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3 Things Martin Learned Almost Dying on a Mountain Bike (Ep. 229)

  • 5 days ago

Sometimes we need something unexpected to come and shake up our perspective. We talk about a few life lessons after a close call on a mountain bike. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 83 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Todoist: If you're a student or educator, you can get Todoist's awesome Premium features - like project templates and automated reminders - for 50% off at Todoist.com/education. Things mentioned in this episode: How Much Owning a Home Will ACTUALLY Cost You (Ep. 225) Seth's Bike Hacks on YouTube The Hedonic Treadmill (Ep. 226) Thomas' Top 10 Favorite Podcasts (Ep. 228) What I Learned From Almost Dying On The Side Of The Road Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:00:00 - What happened to Martin? 0:22:56 - Facing your fears head-on 0:30:11 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:32:36 - Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks) 0:34:23 - Relying on positive motivators rather than negative ones 0:37:47 - Taking breaks from being disciplined 0:41:55 - Closing thoughts on Martin's experience and bike safety tips 0:55:45 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Thomas' Top 10 Favorite Podcasts (Ep. 228)

  • 12 days ago

As it turns out, we're not the only podcast out there. Here are ten of Thomas' favorites. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: The 42 Best Educational Podcasts in 2018 Listen Money Matters Pocket Casts (iOS | Android) Cortex The Pen Addict Smart Passive Income The Side Hustle Show Hello Internet Numberphile on YouTube Periodic Videos on YouTube The Tim Ferriss Show The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss Hardcore History 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy The GaryVee Audio Experience CaseyNeistat on YouTube 99% Invisible McMansion Hell Money Lab The Podcast History of our World The History of Rome Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:02:48 - Listen Money Matters 0:06:17 - Cortex 0:09:30 - Hello Internet 0:11:03 - The Tim Ferriss Show 0:15:00 - Hardcore History 0:19:19 - 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy 0:21:59 - The GaryVee Audio Experience 0:24:33 - 99% Invisible 0:28:08 - Money Lab 0:29:27 - The Podcast History of our World 0:31:37 - The History of Rome 0:32:47 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

5 Questions: Bad at Math, Choosing Goals, and Relationship Productivity (Ep. 227)

  • 19 days ago

We talk about choosing which goal to work on next, building a habit when your significant other doesn't want to, dealing with math fears, and more in this five questions episode. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 83 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Chegg Study: Step-by-step solutions to textbook problems and more. Get $5 off your first month at Chegg.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas’ Impossible List Strava (iOS | Android) How to Be a Good Significant Other (Ep. 177) 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson Quartz’s Prescribing Play to Kids article Hank Green's YouTube Success article The Procrastination Equation, by Piers Steel How to Get Better at Math The Money Lab Podcast Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:05:24 - How does we decide which goals to work on next 0:22:06 - When your significant other does not have the same priorities you do 0:35:17 - Sponsor: Chegg (Saving money on textbooks) 0:37:41 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:39:19 - Thoughts on overly strict and demanding parents 0:49:16 - Dealing with negative emotions when going through a rough time 0:55:27 - Improving your mathematical skills 1:07:30 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

The Hedonic Treadmill (Ep. 226)

  • 26 days ago

Have you ever noticed that as some things in life get better or worse, your overall happiness doesn't change much? Well, you're not alone. It might just be the hedonic treadmill. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Hover: Your personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to hover.com/cig. Todoist: If you're a student or educator, you can get Todoist's awesome Premium features - like project templates and automated reminders - for 50% off at https://todoist.com/education. Things mentioned in this episode: College Info Geek Merch College Info Geek Discord Server Hedonic treadmill on Wikipedia Record for Eating the Most Wisconsin Cheese Curds Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki Wait But Why's Life is a Picture article Freshly Quartz's Prescribing Play to Kids article Done (iOS) Habitica (iOS | Android) Principles: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:04:25 - Happiness, being grateful and living in the moment 0:23:34 - Replacing annoying activities with fulfilling ones 0:29:01 - Harmful habits that you may think are increasing your happiness 0:31:15 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:33:59 - Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks) 0:36:05 - Valuing the limited time you have and using some of it to have fun 0:49:11 - Taking big breaks every once in a while 0:52:30 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How Much Owning a Home Will ACTUALLY Cost You (Ep. 225)

