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In this episode, Tim Ferris visited the Googleplex and was interviewed.
What has been the most important Stoic teaching that I’ve come across?
- The Meditations
- Stoic philosophy is 2000+ years old.
- Tim uses mostly Keido’s teachings.
- Be ashamed of only the things you should be ashamed of.
- Tim wears his “Party Pants” to train himself against superficial attachment and public opinions.
- It takes regular practice.
- “We do not rise to the level of our hopes, we fall to the level of our training.”
- He also uses Seneca’s teachings.
- Moral Letters to Lucilius XVIII: On Festivals and Fasting
- Practicing poverty will show you that it’s not the worst-case scenario.
- He does one 3-day fast every month and one 7 to 10-day fast every 1 or 2 quarters.
What is the monkey mind?
- It’s an incessant internal dialogue.
- Thoughts that are always misbehaving and out of control.
- Tim let’s out his monkey mind by journaling and writing about his insecurities.
- The Five Minute Journal
- Perfect for type A, overachievers and past or future obsessions.
- Helps you identify your goals.
- The answer to being less reactive.
- Helps achieve mental clarity.
- Being able to focus and maintain that focus is one of the most distinguishing factors for a “successful life”.
How to maintain your humbleness?
- Memento mori
- Remembering that you’re going to die.
- Forces a broader perspective.
- Memento homo
- Remembering that you’re just a man.
- Always try to be the weakest person in the room, in some aspect.
- As long as you’re going in the right direction, it doesn’t matter if you are losing.
How do I manage the many requests I receive?
- 1500 to 2000 direct messages a day.
- Having rules set in advance to try and manage all the requests.
- Block some months for his writing only.
- Not looking at every single case:
- Am I doing interviews or not?
- Am I doing public speeches or not?
- Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech
- Having good tools is important.
- Useful to avoid the “back-and-forth”.
- Let’s Get Drinks
- Adulthood tweet
- Creates reminders and parameters.
- Sending in the future option.
- Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training.
- Reminds people that you are not always on hand.
- Gmail offline mode
- Try to think of “if-then” scenarios.
- Be specific and try to cover more ground in advance.
What are the factors or elements that have led to the success of the podcast?
- Whenever he tried to design something for a market, it failed
- Whenever he tried to build something that he was searching for, it worked.
- “Scratching your own itch”
- Wanted to spot patterns in successful people.
- He decided to commit to six episodes, so he doesn’t give up after one or two.
- Why did it survive?
- Keep it fun.
- Keep it simple and within your capabilities.
- Routines and tactics can be helpful.
Do you see common features in successful people?
- At least 80% have a daily meditation practice.
- 20 minutes in the morning.
- Transcendental meditation:
- A word that you repeat over and over again.
- Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger did it for years and still reaps the benefits.
- Of the males over the age of 50, a high percentage skips breakfast.
- He realized that differences can be reassuring, meaning there’s not just a way do be successful.
- “Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition.”
- The routine is not important but having one is.
- A majority of them are insomniacs.
- They are scratching their own itch.
- They’re preparing and planning for the worst-case scenario.
- How much can I lose if I do this?
- A lot of the time they realise that it’s not that bad.
- What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars.
Do you have plans to write a book about these podcasts?
- When the ideas about a subject keep him up 4 or 5 days a week, that’s when he writes a book.
- He’s interested in finding patterns and communicating the best lessons he’s learned.
- He wants to go back, review and test things he forgot about.
Where do I see myself in five years?
- He treats his entire life as 2-weeks experiments and 6-month projects.
- He sees himself doing the podcast on a much larger scale.
- He wants to be better at simplifying.
- He wants to continue doing what he’s doing.
If I could pick three people — alive or dead — to be in my personal board of directors, who would they be?
- Benjamin Franklin
- Had a prankster-like nature
- An amateur that bested professionals.
- Had a lack of fear.
- Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
- Richard Feynman
- A world-class physicist.
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
- Marcus Aurelius type
- Had the weigh of the world on their shoulders.
How do I experiment with my dog training?
- It is important to be consistent in training and sequencing.
- Crate Training and Clicker Training.
- Training for attention.
- Your dog creates the habit of constantly checking up with you using eye contact.
- Makes command training easier.
- Safety first, tricks later.
- Establish a no-reward marker for your dog to know when he did something wrong.
- Command Performance.
- Kikopup’s YouTube Channel.
What are my recommendations for longevity?
- Fasts to prevent cancer cells growth.
- Experience fasting and ketosis for some period of time.
- For 2 to 3 days.
- Hyperbaric oxygen at 2.5 atmospheres for 60 to 90 minutes 3 times a week.
- Glucophage (Metformin)
How do I fight insomnia?
- Replacing coffee with tea.
- Meditation in the morning.
- Reading fiction before bed.
- Using F.lux.
- Using small doses of psychedelics.
How does 2016 Tim react to Tim’s 2007 pitch?
- 2007 Tim was tolerable but pushed a bit too hard.
- He did not realise that some time people really are too busy.
- “Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence or lack of time.”
What is your vision for your future self?
- Be the person your dog thinks you are.
- Why do the podcast? Why write books?
- Uses his influence to address important issues.
- Ban shark fins industry.
- Be grateful every day.
- Recognizing that he’s a social animal and to spend more time with small groups that you relate to.
- Uses his influence to address important issues.
What has worked the best in your interviews?
- An interview should last 1h30 to 3 hours.
- Don’t drink too much wine.
- Break an interview into thirds.
- Offering vulnerable pieces of information so that they can reciprocate. Covering their biography and breaking the ice.
- Answering audience questions.
- Whatever they want to talk about and rapid-fire questions.
- Sometimes he just e-mails them the questions and they record it themselves when they have the time.
What would you do if you had an adult boot camp of 20 people?
- Would want an equal number of males and females or only men.
- There would be a lot of hardship and suffering.
- Getting good at failure is as important as winning.
- It would include some sort of fasting.
- There would be no alarm clocks.
- Teams would be working on small projects and take turn leading.
- Put people out of their comfort zone.
- Learn to be better and teach people in return.
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