Tools of Titans
Tools of Titans is written by Tim Ferriss, the author or The 4 Hour Work Week, which is a book that has had a huge impact on my life. He's also the host of the Tim Ferriss Show, arguably one of my favourite podcasts. This book is the highlights from hundreds of interviews with some of the most successful and thought provoking people around today. It's split into three sections, heath, death and wisdom. It is a modern day Think & Grow Rich, written in a way that is easily digestible. This book is a door stop, it contains nearly 700 pages packed full of great knowledge and insight. The notes below were my favourite bits, condensed for my reference. However, I recommend buying the book as the best bits will change for everyone based on your interests and what you're looking to get out the book at any moment in time.
5 Key Takeaways Concepts
- Happiness is wanting what you have. Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.
- It's always the hard part that creates value, greatness comes from suffering. Being an entrepreneur is being willing to do a job that nobody else wants to do, in order to be able to live the rest of your life doing whatever you want to do. Try and give your ideas away, if you can't give it away or kill it through logical reasoning, maybe it's worth you doing it.
- When you can write well, you can think well. Clarity of writing indicates clarity of thinking.
- Choosing habits, that even if they result in failures, give you transferable skills or relationships. You choose options that allow you to succeed over time.
- Luxury, is feeling un-rushed. The ultimate qualification of success is not how much time you spend doing what you love. It's how little time you spend doing what you hate.
Health & Fitness
Compression socks post workout ( SKINS brand)
The sleep master mask
Mack's Silicone Putty
ketosis checker device - precision extra by Abbot
Neal's Yard aromatherapy diffuser
Slow Card Diet Cheatsheet
Avoid white stretchy carbs
Eat the same meals breakfast and lunch: Protien, veg and beans/legumes
Water, 1/2 glasses of red is allowed.
Don't Eat Fruit, Tomatoes and Avocados allowed.
Measure body fat percentage, not pounds.
Have a cheat day (Saturday)
- J curl
- Pike Pulse
- Cast wall walks
- Kettle ball swings
- Ag walks
- Hinge rows
- One arm swing
- Turkish get up
- Goblet Squat
Lunge / Walking Spider
Smash your gut ( roll on it with a medicine ball)
Internal shoulder rotation (Burgener Warmup)
Rolling your foot on a golf ball will increase hamstring flexibility.
- MTC or coconut oil
- Exogenous ketones
- Different types of magnesium,
- citrate, threonate, glycerophosphate
- Kettle & fire bone broth
- Away D pure coconut milk
1 day a week
3 a month
5-7 days a year
0.5 mmol = light ketosis
1 mol or higher = Mental clarity
est website: ketogenic-diet-resource.com
16/ 8 Fasting regime
18/6 Fasting regime
Psychedelic Micro Dosing
Micro dose of Ibogaine hydrochloride twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. The dosage 4mg. or roughly 1/200 of the full dosage at a bodyweight of 80kg. (Page 103, worth reading this in content)
Money Mayweather - When asked why he's so relaxed prior to a fight - Why would I be wound up? I'm either ready or I'm not. Worrying about it right now aint gonna change a damn thing. Right? Whatever is gonna happen, is gonna happen. I've either done everything I can to be ready for this or I haven't.
Tell people what you want, not what you don't want, and keep it simple. In other words, say "stronger elbows" and not "Don't bend your arms" .
Questions to ask when decoding a sport
- Who is good at X sport, despite being poorly built for it? Who's good at this who shouldn't be?
- Who are the most controversial and unorthodox athletes or trainers in sport X? Why? What do you think of them?
- Who are the most impressive, lesser known teachers?
- What makes you different? Who trained you or influenced you?
- Have you trained others to do this? Have they replicated your results?
- What are the biggest mistakes and myths you see in X training? What are the biggest wastes of time?
- What are your favourite instructional books or resources on the subject? If people had to teach themselves what would you suggest they use?
- If you had to train for 12 weeks with a million pounds on the line, what would your training look like?
- What mistakes are the most common, even at pro level? What does the progression of exercises look like?
- When the going gets tough, remind yourself - Tonight I will be in my bed.
- Strength in gym = 5 sets or under. Any more than 5 reps is bodybuilding.
- Avoid domino foods - Foods you can't just have one of.
Business & Entrepreneurship
Business & Entrepreneurship Advice
- They don't charge enough for their product to be able to afford the sales and marketing required to actually get anybody to buy it. Is you're product really any good if people wont pay more for it?
