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By Sean Kim
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61. King Bach on Fame, Saying No, and Believing in Yourself
King Bach (Andrew Bachelor) is an actor, content creator, and internet personality. He blew up on Vine with over 11 million followers, creating funny skits, and has transitioned that audience and talent to garner over 20 million followers on Instagram. If you enjoyed this episode, you'll also want to check out: Louis The Child: The Value of Persistency  Adrienne Bankert: How to Say No Gracefully Subscribe:
November 25, 2020
60. Adam Carolla on How to Speak Your Mind Openly
Adam Carolla is what you'd call the OG of podcasting, starting The Adam Carolla Show back in 2009 before anyone knew what a podcast was. He sets the record as the "most downloaded podcast" as judged by Guinness World Records in 2011. Before starting his podcast, Adam co-hosted the show Loveline with Dr. Drew (a Growth Minds guest), and The Man Show with Jimmy Kimmel. In our conversation, we go over: Why Adam decided to write a book  How he balances his time when doing multiple podcasts, writing books, stand-up comedy, shooting movies, and more Adam's honest opinions on the politically correct culture we live in How you can learn to speak your mind without caring what other people think and more If you enjoyed this conversation, check out my conversations with: Dr. Drew - How to Be More Attractive Scott Adams - The Persuasion Master
November 18, 2020
59. North Korean Escapee Reveals Her Shocking Story | Yeonmi Park
Yeonmi Park is a North Korean defector who escaped the country in 2007. In this interview, she shares her full, unfiltered story of her journey and what is really going on inside North Korea. Order her book:
November 11, 2020
58. Taoist Monk Shares How to Increase Your Focus & Make Better Decisions | Dr. Pedram Shojai
Dr. Pedram Shojai is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, bestselling author of The Urban Monk and The Art of Slowing Down Time, and founder of Before finding the public spotlight, Dr. Pedram was a taoist monk for four years from the age of 18, and a Qi Gong master who's studied Tai chi and Kung fu for decades. Beyond the meditation session we do at the end of the episode (make sure you're doing it with us!), we also discuss: How Dr. Pedram got into taoism and what drove him to pursue the life of a monk for four years What are the core lessons he learned from being trained as a monk The practices and habits he still applies  Core differences between taoism and buddhism Things we can do today to slow down time and reduce our stress levels How we can make smarter decisions (and when is the best time of the day to make your BIG decisions) & much more If you enjoyed this episode, you may also like: Wim Hof - The Secret to Living Longer and Healthier How to Use Meditation to Make Higher Quality Decisions - Dan Harris Learn more about Dr. Pedram: Website - Instagram -
November 4, 2020
57. How to Train Your Brain to Earn More Money | John Assaraf
John Assaraf is a mindset and behavioral expert, New York Times Bestselling author, and CEO of MyNeuroGym - a company dedicated to using the most advanced technologies and evidence based brain training methods to help individuals unleash their fullest potential. He has created 5 multi-million dollar businesses before starting MyNeuroGym, and has been featured in hit movies including "The Secret" and "Quest for Success" with Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama. In this conversation, we went over: How John went from constantly getting into trouble as a kid to shifting his mindset 5 stages of Innercise, and using it as a tool to unlock your mindset's potential Why most people have limiting beliefs about money, and its relation to fear Steps you can take today to change your story around money and other limiting beliefs Latest developments in neuroscience that can help us learn faster & more Enjoy! If you liked this episode, you might also like my conversation with: Jen Sincero - Reverse Your Limiting Beliefs About Money Robert Kiyosaki - How to Earn Millions During a Recession Subscribe to the Growth Minds podcast
October 28, 2020
56. How to Think 10X Bigger | Sergey Young
Sergey Young is the founder of the Longevity Vision Fund, a $100m fund that invests in companies working on longevity technologies to help people live longer. He's also an innovation board member of XPrize, and the author of The Science and Technology of Growing Young.  His goal? To have a meaningful impact of the lives of 1 billion people to help them live a happy and healthy 100 years. Given how few people are willing to take the leap in the world of longevity in a meaningful way, I was fascinated to learn about the mindset behind Sergey and his story. In our conversation, we went over: Why there is a lack of funding and resources backing technologies and sciences in longevity Mental frameworks that have helped Sergey make better decisions as an investor What holds people back from thinking bigger and taking moonshots in life The importance of having 'blank time slots' to do nothing but think to get some of your best ideas Latest developments in longevity science and technology (and exciting changes to coming in the near future) Questions to ask to help you think 10x bigger (and shift your perspectives) What big thinkers like Tony Robbins, Peter Diamandis, Larry Page (CEO of Google) all have in common & more Pre-order Sergey's book here: Subscribe on YouTube: Subscribe on Apple Podcast:
October 21, 2020
55. Active Volcano Walker Shares How to Conquer Your Fears | Nik Wallenda
Nik Wallenda, who's part of the legendary Flying Wallendas family, has walked over ropes across some of the craziest places you can imagine, such as the Niagra Falls, Time Square, and most recently, an active volcano in Nicaragua - all without a safety net. He has broken 11 Guiness World Records for various acrobatic feats, and is on his way to break more. However, his journey has not been easy. Events like 2017, where a horrific accident has led his sister to fall during rehearsals led to breaking nearly every bone on her face. Several members of the Wallenda family have also fell and died, as the stunts happen without any safety net. In our conversation, Nik shares: How he's been able to overcome his fears knowing he could die at any moment The difference between healthy and unhealthy fear (and why NOT feeling fear is dangerous) What his self-talk sounds like while he's on the tightrope (on top of an active volcano) How he prepares (or rather over-prepares) for every single event  What Karl Wallenda, his great grand-father (and founder of the Wallenda family) taught them How he continues to improve himself when he's the #1 in his industry & more Check out Nik's book 'Facing Fear': Subscribe to the pod: Subscribe on Youtube:
