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The Magic and Power of Placebo

“Your brain has expectations, and it doesn’t want to be wrong. So when it’s wrong, it just makes up the difference.” – Erik Vance Erik Vance (@erikvance) is an award-winning science writer based in California and Mexico City. After working as a scientist on research projects dealing with dolphin intelligence and coastal ecology, he became an […]

The Return of Drunk Dialing

“The people I view as heroes in my life have forced me to have uncomfortable conversations and do uncomfortable things.” Thanks to the gin I had tonight, this is a special episode. It is a drunk-dialing Q&A with you guys — like we did around this time last year to celebrate the 100th episode. In […]

The Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster

“If effectiveness is doing the right things, efficiency is doing things right.” This is a special episode because it doesn’t focus on the lessons of one particular person. Instead, I explore the tips, tricks, and framework I’ve used to learn just about any skill. This is the meta-skill of meta-learning, or learning how to learn. […]

Matt Mullenweg: Characteristics and Practices of Successful Entrepreneurs

“If someone has those four things — work ethic, taste, integrity, and curiosity — I believe that you can learn anything in the world.” – Matt Mullenweg Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) is most associated with a tool that powers more than 25% of the entire Web: WordPress. He’s also the CEO of Automattic, which is a multi-billion […]

Shay Carl on Wealth, Parenting, and the Future of Video

“Money was never the goal; it was freedom. I just wanted to be able to not go to work.” – Shay Carl This is another special in-betweenisode. It’s a little shorter than the normal long-form episodes, and it features a Q&A with Shay Carl (@shaycarl). If you missed our first interview, Shay’s story is incredible. He […]

Dom D’Agostino on Disease Prevention, Cancer, and Living Longer

“The pursuit of size and strength really contradicts what we want to go after for longevity.” – Dominic D’Agostino Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino (@DominicDAgosti2) is one of my most popular guests, and I’m happy to have him rejoin the show for the third time. (You can listen to Dom’s first appearance here, and his second appearance […]

Jocko Willink on Discipline, Leadership, and Overcoming Doubt

“Don’t count on motivation; count on discipline.” – Jocko Willink Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) is one of the scariest human beings imaginable. Jocko did his first interview with me (find it here), and it took the Internet by storm. Now he joins us for round two to answer the questions you’ve been asking. Jocko is a lean […]

Tony Robbins on How to Resolve Internal Conflict

“You can’t be grateful and angry simultaneously.” – Tony Robbins The last time Tony Robbins (@tonyrobbins) was on the show, so many listeners found one of his exercises so helpful that they suggested I feature it on its own. This guided meditation from Tony is designed to help you overcome stress in a way that’s […]

Practicing What You Preach

“Prove your words by your deeds.” – Seneca the Younger My job is usually to deconstruct world-class performers and tease out their routines and habits you can use. But in this in-betweenisode, I present some short nuggets of practical, tactical philosophy about practicing what you preach. This is a letter from Stoic heavyweight Seneca the […]

Shep Gordon – The King Maker on His Best PR Stunts, Hugest Failures, and Practical Philosophies

“My philosophy was that you didn’t have to wait for history; you could create history.” – Shep Gordon Shep Gordon (@SupermenschShep) has been named one of the “100 most influential people” by Rolling Stone magazine. He is the man behind some of the biggest names you’ve ever heard. If you like the storytelling and lessons […]

Cal Fussman – The Master Storyteller Returns

Cal (@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 Learned” feature. The Austin Chronicle has described Cal’s interviewing skills as “peerless.” He has transformed oral history into an art form, conducting probing interviews with the icons who’ve […]

Jason Nemer – Inside the Magic of AcroYoga

“If I had to prescribe two things to improve health and happiness in the world, it’s movement and play.” – Jason Nemer My guest on this episode of the podcast is Jason Nemer (@jasonnemer), co-founder of AcroYoga. Jason is an incredible character, who travels the world with next to nothing. He introduced me to my […]

How to ‘Waste Money’ To Improve the Quality of Your Life

This episode is not going to deconstruct a world-class performer, per usual. This is a short, but very actionable and practical episode about the inner workings of my business. I was asked recently how I choose my projects. I’ve riffed on this topic, and shared many thoughts on delegating tasks, future projects, and my current […]

The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training, Part Two — Home Equipment, Weighted Stretches, and Muscle-Ups

“Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process.” – Christopher Sommer This is another jam-packed episode with Coach Chris Sommer (GymnasticBodies on Instagram/Facebook), the former US national team gymnastics coach and founder of GymnasticBodies. Show More Summary

What’s Important to You?

“If you don’t know how much you need, the default easily becomes ‘more.'” – Ryan Holiday My job is usually to deconstruct world-class performers from business, military, entertainment, politics, or athletics, and then to tease out the routines and habits you can use. But in this in-betweenisode, Ryan Holiday, author of the book Ego Is the […]

Tony Robbins – On Achievement Versus Fulfillment

“I love quotes…but, in the end, knowledge has to be converted to action or it’s worthless.” – Tony Robbins I’m very pleased to welcome Tony Robbins (@tonyrobbins) back to the show. (You can check out our previous in-depth conversations here: Part 1 and Part 2). For those of you that aren’t familiar, Tony Robbins is […]

Seth Godin on How to Think Small to Go Big

“The lessons we remember are the lessons we learn the hard way.” – Seth Godin Seth Godin (@thisissethsblog) is the author of 17 bestselling books that have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the way ideas spread, marketing, strategic quitting, leadership, and — most of all — challenging the status quo […]

Mike Birbiglia, The Sleepwalking Comedy Giant

“Art is socialism, but life is capitalism.” – Mike Birbiglia Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) is one of the best-known and busiest working comedians in the world, both behind and in front of the camera. His standup blends elements of theater, film, storytelling, and comedy. Mike has been deliberate in studying many crafts and tying them together, […]

How to Cage the Monkey Mind

This episode is a little different. I visited the Googleplex — the Mountain View-based headquarters of Google — and had a public chat. I was interviewed and made sure that we covered some ground that has not been discussed before. There were questions such as: What has been the most important Stoic teaching that I’ve […]

The One-Handed Concert Pianist, Nicholas McCarthy

“I don’t really want to play scales; I want to play music!” – Nicholas McCarthy Nicholas McCarthy (@NMcCarthyPiano) was born in 1989 without his right hand and only started to play the piano at the age of 14. He was told he would never succeed as a concert pianist. Fortunately, the doubters were wrong. His […]

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