You may have picked up on this, but Tim Ferriss is one of our greatest role models and sources of inspiration here at 220YL. If you don't know him or know much about him, Tim is an an American author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker. He has written several self-help books which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, starting with The 4-Hour Workweek. He is also an angel investor or an advisor to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Evernote, and Uber, among other companies.

Today, I want to tell you about his podcast, which is called The Tim Ferriss Show and is one of the top podcasts in the world. Joseph and I listen to his podcast almost every day. And this is not just for enjoyment- both of us believe this is one of the most productive activities we do for 220YL. Tim interviews some of the most successful people in the world in an incredibly diverse range of fields, ranging from chess prodigies to serial entrepreneurs to film directors to comedy writers to athletes to wine sommeliers. His goal, which he absolutely accomplishes, is to reveal that common traits and habits exist across this diverse group of people, from seeking out failure to prioritization to morning routines to managing email to their favorite books.

This podcast is an incredible tool for us. Not only are we constantly learning from the best of the best, but we consistently get validation of the lessons and habits we are trying to instill in our students. No matter your current or future field, career, or personal goals, there are common principles, skills, and habits that are critical to achieving success. There is something amazing and so important about learning that a film director has the same practices and principles as a former US Navy Seal. No single student that we want to work with will be motivated the same way, nor will they want to do the same thing when they grow up. There is something very powerful about being able to offer guidance to our students not just from the perspective of leadership coaches and passionate entrepreneurs, but guidance that would be very similar from the elite authors, businessmen and women, psychologists, and olympic strength trainers of the world.

Some of Joseph's Favorites
Alain de Botton
BJ Novak
Rainn Wilson
Tony Robbins
Jamie Foxx
Tara Brach
Naval Ravikant

Some of Matthew's Favorites
Walter O'Brien
Roberto Rodriguez
Will MacAskill
Jocko Willink
Charles Poliquin
Richard Betts
Sam Kass


We highly recommend incorporating a little bit of Tim into your life. Here's how you can:

The Tim Ferriss Show

The 4-Hour Workweek
The 4-Hour Chef