By popular demand, this is a follow-up with the amazing Derek Sivers (@sivers)!
This episode can be listened to independently of Tim’s first popular conversation, and he answers some of my (and your) favorite questions.
Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100 million in sales for 150,000 musicians.
If you only listen to one answer from this episode, don’t miss his response to “What do you believe that other people think is insane?” It get progressively weirder and weirder and starts around 34:09
Tim looks back at his amazing year in podcasting and highlights the best ideas/recommendations.
Contrarian and genius Peter Thiel (Founders Fund) shares has insights on innovation, capitalism, venture funding and much more. Peter has such a uniquely insightful perspective that you just can’t find anywhere else. This is a short and must read/listen. Enjoy!
Alain de Botton is a not a philosopher’s philosopher. This means that his work is given little consideration inside academia. It also means that he speaks to many, many more people—ordinary people hungry for humanist ideas about living—than his peers. In this podcast “How Philosophy can change your life”, de Botton tells us that he’d always looked to philosophy as a discipline that “has wise things to say about everyday worries…. Philosophy promised something that might sound a little naïve, but was in fact rather profound: A way to learn to be happy.” I’m still not sure if this sounds more naïve or profound, but de Botton’s thoughts, concern thinkers who surely knew the difference.
Richard Betts (@yobetts) served as the wine director at The Little Nell in Aspen from 2000 to 2008. He also passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Masters Exam on his first attempt, becoming the ninth person in history ever to do so.
In this conversation, Tim goes into fascinating details about drinking, tasting and buying wines, whiskey and mezcal. Did you know it’s spelled “whiskey” when from countries that have “e” in their names (e.g. America) but “whisky” when from countries that don’t have an “e” in their names (e.g. Scotland, Japan)? Now you know.
Last but not least, Richard is the author of a brand-new book, “The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All,” It distills (see what I did there?) a couple of lifetimes worth of study down to 24 pages…then makes them smell good. Definitely check it out. At the very least, it gives you a bunch of rules of thumb (like the whiskey vs. whisky trick), so you can impress your friends and not look like a dumb-ass at the bar. Sweet! Less dumb-ass and more smart-ass is always good. Get ‘er done.
I get asked a lot about investing.
This is mostly due to start-up investing and the hoopla around it, but I’ve expanded my experiments to late-stage deals, real estate, and more. So far, my startup bets are 10x+ more successful (on paper) than my publishing career. Based on cashed-out positions, they’re still several times more successful. I’ve had a lucky stretch.
By no means am I an elite investor, but I’ve borrowed from elite investors since 2007. I’m incredibly fortunate that amazing people have been very generous with their time. Thank you, all!
I’ve made hundreds of survivable mistakes, networked my little bald head off, and–net-net–I’m happy with the results.
In this short podcast episode, I’ll explain the five (or so) steps I took to become a better investor, starting at ground zero.
Caveat emptor: I am NOT a financial advisor, and none of this advice should be taken without speaking to a qualified professional first. Also, my results could be due to pure luck and zero skill. M’kay? M’kay.
The episode’s only 40 minutes long, despite it saying 2 hours
Tim shares his 5 daily rituals for winning the day and why. Short Version: Make your bed, meditate, hang, drink tea and journal.
Listen to the Podcast with @reidhoffman and Michael McCullough the founder of QuestBridge.org 7.5/10 Microphones What Reid took from his alternative schooling in Vermont (Putney School): Grounding in the breadth of human condition, perhaps more so than most people in silicon valley who are valley narrowly focused Tips for Non-Technical Founders: Depends on how … Continue reading The Tim Ferriss Show: The Oracle of Silicon Valley, Reid Hoffman and Michael McCullough
Listen to the Podcast HERE Rating: 9/10 microphones Mitigating the Drunken Damage While at Major Conferences: Drunk “Time Travelling” where you are at a bar and suddenly awaken at 3am at Dennys is caused by a lack of Vasopressin (alcohol inhibits its release) Also dehydrates you Eat guacamole/avocados before going out, full of potassium and … Continue reading The Tim Ferris Show: How to Build a Network in Record Time (Tim at SXSW)
Key bits of wisdom from Tim’s conversation with Robert Rodriguez, Director of Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn and many others.