October 14, 2020
54. Louis The Child on the Value of Persistency, Self-Improvement, and Being Yourself
Louis The Child (Frederic Kennett  + Robert Hauldren) is a DJ and production duo, with hot singles such as "Better Not" (100 million streams on Spotify), "It's Strange", "Weekend", and more. They have been praised by the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde, and their song was used as part of the FIFA 16 soundtrack.  The two of them met in high school at a Madeon concert. Few years later, they were touring and opening for him across the country.  There are so many fascinating parts to their story that I'm excited to share. We talked about: Their creative process, and how they view differentiation amongst other artists Skillstacking and the importance of combining your skills to find your competitive advantage Why the two of them choose to continue learning new skills like piano, writing, and drums instead of delegating it to others Daily habits and how persistency has played a pivotal role to where they are today Favorite books that have made the most impact, what they're reading today Importance of continuous self-improvement and the 10,000 hour rule Feeling the fear and doing it anyways & much more If you're an artist, entrepreneur, or someone that wants to know what type of mindset and daily habits you need to stand out, this is worth the listen. Enjoy x Subscribe to the pod: Subscribe on Youtube:
October 7, 2020
53. How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome, Be Emotional Resilient, and Use Your Dreams with Dr. Emily Anhalt
Dr. Emily Anhalt is a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D and doctorate degree, TEDx speaker, and Chief Clinical Officer at Coa, a mental fitness community with mental health gyms opening across the country. Dr. Emily's interest in the psychology of the entrepreneur began with the realization that “how you do anything is how you do everything,” and that the more founders and employees understand about their emotional tendencies, the more successful they and their companies will be. This unique perspective has led to work with some of the fastest growing technology companies and venture capitalist firms around the world. I got a chance to chat with Dr. Emily about: What emotional fitness is and how it differs from how we look at mental health today Dream analysis and what certain dreams may or may not mean Jung vs. Freud's approach to dream analysis and different schools of thought when it comes to psychology Why some people are so bad at receiving compliments and the proper way to accept them Overcoming imposter syndrome and being comfortable with having uncomfortable conversations (we play a game called 'if you really knew me') Parapsychology - and the power of our minds, and how they connect to our bodies and more! Hope you enjoyed this mental ride with Dr. Emily and I. As always, if you enjoyed the convo, would love for you to share, subscribe, and leave a rating!
September 30, 2020
52. How to Transform Your Brain By 500% | Vishen Lakhiani, CEO of Mindvalley
Vishen Lakhiani is the founder and CEO of, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, and an innovation board member of the XPrize. As a Malayasian-born entrepreneur, Vishen started his career by pursuing the traditional path by working for Microsoft in the United States. After realizing his desire for building something new, he started Mindvalley in 2002, and has bootstrapped the business to over 400 employees and millions of dollars in revenue. I did my best to take my conversation with Vishen in a fresh direction where he has normally not gone, as he shares.  We delved into some meaningful points including: The formula that Vishen uses to tell remarkable stories and become a better speaker Strategies and tactics to memorize anything including grocery items, names, and long numbers I put Vishen on the spot to memorize 20 numbers I write down (and ask him to do it backwards!) His honest experience on Ayahausca and some freaky revelations that he stumbled upon during the experience much more Enjoyed this conversation? Share this episode with one friend: Subscribe to Growth Minds on YouTube: Learn more about Vishen: Website: Mindvalley: Vishen's instagram: The Code For an Extraordinary Mind:
September 23, 2020
51. The "Healthy Foods" You Should Absolutely Not Eat | Dr. Steven Gundry
Dr. Steven Gundry is a cardiothoracic and heart surgeon, founder of the International Heart & Lung Institute, and a New York Times Bestselling Author of the Plant Paradox, Longevity Paradox, and the upcoming Energy Paradox. In our in-depth conversation about health, diet, and longevity, we go into: Why Dr. Steven Gundry eats only once a day, and what he eats What 3 ingredients he would use if people ate only one meals to maximize energy and longevity The importance of our gut health (and new research that shares how it impacts our mood, emotions, and decisions) Healthy foods that you must avoid (that we've been taught were healthy) What all blue zone cities (that have longest life expectancy) have in common in terms of their diet and lifestyles The one vitamin that we all need at least 5x more of and more With love, Sean Subscribe to the podcast: Subscribe on YouTube: Learn more about Dr. Steven Gundry: Website: Instagram: Twitter: Pre-order The Energy Paradox:
September 16, 2020
50. "Avoid These Top Workout Mistakes" - Beachbody Coach Autumn Calabrese
Autumn Calabrese is a celebrity trainer, best-selling author, and working mom who revolutionized the Beachbody® fitness model with her simple approach to portion control. She's trained clients like Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Rachel Zoe, Brooke Burke, and more. In our conversation, we talk about: The biggest mistakes most people make in nutrition and working out The uphill battle America has versus other countries when it comes to eating healthy Emotional eating and what we can do to overcome it (or help others overcome it) Importance of having a program when it comes to getting results when you work out Autumn's honest thoughts on fad diets, ketogenic diet, and more What Autumn eats to maximize her energy The importance of taking care of your gut microbiomes, how it affects your mood and energy, and what you can do to take care of it & more Enjoy!
