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Graham Mann’s Personal Podcast

Graham Mann’s Personal Podcast

By Graham Mann
This podcast is about lessons I’ve learned, things I believe, and how I like to work. If you want to get to know me, this is a great place to start.
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I Have to Believe in the Work
What's the point of work, if not to have fun, build cool things, and provide value for other people?
01:40
May 09, 2021
I Still Want to Build Things
I chose to study engineering because I wanted to build things. It's why I went into tech and entrepreneurship too. Today, not much has changed.
01:14
May 09, 2021
The Deep Generalist
Should you be a specialist, or a generalist? The answer is different for different people. I don't have the patience to be a specialist. But there is a middle ground that appeals to me.
01:42
May 09, 2021
Work Like a Lion
The modern work day wasn't built for knowledge work. There's a better way, and it's the way I prefer.
01:56
May 09, 2021
The People Make the Work
The most important part of work isn't the work itself. It's the people.
01:29
May 09, 2021
Why I Like Working Saturdays
I don't love giving up my Saturdays, of course. But there's a reason I'm more productive when I do.
02:14
May 09, 2021
Don't Believe Predictions
We like certainty in our lives. We like to think we know what will happen. But the reality? We can't.
02:04
May 09, 2021
There Is Only One Way to 10X Productivity
I spent a long time optimizing my productivity. Task management systems, pomodoro timers, software—I tried it all. Some of it helped. Most of it didn’t.
01:29
April 19, 2021
Communication Skills Will Get You Everywhere
Dating and sales are the same skills: the only difference is what you’re selling.
01:12
April 19, 2021
Seek Truth
Ray Dalio cites this as his most fundamental principle: “Truth —more precisely, an accurate understanding of reality— is the essential foundation for producing good outcomes.” It's not hard to see why.
01:42
April 19, 2021
How to Have Better Ideas
The best way to come up with good ideas: don’t get stuck on other ideas first.
01:48
April 19, 2021
There Are No Absolutes
As humans, we like the world in black and white. But there's no such thing.
01:36
April 19, 2021
Don't Believe Anything
As humans, we love certainty. We love telling stories to explain things. The problem is, almost nothing is certain.
02:04
April 19, 2021
My Tech & Entrepreneurship Crash Course
My post-university years turned out to be a whirlwind education on what it takes to build startups.
03:25
April 19, 2021
How I Learned to Be a Professional
It's hard to know what excellence looks like until you see it in action. My university summer job taught me what it means to be a professional.
02:05
April 11, 2021
The Book That Got Me Into Business
There were multiple factors, of course. But there was one book which pushed me into the world of business and entrepreneurship.
01:21
April 11, 2021
How I'd Do University Differently
I got the broad things right with university: where I wanted to go, and what I wanted to study. But I'd do a few things differently another time around.
02:17
April 11, 2021
I Want to Build Things
I knew one thing when I graduated high school: I wanted to build things.
00:55
April 08, 2021
The Only Writing Exercise I Remember
I remember very few specific lessons from school. But there is one exercise I remember from history, which continues to influence my writing today.
01:25
April 07, 2021
Love of the Ocean
I grew up right next to the ocean. It played a big part in my childhood, and it continues to hold a special place for me today.
01:40
April 07, 2021
The Privilege of Travel
I grew up in a beautiful place, but it lacked diversity.  Travel gave me the opportunity to see a little further.
01:11
April 06, 2021
Love of Learning
The smart move in school was to keep your head down and do your work, even if you enjoyed learning. Grade 7 science fair would open my eyes to the world of those who loved learning.
01:50
April 06, 2021
Passion Comes From Competence
Another lesson from sports: passion often comes from competence. 
01:27
April 06, 2021
Learning to Love Variety
I never wanted to choose one sport growing up. I enjoyed all kinds, and I enjoyed changing throughout the year.  While that love of variety probably hurt me then, I've realized that in professional life, it's become a strength.
01:41
April 02, 2021
Taking Criticism
I learned a lot of lessons from sports growing up. This one has been invaluable in my professional life.
01:44
April 02, 2021
The Most Important Skill I Learned From Team Sports
I played all the sports I could growing up. I liked team sports the most. And there was one particular lesson I learned that has helped me throughout my life.
01:50
April 01, 2021
Be Humble
Where I grew up, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, taught me the value of humility and hard work.
00:59
March 30, 2021
What is a Personal Podcast?
The intro episode for this series, I explain what a Personal Podcast is, and what topics I'll be covering in future episodes.
01:50
March 29, 2021
March 28, 2021
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March 28, 2021