The James Altucher Show

James Altucher: Interviews w/ Mark Cuban, Tim Ferriss, Arianna Huffington, Seth Godin, Tucker Max on Entrepreneurship, Investing, Health

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James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books including the recent WSJ Bestseller, "Choose Yourself!" (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). He has started and sold several companies for eigh...Show More
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Ep. 45 - Nassim Taleb: Why You Should Embrace Uncertainty

1:40:29 | Sep 23rd, 2014

Nassim Taleb, author of Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, joins The James Altucher Show to talk about technology and how different systems handle disorder.Just as humans evolve, technology is constantly being upgraded and replaced with new...Show More
457 - Sam Harris: Why You’re Failing to Make Sense of Your Life

2:18:05 | May 28th

Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, philosopher, meditation advocate, he's the host of the "Making Sense" podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of "The End of Faith" "Waking Up," "The Moral Landscape" and more. This episode is long. But you c...Show More
456 - Rich Karlgaard: You Can Flourish Later in Life (It’s More Possible Now Than Ever)

1:04:51 | May 23rd

Rich Karlgaard has done everything from dishwashing to running Forbes magazine. He was a late bloomer. And he wanted to hunt down other late bloomers. He gives a bunch of examples in this podcast. And wrote a book about this phenomenon titled, "Late ...Show More
455 - Bishop T.D. Jakes: How to Turn Unexpected Pain into Power

50:54 | May 21st

Bishop T.D Jakes has served millions of people all over the world. He listens to their stories. And has learned this: "Pain always leaves a gift behind." And he wants to teach you how to find that gift. "Sometimes things happen to us that we did not ...Show More
454 - Caroline Hirsch: Film Making, Art & Expression as Activism

58:28 | May 16th

Caroline Hirsch is the owner and founder of the iconic Caroline’s comedy club in Time Square New York. She’s worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Tracy Morgan, Amy Schumer, and all the greats. She told me about the pattern that great performers go t...Show More
453 - Pete Holmes: The Beauty of Healing Through Jokes

1:16:50 | May 14th

Pete Holmes wants to rearrange the molecular structure of your brain. NOT through science. He wants to do it through comedy. And masturbation jokes. "When my wife left me," he said, "I realized that comedy is noble. People are hurting and it’s a good...Show More
452 - Mark Manson: Everything Is F*cked (A Conversation About Hope)

50:02 | May 9th

Mark Manson is the best selling author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.” And now, his new book is, "Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope." Mark started this book when he got depressed.He wanted to find out what hope is and how we can get m...Show More
451 - Eric Schmidt: Becoming the CEO of Google... Unlearn Arrogance & Become Your Greatest

1:03:31 | May 7th

Eric Schmidt is the former CEO of Google. Founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page hired him to gear Google up for the IPO. But something happened. They told him, “You need a coach.” Eric disagreed. He thought “I’m so great! You just hired me.” Arrogance ...Show More
Yesterday's "10 Ideas" List (Proof that BAD Ideas Lead to The Good Ideas)

1:01:16 | May 2nd

I get this question a lot: “Did you start coming up with ideas because you were already successful?” I'll tell you WHY they ask this. Because people think "I need to pay my bills and THEN I'll change my life." That's backwards. I was dead broke and d...Show More
450 - Mark Malkoff: It's OK to Not Takes Yourself Seriously All The Time.

2:04:53 | Apr 30th

Mark Malkoff is a comedian who challenges himself to the impossible. And I don't mean medical miracles or anything like that. Everything he does is purely ridiculous. “I get super focussed when someone says I can't pull something off,” he said. This ...Show More
How to Deal With Crappy, Toxic People

1:08:24 | Apr 25th

When I wrote “How to Deal with Crappy People” it became the most popular post on my blog. Everyone is dealing with crappy people. Since that post came out, the most common question I am asked is "What if the crappy person is your boss?" "Or someone y...Show More
449 - Chelsea Handler: Life Will Be The Death of Me (Stories About Grief, Healing, Cannabis & The Quest for Meaning)

55:00 | Apr 23rd

Chelsea Handler is a comedian and the author of “Life Will Be The Death Of Me.” I interviewed her live at Stand Up New York (you can find out about upcoming live shows here). We talked a lot about trauma, comedy, death... and healing. Chelsea was onl...Show More
448 - Dave Barry: How To Have More Humor in Your Life

1:01:48 | Apr 18th

Dave Barry is a comedian and the author of “Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog.” The book is really funny. I rarely laugh out loud while reading. I have Dave tell me about the inspiration for the book and some of the ways his lif...Show More
447 - Hal Elrod: Decide What Has Power Over Your Life and Your Future (Using "The Miracle Equation")

1:15:19 | Apr 16th

Hal Elrod almost died twice. Actually, he did die. "I was clinically dead for 6 minutes," he said. He was hit by a car. And the doctors said he'd never walk again. Hal dealt with the news with a totally different mindset than most people. "I gave mys...Show More
Don’t Follow Your Dreams. Age With Your Interests!

14:11 | Apr 11th

Sometimes our dreams hold us back from thinking about new possibilities. This is a 10-15 minute episode about why I don't believe in following your dreams. And why it's better to age with your interests. (Examples included!) I write about all my podc...Show More
446 - Lori Gottlieb: What to Do When You're Ready for a (Real) Change

47:03 | Apr 9th

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the author "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone." I asked her why therapists never tell you how to improve your life. Why won't they just give me the answers? And she said it's because people like to live where it'...Show More
445 - Congressman Tim Ryan: The First Presidential Candidate Who Meditates!

51:00 | Apr 6th

Tim Ryan is running for president. He just announced it. I interviewed him five years ago. It was my 32nd podcast interview. I'm re-releasing it. Because it's evergreen. Tim talks about how he got into meditation, the science behind it, how it can he...Show More
What I Learned When I Was Dead Broke

23:50 | Apr 4th

When I was broke, I thought my life was over. Then I made 4 changes. I talk about those 4 changes with Steve in this episode. But we also talk about investing, how to spot a scam (like Madoff), becoming an idea machine and more.  Also, let us know wh...Show More
444 - Mike Van Cleave: A Conversation About Cancer & Learning How to Discard the Meaningless

1:23:20 | Apr 2nd

This episode is from 2017. It's a beautiful conversation with lessons I'll cherish for the rest of my life. Rest in peace, Mike.  I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at    Thanks ...Show More
Problems = Business Opportunity. Here's 5 Major Problems I've Learned From Podcast Guests

1:05:24 | Mar 28th

I’ve interviewed 500 of the smartest people in the world. Many of them have discovered major problems in society. And when there are problems that also means there are opportunities for businesses. So Steve and I break down five problems, how they co...Show More
443 - Tero Isokauppila: What People Who Study Optimal Human Performance Know About Health That You Don't

1:22:03 | Mar 26th

Tero Isokauppila is the CEO and founder of Four Sigmatic, a company specialized in helping people reach optimal human performance through superfoods, functional mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs. It's an odd business. And that's why it works. Because T...Show More
The 2 Biggest Financial Risks You Could Make in a Lifetime

53:38 | Mar 21st

Steve and I were going to do this podcast on "The 10 Commandments of the American Religion." Which is an article I wrote (and got tons of hate mail about) back in 2016. But we only got through #1 and #2. Which happen to be about 2 worst financial ris...Show More
442 - Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Lessons From a Supreme Court Justice on How to Persuade & Convince

46:19 | Mar 19th

Justice Sonia Sotomayor is on the US Supreme Court. I went to Washington for this interview. And asked her what makes someone persuasive and convincing? Is it voice? Is it confidence? And what makes a winning case? And how does someone become the typ...Show More
Q’s from Twitter: The Advice I Give My Daughter About Purpose, Books I Re-Read, Procrastination Decoded & More

40:58 | Mar 14th

I get a lot of questions on Twitter and Instagram. So this is an episode to scroll through and give out answers. Send me questions for the next episode @jaltucher.  I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at ja...Show More
441 - Steven Pressfield: It’s Not Too Late to Become the Hero of Your Journey (Listen to Your Gut)

1:34:53 | Mar 12th

Steven Pressfield was a cab driver for years before becoming a best-seller author. He's taught me about following your gut and not letting time get in the way of who you’re supposed to become. Listen to Steven talk about the hero’s journey and how yo...Show More
Entrepreneur vs. Employee: They’re Both Great & They Both Suck. Here’s How to Make the Best of Both

1:11:32 | Mar 7th

We did this whole podcast off of my idea list for the day. I was in a Facebook group. And someone asked “What does entrepreneurship mean to you?” People had these corny answers like “value, freedom…” But when I started my first company in the 90’s, I...Show More
440 - Gretchen Rubin: How to Feel Calm & Get Rid of Mental Clutter

1:30:24 | Mar 5th

Gretchen Rubin is the bestselling author of “The Happiness Project” and “Better Than Before.” She just wrote a new book “Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness." Gretchen will make you think about what happine...Show More
439 - Eddie Ibanez: Data... Threat or a Means to Make Money?

56:49 | Feb 28th

Eddie Ibanez is the biggest cyber security hacker I know. He used to be contracted by the US government to find patters that could help identify various threats (terrorist threats, security threats, etc.) He tried to tell me what he could without goi...Show More
438 - Brad Meltzer: Our County’s Secrets (Untold Stories From the CIA & Secret Service)

1:06:09 | Feb 26th

Brad Meltzer gets to call up the CIA and the secret service whenever he needs a new story. He’s written 11 best selling novels. They’re all history thriller novels. And now he’s written his first non-fiction book about the plot to kill George Washing...Show More
437 - John Maxwell: THE Master of Personal Growth

1:00:46 | Feb 21st

John Maxwell changed my life in 2001. I read his book “Failing Forward” and then read all his books ever since. He’s the #1 go-to guy for leadership and personal growth. And he’s sold over 30 million copies of his books worldwide. His newest book is ...Show More
436 - Todd Herman: When to Use Your Alter Ego

1:02:13 | Feb 19th

Todd Herman coaches CEOs, Olympic athletes, entrepreneurs (etc.) on how to reach their peak performance using 1 key trick… an alter ego. He says, “We’re all super multi-layered people.” But we block ourselves. We constantly use old narratives that we...Show More
435 - Roger McNamee: Every Tech Billionaire's Mentor

54:09 | Feb 14th

Roger McNamee was Steve Jobs' mentor. And Bill Gates. And Mark Zuckerberg. Why is Roger so valuable to these people? What does he know that we don't? What did he have to offer the world's future billionaire visionaries? I also wanted to hear stories....Show More
434 - Stephen Merchant: How to Live Through Your Life’s Awkward Moments… Build Your Ridiculous Muscle

1:21:17 | Feb 12th

Stephen Merchant is 2x GoldenGlobe-winning actor, writer and director. I’m a fan of everything he’s worked on (The Office, Office Space, Extras, Hello Ladies, etc.). And now he has a brand new movie coming out that I highly recommend called “Fighting...Show More
433 - 6 MORE of The Best One Minute Life Hacks

52:17 | Feb 7th

People don't talk about this enough... the life hacks that answer the bigger questions: "How can I make time for things I really love and enjoy?" "How do I get the most out of a day, a week, a year, ten years?" There are a lot of life hacks out there...Show More
432 - Will Shortz: Proof that You Can Create Your Own Career Path & Keep Your Brain in Shape

1:06:02 | Feb 5th

"You’re the most disappointing guest ever," I said. "You’ve done everything you’ve ever wanted to do, you rose to the top…” Will Shortz is the crossword puzzle editor for "The New York Times." And he took probably the strangest path I’ve ever heard t...Show More
431 - Gary Gulman: "I'm Not Suffering from Depression Anymore"

1:39:14 | Jan 31st

The first time Gary Gulman came on my podcast, he was totally depressed. He had difficulty speaking. He was hunched over. I almost felt bad for inviting him. But he was really candid. And I wanted to be his friend. He's likable and his comedy always ...Show More
430 - The Best 1 Minute Life Hacks to Save Time & Enjoy More of Life

