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Impact Theory is a business and mindset-focused interview show that will teach anyone aspiring to greatness the secrets to success. The show is hosted by Tom Bilyeu - a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the #2 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition and former host of the viral hit Youtube series Inside Quest (viewed over 100,000,000 times). Bilyeu is known for his passion and preparation. Always eager to truly learn from his guests, Bilyeu digs deep and brings the urgency of someone hungry to put what he’s learning to immediate use - making the show not only entertaining and energetic, but also hyper-useful.
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Founder of both Diapers.com and Jet.com, and now CEO of Walmart eCommerce, Marc Lore has had a success streak that is astonishing by any standard. Fortunately for everyone else, he is more than happy to share the habits, mindset and traits that have allowed him to become so accomplished. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, serial entrepreneur and multi-billionaire Marc Lore explains how to raise capital when you are just starting out, how to hire and lead employees, and how to make progress towards your goals no matter what you are right now. This episode is brought to you by:  Butcher Box: Go to ButcherBox.com/IMPACT to reserve your spot on their waitlist. You’ll get an email when they’re ready to take your order. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/impacttheory Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit audible.com/impact or text IMPACT to 500-500 SHOW NOTES:   Marc credits his attitude of “billions or body bags” with his success [2:26] Tom and Marc discuss having your back against the wall and being aggressive [5:16] Marc hires self-motivated people and then makes sure he doesn’t micromanage them [7:55] Marc looks for traits instead of experience for start-up companies [8:58] Never ask a question in an interview that someone could have prepared for [10:52] People who went to really good schools have a hard time taking risk [14:15] Marc shares the story of applying to a business school he had almost no chance at [15:48] Marc never accepts that something is impossible unless it literally has a 0% probability [18:48] Marc believes that you are born and raised with some traits, but most can be developed [20:19] Marc focuses on caring, kindness and empathy when raising his kids [22:27] When Marc was a kid he was quite entrepreneurial, and got into stocks at 10 years old [23:26] Marc talks about why his first investors were willing to take a risk on him [26:21] Tom and Marc discuss how to help someone build desire [27:48] Marc explains how he deals with doubters [31:04] Great execution is better than great ideas [33:35] The way to deal with failure is not to dwell on it, but be objective about progress [35:49] People want to be understood, and empathy is the most important leadership quality [37:23] Entrepreneurs should be thinking about vision, capital and people over 80% of the time [39:18] For core values to be core, there have to be 3 or less [41:29] Marc shows how he raised money in the beginning [43:18] Marc shares the impact he wants to have on the world [46:23]   QUOTES:   “I’m not gonna accept that it can’t be done unless somebody proves that it’s a zero probability...And it’s typically the stuff that’s really close to zero--nobody else is touching--that’s where the big opportunities are.”  [18:50] “Every time somebody says something can’t be done, there’s also a part of me that gets a little bit excited.” [32:13] “Today’s today. What’s the biggest step you can take today, towards your vision? How do you make the most progress towards the vision, today?” [35:10]   FOLLOW:   TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2PJmaXU 
Sociologist and physician Nicholas Christakis, named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, is on the forefront of research into human social networks and the evolutionary and biosocial determinants of behavior, emotions and health. In this conversation with host Tom Bilyeu, the best-selling author of “Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society” discusses everything from grieving elephants to colonies on Mars and future sex robots. He explains why good human impulses are eventually more powerful than antagonism and division, describes experiments where interaction with artificial intelligence improves peoples’ behavior towards each other, and expresses hopeful optimism about our ability to constantly expand the moral sphere and upgrade the social contract. This episode is brought to you by: PATLive: Get 15% off their regularly listed rates. Call 866-708-2507 and mention this podcast. For more information, visit PATLive.com  ShipStation: FREE for 60 days when you use offer code IMPACT at ShipStation.com ISSUU: Go to ISSUU.info/impacttheory to sign up for your FREE account. SHOW NOTES:   Why are we cultural animals in the first place? What is the capacity for culture? [1:00] Nicholas advocates that there is more that unites humanity than there is that divides us [4:43] People don’t really think that their life experience is dictated by their group membership [7:12] When travelling, at first people seem so different, but soon it’s clear how similar we are [9:38] Nicholas discusses the ability of elephants to feel grief, and why faces are different [13:35] Elephants will teach each other how to raid human crops [18:11] Nicholas explains the power of grief, and the way it is so different from other emotions [20:26] Nicholas talks about the rituals surrounding grief, and how they reconnect people [24:20] Nicholas uses whaling to describe how the human moral sphere has expanded [28:28] Nicholas shares stories of being a hospice doctor [30:33] Nicholas talks about how important active listening is, especially as a hospice doctor [37:49] Nicholas explains how to talk to someone who is dying [41:55] Nicholas then explains the basic principles on how to break bad news [46:21] Nicholas discusses colonizing Mars and why he thinks it is inevitable [49:43] Nicholas and Tom discuss Shackleton and shipwrecks [53:11] How does artificial intelligence change the way humans interact with each other? [56:43] Nicholas talks about sex robots, and how we may need a new social contract [1:01:15] How will we program AI, and how will it affect human society? [1:04:27] Nicholas describes an experiment where robots encouraged human sociality [1:13:47]   FOLLOW NICHOLAS:   WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/3eepkx7  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2Nber36  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/3d9eWFt 
