Episode Date June 28, 2022
Featured Guest Jay Acunzo
Featured Book "Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain

Episode Summary

Jay Acunzo reading from Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, and discussing tiny stories with big ideas.

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If you’ve read my new book How to Begin, you’ll know that I track my own evolution as I define and commit to a worthy goal. For a while, I’ve been thinking about what success means, and how you would even measure it. In the book, I hone in on one metric, but perhaps I’ve been looking at it all wrong.

Jay Acunzo – like me – is a podcaster, and one I look up to. He challenges the way I think about creating and also about success. His core podcast is called Unthinkable and is billed as ‘The American life for creative work’. For many years, though, he hosted another podcast called 3 Clips where he analyzed three clips from other podcasts, and discussed why they worked.

Jay reads two pages from ‘Kitchen Confidential’ by Anthony Bourdain. [reading begins at 18:48]

Hear us discuss:

  • “We’re so focused on being visible that we’ve forgotten to try and be memorable.” [3:42]
  • Recognising your own heroic stories. [24:26]
  • How to identify the bigger picture. [28:00]
  • “You can imagine better work than you can create.” [33:36]
  • Being disruptive in a restrictive system. [37:39]

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Resources:

Jay Acunzo | Website | Break the Wheel

Anthony Bourdain | Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

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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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