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    #639: Todd McFarlane, Legendary Comic Book Artist — How to Make Iconic Art, Reinvent Spider-Man, Live Life on Your Own Terms, and Meet Every Deadline

    Creative professionals can use collective action to fight for fair pay and royalties.

    enDecember 01, 2022

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    Todd McFarlane (@Todd_McFarlane) is an Emmy- and Grammy-winning director/producer and creator of one of the world’s best-selling comic books, Spawn. He is best known to many comic book fans for his work as the artist on The Amazing Spider-Man, for which he co-created Marvel’s top villain, Venom.

    Todd is the CEO of Todd McFarlane Productions, McFarlane Toys (one of the US’s top action-figure manufacturers), and McFarlane Films. He is also a co-founder of Image Comics, which debuted Spawn in 1992, selling 1.7 million copies of the first issue. In 1997, Spawn was made into an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a live-action feature film that grossed over $100 million. In 2019, Todd made history with Spawn #301, earning the Guinness World Record for longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book series.

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    [06:40] Baseball.

    [12:04] Rejection letters.

    [15:57] Compelling storytelling and meeting deadlines.

    [19:04] Deadlines pre-Internet vs. deadlines today.

    [23:25] How industry status quo led to the founding of Image Comic Books.

    [35:51] The Comics Code and the last straw.

    [42:14] The Marvel Dream Team exodus.

    [1:00:35] How is Todd’s camel bladder a competitive advantage?

    [1:06:23] Career bouncing and double-shifting as a penciler and inker.

    [1:24:36] The happy accident of Venom.

    [1:35:28] De-Rockwelling the company icon and inventing “spaghetti webbing.”

    [1:38:53] Bucking the status quo to become the status quo.

    [1:42:34] Parting thoughts and a promise for round two.

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    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • Todd McFarlane's story teaches us to combine hard work with taking advantage of opportunities.
    • Hard work and determination can pay off - Todd McFarlane's story is a great example of this, as he kept trying and improved his work despite rejections and obstacles.
    • Develop clear communication, storytelling, and art skills, stay organized and dedicated to build a successful career in comic book industry.
    • Hard work, dedication and a bit of luck can help you reach your goals, no matter how daunting they may seem.
    • Todd McFarlane founded Image Comics 30 years ago to allow comic book artists to own and benefit from their work.
    • Change is part of the human condition - never be afraid to push back against the status quo to reach success.
    • Creative freedom should be embraced, and rules limiting it should be challenged.
    • Solidarity and collective action can empower individuals to create something meaningful and powerful.
    • Follow your passion and determination to make dreams come true and achieve success.
    • Taking risks can be rewarding if we trust our judgement.
    • Creative professionals can use collective action to fight for fair pay and royalties.
    • Being kind and making people feel comfortable can create a positive outcome, while finding advantages in negotiations can lead to victory.
    • Hard work and dedication can help overcome challenges and pave the way to success. Being creative and having popular characters can also help.
    • Hard work, determination and resilience will eventually be rewarded through networking and seeking opportunities.
    • Todd McFarlane found success by taking risks and experimenting, creating a unique style that allowed him to meet tight deadlines.
    • With practice and perseverance, one can achieve success and make their dreams come true.
    • Creativity and pushing boundaries can lead to unexpected and fruitful results, but it's important to respect authority and take risks.
    • To be successful, create something unique instead of copying others.
    • Always persist with your ideas and be respectful to those in authority, even if you don't plan on following through, as it can lead to success.
    • Through hard work and determination, Todd McFarlane proves that no dream is too big to achieve.

    📝 Podcast Summary

    Taking Advantage of Opportunities with Hard Work

    Todd McFarlane was a successful comic book artist, producer, and director.He co-created Marvel's top villain, Venom, and his comic book series, Spawn, made history by setting a Guinness World Record.Todd's success story is rooted in his natural drive and competitiveness, which was amplified by growing up with two brothers and playing baseball in college.Despite not enjoying education, Todd was able to take advantage of the free education he was offered through a Pac-10 baseball scholarship and was one of only two players on his team to graduate with a degree in four years.Todd's story teaches us that while hard work is necessary, we should also take advantage of opportunities when they arise.

    Never Give Up on Your Dreams: The Todd McFarlane Story

    The story of Todd McFarlane is a great example of how hard work and determination can pay off.He was determined to get a job in comic books, so he sent out hundreds of samples over the course of four years.He was also lucky enough to be able to do so while still in college, which gave him the time to keep trying.The feedback he received in the rejection letters was constructive criticism that helped him improve his work, and eventually he was able to secure a job three weeks before graduating.This story serves as an inspiration to never give up on your dreams, no matter how many rejections or obstacles come your way.

