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How to Give Constructive Feedback

Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman have administered thousands of 360-degree assessments through their consulting firm, Zenger/Folkman. This has given them a wealth of information about who benefits from criticism, and how to deliver it...

How to Practice Poverty and Reduce Fear

“Establish business relations with poverty.” – Seneca These 10-15 minutes are gold. I revisit this letter of Seneca at least once a quarter, and I hope you find this episode equally powerful. The careful listener will find an extremely practical blueprint (and exercises) for optimizing performance in high-stress situations. Show More Summary

Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and the 5 Chimps Theory

“I actually think happiness is the absence of suffering. It comes from peace. That comes from being careful about desire, judgment, and reaction.” – Naval Ravikant When a guest is nominated for “Podcast of the Year,” that’s usually a good sign to bring them to the show for more. That’s why Naval Ravikant (@naval) is back, and […]

Being Happier at Work

Emma Seppälä, Stanford researcher and author of “The Happiness Track,” explains the proven benefits of a positive outlook; simple ways to increase your sense of well-being; and why it’s not about being ecstatic or excited all the ti...

Luis von Ahn on Learning Languages, Building Companies, and Changing the World

“The [common trait in] people that we have noticed are best at learning a language is that they have no trouble sounding stupid.” – Luis von Ahn Luis von Ahn (@luisvonahn) is an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is known for inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow (“genius grant” recipient), and […]

The Tao of Seneca

“It is precisely in times of immunity from care that the soul should toughen itself beforehand for occasions of greater stress, and it is while fortune is kind that it should fortify itself against her violence.” – Seneca the Younger For years, I’ve been studying Stoicism, but I’ve always had a particular interest in The […]

Stop Focusing on Your Strengths

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, professor at University College London and Columbia University and CEO of Hogan Assessments, explains how the fad for strengths-based coaching may actually be weakening us.

Edward Norton on Mastery, Must-Read Books, and The Future of Crowdfunding

“Hey, you want to be taken seriously? Take things seriously. Do the work. Don’t coast.” – Edward Norton  This episode, I sit down with Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton). Edward is an actor, filmmaker and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in Primal Fear, American History X, and Birdman. He has starred in […]

Chris Sacca on Shark Tank, Building Your Business, and Startup Mistakes

“Mullet wigs change everything.” – Chris Sacca Sometimes one interview just isn’t enough. That was certainly the case with my good friend, Chris Sacca. Chris (who I interviewed before) was recently the cover story of the Midas Issue of Forbes magazine. He was on the cover because he’s a newly minted billionaire and the proprietor of […]

Make Peace with Your Inner Critic

Tara Mohr, author of “Playing Big,” explains how to deal with self-doubt (or help someone else manage theirs).

Eric Weinstein on Challenging “Reality,” Working with Peter Thiel, and Destroying Education to Save It

“We need to realize that we know how to impart expertise, but we don’t know how to impart creativity or genius.” – Eric Weinstein My guest this episode is my friend, Eric Weinstein (@ericrweinstein), managing director of Thiel Capital, a Ph.D in mathematical physics from Harvard, and a research fellow at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford […]

Achieve Your Goals (Finally)

Heidi Grant Halvorson, author of “No One Understands You and What to Do About It” and “9 Things Successful People Do Differently,” explains how to actually stick to your resolutions this year.’

Daymond John and How to Turn Weaknesses into Strengths

Even if you can afford more, whether it’s time or money, you don’t necessarily want that margin for error. You want to force the hard thinking.” – Tim Ferriss Usually, it’s my job to deconstruct world-class performers. This time around, the tables are turned. Many of you have wanted to hear me interviewed, so this week Daymond […]

Recommendations and Resolutions for 2016

(Image from Fanpop) This episode is ~99% serious recommendations and resolutions for 2016.  But I am joined by tech entrepreneur and investor, Kevin Rose, so it’s at least 1% shenanigans. [Here is the Stakes resource/PDF I mention in this episode] The conversation is also a new experiment for The Random Show. O-tanoshimi dane! Stream below, or you can listen […]

Marketing Lessons for Companies Big and Small

Denise Lee Yohn, author of “Extraordinary Experiences” and “What Great Brands Do” explains what we can learn from retail and restaurant brands

Derek Sivers Reloaded – On Success Habits and Billionaires with Perfect Abs

By popular demand, this is a follow-up with the amazing Derek Sivers (@sivers)! This episode can be listened to independently of our first popular conversation, and he answers some of my (and your) favorite questions. Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, […]

Amelia Boone on Beating 99% of Men and Suffering for a High-Performance Life

“I’m not the strongest. I’m not the fastest. But I’m really good at suffering.” – Amelia Boone Amelia Boone (@ameliaboone) has been called the Michael Jordan of obstacle course racing (OCR). This episode explores her training, nutrition, rehab, “pre-hab,” and more. In a sense, Amelia is more impressive than MJ, as she conquered OCR while […]

25 Great Things I Learned from Podcast Guests in 2015

The Tim Ferriss Show has been selected as one of iTunes’ “Best of 2015.” Thanks for all the incredible feedback this year! It’s what makes the show fun for me. To celebrate, this short episode (approximately 30 minutes) describes 25 of my favorite learnings from 2015: tips, gadgets, and quotes from podcast guests that I’ve incorporated into my […]

Life’s Work: Neil deGrasse Tyson

In every issue, we feature a conversation with someone who’s been wildly successful outside the traditional business world. This time, it’s an astrophysicist.

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