Tools of Titans

Timothy Ferriss

The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss

About Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company‘s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune‘s “40 under 40.” He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. The Observer and other media have called Tim “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which is the first business/interview podcast to exceed 100 million downloads.

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The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

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“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.

“This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.

“What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?

“I don’t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can’t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.

“Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.

“I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”

by Timothy Ferriss

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Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss – Customer reviews

Tim, if you're reading this, I have a great idea for you at the end of this review. No sarcasm, no snark. DISCLAIMER: I am a Tim Ferriss apologist. I've listened to almost every episode of his podcast. Own his books. Have been following him since 4 Hour Work Week came out. Tim's podcast has rewired my brain. My life is measurably better because of what I've learned. Literally. I have hereditary cholesterol problems and my forays into a ketogenic lifestyle dropped my particle count from ~1950 to ~1225. There are many other great things that have come as a result of my exposure to Tim's podcast, too many to list here. When he announced TOOLS OF TITANS, I was ecstatic. I pre-ordered this book in September. I'm sad to say that I'm non-plussed, borderline disappointed. On one hand, I love having a "totem" of something that has changed my life so profoundly. To that end, I am happy to own the book.
The idea was a good one. Tim has spent thousands of hours interviewing top performers in every category and industry. So sit down and distill the collective wisdom into a book -- seems like a great idea, right? But all in all, it's too superficial -- it's divided up by person, not by topic, so you get 2 pages of distilled wisdom from each performer, but without the full context, the advice loses almost all its power. I imagine this was AMAZING for Tim to write -- he said he took a month off and spent all his time going through all his interview notes and condensing the most important parts from each interview. But Tim met the people, knows their accomplishments, and spent time talking to them. How much of that power is supposed to convey in 2 pages if I don't even know who the expert is? For Tim, this book is probably the ultimate summary and reminder of all the powerful stuff his interviewees have told him. But for readers, it's little more than a disparate mishmash of "I did this for X result and that for Y result" over and over again.
I love Tim Ferriss' books. But the over-organization of this one, filled with seemingly random information that, according to the author, was very important, was overwhelming. In Ferriss' other books, simplicity was the driving force (consider principles like DEAL, "30 (grams of protein) in 30 (minutes of waking up," or "DiSSS and CaFE"). However, in Tools of Titan gel, it seemed that Tim was so excited about the little gems he was getting from his interviews that emphasis on simplifying these ideas to principles for use for a specific goal or set of goals was, in my opinion, missing. My opinion may change as I come back to the book, but my general sense was that there were a lot of really good and inspiring ideas, but with not a lot of clarity on to what I would apply them. As a result, I feel like I had to do a lot of the heavy-lifting in this book to figure out how to apply all this stuff. Of course, a lot of the interviewers were very fascinating and I learned a lot, philosophically, about how to approach life differently, so I did get some valuable insight from the book. But in the end, I think I'd rather a guide than a vast, super-powered toolbox.
I love the set up of the book. It is set up in three different sections: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. Within these sections are summaries from interviews Tim had conducted with very successful people in a variety of field. Each person featured in this book bring insight to their success and provide stories from their weird habits, failures, successes and lessons learned from their adventures. He sets up from the book along with using the table of contents to lets you easily navigate and skip through the book to read about subjects and people you want to read about first. It is a large and cumbersome book that isn't meant to be read straight through, but more as a reference and quick and easy reading material. The interview summary for each person vary from 3 pages to 10 pages but are all quick, easy and entertaining reads that could be read in 5-15 minutes.

About Author

TIMOTHY FERRISS is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more). Best known for his rapid-learning techniques, Tim's books — The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef — have been published in 30+ languages. The 4-Hour Workweek has spent seven years on The New York Times bestseller list. Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Outside, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and CNN. He has guest lectured in entrepreneurship at Princeton University since 2003. His popular blog has 1M+ monthly readers, and his Twitter account @tferriss was selected by Mashable as one of only five “Must-Follow" accounts for entrepreneurs.