    Becoming a Successful Comic Book Artist

    Learning from the section, it is important to take feedback and use it to keep improving.Even if one is not an expert drawer, storytelling is equally important to make a career in comic book industry.Being able to communicate clearly and meeting deadlines are also key skills.One must also be able to engage an audience, even with simple drawings.Through hard work and dedication, one can become a successful comic book artist.

    Never Give Up: The Todd McFarlane Story

    Working hard, pushing your luck and never giving up are the key ingredients to success.Todd McFarlane is a great example of this.Despite having only 8 pages of a 48 page comic book written, and only 10 pages coloured, he was still able to get it done in time for a massive print run.He knew he had to work hard, and work fast.He got help from others working on the project, and they worked late into the night to get the job done.This dedication and hard work paid off, as the book was a success.Todd McFarlane is a great example of how hard work and dedication can pay off, and that even when the odds seem impossible, with a lot of effort and a little luck, you can get it done.

    Celebrating 30 Years of Creative and Financial Freedom

    Image was founded by Todd McFarlane 30 years ago when he decided to break into the comic book industry.He was inspired by the stories of artists like Jack "The King" Kirby, who had been exploited by the industry.He created Image Comic Books so that artists could have the chance to have creative and financial freedom.He wanted to give people the chance to create characters they could keep, and he was successful in doing so.His career was catapulted when he took over the artist duties on Amazing Spider-Man, and it quickly became one of the most popular comic books in the industry.Image continues to be a huge player in the comic book world, and with its 30th anniversary, it stands strong.

    Challenging the Status Quo to Achieve Success

    The message of this story is simple - never be afraid to challenge the status quo.Todd McFarlane was a young artist who was met with pushback from corporate entities when he tried to make changes to the iconic Spider-Man comic.Despite the pushback, Todd persisted and the sales of the comic went up.He eventually quit, taking with him the belief that he had to be different to stand out.This philosophy worked for Todd and he achieved a world record for the most sales by a single creator.He wants us to remember that change is part of the human condition - never be afraid to challenge the status quo to reach success.

    Celebrating Creative Freedom Despite Rules and Regulations

    The Comics Code of the 1950's was a set of rules and regulations put in place to ensure comic books were suitable for children.Todd was an artist working for Marvel and was frustrated with having to constantly redraw panels because of the Comics Code.He eventually realized that the Comics Code was limiting his creativity and decided to resign.The lesson to be learned is that creative freedom is important and should be celebrated.We should also be mindful of the rules and regulations that can limit our freedom, and be willing to stand up for ourselves and make a change when necessary.

    Taking the Leap for Solidarity: The Story of Image Comic Books

    Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen and Jim Valentino were in an industry where they were not getting steady work and making enough money.Todd believed in the power of solidarity and wanted to create an enclave of people that could work together and benefit from the whole being stronger than its individual parts.He was willing to take the risk and make a personal sacrifice to make this happen.The four of them flew to New York and announced their decision to quit Marvel and create Image Comic Books.The idea of creating something new and powerful by working together gave them the confidence to take the leap, and eventually, Jim Lee joined the team.This story highlights the importance of solidarity and collective action as a way to create something positive and meaningful.

    Tim's Passion and Determination Lead to Success

    Tim had a passion for sales and was determined to succeed.He saw his rival, Jim Lee, as the number one selling book and was determined to beat him.He recruited five other artists, including Jim Lee and his friend Whilce Portacio.Then to his surprise, he also recruited Marc Silvestri, seen as the best artist of his time.Their collective skills made them the Dream Team of comic books and they made up 44 of the 50 top selling comics that year.When they met with the Marvel boss, Terry Stewart, they asked for the copyrights of their characters.Terry Stewart lied about the meeting, but Tim and his team had witnesses and 30 years later, he still stands by his lie.This teaches us that if we have a passion and determination, we can make our dreams come true and be successful.

    Taking Risks and Trusting Our Judgement

    A group of seven people understood the business dynamics and wanted to leave the company they were working for.They had good reasons and tried to explain them to the editor-in-chief, who offered them a chance to come back if it didn't work out.The group decided to take a risk and left the company.They went to the competing company, DC Comics, with the intention of not working there.The DC Comics representatives, who were excited to get them, tried to explain why they should stay, but the group politely declined and explained that they had other plans.They took a risk and trusted their own judgement which worked out for them.This story teaches us that taking risks can be rewarding and that trusting our own judgement is important.

