Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

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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Oct 22, 2020

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.

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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]




“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]







Oct 20, 2020

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. 


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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]




“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]





Oct 15, 2020

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.


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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]




“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]







Oct 13, 2020

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.


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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]




“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]





Oct 8, 2020

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.


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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]




“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]







Oct 6, 2020

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.

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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]




“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]








Oct 1, 2020

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.


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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]




“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]







Sep 29, 2020

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.

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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]




“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]








Sep 24, 2020

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.

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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]




“… 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]





Sep 22, 2020

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.

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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]




“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]






Sep 18, 2020

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.

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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]




“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]











Sep 17, 2020

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.


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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]




“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]







Sep 15, 2020

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.

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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]




“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]






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Sep 10, 2020

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.

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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]








Sep 8, 2020

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.


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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]




“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]










Sep 3, 2020

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.

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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]








Sep 1, 2020

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.

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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]

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Tom advocates not merely taking sides on issues, but actually investigating the data [40:01]


“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]






Aug 27, 2020

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.

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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]








Aug 25, 2020

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.

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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]




“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]








Aug 20, 2020

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.

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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]










“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


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Aug 18, 2020

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.

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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]




“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]








Aug 13, 2020

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.

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[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.







Aug 11, 2020

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.

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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]




“Everywhere you look, you can see that fear would be adaptive.” [21:16]








Aug 6, 2020

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.

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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]







Aug 4, 2020

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.

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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]




“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]








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