Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories

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This episode is easily one of my favorites I’ve ever done.

Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) is an Academy Award-winning actor, a Grammy Award-winning musician, and a famous standup and improv comedian. He is, without a doubt, the most consummate performer and entertainer I have ever met.  In the 2.5 hours we spent together in his home studio, he blew my mind.

We cover a TON in this wide-ranging episode, including many never-before-heard stories. Here’s just a tiny sample of what you’ll hear:

  • Jamie’s workout routine
  • Jamie’s origin stories — how he used $400 to match a $1,000,000 party thrown by Puff Daddy; building up his network with Kanye, Jay Z, and Pharrell; expanding his fan base; and bombing horribly at the beginning.
  • What he learned during the magic of In Living Color
  • Jamie playing live music throughout our interview
  • Impersonations (and lessons learned from many of the following) — Quincy Jones, Ed Sheeran, Ray Charles, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Cosby, Doc Rivers, Kermit the Frog, Sammy Davis, Jr., LeBron James, Bill Clinton, Tamara Rawitt, Shawn Wayans, Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, Norman Lear, Mike Tyson, and others
  • The key skills Jamie learned from his grandmother
  • Jamie’s parenting style
  • Check out the show notes below for much, much more. Enjoy!

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Want to hear another podcast with a mega-successful Hollywood actor and director? — Listen to my conversation with Jon Favreau. In this episode, we discuss the movie Swingers, how to reinvent oneself, and how to create art that can be massively successful. (Stream below or right-click here to download):

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: In your opinion, who are the greatest living performers? What makes them impressive? Please let me know in the comments.

And please be sure to say hello to Jamie on Twitter at @iamjamiefoxx. He’s a good dude and was extremely generous with his time.

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Comedy’s Dynamic Duo, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

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No, we are not in jail. And am I really that short?!

“If we can write a high school movie, then we can make a high school movie.”
— Seth Rogen

This episode features a dynamic duo. Seth Rogen (@SethRogen) is an actor, writer, producer, and director. Evan Goldberg (@EvanDGoldberg) is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer. Together, they get into a lot of mischief and create amazing comedy.

They’ve collaborated on films such as Superbad (which they first conceived as teenagers), Knocked UpPineapple ExpressThe Green Hornet, and Funny People. They have also written for Da Ali G Show and The Simpsons.

In 2013, Evan and Seth released their directorial debut, This Is the End.  In 2014, Seth starred in and produced (alongside Evan) Neighbors, which was a worldwide comedy hit and has taken in more than $268 million.

In December 2014, Rogen and Goldberg’s film, The Interview, became the most-talked-about news story around the world. Under extremely difficult circumstances, the film persevered to become Sony Pictures’ #1 digital title of all time.

Neighbors 2 is shooting now and will be released next May. Seth and Evan are also in production on Sausage Party, a raunchy animated movie for adults about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. Seth and Evan are producing the film with Megan Ellison and Conrad Vernon.

In our conversation, we discuss all manner of tactics and silliness, including:

  • Kyokushin karate
  • Writer’s block and related debates
  • Their writing process
  • Who are the most underrated comedians and comedy writers?
  • How Superbad got made… after they first drafted it around age 13
  • The odd book Judd Apatow recommended to them (also Woody Allen’s favorite)
  • How The Kids in the Hall influenced them
  • The movie they both wish they’d written
  • Common pot mistakes
  • Recommended newb pot for working versus relaxing
  • Will there be a McLovin spinoff?
  • And much more…

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Want to hear another podcast related to comedy? — Listen to my conversation with Bryan Callen, who is a world-class comic and prolific actor. Stream this episode below or right-click here to download.



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  • Up to 20 GB of video storage every week
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: If you could interview any comedian, who would it be and why? Please let me know in the comments.

