Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

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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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7 of the BEST Health TIPS of ALL TIME From the Worlds Leading Health Experts
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You understand the importance of being healthy. No one ever strives for sickness and suboptimal health conditions. There is no shortage of advice, tips, tricks and hacks for your health. Sleep more, eat this, don’t eat that, lift this, run more, drink more water, it feels like too much. Let’s break this down and keep it as simple and relevant as possible to help you optimize your overall health. David Sinclair is sharing 3 levels to help you reset your biological clock. Dr. Rahul Jundial is explaining how to intermittent fast while understanding the effect food has on your mind. Liz Josefsberg, Dr Steven Gundry and Dr. Alan Goldhamer simplify food’s relationship with your brain and gut health. Shawn Stevenson brings everything together to emphasize why diet and exercise amount to nothing without knowing how to sleep smarter.

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0:00 | Introduction Health Tips
0:29 | Tip #1 Reset Your Biological Clock
7:37 | Tip #2 Enhance Autophagy
14:01 | Tip #3 Intermittently Fast
22:07 | Tip #4 Better Relationships with Food
30:29 | Tip #5 Improve Your Gut Health
37:46 | Tip #6 Watch Your Salt Intake
43:10 | Tip #7 Sleep better


“We evolved to stay healthy and alive and fit to wear 40. And then the forces of natural selection decline after that” David Sinclair [2:04]

“We need to realize that certainly our body can have perturbations, but it doesn't mean you're always going to manifest symptoms of that [...] the body and the mind and the diet and lifestyle are so powerful.” Mike Mutzel [12:35]

“Food affects mind, food affects brain with that premise, we can talk about, okay, mine diet will hold off dementia, and intermittent fasting might make you feel like you've had a cup of coffee” Rahul Jundial [15:59]

“Aging, to me, is either the quick or slow breakdown of the gut wall.” Steven Gundry [30:31]

“When you think about the five pounds of bacteria that live in your gut, it may not be too good an idea to put too much of a preservative into that gut because it will alter the microflora” Alan Goldhamer [40:56]

“Our sleep quality is more important than our diet and exercise combined. What it does for our health and also literally our physical appearance. Fascinating stuff how much more fat you lose when you get optimal sleep.” Shawn Stevenson [44:45]

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Dec 02, 2021
Tom Bilyeu’s EYE OPENING Keynote on Success & Life Will Leave You SPEECHLESS
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“I want you from now and forever to imagine yourself standing in a room with 1000 doors, and your job is to know better than anyone else in the company - better than anyone else on the planet - which 999 of those doors to close. That's business.”

In my latest #keynote, I reveal the number one job of every business owner, explain the necessity of thinking from first principles, and challenge audience members to ask me the hardest business question they can think of.

This keynote was filmed at the Driven to Success event in Los Angeles, CA on September 25th, 2021

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I will teach you the skills I used to scale Quest into a $1B company. Visit and apply today!


00:00 | Introduction
01:55 | Wanting To vs Knowing How
11:14 | The Hardest Problem in Business
15:04 | The Physics of Progress
26:45 | Presenting Large Proposals
34:10 | Keep or Sell?
36:13 | When to Stop Injecting Money
42:52 | Scaling From 8 to 9 Figures
56:44 | Should I Hire More People?
1:06:19 | Chasing Fulfillment
1:09:38 | Chasing Money
1:12:56 | NFT’s & Investing
1:15:10 | Balancing Self-Education & Action
1:17:45 | Scaling in a Saturated Industry

“Your business won't fail because of lack of opportunity, your business will fail because you pursue the WRONG opportunity.” [14:15]

“Until you have so much clarity that you know what to do with the next 15 minutes, you're lost. If the next 15 minutes isn't self evident to you, you're lost. So whenever you're like, “I'm not sure what the next move is,” it's because you don't have enough clarity.” [19:11]

“If you can't solve a novel problem, all you can do is copy. Now you can make a career out of being a fast follower. But the only way to get where you want to go is to be able to solve a novel problem.” [22:41]

“The only way to win in life is to be more prepared than everybody else. If you want to win a gold medal in the Olympics, you actually have to be better at that sport than any other human being on planet Earth.” [32:15]

“You can learn anything - but you can also hire almost everything. So the only thing that you must get good at is decision making. If you're not good at decision making, you work for somebody else.” [42:21]

“I promise you, there is not a single problem in any business anywhere where the right set of questions won't lead you to the right answer.” [55:37]
Nov 30, 2021
This Is How You Achieve LASTING Change By Rewiring Your BELIEFS | Jonas Kaplan on Conversations with Tom
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It was reported that roughly 1 in 20 people report having at least one hallucination in a lifetime. Maybe it was drug induced or simply a dream. Either way, how is it that you can have vivid imagery about what feels like reality in the moment? Dr. Jonas Kaplan joins Tom in this conversation to discuss all the ways your brain is filling in the gaps of its own break in knowledge. The brain is truly fascinating to study and so important to understand when you want to be more open-minded and question your beliefs or get a better perception of and understanding of what reality truly is. Part of seeing reality as it really is versus how your brain predicts it to be is coming face to face with information that challenges the beliefs you hold. Jonas and Tom explore research studies that reveal the freaky nature of how our brains really work and ways you can hack your way past the overprotective nature of your brain. Dr. Jonas Kaplan is the Associate Professor of psychology at USC Brain and Creativity Institute, Co-Director of the Dana & David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, and Associate Director for Mindfulness and Neuroimaging for the USC Center for Mindfulness Science


0:00 | Introduction Jonas Kaplan
0:21 | Brain Illusions vs Reality
10:37 | Split Brain Confabulation
22:39 | Executive Function Network
26:04 | Changing Your Beliefs
32:20 | When Identity Is Challenged
41:37 | Mindfulness & Self Narrative
53:02 | Dissolution of Self
1:02:19 | Meaning Making & Stories
1:08:27 | Filmmaking & Neuroscience
1:13:51 | Hacking Your Brain
1:19:39 | Brain Body Malfunction
1:22:48 | Homunculus Sensory Map
1:28:23 | Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation


“The brain builds a model of the world that it has to navigate, right, it builds a simulated picture of what the world is like. That's where beliefs come from.” [2:29]

“The brain wants to create a consistent view of the world. And that provides a motivation to find information that's consistent with what we think.” [8:49]

“Everything's so interconnected that each region of the brain is not corresponding to one particular mental function for the most part...” [24:30]

“Most of us organize our lives in such a way that we never even really have to encounter evidence that challenges our beliefs.” [29:35]

“Feelings are the brain signals that there's some kind of a challenge going on to the body.” [33:37]

“There is probably some value in maintaining our beliefs, and protecting them to some degree, and also in sharing them with other people and building the connections that we have with other people based on shared models of reality” [38:01]

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Nov 25, 2021
Use This HOLIDAY Survival Guide to Make This Holiday Season the Best EVER! | Tom Bilyeu
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There’s no doubt that the holidays can be an extremely stressful time for many people.

Whether you’re dealing with loneliness and depression, family trauma, politically opinionated cousins, or staying disciplined with what you eat, there are a lot of landmines hidden among the holiday cheer.

The good news is there are also highly effective tools and tricks that can help you navigate all of the potential difficulties that can crop up this time of year.

By framing things in the right way, setting expectations for yourself and those around you, and looking for ways to find and deepen human connection, you can turn a potentially stressful time into one of the most beautiful times of the year.


00:00 | Introduction
00:47 | Dealing with Loneliness
10:24 | Maintaining Discipline at Holiday Meals
18:40 | Navigate Emotional Storms in the Family
32:25 | Working Through the Holidays?
37:06 | Faking It With Family
44:10 | Fill Your Heart With Love

“When you know you’re doing something for other people, you feel this deep sense of meaning and purpose. Doing that around the holidays I think can be a huge, huge win.” [6:19]

“Bright lines will work, no matter what it is, as long as you want the outcome enough to essentially torment yourself.” [12:53]

“We cannot control other people. You cannot make them deal with their mental health. That cannot be your responsibility.” [22:55]

“The whole punchline of life is to live a joyful life of fulfillment - that’s it.” [34:42]

“Having those bickering, biting, trauma-filled exchanges are their own punishment. You do not need to make it worse by trying to change people, convince them to be otherwise, or whatever.” [44:20]
Nov 23, 2021
This Is How You THINK Better, Faster & More Effective Than EVER Before | Tom Bilyeu
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Being able to focus and think critically and strategically seems to become more challenging on a daily basis. With social media algorithms hacking your attention and focus and everyday life happening at record speeds, you have to become intentional and almost overly protective of your brain. Tom is executing and delivering at an elite level 365 days a year (366 on a leap year) and make no mistake this is by design. Today, he is sharing the 4 main ways he cares for and nurtures his cognitive skills. Taking care of your brain requires that you are aware of all the ways your mental performance is impacted. Tom is sharing exactly what he does on a daily basis as a way of life to keep leveling up and outperforming the competition.

Tom’s Push Pull Split Workout Routine
Day 1: Pull - Back & Biceps
Day 2: Push - Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps
Day 3: Lower Body/Core - Legs & Abs


0:00 | Introduction Brain Optimization
1:40 | Workout to Fuel the Brain
5:16 | Reset with Meditation
11:26 | Eat to Boost Brain Power
23:35 | Sleep to Clear & Reset You Mind


“Managing your neurochemistry is one of the single most important things you can do.” [5:49]

“Meditation is a magical way that nature has given us where you can reset that to absolute zero to where you feel completely calm and creative and anchored. It is truly a phenomenal gift of evolution” [6:24]

“You miss one night's sleep and there is a catastrophic cascade of biological problems that will present themselves rapidly.” [24:02]

“Being tired is a unique ring of hell, I do not understand people who are prepared to go their entire lives fatigue. It makes everything worse.”
Nov 18, 2021
The WORK ETHIC of these A-LIST Celebrities Will BLOW Your Mind
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You may be familiar with the saying work hard, play hard, but how does hard work translate to your work ethic? Work ethic is developed and is something that can be improved upon over time. Strong work ethic not only gets the job done, it pulls a driven person through some of the most difficult situations that would deter the common person from even trying. In this episode, you’re going to hear how some of Hollywood's most successful people have decades long careers with monumental success. If you think their talent was enough, guess again. These actors and actresses work just as hard at their skills and their craft as Michal Jordan or Kobe Bryant before the big game. Their successes speak of themselves.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” -Tim Notke

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0:00 | Introduction to Work Ethic
1:22 | Hilary Swank: Get Competitive
10:15 | John Travolta: Handle People
22:10 | Meagan Good: Push the Limits
30:38 | Matthew McConaughey: Earn It


“Our biggest competitor is really ourselves [...] overcoming that obstacle of your mind is the number one thing to tackle in pursuing your dreams and your goals.” Hillary Swank [5:59]

“That is super important to be competitive with other people, because they're the ones that push us out of our comfort zone that we didn't even know we were living in.” Hillary Swank [8:24]

“You have to get rid of the people who don't want to play the same game as you do.” John Travolta [13:51]

“When you push yourself beyond what you think is capable, you suddenly realize how capable you are and you're able to just keep pushing and cranking.” Meagan Good [24:53]

“I want to be satisfied and thankful with this is good and this is enough, but I don't want to get comfortable in the sense of like, I know that I can access more. I want to access everything that there is for me to get until there's nothing left.” Meagan Good [28:08]

“So to actually have true freedom, we have to take certain risks. We have to be responsible, more responsible for certain things for ourselves, who we are constantly investigating and interrogating our better selves, to say I'm going to be a little bit better at this tomorrow.” Matthew McConaughey [42:55]
Nov 16, 2021
Everything You Know About the BRAIN is WRONG! Here’s How the Brain ACTUALLY Works | Ian McGilchrist
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Iain McGilchrist, renowned psychiatrist, author and thinker joins Tom to share some of the key ideas he writes about in his latest 2 volume book, The Matter of Things. Part of what he proposes is that you keep an open mind and be aware that the ideas and images people are so strongly influenced by are in fact myths and stories. The version of what you see in your reality matters to what you decide to see and live your life by.

“It doesn't matter what you look at, it matters what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau

So much of what the world is and who we are is not understood. To think you fully grasp the complexities of consciousness, matter, space and time would be wildly ignorant. Iain perfectly quotes psychologist William James, “ignorance is a sea and knowledge is a drop in that ocean” In this conversation Iain explores ideas of how little we truly know about the cognitive function of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. He highlights the beauty and complexity of order in the universe even where we are unable to fully grasp and understand the order. He’s calling people to be open to the seemingly random chaos and meaninglessness of life to find a better way to live and a better vision of the world we live in. The path of doing so challenges you to embrace the many paradoxical reactions occurring all around us in nature.

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0:00 | Introduction Dr. Iain McGilchrist
2:10 | Split Brain Connection
8:50 | Unity of Opposite Hemispheres
22:08 | The Brain Shapes Reality
27:49 | Objective Reality & Co-Creation
35:10 | 3 Pathways to One Vision
44:16 | The Sacred and Divine
55:44 | Why Belief Matters
1:05:53 | Left Sided Paradox
1:10:57 | Neutralizing Left Sided Thinking


“Everything that exists, not just in the brain, but in physics, in the world at large in nature, depends on a combination of division and union [...] There needs to be the synthesis of union with division.” [8:59]

“Both hemispheres do everything in some way, but it's all about that ‘in some way’. It's the how not the what. So they do the ‘what’ of the same things, but they do the how of them completely differently.” [12:47]

“The emotional brain is as much the left hemisphere as the right. It specializes in anger, irritability, and doesn't like being crossed.” [28:43]

“Neurology and theology are not at war with one another, they are seeing the same realities just at slightly different levels and in different ways.” [35:42]

“If you want to know about a human being, the brain is a pretty central place to start.” [39:32]

“I would be giving the wrong impression if I said that I know anything about what God is, or I’m a believer in whatever, but it will also be equally wrong to say, ‘I dismiss this or I don't believe it’.” [56:21]

“Belief is not about believing six impossible things before breakfast. It's about a disposition of your mind towards the world.” [57:36]

“We need to be able to keep away from this way of reducing our understanding, keeping ourselves open to all and wonder, keeping ourselves with a little humility about what our intellects can actually do, and having compassion for people who disagree with us.” [59:57]

“We should live in a world where there is virtually nothing that you can't say, it's how you say it.” [1:11:56]

“There are four main pathways to the truth, science, reason, intuition, and imagination. Any worldview that tries to get by without paying due respect to all four of these is bound to fail.” Iain McGilchrist read by Tom [1:16:48]

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Nov 11, 2021
This Is How You Use DOPAMINE As A SUPERPOWER In Your Life | Anna Lembke
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From the time you were born, dopamine receptors in your brain have been firing off to keep you alive, to keep you motivated and keep you focused on pursuing something worthwhile. If you were born in the digital age of technology where electronic devices and social media started affecting your life directly or indirectly. You easily start feeling like you're not enough, there’s something missing or like you should be doing more than you are.

Anna Lembke is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She writes, “humans are the ultimate seekers.” Because of the way we are wired with the flood of hormones and chemicals released physiologically, we are always looking for the next dopamine hit without ever consciously identifying and labeling it. So, if it is in your nature to pursue a reward that is ever elusive, what reward do you decide to focus on?

In this episode, Anna and Tom explore why using the love of the pursuit as a drug of choice to get dopamine rewards can be very dangerous. Anna also explains the pleasure pain balance and why too much pleasure and too much positive overload is still a form of stress to watch out for.

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0:00 | Introduction to Anna Lembke
1:00 | Pursuit is Rewarding
10:12 | Dopamine Insensitivity
16:17 | Pleasure Pain Balance
26:24 | Dopamine Reset
29:21 | Cannabis Use & Potency
34:07 | Pornography Addiction
39:56 | Truth Telling Reward
50:38 | Spirituality in Neurochemistry
59:05 | Social Media Connection
1:12:16 | To Exert Will or Not
1:25:10 | Danger in Striving


“We are hardwired to approach pleasure and avoid pain. And that's really at the heart of our dopamine reward system.” [7:50]

“Any deviation from neutrality is actually a form of stress. In fact, biologists define stress as a deviation from neutrality.” [18:33]

“The richest countries in the world are the countries that have the most suicide, anxiety, depression, and physical pain.” [24:22]

“Because our primitive brains were not wired for an easy, hyper convenient world, we are suffering as a result of all of this access to these feel good things.” [25:10]

“If social media is the main place, or the only place where you get validation, and you feel connected, that's really dangerous.” [1:06:55]

“Don't do the easy thing to get rid of the pain, far better to suffer and come up with a long term solution” Tom Bilyeu [1:08:45]

“The interesting part here is it isn't winning a championship, it's becoming capable of a championship performance.” Tom Bilyeu [1:26:34]

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Nov 09, 2021
These Experts REVEAL How You Can REVERSE AGING and Stay Young LONGER
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How much have you entertained the idea of living forever, living past 100 years, or at the very least living wrinkle free well into your 70s? The anti-aging services market is projected to reach $35.4 billion by 2026! People are obviously interested in staying younger longer or living longer than ever before. Beyond physical youth, what should you consider when thinking of longevity? We are presenting 7 experts across different mediums of health to give you the 7 best tips for living a longer, healthier, more fulfilling life. We start with the aging expert, Dr. David Sinclair, explaining why stress is best when you allow proper recovery, and take you through tips on exercise and exploring why longevity without quality of life may not be too appealing.

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0:00 | Introduction
0:34 | TIP #1 Stress Your Body
06:21 | TIP #2 Eat High Quality Proteins
12:46 | TIP #3 Exercise the Right Amount
20:05 | TIP #4 Exercise the Right Way
27:03 | TIP #5 Activate Autophagy
33:58 | TIP #6 Sleep Better
37:03 | TIP #7 Focus on Quality of Life


“What is beneficial for you, when you're young, come back to bite you when you're old. “ David Sinclair [5:20]

“A lot of people who are literally pushing themselves with two day, or exercising hard, more than 60 minutes a day, you see a law of diminishing returns, and an increased risk of mortality.” Ben Greenfield [15:17]

“Most people who exercise can't actually tell you why they're doing what they're doing, [...] and I think the sport should be being the most kick ass 100 year old that ever lived.” Peter Attia [20:49]

“Autophagy is like this brilliance within ourselves. And there's so many ways to activate it. And there are so many ways to deactivate it. You don't always want to keep it on” Naomi Whittel [29:35]

“I'm of that mindset that what defines my enjoyment of life right now is partly offset by the knowledge that it ain't gonna be there one day.” Mark Sisson [37:24]

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Nov 04, 2021
This Is How You LEVERAGE The Laws Of Human Nature to Your Benefit | Robert Greene
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Self-awareness is that thing many people claim to have but in no time at all you know this person is completely unaware of themselves. Our versions of reality seem to fall in line with the narrative and stories we constantly remind ourselves of, but the truth is, we’ve constructed a reality shaped and influenced by emotions that were never truthful from the beginning. Robert Greene, just released another book, The Daily Laws, and he joins Tom in this episode to share his profound wisdom and understanding of human nature. He beautifully peels back the layers of complexity around how we are able to perceive the world around us and the way in which we fit into our own stories. The main point Robert drives home is the power of detaching yourself from the emotions and egos to take an honest assessment of what you are truly experiencing.

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0:00 | Introduction to Robert Greene
0:51 | Reading Words and Behaviors
5:06 | Unhealthy Relationship Loops
9:25 | Developing Awareness
12:21 | Detaching Emotion & Ego
16:33 | Self Analysis & Illusion
24:33 | See the World As It Is
30:35 | Shift from Blame to Power
34:30 | Untruthful Emotions
41:42 | Change Attitude with Belief
48:42 | What Is Sublime
59:02 | Experiencing the Sublime
1:12:22 | Daily Struggle for Joy
1:18:00 | The Problem with Hope
1:25:58 | Abilities Taken for Granted
1:30:30 | Processing Data Quickly
1:36:29 | Envy & Comparison


“Deal with the world the way that it actually is, and not the way that you wish it were.” Tom Bilyeu [0:26]

“We completely take appearances for reality. That's sort of the source of our problems and our misery to be honest with in life.” [1:10]

“When you're very young you're extremely vulnerable, you're extremely open to the energies of other people in ways we don't understand right now.” [6:38]

“So awareness is everything, the ability to look at yourself, realistically, and understand you're saying, see things as they are, see the world as it is. It begins with yourself, seeing yourself as you are.” [11:28]

“If we saw completely into ourselves, we would hate ourselves so thoroughly, we wouldn't get out of bed, we would all be killing ourselves, you do need a degree of illusion, you need a degree of self esteem and confidence” [20:14]

“We're so attuned to what's cool, to what other people are doing out there, what other people are saying that we lose kind of an intuitive grasp of who we are.” [22:50]

“The source of your power in life is your attitude towards the world.” [25:17]

“When you take 100% ownership, and you look at your life and say, My life is an exact reflection of choices that I've made. Now, if I want it to be different, then I just need only make different choices” Tom Bilyeu [32:39]

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Nov 02, 2021
The FUTURE of Investing and How You Capitalize on The Current Financial REVOLUTION | Richard Craib
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Decentralization has sparked more conversation and opinions than we can track. As people become more aware of the cracks in the current financial system, solutions to the ways through and over those existing barriers become more appealing. Richard Craib is the founder of the crowdsourced quant hedge fund, Numerai, which is using sophisticated machine learning to create models that essentially predict how the stock market moves. During this conversation with Tom, Richard is sharing how crypto is breaking the barriers of the old financial system that was meant to protect people, while effectively keeping everyone out. This is another resource that can be really useful in seeing the bitcoin revolution, blockchain and cryptocurrency in another light, especially through the lens of finance.


0:00 | Introduction Richard Craib

0:55 | Financial System Barrier

7:29 | Blocking Innovation

13:07 | Navigating 2 Money Systems

18:13 | Crowd Validation & Volume

24:42 | Machine Learning Models

31:44 | Hedge Funds and Stocks

39:08 | What Happened With Gamestop

44:26 | Decentralized Capitalism

51:12 | Unstoppable Technology

1:00:38 | Bank Regulation Traps

1:08:01 | Staking Benefit for Internet

1:15:46 | Being a Quant Trader

1:22:08 | Math Language in Crypto

1:31:21 | Thinking from 1st Principles

1:34:55 | Entrepreneurship Advice


“You have to find a way to tie the community into the success of a product and company. And if you fail to do that you will fail in business, you will fail in finance, you will fail in everything.” Tom Bilyeu [53:56]

“You're not in any position of real ownership. And, and that is what crypto changes and the and that's very, very powerful difference” [55:40]

“The difference between owning something forever, and being this kind of like sort of like slave to a system is a very different mindset.” [56:16]

“That's an incredible thing to change, to feel like your relationship with your physical world is somehow fragile, but then the relationship with the digital world is actually fixed and permanent and doesn't need police. And so that's a very powerful thing to be aware of.” [57:49]

“If you can think from first principles, you really can do something original. But if you don't, you can't.” [1:32:56]

“It's very easy to predict the future, when you have a few things to rely on.” [1:33:51]

“Don't start a company unless you're prepared to make it your life's work.” [1:36:44]

