Listen to Season 3, Episode 5

People are really looking for reasons to say no, Mohnish. That’s the thing.
— Ted Gonder

Mohnish has done well for himself. Thanks to his mother's credit card, he hasn't managed to die of starvation. He's worked with interesting authors, fast-paced startups, and - most importantly - he has a girlfriend. 

But if he stops there - he's screwed. 

As of January 1st, 2017, he doesn't have a job. He's a full-time student - so he doesn't need one. But in 6 months, that'll change.

And when you're 22, and time is running out - how do you answer the hardest question: what do I do with the rest of my life? More to the point: is that even the right question to ask? 

On this episode, special guests Josh Indig (AI Research and serial entrepreneur) and Ted Gonder (Moneythink, Obama's Advisory Council) share their insights to wrestle, untangle, and reframe why careers (as well as their own) are just so incredibly tricky.

On this episode, we cover:

- If you're 22 and have no skills, what should you do? 

- How badly will Ted roast Mohnish on the phone? 

- Instead of asking "what should I do with my life?", what should you do instead?

- Will Josh start an AI overthrow and doom humanity? (Short answer: No)

And more, all on this episode. 

 

About Josh Indig 

- Josh is a friend. He's from Canada. He's working in AI (so, so cool). He's an entrepreneur. And - most importantly - you should follow him on Twitter. 

Research and More Fun Stuff 

- In the career space, there's a lot of bad advice. This cuts through all of that, and it's the best, single volume of career thinking I've ever read. Jesus H. Christ, it is great - Cal Newport's So Good They Can't Ignore You. Do yourself a favor, and buy this for your future daughter or son who doesn't exist yet. 

- 80,000 Hours is an incredible organization with a free book that is one of the best in this space as well (has a heavy focus on gearing your career to do social good, if you're into that). Basically, the fancy people over at 80,000 Hours (they're over at Oxford, so by definition, they have to be fancy) look at the best of the scientific literature and come to fantastic conclusions on how not to completely screw up your career. Both Cal and the team at 80,000 Hours have an incredible grasp of the science here, and both are fantastic. 

- Capitalism rewards things that are both (key words here) rare and valuable. Here's an article explaining that, as well as a unique way to approach skill acquisition with respect to your career.  

Production Team and Special Credits

Host and Producer: Mohnish Soundararajan

Special Guests: Ted Gonder and Josh Indig

Feedback: Jarrod Sport and Josh Indig

Intro Music: Electric Mantis

Movie Clips: The Social Network (2010), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)