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What stocks do you own and why do you own them? What are the fundamentals that ultimately drive stock market returns? I'm Alex Mason, an individual investor like you. Join me in my journey to decode the business behind the stock, and uncover principles and best practices for individual investors. My goal is to improve your investing process with knowledge and insight through case studies of real companies. This is the show where we explore the histories, business models, and economic charact ...
 
Lisa Betts-LaCroix talks to brilliant and wise academics and scientists, visionary innovators and entrepreneurs, communication experts, authors, and other bright minds to unpack the skills and mindset needed to activate your Inner Super Hero. Whether you're growing a business, building a family, launching a start-up, managing a team, or reinventing your Self, the world needs your brightest, biggest most powerful Self now more than ever.
 
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Click here to learn more about Stock Stories Premium. The online sports betting industry is relatively young, and there are only a few key players so far in this market. One of them is DraftKings, a company that connects sports fans who want to compete for money based on a game’s outcome. Today’s episode covers the history of DraftKings and the onl…
 
This week we're joined by Matt Skaff! Matt is a 10th Planet black belt who specializes in the anaconda choke. The anaconda is powerful because it's not just a choke: it's a powerful positional system with a lot of submission options. Matt's key advice for the anaconda: Don't squeeze too early! Don't go deep too early: you don't want them to control…
 
With the vision of creating a new kind of store on the internet, Jeff Bezos started selling books, music, then...everything. Gradually expanding into cloud computing and artificial intelligence, Amazon has become one of the world’s tech juggernauts. In today's episode we cover the history, business model, financials, and future outlook of Amazon. E…
 
This week, we're joined by Drew Weatherhead from Because Jitsu! Drew shares his best practices for transmission of knowledge and efficient learning. Book referenced in this episode: Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374533557 Find Drew online at: Drew Weatherhead Jiu-Jitsu https://drewjitsuonline.com Beca…
 
Computers are increasingly becoming integral parts of our everyday lives; more than ever before. Every piece of software is run by a series of algorithms that makes decisions using different variables. How should we think about this and how can it benefit us as investors? In today's episode we explore the general concept of an algorithm, and then a…
 
This week we're joined by Phrost, the founder of Bullshido. You probably know Bullshido as one of the internet's best resources for debunking fake martial arts, fake news, and other bullshit. In this episode, Phrost shares his toolkit for inoculating yourself against bullshit. Phrost's advice: Enforce the burden of proof. Avoid dichotomous (black a…
 
Nike is the largest footwear company in the world and it's Swoosh logo and slogans like "Just Do It" have become a big part of popular culture. Athletes around the world use their products, inspiring millions to do the same. 2019 Annual Report Enjoy the show? Rate and Review to share your thoughts: Apple Podcasts (iPhone) | Podchaser (Android) Conn…
 
This week, we're joined by Erin Herle! Erin is a black belt under Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles, an elite competitor, and the founder of #submitthestigma, a mental health awareness organization for grapplers. Learn more about #submitthestigma here: https://www.submitthestigma.org/ This episode references the book Mindset, by Carol Dweck: https://www.am…
 
We know that compounding is a powerful force and the only way that money really grows. How do we harness this power though? What actually is growing? The answer is assets. In today's episode we learn assets from the perspective of how it changes in value over time and its income producing potential: Consumption Items Depreciating Assets That Produc…
 
This week, Steve and Matt do a super detailed breakdown of wedges: a core mechanic of Jiu-Jitsu that's critical to offense. Frames and wedges have a lot in common, but frames are primarily used for defense, whereas wedges are primarily used for offense. If you liked our prior conversation on frames, you'll love this one on wedges. Mental models dis…
 
This is one of the most successful firms on the planet. 3% of all liquid consumed on Earth (including tap water) is sold by The Coca-Cola Company. Today's episode is somewhat longer than usual - simply because, with a history and business model like this, there are a lot of great things to study. We get into how Coca-Cola came to be, and how the co…
 
This week, we're joined by newly minted black belt Margot Ciccarelli! Margot leads us on one of our most interesting discussions ever: her philosophy of movement vocabulary. Margot argues that we speak with our bodies, and that movement is a form of communication. In this episode we talk about the vocabulary we use in Jiu-Jitsu: how we label, speak…
 
If you’re a teacher or educator, you’re in a unique position to empower young minds with knowledge and insight. This is true when it comes to any subject, but also with money and investing. How about investing for your retirement though? How do you go about doing it if you don’t know where to start? In today's episode we cover how to get started in…
 
This week, we're joined by one of our most often requested guests: Sonny Brown! Sonny, also known as "that other BJJ podcast guy," is working on a kesa gatame instructional. He joins us to share core concepts on this underutilized position. We debunk common kesa gatame misconceptions: "They'll just take my back" "They'll just bridge me over" "They'…
 
We've got a bonus episode for you this week! Rob Biernacki joins us to introduce arm drag concepts from his new instructional. Learn about Rob Biernacki's arm drag concepts here: Rob Biernacki: The BJJ 2 on 1 Grip, with Advanced Details https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-9tV6kU018 The Arm Drag and 2 on 1 Formula, with Rob Biernacki and Stephan Kesti…
 
