Josh: The Podcast, Episode 74: Of hurricanes and immigrants

We talk science vs. politics, DACA, hurricanes and Jon Vroman.

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Irma
Matthew
DACA
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What passion and purpose look (sound) like

John-Speaking

In the early 2000s, one of Jon Vroman's friends challenged him to run an ultramarathon. That's two full marathons back to back — 52.4 miles — and Vroman hadn't ever run more than a couple of miles before.

One day on a training run, Vroman, who at that time was a successful sales coach, suggested they use the race as a fundraiser.

They had a hard time picking a charity so they did the next best thing: created one.

The Front Row Foundation works with terminally ill patients and their families to provide "front row moments" at recipients' dream events. It's not just tickets to the event. The organization makes an amazing overall experience, from limo pickups to nice dinners to meet-and-greets when possible.

Nikki, for example, suffers from HER2-Positive Stage IV Breast Cancer. She's a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan. Check out how Front Row Foundation hooked her up:

Vroman's gone on to become a speaker and coach, and is author of The Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with the Art of Moment Making.

The book is really inspiring, and so is Jon. He graced us with over an hour of discussion over on the JKWD Podcast. Give it a listen and learn how to win a personalized hardcover copy of the book.

Josh: The Podcast, Episode 73: Show some love today

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Josh: The Podcast, Episode 72: Family eclipses politics (with or without the commas)

A brief, brief show about family and the eclipse, and maybe a little about Afghanistan.

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Love and hate

It's so much easier to love than to hate.

Watch a couple of Alex Jones videos, then watch a couple by Jon Vroman.

Sure, Jones has more views. But looking at them and listening to them, whose life would you rather have? The one who yells a lot, or the one who smiles a lot?

Misery loves company. It needs you to be there. Love can go solo, but welcomes you along.

Your choice.

Josh: The Podcast, Episode 71: Your racist friend. Plus: team people

Oh, Charlottesville.

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Google News Search: Charlottesville rally August 12
Jon Vroman
Joe Rogan
"Dear White People" series | Movie
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I don't think the president has our backs
Charlottesville: Race and Terror

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More than just information

“If information were the answer," Derek Sivers once told Tim Ferriss, "we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.”

If you are of a certain age, you remember CDs, and if you were early enough to the internet, you remember that once upon a time, CDBaby was the place for independent musicians to sell their wares.

Sivers created CDBaby, then sold it for a boatload of money, which he largely gave away.

He's read, reviewed and synopsized dozens of books so that you don't have to.

Information, then, is important to him, or he wouldn't have done all that reading.

But there's something more. The information isn't enough. It needs to be mixed with the best of each of us to take form, to become something greater.

Josh: The Podcast, Episode 70: Immortality, nukes and Trump chicken

We have a late-night beer, talk about living forever (or dying in nuclear holocaust — thanks, North Korea!) and give a shoutout to the Trump chicken.

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What Are the Ethical Consequences of Immortality Technology?
Wild Heaven's beers (including Emergency Drinking Beer
8 questions about North Korea's nuclear capabilities
Ray Kurzweil on immortality
Singularity University | Singularity Hub
Shout out to the Trump chicken!

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Baby steps: The way back to creativity

If you've been listening to the podcast, you know I spend much of July dealing with some creative stumbling blocks. We even did an episode on it over at JKWD.

You'll notice the output didn't stop: A new JKWD every Monday. A new blog post ever Tuesday. A new Josh: The Podcast every Thursday.

Showing up and consistency are a large part of the battle against creative blocks. They're simple, but not easy.

Here we are, getting into August, and I have some thoughts coming back into my brain. It might be a month of short hits, much like Seth Godin posts about weekly (he blogs every day, but every now and then, a post is under 150 words — under 100, even — and brings a sharp jolt.

I'll be looking for more sharp jolts this month, and exceptionality as we move into fall.

Happy Tuesday.