Joseph Gordon-Levitt — Actor, Filmmaker, and Entrepreneur (#312)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt — Actor, Filmmaker, and Entrepreneur (#312)

“Art and fame are sort of odd bedfellows.” – Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) is an actor whose career spans three decades, and ranges from television (3rd Rock from the Sun) to arthouse (Mysterious Skin, Brick) to multiplex (Inception, 500 Days of Summer, Looper, Snowden). He made his feature screenwriting and directorial debut with Don …

Nick Thompson — Editor In Chief of WIRED (#311)

Nick Thompson — Editor In Chief of WIRED (#311)

“Procrastination is the enemy of good editing.” – Nick Thompson Nick Thompson (@nxthompson) is the editor in chief of WIRED. Under his leadership, Wired has launched a successful paywall, a Snapchat channel, and an AMP Stories edition; it has also been nominated for National Magazine Awards in design and feature writing. Nick is a contributor …

Dr. Gabor Maté — New Paradigms, Ayahuasca, and Redefining Addiction (#298)

Dr. Gabor Maté — New Paradigms, Ayahuasca, and Redefining Addiction (#298)

“Trauma isn’t what happens to you, it’s what happens inside you.” – Gabor Maté [HOUSEKEEPING NOTE: Some people in the comments are asking “Which ayahuasca/ibogaine retreat center would you recommend?” and similar questions. To avoid DIY medicine, potential injuries, and other liability headaches, we have decided not to publish these comments. There’s plenty of other …

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

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 …

Lessons from Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Ben Franklin (#273)

Lessons from Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Ben Franklin (#273)

“Education is supposed to juice your curiosity, not diminish or sate it.” – Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson) is a professor at Tulane University, and the president and CEO of The Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the …

Sir Richard Branson — The Billionaire Maverick of the Virgin Empire (#272)

Sir Richard Branson — The Billionaire Maverick of the Virgin Empire (#272)

“Stick your neck out…it’s a lot more fun than sitting at home and watching other people do it.” – Sir Richard Branson Sir Richard Branson (@richardbranson), founder and chairman of The Virgin Group, is a world-famous entrepreneur, adventurer, activist, and business icon. He has launched a dozen billion-dollar businesses and hundreds of other companies. His …

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky — Exploring Creativity, Ignoring Critics, and Making Art (#263)

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky — Exploring Creativity, Ignoring Critics, and Making Art (#263)

“Procrastination is part of the process.” – Darren Aronofsky Darren Aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) is the founder and head of production company Protozoa Pictures. He is the acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker behind both cult classics and blockbusters, including Pi (which earned him a Best Director award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival), Requiem For a Dream, The …

How to Be Creative Like a Motherf*cker — Cheryl Strayed (#231)

How to Be Creative Like a Motherf*cker — Cheryl Strayed (#231)

“One of the scariest things in our lives is actually doing what we know we want to do.” – Cheryl Strayed If you’re interested in the creative process of a famed author, jumpstarting your own creation, note taking, list making, or simply handling hard emotions, this episode is for you.  Recorded in front of a …

The Secrets, Tactics, and Creative Processes of High Performers and Achievers — Debbie Millman (#230)

The Secrets, Tactics, and Creative Processes of High Performers and Achievers — Debbie Millman (#230)

“No amount of money, no amount of security is ever going to give you the sense that this is the right time.” – Debbie Millman This is round two for Debbie Millman, whose first interview on this show quickly became one of the most downloaded episodes of all time (listen to it here). Graphic Design …