    Standing Together to Fight Unfair Contracts

    Being a creative is hard work and often comes with unfair contracts.The seven of us, Jim and Todd included, were fed up with Marvel and DC's disregard for their creative community and decided to take a stand.They visited Marvel and DC to put them on alert and warned them that if they didn't change their ways, they would lose their top talent.Thankfully, their efforts paid off and the companies started to acknowledge the importance of their creative community by providing better pay and bonuses and being more fair-minded on royalties.This was a reminder of the importance of collective action and looking out for each other.No longer do creatives have to accept unfair contracts, but instead can stand together to fight for what is right.

    Demonstrating the Power of Kindness and Finding Advantages in Negotiations

    Being nice to people and making them feel comfortable, no matter their background or interests, can pay off in the long run.Todd McFarlane demonstrates this by signing comic books even after everyone else has gone to lunch.People see him still signing and get interested so they get in line.Even if they don't love his comic books, they appreciate his kindness and may buy them or other books in the future.In negotiations, Todd demonstrates the importance of finding advantages.He works in a room with a giant glass window, making sure to leave the blinds open and the air conditioning off when his "enemies" come in.He knows they will be uncomfortable in their three-piece suits, and he puts a pitcher of water in front of them.The discomfort eventually causes them to give in to his demands, and Todd has his victory.

    Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Success Through Hard Work

    Todd McFarlane's story is an inspiring example of how hard work and dedication can pay off.Despite facing daunting challenges and setbacks, he was able to persevere and eventually achieve success.Through his hard work, he was able to move from an amateur to a professional and eventually become one of the most popular pencilers in the industry.He also learned that sometimes you need to be creative to make up for lack of skill and that having popular characters is a great way to get recognition.His story is a reminder that you can make it if you don't give up.

    Learning the Power of Resilience and Networking

    This story teaches us that no matter our circumstances, it's important to stay resilient and not give up.It also emphasizes the power of networking and seeking opportunities.Todd McFarlane was fired from a comic book series, but within seven minutes was offered a role drawing Batman.He was then able to recognize the effects of the inker's style on his own work and make changes to improve his craft.Through this experience, we can learn that hard work and determination will eventually be rewarded.

    Experimentation and Risk Taking Lead to Simplicity for Todd McFarlane

    Learning to simplify was the key lesson Todd McFarlane learned while transitioning from penciling to inking.In order to meet tight deadlines and produce two books, he had to create efficiencies and eliminate unnecessary under drawing.His peers were horrified by his process of inking directly over his pencils, but in the end, it worked for him and he went on to ink The Hulk, Venom, and many other comics.Through experimentation and taking risks, Todd was able to find a unique style that worked for him, and he encourages others to do the same.

    Practice and Perseverance Lead to Success

    The story goes - Todd McFarlane was a professional penciler and he was trying to learn the trade of inking.People around him were hesitant to use ink for fear of making mistakes.However, Todd knew that mistakes can be corrected easily with Wite-Out, just like erasing pencil marks.He then used this knowledge and started inking Spider-Man.With time, Todd's inking skills improved and he eventually created the infamous Venom character.Through this story, we learn that practice and perseverance can help us achieve success and make our dreams come true.

    Pushing Boundaries and Taking Risks for Success

    Learning from Todd McFarlane's story, we see that creativity and pushing boundaries can often yield unexpected and fruitful results.We also see that respecting authority and following their rules is important, but it's ok to respectfully question them and push the envelope in order to create something special.Finally, we see that even mistakes can lead to success and that it's important to take risks in order to create something truly great.

    A Budding Artist Learns to Create His Own Hill

    This short story is about a young budding artist who, while working on The Hulk, had a pleasant conversation with Jim Shooter, who was the editor.The artist asked Jim if he was allowed to change the storytelling and Jim said yes.Jim then went into detail about what constituted a good versus bad version of the storytelling, and the artist was able to understand the difference.The artist then went on to flip the emphasis from "Man" to "Spider" when working on Spider-Man, and this catapulted his career.The artist realized that in order to be successful, he needed to create his own hill and not mimic Norman Rockwell.He changed the eyes, added more webbing and put the characters in cool funky poses, which the readers loved.This story teaches us that if we want to be successful, we need to create something unique and not just copy others.

