Rank #1: Ep. 237: Tackling Amazing Learning Challenges Through Ultralearning W/ Scott Young
Today we are joined by Scott H. Young. Scott is a writer who undertakes interesting self-education projects, such as attempting to learn MIT’s four-year computer science curriculum in twelve months and learning four languages in one year. His recent book, Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition and Accelerate Your Career is published by Harper Business August 6th, 2019, the exact same date that this episode came out.
I wanted to have Scott on the show because for many years I've been following his work - I think that the way he approaches learning challenges is super interesting. We obviously share the same interests and passions - in fact, we are both publishing a book around the same time.
I actually pushed my book's launch back for a month because Scott told me that he is publishing now, and we thought it's a better idea for both of us to have a fair margin of time between the two launches. Scott is one of the few people I respect so much that I'm willing to delay my book's launch for.
I wanted to bring Scott on the show to learn how we are similar in our beliefs, how we are different, and find out what we can learn from each other when it comes to - well, you guessed it - learning.
This is a super fascinating episode, which I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy!
- Jonathan Levi
Rank #2: Ep. 236: The Mindset And Mentality To Physically Perform At A High Level W/ Ryan Hall
Today we are joined by an Olympian and half-marathon record holder, Ryan Hall. Ryan is the recently published author of Run the Mile You're In, a story about how he found his way from a self-proclaimed lousy runner to being a record holder and two-time Olympian. Since achieving so much in running, he has made the transition from a runner to a quite accomplished weight lifter.
In the episode, we talked about Ryan's story, and we talked about the mindset and mentality that it takes to get to the level of performance that Ryan achieved. Moreover, we talked a little bit about his charity work, and we talked about his advice for getting your body into peak performance states.
I really enjoyed this conversation, and I know you will too!
- Jonathan Levi
Rank #3: Ep. 1: Accelerated Learning, Speed Reading, & How Anyone Can Become a SuperLearner with Prof. Anna & Dr. Lev Goldentouch
In this episode, I host Professor Anna and Dr. Lev Goldentouch, my co-instructors in our bestselling online course. Their combined backgrounds in both psychology and information theory are the basis of the methodology for training what I would later brand "SuperLearners," and together the three of us have taught tens of thousands of people to read, learn, and memorize information at a rate of about 3X.
Rank #4: Ep. 75: Jeff Sanders: The 5AM Miracle & How to Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast
Today, we are joined by Jeff Sanders, the public speaker and author behind the Amazon Bestseller, The 5AM Miracle.
I know what you’re thinking - 5AM is really early - but stay with me, because morning rituals are really interesting and important.
In this episode, we’re going to learn how you can better dominate your day by hacking mornings to work in your favor - before you even have breakfast.
As someone who has really been struggling recently to get out of bed before 7AM, and who, to be completely honest, has been struggling to stay productive past 1pm, I was really interested in learning some strategies for hacking mornings and creating more effective days. As you guys know, I’m a huge fan of learning any productivity related hacks I can get my hands on, so I was really excited to dive into this episode.
Rank #5: Ep. 53: How to Change Your Life & Be A Total Badass w/ Jen Sincero
Today’s guest, is a total badass. Actually, she wrote the book on being a badass. No… seriously, though.
She’s the NYT bestselling author of “You are a badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life,” and a bunch of other books, including one interesting titled “a straight girls guide to sleeping with chicks." With titles like that, coaching clients who themselves have gone on to become new york times bestsellers, an upcoming and much anticipated podcast, and features in the new york times, HBO, bloomberg, and O magazine, I just had to get her on the show while I still could to share some of the badassness with us.
In this episode, we discuss a really broad range of topics, from discovering your life’s passion, to the value of coaches and how to find a good one, to the perks of travel for personal development, and even tips on how to maximize your income. My guest is an absolute wealth of positive energy and inspiration, and I just know this episode is going to knock your socks off.
Rank #6: Ep. 176: How Food Affects Our Brains And What To Do About It W/ Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.
Today we are joined by Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D., who is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. But Susan is also better known for being an expert in the psychology of eating. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free, she is president of the Institute for Sustainable Weight Loss, and the founder and CEO of Bright Line Eating Solutions. This is a lot of stuff.
