Tim Ferriss


American Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Public Speaker

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Conditions are never perfect. ?Someday? is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. If it?s important to you and you want to do it ?eventually?, just do it and correct course along the way.

Effectiveness is doing the things that get you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task (whether important or not) in the most economical manner possible. Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe.

Fun things happen when you earn dollars, live on pesos, and compensate in rupees.

I still feel there are much smarter self-promoters out there than me. I am very methodical about my messaging, and I know how to gain attention very quickly.

If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?

I'm often asked how I define success. It's an overused term, but I fundamentally view this elusive beast as a combination of two things - achievement and appreciation. One isn't enough: Achievement without appreciation makes you ambitious but miserable. Appreciation without achievement makes you unambitious but happy.

I've seen the promised land, and there is good news. You can have it all.

May all of your creations have just the right flavor,

One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.

Regret is past-tense decision-making. Eliminate complaining to minimize regret.

That?s precisely the question everyone should be asking?why the hell not?

The key to having more time is doing less, and there are two paths to get there, both of which should be used together: (1) Define a short to-do list and (2) define a not-to-do list.

The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what?s going on so they can do a lot more than they?ve done in the past. ?BILL GATES, cofounder of Microsoft, richest man in the world

Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!

Writing is thought crystalized on a piece of paper, which can then be reviewed.

Creating demand is hard. Filling demand is easier. Don't create a product, then seek someone to sell it to. Find a market - define your customers - then find or develop a product for them.

Emphasize strengths, don?t fix weaknesses.

Get good at being a troublemaker and saying sorry when you really screw up.

I think time management as a label encourages people to view each 24-hour period as a slot in which they should pack as much as possible.

If we define risk as ?the likelihood of an irreversible negative outcome,? inaction is the greatest risk of all.

In all cases where doubt crops up, ask yourself, ?If I had a gun to my head and had to do it, how would I do it?? It?s not as hard as you think.

I've trained myself to propose solutions instead of ask for them, to elicit responses instead of react, and to be assertive without burning bridges. To have an uncommon lifestyle, you need to develop the uncommon habit of making decisions, both for yourself and for others.

Money doesn?t change you; it reveals who you are when you no longer have to be nice.

One evening, intending to ask my host mother to wake me the next morning (okosu), I ask her to violently rape me (okasu). She is very confused.

Relative income uses two variables: the dollar and time, usually hours.

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American Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Public Speaker