Rank #1: Ep. 89: Craig Ballantyne: The 5 Pillars Of Personal Transformation
Today, we’re joined by Craig Ballantyne, a Productivity & Success Transformation Coach, online marketing guru, entrepreneur, and the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life.
In 2001, Craig created the popular home workout program, Turbulence Training, and he’s also the founder of the Certified Turbulence Training Program, certifying trainers from all corners of the globe.
He built on that success, building and buying numerous wildly successful online businesses such as Early to Rise, ETR University, and Online Info Blueprint, and today is considered one of the biggest names in my industry, having impacted literally millions of people’s lives.
Craig’s online success has led him to create books and a coaching program to show other gurus how to take their ideas and help thousands of people. He holds seminars around the world, and he teaches at the annual SovereignAcademy.org camp every summer in Lithuania.
Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine since 2000, and his articles have also appeared in Women’s Health, Oxygen, GQ, Maxim, National Geographic, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness Hers, amongst many others. His articles have also been featured on Inc.com, LifeHacker.com, and Telegraph.co.uk.
But, as we’ll learn in this episode, Craig has had to overcome many obstacles on his journey to success, and his toughest battle was fighting crippling anxiety attacks. He finally discovered how to beat them with his 5 Pillars of Transformation, and today Craig shows men and women how to use the 5 Pillars to get whatever it is that they want in life.
In this episode, we talk about a very wide range of things, from practical frameworks you can apply today, to recommended reading, to the most impactful daily habits, and overcoming anxiety. Craig is a true renaissance man with diverse interests and passions, and I just know you’re going to take away a TON of value from this episode.
Rank #2: Ep. 102: Gary Taubes: How Bad Science Made The World Obese
Rank #3: Ep. 93: Nootropics, Biohacking, & Brain Health w/ Stephen Fowkes
As you guys know, my connection to the “superhuman” world is the work I do in accelerated learning, speed reading, and memory techniques. And I would imagine that you all, like yours truly, are very interested in keeping your brains happy and healthy, as much if not more than the rest of your bodies. Well, today, we’re going to talk about exactly that - keeping your brain healthy - now and well into your old age.
We are joined by Steven William Fowkes, the biohacker, author, and health expert behind Project Wellbeing, who’s spent the last 14 years promoting an insight into Alzheimer’s prevention. Now, you might not yet be the age where you need to worry about Alzheimer’s, but in fact, Steven’s words of wisdom apply to all age groups. That’s because he has authored or co-authored 6 books, and is a true renaissance man with interests and work spanning from nanotechnology to nutrition to material’s science.
In this episode, we talk about all things related to the brain and improving it’s performance. We talk about Alzheimer’s prevention, nootropics, a brain-boosting diet, all sorts of biohacks, and more. For those of you who really love the technical, geeky stuff, you’re going to love this episode, because we go way down the rabbit hole and geek way out. Either way, I think you’re going to learn a ton from this episode, and if so, drop me a tweet and let me know what you thought!
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. 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 #6: Ep. 15: Vanessa Van Edwards on How Body Language Can Make You Happier, More Confident, & More Successful
My guest today is published author, behavioral investigator, and fellow Udemy instructor Vanessa Van Edwards. She is a professional people watcher—speaking, researching and cracking the code of interesting human behavior for audiences around the world. Her groundbreaking workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in relationships and in life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people. Besides being a Huffington Post columnist and Penguin author, She has been featured on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Today Show and USA Today. She has even written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.
Cool fact - she was actually trained by Dr. Paul Ekman, who is the real-life version of the main character in the popular show “Lie To Me."
You’ll notice that we dive pretty deep and geek out on body language and charisma really fast. What can I say? Vanessa is, after all, an expert in communication and getting people to open up. The end result is an interview jam-packed with usable tips and inspiring anecdotes that will get you sitting up straight and paying more attention to the image you are presenting! I know you’re going to enjoy it.
Rank #7: 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 #8: Ep. 187: Benjamin Spall On Morning Routines And Starting Your Day Inspired
Welcome to this week's episode, where we dive into a very interesting topic that has come up time and time again, and that is morning routines. My guest today is Benjamin Spall, the co-author of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired.
Benjamin is also the founding editor of the website mymorningroutine.com and he writes at benjaminspall.com. He and his partner/co-author, Michael Xander, have written this incredible new book, published by Penguin, about morning routines, where they interviewed hundreds of people, such as leading entrepreneurs, thought leaders, Navy Seals, and beyond. They did all that to understand what these people do in the morning to make themselves more successful throughout the day. It's a really interesting book, which I'm looking forward to reading.
As you'll see, I really enjoyed our conversation, too! It's a far-ranging one, going from breakfast to the best 100$ that Benjamin has ever spent, and beyond.