Susan and I had an incredible conversation about some of the cutting-edge research that she’s been doing. We also talked about her past experiences, dealing with drug addiction and then dealing with obesity. We talked about the psychology and the neuroscience behind the food that we eat and the not-so-food that we eat, and how it is setting so many people up for failure. And then we talked about some other very interesting things.
I definitely learned some stuff that I’m going to apply in my daily life, and I think you guys will as well. If you love this episode, go ahead and send us a tweet and let us know what you think, or comment below!
Rank #7: Ep. 63: Understanding "Nutritarian" Eating w/ Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Today, I’m joined by an internationally recognized nutrition expert, board certified family physician, New York Times bestselling author, and nutritional researcher Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. And yes, those are all one person.
You may have read one of his multiple bestselling books, from Eat to Live, to Super Immunity, or The End of Diabetes. But that’s just a few. He’s also published The Eat to Live Cookbook, and The End of Dieting, all of which are bestsellers.
He’s also the father of "nutritarian" eating, and has a special equation for longevity in health, which he’ll be telling us about throughout the interview.
In this episode, we talk all thing nutrition, and Dr. Fuhrman presents a view that is somewhat contradictory to that of many of our previous guests.
Rank #8: Ep. 101: GrandMaster of Memory Mattias Ribbing: How To Learn Anything Faster
Today we are joined by Mattias Ribbing, a 3-time Swedish memory champion, and one of less than 200 people in the entire world who can lay claim to the title “GrandMaster of Memory.” He’s written three books on both memory and productivity, and is an accomplished public speaker and coach.
But, while today Mattias is one of the top experts in memory and accelerated learning in Europe -as you’ll learn today, he wasn’t always a memory whiz. And like myself, Mattias’ journey started out of a passion for learning and improving himself.
In this episode, Mattias and I mind-melded on everything from learning and memory, to a brain-optimizing diet, to fasting, flow, and nootropics. Mattias shares a LOT of incredible wisdom and certainly doesn’t hold back his best tips… I even learned a few new things about mnemonic techniques that I’ve never heard, and came away with a long list of improvements I want to make to my own training materials! Mattias is simply brilliant, and his intellect and enthusiasm simple bubbles over - so I also encourage you to check out his books and lectures.
Rank #9: Ep. 203: The Science & Magic Of Lucid Dreaming W/ Charlie Morley
You should know that I’m really excited because I enjoyed this episode so much! You’re going to see, or I should say understand, why…
Well, today we are joined by Charlie Morley. Charlie is a best-selling author and teacher of lucid dreaming and shadow integration. Now, if you don’t know what lucid dreaming is, it is having dreams where you know you’re dreaming, but not just that – in lucid dreaming, you can also control your dreams.
As I learned, lucid dreaming is a lot more than flying, skydiving, and doing other fun stuff – it’s actually a deep spiritual practice that you can use for psychological recovery, accelerated learning and for much more.
In fact, Charlie was actually “authorized to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008, and has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called “Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep”. He has also written three books which have been translated into 13 languages!
He’s spoken at Cambridge University, The Houses of Parliament, and he is a regular expert panelist for The Guardian. In 2018 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship grant to research “mindfulness-based PTSD treatment”. Charlie also runs workshops, lectures all over the world, and, as you’ll see, he’s an absolutely awesome guy.
I so enjoyed this interview and I learned so much about lucid dreaming, which I thought I knew a fair bit about. Well, I didn’t. I’m also very excited because Charlie and I talked after the show, and we actually decided that we are going to do a 30-day challenge around lucid dreaming, where he will coach a select group of listeners into lucid dreaming and how to actually use it to make an impact to their life. If you want to learn more about that and get involved in the challenge, you can go to https://jle.vi/mastermind.
Now, without any further ado, let me introduce you to my lucid dreaming SuperFriend, Charlie Morley.
Rank #10: Ep. 139: How To Re-Wire Your Brain For Optimal Fitness & Nutrition w/ Drew Logan
Today we are joined by Drew Logan. You've probably heard of him - he's a renowned fitness expert, celebrity trainer, and a television star.
