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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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Jan 30, 2020

Dr. Shawn Baker is an extraordinarily accomplished athlete, but he is best known as one of the foremost advocates of the carnivore diet. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Shawn Baker addresses the controversy surrounding the carnivore diet, and perhaps surprisingly, does not advocate that every single person ought to go full carnivore. But he does explain the evolutionary logic behind the carnivore diet, describes its benefits, and makes a strong case that people need to take responsibility for their own health instead of delegating that responsibility to professionals.

This episode is brought to you by: 
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SHOW NOTES:

 

Shawn discusses the controversy surrounding the carnivore diet [0:40]

There is no doubt that humans are omnivorous, but how suitable are most foods? [2:24]

If at age 85 you can run 100 meters in 15 seconds, you’re probably doing things right [3:40]

Shawn describes his methods of holding back aging [4:40]

Shawn believes that not everyone needs to use a carnivore diet [5:33]

Why you should chase health and not lab values [6:02]

Why is sexual function important? [8:37]

Yes, you can gain muscle at any age [10:20]

Strength is much more important than size when it comes to muscle [12:03]

The very first animals were carnivorous, and early humans were primarily carnivorous [14:00]

Shawn describes what a basic human diet probably was thousands of years ago [18:34]

Shawn speculates on why seed oil is so dangerous [20:02]

Tom discusses his own transformative dietary journey [22:42]

Shawn describes the absolute requirements for the human diet [26:15]

The truth about why diets fail [27:24]

Shawn discusses a forth-coming study on the carnivore diet [29:21]

Tom and Shawn talk about how to measure improvements in health [31:58]

Shawn addresses questions about whether people should eat organ meat [35:28]

Shawn describes his experience in the military [37:51]

Shawn talks about becoming somewhat immune to trauma as a war-time surgeon [39:59]

Shawn learned how to improvise and think on his feet in war [41:45]

What is one change people can make that would most improve their health? [45:03]

 

FOLLOW SHAWN:

 

WEBSITE: shawn-baker.com

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/38NZdds 

FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2tb8VaE 

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2tWFMjC

Jan 28, 2020

An acknowledged leader in the “science-help” movement, Kelly McGonigal has dedicated her career to using neuroscience and psychology to develop methods of improving mental well-being. And she is now at the forefront of researchers and advocates who continue to explore the connection between mind and body. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Kelly McGonigal explains how to change your emotional states through physical movement, and also explains why movement has such a strong effect on the brain. She also describes ways to become more compassionate, shares the story of her own struggles with chronic pain, and gives surprising insights into why it’s not always good to try to control your inner experiences. 

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SHOW NOTES:

 

“This is the book I was born to write.” [3:30]

Movement and exercise are essential to mental well-being [4:15]

Kelly explains the hypothesis that we have large brains for physical movement [5:50]

Tom and Kelly discuss runner’s high and why he doesn’t get it [7:12]

Working out your core reduces anxiety [11:03]

Kelly explains how your brain receives information from your muscles and tendons [11:51]

Kelly and Tom discuss how physical improvement changes your self-image [13:15]

Kelly talks about why it’s not always good to try to control your inner experiences [17:53]

Kelly describes her experience with chronic pain [21:05]

Kelly has a strong gut instinct for whether or not things are consistent with her values [24:00]

How do you teach someone to be compassionate and self-compassionate? [27:56]

How to be a better listener [31:41]

Kelly explains how she teaches self-compassion [34:52]

Tom’s crucial insight that even the average human is the ultimate adaptation machine [38:05]

Tom and Kelly discuss competition and cooperation [40:48]

Kelly describes overcoming the need to be better than others [42:33]

Kelly shares the impact she wants to have on the world [44:29]

 

QUOTES:

 

“Your literal moment to moment sense of self is always being informed by what your body is doing.” [11:36]

 

“You can choose your values over trying to control your inner experiences.” [23:49]

 

“So you’re lifting something heavy. Your brain is going to get feedback from muscle contraction and tension from the tendons on your joints. Your brain does not get that information and think, ‘my bicep is strong.’ Or, ‘my lats are strong.’ The brain thinks, ‘I am strong.’” [12:02]

 

FOLLOW:

 

WEBSITE: kellymcgonigal.com 

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2NuymKX 

FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/3aeLYE1 

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2swZkKX 

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

“The Willpower Instinct” https://amzn.to/38fkb4B   [2:07]

