The "Wizard" of Hollywood, Robert Rodriguez (#98)

The "Wizard" of Hollywood, Robert Rodriguez (#98)

Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) is a film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and musician. He is also the founder and chairman of El Rey Network, the new genre-busting English-language cable network. While a student at the University of Texas at Austin in 1991, Rodriguez wrote the script for his first feature film while he was a paid …

Naval Ravikant — The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice (#97)

Naval Ravikant — The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice (#97)

“Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval Ravikant Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions, which went public as part of Shopping.com, and Vast.com. He is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 100 …

Kevin Kelly on Artificial Intelligence and Designer Babies (#96)

Kevin Kelly on Artificial Intelligence and Designer Babies (#96)

“I do think we’ll have designer babies in the future. I’m not so sure people will want blue-eyed babies when they can make green or purple.” – Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) returns to the podcast due to popular demand. Kevin continues to be perhaps the Most Interesting Man in the World. He is Senior Maverick at …

What Evernote's Phil Libin Learned from Jeff Bezos, Reid Hoffman, and Others (#95)

What Evernote's Phil Libin Learned from Jeff Bezos, Reid Hoffman, and Others (#95)

Phil Libin (@plibin) is the co-founder and executive chairman of Evernote. Evernote has roughly 150 million users, and I personally use it at least 10 times a day. It is my external brain for capturing all the information, documents, online articles, lists, etc. in my life. In this episode, Phil and I cover a ton. Here …

Tara Brach on Meditation and Overcoming FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) (#94)

Tara Brach on Meditation and Overcoming FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) (#94)

“Meditation is evolution’s strategy to bring out our full potential.” – Tara Brach Tara Brach (@TaraBrach) is a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and one of the leading teachers of Buddhist thinking and meditation in the Western world. She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C. and her lectures are downloaded hundreds of thousands of …

Jane McGonigal on Getting More Done with Less Stress and The Health Benefits of Gaming (#93)

Jane McGonigal on Getting More Done with Less Stress and The Health Benefits of Gaming (#93)

“Happiness, success, and good health can coexist with all kinds of negative emotions. You don’t have to get rid of negative emotions, you just have to balance them out.” – Dr. Jane McGonigal Jane McGonigal (@avantgame), PhD, is a senior researcher at the Institute for the Future and the author of The New York Times bestseller Reality Is Broken: …

Maria Popova on Being Interesting, Creating More Time in a Day, And How to Start A Successful Blog (#92)

Maria Popova on Being Interesting, Creating More Time in a Day, And How to Start A Successful Blog (#92)

“Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are.” – Maria Popova Maria Popova (@brainpicker) has written for amazing outlets like The Atlantic and The New York Times, but I find her most amazing project to be BrainPickings.org. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million …

Charles Poliquin on Strength Training, Shredding Body Fat, and Increasing Testosterone and Sex Drive (#91)

Charles Poliquin on Strength Training, Shredding Body Fat, and Increasing Testosterone and Sex Drive (#91)

“The rule is: the basics are the basics and you can’t beat the basics.” – Charles Poliquin Charles Poliquin (@strengthsensei) is one of the best known strength coaches in the world. He has trained elite athletes from nearly 20 different sports, including Olympic gold medalists, NFL All-Pro’s, NHL All-Stars and Stanley Cup champions, and IFBB bodybuilding …

Peter Diamandis on Disrupting the Education System, The Evolution of Healthcare, and Building a Billion-Dollar Business (#90)

Peter Diamandis on Disrupting the Education System, The Evolution of Healthcare, and Building a Billion-Dollar Business (#90)

“I think of problems as goldmines.” – Peter Diamandis Dr. Peter Diamandis (@PeterDiamandis) has been named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune magazine. His accomplishments are far too many to list, but here are a few: Peter is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation. He is also the Co-Founder (along with Craig Venter …

Laird Hamilton, The King of Big Wave Surfing (Plus: Gabrielle Reece and Brian MacKenzie) (#89)

Laird Hamilton, The King of Big Wave Surfing (Plus: Gabrielle Reece and Brian MacKenzie) (#89)

“There are no new ideas, just new applications of old ideas.” – Laird Hamilton Laird Hamilton (@LairdLife) is widely considered the greatest big wave surfer of all-time. He is credited with the creation of tow-in surfing, as well as the rebirth of stand-up paddle boarding. To get amped for my below interview with him, check out a few …