But actually, we go through something much more kind of interesting and rare in the beginning of the episode, which is that Drew died. Three times. He is the only known survivor of three consecutive sudden cardiac arrests. Doctors don't know why it happened. They don't know if it'll happen again. And living with that has given drew a really unique mindset and really unique approach to life.
Drew is known for his fitness approach, 25 days, which deals a lot with habit and mindset. And in this episode, we talk about how all that works and how he has created a proven program to rewire your brain, stop weight gain, and finally crush the habits you hate forever. His book will be coming out in September, which if you're listening to this at release, is probably right now. And he sure has a lot of really valuable stuff to offer.
Rank #11: Ep. 171: Goal Setting, Relationships and Self-Compassion W/ Amy Smith, The Joy Junkie
Today we are joined, once again, by my SuperFriend Ms. Amy Smith, The Joy Junkie. In our last episode, we talked a lot about communication, and how learning to communicate properly will unlock SuperHuman levels of efficiency, happiness, and satisfaction in your life.
That has proven to be so true for me, in my life and in my relationship. Thus, I wanted to catch up with Amy. I didn't really have any new reason to have her back on the show besides the fact that I love her perspective, I love her energy and, of course, that you guys really enjoyed our previous episode.
So we hopped in, we started chatting and I think an amazing episode came out of it. We talked about goal setting, we talked about relationships and some of the difficult challenges that people get stuck on in relationships. We talked about compassion for the self and then we talked about something that I think is perhaps more important than all of that. At least it has been in my experience, and that is making peace with your past even if you don't realize that there is something to make peace with.
If you think that, psychologically, you are all clear, trust me, you are not. There are things that you can make peace with, and that is what we talk about in this episode. As you know, I really enjoy talking to Amy, and I'm sure you guys will enjoy listening to this.
Rank #12: Ep. 98: How To Develop Confidence, Self Esteem, & Healthy Relationships w/ Justin Stenstrom
This week we are joined by Justin Stenstrom, a nationally acclaimed life coach, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. Justin is the founder of EliteManMagazine.com, host of the Elite Man Podcast, and the author of the book Giving Shy Guys Game. Justin’s mission is to empower modern men to be their absolute best selves - a mission which we share - though the episode has appeal to both men AND women.
Throughout this episode, we talk about confidence, self esteem, fear, relationships, and much, much more. You’ll clearly see that years of interviewing, writing, reading, and learning has turned Justin into a jack of all trades when it comes to personal development, and so what’s really nice about this episode is that it hits the high notes of a TON of different areas of life. I think you’ll really going to enjoy it and learn a lot!
Rank #13: Ep. 42: How to Learn Anything Faster (and Be Way More Productive) with Lifehacker Timothy Moser
This week, I’m happy to host another lifestyle entrepreneur who, like myself, is focusing his time and energies on teaching productivity, memory, and accelerated learning. Like me, he has chosen to live outside his home country, and runs a blog and podcast, called Master of Memory. Like me, he’s teaching courses online that help you learn faster and memorize more. He also has a company and a podcast called Ace Productivity where he focuses on productivity hacks to help you get more out of your time. On top of all of this, he also shares my passion for lifestyle design and travel… So, of course, with so much in common... I was really excited to sit down and talk to him and compare notes!
In this episode, we talked about productivity, accelerated learning, lifestyle design, and much, much more. We actually go into some very unique tricks for language learning that actually kind of blew my mind in the level of detail and clarity that they offer. You’ll learn how to hack grammar using memory palaces, how to memorize maps, how to look at life more productively, and a lot of other super fascinating stuff.
This episode does build a little bit on our previous memory related episodes with Dr. Anthony Metivier and Nelson Dellis, so you should make sure to listen to those either before or after this one, if you haven’t already.
Rank #14: Ep. 129: Could Giving Up Alcohol Make You "SuperHuman?" w/ Ruari Fairbairns
This week is a special episode for a couple different reasons. For one, we are continuing my format of coming a little bit less prepared to the interviews and just seeing where it takes me, and I think you guys will agree that the interviews tend to come out a little bit more interesting, a little bit more engaging, when I just roll with the punches and explore my curiosity.