1:12:04 | Jan 29th

One time I was on a plane with an CIA officer. He told me a lot of stories. One thing he said stood out. It was a life hack that I adopted right away. And I've been doing it for years ever since. I try to collect one takeaway from every person I inte...Show More
429 - Garry Kasparov: The History of The Free World (And How to Gain Confidence in The Future)

1:10:03 | Jan 24th

Garry Kasparov is the best chess player in history. He was ranked #1 in the world for 20 years. And in 2007, he ran for president of Russia. Now he lives in exile. Going back to Russia is not an option for him. When I asked him, "Would you be in trou...Show More
428 - Evan Carmichael: How to Shut Out the Negativity in Your Life and Maybe Get Huge on YouTube

1:42:56 | Jan 17th

Evan Carmichael has a YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers. He didn’t have a master plan. He built it up from scratch. And just followed a few simple rules (which you’ll hear in this podcast). My favorite rule out of all of them is this: “...Show More
427 - Lori Gottlieb: When To See a Therapist (And When Not To)

1:03:53 | Jan 15th

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and the author of an upcoming book called "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone." She also writes a column in The Atlantic called "Dear Therapist." This episode is sort of a behind-the-scenes. Because Lori tells me what...Show More
426 - Gilbert Gottfried: Laugh Everyday (It's Medicine For Your Day)

1:18:04 | Jan 10th

Gilbert Gottfried started doing stand-up comedy when he was 15 years old. He dropped out of high school and within 10 years he was on Saturday Night Live. And he built his career up from there. But he's also been the center of a lot of controversies....Show More
425 - David Rubenstein: The Importance of Having a Good 2nd and 3rd Life (Lessons From The Co-Founder of The Carlyle Group)

1:00:01 | Jan 8th

I got nervous because David Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-chariman of The Carlyle Group, which is the biggest private equity firm maybe in the world. They own hundreds of companies and have $200 billion in assets. He's also the chairman of a lo...Show More
424 - Byron Allen: How To Make History in Your Dream Industry (A Story About Outsmarting The Standards)

1:55:19 | Jan 3rd

Bryon Allen has 3 rules in business: “Don’t let anyone come between you and the customer. Don’t run out of money. And don’t break rules #2 and #3.” But he didn’t know these rules when he got started. He says people weren’t betting on the young black ...Show More
423 - John Paul DeJoria: Build A Self-Made Personality (How John Went From Homeless to Billionaire)

1:18:00 | Jan 1st

John Paul DeJoria is a self-made billionaire and philanthropist who co-founded the Paul Mitchell hair line.   I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at     Thanks so much for listeni...Show More
422 - George Gilder: How to Think Like a Futurist

1:38:54 | Dec 27th, 2018

George Gilder is a 79 year old super futurist. He’s the author of  #2 book in China, “Life after Google The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy.” I had him on the podcast because he’s somehow been able to predict the future for de...Show More
421 - David Goggins: Never Be Satisfied With Your Life… Find Your New 100%

2:00:41 | Dec 25th, 2018

David Goggins went from being 300 lbs to becoming a Navy SEAL. He also ran a 100-mile race AND he set the world pull-up record at 4,030 pull-ups in 24 hours. I told him I don't want to do any of that. But... I do want to learn the mindset he develope...Show More
420 - Amy Morin: 10 Mental Strength Tips That Will Make You Stronger (Part 2) "

1:00:19 | Dec 20th, 2018

This is part 2 of my interview with Amy Morin where we talk about 10 mental health strategies that will make you stronger.  In part 1 of the interview, we talked about her article "5 Ways to Simplify Your Life to Make Room for Things that Matter Most...Show More
419 - Amy Morin - The Power to Strengthen Your Own Mind (Part 1)

1:17:07 | Dec 18th, 2018

Amy Morin in a mental strength trainer. She started out a therapist. And then her husband passed away. And her mom. She was grieving. And tortured by the pain. Then she realized she had the power to strengthen her own mind. She wrote about this in he...Show More
418 - T.J. Miller: Don’t Take Yourself Seriously = Success

1:14:14 | Dec 13th, 2018

TJ Miller is a comedian and actor. You’ve seen him in Silicon Valley, Deadpool, Ready Player One, and more. I kept asking him about his success. And how he got there. He told me to stop trying “manufacture” it. I laughed. He kept cracking jokes. He’l...Show More
417 - Jamie Kilstein interviews Me About Escaping The Noise and Finding What Works For You

1:12:47 | Dec 11th, 2018

I went on Jamie Kilstein's podcast. And the conversation got intense. So I asked to publish it on my podcast, too. Here it is. I wanted to repost it because he told me what he does to make an impact in life. And how this has changed for him over time...Show More
416 - Phillip Stutts: The Strategy To Win (Marketing in The Digital Age)

1:31:53 | Dec 6th, 2018

Phillip Stutts has been at the forefront of defining digital campaigning in politics. He has gotten presidents elected. He’s gotten senators elected. He’s gotten all sorts of political offices elected. I wanted to hear the strategy behind those wins....Show More
415 - Tom Bilyeu: Replace Excuses With Process (Part 2)

53:37 | Dec 4th, 2018

First, Tom Bilyeu created one of the fastest growing companies. Sold it. And made millions. Now he's running a super successful media company. Here’s a list of what we talked about: - WHY I’M TERRIBLE AT NETWORKING (AND WHAT MAKES TOM GREAT AT IT) -...Show More
414 - Tom Bilyeu: Anyone Can Create Impact (Part 1)

52:22 | Nov 29th, 2018

Tom Bilyeu grew his company 57,000% in just two years. His company was the second fastest growing company that year. Then he sold it. And overnight, became massively wealthy. Now he runs a media company called Impact Theory. And has a podcast with th...Show More
413 - Danica Patrick: Finding Your Driving Force

1:09:18 | Nov 27th, 2018

Danica Patrick is a top-level, professional racing driver, entrepreneur and one of the most well recognized female athletes in history. She started racing when she was 10 years old. And knew she'd make a career out of it. I wanted to know what drove ...Show More
412 - Kai-Fu Lee: Who Will Win In The Future? (AI, China, Capitalism and The New World Order)

1:00:10 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Kai-Fu Lee is an artificial intelligence expert, venture capitalist and he’s probably the reason we have “Siri” and “Alexa.” He ran all of Apple’s speech recognition back in the 90’s. Then went on to work with Google and Microsoft. He’s neck deep in ...Show More
411- Wyclef Jean: From Poverty to The World Stage (How to Dream a New Reality)

1:23:15 | Nov 20th, 2018

Wyclef Jean is one of my favorite artists/rappers/creators.  He came from the worst ghettos in Brooklyn. And before that, he came from Haiti. I wanted to know how he took the leap... because so many people are afraid to try. He would imagine himself ...Show More
410 - AJ Jacobs: How I Reduce Stress Daily

1:37:00 | Nov 15th, 2018

AJ Jacobs traveled all around the world to say “thanks” to all the people involved in making his morning cup of coffee. Then he wrote about it in his new book “Thanks a Thousand.” He thanked everyone from the farmers to the truckers and so on. Then I...Show More
409 - Dan Schawbel: The Cure to Loneliness at Work AND How to Leverage Each Step of Your Career

1:18:36 | Nov 13th, 2018

Dan Schawbel has the ultimate life plan. He started as the youngest columnist at BusinessWeek, then he created his own personal branding blog, then he became an online contributor for Forbes, then Forbes Magazine (print edition)… He takes each thing ...Show More
408 - James Frey: Breaking The Rules, Writing & Becoming Yourself Again

1:22:48 | Nov 8th, 2018

James Frey is a controversial writer. On purpose. He wanted to be “the most notorious writer in the world.” He ran off to Paris to be a writer when he was 21. He published a bestseller 12 years later ("A Million Little Pieces"). That’s 12 years of fa...Show More
407 - Charlamagne Tha God: Mental Health & Coping with Anxiety

1:06:03 | Nov 6th, 2018

Charlemagne got kicked out of two high schools. He was a class clown and his teachers said he was "disruptive." Now he gets paid to be disruptive and a class clown... on radio. "I took those so called flaws and made them my strength." And now he's th...Show More
406 - Howard Marks: Billionaire Investor on Market Cycles (How to Survive the Bad Days & Win the Good Days)

1:07:15 | Nov 1st, 2018

Howard Marks is #374 on the Forbes richest list. He co-founded Oaktree Capital Management and is worth $1.9 billion. I asked, “Do you hate being introduced as a billionaire?” He said, “I do. I don’t think that how much money I have sums me up and I d...Show More
405 - John C. McGinley: When to Quit Your Dream & When to Go All In

1:38:14 | Oct 30th, 2018

John C. McGinley has been in 80+ movies, he’s been in six Oliver Stone movies and all nine seasons of “Scrubs.” And now, he’s celebrating the 3rd season of “Stan Against Evil,” where he’s acting AND writing. We talked about acting, improving, auditio...Show More
404 - Noam Dworman: The Risk of Censorship…

1:00:49 | Oct 25th, 2018

I talk to Noam Dworman, owner of the Comedy Cellar about censorship, starting and running a small family-owned business, freedom of information vs. freedom of speech (which is more important?) and... Louis C.K.'s return to the stage. Some background:...Show More
403 - Robert Greene: The Laws of Human Nature... (Why We Are The Way We Are)

1:30:01 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Robert Greene is one of my all-time favorite authors and brilliant thinkers. He just came out with a new book, “The Laws of Human Nature.” And I can already tell you this going to be one of my top recommended reads for the next 10, 20, 30 years. It’s...Show More
402 - Jocko Willink & Leif Babin: How Navy SEALS Lead

1:35:49 | Oct 18th, 2018

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin are both Navy SEALS. They just came out with a new book “The Dichotomy of Leadership" where they break down all the mistakes leaders do, all the ways they get lost in ego, all the ways they forget to gain trust from their...Show More
401 - Chip Conley: Is Retirement Dead? How To Find Your Calling (Even When You're 50+)

1:06:54 | Oct 16th, 2018

Chip Conley is the Head of Hospitality for Airbnb. He started working there at age 52. And quickly realized he was double the age of everyone in the room, didn’t understand the tech lingo, and was not there for the reasons he thought he was. “So I de...Show More
[Special Edition] 400 Podcasts = 400 Yes's (Part 2 - Celebrating 400 Podcasts)

1:40:27 | Oct 13th, 2018

400 episodes = 400 “yes’s” from my heroes. “Yes’s” from Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Tyra Banks, Tiffany Haddish, Garry Kasparov, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Tony Hawk, Arianna Huffington and the list goes on (by #392). But first, I had to say “yes.” And ...Show More
[Special Edition]: I'm Celebrating 400 Episodes! (Part 1)

1:45:08 | Oct 11th, 2018

I’m celebrating my 400th podcast episode. With a GIANT episode. I took clips from the last 100 podcasts and talk about what I learned from each one. It was so hard to pick which clips to do. There was over 12,000 hours of audio to pick from. So it wa...Show More
399 - Neil deGrasse Tyson: What is The Truth? The Real Science of Inquiry

1:04:52 | Oct 9th, 2018

“If the world ends it's because people in power didn't listen to the warnings of physicists,” Neil deGrasse Tyson said. Neil is the world’s window into physics. And he just came out with a new book “Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Ast...Show More
398 - Ryan Holiday [LIVE] - Are You Doing Your Best Work? [Part 2]

1:02:20 | Oct 4th, 2018

Links and Resources Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living & The Daily Stoic Journal The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timele...Show More
397 - Ryan Holiday [LIVE] - How I Celebrated 5 Years of "Choose Yourself" [Part 1]

49:09 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Links and Resources Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living & The Daily Stoic Journal The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timele...Show More
396 - Michael Ovitz: The Most Cut-Throat, Competitive Business in The World… How He Changed Hollywood

57:22 | Sep 29th, 2018

My favorite movies wouldn't exist without Michael Ovitz. Think: Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Schindler's List! But he believes "great projects always surface." So I had him tell me about all the projects he worked with. And the talent (Paul Newman, R...Show More
395 - Tucker Max: The Top 3 Rules for Writing [Part 2]

56:15 | Sep 27th, 2018

Tucker Max sold 3 million books to people who don’t read. He’s the first to go from blog to book to screenplay. And now that method of publishing is dead. But Tucker knows so many people want to write a book. And get it out there. So he started Scrib...Show More
394 - Tucker Max: Speak Your Truth or Be Silenced [Part 1]

1:07:42 | Sep 25th, 2018

I’ve known Tucker Max for 2 decades now. 20 years ago, he emailed me for advice. I told him to quit his job. And he did. He’s the bestselling author of “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.” And I always tell people that if they want to study good writing...Show More
393 - Beth Comstock: 3 Rules for Spotting Trends & Getting Ahead

1:24:52 | Sep 22nd, 2018

Beth Comstock was the Vice President of General Electric. And before that, she was President of Integrated Media at NBC. Both of those titles are proof that she figured out how to rise up in the most competitive corporate environments. She had to fig...Show More
392 - William Shatner: Live Long And ... Lessons from an Intergalactic Legend

1:02:58 | Sep 20th, 2018

Captain Kirk has always been one of my heroes. So when Steve told me I'd get to interview the intergalactic legend, I immediately teleported back to my 11-year-old self. Star Trek made it possible for people to look up at the stars and wonder what el...Show More
391 - Yuval Noah Harari: Are You Imagining The Future Correctly?