September 9, 2020
49. Bret Weinstein on Being Open-Minded, Thinking Independently, and Ending the Two-Party System
Bret Weinstein is an evolutionary biologist, former professor at Evergreen State College, and part of the Intellectual Dark Web alongside members like his brother Eric Weinstein, Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, Joe Rogan, and Ben Shapiro. Bret came into the spotlight as part of the controversy that occured at Evergreen State College (recommend a quick google), and is now using his platform to promote Unity2020, a new political system where two candidates from the left and right are drafted to become President and Vice President of the United States. Bret and I spoke about: #ShutdownSTEM controversy and Bret's stance on it What really happened with the Evergreen controversy The deep-rooted racism in the world and how we can take actionable steps to reduce it Unity2020: what is it, why is it needed, and who are the candidates? (hint: one of them is a former guest on Growth Minds) Why it's crucial that we remain open-minded while thinking independently If you enjoyed this conversation and our previous episodes, please take 1 min to leave a review!
September 2, 2020
48. How to Use Meditation to Make Higher Quality Decisions Everyday | Dan Harris
Dan Harris is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling book, 10% Happier, co-founder of the meditation app 10% Happier, and anchor for Good Morning America.  In this conversation, Dan and I go over: Dan's experience of going over to Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan right after 9/11 as an investigative journalist  How Dan got hooked into drugs after returning home Psychedelics, and how it can intertwine with meditation His journey into getting into meditation and what he has learned from his shrink and teachers What it's like to be completely silent for ten days without talking (or making eye contact) Buddhism and how Dan applies their practice in his daily routine Benefits of meditation and how to use it to make smarter decisions and more Check out Dan and his work: Ten percent: 10% Happier (book): Instagram: Twitter: Subscribe to the podcast: Apple: Spotify: Google:
August 26, 2020
47. Dr. Drew - How to Be More Attractive
Dr. Drew (David Drew Pinsky) is a doctor of internal medicine and addiction specialist who became globally recognized through his appearances on Loveline, Celebrity Rehab, Ellen, Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and much more.  I was fascinated to hear Dr. Drew's expansive knowledge about history and philosophy, and how he applies it to lead a more fulfilling life. We also dug into human attraction and why we're attracted to certain types of people, attachment theory, how he makes time for self-care and growth, why social contracts like marriage are important, and much more. This has been one of my favorite episodes to date, and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did. Timestamps: [01:30] How Dr. Drew started his career in medicine and rose to fame [13:00] Can introverts become extroverts (and vice versa?) [20:30] Finding time to learn, and take care of yourself with a busy schedule [23:00] Stoic philosophy (plus story on how. he got Ryan Holiday started on stoicism) [26:25] Dr. Drew's current philosophy and how he applies it to his life [28:45] What Dr. Drew thinks about the cancel culture today [34:50] Should students still go to college in the future? [41:00] Can you still be friends with your ex? [43:30] Are humans closer to bonobos or chimpanzees (aka are we polygamous animals?) [49:00] Attachment theory [55:00] What do women find attractive in a man, and what attractive qualities do men look for in women? Links: Dr. Drew's website: Dr. Drew's YouTube channel: The Partially Examined Life podcast: Frederick Douglas biography: Facing Love Addiction book: Subscribe to the pod: YouTube channel:
August 19, 2020
46. The New Science on Breathing (boost energy & stop snoring!) w/ James Nestor
James Nestor is an author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, and journalist for Scientific American, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and more.   His freediving experience with some of the best breath holders led him to an exploratory journey to learn about the lost art of breath. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo.    Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is.   I hope this conversation was as fascinating for you as it was for me.   Book:   Timestamp: [00:00] Intro [03:45] How James got into researching the lost art of breath [08:20] Can we train ourselves to increase lung capacity? [15:00] Why some of us are OVERbreathing [24:15] How to stop snoring [35:00] Why nose breathing produces 6x more Nitric Oxide [37:55] How the human skull (and mouths) have evolved as human species [48:00] Strategies and tips to breathe effectively and increase our lung capacity   Subscribe to the podcast:
August 12, 2020
45. Doctor Mike Debunks Most Common Health Myths
Doctor Mike (Mike Varshavski) is a primary care physician and content creator on YouTube with over 5.9M subscribers and 600M views. His content focuses on educating the mainstream audience with common health advice using entertainment.    On this episode of Growth Minds, Doctor Mike and Sean discuss the story of how he rose to fame by documenting his journey in medical school, the pressing issue of lack of transparency in medicine, debunking the most common health myths, and more.   Subscribe to Doctor Mike's channel:   Subscribe to Growth Minds podcast: SHOW NOTES: [02:20] Doctor Mike's immigrant story from Russia   [15:54] Discrimination in STEM fields [19:27] The story of how Doctor Mike saved someone's life on a plane ride [23:30] Why Doctor Mike still practices medicine to this day [31:52] The lack of transparency coming from online medical gurus [37:45] How Doctor Mike was able to go from shy introvert to confidence speaker [40:20] Focusing on Intrinsic Happiness versus Extrinsic [54:30] Doctor Mike shares his opinion on supplements   Links mentioned in the episode: 1) Feeling good: 2) Divided mind:  
August 5, 2020
44. Aubrey De Grey - The Science of Curing Aging
Aubrey De Grey is one of the most recognized gerontologist (the study of aging), Chief Science Officer at SENS Research Foundation, and VP of New Technology at AgeX Therapeutics. His TED talk: A roadmap to end aging has been viewed more than 4.3M times, where he provocatively claims that the first human being to live to 1,000 is already born today. In our convo, we dig into actionable steps you can do to reduce your aging process, the latest research on what science has discovered about longevity, cryogenic freezing your brain and organs (and how transformative this is to living longer), and more. Learn more about Aubrey here: Subscribe to the podcast here:
July 29, 2020
43. How to Be Radically Honest With Anyone | Kim Scott
Kim Scott is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Radical Candor, CEO coach, and former Google exec.  In this conversation, we discuss what people most commonly forget when giving honest feedback, how to do it effectively, how you can still be human and a kickass boss at the same time, and tips to improve your verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Enjoy!
