Luis von Ahn on Learning Languages, Building Companies, and Changing the World (#135)

“The [common trait in] people that we have noticed are best at learning a language is that they have no trouble sounding stupid.” – Luis von Ahn Luis von Ahn (@luisvonahn) is an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is known for inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow (“genius grant” recipient), and …

Books I’ve Loved — Seth Godin and Esther Perel (#402)

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 Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing …

Ten Lessons I Learned While Teaching Myself to Code

Note from the editor: The following is a guest post by Clive Thompson (@pomeranian99), a journalist who’s written about technology and science for two decades. Clive is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. In his guest post, Clive outlines the most important lessons he learned teaching …

The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: The Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster (#191)

Please enjoy this transcript of my podcast on the art and science of learning anything faster. Transcripts may contain a few typos—with some episodes lasting 2+ hours, it’s difficult to catch some minor errors. Enjoy! Listen to the podcast here or by selecting any of the options below. Listen onApple Podcasts Listen onStitcher DUE TO …

Drunk Dialing — Ladies Night Edition! (#197)

By request, we have another drunk dialing episode (the most recent one can be found here, and the original can be found here). This one is a little different as it’s a Ladies Night edition. Some of you may have noticed that ladies were absent from the last drunk dialing fiasco. Why? It’s just math. Looking …

Gretchen Rubin — Experiments in Happiness and Creativity (#290)

“I wish I could not wish.” – Gretchen Rubin Gretchen Rubin (@gretchenrubin) is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold three million copies …

Accelerated Learning and Mentors – My Personal Story (#240)

This episode is by request. You have asked me many times for an episode on education, accelerated learning, and my mentors. It will all be covered in the following conversation with Charles Best (@charlesbest), the founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit website that enables anyone to help a classroom in need. It is one …

The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: Accelerated Learning and Mentors – My Personal Story (#240)

Please enjoy this transcript of my episode with Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, who interviewed me at SXSW EDU. Transcripts may contain a few typos—with some episodes lasting 2+ hours, it’s difficult to catch some minor errors. Enjoy! Listen to the interview here or by selecting any of the options below. Listen onApple …