Notes: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

I read this book – Tools of Titans

tools of titans

Here are some notes:

  • Is that a dream or a goal? A dream is something you fantasize about that will probably never happen. A goal is something you set a plan for, work toward, and achieve.
  • If it’s truly important, schedule it. If it isn’t on the calendar, it isn’t real
  • On performing during “game-time”: Your work isn’t done tonight, your work was done three months ago, you just have to show up. Worrying about it now is not going to  change a thing
  • Good stories always beat good spreadsheets (on raising money from investors, but applies to many other areas). We want to attach ourselves to narratives, follow our beliefs and get behind leaders who stir our feelings.
  • We are whatever we pretend to be.
  • Impressing users: Often the tiny details are what really thrill someone enough to make them tell all their friends about you
  • If you have a 10 year plan, you should ask: Why can’t you do this in 6 months?
  • What if I did the opposite for 48 hours?
  • When you complain, nobody wants to help you
  • Sometimes you need to stop doing things you love in order to nurture the one thing that matters most.
  • If I’m not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, then I say no.
  • Extreme ownership: Own everything that happens in your life. If your boss doesn’t give you the support you need it’s not her  fault, it’s because you haven’t educated or influenced her to give you the support you need. Own it all.
  • Reduce reliance on external conditions: People say they can’t do X and Y cause it’s bad weather outside, develop the ability to always go out and romp in the rain. Don’t let external conditions be the driver of how you think and live
  • A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have
  • I want to build my life around flow states [the sense of being “in the zone”]

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