We live in a culture that tells us that some emotions are bad. Unfortunately, these same “bad” emotions are unavoidable for anyone aiming to live a meaningful life. As a result, many of us spend much of our lives in conflict with our own emotions, stuck in self-narratives that no longer serve us. Thankfully, on this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Harvard Psychologist Susan David shows us a way out of this self-destructive internal conflict. She explains how to use your “negative” emotions to connect with your core values (which you can learn more about by taking this quiz here: http://quiz.susandavid.com/s3/eai ). She also discusses the dangers of focusing on being right, the power of self-compassion and importance of emotional agility. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Go to ButcherBox.com/IMPACT to reserve your spot on their waitlist. You’ll get an email when they’re ready to take your order. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at skillshare.com/impacttheory for 2 free months of Premium Membership. Blinkist: Go to https://blinkist.com/impact to start your FREE 7 day trial AND get 25% off a Blinkist Premium Membership.   SHOW NOTES:   Emotions are data but they are not directives [1:33] How we approach our thoughts, emotions and stories determines our quality of life [3:48] What do you do when you realize the stories you tell yourself no longer serve you? [6:26] Our culture tells us some emotions are bad, so we get in conflict with our emotions [11:50] Only dead people never feel stress, anger, agitation or fear [14:15] How do you uncover what your emotions are really trying to tell you? [17:35] Technology has outstripped our ability to thrive [20:32] Susan explains how to understand your emotions in a more specific way [22:53] Our minds can convince us that we are right, even if it destroys our relationships [28:04] Susan describes the process of recognizing our emotions and stories for what they are [31:39] Even if the gods tell you that you’re right, you still have to decide who you want to be [33:46] Being seen and belonging are core human needs [36:35] Tom and Susan discuss the “tyranny of positivity” [38:30] Success is living a life concordant with your values [41:43] Susan shares the impact she wants to have on the world [47:08]   QUOTES:   “Some of our stories were written on mental chalkboards at age 3.” [5:53]   “Our thoughts, our emotions and our stories aren’t good or bad. They just are.” [10:53]   “Discomfort is the price of ambition to a meaningful life.” [14:43]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: susandavid.com  INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/3eyCLaP  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2ZMoP9d  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2XdezFp 
You should eat more protein, and yes, that means red meat. This statement might surprise some audiences, but it is based on the fundamentally sound science that high muscle strength is independently associated with lower all cause mortality. Dr. Gabrielle Lyon has been on the forefront of “muscle-centric medicine” for years, and here’s what really is surprising. She became obsessed with the concept because of her work with palliative care, dementia and geriatrics. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Gabrielle Lyon explains why muscle should be viewed as a vital organ which protects against everything from Alzheimer’s to COVID-19. She discusses the optimal high-protein diet, strongly advocates that everyone engage in resistance training, and explains why people should focus on gaining muscle instead of focusing on losing fat. Check out Gabrielle's online course to learn more: https://muscle-centric.lpages.co/muscle-centric-event/ This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Go to ButcherBox.com/IMPACT to reserve your spot on their waitlist. You’ll get an email when they’re ready to take your order. NETGEAR: Learn more about Orbi WiFi 6 at netgear.com/bestwifi SHOW NOTES:   Gabrielle explains what “muscle-centric medicine” is [1:09] Why you should focus on building muscle instead of focusing on losing fat [2:14] Gabrielle explains the function of muscle as an organ [5:14] The more muscle you have, the more likely you are to live [8:57] Gabrielle explains why she prioritizes changing diet versus changing exercise patterns [12:19] Eat high quality protein, which means eating animal protein [15:32] Gabrielle discusses the importance of getting your first meal right [22:34] Gabrielle explains why she eats carbohydrates later in the day [25:00] Gabrielle describes the herbs she uses to improve her health [27:07] Gabrielle started muscle-centric medicine because of her work with palliative care [30:13] Gabrielle explains why lack of muscle leads to dementia and inflammation [34:43] Diseases of obesity are not diseases of “over-fat”. They are “under-muscle”. [36:53] Gabrielle defines how much protein you should eat given how much you weigh [41:05] Gabrielle says the number one thing people should do is eat more red meat [44:22]   FOLLOW GABRIELLE:   WEBSITE: https://drgabriellelyon.com/  INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/drgabriellelyon/  FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/doctorgabriellelyon/  TWITTER: https://twitter.com/drgabriellelyon 
The legendary actor Kevin Bacon is one of those rare individuals whose fame seems to have transcended his own name or image. It’s as if he has entered the ether as a meme: “Six Degrees of…” On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Kevin Bacon discusses the need for connection that underlies the “Six Degrees” meme, and shares the story of a successful career that was built on connection and long-lasting relationships. He also talks about realizing that his strength is in being a character actor, not necessarily a leading man, and describes his process for inhabiting the roles he plays so well. This episode is brought to you by: Wagner Spray Tech: https://bit.ly/2WNICDs Helix Sleep: Get up to $200 off all mattresses at https://helixsleep.com/impact Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at tresta.com/impact SHOW NOTES:   Kevin is quite thankful that he is able to live a very privileged lifestyle [2:16] Kevin describes life on the road as an actor [5:26] Absence really can make the heart grow fonder [8:37] Kevin is completely fine with not being a lead character in a movie [11:45] Kevin talks about playing a character that is fairly similar to him [14:43] Marriage is something we put on a pedestal but statistically, it doesn’t usually work [18:06] Kevin advocates that playing together helps his marriage more than the work they put in [22:09] Kevin was so hungry to be famous, but he is actually ambivalent about being famous [27:06] Kevin felt strongly connected to other actors in theater, but not in movies [30:29] Kevin describes the sense of family in independent films and in theater [35:40] Kevin discusses the protocol for returning to work during the pandemic [41:47] Kevin advocates creating your own material even if you aren’t a budding producer [45:04] Kevin gets asked to play roles that are all over the map [47:47] Kevin describes his process for inhabiting a role [50:36] Kevin and Tom discuss what it means to be a producer or a director [54:52]   QUOTES:   “My theory about the acting thing for me is to use yourself and lose yourself. Because every part that I go into, what else do I have to use but the experiences that I’ve had? But I want to lose myself in the role. I don’t want to feel like it’s Kevin.” [13:09]   “It’s really about that hunger that we have for connectivity, as a people, as a nation, as a global entity.” [30:10]   FOLLOW:   INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2NJKJmt  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/31jAtsN  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2CKTo5N 
