A relentless experimenter and master of productivity, I’m willing to bet most of you are already decidedly familiar with today’s guest Tim Ferriss—one of podcasting’s most influential figures.
But for the uninitiated, Tim is the mega-best-selling author of The 4-Hour Work Week, Tools of Titans, and Tribe of Mentors. He’s also the host of the wildly popular Tim Ferriss Show—where he deconstructs the tools, mindsets, and practices of world-class performers across business, sports, and more.
While Tim is known and revered for his wisdom regarding optimization and productivity, it’s his arc as a human that impresses me the most. He’s been through a lot. He’s grown considerably. And he’s shared his personal and professional struggles with a laudable degree of courage and vulnerability.
Today’s exchange centers on Tim’s inward journey. How he grapples with anxiety and depression. The ways he learned to face difficult emotions. And the various modalities he has explored from silent meditation and psychotherapy to psychedelics.
“Don’t believe everything you think. Take a second to interrogate yourself, your stories, and your beliefs.”
– TIM FERRISS
In addition to mental health, we also discuss the ways he uses his platform to help others who may be going through similar struggles, the current state of podcasting, and many other fascinating topics.
Note: Today we discuss suicidal thoughts and ideation. If that subject is too confronting, perhaps skip this episode.If you are struggling, please raise your hand and reach out for help. You can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP and if you are experiencing suicidal ideation, know you’re not alone. I encourage you to call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1(800) 273-TALK.
I have tremendous respect for Tim. Much has changed since he was first on the podcast back in 2017. It was an honor to have him back. I hope you find this conversation helpful, and that it reframes how you think about, manage, confront, and heal your own emotional wounds.
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- Connect with Tim: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube
- Podcast: The Tim Ferriss Show
- Book: The 4-Hour Workweek
- Book: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
- Book: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
- Book: The Body Keeps the Score
- Podcast: The Tim Ferriss Show #544: How to Design a Life — Debbie Millman
- Book: Radical Acceptance by Tara Branch
- Book: Awareness: Conversations with the Masters by Anthony De Mello
- Waking Up: A new operating system for your mind
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