Good People, Cool Things
Good People, Cool Things

Episode 60 · 1 year ago

60: Selfless Help and Eliminating Fear with Noa Shaw

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

After navigating the twists and turns of life, including selling drugs and multiple trips to rehab, 57-year-old Noa Shaw discovered his purpose of helping and being of service to others, using what he calls “selfless help.” He channeled his top lessons and advice into his debut book, Stop Thinking Thoughts That Scare You: A Selfless Help Guide of Practical Tools to Eliminate Fear and Anxiety and Live a Life of Abundance.

We’re diving headfirst into the book, Noa’s life journey — which he dubbed a trip “to hell and back” — and ways we can be kind and selfless to others in our daily lives.

Noa’s got plenty of fascinating stories to share, too, like how he owns a piece of Sixth Street in Austin and how his dogs literally saved his life. Adopt, don’t shop!

Good people cool things as a podcast feature and conversations with entrepreneurs, writers, musicians and other creatives. Get inspired by their stories to do your own cool thing, and here's your host, Joey held. Welcome to good people cool things. Today's guest is Noah Shaw, a certified life coach who, in his own words, has been to hell and back several times, and he's the author of stop thinking thoughts that scare you, a selfless help guide of practical tools to eliminate fear and anxiety and live a life of abundance. We're going to be talking all about Noah's concept of selfless help, what his writing process is like, how that instagram algorithm is so good at predicting everything that we're thinking of and showing us the types of content that we want to see, as well as ways that you can practice self care, why it's so important to be kind with everyone, and a lot more. This is a super inspirational episode, so lots of good stuff within it. If you'd like to get in touch with the show, you can reach out Joey at good people cool thingscom or on facebook, twitter or Instagram at GPCT podcast. You can also support the show via the online merch store. Good people, cool thingscom shop. Get yourself a hat, a Hoodie, a shirt. I don't have a signed jersey from Derek jeter like Noah does, but lots of good stuff in there. We're regardless. So brows that and then sit back and relax for a conversation with Noah. If people don't know who know a Shoz is. Can you give us your elevator pitch, but also, what kind of elevator are we riding on? Writing on the Willy Wonka, well, wonkovator, why not? Rather than long committer? If I get my choice, I want something that goes sideways, go up and down, go underneath, going to our goals. You never know where it's going to go. I'm on the wancovator and I'm a man who has been to hell and back about half a dozen times, and I'm our most recent trip. After I got back from how I realized that I'd put a lot of pain in this world and it was my job, my mission, my mantra on my destiny to spend the rest of my days on this earth helping other people, and I think that's a interesting concept of having that sort of selfless help in there. So can you talk a little more about that, like how you know the turning point of like, okay, now I need to start helping others a little back, just just mild back story. I won't get any like all the dirty details, but you know, I was where where it really resonated with me the most was I was a co game dealer in the s and the S and eight s New York City and I was a big weed dealer in La and the early and I've been twelve rehabs, three suicidal times, contracts out of my life, people physically trying to kill me, people shooting at me, people stepping a me. I've been through a lot of pain and when I came out the last time, I got arrested for drug dealing, for we dealing, and I was facing a long term prison sends, which I didn't have to do because I heard a good lawyer. But I was sitting one day and I just sort of had this like white light moment. I don't know how to explain it wasn't like a white lamb moment, but I came to a realization that was very sudden. I guess in Epiphany would be the word, but that's sort of I don't know if that dilutes to if it's if it's big enough to like it describe like the massive shock in my life when I went and something inside of me just said help people. The only way I would be able to even take a little bit of the pain, a way that I'd put in this world so I could live easily and live more clearly and sort of make amends to the world, was to help people. And the more I helped people, what I realize is that the better I felt. Because when I think about myself, I don't when I think about myself, I don't think very well of myself, like I find a lot of people. When you get in like salt...

