Richard Meadows: The First Roaman, Optionality


Dec 21 2020 • 1 hr 32 mins

Welcome to the final episode of Season 1!

In this episode, we talk with Richard Meadows, a finance writer, investor, and journalist. After quitting his full-time job at age 25, he has been pursuing his own hobbies and research interests while traveling around the world. He is also the author of Optionality: How to Survive and Thrive in a Volatile World.

Optionality the book lays out the time tested strategy for not only becoming resilient to shocks, but also positioning yourself to profit from an unpredictable world, especially in the world that we are living in right now. I reached out to Richard because I found out something very fascinating about him: he is the first user of Roam Research!

We talked about:

  • Richard's origin story: from a business reporter in New Zealand to quitting his full-time job at 25
  • Making the big trip to India and meeting Conor, becoming the first beta tester of Roam Research
  • How did his workflow improve over time? We look at Richard's writing workflows and hear what is considered a page, what queries are used, nesting decisions and more
  • Optionality: What is it? How can we apply it?
  • How do we prepare for an ambiguous future and volatile world?
  • Why asking yourself 'What's your 10-year plan' is a stupid question
  • How can you use Roam to figure out what options are the best for you?



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