Find out how legendary producer and DJ Steve Aoki started his career in underground music scenes and why staying connected to a community has been the key to his success on this episode of Inside Quest with Tom Bilyeu.
Steve Aoki is the living embodiment of hard work and an amazing example of what happens when you find your voice and go for broke. He founded his record label Dim Mak when he was only 19 years old. And through an insane amount of effort, he has built it into a global brand that people all over the world not only recognize, but have tattooed on themselves.
Steve’s music touches people and brings joy to millions around the world. He not only creates music at a break neck pace, but he's one of the most travelled artists in history, at times performing more than 300 shows in a single year. He's also a restaurateur, an unlockable character in video games, has his own shoe, multiple high-profile fashion collaborations, and he's written, produced, released, or collaborated on a staggering number of hits with an eclectic list of people like Will.I.am, Afrojack, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park, and Lady Antebellum.
Steve is routinely on the Forbes list of the highest grossing DJs on the planet, and he could just as easily be described as a futurist as a musician. So much so he's created a philanthropic foundation focused on regenerative medicine and brain preservation. His past, however, is as interesting as his future, and his new Netflix exclusive documentary, "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead," chronicles his insanely busy life and legendary work ethic and connects the dots between the accomplishment we see today and the kid from a famous father who didn't fit in growing up. Steve’s music and attitude will inspire you to work harder to make your own dreams come true.
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Sugar Ray Leonard, Laird Hamilton, Patrick Blake Leeper and the world's elite athletes share their secrets for cultivating a champion's mindset on Inside Quest with Tom Bilyeu. In this episode, you’ll get the insights and motivation you need to crush your goals and perform at the top of your game every single day.
[1:08] Bo Eason: Former NFL player, renowned playwright and actor
[4:12] Firas Zahabi: World-class MMA coach and Muay Thai champion
[6:23] Joe Donnelly: Former NFL player and fitness entrepreneur
[8:34] AJ Hawk: NFL linebacker and Super Bowl Champion
[10:11] Gabrielle Reece: Champion pro beach volleyball player, model, best-selling author and fitness leader
[12:59] Patrick Blake Leeper: World record setting runner, international Paralympics gold, silver and bronze medalist
[15:27] Kenny Florian: UFC fighter, three time title contender
[17:41] Mark Divine: Former Navy Seal, founder of SEALIFT, best-selling author
[19:34] Laird Hamilton: Legendary surfer, best-selling author, inventor, innovator extraordinaire
[22.27] Tim Grover: Renowned all-star athletic trainer, CEO of Attack Athletics
[28:16] Sugar Ray Leonard: Legendary sport icon, world champion boxer, Olympic gold medalist, best-selling author
Exploding the divide between for-profit and nonprofit, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie explains why the world’s biggest social problems are also the biggest opportunities on this episode of Inside Quest with Tom Bilyeu.
Founder of TOMS Shoes Blake Mycoskie is a serial entrepreneur extraordinaire on a mission to prove that you can use business to improve people's lives. Over the last 10 years, he has built a socially conscious empire that has not only generated a jaw dropping amount of revenue, but has introduced the world to the concept of one for one giving.
Through his company, Blake has donated over 60 million pairs of shoes, restored sight to over 400,000 people, helped to make sure more than 335,000 people have safe drinking water, and supplied safe birth services to over 25,000 women — all while building one of the fastest growing companies in this space and creating an untold number of jobs for people in the first and developing worlds.
For his astounding achievements, Blake has been featured in numerous articles like “How To Fix Capitalism” by Bill Gates and People Magazine's Heroes Among Us. He's also been awarded many much deserved accolades including Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 business leaders and the Secretary of State's 2009 Award of Corporate Excellence. Blake is also The New York Times best-selling author of Start Something That Matters and was called by Bill Clinton "one of the most interesting entrepreneurs I have ever met."
Listen to Blake’s story of bouncing back from losing the Amazing Race to becoming Chief Shoe Giver at one of the most game-changing organizations of our time.
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Grace Bonney is an author, design critic, and owner of Design*Sponge, one of the premiere online destinations for design content. Founded in 2004, Design*Sponge has grown to a vibrant and thriving community that reaches over 1.5 million people per day and was called the 'Martha Stewart Living for millennials' by the New York Times.
Getting an early start in blogging, Grace has woven herself into the very fabric of the design and DIY communities through her prolific writing. She's also been a contributing editor or freelancer for a litany of some of the most recognizable names in the industry, including House & Garden, InStyle, and New York Magazine. She’s written several books, including her most recent "In the Company of Women, Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs."
