The Kevin Rose Show: #15 – Tim Ferriss: Tribe of Mentors

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Intro
  • Check out the latest of Kevin’s episodes on Tim’s show here
Tim’s new book – Tribe of Mentors
  • This book comes on the heels of the 10 year anniversary of The 4-Hour Work Week and Tim turning 40
  • What was the goal of the book and how does it differ from Tools of Titans?
    • Tools of Titans was mainly based on podcast interviews, this book contains 11 questions Tim submitted via email to various people
    • Tim wanted to ask high performers questions to see how they deal with dark periods and life transitions
    • At various points in life we reassess, and during the reassessment you might ask:
      • Am I heading in the right direction?
      • Or am i just going really fast, with a lot of effort in the wrong direction?
      • Have I missed a lot in life from being overscheduled?
  • Tribe of Mentors is more global (compared to how Tools of Titans was very US focused) and the range of ages of people interviewed is wider
  • The most common behaviors from people in the book – mediation, walking, journaling
  • Many people use heart rate variability feedback to figure out if they’re “on” or “off”. You can correlate your optimal performance state with certain types of breathing.
  • Some unexpected people in the book- Ben Stiller, Patton Oswald
  • Most recommended books from people featureed – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Man’s Search for Meaning, The Angel’s of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined
  • Tim was also trying to figure out how the best of the best think their way through problems and opportunities
    • What industries or professions represent high level thinking that can be applied other places? – investing, poker players, people involved in cryptocurecy/blockchain
  • Great little life rule from the book
    • When you have to rate something on a scale of 1-10, get rid of 7. This forces you to use 6 and 8 more.
  • A interesting quote from  Nick Szabo on his advice to a graduating college senior
    • “Everyone is striving for social proof. The less you need positive feedback on your ideas, the more original design regions you can explore, the more creative in the long term and useful to society you will be.”
  • “The superheroes we idolize also have their demons and fight their battles, we just don’t hear about them”
    • This is why Tim likes to ask guests – “Do you have a favorite failure”
Some good things to think on
  • It’s great to have a lot of side projects, but it’s tough to avoid just going in a million directions at once, and making a millimeter of hoped progress in each
  • A lot of the recipes we use for financial gain, are not optimized for emotional well being
What would this look like if it were easy?
  • A question Tim asks himself often
  • An example in Tim’s life – when he wrote Tools of Titans
    • What would the writing process look like if it were easy?
      • He wouldn’t be tired – Fix: get 8 hours of sleep
      • He wouldn’t be lonely – Fix: Hire someone to stay around his house during the writing process
  • When asking this question, don’t hold back, all ideas are good
  • Another good question to journal on – “What are the 20% of activities and people who are producing 80% of my negative emotional states”
NAD+
  • AKA nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide
    • A very important cofactor for many metabolic enzymes, which just means you need it for these enzymes to work properly.
    • Your mitochondria need NAD to produce energy from glucose or fatty acids. Any time there is chronic inflammation or DNA damage occurring, this sucks up the NAD and so the mitochondria suffer. Also, NAD levels decrease in multiple tissues with aging.
  • Tim has been getting intravenous NAD treatments (750mg of NAD mixed into a saline solution
  • Why do this?
    • As mentioned above, NAD declines with age
    • Results in an increase of overall energy
  • Kevin supplements with it, he uses Basis
What is Tim supplementing with?
  • Creatine (~1g) plus Ubiquinol 
  • Fish Oil (sometimes Krill Oil)
  • Athletic Greens
  • Ascent Protein and Collagen Powder
  • Sometimes: capsulated mushrooms for immunity
  • Lithium Orotate – 5mg
  • NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine – precursor to glutathione)
  • Tim is conservative about exogenous ketones (he uses KetoBlitz)
    • His concern: If you are consuming a carbohydrate based diet and also consuming exogenous ketones, you have two competing energy sources
      • The only place a high level of blood glucose+ketone levels is exhibited in nature is in a state of ketoacidosis. It’s an unatural state.
    • It’s fine to use exogenous ketones when transitioning to ketosis or when you are already in a state of ketosis
    • If the exogenous ketones taste really good in powdered form, usually there’s a bunch of other crap in there

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