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Oct 28, 2021
Recover From MAJOR LIFE Change and Come Back STRONGER By Doing THIS | Dave Hollis on Impact Theory
Check out our sponsors: Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Join the Impact Theory community on discord: Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. MindPump: Thryve: Get 50% off your at-home gut health test at In one of the worst times in history, people across the entire world simultaneously experienced unexpected change and loss beyond anything ever experienced in recent history. The response to such life altering events has varied drastically from person to person and country to country. Some people found opportunities where none existed before, while others sat in disbelief not sure how to move forward or what to do. Dave Hollis has gone through his own sudden changes over the last couple of years, not related to the pandemic, and they’ve been the kind of changes that challenge your identity and the core of who you say you are and who you think of yourself to be. On the other side of these unexpected life events, he’s emerged with an experience to share about what standing in fear looked like while turning what was utterly terrifying into an exhilarating experience worth sharing. Dave shares his journey of losing everything to find everything else he was capable of creating and more once he learned how to construct a new identity, a purpose, and fulfillment through courage. He reminds us in his latest book, Built Through Courage, “the antidote to fear is a plan.” Do you have a plan in place to help you deal with the unexpected changes life is throwing your way?   “It is not until we've lost everything that we can do anything” -Tyler Durden (Fight Club)   Order Dave Hollis new book, Built Through Courage:   SHOW NOTES:   0:00 | Introduction Dave Hollis 1:38 | Unexpected Life Changes 8:18 | Adjusting to New Reality 16:33 | Who You Want To Be 23:34 | Inner Voice Guidance 32:32 | Fulfillment and Purpose 34:56 | Leaving the Known 38:28 | Built Through Courage 45:38 | Stuck in Your Story 50:29 | Toxic Positivity 56:34 | Tested to New Depths 1:02:51 | Becoming Is A Decision   QUOTES:   “There is no control. There's only the way that we respond to the circumstances that life presents” [3:22]   “The place I had to start, to be honest, was really getting intimate with my fear. Because most of why my imagination had been lost was because there was so much fear around trying to figure out something that I'd never contemplated.” [6:50]   “I got to at least build the sail, I gotta put it up so that when the wind starts to come, I'm actually prepared to move forward.” [11:36]   “You think good things are going to come out of this, you will become something because of the post traumatic growth that can come out of the hardest thing that you've ever experienced.” [22:02]   “We're willing to stay inside of suffering that we know, rather than facing the possibility of something new, because the knowns of that existing suffering feel predictable [...] The challenge in pushing away though, is that that safe harbor is surrounded on all sides by fear.” [39:58]   “People get stuck because they let the circumstances of what's happening in real time, cast a probability future, a likely to happen next future, that is clouded by the subjectivity of what they're currently experiencing.” [49:30]   “The way that I feel about my faith is fundamentally different because of having to have my faith tested. I was forced to my knees.” [57:24]   “In the moment, when it feels like life is ending, you forget that there's so many firsts, and so many nexts and so many beautiful moments.” [1:01:17]   Follow Dave Hollis: Website: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn: Facebook: YouTube:
Oct 26, 2021
Everything You Know About NUTRITION Is WRONG! Here’s Why | Herman Pontzer
Check out our sponsors:  Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! ButcherBox: Skip the lines for your Thanksgiving turkey. ButcherBox is proud to give new members a free turkey at SmileBrilliant: Go to and use coupon code IMPACT ChiliSleep: Get 20% off at Anthem Software: CuriosityStream: Go to and use code IMPACT to save 25% off today, that’s only $14.99 a year.  How did your body respond to the last carb heavy dinner you had? Does eating a high calorie meal affect you worse than a lower calorie, higher carb meal? Herman Pontzer, an evolutionary biologist, did a research study on a hunter gatherer community called Hazda in Tanzania, to learn about energy expenditure. What he’s discovered flips everything you thought you knew about calories and carbs upside down. He’s joining Tom to expose why the data shows that carbs in a calorie controlled environment do not matter. Meaning, it is possible to theoretically go on a Twinkie diet (please don’t) and still lose weight when calories are adhered to. Herman is using data to push back on how calories are burned and how they signal your brain to control your weight.   Order Herman Pontzer’s book, Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy :   Also check out the Hazda Fund ( to learn more about the Hazda culture   SHOW NOTES:   0:00 | Introduction to Herman Pontzer 1:40 | The Calorie Debate 6:14 | How We Burn Energy 12:09 | Obesity Starts In The Brain 14:43 | Hypothalamus Function 19:25 | Brain Response to Calories 29:06 | Food Calorie Signaling 32:36 | Optimal Lifestyle 34:53 | Processed Food Brain Hack 38:31 | Why Sugar Is A Problem 42:22 | Hi Carb Diet Weight Loss 45:24 | Fantasy Diet Study   QUOTES:   “The problem is that when we begin to say, oh, that must have been something in the food that you ate, rather than, oh, it's something in your individual response to that extra energy.” [21:33]   “It really does come down to the calories or what determines the weight change or maintenance, not the carb level.” [24:13]   “The argument is, is this more in the weeds? Is it fat cells and pancreas? Or is it brain cells and sensing?” [32:29]   “It is my job to keep eyes open and look across cultures and look across human experiences and see that diversity and understand all of it is pretty normal. That the universe of normal for humans is pretty darn broad.” [33:11]   “Sugar is a fructose molecule and a glucose molecule stuck together, and when it gets into your blood, that's what it is.” [38:38]   Follow Herman Pontzer: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:
Oct 21, 2021
These Entrepreneurs EXPLAIN How to Build the Mindset of A CHAMPION and How to SUCCEED
Check out our sponsors:  Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at To learn more about NFTs, watch Tom’s NFT Roundtable here: Ginger: LMNT: Go to to try their brand NEW flavor - Watermelon Salt. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a 1 month FREE trial of Premium Membership. HigherDOSE: Go to to save $75 on the Infrared Sauna Blanket or Infrared PEMF Mat. Backcountry: Go to and enter promo code THEORY to get 15% OFF your first full-priced purchase. Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! What do athletes have that entrepreneurs and anyone looking to reach max potential can learn from? It’s their work ethic. Hardcore, unrelenting, straight up grind-this-sh*t-out work ethic that shows up and does the work Every. Single. Day. Recent numbers report approximately 8% of the American population are millionaires. What’s stopping the masses from achieving wealth and success on their own terms? You could say politics, social issues and a lot of other things, but the reality is those reasons are not stopping everyone. Jim Rohn said, “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” In this episode, these high level athletes share tips to help you develop a champion mindset. We know how important the work is to do, but consistency is key, and the process includes doing the right things everyday no matter what.   “What you create, creates you” Anthony Trucks, Former NFL Athlete   Tips to help you develop your champion mindset: 1. Do the right things every day, consistency is key. 2. Dream the big goal and believe you’re capable of achieving it. 3. The way you make others feel around you is important. 4. Do the hard things with intention to be prepared. 5. Push through the pain in pursuit of your goals. 6. Be average with extraordinary dreams and desire 7. Always outwork the competition. 8. Help people in their journey to fuel your own journey. 9. Sometimes you have to tap into your dark side. 10. Growth requires body, mind and spirit connection   Nastia Liukin Episode: James Lawrence’s Episode: Michael Strahan Episode: Anthony Trucks Episode: Dotsie Bausch Episode: Rickson Gracie Episode: Devon Harris Episode: Jay Williams Episode: Lori Harder Episode:   SHOW NOTES:   0:00 | Introduction Champion Mindset 1:23 | Champions Dream Big 6:54 | Champions Know People 15:41 | Champions Do Hard Things 20:49 | Champions Push Thru Discomfort 27:50 | Ordinary with Extraordinary Dreams 33:02 | Out Work Everyone 38:05 | Champions Help Others 41:32 | Tap Into Your Dark Side 45:12 | Body, Mind & Spirit   QUOTES:   “If you have this burning desire inside of you [...] then you just need to go full force and kind of block out all the negativity and everything else that is around you telling you that you can't do it.” Nastia Liukin [5:03]   “The leadership aspect, it is the opportunity to get so many people to believe in one thing that makes everybody better so that everybody wins, and in order to do that you have to make everybody have value and feel valuable.” Michael Strahan [8:02]   “Without doing hard things, we will go backwards in life, we'll go backwards in the way we feel, we go backwards in the way our mind develops.” James Lawrence [15:42]   “The ability to push really hard past the initial, ‘you're in pain, you're in pain, what are you doing stop right now’, like your body says for survival mode was just a reality that I knew that it was going to get make me better, and it was going to be over soon.” Dotsie Bausch  [25:49]   “You could literally go accomplish anything in your life, if you have these extraordinary dreams and an equally extraordinary desire to, to achieve them.” Devon Harris [28:33]   “The journey is about helping other people. It's about really loving what you do and who you are, but loving the fact that you get to do what you love for other people.” Lori Harder [40:59]   “In order for us to grow as a spirit or warriors, no matter if it's physical, or just theoretical, [...] You have to have a good unified body in terms of body, mind, spirit.” Rickson Gracie [45:43]     Follow Nastia Liukin: Follow James Lawrence: Follow Michael Strahan: Follow Anthony Trucks: Follow Dotsie Bausch: Follow Rickson Gracie: Follow Devon Harris: Follow Jay Wlliams: Follow Lori Harder:
Oct 19, 2021
These Monetary TRENDS Aren’t Going Anywhere! Here’s What You Need to Know | Nic Carter
Check out our sponsors:  Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! ButcherBox: Sign up at and get 2 lbs of ground beef FREE in every order for the life of your membership. Public Rec: Go to and use promo code IMPACT to receive 10% off. Audible: Start listening with a 30-day free trial, one free audiobook and access to the Plus Catalog. Visit or text IMPACTTHEORY to 500-500 CuriosityStream: Go to and use code IMPACT to save 25% off today, that’s only $14.99 a year. Having a complete understanding of the financial system we’ve become accustomed to since birth is not only advantageous, but it’s an absolute must.  The gap between really understanding the impact and full gravity of inflation and living by a feeling or a suspicion is too wide to ignore. Nic Carter is an entrepreneur, investor, columnist and advisor in the Bitcoin crypto space. He’s joining Tom today to break down some principle ideas and thoughts to help you at least research what you should be doing with your money, your government issued and government backed money. What’s happening with crypto and NFTs isn’t something you can ignore or sleep through. Bitcoin has been going strong for more than a decade. You have a moral obligation to yourself and to your family to at least understand how inflation works, why increasing assets is like theft of your dollar’s value and how you can protect yourself and be part of the wealth redistribution in a way that benefits you more than harms you.   SHOW NOTES:   0:00 | Introduction to Nic Carter 1:31 | Does Bitcoin Matter? 4:21 | What is Money? 8:52 | Creating Devalued Money 14:43 | Redistribution & Inflation of Assets 22:24 | Reacting to Inflation 27:54 | Japan’s Stagflation 36:57 | Energy, Euphoria & Bitcoin 40:47 | Fiat Money Explained 45:10 | Do Research Money 49:16 | Bitcoin Value Vs Fiat Value 54:13 | Bitcoin, Digital Gold 57:52 | Value System by Design   QUOTES:   “Devaluing the monetary medium that we store our work and labor in is always redistributive. So it's effectively a way to reapportion societal resources from some group to another group.” [9:59]   “there's a wealth effect whereby people feel richer, and then they spend more like if the value of your 401k goes a lot, goes up a lot, you're probably willing to buy that nice new car, if the value of your house goes up a lot” [16:23]   “There's nothing that guarantees that public equity investors in the US are going to earn 7% every year for the rest of all time.” [31:38]   “As an entrepreneur in the crypto space, and someone who allocates capital, my best hope is to sort of create the tools and the systems that regular folks can use to potentially escape a ruinous Fiat system.” [40:15]   “The government cultivates an environment in which the dollar has value. They have certain tools to do that, one is tax policy...” [42:09]   “The first thing is just not not accepting uncritically the narratives coming out of sort of our monetary elites in this country.” [49:06]   Follow Nic Carter: Website: Twitter:
Oct 14, 2021
The Philosophy of Bitcoin and How it Could Change the World As We Know It | Robert Breedlove
Check out our sponsors:  Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Stay updated on our special NFT product drop coming October 13, 2021! Join the Impact Theory Discord channel or follow Tom on Twitter for updates: Discord: Twitter: ConversionFanatics: Go to for a FREE proposal. Tommy John: Get 20% OFF your FIRST ORDER at Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Justworks: If you've been following the cryptocurrency and NFT conversation with us recently, you’ll appreciate this incredible conversation with Robert Breedlove, a freedom maximalist and bitcoin-focused entrepreneur. If you haven’t been following along, jump in now. This episode is less NFT and crypto wallet focused and more educational in that Robert breaks down inflation like very few can. Understanding something at its foundational level allows you to really think from first principles, which empowers you to make better decisions. Cryptocurrency is built on technology and Bitcoin has been performing like no other asset in history, but why and how is this possible? You may need to watch this a few times, and may be even better with pen and paper to take notes. This is a crash course and deep dive on money, inflation, what property is, and why assets matter.   Robert shares 5 properties of money:   1. Divisibility 2. Durability 3. Recognizability 4. Portability 5. Scarcity   Resources mentioned in this episode:   WTF Happened in 1971: Masters and Slaves of Money: Dishonest Money: Sovereign Individual: Thank God for Money:   SHOW NOTES:   0:00 | Introduction Robert Breedlove 0:34 | Inflation and Fiat Explained 6:17 | Defining Money & Property 10:47 | Compromised Property Value 16:05 | Wealth Redistribution of Assets 23:59 | What is Money 26:16 | The 5 Properties of Money 33:51 | Central Banking Corrupt Power 40:13 | Counterfeit Inflation 48:32 | Life, Liberty and Property 56:48 | Bitcoin Absolute Scarcity 1:07:21 | Government Disruption 1:13:50 | Declining Power of Government 1:23:20 | Implication of Bitcoin 1:30:47 | Purchasing Power of Bitcoin 1:40:43 | Sovereign Individual Insights 1:48:30 | Decentralized NFTs & Crypto 1:51:03 | Thank God for Bitcoin     QUOTES:   “Money is also a psycho technology. It's like literacy or numeracy. It's a software implementation we put into our brain, we use it to communicate, negotiate [and] plan.” [6:42]   “We typically think property is the house, the car, the stock, whatever. That's not what property is, properties and relationships. It's an exclusively acknowledged relationship between the owner and the asset”   “It contradicts the premise of self ownership, when we give power away to a single institution” [10:26]   “I like to say central banking, and the fiat currency complex is as clear as mud and twice as dirty.” [16:48]   “When we look at money, the five properties that market actors voluntarily favor, you could also think of as the five services we seek from money…” [26:16]   “When money is losing its value over time. We're all incentivized to be more short term thinking. This is a de-civilizing force.” [39:07]   “There is no difference between counterfeiting and inflating the amount of dollars in the system.” [40:13]   “Inflation is legalized counterfeiting. Counterfeiting is criminalized inflation.” [43:33]   “We have tried to rationalize and formulate different ways of creating socio economic structures that favored the few that could understand it and create that privilege for themselves at the expense of others.” [56:35]   “Bitcoin is an innovation as significant as the Gutenberg printing press actually, and I think the implications of its emergence will be similarly disruptive to institutions in the world.” [1:10:07]   “When the institution tries to clamp down on the disruptive technology, the subversive technology, it actually drives it to its highest and most useful form of some subversion” [1:12:24]   “Another definition of money. It's an insurance policy on uncertainty. The only reason people are holding money is for its option value.” [1:35:23]   “To walk across the room, implies that you value being on the other side of the room more than you value sitting where you currently are. So we are constantly and unavoidably expressing our values through action.” [1:55:22]   Follow Robert Breedlove: YouTube: Twitter: LinkedIn: Podcast: Instagram:
Oct 12, 2021
Tom Bilyeu REVEALS His Ultimate SLEEP ROUTINE for High Performance
Check out our sponsors:  Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Stay updated on our special NFT product drop coming October 13, 2021! Join the Impact Theory Discord channel or follow Tom on Twitter for updates: Discord: Twitter: BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. LearnWorlds: Visit to start your 30-day FREE trial. MyFitnessPal: Go to and use code IMPACT to get a one-month premium membership for FREE! Thryve: Get 50% off your at-home gut health test at Shopify: Go to for a FREE fourteen-day trial and get full access to Shopify’s entire suite of features. Sleep is not only an essential function that allows us to recharge mentally and physically, it’s also deemed so important that going without sleep was banned by Guinness World Records. The record for going without sleep was officially given to Randy Gardner who managed to survive 11 days without sleep in 1964 while giving himself a form of dementia. Obviously this is not the path to take for increasing productivity and optimizing your quality of life, but many of us are short changing our sleep every night and have been doing so for years. Sleep is something that should be protected and guarded at all costs if you want to execute consistently at a high level and optimize for higher output and results. Here are Tom’s 10 tips to help you prioritize your sleep even if you’re burning the candle at both ends, there is no excuse and no way around prioritizing your sleep hygiene.   SHOW NOTES:   0:00 | Introduction to Sleep Routine 0:42 | Get Sun Exposure 1:53 | Move Your Body 2:38 | Stop Eating Crap 7:12 | Reduce Artificial Light 12:39 | Separate Your Blankets 14:45 | Keep The Bedroom Cool 16:07 | Tape Your Mouth Shut 17:55 | Fall Back Asleep 21:16 | Never Set an Alarm 22:33 | Bonus Tip   QUOTES:   “The second you wake up, get out, go outside and get that sun exposure” [1:26]   “For the last hour before bed, I'm doing fun things and doing things that give me energy that makes me feel light that are part of that passion that feel good.” [8:56]   “I only have one job now that I'm going to bed and that job is to sleep.” [9:38]   “Make sure that you don't have an alarm staring you in the face and that you get whatever amount of sleep you need.” [22:02]   “Recognizing that you can shift your state and get into that much more pleasant place is really powerful. And to even do that, on your worst days, is incredibly beneficial.” [23:40]
Oct 07, 2021
Get Mentally TOUGH, Achieve Your Goals and Do The IMPOSSIBLE By Doing This TRICK | James Lawrence
Check out our sponsors:  Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Stay updated on our special NFT product drop coming October 13, 2021! Join the Impact Theory Discord channel or follow Tom on Twitter for updates: Discord: Twitter: ButcherBox: Sign up at and get 2 lbs of ground beef FREE in every order for the life of your membership. Helix Sleep: Go to for up to $200 off your mattress and 2 free pillows. MindPump: Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a 1 month FREE trial of Premium Membership. When you sit back allow yourself to really dream, often the dream you have is beautiful but it’s also big, a little scary, and intimidating. Big dreams and big goals feel nearly impossible. It’s hard to fathom how you’re supposed to get from where you are in this moment to this far away goal that’s hard to conceptualize. James “Iron Cowboy” Lawrence completed 50 consecutive Iron-Distance Triathlons covering 7,030 miles with 0.24% of those miles completed indoors due to inclement weather. He joins Tom and breaks down the backlash he got for doing less than 17 miles indoors, and reveals the real mental fortitude and personal challenges he faced that lead him to deciding on completing 100 consecutive Iron-Distance Triathlons this time, plus one.   James talks about what it really means to do hard things, and how the secret of achieving your goals is in the journey, the failures, and the lessons that prepare you for the actual goal. He’s opening up about what his post-recovery has become and the challenges he’s overcoming for that as well.   Order the Iron Cowboy’s book, Redefining Impossible: Check out James’ 1st Interview with Tom, Push Past Pain:   SHOW NOTES:   1:02 | Why Do the Hard Things 7:10 | 100% Physical & 100% Mental 13:56 | Goals Change Perspective 20:08 | Confront Your Weakness 24:59 | 101 Iron-Distance Triathlons 42:10 | Set Your Own Standards 52:57 | Why Do 1 More Than 100 58:37 | Post-Recovery Stage   QUOTES:   “Doing hard things with intent is preparation for the unknown.” [2:18]   “Motion creates emotion, and you have to experience something and feel it in order to have an experience or knowledge with it.” [4:00]   “Mastering that continual conversation and beatdown that we have with ourselves is one of the most important pieces to that puzzle.” [9:42]   “Why people fail is because they rush straight to that big goal and they miss out on everything in between, which is the most important part.” [14:48]   “You need to meet yourself where you're at, on your journey. And over time, your perception perspective will change about what's possible for you.” [18:20]   “You wouldn't do something if you knew how damn hard it was going to be, and you wouldn't do something if you had all the answers, and you don't start as the expert.” [34:34]   “What you say you're going to do is the expectation, and if you deviate from that, it gives them permission to then attack you.” [43:23]   “We don't know what tomorrow is gonna bring, and if you quit now you're never going to find out and that would be the most tragic thing you do on your journey…” [49:46]   Follow James Lawrence: Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:  
Oct 05, 2021
Use These STOIC Virtues to Achieve GREATNESS | Ryan Holiday on Conversations with Tom
Check out our sponsors:  ButcherBox: Sign up at and get 2 lbs of ground beef FREE in every order for the life of your membership. SmileBrilliant: Go to and use coupon code IMPACT CuriosityStream: Go to and use code IMPACT to save 25% off today, that’s only $14.99 a year. HigherDOSE: Go to to save $75 on the Infrared Sauna Blanket or Infrared PEMF Mat. Thryve: Get 70% off your at-home gut health test at Four Sigmatic: Get up to 40% off + FREE Shipping on Mushroom Coffee bundles at Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! When you think of someone being courageous, it’s easy to think of police, fire fighters, and military. Maybe the person that risked their life to help a total stranger in a time of need comes to mind as being courageous. But courage manifests in many ways than not just the physical acts that we default to. Ryan Holiday joins Tom to discuss his new book, Courage Is Calling. He explains how courage is ongoing.It’s about the moments and opportunities that are presented where you choose to act in courage, or you show up reckless without regard, or you choose the cowardly thing in that moment. Ryan unpacks having courage, acting in courage, and where it falls in the spectrum between being reckless and being a coward. Even the term coward seems harsh when you realize you may be guilty of acting cowardly at different points in your life. You’ve chosen to “save face” and look after your personal safety and benefit at some point, and it’s okay, we all have. Ryan further explains through his personal experiences that doing the courageous thing is not always self-evident, and that these moments will present themselves. This is a great jumping off point to exercise your courage muscle, do the heroic things and start living to a higher standard today.   Order Ryan Holiday’s new book, Courage Is Calling:   SHOW NOTES:   0:00 | Introduction Ryan Holiday 0:21 | Why Live by Virtues 7:57 | Intuitive Nature of Courage 13:08 | Put Yourself Out There 19:28 | Inspired Cynical Ideas 28:51 | Integrate Truth & Courage 35:18 | Responsibility to Past Lessons 41:29 | Middle of Reckless and Coward 48:02 | Is It Reckless Or Cowardice? 1:00:52 | Failing to be Courageous 1:08:11 | Not Acting Courageous 1:15:59 | Get More Courageous 1:21:34 | Courageous is Contagious 1:31:17 | Ryan’s Heroes & Standards   QUOTES:   “That's kind of the idea of virtues, is to create sort of a structure that you can live in, that guides you so you're not again winging it on these critical decisions.” [7:03]   “There is no deed in this life so impossible that you cannot do it, your whole life should be lived as a heroic deed.” Leo Tolstoy read by Tom [12:21]   “History is not just a parade of shitty people and crimes and awfulness and hypocrites, that we are making progress and things are getting better and it's getting better because people were courageously committed to ideas and ideals, and risked themselves and their reputations to try to make those things more real.” [22:45]   “You don't get to stick your head in the sand and deny that facts are facts, but you have to decide what facts are you going to take and integrate into your understanding of the world, and what your imperative as an individual is.” [31:28]   “What do you do with the little moments that life offers you? Do you make the brave choice Or the cowardly choice?” [34:32]   “If the fight doesn't need to happen, it's not courageous to start it [....] deciding what battles need to be fought, what risks need to be taken, how risk can be taken off the table if it's not necessary. This is an important part of courage. It's not just, I don't feel fear.” [44:49]   “The thing you're hesitating on doing, the considerations, are usually very helpful in reminding you of what actually matters.” [51:33]   “Courage isn't this thing where you're either courageous or you're not. It's more a thing you do, day to day.” [1:14:54]   “If you think about courage as like, very rarely the easy way, and almost always the harder way, you can build that as a muscle” [1:17:21]   “The decision to quit, the decision to give up, the decision to concede, that's ultimately a power that you always have.” [1:20:19]   “Everyone tells you, it's a bad idea, until you definitively prove it was a good idea. And then the curse is that it looks like it was obvious all along.” [1:25:30]     Follow Ryan Holiday: Website: Twitter:   Facebook: Instagram:  
Sep 30, 2021
Stop Holding Yourself BACK & Get INSPIRED to Go After What You Want | Mel Robbins
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Sep 28, 2021
Change Your BRAIN By Using These Hacks to Increase Your DOPAMINE | Dr. Andrew Huberman
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Sep 23, 2021
Why Scientific Achievements Might ACTUALLY Be USELESS for Humans | Richard Dawkins
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Sep 21, 2021
What Humans MUST DO To Adapt & Avoid the COLLAPSE of Civilization | Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying
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Sep 16, 2021
Anthony Pompliano on the Future of MONEY, and how BITCOIN Will Change The World As We Know It
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Sep 14, 2021
Can We Eat to STARVE Cancer? The NEW Science In the Defense Against Disease | Dr. William Li
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Sep 09, 2021
STOP Letting Your Past Hold You Back From An INCREDIBLE Future | LOGIC on Impact Theory
Check out our sponsors: BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. ButcherBox: Sign up at and get 2 lbs of ground beef FREE in every order for the life of your membership. Helix Sleep: Go to for up to $200 off your mattress and 2 free pillows. Uprising: Go to to get $10 off the starter bundle. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a 1 month FREE trial of Premium Membership. Success has its price, and it will not be obtained without paying your fair share. Though success is something many people strive for, it has also been the byproduct of escape for many. Facing yourself in the mirror, the story you tell about yourself, and the heartache and trauma you’ve experienced can take the back seat in pursuit of greatness. Maybe enough success will make it all hurt less. Bobby Hall, AKA Logic, hasn’t had an easy start in life. Coming from an abusive family, exposed to too much at a young age has a role in how he arrived at throwing himself into his art and being one of the greatest rappers in hip hop. Bobby breaks down his journey, why he wrote his memoir and where he is now ending the career of Logic that he’s spent over a decade building.   Bobby’s Bio: As an author, Logic released the novel Supermarket (2019), which was accompanied by a soundtrack of the same name. The book became a New York Times Best Seller, but both works received generally mixed to negative critical reception. Logic is also a streamer, and signed exclusively with Twitch, becoming the first musician to do so.   Order Bobby Hall’s memoir, This Bright Future:   SHOW NOTES:   0:00 | Introduction Bobby Hall “Logic” 2:12 | Escaping Family Trauma 6:21 | Defining Who Is Bobby Hall 9:43 | Piecing Together the Narrative 15:29 | It’s Never Good Enough 20:56 | Build Your Own Family 25:32 | How It All Started 32:09 | Coping With Anxiety 37:14 | Adaptable Is Unstoppable 44:14 | Ignoring Negative Voices 47:53 | Success Without Bitterness 57:07 | Finding Total Confidence 1:00:55 | Advice for Creative Artists 1:08:18 | The End of Logic   QUOTES:   “The goals I had, as a young man and a musician and a creative person, were bullshit.” [16:54]   “There's always going to be something in our lives, there's always going to be something that isn't right. But we can't let it stop us from doing what we love.” [35:40]   “So many people have underlining things that they deal with personally, that nobody else would know [...] you got to live with it, adaptation. It's one of our greatest features. [39:46]   “When I look at other people, when they tell me their dreams, and their ambitions, and all this, I see this child inside of them that is pure and excited, and I root for that person.” [43:21]   “Being happy with the person I see in the mirror. has allowed me to not let that bitterness grow” [54:47]   “It took me being physically the strongest I'd ever been, the biggest I'd ever been in my life, to realize that all of that had nothing to do with strength, and that I had been strong my whole life. And I didn't need some outward physique to show me that or prove that to anybody else.” [56:32]   “Looking in the mirror now older, I've realized, everyone's full of shit. Nobody knows what they're talking about. I don't know shit. Why am I worried about this?” [58:22]   “Taking away the words of people and the thoughts that have been implanted in my head by people about myself is probably the most freeing thing I've been working on.” [59:28]   “I soaked up every piece of information that I could, so that I could be better at what I wanted to do, and if you are not prepared to wake up every day, to kind of like, fuck your life up, you know, turn down dates and hanging out with friends and all these things. Then don't do it.” [1:06:47]   “It was worth it up into that moment. And then I had to say goodbye” [1:11:08]   Follow Bobby Hall: Twitter: Twitch: YouTube:  
Sep 07, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About CRYPTO, & How to Gain WEALTH In the BITCOIN REVOLUTION | Raoul Pal
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Sep 02, 2021
Use These HACKS to UPGRADE Your Mindset
Check out our sponsors:  Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at ButcherBox: For a limited time, NEW members get 6 burgers, 8 hot dogs, and 3 lbs of chicken breasts for FREE at BudgetBakers: HigherDOSE: Go to to save $75 on the Infrared Sauna Blanket or Infrared PEMF Mat. Novo: Tommy John: Get 20% OFF your FIRST ORDER at Magic Mind: Go to and use promo code IMPACT to get 20% OFF. The mind is such a fascinating thing. As much as science and technology has advanced there is still so much more to learn. When it comes to mindset, controlling your emotions, feeling pain and responding to thoughts both positive and negative, all of these things are within your control, yet most of us spend life as if we were never granted permission to control our own minds. In this episode, four powerhouse forces join together and break down how to upgrade your mindset and gain control over your mind, your thoughts, your behaviors and ultimately your success. Dr. Joe Dispenza, Sadhguru, Jay Shetty, and Tom Bilyeu are lighting the path to show you exactly what you can do today to take over your thoughts and upgrade your mindset and change your life.   Saddhguru’s Full Episode on Impact Theory: Jay Shetty’s Full Episode on Impact Theory: Dr Joe Dispenza’s Full Episode on Impact Theory:   SHOW NOTES:   0:00 | Introduction Upgrade Your Mindset 0:54 | Control Your Thoughts 4:34 | Change Your Habits 8:05 | Identity & Value Matters 12:00 | Training Your Brain 17:17 | Inspiration Isn’t Enough 19:34 | Control Your Emotions 27:53 | Control Your Negative Voice 35:11 | Get In Tune With Senses 39:49 | Focus On The Pursuit   QUOTES:   “The habit is when you've done something so many times, that your body now knows how to do it better than your mind.” Joe Dispenza [7:09]   “Unleashing human potential, it is not about reaching the peak. It is a trajectory. Because what our life is, is a combination of a certain amount of time and energy.” Sadhguru [13:34]   “My thoughts, my emotions, my energy and my body or my instruments of function. They are not impediments in my life.” Sadhguru [16:01]   “You have to come to realize where you have been blind. Now often those moments, where we realize we’ve been blind are emotionally devastating.” Tom Bilyeu  [18:23]   “I’m going to let that rock hit me in the head because at my feet now is actually a nugget of gold, and I’m going to pick up that nugget of gold and form the lesson that the person is throwing at me.” Tom Bilyeu [21:16]   “The hardest part about change is not making the same choices you did the day before, period. And the moment you decide to make a different choice, get ready because it’s going to feel uncomfortable.” Dr. Joe Dispenza [25:48]   “Pain is a good thing physically because that is your self preservation mechanism. But suffering is something that you do in your mind.” Sadhguru [27:56]   “Because you’re more likely to believe something negative, don’t worry about what’s true. Worry about what empowers you.” [42:08]   “Life is actually embracing polarities. It’s actually about doing a dance, and knowing which way to go at the right time.”  [43:29]   Follow Sadhguru: Follow Jay Shetty: Follow Dr Joe Dispenza:
Aug 31, 2021
Change Your BRAIN, Change Your LIFE! These Hacks Will Improve Your BRAIN | Dr. Daniel Amen on Health Theory
Check out our sponsors:  Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Dry Farm Wines: Get an extra bottle in your first box for a penny at InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at Real Good Foods: Click the link for $25 OFF any order of $25 or more! You’re living in a society that has normalized everything that should be far from normal. From the time you open your eyes, your brain is kicking in and most likely living in overdrive. The unfortunate truth is most likely you’re not even aware of all the ways your brain is under attack. Social media is being consumed at an unhealthy rate in both your personal and business life. Even if you have a generally healthy diet, processed foods and chemicals that damage the brain are still sneaking into your body’s system. Is there any wonder why anxiety, stress, and depression, trauma and PTSD are now considered to be the norm? Dr. Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist, brain scan expert and third time guest. In this episode, he’s unleashing the truth about the emotional dragons you are likely dealing with. He gets into some of the most common dragons attacking your emotional brain today, anxious, wounded and inferior to name a few. If you’re low-key feeling attacked on a daily basis, breathe deep and listen in on ways you can start changing your brain and changing your life for the better.   SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction Dr. Daniel Amen 1:10 | Dragons From the Past 4:18 | Balancing the Prefrontal Cortex 7:38 | Knowing Common Dragons 10:59 | Identify Accurate Thinking 14:18 | Strategies To Tame Your Dragons 16:35 | Techniques to Help with Trauma 20:35 | PTSD & Stimulating Trauma 29:57 | Rewriting 12 Steps for Bad Habits 32:00 | Tell Your Brain What You Want 39:09 | Unhealthy Weight to the Brain 45:01 | Brain Health, Anxiety & Diet Link 48:49 | Your Brain on Marijuana   QUOTES: “When you take the emotion out, something's going to replace it, and if you have skill in managing your mind, you'll often look for what's right rather than what's wrong.” [27:35]   “Negative thinking disrupts brain function, but at the same time [...] positive thinking by itself is harmful, we have to be thoughtful. [28:47]   “You have to tell your brain what you want, because it's always listening.” [32:00]   “What do you want in a balanced way? Because if you know, then you're more likely to get it.” [33:22]   “When you become more real, you become more relatable.” [41:07]   “This is not about not having fun. It's about having fun with all of you intact.” [52:42]   Follow Dr. Daniel Amen: Website: YouTube: Twitter: Instagram:   Facebook: Podcast:  
Aug 26, 2021
These PRINCIPLES for Success Are The KEY to Winning the Game of LIFE // Wallstreet Trapper on Impact Theory
Check out our sponsors:  Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at MindPump: Download their FREE guide at Justworks: Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! RISE: Go to and download the RISE app today to try it FREE for 7 days. InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at Being trilingual is considered to be rather prestigious. Speaking other languages expands your ability to communicate so greatly it adds to the perceived value people will assign to you. But, when you are fluent in Street, Hustling, Broke Money, and Wall Street it becomes the twist no one ever expected. Wallstreet Trapper comes from a troubled past that includes being homeless at 14 and serving 10 years in prison by the age of 16. What he has learned over the years reaches far beyond knowing how to trade stocks and build wealth. His super power is speaking Wall Street in a language that correlates to the same losing game he played on the streets that ended with being shot, in jail or in prison for nearly everyone he knew. His wisdom and willingness to share and make an impact is affecting future generations and bringing Wall Street to the hood, proving that human potential is truly nearly limitless when you put knowledge to use.   SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Violent Beginnings and Prison 8:46 | Finding Out It’s All A Game 14:16 | Real Gangsters Are in Wall Street 18:11 | Break Down Generational Poverty 25:15 | Good Business vs. Good Hustler 28:29 | Know How The Game Works 33:46 | Unapplied Knowledge 36:36 | Bringing Wall Street to the Streets 40:44 | Key To Wealth Is Ownership 46:21 | Power of Knowledge Applied 51:43 | If Investing Isn’t Possible   QUOTES: “Wealthy people do three things. They stop trading time for money. They make the money work for them. And they give as much value to people as they can.” [11:45]   “The reason why people think wealthy people are people with money or sinister, is because that's what you kind of taught in the hood.” [17:09]   “Being at the bottom teaches you to envy people at the top.” [17:53]   “Generational poverty is not about money. It's about mindset.” Tom Bilyeu [18:32]   “People can not want you to succeed all they want, but if you out invest them, they can't stop you.” Tom Bilyeu [19:31]   “One of the things that happens often in the culture of black people is survival mode, you never get a chance to play offense. You're always on defense, one, because of mindset” [22:27]   “A good business is just like a good hustler. A good business has great product. They have great clientele. A great hustler has a great product, he has consistent clientele.” [25:35]   “Once you start understanding the fundamentals, you give yourself power, because you now understand, like you said, you see how the machine works,” [30:22]   “Everybody around me had the same problem. No one represented the solution. So if I don't change something, I'm only going to end up like everybody else.” [32:23]   “I got knowledge, I got information, but I still fell victim to the same shit that everybody around me knew. So therefore, the knowledge that I had wasn't powerful because it wasn't applied.” [34:32]   “It's hard for people to make sacrifice, because you got to now go against and do without some of the things that gives you that momentary gratification.” [37:11]   “The key to building wealth is not how much you can work. You can't work your way to wealth, you got to invest your way there, and all wealthy people, black, white, Asian, Chinese, they own a whole bunch of shit.” [42:31]   “So if I can break down things into struggle language now I'm making the game winnable for everybody. And that's the goal, to make the game winnable for everybody who's bold enough to step into the batting cage.” [50:37]   “Building wealth becomes a revolutionary act because now you start saying I'm going to go against what I was taught.” [52:25]   “The word possible is so powerful. Possible changes the game. Instead of it being impossible, we now say I am possible” [53:09]   “If learning is the catalyst to everybody who's wealthy and successful, I can never be sufficient with what I know.” [54:24]   Follow Wallstreet Trapper: Website: Twitter: YouTube: Instagram:
Aug 24, 2021
BIOHACK Your Body, Connect to Your SPIRITUAL Self, and UNLOCK More Energy Naturally | Ben Greenfield
Check out our sponsors:  LMNT: Go to to try their brand NEW flavor - Watermelon Salt. MindPump: Download their FREE guide at Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Storyboard: Go to InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at What are some of the things you were naturally good at when you were growing up? What captured your attention and made you dream and get excited when you were younger and had no cares or limitations on what was possible or not? Are those things still captivating you now or have you lost sight of them? When you consider what you are now passionate about and excited to accomplish, is there a relation between then and now? This conversation with Ben Greenfield dives into the notion of being pulled toward natural talent and abilities from childhood and Ben’s inclination to allow those things to clue you in on a purpose worth pursuing. Tom shares the reason he’s leaned into the notion of being able to develop skills even in the absence of natural talent. The ideas Ben and Tom explore take you from childhood to reimaging what heaven and the afterlife could possibly be and everything in between.   SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction 0:47 | Pulled Toward Natural Abilities 12:34 | Discovering Purpose with Talent 17:18 | Creating Purpose without Talent 24:49 | Rite of Passage for Ben’s Sons 50:08 | What Dissolving the Ego Means 54:52 | Don’t Have to be the Hero 1:01:08 | Responding to Human Touch 1:10:35 | Your Food’s Energy Matters 1:15:12 | Physical and Spiritual Connection 1:20:04 | What the Afterlife Could Be 1:27:48 | Defining a Perfect World   QUOTES: “The key part of the rite of passage is being alone, facing your fears, finding yourself in a space where you must dissolve your ego and understand that there are forces of nature that are more powerful than you.” [31:52]   “Don't try to fix people as much as just try to love people.” [1:01:03]   “The spiritual energy that you get from eating real, whole food derived from nature, as close to nature as possible, there's a certain sacredness in that [...] not just physical, but also a spiritual energy...” [1:12:07]   “As creatures on this planet, we can't disconnect ourselves from the life force of every other creature on this planet.” [1:15:14]   Follow Ben Greenfield: Website: YouTube: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Podcast:
Aug 19, 2021
How to Master Your MIND, Body, and Breath to Become A WARRIOR | Jujitsu Legend Rickson Gracie
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Aug 17, 2021
How NOT To Get SICK | Dom D'Agostino on Health Theory
Check out our sponsors:  Butcher Box: Go to Get 2 five-ounce lobster tails and 2 ten-ounce ribeye steaks all FREE in your first box. LMNT: Go to to try their brand NEW flavor - Watermelon Salt. Magic Mind: Go to and use promo code IMPACT to get 20% OFF. SmugMug: InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at When it comes to being healthy and improving your health, the overwhelm of information and advice can literally melt your brain. Whether you follow a keto diet, paleo, vegan, or carnivore, the goal for everyone is pretty similar. Get healthy and optimize productivity and energy. Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is back for round two and breaking down everything you need to know about why your biomarkers matter. Dr. D’Agostino reveals the truth behind whether or not carnivore or plant based diets are best for you, how to optimize your biomarkers with fasting, and what you need to know about what role exogenous ketones can play in your optimal health regimen. You’ll want to pay close attention to understand why Covid can potentially become an ongoing problem for young healthy adults and how inflammation is impacting everything.   Don’t miss Dr. D’Agostino’s first episode on Health Theory:   SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction Dominic D’Agostino 2:10 | Metabolic Health and Covid 5:13 | Metabolic Biomarkers to Track 7:01 | Inflammation Biomarkers 12:01 | Why Fasting Boosts Immune System 14:14 | Benefits of Exogenous Ketones 18:48 | Ketone Biomarker For Burning Fat 23:20 | Hacking Biomarkers With Ketones 32:37 | Healthy vs. Unhealthy Immune Response 38:44 | Healthy People Post Covid Problems 41:28 | Optimize Metabolic Health Now 47:32 | Simplifying Diet, Carbs, Ketones 51:49 | 72 Hour Fasting Benefits   QUOTES: “Having optimal metabolic health in terms of low insulin, low glycemic variability, low glucose overall, and optimizing your cardio metabolic biomarkers is the way to combat this disease.” [3:15]   “In the context of many pathogens, whether it be viral, whether it be bacterial, or if you are dealing with an inflammatory issue, fasting, and a ketogenic diet, which mimics many aspects of fasting can be very beneficial.” [10:42]   “We are omnivores, right. So we are basically hardwired and evolved to eat to be extremely adaptable in what we are eating.” [42:52]   “If you're on a very limited amount of calories, and you want to get as much nutrition as possible, with the least amount of calories, a carnivore diet is the perfect approach.” [45:18]   “What may even be more important than having a diversity of fiber is actually having fermented foods. [They] contribute to the population, can reverse gut dysbiosis and increase the diversity of the gut microbiome” [47:06]   “You can thrive off a carbohydrate based diet but your glycemic variability will correlate to food cravings. So, if you want to go throughout your day and have optimal productivity and feel optimal energy, I found [...] that a low carb approach is the way to go. ” [48:27]   “There are benefits to being in a hyper ketone anemic state, so the ketones then act as an alternative energy source, anti-inflammatory molecule and a hormone which has many beneficial effects.” [49:47]   Follow Dominic D’Agostino: Website: YouTube: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:  
Aug 12, 2021
THE SECRETS Behind THIS POWER COUPLE will 10x YOUR Relationship | Lisa Bilyeu on Impact Theory
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Aug 10, 2021
Get UNCOMFORTABLE And RECLAIM Your Wild, Happy, and Healthy Self | Michael Easter
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Aug 05, 2021
Everything You’ve Been Told About Money is WRONG | Ramit Sethi on Impact Theory