...thinking, that inner critic starts really ramping up, like you're no good, you're never going to make anything, you're short, you're fat, you're too skinny, you're too fat, you're too tall, you're too sure, you're never going to meet anybody, you're never going to get that job, that's not gonna work out. Like that dead mind. But I start thinking about me, it doesn't end well. But when I think about you and I'm solely focused on helping you, I'm unable to think about me. I'm to make you. My primary objective is to help you. I feel the same way. It's like your I feel like your your inner. You know self doubt is is a loud voice, but if you can kind of push that aside while you're helping someone else, I think that helps you accomplish more. To now, the term selfless help was born from an observation I made in retrospect. Looking back, and I remember there was a or of you're old enough that they were used to be the place called borders book stores. Oh Yeah, and borders book stores were like everywhere, and I walked into when in La and laying middenman midden, late s and I remember there was a whole section that said selfhelp. And whether I've been in bookstores or not, and maybe I just made you, have been before, but I'd never know it the first time. I like self help like there was a big section. It was like a huge chunk of this really busy store in everybody was there and I think, as a title observationalist, I think I just made up that word. What I noticed is like the people from that era and had these kids now and then the Jack at the millennials and they're like Oh, they're so so, they're so like selfish. All they do is think of themselves. And well, I'm like, well, all you did when they were growing up was read self help books, and all that is is thinking about yourself, thinking about yourself. I'm going to read this book and think about myself. I'm going to think you about read this book, and takes my life by reading a book, to think about myself and think about myself. And they self help, self help, and it's like, and everybody's had self help books, knows they have like forty of them, and they get all my God, you do read that one. No, but you got to read this one to like how much self help can you do? How much focusing, how much more can you focus on yourself? So it created the sort of emotional alchemy in the world where everybody's so focused on themselves they forget about the human condition. I believe if we like, historians will look back and go, you know, psycho psychological historians will look back and be like, well, everybody was really selfish and now in two thousand and twenty, everybody's really divided because all they're thinking of mine and you're wrong, I'm right, I'm wrong, I'm right, you're wrong, and it's all divided because everybody's just thinking about themselves. They're not thinking about the commonality, the humanity between us, which is every time, all the great peaceful indigenous people's of the land. You know, do they fight each other? Yes, but at their heart of their beliefs, you know, and going back to China and Asia and all over the world, when things were peaceful, is when people were like looking for loyalty and brotherhood and love and kindness, and I believe that's what we're meant to be. Absolutely I think you channel some of those thoughts into your book. Stop thinking thoughts that scare you. It's could you give us both both a little behind the scenes speak of what to expect in that book, and also can you take us through your writing process as well? I guess was sort of combine them for both because you know, fear plays a large part in our lives and I know it doesn't mind, and the way it shows up in my life is through procrastination, and procrast procrastination begets lethargy, you know, where I just feel stuck, and that's the term. Are you people, resident, residents of you, you just feel stuck. So it's been. I've had an insane life. I've, you know, I've I was that kid. I was fifteen years old. I was a studio dy four selling cocaine all night and then I would go to home room in high school. You know, like the parallel of the situation. I'm just that situation, like walking into a you know, home room and freshman year of high school with, you know,...

