Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
— T.S. Eliot

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to Season One, Episode #8

Author, podcaster, philosopher, and former CEO of a multi-million dollar company, Laura Coe, talks about how to be yourself, and it's almost as complicated as heart surgery. In addition to grilling Kevin like a salmon on the episode, Laura, Mohnish, and Kevin cover:

- What's it like to lose all your friends?

- "Be Yourself" is pretty empty advice. But how do you do it?

- Why is there a 10 year old on the podcast?

- Should we listen to the rider (our rational sense) or the elephant (our intuitive, "gut" sense)?

- Should Kevin keep his radio job?

Who is Laura Coe?

- She's read, researched, and gone incredibly deep into philosophy. I've been to her house and it's filled with so many books it's absolutely ridiculous. From Buddha to Marcus Aurelius - Eastern to Western thought - she's one of those people you just talk to her, and she can change your whole worldview. Her work condenses thousands of years worth of philosophy down into modern, actionable material.

- Laura is part-philosopher, part-entrepreneur, and 100% badass. She has a podcast called The Art of Authenticity. If you want to get emotionally fit, check out her course. 

Research, Fun Stuff, and More

- Here's an excellent article on Authenticity. Have you ever met someone and was like "Wow, not only do I want to marry this person and have 10 babies with them, but they're authentic!". There's a few social dynamics at play when you feel this. If you're wondering what makes someone seem authentic, this article is a solid primer.

- We take a clear, multi-disciplinary approach to things: if we can find good stuff in philosophy, sociology, or animal genetics, we'll use it. If you're interested in philosophy, I recommend starting out with a book that even Thomas Jefferson kept at his bedside - The Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius. Make sure to get the Gregory Hays translation (the others I'm not wild about). 

- If you're interested in meditation, check out Headspace. I use it everyday, plus, it's a beautiful primer to Eastern thought. The amount of empirical research that supports meditation (literally increases the gray matter in your head) is absurd. 

Special Thanks and Credits

Guests: Laura Coe, Nate Coe

Main Host and Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Host: Kevin Sanji

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Kevin Sanji, and Justine Brumm

Music: CJ Beats