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What the Hell Are We Doing? - The Podcast

What the Hell Are We Doing? - The Podcast

By Ben Copy
Welcome to "What the Hell Are We Doing?" - a podcast about figuring out this thing called life.
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How I calm my 'get-rich-quick' nerves
tl;dr  Find a role model in this world whose priority and passion *isn't* about making mountains of money.
28:36
August 02, 2022
3 Reasons why you *don't* ❌ need friends
tl;dr 1. Needing friends makes you needy. 2. "The strongest negotiating position is being able to walk away and mean it." 3. Friends and people in general always come and go.
29:04
August 01, 2022
Why the youngest 3 Michelin chef gave back his stars
tl;dr Don't sell chocolate ice cream to people who prefer vanilla.
18:55
August 01, 2022
How to be good at copywriting without being a "good writer"
1. Spend 90% of your time researching your market/audience 2. Mirror your audience's language. 3. Study the competition. 4. Focus on solving problems
29:59
July 31, 2022
Why I will never take on another full-time job
tl;dr > "You can't steal second with your foot on first."
16:46
July 29, 2022
3 ways to get more shit done without becoming a routine junkie
tl;dr Have a \worthy/ goal Say "no" to things that don't matter. 'Give time time' - Alex Hormozi #GLHF
28:35
July 29, 2022
GameStop Short Squeeze Set to BLOW UP the Economy? Why and How!
A cat, a rat, and a dog walk into a bar...  Everything you need to know to get up to speed with how GameStop is going to short squeeze and change lives.  00:30 It Was a Fool-proof Play 2:02 Deep F*cking Value 2:58 The Cat 4:20 The Shorts Got Caught (The Rat(s)) 5:23 The Dog 6:17 Where's My Money 6:52 Conclusion  #gamestop #gamestopstock #shortsqueeze #amcshortsqueeze (you guys can come too)  Go check us out on: 🔵Twitter: @giantnerdco 🟠Instagram: @giantnerd.co ⚫Facebook: @giantnerd.co 🌐 Website: www.giantnerd.co 📧 Email: ben@giantnerd.co
07:55
July 29, 2022
5 principles for making progress when the odds are against you
tl;dr: Something is *always* better than nothing. Two steps forward, one step back (progress isn't linear). Being in the 1% means doing what 99% of people won't do. Sleep. Skills > success.
35:15
July 28, 2022
10 tips for writing cover letters that make you stand out
tl;dr: Make it about the reader Focus on what the other party is getting out of it Keep It Simple, Stupid Thou shalt not serve copypasta. Use the “So What?” test for everything you mention Convert your experience into reasons why someone should hire you End with a call-to-action Make it readable. Quantity over quality Always be following up BONUS: Here's the best cover letter template I've ever come across: https://hbr.org/2009/06/the-best-cover-letter
32:29
July 27, 2022
Why blaming the "male patriarchy" doesn't make sense
Everybody wants to talk about /gender parity/ in the C-suite. But how come nobody's crying over other male-dominated professions? Like construction workers. And "waste collection operators." This episode is for the other 99% of men who aren't at the top of the totem pole.
27:14
July 27, 2022
Quality vs. quantity - which one's more important?
Why quantity and quality are both necessary, but not in the ways most people think.
20:38
July 25, 2022
Keeping your integrity while selling
Make a product so good that you don't have to lie to sell it.
29:49
July 23, 2022
There are no rules to life
When you break the rules, you realize you can have a hand in making new ones.
27:45
July 23, 2022
How I lose weight for bodybuilding competitions
Yes, this still applies even if you don't want to break mirrors just by looking at them. And no, you won't look like a lunk after listening to this episode.
29:39
July 23, 2022
How to overcome judgment from others
"The subtle art of not giving a fuck" is a lot easier said than done. Here's what I do to practice not caring about other people's opinions.
17:43
July 20, 2022
The biggest mistake I made with my career
tl;dl - get clear on what you love most
28:32
July 19, 2022
Find out what you worship
Everyone has a religion - even atheists. You can't function in the world without one. The question is whether your religion really works for you.
29:14
April 30, 2022
How to be original
Might've rambled a bit before I finally got to some practical advice, so feel free to skip to the 21-minute-ish mark.