“The Upside of Stress” https://amzn.to/372LRJH   [2:07]

“The Joy of Movement” https://amzn.to/2TvIXsU  [2:53]

Jan 23, 2020

Ben Greenfield defies easy categorization. A science freak and renowned functional medicine practitioner, he is also deeply spiritual with a profound faith in God. That means there are some times when he and Tom are on exactly the same path, and others where they see the world in dramatically different ways. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Ben Greenfield and Tom Bilyeu explore both the differences and the connections. Their discussion travels into fascinating and often hilarious territory as they talk about everything from raising children with love and logic to optimizing sex and the unexpected consequences of fecal transplants. 

 

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Ben describes stealing a bottle of bourbon from his father’s office [0:45]

“In our house, there are no rules.” Ben describes love and logic. [2:35]

Tom wonders how his Mom prevented him from doing stupid things [7:18]

Ben talks about how small doses of things like alcohol can be good [8:22]

Tom questions how much the benefit of wine is social [11:32]

Ben recommends Cyrax laboratories for functional medicine testing [14:02]

Ben discusses how autoimmune conditions are caused by all sorts of things [15:09]

Tom and Ben discuss Lisa’s chronic illness and peptides [15:44]

Tom and Ben discuss treatments to clear brain fog and increase energy [20:11]

Ben talks about an app that improves memory [23:37]

Ben goes into depth on the LL37 peptide and talks gut health [28:32]

Ben describes combining anti-inflammatory remedies with exercise [35:05]

There are fewer people in prisons because we have gyms [39:29]

Ben talks about which exercises improve longevity the most [46:28]

Ben and Tom discuss world records for things like push-ups [50:51]

Ben talks about his ideal physique and diet [52:58]

Ben and his family love cooking and their dinners are a big production [57:43]

Ben finds confidence and comfort in spirituality, and having hope [58:53]

Tom wonders what Ben imagines when he talks about soul and spirit [1:02:42]

Ben discusses eye-gazing [1:07:17]

Tom talks about why he does not connect with spirituality [1:08:37]

Tom and Ben discuss how physical changes cause mental and spiritual shifts [1:13:03]

Ben believes there is a divine purpose to life, to love as deeply as possible [1:16:31]

Ben hasn’t hurt himself much as a biohacker [1:23:43]

Ben and Tom discuss why you might want to avoid supplements [1:26:21]

Ben talks about fecal transplants and their surprising range of effects [1:28:03]

Ben explains his “bastardized” version of the carnivore diet [1:32:42]

Health food companies need to make healthy versions of comfort foods [1:38:04]

Ben describes the methods he uses to create boundless energy [1:39:44]

How to optimize sex. [1:41:37]

Ben and Tom talk about the spiritual side of sex [1:47:27]

Ben explains how we can detect electrical fields produced by others [1:55:00]

Ben and Tom discuss that sharks detect electricity and humans see light [1:59:12]

Ben had to cut out of Boundless advice on mitigating the effect of partying [2:03:29]

Ben talks about how he weaves science and survivalism into his fiction [2:05:08]

Tom tells the story of how Impact Theory came about [2:07:54]

 

FOLLOW BEN:

 

WEBSITE: https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2RcaQDR 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/BGFitness/

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2RdZRty

Jan 21, 2020

Life coach to billionaire and one of the greatest influencers of all time, Brendon Burchard knows exactly how to make an impact. So, on this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Brendon details precisely how to achieve impossibly high performance, evaluate yourself and your goals, and deal with failure and stress. And he does it all while still bringing his trademark joy and revealing the qualities that have allowed him to build and maintain exceptional relationships and a vibrant community. Oh, and he still repels all the jerks!

