Tristan Harris – Episode #387 on the Time Ferriss Show podcast

Everyday I try to learn and grow – but a lot of times I’m taking the information in, and letting it lie dormant. This is my attempt to put my favorite daily experiences and thoughts in one place so that I can come back to, and build upon the ideas these inspired.

Listening to Tristan Harris reminds me to follow my passions instead of aiming to fill requirements on a job posting (since I’m currently unemployed, I think about this a lot). Nobody could set out to follow in his footsteps. Being passion driven allows you to become an entity bigger than a list of skills.

A few of the many interesting topics from this episode:

  • If you control the menu, you control the choices. We may be making our own choices, but who controls the menu of choices we’re picking from? What are the invisible constraints that affect us when making choices?
  • Byron Katie‘s work encourages you to ask 4 simple questions about something that gives you stress…
    • 1) Is it true?
    • 2) Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
    • 3) How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
    • 4) Who would you be without that thought.
  • Attention Monopolies. “I’m all for technology being an empowerment tool. There are beautiful things that can come from technology when it’s operating as a tool. But the business model of advertising and engagement is the anti-tool; it doesn’t want to be a tool; it wants something from you.”


  • There is a site called that pulls out quotes and main points from this episode.
  • Books referenced:
    • The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
    • Words that Work
    • Metaphors We Live By
    • Amusing Ourselves to Death
    • Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
    • Finite and Infiite Games
    • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Mediation in Everyday Life
    • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
    • Don’t Shoot the Dog

General thoughts from today:

  • Create an app that takes a picture of a plug/chord and tells you what device (or type of device) it most likely goes to. Maybe not much of a challenge for Apple users, but my dad could definitely use this. Could be an interesting Machine Learning project?