Check out our sponsors:  Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Italic: Sign up for an Italic membership at using code IMPACT for 30% off. Four Sigmatic: Get up to 40% off + FREE Shipping on Mushroom Coffee bundles at Helix Sleep: Go to for up to $200 off your mattress and 2 free pillows. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a 1 month FREE trial of Premium Membership. Simple and practical financial advice sounds familiar, but is rarely ever truly given. Maybe you have access to financial advisors you trust and maybe you don’t. Understanding for yourself that money, investing and living a rich life is much simpler than you could imagine is the most important thing for you to remember. Ramit Sethi has joined me twice before to bring you sound financial advice and he delivers again. He shares investing strategies worth considering if you are looking to create wealth. Even if you’re a modest investor, you’ll want to hear how he breaks down the truth behind hidden investment fees, advice for couples to understand the root of their money problems and solutions for those never-ending disagreements around finances. This episode will give you the tools you need to reconsider your investment strategy, how you approach money and why, and the best way to move towards living the rich life, however you define it!   Check Out Ramit’s 1st Interview on Impact Theory: Check Out Ramit’s 2nd Interview on Impact Theory:   Order Ramit Sethi’s book, I Will Teach You To Be Rich:   SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction Ramit Sethi 1:42 | Current Financial Situation 2:31 | Low Fees Exposed 5:13 | What Great Investing Is 7:28 | Investing Isn’t Quick Money 10:53 | Understand Compound Growth 14:44 | Protecting Your Wealth 16:04 | Wealth Accumulation Strategy 26:51 | Low Cost Low Fee Funds 31:22 | Gamifying Investing 33:34 | Investment Journey 35:47 | Love and Money Solutions 42:35 | Couple with Separate Accounts 44:35 | Women Having Higher Income 49:09 | Pivotal Financial Conversations 53:43 | Spender Saver Couples   QUOTES: “Investing is not about excitement. You want excitement get a dog [...] Investing is boring. It's like watching concrete dry and it should be” [12:23]   “The best investors are humble. They know that nobody knows anything.” [15:13]   “Trading is the enemy. For real investment returns. We want boring, simple, that's where the real money is made.” [16:58]   “Be humble enough to recognize you do not want to be a professional money manager [...] [most people] spend more time looking at a Yelp review for dinner on Sunset than they do picking their investments.” [23:45]   “Most people would rather pay $250,000 in hidden fees, then pay $10,000 out of their pocket.” [28:04]   “The $30,000 question [couple] should really be asking is, how do we set up a system that lets us honor each other's financial desires.” [43:40]   “When partners think about money, the way that they usually relate to it is they know something that they disagree about. They try to [put] a Band Aid over it, paper over it until it blows up.” [52:46]   Follow Ramit Sethi: Website: Podcast: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:  
Aug 03, 2021
This DOCTOR Knows What Causes Alzheimer’s and How You Can PREVENT It | Jay Lombard on Health Theory
Check out our sponsors:  Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at MindPump: Download their FREE guide at  Italic: Sign up for an Italic membership at using code IMPACT for 30% off. RISE: Go to and download the RISE app today to try it FREE for 7 days. Youth has a way of making you feel near invincible. Your body handles long nights, limited sleep, and poor diets much easier. The problem is those choices have a cumulative effect. What you eat, how often you eat also impacts the health of your brain. There is a Chinese proverb that says, “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the second best time is now.” It is easy to disregard neurodegenerative diseases as something for older people, but understanding how leaky brain and neurodegeneration begins to happen is better learned now, than waiting till later if you plan to age gracefully. Dr. Jay Lombard may be incognito but his depth of knowledge and expertise in degenerative neurological diseases is astonishing. He breaks down what misfolded proteins are, the relation of infection and immune system processes to neurodegenerative disease and reveals simple ways you can support your immune system on a cellular level. Get ready to break out the ice baths and discover a new reason to relax in the sauna.   Mentioned In this Episode: Everything ALS,       Also, check out Dr. Jay Lombard’s book, The Mind of God:                                                   SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction 3:39 | Linking Infection & Neurological Injuries 6:12 | Blood Vessel Problems 9:21 | Managing Misfolded Proteins 12:36 | Breaking Down Pathological Proteins 16:56 | Immune System, Heat Shock Proteins 18:38 | Periodontal Disease Role in Alzheimer’s 22:01 | Risk Factors & Prevention 24:43 | Regulating Epigenetics 28:56 | Benefit of Fasting for Prevention 32:38 | Ultimate Diet for Prevention 37:32 | Meaning in Hopeless ALS Cases 41:38 | Biology of Meaning & Purpose   QUOTES: “Without perfusion of the brain, you can take any supplement you want. But if you don't have adequate perfusion, you're not going to have a healthy brain” [9:03]   “My goal as a clinician is to help you live with ALS, not die from the condition.” [11:54]   “The closest proximity of infectious diseases to the blood brain barrier, is in periodontal diseases, and that's been strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease.” [18:59]   “Leaky gut is a very important aspect of a functional medicine approach to any condition, but I think the first and foremost point of assessment would be assessing periodontal disease in those patients.” [20:15]   “The same recommendations that we have for cardiovascular disease or equally warranted for prevention of neurological conditions.” [22:40]   “The common thread of long term survivors has been a sense of purpose and faith in the ineffable” [39:20]   “Whatever problems that we have, are to learn from those problems to grow as individuals and to deal with them without running away from the problem itself.” [40:08]   “When we love, we increase our endorphins, which helps us to bear whatever pain that we're experiencing with whatever condition” [41:49]   “The idea that we can infuse medicine with a sense of purpose is, I think, of extraordinary value for everybody to appreciate.” [42:57]   Follow Dr. Jay Lombard: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:  
Jul 29, 2021
Undercover Billionaire Glenn Stearns on What It REALLY Takes to be SUCCESSFUL | Impact Theory
Check out our sponsors: Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. NorthOne: Get 1 FREE month of banking by going to Headspace: Go to for a FREE ONE-MONTH TRIAL with access to Headspace’s full library of meditations for every situation. InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at Italic: Sign up for an Italic membership at using code IMPACT for 30% off. Do you believe that starting a business with nothing is possible? The American Dream is typically defined as the idea that the opportunity of achieving your highest aspirations is possible for anyone willing to put in the work. Jay Samit, laid out his case and experiment for this very idea in his latest book, Future Proofing You. Glenn Stearns, producer and star of the Discovery show, Undercover Billionaire, put himself to the test with $100, no contacts, no help, and just 90 days to build a million dollar business because he deeply believes the American Dream is still alive and possible. Although the playing field is not equal for everyone in every opportunity, it is still possible. Glenn’s story is shocking and relatable for many because his honesty and vulnerability shows that attitude and belief are still king in how you decide to live your life and make moves.   SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction 1:22 | Glenn Stearns’ Story 5:21 | What Is The American Dream? 6:55 | The Pathway To Make It 9:36 | How Glenn Created His Path 11:24 | Be Fearless Asking Questions 14:53 | Focusing On The Lessons 17:20 | Surrounded by Smarter People 20:29 | Cancer Shifts Glenn’s Focus 22:45 | Starting Undercover Billionaire 31:15 | Developing Grit 32:57 | Hardship of Business Lessons 34:45 | Running Against the Crowd 38:12 | Opportunities In Adversity 42:26 | Leading With Vulnerability 45:35 | Making Quick Business Pivots 47:36 | How to be Unreasonable   QUOTES: “It's in the middle of my deepest fog. I had my clearest, you know, kind of aha moment of, I don't want to do this anymore.” [4:46]   “Happiness to me is not about money, it's about the satisfaction that you are doing something larger with your life and feeling very confident in the fact that you are leaving a mark in the world.” [5:39]   “It may be hard [...] but there is a path if you really surround yourself with the right people” [8:07]   “I found that these older, successful people, they want to give back, they want to tell their story, but a lot of people when they're young, think they don't want to talk to me. [...] and it couldn’t be farther from the truth, if you just ask,” [10:47]   “What you gotta do is be good at being you. You don't have to be somebody else. And your transparency or your authenticity, it will reveal itself.” [13:09]   “As life went on, I realized what I thought was horrible became wonderful.” [15:36]   “Life is not easy. When you do get into a hole, it's not about laying there and feeling like the victim. It's about getting up and pulling yourself up out of the hole and figuring it out.” [23:38]   “The ones that are successful, [...] they fight through the pain, they stay later, they work through it, they sacrifice, and then they feel proud because it works.” [29:55]   “I don't like to lead with success. I like to lead with vulnerability” [31:59]   “There’s little things that other people see as problems and it's pretty clear that there's an opportunity right here.” [34:17]   “When everyone dove out the window. I thought, look at all of this opportunity.” [35:56]   “Even more valuable than placing unreasonable demands and pushing people is telling people you believe in them” [50:49]   Follow Glen Stern: Website: Twitter: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube:
Jul 27, 2021
What You MUST DO to PROTECT Your FREEDOM | Sebastian Junger
Check out our sponsors: Butcher Box: Go to Get 2 five-ounce lobster tails and 2 ten-ounce ribeye steaks all FREE in your first box. RISE: Go to and download the RISE app today to try it FREE for 7 days. Paleo Valley: Visit and enter code impact for 15% OFF your first order. InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at Lambs: Go to and use code IMPACT for 20% OFF at checkout. Regardless of where you live, societies are feeling the threat against certain freedoms and are fighting back. Humans innately don’t want to be oppressed or censored by larger, more powerful and dominant groups. But exactly how do you define your freedom? Is your freedom tied to your “rights'' or is your freedom independent of that? Sebastian Junger, best selling author, Afghanistan war correspondent and more has authored a new book, Freedom, that will leave you shocked, perplexed and challenged in many ways. In this conversation, he and Tom take a deep dive into freedom, what it means for different societies, how smaller groups are able to give larger groups and armies hell, and are willing to risk their lives for their freedom. Sebastian also shares his 400 mile experience walking through America with a group of friends and reflects on different feelings of freedom. His more recent near death experience will shock you and give you yet another perspective of freedom worth fighting for Order Sebastian Junger’s new book, Freedom: SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction 1:06 | What is Freedom? 2:49 | Defend Your Freedom 6:04 | Balancing Opposing Sides 8:12 | Root of the Word Freedom 10:51 | 10,000 miles for Defense 15:40 | Society Safe in Numbers 20:19 | Value of Physical Strength 25:12 | Small Fighter Advantage 31:14 | Culture of Honor 41:07 | Agriculture Control 48:04 | Autonomy vs Comfort 53:12 | Social Primate PTSD 58:31 | Importance of Physical Contact 1:03:45 | A Weird 400 Mile Trip 1:06:39 | Seeking Out Challenges 1:08:54 | Freedom Along Gender Lines 1:17:00 | Lessons Raising Girls 1:21:31 | Near Death Experience 1:27:32 | Giving Meaning to Death 1:29:04 | Discussing His Next Book 1:32:34 | Relationship to Fear   QUOTES: “it means that you are not unfairly controlled by a greater power. That you’re self defining, within the limits, of course of the laws that bind all of us.” [1:25]   “That's the eternal human sort of balancing act is to defend themselves but then not wind up being oppressed by their own leaders.” [4:43]   “It's very clear that armed aggression is very adaptive, that it helps the aggressive group survive and thrive.” [8:49]   “The idea of freedom really only refers to the people within your own community.” [9:25]   “Going into a foreign country to defend oneself, puts the military in the whole society on more precarious moral grounds.” [12:29]   “first thing you need to do in order to feel safe is to be part of a group that has a kind of common agreement to defend itself against any threat” [16:17]   “The really interesting thing about humans is that a smaller fighter, or a smaller group, is capable of defeating a larger fighter or a larger group that size and strength are not the ultimate predictor of victory in combat.” [23:21]   “The small guy in the ring does not have to win, they just have to keep not losing long enough for this for the larger entity to run out of resources.” [26:12]   “We have an instinct for autonomy, we also have an instinct for, you know, not being uncomfortable and being safe and and having our ease” [49:30]   “In an affluent society, individuals need others less to survive. And so they're able to live more and more individualistic lives that are more focused on their own experience, and less focused on the experience of others.” [54:20]   “As wealth goes up in a society, broadly, the rates of depression and suicide tend to go up and in poorer societies despite the stresses of poverty, rates of depression and suicide tend to go down.” [54:48]   “Where evolution comes from, is testing new things, and evolving physically and psychologically to adapt to them.” [1:07:42]   “Leadership has to be completely selfless, like you need leaders who will die for you. Anything less than that is not a leader. They're an opportunist.” [1:12:59]   “The meaning that we give to life and the meaning that we give to death. It doesn't say anything really about the nature of existence, it says something about how we, as humans, create a place for ourselves in the world on this crazy planet we live on.” [1:28:00]   “Some feelings that you get in touch with, prevent you from doing something that needs to be done. Like that emotional denial is absolutely crucial when you're doing something that is scary or horrifying.” [1:34:04]   Follow Sebastian Junger: Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
Jul 22, 2021
Lewis Howes REVEALS The One SKILL You Need to be SUCCESSFUL | Impact Theory
Check out our sponsors:  Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at LMNT: Go to to try their brand NEW flavor - Watermelon Salt. NorthOne: Get 1 FREE month of banking by going to Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a 1 month FREE trial of Premium Membership. InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at Your life story begins as a child no matter who you are. Though our experiences are all uniquely different, pain and frustration from whatever reason usually leaves you scared, angry, and sometimes bitter. When Lewis Howes came face to face with his anger and rage, he got to work on understanding himself, his triggers and how he could improve everyday. After years of practice, he is sharing with you what doing the inner work involves and how feedback has become a critical part of his success. From sharing his 2 secret skills for success to exposing how his healing came along side a few f*ck you letters, this episode is packed with solid advice and exploration of what it takes to find great coaches and be great!   Check Out Lewis Howes First Interview on Impact Theory:  If you want more, here’s Lewis Howes’ Top 3 Tips for Impact:    SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction to Lewis Howes 1:22 | Most Important Skill, Vision 2:45 | Developing Vision 5:48 | What People Are Missing 7:50 | Preparing for Something Greater 9:45 | Perfect Storm for a Break Down 13:27 | Healing from the Shame 14:40 | F*ck You Letters & Darkness 17:28 | Prepared and Facing the Pain 20:44 | Need for Mind, Body, & Emotions 28:07 | Relationship Lessons 32:22 | Delaying Sexual Connection 35:29 | Connection Over Values First? 38:16 | Having Kids & Being Authentic 40:25 | Power of Therapy & Triggers 43:13 | Find Great Coaches & Feedback 44:27 | Practice of Taking Feedback 47:06 | Withstanding Physical Pain 48:02 | Finding Good Coaches 51:17 | Stacking Blind Spots 54:28 | Way of Language Learning 57:02 | Earn Your Respect 59:37 | Defining Greatness   QUOTES: “You've never mastered really anything, you can be great at something but there's always another level in sports to be better.” [3:53]   “We underestimate what people might be going through inside, even if they look like they have it all figured out on the outside.” [12:06]   “If you don't know how to manage the beast inside, you could really be struggling.” [12:20]   “I only let myself lean into the darkness until I know that now it's in danger of being corrosive.” Tom Bilyeu [15:05]   “To just know, if someone wanted to do something, I would be able to take care of myself, that gives me inner peace, that eliminates anxiety” [18:16]   “The discipline of doing something painful every day, I think, is one of the most important disciplines that any human being can have. Whatever that pain looks like for you, I believe we must lean into the pain every day.” [18:36]   “It's not enough to do the work in the past. It's a continual process in the present. That makes me feel at peace every day.” [24:19]   “Love is not enough for a long term committed, healthy relationship to fully work.” [29:28]   “I'm willing to grow and improve but I'm not going to just do something to create peace.” [39:51]   “The ability to have a beginner's mind, find and surround myself by great coaches, and be unapologetic in asking for feedback. Feedback has been a huge indicator of my success.” [43:55]   “Just because someone's giving you feedback doesn't mean it's true about you. So, don't take it personally. And see where is the truth in there, and how can you apply it” [45:16]   Follow Lewis Howes: Website:  YouTube:  Twitter:  Instagram:
Jul 20, 2021
Tom Bilyeu REVEALS His Daily Habits that Help Him Perform at an ELITE LEVEL | Health Theory
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Jul 15, 2021
Danny Trejo on Reconciling his Past, REDEEMING Himself, and Living a Life of Service | Impact Theory
Check out our sponsors:  Paleo Valley: Visit and enter code impact for 15% OFF your first order. MindPump: Download their FREE guide at Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Ten Thousand: Go to and enter code IMPACT to receive 15% off your purchase! So many people are easily trapped in the stories of their lives. Falling victim and feeling helpless is not about being weak or strong, but it is about self-awareness and making a mental shift to see what is possible. Stepping back and asking yourself, what is in your control and deciding how you want to respond is critical. Viktor Frankl says in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Danny Trejo, an actor and  Hollywood Icon, joins me today to discuss a few of the stories from his new memoir, Trejo. Hearing these stories should remind you that it never matters where you are or how you start in life, it only matters how you decide to respond. Yes it’s hard, yes all excuses and reasons you have to not try and give up are valid, but ultimately the choice is yours to make. Danny’s story is beyond inspiring when you see someone come from a mindset and situation that consumes and devours over 90% of the people engulfed in that life. Which really means, anything is possible and your potential is nearly limitless.   Order Danny Trejo’s new book, Trejo:   SHOW NOTES: Boxing Champ | Danny shares his time in San Quentin Prison and being a boxing champ [1:12] No Love | Danny explains growing up with no love in the home born into the Trejo gang [2:28] Danny’s Mentor | Learning life skills from a mentor that was criminal in same situation [3:09] Prison Life | Danny on surviving prison and being tough because of his uncle [5:56] Rehabilitated | Danny’s gratitude for a troubled past and why he’s as grateful as he is now [9:14] Confessions | Danny on why his book is so raw and not sugar coated, it’s the real Trejo [10:19] Redemption | Danny on taking inventory and questioning his behaviors and his mottos [12:38] Taking Out Trash | Why Danny began taking out trash for old neighbors, new reputation [13:56] Service to Others | Danny on why helping others is so important to the way he lives [17:15] Arguments | Danny on the bottomline of arguing, not engaging and the toxicity of it [22:13] Legacy | Danny reveals the love is his family and the legacy that holds value for him [25:51]   QUOTES: “I got a couple of scars from what I wasn't quick enough to duck. But you know what, it really showed me that I didn't want to get hit.” [2:04]   “I've realized about prison, it's easy to be a big fish in a little pond” [6:00]   “There's only two kinds of people in prison, there's predator, and there's prey, and you have to figure I'm gonna be a predator, or you'll be prey.” [6:31]   “Remember that you’re only sick as your secrets” [13:36]     Follow Danny Trejo: Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:    
Jul 13, 2021
Mikhaila Peterson On Overcoming ANXIETY, How She Runs Her Dad’s Business, and BALANCING Motherhood
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Jul 08, 2021
You are RUNNING OUT OF TIME, This is What You NEED TO DO About It | Wallo267 on Impact Theory
Check out our sponsors:  Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Butcher Box: Bacon for Life is back! New members get a package of FREE bacon in every box for the life of the subscription at Helix Sleep: Go to for up to $200 off your mattress and 2 free pillows. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a 1 month FREE trial of Premium Membership. Many of us can admit to loving a good underdog story. You want to see the main character go through their perilous journey and come out on the other side victorious after the big battle or challenge that was seemingly impossible. When that story is real life, it causes you to pause and take inventory of your own story. What situation are you facing, how is your current situation in comparison to the underdog you just cheered for? Sometimes those questions can really sting, especially if you feel like or can see proof that you are not living up to your full potential. Wallo267, is an incredible entrepreneur, marketer, and self-made millionaire that joins me to discuss how his no BS mentality took him from a life of crime to a life filled with meaning, purpose, and unmistakable success. He was in and out of jail from the age of 11 and eventually served a 20 year prison sentence. What he’s accomplished in this time and came out of jail equipped and prepared to do will leave you speechless and questioning exactly how you’re using excuses and potentially clinging to a victim mentality.. From Philly to Hollywood, these are lessons on building an extraordinarily successful business from nothing.   SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction Wallo 267 2:58 | No One to Blame 3:57 | Locked Up Age 11 7:29 | No Time for Excuses 13:25 | Serving Time, Not Mad 15:08 | Imagination & Potential in Jail 17:40 | Starts New Marketing Business 19:03 | Google & YouTube Universities 22:04 | Willing To Do The Work 24:23 | Free Marketing Available 26:04 | Wallo on Allow Self To Cry 30:31 | Exposure Is Everything 31:29 | Stop Copying Others 32:47 | Knowing Yourself 35:55 | Surviving Prison 38:39 | Adapting to the Real World 40:15 | Going to Atlanta & Business 48:38 | Next Level Application 51:41 | Positive Not Angry   QUOTES: “We go through some we're always looking for somebody to blame for our existence in a fucked up place. No, I paid for this train ticket to here. I paid for the train ticket. I got on the train. It was many stops before that I could have got off. No, I went to the final destination.” [3:24]   “I spent more time incarcerated than I did free on this planet that fucked me up.” [5:52]   “Now it's time to just be out here on a journey through life experiencing new things, new ideas, exposure, and that's what I realized. A lot of us don't expose ourselves to new things, new ideas. We're not open, open to different open to change. And that's what helped me I became open to all this shit.” [9:51]   “I wasn’t in jail, I was in Yale. I wasn't in prison, I was in Princeton. I wasn't in the state pen, I was in Penn State.” [13:29]   “The world is one big library and everybody's a book, [...] read your books wisely. Choose them wisely. Watch what books you read.” [25:08]   “Sometimes you got to remove yourself from people, places, and things. That's not just not going to allow you to embrace the reality in your individualism of who you are.” [32:56]   “You got to have a conversation with self about the reality of your journey, and once you connect with that it's a wrap.” [33:35]   “A lot of times you got idea killers out here and sometimes idea killers and dream killers be yourself.” [34:37]   Guest Bio: Wallo rose to cultural phenom status in two short years after serving a 20 year prison sentence by catching lightning in a bottle: crafting powerful viral content inspiring people across the world to step into their greatness and discover their purpose.   Follow Wallo 267: Website: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube:
Jul 06, 2021
The 5 PILLARS of Health you NEED to be FIT and HEALTHY | Dolvett Quince on Health Theory
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Jul 01, 2021
He Was Wrongly Imprisoned for 20 years, This is How He's Finding Justice | Isaac Wright Jr. On Impact Theory
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Jun 29, 2021
If You Love Conspiracy Theories (Or Know Someone Who Does), Watch This | Michael Shermer on Conversations with Tom
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Jun 24, 2021
If You're Ready for a RADICAL AWAKENING, Watch This | Dr. Shefali on Impact Theory
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Jun 22, 2021
These "HEALTHY" Foods Are KILLING Your Energy | Dr. Steven Gundry on Healthy Theory
Check out our sponsors:  Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! BLUblox: Go to or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout for their limited time offer! Get 20% OFF on orders up to $159 // 25% OFF on orders over $160 // 30% OFF on orders over $315 Thryve: Get 50% off your at-home gut health test at Helium 10: Get 50% OFF your first month of Helium 10 Platinum at and use code IMPACT at check out. The chaos that can get unleashed on your body from your diet is so important to understand. Having low energy and brain fog is not only frustrating but it feels debilitating as well. I've had my own recent experience with low energy that had me questioning if I had lost my drive. Starting with my diet and realizing pecans were causing my energy to feel so low was shocking for me. Dr. Steven Gundry's latest book, The Energy Paradox, reveals what's taking place on a cellular level that was affecting the body's energy. He joins me to unpack how significant gut health is to your immune system and brain. We get into the chaos leaky gut causes and how you can make better choices to restore your energy. Even if you have a healthy diet, Dr. Gundry, a cardiothoracic surgeon, will surprise you.   Order Dr. Gundry’s new book, The Energy Paradox:   QUOTES: “believe it or not in the American diet 24 hours a day, we're causing leaky gut we're assaulting our immune system, [...] just from fat, we are just a giant ball of inflammation.” [18:54]   “So if we look at energy production, as literally cars moving down through a freeway, it's no wonder that even though we're eating huge amounts of calories, we have no energy because we literally log jam the mitochondria.” [38:29]   “You've got to eat for your gut microbiome first, and you have to choose foods that they want to eat. And if you do that, they will take care of you.” [40:09]   “We die, we get diseases, by breaks in the wall of our gut that start this process” [41:05]   “If you begin to gradually restrict the time you eat down to about six to eight hours a day, you will develop much better functioning mitochondria, you'll actually have a better gut wall because you're not working on digestion. 24 hours a day. And you're gonna protect your brain.” [41:57]   Guest Bio: Dr. Steven Gundry is an American doctor and author. He is a former cardiac surgeon and currently runs his own clinic, investigating the impact of diet on health. Gundry conducted cardiac surgery research in the 1990s and was a pioneer in infant heart transplant surgery, and is a New York Times best-selling author of The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain. He is best known for his disputed claims that lectins, a type of plant protein found in numerous foods, cause inflammation resulting in many modern diseases.   Follow Steven Gundry: Website: Youtube: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Podcast:  
Jun 17, 2021
From JANITOR to Inventing the MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR "Flamin' Hot Cheetos" Empire | Richard Montañez on Impact Theory
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Jun 15, 2021
Michael Saylor's MASTERCLASS in Cryptocurrency Investing and the Future of BITCOIN | Conversations with Tom
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Jun 10, 2021
Psychologist SHOWS YOU How You Could Cultivate More EMPATHY in Your Life | Jamil Zaki
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Jun 08, 2021
How to WIN the fight Against AGING | Aubrey de Grey on Health Theory
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Jun 03, 2021
NBA Legend Chris Bosh on Becoming Great and What You Need to Sacrifice | Impact Theory
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Jun 01, 2021
Astrophysicist on God’s Equation, Dark Matter, and the Future of Life Beyond Earth | Alex Filippenko
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May 27, 2021
How to MASTER YOUR PAIN To Achieve Your GOALS with Motivational Speaker William King Hollis
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May 25, 2021
LIVE LONGER and Feel Better By Using These HEALTHY LIVING Tips From Ben Bikman | Health Theory
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May 20, 2021
SECRETS from Kobe Bryant’s & Michael Jordan's Trainer on Building an UNBEATABLE MINDSET | Tim Grover
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May 18, 2021
What YOU Can Do to Ensure a BETTER FUTURE | David Brin on Conversations with Tom Pinned Comment:
Check out our Sponsors Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Helium 10: Get 50% OFF your first month of Helium 10 Platinum at and use code IMPACT at check out. Headspace: Go to for a FREE ONE-MONTH TRIAL with access to Headspace’s full library of meditations for every situation. Audible: Start listening with a 30-day free trial, one free audiobook and access to the Plus Catalog. Visit or text IMPACTTHEORY to 500-500   To know where you are going, they say you should know where you’ve been. Science fiction has been well documented for its often accurate predictions and a loved being a social curiosity for many. In this episode, Tom is joined by physicist and bestselling science fiction author, David Brin. David exposes how science fiction can be more accurately described as “speculative history” than anything else. Their conversation explores society through history from the Periclean times all the way through modern U.S. politics and what a transparent society top-down, and bottom-up would imply and necessitate.   TASAT project mentioned to check out:   SHOW NOTES:   History | Using history to write science fiction and being a good ancestor[1:42] Science Fiction | Writing sci-fi and the historical connection making it speculative history [6:15] Anticipation | How empathy allows anticipation & resilience to increase taking hard hits [9:51] Hollywood Propaganda | David breaks down the notion of improve-ability [16:45] Positive Sum Game | Winning more while helping others win versus zero-sum game [21:14] Self Preventing Prophecy | The propaganda messages saying all humans are bad [27:08] Criticism & Delusion | Being maximally creative using criticism to fix error & delusion  [37:24] Periclean Experiment | The Athenian society crushed to preserve pyramid society [41:38] Death of Politics | Losing friction and negotiation of “adaptation to new times” [44:55] Enlightenment | David on 5 accountability arenas and need for regulated competition [50:15] Experts Under Attack | David explains how media is twisting lies to attack the experts [56:31] Attacking Facts | Davids solution to end the attack on facts that are being ridiculed [1:04:29] American Civil War | David reveals eight phases of civil war in America [1:12:36] Transparent Society | David on potential lateral oppression & need for cultural values [1:16:44] Learning | David reveals his thoughts and approach to learning & exploring curiosity [1:21:16]   QUOTES:   “science fiction should have been called speculative history. Because it speculates about what this story is going to show next” [8:25]   “criticism is the only known antidote to error.” [37:59]   “become maximally creative by reciprocally holding each other accountable.” [40:32]   “together, if we criticize each other, we can cancel each other's delusions, but work together on each other's good ideas. It's a positive-sum game” [41:21]   “...there are attempts to resurrect it [politics], but I'm afraid it's going to have to be resurrected over the smoldering carcass of one of our parties.” [47:13]   “individually we are flawed, but that we can, together, increase the amount of light in the world.” [50:37]   “So the right tends to say ‘yay, competition, boo regulation’. The left tends to say ‘yay regulation, boo competition’ [...] regulated competition is how we got the spectacular success of sports” [52:25]   “the worst thing that's happened to destroy us is also the easiest to solve.” [57:49]   “I tell them [students] that if they spend their time at a university, just studying what they're there to study, they have betrayed their civilization, [...] let alone betrayed themselves.” [1:21:41]   “...but raging systematically against your limitations. I am not a limited being, oh, I am limited time, I'm limited in resources, I'm limited in brainpower, I'm limited in all those things, but I can be interested in more than one thing.”   “It's the attitude that makes you a member of this civilization. I am surrounded by wonders I deserve to know about them.” [1:33:25]     Follow David Brin: Website: Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn: YouTube:  
May 13, 2021
David Goggins on How He Became Unstoppable and Doing the Unthinkable | Impact Theory
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May 11, 2021
Dr. Jason Fung Breaks the "Counting Calories" Weight Loss Myth and What You Should Be Doing Instead
Check out our Sponsors Butcher Box: New members can get a free Essentials Bundle in their first box. That’s 3 lbs of chicken breast, 2 lbs of pork chops and 2 lbs of ground beef all for FREE in your first box by going to Paleo Valley: Visit and enter code impact for 15% OFF your first order. Thryve: Get 50% off your at-home gut health test at Imagine Golf: Download the Imagine Golf app for FREE in the Apple app Store and check out their 7-day FREE trial. Which diet are you following? Are you doing the carnivore diet? Vegan? Keto? The choices and variations of every diet plan available is nearly endless. At the heart of the matter, diet consciousness is a question of overall health and better managing and preventing diseases and conditions that hinder your performance and destroy your ability to live a happy and healthy life. In this episode, nephrologist and intermittent fasting expert, Dr. Jason Fung, exposes the overarching importance of understanding your body’s hormonal response to insulin activated by what you eat and the frequency with which you eat. He also breaks down the three major paradigms for cancer, and ranks the danger of a poor diet as high as cigarette smoke in terms of high risk contributors of cancer. Dr. Fung is also the author of the #1 best seller, The Obesity Code.   Order Dr. Jason Fung’s Book, “The Cancer Code”:   SHOW NOTES: Weight Loss | Dr. Fung on why weight loss is critical and counting calories doesn’t work [1:23] Calories | Dr. Fung reveals how hormones impact your body’s response to less calories [3:31] Carbohydrates | Dr. Fung on how carbs stimulate insulin and signal the body to store fat [6:59] Protein vs. Carbs | The hormonal response of these nutrients on satiety & effect on insulin [9:50] Processed Carbs | Dr. Fung explains the danger behind processed carbs & hormones [13:03] Insulin | Dr. Fung explains getting fat on calorie restriction when insulin is high [15:49] Low Insulin Diet | Dr Fung on losing weight by lower insulin and cycle feeding & fasting [23:32] Fasting | Dr. Fung introduces options to get through fast with salt, magnesium or broths [26:32] Cancer | Dr. Fung breaks down 3 paradigm shifts in cancer research & treatments [28:50] Growth Paradigm | How the overgrowth of cells have been treated by cut, burn or poison [29:41] Genetic Paradigm | Understanding genetic mutations and the complication curing cancer [30:36] Evolutionary Paradigm | The primitive mutation of cancer treated with immunotherapy [34:00] Seed in Soil | Preventing cancer “seeds” to grow, understanding chronic stressors  [42:30]   QUOTES: “So it's simply false to say, if you cut 500 calories a day down, you will lose a pound of body fat a week, it's actually not true in any way, shape, or form.” [5:31]   “when you're thinking about weight gain, weight loss, you really have to think about hormones, because it's really a hormonal imbalance, not a caloric imbalance” [12:04]   “when insulin is going down you're going to burn body fat, [...] you can't burn body fat if insulin is high.” [21:05]   “...we're not trying to kill cells with immunotherapy, we're not trying to fix genetic mutations. What we're trying to do is treat these cancers like a foreign species, like an invasive foreign species...” [40:03]   “diet actually plays a massive role, and by understanding it, perhaps you can reduce your risk of cancer.” [47:45]   Follow Dr. Jason Fung: Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Youtube:  
May 06, 2021
Michael Strahan on Finding Happiness , Achieving Success, and Overcoming the Impossible | Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Helix Sleep: Go to for up to $200 off your mattress and 2 free pillows. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a free trial of Premium Membership. In honor of the 2 MILLION subscribers, a.k.a 2 MILLION Impactivists that recognize human potential is nearly limitless, we are celebrating with the very first episode of Impact Theory with the legendary Michael Strahan. In this episode, Strahan shines like the incredibly humble and authentic person he is and Tom steps on the scene from day one sharing his mission to pull people (at scale) out of the Matrix.   If you’ve wondered about the secret to reinventing yourself, beating your limitations and discovering what true leadership looks like, this episode does not disappoint. Michael breaks down the importance of making everyone you come across feel valuable from the janitor to the CEO, and how he’s reinvented himself figuring out life and understanding there’s level to this shit!   Order Michael Strahan’s Book, Wake Up Happy:   SHOW NOTES:   Perspective | Strahan reframes stress of travel with the reality of life and finds gratitude [2:55] Not If, When | Strahan on getting after the hard things, lessons from dad and no doubts [4:07] The Switch | Strahan exposes how he found common ground with Tom Coughlin [9:17] Leadership | Strahan on how to lead and have everyone to feel valued and do anything [13:54] Psychology | Strahan explains how he gets everyone on same page for the win [17:42] Routine | Strahan on his routine to get past self doubt, know the job & execute [23:47] Unseen | Strahan on bringing joy and respect to every position you interact with [27:21] Self-Limiting | Breaking out of the Matrix, overcoming self-limitations, and doubt [30:24] Fear & Failures | Getting ready for what’s next and get better [37:04] Reinvention | Figuring out life, finding the fear, going all in, master it, on to the next [41:45] Put the Work In | Strahan on putting in 100% work and taking credit for the win or fail [44:57]     QUOTES:   “Well you make decisions, it’s up to you. You know, you make choices in your life. You program your mind to either be happy or not. That’s a choice that you make.” [8:35]   “ get so much more out of yourself, and so much more out of people, because you’re in an environment you created.” [28:27]   “Life is not going to be perfect and if you excerpt it to be perfect, you’re fooling yourself. A perfect life without a challenge is not a perfect life, it’s a boring life.” [38:09]   “You have to have role models, you have to have people that you look up to that make you push yourself and make you want to be better.” [46:27]   Follow Michael Strahan: Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
May 04, 2021
Can We Save Humanity? Jamie Wheal on Saving a Global Culture on the Brink of Collapse | Conversations with Tom
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Enjoy peak experiences, spark the human initiative in your community and have some compassion for the world around you.   Order Jamie Wheal’s new book, Recapture the Rapture:       SHOW NOTES:   Loss of Meaning | A break down of the conflicting directions of major institutions [3:33] Meaning 1.0 & 2.0 | Jamie breaks down the difference and problem for salvation & inclusion [7:54] Meta Crisis | Jamie details the complexity of meta crisis and where it intersects [12:06] Storytelling | Jamie walks through shapes of stories & where we are in our story of humanity [16:16] Acceleration | Jamie on why rushing to clean the slate is ignorant of history [18:56] The Drop | Jamie lists problems (the drop) we have to lean into to get to the better side [24:31] Narrative Problem | Jamie breaks down coming alive vs. staying alive, narrative or reality [28:37] Rearview Mirror | Jamie summarizes where the U.S. is after war in 1945 through 60s [30:55] Tribalism | Jamie reveals what unhealthy tribalism is versus healthy that is for community [32:16] Cults | Jamie exposes history of cults, how some succeed, when it gets too far extreme [36:42] 4 Cult Responses | Jamie explains the 4 feelings and 4 responses to cult leaders [44:44] Top Down Solutions | The issue being detached from complexity of interconnected problems [53:13] Global Rage | Jamie on the human initiative and the propensity for collective rage [57:14] Finding Grace | Significant decisions in history that were against the rage & violence [1:02:44] Cultural Architect | Escaping doomsday and thriving into the future [1:10:21] Soul Force | Jamie explains the root of peaceful nonviolence anchored to Civil Rights [1:15:09] Big 5 | Jamie reveals the big 5 evolutionary drivers, discusses healing and peak states [1:20:15] Sex & Healing | Jamie explores the power of orgasms, women, its evolutionary nature [1:34:00] Out of Hand | Jamie shares why people don’t know what they’re doing, forgiving ourselves [1:47:11] Trickster | Jamie on dissonance between God & Satan, Good & Bad and the unknowing [1:50:51] Omega Point | Jamie reveals the point where death and rebirth come together [1:58:02]   QUOTES:   “There are intersecting, overlapping and reinforcing meta crisis happening right now. And so it's not just any single thing, and none of the challenges that we're facing, stop or respect, zip codes or political boundaries” [9:42]   “And so we have to actually be willing to lean into that drop. It's like skateboarding or snowboarding or anything, like you're standing on the lip of something steep, you don't fall back away from it, you actually have to lean into it, to stick the landing.” [17:52]   “...the point isn't to end the game victorious. The point is to keep playing for as long as possible, with as many people as possible.” [21:39]   “...the narrative challenge,[...] is actually, can we acknowledge that both are true? It's an incredibly complex quadratic equation. We don't know how it's going to turn out, our participation in it plays a big part in how it turns out. So we need to be vigilant and subtle, and adaptive, and responsive, all at once.” [30:28]   “No one beats our collective intelligence.” [57:12]   “grieve globally, [...] actually open our hearts to the wound of the world right now, and everyone and everything on it, but thrive locally.” [57:49]   “tribalism is destiny and humanism is optional” [1:02:33]   “we need to get more effective and more deliberate and more inclusive about our access to healing, inspiration and connection.” [1:10:31]   “...when we try and suppress the random and fickle and unknowable nature of existence, right, we tend to create more trauma, we tend to create more heartache, versus just bearing witness in the not knowing of it all.” [1:56:00]   “I wake up in the morning torn between the desire to save the world, or savor it.” [1:58:52]   “...instead of me trying to escape my mundane existence, I'm coming back to it. And I'm coming back to it with fresh eyes and an open heart and gratitude.” [2:04:23]   Follow Jamie Wheal: Website: Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram:  
Apr 29, 2021
Gary Davis, the First Native American Rapper, Shows You Why Your Excuses Are Invalid | Impact Theory
Check Out Our Sponsors Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Joovv: Get an exclusive discount on your first order at and use code IMPACT ShipStation: Get 2 months FREE at Click on the microphone at the top of the page and type in IMPACT Request a free, no-commitment demo at Is it safe to say that everyone of us has challenges and roadblocks ahead to varying degrees? Maybe you even have some pretty big dreams but knowing where to start or how has you paralyzed. If you are getting stuck on fear of failure, not knowing who, how, or what, or even if it’s remotely possible for you to achieve a bigger dream, then this episode is for you. Gary Litefoot Davis is a Cherokee that has stepped out, and done the impossible against the odds. His story is compelling, but his get it done and go hard and relentless after your purpose attitude is worthy of pen and paper. He breaks down exactly how he looked at the overwhelming dream of being the first Native American rapper not being signed, starting his own record label, and touring the world from there. It was baby steps of a bigger goal, and this episode exemplifies what’s possible when you just take action and keep moving forward.   SHOW NOTES:   Resilience | learning from generations, seeing entrepreneurship and losing it all [3:14] Awakening | Realizing no one is coming to save you, it’s all on you to make it happen [5:57] Cultivating fortitude | Having an intention and take baby steps and give each step 100% [8:04] Steps & Goals | Gary lays out how to identify the steps you need to attain goal in detail [9:58] Model the Greats | Gary on how to model your success and make it your own [11:14] Be Fluid | Gary on how to be adaptive so you can grow and be malleable [12:46] Music Influences | Gary shares learning from artists that have influenced his music [14:34] Independent | Gary explains why he says “we are the people we’ve been waiting for” [18:07] Being First | Gary on knowing where you get your strength and leading in difficulty [20:13] Native American Struggles | Gary exposes the lack of self-belief & self hatred [28:30] Failure | Gary explains the lesson and not getting caught in negative energy of failing  [32:59] Entrepreneur | Gary on the journey, the reward and tools needed to be successful [38:25] Get Started | Why you have to believe in what you’re doing and if not keep looking [44:23]   QUOTES:   “I realized that if it was going to happen for me I probably was going to have to make it happen” [5:57]   “Dreams are tough. Because without a timeframe, a timeline, they may just stay dreams” [12:10]   “You have to be willing to lead,  and if you’re not, nobody will follow that. And in the moments where it's most stressful, if you don’t know where you’re headed, if you don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, nobody else will either...” [22:54]   “If something comes up that you didn’t expect or that you didn’t know was going to come. Your plan’s not bad, it got you to where you are right now. You have to deal with what’s in front of you. That doesn’t mean run away and stop and don’t do anything, it means deal with it. Deal with what’s in front of you, move through it, move around it, move over it, move under it but keep moving forward.” [34:59]   “I think confidence comes from doing trying failing correcting and then doing trying failing correcting” [40:27]   Follow Gary Davis: Website: Youtube: Facebook: Instagram:
Apr 27, 2021
Sleep Expert Reveals How You Can Optimize Your Brain with These Simple Hacks | Matthew Walker
Check our our Sponsors Plant X: Get 15% off your first order with promo code IMPACT at LMNT: Go to to try their brand NEW flavor - Watermelon Salt. Gabi: Get a better insurance with Gabi. It’s totally free to check and there’s no obligation. Go to Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at More than 50 million Americans suffer with some form of sleep deprivation, and the chances are you may be one. According to World Sleep Day, “Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population.” The matter of sleep is so critical that in this episode, Neuroscience Professor and sleep expert, Dr. Matthew Walker, exposes the severity of sleep deprivation as so serious that the Guiness Book of World Records no longer allows record setting attempts for sleep deprivation but allows far more extremes. There is a need to highly value sleep and learn tips to improve your sleep health and be more productive in your time awake.                                        Order Matthew Walker’s Book, “Why We Sleep”:   SHOW NOTES: Sleep Deprivation | Matthew Walker exposes why Guiness Book of World Records banned it [2:58] Hallucinations | Matthew explains why deprivation of REM causes awakened REM sleep [6:28] Dreaming | Matthew reveals why we dream and what it does for our conscious life [7:57] Emotional First Aid | Matthew explains a new layer of sleep relating to PTSD & noradrenaline [12:04] PTSD | Matthew shares how noradrenaline strips emotions away from memory of PTSD [15:33] Evolutionary | Matthew on how sleep seems like idiotic behavior but is critical to function  [19:52] Brainwashing | Matthew breaks down the glymphatic system that cleanses the brain [24:41] Nightmares | Tips for minimizing effect nightmares that become nonnormative  [27:51] Recontextualize | How to understand the world we live in through dreams biological basis [30:52] CBT for Insomnia | Matthew addresses changing behaviors and thought patterns for sleep [32:57] Sleeping Problems | Reasons for waking in the middle of the night and self-compassion [36:59] Sleep Inertia | Matthew shares tips for waking up in the morning when it's not your thing [43:02] Cold showers | Matthew gives the science behind why cold showers are effective waking you [47:34]   RESOURCES MENTIONED: Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire:   Free 15-Minute Insomnia Consultation   QUOTES: “...what we're now learning from the science is that Mother Nature did not make a spectacular blunder in creating this beautiful thing called a full night of sleep.” [20:58]   “Make no mistake about it from a biochemical perspective, wakefulness is low level brain damage, and sleep is sanitary salvation.” [25:40]   “If you wake up, and you can't get back to sleep, don't worry. Just realize ‘tonight is not my night. It's not the end of the world. I'm still going to be able to function somewhat tomorrow.’” [40:58]   Follow Matthew Walker: Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter:
