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Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

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Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

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#756: Anne Lamott and Josh Waitzkin

7/19/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #522 "Anne Lamott on Taming Your Inner Critic, Finding Grace, and Prayer" and #148: "Josh Waitzkin, The Prodigy Returns" Please enjoy! Sponsors: Momentous high-quality supplements: https://livemomentous.com/tim (code TIM for 20% off) Helix Sleep premium mattresses: https://HelixSleep.com/Tim (25–30% off all mattress orders and two free pillows) Shopify global commerce platform, providing tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business: https://shopify.com/tim (one-dollar-per-month trial period) Timestamps: [04:49] Notes about this supercombo format. [05:51] Enter Anne Lamott. [06:21] What is it about Bird by Bird that has affected so many people so deeply? [07:18] Where the title of Bird by Bird originated. [09:40] How Neal Allen helps people tame (but not discard) their inner critic. [10:45] Who controls the dial when you're tuned in to KFKD radio? [11:51] How Anne recommends I pursue my fiction writing aspirations. [12:37] The pros and cons of Anne's upbringing. [19:08] What does being "spiritually fit" mean to Anne? [24:40] How radical self-care became an imperative for Anne. [32:25] The dark night that turned Anne's son Sam's life around. [38:10] Enter Josh Waitzkin. [38:43] On Dreaming Yourself Awake by B. Alan Wallace and Brian Hodel. [39:58] Casual exercise. [40:52] Josh's terrifying experience with the Wim Hof method. [45:52] How Josh uses "flow" as therapy. [48:19] Initiating a flow state. [50:45] Cognitive biases and armchair professors. [55:07] Developing high-level sensitivity and listening to your senses. [57:53] Strategies for on-boarding newcomers to mindfulness training. [1:02:40] Paddlesurfers in peril. [1:03:36] Embracing the funk. [1:06:03] On parenting. [1:15:07] Fixed perspectives and growth mindsets. [1:17:34] On training somatic sensitivity. [1:22:06] On mitigating the dangers of a fixed identity. [1:24:32] Marcelo Garcia and the principle of cultivating quality as a way of life. [1:30:19] Quality and presence in parenthood. [1:33:42] The fire-walking process. [1:40:11] Translating techniques learned from martial arts to less obvious activities (like investing). [1:42:19] Building slack into the system. [1:46:17] Scarcity in the learning process. [1:54:27] Josh's daily journaling process. [1:56:25] Thematic interconnectedness in the context of education. [2:04:08] The Art of Learning Project. [2:05:59] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric Schmidt, Michael Lewis, Joe Gebbia, Michael Pollan, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Vince...

Duration:02:17:52

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#755: Hugh Jackman and Esther Perel

7/17/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #444 "Hugh Jackman on Best Decisions, Daily Routines, The 85% Rule, Favorite Exercises, Mind Training, and Much More" and #241 "The Relationship Episode: Sex, Love, Polyamory, Marriage, and More (with Esther Perel)." Please enjoy! Sponsors: ExpressVPN high-speed, secure, and anonymous VPN service: https://www.expressvpn.com/tim (Get 3 extra months free with a 12-month plan) Momentous high-quality supplements: https://livemomentous.com/tim (code TIM for 20% off) Wealthfront high-yield cash account: https://Wealthfront.com/Tim (Start earning 5.00% APY on your short-term cash until you’re ready to invest. And when you open an account today, you can get an extra fifty-dollar bonus with a deposit of five hundred dollars or more.) Terms apply. Timestamps: [05:46] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:49] Enter Hugh Jackman. [07:22] What books has Hugh gifted most? [10:35] Hugh's meditation practices. [14:07] Summoning and maintaining the emotional and physical energy necessary for performing. [19:59] What lessons did Hugh's father teach him about being an example to others? [25:32] The contract Hugh made with himself at the end of drama school. [29:13] Best decisions Hugh made in the first years of being an aspiring/working actor. [34:23] How has Hugh learned to trust his intuition? [37:07] The design of the day and the efficacy of manifestation. [39:38] The most efficient exercises Hugh knows. [40:53] The importance of incorporating relaxation into physical activity (the 85% rule). [44:17] Enter Esther Perel. [44:41] Esther's background. [46:11] Growing up among Holocaust survivors in Antwerp. [53:45] Her parents' survival: chance vs. choice. [1:02:27] Trust or vulnerability: which comes first? [1:04:24] Impermanence as motivation for living fully. [1:06:24] Esther on being counterphobic. [1:09:35] Studying in Jerusalem. [1:14:02] Seeking and approaching mentors. [1:22:39] Eroticism as an antidote to death. [1:26:04] Options for couples with sexual listlessness. [1:33:04] Too much honesty in relationships? American vs. European views. [1:39:07] Complete sharing vs. caring in relationships. [1:40:16] Guiding patients through infidelity disclosure. [1:45:29] Overcoming fear of abandonment in non-exclusive relationships. [1:52:23] Quarterly relationship report cards. [1:53:54] "Don't ask, don't tell" in polyamorous relationships. [1:55:46] Innovation and flexibility over rigid ideology in relationships. [1:58:43] Relationships as power dynamics. [2:02:20] The research process for Esther's book on adultery. [2:08:36] Arguments for marriage today. [2:13:47] Divorce rates in second marriages. [2:15:13] Marriage's effect on relationship behavior. [2:17:54] Human questions explored through infidelity in Esther's book. [2:21:48] Books Esther frequently gifts and rereads. [2:22:42] Esther's billboard. [2:23:15] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry...

Duration:02:33:02

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#754: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ann Miura-Ko