Sixtyzero to cash in the secret pockets of the black overcoat I had. I would wear everywhere and I had this and it got insanely crazy to where people wanted to kill me and I lived that life. That feel like. So for a long time people like you should write a movie. He's right, movie books, remove book, and I would think about it but I wouldn't do anything about it. And then about two years ago I had a friend WHO's a very successful author. Her name is Kara Alwell, at the champagne died and instagram and she's self published nine Amazon best sellers. She was like, Dude, when you're going to write your buck, I'm not going to get it, I'm going to do it. I'm to do it I'm do it. So I sat for about a year and I would have these little like starts and stops. I can't type. I can't type to save my life. I'm literally the hunt and pack. I'm like one key after another. So and I think very quickly and I'm great at talking. I could do this all day. But to actually like and where do you start, like how do you write a fucking where do you start? Sorry, can I swear enough? Okay, sorry, I've got to try not to. But like, but, like, how do you write a book? I don't know. So I would stop and I would start, I would I just I just couldn't get it. You know, girl phone to get frustrated with me. Now, my ex girlfriend, and Carol would be like very loving and be like, dude, what do you need, like what do you help? And then so it all came to a head, like all these little mini rough drafts of like three paragraphs and I was sitting on a dock in a lake last summer, get on a quarantine get away with my with one of my best friends, and I was scrolling through instagram and this add came up and said write a book in thirty days, and I was like, okay, sure, it's a hundred dollars assigned up. And I received an email and it told me, it showed me. This guy showed me how to write a book and you know how to like get it done. You start with this and then do this step. And he would send you an email like once or twice a week and this is your signmon now, and it was really simple and it would you start with the heading and it's it about the format. You would start to break it out. Now, would do the best I could typing it. And then he said they said an email said, okay, now it's the time we've all been waiting for. You can get busy writing, and I was like, I don't want to write, I don't want to cut, like these are all like typing little little sentences and like little, like two or three sentence things that were like creating this outline. And he said, for those of you that are typing challenged, go look online for people who will do a transcript for you and just use your voice and record it and get it transcribed. And I did that and that was the very first rough draft of my book. It's had many iterations and changes and tweaks and stuff, you know, but that was all just polishing and, you know, tightening it up and making it to all and I wanted to be and making in my voice and make it sound less droney than me just reading. So, you know, you have to have to write, but I you know, I think it came out in the end. It's not the longest book in the world. It's really short, it's really simple, it's really easy and it's a really great book to share because I it was something that I've wanted to do forever and I wanted to do it because I wrote the book to help people. I wasn't going to like, Oh, I'm going to sign a million dollar to dance, I'm allow him. Care about the you know, I do. I care about money, of course, I built today. I think I was going to like cant to be rich and famous off of one book. No, but I wrote it with a specific intention of helping people and I getting so many texts and emails and I put my instagram on the book on like get Ahold of me, and I get people who reach out to like and I put my email address on there. There like I've never actually emailed an author before, but your book was so powerful my life and it changes and even friends that I'd give an advanced copies to they were like, Oh my God, I'm doing the exercises in the book. There a bunch of little...

...exercises to start to build up your to silence you in our critic and make you feel better about yourself and really look at your life through a less judgmental and, I'm more loving Lens. That's super quid. Those are the messages that, like, I think you nailed it. Of like, very few of us are going to make millions of dollars writing a book, but those messages that you get are I think, I mean, I guess it depends how you value money, but I think they're they're more rewarding because it's like hey, I've actually made an impact, whereas you know, if money comes in, it's like, oh, people are buying this, but like are they really reading it? I. Is it resonating with them? And I think when you see that impact, that's such a cool thing. And just to go back a little bit to you scrolling instagram and this ad popping up that spoke to you, just talking yesterday with someone about that instagram algorithm is so good now it's just like reading our minds. It's kind of scary, but also like it's helpful. Yeah, it was. It was so funny. I have a backyard with fencing and I have a woman I'm very, very two women I'm very close with. We have like a threeway group text and it's one of the few group texts I actually protectipated because I hate group text messages. And she, she said me, she sent me this little like ad for these like fake ivy fence covers and she's like what do you think about these? I was like, I'm not really not my style. I like the rough wood and about a day when later she texts me, she's like she's like, Oh my God, now all I'm doing is getting ads for the fake wall coverings, like over and over and over again. I'm like that's what happens when you click. Yeah, if you tell them you're even a little bit interested in something, they will bombard you. Yeah, you know what shows? We can say, I gotta get a careful out there. Yeah, it's rough world stuff out the streets, and instagram truly, truly is now one thing you kind of touched on a little bit, is in this concept of self help, selfless help and helping others, but the different types of ways that can look. You know, it's not necessarily like Hey, I'm giving you money or like Hey, I'm, you know, teaching you something. But what are some of the different forms that people can take? If you know they they might not be able to write a book to share with other people, but like what, what other ways can they? Can they serve others, be kind, like the tiniest acts of kindness can have the are just resonance. And you don't know, and I always use this because it seems that it resonates with so many people, is being nice to the people at the coffee shop in the morning, like out of your way Nice, be like they always have a name tag and walk up and me like Hey, bobby, how you doing, Ham or is that how you doing? Like what's going on? And then the person that makes your coffee be like thanks, Stevie, I really appreciate I have a great day. Put a cup, maybe three dollars in the tips are and just be like be that person. That's kindness. Everywhere you go, say hello to people, like if you walk in the building, you're like well, like walking past you see friends or be like hey, how you doing it? There's somebody see every day but you never really acknowledge me like hey, how you doing? Like acts of kindness don't have to be these overwhelming acts kindness if you just start small and then you can grow and then when the opportunity comes, you know, there are things you can do. If you see somebody in their panhandling, like I do this thing called take five. Give five on the tidth of every month where it's about five dollars in my pocket and on the fifth and I encourage you, know my people and follow me Instagram to do the same thing. And you just put that five dollars and just give it to somebody during the day. Even you can drop it on the ground, you know, you could put it in a fucking Tin Bancut, you can tip somebody with it, you can hit you can leave it on your co workers desk and not say anything, like you just go away five dollars. And the crazy thing is is that that this tiny little act that the universe is set up really weird where it reacts,...

