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Shit You Don't Learn in School

Calvin Rosser & Steph Smith

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Formal schooling does a terrible job of preparing you to thrive as an adult. The Shit You Don't Learn in School podcast exists to make up for this societal failure. In this show, Calvin Rosser and Steph Smith share stories, insights, and resources designed to help you improve the quality of your personal and professional life. If all works out, you'll be at least 1% better at navigating the waters.
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49. The Hidden Power of Language

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02/19/22 • 64 min

Language is one of the most powerful tools that humans have accessible to them.
Don't believe us? Consider the fact that someone could walk up to you and say something that could immediately change your mental state.
Nothing around you has changed, other than the words echoed through the air.
In this episode, Cal and Steph discuss the power of words and how language can shape the way we think. They use untranslatable words to convey these concepts and share how language has been shown to impact anything from our impression of time, space, or even emotional regularity.
If you're interested in digging into this more, Steph has built a directory of untranslatable words (Eunoia, which itself is an untranslatable word) and has written an article about the topic here. Send us a message with your favorite "untranslatables"!
Liked this episode? Make sure to subscribe and leave a review.

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02/19/22 • 64 min

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05/05/22 • 57 min

Steph has some exciting news to share in today's episode! Listen in to find out.
In this episode, Cal and Steph also cover the rise of the creator economy -- both its promise and pitfalls.
They breakdown why the heightened attention toward creators, whether we can expect a creator "middle class" anytime soon, the importance of IP, and even explore what it truly means to be a "creator"...
Is it the things they build?
Is it the audience they have?
Is it the money the make?
They also cover upcoming trends that they expect to hit this growing "creator economy" including the rise of digital influencers, content automation, crypto, and gaming.
If you'd like to ask Cal or Steph a question for an upcoming AMA episode, we encourage you to submit your questions here!

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05/05/22 • 57 min

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66. The AI Debate: Where Do You Sit?

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02/16/23 • 61 min

ChatGPT broke records in adoption, hitting 100m monthly active users in a matter of months... faster than any other web platform prior. Even faster than TikTok!
But with fast adoption comes equally swift resistance, surfacing questions around how this technology is changing the wider world. Should AI models be allowed in schools? How about the courtroom? Do stock image photographers have a fighting chance?
In this episode, Cal and Steph step into the shoes of many people tackling these difficult questions right now. From the middle school teacher to the college admissions officer, to the owners of a stock image sites, or even the head of the Bar Association... how would you respond? What questions would you be asking?
Listen in to hear Cal and Steph's takes.
This episode is not affiliated with Steph's work at a16z and is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures.

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02/16/23 • 61 min

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04/13/22 • 51 min

We all know that where you live is one of the most important decisions you can make, but it may be more important than you think. And with more people working remotely, there is no more freedom than ever in deciding where you call "home."
In this episode, Steph and Cal discuss how to think about where you should live, why it matters more than you think, and how you can make a decision when it involves two people who have different desires from a location.
In one of our next episodes, we'll be answering listener questions! You can ask your questions here:
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04/13/22 • 51 min

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59. Be a Magnet, Not a Jail

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11/02/22 • 43 min

It's human nature to worry about the things that can go wrong.
But often overlooked is the mentality of attraction instead of detraction, or in other words focusing on what you can bring to the table instead of what you can prevent from happening.
While so many companies signal they want entrepreneurial candidates yet don't allow side projects, want out of the box thinkers yet expect them to work in a box (office), and vow they only hire top talent yet pay below market rate... there's power in thinking through whether you're truly focusing on attracting the right people or just trying to prevent wrong behavior.
In this episode, Steph and Cal discuss the mentality of being a magnet instead of a jail, originally inspired by this tweet of Steph's.

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11/02/22 • 43 min

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11/30/22 • 41 min

A few weeks ago, Steph and Cal had a locksmith come in. It cost $185 and was shockingly quick... just 10 minutes! Little did they know it would also be the fodder for one of Steph's most popular tweets of all time.
Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising people love learning about new opportunities. That's why they decided to record this (hopefully) recurring segment where they share various opportunities they've found in everyday things and how they're crafted a curious lens with time.
In this episode, they discuss 6 business ideas:

  • niche sports like freediving
  • second-hand LEGO markets
  • the AI education opportunity
  • lupini beans: the next healthy snack?
  • the story behind the music
  • using the full agave plant

Let us know if you liked this episode on Twitter. If there's enough demand, we'll continue to run it monthly.

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11/30/22 • 41 min

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48. It's Time to Leave the Casino

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02/11/22 • 55 min

The allure of getting rich quick is intoxicating.
It's even more intoxicating when you're trapped inside and it seems like all your friends have cashed in big.
In this episode, Cal and Steph discuss Cal's experience with active investing over the last 20 months and ultimately, why it's time to walk away from the casino.
If you liked this episode, make sure to subscribe and leave a review. You can also read Calvin's article on the topic here.
And if you're also stuck in the casino, don't be afraid to reach out to Cal or Steph on Twitter. We'd love to hear your story.

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02/11/22 • 55 min

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47. What Can Happen in 300 Years?

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02/06/22 • 60 min

"The only constant is change", they say.
In this episode, Cal and Steph discuss just how drastically the world has changed and will continue to change.
From the iPhone... to the Internet... to antibiotics... to human flight... to to the sequencing of DNA... to perhaps the most important fact that humans now live more than double as long... these developments all happened within the last 100 years.
Given that things within a single lifetime can go from being inconceivable to ubiquitous, it's mind-blowing to imagine what might be come.
They use the remainder of the episode to explore what might be to come, whether it be proactive medicine, computer-brain interfaces, printed food, digital warfare, and much more.
If you liked this episode, make sure to subscribe and leave a review.
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02/06/22 • 60 min

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54. Ask Us (Literally) Anything

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05/15/22 • 64 min

In this special episode, Cal and Steph answer audience questions across a wide range of topics including writing, relationships, finances, and even death. Listen in to find out.
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05/15/22 • 64 min

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05/18/21 • 19 min

Friendship, family, and community are indispensable to living a good life. But as we get older, it becomes more difficult to stay in touch with the people we care about. Life seems to always get in the way. In this episode, Steph and Calvin chat about the challenges of staying in touch with people, some tactics for doing a better job, and the importance of prioritizing this part of your life.
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05/18/21 • 19 min

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How many episodes does Shit You Don't Learn in School have?

Shit You Don't Learn in School currently has 74 episodes available.

What topics does Shit You Don't Learn in School cover?

The podcast is about Podcasts, Self-Improvement, Education, Business and Careers.

What is the most popular episode on Shit You Don't Learn in School?

The episode title '49. The Hidden Power of Language' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Shit You Don't Learn in School?

The average episode length on Shit You Don't Learn in School is 39 minutes.

How often are episodes of Shit You Don't Learn in School released?

Episodes of Shit You Don't Learn in School are typically released every 5 days, 21 hours.

When was the first episode of Shit You Don't Learn in School?

The first episode of Shit You Don't Learn in School was released on Apr 8, 2020.

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