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Mike Novogratz on Investing, Bitcoin, Ayahuasca, and Running Through The Sahara Desert (#451)

  • Wednesday 5th August 2020
Michael Novogratz (@novogratz) is the founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital. He was formerly a partner and president of Fortress Investment Group, LLC. Prior to Fortress, Michael spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was elected partner in 1998. Michael served on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial …

Books I’ve Loved — Neil Strauss (#450)

  • Friday 31st July 2020
Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types—from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing past …

Grandmaster Maurice Ashley — The Path and Strategies of World-Class Mastery (#449)

  • Tuesday 28th July 2020
“Once you get to the top of the mountain, you look around, and you get your chance to look. And now what? You’ve got a nice view. That’s great. How long can you stay on the mountain? You need another mountain.” — Grandmaster Maurice Ashley Maurice Ashley (@MauriceAshley) made history in 1999 when he became …

Brad Feld — The Art of Unplugging, Carving Your Own Path, and Riding the Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster (#448)

  • Thursday 23rd July 2020
Brad, they can’t kill you and they can’t eat you. Suit up. — Len Fassler Brad Feld (@bfeld) is the author of two new books: The Startup Community Way and the second edition of Startup Communities. He has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture …

Books I’ve Loved — Ann Miura-Ko (#447)

  • Friday 17th July 2020
Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types—from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing past …

Blake Mycoskie — TOMS, The Hoffman Process, Conscious Uncoupling, and Psychedelics (#446)

  • Thursday 16th July 2020
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine …

Janna Levin on Extra Dimensions, Time Travel, and How to Overcome Boots in the Face (#445)

  • Wednesday 8th July 2020
“I used to resent obstacles along the path, thinking, ‘If only that hadn’t happened, life would be so good.’ Then I suddenly realized, life is the obstacles. There is no underlying path.”  — Janna Levin Janna Levin (@jannalevin) is the Tow Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She has contributed …

Hugh Jackman on Best Decisions, Daily Routines, The 85% Rule, Favorite Exercises, Mind Training, and Much More (#444)

  • Friday 26th June 2020
“Everyone takes a shower every day, and we don’t complain about it. We do it out of discipline. There will always be an excuse not to meditate.”  — Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman (@TheHughJackman) is an Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning performer, who has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate …

David Yarrow on Art, Markets, Business, and Combining It All (#443)

  • Thursday 25th June 2020
“I must never again put myself in a position where my work ethic can be undone by things totally beyond my control.”  — David Yarrow In his genre, David Yarrow (@davidyarrow) is one of the world’s best-selling fine art photographers. Most recently, he has focused on capturing the animal and human worlds in fresh and creative …

Tribe of Mentors — Naval Ravikant, Susan Cain, and Yuval Noah Harari (#442)

  • Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show! It will feature some of my favorite advice and profiles from Tribe of Mentors. Thousands of you have asked for years for the audiobook versions of Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors, and they are now both finally available at audible.com/ferriss. Today’s episode will focus on my first chapter in Tribe of Mentors, as well …

5 Steps to Becoming Insanely, Spectacularly, Wildly Successful… or Whatever

  • Monday 3rd August 2020

Step 1: Ignore every step-by-step system for success, including probably this one
Look, I know you want to be that big badass with the sweet ass house and all the fancy letters after your name, but let’s be honest for a second. Insane, spectacular success is achieved by doing something exceptional and extraordinary.

To achieve something exceptional and extraordinary, you must—by definition—do something that few or no other people are doing or willing to do. Therefore, wild, insane, spectacular success can only be achieved by actively going against what others have done and/or believing you can do things that others believe they cannot do. Therefore, anything that can accurately be codified into a step-by-step system on the internet is full of shit and not going to help you achieve this kind of success.

Do you think Steve Jobs ever sat around Googling, “How to revolutionize the way everyone communicates?” Fuck no. Do you think Thomas Edison went to the library looking for books titled, “How to build things that can change the world?”

No, they got to work on things that felt important and things that few to no other people could conceive, much less …

3 Reasons Why You Make Terrible Decisions (And How to Stop)

  • Monday 29th June 2020

Everything you do in life is a trade-off. Anything you say, do, or pursue has a cost and a benefit. Those costs and benefits may not always be immediately apparent — sometimes the costs and benefits are dislocated in time, the benefit being immediate and the cost in the distant future. Sometimes the costs or benefits are subtle and psychological. But nonetheless, there is always a trade-off.

We like to believe that we can find a life of only pleasure and no pain, of only success and no failure, of only acceptance and no rejection. But this is impossible. Gain and loss are simultaneous. For everything you say or do, there is an infinite number of alternative choices you must forgo in order to say or do them.

As your Economics 101 class taught you, “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” If you’re eating an awesome cheesesteak, you’re giving up the chance to eat a hamburger. If you’re eating a hamburger you’re giving up the chance to eat a double-stacked burrito. And if you’re eating a double-stacked burrito, then you’re giving up the ability to ever respect yourself again.

This is decision-making in a nutshell. What …

Maybe You Don’t Know What Love Is

  • Thursday 18th June 2020

We sit silently. My friend stares deeply into her empty glass, occasionally shuffling the ice around with her straw. "Wow," she says. I sit and wait for her to say something else. What started out as a festive night somehow became a long, deep discussion about love, what it consists of, and how rare it actually is.

