As mentioned previously, I am big fan of thinking differently…at least a little and how I find podcasts to be a great way of doing this. Two of my favourite podcasts are The Tim Ferriss Podcast and Freakonomics. Tim Ferriss and Freakonomics have not only created my favourite two podcasts, they have also written my two favourite books.
Tim Ferriss and Freakonomics remixed
So what could be better than mixing them together? Well that’s what has happened a few times. “How to Be Tim Ferriss” is a Freakonomics episode with Stephen Dubner, one half of the Freakonomics duo, interviewing Tim Ferriss as part of their Self-Improvement Month. Stephen talks about how he knows Tim as the “4-hour-blank” guy which is based on the books Tim has written, The 4-Hour Work Week, The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef. They talk about Tim’s background in Tech Investing and how the title “The 4-Hour Work Week” was chosen. They also discuss lucid dreaming for those interested in this for themselves.
Stephen Dubner has been on The Tim Ferriss Podcast twice, the first time was one of the very early episodes, episode 7. This is just after the release of Think Like a Freak. It is interesting as the feel of the show has changed a lot from these early episodes. They again cover some very interesting topics such as Religion and how Stephen ended up choosing his own. Also Stephen’s feeling on collaboration, mentoring and children/family.
The second appearance by Stephen on The Tim Ferriss Podcast was more recent at the end of 2016. I think this is much lighter interview than than the first covering topics like “Why cats wiggle their butts before they pounce” and “If he thinks he could take Malcolm Gladwell in a fist fight”. Slight aside, Malcolm Gladwell is the writer of another of my favourite books, Outliers. You might have heard of the book. It discusses the 10,000 hours of deliberate practice required to become world-class at something. Anyway, the podcast does cover some more serious topics as well such as “How to grow a podcast” and “How virtual reality might affect education”.
They are all really enjoyable episodes even though they feel a bit weird. As you are used to either Tim or Stephen asking the questions not being asked them. Have a listen and see what you think.