tim-ferriss

It’s worse to tolerate your job than to hate it because, if the pain is painful enough, you’ll make a change. But if it’s tolerable mediocrity, and you’re like, ‘Well, you know it could be worse. At least I’m getting paid.’ Then you wind up in a job that is slowly killing your soul and you’re allowing that to happen. Comfort can be a very, very dangerous thing.
—  Tim Ferriss

Being busy is a form of laziness - lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. 

Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.

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Tim Ferris, Tools of Titans

Much (possibly the majority) of what Tim Ferris peddles is snake oil that lacks evidence. That being said, I have highlighted many, many passages in Tools of Titans. This was one of those sections. 

My To Do list usually has two or three truly important tasks and 10 to 20 distractions. 

“Being busy” is often a code for “these distractions are keeping me from what I really want (and really need) to accomplish today”. 

For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.
—  Tim Ferriss
This is now what's pinned to my board. Steal it if you want, by that I mean print off a copy ... not literally steal it from my room.

“Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss

“If you’re doing something else and you want to do this thing that you love, you do it after hours. You work nine to six, you get home, you kiss the dog, and you go to town. You start building your equity and your brand or whatever you’re trying to accomplish after hours. Everybody has time … stop watching fucking ‘Lost’.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

“The end product of the shorter deadline is almost inevitably of equal or higher quality due to greater focus.”  - Tim Ferriss

Daily

  • 2 things to do today
  • 50 kettle bell swings

Weekly

  • Write 2+ weekly goals in goals journal
  • Work on muse development

Monthly

  • De-clutter room, throw out anything I have no use for
  • 80/20 analyse key aspects of lifestyle
  • Set one monthly goal in the goals journal, write a plan to hit it, execute.

Yearly

  • Write 2+ yearly goals in the goal journal, write a plan to hit them, execute.

General

  • Spend less time on gaming
  • Eat 6/7 healthy
  • Reduce sugar intake
  • Refine ideas to a bare minimum for execution (MED)
  • Reduce impulse purchases

-Wass

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Coco is a YouTuber & Blogger specializing in beauty, fitness and is an amazing motivator! Above is a video where she shares her top 10 favorite books, and goes into detail about what each book offers. Number 1 & 2 are my personal favorites and have shaped me to be the person I am today! I think the best part of this is to see industries crossing over which Coco does single-handedly. She’s made beauty and the law of attraction compatible and accessible to all her followers. Here is someone that encourages us all to live beautiful lives, inside and out!
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Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. If it’s important to you, and you want to do it “eventually”, just do it - and correct your course along the way.
—  Tim Ferriss
Podcasts make cleaning easier

It used to take me hours to get my weekly cleaning done because I’d always be looking at tumblr and stuff, but I started listening to podcasts while I clean and now it’s like woosh, done in an hour and I also really look forward to it, too. 

I always thought podcasts were a real obscure kind of thing, like amateur radio hour or something, and maybe in some ways they still are. But I’ve found some that are just quality stuff to put in your ears.

Tim Ferriss of the Tim Ferriss Show is the guy who wrote The 4-hour Work Week and though he’s really intense sometimes, I think he honestly means well and has some great people on his show, like the week before last it was the psychologist who directed The Stanford Experiment, and that was fascinating. A LOT about creativity, figuring out how to live your life, and interesting personal stories.

When I just want to listen to people giggle and tell dumb stories to each other I listen to Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig. It’s all fluff and nonsense and good for lightening up when you feel down and I just love Grace’s sense of humor, outlook on life, and her laugh. I guess it’s kind of the antithesis of the Tim Ferriss show in ways.

I’ve only listened to one episode of Revisionist History by New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, but it was a huge eye-opener, honing in on how specific events really happened and how they were affected by and affected society at the time. I keep meaning to get back to these when I’m in the mood for “Omg did humans really do that to each other??”

For the artsy people, Suggested Donation is a couple of fine art painters in NYC interviewing other artists and creative types about their lives, educations, processes and more. I listened to it a lot last year when I was doing the art thing  and it really helped me get a handle on how big, varied, and supportive the art community really is, and how people get into it from all walks of life and through all kinds of challenges.

You know, in case you want something to listen to while cleaning.

BEST FINDS OF 2016

New Years Eve at Dan’s place. Sebastian, a quirky skinny Brit that reminded me of one of my professors asked me for my reasons for having kept a blog for 7 years. 

“I’m proud of the way I live my life,” I said, probably pushing my chest forward a little. “And I feel that sharing parts of it might give courage to readers to build a life of their own making.” The 8 following “Damn, that was good”-moments from last year might be a beacon for you, dear reader, for where to dive next for fractions of a more meaningful life. 

1. Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider, her 1984 book of essays and speeches is so powerful and sensual, but also had the added quality of wording important truths with the simplicity we all crave.

What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?

2. Design Matters

When it comes to podcasts, there is only one way to enjoy them - binge-listening tens and tens of episodes until you’re out. I’d heard about Design Matters years before, but as I’m sceptical of my intrests crossing paths with design, I wasn’t interested. Eileen Myles, a badass beautiful American poet was interviewed a few weeks ago on the show. 

Debbie Millman has been interviewing designers, writers, activists, artists and others for over 11 years now and has perfected the craft. She doesn’t ask boring questions, she doesn’t keep a frosty air of detachment and impersonality  to her interviews and that’s why they’re so good. This interview with the incredible Tim Ferriss would probably inspire you. 

3. Ernest Hemingway

How would you describe Paris? Hemingway called it a movable feast. That’s also the name of a short story collection about his years of living in Paris among the local expatriot community of artists, writers and horse racers. Beautiful writing. 

We thought we were superior people and other people that we looked down on and rightly mistrused were rich. It had never seemed strange to me later on to wear sweatshirts for underwear to keep warm. It only seemed odd to the rich. We ate well and cheaply, we drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other. 

4. Introversion

Stumbling with words and coming up with less to say, internal silence among people, sometimes misery, need to be understood but the inability to communicate fully. Simple sentences, simple concepts. Only poetry brought more nuance to my self-expression.

5. Running and Pilates

Damn, physical activity can be enjoyable, I learned in the beginning of the year. Sweating every day, checking whether my abs are protruding already, washing my one pair of gym pants only once a week - working out is magic. My new discovery - sports after smoking - will probably become one of the 2017 highlights. 

6. Butt plugs

Hemingway. Design. Poetry. And then ass - that’s just the way this blog works. And seriously, the past year may as well be called twenty-sex-teen, because the stars aligned last year for magnificent experiences. A good quality plug - just try it. Just do it. 10/10.

7. Meditation

I can never tell whether a new practice benefits me actually or my belief in the practice gives it the power. Meditation is one of them, especially because I’m not too sure about how a professional would do it. I just sit, take deep breaths, concentrate on the present and my body, and try not to think. I’m up to 12 minutes by now. 

8. Effortless, joyful cohabitation

Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all. When people suggest you follow your “passion” or your “bliss,” I propose that they are, in fact, referring to the same singular concept: excitement. This brings us full circle. The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”
—  Tim Ferriss