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00:00:00 > [Music] bulletproof radio a state of high performance you're listening to bulletproof radio with Dave Asprey today's cool fact of the day is that according to Entrepreneurship magazine there are 13 habits of successful people and these would be entrepreneur people obviously and the top five will call it six because I like it they focus on minutes not hours they focus on only one thing at a time they don't use to-do lists they beat procrastination with time travel they make it home for dinner and they use a notebook kind of simple things but it's probably not what you would have thought they would be before we get into today's show you put locks on your home you buy home insurance you have an alarm on your car and you buy car insurance you've worked hard to build your business and yet you don't have any cyber insurance to protect it small businesses like yours are especially vulnerable to cyber

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00:02:03 > hundred gazillion times and is one of the top 20 iTunes podcasts and my favorite description of you Tim is you've been called The Oprah of it's got to be the resemblance it must be the resemblance I have special moisturiser for that nice now you've discovered the the podcasting benefit which is that you get to talk to cool people and ask them stuff you would ask them anyway right right exactly that's why I do bulletproof radio because like I just wanted to talk to these dudes and these women who are just doing cool stuff you went out and you sort of distilled the knowledge from these people into tools of titans so you've talked to about 200 people and and boiled it down to like let's copy successful people and it's kind of a kind of a cool concept and what I want to know is out of all of the things that

00:03:05 > you learned in this book the single most important one what was it a single most important one was probably the answer to what would you put on a billboard if you wanted to get a message to millions of people and the person was palliative care physician named BJ Miller he's a triple amputee who has helped more than a thousand people die he's associated with UCSF Wow and his answer was don't believe everything you think that's cool so if I had to boil down how these two hundred or so people have excelled gotten to the top 1% in their fields which are across the entire spectrum I mean very very different from super athletes to these physicians to black-market biochemists thank Patrick Arnold to special ops folks etc there are quite a few shared habits and they although come down to in a sit on the top of I would say belief system and the belief system is that of testing

00:04:07 > assumptions so there are questions these people ask there are deep rooted kind of operating system-level philosophies that they hold close to their chest and they almost all come down to testing the basic assumptions or the conventional wisdoms which end up to be very often completely off base so don't believe everything that you think is I would say the thread that runs through all of it and it's it's really good to see how strong your powers of self-deception are because once you start thinking it you're gonna reinforce it yeah and sometimes sometimes you're wrong and it could be disastrously wrong right oh sure sure yeah so there's something and this is following this for my personal life and my entire life but something that I've started telling myself in the last year or two years really which relates to some deep exploration and research with psychedelics also but mm-hmm that could be a whole separate seven-hour conversation and we can get to that if

00:05:09 > you'd like but don't retreat in the story so this phrase is something I repeat to myself on don't retreat in the story and on top of that I've spent quite a bit of time with Tony Robbins over the last few years and one of his principles that I think he's the most powerful me for me in the last few years is is is moving from state to story to strategy meaning before you sit down to problem-solve or look at a grand challenge ahead of you or goal optimizing your state so optimizing your physiology first which then allows you to tell yourself an enabling story where you see different opportunities instead of just problems and only then deciding on or trying to come up with a strategy so that state stories strategy is related to the don't retreat into story because if you wake up in a funk or you're in a depressive period and you then have a disabling story about yourself or the world your strategies are gonna be be playing a B player

00:06:12 > strategies at best and they'll probably be really junior varsity so that's been a good little soundbite and progression that I've used a lot as well it's kind of cool that we get to go deep on stuff like this when I do affirmations and I actually do a lot of them in the neurofeedback stuff that I do the 40 years of Zen that like we write really powerful ones and if you look at like many different spiritual teachers a lot of times that like phrase it in a positive way so how would you phrase don't retreat into story and like what do you do instead of not doing something what do you do instead so this is this is this is I know common preference to have a a positive do as opposed to yeah usually do not I couldn't you can do it in my head yeah I you know the the don't retreat in his story has worked very well for me as a like a stop sign right which which which has been exceptionally useful as a pattern interrupt if I had to convert that into a positive

00:07:13 > affirmation yeah it would probably be look through the Lutton look through the right lens perhaps oh there you go I'd like to tell yourself the right story is in my a meeting the vibe yeah maybe tell yourself the right story or more so look at what's in front of you so really trying to to the extent possible nonreactive ly without emotional baggage that I have developed through trauma Ormus past mistakes yeah assess the situation dispassionately so someone on the phone for instance appears to be very Curt and rude to you don't assume that they have some personal vendetta against you and they're trying to ruin your day maybe they're just hungry maybe they need a sandwich maybe they're thirsty maybe they need totally go to the bathroom and their boss won't let them until the next the next hour clicks through whatever it might be so I would say look through the road the right lens is probably if I had to pick one as an adjunct oh okay that that really helps me understand the the don't retrain your story which which makes good sense but that that's powerful advice I I believe listeners will will benefit from from doing that

