This episode is a rare exception to the rule — unlike my usual long-form interviews, this is a drunk-dialing Q&A with you guys, which I’ve done a few times in the last few years, including for the celebration of the 100th episode of this podcast. In preparation for this episode, I solicited phone numbers from listeners who wanted to receive a call from me, and then I started drinking and dialing, answering questions and getting a little frisky along the way.
This time, I came in hot, starting after a few preliminary drinks with friends on a weekend — so it’s double trouble.
I ended up covering topics including:
- How to reassess existing projects, specifically ones which you’ve put a lot of capital and time into, using 80/20 analysis and other tools.
- How to learn to care less about what people think, social perception, and how to minimize herd mentality.
- A framework for thinking about entrepreneurship, risk-taking, and how to cut your teeth as a business builder or creator.
- How to learn to ask better questions, whether in dating or sales.
- How to let the silence do the work.
- And so much more!
Please enjoy this tequila-fueled Q&A!
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Want to hear another episode when I’m drunk and called fans? — Listen to this one, in which I discuss my thoughts on sex as a “doorway to a higher perception,” past experiences with stimulants and psychedelics, how Jocko Willink has influenced my approach to discipline, and much, much more.(Stream below or right-click here to download):
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Scroll below for links and show notes…
SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Casa Dragones
- Fear-Setting: The Most Valuable Exercise I Do Every Month, Tim Ferriss, tim.blog
- Balkans War: A Brief Guide, BBC News
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
- The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Global Entrepreneurship Organization
- Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferriss
- You Are the Average of the Five People You Most Associate With by Melia Robinson, Business Insider
- The Quiet Master of Cryptocurrency — Nick Szabo, The Tim Ferriss Show
- Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and the End of Cancer, The Tim Ferriss Show
- My Life Extension Pilgrimage to Easter Island, The Tim Ferriss Show
- Barbell Shrugged
- 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly
- When to Quit — Lessons from World-Class Entrepreneurs, Investors, Authors, and More, The Tim Ferriss Show
- Understanding the Pareto Principle (The 80/20 Rule), Better Explained
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
- The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss
- The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker
- Cal Fussman’s work at Esquire
- 23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert by Carolyn Gregoire, HuffPost
- The Tim Ferriss Podcast is Live! Here Are Episodes 1 and 2, The Tim Ferriss Show
- As an immigrant living in Salt Lake City, Danny asks how he can learn to care less about the expectations of others — especially parents whose plans for his life differ greatly from his own. [05:05]
- How does one go about building a world-class support system? [15:51]
- Why the best time to test the waters of entrepreneurship is when you already have a steady paycheck. [19:33]
- Here’s a little dietary advice from someone on tequila, chocolate chip cookie, bullsh*t caloric surplus mode after a rough couple of weeks. [27:50]
- Joseph asks how I pick projects — specifically, how do I know what to pull the trigger on and what to let go? [32:01]
- Who are my “five people?” [42:45]
- Regina asks how I strike the balance between asking questions to better get to know a guest and asking questions that will be useful and interesting to my listeners. How might someone apply this to their own everyday conversations? [45:06]
- Simple is usually better than clever. Remember to let silence do the work. [48:14]
- Are the questions you’re asking too personal, or just too early? [49:35]
- A brief introvert’s guide to leading conversation and how to get someone to open up without putting them on the spot. [52:13]
- Conversation is a skill, and the only way to get better is to practice. Just make sure to practice before the big game. [57:03]
- Richa Chadda
- Gary Vaynerchuk
- John D. Rockefeller
- Steve Jobs
- Richard Branson
- Valter Longo
- Kevin Kelly
- Julia Cameron
- Robert Rodriguez
- Tony Robbins
- Peter Drucker
- Naval Ravikant
- Kevin Rose
- Matt Mullenweg
- Aubrey Marcus
- Ray Dalio
- Cal Fussman
- George Clooney
- Mikhail Gorbachev
- George H.W. Bush
Posted on: July 30, 2018.
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