Timothy Ferris quotes page 2
Here are two truisms to keep in mind:
1. Doing something unimportant well does not make it important.
2. Requiring a lot of time does not make a task important.
I can give you every popular diet in four lines. Ready?
- Eat more greens.
- Eat less saturated fat.
- Exercise more and burn more calories.
- Eat more omega-3 fatty acids.
Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitate to get in the way if
I believe that life exists to be enjoyed and that the most important thing is to feel good
about yourself. Each person will have his or her own vehicles for both, and those vehicles will
change over time. For some, the answer will be working with orphans, and for others, it will
be composing music. I have a personal answer to both - to love, be loved, and never stop
learning - but I don't expect that to be universal.
You don't have to recoup losses the same way you lose them... If you lose $1,000 at the
blackjack table, should you try and recoup it there? Of course not.
Meetings should only be held to make decisions about a predefined situation, not to define
You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the
effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn't making you
stronger, they're making you weaker.
One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.
Many a false step was made by standing still.
If you don't have specificity in your goal, you cannot, you will not achieve it because you
can't aim properly at it.
Language learning deserves special mention. It is, bar none, the best thing you can do to
hone clear thinking.
Pacifists become militants.
Freedom fighters become tyrants.
Blessings become curses.
Help becomes hindrance.
More becomes less.
Compile your to-do list for tomorrow no later than this evening.
In all cases where doubt crops up, ask yourself, "If I had a gun to my head and had to do it,
how would I do it?" It's not as hard as you think.
It isn't enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the
I usually check business e-mail for about an hour each Monday, and I never check voicemail
when abroad. Never ever... My contacts now know that I don't respond to emergencies, so
the emergencies somehow don't exist or don't come to me. Problems, as a rule, solve
themselves or disappear if you remove yourself as an information bottleneck and empower
Time is wasted in proportion to the amount that is available.
There is no sure path to success, but the surest path to failure is trying to please everyone.
Changing the world doesn't require much money. Again, think in terms of empowerment and
not charity. How much were Gandhi's teachers paid? How much did it cost to give Dr. Martin
Luther King the books that catalyzed his mind and actions?
It's always easier to tear people down than to build yourself up.
If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the
competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.
Different is better when it is more effective or more fun. If everyone is defining a problem or
solving it one way and the results are subpar, this is the time to ask, What if I did the
opposite? Don't follow a model that doesn't work. If the recipe sucks, it doesn't matter how
good a cook you are.
Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should
strive to chase. It is the cure-all.
Becoming a member of the NR (New Rich) is not just about working smarter. It's about
building a system to replace yourself.
People are smarter than you think. Give them a chance to prove themselves.
Most people are good at a handful of things and utterly miserable at most.
Happiness can be bought with a bottle of wine and has become ambiguous through overuse.
Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires,
and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress - stress
that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.