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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 called “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk” by The New York Times. He is one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and an early-stage tech investor/advisor in Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ other companies. He is also the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef, and Tools of Titans. The Observer and other media have named him “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, which has exceeded 200 million downloads and been selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running.
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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.
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.
So thanks Tim. Please continue with what you're doing. I have a suspicion that in twenty years, there will be a lot of people who will cite this book and podcast as the thing that turned their life around. Be happy about that. It all really does make a difference.
Top international reviews
Had I had this book from the start, I would have been where I am now within a year, avoided half the mistakes and saved a lot of time. Really recommend to anyone who wants to gain a range of advice covering business, development and most importantly I think outlook on things.
Very good. If Tony Robbins was the King, Tim Ferriss has become a very able prince.
Was looking forward to reading more about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Robbins etc but it doesn’t go deep enough into it. Save your money and just focus on the podcasts involving such people that does interest you.
Gave up on this book half way through due to the nature of it. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Going to try the 4 hour Work Week as it’s his biggest title but surely can’t be worse than this book.
This book not only tells you how to be successful by financial side but it tells you how to be rich in knowledge and health. you can see some personal recommendations by the persons who are at the top level in this field.
this book is different from all the other books, this book is not like you can read continuously in a week or so, this book contains podcasts summaries which you can read each day/week and it has sections divided in it. you can read something of where you are a lack in.
the best thing I love about this book that it contains personal book recommendation from the peoples whose podcasts are written there.
in the end, i just want to say definitely buy and read this book and trust me you gonna love it.
In the disclaimer, Tim Ferris tells you to consult a common sense specialist and not to blindly follow the book.While many topics may be controversial and the advice borderline, what cannot be ignored is the unique nature of the book.There is 111 famous men and women in the book sharing their experience with health, wealth and wisdom.A good chance of standing on the shoulders of giants.
Must read if you have plans to make a billion or two(no harm dreaming)!
But this book raise the standards I learned new tricks which work and what is his value is his value and I need to admit he done a really good job he have the material do it better ? Yes but he wrote most about his interests which is not bad cause he can write another one like this after few years if he thinks different people are interested in different stuff than him and it will be completed .
Overall very smart book I thank him a lot and all his friends who was honest and so giving and willing to share their knowledge after their experience at highest level
Tim is blessed with the depth of his connections and I am sure has worked incredibly hard to cultivate and develop them. This book introduces you to an amazing and eclectic group of people. I have been reading it like a menu - dive in randomly and go deeper independently with the people that resonate with you. The diversity of achievements of so many people in Tim's book is a great motivator to go after what interests you.
Unconventional in its format, but that is its charm.
I'm a huge fan of Tim Ferris and would also highly recommend 'Tribe of Mentors' for anyone who finds this book interesting.
Honestly, I cannot think of a more useful and dense book – maybe "tool" is a more precise word, in this case – for the person who would like to became more "healthy, wealthy and wise", as Tim – quoting Ben Franklin – loves to say.
I have been following Tim Ferriss for ten years now, and his writings had and have a profound impact on me, on my approach to life, on my daily schedule, on my professional path, on my health and on my body.
There are parts of "Tools of Titans" that I don't appreciate much, but they can be skipped easily, as the format is easy to digest. In my opinion, the best method to obtain the most from the book is to read it quickly once, just to have a general idea of the contents, and then to read it calmly and slowly in order to fully understand the meaning. Then, the next step is mandatory: to act. That's because this book is an excellent reading, but it's useful only if the lessons contained in it are applied to your life. And Tim is a master in driving you to put in practice what you read. This is the point: to interiorize the lessons, to make them part of your daily routine, of your life – physical, mental and spiritual.
In short, this book is not the panacea for your weaknesses, but is an extremely useful tool to work on yourself, act intelligently and improve the overall quality of your life.