For this episode, Tim shared an anecdote about his interactions with his colleagues at work and how people are not obligated to return favours. I shared an anecdote about cold emailing a film news publication and eventually getting some film reviews published on its website. Listen on for more.
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1:00 – Tim’s anecdote, his notion of humans being helpful by nature was challenged
4:35 – Tim learned to appreciate and treasure help because of the situation
6:00 – You can’t change what happens to you but you can change how you feel and react to what happens to you
8:00 – Mentioned Robert Cialdini’s Influence book
10:15 – Bad personality or just bad blood?
13:45 – Tim’s interactions with his colleague
17:35 – Similar personalities attract?
20:00 – Pros and cons of a straightforward personality
21:15 – Mentioned Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck book
21:35 – Opposing personalities attract?
23:10 – Writing goals on your desk to keep motivated
28:05 – As a writer, you need to pitch to several publications on the side and not just write full-time for one publication
29:45 – The power of asking for an opportunity; the common obstacle most creatives face
31:15 – People always say “don’t judge a book by its cover” but that’s what covers are for – Ryan Holiday
35:15 – Why having mentors help in self-improvement; getting shit done when you’re accountable to someone
37:00 – A good mentor doesn’t impose ideals on the mentee, a good mentor helps the mentee put the latter’s goals in perspective and help him achieve it
41:30 – Episode wrap-up
Important links mentioned
Robert Cialdini’s Influence book
Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck book
Audio file size: 43.54 MB