This past week I read Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World Class Performers by Tim Ferriss (2016). This 650+ page book is a collection of recipes – on health, wealth, and wisdom from high profile athletes, doctors, investors, and entrepreneurs. Ferriss has taken snapshots from his podcasts and put them together with his own insight and personal reflections. As an avid fan of Tim Ferriss, this book was something that I savored this holiday.
As Ferriss writes, “While the world is a goldmine, you need to go digging in other people’s heads to unearth riches. Questions are your pickaxes and competitive advantage.” Whether looking for inspiration in the new year or interested in the daily habits of Olympic athletes, writers, professional chefs, CEOs, and creative geniuses.
Taking from Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, Ferriss extends the quote, “I can think, I can wait, I can fast” as a guide for success.
“I can think” – Having good rules for decision making, and having good questions you can ask yourself and others.
“I can wait” – Being able to plan long term, play the long game, and not misallocate your resources.
“I can fast” – Being able to withstand difficulties and disaster. Training yourself to be uncommonly resilient and have a high pain tolerance.
We don’t discover ourselves, we CREATE ourselves. The information shared in this book will help you create your best self. Ferriss states, “Success, however you define it, is achievable if you collect the right field-tested beliefs and habits.”
Below are twenty-five quotes from Tools of Titans that stood out for me.
“No one owes you anything.” – Amelia Boone
“We’re not an object, we’re a process.” – Justin Mager, MD
“If the pursuit of excellence was easy, everyone would do it In fact, this impatience in dealing with frustration is the primary reason that most people fail to achieve their goals. Unreasonable expectations time wise, resulting in unnecessary frustration due to a perceived feeling of failure. Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process. . . Learn to enjoy the process.” – Tim Ferriss
“Be so good, they can’t ignore you.” Marc Andreessen
“It’s not what you know, it’s what you do consistently.” – Derek Sivers
“When you can write well, you can think well.” – Matt Mullenweg
“Everyone is interesting. If you’re ever bored in a conversation, the problem’s with you, not the other person.” – Matt Mullenweg
“Investing in yourself is the most important investment you’ll ever make in your life . . .There’s no financial investment that’ll ever match it, because if you develop more skill, more ability, more insight, more capacity, that’s what’s going to really provide economic freedom . . It’s those skill sets that really make them happen. – Tony Robbins
“If you let your learning lead to action, you become wealthy.” – Tony Robbins
“What is the ultimate quantification of success? For me, it’s not how much time you spend doing what you love. It’s how little time you spend doing what you hate.” – Casey Neistat
“If a narrative isn’t working, well then, really, why are you using it? The narrative isn’t done to you; the narrative is something that you choose. Once we can dig deep and find a different narrative, then we ought to be able to change the game.” – Seth Godin
“I think we need to teach kids two things: 1) how to lead, and 2) how to solve interesting problems. Because the fact is, there are plenty of countries on Earth where there are people who are willing to be obedient and word harder for less money than us. So we cannot out-obedience the competition Therefore, we have to out-lead or out-solve the other people . . . “ Seth Godin
“Everything is a remix, but what is your version of the remix . . .What is the unique mojo that I bring, and how can I try to amplify that? Amplify your strengths rather than fix your weaknesses.” — Chase Jarvis
“Stories are a primary ingredient.” – Alex Blumberg
“When you complain, nobody wants to help you . . .If you spend your time focusing on the things that are wrong, and that’s what you express and project to people you know, you don’t become a source of growth for people, you become a source of destruction for people.” – Tracy DiNunzio
“Ask for help. Fix it. DO whatever’s necessary. But don’t cheat.” – Chris Young
“Greatness comes from humble beginnings; it comes from grunt work. It means you’re the least important person in the room – until you change that with results.” Tim Ferriss
“It’s not about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky
“Think of problems as gold mines. The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.” – Peter Diamandis
“Are you working on something that can change the world? Yes or no? I think we need to be training people on how to change the world.” – Peter Diamandis
“I have always treated the world as my classroom, soaking up lessons and stories to fuel my path forward. . . The worst thing you can ever do is think that you know enough. Never stop learning. Ever.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger