Fits + Starts

Fits + Starts

An ongoing conversation about work, internet culture, and what it means to be a mindful 20-something at the beginning of your career.

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    30: Meritocracy ++

    We like Notion (sort of), Daniel hates Basecamp, and John is prototyping board games. Then Daniel lays out his unified field theory of software engineering and pounds the table for collective bargaining.

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    29: Ominous death clock

    In our season finale, we talk about time and attention. Daniel takes John to task about whether or not time exists. And then we talk about ego. We'll be back with Season 4 soon!

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    28: Heroic feats of workaholism (with Stephen Hackett) co-founder Stephen Hackett stops in to talk about the perils of finding personal identity in your work, whether or not it's important to "love" what you do, and the weird experience of having an emotional relationship with a corporation.

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    27: Discipline December pt. 2 (with Caleb Porzio)

    This week we recap Discipline December. We talk discipline as a tool, the downside of letting fear motivate your work, and using experiments to diagnose your problems. Then John loses his mind over how much he loves “Holy Hour”.

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    26: Ego depletion

    We return to form with this old school episode with no guest. John is having a hard time getting things done, and Daniel has ideas for how to help. We discuss working from home, making good check lists, slowing your roll, and taking notes.

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    25: Discipline December (with Caleb Porzio)

    Daniel is going to be disciplined for (almost) a whole month! This is a very meta episode: protestant work ethic, work habits, budgeting, food, exercise, checklists, tidying up, and more! Follow along with our progress in the link in the show notes. If you want to join along, shoot us a tweet.

    Special Guest: Caleb Porzio.


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    24: Many a hustle (with Michael Johnson)

    Long time friend Michael Johnson calls in for our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY. We talk vlogging, managing multiple side hustles, unifying your life, finding identity, and living life without a calendar.

    Special Guest: Michael Johnson.


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    23: Total depravity (with Nancy French)

    4-time NYT Best Selling Author Nancy French shares her thoughts on being a Conservative writer in the era of Trump. Nancy recently left the Republican party and faced harassment from the Alt-Right. We also get into the relationship between pop culture and politics, and why Nancy pays more attention to Judd Apatow than Mike Pence!

    Special Guest: Nancy French.


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    22: I call it poetry, you call it content (with Aaron Belz)

    John's cousin Aaron Belz drops by to talk about how businesses use language, the difference between students and young employees, how social media can shape the way people make creative stuff online, baseball, and more!

    Aaron is a poet and essayist who works in marketing.

    Special Guest: Aaron Belz.


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    21: Thinking in public (with Mike Rugnetta)

    Mike Rugnetta drops some knowledge about how to improve internet discourse, maintaining a productive comment section, focusing on the right stuff, why people join internet communities, and what it means for something to "end" on the internet. Lastly, we get into a discussion of video games that feel like work, and why we love them.

    Special Guest: Mike Rugnetta.


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    20: Talking about the show on the show

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    19: Idealogical Purity Ideas (with Brianna Wu)

    Brianna is running for Congress! She stops by to share her insights about the work of running a campaign, seeking to support people you don't agree with, and why Millennials need to take direct action instead of making symbolic political gestures. We also get into info security, online harassment, and then some inside-baseball talk about Apple and the future of gaming.

    We really hate asking, but your reviews on Apple Podcasts really do make a difference. Please consider rating and reviewing us there, sharing the show with friends, and subscribing! Also, hit us up on Twitter! We’d love to chat:

    Fits + Starts: @fits_and_starts
    Daniel: @DCoulbourne
    John: @johnrudolphdrex

    Special Guest: Brianna Wu.


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    18: Eventually it sucks less (with Merlin Mann)

    Merlin stops by to talk about finding a job that fits you, prototyping your future, and manufacturing care. Then we have a lot of rapid fire questions for him.

    Special Guest: Merlin Mann.


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    17: Make the Internet Better (with Anil Dash)

    Anil Dash (Founder / Writer / Speaker / Blogger / Preeminent force on the Internet) argues for a new definition of "open" on the web. We ask for advice on how to be more inclusive as a non-manager. Daniel has some big ideas about infrastructure.

    Hit us up on Twitter:

    John: @johnrudolphdrex
    Daniel: @dcoulbourne
    Fits and Starts: @fits_and_starts

    Special Guest: Anil Dash.


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    16: Six-month-ago You (with Adam Wathan)

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    15: Bottle Episode

    We just saw each other in Chicago! John is a friend of The show is changing. John is afraid that his life is too comfortable. Daniel thinks it's all about leaning into your fear. We think that Donald Trump and Smash Mouth are indications that we are indeed living in a simulation.

    Hit us up on Twitter:

    John Drexler: @johnrudolphdrex
    Daniel Coulbourne: @DCoulbourne
    Fits and Starts: @fits_and_starts


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    14: Obvious Questions Without Obvious Answers (with Estelle Caswell)

    Along with our guest Estelle Caswell, we discuss Twitter, YouTube comments, and how to handle negative feedback (especially in public). Then we talk about that magical moment when your work becomes less scary to you. Finally, we talk about Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, and Kendrick Lamar.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex

    Special Guest: Estelle Caswell.


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    13: Motivating an Animal (with Matt Stauffer)

    Matt enumerates the differences between venture-backed and bootstrapped businesses. We discuss the difference between “useful” and “good” traits. Matt has some advice on how to talk about your strengths without sounding like a jerk, and then John meets a Titan of Industry.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex

    Special Guest: Matt Stauffer.


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    12: Clearing Up Mindspace (with Jake Thomsen)

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    11: Everybody's My Boss (with Kelly Walker)

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    10: Strapped to the Mast (with Zay Smallman)

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    9: Expectations You're Not Entitled To

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    8: Maslow's Hierarchy of Goals

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    7: Fix Your Pet Bug

    We talk about personality tests, and how they can guide your career path. Daniel is taken in by John wonders how to solve for his many shortcomings, and wonders if Daniel will be promoted to the level of his own incompetency. AND THEN DANIEL GETS ENGAGED.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex


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    6: Too Proud to Touch the Monolith

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    5: Closing the Gap

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    4: Internet Civics

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    3: Five Jobs and a Bunch of Dogwhistles

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    2: Ducks in a Row

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    1: Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires

    We discuss the phenomenon of visionary bro culture. Daniel wonders about why helpful people are helpful. We get an unexpected update from a college friend.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex


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    0: Episode Zero

    We figure out what the show is about. Daniel takes John to task on the Protestant Work Ethic. We reminisce about a DIY shelf, and we have two very different takes on how it was built.

    Hit us up on Twitter!

    Fits and Starts - @fits_and_starts
    Daniel - @dcoulbourne
    John - @johnrudolphdrex


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