Apr 22, 2021
T.D. Jakes Shares This One Secret for Leveling Up Your Communication | Impact Theory
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That’s 3 lbs of chicken breast, 2 lbs of pork chops and 2 lbs of ground beef all for FREE in your first box by going to Paleo Valley: Visit and enter code impact for 15% OFF your first order. Mint Mobile: To get your NEW wireless plan for just $15 a month and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to Mint Mobile: To get your NEW wireless plan for just $15 a month and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a free trial of Premium Membership. Thryve: Get 50% off your at-home gut health test at Nearly everyone has a platform of some kind. Maybe your platform is on social media, or it’s home with your immediate family and close circle of friends. Regardless, what you say out of your mouth to the people around your platform matters. In this episode, Tom is joined by the legendary T.D. Jakes, who shares the incredible value of what we say to communicate and even more importantly, how we listen. T.D. Jakes break down the depth of becoming a better listener and the importance and urgency of being creative, innovative and finding mastery to strive for something greater in your entrepreneurial life and in your personal life.   Order the new book from T.D. Jakes, Don’t Drop the Mic:   SHOW NOTES: Power Mic | T.D. Jakes shares how he discovered the power of a platform and audience [1:46] Get it Out | Coming out of your bubble for a new experience ready to talk, listen and learn [6:37] Listen Better | T.D. Jakes explains how listening leads to understanding and less hate [10:49] New World | Why mentoring each other is necessary to get others out of their subculture [15:47] Potential | Break past limiting beliefs and expectations of others to explore possibilities [21:58] Intention | T.D. Jakes explains what’s intended versus what’s understood, being bilingual [29:15] Understand | To better understand, just listen, don’t run away, don’t try to fix the person [33:08] Seasons | Reality of not holding onto past labels and experiencing new stages of life [38:15] Action | T.D. Jakes breaks down how life requires a process to create and innovate [42:36] Urgency | T.D. Jakes reveals the urgency action in the ‘now’ and relationship value [46:45] Survive Strong | T.D. Jakes on what’s left after the trauma is always enough to rebuild [51:39] QUOTES: “ takes courage to come out of your bubble and talk and listen and learn and not always show up as a teacher, but to come into the room as a student.” [10:19]   “And a lot of people black, white, brown, rich, poor, [....] run the risk of dying, the death of being normal, or average, rather than being exceptional, and being fruitful, to the full extent of your potential, wherever that takes you.” [18:02]   “Don't drop the mic, because destiny is in front of you, and history is behind you. And why would you live in your history when you can excel in your destiny?” [20:51]   “Don't let people describe you because if they do, they will incarcerate you.” [23:17]   “...the best things in life require process, and if you run from the process, you alleviate the promise.” [44:24]   “The currency of relationships is your greatest resource is better than any dollar amount in the world.” [49:35]   “Your future is never predicated on what you lost. It is predicated on what you have left.” [51:39]   “...there's always something to do with what you have experienced.” [54:37]   Follow TD Jakes: Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: Youtube:
Apr 20, 2021
Fight Club writer Chuck Palahniuk on Life, Death, and Purpose | Conversations With Tom
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Apr 15, 2021
How Impact Investing Became a 40 Trillion Dollar Industry | Sir Ronald Cohen on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors LMNT: Go to to get your sample pack for the cost of shipping. Only $5 for U.S. orders. Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at The word ‘capitalism’ seems to make some people happy, while making others cringe. The U.S. started as a capitalist society and has evolved into a mix of capitalism and socialism. As society and technology evolves, how should our economic system evolve in response? In this episode, Sir Ronald Cohen, “the father of British venture capital” speaks with Tom about the importance of social impact and what impact investing is evolving into and how it can change the social world for the better. Creating systems that support entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and social responsibility of big companies is just the tip of a massive iceberg. Listen in to see how this all ties into our natural desire to evolve and strive for more than just money.   Order Sir Ronald Cohen’s new book, Impact (all proceeds donated to impact charities):   SHOW NOTES: Impact Investing | Sir Ronald explains what’s reshaping a new economic system [1:57] Coming to Britain | Sir Ronald reveals how he moved from Egypt and ended in Britain [4:48] Venture Capital | An overview of how venture capitalism came to be and what it is [7:23] Social Impact | Getting an accurate view of a company’s impact not just profits [9:41] Deciding | Sir Ronald gives tips on what to look for evaluating a company’s impact [12:47] Redistributed Wealth | Why redistributed wealth is needed, but it’s not enough [15:30] Poverty Problem | Sir Ronald discusses what’s been missing from solution [18:20] 1800 Companies | The $3 trillion environmental damage being measured [21:28] Capitalism | Sir Ronald breaks down capitalism driven by profit and social impact [28:05] Communism | Setbacks of communism and how increased prosperity redistributed is better  [32:30] Turning Point | Recognizing social problems and having technology to measure impact [34:59] Striving | Sir Ronald introduces human nature to strive for money & quality of life [42:14] Re-Skill | Sir Ronald identifies why opportunities for new skills is part of the system [45:12]   QUOTES: “Because making money at the expense of the environment, or poor people isn't the way to do business. And it doesn't help solve the social and environmental issues we face.” [10:45]   “...we can't let capitalism be driven by profit only. We must have markets trying to achieve profit, and something good for society or the environment. Otherwise, capitalism creates problems.” [28:31]   “I think most company leaders would rather do good and do well, than create problems and make money. But it's the power of consumers and employees and investors together that are going to get them to change their behavior.” [30:40]   “...if you plan everything for people, you kill innovation, and entrepreneurship, with the ability to think out of the box, [and] the freedom to try to execute it.” [33:08]   “Human nature is about striving, striving for survival, striving for success, it’s all about striving, and our system encourages and enables the striving.” [42:28]   “a system like capitalism, which is dynamic, and resilient, and reactive, if it is channeled in the same way, it will be better than a system where the government tries to plan everything from above.” [50:40]   ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: The Harvard Business School Impact-Weighted Account Study ( FOLLOW SIR RONALD COHEN: Website: Twitter: LinkedIn:
Apr 13, 2021
How Your Microbiome Affects Everything From Your Brain to Your Metabolism | Dr. Will Bulsiewicz
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Apr 08, 2021
How to Kick Ass and Achieve Your Full Potential | Sarah Robb O'Hagan on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Joovv: Get an exclusive discount on your first order at and use code IMPACT Helix Sleep: Go to for up to $200 off your mattress and 2 free pillows. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a free trial of Premium Membership. It is one thing to be the toughest woman in the room and it is entirely another thing to be the toughest person in the room. When you allow yourself to be haunted by past fears and failures you put yourself at a disadvantage and lock your potential away in the safety of a box. In this episode today, one of the toughest and most resilient people you will ever come across joins Tom to share her insight on what it takes to beat the odds and kick ass, failure after failure. Lupita Nyong’o said, “It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience.” The essence of being a total badass, owning your failure and swinging hard to conquer no one but yourself is what Sarah Robb O’Hagan brings to the table. Get ready to take action, it’s the only way forward.   SHOW NOTES: Assness Level | Levels of toughness in behaviors that show how kick-ass you are [3:59] Humility | Finding success with humility after setting aside arrogance [6:12] Hiring the Best | Making sure you are hiring the right people and behaviors [8:10] Leading the Team | Expressing your values and demonstrating them for your company [10:39] Gritty Leadership | Pushing your team and reassuring them by example  [12:50] Resilient Employees | How to get the best out of your employees and find resilience [14:20] Fired | Being vulnerable and honest with yourself and others after being fired [15:50] Step Out of Line | Clutch moments you get to reframe a ‘no’ to bring more value [18:13] Fight for Yourself | When odds are stacked against you this is how to take action and create opportunity [23:42] Supercharged Career | Don’t please the boss, show how you can solve their problem [26:19] Your Mountain | Stay in and grind it out by choosing your mountain to climb and win [27:38] Secret to Success | Outperforming your peers no matter who they are [31:00] Self-Improvement | Happens outside of the comfort-zone with new experiences and skill acquisition [32:38] Extremely You | Sarah defines what extremely you is and how challenging yourself [34:34] Behaviors | Sarah shares the common behaviors she found driving people’s success [37:44] Movement | The reason for Sarah’s Extreme Living movement [38:40] Processing Failure | When the stakes are high have the fortitude to handle it [39:43]   QUOTES: “I just don't want to get fired, so I will do anything to help and support and listen and learn and truly, like that is what I think made me successful there because I was a sponge like taking it all in and recognizing there was a hell of a lot more that I needed to learn to be good”  [7:28]   “I’ve learned along the way when you are trying to be something you’re not that is when you lose your confidence” [10:20]   “The minute you acknowledge what you did you have control over changing that.” [17:23]   “Don’t ever worry that someone didn’t ask you to do something, just get on and do it.” [25:41]   “It’s about getting them to understand that you will be happy and fulfilled if you do whatever you do in your life off of your own steam, [...] For me the single biggest learning is like, don’t look for shortcuts, don’t look for people to give you handouts. Go figure it out for yourself because that is what will make you the most satisfied happy person you can be” [30:15]   “I just have worked in predominantly male industries the whole way through, and it just I never even really noticed that I was the only woman at the table very often, I just was like ‘well fuck I’m here’, so I am going to do the best I can and it’s up to me to outperform my peer group whoever they are.”   [32:14]   “Until you’ve been to the depths of the canyon of despair like that’s where the learning and the growth comes from and you come back so much stronger on the other side. [40:18]     FOLLOW SARAH: Website: Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn: Youtube:
Apr 06, 2021
Scientist Exposes Why Your Reality is All a Lie | Donald Hoffman on Conversations with Tom
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Donald shares the possibilities of consciousness and the infinite nature of theories that exist outside of the virtual reality headset he uses to describe the version of reality you may still be experiencing. Take the plunge into this conversation and challenge the consciousness of what you call your true self.   Order Donald’s latest book, ‘The Case Against Reality’:   SHOW NOTES:   Consciousness | The theory of reality beyond the physical space and time [1:24] Spacetime | Donald relates Grand Theft Auto to understanding reality beyond space time [7:48] Testing Reality | Testable predictions of reality outside of space time and the fundamental nature of consciousness [10:40] Conscious Agents | Donald introduces conscious agents using the Twitter model [16:00] Conscious Illusion | How consciousness is not bound to the laws of physics and is created as needed in a simulation [22:00] Evolution | Why evolutionary theory only exists in space and time within the VR experience [26:34] The Unknown | The dark side of letting go to explore unknown concepts [33:40] Spacetime Simulator | Donald takes us through how consciousness is explored [37:33] Predicted Consciousness | Enjoying experience and predicting the realm of consciousness [49:57] Girdles Down | The Girdles theorem and why everything can not theoretically be known [54:46] A.I. Consciousness | How reductionism makes it possible to give rise to consciousness [1:03:54] Created Consciousness | Donald explains the creation of consciousness from portals [1:10:29] God Hypothesis | Donald’s hypothesis of science of God as agent of consciousness [1:15:05] Asymptotic behavior | Long term behaviors from far away that use spacetime theory [1:26:07] Alien Intelligence | Donald discusses alien intelligence and being in a simulator [1:31:22] Living vs NonLiving | Being unplugged from VR game and notion of self [1:33:53] Meditation | Donald shares how meditating to let go and have complete silence transforms his thoughts [1:46:20]   QUOTES:   “ Science has not yet been studying objective reality outside of our space time virtual reality, that from an evolutionary point of view, was just evolved as a way for us to play the game of life, and stay alive long enough to reproduce, not to show us the truth.” [8:06]   “That's what spacetime is. Spacetime, the sun and the moon, physical objects, everything that we see inside of space and time is just our visualization tool. The reality we're interacting with is nothing like the visualization tool. There's nothing like space and time. It's a whole network of interacting conscious agents outside of space time, a vast social network. And we've made the rookie mistake of assuming that our headset, VR, our visualization tool, is the final reality.” [17:55]   “no matter how much consciousness explores its possibilities, it could never come to the end of its own possibilities. And so it's in a never ending self exploration.” [31:22]   “And right now we're sort of stuck on this little headset, three dimensions, small amount of color that we can see and so forth. Just, we thought it was the whole world. No, it's just it's a little headset.” [33:08]   “...we’re chasing that consciousness itself is only about exploring new possibilities of experience.” [35:55]   “So the reason I'm doing this is because I can't even imagine a specific color that I've never seen before, I can't imagine in four dimensions. In other words, I take it as a given that I'm deeply, deeply limited in my imagination. And I need all the tools I can get to help me step outside of my headset and try to guess, the unfathomable outside of there.” [52:47]   “There seems to be reward for absolute silence, no concept whatsoever, and out absolute precision on the other hand. And there's no reward for sloppy thinking in the middle.” [1:51:57]   “don't hold on to anything dogmatically right as that's the sort of the point explore and then be the first to kill off the things that you know really don't make sense don't don't hold on to them so it's an anti dogmatic point of view” [1:54:37]   FOLLOW (NAME): Website: Email: Twitter: Instagram:
Apr 01, 2021
The 2 Things You Need for Success | Jay Samit on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at MindPump: Download their FREE guide at Theragun: Try Theragun for 30 days starting at only $199. Go to and get your Gen 4 Theragun. Grammarly: Get 20% off Grammarly Premium when you sign up using your desktop or laptop computer by visiting Imagine being disadvantaged, on welfare, no support from family, being young and becoming a millionaire in under one year. Where do you even begin? What does it take to make that kind of change in your life? In this episode, Jay Samit reveals his latest book, Future Proofing You, and the experiment he ran with a young kid from the UK. He mentored this kid once a week and watched him go from nearly homeless to millionaire in his experiment to show this is possible for anyone regardless of your resources. In this interview, Jay uncovers his belief that you don’t need degrees, capital and major connections to become a successful millionaire. Starting your business by looking for the void to fill in a very specific area that allows you to be the best in the world with no competition is a possibility that is accessible to you right now. This episode provides a tactical look at what you can do to start crafting the right situation and the right deal structure you need to succeed.   Order the new book  from Jay Samit:   SHOW NOTES:   The Experiment | Jay mentors a disadvantaged person from homeless to millionaire [2:28] 2 Things for Success | Jay shares the two things he believes you’ll need for success [6:11] Mindset | Jay discusses how education is stifling mindset [8:12] Competition | Jay explains how to be the best in the world with no competition  [10:03] Fill a Void | Jay shares how Vin created a case study and niched a void [10:57] Pygmalion effect | How Jay’s case study started with a lie to prove a point [13:38] Mentors | Jay reveals the importance of mentors in business and how to find them [15:54] Insight | Why your insight to solve a problem leads to joy [17:26] Identity | Your identity and company identity must be separate identities [19:35] Appearance | Jay on why you need to look like your customer [21:20] Not Knowing | Jay explains the power of knowing what you don’t know [23:23] 1st Customer | Jay shares tip for getting your first customer [24:32] The Right Client | Jay describes who the client for you is [29:28] Breaking Plateaus | Jay talks about the hardships and difficulties to push through [31:20] Revenue Streams | Manage unforeseen stress easier with multiple streams of revenue [32:21] Deal Structure | Jay explains why a solid foundation can rebuild business [35:38] Cultivate Purpose | Jay shares that you cultivate purpose when you help others [42:59]   QUOTES: “You’re one click away from 7 billion people, so you only have to figure out how to reach them once, and if you can figure out that process you can do it again and again and be what I call future proof” [4:00]   “Cause motivation just like a shower doesn’t last forever. You need it again and again” [6:35]   “You don’t need capital, you don’t need connections, you don’t need a fancy degree. I’m not saying not to go to college, there’s pros and cons to everything. But you can do it ... [10:03]   “Most of us don’t have the experience to know many things in business. Things that might seem counterintuitive: you know, how the world works as opposed to how you were taught it works. And that’s why mentors are so important.” [15:54]   “You can create an international successful company remotely and virtually” [23:00]   “Sweat equity overcomes intellect 10 out of 10 times.” [26:31]   “If there's something new, there’s something hot, the hot thing that the world suddenly pays attention to then any work you do in that space will be magnified.” [28:40]   “As you can start aligning what you do to helping others. The greatest joy you’ll ever get is when you help someone else, and the more you're helping others the more you end up helping yourself.”  [43:28]   “For so many people they think a better life means buying your kids the things that you didn’t have. A better life is teaching you kids the things you didn’t know.” [45:22]     FOLLOW JAY SAMIT: Website:   Twitter: YouTube: Facebook: LinkedIn:
Mar 30, 2021
Neurologist Explains How Your Sleep Affects Your Weight | David Perlmutter on Health Theory
Check out our Sponsors BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Helix Sleep: Go to for up to $200 off your mattress and 2 free pillows. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a free trial of Premium Membership. BackCountry: Get 15% OFF at and enter promo code THEORY How well are you controlling your impulsive nature and tendencies to choose instant gratification over the long term consequences? A little ice cream now won’t make a difference, checking your phone after a notification is no harm, afterall you just want to see who liked your post. These are some of the things you may be doing that exhibits impulsive behavior. Of course there are varying degrees of impulsive behavior in relation to the level of consequences, but why are we even acting so impulsively to begin with? In this episode, Dr. David Perlmutter explains the depths of our abilities to control our impulses, and how the health of our brain is really key to making better decisions. It comes up over and over in so many topics of illness, but inflammation and diet are again at the center of another area that is directly impacting your productivity and optimal cognitive function.   Order Dr. Permutter’s latest book, Brain Wash:   SHOW NOTES:   The Disconnect | David explains why health and happiness are elusive? [1:46] Cognitive Empathy | Our ability to embrace another perspective [2:39] Disconnection | David defines disconnection in the brain and its importance [4:37] Disconnection Syndrome | What factors threaten connection and cause disconnection [7:13] Impulsivity Factors | David explains what factors threaten to lock in impulsive behaviors [7:44] Control Impulse | David reveals new side of Phineas Gage story and controlling impulse [9:16] Impulse Behavior | David lists factors threatening to disconnect the prefrontal cortex [11:31] Body Fat | David explains how body fat ties to the impulsive amygdala [14:40] Restorative sleep | David reveals the connection between quality sleep and impulse [15:40] Sleep & Body Fat | Connecting lack of restorative sleep to 1lb of body fat in 10 days [16:19] Bad Decision Loop | David explains the cycle of poor decision leading to more [17:31] Inflammation’s Role | David breaks down how inflammation compromises brain function [19:33] Serotonin Compromised | How inflammation is vital to production of serotonin  [21:15] Better Decisions | David reveals the on-ramp to making better decisions [27:08] On-Ramps | David shares a few of the on-ramps to making better decisions [32:15] Rewire Your Brain | David shares the simplicity of thought to rewire your brain [37:17] Gratification Myth | How instant gratification is blocking enlightenment and connections [38:25] Online Effects | David reveals the effect screen time has in relation to poor decisions [43:05] Optimal Cognition | David shares the biggest issue crippling cognition [46:06] Uric Acid | David links uric acid to inflammation and the role of fructose [47:25] Insulin Resistance | Why knowing your blood sugar and how your body handles glucose [49:37] Blood Sugar Response | Response to various lifestyle choices and inflammation [50:35] Brain Health Diet | A diet that keeps blood sugar in check is best for brain health [51:21]     QUOTES:   “Our day to day lives right now threaten our prefrontal cortex and threaten the connection of the prefrontal cortex down to the amygdala and therefore threaten to disconnect us.”  [11:17]   “We make more impulsive food decisionsThe fatter people get the less able they able are to reign in their appetites and to make good choices as it relates to the food they eat […] eating the wrong foods tends to begets further eating of the wrong foods”  [14:55]   “People who don’t get a restorative night sleep have a 60% higher activation of their amygdala, so the amygdala takes charges [15:39]   “You can just understand that your decision making is threatened or enhanced by whether or not you get a good night sleep [26:10]   “You want to be more productive, sleep more and sleep better in terms of the quality” [32:29]   “The average American spends 42% of his or her day in front of one form of screen or another [...] and that has an effect because there’s a lot of inputs to your brain that are happening during that experience, a, and b, when you’re doing one thing you’re not doing another”  [43:05]   “What we have to emphasize is the limitation of fructose in its raw form…” [49:13]   FOLLOW DAVID PERLMUTTER: Website: Youtube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:  
Mar 25, 2021
How A University Drop Out Became a Self-Made Millionaire | Steven Bartlett on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors LMNT: Go to to get your sample pack for the cost of shipping. Only $5 for U.S. orders. MindPump: Download their FREE guide at Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Oxygen: Download Oxygen on the iPhone App Store or Google Play for Android.   The path to success is as unique to the individual as the complexity of their life experiences that shape who they are. Have you ever considered the downside to becoming successful and achieving all of your goals? In this episode, Steven Barlett, Founder of Social Chain and Catena Capital,  opens up about his vision, the motivators, and surprising moments of what reaching success felt like for him that no one would expect. He discusses the importance of why he wrote his upcoming book, Happy Sexy Millionaire, and his hope for this book to serve as an intervention for his generation that has been raised on social media. Steven gets very real about discovering your narrative and focusing on the simplicity of consistency.   Order Steven’s Book, “Happy Sexy Millionaire”    SHOW NOTES:   The Journey | Steven reveals his path from Botswana to successful entrepreneur [1:37] Insecurity | Steven explains how his insecurities have driven his success [5:32] Move Different | Steven explains the origin of his business moves [6:28] Belief | Steven debunks the cliche ideas about belief [7:23] Comparison Trap | How Steven let go of bitter when he freed himself from comparison [8:57] Self-Worth | Steven shares his thought about society’s intrinsic value lie of self worth [10:13] Self-Narrative | Steven shares his revelation to resist labels and not restrict his narrative [11:44] Narrative Defined | Steven defines what self narrative is for him [14:42] Stability/Chaos | Steven reveals why he believes chaos is stability [15:45]  Finding Change | Steven shares the anti-climatic experience of his biggest wins. [18:24] Gratitude | Steven shares his story of discovering gratitude through contrast of 19 year olddreams [20:14] Radical Change | Steven explains radical change starts with the smallest step [26:11] Consistent | Steven explains why consistency leads to radical change [28:50] Future Identity | Steven reveals how he anchors his present decisions to his future self [32:30] Quitting | Steven explains that quitting is a skill and what the decision tree looks like [34:55]  5 Buckets | Steven shares 5 buckets to fill under 30 to optimize your future [40:00]    QUOTES: “The things that invalidated you when you were younger will be the things that you seek validation from when you’re older” [5:34]   “I had independence and I had insecurity and when the two came together I became this young kid who just had no choice but to take on the world on his own” [7:08]   “Even if everything is on the line you can’t make yourself believe something you don’t have evidence to believe” [7:41]   “My self narrative is more of a philosophy. It’s a set of principles that [...] I make my decisions through” [14:44]   “The moment where I approached what I thought stability was it felt like chaos, it was an existential crisis.” [16:41]   “One of the downsides of living in forward motion is [...] it’s so gradual, the climb, it’s one step at a time” [21:20]    “How would the person I want to be use their time?” [32:36]   FOLLOW (NAME): Website:  Twitter:  Facebook:  Instagram:  LinkedIn:  Youtube:   
Mar 23, 2021
Gabor Mate on How We Become Who We Are | Conversations with Tom
Check out our Sponsors Butcher Box: Ground beef for life is back! For a limited time, new members can get 2 pounds of free ground beef in every Butcher Box order by signing up today at Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at The New Yorker: For a limited time, you can get 12 weeks of The New Yorker for just $6. Go to As adults we all have some degree of trauma from our childhood to cope with. Maybe it’s falling downhill and being left with a scar, or maybe it’s more severe and involves emotional neglect. For many adults,it’s easy to believe there was never any trauma, life was great and their childhood was filled with happy memories. In this episode, Gabor Mate explains how easily unconscious traumas from childhood can be identified. He shares years of experience and wisdom with Tom in this conversation that explores the depths of truth and meaning in life, and how that fits in with our physical and behavioral manifestations of broken adult expectations and stressors. Gabor Mate, is a deep thinker, childhood development expert, and expert of addiction. He shares his unique insights on how to deal with severe trauma and how to get the most out of life by moving beyond mere survival.   SHOW NOTES: Reality | Gabor on how people view reality and the Johnny Cash song, In Your Mind [1:14] Childhood Development | Gabor reveals the shaping window of development for children [3:01] Stress Defined | Gabor explain the terminology of stress and its triggers [5:40] Emotional Work | Ongoing emotional work that takes consciousness and awareness [9:13] Trauma | Gabor discusses severe trauma, how it shows up physically and in behavior [10:12] Being Sensitive | Advantage and disadvantage of being highly sensitive [12:18] Empathetic Support | Gabor talks about empathetic support for persons with trauma [12:43] Beyond Mental | Gabor reveals makes life more profound beyond the mental experience [20:04] Feeling vs. Being | Gabor presents difference between feeling and a state of being [22:11] Self-Isolation | Gabor explores self-isolation and the state of pain versus enlightenment. [22:32] Expectations | Gabor describes the expectations of the nervous system  [24:30] Broken Society | how modern society is dysregulating us and how broken our society is [30:31] Child Development | Gabor reveals what healthy child development  [41:04] Meaning & Purpose | Gabor pushes on Tom’s value for meaning equated with hard work [51:20]  Truth Not Facts | Gabor explains difference between truth and facts [59:54] Life after 70 | Gabor shares what keeps him going in his seventies is just who he is [1:07:58] Palliative Care | Gabor share his experience and perspective with palliative care [1:14:18] Commitment | Gabor and Tom talk about commitment [1:30:42] Marriage | Lessons from 51 years of marriage [1:35:23] Unconscious Trauma | Processing trauma that you’re not consciously aware of [1:41:13] Suffering From Past |Gabor shares a quote to explain how suffering isn’t always labeled [1:43:19] Dissociated from suffering | Gabor explains pain suppressed and misinterpreted  [1:45:54]   QUOTES: “When people are just trying to survive it's hard for them to consider transformation, so people that are under economic pressure, or racially oppressed, or under economic threat, political conflict these make it difficult for people because people are just in survival mode.” [11:43] “There’s essence, there’s truth that goes beyond what the mind can comprehend” [20:34] “There’s a way of isolating yourself as a way of committing yourself to enlightenment which means that you’ll stay away from people for the rest of your life it just means you’re going to go deep into yourself and not be distracted by all that the world throws at you  [23:32]   “Then there’s another way to isolate yourself which is a defensive one, which is ‘the world is so awful, the heck with them all, I don’t need  anybody,’ that will protect you from some kinds of hurt, cause if you withdraw from relationships you’ll never be betrayed, so that’s true, on the other hand, that itself is a state of pain”  23:49 “Survival and fully being alive and fully living are not the same thing” [25:39] “There’s lots of facts out there, but truth is much larger than facts, it’s integrating the facts in a picture of reality.”  [1:00:05] “A life without truth is not a meaningful life” [1:04:46] “the beauty does not go away. Should your marriage come to 51 years, as mine has, you’ll be looking into your wife’s eyes and you’ll be seeing the same beauty that you saw the first day you met her”   [1:34:02] “when you think of a trigger, it's a very small little thing and what’s much more important is the ammunition and explosive that the trigger sets off. And who’s carrying the explosive and ammunition, you are. So you can focus on the trigger, [...] or you can focus, ‘oh what’s exploding inside of me and how long have I been carrying this?’ [1:37:01]   “You have to have the compassion to look at yourself not through the voice that tells you you’re worthless, but to say if I reacted that way it must be a good reason for it. Something in me, there’s something that happened to me that made me react that way at some point” [1:39:35]   “There’s all kinds of memory and the body carries memory even if it doesn’t carry recall” [1:41:45] FOLLOW GABOR: Website:  Twitter:  Facebook:  Youtube: 
Mar 18, 2021
Surrender to Heal Your Addiction With Coach Mike Bayer | Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Plant X: Get 15% off your first order with promo code IMPACT at Joovv: Get an exclusive discount on your first order at and use code IMPACT Tommy John: Get 20% OFF your FIRST ORDER at Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a free trial of Premium Membership. Mental health and drug abuse continues to impact millions of people from all walks of life. Often drug abuse, trauma and depression are tied together and either mistreated or avoided. Families don’t necessarily know how to help loved ones come out of their dark place. In this episode, Coach Mike Bayer introduces several new concepts from his new book, One Decision. He takes Tom through his journey and reveals his experience with drug abuse, discovering his homosexuality, and what it took to get committed, find a new perspective and create his best self. Mike regularly appears on Dr. Phil, and has walked away from serving the entertainment industry to better serve people he connects with to guide them from discovering their trauma, surrendering, and making the one decision that will create a better life worth living.   SHOW NOTES: One Decision | Coach Mike defines “One Decision” [1:34] Big Decision | One big decision [2:51]  Perspective | Looking at life through the lens of your experiences [5:03] Trauma |Awareness of what you’re thinking and where you’re beginning  [7:32]   Window | The moment of willingness and trusting the universe to be open for help [10:23] Surrender to Win | the idea of surrendering to a whole new way of life [15:31] Mike’s Window | Coach Mike shares his window of escape and experience [16:43] G.O.D. | Mike shares his take on good orally direction [20:46] Commitment | Mike share how he was able stay committed to sobriety [25:08] Mental Health & Drugs | Mike dives into mental health, drugs and who his book is for [29:25] The Shift | Mikes shares what it means to turn on someone’s light even in suffering [30:42] Best-Self | Mike talks about the constructed image of best self and self signaling [33:50] Anti-Self | Mike explains having people create the worst version of yourself [36:13] F.O.R.C.E. | Mike reveals the framework of the positive and negative force [38:12] O.O.O.O. | Mike connects the obstacles, opportunities, one decision and outcome [45:33] Become Your Own Vehicle | Mike share how became his own vehicle to make change [49:50]   QUOTES: “The universe from my experience creates a window if you do want to change, if you do want help a window is created. Now it may not be the window you want and it may not be the fabulous drapes that you want to open up, but there’ll be a window. Because all of a sudden your mindset is believing there is a window and it believes that you can change.” [10:56]   “A lot of people have shame or secrets about how they look at themselves and their life and they don’t want to tell anyone, they don't want to tell anyone what keeps them up at night, they don’t want to tell anyone what’s haunting them and if you show up in a setting to get help, that is the window” [14:14]   “When you want to change you have to be fully committed [...] that’s what I’m willing to do when I want to change” [21:37]   “The thing I love about people who are struggling is you can see their light turn on real quick. I selfishly love seeing people’s light turn on. You cannot see that physically [...] but you can get someone’s light to turn on who for the past 6 months has been f’ing miserable”  [30:42]   “When you’re able to kind of laugh at yourself even when you’re suffering, it starts to shift” [31:16]    “I had this moment where I was like, why am I trying to get famous people to do what I want to do. Like how cool would it be if I became my own vehicle” [52:31]    FOLLOW Mike Bayer: Website: Podcast:  Facebook: Instagram:  Youtube:  Twitter: 
Mar 16, 2021
These Four Toxins Destroy Your Brain Health | Dr. Dale Bredesen on Health Theory
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Mar 11, 2021
Psychologist's Tools For Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind | Nicole LePera on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Joovv: Get an exclusive discount on your first order at and use code IMPACT Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Do you feel like you have all the knowledge, yet you’re “stuck” in the same patterns? Destructive habits like addiction, self-sabotage, low self-worth, or even “communications problems” in relationships are all tied to one thing: conditioned behavior practiced since childhood. Childhood trauma is nothing you overcome just because you grow up. But there are ways to heal what happened in the past to create an entirely different future. In this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera. Her practical tips led to a community of 3,2 million Self-Healers on Instagram. She will equip you with the tools necessary to heal yourself, break free from trauma cycles and create who you want to become. After you watch this episode, you´ll know why you struggle to break bad habits and what is holding you back from change. You´ll discover the easiest method everyone can use everywhere to start healing from childhood trauma. How you can change your life with little promises to yourself. Why your genes and personality are not your destiny and how to create your future self and much more. Pre-Order Nicole´s new book “How to Do the Work”:   SHOW NOTES: Why your past is influencing you way more than you think. [1:54] Why you struggle to change bad habits, and what is holding you back from change. [2:17] Why your brain wants you to stay the way you´re today. [4:40] The real reason why it´s hard to break patterns. [5:29] The most effective practice to break your bad habits. [6:11] Why most of us are staying in the past or worrying about our future and what to do instead. [7:06] How to practice staying in the moment. [8:17] The two ways on how to practice being present, even if meditation overwhelms you. [9:02] The reason why sitting in silence makes you uncomfortable. [10:00] How meditation, when you feel unsafe, can lead to another trauma. [12:21] How Nicole discovered the real reason why her brain felt foggy. [14:38] The easiest method everyone can use everywhere to start to heal from childhood trauma. [17:40] How to start learning to breathe to beat anxiety in your day-to-day life. [18:50] How you can change your life with little promises to yourself. [20:23] How to use feeling uncomfortable with a new habit to maintain it forever. [22:28] The importance of reframing to change your behavior. [22:56] Why you don´t have to give up your anger and how to make space for new feelings. [25:10] How to decide if a feeling or habit is valuable. [26:24] How to get radically honest with yourself. [27:50] The makers Nicole watches out for in her nervous system to know if she´s safe or not. [31:29] How you repeat your childhood patterns in your current relationships. [33:06] Why your genes and personality are not your destiny and how to create your future self. [35:40] How to use “future self journaling” to counter your subconscious autopilot and create change. [37:30] Why you can use “future self journaling” for changing every aspect of your life. [40:57] The fundamental reason why most people can´t access creativity, joy, or love. [42:39] Why, without sleep, diet, and exercise, mental strategies only go so far. [45:00] How to deal with your shortcomings and when life is unfair. [49:25] How repetition shaped your limiting beliefs and how to create new empowering beliefs. [52:17] How to rebuild your self-worth when you didn´t keep your promises in the past. [55:30] How to use your “re-parenting” to heal your inner child. [58:00] Nicole shares how to connect with her. [1:01:33] QUOTES: “Feelings that you feel become easier to feel.” [4:56] “The way out first and foremost: We want to become conscious. We want to see those patterns.” [6:11] “Thoughts thought long enough lead to a feeling.” [10:13] “What I learned is each time I do one of those things: Either breathe very shallowly, or I am holding my breath, I am contributing to my anxiety, keeping my nervous system locked in that fight or flight mode. So I had to find a new way to breathe.” [18:12] “I urge everyone out there to create change for themselves and you do it, by practicing a new thought, by overtime allowing in a little more confirming evidence of that new thought, and before you know it you do start to see more and more evidence and now you lived the experience of changing a belief.” [55:12] FOLLOW DR. LEPERA: Website: Instagram: Youtube: Free resources:
Mar 09, 2021
Jordan Peterson on Constructing Your Identity, Chaos and Order, and the Escalating Culture Wars
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Mar 04, 2021
This Netflix Co-Founder Turned His Idea Into A Company Worth Over $100 Billion | Marc Randolph
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As co-founder and founding CEO of Netflix, Marc laid much of the groundwork for a service that’s grown to 150 million subscribers and fundamentally altered how the world experiences media. Tom and Marc explore how Marc managed to take action on his dreams and succeeded against all odds. Marc shares how he started Netflix and how they tweaked their business and stopped it from failing like most businesses. Marc shares the single most fundamental problem why most people never take action on their ideas. Furthermore, Marc reveals the skilla he is good at, which he calls “the entrepreneur’s secret weapon” and how running for a plane taught Marc the right mindset to chill in the midst of chaos and much more. SHOW NOTES: The one-sentence Marc has heard 1000 times from his friends, his family, basically everyone when pitching the idea of Netflix. [1:24] What Tom tells his team of what’s really important when it comes to good ideas. [2:30] The fundamental things Marc learned in his 50s while skateboarding that helped him build Netflix [3:25] How Marc started Netflix and how they tweaked the idea to stopped it from failing like most businesses. [5:27] The even better approach to “there are no good ideas” to generate winning ideas. [7:49] The single most fundamental problem why most people never take action on their ideas. [9:05] What separates an Entrepreneur from a dreamer. [9:46] What Marc looks for in Entrepreneurs when Angel Investing to see if they´re on the right track on how to apply this principle to any other business. [10:14] The fundamental misunderstanding of Entrepreneurship and the deep-seated psychological fear everyone (even Marc) struggled with for years. [15:41] The idea of “two-way doors” Marc teaches young Entrepreneurs to practice to escape the traps of perfectionism and take immediate action. (And prevent them from taking too much risk.) [20:21] The fundamental truth about knowing what to test.  [21:42] Where 98% of Netflix´s revenue did come from initially and why Marc decided to give up that revenue. [24:06] The skill Marc is good at, that he calls “the entrepreneurs secret weapon” [27:20] This “Canada principle” made Netflix strong and beat the competition. [29:42] This brutal moment destroys most business relationships and how Marc handled this “big ego” moment. [32:48] Why the person who starts a company is not necessarily the right one to run it when it´s big. [37:58] The real challenge in Marc’s life that he is most proud of when he looks back. [41:10] How Marc managed to maintain his relationship while building his businesses. [43:04] How running for a plane taught Marc the right mindset to chill in the midst of chaos. [45:26] The three reasons why Marc loves running in Alaska. [47:24] The rules Marc´s father taught Marc, and he passed them to his children. [49:14] The core principles Marc instills in his kids. (Not what you think.) [52:07] Marc’s new podcast about how to take ideas and make them real. [54:40]     QUOTES:   “Stop thinking. Start Doing.” [9:49] “You don´t need to build an app. You don´t need to start a business. You don´t need to raise money. You just need to figure out a way to quickly test your idea and collide it with some reality.“ [15:15] “The speed, getting it out there fast, is so much more important.” [19:42] “Most ideas are not one-way doors. Most things are two-way doors. You can step through, look around, and if you don´t like what you see, you step right back. Train your ability to separate a one-way door from a two-way door. Then you just blast through that door because you know: If I don´t like what I see, I can step right back. No harm.“ [20:42] “We decided that it was way better to take this long shot at a great success than to take this pretty sure path to mediocrity and eventually to go out of business.” [26:50] “It´s extremely rare that the person who had the skillset to start something, to grow something, is the same person who takes it all the way.“ [38:23] “Culture isn´t what you say. It´s what you do.“ [44:24]   FOLLOW MARC: “That Will Never Work” Podcast: Apple Podcast: Spotify: Google Podcast: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:  
Mar 02, 2021
Nutritional Psychiatrist Shares the Key Foods for a Sharp Brain | Dr. Drew Ramsey on Health Theory
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Feb 25, 2021
From Waitress to Billionaire, How to Achieve Success by Trusting Your Intuition | Jamie Kern Lima on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Caveday: Try a FREE 3 hour cave at with promo code IMPACT Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. BackCountry: Get 15% OFF at and enter promo code THEORY Intuition, trusting your gut, and following your true self — these are the core principles that led today’s guest from Denny’s waitress to billion dollar success story. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by author, CEO, and one of Forbes America's Richest Self-Made Women Jamie Kern Lima to discuss such matters and more as they explore the incredible power of listening to your gut, living your truth, and visualizing your successes. They discuss Jamie’s inspiring story in business, why you need to always trust your gut, the power of intuition and how to develop it, why being authentic is key to success, the benefit of difficulties in life, why you need to be careful of the voices you let speak into your life, why you need to visualize your successes, and much more. Pre-Order Jamie’s upcoming book, ‘Believe It’ today:   SHOW NOTES: Business Life | Jamie provides a quick synopsis of her entire business life. [0:15] Listen to Your Gut | Jamie reveals the power of listening and following your gut. [4:34] Intuition | Jamie reveals how you can develop and be in tune with your intuition. [12:54] Living Your Truth | Jamie shares the power of following and staying true to your calling. [22:54] Power of Difficulties | Jamie reveals how to pull the power out of difficult situations. [33:41] Adjusting the Volume | Jamie reveals how to adjust the volume on the voices in your life. [41:52] Visualization | Jamie reveals the incredible benefits of visualizing your successes. [47:30] Connect | Jamie shares how you can continue to follow her and learn more. [56:10]   QUOTES: “When something hard happens, once you’re able to process it emotionally, you’re left with choices. Do you victim up or do you warrior up? Do you give up or do you level up? The up is up to you.” [5:44] “Looking back over time, where did I make mistakes and where did I do things right? And then we refine that muscle of learning “Oh, yeah!” — learning to trust ourselves.” [22:40] “Who we let speak into our lives and who we turn the volume down on, but still love anyway, is so important — because one of our biggest mistakes is turning the volume up on the people just cause we love them, they’re our family, and then all of a sudden that’s all the noise we hear and it impacts our whole life.” [41:26]   FOLLOW JAMIE: Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
Feb 23, 2021
How Your Right to Your Own Opinion is Being Taken Away | Greg Lukianoff on Conversations With Tom
