Episode Date July 8, 2021
Featured Guest John Zeratsky
Featured Book "Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life" by Winifred Gallagher

Episode Summary

John Zeratsky reading from Winifred Gallagher’s Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life and discussing the power and importance of where you place your attention.

Much like Dug the dog from the Pixar movie ‘Up,’ we all have our version of a squirrel that distracts us. In fact, there’s an entire industry in Silicon Valley that profits off of creating ‘squirrels’ to catch our attention. In the face of that, how do we find the time and focus to do the things that really matter? John Zeratsky, a former design leader at Youtube and Google Ads, is the author of two books aimed at helping people make time and focus for the things that actually matter in life.

John reads two pages from ‘Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life’ by Winifred Gallagher. [reading starts at 08:03]

Hear us talk about:

  • How to decide if something is worth your attention. [15:09]
  • ‘Your happiness and sense of purpose are filtered through the impact you have on other people.’ [20:17]
  • ‘Almost everything in life contains its own inherent value and reward.’ [22:43]
  • The true meaning of contentment. [23:30]
  • How to remain content in the face of failures. [25:41]
  • How to seek out the right partners and team members. [29:47]
  • The ‘Sprint process’ in John’s book. [31:57]

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John Zeratsky | Website | Twitter | LinkedIn

John’s books: Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day | Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Winifred Gallagher | Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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