25 Best Tim Ferriss Podcast Episodes

Tim Ferriss, the author of the 4-Hour Workweek book series is also known for his insightful podcasts on fitness, business and life. If you're looking for some of the best episodes on health, wealth and more, let us help you get started. We've picked this list of 25 episodes we think are worth checking out.

1) Tim Ferriss (#464)

Describing it as the most important episode he's ever published, Tim opens up to his friend Debbie Millman, a renowned design strategist, about this childhood trauma and his long journey to heal. The episode is a difficult, yet powerful conversation that should remind listeners that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

2) Hugh Jackman (#577)

Renowned actor and singer, Hugh Jackman, best known for his iconic portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men franchise and his versatile stage performances joins Tim to talk about his meditation practice, its benefits, and how he maintains energy for live performances. Hugh also opens up about his nervousness before appearing on the podcast, the lessons he learned from his father, his eloquent communication skills, and his newfound appreciation for the work of Ken Burns.

3) Jack Kornfield (#414)

Tim speaks to respected meditation teacher and author Jack Kornfield, renowned for his work in popularizing mindfulness and Buddhist teachings in the West. This was a pandemic era episode that talked about how to cultivate calm in chaos, still highly relevant for whatever troubles you are navigating.

4) Dr. Brené Brown (#656)

Dr. Brené Brown is an esteemed researcher and storyteller, celebrated for her groundbreaking work on vulnerability and resilience, and her best-selling books on personal development. She spoke to Tim about self-acceptance, saving marriages and how to deal with trauma and dysfunction.

5) Ryan Holiday (#4)

Tim speaks to Ryan Holiday, an accomplished author and strategist who became the Director of Marketing for American Apparel at the young age of 21 years old. He's recognized for his expertise in stoicism and marketing, and his impactful books on success and personal growth. He speaks with Tim about how to thrive and how to build buzz around exciting brands.

6) Richard Koch (#466)

A prolific author and entrepreneur, Richard Koch is known for his books on business strategy and the 80/20 principle, which have influenced countless leaders and organizations. He talks to Tim about the nine key attitudes and strategies he has identified that lead to high success.

7) Tyler Cowen (#413)

Tyler Cowen is an eminent economist and author, celebrated for his contributions to the fields of economics and social commentary, and his thought-provoking writing on culture and society. He has a fascinating conversation with Tim about his mission to teach economics to more people than anyone else in history and his support for entrepreneurs that want to change the world.

8) Matthew McConaughey (#474)

Academy Award-winning actor and author Matthew McConaughey, famous for his distinctive roles in film and his memoir offering life wisdom and experiences, speaks to Tim about the power of saying "No... thank you" and his lessons learned from 30+ years in the entertainment industry.

9) Brad Feld (#448)

Respected venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author, Brad Feld is recognized for his work in the tech industry and his contributions to startup ecosystems. He spoke to Tim about the importance of unplugging, how to carve your own path in life and the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.

10) Penn Jillette (#405)

One half of the magic duo Penn & Teller,  Penn Jillette is celebrated for his illusionist skills and outspoken views on atheism and skepticism. He spoke to Tim about his transformational weight loss, his career in magic and the importance of 'weaponizing' kindness.

11) Dr. Jane Goodall (#421)

Dr. Jane Goodall is a world-renowned primatologist and conservationist, known for her groundbreaking research on chimpanzees and her tireless efforts in wildlife preservation. She spoke to Tim about her new documentary about her 60 years working with wildlife along with her efforts to inspire the next generation.

12) Charles Poliquin (#91)

Charles Poliquin has trained athletes from across the sporting spectrum, he's a world-renowned strength coach who has worked with NFL players, Olympic athletes and bodybuilders. He talks Tim through his approach to strength training, with tips on warm-ups, plant-based diets, post-workout mistakes and more.

13) Dr. Kelly Starrett (#664)

How do you reach the highest levels of peak physical performance without destroyong your body in the process? That's the question that Tim answers in this conversation with Dr. Kelly Starrett, a performance coach that's worked with a number of high-profile athletes and Juliet Starrett, his wife and former National whitewater rafting champion.

14) Jerry Seinfeld (#485)

The iconic comedian and actor, famous for his role in the legendary sitcom "Seinfeld" and his pioneering stand-up comedy joins Tim to talk about his process for creating comedy and how it can be applied to other fields.

15) Mark Zuckerberg (#582)

Co-founder of Facebook, tech industry titan and the man who helped shape the social media landscape as we know it. Zuckerberg talks to Tim about his personal interests in fencing and classical studies as well as his predictions for where VR technology will takes us in the future.