28:38
April 19, 2022
How to motivate yourself
Being motivated is nice to have. But motivation on its own won't get shit done. Here's what you need: An appropriate goal A high tolerance for pain Listen to me ramble for 24 minutes about how to keep yourself "motivated" 
24:52
April 18, 2022
Hit or get hit - why you need pain in life
tl;dl no pain, no gain.
21:28
April 17, 2022
How to become prolific as an artist
Should you really think before you act? Or is it better to act before you think? In this episode, I discuss why it's sometimes better to act on your emotions than to use "rationale" as an excuse for inaction.
24:37
April 09, 2022
Why trying to be "smart" is stupid
Intelligence has its pockets of influence in the world. Entrepreneurship is not one of them. Here's why "smarts" only get you so far when it comes to starting your own venture.
16:43
March 27, 2022
Why Creativity ≠ Entrepreneurship
When you heard the word "entrepreneurship," you probably tend to think of high-flying innovative minds who are pioneering the next technological orgasm. The truth is 90% of entrepreneurship is straight up boring. And that's why many so-called "creative" people don't make great entrepreneurs.  Not because they have bad ideas. But because they simply aren't willing to do the boring stuff. In this episode, we discuss why "boring" works better than "sexy," and how to know if you're cut out to be a boring entrepreneur. 
29:45
March 20, 2022
Should You Become an Entrepeneur?
Are you thinking about going into entrepreneurship? Here's why starting your own business might be a good fit for you - and how to tell if you're better of working for someone else.
29:56
March 20, 2022
Who's afraid of competition?
tl;dr Competition makes you better.
24:53
March 13, 2022
3 Ways to Find Your Passion
It's no secret that "passion" plays some importance in having a happy and potentially successful life - depending on your definition of success. The real puzzle is in figuring out what your passion actually is. The truth is there is no mathematical formula you can use to calculate your passion. But there are some things you can do to help you narrow down your options. In this episode, I discuss 3 things you can do to help you find your passion, while struggling to stay on topic. Enjoy!
28:20
March 12, 2022
When Should You Change Your Mind?
There's nothing wrong with changing your mind about a decision you've made. Life is by no means a straight path. The destination you pick today may be millions of miles away from where you want to be tomorrow. Listen in to this episode to hear why changing your mind is actually okay when it comes to business and even the biggest decisions you'll ever make in life.
25:52
March 12, 2022
How to sell if you hate talking
Most people think having to "sell" something means talking someone's ear off until they buy. Of course, anyone who's ever had to deal with overly pushy sales reps knows how well that technique works. Which is why being able to effectively sell something depends less on your charisma and showmanship... And more on your ability to listen. Tune in to this episode to hear more about why active listening is essential to closing the sale.
18:30
February 17, 2022
How to Set Your Prices
A common mistake people make when pricing themselves is setting prices based on how much work it takes to do something. These sorts of prices are based on self-interest. Which makes sense - it's only human nature. The problem is that the other side is also human. So they're also looking at price from a place of "what's in it for me?" That also means their willingness to pay has nothing to do with how much work it takes you to do it. All they care about is what they're getting out of doing business with you. Listen to this episode to hear more about why your pricing should depend on how much your customer is willing to pay.
24:21
February 13, 2022
How to Prove Anything with "Facts"
We've all been taught that "facts" are binary. You're either right or you're stupid. But once you dig deep enough, below the surface of popular ignorance... You'll find that there are almost always contradicting data and evidence. Which means if you've got a point to make, you can almost always find "facts" to support your point of view. Tune in to today's episode to hear how you can snag all the factual evidence you need - and why it doesn't matter in the end.
14:35
February 13, 2022
The One "Non-Sales" Skill that Will Help You Sell Anything
Contrary to popular belief, sales doesn't always have to be about persuasion and wrestling with others' willpower. In fact, if you take the right approach to sales - a non-salesy approach - you'll often find it's much easier to get someone to buy whatever you're offering without tying them to a chair and shoving it down their throats. Which is why you need to practice empathy, in case you haven't been already. Tune in to this episode to hear why empathy is such an overlooked skill - and how you can develop it.
14:01
February 12, 2022
"If you're not failing, you're not even trying" - How to get over your fear of failure
Everyone is afraid of failing. The difference between the people who fail and those who succeed comes down to this: People who succeed, do. It's not about the "right" way of doing things. There is no secret hack to success. You just have to do, and do, and do, and do. And then do some more. And the more you do the things you're afraid of, the closer you get to success. Here's why you need to stop thinking, and start doing.
