A pal who is entering the world of listening to podcasts asked me for recommendations on The Tim Ferriss Show after my persisting of them checking out Tim’s episodes.
There are many more episodes I greatly enjoyed and some I have not listened to, but after taking a scan over all the episodes I have listened to and light reflecting, here is my list:
- Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories — All around amazing episode. Jamie Foxx is a masterful storyteller, which I was not aware of despite his many other talents. Particularly, his stories of growing up and early days in LA were the most interesting. This episode earned Product Hunt’s Episode of the Year reward.
- How Renegade Filmmaker Casey Neistat Breaks Rules, Reinvents Himself, and Gets Thanked For It — I do my best to stay up to date on Casey’s daily vlog. Casey first caught my attention when I saw his video Make It Count a friend posted on Facebook in 2012 of him taking the money intended for a Nike campaign and flying around the world instead, until the ad campaign budget went dry. Casey is extremely creative, honest, and energizing to watch.
- Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and the 5 Chimps Theory —I really appreciated his philosophy that is contrary to a lot of what is preached in Silicon Valley. Constantly, you hear buzz around scaling and growth for the sake of growth. Naval talked about creating around purpose.
- Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying “No” to Millions — I really found his ‘Hell Yes or Fuck No strategy’ a useful maxim to work towards. Derek’s philosophies on building things is similar to Naval above. There’s also part 2 of their interview: Derek Sivers Reloaded — On Success Habits and Billionaires with Perfect Abs.
- Amelia Boone on Beating 99% of Men and Suffering for High Performance — I clearly remember listening to this one when I was fatigued from my coding classes I had been taking for the last year. Hearing how Amelia picked up her passion of marathons in her later twenties made me feel better to keep moving forward.
- The Importance of Being Dirty: Lessons from Mike Rowe — I don’t agree with Mike’s philosophy of giving up on your passions, however find a lot of his ideas and philosophies useful as he is very prgmatic. Mike has a fascinating path from an opera singer in Baltimore to QVC to his fame with the Discovery Channel and selling Ford F-150s.
- How to Be Tim Ferriss — Featuring Freakonomics — Background on Tim Ferris
- How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules, Principles, and Obsessions — If you’ve been involved with marketing in any respect you probably have read/heard of Seth Godin’s books. This one gets into Seth Godin’s head and mindset which Seth has rarely articulated and shared before.
- The Interview Master: Cal Fussman and the Power of Listening — Great tales of vagabonding across Europe with no money and how to stay with strangers with food and housing for weeks before the internet. Many tales from interviews with legendary people.
- B.J. Novak of The Office on Creative Process, Handling Rejection, and Good Comedy