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Ep. 196 - Tim Ferriss: [Part 1] Becoming a Titan & Overcoming Your Worst Weakness  

I was very late and I was very upset at myself. I had flown three thousand miles. I moved into an Airbnb right next to where Tim was staying. I had written thousands of notes on ripped pieces of paper and stuck them all throughout the book. I had notes written up and around all the margins. I listened to dozens of his podcasts. And I've known him for years. All morning I had jotted down possible questions. And I was late to meet Tim for our podcast. Because the west coast is three hours a way in time travel from the east coast. That's how stupid I am. I rushed over and he was waiting. Tim follows his own advice. He was relaxed. No problems. I apologized, we spoke for awhile, and then started the podcast. Three hours later...not even close to done but we stopped. I want to be a better person in life. I want to be healthier. I want to be more creative. I want to find what is hidden inside of me, dig around, unleash it. I want to find the strength to do that. It's not an easy to thing to do. To scrape the dirt and dust that collects inside of ourselves. To explore. To wander. To create. Tim's book, "Tools of the Titans" is a guidebook for doing the above. And I had a lot of questions. ---- A few months after I started my podcast in 2014, Tim wrote me and said, "Can I call you and ask you some questions about podcasting". I said sure and he called and we talked for quite awhile. He called many podcasters during this period. Then he started his own podcast. He DOMINATED. All of his guests were amazing. He told me he was getting so much great advice from his guests it was overwhelming. The aftermath of a hailstorm where everything is just glowing and even the air you breathe seems cleansed. But that lasts only a short time until the atmosphere is filled with the everyday pollution of life. So he took a month off, re-listened to all his podcasts, and just for his own use he wrote down the advice he was hearing. "But it was too much," he told me. "I kept writing. It was clearly a book." It's not like any other book he's written. He steps out of the way in many cases, and let's these super-achievers do the talking. He curates their thoughts. They had found the hidden gems inside themselves, and long ago brought them up to share with the world to achieve their successes, and now they documented them with Tim. That's why I flew 3000 miles. I wanted the gems. I wanted answers. ---- I've had so many ups and downs I try to quantify what works on the way up. What goes wrong on the way down. I try to quantify: what are the steps for reinvention? I wonder: what makes someone break out of mediocrity? About seven months ago I threw out all of my belongings. I gave away or donated to the library about 3000 books. All of my books now are on my kindle. None of the answers were in my things. But now I have one physical book. Tim's. And I plan to keep it. Here are ten things (among many) I learned from the book and from our podcast: "ALL I HAVE TO DO IS SHOW UP" I'm impressed how Tim did his work before starting a podcast. Starting something new is not about taking risks. Jumping into the unknown, getting out of the comfort zone, doing something scary. It's not about bravery. It's the exact opposite. You can only do so many "new" things in life. So do the work beforehand. He called people up. He learned the craft as much as he could. He talked to people ranging from me to people at Apple. He had initial guests lined up. He had a huge launch. And he told me the other day that he is persistent at getting his guests. One recent guest, he told me, took two years to book. Which was refreshing for me to hear since it often takes me that long or longer to book many guests. Comedian Whitney Cummings told him: "My work is not done on the night of a big standup special. My work was done three months ago. All I have do is show up." Even though I was late for our podcast, I'm glad I showed up. - DOING IS EVERYTHING Derek Sivers told him, "If all we needed was more information, then everyone would be a billionaire with perfect abs." It's the DOING that's difficult. I asked Tim: "there's 700 pages of advice here. How can anyone follow everything? How do you know what will work for you?" Just pick a few things. Pick what resonates with you. Start slowly. It doesn't matter what you do. Just start DO-ing. Dan Ariely once told me something similar. "If you say sorry to someone, even if you don't mean it, even if THEY KNOW you don't mean it, then you still have a better relationship with them a year later compared with people who never say sorry." DOING > THINKING. - BLEED From Morgan Spurlock, the director of "Supersize Me" and many other great documentaries. "Don't be afraid to show your scars". This is not a book about

Ep. 195 - Joshua Foer: The Explorer's Code  

The Explorer’s Code:  I wanted to wake each morning, not anxious about my day anymore. Not worried about what so-and-so would say, or where my career was going, or what was I going to write today. My only job each day is to explore something new. So I called up Josh and asked him how I could be an explorer. He told me. - Have A Mission Every day, whether it’s “be creative today.” Or “go some place you’ve never been” or “talk to ten random strangers”, make a mission. Learn something new. Missions are for people who DO. Mission statements are for people who DON’T. -Uncomfortable Situation Try to put yourself in as many uncomfortable situations as possible. “For instance,” he said, “you should apply for a temp job. See what it’s like.” Or maybe one day you and a friend can make a bet: who can get the furthest out of town with just $100. The uncomfortable zone is where you find out who you are, the comfort zone is where you sleep. Task: make a list of uncomfortable situations. Stretch the idea muscle. -Partners/Team Josh has 100s of people who submit items to Atlas Obscura and “There’s over 10,000 weird and obscure places on there now.” He also started it with two partners. Even superheroes need a team. Superman still needed the Justice League. Luke Skywalker still needed Han Solo and Princess Leia. Luke Cage needs Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. Who are on your team? Are they good people? Do you each have your super power? I am constantly looking for my team of fellow explorers. “Try to experience wonder every day,” Josh told me. A few months ago, my mission was to throw out everything I owned.  What would it be like after 40 years of collecting things, to own absolutely nothing. And a few months before that, my mission was to track down someone who had disappeared from my life. I failed at that mission. But I experienced wonder along the way. And today, I’m going to change my life forever. I will text you about it.  

