My Episode Selection From the Tim Ferriss Show
My Episode Selection From the Tim Ferriss Show
Like many, I fell into the podcast vortex with Serial. Since then, podcasts have become the one medium I use the most. I listen to them when I travel (I travel a lot), when I wash the dishes (I don’t own a dishwasher), and when I walk (I also don’t own a car, I’m a bad consumer).
I don’t have a TV, I don’t listen to the radio, and I don’t buy newspapers. If you think I’m a fool, watch this Keynote from Ryan Holiday on media manipulation, and consider flipping the equation by becoming your own media company. Podcasts have become one of the filters I consciously use to learn and grow. Along with books, documentaries, films, shows, newsletters, and Youtube Channels.
There’s one podcast I’ve been listening to much more than the others, and I’ve been recommending much more than the others, and that’s the Tim Ferris Show (TFS). Just to clear things out, Tim Ferriss does not need my help to spread the word about his podcast.
Some of the specificities of the TFS are that it’s a long form podcast (between 1h30 and 3h), it’s detail-oriented (it dives deep into one ‘top performer’s habits, trajectory, personal philosophy etc.), and it’s as diverse as a ‘Silicon Valley oriented’ show can be. It’s White (and I talk about the white mindset rather than the skin color) but Ferriss is a curious sapiens interested about top performers at large, which means he’ll have people in all fields: from sports, science, politics, Arts, and economics.
I have listened to a good chunk of the 200 episodes. (I’m not that much into fitness, military and supplements geekiness, besides those topics, I usually try an episode.) and discovered and learned a lot. Thanks to the TFS I do feel that my horizon as a storyteller has expanded tremendously.
The problem is, when I recommend the show to someone, it can be overwhelming to pick between 200 episodes. So I decided to make a list of my favorite episodes.
I decided to make it an alphabetical order since their date of release has zero impact on their quality.
- In red: I highlighted episodes from people I didn’t know about, discovered thanks to the show and had a deep impact on me.
- In green-ish, three episodes from people I already loved prior to the episode and were great
My Episode Selection
- Marc Andreessen: Lessons, Predictions, and Recommendations from an Icon
- Darren Aronofsky: Exploring Creativity, Ignoring Critics, and Making Art
- Alex Blumberg: How to Create a Blockbuster Podcast
- Mike Birbiglia: The Sleepwalking Comedy Giant
- Alain de Botton: How Philosophy Can Change Your Life
- Tara Brach: on Meditation and Overcoming FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
- Brené Brown: on Vulnerability and Home Run TED Talks
- Shay Carl: From Manual Laborer to 2.3 Billion YouTube Views
- Soman Chainani: The School for Good and Evil
- Whitney Cummings: on Turning Pain Into Creativity
- Peter Diamandis: How to Think Like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos
- Malcolm Gladwell: Dissecting the Success of Malcolm Gladwell
- Seth Godin: How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules, Principles, and Obsessions
- Ryan Holiday: Episode #4
- Ryan Holiday: Useful Lessons from Workaholics Anonymous, Corporate Implosions, and More
- Chase Jarvis: Episode 8: Chase Jarvis, Master Photographer
- Kevin Kelly: AI, Virtual Reality, and The Inevitable
- Kevin Kelly: Co-Founder of Wired, Polymath, Most Interesting Man in the World?
- Nicholas McCarthy: The One-Handed Concert Pianist
- Jane McGonigal : on Getting More Done with Less Stress and The Health Benefits of Gaming
- Debbie Millman: How to Design a Life
- Mr. Money Mustache: Living Beautifully on $25-27K Per Year
- Matt Mullenweg: on Polyphasic Sleep, Tequila, and Building Billion-Dollar Companies
- Matt Mullenweg: Characteristics and Practices of Successful Entrepreneurs
- Casey Neistat: How Renegade Filmmaker Casey Neistat Breaks Rules, Reinvents Himself, and Gets Thanked For It
- B.J. Novak: of The Office on Creative Process, Handling Rejection, and Good Comedy
- Amanda Palmer: on How to Fight, Meditate, and Make Good Art
- Esther Perel: Intimacy, Emotional Baggage, Relationship Longevity, and More
- Esther Perel: The Relationship Episode: Sex, Love, Polyamory, Marriage, and More (with Esther Perel)
- Maria Popova: on Writing, Workflow, and Workarounds
- Naval Ravikant: the person I call most for startup advice
- Tony Robbins: on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money
- Tony Robbins: On Achievement Versus Fulfillment
- Robert Rodriguez: The “Wizard” of Hollywood
- Arnold Schwarzenegger: Tim Ferriss Interviews Arnold Schwarzenegger on Psychological Warfare (And Much More)
- Ramit Sethi: on Persuasion and Turning a Blog Into a Multi-Million-Dollar Business
- Ramit Sethi: How Creatives Should Negotiate
- Morgan Spurlock: Inside the Mind of a Human Guinea Pig
- Cheryl Strayed: How to Be Creative Like a Mother$@#&!
- Kara Swisher: The Most Feared and Well-Liked Journalist in Silicon Valley
- Josh Waitzkin: Episode #2
- Josh Waitzkin: the Prodigy Returns
To be continued…
Since we are millions listening to this podcast, if you happen to have other recommendations, whether for the TFS or for other podcasts, please let me know in the comment section!