- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion; 01 edition (6 Dec. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785041274
- ISBN-13: 978-1785041273
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 246 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Paperback – 6 Dec 2016
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The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.
From the author: "For the last two years, I've interviewed nearly two hundred world-class performers for my podcast,The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it's the first time they've agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview, and the show is on the cusp of passing 100 million downloads.
"This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and 'inside baseball' you won't find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new 'guests' you haven't met.
"What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?
"I don't view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can't test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I'm not interested.
"Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I've used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.
"I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It's changed my life, and I hope the same for you."
About the Author
Tim Ferriss is one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Forbes’s “Names You Need to Know.” He is an early-stage tech investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Alibaba, and more) and the author of three #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of his 100M-plus-download podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show.
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We are huge fans of Tim Ferris. He is one of our VUCA gurus. I was looking forward to his new book “Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers”.
Listen to the podcasts instead
Just finished the book and it has been a struggle. Not sure what to make of it. Don’t like the structure, it is self-indulgent in some places, and it is basically a summary of his podcasts, which I would highly recommend you subscribe to those podcasts. If you do that, you don’t need to read the book.
I guess I was hoping for a more accessible way to pick up on the life lessons of the cool dudes and dudettes that Tim Ferris has an opportunity to interview. He likes the shortcuts, hence the 4-hour body and the 4-hour chef, but this book is the opposite of the shortcut.
That doesn’t mean that there are lessons to be learned and I will try to give you a flavour.
Here are some of the key messages and lessons
More than 80% of the interviewees have some form of daily mindfulness or meditation practice
They all focus on 1-2 key strengths and create habits around them. Amplify your strengths.
Big changes can come in small packages, and it is about the consistency of practice. Training. Showing up. Mastery.
You have nothing to fear but fear itself. Rehearse the worst-case scenario” to become more resilient. It is never as bad as the scenarios in your head.
The Ketogenic diet is good for you. So is stretching. Reminds me of "Move, eat, sleep".
Failure is overrated, and the focus should be on long-term success
It is all about doing and movement. Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work. Read "Do!"
Be your unapologetic weird self.
What you track determines your lens Read "The filter bubble"
Don’t accept the norms of your time.
Aim for the 10X. When you focus on becoming 10% bigger, you’re competing against everybody. Everybody is trying to go 10% bigger. When you’re trying to go 10 times bigger, you’re there by yourself. It is about crazy ideas. If it is not crazy, it is not a breakthrough; it’s an incremental improvement.
Start extremely small.
Be a meaningful specific instead of a wandering generality.
Losers have goals. Winners have systems
Aim narrow, own your category. Become a supernichist.
Focus on guiding principles, not interests.
Use the death countdown clock. Pick your expected age and show on your computer how many days or hours you have left.
Watch every thought you have. Always ask, “Why do I have this thought?
Use a jar of awesome, which is a jar in which you put short notes every time something awesome happens.
A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Choose courage over comfort.
You are either great, or you don’t exist.
Tell the truth.
Most people forget that innovation is a business of exceptions.
Life favours the specific ask and punishes the vague wish.
If you could spend $1 billion improving the world, solving a problem, what would you pursue?
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!
It gives some interesting alternatives to meditation and consciousness, such as floatation tanks (meditation on steroids), herbs and hallucinogenic (DMT, LSD, Ayahuasca, etc.) and some interesting perspectives on the use of food, minerals, proteins, etc. The book contains buckets of very good reading suggestion as well.
Buy the book
Should you buy the book? You probably should. If not for the perspectives of some very impressive individuals and has unusual insights on health, business and mindfulness. If you can get one or two shortcuts or hacks that you can apply, it might be a good investment.
An unstructured, serendipitous book to dip in and out. Maybe that is the point. Afterall life is the ongoing practice of looking and learning, of facing fears and altering habits, of cultivating a new fascination in people and places.
Had I had this book from the start, I would have been where I am now within a year, avoided half the mistakes and saved a lot of time. Really recommend to anyone who wants to gain a range of advice covering business, development and most importantly I think outlook on things.
Very good. If Tony Robbins was the King, Tim Ferriss has become a very able prince.
Tim is blessed with the depth of his connections and I am sure has worked incredibly hard to cultivate and develop them. This book introduces you to an amazing and eclectic group of people. I have been reading it like a menu - dive in randomly and go deeper independently with the people that resonate with you. The diversity of achievements of so many people in Tim's book is a great motivator to go after what interests you.
Unconventional in its format, but that is its charm.
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