The second reason that this episode is special is because we're covering a topic that's actually pretty close to my heart and politically close to my journey of becoming superhuman, and that is the quest to stop drinking alcohol.
We are joined today by Ruari Fairbairns. He's an entrepreneur, he's a speaker, he's an oil broker of all things, and he's a father of two girls. He and his partner founded One Year No Beer, which is basically a challenge to help people get alcohol free and focus on fitness in a more communal and a little bit more modern approach than some of the other ways that people quit alcohol. They have tens of thousands of members all over the world who are transforming their lives following simple and science backed shifts in mindset.
In this episode, we talk about all kinds of different benefits for giving up alcohol. We're going to talk about ways that you can give up alcohol and ways to really assess if this is something that is right for you. As I said, this is something that's provided a lot of value in my own life, from improved health to forcing me to develop my own social skills, and you'll hear a lot about that in the episode as well.
Rank #15: Ep. 166: Building A Happy Body W/ Jerzy Gregorek, Olympic Weightlifter
Today we are joined by a guest that we've had a lot of requests for, and finally were introduced to thanks to one of our students. It is Jerzy Gregorek.
You guys have probably heard about Jerzy, as he is in Tim Ferriss's latest book, as well as in one of the longest and most popular episodes of The Tim Ferriss Show. But, that is not his biggest claim to fame at all.
In fact, Jerzy is the creator and founder of the UCLA Weightlifting Team, he is a 4-time champion Olympic Weightlifter, and he still has a world record that has been standing for 17 years, which nobody has been able to beat.
Jerzy immigrated from Poland to the United States together with his wife, Aniela, in 1986, as a political refugee and rose through the ranks of being a trainer and mentor to people, for over 30 years. He went on to develop the Happy Body Program, which is a fitness regime and routine that you follow every single day. It is designed to improve upon the issue of fitness and help people create bodies that actually function and work.
Jerzy is 63 years old and he can still beat pretty much all of us around when it comes to Olympic weightlifting power and strength. He is an incredible individual, and, on top of all of that, he has also been awarded various awards as a poet and as a published author. He has written a number of books including books on grit and books on, obviously, the Happy Body Method.
There apparently are a whole lot of things to say about Jerzy Gregorek, and, as you'll see in this episode, we did not cover even a fraction of them. I have to admit that we jumped around and I tried to get as much of Jerzy's life wisdom and advice into 1 episode as I could, but we reached the end of the episode and realized we'd have to do another one.
I did my best guys and I think you are really gonna love the episode, I believe you will learn a lot and I think you are going to appreciate Jerzy's perspective. I'd love if you guys leave a comment below or send me a note on Twitter to let me know what I should have gone into in more depth, and what you would like to hear on my next episode with my new superfriend, Mr. Jerzy Gregorek.
Rank #16: Ep. 83: The Healing Power of Psychedelics: Ayahuasca, LSD, Psilocybin & More w/ Dr. Dan Engle
Today, we are going to talk a bit about “drugs” - or rather, medicines. But not the drugs or medicines you’re thinking of.
In fact, we're going to be talking about ancient, psychedelic medicines, used for hundreds or even thousands of years by indigineous societies for spiritual exploration. You may have heard of some of these substances - things like ayahuasca, psilocybin, or MDMA.
What you may not have heard is how powerful they can be for personal growth and development.
On that note, we are joined today by Dr. Dan Engle, a board certified expert in Psychiatry and Neurology with a clinical practice in holistic medicine, orthomolecular psychiatry and integrative spirituality.
He is medical consultant to the Temple of the Way of Light Ayahuasca Center in Peru and Onnit Labs in Austin, Texas.
He is also Medical Director of Crossroads Ibogaine Recovery Center in Rosarito, Mexico and the Rejuvenation and Performance Institute in Sedona, Arizona.
In this episode, my objective was to learn more about the power of tribal medicines such as Ayahuasca and Ibogaine, learn how they affect the body, and see why it is that they're experiencing such a renaissance. But, as always happens, I got so much more out of this conversation than I could have possibly imagined.
