Rank #1: #124: Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories
Rank #2: #107: The Scariest Navy SEAL I've Ever Met...And What He Taught Me
Rank #3: #97: The Evolutionary Angel, Naval Ravikant
Rank #4: #178: Tony Robbins - On Achievement Versus Fulfillment
Rank #5: Ep 60: Tim Ferriss Interviews Arnold Schwarzenegger on Psychological Warfare (And Much More)
We dig into lessons learned, routines, favorite books, and much more, including many stories that I've never heard anywhere else.
As a starting point, we cover:
- The Art of Psychological Warfare, and How Arnold Uses It to Win- How Twins Became His Most Lucrative Movie (?!?)- Mailing Cow Balls to Politicians- How Arnold Made Millions -- Fresh Off The Boat -- BEFORE His Acting Career Took Off- How Arnold Used Meditation For One Year To Reset His Brain- And Much More...
Links and show notes can be found at fourhourworkweek.com/arnold.
Rank #6: #117: Dom D'Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and The End of Cancer
Rank #7: #187: Jocko Willink on Discipline, Leadership, and Overcoming Doubt
Rank #8: Ep 55: The Science of Strength and Simplicity with Pavel Tsatsouline
Pavel Tsatsouline is Chairman of StrongFirst, Inc. and was born in Minsk, USSR, which is now part of Belarus.
In the 1980s, he was a physical-training instructor for Spetnaz, the elite Soviet special-forces units. Pavel is now a subject matter expert to the US Marine Corps, the US Secret Service, and the US Navy SEALs, and he is widely credited with introduced the now ubiquitous kettlebell to the United States.
Over the last several years, Pavel has become a friend, and his input was critical to the success (and experiments) of The 4-Hour Body.
Whether you've heard of him or not, prepare to have your mind blown, and I don't say that lightly :)
All episodes and show notes can be found at www.fourhourworkweek.com/podcast
Rank #9: #313: Michael Pollan — Exploring The New Science of Psychedelics
This might be the most important podcast episode I've put out in the last two years. Please trust me and give it a full listen. It will surprise you, perhaps shock you, and definitely make you think differently.
Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan) is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley where he is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Science Journalism. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
His most recent book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, might be my favorite yet. This is the first podcast interview Michael has done about the book, the science and applications of psychedelics, his exploration, and his own experiences. It is a wild ride.
In fact, partially due to this book, I am committing a million dollars over the next few years to support the scientific study of psychedelic compounds. This is by far the largest commitment to research and nonprofits I've ever made, and if you'd like to join me in supporting this research, please check out tim.blog/science.
In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:
- The fundamentals of "psychedelics," what the term means, and what compounds like psilocybin, mescaline, and others have in common.
- New insights related to treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, alcohol/nicotine dependence, OCD, PTSD, and more.
- Recent scientific and clinical discussions of a "grand unified theory of mental illness."
- Potential applications and risks of psychedelics.
- Michael's own experiences — which he did not initially intend on having — and what he's learned from them.
- The "entropic brain," and why there might be a therapeutic sweet spot between mental order and chaos.
- Why researchers at Johns Hopkins, NYU, Yale, and elsewhere are dedicating resources to understanding these compounds.
- And much, much more...
The molecules discussed in this episode — and some incredible clinical results from well-designed studies — have absolutely captured my attention over the last two years. After wading in and supporting smaller studies, I've decided to go all-in on scientists exploring this area. It seems to be an Archimedes lever for potentially solving a wide range of root-cause problems, instead of playing whack-a-mole with symptoms one by one.
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Rank #10: #264: Ray Dalio, The Steve Jobs of Investing
Rank #11: #91: Charles Poliquin on Strength Training, Shredding Body Fat, and Increasing Testosterone and Sex Drive
Rank #12: #210: Becoming the Best Version of You
Rank #13: #136: Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and The 5 Chimps Theory
Rank #14: #221: Mr. Money Mustache — Living Beautifully on $25-27K Per Year
Rank #15: #275: Discipline Equals Freedom -- Jocko Willink
In this episode, Jocko shares lessons from his new book Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual. Trust me, it's fantastic. In this talk he discusses:
- The success mindset
- How to stop laziness and procrastination
- Behaviors that lead to failure
- His exact workouts
- How he adapts his training when he's on the road
- And much, much more
Jocko is a legend in the Special Operations world. His eyes look through you more than at you.
Jocko enlisted in the Navy after high school and spent 20 years in the SEAL Teams, first as an enlisted SEAL operator and then as a SEAL officer. During his second tour in Iraq, he led SEAL Task Unit Bruiser in the Battle of Ramadi--some of the toughest and sustained combat in the SEAL Teams since Vietnam.
Under his leadership, Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the entire war in Iraq and helped bring stability to Ramadi. Jocko was awarded the Bronze Star and a Silver Star.
Jocko is also the co-author of Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win -- which I loved.
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Rank #16: #253: Morning Routines and Strategies
Rank #17: #79: Chris Sacca on Being Different and Making Billions
Rank #18: #333: Random Show — Fasting, Biohacking, and Tony Robbins
Serial entrepreneur, world-class investor, eagle scout, and all around wild and crazy guy Kevin Rose (@KevinRose), rejoins me for another episode of The Random Show. We discuss Kevin’s new diet obsession that may just save his life for many decades to come, fatherhood, minimalism, lifetime learning, ways to dial back alcohol consumption, lessons learned from Tony Robbins, most recommended books, and much more.
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LinkedIn, as the world’s largest professional network — used by more than 70 percent of the US workforce — has a built-in ecosystem that allows you to not only search for employees, but also interact with them, their connections, and their former employers and colleagues in a way that closely mimics real-life communication. Visit LinkedIn.com/Tim and receive a $50 credit toward your first job post!
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Rank #19: #191: The Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster
Rank #20: #329: Jason Fried — How to Live Life on Your Own Terms
Jason Fried (@jasonfried) is the co-founder and CEO at Basecamp, and the co-author of Rework, Remote: Office Not Required, and Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application. The upcoming It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work will be out later this year.
Jason writes a regular column for Inc. magazine and is a frequent contributor to Basecamp's popular blog Signal v. Noise, which offers "strong opinions and shared thoughts on design, business, and tech."
This podcast is brought to you by Peloton, which has become a staple of my daily routine. I picked up this bike after seeing the success of my friend Kevin Rose, and I've been enjoying it more than I ever imagined. Peloton is an indoor cycling bike that brings live studio classes right to your home. No worrying about fitting classes into your busy schedule or making it to a studio with a crazy commute.
New classes are added every day, and this includes options led by elite NYC instructors in your own living room. You can even live stream studio classes taught by the world's best instructors, or find your favorite class on demand.
Peloton is offering listeners to this show a special offer. Visit onepeloton.com and enter the code TIM at checkout to receive $100 off accessories with your Peloton bike purchase. This is a great way to get in your workouts, or an incredible gift. Again, that's onepeloton.com and enter the code TIM.
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