Finally, I say, "Wow, what?"

"I'm just thinking that I've never experienced that."

"Well, maybe you just haven't met the right person yet," I say — the totally cliche thing that every friend says in this situation.

"No," she says. "I mean, I've never experienced that with anyone. My parents, my family, even most of my friends." She looks up at me, her eyes glassy and wet, "Maybe I don't know what love is."
The Conditional Coolness Economy
When you’re a teenager, being "cool" is traded like a currency. You accumulate as much coolness as possible and then you find other kids with a lot of coolness and you bargain to share that coolness to make each other even cooler.

And if at any point you come across a kid with far less coolness than you, you tell that nerd to fuck …

The Three Levels of Self-Awareness

  • Tuesday 16th June 2020

Self-awareness is like great sex: everyone thinks they have a ton of it, but in reality no one knows what the fuck they’re doing.

The fact is that the majority of our thoughts and actions are on autopilot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions carry us through our lives so we don’t have to stop and think about it every time we wipe our ass or start a car.

The problem is when we’re on autopilot for so long that we forget we’re on autopilot. Because when we’re not even aware of our own habits, routines, impulses, and reactions, then we no longer control them; they control us. Whereas a person with self-awareness is able to exercise a little meta-cognition and say, “Hmm… every time my sister calls me and asks for money, I end up drinking a lot of vodka. That might not be a coincidence,” a person without self-awareness just hits the bottle and doesn’t look back.
The Three Levels of Self-Awareness
Below are three levels of self-awareness along with a caveat. Why three levels? Who the hell knows? Just go with it.
Level 1 - What the Hell Are …

Your Honest-to-God Guide to STDs

  • Monday 15th June 2020

Updated: June 2020

Chances are, if you're reading this, you're scared by the idea of catching some sort of STD. Or at least you have been in the past. That night you got drunk and didn't have a condom but went for it anyway. Or maybe you hooked up with someone who had a reputation for sleeping with every third person in the phone book.

Perhaps you freaked out and rushed to get tested the next morning. Maybe you started Googling around frantically to convince yourself that you're OK, only to find horrifying images and statistics about how people lost internal organs, limbs and never, ever had sex again because they were so hideously deformed by some pesky infection... Your mind begins racing, your liver DOES hurt, you think to yourself. It must be an early onset of AIDS. Obviously...

HIV virusThe unfortunate thing about STD "education" is that it focuses on very specific information: symptoms, treatments, and every worst-case scenario. The real-world experiences and probabilities are absent. Down-to-earth guidance on how this information should affect your behavior is usually glossed over -- telling you to abstain from having sex (yeah right) and to use a condom (even though …

5 Best Books for Dealing with Anxiety and Depression

  • Saturday 13th June 2020

Depression blows. Anxiety isn’t any fun either. And perhaps the only thing worse than the well-intentioned friends and family who implore you to just “get over it” or advise you to “keep your head up” is the fact that there are approximately 3,102 crappy books out there promising to wave a little wand and sprinkle fairy dust in your ass, and everything will instantly be better.

In my experience, the best books on dealing with anxiety and depression are the best because they are honest about the situation. There is this thing that sucks, and you’re not going to magically make it go away. You have to deal with it, engage it, wrestle with it a bit and become stronger in the face of it.

I get hundreds of emails every month from people who struggle primarily with anxiety and depression. Many of them are looking for a solution or a piece of wisdom or advice. Unfortunately, the only thing I’m qualified to send them is this new care bear emoji I got on my phone. And that’s probably not a long-term solution for them.

So instead, I will send them here, to these books.

I’ve read a lot …

6 Healthy Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Toxic

  • Wednesday 10th June 2020

A while back I wrote a post titled 6 Signs You're in a Toxic Relationship. In the months since I published it, the article has attracted a ton of comments--and you know it’s hit a nerve when big, grown-up websites who get paid to post smart grown-up things ask if they can copy/paste it, ostensibly to make a bunch of advertising money off people acting like assholes in their comment sections.

(I know, I’m such a sellout.)

But I think it’s helped a lot of people. Since writing it, I’ve received a staggering number of thank you emails, and around two dozen people told me that it had inspired them to end a relationship (or even in a few cases, a marriage). It seems it served as a kind of wake-up call to finally let go and accept that sometimes, relationships can gag you with a shit-spoon.

(So, I guess I’m a home-wrecker and a sellout. Sweet.)

But along with the praise, I also received a ton of questions like, "So if these habits ruin a relationship, what habits create a happy and healthy relationship?" and "Where’s an article on what makes a relationship great?" and "Mark, …

3 Terrible Reasons to Get Married (And 4 Really Good Ones)

  • Wednesday 10th June 2020

Years ago, I thought of myself as someone who would probably never get married. I thought I was just “wired” for relationships that were fun but ultimately short-lived. I dated a lot, slept around, and always had an exit strategy.

Fast forward to today and as a happily married man, I’m honestly surprised by how easy it was for me to transition to a committed, life-long relationship. In fact, it feels damn good!

