Tim Ferriss


American Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Public Speaker

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The benefits of becoming fluent in a foreign tongue are as underestimated as the difficulty is overestimated. Thousands of theoretical linguists will disagree, but I know from research and personal experimentation with more than a dozen languages that (1) adults can learn languages much faster than children when constant 9-5 work is removed and that (2) it is possible to become conversationally fluent in any language in six months or less. At four hours per day, six months can be whittled down to less than three months.

The key to not feeling rushed is remembering that lack of time is actually lack of priorities.

The word cellulite, for example, first appeared in the April 15, 1968, issue of Vogue magazine, and this invented disease soon had a believer base worldwide: Vogue began to focus on the body as much as on the clothes, in part because there was little they could dictate with the anarchic styles.? In a stunning move, an entire replacement culture was developed by naming a problem where it had scarcely existed before, centering it on the women?s natural state, and elevating it to the existential female dilemma? The number of diet- related articles rose 70 percent from 1968 to 1972.

Top academic institutions are wonderful, but there are unrecognized benefits to not coming out of one. Grads from top schools are funneled into high-income 80-hour-per-week jobs, and 15?30 years of soul-crushing work has been accepted as the default path. How do I know?

You are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.? You won?t believe what you can accomplish by attempting the impossible with the courage to repeatedly fail better.1

Getting fired, despite sometimes coming as a surprise and leaving you scrambling to recover, is often a godsend. Most people aren?t lucky enough to get fired and die a slow spiritual death over 30-40 years of tolerating the mediocre.

I value self-discipline, but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is more reliable than self-control.

If you are constantly chasing the vocal minority, you are never going to be done building your product. And you will constantly be a 5 out of 10 on all of your features and you will run out of money? Focusing on just one or two features is really important.

In excess, most endeavors and possessions take on the characteristics of their opposite.

Just a few words on time management: forget all about it.

Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W's you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it. I call this the freedom multiplier.

Opportunities abound in bad times as well as good times. In fact, the opportunities are often greater when the conventional wisdom is that everything is going into the toilet.

Remember - boredom is the enemy, not some abstract 'failure.'

The best entrepreneurs I've ever met are all good communicators. It's perhaps one of the very few unifying factors.

The major fears of modern man could be boiled down to two things: too much e-mail and getting fat.

The worst that could happen wasn?t crashing and burning, it was accepting terminal boredom as a tolerable status quo.

Unbeknownst to most fun-loving bipeds, not all stress is bad. Indeed, the New Rich don?t aim to eliminate all stress. Not in the least.

You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn't making you stronger, they're making you weaker.

Do not carry a cellphone or Crackberry 24/7. Take at least one day off of digital leashes per week. Turn them off or, better still, leave them in the garage or in the car. I do this on at least Saturday, and I recommend you leave the phone at home if you go out for dinner. So what if you return a phone call an hour later or the next morning? As one reader put it to a miffed co-worker who worked 24/7 and expected the same: ?I?m not the president of the US. No one should need me at 8pm at night. OK, you didn?t get a hold of me. But what bad happened?? The answer? Nothing.

Every time I find myself stressed out, it's because I do things primarily driven by growth.

Give your good bacteria an upgrade and get your microbiome in shape. Faster fat-loss and better mental health are just two of the benefits.

I was an All-American in wrestling in high school, was National Champion in Chinese kickboxing in 1999 and have spent a lot of time around professional athletes, which includes my eight-plus years as CEO of a sports nutrition company.

If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. Unreasonable and unrealistic goals are easier to achieve for yet another reason.

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American Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Public Speaker