Tim Ferriss on (dot dot dot) Seneca

Fenster writes:

Over at a related Facebook page the question of podcasts was being tossed around and the name Tim Ferriss came up.  Now Fenster he is at the point where he has to work hard to avoid knowing about a lot of things, like who Marc Maron is anyway.  And Ferriss fell into this rather broad category.  I’d heard the name but more or less made it my business to stay ignorant, which is a hard thing to do in this day and age.

But I took the plunge since I like a good podcast.  I can’t say I regret the decision.  Ferriss is an interesting guy who can give a good interview.  But I must say I am just totally exhausted after listening to him for a few minutes.

I don’t hold it against him overly that he is well beyond my energy level–he is after all young and Fenster is, well, seasoned.  But it’s how he is energetic–rewire your brain every second Tuesday and that will permit you to microdose your LSD so as to maximize your Bodily Strength Quotient every other week so that you can make the most of the Sophocles Reading Group on Thursdays so you can . . . oh, and remember those great running shoes!  They got zest appeal!

Ferriss begins his podcasts with advertisements.  I don’t begrudge that either.  The man has to make a living and if you have lots of surplus energy why not use some of it for gain?  But given his  . . .  energetic . . . ways, his long intro ads can come across a bit like Prairie Home Companion ads on an overdose of ADHD medication.  They are also a little poetic if you choose to listen to them that way.  So here is his recent intro (two intros actually, back to back) for a show on, of all things,  the Roman stoic Seneca.

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It’s one of the start-ups I work with.

I love what they do.

These guys are making protein bars

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And before you screw your face up

And look disgusted

I bet they taste better

than any protein bar you’ve had before.

I devour these bars after lifting sessions

I take them with me on the road

The recipes were developed by

A three Michelin star chef.

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That is what happened the last time

I mentioned that.

So check it out.


Forward slash tim.

Greetings ladies and germs

And welcome to another episode

Of the Tim Ferris Show.

This is a short form show rather than a long interview

With an expert of some type.

And we are going to focus on


My favorite Stoic thinker and author

Seneca the Younger.

His writing,

that I’m gonna highlight in excerpt,

Is roughly 2,000 years old.

But it is timeless

And we are going to listen to

On the Shortness of Life.

It is an essay I revisit
At least once a quarter.

Along with all of his other letters

Which you can listen to

If you would like


The Tao of Seneca.

At audible.com

Forward slash timsbooks

In this particular letter

I will highlight my favorite portion

Which begins with

And I quote

“Why do you torment yourself

And lose weight

Over some problem?”


Dot dot dot

And on it goes

This is a fantastic reminder to

Mind the critical few

To ignore the trivial many

And much much more.

I hope you enjoy it.

So check it out.


Mind the critical few

And ignore the trivial many

Backslash tim.




About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.
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1 Response to Tim Ferriss on (dot dot dot) Seneca

  1. JV says:

    Ferris is one of those people with an unending need to “hack” this or that. I read his book The 4 Hour Workweek when it came out in 2007, that’s all I needed to hear from him. I wonder how many hours a week he works on his podcast.

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