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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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May 28, 2020

Most of us believe we perceive reality as it generally is, with perhaps some slight distortions. But mathematical models based on natural selection suggest that our strongest intuitions may be false. On this episode of Conversations with Tom, Donald Hoffman and Tom Bilyeu discuss the fascinating possibilities that stem from the theory that evolution gave us the equivalent of a desktop interface that hides the real truth from us so that we can take effective action. They discuss the nature of consciousness, free will, space-time, causality and the self.

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SHOW NOTES:

 

Most of us believe that we see reality as it is. But we don’t. [1:14]

Donald describes how mathematical game theory explains natural selection [3:42]

Donald talks about a game he created to simulate evolution [9:33]

Seeing the truth and seeing what you need to survive are very different things [13:51]

Evolution gave us the equivalent of a desktop interface, not the truth [18:11]

Every creature has a different user interface and perceives a different reality [24:57]

Science progresses because we push our best theories to their limit [29:05]

If we let go of logic and reasoning, then we have nothing left [32:10]

There will always be unprovable truths. You can never know it all. [35:14]

Evolution has created various forms of virtual reality [39:40]

Donald describes the process by which you “see” an apple [42:05]

Evolution tells us that the language of space and time does not describe reality [47:53]

Donald proposes that reality is a vast social network of conscious agents [49:39]

A conscious agent creates their interpretation from their experiences [53:32]

What is consciousness? [57:12]

What does a conscious agent need to do? [1:00:49]

Donald and Tom discuss fascinating cases of split-brain patients [1:08:13]

If your visualization tool is very good, it can focus on finer and finer detail [1:11:36]

If space-time is doomed then is causality doomed as well? [1:22:17]

Tom and Donald discuss the nature of cause and effect [1:24:35]

Donald discusses free will and its relationship to cause and effect [1:28:01]

The self is a construction just like space and time [1:30:27]

You can never experience yourself choosing [1:39:15]

Donald describes the experience of realizing that he is just inside a VR headset [1:40:01]

What created math? [1:44:53]

What’s the difference between math all the way down and turtles all the way down? [1:50:25]

Tom and Donald discuss the double-slit experiment in physics [1:56:18]

Donald talks about his wife and his marriage [2:01:49]

Donald and Tom discuss the possibility of taking off the headset [2:03:10]

Donald and Tom discuss why they haven’t used psychedelics [2:07:10]

Since space-time is doomed, what’s next? [2:13:27]

 

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May 26, 2020

There is no doubt that economic growth is positive, and that financial security is wonderful. But collectively, we seem to have given in to the notion that monetary gain is the primarily societal value. This transition to prioritizing profit over everything else is recent, and it may be leading us to an existential crisis. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Stickler argues that capitalism is good but incomplete, and that we need to expand our definition of self-interest. He shares the story of Kickstarter’s founding and explains why they became a public benefit corporation, describes his philosophy of Bentoism, and details the path to self-coherence.

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Yancey tells the story of how he became an entrepreneur [1:23]

Yancey explains that they never wanted to sell Kickstarter [5:48]

Yancey describes the reasoning behind a public benefit corporation [9:08]

What happens when values become central instead of being a passive guardrail [11:51]

Being obsessed with financial growth leads to an existential crisis [13:30]

Financial value is important, but it’s better to optimize for other values [16:52]

Tom and Yancey discuss how recent the prioritization of financial optimization is [19:31]

Stakeholder capitalism means you make decisions based on everyone involved [23:16]

Yancey describes his intellectual path to bentoism [28:29]

What does it mean to be “self-coherent?” [35:51]

Yancey’s grid of “now me,” “now us”, “future me”, and “future us” is his life user interface [41:41]

How do you deal with internal conflicts in Bentoism? [43:27]

Yancey wants to expand our definition of self-interest [48:03]

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QUOTES:

 

“The fascinating opportunity that we have now is that the ability to define new values, to distribute goods, to make decisions, has never been greater.” [15:46]

 

“In 1970 the percentage of college freshmen who said that being well-off financially was essential or very important was just 28%. That year the number one life goal was to develop a meaningful philosophy of life. The most recent year the study came out, 2017, the biggest life goal among college freshmen was to be rich.” [27:16]

 

“How do you get in a flow state on a Tuesday at like 3 o’clock when you don’t like anything you have to do?” [35:33]

 

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May 23, 2020

To catch Tom live on instagram, follow him @tombilyeu: https://bit.ly/3b44pvm

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May 21, 2020

Celebrate small victories. Your thoughts are a choice. Move towards fear. Lean into your negative experiences. No matter what the question is, action is the answer. Meditate. Breathe deeply. These are well-known concepts and mantras that many people have assimilated, through experience or through training. But what is the scientific explanation for why all these practices and beliefs work so well? What is happening on the level of the brain? On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, recognized neuroscientist Andrew Huberman details the science behind successful strategies for life change.