7/12/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #60 "Arnold Schwarzenegger on Psychological Warfare" and #331 "Ann Miura-Ko — The Path from Shyness to World-Class Debater and Investor." Please enjoy! Sponsors: AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://DrinkAG1.com/Tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D (and 5 free AG1 travel packs) with your first subscription purchase.) Eight Sleep’s Pod 4 Ultra sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating: https://eightsleep.com/tim (save $350 on the Pod 4 Ultra) Shopify global commerce platform, providing tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business: https://shopify.com/tim (one-dollar-per-month trial period) Timestamps: [04:08] Notes about this supercombo format. [05:11] Enter Arnold Schwarzenegger. [05:45] Where did Arnold develop his cast iron confidence? [09:15] Mastering the psychological warfare of bodybuilding. [13:58] Transferring this skill set to Hollywood. [17:13] On making millions before becoming a movie star. [19:48] Playing good bricklayer/bad bricklayer with Franco Columbu. [24:41] How Twins came together. [29:14] Meditation as one of many answers. [35:47] Enter Ann-Miura Ko. [36:14] Ann's childhood shyness. [38:14] The Japanese phrase Ann used as a hostile kid in Michigan. [40:20] How Ann overcame introversion. [43:13] Ann's first solo stage speech. [44:22] Why Ann continued with speech and debate. [45:17] Ann's love for competition. [46:54] Ann's extreme efforts for pizza. [48:57] The catalyst for Ann's debate improvement. [53:01] Debate competition format. [56:56] Ann's recommended resources for improving debate skills. [59:56] Observations on modern debate in politics and family. [1:02:01] The most important lesson from Ann's debating years. [1:04:50] Differences between debate and negotiation. [1:06:53] Ann's father's journey to America and favorite phrase. [1:10:29] Ann's world-class effort in menial job tasks. [1:13:15] How a Yale tour led to shadowing a CEO. [1:18:36] Ann's first job experience. [1:20:20] Ann's favorite office supplies. [1:21:32] Ann's cherished personal artifacts. [1:23:06] Ann's experience teaching Mayfield Fellows at Stanford. [1:24:42] A reading list and plans for Ann's Stanford startup class. [1:28:05] Spotting artificial inflation in startup valuations. [1:31:29] Why Ann changed her career path from medicine. [1:34:45] What Ann knew about herself that her parents and test scores didn't. [1:38:55] Ann's entry into venture capital and startup investing. [1:39:29] An encounter with Steve Jobs. [1:40:40] A job offer based on shared interests. [1:44:40] Ann's experience at CRV during 9/11. [1:47:55] The most expensive words in investing. [1:48:16] First principles thinking and common leadership decisions. [1:50:52] Winning strategy vs. strategy not to lose. [1:51:59] Manifestations of hedging as a defensive strategy. [1:53:46] The importance of focusing on your own race. [1:55:47] A need for aggressiveness to win. [1:56:38] How Ann met Mike Maples, Jr. [1:59:26] Ann's PhD plans and shift to working with Mike. [2:02:12] Ann's reaction to Mike's unusual proposition. [2:06:40] Ann's hectic first year at Floodgate. [2:08:41] Ann's real first name. [2:09:21] Ann's struggles and coping mechanisms. [2:14:56] Ann's superpowers. [2:18:44] Thunder lizards and Ann's pursuit of them. [2:20:20] Ann's view on AI and machine learning's impact. [2:23:11] Philosophy exercises and real-world applications. [2:24:50] Aligning collective and self-interests in problem-solving. [2:27:08] Books Ann has gifted or reread most. [2:29:09] A recent, game-changing purchase under $100. [2:30:28] Ann's...

Duration:02:41:28

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#753: Derek Sivers and Kevin Kelly

7/10/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode "Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying No to Millions" and "Interview of Kevin Kelly, Co-Founder of WIRED, Polymath, Most Interesting Man In The World?" Please enjoy! Sponsors: Wealthfront high-yield cash account: https://Wealthfront.com/Tim (Start earning 5.00% APY on your short-term cash until you’re ready to invest. And when you open an account today, you can get an extra fifty-dollar bonus with a deposit of five hundred dollars or more.) Terms apply. Helix Sleep premium mattresses: https://HelixSleep.com/Tim (25–30% off all mattress orders and two free pillows) AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://DrinkAG1.com/Tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D (and 5 free AG1 travel packs) with your first subscription purchase.) Timestamps: [05:47] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:50] Enter Derek Sivers. [07:20] From pig show busker to circus ringleader. [10:42] Derek's framework for developing confidence. [13:05] "The standard pace is for chumps." [18:51] Relaxing for the same result. [24:01] The origins of "HELL YEAH! or no." [26:25] "Busy" implies a life out of control. [28:03] What inspired the automation of CD Baby? [33:22] Derek's billboard. [34:32] Good advice at any age: "Don't be a donkey." [40:24] Enter Kevin Kelly. [41:02] Kevin's biggest regret. [43:13] Finding contentment in minimalism and "voluntary simplicity" without starving to death. [50:33] Kevin's epiphany when he embraced writing as a late bloomer. [56:40] Why Kevin promised himself he would never resort to teaching English while traveling abroad. [59:07] Finding purpose through resilience and the creator's dilemma. [1:06:50] Why the appeal of being a billionaire is overrated. [1:11:05] Middle-aged optimization. [1:15:28] Realizations following a "six months until death" challenge. [1:20:08] Kevin's Kickstarter-funded project linking angels and robots. [1:22:41] Why a self-proclaimed ex-hippie waited until his 50th birthday to try LSD for the first time. [1:28:43] Why a population implosion is probable in the next 100 years. [1:36:05] The greatest gift you can give to your child. [1:38:21] The criteria for Amish technology assimilation. [1:45:03] What technology-free sabbaticals can do for you. [1:48:53] Long Now Foundation's vision of a better civilization. [1:53:33] The graphic novel teaching young people how to become indispensable. [1:54:52] An antidote to misguided "follow your passion" advice. [1:56:44] Kevin's favorite fiction book. [1:59:15] The resource Kevin compiled for documentary lovers. [2:02:47] A name Kevin considers synonymous with "success" (and why success is overrated). [2:05:46] What Kevin would change about himself. [2:07:59] Daily rituals. [2:10:44] How Kevin accumulated enough books to fill a two-story library. [2:15:19] How Adam Savage from MythBusters transformed Kevin's method of organization. [2:17:14] The project everyone should undertake at least once in life. [2:19:30] Does discovery equal invention? [2:20:12] Kevin's advice to his younger self. [2:23:16] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The...

Duration:02:32:53

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#752: Terry Crews and Richard Koch

7/4/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #287 "Terry Crews — How to Have, Do, and Be All You Want" and episode #466 "Richard Koch on Mastering the 80/20 Principle, Achieving Unreasonable Success, and the Art of Gambling" Please enjoy! Sponsors: LMNT electrolyte supplement: https://drinklmnt.com/Tim (free LMNT sample pack with any drink mix purchase) Momentous high-quality supplements: https://livemomentous.com/tim (code TIM for 20% off) Eight Sleep’s Pod 4 Ultra sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating: https://eightsleep.com/tim (save $350 on the Pod 4 Ultra) Timestamps: [04:48] Notes about this supercombo format. [05:52] Enter Terry Crews. [06:17] Terry's art background and growing up in Flint, Michigan. [15:35] A favorite failure. [22:40] Two ways of confronting an abusive father. [30:41] Terry reflects on his favorite Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. [34:20] How Terry coped with imposter syndrome on his first movie set — with Arnold Schwarzenegger. [39:17] Enter Richard Koch. [39:40] Richard's non-story story about wines, spirits, and chat shows. [41:16] Exception to my "no book quotes" policy for Richard. [42:10] Secrets revealed in Oxford's Bodleian Libraries. [47:32] Richard's peculiar talent and its discovery. [50:17] Richard's investing success despite weak numeracy: the star principle. [59:48] Richard's $1.5 million investment decision. [1:03:41] Business "segmentation" in The Star Principle. [1:06:40] Principles governing Richard's portfolio. [1:09:07] Richard's firing from BCG and meeting Bill Bain. [1:19:03] The growth share matrix (Boston box) explained. [1:22:50] What Bain and Company appreciated about Richard. [1:36:07] Results of early partner-like behavior at Bain. [1:40:00] Key takeaways from Perspectives on Strategy and other recommended books. [1:44:06] Richard's preference for principles over knowledge and The 80/20 Principle's origin. [1:57:58] Richard's happiness and time/energy allocation. [2:01:16] Comparing journaling styles. [2:07:24] Adventurers vs. controllers: who has more fun? [2:10:36] Inspiration for Unreasonable Success and How to Achieve It. [2:17:50] Richard's definition of success and nine landmarks of unreasonably successful people. [2:20:56] Landmark one: self-belief. [2:23:40] Landmark two: Olympian expectations. [2:24:34] Landmark three: transforming experiences. [2:32:52] Landmark four: one breakthrough achievement. [2:35:36] Landmark five: make your own trail. [2:35:50] Landmark six: find and drive your personal vehicle. [2:45:24] Landmark seven: thrive on setbacks. [2:47:54] Landmark eight: acquire unique intuition. [2:48:15] Landmark nine: distort reality. [2:48:56] How landmarks reinforce each other. [2:51:24] Nelson Mandela's unique intuition during imprisonment. [2:58:31] Richard's annual question instead of new year's resolutions. [3:01:44] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell,...

