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What is a Good Life? #3 (Podcast)
Curiously Observing Life with Tom Goodwin
Good day to you all,
I hope life is treating you well.
On the third episode of the “What is a Good Life?” podcast, I interview Tom Goodwin.
Tom is the author of Digital Darwinism, a keynote speaker, an advisor to Fortune 500 companies and start-ups, and a commentator on the future of advertising, marketing, technology and business. He also contributes to publications such as The Guardian, TechCrunch, Forbes, and the World Economic Forum, among many others.
In this episode we explore; the oddity of knowing what is good for us, even enjoying it, yet rarely making it a habit; we question where we spend all this time we save by using various apps; we observe the obsession we have with optimising and streamlining human behaviour; the importance of challenging our own views and not taking life so seriously.
The structure for the newsletter is:
Short video clip from the podcast (2.5 mins)
My weekly reflection related to the weekly video clip (1.5 mins)
Full podcast episode - both video and audio (61 mins)
Two content related questions to prompt your own reflections on life
1. Weekly Clip from the Podcast
2. My weekly reflection
Asking the Barista what’s the name of the song being played → Shazam
Asking someone for directions → Google maps
Asking a local for a restaurant tip → Tripadvisor
Asking a stranger in a café about their book → Google it
Saying hello to someone and asking them out → Hinge
Turning around and asking a colleague for advice → Zoom
Knowing your local shop owner → Amazon
…Insert countless more examples…
I am not saying these are bad things, or that there is any way of putting the toothpaste back in the tube. Or that they aren’t more efficient and that they don’t suit a lot of people’s way of being and preferences much better.
I’m noting that there’s a lot of random human interaction and connection that we have “streamlined” out of the process of being a modern-day human.
Given how much human connection and relationships contribute to our contentment in life, it is important to make sure, that while availing of so many helpful tools, we are intentional about how we make up for what we are cutting out.
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4. This week’s Questions
Where do you end up spending all the time you save through the use of various apps?
List the activities that you infrequently do, despite them being enjoyable and good for you. Which one of them could you undertake today?
I am a Coach based in Berlin, via Dublin, Ireland. I left behind a 15-year career in Capital Markets after I became extremely curious around what life, myself, and existence are all about.
I work with high-performing, individual clients who have hit their material goals and are trying to understand what comes after performance. I have also created a Corporate program (based on the question What is a Good Life?) for teams to foster greater trust, human connection, and diversity of thought within high-performing teams (click here for reference).