The Tim Ferriss Show

Coach George Raveling on This Unique Moment in Time, How to Practice Self-Leadership, Navigating Difficult Conversations, and Much More (#438) – Personal Development Article

Photo by Jared Polin“My hope is that we will be who we say we are. All of us.” — Coach George Raveling Coach George Raveling (@GeorgeRaveling) is an 82-year-old living legend and Nike’s former Director of International Basketball. Coach Raveling was the first African-American head basketball coach in the PAC-8 (now PAC-12). On August 28, 1963, at age 26, while volunteering as security at the March on Washington, Raveling would humbly become the guardian of what we have come to know as Dr. Martin…

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Jim Dethmer — How to Shift from Victim Consciousness, Reduce Drama, Practice Candor, Be Fully Alive, and More (#434) – Self Improvement Article

“So many of us destroy our aliveness through pretending. I wasn’t going to pretend.”  — Jim Dethmer Jim Dethmer is one of the world’s leading voices on conscious leadership. He is a co-founder at Conscious Leadership Group, co-author of the #1 best-selling book on conscious leadership, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, and an international speaker. And he has advised hundreds of CEOs and their teams to eliminate drama and build trust within their organizations. Top hedge-fund managers, heads of major…

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Books I’ve Loved — Maria Popova and Tyler Cowen (#436) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

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 guests, close friends, and new faces to share their favorite books—the books that have influenced them, changed them, and transformed them for the better. I hope…

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Secretary Madeleine Albright — Optimism, the Future of the US, and 450-Pound Leg Presses (#437) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

Photo by Platon“I’m an optimist who worries a lot.”  — Secretary Madeleine Albright Madeleine K. Albright (@madeleine) is a professor, author, diplomat, and businesswoman who served as the 64th secretary of state of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female secretary of state and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the US government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the US permanent representative to the United Nations and was…

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Kevin Hart — Life Lessons from a Comedic Powerhouse (#435) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“I don’t understand how you do something halfway. I did that through high school, and doing that, I saw the instant consequence.” — Kevin Hart Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he launched his career as a comedian during an amateur night at a local comedy club. Over the years, Kevin has become one of Hollywood’s box office powerhouses, opening ten films as the number-one movie on opening weekend. Kevin’s memoir, I Can’t Make This Up, debuted…

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Sam Harris — Psychedelics, Meditation, and The Bigger Picture (#433) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

Photo by Christopher Patey“Nothing’s changed, but yet, on some level, everything has changed, and I feel like I’m in a spaceship where at any moment, the leak or the breach in the wall can be catastrophic. It’s a very bizarre feeling, which I know everyone is sharing to one or another degree.”  — Sam Harris Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg) is a neuroscientist, philosopher, and author of five New York Times bestsellers. His work covers a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy,…

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Books I’ve Loved — Kevin Kelly (#432) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

Photo by Christopher Michel (@chrismichel)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 guests, close friends, and new faces to share their favorite books—the books that have influenced them, changed them, and transformed them…

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Nick Kokonas on Resurrecting Restaurants, Skin in the Game, and Investing (#429) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

“My dad used to run his own business. He was only high school educated. Every time I tried to complicate things when I was in college and I’d talk to him about his business, he would be like, ‘It’s three shoeboxes, Nick. It’s the money in, the money out, and then the third box is what paid for your college.’ That’s the money that’s left over.” — Nick Kokonas   Nick Kokonas (IG: @nkokonas, TW: @NickKokonas) is the co-owner and…

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Jim Jefferies on Comedy, Life Lessons, and the Magic of Filling Out Customs Forms (#428) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“The rise is always better than the peak.” — Jim Jefferies Sydney native Jim Jefferies (@jimjefferies) is one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, entertaining audiences across the globe with his provocative, belief-challenging, and thought-provoking comedy. He created and starred in the sitcom Legit and the Comedy Central late-night show The Jim Jefferies Show. Jim was honored as Stand-Up Comedian of the Year at the Just for Laughs Festival in summer 2019. At the end of 2019,…

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Books I’ve Loved — Cindy Eckert and Alexis Ohanian (#425) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

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 guests, close friends, and new faces to share their favorite books—the books that have influenced them, changed them, and transformed them for the better. I hope…