Duration:03:08:23

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#751: Elizabeth Gilbert and Jack Kornfield

7/2/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #430 "Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creative Path: Saying No, Trusting Your Intuition, Index Cards, Integrity Checks, Grief, Awe, and Much More" and episode #300 "Jack Kornfield — Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy in the Present" Please enjoy! Sponsors: AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://drinkag1.com/tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D (and 5 free AG1 travel packs) with your first subscription purchase.) Helix Sleep premium mattresses: https://helixsleep.com/tim (25–30% off all mattress orders and two free pillows) LMNT electrolyte supplement: https://drinklmnt.com/Tim (free LMNT sample pack with any drink mix purchase) Timestamps: [05:36] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:38] Enter Elizabeth Gilbert. [07:04] Liz shares who Rayya Elias was and how she's remembered her in story at The Moth. [14:53] What kind of stories and storytellers make Liz break out in applause? [21:05] What has Liz learned from Martha Beck? [23:49] Staying true to one's inner compass and saying "No" without remorse. [27:03] The simple "No" via Byron Katie. [33:07] The wisdom of the body. [36:56] Enter Jack Kornfield. [37:24] Jack's connection with hang gliding and paragliding. [40:06] Jack's childhood, abusive father, and role as family peacemaker. [45:12] "If you're going to be angry, do it right." [47:48] Jack's transition from pre-med to Asian studies at Dartmouth. [49:28] From hippie to Buddhist monk. [50:57] Psychedelics' influence on Jack's spiritual path and current stance. [59:53] Meeting Stanislav Grof. [1:03:32] Finding and studying under Ajahn Chah. [1:05:59] Rookie monk training in Thailand and enduring suffering. [1:13:49] Long silence periods and out-of-body experiences. [1:16:37] Mystical experiences aren't always pleasant. [1:19:15] Tim's experience at Spirit Rock. [1:20:10] Challenges during training in Thailand and Burma. [1:24:47] "Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed..." [1:29:55] Advice for deep inner work with real-life responsibilities. [1:42:04] Compassion vs. empathy. [1:46:19] Technology's role in developing compassion. [1:47:26] Lovingkindness meditation for Westerners. [1:56:04] Attending the first White House Buddhist Leadership Conference. [1:57:59] The mission of CASEL. [1:59:18] Introducing mindfulness practice and love as a superpower. [2:10:11] Returning to self-discovery after derailment. [2:15:57] Apparent derailment as necessary communication. [2:19:17] Self-talk for managing inappropriate anger. [2:37:21] Returning to the US to study clinical psychology. [2:42:50] Using forgiveness to help veterans and at-risk youth. [2:45:30] Why community support beats community apathy. [2:49:23] Lack of significant initiation rituals in modern society. [2:53:10] Recommended book for newcomers to Jack's work. [2:57:48] Jack's billboard. [2:59:02] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm...

Duration:03:08:14

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#750: Neil Gaiman and Debbie Millman

6/27/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #366 "Neil Gaiman — The Interview I've Waited 20 Years to Do" and episode #214 "How to Design a Life — Debbie Millman." Please enjoy! Sponsors: AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://drinkag1.com/tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D (and 5 free AG1 travel packs) with your first subscription purchase.) Eight Sleep’s Pod 4 Ultra sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating: https://eightsleep.com/tim (save $350 on the Pod 4 Ultra) LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with 1B+ users: https://linkedin.com/tim (post your job for free) Timestamps: [05:11] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:14] Enter Neil Gaiman. [06:44] What Ian Fleming taught Neil about writing — even when he doesn't want to. [09:56] Neil's biggest rule for writing. [12:41] Neil's process for writing first drafts. [14:30] What Neil aims to accomplish with his second drafts. [14:40] Something Neil noticed when he first started writing and editing with the use of computers. [17:27] Notebooks Neil prefers for writing first drafts. [21:56] Fountain pens Neil has known and loved. [22:57] How Neil's default writing time has changed over the years. [24:56] The value of the Groundhog Day routine. [26:24] Today's methods may not be tomorrow's. [27:53] Lessons learned from Terry Pratchett. [29:22] Parting thoughts and gratitude. [31:21] Enter Debbie Millman. [31:45] How Debbie describes her diverse background to new acquaintances. [33:38] A childhood drawing predicting Debbie's future. [37:54] Debbie's unintentional path to becoming a designer. [45:41] Overcoming initial rejection. [50:04] Debbie's advice to her college self after that first major rejection. [54:25] Empathy vs. feeling slighted by those who reject us. [59:28] Manhattan's influence on Debbie's pursuit of happiness and career. [1:06:42] Debbie's abuse history and its impact on her self-sufficiency and charitable work. [1:12:41] Coping with abuse aftermath and feelings of isolation. [1:18:40] Debbie's experience being called a "corporate clown" and "she-devil." [1:37:00] From lowest point to godmother: a transformative journey. [1:37:38] The world-changing potential of brochures. [1:43:14] The Design Matters podcast: origins and evolution over 12 years. [1:46:46] Milton Glaser's impact on design and Debbie's life. [1:52:16] The "10-Year Plan for a Remarkable Life" exercise. [1:57:51] The nature of hard decisions. [2:07:07] Recommended Design Matters episodes for design novices. [2:07:55] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric...

Duration:02:14:01

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#749: Michael Lewis and Martine Rothblatt

6/25/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #427 "Michael Lewis — Inside the Mind of the Iconic Writer" and episode #487 "Dr. Martine Rothblatt — A Masterclass on Asking Better Questions and Peering Into the Future." Please enjoy! Sponsors: Shopify global commerce platform, providing tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business: https://shopify.com/tim (one-dollar-per-month trial period) AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://drinkag1.com/tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D [and 5 free AG1 travel packs] with your first subscription purchase.) Eight Sleep’s Pod 4 Ultra sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating: https://eightsleep.com/tim (save $350 on the Pod 4 Ultra) Timestamps: [04:13] Notes about this supercombo format. [05:16] Enter Michael Lewis. [05:54] Why Michael quit his well-paid job to become a full-time author. [12:58] Liar’s Poker is a cautionary tale, not a how-to book. [15:16] On ambition and the metrics of success. [18:31] Maximizing self-satisfaction, optimizing the writing process, and learning to sing. [20:51] The value of having an impolite editor on your side. [23:52] On the merits of productive laziness. [28:13] How Michael determines if a project should proceed. [29:51] Michael's billboard. [32:45] Enter Martine Rothblatt. [33:14] Martine's appreciation for Alan Watts' book on human identity. [35:34] Martine's thoughts on AI-human coexistence in the movie Her. [36:31] BINA48 and realistic human simulations in media. [39:53] Martine's role models and inspirations. [41:20] When Martine started a biotech company to save her daughter's life. [52:44] Glaxo Wellcome's misconceptions about Martine's successful drug. [56:17] Martine's interest in satellite communication systems. [1:00:33] Promoting scientific literacy and curiosity. [1:05:20] Questioning authority and Martine's transgender journey. [1:10:28] Martine's non-binary gender identity. [1:12:34] Key decisions in Martine's transition. [1:13:28] The need for genetic information protection laws. [1:16:00] South American population and organ transplant research. [1:21:42] Vagus nerve manipulation for various therapies. [1:31:25] Martine's Alzheimer's cognitive enabler patent. [1:38:17] The Rothblatt family's "love nights" tradition. [1:43:54] The possibility of machines experiencing love. [1:49:20] Ethical considerations for future technology. [1:52:44] Current practices future generations might view as barbaric. [1:57:42] United Therapeutics' zero-carbon-footprint headquarters. [2:00:32] Refurbishing unusable lungs to save lives. [2:04:45] United Therapeutics' focus on long-term COVID-19 effects. [2:07:26] Martine's billboard. [2:08:27] Advice for finding positivity in life. [2:11:48] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward...