Ep. 194 - Seth Godin: How to Make What you Want For A Living  

What does it sound like when you change your mind? That's the name of Seth Godin's next book. He only printed 5,500 copies. And he's not printing anymore. He doesn't just view a book as pages surrounded by two covers. He makes a 3-dimensional object that's beautiful to look at and read. "It's not new,” he said on my podcast. “It's the best of the last four years of my work. And it's illustrated with hundreds of photos by Thomas Hawk, who's the most prolific and talented internet photographer." The book weighs 18 pounds. And it's 800 pages long. I asked him about art and marketing... and he told me about life. A) START FROM THE BEGINNING "No business, no project, no novel ever started big," Seth said. It started with fear, uncertainty, excitement, possibility. Tons of “what if’s” that lead to real action. And real action halts the what if’s. The what if’s turn to what is. Seth said, “Instead of saying, 'I need to leap to the middle,' say, 'I'm going to start with people who want to engage with me.'" All successes start with one person. That's it. One person, then two, then three. Success is a curve. We all know it. Don't try to cheat the curve. B) KNOW YOUR WORLD I asked Seth, "How do you know what the world wants to hear?" "Well, first of all,” he said, “never the whole world. You pick your world." Where do you hurt? Where you do you feel a knot? Can you loosen it up and ease the pressure? Can you create something for the people who want to love what you want to love? C) WHAT DO YOU CARE ENOUGH TO SAY? We talked about Facebook. And the Lays Potato Chip guy who re-designed the bag. His job was to make it sound crunchier. Kids had slamming competitions. Who could slam a soda the fastest? So Coke-A-Cola created a bottle with a mouthpiece meant to maximize chugging efficiency. They sold product. But it's the message that matters. I always say: message over money. Invention happens at the edges. Between heart and lungs, breath and vocal chords is the message. It's the thing you want to say. The thing you’re afraid to say. "What really matters isn't what time you posted on Facebook," Seth said. "What matters is, what did you care enough to say? D) ANYONE CAN LEAD... "’Purple Cow' says, 'How do I sit in my office and make a thing that people talk about?'" "What 'Tribes' says is 'Now that anyone can stand up and lead (because anyone can have a media channel... because anyone can make connection) will you choose to lead? And if you're going to lead, who will you lead? How will you connect the people you're leading? That is marketing, but it's also life." E) CULTURE BEATS EVERYTHING "No one has a Suzuki tattoo," Seth said. "What's a Suzuki tattoo?" I asked. Then I got it. Harley Davidson makes half their revenue licensing their brand. T-shirts, jackets, etc. "If you're in the Harley tribe, you can't show up on a Suzuki," he said. "Tribes aren't about the alpha to the omega. Leaders always go away. The alpha person dies or moves on. But the tribe doesn't. The tribe persists. Because culture beats everything. Scenes have a culture. Tribes have a culture. It's culture that determines how an organization make its choices, how a nation will evolve." I've said this before. It doesn't matter who the president is. What matters is who you surround yourself with. Who's in your tribe? Who's in your heart? And if they're toxic to your creativity or well-being, detox now. "The Beatles didn't invent teenagers. I'm not saying we invent our tribe. We just show up to lead them." I didn't invent the choose yourself community. The cubicle job did. I'll never say what other people should do. I just say what I like to do. I say what gets me past just getting by. F) SHOW UP “Half my blog posts are below average,” Seth said. I asked if he feels bad. Intellectually, I understand failure. But it still hurts. It can turn your life upside down. I lost everything more than once. And maybe you’re reading this because you have to… or you're afraid of losing everything. “I’m talking about [creating] generous work with good intent... that didn’t work.” That’s the failure we need to show up for. “I show up,” Seth said. G) DON'T WRESTLE WITH INFINITY I didn't know what that meant. "I am almost done wrestling with infinity," he said. We had half an hour left in the interview. I didn't interrupt. I couldn't. I was captivated. My mind expands when I’m seconds away from hearing someone’s genius. My vision slows and the inside

Ep. 193 - Brian Koppelman: How to Deliver Every Single Time  

Brian Koppelman and his wife Amy Koppelman saved my life. Many years after he ruined my life. First off: when he wrote the movie “Rounders” I became obsessed with poker. I went to the same club he played at and played for 365 nights, including the night my first daughter was born (I was there for the birth though!) .   I was an addict. But eventually I stopped in order to start another company. I wish I had never stopped because that other company cost me all of my money at the time.   Then he wrote several of my favorite movies after that. I didn’t even know it was the same director until the first time I interviewed him here.   Now he is writing and producing my favorite TV show, “Billions” on Showtime. About an aggressive hedge fund billionaire going after an equally aggressive US Attorney played by Paul Giamatti.   Brian has been on the podcast several times but there’s always so much more to talk about in terms of creativity and inspiration and how to succeed as an artist / entrepreneur.   Ditto for his wife Amy who has also been on this podcast and written three of my favorite novels. One of which was turned into a movie (“I Smile Back”) starring Sarah Silverman.   But here is how they saved my life.   Awhile back I had a personal emergency. Things were going haywire.   Amy called me and said, “What’s going on?” I told her.   She had me take a photo of every meal I was eating (“I want to make sure you are eating”) and a photo of everyone I was eating with (“I want to make sure you are around people”) and had me write to her every day what was going on in my head (“write!”)   That was one time.   Another time: I lost millions of dollars in a half hour while I was on the set of “Billions” watching it be filmed.   I was called into an emergency board meeting by phone and found out the company was going to be shut down. It was a disaster.   But 90% of how we feel about a situation is determined by our choice of how we will react. Only 10% is based on the situation itself.   And since I was on the set of my favorite TV show being filmed, I decided to enjoy myself. Brian later said to me, “You lost what!? We couldn’t tell at all. You were making jokes, asking questions, and you were the last one to leave.”   I used being on the set of “Billions” to change my reaction to an otherwise horrible event. This allowed me to easily change my 90% reaction into a positive one.   So not only is Brian a creative genius, but he’s a good friend.   I went up to his offices where they are writing season 2 of “Billions” and I had maybe 1,000 more questions about creativity, writing, the arc of his career, and of course, billions of dollars.   But one thing stands out for me.   Everyone always says, as if it were advice that has come down from heaven to all writers: “Write what you know”.   Brian doesn’t agree with this. And this is the secret to his success. And the secret to all the great writers in history.   Stephen King didn’t know what it was like to be a bullied teenage girl with psychic powers when he wrote “Carrie”.   Ernest Hemingway didn’t know what it was like to be an old Cuban man who spent his life fishing.   JK Rowling didn’t know what it would be like to be a boy attending Hogwarts Wizardry School.   Brian Koppelman told me:   “Don’t write what you know, write what fascinates you.”    This is the key to all good art.   In this podcast, we also talk about what it feels like to hit a dead-end. To be unsure how to move forward. To be scared that maybe the best was behind us.   How do you move past that. Recreate yourself. Start the work again. Flourish.   I ask. Brian delivers.