Grace’s writing is characterized by her willingness to go beyond the surface aesthetic to find the deeper meaning in human connection behind the design. This remarkably personal approach has made her unbelievably successful. With a relatively small team, she's having a massive impact on the world of design. And she's doing it by focusing on spreading her company's values as well as simply making the world a more beautiful place. Constantly learning and reinventing herself, her broad experience gives her collective works a unique vitality. In short, Grace is a force of nature who is fearlessly herself.
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Are leaders made or born? Author and TED speaker Simon Sinek dispels myths about leadership and reveals the one thing that good leaders always get right on this episode of Inside Quest with Tom Bilyeu.
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Steve Maxwell is a real life nomad that travels the world teaching people martial arts with nothing more than what he can carry on his back. He has over 50 years of training under his black belt, and some seriously counter-intuitive approaches to life. Named as one of the top 100 trainers in the US by Men's Journal, this former NCAA division one wrestler and Brazilian Jujitsu Pan-American and world championship gold medal winner has become a crucial part of the fabric of modern Jujitsu.
Maxwell’s credentials include being the first American black belt under Relson Gracie, opening the first Gracie Jujitsu school on the East Coast, and being one of the original investors in the UFC. He was also the strength and conditioning coach for Jujitsu legend Royce Gracie and helped prepare him for his historic victory at UFC One. Maxwell’s undeniable talents as a teacher have made him one of the most sought after instructors in the world. In addition to the countless workshops that he gives all over the globe, he has trained the likes of famed UFC commentator and long-time MMA practitioner Joe Rogan, as well as multiple branches of the US government. His highly effective and insanely creative approach to strength and conditioning is also seen and featured in countless books and magazines including Men's Health, Muscle Media and the Naked Warrior.
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Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the most legendary sports icons of the 20th century. Fighting since the age of 14, this master of the sweet science of boxing had already racked up a staggering 155 fights before he even went pro, which ultimately culminated in three national Golden gloves titles, two AAU championships, the pan-American games crown, and a very memorable gold medal at the 1976 Olympic games. However, what Sugar Ray did as an amateur pales in comparison to his subsequent 20 year reign as one of the most dominant professional boxers. Sugar Ray’s feats in the ring captured the imagination of an entire generation as he defeated a litany of the finest boxers of the modern era in some of the most celebrated fights in the history of the sport. He's a six-time champion who was the first boxer ever to win a championship title in five different weight classes. By the time he retired, he was the first fighter to earn more than $100 million in prize money. And his accomplishments in the ring firmly established his position in the pantheon of all-time greats.
Not content to just retire, Sugar Ray has gone on to add a new dimension to his legacy as the unofficial ambassador for the sport of boxing and become a wildly active philanthropist. Sugar Ray and his wife, Bernadette, have created a foundation that amplifies the efforts in that fight against diabetes and obesity. And to top it all off, Sugar Ray has penned a raw and powerful autobiography titled "The Big Fight: My Life in and Out of the Ring.” In this episode, Sugar Ray dives deep into what it took for him to become a champion, and how in his darkest moments he learned to pivot.
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Is pride getting in the way of your growth? Founder of JetBlue and CEO of JetSuite Alex Wilcox shares why vulnerability helped him soar in the travel industry on Inside Quest with Tom Bilyeu.
Throughout his impressive career, Alex Wilcox has founded an astonishing four airline companies, including the hugely successful JetBlue Airways and the newly launched JetSuite. A pilot by the age of 16, he paid for his flying lessons with money that he earned, working every conceivable job you can imagine at his local airport. He cleaned, he loaded, fueled. Everything on airplanes, all in an effort to fund his love of flying.
Starting his career at the ground floor, through grit and determination, he went from an unknown kid at the Virgin Atlantic ticket counter in Miami to a New York based junior executive in the company in just three months. He's been credited as the driving force behind many of the industry changing innovations that we all enjoy while traveling today.
In this episode of Inside Quest, host Tom Bilyeu talks with Alex about how he became one of the most influential minds in the travel industry and the valuable people skills he’s learned along his flight path to success.
Is trust earned or given? Hint: Neither. On this episode of Inside Quest, best-selling author David Burkus reveals the secrets to building trust at work and at home.
In an in-depth interview with Tom Bilyeu, management professor and creativity myth-buster David Burkus discusses the human side of business. Covering topics as diverse as Brazilian jiu jitsu and mindfulness, David explains why trust must begin with vulnerability and how to recover from failed ventures by competing with people who are better than you.