Although the self-storage industry is relatively new, a few companies have grown to dominate the space over the past few decades. The biggest player is Public Storage (PSA), a company with over 2,500 rental locations across the U.S. and Europe. But did this industry begin, let alone this company? How do we think about investing in a business like t…
 
This week, we're joined by Christian Graugart. Christian is the founder of BJJ Globetrotters, Beltchecker.com, and TeachingBJJ.com. In this episode, we break down Christian's five-part framework for creating: failure, brains, skills, ideas, and karma. Christian's creations: “Create Something” workshop with Christian Graugart https://youtu.be/gqtTRF…
 
What is an order of magnitude? It’s a concept that defines how big or small something is, usually to the power of 10. In today's episode we cover the mental model of order of magnitude, including the general concept behind it and how we can apply it as an investor. Enjoy the show? Rate and Review to share your thoughts: Apple Podcasts (iPhone) | Po…
 
This week, we're joined by Adam Medlock. Adam is the lead autism educator for a special school in the UK. He has worked with children and young adults with autism for most of his professional life. Adam joins us to educate the grappling community on autism. He provides a framework for understanding the autism spectrum and making BJJ more inclusive …
 
D.R. Horton and Lennar aren’t the only games in town when it comes to home building. PulteGroup is another serious competitor that is gaining a foothold in the first time home buyer market. After the Great Recession, management has made some interesting decisions to try to move the company forward. In today's episode we cover the history, business …
 
This week, Steve and Matt talk about frames. Can you believe we made it 127 episodes deep without doing a full episode on this topic? This is probably the most in-depth and conceptual discussion of frames you'll ever hear. Some key points about frames: Frames are a structural barrier used to keep your opponent at a distance. Frames and wedges are v…
 
The Pyramids at Giza. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon. These were just a few of the wonders of the ancient world. Centuries later, Albert Einstein called compounding the 8th wonder of the world. In today's episode we learn about the concept of compound interest, and break it down into its three components: Amount invested Time invested Rate of retur…
 
This week we're joined again by Livia Giles! Livia's expecting, and will be adding motherhood to her long list of achievements! In this episode, we discuss Livia's experience with pregnancy, and how she balances being an expecting mother with the lifestyle of an elite-level BJJ black belt and coach. Mental models discussed in this episode: Train Wi…
 
Today Beko Jang, of Value Investor TV and I wrap up our conversation of Lennar Corporation, the large homebuilder. Instead of talking about big picture concepts like competitive advantage and company history, we’re going deep into the numbers. In today's episode we discuss: Lennar’s massive revenue growth in the last few years Why the price of lumb…
 
Today’s episode features another great conversation between myself and Beko Jang, one of the hosts of the great podcast Value Investor TV. We’re breaking down Lennar, a competitor to D.R. Horton and one of America’s largest home builders. In today's episode we discuss: The History of Lennar Corporation Does Lennar have a competitive advantage? On t…
 
This week, we're joined by the living legend, Rafael Lovato Jr.! Rafael introduces his philosophy of Timeless Jiu-Jitsu, which he used to become one of the greatest champions of his generation. Rafael talks about being a forever student, teaching to learn, finding your why, leading from the front, competition, finding mentors, positivity, mindfulne…
 
One of the ways we get better at investing is through conversation with other investors. Today’s episode features a great conversation between myself and Beko Jang, one of the hosts of the great podcast Value Investor TV. In today's episode we discuss: Our first investments ever! What it’s like being a podcast host Who we look up to in the investin…
 
This week, Matt and Steve talk about ratchet control: a powerful mental model for using limb rotation to break alignment. There are two directions of ratchet control: Internal rotation: Kimuras, heel hooks, reaps External rotation: Americanas, knee flares. While both are effective, internal rotation normally breaks alignment more than external rota…
 
What are power laws? Effectively, it’s when one variable changes substantially when another variable changes just a little. Put in business terms, a disproportionate amount of the rewards go to those at the top. In today's episode we cover the mental model of power laws, including the general concept behind it and how we can apply it as an investor…
 
This week, we're joined by Mike "Doctor Kickass" Piekarski! Mike is a black belt and Doctor of Physical Therapy. We discuss tactics for injury rehab and dispel some of the common myths. Check out Mike Piekarski at http://doctorkickass.com/ Mental models discussed in this episode: Stress and Recovery https://bjjmentalmodels.com/stress-and-recovery/ …
 
We review what we’ve learned in the past year on the show. We’ve covered a lot of ground! We also talk about how the podcast has grown and some exciting news for the future. Stick around until the end of the episode to learn more. In today’s episode we’ll cover: What the show produced this past year. How did we grow as investors? Total show growth,…
 
This week, we're joined by Marcus Aurelius Anderson! Marcus is a performance coach, TEDx speaker, and bestselling author of "The Gift of Adversity." He joins us to discuss the 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto principle, and how its rigorous application can focus and change your life. In this episode, Marcus suggests these three steps for clarif…
 
As America’s largest homebuilder, D.R. Horton has been focused on expanding one of the most central aspects of American culture and the American Dream - the home. By focusing on modest customization at reasonable prices, they’ve grown into a national brand while operating in a highly cyclical industry. In today's episode we cover the history, busin…
 