1:04:16 | Sep 18th, 2018

This interview is probably the most thought-provoking interview I've ever aired. Essentially, Yuval Harari is the expert on human evolution. I've recommended his book "Sapiens" more than any other book in the past 5 years. And not only me: Bill Gates...Show More
The (Threatening) Promise of New Technology

05:04 | Sep 18th, 2018

This is a clip from my full interview with Yuval Noah Harari, a brilliant author and expert in human evolution. In this clip, Yuval talks about the 3 major threats to humanity. But he also says it's not all bad. “I mean there are some very positive s...Show More
Someone Is Trying to Hack You

07:40 | Sep 18th, 2018

“Right now, there is somebody out there who is trying to hack you. And not just one," Yuval said. "Amazon is trying to hack you, Google is trying to hack you, Coca-Cola is trying to hack you, and the Russians, and the American government, and the Chi...Show More
Are We Actually Better Off? Questioning Evolutionary History...

05:50 | Sep 18th, 2018

Everything in history has either a good or bad connotation. The Agricultural Revolution: good. The Rise of Big Data: bad. But what if we're wrong? Yuval gave me an example. And showed me just how wrong we might be about our own human evolution. (Also...Show More
390 - Dan Roth: Do Your Skills Measure Up? I Ask LinkedIn

1:22:40 | Sep 13th, 2018

Dan Roth is the Editor and Chief at one of the largest social media platforms: LinkedIn. We talk about using LinkedIn to reinvent yourself, skill development, how to become a published writer, etc. Dan also knows the most obscure facts about people a...Show More
389 - Brandon Webb: Mastering Fear (A Navy SEAL's Guide)

1:01:53 | Sep 11th, 2018

Brandon is a Navy SEAL. He’s experienced some of the most terrifying, life-threatening situations you can imagine. He’s also been through a divorce. So I like talking to him about that. And he also runs his own business (a media to commerce called th...Show More
My Biggest Fear Once Upon a Time

10:52 | Sep 11th, 2018

This is a clip from my interview with Brandon Webb, Navy SEAL and author of "Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide." I like the book because the premise is really powerful. It's not about getting rid of fears. It's about learning practical tools to be ...Show More
Finding Your “Network of Wisdom”

09:29 | Sep 11th, 2018

I'm not alone in my problems. But it's easy to think I am. And that's scary. It's miserable. So, instead, I lean on my "network of wisdom." A group of people who I can call when I need to. I have my accountant, my doctor, my writer friends, my podcas...Show More
388 - Robert Cialdini [Anniversary Episode]: 7 Techniques To Influence Anyone Of Anything

1:12:14 | Sep 6th, 2018

Robert Cialdini is known as "The Godfather of Influence." People call him when they need to learn how to be persuasive & influential. And by "people" I mean some of the most powerful politicians, CEOs, and so on. The lessons Robert taught are still s...Show More
Retirement Goals

05:47 | Sep 4th, 2018

This is a clip from my interview with comedian Bert Kreischer about retirement goals and relationships. He brings up a question I've never thought of before, but really, it's something everyone should ask themselves.   I write about all my podcasts! ...Show More
Create Something You Want to Create

06:03 | Sep 4th, 2018

This is a clip from my interview with comedian Bert Kreischer where we talk about being creative and not being afraid to post what you want online.   If you like this clip, check out my full interview with Bert Kreischer.   I write about all my podca...Show More
What's Your "Natural Personality?"

18:43 | Sep 4th, 2018

When Bert Kreischer was little, he did some cute little kid thing on the baseball field. But his dad didn't think it was cute. Or appropriate. And Bert says that "who that kid was" is the core of his "natural personality." Which mirrors the fact that...Show More
The Power of Perception - Bert Kreischer on "Finding Out He Was Fat"

19:32 | Sep 4th, 2018

Bert took his shirt off on stage. He did an hour special on Netflix called "Secret Time" and he's topless the whole time. Someone even wrote him a 5-page letter explaining why it offended her. Bert didn't care. But what I thought was even funnier tha...Show More
Dad Issues & Drinking Problems

10:56 | Sep 4th, 2018

Bert Kreischer told me about his relationship with his dad. And he makes it sound funny (because he's a comedian), but then Bert says, "We all have issues with our dad." Which may or not be true, but at least, I feel comfort in hearing someone else s...Show More
387 - Bert Kreischer: Wanting to Be Liked & Learning How to Tell Hilarious Stories

2:10:00 | Sep 4th, 2018

Bert Kreischer is a comedian and storyteller. He said he had to learn how to tell stories because he wasn't "a hot chick." He needed a skill or a talent and then he'd be liked. So in the 9th grade, he started practicing. Now he's 45. And he's been do...Show More
386 - Bassem Youssef: The Bravery to Speak Out (How He Risked Everything to Create An Impact)

1:10:24 | Aug 30th, 2018

Bassem Youssef risked everything to create an impact. He was living in Egypt. And a revolution was happening. Everyday, he would go to the streets of the protests and try to help the wounded. Then he’d go home. And watch the news. That’s when he saw ...Show More
385 - How Failure Turned Me Into An Idea Machine

51:27 | Aug 28th, 2018

I have a trick to getting unstuck. I do it everyday. It works. And I’ve done it everyday for 16 years. I’ve written about and done talks. And then I went on Carolina Millan’s podcast, “Beyond the Hustle.” She read my book, “The Choose Yourself Guide ...Show More
384 - Maria Menounos: Finding Wellness: A Battle With Brain Cancer

1:05:46 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Maria Menounos has two stories. Her career story and her brain tumor story. I asked about both. She’s accomplished so much. You’ve seen her on E! News, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and the list goes on. “If i introduced you, it would take ...Show More
383 - Rob Corddry: The Idea of Character Building

55:41 | Aug 21st, 2018

Rob Corddry is an actor and writer. He plays Joe in one of my favorite HBO shows, “Ballers.” He’s also been in “Hot Tub Time Machine,” and was a correspondent on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. This is where Rob developed his iconic character: the...Show More
382 - Joe Moglia: Double Reinvention: From Football Coach to CEO of TD Ameritrade & Back to Football

1:22:43 | Aug 16th, 2018

Joe Moglia completely reinvented himself. Twice…   He went from college football coach to CEO of Ameritrade and then BACK to football (his first love). He was at the top of the corporate ladder. And decided to climb down for a coaching internship at ...Show More
381 - The Power of the Ask

50:29 | Aug 14th, 2018

Steve Cohen, my producer, emailed Taylor Swift’s publicist asking if she’d come on the podcast. He knew she was going to say “no.” But he still did it. Steve sends out 200 emails a day, knowing 100% will come back as a “no.” I’m fascinated by this. W...Show More
[Bonus - Part 2] - The Real Truth How James Chose Himself

51:12 | Aug 12th, 2018

This is the 5th anniversary of my book “Choose Yourself,” which I am so proud of. The book took off in ways that I could not have expected. I self published it thinking only my family would read it and a few friends and now it has over a million copi...Show More
[Bonus] - The Real Truth How James Altucher Chose Himself

45:26 | Aug 11th, 2018

So, this is a very special podcast for me. Because it’s the 5th Year Anniversary of my bestselling book “Choose Yourself.” This book changed my life. And so I want to bring you into the celebration! All the details are in this podcast. Plus you’ll al...Show More
380 - Henry Winkler: "The Fonz" On Finding Your Identity Again

54:51 | Aug 9th, 2018

I interviewed “The Fonz!” aka, Henry Winkler. Henry played the Fonz on “Happy Days” for ten years. But after Happy Days ended, he got stuck. “I didn’t have a plan b,” he said. “I just lived my dream for the last ten years. And I did not have anything...Show More
379 - Lewis Howes: Where Do Breakthroughs Come From?

1:28:06 | Aug 7th, 2018

Lewis Howes is doing a TV show… he was told “no, not now” from Ellen Degeneres's team. And six months later told “yes” by Facebook. I wanted to know how he made it happen, what it’s about and WHY he pressed forward. (A hint: it has to do with energy)...Show More
378 - James Altucher: Cal Fussman Asks Me About Experimenting with Minimalism & Lifestyle

1:12:36 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Cal Fussman was the Editor at Large at Esquire for years where he got to interview Muhammad Ali, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Robert DeNiro and hundreds more. So he’s really known as an all star interviewer. He asks big questions. And now he’s interv...Show More
377 - Roy Niederhoffer: Trading Against Your Instincts: How to Make Money in The Market

1:15:03 | Jul 31st, 2018

This is a must listen for anyone interested in money, wealth creation, investing strategy, crypto, psychology, economics, etc. Roy Niederhoffer is a super investor. And founder of a billion dollar hedge fund. He started earning six-figures at age 13!...Show More
376 - Seth Godin: Go Back to What Lights Your Heart on Fire: This is What Makes a Hit

57:21 | Jul 26th, 2018

Seth Godin is best known as marketer and an author. But I think of him as one of the great thinkers we have today. He doesn’t create for the masses. He creates for a core group of people. Seth says to imagine this (it’s the essence of his creation, h...Show More
375 - Bishop T.D. Jakes: How to Evolve, Where to Go Next and What Step to Take

1:00:44 | Jul 24th, 2018

Bishop T.D. Jakes was not born with “Bishop” in his name. He’s a preacher. The first one on my podcast. But he’s ALSO an entrepreneur (His business is his church and he has an entertainment company called TDJ enterprises). Every week, Bishop T.D. Jak...Show More
374 - Robert Greene: The Laws of Mastery: Know What You Want & How to Master It

39:36 | Jul 19th, 2018

Five years ago I interviewed one of my all-time favorite authors and brilliant thinkers. Now, I’m bringing this interview about mastery back to the surface. Before you can master something, you have to know what that “something” is. We all want to ma...Show More
373 - Sasha Cohen: How to Relentlessly Pursue Your Dream

54:17 | Jul 17th, 2018

Sasha Cohen is a World Champion ice skater. She won silver in the 2006 Winter Olympics when she was just 22 years old. Which means she had to start early. I wanted to know how she figured out what her dream was. (Because I think that’s hard at any ag...Show More
372 - James Altucher [Part 2]: How to Go from Idea to Business, Build an Inner Circle...