Check our our Sponsors Butcher Box: For a limited time, new members can get 2 free New York strip steaks and 1 pack of bacon in their first box when you sign up at Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Audible: Start listening with a 30-day free trial, one free audiobook and access to the Plus Catalog. Visit or text IMPACT to 500-500 Pharmaca: Go to to save 20% off your first order. There is a powerful, yet destructive, movement occurring in the United States today that, while well-intentioned on the surface, may very well result in the end of free speech as we know it. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, New York Times best-selling author and President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Greg Lukianoff joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they discuss the importance of protecting free speech today and why so many are blinded by the movement to destroy it. They discuss the controversial aspects of free speech in today’s world, the power of the documentary ‘Mighty Ira,’ why you should defend your enemy’s right to freely speak, why today’s generation has gravitated towards policing free speech, how colleges have changed over time, why children need to feel a sense of freedom when it comes to ideas and thought, the dangers of political correctness and woke culture, and much more.   Order Greg’s book, ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’:   SHOW NOTES: Journey | Greg reveals his journey to finding his passion for the first amendment. [0:12] Discovery | Greg reveals how he came to become so intrigued by free speech. [4:58] Controversial | Greg reveals why some aspects of today’s free speech are controversial. [11:52] Mighty Ira | Greg discusses the incredible impact of the ‘Mighty Ira’ documentary. [12:46] Defend Your Enemy | Greg reveals why it’s important to always fight for free speech. [16:43] Boundaries | Greg reveals why losing free speech can be a slippery slope. [21:55] Youth | Greg reveals how today’s younger generations approach free speech. [25:19] Destruction | Greg reveals how today’s college students aim to destroy free speech. [31:00] Social Media | Greg reveals how social media has influenced free speech. [34:08] Meanness | Greg reveals how we should approach bullying and meanness. [39:19] Children | Greg discusses why children need to learn how to deal with difficulties. [40:35] Dangers | Greg reveals why he fears centralized authority. [44:25] Benefits | Greg reveals the benefits of overcoming the pains of free speech. [47:32] Empowerment | Greg reveals why people need to overcome their anxieties and fears. [50:38] Triggered | Greg reveals why trigger warnings are detrimental to free speech. [57:56] Rise | Greg reveals how we can encourage today’s generation to fight for free speech. [1:02:30] Woke | Greg reveals how today’s woke culture is undermining upper education. [1:07:23] Blinded | Greg reveals why so many are blinded to today’s war on free speech. [1:11:52] Mindset | Greg reveals the power of having an open mindset to new possibilities. [1:19:37] Imperfect | Greg reveals why we need to give up on the idea of a perfect society. [1:28:03] The Future | Greg reveals where he thinks we’re heading as a society. [1:31:50] Connect | Greg reveals how you can continue to follow him for me. [1:34:46]   QUOTES: “One of the great innovations that have brought us so much good in the world is the strong distinction between speech and action.” [19:10]   “The project of human knowledge is to know the world as it is, and that means that if you don’t know what people really think and why, you’ll never know — you’ll never understand…” [24:26]   “Freedom is supposed to be scary or you’re not doing it right.” [47:25]   “The true spirit of liberty is that which is not too sure that it is right.” [1:17:10]   FOLLOW GREG: Website: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Instagram: LinkedIn:  
Feb 18, 2021
Tom Bilyeu's Rules For Getting The Most Out of Your Day | Impact Theory Q&A
Check out our Sponsors MindPump: Download their FREE guide at Podcorn: Learn more at Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a free trial of Premium Membership. Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Are you struggling to make change and progress in your life? Do your habits remain stagnant and always seem to hold you back from moving forward towards your goals? It’s time for you to reclaim control of your life and realize that you are but just one radical change away from building the life you want for yourself. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu sits down to answer your questions and provide deeper insight into the habits, principles, and lessons you need to radically transform your life into becoming exactly as you envision it to be. Tom discusses the importance of building rules into your life, why doing hard things is important, how to set and accomplish goals, how to build motivation and drive, the importance of staying energetic, why you need to want it, and more.   SHOW NOTES: Build Rules | Tom reveals the best way to build personal rules and discipline in your life. [0:16] Hard Things | Tom reveals the power of accomplishing hard things such as cold showers. [5:24] Goals | Tom reveals how to find your ‘why’ that helps you stay motivated and inspired. [10:38] Identity | Tom reveals the three steps to overcoming obstacles and accomplishing goals. [15:10] Energy | Tom reveals the key habits you need to accomplish your goals with energy. [21:04] Want It | Tom reveals how to break your current behaviors and start loving discomfort. [26:40] Life | Tom reveals the key principles you need to adopt to achieve the results you desire. [36:13]   QUOTES:   “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” [20:40]   “To have unusual success, your job is to leave people in awe.” [29:05]   “…You are but one habit, one killer routine away from having the exact life that you want. Your life is a reflection of the choices that you make.” [36:15]   FOLLOW TOM: Instagram: YouTube: Podcast:
Feb 16, 2021
Health Expert on How to Actually Burn Body Fat and Lose Weight | Shawn Stevenson on Health Theory
Check out our Sponsors Plant X: Get 15% off your first order with promo code IMPACT at Relationship Theory YouTube channel: Watch and subscribe! LinkedIn: Start your 60-day free trial of LinkedIn Sales Navigator today by going to SmartAsset: Go to Do you struggle to find a diet that not only brings your health to an optimal level but also makes you feel good at the same time? Do you feel like your body just doesn’t pair well with today’s traditional diets that are constantly pushed on us day after day? On this episode of Health Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by bestselling author, science educator, and host of ‘The Model Health Show’ Shawn Stevenson to discuss such matters and more as they explore why you need to break past the conventional thinking that only calories matter and start listening to your body so that you can eat smarter and live healthier. They discuss how we truly burn fat off our bodies, how our body’s hormones are affected by the food we eat, why Shawn leads with kindness when discussing fat loss, the importance of the food we eat, why you need to go beyond just counting calories, how to adjust your diet by listening to your body, how to improve your microbiome and much more.   Order Shawn’s latest book, ‘Eat Smarter,’ today:   SHOW NOTES: Break the Mold | Shawn reveals the importance of knowing your metabolic fingerprint. [1:50] Burn | Shawn reveals how we truly burn fat and calories in our bodies. [7:03] The Process | Shawn reveals how our bodies and hormones react to the foods we eat. [8:47] Kindness | Shawn reveals why he leads with kindness when talking about fat. [12:21] Awareness | Shawn reveals how he came to realize the importance of food. [15:28] Education | Shawn reveals the importance of educating yourself about food. [16:19] Beyond Calories | Shawn reveals why health goes beyond just calories. [19:14] Microbiome | Shawn reveals how much our diet impacts our microbiome and gut health. [22:43] Probiotic | Shawn reveals how to get more probiotic foods into your diet. [25:50] Listen to Your Body | Shawn reveals how to let your body guide your diet. [28:00] How You Feel | Shawn discusses how to reawaken your body’s inner intelligence. [32:56] Eat This | Shawn reveals how to know what you should be eating for your unique body. [44:13] Change | Shawn reveals why we need to demand change from the food industry. [47:48] Fats | Shawn reveals the foods to eat to boost your consumption of healthy fats. [50:27] Connect | Shawn shares how you can follow him to continue to learn more. [53:53]   QUOTES: “You’re not understanding, your heart is made from food, the blood running through your arteries is made from food, the arteries themselves are made from food.” [18:00]   “I can have somebody send out for a stool sample. Never even see them a day in my life. I can get their report back and know with a high-degree of certainty whether or not they’re obese based on the makeup of their microbes.” [22:25]   “Tell me something that matters more than how you feel. I’ll wait. This is the most important barometer of everything in our life and yet we pay so little attention to it.” [35:40]   FOLLOW SHAWN: The Model Health Show: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
Feb 11, 2021
Former Navy SEAL Reveals How to Develop Into Your Most Optimal Self | Rich Diviney on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Relationship Theory YouTube channel: Watch and subscribe! Helix Sleep: Go to for up to $200 off your mattress and 2 free pillows. Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Are you stumbling through life, finding it difficult to push back when needed or take control of situations? If so, it may be time for you to strengthen your mental fortitude, begin developing leadership attributes, and start living life with a badass attitude. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by author, leadership expert, and former Navy SEAL Officer Rich Diviney to discuss such matters and more as they explore what you need to focus on to develop the core attributes that make up a truly badass leader. They discuss the driving force behind wanting to become a badass, the importance of putting yourself in challenging situations, why having grit is crucial, the key attributes you need, how to start developing yourself, the importance of values and who you surround yourself with, why you need to know your lane, and much more.   Order Rich’s newest book, ‘The Attributes’:   SHOW NOTES: Badass | Rich reveals the driving force behind wanting to become a badass. [0:17] Challenge | Rich discusses the importance of being challenged and challenging yourself. [5:17] Grit | Rich reveals how many develop grit through challenging life situations. [11:39] Process | Rich reveals the power of resting and reflecting while developing grit. [13:22] Attributes | Rich reveals how he helps teams and individuals develop strong attributes. [16:18] PTSD | Rich reveals how reframing past situations helps heal PTSD. [19:56] Development | Rich reveals the key attributes needed to becoming a badass with grit. [24:23] Values | Rich reveals the power of surrounding yourself with people better than you. [28:03] Your Lane | Rich reveals the most important attributes to becoming successful. [32:02] Connect | Rich shares how you can continue to follow him to learn more. [37:28]   QUOTES: “Sometimes grit is not excelling. Sometimes grit is not hyper-performing. Sometimes grit is simply just taking step by step.” [11:52]   “Training and developing an attribute can’t be done the same way as a skill. It’s going to take self direction, it’s going to take self motivation, and it’s going to take a deliberate step into discomfort — because you’re going to have to step into a zone where you’re kind of wired not to go…” [18:31]   “…one of the most important success attributes is open mindedness because open mindedness also breeds curiosity and if we are open minded and curious, we are generally in a great position to find those lanes inside of which we will excel.” [33:50]   FOLLOW RICH: Website: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram:
Feb 09, 2021
Robert Greene on How Lack of Emotional Control Will Ruin You | Conversations with Tom
Check out our Sponsors: BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Relationship Theory YouTube channel: Watch and subscribe! The New Yorker: For a limited time, you can get 12 weeks of The New Yorker for just $6. Go to Mint Mobile: To get your NEW wireless plan for just $15 a month and get the plan shipped to your door for FREE, go to   From the echo chambers of social media to our growing culture of political correctness, our world is constantly conditioning our minds to think and respond a certain way that’s detached from rationality. Today, we break free from the chains of conditioned thinking, sharpen our mental awareness, and learn how to utilize our emotions as a strength, rather than a weakness. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Tom Bilyeu is joined by New York Times and international bestselling author Robert Greene to discuss such matters and more as they explore why today, more than ever, we need to be sharply aware of the political and cultural environments that seek to condition our minds and force us to think irrationally. They discuss why so many behave irrationally today, the power of analyzing your emotions, how today’s environment has conditioned our minds, how we can utilize awareness to empower us, how to use anger as a motivator, the dangers of today’s culture, the constant need for change, the difference between yesterday’s and today’s generations, the story of Athena, why life must have both pain and pleasure, and much more. Order Robert’s latest book, ‘The Laws of Human Nature‘:   SHOW NOTES: Being Irrational | Robert reveals how our emotional brain actually dictates our decisions. [0:21] Stand Back | Robert reveals the power of stepping back and analyzing your emotions. [5:17] Practices | Robert reveals how to stop letting your emotional mind control your life. [11:10] Conditioned | Robert reveals how you’ve been conditioned by the current environment. [15:10] Awareness | Robert reveals how to stop letting the world condition you. [21:09] Power | Robert reveals why we all truly desire and need power to live a healthy life. [25:50] Shadow Side | Robert reveals how your inner aggressive side influences you. [32:13] Using Anger | Robert reveals how to use your anger as a powerfully positive force. [40:23] Today’s Culture | Robert reveals how today’s PC culture is part of a historical cycle. [49:06] Revolution | Robert reveals how the United States can possibly see another revolution. [54:40] Generations | Robert reveals how older generations should interact with today’s youth. [56:22] Change | Robert discusses how change is a much-needed powerful force. [59:36] Golden Age | Robert discusses the golden age of Athena, strategy, and the classics. [1:07:08] Anarchy | Robert reveals the surprising positive elements of anarchy and change. [1:16:16] Dangers | Robert reveals the dangers of cultures that refuse to change or adapt. [1:20:03] Cultural Direction | Robert reveals the dangers of where PC culture may be leading us. [1:23:53] Sublime | Robert reveals how sublime is a mixture of pain and pleasure. [1:27:26] Limitations | Robert reveals how he makes the absolute most out of bad situations. [1:34:44] Connect | Robert reveals how you can continue to engage with him to learn more. [1:37:41]   QUOTES: “They are manipulating you, you are conditioned, you are a prisoner of social media, you are not in control of it. You think you’re the one that’s posting all these things that you want to post about your life, but really you’re not. You’re responding to what everybody else is doing, you’re being a conformist.” [19:26]   “Change is something that’s extremely healthy, even if in the moment it feels wrong, or painful, or a step back. In the long run, it’s always for the better for humanity.” [59:24]   “Mortality has this ability to sharpen our senses, to sharpen our appreciation of life and that turns the pain into pleasure, but the pain and pleasure always go together.” [1:30:00]   FOLLOW ROBERT: Website: YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: LinkedIn:
Feb 04, 2021
How to Find Unique Opportunities in Any Situation | Martin Lindstrom on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Butcher Box: New members will get 1 rack of St. Louis style ribs, one pack of bacon, and a pack of pulled pork for free in their first box by going to Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a free trial of Premium Membership. Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at More and more this world is filled with noise, distractions, rules, and echo chambers enough to program our minds into machines rather than ones filled with common sense. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by founder and chairman of the Lindstrom Company,author, and one of TIME Magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People” Martin Lindstrom to discuss such matters and more as they explore how you can begin to cut through all the noise of today and begin to reconnect with not only common sense but also a purpose that drives you forward in life. They discuss the unique opportunities found in today’s world, the power of empathy, why you need to know what your hand for, the importance of developing your personal brand, how we can return to a world filled with common sense, the pitfalls of being attached to your cellphone, why depression is more rampant than ever, how to live an ideal life, and much more.   Order Martin’s book, ’The Ministry of Common Sense’:   SHOW NOTES: Snapshot | Martin explains himself and world view in a quick snapshot. [0:32] Opportunity | Martin reveals why he still sees opportunity everywhere in this world. [1:25] Empathy | Martin shares the incredible power of empathy. [3:56] What You Stand For | Martin shares why you need to know exactly what you stand for. [7:24] Small Steps | Martin reveals how to become who you want to be through small steps. [9:44] Your Brand | Martin reveals the importance of getting your personal brand right. [14:39] Depression | Martin reveals why lack of purpose is the biggest risk of this pandemic. [22:52] Detox | Martin shares why we must detox from being stuck and living behind a screen. [29:25] Touch | Martin shares how to re-connect with your sense of touch. [30:53] Common Sense | Martin reveals what a return to common sense looks like. [35:40] Reality | Martin reveals why we continue to move further away from common sense. [40:45] Expressions | Martin reveals a story about how important facial expressions are to us. [42:57] What Matters | Martin reveals what we can do to ensure empathy doesn’t disappear. [45:35] An Ideal Life | Martin reveals his instructions to living an ideal life. [49:46] Connect | Martin shares how you can engage with Martin to hear more. [54:38]   QUOTES: “You need to have a guiding light and my recommendation to many people is to say, “Find one word you want to be navigated by,” and then build a space around that with a confirming or re-affirming that focus…” [8:51]   “My advice to everyone is to say, “Find out what is your core skill and what is the one thing you want to combine it with which no one has done before?”” [19:22]   “I think what you have to ask yourself is, “What are the emotional footsteps you want to create behind yourself?”” [34:01]   FOLLOW MARTIN: Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:  
Feb 02, 2021
Doctor Reveals How Water Fasting Unlocks Secret Healing Powers | Dr. Alan Goldhamer on Health Theory
Check out our Sponsors BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Teachable: BackCountry: Get 15% OFF at and enter promo code THEORY Are you looking for an alternative, cutting-edge way of attacking the root cause of your pains, aches, inflammation, and health problems? Do you want a total detox of your body? Whether you’re new to fasting or have many years of experience under your belt, these are the key fasting tips you need to know to take your health to the next level. On this episode of Health Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by Dr. Alan Goldhamer, founder of TrueNorth Health Center, to discuss such matters and more as they explore the incredible healing benefits of fasting and how your diet is playing a pivotal role in determining your health. They discuss the problems with modern medicine, the key benefits to fasting, how to do a water-only fast, the key changes fasting can make to your health, what organic foods you should be eating, what fruits are safe to eat, how salt can negatively impact your health, meat-based vs vegan diets, how oils affect your health, and much more.   Order Dr. Goldhamer’s book, ’The Pleasure Trap’:   Talk with Dr. Goldhamer for FREE about how diet and fasting can benefit your health at   SHOW NOTES:   Paradigm | Dr. Goldhamer reveals why modern medicine never expects you to recover. [1:17] Getting Started | Dr. Goldhamer reveals his health clinics impact on people’s health. [3:32] Overabundance | Dr. Goldhamer reveals why people are hesitant to begin fasting. [7:00] Keys to Fasting | Dr. Goldhamer reveals how and why you should fast. [9:17] Detoxification | Dr. Goldhamer reveals why fasting detoxes the body. [12:04] Dehydration | Dr. Goldhamer shares why dehydrate occurs while exercising and fasting. [17:44] Longer-Term Fasting | Dr. Goldhamer reveals how to properly do long-term fasting. [19:16] Key Changes | Dr. Goldhamer reveals the key changes fasting has on our health. [25:53] What the Doctor Does | Dr. Goldhamer reveals when and how he fasts. [31:07] Foods | Dr. Goldhamer reveals the whole foods he recommends you eat. [33:22] Fruits | Dr. Goldhamer reveals the types of fruits you should eat. [34:08] Salt | Dr. Goldhamer reveals why salt can negatively impact your diet. [35:55] Meat vs Vegan | Dr. Goldhamer discusses meat versus vegan diets. [37:38] Oils | Dr. Goldhamer reveals which oils you should consume and how much. [41:20] Variety | Dr. Goldhamer reveals how much variety of foods you need in your diet. [43:50] Rice | Dr. Goldhamer discusses the types of rice that you can have in your diet. [47:00] Glyphosate | Dr. Goldhamer discusses the importance of choosing organic foods. [49:00] Connect | Dr. Goldhamer shares how you can connect with him to learn more. [50:39]   QUOTES:   “Whether it’s refined carbohydrates, the sugars, the oils, the salt or refined meat foods — you know animal foods that have been highly refined. Either one of those, these high animal protein, high refined carbohydrate diets, these are the things that cause people to be fat, sick, and miserable. This is why we have this epidemic.” [6:16]   “When you’re in a ketonic state, you don’t feel hunger and as a consequence it helps people that are trying to do short-term weight loss. The problem is, what’s good for short-term weight loss isn’t necessarily the same thing that’s best for long-term health stability.” [24:38]   “Now, you might ask me, “Can people eat meat and still maintain optimum weight?” Absolutely. Cause meat isn’t a highly-fractionated, pleasure trap food… The problem with meat is it’s very concentrated, if you eat too much of it, you can have problems.” [40:28]   FOLLOW DR. GOLDHAMER: Website: Website: Facebook:
Jan 28, 2021
Psychologist Shows You How to Reset Your Personality and Redefine Yourself | Benjamin Hardy on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Teachable: Joovv: Get an exclusive discount on your first order at and use code IMPACT Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Grammarly: Get 20% off Grammarly Premium when you sign up using your desktop or laptop computer by visiting Do you feel trapped by your personality or self-identity and struggle to move forward in life? It’s time for you to take control of who you are, redefine your entire personality, and reshape your identity so that you can move forward towards the future you want for yourself. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by organizational psychologist and author Benjamin Hardy, PhD to discuss such matters and more as they explore why your personality and self-identity is an ever-changing thing that you have the control to reshape and reform. They discuss why most of us are trapped in our personalities, how your personality is always changing, how trauma shapes us, how to move forward in life, why your past never defines your future, the power of reframing your past and future, why pain tolerance is key to growth, how to become cognitively flexible, and how pressure creates traction to move forward in life.   Order Benjamin’s new book, ‘Personality Isn’t Permanent’:   SHOW NOTES: Personality | Benjamin shares why the conversation needs to shift on personalities. [0:12] Trapped | Benjamin reveals why we get trapped in the identities we’ve created. [1:30] Change | Benjamin reveals why your personality will change no matter what in life. [3:33] Trauma | Benjamin discusses how we hold onto and interact with our trauma. [8:09] Healing | Benjamin discusses how he healed from trauma and mended his relationships. [11:23] Moving Forward | Benjamin reveals how we can move beyond our own trauma. [13:22] Giving Up | Benjamin discusses why you shouldn’t give up on your idea of your future. [17:03] Your Past | Benjamin discusses why your past never defines your future. [17:55] Reframe | Benjamin reveals why you must reframe both your past and your future. [22:26] Future | Benjamin discusses how to craft a beautiful vision for your future. [25:28] Next Steps | Benjamin discusses the power of journaling and thinking ahead. [29:07] Self-Expansion | Benjamin discusses how our environment influences our visions. [30:49] Pushing Through | Benjamin reveals why pain tolerance is key to growth. [34:51] Flexibility | Benjamin discusses the power of being cognitively flexible. [38:51] Commitment | Benjamin shares how you should redefine commitment. [39:45] Pressure | Benjamin shares how pressure creates traction to move forward in life. [41:26] Acceptance | Benjamin discusses acceptance and commitment therapy. [44:50] Connect | Benjamin shares how you can connect and continue to follow him. [45:50]   QUOTES:   “Trauma isn’t what happens to you, it’s what you hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness.” [8:47]   “A lot of people think that the past is causing the present, but the reality from a memory perspective is that the present is causing the meaning of the past. Wherever you’re at in the present, that’s what’s determining how you view your past.” [20:03]   “I think commitment is kind of the jumping point from courage. You know, however committed you are too something, that’s how courageous you can be, and however courageous you can be, that’s what ultimately leads you to developing flexibility, developing competencies, trying things you’ve never done and that’s how confidence is built.” [41:07]   FOLLOW BENJAMIN: Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
Jan 26, 2021
Get Your Biology to Work for You Instead of Against You | Steven Kotler on Conversations with Tom
Check out our sponsors Butcher Box: New members will get 1 rack of St. Louis style ribs, one pack of bacon, and a pack of pulled pork for free in their first box by going to Podcorn: Learn more at Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Teachable: Do you feel as if you have plateaued in life and are finding it difficult to grow beyond your current state? Do you want to unlock your full potential within, achieve peak performance, and truly become your optimal self? On this episode of Conversations with Tom, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, award-winning journalist and the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective Steven Kotler joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they explore how you can set forth a plan to overcoming your limitations and truly unlock your best-optimal self. They discuss what the habit of inferiority is, the powerful philosophy of Nietzsche, the skills needed to master peak performance, the importance of setting goals, the beauty of overcoming hard things, where wisdom truly comes from, how to avoid calcification of your imagination, why you sometimes need to think inside the box, the connection between creativity and your mood, and much more.   Pre-order Steven’s latest book, ‘The Art of Impossible’:   SHOW NOTES: Inferiority | Steven breaks down what the habit of inferiority is. [0:16] Nietzsche | Steven discusses the philosophy of becoming extraordinary. [2:50] Superman | Steven discusses how Nietzsche defined becoming your best version. [6:33] Skills | Steven discusses what we must master to achieve peak performance. [8:52] Art | Steven reveals why he believes peak performance is more of an art than a science. [11:19] Hard-Wired | Steven reveals why biology, not personality, scales. [15:58] Flow | Steven reveals the five key flow triggers to pursuing your optimal self. [21:27] Goals | Steven reveals the power of setting goals and how to approach them. [28:50] Hard Things | Steven reveals why we are hard-wired to overcome difficult things. [30:18] Handling Criticism | Steven reveals how he overcomes adversity and push-back. [35:09] Direction | Steven shares how to not get knocked away from your conviction. [39:17] Development | Steven shares what’s special about his early years in life. [44:14] Growing | Steven shares how as we grow older, who we are becomes clearer. [49:46] Wisdom | Steven discusses what wisdom and genius truly is and how to attain it. [52:33] Imagination | Steven reveals how to avoid the calcification of imagination. [56:25] Disagreement | Steven shares how he approaches criticism within his team. [58:40] Journey | Steven shares his journey to finding his purpose. [1:01:03] Art | Steven shares some of the craziest performance art he’s experienced. [1:03:30] Inside The Box | Steven discusses how you can hack your own creativity. [1:18:20] Creativity | Steven reveals the connection between your mood and creativity. [1:14:23] Substances | Steven reveals if substances can expand your mind and creativity. [1:20:40] Connect | Steven shares how you can connect and continue to follow him. [1:29:59]   QUOTES:   “Man is something to overcome. What have you done today to overcome him?” [7:22]   “Goal setting is both about driving motivation and filtering reality. Our goals filter our reality. When you don’t have goals set properly, you will not notice the opportunities, like you literally won’t see them…”[41:16]   “When you’re young, your potential is infinite. You can be anything really. You could be Einstein. You might be DiMaggio..” [51:38]   FOLLOW STEVEN: Website: Website: Website: Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn: Instagram:
Jan 21, 2021
Psychotherapist on How to Avoid Pitfalls that End Relationships | Esther Perel on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Caveday: Try a FREE 3 hour cave at with promo code IMPACT Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a free trial of Premium Membership. Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Can you say with absolutely certainty that you are bringing your best self to all the important relationships in your life? Are you afraid you and your partner are slowly becoming more and more disconnected and aren’t sure how to identify the key problems that could be killing the relationship? Whether it’s at home or at work, we need to be mindful of what makes our relationships thrive and what poses a threat to them. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by Psychotherapist, New York Times Bestselling Author, and host of the emotionally raw and tell-all podcasts ’How’s Work?’ and ‘Where Should We Begin?’ Esther Perelto discuss such matters and more as they explore the pitfalls you need to be on the lookout for that might be killing your relationships, connections, or marriage. They discuss the downfalls you need to be on the lookout for that pose a threat to your relationships, what complacency looks like, why so many couples get it wrong when trying to solve their differences, the power of words and the meaning behind them, how culture comes into play in your relationship, how to understand other’s perspectives, and the tools you need to have a healthy and thriving relationship with anyone in your life.   Order Esther’s book, ‘Mating in Captivity’:   Order Esther’s book, ‘The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity’:   Listen to Esther’s Podcast, ‘Where Should We Begin?’:   Listen to Esther’s Podcast, ‘How’s Work?’:   SHOW NOTES:   Downfalls | Esther reveals the things that kill relationships. [0:17] Complacency | Esther reveals the step-by-step process of how complacency creeps in. [2:36] Blind | Esther reveals why so many people in a relationship fail to see their mistakes. [6:14] Combativeness | Esther reveals the many dynamics of how couples blame each other. [7:33] Words | Esther reveals the power of your words and how you frame your problems. [10:03] Culture | Esther reveals how culture comes into play with relationships. [12:56] Contextualize Yourself | Esther reveals how we can value things differently. [13:58] Meaning | Esther discusses the importance of the meaning behind what you say. [17:47] Business | Esther reveals why so many business relationships fail. [19:54] Perspectives | Esther discusses how you can begin to see other’s perspectives. [21:47] Tea | Tom shares a story where he and his wife, Lisa, argued over a cup of tea. [26:06] Fighting | Esther reveals how we fight over lack of respect and recognition. [28:18] Roles | Esther discusses roles, expectations, and flexibility in a relationship. [30:27] Tools | Esther reveals the key tools you can use to get the most out of your relationship. [31:28] Connect | Esther shares how you can engage with her and continue to learn from her. [33:28]   QUOTES:   “So, you really want to make sure that you don’t assume. “I know what you’re saying.” Ask, remain curious at all times. “What does that mean for you and who told you that?”” [13:55]   “The very thing people often come in fighting over is what was once originally very attractive to each other.” [24:13]   “…people fight over three things primarily: power and control, trust and closeness, respect and integrity.” [25:35]   FOLLOW ESTHER: Website: Podcast: How’s Work: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube:
Jan 19, 2021
Dr. Frank Lipman Shares Key Things to Live and Age Properly | Health Theory
Check out our Sponsors ExpressVPN: Visit and find out how you can get 3 months free. Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! Audible: Start listening with a 30-day free trial, one free audiobook and access to the Plus Catalog. Visit or text IMPACT to 500-500 SmartAsset: Go to Are you seeking revolutionary health advice that goes beyond the one-size-fits-all approach of western medicine? Do you want to age well while achieving a well-rounded and balanced level of health? On this episode of Health Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by New York Times best-selling author and pioneer in both integrative and functional medicine Dr. Frank Lipman to discuss such matters and more as they explore how western medicine is missing out on revolutionary health practices and what you can do to expand your understanding of your health so that you may age properly. They discuss the pitfalls of western medicine, his journey to discovering new health practices, why you must focus on preserving your body as you age, the biomarkers to pay attention to, how to achieve a healthy gut, why health goes beyond the physical, the key things to do to live and age properly, and much more.   SHOW NOTES: Growing Up | Dr. Lipman shares his youth and his journey to questioning everything. [0:20] Brainwashed | Dr. Lipman reveals why the western medicine system is a cult. [2:57] Opening Up | Dr. Lipman reveals his journey to exposing himself to new ways of healing. [4:30] New Rules | Dr. Lipman reveals his journey to developing the new rules on aging. [9:04] Growth | Dr. Lipman reveals why as you age it becomes about preserving your body. [15:27] Diets | Dr. Lipman reveals why vegan and high-carb diets have certain risks. [18:20] Humanity & Health | Dr. Lipman reveals why your purpose and the way you live matters. [23:28] Biomarkers | Dr. Lipman reveals the key things you should be paying attention to. [26:08] Microbiome | Dr. Lipman reveals how we can listen to and learn from our guts. [27:42] Balance | Dr. Lipman reveals what you need to achieve a healthy, balanced gut. [30:10] CBD | Dr. Lipman reveals the efficacy and power of mushrooms and CBD. [34:20] Opening Your Mind | Dr. Lipman reveals how CBD is more important than ever. [37:47] Do This | Dr. Lipman reveals the key things you should be doing to age well. [40:21] Connect | Dr. Lipman reveals where you can continue to follow him to learn more. [44:12]   QUOTES: “Western medicine is fantastic if you’re acutely ill or you break a bone. I’m not knocking western medicine, but to take that model and use and extrapolate that model for all our problems in the culture today is, you know, we end up with a very limited way of treating people…” [4:01]   “…it’s more about preserving and maintaining as we get older rather than growing stronger and stronger…” [17:20]   “Ordinary things we do on a daily basis that have an extraordinary effect on our health.” [42:06]   FOLLOW DR. FRANK LIPMAN: Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
Jan 14, 2021
Billionaire David Rubenstein on the Key Principles to Truly Becoming the One in Control | Impact Theory
Check out Our Sponsors Butcher Box: New members can get the Ultimate Keto Bundle when you sign up today at Teachable: Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Do you think you have what it takes to become an empowering, inspiring, and motivating leader? Are you looking for ways to improve your leadership skills so that you can make a larger impact on the world? On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by author and Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of ‘The Carlyle Group’ David M. Rubenstein to discuss such matters and more as they explore what it takes to become a leader and how you can start leading more in your daily life. They discuss the core principles of what makes a good leader, how wealth during your youth can stifle your progress, how hardships and failures are key to becoming a good leader, how success and happiness are tied, why persuasion is key to any great leader, what we can learn from Abraham Lincoln’s leadership, what the American DNA is and how it creates natural leaders, the power of reading, why you should become a master of one skill, and much more.   Order David’s book, ‘How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers’:   SHOW NOTES:   Leadership | David boils down what leadership truly is and how to develop it. [0:04] Core Principles | David reveals the core principles of developing true leadership. [3:26] Journey | David shares his journey and a brief overview of his life of leadership. [4:46] Growing Up | David reveals what made him hungry for success during his youth. [7:05] Wealth | David reveals the pitfalls of being born into a wealthy and prestigious family. [8:50] Hardships | David reveals how he raised his children without spoiling them. [9:38] Success | David reveals the things that leads people to become successful. [11:39] Happiness | David breaks down the difference between happiness and fulfilment. [12:41] Persuade | David reveals how he set his kids up to be successful in their pursuits. [13:19] Lincoln | David reveals why Lincoln has been so influential in his life. [15:06] War | David reveals how Lincoln held America together during The Civil War. [17:18] History | David reveals the importance of preserving and honoring history as it is. [19:15] American | David reveals what he believes it means to be American. [22:00] DNA | David reveals how the American DNA is serving DNA today. [26:26] Creeds | David reveals what he thinks are the most important principles to America. [28:51] Jefferson | David shares the story of Jefferson writing The Declaration of Independence. [30:13] Fixing | David reveals how we can contribute to fixing America’s flaws. [33:59] Circle | David reveals how Lincoln surrounded himself with people smarter than him. [35:20] Persist | David reveals how Lincoln lead by taking criticism and being challenged. [37:04] Spirit | David reveals how we can awaken the spirit of America we need. [38:20] Reading | David reveals the importance and power of reading. [40:14] Specializing | David reveals why you should focus and develop only one skill. [41:05] Love & Passion | David reveals what drives him to do the things he loves. [42:30] Youth | David reveals that all leaders have an impactful youth or childhood. [44:05] Failure | David reveals how he talks to himself when he fails. [44:56] Forward | David reveals why leaders are necessary to moving us forward in history. [46:23] Unity | David shares why he builds bonds ‘across the aisle.’ [47:00] Themes | David reveals the themes that push people to become extremely successful. [48:38] Connect | David reveals how you can continue to follow him and learn from him. [49:23]   QUOTES: “If you grow up in an extremely wealthy family, if your father is worth $10-billion dollars, you might not have the drive to do the kind of things you need to do to win a Nobel Prize or a Pulitzer Prize or something else. If you grow up in a modest family, you know if you’re going to get anywhere in life, you’ve got to do it on your own.” [6:33]   “You can’t be insecure. If you’re insecure, you surround yourself with people that are not that good, and great people surround themselves with people that are smarter than them.” [36:54]   “…you have to have a vision of where you want to go, you have to persist in it, you have to be willing to overcome failures, and not be afraid of making a mistake.” [49:16]   FOLLOW DAVID: Website:
Jan 12, 2021
Psychologist Daniel Goleman on How to Expand Your Mind with Emotional Intelligence
Check out our Sponsors Butcher Box: New members can get the Ultimate Keto Bundle when you sign up today at Athletic Greens: Go to and receive a FREE 1 year supply of Vitamin D AND 5 free travel packs with your first purchase! LinkedIn: Start your 60-day free trial of LinkedIn Sales Navigator today by going to Helix Sleep: Go to for up to $200 off your mattress and 2 free pillows. Did you know that intelligence goes beyond just your IQ? Right within your mind, there is an even greater and more powerful level of intelligence just waiting for you to tap into. It’s known as ‘emotional intelligence’ and by mastering it, you can use it to better all areas of your life. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Goleman, Ph. D, joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they explore why it’s critical you become self-aware of your emotional intelligence and begin to develop it, all while pursuing your purpose and meaning in life. They discuss what emotional intelligence and emotional IQ is, how you can develop and strengthen it at any age, the power of practicing meditation regularly, how purpose and meaning is critical to leading a successful life, the common traits of successful leaders, why you need to have empathy, optimism, love and kindness, and so much more.   Order Daniel’s book, ‘Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ’:   SHOW NOTES:   Emotional Intelligence | Daniel breaks down what being emotionally intelligent looks like. [0:27] Learnable | Daniel reveals why it’s never too late to develop emotional intelligence. [2:48] Training | Daniel reveals what training emotional intelligence looks like. [3:36] Emotional Centers | Daniel discusses our brain’s emotional centers and responses. [6:52] Children | Daniel reveals the tools he teaches children to become emotionally self-aware. [9:48] Adulthood | Daniel reveals what you may need to unlearn as an adult. [11:09] Meditation | Daniel reveals how he came to adopt meditation and mindfulness. [13:11] Breathing | Daniel reveals the powerful and positive impact of breathing exercises. [21:35] India | Daniel shares what he discovered on his journey in India. [24:43] Importance | Daniel reveals why it matters that the western world adopts mediation. [29:13] Workplace | Daniel shares how emotional intelligence makes all the difference. [30:51] Psychological Safety | Daniel shares what psychological safety is. [32:34] Social Brain | Daniel breaks down what your social brain is. [35:21] Alone | Daniel reveals how meditators are masters of being alone. [39:39] Purpose | Daniel breaks down the driving power of purpose. [42:26] Meaning | Daniel reveals why meaning, purpose, and beliefs are so important to us. [44:09] Heaven & Hell | Daniel shares why living in heaven or hell begins in our mind. [49:05] Sheathing the Sword | Daniel shares a story of ‘keeping your sword sheathed.’ [51:26] Redefining Success Through Purpose | Tom shares his motivation to help others. [53:29] Money | Tom shares why he never focuses his message on money or a ‘rich life-style.’ [1:00:01] Life | Tom shares how he balances and blends his personal life and hustle. [1:03:11] Marriage | Daniel shares the intertwining connection partners have over time. [1:04:43] Find Your Answer | Daniel reveals how you can find and pursue your purpose. [1:06:00] George Lucas | Tom and Daniel discuss George Lucas and his pursuit of passion. [1:09:15] Where We’re Going | Daniel shares his concerns over where today’s world is heading. [1:14:50] Put-Up | Daniel shares how to turn a negative situation into a positive one. [1:17:39] Ruthless | Daniel reveals why so many kids can have moments of ruthlessness. [1:19:55] Empathy | Daniel shares how empathy is teachable. [1:21:42] Optimism | Daniel reveals how optimism is directly tied to success. [1:23:18] Your Aligning | Daniel shares what needs to align up to fulfill your purpose. [1:29:39] Love & Kindness | Daniel reveals the importance of love, kindness, and empathy. [1:31:22] Compassion & Anger | Daniel shares the power of compassion and the types of anger. [1:34:29] Left Prefrontal Cortex | Daniel discusses the parts of the brain and our feelings. [1:35:54] Men & Women | Daniel discusses the differences between the sexes. [1:37:07] Connect | Daniel shares how you can continue to learn from him. [1:39:43]   QUOTES:   “…no matter what meditation you’re going to do, if you do it regularly, it does two things. It calms you, it makes you less triggered less often and when you’re triggered, you’re not triggered so intensely and you recover more quickly, that’s the calm, and it also focuses you. Meditation is a direct training of the mind in paying attention…” [17:39]   “Cognitive control is a stronger predictor of your adult life than your childhood IQ or the wealth of the family you grew up in.” [1:17:18]   “The first person who benefits from compassion is the one who feels it.” [1:34:29]   FOLLOW DANIEL: Website: Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn:
Jan 07, 2021
Wim Hof "The Iceman" Shares How to Change Your Biochemistry with Deep Breathing | Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Indeed: Get a FREE $75 CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for a free trial of Premium Membership. There is a hidden power within you, covered up and suppressed by our modern way of living and thinking. Through a disciplined practice of cold water therapy, breathing, and mind-body connection, you can awaken the lost powers of your DNA and enter into a place of healing not possible even through today’s modern medical practices. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by Wim Hof, better known as ‘The Iceman,’ to discuss such matters and more as they explore how to unlock your brain, spirit, and body’s true potential by connecting to your ancestral DNA and uncovering the true depths of yourself. They discuss Wim’s early life and it’s influence on him towards finding his purpose, how to gain complete control over your body, why you should be seeking the light inside you, why respecting your ancestral history is important, how to enter into your own DNA and grasp your true purpose, how to think with intention, the power of seeking true freedom, why you have to learn to let go before all else, the scientific proof behind his methods, how his methods are leading to the curing of diseases and illnesses, and why there is a hidden healing power within you.   SHOW NOTES:   Mindset | Wim shares his personal story of his dramatic birth and entering the world. [0:14] Finding Purpose | Wim reveals how cold water practices became his purpose. [3:17] Being Different | Wim reveals why cold therapy leads to breakthroughs for humankind. [5:52] Complete Control | Wim reveals how he was able to control the vagus nerve. [10:39] The Light | Wim reveals why your purpose is the life that flows through you. [12:21] Ancestry | Wim reveals why you should have respect for your ancestry. [15:35] DNA | Wim reveals how to enter into your DNA and grasp the purpose of your being. [16:40] Go Inside | Wim reveals how to enter into the unlimited power of your own brain. [18:21] Intention | Wim reveals the power of thinking with intention on the body. [20:01] True Freedom | Wim reveals his journey of seeking true free thinking. [23:29] Letting Go | Wim reveals the benefits of letting go of what you ‘have to do.’ [25:16] Under a Spell | Wim reveals the dangerous spell most of the world falls under. [26:00] Seeing More | Wim discusses how he overcame in his wife’s suicide. [29:25] It Works | Wim reveals why his techniques work fast and effectively. [35:52] Breathing | Wim reveals the healing power of his breathing exercises. [37:45] Heat | Wim reveals how he was able to run a marathon in the desert without water. [42:59] Connect | Wim reveals how to stay connected and follow him for more. [47:11]   QUOTES:   “You said, “I’m doing right now, with top researchers, on DNA to show that we have the absolute influence neurologically at will to enter into our own ancestral encrypted codes of the DNA, our genetic past, to enlighten our past right here in the moment.”" [6:15]   “So, if we go for the best within ourselves for a freedom, a fearless state of being, a very powerful being that is not being withheld by anything. If you like that, then you have to go and deal with the encrypted codes in the DNA and release it.” [16:07]   “…I recommend this for everybody who suffers. From people who are suicidal or tragic deaths, go into the cold water. It makes your body able to reset, to find the energy, the purpose again.”[32:10]   FOLLOW WIM: Website: App: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube:
Jan 05, 2021
"Father of Biohacking" Dave Asprey on Fasting to Lose Weight and Gain Mental Clarity | Health Theory
