How to Find the Superhero Within

How to Find the Superhero Within

Tom Bilyeu

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is one of the most iconic hip-hop artists of all time. One-third of the legendary trio Run DMC, he played a pivotal role in thrusting hip-hop into the mainstream and changing the course of popular music forever. Despite selling over 30 million albums and blazing a trail for future rap groups, DMC found himself late in his career sinking into a deep depression. Faced with the reality that he was literally losing his voice, he fell into a downward spiral of drinking and contemplating suicide.It was music and comics that gave him a new purpose. Join him on his journey of self-discovery in this soul-stirring episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu.

Tom Bilyeu is the co-founder of 2014 Inc. 500 company Quest Nutrition — a unicorn startup valued at over $1 billion — and the co-founder and host of Impact Theory. Impact Theory is a first-of-its-kind company designed to facilitate global change through the incubation of mission-based businesses and the cultivation of empowering content. Every piece of content Impact Theory creates is meant to underscore the company mission to free people from The Matrix and help them unlock their true potential. Impact Theory exists to inspire the next generation of game-changing companies and creators that will make a true and lasting impact on the world.


1. “Our lives are about feeling good, not about just who
we are [but] about feeling good about everything that’s supposed to feel right.” [12:58]
2. “When you feel good, everything comes to you.” [15:14]
3. “There is no such thing as rejection, there’s only projection.” [30:30]
4.“You gotta find the thing that makes you feel good and just continually, nonstop, without a
paycheck [keep] doing that.” [30:59]
5. “Everybody is running around trying to be everything else first instead of being who they are first.” [33:53]
6. “You have a superpower [but] you’re so busy overlooking it.” [37:21]
7. “Whatever’s inside of you, good or bad, will manifest itself physically.” [43:55]
8. “Your voice is not how you sound or speak. Your vibration is who you are.” [44:49]
9. “Your situation doesn’t define who you are. YOU define who you are.” [53:31]


DMC explains why he believes music is a thing to be shared and enjoyed not rewarded. [4:13]

DMC opens up about his battle with depression and the moment that changed his life. [6:00]

DMC talks about mental health and feeling good in every area of your life. [13:06]

DMC walks through his childhood and how comic books shaped his reality.[15:35]

Tom and DMC go deep on the intersection of comics and hip-hop. [19:47]

DMC goes in on the power of make-believe and how comics shaped his identity. [26:21]

DMC shares his narrative about rejection and finding your real voice. [30:21]

Tom and DMC talk about what gave him confidence and how to discover who you are. [34:50]

DMC explains what he hopes the world will take away from his comic book series. [38:41]

DMC recalls literally losing his voice and then reclaiming his voice through DMC comics. [43:01]

DMC shares how he leveraged the things he didn’t want to do into opportunities. [46:09]

DMC defines the impact that he wants to have on the world. [53:25]

Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir- 

Felix Organization –
Comic-Con – [22:24]

Rapper’s Delight – [23:39]







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  1. What a really great episode went thru a whole lot of emotions in this one 😎

  2. My people. Thank you deeply.

    “The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that
    without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”

    ― Pearl S. Buck

  3. Ive had waves of chills watching this…his energy and passion is INFECTIOUS!!! Im litterallly sitting in my car at my office parking garage crying happy tears. Raising Hell was my first vinyl purchase, and Son of Byford was the song i memorized day 1 of listening to it. Ive had some profound aha moments watching Impact Theory, but this episode…i cannot begin to touch on the flurry of excitement and joy im feeling with words.💝💝💝💝💝

  4. Favorite video so far. This video felt like I witnessed 40 minutes of authenticity and so glad he didn't get in between and let the flow roll. Usually his interviews are about understanding but DMC made me feel & experience what he was saying.

  5. This is like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Sometimes you’re already standing on what you truly need to be “successful”. DMC went on this journey to find he already was doing what he loved most!

    Side note: Paulo Coelho would be a good guest to have!

