Episodes

Oct. 4, 2022

Elizabeth II

The life and times of Elizabeth II, the late queen of the United Kingdom. Special thank you to our sponsor Tiny Capital. If you are interested in selling your business, please check them out at

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Sept. 9, 2022

Brigham Young (Part 1)

How Brigham Young rose from abject poverty to lead The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If you are looking to sell a company, check out Sources:

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May 27, 2022

Vladimir Putin Part 1 (Updated)

Vladimir Putin: Modern day czar, KGB man, billionaire, reformer, autocrat. In part 1, we examine his rise to power. This is an updated version with a new introduction and a few minor additions. Thank you to our sponsor, CopyThat. Take …

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March 31, 2022

Walt Disney (Part 2)

Walt Disney's rise to greatness, including his creation of Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Disneyland, and more. Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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Jan. 20, 2022

Walt Disney (Part 1)

Walt Disney's childhood, adolescence, how how he got his start in animation, and his first successes. Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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Jan. 8, 2022

Mini-Episode: John Wooden and How to Practice

John Wooden was known as one of the greatest coaches of all time. So why he did he have shorter practices than any of his contemporaries, and what can it teach us about greatness?

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Dec. 25, 2021

Christmas Special

The story of St. Nicholas, plus listener questions!

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Dec. 14, 2021

Napoleon Revisited

How exactly was Napoleon able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time? On this episode, I review the book Napoleon: How He Did It. It was written by Baron Fain, a private secretary of Napoleon's. He …

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Dec. 8, 2021

Alexander the Great: Endnotes

Everything you didn't know you needed to know about Alexander the Great. Topics include a brief review of the 2004 movie by Oliver Stone, Alexander's love life, what made Alexander so great, why. did Alexander have blue eyes if he …

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Nov. 19, 2021

Alexander the Great (Part 2)

Alexander the Great took his father's kingdom and made it the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Part two covers the apex of his powers, plots against his life, the unification of his empire, and more. Sources: * * …

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Oct. 25, 2021

Alexander the Great (Part 1)

Alexander the Great took his father's kingdom and made it the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Part one covers his childhood, education, rise to power, and early conquests. Sources: * * * Sponsor: Use code BenWilson at TheColdPlunge.com …

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Oct. 6, 2021

SPECIAL: Interview on "If I Was Starting Today"

Recently, I was interviewed on the podcast "If I Was Starting Today" by Jim Huffman. He has graciously allowed me to play that audio in full. We talk about a lot, including: * How I came up with the name …

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Sept. 17, 2021

How to Raise a Genius: Laszlo Polgar

Is there a formula for genius? One man thinks that he has found it - and he used it to raise all three of his daughters to be world champion chess players. On this episode, I talk about the life …

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Aug. 17, 2021

Mini-Episode: Just Work

This week's mini-episode has two stories and two quotes that all focus on a single theme: Just work.

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July 20, 2021

Philip the Great: Endnotes

All my endnotes on Philip II of Macedon, including: * Who was greater, Philip or Alexander? * Why Athens really took over the world * Other ways to take over the world. * Why being Philip would have been a …

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July 13, 2021

Philip the Great

Philip II of Macedon is best known as the father of Alexander the Great. But was he an even greater conqueror than his more famous son? On this episode, we explore the life and lessons of one of the greatest …

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July 28, 2020

Mansa Musa

Mansa Musa was possibly the richest man of all time, but there was something that mattered much more to him. Find out what it was and how he achieved it, on this episode of How to Take Over the World. …

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July 3, 2020

Frederick Douglass

Slave. Runaway. Abolitionist. Orator. Statesman. Legend. On this episode, we explore how Frederick Douglass was able to go from the most challenging of beginnings to playing an integral role in the abolition of slavery in The United States.

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June 12, 2020

Mini-Episode: The Greatest Poet of All Time: Gerard Manley Hopkins

A short anecdote about the greatest poet of all time, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and why some people might accidentally learn the wrong lesson from his life. For more updates and information, find the podcast on Instagram at @HTTOTW or visit …

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May 29, 2020

Thomas Edison (Part 3)

All of my Edison notes that didn't make it into Part 1 & Part 2, including: Edison vs. Tesla Edison vs. Elon Musk Puritanism and Edison How Edison Went Deaf (Maybe) Sources: Edison by Edmund Morris The Wizard of Menlo …

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May 22, 2020

Thomas Edison (Part 2)

How did Thomas Edison rise from obscure origins in a frontier town in Michigan to become the most famous man of his age and one of the greatest inventors of all time? In part 2, we cover Edison's life from …

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April 25, 2020

Thomas Edison (Part 1)

How did Thomas Edison rise from obscure origins in a frontier town in Michigan to become the most famous man of his age and one of the greatest inventors of all time? In part 1, we cover Edison's life from …

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Oct. 11, 2019

Mini-Episode: Catherine the Great

How did a German girl from a family of little note become one of the most powerful people in the world and one of the greatest rulers in Russian history? On this mini-episode, we explore the life of Catherine the …

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Aug. 6, 2019

Mini-Episode: How Steve Jobs Got What He Wanted

This is the first-ever HTTOTW short. These 3-minute in-between-isodes will run during weeks when there isn't a new full episode. This is in addition to the regular length episodes, and these will not distract from or delay new full-length episodes....

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