Top Quotes by Tim Ferriss

In a digital world, there are numerous technologies that we are attached to that create infinite interruption.

Tim Ferriss

I value self-discipline, but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is more reliable than self-control.

Tim Ferriss

Online I see people committing ‘social media suicide’ all the time by one of two ways. Firstly by responding to all criticism, meaning you’re never going to find time to complete important milestones of your own, and by responding to things that don’t warrant a response. This lends more credibility by driving traffic.

Tim Ferriss

I like work/life separation, not work/life balance. What I mean by that is, if I’m on, I want to be on and maximally productive. If I’m off, I don’t want to think about work. When people strive for work/life balance, they end up blending them. That’s how you end up checking email all day Saturday.

Tim Ferriss

When you elevate the heels more so than you elevate the sole of the foot, you trigger a cascade of compensations in the knees and hips that cause tight hip flexors, and then those hip flexors cause lower-back pain.

Tim Ferriss

I really feel like knife skills – not just in the kitchen, but in life – are really critical.

Tim Ferriss

The best way to counter-attack a hater is to make it blatantly obvious that their attack has had no impact on you.

Tim Ferriss

If you start out with a little telescope observing the stars and you keep at it over the years, as I have, it’s kind of a dream to one day have an observatory where you can always go and use the telescope conveniently.

Tim Ferriss

I definitely grew up with a lot of venom and distaste for city people.

Tim Ferriss

I think that whenever you feel reactive or are being reactive as opposed to proactive, that inherently – consciously or subconsciously – creates a lot of stress.

Tim Ferriss

I think time management as a label encourages people to view each 24-hour period as a slot in which they should pack as much as possible.

Tim Ferriss

Having a size 9 foot is fantastic because almost all of the shoe companies do their prototyping in size 9, so if you visit a place like Nike headquarters, you can try every sort of wacky, out-there model.

Tim Ferriss

I still feel there are much smarter self-promoters out there than me. I am very methodical about my messaging, and I know how to gain attention very quickly.

Tim Ferriss

One of the bigger misconceptions of learning is that many skills take a lifetime to get world-class at, or 10,000 hours to become world-class at.

Tim Ferriss

I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness in life is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things.

Tim Ferriss

At its core, I don’t view Facebook as a social network. I think it could become the driver’s license of the Internet. And beyond that, it can become the pipes and the plumbing upon what most of the Internet is built. I think it’s very well positioned.

Tim Ferriss

If retirement means laying on a beach and rubbing coco butter on your stomach, about 48 hours of that will be enough for most people. You’ll want something new.

Tim Ferriss

I always thought I was going to end up teaching ninth grade, specifically, because I had a lot of really formative influences, I think, at that fork in the road, where a lot of crucial decisions are made by young folks.

Tim Ferriss

I discourage passive skepticism, which is the armchair variety where people sit back and criticize without ever subjecting their theories or themselves to real field testing.

Tim Ferriss

Writing is thought crystalized on a piece of paper, which can then be reviewed.

Tim Ferriss

When I left the U.S. for the first time, I spent my first year abroad in Japan. That culture shock and abundance of new stimuli combined with a lack of guidance forced me to develop my own approaches to learning and juggling.

Tim Ferriss

I don’t journal to ‘be productive.’ I don’t do it to find great ideas or to put down prose I can later publish. The pages aren’t intended for anyone but me. It’s the most cost-effective therapy I’ve ever found.

Tim Ferriss

A recession is very bad for publicly traded companies, but it’s the best time for startups. When you have massive layoffs, there’s more competition for available jobs, which means that an entrepreneur can hire freelancers at a lower cost.

Tim Ferriss

If you’re sitting in a monastery, where your schedule is set and you have very few uncontrolled variables, that’s fantastic that you can do loving/kindness meditation, but that’s not the world I live in.

Tim Ferriss

For most people, life would be boring without meaningful work.

Tim Ferriss

After decades of hauling telescopes around in the back of vans and going up to high altitude locations and so forth, I did finally build an observatory, here on Sonoma mountain.

Tim Ferriss

I encourage active skepticism – when people are being skeptical because they’re trying to identify the best course of action. They’re trying to identify the next step for themselves or other people.