Check out our Sponsors Impact Theory Planner: Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Relationship Theory YouTube channel: Watch and subscribe Are you currently fasting or are considering starting one? Do you struggle to know where to begin or perhaps you’ve started and just aren’t seeing the benefits you had wished for? On this episode of Health Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by two time New York Times bestselling author Dave Asprey, the "Father of Biohacking" and CEO and founder of Bulletproof 360, to discuss such matters and more as they explore the hidden benefits of fasting, what to avoid when starting out a fast, and how to apply ‘fasting’ to every area of your life. They discuss the many different types of fasting, the pitfalls of hardcore fasting, what defines a fast, the healing power of fiber on your gut, how to eat and still be in a fast, what the true benefits beyond weight loss are of fasting, how to lower inflammation in the body, spiritual fasting, how you can begin fasting in an easy, yet effective, way and so much more.   Pre-order Dave’s new book, ‘Fast This Way’ today:   SHOW NOTES:   Variety | Dave reveals the many different way to approach fasting. [0     :55] Problematic | Dave reveals why it’s not a good idea to do a hardcore fast. [3:05] What is Fasting? | Dave reveals the many diverse ways to be fasting. [4:57] Parameters | Dave reveals the strict parameters that defines a fast. [6:57] Gut Healing | Dave reveals the healing power of fiber on your gut. [7:53] Autophagy | Dave reveals what you can keep in your diet and still stay in autophagy. [9:35] Mimicking | Dave reveals how to get the benefits of fasting while still eating. [10:03] Why It’s Important | Dave reveals the real true benefit of fasting. [14:08 ] Inflammation | Dave reveals why fasting lowers inflammation in the body. [16:15 ] Diseases | Dave reveals the common thread between metabolic diseases. [17:35] Styles of Fasting | Dave reveals the main concerns with different types of fasts. [20:23] Window of Eating | Dave reveals the ideal fasting split. [22:01 ] Metabolic Flexibility | Dave reveals how to put your body in a state that creates ketones. [25:30] Get Started | Dave reveals the key points to kickstart a habit of fasting. [28:12] What’s Key | Dave reveals the key inner voices that move and influence all life. [33:12] Spiritual Fasting | Dave reveals the amazing benefits of doing a spiritual fast. [36:23] Deep Work | Dave reveals what he experienced during his spiritual fast in a cave. [37:46 ] Try It | Dave reveals the one thing to know to persuade you to start practicing fasting. [42:49] Hunger | Dave shares the key difference between hunger and just cravings. [44:30] Connect | Dave shares how to stay connected with him to learn more and start fasting. [45:21]   QUOTES:   “You don’t have to experience pain and hunger to get the benefits of fasting and to go into fasting.” [5:04]   “Fasting the same way everyday is bad for you. Because it doesn’t lend your body the idea of metabolic flexibility. It’s like, “Oh, I live in a world where there’s almost never enough food.” So have breakfast every now and then…” [24:08]   “When most people hear fasting, all they hear is, “I’ll starve therefore, I’ll die,” and then they blank out to it. No, this is about more energy and it’s about more clarity and less time wasted.” [41:53]   FOLLOW DAVE: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:
Dec 31, 2020
6 Tips From Experts on How to Reach Your Full Potential in the New Year | Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Impact Theory University: Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Relationship Theory YouTube channel: Watch and subscribe It goes without saying that this year has been full of challenges, hurdles, setbacks, and unpredictability. Have you been struggling to awaken your inner beast and get motivated to tackle your goals head on? Are you looking for motivating tips to get some wind at your back as you enter 2021? On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by some of 2020’s most influential speakers including Brendon Burchard, Trevor Moawad, Annaka Harris, Jocko Willink, Jay Shetty, and Les Brown to discuss such matters and more as they each share key lessons to get your mind and spirit right to conquer anything in the next coming year. They discuss why you should design the life you want, how to lay out a roadmap for your life, how to end your negative thoughts, why you need to understand the free will you possess, the power of leading by asking questions, how to find purpose in every corner of your life, how to push past obstacles and start winning, and why you need to get hungry and pursue your passions.   SHOW NOTES: Intro | Tom opens today’s episode that highlights this year’s 2020 key speakers. [0:15] Evaluate Your Life | Brendon Burchard reveals why you should design your life. [0:55] Roadmap | Brendon Burchard shares how to build a structure for your life. [2:34] Negativity | Trevor Moawad reveals why you have to stop your negative thinking. [4:14] Your Brain | Annaka Harris reveals the power of understanding your own thought process. [9:15] Free Will | Annaka Harris reveals the difference between free and conscious will. [12:02] Start Asking | Jocko Willink reveals the power of asking questions. [14:32] Leading | Jocko Willink shares why he asks others as a way to lead them to answers. [17:05] Purpose | Jay Shetty reveals why you need to be assigning meaning to every task. [18:55] Win | Les Brown shares why you should never give up on finding a way to win. [23:29] Get Hungry | Les Brown reveals why you need to find what resonates with you. [26:35] Outro | Tom closes today’s episode and pushes you to implement these lessons in 2021. [28:22]   QUOTES: “I did start to understand quickly that, well, I don’t know if positive thinking works all the time and that the data’s anecdotal, I do know that negative thinking does work and it works negatively." [5:13]   “It’s not part of my job, it’s how I see my job, right? It’s how I perceive what I do and the term is ‘job crafting.’ Where you have assigned meaning to the task. You have assigned meaning to the experience. That you are now fueling that work rather than letting the job description be your only definition of it.” [19:21]   “…He said, “You’ve got to change your mindset.” He said, “You don’t get in life what you want, you get in life what you are.”” [25:24]   FOLLOW BRENDON: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   FOLLOW TREVOR: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   FOLLOW ANNAKA: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   FOLLOW JOCKO: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   FOLLOW JAY: WEBSITE: BOOK: FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM: TWITTER:   FOLLOW LES: WEBSITE: EMAIL: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:  
Dec 29, 2020
Richard Dawkins on the Truth About How Your Reality is Being Distorted | Conversations with Tom
Check out our Sponsors Impact Theory University: Impact Theory Planner: Relationship Theory YouTube channel: Watch and subscribe Welcome to another episode of Conversations with Tom with guest Richard Dawkins, one of the leaders of a group of thinkers promoting rationality and the scientific method in an era where supernatural thinking appears to be gaining steam. In this episode, Dawkins describes the awe and wonder that scientific investigation can induce, discusses the history of time, and talks about how important it is to pursue the truth.   SHOW NOTES:   Richard explains why truth is evolutionarily important [0:37] Richard advocates believing in evidence to avoid the echo chamber effect [1:36] Why are some people attracted to mystical answers and supernatural nonsense? [3:41] Is occasional self-delusion healthy? [4:53] Richard talks about how astronomy and astrology both tap into awe, but only one is true [6:31] Richard describes the motivation behind Outgrowing God [8:19] Richard describes the wonders of natural life [9:44] Richard shares his journey to becoming a scientist [12:38] Richard debunks the idea of intelligent design [14:37] Richard explains the history of life, and how recently human beings appeared [18:03] Richard and Tom discuss cultural adaptation [20:10] Richard strongly advocates investigating reality, and skeptical rationality [25:08] Richard and Tom discuss mentalists, conjurors, and magicians [26:00] Richard and Tom discuss whether a scientific worldview will lead to a more fulfilled life [29:55] Richard advocates that we create the purpose in our life [32:42] Richard and Tom discuss the biology of emotions, love and beauty [33:48] Richard explains how we know that evolution is real [36:24]   FOLLOW RICHARD: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
Dec 24, 2020
From Cleaning Toilets to CEO, Leila Janah on How Rejection Is Inevitable and the Key to Success and Grit | Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Butcher Box: Bacon for Life is back! New members get a package of FREE bacon in every box for the life of the subscription at Impact Theory University: Relationship Theory YouTube channel: Watch and subscribe Impact Theory Planner: Leila Janah didn’t have the money to start her company, but she didn’t let that hold her back. She paid her way through Harvard by cleaning toilets, serving cocktails, and tutoring wealthy students while pitching her sustainable business model to anyone who would listen. Since the inception of her company, Samasource--named as one of Fast Company's most innovative companies in 2016--Leila has employed nearly 10,000 people and helped nearly 35,000 people permanently move above the poverty line. Her customers are some of the world’s biggest companies such as Google, Microsoft, Walmart, eBay and she’s been profiled in The New York Times, WIRED, Forbes, and Inc. Leila also founded LXMI (pronounced luxe-me) which is the first social impact beauty brand to be sold at Sephora. Meet the founder, author, and social entrepreneur who believes in reversing poverty one job at a time in this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu.   PULLED QUOTES “As an entrepreneur, probably the most important attribute is not quitting.” [2:19] “The only real power we have in the world is choosing our response.” [9:06]   “The only real thing that matters is love. Loving people and being loved yourself.” [16:15]   “Talent is equally distributed and opportunity is not.” [48:43]   SHOW NOTES Leila walks through how grit was baked into her upbringing. [2:14 ] Leila talks about post-traumatic growth and how you can build resilience. [5:15] Tom and Leila dive into her personal narrative and how she found refuge in social impact.[7:10 ] Leila opens up about her struggle with depression and finding nourishment for her soul. [11:20] Leila takes you through the 4-step process that you can use to keep yourself grounded. [15:20] Leila explains the benefits of “the pause.” [17:34] Tom and Leila discuss how she helps people in the gig economy. [20:51] Leila debunks the myth that people who work in service of humanity are flawless. [23:31 ] Leila shines the light on profit versus non-profit and why she chose to launch a benefit corporation.[28:28] Leila shares valuable about what she looks for in team members. [34:20] Tom and Leila go deep on the first steps that she took to start her business. [35:14] Leila recalls living in Ghana and the reverse culture shock she experienced coming home. [42:17] Leila talks about the reality of scarcity and the power of unleashing untapped potential.[49:07] Leila defines the impact that she wants to have on the world. [51:04]   MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: BOOKS Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time - [2:27] Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy- [6:53] Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives - [48:29]   FOLLOW LEILA INSTAGRAM: TWITTER: FACEBOOK: LINKEDIN: WEBSITE: GIVE WORK WEBSITE:   FOLLOW TOM BILYEU TWITTER: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK:  
Dec 22, 2020
7 Tips to Finally Get a Good Night's Sleep | Health Theory
Check out Our Sponsors Butcher Box: Bacon for Life is back! New members get a package of FREE bacon in every box for the life of the subscription at Learn more at ISSUU: and use promo code IMPACTTHEORY at checkout for your FREE account or 50% off your premium account. Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Are you struggling to get a good night’s sleep? Do you find it difficult to fall asleep fast, stay asleep, or get into deep sleep? On this episode of Health Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by seven influential speakers to share their seven key tips to getting high-quality sleep for a better life. They discuss why you should seek sunlight during the day, how working out in the morning leads to better sleep at night, how to be conscious of making sleep a priority, why you have to stop eating hours before bedtime, how to eliminate stress in your life for better sleep, how different types of light influence your sleep, and why you should consider cannabis for improving the quality of your sleep.   SHOW NOTES: Intro | Tom opens today’s episode about getting the quality sleep you deserve. [0:05] Tip #1 | Why you need to be getting as much sunlight as you can. [0:29] Tip #2 | Why you should be working out in the morning. [2:55] Tip #3 | Why you need to be conscious of making sleep a priority in your life. [6:43] Tip #4 | Why you need to stop eating early to protect your sleep. [13:13] Tip #5 | Why you need to start prioritizing habits that eliminate your stress. [15:56] Tip #6 | Why you need to be aware of the influence of light on your sleep. [21:45] Tip #7 | Why you should consider the power of cannabis for improving sleep. [24:27] Closing | Tom wraps up today’s episode on seven key tips for incredible sleep. [26:58]   QUOTES:   “In order to sleep at night, okay, you need a differential between your maximum light exposure and your minimum light exposure.” [1:30]   “With good sleep, our cravings diminish. I mean, even on one night of poor sleep, you consume an excess of calories along the day, anywhere between three and five-hundred calories.” [16:59]   “A lot of people out there are talking about CBD, CBD, CBD, right? Let me be clear, you’d have to have almost two-hundred milligrams of CBD to have any affect on sleep — much lower dosage to help on pain. You want CBN.” [25:12]   FOLLOW TOM: Instagram: YouTube: Podcast:  
Dec 17, 2020
How to Uncover What's Actually Holding You Back | Gary John Bishop on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Pique Tea: Visit and get 5% off teas with code IMPACT Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Audible: Start listening with a 30-day free trial, one free audiobook and access to the Plus Catalog. Visit or text IMPACT to 500-500 HelloFresh: Go to and use code 80impact to get $80 off including free shipping! Your reality is not what you think it is. Everyday, you move through and see the experiences of life with a filter. This filter? It’s your own perspective. Now is the time for you to recognize and become self-aware of this perspective, rid yourself of it, and actually begin to change your life for good. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by New York Times Bestselling Author, speaker, and urban philosopher Gary Bishop to discuss such matters and more as they explore how to finally wake up to the reality you’ve fabricated for yourself, break the chains of your perspective which can hold you back, and start to walk on a path towards the person, life, and reality you want to live. They discuss how we each create our own reality from our experiences, how to become self-aware so that you can recognize patterns in your life, why we create false narratives for ourselves, how to become reborn and renewed into a new person, why you shouldn’t require others to change for you, and how to deal with the challenging fundamentals of life such as success, grief, and love.   SHOW NOTES: Reality | Gary reveals how we create our own reality and experiences. [0:18] Self-Awareness | Gary shares how to be truly aware of and connected to yourself. [2:55] Realizations | Gary shares his own story and journey to becoming self-aware. [5:33] Narrative | Gary reveals how to break away from the narrative you built for yourself. [9:09] Reborn | Gary reveals how to be in control and re-craft your perspective. [12:10] Renew | Gary shares an incredible story of renewing his relationship with his mother. [16:47] Change | Gary reveals why you have to live without requiring others to change. [23:01] Creation | Gary discusses why who you are isn’t just an accident, it’s a creation. [25:10] Self-Help | Gary shares his journey of writing in a way that actually helps others. [28:43] Pursuit | Gary peels back the curtain on how our life’s experiences  [35:06] Fundamentals | Gary reveals the fundamentals of life that we get lost and trapped in. [39:04] Success | Gary reveals how the false idea of success is fed to us our whole lives. [42:00] Love | Gary reveals how the only type of real love is unconditional love. [44:41] Connect | Gary shares how you can learn more and continue to hear from him. [52:37]   QUOTES: “Your perspective is in everything you hear, everything you see, everything you say, everything you experience, every feeling, every emotion, you know, all of it. That’s your perspective and it’s hard to see it because you’re in it. So you can’t really witness it.” [7:28]   “I think what you’re witnessing is this kind of bankruptcy of your persona. Like, who’ve you’ve come to know yourself as no longer works, right? And it’s the same shit and no matter how hard you shake that tree, you’re only ever getting one apple.” [27:28]   “…and part of being a loving human being is, what’s also on the table, is something called disappointment.” [48:13]   FOLLOW GARY: Website: Podcast: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube:
Dec 15, 2020
Evolutionary Biologist Reveals Why People Seek to Silence the Truth About Women and Men
Check out our Sponsors Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. ExpressVPN: Visit and find out how you can get 3 months free. Skillshare: The first 1,000 people to use our link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership. Outgrow: Get a special 30 day free trial at The truths we once all agreed upon and held dearly may soon be lost to power-hungry, sometimes forceful, and always unrelenting culture war movements. Like a calm before the storm, our society may be on the brink of irreversible and incomprehensible consequences. All objective truth may soon be removed from society and be replaced with a post-modernist approach where truth simply cannot exist. Still, what is the truth? What is the undeniable evolutionary science behind men and women in today’s society? On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Tom is joined by Evolutionary Biologist Heather Heying to discuss such matters and more as they explore today’s society and the undeniable biological differences between men and women, how each sex has a unique and powerful role in societies, and why in today’s modern age, culture wars has eroded trust in objective truth. They discuss today’s social movements and the harmful consequences of letting them go too far, the differences between men and women in society, how hunter-gatherer societies may be key to understanding our roles, the origin of men and women being divided in society by role and purpose, the dangers we face if we continue to deny our differences, why the culture war movements are power hungry, how to have a successful workplace environment and team, and the risks we face as a society if we overprotect our children and refuse to let them take risks and make their own decisions.   SHOW NOTES:   Controversy | Heather reveals why talking about the sexes is now a hot button issue. [0:18] Better? | Heather discusses if it’s really better to be a male in today’s modern society. [4:55] Hierarchy | Heather discusses the social hierarchy of males and females. [9:20] Strategies | Heather reveals if today’s social movements are simply giant chess games. [12:23] Hunter-Gatherer | Heather reveals what males and females inherently gravitate towards in a hunter-gatherer society. [19:53] Gendered | Heather reveals why cultures divide and label roles as being male or female. [27:18] Mixing | Heather discusses the challenging dynamics present in groups that mix sexes. [30:20] Useful | Heather discusses the productive friction between how the sexes work together. [37:41] Denial | Heather shares the dangers of denying the differences between the sexes. [46:31] Erode | Heather reveals the tools used today to erode the power of others with society. [52:52] Teams | Heather and Tom discuss team dynamics, gender roles, and why all that matters is being able to get it done. [58:08] Choices | Heather discusses if certain traits, choices, or passions are actually ‘better.’ [1:07:09] Fulfillment | Heather shares the fulfillment she feels from presenting challenging and intellectual discussions with diverse groups of people from all walks of life. [1:09:55] Parenting | Heather reveals the consequences of sheltering children from problems. [1:15:36] Risks | Heather reveals the rules she has for her kids so they take on risks. [1:23:58] Locked Down | Heather discusses the consequences of limiting our movement. [1:30:21] Getting Better | Heather reveals why you must expose your ideas to feedback. [1:35:20] Seeking Truth | Heather discusses the fragile echo-chamber of modern day science and academics. [1:41:43] Self-Corrosive | Heather discusses the self-destructive consequences of culture wars full on assault on objective logic. [1:47:30] Power Hungry | Heather discusses how today’s culture wars are simply just a matter of power grabbing. [1:53:50] Narrative | Heather discusses her passion for literature and writing science fiction. [2:00:37] Closing | Tom closes today’s episode and shares where you can continue to follow Heather’s work and teachings. [2:07:27]   QUOTES:   “…is it true that an entirely male power structure has a tendency to go off the rails in a particular way in which we’re well familiar from like all of history? Yeah, of course, right? Would an all-female power structure go off the rails in a particular way that we’re less familiar with from history? A hundred-percent. I don’t want to see that anymore than I want to see, you know, another World War II…” [15:30]   “…what you said earlier is just exactly right and I’ve never heard anyone say it before which is that when you have been on all-male teams, it’s easier, and when you have been on mixed-sex teams, it’s more productive and I just, you know, so hope that that anecdote holds across everything. It’s what I’m sort of banking on…” [57:23]   “The thing is, yes we get less flexible as we age, for sure. Our brains get less plastic, we get more, you know, canalized into our particular ways of thinking but continuing to expose ourselves to more and more experiences that are different from anything we imagined is how to keep that flexibility…” [1:29:20]   FOLLOW HEATHER:   Website: Twitter: LinkedIn: Podcast: Patreon:  
Dec 10, 2020
How to Get Through Unexpected Changes in Life | Impact Theory Special Guests Q&A
Check out our Sponsors BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Podcorn: Learn more at Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. ISSUU: and use promo code IMPACTTHEORY at checkout for your FREE account or 50% off your premium account. Your life, like all others, will be full of many unexpected changes. While challenging at times, it is your calling to always walk on a path of joy, happiness, and positivity. Yet, how does one do that when life can be full of fear, failure, pressure, anxiety, awkwardness, and rejection? On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu welcomes five key speakers including Jay Shetty, Alex Banayan, Vanessa Van Edwards, Rushion McDonald, and Humble The Poet to discuss such matters and more as they answer your questions on important topics that are crucial to having a growth mindset and achieving the most joy out of life. They discuss happiness and the principles to achieving it, how to turn fear and failure into a positive, how to be more likable by just being yourself, what to do when life throws unexpected change at you, and how to overcome the pressures of society and social media.   SHOW NOTES:   Intro | Tom welcomes today’s unique speakers who join us to answer your questions. [0:15] Happiness | Jay Shetty shares the key principles that will lead you to true happiness. [0:30] Fear | Alex Banayan reveals how you can turn fear and failure into lessons you treasure. [2:12] Charisma | Vanessa Van Edwards reveals the many ways to be likable. [7:09] Pivot | Rushion McDonald discusses how to tackle the unpredictable change in your life. [9:20] Pressure | Humble The Poet shares how you can handle today’s social pressures. [14:56] Closing | Tom closes today’s episode with thanks for each speaker’s unique perspective. [24:03]   QUOTES:   “We see that psychologically, scientifically, and spiritually the practice of a set of habits every single day can creates states of happiness.” [1:07]   “You can be your best self and find your people. You can be your true self and still be liked.” [8:18]   “Our self-esteem is what other people think about us. Our self-respect is what we think about us.” [19:08]   FOLLOW TOM BILYEU: INSTAGRAM: YOUTUBE: PODCAST:   FOLLOW JAY SHETTY: WEBSITE: BOOK: FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM: TWITTER:   FOLLOW ALEX BANAYAN: TWITTER: FACEBOOK: LINKEDIN: INSTAGRAM:   FOLLOW VANESSA VAN EDWARDS: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: YOUTUBE:   FOLLOW RUSHION MCDONALD: TWITTER: WEBSITE: LINKEDIN: YOUTUBE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK:   FOLLOW HUMBLE THE POET: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
Dec 08, 2020
Anti-Aging Expert Reveals Secret to Staying Young | Dr. Alexander Paziotopoulos on Health Theory
Check out our Sponsors Theragun: Try it for 30 days starting at only $199. Go to Butcher Box: Bacon for Life is back! New members get a package of FREE bacon in every box for the life of the subscription at Skillshare: The first 1,000 people to use our link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership. Grammarly: Get 20% off Grammarly Premium when you sign up using your desktop or laptop computer by visiting Aging. It’s something most, if not all, of us accept as just a normal part of life. Yet, what if we’ve been approaching ‘aging’ wrong this entire time? What if there was a way to not only slow down our aging process but put an end to aging altogether? On this episode of Health Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by anti-aging, regenerative, and age-reversal medical expert Dr. Alex Paziotopoulos to discuss such matters and more as they explore how you can put a halt to your body’s aging process and begin turning back your biological clock for good. They discuss the modern science behind age reversing, the importance of sleep on your brain, the ideal lifestyle you should be aiming for, why a meat-based diet may be aging you, why your world is ‘too sterile,’ the differences between good and bed stress, the supplements you can take to prevent aging, and the practical steps you can take today to begin slowing down how you age.   SHOW NOTES:   Anti-Aging | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the science behind today’s age reversing. [0:51] Sleep | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals how your lack of sleep might be aging you. [7:05] During Sleep | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals what occurs in your brain when sleeping. [8:50] Lifestyle | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the optimal things you can do to prevent aging. [10:20] Diets | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the differences between meat or plant-based diets. [11:51] Meat | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the effects of eating meat on the body. [13:44] Studies | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the studies we should look to for changing our diets. [15:22] Protein | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the amount of protein you should have per day. [17:25] Efficiency | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals how to achieve the most efficient body. [20:39 ] Sterile | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the downsides of our extremely sterile world. [21:44] Good Stress | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the healthy stressors our bodies need. [24:21] Supplements | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the key supplements to take. [26:06] Metformin | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals how Metformin may prolong our lives. [29:00] What To Do | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the key pillars of change needed to live longer. [32:44] Truth | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals how he has his patients truly confront their own truths. [37:43] Bad Stress | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals the stress you need to remove from your life. [39:35] Connect | Dr. Paziotopoulos reveals how to learn more about changing how you age. [41:37]   QUOTES:   “We want to go beyond what nature created for us and the environment. We want to optimize. The average person isn’t even close to their genetic potential. So, we want to go beyond your genetic potential.” [13:26]   “…you’re not a human being, you’re a conglomerate of all of these organisms together. So you have, you know, hundreds of millions of different species just living in you. And so when we look at hunter-gatherer populations and what their microbiome looks like versus us, we’re completely sterile compared to them.” [21:24]   “There’s not a system of the body that we’re not looking at and that we’re not trying to optimize because it all works together. You can’t just say, “I’ll optimize your heart.” There’s no way, it’s impossible, right? Everything’s connected. And so, we have to look at all the systems and see where we’re at.” [41:09] FOLLOW DR. PAZIOTOPOULOS: Website: Phone: 844-734-3678 Instagram: Facebook:
Dec 03, 2020
Why You've Been Lied to About Where to Put Your Time, Energy, & Focus | Seth Godin on Impact Theory
Check out our Sponsors Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. NETGEAR: Learn more at Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Helix Sleep: Get up to $200 off all mattresses at Are you struggling to accomplish your goals because you’re so focused on the outcome? If something “fails” or isn’t a “success,” do you let that eat away at your motivation and define who you are? It’s time for you to throw away everything you’ve learned about success and begin to shift your mindset to focus on your effort in everything you do, rather than the outcome. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by author, entrepreneur, and teacher Seth Godin to discuss such matters and more as they explore why you need to stop focusing on outcomes and begin focusing on your efforts. They discuss why we’re all brainwashed from an early age, the power of streaks, feedback, and criticism, how to move through life with intention, why you have to put your work ‘on the hook,’ how to act with generosity, why making new mistakes is moves you closer to your goal, how to overcome imposter syndrome, and the power of having a group around you to provide constructive criticism.   Order Seth’s new book, “The Practice: Shipping Creative Work”:   SHOW NOTES:   Outcome vs Effort | Seth discusses his book and "showing your bad.” [1:01] Brainwashed | Seth shares how we’ve become brainwashed without knowing it. [2:15] Changing Lives | Seth discusses his new book and the time taken to write it. [3:35] Streaks | Seth shares the power of getting feedback and criticism on your work. [5:53] Intention | Seth discusses how to move towards goals with intention. [7:35] On the Hook | Seth shares why you should put your work ‘on the hook.’ [9:21] Generosity | Seth tells a fishing story and the purpose of being connected to your work.  [11:10] Real Life | Seth discusses how to practically build your ‘art’ into a way of income. [14:00] Self | Seth discusses why you need to trust yourself. [17:58] Behavior | Seth discusses why changing your behavior changes your identity. [19:59] Passion | Seth shares why passion is a choice and how to choose it. [21:24] Better | Seth discusses the power of ‘seeing’ and developing ‘good taste.’ [25:32 ] New Mistakes | Seth shares how to move closer and closer to your goals. [28:12] Imposter Syndrome | Seth discusses the power of verbalizing. [33:08] Dangers | Seth discusses why always being authentic has its downfalls. [38:14] Feeling Alive | Seth discusses the purpose of our lives that gives us meaning and joy. [42:46] Feedback | Seth shares how to let your guard down so that you can take criticism. [40:39] Build Your Group | Seth discusses the people who’s feedback you should be listening to. [44:14] Bitterness | Miles Davis and the rabbit hole he got stuck in that turned him bitter. [47:43] Mindset | Seth shares how he approaches people, life, and our abilities. [51:25] Takeaway | Seth shares what he hopes you takeaway from today’s discussion. [55:17] Connect | Seth shares ways you can continue to follow his work and to stay connected. [56:10]   QUOTES:   "The practice is not the means to the output. The practice is the output, because the practice is all we can control.” [6:42]   “Doing the work changes our story about the work and I think it’s so much more reliable, and so much easier, to love what you do than it is to do what you love.” [21:48]   “Consistency is part of being peculiar. Consistently generous, consistently showing up, rhyming with yourself in a way that you’re proud of but no, not authentic. You’re not entitled.” [38:44]   FOLLOW SETH:   Blog: Podcast: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:  
Dec 01, 2020
6 Experts Share Important Lessons on Being Grateful | Impact Theory
Check out our sponsors! Panasonic HomeCHEF 4-in-1 Multi-Oven: To receive special offers, go to and become a Panasonic Kitchen Insider. Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. NETGEAR: Learn more at This Thanksgiving, open your mind and heart to appreciation, gratefulness, and thankfulness for others. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by multiple experts with a focus on positivity, gratefulness, and appreciation including John Maxwell, Jewel, Ken Honda, Rainn Wilson, Chamillionaire, and Jocko Willink. They focus on and discuss the power of valuing others right from the start, how to add value to others’ lives, why you should be profoundly grateful, how to have a mindset of appreciation, the power of always giving back, how to be always looking for positivity, and why relationships are absolutely key to succeeding in life.   SHOW NOTES:   Value People | John Maxwell discusses the power of connecting to others. [1:22] Adding Value | John Maxwell shares why you should seek to add value for others. [2:03] Be Profoundly Grateful | Jewel reveals your ability to get addicted to positive things. [5:02] Gratitude | Jewel reveals how to leverage gratitude to eliminate anxiety. [8:07] Appreciate | Ken Honda shares how to shift your mindset towards appreciation. [9:58] Give It Back | Rainn Wilson shares the ultimate potential achieved when serving others. [16:20] Find The Positives | Chamillionaire discusses the power of focusing on what's possible. [18:35] Honor Your Relationships | Jocko Willink reveals how to build useful relationships. [22:30]   QUOTES: “Giving value to people and expressing that to them is the common ground that builds relationships.” [2:01]   “…the people with a radiance of appreciation often attract more people and more opportunities.” [12:02]   “When I say that relationships are the most important thing in getting things done. When I look back at my career in the Navy in the Seal Teams, just about every single thing that I ever did was through relationships." [22:29]   FOLLOW JOHN MAXWELL: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:   FOLLOW JEWEL: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:   FOLLOW KEN HONDA: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:   FOLLOW RAINN WILSON:   Website: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:   FOLLOW CHAMILLIONAIRE: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:   FOLLOW JOCKO WILLINK: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:  
Nov 24, 2020
Personal Trainer Shares Struggles from Journey of Gaining and Losing Weight | Drew Manning
Are you struggling to kickstart your fitness journey? Has 2020 knocked you back and you’re finding it difficult to get back up and push yourself physically and mentally? On this episode of Health Theory, Tom Bilyeu is joined by health and fitness expert Drew Manning to discuss such matters and more as they explore Drew’s incredible journey of going from fit to fat to forty and what he’s learned along the way. They discuss the unique struggles people face when out of shape, overweight, or living an unhealthy lifestyle, how to approach body image in a healthy way, why we self-sabotage ourselves when starting out on a fitness journey, how to understand our self-worth, how to become more self-aware, why doing hard things is good both mentally and physically for us, and the importance of finding a community to struggle with along the way. Check out our sponsors! Butcher Box: New members get 6 FREE grass-fed, grass-finished steaks at Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at ISSUU: and use promo code IMPACTTHEORY at checkout for your FREE account or 50% off your premium account. SHOW NOTES:   Fit 2 Fat | Drew shares why he is once again going through his extreme transformation. [0:55] Struggle | Drew shares why people have such difficult experiences when overweight. [3:50] Body Talk | Drew shares how he approaches discussing body image with his daughters. [5:42] Parenting | Drew discusses parenting and the curveballs he faces. [8:46] Physical | Drew discusses why he pushes his children to explore athletics and sports. [10:26] Drive | Drew shares where his drive for pursuing health comes from. [12:22] Differences | Drew discusses the differences in feeling healthy and unhealthy. [13:38] Self-Sabotage | Drew discusses our internal critic that holds us back from going further. [16:45] Self-Worth | Drew shares how you can develop self-worth and stop self-sabotaging. [19:00] Self-Awareness | Drew shares ways you can practice becoming more self-aware. [20:50] Hard Things | Drew discusses the power of doing hard things. [22:08] Running 100 Miles | Drew shares his inspiring journey of running 100 miles. [23:38] Diets | Drew shares how people do diets improperly. [28:10] Blood Work | Drew discusses the importance of tracking your blood work. [31:27] Hormones | Drew shares how eating unhealthy has affected his libido. [33:00] Why? | Drew shares what drives him to ultimately return back to his healthy ways. [34:43] Pushback | Drew discusses why the first two-weeks are the hardest when starting out. [36:01] Not Alone | Drew shares the importance of finding your community in your journey. [38:05] Keto | Drew explains his approach to the Mediterranean ketogenic diet. [39:04] Comparisons | Drew discusses the blood results he will be comparing while dieting. [42:27] Connect | Drew shares where you can follow his journey and how to connect with him. [43:01] QUOTES: “What happens is, as we grow up, I think we become attached to our thoughts, we become attached to our stories, and we become attached to our emotions. And so in those moments, we’re just being pulled in all these different directions based off of how we react to situations…”[19:09] “There was this other part in my head that said, “Look, this is gonna suck. It sucks right now. This is uncomfortable. This feels like hell, but guess what? All this hell, all this pain is temporary.”” [27:14] “It’s not about getting ‘the body,’ it’s about falling in love with the process because you’re worth it. Not because you hate yourself and you want to look skinny, but because you’re worth it to live a healthy lifestyle.” [37:51] FOLLOW DREW: Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
Nov 19, 2020
Psychotherapist's Hacks on How to Change Your Life | Lori Gottlieb on Impact Theory
Change. What holds us back from accomplishing it, why do we fail time and time again in pursuit of it, and how can achieve it once and for all? It is what frees us from being stuck in our ways and it opens up our lives to new opportunities, perspectives, and paths that we didn’t even knew existed. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu joins psychotherapist and author  Lori Gottlieb to discuss such matters and more as they explore the power of therapy, how to move on from your past and forwards towards change, and why self-compassion is crucial to leading a happy life. They discuss how to become unstuck in your negative ways, how to truly achieve change in your life, why it’s crucial you need to have self-compassion, the freedom in knowing you have choices, how to see things from other people’s perspectives, how forgiveness is truly achieved, and ways to overcome trauma and pain. Check out our amazing sponsors! Butcher Box: New members get 6 FREE grass-fed, grass-finished steaks at Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit or text IMPACT to 500-500 Panasonic HomeCHEF 4-in-1 Multi-Oven: To receive special offers, go to and become a Panasonic Kitchen Insider.   Order Lori’s Book, ‘Maybe You Should Talk To Someone’: SHOW NOTES: Stories | Lori shares the power of stories and why she chose that approach for her book. [0:10] Unstuck | Lori discusses the power of therapy and its ability to move you forward in life. [1:23] Change | Lori discusses our incredible ability to make changes to our personalities. [2:57] Approach | Lori shares her approach as a therapist to encourage her patients to change. [4:41] Choice | Lori discusses why people face such challenges when trying to make change. [6:35] Comfort | Lori shares how she makes her patients comfortable with the idea of change. [9:10] The List | Lori shares the guideline that can help you begin moving towards change.  [10:05] Self-Compassion | Lori discusses how to develop self-compassion in your life. [14:29] Cognitive | Lori shares her approach in relation to cognitive behavioral therapy. [15:57] Homework | Lori reveals the actionable homework she assigns to those that seek it. [16:45] Freedom | Lori discusses the power of taking a breath and feeling the freedom of choice. [17:56] Perspectives | Lori shares the power of putting yourself in other people’s shoes. [20:59] Betrayal | Lori shares how she approaches cases of patients with hurting relationships. [23:41] Cheating | Lori discusses what could really have been going on when a partner cheats. [25:35] Patterns | Lori shares examples of unfinished business brought into relationships. [27:00] Childhood | Lori discusses the influence of your childhood self has on your adult self. [28:27] Forgiveness | Lori discusses the true nature of forgiveness and how it’s achieved. [29:50] Overcome | Loris discusses how a couple can come back together after betrayal. [35:43] The Sexes | Lori shares the similarities between both men and women in therapy. [38:23] Trauma | Lori discusses pain and how it shapes our personalities if we don’t heal. [41:53] Move Forward | Lori shares why you need to accept the freedom of adulthood. [44:36] Reframe | Lori discusses how you should frame your mind to let go and move forward. [46:36] Connect | Lori shares how you can continue to follow her and stay connected. [47:50] QUOTES: “…some of us, like sort of human nature, would rather stay in the familiar place, even if the familiar is miserable or unpleasant, than to say I’m gonna risk something and go to this place that makes me really uncomfortable.” [7:47]   “Most big transformations come about from the tiny, almost imperceptible, steps that we take along the way.” [9:49]   “People act a certain way because they have to keep you at a distance so that you can’t see their pain.” [43:16]   FOLLOW LORI:   Website: TED Talk: Podcast: Column: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
Nov 17, 2020
Neuroscientist Reveals Your Brain is Just “Guessing” & Doesn’t Know Anything | Lisa Feldman Barrett
The experiences you carry with you from your past greatly affect how you respond in the future. We are constantly feeding our brain data based on the world and circumstances we live in. Based on these experiences, our brain is able to formulate a ‘best guess’ and, thus, we form our responses. But are we really in control of our responses? Does our brain truly know anything or is everything our brain concludes merely just a ‘best guess’ and nothing more? On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Tom joins neuroscientist, psychologist, and author Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett to discuss such matters and more as they explore how the human brain develops it’s responses to the world and why it’s important for us to not only understand it for our own sake, but for the benefit of others as well. They discuss the difference between emotion and affect, how our brains develop during childhood, how culture is built into our brains, how concepts are formed and used within our brains, what our body budgets are, and why we should be always approach each other with empathy and compassion first. Order Lisa’s Book, ‘Seven and a Half Lessons About The Brain’:   Check out our amazing sponsors! Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. ExpressVPN: Visit and find out how you can get 3 months free. Skillshare: The first 1,000 people to use our link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership. ISSUU: and use promo code IMPACTTHEORY at checkout for your FREE account or 50% off your premium account.   SHOW NOTES: Intro | Tom introduces today’s guest, neuroscientist, and author Lisa Feldman Barrett. [0:03] Emotions | Lisa discusses the key differences between experiencing emotion and affect. [0:39] Brain Guesses | Lisa breaks down how our brains process data to inform us how to feel. [9:07] Sense Data | Lisa shares how our brain processes our senses and the fidelity of each. [11:04] Semantic | Lisa reveals why the notion that we don’t experience emotion isn’t semantic. [19:59] Development | Lisa discusses the early development and wiring of a baby’s brain. [25:34] Culture | Lisa discusses how our cultures are developed into us at an early age. [31:04] Usability | Lisa breaks down culture and how they serve us in our pursuit of our goals. [37:31] Concepts | Lisa discusses what concepts are and how they work in our mind’s eye. [42:21] Change | Lisa shares how experiences have the power to change our brain’s function. [47:51] Stuck in the Past | Lisa discusses why people are stuck on past experiences. [54:30] Body Budget | Lisa shares what your body budget is and how you balance it. [57:19] Deficits | Lisa discusses the traits of today’s world that drains our body budgets. [1:03:53] Give and Take | Lisa shares how we influence and balance each other’s body budgets. [1:11:46] Responsibility | Lisa shares why we need to educate ourselves on body budgets. [1:16:52] Little Things | Lisa shares the things we should be mindful of for a more fulfilling life. [1:23:23] Different Paths | Lisa discusses the benefits and disadvantages of a zen approach. [1:25:19] Debate | Lisa discusses our current political system and how we speak to each other. [1:29:20] Goals | Lisa discusses how we prioritize in pursuit of achieving our goals. [1:37:58] Empathy | Lisa shares the practice of approaching people with compassion. [1:42:36] Closing | Tom shares his final thoughts and the power of Lisa’s teachings. [1:49:10]   QUOTES: “…there is no “just the cultural interpretation.” When your brain is making a prediction about what something means, that is a very sensory motor prediction, there is no culture laid on top.” [32:11] “When your brain is making a prediction, it’s using regularities from experience in your past. And if you live in a particular culture, your regulators are going to be really different than somebody in a different culture.” [46:14]   “The important thing to understand is that every experience you have has the capacity to, even a little bit, change your brain’s function in the future.” [53:35]   FOLLOW LISA: Website: Twitter:
Nov 12, 2020
Matthew McConaughey Shares His Trick for Getting What You Want | Impact Theory
In life, what is it that pushes us to discover our true self-identities? Who are we truly and how can we begin to know ourselves on the deepest level possible so that we can push through life’s greatest failures and relish in life’s greatest successes? By chasing fear, taking on challenges, and learning to live in discomfort, we can uncover who it is we truly are. On this episode of Impact Theory, Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they explore the stories and lessons Matthew has accumulated throughout his life that defines his drive, purpose, and his true self-identity. They discuss the lessons in Matthew’s new book ‘Greenlights,’ why you need to discover your true self, how needing puts you in a position to not be yourself, how to truly develop confidence, why resistance in life reveals who we truly are, why reinventing yourself through life is key to growth, how chasing fear keeps your drive alive, and what values are important to leading a life of freedom.   Order Matthew’s new book, ‘Greenlights’:   Check out our amazing sponsors! Panasonic HomeCHEF 4-in-1 Multi-Oven: To receive special offers, go to and become a Panasonic Kitchen Insider. NETGEAR: Learn more at Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. NetSuite: Schedule your FREE Product Tour at   SHOW NOTES: Intro | Tom introduces and welcomes Matthew McConaughey to today’s show. [0:03] Origin | Matthew discusses the origin behind writing his new book, 'Greenlights.’ [1:02] Knowing Yourself | Matthew shares the importance of knowing yourself on a deep level. [3:10 ] Stop Needing | Matthew shares how desperation removes us from being truly ourselves. [7:07] Confidence | Matthew reveals the power of truly not giving a damn. [10:10] Resistance | Matthew  shares an incredible story of truly discovering himself in Australia. [13:42] Alone | Matthew discusses the power of sitting alone with yourself. [21:10] Journeys | Matthew shares how uncomfortable journeys always provide life lessons. [23:34 ] Identity | Matthew reveals what forms our identity as we walk through life. [27:46] Re-Invent Yourself | Matthew discusses how he didn’t let fame trap him from growing. [34:03] Chase Fear | Matthew shares why you should pursue things that scare you. [37:11] Challenge | Matthew shares a story of chasing a recurring dream of a journey in Africa. [40:12 ] Just Go | Matthew reveals the power of making a choice and committing to it. [54:01] Values | Matthew shares the values you should embrace for a life of freedom. [55:45] Lessons | Matthew shares the lessons he seeks to pass on to his children. [1:01:25] Closing | Tom shares the inspiration found in Matthew’s new book, ‘Greenlights.’ [1:04:02]   QUOTES: “What better subject to study than ourselves? What better subject to interrogate and investigate daily? What’s the one character that we are never going to get, that we should never get bored with chasing to figure out? But also, what’s the one character that we can’t get away from? Ourselves. It’s the one person that we can’t get rid of.” [3:07]   “…there’s a responsibility to freedom and that there is freedom in responsibility.” [55:41]   “If you live hating and feeling like you can’t do stuff or lying, you’re not going to create green lights in your future for yourself.” [1:03:43]   FOLLOW MATTHEW: Website: greenlights.comTwitter: Facebook: Instagram:
Nov 10, 2020
Cancer Doctor Talks Environmental Medicine & Its Ability to Prevent Disease | Dr. Christian Gonzalez