This week, Steve is joined by psychotherapist and executive coach David Zeitler. David explains his process for coaching as he learned under Robert Kegan. We discuss Robert Kegan's framework for adult development, the self-authoring mindset, world-class performance, what makes someone coachable, what makes a good coach, resistance to help, the diff…
 
Today, we’re going to take it back to basics. A lot of times when people talk about investing they jump right into the “what” and the “how”. Well, what about the why? Today’s episode discusses the three things you can do with money. You can either: Spend It Give It Away Save It/Invest It The choice is yours! Optimizing between these three things is…
 
This week, Steve is joined by Dominyka "Dom" Obelenyte! On that mats, Dom is a 4x BJJ world champion...but off the mats, she's also an accomplished artist. Together, we explore the "art" component of the gentle art. Dom helps us understand the definition of art, being uniquely who you are, building your professional skillset, goal setting, assignin…
 
Steve is rejoined by Jeff Shaw from Bellingham BJJ. Steve and Jeff do a deep dive into the art of professional wrestling, why it's so misunderstood, and why it's an excellent base for BJJ. Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you’ll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just …
 
In the modern era, McCormick is one of those companies that focuses on selling spices, seasonings, and related products like French’s Mustard and Cholula Hot Sauce. They sell to both businesses and everyday consumers like you and me. Not to mention, they sell in over 160 countries across the globe! In today's episode we cover the business model and…
 
GameStop $GME shops mainly sold physical video games. They would also stock many resale items. The physical locations capitalized on the same type of business that comic book shops often had by selling collectibles as well. Many projected that Game Stop had a very limited future and had been cut out of the supply chain as many electronic games are …
 
How does a brush with death change the way you live your life? This week, Steve is joined by Daniel Rodriguez, black belt and cancer survivor. We talk about how experiencing his own mortality taught Daniel to live with intention. Mental models discussed in this episode: Mindfulness https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mindfulness/ Kaizen https://bjjmentalmo…
 
Aside from the commodities we know them as today, spice and seasonings were once fought for by kings and treasured by merchants. They were the precursor to modern currency and have spanned all cultures across the globe. In the modern era, McCormick is one of those companies that focuses on selling spices, seasonings, and related products. In today'…
 
Steve here. I told Rob Biernacki that we could record an episode on gripfighting and kuzushi to coincide with the release of his new instructional on the same topic. This was a big mistake. Rob could not get his mic working - which, of course, he blamed on our recording software. I later learned that he was recording from HIS MOM'S HOUSE, where I a…
 
This week, we're joined again by “Papa Tortoise,” Priit Mihkelson! Priit talks about the best practices Jiu-Jitsu can take from other sports, such as pedagogic methods, the importance of play, and a reduced emphasis on hierarchy. Mental models discussed in this episode: Keep it Playful https://bjjmentalmodels.com/keep-it-playful/ Scientific Method …
 
Steve here! Please check out this quick update on what we've been working on in the last year, and where we're going in the next. Don't forget to check out BJJ Mental Models Premium! If you love the podcast, you’ll definitely love our premium membership offerings. The podcast is truly just the tip of the iceberg – the next steps on your journey are…
 
Utility is what relates to something’s function or value. When something has utility, it has inherent or perceived usefulness to you. In today's episode we cover the mental model of utility, both in a general sense as well as in the context of investing. At the end of the episode, we review Tai Lopez’s 4 Ms of Motivation. Today’s Sponsor: Finnyvest…
 
The Electric Vehicle (EV) Bubble is rising and appears to be starting to burst. Issuances continue to pick up. The entire basket of EV stocks that we discussed in Episode #68 of Mental Models Podcast is now DOWN 42 % (at the time of this recording). The market will fluctuate and we will likely experience a surge with the approval of the US governme…
 
This week, Steve is joined by Judo world champion and 4x BJJ world champion Kathy Hubble. Kathy shares the tactics and adjustments that make Judo throws more effective in BJJ. Here's the YouTube video we reference in this episode: Judo for BJJ; Stephan Kesting and Kathy Hubble https://youtu.be/8wScXUDkwB8 Mental models discussed in this episode: Pr…
 
Snacks have become a huge part of the modern food system. Instead of meals cooked from raw ingredients, there are now a plethora of packaged foods available all over the world. Mondelez International is one of the dominant companies in this space, selling everything from Oreo cookies to Ritz crackers to Trident gum. In today's episode we cover the …
 
This week, Steve is joined by Matt Kirtley, best known as Aesopian. In addition to being a moderator of Reddit's /r/bjj and a long-time Jiu-Jitsu blogger, Matt is a critic of martial arts cults. Matt joins us today to discuss the BITE (behavior, information, thought, emotional control) Model and influence continuum. The BITE Model and influence con…
 
GameStop has made some waves in recent weeks. Last week we talked about the general business, including its history and overall business models and financials. Today we wrap up our analysis of the business, discuss what a short squeeze is, and talk about the recent market volatility surrounding the stock. Today’s Sponsor: Finnyvest At Finnyvest you…
 
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