1:04:22 | Jul 12th, 2018

This is Part 2 of my interview with Amy Morin where she interviews me on building a business, going from idea to implementation, learning new skills, some my personal investment philosophies, why I think I’m stupid, burnout, relationships and more. I...Show More
371 - James Altucher [Part 1]: Amy Morin Interviews Me (How to Say "No," Anxiety, Success & More)

50:32 | Jul 10th, 2018

I wanted someone to interview me. And Amy Morin was the perfect choice. She’s the author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do” and she’s been on the podcast twice before this. For Part 1 of this interview, we cover a lot... Here's a list: - ...Show More
370 - Garry Kasparov [Anniversary Episode]: The Mindset of a World Champion

1:09:03 | Jul 5th, 2018

Garry Kasparov is a World Champion Chess Master. He has made a name for himself through his unmatched intelligence and skill. In this special anniversary episode, I share my interview with Garry Kasparov from 2017. We talk about his mindset from the ...Show More
369 - John McCaskill: Behind The Pot Industry Boom (Pros & Cons)

29:45 | Jul 3rd, 2018

I went to Denver for research. Twenty-nine states + Canada have legalized marijuana in one form another. So what happened before the industry boom? And how can people profit today? I interview John Mc in this "pot-cast" about the changes he's seen de...Show More
368 - Mike Reiss: Yes! You Should Take Chances with Your Career

1:15:38 | Jun 28th, 2018

Mike Reiss started writing for The Simpsons because NO ONE else would take the job. They didn’t know they were passing up the opportunity work on what would soon become the #1 animated series on prime time TV. Mike has tons of stories about TV writin...Show More
367 - A.J. Jacobs: Immerse Yourself in The Creative Process

1:01:13 | Jun 26th, 2018

AJ Jacobs is entertaining. I think that’s the first thing I should say before I also say that he’s a six-time New York Times bestselling author. All his books are funny. And they’re extreme. I’ll explain. AJ comes up with crazy ideas and then gives u...Show More
366 - Ken Langone: Billionaire Co-Founder of Home Depot

2:01:27 | Jun 21st, 2018

Ken Langone is a billionaire. He co-founded Home Depot and he’s also been on the boards of some of America's most renowned companies. Ken talked to me about capitalism, (his book is called “I Love Capitalism!: An American Story”), corporate governanc...Show More
365 - Steve Cohen & I Talk About Creativity, Culture and The Beatles

37:30 | Jun 19th, 2018

We're mixing up the format! You already know Steve Cohen (my podcast producer) from a recent episode. Well, in this episode, Steve and I talk about the impact of creativity, BUT we get really specific and focussed totally on one historic moment... ju...Show More
Special Ep: Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin

52:33 | Jun 18th, 2018

Hey! There's a new podcast out from my good friend Seth Godin. If you haven't had a chance to check out it, then here's your chance. I think you'll really enjoy it. It's called Akimbo.
364 - Tom Papa: Will You Put Your Dream to The Test?

1:11:29 | Jun 14th, 2018

Tom Papa was afraid to follow his dream (like everyone else). But he put it to the test. He went up on stage, got laughs, and kept going. Now he has 5 different income streams (all because he took that first leap). He’s got a new TV show coming up, a...Show More
363 - Allison Task: How to Have a Personal Revolution

1:09:32 | Jun 12th, 2018

Allison Task is a businesswoman. She was in the dot-com industry for nearly a decade. But she didn’t want to run a tech business. She wanted a more creative career... cooking. So that’s what she did. First, she went to culinary school, then she worke...Show More
362 - Dani Zoldan: Reflecting on Reinvention: Why Stand Up Saved My Life

1:13:50 | Jun 7th, 2018

I’d always been interested in comedy, but I was completely terrified to go up on stage. But now  I’m obsessed. I interview as many of my favorite comedians on the show as I can, so I could learn from them. I want to know everything. Not just from com...Show More
361 - Jesse Itzler: The $160,000 Lesson

1:24:07 | Jun 5th, 2018

Jesse doesn’t remember anything he learned from college except for ONE lesson. He calls it “the $160,000 lesson.” He almost breezed by it. I had to stop him. “What was the lesson?” It’s a strong lesson. And if I try to write the whole story in this b...Show More
360 - Joey Coleman: How to Relate to People (Customers, Partners, Bosses, Loved Ones and Cops)

1:41:59 | May 31st, 2018

Joey Coleman knows relationships. Business relationships, romantic relationships. “It’s all part of the human condition,” he says. He also got himself out of 76 traffic tickets. And it’s all because of this one trick: he goes a level deeper. And then...Show More
359 - Keith Hernandez: Talent & Obsession (A Formula for Grit)

53:46 | May 29th, 2018

Keith Hernandez is arguably one of the best baseball players of all time. He played first baseman for the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals the majority of his career. He won two World Series titles (one with each team). He’s now apart of the bro...Show More
358 - Heather Monahan: Create Confidence Up From Nothing

1:28:46 | May 24th, 2018

Heather Monahan told me that with every decision you make, you’re either going to be building confidence or chipping away at it. So I wanted to learn how to be building it more often than I am destroying it. Because according to Heather, author of “C...Show More
357 - Jordan Harbinger: How to Keep Growing and Keep Moving Forward

1:22:31 | May 22nd, 2018

Jordan Harbinger built a successful brand from podcasting for 12 years. He’s done close to 900 interviews with top performers. But something changed recently. He reached out to me via email. And I knew I needed to get him on the show right away. He t...Show More
356 - Steve Cohen: The Tao of Steve Cohen, A Shortcut to Wisdom

1:23:39 | May 17th, 2018

I hired Steve Cohen. He produces this podcast. And I wanted him to be on the show because he has a mutant superpower. All my guests do. But his superpower really blows me away. I can barely understand how it comes so natural to him. But it does. Stev...Show More
355 - Shane Snow: Are You Ideal to Work With? (What Makes a Good Team)

1:36:25 | May 15th, 2018

This is Shane Snow’s third time on the podcast. And we had a lot to cover. Shane is the author of, “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.” (An incredibly intelligent book.) And he’s also the cofounder of “Contently,” a con...Show More
354 - Mike Massimino: You Can’t Control the Outcome, So Keep Doing What You Love

1:12:18 | May 14th, 2018

It took Mike Massimino 11 years to achieve his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. He was rejected 3 times. But he never stopped his pursuit to achieve his dream. He writes about it in his New York Times bestselling book “Spaceman: An Astronaut...Show More
353 - Maria Konnikova: How to Look at Life Like a Game and Make Better Choices Because of It

1:36:08 | May 10th, 2018

Maria Konnikova is a journalist. She’s written two New York Times best sellers. One about con artists and having the confidence to get away something. The other is about how detectives think. But now she’s immersed in poker (for her next book). And m...Show More
352 - Tony Hawk [Anniversary Episode]: The Key to Having Abundance in Life is Persistence

58:10 | May 8th, 2018

Tony Hawk is a professional skateboarder AND world champion for 12 years in a row. Every single day, since he was 11 years old, he’s done what he loves to do: skateboarding. I interviewed him at an event in 2016. And Tony was skating before the inter...Show More
351 - Sherrod Small: The Benefit of Starting at The Bottom (You Get to Rise)

1:03:37 | May 7th, 2018

Sherrod Small is a comedian, all around personality, actor, writer, producer, podcast host of "RaceWars". He’s done everything. He grew up in the comedy clubs with his cousins, Chris Rock and Tony Rock. And he could’ve taken a shortcut, but he chose ...Show More
350 - Mark Manson: The Origin of Hope (vs. Hopelessness)

1:05:19 | May 3rd, 2018

You’ve heard of the book,“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life.”  It’s the #3 most read book on Amazon and a “New York Times” bestseller. And the book, written by Mark Manson, is still skyrocketing. B...Show More
349 - Jon Morrow [Anniversary Episode]: He Made Half a Million Dollars in 9 months. This is What Kept Him Motivated

1:29:47 | May 1st, 2018

There are very few times in my life that I am so incredibly grateful to meet someone. And this was definitely one of those top 10 moments for me. Jon Morrow has created several multi-million dollar businesses. He's the founder of Smart Blogger and wr...Show More
348 - Jocko Willink: How Having a Code to Live By Will Give You Strength

1:25:57 | Apr 30th, 2018

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL. Jocko has taken what he learned from the military and is teaching others how to live their life the same way, including our kids. He lives by a code. A code that anyone can develop for themselves. Jocko holds him...Show More
347 - Jen Sincero: You Are a Badass at Making Money

1:05:24 | Apr 26th, 2018

Jen made $30k a year before she decided to get rich. Guess how much she made a year later? SIX FIGURES. “I was sick of living my life so small,” she said. So she made a BIG decision. Jen “decided” to get rich. She shifted her focus, incorporated posi...Show More
346 - Nell Scovell: From Old to Original: How to Take Tired Ideas and Make Them New

1:07:59 | Apr 24th, 2018

Nell Scovell had a dream career working in television. She’s worked on every classic I can remember. And she even created a show, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” She took tired sitcom plots and put them through what she calls a “magical blender.” And ou...Show More
345 - Aubrey Marcus: Human Optimization + Peak Performance (A Guide)

1:05:04 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Aubrey Marcus is the CEO and founder of Onnit, a company dedicated to human optimization and peak performance. I like what Aubrey had to say because it’s not just what you’d typically think of when you hear the words “optimize” or “peak performance.”...Show More
344 - Barry Michels: This is What's Really in Your Subconscious Mind

1:11:35 | Apr 19th, 2018

Barry is taking Eastern/compassion meditation and westernizing it. He wrote a book about these “tools” that you can use to understand yourself better. And understand your reactions, your dreams, your disappointments. He’ll explain how your subconscio...Show More
343 - Tony Rock: The Process to Get ANY Idea Off the Ground

1:16:30 | Apr 17th, 2018

Tony Rock is a super stand up comedian. And he’s also Chris Rock’s brother. He stars in CBS’ newest comedy, “Living Biblically,” based on my good friend, AJ Jacobs’ book. Tony’s been working on his comedy muscle for 24 years, so I wanted to ask him a...Show More
342 - Frank Oz: How to Create Something Original: Lessons from The Maker of Our Most Beloved Characters

1:08:26 | Apr 16th, 2018

Frank Oz is the puppeteer. He played Miss Piggy. Bert of “Bert and Ernie,” The Cookie Monster,  and even Yoda on Star Wars. He just released a new documentary called “Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched.” It’s about t...Show More
341 - Anders Ericsson [Anniversary Episode]: 7 Secrets of Mastery

1:07:05 | Apr 12th, 2018

Anders K. Ericsson discovered the “10,000” hour rule. I had him on my podcast in 2016 to talk about peak performance. (One of my favorite topics.) And he broke down the steps every individual should follow to learn and MASTER a skill. Links and Resou...Show More
340 - Don McLean: Why You Should Follow Your Instincts

42:14 | Apr 10th, 2018

Don McLean is a singer and songwriter best known for the song, "American Pie." But he’s so much more than just this one hit. He’s sold 40 platinum and gold records and he’s still touring(!). And now he’s kicking off his 2 year tour for his new album,...Show More
339 - Tyra Banks: How to Create New Opportunities & Gain Control of Your Destiny

58:11 | Apr 9th, 2018

Tyra Banks booked 25 fashion shows her first year being an “unknown.” That’s unheard of. She climbed to the top of an industry and consistently created new opportunities for herself. When “they” said she was getting too fat, she switched from high-fa...Show More
338 - Michio Kaku: What The Future Holds… (How to Use Physics to Predict the Future)

59:57 | Apr 5th, 2018

Michio Kaku is one of the most famous physicists out there. His new book, “The Future of Humanity” is a New York Times bestseller. It’s full of deep questions. “Every question has another answer, which begs more questions,” he said. “But that’s good....Show More
337 - Robert Kurson: The Leap of Faith Everyone Needs to Take

1:11:21 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Robert Kurson is the bestselling author of “Shadow Divers,” “Pirate Hunters” and his newest, “Rocket Men”. He writes about people and their explorations. And brings them to life. Before he became an esteemed author, he led a pretty conventional life....Show More
336 - Steve Case [Anniversary Episode]: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future

1:07:50 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Steve Case founded AOL. He’s a self-made billionaire and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future.” This is one of my most popular episodes from 2016. Because he has a great story (he turned down...Show More
335 - Wynton Marsalis: How to Find the Jazz of Life: Embrace Your Creativity

42:31 | Mar 29th, 2018

Wynton Marsalis is one of the best and most well-known jazz musicians ever. I had him on to talk about creativity. He’s made over 80 albums, sold over 7 million records, and won 9 Grammys (all unbelievable). He even won the Pulitzer Prize in music, w...Show More
334 - Brad Meltzer: Creating a Bestselling Novel (The Secret X-Factor Revealed)