Anyone who has been in a long-term relationship knows that you are going to have conflicts; you’re going to have fights. But what are these fights really about? Are arguments about washing the dishes and cleaning the closet really about those issues, or is something deeper happening? On this episode of Women of Impact, Lisa and Tom Bilyeu talk about how to deal with differing values and opposing ideas. They discuss creating shared goals, how they build positive habits, and their methods of making sure that conversations stay open, respectful and honest. And then they give a wonderful example of good communication by examining a real life conflict they have had over making the bed... SHOW NOTES: When you are having arguments about money, you are really having conflicts over values [2:48] Concrete advice on how to minimize financial conflicts [6:59] When you have a collision of values, part of it is that you are judging each other [9:07] Why you have to start with shared goals and open discussion of those goals [11:02] Tom and Lisa discuss corporal punishment, spanking and discipline [14:08] Tom and Lisa talk about having differing religious beliefs and how they dealt with it [19:50] What do you do when your habits and routines conflict? [23:47] How to form habits that help your relationship [27:13] Whenever you have conflicts over “small issues”, they are actually about deep values [31:10] The problems that happen when you don’t articulate your values and just project instead [36:47]   FOLLOW LISA: Instagram: https://bit.ly/2TIsoKh YouTube: https://bit.ly/2IAbTcH Podcast: https://spoti.fi/2IEajGW   FOLLOW TOM: WEBSITE: impacttheory.com INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/33XrFYV FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2xDM4Xa TWITTER: https://bit.ly/39slhdy  
How does an individual get out of the Matrix? Better yet, how do we as a society escape the Matrix? The extraordinary intellectual Thomas Chatterton Williams has decided to confront one of the most difficult mental prisons that Americans find themselves trapped in--the prison of racism and racial identity. On this episode of Conversations with Tom Bilyeu, Thomas Chatterton Williams tells his own story of unlearning poisonous stories about race through extensive reading, living in a new country, and reflecting on his own family. As the discussion progresses, he confronts the challenges we face in getting past mere anger to build the beautiful society that we ought to be able to live in. This episode is brought to you by: Wagner Spray Tech: https://bit.ly/2WNICDs PeopleReady: Visit peopleready.com/impacttheory Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/impacttheory SHOW NOTES:   Thomas talks about a novel that he tried to write that he had to give up on [1:00] Fiction is a very different medium from non-fiction writing and requires different skills [5:17] Nothing is ever wasted, and the best of the lost novel ended up in his non-fiction work [9:00] Thomas credits his father as being the first guy who “pulled himself out of the Matrix” [13:01] Thomas tells the story of the poet he is named after [18:47] Thomas then explains how he and his wife chose his daughter’s name [21:20] Thomas describes how stepping out of America caused him to view race differently [24:26] Thomas discusses the complexity of his heritage, ethnicity and ancestry [28:52] Thomas hopes for a society where the skin color is as unimportant as hair color [32:00] Do people want progress, or do they merely want catharsis and anger? [35:27] The blanket of identity we throw over every issue obscures deeper problems [41:49] Tom tells the story of how he started mining for astronauts in poor areas [48:14] Should we focus on helping children? [56:08] Children are never in a vacuum and you have to affect the whole family [1:00:55] Thomas talks about how he and his brother pursued completely opposed paths [1:06:22] Thomas discusses how he raises his kids [1:13:30] Thomas defines the good life as autonomy, as living according to his own values [1:19:27] Tom and Thomas discuss Hip Hop in the 90s and today [1:23:35] How can we get past anger towards the beautiful society on the other side? [1:32:36] What happens when people’s efforts are channeled in very limited ways? [1:40:26] Building desire is one of life’s most important quests [1:52:45]   FOLLOW THOMAS: INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2Z94PvI  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/31dgnAu  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/3esJJyP 
Best-selling author Ken Honda might not be famous in America yet. But in Japan, he has helped millions of people change their relationships with money for the better. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Ken Honda describes the first steps everyone needs to take to start healing their money wounds, and to transform money from something to be feared into something that brings peace and ease. He also goes into exquisite detail on the tough subject of how to find your gifts, and then how to go about making a living with them. This episode is brought to you by: Wagner Spray Tech: https://bit.ly/2WNICDs PATLive: Get 15% off their regularly listed rates. Call 866-708-2507 and mention this podcast. For more information, visit PATLive.com Allform: Go to allform.com/impact for 20% off your order. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at skillshare.com/impacttheory for 2 free months of Premium Membership.     SHOW NOTES:   The Zen approach is to find satisfaction in what you have instead of seeking more [1:20] Ken’s first lesson about money was to forget about money [2:20] Ken gives a surprising definition of what wealth means [5:12] Money doesn't buy happiness, but it really is powerful [7:04] People are afraid of money because of “money trauma”, often from parents [8:17] The first step to taking control of your money narrative is gratitude and appreciation [12:15] Focus on what you can give, and it what you will attract into your life [15:27] How do you find your gifts, and how do you polish them into something extraordinary? [21:13] Ken asks people literally a thousand questions to help them find their gifts [24:18] Ken describes the way that you can monetize your gifts [26:30] Ken advocates not comparing yourself to other people as a remedy for depression [29:47] Ken shares the story of his upbringing, where he had money but not peace [32:19] Ken shares another story of a man who committed family suicide [36:34] Ken describes how the pain of his father and grandfather fuel him now [39:13] Friendship is more protective than money [41:22] Being in a no-money situation is uncomfortable, but it doesn’t kill you [43:49] Ken describes cultural differences between Japanese and American attitudes [45:53] Ken talks about what he would do if he lost all his money [50:08]   QUOTES:   “If you start appreciating everything, including money, your life will be filled with money and appreciation.”  [4:35]   “Wealth is an emotion. It doesn’t really matter how much you have or how much you make.” [5:50]   “Most of us are not born with only one gift. We are born with several mediocre gifts...so there are many small gifts, but you have to multiply them. And then you become the one and only!” [22:25]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: kenhonda.com INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2N8Yfjd  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/3ecxDcY  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/30SWgr4 
