Merlin Mann is one of those rare people with the combination of an infectious personality and an insanely interesting take on the world.

I was beyond excited to get to sit down with him and have a conversation about what actually matters in these little lives we lead and businesses we’re trying to build.

Merlin is an independent writer, speaker, and podcaster based in San Francisco. You may know him from Back to Work, Roderick on the Line, and You Look Nice Today.

I loved these two quotes, which pretty much sums it all up for me:

“My narrative is that I’ve never known what’s coming next—I still don’t. I fell down the right set of stairs and have been surrounded by people who have picked me up and said, “Let’s try this again.” It’s been one anxious block of uncertainty after another.”

“…most of us are so stuck in this notion of how stuff should go that we want to find one of seven stories that matches our narrative. The fact is that most of us are wandering around, scared shitless, wondering what the fuck’s going to happen next.”

As always, I had a great time talking to Merlin. Enjoy the show!

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More About Merlin

Back To Work
Roderick on the Line