1:21:35 | Mar 27th, 2018

Brad Meltzer is one of the most passionate writers I’ve ever met. He writes page-turning thriller novels. “The Tenth Justice”, “The Millionaires” and his most recent, “The Escape Artist”. The first book Brad wrote got 24 rejection letters. But he tru...Show More
333 - Adam Perlman: ‘Billions’ Writer on The Internal Struggle that Comes With Changing Your Career

1:28:56 | Mar 26th, 2018

Adam Perlman is a TV writer, director and co-executive producer. We met on the set of Showtime's “Billions,” which I can now say I am a technical writer for. He's also written for some of my favorite shows like "The Newsroom" and "The Good Wife." Ada...Show More
332 - Jimmy Yang: Stop Being Bored at Work… Risk Stability & Find Your Next Career Move

57:42 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Jimmy Yang veered into comedy not out of love, but out of desperation. He writes about this in his new book “How to American”. “I was picturing myself sitting behind a desk until I was 65 at the same job,” Jimmy said. He knew he had another skill to ...Show More
331 - Ryan Holiday: Behind the Conspiracy: A Deeper Look at THE Most Surreal Conspiracy of Modern Day

1:31:25 | Mar 20th, 2018

Ryan Holiday had access a surreal conspiracy. Probably THE most surreal conspiracy of modern day. And he wrote about it in his new book, “Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue” It’s a narrative nonfiction, which is ...Show More
330 - Jon Ronson: Go Inside the Mind of A Psychopath

1:15:06 | Mar 19th, 2018

Jon Ronson writes about psychopaths. He created a test called "The Psychopath Test." And wrote about it. I had him on to learn what it means to be mad. He told me how to spot the signs (and how it starts to haunt you). He also told me stories. Lots o...Show More
329 - Sebastian Maniscalco: How to Create an Authentic Word of Mouth Career

51:31 | Mar 15th, 2018

Sebastian Maniscalco's one of the most successful pure road comics, meaning he doesn’t have film crews following him around. He built himself up the old way. Through word of mouth. But I wanted to know what is "real" word of mouth? Not just social me...Show More
328 - Wolfgang Puck: Knowing Your Calling is Step One. Following It is Step 2 (A Chef’s Journey)

1:21:21 | Mar 13th, 2018

Wolfgang Puck is a famous chef who has successfully created an empire in food. At age 14, he worked in his first restaurant. A few weeks in, he was fired. And contemplating suicide. Fast-forward, and Wolfgang became the first “celebrity chef.” He’s e...Show More
327 - Dante Nero: From Stripping to Comedy: How to Switch Careers

2:01:27 | Mar 12th, 2018

Dante Nero was a male stripper for 10 years. And now he’s a comedian. He was always intrigued by comedy. But before he went up on any stage, he made sure his fundamentals were impeccable. And that’s key. This is what makes Dante Nero one of the great...Show More
326 - Tony Robbins - [Anniversary Episode]: How to Be Fulfilled: Just Start Asking Yourself These 2 Questions

1:02:24 | Mar 8th, 2018

Tony's latest book "Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook"
 "MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom" by Tony Robbins 
"Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financia...Show More
325 - Godfrey: Flex Your Comedy Muscle

1:13:29 | Mar 6th, 2018

Godfrey’s 20 years old in comedy years. (Your age = your experience). He might’ve been born in 1969. But that doesn’t matter. He learned this from Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld asked Godfrey, “How long have you been doing comedy?” At the time, his answer ...Show More
324 - Cal Fussman: The Art of a Great Question

1:57:45 | Mar 5th, 2018

Cal Fussman is one of the greatest interviewers of all time. He’s interviewed an estimated 500 iconic people. He asks the question no one else is asking. He gains respect. And gets the best answers. Cal knows how to connect with everyone. So how did ...Show More
323 - David McCandless: Visual Storytelling: Transforming Data into Stories through Infographics

1:03:58 | Mar 1st, 2018

David McCandless is the #1 data visualization expert. But what is that? “Data visualization?” Simply: it’s a better way to tell stories. Show Notes:  “Visual Miscellaneum: The Bestselling Classic, Revised and Updated: A Colorful Guide to the World's ...Show More
322 - Yuval Noah Harari [Anniversary Episode]: A Brief History of the Future

55:54 | Feb 27th, 2018

Probably the books I've recommended most in the past five years was "Sapiens" by Yuval Harari. And not only me: it's Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg's top recommendation. I’m releasing this episode because there’s so much to know about our past as hum...Show More
321 - Jim Cramer: Stocks - The Greatest Wealth Creator of All Time

53:31 | Feb 26th, 2018

Jim Cramer is one of the most well known financial experts on the planet. I’ve known him for 16 years. We worked together. I was a writer for and he was doing “Mad Money” for CNBC. So we have history. And I wanted to check in with him. ...Show More
320 - Steve Scott: How to Make $50K a Month Writing From Your Couch

1:18:13 | Feb 22nd, 2018

This podcast episode is action packed. It’s not philosophy. It’s action. It’s HOW to actually get to the top of Amazon’s best seller list, how to get an idea for your book, how to create daily writing habits, etc. Steve Scott has written 70+ books. A...Show More
319 - Cheryl Richardson: Personal Growth: How to Give Yourself a Radical Upgrade

1:15:47 | Feb 20th, 2018

Self-care. What does that even mean? I called the expert: Cheryl Richardson. She’s written several New York Times bestsellers and I owe her credit for helping me cultivate new thinking whenever I needed it. When I was most scared, I’d call Cheryl. An...Show More
318 - Paul Mecurio: Scary, But Not Impossible… Leaving the Job You Hate for the One You'd Love

1:51:11 | Feb 19th, 2018

Wait! Before I say “comedian.” Let me tell you who Paul Mecurio really is. He’s a transformer. A true re-inventor. He started out at as a lawyer on Wall Street. Because it was logical. And he got used to making 2, 3… 4 million dollars a year (after b...Show More
317 - Annie Duke: The Fastest Way to Become an Expert at Anything

1:46:19 | Feb 15th, 2018

For two decades Annie Duke ranked as one of the top poker players in the world. Which means she won a lot. But she couldn’t win without losing. I’ll explain. It’s hard to learn when you win, I think. Because if you win, then you think you’re a genius...Show More
316 - Aaron Berg: The Fearless Comedian (How He Finds The Funny)

1:25:04 | Feb 12th, 2018

Aaron Berg is “the fearless comedian.” And I think that’s a compliment. How would you like if someone call you “the fearless (whatever you are).” Fill in the blank. I wanted to learn that skill. And that’s what I think you’ll learn from this intervie...Show More
315 - Kevin Allocca: The Economics of Entertainment... This is What Makes Videos Go Viral

1:02:50 | Feb 8th, 2018

Kevin Allocca is "Head of Culture and Trends" at YouTube. He's been there for 8 years. So he knows how videos go viral. But more than that, Kevin knows the economics of entertainment. He told me how to get a message out (because no one reads books an...Show More
314 - Sara Blakely [Anniversary Episode]: How to Get a Billion Dollar Idea

1:24:13 | Feb 6th, 2018

Sara Blakely is a self-made billionaire. She’s the founder and creator of Spanx. I interviewed her exactly a year ago. But all of her advice (learned directly from DOING) is still impacting me today. I had to re-listen. And I hope you do, too.   I wr...Show More
313 - Dr. Oz: THE #1 Health Guru in America

42:24 | Feb 5th, 2018

This podcast is all about getting in control of your food. Food is medicine. It's fuel. Listen to Dr. Oz, leading cardiac surgeon, featured health expert, host of The Dr. Oz Show and author of 8 New York Times bestselling books, including his newest,...Show More
312 - Jordan B. Peterson: 12 Rules for Life: A Solution to Suffering

1:26:51 | Feb 1st, 2018

Jordan thinks about things, people pay attention, and he gets paid for it. His YouTube channel has tens of millions of views. He’s a clinical psychologist, professor and author of “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.”     Show notes: 12 Rules fo...Show More
311 - Todd Barry: Accidental Comedian: How to Stumble Into Your Calling

1:02:27 | Jan 30th, 2018

“It’s weird to do something that you didn’t really plan on doing,” Todd Barry said. He’s a comedian and actor. But he wanted to be a musician. “I didn’t go on stage with the conscious goal of pursuing comedy. In my mind, I still wanted to be in a ban...Show More
310 - Tim Larkin: Surviving the Unthinkable

1:18:33 | Jan 29th, 2018

We live in this society where there’s “rules of etiquette”... but there aren’t really “rules of etiquette” when someone’s trying to kill you. Sometimes violence is the answer. “This is a key mind shift people need to take for their own self protectio...Show More
309 - Loretta Breuning: The Science of Happiness: How to Hack Your Brain & Become A Happier Person

1:07:42 | Jan 25th, 2018

Happy chemicals = the key to happiness. So I interviewed Dr. Loretta Breuning, author of “Meet Your Happy Chemicals,” “The Science of Positivity,” “I, Mammal,” and “Habits of a Happy Brain.” Show Notes:  “Meet Your Happy Chemicals” by Loretta Breunin...Show More
308 - Erika Ender: Everybody Has Talent

33:19 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Erika Ender was just nominated for “best song of the year.” She wrote "Despacito." (Which has 7billion+ views on YouTube.) I first interviewed her in October '17. And I wanted to re-release our conversation to celebrate her. She has so much wisdom an...Show More
307 - Kareem Abdul Jabbar: Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

36:36 | Jan 22nd, 2018

NBA’s all-time leading scorer? Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Six-time NBA champion? Kareem Abdul Jabbar. 50 years of athleticism. THAT’S peak performance. Then he combined his career with activism, philanthropy (President Obama awarded him with “The President...Show More
306 - PJ O'Rourke: The Celebrity President

1:22:39 | Jan 18th, 2018

PJ told me some unconventional ways to vote for president. “Who would you road trip with?” A lot of people might think they’d say Trump, “but think again,” he said. I didn’t vote. But I still wanted to know how it happened… (Also, this episode is air...Show More
305 - Bill Beteet: The Pursuit… Sacrificing Everything You Know for What You Really Love

1:07:13 | Jan 16th, 2018

It’s weird. Normally, the people I interview on this podcast are at the end of their career. Bill is just starting. He spent years in law school. And then made up his mind (after a day of fasting) that he’s going to be a comedian. I wanted to know wh...Show More
304 - Dov Davidoff: Vulnerability is Good. (It Can Set You Apart)

1:24:01 | Jan 15th, 2018

It’s easy to just be an entertainer, but it’s a lot harder to be an artist. Dov Davidoff is learning this. And he taught me how he’s figuring out how to use his vulnerabilities to his advantage. To set him apart. For him, humor is a way of telling th...Show More
Ep. 303 - Jeff Goins: Real Artists Don't Starve

1:22:08 | Jan 11th, 2018

Jeff is the bestselling author of “Real Artists Don’t Starve.” I’ve wanted him to come on this podcast for over a year. Because he knows the secret to become a “thriving artist.” “That’s somebody who makes money so they can make more art,” he said. T...Show More
Ep. 302 - Aaron Carroll: It’s All Relative: Nutrition Myths Debunked

1:19:23 | Jan 9th, 2018

Aaron Carroll is a pediatrician and the author of “Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully”. I threw every argument ever made about coffee, carbs, alcohol, MSG, BACON, antioxidants, the list goes on. He’s about to dismantle the rumors. And give y...Show More
Ep. 301 - Dan Harris: How to Mentally Train the Mind - Ten Minutes a Day

1:28:43 | Jan 8th, 2018

He had a panic attack on air. Live.  A meltdown in front of 5 million people.  Dan was struggling with PTSD, which led to drug abuse and depression. Then he found meditation. Show Notes:  “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress...Show More
[Special Edition]: I'm Celebrating 300 Episodes!