For the last 40 years, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, aka “Dr. Microbiome”, has been one of the leading microbiome researchers. He is also the scientist who named the mycobiome, the body’s fungal community. And on this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Ghannoum explains the connections between fungi and bacteria in our gut, and why it’s so important for the two communities to work in harmony. He also describes the ways the gut communicates with the brain, discusses current research on autism and gastrointestinal issues, recommends a diet for good gut health, and even shares an incredible story about how one act of kindness can change thousands of lives. This episode is brought to you by: Blinkist: Go to https://blinkist.com/impact to start your FREE 7 day trial AND get 25% off a Blinkist Premium Membership. PeopleReady: Visit peopleready.com/impacttheory SHOW NOTES:   The mycobiome is the fungal community that lives in our body [1:00] Bacteria and fungi are both good and bad, and are either in harmony or not [2:02] Tom and Mahmoud use the analogies of forests or gardens to explain how the gut works [3:35] Mahmoud explains how bacteria and fungi produce benefits by working in harmony [6:01] The gut communicates with the brain, just as the brain communicates with the gut [9:21] The microbiome really starts getting formed during birth, through the vaginal canal [12:43] Biofilms are dangerous because they protect bad microorganisms and prevent nutrition [16:45] Mahmoud explains how FMT can rebuild the microbiome [19:56] Mahmoud discusses probiotics and how to target them correctly [23:39] Mahmoud believes that within five years we will have “probiotics 2.0” [27:32] Mahmoud explains why he wants to focus on gastrointestinal issues with autistic kids [29:31] It’s much easier to adjust the fungal community than it is to change bacteria [33:54] Candida can be very dangerous, but the majority of people have some of it [35:37] Mahmoud recommends a low sugar, whole foods diet, and describes a good diet [38:18] Mahmoud shares the story of losing his livelihood due to the invasion of Kuwait [41:22] One act of kindness can change many lives [45:06] Dr. Microbiome recommends the one change people should make in their diet [46:36]   FOLLOW MAHMOUD:   WEBSITE: drmicrobiome.com INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2URyDM0  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2Y9vDwk 
What are the universal principles of leadership? Organizational psychologist and best-selling author Adam Grant is devoted to answering that powerful question. And on this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, he lays out the most fundamental aspects of a good leader. Adam and Tom discuss humility, integrity and the importance of being a giver, not a taker. They also delve deep into the idea of “cognitive entrenchment”, which is a deadly trap that everyone has to deal with, no matter how educated, informed, or driven they are. This episode is brought to you by: Fully: Take $30 off when you spend a minimum of $300 when you visit fully.com/IMPACTTHEORY Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit audible.com/impact or text IMPACT to 500-500 SHOW NOTES:   What are the universal principles of leadership? [1:29] Are you a giver or a taker? [2:42] Adam explains how to be successful as a giver, and the main traps to avoid [4:31] If you want to lead, you must keep people’s attention on the message, not on you [6:30] A leader is like a shepherd, very rarely out in front of the flock [10:03] Adam describes the skills leaders need to acquire, and the criticism they need to seek [13:12] Adam explains why he works so hard to avoid getting caught up in being right [17:01] Teams who have too many superstars don’t win championships [20:53] The leader of a team is often the person who most exemplifies what the group stands for [24:48] Adam describes “cognitive entrenchment” where experts get mentally stuck [25:37] Tom and Adam discuss the need for hyper-specific goals and testable hypotheses [28:47] Is there a point where the constant need for personal growth actually becomes harmful? [33:33] Tom talks about being a synthesizer, instead of being the thinker of original thoughts [37:13] Do you care about what you want to say, or about what people will actually hear? [40:36] Adam talks about why he doesn’t always follow his intuition [42:04]   QUOTES:   “People will say, look, you have to practice what you preach. I actually think leaders should be doing the reverse, which is to say, “I am only gonna preach what I already practice.” [3:58]   “One of the fundamental mistakes that a lot of leaders make is they develop a style and then they stick to that style. But the whole point of leadership is flexibility and adaptability.”  [11:12]   “If people just praise you over and over again, you’re only going to repeat the excellence you’ve already achieved.” [14:10]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: www.adamgrant.net INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/3cVIYMQ  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2MMhyhU  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/3dTIjNv 
  Daniel Schmachtenberger is best-known as a neurohacker, but some of his most interesting ideas are about civilization--how it thrives, how it fails, and how it eventually collapses. And right now, we are living through times that have many people wondering about the end of the world. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, host Tom Bilyeu and guest Daniel Schmachtenberger engage in a fascinating discussion about social media, neural warfare, game theory, power itself, and the ways that our society has over-optimized. In particular, they talk about why it’s so important to stop trying to be right, why we need to start thinking in more complex ways, and why the real battlefield is the human mind. This episode is brought to you by: Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/impacttheory Skillshare: Explore your creativity at skillshare.com/impacttheory for 2 free months of Premium Membership.  