Overcoming Doubt, Battling the Busy Trap, and Enhancing Life — M. Sanjayan

“The messenger matters as much as the message.” – M. Sanjayan M. Sanjayan (@msanjayan) is a global conservation scientist specializing in how nature preserves and enhances human life. He serves as CEO for Conservation International, having joined CI in 2014 as executive vice president and senior scientist. He has led several key divisions including Oceans, Science, Development, … [Read more...]

The Answers to My Favorite Questions

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn This is an unusual episode. Instead of the typical interview format where I ask other people questions, I did what thousands of you have requested; I answered the 11 questions that are the foundation of Tribe of Mentors (and add in a few bonus answers). From beliefs that have changed my life to how I … [Read more...]

Managing Procrastination, Predicting the Future, and Finding Happiness – Tim Urban

“I always thought the future would be intense, but now I think the future is going fully fucking crazy!” – Tim Urban Tim Urban (@waitbutwhy) is the author of the blog Wait But Why and has become one of the Internet’s most popular writers. According to Fast Company, Tim has “captured a level of reader engagement that even the new-media giants would be envious … [Read more...]

How to Say No

This is a special episode of the podcast. When I wrote Tribe of Mentors, I reached out to many different experts, leaders, athletes, and entrepreneurs who are the best in the world at what they do. More than 130 people said yes — but many others said no. This episode covers rejection, and — more specifically — how to reject other people and opportunities. How you can you say no … [Read more...]

4 Short Life Lessons From Bozoma Saint John

Photo credit: Tua Ulamac The below profile is adapted from the new book, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, which features practical and detailed advice from 130+ of the world’s top performers. Enjoy! ### Bozoma Saint John (@badassboz) is the chief brand officer at Uber. Until June 2017, she was a marketing executive at Apple Music after joining the company through its … [Read more...]

Stewart Brand – The Polymath of Polymaths

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Stewart Brand Stewart Brand (@stewartbrand) is the president of The Long Now Foundation, established to foster long-term thinking and responsibility. He leads a project called Revive & Restore, which seeks to bring back extinct animal species such as the passenger pigeon and woolly mammoth. Stewart is very well known for founding, editing, and … [Read more...]

6 Short Life Lessons From Terry Crews

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore The below profile is adapted from the new book, Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, which features practical and detailed advice from 130+ of the world’s top performers. Enjoy! ### Terry Crews (@terrycrews, terrycrews.com) is an actor and former NFL player (Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia … [Read more...]

The Erotic Playbook of a Top-Earning Sex Worker (NSFW)

“Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.” -Mae West Alice Little (@thealicelittle) is considered the #1 top-earning legal sex worker in the United States. She is a 4’8″ legal sex worker at Nevada’s world famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch.  This episode is definitely not suitable for work (NSFW). In this wide-ranging episode, we cover a lot of ground, … [Read more...]

The Most Curious Man in Hollywood — Brian Grazer

“‘Good enough’ equals shitty.” – Brian Grazer Brian Grazer (@BrianGrazer) is an Academy Award-winning producer and New York Times bestselling author (A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, with Charles Fishman) who has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. Grazer and his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard began their … [Read more...]

Tim O’Reilly – The Trend Spotter

“Money is like gas during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations.” – Tim O’Reilly Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) is one of the most fascinating polymaths I’ve ever encountered. Wired has called him “the trend spotter” in the world of tech and macrotrends. Tim is the founder and … [Read more...]

Sharon Salzberg, World-Renowned Meditation Teacher

“Do the good that’s in front of you, even if it feels very small.” – Sharon Salzberg Sharon Salzberg (@SharonSalzberg) is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program. Sharon has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices … [Read more...]

Terry Laughlin, The Master Who Changed My Life

“Life is not designed to make things easy for us, but present challenges that help us grow.” – Terry Laughlin This episode is special to me. While I didn’t know it at the time, this ended up being  Terry Laughlin’s (@TISWIM) final long-form interview. Terry passed away from cancer complications on October 20, just two weeks after we recorded this interview. Terry was … [Read more...]

Discipline Equals Freedom — Jocko Willink

“Your will doesn’t break — it never shows up in the first place.” – Jocko Willink Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) takes over the show for a special episode. As I learned during our first interview, he is one of the scariest human beings imaginable. In this episode, Jocko shares lessons from his new book Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual. Trust me, it’s … [Read more...]

Arianna Huffington, Media Maven

“You can’t run your life from your inbox.” – Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global and founder of The Huffington Post. She has been named to Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 Most Influential People and Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, Arianna moved to England when she … [Read more...]

Lessons from Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Ben Franklin

“Education is supposed to juice your curiosity, not diminish or sate it.” – Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson) is a professor at Tulane University, and the president and CEO of The Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is the … [Read more...]

Sir Richard Branson — The Billionaire Maverick of the Virgin Empire

“Stick your neck out…it’s a lot more fun than sitting at home and watching other people do it.” – Sir Richard Branson Sir Richard Branson (@richardbranson), founder and chairman of The Virgin Group, is a world-famous entrepreneur, adventurer, activist, and business icon. He has launched a dozen billion-dollar businesses and hundreds of other companies. His new … [Read more...]

Intimacy, Emotional Baggage, Relationship Longevity, and More – Esther Perel

“The most powerful anti-depressant is doing for other people.” – Esther Perel Psychotherapist Esther Perel (@estherperel) is back to answer your most requested questions. The New York Times called her the most important game-changer in sexuality and relational health since Dr. Ruth. Her TED talks on maintaining desire and rethinking infidelity have more than 17 million views, … [Read more...]

Investing Wisdom from Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, Chris Sacca, and Others

This episode contains some of the best lessons I’ve learned about investing, making money, and growing your personal wealth. It was inspired by my recent talk with Ray Dalio, which has been incredibly popular and led to many additional questions about money and investing. There is no doubt we need to create systems and procedures that work for each of us. What works for me might not work for you. … [Read more...]

Eric Ripert — Lessons in Mastery and Mindfulness

Photo cred: Nigel Parry “Anger doesn’t help to create quality.” – Eric Ripert Eric Ripert (@ericripert) is recognized as one of the best chefs in the world. In 1995, at just 29 years old, he earned a four-star rating from The New York Times. Twenty years later and for the fifth consecutive time, Le Bernardin, where Eric is the chef and a co-owner, again earned the highest … [Read more...]

Tools and Tips for Better Sleep

In this episode of the podcast, I focus on a topic that has been a lifelong personal struggle: sleep. I’ve found that if you prioritize sleep — and recovery, in general — it magnifies everything else in your life, from your emotional health to physical training. To help you take better care of your mind and body, I’ve gathered some of the best advice from multiple guests … [Read more...]

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...]