  • about 1 month ago

Buying a home is already a big enough decision. You don't want to be surprised the first time you see the bill. We talk about the real cost of owning a house. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you’re one of the first 83 people to use this link, you’ll also get 20% off your subscription. Todoist: If you're a student or educator, you can get Todoist's awesome Premium features - like project templates and automated reminders - for 50% off at https://todoist.com/education Things mentioned in this episode: College Info Geek Discord Server College Info Geek Merch Thomas’ budget modeler Zillow A Master Class on Buying a Car - Part 1 (Ep. 69) A Master Class on Buying a Car - Part 2 (Ep. 70) How to Buy Your First House, Pt. 1: The Research Process (Ep. 205) Listen Money Matters PMI chart Credit Karma (iOS | Android) How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174) Insurance.com Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:04:40 - Determining the cost of a house and its monthly mortgage payments 0:25:15 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:27:19 - Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks) 0:29:49 - Dealing with PMI (private mortgage insurance) 0:38:05 - Property taxes, homeowners insurance, monthly repair costs and maintenance 0:47:39 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Grow Your Social Media Following (Ep. 224)

  • about 1 month ago

Social media doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. In this episode, we're talking about how to grow your following so you can make the most of it. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Hover: Hover: Your personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to hover.com/cig. Todoist: If you're a student or educator, you can get Todoist's awesome Premium features - like project templates and automated reminders - for 50% off at https://todoist.com/education. Things mentioned in this episode: College Info Geek Discord Server Gary Vaynerchuk So You Want to Start Your Own Blog (Ep. 125) How to Build a YouTube Channel (Ep. 134) How to Start Your Own Podcast (Ep. 133) How to Become a Published Author (Ep. 102) How to Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212) Martin's Nighttime Flower photo Martin's Ant photo The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente Ansel Adams on Wikipedia Ira Glass on Wikipedia This American Life podcast Study Advice From a Medical Student (Ep. 26) Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) Charisma on Command on YouTube Charisma on Command's The Rock video Charisma on Command's Chris Pratt video Matt Shirley on Instagram Lewis Howes on Instagram Display Purposes Anti Parallali on Instagram Taylor Swift on Instagram Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:05:09 - Why grow your social media following 0:19:24 - Bad ways to grow you following 0:29:34 - Thoughts on posting daily and maintaining quality 0:35:15 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:37:48 - Sponsor: Todoist (Managing your tasks) 0:39:25 - Doing behind the scenes and over the shoulder content 0:40:25 - Celebrating your wins and interacting with your audience 0:43:16 - Figuring out which hashtags to use in your posts 0:52:00 - Understanding how the social media algorithms work 0:53:48 - Asking people to follow you and what makes us not follow someone 0:59:11 - Interacting with other people and being patient 1:01:50 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

5 Questions: New Semester Prep, Self-Esteem, and What We're Bad At (Ep. 223)

  • about 2 months ago

In this five questions episode, we talk about getting ready for college, starting your own business, building your self-esteem, and more. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Audible: Get a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial by going to audible.com/CIG or texting “CIG” to 500-500 on your phone. Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Thomas on Instagram Thomas on Twitter Martin on Instagram Martin on Twitter Thomas on Wisecrack’s THE SQUANCH: A Rick & Morty Podcast Thomas' budget modeler Why You Aren't Successful Yet (Ep. 219) How to Set Goals You'll ACTUALLY Stick To Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh Zappos Principles: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio Powlyglot Audio Technica AT2035 Microphone Complexly Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface Listen Money Matters Shure SM7B Microphone SAARA on YouTube Audio Technica ATR2100 Microphone Charisma on Command's Chris Hemsworth video Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:04:22 - Going to college in the United States 0:13:10 - Growing a business from scratch 0:25:30 - Building up your self-esteem 0:29:48 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:32:20 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:14 - The value of helping people in person rather than remotely 0:39:01 - Recommendations for audio recording gear 0:48:21 - What Thomas and Martin aren't that good at 0:56:04 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

An Interview with YouTuber Sara Dietschy (Ep. 222)