00:08:16 > because yeah if you believe your own lies and you're not gonna like your life no and there's there's actually a great book called radical acceptance and the title sounds very woowoo and I resisted it it was recommended several times to me and then I recommended twice both my guests on the podcast and then by a friend of mine who's in neuroscience PhD out of UCSF and then last is a damn crafters no no it was it's actually Daria Pinot now Daria Pete Rose who worked with Adam Ghazali at the galley lab and on top of that the Marea Popova who's just an incredible woman he runs brain pickings told me that Tara brach changed her life perhaps more than any other person because she listens to her guided meditations each morning in fact the same kind of meditation which is the 2010 smile meditation you can find it for free online but the Tara is the author of radical acceptance and radical acceptance is very good at helping you to contend with any let's call them

00:09:21 > handicapping driving emotions so one of my reflexive driving emotions for a long time still to certain extent now is anger like I use aggression and anger yeah and I've utilized it as a tool I've felt it to be in times an asset but everything in its excess becomes its opposite of course so that health becomes a major hindrance and I've wanted to curtail that and handle it but trying to suffocate it and push it away never worked it always came back tenfold and when you push the more he pushes yeah exactly so the book radical acceptance I found is very very helpful Tarbox a well-known meditation teacher and Buddhist thinker her Dharma talks are really good but that would be another example of learning to contend with and in some ways work with the the stories that you've accumulated that are no longer serving you that you tell yourself so I'm gonna ask a question that may sound odd but I don't think it'll sound odd to you but to listeners it may but just bear with me for a minute okay a while back I think it

00:10:22 > might have been in your South by Southwest talk like your first one you mentioned something about how you had some sort of birth trauma I don't remember what it was do you think and the reason I'm asking this is I was born with the cord wrapped on my neck I had to do a lot of like self reprogramming because of my story it was like the world is a threatening place and I should kill everyone who's gonna you even mess with me a little bit and like that was costing me a lot biologically and I don't have that program anymore but it was like 10 years of digging in you know reprogramming and all that do you think that that's why you went to anger or do you think there's other reasons I think there are probably other reasons it may be a factor I don't know I was born premature I was in the ICU for a long and has 2000 about transfusions I couldn't oxygenate my blood properly and my still my left lung still has issues and actually have a lot of thermoregulatory problems as a result of that so I've been hospitalized for heatstroke a couple of times I think the be perhaps consequence of that that has led to using anger and rage as a coping

00:11:23 > mechanism is up until about six straight it's very very small I was extremely small and just got my ass kicked daily I fell do it I got my ass kicked on a daily basis and the the way that I was able in a few instances at least to fend that off was just by going ten times batshit crazy and just being more of a hassle than the other puny kids are getting their asses gift but I had to go completely insane and turn into a banshee so perhaps that was put into a container and never quite dissipated but that's that's also speculation I think that if you look at some of the males in my family too and I don't want to absolve myself of responsibility certainly but it there seems to be just some genetic hardwiring that makes us a little a little quick a little quick on the draw and who knows you know so maybe I'm closer to the Rottweiler than the Labrador of the human species I don't know that's

00:12:26 > awesome that's it by the way a great tweet now did you learn more from from writing tools of titans than you did from the discussions themselves or what were the discussions like really meaty or was it like the processing of the discussion that really brought the knowledge for the other discussions the discussions were very helpful in and of themselves and I clarified a lot of my own thinking talking through things in these two to three-hour conversations but what I wasn't able to do and in fact I never plan on writing this book so I wanted to put together a cliff notes for myself of all of the most practical tactical recommendations of my guests just for myself so I took a month off and took my my parents two pair because my mom had never been my dad hadn't been since the 60s to digest to go through ten thousand plus pages of transcripts to go through my handwritten notes in Evernote notes on all the

00:13:27 > things that the guests had taught me afterwards once we became friends and to create this this condensed distilled version just for me as a reference book and then I got to you know two hundred fifty thousand words and I was like what okay if I'm gonna go to this trouble I might as well just polish it up and share it and this is something might my fans have been asking for and the reason that or I should say the reason but one of the ways in which it became very interesting is that I was able to spot patterns across a two-year arc and so I would say oh my god like that weird thing that Edie cooked the memory champion from the UK did when he was feeling overwhelmed that related to looking at the Stars or thinking about the Stars is exactly what BJ Miller this MD I mentioned does himself and they were just a year and a half apart and separated by an ocean and I wouldn't have put them together had I not been combing through all of the details or noticing that the the chili pad I'm not sure familiar with this device but oh yeah I was one of the first guys to launch silently well there you go so the