Ep. 192: Stephen Dubner - One New Habit To Change Your Life Forever  

WHAT I CAN LEARN IN ONE MINUTE THAT WILL CHANGE MY LIFE FOREVER Stephen Dubner (Freakonomics) has a new podcast and it just hit #1 in the iTunes charts. "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" is the name of it and it's about to change my life. He came over to play backgammon and I asked him about it. He told me he became a journalist because it was an easy way to start talking to people. He said, "If I ask people to tell me something I don't know," then I often learn new things and it keeps the conversation going. My mind blew open. I'm tired of freezing up. Feeling too paralyzed to talk. I'm a shy introvert. This will help unfreeze me. For everyone I meet, I will try to learn something I don't know. I'll simply ask them. This will be my new habit. --- I listened to Dubner's first podcast of the new show. I learned something new from one member of the audience. First off, it's a hard podcast to create. Listen to it. There are three panelists. There's a fact-checker. And there's 100 people in the audience. I've never heard of a podcast like that. It's crazy to put that much work into a podcast! To be creative, go beyond what everyone else says is crazy. And to be crazy, go beyond what everyone else says is creative. Creativity is a lose-lose proposition. You're crazy and you're lost in the woods. But if you aren't creative, you're stuck in traffic with everyone else. Someone on the show said something I didn't know: when you sleep, the nerve cells in your brain constrict, allowing spinal fluids to wash right through and clean up the proteins that often attach to nerve cells in the brain to cause Alzheimers. I learned about five new things on that very first episode. I went to sleep that night in anticipation. Spinal fluids washing through my brain, giving my cells a much needed bath. --- If I can ask everyone, "Tell me something I don't know," I'm going to learn from everyone. It adds up. It compounds. It will give me more knowledge and help me be less shy. I hope. "Tell me something I don't know".

Ep. 191 - Chip Conley: How To Find Your Calling  

He died. He was giving a speech, sat down, and the next thing… he was dead. They called an ambulance. They got paramedics. They did that thing. They brought him back to life. But his body didn’t like living. He died again. Eight more times they used machines to convince the machine in his body that we call a heart, to come back to life. Please come back to life, the machines said to his heart. And finally his heart decided to stay. After that, things changed. Like they often do when we die at the age of 47. “There are three things,” Chip Conley, now the head of hospitality for AirBnB, told me, “a job, a career, and a calling.” “I had been building and running hotels for 20 years. It was my calling to be in the hospitality business. I built over 50 hotels. But it was starting to feel like a job.” “When I died, I realized I couldn’t do it anymore. I had to go back to my calling.” Within a few years he had sold his business. He had nothing left to do. “I had faith in my calling, though,” Chip said. “Something would happen.” And it did. It did. Adam wrote me. He was my Airbnb host. I’ve been in 4 different Airbnbs that Adam owns over the past three years. So we knew each other. I only live in Airbnbs and I know many of the regular hosts in New York City. “I’m having a special guest in the apartment right downstairs from you,” Adam wrote me. “He’s the head of all hospitality for Airbnb. Would you like to meet?’ Yes, very much so. I had spent 90% of my life in Airbnbs over the prior three years and just about 100% in the prior year. In 2014 I even wrote an article, “10 Ways to Improve Airbnb.” Adam made the introduction. Chip Conley, the man who had died a few years earlier and sold his hotel business, responded. “Should I bring a bottle of wine?” he said. He came upstairs and we started to talk. “Brian Chesky, the founder of Airbnb, called me and asked me if I wanted to be the head of hospitality. Airbnb was a tech company, it wasn’t used to being a hospitality company.” “When I ran 50 hotels, hospitality was my main focus.” “For each hotel, I had the hotel managers come up with five adjectives for what that hotel would be.” “Maybe the adjectives might be: funky, hip, modern, clean, rock & roll.” “Every employee, even the housekeepers, would keep those adjectives in mind in whatever they did. And, if possible, we even made sure the five senses the customers would experience in the hotels would match the five adjectives.” “This is a great idea,” I said, “You can even apply ideas like this to writing a book. Or even building a career for yourself. What five adjectives do you want your life, or the objects you create, or your relationships, be used to describe it.” “Absolutely,” Chip said. So he went to Airbnb to start creating an atmosphere of hospitality among the hosts. He had found his way back to his life’s calling. I had felt it. Since 2013, Now I live in them. Now they are home. All because Chip died. “How do you find your life’s calling?” I asked him. “What did you love doing when you were 6, 8, 10 years old,” he said. “Like I had one friend who even at 6 was making mudpies as if they were real pies. Then she became a lawyer but was always unhappy.” “So she quit being a lawyer and is now one of the biggest pastry chefs in the world.” “For me, I was always pretending to run a restaurant in my house. I always wanted to be in the hospitality business.” I thought back to when I was ten years old. I was writing short stories. And when I was 12 I even wrote an article in the newspaper interviewing politicians. You find your interests from back then and see how they age into the current day. “Find the thing you did where you lost all sense of time while you are doing it,” Chip told me. “Remember the equation from Victor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning‘,” he said. “Despair = Suffering – Meaning.” “Find the things that bring you meaning. Suffering is always there in this world. But if you have meaning, you will have less despair. “You will find your calling.” Sometimes even now I find myself doing things where I feel more ‘job’ than ‘calling’. I try to adjust where I can but it can be difficult. I guess a little bit at a time and eventually you can move your life into that calling. I said to him. “This is too good. Do you mind if I record the conversation?” He said, “Sure.” So I did. I’ve been recording conversations with people ever since I was ten years old. When I was 26, he said, I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I found my first little motel and called it The Phoenix. “I knew that whatever I did, I wanted to be creative and to have freedom. I tell everyone to write down the two most important qualities about their calling and check back with it over the years. “Eventually I felt like what I was doing was the opposite of creativity and freedom.” “And that’s when I had that experience of flatlining. That was my body’s way of telling me I had to change. So I got rid of my hotels.” “What if you are sitting i

[Bonus] Ryan Holiday: Trump & "The Benefit of Madness"