  • about 2 months ago

Taking a bit of a break from the norm, here's part two of a conversation between Thomas and fellow YouTuber and podcaster Sara Dietschy. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Setapp: A new way to try and use over 120 best-in-class Mac apps for one low monthly fee. Get a 7-day free trial by signing up at https://stpp.co/cig - and if you sign up with a .edu email address, you'll unlock a 50% student discount! Things mentioned in this episode: Sara Dietschy on YouTube The Creative Exchange on YouTube The Creative Exchange on Apple Podcasts The Creative Exchange on Google Play The Creative Exchange on Spotify CaseyNeistat on YouTube Adobe Creative Residency program Becky Simpson Gary Vaynerchuk Flume Mosaic Unibox CGP Grey on YouTube Focus Squarespace Nerdwriter1 on YouTube Peter McKinnon on YouTube yungtown on YouTube John Hill on YouTube Emma Chamberlain on YouTube David Dobrik on YouTube Liza Koshy on YouTube Tim Ferriss TierZoo on YouTube Primitive Technology on YouTube Steve Carell on Wikipedia Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:01:38 - Being a part of the Adobe Creative Residency program 0:14:48 - Don't strive for the bare minimum 0:17:40 - Being independent and making a career out of YouTube 0:32:29 - Sponsor: Setapp (Suite of Mac apps) 0:35:40 - Don't stress yourself by trying to do too many things 0:40:34 - Sustaining the YouTube career as a full-time job 0:49:55 - Reaching out and forming relationships 0:59:59 - Finding your creative niche 1:06:35 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

10 Apps We Can't Live Without (Ep. 221)

  • 2 months ago

If we're going to be stuck walking around with our phones all day, we might as well put them to good use. Here are ten apps worth unlocking your screen for. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Evernote (iOS | Android) Scanbot (iOS | Android) Scannable (iOS) Daily Budget (iOS) Daily Budget alternative for Android Mint (iOS | Android) Qapital (iOS | Android) Digit (iOS | Android) - Requires a monthly payment Dashlane (iOS | Android) LastPass (iOS | Android) 1Password (iOS | Android) KeePass How to Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life (Ep. 187) Authy (iOS | Android) Google Authenticator (iOS | Android) Brain.fm The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor, by Gabriel García Márquez RecUp (iOS) Smart Recorder (Android) Yousician (iOS | Android) Scrivener (iOS) Martin's Ant Photo on Instagram Strava (iOS | Android) Tom’s budget modeler Habitica (iOS | Android) Greenshot ScreenFloat Just 6 Weeks (iOS | Android) FitBod (iOS) Fitocracy (iOS | Android) Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:06:44 - Scanning documents with Scanbot 0:10:59 - Tracking expenses with Daily Budget 0:20:56 - Managing your passwords with Dashlane 0:29:43 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:32:13 - Focusing and relaxing with Brain.fm 0:36:27 - Recording your thoughts with RecUp 0:39:34 - Apps for doing creative work 0:42:27 - Tom's budget modeler 0:57:42 - Tracking your habits with Habitica 1:00:08 - Taking screenshots with Greenshot 1:03:44 - Working out with Just 6 Weeks 1:07:09 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

8 Ways to Improve Your Diet (Ep. 220)

  • 2 months ago

Nutrition research can be overwhelming, but that doesn't mean you can't start eating healthier today. Here are some less confusing tips to get you started. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Hover: Personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to Hover.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: Our Exercise Habits and Fitness Goals (Ep. 216) Staci Ardison on Instagram Blue Apron Freshly Freshware Meal Prep Containers Leangains James Clear's Intermittent Fasting article Nerd Fitness's Intermittent Fasting article How to Get Into Tea (Ep. 207) Slowcooking subreddit  Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes Great Depression Cooking on YouTube Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:01:12 - Cut out sugary foods and beverages as much as possible 0:18:16 - Making smoothies 0:26:41 - Preparing meals ahead of time 0:28:53 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:31:29 - Preparing meals ahead of time (continued) 0:34:00 - Trying out intermittent fasting 0:37:50 - Getting into tea 0:40:14 - Don’t aim for a perfect diet 0:47:32 - Using a slow cooker 0:50:19 - Learning to cook with basic ingredients 0:56:53 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Why You Aren’t Successful Yet (Ep. 219)