00:14:29 > chili pad came up multiple times for a handful of folks and lo and behold yeah actually changing the sleep temperature from underneath can have huge impact and or documentaries weird documentaries like the up series sometimes called the 7up series from the UK where they track the same people every seven years from something like I'm making this up but like third grade until 50 years old yeah I know that stuff and so this that that documentary series was brought up multiple times but I didn't remember noticing that because they were so spread out so for me stepping out a bit and looking at the three thousand foot view or thirty thousand foot view enabled me to see the matrix or the the the patterns and the emergent properties all these weird things that I don't think I would have been able to to pinpoint or use properly had I not done it so it was really it was really this

00:15:30 > the first book that was fun for me to put together I find writing really really difficult it's not true for some people I know Malcolm Gladwell he just loves writing so the tougher it is the more entertaining fun in this room I'm not like that I think that that tends to be journalists who are accustomed to daily deadlines or tight turnarounds who develop that type of psychology or come into it that way so there's a survivorship bias but for me writing is hard it's really punishing and this book was the first one that was fun to put together and I noticed as I was writing the book this is kind of cool on a very meta level is that I got calmer and I got more effective and the process improved for writing the book as I was picking up all of these bits and pieces and absorbing them it was really wild this first time I've had that kind of meta experience and it just made sense at that point for myself and for I think other people to break it up in the way that I did and to sort of the healthy wealthy and wise because what I what I

00:16:32 > also began to wonder as I was going through this for myself maybe I should include this in an updated version of the 4-hour workweek oh maybe I should include this an updated version for our body oh maybe I should include this and updated version before our chef and I was like well look if healthy wealthy and wise is good enough for Ben Franklin then why don't I just effectively take everything I would update my last three books with and put it in to tools of tightness so that's effectively what it is for me as well it's kind of an update for all three books at once yeah that's a good way to position I like that yeah how did how do you make the you make the cut to be a Titan like what makes you a Titan well I think to me I think being a Titan is twofold you need to reach the top of your field so let's just call it the top 1% the top tier of your field however that is defined and you need to have overcome many obstacles or defeated many opponents to get there so if you're just part of the lucky sperm Club

00:17:34 > and have inherited hundreds of millions of dollars and have happened to somehow they go way through ISM to be the CEO of a gigantic company that does not qualify you you have to you have to have endured hardship and one of the reasons I decided to make this a book and not just keep it for myself is that there's this really dangerous an unfortunate delusion and illusion out there which is the people on the magazine covers haven't figured out and I can't and I can't do what they do because I'm this flawed normal human being and when you start looking at these profiles and in the book it's a long book as all my books are it's like seven hundred and four pages but about three hundred and fifty four hundred of it is based on the past interviews the rest is all branded stuff from new guests from past guests from me and I wanted to really underscore the fact that all of these titans these so-called superheroes that we think of as

00:18:36 > invincible and flawless creatures and now they're just like us they're walking around with their weaknesses they're walking around their insecurities they have extremely tough days just like we do and in almost every case they've simply figured out there are one or two maybe write one or two core strengths that they can then develop habits and routines around yeah and coping mechanisms around and I find that very encouraging and in the process of interviewing a lot of these folks it's really helped build my confidence or at least willingness to try new things and to really stick my neck out there because you realize that they all these people have some version of the same fear or fears that we all do and that's very very important because if people view hero dizzier as someone they could never emulate because that person started with a hundred times better materials in every possible respect and doesn't have any of the same

00:19:37 > fears or weaknesses or insecurities or bad days they're never going to take step one towards improving in that general direction for the most part and I want to completely do mantle and remove that excuse because it's an illusion this sir don't believe everything you think once again when you talk to some like really successful people a friend of mine a venture capitalists in Silicon Valley named cool us at a profoundly poor beginning in India and he's you know a major power player at one of the big VC firms and and you see this over and over but you don't know the backstory or you only know what you were told and and so you've had a chance to hang out with with some of these people and I've a different set of but similar very successful business people people in YPO the young presidents organization I think you have some connection there too yeah yeah I've done a couple of events with them ok cool so I'm like a member of this but they're like so are just like you were saying you made me think of it like like no no nepotism here and

00:20:38 > when you talk to these guys like some of them are I really profoundly unhappy but they're like I've got a company it's worth tens of millions and you know I have a helicopter or whatever but like they bear working and they're struggling and they have like their crappy days and I think especially for your audience that people are listening to this it it really it's a service you're providing them by by pointing that out Tim because there aren't really any superheroes like that there's some people feel less pain and so we pop more skills and others but everyone works right yeah everyone works or has work to do and just to underscore something you said I'm not gonna name names here but a friend of mine who is I would say a very content and reflective let's just call it happy guy at this point it wasn't always the case extremely high achiever I mean sort of a name brand name type book he went to this dinner in Silicon Valley and everyone at the table had at least 200 million dollars and they're drinking ten

