“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 this is healthful and the stimulus for growth.” ~Tim Ferriss
A year ago Christmas, my wife surprised me with the book, Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss. The book is a written collection of many of his most popular podcast interviews, along with tips and tidbits Tim has gained since becoming a writer and launching his podcast. Ferriss has had the privilege of interviewing some of the most successful and interesting people you can think of. Just to name a few: Tony Robbins, Chris Sacco, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jocko Willink, Marc Andreessen, Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, Paulo Coelho, Tara Brach and many more.
He cleverly organized the book and interviews into three sections based on Benjamin Franklin’s, “Healthy, Weathy, and Wise” philosophy. Because of the access to titans of Health, Wealth and Wisdom that Tim has gained, this book is packed with gold nuggets and insights to how some of these people achieved their levels of success. I say insights, because this isn’t a “How To” or “Follow These 5 Steps” book. Though there are very specific ideas that people share on what has helped them in life, it isn’t that cut in dry. What you’ll notice is that there are similar patterns and themes that many of these successful people have in common. Take routines, for example. It becomes very clear that many of these titans have very specific routines or systems they follow. However, you would drive yourself nuts trying to incorporate all of their routines or even a combination of routines. The message is, personally designed morning routines seem to work and a lot of very successful people utilize them. If you are interested in establishing a morning or evening routine, chances are, through habit, you’ve already followed one. However, any routine can be redesigned or created. Experiment with what has worked for others, but you have to make it your own.
Being based on interviews, Tools for Titans is the type of book that you can casually flip through or read straight through. I chose to read one to two interviews a day and really took my time. This is a book that I can go back to for references on authors that were mentioned or even to look up multi vitamins that were talked about, as in the case of the Kelly Starlett interview.
An additional take away for me, personally, is how organized Tim Ferriss must be in his personal life. He is a copious note taker and writer. A sound routine, speaking of routines, is what provided the means for this book.
Whether you are a follower of Tim Ferriss or know little about him, this book comes recommended. We are all interested in the tools of success that others have used, to see how we can tweak here and fine tune there. But the trick is to actually put to practice what you’ve read and learned. Experiment with these Tools, they’ve obviously worked for someone.
“Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.” ~Tim Ferriss
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, by Tim Ferriss
Genres:Business & Money | Self-Help