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What stocks do you own and why do you own them? What are the fundamentals that ultimately drive stock market returns? I'm Alex Mason, an individual investor like you. Join me in my journey to decode the business behind the stock, and uncover principles and best practices for individual investors. My goal is to improve your investing process with knowledge and insight through case studies of real companies. This is the show where we explore the histories, business models, and economic charact ...
 
Lisa Betts-LaCroix talks to brilliant and wise academics and scientists, visionary innovators and entrepreneurs, communication experts, authors, and other bright minds to unpack the skills and mindset needed to activate your Inner Super Hero. Whether you're growing a business, building a family, launching a start-up, managing a team, or reinventing your Self, the world needs your brightest, biggest most powerful Self now more than ever.
 
We're on the quest to uncover the world's greatest thoughts. By collecting ideas from a wide range of disciplines, we're piecing together the framework each person should develop to live a curious and exciting life. We don't stop there. Without doing, thoughts are worthless. We share with you exciting new hobbies and adventures to inspire you to challenge yourself to tackle new things. Over time these thoughts and activities stack on top of each other, creating a stronger you and a better co ...
 
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Salesforce is the leader in CRM (customer relationship management) software. By focusing on the cloud from the industry’s infancy, they’ve grown to become a major business that serves most of America’s large companies. In today's episode we cover the history, business model, financials, and future outlook of [Company Name]. SAP (SAP) - episode 145 …
 
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Nelson Puentes, the co-founder of Inverted Gear. Nelson shares the story of the business and is generous with advice to other entrepreneurs who are looking to get started. We discuss the importance of branding, the joy of logistics, and how to pivot during adversity. Oh...and we talk about short shorts. IMPOR…
 
Mental Models Podcasts predicts that this historic and unprecedented bubble will crash by the second quarter of 2021. Bubbles are driven by narratives. Bubbles have an end but timing the end of the bubble is unknown, which is the risky part, and very different than sports betting. Predictors are, volatility, age tilt, issuance, market cave, and acc…
 
Although Costco didn’t invest the wholesale concept, one might think that they have perfected it. One of only a few companies able to compete with Walmart’s Sam’s Club, Costco focuses on providing quality products to people at very low prices, and they do it by selling in bulk with a “no frills” approach. In today's episode we cover the history, bu…
 
This week, Steve is joined again by Robert Degle. Robert shares his experience with information literacy, and how grapplers can answer the questions: how do I know this technique is a good technique? And what makes a technique good, anyway? Due to incorrect audio settings in this episode, it sounds like Steve is yelling through a megaphone. We did …
 
This year, I learned a lot happened. Not just in the investment world, but in the world at large. In today's episode, we take a moment to reflect on major events of 2020, a bit about how I'm thinking about things going forward, and a quick update about the show. Also, there's a few listener shout outs! Thank you for your reviews this year! Let’s co…
 
This week, Steve is joined by the internet's favorite professor, Stephan Kesting. We have a post-mortem on the disastrous year that was 2020, discuss how we can develop a resilient mindset, and how the BJJ community can heal and recover in 2021. Mental models discussed in this episode: Raise the Level in the Room https://bjjmentalmodels.com/raise-t…
 
O’Reilly Automotive has been a consistent grower in the auto parts space since it began in Springfield, Missouri decades ago. Of the big three in this space (the other two being AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts), O’Reilly has the most evenly split business between commercial and DIY customers. They don’t pay dividends but consistently return a TON o…
 
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by one of Steve's personal Jiu-Jitsu heroes, Dr. Valerie “Valhalla” Worthington! Dr. Worthington shares her expertise in coaching, both on and off the mats. We have a great discussion on the ethics of being a coach, getting more women into Jiu-Jitsu, and celebrating our differences. Mental models discussed in th…
 
Cause and effect is a generally understood principle - one thing happens and that causes another thing to happen. But, what about when the effect comes back to influence the cause? This is known as a feedback loop. In today's episode we explore the general concept of a feedback loop, and then apply it to how we look at markets as individual investo…
 
This week, Matt is joined by Judo legend Shintaro Higashi for a super detailed and technical discussion of grip strategy. Mental models discussed in this episode: Mirrored Stances https://bjjmentalmodels.com/mirrored-stances/ Inside Channel Control https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/ Train With Purpose https://bjjmentalmodels.com/tr…
 
COVID-19 has created an unprecedented impact on the stock market. There have been clear wining and losing stocks in 2020, where will these stock go in 2021? We review the uncharted stock market ahead, stocks to consider travel, #RV, #technologies, & #paper products. So much more to think about with the change that the vaccines for COVID_19 will bri…
 
Advance Auto Parts is a specialty auto parts retailer in the United States. They sell most of their product to commercial customers, but have a retail portion of their business as well. They've gone through multiple transformations over the years, and have grown mostly as a result of acquiring other smaller auto parts companies. In today's episode …
 
This week, we're joined by Dr. David Ley. In addition to being a clinical psychologist and frequent contributor to Psychology Today, David is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Roberto Alencar. He's the perfect guest to discuss one of our most frequently requested topics: depression and Jiu-Jitsu. Mental models discussed in this episode: Habits Over Resu…
 
