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Tim Ferriss: Bestselling Author, Human Guinea Pig

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Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.


#77: Rick Rubin, The Seclusive Zen Master

May 15th, 2015

Episode 94 of 455 episodes

Rick Rubinhas been called "the most important [music] producer of the last 20 years" by MTV. Rick is alsoreveredas something of a Zen master across industries, and he is as deep as he is soft-spoken. He rarely grants interviews, and one condition of doing this one was the setting:his hyper-heated barrel sauna at home. [Show notes can be found at fourhourworkweek.com/podcast] In this episode, we delve into how Rick helpsartists (e.g. Jay Z, Shakira, Johnny Cash, etc.) producetheir best work. Not only that, we also discuss Rick's step-by-step experiencelosing 135+ pounds. He describesunderwater weightlifting stories, training withLaird Hamilton, testing different diets, and much more. Rick's resumeincludeseveryone from Johnny Cash to Jay Z.Hismetal artists include groups like Black Sabbath, Slayer, System of a Down, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, and Linkin Park. He's worked with pop artists like Shakira, Adele, Sheryl Crow, Lana DelRey, and Lady Gaga. He's also been credited with helping to popularize hip hopwithartists like LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, Eminem, Jay Z, and Kanye West. And that's just a small sample. This conversation teaches acohesive lesson inbreaking down complex skillswith deep and subtleproblem solving. The saunacaused the microphones to burn our hands and us to nearly pass out. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME, folks! I think it adds a hilarious element to thewhole thing, but it's not without risks. Enjoy! Last but not least, if you haven't seen my new TV show, which is #1 on iTunes as I write this, please check outThe Tim Ferriss Experiment!There are 13 episodes, including ones with surfer Laird Hamilton and "top 10 drummer of all-time" Stewart Copeland. ### This episode is sponsoredbyOnnit.I have used Onnit products for years. If you look in my kitchen or in my garage you will find Alpha BRAIN, chewable melatonin (for resetting my clock while traveling), kettlebells, maces, battle ropes, and steel clubs. It sounds like a torture chamber, and it basicallyis. Atorture chamber for self-improvement! Ah, the lovely pain. To see a list of my favorite pills, potions, and heavy tools,click here. This podcast is also brought to you by99Designs,the world’s largest marketplace of graphic designers. Did you know I used 99Designs torapid prototype the coverforThe 4-Hour Body?Here are some of the impressive results. Click this linkand get a free $99 upgrade.

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