...if it overreacts back to us with loving kindness. When we act in loving kindness, the universe like goes, okay, shit, I see you and then swarms you and I all of a sudden you're like, Oh my God, I had and I had when I first started it, I used to put it up and people would like, and I still do, DM me and be like I did that and actually, I know. I walked into work and I gotta I got a five thousand dollar raised right up. This happened and I didn't scratch off lottery and I want as I want twenty. You know, it's like it just it's energy. Energy is real. You. I'Stein said they his religion was energy because it was real. So when we vibrate at that frequency, when we set our intention and then we follow that intention with action, it creates so much beauty in our lives. And it may not be financial. And maybe like you, maybe like Oh my God, you're walking, meant to me, like, Oh my God, I've never seen that woman or man before, like I'm totally attracted to that. Just came into my world and you met somebody, or you met somebody really cool. My Daddy'd be sexual or just something beautiful. Always happens and it just when we act in kindness and allows us to see the world through a different Lens, and it was the universe to see us through a different Lens. We align. Yeah, that's a great note that it doesn't need to be, you know, crazy over the top or anything super complicated, and maybe it even goes back to that initial sort of like self doubt in your mind of like Oh, is is this enough for like well, will this person be like what? You know, why are they saying my name and talking to me? And it's like no, like just push this to the side, like it's the reward is always worthwhile, and even more so, I think, than you're usually expecting, which is awesome. Oh, it's beautiful. It's amazing the life I have. I'm like in my apartment with my dog and I've been a backyard and I'm like, like what did I do? Like, you know, it's like that David Byrne, like this is not my beautiful this is not a beautiful house. There's no a beautiful life, because not my people dog, like like what did how is this life? How did I get here, you know? And yet I'm here, you know, against all odds. You should be dead. That's probably going to even a second book. Already got the tight on, like I like. All right, you're getting it. You getting a preview here on this podcast it. I love getting a scoop. Yeah, you got the scoop. Should be dead. Do you want to give your dog a shoutout as well? My Dog Guy, it's amazing. I am a massive advocate for rescue. Dogs are rescued. My Dog, she was from found. Her and her letter were found in a field and South Carolina and the mother had no food or anything in the dog puppies were emaciated. The mothers emaciated or rescued by this wonderful company called hounds and pounds. And you know, I had two dogs long time ago for fifteen years, fifteen and fourteen years, and I had to put them both down within thirty days. As and my dogs risk. My dog saved me. I was had two big dogs. I had a black lab, golden retriever in a rottwiler shepherd, and I was in a very, very dark place. I was not sober and I was in a really dark place and I watched my dogs there in the front of my house, my apartment in La is a ground floor unit and I went and they were just laying in the sun, laying out the front yard, and I was a long house. They were just asleep. I sort of like quietly walked back to my bedroom and they wouldn't they've never they when they were slapt, they just they were like hold enough. They just slept, you know, they were ten years old. And I sat down to my bed and I put a gun to my head, like I put it up to my head, and out of nowhere my dogs came running down the hallway and the rottweiler jumped on my arm smothering the gun with his body, and the other dog put both of his paws on my far on my chest as they lay, because I was laying back in this plank of the Barrott willers so big. It's a hundred and twenty pounds. And the other dog just started put his paws on my shoulders and my face and started...