SHOW NOTES:   Daniel was home-schooled, allowed to study whatever he thought was most important [0:30] Daniel’s parents actually referred to his family as an “experiment” [3:40] By the time a child goes to school, civilization has already been imprinted on them [6:04] Daniel advocates that optimization is actually a part of the problem [8:37] Daniel details exactly why trying to optimize leads to serious problems [13:14] Daniel talks about how to understand civilization’s history through game theory [18:40] Some kinds of value can be extracted and lead to power, and other kinds can’t [20:57] Daniel uses the example of COVID-19 to illustrate the problems with optimization [25:48] How can we think in complex ways that respect the interconnected nature of existence [30:41] It’s much easier to break things than it is to build complex systems [35:39] Tom and Daniel discuss whether it’s possible to nudge people in the right direction [38:16] Social media will lead us to war even though no one wants it [46:01] Daniel and Tom discuss the connections between high school bullying and terrorism [51:12] If you aren’t considering counter-responses, you are just being emotionally hijacked [58:56] People’s minds are the battlefield [1:04:17] There are no authorities that are trustworthy enough to just assume they are right [1:09:59] Do you want to be effective or do you want to be right? [1:15:15] Daniel explains how people become fundamentalist about things they are wrong about [1:19:45] Debates are often not about understanding. They are just dogfights. [1:28:48] Legitimate power is when I am trying to influence someone to be more self-directed [1:32:03] Tom explains the relief of focusing on finding the right answers instead of being right [1:35:35] If you want to be right, you are very easy to control. Fragile egos are vulnerable. [1:39:55] Capitalism, the Trump campaign and Christianity have all been antifragile so far [1:42:33]   FOLLOW DANIEL:   WEBSITE: neurohacker.com  INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2UxGUo1  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2UwYcBM  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/37iOrvZ 
As tensions rise and emotions escalate, both socially and individually, it’s tough to figure out how to move forward. There are no easy answers, but that doesn’t change the fact that everyone has to confront the hard questions. Anthony Trucks, a former NFL player who was adopted into a white family as a black youth, has a unique and profound perspective on the crisis that America faces today. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Anthony Trucks shares his stories of a brutal childhood, a difficult adulthood, and a marriage that he and his wife had to rebuild after her infidelity. As he tells his own story, he offers surprising and insightful commentary on the progress America has to make, and the work each individual has to do to make that progress real. This episode is brought you by: Blinkist: Go to https://blinkist.com/impact to start your FREE 7 day trial AND get 25% off a Blinkist Premium Membership. PeopleReady: Visit peopleready.com/impacttheory SHOW NOTES:   Anthony explains how he remains grateful despite how hard his life has been [1:19] Anthony describes growing up angry, dispirited and aggressive as a foster kid [3:30] Anthony talks about how he used “dark energy” on his drive to greatness [6:34] Tom and Anthony discuss what it means to be “bathed in discomfort” [11:18] When someone gives you abuse and you don’t accept it, they have to walk off with it [15:33] What is the value of emotions like anger and even rage? [19:10] Anthony describes being able to see two sides of white America as a black man [26:08] Anthony confronts the difficulty of white and black America understanding each other [28:28] Anthony explains his path to recreating his marriage and forgiving his wife [35:24] Anthony explains why he stayed in the marriage instead of finding someone new [42:27] Anthony shares the reasons he has hope for this society [45:27] Why you shouldn’t rob your kids of their hardships [48:21] How do you deal with the structure of a society that was built out of oppression? [54:17]   QUOTES:   “I had 16 fights in 6th grade. I wasn’t allowed to go to summer camp because I was a flight risk.” [4:35]   “We’re going to have to do things we’re not used to doing in order for us to get to the place we want to get to.” [35:20]   “The people who made this system--they’re faceless.” [33:52]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: anthonytrucks.com INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/3cMhNUC  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2YeBn6L  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/3dKXicr 
Most of us believe we perceive reality as it generally is, with perhaps some slight distortions. But mathematical models based on natural selection suggest that our strongest intuitions may be false. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Donald Hoffman and Tom Bilyeu discuss the fascinating possibilities that stem from the theory that evolution gave us the equivalent of a desktop interface that hides the real truth from us so that we can take effective action. They discuss the nature of consciousness, free will, space-time, causality and the self. This episode is brought to you by: Impact Theory Planner: amazon.com/shops/impacttheory BLUblox: Go to blublox.com/impacttheory for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Blinkist: Go to https://blinkist.com/impact Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. SHOW NOTES:   Most of us believe that we see reality as it is. But we don’t. [1:14] Donald describes how mathematical game theory explains natural selection [3:42] Donald talks about a game he created to simulate evolution [9:33] Seeing the truth and seeing what you need to survive are very different things [13:51] Evolution gave us the equivalent of a desktop interface, not the truth [18:11] Every creature has a different user interface and perceives a different reality [24:57] Science progresses because we push our best theories to their limit [29:05] If we let go of logic and reasoning, then we have nothing left [32:10] There will always be unprovable truths. You can never know it all. [35:14] Evolution has created various forms of virtual reality [39:40] Donald describes the process by which you “see” an apple [42:05] Evolution tells us that the language of space and time does not describe reality [47:53] Donald proposes that reality is a vast social network of conscious agents [49:39] A conscious agent creates their interpretation from their experiences [53:32] What is consciousness? [57:12] What does a conscious agent need to do? [1:00:49] Donald and Tom discuss fascinating cases of split-brain patients [1:08:13] If your visualization tool is very good, it can focus on finer and finer detail [1:11:36] If space-time is doomed then is causality doomed as well? [1:22:17] Tom and Donald discuss the nature of cause and effect [1:24:35] Donald discusses free will and its relationship to cause and effect [1:28:01] The self is a construction just like space and time [1:30:27] You can never experience yourself choosing [1:39:15] Donald describes the experience of realizing that he is just inside a VR headset [1:40:01] What created math? [1:44:53] What’s the difference between math all the way down and turtles all the way down? [1:50:25] Tom and Donald discuss the double-slit experiment in physics [1:56:18] Donald talks about his wife and his marriage [2:01:49] Donald and Tom discuss the possibility of taking off the headset [2:03:10] Donald and Tom discuss why they haven’t used psychedelics [2:07:10] Since space-time is doomed, what’s next? [2:13:27]   FOLLOW DONALD: WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/2WLu47l  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2WKJ0SX 
