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Will MacAskill on Effective Altruism, Y Combinator, and Artificial Intelligence

“We want to disaggregate benefits and aggregate costs.” – William MacAskill Will MacAskill (@willmacaskill) is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford. Just 28 years old, he is likely the youngest associate (i.e. tenured) professor of philosophy in the world. Will is the author of Doing Good Better and a co-founder of the “effective […]

Kevin Costner: The Near-Death Audition, Work Ethic, and The Explorers Guild

“When I articulated that I didn’t care anymore what anybody thought about what I did except me, all the weight of the world came off my shoulders. Everything became possible. I felt free.” – Kevin Costner Kevin Costner (@modernwest) is an internationally renowned filmmaker. He is considered one of the most critically acclaimed and visionary storytellers […]

How Philosophy Can Change Your Life, Alain de Botton

“We’re not very good at understanding what it is that we really want. We’re extremely prone to latch onto suggestions from the outside world.” – Alain de Botton Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton) is many things, but I think of him as a rare breed of practical philosopher. In 1997, he turned away from writing novels and instead […]

Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and the End of Cancer

“The FDA may see ketones as a drug. I see them as a fourth macronutrient. You have fats, proteins, and carbs. Ketones are an energy-containing molecule.” – Dom D’Agostino Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino (@DominicDAgosti2) is an Assistant...Show More Summary

How Casey Neistat Gets Away With Murder

“What is the ultimate quantification of success? For me, it’s not how much time you spend doing what you love. It’s how little time you spend doing what you hate.” – Casey Neistat Casey Neistat (@caseyneistat) is a New York-based filmmaker. His online films have been viewed more than 50,000,000 times in the last 3 years. He is […]

Thinking About Extra Dimensions with Physicist Lisa Randall

“Be curious and try to find solutions to problems.” – Lisa Randall Professor Lisa Randall (@lirarandall) researches particle physics and cosmology at Harvard, where she is a professor of theoretical physics. Professor Randall was the...Show More Summary

The Athlete (And Artist) Who Cheats Death, Jimmy Chin

“I’m the laziest motivated person that I know!” — Jimmy Chin Jimmy Chin (@jimkchin) is an artist and professional athlete, often at the same time. If Chase Jarvis and Laird Hamilton had a love child, it would be Jimmy. He has participated in and documented breakthrough expeditions around the planet, from climbing first ascents in the […]

5 Tools I Use For Faster And Better Sleep

This short (~20 min) episode covers the latest tools, gadgets, and tactics I’m using for faster and better sleep. Enjoy! Listen to it on iTunes. Stream by clicking here. Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”. As a lifelong insomniac, I’ve tried everything, and here are some of the critical few that make the cut: Chili Pad […]

Season 5, Episode 10: How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset [Podcast]

4 Heart-Defending Disciplines. Welcome to Season 5, Episode 10 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss the most important asset for leaders and how to safeguard it. It affects our perspective and purpose. It impacts how we interact with our teams, potential […]

The Nasty Icon of Retail, Sophia Amoruso

“I like to make promises that I’m not sure I can keep, and then figure out how to keep them.” – Sophia Amoruso Sophia Amoruso (@Sophia_Amoruso) is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, a global online destination for both new and vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories. Founded in 2006, Nasty Gal was named “Fastest Growing […]

Should You Start a ‘Startup’ or Build a Cash-Flow Business?

“I should be used as a mercenary, not a lifer.” – Tim Ferriss In this episode, we have a change of pace… Expa (@expa) is a startup studio. It was founded by Garrett Camp, who co-founded Uber. Every once in a blue moon, they put together a night of education. I was recently invited to participate in an event. […]

The Tattooed Heretic of Wine and Whiskey, Richard Betts

“Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.” – Richard Betts Richard Betts (@yobetts) served as the wine director at The Little Nell in Aspen from 2000 to 2008. Much more interesting to me, Richard passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Masters Exam on his first attempt, becoming the ninth person in history ever to do so. […]

The 5 Things I Did To Become a Better Investor

I get asked a lot about investing. This is mostly due to start-up investing and the hoopla around it, but I’ve expanded my experiments to late-stage deals, real estate, and more. So far, my startup bets are 10x+ more successful (on paper) than my publishing career. Based on cashed-out positions, they’re still several times more […]

Comedy’s Dynamic Duo, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

“If we can write a high school movie, then we can make a high school movie.” — Seth Rogen This episode features a dynamic duo. Seth Rogen (@SethRogen) is an actor, writer, producer, and director. Evan Goldberg (@EvanDGoldberg) is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer. Show More Summary

The Scariest Navy SEAL Imaginable…And What He Taught Me

“Discipline equals freedom.” – Jocko Willink Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) is one of the scariest human beings imaginable. He is a lean 230 pounds. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert who used to tap out 20 Navy SEALs per workout. He is a legend in the Special Operations world. His eyes look through you more than at you. […]

Scott Adams: The Man Behind Dilbert

“Be Useful.” – Scott Adams Scott Adams (@scottadamssays) is a famous cartoonist and the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, which has been published in more than 2000 newspapers in 57 countries and in 19 languages. In my conversation with Scott, we cover topics ranging from the rise of Dilbert, to how he uses affirmations to […]

5 Morning Rituals That Help Me Win The Day

“If you see distraction externally, you end up creating an internally distracted state.” – Tim Ferriss This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is a bit of an experiment. Most the time, I interview world-class people, and I ask them many, many questions to try and figure out what makes them good at what they do. […]

Are Psychedelic Drugs the Next Medical Breakthrough?

DISCLAIMER: DO NOT USE ANY DRUGS OR SUBSTANCES WITHOUT CONSULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. “Be curious.” – Dr. Dan Engle Martin Polanco (@Martin_Polanco7), M.D., is the founder and program director of Crossroads Treatment Center, based in Rosarito, Mexico. Show More Summary

Drunk Dialing Fans–Celebrating The 100th Podcast Episode!

100 episodes! Whaaat?! This celebratory episode involves me drunk dialing a bunch of you on Skype. We’ll get to that. But first, a little background and thank you… My podcast–The Tim Ferriss Show–was started on a whim. It was intended as a break between big book projects. “I’ll do six episodes to get better at interviewing” was the […]

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