In his most recent podcast, Tim Ferriss interviews the actor, comedian, and musician Jamie Foxx. As with all Tim’s interviews, you have to take notes because of all the insightful advice along the way.
Below are five takeaways from the interview:
- Think global. Learn as much as you can about other cultures, their struggles and history, to appreciate the perspectives of all sides. Rise above narrow mindedness.
- Be brave. Fear is an impediment to success. Most fear is impractical and fabricated in the mind, hurting your chances of learning of what you’re capable of. “There’s nothing standing on the other side of fear.”
- Look up. Generation thumbs are pecking at their screens without accountability. You need to talk with people to appreciate true sensitivity. “There’s no digression on the Internet. Interact with people.”
- Don’t settle. If you give it your all, you leave nothing to chance. “Your hustle muscle is the most important thing…If you’re not hustling, you’re worrying. So give it your all.”
- Be wary of the media. Be cautious with your public microphone in the social Internet era, especially as a comedian. The media today will spin your words in their favor to get clicks. But don’t let the their hyperboles prevent you from contributing to a conversation you believe in.
And lastly, Jamie Foxx is a stage name. He came up with it when he was trying to get picked during his standup days. His real name is Eric Marlan Bishop.