The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

#401: Gary Keller — How to Focus on the One Important Thing


"My life is better when I'm spontaneous after I've done my most important thing. Being spontaneous before that, that's where it becomes a distraction and does me harm." — Gary Keller

Gary Keller (@g...

Dec-12-2019

#400: Books I’ve Loved — Tim’s Four Must-Read Books


Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types—from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olymp...

Dec-09-2019

#399: Adam Grant — The Man Who Does Everything


"When you feel like you're not productive, it's not necessarily because you're lazy or because you have bad habits, it's because you're not working on the right projects and you haven't found the o...

Dec-05-2019

#398: Peter Attia, M.D. — Fasting, Metformin, Athletic Performance, and More


Dr. Peter Attia (peterattiamd.com, TW: @PeterAttiaMD, IG: @peterattiamd, FB: @peterattiamd) is a former ultra-endurance athlete (e.g., swimming races of 25 miles), a compulsive self-experimenter, a...

Nov-27-2019

#397: Two Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Answer


"If the customer doesn't scream, you don't have product-market fit." — Andy Rachleff

Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show. This time, we have a slightly different episode—a takeover by...

Nov-25-2019

#396: Marcela Ot’alora — How to Become a Psychedelic Therapist


"The only way to not be afraid of someone's suffering is if you're not afraid of your own." — Marcela Ot'alora G.

Marcela Ot'alora G. is a psychotherapist and an installation artist. Her interest an...

Nov-22-2019

#395: Jocko Willink Takeover — On Quitting, Relationships, Financial Discipline, Contrast Baths, and More


"You might have to make some tactical retreats in order to win the long war, but never quit on your strategic vision. Never quit on getting to the ultimate place where you want to go." — Jocko Will...

Nov-14-2019

#394: Q&A With Tim — On Wealth, Legacy, Grief, Lyme Disease, Gratitude, Longevity, and More


Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types to tease out the habits, routines, favorite books, and so on th...

Nov-07-2019

#393: Edward Norton — On Creative Process, Creative Struggle, and Motherless Brooklyn


“It's nice to be reminded that it's been hard for other people when they were getting things done that you admired, because it maybe gives you that extra little bit of determination or patience to ...

Oct-31-2019

#392: Ben Horowitz — What You Do Is Who You Are >> Lessons from Silicon Valley, Andy Grove, Genghis Khan, Slave Revolutions, and More


"One of the key insights from Bushido is that a culture is not a set of beliefs, it's a set of actions." — Ben Horowitz

Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz) is a cofounder and general partner at the venture ca...

Oct-24-2019

#391: The Random Show — On Fasting, Forest Bathing, How to Say NO, Rebooting the Self, and Much More


Technologist, serial entrepreneur, world-class investor, self-experimenter, and all-around wild and crazy guy Kevin Rose (@KevinRose), rejoins me for another episode of The Random Show. In this one...

Oct-17-2019

#390: Q&A With Tim — On Happiness, Dating, Depressive Episodes, and Much More


Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types to tease out the habits, routines, favorite books, and so on th...

Oct-10-2019

#389: Neil deGrasse Tyson — How to Dream Big, Think Scientifically, and Get More Done


“What matters is: Are you a good problem solver? Are you moral? Are you a hard worker? Are you a good leader? Do you have insights into the field? These are the questions that matter.” — Neil deGra...

Oct-03-2019

#388: Lisa Ling — Exploring Subcultures, Learning to Feel, and Changing Perception


"It requires time and energy to get invested in other people's stories, but I do in my heart of hearts believe that you emerge a better and smarter human as a result of taking that time." — Lisa Li...

Sep-26-2019

#387: Tristan Harris — Fighting Skynet and Firewalling Attention


"Big Brother isn't watching. He's singing and dancing. He's pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you're awake. He's making sure you're always distrac...

Sep-19-2019

#386: Ken Burns — A Master Filmmaker on Creative Process, the Long Game, and the Noumenal


“There’s always the certainty that the opposite of what I might believe in might also be true.” — Ken Burns

Ken Burns (@KenBurns) has been making documentary films for more than 40 years.

Since the A...

