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

Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes 
Get the RSS feed right here.

Or, listen below:

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

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Sean is the Editor-in-Chief and Director of 99U. Find him on Twitter: @SeanBlanda.
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  • Joe Nicklo

    Finally! Was wondering when you guys would release a Podcast.

  • Richie Batista

    Yes I’ve been waiting for these podcast! Can’t wait for the next one!

    One note from an audio engineer perspective.. try to tighten up the audio recording and by that I mean record the podcast in a room that is less reflective. Also using a Hi Pass filter above 80hz can eliminate that room tone noise you don’t need.

    I’d be happy to enhance 99u’s recordings!

    • Sean Blanda

      Thanks for the heads up. It’s all a bit of an experiment and we’re learning as we go!

    • coxy

      +1 to the audio quality. I feel like I’m in a cave.

  • zando

    I wish the interviewer would stop interrupting and rephrasing the speaker, who communicates much better on his own.

  • Shaahin

    Great, although the conversation was too fast and Mr. Blanda was just interrupting the speaker. I expect a more friendly episode next time, and please guys, slow down a bit. Not everybody is a native english speaker. :)

  • Vivek

    Wheres the transcript? Most techies would prefer a transcript instead of having to sit and listen to a whole podcast. Thanks

  • jclay

    Can you publish this stream somewhere other than iTunes? My Android phone doesn’t like iTunes podcasts. Thank you!

  • thedivingbell

    The pace worked really well for me. I find lots of podcasts too soporific. Thanks.

  • Ross Goodman

    Agreed – an RSS feed for the podcast would be a great help.

  • Niki Mik

    Glad to see you are venturing to podcasting. – Just a few thoughts… Set a goal to improve sound quality. Not sure if it was hardware/software or a bit of both — anyhow, you can figure that all out. Also, not to be a total complainer – but pacing was an issue — it all felt a bit too fast. It seemed as if I was listening to an ad-hoc recorded phone call vs a rehearsed or focused/semi-scripted podcast

  • AnnaM

    As much as I love reading the articles about how to get better work done etc. I can listen to the podcasts while ACTUALLY getting work done! Love it, keep it up :)

  • Jodia Steenkamp

    Really rad idea – this has helped put my uneasiness aside. Some wise words said. Love it!

  • Mickey R

    Much needed information. Everything in balance is what I take away from this.

  • Brenden

    Great start to the podcast. Can’t wait for more episodes.
    The Everest story reminded me of the recent Freakonomics podcast about failure. Allen McDonald was the lead engineer for the solid booster rockets during the Challenger disaster. He refused to sign off on the launch for that day but his bosses and NASA were so gung ho for launching they overruled his protest and went ahead with the launch. We all know how that ended.

  • Barkers

    Great refresher from the conference – much needed in the mid-year slump. Keep em coming.

  • Vince Starr

    A – MAZING. Thank you. Have had to sit down on third listen and take notes. So so good. I might be fortunate that I was in this head-space when your podcast came along, or maybe the universe is giving me everything I want every second of the day :D. The lack of my projects launching me in to the realm of creative global “success” could very well be that those projects are quick fixes (things that everyone else is doing) to make the gut feeling go away. WOW!! What a line of thought. Amazing quality information. Now THIS is proper education. Thanks!

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