4 Essential Life And Business Lessons From The Criminal Underworld

How a little insight from the world’s greatest pickpocket could dramatically improve your judgment and intuition.

You know why “whitehat” hackers (most of them former “blackhat” or “outlaw” hackers) are the most coveted employees for cybersecurity firms, right? It’s because they know exactly what cybersecurity is up against.

The same principle applies in the physical world. Recently I had a fascinating conversation with Bob Arno – aka the “King of Pickpockets” – about how his skills as a stage pickpocket eventually made him a highly sought-after international safety expert.

My conversation with him really drove home something that I already knew, but hadn’t fully thought through: The people we can learn the most from are the people who are so familiar with our weaknesses and blind spots that they could confidently take advantage of them.  [... read more ...]        go to episode

009 – The “Backwords Dude”, an autist with a unique talent: John Austin

Summary

Growing up, John Sevier Austin knew he was different from other kids.

But what he didn’t know was that he had an incredible gift.

One day John accidentally played a vinyl record backwards, and discovered not only that he quite liked listening to music backwards, but that he also found it pretty easy to sing along. This was the beginning of his long journey to becoming “Backwords Dude”, a YouTube sensation famous for being able to speak backwards – which is not the same as just spelling backwards – perfectly.  [... read more ...]        go to episode

008 – How to Start a Global Movement: Shanti Hodges

Summary

Five years ago, shortly after giving birth to her son, Mason, Shanti Hodges put him in a baby carrier and went for a hike.

This was the beginning of Hike it Baby…  

Today Hike It Baby serves over 250 000 families and has over 300 branches around the world! [... read more ...]        go to episode

007 – Bob Arno: The King of Pickpockets

Summary

“How do you become a pickpocket?”

Bob Arno, a Swedish-born American entertainer, author, and criminologist gets asked this a lot.

And if you had the chance to ask him yourself, in person, he would have your wallet long before you had your answer (you would get it back though).  [... read more ...]        go to episode

006 – The Man Who Died 9 Times: Jamie Poole

Summary

The first time Jamie Pool died, he was wearing a suit.

That suit turned out to be the difference between his cardiac arrest going unnoticed by passers-by, and him getting medical help that would save his life. Jamie suffers from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an often undetectable, but fairly widespread, genetic disease that causes unpredictable cardiac arrests.

Today Jamie copes with his illness through the use of a subcutaneous device called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) – essentially a defibrillator machine that is permanently attached to his heart. But over the last decade, Jamie experienced dying nine times – four of which happened on consecutive Thursdays!  [... read more ...]        go to episode