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- Technologies and apps that have made my life easier.
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- My top five supplements for longevity and well-being.
- The exercises and self-talk I use for avoiding (or minimizing) depression.
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Subscribe to 5-Bullet Friday: tim.blog/friday
- How to Build a World-Class Network in Record Time
- Clif Energy Bars
- Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
- Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide
- My recent TED Talk: Fear-Setting: The Most Valuable Exercise I Do Every Month
- Utilize the “Steel Man” Tactic to Argue More Effectively by Eric Ravenscraft, Lifehacker
- Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition by Michael J. Mauboussin
- Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin
- Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Charles T. Munger and Peter D. Kaufman
- The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss
- The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss
- BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model
- Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater
- Joule — “The world’s smallest, smartest, and sexiest sous vide tool.”
- Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss
- Spinal Tap — “These Go to Eleven…”
- “Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)
- Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss
- Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
- The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
- Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna
- Tara Brach on Meditation and Overcoming FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- Momentum extension for Chrome
- A simple countdown timer: E.gg Timer
- How to Get Everything Done in Just 4 Hours, Even in a Coworking Space by Emma Hinchliffe, Mashable
- Wait But Why
- Miele Futura Classic Plus Dishwasher with Cutlery Tray for Silverware
- Ascent Protein
- The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy by Donald Robertson
- The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master
- The 30-Day Challenge: No Booze, No Masturbating (NOBNOM)
- My Life Extension Pilgrimage to Easter Island
- Metformin: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects
- Dom D’Agostino on Disease Prevention, Cancer, and Living Longer
- Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and the End of Cancer
- Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium? by Anna Fels, The New York Times
- Bragg USDA Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Bedtime Honey Improves Sleep “1000%. Crazy Good Tip” by Seth Roberts, Seth’s Blog
- How do you find great, like-minded people when you’re new in town? [05:02]
- What am I most proud of? [07:22]
- What processes do I use to break a bad habit or convert it into a positive habit? [12:33]
- Simple chef secrets for changing good food to great food. [14:05]
- When is my next book coming out? (Actually, it’s out now!) [17:36]
- What self-talk keeps me from the precipice of suicidal thoughts and depression now? [18:41]
- Top books I’ve read this year. [24:14]
- Why is worldly success apparently so important to me? [26:26]
- What recent apps/technologies have made my life easier? [29:24]
- If I could only ask one question of my guests on this podcast, what would that question be? [31:01]
- What advice would I give a 24-year-old male struggling to control his sex drive? [32:22]
- If I were only able to take five supplements for longevity and well-being, what would they be? [36:08]
- Trip Hawkins
- Ed Byrd
- Gary Erickson
- Jack Canfield
- Naval Ravikant
- Kevin Rose
- Charles Darwin
- Charlie Munger
- Warren Buffett
- BJ Fogg
- Jacques Pépin
- Richa Chadda
- Ricardo Semler
- Ray Dalio
- Bill Gates
- Tony Robbins
- Kahlil Gibran
- Terence McKenna
- Tara Brach
- Viktor E. Frankl
- Tim Urban
- Donald Robertson
- Dom D’Agostino
- Seth Roberts
Posted on: September 22, 2017.
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