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Bill Burr — The Comedian’s Comedian

“Everybody fucking relax. Get yourself a sandwich.” – Bill Burr This episode of the podcast features Bill Burr (@billburr). Many of you know Bill as a standup comedian. I know him as one of the funniest humans alive, and someone that many of you requested to be on the show. Rolling Stone called Bill “the […]

Find Your Happy Place at Work

Annie McKee, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the book “How to Be Happy at Work,” tells the story of her journey to happiness—starting with her early job as a caregiver for an elderly couple. Even in later,...Show More Summary

Ray Dalio, The Steve Jobs of Investing

“Pain plus reflection equals progress.” – Ray Dalio Ray Dalio (@raydalio) grew up a middle-class kid from Long Island. He started his investment company Bridgewater Associates out of a two-bedroom apartment at age 26, and it now has roughly $160 billion in assets under management. Over 42 years, he has built Bridgewater into what Fortune […]

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky — Exploring Creativity, Ignoring Critics, and Making Art

“Procrastination is part of the process.” – Darren Aronofsky Darren Aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) is the founder and head of production company Protozoa Pictures. He is the acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker behind both cult classics and blockbusters, including Pi (which earned him a Best Director award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival), Requiem For a Dream, The […]

Stress Is an Organizational Problem

Mark Mortensen, an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, discusses the research on “multiteaming”—when employees work not only across multiple projects, but multiple teams. It has significant benefits at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Show More Summary

The CIA, The Police, and Other Adventures from Stewart Copeland

“Get yourself into a state of calmness, and then ferocity will take care of itself.” – Stewart Copeland Stewart Copeland (@copelandmusic) is a Grammy Award-winning musician, considered by Rolling Stone Magazine to be one of the top ten drummers of all time. He’s a founding member of The Police, and an inductee into the Rock […]

Why Everyone Should See Themselves as a Leader

Sue Ashford, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, breaks down her decades of research on leadership—who achieves it, and how a group grants it. She explains that the world isn’t divided into leaders and followers. Show More Summary

Mental Performance, Work-Life Balance, and the Rise to the Top – Maria Sharapova

“No matter what rock is in the way, no matter what storm is on the way, the water’s ultimately going to go down the river.” – Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) is one of the best tennis players in the world. She is the winner of five Grand Slam titles (two at the French Open […]

Setting Goals, Making Money, and Overcoming Tough Times — Phil Hellmuth

“The difference between your best and your worst? The perception of others. Block out the noise and you’ll stay on track.” –Phil Hellmuth Phil Hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) is an American professional poker player who has won a record fourteen World Series of Poker bracelets. He is the winner of the Main Event of the 1989 World […]

Basic Competence Can Be a Strategy

Raffaella Sadun, a professor at Harvard Business School, explains why seemingly common-sensical management practices are so hard to implement. After surveying thousands of organizations across the world, she found that only 6% of firms qualified as highly well-managed — and that managers mistakenly assumed they were all above average. Show More Summary

How the U.S. Navy is Responding to Climate Change

Forest Reinhardt and Michael Toffel, Harvard Business School professors, talk about how a giant, global enterprise that operates and owns assets at sea level is fighting climate change—and adapting to it. They discuss what the private sector can learn from the U.S. Show More Summary

Lessons from 50,000 Interviews: Larry King and Cal Fussman

“Sometimes, the simplest question is the best.” – Larry King Cal Fussman (@calfussman) is a New York Times bestselling author and a writer-at-large for Esquire magazine, where he is best known for being a primary writer of the “What I’ve Learned” feature. He has transformed oral history into an art form, conducting probing interviews with a long list of […]

When to Listen to a Dire Warning

Richard Clarke, former counterterrorism adviser to U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has made a career of investigating disaster warnings. The way he sees it, catastrophes can happen at any time, so why should decision...Show More Summary

From Long-Shot to $50 Billion Empire – Bill Rasmussen

“Remember ‘ABC NBC’ — Always Be Curious, Never Be Complacent.“ – Bill Rasmussen Bill Rasmussen (@bill_espn) is the co-founder of ESPN. He turned a massive gamble into an opportunity to create the 24-hour programming cycle used universally by networks today. This episode comes from my new television show Fear(less), where I interview world-class performers about […]

Physical Training, Dating Strategies, and Stories from the Early Days

In this episode, I answer the most upvoted questions from subscribers to 5-Bullet Friday, the newsletter I send out every week. It explores five cool things I’ve found, including apps, books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks or tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff I dig up around the world. It’s free, […]

How to Overcome Anxiety and Stress – with Adviser to Olympians, Michael Gervais

“Rugged and hostile environments teach us. And they teach us by leveraging real fear.” – Michael Gervais Michael Gervais (@michaelgervais) is the performance psychologist elite athletes and coaches turn to when they want to level up or when they’re returning from hard times and want to not just get back to where they were, but […]

Build Your Portfolio Career

Kabir Sehgal, a corporate strategist, Grammy-winning producer, investment banker, bestselling author, and military reserve officer, talks about building and thriving in a portfolio career. He discusses the benefits of pursuing diverse...Show More Summary

How to Turn Failure into Success

“You will fall. And when you fall, the winner always gets up, and the loser stays down.”  -Arnold Schwarzenegger In this episode, we discuss another frequently requested question from listeners. I’ve gathered some of the best advice about coping with frustrations and roadblocks, and — ultimately — learning how to turn failure into success. These […]

When to Quit – Lessons from World-Class Entrepreneurs, Investors, Authors, and More

“Remember: it’s not a failure until you accept defeat.” -Debbie Millman I’m very excited to share this episode. It’s our first “roundtable” approach to discussing a single topic. This came about when I asked 5-Bullet Friday subscribers (sign up here if you’re interested) to send me questions, and one that stuck out was: Where’s the […]

How AI Is Already Changing Business

Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT Sloan School professor, explains how rapid advances in machine learning are presenting new opportunities for businesses. He breaks down how the technology works and what it can and can’t do (yet). He also discusses...Show More Summary

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