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Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Paperback – 6 Dec. 2016
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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."
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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.
Was looking forward to reading more about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Robbins etc but it doesn’t go deep enough into it. Save your money and just focus on the podcasts involving such people that does interest you.
Gave up on this book half way through due to the nature of it. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Going to try the 4 hour Work Week as it’s his biggest title but surely can’t be worse than this book.
But this book raise the standards I learned new tricks which work and what is his value is his value and I need to admit he done a really good job he have the material do it better ? Yes but he wrote most about his interests which is not bad cause he can write another one like this after few years if he thinks different people are interested in different stuff than him and it will be completed .
Overall very smart book I thank him a lot and all his friends who was honest and so giving and willing to share their knowledge after their experience at highest level
Top international reviews
This book not only tells you how to be successful by financial side but it tells you how to be rich in knowledge and health. you can see some personal recommendations by the persons who are at the top level in this field.
this book is different from all the other books, this book is not like you can read continuously in a week or so, this book contains podcasts summaries which you can read each day/week and it has sections divided in it. you can read something of where you are a lack in.
the best thing I love about this book that it contains personal book recommendation from the peoples whose podcasts are written there.
in the end, i just want to say definitely buy and read this book and trust me you gonna love it.
In the disclaimer, Tim Ferris tells you to consult a common sense specialist and not to blindly follow the book.While many topics may be controversial and the advice borderline, what cannot be ignored is the unique nature of the book.There is 111 famous men and women in the book sharing their experience with health, wealth and wisdom.A good chance of standing on the shoulders of giants.
Must read if you have plans to make a billion or two(no harm dreaming)!
Most notably, Tim shares a person passage on suicide. In a world of tech start-ups, billionaires, world class performers and chess prodigies (to paraphrase) this raw, humble and touching part of the book brought me to tears.
I've already recommended this book to the smartest 10 people I know and would definitely consider myself 'one of 1,000 true fans' having read the whole book off my iPhone in 4 days, while accomplishing 4 straight days of meditation for the first time in my life, starting the 5 Minute Journal, religiously making my bed the tidiest in the house, doing my fair share of Wim Hof breathing in the freezing shower of a morning and star gazing therapy before bed at night.
You're changing lives Tim and this book is a triumph!
Buona lettura per chi sfiderà queste 670 pagine.
Yes, I also purchased a copy for someone else for a gift.
The best book I’ve read this year. The tools in this book are practical; I found I was applying simple things from the book without even thinking about it. It shows that failure is part of the process towards greatness and that creativity is something that anyone can cultivate.
I believe in the power of morning routines; currently perfecting my own. The habits of the Titans described in this book provide examples of experiments to try in my own life.
You are not flawed.
You are human.
You have gifts to share with the world.
And when the darkness comes, when you are fighting the demons, just remember: I’m right there fighting with you. You are not alone
This book is more than a collection of great quotes. It’s about the stories behind the quotes. Positive thinking is only one part of the equation. Thinking is nothing without action. The ability for Titans to take time to enjoy life, rather than always being busy or productive really impacted my perspective. If something matters, someone will make time.
Even though I knew right from the start that it was a compilation of many interviews Tim Ferriss did on his show, I was expecting a more cohesive work. Ferriss' intention was good, as he wanted his reader to go back and forth, focusing only on the parts that matters to him. Nevertheless, his work sometimes felt like a salad. This means, you have to skip a lot to get what you really want, if you are picky!
Furthermore, there were some pieces of information that did not interest me. I do not care about trivia. While I may not be a part of the core audience for this book, I learned some great techniques that will help me to deal with work, money and relationships. Regardless of those lessons, this book is majorly a compilation of interviews, so beware. If you dislike such format, this book might not be the right purchase for you.
This is a collection of Tim’s tenacious pursuit of being better in the form of a couple hundred distilled interviews. You can spend the three months listening to all the podcasts and making notes or get this.
I can see myself coming back to this so many times. Not every topic is relevant to me now but I know I will return to many when I need and go from there.
Thanks Tim and the many that helped put this treasure trove together! PK ;-)
Klar man durch aus einige Sportübungen und andere Dinge selbst nutzen aber mir kommt das ganze Buch sehr abgehackt, durcheinander und gespickt mit Produktwerbung vor.