Tim Ferriss is, without a doubt, one of my favorite people on the planet. His working goal is centered around providing the public with a constant stream of invaluable advice to be successful. What does “successful” mean? Whatever you want it to mean. The actual target or goal is almost irrelevant. It could be fitness based, financially grounded, or relationship related. The point is that to feel content and successful, we need (1) a goal of some sort and (2) the means to achieve it.
Tim Ferriss’ extensive body of work seeks to uncover familiar patterns amongst the ultra successful. His aim for doing so is to uncover a veritable blueprint for achieving lofty and ambitious goals. I believe he has found what he set out to unearth. The insights that he continues to uncover, refine, and present to his audience are so unbelievably valuable and unique that they have led to incredible levels of success for his brand and his podcast. Hopefully, I’ve sold you on the value that Tim Ferriss is able to provide time and again. Without further ado, here is a condensed recap of some of the beautiful nuggets that especially resonated with me. To hear my full insights on the collection of quotes below, make sure to check out the full podcast episode!
Derek Sivers, Founder of CD Baby
“It’s not what you know, it’s what you do consistently.”
Neil Gaiman, Author
“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
Tony Robbins, Performance Coach
“Mastery doesn’t come from an infographic. What you know doesn’t mean sh**. What do you do consistently?”
Casey Neistat, Filmmaker
“What is the ultimate quantification of success? For me, it’s not how much time you spend doing what you love. It’s how little time you spend doing what you hate.”
Peter Thiel, Serial Company Founder
“[I]f you’re planning to do something with your life, if you have a 10-year plan of how to get there, you should ask: why can’t you do this in 6 months? Sometimes, you have to actually go through the complex, 10-year trajectory. But it’s at least worth asking whether that’s the story you’re telling yourself, or whether that’s the reality.”
Seth Godin, Author and Entrepreneur
“People who have trouble coming up with good ideas, if they’re telling you the truth, will tell you they don’t have very many bad ideas. But people who have plenty of good ideas, if they’re telling you the truth will say that have even more bad ideas. So the goal isn’t to get good ideas; the goal is to get bad ideas. Because once you get enough bad ideas, then some good ones have to show up.”
Scott Adams, Creator of the “Dilbert” Comic Strip
“[I]f you want something extraordinary, you have two paths: (1) become the best at one specific thing or (2) become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.”
Chase Jarvis, CEO of CreativeLive
“Creativity is an infinite resource. The more you spend, the more you have.”
Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy
“If you spend your time focusing on the things that are wrong, and that’s what you express and project to people you know, you don’t become a source of growth for people, you become a source of destruction for people.”
Chris Young, Inventor
“The most interesting jobs are the ones you make up.”
Scott Belsky, Entrepreneur
“Sometimes you need to stop doing things you love in order to nurture the one thing that matters most.”
B.J. Novak, Director and Actor
“If you find yourself saying, ‘But I’m making so much money’ about a job or project, pay attention. ‘But I’m making so much money’ or ‘But I’m making good money” is a warning sign that you’re probably not on the right track or, at least, you shouldn’t stay there for long.”
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