Tim Ferriss


American Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Public Speaker

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Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night. The former scrambles your priorities and plans for the day, and the latter just gives you insomnia. E-mail can wait until 10am, after you?ve completed at least one of your critical to-do item.

Everyone is going to binge on a diet, for instance, so plan for it, schedule it, and contain the damage.

Happiness can be bought with a bottle of wine and has become ambiguous through overuse.

I will take as a given that, for most people, somewhere between six and seven billion of them, the perfect job is the one that takes the least time.

If you are nervous about making the jump or simply putting it off out of fear of the unknown, here is your antidote. Write down your answers to these questions, and keep in mind that thinking a lot will not prove as fruitful or as prolific as simply brain vomiting on the page. Write and do not edit - aim for volume. Spend a few minutes on each answer. 1. Define your nightmare, the absolute worst that could happen if you did what you are considering. 2. What steps could you take to repair the damage or get things back on the upswing, even if temporarily? 3. What are the outcomes or benefits, both temporary and permanent, of more probably scenarios? 4. If you were fired from your job today, what would you do to get things under financial control? 5. What are you putting off out of fear? 6. What is it costing you - financially, emotionally, and physically - to postpone action? 7. What are you waiting for?

Incineration does not equal human digestion; eating a fireplace log will not store the same number of calories as burning one will produce.

Just like most nightmares, it?s not that big a deal and is reversible.

Most information is time-consuming, negative, irrelevant to your goals, and outside of your influence. I challenge you to look at whatever you read or watched today and tell me that it wasn?t at least two of the four.

Pacifists become militants. Freedom fighters become tyrants. Blessings become curses. Help becomes hindrance. More becomes less.

Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear.

The blind quest for cash is a fool?s errand? If you can free your time and location, your money is automatically worth 3-10 times as much.

The minimum effective dose (MED) is defined simply: the smallest dose that will produce a desired outcome.

There are tons of things in your home and life that you don't use, need, or even particularly want. They just came into your life as impulsive flotsam and jetsam and never found a good exit. Whether you're aware of it or not, this clutter creates indecision and distractions, consuming attention and making unfettered happiness a real chore. It is impossible to realize how distracting all the crap is - whether porcelain dolls, sports cars, or ragged T-shirts - until you get rid of it.

Using people to leverage a refined process multiplies production; using people as a solution to a poor process multiplies problems.

You don?t need to sacrifice your artistic integrity to do this. All you?re doing is coming up with a number of options that you would be happy with as an artist, and then allowing the market to help you decide and choose among those options.

Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should. Work is not all of life. Your co-workers shouldn?t be your only friends. Schedule life and defend it just as you would an important business meeting. Never tell yourself ?I?ll just get it done this weekend.?

Everything that works in sales has been done already. Just keep track of the crap that you buy, or the awesome stuff that you buy, and decide what was the trigger, and then just sell to people like you. It's really that easy - and that's what I do.

He had realized something while arcing in slow circles toward the earth?risks weren?t that scary once you took them. His

I?ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead: What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.

If you can?t define it or act upon it, forget it.

Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.

Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.

Most inputs are useless and time is wasted in proportion to the amount that is available.

Parkinson?s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion.

Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress - stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.

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American Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Public Speaker