3:52:57 | Jan 4th, 2018

I’m celebrating my 300th episode. With a GIANT episode. I took all the best clips from years and years of podcast. And recorded some new “behind the scenes” thoughts and ideas about each clip (what I learned and why I loved this guest, how they helpe...Show More
Ep. 299 - Paul Reiser: Find What You’re Drawn To, Even if It’s Hard

1:07:06 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Why would anyone want to pursue a career in comedy? There are no benchmarks, no paychecks and definitely no guarantees. It’s too risky. Unless you have that pull... the one that tells you, "this is the right thing. This is what you're meant for." Pau...Show More
Ep. 298 - Ryan Holiday: Competition is For Losers: Invent Your Own Category

1:31:08 | Jan 1st, 2018

If I compete with you, I’m a loser. It means I’m not helping anyone in a new way. Ryan said, “Competition is for losers.” He was quoting Peter Thiel. Instead, you have to invent your own category… here’s how Show Notes: “Trust Me I’m Lying” by Ryan...Show More
Ep. 297 - Rich Roll: Surrendering Does Not Mean Failure

1:30:51 | Dec 28th, 2017

“If you were on the outside looking in you’d probably think, 'This guy's got a really good life.' And on paper I did, but on the inside I felt like I was dying. I was depressed. I was unenthusiastic about my life because I knew I was in a career that...Show More
Ep. 296 - Linda Papadopoulos: Validation: Why It’s Dangerous…

1:18:09 | Dec 26th, 2017

We all have vulnerabilities. And I exposed mine to Linda because it’s a free therapy session. She’s a well-known psychologist and bestselling author born in Canada, living in the UK. I had to ask her about all her theories. And all her books. But mos...Show More
Ep. 295 - Jon Alpert: Behind the Camera: How to Be the Catalyst for Social Change

1:06:31 | Dec 25th, 2017

“This guy tried to kill me. He had a gun to my head,” Jon said.  “We were leaving the country.  We got intercepted.” Wait. What? I was interviewing Jon Alpert.  He was trying to smuggle controversial footage out of Iraq. “I was basically a complete ...Show More
Ep. 294 - Jackie Martling: The Joke Man... I Talk with Howard Stern's Former Lead Writer

1:19:03 | Dec 21st, 2017

I started to get really itchy. Inside my head. I didn’t know how to scratch it. So I avoided it. Until I broke out into hives and finally forced myself on stage. I think it started when I interviewed Gary Gulman, one of the greatest comedians ever. I...Show More
Ep. 293 - AJ Jacobs: Why We Experiment (And Why You Should Also)

40:04 | Dec 19th, 2017

I like the idea of experimenting for two reasons. A) widen comfort zone B) become a better person. I’ll tell you about A first then B. But first, let me reintroduce my good friend AJ. If you listen to this podcast then you already know who AJ is. B...Show More
Ep. 292 - Tiffany Haddish: Stop Telling Yourself You're Not Good Enough

48:38 | Dec 18th, 2017

Got to interview one of my favorite comedians for the podcast, Tiffany Haddish, star of “Girls Trip,” her recent comedy special. "She Ready", and 20 years a stand up. I asked her what was the biggest change in her first few years of doing standup. (S...Show More
Ep. 291 - Stephen Tobolowsky: Write Your Own Story Because We're All Living On Borrowed Time

1:47:47 | Dec 14th, 2017

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t know the name Stephen Tobolowsky. But I’ll give you some hints. Ned Ryerson. (From “Groundhog Day”) Jack Barker. (From “Silicon Valley”) Sound familiar? Stephen Tobolowsky is one of the main characters and a...Show More
Ep. 290 - Ray Dalio: Principles for Investing in a Meaningful Life (Tested Strategies from 1 of The World's Wealthiest Investors)

1:27:53 | Dec 12th, 2017

I wish I could take everything Ray Dalio said and turn it into a book. But he already did that. It’s called, “Principles: Life and Work.” And I’m going to be re-reading it for the rest of my life. He defines principles as “ways of successfully dealin...Show More
Ep. 289 - Amy Morin: The Easiest Side Hustle You Can Start Right Now

1:13:30 | Dec 11th, 2017

You may remember Amy, she came on my podcast a few weeks ago. We discussed her book, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.” I asked her why is it a book about what people DON’T do instead of SHOULD do. It seemed counterintuitive to me. But her ...Show More
Ep. 288 - Mike Van Cleave: A Conversation About Cancer & Learning How to Discard the Meaningless

1:21:09 | Dec 7th, 2017

I got a call from my friend Mike Van Cleave a year ago. He told me had cancer. We hadn’t spoken for years. “It’s like mold in your refrigerator,” he said. “All of a sudden you’re like, ‘What the hell happened? It’s only been a week.”   You never know...Show More
Ep. 287 - Scott Galloway: How the Four Most Influential Companies on the Planet Took Over the Market and Changed Humankind

1:23:58 | Dec 5th, 2017

I don’t know where to begin. I’m a fan of Scott. I think he reminds me of someone I went to highschool with. He was bright and always cursing at the right time. I remember laughing. Because I felt close to being free. But he was the one with the abil...Show More
Ep. 286 - Dennis Woodside: How Do You Know When Something is The Next Big Thing (Advice from Dropbox’s COO)

1:02:59 | Dec 4th, 2017

Dennis Woodside left Google, for DropBox. Everyone thought he was crazy. DropBox was this little tiny company. What was he thinking? “So you ask why I would go from Google to Dropbox. Just play the movie forward. Where’s it going to be in ten years? ...Show More
Ep. 285 - Ellen Fein & Sherrie Schneider: How to Get the Relationship You Deserve... Advice from "The Rules" Authors

1:10:24 | Nov 30th, 2017

I sat down with two women the other day. And I can't decide whether they’ve completely ruined my life or helped me. I decided they were going to help me decide before this podcast was over. Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider are the authors of the clas...Show More
Ep. 284 - Frank Shamrock: The Making of a Legend: How a Criminal Became a Champion

1:13:58 | Nov 28th, 2017

I asked Frank Shamrock, a living legend MMA fighter, “How many titles have you won?” “I think I won them all.” He calls himself a “super athlete.” So I told him he lacks humility... And we laughed. But he’s right. He IS a super athlete. He evolved th...Show More
Ep. 283 - Anthony Ervin: Overcoming Your Battles: How an Olympic Swimmer Transformed Tourette's Syndrome into Winning Gold

58:43 | Nov 27th, 2017

Anthony holds a lot of weird records. But the most interesting to me is the record for the biggest span between winning golds. SIXTEEN YEARS.    But first, let’s start from the beginning. Anthony Ervin always had a gift for swimming. He had the talen...Show More
Ep. 282 - Tyler Cowen: What the Future Holds: Stagnation or Innovation?

1:15:41 | Nov 23rd, 2017

We’ve become too comfortable. We’re innovating less and watching Netflix more. When I think of a “complacent class,” (a group of people who don’t care to move forward or move at all), I think of this: Americans soaking high wages off the backs of mor...Show More
Ep. 281 - Tim Ferriss: Using a New Lens To Make Life Easier

2:37:34 | Nov 21st, 2017

Tim’s doing a new experiment. (I’m not surprised.) He’s looking at people and asking himself one question... “What happened to this person?" He said, “Normal people are just folks you don’t know well enough yet, right? Nobody's normal. We’re so full ...Show More
Ep. 280 - Chuck Klosterman: From Yesterday to Today: Comparing How We Interact with Culture

1:00:26 | Nov 20th, 2017

I can’t just call Chuck a writer. He’s arguably one of the most successful pop culture critics. “Oh sure,” he said. “And I have a big advantage. Most critics want to be the first to write about something, I get to be the last person. And that puts me...Show More
Ep. 279 - Elizabeth Smart: How She Endured Tragedy, Survived and Created Her New Normal

54:15 | Nov 16th, 2017

I was really nervous for this podcast. Elizabeth Smart has been through so much trauma. And I’m sure everyone says that to her. Was she sick of hearing that after all these years? I wanted to learn how she survived. The kidnapper came through her win...Show More
Ep. 278 - Floyd Landis: The Consequence of Exposing a Legend: Learning How to Take Your Life Back & Overcome Rejection

1:18:33 | Nov 14th, 2017

Floyd exposed Armstrong. He exposed the whole US cycling team for doping. In 2006, he won the Tour de France. He made it to the heights of the profession. And then he blew the whistle. “People see it as exercise, a healthy, endurance sport. It’s not ...Show More
Ep. 277 - Griffin Dunne: Never Doubt, Just Do: How to Follow Your Gut

1:12:27 | Nov 13th, 2017

I wish they’d send Joan to space. She's a real writer... who wrote about true things. I want her to describe the feeling and the wonderment of what life would be like. But they don't send writers to space. Only scientists (for now). Joan Didion pione...Show More
Ep. 276 - Scott Adams: The Hardest Sell: Convincing Someone You're Not What You Used to Be

1:41:30 | Nov 9th, 2017

It’s Scott’s 3rd time on the podcast. In the first interview, he was “the creator of Dilbert.” A famous cartoonist. The second time he was still “the creator of Dilbert” and a hypnosis/persuasion student. Now (appearance #3), Scott Adams is something...Show More
Ep. 275 - John C. McGinley: The Root of REAL Reinvention: Having The Right Attitude

1:08:30 | Nov 7th, 2017

He was trying out a role built for him. The screenwriter wrote the script with John in mind. He wrote his name in the margin. "A John McGinley type." "Did that give you high confidence?" I asked him. "No, they made me audition 5 times for a John McGi...Show More
Ep. 274 - Bill Cartwright: How to Gain the Confidence of an NBA All-Star

1:26:22 | Nov 6th, 2017

Bill Cartwright and I have nothing in common. He’s from the west coast and I’m from the east coast. He’s 7’1” and I’m not. When Bill got drafted to the NBA, they called him “Moses”. He held every important basketball title in high school AND college....Show More
Ep. 273 - Sheila Nevins: The HBO Producer Who Dawned the Era of the Human Experience

1:47:57 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Before Sheila Nevins, no one cared about our human stories. “I felt that there could be performance in every man, that every man could perform his life or his situation or his trauma or his successes or his failure,” Sheila said. She's a 26 Academy A...Show More
Ep. 272 - Lewis Howes: "The Masks of Masculinity": Why Men Wear Masks and How to Remove them to Live Your Best Life

1:06:07 | Oct 31st, 2017

Was Lewis Howes a bully? Is it possible? He set up the situation: When you’re young, you’re told to be kind, open, loving, helpful and generous. When you stand up to the bullies for treating someone badly, what happens? They shove you in a locker. Yo...Show More
Ep. 271- Dan Lyons: "Disrupted" Author on Loving Your Job, Losing it & Starting Over

1:46:28 | Oct 30th, 2017

Dan Lyons is kind of infamous. He was a journalist who loved his job and got fired when he was 52. “I loved what I did,” he said. And that’s rare. “I loved meeting people, talking to them, interviewing them, trying to figure out what’s a good story.”...Show More
Ep. 270 - David Litt: Obama’s Former Speechwriter: How to Write Speeches for the People of America

1:04:55 | Oct 26th, 2017

“[President Obama] knew who I was, but he knew who a lot of people were,” David Litt, a former speechwriter for the president, told me in this podcast. He wrote speeches for the president. Now he writes for “Funny or Die”. And before the White House,...Show More
Ep. 269 - Sir Richard Branson: How He Found a Gap in The Market and Became The Billionaire Founder of Virgin

47:17 | Oct 24th, 2017

Sir Richard Branson. End of notes. Enjoy. Just kidding. The advice from Richard is priceless. He's a self-made billionaire (BILLION!) who windsurfed across the English Channel with his kids, biked from Northern Italy to Southern italy with his whole ...Show More
Ep. 268 - Kellan Lutz: The Actor’s Guide to Building a Personal Blueprint and Following Your Spirit

1:16:37 | Oct 23rd, 2017

I've never been a vampire. But Kellan has. He got his big break in "Twilight." This was an epic. Five movies back to back. It was a supernatural role in this made up fantasy world. And that's where he found his freedom. "With Sci-Fi, you have this f...Show More
Ep. 267 - Mike Posner: A One Hit Wonder's Comeback Story - How to Tap Into Your Own Authenticity