Sep-12-2019

#385: The World's Largest Psychedelic Research Center


This is something I’ve been working on for ~1.5 years and something diligent scientists have been working toward for 20+ years.

This episode features a recording of the press conference announcing t...

Sep-10-2019

#384: David Allen — The Art of Getting Things Done (GTD)


"Your head's for having ideas, not for holding them." — David Allen

David Allen (@gtdguy) is one of the world's most influential thinkers on productivity, and his 35 years of experience as a managem...

Sep-03-2019

#383: Mike Phillips — How to Save a Species


"Humans and cockroaches and coyotes are going to inherit the earth." — Mike Phillips

[Visit tim.blog/wolf for the most important links from this interview and my personal next steps.]

Mike Phillips h...

Aug-21-2019

#381: Charles Koch — CEO of Koch Industries


“When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will.” — Charles Koch, quoting Frédéric Bastiat

This episode will no doubt surprise people, and my guest came to me through channels I wouldn't have expecte...

Aug-11-2019

#380: Ed Zschau — The Polymath Professor Who Changed My Life


"Entrepreneurship isn't about starting companies. Entrepreneurship is an approach to life." — Ed Zschau

Ed Zschau is the Interim President of Sierra Nevada College, and he brings to the college 17 y...

Aug-01-2019

#379: Dita Von Teese — The Queen of Burlesque


"You can be a juicy ripe peach and there will still be someone who doesn't like peaches." — Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese (@DitaVonTeese) is the biggest name in burlesque in the world since Gypsy Ro...

Jul-29-2019

#378: Nick Norris — Navy SEAL and Athlete on Training, Post-Traumatic Growth, and Healing


"I’ve shared that a lot more openly, and it’s been one of the best medicines that I’ve found. It’s liberating. Talking about grief has been something that’s unlocked a lot of happiness for me." — N...

Jul-18-2019

#377: Psychedelics — Microdosing, Mind-Enhancing Methods, and More


This episode features a panel that I moderated in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Milken Institute's Global Conference 2019. It includes a great overview of psychedelic science, investin...

Jul-15-2019

#376: How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules, Principles, and Obsessions (Repost)


This interview originally aired in 2016. You can find the show notes here: https://tim.blog/2016/02/10/seth-godin/

“We can’t out-obedience the competition.” – Seth Godin

I expected this episode to b...

Jul-04-2019

#375: Josh Waitzkin — How to Cram 2 Months of Learning into 1 Day


"From my perspective, the goal is unobstructed self-expression." — Josh Waitzkin

Josh Waitzkin, author of The Art of Learning, is an eight-time US National Chess Champion, a two-time World Champion ...

Jun-26-2019

#374: Chip Conley — Building Empires, Tackling Cancer, and Surfing the Liminal


"The question would be: 'What mastery can you offer?' So have a friend of yours ask that question of you five times, and you'll be sort of surprised at, by the fifth time you get asked that questio...

Jun-20-2019

#373: Jerry Colonna — The Coach With the Spider Tattoo


"You are not alone. And just because you feel like shit doesn't mean you are shit." — Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna (@jerrycolonna) is the CEO and cofounder of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and lea...

Jun-12-2019

#372: Julie Rice — Co-Founding SoulCycle, Taming Anxiety, and Mastering Difficult Conversations


"There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs." — Julie Rice

Julie Rice (@julierice_) is an entrepreneur best known for co-founding the fitness phenomenon SoulCycle. Julie served as ...

Jun-03-2019

#371: Ramit Sethi — Automating Finances, Negotiating Prenups, Disagreeing with Tim, and More


"Most of us should spend less time on most decisions and we should spend a lot more time on a few key decisions." — Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi (@ramit), author of the New York Times bestseller I Will T...

May-21-2019

#370.5: Derek Sivers on Developing Confidence, Finding Happiness, and Saying “No” to Millions (Repost)


This episode originally aired in 2015. You can find the show notes of the episode here.

“To me, ‘busy’ implies that the person is out of control of their life.” – Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers (@sivers)...

May-11-2019

#370: Adam Savage on Great Tools, Great Projects, and Great Lessons


"A true creator knows that you follow the thing to where it's going, not to where you think it ought to go."