00:21:42 > thousand dollar bottles of wine that are just kind of stacked up by the hundreds in the basement and they were in listening to the dinner he said you would assume that they were they've just been laid off from Burger King and had five kids and couldn't pay their mortgage they were so deeply unhappy and so depressing to be around because of their pessimism or cynicism I would say even worse in a way that it highlights the importance for me and this is something I've really tried to work on in the last few years and why this book is I think very different in a sense to the 4-hour workweek doesn't it doesn't controvert any of it it doesn't contradict it but it's an important supplement the last section this wise section focuses a lot on how to program yourself so that you're taken care of not just the achievement piece the type a set goals knock them down on to the

00:22:45 > next thing but also the appreciation gratitude component which is much more present tense yeah and I remember hearing at one point that depression was being stuck in the past and anxiety is being stuck in the future well exactly right so if you're stuck in the future as many people are if you are good at goal setting and goal achieving you are probably spending a high percentage of your time in the future which is why I think or at least partly why so many successful people are highly anxious and take xanax I mean a in a disturbing but not too surprising now percentage of CEOs I know in Silicon Valley are on xanax and a whole slew of different angle medications and I think that isn't part of because they're taking care of only half of the puzzle the other half being present tense which would include different types of say meditative or mindfulness practices so the most common or one of the most common patterns across all of these world-class performers is they have some type of

00:23:47 > let's call it mindfulness practice and by that I'll define that because I think it's a word thrown around a lot I'll just say mindfulness practice is something that it is a rehearsal or practice or routine that helps you to develop present state focus and an awareness of your thoughts that's it and it can take many forms so you have some people like Arnold Schwarzenegger who did transmittal meditation for a year or twice a day stopped and then soft persistent effect for decades and he took he took the sensibility the mantra approach and basically translated it transferred it to his workouts then you find people like I mentioned Maria Popova who listens to the same guided meditation audio every morning from Table Rock then you have let's just say for pasta and so on but it can take or headspace app whatever you might want to use but then there are a lot of these folks who listen to single tracks of music on repeat it came up at least in a dozen times and Matt Mullenweg who's thought of as the lead developer

00:24:48 > of WordPress which now powers mode 25% of the internet he he wrote a large portion of the codebase listening to the same track or tracks on repeat also following a polyphasic sleep schedule yeah that's crazy pants yeah and it came up over and over again Alex Honnold the superstar phenom of rock climbing listens to the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack over and over and over and over again which I had to buy just to be like I've seen the movie maybe 15 years ago but let's try it out tomorrow I'm glad you said that I I never thought of it that way but there's yeah there's one soundtrack I've probably heard 20,000 times it's it's like a 1994 weird mashup of North African and electronic dance music stuff and I listen to because no matter how much let's do it it's too complex to comprehend the whole thing so your brain goes with that and then stops thinking yeah a lot of my books are written in that way I go into

00:25:49 > a flow state but I have to have like good music on to go into the flow States right and then writing is like a release for me yeah otherwise though it's painful but it's like if I don't write it I'll be unhappy but if I do write it without the right mental state it doesn't work yeah no exactly so if I listen to I've been listening to and you might actually like this beats antique is love it yeah I love beats engine is amazing so I when I wrote this book I listened to three sets of music forced morning afternoon evening for different physiological states and some were from winding down some from were from winding up and with in the case of say beats antique or any of these things I think that it's it's it's exceptionally similar to using a mantra in TM you're effectively turning on the equivalent of a thought white noise machine so that your monkey mind stops bouncing around in your head like a ricocheting bullet and so these types of tricks are really really common

00:26:51 > and I have to tell you man the the the tools in say wise for instance I would have in my 20s thought that they would make you weaker that they would obtain that they would they would they would detract from your ability to be competitive and what I've realized is for probably fifteen years I never recovered properly and mentally and emotionally this physically I was journaling all of my workouts tracking my strength gains that I had covered but it was compartmentalized and that if if if you're really driven in Taipei and you're not willing to think of doing something called meditation because it has a terrible brand and Jim needs a new you know brain bath or something it just needs a new makeover because it's carrying so much baggage then you can think of it as non sleep recovery so if you do this for 20 minutes you will get the equivalent more like two to three hours of sleep in terms of restorative