This episode is brought to you by:

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SHOW NOTES:

 

Brendon shares the story of being suicidal, then being in a nearly fatal accident [3:03]

Brendon describes becoming obsessive about learning leadership and psychology [4:53]

Your life is determined by each decision you make, every day [7:20]

Brendon describes his self-evaluation and visualization process [10:33]

How to observe your life dispassionately [17:55]

Brendon explains how to deal with failures and feeling bad [21:04]

Going through the motions is the death of high performance [24:29]

Tom and Brendon discuss leveraging guilt and pain, courage and contemplation [25:56]

Brendon strongly advocates the need for community [29:48]

Tom advocates learning to endure hardship, failure and stress [31:50]

Brendon advocates allowing joy and deep pleasure [34:45]

Brendon explains how he came to value relationships so deeply [39:05]

What one change could people make to have more of an impact [43:27]

 

QUOTES:

 

“Your life doesn’t end up an accident. Your life is a series of actions that you initiate or don’t initiate.” [7:58]

“I’m totally cool with guilt. It’s good that we feel bad when we do something that is below our standards or that’s not right.” [22:29]

“The world completely underestimates the power of visualization, completely misutilizes the human power of contemplation. The number one thing I say to my clients: Going through the motions is the death of high performance.” [25:15]

“Emotion is not something you have. Emotion is something you generate.” [31:00]

“I don’t attract assholes. I’m too annoying. I’m too happy for them. There’s too much positive psychology happening so all the assholes say, ‘I don’t like that guy.’ They don’t come to my seminars. They don’t buy my stuff. I repel all the jerks.” [41:05]

 

FOLLOW:

 

WEBSITE: brendon.com 

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/36lTIBy 

FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2E3vVdy 

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2RIHy1c 

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

High Performance Habits www.hpxlife.com [2:40]

Jan 16, 2020

 

Dr. Jolene Brighten is one of the foremost practitioners of functional medicine to try to understand health holistically, recognizing the connection between mind and body, nutrition and emotion, wellness and community. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, she shares her own intense stories of dealing with autoimmune issues, chronic illness, an abusive family, bullying, and the long-term effects of using hormonal birth control. While describing her journey to genuine health, Jolene Brighten also talks about the three keys to rapid healing, explains why she doesn’t focus on what not to eat, and gives plenty of concrete suggestions on how to improve your diet.

This episode is brought to you by: 
Check out Impact Theory University at: http://bit.ly/ImpactTheoryUniversity2

SHOW NOTES:

 

Jolene shares her battles with chronic illness and bullying [0:50]

Jolene talks about growing up in an abusive and controlling household [5:25]

We can choose to re-write our narratives [7:00]

One tactic Jolene always uses is to carve out time to just think [10:41]

Jolene talks about how her negative experiences contributed to her chronic illness [11:43]

Jolene shares a story of when she publicly called herself on her own BS [14:21]

Tom talks about the connection between mind and body, nutrition and emotions [18:25]

Jolene strongly advocates that food is medicine, and that food is communication [20:13]

Jolene explains the benefits of turmeric [22:27]

Inflammation is not always bad--you need a little bit of it [23:25]

“I don’t want to focus on what NOT to eat.” [24:27]

Jolene is not a fan of products that have been dramatically genetically engineered [27:29]

Jolene discusses the connection between soy and estrogen [30:00]

Jolene describes good ways to get proteins and fats [31:50]

Jolene talks about the difficulty of making recommendations when evidence is limited [34:09]

Jolene explains the real effects of the birth control pill [36:00]

A woman may find a different man attractive when she’s using birth control [39:55]

Jolene advocates for a more balanced view of hormonal birth control [43:00]

Unapologetically love yourself fiercely, set and hold your boundaries [47:35]

 

FOLLOW JOLENE:

 

WEBSITE: https://drbrighten.com

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2RkdSpH 

FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2QTn3OB 

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/3a9yv0o 

Jan 14, 2020

Legendary motivational speaker Les Brown has overcome the most profound challenges. Over the course of his incredible career, he went from being labelled mentally retarded and working menial jobs to inspiring audiences of up to 80,000 people at a time. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Les Brown shares the truth about how everyone has to fail their way to success. He also details his strategies for improving his mindset, explains exactly how he transformed the story he tells himself about himself, and talks about how to deal with negative thoughts and negative people.

 

This episode is brought to you by:

Butcher Box: Sign up now and get $20 off your first box plus 2lbs of wild Alaskan salmon at butcherbox.com/IMPACT or enter promo code IMPACT at checkout.

Better Help: Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/impacttheory

Skillshare: Explore your creativity at skillshare.com/impacttheory for 2 free months of Premium Membership.

