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Hi Michael,

Thank you for your Trend Following Podcasts and for connecting with me on Facebook!

I now need to get your books too, will be looking to order online or through the local book store…..if they are good enough to have them!

Trend following was never in my vocabulary as a Trader, and over the last 5-6 years that is evident as I am WAY behind the 8 ball to the point I actually gave up trading altogether for a while. From your interviews so far and past experience of your guests, wow, I really missed out there…. and the story and experience of the TurtleTraders, wow, I would love to look more into that too!

I believe everything happens for a reason and there is huge value for me in your podcasts, I started at No1 and currently just got through No11 with Tim Pickering (I am also trying to connect with these Legends you have brought on the show because I believe it too that a Google search for understanding is not the ideal way) – Not that I will be a nuisance to them but rather to enjoy the connection!

I look forward to getting to know you better over the coming months and years and really adopt the practices and ideas you bring out on your show, please keep them coming and I look forward to sharing my success with you in the near future as a I know you will be a great mentor to me.

Kind Regards,
[Name]

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“Feel free to keep tossing such episodes in…”

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Mike,

After knocking out a ton of the first 200 episodes to get the basics of trend following and implementing my own strategy based upon those lessons, in the next 300 or so I started cherry picking the lifestyle episodes. I wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed them, despite not being financial. Meditation, bright line eating, the practicing mind, flow, the Basecamp guy, Tuft and Needle mattresses, mental toughness, Olympic shooting, pre-suasion, cyber security, feng shui, memory techniques, personal safety, chess grandmasters, Ayn Rand, Tim Ferris et all, have all been very interesting. I’ve even read several of the books after hearing the podcasts.

Keep up the good work, and feel free to keep tossing such episodes in. They’re great. Also, you should do an in-depth yoga episode. Or two.

Cheers,
[Name]

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“I just wanted thank you for your work and your dedication…”

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Hi Mike,

I just wanted thank you for your work and your dedication.

I listened to two of your audiobooks (Turtletrader & Trend Following) and now follow your podcast. I just finished listening to Sunday’s podcast with Peter Borish and I felt compelled to just send you a short thank you. I’ve always wanted to pursue trading professionally (long story, have a connection to one of those famous traders you’ve mentioned in your work) and I’m finally in a space where I can trade from a retail account. I’ve been trying to figure out what I should do next and your interviews have helped me rethink what my options are as a person with the passion for markets but not working in the space exclusively. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you and let you know if there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. I’ll work for free, if you need an extra pair of eyes to review some writing or something else. I’m not where I want to be but I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for all the people who gave their time freely to help me and I want to pay it forward.

Thanks again for taking the risk and leap a faith to pursue your own path.

[Name]

Thanks! Dig in… lots of inspiration.

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Hi Michael,

I enjoy your podcasts, I’ve been a regular listener for the past 2-3 years. You put a lot of care into each episode, and it shows. I’m curious for some behind-the-scenes details in your preparation. Do you write a podcast script? If so, how detailed is it (paragraphs, bullets, etc)? It doesn’t sound like you’re reading from a card or just winging it. How do you strike that balance?

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I have 1 page of notes for an interview. But these days I feel like I use less and less. Monologues? In past I might have had a page of notes, but these days I ponder the issue, turn recorder on and go. It’s technically winging it, but when you do it for so long it’s not really winging it.

Interesting question!

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Covel, you’ve done it again!

The Sunstein interview should be wrapped up and sent to the podcast Hall of Fame. I have a copy of Nudge sitting on my shelf and will read it soon, before reading the latest book from Sunstein. Have you read any of Nomi Prins’ work? She writes about the relationship between central banks, bankers, wall street, and politicians. She would be a great interview. Just a suggestion.

Keep up your extraordinary work!! Love the mega episodes, too.

Best,
[Name]
Berkeley, CA

Why did you like Cass one so much?

I studied the sociology of ideology at UC Berkeley and I’m fascinated by the approach neuroscientists take regarding how we arrive at political opinions, issues of morality, partisan divide, etc. Sunstein’s approach enables me to use relevant, empirical terms so I can explain my position/opinion on matters without losing sight of someone else’s. It keeps conversations civil, and fosters stimulating debate and diversity of opinion in these divided times. Kahneman is also a good teacher in this regard, and so is Jonathan Haidt, who wrote “The Righteous Mind,” (one of the best social science books of the past decade).

I live in Berkeley, a hotbed of not only “radicalism”, but liberal elitism: folks who read the NYT & Krugman and keep their radio dial tuned to NPR for their daily dose of confirmation bias. Its disheartening when educated folks are so bloated with political correctness that they simply cannot understand different perspectives on how the world works. Sunstein, et al, assist me in coping with this in my daily life.

Thanks!

“For some reason today was the day I discovered your podcast…”

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For some reason today was the day I discovered your podcast. I listened to your interview with Art Collins and of course I loved it. As a financial advisor, for the past decade, I have built client portfolios using the research from Dorsey Wright & Associates. So, I am already a devout trend follower but I think this is the ideal time to take my knowledge and commitment to another level. Please send the free video and anything else you think I should look at! Thanks so much!

Best,
[Name]

Will do.

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“Thanks for your most interesting Ep: 571: Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman Interview!”

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Hello Michael,

Thanks for your most interesting ‘Ep: 571: Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman Interview’ re Claude Shannon.

I’ll admit that his paper was mostly over my head when I read it as a grad student in the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado, but certainly the idea of applying wide interests to supposedly specialized fields is something I do understand, having gone from a BA in another interdisciplinary program, a great books program as an undergrad, to doing software development and architecture at Nortel in the 90s, by way of a long period of budget travel in Europe in-between.

Re your exchange w/ the authors re collaboration: the below podcast is a glimpse into Penn & Teller’s collaboration over 40yrs, not so smooth as the collaboration that Soni & Goodman describe among themselves. May your collaboration be as fruitful as P&T’s, and more in-sync at a personal level!

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/619/the-magic-show?act=1

Best,
[Name]
Dallas

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