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    • I hope that means you get to interview him! He gave a Hell of a TED talk about fear and this is probably my favorite blog post he ever made:

      I hear him talk about facing fears and making tough decisions and the example he gave in his talk is he extricated himself from the business he started and ended up in a much better place. Jeff Bezos talks about his regret minimization framework, how he would always wonder if he didn't take a chance and try something.

      Here's my question: aren't they speaking from a point of view of success? They took a chance and it worked out and changed their worlds. What about the people who left something good, took a chance to achieve something better, and it didn't work out? Won't they regret that all their life?

    • Oh man...that's a hard question. I absolutely love his podcasts.

      I'll toss a few questions out there, including one of his own:

      - Which single habit had the greatest impact on his life?

      - How does he focus on one project/hobby, when there are so many fascinating things vying for his attention? How does he choose which one to prioritize?

      - What is(are) the book(s) he gifts to people most frequently?

    • Haha. I always want to ask him to ask his guests specifically about how they do or do not succeed in their relationships. He seems to long to couple up, but his rigid routines are probably antithetical to the possibility. So I want him to talk about that. I struggle with this in my life as a serial monogamist, childless by choice but committed to my awesome, amazing immediate family full of siblings, nieces, and nephews. But that partner, that one person... sigh. Really, a book about that by him would be awesome. Models that succeed, that fail, so we know we're not alone.

    • I got to talk to Richard Saul Wurman, the founder of TED, a couple months ago for 2 hours on the phone. It was amazing.

      He believes in the acronym EAT, which stands for envy, ambition and terror. Those are the things that drive you to do really hard, ambitious things (like starting Cake 😁). You envy what someone else has achieved, you have ambition of your own, and you're so terrified of failure you go to extremes to succeed. He told me that if it isn't terrifying, you haven't tried something hard enough.

      So Tim's talk is soothing by comparison.

    • I'm really curious about why he feels the need to "biohack" his body. I've heard him talk about ingesting (sometimes injecting) various compounds and meticulously tracking results via frequent blood labs.

      What is the root of his desire that makes him willing to accept the unknown risks? Is he just trying to extend his life expectancy? Does he otherwise feel unsatisfied in some way? Is he worried about the potential unknown harm from what he could be doing to his body? Why not just turn that focus into eating an incredibly healthy diet?

    • Honestly, years ago I was listening to him being interviewed on a podcast and he went into the supplement stuff and it affected my view of him. I have this bias that if you fall for the marketing hype around sport supplements, what other things are you susceptible to believing without real evidence?

      I thought of him last year when I attended a lecture from Stanford football's team doctor. He said Stanford, like many top football programs, have removed all the potions, powders and vitamins from their training rooms and replaced them with an emphasis on fruit, beans, veggies, nuts and whole grains with great success.

    • I'd ask him to write more science books! Okay I assume he'll keep doing that so I'd ask him what his thoughts are about the future of space research and what he thinks we'll find out there in the universe and what he hopes we will find.

      Uh...I think I am talking about Tim Ferris the science writer and other people are talking about Tim Ferriss or some other Tim Ferris. I'm confused...I suspect you may have spelled his name Ferris when you meant Ferriss... ??

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