Drawing parallels between jiu jitsu and business, David shares insights on how companies and employees can achieve more success and grow faster. Challenging professional norms and corporate dogma, David cites cases after case of companies employing innovative practices that have achieved great results. One example is the counter-intuitive notion of unlimited vacation policy. David explains the psychological processes behind this policy that make it a success for both employees and management.
Don't miss this fascinating journey into the mind of one of the most-forward thinking management experts today.
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Learning from your mistakes and failures is the fastest way to growth. Hear how Rainn Wilson, Russell Simmons, Lisa Nichols and more turned failure into success on Inside Quest with Tom Bilyeu. Failure is an everyday reality, but it's how we respond to adversity that will determine our future.
On this special episode of Inside Quest, we collect the wisdom of the world's most successful people on failure and how to overcome it. Hear stories and insights from Peter Diamandis, Gabrielle Reece, Howard Marks, Robert Greene, Criss Angel, Carol Dweck, Joe Donnelly, Shabnam Mogharabi, and Tim Grover.
Creator of Foundr Magazine Nathan Chan shares how he discovered his life's purpose and raced down the path to success.
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Magician Criss Angel debunks the illusion of overnight success and reveals the key to achieving your goals is believing the impossible.
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Lisa Nichols is founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar enterprise, author of seven books, and a world-renown speaker. But she was once a struggling single mom on public assistance. Learn about her transformation from rock bottom to a life of abundance.
Achievement drips from A.J. Hawk's pores like most people drip sweat on a hot summer's day. He's a Super Bowl Champion who graduated from the Ohio State University with a BA in criminology, and is living proof that success comes to those who train their minds as voraciously as they train their bodies. A unanimous pick for first team all-American during college, A.J. Hawk went on to become a first round draft pick for the Green Bay Packers. He was picked fifth overall in the NFL draft and played for 10 years (the average career is 3.3 years). He ranks number one in Packers franchise history with 1,025 tackles and was chosen by his teammates multiple times as their play-off captain. And while his hard work and stellar performance may have helped the Packers win a Super Bowl, what really makes him special is his quest for self-improvement beyond the football field. He's the creator and host of the popular HawkCast show and he's made a second career out of learning! A.J. has interviewed some seriously incredible minds, ranging from sports luminaries to business leaders.
In this episode you'll learn:
1. Why rituals and routine are effective in parenting.
2. How to not take things so personally.
3. How to use curiosity as fuel to break through limits.
4. Why being present is important.
5. The advantage of naivety.
6. How to move quickly forward after a mistake.
7. How to remain practical.
8. Why controlling your own story is important.
If you’re looking to invest in your intellect, there is no better guest than the founder and CEO of Wealthy Minds, Inc., Billionaire PA. He’s a formerly homeless, two-time felon turned entrepreneur, optimist, and TEDx speaker. He’s living proof that it does not matter where you start, but rather where you want to go, and how hard you are willing to work to get there. Due to his felony convictions, he was turned down for roughly 150 jobs, but rather than make excuses and give up or double down on a life of crime. Billionaire accepted that no one but him could control his destiny. In a flash of inspiration, he realized that he didn’t need to look for a job, he needed to create one. Billionaire PA founded his own company and began printing his slogans on t-shirts and selling them on the street corners in Los Angeles. His positivity, hard work, and endless hustle were so effective that his first two shirts alone sold 5,000 units without the use of a distribution partner!
It doesn’t stop there, Billionaire PA has publicly voiced his goal is to to positively impacting the lives of a billion people! He’s been sponsored by some of the largest companies in the world, including Procter & Gamble, the Home Depot, and the Huffington Post, as well as featured on mainstream media.
If you’re looking to take your brain game to the next level, there is no better guest than JP Pawliw-Fry. He’s the best selling author and performance coach who has trained some of the world’s top athletes and business leaders. He was also one of the highest rated lecturers during his time as an instructor at the Kellogg School of Management. JP is living proof that one can master the art of performing when the stakes are high. He’s the co-founder of the Institute for Health and Human Potential, and has dedicated himself to helping people fully realize their potential through applied neuroscience and extensive behavioral studies.
