Favorite Books, Supplements, Simple Technologies, and More

In this episode, I answer the most up-voted questions from subscribers to 5-Bullet Friday, the free newsletter I send out every week. In this Q&A, I reveal: My 3-5 favorite books of the past year. Technologies and apps that have made my life easier. How to build a new network from scratch. My top five supplements for longevity and well-being. The exercises and self-talk I use for avoiding (or … [Read more...]

Bill Burr — The Comedian’s Comedian

“Everybody fucking relax. Get yourself a sandwich.” – Bill Burr This episode of the podcast features Bill Burr (@billburr). Many of you know Bill as a standup comedian. I know him as one of the funniest humans alive, and someone that many of you requested to be on the show. Rolling Stone called Bill “the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor,” and when we were … [Read more...]

Ray Dalio, The Steve Jobs of Investing

“Pain plus reflection equals progress.” – Ray Dalio Ray Dalio (@raydalio) grew up a middle-class kid from Long Island. He started his investment company Bridgewater Associates out of a two-bedroom apartment at age 26, and it now has roughly $160 billion in assets under management. Over 42 years, he has built Bridgewater into what Fortune considers the fifth most important … [Read more...]

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky — Exploring Creativity, Ignoring Critics, and Making Art

Photo credit: Niko Tavernise “Procrastination is part of the process.” – Darren Aronofsky Darren Aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) is the founder and head of production company Protozoa Pictures. He is the acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker behind both cult classics and blockbusters, including Pi (which earned him a Best Director award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival), Requiem … [Read more...]

The CIA, The Police, and Other Adventures from Stewart Copeland

“Get yourself into a state of calmness, and then ferocity will take care of itself.” – Stewart Copeland Stewart Copeland (@copelandmusic) is a Grammy Award-winning musician, considered by Rolling Stone Magazine to be one of the top ten drummers of all time. He’s a founding member of The Police, and an inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In this conversation, we … [Read more...]

How to Turn Failure into Success

“You will fall. And when you fall, the winner always gets up, and the loser stays down.”  -Arnold Schwarzenegger In this episode, we discuss another frequently requested question from listeners. I’ve gathered some of the best advice about coping with frustrations and roadblocks, and — ultimately — learning how to turn failure into success. These conversations are … [Read more...]

Mental Performance, Work-Life Balance, and the Rise to the Top – Maria Sharapova

“No matter what rock is in the way, no matter what storm is on the way, the water’s ultimately going to go down the river.” – Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) is one of the best tennis players in the world. She is the winner of five Grand Slam titles (two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open) and an Olympic silver … [Read more...]

Setting Goals, Making Money, and Overcoming Tough Times — Phil Hellmuth

“The difference between your best and your worst? The perception of others. Block out the noise and you’ll stay on track.” –Phil Hellmuth Phil Hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) is an American professional poker player who has won a record fourteen World Series of Poker bracelets. He is the winner of the Main Event of the 1989 World Series of Poker (WSOP), the Main Event of the … [Read more...]

Lessons from 50,000 Interviews: Larry King and Cal Fussman

“Sometimes, the simplest question is the best.” – Larry King Cal Fussman (@calfussman) is a New York Times bestselling author and a writer-at-large for Esquire magazine, where he is best known for being a primary writer of the “What I’ve Learned” feature. He has transformed oral history into an art form, conducting probing interviews with a long list of icons … [Read more...]

How to Live Without Limits – Kyle Maynard

“Dreams don’t have to manifest as you imagined. They just have to set you on a path because there is always a way.” – Kyle Maynard Kyle Maynard (@kylemaynard) is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount … [Read more...]

Inside the World of SuperTraining – Mark Bell

“Multiply your muscle and multiply your hustle.” – Mark Bell Mark Bell (@MarkSmellyBell) is the founder of Super Training Gym in Sacramento, which is often referred to as “the strongest gym in the West.” Prior to opening his own gym, he spent time studying training under the legendary Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell. Mark is no stranger to the iron. His best … [Read more...]

How to Create a Perennial Bestseller

Note from the editor: The following is a guest post by Ryan Holiday. Ryan (FB/IG/TW: @RyanHoliday) is the bestselling author of six books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy and The Daily Stoic. His books are used by many NFL teams, including the Seahawks and Patriots, and was read by members of the Warriors on their way to NBA championship in 2017. His work has been translated … [Read more...]

