Some people are more successful than others because of the habits they develop, says Tim Ferriss in his new book “Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers.” Ferriss is the creator of the popular podcast “The Tim Ferriss Show” and has previously authored “The 4 -Hour Workweek,” “The 4-Hour Chef” and “The 4-Hour Body.” In his latest book, he offers productivity tips using nuggets of wisdom from over a hundred high achievers he has interviewed over the years, from celebrities to biochemists to athletes, for his podcast.
It’s an intriguing read if you are interested in fitness and strength, working more efficiently, getting rich, and trying to live in a way in which you consciously strive to improve, become happier, and live with purpose. As Tim says in his intro, it’s a book to dip in and out of, and you can skip through the bits that don’t resonate with you.
The book is divided into three sections:
Professional athletes, decorated researchers and world-famous doctors share their best insights, tricks, and tips for healthy living and an efficient diet that will help you power through your day, each day.
Most business books begins with one good big idea in the first chapter followed by a couple hundred pages to prove that point, and maybe a couple memorable stories. This section offers high impact and actionable ideas, advice and tools for taking your business and financial life to the next level. A major theme in this section is to learn from other experiences through reading. You can only live one experience at any given moment, but reading can take you out of that particular moment and expand your experience set.
Learning how to learn is probably the best investment you can make in yourself. This is where Tim’s experience and almost neurotic attention to detail kick in. Seeing the way he approaches problems and challenges is eye-opening. On a closer look you will observe how simple Tim’s questions are and yet the simple questions have the most detailed answers.
This book is almost 700 pages thick. Ferriss makes each page interesting and intriguing. The contrast between great ideas from high-performers and his inner dialogue is useful and highly recommended.