The truth is, while I did a lot of work on myself, a lot of it was just looking for a good partner.

I get hundreds of emails each year from people struggling in their relationships. And a lot of those people are either engaged or thinking about getting married. I often want to wave a giant neon flag at them shouting, “Don’t do it!” because getting married for the wrong reasons can have dire consequences--not just emotionally, but financially, as well.

After working with dozens of couples on this issue, I’ve put together two checklists below that summarize everything. The first checklist is the BAD reasons people get married. The second checklist outlines the GOOD reasons to get married. Check it out.
Terrible Reasons to …

9 Steps to Hating Yourself a Little Less

  • Wednesday 10th June 2020

Let’s get real: If we’re really honest with ourselves, we all have a little self-loathing going on from time to time. OK, maybe a lot of self-loathing going on, depending on the degree of trauma you’ve sustained, and how many episodes of Teletubbies you were subjected to as a child.

But here’s the good news, self-hatred is just part of the human condition. There’s nothing inherently "wrong" with you because you intensely dislike or feel ashamed of certain unsavory aspects of yourself. Everyone does. Even Oprah has to hate herself some of the time, I’m pretty sure. And I’m no exception either, of course. After all, I’m writing a listicle for a website -- I must hate some deep, dark corner of myself.

We all have dreams we’ve failed to live up to, ideals we’ve failed to embody, actions we wish we had or hadn’t done, ways in which we wish we could be different. This is normal. And we all must deal with these parts of ourselves that we don’t exactly like. Some of us deal with it through avoidance -- we sleepwalk through life, never making any serious decisions, following others, and avoiding …

How to Survive a Long Distance Relationship

  • Tuesday 9th June 2020

"Is he/she worth waiting for?"

"Are they feeling the same way I do?"

"Am I kidding myself thinking this can work?"

"Would I be better off dating the mailman instead? At least he comes to my house every day."

"Does my boyfriend even exist or is this just an elaborate Nigerian credit card scam?"

Long-distance relationships suck. I’ve never met anyone who said, "Yeah, my boyfriend lives 14 hours away in Finland, it’s great!" On the contrary, everyone I’ve met in a long-distance relationship ends up with that agonizing feeling: that your heart is slowly being carved out of your chest by a butter knife and replaced with unsatisfactory Skype calls and blinking chat windows.

I get it; I’ve been there.  All three of my significant relationships have involved long distance in some way.

As a young man who was terrified of any sort of commitment, I found that I could only allow myself to fall for a girl if she was at least 500 miles away. The first time, we both genuinely tried to make it work, but things fell apart spectacularly, mostly because we were both too young and immature to handle the distance.

The second time, …

Sia — The Alchemy of Blockbuster Songs, Billions of Views, and the Face You’ve Never Seen (#452)

  • Wednesday 12th August 2020
I don’t think that I’m necessarily, like, a super-talented songwriter. I think I’m just really productive. One out of 10 songs is a hit. So where a lot of people will spend three weeks on one song, I will write 10 in three weeks. — Sia Sia (@sia) is an Australian singer, songwriter, director, screenwriter, …

The Random Show — Zen, Investing, Mike Tyson, Artificial Intelligence, and the World’s Best Beers

  • Thursday 20th August 2020
Technologist, serial entrepreneur, world-class investor, self-experimenter, and all-around wild and crazy guy Kevin Rose (@KevinRose) rejoins me for another episode of “The Random Show.” In this one, we wax poetic over wildlife friends and foes, the folly of facing off against Mike Tyson (even in his 50s), slow donkeys, universal basic income (UBI), breaking the pandemic pajama …

The Random Show — Zen, Investing, Mike Tyson, Artificial Intelligence, and the World’s Best Beers (#453)

  • Thursday 20th August 2020
Technologist, serial entrepreneur, world-class investor, self-experimenter, and all-around wild and crazy guy Kevin Rose (@KevinRose) rejoins me for another episode of “The Random Show.” In this one, we wax poetic over wildlife friends and foes, the folly of facing off against Mike Tyson (even in his 50s), slow donkeys, universal basic income (UBI), breaking the pandemic pajama …

My Healing Journey After Childhood Abuse (Includes Extensive Resource List)

  • Monday 14th September 2020
For me, this is the most important podcast episode I’ve ever published. In it, I describe the most life-shaping, certainly the most difficult, and certainly the most transformative journey of my 43 years on this planet. I’ve never shared it before.

Guy Raz — Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs, The Story of ‘How I Built This,’ Overcoming Anxiety and Depression, and More (#462)

  • Thursday 10th September 2020
“There is a natural skepticism that you develop as a journalist, which I think is important. But oftentimes that develops into cynicism.” — Guy Raz Guy Raz (@guyraz) is the Michael Phelps of podcasting. He’s the creator and host of the popular podcasts How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and The Rewind and …

Finding the Side Door: Startup Lessons from RXBar, 5-hour Energy, and More

  • Thursday 10th September 2020
This guest post is authored by Guy Raz (@guyraz), the Michael Phelps of podcasting. Guy is the creator and host of many popular podcasts, including How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and The Rewind. Guy is also the co-creator of the acclaimed podcasts TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World, a podcast …