Personally, I don't need to hope that you enjoy the episode, as I know you will!
P.S. Do you dream of starting your own business on the internet to achieve financial freedom, empower tens of thousands of people, and one day…one day… find yourself in the company of other great entrepreneurs and thought leaders like Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, Joe Polish, Dean Graziosi, Russell Brunson, and more?
Well… What if that day was today?
Rank #9: 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 #10: Ep. 155: Flow Expert Steven Kotler On Unleashing SuperHuman Mode
Today we are joined by Steven Kotler. Steven is the co-founder of the Flow Genome Project, and he is also a New York Times' best selling author. He has written quite a number of books, many of which you have already heard of, like "The Rise of Superhuman", his book on flow, "Abundance", his book on the future, "Tomorrowland: our journey from science fiction to science fact" and "Bold", which he wrote with Peter Diamandis, the book about how to go big, create wealth and impact the world. He has also written a bunch of other books like "Stealing Fire", his most recent one.
Steven is an absolute authority, not just on writing, but also on flow. The Flow Genome Project has been doing research for decades, developing and understanding ways that we can get into flow and understanding what flow is and why it matters, why it exists and what we can use it for. I think that this is one of the most important topics in the whole realm of becoming SuperHuman and it is something that we haven't really covered in any of the stuff we've put out, from the podcast to the online courses. It has been my goal to fix that, to understand flow, to understand why it is crucial and most importantly to give you the skills and strategies to get into flow, so you can go out there and be SuperHuman.
Steven did NOT disappoint on any of these, as he was extremely generous with his time, enthusiasm, energy and wisdom. Personally, I think you guys are gonna be blown away by this episode!
Rank #11: Ep. 94: How To SuperCharge Your Body & Mind w/ Ryan Munsey
This week we are joined by Ryan Munsey, a former athlete turned bestselling author. Ryan started his career with a degree in dietetics, and along the way, worked as a personal trainer, a nutritionist, and even a fitness model.
Today, however, in addition to writing, he hosts The Optimal Performance Podcast, runs the House of Strength training facility in Roanoke, Virginia, AND, on top of all of that, serves as the Chief Optimizer of Natural Stacks, a supplement and nootropic company.
He’s been featured in Men’s Fitness, CBS, FOX, ESPN Radio, and many more.
Ryan and I really hit it off during the episode, and you can definitely tell that we’re cut from the same cloth. The episode runs the gamut - from nootropics, to diet and nutrition, to supplementation, and more. A lot of the things Ryan shared, I had never even heard about before, and I found myself learning a lot more than even I expected. I can confidently say that after hearing this episode, you’ll have a much better grasp on how to boost your mental and physical performance.
Rank #12: Ep. 23: Rory Vaden on Self Discipline, Procrastination, and Multiplying Your Time
You have a lot to look forward to in this episode. My guest Rory Vaden and his team have spent thousands upon thousands of hours developing theories, and frameworks, and methodologies, and he generously shares so many of them with us in such a short time. The episode is absolutely jam-packed: it’s very theory-heavy and offers a lot of very new, unique, and impactful ideas that I certainly had never considered. Quite frankly, you should probably listen to it with a notepad handy, because I’m quite confident you’re going to take away a ton of applicable knowledge to use in your day to day lives.
Rank #13: Ep. 3: Dr. Anthony Metivier on How to Remember Anything & Everything
An interview with Dr. Anthony Metivier, an experienced author, consultant, expert in the field of memory. Dr. Anthony is a fellow instructor on Udemy, and he has been a friend of mine since I originally appeared on his highly-rated podcast, the Magnetic Memory Method. Anthony’s innovations in the field of mnemonics help him teach people all over the world how to exceed in academics, learn languages, memorize poetry, and a whole host of other amazing skills. And now, I’m very excited to introduce you to Dr. Anthony Metivier.
Rank #14: Ep. 5: USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis on Memory, Tenacity, and Conquering Anything
An interview with Nelson Dellis, 3X USA Memory Champion, accomplished mountain climber, and Alzheimer's crusader. Nelson and I discuss memory, willpower, tenacity, and how his two fields of expertise, memory and rock climbing, cross-pollinate and make him a better all-around superhuman. Besides just an insight into how an elite memory athlete trains, Nelson's words offer inspiration and motivation as to how we can conquer some of the most challenging goals in our lives.
Rank #15: Ep. 17: Discovering the Characteristics of Effective Learning with Peter C. Brown
As someone who specializes in accelerated learning, I’m really excited about this week's guest, Peter C. Brown. After retiring from management consulting, he has published a number of books on money making ventures for nonprofits, jumping the job track, and most recently, a book entitled “Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.” In fact, his book and mine are consistently battling it out for the top spot on Amazon’s list of best books about learning, so you know, i just had to reach out to him and compare notes on how the strategies for successful long-term learning versus those for accelerated learning compare.