  • 2 months ago

It's easier than ever before to feel like a failure. Anywhere you look, you can find scores of people half your age but twice as successful. What happened? Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you're one of the first 83 people to use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: Sara Dietschy on YouTube Learned Helplessness (Ep. 99) Learned Optimism, by Martin Seligman Collection of Short Works (inc. Harrison Bergeron), by Kurt Vonnegut Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189) Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini Steve Carell on Wikipedia Breakthrough Advertising, by Eugene M. Schwartz 16 Personalities Test Derek Sivers on Wikipedia The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) The Dip, by Seth Godin 5 Questions (Ep. 218) Music Theory 101, by Marc Schonbrun and Brian Boone Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:02:24 - Success is often circumstantial and being more optimistic 0:28:26 - Try to be patient and keep striving for success 0:31:32 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:07 - Being more selective with your ideas and sources of information 0:39:48 - Blaming the wrong things for your lack of success and being envious of others 0:51:38 - Giving up too early and not finishing your projects 0:56:38 - Defining what success means to you and putting effort into it 1:02:40 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

5 Questions: Video Game Addiction, Time Blocking, and 14-Hour Work Days (Ep. 218)

  • 3 months ago

In this five questions episode, we talk about video game addiction, time blocking, 14-hour work days, living off campus, and finding your purpose. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Hover: Personal brand is important, and it starts with your domain name. Get 10% off your first domain name purchase by going to Hover.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: Listen Money Matters Freedom How to Make Your Life Seem Longer (Ep. 217) Cal Newport's Time Blocking article Timeboxing: Elon Musk's Time Management Method Gary Vaynerchuk The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) The Dip, by Seth Godin The Naked Roommate, by Harlan Cohen Nerd Fitness The Smart Passive Income Blog Internet Archive: Wayback Machine CGP Grey on YouTube CGP Grey's Time Management video on YouTube Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:09:08 - Quitting a video game addiction 0:18:42 - Not being able to finish something that you planned 0:22:42 - Being very productive is not always a good thing 0:25:38 - Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name) 0:28:09 - Survivorship bias and looking at what successful people do 0:34:34 - Getting more work done and persevering when it gets hard 0:41:54 - Making it easier to attend classes and events 0:48:37 - Making progress on your goals 0:58:24 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Make Your Life Seem Longer (Ep. 217)

  • 3 months ago

Time flies when you're having fun. Also when you're not. We talk about how to slow things down and fit more life into the one you have. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Mack Weldon: High-quality clothing basics for guys, featuring premium materials and smart design. Get 20% off your first order when you use the promo code ‘CIG’ at checkout. Things mentioned in this episode: Tom on Instagram Tom on Twitter Martin on Instagram Martin on Twitter BBC - Why does walking through doorways make us forget? Tom's Impossible List Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Our Exercise Habits and Fitness Goals (Ep. 216)

  • 3 months ago

Someday we'll all have cool cyborg bodies, but until then we should probably take care of the ones we have. Here's how we've been trying to stay in shape. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: How to Create an Exercise Routine... and Stick to It (Ep. 158) Morning Routines (Ep. 208) Evernote (iOS | Android) Notion (iOS | Android) Asana (iOS | Android) Trello (iOS | Android) Airtable (iOS | Android) How to Build Strong Habits (Ep. 214) Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Starting Strength Kinobody Bodybuilding.com FitBod (iOS) Strava (iOS | Android) Fitocracy (iOS | Android) Habitica (iOS | Android) Yes4All Deluxe Chin Up Bar Doorway Fitness subreddit Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:13:05 - Martin’s simpler workout 0:24:13 - Tom’s fitness goals 0:32:26 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:59 - Tom's more complex workout 0:45:18 - Aspects that complement the main workout 0:52:24 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Take Criticism (Ep. 215)

  • 3 months ago

Criticism feels bad, but it's also one of the best shortcuts to improvement. Here's how to appreciate good criticism and stop taking things so personally. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare — with over 20,000 courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. Get started with 2 months of unlimited learning for just 99¢ at Skillshare.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: 10 Things We'd Tell Our 18-Year-Old Selves (Ep. 213) ChoosingBeggars subreddit Hardy Fowler's Digital Painting course on Skillshare Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman LessWrong's The Lens That Sees Its Flaws article Tom's Backflip video on Instagram Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:01:58 - Initials thoughts on being able to take criticism 0:09:11 - Don't be ashamed of your old work 0:14:43 - Judging the intent and validity of a criticism 0:24:15 - Handling criticism while retaining your original vision 0:27:08 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:28:38 - Being open to the possibility of learning from anyone 0:31:56 - Making your content more intuitive to your users 0:37:18 - Being less emotional when dealing with criticism 0:48:38 - Recap and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Build Strong Habits (Ep. 214)