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Selected Links from the Episode

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Show Notes

  • The story of how Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg got into karate and beat the shit out of each other [06:42]
  • How their view of competitive violence changed after karate [10:58]
  • How Seth and Evan first met and when they first started collaborating [12:08]
  • How Seth and Evan decided to write Superbad [16:05]
  • The differences between standup comedy and movie writing [19:30]
  • How Seth and Evan’s writing process works [25:03]
  • How This Is The End came together, and how they created the film [27:01]
  • How the Superbad script came to life [33:24]
  • Being hired to write for Da Ali G Show and other acting roles [40:06]
  • The lessons Seth and Evan learned from Judd Apatow [44:06]
  • Thoughts on the concept of writer’s block [48:29]
  • Today’s most underrated comedy writers [52:04]
  • The first person who comes to mind when Seth and Evan think of the word successful [57:52]
  • The habit Evan picked up when working with Snoop Dogg [1:03:01]
  • The advice Evan and Seth would give their 25-year-old selves [1:05:07]
  • The reason nearly all involved in Freaks and Geeks ended up being so successful [1:11:06]
  • Weed and productivity [1:14:20]
  • The types of pot for different situations [1:17:30]

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Are Psychedelic Drugs the Next Medical Breakthrough?

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The iboga plant (Photo: Marco Schmidt)

DISCLAIMER: DO NOT USE ANY DRUGS OR SUBSTANCES WITHOUT CONSULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

“Be curious.” – Dr. Dan Engle

Martin Polanco (@Martin_Polanco7), M.D., is the founder and program director of Crossroads Treatment Center, based in Rosarito, Mexico. Crossroads specializes in helping patients conquer powerful addictions (heroin, cocaine, etc.) by using the African hallucinogen ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT, also referred to as “the God molecule.” Martin’s areas of expertise also include addiction medicine and therapeutic neurotechnologies.

Dan Engle (@drdanengle), M.D., is a psychiatrist and neurologist, who combines functional medicine with integrative psychiatry to enhance regenerative health and peak performance. His prior and relevant experience includes traumatic brain injury (TBI) and working in the Peruvian jungle with plant medicines such as ayahuasca.

In this episode, we step outside the lines of traditional medicine and discuss impulse control, introspection, and self-awareness through the use of powerful psychedelic and hallucinogenic agents like iboga, ibogaine, and 5-MeO-DMT.

We also discuss flotation tanks, which can simulate or even replicate many of the benefits that can result from the use of psychedelic and psychotropic agents. So you don’t have to be willing to experiment with these drugs to receive something valuable from this episode.

If you are interested in optimizing your psychological performance, emotional control, and exploring alternative medicine, then this episode is for you. Enjoy!


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Want to hear more from a world-class scientist? Check out my conversations with James Fadiman, Ph.D. In the below episode, we discuss LSD and micro-dosing for creative problem solving, anxiety reduction, and more (stream below or right-click here to download):




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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What other methods of alternative medicine and therapy are you interested in learning more about? Please let me know in the comments.

Scroll below for links and show notes…

Enjoy!

Selected Links from the Episode

  • More background and history about the psychedelic iboga.
  • More background and history about the psychedelic ibogaine.
  • More background and history about the psychedelic ayahuasca.
  • Commonly prescribed benzodiazepines:

klonopin | xanax |  valium

  • More about traditional ayahuasca.
  • Quality resources for people who want to learn more about psychedelic drugs and their uses:

MAPS | IICEERS

Twitter | Crossroads Ibogaine Center 

  • Connect with Dr. Dan Engle:

Twitter | Temple of the Way of Light Ayahuasca Center in Peru | Onnit Labs

Show Notes

  • Dr. Dan Engle & Dr. Martin Polanco share their background experiences that led them to be working in the field of psychedelics [08:56]
  • Martin’s first experiences with psychedelics and Ibogaine [11:01]
  • The primary differences between Ayahuasca and Ibogaine [14:20]
  • Dan explains what happens when you experiment with Ayahuasca, and the most common characteristics during the experience [19:45]
  • What most people feel during the start of an Iboga experience, and the common characteristics reported after use [23:15]
  • The reasons some people don’t have visions while taking Ibogaine [26:34]
  • The commonly prescribed benzodiazepines that don’t allow people to have visions taking Ibogaine [27:44]
  • What happens to your central nervous system during an ibogaine experience [29:58]
  • How should people view the use of psychedelics? [36:24]
  • The scarier aspects of the iboga experiences, and how to prepare for them? [43:06]
  • Martin explains how iboga works on a chemical level and what types of addictions it can help [46:15]
  • The resources people can use to educate themselves about psychedelic drugs and current research [48:34]
  • The background of 5-MeO-DMT and how it is incorporated into his program [54:48]
  • Different uses for ayahuasca and 5-MeO-DMT [1:00:26]
  • The relative importance of plant medicine and non-traditional treatments [1:08:36]
  • How often should psychedelic treatments be used for the maximum effect [1:11:11]
  • How people can use psychedelics to help with traumatic brain injuries [1:16:30]
  • The first person who comes to mind when Dan and Martin think of the word successful [1:26:39]
  • The books Dan and Martin have given the most as gifts [1:28:45]
  • The quote or statement Dan would have on a billboard [1:31:01]
  • The advice Dan and Martin would give their 30-year-old selves [1:31:49]
  • Who should and shouldn’t try ibogaine [1:34:15]
  • Flotation theory and other entry points for psychedelic experiences [1:35:28]
  • The single ask or recommendation Dan and Martin have for The 4-Hour Workweek audience [1:44:50]

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Drunk Dialing Fans–Celebrating The 100th Podcast Episode!

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100 episodes! Whaaat?!

This celebratory episode involves me drunk dialing a bunch of you on Skype. We’ll get to that. But first, a little background and thank you…

My podcast–The Tim Ferriss Show–was started on a whim. It was intended as a break between big book projects. “I’ll do six episodes to get better at interviewing” was the grand goal.

In the first episode and after two bottles of wine, Kevin Rose nicknamed the show TimTimTalkTalk (damn you, KevKev). Later, after reviewing my ridiculously slurred and iffy questions (“If you were a breakfast cereal, which would you be?”), I let out a long sigh. I’ve always hated the sound of my own voice, but this was the worst. The podcast experiment wouldn’t last a month.

Or so I thought.

Now, here we are, passing the 100-episode mark. It’s crazy, and I can say one thing for certain — I’ve only made it this far because of YOU.

Your amazing feedback, support, questions, and comments are what kept this podcast alive. Amidst self-doubt (similar to this) and many mistakes, I’ve wanted to throw in the towel more than once. But, through thick and thin, you’ve been there, telling my monkey mind to chill the fuck out, to take a deep breath, to go to sleep, or to fight another day.

Many, many thanks.

And to celebrate, I decided on a throwback to episode #1. I posted a note on Twitter and Facebook asking fans to put their contact information in a short Google form (note: I’ve deactivated the link):

The results of this vodka-infused orgy of telephonic idiocy is below!

We cover a lot of subjects, including:

  • Tantric sex
  • How I view and organize my various income streams
  • Marketing yourself in job interviews
  • My views (and challenges) with family and kids
  • How I dig out of negative downward spirals
  • And much more…

I also left semi-coherent voicemails for a number of you.

Once again, thank you so much for listening to this podcast. It means the world to me and keeps me going.

You guys rock.

Here’s raising a glass to many more adventures!

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Brené Brown on Vulnerability and Home Run TED Talks

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The Tim Ferriss Show with Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown (@BreneBrown) is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has been viewed more than 20 million times and is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world.

She has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her brand-new book is titled Rising Strong. In it, she writes, “If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up.”

She is also the founder and CEO for The Daring Way™, an organization that brings her work on vulnerability, courage, shame and worthiness to organizations, schools, communities, and families.

 

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Want to hear another podcast with a world class emotional intelligence practitioner? — Listen to my conversations with Josh Waitzkin. In this episode, we discuss meditation styles, morning rituals and why you should study the artists rather than the art critics (stream below or right-click here to download):



 

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  • Up to 20 GB of video storage every week
  • Unlimited plays and views
  • A fully customizable video player, which can include your company logo, custom outro, and more

You get all this for just $199 per year (that’s only $17 per/mo.) There are no complicated bandwidth calculations or hidden fees. Try it risk-free for 30 days. Just go to Vimeo.com/business to check it out. If you like it, you can use the promo code “Tim” to get 25% off. This is a special discount just for you guys.