    Standing Up for Yourself and Saying Yes to Authority

    An important educational lesson from this story is that it's important to stand up for yourself and your ideas.Todd McFarlane was told not to draw in his own style, yet he persisted and it ended up becoming the standard for Marvel comics.This demonstrates that you should never give up on yourself and your ideas, even if you are met with resistance.This can be difficult, but it is ultimately worth it if it means achieving success.Additionally, the story also serves as a reminder to always say yes to those in authority, even if you don't plan on following through, as it can make interactions smoother and more efficient.

    Overcoming Fears and Pushing Limits: The Story of Todd McFarlane

    This story is about taking risks, facing fears and pushing limits.Todd McFarlane is an example of someone who was not afraid to rock the boat and find success.He pushed himself to work long hours, face the sharks of different industries and challenge himself to keep his artwork interesting.He faced his own worst enemy, his own doubts and fears, and used them to his advantage.This story is a lesson in the power of resilience and determination.No matter the obstacles, Todd McFarlane shows us that with hard work and perseverance, no dream is too big.

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    Legendary Actor Scott Glenn — How to Be Super Fit at 85, Lessons from Marlon Brando, How to Pursue Your Purpose, The Art of Serendipity, Stories of Gunslingers, and More (#729)

    Barbara Corcoran — How She Turned $1,000 into a $5B+ Empire: PR Stunts, Sales Techniques, Critical Early Wins, Fighting Trump, and Becoming a Real Estate Mogul (#725)

    Seth Godin — Coaching Tim on Overcoming Resistance, Lessons from Isaac Asimov, Writing Secrets After 8,500+ Daily Blog Posts, The Dangers of Authenticity, Practices for Consistency, and Much More (#728)

    Hugh Howey, Author of Silo and Wool — A Masterclass on Writing, Unorthodox Self-Publishing, and Living in The AI Age (#726)

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    #733: Live 10th Anniversary Random Show with Kevin Rose — Exploring What’s Next, Testing Ozempic, Modern Dating, New Breakthrough Treatments for Anxiety, Bitcoin ETFs, Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul, and Engineering More Awe in Your Life

    #733: Live 10th Anniversary Random Show with Kevin Rose —  Exploring What’s Next, Testing Ozempic, Modern Dating, New Breakthrough Treatments for Anxiety, Bitcoin ETFs, Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul, and Engineering More Awe in Your Life

    This week is officially the podcast’s 10-year anniversary, and there is no better way to commemorate such a wild milestone than with Kevin Rose and a little tequila. As many listeners know, Kevin was my very first guest for episode 1, way back in April 2014. Timestamps for this episode are available below.

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    [07:20] First live Random Show?

    [07:50] Reasons to celebrate.

    [08:30] How long can this go on?

    [10:15] Mmm…Mmm.

    [11:53] Inflection points.

    [13:00] Interesting over impulse.

    [14:46] Bitcoin ETFs.

    [17:22] PROOF news.

    [18:41] What’s Kevin’s next project?

    [21:15] Don’t DIY your TMS.

    [22:57] The SAINT protocol and accelerated TMS.

    [23:42] Kevin wonders how magnets work.

    [24:27] How accelerated TMS has helped me.

    [28:02] Consumer access to accelerated TMS.

    [31:50] How TMS feels, and other possible uses.

    [32:49] Potential downsides.

    [35:10] How to find out more about accelerated TMS.

    [38:18] How to appear human in social situations.

    [45:20] Jinjer and Sohn.

    [46:24] Android and Gemini.

    [48:41] Content production and future fame.

    [49:58] Jake Paul vs. Mike Tyson.

    [52:02] Kevin’s deflated balls.

    [55:49] My single life.

    [59:39] Extending experiential lifespan.

    [1:06:12] This is (Henry Shukman’s) The Way.

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    #732: Martha Beck — The Amazing and Brutal Results of Zero Lies for 365 Days, How to Do a Beginner “Integrity Cleanse,” Lessons from Lion Trackers, and Novel Tactics for Reducing Anxiety

    #732: Martha Beck — The Amazing and Brutal Results of Zero Lies for 365 Days, How to Do a Beginner “Integrity Cleanse,” Lessons from Lion Trackers, and Novel Tactics for Reducing Anxiety

    Dr. Martha Beck has been called “the best-known life coach in America” by NPR and USA Today. She holds three Harvard degrees in social science and has published nine non-fiction books, one novel, and more than 200 magazine articles. Her recent book, The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self, was an instant New York Times Best Seller.

