Favorite Lines From Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

This was an amazing book that essentially distills the wisdom from Tim’s hundreds of podcast guests. I further distilled it for this blog post with the lines/quotes that I found most personally impactful. I hope this sample encourages you to pick up a copy of the book, it’s an amazing read and well worth your time. Today I am grateful for Kindle highlights.

Tim Ferris

“More than 80% of the interviewees have some form of daily mindfulness or meditation practice”

“Life is short. Put another way: A long life is far from guaranteed. Nearly everyone dies before they’re ready.”

“If I sleep poorly and have an early morning meeting, I’ll cancel the meeting last-minute if needed and catch up on sleep.”

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”

“Suffer a little regularly and you often cease to suffer.”

“If you can’t seem to make yourself happy, do little things to make other people happy. This is a very effective magic trick.”

Dominic D’agostino

“Ketones have an anti-catabolic protein-sparing and anti-inflammatory effect.”

“If you don’t have cancer and you do a therapeutic fast 1 to 3 times per year, you could purge any precancerous cells that may be living in your body.”

“There is also evidence to suggest— skipping the scientific detail— that fasts of 3 days or longer can effectively “reboot” your immune system via stem cell– based regeneration. Dom suggests a 5-day fast 2 to 3 times per year.”

Charles Poliquin

“The most important thing I’ve learned about nutrition is you need to deserve your carbs . . . to deserve [hundreds of kcal of carbs] post-exercise, you need to be sub-10% body fat. And the quickest way to know if you have sub-10 body fat as a male is: Can I see the lineal alba [vertical separation] on your abs? In other words, can I see all ab rows? One ab row doesn’t count; you’ve got to see them all. In other words, you have to have penis skin on your abs.”

“I think the best magnesium out there is magnesium threonate, if I were to pick one.”

Kelly Starrett

“Men, if you wake up and you don’t have a boner, there’s a problem. Yes or no? One or zero? Boner, no boner?”

Paul Levesque

“Even if it was to get on a bike and ride for 15 minutes to reset things. I learned early that it seemed any time I did that, I didn’t get jet lag.”


“Once an hour, every hour, randomly identify two people walking past your office and secretly wish for each of them to be happy. You don’t have to do or say anything— just think, “I wish for this person to be happy.”

Marc Andreessen

“Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call ‘life’ was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

Derek Sivers

“If [more] information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.” TF: It’s not what you know, it’s what you do consistently.”

“I would make a billboard that says, ‘It Won’t Make You Happy,’ and I would place it outside any big shopping mall or car dealer.”

Tony Robbins

“If you don’t have 20 minutes to delve into yourself through meditation, then that means you really need 2 hours.”

Seth Godin

“I like to study what Seth doesn’t do as much as what he does. Seth has no comments on his blog, he doesn’t pay attention to analytics, and he doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook”

James Altucher

You are putting too much pressure on yourself. Perfectionism is the ENEMY of the idea muscle . . . it’s your brain trying to protect you from harm, from coming up with an idea that is embarrassing and stupid and could cause you to suffer pain. The way you shut [this] off is by forcing [the brain] to come up with bad ideas.

Tracy DiNunzio

“When You Complain, Nobody Wants to Help You”

Daymond John

“My parents always taught me that my day job would never make me rich. It’d be my homework.”

Noah Kagan

“It’s only real if it’s on the calendar.”

Ryan Holiday

“When you are just starting out, we can be sure of a few fundamental realities: 1) You’re not nearly as good or as important as you think you are; 2) you have an attitude that needs to be readjusted; 3) most of what you think you know or most of what you learned in books or in school is out of date or wrong.”

Neil Strauss

“The biggest mistake you can make is to accept the norms of your time.”

Scott Belsky

“In the wrong environment, your creativity is compromised. At 30, I assumed my strengths would always be with me regardless of where I applied them. I was wrong. Truth is, your environment matters.”

Jocko Willink

“If you have two of something, you will break or lose one and end up with one remaining; if you have one, you will break or lose it and be screwed.”

“If you want to be tougher mentally, it is simple: Be tougher. Don’t meditate on it.”

Sam Harris

“If she [my daughter] does not try a psychedelic like psilocybin or LSD at least once in her adult life, I will worry that she may have missed one of the most important rites of passage a human being can experience . . . a life without drugs is neither foreseeable nor, I think, desirable.”

“If I give you 5 grams of mushrooms or 300 micrograms of LSD and tell you to sit on that couch for an hour, you are guaranteed to have a radical transformation of your experience. It doesn’t matter who you are. A freight train of significance is going to come bearing down on you, and we just have to watch the clock, to know when it’s going to happen.”

Caroline Paul

“To not do something because you might get injured is a terrible reason not to do something.”

Whitney Cummings

“And in order for art to imitate life, you have a life.”

“And I think ultimately, sometimes when we judge other people, it’s just a way to not look at ourselves; a way to feel superior or sanctimonious or whatever.”

Bryan Callen

“The difference between the people you admire and everybody else [is that the former are] the people who read.”

Alain de Botton

“Advice to your 30-year-old self? “I would have said, ‘Appreciate what’s good about this moment. Don’t always think that you’re on a permanent journey. Stop and enjoy the view.”

Rick Rubin

“The best art divides the audience. If you put out a record, and half the people who hear it absolutely love it, and half the people who hear it absolutely hate it, you’ve done well, because it’s pushing that boundary.”

Paulo Coelho

“A successful writing day is a day that I suffer in the morning, and I have fun in the evening, fun by writing. [I should] not describe this as fun. It’s also painful . . . I’m in a kind of trance.”

“Trust your reader. Understand that he or she can fill the empty spaces. Don’t over-explain.”

“When you sit down to write, there is this process of purging, this process of cleansing, where only the important things remain.”

Richard Betts

“Try smelling with your mouth open, as you’ll get more information.”

Josh Waitzkin

“Josh has no social media, does no interviews (except my podcast, for which he often says to me, “You fuck!”), and avoids nearly all meetings and phone calls. He minimizes input to maximize output, much like Rick Rubin. Josh says: “I cultivate empty space as a way of life for the creative process.”

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