It's a bit of a longer and denser episode. We go deep into the world of psychedelics, spiritual exploration, trauma recovery, and more. We geek out on neuroscience, and share incredible stories. It’s a bit of an unstructured conversation, but easily one of the most fascinating and engaging we’ve ever had.
Rank #17: Ep. 156: Dr. Barbara Oakley: Understanding Learning And How It Works
Today we are joined by Dr. Barbara Oakley. If that name sounds familiar, it should, because not only is she a professor of engineering at Oakland University, but she also teaches the world's largest and most popular online course, literally. It is called Learning How To Learn and has over 2 million students. You have probably also seen Barb's, as she told me to call her, Ted talk, which is a viral hit and definitely worth checking out.
So, it is pretty obvious why I wanted to have Professor Oakley or Barb on the show. There is so much overlap between the things that we do, and we completely hit it off. We agreed on so many different things in this talk, but we also learned from one another. At a certain point she shares with me some ways in which the techniques that I've been teaching for years can be used, that I didn't know of and at another point I shared with her some of the visual mnemonics and gave her some advice as to how she can overcome a memory and learning challenge that she's been going through.
We had an incredible groove recording this episode. We're definitely going to have Barb back on the show and I know you guys are just gonna love this episode and learn so much.
Rank #18: Ep. 113: Robb Wolf on How We Are Wired To Eat - And How To "Rewire" Your Body For Optimal Health
Today we have a very special treat, as we’re happy to invite back one of my favorite thought leaders, podcasters, and authors for a second time on the show. The guest is Robb Wolf, and he’s the NYT bestselling author of The Paleo Solution, the host of the Paleo Solution Podcast, and widely regarded as one of the absolute top authorities in the world of diet and nutrition.
Robb joins us today to talk to us about his latest, much-anticipated book, Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite For Weight Loss, And Determine The Foods That Work For You. You guys, I have to say, that I so enjoyed Robb’s previous book, that I quite nearly broke my own rule about not reading advance copies before the interviews.
In this episode, we talk about… understanding variance, a framework for diagnosing what works for you, blood glucose monitoring, how much carbohydrate is too much… we went really deep into the nitty gritty, and yet once again, we only scratched the surface of Robb’s tremendous knowledge. I now really understand why writing this book was so necessary.
Rank #19: Ep. 202: Dave Asprey: You're In Charge Of Your Biology
Today we are joined by one of the biggest names, if not the biggest, in the biohacking and longevity movements! I’m talking, of course, about the Bulletproof founder, Dave Asprey.
Now, if you have been living under a rock and you haven’t heard about Bulletproof, well, they are not just a coffee company – they are one of the fastest growing supplement and nutrition companies in America. Dave has already published two New York Times best-selling books, and he joined our show today to tell us all about his all-new book Game Changers, which is coming out December 4th, everywhere books are sold. That’s the exact same day that this episode comes out, by the way, so you may want to go and check out the book right now!
Throughout this interview, we talked to Dave about his journey from being a Silicon Valley executive to fixing his health and to founding Bulletproof. We also discussed various more topics, like the things that drive him, emotional trauma, physical trauma, recovery, and longevity.
It’s a wide-ranging episode – one that can only happen when 2 seasoned life-hackers meet and meld minds. I always love talking to Dave because he’s a very intelligent guy with a great attitude, and he really really cares about helping people perform at their best. In fact, in this episode, we talk about the 450 people that he interviewed on his podcast, and how he transformed that wisdom into his latest book.
I’m sure that you folks are going to enjoy this episode.
Rank #20: Ep. 49: How Wheat & Grains Are Literally Killing You W/ Wheat Belly Author William Davis, M.D.
In this episode, we go into very deep into the health concerns associated with a typical western diet. We learn in great detail the physiological effects of grains, we finally sort out the big deal with cholesterol and learn a ton about LDL, HDL, and why the way we look at it is wrong. We even learn some very practical and applicable tips for cleaning up our diet and health, from a cardiological perspective.