- My goal is not to fail fast, my goal is to succeed over the long run. They are not the same thing.
- To do original work: It's not necessary to know something nobody else knows. It is necessary to believe something few other people believe.
- £25 and £35 occupy the same space in the mind, referring to how Derek Sivers costed his product.
- I believe you shouldn't start a business unless people are asking you to.
- It's often the tiny details that really thrill someone enough to make them tell their friends about you. Improve a subscription confirmation, order confirmation or whatever.
- I don't like talking in terms of 'trends' because I think, once you have a trend, you have many people doing it. And once you have many people doing something you have lots of competition and little differentiation. You, generally never want to be part of a popular trend.
- If you think hard about one's life, most people spend most of their time on defence, in reactive mode, in playing with the cards they got instead of moving to a different table with different cards.
- First Ten: Tell 10 people who already trust you and already like you. If they don't tell anybody else, it's not that good and you should start over.. If they do tell other people, you're on your way.
- To be successful. Either become the best in a certain thing. Or very good (top25%) in two or more things.
- I always encourage young people to become good public speakers. If you add that talent to any other, suddenly you're the boss of people who have only one skill.
- If you can't be first in a category, set up a new category you can be first in.
- Everyone is interested in what is new, very few people are interested in what is better.
- If someone says 'yes' that quickly. You didn't ask for enough money.
- To make the 1000 true fans work you need to make on average £100 per year from each fan.
- You want to focus on true fans because the enthusiasm of true fans can increase the patronage of regular fans. True fans are not only the direct source of your income, but also your chief marketing force for the ordinary fans.
- On managing employees - What context does this person even have, and have I provided the appropriate content? Am I basically being unfair because I'm operating from a greater set of information.
- Don't try and grow things you can't control, like Facebook, twitter and youtube. Grow your mail list.
- 10 times bigger vs 10% bigger , it's not typically 100 times harder but the rewards are 100 times more.
- Ask yourself - How would you disrupt yourself?
- If you can't measure it, you can't improve it.
- Ideas you can't give away or kill - Basically, try and give your ideas away, if someone takes it great, if not, try and kill it, if you can't kill it and you can't give it away. Maybe it's worth you doing it.
- Media don't care about your launch, they care about stories.
- If you cant see yourself working with someone for life, don't work with them for a day.
- General fame is overrated. You want to be famous to 2-3000 people you handpick. Mainstream fame brings more liabilities than benefits. However, if you're known and respected by 2-3k high caliber people (Say the TED audience) you can do anything you want in life. It provides maximal upside and minimal downside.
- Warren buffet spends a year deciding and a day acting.
- If you set your goals ridiculously high and t's a failure, your failure will be above above everyone else's success.
- Smart People should make things.
- Be Expensive.
- If you let your learning lead to knowledge, you're a fool. If you let your learning lead to action, you become wealthy.
- The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system.
- It's always the hard part that creates value - Seth Godin
- My network is my net worth - Remit Sethi
- Success need not be complicated, just make 1000 people extremely, extremely happy. - Kevin Kelly
- Being an entrepreneur is being willing to do a job that nobody else wants to do, in order to be able to live the rest of your life doing whatever you want to do. - Kevin Costner
- Earn with your mind, not with your time.
- You're either great, or you don't exist - Jamie Foxx
Tim's Investment Advice
- Be prepared to loose the money.
- Only play with 10-15% or less of your liquid assets
- 90% in conservative asset classes
- 10% in speculative.
- Know the number that is not going to effect you if you loose it, it might not be a % it might just be a fixed number.
- You get paid for being right fight, and to be first, you can't wait for consensus.
- Sales cures all - Daymond John
- Truth is that which has predictive power.
- Cap your downside - How can you make it that if you loose you don't loose much.
- Asymmetrical risk vs reward - Looking to use the least amount of risk to get the max amount of upside.
- Asset allocation - They know they're going to be wrong - so they set up an asset allocation that will make them successful. Must diversify.
- Contribution - All of them are real givers, really passionate about giving.
What Tim Looks For In Startups
- Do you understand it?
- Do you think they'll be dominant in three years from now?
- Will this technology just be part of our lives three years from now?
- If a single founder, has to be technical. Two technical founders are ideal.
- Must be eager to use the product yourself.