July 22, 2020
42. Can You Live Forever? w/ Neuroscientist Dr. Moran Cerf
Moran Cerf is a PhD neuroscientist, business professor at Kellogg School of Management, and co-founder of Think-A-Like and B-Cube. He has made much of his research accessible to the general public via his public talks at PopTech, TED, TEDx, Google Zeitgeist, DLD and other venues, gathering millions of views and a large following. He also acts as a consultant to various Hollywood films and TV shows, such as CBS' “Bull” and “Limitless”, USA Network's “Falling Water”, and more. In our conversation, we talk about learning while we sleep, how to lucid dream, extending our lifespan using modern research, and we go deep into the ethics and philosophy of longevity and its impacts on the economy, legislation, and more.  Learn more about Moran here: Enjoy!
July 15, 2020
41. How to Master Reading People | Robert Greene
Robert Greene comes on the show to talk about why humans behave the way we behave, and how using self-observation and empathy can help us improve the quality of our lives. We also discussed some topics that I've never had anyone explain in such unique lenses, including death, love, and ego. This is a personal favorite episode with one of my favorite authors, and the 1st return guest of Growth Minds! Enjoy x, Sean About Robert Greene: Robert is an author, who has written multiple Internationally best-selling books, including The 48 Laws of Power, Mastery, and most recently, The Laws of Human Nature. After selling 1.3 million copies of The 48 Laws of Power, his work has been followed and admired by the likes of 50 Cent, Drake, Michael Jackson, Will Smith, and more. Subscribe to the show:
July 8, 2020
40. She Paid Off $200K in Debt in 2 Years | Aja Dang
Aja Dang is a content creator on YouTube who has managed to pay off $200,000 in debt in just two years. Massive student debt is a burden that most listeners of this show need to deal with, and Aja reveals the strategies and tactics she's used over the years. This includes how much money she was making when she started her journey (it was around $3K), what she's making now, how much money she spends (and on what), and much more. You can take a look at her monthly budget (for 2019) here: Enjoy my convo with Aja and tweet me at @heyseankim if you enjoyed this content and want more guests that share advice around wealth creation, and investments.
July 1, 2020
39. The Secret to Living Longer & Healthier | Wim Hof
Wim Hof joins us to share how we can maximize our immune systems, cure illness, and gain more energy during the quarantine. We also discuss the latest scientific research that he and his team have been undergoing to show how cold exposure and the Wim Hof Method breathing techniques can benefit our mind and body.   Learn more about Wim Hof and his methods here:   About Wim Hof: Wim Hof, also known as The Iceman, is an extreme athlete who is most commonly known for his Wim Hof Method. It contains a scientific method that contains exposure to ice cold water and breathing techniques.   He has set Guinness world records for swimming under ice and prolonged full-body contact with ice, and still holds the record for a barefoot half-marathon on ice and snow.
June 24, 2020
38. Amir Blumenfeld, creator of Jake & Amir (
Amir Blumenfeld is a comedian, writer, and member of the comedy duo, Jake and Amir, from College Humor. He has appeared in series such as Hardly Working and Very Mary-Kate.  Today, he's the co-founder of HeadGum, a podcast network with 34 shows under its umbrella. We chat about his story on how he started in comedy, the economics of a podcast network, what are the ingredients that can make any show successful, the future of content, and more.
June 17, 2020
37. Adrienne Bankert • How to Say No Gracefully & Balancing Kindness With Strength
Adrienne Bankert is an Emmy-award winning journalist, news correspondent, and author of Your Hidden Superpower. Her interviews can be seen on all of ABC platforms, including Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline and ABC News Live, where she's spoken with recognized names such as Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt, Dwayne Johnson, and more. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of kindness as you become more successful in your career, how to be kind without showing your weakness, saying no gracefully to new opportunities, and much more. Enjoy!
June 10, 2020
36. Dave Rubin – How to Think For Yourself (When Nothing Makes Sense)
Dave Rubin is an author, comedian, and host of the popular show, The Rubin Report. In this conversation, we talk about political correctness, why Dave decided to leave the left, the uphill battle to tell the truth, the division we have in the country and what we can do about it, and much more. You can check out his book, Don't Burn This Book, now available on Amazon: As always, please rate, review, and share the podcast:
June 3, 2020
35. Andy Roddick • Tennis Hall of Famer
Andy Roddick is a former professional tennis player with 32 career titles, including the Grand Slams and multiple runner-ups in Wimbledon. In 2017, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining legends like Andre Agassi. In our conversation, we cover: How Andy got into playing Tennis What it was like to train with Serena and Venus Williams Meeting Andre Agassi for the first time and how he built a mentor-mentee relationship with him What it was like to play against Agassi Why Andy retired from Tennis and the importance of quitting on top How he built up his businesses while he was playing tennis to prepare for retirement His advice to entrepreneurs and anyone looking to go out on their own and much more! Hope you enjoy If you're enjoying the podcast, I'd love it if you left a review:
May 27, 2020
34. iJustine • The Future of Social Media
Justine Ezarik is one of the most popular YouTube personalities with nearly 6.5 million subscribers and over 1 billion views, where she creates videos around tech reviews, gaming, travel, and food. She's also an actress and the author of I, Justine. I had a great time with Justine reminiscing about old school tech and social media days (AOL anyone?), talking about the future of social media and tech, the downsides of being Internet famous, and much more.