...just licking my face and I was bawling, bawling, and they saved my life and they, my dog, saved my life. So I rescue dogs, adopt, don't shop as my powerful message. Yes, yes, I echo that. It's like both both my dogs are rescue dogs too, and it's just like you can't imagine life without them, like they're nope, and every day I'm just like they're doing something eithery're like silly, goofy, just like it's so there's they're too good for us. Humans can talk about it, but dogs, dogs are the only ones that I know that will truly teach me what unconditional love looks like. Absolutely, it's unconditional. It's absolutely it's absolutely pure. It's pure love. Yeah, but I've loved some people in my life and I still love some people, but they still leave know, like a motherfucker. That me off, like, but I still love them. Yeah, you know, but like my dog shows me unconditional love like every single minute of every day. Oh yeah, the amount of time. That's beautiful. I've accidentally like kicked my dog in the face and he's just like right back. Yeah, like, yeah, I'm gonna love you, sorry for getting. So you get yeah, swing that my way. Mind's eight months old. Oh he mindmon's old. So she's always she's always like under my feet and stuff like that. So there's so, yeah, they're amazing, so wonderful, so wonderful. Yes, and one of the other things I want to touch on is something that I think you you also talk about is, and Instagram is a really good example of that, is you'll see, you know, people have the the picture perfect post on instagram where they've, you know, carefully curated like everything we're talking about this before, like your background right now was was for a TV broadcast. So you haven't curated with artwork and as signed Derek Jeter Jersey behind you, and that's what what a lot of instagram can be like to of like hey, here's this like perfect image, and then you know, if you pan two feet to the right, you see just a lot of stuff that you wouldn't put on camera but you've kind of like tailored it on there, and I think that can lead to people comparing themselves to those other people too of like wait a minute, like why is their house looking so amazing? And I look over there's like laundry on the couch and I'm like but they've got everything so put together, which I think can also be kind of a dangerous thing to go down that route. So how can people kind of break from those patterns of comparing themselves to others like that? Well, there's I have a saying, and I think it's in a book of cameras and the first books, second book. It says when I compare, I lose and I compare it, when I compare, lose and when I remember that some because I need things simple, I need simple monitors. I can remember. And I got a great story I'll tell you from two years ago, from two summers ago, obviously not last serm with the sermon before. I was sitting at home and I had a friend WHO's she's super cool friend, great friend, amazing friend, and both are both her little sisters are like massive supermodels and she and her sister and her multimillion dollar father and they're like super fucking rich and her whole family. And but she was with all her sisters and friend, their friends, these beautiful people in Mecan us. And then I had saw like as a scrolling instagram, like it was that summer, like everybody went to me can nose and I'm like just scrolling these pictures of these beautiful dinners and like sunrise, dancing, like music, and I was like everything looks so great. I was like God, why the fuck am I not in me can nose, like why? You know, I want to be in mecan nose. Like they look at the great time that they're having and then like I paused, like after the end of my you know, really feeling bad for myself that I'm not a mecanos partying all hours, and I like started breaking it down. I was like hold up a second, like first of all, I fucking hate I don't do drugs, I hate EDM music. I go to sleep at Zen PM. They're staying up until like seven...

