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Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Hardcover – December 6, 2016
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"A Poor Richard's Almanack for the 21st century, Tools of Titans is a practical and inspiring guide to being your best."
About the Author
TIM FERRISS has been listed as one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Business People," one of Forbes's "Names You Need to Know," 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 four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and his latest, 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 has exceeded 100 million downloads and has been selected for "Best of iTunes" three years running.
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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.
On the other hand, it does not deliver on its promise. This is supposedly a "recipe book" (according to page xvi in the Foreword).
It is no such thing.
If I want to bake an apple pie, I go to the Table of Contents, I look up apple pie, I turn to that page.
You cannot do that in this book.
Tim has amazing things to say about meditation. A few guests on his podcast have amazing things to say about meditation (Sam Harris, Naval Ravikant, Kevin Rose, etc.).
But there is no central place to which you can turn to find out the collected wisdom of the many guests who have delved into this topic.
The same goes for investing. The same goes for particular health hacks.
In fact, there's not even one central place in the book that gives a list of the commonalities between the guests. That's a HUGE missed opportunity.
Make a second edition. Soon. It doesn't even have to add new content. Just tighten this up and make it so that you can read about certain topics in a centralized place. If there are parts that don't fit, maybe have an author section at the back... but, dang.
Millionaires become millionaires (in part) because they've learned to say "no." They have the discipline to turn down the good, so that they can pursue (and achieve) the great.
This book is just too too too much good. It doesn't tell you what is great. It will leave you chasing dozens upon dozens of random tactics and thoughts in a dozen different fields.
It might teach the tactics and routines and habits of world-class performers, but there's FAR TOO MUCH here to make it valuable in showing YOU how to achieve those heights. And, if there is ONE person that you could model to become like them in their field... there is FAR TOO LITTLE here to actually help you on your way.
Bonus points: Somehow, despite being hardcover and nearly 700 pages, this book only weighs a couple pounds. It's like it defies gravity, like the song in "Wicked." (Okay... yes, I know it's the choice of cover and paper stock, but it's still amazing that it weighs so little when it looks like it'll be useful for body-building.)
But there is no real meat to most of the interviews. And the work doesn't hold together well as a whole.
Seems like he phoned it in on this one honestly.