Summary: The Tim Ferriss Show: Cory Booker — Street Fights, 10-Day Hunger Strikes, and Creative Problem-Solving

When you hear a person talk passionately about something, the words come alive and stick with you for days. This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, Senator Cory Booker shed light on an array of topics including his early childhood and upbringing, the academic years at Stanford on a athletic scholarship, diet, his ups and downs as a mayor of Newark, NJ and much more.

I have highlighted a few quotes that really solidify his core beliefs.

In America, we need courageous empathy–where we let go of our own ego and tune in to another human being and to really listen to them. – C. Booker (27:50).  

Time and time again, many successful and prominent people echo the more importance practice of personal character is empathy–putting yourself in someone else’s shoe. The divisive issues of the days of racial inequality, police brutality against Black Americans and gun violence will not be solves with shouting matches or by hurling insults. I believe the first step is to listen with empathy, with the intention to understand where the person is coming from and life experiences that are woven into their existence today.


The most important conversation you have everyday is with yourself. – C. Booker (32:13).  

The noises projected from media and other people through the electronics–mainly TV and cellphone, are hijacking our focus and our reality. What I say to myself daily, I make true of those statements and live with the consequences. This is a facet of self awareness, knowing what you are saying to yourself.


Before you tell me about your religion, first show it to me on how you treat other people. – C. Booker (49:25).  

Action speaks louder than words, especially actions toward another human being. There isn’t another more revealing way into someone’s soul through how one behaves toward another person, particularly someone of lower status. Practice The Platinum Rule: treat others the way they want to be treated.


The world you see outside of you is a reflection of what you have inside of you. – C. Booker (55:42).  

This echos similar sentiment of the previous quote. Your output into the world mirrors the essence of the source.


Cynicism is a toxic spirit state. It gives you the inability to see faint hope in midst of glaring problem. – C. Booker (1:05:50).  

Cynicism is the single most poisonous personal trait. It festers into apathy in your relationships. It ruins your productivity at work. It tears down creativity and poison the well for all who drinks from it. Do not practice cynicism.


If you want the things that other people don’t have, you have to be willing to do things the other people won’t do. – C. Booker (1:29:45).  

This quote along elevates the content of this episode to a whole new level. I may have heard variation of this quote. Though this episode is several months old, this quote by Booker has stuck with me and I recite it to myself as often as I remember, especially when I work toward my long-term goal of financial freedom. Read the quote again.


I hope Cory Booker’s words have positively charged your life as he has of mine. Also check out his book. Please leave a comment on how I can add more value into your life.

Love yourself. Be good to your parents. Tell someone you are thinking of him/her. Hug someone.



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