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Brian Koppelman on Making Art, Francis Ford Coppola, Building Momentum, and More (#424) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“A lot of growing up is learning to shift the responsibility from the other to the self.”– Brian Koppelman Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) is a screenwriter, novelist, director, producer, and host of The Moment podcast. Prior to his hit show Billions, which he co-created and executive produced (and co-wrote on spec), he was best known as the co-writer of Rounders and Ocean’s Thirteen, as well as a producer of The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones. He has also directed films, such…

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Books I’ve Loved — Matt Mullenweg (#420) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

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 guests, close friends, and new faces to share their favorite books—the books that have influenced them, changed them, and transformed them for the better. I hope…

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Dr. Jane Goodall — The Legend, The Lessons, The Hope (#421) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

Photo by Vincent Calmel“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”Dr. Jane Goodall Dr. Jane Goodall (@JaneGoodallInst) was born on April 3rd, 1934, in London, England. At the young age of 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild,­ immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbor rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific…

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Ryan Holiday — How to Use Stoicism to Choose Alive Time Over Dead Time (#419) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

“Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public.” — Krista Tippett Ryan Holiday (@RyanHoliday) is one of the world’s foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in modern life. He is a sought-after speaker and strategist and the author of many bestselling books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, and The Daily Stoic. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold more than two million copies worldwide.…

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Esther Perel — Tactics for Relationships in Quarantine (#418) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

Photo by Ernesto Urdaneta“Maybe you don’t feel that enough people love you, but I can tell you, there’s a world of people out there who need you at this moment.”— Esther Perel Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel (@EstherPerelOfficial) is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around…

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Lori Gottlieb — The Power of Getting to *Unknow* Yourself (#415) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

Photo by Shlomit Levy Bard“Insight is the booby prize of therapy.”— Lori Gottlieb Lori Gottlieb (@LoriGottlieb1) is a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which is being adapted as a television series by Eva Longoria and the creators of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series The Americans. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes the Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and contributes regularly to the New York Times and…

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Dr. Vivek Murthy — Former Surgeon General on Combatting COVID-19, Loneliness, and More (#417) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“All of us, regardless of what stage of life we’re at, we’ve got three basic needs: we all want to know that we matter, we want to be seen for who we are, and we want to know that we’re loved.” — Dr. Vivek Murthy Dr. Vivek H. Murthy (@vivek_murthy, vivekmurthy.com) served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States between 2014 and 2017. As the Vice Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded a…

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How to Support Healthcare Workers Now — Plus Urgent Suggestions for Uber Eats, Hilton, Amazon, and More (#416) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

(Short episode: ~18 minutes) I expect next week will be an exceptionally difficult week for many people and many cities, New York City chief among them. There are several very urgent needs. This episode will highlight things that can be done to help healthcare workers (food, temp housing, PPE, ventilators and vent modification for higher capacity, etc.), as well as a few companies well positioned to immediately help. I would encourage you to think of healthcare workers, alongside people working…

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Jack Kornfield — How to Find Peace Amidst COVID-19, How to Cultivate Calm in Chaos (#414) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“We have the opportunity, even in difficult times, to let our spirit shine.”— Jack Kornfield Jack Kornfield (@JackKornfield) trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma, shortly thereafter becoming one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974. Jack has had a profound and direct impact on my life, and I’m thrilled to have him on the podcast once again. Jack co-founded the Insight…

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Josh Waitzkin on Beginner’s Mind, Self-Actualization, and Advice from Your Future Self (#412) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“I think of learning as unobstructed self-expression.”— Josh Waitzkin Josh Waitzkin, author of The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance, is an eight-time national chess champion, a two-time world champion in Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands, and the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under nine-time world champion Marcelo Garcia. For the past 12 years, Josh has been channeling his passion for the outer limits of the learning process toward training elite mental performers in business and…

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Richard Turner — The Magical Phenom Who Will Blow Your Mind (#411) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