— Adam Savage

Adam Savage (TW: @donttrythis IG: @therealadamsavage FB: therealadamsavage) ...

Apr-30-2019

#369: Kevin Systrom — Tactics, Books, and the Path to a Billion Users


“I think a big part of knowing that you’re right is working as hard as you can to prove that you’re wrong. And if you can’t, well, there’s only one option left, which is: you’re probably right.”

— K...

Apr-25-2019

#368: Amanda Palmer on Creativity, Pain, and Art


"I'm just so fundamentally optimistic, and I barrel forth in life with this attitude that everything is going to be absolutely fine and go my way." — Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) is a...

Apr-18-2019

#367: Eric Schmidt — Lessons from a Trillion-Dollar Coach


"You can systematize innovation even if you can't completely predict it." — Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) is Technical Advisor and Board Member to Alphabet Inc., where he advises its lead...

Apr-09-2019

#366: Neil Gaiman — The Interview I've Waited 20 Years To Do


“The biggest problem we run into is going, ‘This is who I am, this is what I’m like, this is how I function’ while failing to notice that you don’t do that anymore.” — Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman (@neil...

Mar-28-2019

#365: Michael Pollan — Exploring the Frontiers of Psychedelics


"An overactive ego is a tyrant." - Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan) is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and...

Mar-21-2019

#363: Tea Time with Tim — How to Find Mentors, Decrease Anxiety Through Training, and Much More


Welcome to a special episode called Tea Time with Tim, in which I solicited phone numbers and called a handful of you to field any questions that you might have.

Among other topics, we discuss:

How t...
Mar-11-2019

#362: Graham Duncan — Talent Is The Best Asset Class


"Everyone's genius is right next to their dysfunction." — Graham Duncan

Graham Duncan (@GrahamDuncanNYC) is the co-founder of East Rock Capital, a multi-family office investment firm that manages $2...

Feb-28-2019

#361: Jim Collins — A Rare Interview with a Reclusive Polymath


"I'm not really a business author; I just happen to have used companies as the method to study human systems because there's great data." — Jim Collins

My guest for this episode is the incredible (a...

Feb-18-2019

#360: Caterina Fake — The Outsider Who Built Giants


"I really am a big believer in people's creativity flourishing when they come at things from a different direction and see things in a different way." — Caterina Fake

Caterina Fake (@caterina) is a ...

Feb-14-2019

#359: Tobi Lütke — From Snowboard Shop to Billion-Dollar Company


"Feedback is a gift." — Tobi Lütke

Tobi Lütke (@tobi) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shopify. In 2004, Tobi began building software to launch an online snowboard store called Snowdevi...

Feb-07-2019

#358: Ken Block — The Art of Marketing with a DC Shoes and Gymkhana Legend (500M+ views)


“In life — from the simplest thing to the biggest thing — I want to be proud of what it is and stake my claim: ‘That’s mine and that’s how I do it.'” — Ken Block

Ken Block (@kblock43 on IG and TW) i...

Jan-31-2019

#357: Susan Cain — How to Overcome Fear and Embrace Creativity


"So often, when you see someone who's really good at almost anything, it's because they actually started out exactly the opposite — and then they cared so much about fixing that problem." — Susan C...

Jan-24-2019

#356: Peter Mallouk — Exploring the Worlds of Investing, Assets, and Quality of Life


"You spend the first 20 years of being rich accumulating all of this stuff. And then you'll spend the next 20 years trying to get out of one thing after another to simplify your life." — Peter Mall...

Jan-17-2019

#355: Greg McKeown — How to Master Essentialism


"If you don't prioritize your life, someone else will."— Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown (@GregoryMcKeown) is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and...

Jan-09-2019

#354: Real 4-Hour Workweek Case Studies — How to Generate 8-Figure Revenue at Age 21 (Or Any Age)


"I think the role of the entrepreneur in the world is to find ways to do things better or more efficiently and then try to do that as many times over with the help of other people." — Santiago Nest...

Dec-27-2018

#353: Patrick Collison — CEO of Stripe


"If people around you don't think what you're doing is a bit strange, maybe it's not strange enough." — Patrick Collison

Patrick Collison (@patrickc) is chief executive officer and co-founder of Str...

Dec-20-2018