Rank #16: Ep. 7: Dr Andrew Hill on Nootropics, DIY Neuroscience, and How to Increase Your Brain Power
An interview with Dr. Andrew Hill, Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA, who is is currently focused on developing tools and technologies to help everyday citizens enhance their cognitive performance outside of the lab. In under an hour, we cover every imaginable method of how to increase brain power, mental performance, and intellectual longevity, and we offer a TON of practical steps you can and should take TODAY. I just know you're going to LOVE this episode and share it with all of your friends.
Rank #17: Ep. 170: David Heinemeier Hansson On Leadership, Remote Work, and The Workplace of Tomorrow
This is an episode that is worth many, many listens. Personally, I am going to listen to it way more than I normally listen to our own episodes, which is 2-4 times already.
Why, you ask? Well, do you guys remember how in 2016 we won Product Hunt's best podcast episode of the year? We got a Golden Kitty award, which is kind of a really cool thing. And we did it because we had today's guest on the show.
That's right. We have David Heinemeier Hansson back on the show! For those of you who haven't heard that episode, stop what you are doing, go back and listen to it.
David is the epitome of what we call a SuperLearner. He invented the Ruby on Rails software development platform, which is used by companies like Fiverr, YellowPages, Shopify, and Github. Many of the websites that you use every day were built on technology that David himself invented.
On top of that, he is the co-founder of Basecamp, which he's been running for almost 20 years. To top even that off, he is an accomplished professional race car driver, an amateur photographer, a husband, and a father. He also is various more things.
In this episode, we wanted to talk not about learning and productivity, but about a different subject that David and his partner have covered in their books, which is leadership. Managing and working in remotely distributed companies, what the workplace of tomorrow will look like, and how we can all become SuperHuman in our productive lives and careers.
I have to say I'm a huge fan of David's and I tried as much as possible to let him present his ideas. With that said, so many of his ideas have shaped the way I live my life, the way that I run my companies, and have influenced the lives of my employees and my customers.
So, again, I really can't overstress this, listen to this episode with a pen and paper, listen to it at least twice, and you guys will learn just so much about how to get great work done in less time, with greater happiness, from anywhere in the world that you choose to be.
This is an incredible episode! I think it gives a really, really solid fight to the first episode we did with David, which was an award-winning one. It's a shame that Product Hunt has discontinued that award because I'm quite confident this episode would have won it again!
Rank #18: Ep. 214: Chris Bailey On Distractions, Overstimulation, And The Power Of Focus
Today we are once again joined by probably one of my favorite guests of all time - I know I'm not supposed to pick favorites - and definitely one of the guests that we've had on this show the most. That is, Chris Bailey.
Chris is a productivity expert, international bestselling author, and blogger extraordinaire. He is the author of The Productivity Project, which has been published in eleven languages, while his second book that just came out, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, was published in seven languages at launch.
Chris also writes about productivity at alifeofproductivity.com, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process. You've probably seen him in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, TED, Fortune, Fast Company, and Lifehacker, among others.
In today's episode, for the first time, Chris and I talked about more than just productivity - we also talked about distraction, mindset, and how to get into the right state of mind so that you can be healthier, happier, and, of course, more productive.
We talked about why he wrote another book on avoiding distraction after Cal Newport wrote Deep Work, which Chris took like a champ. And, as we always do, we joked, we laughed, and we shared our geek out strategies.
This episode is honestly jam-packed full of different strategies that you can use to live a better and more productive life, and, if you take away just one or two of them, I have no doubt that you will be a little bit more SuperHuman.
Rank #19: Ep. 221: Hal Elrod On Achieving Your Dreams With The Miracle Equation
Welcome to a really special and deeply inspiring episode of the show. Today we are rejoined by one of the most popular guests we've ever had on the show - the amazing and astounding Hal Elrod.
You probably know Hal because he is the author of the incredible series of books called The Miracle Morning, which is sold all over the world in many different languages and many different variants. Hal has recently celebrated selling over a million copies of that book, and I personally can tell you it is one of the episodes and books that people most tell me changed their lives over the 220+ episodes we've done on the show.
What many people don't know is that, after writing that book, Hal once again faced another near-death experience. He was diagnosed with a very rare and very aggressive form of cancer, which he has managed to, knock on wood, survive and beat against all odds, once again defying death. He has recently published a new book called The Miracle Equation, talking about how he did this, and how he reached this level of tenacity, ambition, faith, and effort in his life.
Every time I talk to Hal and hear him speak, either in Genius Network meetings or when hanging out in a group of people, I'm always blown away by his energy, his enthusiasm, his passion, and his wisdom - and this is how I feel about this episode as well!
I know you folks are going to get a lot from this episode, as I did too!
Rank #20: 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