Episode Date July 18, 2023
Featured Guest W. David Ball
Featured Book "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Episode Summary

W. David reading from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses, and discussing the anxiety of feeling like you peaked early in life and how to ensure that doesn’t become your reality.

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Where do you find your people? I think I’m still looking for mine, and perhaps you are, too. What often happens is there’s an initial rough sort where you get thrown in with others who have similar labels – but that’s just the start of it. It’s up to you to find your people amongst everyone. I realized that I keep looking for people who make me both think and laugh, meaning I need to seek them out to give them the opportunity to do so. Of course, sometimes your people don’t actually need to be found, they need to be rediscovered; they’re already there, waiting for you to reach out to them and say hello.

Today’s guest is a law professor with articles published in the Columbia Law Review, Yale Law & Policy Review, the American Journal of Criminal Law, and many more. His full name is W. David Ball, but I know him as my friend Dave, someone I met when we were newly minted Rhodes scholars at Oxford in the early 1990s.

Dave reads the poem, ‘Ulysses’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. [reading begins at 16:45]

Hear us discuss:

  • “I’d decided that I was going to be me, because there’s no way I could fake that.” [9:25]
  • How to keep your artistic spirit alive: “The essence of creativity is being in touch with who you are, what you want to say to others, and how other people have moved you.” [11:48]
  • The process of keeping an open heart in your closest relationships. [24:20]
  • Sitting with ambition (as a Rhodes scholar). [28:13]
  • Work in the criminal legal system: “I have calluses – not in the sense where I don’t feel, but where my skin isn’t being burnt off.” [33:01]

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Mentioned Episodes | Ep. 88: The Search for Purpose: Arthur C. Brooks | Ep. 96: Getting Better at Falling Apart: Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

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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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