The quality of our health isn’t defined by one singular meal, experience, or moment but rather by a collection of our habits over the long term. What we put into our bodies and the environment we build around ourselves can have a great affect on our health over a long period of time. How can we build a healthy environment for ourselves that includes healthy foods, habits, and a safe and healthy home? On this episode of Health Theory, holistic solution-oriented specialist and environmental health expert Dr. Christian Gonzalez joins Tom Bilyeu to sit down and discuss such matters and mores as they discuss the link between our environment and illness, disease, and cancer. They discuss the impact of GMOs on our health, which foods to avoid, which foods to consume more of, how our environments affect our health, the affect of BPA on the body, ways to detox our bodies and rid ourselves of pesticides and heavy metals, how cancer forms in the body and ways to prevent it, and how our diet is directly linked to cancer growth. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: For a limited time, new members can get a FREE Thanksgiving turkey when you sign up at Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Skillshare: The first 1,000 people to use our link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership. Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at SHOW NOTES: GMOs | Dr. Christian Gonzalez discusses the importance of gut function and GMOs. [0:51] Food List | Dr. Christian Gonzalez shares common foods that are affected most by GMOs. [3:19]  Tests | Dr. Christian Gonzalez discusses the way to test your body for pesticides. [4:00] Environmental Medicine | Dr. Christian Gonzalez discusses how exposure affects health. [4:33] What to Avoid | Dr. Christian Gonzalez reveals the pesticides to avoid and how to do so. [6:16] BPA | Dr. Christian Gonzalez discusses the negative affects of BPA in the body. [7:30] Heavy Metals | Dr. Christian Gonzalez shares the heavy metals that affect our health. [9:52] Detox Systems | Dr. Christian Gonzalez discusses the detox systems we need everyday. [11:19] Home | Dr. Christian Gonzalez shares how to detox your home. [16:02] Cancer | Dr. Christian Gonzalez discusses the links and causes of cancer. [20:05] Trauma | Dr. Christian Gonzalez shares the link between trauma, stress, and cancer. [24:20] Sophisticated | Dr. Christian Gonzalez reveals what cancer is trying to do in the body. [26:58] Cells | Dr. Christian Gonzalez discusses how a cell is triggered and becomes cancerous. [30:35] Causes | Dr. Christian Gonzalez shares what tests could determine causes of cancer. [33:14] Diets | Dr. Christian Gonzalez shares the diets he puts his patients on. [34:32 ] Anti-Cancer | Dr. Christian Gonzalez shares what has anti-cancer properties. [35:13] Keto & Fasting | Dr. Christian Gonzalez discusses glucose, fasting, and cancer. [38:52] Connect | Dr. Christian Gonzalez shares how you can find him and follow him for more. [40:43]   QUOTES: “BPA mimics estrogen, binds to the cell, and then tells the cell, “Hey, estrogen’s here, act accordingly.”” [8:13] “…we don’t have to be crazy hardcore, we just have to make little shifts over time…” [18:20] “Is there an obstacle to healing and are we giving the body what it needs to heal? I believe almost every disease can be healed if we ask that question.” [31:31]   FOLLOW DR. GONZALEZ: Website: Podcast: Instagram:  
Nov 05, 2020
Stanford Psychiatrist Reveals How Cognitive Therapy Can Cure Your Depression and Anxiety | Dr David Burns on Impact Theory
Living with depression, anxiety, and negative thoughts each and every day can feel like a merry-go-round of pain that is seemingly impossible to get off of. What if there was a quick, prescription-free method that was powerful and effective at attacking the roots of our negative thoughts? What would a clear step-by-step blueprint look like? How can we begin walking on a path towards feeling great and eliminating our deep-seated depression, anxiety, and negativity? On this episode of Impact Theory, psychiatrist, cognitive behavioral therapist, and author David Burns joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they explore the incredible and real world practical effects of cognitive behavioral therapy and how you can begin applying it your life today to overcome depression, anxiety, and negativity. They discuss the power of cognitive behavioral therapy, the connection between your emotional thoughts and neurochemistry, the power of T.E.A.M. therapy, techniques to overcoming your negative thoughts, and the types of resistance and roadblocks we create for ourselves in therapy and recovery.   Purchase Dr. David Burns' new book, "Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety": This episode is brought to you by: Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post.  Panasonic HomeCHEF 4-in-1 Multi-Oven: To receive special offers, go to and become a Panasonic Kitchen Insider. Helix Sleep: Get up to $200 off all mattresses at PATLive: Get 10% off your first year of service after a 14-day free trial. Visit SHOW NOTES:   Breakdown | David breaks down cognitive behavioral therapy and why it’s effective. [1:13] Brain | David discusses the connection between chemicals in the brain and our emotions. [6:21] T.E.A.M. Therapy | David breaks down what T.E.A.M. cognitive therapy is. [10:30] Postpartum | David discusses why postpartum depression isn’t a chemical reaction. [13:22] Train Tracks | David shares a story about a train and its connection to our thoughts. [15:27] Techniques | David reveals key steps to overcoming depression and negative thoughts. [21:52] Resistance | David shares the roadblocks people put up for themselves during recovery. [31:38] Magic Button | David shares the power ‘positive reframing’ has in overcoming negativity. [34:11] Resistance Types | David breaks down the types of resistances exist in our minds. [42:59] Speaking | David shares how he overcame his own anxiety with fear of public speaking. [48:09] Praise | Tom shares his praise for David’s work and the impact it has had on his life. [58:04]   QUOTES:   “The discovery that you’re wrong when you’re depressed, that you’re giving yourself unfair or wrong messages, is the greatest discovery a human being can make." [15:08]   “It’s learning to treat yourself with compassion and kindness and realism rather than bullying yourself with these distorted negative thoughts, and that was really the essence of cognitive therapy.” [29:26]   “…there’s something that you’re going to have to do, that you’re not going to want to do, to get better.” [45:52]   FOLLOW DAVID:   Website: Twitter: Facebook:
Nov 03, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Rachel Hollis Reveals How 2020 Will Awaken Strength You Never Knew You Had
Trauma, healing, and 2020. It is without a doubt that this year has been one of the most dark and tumultuous years in America’s modern history. Every corner of the country has felt physical, emotional, mental, and economic pain. Without a doubt, there will be a great deal of trauma felt as a result of this year. How should we be responding to it? What can we do to cope with such trauma in life and how can we come through dark times stronger and more resilient than before? On this episode of Conversations with Tom, author, blogger, and motivational speaker Rachel Hollis joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they explore how to look at trauma in your life in a strong, healthy, and productive way that will help you move past it and grow. They discuss the devastation of 2020, why you need to speak from your scars, the origin of intuition, why you should crave competition, how to deal with stress, the reality of being a hardcore entrepreneur as a woman, the importance of having goals in life, the challenges they both faced in building their businesses, and much more.   Order Rachel’s new book, “Didn’t See That Coming”: This episode is brought to you by: Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Panasonic HomeCHEF 4-in-1 Multi-Oven: To receive special offers, go to and become a Panasonic Kitchen Insider.  NETGEAR: Learn more at SHOW NOTES:   Where We Are Now | Rachel shares why she decided to write a book on trauma. [0:45] Economic Disaster | Rachel discusses the economic devastation felt this year. [7:15] Speak From Your Scars | Rachel reveals why she included her divorce in the book. [10:52] Comments | Rachel discusses YouTube and social media comments. [14:31] Energy Healing | Rachel discusses energy healing and cold reading. [21:10] Intuition | Rachel and Tom discuss intuition and where it comes from. [29:24] Everybody Has Something | Rachel and Tom discuss the minimum requirements. [33:58] The Social Dilemma | Rachel discusses the dark truth of technology. [36:04] Crave | Rachel and Tom discuss what’s possible to get addicted to and what isn’t. [41:38] Writing | Rachel and Tom discuss writing motivational books versus writing fiction. [50:43] Character | Rachel and Tom discuss what makes up a person’s character. [53:59] Competition | Rachel and Tom discuss being competitive in your pursuit of your goals. [58:27] Death | Rachel and Tom discuss death and confronting mortality. [59:25] Childhood | Rachel shares how her childhood had an impact on the rest of her life. [1:06:16] Sincere Pursuit | Tom shares why if today were his last day, he would be proud. [1:08:07] Authenticity | Rachel and Tom discuss the importance of knowing yourself. [1:10:00] Dealing With Stress | Rachel and Tom discuss meditation and managing stress. [1:18:17] Rules | Rachel and Tom discuss the importance of drawing a line in the sand. [1:26:04] Entrepreneur | Rachel discusses being a woman in ‘hardcore’ entrepreneurship. [1:27:56] Goals | Rachel and Tom discuss the importance of having a goal. [1:37:14] Money | Rachel and Tom share why money should never be the motivating factor. [1:44:35] Business | Rachel and Tom discuss the perseverance needed in building businesses.[1:48:34] Identity | Rachel shares why she keeps pushing through the barriers. [1:54:58] Difficulty | Rachel and Tom share the challenges they faced that brought them to today. [2:02:15] Social Media | Rachel shares how she discovered the reason for her anxiety. [2:10:15] Imagery | Tom and Rachel discuss the power crafted images in our minds have. [2:16:13] Men & Women | Rachel and Tom discuss the unique strengths of men and women.  [2:26:13] Truth | Rachel and Tom discuss what is absolute truth and whether it exists or not. [2:31:58] Robert Greene | Rachel and Tom discuss the writings of Robert Greene. [2:37:47] Seduction | Tom and Rachel discuss the power of seduction, love, and marriage. [2:42:07] Fears | Tom and Rachel share their mutual fear over brain damage. [2:49:16] Weight Loss | Tom and Rachel discuss intermittent fasting and weight loss. [2:54:50] Working Breakdown | Tom and Rachel discuss their work routines and schedules. [3:04:25] Motherhood | Rachel shares why she didn’t enjoy being a mom at first. [3:09:44] Wedding Planning | Rachel shares crazy stories from being a wedding planner. [3:12:47]   QUOTES:   “You’re never supposed to teach from your open wounds, you’re supposed to teach from scars.” [12:00]   “The magic happens in the pursuit. You become who you’re meant to be in the pursuit of something.” [1:38:15]   “There are a lot of people who will quit what was a billion dollar idea, who won’t ever make the podcast that would have been better than Rogan, right? They will stop doing the thing that actually was genius because someone was mean to them on social [media].” [2:10:23]   FOLLOW RACHEL: Website: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook:
Oct 29, 2020
#194 8 Keys to Overcoming Your Procrastination | Impact Theory Q&A
  Procrastination, indecision, and the challenges we face when following through with our goals. What are powerful steps we can take today to overcome these setbacks, why do we tend lose our motivation and focus halfway towards our goals in the first-place, and how can we adopt a growth mindset that keeps us from losing motivation in the future? On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu sits down to discuss such matters and more as he addresses your submitted questions on overcoming procrastination, staying focused, and taking action towards your goals. He discusses finding time in your busy schedule to stay productive, how to turn wants into needs, how to establish rules in your life to stay on track, ways to tackle your insecurity and fall in love with the process, how to overcome indecision and begin moving towards your goals, and the importance of turning off notifications and having no distractions. This episode is brought to you by: Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. KiwiCo: Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on any crate line with code IMPACT at SHOW NOTES:   Finding Time | Tom shares strategies on maximizing hustle time to focus on productivity. [0:38] What do You Value? | Tom discusses how to stay motivated and focused on your goals. [6:23] Wants & Needs | Tom shares how to hack your mind and turn wants into needs. [11:50] Establishing Rules | Tom shares the importance of setting rules for your life. [17:48] Skills Have Utility | Tom reveals how to keep reading and absorbing knowledge. [22:18] Tackling Insecurity | Tom shares why you need to focus on what you can become. [25:59] Overcoming Indecision | Tom reveals the importance of trying, failing, and going again. [32:00] Turn Off Notifications | Tom discusses the importance of working without distractions. [37:30] Go Get It | Tom describes the criteria needed when setting your goals. [42:10]   QUOTES:   “…there needs to be two things true about the goals you're trying to accomplish. One, they need to honorable and, two, they need to be exciting.” [7:38]   “You’re hopelessly average, amazing. And now it’s about recognizing that the average human being is designed to learn and grow and to get better. And so now it’s a question of how do we put enough time and energy into something to actually get better at that thing. And that really is the key that we want to focus on.” [28:54]   “The only thing I think people should fear is standing still. So, I’ve often said that, “Running a thousand miles an hour in the wrong direction is better than standing still.”” [33:34]   FOLLOW TOM: Instagram: YouTube: Podcast:
Oct 27, 2020
Harvard Nutritional Psychiatrist Shares the Key Foods for Incredible Mental Health | Dr. Uma Naidoo on Health Theory
Diet, nutrition, and mental health. What is the connection between them, how does our nutrition influence our mental health and emotions, and what are the steps we can take today to walk on a path towards proper brain health? Has your diet significantly affected your emotions, behaviors, or mental wellbeing? Are you seeking a powerful alternative to the never-ending cycle of prescriptions? On this episode of Health Theory, nutritional psychiatrist and author Dr. Uma Naidoo joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they explore the connection between your diet and your mental behaviors. They discuss ways to lower anxiety through diet, the affect sweeteners have on your brain, what key foods to avoid, the ketogenic diet, what steps you can take for proper brain health, the dangerous and hidden ingredients in fast food, how to build a healthy proper salad, and what supplements everyone can benefit from taking. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: New members can get 2 lobster tails and 2 filet mignons for FREE when you sign up at Skillshare: The first 1,000 people to use our link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership. .  Azlo: Sign up at and get a free copy of Azlo’s Small Business Starter Guide. SHOW NOTES:   Mind & Body | Dr. Naidoo shares her journey to focusing on nutritional psychiatry. [0:46] Anxiety | Dr. Naidoo discusses the connection between your diet and your mental health. [2:41] Sweeteners | Dr. Naidoo shares the affect of sweeteners on your mental health. [5:55] Foods to Avoid | Dr. Naidoo reveals the foods to avoid for better mood and mental health. [9:09]  Panic | Dr. Naidoo discusses the connection between anxiety and being hypoglycemic.[12:16] Keto | Dr. Naidoo discusses the ketogenic diet and its relation to improved anxiety. [13:35] Brain Health | Dr. Naidoo discusses the ‘brain diet’ and the best foods for our brain. [15:06] Alcohol | Dr. Naidoo discusses a healthy approach to consuming alcohol. [17:48] Sodium | Dr. Naidoo shares her take on sodium and its affect on our health. [20:34] Fast Food | Dr. Naidoo reveals the hidden, yet dangerous, ingredients in fast food. [26:12] Meat | Dr. Naidoo shares the best practices for having animal protein in your diet. [30:23] Mediterranean | Dr. Naidoo breaks down the mediterranean diet and its benefits. [32:09] Easy Steps | Dr. Naidoo shares the ‘easy wins’ you can implement into your diet. [34:02] Magnesium | Dr. Naidoo discusses the importance of magnesium in our diet. [36:15] Salads | Dr. Naidoo reveals the dos and don’ts of building a healthy salad. [37:15] Supplements | Dr. Naidoo discusses the supplements most people can benefit from. [41:33] Connect | Dr. Naidoo shares how you can follow her to learn more. [42:54]   QUOTES:   “When a doctor says to you, “Here take this prescription,” as I have done as well, it’s disempowering to someone, you know. You’re being told you have to do this and you have this symptom and this is what will make you better. I think that nutrition and food flips that ratio and puts the person in the driver seat.” [25:14]   “Having those little things at the tips of the fingers is empowering; knowing that there are 200 names for sugar." [28:30]   “What I find is that of the different diets, the mediterranean eating pattern has consistently shown the best results for depression and anxiety.” [32:00]   FOLLOW DR. NAIDOO: Website: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:
Oct 22, 2020
#193 The Way You Breathe Could be Wreaking Havoc on Your Health | James Nestor on Impact Theory
Breathing; A mindless activity we do each and every day without giving any effort, thought, or practice. Perhaps this is the reason why so many of us suffer from poor sleep, lack of energy, weakened immune systems, and slow metabolisms. On this episode of Impact Theory, journalist and author of “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” James Nestor joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss why you need to immediately reevaluate your entire approach to breathing. They discuss how the way that you are breathing may be detrimental to your entire life, the power of breathing less, the incredible feats of free divers, the power of breathing through your nose, the health benefits of proper breathing, and how chewing positively transforms your face and airways.    Purchase James’ book, “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art”: This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: New members can get 2 lobster tails and 2 filet mignons for FREE when you sign up at Check out Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth on your favorite Podcast listening platform below: iTunes: Spotify: YouTube: Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit or text IMPACT to 500-500 PATLive: Get 10% off your first year of service after a 14-day free trial. Visit SHOW NOTES:   Discovery | James reveals the most surprising thing he’s discovered about breathing. [0:19] Causes | James discusses the root cause of modern breathing problems. [1:49] Implications | James discusses the negative effects of improper breathing. [2:47] Science | James discusses the no-bullshit approach he’s taken to his research. [5:11] Free Diving | James shares the extraordinary breathing feats of free divers. [7:13] Western Mind | James discusses the bifurcation with the western and eastern mindset. [14:49] Breathe Less | James reveals the importance of holding your breath and being flexible. [18:53] Nose Breathing | James discusses the benefits of breathing through the nose. [21:00] Plugged Nose | James shares a story of plugging his nose and the damage caused. [27:09] Resurgence | James reveals why the science of breathing is becoming widely accepted. [31:30] Tummo Breathing | James shares the power of heating yourself up through breathing. [35:23] Mysteries | James discusses the discoveries still left to be made with breathing science. [41:13] Health | James shares why breathing should be more of a topic of discussion. [43:56] Slow Breathing | James shares powerful breathings tips for increasing circulation. [45:26] Everyday Breathing | James discusses best breathing practices for everyday health. [48:28] Chewing | James discusses the importance of chewing and it’s incredible benefits. [51:11] Connect | James shares ways to follow him to learn more and stay connected. [54:09]   QUOTES:   “Just breathing equivalent breaths through the nose than through the mouth will increase oxygenation by about 20%.” [22:34]   “Allowing the body to enter a state where it can heal itself, which is what it’s doing every minute of every day, but we need to allow our bodies to do more of that. And that, to me, is really the core of what breathing allows us to do.” [35:13]   “The important thing is to know that to bolster your body’s defenses, to focus on your breathing, can absolutely have a profound affect on your immune function.” [44:53]   FOLLOW JAMES:   Website: Twitter: Instagram:
Oct 20, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Dr. Gad Saad on How Parasitic Ideas are Entering and Ruining Your Mind
A single idea can be a parasite to the mind. It can enter our thoughts without us even knowing, bury itself deep within our psyche, and transform our entire reality and outlook on the world. Do you have the mental strength, prowess, and awareness needed to identify when this may be happening? On this episode of Conversations with Tom, professor and author of ‘The Parasitic Mind,’ Dr. Gad Saad, joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such important matters and more as they explore how ideas can act as parasites to the mind and what you should be mindful of in this age of identity politics. They discuss the dangers of post-modernism, the changing culture in the western world, the void of common sense, nature versus nurture, why people latch onto ideas that separate them from true reality, how America is closer to a civil war than one might think, and how identity politics is a slippery slope that leads to dangerous consequences.   Purchase Gad’s book, “The Parasitic Mind”: This episode is brought to you by: Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. Grammarly: Get 20% off Grammarly Premium when you sign up using your desktop or laptop computer by visiting  PATLive: Get 10% off your first year of service after a 14-day free trial. Visit SHOW NOTES:   Nature vs Nurture | Gad discusses the moving forces that define who we are. [0:15] Hierarchy of Needs | Gad discusses the universal drivers all humans share. [3:58] Idea Pathogens | Gad reveals the dangers of idea pathogens to humans. [13:04] Reality | Gad discusses why people latch onto ideas that separate them from reality. [17:30] Prestige | Gad discusses the difference prestige has for a man and a woman. [24:28] Biological | Gad discusses why humans are ego-defensive and escape reality. [27:06] Self-Delusion | Gad discusses how self-delusion has healthy-practical benefits. [33:23] Self-Deception | Gad discusses why we’re so good at bullshitting ourselves. [40:09] Value System | Gad reveals how the daily pursuit of our ideals brings purpose. [42:56] Costly Signaling | Gad discusses why sexual signals must ultimately be costly. [48:57]  Threats | Gad shares a story of receiving death threats and dealing with anxiety. [01:01:03] Rituals | Gad shares his story of living through Lebanon’s violence and civil war. [01:04:52] Civil War | Gad discusses the inevitable civil war in the western world. [01:08:12] Gender Pronouns | Gad shares his story as a challenger of gender-pronoun policing. [01:17:57] The Left | Gad reveals the reality of why it appears he only criticizes the political left. [01:24:06] Ethics | Gad shares differences between deontological and consequentialist ethics. [01:35:57] Humility | Gad and Tom discuss humility and the mindset needed to see one’s self. [01:40:08] Guided | Gad discusses humans need for a packaged guide to living. [01:44:58] Self-Help | Tom shares his journey to identifying ‘self-help’ as his purpose. [01:46:25]   QUOTES:   “And so, by studying certain behaviors, phenomena, or morphological features in other species, it can say something about us.” [15:18]   “In the pursuit of noble causes, you can’t murder truth.” [32:34]   “Identity politics is a cancer to human-dignity. It is grotesque.” [01:13:03]   “I’m always playing. I’m playing in the landscape of cerebral pursuit. What can be more beautiful?” [01:49:56]   FOLLOW GAD: Website: YouTube: Twitter: Facebook:
Oct 15, 2020
#192 Fifth Harmony's Ally Brooke on Why You Shouldn't Let Others Slow Down Your Drive | Impact Theory
Each of us are walking a unique path towards our individual goals and dreams. It may not seem clear now, but ultimately with enough drive, confidence, and intention, you will reach the finish line. Still, there will be many dark valleys and periods of adversity along the way. Who should you be leaning on to find strength and support during these times, how do you push through them, and where do you find the confidence to keep going as they repeatedly happen? Former Fifth Harmony member and now solo-artist and author, Ally Brooke, joins Tom Bilyeu on this episode of Impact Theory to discuss such matters and more as they explore Ally’s journey into the music industry, how she pushed through times of adversity, and why you should hold onto a mustard seed of faith and never give up. They discuss Ally’s early roots, the drive she had when breaking into the industry, how she held onto her self-identity through it all, the importance of owning your own confidence, being intentional, and why giving up is never an option.   Purchase Ally’s book, “Finding Your Harmony”: This episode is brought to you by: Check out Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth on your favorite Podcast listening platform below: iTunes: Spotify: YouTube: Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at SHOW NOTES:   Journey | Ally discusses her journey of rising to fame as a teen. [0:37] Dreams | Ally reveals the dream she had early on and how it differed to her reality. [4:07] Drive | Ally discusses the image she had in her head as a child that drove her to succeed. [9:45] Identity | Ally reveals how she’s held onto her self-identity through the hard times. [12:52] Rebuilding | Ally discusses how she built herself in a new-positive direction. [16:43] Faith | Ally shares what “having a mustard seed of faith” means. [19:48] Shifted | Ally discusses how and when things can be turned around during dark times. [20:52] Confidence | Ally shares how your confidence shouldn’t rely on validation from others. [22:43] Intention | Ally shares the careful intentions she had throughout her creative process. [23:54] Never Giving Up | Ally shares the mentality and choices it takes to never giving up. [29:16] Connect | Ally shares how you can continue to connect and follow her. [31:45]   QUOTES:   “I’m going to choose to listen to my fans who are supporting me and telling me to love myself. I’m going to choose to listen to my parents and them saying the same thing. I’m going to choose to listen to that deeper voice inside of me that says, “Turn it off, don’t believe the lies.”” [14:00]   “Sometimes you just have to ride it out. Like, it doesn’t mean the next day will be better, it doesn’t even mean the next month or maybe even the next year. But, just ride it out and have that mustard seed of faith.” [18:44]   “Knowing that you cannot just survive, but thrive. In the end, it’s incredible and things can change.” [28:33]   FOLLOW ALLY:   Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:
Oct 13, 2020
5 Minute Habits to Change Your Life | Rangan Chatterjee on Health Theory
In today’s world, we can sometimes struggle to find the time to build healthy, long-lasting habits that we can execute on a daily basis. Many times, habits feel like difficult chores that are constantly being pushed out of the way by the hustle of life. Whether it’s work, raising kids, chores around the house or marriage, there are always things taking up time in our busy schedules, preventing us from building habits. On this episode of Health Theory, medical doctor and author of “Feel Better in 5,” Rangan Chatterjee, joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss the power of five-minute habits and how you can change your identity, as well as your health, through small and easy steps to take every day. They discuss the importance of your heart and spirit, how to build five-minute habits into your everyday routine, how to actually change behaviors, easy mental health hacks you can use everyday, how identity is connected to and shaped by action, and how beginning with just one small habit everyday can change your health for good.   Buy “Feel Better in 5”: This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: New members can get 2 lobster tails and 2 filet mignons for FREE when you sign up at ISSUU: and use promo code IMPACTTHEORY at checkout for your FREE account or 50% off your premium account. NetSuite: Schedule your FREE Product Tour at SHOW NOTES:   Heart | Rangan shares why heart is more important than the mind or body. [0:27] Listen | Rangan shares the what the ‘tea ritual’ is and benefit he’s found from listening. [3:00] Habits | Rangan discusses habits, behaviors, and the power of triggers. [5:21] The Power of 5 Minutes | Rangan shares why 5-minutes is important. [8:53] Simplicity | Rangan discusses the power and essence of simplicity. [10:21] Behavior Change | Rangan shares why we should approach health simplicity. [17:26] Three Pillars | Rangan reveals easy mental health hacks you can do. [18:23] Journaling | Rangan discusses best approaches for journaling. [20:59] Shifting | Tom shares the power of meditation and escaping negative thoughts. [25:24] Motivation | Rangan discusses the motivation wave and planning for the hard times. [26:30] Identity | Rangan discusses shaping identity through action. [28:44] Positive | Rangan shares how to develop positive-affirming habits. [30:58] The Classic 5 | Rangan reveals high-impact workout ideas that only take 5 minutes. [32:38] Heart | Rangan shares how to tap into connection during these trying times. [35:24] Keystone | Rangan shares the power of your keystone habit that feeds everything else. [39:30]   QUOTES:   “Knowledge is not enough to lead to action, it’s not enough. Inspiration is not enough. There has to be a structure. There has to be a system.” [11:26]   “Framework is mind, body, heart.” [19:41]   “And actually, it’s not repetition that creates habits. It’s emotions that creates habits.” [30:40]   FOLLOW RANGAN: Podcast: Instagram: Facebook: Twitter:
Oct 08, 2020
#191 Is Your Self-Identity Limiting Your Potential? | Vusi Thembekwayo on Impact Theory
Identity is all around you. Whether you’re consuming social media, reading a book, streaming a new series online, or having a conversation with a friend or family member, you are receiving signals from the world that shape your self-identity. From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed, your self-identity is switched on and telling you the parameters of which you need to live in. What if we can escape this box we’ve built around us? What does true freedom from excuses look like? On this episode of Impact Theory, world-renowned speaker, author, and venture capitalist Vusi Thembakwayo joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and more as they explore the controversial ideas of self-identity, freedom of the mind, and why you have no excuse to begin taking action today. They discuss how self-identity can limit our potential, why being free doesn’t mean living in freedom, why you have to have a willingness to fail, how to be your own savior, and the inspiration of Nelson Mandela. This episode is brought to you by: Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. Allform: Go to for 20% off your order. Skillshare: The first 1,000 people to use our link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium Membership.  SHOW NOTES:   No Excuses | Vusi shares his principles for overcoming excuses and succeeding. [0:36] Mentality | Vusi shares how he’s cultivated a mentality focused on overcoming adversity. [3:50] Inspire | Vusi shares what he teaches and how he inspires others to make progress. [7:35] Identity | Vusi reveals how identity can be holding us back mentally from progressing. [10:08] Freedom | Vusi discusses the concept that true freedom exists in the mind. [13:20] Connection | Vusi discusses the connection between identity and freedom of the mind. [17:59] Movement | Vusi shares why you should have a willingness to fail and just get started. [23:12] Input | Vusi shares the practical lessons he’s learned through martial arts. [28:46] Mastery | Vusi reveals how he adopted a mentality that’s focused around mastery. [32:05] Core Basics | Vusi shares the three pillars of focus he teaches on day one.  [34:50] A Pact | Vusi shares his story of making a pact of sacrifice with his mom. [41:18] Encouragement | Vusi shares what his emotional relationship is like with his mom. [46:00] Mandela | Vusi discusses what it was like to be in Nelson Mandela’s presence. [48:02] Step Up | Vusi shares why you have to save yourself and not wait for a messiah. [52:55] Learn More | Vusi shares how and where you can continue to follow him. [56:23]   QUOTES:   “Do you want emotion or do you want progress? Because you can’t have both.” [5:46]   “When somebody asks the question, “Who are you?” How do you answer that question?” [22:50]   “Don’t give me something out of pity, I don’t want pity. Give me something because I’m the best at what I do.” [27:54]   “And [Nelson Mandela] said, “Faith is the ability to see the invisible, believe in the impossible, and trust in the unknown.”” [52:02]   FOLLOW VUSI:   Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn: YouTube:
Oct 06, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Ryan Holiday on Achieving Greatness Through the Lens of Stoicism
What does it mean to pursue true greatness? Is it defined by the amount of trophies, awards, or wealth you’ve accumulated? Or is it something less physical and perhaps only found deep under the surface of our character? On this episode of Conversations with Tom, bestselling-author Ryan Holiday joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss stoicism, character, and the philosophy of action and how it can be applied to your life today to create a drive towards your goals. They discuss how the stoics would interpret today’s political culture and identity politics, the power of moderation as a virtue, why character is crucial to play the infinite game of life, what true heroes look like, and equality in America.   Purchase Ryan’s book, ’Lives of the Stoics’: This episode is brought to you by: Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Azlo: Sign up at and get a free copy of Azlo’s Small Business Starter Guide.  Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription.    SHOW NOTES:   Stoicism | Ryan and Tom discuss how the ‘stoics’ would interpret today’s culture wars. [0:46] Be Involved | Ryan discusses how stoicism is a philosophy of action, not thought. [7:02] Politics | Ryan discusses today’s identity politics and it’s consequences on one's self. [12:00]  Equilibrium | Ryan discusses virtues and their balance needed in today’s political culture. [17:55] Preferred Indifference | Ryan reveals why you should seek independence in thought. [23:41] Goals | Ryan discusses leadership, shared goals and how ego can be detrimental. [28:26] Character | Ryan reveals why character is what you need for the infinite game of life. [34:54] Elasticity | Ryan discusses the idea of ‘greatness’ and its elasticity. [41:48] Greatness | Ryan shares the incredible story of James Stockdale. [49:18] McCain | Ryan reveals why John McCain is in the same camp of greatness. [58:43] Heroes | Ryan reveals why we don’t celebrate true greatness in today’s culture. [01:02:41] Women’s Strength | Ryan discusses the power, courage, and impact of female heroes. [1:09:25] Encouragement | Tom shares the encouraging impact his wife has had on his life. [1:15:09]  Sink or Swim | Ryan discusses the consequences of today’s changing world. [1:18:44]  No Shoving Principal | Ryan discusses the power of competition and the drive to win. [1:22:16] Disadvantages | Ryan discusses the history of the unfair playing field in America. [1:29:00] Context | Ryan reveals the approach and historical context of Booker T. Washington. [1:38:38] Approaches | Tom discusses the different approaches to solving the same problem. [1:43:37] Impact on Others | Ryan discusses the ultimate purpose of stoicism. [1:46:46] Change | Tom and Ryan discuss the power to cause change. [1:49:00]   QUOTES:   “To me, moderation is a key virtue of life.” [22:06]   “The podium and a prison is the same place.” [45:11]   “If they can force you to do it, you don’t know how to die." [54:11]   FOLLOW RYAN: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:
Oct 01, 2020
#190 How You Can Turn Addictive Behaviors into an Obsessive Focus | Dotsie Bausch on Impact Theory
Addiction. Where does it originate from, what keeps us coming back to feed it, and how can we leverage it into a strength? On this episode of Impact Theory, Olympic silver-medalist Dotsie Bausch joins Tom Bilyeu to discuss such matters and explore the full depth of addictive habits to show how you can take control of your addictions and re-aim them towards new-productive outlets. They speak about the drive that suffering breeds, the other side of addiction and pain, how we are all addicted to something, how Dotsie re-aimed her addictive tendencies towards cycling, the impact therapy had on her life, why you shouldn’t be afraid to enter ‘the darkness,’ and how pushing yourself always leads to growth. This episode is brought to you by: KiwiCo: Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on any crate line with code IMPACT at Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. SHOW NOTES:   Beginnings | Dotsie shares her story of first picking up cycling. [0:31] Suffering | Dotsie discusses body dysmorphia, anorexia, and how discipline ties in. [2:54] Sickness | Dotsie discusses how she pointed her pain towards hardcore Olympic training. [5:53] The Other Side | Dotsie shares how she overcame anorexia and ‘flipped the coin.’ [8:52] Addiction | Dotsie discusses how relinking the mind and body leads to powerful healing. [13:22] Fear | Dotsie shares how her addictions was her best friend and worst enemy. [16:42] Cycling | Dotsie discusses how she began to point her obsession towards cycling. [20:00] Miles | Dotsie shares how she went from inexperienced in cycling to ‘Olympic ready.’ [24:26] Go Harder | Dotsie discusses why she kept pushing herself in pursuit of greatness. [27:02] Compete | Dotsie discusses being competitive with oneself versus others. [30:25] The Darkness | Dotsie shares what it means to ‘go to a deep dark place.’ [32:55] Growth | Dotsie reveals how improvement is always the reward to pushing yourself. [36:56] Anger Stick | Dotsie shares her story of using an anger stick to release emotions. [37:59] Hindsight | Dotsie discusses how her story is filled with many times of not giving up. [42:46]   QUOTES:   “I just knew that I loved cycling and it was going to take suffering. I had learned that much, and so I was going to have to get good at suffering.” [28:22]   “When you think that you are broken and you couldn’t possibly go another step, you’re only 40% of the way there.” [33:46]   “I knew there was no way to getting better unless I got pretty damn uncomfortable almost every single time.” [35:46]   FOLLOW DOTSIE:   Nonprofit: Instagram:    
Sep 29, 2020
Why Science Is Waking Up to the Powerful Benefits of Vitamin D | Dr. Joel Gould on Health Theory
Vitamin D, gut health, and your microbiome. What actions must we take today to build ourselves up for a lifetime of undeniable health? How do we know if our diet, supplements, and environment are causing us harm rather than good? On this episode of Health Theory, Dr. Joel Gould joins Tom Bilyeu to address these questions head on and discuss the hidden benefits of Vitamin D that no one seems to be talking about. They reveal the root causes of symptomatic health problems, how your gut is influenced by Vitamin D, the negative impact of the vegan diet, how the key to aging is deuterium, why you should be eating grass-fed, which supplements to take and when, and the ‘must-dos’ to achieving optimal health. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: For a limited time, new members can get 2 pounds of free ground beef in every Butcher Box order by signing up today at WHOOP: For 15% off your order, go to  and use discount code HT at checkout. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit or text IMPACT to 500-500 SHOW NOTES:   Intro | Dr. Gould shares his story of Crohn’s Disease, weight change, and treatment. [0:18] Root Causes | Dr. Gould introduces the importance of Vitamin D for a healthy gut. [4:59] Your Gut | Dr. Gould discusses why he’s only one of few that are championing Vitamin D. [7:42] Early Signs | Dr. Gould discusses oral health and the discoveries of Dr. Weston A. Price. [11:11] Discovery | Dr. Gould shares the scientific discovery of Vitamin D. [13:37] Trial & Error | Dr. Gould shares what the groundwork laid by Dr. Weston A. Price led to. [17:01] Poison | Dr. Gould shares why he refers to big-pharma as petrochemicals. [20:20] Health | Dr. Gould discusses the connection between the sun, diet, and Vitamin D. [24:05] Father Time | Dr. Gould discusses what deuterium is and how it ages us. [26:54] Grass-Fed | Dr. Gould reveals how humans evolved to eat things that ate grass. [31:47] Seed Oils | Dr. Gould lists and discusses the common seed oils we need to avoid. [35:07] The Villains | Dr. Gould discusses the villains that are causing harm to our health. [36:52] Evolutionary Level | Dr. Gould defines the levels of Vitamin D for optimal health. [39:02] The Third Villain | Dr. Gould discusses the effects of Vitamin D deficiency. [41:00] Nutrient Density | Dr. Gould reveals why a vegan diet is not as healthy as you may think. [47:18] Breaking Down | Dr. Gould how your diet and health decisions add up over a lifetime. [54:18] K2 | Dr. Gould discusses Vitamin K2, its benefits, and how we get it. [58:29] Supplements | Dr. Gould reveals the vitamins and minerals he supplements for. [1:01:55] Children | Dr. Gould discusses the power of sleep has for children’s development. [01:06:01] What You Can Do | Dr. Gould reveals his ‘must-dos’ for optimal health. [1:09:30]   QUOTES:   “… do not eat industrial seed oils, do not eat processed carbohydrates and sugar.” [25:42]   “We literally utilize sunlight for so much more than Vitamin D. It literally charges the water in our bodies.” [40:50]   “If you’re not sleeping properly, you are not repairing and regenerating. Simple as that.” [41:52]   “Vitamin D literally is the power of sunlight in our bodes and that’s what keeps us young.” [45:39]   FOLLOW JOEL: Website: Instagram:
Sep 24, 2020
#189 Advice for Overcoming Any Obstacle | Impact Theory Q&A
Life can be chock full of obstacles, plateaus, and seasons of stress. How do you overcome these setbacks, push through, and come out on the other side with strength and growth? On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu sits down to answer your questions and provide deeper insight into the power of having a solutions based mindset. He discusses how growth isn’t limited by age, how understanding your audience is key, what to do when stress is overwhelming, how to break through the plateaus of life, and how to know when to push your team further than they’ve gone before. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Ground beef for life is back! For a limited time, new members can get 2 pounds of free ground beef in every Butcher Box order by signing up today at Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at SHOW NOTES:   Growth at Any Age | Tom reveals why you should be learning up until the day you die. [0:46] Understanding Audience | Tom discusses the YouTube algorithm and how to utilize it. [4:38] Tackling Stress | Tom shares his methods and mindset to deal with overwhelming stress. [9:12] Overcoming Plateaus | Tom reveals how identifying your weaknesses leads to growth. [13:43] Leading Others | Tom shares how to gauge the amount of drive to instill in others. [19:17]   QUOTES:   “If you’re not taking in new ideas, then you can’t get new ideas out.” [3:52]   “How you frame these opportunities is going to determine how you react to it at a physiological level.” [10:52]   “…it’s as important to judge a cultural fit as it is to judge a skillset fit.” [23:08]   FOLLOW TOM: Instagram: YouTube: Podcast:
Sep 22, 2020
Why It’s Critical You Firmly Establish Your Values | Relationship Theory
Values, priorities, and the ‘non-negotiables.’ What do you do if your significant other isn’t valuing the same things as you and may not be walking through life with the same growth mindset? On this episode of Relationship Theory, Tom and Lisa Bilyeu sit down to discuss how you can take your relationship to a deeper level of connection through communication and a mutual understanding of shared values. They discuss how to approach your significant other when change may be needed in their life, how to open up the lines to a deeper form of communication, and the importance of openly sharing each other’s values and priorities. This episode is brought to you by: EBY: Get 20% your first order at with code IMPACT20  Fastic: Download Fastic for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. SHOW NOTES:   Initiating | Lisa and Tom discuss approaching a significant other about much-needed changes in their life. [00:27] Opening Up | Tom and Lisa share how to open the lines of communication. [1:50] Breaking Through | Lisa and Tom share how to talk to a significant other who may not have a growth mindset. [5:39] Values | Tom and Lisa discuss the importance of why couples should be openly sharing their values. [7:51] Compassion | Lisa and Tom share how to give constructive criticism in a relationship without sounding superior. [11:20] Balance | Tom and Lisa discuss the balance of priorities, values, and sacrifices in a relationship. [13:25] Cut the BS | Tom and Lisa discuss the importance of brutal honesty in a relationship. [16:20]   QUOTES:   “If you don’t carve out that space and say that these are my non-negotiables, you end up in a world of hurt.” [1:20]   “What are the rules of this relationship? What are the values? What are the things that we as a couple are going to decide that we value together?” [7:51]   “Things that are right, move you towards your goals. Things that are wrong, move you away from your goals.” [13:07]   FOLLOW TOM: Instagram: YouTube: Podcast:   FOLLOW LISA: Instagram: YouTube: Podcast:
Sep 18, 2020
Conversations With Tom | This Neuroscientist Shows You How to Unlock Hidden Strengths of Your Brain
Ideas and the power of your brain. How can we access untapped potential, at what age do we begin to face mental limitations, and where does neuroscience fit into all of this? On this episode of Impact Theory, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist David Eagleman sits down with Tom Bilyeu to answer these questions and address such matters as the neuroplasticity of the brain, the science behind ‘learning,’ how childhood is a crucial time for development, and the future of neuroscience. They discuss the flexibility of the brain at any age, where ideas originate from, the importance of affection and love to a child, how to experience major breakthroughs as an adult, the mysteries yet to be unlocked within the human brain, and what the future may look like within augmentation and neuroscience.   Purchase ‘Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain:’ This episode is brought to you by: Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. Grammarly: Get 20% off Grammarly Premium when you sign up using your desktop or laptop computer by visiting SHOW NOTES:   Brain Power | David reveals how the brain remains flexible at any age. [0:23] Renewal | David addresses immortality, death, and neuroplasticity. [3:13] Change | Tom and David discuss why we change more in our youth than adulthood. [9:35] Parenting | David reveals what parent’s can do to spark mental growth in their children. [13:25] Ideas | David reveals how there really are no truly new ideas, only repackaged ones. [18:09] Feedback | David discusses the blend of nature and nurture that makes up who we are. [20:08] Child’s Needs | David speaks about the inputs needed for a child’s brain to develop. [26:32] Love | David reveals how love is such a powerful moving force in our development. [30:10] Mental Real Estate | David reveals how the brain is a system in battle for real estate. [33:22] Babbling | David discusses when and why children need to try to truly learn. [37:21] Relevance | David reveals how learning young and having feedback is crucial. [41:44] Breakthroughs | David discusses how breakthroughs can occur in the adult brain. [49:14] Perspective | David reveals how we see the world differently based on our brain’s wiring. [55:36] Staying Fresh | David discusses taking on new ventures and steep learning curves. [57:32] NeoSensory | David reveals the discoveries his company and industry are making. [1:00:10] New Experiences | David discusses the current and new technologies coming out. [1:12:39] Changes | David reveals what areas of the brain may change due to augmentation. [1:15:01] Memory | David walks us through the process of memory and how we remember. [1:18:48] Mysteries | David reveals how little we really know about the human brain. [1:22:19] Being Human | David discusses the core functions of the brain. [1:24:33] The Future | David reveals what’s on the horizon for advancements in neuroscience. [1:29:00] Physical | David discusses how far we will be able to push physical augmentations. [1:35:50] The Button | David and Tom discuss whether or not they want to see the distant future. [1:39:19] Twitter | David and Tom discuss whether the vitriol on Twitter truly reflects society. [1:45:03] Stabbing Hands | David discusses why, how, and when we truly experience empathy. [1:49:00]   QUOTES:   “Genius is a young man’s game.” [0:23]   “Man lives two lives. The second one begins when he realizes he has just one.” [5:23]   “There is no such thing as a thought out of the blue. Everything builds on what you have been exposed to.”  [18:40]   “It doesn’t matter what you look at, it matters what you see.” [55:36]   “If you could see society 500 or 1,000 years from now, I think it’s going to be unrecognizable to us in terms of people don’t just think of this as their ‘self,’ but they’ve got a ‘self’ that is greatly extended.” [1:38:43]   “Does your brain care about other people? It depends.” [1:49:05]   FOLLOW DAVID: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:
Sep 17, 2020
#188 Hilary Swank on Becoming a Beast Competitor in Work and Life | Impact Theory