May 20, 2020
33. JP Sears • Comedy Meets Spirituality
JP Sears is an author, stand-up comedian, and popular YouTuber with over 1M subscribers.  What I love about JP is his ability to use humor and comedy to educate his audience about spirituality. Like most of his audience, it's hard to tell when he's being serious and when he's joking around, but that's what makes our conversation unique. In our conversation, we talked about: Coronavirus and the effects it's having for people in relationships Open relationships in our modern society, and how polygamy could be traced back to our evolution Experimenting with psychedelics, including Ayahuasca in Central and South America How JP combines comedy and spirituality, and why he uses comedy to spread his message Discovering your true identity by shedding what you've been taught and much more! As always, please subscribe, rate, and share! x
May 13, 2020
32. Scott Belsky • How to Persevere
Scott Belsky is an investor, author, and entrepreneur currently serving as the Chief Product Officer at Adobe and venture partner at Benchmark Capital. He was the co-founder of Behance in 2006, which was sold to Adobe in 2012 for $150 million.    Today, he comes on our show to talk about his book The Messy Middle, which helps entrepreneurs, creatives, or anyone working on a project to navigate the messy middles of any new endeavor.    Enjoy this conversation with the great Scott Belsky!
May 6, 2020
31. Zoe Foster Blake • Building a Global Brand
Zoe Foster Blake is the founder of Go-to Skincare, a popular skincare brand based in Melbourne, Australia. Before Zoe became an entrepreneur, she was a magazine editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine, and an author of books sharing relationship advice. She's managed to leverage her strengths as a writer to start then differentiate her brand using the power of copywriting. In this conversation, we talk about her transition from 9 to 5 to building a global brand, why she prioritized hiring a CEO as early as possible so she can double down on her strengths, being authentic, rough break ups, and much more. Enjoy!
April 30, 2020
30. Scott Adams • The Persuasion Master
Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert and author of Win Bigly, Loserthink, and How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big. We talk about how to create systems (versus goals) to be more productive during the Coronavirus quarantine (and beyond), Donald Trump's persuasion tactics, his predictions for how the Coronavirus will impact society, and more. Highlights of our discussion: -How to use the power of hynpnotism to create better systems and habits to do anything, including working out, eating better, waking up earlier, and more -The number one rule that Scott has learned to determine whether a new product will be successful in the marketplace -Why mating and survival is embedded into everything we do and love -How to find a competitive advantage in your career by using talent stacking -Frameworks Scott uses to pick what new projects to work on and why some opportunities far outweigh others -His relationship with Donald Trump and what he thought of him during their in-person meeting -Scott breaks down the persuasion tactics of Donald Trump and how he won the election using these tactics -Why Scott endorsed Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton (and how he lost 40% of his income and 70% of his friends because of it) -Predictions on how Coronavirus will change the way we live, act, and behave around others People mentioned: -Donald Trump -James Altucher -Warren Buffett -Michael Jordan -Andrew Yang -Joe Biden -Hillary Clinton About Scott: Scott Raymond Adams is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, and business. His Dilbert series came to national prominence through the downsizing period in 1990s America and was then distributed worldwide. Subscribe to the podcast: Read a Book a Week - it's free: #scottadams #habits #politics 
April 22, 2020
29. Melody McCloskey • CEO of
Melody McCloskey is the founder and CEO of Styleseat, an online platform for stylists, barber shops, and beauty salons to manage and grow their business. Without knowing how to write a single line of code, Melody hustled her way to launch Styleseat without raising any outside capital then to billions dollars in transactions. We talk about her mission to build a women-driven business, going the least taken path in Silicon Valley by building a profitable business, and how she's managing being a CEO while being a new mother. Enjoy this!
April 16, 2020
28. Gary John Bishop • How to Unf*ck Yourself
Gary John Bishop is a New York Times Bestselling author with millions of books sold, speaker, and coach who has personally helped athletes, celebrities, Fortune 500 executives, and more to reframe their mindsets and to stop playing small. Gary's message cuts straight through the bullshit and gives us the hard (but truthful) advice we all need during these tough times. Enjoy this one with the great Gary John Bishop. And I'd also recommend checking out his roster of bestselling books: Unf*ck Yourself Do The Work Stop Doing That Sh*t
April 8, 2020
27. Seth Maxwell • How to Tell Captivating Stories
Seth is the founder and CEO of Thirst Project, the largest youth-led water activism organization in the world.  The Thirst Project arose and has now risen over $10 million with over 3,000 water projects established in 13 countries.  Learn more:  
April 1, 2020
26. Carter Sharer • The Formula to 6M+ Subscribers
Carter Sharer is not your typical 26-year old.  After graduating from Carnegie Mellon studying Quantum Mechanics and Computer Engineering, he was set to pursue a highly technical and lucrative career building self-driving cars. Instead, he turned to YouTube. By applying his analytical thinking, he reverse-engineered the top YouTubers using data, and rose to become one of the top influencers in record time. This was a fun episode. We get into the future of automation and how society will have to adapt, how Carter reverse engineered YouTube to build his massive following, surviving inside a lion's cage and other crazy shenanigans he's had to film for his channel, and more. Enjoy this one! 
March 25, 2020
25. Gabby Reece • Building Long-lasting Relationships
Gabby Reece is a renowned professional athlete, Nike's first spokeswoman, a New York Times Bestselling Author, and host of The Gabby Reece Show.  I had the opportunity to speak with her about the lessons she's learned from her career as a professional athlete to modeling, and now building the empire that she's built with her husband Laird Hamilton. We get into topics like: The masculine and feminine roles we play in relationships and why they're critical to a long-lasting relationship Modern day feminism and the pros and cons of this movement Why beauty has a diminishing return, and what men or women should do about it Developing inner personal happiness and what Gabby has learned over the years and much more Hope you enjoy this one! As always, take care of each other, share, and stay strong.  