Kelly Slater — The Surfing Legend on Routine, Rickson Gracie, Favorite Books, and Overcoming Setbacks (#461)

  • Tuesday 8th September 2020
“When you’re humble, you’re teachable.” Kelly Slater Kelly Slater (@kellyslater) is widely considered the greatest surfer of all time. He holds nearly every major record in the sport, including 11 world titles and 55 career victories. He also has the amazing distinction of being both the youngest and oldest world champion in men’s history. His …

Books I’ve Loved — Alain de Botton (#459)

  • Friday 4th September 2020
Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types—from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing past …

The Psychedelic News Hour: New Breakthroughs, Compound Comparisons and Warnings (Psilocybin/LSD/Ayahuasca/N,N-DMT/5-MeO-DMT), Treatment of Trauma, Scalable vs. Unscalable Approaches, Making Sense of “Bad” Trips, and Much More (#458)

  • Thursday 3rd September 2020
Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is normally my job to deconstruct world-class performers of various types, of all ilks. In this special episode, the tables are turned. Instead of interviewing someone else, I am interviewed by two experts on several topics I’ve both studied and supported, including psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy …

Chuck Palahniuk, Author of Fight Club — A Masterclass in Creative Living and Dangerous Writing (#457)

  • Wednesday 2nd September 2020
“The goal is to make people laugh and then to really break their heart.” — Chuck Palahniuk Writer Chuck Palahniuk (@chuckpalahniuk) has published twenty-three national and international best-selling books. These include fifteen prose novels, a collection of short stories, two graphic novels, two coloring books, a travel guide, a collection of essays, and a memoir …

The Power of Myth — The Hero’s Adventure with Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers (#456)

  • Thursday 27th August 2020
In psychological therapy, when people find out what it is that’s ticking in them, they get straightened out. . . . I find thinking in mythological terms has helped people. Joseph Campbell Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is normally my job to interview and deconstruct world-class performers of all …

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on Powerful Books, Mystics, Richard Dawkins, and the Dangers of Safe Spaces (#455)

  • Wednesday 26th August 2020
“Win the respect of people you respect, and you can forget the rest.” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (@RabbiSacks) is an international religious leader, philosopher, and respected moral voice. He was the chief rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013 and the recipient of the 2016 Templeton Prize, in …

Books I’ve Loved — Whitney Cummings (#454)

  • Friday 21st August 2020
Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types—from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing past …

Why We All Need Philosophy

  • Monday 7th September 2020

"To win true freedom, you must be a slave to philosophy."—Epicurus

The great philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein was once sitting in a park having a philosophical discussion with a friend when his friend, quite animated, stood up and said loudly, "That is a tree! I know for a fact that that is a tree!" An awkward pause ensued as the two men realized that passersby had stopped and were now staring at them. Wittgenstein, thinking quickly, turned to the people and said, "Do not worry, this fellow is not insane... we are merely doing philosophy."

When most people think of philosophy, they likely imagine indecipherable books that stretch on for a thousand pages, saying and solving nothing. They envision stuffy old men in misbuttoned shirts, untied shoelaces with mismatched socks, shuffling about hallways of some archaic university, mumbling to themselves, completely unaware of the humanity around them.

As an undergraduate in university, when I told people that I was considering choosing philosophy as a major, they often looked at me with some mixture of horror and confusion, as though I had just told them I was considering shoving a stick of …

Books I’ve Loved — Cal Fussman (#468)

  • Sunday 27th September 2020
Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types—from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing past …

Dustin Yellin on Making Art, Weaving Madness, and Forging Your Own Path (#467)

  • Friday 25th September 2020
“I don’t worry about inspiration as much as system overload.” — Dustin Yellin Dustin Yellin (@dustinyellin) is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the founder and director of Pioneer Works, a multidisciplinary cultural center in Red Hook, Brooklyn, that builds community through the arts and sciences to create an open and …

Richard Koch on Mastering the 80/20 Principle, Achieving Unreasonable Success, and the Art of Gambling (#466)

  • Tuesday 22nd September 2020
“If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can be very creative about it.” — Richard Koch Richard Koch (@RichardKoch8020) is an entrepreneur, investor, former strategy consultant, and author of several books on business and ideas, including four on how to apply the 80/20 principle in all walks of life. His investments have grown at …

8 Logical Fallacies that Mess Us All Up

  • Monday 28th September 2020

I’m going to be honest: most courses you take in university aren’t worth a whole lot. That’s not because the professors are bad or the coursework is pointless (although sometimes that is definitely the case). I mean that most of the courses you take will never be all that relevant to the rest of your life.

But then, every once in a while, often by accident, you stumble into a course that is hugely impactful on your life. That happened to me in my sophomore year. I needed to take an elective from the humanities department, and not wanting to get sucked into a seminar on “Romantic literature of the 1840s” or whatever, I went for the least humanities-sounding thing I could find on the list: a philosophy course called “Logic and Reasoning.” It probably ended up being the most valuable course I ever took in my life.