There is no doubt that economic growth is positive, and that financial security is wonderful. But collectively, we seem to have given in to the notion that monetary gain is the primarily societal value. This transition to prioritizing profit over everything else is recent, and it may be leading us to an existential crisis. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Stickler argues that capitalism is good but incomplete, and that we need to expand our definition of self-interest. He shares the story of Kickstarter’s founding and explains why they became a public benefit corporation, describes his philosophy of Bentoism, and details the path to self-coherence.   SHOW NOTES:   Yancey tells the story of how he became an entrepreneur [1:23] Yancey explains that they never wanted to sell Kickstarter [5:48] Yancey describes the reasoning behind a public benefit corporation [9:08] What happens when values become central instead of being a passive guardrail [11:51] Being obsessed with financial growth leads to an existential crisis [13:30] Financial value is important, but it’s better to optimize for other values [16:52] Tom and Yancey discuss how recent the prioritization of financial optimization is [19:31] Stakeholder capitalism means you make decisions based on everyone involved [23:16] Yancey describes his intellectual path to bentoism [28:29] What does it mean to be “self-coherent?” [35:51] Yancey’s grid of “now me,” “now us”, “future me”, and “future us” is his life user interface [41:41] How do you deal with internal conflicts in Bentoism? [43:27] Yancey wants to expand our definition of self-interest [48:03] This episode is brought to you by: Impact Theory University: university.impacttheory.com Skillshare: Explore your creativity at skillshare.com/impacttheory for 2 free months of Premium Membership. Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit audible.com/impact or text IMPACT to 500-500 QUOTES:   “The fascinating opportunity that we have now is that the ability to define new values, to distribute goods, to make decisions, has never been greater.” [15:46]   “In 1970 the percentage of college freshmen who said that being well-off financially was essential or very important was just 28%. That year the number one life goal was to develop a meaningful philosophy of life. The most recent year the study came out, 2017, the biggest life goal among college freshmen was to be rich.” [27:16]   “How do you get in a flow state on a Tuesday at like 3 o’clock when you don’t like anything you have to do?” [35:33]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: ystrickler.com  BENTOISM: bentoism.org INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/3fXSUZ0  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2ThOVwI 
To catch Tom live on instagram, follow him @tombilyeu: https://bit.ly/3b44pvm For more from Jim Kwik, follow him @: https://www.instagram.com/jimkwik/?hl=en  To see Jim Kwik on Conversations with Tom, watch here: https://youtu.be/hd8JoFNewwg 
Celebrate small victories. Your thoughts are a choice. Move towards fear. Lean into your negative experiences. No matter what the question is, action is the answer. Meditate. Breathe deeply. These are well-known concepts and mantras that many people have assimilated, through experience or through training. But what is the scientific explanation for why all these practices and beliefs work so well? What is happening on the level of the brain? On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, recognized neuroscientist Andrew Huberman details the science behind successful strategies for life change. This episode is brought to you by: WHOOP: For 15% off your order, go to https://www.whoop.com and use discount code HT at checkout. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/impacttheory NETGEAR: Learn more about Orbi WiFi 6 at netgear.com/bestwifi Ultimately our thoughts are a choice [1:13] The brain creates an abstract representation of everything that’s out there in the world [4:52] There two pieces of your brain that are outside of your skull and spinal cord [7:23] Viewing screens after 11 PM suppresses dopamine and punishes the brain [9:25] Action in pursuit of a goal stimulates neural rewards [11:36] Dopamine reward cycles can provide you with endless energy [14:21] The reasons why it’s so important to celebrate small victories [16:25] How to unlearn negative experiences [21:10] Using lateralized eye movements while recounting negative experiences helps [25:01] Forward movement is absolutely the remedy for trauma and fear [28:03] Stress and agitation are meant to be triggers for action, not forms of suffering [31:31] It’s not easy to suppress negative thoughts, but you can replace negative thoughts [34:21] Always reward incremental steps that are about forward action [37:37] Andrew explains hypnosis and why it works [40:08] Andrew explains why slow, diaphragmatic breathing works so well [43:48] Andrew shares the one thing he would have most people change in their lives [51:16]   FOLLOW ANDREW:   WEBSITE: hubermanlab.com  INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2AEiQZr  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2yg1NMy 
Robert Kiyosaki, author of the best-selling personal finance book of all time, has helped millions of people manage their money, fix their credit and build wealth. Through his books, seminars, classes, and RichDad.com website, he teaches real personal finance in a world where financial education often doesn't happen in schools. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Robert Kiyosaki discusses how his experience in the Marine Corps prepared him for business and investing, and explains what people need to do right now to build wealth during a severe recession. This episode is brought to you by: Impact Theory University: university.impacttheory.com Blinkist: Go to https://blinkist.com/impact Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Helix Sleep: Get up to $200 off all mattresses at https://helixsleep.com/impact   SHOW NOTES:   There are no average people, and no good one size fits all investing advice. [1:48] Robert asks, “Where is your soul? Where is your spirit?” [5:45] Robert predicts that we are going into a real economic depression [9:17] Robert advocates never choosing security, and building resilience [11:15] Robert talks about how important it is to actually test your soul and become stronger [15:36] Robert describes some of the influencers and teachers that he admires right now [18:37] The most important thing you must do to succeed in finance is rewire your brain [20:38] Robert explains why you need to have an entire team in order to succeed [22:23] Robert shares the impact he wants to have on the world [26:25]   QUOTES:   “Where is your soul? Where are your guts? Where is your spirit?” [7:53]   “I don’t hang out with wimps.” [9:20]   “How strong is your soul? We all have it. But most of us don’t ever put ourselves in a situation where we’re testing our soul.” [17:24]   FOLLOW ROBERT:   WEBSITE: richdad.com  INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2X3BAZW  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/3cyUONC  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2WWWtWR 