March 18, 2020
24. Robert Kiyosaki • How to Earn Millions From Nothing
Robert Kiyosaki is a globally recognized author, speaker, investor, and entrepreneur, most famously known for writing Rich Dad Poor Dad, which has (officially) sold 31 million copies worldwide.  It was an honor to have him on the podcast to talk about things like: The real difference between rich vs poor mindset EBSI How the education system is based from Prussia The biggest mistakes he sees young people making in investing and money today Why you should unlearn everything you've been taught about money What Robert thinks of Andrew yang and UBI How you should invest your money What being antifragile means and how you can become even stronger from a market crash How to prepare for the upcoming recession to help you profit millions Robert's relationship with Donald Trump How Robert became the karate kid in Korea and became a black belt in Tae Kwon Do Oh and lots of laughs :) and much more Hope you enjoy! As always, please review, rate, and share!  
March 11, 2020
23. Shane Snow • Reverse Engineering Success
We’ve all heard the overnight success stories that popped out of nowhere. Why is it that some people struggle for years to get to a level of success, while a few individuals can climb straight to the top in mere months? This is what our guest, Shane Snow, is here to reveal today. Shane is a talented entrepreneur, but he’s an even more talented journalist. After researching, analyzing, and interviewing the unconventional success stories of people and companies, he noticed a common pattern amongst them. That’s why Shane wrote the book, Smartcuts. While 99.9% of us have been taught the conventional wisdom of success, such as paying our dues and making small progress, Shane argues that the 0.1% think differently. He calls it ‘lateral thinking’, which is to rethink conventional practices and break the rules (that were never rules in the first place). This is a book that I’ve read over and over because it preaches why thinking differently, and zigging while everyone else is zagging will accelerate your success. In this interview, we go deep and wide in every aspect. We’ll shatter the common wisdom about success, how you can think laterally to fast track your success, and explore the behind-the-scene stories of global icons like Michelle Phan, Skillrex, and Jimmy Fallon. If you have the desire to, be, do, and achieve more in less time, or if you’re seeking a different way of thinking, this episode with Shane will inspire you. What You’ll Learn How switching from one ladder to another can bypass traditional courses of success The fastest-rising U.S Presidents didn’t progress up the linear political path. They were successful in one industry and jumped on the Presidential ladder (ex. Reagan, Trump) Companies that pivot from one business model or product to another tend to perform much better than those who always stayed on one course How to use mini-failures to make faster progress in anything you do The myth of the 10,000-hour rule What Shane learned after interviewing global icons like Skillrex and Michelle Phan Why an entrepreneur that failed at his first company is no more likely to succeed the next time around How to build authentic relationships with mentors (and why informal relationships are much more effective than formal) How Shane deals with loneliness and the downturns of entrepreneurship People Mentioned In The Episode President Ronald Reagan Skillrex Michelle Phan Jimmy Fallon Peter Thiel  
March 4, 2020
22. Dave Asprey • Looking 10 Years Younger
It’s not every day that you meet someone who spends over $1MM to optimize their body and mind. In fact, most of us have been following the same health and nutritional practices that have been brought down to us from our family. Today’s guest, Dave Asprey, is about to rock our worlds. Dave is the founder and CEO of, and the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Bulletproof Diet. He works with some of the top researchers and doctors to learn how one can get the best sleep, have more natural energy, and increase their brain function. A lot of what Dave shares may be counterintuitive to what you’ve heard growing up, including his belief about why we need less sleep than we think, and the idea of putting butter in your coffee! Get ready for an intense 60-minute learning session, and make sure you stay until the end to hear Dave’s challenge to you. Biggest takeaway lessons from this Episode What’s the number one tactic for busy people to increase their level of energy and brain function? [7:35] What is Biohacking and why is it catching on like wood fire? [10:00] The ideal amount of sleep is 6.5 hours (traits amongst all of the longest living people) Quality sleep is what you want, not just quantity How to hack your sleep [12:08] Blacked out curtains Why you should have multiple progressive alarms that wake you up in the morning [15:53] How to measure the quality of your sleep [16:45] What the last 90 minutes of Dave’s day look like to get the highest quality of sleep [17:17] Flux: Avoid all the blue light possible and LED lighting Raw honey to raise serotonin levels The one question that Dave asks to feel less stressful before going to bed [22:30] The importance of having a small win that’s outside of your main project/business [24:00] What Dave does in the first 60-90 minutes in the morning [24:48] How to avoid the mid-afternoon crashes [32:50]
February 26, 2020
21. Timothy DeLaGhetto • Building Confidence
*Quick heads up guys - audio file for this interview was damaged, so you're hearing the camera audio throughout the conversation. Sorry in advance, and we'll be back with proper audio in future episodes! - - - Timothy DeLaGhetto is one of the most confident dudes I've ever met - not just in the way he presents himself, but his inner confidence. From his OG rise to fame on YouTube to a regular cast member on Wild 'n Out, we cover Tim's upbringing, how he built up his confidence, tips on how anyone can build it, interracial dating, and much more. Hope you enjoy this one!  
February 19, 2020
20. Darren Prince • Becoming a Superconnector
Today he represents some of the world's biggest celebrities in sports and entertainment, including: Dennis Rodman, Pamela Anderson, Hulk Hogan, Magic Johnson, and even Muhammad Ali before his passing. But Darren's story is anything but pretty. After dealing with an opioid addiction for 24 years, he hit rock bottom despite being at the height of his career. While we hear a lot of zero to hero stories, it's rare for someone who's at the top to reveal their deepest struggles and heartbreaking moments. In this episode, we discuss: -How Darren managed to hold his empire together despite dealing with one of the hardest drug addictions -An entertaining story of how him and Dennis Rodman met (at a strip club) -How he made superstar connections and what it truly takes to become a superconnector -Practical strategies learned on how to stay in great relations over time with important people you meet -and more! As always, please rate, share, and review:  
February 12, 2020
19. Mandy Rose • Dealing With People Who Underestimate You
You probably know what it feels like to be underestimated. Perhaps it's because of the way you look, what school you went to, or even how much money you make. Whatever the reason may be, it's not nearly as important as how you deal with it. Amanda (Mandy Rose) is no stranger to being underestimated by others. As one of the main faces of the WWE, she plays a flirty blonde character who every guy falls for. She's even got the nickname 'God's Greatest Creation' which is often recalled whenever someone mentions her name in the WWE. However, behind the scenes in our conversation, Amanda shows a different side to her. To get to who she is today, Amanda shares the insecurities she had to overcome, how she learned to love her body, the immense amount of work it takes to stay in mental and physical shape, and much more. I appreciate how candid she was throughout this conversation, and I'm honored to share a different side to Mandy Rose that you don't get to see on the big screens. Hope you enjoy this conversation. As always, please share, rate, and review
February 5, 2020
18. Anna Akana • Dating Men vs. Women
Last year, I opened up on Growth Minds talking about losing my Aunt to suicide when I was 15. A friend linked me to a YouTube video from Anna Akana, who lost her little sister to suicide when she was 17. Coincidentally, both were from the same city in Japan. And both were gone too soon.  The unfortunate reality is that seeking mental help is far too stigmatized in our society. Asian-Americans are 3x less likely to seek help than other Americans, and you can see why after hearing Anna’s personal experience. With the surprising event that unfolded this week, Anna’s story is another reminder to us all that life is fragile, and we can lose the ones we love at any point. But this isn’t an entirely sad story. While Anna shares that she didn’t laugh for years after her sister died, you’ll hear plenty of laughs in our ‘off-the-rails’ conversation. From dating as a bisexual, relationship tips, dealing with your depression to rediscovering your self-identity when you feel lost - we go through it all. This was a fun one. Hope you enjoy. ps - go see Anna perform live in NYC on Feb 26:
January 29, 2020
17. Marc Randolph • Co-Founder of Netflix
He changed the way we watch TV forever, and today Netflix is worth nearly $150 billion dollars (at the time of this writing). I got the opportunity to dig deeper into the origins of Netflix's story, like how it could've been a personalized shampoo business, nearly selling to for $15 million in 1998, and more. What most people don't know was that Netflix was Marc's 6th company. As a seasoned entrepreneur, he shared invaluable insights on how to accelerate your career, validating your business cheaply, what he's learned from working with current CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, and more. Grateful to have shared this conversation and lessons Marc has learned in his 40 years of being a seasoned entrepreneur. ps - fun fact: while we did not discuss this in the interview fun fact, we later found out that Sigmund Freud was Marc's great grand-uncle. As always, please rate, review, and share!
January 22, 2020
16. Lexie Alford • The Youngest Person to Travel to Every Country
At 21 years old, Lexie Alford is the youngest person to travel to every country in the world, and she's got the Guiness World Record to prove it. I had the pleasure of sitting down with her shortly after she received her official certificate (we get into how the process works).  We talked about the origins of her travel story, some of the craziest (and dangerous) experiences she's been through, and the insightful travel hacks that took her many years to learn. I appreciated how open Lexie was about discussing the 'unsexy' parts of travel, like the loneliness she felt, feeling like she was undateable given her hectic travel schedule, and what her relationship with travel is today after traveling to every country in the world. Grateful to have had her on and to share this knowledge with you all. As always, please share, rate, and review!
January 15, 2020
15. Sugar Ray Leonard • How to Overcome Your Fears
Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the greatest sports icons alive, joins us on Growth Minds today.  To be honest, I didn't know quite what to expect in this interview because my boxing knowledge is comparable to cooking skills - minimal at best. The good news for me and you, Ray shared valuable insights and stories that apply to every aspect of our lives. I learned a lot myself about what it takes to overcome fear and anxiety, the importance asking for help, when your back is against the wall, and most importantly, what it takes to be an exceptional human being. He also shares fascinating stories on his meeting with Nelson Mandela, the close relationship he had with Muhammad Ali and what he learned from him, how he fought through his internal doubts and struggles at the top of his career, and much more. What surprised me about Ray was how open he was about his life - from his drug addiction, being sexually molested as a child, and the doubts he had throughout his career. Very appreciative of him for being so genuine with his presence. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Sugar Ray Leonard and I. As always, please subscribe, share, and leave a review!
January 8, 2020
14. Victoria Arlen • Paralyzed to Gold Medalist
Victoria Arlen became paralyzed with 2 rare conditions at the age of 11. Hear her inspiring story of how she overcame every possible physical and mental barrier to go from being in a wheelchair to winning the Gold Medal at the Paraolympics then competing at The Dancing With The Stars.