This episode was recorded LIVE to Tiktok. Thanks to my friends on that platform who gave me the rich listening environment that I often miss in the podcast world as I reviewed the things I learned from 2020. If you'd like to give me some feedback or some insights or ideas for next year's show please connect with me on my socials. Tiktok | Intragram…
 
Tesla has taken the auto world by storm by designing and producing a suite of high tech electric vehicles, as well as a system of software and energy products to complement them. Over time, Elon Musk and his team have transformed the company from a small startup with a single car to a fast growing and polarizing company that has attracted a lot of …
 
The juice. The sauce. The bomba. It's prevalent in our sport. But is it true that everyone uses them? And regardless, would that justify using them yourself? This week, we're joined again by Lachlan Giles to discuss the ethics of performance-enhancing drug use in BJJ, and the recent firestorm around his principled comments on Instagram. Research re…
 
Tesla has taken the auto world by storm by designing and producing a suite of high tech electric vehicles, as well as a system of software and energy products to complement them. Over time, Elon Musk and his team have transformed the company from a small startup with a single car to a fast growing and polarizing company that has attracted a lot of …
 
Analogies help when we are faced with new challenges. Current events matter for the stock market, let’s frame these current events in relationship to historical perspective of the 2016 election and the impact of the market. ‘Political theater’ impacts the stock market, with the unknowns of the last 4 years and the uncertainty of the control of the …
 
This week, we're joined again by Island Top Team black belt Rory van Vliet. Rory helps us answer the question: when you are a caregiver, how do you use Jiu-Jitsu safely and with compassion? If you ever wanted to learn how to use Jiu-Jitsu to safely subdue Grandma, this is the episode for you. Mental models discussed in this episode: Theory of Align…
 
AutoZone is an auto parts retailer that created a niche for itself throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. Through catering to DIY’ers, they’ve established themselves as a go to source for auto parts and advice. Though relatively mature in the U.S. market, there has been gradual expansion into Mexico and Brazil. While this company pays no dividends, one …
 
What a milestone! This week, Steve and Matt celebrate 100 episodes of BJJ Mental Models, and share the biggest lessons we've learned so far. We also discuss cat litter options, feline dietary considerations, and fail hard at pronouncing German names. Mental models discussed in this episode: Investing in Loss https://bjjmentalmodels.com/investing-in…
 
General Motors became a powerhouse in the early 1900s and gave Henry Ford a run for his money. Boasting several brands, each tailored to certain socio-economic and demographics groups, GM achieved significant market share in the past. Now, the company has just four core brands and is trying to break into the electric vehicle and autonomous market. …
 
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Lachlan and Livia Giles! Lachlan and Livia share their world-class wisdom on developing your grappling style, and advise how you can consciously guide the process of style development. Mental models discussed in this episode: Inside Channel Control https://bjjmentalmodels.com/inside-channel-control/ Prioritiz…
 
These are some thoughts about what I wish I had known when I started investing. I could have paid more attention to these lessons and saved a lot of money. Because I made some of these mistakes, I am STILL paying for it in my portfolio. I don’t want you to go through what I went through. I'd like to give a special shout out to some of my fellow inv…
 
Multiplying anything by zero equals zero. It's a numerical truth that we learn when we're young and in school. Sadly, I think this concept gets applied to little more than math and people's homework when they're in formal education programs. How can we apply this concept beyond the numerical and theoretical? Today's episode explores what happens wh…
 
A talent that you have, but will it last, unlikely! We all want that superior money earning performance to continue, and we enjoy the success of an individual over a team (Jessie Walker and Tom Gilovitch reported on it in 2020, links below). Because we like narratives and we want to be the hero of our story, just like Kolby Bryant or LeBron James w…
 
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Robert Degle! We have a deep conversation around the win conditions of our sport, how they influence our behavior, and why it's important to understand WHY we train Jiu-Jitsu. Mental models discussed in this episode: Win Conditions https://bjjmentalmodels.com/win-conditions/ Cognitive Load https://bjjmentalmo…
 
Gina Hatzis dreams of a world filled with people living on purpose, shining in their full glory, and occasionally busting a dance move now and then. As a women’s empowerment advocate and speaker, she makes it her full-time job to live a fully expressed life, and guides others to do the same. Gina talks with Lisa this week about the success that com…
 
SAP - short for Systems, Applications, and Products, is a software company based in Germany. For decades, they have created software systems for businesses, and are most known for their Enterprise Resource Planning software, or ERP. By linking the needs and requirements of different sides of a business, SAP's software becomes a single solution that…
 
This week, we're joined by defensive strategist Priit Mihkelson! Much to Matt's chagrin, Steve and Priit espouse the benefits of turtle and why it's an underappreciated position. Priit shares some great philosophy on how shoring up your defense can give you the confidence to be more effective in your offense. Priit's tips for turtle: Keep your head…
 
Crystal Langen is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and a women’s business coach. She specializes in pleasure-based businesses based on the pillars of: pleasure + strategy + messy action + embodied mindset. Crystal joins Lisa again to talk about how her own childhood and now motherhood have shaped her approach in both personal and busine…
 