Ep. 190 - Jon Macks: How To Make A Gut Decision That Lasts A Lifetime  

JOKE Last night I wrote down six things I wanted to do today. I kept number six blank. “JOKE” was just a reminder to start this post with a joke from Jon Macks… “If you live in Florida, ya know, God’s waiting room…” “If you’re Jewish, like me…” Those are just a few lines from my interview with Jon Macks. He was the top writer for “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. He wrote 100 jokes a day. That’s half a million in 20 years. He’s written jokes for President Obama, Bill Clinton, John Kerry and monologues for Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock… and wrote the book “Monogluge: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed.” But before comedy, Jon did political consulting. “I realized I could do one thing 300 nights a year: politics or perform. And I chose politics.” He somehow transitioned and reached the heights of a dream career in comedy. I wanted to know his secret. I also wanted to know how to be funny... 1. Association Joke: I asked Jon how to run for Congress. “Anti-Washington, anti-establishment is what’s working right now,” he said. I’m not running for Congress. But, the night of this interview, I went to an open mic. So I ran some headlines by Jon. And he wrote jokes on the spot. Headline: “Trump Refuses To Say He’ll Accept Election Results” Jon: “The Toronto Blue Jays lost yesterday. They’re refusing to accept the fact that the Cleveland Indians are going to the world series.” This is an association joke. You look at what else is happening. Then marry the two. 2. Rule of 3’s: This is Billy Crystals joke: “Donald Trump reminds me a lot of hurricane season. He starts out with a lot of hot air, spins out of control, by the first week of November he’s completely gone.” The rule of 3’s is this: Set up your joke. Start with a fact or an idea. Then expand on the idea by listing three qualities. The third is usually unexpected. That’s your punchline. 3. Look for the oddity Jon said, “Most normal people—and I put comics as ‘not normal’—most normal people walk into a room and go, ‘This looks like a great party.’” But a comic asks questions. “Who shouldn’t be here?” “Why are they serving bacon cheeseburgers at a Jewish event?” Go beyond business as usual. Look for the oddity… in contracts, your conversations, your habits. Try to find the light in life’s eccentricities. Or the bull... in shit. 4. Find “your kind of people” and bring them together Every day, I practice what I call “emotional health.” I spend time with people who lift me up. And I try to lift them up, too. Not with words. But with interests. We hold space for each other. And leave room for the juice in our brain to squeeze out. It’s a different kind of lemonade, but it’s ours. And we like it. That’s all that matters. Seinfeld calls comedians “his type of people.” As if they have different brains than everyone else. So I asked Jon, “What is it? What is the comedian?” He said, “A comic will go on stage and either say something we haven’t thought of, or something we all thought of in a way that is really unique, funny and brings us all together.” 5. Move forward Jon was traveling about 250 nights a year doing campaigns. His third kid was just born. And he had a choice: be a dad or “be someone calling in once a week.” Lots of people make this choice. Money is involved. Fulfillment is a factor. The stress of making the “right” versus the “wrong” decision. Jon went with his gut. “I figured I’d take a break from political consulting, and I never went back.” He had a 13-week contract with Jay Leno. That turned into a lifetime… Before podcasting and writing, I worked on Wall Street. When everything crashed, I fed people chocolate. I wanted to bring people together. Maybe that’s number six.

Ep. 189 - Chuck Klosterman: The Illusion of Luck vs Skill  

I can’t tell you the secret to selling half a million books. Or half a million anything… Every day, business changes, the world shifts on its axis and your skin peels off a little bit. New cells are generated and with each blink, your eyes are rehydrated. “I’ll admit, if there was some formula, I’d do it again,” he said. Without new experiences, your soul rots. And your book or product or whatever you’re trying to get rich quick off of smells like garbage. But people will buy garbage. Because we want new experiences. Ask any child. They’ll give you an honest answer of why they like coloring or skipping rope. “I don’t know... It’s fun?” People wonder what they love. Instead of loving to wonder. Chuck Klosterman grew up in a town of 500 people. He became the number one literary critique of pop culture… before the Internet. Now anyone can research anything. And you don’t have to own the Encyclopedia Britannica. Or wait for the library to be open. A lot of people I’ve interviewed say there’s a big luck factor to success... “But I don’t think that’s as true with you,” I told Chuck. He doesn’t believe in luck. “The biggest factor is chance,” he said. “What’s the difference between chance and luck?” Luck: “Luck almost implies like a leprechaun is, sort of somebody is making this happen.” “In many ways, it seems like certain people are luckier than others,” he said. “I think what that really means is that when they were given chances, they elected to pursue them, as opposed to step away from them. And that kind of creates the illusion of luck.” Luck is an open door. Chance is the willingness to step through. When I feel stuck, I don’t create a new business overnight. I begin with a pen and a waiter’s pad. I carve out a new perspective. I write 10 ideas. Whether the ideas are good doesn’t matter. Reinvention, freedom and success are the results of movements. Not the “right movements.” Just movements. Unattached, meaningless movements that hopefully fill your day and fuel your heart. “Everything I’ve liked, I liked in totality,” Chuck said. “I wanted to almost be inside of it.” Focus on nothing. Or everything. Let life reveal itself to you. Then you won’t need luck. Because you’ll have something much more valuable: perspective. Skill: When he started, Chuck needed motivation to write. Now he’s a dad. And he writes every day. “I make myself do it,” he said. His first job was with the local newspaper in Fargo. He wrote a 16-page insert called “Rage,” meant to address Generation X. “At the time, my hope was that, maybe, if I do a good job as a reporter and I put in the time, I’d be able to publish a book, or maybe two books in my 50s or something.” He thought he’d work as a reporter who might have the ability or the luck or the chance... Chance: “There were 23 kids in my graduating class. I remember the teacher would ask questions. And nobody would say anything,” Chuck said.But he knew the answers. He thought everyone knew. “I just assumed everyone growing up felt this way—everybody felt very singular and alone. You had this world inside your mind. And there was the world outside of yourself where you just kind of goofed around, talked to people, and made small talk, but in your mind you had your own kind of world.” Then Chuck went to college. “I was amazed to find a handful of people who were just like me, who listened to Mötley Crüe but also wanted to talk about it, and didn’t just want to say, ‘It rocked.’” Connection changes your mental identity from alone to alive. Chuck’s second book, “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” sold half a million copies—more than his other eight books combined. “The only perspective I have is my own,” Chuck said. “There is the conscious experience, then there is the unconscious experience. Some of those merge when I’m writing.” Mystery... Chuck’s latest book asks a hypothetical question that no one will know the answer to for hundreds or thousands of years: “But What If We’re Wrong?” He explores art, music, science, physics, the nature of reality, and who will matter in the future. “Aristotle was one of the first people to have an idea about what gravity was. His idea was that rocks don’t float because rocks want to be on the ground, that they have agency. They long to be on the ground because they want to be at the center of the universe, and, at the time, it was believed that Earth was the center of the universe.” This was believed for roughly 2,000 years. Today’s idea of gravity is from Isaac Newton. Nearl