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#748: Pavel Tsatsouline and Christopher Sommer

6/20/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #55 "Pavel Tsatsouline on the Science of Strength and the Art of Physical Performance" and episode #158 "The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training." Please enjoy! Sponsors: Helix Sleep premium mattresses: https://helixsleep.com/tim (25–30% off all mattress orders and two free pillows) 1Password easy-to-use and secure password manager for individuals, families, and businesses: https://1password.com/tim (14-day free trial) Momentous high-quality supplements: https://livemomentous.com/tim (code TIM for 20% off) Timestamps: [05:10] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:14] Enter Pavel Tsatsouline. [06:34] Pavel's background as a world-class trainer. [07:07] Considerations while customizing a training regimen. [09:40] Strength-building principles over equipment. [10:36] When in doubt, train your grip and your core. [12:57] How to grease the groove. [16:08] How not to strengthen the "core." [18:53] Approaching training as a practice. [21:16] Prioritizing strength — the "mother quality of all physical qualities." [23:57] The most counter-productive myths about strength training. [27:14] Pavel's hypothesis for the science behind hypertrophy. [28:01] Deadlifts, kettlebells, and the most common mistakes with both. [29:31] People who exemplify success to Pavel. [30:09] Calmness is contagious. [32:31] Enter Christopher Sommer. [33:23] Defining Gymnastics Strength Training™ (GST). [37:08] Types of strength that most non-gymnasts will not have. [41:10] Biggest mistakes made by those who self-teach handstands. [46:10] Top exercises for identifying weaknesses in strength and mobility. [56:47] The problem with focusing on muscular fatigue when training. [1:05:03] What is a pike pulse and why does it matter? [1:07:45] On kipping pull-ups. [1:11:16] Identifying solutions to pain. [1:18:38] The Jefferson curl. [1:23:06] Why weighted mobility work needs to be approached with a different level of intensity than conditioning work. [1:28:09] If someone is 35 years old, a former athlete, and has never done gymnastics, what's a good exercise and what should be avoided? [1:33:31] 3-5 joint mobility exercises for getting strong. [1:38:52] Preferred way to work on shoulder extension. [1:44:40] A good goal for those seeking to improve mobility. [1:46:15] Yoga handstands vs. gymnastics handstands (aesthetics vs. gold medals). [1:54:20] Coaches who have impressed Coach Sommer the most. [1:55:49] The story of Dmitry Bilozerchev and Alexander Alexandrov. [2:00:36] Differentiating immature athletes from mature athletes. [2:03:43] Training for success. [2:08:43] Describing the systematic approach to GST. [2:16:58] Exercises to avoid for the first six months of GST. [2:18:27] Breaking down the muscle-up. [2:23:59] Understanding the purpose of using various grips. [2:31:28] How Coach Sommer mentally preps athletes for a big competition. [2:41:13] Questions Coach Sommer would ask a gymnastic coach before sending children off to train with them. [2:45:36] Questions Coach Sommer would ask a gymnastic coach who trains adults. [2:47:44] Balancing stretching and training time. [2:52:52] People who exemplify success to Coach Sommer. [2:58:16] Most gifted books. [3:01:04] Morning rituals. [3:05:02] Coach Sommer's billboard. [3:10:12] An ask for the audience and parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to...

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#747: Seth Godin and Dr. Sue Johnson

6/18/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #138 "How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules, Principles, and Obsessions" and episode #529 "Iconic Therapist Dr. Sue Johnson — How to Improve Sex and Crack the Code of Love." Please enjoy! Sponsors: The League curated dating app for busy, high-performing people: https://www.theleague.com/; available on iOS and Android AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://drinkag1.com/tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D (and 5 free AG1 travel packs) with your first subscription purchase.) LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with 1B+ users: https://linkedin.com/tim (post your job for free) Timestamps: [07:36] Notes about this supercombo format. [08:39] Enter Seth Godin. [09:05] Seth's rules for speaking engagements and why he developed them. [13:53] Navigating life's big transitions. [15:54] Why Seth publishes a daily blog. [16:54] Writing process and overcoming blocks. [21:01] Top businesss decisions. [22:45] Discerning between good and bad ideas. [24:27] Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur or a freelancer? [30:10] Opportunies Seth is glad he declined. [31:56] Money is a story. How does Seth tell it? [34:56] Seth on education. [38:11] Suggested practices for overwhelmed parents. [41:03] Enter Dr. Sue Johnson. [41:39] Peer-reviewed clinical research supporting Sue's work. [44:47] EFT's success rate and clinical definition of success in studies with distressed couples. [48:47] Scales used to assess marital satisfaction and bond in research. [54:55] Definition of a hold me tight conversation. [56:15] Examples of hold me tight conversations. [1:05:52] How a hold me tight conversation might work for someone who tends to isolate or feels isolated. [1:14:35] Prevalence of isolation and the stigma around "dependency." [1:18:27] Attachment parenting vs. sleep training. [1:28:09] Micro-interventions from Rogerian models of therapy (evocative questions). [1:36:38] Sue's response to clients who struggle to identify their feelings in their body. [1:43:32] Upping the ante in a hold me tight conversation and its unintended effects. [1:45:26] Sue's approach to helping someone work through anger. [1:48:53] Sue's fascination with Winston Churchill and recommended reading. [1:54:24] Common arguments between tango couples. [2:07:35] Advice for couples who are in love but lack sexual spark. [2:17:02] Advice for couples where the woman has a higher sex drive than the man. [2:22:35] Development and content of Sue's Hold Me Tight Online program. [2:27:08] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown,...