  • 4 months ago

Since our lives are governed largely by a collection of habits, we've decided to talk about how one might form a new habit on purpose. Want to make something a part of your identity and life? Here's how to get started. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Audible: Get a free audiobook download and a free 30-day trial by going to audible.com/CIG or texting “CIG” to 500-500 on your phone. Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg Tom's notes on the Power of Habit Derek Sivers website Nat Eliason website Morning Routines (Ep. 208) The Motivation Hacker, by Nick Winter Habitica (iOS | Android) European Journal of Social Psychology's Habit Formation article Sherlock Holmes Collection, narrated by Stephen Fry How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes If This Isn't Nice, What Is?, by Kurt Vonnegut 5 Non-Obvious Things That Are Killing Your Productivity Momentum (iOS) HabitBull (iOS | Android) Today (iOS) h3h3's Water Project video Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:03:30 - What does a habit consist of? 0:08:51 - Breaking bad habits and forming good ones 0:15:27 - What to do when you haven't done the habit for a while 0:23:39 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:28:03 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:29:55 - Motivating yourself to do the habits 0:43:01 - Habit tracker recommendations 0:52:02 - Using the 20 second rule 0:53:16 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

10 Things We'd Tell Our 18-Year-Old Selves (Ep. 213)

  • 4 months ago

Another year older, another year wiser. In this week's episode, we're reflecting on a few lessons it would have been nice to learn earlier, and we're passing the savings onto you. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: How to Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212) The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg Starting Strength Essentialism: How to Do More by Doing Less (Ep. 171) Cooked documentary The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:06:27 - Be less cynical and more open with your feelings 0:13:31 - Be more empathetic when someone is hurt 0:19:16 - Don't neglect your posture and overall health 0:29:24 - Don’t do something just so you can put it in your resume 0:31:55 - Don't keep trying to date a friend and learn how to lose 0:38:18 - Eat a healthier diet 0:46:35 - Don’t over-systemize your life 0:48:56 - More free time doesn’t equal more productivity 0:52:48 - Get out of your comfort zone 0:54:27 - Don’t ask for help until you work on the problem for a while 0:59:40 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Give a Killer Speech (Ep. 212)

  • 4 months ago

Public speaking is consistently one of the top fears plaguing humanity, but that doesn't mean you can't do it. We talk a bit about our experience with giving speeches and some ways you can improve your own presentation skills. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Brilliant: Accelerate your learning in math, science, and computer science. Start learning for free at Brilliant.org/CollegeInfoGeek — and if you use this link, you'll also get 20% off your subscription. Things mentioned in this episode: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes Peter Fonda 8 Things to STOP Doing When You Wake Up in the Morning 5 Rules for Answering ESSAY Questions on Exams How to Stay Hydrated: Here's Everything You Need to Know Jerry Seinfeld Comedy Writing Secrets, by Mark Shatz and Mel Helitzer alpha m on YouTube Charisma on Command on YouTube Adam Driver's Ted Talk Listen Money Matters Toastmasters CaseyNeistat on YouTube Become a Better Speaker: 9 Essential Public Speaking Skills 4 Tips for Crafting Great Speeches and Presentations Good to Great, by James C. Collins Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:09:10 - Dealing with anxiety and practicing a speech 0:19:43 - Remembering your lines and the 2 levels of practicing public speaking 0:28:42 - Delivering jokes in your presentations 0:32:26 - Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills) 0:34:21 - Delivering jokes in your presentations (continued) 0:39:05 - Preparing your speech and keeping people engaged 0:45:17 - Building self-confidence  0:55:00 - Classes we recommend taking in high school 1:11:13 - Outlining and planning speeches 1:13:23 - Additional tips and conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also [le