Ep. 188 - Doug Casey: The Most Interesting Human in The Matrix  

“I know you’ve made tens of millions of dollars in various areas of life,” I said. “Tell me how you did it.” “Hmm.” He scanned his memory for money. And landed in 1969. “I put all my possessions in the back of my Mustang and drove to Washington, D.C. I figured if I got $5,000, I could hitchhike my way through South America... but more importantly, Africa.” There are about 220 countries on the planet. Doug Casey has been to 160. “I believe in the Latin phrase, ‘Mens sana in corpore sano.’” “Sound mind, sound body…” “It means you actually have to go out and do this crap. You have to do it.” “Why?” “Because maybe you’ll find out the meaning of life.” A) Don’t be a plant “Unfortunately, most people are born in one place and then live in or near that place for the rest of their lives acting like plants, but I don’t think acting like a plant is a good survival strategy for a human.” B) Create your own currency Everybody says the Federal Reserve printed money. And devalued the dollar. Everybody’s wrong. I asked Doug, “What do people mean when they say the Federal Reserve printed money? I think there’s a common misconception around this.” His answer: they buy assets and credit back the banks. They don’t physically print money. And they don’t create value. Doug goes places, meets people, asks them to do things either with him or for him. He values the people he’s met, the money he’s made/lost and the lessons he’s learned. Honor your experiences. Money isn’t the currency of life. Living is the currency of life. C) Where do good ideas come from? They say you need to see/hear something at least seven times to remember it. I don’t know who said that. I wish I could say it was Ogilvy. I’ve talked about idea sex 100 times. Here’s 101. Good ideas are like babies. Each one is new to the world. (Unless we’re living in “The Matrix”… skip to [23:00] for this part of the interview… Even Elon Musk has thought about the likelihood of “reality” actually being “base reality.” The chances are “one in billions,” he said.) But for now, human babies come from human sex. Sex = creation. And it’s the same for ideas. Take two ideas. Combine them. Now you have a new idea. Repeat. This is idea sex. “I wanted to be a paleontologist,” Doug said. “Why? Dinosaurs! Every kid likes dinosaurs… But I took it seriously. So, geology background… Then I got interested in money. Put geology and money together and you’ve got the mining business—which is actually a better way to lose money than to make money—but the good news about the mining business is that they’re the most volatile stocks in the world. And still are…” D) Read science fiction “It’s a much better predictor of the future than any of the think tanks.” E) Try new things I’m writing a children’s book. Doug’s hobby is nothing I’ve ever heard of before. He tried taking over a country. “Oh yeah,” he said… as if he forgot. “How did I get started in that? Oh yeah, I know what it was.”   Doug has had 50 lives. He’s dined with presidents, made millions, gone broke, wrote books, traveled to war zones, scuba-dived, practiced martial arts, he owns his own research company. And more. But the strange part is he seems to string them all along. Instead of switching from experience to experience, he piles them together. It’s not clean. It’s not organized. It’s human.

Ep. 187 - Chris Voss: This Is What I Do In A Negotiation  

  “Terrorists have moms,” he said. Jeffrey Schilling was kidnapped in the Philippines and held hostage for 7 and a half months. The terrorists said they were torturing him. But Chris Voss didn’t fall for it. Chris is a former FBI hostage negotiator and the author of, “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It.” “Find a way to mention his mother’s concern for him,” Chris’ boss said. “I remember thinking, ‘That’s the dumbest idea I ever heard. A terrorist is going to care about this guys mother?’” “But my boss had great insight. And I didn’t see any downside to it. So in the middle of the negotiation I said, ‘Ya know Jeff’s mom is really worried about him.’” “What happened next?” I asked. “This murderous, sociopathic terrorist said, ‘His mother knows about this? You tell his mother he’s OK.’” Months later, Jeffrey came home. Some hostage negotiation tactics won’t work in business or with your wife. But these 5 tactics will… 1. Use the “hand-cuff method”: Use this line when someone yells at you: “I can’t hear you when you’re yelling at me.” The logic simple. People yell when they want you to listen. But if you eliminate their reward (being heard), then they have to comply. And you’ll never get yelled at again.  2. Push past threats: “People who make threats always leave themselves an out,” Chris said. But the truth is they need you. If you’re not talking, there’s no deal. They could lose out on a sale, a new employee, or millions of dollars.   “The point of a negotiation is to find out how much money is on the table,” Chris said. “You have to push the other side as far as they’ll go… without insulting them.”    3. Gain the upper hand 100% of the time:   “You can gain the upper hand by giving respect first,” Chris said.   Which a lot of people are afraid to do...   “But that’s exactly why you gain the upper hand,” Chris said.    4. Become less busy:   Rest is the new hustle.   “Anytime you slow down to do things more deliberately, you save time.” Chris calls this, “The delay that saves time.”    5. Show fearlessness   Fear can be useful. But not in a negotiation. “Showing fearlessness is a great way to inspire confidence in you from the other side,” Chris said.   Forget what you have to lose. And focus on the reward.     I can’t afford to lose all my money again. So if you’re on this list… don’t listen to this interview: A) you’re related to me B) you work with me C) you want to sell me something   Everybody else is welcome. The negotiation tactic used against Mark Cuban [49:36] Find out the negotiation tactic I use personally [42:08] How to avoid the most dangerous negotiation [4:58]  