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#746: Jerry Seinfeld and Maria Popova

6/13/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #485 "Jerry Seinfeld — A Comedy Legend’s Systems, Routines, and Methods for Success" and episode #39 "Maria Popova on Writing, Workflow, and Workarounds." Please enjoy! Sponsors: 1Password easy-to-use and secure password manager for individuals, families, and businesses: https://1password.com/tim (14-day free trial) LMNT electrolyte supplement: https://drinklmnt.com/Tim (free LMNT sample pack with any drink mix purchase) Momentous high-quality supplements: https://livemomentous.com/tim (code TIM for 20% off) Timestamps: [05:16] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:19] Enter Jerry Seinfeld. [06:46] Jerry’s writing process for survival in the comedy ecosystem. [15:43] Lessons Jerry would teach in a writing class and how they relate to his fitness methods. [15:43] Soliciting creative feedback while preserving pride over doing the work. [20:33] Routines essential to Jerry’s well-being and their frequency and duration. [24:50] How nurturing creativity is like parenting, and Jerry’s belief about pain and knowledge. [26:17] Additional ways Jerry mitigates depressive episodes. [27:27] A resilience-building failure. [32:05] The importance of playing the game well. [33:42] “Survival is the new success.” [36:12] Jerry’s billboard. [39:06] Enter Maria Popova. [39:30] Are you correctly pronouncing names you’ve only read but never heard? [41:13] What does Maria do? [41:50] What is Brain Pickings (now The Marginalian)? [42:31] What percentage of New York Times best sellers are a result of Maria’s coverage? [47:55] The common denominator that guides Maria’s reading list. [49:16] The importance of writing for an audience of one. [52:07] Contending with the temptation to create BuzzFeed-like content. [59:44] The daily discipline required for Maria’s well-being. [1:07:10] Maria’s note-taking system. [1:12:53] Seneca and the time-tested challenge of presence vs. productivity. [1:16:08] Start-up opportunity? Build a note-taking tool for heavy readers/highlighters. [1:22:52] About the team behind [The Marginalian]. [1:24:28] Collaborative proofreading and copyediting. [1:27:21] Self-reliance pathology and how to overcome it. [1:29:56] Finding a professional personal assistant and learning to delegate. [1:34:36] Maria’s weightlifting regimen and favorite bodyweight-only exercise. [1:37:22] Designing content infrastructure to be evergreen. [1:39:28] Cutting out the commentary contrarians. [1:46:13] Scheduling social media. [1:48:25] Coping with email — and sometimes snail mail. [1:50:31] How to cultivate a personal inner circle and pre-screen book review requests. [1:54:54] What donation model works best for site revenue? [2:01:22] Recommended reading from [The Marginalian] and parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps,...

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#745: Rick Rubin and Mary Karr

6/11/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #76 "Rick Rubin on Cultivating World-Class Artists (Jay Z, Johnny Cash, etc.), Losing 100+ Pounds, and Breaking Down the Complex" and episode #479 "Mary Karr — The Master of Memoir on Creative Process and Finding Gifts in the Suffering." Please enjoy! Sponsors: AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://drinkag1.com/tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D (and 5 free AG1 travel packs) with your first subscription purchase.) Eight Sleep’s Pod 4 Ultra sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating: https://eightsleep.com/tim (save $350 on the Pod 4 Ultra) LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with 1B+ users: https://linkedin.com/tim (post your job for free) Timestamps: [05:11] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:15] Enter Rick Rubin. [07:58] How Rick lost over 135 pounds in his late 30s. [16:03] How artists can hurdle the obstacles that hinder their best work. [19:31] Where to find world-class contemporary music. [20:24] Approaching music production with a fan’s-eye view. [22:53] Recommended reading. [24:22] Helping artists break their creative blocks. [26:54] Rick’s advice for his younger selves. [29:06] Why practicing self-kindness isn’t just nice — it’s a necessity. [32:01] Enter Mary Karr. [32:25] Growing up in “The Ringworm Belt.” [34:44] The catalyst for Mary expressing herself and publishing to the world. [37:47] The role reading played for young Mary. [40:31] The feeling that inspired Mary’s desire to become a poet at a young age. [44:27] “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” [45:17] How Mary, a high school dropout, got into college and became an A student. [49:13] Mary’s struggle with bringing darkness with her even after leaving her traumatic past. [53:23] The highly selective process for getting into Mary’s graduate seminar at Syracuse University. [54:33] The first day of Mary’s class and what it illustrates about processing memoir-building memories. [1:00:20] The value of a commonplace book and helping others find alternative perspectives. [1:04:19] The importance and utility of prayer in Mary’s life and sobriety. [1:17:09] The significance of Ignatian exercises in Mary’s Catholic faith and gratitude practice. [1:23:10] Obligatory Texas talk about weaponry and hunting. [1:26:41] The origins of Mary’s unique wordsmithing. [1:34:24] Mary’s process of rough drafts, revision, and using past memories for storytelling. [1:42:34] How Mary copes with the pain of dredging up memories through writing. [1:46:09] Why Mary feels the happiest at 65 and her advice to her younger self about therapy. [1:49:26] The most and least effective types of therapy for Mary. [1:53:25] Mary’s solution to fear and getting through uncomfortable times. [1:58:14] Recognizing the gifts from suffering through difficult times in retrospect. [2:06:28] Mary’s billboard. [2:07:35] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah...

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#744: Jocko Willink and Sebastian Junger

6/6/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #107 "The Scariest Navy SEAL Imaginable… And What He Taught Me" and episode #161 "Lessons from War, Tribal Societies, and a Non-Fiction Life (Sebastian Junger)." Please enjoy! Sponsors: Vuori Clothing high-quality performance apparel: https://vuoriclothing.com/tim (20% off your first purchase) Helix Sleep premium mattresses: https://helixsleep.com/tim (20% off all mattress orders and two free pillows) Momentous high-quality supplements: https://livemomentous.com/tim (code TIM for 20% off) Timestamps: [06:27] Notes about this supercombo format. [07:30] Enter Jocko Willink. [07:59] What separates good leaders from mediocre or bad leaders? [10:01] Identifying good leadership candidates. [11:46] Teaching the skill of detachment. [16:58] Jocko’s grueling workout that made platoons “tap out.” [18:46] Jocko’s morning rituals. [20:57] People Jocko associates with success. [23:12] Recommended reading. [26:57] How does discipline equal freedom? [31:50] Enter Sebastian Junger. [32:21] Thomas Paine and Stoic philosophy. [34:25] The “chainsaw story” and its impact on Sebastian’s writing career. [38:27] Athleticism and long distance running. [39:00] Developing a writing style. [40:46] Sebastian’s attraction to journalism. [46:22] Sebastian’s writing style and the importance of structure. [55:51] Commencement speech advice for high school graduates. [59:09] Sebastian’s inspiration to visit war-torn countries. [1:01:14] Explanation of “skin walkers.” [1:05:00] Striving for political correctness in gender. [1:11:43] The Iroquois’ peace process and its relevance to modern politics. [1:19:15] Psychiatric effects of war. [1:22:07] Bringing primitive, war-time cohesion into modern society. [1:27:28] PTSD, the C-Train, and returning to New York City after war. [1:32:24] The lonely nature of society. [1:36:24] PTSD prevalence in elite special forces units vs. support units. [1:41:30] How to “support the troops.” [1:47:47] How a Viking helmet started — and stopped — a barfight in Spain. [1:53:16] Developing male closeness while decreasing violence. [1:59:05] Veterans becoming victims in society after returning from war. [2:03:27] Photography/videography habits and Sebastian’s start as a war reporter. [2:07:45] Tim Hetherington’s story and Sebastian’s decision to stop war reporting. [2:11:02] Sebastian’s future writing plans. [2:12:04] One thing anyone can do for a military veteran. [2:16:14] Who comes to mind when Sebastian hears the word “successful?” [2:16:46] Defining courage. [2:16:52] Most gifted books. [2:17:46] What close friends say Sebastian is exceptionally good at. [2:18:09] Combining three writers to create the ultimate writer. [2:18:47] Advice to Sebastian’s younger self. [2:20:07] Recent purchase with the most positive impact on Sebastian’s life. [2:22:16] Something Sebastian believes, despite being unable to prove it. [2:22:23] Disliked habits and common practices of journalists. [2:23:39] Advice from Sebastian’s 70-year-old self to his current self. [2:24:48] Knowing when to write a book. [2:26:53] Sebastian’s billboard. [2:28:22] Final requests for the audience and parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook:...