From day one, I loved my logic course. Each morning, we’d all come into class to find a question like this on the board:

“Every time a train arrives at the station, there are many passengers on the platform. You arrive at the station and see many passengers

The Cognitive Biases that Make Us All Terrible People

  • Monday 21st September 2020

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “How are there so many idiots in the world who can’t seem to see what is right in front of them?” You’re thinking, “Why do *I* seem to be blessed (or cursed) with the ability to see truth through a torrential downpour of bullshit?” You’re thinking “What can I do to make people understand? How can I make them see what I see?”

I know you think this because everyone thinks this. The perception that we understand life in a way that nobody else does is an inherent facet of our psychology. That disconnect we feel is universal.

Here’s a factoid to ruin your Sunday morning breakfast: the human mind did not evolve to be good at understanding truth—the human mind evolved to be good at understanding what is most useful for the human mind. And spoiler alert: what is useful is usually not true.

Hoffman, D. (2019). Do we see reality? New Scientist, 243(3241), 34–37.

It turns out that we are not very objective in our beliefs. It turns out that our perceptions and reasoning are heavily influenced by cognitive biases.

Imagine that you’re looking at an image on …

Understanding Your Emotions

  • Wednesday 15th July 2020

Contents

  • What are emotions?
  • Where emotions come from
  • Managing your emotions
  • Finding Happiness
  • Escaping Sadness
  • Managing Anger
  • Facing Fear
  • Overcoming Shame
  • Falling in Love

What are emotions and what do they do for us?
Experiencing an emotion is kind of like going through high school: when you're in it, nothing feels more important. But when it's over, you're left wondering what the fuck that was all about.

Over the years, I’ve made a regular habit of criticizing our overreliance on our emotions. I’ve written articles with titles like "Fuck Your Feelings" and "Happiness is not Enough" and compared my readers’ temper tantrums to a dog shitting on a carpet.

(Sorry about that, by the way.)

But the truth is, emotions do matter. They are incredibly important. They are just not important in the ways that we think.

Emotions serve a purpose: they are your brain's way of telling you something good or bad is happening in your life. They are feedback. Aaaaaand that’s about it.

No cosmic significance of the universe telling you to go back …

Books I’ve Loved — Debbie Millman (#472)

  • Friday 9th October 2020
Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types—from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing past …

Adam Grant — How to Remember Anything (#471)

  • Thursday 8th October 2020
Adam and I share an intense interest in just how far—and easily—you can train your memory to do things that seem impossible, and I wanted to share with you an episode from Adam’s podcast titled “How to remember anything.” It is highly tactical.

Steven Rinella on Hunting (And Why You Should Care), Reconnecting with Nature, Favorite Trips, and More (#470)

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020
Steven Rinella is the host of the Netflix Originals series MeatEater and The MeatEater Podcast. He's also the author of seven books dealing with wildlife, conservation, hunting, fishing, and wild foods, including the forthcoming The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival, coming out on December 1st, 2020.

Dr. Mark Plotkin on Ethnobotany, Real vs. Fake Shamans, Hallucinogens, and the Dalai Lamas of South America (#469)

  • Wednesday 30th September 2020
“Hallucinogens are vegetal scalpels, and scalpels can heal you and scalpels can hurt you. They are the vegetal or fungal two-edged swords.” — Dr. Mark Plotkin Dr. Mark Plotkin (@DocMarkPlotkin) is an ethnobotanist who serves as president of the Amazon Conservation Team, which has partnered with 55 tribes to map and improve management and protection of 80 …

Matthew McConaughey on His Success Playbooks, the Powerful Philosophy of Greenlights, and Choosing the Paths Less Traveled (#474)

  • Monday 19th October 2020
Interview with Matthew McConaughey on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast

Naval Ravikant on Happiness, Reducing Anxiety, Crypto Stablecoins, and Crypto Strategy (#473)

  • Wednesday 14th October 2020
"Proper examination should ruin the life that you're currently living. It should cause you to leave relationships. It should cause you to reestablish boundaries with family members and with colleagues. It should cause you to quit your job. It should cause you to change your eating patterns. It should cause you to spend more time with yourself. It should cause it to change the books you read. It should cause us to change what your friends are. If it doesn't do that, it's not real examination. If it doesn't come attached with destruction of your current life, then you can't create the new life in which you will not have the anxiety." — Naval Ravikant

Steven Rinella on Hunting (and Why You Should Care), Reconnecting with Nature, Favorite Trips, and More (#470)

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020
Steven Rinella is the host of the Netflix Originals series MeatEater and The MeatEater Podcast. He's also the author of seven books dealing with wildlife, conservation, hunting, fishing, and wild foods, including the forthcoming The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival, coming out on December 1st, 2020.

Personal Values: How to Know Who You Really Are

  • Tuesday 20th October 2020

For the last few years, I’ve had an idea for a satirical self-help article called, "The Productivity Secrets of Adolf Hitler." The article would feature all the popular self-help tropes—goals, visualizations, morning routines—except expressed through the exploits of Hitler.

"Hitler starts his day at 5 AM each morning with a quick round of yoga and five minutes of journaling. With these strategies, he's able to focus his mind on his highly ambitious goals."

"Hitler discovered his life purpose in a beer hall in his 20s and has since followed it relentlessly, thus infusing his life with passion and inspiring millions of others like himself."

"Adolf is a strict vegetarian, and makes sure to find time in his busy schedule of genocide and world domination to explore his creative side: he sets aside a few hours each week to listen to opera and paint his favorite landscapes."

