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15 Quotes From The Book ”Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferris That Will Make You Want to Re-evaluate Yourself As a Leader and Entrepreneur

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Last December 2016, I purchased “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferris after seeing the hype regarding its release. I’ve been looking for a book like this one, which compiles the tactics, routines, and habits of world’s brilliant minds.

With this book, Tim Ferris compiled the tips and advices of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers after interviewing more than 200 of them for his podcast “The Tim Ferris Show.”

This book is one of the few books that made me re-evaluate my habits, goals, and routines as an aspiring entrepreneur. It made me set measurable goals for myself and helped me create a system to be a better performer at work where I wear many hats.

I’ve selected 15 quotes that I find worth thinking about if you are in a leadership position or if you are an (aspiring) entrepreneur.

  1. “If more information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.” – Derek Sivers, Entrepreneur, founder and former president of CD Baby, and author of “Anything You Want.” p. 185
  2. “Mastery doesn’t come from an infographic. What you know doesn’t mean shit. What do you do consistently?” – Tony Robbins, Performance who has consulted or advised world leaders, from Bill Clinton to Nelson Mandela. p. 211.
  3. “‘Busy,’ to me, seems to imply ‘out of control’. Like, ‘Oh my God, I’m so busy. I don’t have time for this shit!’ To me, that sounds like a person who’s got no control over their life.” – Derek Sivers, Entrepreneur, founder and former president of CD Baby, and author of “Anything You Want.” p. 189
  4. “Discipline equals freedom.” – Jocko Willink, Retired US Navy SEAL commander, podcaster, co-founder of Echelon Front, a leadership and management consulting company, and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.” p.413.
  5. “Anything negative you say could at the very least ruin someone’s day, or worse, break someone’s heart, or simply change someone from being a future ally of yours to someone who will never forget that you were unkind or unfairly critical.” – Jane McGonigal, Game designer, and author of “Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.” p. 134.
  6. “Trust and attention – these are the scarce items in a post-scarcity world.” – Seth Godin, Entrepreneur, marketer, and author of 18 best-selling books. p. 238. 
  7. “I don’t give explanations anymore, and I’ll catch myself when I start giving explanations (…) I just say, ‘I can’t do it. I hope everything is well.'” – James Altucher, Entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, and best selling author of 17 books, including ”The Power of No.” p. 249
  8. “If you go out there and start making noise and making sales, people will find you. Sales cure all. You can talk about how great your business plan is and how well you are going to do. You can make up your own opinions, but you cannot make up your own facts. Sales cure all.” – Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU and best-selling author of three books, including “The Power of Broke.” p. 324.
  9. “Five days a week, I read my goals before I go to sleep and when I wake up. There are 10 goals around health, family, business, etc., with expiration dates, and I update them every 6 months.” – Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU and best-selling author of three books, including “The Power of Broke.” p. 324.
  10. “My parents always taught me that my day job would never make me rich. It’d be my homework.” – Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU and best-selling author of three books, including “The Power of Broke.” p. 324.
  11. “Grow things that you can fully control that directly affect sales, like your email list. ‘Likes’ don’t pay the bills. Sales do.” – Noah Kagan, Employee #30 at Facebook, employee #4 at Mint.com, and the founder of the AppSumo. p. 327. 
  12. “When you’re sharing on Facebook, it’s not just the media and marketing companies that you need to be concerned about.” – Marc Goodman, Founder of the Future Crimes Institute, former senior advisor to Interpol, and author of “Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World.” p. 425
  13. “A good leader would come back and say something like one of the following, ‘I lost it, I didn’t control it. I didn’t do a good job. I didn’t see what was happening. I got too absorbed in this little tiny tactical situation that was right in front of me.’ Either they’d make those criticisms about themselves, or they’d as, ‘What did I do wrong?’ And when you told them, they’d nod their head, pull out their notebook, and take notes. That right there, that’s a guy who’s going to make it, who’s going to get it right. The arrogant guys, who lacked humility, they couldn’t take criticism from others – and couldn’t even do an honest self-assesment because they thought they already knew everything. Stay humble or get humbled.” – Jocko Willink, Retired US Navy SEAL commander, podcaster, co-founder of Echelon Front, a leadership and management consulting company, and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win.” p.416.
  14. “Productivity is for robots. What humans are going to be really good at is asking questions, being creative, and experiences.” – Kevin Kelly, Founding executive editor of Wired magazine and writer of best-selling books, including “The Inevitable.” p. 470.
  15. “When you can write well, you can think well.” – Matt Mullenweg, Online social media entrepreneur, original lead developer of WordPress, and CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress. p. 202.
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