The Tim Ferriss Show

Andrew Zimmern is a world-class chef, television host and producer, writer, and -- at the end of the day -- teacher. You've probably seen his shows Bizarre Foods and Dining with Death. In 2010 and 2013 he was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award, which annually presents awards for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary television.

But many people don't know the earlier chapters in his life.  At one point, he was sleeping on the streets, stealing purses, and shooting heroin. In our interview, he shares all.  We delve into everything, including his culinary tricks, how he developed his hit TV show, his influences, key turning points in his life, beating addiction, and much more.

This is a powerful interview.

It's full of tactics for anyone, and it has extra insights for all types of compulsive behavior (and, really, who doesn't have at least one?).  I hope you enjoy it.

Show notes can be found at http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/podcast

Direct download: EP_40_Andrew_Zimmern_64_kbps.mp3
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This episode is sponsored by 99Designs and ExOfficio.

Maria Popova 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 that went out to seven friends, BrainPickings now get more than 5 million readers per month (!). I read very few blogs regularly, but BrainPickings is one of the few.  It is a treasure trove.

BrainPickings is Maria's one-woman labor of love — her subjective lens on what matters in the world and why. It's also an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.  From Mark Twain to Oscar Wilde and everyone in between, Maria finds hidden gems to share.

And that's what I hoped to do in this episode.  It takes me a few minutes to warm up in this interview, but as soon as we get going, we geek out like crazy, talking about almost every aspect of her life, her site, her business, and her writing.

I loved doing this interview, and I hope you love listening to it.  There are a lot of valuable nuggets.

Direct download: Ep_39_Maria_Popova.mp3
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Part 2 of 2.

Tony Robbins is the world's most famous performance coach. He's advised everyone from Bill Clinton to Serena Williams, and from Leonardo DiCaprio to Oprah (who calls him "superhuman").

For years, you've also asked me to interview him in-depth -- so here it is! I flew to Florida to spend time with Tony in his home, and what ensued was an epic two-part conversation.  It covers just about everything I've ever wanted to ask him, ranging from his breakfast and morning routines, all the way to who he'd most like to punch in the face (it's a hilarious story).

My visit also coincided with his first new book in 20 years: Money--Master the Game.

This podcast is brought to you by 99Designs, the world's largest marketplace of graphic designers. Did you know I used 99Designs to rapid prototype the cover for The 4-Hour BodyHere are some of the impressive results.

Last, how would you like to join me and Sir Richard Branson on his private island for mentoring? It's coming up soon, and it's all-expenses-paid. Click here to learn more. It's worth checking out.

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What is the best piece of investment advice you ever received or read? Please let me know in the comments.


Part 1 of 2.

Tony Robbins
 is the world's most famous performance coach. He's advised everyone from Bill Clinton to Serena Williams, and from Leonardo DiCaprio to Oprah (who calls him "superhuman").

For years, you've also asked me to interview him in-depth -- so here it is! I flew to Florida to spend time with Tony in his home, and what ensued was an epic two-part conversation.  It covers just about everything I've ever wanted to ask him, ranging from his breakfast and morning routines, all the way to who he'd most like to punch in the face (it's a hilarious story).

My visit coincides with Tony's first new book in 20 years: Money--Master the Game.

This podcast is brought to you by 99Designs, the world's largest marketplace of graphic designers. Did you know I used 99Designs to rapid prototype the cover for The 4-Hour BodyHere are some of the impressive results.

Also, how would you like to join me and Sir Richard Branson on his private island for mentoring? It's coming up soon, and it's all-expenses-paid. Click here to learn more. It's worth checking out.

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What is the best piece of investment advice you ever received or read? Please let me know in the comments.


Alexis Ohanian is best known for being:

- On the Forbes "30 under 30" list multiple times (then he turned 30)
- A co-founder of reddit and hipmunk
- In the very first class of Y Combinator, arguably the world's most selective startup "accelerator" (bootcamp)
- Investor or advisor to more than 100 startups
- A newly minted parter at Y Combinator
- An activist related to SOPA/PIPA, etc.

Enjoy!

Tim

Direct download: TIMFERRISSSHOW_OHANIAN.mp3
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This conversation talks about doing HUGE things -- how do you even get started? How did Tony and Peter get started? Be sure to also check out the Global Learning XPRIZE at http://www.xprize.org

TONY ROBBINS

Tony Robbins has consulted or advised international leaders including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Francois Mitterrand, Princess Diana, and Mother Teresa. He has consulted members of two royal families, members of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marines and three U.S. Presidents, including Bill Clinton.  Other celebrity clients include Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, golf legend Greg Norman, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Robbins also has developed and produced five award-winning television infomercials that have continuously aired on average every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day somewhere in North America since their initial introduction in April 1989. 

PETER DIAMANDIS

Dr. Peter Diamandis has been named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" by Fortune Magazine. 

In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight.  Today the X PRIZE leads the world in designing and operating large-scale global competitions to solve market failures.   

Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan.  

He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges.   

In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and mining of asteroid for precious materials.

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This episode is brought to you by 99Designs -- See what I've done there myself by visiting http://www.99designs.com/tim 

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This is Part 2 of a two-part interview.

Ramit Sethi built his personal finance blog up to 500,000+ readers per month (http://www.ramitsethi.com), and has since turned it into a revenue generating monster.  I don't use that phrasing lightly.  In this episode, we dig into the nitty-gritty tools, software, and experiments he's used to turn a college side project into a multi-million-dollar business with 30+ employees.

This episode is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club. See the 4-6 books (and free samples of all) at http://www.audible.com/timsbooks

Also, would you like to join me and Richard Branson for a week of mentorship on his private island? Take a look at this: http://www.shopify.com/tim

Direct download: TIMFERRISSSHOW034.mp3
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Ramit Sethi built his personal finance blog (ramitsethi.com) up to 500,000+ readers per month, and has since turned it into a revenue generating monster.  I don't use that phrasing lightly.  In this episode, we dig into the nitty-gritty tools, software, and experiments he's used to turn a college side project into a multi-million-dollar business with 30+ employees.

This episode is brought to you by The Tim Ferriss Book Club. See the 4-6 books (and free samples of all) at www.audible.com/timsbooks

Also, would you like to join me and Richard Branson for a week of mentorship on his private island? Take a look at this: www.shopify.com/tim

Direct download: TIMFERRISSSHOW033.mp3
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