5 Questions: Social Media, Pets, and How to Choose a Foreign Language (Ep. 211)

  • 4 months ago

In this five questions episode, we talk about healthy social media use, balancing pets with a busy life, explaining an unimpressive resume, book formats, and how to choose a foreign language. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Skillshare — with over 20,000 courses in a wide range of different skills, Skillshare can help you take things to the next level. Get started with 2 months of unlimited learning for just 99¢ at Skillshare.com/cig. Things mentioned in this episode: The College Info Geek Podcast on Facebook Tom on Instagram Tom on Twitter Martin on Instagram Martin on Twitter The College Info Geek Community on Reddit How to Get Into Tea (Ep. 207) Freedom The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor Buffer (iOS | Android) Flume FocalFilter SelfControl Cold Turkey Blocker The Kennel Club PetSmart Dogtime's Dog Matchup Purina's Dog Breed Selector Music Theory 101, by Marc Schonbrun and Brian Boone Young Guru's profile and courses on Skillshare How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter (Ep. 209) Weapons of Influence #1: Reciprocation (Ep. 186) LessWrong Duolingo (iOS | Android) LanguagePod101 iTalki (iOS | Android) Rype Tom's music channel on YouTube Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:10:12 - Using social media while also not wasting time on it 0:23:39 - How to take care of a pet if you're always busy 0:31:25 - Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills) 0:33:28 - Applying to internships without much job experience 0:39:56 - Audio books, e-books or paper books? 0:46:41 - Learning a language by "dating" it for a while 0:55:16 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also [le

How to Be Good at Everything — The Rapid Skill Learning Process (Ep. 210)

  • 5 months ago

So many skills, so little time. Sure, we probably can't achieve mastery in all of them, but what if we don't care? We talk about how to learn the basics quickly enough to rekindle your dreams of becoming a renaissance man. Full show notes This week’s episode is sponsored by: Backblaze — unlimited cloud backup for PCs and Macs. Don’t be that person who loses all their files permanently when — not if — your computer’s hard drive fails. Get started with a 15-day, full-featured trial at backblaze.com/CIG. Things mentioned in this episode: Tom’s Sunday Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on YouTube Tom's Work Vibes playlist on Spotify The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente The Kingkiller Chronicle series, by Patrick Rothfuss Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell The First 20 Hours, by Josh Kaufman The 4-Hour Chef, by Tim Ferriss Love-Coloured Master Spark song Synthesia (iOS | Android) Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland Henry Fonda on Wikipedia h3h3Productions on YouTube Momentum (iOS) Habitica (iOS | Android) Beeminder (iOS | Android) Yousician (iOS | Android) Tom's music channel on YouTube Martin on Instagram How to Stay Hydrated: Here's Everything You Need to Know How to Study Effectively with Flash Cards Rype - Learn a Language in 100 Days Andrew Huang on YouTube Andrew Huang on Spotify Skillshare (iOS | Android) How to Learn a New Skill Quickly: A 4-Step Process Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:10:33 - Overview of the skill learning process 0:23:47 - Sponsor: Backblaze (Backing up your data) 0:26:12 - Choosing and focusing on something that motivates you 0:27:28 - Figuring out how good you want to be and deconstructing a skill 0:33:07 - Gaining access to the necessary tools and eliminating barriers 0:38:16 - Finding time to practice 0:41:18 - Creating feedback loops 0:44:31 - Practicing in short bursts instead of long periods of time 0:47:31 - The need to practice a lot before mastering a skill 0:49:20 - Additional tips to rapid skill acquisition 0:52:00 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also [leave a review!](http://collegeinfogeek.com/

How to Write a Great Resume and Cover Letter (Ep. 209)

  • 5 months ago

As the school year comes to a close, job season is upon us. We talk about ways to make sure your resume and cover letter are up to par before taking the plunge. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Tom on Instagram Martin on Instagram Learning to Learn video with Neil deGrasse Tyson How to Write a Resume 7 Resume Mistakes You Need to Avoid How to Write a Cover Letter Tom’s Resume Powlyglot MindSnacks BuiltWith StackShare Resume Tips From a Hiring Director Who Read 10,000 Resumes (Ep. 40) Slack McKinsey Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:05:39 - Martin's photography on Instagram 0:16:52 - What to put in a resume and showing interest in a job 0:24:53 - The education section 0:29:38 - The work experience section 0:32:44: - Listing your achievements instead of your duties 0:37:17 - Showcasing your technical skills 0:43:32 - How to make sure your resume isn't ignored 0:47:39 - Writing cover letters 0:54:01 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Morning Routines (Ep. 208)