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    #731: Dr. David Spiegel, Stanford U. — Practical Hypnosis, Meditation vs. Hypnosis, Pain Management Without Drugs, The Neurobiology of Trance, and More

    #731: Dr. David Spiegel, Stanford U. — Practical Hypnosis, Meditation vs. Hypnosis, Pain Management Without Drugs, The Neurobiology of Trance, and More

    Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975. He is the founder of Reveri, the world's first interactive self-hypnosis app.

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    Timestamps:

    [07:00] How Herbert Spiegel was exposed to hypnosis.

    [10:14] Using hypnosis to cure non-epileptic seizures.

    [11:53] What is a forensic psychiatrist?

    [14:43] How hypnosis works.

    [17:54] Hypnosis and the flow state.

    [21:03] How hypnosis differs from meditation.

    [22:38] Determining one’s susceptibility to hypnosis.

    [27:21] I take the eye-roll test.

    [29:33] Thoughts on EMDR.

    [36:29] Therapeutic psychedelics and ego dissolution.

    [41:05] Potential adverse effects of hypnosis?

    [42:34] Accelerated TMS improves response to hypnosis.

    [44:25] Hypnosis as a tool for stress and pain relief.

    [48:56] David treats my back pain with hypnosis.

    [57:09] Replicating this effect with self-hypnosis.

    [57:57] Understanding the science of pain relief.

    [1:03:18] Filtering the hurt from the pain.

    [1:06:37] For us, not against us.

    [1:09:12] Hypnosis vs. other addiction interventions.

    [1:11:41] A mesmerizing tale of hypnotic history.

    [1:16:10] Most surprising patient outcomes.

    [1:24:53] Finding connection to treat the agitated.

    [1:28:40] Who is Reveri designed for?

    [1:31:15] Hypnosis as a first rather than last resort.

    [1:35:02] Further resources and final thoughts.

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    #730: Reed Hastings, Co-Founder of Netflix — How to Cultivate High Performance, The Art of Farming for Dissent, Favorite Failures, and More

    #730: Reed Hastings, Co-Founder of Netflix — How to Cultivate High Performance, The Art of Farming for Dissent, Favorite Failures, and More

    Reed Hastings became executive chairman of Netflix in 2023, after 25 years as CEO. He co-founded Netflix in 1997. Reed is also a majority owner of Powder Mountain. He is currently on the board of several educational organizations including KIPP and Pahara.

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    Timestamps:

    [06:34] Alfred Lee Loomis and Tuxedo Park.

    [07:53] Risk tolerance: nature or nurture?

    [10:56] Cultivating culture that “eats strategy for lunch.”

    [15:41] The logic behind generous severance.

    [17:02] Adapting to Pure chaos.

    [18:44] Reference checking potential hires.

    [20:29] Context vs. control.

    [22:35] Radical candor.

    [24:15] Guardrails for maintaining work/life balance.

    [27:04] Farming for dissent.

    [28:39] Believing in the green crystals.

    [30:54] High-performance team, not family.

    [31:59] The keeper test.

    [32:49] Fire and replace, or replace and fire?

    [33:59] Beyond Entrepreneurship and other recommended reading/viewing.

    [37:46] A favorite failure.

    [40:32] Outstanding leaders.

    [41:10] Reed’s two “religions.”

    [42:19] Powder Mountain.

    [44:44] How Powder Mountain differs from Reed’s other projects.

    [46:24] Powder Mountain’s biggest challenges ahead.

    [47:02] Could Reed ever really retire?

    [47:19] Best investments of time, energy, or money.

    [48:49] How can we improve education in the US?

    [52:48] What class would Reed teach?

    [53:59] Juggling projects without losing focus.

    [55:04] Philanthropy: Why Africa?

    [55:32] Being “big-hearted champions who pick up the trash.”

    [56:28] Reed’s billboard.

    [58:01] Parting thoughts.

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    #729: Legendary Actor Scott Glenn — How to Be Super Fit at 85, Lessons from Marlon Brando, How to Pursue Your Purpose, The Art of Serendipity, Stories of Gunslingers, and More

    #729: Legendary Actor Scott Glenn — How to Be Super Fit at 85, Lessons from Marlon Brando, How to Pursue Your Purpose, The Art of Serendipity, Stories of Gunslingers, and More

    Scott Glenn’s acting career spans nearly 60 years. His impressive film resume includes performances in Apocalypse Now, Urban Cowboy, The Right Stuff, Silverado, The Hunt for Red October, The Silence of the Lambs, Backdraft, The Virgin Suicides, and The Bourne Ultimatum. This year, Scott will return to HBO to join season 3 of The White Lotus.

