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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 […]

How to Achieve Self-Ownership

“Greatness develops only at long intervals.” – Seneca This is another special episode of the podcast, featuring one of my favorite letters from Seneca. It’s not long, but its impact is far greater than the duration. Before you listen, I want you to think about this philosophy from Fight Club: “The things you own end up […]

Kaskade and Sekou Andrews: The Musician and the Poet

This episode is a special double header. It features one interview and one performance. First up is Kaskade (@Kaskade), widely considered one of the Founding Fathers of Progressive House Music. He’s been voted “America’s Best DJ” twice by DJ Times, headlined Coachella 4 times, and been nominated for a Grammy 5 times. Next, you’ll hear […]

Shaun White: The Most Unholy Snowboarder Ever

Photo: Jason DeFillippo “My parents never really told me I couldn’t do anything.” – Shaun White This particular episode comes from a fun event — my first live podcast at the iconic Troubadour in L.A. It sold out through my newsletter in 30 minutes, so thanks to all of you who came. If you haven’t […]

Meet “Scorpion,” The Real-Life Santa Claus with an IQ of 197

“I believe that peace means that one person has the biggest stick. I build those sticks.” – Walter O’Brien This episode might make your head explode… in the best way possible. Walter O’Brien (AKA “Scorpion”) (@walterobrienscs) is the...Show More Summary

How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules, Principles, and Obsessions

“We can’t out-obedience the competition.” – Seth Godin I expected this episode to be amazing, and Seth 10x’d expectations. He’s incredible. 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 […]

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

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