20 – Control

It’s something a lot of people seek to have in their lives, yet there are times when the best thing we can do is relinquish it. In this episode of ThinkActGet James and Ezra explore the topic of control.


Too much control and you can lose it altogether


In the Podcast:

02:16 – The thing many people insist on keeping
03:26 – Power versus control
05:00 – Control in a team setting
08:43 – Culture according to Netflix
09:06 – The “unexpected good” phenomenon
11:02 – How do you control an online community?
15:30 – The soap analogy
16:01 – WWW: Where are you being controlling?
16:57 – Travel and releasing control
20:34 – News and updates – FWF4 fast approaching
22:24 – Ezra’s Brown Box Report
24:01 – James still killing it with SEO
27:42 – Comments and SpeakPipe
30:42 – James is human
36:30 – Should TAG use censoring?
41:34 – Think about it quotes
45:22 – TAG tips



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Control in the context of a team [Click To Tweet]


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  1. Hi guys!
    I love your podcast so much! I’ve listened to it just about everywhere…at the gym, doing UNI work, you name it! I find even though I’m just an undergraduate in second year, this podcast inspires me every week and constantly sparks new ideas for the future. You both speak well and deliberately and the hilarious spontaneous moments really spice it up. I like how personable the podcast is and you really make a point of making it for the listener; we feel special as a result. I do think any swears should be censored with a discrete *beep* – of course we all know the words very well 😉 but by doing this a larger spectrum of listeners can be included into your audience. I think it also gives a sense of humility that you would go to the trouble and edit your audio just incase somebody is offended by occasional swears. Just my two cents! Thanks again, this was actually the very first podcast I got into…now I’m addicted to informative and comedic podcasts, particularly this one. This is not a habit I want to break 🙂

  2. Syd Salmon says

    Don’t worry about the swearing. It happens so infrequently on your that it’s just not worth worrying about.

    We prefer not swearing. But, we have found that censoring swear words and reacting strongly to them gives them more meaning, power and energy.

    If we energize the words. children learn that they gain the power of triggering strong emotional reactions if they use them.

    We choose not react to them at all if they happen around our three year old. So far, she has not dropped one because they get no reaction from us.

    Can’t say the same for our friends. We’re not naïve. We know that she’ll eventually learn that they trigger strong reactions with some people and will test them.

    This is the ultimate show about keeping it real, while growing personally.

    You get smart people thinking. I can’t think of a more profound compliment for your show.

    With best regards,
    Syd in Canada

  3. Andrew Cordova says


  4. Keep the swearing. For whatever reason, it makes the show feel more engaging for me. Thank you for the great work.

  5. Keep the swearing. Be real and don’t cater to the people brainwashed by societal ‘norms’.

  6. Hey Guys. Keep up the great work and I think you should keep the swearing. It helps underline your passion in the topics you are talking about.

    I also believe it’s important to teach our kids this fact. Swearing is everywhere. You can’t hide from it. You can teach kids how to respond to swearing by either disassociating from the abuser or by understanding the context it’s used in and learn from the passion. Just the way I deal with swearing.


  7. No swearing? Thanks bull$&^* My old man swore in front of me and there nothing f#$%@#g with my language…

  8. Definitely my favourite part was the singing (and the swearing lol).

    Nice new logo. What I love about you James is that you take on board what your listeners say and you make changes.

    The polo shirts, the logos, and I’m sure countless other examples. Although this might be a bit annoying at times, but you still do it anyway.

    It’s a tricky one with the swearing…it’s not like you are constantly doing it. I guess certain societies differ from others.

    Actually a beeping sound effect is actually quite funny.

    Ezra….love your Brown Box Formula training. Hope to see a paid course soon.



  9. Yes, I agree with Ezra. Delete the swearing but don’t “bleep” them…then people can’t complain that you had bleeped them out as they didn’t even know it had existed.

    With regards to Wayne Dyer….I agree with his philospsophy and I’m a big fan of Eckhart Tolle Power if Now which is a similar concept of working within.

    What do you think about people like Alex Jones who is fighting against the powers that be.

    Ever feel like covering the topic regarding movies like…,

    “Zeitgeist” and “Thrive”..

    My aim is to just focus on building businesses and then buy precious metals and food storage which is a protection against hyperinflation.

    Would be interesting to get your feedback as these things effect business



  10. Hi Ezra and James,

    Thank you for your great program 🙂 I had a few interesting topics which I hope you can be inspired by: comfort (zone), risk, strength/virtue, value.

    The theme, COMFORT builds on a book launched by Gage (http://www.randygage.com/riskyisthenewsafe/) – Ezra he is friends with Scheinfeld (the book you introduced in the Money episode), comfort and comfort zone are important when it comes to doing (internet) business.

    RISK and the entrepreneurial mindset is also discussed by Seth Godin:
    “Hard work is about risk. It begins when you deal with the things that you’d rather not deal with: fear of failure, fear of standing out, fear of rejection. Hard work is about training yourself to leap over this barrier, tunnel under that barrier, drive through the other barrier. And after you’ve done that, to do it again the next day” – Seth Godin (Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?).
    I want to mention the book written by Michael Elsberg, (http://www.ellsberg.com/the-education-of-millionaires) which outlines how entrepreneurs and innovator have a different way to handle risk. Something I found fascinating, especially during my time in the startup biz.

    STRENGTH/VIRTUE – I actually got this from one of the videos Brendon Buchard made on ‘the myth of limiting belief’ which I found thought provoking. Focusing on our strength and virtues (this is not about positive thinking – and has been covered partly in your episode on attitude). It is interesting to associate this with what Peter Drucker has written on management – and how you James use concepts of ‘Work the System’ and ‘Willpower’ to strengthen resources and assets. (Marcus Buckingham also writes about it)

    VALUE – especially the value of attention which is becoming more important in the age of distraction. More specifically, how can you increase your ways to deliver value to your customers, yourself, your family, your community (giving back).

    I like Einsteins quote on this one:

    Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
    Albert Einstein

    Your show has made a really positive impact in my life, I am starting to get back on track and creating momentum by owning my own racetrack. I could not thank you enough, keep up the GREAT work!

    Digitally yours,

  11. Hi Ezra and James,

    I just LOVE Think Act Get! Ezra has such a refreshing perspective, and it is so fun to see James’ softer/light-hearted side.

    Since everyone seems to be chiming in on the swearing question, I’ll throw my opinion in, too! My thought is…say whatever you want!!

    One of my favorite podcasts is the Joe Rogan Experience, and he calls the audience “F@#**s,” but I couldn’t care less because he is so interesting and he really loves his audience.

    I want to hear you both speak the way you would if we were all having dinner, since podcasts naturally lend themselves to more intimacy.

    Of course this is your choice, but I encourage you to just be yourself and publish that (swearing and all).

    Thanks again for all that you do!!


    Amy Boehnert

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