  • 5 months ago

What did you do this morning? In the productivity world, this question sounds a lot more compelling than usual due to the allure of the morning routine — the perfect formula to start a successful day. We talk about our routines and how to build your own. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Tom’s Sunday Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on Spotify Tom’s Ultimate Study Playlist on YouTube How to Get Into Tea (Ep. 207) Morning Routines (Ep. 81) Habitica (iOS | Android) Duolingo (iOS | Android) NerdFitness' PLP Challenge article Linus Tech Tips on YouTube Taran Van Hemert's Advanced Video Editing Tutorial Essentialism, by Greg McKeown) Music Theory 101, by Marc Schonbrun and Brian Boone Tide (iOS | Android) Brain.fm Autochords (iOS) Momentum (iOS) HabitBull (iOS | Android) Freedom FocalFilter Heyfocus How To Actually Stop Wasting Time On The Internet Audible Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:05:58 - What we’re doing in the morning 0:13:39 - How we work out and tips on exercising 0:25:33 - Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks) 0:28:18 - Other elements of our morning routines 0:40:57 - Tips on starting a morning routine 0:52:57 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also [leave a review!](http://collegeinfogeek.com/

How to Get Into Tea (Ep. 207)

  • 5 months ago

Are you a tea drinker? If not, maybe it's time to give the second most popular drink on Earth after water a chance. We talk a bit about tea and how we got into it. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Library of Babel A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage Chef’s Table on Netflix How to ACTUALLY Break Your Bad Habits The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg Ku Cha House of Tea Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:03:14 - What qualifies as tea and why get into it 0:26:40 - Differences between types of tea 0:35:26 - Loose leaf vs bagged tea and how to brew them 0:46:41 - Our favorite teas and tea-like drinks 0:53:36 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

Moving Out of Your Mom's Basement: How to Live Independently (Ep. 206)

  • 6 months ago

Get your wings ready, because it's time to leave the nest. But what exactly does it take to strike out on your own? We talk about the day-to-day challenges of living independently. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Listen Money Matters How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174) The Naked Roommate, by Harlan Cohen How to Buy Your First House, Pt. 1: The Research Process (Ep. 205) How to Adult on YouTube The Art of Manliness 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber The Dip: How to Know When to Quit (Ep. 202) Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:03:29 - Becoming independent from your parents 0:07:06 - Handling all the costs that come with independence 0:14:27 - Choosing to live in a dorm during college 0:18:15 - Prioritizing what you need to buy 0:22:44 - Dealing with house maintenance 0:28:31 - Learning how to live with someone else 0:50:51 - Setting things up in your apartment 0:53:31 - Being aware of things that need to be done 1:00:02 - Developing your comfort zone 1:03:37 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

How to Buy Your First House, Pt. 1: The Research Process (Ep. 205)

  • 6 months ago

We've decided we want houses, and it turns out we're not alone. But with buying a house being such a huge undertaking, where do we start? We talk about what we've been thinking about so far in our quest to leave the apartment life behind. Full show notes Things mentioned in this episode: Numbeo Zillow Listen Money Matters Radius Calculator Personal Finance subreddit How to Buy a House guide by Michael Bluejay Home Buying for Dummies, by Eric Tyson NerdWallet's Home Affordability Calculator How to Budget Your Money Without Cutting Coffee (Ep. 174) Backblaze Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page. You can also get a free copy of my book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less), by staying up to date with the College Info Geek newsletter. Timestamps: 0:00:15 - General overview of what this series will be about 0:05:19 - Our reasons for owning a house and why we moved 0:27:07 - Doing the research and not getting too attached 0:29:53 - Sponsor: Backblaze (Backing up your data) 0:33:29 - Prioritizing what you want in a house 1:04:12 - Don't rush into a decision 1:06:59 - How to afford a house and not go bankrupt 1:22:21 - Conclusion If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It's easy, you'll get new episodes automatically, and it also helps the show gain exposure :) You can also leave a review!

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