00:27:52 > effect and just to reiterate that point there was a time when I said I'm going to become a morning person so I woke up at 5:00 a.m. every day for two years I biologically I'm not a morning person the the power of when the the recent book that just came out about over chronobiology that really helped me just see it you know I I'm a night person and I'm happiest and I'm actually biologically healthier if I stay up later and wake up later but I did this for five for a long time in the deal was I'm still gonna stay up late so I cut my sleep but I found an hour of breathing and meditation in the morning at 5:00 a.m. from five to six was equal to two hours of lost sleep and you could do that indefinitely right yeah and that's the recovery piece you're talking yeah exactly and if we're defining mindfulness also as and we don't have to dwell on on this this just piece of it because we could certainly go into all the crazy physical stuff as well and all the drugs and all the other good all the other forget that all the other goodies but I the anything

00:28:54 > that involves counting all so this came up can act very effectively as a mindfulness tool again because it is it is making you aware of your thoughts it could be an external mantra and it is it is focusing you in the present state any type of lifting with cadence so let's say you're lifting five seconds up five seconds down two seconds at four seconds down yeah very effective this is what Arnold Schwarzenegger noticed or let's just say you're swimming and you're breathing on every third stroke or you're keeping track of your how many strokes you are using a per length because you're trying to optimize your your sort of stride length so to speak like that will also contribute to a mindfulness effect in 4-hour workweek you mentioned art of living breathing exercises don't you I might have I might have yeah it's like dude it's been a while since I read 4-hour workweek myself I respect that yeah did you practice art of living uh maybe it's the

00:29:56 > lack of sleep maybe it's the amount of caffeine I've consumed today but I am NOT it is not ringing a bell for that well the the reason I'm the reason that the canary is it's a set of breathing exercises where you have to always count like you did 20 of these and you put your hands in this position if your hands in this position i I did it for five years with a bunch of like uber successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs came out of India and that thing about counting it's so legit if you breathe out counting it doesn't work but I've actually never I've never heard of it so I'll check it out no that's alright that's not me so you're basically doing like a super slow motion Macarena but counting as you do it and really well you you you hold you hold you here for like 20 seconds okay I am going to go back and I swear I can see it in my eye maybe like I think that it was like a 1 it was a and there's other things like this that are also effective it might if I was guessing you must have taken it yeah I mean it oh you know what you know what I think you're thinking of it is there's a portion on I think it's in the filling the void chapter where I

00:30:58 > talk about different types of retreats that I might recommend yes that's where there you go but it wasn't the breathing exercise specifically it was a whole retreat exactly there were a set of retreats and I also talked about spirit rock and silent retreats yes and then among those was yard living that's great well your your caffeine problem was overcome there because that was exactly realized so nice job remember I told was guessing you must think it's only 2005 when I wrote that no that's that's remarkable so some of those memory hacks yeah we work in Tim's actually write about that counting thing in fact it's such a big deal that I worked with my friends at bio hacked in order to create a new kind of brain training we partnered with Bill Harris from Center Point a guy who's been a guest on bulletproof radio multiple times who's spoken on the bulletproof stage one of the top brain hacking audio experts out there and we're using bill's technology from Center Point to put your brain into an altered state and then we have you do a

00:31:59 > counting memory training exercise it's fascinating because when you put yourself in an altered state using sound frequencies an altered state where normally you can't remember anything you're actually not supposed to be able to remember anything during that time but that's where creativity and intuition and things like that happen with this new neuro minor software you can actually mine what's going on your nervous system because we train you to remember what happens when you're in different brain States it takes about 20 minutes a day you do it every day for about a month and then you do periodic brush ups for listeners of bulletproof radio you can head on over to biohack calm that's bi o h AC ke d calm and if you use the coupon code bulletproof you can save 20 bucks off a neuro minor subscription it's an annual subscription it's all web-based it's very easy to use you basically put on a blindfold put on your earphones and you do the memory exercises while listening to these sound files it's amazing what happens to your creativity and your intuition new kind of memory training and it's exactly what

00:33:02 > Tim and I are just talking about here it's counting and it's using counting and other technology to get you in the altered state where your creativity and intuition happen bio hacked comm and the coupon code is bulletproof to save 20 bucks off a subscription to neuro minor now what do what do Titans do in the morning okay so there's a good news good news not good news bad news so when you were just talking about trying to become a morning person so there are general trends that you see in the interviews and the sample size that I have which is about 200 maybe a few more and as far as what they do in the morning the good news on top of that is that for every pattern that you spot there is someone who does the exact opposite thing which I find very reassuring because you when I what I remember when I first started looking at the patterns I was like Jocko willing a superstar revered Navy SEAL commander

