Alex Epstein discusses why he is suspicious of any “morally safe” activity—any easy way to be seen by oneself or others as a good person. Doing the …
Alex Epstein discusses the three ingredients of relaxed productivity—inevitably productive process, high-altitude planning, and real rejuvenation—along with one poison: focus-destroyers.
Alex Epstein discusses why we should seek out the rare phenomenon of the master practitioner-teacher wherever we can find it, using Netflix CEO Reed …
Alex Epstein discusses how to avoid overwhelm when one feels totally overcommitted for the upcoming week. The key is "calendar comprehensiveness," which Alex shares a quick process for achieving.
Alex Epstein discusses three interrelated ways to avoid the pervasive problem of “overwhelm”: time blocking, choosing projects carefully, and scoping …
Alex Epstein discusses how thinking through best-case and worst-case scenarios can dramatically improve anything from the planning of your week to a hiring decision to a new project.
Alex Epstein discusses the main resolution he made upon turning 40: being more disciplined about setting the right conditions for work--so that the …
Alex Epstein discusses what to do when you’re having trouble getting started on a valuable activity, from a workout to a challenging project.
Alex epstein discusses why the mainstream approach tends to be reactive, and how to take a more proactive approach to health--including nutrition, breathing, and stress management.
Alex Epstein discusses the value of focus and the “opportunity cost” of dividing focus by doing multiple projects at once.
Alex Epstein discusses how to think about the recent death of George Floyd and other public injustices. He shares four useful questions to ask:
Alex Epstein discusses how to mine the past for things we used that worked well—but that for some reason we stopped doing.
Alex Epstein interviews Katherine Epstein, MD, on how to understand the new Coronavirus and other infectious diseases from an “organism-based” perspective.
Alex Epstein shares concepts and tactics he has developed to avoid destructive distractions.
Alex Epstein shares a “playlist” of Human Flourishing Project episodes with helpful tactics for dealing with disruption. He also answers a listener …
In the second Human Flourishing Project live workshop Alex Epstein guides participants through an updated version of the “Triumphing Over Disruption” exercise.
In the first ever Human Flourishing Project live workshop Alex Epstein guides participants through the “Triumphing Over Disruption” exercise.
Alex Epstein discusses a powerful question for coming up with creative ways to improve life during a massive disruption.
Alex Epstein discusses strategies for transforming the massive disruption of our lives into the basis for significant personal growth.
Alex Epstein discusses some tactics for overcoming the mental and emotional challenges of the current pandemic + recession.
Alex Epstein is joined again by nutrition expert Ray Cronise, who shares insights on Alex’s experiments with fasting and gives Alex a new fasting goal.
Alex discusses his new app, Thoughtful, with cocreator Brian Amerige, and shares an exclusive invitation for Human Flourishing Project listeners.
Alex Epstein discusses what he’s learned in the attempt to incorporate more fasting into his life.
Alex Epstein discusses the new insights about meditation he gained from the Flow Meditation online course by James Brown.
Alex Epstein discusses the wisdom and inspiration he gained from reading the thriller I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.
Alex Epstein discusses some challenges he have faced in setting healthy expectations for his work, and asks listeners for ideas or recommended reading on the subject.
Alex Epstein discusses three exercises to make the most out of your time in 2020.
Alex Epstein interviews Ray Cronise, a nutrition researcher who optimizes for “healthspan,” about his new book “The Healthspan Solution.”
Alex Epstein discusses how choosing the right medium for different kinds of thinking tasks—editing, planning, brainstorming—can make an enormous positive difference.
Alex Epstein discusses his recent choice to work “too hard” for 20 days straight—and how to avoid making this level of intensity a habit.
Alex Epstein discusses what he has learned over the last year about how to guarantee progress on long, difficult project.
Alex Epstein discusses what he has learned about the “80% strategy” during a particularly intense two months of work.
Alex Epstein discusses how he has been applying the concepts of Flow to architect his own “flow zones” for different productive activities.
Alex Epstein discusses what he learned from a major achievement in the martial arts world about the value of having a clear “operating standard.”
Alex Epstein continues his exploration of how the insights of the book Flow can dramatically improve the quality of our leisure time.
Alex Epstein discusses how he is applying the thesis of the book Flow to his leisure time.
Alex Epstein discusses his challenges and successes with going on a “distraction diet” and being more internally directed.
Alex Epstein discusses three recent disruptions to major life routines and how he reengineered his routines to get back on track.
Alex Epstein discusses the mental metrics that he tracks on a daily basis.
Alex Epstein discusses how saying “no” to most requests is essential to saying “yes” to your most important values.
Alex Epstein discusses how to recalibrate your standards of success in work and in personal life.
Alex Epstein discusses “reverse procrastination” and how it can lead to increased creativity, joy, and “time choice.”