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Ultimately our thoughts are a choice [1:13]

The brain creates an abstract representation of everything that’s out there in the world [4:52]

There two pieces of your brain that are outside of your skull and spinal cord [7:23]

Viewing screens after 11 PM suppresses dopamine and punishes the brain [9:25]

Action in pursuit of a goal stimulates neural rewards [11:36]

Dopamine reward cycles can provide you with endless energy [14:21]

The reasons why it’s so important to celebrate small victories [16:25]

How to unlearn negative experiences [21:10]

Using lateralized eye movements while recounting negative experiences helps [25:01]

Forward movement is absolutely the remedy for trauma and fear [28:03]

Stress and agitation are meant to be triggers for action, not forms of suffering [31:31]

It’s not easy to suppress negative thoughts, but you can replace negative thoughts [34:21]

Always reward incremental steps that are about forward action [37:37]

Andrew explains hypnosis and why it works [40:08]

Andrew explains why slow, diaphragmatic breathing works so well [43:48]

Andrew shares the one thing he would have most people change in their lives [51:16]

 

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May 19, 2020

Robert Kiyosaki, author of the best-selling personal finance book of all time, has helped millions of people manage their money, fix their credit and build wealth. Through his books, seminars, classes, and RichDad.com website, he teaches real personal finance in a world where financial education often doesn't happen in schools. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Robert Kiyosaki discusses how his experience in the Marine Corps prepared him for business and investing, and explains what people need to do right now to build wealth during a severe recession.

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SHOW NOTES:

 

There are no average people, and no good one size fits all investing advice. [1:48]

Robert asks, “Where is your soul? Where is your spirit?” [5:45]

Robert predicts that we are going into a real economic depression [9:17]

Robert advocates never choosing security, and building resilience [11:15]

Robert talks about how important it is to actually test your soul and become stronger [15:36]

Robert describes some of the influencers and teachers that he admires right now [18:37]

The most important thing you must do to succeed in finance is rewire your brain [20:38]

Robert explains why you need to have an entire team in order to succeed [22:23]

Robert shares the impact he wants to have on the world [26:25]

 

QUOTES:

 

“Where is your soul? Where are your guts? Where is your spirit?” [7:53]

 

“I don’t hang out with wimps.” [9:20]

 

“How strong is your soul? We all have it. But most of us don’t ever put ourselves in a situation where we’re testing our soul.” [17:24]

 

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May 14, 2020

History’s patterns repeat, but many things (like truly severe pandemics) may only happen once in a lifetime. So if you only think about what you’ve personally experienced, you will be unprepared for the future. As a dedicated student of history, Ray Dalio is on a mission to help us weather a coming economic storm that may be even worse than what happened in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. In this episode of Conversations with Tom, Ray Dalio and Tom Bilyeu discuss the current severe recession and the debt crisis that preceded it. And while Ray does advocate planning for the worst-case scenario, he also offers a powerful reminder that you don’t have to do this alone.

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SHOW NOTES:

 

There’s a pattern to history, but some things only happen once in a lifetime [0:41]

Ray discusses debt crises and the problem of money creation [1:29]

The Federal Reserve is part of the government but outside of politics [5:38]

Money is digital. So how do we know it’s going to be of value? [7:37]

Ray talks about the large wealth gap and the rise of China [10:04]

Look at your income, expenses and savings, and then do a stress test [12:31]

Ray advocates intelligence and non-antagonism in politics [17:07]

Ray discusses the success of FDR in dealing with depression and debt crisis [19:47]

Ray strongly advocates for the virtues of a complete education [22:38]

Tom and Ray discuss the importance of skill acquisition [27:35]

You don’t need to make your decisions in your head. You can ask others. [33:56]

No one is going to come to save you [36:32]

You’re better off knowing that you don’t know than believing you know when you don’t [39:06]

Tom talks about the need for people to aggressively get educated and acquire skills [43:04]

What you don’t know is greater than anything you do know [47:42]

Ray is extremely curious, and he loves learning about the world and then betting on it [50:24]

When Ray was 12 years old, he started investing with his earnings from odd jobs [53:32]

Ray thinks the decline of the US empire will be manageable [57:11]

Ray advocates again planning for the worst-case scenario [59:57]

 

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May 12, 2020

Right now a lot of us are suffering economically, and we need solid advice on money that covers all aspects of personal finance--strategies that go well beyond silly guilt trips about buying lattes. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Ramit Sethi, founder of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com, shares powerful advice on how to make it through the most severe recession in decades. He details a plan of action that will help you nail any job interview, discusses ways to immediately reduce debt or at least postpone payments, and explains how to build up an emergency savings fund so you can weather the coming storm.

