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KARL-MIKAEL SYDING and LUDVIG SUNSTRÖM

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The podcast that gives you the business and career skills you need to future-proof yourself. Hosted by Mikael Syding, partner at Futuris, The European Hedge Fund Of The Decade, and Ludvig Sunstrom, author of Breaking Out Of Homeostasis We do 3 episodes: 1) short episode: big idea or practical tip. 2) long episode: in-depth discussions with scientists, businessmen and public intellectuals. 3) medium episode: Experts share their best ideas and how they use them to build skills, companies, rela ...
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We conclude Season 1 of Future Skills with an extra-long discussion about the top tips and ideas we learned from the following 15 guests: Even if you’ve listened to all their episodes, the Season Finale will provide some much-needed spaced repetition and nuance on those ideas. Do you want to learn more about investing? Check out https://theinvestin…
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In today’s episode we pick up the talk from episode 34 with investor, author, podcast showrunner and technology entrepreneur Erik Townsend. Once again we cover a lot of ground, including Erik's views on decision making & strategy, technological progress such as automation, and his current views on gold, oil and Tesla. We also talked about the proce…
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❄ Merry Christmas! ❄ In today's Christmas episode we talk to futurist Martin Ford, popular speaker and author of bestselling books Rise of Robots and now Architects of Intelligence. Do you want to learn more about investing?⁠ Check out ⁠https://theinvestingcourse.com/⁠ This episode can be seen as the finale to the last three (#43 - robotics and #44…
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We discuss 5 global problems (water, food, climate, energy, health and 5 big technologies that may be used in solving them (AI, automation, biotech, nanotech, 3D printing/additive manufacturing). We call this the 5x5 Matrix: Click for image (if it doesn't show below). Do you want to learn more about investing?⁠ Check out ⁠https://theinvestingcourse…
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Alternate headline: "How You Can Own a Little Robot Butler, Like Rocky in 1984" We delve into Mikael's strong interest for robotics and automation. Mikael makes a strong case for why robotics will be "the new auto industry", with lots of other industries converging into one massive industry. And how YOU can position yourself to get in early, workin…
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Today we talk to Dr Philippa Malmgren Pippa, short for “Philippa”, is a tech entrepreneur and a geopolitical consult. She has authored several books, including “Signals”, and “Geopolitics for investors”. Do you want to learn more about investing?⁠ Check out ⁠https://theinvestingcourse.com/⁠ In this conversation we focus on her most recent book “Lea…
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We answer questions from listeners and subscribers to our newsletter. Do you want to learn more about investing?⁠ Check out ⁠https://theinvestingcourse.com/⁠ The following questions are answered in the episode: What is the distinction between perseverance vs. bull-headedness? What websites do you often visit? What have you had to give up to get whe…
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We talk to Seth Godin, who is a serial entrepreneur, author, and one of the world’s biggest experts on marketing. Seth has written as many as 18 bestselling books. His writing is about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, leadership and how change happens. His new book is called This is Marketing. Seth is also the founde…
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Tyler Cowen is an American economist, academic, and writer. He is the author of books like The Great Stagnation, Average is Over, The Complacent Class, and more. Do you want to learn more about investing?⁠ Check out ⁠https://theinvestingcourse.com/⁠ He occupies the Holbert L. Harris Chair of economics, as a professor at George Mason University, and…
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We answer questions from listeners on our newsletter. The following 11 questions are answered in the episode: 1) How can I change careers and become a real estate copywriter? 2) Will biotech become a big industry? Does Free Will exist? 3) Should you work in finance? How can I study better? How does one become a renaissance man? Do you want to learn…
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Grandmaster of Memory Mattias Ribbing joins us today. He is an author, educator, and 3-time Swedish champion of memory sport. He’s also become a Grandmaster of Memory internationally. Mattias sits down for a conversation about mnemonics, biohacking, self-improvement, minimalism, and his thoughts on improving the school system. Do you want to learn …
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How To Avoid Herd Mentality. Stephenie Meyers broke all the rules and created a $3 Billion Dollar franchise (just with movies), sold 120 million books, and in the process, created a new genre: “Vampire-Romance”. So don’t underestimate her powers. Do you want to learn more about investing?⁠ Check out ⁠https://theinvestingcourse.com/⁠ We talk about h…
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There are 4 modes of being: Herd Animal, Stoic, Independent, and Contrarian. You can look at it visually like this: Herd Animal------------------------Stoic------Independent------------------Contrarian Herd Animal = Go with the crowd, fit in, be nice, and stampede in collective panic. Stoic = Self-centered and serene, focused on one’s own world and…
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Erik Townsend is a retired software entrepreneur turned hedge fund manager and host of Macrovoices Podcast. Throughout his career, Erik has capitalized on his ability to understand complex systems and anticipate paradigm shifts far in advance of the mainstream. A teenage computer protégé, he spent most of his high school years at MIT's Artificial I…
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In this second episode with Walter Kiechel, we continue where we left off last time in our discussion about Strategy, and Walter’s popular book “The Lords of Strategy”. Do you want to learn more about investing?⁠ Check out ⁠https://theinvestingcourse.com/⁠ In case you didn’t listen to the last episode, Walter has over 30 years of experience in the …