1:21:56 | Oct 19th, 2017

He thought he was going to be one of the lucky ones. "I knew statistically... and intellectually that every once in awhile an artist has a hit song. And they’re lucky... they’re even luckier if they get two. I felt like, I was different. My first son...Show More
Ep. 266 - Amanda Cerny: The Secrets of Becoming a Social Media Influencer

47:35 | Oct 17th, 2017

Playboy wasn't part of the plan. "It wasn’t on my list of things to do in life," Amanda said. "What did you want to do?" I said. "Acting." But everyone told her "no." They told her "You're branded as a playmate, so that's what you are." She could've ...Show More
Ep. 265 - Mr. X: I Interview An Anonymous Guest on Hacking, Government, Bitcoin and Terrorism

1:35:27 | Oct 16th, 2017

The FBI went to his high school when the 15-year-old Mr. X hacked into the largest Internet company in the world and stole 90 million credit card numbers.  "You are going to jail for a long time," they told him.  The day after he stole them he sent...Show More
Ep. 264 - Erika Ender: "Despacito" Songwriter on Connecting With The World to Find Your Talent

35:48 | Oct 12th, 2017

"Everyone has their own talent," Erika said. "And my talent is expressing through writing songs and from singing them." She wrote “Despacito" - the fastest song to hit 3 billion downloads in the history of music. Now it’s past 4 billion. That’s half ...Show More
Ep. 263 - Naval Ravikant: The Largest Transfer of Wealth in Human History

1:17:36 | Oct 10th, 2017

"Bitcoin is just the realization that code is speech and money is just code, so money is just speech," Naval tells me.  Translation: When I give you money, I'm really saying I'm taking credit for work I'd done in the past and I'm passing you that cre...Show More
Ep. 262 - Bonnie McFarlane: Getting The Persistence to Do What You Love

1:23:11 | Oct 9th, 2017

Comedy is brutal. If the audience doesn't know you, they WILL judge you. That's true for most things (you can't walk down the sidewalk in New York City without being judged at least a hundred times). Bonnie said you have to know your audience. I won...Show More
Ep. 261 - A.J. Jacobs: The Intersection Between Discomfort and Curiosity

1:34:23 | Oct 5th, 2017

AJ’s about to launch a TV show. A few months ago he started a podcast. He’s 49 years old. And it all started because he decided to write a book on a weird idea he had. “I wonder what it would be like to live the Bible.” It’s especially weird if you c...Show More
Ep. 260 - Gary Vaynerchuk: Set a Flag on YOUR Thing

1:10:21 | Oct 3rd, 2017

"If you do not do what you love, that’s on you," Gary said. Years ago, no one believed you could choose yourself. You needed gatekeepers. Now we have YouTube, Instagram. “Now it’s the standard,” Gary said. If you cut out all the reason why you can't ...Show More
Ep. 259 - Amy Morin: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

1:37:06 | Oct 2nd, 2017

“Life is inherently risky. We make up all of these rules in life about what’s gonna keep us safe," Amy Morin told me. She's the author "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do." It was originally just a list she wrote for herself. Her husband died ...Show More
Ep. 258 - Nancy Cartwright: Becoming Bart Simpson... How to Find The Artist Inside of Yourself

1:24:07 | Sep 28th, 2017

To me, Nancy Cartwright is the most unknown famous person. She's the voice of Bart Simpson. "When I went in for "The Simpsons", the audition pieces of Bart and Lisa were sitting right next to each other. Hers said 8-year-old middle child. His a ten-y...Show More
Ep. 257 - Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins: TLC - The Biggest Girl Band in American History

1:09:03 | Sep 26th, 2017

“Life is tough…and it’s also miraculous.” T-Boz and TLC sold 70 million albums, becoming the bestselling girl band ever in America. Along the way they declared bankruptcy, she battled sickle-cell anemia, the death of one of their bandmates and best f...Show More
Ep. 256 - Ken Follett: I Want to Write a Bestseller

1:05:50 | Sep 21st, 2017

Ken Follett is a well-known Welsh novelist who specializes in writing spy thrillers novels and has sold over 160 million copies worldwide. Before he became a novelist he was a reporter for the London Evening News and was a Deputy Managing Director fo...Show More
Ep. 255 - Marcus Lemonis: The (Real) Key to A Profitable Business: People

1:21:02 | Sep 19th, 2017

Marcus Lemonis is a self-made millionaire, serial entrepreneur and the front man of CNBC’s popular series, “The Profit”. Since an early age Marcus has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and passion. When he was twelve he started his own lawn mowing...Show More
Ep. 254 - Jim Kwik: Train Your Brain to Maximize Memory and Motivation

2:08:51 | Sep 14th, 2017

Jim Kwik is a leading expert in memory improvement, brain performance, speed reading and learning. But before he became the expert, he suffered a brain injury. And that made it really hard for him to learn. "If knowledge is power than learning is a s...Show More
Ep. 253 - Paul Shaffer: David Letterman's Legendary Band Leader on Making Music & Taking Your Shot

1:15:25 | Sep 12th, 2017

Paul Shaffer has lived through five decades of music. He got his first big break was he was hired on the spot by Stephen Schwartz to be the musical director in Toronto’s production of “Godspell”. The cast included Martin Short, Gilda Radner, Eugene L...Show More
Ep. 252 - Brandon Webb: Getting Focussed (Lessons from a Sniper turned CEO)

1:51:39 | Sep 8th, 2017

Brandon Webb served as a Navy Seal for almost ten years. He decided to leave. He was burnt out and he wanted to watch his kids grow up. And he’s had a philosophy since he was thirteen, if he’s not enjoying what he’s doing he’s going to find something...Show More
Ep. 251 - Geno Bisconte: Comedy as the Cure... Let Yourself Laugh

1:53:09 | Sep 5th, 2017

Geno Bisconte is the most hilarious, high energy person I’ve ever met. He finds humor in almost every single sentence and he’s always in a good mood. He’s been a stand up comedian for more than fifteen years, headlining and hosting some of the most p...Show More
Ep. 250 - Alex Blumberg: The Shape of a Story: Building a Podcasting Empire

1:38:59 | Aug 29th, 2017

Alex Blumberg is the founder and CEO of Gimlet Media. Before this, he was an incredibly successful radio journalist. He won multiple awards in the industry. Alex hosted and produced popular NPR shows, "Planet Money" and "This American Life". When he ...Show More
Ep. 249 - Chris Anderson: TED - Tricks to Mastering Public Speaking and Storytelling

1:28:26 | Aug 24th, 2017

After a long journalism career, Chris Anderson became the curator of the TED Conference in 2002. Since then he has expanded the conference to cover all topics including science, business and global issues. He introduced the TEDx initiative, giving li...Show More
Ep. 248 - Noah Kagan: Stop Fighting What You Are Good At

1:20:05 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Noah Kagan was fired from Facebook. He was employee #30. “I think they made the right decision to fire me," he said. "One of the big realizations I’ve had in the past few years is that people need to stop fighting their natural skill. My sweet spot i...Show More
Ep. 247 - Ramit Sethi: Challenge: Start Living Your Ideas NOW

2:11:30 | Aug 17th, 2017

Ramit Sethi is a bestselling author, personal finance advisor, entrepreneur and author of "New York Times" bestselling book, "I Will Teach You to be Rich". He’s taught thousands to manage their personal finances and how to become rich on his website,...Show More
Ep. 246 - Ramit Sethi: You Have Something People Would Pay For Right Now...

1:45:32 | Aug 15th, 2017

Ramit Sethi is a bestselling author, personal finance advisor, entrepreneur and author of "New York Times" bestselling book, "I Will Teach You to be Rich". He’s taught thousands to manage their personal finances and how to become rich on his website,...Show More
Ep. 245 - Mark Manson: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F---

1:20:56 | Aug 10th, 2017

Mark Manson is a writer, blogger and author of the "New York Times" bestseller, "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F-ck". Visit his blog,, to read some of his best articles on self improvement, dating and relationships, culture and life c...Show More
Ep. 244 - Wally Green: He Was in a Gang at 13. Now He's Uniting The World Through Ping Pong

1:13:20 | Aug 8th, 2017

DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE, TO BUILD A LIFE WORTH LOVING "I was shot twice by the time I was 13," Wally told me. "I owned six guns. Everyone I grew up with then is dead," he said. He then walked back to his side of the ping pong table. He took out his iPh...Show More
Ep. 243 - Shawn Stevenson: The ONLY Health Podcast You'll Ever Need to Hear

1:43:25 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Shawn Stevenson, host of The Model Health podcast said, "In the lab, they found anti-depressants in the New York City water system." Anti-depressants! Ok, no problem. I'll drink tap water. Save on therapy costs. In NYC everyone has to go to therapy. ...Show More
Ep. 242 - Shane Snow: The Smart Way to Succeed

1:25:18 | Aug 1st, 2017

Shane Snow is a well known journalist, entrepreneur, co-founder of the content technology company, Contently, and bestselling author of "Smartcuts: The Breakthrough of Lateral Thinking". You can find his writing in "Wired", "The New Yorker", and "Fas...Show More
Ep. 241 - Jason Calacanis: How to Invest: The Guidebook from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100K into $100 Million

1:23:40 | Jul 27th, 2017

Jason Calacanis is an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, writer and blogger. He is the founder and CEO of Listen to Jason’s podcast, "This Week In Startups", interesting stories from the world of entrepreneurship.
Ep. 240 - Gary Gulman: This is Comedy: Gary Gulman Breaks Down the Best Joke in The World

1:23:20 | Jul 25th, 2017

When Patton Oswalt, one of the top comedians over the past several decades, was going through the worst experiences of his life this past year, he wrote an entire post about one joke Gary Gulman made. ONE JOKE. Oswalt starts off: “This is…so perfect....Show More
Ep. 239 - Alex Berenson: How to Write a Page-Turner

1:34:09 | Jul 20th, 2017

Alex Berenson had the dream job. But he was unhappy. And perhaps it even scarred him in some ways.   He switched it up. To his true dreams. To the dreams he had for himself since he was a child.   I want to do this.   First off, Alex has written 11 b...Show More
Ep. 238 - Ryan Holiday: The Art of Making and Marketing

1:27:24 | Jul 18th, 2017

Ryan Holiday, stop writing books that are just for me! With “Perennial Seller” you just answered an obsessive question I’ve had for years: What makes something, someone, some product, some art, withstand the test of time? What is the magic sauce? The...Show More
Ep. 237 - Scot Cohen: The Best Networker in the World. PERIOD.