- Must be companies you can influence through your platform
- More thank 100K active users or founders with good track records or 10K paying customers.
- More than 10% month on month active growth.
- Clean 'cap table' minimal previous finance (or none), no bridge rounds.
- Have the founders ever had crappy service based jobs? If so they're more likely to stay grounded for longer.
- If a startup exits at 3X its current valuation you should be able to walk away with at least 300K.
- Write about a time when you realised you were mistaken.
- Write about a lesson you learned the hard way.
- Write about a time you were inappropriately dressed for the occasion.
- Write about something you lost that you'll never get back.
- Write about a time when you knew you'd done the right thing.
- Write about something you don't remember
- Write about your darkest teacher
- Write about a memory or of a physical injury.
- Write about when you knew it was over.
- Write about being loved.
- Write about what you were really thinking.
- Write about how you found your way back.
- Write about the kindness of strangers.
- Write about why you could not do it.
- Write about why you did it.
- I use writing as R&D, I write about a variety of topics and in different voice to see which ones get the best response.
- First edit is for me. Second for my fans. Third for my haters (What will they pick apart or make fun of?)
- The key to overcoming writers block is to temporarily drop your standards.
- Two crappy pages a day. Target. Draft ugly, edit pretty.
- The second you start doing it for an audience, you've lost the long game because creating something that is rewarding and sustainable over the long run requires, most of all, keeping yourself excited about it.
- Say it in an original way, or don't say it.
- Use the letters TK when you need to reach or fact check something and then use Control F to find them later.
- When you can write well, you can think well.
- Clarity of writing indicates clarity of thinking.
- If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin
- In the world of ideas, to name something is to own it. If you can name an issue, you can own the issue.- Thomas L Friedman
- Bad decisions make good stories - Whitney Cummings
- The limits of my language mean the limits of my world - Ludwig Wittgenstein
- Who are they with?
- Why do you say that?
- Why do you ask?
- Why are they like that?
- Are they like this all the time?
- Is this a special thing?
- What was this person like before?
- What were they saying?
- What lead us to this?
Stand Up Comedy Advice
- There are 6 elements of humour in cartoons: Naughty, clever, cute, bizarre, mean and recognisable.
- The material is 10%, being comfortable on stage is the rest.
- You need to address what the audience is already thinking.
- Comedy, is almost always about injustice, what pisses you off?
- You disarmed the insult by wearing it completely? Take on the pain and wear it like a shirt. By preemptively using the language of a critic , I remove some of their potential weapons. (8 mile final battle)
- Don't go for funny, go for truth and you'll hit funny along the way.
Comedians To Check out
- Sabastian Maniscalco
- Jarrod Carmichael
- Natasha Leggero
- Tig Notaro
- Chris D'Elia
- Neil Brennan
- Darryl Lenox
- Steven Wright
- Margaret Cho
- Paula Poundstone
1. Wake up at least 1 hour before having to be a computer screen.
2. Make a cup of Tea or Coffee
3. Write down 3-5 things, no more, that are making you the most anxious and uncomfortable. (Often the thing you've delayed getting to)
4. For each item, ask yourself, If this were the only thing I completed today, would I be satisfied with my day? What, if done will make all the rest of the easier or irrelevant?
5. Look only at the items you've answered yes to for at least one of these.
6. Block out 2-3 hours to focus on ONE of them today. Let the rest of the urgent but less important stuff slide, it will still be there tomorrow.
7. If you freak out and start procrastinating, don't freak out just come back to your one to do item.
- Your inbox is a a to-do list to which anyone else in the word can add an action item. You need to get out of your inbox and back to your to do list.
- Being busy is often just a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.
- On Saying No - I just say, I can't do it. I hope everything is well.
- Choosing habits, that even if they result in failures, give you transferable skills or relationships. You choose options that allow you to succeed over time.
- How are you complicit in creating the conditions you don't want?
- I'm willing to accept a 10% decrease in life quality for a 10x return in cash, time energy or otherwise.
- Perfection leads to procrastination which leads to paralysis.
- In life, you've got three options. Change it, Accept it, or leave it.
- Focus on the big things and let the little things slide.
- Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
- Luxury to me, is feeling un-rushed. No hurry, no pause.
- If you've got enough money to solve a problem, you don't have a problem.
- Is that a dream or a goal? Because there's a difference. Because a dream is something you fantasise about that will probably never happen. A goal is something you plan for, work toward, and achieve.
