The War on Drugs: Another War Lost?

In this week’s episode of Cautious Coffee, Austin and DeRae chat about the legalization and decriminalization of illicit drugs. 

There is no serious doubt that illicit drug use and smuggling are detrimental to the human condition, and the United States has taken a hard line with its War on Drugs campaign. Former President Richard Nixon declared drug abuse public enemy number one. 

DeRae attributes drug abuse to addictive behavior, while Austin doesn’t wholly disagree, they don’t quite see eye-to-eye. Austin lays out his plan on how he would tackle the problem, while DeRae says “the hell with that, legalize them all!”

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Do You Have Guilt Returning To Work?

Remote work, once frowned upon by many Fortune 100 companies, has taken hold since last March. However, as the world (at some point) transitions to a post-COVID world, will remote work be here to stay or is it just an 18-month social experiment? And what does it mean for our work/life balance?

Reimagining the office and work life after COVID-19 is an ongoing debate in many corporate boardrooms. Data suggests that as many as 89 percent of office-based employees “say they want to be allowed to work remotely some or all of the time” and one in four employees suggest “they might quit their jobs after the pandemic, mostly because they want to look for work with greater flexibility.”

In this bonus episode of Cautious Coffee, Austin and DeRae field a topic submitted by listener Gauhar Hussain: “Return to the office and the guilt that comes from missing home.”

Where do you stand?

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Thought Experiment: The Democratic Lottery

This week Austin and DeRae conduct a radical thought experiment about a democratic lottery here in the United States for all elected offices. 

DeRae believes a democratic lottery will address many of the issues with our current system, while Austin is rightfully skeptical. But we want to know what you think. With only a few more episodes left in the first season of Cautious Coffee, listen to this week’s episode, and share your thoughts with the crew. 

They’re already brainstorming season two and want you to be a part of it every step of the way.

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What It Means To Be A Parent In 2021

Parenting is hard, that’s likely what makes it so invaluable. Everything starts at home. A child’s first hero is likely a parent. And just because we become parents doesn’t mean we have all the answers, almost everyone is still trying to figure it out. Experiences will vary. What’s important is that we lean into our responsibility as parents – taking it seriously and do our best to guide our children to be productive citizens of society.

Austin and DeRae are once again joined by special guest Justin Cade in an episode about parenting. DeRae has a 12-year-old son, and in those 12 years has come to accept that while kids are wonderful – they’re also little hater machines. Justin joined the fatherhood within the last three years, but Austin remains free of the responsibilities of parenting. 

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Vulnerability as a Leader

The COVID-19 crisis pushed many leaders out of their comfort zones and forced them to reexamine the status-quo. As organizations take a long look in the mirror at what they have become and make decisions of how to best put the pieces back together, those that work for organizations have also taken long looks in the mirror and reassessed what is important to them. 

It is unlikely that things will ever be as they were before COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill. As COVID tested the mental health of the world, many have found power in vulnerability – allowing those willing to step out to be impactful, leading from wherever they’re positioned and setting a sustainable example for others to follow.

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#TeamUSA: Proud to be an American

Perfect men do not exist – neither do perfect countries. But the energy, hard-nosed swagger, and victor mentality of one of the greatest countries to ever exist is to be admired. 

Whether you’re from a state on the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, or down South – DeRae and Austin hope that if you’re an American, you’re as proud to be an American as they are. 

In this episode DeRae and Austin share what it means to them to be American – the good, the bad, the ugly. The freedoms and opportunities of America are envied the world over. For such a young country it has come a long way in a very short period. DeRae and Austin remain optimistic for the future and are determined to be part of the one thing that is guaranteed – change. 

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Let’s Discuss Vaccine Hesitancy

We all know someone that refuses to get vaccinated, and maybe even refuses to wear a mask. Hell, they might even think the last 18 months was a ruse. We asked our followers if the COVID-19 vaccine should be mandated, as vaccination rates appear to be stagnating with new variants of the virus spreading in many parts of the world. 

