Thanks to all of you, The Tim Ferriss Show crossed more than 600 million downloads this year, and it’s fast approaching 700 million. At the time of writing, the podcast is #1 in Business and in the top 25 for all Apple Podcasts. Doing the podcast has been one of my very few respites and saving graces amidst the madness of 2020. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for listening.
In case you have some extra time over the holiday season, perhaps after a pumpkin pie or cookie coma, below are my most popular episodes of the year. It’s a fun list.
We used an imperfect methodology—number of downloads one week after publication—but it’s good enough to surface the episodes you all felt were the most exciting. With the wild gyrations at the start of COVID, measurement changes (like excluding Apple Watch downloads), plus the fact that I aim to create evergreen episodes, take the below with a huge grain of salt.
Happy holidays to you and yours!
With heartfelt thanks,
Here’s the list, starting with the most downloaded:
#2: Tim Ferriss — My Healing Journey After Childhood Abuse (Episode #464)
#4: Brené Brown — Striving versus Self-Acceptance, Saving Marriages, and More (Episode #409)
#6: Ryan Holiday — Turning the Tables (Episode #410)
#9: Tyler Cowen on Rationality, COVID-19, Talismans, and Life on the Margins (Episode #413)
#12: Penn Jillette on Magic, Losing 100+ Pounds, and Weaponizing Kindness (Episode #405)
#13: Sam Zell — Strategies for High-Stakes Investing, Dealmaking, and Grave Dancing (Episode #407)
#14: Bob Iger — CEO and Chairman of Disney (Episode #406)
#15: Sam Harris — Psychedelics, Meditation, and The Bigger Picture (Episode #433)
#17: Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories (Repost) (#465)
#18: Richard Turner — The Magical Phenom Who Will Blow Your Mind (Episode #411)
#21: Esther Perel — Tactics for Relationships in Quarantine (Episode #418)
#26: Jerry Seinfeld — A Comedy Legend’s Systems, Routines, and Methods for Success (Episode #485)
#27: Michael Lewis — Inside the Mind of the Iconic Writer (Episode #427)
#28: David Yarrow on Art, Markets, Business, and Combining It All (Episode #443)
#29: Esther Perel — The Relationship Episode: Sex, Love, Polyamory, Marriage, and More (Repost) (Episode #463)
#30: Mike Novogratz on Bitcoin, Macro Trading, Ayahuasca, Redemption, and More (Episode #451)
P.S. In case you missed it, transcripts for all episodes are now available for free at this link, and you can find all sponsors from 2020 at this link.
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