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Welcome to the Jiu-Jitsu of Life Podcast. Join hosts Carter Fisk and Mo Siddiqui introduce a new weekly podcast for Brazilian jiu-jitsu enthusiasts, who are striving to succeed both on and off the mat. Navigate the Jiu-Jitsu of Life with Carter and Mo as they discuss how their mission for the podcast is to help enthusiasts balance their busy lives with their passion for BJJ.
 
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We really love sharing a cup of something wonderful with our friends & neighbors. We don't all vote the same way or go to the same church. We don't share the same favorite colors or drink orders at the local coffee shop. We don't always get along. But we've found that it's easier to understand someone when you sit heart to heart, cups in hand. There's room to share what God is brewing in me and what God's brewing in you - and then watch how that understanding infuses our lives. Welcome to Yo ...
 
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The World feels uncertain right now as countries like China and Russia assert their power, the cost of living soars and a recession feels imminent. Can understanding the cycles of world power help alleviate this feeling of uncertainty? How can the idea of ‘being ready’ get you through the bad times? In this episode Carter and Mo discuss if China wi…
 
It can be disheartening when we struggle to stick to a fitness program or other routine. There’s a belief that discipline equals freedom. In this episode Carter and Mo question whether this is true. They discuss the different forms of discipline, the importance of finding what works for you and questioning the ways things have always been done. • C…
 
As you get older you begin to see patterns in life. Looking at the current situation the world is in right now, Carter and Mo can see the signs that we are heading towards a recession. • Taking routine for granted (00:00) • Not feeling older but being older (01:48) • You have to accept that life will get in the way and react to that (06:10) • We ar…
 
This episode launches a series into mental models. An understanding of mental models is crucial if you want to be a better thinker and make better decisions. This episode focuses on two – ‘the map is not the territory’ and ‘the circle of competence. Carter and Mo explore the limitations of planning, assuming the worst is yet to come and why sometim…
 
Why do people keep doing something that they don’t love just because they are good at it? If longevity is something you value, doing something you don’t love can lead to burnout and other issues. In this episode Carter and Mo discuss how hard it is to quit combat sports, the importance of your why and the necessity of changing things up when your w…
 
When an event that that you were looking forward to doesn’t happen it can derail you. But is there a way of looking at things differently? Opportunity can come in all sorts of ways and generally things will turn out alright. In this episode Carter and Mo discuss the good that can come from disappointment, letting go and why it’s all about just show…
 
In the last episode Mo suggested that happiness relies on being present in the current moment. How can we shift our mindset to focus on the current moment and let go of the past and the future? In this episode Carter and Mo discuss how to balance living in the present with preparing for the future, focusing energy on happiness and contemplating dea…
 
Why do people try to pursue happiness through possessions and goals? In this episode Mo argues that happiness is a state of mind and that treating it like a goal is the wrong approach. Discussions include methods to shift your mindset, the value of questioning your own thoughts and patterns and building the confidence that things will work out the …
 
We know that our beliefs can be limiting, but they can also be wrong. The Socratic Method is a way of both examining our beliefs and testing them. In this episode Carter and Mo explore the Socratic Method, how it has helped them see certain things differently and why we need to build critical thinking skills. • Why Carter and Mo are talking about t…
 
Carter has been reading Tom DeBlass’ new book and has found it fascinating to read about his journey into jiu-jitsu, and how he healed from a turbulent childhood. In this episode Carter and Mo discuss online personas, mental health and how life is short. • Should your online persona match your offline persona? (00:00) • Who Tom DeBlass is (02:20) •…
 
Dropping the atomic bomb was decision that one person had to make. One of the qualities of being a leader is having to make decisions, often with incomplete information and sometimes with no good option. In this episode Carter and Mo discuss the reality of making decisions, what to be aware of and when to listen to other people. • Making the decisi…
 
Chaos can be hard and confusing, but it can also be a time of growth and opportunity. The past 2 years has been an incredibly chaotic time but it many business have been able to adapt and thrive. In this episode Carter and Mo discuss businesses that have thrived in chaotic times, the power of diversification and combat sports in the time of covid. …
 
In business you can’t just focus on the numbers you have to also develop your understanding of people and build relationships. In this episode Carter and Mo talk about the importance of the human element in business, how understanding it can find you deals and why stacking skillsets can bring success. • Underestimate yourself and have a back up pla…
 
