On Curiosity, Creativity & Conceptual Ancestors | Billy Oppenheimer | Episode 158

Billy Oppenheimer is a researcher for Ryan Holiday. He is also known for his viral long-form tweets (https://twitter.com/bpoppenheimer/status/1647000062617088000) and Six at 6 on Sunday https://billyoppenheimer.com/newsletter/ newsletter.

Billy is insatiably curious. He is a master at drawing lessons from anecdotes from the worlds of sports, music, comedy, business, and more.

He joins the show to discuss how to cultivate good taste, whether everything is a remix, why he learns through introjection, and a whole lot more.

Important Links:

- [Six at 6 on Sunday](https://billyoppenheimer.com/newsletter/)
- [Billy’s Twitter](https://twitter.com/bpoppenheimer?s=21&t=7JPF3FUIlgKWXWJt8OPiqA)
- [Billy’s website](https://billyoppenheimer.com/)
- Our episodes with David Senra ([1](https://www.infiniteloopspodcast.com/david-senra-pick-the-right-heroes-ep127/), [2](https://www.infiniteloopspodcast.com/david-senra-liberty-rpf-unleashing-the-scenius-ep148/))
- ['A Bicycle of the Mind' - Steve Jobs on the Computer](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L40B08nWoMk)
- [Our episode with Edward Rooster](https://www.infiniteloopspodcast.com/edward-rooster-i-did-my-best-i-gave-my-all-i-was-here-ep153/)
- [To His Coy Mistress; by Andrew Marvell](https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44688/to-his-coy-mistress)
- [Kubla Khan; by Samuel Taylor Coleridge](https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43991/kubla-khan)
00:00 158. YT
01:09 Main Podcast
01:59 Focus on doing the thing
07:04 SIX at 6’s origin story
11:19 Learning through introjection
14:19 Developing taste & cultivating curiosity
17:48 “People don’t have ideas, ideas have people”
20:19 How Billy practices his scales
26:46 Fiction vs non-fiction
32:56 Repetition, repetition, repetition
35:39 Should we study more failures?
40:49 Process compounds
46:46 “Care, but don’t care too much”
51:23 Has anyone succeeded without persistence?
55:16 Conceptual ancestors
01:01:58 Everything’s a remix
01:06:20 Taste, tools, markets & feedback
01:17:41 Finding your pain points

Books Mentioned:

- Trust Me, I'm Lying; by Ryan Holiday
- Psychology of Money; by Morgan Housel
- Atomic Habits; by James Clear
- The Immortality Key : The Secret History of the Religion with No Name; by Brian C. Muraresku
- Reality Hunger; by David Shields
- The Power of Myth; by Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers
- Cloud Atlas; by David Mitchell
- The Great Gatsby; by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Da Vinci Code; by Dan Brown