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We talk to Walter Kiechel III. This episode will be particularly interesting if you'd like to get into the media business and understand how it works. Walter has more than 30 years of experience in the media industry; first as a business journalist, then as an author. Walter has served as the Managing Editor of Fortune Magazine and the Editorial Di…
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In thís episode you'll learn: why celebrating high stock prices is wrong why next year's, any year's, Price/Earnings ratio is irrelevant that one strategic shareholder selling to another rarely means anything useful ... and a few more things, Mikael Syding picked up on his way from total beginner to the head of The European Hedge Fund Of The Decade…
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The 2x Rule is a practical application of the Experience Curve. It's a guideline for how you can plan your career. The 2x Rule states that you should be willing to take half the entry salary of a prestigious company in order to maximize on learning for some time while you are still young. Do you want to learn more about investing?⁠ Check out ⁠https…
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Stop thinking linearly. Start thinking exponentially. Everyone who has read economics knows about scale effects. Like economies of scale or economies of scope. But a lot of people don’t know about the scale effects of experience and learning... The Experience Curve states that things become cheaper and more effective to produce over time as you get…
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Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., is an author, scientist, educator, and clinician, internationally renowned for his clinical work, research, writings and teaching in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine. Diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Cl…
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In this week's episode Syding and Sunström recommends a wide array of physical tools and gadgets for improving your life, and making sure you stay healthy, happy and productive longer. Mikael's two favorite things are noise cancelling in-ear headphones and a Kindle Paperwhite (B&W) e-reader. Ludvig recommends a physical almanack and a whiteboard ==…
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These are tools and resources we use. All free and readily available. Everything from Noisly (ambient sound) to Inflation Calculations. The top advice we give is to try: (1) Have I been pwned (2) Just Delete Me, and (3) Unroll.Me. This will really do wonders if you get lots of spam email. Email us at admin@futureskillspodcast.com if you want to rec…
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In Survivorship Bias we go over 6 practical tips: (1) Remind yourself of the concept of Survivorship Bias. It's very tricky and (2) it's only becoming "stronger" due to social media and network effects (3) Train yourself to be more Contrarian/Stoic, and less pop-culture, (4) Acknowledge success is often the result of a complex combo of things (5) a…
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We describe and discuss a useful metacognition tool: The Myers Briggs Test which is based on Carl Jung’s ideas about 4 Functions. Jung’s functions are based on Input and Output, Information and Decision. How do you gather intel and how do you make your decisions. Fact-based and reasoning, e.g., or intuition and feeling? Use the tests for inspiratio…
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Alexander Bard is most famous for his music career, where he's put together successful groups like Army of Lovers and Bodies Without Organs, and for being the top judge of Swedish Idol. More importantly, however, Bard’s also a futuristic philosopher—one of the most well-informed when it comes to understanding how the Internet and social media is im…
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This episode draws on an idea from Ludvig’s Ultimate Commonplace System. The Review File is like a virtual book summary book, only more extreme. It’s based on two learning methods: Spaced repetition and availability bias. Your Review File is where you collect all the best materials related to your work, studies, investing, creative project, etc… an…
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Barry Schwartz is a professor of Psychology, serving as visiting professor at the University of Berkeley, in California. His numerous TED talks have been viewed and listened to more than 20 million times. They include: “Paradox of Choice”, “Loss of Wisdom”, “Practical Knowledge”, and why the way we think about “Work is Broken”. He has also written …
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We cover the fundamental 5 steps to become an investor—based on Mikael’s personal guidelines. Here’s a summary of the steps: 1 Psychology is more important than maths in investing 2 Read books and insightful articles about investing, not testosterone dripping online stock forums 3 Find a strategy that suits you. Refine it in company with likeminded…
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In this expert episode, our guest is Sebastian Marshall, founder of Ultraworking. Sebastian is also an author. You may recall we talked about the Japanese concept of Ikigai in our last episode. Sebastian's first book was called Ikigai. Here’s what we cover: -The different online tools and systems that Sebastian uses -- and also that me and Mikael u…
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Look up the Japanese concept Ikigai. We talk about how the word ”Passion” has lost its meaning from being overused and why Ikigai is a much better concept—and something that the Western World is missing. We also rant about herd mentality, the Law of Attraction, and “putting out positive intentions on the Blockchain”. Ikigai can be thought of as the…
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Welcome to another expert episode! Today our guest is Jay Campbell. Jay Campbell is a Champion Men’s Physique Competitor and the bestselling author of ("The Testosterone Optimization Bible”). In this episode: We’ll go over some of the myths and truths about testosterone, estrogen, and other hormones, according to what the latest science has to say …
