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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 […]

Lessons from Geniuses, Billionaires, and Tinkerers

“The interesting jobs are the ones that you make up.” – Chris Young Chris Young is an obsessive tinkerer, inventor, and innovator. His areas of expertise range from extreme aviation (world-record goals) to mathematics and apocalyptic-scale BBQs. Above all, he is one of the clearest thinkers I know. In this interview, we discuss a great […]

Dom D’Agostino — The Power of the Ketogenic Diet

“If medicine wants to focus on prevention, there’s no better tool than nutrition.” – Dominic D’Agostino Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino (@DominicDAgosti2) is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology...Show More Summary

The Random Show – New Favorite Books, Memory Training, and Bets On VR

This is not going to be a long-form interview where I dissect and deconstruct a world-class performer…at least not in the usual fashion. Instead, this is a special edition of The Random Show. I am joined by Kevin Rose (@KevinRose), serial entrepreneur, world-class investor, and all around wild and crazy guy. We discuss a wide […]

Shay Carl — From Manual Laborer to 2.3 Billion YouTube Views

Shay Carl (@shaycarl) got his first computer at age 27. He was a manual laborer for ages and uploaded his first YouTube video while on break from a granite counter top job. Flash forward to today: His SHAYTARDS channel now has roughly 2.3 BILLION views. Celebs like Steven Spielberg have appeared alongside Shay and his […]

Useful Lessons from Workaholics Anonymous, Corporate Implosions, and More

“If ego has told you that you know everything, all of a sudden it’s impossible for you to learn.” – Ryan Holiday Ryan Holiday (@RyanHoliday) is a strategist and writer. He dropped out of college at 19 to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, and later served as the director […]

Dissecting the Success of Malcolm Gladwell

“For every hour I spend writing, I spend three hours thinking about writing.” – Malcolm Gladwell Malcolm Gladwell (@gladwell) is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME […]

Jamie Foxx Part 2 – Bringing the Thunder

“If I told you that Oprah Winfrey is now a white man…what would you say?” – Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) returns to the show for a special role-reversal where he interviews me for his radio show. For those of you who didn’t hear Jamie’s first appearance on the podcast, which was voted 2015 Podcast […]

How Creatives Should Negotiate

  “There are more valuable things than money in the short term.” – Ramit This episode is actually a workshop on negotiating. Out of all the resources out there on how to negotiate, 99 percent of them are piss-poor — but I guarantee you this isn’t one of them. Your teacher in this episode is Ramit Sethi. […]

The Canvas Strategy — What Ben Franklin and Bill Belichick Have in Common

“The person who clears the path ultimately controls its direction, just as the canvas shapes the painting.” – Ryan Holiday My job is usually to deconstruct world-class performers from the best in the military, entertainment, politics, chess, and athletics, and tease out the routines and habits that you can use. In this particular episode, I’m […]

Marc Andreessen — Lessons, Predictions, and Recommendations from an Icon

“Raise prices.” – Marc Andreessen Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) is a legendary figure in Silicon Valley — and worldwide. Even in the epicenter of tech, it’s hard to find a more fascinating icon. Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser, the first widely used graphical web browser. He also co-founded Netscape, which later sold to […]

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

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