Strength, drive, and perseverance. How do we awaken these traits within us, ignite them to the fullest, and use them as a driving force towards reaching our goals? Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank joins Tom Bilyeu on this episode of Impact Theory to discuss such questions and how each of us has the ability to persevere past hurdles in life, smash through walls, and reach new horizons. She shares what drives her work ethic that some describe as ‘legendary,’ the power of belief and a competitive mindset, why you should always be aiming, how the sharp edges of life shape us, how to overcome and master the mind, and where self-identity comes from. This episode is brought to you by: Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for 2 free months of Premium Membership. SHOW NOTES:   Legendary Work Ethic | Hilary shares how sports instilled a drive and ability to persevere. [0:53] Believe It | Hilary shares how her mom pushed her to work for what she wanted. [4:22] Competitive | Hilary shares the positives of taking on a competitive mindset. [6:12] From 0 to 1 |  Hilary discusses the constant state of reinventing oneself. [10:13] Keep Aiming | “You always aim for the bullseye, but you don’t always hit it.” - Clint Eastwood [13:48] Step Into the Sharp Edges | Hilary discusses why you should always be doing things that scare you. [15:51] Compassion | Hilary shares her story that led to the creation of The Hilaroo Foundation. [19:48] Purpose | Hilary discusses why ‘empowering the underdog’ is her passion. [22:43] Overcoming the Mind | Hilary shares her insane transformation during ‘Million Dollar Baby.’ [24:28] Reach Out & Trust Others | Hilary shares how she overcame claustrophobia. [27:41] Prepare | Hilary discusses the ‘secret sauce’ to preparing for a role. [33:08] Horizons | Hilary discusses what’s next for her career. [36:06] Identity | Hilary talks about what defines her and how it goes far beyond just winning Academy Awards. [40:02] A Second Act | Hilary shares her goals now that she’s back in the creative game. [45:20] On Point | Tom shares praise for Hilary and how you can continue to follow her. [48:38]   QUOTES:   “Our biggest competitor is really ourselves.” [5:51]   “And so that is super important to be competitive with other people because they’re the ones that push us out of our comfort zone that we didn’t even know we were living in.” [8:15]   “I have this motto. Make a choice, make it happen, and work everyday towards whatever that goal is. Step into the sharp edges, do something that scares you, don’t pull away and don’t overthink.”  [15:51]   “This is what I love about acting; it’s that I get this opportunity to see how every human being has a similar quality, but then they have this thing that makes them different. We all have our unique story.” [34:03]   FOLLOW HILARY:   Instagram: Twitter: Hilaroo Foundation: Mission Statement: Stream ‘Away’ on Netflix:
Sep 15, 2020
Mark Sisson Lays Out the Blueprint to an Awesome Life | Health Theory
Elite athlete, best-selling author and leading proponent of the primal diet, Mark Sisson believes that the lifestyle our primal ancestors engaged in, the food they ate, and the amount of sun they got are still optimal today. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Mark Sisson explains how to tap into that primal lifestyle and live an awesome life where you enjoy what you eat, you don’t have constant cravings, and you still burn excess fat and extend your longevity. He talks about the healing power of collagen, the crucial importance of metabolic flexibility, and why there’s no need to sacrifice daily pleasure for good health. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: For a limited time, new members can get 2 pounds of free ground beef in every Butcher Box order by signing up today at WHOOP: For 15% off your order, go to and use discount code HT at checkout.  PATLive: Get 10% off your first year of service after a 14-day free trial. Visit Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. SHOW NOTES:   Mark wants people to be pain-free, to enjoy their food, to be able to move around easily [0:24] Mark explains what fulfillment means to him [3:45] Mark and Tom discuss the limits to how much fulfillment money can really buy [4:43] Mark explains why he has evolved to embrace metabolic flexibility [7:54] You don’t need as many calories as you think you do [11:55] How does diet change the number of mitochondria? [13:51] When your body gets good at burning fat, hunger and cravings start to disappear [19:54] The brain’s usage of calories throughout the day does not vary much [24:32] Mark explains why animal protein is better than plant protein [28:21] Mark talks about why you need to eat nose-to-tail for ligament health [31:51] Mark explains why collagen peptides are so important [36:04] You cannot get everything you need from a plant-based diet without supplements [39:07] Mark argues that there is no one right answer for diet [44:03] Mark is unwilling to sacrifice daily pleasure simply for marginal additional longevity [48:18] Mark wishes he could spend the rest of his life eating peanuts and drinking beer [50:30] Mark feels that the coronavirus pandemic has been utterly mismanaged [52:19] Mark prioritizes Vitamin D over even exercise [56:45] Mark and Tom discuss energy drinks and whether they work on a regular basis [1:01:43]   FOLLOW MARK:   WEBSITE:  INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Sep 10, 2020
#187 Former Monk Reveals How Mindset Matters | Jay Shetty on Impact Theory
Purpose. What drives it, how does one discover it, and what’s it all for? Jay Shetty, purpose coach, former monk, and now best-selling author, is regarded as a world expert on such matters. In this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Jay Shetty answers these questions and many more as he takes us on a journey of discovering one’s own passion, strengths, and purpose. He shares his story of becoming a monk, the lessons he learned on dharma and zen, his equation for discovering purpose with passion, how to recognize and develop your true strengths, and how leaning into service leads to a life of peace and gratitude.   Check out Jay Shetty’s Book at:  This episode is brought to you by: Amazon Alexa: Get 20% off your Amazon Smart Lighting Bundle at Every bundle includes an Echo Dot smart speaker and a Sengled Color-Changing Light Bulb. Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. SHOW NOTES:   Jay answers the question, “How close to encapsulating the notion of thinking like a monk can one get?” [1:04] Jay defines the meaning of dharma and discusses his equation for discovering purpose with passion [2:24] Passion through compassion; Jay discusses how pain can drive our passions [5:00] Jay discusses job crafting and the notion, “It’s not part of my job, it’s how I see my job.” [7:59] Seeking beauty; how to escape the “woe is me” mentality [10:25] Jay shares how to recognize and develop your strengths; overcoming the ‘monkey mind’ [13:32] Hard skills and soft skills; Jay discusses the difference and how to approach each one [18:15] Peace and purpose; Jay discusses what it’s all for [19:28] Connecting purpose and meaning to strength; Jay shares how monks tap into service [23:08] The “Mother of Orphans;” Jay shares the inspiring story of Sindhutai Sapkal [25:50] No longer a monk; Jay shares his story of seeking council and leaving the ashram [28:09] Re-contextualizing reciprocity; Jay shares his story of service and giving to others [33:48] Emptying oneself to seek zen; Jay shares the story of the ‘Overflowing Teacup’ [38:22] Escaping the victim mentality; Jay discusses the pitfalls of not having a positive mindset [41:20] Sight, scent, and sound; Jay defines the ‘3 S model’ and its importance [46:46] Training your mind for presence; Building the ‘search for joy’ into your daily routine [54:35] The power and practicality within Jay’s book, ‘Think Like a Monk’ [57:21]   QUOTES:   “It’s not part of my job, it’s how I see my job.” [8:18]   “The one way to know your strengths is to ask yourself, “What do you do that you feel the most confident doing?”” [15:55]   “There’s nothing gained out of feeling sorry for yourself.” [43:48]     FOLLOW JAY:   WEBSITE: BOOK:  FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM: TWITTER:
Sep 08, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Genetic Expert Reveals Genetic Engineering Has Gone Farther Than You Think
Futurist Jamie Metzl, author of “Hacking Darwin”, thinks a lot about gene editing, geopolitics and the future of science. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Jamie Hetzl talks about the future of genetic engineering, the moral questions surrounding it, and the kinds of values he hopes we uphold while charting the course of our own evolution. He and Tom also discuss culture wars, science fiction and the potential problems with immortality. This episode is brought to you by: Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for 2 free months of Premium Membership. KiwiCo: Get your FIRST MONTH FREE on select crates at SHOW NOTES:   Jamie discusses his book Hacking Darwin and how we can now influence evolution [0:26] Jamie forecasts what we will evolve into a thousand years from now [2:20] Jamie tells the story of natural evolution [5:29] Jamie talks about how we will be able to eliminate genetic diseases [9:05] Real science that’s happening now feels like science fiction [14:01] At first genetic modifications will seem shocking, but then they’ll become normal [16:58] Do we really want natural people, or do we want steroids and genetic modifications? [19:56] Jamie tries to figure out where we should draw the line on genetic modification [23:53] Jamie discusses the moral difficulties with genetic modification [27:03] Jamie talks about to what extent we should protect people from themselves [31:30] Jamie advocates being conservative at first about genetic modification [35:19] Jamie and Tom discuss potential problems with gene editing [39:28] Jamie and Tom discuss the reality that we will have to embrace gene editing [44:00] Jamie discusses why we have to think collectively on a global level [51:20] Jamie talks about science fiction and changing definitions of “us” and “them” [55:35] Because the world is so complex rules may not work, but values still will [59:49] What should a written “constitution” of gene editing look like? [1:05:45] Jamie describes how genetic editing and selection might look in the future [1:12:01] Will we tend towards uniformity or diversity? [1:17:36] Jamie thinks immortality is not achievable in the physical bodies we have [1:22:25] Humans don’t live forever because there are too many parts [1:25:25] Tom and Jamie discuss the connections between procreation and mortality [1:29:38] Should you slow down your metabolism? Should you freeze sperm? [1:35:27]   FOLLOW JAMIE:   WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
Sep 03, 2020
#186 If You Suffer From Depression or Anxiety, You Need to Listen To This | Rainn Wilson on Impact Theory
Yes, you know him from The Office, but Rainn Wilson has an inspiring career that not only extends well past that show, but has even evolved past just being an actor. He founded SoulPancake, an incredible platform that creates content celebrating creativity and exploring life’s big questions. And on this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Rainn Wilson takes on some of the biggest questions we face as a society today--a mental health crisis that is disproportionately harming younger people, climate change, and an epidemic of loneliness that has only gotten worse with the pandemic. He discusses how therapy helped him deal with severe anxiety, talks about why service to others is so important, and advocates looking at the data on big issues like global warming. Check out SoulPancake at:  This episode is brought to you by: Helix Sleep: Get up to $200 off all mattresses at ShipStation: FREE for 60 days when you use offer code IMPACT at SHOW NOTES: Rainn discusses mental health, especially its increase among young people [0:51] Rainn shares his battle with anxiety, and says it never happened when on stage [6:15] Rainn talks about the gestalt therapy he has used to deal with anxiety [10:25] We are most satisfied when we serve others, as that creates human flourishing [15:37] Rainn advocates compassion for others, and making yourself a better person [21:39] Gratitude is the number one tool of people of faith [28:08] All teenagers want to do is be with other teenagers, and right now they can’t [32:47] Rainn explains how he got involved in climate change [34:09] Check it out at:  Tom advocates not merely taking sides on issues, but actually investigating the data [40:01] QUOTES: “I’m a big proponent of therapy because my parents didn’t know how to talk about emotions, let alone to teach me how to process feelings.” [11:12] “We rise to our maximum potential when we’re of service to others.” [17:36] “One of the worst ways to achieve happiness, contentment, whatever you want to call it, is through materialism.” [18:44] FOLLOW: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
Sep 01, 2020
Pioneering MD Reveals Critical Truth About Process of Healing | Dr. Andrew Weil on Health Theory
Dr. Andrew Weil has practiced and taught integrative medicine for over thirty years, and believes that treatments addressing mind, body and spirit are the future of healthcare. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Andrew Weil discusses the current mental health crisis, describes what has gone so wrong with the American medical system, and explores alternatives to the common modern diet of processed foods and sweetened drinks. He also explains why he views consciousness as primary, advocates for open-minded skepticism, and discusses the benefits of plant-based treatments for everything from allergies to PTSD. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Go to and receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase! Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at Hydrant: Go to or enter our promo code IMPACT at checkout to save 25% off your first order. SHOW NOTES:   Words are powerful and doctors say some things unconsciously that interfere with healing [0:22] Andrew explains why he was so interested in botany and what he learned from it [2:36] Andrew talks about what drew him to ethno-botany [5:23] Andrew discusses why he got so interested in consciousness [6:26] Tom and Andrew discuss how your thoughts affect your brain and body [9:36] Can consciousness exist apart from the brain? [15:17] Andrew discusses altered states and how they changed his body and environment [19:05] Why it’s good to be an open-minded skeptic [22:16] What does it mean to say that “consciousness is primary?” [27:09] Tom and Andrew discuss breathing and how to shift between psychological states [30:18] Andrew talks about the connections between mental health and modern society [34:10] Why you should stop eating processed food and drinking sweetened drinks [36:36] Andrew talks about the flu pandemic of 1918 [41:32] Healthy organisms are naturally resistant so you should keep yourself healthy [44:43] Andrew discusses what has gone so wrong in our healthcare system [47:17] We should be doing real health education from kindergarten on [49:32] Andrew’s family encouraged him to follow his curiosity and passion [52:27] What plants should we consume, and what are the benefits of MDMA and marijuana? [55:13]   FOLLOW ANDREW:   WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
Aug 27, 2020
#185 Cool Runnings Legend on How to Keep Pushing To Accomplish Your Dreams | Devon Harris
Olympian Devon Harris, an original member of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team, always believed that a positive, “Keep on Pushing” attitude would take him farther than anger or a focus on injustice. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Devon Harris explains exactly what he means by his mantra, “Keep on Pushing”. He talks about his life growing up in Kingston, the lessons he learned from his grandmother, the reasons why he is so passionate about education, and the power of dreams and visualization. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Go to Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. PATLive: Get 15% off their regularly listed rates. Call 866-708-2507 and mention this podcast. For more information, visit SHOW NOTES:   A positive attitude will carry you farther than a heart filled with rage at injustice [0:34] Devon explains how he saw Olympians as average people with extraordinary dreams [2:00] Devon’s grandmother’s greatest ambition for him was that he would learn to read [4:23] You can’t allow yourself to settle [5:30] Devon explains what it means to have a “Keep on Pushing” attitude [6:59] When Devon competes he is a totally different person [8:02] Devon advocates living a fulfilled life, a rounded life but he is also absolutely driven [10:41] Devon talks about how important his family is to him [14:27] Dreaming is the starting point of all achievement [18:09] Education gives you confidence, opens doors, and lets you see opportunities [19:27] Devon explains what it means to walk your own path [21:29] Why you have to create a new story that you become a character in [22:37] Devon talks about how he deals with fear [25:03] Devon has used visualization before he knew what visualization was [28:02] You can’t quit on the goal, but you sometimes have to quit on the strategy [31:09] Devon describes the core values he tries to instill in his kids [32:59]   QUOTES:   “You can’t allow yourself to settle...Stepping out of the environment that you find yourself in to go get that thing across the street that looks so much better, to get a much better life, it’s difficult because you feel so out of place. You feel, almost, not-so-worthy. And you have to convince yourself that you deserve this.” [5:45]   “Walk your own path.” [21:32]   “I have no idea how I’m going to do it. But I just have to.” [22:59]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:  
Aug 25, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Social Psychologist Explains How Good Intentions & Bad Ideas Are Leading Us To Failure
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt researches moral psychology to help us understand ourselves and our world better. He is an expert on how we create webs of meaning that allow us to speak a common language, build institutions, and create functioning societies. And right now we may need his voice more than ever, as our webs of meaning seem to be in conflict with each other or slowly disintegrating. On this episode of Conversations with Tom Bilyeu, Jonathan Haidt explains why we need to lead with empathy, how to persuade people who have staked out very different positions from yours, and how to invite disconfirming evidence into your life. This episode is brought to you by: Impact Theory University: Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for 2 free months of Premium Membership. Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. SHOW NOTES:   Why are we 90% chimps and 10% bees? [2:01] Jonathan suggests a definition of morality [4:14] Jonathan and Tom discuss religion and spiritual, mind-opening experiences [5:53] Jonathan explains the “hive switch”, the group experience of religion and morality [11:27] Jonathan and Tom discuss the power of connection and group interaction [16:34] Jonathan talks about the problems with social media and how they developed [20:18] What makes some webs of meaning so powerful that they spread so fast? [27:57] Jonathan and Tom ask to what extent political affiliation is genetic [33:29] Jonathan discusses the disturbing trend towards conformity in political thought [37:18] Jonathan and Tom discuss changing American attitudes towards race [ Jonathan talks about how hard it is to lead with empathy [46:52] Jonathan advocates trying many approaches to dealing with problems like racism [50:30] How do we constructively discuss difficult topics? [54:51] Why we have to get people to focus on similarities [59:02] Jonathan discusses his experience with psychedelics [1:03:52] How to invite disconfirming evidence into your life--How do you know you’re right? [1:10:44] We need to find a way to speak a common language in our post-Babel Age [1:16:27]   FOLLOW JONATHAN:   WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:   BOOKS MENTIONED:   “Tao Te Ching” Lao Tzu “Tao of Jeet Kune Do”, Bruce Lee “Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy”, Barbara Ehrenreich “Keeping Together in Time”, William McNeill “Long Walk to Freedom”, Nelson Mandela   Emile Durkheim is mentioned often: 
Aug 20, 2020
#184 If You're Struggling To Stay Motivated, You Need To Listen To This | Impact Theory Q&A
It’s often hard to stay motivated, but right now it’s particularly difficult for a lot of people to keep their focus. On this episode of Impact Theory, Tom Bilyeu directly answers questions from Moms and Dads, from artists, business owners and recent graduates. He explains how to build and maintain motivation, why boredom can be a tool you use to achieve greatness, how to deal with anxiety, how to balance the needs of your family and your career, and why you need absolute clarity on your goals to be a good leader. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Go to and receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase! Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit or text IMPACT to 500-500 Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at SHOW NOTES:   Motivation comes in waves, so you need to remember what got you excited at first [0:47] Be honest with yourself about what you really want [3:02] Tom gives advice to artists trying to survive through the lockdown [6:01] Boredom kills most people’s dreams, but you can use boredom to achieve greatness [8:31] Tom discusses meditation, why he meditates, and how it affects him biologically [10:38] Tom talks about what it really means to be a CEO and how to lead people [15:33] Tom explains why you need an optimistic, solution-oriented mindset [17:59] Why you need to have absolute clarity on your goals [20:54] Why you need to go out and fail, learn from it, and still go all in next time [26:11] Tom discusses anxiety and how to deal with it [29:15] How to make the most of the lockdown [30:05]   QUOTES:   “You don’t find motivation, you build motivation.” [4:11]   “Greatness is about doing the things that are tragically boring. And that you have to repeat over and over and over to get better at them, in a deliberate way.” [7:01]   “If a win to you is being the greatest Dad and husband of all time, then be the greatest Dad and husband of all time! And if your number two priority is building your business, then it’s in second place. And it’s gonna get what it can get.” [24:54]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE:  INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
Aug 18, 2020
This Doctor Shows You How to Bravely Face Death | Dr. Jennifer Haythe on Health Theory
Dr. Jennifer Haythe has worked through the center of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, and dealt with all of the medical, emotional and psychological consequences of that crisis. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Jennifer Haythe discusses the immediate situation regarding the coronavirus, and also the long-term effects of the disease. Then, she and Tom get into a discussion about a topic that is on a lot of people’s minds as a result of COVID-19. They talk about death itself, how our culture doesn’t deal with it well, and what we need to do to make the dying process more humane. This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Go to and receive the FREE D3/K2 wellness bundle with your first purchase! KiwiCo: Get your FIRST MONTH FREE on select crates at   SHOW NOTES:   [0:00] Intro: Tom explains why this is going to be a great episode and introduces Jennifer. [1:09] COVID-19 Isn’t Over: Jennifer describes the experience of dealing with COVID-19 in New York City hospitals, and talks about what will be required to achieve herd immunity. [8:39] COVID-19 Long Term: Jennifer explains why COVID-19 is so scary, how it damages so many different organs, and also why she is hopeful for those who recover. [13:37] Protect Your Health: Jennifer details the steps people can take to keep themselves healthy, reduce their preexisting conditions, and improve their immune systems. [21:39] Face Death: Jennifer discusses American’s unwillingness to face the reality of death, and why sometimes extraordinary measures at the end of life are unnecessary to the point of being unethical. [29:49] Make Death Better: We project too many of our own feelings onto the dying, and if we want the dying process to be more humane we need to really learn to listen to patients. [34:41] Culture & Death: Tom and Jennifer discuss the experience of seeing a dead body and why grief happens in such different ways, even to the same person.   FOLLOW JENNIFER:   WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: TWITTER:
Aug 13, 2020
#183 Neuroscientist Explains How Your Brain Is Affected by Fear, Isolation and Anxiety | Moriel Zelikowsky on Impact Theory
Neuroscientist Moriel Zelikowsky studies the neural mechanisms underlying stress, fear, and social behavior. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, she discusses her own research into how extreme social isolation affects mice and humans. She talks about what drew her to the science of emotions, why fear is adaptive, and presents some surprising reasons to question the general advice that PTSD sufferers should join support groups. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Go to Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at Allform: Go to for 20% off your order. ISSUU: Go to to sign up for your FREE account. SHOW NOTES:   Moriel discusses what drew her to the science of emotions [0:35] Moriel right now is working on social isolation and how it affects the brain [3:39] Violence happens often after social isolation in mice [6:33] Fear becomes much more persistent after isolation [7:57] Social isolation hijacks systems that normally produce positive results [12:01] For mice, two weeks of social isolation is long enough to cause severe consequences [14:46] To what degree does social media mitigate or exacerbate social isolation? [16:08] Moriel discusses the most recent research on fear and where it’s located in the brain [18:18] Moriel explains why fear is adaptive and helpful [20:25] Moriel details how general anxiety disorder builds on itself [24:05] The most common therapy for PTSD is some form of exposure therapy [26:15] Moriel describes an experiment on PTSD with truly surprising results [28:27]   QUOTES:   “Everywhere you look, you can see that fear would be adaptive.” [21:16]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE:  LAB WEBSITE:  INSTAGRAM: TWITTER: 
Aug 11, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Bret Weinstein on Ending Cancel Culture, Avoiding Civil War and How We Can Unify
Evolutionary theorist and “professor in exile” Bret Weinstein was thrust into the midst of America’s culture wars in 2017 while teaching at Evergreen State College. Since then he has emerged as one of the leaders of the Intellectual Dark Web. He is very aware of the severe divisions plaguing our society, and understands the energy behind those divisions. On this episode of Conversations with Tom Bilyeu, Bret Weinstein advocates learning to see both individual responsibility and collective responsibility simultaneously. He discusses the Unity 2020 platform, shares some insight on Andrew Yang’s presidency, and talks about what we need to do now to avoid civil war, environmental destruction, and general moral failure. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Go to Raycon: Get 15% off Raycon wireless earbuds at Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at SHOW NOTES:   You are living in your own simulation, which is your biggest asset and your biggest liability [2:11] Fights, whether marital or societal, are rarely only about the explicit content [3:18] Those who see the hazard clearly don’t understand where the energy is coming from [7:26] Bret describes rent-seeking behavior and how it is impossible to eliminate it entirely [13:25] Bret and Tom discuss learned helplessness and why it’s such a bad idea [18:31] Bret describes the collective responsibility we have as human beings [25:03] Tom compares liberals and conservatives to visionaries and integrationists [28:35] Radical change sucks, but may be necessary, and personal responsibility is paramount [33:10] Tom and Bret discuss the severe divisions in current American society [36:28] Bret describes the Unity 2020 plan and why we need to remove influence peddling [44:22] Tom explains why he was so interested in Andrew Yang [45:54] Bret talks about what you can learn from Andrew Yang’s presidency [49:41] A groundswell of support is more important than naming a ticket for Unity 2020 [54:04] Tom talks about the intoxication of rage and cognitive bias [1:00:06] We are the ones we have been waiting for [1:04:25] Tom and Bret discuss the leaders we need to have and how to find them [1:06:21] Bret talks about the desire to remain unenlightened [1:14:18] The US tries to step out of the normal evolutionary current and do something different [1:20:01] Tom and Bret discuss the problem with attacking the scientific method itself [1:22:49] Our education system has screwed people up so badly that they don’t want to learn [1:29:53] Natural selection has turned sex for humans into a bonding mechanism [1:36:05] Tom discusses Thomas Sowell and the Black Lives Matter movement [1:46:26] Bret discusses the likelihood of Donald Trump being reelected [1:50:41] Bret explains why schools don’t get fixed [1:53:22]   FOLLOW BRET:   WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
Aug 06, 2020
#182 Daymond John on The Skills You Need to Build A Multi-Million Dollar Business| Impact Theory
CEO Daymond John turned a forty dollar budget into the 6 billion dollar FUBU clothing empire. This is a man who grew up in Hollis, Queens, who didn’t see anyone who he could call a role model in the world of fashion, and who was told he would never amount to anything. So when he says, “If I could do it, you can do it”, he knows what he’s talking about. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Daymond John shares the practical advice and no-nonsense wisdom that has made him incredibly successful. He discusses the three critical steps to negotiation, advises entrepreneurs to take what he calls “affordable steps”, and strongly advocates constantly seeking out new mentors. This episode is brought to you by: Impact Theory University: Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for 2 free months of Premium Membership. ShipStation: FREE for 60 days when you use offer code IMPACT at SHOW NOTES:   Daymond explains that no one is going to save you or even get you off the couch [1:23] Daymond suggests that you write your own obituary and really take inventory [3:12] Daymond shares the difficulties he has overcome in his own life [5:59] Daymond’s mother always disciplined him and pushed him to own his own destiny [8:31] Daymond knew what he didn’t want out of life, so he challenged himself [14:36] Daymond strongly advocates constantly finding new mentors [18:11] Daymond suggests knowing who you truly are before getting married [22:04] Daymond describes the methods his mother used to educate herself [22:56] Daymond suggests young people become financially literate and learning coding [25:03] Daymond strongly advocates that people take what he calls “affordable steps” [26:55] Entrepreneurship was hard for Daymond because he didn’t see black people in that role [30:43] Daymond describes the traits he seeks in employees [35:35] Daymond breaks down how negotiation works [37:32] Daymond explains what you should do if you want to work with someone like him [40:25]  The key to negotiation is to figure out what’s in it for the other person [42:58] The final part of negotiation is nurturing the relationship [45:10] You need to have empathy for everyone you are negotiating with [47:11]   QUOTES:   “I’ve met people that are more successful than me, that had it harder than me.” [8:02]   “I’m in charge of my own destiny.” [12:18]   “When I see really, truly successful entrepreneurs, they failed six or seven or eight times.” [30:20]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE:  INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
Aug 04, 2020
This Doctor Shows You How You Can Control Your Biological Age | Dr. Caroline Leaf on Health Theory
Dr. Caroline Leaf is a powerhouse researcher dedicated to unlocking the human mind’s untapped potential. And that potential looks to be almost limitless. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Caroline Leaf explains the biological processes that constitute thoughts, feelings and choices, emphasizes the importance of becoming more aware, and describes the latest brain research, including exciting findings about how to change your biological age through mind management. You can pre-order Dr. Leaf's new book here: This episode is brought to you by: Athletic Greens: Go to for a free gift with your first purchase with a minimum value of $20. ISSUU: Go to to sign up for your FREE account. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at SHOW NOTES:   [1:06] Form Your Identity: Caroline explains why your identity is so important, and how to consolidate and strengthen it. [6:48] Think, Feel, Choose: Caroline describes the biological processes that underlie making choices and building identity. [14:43] The Science of Thought: Caroline uses the analogy of ocean waves to explain how the brain functions. [23:43] How to Become Aware: Awareness is strongly linked to empathy, and requires you to stand back and observe your own choices and reactions. [28:45] 5 Steps for Mind Management: Even if you are not conscious of it, and even if you don’t remember it, your choices and habits will change your brain on a physical level. [44:03] The Latest Researcher: You can change your biological age by controlling your brain functions.   Follow Dr. Leaf:   WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: APP: DR. LEAF'S PODCAST:    
Jul 30, 2020
#181 Top 9 Thought Leaders In the World Share The Best Advice For Motivating Yourself
Recently Success Magazine honored it’s “New Thought Leaders”, a group of influencers who can lead you to your brightest future. This episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu features nine of the other leaders on that list: Gabby Bernstein, Lewis Howes, Brendon Burchard, Trent Shelton, Rachel Hollis, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, Jay Shetty, and Marie Forleo. They discuss their most heartbreaking losses, their most profound failures, and their toughest battles. And of course, they explain how they overcame their struggles. Find out how to deal with even severe mental illness, what the one belief is that unlocks all other useful beliefs, some surprising secrets to achieving truly extraordinary things, and why sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is, “I need help.” This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Go to Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for 2 free months of Premium Membership. Blinkist: Go to to start your FREE 7 day trial AND get 25% off a Blinkist Premium Membership.  SHOW NOTES:   Gabby Bernstein shares why even in deep depression she celebrated good things [1:20] Gabby and Tom discuss depression, medication, and spirituality [3:34] Lewis Howes explains that his ambition came from the need to be accepted [5:09] Brendon Burchard says his community keeps him going and pushes him forward [7:54] Trent Shelton’s only real fear is to succeed at the wrong things [11:20] You’ll never win the war until you face reality head on [13:13] Rachel Hollis shares the story of his brother’s suicide [14:44] Gary Vaynerchuk is fully in love everyone he encounters, including himself [21:13] Tim Ferriss explains why you should set really low expectations [24:27] Tim defines “writer’s block” as self-imposed performance anxiety [27:00] Jay Shetty explains how to find your passion and fix your relationships [28:48] Marie Forleo shares the one belief that unlocks all the other important beliefs [33:37]   QUOTES:   “Feeling isolated as a child, to my mind, is the scariest thing because that leads to depression.” [6:10]   “You’ll never win your war by running from your battles.” [13:24]   “Beliefs are a choice, and every choice can be changed.” [34:20]   FOLLOW:   Gabby Bernstein: Lewis Howes:  Tom’s appearance on Lewis Howes: Brendon Burchard: Trent Shelton: Rachel Hollis: Gary Vaynerchuk: Tim Ferriss: Jay Shetty: Marie Forleo:
Jul 28, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Coleman Hughes and What it Will Take to Actually Address Racism
Righteous indignation is personally intoxicating, culturally powerful and incredibly motivating. It also doesn’t necessarily align with reality, as shown by the fact that opposite sides of many issues are often equally righteous and equally angry. So how do we move past righteous indignation to look at problems like racism in terms of realistic solutions and honest tradeoffs? On this episode of Conversations with Tom, the brilliant young intellectual Coleman Hughes discusses the ways that our national debate about race has gone far off the rails. He also points out real-world solutions to some smaller problems that have actually worked, and strongly advocates that we adopt a more facts-based mindset on the bigger issues. This episode is brought to you by: Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at Indeed: Go to for a FREE $75 credit to boost your job post. PATLive: Get 15% off their regularly listed rates. Call 866-708-2507 and mention this podcast. For more information, visit SHOW NOTES:   Coleman and Tom discuss music and the music industry [0:36] Coleman describes the experience of taking online classes [2:24] Tom and Coleman discuss social distancing, COVID-19 and authority [5:04] Coleman talks about why he would prefer Obama to be president currently [9:48] Coleman discusses the current state of racial conversations [18:00] Coleman explains why he is willing to wade into the debates about race [22:58] Almost anyone who has had a hard life and become successful doesn’t play victim [29:10] Coleman says the cultural zeitgeist on race is getting things deeply wrong [35:45] Coleman asks why people need to feel that they are victims of racism [38:29] One of the worst things about growing up poor is not having actual role models [47:17] What if creating wealth is more important than political power? [51:17] Righteous indignation feels incredible, but it cannot be trusted [59:48] Coleman explains why he actually favors dismantling police over defunding police [1:04:41] Coleman describes ways to get police out of certain work while still reducing crime [1:12:26] Coleman and Tom discuss whether there is a culture of murder [1:17:50] How are we going to improve the quality of police forces? [1:23:26] Coleman explains why sometimes he has answers, and other times he doesn’t [1:28:29] Coleman argues against the connection between capitalism and racism [1:34:26] Why do so many people take the same side on wildly disparate issues? [1:44:07] Some people just aren’t swayed by logic, so what should be done? [1:50:49] Coleman’s approach to music is completely intuitive [1:55:15]   FOLLOW COLEMAN:   WEBSITE:  INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: 
Jul 23, 2020
#180 NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch on How to Keep Pushing Even When You Feel Like Quitting
NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch knows a thing or two about winning. The longest-tenured active driver in the Cup Series has not only won, but won consistently in just about every kind of race. On this Episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Kurt Busch breaks down exactly what constitutes a champion’s mindset. He explains the importance of preparation, describes how to build the courage necessary to take insane risks, and talks about how important honesty and clarity are. He also discusses the need to be incredibly competitive, and shares his story of how he learned to harness his own aggressiveness, drive and desire.  This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Go to to reserve your spot on their waitlist. You’ll get an email when they’re ready to take your order. Blinkist: Go to to start your FREE 7 day trial AND get 25% off a Blinkist Premium Membership. Raycon: Get 15% off Raycon wireless earbuds at SHOW NOTES:   What does it take to win consistently? [2:33] What does pushing hard really look like? [3:38] Tom and Kurt discuss how important an obsessive desire to succeed is [4:28] Kurt credits his parent’s blue-collar upbringing for his mindset [7:21] Courage, inclination, intuition and luck are the ingredients to becoming a great driver [9:15] Kurt talks about how preparation leads to courage [11:50] You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with [14:57] Kurt says that he still loves racing, and that’s why he keeps doing it [15:56] Kurt wears his emotions on his sleeve, and it led to a rocky relationship with the media [18:15] Kurt tells the story of how he turned an independent team to a contender [22:19] Honesty, taking responsibility and clarity are key for leadership [24:24] Kurt and Tom discuss the need for competitiveness and aggression [26:32] Kurt explains how he deals with losses and failure [31:31] What’s the next phase for Kurt’s life? [33:02] Kurt shares the impact he wants to have on the world [35:35]   QUOTES:   “You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with.” [15:53]   “Each day is an opportunity to win something.” [3:04]   “I can tell you more vividly and in detail about the losses than some of the wins.” [31:39]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jul 21, 2020
How She Reclaimed Her Health by Taking Control of Lifestyle and Diet | Dr. Terry Wahls on Health Theory
After being diagnosed with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Terry Wahls depended on a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. However, she realized that she could improve her health on a cellular level by focusing on lifestyle and diet. Her incredible story of recovery is really a story of creating health and vitality, instead of focusing on treating the symptoms of disease. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Terry Wahls explains how a focus on cellular health can lead to extraordinary outcomes, even for people struggling with severe chronic illness. This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Go to to reserve your spot on their waitlist. You’ll get an email when they’re ready to take your order.  Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at SHOW NOTES:   [0:00] Fight for Your Life: Terry shares the story of how she responded to her diagnosis of Progressive MS. [7:49] Focus on Mitochondria: Terry describes the importance of mitochondria and talks about why she focused on them. [18:28] How to Create Health: Drugs treat symptoms but they do not create health. Terry shares stories of transformation due to diet and lifestyle changes. [23:41] Cytokines 101: Terry explains how wear and tear is repaired in cells, and why the process can become overactive, leading to inflammation. [27:48] Be Your Own Case Study: Why you should definitely pay attention to research, but you still have to figure out what works for you. [31:36] Eat These Foods: Terry defines a good diet, and talks about which foods to add to your diet and which to eliminate.   FOLLOW TERRY:   WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:
Jul 16, 2020
#179 Multi-Billionaire Marc Lore on How to Find Your Big Opportunity | Impact Theory
Founder of both and, 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 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 Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit 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: 
Jul 14, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Nicholas Christakis on Why You Should Feel Optimistic About The Future of the World
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  ShipStation: FREE for 60 days when you use offer code IMPACT at ISSUU: Go to 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:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jul 09, 2020
#178 Harvard Psychologist Shows You How to Make Your Negative Thoughts Serve You | Susan David
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: ). 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 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 for 2 free months of Premium Membership. Blinkist: Go to 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:  INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jul 07, 2020
Gabrielle Lyon on How to Stay Young, Smart and Fit Forever | Health Theory
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: This episode is brought to you by: Butcher Box: Go to 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 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:  INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jul 02, 2020
#177 Kevin Bacon Explains How to Succeed at Any Role, in Any Situation | Impact Theory
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: Helix Sleep: Get up to $200 off all mattresses at Tresta: Start your free 30-day trial at 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:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jun 30, 2020
If You Struggle with Conflict in Your Relationship, Listen To This | Tom Bilyeu on Women of Impact
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: YouTube: Podcast:   FOLLOW TOM: WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM: FACEBOOK: TWITTER:  
Jun 26, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Thomas Chatterton Williams on How You Pull Yourself Out of the Matrix
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: PeopleReady: Visit Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at 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:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jun 25, 2020
#176 The Zen Millionaire’s Secret to Creating Abundance | Ken Honda on Impact Theory
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: PATLive: Get 15% off their regularly listed rates. Call 866-708-2507 and mention this podcast. For more information, visit Allform: Go to for 20% off your order. Skillshare: Explore your creativity at 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 there are many small gifts, but you have to multiply them. And then you become the one and only!” [22:25]   FOLLOW:   WEBSITE: INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jun 23, 2020
If You Suffer From Gut Issues, You Need to Listen To This | Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum on Health Theory
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 to start your FREE 7 day trial AND get 25% off a Blinkist Premium Membership. PeopleReady: Visit 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: INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK: 
Jun 18, 2020
#175 Legendary Psychologist Adam Grant on Why Leadership is All About Humility, Integrity and Adaptation | Impact Theory
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 Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit 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: INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jun 16, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Daniel Schmachtenberger on What We Must Do Now to Stop the Destruction of Civilization
Daniel Schmachtenberger is a founding member of The Consilience Project, aimed at improving public sensemaking and dialogue. The throughline of his interests has to do with ways of improving the health and development of individuals and society, with a virtuous relationship between the two as a goal. Towards these ends, he’s had a particular interest in the topics of catastrophic and existential risk, civilization and institutional decay and collapse as well as progress, collective action problems, social organization theories, and the relevant domains in philosophy and science. Motivated by the belief that advancing collective intelligence and capacity is foundational to the integrity of any civilization, and necessary to address the unique risks we currently face given the intersection of globalization and exponential technology, he has spoken publicly on many of these topics, hoping to popularize and deepen important conversations and engage more people in working towards their solutions. Many of these can be found here. 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 Skillshare: Explore your creativity at 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:  INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jun 12, 2020
#174 This Former NFL Player's Story is For Anyone Who Feels Overwhelmed By Life Right Now | Anthony Trucks
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 to start your FREE 7 day trial AND get 25% off a Blinkist Premium Membership. PeopleReady: Visit 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: INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
Jun 09, 2020
Conversations with Tom | Donald Hoffman on Why Our Reality Is False
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: BLUblox: Go to for 15% off your order or use discount code ImpactTheory at checkout. Blinkist: Go to 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:  TWITTER: 
May 28, 2020
#173 Yancey Strickler on Why It's Time to Re-Evaluate the Economy | Impact Theory
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: Skillshare: Explore your creativity at for 2 free months of Premium Membership. Audible: Get 1 credit to pick any title and 2 Audible Originals from a monthly selection. Visit 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:  BENTOISM: INSTAGRAM:  TWITTER: 
May 26, 2020
Why You Are 100% Responsible for Your Life | Jim Kwik and Tom Bilyeu on IG Live
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May 23, 2020
This Neuroscientist's Solution for Stress Will Surprise You | Andrew Huberman on Health Theory
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 and use discount code HT at checkout. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at NETGEAR: Learn more about Orbi WiFi 6 at 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:  INSTAGRAM:  TWITTER: 
May 21, 2020
#172 Rich Dad, Poor Dad Author Robert Kiyosaki on Attaining and Keeping Wealth
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 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: Blinkist: Go to Try it FREE for 7 days and save 25% off your new subscription. Helix Sleep: Get up to $200 off all mattresses at   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:  INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
May 19, 2020
Legendary Investor Ray Dalio Breaks Down Everything You Need to Know About the Current World Economy
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: NETGEAR: Learn more about Orbi WiFi 6 at BLUblox: Go to 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:  INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
May 14, 2020
#171 Ramit Sethi on The Most Important Financial Advice You Need to Hear Right Now | Impact Theory
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, 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 for 2 free months of Premium Membership. Blinkist: Go to 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:  INSTAGRAM:  FACEBOOK:  TWITTER: 
May 12, 2020
Former CDC Intel Officer & Chief Medical Officer at Dr. Rishi Desai on Why It's Hard to Get a Grip on the Coronavirus Pandemic |
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 and use discount code HT at checkout. Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at PATLive: Get 15% off their regularly listed rates. Call 866-708-2507 and mention this podcast. For more information, visit PA