History’s patterns repeat, but many things (like truly severe pandemics) may only happen once in a lifetime. So if you only think about what you’ve personally experienced, you will be unprepared for the future. As a dedicated student of history, Ray Dalio is on a mission to help us weather a coming economic storm that may be even worse than what happened in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. In this episode of Conversations with Tom, Ray Dalio and Tom Bilyeu discuss the current severe recession and the debt crisis that preceded it. And while Ray does advocate planning for the worst-case scenario, he also offers a powerful reminder that you don’t have to do this alone. This episode is brought to you by: Impact Theory University: university.impacttheory.com NETGEAR: Learn more about Orbi WiFi 6 at netgear.com/bestwifi BLUblox: Go to blublox.com/impacttheory for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. SHOW NOTES:   There’s a pattern to history, but some things only happen once in a lifetime [0:41] Ray discusses debt crises and the problem of money creation [1:29] The Federal Reserve is part of the government but outside of politics [5:38] Money is digital. So how do we know it’s going to be of value? [7:37] Ray talks about the large wealth gap and the rise of China [10:04] Look at your income, expenses and savings, and then do a stress test [12:31] Ray advocates intelligence and non-antagonism in politics [17:07] Ray discusses the success of FDR in dealing with depression and debt crisis [19:47] Ray strongly advocates for the virtues of a complete education [22:38] Tom and Ray discuss the importance of skill acquisition [27:35] You don’t need to make your decisions in your head. You can ask others. [33:56] No one is going to come to save you [36:32] You’re better off knowing that you don’t know than believing you know when you don’t [39:06] Tom talks about the need for people to aggressively get educated and acquire skills [43:04] What you don’t know is greater than anything you do know [47:42] Ray is extremely curious, and he loves learning about the world and then betting on it [50:24] When Ray was 12 years old, he started investing with his earnings from odd jobs [53:32] Ray thinks the decline of the US empire will be manageable [57:11] Ray advocates again planning for the worst-case scenario [59:57]   FOLLOW RAY:   WEBSITE: principles.com  INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2zokFsZ  FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/35PZHzi  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2YTYmGc 
Right now a lot of us are suffering economically, and we need solid advice on money that covers all aspects of personal finance--strategies that go well beyond silly guilt trips about buying lattes. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Ramit Sethi, founder of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com, shares powerful advice on how to make it through the most severe recession in decades. He details a plan of action that will help you nail any job interview, discusses ways to immediately reduce debt or at least postpone payments, and explains how to build up an emergency savings fund so you can weather the coming storm. This episode is brought to you by: Skillshare: Explore your creativity at skillshare.com/impacttheory for 2 free months of Premium Membership. Blinkist: Go to https://blinkist.com/impact Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription.   SHOW NOTES:   Why you need to accept reality, make a plan, and build up a 1 year emergency fund [1:29] Ramit explains how to save significant amounts of money right now [4:45] What to do if picking up the phone scares you [7:27] How to go on offense when it comes to cost-cutting [10:25] What government programs are available to people struggling now? [15:26] Ramit talks about why you should not chase interest rates [18:43] Ramit explains why you should only invest for the long term [19:45] Ramit recommends that people not invest until they have a 1 year emergency fund [22:27] Ramit and Tom discuss making the changes you must make without any shame [24:15] It doesn’t matter what you look at. It matters what you see. [28:31] Ramit shares advice on how to get a job if you are unemployed [33:07] You must take care of yourself and your family first [38:46] Ramit describes the one change he would recommend people make right now [43:02]   QUOTES:   “Money in your pocket now is worth more than money in your pocket later.” [6:10]   “It’s so rare to hear about someone going on offense with their money. Most often, like 99% of the time, people are playing life on defense, especially with their money.” [12:22]   “Your mind will always play from a position of safety, not excellence.” [32:42]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: iwillteachyoutoberich.com  INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/2YMAtNb  FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/2Kuh3ro  TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2WNEPEI 
Right now people need to know the facts about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Knowing how the virus actually spreads, how it damages the body on a cellular level, and how it provokes counter-productive immune system responses will help everyone make significantly better decisions about their diet, lifestyle and social activities. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Rishi Desai explains exactly how the coronavirus infects people, what it does to the body’s cells and immune system, the reason why tracking the virus is so difficult, and why it will take time to get a vaccine.   This episode is brought to you by: WHOOP: For 15% off your order, go to https://www.whoop.com and use discount code HT at checkout. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/impacttheory PATLive: Get 15% off their regularly listed rates. Call 866-708-2507 and mention this podcast. For more information, visit PATLive.com   SHOW NOTES: Dr. Rishi Desai explains exactly how the coronavirus infects people [1:37] Rishi describes how the virus actually damages your body on a cellular level [3:16] Rishi talks about the effect of humidity on the virus [7:37] Hospital admissions are a lagging indicator of how many cases there really are [9:23] The possible reasons for why COVID-19 seems more contagious than other viruses [13:14] Rishi describes the steps he takes to reduce his chances of getting infected [15:51] Rishi talks about methods for treating the virus that he has high hopes for [18:15] Why does diabetes seem to be such a serious risk factor? [19:51] Rishi explains how cells “communicate” with each other, and why it matters [23:59] Rishi explains how fluid builds up from severe inflammation, preventing oxygen flow [27:01] Tom and Rishi discuss why it’s so important to actually understand how the virus works [30:07] Rishi explains why merely transferring antibodies doesn’t confer immunity [33:40] Why are vaccines so time-consuming to create? [35:12] How important is Vitamin-D? [39:52] You can probably only get too much Vitamin D if you take a pill [43:52] What is the single most important health change most people should make? [45:30]   FOLLOW RISHI & OSMOSIS: WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/2SLOlqW INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2YQVydd TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2YEa9bJ YOUTUBE: https://bit.ly/2W9mvqr  
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Ujjawal Sureka