1:24:30 | Jul 13th, 2017

Scot Cohen is the best networker on the planet. I have never seen anything like it. And he used that skill to make tens of millions of dollars, not only for himself but for many others.   I wanted him to explain, in detail, how.   But first:   I’m so...Show More
Ep. 236 - Farnoosh Torabi: Flipping the Mic - Farnoosh Interviews Me

1:35:07 | Jul 11th, 2017

She was my partner in crime. Farnoosh recently hosted her own show on CNBC. She also has a super popular podcast. And she’s a successful book author and all around writer. But to me she’s more than that. From 2006 to 2008 we did videos together every...Show More
Ep. 235 - Tim Kennedy: A US Special Op's Reason for Serving - "Win Hearts and Minds"

1:24:30 | Jul 4th, 2017

“Have a spirit of adventure, the desire to learn something new, be an explorer and never get too comfortable.”   -------   “Imagine this room is filling up with poisonous gas,” Tim said. He’s looking straight at me. “There’s two doors behind me, one ...Show More
Ep. 234 - Charlie Hoehn: Getting Past Anxiety and Learning How to Play Again

1:31:19 | Jun 27th, 2017

In my podcast Charlie and I talked half the time about getting past anxiety. And half the time about this: [14:00] - Charlie’s time working for Tim Ferriss, doing a virtual internship with Seth Godin, and marketing Ramit Sethi’s New York Times bestse...Show More
Ep. 233 - Fred Stoller: Five Minutes to Kill: A Story About "Making It"

1:10:33 | Jun 20th, 2017

You have five minutes to kill. That’s it. Those five minutes can make or break a career. I don’t think I would be able to handle the pressure. I’ve done a lot of public speaking. And now I’ve tried standup. For the past three months I’ve been going u...Show More
Ep. 232 - Jocko Willink: The Way of the Warrior

1:40:59 | Jun 12th, 2017

I was afraid before interviewing Jocko. I think it was instinctual. His body is seven times the size of mine. I pointed at the cover of his new book, “The Way of The Warrior Kid. “See this kid,” I said. “That’s me right now.” I like to overlap somewh...Show More
Ep. 231 - Jim Norton: Dropout and Laugh (A Comedian's Journey)

1:11:14 | Jun 6th, 2017

Jim Norton is the reason why I do podcasts. First, he’s a world-famous comedian, recently released a one hour special on Netflix, has been on shows like “Louie” and “Inside Amy Schumer” has written two New York Times bestselling books and has appeare...Show More
Ep. 230 - R.P. Eddy: Why Warnings Matter (A Podcast About the Future)

1:16:48 | May 30th, 2017

HOW TO DISCOVER THE SECRETS IN LIFE The best things in life are born from coincidence. I am a firm believer in this. A year ago I was flying back from California. I started talking to the guy sitting next to me. Turns out he had  worked in almost eve...Show More
Ep. 229 - Brandon Webb: Becoming The Master of Your Own Fate

1:35:16 | May 23rd, 2017

His platoon was counting on him. He couldn’t come back a failure. Brandon had been deployed to the Middle East four times. He’d seen the ugliness and destruction war had caused. And now he was being sent straight to sniper school. This is one of the ...Show More
Ep. 228 - Matt Barrie: Become a Skilled Freelancer in Today’s Marketplace

1:03:12 | May 16th, 2017

I almost changed forever the entire way people define relationships. The word "commitment" would have a new meaning. More babies would be born. I'm thinking BIG. Sometimes you want to try an idea and you don't let yourself think about money. If an id...Show More
Ep. 227 - Garry Kasparov: Growing Your Talent, Working with Machines and Becoming the World Chess Champion

1:08:12 | May 9th, 2017

Shortcuts -  [5:40] - I asked Garry, “What separated you from people just as talented?” He interrupted. Finally! I found my match! “Wait, wait wait, slow down,” he said. “‘As talented’ is a stretch.” He said he was lucky. His upbringing made him a ch...Show More
Ep. 226 - Jon Morrow: He made half a million dollars in 9 months. This is what kept him motivated

1:27:16 | May 2nd, 2017

Jon is paralyzed from the neck down. He couldn’t crawl. “My mom noticed I was dragging my legs,” he said. The doctors said he’d die at age two. But he felt like he had something to contribute to the world. So he became unstoppable. He started writing...Show More
[Bonus] - Ryan Deiss: How to Believe in Your Idea Enough to Take the First Step (and Other Business Advice)

28:34 | Apr 27th, 2017

I remember sitting at my cubicle job looking at people wondering, “Why? Why are you here? Why are you doing this?” I asked a friend once, “Don’t you think this job is meaningless?”   He said no.   And then I knew what I had to do. I had to quit. And ...Show More
Ep. 225 - Ryan Deiss: College is Irrelevant. THIS is How You Make a Better Future

43:52 | Apr 25th, 2017

Over the past five years, I've seen Ryan Deiss rise from a quality entrepreneur to one of the biggest names in Internet marketing. He's the founder and CEO of DigitalMarketer and anybody in the internet marketing space knows Ryan Deiss. He emailed me...Show More
Ep. 224 - Dave Asprey: Live Like a Biohacker (Activate Untapped Brain Energy, Work Smarter & Think Faster)

1:10:07 | Apr 18th, 2017

Dave Asprey is the creator and bestselling author of “The Bulletproof Diet.” He biohacks health. And discovers innovative ways to live longer, lose weight, increase brain function and evolve better. My brain isn’t hacked (yet). So I needed to talk to...Show More
Ep. 223 - Scott Steindorff: The Search For Your Own Authenticity

1:52:20 | Apr 11th, 2017

The cocaine made his throat close. “I was about to die”. He wanted to be an actor. He wanted to be creative. He had dreams. And working real-estate for his father wasn’t one of them. “I didn’t want to come down,” he said. “Why’d you do it?” “I really...Show More
Ep. 222 - Ryan Holiday: The Essential Question: How To Live A Good Life

1:37:00 | Apr 4th, 2017

I tried to ruin Ryan Holiday’s life. Fortunately, I failed. I told him to start an agency, build it up, sell it for 10 million dollars and THEN start writing books. “It’s a good thing you didn’t listen to me,” I said. But I was wrong. It turned out h...Show More
Ep. 221 - Tucker Max: The Difference Between People Who Succeed and People Who Don't

1:44:42 | Mar 28th, 2017

“You and I both know what happened to you 18 months ago," he said. "If you don’t write about it, you will die as an artist.” Tucker's sold over 3 million copies of his books. I know I'm going to have to listen to him. Maybe later. ----- I’ve known Tu...Show More
Ep. 220 - Matt Mullenweg: Do You Have Your Own Internal "Code"

1:14:09 | Mar 21st, 2017

I have a rule. After every podcast, I write down 10 things I learned. I don't know if anyone else does this. Do you do this? Some people make illustrations. They send me what they've learned. It's a creation of a creation of a creation. A drawing of ...Show More
Ep. 219 - Jessica Banks: Dare of The Day

1:27:25 | Mar 18th, 2017

She said, I am an introvert but had to develop tricks to fake being an extravert because of where I worked. I said, Do you think everyone in LA is an extravert? She said, I don’t know. Maybe they are all faking. We were at a party. I had been sleepin...Show More
Ep. 218 - Debbie Millman: Create Identity then Impact

1:12:48 | Mar 14th, 2017

Ben (of Ben & Jerry's) was in the room. He needed a logo. Debbie Millman just started her agency. She was competing against the best ad agencies in New York City. She lost. So she moved on to Burger King. "Why do you think you lost?" "We didn't have ...Show More
Ep. 217 - Tony Robbins: How to Be Fulfilled: Just Start Asking Yourself These 2 Questions

1:01:31 | Mar 7th, 2017

Tony Robbins stopped by on his birthday. And then he started causing problems. Like he does. "I realize you're high energy," the audio engineer says, looking at Tony, "but when you bang the table it sounds like the whole room is shaking." In 220 po...Show More
Ep. 216 - Yuval Noah Harari: A Brief History of The Future

56:49 | Feb 28th, 2017

My ancestor from 70,000 years ago was smarter than me. He knew every plant, mushroom, animal, predator, prey in a several mile radius. He knew how to make weapons. He knew how to capture something, make it edible. I can barely order delivery. And as ...Show More
Ep. 215 - Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal: How Flow Helps You Step Outside Yourself and "Do The Impossible"

1:15:49 | Feb 21st, 2017

Imagine going on a swing as high as you can. Then going higher. Then going so high you loop around. I get scared thinking about it. Sergey Brin, the founder of Google, did it the first time he tried. Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal were training people...Show More
Ep. 214 - Cass Sunstein: The World According to Star Wars

55:01 | Feb 16th, 2017

I want to be a Jedi Knight. The idea of surrendering to some “force” greater than oneself. The idea of being in touch with some essence that can bring out my full potential in way that I could never possibly understand. When Cass Sunstein, genius eco...Show More
Ep. 213 - A.J. Jacobs: How to Connect With The Greatest Network in The World

1:14:59 | Feb 14th, 2017

My first podcast is 24 minutes long. It’s just me. No guest. The topic: “Why College Is a Waste of Time.” Then I did one about my book “Choose Yourself.” One week later, I got 30 minutes with Robert Greene. Then an hour with Tucker Max, an hour with ...Show More
Ep. 212 - Anna Koppelman: How to Find Your World... Where You Belong

36:53 | Feb 9th, 2017

Anna Koppelman is an angel. She’s the angel I wish I had looking over me  back when I was being bullied. When I was a kid, it was “Lord of The Flies” on the playground. Nobody cared at all. Kids would kill each other at recess and whoever survived we...Show More
Ep. 211 - Sara Blakely: How To Get a Billion Dollar Idea

1:24:03 | Feb 7th, 2017

Sara Blakely is weird. I wish I could think like she does. I want to be weird like her. "I look at any object and try to think of any use it has other than what people had planned for it." And then she acts on it. She sees a pair of pantyhose, cuts o...Show More
Ep. 210 - Daymond John: How to Create Your Own Point Of View & Build A Following

1:00:58 | Feb 1st, 2017

He is exactly one year younger than me, almost to the day. So we could've even grown up together. We had similar interests in music. He could've taught me sewing. I could've taught him how to play chess.   But, to be honest, he worked harder than me....Show More
Ep. 209 - Bobby Casey: Never Feel Broke Again and Travel the World (Forever)

51:25 | Jan 26th, 2017

I heard an eight-year-old kid tell another eight-year-old that he's not welcome in his home. He said "Trump or Clinton?"   "Clinton."   And that was that. They kept walking. Kept debating and I bet nothing happened. I bet they're still friends.   Som...Show More
Ep. 208 - Ken Kurson: What Will Trump Do As President? We Hear From The Expert

1:04:56 | Jan 24th, 2017

Social media is a bloodbath.   Trump. Hilary. Walls. Genitals. Crooked this or Deplorable that.   There's two things I know:   1)  I choose whether I am happy with a situation or not. Whether I am "free" or not. Nobody else can choose that for me unl...Show More
Ep. 207 - Chris Smith: Did you ever wish you were them? Your Heroes?

1:29:50 | Jan 19th, 2017

“We all lived through it. But one fun or interesting realizations I came to in reporting the book was... Can we curse on your podcast?”   “Yeah. Anything goes.”   “... Is just how much shit happened in the world between 1999 and 2015.”   Chris Smith ...Show More
Ep. 206 - Steven Johnson: Why You Have to Replace Ambition with Play

1:08:34 | Jan 17th, 2017

I wish I was as smart as Steven Johnson. I asked him, “What is your one favorite thing that everybody thinks is bad for you that is actually good for you?” He didn’t want to tell me. “My kids might listen to this later,” he said. But he told me... He...Show More
Ep. 205 - Jairek Robbins: What To Do When You're Overworked, Tired and Can't Turn Off Your Mind

58:13 | Jan 12th, 2017

You know that game where you flip a card, see the face and turn it back over, then try to find the match?   That's the game we're going to play...   Write down your values. I told Jairek mine. I had three.   Jairek is a life coach. And Tony Robbins i...Show More
Ep. 204 - Mike Massimino: The Ultimate Thrill Seeking Profession

1:16:50 | Jan 10th, 2017

Mike Massimino failed his PhD the first time. Failed the astronaut test the first three times. Failed to get the highest evaluation when he walked into space the first time. And almost destroyed the Hubble Telescope on the last attempt the US was go...Show More
Ep. 203 - Susan David: What Happens When You're Deeply Stuck In Your Job and Asking, "How Did I Get Here?"

1:10:46 | Jan 5th, 2017

It’s the most commonly believed lie. It will make you lose all your money. It’ll make you wake up in your 40’s or 50’s and wonder what you’re going to do about retirement. It will make you develop your worst possible habits.   For me, it was drinking...Show More
Ep. 202 - Kamal Ravikant: How To Find Something Worth Doing… Something Worth Looking For

1:02:26 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Kamal was totally lost. His father had died. His job over. His relationship gone. He felt adrift, depressed, broken. He was so lost he wandered the world trying to find his way back. Twenty years later he wrote the novel about what happened - REBIRTH...Show More
Ep. 201 - Ben Mezrich: Success after 190 Rejection Slips

1:04:18 | Dec 29th, 2016

“When I was a struggling writer, before I wrote my first book, I got 190 rejection slips.”   He taped them to the walls like a serial killer.   “My wallpaper was rejection slips.”   “What was the worst one...,” I asked Ben Mezrich, a New York Times b...Show More