One of my favorite podcasts is The Tim Ferriss Show. And a favorite read from 2007 was his The 4-Hour Work Week. A little strange, but packed with a lot of ideas. And I love ideas.

I recommended it to lots of people.

A few weeks ago I ordered his latest book: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

I can already tell you, this is a great read! Like his The 4-Hour Work Week, it’s a little strange, but packed with a lot of ideas. A LOT of ideas.

This one is set up as a kind of motivation and insight collection, sorted into three basic categories. The individual entries were captured from Tim’s nearly 200 interviews with world-class performers over the last few years. His guests have included chess prodigies, movie stars, four-star generals, pro athletes, hedge fund managers, navy seals, sommeliers, entrepreneurs, etc. As he notes in the introduction, “It was a motley crew.”

The three sections of the book, the three basic categories, are Healthy, Wealthy and Wise (based on Ben Franklin’s famous quote: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”).

In the introduction he gives a valuable suggestion on how to read it:

  1. Skip Liberally. I want you to skip anything that doesn’t grab you.
  2. Skip, but do so intelligently. Take a brief mental note of anything you skip.

I’ve adopted the practice of marking the “chapters” I’ve read (there is a “chapter” devoted to individual interviews. I’ve also begun reading it one “chapter” at a time. And I’ve realized that I’ve got to have a pen (and maybe my notebook) with me anytime I read a chapter. I’m nowhere near completing it (it’s over 600 pages), but I’ve already learned so much I can tell you it is a great investment!

Whether you read  The 4-Hour Work Week or have listened to any of his podcasts…this is a great read! And I highly recommend it. If you read it with an eye for take-aways, you’ll be glad you picked this one up.

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New from Tim Ferriss: Tools of the Titans