Ep. 186 - Jewel: The Two Times You Can Start Over in Life  

Jewel was broke and homeless, but she still turned down a million dollar check when she was 19 years old. Jewel was broke and millions in debt after selling 30,000,000 albums, and built back from scratch when she was 30. Jewel has switched genres, written music from folk to pop to country to even children’s music. She wrote a children’s book. I love Jewel. Abused from the ages of 5 to 15. Moved out of the cold barn she was living in at 15 to live on her own. And three years later she was homeless. “I didn’t want to be a statistic,” she told me she was afraid when she was 15. “I looked around at other girls who were in my circumstances and things went from bad to worse” And yet… she ended up a statistic. She realized this when she was 18, living out of a car, and attempting to stuff a dress down her pants in a store so she could steal it. When I was 18 I feel I was privileged. I had no real worries. I was "suburban lucky". Luck ruined me and made me complacent. I never would have made the good decisions Jewel ended up making. That’s why I love her. That’s why I’m glad she came on my podcast. I’m sure she’s done 100s of interviews to promote her new book, “Never Broken”, an excellent book. But I wanted to break her down. I wanted her to laugh. She was so smart and serious. Trust me: I got her to laugh. A) HARD WOOD GROWS SLOWLY Why did a homeless girl who sang for pennies in a cafe turn down a million dollar offer? “Hard wood grows slowly,” she said. "I saw that as a kid. The soft trees would break. The hard trees would grow and live forever." She said: I knew I wanted to grow for a long time in this business. I also knew we were still in the grunge era and I was not grunge. If I took a million dollar deal, I read that I would have to pay it back. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to and I would be dropped by the label and that would be the end of my career. In fact, my album didn’t do well the first year. But then went on to sell over 10,000,000 copies. They didn’t drop me because I was just that girl they paid twelve dollars for. You have to think long-term instead of short-term always. —- She was 19. I do NOT think I would have made that decision. I think I would have made the wrong decisions. How does one take such a long term view at such a young age. I think it was the ten years she had spent developing her skills, singing in bars all over Alaska, preparing for this moment. Confidence is really difficult to develop. I don’t know if I have it even now. But I’m going to remember this lesson on the next business decision I have to make. B) REINVENTION IS NON-STOP Jewel has written children’s books, gone from folk music to pop to children’s to country. She’s been a rancher. She’s been homeless. I asked her, “You had the benefit of really cultivating your talent from ages 5 to 15. You sang with your dad at gigs every week. “Do you think someone starting from scratch at 50 can do this?” “Absolutely,” she said, “Reinvention never ends. It’s every day. Pursue what you enjoy and move towards it and there will be opportunities.” I look at my own life today. I’m about to finish a children’s book. I’m looking into TV. I’m working on a novel. I have other business things. I don’t know if any of them will work. But I know if I don’t keep trying I will slip back into whatever hole I constantly have to dig myself out of. There are two days to start something new. When you are five years old. And today. C) CREATE ART FOR YOURSELF I said these words: “So when you were talking to Neil Young…” What funny words to say to someone, I thought at the time and told her. Neil Young told her: don’t ever write for radio! Meaning: don’t write for the masses, write for yourself. I asked her, “isn’t there a tension there? Like what if you write for yourself and then nobody likes it? Don’t you want to write something that people like?” She said, “We all have common experiences. Ultimately when you write for yourself, you tap into that common cultural experience we all share.” That was eye-opening to me. If you put in the time to develop the skills, eventually you will burrow so deep inside yourself with your art that you will tap into that same vein of blood that runs through each of us. The key to good art is figuring out who you are. Writing for yourself, then, becomes the best way to write something that can be enjoyed by everyone. D) FORGIVENESS IS A GIFT YOU GIVE YOURSELF. But, still, a relationship has to be earned back. Around the time she was 30, Jewel had sold tens of millions of albums, was doing 700 shows a year, and had no money. In fact she was two million in debt. How could that be? She had gi

Ep. 184 - Robert Cialdini: The 7 Techniques to Influence Anyone Of Anything  

If I can tell my children to read one post of mine, it would be this post. Influence is how they will navigate a world of uncertainty. Robert Cialdini is the most influential person in the world. And by that I mean, he wrote the book, "INFLUENCE", which sold 3 million copies and defines the six critical aspects of all influence. Now he has a new book, "Pre-Suasion", going 10x deeper into the concepts of persuasion. I got him on my podcast so I can ask the 1000 questions I have. Small story from the book: If you name a restaurant "Studio 97" instead of "Studio 17" people are more likely to tip higher. If you ask a girl for her phone number outside a flower store (triggering feelings of romance), she is more likely to give it to you than if you ask her outside a motorcycle store. And 500 other stories. The environment is just as important as what you say. Before the podcast began, I gave him a book as a gift: "The Anxiety of Influence", a history of poetry. What would poetry have to do with influence and marketing? In all art, since the beginning of time, artists have built on the work of the artists the generation before them. Beethoven depended on a Mozart to be a Beethoven. Picasso depended on a Cezanne. Without Michelson, there would be no Einstein. But poets, for some reason, would deny being influenced. "I never even read Ezra Pound," shouted one poet at a critic. Poets want to be seen as original. NOBODY is 100% original. This is the anxiety of influence. Almost all of our decisions and even creativity are outsourced to the people around us who influence us: peers, teachers, religion, parents, bosses, etc. Our personality is our own particular mishmash of influences. How we deal with that anxiety, how we RECOGNIZE the influences, learn from them, build from them, is the BIRTH of all of our creativity. Let me summarize the seven aspects of influence: - RECIPROCITY - if you give someone a Christmas card they will want to return the favor - LIKABILITY - make yourself trustworthy. For instance, outline the negatives of dealing with you. - CONSISTENCY - ask someone for a favor. Now they will say to themselves, "I am the type of person who does James a favor". - SOCIAL PROOF - if you are trying to get someone to do X, show them that "a lot of your peers do X". For instance, if you are at a bar and you are a guy trying to meet women, being your women friends and not your guy friends with you. - AUTHORITY - "four out of five dentists say.." - SCARCITY - "only 100 iPhones left at this store!" - UNITY - you and I are the same because: location / values / religion / etc I've used each of the above in business. They work. They will make you money. The entire purpose of language is to influence. We are not strong animals. We are weak. The language of influence saved us. Probably a word like, "Run!" was the first word spoken. A word of influence. And it worked. I'm still running from the things I fear. So speak to influence. Don't speak to call a flower yellow. Speak to breathe spirit into an idea, to be enthusiastic, to convey emotion, to influence. This is the only way to have impact with your unique creativity. I gave Robert the book as a gift ("reciprocity"), assuming we would have a great podcast. And we did. But then I thought later, I can't even remember how Robert got on my podcast. I highly recommended his book in the podcast and even in this post.   As he got into his car after the podcast in order to go to his next interview, I started thinking, "Hmmm, who influenced who?"

