Tim Ferriss | On Love, Loss & Meaning [Best Of]

Tim Ferriss has been a man on a mission, driven to deconstruct mastery and excellence, then share what he’s learned. It began with his own relentless experimentation and documentation, which yielded #1 New York Times bestsellers The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef along with a series of other books. In more recent years, this yearning has led him to sit down with hundreds of elite performers, from a vast array of domains, on a quest to reveal what made them them. These conversations are shared weekly on Tim’s award-winning podcast, The Tim Ferris Show. 

In today’s Best Of conversation, we cover very different ground, and get very personal. Tim actually lost a number of people in the year before we sat down in the studio, turned 40 and found himself in a deeply contemplative and emotional space, thinking about who he is, how he wants to create the next 40 years of his life and what matters. When I sat down with Tim, he’d recently returned from an intensive 10-day silent meditation retreat. While gone, he lost yet another close friend. He was, in his own words, in an incredibly “porous” place, leading more from the heart than the head, which was a bit of a major turnaround for him.

We spent time deconstructing Tim’s 10-day silent meditation experience, his struggles and awakenings, how it compared to psychedelic experiences and how, barring one major saving grace, his retreat may have sent him spiraling into a very bad place. We also talked about his experience with death, his decision to append audio of his departed friend, Terry Laughlin, which was recorded by Terry’s daughters in the hospital during his final days of life to the end of Tim’s recent podcast interview with Terry. Tim also shared his decision to take the TED stage, switching last minute to talk about something deeply painful and personal, and what that meant to him, his lens on legacy work (and how it landed with his family, who didn’t know what he’d be talking about). And, we explored Tim’s awakening to a “softer” set of metrics to measure a life well-lived and his evolving definition of what it truly means to live a good life.

You can find Tim Ferriss at: Website | Instagram | The Tim Ferris Show podcast

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