This podcast is also brought to you by Wealthfront. Wealthfront is a massively disruptive (in a good way) set-it-and-forget-it investing service, led by technologists from places like Apple and world-famous investors. It has exploded in popularity in the last 2 years and now has more than $2.5B under management. In fact, some of my good investor friends in Silicon Valley have millions of their own money in Wealthfront. Why? Because you can get services previously limited to the ultra-wealthy and only pay pennies on the dollar for them, and it’s all through smarter software instead of retail locations and bloated sales teams.

Check out wealthfront.com/tim, take their risk assessment quiz, which only takes 2-5 minutes, and they’ll show you—for free–exactly the portfolio they’d put you in. If you want to just take their advice and do it yourself, you can. Or, as I would, you can set it and forget it.  Well worth a few minutes: wealthfront.com/tim.

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What short-term discomfort are you avoiding now? What is preventing you from taking action? Please let me know in the comments.

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The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice

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The Tim Ferriss Show with Naval Ravikant

“Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions, which went public as part of Shopping.com, and Vast.com. He is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 100 companies, including more than a few “unicorn” mega-successes.

His deals include Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Postmates, Wish, Thumbtack, and OpenDNS, which Cisco just bought for $635 million in cash.

BUT, even if you have zero interest in startups or investing, this episode is well worth your time.  This is really about the habits and beliefs of a highly successful (and happy) person.

Naval has refined his way of living in very unique ways, and you can borrow what he’s learned, read the books that have changed him, and experiment with the habits he has developed through trial and error.

Enjoy this conversation with a curious character!

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UPDATE:  This episode was extremely popular (and nominated for “Podcast of the Year”), so we did a round two with Naval. Here it is!

Want to hear another podcast on meditation and “spirituality”? — Listen to my conversation with Sam Harris, PhD. In the below episode, we discuss “spirituality,” neuroscience, his meditation practice, and more (stream below or right-click here to download):



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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What do you still want to know about investing, whether in startups or elsewhere? Or: What was your favorite takeaway from Naval? Please let me know in the comments.

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Kevin Kelly on Artificial Intelligence and Designer Babies

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The Tim Ferriss Show with Kevin Kelly

“I do think we’ll have designer babies in the future. I’m not so sure people will want blue-eyed babies when they can make green or purple.”
– Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) returns to the podcast due to popular demand. Kevin continues to be perhaps the Most Interesting Man in the World.

He is Senior Maverick at Wired Magazine, which he co-founded in 1993. He also co-founded the All Species Foundation, a non-profit aimed at cataloging and identifying every living species on earth. In his spare time, he writes best selling books, co-founded the Rosetta Project, which is building an archive of all documented human languages, and serves on the board of the Long Now Foundation. As part of the last, he’s investigating how to revive and restore endangered or extinct species, including the Wooly Mammoth.

As usual, Kevin’s responses and answers are fascinating.

Enjoy!

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Want to hear my conversation with Kevin Kelly, in which we discuss population implosions, the Long Now Foundation, organizational methods for learning, and much more? — Listen to it here (stream below or right-click to download part 1 | part 2 | part 3):





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  • Gorgeous high-quality playback with no ads
  • Up to 20 GB of video storage every week
  • Unlimited plays and views
  • A fully customizable video player, which can include your company logo, custom outro, and more

You get all this for just $199 per year (that’s only $17 per/mo.) There are no complicated bandwidth calculations or hidden fees. Try it risk-free for 30 days. Just go to Vimeo.com/business to check it out. If you like it, you can use the promo code “Tim” to get 25% off. This is a special discount just for you guys.

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What habit, skill, or hobby do you think could have a life-changing impact? Please let me know in the comments.

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