Alex Epstein discusses one of his favorite lessons he’s learned about learning—which he has recently relearned with his new puppy, Sherlock.
Alex Epstein discusses what he has learned about the psychology of human flourishing from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
Alex Epstein continues his discussion of "80%" actualization, focusing on how it creates productive momentum and increases productive enjoyment.
Alex Epstein is joined by his friend and fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Matthew Blasdel to discuss some interesting questions he had about clear thinking and human flourishing.
Alex Epstein discusses his favorite new “life recipe” and how you can create your own great life recipes.
Alex Epstein discusses the counterintuitive idea that you can get better results with more enjoyment by consistently striving to achieve 80% of your …
Alex Epstein shares some of the fascinating recommendations of truly great content he's gotten from listeners so far.
Alex Epstein shares the new and improved survey he’s created to get recommendations of “truly great content” from you, the listener, about crucial, …
Alex Epstein discusses three recent experiences that have motivated him to cultivate the habit of appreciation.
Alex Epstein discusses how he's made rapid progress on his 2019 New Year's Resolutions through "weekly altitude time."
Alex Epstein discusses, using last week’s interview as an example, how he learns as much as he can as quickly as possible from other people’s …
Alex interviews Brent Charleton, an innovative psychotherapist and executive coach, about how he developed a system that has yielded dramatically …
Alex Epstein shares a new survey he’s created to get recommendations of “truly great content” from you, the listener, about crucial, complex, …
Alex Epstein discusses some of Arnold Bennett’s positive insights on: personal finance, finding life interesting, taking control of one’s own mind, …
Alex Epstein discusses why he loves the century-old self-help writings of Arnold Bennett, a master of "wise ridicule."
Alex Epstein discusses the rare value of “superior system builders” and three attributes they have in common.
Alex Epstein answers listener questions on how his New Year’s Resolutions are going, how to think about other people’s contexts, and how to make the …
Alex Epstein discusses how he is applying "time-blocking" to every major category of life.
In this episode of The Human Flourishing Project I discuss my framework for evaluating controversial technologies such as AI, genetic engineering, …
Alex Epstein discusses “the altitude walk,” a tool for improving the quality of your important decisions.
Alex Epstein discusses his resolutions for 2019, how he decided on them, and how he is going to ensure that he keeps them.
Alex Epstein discusses his perspective on “news” and how avoiding it or time-blocking it can improve your ability to advance your own agenda.
Alex Epstein discusses his specific “life routine” and guidelines for engineering your own.
Alex Epstein discusses a concept he’s been refining this week as he’s been sick: the tendency to seek short-term stimulation when we’re …
Alex Epstein discusses his "secret project" and how working on it has helped him understand the vital concepts of focus and "opportunity cost."
Alex Epstein discusses two thoughtful reader comments on his exploration of nutrition, both of which point to the value of self-experimentation to …
Alex Epstein discusses the latest developments in his quest to get real knowledge about nutrition. To access the debate he recommends go to tinyurl.com/catodebate. Share your thoughts on the debate, as well as your …
Alex Epstein discusses how to understand the essentials of expert claims and expert disagreements through "reverse outlining." At the end of the show, he invites listeners to create their own "reverse outlines" of …
Alex Epstein discusses two processes he is using to sift through self-proclaimed experts on nutrition.
Alex Epstein discusses why he and others have difficulty flourishing on the weekend. To address this “weekend crisis” he introduces a new tool called …
Alex Epstein answers listener questions about creativity, meditation, planning the week, and many other topics.
Alex Epstein discusses lessons he’s learned from the podcast so far and asks listeners to answer four questions to help him improve the show.
Alex Epstein discusses two contributors to relaxed productivity, “cash confidence” and “collaborator confidence.” He also discusses the importance of …
Alex Epstein discusses what "relaxed productivity" is, why it's so desirable, and what practices can help us achieve it.
Alex Epstein discusses the role of rejuvenation in human flourishing and shares some methods to identify what will rejuvenate you the most.
Alex Epstein discusses the importance of explaining ideas in a way that respects the context and independence of the other person. To accomplish this goal he suggests using “opinion stories” to explain crucial, …
Alex Epstein discusses how to have constructive conversations—conversations where two people combine their knowledge and abilities to build a better understanding—about controversial issues.
Alex Epstein discusses why it’s crucial for the specialists with the best knowledge to have far better systems for persuasively explaining their views. He shares two parts of his own explanation system: the …
Alex Epstein discusses the challenge of enjoying ourselves as we grow and progress. Most ambitious people are taught a self-defeating system for evaluating their progress—one that leads to a perpetual state of …
Alex Epstein discusses how we as individuals and as a society can develop the *knowledge systems* we need to flourish.
On the first ever episode of The Human Flourishing Project, Alex Epstein introduces the problem this project exists to solve: human beings lack …
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