Timothy Ferriss quotes page 1
born July 20, 1977; American entrepreneur, speaker, author of "The 4-Hour Workweek"
Doing less meaningful work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal
is NOT laziness. This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward
personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.
People are fond of using the "it's not what you know, it's who you know" adage as an excuse
for inaction, as if all successful people are born with powerful friends. Nonsense.
Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of
laziness - lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.
The question you should be asking isn't, "What do I want?" or "What are my goals?" but
"What would excite me?"
It's not how long you'll live, it's how well you live... It's a combination of achievement and
appreciation. If you don't appreciate what you have now, nothing you ever get will make you
satisfied or happy.
The key to having more time is doing less, and there are two paths to getting there, both of
which should be used together:
1. define a to-do list and
2. define a not-to-do list. In general terms, but there two questions:
What 20% of sources are causing 80% of my problems and unhappiness?
What 20% of sources are resulting in 80% of my desired outcome and happiness?
One new habit at a time! The best way to avoid abandoning new habits is to only adopt one
at a time.
For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit
your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the
same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line
up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. "Someday" is a disease that will take your
dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and
you want to do it "eventually," just do it and correct course along the way.
It's amazing how someone's IQ seems to double as soon as you give them responsibility and
indicate that you trust them.
Learn to ask, "If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?"
Lifestyle design is based on massive action - output. Increased output necessitates
decreased input. Most information is time-consuming, negative, irrelevant to your goals, and
outside of your influence. I challenge you to look at whatever you read or watched today and
tell me that it wasn't at least two of the four.
Emphasize strengths, don't fix weaknesses... the choice is between multiplication of results
using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become
mediocre. Focus on better use of your best weapons instead of constant repair.
Usually, what we most fear doing is what we most need to do.
Creating demand is hard. Filling demand is much easier. Don't create a product, then seek
someone to sell it to. Find a market - define your customers - then find or develop a product
The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is - here's the clincher -
It is often the case that you have to fire certain friends or retire from particular social circles
to have the life you want. This isn't being mean; it is being practical. Poisonous people do not
deserve your time. To think otherwise is machochistic.
Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.
Money doesn't change you; it reveals who you are when you no longer have to be nice.
Blaming idiots for interruptions is like blaming clowns for scaring children - they can't help it.
It's their nature.
Gain a language and you gain a second lens through which to question and understand the
world. Cursing at people when you go home is fun, too. Don't miss the chance to double your
I value self-discipline, but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is
more reliable than self-control.
It's lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are
incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is
thus fiercest for "realistic" goals, paradoxically making them the most time- and
energy-consuming. It is easier to raise $1,000,000 than it is $100,000. It is easier to pick up
the one perfect 10 in the bar than the five 8s.
You won't believe what you can accomplish by attempting the impossible with the courage to
repeatedly fail better.
What does an igloo-dwelling millionaire do that a cublicle-dweller doesn't? Follow an
uncommon set of rules. How does a lifelong blue-chip employee escape to travel the world for
a month without his boss even noticing? He uses technology to hide the fact.
To enjoy life, you don't need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize
that most things just aren't as serious as you make them out to be.
A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable
conversations he or she is willing to have.