20:22
February 05, 2022
"How Can I Learn to Sell?"
You don't have to be sales-y to sell.  Contrary to what you might've heard about selling, it's not a sleazy, spineless, deceptive way of making money. If you do it the right way, it should help people solve their problems - and can even change their lives (for the better, of course). Wondering how you can get better at selling, especially if you've actually got something to sell? Tune in to this 20-minute ramble to find out why most people can't even sell a pen.
20:45
February 03, 2022
How to Get Customers to Buy without Selling to Them
If there's one part of the sales pitch that you should never skip over, it's the part that happens before the pitch even starts: Building rapport. Being able to build rapport and open up whoever it is you're talking to sets the stage for your actual pitch... and can even get them to say yes before you even ask. Listen in to this episode to learn more about why building rapport is vital to selling, and the best way to go about doing it. Don't delay - build rapport today!
10:50
February 01, 2022
3 Elements of Presentations that Get Shit Done
Giving presentations doesn't have to suck. You don't need to be an eloquent public speaker, or naturally charismatic in order to talk your audience into doing what you want. All you have to do to give an effective presentation is to prepare the right way. That means covering 3 components with your audience: 1. What you're gonna talk about 2. Why you're talking to them 3. What you want them to do Listen to this episode to hear more about how to go about planning each of these 3 components.
17:17
January 09, 2022
5 Rules for Finding Your Niche in Life
Whether you’re building a business, or you're starting your career, you need to be able to focus your efforts in a specific direction. You need to find your niche. Now, understanding this concept is the easy part. What’s difficult is figuring out just where exactly you need to focus your attention. How do you do that? Listen in on this episode to discover 5 guiding rules to help you find your niche.
28:15
January 08, 2022
Normal Sex vs. Crazy Sex - The Key to Differentiation
Most people think being called "crazy" is a bad thing. But crazy can be a good thing. If anything, it's often the "crazy," "stupid" ideas that lead to the biggest changes. Like putting a supercomputer into your pocket. Or flying in an airplane halfway across the world. Or building your own business. But most creative people know, the tough part isn't coming up with crazy, game-changing ideas. The tough bit is following through and making those crazy ideas and dreams come true. So if you have a hard time withstanding criticism from others... if the lack of belief from others causes you to lose belief in yourself... ask yourself this question: Would you rather have normal, average sex? Or crazy good sex? Listen to this episode to figure out what kind of sex you're really after.
20:41
January 04, 2022
"Dude, where's my passion?" - 4 Tips for Finding Your Passion
Millions of people struggle with finding their one true "passion" in life. That's because so many of us waste hours of our time deliberating over what exactly it is that we might "love" to do. Or which career path will offer the most satisfaction. Or how our passion stacks up to what others are pursuing. But figuring out what you're passionate about shouldn't be stressful.  Because if you can: 1. Pinpoint the things you care about most 2. Take blind leaps of faith 3. Give yourself infinite patience, and 4. Concentrate on your own journey ... then you'll stumble upon your passion eventually. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to put this into practice. But once you finally feel like you're on the right path, you'll realize it's more than worth the struggle. Tune into today's episode to hear more
23:08
January 03, 2022
How to Get Your Customers to Write Your Copy for You - Even if You Don't Have Any (Yet)
Ever wondered why some online businesses get tons of customers while others barely get any traffic, even though they sell virtually the same thing? Much of it comes down to being able to write solid sales copy. For small business owners who can't afford an in-house team of copywriters, figuring out how to persuade your customers to buy through writing can be a headache. But what if you didn't have to spend hours staring at a blank page and blinking cursor? What if you could get your customers to write your copy for you? It's not that hard. And as long as you've got a computer and an internet connection, it's also free. Listen to this episode to discover where you can snoop on your customers online, and how you can use their words to write effective copy.
15:04
January 02, 2022
How to Avoid Failure
What separates those who fail from those who succeed? Statistics show that 60% of customers say no 4 times before they say yes. But 48% of salespeople never bother to follow up. And out of the salespeople who do follow up, 44% give up after the first attempt. Which means almost 3/4 of salespeople give up on the sale after the first couple of failed attempts. And if you apply this to the general population, that means at least 3/4 give up on their goals and dreams the first couple of times they hit a bump in the road. That doesn't include the millions of others who never even gave it a shot. So how do you avoid failure? By not giving up. Of course, it's a bit more involved than that. I've broken it down into what I call the "4 Ps" of not giving up.  Have a listen to this episode, and see if this mindset of not giving up changes the way you think about failure and success.
