#59. Wisdom and Wonder: Generative AI, First Principles Thinking, and Not Taking Yourself Too Serious with Pete Sena (founder of ThinkFWD and Digital Surgeons)

The Playhard Podcast

Jun 16 2023 • 1 hr 33 mins

What do Starbucks, Viagra, and Netflix have in common?  And no, the answer is not “a late night.”

All 3 used their brand and storytelling abilities to create a category that didn’t exist before. Pretty neat! Today’s guest is an expert in storytelling, branding, and guessing my favorite books.

We talk about AI as a tool for self-exploration, using stories to communicate your strategy, and how to approach life with a sense of play.

Check it out!


Show Notes:

(09:35) - How you express your brand story is the difference between breakthrough and mediocre results

(30:30) - ChatGPT lies… a lot (prompt engineering and hallucinating AI)

(49:40) - Creative/Artistic thinking vs Scientific thinking – how do you know when to use what

(52:15) - Approach life with a state of play



* https://www.petesena.com

* https://twitter.com/petesena

* https://www.linkedin.com/in/petersena/

* Pete’s Pod - Forward Obsessed: https://open.spotify.com/show/2TrkOZ7xL7WSlzc2mrwXuC?si=aa5e7790aca64e05&nd=1

* Had to do it to ‘em — check out my brother’s song “pensando en ti”: https://open.spotify.com/track/7KKkueqCLOYJMt09lLQx3s?si=bd76ed4ea5354bc5


Quotes I Enjoyed

“When a company is too big to fail, and they’ve got that dominant market share, innovation is so much more complex because the risk of failure is that much higher.”

“As a creative professional and a creative entrepreneur, sometimes I’m a little bit of an idea masochist – i like to go through pain and that pain I think is what brings about the journey.”

“Speak your truth. Do it. Do it with empathy, do it with your core values, but do it.”


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