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There was once a hippy — who didn’t shave his armpits, didn’t shower, and lived out of caravan parks.   And one day a blue collar worker drove past the hippy and scoffed at him. ‘Freeloader’ the blue collar worker mumbled to himself.   ‘That hippy will never do an honest day’s work his whole life’ the blue collar worker said to himself. ‘How sad.’   The blue collar worker drove to do a job at the house of a white collar worker, an accountant. The accountant scoffed at the blue collar worker, saying to herself ‘this man has to work with his hands, he’ll never

Rosebud whispers the croaky old voice.   A snowball drops and shatters, and Charles Foster Kane, the media tycoon turned failed politician dies a lonely old man in his Xanadu Mansion.   Citizen Kane   This is the genesis point of the storyline in Orson Welles’ 1942 masterpiece Citizen Kane. A reporter is investigating the meaning of this ‘Rosebud’, trying to unpack what the dying word of this noteworthy media figure might have meant.   Through this journey he learns Charles’ story — a boy born into a poor family, who was sold to a rich businessman to be raised and given a fortune once he came of

Alan Watts was a prolific philosopher, absolutely light years ahead of his time especially with the predictions he made about the education revolution before his death in 1973.   Philosophy is something that keeps popping up on this journey — those who dive into it seem to find the ability to really see things.   The episodes we did on Alan Watts on the With Joe Wehbe Podcast, (episodes #203-#211) are some of the most powerful episodes done to date, and go deep to unearth some tightly held assumptions we have about work and life.   Luke Smith, my high school friend and co-host of these

They raced ahead and made it further up the mountain.   But when they looked back, all they saw was the trail of destruction they left in their wake to get there.   The path was lined with the skeletons of all those they climbed over.   At that moment they longed to go back and try again, but it was too late. Their time had been spent.   I didn't reach the peak of the mountain they climbed.   I found a detour, and followed it. Suddenly I came to a quiet opening that looked out over a peaceful valley.   Creatures surrounded me and chirped away, and the wind whistled

Ask yourself, why do you like music?   Probably because of the way it makes you feel. But it can make you feel many things — sad, sorrowful, jubilant, inspired, calm and collected. You can explain this up to a point, but those you are explaining to need to have some concept of these feelings to understand your love of music.   How do you describe to someone what music is? How do you describe Pavarotti's Nessun Dorma or the spectacle of Beyonce?   Just the same, explain to me why you laugh.   Funny

Are we there yet? pesters the young child from the back seat.   Are. We. There. Yet?   But zoom out and we're all that young child, looking to arrive, looking to get somewhere. You can look through the telescope for the fine details but you'll miss the grander view if you do. If you look too hard, you'll see only a fraction of the total picture.   If you ask the wrong question, you will never find the right answer.   You will always be looking somewhere where the answer is not. Scrutinising things too closely under the microscope. As Alan Watts told us

Don't thank me.   The magic comes from the people who are in the Room.   Not the person who Opens the Door.   One Thing.   The business books tell you to focus on one thing, and to become world class at it.   To the business books I say, my physiotherapist wanted me to do rehab for half and hour each day on my ankle.   The problem is, that's too much time to give to my ankle. I have a life to live.   In the same way, the focus of my life cannot be to develop myself into a product with high market value. I was not designed for the

From time to time, you'll come across those people who advertise — "I'm incredibly self-aware" they say.   But no one who is truly self-aware brags about or emphasise how self-aware they are.   No, that gift of self-awareness is the gift of knowing how much you do not know.   They think they are a step above everyone else, that they don't fall into the same traps as the everyday muggle. But really they have replaced their need to satisfy their ego with money and status with advertising how 'enlightened' they are.   As usual, those who push anything too hard are compensating, are insecure.   You'll notice that

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