    Timestamps for this episode are available below. Links to everything discussed: https://tim.blog/2024/03/27/scott-glenn/

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    Timestamps:

    [07:10] Idaho vs. Los Angeles.

    [13:26] Apocalypse Now, self-confidence soon after.

    [17:26] Burt Lancaster’s movie star lessons.

    [23:06] The birth and death of Wes Hightower.

    [32:22] Catching the attention of James Bridges.

    [35:42] Scarlet fever.

    [37:29] From Marine to police reporter.

    [42:12] Berghof Studios and parental advice.

    [50:44] Converting to Judaism.

    [53:36] Lao Tzu: the ultimate mystic?

    [58:16] Letting go with Killer Joe.

    [1:02:53] “Crazy Whitefella Thinking.”

    [1:08:31] Getting out of the way and Erwan Le Corre.

    [1:11:51] Lessons from the “morally phenomenal” Marlon Brando.

    [1:16:26] How Scott’s childhood bout with scarlet fever informed his life’s course.

    [1:19:05] Daily routines and exercises of an in-shape 85-year-old.

    [1:35:12] Securing a serendipitous skill set.

    [1:42:13] Thailand talk.

    [1:46:18] Increasing surface luck.

    [1:47:04] How Scott met and fell in love with his wife.

    [1:53:04] “Just dance.”

    [1:53:46] Mistakenly calling Rudolf Nureyev Russian.

    [1:55:57] Poetry.

    [2:00:01] What Laurence Olivier knew about the value of tenacity.

    [2:01:41] Parting thoughts.

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    #728: Seth Godin — Coaching Tim on Overcoming Resistance, Lessons from Isaac Asimov, Writing Secrets After 8,500+ Daily Blog Posts, The Dangers of Authenticity, Practices for Consistency, and Much More

    #728: Seth Godin — Coaching Tim on Overcoming Resistance, Lessons from Isaac Asimov, Writing Secrets After 8,500+ Daily Blog Posts, The Dangers of Authenticity, Practices for Consistency, and Much More

    Seth Godin is the author of 21 international bestsellers that have changed the way people think about work. Seth’s books include Tribes, Purple Cow, Linchpin, The Dip, and This Is Marketing. Seth writes one of the most popular marketing blogs in the world, and two of his TED talks are among the most popular of all time. His latest book is The Song of Significance: A New Manifesto for Teams

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    Timestamps:

    [06:14] Writing a provocation rather than a prescription.

    [13:08] Divvying up concepts.

    [16:25] Comprehension over complication.

    [18:58] How Seth fulfills a blog post’s purpose.

    [22:28] Claude AI vs. ChatGPT.

    [23:41] How Seth Godin as a Service (SGaaS) maintains consistency.

    [27:23] Simplification over exaggeration.

    [31:56] Working with Isaac Asimov and getting a Clue.

    [36:53] How Seth moves life’s story forward (even when he loves the current chapter).

    [43:28] Why does Seth write?

    [44:59] Is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of sinecure?

    [45:15] Parting thoughts.

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    #727: In Case You Missed It: February 2024 Recap of "The Tim Ferriss Show"

    #727: In Case You Missed It: February 2024 Recap of "The Tim Ferriss Show"

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    Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to deconstruct world-class performers to tease out the routines, habits, et cetera that you can apply to your own life. 

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    Timestamps:

    Cal Newport: 00:03:17

    Claire Hughes Johnson: 00:07:56

    William Ury: 00:15:52

    Soman Chainani: 00:23:38

    Full episode titles:

    Cal Newport — How to Embrace Slow Productivity, Build a Deep Life, Achieve Mastery, and Defend Your Time (#722)

    Claire Hughes Johnson, Building Stripe from 160 to 6,000+ Employees — How to Take Radical Ownership of Your Life and Career (#724)

    Master Negotiator William Ury — Proven Strategies and Amazing Stories from Warren Buffett, Nelson Mandela, Kim Jong Un, Hugo Chávez, and More (#721)

    Life Lessons from Taylor Swift, Conquering Anxiety, Coaching Teens, Career Reinvention, Supposedly Gay Bulls, Your Shadow Side, and More — Soman Chainani (#720)

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