but more importantly, you should do something you love every day. As unrealistic as it sometimes sounds, it can be done. Find joy in your daily life.

You can leave yours in comments here or email them from the About page.

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Josh: The Podcast, Episode 11: Halfway to

A shorter podcast than usual today, as I'm heading out of town. Subject matter is a little lighter, too. I hope you'll enjoy this respite.

Links to stuff I talk about:
2016 running goal: Halfway home
Allow your plan to change
• I reserve the right to change. Listen to the JKWD episode, and read a post it inspired about the Special Libraries Association.

Bonus material for patrons is about being amazing at it while it's yours.

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Josh: The Podcast, Episode 10: Get on team people, and maybe pontificate less

Links to stuff I talk about:
Lewis Howes
Orlando nightclub shooting | Reactions
1 Million Cups
Melissa Gratias
Pulse nightclub's Facebook page
Alligator kills 2-year-old at Disney

Bonus material for patrons is about...well, it's something important to your life, so you'll want to listen.

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