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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying “No” to Millions

“To me, ‘busy’ implies that the person is out of control of their life.” – Derek Sivers Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers (@sivers) created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100 million in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for […]

Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories

This episode is easily one of my favorites I’ve ever done. Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) is an Academy Award-winning actor, a Grammy Award-winning musician, and a famous standup and improv comedian. He is, without a doubt, the most consummate performer and entertainer I have ever met.  In the 2.5 hours we spent together in his home studio, […]

Rainn Wilson on Meditation, The Sexy Nostril Exercise, and Acting as Therapy

“Cynicism is a disease that robs people of the gift of life.” – Rainn Wilson Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson) is best known for playing “Dwight” on NBC’s Emmy-winning, “The Office.” He has also acted in “Super,” “Cooties,” “Juno,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” and “The Rocker” among other movies. He co-founded SoulPancake, a media company that seeks to tackle “Life’s […]

The Magic of Mindfulness: Complain Less, Appreciate More, and Live a Better Life

Mindfulness a present state awareness that helps you to be non-reactive. This is another special episode of The Tim Ferriss Show. Usually, when I talk about strategies for living a better life, I focus on effectiveness and efficiency. Both of these are important, but fine-tuning those traits comes naturally for me. Mindfulness is something that is difficult […]

B.J. Novak of The Office on Creative Process, Handling Rejection, and Good Comedy

“I find that being in a good mood for creative work is worth the hours it takes to get in a good mood.” – B.J. Novak This episode covers principles and tactics for creating amazing careers, comedy, writing, and much more. Hilarious stories weave it all together. My guest is B.J. Novak (@bjnovak), best known for his […]

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 […]

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