Tim Ferriss


American Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Public Speaker

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The end product of the shorter deadline is almost inevitably of equal or higher quality due to greater focus.

The problem with New Year's resolutions - and resolutions to 'get in better shape' in general, which are very amorphous - is that people try to adopt too many behavioral changes at once. It doesn't work. I don't care if you're a world-class CEO - you'll quit.

There is no sure path to success, but the surest path to failure is trying to please everyone.

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. As I have heard said, a person?s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear.

Branding is no longer for Fortune 500 companies and Madison Avenue agencies with excessive budgets and inadequate tracking. Personal branding is about managing your name ? even if you don?t own a business ? in a world of misinformation, disinformation, and semi-permanent Google records. Going on a date? Chances are that your ?blind? date has Googled your name. Going to a job interview? Ditto.

Don?t confuse the complex with the difficult. Most situations are simple?many are just emotionally difficult to act upon.

Flavor is, counterintuitively, less than 10% taste and more than 90% smell.

I discourage passive skepticism, which is the armchair variety where people sit back and criticize without ever subjecting their theories or themselves to real field testing.

If I want a better-than-average career, I can?t simply ?go with the flow? and get it. Most people do just that: they wish for an outcome but make no intention-driven actions toward that outcome. If they would just do something most people would find that they get some version of the outcome they?re looking for. That?s been my secret. Stop wishing and start doing.

If you spend your time, worth $20-25 per hour, doing something that someone else will do for $10 per hour, it?s simply a poor use of resources.

It is possible to vastly compress most learning. In a surprising number of cases, it is possible to do something in 1-10 months that is assumed to take 1-10 years. -The more you compress things, the more physical limiters become a bottleneck. All learning is physically limited. The brain is dependent on finite quantities of neuro-transmitters, memories require REM and non-REM (NREM) sleep for consolidation, etc. The learning graph is not unlike the stress-recovery-hyper-adaptation curves of weight training. -The more extreme your ambition, just as in sports, the more you need performance enhancement via unusual schedules, diet, drugs, etc. -Most important: due to the bipolar nature of the learning process, you can forecast setbacks. If you don't, you increase the likelihood of losing morale and quitting before the inflection point.

Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.

My first job. Ah, the memories. I?m hired for minimum wage as the cleaner at an ice cream parlor and quickly realize that the big boss?s methods duplicate effort. I do it my way, finish in one hour instead of eight, and spend the rest of the time reading kung-fu magazines and practicing karate kicks outside. I am fired in a record three days, left with the parting comment, Maybe someday you?ll understand the value of hard work. It seems I still don?t.

People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.

Since all of them overestimated the competition, no one even showed up.

The first ten minutes of sorting through clothing was like choosing which child of mine should live or die.

The question is then, how can one achieve the millionaire lifestyle of complete freedom without first having $1,000,000?

Think big and don?t listen to people who tell you it can?t be done. Life?s too short to think small.

What you do is infinitely more important than how you do it. Efficiency is still important, but it is useless unless applied to the right things.

But 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.

Don?t follow a model that doesn?t work. If the recipe sucks, it doesn?t matter how good a cook you are.

Focus on being productive instead of busy.

I encourage active skepticism - when people are being skeptical because they're trying to identify the best course of action. They're trying to identify the next step for themselves or other people.

If it?s important to you and you want to do it ?eventually,? just do it and correct course along the way.

If you take a strong stance and have a clear opinion or statement on any subject online, you're going to polarize people. And without that polarity, there's no discussion. Discussion is what I want, which means that I'm fine with the consequences.

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American Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Public Speaker