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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 15+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams. 1200+ episodes.

Apr 25, 2014

My guest today is Tucker Max, an American author and public speaker. He chronicles his drinking and sexual encounters in the form of short stories on his website, which has received millions of visitors since Max launched it as the result of a bet in 2000.

The topic is success.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • Covel and Max talk about their first meeting, and Max’s brutally honest advice to Covel
  • Diet and nutrition
  • The NCAA, college athletics, exploitation, the media, and having to 'beat' the system
  • Marginal cost and marginal product
  • Entrepreneurial thinking and Max's early career
  • Max’s experience in marketing
  • Protecting your independence
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Facing rejection in publishing, and how rejection is part of success
  • How success only teaches you to repeat what you did before, and failure forces you to think
  • What drives Max today
  • How the landscape has changed in regards to authors
  • The fight for authority and trust in the publishing world
  • What motivates Tucker Max today--the quality of relationships you have with other people, and what you do that matters to others

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I’m MICHAEL COVEL, the host of TREND FOLLOWING RADIO, and I’m proud to have delivered 10+ million podcast listens since 2012. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trend following are all passionately explored and debated on my show.

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