...am. Huh, fucked up on drugs. Like I would have been so annoyed by every moment if I had been in Mecanos. I would have been the grumpy old man being like get off my lawn, turn off the fucking music, shut up up. So it's like when we twist ourselves and we think we want things and we have to remember that they could not. None of its real. INSTAGRAM is not reality and it's like this fucking filters and faces and everything, and it's like, you know, are you curating your life or you curating instagram? or You curating your life? Like I curate my life by bringing good people into it, by bringing people who help my bringing people I can help in do it that's how I curate my life. I don't I don't really have a guess. I have a brand, but it's not intentional. You know, my brand might change. My instagram a while ago and really I really don't put myself up there and when I do Tuck it's no filters, it's just or just go black and white, but it's just me, like I'm not trying to look good and I'm just like I'll just do an IGTV saying like hey, this is what I'm going through, this zound handling it and hope that helps somebody. And it's like, you know, when I compare, I lose, and we just remember that as soon as we start feeling bad about something, go hold on home. I comparing. So then stop and if you want, write a gratitude list, because I'm thinking I'm counting what I don't have and I'm not counting what I do have. I'd say I do. This is a daily practice every morning, because I believe if you lived an attitude of gratitude, it changes everything. It changes the dynamics of your mind when you wake up every morning and you start counting your blessings. I waging tenant and thirty after I've had a coble coffees, I have this little lap called gratitude APP and I just write like six or seven, five to seven things that I'm grateful for, and I find that relieves a lot of that comparison because I got this list of like what I do have in this beautiful, amazing, full life. Yeah, I think just writing a list in general is so helped. gridded. I and and again. I know you said you're not really a great typist. I typing is like my jam, like I love Ti Shit, but for lists, I love writing them down because there's just a special feeling of like if you're crossing off a list or you're checking something off of like doing that physically on a piece of paper, it's just like so fed up. Yeah, so a feeling of accomplishment, exacts, not ones in Jero's, exact like actual and sexual ink and pen and paper. Absolutely absolutely with your brother. I'm with you. And one question I like to ask, probably because it's a little less work for me and I have you do some of the work for me, is I a question you wish you were asked more frequently, and for yours it's how am I feeling. So now, how are you feeling? Feeling good? You know, I've had a had a good day. You know, I was able to a friend meet, an acquaintance, I would call him why? We got along very well when we met. We met last fall and we've kept like sort of instagram in touch, like a little DM here there, a little message here there. He likes something, I like something, and he was he was released from prison two years ago after serving twenty three years wrongful conviction. Wow, and you spend an entire twenty three years fighting this conviction and was finally released and got a massive settlement from the state of New York and now he's got all the fucking money. He can never have ormember one for the rest of his life, but he's miserable. So I was able to get on the phone with him and have a session with him an hour today and I felt good and I went I taught a class, ran home and I was a little late for this podcast, which frustrates me because I'm the early guy with the guy's like ready thirty minutes to an hour before everything. So that threw me off. But I picked up a little dinner. I'm a Sushi place that's attached to my building. That's like walk out my stay and I walk out my friend door and it's it's literally the same address. Now it's good.