I know that I would find the article hilarious. But that’s because I’m a sick, twisted fuck. But in the end, I’ve never quite worked up the courage to write the thing, for clear and obvious reasons.

I’ve been doing this long enough to know that a) a bunch of people …

The Law of Unintended Consequences

  • Monday 19th October 2020

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rattled the ocean floor off the coast of Japan. It was the fourth largest earthquake ever recorded. It was so powerful, it moved Japan's main island by 2.4 meters. It shifted the Earth's axis by about 10 centimeters and sped up the planet’s rotation by a few microseconds.

If you wake up in 300 million years feeling slightly under slept, now you know who to blame.

The damage from the earthquake and the tsunami it produced was biblical in scale. With only eight minutes of warning, waves swept as far as ten kilometers inland, killing thousands and destroying entire towns within minutes. Official estimates put the total death toll for the entire disaster at over 15,000 people.

Fukushima damage - unintended consequences

But wait, it gets worse. Authorities quickly discovered that a number of the nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant—one of the largest in the world—had been severely damaged. Huge quantities of radioactive material were leaking out into the surrounding areas, including into the Pacific Ocean. In the span of a single afternoon, a destructive act of nature had turned into a man-made nightmare, the likes of which hadn't been seen since …

The Best Way to Resolve Your Shame

  • Monday 12th October 2020

Take a moment and think about something in your life that you are terrified of anyone knowing about you. It could be a belief, a personality trait, a sick desire, or some horrible failure in your past that you’d rather pretend never happened. Whatever it is, the thought of this thing being exposed mortifies you. It causes you to want to curl up in a ball, pull a blanket over your head and hide from the world.

This feeling is what psychologists call “shame,” and we all have it to some degree. Deep inside each of us, there is some unsavory part of ourselves that we camouflage from the world and pretend is not there.

Well, except psychopaths... but we’ll ignore them for the moment.

Shame can fuck us up. Feelings of shame are associated with all sorts of awful stuff like depression, uncontrollable anger and hostility, poor physical health, and being a narcissistic asshole.

Harder, D. W., Cutler, L., & Rockart, L. (1992). Assessment of shame and guilt and their relationships to psychopathology. Journal of Personality Assessment, 59, 584–604.

Feiring, C., Taska, L., & Lewis, M. (2002). Adjustment following sexual abuse discovery: The role of …

How to Overcome Loneliness

  • Thursday 8th October 2020

In December of 2003, Joyce Vincent died of an apparent asthma attack in her north London flat. The television was left on. The mail continued to be delivered. Her rent was set up to be automatically deducted from her bank account. The days rolled by and no one noticed she was gone.

Those days turned into weeks and the weeks into months. There were large trash dumpsters on the side of the building next to her unit, so the neighbors never thought much of the smell emanating from her flat. The floor was full of noisy kids and teenagers and no one questioned the constant thrum of television noise in the background.

Eventually, Joyce’s bank account dried up. Her landlord sent her letters of collection. These letters, like the others, simply fell into the stacks scattered about her floor. They went unanswered. Finally, with more than six months of overdue rent, the landlord got a court order to forcibly remove her from the premises. The bailiffs broke down the door, and it was only then her body was discovered. By then, it was January, 2006, more than two years after she passed away.

In that time, nobody ever came …

Yuval Noah Harari on The Story of Sapiens, Forging the Skill of Awareness, and The Power of Disguised Books (#477)

  • Tuesday 27th October 2020
Interview with Yuval Noah Harari on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast

Seth Godin on The Game of Life, The Value of Hacks, and Overcoming Anxiety (#476)

  • Monday 26th October 2020
Interview with Seth Godin on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast

It’s a Slow-Moving Car Wreck and We’re All In It

  • Monday 26th October 2020

Im not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s an election going on. Seems like a pretty dull affair, to be honest. Not much to discuss. In a country that is the shining example for governmental efficiency and democratic representation for the rest of the world, I expect nothing but continued solidarity between political parties, not to mention widespread approval of the country’s leadership. So…

...congratulations New Zealand! 

You did it, kiwis. As usual, you were so functional and reasonable that we almost forgot you were there at all. Kia ora. 

All right, who’s next? Let’s see—*checks notes*—Ah, yes, the United States. Okay, this one should be pretty straightfor— 

(10 minutes later…) 

“Holy fucking Christ. Make it stop! MAKE IT STAHP!!!”

*Crawls under the bed sobbing*

If you were to ask anyone in the US, it feels as though something imperceptible is either broken or is in the process of breaking. This brokenness gets blamed on a lot of things. People on the left predictably blame Trump, his incompetence, and his complete lack of ethics. People on the right generally point to the growing movement of “woke” social justice …

How to Survive a Black Hole: Instructions and Other Brilliance from Astrophysicist Janna Levin

  • Tuesday 10th November 2020
You should appreciate the hazards of encountering a black hole unawares. A black hole is invisible in the absence of any tracers, just darkness against darkness. You may well not realize the threat before your fate is secured. You must carry a powerful light source to reveal in backlight the clandestine black hole, an unilluminated disk, an absence in a bright world.

