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Impact Theory is a business and mindset-focused interview show that will teach anyone aspiring to greatness the secrets to success. The show is hosted by Tom Bilyeu - a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the #2 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition and former host of the viral hit Youtube series Inside Quest (viewed over 100,000,000 times). Bilyeu is known for his passion and preparation. Always eager to truly learn from his guests, Bilyeu digs deep and brings the urgency of someone hungry to put what he’s learning to immediate use - making the show not only entertaining and energetic, but also hyper-useful.

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Impact Theory is a business and mindset-focused interview show that will teach anyone aspiring to greatness the secrets to success. The show is hosted by Tom Bilyeu - a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the #2 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition and former host of the viral hit Youtube series Inside Quest (viewed over 100,000,000 times). Bilyeu is known for his passion and preparation. Always eager to truly learn from his guests, Bilyeu digs deep and brings the urgency of someone hungry to put what he’s learning to immediate use - making the show not only entertaining and energetic, but also hyper-useful.

    This Is How You Achieve LASTING Change By Rewiring Your BELIEFS | Jonas Kaplan on Conversations with Tom

    This Is How You Achieve LASTING Change By Rewiring Your BELIEFS | Jonas Kaplan on Conversations with Tom

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    It was reported that roughly 1 in 20 people report having at least one hallucination in a lifetime. Maybe it was drug induced or simply a dream. Either way, how is it that you can have vivid imagery about what feels like reality in the moment? Dr. Jonas Kaplan joins Tom in this conversation to discuss all the ways your brain is filling in the gaps of its own break in knowledge. The brain is truly fascinating to study and so important to understand when you want to be more open-minded and question your beliefs or get a better perception of and understanding of what reality truly is. Part of seeing reality as it really is versus how your brain predicts it to be is coming face to face with information that challenges the beliefs you hold. Jonas and Tom explore research studies that reveal the freaky nature of how our brains really work and ways you can hack your way past the overprotective nature of your brain. Dr. Jonas Kaplan is the Associate Professor of psychology at USC Brain and Creativity Institute, Co-Director of the Dana & David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, and Associate Director for Mindfulness and Neuroimaging for the USC Center for Mindfulness Science

    SHOW NOTES:

    0:00 | Introduction Jonas Kaplan
    0:21 | Brain Illusions vs Reality
    10:37 | Split Brain Confabulation
    22:39 | Executive Function Network
    26:04 | Changing Your Beliefs
    32:20 | When Identity Is Challenged
    41:37 | Mindfulness & Self Narrative
    53:02 | Dissolution of Self
    1:02:19 | Meaning Making & Stories
    1:08:27 | Filmmaking & Neuroscience
    1:13:51 | Hacking Your Brain
    1:19:39 | Brain Body Malfunction
    1:22:48 | Homunculus Sensory Map
    1:28:23 | Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

    QUOTES:

    “The brain builds a model of the world that it has to navigate, right, it builds a simulated picture of what the world is like. That's where beliefs come from.” [2:29]

    “The brain wants to create a consistent view of the world. And that provides a motivation to find information that's consistent with what we think.” [8:49]

    “Everything's so interconnected that each region of the brain is not corresponding to one particular mental function for the most part...” [24:30]

    “Most of us organize our lives in such a way that we never even really have to encounter evidence that challenges our beliefs.” [29:35]

    “Feelings are the brain signals that there's some kind of a challenge going on to the body.” [33:37]

    “There is probably some value in maintaining our beliefs, and protecting them to some degree, and also in sharing them with other people and building the connections that we have with other people based on shared models of reality” [38:01]

    Follow Jonas Kaplan:
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Use This HOLIDAY Survival Guide to Make This Holiday Season the Best EVER! | Tom Bilyeu

    Use This HOLIDAY Survival Guide to Make This Holiday Season the Best EVER! | Tom Bilyeu

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    There’s no doubt that the holidays can be an extremely stressful time for many people.

    Whether you’re dealing with loneliness and depression, family trauma, politically opinionated cousins, or staying disciplined with what you eat, there are a lot of landmines hidden among the holiday cheer.

    The good news is there are also highly effective tools and tricks that can help you navigate all of the potential difficulties that can crop up this time of year.

    By framing things in the right way, setting expectations for yourself and those around you, and looking for ways to find and deepen human connection, you can turn a potentially stressful time into one of the most beautiful times of the year.

