Words to Wander – Tools of Titans

Words to Wander is a collection of notable quotations from some of my favorite books.  I invite you to share your thoughts on this book in the comments section.  Enjoy

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – December 2017

Description:  Tim Ferriss is host of the popular podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, in which he’s interviewed hundreds of world-class performers.   Tools of Titans contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ tips Tim has gleaned from his guests, tips that one could certainly apply in the pursuit of life to the fullest.

Notable quotes from Tools of Titans:

“The hardest thing you’re ever going to do in your life is fail at something, and if you don’t start failing at things, you will not live a full life.  You”ll be living a cautious life on a path that you know is pretty much guaranteed to more or less work.  That’s not getting the most out of this amazing world we live in… You have to be prepared to fail.  That’s how you’re going to expand yourself and grow.  As you work through that process of failure and learning, you will really deepen into the human being you’re capable of being.”  Sebastian Junger

“In any situation in life, you only have three options… You can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it.  What is not a good option is to sit around wishing you would change it but not changing it, wishing you would leave it but not leaving it, and not accepting it.  It’s that struggle, that aversion, that is responsible for most of our misery.  The phrase that I probably use the most to myself in my head is just one word: accept.”  Naval Ravikant

“Success, however you define it, is achievable if you collect the right field-tested beliefs and habits.”

“Humans are imperfect creatures.  You don’t ‘succeed’ because you have no weaknesses; you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them.”

“I like to make promises that I’m not sure I can keep and then figure out how to keep them.  I think you can will things into happening by just committing to them sometimes…”  Sophia Amoruso

Scott Belsky’s advice to his 30-year-old self:  “In the wrong environment, your creativity is compromised.  At 30, I assumed my strengths would always be with me regardless of where I applied them.  I was wrong.  Truth is, your environment matters.”

“Investing in yourself is the most important investment you’ll ever make in your life… There’s no financial investment that’ll ever match it, because if you develop more skill, more ability, more insight, more capability, that’s what’s going to really provide economic freedom… It’s those skill sets that really make things happen.”  Warren Buffett

“The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration – it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.” Tim Kreider

“Perhaps it’s time for you to take a temporary break from pursuing goals to find the knots in the garden hose that, once removed, will make everything else better and easier?  It’s incredible what can happen when you stop driving with the emergency brake on.” Tim Ferriss

“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.”  Casey Neistat

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