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 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


Emile Durkheim is mentioned often: 

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]








Jul 30, 2020

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a powerhouse researcher dedicated to unlocking the human mind’s untapped potential. And that potential looks to be almost limitless. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Caroline Leaf explains the biological processes that constitute thoughts, feelings and choices, emphasizes the importance of becoming more aware, and describes the latest brain research, including exciting findings about how to change your biological age through mind management.

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[1:06] Form Your Identity: Caroline explains why your identity is so important, and how to consolidate and strengthen it.

[6:48] Think, Feel, Choose: Caroline describes the biological processes that underlie making choices and building identity.

[14:43] The Science of Thought: Caroline uses the analogy of ocean waves to explain how the brain functions.

[23:43] How to Become Aware: Awareness is strongly linked to empathy, and requires you to stand back and observe your own choices and reactions.

[28:45] 5 Steps for Mind Management: Even if you are not conscious of it, and even if you don’t remember it, your choices and habits will change your brain on a physical level.

[44:03] The Latest Researcher: You can change your biological age by controlling your brain functions.


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Jul 28, 2020

Recently Success Magazine honored it’s “New Thought Leaders”, a group of influencers who can lead you to your brightest future. This episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu features nine of the other leaders on that list: Gabby Bernstein, Lewis Howes, Brendon Burchard, Trent Shelton, Rachel Hollis, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, Jay Shetty, and Marie Forleo. They discuss their most heartbreaking losses, their most profound failures, and their toughest battles. And of course, they explain how they overcame their struggles. Find out how to deal with even severe mental illness, what the one belief is that unlocks all other useful beliefs, some surprising secrets to achieving truly extraordinary things, and why sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is, “I need help.”

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Gabby Bernstein shares why even in deep depression she celebrated good things [1:20]

Gabby and Tom discuss depression, medication, and spirituality [3:34]

Lewis Howes explains that his ambition came from the need to be accepted [5:09]

Brendon Burchard says his community keeps him going and pushes him forward [7:54]

Trent Shelton’s only real fear is to succeed at the wrong things [11:20]

You’ll never win the war until you face reality head on [13:13]

Rachel Hollis shares the story of his brother’s suicide [14:44]

Gary Vaynerchuk is fully in love everyone he encounters, including himself [21:13]

Tim Ferriss explains why you should set really low expectations [24:27]

Tim defines “writer’s block” as self-imposed performance anxiety [27:00]

Jay Shetty explains how to find your passion and fix your relationships [28:48]

Marie Forleo shares the one belief that unlocks all the other important beliefs [33:37]




“Feeling isolated as a child, to my mind, is the scariest thing because that leads to depression.” [6:10]


“You’ll never win your war by running from your battles.” [13:24]


“Beliefs are a choice, and every choice can be changed.” [34:20]




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Jul 23, 2020

Righteous indignation is personally intoxicating, culturally powerful and incredibly motivating. It also doesn’t necessarily align with reality, as shown by the fact that opposite sides of many issues are often equally righteous and equally angry. So how do we move past righteous indignation to look at problems like racism in terms of realistic solutions and honest tradeoffs? On this episode of Conversations with Tom, the brilliant young intellectual Coleman Hughes discusses the ways that our national debate about race has gone far off the rails. He also points out real-world solutions to some smaller problems that have actually worked, and strongly advocates that we adopt a more facts-based mindset on the bigger issues.

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Coleman and Tom discuss music and the music industry [0:36]

Coleman describes the experience of taking online classes [2:24]

Tom and Coleman discuss social distancing, COVID-19 and authority [5:04]

Coleman talks about why he would prefer Obama to be president currently [9:48]

Coleman discusses the current state of racial conversations [18:00]

Coleman explains why he is willing to wade into the debates about race [22:58]

Almost anyone who has had a hard life and become successful doesn’t play victim [29:10]

Coleman says the cultural zeitgeist on race is getting things deeply wrong [35:45]

Coleman asks why people need to feel that they are victims of racism [38:29]

One of the worst things about growing up poor is not having actual role models [47:17]

What if creating wealth is more important than political power? [51:17]

Righteous indignation feels incredible, but it cannot be trusted [59:48]

Coleman explains why he actually favors dismantling police over defunding police [1:04:41]

Coleman describes ways to get police out of certain work while still reducing crime [1:12:26]

Coleman and Tom discuss whether there is a culture of murder [1:17:50]

How are we going to improve the quality of police forces? [1:23:26]

Coleman explains why sometimes he has answers, and other times he doesn’t [1:28:29]

Coleman argues against the connection between capitalism and racism [1:34:26]

Why do so many people take the same side on wildly disparate issues? [1:44:07]

Some people just aren’t swayed by logic, so what should be done? [1:50:49]

Coleman’s approach to music is completely intuitive [1:55:15]








Jul 21, 2020

NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch knows a thing or two about winning. The longest-tenured active driver in the Cup Series has not only won, but won consistently in just about every kind of race. On this Episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Kurt Busch breaks down exactly what constitutes a champion’s mindset. He explains the importance of preparation, describes how to build the courage necessary to take insane risks, and talks about how important honesty and clarity are. He also discusses the need to be incredibly competitive, and shares his story of how he learned to harness his own aggressiveness, drive and desire. 

