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Role Reversal

Usually, I do the interviews. I’m the one asking people about how things work in their companies, projects, and lives.

But this time, it was me standing in the interviewee chair- in the 200th episode of the 21st Century Work-Life podcast – talking about how DistantJob celebrates as a team over the internet.

(That’s because we are a 100% distributed company. That is, everyone works from home.)

Meet me at minute 40:

Reversal

I love doing interviews. It’s not my art of choice – it’s not writing – but it’s a lot of fun, talking to smart people who have unique things to teach.

But in my last interview, I lost control. Suddenly my guest began to ask me questions. Not as a way of generating conflict – just out of curiosity.

I try to make all my interviews conversational, not just a sequence of predetermined questions. But this was different. I guess that my guest is a person with an uncommon capacity for empathy.

The best thing is to listen, to hear. But sometimes it feels good to meet someone who genuinely wants to hear us.

Recommendations ​for the Week (I)

A brief overview of what I’ve been consuming.

Book: Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss)

Great review of the best content from one of my favorite podcasts. It is not a manual for life, but may very well serve as an almanac.

Movie: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

It is not the best science fiction film, but I can feel that the people involved hold the original animated film (1995) close to their heart. Not all movies have to be an intellectual tour-de-force. It manages to capture the spirit of the animation without turning into goofiness or surrealism.

Podcast: Hardcore History – Blueprint for Armageddon

I had already recommended this a few days ago, and I am more and more impressed as I keep listening. With each episode running for an average of three hours long, it’s hard to find time for other podcasts!

Videogame: Hearthstone

The launch of a new set of cards combines with the imminent advent of the holidays to cultivate the ambition to reach the top of the rankings. It is no longer just about playing the game, but also about studying the matches of the best players in the world, trying to learn how each deck works. The fact that the game is so determined by the luck of the draw further exalts the importance of looking to play without fail in those moments when the Lady Fortune smiles upon us.

Music: Age of Rage (Shiryu)

In a week of much confusion and constant interviews, my head has no room for lyrics. This remix of Streets of Rage’s legendary soundtrack by Shiryu borders on perfection: it’s not noisy enough to scramble my tired brain, but it’s lively enough to keep me awake.