January 1, 2020
13. Jen Sincero • Reversing Your Limited Beliefs About Money
“You are a victim of the rules you live by.” -Jen Sincero One of the most controversial topics in our society today is around: Money. In certain cultures, it’s more taboo than sex, religion, or politics.  The mission of this podcast is to have an honest conversation about vital topics that aren’t being talked about in the traditional media to reach your full potential. And that often means getting uncomfortable.  This episode about money and limiting beliefs is no different.  Our guest today is Jen Sincero, who’s the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.  The book has sold over a million copies and is available in over twenty languages, as it only garners more popularity around the globe. In this episode, we talk about why money is such a taboo topic in our society, how to reverse the limiting beliefs about money that we’ve been taught (most of us at an early age), an inside look at the controversial ‘life coaching’ industry, and much more. Hope you enjoy this conversation with Jen. Highlights of the Episode The limiting beliefs we’ve been taught about money and wealth (including what our parents taught us) Why money is such a taboo topic in today’s society  How Jen shifted (and reversed) her limiting beliefs about money and what it means to her Why being uncomfortable is the key to changing your financial life  Instead of saying ‘I couldn’t afford it’, ‘I’m going to figure out how’  How hiring a business coach changed the outlook of Jen’s financial path  What Jen’s life coach helped Jen with that she wasn’t doing before (and the one exercise Jen recommends you do immediately)  How do you distinguish from a credible coach that can truly make an impact versus someone that’s not experienced  How to talk about money with your closest friends and family members  Curating a more supportive circle of people that is aligned with your vision  and more!  
December 25, 2019
12. Dennis Rodman
The 5X NBA champ (and North Korean Supreme Leader's BFF?) Dennis Rodman blesses us with his presence. You may know Dennis for teaming up with Michael Jordan to win multiple NBA championships or being an exuberant character wearing wedding dresses to the basketball stadiums. But there's so much more to Dennis that people rarely talk about, and we uncover a lot of who Dennis Rodman is in this interview.  Some things we talk about: -Dennis growing up without a male figure and how hanging out with only girls shaped his thinking (later helping him speak up for the gay community) -Growing one foot in one year and how basketball and NBA was a fluke -The moment Dennis nearly committed suicide and what saved his life (you may be surprised) -NBA spying on him?! -How him and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un became great friends, including drinking games they played in North Korea -Partying with Putin and 20 Russian models -Why Dennis has a flipphone instead of a smartphone (spy controversy?!) -His long lost father coming up to him in a parking lot, and how he's the Genghis Khan of the Philippines -much more!
December 18, 2019
11. Robert Greene • The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene, the bestselling author of 48 Laws of Power, comes on the show to talk about his new book The Laws of Human Nature, working with 50 cent, and we go deep into talking about power, how to protect yourself from being taken advantage of, and much more.
December 11, 2019
10. Vanessa Van Edwards • How to Captivate Anyone
Vanessa Van Edwards has broken down “people skills” into a science-based approach to teach us how to master your social skills including body language, social psychology, and more. Her website Science of People is a human behavior research lab, where she studies people of all backgrounds on human behavior, psychology, and relationships to answer questions like: What makes someone charismatic? Why didn’t I get the date? Do people like me? How can I win the deal? In just 30 minutes, Vanessa blew me away with the specifics of her research and data, such as measuring the distance between someone’s shoulder and ears in order to know if they’re a leader. Due to Vanessa’s astounding and unique approach in introducing the importance of PQ (People Quotient) instead of IQ, she has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and has given keynote speeches at MIT and several Fortune 500 companies.
December 4, 2019
9. Rich Roll • How to Break Through Mental Barriers
After checking into rehab from facing alcoholism, then being 50lbs overweight at the age of 40, Rich decided that he wasn't going to be another statistic. Rich overcame all odds and committed to becoming the best version of himself in all areas of his life, particularly health. He adopted a plant-based diet and began doing iron-man distance triathlons, including the EPIC5 CHALLENGE - an odyssey that entailed completing 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week. Yes, he did all of this by just eating a plant-based diet. Today, at the age of 50 (almost 51), he's recognized as the "25 Most Fittest Men in the World" by Men's Fitness, a #1 bestselling author of Finding Ultra, and hosts one of the most popular podcasts in the world. I had the honor of sitting with Rich in his beautiful home in Malibu, where he shares how to break through your mental and physical barriers, living to your full potential, finding balance while running a business, being a father/husband, and training as an ultra-endurance competitor.
November 27, 2019
8. R3hab
R3hab is a globally recognized DJ who rose to fame from the Netherlands. He ranked 12th on the DJ Mag top 100 DJ in the World, and was recognized by Forbes as one of the most iconic DJ's and producers of recent times.
November 20, 2019
7. James Altucher
James Altucher is an investor, entrepreneur, speaker, podcast host, stand-up comedian and more. Why so many titles? James shares why this curiousity (and lack of focus) is what made him successful in the first place. We also get real about money, real relationships and how to spot fake ones, skill stacking, how introverts can hack networking, and much more.
November 13, 2019
6. Matt Higgins • Shark Tank
Matt Higgins is a prominent entrepreneur, investor, and a recurring shark on Shark Tank. We jam today about how to take control of your life, why he doesn't chase legacy, and switching your mindset from defense to offense.
November 6, 2019
5. Lewis Howes • School of Greatness
My dear friend Lewis Howes is a New York Times Bestselling Author and host of the popular podcast School of Greatness. He's here to talk to us about redefining what society thinks masculinity should be, and the power of being vulnerable in your relationships.
October 30, 2019
4. Amanda Bradford • The Future of Dating
Let's face it. Dating today is hard. Amanda Bradford, CEO of the popular dating app, seems to have some answers for us. Single or not, this one is worth tuning into.
October 23, 2019
3. Tom Bilyeu • Impact Theory
Tom Bilyeu is the host of the popular show Impact Theory and founder of the billion-dollar nutrition brand, Quest Nutrition. Watch video interview:
October 10, 2019
2. Steve Aoki
2x Grammy-nominated DJ joins the show today. I even challenge him to a push-up contest and get my ass kicked. Watch the video interview (and push-up contest):
October 10, 2019
1. Andrew Yang • Running for President
Andrew Yang is running for President of the United States in 2020 as a Democratic candidate. Andrew's website: Watch the video interview:
October 10, 2019