It's really unexpectively love me there. Was Given me big pieces. So you know, after we get off the phone, I'm a I'm going to mow down some Sushi and then so my sitting bed with my dog and watch the DV. Fantastic roll. It's good. How are you doing, brother, how are you feeling? I'm feeling good. I'm feeling good. It's been very nice here in Austin weatherwise, after our great winter storm last month, it's been just a lot of Nice spring days. So getting out a little bit and similar sort of thing. After after we're done recording, will I have some dinner, cuddle with my dogs and I catch the end of March madness. My bracket is fully and shambles already. So it's I owed my final. Yeah, my final for is still all together. I've all my phone up for yeah, I think I lost time. I look. I think my final for still the other night, which is crazy, very nice. Yes, that's a that's an accomplished not by I know, Super Weird didn't. Ha did not have oral roberts or a balloon Christian. So you know. But who did? I actually did, only because living in Austin, and I'm sorry, I'll my Austin fans. You're gonna you can hate me for it, but I was just like this just seems like the Game Texas would lose. Like, living in the city, I'm this is the type of game. But it was more like I thought UCLA would win regardless. So it was kind of like a this is just like a shot in the dark type of thing, and then it happened. But man, so I went to college in San Marcos, okay, in one thousand nine hundred and eighty two. For two years I was down there, and so I'm very familiar with Austin. Used to be Austin like five to six nights a week and it was a wild and crazy time because Austin wasn't really like six street. I think it's six street. Six street was the main street. was just starting to get bolt up. Some day. I'll tell you an email this grime because I just saw the crazy fuckings. Why not? Why don't tell? So I was living in San Marco's and I was dealing cocaine on this big load, big loads of cocaine from Miami to me and Zam Marcos, and then I was distributing up to Dallas. And so I had these I was and I all other and Houston. I had people going to Houston and all all across Texas I had people traveling cocaine and selling my cocaine and I was making a lot of money cash and I have an ability to spend money that's on parallel. The more I make, the faster I can spend it. And at one point I had like this closet, this big fucking closets apartment I was living in and it was filled with boxes, like just boxes of cash. You know, I was still trying to figure out like I was going to make this one move. I was going to get a moving truck and like take it all to New York and offloaded and bury it, hide it and banks and safety deposit boxes and stuff like that. That eventually didn't work out, but one boy one night and a friend called me was like Hey, I got these guys with an interesting business opportunity. Are you interested? I was like sure, I'm aways interested, like investing and things like that. You know, and he brought over these two guys and they started telling me like listen, we think that six streets going to be a really big deal. And this was one thousand nine hundred and eighty three, so it's really before it really started happening. And we really think six streets going to be a we have plans for like a restaurant and a bar, one with one of our live music and across the street when open a restaurant and you know, we're looking for investors. And I was like sure, and I gave them three large boxes of cash and this is my deal. I was like pay me back when you can, but every me and everybody I'm with eats and drinks for free forever. They were like deal. I was fucked up and I proceeded to get more fucked up that night and to this day I have no idea of those people were. They've got probably half a million dollars for me and I have no idea. So I invested in six street unknowingly and to this day I have no idea who they were, where they went, and they probably owe me about twenty five million...

...dollars this point. They're probably like that guy is crazy and I'm like, yeah, you have no idea how fucking crazy am. So I love Austin. I Great Fond Memories of how I'm glad I could help be a tiny little part of building up Austin. Yeah, you, you helped laid the foundation. Even I wonder what that what that money went towards? I mean probably just some of the some of the places on there, but it would be every cool and don't like me. One Thousand Nineteen Eighty makes eighty three five hundred thousand dollars of the rat in place and Antil that was a lot of money. Yeah, especially in a place that wasn't expensive. About the MMM five hundred thousand dollars in nineteen eighty three Texas could buy you real estate, like you've build Ryan a building, probably, I don't know. You know, like it wasn't there was like, you know, it's like if you got him psych if you got a I live in you know, I live in Brooklyn. If you got a Williamsburg years ago, twenty five years ago, you made killings. You know. So who knows? Do bless I'm alive. Yes, yes, that's the most important thing and you're almost off the hook here. But we always like to wrap up with the top three and with yours. I'm excited for this. Your top three musical artists. I'm not going to go top three best, but I'm going to say the ones that speak to me the most. So I would say beetles goes. That was the first album. Abbey road is the first album that I ever learned as a child how to like flip over and like play each side and the second to B side of Abbey Road, the medley, still is one of my favorite piece of music ever, and anything by the Beatles. Number two would be led Zeppelin, because I've led a crazy life I have. I have spent time and hung out with all three living members of led ZEPPA. My quality time like quality time without like, not like in a group like a hundred and found fifty people like me and page and plant that I met when I was working for Aerosmith. So me, Steve Tyler and Joe Berry and ninety seven went to go see page plant and five of US sat down backstage before the show. So it's me, Arrowsmith and let Zeppelin and I'm like and they're like so no, it tells about yourself, like all things going through my head was that sews me street. So I'm like, one of these things is not like the other, one of these things does not belong. That would be my to my to top. My third is a band that just really speaks to me a lot, and that's Pearl Jam. And I could mean you twenty more man's but just like a band that really speaks to me, there's just a bunch of songs that speak to my heart and speaks to my soul. Big Wave given a fly, you know, like songs like that that I'm just black. You know, their songs that just resonate with me melodically and verbally, and the words they use, the way they speak lyrically. I'm sorry, that's the word I'm looking for. They just speak to my soul, speak to my heart. What are your top three? Oh Man, I feel like this changes all the time. I did want to note the one time I've gone to ACL Austin city limits, Pearl Jam was the headlining act and even I know in festival settings it sometimes harder to put on a good show just because it's you know not that's not the right environment for show a lot of times, but I thought they crush it. Yeah, they were fantastics crush. Yeah, and it was like, you know, I had already been in the Sun for like twelve hours that day and I was so just like Oh man, like they're they're bringing it, they're keeping me under drezzed. It was good stuff, man. But again, I feel like this change is all the time. So I think I think similar to you. With the Beatles, the beach boys, their best of made in USA album is the first album I remember listening to and just had yet lots of fund memories of it. The...