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What does it take to win consistently? [2:33]

What does pushing hard really look like? [3:38]

Tom and Kurt discuss how important an obsessive desire to succeed is [4:28]

Kurt credits his parent’s blue-collar upbringing for his mindset [7:21]

Courage, inclination, intuition and luck are the ingredients to becoming a great driver [9:15]

Kurt talks about how preparation leads to courage [11:50]

You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with [14:57]

Kurt says that he still loves racing, and that’s why he keeps doing it [15:56]

Kurt wears his emotions on his sleeve, and it led to a rocky relationship with the media [18:15]

Kurt tells the story of how he turned an independent team to a contender [22:19]

Honesty, taking responsibility and clarity are key for leadership [24:24]

Kurt and Tom discuss the need for competitiveness and aggression [26:32]

Kurt explains how he deals with losses and failure [31:31]

What’s the next phase for Kurt’s life? [33:02]

Kurt shares the impact he wants to have on the world [35:35]




“You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with.” [15:53]


“Each day is an opportunity to win something.” [3:04]


“I can tell you more vividly and in detail about the losses than some of the wins.” [31:39]








Jul 16, 2020

After being diagnosed with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Terry Wahls depended on a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. However, she realized that she could improve her health on a cellular level by focusing on lifestyle and diet. Her incredible story of recovery is really a story of creating health and vitality, instead of focusing on treating the symptoms of disease. On this episode of Health Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Terry Wahls explains how a focus on cellular health can lead to extraordinary outcomes, even for people struggling with severe chronic illness.

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[0:00] Fight for Your Life: Terry shares the story of how she responded to her diagnosis of Progressive MS.

[7:49] Focus on Mitochondria: Terry describes the importance of mitochondria and talks about why she focused on them.

[18:28] How to Create Health: Drugs treat symptoms but they do not create health. Terry shares stories of transformation due to diet and lifestyle changes.

[23:41] Cytokines 101: Terry explains how wear and tear is repaired in cells, and why the process can become overactive, leading to inflammation.

[27:48] Be Your Own Case Study: Why you should definitely pay attention to research, but you still have to figure out what works for you.

[31:36] Eat These Foods: Terry defines a good diet, and talks about which foods to add to your diet and which to eliminate.








Jul 14, 2020

Founder of both and, and now CEO of Walmart eCommerce, Marc Lore has had a success streak that is astonishing by any standard. Fortunately for everyone else, he is more than happy to share the habits, mindset and traits that have allowed him to become so accomplished. On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, serial entrepreneur and multi-billionaire Marc Lore explains how to raise capital when you are just starting out, how to hire and lead employees, and how to make progress towards your goals no matter what you are right now.

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Marc credits his attitude of “billions or body bags” with his success [2:26]

Tom and Marc discuss having your back against the wall and being aggressive [5:16]

Marc hires self-motivated people and then makes sure he doesn’t micromanage them [7:55]

Marc looks for traits instead of experience for start-up companies [8:58]

Never ask a question in an interview that someone could have prepared for [10:52]

People who went to really good schools have a hard time taking risk [14:15]

Marc shares the story of applying to a business school he had almost no chance at [15:48]

Marc never accepts that something is impossible unless it literally has a 0% probability [18:48]

Marc believes that you are born and raised with some traits, but most can be developed [20:19]

Marc focuses on caring, kindness and empathy when raising his kids [22:27]

When Marc was a kid he was quite entrepreneurial, and got into stocks at 10 years old [23:26]

Marc talks about why his first investors were willing to take a risk on him [26:21]

Tom and Marc discuss how to help someone build desire [27:48]

Marc explains how he deals with doubters [31:04]

Great execution is better than great ideas [33:35]

The way to deal with failure is not to dwell on it, but be objective about progress [35:49]

People want to be understood, and empathy is the most important leadership quality [37:23]

Entrepreneurs should be thinking about vision, capital and people over 80% of the time [39:18]

For core values to be core, there have to be 3 or less [41:29]

Marc shows how he raised money in the beginning [43:18]

Marc shares the impact he wants to have on the world [46:23]




“I’m not gonna accept that it can’t be done unless somebody proves that it’s a zero probability...And it’s typically the stuff that’s really close to zero--nobody else is touching--that’s where the big opportunities are.”  [18:50]

“Every time somebody says something can’t be done, there’s also a part of me that gets a little bit excited.” [32:13]

“Today’s today. What’s the biggest step you can take today, towards your vision? How do you make the most progress towards the vision, today?” [35:10]





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