Season 1, Episode 11

Input & Output

Matt Blount joins us again on the couch to talk about a listener’s question regarding how to control the input of information around them to be in a better frame of mind to leave the world a better place.

Is the world really that bad? It really isn’t!

Resources mentioned:
Factfulness (book)

Sean McCabe (Overlap book): 

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You are the sum of your friends

05:34: You are essentially the sum of your five closest friends.

32:55: Who you surround yourself with will ultimately be who you are.


18:54: You need to learn to take control of your input.

44:50: A lot of times, being in groups where we don’t have a ton of things in common, you can actually make your positivity what you have in common and seek out those people.

45:58: For every bit of input, you have to make more output.

47:33: My challenge to all of you is to spend time with your input, making that a more positive environment where you’re actually being built up, but then improve your output. Do more things that are positive.

48:12: The more people that are out there putting out positive things and controlling what their output looks like, the more you will have an aggregate effect of leaving the world a better place.

The world is better than we think

29:59: The world is better than we think it is, the world actually has been improving dramatically.

You can't fix everyone

42:12: You can’t fix everyone. You especially can’t fix the people you’re close to.

Patterns of acceptance

42:58: Those of us that are more extroverted will actually get into patterns of group acceptance, group talk and group think much more rapidly than others that are not. At the same time, if you’re introverted, you might find yourself kind of longing for acceptance and going along with something just because you’re not comfortable.

43:32: It really does become one of those things where if you don’t feel good after interacting with your friends, you absolutely need to find new friends. Don’t try to change them. Don’t try to be a change agent with them. You can try to be positive, pray for them, that sort of thing. I absolutely encourage that. As far as you thinking you’re going to be strong enough to somehow miraculously influenced them towards change, it’s just not going to happen that way.

Hosts & Guests

DJ Eshelman

Matt Blount


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  • You are the sum of your 5 closest friends.
  • Make your output greater than your input.
  • You can’t fix everyone.
  • Share your thoughts with us here!

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