    SHOW NOTES:

    00:00 | Introduction
    00:47 | Dealing with Loneliness
    10:24 | Maintaining Discipline at Holiday Meals
    18:40 | Navigate Emotional Storms in the Family
    32:25 | Working Through the Holidays?
    37:06 | Faking It With Family
    44:10 | Fill Your Heart With Love

    QUOTES:
    “When you know you’re doing something for other people, you feel this deep sense of meaning and purpose. Doing that around the holidays I think can be a huge, huge win.” [6:19]

    “Bright lines will work, no matter what it is, as long as you want the outcome enough to essentially torment yourself.” [12:53]

    “We cannot control other people. You cannot make them deal with their mental health. That cannot be your responsibility.” [22:55]

    “The whole punchline of life is to live a joyful life of fulfillment - that’s it.” [34:42]

    “Having those bickering, biting, trauma-filled exchanges are their own punishment. You do not need to make it worse by trying to change people, convince them to be otherwise, or whatever.” [44:20]

    • 42 min
    This Is How You THINK Better, Faster & More Effective Than EVER Before | Tom Bilyeu

    This Is How You THINK Better, Faster & More Effective Than EVER Before | Tom Bilyeu

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    Being able to focus and think critically and strategically seems to become more challenging on a daily basis. With social media algorithms hacking your attention and focus and everyday life happening at record speeds, you have to become intentional and almost overly protective of your brain. Tom is executing and delivering at an elite level 365 days a year (366 on a leap year) and make no mistake this is by design. Today, he is sharing the 4 main ways he cares for and nurtures his cognitive skills. Taking care of your brain requires that you are aware of all the ways your mental performance is impacted. Tom is sharing exactly what he does on a daily basis as a way of life to keep leveling up and outperforming the competition.

    Tom’s Push Pull Split Workout Routine
    Day 1: Pull - Back & Biceps
    Day 2: Push - Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps
    Day 3: Lower Body/Core - Legs & Abs

    SHOW NOTES:

    0:00 | Introduction Brain Optimization
    1:40 | Workout to Fuel the Brain
    5:16 | Reset with Meditation
    11:26 | Eat to Boost Brain Power
    23:35 | Sleep to Clear & Reset You Mind

    QUOTES:

    “Managing your neurochemistry is one of the single most important things you can do.” [5:49]

    “Meditation is a magical way that nature has given us where you can reset that to absolute zero to where you feel completely calm and creative and anchored. It is truly a phenomenal gift of evolution” [6:24]

    “You miss one night's sleep and there is a catastrophic cascade of biological problems that will present themselves rapidly.” [24:02]

    “Being tired is a unique ring of hell, I do not understand people who are prepared to go their entire lives fatigue. It makes everything worse.”

    • 28 min
    The WORK ETHIC of these A-LIST Celebrities Will BLOW Your Mind

    The WORK ETHIC of these A-LIST Celebrities Will BLOW Your Mind

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    You may be familiar with the saying work hard, play hard, but how does hard work translate to your work ethic? Work ethic is developed and is something that can be improved upon over time. Strong work ethic not only gets the job done, it pulls a driven person through some of the most difficult situations that would deter the common person from even trying. In this episode, you’re going to hear how some of Hollywood's most successful people have decades long careers with monumental success. If you think their talent was enough, guess again. These actors and actresses work just as hard at their skills and their craft as Michal Jordan or Kobe Bryant before the big game. Their successes speak of themselves.

    “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” -Tim Notke

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    SHOW NOTES:

    0:00 | Introduction to Work Ethic
    1:22 | Hilary Swank: Get Competitive
    10:15 | John Travolta: Handle People
    22:10 | Meagan Good: Push the Limits
    30:38 | Matthew McConaughey: Earn It

    QUOTES:

    “Our biggest competitor is really ourselves [...] overcoming that obstacle of your mind is the number one thing to tackle in pursuing your dreams and your goals.” Hillary Swank [5:59]

    “That is super important to be competitive with other people, because they're the ones that push us out of our comfort zone that we didn't even know we were living in.” Hillary Swank [8:24]

    “You have to get rid of the people who don't want to play the same game as you do.” John Travolta [13:51]

    “When you push yourself beyond what you think is capable, you suddenly realize how capable you are and you're able to just keep pushing and cranking.” Meagan Good [24:53]

    “I want to be satisfied and thankful with this is good and this is enough, but I don't want to get comfortable in the sense of like, I know that I can access more. I want to access everything that there is for me to get until there's nothing left.” Meagan Good [28:08]

    “So to actually have true freedom, we have to take certain risks. We have to be responsible, more responsible for certain things for ourselves, who we are constantly investigating and interrogating our better selves, to say I'm going to be a little bit better at this tomorrow.” Matthew McConaughey [42:55]

    • 41 min
    Everything You Know About the BRAIN is WRONG! Here’s How the Brain ACTUALLY Works | Ian McGilchrist

    Everything You Know About the BRAIN is WRONG! Here’s How the Brain ACTUALLY Works | Ian McGilchrist

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    Iain McGilchrist, renowned psychiatrist, author and thinker joins Tom to share some of the key ideas he writes about in his latest 2 volume book, The Matter of Things. Part of what he proposes is that you keep an open mind and be aware that the ideas and images people are so strongly influenced by are in fact myths and stories. The version of what you see in your reality matters to what you decide to see and live your life by.