From Long-Shot to $50 Billion Empire – Bill Rasmussen

“Remember ‘ABC NBC’ — Always Be Curious, Never Be Complacent.“ – Bill Rasmussen Bill Rasmussen (@bill_espn) is the co-founder of ESPN. He turned a massive gamble into an opportunity to create the 24-hour programming cycle used universally by networks today. This episode comes from my new television show Fear(less), where I interview world-class performers about how … [Read more...]

Morning Routines and Strategies

“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.” – W. H. Auden This is a special episode of the podcast. After more than 200 conversations with the world’s top performers, you start to spot certain patterns. These are the shared habits, hacks, philosophies, and tools that are the common threads of success, happiness, health, and wealth. These commonalities were the … [Read more...]

Physical Training, Dating Strategies, and Stories from the Early Days

In this episode, I answer the most upvoted questions from subscribers to 5-Bullet Friday, the newsletter I send out every week. It explores five cool things I’ve found, including apps, books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks or tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff I dig up around the world. It’s free, it’s always going to be free, and if you want to … [Read more...]

Finding “Unicorns:” Questions to Ask Before You Invest in a Startup

Many people ask me about startup investing and how to get started.   This post — while for informational purposes only and not investment advice — is intended to show you how one successful investor approached the early-stage game. Jason Calacanis (@jason) has made 125 early-stage startup investments and picked 6 “unicorns” (startups to exceed $1B in valuation) — one out of every … [Read more...]

How to Overcome Anxiety and Stress – with Adviser to Olympians, Michael Gervais

“Rugged and hostile environments teach us. And they teach us by leveraging real fear.” – Michael Gervais Michael Gervais (@michaelgervais) is the performance psychologist elite athletes and coaches turn to when they want to level up or when they’re returning from hard times and want to not just get back to where they were, but exceed their previous highest levels of … [Read more...]

When to Quit – Lessons from World-Class Entrepreneurs, Investors, Authors, and More

“Remember: it’s not a failure until you accept defeat.” -Debbie Millman I’m very excited to share this episode. It’s our first “roundtable” approach to discussing a single topic. This came about when I asked 5-Bullet Friday subscribers (sign up here if you’re interested) to send me questions, and one that stuck out was: Where’s the line … [Read more...]

Accelerated Learning and Mentors – My Personal Story

This episode is by request. You have asked me many times for an episode on education, accelerated learning, and my mentors. It will all be covered in the following conversation with Charles Best (@charlesbest), the founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit website that enables anyone to help a classroom in need. It is one of my favorite companies — profit or non-profit — in the … [Read more...]

How to Reverse Aging with Art De Vany

“There is no such thing as successful aging because aging is damage.” – Art De Vany Dr. Arthur De Vany is nearly eighty years old and ripped. Better known as Art De Vany, he was signed as a professional baseball player in his youth and later earned his Ph.D. in Economics at UCLA. He is most famous for his “evolutionary fitness” approach to training and diet, and our … [Read more...]

The Savant of Speed — Ryan Flaherty

“Don’t buy complexity; the simpler you make your training, the better the results become.” – Ryan Flaherty Ryan Flaherty (@ryanflaherty1) is the Senior Director of Performance at Nike. Prior to holding that position, Ryan was the Founder and President of Prolific Athletes LLC, a sports performance facility in San Diego, California, where he trained some of the world’s … [Read more...]

Exploring Smart Drugs, Fasting, and Fat Loss — Dr. Rhonda Patrick

“Avoiding all stress isn’t the answer to fighting aging; it’s about building resiliency to environmental stress.”  – Rhonda Patrick Rhonda Patrick, PhD, (@foundmyfitness) is an American biochemist and scientist. She first appeared on this podcast back in episode twelve, and whether you want to extend life, inexpensively buy a stem cell “insurance policy,” … [Read more...]

The Alien of Extraordinary Ability

“Just because you use your eyes, doesn’t mean you see what’s actually there.” – Murray Carter Murray Carter (@CarterCutlery) is a Canadian craftsman like no other. At eighteen, he fell into an apprenticeship with a sixteenth generation Yoshimoto bladesmith that lasted six years — and was asked to take the position of number seventeen in the Sakemoto family … [Read more...]

Dorian Yates on High Intensity Training, Injury Prevention, and Building Maximum Muscle

“The last one or two reps at the end of the set — that’s where the magic happens.” – Dorian Yates Dorian Yates (@dorian_yates) is a six-time Mr. Olympia who took the extreme sport of bodybuilding to a new level. He’s one of my adolescent heroes whose innovations in training (e.g., Occam’s protocol) influenced what I later put into The 4-Hour Body. In this … [Read more...]