00:34:05 > wakes up at 4:30 in the morning and then out to the next purpose and I saw 4:30 in the morning I was like oh no I don't want to wake up at 4:30 in the morning and then I came across BJ Novak who's like you know what like I stumble out of bed it takes me until 11 o'clock to really kick into proper gear before I can do anything productive and I'm paraphrasing here but the exceptions make the rule in the innocence so in the morning I will tell you that I can give you some of some of the things I've picked up so I could talk about what I do in part in the morning which is reflective of a lot of what what I picked up the the meta observation is that if you were to ask what routine is the most important to have if I want to emulate these Titans I would just say the important thing isn't the routine that you follow it's that you have a routine you follow so every almost every single person at least in a few areas of their lives including the mornings for

00:35:06 > many of them put as many things on the autopilot as possible so for instance Scott Adams creator of Dilbert and wake up at exactly the same time have walked down the stairs you will eat a particular type if I think builder's bar same flavor every day press a button on his coffee machine have his coffee cup the exact same cup of coffee every day and so forth and so on so that he's not in any way expending his limited number of mental calories and decision-making willpower on things that don't matter and don't correlate to his unique strengths so that you observed over and over and over again I will say one thing that a fan actually observed it's funny when I ask people what what do you do in the first 90 minutes of you day and no one says I take a shit like it never came up it never came up and I'm like wow these people are cyborgs they never go to the bathroom so I think there's some artful omission going on but yeah no one says like I wake up and I go to the bathroom and I swipe I swipe right on tinder for

00:36:09 > a half hour that doesn't come up very often but there are a few things that do come up a lot so morning meditation before any inputs is very dominant and that could be 10 minutes on something like calm or headspace quite a few people also use headspace to go to sleep then you will have let's say the 20 minute TM people for whatever reason and again I don't know the explanation for this but a high percentage of the men end up gravitating towards trans dental limitation and a high percentage of the women end up gravitating towards the pasta meditation so go figure that I see that too and we look at their brain waves in the 40 years of Zen program and people do TM it's interesting some of them have like profound brain waves and some of them have like flat brain waves like it's like like there's a way to do it wrong and if you're doing it wrong and you don't know it you're like oh but we see some really powerful brains that way and the pasta no it's so intense for 10 days right yeah it's hard to get 10 days off oh yeah to do a retreat is intense I mean and there are exceptions like sam Harris who I think is an expert

00:37:10 > meditator and has very good guided meditations tends more towards the pasta side of things then ok so here's one pattern in a 45 year old or older males not eating breakfast very common not eating any breakfast at all or one meal per day primarily say an early issue dinner like 6:00 7:00 p.m. and that came up over and over and over again whether it was or an extremely minimal breakfast so you'd have General Stanley McChrystal primarily one meal per day wim HOF Dutch daredevil same story and you just go down the line Malcolm Gladwell and it's a long list they're all male the ones who skip breakfast or skip two out of three meals of the day that was very very exceptionally common high percentage make their beds in the morning and keep in mind a lot of these people are extremely extremely rich and

00:38:11 > this one came up for me in two ways and it seems like such a small thing now this is a small thing that makes a big difference to the extent that even when I'm in a hotel I will put do not disturb on the door for the entire time of effort all generally I don't like people to vent I don't like people touching myself yeah and I will make my own bed and it's not because they won't make it it's because well there are few reasons so let me backpedal or just rewind so done Tapani this former Indian monk I met at one point in Toronto and he after listening to be gave a presentation talk about so much challenges he said you should start making your bed and I was like what and he and he explained his rationale and I think it's very well explained by there's a military figure I think his Navy former Navy commander named McRaven and he gave this presentation in a commencement speech he talked about why making your bed was so important and there are there a few

00:39:12 > elements number one and there are few of these he mentioned a few of these are observations of mine so the first is you're starting with exerting control over one thing you have control over there are many aspects of your life that will be subject to external factors fortune outside of your control right this is within your sphere of control so your first exerting control and exerting order on one thing that you have total control over if you start your day there chances are you're also going to end your day bookend with seeing something that you've accomplished even if the tired Avis sideways so you build this momentum with that first act and what what I've observed is that for people who spend a lot of time in their home environment external clutter tends to create internal clutter even if it's just a little bit tousled and things are kind of thrown around if you are exposed to seeing that on a regular basis I find that it creates an internal disorder you

00:40:14 > and that might only be five percent off but that's five percent over the course of a hundred days three hundred days adds up so for me it has become this tiny thing that allows me to book in my day and I go straight from that to meditation and it has a an incredibly disproportionate positive effect on my days it sounds so ridiculous to say but if McRaven saying it if Dom Tapani saying it and I've talked to a number of people these are people with hundreds of millions of dollars who will make their own beds in their hotels they stay in places okay maybe there's something to it and and also a big part of of vetting things for tools of titans is just testing everything and I tested everything that's in there and there's no matter how absurd if I saw it as a pattern I'm like okay that seems ridiculous I don't see how it could work why it would work but if it came up five times

