google-site-verification=uZlspQRefD4f95_h-NppsRGkeRFZPxFg1QTGSaATuWA Deception - The WizeGuys

Episode 23

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29th Apr 2021


This episode is kind of going right for your solar plexus. Deception. Uh huh. Taking a long hard look in the mirror and wrestling with how we are not only deceived by the world, but how we are really good at deceiving ourselves. Several of our latest Mystic MacNuggets speak to this. Wonder how many of our roguers we lost already, Stu. Buck up gang and hang with us.

And, as always, our conversation will be roguish, as we weave in our core values and, as I said, we’ll deep dive into some mystic MacNuggets. Let’s unleash it…

Hey Stu…

 “Namaste, all of you beautifully, exotic cocktails…

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 THE SETUP-Deception. What is it, what are the sources of it, how can we do it a little bit better? Misplaced trust.

The World

  • Media
  • Advertising
  • Religion
  • Politics


  • Those with hidden agendas
  • Power struggles
  • Workplace
  • Close relationships & friendships

Ourselves-This is the “root”. If we get this right, then we lessen (not eliminate) the possibility of being deceived.

  • Maintain our biases out of fear. Fear of change. Fear that there is a different truth.
  • Lack of good judgement
  • As an escape route.
  • Hear what we want to hear. We lie to ourselves and often don’t even realize it.
  • Can we trust our heart/emotions/passions?
  • Laziness. We convince ourselves that we can’t change, simply don’t want to.


  • Cultivating discernment
  • Extrinsic
  • Intrinsic
  • Your tribe of 5. Give them permission to call you out and speak the truth.
  • Examine your motives. Ask the “whys”.
  • Stop taking constructive criticism as a personal attack.
  • Stop trying to convince everyone that you’re right.
  • Quit doubting yourself. Cultivate wisdom so you can trust your instincts and feelings.

Mystic MacNuggets to consider:·        

  • If everyone is thinking the same thing, then someone isn’t thinking.
  • Some things are just unimagineable. Be thankful that our hubris has limits.
  • Supersize your idea of truth
  • Even if you can’t set it right…see it right.
  • Diligence has an impish twin..avoidance. Dress them differently.
  • Trust yourself enough to break your own rules.-Tama Kieves
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About the Podcast

The WizeGuys
Going rogue in pursuit of wisdom.
A cosmic exhale—it’s what we all yearn for. Mac and Stu are a couple of WizeGuys with decades of experience in navigating the nuances of life as entrepreneurs, family men, coaches, mentors, facilitators, thought leaders, masters of relationship, and contemplative mystics. Join with them as they apply an eclectic approach to life, centered around the concept of cultivating wisdom. They will help you build discernment through the art of asking the “whys”, and by showing that going rogue is the only way to break free of the biases that keep us from doing it just a little bit better.

They realize that what got us here is not going to get us there. Take a journey with them where you’ll experience ah-ha moments stimulated by their conversation that’s filled with wit, candor, vulnerability, and always seasoned with right amount of the mysterious. We’re all exotic cocktails, and learning to celebrate our wonderful uniqueness as we build oneness is the perfect recipe for crafting a better world for everyone.

Mac is The Maverick and Stu is The Maestro. Blending those perspectives in an almost magical way to get after it and call it out will show you how together is better. They’ll use the events of the day to practically apply a roguish blend of modern perspective and timeless wisdom sagacity. Seeking clarity over certainty changes everything. You want some of that? Then relax, enjoy, and engage. Oh...and make sure that you strap in…

About your hosts

Larry (Mac) McDonald

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Mac's the Maverick. He's well known for blurring the edges and going into the grey. On top of being an entrepreneur, he's a speaker, thought leader, avid hiker, Papa, and passionate community volunteer. Not one to follow the "heard", be prepared for him to call it as he sees it as well as applying just a hint of the mystical to keep you guessing. Strap in...
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John (Stu) Stulak

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Stu’s the Maestro. Not only is he a family man, software company owner, and wrestling coach, but he has a natural ability to expertly orchestrate everything he does, from relationship building to coaching to group dynamics. And let's not forget that he'll keep Mac from straying too far afield as he applies a nuanced touch to the conversation. You'll love him...
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