15 People That Will Make You Smarter

30 March 2021

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If you’re feeling a little dumbed down and your regular podcasts, blogs, vlogs and Insta feeds are not inspiring you, then best you stay right where because these 15 People That Will Make You Smarter.

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Tim Ferris

Aluxers, if you need inspiration on every front imaginable, Tim Ferris is the answer. He’s an American entrepreneur, investor, author, and a lifestyle guru.

You might recognize his name, because it’s become synonymous with The 4-Hour Workweek. This is just one of five books that Ferris has written, including The 4-Hour Bod, The 4-Hour Chef, Tools of Titans, and Tribe of Mentors – all of which are available on Audible.com – and remember to claim your free book through us, alux.com/freebook.

Ferris has been an angel advisor, a mentor for start-ups, he’s been in television, has been actively involved in Psychedelic research and hosts a podcast called The Time Ferris Show, which covers a wide range of topics and guests, including Hugh Jackman, Amanda Palmer, Edward Norton and Vince Vaughn.


Christina Koch and Jessica Meir

For something completely out of this world, we suggest you follow astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir.

Time named them part of the most influential people of 2020 and these smart ladier successfully completed the first all-female spacewalk.

As pointed out by Time.com, “… two women executing intellectually and physically demanding work in one of the most challenging circumstances in which humans operate—orbital altitude of 250 miles, velocity of 17,500 m.p.h.—is an important event. Not because these women proved what we, women, could do; that was never in doubt. Rather because the whole world saw it, including the gatekeepers (frequently men) who determine who has access to these opportunities.”

You can follow their inspiring journeys on Instagram.


Seth Godin

Let’s get back down to earth and highlight one of the most interesting and truthful blogs around. American author, Seth Godin, has a blog simply called Seth’s Blog.

It’s nothing fancy. There are no gimmicky distractions, there are no shock horror revelations, what you will find is honesty, observations, flaws and improvement.

For example, his most recent blog is about the word “Sorry.” How it helps to acknowledge a person when something bad has happened. He writes about the “Perfect Avocado,” “Reasons why you should write a book,” and so forth.

His posts are not long, but they’re highly beneficial specially for smart people and we give it 2 thumbs up.

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Gary Vaynerchuck

You’ll find Vaynerchuck on every social media platform, and for good reason. He’s a talented entrepreneur, author, speaker, and Internet personality who is the chairman of New York-based communications company VaynerX.

He’s been featured on Forbes, in The New York Times, Mashable, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune 40 Under 40, Entrepreneur and Inc.

As you can see from this image – we weren’t kidding when we said he is on every social media platform.

So, what can you expect? Well, a bit of everything – but here are some examples: How to start a podcast, how to use hashtags correctly, and 3 Tips for hiring top talent in 2021.

Absorb his words, Aluxers, “Don’t conform to something that doesn’t make you happy.”


Lewis Howes

What makes great smart people, great and smart? How do they set themselves apart and what makes them tick? Lewis Howes went from being depressed and sleeping on his sister’s sofa, to earning $1 million in 2 years. And if he can do it, so can you and he’s here to help you get there.

His podcast series is called the School of Greatness, and this is his platform to highlight leaders in the industry and to educate you on how to join those leagues of greatness. And the crux is, we all have it in ourselves.


Eman Al Nafjan

Next, we introduce you to Saudi Arabian blogger and women’s rights activist, Eman al Nafjan. This activist, journalist, and online commentator was imprisoned for her outspokenness and her opinions on male guardianship regulations, along with other pertinent matters.

The state labelled her a traitor and while imprisoned she suffered both physical, sexual, and mental abuse.

She was granted temporary release in March 2019 and has been confined to her house since then. Her social media accounts have had no updates, but we encourage you to keep following her Twitter account and hopefully we can share in a happy ending with al Nafjan.


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has mastered the use of social media, and we are so grateful she has because we’re all the wiser for it. She has a great mix of super fun and super serious.

For example, her most recent Tweet involves Waffles + Mochi and how to make sublime cheese toast. Yet, there’s more to it than just delicious tasting cheese toast. Hand-in-hand is the Pass the Love Campaign, where you can be part of assisting getting millions of meals to families in need.

Aluxers, remember what Michelle Obama once said, “Success isn’t about how your life looks to others. It’s about how it feels to you.”

But social media isn’t always all good. Check out 15 Ways Social Media Is Harming You


Pat Flynn

We mentioned Flynn in our video, Richest Podcasts in the World, where he sits at number 9 with his show Smart Passive Income.