Austin and DeRae chat about what’s driving skepticism and vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine hesitancy is nothing new. And while DeRae and Austin believe in freedom of choice, they also believe in common sense and encourage you to make good choices.

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For The Love of Money

Can money buy you happiness? 

DeRae likes to tell people he’s never had a problem that money couldn’t solve. Austin shares his earliest experiences with credit cards, and what he wishes he knew back then. Money and credit are tools, yet many people have no idea where money comes from and how credit (or debt) works – and often suffer from the money illusion. 

In many ways, getting money is a game, as there are just so many ways to get it. Some people focus on ensuring they secure a steady job with benefits so they can work until retirement age. Others are just trying to get by, check to check. 

And while there is nothing wrong with keeping an eye on retirement, or just getting by – it seems the majority of Americans are not adequately prepared for retirement. Are they playing the right game(s)?

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📚DeRae’s Guide To Summer Reading

DeRae’s Guide To Summer Reading

As Cautious Coffee continues to grow, our goal is to provide more content for our followers to supplement each episode and to challenge your mind. This week, we’re diving into my reading list and current recommendations. One note: You won’t find a self-help book anywhere on this list. Each summary is courtesy of Amazon. Is there anything we should be reading? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don’t sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.

The Black Swan

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.

Brain Bugs

The human brain may be the best piece of technology ever created, but it’s far from perfect. Drawing on colorful examples and surprising research, neuroscientist Dean Buonomano exposes the blind spots and weaknesses that beset our brains and lead us to make misguided personal, professional, and financial decisions. Whether explaining why we are susceptible to advertisements or demonstrating how false memories are formed, Brain Bugs not only explains the brain’s inherent flaws but also gives us the tools to counteract them.

Incognito

In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Is there a true Mel Gibson? How is your brain like a conflicted democracy engaged in civil war? What do Odysseus and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Why are people whose names begin with J more like to marry other people whose names begin with J? And why is it so difficult to keep a secret? 

Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

It’s been nearly 25 years since Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad first made waves in the Personal Finance arena. It has since become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time… translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world.

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

In his mega bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, world-famous psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. 

System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Topping bestseller lists for almost ten years, Thinking, Fast and Slow is a contemporary classic, an essential book that has changed the lives of millions of readers.

Warren Buffett Wealth

Warren Buffett Wealth follows the world’s greatest investor from the beginning of his career, as he takes a 100-dollar investment and turns it into one of the most successful multibillion-dollar companies in the world. By carefully detailing how Buffett began his career and discussing what he learned from Benjamin Graham, this book reveals the true secrets to Buffett’s success. Readers will see how Buffett reached the pinnacle of his profession by following certain key principles such as investing in old-style traditional American companies, holding the companies forever, and hiring and keeping the same managers.

The Millionaire Mind

“Readers with an entrepreneurial turn of mind will devour The Millionaire Mind because it provides road maps on how millionaires found their niches.” After its first publication, Dr. Thomas J. Stanley’s second best-seller The Millionaire Mind spent over four months on the New York Times best-seller list, rising to position #2, and has sold over half a million copies. Here is the first paperback edition of Stanley’s second groundbreaking study of America’s wealthy.The Millionaire Mind targets a population of millionaires who have accumulated substantial wealth and live in ways that openly demonstrate their affluence. Exploring the ideas, beliefs, and behaviors that enabled these millionaires to build and maintain their fortunes, Dr. Stanley provides a fascinating look at who America’s financial elite are and how they got there.

How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?

Following a midseason break, Austin and DeRae are back. The duo chats about some of the ways many people have no idea who they really are. Now that may seem like quite a strong statement, but unless you have a really good idea of how the human brain works – it’s just not possible to fully grasp what you’re capable of or where your limits are. 

DeRae stresses his experience with boxing stripping away anything he could possibly hide behind. Austin looks to the vulnerability of travel to drive his intellectual curiosity. There are many ways to go about it, but it comes down to pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. 

You are your brain – it is the command center for everything you think and feel. Shouldn’t you have a really good idea of what’s literally going on in your brain?

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