The Yes Theory Podcast

The Yes Theory Podcast

In order to achieve growth, discomfort is unavoidable. So why not seek it out? Yes Theory co-founders Matt, Ammar, and Thomas are turning off the cameras and turning on the mics to reflect upon how Discomfort actually might hold the keys to meaning and happiness. The Yes Theory Podcast shares behind-the-scenes stories and talks with expert guests to gather insights about the world at large, our place in it, and one another.

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August 31, 2020 2 min

Welcome to Yes Theory — the audio experience. We’re your hosts Thomas Brag, Ammar Kandil, and Matt Dajer. You may know us from our YouTube channel with the same name, or maybe not. 


We believe the best things in life are outside your comfort zone. We’re talking about meaning, connection, you know all the good stuff.


Over the last 5 years, we’ve made a habit of seeking discomfort and creating videos about it. We’ve had the unthinkable...

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If 2020 was a question, it would be… how the heck do you make the best of a situation when you can’t even understand the situation? 

When we asked Harvard Professor and Atlantic columnist, Arthur Brooks, he said so matter of factly, “You have to be an entrepreneur about your life.” 

And when we asked Ozan Varol, the self-described perpetual dropout (but more importantly the rocket scientist, lawyer, professor, and author behind the b...

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September 14, 2020 31 min

Before Yes Theory, we were just three guys trying to figure out what we wanted to do in life. We didn’t know much, just that we didn’t want to walk predictable paths. Luckily, we each had mentors that inspired us to stop thinking and start doing--anything and everything outside our comfort zones. 

In this episode, we call back two of those early mentors to talk about why having novel experiences is so crucial for creativity, meaning...

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September 21, 2020 34 min

Remember the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated? You probably learned it in kindergarten.

Chances are you haven’t really upped your kindness game since. Most of us haven’t. The older we get, the more responsibilities, anxieties, and personal pursuits take over. And kindness simply doesn’t make the to-do list. 

It’s not that we think kindness is any less important than in kindergarten. No, it’s the opposite. Most...

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September 28, 2020 37 min

Pandemics and vast uncertainty aside, life is hard. And for whatever reason, it seems to be getting harder. Studies have shown that the average kid today experiences more anxiety than the average psychiatric patient in the 1950s. 

It feels like there’s this undercurrent of anxiety to everything we do. But instead of dealing with it, we fill our calendars with back-to-back appointments and our lives with endless distractions. We do e...

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October 5, 2020 34 min

“Hope makes you follow your dreams,” says actress Dina Shihabi, from the Amazon Original Jack Ryan. “I would have nothing in my life if I didn't have hope.”


We’re living through a pretty dark time right now. There’s this constant stream of negative news coverage and criticism. It’s hard to feel certain or confident about anything. Which is why it’s more important than ever to tap into our collective reserve of hope - the belief ...

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October 12, 2020 37 min

Ever struggled to do your laundry, re-register your car, or make time to go to the dentist? It might make you feel like you’re terrible at “adulting,” but it turns out that’s actually more normal than you think and there might be a pretty solid explanation: burnout.


Anne Helen Peterson, author of Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, joins Matt in this episode to talk about the costs of living in an achievement-...

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October 19, 2020 25 min

From climbing up snow-capped mountains in our boxers to running marathons with no training, one of the core pillars of Yes Theory is seeking out the big heart-pumping, mind-bending physical experiences that force us beyond our limits.

But what’s the point of doing all this? Are big challenges effective at helping us build daily exercise and wellness habits? Or is it more for show? 

The science -- of extending past our physical limits...

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October 26, 2020 34 min

Matt, Thomas, and Ammar have a picturesque kind of friendship. They’ve made memories on nearly every continent, built a business, and chased down their wildest dreams… together. 

But what you don’t see on screen is that their friendship isn’t always easy. In fact, it rarely ever is. As is the case with many things in life, it’s leaning into the hard, uncomfortable parts that makes all of the beautiful parts possible. 

For Matt, Thoma...

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November 2, 2020 36 min

Have you ever seen someone staring back in the mirror that you didn’t like? 

We all experience “mirror moments” -- where we see ourselves and the paths we’re headed down clearly. In these moments, we can decide to continue the course or make a change. Sometimes we are seeking big changes -- like choosing to pursue a completely new career or end a relationship. Sometimes we’re vying for simpler -- like just choosing to meditate for f...

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November 9, 2020 31 min

Things are changing in our little Yes Theory world, as well as the broader world, and we aren’t sure what the future holds. Thomas is headed back to Europe for the foreseeable future, and Matt’s stepped back from hosting. It really feels like the end of a chapter (with a new one coming close behind). 

To celebrate and close the last chapter properly, and to end the season on a high note, we took a new spin in this episode. Just like...

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We're challenging you to meditate for 100 days. Check out the video on the Yes Theory YouTube Channel, and if you're ready to try Headspace, you can download it today for free.

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July 14, 2021 43 min

Over the past 6 years of saying yes, our friendship has undergone some massive changes. Join us on this episode while we explore this evolution as we try to come to an understanding of what has changed throughout the course of our amazing friendship.

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July 21, 2021 39 min

Life is a constant ebb and flow. While some periods propel us forward, others can leave us feeling stuck or lost, especially after this past year with COVID.? In this episode, Thomas and Ammar sit down to discuss this feeling of stagnation, reflecting upon their own experiences and coming to terms with their struggles from the past year and beyond.

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