015: “Stress”



015: “Stress”

Do we all define stress the same way? How does stress impact each domain of our lives? What can we do in each domain to guard against the negative impacts of stress, especially in the spiritual and physical domains? What’s the relationship between stress and happiness?


014: “Why do we work?”



014: “Why do we work?”

Mike confesses to reading extensively on entrepreneurship but never acting on that interest. Should each of us attempt to monetize our hobbies, interests, skills, etc.? How do we decide on the best use of our professional time, knowing that it’s a finite resource? How can we be more efficient during the day to create more professional time for the tasks that matter most? The guys discuss ideas about work from Tim Ferriss and Derek Thompson: Is the very nature of work going to change during our lifetime?


013: “Utilizing Personality Tests for Personal Growth”



013: “Utilizing Personality Tests for Personal Growth”

How can personality tests help us make better sense of the world around us? The guys break down and compare the NEO PI-R with the Myers Briggs and the four temperaments. Mike & Dave share how knowing your personality type as well as your spouse and children’s personality types can help you better understand each other. To what extent can we personalize our parenting to each of our children’s unique personality? The guys take a deep dive into the NEO PI-R and discuss how knowing more about ourselves in each component can help us grow in all four domains. How can it show us which personal pitfalls to watch out for as a parent, spouse, professional, etc.?


012: “Purpose and Peace”



012: “Purpose and Peace”

Dave grapples with the implications of his finite nature and what it means for how he should live his life. How do we find the deepest levels of purpose and meaning, and how do they relate to achievement? Is there a universality to meaning and purpose, and how do we get there? Are religious answers to these questions oversimplified, especially in our post-Enlightenment world? How does this relate to meditation/prayer and the way we choose to conceptualize God?


011: “Social Media, Smartphones, and the Attention Economy”



011: “Social Media, Smartphones, and the Attention Economy”

Mike outs Dave for not using social media, and the guys discuss the best ways to use Facebook and other apps. How do we best navigate our social relationships and social situations using current technology? Is technology keeping us from being fully present? How is our technology use affecting us emotionally? When and how should we refrain from smartphones use?


010: “Maximizing Rest”



010: “Maximizing Rest”

How do we balance the need for productivity with the need for rest? What causes us to get into “funks”? What role does rest play in creating our best self? Where do we find the motivation to get out of a “funk”? How do we regain our perspective and remember our values? How do we use both physical and spiritual rest to keep the “funk” away?


009: “My One Body”



009: “My One Body”

Mike gives a nutrition and weight-loss update, and the guys discuss how our attitudes about weight and eating should continue to change. What should post-diet, “normal” eating habits look like? How do we explain healthy eating habits to our kids? How do we combat the societal notion that we don’t have control over our weight and appearance?


008: “What to do with all your stuff”



008: “What to do with all your stuff”

The guys discuss Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things. How do we re-envision our living space and our attitudes about our belongings? How could we reduce our number of clothes, our children’s toys, etc.? How do we reconcile minimalism and gift-giving? How do we deal with social pressures to have more things? To what extent should we borrow/share rather purchase?


007: “Gender Roles & Parenting”



007: “Gender Roles & Parenting”

Why do some people assume dads are inept parents? How do kids learn gender norms, and how/should we teach gender norms and expectations to our kids? What qualities are “masculine” and “feminine” in modern American society and media, and what separates the two? Should we treat our sons & daughters differently from each other?


006: “How We Understand God”



006: “How We Understand God”

Why believe in the Christian conceptualization of God? The guys talk about their different personal faiths as well as the positives and negatives of religious institutions. How do we approach traditional religious texts? Does God intervene in our lives? How do we meditate/pray?