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How to Be Tim Ferriss – Featuring Freakonomics

This episode is a role-reversal. I went to New York City and sat down with Stephen J. Dubner (@freakonomics) of Freakonomics. He GRILLED me. I was hit with all sorts of questions that I had never heard before and we had a blast doing it. Their team did an incredible job with post-production, and I wanted […]

Lessons from War, Tribal Societies, and a Non-Fiction Life (Sebastian Junger)

“The point of journalism is to tell the truth. It is not to improve society. There are facts and truths that feel regressive, but that doesn’t matter. The point of journalism isn’t to make everything better; it’s to give people accurate information about how things are.” – Sebastian Junger “Who would you die for? What ideas would you die […]

Assessing Risk and Living Without a Rope – Lessons from Alex Honnold

“You take a dump into free space, and it just completely disappears.” – Alex Honnold Alex Honnold (@alexhonnold, Facebook: /alexhonnold) is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free-solo (no ropes, no partner) ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. Honnold is distinguished […]

How to Optimize Creative Output — Jarvis versus Ferriss

“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.” – W. H. Auden This episode is a conversation/debate/trading of ideas between Chase Jarvis (@ChaseJarvis) and yours truly. We discuss a little bit of everything, including: Optimizing...Show More Summary

The Secrets of Gymnastic Strength Training

“If the best in the world are stretching their ass off in order to get strong, why aren’t you?” – Christopher Sommer If you loved the Pavel, Poliquin, or Dom D’Agostino episodes, you’ll love this one. My guest this episode is Christopher Sommer (GymnasticBodies on Instagram/Facebook), former US national team gymnastics coach. He is also the founder of GymnasticBodies, a […]

The Importance of Being Dirty: Lessons from Mike Rowe

“Just because you love something doesn’t mean you can’t suck at it.” – Mike Rowe Mike Rowe (@mikeroweworks) is perhaps the best storyteller and pitchman I’ve ever had on the show. You might have been introduced to Mike during his 8 seasons as host of Dirty Jobs, but that’s only a small piece of his story. Mike Rowe […]

Joshua Skenes — Playing with Fire

“The answer is either yes or no. If it’s ‘no,’ then I have to start over.” – Joshua Skenes Joshua Skenes (IG: @jskenes) has become famous for his use of fire. As chef-owner of Saison in San Francisco (three Michelin stars), he has classical training and loves his high-end Japanese Nenohi knives, but nothing captures his imagination […]

On Zero-to-Hero Transformations

  In this episode, we don’t have any special guests, unless you count the multiple personalities in my own head. We are not talking to Arnold Schwarzenegger, black-market chemists, Josh Waitzkin, Jamie Foxx or anyone else per our regular interviews. Today, I’ll be responding to questions you upvoted on Reddit. Show More Summary

The Habits of a Master — Paulo Coelho, Author of The Alchemist

“A successful writing day is the day that I suffer in the morning, and I have fun in the evening.” -Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) has long been one of my writing inspirations. His books, of near universal appeal, span from The Alchemist to the most recent Adultery and have been translated into more than 70 languages. […]

The Man Who Studied 1,000 Deaths to Learn How to Live

“The small things ain’t so small.” – BJ Miller At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? And how can knowing this help you live better lives now? BJ Miller (@zenhospice), MD, knows. BJ is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, where he thinks deeply about how to create […]

On Philosophy and Riches

“Riches have shut off many a man from the attainment of wisdom.” – Seneca Whenever I succumb to social pressure to treat time as less valuable than income, that’s when I turn to stoicism. In this special episode of the podcast, I’m sharing one of my favorite letters from Seneca, “On Philosophy and Riches.” This is […]

How to Overcome Fear – Lessons from Firefighter and Luger, Caroline Paul

“You gotta work within your human limitations. Women and the smaller guys, we know right away where our limitations are so we’re going to compensate with other things.” – Caroline Paul Caroline Paul (@carowriter) is a blast and can also probably kick my ass… seriously. Caroline is the author of four published books. Her latest is the […]

Morgan Spurlock: Inside the Mind of a Human Guinea Pig

“You can sacrifice quality for a great story.” – Morgan Spurlock This is an interview you’ve been asking for since before I started the podcast: Morgan Spurlock.  Morgan Spurlock (@morganspurlock) is an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker based in New York. He is a prolific writer, director, producer, and human guinea pig. His first film, Super Size Me, […]

How to Live in the Moment

“The good in life does not depend on life’s length, but upon the use we make of it. It is possible, or rather usual, for a man who has lived long, lived too little.” – Seneca the Younger I once wrote, “We all like to appear ‘successful’ (a nebulous term at best) and the media like to portray […]

Josh Waitzkin, The Prodigy Returns

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” – Archilochos Ever since episode #2 of the podcast, you’ve been asking for more Josh Waitzkin, so here it is! This is an in-depth jam session, and you can definitely listen to this one independently. Josh Waitzkin was the […]

How to Avoid the Busy Trap (and Other Misuses of Your Time)

“A good man will not waste himself upon mean and discreditable work or be busy merely for the sake of being busy. Neither will he, as you imagine, become so involved in ambitious schemes that he will have continually to endure their ebb and flow.” – Seneca Today’s episode is a bite-sized morsel for your brain and for your […]

The Random Show, Ice Cold Edition

“We were in the locker room getting naked and two guys were like ‘Tim! I love your book!'” -Kevin Rose This is not going to be a long-form interview where I dissect and deconstruct a world-class performer. Instead, this is a special edition of The Random Show. I am joined by Kevin Rose (@KevinRose), serial entrepreneur, and all […]

The Interview Master: Cal Fussman and the Power of Listening

“It took me 10 years to understand that an interview was more than Meet the Press. Then another 20 [years] to figure out that it was more than sitting down with George Clooney and having the time of my life.” – Cal Fussman This episode is very special to me and features a verbal Jedi who […]

How to 10X Your Results, One Tiny Tweak at a Time

“I think the subtraction can be just as valuable as the addition.” – Tim Ferriss If you’ve enjoyed my previous in-between episodes, then this might be your favorite episode ever. It’s one of the most actionable, information-packed interviews I’ve ever done. This time, it’s Joel Stein (@TheJoelStein) asking the questions. Joel is one of the funniest writers I have […]

The World’s Most Famous Performance-Enhancement Chemist

“The thing about the government is that they can accuse you of something, ruin your life, you can be completely innocent and you don’t get compensated.” – Patrick Arnold At the behest of my astute legal counsel, here is a legal disclaimer for this episode: First, I am not recommending, endorsing, or supporting any of the substances or compounds […]

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