Scott Kelly — Lessons Learned from 500+ Days in Space, Life-Changing Books, and The Art of Making Hard Choices (#478)

  • Thursday 5th November 2020
Interview with Scott Kelly on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast

5 Common Beliefs that Can Subtly Screw You Over

  • Monday 9th November 2020

Here’s the tricky thing with beliefs: we all think ours are correct. When actually, almost everything we believe, at some point in our lives, will eventually be at least partially wrong. Yet, we never think about this. After all, if we didn’t think our ideas were right, we wouldn’t believe in them!

But our beliefs are never completely correct. In fact, psychologically speaking, we’re highly fallible, emotionally-driven, self-contradictory meat robots who are occasionally so dysfunctional it’s kind of amazing we can wipe our own asses in the morning.

So, if we accept this as our starting point:

  1. “I believe my beliefs are correct—that’s why I have them.”
  2. “Some of my beliefs are probably incorrect.”

The next question becomes, “What’s the best way to determine which of my beliefs are incorrect?”

What’s a process we can develop for questioning ourselves and spotting our erroneous beliefs before they royally screw us over?

Well, a logical starting point would be to name many of the most common mistaken beliefs we tend to hold onto. That’s right, there are basic beliefs and assumptions that you and I regularly buy into with little basis in reality.

The goal …

How Many Calories Do You Burn While Walking? A Hobbit’s Guide to Walking (with Calorie Calculator)

  • Thursday 28th October 2021

There’s two things every nerd should know: How many calories do I burn walking a mile? How far is it to Mordor? Today, we’re answering both of them (and much more).  Walking is a great form of exercise and something we often recommend to folks starting our coaching program. Some have had great success walking, […]

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How Megan lost 200 pounds (& ended up on the Today Show)

  • Wednesday 20th October 2021

Fasten your seatbelt, because today we’re going to highlight a truly amazing nerd in the Rebellion. Meet Megan, a member of Nerd Fitness Coaching who is currently celebrating losing over 200 pounds! (That’s not a typo.) Megan’s journey is so amazing that the Today Show recently spotlighted her! My favorite part of Megan’s story? She […]

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The Ultimate Guide for the Best Core Exercises (How to Strengthen Your Core)

  • Thursday 23rd September 2021

So you want to learn about the best core exercises? Well my friend, you’ve arrived at the right place! We help men, women, and intergalactic bounty hunters grow strong as part of our 1-on-1 Online Coaching Program, and we always put an emphasis on core muscles when we build client workouts. Here’s what we’ll cover […]

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How to Fight the Tired Parent Syndrome

  • Tuesday 14th September 2021

If one thing’s true about parenting it’s this: it’s bloody tiring. Any parent will tell you that as soon as Player 2 or 3 enters the game, the sleep level difficulty instantly shifts from ‘tutorial’ to ‘expert’. But have no fear, we’ll set you up with some tips to help you regain a little energy. […]

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Is Diet Soda Bad for You? (Should I Drink Diet Coke for Weight Loss?)

  • Friday 10th September 2021

There’s one question we get asked more than any other: “Is diet soda bad for me?” People want to know if Diet Coke will make them fat and make them sick, or if it’s all just a bunch of hoopla about nothing.   We help our clients navigate challenges with soda (diet or not) in our […]

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A Nurse, a Pandemic, and a Success Story

  • Friday 3rd September 2021

Meet Sarah, a member of Nerd Fitness Coaching who has one of the hardest jobs you can have today: a nurse in a hospital! Want to know what’s incredible about Sarah? During the toughest year and a half of her career, Sarah also managed to get healthy and build a body she’s proud of! If […]

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4 Strategies for Losing 75 Pounds

  • Friday 27th August 2021

I’d like to introduce you to Brian, a fellow Rebel in our Online Coaching Program who is currently celebrating losing over 75 pounds! Incredible. Brian’s achievements are truly amazing, considering all he’s gone through: Old injuries? Check. Losing and regaining the same weight over and over? Check. Frustration over never maintaining progress? Check. But then […]

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How Gabe changed his life (in 4 steps)

  • Tuesday 24th August 2021

Meet Gabe, a proud member of Nerd Fitness Coaching. He has a story I think might help you. You see, Gabe had a stark realization many of us eventually have: we aren’t getting any younger! Sorry Gramma, but I need to use a bad swear in this gif (yes, my 91-year-old gramma reads these emails): As […]

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The Ultimate Guide for Performing Lunges (Forward & Reverse)

  • Monday 23rd August 2021

It’s time to learn how to lunge! The lunge is a perfect bodyweight exercise that doesn’t require any equipment, so I’m excited you want to learn more about them. When we design workouts for our coaching clients, we often include lunges so they can train their lower body ANYWHERE. Today, we’ll share with you the […]

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21 Basic Yoga Poses for Beginners: Plus Videos of Complete Routines

  • Thursday 19th August 2021

It’s time to learn some yoga poses! Whether you’re comfortable on a yoga mat or you think a downward dog is just something your puppy does, you’re in the right place. We teach yoga in our Online Coaching Program where some of our clients have used it to improve their back pain…like Brain here: He […]

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Risky Decisions That Turned Out Well

  • Sunday 31st October 2021

Strategy: To increase your risk tolerance, remind yourself of risky decisions that have turned out well.