As we explained there, he brings in a plethora of guests who all back up his methodology and encourage you to work on earning a passive income. For him, it’s all about sustainable success.

He chats to smart people in various fields and shares tips, strategies and solid advice to getting a passive income working for you.

Some of his topics include, “How to Face Your Fears and Become the Courageous Entrepreneur You Want To Be,” and “4 Problem-Solving Reasons to Develop Core Values for Your Business.”


Stephen Fry

No stranger to the limelight, Fry found added success through Twitter. Forget about his acting, his books, his voice-over work and let’s find out why following Stephen Fry will make you smart, more than most other people.

For starters, he’s sh*t funny, and we all know laughter is good for the brain. But he’s also not afraid to speak up about injustices, or stupid behaviour often depicted by his own British government. He’s not afraid to make a stand for minority groups. He understands how important our mental health is, supports people living with disabilities, and is a massive supporter of LGBTQ rights.

Follow his Twitter account, @stephenfry.


Dr Katie Mack

In Hozier’s single, No Plan, there’s a reference to Dr Katie Mack. The lyrics read, “There’s no plan, there’s no hand on the rein. As Mack explained, there will be darkness again.”

Hozier and Mack have been following each other on Twitter and being mentioned in a song is still surreal to Mack.

She’s a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end.

She’s all-over social media – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Blog and her academic website. She’s released a book called The End of Everything, (Astrophysically Speaking) which one reader, Ramsey Shaffer described as, “I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book faster. Once I started, I physically could not stop reading. Thank you for blowing my mind many times.”


Yashar Ali

To stay 100% up to date with current affairs, Yashar Ali is the guy to follow. He has contributed to HuffPost, NBC News, and New York magazine and breaks big news on his Twitter platform which has over 750,000 followers.

Ali broke the news about the first Democratic National Debates and the revelation that Les Moonves wanted to derail Janet Jackson’s career after that never to be forgotten Super Bowl performance. He recently reported the following on yashar.substack.com, “Sharon Osbourne Frequently Referred to Julie Chen as ‘Wonton’ and ‘Slanty Eyes,’ Sources Say.”

He’s also reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been actively investigating allegations against Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver who has been accused of sexual misconduct and workplace abuse by several men.

Follow him to stay updated!


Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

This podcast by women for… all smart people… is a great way to indulge in your love of pop culture, politics and life and it’s presented by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman.

Sow is a digital strategist, writer and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia. Forbes listed her on their 30 Under 30 in tech list and is based in Brooklyn.

Friedman is Sow’s best friend, a journalist, and contributor to the LA Times, New York magazine and The Gentlewoman. She’s based in LA.

Their show not only focuses on movers and shakers, but also the non-famous woman who are just going about their daily lives… really delving into the nitty gritty of the daily grind.

The show is an eye-opener, is inspiring and makes you want to call your girlfriend and have a good catch up.


Trevor Noah

South African born Noah is the current host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central.

The Daily Show is still broadcast despite the pandemic, except that now it’s called The Daily Social Distancing Show.

His show and podcast are released daily. It’s satirical, it’s smart, it’s poignant. Topics range from the British Royal family hiring a diversity chief, to his no holds barred response to the horrific killings of eight people at an Atlanta-area massage spa.

We second his quote about money, which is, “The first thing I learned about having money was that it gives you choices. People don’t want to be rich. They want to be able to choose. The richer you are, the more choices you have. That is the freedom of money.”


Ashley Milne-Tyte

Aluxers, if you need motivation – we highly recommend you follow The Broad Experience. It’s a 25-minute podcast hosted by Ashley Milne-Tyte that tackles some of the hard issues facing women in the workplace. And by workplace, we don’t just mean the corporate world, we mean all industries – firefighters, architects, quantity surveyor’s, pilots and so on. It’s all there, in all its ugly truth with no room to hide.

It makes you think and reassess. The Guardian described this show for smart people as, “Unsentimental and honest, it somehow leaves listeners, male or female, bolstered and positive.”


Chris Molanphy

Aluxers, there are so many areas where you can gain extra knowledge, and Chris Molanphy will regale you with music knowledge and trivia that will see you having the most intriguing conversations when you’re next able to go out and socialize like normal.

He’s a chart analyst/pop critic and host of podcast #HitParadePod. He’s also writer of Slate’s #WhyIsThisSongNo1?

As reviewed by Wendy Morrill, “Hit Parade is an enjoyable mix of music trivia, pop culture and song clips, revealing unexpected connections between artists, songs and other aspects of the music industry.”


Do you follow any of these smart people, Aluxers? If so, which ones and why? We’d love to hear from you!