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SHOW NOTES:

 

Why you need to accept reality, make a plan, and build up a 1 year emergency fund [1:29]

Ramit explains how to save significant amounts of money right now [4:45]

What to do if picking up the phone scares you [7:27]

How to go on offense when it comes to cost-cutting [10:25]

What government programs are available to people struggling now? [15:26]

Ramit talks about why you should not chase interest rates [18:43]

Ramit explains why you should only invest for the long term [19:45]

Ramit recommends that people not invest until they have a 1 year emergency fund [22:27]

Ramit and Tom discuss making the changes you must make without any shame [24:15]

It doesn’t matter what you look at. It matters what you see. [28:31]

Ramit shares advice on how to get a job if you are unemployed [33:07]

You must take care of yourself and your family first [38:46]

Ramit describes the one change he would recommend people make right now [43:02]

 

QUOTES:

 

“Money in your pocket now is worth more than money in your pocket later.” [6:10]

 

“It’s so rare to hear about someone going on offense with their money. Most often, like 99% of the time, people are playing life on defense, especially with their money.” [12:22]

 

“Your mind will always play from a position of safety, not excellence.” [32:42]

 

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May 7, 2020

Right now people need to know the facts about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Knowing how the virus actually spreads, how it damages the body on a cellular level, and how it provokes counter-productive immune system responses will help everyone make significantly better decisions about their diet, lifestyle and social activities. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Rishi Desai explains exactly how the coronavirus infects people, what it does to the body’s cells and immune system, the reason why tracking the virus is so difficult, and why it will take time to get a vaccine.

 

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SHOW NOTES:

Dr. Rishi Desai explains exactly how the coronavirus infects people [1:37]

Rishi describes how the virus actually damages your body on a cellular level [3:16]

Rishi talks about the effect of humidity on the virus [7:37]

Hospital admissions are a lagging indicator of how many cases there really are [9:23]

The possible reasons for why COVID-19 seems more contagious than other viruses [13:14]

Rishi describes the steps he takes to reduce his chances of getting infected [15:51]

Rishi talks about methods for treating the virus that he has high hopes for [18:15]

Why does diabetes seem to be such a serious risk factor? [19:51]

Rishi explains how cells “communicate” with each other, and why it matters [23:59]

Rishi explains how fluid builds up from severe inflammation, preventing oxygen flow [27:01]

Tom and Rishi discuss why it’s so important to actually understand how the virus works [30:07]

Rishi explains why merely transferring antibodies doesn’t confer immunity [33:40]

Why are vaccines so time-consuming to create? [35:12]

How important is Vitamin-D? [39:52]

You can probably only get too much Vitamin D if you take a pill [43:52]

What is the single most important health change most people should make? [45:30]

 

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May 5, 2020

Andrew Yang shook up politics in 2020 by running for president as an optimistic, data-driven entrepreneur who was simultaneously more aware of the dark side of American capitalism than any of the other candidates. And he has not relented on his mission to help people learn to kick ass in every area of their lives, while at the same time constantly pointing out the demented ways that our economic and educational systems squash initiative and produce financial insecurity. On this episode of Impact Theory, Andrew Yang and Tom Bilyeu engage in an eye-opening discussion of the current recession, our long-term decline in entrepreneurship, and what individuals can do right now to make it through tough times.

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SHOW NOTES:

 

Andrew and Tom discuss the ways that being entrepreneurs have defined them [1:20]

Andrew talks about why entrepreneurship is in such serious decline [4:24]

Andrew explains that the economy doesn’t line up success with actual value [10:21]

Tom shares the story of how he became obsessed with skill sets and mindset [14:59]

Andrew describes the family conditions that make it hard for many people to succeed [19:33]

Tom and Andrew discuss Geoffrey Canada and early learning [26:21]

Andrew talks about how out of date and unresponsive the education system is [29:25]

Tom explains why he stopped cheating in college, and focused on acquiring skills [34:06]

The job market has systematically gotten more punitive and volatile [36:21]

How can you protect yourself from the current economic recession? [41:47]

Andrew and Tom discuss positive advice for making it through tough times [43:15]

Andrew talks about what he’s reading right now [46:56]

Tom and Andrew express their admiration for each other [49:03]

Andrew shares the impact he wants to have on the world [53:23]

 

QUOTES:

 

“When I was the CEO of my company, I felt like I was the head of a family, of a really big household.” [1:56]

 

“I would want to team up with Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs and be like, look, these jobs are awesome. We have a massive shortage of people to fill those jobs. And we have an overabundance of people who are going to college.” [31:36]

 

“It doesn’t feel like it. But just try to help someone. Just by helping someone, it will end up making you stronger. You will end up building connections and a sense of value.” [46:19]

 

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May 2, 2020

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