Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

#5: you can't live in a pillow fort

This week Robin & Justin are joined by PhD student Sam Spurlin to discuss meaningful work, habits & skills, and his new 99U article "It's Not About Productivity: It's About Living Purposefully." Along the way Ernest Hemingway and Chris Rock manage to agree on something, Robin's furniture has a delicious musk, and Sam reveals the best wedding gift idea ever.

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Show Notes

"It's Not About Productivity. It's About Living Purposefully" @ 99U

It becomes less about tips and tricks and more about making sure you’re allocating the most scarce resource in the universe, your attention, in ways that most closely align with who you are and what impact you want to have on the world.

Sam Spurlin Coaching & Consulting

I'm extremely interested in the process of good work and how people can do more of it. I think the mindful application of positive psychology in a coaching relationship can be a huge, huge, force for good.

So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion In The Quest for the Work You Love

In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.

TEDTALKS--Flow: The Secret To Happiness

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

The book by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi that apparently everyone has read but Robin.

"Never Confuse Movement With Action"--Did Hemingway Say It?

Dietrich had received a lucrative job offer at a Miami night club, but was debating whether or not she should accept it. Hemingway advised: "Don't do what you sincerely don't want to do. Never confuse movement with action."

Talking Funny @ YouTube

Stand-up legends Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Louis C.K. sit down for an informal group conversation on comedy.


Comedian is a 2002 documentary focusing on Jerry Seinfeld that explores the other side of stand-up comedy; that is, the preparation, politics, nerves, creativity, and so on.

from <em>Born Standing Up</em>