The 99U Podcast Episode 1: Oliver Burkeman

Welcome to the launch of the 99U podcast series, where we’ll sit down with leading makers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs twice a month for a deep dive into what makes their creative process tick.

In our inaugural episode, we speak to Oliver Burkeman, Guardian columnist and author of the book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. We talked with Burkeman about what sort of mindset fuels creativity and risk-taking. Including:

  • If you think failure is a catastrophic occurrence, you’re not going to take interesting risks.
  • The difference between hoping for success and hoping to making uncertainty go away when making a decision.
  • If you think you need to “be motivated” before doing something, you’re just adding a hurdle. 
  • Don’t wait for the right circumstances, think like a chef and use what ingredients you have on hand. 

This an experiment on our part, so please let us know what you think in the comments or by @ replying us on Twitter

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99U Podcast 1: Oliver Burkeman (runtime: 35 mins)

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Sean Blanda

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Sean is the Editor-in-Chief and Director of 99U. He is also a co-founder of Technically Philly and Philly Tech Week. Email him: or find him on Twitter: @SeanBlanda.
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