I am very, very excited to introduce this interview, as I’ve been wanting to meet today’s guest, Richard Turner, for almost two years now. I first came across Richard Turner (richardturner52.com, youtube.com/richardturner52) in the documentary Dealt, directed by Luke Korem. I can’t remember the last time I finished a documentary, only to want to watch it again immediately afterward. I also can’t remember a doc that made me as emotional as Dealt did, pushing me from laughter to tears. It…

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Ryan Holiday — Turning the Tables (#410) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

Welcome to The Tim Ferriss Show! It is — usually — my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types to tease out the habits, routines, favorite books, and so on that you can apply and test in your own life. This time we have a “turning the tables” episode. What does that mean? Well, I will not be the one doing the interviewing. Instead, I will be the one being interviewed by my friend, Ryan Holiday.…

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Brené Brown — Striving versus Self-Acceptance, Saving Marriages, and More (#409) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“We chase extraordinary moments instead of being grateful for ordinary moments until hard shit happens. And then in the face of really hard stuff — illness, death, loss — the only thing we’re begging for is a normal moment.”—Brené Brown Dr. Brené Brown (@BreneBrown) is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at…

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Bob Iger — CEO and Chairman of Disney (#406) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, Robert A. Iger (@RobertIger) is the steward of one of the world’s largest media companies and some of the most respected and beloved brands around the globe. Since becoming CEO in 2005, Iger has built on Disney’s rich history of storytelling and innovation with the acquisitions of Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), Lucasfilm (2012) and 21st Century Fox (2019), and the landmark opening of Disney’s first theme park and resort…

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Penn Jillette on Magic, Losing 100+ Pounds, and Weaponizing Kindness (#405) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“One of the biggest challenges we face is staying kind with profound disagreement—and staying kind when a mechanism has been set up to make money and power out of hate.” — Penn Jillette Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous, Emmy Award-winning magic duo and Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller. Together since 1975, Penn & Teller’s live show spent years on Broadway and is now the longest-running headliner show…

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Books I’ve Loved — Steve Jurvetson (#404) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Self Improvement Article

“If disruption is what you seek, cognitive island-hopping is a good place to start, mining the interstices between academic disciplines.”  — Steve Jurvetson 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…

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Two Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer (#397) – Self Improvement Article

Mike Maples, Jr. (Photo by Christopher Michel) “If the customer doesn’t scream, you don’t have product-market fit.” — Andy Rachleff Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show. This time, we have a slightly different episode—a takeover by Mike Maples, Jr. Mike Maples, Jr. (@m2jr) and his firm, Floodgate, have invested in and supported many of the startups you might recognize — including Twitter, Twitch, Lyft, Chegg, and Okta, among others — long before they were household names. He’s…

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Peter Attia, M.D. — Fasting, Metformin, Athletic Performance, and More (#398) – Personal Development Article

Photo by Tyler Ruiz “If you’re really committed to brain health, you want to be exercising every day.” — Peter Attia Dr. Peter Attia (peterattiamd.com, TW: @PeterAttiaMD, IG: @peterattiamd, FB: @peterattiamd) is a former ultra-endurance athlete (e.g., swimming races of 25 miles), a compulsive self-experimenter, and one of the most fascinating human beings I know. He is one of my go-to doctors for anything performance- or longevity-related. He is also easily the best quarterback and sherpa for the US medical system…

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Marcela Ot’alora — The Art and Science of Psychedelic Therapy and Healing (#396) – Self Improvement Article

Photo by Travis Lilley (@travislilleyphoto) “The only way to not be afraid of someone’s suffering is if you’re not afraid of your own.”— Marcela Ot’alora G. Marcela Ot’alora G. is a psychotherapist and an installation artist. Her interest and focus on trauma has led her to understand the healing process as an intimate reconnection with one’s essence through love, integrity, acceptance, and honoring of the human spirit. In addition to working with trauma and PTSD, she has dedicated her professional…

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Jocko Willink Takeover — On Quitting, Relationships, Financial Discipline, Contrast Baths, and More (#395) – Self Improvement Article

Photo by Echo Charles “You might have to make some tactical retreats in order to win the long war, but never quit on your strategic vision. Never quit on getting to the ultimate place where you want to go.” — Jocko Willink Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) takes over the show for a special episode. Jocko is one of the scariest human beings imaginable. He is a lean 230 pounds and a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt who used to tap out 20 Navy…

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