Top Podcasts of the Week

Below is our “Top Podcast” episode with our new curator, Colby Donovan! Holler with any feedback!

Today we have an episode on how to deal with negative thoughts, and ways we can become better learners.

  • The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos: Don’t Think of the White Bear. This is the 6th episode of the fantastic series by Yale Professor Dr. Laurie Santos, who teaches a course on happiness that has become the most popular class on campus. The episode dives into the idea that we cannot rid ourselves of a negative thought once it enters our mind. Whether it is an athlete who gets the “yips” or someone who’s enduring significant pain or stress, research has shown that we need to deal with and acknowledge these emotions, which she calls “responding rather than reacting.” The episode gives examples of people who have done this and provides tips on how to enact this in your own life. [October 22, 2019–43 minutesiTunes Podcast | Spotify | Overcast | Breaker | Website Link

Below are books and white papers that podcast guests suggested on episodes I listened to last week. The descriptions are summaries from the guest, not my own opinion.


Ben Horowitz (Co-founder, Venture Capital Firm Andreessen Horowitz):

  1. High Output Management by Andrew Grove — His favorite management book by far.
  2. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James — Story of the Haitian revolution that’s also a good leadership book. L’Ouverture was a management and cultural genius, more-so than anyone he’s ever read about.
  3. It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell
  4. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries — Teaches you fundamental lessons of building a company.

Steve Huffman (CEO, Reddit):

  1. Shogun (Asian Saga) — Fictional book that is a really fun read and has some good business strategy information.

Peter Attia (Doctor, Podcaster):

  1. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Mate —Attia loves the book because the author does a great job about making the case you can be a different type of addict (drugs, high performance, money, power) and addiction belongs on a continuum.
  2. Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman — The book does a great job explaining we don’t meditate for the state, we meditate for the trait.

Dan Harris (News Anchor, ABC):

  1. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie — Only self help book that’s been successful about discussing compassion.

Didier Elzinga (CEO, Culture Amp):

  1. Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation by Neel Doshi — Talks about how to drive adaptive performance (how to get performance from people when working in a complicated environment).
  2. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh

Jason Calacanis (Angel Investor):

  1. The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by Andrew McCabe

Investing White Papers

Jack Vogel (Chief Investment Officer, Alpha Architect):

  1. Value and Momentum Everywhere: Factors, Monthly by AQR — They test value and momentum on multiple asset classes, and found that both factors tend to work in all asset classes.
  2. Trend-Following: A Decade of Underperformance by Alpha Architect — Highlights the fact that trend-following can not work at sometimes, and is an important paper to read for anyone looking at a more tactical/trend-following portfolio.


Here’s ours:

Episode #184: You Could Have Missed…

Episode #183: Ben Inker, “The Problem With Good Returns In The Near Term Is They Have To Be Paid Back Sometime”

Good investing,
Meb Faber