Duration:02:37:48

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#743: Dr. Jane Goodall and Cal Fussman

6/4/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #421 "Dr. Jane Goodall — The Legend, The Lessons, The Hope" and episode #145 "The Interview Master: Cal Fussman and the Power of Listening." Please enjoy! Sponsors: Momentous high-quality supplements: https://livemomentous.com/tim (code TIM for 20% off) Eight Sleep’s Pod 4 Ultra sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating: https://eightsleep.com/tim (save $350 on the Pod 4 Ultra) Wealthfront high-yield cash account: https://wealthfront.com/tim (Start earning 5.00% APY on your short term cash until you’re ready to invest. And when you open an account today, you can get an extra fifty-dollar bonus with a deposit of five hundred dollars or more.) Terms apply. Timestamps: [04:48] Notes about this supercombo format. [05:51] Enter Dr. Jane Goodall. [06:19] Connecting with Louis Leakey and becoming his secretary. [09:43] Gaining acceptance among chimpanzees. [13:09] Primate personalities, compassion, and the story of Old Man saving Marc Cusano. [17:34] Observations of chimpanzee compassion and violence, and inferences about human nature. [19:19] Explaining variance in chimpanzee attitudes toward dominance. [20:55] Cultivating hope to overcome apathy. [26:19] Mr. H, Gary Haun, the indomitable human spirit, and overcoming adversity. [29:37] Dr. Goodall's billboard. [31:20] Enter Cal Fussman. [32:56] Quincy Jones' unique book signing practice. [34:19] Cal's pivotal childhood moment. [38:55] Deconstructing the skill of asking great questions. [42:43] Contrasting interview styles from different life stages. [48:25] University of Missouri Journalism's role in Cal's career. [52:24] Drinking with Hunter S. Thompson and Johnny Depp. [55:45] Cal's start in international travel (and my family trip to Iceland). [1:06:34] How a single question got Cal six months of lodging. [1:14:45] Common mistakes and lessons learned about the art of asking questions. [1:23:30] Honing the ability to tell stories. [1:27:11] A life-changing event at the end of Cal's travels. [1:31:43] Perfecting the conversational interview. [1:33:43] Speaking at Summit at Sea. [1:46:15] What Mikhail Gorbachev taught Cal about the art of the interview. [1:55:45] Boxing Julio César Chávez. [2:30:31] Why Alex Banayan and George Foreman define success for Cal. [2:42:58] Most gifted books. [2:49:47] Favorite documentaries and movies. [2:55:37] Cal's billboard. [2:56:08] Advice to Cal's 30-year-old self. [2:59:05] Overcoming writer's block with Harry Crews' advice. [3:18:56] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown,...

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#742: Tony Robbins and Jerry Colonna

5/30/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #37 "Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money" and #373 "Jerry Colonna — The Coach with the Spider Tattoo." Please enjoy! Sponsors: LMNT electrolyte supplement: https://drinklmnt.com/Tim (free LMNT sample pack with any drink mix purchase) AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://drinkag1.com/tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D (and 5 free AG1 travel packs) with your first subscription purchase.) Eight Sleep’s Pod 4 Ultra sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating: https://eightsleep.com/tim (save $350 on the Pod 4 Ultra) Timestamps: 05:00] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:03] Enter Tony Robbins. [06:27] Tony’s daily routines. [07:28] Cryotherapy. [10:55] Priming. [15:04] Tony’s ideal music for meditation. [16:20] Richard Branson’s first pre-investment questions. [17:05] What a 50% investment loss actually means. [17:42] The Paul Tudor Jones 5:1 strategy. [18:36] How Kyle Bass taught his kids about investing with nickels. [21:34] What the world’s best investors know for certain. [24:00] Enter Jerry Colonna. [24:21] Jerry’s spider tattoo origin story. [30:03] The 2002 Olympic bid meeting that changed Jerry’s life. [35:47] Jerry’s suicide attempt at 18 and his psychiatric hospital stay. [37:06] The difference between responsible and complicit in Jerry’s life in 2002. [39:55] Three important questions from Jerry’s therapist. [41:02] Something important Jerry needed to say but didn’t during this time. [42:39] How Jerry overcame self-doubt and unanswerable questions. [44:46] Jerry’s path to coaching and three influential books. [51:46] How much of Jerry’s coaching stemmed from focusing outside himself and healing his younger self. [53:12] Convincing high-achievers of the importance of self-discovery. [54:10] Jerry’s first question: “How are you really feeling?” [57:11] Working with the chronically busy. [59:40] Examining my handling of busyness, saying “No,” and related difficulties. [1:09:40] Three basic risks we all try to manage: love, safety, and belonging. [1:13:06] Tools, books, and approaches for setting boundaries and saying “No.” [1:14:50] “All beings own their own karma. Their happiness or unhappiness depend upon their actions, not my wishes for them.” [1:16:11] A boundary tool that acknowledges compassion from a distance. [1:17:30] The challenge is in the meaning assigned to a situation before applying a tool. [1:18:11] Dealing with vexing “Newman” personalities in our lives. [1:22:56] Moving from intellectual agreement to behavioral change. [1:25:26] Benefits of journaling for personal growth. [1:27:33] Guilt vs. remorse. [1:28:12] Marie Ponsot, the crow, and letting the crow speak in the journal. [1:32:00] Jerry’s bedtimes, mornings, and journaling process. [1:35:09] Journaling for accepting life’s totality and our inner “multitudes.” [1:37:14] Tara Brach’s Radical Acceptance. [1:37:41] Using Marvel’s Hulk and Thor to understand and reconcile parts of oneself. [1:42:39] A difficult but life-changing decision Jerry made to say “No.” [1:49:19] Advice for anyone at a similar junction. [1:51:07] Using journaling and meditation to cope with anxiety and inner turmoil. [1:54:43] Learning about loving kindness (metta) meditation. [1:56:49] A new behavior or belief that improved Jerry’s quality of life. [1:58:36] Jerry’s billboard. [2:00:55] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at...