In this episode Carter talks about his real estate business, why he is considering getting out of residential real estate, the realities of dealing with contractors, and why reputation and integrity are the key to running a successful business. • Spending time in a place versus just looking at the numbers (00:00) • Carters wants to be the client co…
 
It is often said that ego is your enemy. In this episode Carter and Mo consider if ego can be your friend. What are the positive and negative aspects of ego? When can it fuel ambition and when can it make you foolish? Discussions include whether all ambition comes from ego, if it’s valid to feel good about doing something worthy and is positivity b…
 
Carter recently read Andrew Yang’s book about the idea of Universal Basic Income and thinks that although it sounds great in theory, in reality the idea wouldn’t work. In this episode Carter and Mo discuss why they think UBI wouldn’t work, other areas where they see a mismatch between theory and reality and understanding the risk that comes with li…
 
Carter took his god-daughters to see Simone Biles’ Gold Over America Tour and found it was more about mindset and self empowerment than he was expecting. This inspires Carter and Mo to discuss what it means to have self esteem, what jiu-jitsu can teach kids and enjoying your achievements. • Turning self esteem into mediocrity (00:00) • The difficul…
 
Mo is constantly on the look out for a unicorn business. A business in which he can make money with little effort. But is that unrealistic? In this episode Carter and Mo consider finding work where you enjoy the bits that other people hate, picking the drama that suits your personality and areas where there’s a high barrier to entry. • How long doe…
 
Would you trust a jiu-jitsu instructor who had never competed, to train you in competitive jiu-jitsu? Is learning from books enough, or do people need practical experience in their field to be an expert? In this episode Carter and Mo consider what makes them trust an expert, what it means to have an independent business and why you shouldn’t just f…
 
Can being cheap cost you more, be it in money, time or stress? There are some situations where spending more money almost guarantees a better good or service. In this episode Carter and Mo talk about the problem with being cheap, finding reputable contractors and missing opportunities in business and jiu-jitsu by being too focused on one thing. • T…
 
Most listeners of this podcast will remember exactly where they were when they heard about the event’s of 9/11. It is now 20 years later and Carter and Mo reflect back on that time. In this episode they discuss where they were on 9/11, being a patriot and why Covid has not brought people together in the same way. • The joy of waking up and knowing …
 
Recently Rickson Gracie has written a book about his life in jiu-jitsu and being a part of the Gracie family. Carter read it in one sitting and immediately sent the book to Mo. In this episode they discuss why the book is interesting, Carter’s experience training at Hickson’s school and whether the greatest legacy is knowledge. • Rickson Gracie’s n…
 
Can growth be a negative thing? The pandemic changed our habits and some businesses had a massive influx of customers. What made the difference between those that could handle it and those that couldn’t? In this episode Carter and Mo think about the negative impacts of growth, the systems and resources it requires and the way it can change your lif…
 
Do you want to be the best? Or are you happy just cruising through life? In this episode Carter and Mo explore the motivation behind wanting to be the absolute best at what you do. In this episode Mo defines success, Carter wonders if it’s selfish to not try to reach your potential and they discuss how you can’t be the best at everything. • What’s …
 
Carter and Mo want to keep going with jiu-jitsu for as long as they can. Many youngsters push hard at jiu-jitsu only to wreck their bodies or simply burn out. What can we learn from the people around us who have shown longevity, be it in business, relationships or jiu-jitsu? In this episode Carter and Mo talk about training consistently for a long …
 
There are many different ways to approach a project. When Carter and Mo started this podcast they wanted to keep it lean and simple to increase their chances of success. This has led to them thinking about the benefits of being lean and mean in business. In this episode Carter and Mo discuss how being lean helps mitigate risk, dealing with a painti…
 
Overcoming is an inherent part of combat sports. Having the mental toughness to keep going through fear, injuries and physical pain. Simone Biles recently withdrew from 2 of her gymnastic events at the Tokyo Olympics. Was she weak for doing this? Can an athlete withdrawing from such a major sporting event have an explanation? Carter and Mo discuss …
 
It’s easy to go on YouTube and find entrepreneurs who are showing off their fast cars and big houses with promises that if you buy their course then you can have these things too. Is this the same in jiu-jitsu with instructionals promising that this single technique will completely change your game? In this episode Carter and Mo discuss cocky peopl…
 
