Nick Kokonas — How to Apply World-Class Creativity to Business, Art, and Life (#341)

Nick Kokonas — How to Apply World-Class Creativity to Business, Art, and Life (#341)

“I just look at some things and go, ‘Why is that? Why does it work that way?’ Oftentimes, the people most entrenched in a system have no idea why.” — Nick Kokonas Nick Kokonas (IG: @nkokonas, TW: @NickKokonas) is the co-owner and co-founder of The Alinea Group of restaurants, which includes Alinea, Next, The Aviary, …

Samin Nosrat — Master Creative, Master Teacher (#339)

Samin Nosrat — Master Creative, Master Teacher (#339)

“Things that caused me so much pain and confusion as a kid ended up being really wonderful tools in my work.” — Samin Nosrat Samin Nosrat (@ciaosamin) is a writer, chef, and teacher who is masterful at turning complexity into simplicity. Her first book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, is …

Lessons from Geniuses, Billionaires, and Tinkerers (#173)

Lessons from Geniuses, Billionaires, and Tinkerers (#173)

“The interesting jobs are the ones that you make up.” – Chris Young Chris Young is an obsessive tinkerer, inventor, and innovator. His areas of expertise range from extreme aviation (world-record goals) to mathematics and apocalyptic-scale BBQs. Above all, he is one of the clearest thinkers I know. In this interview, we discuss a great …

Sam Kass on Reinventing Yourself and Baptism by Fire (#82)

Sam Kass on Reinventing Yourself and Baptism by Fire (#82)

“Yankees, we’ve won!” – Austrian sous-chef to unprepared Americans hustling at a Michelin 3-star restaurant “75% of success is staying calm. The rest you figure out.” – Sam Kass Sam Kass almost became a pro baseball player.  Instead, he pivoted a history major from U. Chicago into becoming the private chef for the Obamas in the White House. …

Hit Filmmaker Jon Favreau's Techniques and Routines (#71)

Hit Filmmaker Jon Favreau's Techniques and Routines (#71)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgFws3AoIUY?rel=0] “The laughter doesn’t last if there is no story. Story is king. You think it’s about the laughs, but, really, it’s about investing in the story and being drawn in.” – Jon Favreau [58:55] Jon Favreau is a man of many talents. He burst onto the acting scene with his role in Rudy. He established …

How to Finally Play the Guitar: 80/20 Guitar and Minimalist Music

How to Finally Play the Guitar: 80/20 Guitar and Minimalist Music

When will you stop dreaming and start playing? (Photo: Musician “Lights”, Credit: Shandi-lee) I’ve always wanted to play the guitar. It started as a kid, listening to my dad play around the fireplace during the holidays. The fantasy continued with Guns N’ Roses and the iconic Slash. From hyperspeed Slayer to classical Segovia, I was …

The 4-Hour Chef is a NYT, WSJ, and USA Today Bestseller! But There is Mystery and Intrigue…

Thanks to all of you, The 4-Hour Chef will now be featured on all of the big bestseller lists: The New York Times (available to the public shortly), The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. THANK YOU!!! I’m honored to have the opportunity to write for you, and it’s been an amazing trip. …