Why read Tools of Titans?
Diving into this nearly 700-page tome can feel like quite the task to overcome. But is it worth the effort? Absolutely! Tools of Titans, as the cover reads, is an analysis of “the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers.” Tim Ferris pumped this book full of helpful tips, tricks, and ideas about life in general. It’s the perfect personal development read! Think of it as a synopsis of some of the world’s best day-to-day methodologies.
Before We Launch In
Now, one quick caveat before I propose you dig deep and copy every choice made in this book. As Tim describes—and I agree—this should be meant of more as an example to base your life off of and compare against. One that you hope to emulate but also meld to your own lifestyle and ideals. It isn’t something you should look at it and copy word for word. Each person lives their own life and to copy any of them 100% would be a mistake.
The Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Inside Tools of Titans, you’ll find morning routines, mindfulness practices, and rags to riches story that help paint a picture of the “American Dream.” Separating into three main categories the: healthy, wealthy, and wise, this book takes on the vital subject often left out of motivational reads. Finance isn’t everything. To be a complete individual, you must grow different aspects from your life, columned here as wealth, health, and wisdom.
Why Being Complete Matters More
Throughout the book, Tim Ferris sprinkles in stories from his life and how they changed his outlook on success. One of those stories challenged the work to death mindsets, specifically his caffeine addiction. Instead of focusing on finance, and only finance, it became more important for him to acknowledge the body’s needs. Personal development isn’t only about the checks received, but instead is made up from many moving parts.
What does it mean to be healthy? Besides the cookie cutter definitions, healthy is living with your body’s needs in mind. By taking extra steps to ensure that any action doesn’t diminish or tarnish your well-being. Throughout this section, Tim interviews countless runners, lifters, and all-around athletic people. Each of these mentioned made it their mission, at one point or another, to better their body. With these physical improvements came numerous other benefits. This type of personal development is what this blog is all about.
In its own right, being wealthy is quite nice. What the people in this category show best is that it wasn’t always easy walking. Most of the people in this section have tough stories. They’ve dealt with rejection after rejection…ad infinitum.
Thanks to the humility barrier, being wise
Humility Barrier: an imaginary limit for those who want to raise themselves, but in doing so, lose its value or characteristics. Example: “I’m the most humble person out there!” No, no you’re not.
How to Incorporate These Tools
On its own, Tools of Titans helps the reader learn of each of their lifestyles. But when this book is attacked critically and molded into your own life, it can be full of incredibly valuable motivational tools. Something Domincusation is all about! Tools of Titans accomplishes this goal using a relaxed writing style, conversational tone, and easy to grasp layout. This book provides an insight into otherwise impossible to reach regions using Tim’s well-spoken nature. The path to a better self starts with the knowledge on where to go!
Some Quotes for the Road
As I have read and re-read Tools of Titans, I tried to search for the best takeaway ideas and quotes from those interviewed, and some of my favorite axioms that I’ll list below:
- “What’s on the other side of fear? Nothing” Jamie Foxx
- “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Voltaire
- “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” Lao Tzu
- “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” Ludwig Wittgenstein
List of Recommended Books!
Being an avid book reader and lover, I thought I’d attach the list of most-gifted and recommended books:
- Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
- The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Influence by Robert Cialdini
- Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
- Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
- Surely, You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
- The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferris
- The Bible
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Watchmen by Alan Moore
- Zero to One by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters
Understanding the Foundation 1st
If there had to be one thing that should be taken away from Tools of Titans, it would be that internal motivation, or our understanding of these intrinsic motivations, is something to be cultivated, improved, and promoted. Each of this “titans” was at some point just like many of us—
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