"Why are you even doing this podcast?" Dave asked me.
"Because I love my guests. I get to pick up the phone and call them and ask them anything I want."
From Peter Thiel to Mark Cuban to Coolio to Marni Kirnys, I simply love them. And maybe Coolio would never talk to me unless I had something called a "podcast".
I don't even know what that stupid word means. Am I sitting in some sort of "pod" like Major Tom. Is ground control listening to me talk to Arianna Huffington?
One person said to me: "But there's no theme. You talk to entrepreneurs, rappers, random writers... JUST WHAT IS YOUR THEME?" He really wanted to know.
Humans are NOT themes. Coolio was talking to me about the value of the US dollar. Mark Cuban telling me what he was doing the second he became a billionaire. Geoffrey Miller telling me about the evolution of sex.
Humans aren't themes. Humans want to reach out and touch each other. They want to connect. They want to have something they leave behind.
I open the door and say, you can come over here and leave something behind that hopefully people will listen to and enjoy for years.
Yesterday I read a book that was a pageturner. I was on a train from Baltimore to New York. It was a book about nothing to do with anything I've ever read before.
As soon as I was done with the book I wrote to him and said, "Can I talk to you?" And he wrote write back and said, "Yes!" And I said to myself "Yay!"
I know the more times a day I say "YAY!" the longer I will live. Please please please promise me you will say "Yay!" a lot today.
It might not work for you. But you can tell me later. We can play chess in the park when we are 100 years old and our backs hurt and we hold each other up when the day ends and the pieces are scattered by the wind, the game unfinished.
By the time this post ends I am going make you say "yay!"
Because I love my guests so much, and I love them because I mostly love their books, I want you to love them as much as I do and I want you have their books.
I've picked out 29 of the books, some of which are written by my former guests, in some cases, the authors haven't even appeared on the show yet.
I want give you the chance to have them. All 29. I will pay for them. I gain nothing by doing this. You can have them in any form you want.
I can't give all 29 books to all the people who read this but I can give them to some people. See the bottom of this post (and then you can say "Yay!")
Here is the collection of books I'm giving out:
(Btw, for those who wonder why I would do this, I have no clue. Maybe you can give me an answer why I would do this. I just want to run into you in the street and then we can all talk about the books we love. Yay!!).
1. The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
2. Zero To One by Peter Thiel
3. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
4. Think Like A Freak by Freakonomics
5. The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Brogan
6. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
7. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
8. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max
9. Play It Away by Charlie Hoehn
10. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
11. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
12. Drop Dead Healthy by AJ Jacobs
13. Mastery By Robert Greene
14. Unlabel by Marc Ecko
15. The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday
16. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
17. Smartcuts by Shane Snow
18. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
19. The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
20. Cookin’ With Coolio by Coolio
21. Wool by Hugh Howey
22. I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer
23. How To Fail at Everything & Still Win Big by Scott Adams
24. Creativity For Sale by Jason SurfrApp
25. Succeed in Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer
26. Waking Up by Sam Harris
27. Traction: Startup Guide To Getting Customers by Gabriel Weinberg
28. The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
29. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant
Here's the link if you want to sign up for a chance to win my giveaway. I think it's about $400-500 in value but I haven't added it up. Maybe it's more. Our 5 winners will be selected at random, but there's a wayto increase your odds. I describe in the link.
I charge nothing. I want nothing. I just want to run into you and we can say, "we both loved these books".
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|• Get Rich Carefully (One of my favorite investement books)|
|• Confessions of a Street Addict|
|• what it was like to be in North Korea at the same time they declared war on America|
|• the hundreds of thousands of forest workers cutting down trees without tools|
|• what a football game is like in North Korea|
|• what it was like to break through to some of the people|
|• the carnival filled with generals|
|• how the propaganda in North Korea can actually make a tourist feel like they are going crazy|
|• Windysimmons.com (her blog)|||
|• Wendy's bio|
|• Wendy Simmons website for photography, including pictures taken from North Korea|
|• Wendy's Facebook|
|• Wendy is also the President of the New York City eyewear institution, Moscot|
|• The entire transcript of the show|
Thanks so much for listening!
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|•||how you can land your dream job|
|•||how to start a business on the side and generate $1,000 a month|
|•||how to interview and negotiate a raise|
|•||why trying to be frugal and save a couple of dollars on things like coffee can actually do more harm than good.|
|•||how so many of Ramit’s students go on to make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year after taking his course|
|• techniques to habit forming|
|•||the mistakes that most people make when starting a business|
|•||how to turn your passion into a recurring revenue stream|
|• the great lies that are told to us|||
|• I Will Teach You To Be Rich (Ramit Sethi's book)|
|• Zero To Launch (Ramit's program for going from idea to success)|
|• Ramit's interview with James on Braintrust|
|• Ramit Sethi on Twitter | Youtube|
|• The entire transcript to the show|
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“How did you lose it? How did you make it back again?”