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Season 4, Episode 9: Don’t Bite That Apple [Podcast]

4 Temptations Every Leader Faces. Welcome to Season 4, Episode 9 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss four temptations every leader faces. Power amplifies who you are—the good, the bad, and the ugly. That means leaders have to be on their guard about […]

Whitney Cummings on Turning Pain Into Creativity

“In order for art to imitate life, you have to have a life.” – Whitney Cummings “I promise: if you just tell the truth and get your heart broken as a comedian, you will have a house.” – Whitney Cummings This episode how to turn pain and struggle into amazing creative projects. Whitney Cummings (@whitneycummings) is a […]

The Maverick of Brain Optimization

“My lab is interested in pursuing how we can enhance cognition to improve quality of life.” – Adam Gazzaley Dr. Adam Gazzaley (@adamgazz) obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, then postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He is now the director of the […]

Sam Kass on Trials by Fire and Cooking for President Obama

“Yankees, we’ve won!” – Austrian sous-chef to unprepared Americans hustling at a 3-star Michelin restaurant “75% of success is staying calm. The rest you figure out.” – Sam Kass Sam Kass almost became a pro baseball player.  Instead, he pivoted a history major from U. Chicago into becoming the private chef for the Obamas in the White House. […]

The Rags to Riches Philosopher: Bryan Johnson’s Path to $800 Million

Bryan Johnson is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of OS Fund and Braintree, the latter of which was bought by eBay in 2013 for $800 million in cash. Bryan launched OS Fund in 2014 with $100 million of his personal capital to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting […]

Chris Sacca on Being Different and Making Billions

Goofing around with Sacca and his afro. “Fuck it… I’m just not going to play this traditionally anymore.” – Chris Sacca Chris Sacca was recently the cover story of the “Midas Issue” of Forbes Magazine. The reason: He is a newly-minted billionaire and the proprietor of what will likely be the most successful venture capital fund in history: LOWERCASE I […]

How to Build a Large Audience From Scratch (And More)

Sometimes, going weird allows you to go big. (Photo: My weird Instagram) In this episode, I answer questions submitted by you all. 50% of this episode is spent explaining how I’d build an audience from scratch, if I had to start over today. The other ~10 questions/topics are listed below. Do you like or dislike this […]

How Type-A Personalities Can Survive and Thrive in Relationships

Dr. Astro Teller is a computer scientist and entrepreneur who currently oversees Google[x], Google’s moonshot factory. Dr. Danielle Teller is a physician specializing in intensive care and lung medicine; she has trained doctors and run research programs at Harvard University and the University of Pittsburgh. Together, they are the authors of Sacred Cows. In this […]

Rick Rubin on Losing 135+ Pounds, Working With World-Class Artists (Jay Z, Johnny Cash, etc.), and Breaking Down The Complex

Our conversation took place in a barrel sauna like this. “It’s [about] getting closer to the source and not being distracted by any nonsense…” – Rick Rubin Rick Rubin has been called “the most important [music] producer of the last 20 years” by MTV. Rick is also revered as something of a Zen master, and he is as deep […]

How Facebook’s #30 Employee Quickly Built 4 Businesses and Gained 40 Pounds with Weight Training

Noah Kagan was #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint.com, and is the Chief Sumo (founder) at SumoMe, which offers free tools to help grow website traffic. To keep things extra spicy, he’s become a taco connoisseur and created 4 separate products that have generated more than 7 figures. This podcast conversation is about all of the tools and tricks he uses […]

How a Famous Computer Hacker Optimizes Online Dating, Opens Locked Cars, and Hijacks Drones

Hacker Samy Kamkar in “The Dating Game” Samy Kamkar is one of the most innovative and notorious computer hackers in the United States. He’s also a well-known whistleblower. If you want to learn how Samy hacks everything from online dating to car alarms, this episode is for you. He is best known for creating the […]

Triple H on Pre-Fight Rituals, Injury Avoidance, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“His way of telling you that you did something wrong was hitting you in the head with a phone book in a shopping bag.” – Triple H (Paul Levesque) on learning from Killer Kowalski [10:05] “Why would I be wound up? I’m either ready, or I’m not. Worrying about it right now ain’t gonna change a […]

Hit Filmmaker Jon Favreau’s Techniques and Routines

“The laughter doesn’t last if there is no story. Story is king. You think it’s about the laughs, but, really, it’s about investing in the story and being drawn in.” – Jon Favreau [58:55] Jon Favreau is a man of many talents. He burst onto the acting scene with his role in Rudy. He established himself as […]

How to Earn Your Freedom…And A Motorcycle Ride Across China?

This post shares two short essays that have had a profound impact on my life. They explore “lifestyle,” world travel, practical philosophies, and much more. Disclaimer: These might make you quit your job… even if you’re the boss. I’m not kidding, as I’ve seen it happen. If it comes to pass, you’ll thank me later. To […]

Inside the Mind of Glenn Beck, You Find…Walt Disney and Orson Welles?

“When I turned 30, I knew my life was at a crossroads. It was either over, or I was going to restart.” – Glenn Beck [9:10] The goal of my blog and podcast is to push you outside of your comfort zone and force you to question assumptions. This is why I invite divergent thinkers and world-class […]

Lazy: A Manifesto

“Tim Kreider’s writing is heartbreaking, brutal and hilarious—usually at the same time. He can do in a few pages what I need several hours of screen time and tens of millions to accomplish. And he does it better. Come to think of it, I’d rather not do a blurb. I am beginning to feel bad […]

Amanda Palmer on How to Fight, Meditate, and Make Good Art

“Work with the man when the man can help you make your art…” - Amanda Palmer “When in doubt, remember: At the end of the day, you get to do whatever the fuck you want.” - Amanda Palmer My guest this episode is Amanda Palmer, who first came to prominence as one half of the internationally acclaimed punk […]

5 Ways To Exude Professionalism With Your Personal Brand

How to give your personal brand a professional shine. In our digitally connected world, can you truly separate who you are personally and who you are professionally? No matter the privacy settings there are numerous opportunities for...Show More Summary

The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide – Risks, Micro-Dosing, Ibogaine, and More

I’m not high in this picture, despite my appearance. DISCLAIMER: DO NOT USE ANY DRUGS OR SUBSTANCES WITHOUT CONSULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. JAMES FADIMAN, Ph.D., did his undergraduate work at Harvard and his graduate work at Stanford, doing research with the Harvard Group, the West Coast Research Group in […]

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