SA 025: Charlie Hoehn on The Power of Play to Reduce Anxiety and Stress

Charlie Hoehn

In this episode, I interview Charlie Hoehn, a keynote speaker, entrepreneur and author who has worked with Tim Ferriss, Tucker Max and Ramit Sethi. Charlie talks about the power of play and why it’s important when you’re trying to strive for high performance.

Guest Bio:

Charlie Hoehn is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and author of Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety (called “The cure to your stress!” by Tony Robbins) and Recession Proof Graduate (“Top 10 audiobooks on Audible” – NYTimes).

More than 1,000,000 people have read Charlie’s online articles on the importance of play. His post “How I Cured My Anxiety” is the #1 worldwide result on Google for the search “cure anxiety.” He has spoken at the Pentagon, three TEDx events, and co-hosts the “Helping Joe” Mating Grounds podcast with Tucker Max and Nils Parker.

Previously, Charlie worked for three years with Tim Ferriss as his Director of Special Projects, helping him edit and launch The 4-Hour Body (#1 New York Times, #1 Amazon overall, more than a million copies sold). Prior to that, he was the videographer for Tucker Max’s nationwide I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell movie tour. Charlie worked with Ramit Sethi during the launch of his book I Will Teach You to Be Rich (#1 Amazon overall, New York Times bestseller) and spearheaded the development of Negotiate It, a bestselling finance app. He was a director of the production and launch of App Empire — an online course that earned $2.6 million in revenue over the course of 10 days.

Charlie‘s work has been featured by NPR’s TED Radio Hour, The New York Times, CBS News, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, FOX Business, WordPress, Financial Times, and many others. He lives in Austin TX.


Some Questions We Ask:

  • Why Charlie decided to work with top names in the online space like Tim Ferriss, Tucker Max and Ramit Sethi?
  • What is his personal experience on stress and anxiety?
  • What book or set of books would he recommend to the audience, and why?
    • Harry Potter series
  • If he could have dinner with one person he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?
    • His grandfather

What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

  • Research on the correlation of rise in mental illness and erosion of play
  • How to avoid / overcome cardiac disease
  • How a company increased sales through play
  • How other cultures view play
  • The importance of play in Finnish culture


The 36 Greatest Quotes on Why We Should PLAY for a Living from Charlie Hoehn

The Power of Play | Charlie Hoehn | TEDxSantoDomingo

Play It Away book



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