Tim Ferriss: You are a very confident guy, how do you teach confidence to your kids? Because you are clearly a very confident guy.
Jamie Foxx: Yeah.
Tim Ferriss: Your grandmother was a very bold, very strong woman. How do you try to teach that to your kids?
Jamie Foxx: What you do with your kids is, what I ask my daughter is, what’s on the other side of fear? They go, uh? Meaning like, if I stood in the middle of this floor and I yelled [loudly] “AHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHH!!!!!” what’s on the other side of that? or if I stood in the middle of the floor and I went [quietly] “ahhh”. What’s on the other side of that? Meaning that, either you do or you don’t, but there is no reward, you just be yourself, so I taught to them, what’s on the other side of fear? Nothing. People get nervous for no reason. Because nobody is going to come out and slap you or beat you up, you are just nervous. So why even have that? So that’s a building block that they can use not just in the entertainment business, because that’s the other thing, you don’t have to be an entertainer, but whatever you go into, whether you are a lawyer, a school teacher, or tech guy or girl, or whatever it is, there is nothing on the other side of it. So when people are nervous I say, what are you nervous about? There is nothing on the other side of fear. All of it is in our heads, when we talk about being fearful, being afraid, lack of assertiveness, of being aggressive, or being shy, is in your head, so not everyone is going to be super aggressive, but you can deal with a person’s fears, and if you start early, if they are a shy person, they won’t be as shy if you keep instilling those things [beliefs].