Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

Tools of Titans

Authors: Timothy Ferriss,Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Tools of Titans is unlike any other book. Its pages only contain tried-and-tested tactics and habits of some of the world’s biggest personalities from all fields. Based on his popular podcast, the author reveals the morning habits, favourite books, workout routines and other insights into the success habits followed by Titans.

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Quotes & Tips from Tools of Titans

Invest in Yourself

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 capacity, that’s what’s going to really provide economic freedom. . . . It’s those skill sets that really make that happen.

Processes & Systems

Losers have goals. Winners have systems.

Happiness

Happiness is wanting what you have.

The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.

Busyness

Ours is a culture where we wear our ability to get by on very little sleep as a kind of badge of honor that symbolizes work ethic, or toughness, or some other virtue—but really, it’s a total profound failure of priorities and of self-respect.

Be Willing to be Uncomfortable

Give vulnerability a shot. Give discomfort its due. Because I think he or she who is willing to be the most uncomfortable is not only the bravest, but rises the fastest.

Learning

My goal is to learn things once and use them forever.

Don’t put off things for later

We end up spending (as Thoreau put it) “the best part of one’s life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it.” We’d love to drop all and explore the world outside, we tell ourselves, but the time never seems right. Thus, given an unlimited amount of choices, we make none. Settling into our lives, we get so obsessed with holding on to our domestic certainties that we forget why we desired them in the first place.

Focus on Strengths

The superheroes you have in your mind (idols, icons, titans, billionaires, etc.) are nearly all walking flaws who’ve maximized 1 or 2 strengths.

Put in the Effort

You’re not responsible for the hand of cards you were dealt. You’re responsible for maxing out what you were given.

If the best in the world are stretching their asses off in order to get strong, why aren’t you?

Business

Think of problems as gold mines. The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.

Whether you are raising money, pitching your product to customers, selling the company, or recruiting employees, never forget that underneath all the math and the MBA bullshit talk, we are all still emotionally driven human beings. We want to attach ourselves to narratives. We don’t act because of equations. We follow our beliefs. We get behind leaders who stir our feelings. In the early days of your venture, if you find someone diving too deep into the numbers, that means they are struggling to find a reason to deeply care about you.

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them.

The greatest luxuries

And nature is still technically free, even if human beings have tried to make access to it expensive. Time and quiet should not be luxury items.

Remain weird

Weirdness is why we adore our friends. . . . Weirdness is what bonds us to our colleagues. Weirdness is what sets us apart, gets us hired. Be your unapologetically weird self. In fact, being weird may even find you the ultimate happiness.

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