- Give me six hours to chop down a tree, I'll spend the first four hours sharpening the axe. - Abraham Lincoln
- Dealing with temporary frustration of not making progress is an integral part of the path towards excellence.
- Mastery doesn't come from an infographic, what you know doesn't mean shit. What do you do consistently?
- Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious - Thomas Edison
- Losers have goals - Winners have systems - Scott Adams
- Improve tools at the top of the funnel, i.e. - trackpad speed or internet speed, which makes every other task faster.
- Say little - Do Much
- What would this look like if it were easy?
- Young creative minds don't need more ideas, they need to take more responsibility with the idea they've already got.
- Discipline equals freedom
- Make your peace with the fact that saying 'no' often requires trading popularity for respect
- All greatness comes from suffering.
- Tell me something that you believe to be true that very few people agree with you about.
- How did that make you feel?
- What do you make of that?
- What did you learn from that?
- When you do X, what does your internal self sound like.
- What are some of the choices you've made that made you who you are?
- When you think of the word successful, who is the first person to come to mind and why?
- What are your favourite books?
- Favourite doc or movie?
- What's the bets or most worthwhile investment you've ever made? It could be time, money anything.
- Do you have a quote you live by or think of often.
- What is the worst advice you hear being dispensed in your world?
- How has a failure set you for future success? Or what's a favourite failure of yours?
- What have you changed your mind about in the last few years, why?
- What do you believe is true, even though you can't prove it?
- Any asks or requested for the audience, ? Passing words?
Prompts to elicit stories
- Tell me about a time when
- Tell me about the day or moment when
- Tell me about the day you realised
- What were the steps that got you to X
- Describe the conversation when...
- Everyone is interesting, if you're ever bored in a conversation the problem is you, not the other person.
Pre Podcast Routine
- This isn't a gotcha show, it's intended to make you look good.
- Ask yourself, fast forward a month from now, what makes this show a home run?
- Is there anything you'd prefer not to talk about?
- My fans love tactical details and stories, We can always cut stuff out, but I can't add interesting stuff in later.
Approach To Life
Approach To Life Advice
- Strong views - Loosely held. Referring to the fact you should have strong views backed up with evidence, but be prepared to change your view should someone give you evidence that sheds additional light on the issue.
- Talk to a few people who are currently where you think you want to be and ask them for the pros and cons. Then trust their opinion since they're right in it, not just remembering or imagining.
- It turns out that when I graduated form high school, I'd already used up 93% of my in person parent time. I'm now enjoying the last 5% of that time.
- I'm not going to worry about loosing one friend if I have hundreds. I'm not going to worried about loosing my job if I have bosses everywhere. Diversification works in almost every area of life to reduce street.
- Are you doing what you're ultimately capable of, what you feel placed here on earth to do? Can you be replaced?
- Delight in perishability - I've gotten a lot of miles out of a beautiful bottle of wine, not just for the taste and the buzz, but the symbolism of delighting in something that goes away.
- Two words for conflict resolution - Say Less
- Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.
- The universe has been around for probably 10 billion years or more, and we will be around for tens of billions of years afterwards. Your existence is infinitesimal. It is like a firefly blinking once in the night. Nothing we do lasts. Eventually you will fade, your works will fade, your children will fade, your thoughts will fade, this planet will fade, the sun will fade, it will all be gone. There are civilisations that we remember with just one word like Sumerian, or Mayan. Do you know any Mayan's. Have they outlived their natural lifespan somehow. No.
- The things that they fire you for when you're young are the same they give you lifetime achievement for when you're old.
- When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, and jealous. None of them can hurt me.
Approach To Life Quotes
- Happiness is wanting what you have. - Brain Callen
- For me the ultimate qualification of success is not how time you spend doing what you love. It's how little time you spend doing what you hate.- Casey Neistat
- Be a meaningful specific instead of a wandering generality - Seth Godin
- My parents taught me that my day job would never make me rich. It'd be my homework.
- Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming, WOW! what a ride. - Hunter S Thompson.
- The Wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non essentials.
- On one level, wisdom is nothing more than the ability to take your own advice. It's actually very easy to give people good advice. It's very hard to follow advice that you know is good. If someone came to me with my list of problems, I would be able to sort that person out very easily. - Sam Harris
- My role in life is to be a bad influence, the kid standing outside the classroom window, making faces at you at your desk, urging you to just this once to make an excuse and get out of there, come outside and play.