JP Pawliw-Fry was trained at Queen’s University, Harvard Medical School’s Mind Body Medical Institute and the Stress Clinic at the University of Massachusetts’s Medical Center. His passion and use of data driven insights on the neurochemical realities of performance have made him one of the most sought after speakers on the planet and a top advisor to numerous fortune 100 companies, including Johnson and Johnson, Goldman Sachs, and HSBC. In fact, during the recent economic crisis when the pressure was truly at it’s highest, multiple global financial institutions reached out to him for guidance on how to make real and lasting change within their organizations.JP has synthesized a rich background of diverse ideology that has allowed him to have success as an advisor from the boardroom all the way to the basketball court.
And he’s about to deliver in spades insights on just how to maximize your performance under pressure.
If you want to come down with a case of highly infectious positivity, spend 15 minutes with Naveen Jain. By the time you finish your conversation you’ll be compelled, inspired and motivated to solve the world’s biggest problems. That’s because when Naveen talks about what he does on a day-to-day basis, (which is literally “solving the world’s biggest problems”) you start to realize that even your wildest dreams are within reach. Naveen teaches us that there’s a plausible career in thinking big.
As the founder of Moon Express, the World Innovation Institute, iNome, Talentwise, Intelius and Infospace, Naveen is living proof that one person can accomplish a lot in a lifetime. And he’s just getting started. He’s boldly going where no private company has gone before – the Moon. His big idea is to create a completely new fuel and energy market by mining Helium3 from our celestial cousin for use on Earth. And the best part, he makes a truly out-of-this-world announcement on this episode. You’ll have to watch to know what I’m talking about.
Naveen is a font of indispensable knowledge, wisdom and inspiration – his infectious nature has led him to be one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the world and I cannot wait to see what seemingly impossible idea he’ll next turn into a reality.
Gabrielle Reece is a beautiful human being. I don’t just say that in reference to the former Volleyball virtuoso’s modeling career, or how she dominated the 90’s with her striking looks and indomitable will. Over twenty years later, she fully understands that her currency extends beyond the superficial and is rooted deep in her mindset. From a very young age Gabrielle knew that looks weren’t everlasting – the same goes for athletic talent. Instead of defining herself through the incredible accomplishments of her 20’s, she instead forged an iron will that lasts a lifetime.
With her volleyball and modelling career in the rearview, Gabby is now an author, mother and fitness inspiration to women across the globe. Gabby and her husband, surfer Laird Hamilton, have created the XPT (Extreme Performance Training) workout to encourage an active lifestyle. She’s the host of the NBC competition series “Strong” and creates incredibly inspiring blog posts designed to foster confidence through her website www.gabriellereece.com.
I didn’t know what to expect from our time together on the IQ stage, I was just excited to talk to Gabrielle Reece. By the end I was blown away by her wisdom, wit and winning attitude about a life well-lived. She dispensed nugget after nugget of tangible wisdom that’s usable for everyone willing to escape the Matrix. Watch this episode, it can change you.
Fearless is a bold word, one that I’ve used to describe a few guests on IQ. It’s a necessary skill for any entrepreneur to learn. Laird Hamilton’s business is riding big waves (and it’s on a comparatively tiny board). He cheats death on a fairly regular basis, and has done so from an early age. At 52 and still riding high, I’d say he’s got fearlessness pretty well figured out.
Laird wouldn’t call himself fearless, though. To him, that’s another word for “reckless.” He approaches the craft of big wave riding with the same respect and humility he brings to IQ. Despite breaking countless bones over the course of his career, Laird is living proof of a connection one can find that transcends science, but not sense.
You might notice an ever-so-slight stiffness in Laird’s step as he takes the stage, because he just had hip replacement surgery. You won’t see him wince, though, despite the fact he’s rejecting pain medication. His reasoning to tough it out is simple: anti-inflmmatories slow down healing. He wants to get back out there and surf! If there’s anything tougher than that mindset, it’s the fact that he was AWAKE during surgery… even making phone calls! When was the last time a friend hit you up with a bone-saw cutting through their side?! Emoji texts surely would not do that one justice.
I asked Laird to clarify just how high some of these waves he’s ridden have been (some supposedly reached 100ft). He confirmed and responded with “we’re limited by what the ocean produces.” Yes… he used the term “limited” to describe his unprecedented feats of defying nature. If anyone can show you just how unlimited our potential is, it’s this man.
If I were to say to you, “you need to learn how to learn” I assume you’d think I was misquoting Yoda. But I want you to think about that for a moment. Can you remember a time in your life where you focused on the act of learning and how your brain translates visual and auditory stimuli into knowledge? What if learning wasn’t something you could take for granted? That’s the life of Jim Kwik. The world-renowned speaker and teacher suffered a brain injury as a child that impaired his ability to learn. What would take the typical student minutes to comprehend would take Jim hours, months or even years. When faced with the circumstance life dealt him, he drew inspiration from an unlikely source, comic books.