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Life is a battle for territory [3:07]

Les discusses his battle with cancer, which he has been winning for over 20 years [4:35]

Les explains how he changed his beliefs and the stories he told himself about himself [7:21]

Les shares his experience with prejudice, and how he learned to have hope [11:53]

Les explains how the dominant culture dismantles people’s creativity and sense of self [17:15]

Les describes the most important lessons about success he ever learned [19:46]

Les strongly advocates embracing your own uniqueness [22:53]

Don’t live the life that was given to you by your circumstances [26:40]

Les strongly recommends reading, changing your social circle, and finding a mentor [29:13]

Les makes some surprising book recommendations [32:23]

Les talks about holding negative thoughts in check [33:31]

Les details his strategy for continuously improving his mindset [35:43]

Les shares the impact his mother had on his life [37:25]

Les tells the story of how he learned to be unstoppable [43:02]

Les advocates listening, telling stories, and orchestrating an experience [45:37]

Les shares the impact he wants to have on the world [47:30]

 

QUOTES:

 

“Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.” [21:34]

“Life is a fight for territory. Once you stop fighting for what you want, what you don’t want will automatically take over.” [3:45]

“No excuse is acceptable.” [24:18]

“You will fail your way to success.” [24:46]

“If your achievements outgrow your sense of self, you will unconsciously engage in self-destructive behavior.” [36:59]

“If information could change people, everybody would be skinny, rich and happy.” [46:59]

 

FOLLOW LES:

 

WEBSITE: lesbrown.com 

EMAIL: info@lesbrownleader.com

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2QRxyRo 

FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/39Q70IQ 

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/36xr14R 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

“The Road to Your Best Stuff”, Mike Williams https://amzn.to/37KlIzd 

“Live Your Dreams”, Les Brown https://amzn.to/2FuV3dH 

“Secret of the Ages”, Robert Collier https://amzn.to/2FA859H 

“As a Man Thinketh”, James Allen https://amzn.to/35u1cl7 

Jan 9, 2020

Sometimes a “learning disability” turns out to be a superpower. Sometimes traits that are labelled dumb or defective turn out to be necessary and brilliant. Eric Weinstein is someone who was told throughout his schooling that there was something wrong with him. No. There was (and is) something wrong with the system. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Eric Weinstein delves into exactly what’s wrong with our education and economic system. While doing so, he also delivers some fantastic tactics and secrets on how to optimize your own learning and mindset. By the time Tom and Eric are finished with their discussion, you might start to consider the possibility that the Matrix really was a documentary after all.

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Eric and Tom discuss the Matrix [1:17]

Eric talks about how people literally see different colors [5:54]

Eric discusses altered consciousness and mind states [8:10]

Eric and Tom discuss spending time closer to a state of nature [10:23]

Eric talks about how technology has changed his attention span [14:12]

Eric discusses his goal of giving people the superpower of extraordinary learning [16:08]

Eric talks about teaching disabilities and the failures of the education system [23:31]

Eric explains how to eliminate the errors you make [25:58]

Eric and Tom discuss learning to play guitar [29:33]

Eric and Tom discuss using violent language [33:13]

Eric talks about balancing rationality and archetypal spirituality [35:23]

Tom and Eric discuss making a “steel man” argument [40:53]

Eric explains that the guitar itself is born out of impurity [45:44]

Tom and Eric talk about the math and physics inherent in music [49:34]

Eric talks about  how his learning disabilities forced him to find new ways to learn [56:02]

Yo-Yo Ma never won any competitions as a youth [1:01:38]

Do not over-medicate your kids. They can learn anything. [1:05:11]

Eric explains how to teach music in a completely alternate way [1:06:23]

Eric and Tom discuss the education system and why it fails [1:11:42]

“My PhD belongs to every learning disabled family in the country.” [1:15:51]

The kid you put in the dumby pile might have some superpowers [1:20:51]

Tom discusses a billion wicked thoughts and sexual desire [1:25:05]

Eric talks about how technology and economics have changed sexuality and family [1:31:18]

Tom and Eric discuss economic growth and the lack of wage growth [1:39:48]

Eric explains why people are not excited about their economic future [1:44:45]

Eric ends by returning to the parable of the Matrix [1:53:00]

 

FOLLOW ERIC:

 

WEBSITE: www.eric-weinstein.net

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2McoDIO 

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2PDOn2Q 

Jan 7, 2020

Retired Navy Seal, globally recognized leadership expert and author of one of the most empowering books ever, “Extreme Ownership”, Jocko Willink knows all about making an impact. And now he is finally on Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu! In this episode, Jocko Willink details his leadership principles and explains how to apply them. He also talks about building relationships and trust, understanding human nature, and learning to control your ego and emotions. And he even takes some time to share his newest undertaking, writing children’s books.