- The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.
- The company of women is schooling in good manners. - Ed Cooke
- Honor those who seek the truth - beware of those who've found it.
- Free education is abundant, all over the internet. It's the desire to learn that is scare.
- Be clear that your ladder is leaning against the right building.
Downtime & Entertainment
The Tail End - Wait But Why Blog
I think you're fat - A. J. Jacobs - Esquire
Valve - Handbook for new employees -PDF
Makers Schedule, Managers Schedule - Paul Graham
Brainpickings - The art of living wide rather than living long.
Brainpickings - How to find your purpose and do what you love.
Brainpickings - 9 Learnings from 9 years of brain pickings.
How Proust can change your life - Alan De Botton
Recomended Food & Drink
- Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey tired into 1 cup of hot water.
- Tea - Quantitea (Quantitea.com)
- Underpriced Wines: Grenache from Rusden, Zinfandel from Turley and Chenin Blanc from Mosse.
- Lapsang Souchong Black tea
- Rouge Chocolate - Western Massachusetts
Cacau Hunters - Columbian Chocolate
- GiveWell.org (tells you which are the best charities to donate to based on effective life saving)
- TrueFilms.com - Reviews of the best documentaries as seen by Kevin kelly
- Crowdrise.com (Ed Norton's Fundraising site for charitable causes)
- Marginal Revolution
- Cool Tools (Kevin Kelly)
Philosophers For Living
- Marcus Aurelius
- Michel Du Montaigne
- Arther Schopenhaur
- Freidrich Nietzsche
- Bertrand Russel
- Google - Lucid Dreaming Tim Ferris
- Wim Hoff
- Neil Gaiman commencement speech.
- Niall Furguson - Birthday Toast
- Marcelo Garcia - 5 time world champ Jiu-Jitzu
- The power of myth, a video into by Joseph Cambell
- Mr Robot
- Silicon Valley
- Alan Partridge
- Monty Python
F Minus - Cartoon Series
Pearls Before Swine - Cartoon Series
Calvin & Hobbs - Cartoon
Things To Look Up
- email triage
- luxury travel workaround
- mini retirements
- Kickstarter statistics hack (Page 300)
- Gmail Trick (Page 326)
- The pleasure of finding things out.
- The King of Kong
- The gut is not like las Vegas
- Brooklyn Castle
- Little Dieter Needs To Fly
- The Fog of War
- Brothers Keeper
- Hoop Dreams
- Smartest guys in the room and going clear.
- The Gatekeepers
- The Overnighters
- Grizzly Man
- A chance in hell: The battle for Ramadi
- The King of Kong
- Man on Wire
- A state of Mind
- Up Series
- The Cruise
- The Century of Self
- The Power of Nightmares
- Bigger Stronger Faster
- Race - The power of illusion
- Fed Up
- Ken Burns Jazz
- Transcendent Man
- Inside Job
- Enron - the smartest guys in the room
- Life itself
- The act of killing
- Gimme Shelter
- jiro Dream of Sushi
- Riding Giants
- The life and death of colonel blimp.
- Kung Fu Panda
- The Beat That My Heart Skipped
- A Prophet - Jacques Audiard
- Rust and Bone - Jacques Audiard
- Four Rooms
- Citizen Kane
- Other People
- Terms of Endearment
- Withal and I
- The sugar land express
- The Walk
- Cinema Paradiso
- The Pianist
- War Games
- The Net
- The battle of algiers
- Waiting for guffman
- A Prophet
- The French Lieutenant's woman
- Shogun (French)
- The Last Samurai
- 22 bullets
- The Edge
- Bottle rocket
- The Legend Ron Burgundy
- Ninja Scroll
- Princess Monoke
- The Truman show
- Vanilla Sky
- Scott Pilrim vs The World
- The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (Horror / Fantasy)
- The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson (Cyberpunk)
- Dune by Frank Herbert (Space Opera / Fantasy)
- Promise - Robert Crais (Thriller / Mystery)
- How Proust Can Change Your Life.
- Snow Crash (Tech)
- Life is elsewhere
- The Truce (Classics)
- At play in the fields of the lord
- Gates of fire (Action adventure)
- Atlas Shrugged (Classics)
- The Fountainhead (Classics)
- The unbearable lightness of being
- Alien Invasion
- 100 Years of Solitude
- The Sorrows of young Werther