00:41:15 > oddly enough people are different countries they don't know one another fuck it I'll try it and lo and behold who knew and I should point out also this is not a Four Seasons situation I'm not spending a lot of time on this the sheets are still a disaster I just take the blanket and straighten that out on top and then put the pillows ahead in some symmetrical fashion so it literally takes me 30 seconds to do it is not very involved at all I could and now I can see it I made you remind me of a trauma I probably have to resolve when I was a kid my mom was gonna make make your bed yeah it was I'll pay you a nickel to make your bed and I looked at him like no way like a dime like no hay and there's like there's no amount of money to pay me make my bed because I just don't want to make yeah there is that I to this day I don't but maybe I maybe I should well the nice thing about all this stuff is if you have a buffet of options to choose from and let's just say you study

00:42:18 > to successful people or in this case 200-plus elite performers you don't have to do it all so I have let's just say four or five things that I try to do or I would like to do in an ideal morning but if I check off three of those then the likelihood of me having what I would consider a successful day is 3 X higher and so you have you know the making the bed and then I will meditate that's that's step number 2 and that that takes different forms I do it in different ways whether it's the guided meditation like smile meditation I mentioned or listening to sam harris typically doing a transcendental meditation session at least a few times a week because it's not gear dependent which i like to have as just a form of adaptability then i'll have any type of blood draw or your analysis that i would want to do first thing in the morning that tends to be more frequent if i'm aiming for

00:43:20 > ketosis or fasting in some fashion usually it's looking at my billable or ketone concentration any type of supplements are drugs that might be better absorbed on an empty stomach or low glucose / insulin levels and then i'm doing primarily tea these days and very often that will include either some type of say MCT like the XC tea which I have in my house or some type of insulin yeah for like a state of some other type or coconut oil but it's generally going to be heavily MCT or beta-hydroxybutyrate weighted so i've been playing around for instance with the products which have been actually no affiliation if I've been quite impressed with how palatable they've made some of their stuff and portable have you have you tested it for from aldehyde or acetone no I have it by my you might want to write I've tested every BHB salt on the on the planet but

00:44:21 > I looked at launching why just synthesize man ketones three years ago ketone esters yeah and I can't find a manufacturer Tim anywhere that doesn't hit alarmingly high but but still legal levels of from alive so if you're doing multiple doses seriously like pay attention to that because you know about metabolic pathways from yeah yeah body hacking stuff yeah I'll check it out I'll check it out I know I know that it's based on a formulation of course the formulation of the manufacturing are different but a formulation developed at least in part I think wholly by Dominic D'Agostino and oh yeah so the formulation wouldn't be the issue but yeah you're right I mean it's a manufacturer makes you do and yes not it's not the molecule it's the the impurities present yeah there's a reason that there isn't a bulletproof brand of ketone salt I've been like salivating over this I don't I I can't get it to the standards where I'd want to put my name on it yeah this is these beware yeah this is something and I also have straight from the lab Dom ketones but

00:45:22 > that's the drinking diesel kind yeah I have those too yeah this is generally if I'm taking something like that it's going to be generally speaking no more than two or three servings a week because I'm very often doing it during say a three day fast where I want to see if I can simply boost my pre-existing ketone levels by say even 1 to 1.5 millimolar --za ditional yep so I'm also also also doing sometimes half servings but anyway that's part of it and then journaling journaling is a very consistent habit among dozens of the people that I interviewed also tends to happen in the morning and the journaling concerned and is very nebulous if you don't explain what version I'm referring to there there are many different types so morning pages along the lines of Julia camera in the artist's way three longhand free memory

00:46:24 > book cages a day came up repeatedly for writers specifically entertainment writers so Brian Koppelman who's has great podcasts of his own but he's an incredible writer so rounders co-wrote that Ocean's thirteen and then co-created billions which is his own show time right now fantastic he's recommended morning pages too he said probably a hundred people Ted actually took him up on it and did it and of those ten something like nine have had multiple hits in on the stage on television and I've sold screenplays many of which have been made into films so the percentage hit rate is is very very high I tend to use something called the five-minute journal quite a bit which I also have no affiliation oh yes yeah those guys are friends - yeah great yeah yeah they're good guys and it's it's it's really a way of particularly in the morning pages it's a way of locking your thinking on paper so

00:47:25 > that you can improve it in my mind well they're two different actually purposes the first I would say is purging your demons and anxieties and weird undefined worries onto the page so you can see a how ridiculous they are and to simply remove them from your mind for the majority of the day so you can get things done and secondly it's I found it very helpful for problem solving because the emergency brakes of life meaning these petty concerns or monsters that we've made out of molehills mentally that we think involve all these high stakes and consequences once you put them on paper you see that they have little or no consequences whatsoever well the risk is really low and writing for me is a way of developing and and in refining my thinking at least in the journal form generally that's what I'm looking at that pops up a whole hell of a lot any other there are other weird

