Sean Jacobs

Episode 18 - Wellness and Avoiding Burnout with Enoch Li

An episode of Sean Jacobs

By Sean Jacobs
Proud of Australia, exploring ideas and building better individuals
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Episode 24 - Advance Australia with Gerard Benedet
On this episode I'm joined by Gerard Benedet for a very brief chat on Advance Australia - a new organisation challenging the dominance of progressive advocacy groups like Get Up. This is a shorter episode but it comes at an informative time. Hope you enjoy the listen. For more on Advance Australia please go to
November 20, 2018
Episode 23 – Safe As Houses
A dollar today, a dollar tomorrow. Join Whig Capital’s Jordan Shopov and economist Will Witheridge for a discussion on the state of housing in Australia. From lending practices to the Banking Royal Commission, and the difference between ‘value’ and ‘price’, we cover some pretty heavy terrain. Regardless of where you sit, it’s worth a listen.
November 12, 2018
Episode 22 - The South Pacific with Ambassador James Batley
My guest is former Australian Ambassador and regional trouble-shooter James Batley, who has taken on some of our most challenging foreign policy roles – from Bougainville and East Timor to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
November 7, 2018
Episode 21 - Dr Anthony Dillon: Individuals, identity and the modern world
After meeting for the first time at the recent Liberty Fest 2018, Dr Dillon and I thought a podcast would be a good idea. Anthony's work is available at We discuss a range of topics, from symbolism and Aboriginal history to building better capabilities and thriving in the modern world. And please remember to rate or share the podcast! Happy listening and please get in touch at
October 18, 2018
Episode 20 - Networks and Hierarchies
Squares or Towers? Join economist Will Witheridge, businessman Jordan Shopov and I for a discussion on how networks and hierarchies have worked throughout history and in the modern age. We look at this by basing the discussion around Niall Ferguson's newest book on the subject. But you don't need to have read the book. Enjoy and remember to rate the podcast!
October 10, 2018
Episode 19 - Twelve Books Every Young Australian Should Read
For this episode it's just me 'running solo' and talking about my recent article on books that I think young Aussies should read. Check out the article at and leave a message with your thoughts. Happy listening!
September 27, 2018
Episode 18 - Wellness and Avoiding Burnout with Enoch Li
For this conversation I’m joined by the Beijing-based Enoch Li – founder of Bearapy ( – to talk about avoiding burnout, the nature of depression, mindfulness and how ‘play’ can lead to good outcomes in staying fresh and fulfilled.
September 5, 2018
Episode 17 - Book Interview: Winners Don't Cheat
Although I feel slightly indulgent speaking about my new book, I pass the interviewer’s mic to good friend Jordan Shopov. We talk about the lessons in my book, in particular, how an intolerance of your circumstances, developing focus, improving your writing and taking advantage of the unique opportunities Australia offers all conspired to fuel my turnaround. For a copy of the book please visit
August 22, 2018
Episode 16 – Identity Politics with Dr Jeremy Sammut
On this episode I talk to Dr Sammut from the Centre for Independent Studies. We start a little differently by discussing personal history but then move onto the (re)emergence of identity politics, the state of universities and building cultural confidence in Australian history.
August 15, 2018
Episode 15 - Lifeguarding with Luke Ingwersen
For something slightly different, I talk to Gold Coast Lifeguard Luke Ingwersen on the range of roles a lifeguard plays, from local tour guide to first responder. It’s a great discussion on rips, some general water safety, the changing nature of international beach-goers and the challenges of being responsible for public safety in one of the busiest places in the country.
August 8, 2018
Episode 14 - Please Keep The Cow And Do The Milking - Australian Federalism
This episode's title is borrowed from Robert Garran's satire of the Australia's State Premiers in 1934. While we oftentimes hear that the States should collect your income tax (the Feds currently do) they historically haven't been too keen on it. Federalism is hardly a 'fun' topic but join Jordan Shopov, Will Witheridge and I as we talk about some of the unique features of our federal system.
August 1, 2018
Episode 13 - Us vs Them: The Failure of Globalism
It’s not all about the United States, Trump or Brexit. All states and governments are under pressure, from technology and ‘automation’ to a new generation bringing all new grievances. Are robots really going to wipe out our workforce? And, in a more connected world, are we actually becoming more isolated? Join economist Will Witheridge and I for a discussion on the trends shaping our current world.