12:53
December 30, 2021
When You Have Nothing to Lose
“Those People Who Have Nothing to Lose Are Very Rich” You don't need mountains of money to call yourself rich. Being rich can be as simple as having the right mindset that reveals the abundance of the world around you. Because when you live life from a place of abundance... where you aren't afraid of losing the things you have because you know there's more where they came from... then you have nothing to lose. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. And that's what makes you rich. If you struggle with adopting an abundance and "rich" mindset, then listen to this episode to hear about the 3 key components to "thinking rich."
16:32
December 29, 2021
4 Reasons to Stop Caring About Others' Opinions
It's easy to lose yourself in a storm of external judgment. Especially when that judgment comes from within your own head rather than other people's mouths. That's why it shouldn't really matter what other people think about you. Because who really ever knows? And even if it is true, what are you gonna do about it? You've only got one life to live, so there's no point wasting your time worrying about whether you're living up to others' expectations. You've got your own expectations to deal with. So if you find it difficult to shake off the thoughts and opinions of others, here's 4 ideas to help you remind yourself that nobody's opinion matters more than your own.
16:38
December 28, 2021
Why you SHOULDN'T be confident, and what you can do instead
Your ability to succeed in life relies heavily on your level of self-confidence. The million-dollar question, of course, is: How do you become confident? In this episode, I go through 3 tips that have helped me improve my own confidence in myself... demolish my self-limiting beliefs... and ultimately realize that bravery is more important than confidence. So if you feel like you don't have what it takes to succeed and go after your goals, tune in for the 3 simple ways you can develop the confidence you need to pursue your dreams.
15:52
December 27, 2021
Is "Meaning" Overrated?
Everyone wants to know what the meaning of life is. But what exactly do we mean by "meaning?" In this episode, I give my 2 cents (.016 USD) on the meaning of life, and why it's so important to know what the meaning of life is when it comes to business and your career. If you're struggling to find fulfilment and happiness in your life, then these words might help shed light on what's the best path forward for you.
19:18
December 25, 2021
Why You Have to Work Harder to Get Smarter
You don't need to be smart to work hard. But you need to work hard to be truly smart. I'm not talking academically smart. I mean "make something of yourself" smart, or "having a fulfilled life" smart. Most people want shortcuts to success. And almost nobody is willing to put in the work. But if you do what everyone else does, you'll get what everyone else gets. So with that said, here's 3 reasons why working harder not only makes you smarter, but will also help you achieve the kind of life you want.
21:20
December 24, 2021
The Only 2 Ingredients You Need to Get What You Want
Why conviction and taking action are all you need to make your dreams come true.
15:22
December 23, 2021
When to Risk It All
It's always hard to make decisions when there's lots of risk involved. And it can be especially tough if you're deciding on whether or not to bet on yourself. So here's 3 questions to help you figure out whether now is the right time to go all-in on your dreams.
11:48
December 22, 2021
How to Feel Like an "Expert"
Do you get queasy whenever someone else expects you to be an "expert" on a topic? You ain't the only one. For the longest time, I've constantly struggled with presenting myself as an authority on different subject matters, even when I do in fact know more about the subject than the person I'm talking with. So to help you gain more confidence in calling yourself an expert, here's 5 tips that you can easily apply. 
26:39
December 21, 2021
3 Mistakes Most People Make in Sales & Marketing
Everything we do in life revolves around selling. Which means you need to know how to be decent at sales in order to get by in life - or at least in business. That said, there's 3 particular mistakes that most businesspeople make when it comes to trying to market and sell their product or idea: 1. They make it about themselves. 2. They don't tell their customers what to do. 3. They hesitate when it comes to asking for the sale. Listen to this episode to find out why these mistakes are hurting your marketing and sales efforts.
16:50
December 20, 2021
Why You Should Quit
Quitters often get a bad rap. But sometimes quitting can be a good thing. How do you know when you should give up on whatever it is you're doing? Find out on this episode of What the Hell Am I Doing?
13:52
December 19, 2021