16) LeBron James (#349)

LeBron James is a basketball legend and philanthropist, who is celebrated for his achievements on and off the court, including his efforts to promote education and social justice. He joins Tim laong with his trainer Mike Mancias to discuss training regimens and how to maintain peak performance for athletes and non-athletes.

17) Rich Roll (#561)

Rich Roll is an endurance athlete and author, known for his transformation from an unhealthy lifestyle to a world-class ultra-endurance athlete. In this conversation he gives advice on how to re-invent your life no matter your age, to give yourself a healthier, more positive outlook on life and get closer to achieving your goals.

18) Dr. Michael Gervais (#564)

Dr. Michael Gervais is a renowned high-performance psychologist and one of the world’s leading experts on the relationship between the mind and human performance. Among other topics Gervais talks about extinguishing phobia, how to rein in anxiety and the role of mindfulness in success.

19) Arnold Schwarzenegger (#696)

Legendary bodybuilder, actor, and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Tim to talk about his book "Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life". He talks about the joy he gets by giving back, whether it's helping veterans or battling climate change. Enjoy this fascinating discussion with a man who has done it all.

20) Morgan Housel (#576)

Tim is joined for this conversation by respected financial writer and author Morgan Housel, recognized for his insightful writings on investing, economics, and human behavior. They discuss his best-selling book The Psychology of Money as well as his approach to risk, near-future innovations and websites he thinks are worth reading.

21) Cal Newport (#594)

Influential author and computer scientist Cal Newport is known for his work on productivity, digital minimalism, and deep work principles. Together Tim and Cal revisit the concept of the four hour workweek and discuss how it predicted the working world that exists today.

22) Jason Portnoy (#600)

Tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jason Portnoy joins Tim to talk about his career and his strategies for success. He goes through his early days at PayPal, getting to know Peter Thiel and Elon Musk, his addictions and what makes a great CFO.

23) Jim Collins (#632)

This rare interview with the reclusive Jim Collins covers the top 3 things he believes are crucial to living your ideal life. Based on his experience as an author and advisor to some of the greatest business leaders in history, Jim offers some fascinating insights.

24) Greg McKeown (#355)

Greg McKeown is a noted author and leadership consultant, known for his writings on essentialism and the disciplined pursuit of less. He talks to Tim about his mission to teach Essentialism to millions of people around the world.

25) Chip Wilson (#514)

Entrepreneur and founder of Lululemon Athletica, Chip is celebrated for his impact on the athletic apparel industry and innovation in activewear. In this chat with Tim he talks about the art of setting goals, how to make the biggest decisions of your life and his charity work to help find a cure for FSHD.

Tim Ferriss FAQs

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Tim Ferris.

Who is Tim Ferriss?

Tim Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, and public speaker known for his work in the fields of self-improvement, productivity, and lifestyle design. He was born on July 20, 1977, in East Hampton, New York. He is is best known for his series of books, including "The 4-Hour Workweek.

How did Tim Ferriss make his money?

Tim Ferriss has made money through a variety of ventures, first and foremost are his best-selling books "The 4-Hour Workweek," "The 4-Hour Body," and "The 4-Hour Chef," have sold millions of copies worldwide. He also has a successful podcast with high-profile sponsors and undertakes paid public speaking engagements.

What is the 4-Hour Workweek?

The 4-Hour Workweek concept comes from a book by Tim Ferris "The 4-Hour Workweek" is a book by Tim Ferriss that introduces the concept of lifestyle design and provides a framework for escaping the 9-5 workweek and achieving greater personal and financial freedom. It touches on time management, outsourcing, automated income, geoarbitrage and the Pareto Principle as ways of building the life you truly desire.

Best Episodes of The Tim Ferriss Podcast

  1. Tim Ferriss (#464)
  2. Hugh Jackman (#577)
  3. Jack Kornfield (#414)
  4. Dr. Brené Brown (#656)
  5. Ryan Holiday (#4)
  6. Richard Koch (#466)
  7. Tyler Cowen (#413)
  8. Matthew McConaughey (#474)
  9. Brad Feld (#448)
  10. Penn Jillette (#405)
  11. Dr. Jane Goodall (#421)
  12. Charles Poliquin (#91)
  13. Dr. Kelly Starrett (#664)
  14. Jerry Seinfeld (#485)
  15. Mark Zuckerberg (#582)
  16. LeBron James (#349)
  17. Rich Roll (#561)
  18. Dr. Michael Gervais (#564)
  19. Arnold Schwarzenegger (#696)
  20. Morgan Housel (#576)
  21. Cal Newport (#594)
  22. Jason Portnoy (#600)
  23. Jim Collins (#632)
  24. Greg McKeown (#355)
  25. Chip Wilson (#514)
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