July 20, 2018
Episode 12 - Renewable Energy with Lauren Timms
Renewable energy targets, power bills, nuclear power, Paris agreements and a 'carbon constrained environment'. Join energy policy specialist Lauren Timms and I as we come at the energy discussion from different angles. I even manage to throw Adam Smith in there.
July 3, 2018
Episode 11 - Could a Hawke, Keating or Howard survive today?
From social media to our need for 24 hour news, we know that the world has changed. But how would past leaders survive today? And do we put our current political leaders under so much pressure, despite being able to do only so much? Talking through these topics with me is professional economist William Witheridge and Whig Capital's Jordan Shopov. A special thanks to Sam Muller for his help in producing this episode!
June 13, 2018
Episode 10 - Staying SAFER with Stephen Foote
My interesting discussion with Stephen Foote on public safety and staying resilient in a complex world. Steve is a co-founder of the International Safer Institute at
June 7, 2018
Episode 9 - Australian Exceptionalism with Professor David Flint
How unique is Australia's past? From the rule of law to civil society, and from Australia's first Governor to the slim prospects of the Australian Republican movement, Professor Flint and I look at the benefits of Australian history.
June 1, 2018
Episode 8 - This Bitcoin Thing?
Like most I don't understand or really 'get' Blockchain? Or is it Bitcoin? Join Jordan Shopov and I as we discuss (in basic terms) what it is, how it works and if the hype is all worth it.
May 17, 2018
Episode 7 - The Uber of Tutoring with Sam Robertson
Joining me on this episode is my long-time friend from water polo Sam Robertson, founder of Scooter Tutor, who talks about his Australia-wide start-up and his thoughts on education, persistence and sharing ideas.
May 10, 2018
Episode 6 - Building Wealth In Your 20s
Not all about less avocados! After a quick Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day debrief we move onto the idea of shares over real estate, the concept of stocks and the important idea of values and wealth.
April 28, 2018
Episode 5 - Andrew Cripps
Andrew Cripps is a former Minister for Natural Resources and Mines in the Queensland Government. He shares his motivations for getting involved in politics at a young age, approaching policy, and staying principled in a challenging world.
April 19, 2018
Episode 4 - BOOK INTERVIEW: Manus Days
In this episode I speak to Michael Coates, author of Manus Days: The Untold Story of Manus Island. His book is available at Connor Court Publishing. Happy listening.
April 11, 2018
Episode 3 - What I Wish I Knew In My 20s
Who do we think we are offering ‘wisdom’ in our early thirties? Jordan Shopov and I discuss what we wish we knew a decade ago around career, happiness and decision-making. Warren Buffett once again features heavily in terms of advice but also Steve Jobs and even Aussie cricketer Steve Waugh. Thanks for listening and please keep the feedback coming.
April 11, 2018
Episode 2 - People Are Looking For Depth
Episode 2 – People Are Looking For Depth What to talk about on the second podcast? Well, podcasts. In this episode we talk about the shows Jordan and I enjoy but also why people are tuning out of mainstream current affairs broadcasts. Our thoughts are that people are getting a tad over slim perspective, limited depth and no decent exchange of ideas in their current affairs – something that shows like ABC’s Q&A, Michelle Grattan’s ‘Conversations’ or The Project just don’t really seem to offer (and don’t seem to get). Some of Jordan’s favourite podcasts are Econtalk, Masters in Business and Conversations with Tyler Cowan, while some of mine are The Remnant, The Ricochet Podcast and The Art of Manliness. But don’t move on to these so swiftly! Please make sure you listen to Episode Two of the Jacobs Podcast and offer your thoughts on improvement, questions or issues for discussion. This episode’s lead in was by Okinawa Lifestyle with a jam called ‘Levan’. Thank you again to Elly McNee.
April 11, 2018
Episode 1 - Pilot
The inaugural episode of the Jacobs Podcast. It took me a while but we’re finally here. In the first episode I talk to Jordan Shopov – friend and founder of Whig Capital Management – about the benefits of reading. We touch on some pretty decent figures – Adam Smith, Warren Buffett and Harry Truman – while exploring how reading can help with accessing better arguments, ‘getting off the curriculum’ and cutting down ignorance. Thank you to producer Elly McNee.
April 11, 2018
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