  6. "You're so busy overlooking it…" Yep, amazed by him and his truth speaking it freely. Darryl, I used to live in rural MO where there were very few African-Americans and I heard more racist comments there than anywhere. My friends and I listened to Run DMC, The Sugarhill Gang, Midnight Star, Grandmaster Flash and Furious 5. I'm so glad you are still here. That music was a connection to something very different for us, and it was sort of transporting. Thank you for doing this interview and revealing so much, and thank you to Tom for getting him on the show. This was very stirring. I just made my first music video: It is instrumental piano, no vocals. Thank you, Darryl, not only for your music.

  7. Great interview. Hey Tom add Dee Snider in your guests list. He is a another superhero . Recently I read his book" Shut up and give me the mic"and was amazed with his story. An icon of the metal scene in the 80s ,. Amazing work ethic , discipline,determination. Nothing was given to him free. Please research and contact him as soon as possible, it will be an amazing interview.

  8. Yo!! Maan this is so powerful and inspirational to me. I grew up with comics, cartoons, tv series, video games and Kung fu movies to name a few things. Many of which were before my time (87) but because of where I was livin, I got to experience shows from the 60s to 90s that kids out in the US who were my age didn’t know of at the time. I was also the kid with the glasses and the straight a’s hopping around different international schools over in Saudi, while just immersing myself in different worlds when I was at home where I could just be myself. Or doing martial arts so I could be a ninja turtle. I’m hella resonating with all that y’all talked about. When I discovered hip hop it was gold. The music and dances took a hold of me at the time. Even though it was round 2k in Cali when I discovered the four elements of hip hop and all that jazz of the 80s, i vibed Out with the breakin, scratchin, emcee, graff steez while trying to find my own voice or movment of creation while watching anime. I feel like I’ve damn near forgotten parts of myself over the past few years. This is a great reminder of where I’ve been and part of where I’ve been wanting to go in my personal skills development. Tryna be the ultimate polymath superhuman in this universe.

    Tom, Darryl, I’m glad y’all are in this world. This interview is amazing. Thank you.

  9. I love this. Tom Bilyeu you are helping me improve my life day by day, and for that I thank you.

  10. Wow. Moved by the Sarah Mc story (10-13 minutes). There have been many motivational people on your show Tom but this touched me deeply. Depression and self doubt is only one slip away for many people but for people to know it's only one step to redemption is a beautiful thing. Being present for just one moment is all it takes to lift the fog of hate. Beautiful DMC my new hero. So authentic and vulnerable. What a guy. He might have changed Rap, Music, Fashion, Culture and more in the 80s and 90s but he has the power to change 'men' and the perception of mental illness. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Thank you Tom and team.

  11. Gold at the end. "Your situation doesn't define who you are, you define who you are."

  12. Thank you Tom for interviewing Daryll, and thank you Daryll, for sharing your story! It made me laugh, and brought tears to my eyes! You are an amazing incredible human being! Keep inspiring others, as you inspired me!

  13. This was one of the best interviews done on impact theory. So interesting to hear about everything he went through and what he is doing now.

  14. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! Love your channel. You Keep Elevating Your Game for Good!!  AMAZING

  15. Tom, have you recently dropped the 4h workweek from your reading list? I seemed to remember it was there..

  16. Can anyone please put a link of the song that changed his life?

  17. I love it how you stood there in awe listening to him! I'm inlove with this mental state this Sir brought in here!!! 4real!! m/

  18. To me, hip-hop has always been about overcoming the struggle, speaking your truth, and standing in your power. It's not just a style of music, it's a way of life. Here's an original hip-hop song of mine about my real life super heroes. Thanks for all you do Tom:

  19. I liked so much hearing DMC!!! He is so funny! The interview was too short!

  20. Music is a powerful force in our lives. Thanks for this interview. Definitely needed to hear it.

  21. WHERE is the interview? DMC is a motor mouth! This guy went on for 25 mins straight without one question being asked. This was is waste of time watching.

  22. love how DMC just talked for 40mins, Tom was part of the audience with us lol. Great interview.

  23. Tom, thank you so much for this and Mr. DMC deep respect. You both shape the world in ways beyond you can believe. Peace.

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