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#741: Jim Collins and Ed Zschau

5/28/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #361 "Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath" and #380 "Ed Zschau — The Polymath Professor Who Changed My Life." Please enjoy! Sponsors: Eight Sleep’s Pod 4 Ultra sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating: https://eightsleep.com/tim (save $350 on the Pod 4 Ultra) AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://drinkag1.com/tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D (and 5 free AG1 travel packs) with your first subscription purchase.) LMNT electrolyte supplement: https://drinklmnt.com/Tim (free LMNT sample pack with any drink mix purchase) Timestamps: [05:00] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:03] Enter Jim Collins. [06:28] How Jim’s students influenced his entrepreneurial path. [10:45] Why Jim carries a three-timer stopwatch. [12:21] Using a spreadsheet to optimize discipline in service of creativity. [13:42] Ideal minimum creative hours per year. [15:19] Avoiding a life-distorting “funk.” [17:41] Calculating an optimal end point. [19:27] Patterns discovered using Jim’s time-tracking method. [20:23] Three crucial components for living the life Jim wants to lead. [22:18] The bug book and the hedgehog concept. [30:31] Peter Drucker mic-drop lessons. [34:39] Enter Ed Zschau. [34:59] How I convinced Dr. Zschau to let me into his Princeton engineering course. [37:38] Ed’s background in competitive figure skating and the lessons it taught him. [41:45] The origin of Ed’s meticulous attention to detail. [45:31] The benefits of learning by doing through the case method. [49:21] Ed’s definition of entrepreneurship. [50:50] The role of optimism in entrepreneurship and life. [53:30] Ed’s aspirations as a teenager and young adult. [55:32] What drew Ed to Princeton as an aspiring physics philosopher. [58:21] How Ed got into teaching and his belief that career planning is overrated. [1:03:37] How Ed learned to become a good teacher and the influence of extemporaneous speaking. [1:06:53] Lessons from extemporaneous speaking competitions about preparation and adaptation. [1:11:04] Ed’s thoughts on focusing for extended periods versus opening himself to opportunities. [1:13:06] Ed’s decision to run for Congress. [1:17:57] Advantages of committing to a maximum of three terms in the House of Representatives. [1:21:29] Ed’s experience and self-reflection after losing his Senate race. [1:23:40] Ed’s decision process when transitioning from investor to CEO. [1:26:05] Differentiating between high-impact commitments and peer pressure. [1:29:41] Comparing Ed’s parenting style to his teaching style. [1:31:17] Ed’s belief in encouragement over direction and his own upbringing. [1:34:45] The origin of Ed’s goal to live a life that matters. [1:37:05] Influential books and recommendations for aspiring entrepreneurs. [1:42:05] Ed’s current excitement and efforts to make higher education affordable through technology. [1:48:37] The mantra by which Ed lives his life and his childhood nickname. [1:50:57] How Ed brings the sound of music to his endeavors. [1:57:34] Ed’s influence on others to continue his work of changing the world. [1:59:40] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn:...

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#740: Greg McKeown and Diana Chapman

5/24/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #355 "Greg McKeown — How to Master Essentialism" and episode #536 "Diana Chapman — How to Get Unstuck, Do “The Work,” Take Radical Responsibility, and Reduce Drama in Your Life." Please enjoy! Sponsors: Momentous high-quality supplements: https://livemomentous.com/tim (code TIM for 20% off) Wealthfront high-yield savings account: https://wealthfront.com/tim (5% interest on your savings, and when you open an account today, you’ll get an extra fifty-dollar bonus with a deposit of five hundred dollars or more) Helix Sleep premium mattresses: https://helixsleep.com/tim (between 25% and 30% off all mattress orders and two free pillows.) Timestamps: [05:26] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:28] Enter Greg McKeown. [06:49] What is non-essential? [07:46] Overcoming the planning fallacy. [13:30] The problem with taking ownership of someone else’s problems. [15:44] How to avoid committing to the unsustainable. [21:26] Three rules. [25:28] The personal quarterly offsite. [33:05] Enter Diana Chapman. [33:22] A transformative gift. [36:56] The Drama Triangle. [43:36] The whole-body yes (or no) and how it can serve us. [46:06] Diana guides an experience to help pay better attention to our whole-body yes (or no). [54:36] Observations made during the exercise and how Diana recommends using this inventory. [1:01:39] Fostering playfulness for those who mute their desire to celebrate. [1:08:28] Diana’s “black belt in practicing candor.” [1:09:37] Diana’s thoughts on loving pressure and how to bring it into a relationship. [1:13:24] Applying loving pressure to people you don’t know well. [1:15:08] Diana’s guidance on introspection leading to perspective shifts; using Byron Katie’s “turnarounds.” [1:17:48] Diana guides me through a turnaround. [1:23:58] A turnaround’s purpose is to identify and embrace alternatives, not invalidate the inspected belief. [1:29:06] The importance of introducing the somatic into the process; suggestions for difficulty with this step. [1:31:47] The role of the witness in this process. [1:33:54] Walking the line. [1:35:40] Welcoming the opportunity to learn from the experience, even if it’s not preferred. [1:37:35] Alternative tools for dysregulation in the moment. [1:39:31] Risks Diana and her husband Matt took to keep their relationship vital; who initiated the first difficult conversation. [1:45:11] How Diana figured out who she needed to be during this time. [1:47:11] Navigating decision points together as a couple. [1:49:42] Examples of commitments from The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership. [1:53:22] The Mind Jogger app and how Diana uses it with the commitments. [1:55:55] Assessing self-awareness in hiring interviews applied to non-job situations. [1:57:53] Books most gifted. [1:59:35] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins,...

Duration:02:08:49

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#739: Brené Brown and Edward O. Thorp

5/21/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #409 "Brené Brown — Striving versus Self-Acceptance, Saving Marriages, and More" and episode #596 "Edward O. Thorp, A Man for All Markets — Beating Blackjack and Roulette, Beating the Stock Market, Spotting Bernie Madoff Early, and Knowing When Enough Is Enough." Please enjoy! Sponsors: AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement: https://drinkag1.com/tim (1-year supply of Vitamin D (and 5 free AG1 travel packs) with your first subscription purchase.) LinkedIn Ads marketing platform with 1B+ users: https://linkedin.com/TFS (free $100 LinkedIn ad credit for your first campaign) LMNT electrolyte supplement: https://drinklmnt.com/Tim (free LMNT sample pack with any drink mix purchase) Timestamps: [06:06] Notes about this supercombo format. [07:09] Enter Brené Brown. [07:30] Changing in a lasting, meaningful way. [08:03] Is self-accepted complacency possible? [10:53] My woo confession about a crux skill. [13:06] Narcissism: the shame-based fear of being ordinary. [14:06] Efficacy isn’t always efficient. [15:48] Pathology as armor that can’t be discarded. [16:28] What are you unwilling to feel? [17:04] Discarding armor that no longer serves us. [21:26] Curiosity as midlife’s superpower. [22:53] There’s trauma for all of us. [23:33] An 80/20 marriage hack. [25:18] Decisions in a family-focused family. [27:04] Parenting from compliance to commitment. [29:31] Enter Edward O. Thorp. [29:54] Edward’s background, and what drew him to apply mathematics to gambling. [37:04] Edward’s first blackjack trip to Vegas, reference materials used, and his meeting with Claude Shannon at MIT. [40:13] Edward and Claude devised a method to beat roulette using the first wearable computer, according to MIT. [42:16] Despite being 89, Edward looks great for his age; he discusses his approach to staying in shape over the years. [50:22] Edward explains how he got into finance and investing, and the people he met along the way. [59:25] Edward shares what convinced him that Warren Buffett would one day be the richest man in the world after their first meeting. [1:03:58] Edward discusses the frameworks he would teach in an investing seminar for modern students, including those without a strong math aptitude. [1:08:52] Edward shares lessons learned from investing that are transferable to other areas of life. [1:11:02] Edward, a long-term thinker at 89, offers advice for those who struggle to think beyond the short-term. [1:15:40] Edward explains how he discovered something suspicious about the Madoff brothers’ business practices 17 years before others caught on. [1:24:17] Exploring mental models of externalities, the tragedy of the commons, and fundamental attribution errors. [1:33:32] Edward recommends reading and listening material for those who want to enact positive change in the world, politically or evolutionarily. [1:38:51] Edward shares which investors, besides Warren Buffett, impress him and why. [1:42:52] Edward discusses how he balanced growing a business with personal life and what led him to wind things down. [1:47:56] Edward defines independence and shares how he spent his time after winding down the investment side of his life. [1:49:30] Edward shares what he’s particularly curious about learning at the moment. [1:51:40] Reflecting on a conversation between Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut, and other parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of...

