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Shane Snow – Smartcuts

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# Episode 153


In Episode #153 Ari is joined by Shane Snow, author of [Smartcuts](, a book that highlights how hour-hackers and innovators (like Ari Meisel) help improve not only their lives but the lives of those around them. This is a seriously juicy interview and one no Less Doing fanatic will want to miss!

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**Time Stamped Show Notes:**

  • – 16:14 – Introduction of Shane Snow, author of [Smartcuts]( and co-founder of [Contently](
  • – 16:33 – Shane shares the origins of Contently
  • – 16:45 – There was/is a trend of journalistic talent being treated as a “variable cost” by employers
  • – 17:04 – Increasing trend of non-traditional publishers
  • – 18:32 – We’re talking about [Soylent]( people!
  • – 20:55 – Living on it is pretty miserable but it IS convenient
  • – 21:53 – The best thing about Soylent?—it sparked a conversation about nutrition
  • – 23:06 – Improper nutrition has emotional consequences
  • – 23:57 – A lot of our social interactions and relationships are formed in or around food
  • – 25:50 – There is a real benefit to doing certain things (like cleaning, cooking, etc) yourself from a social standpoint
  • – 26:32 – Don’t be afraid to take a contrarian view
  • – 27:11 – Too many of us think we’re “working hard” by doing tasks, jobs, etc. the way we were told to do them
  • – 27:58 – Lateral Thinking—Approaching problem solving sideways—shift your perspective and look at the problem differently
  • – 28:25 – Most people solve problems linearly—the algebra way
  • – 29:45 – Those that have accomplished the greatest things in our society have applied their work in a “smarter” direction
  • – 30:02 – [Escape the room](
  • – 31:23 – Lateral thinking is a skill that can be learned
  • – 32:40 – Why do immigrants start so many businesses? Why do multi-sex boardrooms outperform unisex ones?—They are immune to the norms of whatever they are getting into
  • – 33:45 – Seeing more of the world is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself
  • – 34:42 – Ask yourself “How would X look at this problem?” where “X” is someone extraordinarily different from yourself
  • – 35:27 – More often than not, we are in our own way
  • – 35:59 – When you become an “expert” you tend to obtain blinders
  • – 38:45 – Having an agitator in your life is really beneficial
  • – 39:00 – Experiencing the uncomfortable spurs the mind to think differently
  • – 39:39 – Shane shares some of his favorite stories from [Smartcuts](
  • – 41:19 – What makes for a good president or leader?—Adaptability
  • – 43:34 – About half the stories Shane covered didn’t even make it to the book
  • – 46:32 – List out all the assumptions inherent to a problem and create hypotheticals by crossing some of the assumptions out
  • – 47:25 – What is would the expected way of doing “X” be and why are we doing it that way?
  • – 48:42 – Great stories are a product of three things: reporting, writing and thinking—most people are pretty good at the first two but not the third and that’s the difference between OK content and amazing content
  • – 49:10 – Shane’s _Top 3 Tips to be More Effectiv —

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