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Shit You Don't Learn in School


Formal schooling does a terrible job of preparing you to thrive as an adult. The Shit You Don't Learn in School podcast exists to make up for this societal failure. In this show, Calvin Rosser and Steph Smith share stories, insights, and resources designed to help you improve the quality of yourRead more

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42. Special Episode: Finding Meaning in Sudden Death

Nov 29 • 01:58:20

Death is universal part of the human experience. During our lives, we often must confront the painful reality of death around us, and eventually, we face that reality ourselves.

What's odd is that despite death being at the core of the human experience, many people avoid talking or thinking about it. So when people pass away or we face a health scare that brings us into con...

41. The Future of Work: What Comes Next? (Part 2)

Nov 16 • 50:12

40. The Future of Work: What Comes Next? (Part 1)

Nov 10 • 01:06:43

People say that COVID was an accelerator, forcing trends that may have taken decades to develop, to instead take hold in much less time. Remote work was one of those trends. But we're not done yet!

The future of work is constantly evolving and it doesn't just impact whether you can Zoom without pants. :)

In this episode, Cal and Steph discuss the second and third order effec...

39. 80/20 Habits, Beliefs, and Products

Oct 15 • 35:31

The information age gives us access to so much advice that it can be hard to see through the noise.

4AM morning routines that don't make sense for you. Productivity hacks that hardly move the needle. Hindsight bias cloaked as success stories.

Most advice is well-intentioned, but rarely translates to improvements in another person's life. So this week, Cal and Steph took a st...

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38. Open Salaries and Solving for an Equitable Workforce

Sep 30 • 51:00

With the exception of a few companies like Buffer and GitLab, 99.99%+ of companies opt to keep their salaries closed. This closed nature creates information asymmetry and at times, inequity in the workplace.

Lack of transparency gives companies a hall pass to not develop a robust compensation system, but at the same time, sharing salaries openly isn't without its pitfalls, ...

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37. Should Billionaires Exist?

Sep 19 • 01:06:17

Wealth inequality has been increasing for decades, and recently, there has been a heightened focus on billionaires as we debate what to do about the concentration of large swaths of wealth in a few hands. 

In this episode, Steph and Cal discuss whether or not billionaires should exist, common proposals for dealing with billionaires, and a few policy proposals for how we can...

36. The Psychology of Pricing

Sep 12 • 41:21

In this episode, Cal and Steph discuss the subjective nature of pricing. They explore how a value extends beyond utility or the physical nature of an asset (think luxury items, NFTs, etc) and use these ideas to explore new pricing models, including tiered, retention-based, and completion-based pricing.

They also explore how our own psychology can inhibit use as consumers to...

35. Does Marriage, Retirement, or the 40-Hour Work Week Still Make Sense?

Sep 4 • 01:04:43

In this episode, Steph and Cal dive deep into traditions, the societal defaults that shape how we think and act in the world. They start by exploring the origins of the 40-hour work week, modern alternatives, and how we can rethink the idea of retirement. In the second half of the episode, they explore how the ways in which commonly held beliefs about monogamy, love, and m...

34. Rethinking Productivity & How You Spend Your Time

Aug 7 • 31:50

The big failure of most productivity advice is the focus on efficiency – getting things done more quickly. We should be focused on effectiveness – making sure we're doing the right things. In this episode, Steph and Cal explore how we can rethink productivity to get more out of how we spend our most valuable resource: time. They cover a variety of topics, including many pr...

33. Digital Security – Are You Safe?

Jul 6 • 37:28

We're all familiar with how to increase physical security – locking our doors, paying attention to our surroundings, putting valuables in a safe, etc. – but what about our digital security?

With an increasingly digital world comes a less perceptible risk – the risk of having your information hacked and exploited by someone with whom you will never see or interact.

In this ...

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