Ventas is a REIT that operates at the intersection of real estate and healthcare. With over 1200 properties spread throughout the United States, they are one of the biggest nursing home and medical office landlords out there. We'll discuss Ventas' history, business model, and financials, as well as some closing thoughts. Want to say hello? Send a D…
 
This week, Seb Lavoie joins us again for a second dive into the conflict mindset. Seb shares his wealth of experience to discuss frequently asked conflict-related questions, such as situational awareness, home invasion preparation. Seb also shares some incredible stories from his career in the field. Mental models discussed in this episode: Cogniti…
 
Digital Realty buys and operates buildings that house data centers. Data centers are physical locations where computer systems are stored. Companies pay DLR to store, protect, and route their data. Instagram: @stockstoryteller Email: alex@stockstoriespodcast.comAlex Mason による
 
Hot hand effect is the mystic behind your winning streak, despite all of your theorizing. There are many factors that explain the wins in the stock market, but the hot hand effect/bias is one to consider. For more on best investing strategies, avoiding bias and learning about your brain BUY 5 star reviewed book “Understanding Behavioral Bia$” on Am…
 
This week on the podcast, we're joined once again by Sergeant Major Seb Lavoie. Seb shares his expertise on the mindset required to manage conflict. We also discuss a dozen hypotheticals about getting into a scuffle while waiting in line at the bank teller. Seb references two books in this episode: On Combat, by Dave Grossman On Killing, by Dave Gr…
 
Frederick Marx is an internationally acclaimed Oscar and Emmy nominated director/writer and producer with 40 years in the film business. Frederick joins Lisa to talk about responsibility and maturity for men in our society, and how his films have been a way to support the disadvantaged and misunderstood communities. Frederick discusses the Rites of…
 
Today we're talking about another REIT (REITs have definitely been on my mind lately!) Federal Realty is one of the oldest REITs in America and has one of the best dividend track records. In today's episode we explore the history, business model and financials of a company that has been focused on commercial retail - a challenging industry, to be s…
 
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Olympian and Judo legend Travis Stevens. Travis shares how he developed the kind of champion's mindset required to succeed at the highest levels. Mental models discussed in this episode: Levels of Competition https://bjjmentalmodels.com/levels-of-competition/ Habits Over Results https://bjjmentalmodels.com/ha…
 
Basic Idea: By aligning yourself in a certain domain with favorable characteristics, you are more likely to have greater flexibility and reap more rewards. Today's mental model is called Seizing the Middle. Seizing the middle is all about options. Where can we put ourselves in life and business such that, in the future, we’re more likely to have a …
 
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Cal McDonald to discuss best practices for educating kids. In addition to being a black belt under Rob Biernacki, Cal is a specialist in creating educational frameworks for children. Cal shares his knowledge on the topic in a wonderful conversation with implications well beyond teaching children. This is one …
 
Moving parts of the current economy has been influenced by the pandemic. This is an unprecedented time and reflects a poor experimental design. What is changing and what is holding steady, if anything? The government continues to print money, but has delayed another stimulus package. At one end the economy is being squeezed, (leisure and travel) an…
 
This week we're discussing the other Marriott spin-off. This company is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that is the largest lodging REIT in the U.S., and the largest owner of Marriott properties. They operate Marriott, Hyatt, and other branded hotels. Instagram: @stockstoryteller Email: alex@stockstoriespodcast.com…
 
This week, Steve and Matt are joined by Jon Thomas, the legendary black belt and BJJ instructor. Steve, Matt, and Jon have a spirited discussion about the best way to integrate new techniques into your game. We also discuss the limitations of principles and how being dogmatic about them can hinder your development. Jon suggests four ways to integra…
 
A few weeks ago we discussed Marriott, one of the world's largest hotel chains. In that episode I mentioned that at one point, they spun off a few businesses. This is one of those businesses! Marriott Vacations Worldwide is in the vacation club business, or timeshares, as they are more frequently known. We discuss how the timeshare industry works a…
 
This week, Steve and Matt break down the differences between single and double lever control. In general, single lever control affords more damage, whereas double lever control affords more control. Learn more about this mental model here: https://bjjmentalmodels.com/single-vs-double-lever-control/ Mental models discussed in this episode: Single vs…
 
In last week's episode we discussed one of the few publicly traded space companies out there - Virgin Galactic. Well, what about all of the other start-up space companies that exist that aren't publicly traded? Is there a way to invest in them? Today, I'm happy to share a conversation I had with entrepreneur Aaron Burnett, who has founded Spaced Ve…
 
Compassion and our basic human values drive us. In this episode we revisit a popular episode, and discuss values in detail from both an investing & psychological perspective. Our mental models of other people’s behavior. As the market turns…Stay safe and healthy out there! For more on best investing strategies, avoiding bias and learning about your…
 
This week, Steve is once again joined by Rob Biernacki from Island Top Team. If you follow Rob, you know how passionate he is about respecting expertise and calling out impostors. We live in a world where identifying expertise is harder - and more important - than ever. In this episode, we give you the tools to do so. When assessing an expert, bewa…
 
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