I just love these podcast series! 🙌 The talks on neuroscience and Psychology is what makes them real for me.

Jul 2nd
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Henry Suryawirawan

Arigato! Always admire Ken's cheerfulness and Zen wisdom!

Jun 26th
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Janice Baleson

I so enjoyed this podcast. This is the science behind the work of BJ Fogg! Thank you for sharing!

Jun 5th
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Andrea Galligan

Tom thank you for making this interview so fun! The borg comment was so funny. Xx

May 29th
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True

01:00:00

May 27th
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km

great stuff #YangGang

May 24th
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km

we want yang

May 21st
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Ujjawal Sureka

Soo true, everything has to be in moderation (including moderation). Awesome.

May 21st
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Benjamin Sleep

Well this guy came across as a massive dick very early on. Huge smirking humble bragging. Not usual standard of interviewee.

May 20th
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Samantha Latona

so good!

May 16th
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Ujjawal Sureka

Wow these podcasts are so filled with valuable insights, especially taking control of our narratives. #Respect

May 15th
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True

40:00

May 13th
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Ujjawal Sureka

This is wonderful, thanks to you and your team at Impact!

May 10th
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Patrick Loftus

Excellent, thanks Tom 👊👊

May 9th
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Ujjawal Sureka

This idea of launching yourself to an activity sounds amazing. 5.4.3.2.1(ACTION). Love this.

May 8th
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Ujjawal Sureka

Man, awesome!

Apr 29th
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Ujjawal Sureka

This message is amazing! 🙌

Apr 20th
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Ujjawal Sureka

This is crazy! Neuroscience and awareness is the shizz!

Apr 20th
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Ujjawal Sureka

Sound's great, controlling the mind. Practicing the creative aspect of the mind. It was amazing.

Apr 19th
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Ujjawal Sureka

This is great and an honest one :)

Apr 19th
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