As with the list of things you've done that few other people have, this is not merely a list of accomplishments. The key point is to identify risks you've taken, bold moves, and other decisions you made that could have gone south but ended up paying off.

Of course, what's "bold" for you may be different from me, and vice versa. But here are a few of mine...

Would You Live Your Same Life Over Again?

  • Saturday 23rd October 2021

Among other things, the German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was known for an outrageous mustache that frightened away potential soulmates. He also said a lot of outrageous things, which caused him to be shunned by much of society at the time.

One of those things was a simple, provocative question: “What if I had to live this life over again—would I be able to stand it?”

What to Do About That Thing You’ve Been Putting Off

  • Monday 18th October 2021

You know how there's something you've been putting off? Maybe you've had it on your to-do list every day for the past fifteen days. Every morning, you think, "I'll finally do that thing today" ... but you don't. The next day, you dutifully carry it over again ... and you still don't complete the task.

Never underestimate the strength of psychic resistance. Dread is a powerful emotion.

I speak from experience, of course. And after I noticed I was spending a ton of energy worrying about something I had to do but not actually doing it—I made a plan. The plan is two-fold, and I offer it here for your use as well.

Uncomfortable Is Not Unsafe

  • Sunday 10th October 2021

TLDR: Being uncomfortable is not the same as being unsafe. Avoid things that are fundamentally unsafe, but move in the direction of your discomfort.

When I think about my early years of world travel, there are a few times where I genuinely felt unsafe. Those aren't memories I care to relive, and overall I feel very fortunate to have been to all sorts of places that most travelers avoid: Libya, Syria, Somaliland, Afghanistan, and so on.

Most of the time—by an enormous margin—I felt safe everywhere I went. I was almost always treated well and helped by total strangers.

The Latest in Travel Hacking

  • Sunday 3rd October 2021

In what now feels like a previous life, I used to travel around the world almost every month. I slowed down a bit two years before the pandemic started, but I still took time for an international trip every six weeks at most.

I was also involved in the early days of the "travel hacking" world. I founded a service, the Travel Hacking Cartel, that served 12,000 members over nearly a decade. I also blogged regularly about credit card deals and other interesting opportunities: getting a hair-loss consultation to earn SkyMiles, for example, or spending $8,000 on useless stickers in exchange for 300,000 frequent flyer miles.

I don't do much work in that world any more, but I still benefit from everything I learned and all the mileage balances I accrued over the years.

If you originally found my blog for travel deals, you might miss hearing about them—so I figured I'd pop my head up to do an extended post for those who are interested.

How to Talk to Someone Who Believes a Conspiracy Theory

  • Tuesday 28th September 2021

I just came from the pizza parlor that doubles as a global headquarters for child trafficking. I counted up some ballots that proved the election was stolen.

On the way back, I stopped by the drugstore to get my microchip. I tried to tell the pharmacists about how 9/11 was an inside job, but they didn't seem interested.

Okay, let's slow down. I'd like to address a topic that has become increasingly relevant: how to talk to someone who believes in a conspiracy theory.

How to Get Better at Saying No

  • Saturday 18th September 2021

Every request you accept comes with a cost.

If you want to be more effective, if you want to "get more done," or even if you just want some breathing room in your life, you need to say no more often.

For some of us, of course, this is easier said than done. The inability to say no is one of the things that contributes the most to overwhelm. It can even lead to feelings of guilt or shame—you feel guilty for “letting someone down” even though you’re struggling to keep up on your own.

What should you say no to? That's up to you! But here's a start: anything that you don't want to do.

What is the bravest choice you can make right now?

  • Monday 13th September 2021

If you want to be more courageous, you have to make brave choices. Sounds simple enough—but how do you know which of those choices to make next?

When I first thought about the question for myself—what’s the bravest choice I can make right now?—I didn’t have an obvious answer. And that felt a little discouraging!

It was like being in a room with inspiring people, all talking about the big important projects they’re working on, and when my turn comes I say something like “Oh, I don’t know … I’m pretty much doing the same stuff as always.”

Do you feel anxious about time? Take this survey!

  • Sunday 22nd August 2021

--> 5-minute survey on Time Anxiety

I received a flurry of responses to my initial post on time anxiety, and it's been interesting to hear lots of stories from readers. To recap:

Time anxiety is the fear of running out of time. You feel like there's something you should be doing, but you're not sure what it is.

I believe that time anxiety is the most pressing problem of the modern world. Once you work your way through Maslow’s hierarchy and your basic needs are taken care of, you start worrying about time—and you never stop.

  • You worry that time is passing you by
  • You worry you’re too late or you missed your chance for something important
  • You worry there’s something you should be doing right now, but you’re not sure what it is

What’s something you’ve done that few other people have?

  • Monday 16th August 2021

It's a simple question: what have you done that few other people have? Think about it.

Naturally you might start to list your accomplishments or achievements. Some of those might make the list, but many would fit in a different category. A lot of things you accomplish are things that other people have done as well. In addition, perhaps you've done something that isn't quite an accomplishment per se, but it's rare to meet someone else who's had the same experience.

Those are the things that should go on this list.