Tim Ferris Principles

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Timothy Ferriss (born July 20, 1977) is an American author, entrepreneur, and public speaker.

He has written a number of self-help books on the “4-hour” theme, some of which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, starting with The 4-Hour Workweek.

Ferriss is also an angel investor and an advisor to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Evernote, and Uber, among other companies.

“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”

“An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business, it’s someone who makes things happen.”

“Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.”

“The question you should be asking isn’t, What do I want? Or What are my goals? But, What would excite me?”

“One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.”

“Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”

“The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.”

“There is no sure path to success. But the sure path to failure is trying to please everyone.”

“When you try to do something big it’s hard to fail completely.”

“If you’re wasting time having fun, you’re not wasting time.”

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

“Being busy is not the same as being productive. In fact, being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.”

“Tomorrow becomes never, no matter how small the task, take the first step now.”

“I take notes like some people take drugs.”

“A person’s success in life can be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too.”

“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”

“If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”

“You are the average of the five people you associate with most.”

“99% of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The competition is thus fiercest for realistic goals.”

“Make what you want to see or see yourself. Scratch your own itch.”

“Age doesn’t matter: an open mind does.”

“Pareto’s law can be summarized as follows: 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs.”

“The best results I have had in my life; the most enjoyable times, have all come from asking the simple question: What is the worst that could happen?”

“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.”

“Slow down and remember this: most things make no difference.”

“You need to know what your unique strengths are and be willing to delegate.”

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

“It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.”

“Creating demand is hard. Filling demand is easier. Don’t create a product, then seek someone to sell it to. Find a market – define your customers – then find or develop a product for them.”

“If the challenge we face doesn’t scare us, then it’s probably not that important.”

“Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.”

“To do the impossible, you need to ignore the popular.”

“Greatness is setting ambitious goals that your former self would have thought impossible, and trying to get a little better every day.”

“Simplicity requires ruthlessness.”

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”

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