Tools of Titans

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – Book Summary

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Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss - Notes

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Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss - Notes

Deepak Shukla’s Notes On Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – Notes:

Hey guys,

I finished reading this book on the 10th January 2021.

Here’s a synopsis of the book I grabbed from Amazon:

“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads. ”

And here are my actual notes I took whilst I was listening to this on Audible:

  • Rainn Wilson
  • 8 ways to deal with haters
  • Blind belief in yourself
  • Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
  1. Pays to write what you know
  2. Write and centre things based upon your own experiences
  • Try Coprolalia before creative work session
  • Writing Prompts from Cheryl Strayed
  1. Generate without judging the following writeups for 30 mins without stopping:
  2. Don’t stop to edit
  3. Make sure it’s uninterrupted flow
  4. Write about time you realise you were mistaken
  5. Write about lesson you learned the hard way
  6. Write about time you were inappropriately dressed for the occasion
  7. Write about something you lost that you’ll never get back
  8. Write about time when you knew you’d done the wrong thing
  9. Write about something you don’t remember
  10. Write about your darkest teacher
  11. Write about memory of a physical injury
  12. Write about when you knew it was over
  13. Write about being loved (write about what you were really thinking)
  14. Write about a time when you knew you’d done the right thing
  15. Write about how you found your way back
  16. Write about the kindness of strangers
  17. Write about why you could not do it
  18. Write about why you did

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  • Keep it simple when writing descriptions. Trust your reader. Let their imagination fill in the gaps
  • Jack Dorsey’s best investment – taking the time to walk to work every day
  • Paulo Coelho
  • 90% of writers Tim knows do their best work when people asleep either before 6am or after 10pm
  • Play all movie in background on mute to avoid feeling isolated or play same music on repeat over and over
  1. Might end up playing a movie ‘3-6 times a night’
  2. Also might switch from default flow music to default wake up music when feeling tired
  • Lots of people listen to same song continuously for meditation
  • Watch the Up Series
  • Practice poverty every quarter
  • Is this what I so feared?
  • Have countdown clock to day you die
  • Kevin Kelly
  • Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty
  • Fear setting: Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action
  • A thought experiment worth experiencing
  • Must try LSD once
  • Sam Harris
  • What are your beliefs costing you?
  • Finding your calling is overrated
  • 80,000 working hours in your life
  • Will MacAskill
  • Do 10 minutes of video per day every day at midday
  • Work will work when nothing else will work
  • Imagine you are 44 years old now. What would you say to your 34 year old self?
  • Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about
  • I can think. I can wait. I can fast.
  • Amelia Boone – world class obstacle racer
  1. Hydralised gelatin plus beetroot powder
  2. Rumble roller (15 mins a day)
  3. Rolling foot across golf ball on floor to increase flexibility (put towel underneath)
  4. Concept2 skierg
  5. Dry needling to get muscle twitch to get muscle release
  6. Read up Sauna training to increase endurance
  7. She trains in rain and cold because competitors won’t
  • Also build rapport quickly by expressing vulnerability about an upcoming deadline you’re struggling with and/or something that’s difficult for you
  • Make your aims 10x bigger than anyone else
  • How would you disrupt yourself?
  • Schedule and pay for thingscin advance so you cant back out
  • To go big aim small – develop a cult hit first
  • How to say no when it matters most


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