Dec. 27, 2021

#10 - On Graduate Theory

James is the host of Graduate Theory. He studied Maths and Finance at the University of Adelaide, before moving to Melbourne in 2021 to start as a Technology Graduate at ANZ. He is passionate about all things careers and motivating people to squeeze the juice out of life.

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Episode Takeaways

Perhaps I am a little biased here since I was the one talking most of the episode! Here are some of my takeaways 👇

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Live by Design, Not by Default

One of the key things that we discussed is intentionality. Be intentional with what you do and don't just do things for the sake of it.

What this comes down to is crystal clarity on where you want to be in life. From this, you can derive the best path for you. Without this path, you lack clarity and intentionality.

Get Involved

Life is not a single-player game. It's up to you to get out there and create opportunities for yourself. No one is coming to save you. No one is coming to give you that perfect opportunity. It is on you to go out and take the life that you want.


Joe asked me what I want Graduate Theory to be known for. I want it to inspire people over Australia and around the world. I want people to look at the guests that I have on my show and see that what they have done isn't actually that special and that you can do it too. I want people to know that the life they want is within reach and that with a little hard work and intentionality, you can live the life that you truly desire.

Things Discussed

Indistractable - Nir Eyal

Deep Work - Cal Newport

High Performance Habits - Brendan Burchard

Show Notes

00:00 Intro

03:07 Why Graduate Theory?

06:39 What have you learnt from the podcast so far?

11:07 Which interview has been your favourite?

14:37 How to be productive

20:08 My Favourite Book

25:19 James' Favourite Failures

39:44 How does James want to be described?

41:55 How would younger James react to Graduate Theory?

51:43 James' Tip For Graduates

54:03 Outro