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I started this podcast in 2014, but it wasn't called The Nik Hawks Show. 

My wife Lee and I own the company Paleo Treats, so I called the show the Paleo Treats Podcast and had the company buy the initial equipment, like mics and mixing boards and headphones and software.

Beyond one or two half-hearted attempts at advertising (episodes 32 and 33), the podcast never made Paleo Treats any money, and I always had to take time from the business in order to record these conversations and share ‘em with the world.

Over the course of 50+ episodes it became apparent that the podcast didn’t really have anything to do with Paleo, that I was exploring deeply personal topics, that Paleo Treats’ only purpose was to purchase the initial equipment to get this thing off the ground and pay for ongoing hosting, and that just having the word “Paleo” in the title was enough to stop people from even trying to listen to it.

Sometime around episode 58, based on feedback from listeners and iTunes reviews, I started thinking about how to make this podcast more approachable, how to separate it from Paleo Treats in order to pursue topics that were WAY off the Paleo path, and how to stop leaning on Paleo Treats the business in order to keep the show alive financially.

That brings us up to episode 59, which is the first official episode of The Nik Hawks Show. It took me 58 shows to warm into this, and now I’m psyched to spin off in new directions!

As I keep moving forward I deeply appreciate your harnessing in on the journey in pursuit of excellence, please reach out with any suggestions or questions. 

This show is made for me and YOU, let's make this excellent together! 

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Nik Hawks

Feb 13, 2018

-importance of experts, addressing the last show

 

Email from Mike in Flagstaff:

“I basically agree with everything you say, but want to push back just a little on your comments about experts.  I don’t take issue with what you say as far as it goes.  But, I do feel the general theme of not needing experts and that a generally competent person can learn what they need to know about any general topic needs a little clarification just because of the current social and political milieu.

 

We do need experts, and experts do know a lot that one can’t easily teach oneself.  You don’t want a self-taught person who spent a few hours researching things on the internet flying your plane, designing the steering and brakes on your car, or removing your appendix.  We need experts managing technology, the economy, diplomacy, and government. 

 

The so-called “death of expertise” brought about by wide social trends and leveraged strongly by the internet has led to the anti-vaccine movement, climate change denial, and a general push-back on the concept of truth.

 

This is not to say that experts can’t be mistaken or do things wrong, and left to themselves they may take things in a non-desirable direction, witness Facebook and the dissemination of fake news.  One could argue that an issue with Facebook is that experts in one thing, software engineering, were working in a field in which they were not expert, essentially social engineering, and got into trouble.  But when the experts do fuck it up, the people who generally need to fix it are other experts.

 

Maybe you agree with most of this (or don’t); it just wasn’t said in the podcast and I feel has relevance on a broader scale and to some of the things I have been thinking about, so I'm putting it out there.”

 

 

-Using affirmations, how I do it, not specific but general laying out of the state I want to be in the most during the day, setting the default

 

“I see every obstacle as a gift - as a challenge to be overcome, and in the overcoming to force growth and power that I can use forever again and again.  I am willing to see the world in such a way as to always reap the most benefit from it - I choose to perceive my world as an institution dedicated to my excellence.  Every challenge, every gift, every human, every animal, plant, physical, mental or emotional I object I encounter is a n opportunity for greatness!”

 

-What if each day was viewed as your opportunity to be great?

 

-“Are you light on that wing?” and working hard

 

-reading Terrence McKenna’s True Hallucinations, what we teach in school: food, body, drugs, sex

 

-crashing my paraglider: Not doing what you know you need to do, how we learn, one from the luck jar

 

-crypto tanked, loss, understanding luck, risk, money stress

 

-joy is cheap: great food, warm showers, time in nature

 

-the pulse circle & connection with humans