Outsource Your Memory & Curate Your Life with Joel Zaslofsky
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DON’T LET YOUR EXPERIENCES HAPPEN TO YOU. LET YOUR EXPERIENCES MAKE BIG THINGS HAPPEN FOR YOU.
Like many of us, Joel Zaslofsky has what he calls a “leaky brain.” A memory that just isn’t what he’d like it to be.
We all forget names, misplace car keys and, as much as we try to guard against it – occasionally miss that birthday or anniversary.
It’s part of being human, and most of us just accept it.
Joel isn’t like most of us.
Bothered by all of the little things that he was always forgetting, Joel looked deeper, and realized that his perfectly normal forgetfulness was actually the cause of many missed opportunities, several financial mistakes and embarassing situations. But more than that, he realized that by having a “normal” leaky brain, he was missing out on some very rich life experiences. So he sought a solution.
On today’s episode, we chat about Joel’s solution, which he recently published in his new book Experience Curating.
Most of us have heard of – or even practiced – what call we “curating.” But Joel’s method of curating his experiences is nothing short of outsourcing human memory. We chat about what he outsources, how he does it, and most importantly, the surprising ways in which it has changed his life significantly for the better.
I must admit that I was a skeptic when I first picked up his book, but he quickly converted me into a believer, and I’m thrilled to have him on the show.
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“YOU HAVE A MORAL IMPERATIVE TO CURATE!”
IN THIS EPISODE WE CHAT ABOUT
- How Joel turned his weak memory into an unexpected strength.
- Using simple digital tools to “outsource your memory.”
- How to convert your curated experience into financial, intellectual and social capital.
- And how to do it while only occupying 0.1% of your time.
- Joel’s simple and clear FAOCAS Framework.
- Why your memory stinks and how your mind actually changes your memories over time.
- Why Experience Curating is different from “Life Logging” or “Quantified Self.”
- How “curating” is sustainable in a way that “logging” is not.
- How to use curating to become an expert in anything.
- Learning more deeply from your experiences than you ever thought possible.
- Just-In-Time Learning vs Lifelong Learning.
- Using curating as a form of self expression.
CURATING IS NOT ABOUT HAVING A BETTER MEMORY. IT’S ABOUT LIVING A BETTER LIFE. –Roderick Russell
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RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
- Value of Simple (Joel’s website)
- SimpleREV (Joel’s conference)
- Experience Curating: How to Gain Focus, Increase Influence, and Simplify Your Life (the book)
- Total Recall: How the E-Memory Revolution Will Change Everything by Gordon Bell
- Robin Good’s Master New Media website
- Digital Curation Center
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