Ep. 183 - Jenny Blake: Your Most Crucial Step... Pivot  

  I had to stop trying to get ahead.   There are 8 million people in New York City. And 7 billion in the world. That’s 875 New York Cities.   You can’t get ahead. Information is compounding. Technology is growing exponentially. Nothing is predictable—except maybe your expectations.   But not your success.   I used to complain. Now I pivot.   “There is no try,” Yoda says. Hans Solo didn’t believe he could use the force. Trying is just a form of doubt.   “Do or do not,” he said.   When I was 23, I tried figuring out how long it would take me to make a million dollars. I just bought computer. It was the first thing I bought with “hard-earned money.”   Fast forward 25 years and I’ve thrown all my stuff away.   And I’ve stopped trying to get ahead.   I want an F in effort. And an A in not giving a shit.   I’m writing because I’m writing. Not because I’m trying to write.   People make this mistake all the time. If you say, “James, what can I do to help you?” you’re doing two things right and one thing horribly wrong.   Right: you’re good-intentioned (maybe) and you’re not hurting anyone (again, maybe). But here’s where you’re wrong…   And I’ve done this before too.   I’ve tried to be a good boss, a good employee, a good investor, but for all the wrong reasons.   There’s only one good reason: you want to provide value.   If you don’t want to add value, you’re not helping. You’re hurting.   Growing up, when my family argued, I’d ask, “Can I say something?”   “Will it help?” my father would say.   I didn’t answer.   Offering ideas is not valuable. You have to give the “how.” Say what you’re going to do and list the steps. That’s where your idea list comes in.   I’ve started and ran more than 20 businesses. And I can tell you one thing for sure: when I did it for money, I failed 100% of the time.   Here’s the test... before you do anything, ask yourself this one question: “Do I want to add value?”   --   “That’s how I got Mark Cuban to come on my podcast,” I said.   Jenny Blake started a podcast. She came on my show to ask what works. And what doesn’t. It would be brilliant strategy... Except it’s not a strategy. It’s genuine.   And that’s why it works.   She asked to interview me and provide value to you. Jenny’s an ex-Googler. I wrote a blurb for her book. So did Cal Newport, Seth Godin, and a few other people I owe return emails to.   I wrote, "To pivot well is the difference between millions and failure. Former Googler and entrepreneur Jenny Blake (one of my favorite human beings) dissects the pivot, how to do it, and how to do it right."   I can’t tell you the right way to pivot. I’ll leave that to Jenny. I went on her podcast as a guest host.   And she came on mine to dissect my brain. Reorganize it, and give you all the milk.   Listen now to learn how I make money, keep it and grow it [12:39], how I got Mark Cuban on the podcast [41:48] and more… - the exact steps I’m taking to pivot in my career right now [6:09] - if and when it’s the right time to pivot [8:29] - How I currently make money and diversify my portfolio [13:53] - How to do what you love everyday [16:16] - The 9 experiments I did before creating a, which sold for $10 million [19:50] -The best and worst way to network [38:38] - What my day-to-day looks like [47:39]  

Ep. 182 - Caleb Carr: The Curse of Knowledge  

By the time you finish reading this, everything I’m about to tell you will already be over. What you choose to do with it is up to you. Caleb Carr was beaten as a child. His father, Lucien Carr, was an Ivy League boy, friends with Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. They were the rebels of society. Known as The Beat Generation. But Caleb reminded me of their other legacy… “My father gets arrested for murder. Jack gets arrested for accessory because he helped hide the weapon…” “And then Burroughs, of course, shoots his wife down in Mexico.” “My father’s murder case gave their movement a type of darkness and gravitas it wouldn’t have otherwise had.” --- “All of these cycles, all of these abusive things are cyclical,” Caleb said. His father didn’t get the help he needed. He didn't get the help he needed. “It's one of the reasons I never had children myself.” I didn’t understand at first. Caleb has the awareness. He understands the cycle. So I asked, “Don't you think if you had children, you would have been able to hold yourself back?” “I simply could not trust that,” he said. --- As adults, we look at our lives and question what happened and why? We pick at our scabs and then wonder why we’re bleeding. What’s done is done. And how you choose to live with it is your legacy. So Caleb writes. And between the intersection of abuse and history, he found relief. Caleb’s latest book, “Survivor, New York” begins with “The Curse of Knowledge,” It’s the idea that once you know something you can’t unknow it… pain, loss, grief. No pain heals without air. Eventually, the bandaid gets soggy. And the cut below turns green. That’s when I start reading. Caleb’s books are the air. Keep reading to learn three lessons from the brilliant, historical novelist, Caleb Carr. Two will give you relief. One will not... 1. History can save you. A lot of people write thrillers. But Caleb wasn’t sure how he’d set himself apart. But he found a simple solution. Training + Interest = Success Caleb is a trained historian. He has an interest in serial killer novels. And now he’s a bestselling author. He writes historical thrillers where characters like Theodore Roosevelt and Alexander Hamilton rescue neglected children from serial killers. 2. Pain reinvented is freedom. Caleb needed to write... (as all writers do). But he didn’t want to write a memoir like his father’s pack. He tried it once. “I found the experience incredibly creepy.” So he found fiction. Caleb said he’s not depressed but feels “intense melancholia.”  “It’s a dark, dark place you go.” “Are you able to function with it?” I asked. “Oh yeah,” he said, “that’s when I work.” 3. Always end on a cliffhanger Every unresolved problem in my life is a cliffhanger.Cliffhangers keep the story going. They create chaos. So I just stay curious. Caleb told me the warning signs of a serial killer: childhood violence, torture against animals, fires. “I loved starting fires,” he said. “I set my house on fire when I was four years old. It was the only time my father didn’t hit me.” I later asked if he has sociopathic tendencies… “functional sociopathic tendencies.” “Ummmm…” He was thinking about it.  

[Bonus] One Good Story Can Save Your Life... (literally) featuring Jordan Harbinger  

One good story can save your life... (literally).   Jordan was taken, strapped to a chair and kicked around. First in Serbia and then again in Mexico. But you already knew this. Here’s what you didn’t know...   I was taken too.   Or at least it felt like it. Everyone reading this has talents. And you want to express those talents.   Maybe you feel taken too. You want to choose yourself but you don’t know where to start.   The first step is simple... get a teacher.   I want to be that teacher.   Why? I don’t know really. I’ve experience so many opportunities that bring me joy. And new ones still come up.   When I got rid of my apartment, strangers all over the world offered me warm meals, friendship, places to sleep.   And the emails still come in. They offer to feature me in their books, on their websites and podcasts.   Jordan Harbinger says “Always be giving.” So that’s what I try to do.   I want to give back. And hopefully you can experience some of the joys I’ve had too.   So take my advice…   Self-publish your story.   Books are the new business cards. They create new opportunities and expand your mind. I became a bestselling author. Now I’ll tell you how you can too.   That’s why I’m releasing a special bonus interview. You’ll hear how my friend Jordan charmed his way into a better life. And how you can too using my “ultimate checklist before self-publishing.” This is my personal checklist that I used to become a bestselling author. This is how I escaped.   The cage is unlocked. It’s up to you to walk out. Listen now

