Tuesday Treasure #16: podcast update, listening, Elon Musk’s cold call

Hey family!

Quick update on The Danny Miranda Podcast… eight episodes have been recorded. Aiming for a launch date of September 16 or 23.

Recording the episodes have been fun and it has made me respect what professional interviewers even more (more on that a littlelater).

It’s certainly not easy. But like anything, the more you do it… the better you’ll get.

And since a friend asked what my goals were with the podcast, I’ll share them with you as well:

Publish 100 episodes.

After 100 episodes, I have the option to stop if I want… but not before shipping 100.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get to the treasure!

On Listening

I’ve been thumbing through The Book of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti. I just started it but it’s clear this man has thought deeply about how we think and what we do.

This has been my favorite quote thus far…

“We do not listen simply; there is always the intervening screen of our own thoughts, conclusions, and prejudices… To listen there must be an inward quietness, a freedom from the strain of acquiring, a relaxed attention… It is only in listening that one hears the song of the words.”

To listen is a form of meditation itself.

You can’t be focused on what you’re supposed to do later today. You can’t be projecting your own thoughts onto the conversation.

You must be fully in the moment.

Larry King: Lessons From Talking To More Than 60,000 People

Here are five tips you can apply today from How To Talk To Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime by Larry King:

  1. Be honest.
  2. The greatest question is “Why?”
  3. Stay open.
  4. Avoid yes/no questions.
  5. To be interesting, be interested.

The Best Video I Watched This Week

Came across this on Twitter.

This dad asked his son, “Why don’t you smile in pictures?”

His son gave a response that made me think.

The son explained that if he’s happy, he’ll smile. But if he’s not in a great mood, he’s not going to pretend to be something he’s not for the sake of a photo.

It made me think about social norms… and how sometimes children have a different outlook because as adults, we get desensitized to the norms of our own culture.

(You can watch the whole video here.)

Specialization vs. Generalization

In seventh grade (age 13), I had a music teacher.

He was talking to the class about his regrets…

“I wish I spent more time devoted to one instrument. If I had any piece of advice, it would be to stick to one instrument and practice it more.”

He was talking about specialization vs. generalization.

Specialization is the idea that in order to become a master at something, you need to do something for 10,000 hours. This has been popularized by Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

It makes sense. It’s easy to remember. But maybe it’s not the whole truth?

You see, I’ve been reading Range: Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World by David Epstein.

Epstein makes the case that that we are better off pulling from seemingly unrelated fields before specializing in one.

He uses the example of Roger Federer – whose childhood sports included skiing, basketball, badminton, wrestling, and skateboarding. Federer credits his exceptional hand-eye coordination to playing all these sports.

Interested to get your perspective… where do you weigh in on the generalization vs. specialization argument?

Elon Musk’s Spectacular Cold Call

Elon Musk called rocket expert Jim Cantrell with a proposition: help me acquire Russian rockets.

Here was the actual transcript…

Let’s take a quick moment to analyze this…

First, here are my credentials (“I’m Elon Musk, I’m an internet billionaire”).

Second, here’s what I want (“humanity needs to become a multi-planetary species to survive”).

Third, here’s how you could help me (“I want to save humanity and need your rockets”).

It’s short. Simple. Succinct. Either you’re going to help him or you’re not. But neither party is going to waste time.

Maybe something to keep in mind as you’re reaching out to people?

As always, respond back with your favorite piece of treasure from this week!

To your success,


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