December '20 - Highlights

‘Highlights’ is the best of what we tuned into. This month: Australia’s Fastest Growing Start-ups, ‘Nice Guys’ and Ayahuasca


The New Hustle

The New Hustle follows the stories of SafetyCulture, Vinomofo and Canva – three of Australia’s fastest growing start-ups. It’s an inspiring watch for any would-be entrepreneur, with some valuable lessons and cool anecdotes.

“It’s hard, it takes equal parts of unwavering belief in yourself, but also brutal humility and self awareness to be able to see what’s not working, and change it.” [50:18]

Entrepreneurship is a constant process of iteration. In the film, they [19:59] discuss the importance of getting your product out there quickly, to receive feedback and further refine the idea.

“Small teams can get products out and attack global markets now. [But] that also means that there are tens and maybe hundreds of other people trying to do the same thing.” [40:44] 

Perhaps the main takeaway is the effect the internet has had on entrepreneurship – a huge increase in possibility but also competition.

Overall, it’s an entertaining watch with smooth production and nice shots of Australia.

Short Video

The #1 Sign of a Weak Man

“Overcompensating… It’s kinda patching up something that really isn’t there.”

David Hammond is the founder of Self-Developed, a company dedicated to improving people’s lives. To him, that means achieving more than just the standard idea of success – it means personal growth, finding your purpose, and enjoying the process.

In this video he talks about how by actively trying to hide our insecurities, we reinforce their significance in our own minds, and the idea that they need hiding in the first place.

Further, any action we take to hide our insecurities is a strengthening of the insecurity itself. Own your insecurities – or, at the very least, set out with that intention. As David explains, “Don’t create a living-hell for yourself.”


Dr. Joe Dispenza on The Aubrey Marcus Podcast

On the The Aubrey Marcus Podcast, Joe Dispenza discusses the power of the mind – the ability to create and regulate our emotions, and the effect this has on our health and longevity.

He expands on the placebo effect and its significance:

“How can you give someone a sugar pill… perform some false surgery or procedure, and a certain percentage of those people will accept, believe and surrender to the thought that they’re getting an actual substance or treatment? They begin to program their autonomic nervous system to make the exact pharmacy of chemicals equal to the substance they think they’re taking. Now is it the inert substance that’s doing the healing, or is it the body’s innate capacity to heal?”

In essence, Joe’s message is that we are what we practice and feeling good is no different.

“People are so entitled… the moment they press on their cellphone they get answers and information –  it’s not how it works. This is a practice. Every day, changing your state of being… You practice feeling good for eight weeks, you’re gonna start feeling good.” [45:00-47:31]

In his own work, Joe runs events where he teaches people how to improve their mindset, physical health, and find success. He does this by combining science with spirituality, and has written several best-selling books that do the same.


Ayahuasca: Drink the Jungle

“Ayahuasca… It’s in a class of medicine experiences that are conscious, visionary, and open up our heightened senses of awareness. All of these things together help us get more clear about our passion, our purpose, our mission, and as a result to be able to release the craziness in our own human drama and experience more peace throughout our lives.”

Drink the Jungle is produced by Aubrey Marcus, founder and CEO of Onnit. The documentary is a good introduction into Ayahuasca, following several people through a ceremony. In it, they open up about the challenges and lessons from their psychedelic experiences.

The depth of these crazy experiences, and how consistently they occur really makes you question how a plant can have such large effects on so many people. Though we’re not suggesting you book the next flight out to Peru, the documentary is an interesting watch and a good reminder of how little we actually know – about our planet and our minds.


No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert Glover

‘Nice guys’ are “conditioned to seek the approval of others”, i.e. validation from guys, and sex from girls. This ‘need for validation’ is the root of the ‘niceness’, not a desire to actually see others happy. As a result, ‘nice guys’ are scared of disappointing others and try to please them at their own expense.

However, you don’t need to be a ‘nice guy’ to read this book. It’s just about putting yourself first, acting with honesty and integrity. Though the examples that Glover gives are on the extreme end of the scale, they paint a useful picture. 

We could all benefit from greater self-awareness, and that’s exactly what this book provides. It makes you more aware of where you might be seeking validation through your actions, and provides concrete steps to avoid this; to care less about what others think.

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