Ep. 181 - Jordan Harbinger: The Mindset We All Want  

You can learn a lot from a sociopath. How to be charismatic, charming, convincing... They know how you think. “That’s the mindset we want,” Jordan Harbinger said. He was kidnapped twice. Once in Serbia. Once in Mexico. He talked his way out both times. “We knew there was a problem,” he said. “The cop gets in my face and says, ‘In your country, can you walk around with no identification and no passport? Tell me the Goddamn truth.’” Jordan was in Serbia teaching refugees English. “Yeah, we don’t need any form of identification at all,” he said. The cop turned to his friend and in Serbian said, “I guess they really are free over there. I had no idea.” They didn’t know Jordan spoke Serbian. He ended up in a basement. Pipes were sticking out of the wall. There was no water for miles. Wires were everywhere. And Jordan was tied to a chair. They threatened to burn his eyes with a cigarette. The guard had a club and rakia, a homebrewed liquor. Jordan talked his way out of going blind and into having a drink with his kidnapper. I always say advice is autobiography. Now Jordan’s made a career teaching ultimate survival skills through his podcast, “The Art of Charm.” I asked him, “How can I be more likable?” “I think you’re very likable…” Later he said I have “an un-punchable face.” And I agreed. When Jordan was single, he saw a girl texting on the train. There was no cell service. I tried guessing what he said to her, “‘I didn’t get your text, can you re-send it?’” “No, no that’s a great, pick-up line, but I wanted to disarm her. So I said something like, ‘Are you gonna write the whole book on your phone?’” I asked him the top 5 takeaways from his podcast. He said everyone’s decision-making process is different. “Everyone gets to the top differently.” Jordan’s interviewed world leaders like General Hayden, the former head of the NSA and CIA, Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward, and 500+ more. They all have stories. We all do. You could even self-publish yours. That’s what I did. My life changes every six months. Maybe yours will too. I even wrote a guide called “The Ultimate Checklist Before Self-Publishing.” You can get the checklist now (for free). Write a book. Sell it for 99 cents. And email me when you get your first sale. I’ll tell you even more about this on Saturday. I’m doing a special bonus podcast with Jordan. You’ll hear his two kidnapping stories and you’ll learn about the 20 steps I took to become a best selling author. (If you don’t want to miss it subscribe now.) But for now here’s Jordan’s top 5 takeaways from “The Art of Charm.”

Ep. 180 - A.J. Jacobs: Four Words That Will Give You Ultimate Freedom  

I was at a restaurant with this beautiful, thick-cut bacon. The kind you use a knife and fork on. It had fat running through it. And I felt that feeling when you fall in love in junior high school. My friend AJ Jacobs is going to prove bacon is the the path to immortality. “I am very skeptical of health gurus,” he said. “You can find a study to support anything.” I want him to find that study so I can eat bacon three times a day. And live forever doing it. I’d spend the rest of my life experimenting. That’s how AJ lives his life. Every year, he does a new one. Then he writes about it. Most of our lives are lived in our head. Creation is when it leaks out. He’s written four New York Times bestselling books. And he’s the editor-at-large for Esquire. But you don’t need permission. These four words will give you ultimate freedom to do anything you want: “It’s just an experiment.” Forget the gatekeepers. Just play. AJ has done hundreds of experiments. He learns from them. So do I. Here are 3 lessons I learned from AJ’s hundreds of experiments: 1) Filter negative thoughts I believe in authenticity. But I don’t believe in saying everything you think. If all the pain we created was just an accident, misunderstandings wouldn’t need explaining. AJ stopped gossiping. He had to. It was part of an experiment. “There's a 1-800 number that Orthodox Jews have. It's like a suicide hotline, but for gossip.” “How many people call that number a year?” I asked. “I don't know. I called it and found it very helpful.” He said his brain is lazy. Mine is, too. I have to watch it. It takes a lot of effort to clear out negative thoughts. But when AJ’s brain realized certain thoughts were being filtered, it stopped generating those thoughts. “I started thinking more positively about people.” Some people don’t know they’re negative talkers. Or negative thinkers. Your brain is Jurassic Park occupied by predators. If you take care of yourself and filter them out, positive thoughts will filter through. Good people will want to be around you. The landscape will change. And new opportunities will come. But if you get the urge to gossip, call the hotline.   2) Practice radical positive honesty AJ and his wife ran into some of her college friends at a restaurant. They said, “Oh, we should all get together.” But AJ didn’t want to. He was doing an experiment where he was being radically honest 100% of the time. “I had to say what was on my mind, which was, ‘You guys seem nice, but I just have no desire to ever see you again.’ “How did they react?” “As you might expect, they were not overjoyed.” “Did your wife yell at you?” “Yes, absolutely, she yelled at me. In one sense it was effective because we’ve never seen them again.” “I don’t know how she stays married to you.” AJ laughed. And we still got lunch after the podcast. Now he believes in radical positive honesty. I told AJ I’d try it. “Give it a shot. You're very handsome,” he said. He was lying. 3) Don’t overlook anything One of the top 3 moments in AJ’s life was with Chrissy Teigen. I already knew the story because he called me immediately after interviewing her. They were talking about religion and she randomly asked if he read “The Year of Living Biblically.” She didn’t know he wrote it. “The Bible says you should say thanks all the time. I took it literally,” he said. It was one of his experiments. “I would press the elevator button and be thankful it came to the first floor. Then I'd get in and be thankful it didn't plummet to the basement and break my collarbone. It was a very bizarre way to live, but it was also wonderful because you realize there are hundreds of things that go right every day that we totally take for granted.”

Ep. 179 - Steve Kotler: Tomorrowland: The Future is Rich (in Possibility)  

Beautiful women with laser boobs. If you asked me “What’s Playboy’s future,” that would’ve been my guess. But then I spoke to Steven Kotler. I asked him, “When are we going to start 3D printing houses and cars?” This was 7 or 8 months ago. But I was too late. China 3-D printed ten homes in two days. And they were cheap. $5,000 a home. Then they 3-D printed a mansion. And a five-story apartment complex. The future is rich in possibility. “We’re here,” Steven said. “It is really really real.” “Today, for the very first time in history, pretty much anyone can have a global impact,” Steven said on today’s podcast. So I asked him, “If I'm sitting in my cubicle or I’m driving to work and I'm listening to this, how can I improve my life?” He told me about a woman in her 30s who graduated from Harvard, lived with her parents and couldn’t get a job. So she disrupted the $256 million a year cosmetics industry. She combined a standard inkjet carton with a 3-D printer. With bio-degradable ink, she can print any type of makeup in any color. Then Steven told me how we’re colonizing space. “One of the reasons we're not in space yet is because it costs $10,000 a pound to get something out of Earth's gravity well. It's really expensive. We need to be able to print in space.” “My next book,” Steven said, “not the one I’m writing now, but the one after that will be about the 4 enormous exoduses that are happening in this century. One is in virtual reality. Another is gonna be in space.” “What’s the other two?” “One is gonna be climate change migrations.” “Meaning we’re leaving earth?” “I don’t think we’re leaving Earth.” “What’s the fourth exodus? “I actually think the fourth is into our own subconscious... in our own mind,” he said.” He called them “interior states of consciousness” or “inner-space.” Steven wrote some of my favorite books, including "Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World," which is also byPeter Diamandis, the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation. Bill Clinton said it’s, “A visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world.” Steven also wrote Tomorrowland, which shows you all the ways science fiction is coming to life. So far no laser boobs. But anything is possible.

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