Drilling moves in jiu-jitsu will teach you techniques, but will it teach you how to fight? To fight well means adapting to the situation at hand, being fluid and dynamic. The same is true for business. To be rigid means missing opportunity or being too focussed on one thing. Life is constantly changing and there are real benefits to flowing with it…
 
The recent fight between Connor McGregor and Dustin Poirier inspires the topics in this weeks’ episode. Has Connor McGregor come to the end of being at the top? Does the mindset that is required to reach the pinnacle of success, also lead to fighters thinking they’ve still got it when they haven’t anymore? Carter and Mo consider if people should qu…
 
With this episode being recorded on Independence Day, Carter and Mo are thinking about what it really means to be independent. Financial independence is probably the greatest way to create freedom in your life. Pursuing independence in jiu-jitsu means taking charge of your training and improving your game without blindly following others. In this e…
 
Friend of the show Kaelum Kalista is back for another episode talking about his experiences of running a growing jiu-jitsu school. In this episode Carter and Mo ask him about staying competitive while training with blue and white belts, running a school which caters for everyone and why he thinks his school is growing so rapidly. • Kaelum’s recent …
 
Starting a business takes all your time, energy and focus. It’s hard work and it’s a grind. As a business becomes successful, a business owner may find themselves working and grinding less. Does this matter? In this episode Carter and Mo discuss enjoying success, why growing slowly is okay and the importance of thinking about balance. • When you be…
 
These days there is so much information out there about jiu-jitsu techniques. You can spend hours watching videos on YouTube. But is this another example of socialised thinking? Are there downsides to learning through YouTube and is it really the best way to improve your jiu-jitsu? In this episode Carter and Mo discuss why YouTube is a temporary fi…
 
One of the core principals of personal finance is compounding interest. Can this concept be applied to other areas? In this episode Carter and Mo discuss finding compounding interest opportunities in business and how to apply this idea to jiu-jitsu. • Applying the idea of compounding interest to other areas of life (02:40) • An opportunity for comp…
 
Carter and Mo often talk about independent jiu-jitsu. In this episode they apply the independent mindset to other areas. Is it possible to create an independent website? Does an increase in wealth make it harder to be independent? Carter and Mo discuss the idea of digital real estate and finding the balance between success and the lifestyle you wan…
 
As people get older they often complain about being a certain age. Could this be the nocebo effect? Thinking negatively about your health can cause you to feel aches and pains. Is it possible to change this view and look at ageing in a positive way? Mindset is vital to finding success in business, jiu-jitsu and life. In this episode Carter and Mo d…
 
Where do your beliefs come from? Have you developed them over time, tinkering and thinking about them or have they been socialised into you? We are socialised by the media, our friends and our family into having certain viewpoints. In this episode Carter and Mo discuss how we figure out what we actually believe and become an independent thinker. • …
 
Can self development books and jiu-jitsu instructional videos hamper learning? The only way to actually learn is to try things out until you find what works for you. Mentorship, videos and books might seem like they have the answers but they also take you away from doing things. In this episode Carter and Mo consider if mentorship is procrastinatio…
 
Being good at jiu-jitsu doesn’t mean that you will always beat everyone. Maybe you are having a bad day. Maybe there is just someone who you always lose to. Can there be advantages to sparring with people who always dominate you? In this episode Carter and Mo discuss how watching videos of fighters sparring can be more illuminating that watching ac…
 
While writing The Book, Carter hit a bit of a roadblock. He realised that the key to being different to other books was to be authentic. Rather than write about well known jiu-jitsu people, he realised his friends perfectly demonstrated the lessons he was writing about. In this episode Carter and Mo discuss the various benefits authenticity can bri…
 
In this episode Carter and Mo talk about discipline. Not the discipline to work hard but the discipline to say no. When it comes to business, you have to say no to bad deals. In jiu-jitsu, as you get older, saying no becomes more important, be that cancelling a training day, thinking about who you train with or not training certain styles. This can…
 
Consistency is key. Keep showing up and you get to 150 podcast episodes or a black belt in jiu-jitsu. But how do you stay motivated to keep going? Whether it’s jiu-jitsu or business, how do you keep your head in the game? Understanding and accepting your limitations can be key to keeping going. When you find yourself limited (by injury or time) and…
 
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