Tim Ferriss

I’m not averse to making a lot of money. But where does that end? I hang out with people with hundreds of millions of dollars. Is that the standard by which I should measure myself? Where does that take you if you’re in my business? I think it takes you to pretty dark, corrupt places.

Tim Ferriss

You don’t have to travel, but I find extended travel to be a helpful tool for reexamining yourself and the constraints you’ve artificially placed on your life. It’s easy to believe everything has to be done one way if you’re always in one place around the same people.

Tim Ferriss

I was an All-American in wrestling in high school, was National Champion in Chinese kickboxing in 1999 and have spent a lot of time around professional athletes, which includes my eight-plus years as CEO of a sports nutrition company.

Tim Ferriss

Being called a huckster and a charlatan started several years ago, so that’s something I’m accustomed to. In most cases, it doesn’t bother me.

Tim Ferriss

If you take a strong stance and have a clear opinion or statement on any subject online, you’re going to polarize people. And without that polarity, there’s no discussion. Discussion is what I want, which means that I’m fine with the consequences.

Tim Ferriss

If someone’s criticism is completely unfounded on data, then I don’t want to hear it. It doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

Tim Ferriss

The first thing I would do for anyone who’s trying to lose body fat, for instance, would be to remove foods from the house that he or she would consume during lapses of self-control.

Tim Ferriss

If you look at the purported dangers of salt or fat, there is no consensus of support in scientific literature. So I would ask first: ‘Is it possible to have an informed government that actually follows the science?’ From what I’ve seen, it’s not likely.

Tim Ferriss

Everyone is going to binge on a diet, for instance, so plan for it, schedule it, and contain the damage.

Tim Ferriss

Exercise is overrated.

Tim Ferriss

The problem with New Year’s resolutions – and resolutions to ‘get in better shape’ in general, which are very amorphous – is that people try to adopt too many behavioral changes at once. It doesn’t work. I don’t care if you’re a world-class CEO – you’ll quit.

Tim Ferriss

There are certain things I will automate, but when it comes to quality control, I want to keep a very close eye.

Tim Ferriss

Every time I find myself stressed out, it’s because I do things primarily driven by growth.

Tim Ferriss

I have plenty of money to do what I want to do, and I have the relationships.

Tim Ferriss

I have scary eyes. I look like the guy in ‘American History X,’ yes. I remember coming home from school and asking my mum if I could get an eye transplant, and of course she declined.

Tim Ferriss

The best entrepreneurs I’ve ever met are all good communicators. It’s perhaps one of the very few unifying factors.

Tim Ferriss

Learn the art of the pitch and of messaging.

Tim Ferriss

Everything that works in sales has been done already. Just keep track of the crap that you buy, or the awesome stuff that you buy, and decide what was the trigger, and then just sell to people like you. It’s really that easy – and that’s what I do.

Tim Ferriss

If you do something as simple as 15-minute ice baths three days a week, and you time those baths properly, you can significantly multiply your fat loss.

Tim Ferriss

I’ve found cinnamon to be very effective for lowering the glycemic response to meals. People have heard that before, but I didn’t realize how profound it could be until I did the actual testing with continuous glucose monitors. And I tested all different varieties and species of cinnamon from Ceylon to Saigon.

Tim Ferriss

Work is an activity that is financially-driven or one that you’d like to do less of.

Tim Ferriss

Converting your own passions into a job is the fastest method for eliminating any passion you once had.

Tim Ferriss

There are a lot of things that can be learned from the darker corners of athletics. You have doctors who view bodybuilders as cavalier amateurs of science. And then you have the bodybuilders who view the doctors as too conservative to do anything interesting. So I’ve tried to become the middleman for putting some of those pieces together.

Tim Ferriss

There’s an entire generation of male strength and endurance athletes, even recreational lifters, who have never gotten off the ephedrine-caffeine-aspirin stack. The process of getting off stimulants is really horrible.

Tim Ferriss

Resveratrol is fascinating stuff. One of the best sources of information about it is the Immortality Institute. They have a forum where some people are in the 500 Club, as they call it. They’ve been taking 500 milligrams for years. It’s a really great source of data.

Tim Ferriss