    “It doesn't matter what you look at, it matters what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau

    So much of what the world is and who we are is not understood. To think you fully grasp the complexities of consciousness, matter, space and time would be wildly ignorant. Iain perfectly quotes psychologist William James, “ignorance is a sea and knowledge is a drop in that ocean” In this conversation Iain explores ideas of how little we truly know about the cognitive function of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. He highlights the beauty and complexity of order in the universe even where we are unable to fully grasp and understand the order. He’s calling people to be open to the seemingly random chaos and meaninglessness of life to find a better way to live and a better vision of the world we live in. The path of doing so challenges you to embrace the many paradoxical reactions occurring all around us in nature.

    Check out Iain McGilchrist’s book, The Matter With Things: https://channelmcgilchrist.com/the-matter-with-things/

    SHOW NOTES:

    0:00 | Introduction Dr. Iain McGilchrist
    2:10 | Split Brain Connection
    8:50 | Unity of Opposite Hemispheres
    22:08 | The Brain Shapes Reality
    27:49 | Objective Reality & Co-Creation
    35:10 | 3 Pathways to One Vision
    44:16 | The Sacred and Divine
    55:44 | Why Belief Matters
    1:05:53 | Left Sided Paradox
    1:10:57 | Neutralizing Left Sided Thinking

    QUOTES:

    “Everything that exists, not just in the brain, but in physics, in the world at large in nature, depends on a combination of division and union [...] There needs to be the synthesis of union with division.” [8:59]

    “Both hemispheres do everything in some way, but it's all about that ‘in some way’. It's the how not the what. So they do the ‘what’ of the same things, but they do the how of them completely differently.” [12:47]

    “The emotional brain is as much the left hemisphere as the right. It specializes in anger, irritability, and doesn't like being crossed.” [28:43]

    “Neurology and theology are not at war with one another, they are seeing the same realities just at slightly different levels and in different ways.” [35:42]

    “If you want to know about a human being, the brain is a pretty central place to start.” [39:32]

    “I would be giving the wrong impression if I said that I know anything about what God is, or I’m a believer in...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    This Is How You Use DOPAMINE As A SUPERPOWER In Your Life | Anna Lembke

    This Is How You Use DOPAMINE As A SUPERPOWER In Your Life | Anna Lembke

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    From the time you were born, dopamine receptors in your brain have been firing off to keep you alive, to keep you motivated and keep you focused on pursuing something worthwhile. If you were born in the digital age of technology where electronic devices and social media started affecting your life directly or indirectly. You easily start feeling like you're not enough, there’s something missing or like you should be doing more than you are.

    Anna Lembke is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She writes, “humans are the ultimate seekers.” Because of the way we are wired with the flood of hormones and chemicals released physiologically, we are always looking for the next dopamine hit without ever consciously identifying and labeling it. So, if it is in your nature to pursue a reward that is ever elusive, what reward do you decide to focus on?

    In this episode, Anna and Tom explore why using the love of the pursuit as a drug of choice to get dopamine rewards can be very dangerous. Anna also explains the pleasure pain balance and why too much pleasure and too much positive overload is still a form of stress to watch out for.

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    SHOW NOTES:

    0:00 | Introduction to Anna Lembke
    1:00 | Pursuit is Rewarding
    10:12 | Dopamine Insensitivity
    16:17 | Pleasure Pain Balance
    26:24 | Dopamine Reset
    29:21 | Cannabis Use & Potency
    34:07 | Pornography Addiction
    39:56 | Truth Telling Reward
    50:38 | Spirituality in Neurochemistry
    59:05 | Social Media Connection
    1:12:16 | To Exert Will or Not
    1:25:10 | Danger in Striving


    QUOTES:

    “We are hardwired to approach pleasure and avoid pain. And that's really at the heart of our dopamine reward system.” [7:50]

    “Any deviation from neutrality is actually a form of stress. In fact, biologists define stress as a deviation from neutrality.” [18:33]

    “The richest countries in the world are the countries that have the most suicide, anxiety, depression, and physical pain.” [24:22]

    “Because our primitive brains were not wired for an easy, hyper convenient world, we are suffering as a result of all of this access to these feel good things.” [25:10]

    “If social media is the main place, or the only place where you get validation, and you feel connected, that's really dangerous.” [1:06:55]

    “Don't do the easy thing to get rid of the pain, far better to suffer and come up with a long term solution” Tom Bilyeu [1:08:45]

    “The interesting part here is it isn't winning a championship, it's becoming capable of a championship performance.” Tom Bilyeu [1:26:34]

    Follow Anna Lembke:
    Website: https://www.annalembke.com/

    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.9K Ratings

3.9K Ratings

Th3Burns ,

Bringing the fire!!

Tom consistently brings the fire on these interviews and interviews some of the greatest minds of our time. I know I can always count on Tom to bring relevant, progressive, empowering and potentially powerful educational content to help me level the F up! Legggoooooo!!

Danzeman29 ,

Sick of the Add placement in this show

The amount and placement of adds in this show is absolutely ridiculous. Can’t take it anymore. If the show needs add revenue that badly then they are not focused on providing value to consumers, just themselves.

Flannel B ,

Death by advertising

I dont understand the need for millionaires and in this case billionaires to advertise as much as they do these days. And to not even care where the ads are placed. It’s getting ridiculous

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