This episode is brought to you by:
Skillshare: Explore your creativity at skillshare.com/impacttheory for 2 free months of Premium Membership.

SHOW NOTES:

 

People asked how to apply leadership principles, so Jocko wrote his new book on tactics [2:07]

Jocko tells the war story of how he learned to take a step back and detach [4:38]

Jocko explains how he learned to avoid arrogance and to listen to people [8:48]

Jocko then explains how he learned that he doesn’t always need to be the leader [11:33]

Jocko advocates the importance of relationships and building trust [14:25]

Jocko asks questions instead of making statements when disagreements arise [19:43]

Jocko compares manipulation and leadership [23:14]

If you want to be a good leader, you need to understand human nature [29:01]

Jocko talks about why it’s so important to control your emotions [30:45]

Jocko advocates learning jiu jitsu to help you control your ego and emotions [32:29]

Jocko explains how to gain influence and respect [35:07]

Jocko and Tom talk about Jocko’s children’s books [36:21]

But seriously, if you’ve never checked out Jocko’s children’s books you really should [40:00]

Jocko and Tom discuss how to focus on improvement instead of talent [43:44]

Jocko talks about standing up to bullies [45:32]

Jocko shares the impact he wants to have on the world [49:01]

 

QUOTES:

 

“If I’m manipulating you, I’m trying to get you to do something that’s gonna benefit me. If I’m leading, I’m trying to get you to do something that’s gonna benefit you, that’s gonna benefit the team, and it’s gonna benefit the mission.” [24:47]

 

“It’s OK to be inexperienced as a leader. You can get through that as long as you’re humble, and you listen, and you take advice from other people. You should be able to do fine. No one expects you to know everything as a leader.” [9:07] 

 

“When I look back at my career in the navy, in the seal team, just about every single thing that I ever did was through relationships.” [15:58]

 

FOLLOW JOCKO:

 

WEBSITE: jockopodcast.com 

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2sFPXIt 

FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2Q0Eqvu 

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2Q2bL9d 

 

 

BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

“Extreme Ownership”, “The Dichotomy of Leadership”, “Leadership Strategy and Tactics”   https://amzn.to/2ExQQpj  [1:58]

Jan 2, 2020

Famed biohacker and best-selling author Dave Asprey is used to being on the cutting edge of functional medicine. Now he is trying to help everyone become superhuman and live to 180 (or beyond). On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dave Asprey discusses the primary dietary mistakes people make, advocates for some pretty unusual health practices, and details simple, inexpensive changes you can make to reverse the aging process and radically improve your day-to-day health.

This episode is brought to you by: 

Butcher Box: Sign up now and get $20 off your first box plus 2lbs of wild Alaskan salmon at https://butcherbox.com/IMPACT or enter promo code IMPACT at checkout.

ITU. Check out Impact Theory University at: http://bit.ly/ImpactTheoryUniversity2

SHOW NOTES:

 

Dave talks about how to face death [1:14]

Tom and Dave discuss reincarnation [4:04]

Dave explains that the key is not time or money, but energy [6:41]

The first step to living to 180 is to not die [8:10]

Aging is death by a thousand cuts so the key is to take less cuts [11:07]

Aging boils down to the mitochondria [11:43]

Dave describes some tactics to optimize your mitochondria [14:49]

Dave explains his methods of fasting [17:05]

Dave describes chryotherapy, cold showers and cold exposure [22:10]

Dave and Tom discuss dietary and weight loss mistakes [26:13]

Dave discusses the utility of sometimes using a vegan diet [29:23]

Dave advocates not overdoing protein consumption [31:07]

Dave does not advocate a carnivore diet but suggests trying it for a brief time [34:36]

Dave gives some simple recommendations to become superhuman [38:14]

Dave talks about using amber light and red light [40:54]

Dave advocates better sleep as the single most important change people need to make [44:56]

 

FOLLOW DAVE:

 

WEBSITE: daveasprey.com

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2ECxRKg 

FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2SaYpKo 

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2SaYgXm 

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