00:48:27 > things that people do in the morning I remember one Mike Birbiglia who's a very very success one of the world's most successful comedians and stand-up comics also writes a lot in terms of screenplays he realize he was putting off his screenplay he was procrastinating we would do anything but continue working in a screenplay but he didn't procrastinate if he had a meeting if he had a lunch meeting or a conference call he was always early and so he took took a post-it note and he told me when he was explaining she said I'm embarrassed to even explain this because it seems so silly he said he took a post-it note and all the post-it note which he put next to his bed it said Mike three exclamation points you have a meeting with yourself at 7 a.m. at such-and-such coffee shop to work on your screenplay and it actually worked for him there are these time you know there are these tiny little things like that that are really small and the downside of testing that was very minimal right or you take someone like a Noah Kagan very successful entrepreneur who uses quite a

00:49:29 > few different technological tools to help them so you might use a what a browser extension or or it's called Facebook newsfeed Eradicator it just removes your Facebook newsfeed if you visit Facebook what you still can do you just can't look at your newsfeed and things along these lines freedom is another one that neil strauss eight-time york times best-selling author has used to prevent his lesser self from getting lost on the internet what he's supposed to be writing and he'll just then batch meaning he'll take open a separate document and list all the things he wants to research later using TK as a placeholder as he goes through so that when he's writing his writing and when he's researching he's researching as opposed to getting two paragraphs in and being like ah you know what like in your case all that study that citation will be on mitochondria and blah blah blah let me go to PubMed and then two hours later you're like oh my god I only have 30 minutes left to right and I have two paragraphs to avoid that whole problem so do your friends with with menu set the ER you know min each the the pavlok

00:50:31 > guy yeah I know yeah yeah I know major I know Rumi better than I know Manish probably but I know both of them yeah have you played around with shocking yourself when you do things you don't like I've caused many swears but I think is a bit crazy I'm an investor in his company yeah I'm sort of like full disclosure or whatever a very tiny investor because there was too funny not to invest in yeah you know I haven't I haven't I've experienced it so I've experienced the demo of his device and I think there is something to it I saw it very very early on so I think it is it has improved a lot at the time I wanted a software layer that would allow me to involve slightly more complex behaviors and with the geolocation I liked the idea of being able to shock oneself based on location so that if there are places you shouldn't visit like there's an ice cream shop in San Francisco that is very close to my house it's extremely famous and I don't always get lost and

00:51:33 > meander my way there but as a as a pattern interrupt I was like you know maybe it would be helpful to get a little a little buzz like hey I'm about to punch you and then a shock so I think there are some very interesting applications to it particularly I think if you can couple it with addictions like nicotine addiction yeah but I've been so focused at least on breaking addiction at looking at compounds like psilocybin and I began less so LSD but funding research at places like Johns Hopkins for that so I've been taking a slightly different path in the same in the slammer same arena at this point we're going to pause and end the first episode with Tim we had enough time to get two full episodes ends so go on to iTunes and make sure you're subscribed to bullet roof radio and while you're at it leave us a five star review I'm always grateful for those and it helps other people find the show the next episode

00:52:34 > with Tim that you'll hear we get to talk about some pretty cool stuff like ibogaine which is a hallucinogen that's used for drug and alcohol addiction treatment in a pretty meaningful way and Tim's own experience using this in a very unusual way you'll also hear about Tim's wine consumption and some of the other nutritional hacks that he's used to make himself more alcohol tolerant and of course we are going to talk about Tim's experience with Lyme disease if you're a longtime listener you know that I had chronic Lyme disease for a long time I actually don't believe that you get chronic Lyme without also having a an exposure to toxic mold at the same time Tim is fully recovered and is doing really well and he talks about sort of the nine months of where his brain just didn't work so it's pretty enlightening to see how someone who who definitely is also in the biohacking world also dealt with something like this so I think you'll learn a lot in this next episode and you'll have a good time here and well rat it we talked about in this episode counting and the effect counting

00:53:37 > and have on your mental processes you definitely should go to biohack comm and check out the new neuro minor software it's really cool you get a one-year subscription and if you use code bulletproof you can save $20 off of your subscription this is software that teaches you to count and remember when you're in altered states and we're using technology from Bill Harris of Centrepointe to help put you in an altered state using sound files very advanced technology really cool stuff stuff that I actually do myself that has helped me to tap into my creativity and my intuition I didn't really plan to talk with with Tim about counting but it just kind of naturally came up so I wanted to put this out there for you because if you're into improving the way your brain works this is a new and very unusual type of technology that's biohack calm and the product is called neuro minor in e uro mi NER just use code bulletproof and you can save twenty bucks