Duration:02:01:43

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#738: Dr. Gabor Maté and Dr. BJ Miller

5/17/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #298 "Dr. Gabor Maté — New Paradigms, Ayahuasca, and Redefining Addiction" and episode #153 "The Man Who Studied 1,000 Deaths to Learn How to Live." Please enjoy! Sponsors: Vuori Clothing high-quality performance apparel: https://vuoriclothing.com/tim (20% off your first purchase) Shopify global commerce platform, providing tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business: https://shopify.com/tim (one-dollar-per-month trial period) LinkedIn Ads marketing platform with 1B+ users: https://linkedin.com/TFS (free $100 LinkedIn ad credit for your first campaign) Timestamps: [05:37] Notes about this supercombo format. [06:57] Enter Gabor Maté. [07:22] Compassionate inquiry and trauma vs. traumatic. [11:06] Self-reconnection resources. [14:40] How Gabor benefits from yoga. [16:27] Gabor’s thoughts on the therapeutic value of psychedelics. [18:14] What’s been revealed by Gabor’s experiences with ayahuasca? [25:32] Essential intention. [26:30] We don’t respond to what happens, but to our perception of what happens. [32:48] Enter BJ Miller. [33:07] What does BJ do? [35:32] What does the first meeting look like for a new patient at the Zen Hospice Project? [37:18] Defining palliative care. [40:54] What happens when a patient dies in Zen Hospice compared to a regular hospital? [45:03] How many deaths has BJ experienced? [45:42] What has observing hundreds of deaths taught BJ about living? [50:39] On keeping a mindfulness or meditation practice. [55:05] About the Dinky (a terrifying story of electrocution). [1:04:29] The miracle of a snowball in the burn ward. [1:07:48] BJ’s experience as an undergraduate student at Princeton. [1:08:46] On the idea of art. [1:14:46] How BJ would support someone who suffered injuries similar to his own. [1:16:57] What helps people most in hospice care? [1:21:22] Why cookies matter. [1:23:12] Thoughts on the use of psychoactive compounds in end-of-life care and treating existential suffering. [1:33:46] BJ’s secret habit that might surprise most people. [1:38:32] Suggested material for an introverted hospice patient. [1:45:04] What comes to mind when BJ hears the word “successful?” [1:48:13] Daily practices for seeing good in people. [1:51:00] How to ride a motorcycle when missing three limbs. [1:55:01] What purchase of $100 or less has most positively affected BJ’s life? [1:56:53] BJ’s billboard. [1:58:24] BJ’s advice to his 30-year-old-self. [1:59:58] What has BJ changed his mind about in the last few years? [2:01:26] BJ’s requests/asks/suggestions of the audience. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. Follow Tim: Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss Facebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferriss Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater,...

Duration:02:11:37

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#737: Naval Ravikant and Nick Kokonas

5/15/2024
This episode is a two-for-one, and that’s because the podcast recently hit its 10-year anniversary and passed one billion downloads. To celebrate, I’ve curated some of the best of the best—some of my favorites—from more than 700 episodes over the last decade. I could not be more excited. The episode features segments from episode #97 "Naval Ravikant — The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice" and episode #341 "Nick Kokonas — How to Apply World-Class Creativity to Business, Art, and Life." Please enjoy! Sponsors: Eight Sleep’s Pod 4 Ultra sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating: https://eightsleep.com/tim (save $350 on the Pod 4 Ultra) Momentous high-quality supplements: https://livemomentous.com/tim (code TIM for 20% off) LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with 1B+ users: https://linkedin.com/tim (post your job for free) Timestamps: [04:34] Notes about this supercombo format. [05:53] Enter Naval Ravikant. [06:05] On uncompromising honesty. [08:05] What Naval looks for when deciding to invest in a founder. [11:03] Recommended reading from outside the startup world. [18:38] Who Naval considers successful. [21:02] Cultivating non-judgmental awareness. [26:08] How to replace bad habits with good habits. [29:31] Naval's advice for his younger self. [32:01] Naval's billboard. [35:46] Enter Nick Kokonas. [36:05] Is pressure Nick's default setting, or are perceived risks an illusion? [36:55] How do behavioral economics and Richard Thaler influence Nick's approach? [41:38] Nick's transition from philosophy to finance; was philosophy an asset? [42:43] Why Nick's professor gave him shorter assignments than classmates. [44:57] Nick's introduction to trading; dumbing down academics for clerk job. [46:42] Why philosophy majors often become traders. [47:19] Why Nick is glad he didn't pursue an MBA in 1992. [48:41] Why Nick thinks his professor singled him out from his peers. [52:52] Recommended books for aspiring entrepreneurs without philosophy background. [57:31] Did being a Merc clerk meet Nick's expectations? [1:00:02] How Nick followed his father's entrepreneurial model in trading. [1:04:38] Why Nick left his mentor after a year to start his own company. [1:05:41] How Nick and employees trained to quicken mental agility for trading. [1:08:17] The moment Nick realized he could thrive in trading. [1:09:02] Recommended resources for becoming a better investor. [1:11:22] Nick seeks out "high, small hoops" for investment risks. [1:14:00] Do businesses fail due to difficult model or lack of due diligence? [1:16:55] When and why Nick decided to enter the restaurant business. [1:18:26] The dinner leading to Nick and Grant Achatz's partnership. [1:27:52] Why Nick chose to open a restaurant out of many risky options. [1:30:33] How Nick spots talent early that others notice late. [1:34:07] Questioning restaurant conventions like candles and white tablecloths. [1:37:09] A now-famous chef was Alinea's first customer. [1:38:03] Nick and Grant wouldn't let designers override their ideas. [1:38:47] How Nick contributed effectively as a restaurant industry newcomer. [1:14:19] Why Nick was "horrified" when Alinea won Best Restaurant in 2006. [1:43:50] Grant's cancer diagnosis; writing a book and revolutionizing reservations. [1:45:28] Traditional restaurant reservation systems and Nick's improvements. [1:57:17] Bickering at press dinner; avoiding Next becoming "Disneyland of cuisine." [2:02:14] Reservation software problems; variable pricing based on day of week. [2:05:48] The moment Nick realized "This is the best thing I've ever built." [2:07:41] Why the reservation system's rewards were worth the asymmetric risks. [2:10:16] Using Marimekko charts to visualize restaurant and sponsorship data. [2:16:57] The next industry Nick wants to disrupt: truffles. [2:18:55] Illuminating black boxes. [2:26:24] Self-selection of job roles; how Nick's hiring process has changed. [2:32:01] Systems Nick...

Duration:03:16:33