As a professional, at any given time, you probably have 150-220 action items and 30-100 projects on your plate. That’s a lot – in fact too much – to keep in your head. Your brain, it turns out, is a terrible office! Fortunately, with a little help you can build an external brain that’s designed to simplify your complicated life. In this RBI Extra, we get down to GTD basics with David Allen’s 5 steps to help you get your “stuff” under control.
David Allen did not set out to become a productivity guru, but with the release of his book, Getting Things Done, in 2001, he became just that. You may well be familiar with his methodology – in fact we hope you are, and that it has improved your life dramatically! After hearing a bit of his “super hero origin story,” today we’ll talk to David about some additional tips and insights specifically for entrepreneurs. Also, stay tuned this weekend for a special RBI Extra episode where we’ll get down to the basics of GTD with David Allen.
Danny Meyer is famous for opening more than a dozen highly successful New York restaurants. And those restaurants – from Union Square Café to Shake Shack – are famous for their hospitality. More than mere service, hospitality is a measure of how a dining experience makes us feel. Today Danny speaks with David about how to differentiate your business in the age of plagiarism, how to glean entrepreneurial ideas from Seinfeld, how to pronounce Zagat, and more. Plus, an update on 5 lesser-known Rule Breaker stocks David picked on the show last year!
Today it's David's brother Tom in the spotlight! Not only is Tom a fellow co-founder of The Motley Fool, he's also made it his life's passion to study businesses and the ambitious people who build them. With a little Fool history, a dose of brotherly rapport, and an obligatory mention of Strat-O-Matic Baseball, Tom Gardner brings his top 5 tips for entrepreneurs.
We hereby declare November Entrepreneur Month here at RBI! First up: Stonemaier co-founder Jamey Stegmaier is known as a master of the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. His new book, A Crowdfunder’s Strategy Guide builds off of his already successful blog to help entrepreneurs make the most of Kickstarter. To kick of Entrepreneur Month, David talks with Jamey to geek out over board games and learn about how to go from zero to millions in croudfunding dollars.
It’s the end of another month, and here at RBI, that means mailbag! We touch on the new Fool School, the Cubs’ run for the World Series, and then look at retirement strategies with Motley Fool Answers’ host, Robert Brokamp. But first, with your help, David spells out his Core Values for the US of A – which might just explain why this election cycle has been so disturbing.
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After a few years of brutal campaigning, the U.S. presidential election is upon us! Always the Rule Breaker, David’s take on politics is decidedly non-political. Taking the long view, we’ll apply some systemic thinking and reach all the way back to Dickens for some perspective and inspiration. And be sure to listen to the end for your homework assignment!
Today we return to the subject of mental tips and tricks, and a few Lifehacks to boot. Get things done in two minutes, win a drink at ro-sham-bo, and make all your photos picture perfect! Do you have a favorite mental tip or trick? Share it with us on Twitter @RBIPodcast.
The Motley Fool has long been an advocate of financial literacy in our schools. Crazy talk, right? Today, David has the pleasure of hosting one of the preeminent experts on the subject, Dr. Annamaria Lusardi of George Washingon University to discuss why this is such an important subject. And stick around for the close, where we will announce a fantastic opportunity for you and your kids!
When one of your favorite authors stops by the office, a 10-minute interview just won't do! Lucky for us, Candice Millard was generous with her time here at Fool HQ. In this bonus episode, David goes into greater depth about Millard's New York Times bestsellers The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic, as well as her upcoming epic story of the making of Winston Churchill, Hero of the Empire.
Candice Millard is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic, which David has praised in earlier episodes of the podcast. Today she sits down with David for a conversation about presidents, prime ministers, Fools, and non-fiction. Also, we dip into the mailbag to tell some listener stories, including one of the best exchanges ever to hit the Rule Breaker inbox. All that and more in this very Motley edition of Rule Breaker Investing.
Ah, the Folly of youth! Today David takes a tour of some of his earliest investments, from mistakes to multi-baggers. Find out which companies went under, which are still around, and most importantly, what were the lessons learned along the way.
In a century or so, humans might be able to scan our brains and run emulations or "ems" on futuristic supercomputers. That means conscious, digital minds working much faster than our own, and rendering us all but obsolete! So how should we plan for that? Today David interviews Robin Hanson, George Mason University economist and author of "The Age of Em - Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth."
A year ago, here on the Rule Breaker Investing Podcast, David picked 5 Stocks For The Next 5 Years. Today we check in on those companies, because we’ll never know who’s winning if we don’t keep score! Then David digs through the safest stocks on his recommendation list to choose 5 more stocks for the coming year.
What your business can learn from the US Military, why America will keep on winning, how to conduct a public Q&A session, and other learnings from David's experience with the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. Plus, a few items from the August mailbag.
Today David inspects an F-35, fires an M-16, overlooks combat operations, flies in a Blackhawk helicopter, and lands on an aircraft carrier. Has he joined the Special Forces? No, but as a member of this year's Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, David has had the remarkable opportunity to visit with the United States Armed Forces up close, and has come back with stories to share.
In this fourth installment of RBI's "Great Quotes" series, we're digging into the past with words of wisdom from philosophers and founders, and then jumping to present-day Foolishness – all in the service of helping you create a better future.
In 1998, Tom & David made an appearance on ABC's The View and recommended a company for investment. Six weeks later, they were invited back to explain why the stock had already dropped by 33%. Luckily we are still keeping score -- and are still invested. Today we take a deep dive into one of the great companies of our time and its truly visionary CEO.
In 1997 The Motley Fool publicly shorted Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts (DJT). In 1999, after the stock had dropped significantly, David got a call from the CEO, Nicholas Ribis. He invited a handful of Fools to Trump Tower in New York City to hear a defense of the business, and to meet The Donald in person. Here's what happened.
Should you buy in thirds or set limit orders? What's the big deal about Pokemon Go? Why would anyone ever own a bond with a negative interest rate? And why isn't The Motley Fool a public company? All this and more in this month's mailbag!
State lotteries, disclaimers, and soaps that don’t lather… From the sublime to the ridiculous, David shares his list of pet peeves.
Five companies that we like over the next 3 years - all inspired by The United Kingdom's recent move to withdraw from the European Union.
Motley Fool CAPS (caps.fool.com) is a free service you can use to test your stock-picking prowess. You don’t have to risk any money in the market, but you will be scored for your performance. At the age of 8, David’s son Zack started picking stocks on CAPS, and now, nine years later, you may be surprised by how well he did. Today, a teenaged Zack is in the studio to review those picks, his reasons for making them, and the lessons learned growing up with a Rule-Breaking dad.
Are you cut out to pick stocks or should you stick to index funds? Should your first thought be your final thought? Is what to buy > when to sell? All this and more as we go over your questions and comments in today’s monthly mailbag episode!
A few minutes with Rob Daviau in last week's podcast was simply not enough! In today's extended interview, David digs deeper into Daviau's disruptive game design, how he runs his business, and where he finds his inspiration.