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Hi friend – in this episode we talk about how to monitor your blood pressure. It’s not difficult at all once you know how to do it. Then you can do it once in a while to get a sense of whether chronic stress is building up in your body. This is another example of Boundary Testing. Meaning: it won’t give you an indicator of just how good your health…
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Which are the most important preventive health tests? What are their benefits? How often should you do them? What do they cost? These are questions answered in today’s episode of Future Skills. Why should you do preventive health tests? Because they will often let you know if something is SERIOUSLY OFF, then you can (hopefully) fix it before your h…
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Today we talk to Annie Duke. Annie is best known for her career as a professional poker player, where she has won a World Series of Poker bracelet, the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, and the NBC National Poker Heads-Up Championship. She has more than 16 money finishes and has won more than $4 million in tournament poker. She’s also …
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Today we talk to Casey Gauss. Casey is the founder of Viral Launch. Viral Launch is an online business that helps Amazon Sellers sell more stuff on Amazon. He dropped out of college when he was 21. At the time, his family was going through a really tough time and were living on his little brother’s pizza-delivery paychecks. So he spent all his time…
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In this expert episode, we have serial entrepreneur Ola Ahlvarsson [Personal site | Wikipedia] back on the show to tell us how to run successful innovation labs - and to explain his framework of the 5 entrepreneurial types, and how you build a team around your talents. Ola says that 7/10 innovation labs done in-house fail, and that those that do su…
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In this episode of Future Skills we talk about what Biological Prime Time is, why it's so important, how you can identify your peak productivity or peak creativity time of day, and how to make the most of it through smart tweaks of your daily habits Try to figure out when your BPT is. For many people, it will be about 1 hour after waking up. There …
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Ola Ahlvarsson is a really really interesting guy (Personal site | Wikipedia). He's founded more than 20 businesses, worked with many of the world's biggest brands that you know of (like McDonalds, Google, Microsoft, Merck, Procter & Gamble, Twitter, IBM.... etc) He's also an avid martial artist, with a Black Belt in Karate, and he's become the Eur…
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The 2008 crisis was a hell-hole for the financial industry, as we all know. What most people don’t know, however, is that it was almost as bad for the legal profession. 60% of legal graduates (J.Ds) couldn’t get a job upon graduation. Finance and law are stereotypical industries where you are so specialized that—if the industry takes a hit—you will…
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The 4 capitals are the foundation of becoming Future-Proof. What are they?  Financial capital (Uncle Scrooge)  Social capital (Godfather)  Cultural capital (Richard Feynman)  Influence capital (Oprah Winfrey) Tip: When you think about your progress in life, try to be concrete. A good way is to use this outline, and think of how you improved in …
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It’s a TRAP! Once your sleep takes a hit, you can adapt to it, but it will transfer to other parts of your body’s hormones, and it will create a downward spiral that goes like this: (1) Bad Sleep >> (2) Higher Cortisol Levels >> (3) Lower Impulse Control, Tired and Hungry >> (4) Eat Sugar and Consume Stimulants for Fast Energy and Focus >> (5) Beco…
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Alexander Bard is most famous for his music career, where he's put together successful groups like Army of Lovers and Bodies Without Organs, and for being the top judge of Swedish Idol. He’s also a futuristic philosopher — one of the most well-informed when it comes to understanding how the Internet and social media is impacting the rest of the wor…
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These are two different personality traits. You can think of them as being polar opposites on a spectrum. Depending on which one you are, it has a big impact on how you should manage your career and plan your days. If you’re neither, then you’re probably in the middle. That could mean you’re an Executor. An Initiator is someone who has a lot of ide…
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Maximization vs satisficing: This is both a decision-making rule *and* a personality spectrum. People who are Maximizers will dig themselves deep into details and make sure what they’re doing is done properly; they are perfectionists by nature. People who are Satisficers will just make do; they’ll do the minimum for moving the project forward, and …
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Martin Sandquist is the founder of Lynx Asset Management, one of the biggest hedge funds in Europe. They're classified as a CTA (commodity trading advisor) and have +70 employees. Martin is no longer active in Lynx. He now spends most of his time managing money and trading on his own. In this conversation you'll learn: Martin's 30/30/30/10 time-man…
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Inspired by Richard Koch's 80/20 Principle book, we discuss a little-known method for becoming more creative by measuring your mood. Everyone can use it, but it will be more effective for (1) those who have wild mood swings or wide variations of energy levels and/or (2) control their own time. Competition: 10 people will win a 15-min coaching sessi…
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We explain what Future Skills is about and then we discuss why you should have a commonplace. Commonplacing is a mental practice used by many of the greatest thinkers in history, and it will teach you to become a more structured thinker. We both keep commonplaces ourselves. Competition: 10 people will win a 15-min coaching session and will receive …
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