...harmonizing, the the song arrangements are all just fantastic. I'll throw the offspring in there, since they're coming out with a new album in a few weeks. Wow, that's the first album I ever bought with my own money. Was exnay on the ohmbree several years after it had come out. I had already, like my sister, had one of their other CDs and I was like I want to buy a CD two, and so that's a yeah, just been a band that. I think they do a pretty good mix of serious and kind of goofy songs and I think they're very tongue in cheek and their lead singer is a molecular biologist and a pilot and has his own hot sauce. So it's like a good mix of stuff. And then, man, this third one is always let's go. I feel like I should go somewhere kind of in the middle of but I guess maybe maybe a newer artist or something. But you know, I'll say the gasline anthem, which is just also they actually also played at that ACL event. So I guess maybe I'm just, I'm just that's on the mind. But yeah, that's just the same type of like the writing is just so, so good and I think there's there's definitely like a few songs where I'm like this is kind of Cliche, but then there's somewhere I'm just like, man, you feel the pain of this song, like of the protagonist in this and it's just a really a lot of the songs are really catchy to and that's some great guitar work and Drummond and all that. Number number four would, for me, would be the great it would be the biggest crushing blow of two thousand and twenty. Was Rage against machine. We're going to get back together. MMM. And I was supposed to see them three out of five nights in Medicine Square. Oh No, they're they're a band that, like I have, there's a visceral reaction in my body when I play rage against machine that they are so powerful and so epic. Yeah, and I couldn't. I waited ten years. That reunion to her and I was like no, not this Yeng. I've waited forever. They wouldn't lay together, they wouldn't lay the other's on open and twenty one. They come back or to something. Yes, look, they have to write like they can, and they can. He's a fucking not day. Yeah, they owe me. Yeah, the amount of shows that got canceled last year that I hoping come back, but it's another that's another podcast. Will be great. That's podcast awesome. Will know if people want to learn more about you, want to check out your book or Soonto Be Second Book. We got the scoop on it. A TBD released. Should be dead. Yeah, should be dead. Be Dead. We're coming. Should be dead. They can find me on instagram at Noah Shaw Twenty Six. It's NOA SAJW it did no h on that Noah shot at maccom. If you just want to email me directly, you can also just instagram me at Dm if you want to buy my book. It's on Amazon. It's called stop thinking thoughts that scare you, and also there's a link in my bio on instagram. It's available everywhere. Hopefully you know one spandemic. I want to like, I want to reach out to like local bookstores and stuff like that and really start supporting so hopefully by at some point I'll be in bookstore. So but grab it leave a review. Yes, thank you. Good stuff. Thank you for having me. I'll brother appreciated so much. Thanks is great. Thanks so much. I always always a fun time chatting and lots of good stuff on this one. Great and of course I got to I got to wrap up with a corny jokes, as we often do. What's some motivational speakers most common blood type? What be positive? Good you've got. Are you a dad? Are You because you got the Dad Jokes? I'm not, but I've been told that you're. You're run dad, you're read, you're dog. That's right, you got the Dad. You got it. I got I have what I call him to do seven. So I tell you all, they like Your Dad Bot. I'm like no, I have a Granddad Bot. I'm old enough to be a grandfather, so let's just be real about that. Love it.

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