While the world slept, Jim read comic books — tales of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary deeds. His heroes pushed their mental and physical limits against all odds to succeed in the end. How appropriate that a man named Jim Kwik at birth became the world’s leading memory and speed-reading expert. It’s not uncommon for Jim to speak to a room of hundreds and remember the names of everyone he called on at the end of his presentation. Or to ask the audience for a string of 100 numbers only to recite them perfectly from memory. These are tools that Jim developed over time, just like the super heroes that inspired him as a kid, Jim now inspires thousands through his learning and empowerment programs.
Kwik Learning and SuperheroYou are educational programs built to help you unlock the potential of your brain and discover your super powers. Jim puts it best, “If knowledge is power, then learning is a superpower.” After spending an hour with him on the stage, I left hungrier than ever to continue my quest for acquiring knowledge and skills. I hope you feel the same way.
Blake Leeper is an unbelievable embodiment of the 5th Quest Belief: You can do anything you set your mind to, without limitation. Blake is one of the fastest runners in the world, a feat that’s astonishing in itself. But Blake has an extra hurdle to clear to sprint faster than his fellow athletes – he was born without legs.
He’s literally a bladerunner, but Blake’s mind is even sharper that his racing razors. Despite his nearly unheard-of condition, bilateral congenital below-the-knee amputees, Blake has cultivated an unflinching determination to become one of the world’s elite athletes. More specifically, he wants to be the fastest person on Earth… and believe it or not, he’s on the right track (and earning medals along the way). His success thus far is further proof that human potential is nearly limitless. Blake is a hybrid icon of our generation, an unprecedented success of prosthetics innovation and a testament of the human spirit.
Some of Blake’s most vivid prosthetic leg memories and mindset triggers actually come from middle school, so it’s immediately apparent how deeply rooted his ideals and ultimate ambitions are. When we talked about his motivational Middle School moments, reinforced by his fearless “Never Give Up” attitude, I got chills on set.
Blake’s pursuit to become the world’s fastest runner isn’t in a subcategory for the disabled. If he qualifies for the able-bodied Olympics in Rio this summer, he’ll have a shot at becoming the first paralympic athlete to ever win gold in standard Olympic competition. Imagine the history-making moment when he leaves those “able-bodied competitors” lacing their shoes in his dust.
We’ll keep an eye on the finish line for you, Blake. Hopefully we don’t blink.
Within 15 minutes of our interview, the world’s leading executive coach, Marshall Goldsmith, displayed in real time why he’s earned a lifetime of accolades. His job is to assess and coach leaders and without me even realizing it, he was holding me accountable to the words coming out of my mouth. It was an eye-opening experience and I hope you enjoy the way he calls me on my need to reward my intelligence as much as I did.
The main point I want to drive home for this episode is to listen to the wisdom coming out of this man’s mouth. He actually practices his teachings and it has elevated him to coaching the CEOs of over 150 major corporations. The most compelling story from our time together is how he pays someone to call and ask him active questions in order to hold himself accountable to his own beliefs.
Accountability is key to Marshall’s ethos and he’s the first to admit that it’s okay to be wrong. Being wrong means you admit you can do better. Embrace your lack of knowledge and see it as a learning opportunity instead of a weakness. At the end of the day, the only person you have to answer to is yourself. If it’s not working, change it.
I remember the obscenity controversy surrounding 2 Live Crew – never thinking to myself that one day I would pick the brain of the man at the forefront of the conversation, Luther Campbell. While now he’s older, wiser and an incredibly inspiring man, the impetus to never accept the concept of “can’t” has always been his driving force. That’s because at the end of the day Luther is and always will be a thinking man.
After spending some time with him I was blown away by his ability to stand back, assess a situation and postulate all possible outcomes without reacting emotionally. This is a guy who faced two choices: End up in jail or take control of his own destiny. He chose the latter. Luther’s career is a prime example of what happens when you get out of your own way and stop trying to manipulate outcomes. When life throws up a challenge, he analyzes it from all angles and makes an informed decision devoid of destructive emotion.
I couldn’t have asked for a better guest to share the stage with. Luther is an inspiration to hundreds of misguided youth in his hometown of Liberty City, Florida because he learned the importance of mentorship at a young age. Liberty City is lucky to have him and so is Inside Quest.