Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris (double book review)

Very similar books so a double summary/review makes sense and saves both of us time!
My overall thoughts on these two books are at the end.

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Tools Of Titans:

A great focusing question:
“What might you do to accomplish your 10 year goals in the next 6 months if you had a gun to your head?”
Interesting potential cancer-curing protocol: Fasting+ DCA and Metformin (Page 33 for reference)
Have the same few healthy meals for breakfast and lunch- use dinner to experiment.
(Still be HEALTHY of course)
“If you set your goal ridiculously high, and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success”
-James Cameron
Have a very very clear vision of what you want to become in your future.

When dealmaking, ask yourself:
Can I trade a short-term, incremental gain for a potential longer-term, game-changing upside?
Is there an element that might be far more valuable in 5 to 10 years?
Are there rights and options you can “carve out” and keep?

Losers react, leaders anticipate.
*What you know doesn’t mean shit. What do you DO consistently?
You know you have good employees or partners when they understand the strategy and recommend modifications based on their closeness to the details.
“Trust and Attention- these are the scarce items in a post-scarcity world”- Seth Godin
Teach your kids to out-lead and out-solve, not to out-obedience.
(There are more than enough cogs in the world, and those jobs will soon be gone)
When you complain, nobody wants to help you.
“How are you complicit in creating conditions you don’t want?”- Jerry Lolonna

Jocko Willink:
Where can you eliminate singular points of failure in your life (bottle-necks)? Have backup gear and plans.
If you want to be tougher, be tougher. Dont meditate on it.
Take Extreme Ownership of your world.
Good commanders must stay humble, be able to take criticism, and be able to do honest self-assessment. No arrogance!

Acting instead of waiting has a calming effect.
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose”-Robert Byrne.
To test a plan, create a “Red Team”- A group of people who are not wedded to the plan who think of ways to disturb or defeat the plan.
Once you get to be a big enough leader, a major part of your job becomes developing people to do the work you no longer have time for (And to make them leaders in their own right).
Play audiobooks while exercising, not music (Learn, learn, learn!).
The secrets to life are hidden behind cliches (You have to unpack them).
Do not attribute to malice that which can be explained otherwise (Has this person slept? Eaten? etc.)
When interviewing someone, go for the heart before the head (At least with ppl not likely to play it straight or be open).
Good question to ask ppl- “What are some of the choices you’ve made that made you who you are?”
Learn from the truly greats before you learn from your competition.

4 common archetypal stories: 1. A love story between two people 2. A love story between three ppl
3. The struggle for power 4. The journey
“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion”- Paulo Coelho
Praise specifically, criticize generally.

“What you choose to work on, and who you choose to work with, are far more important than how hard you work”
“You get paid for being right first, and to be first, you can’t wait for consensus”
^Both quotes from Naval Ravikant.
Choose courage over comfort.
When a problem occurs: Accept reality and focus on the solution.

Recommendations I found interesting:
The Power of Persuasion by Mark Levine
The Kelly Kettle (Can cook food using twigs and other random crap)
The “Up” documentary series following subjects from the age of 7 to 50.
Restrepo
On The Shortness of Life by Seneca
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Tribe of Mentors:

When you feel overwhelmed, exercise.
(If you are chronically overwhelmed: Cut distractions and focus on only the truly important things; get your habits, routines, and nutrition right; get a full night’s sleep!)
Avoid ppl who are not honest or good- even if they are powerful.
Be so good they can’t ignore you.
Not all feedback is equal (Especially if it is feedback on a product).
REMINDER: Sugar is toxic! And fake sugars are even worse!
Burnout is not the price you have to pay for success.
Don’t waste your days while you worry about years.

“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away”- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
(^Author of “The Little Prince”)
“The things you own end up owning you”- Chuck Palahnvik
Choose your things wisely and eliminate all non-essentials!
Always ask “What am I missing?” and listen to the answer.
“A schedule defends from chaos and whim”- Annie Dillard.
*A great life is made up of great days. That is the level to work on first.

Saving as much of your money as possible is absolutely a smart strategy, depending on your situation (Freedom in many ways!).
Again- Avoid sugar. Especially in soda and juice (So quickly absorbed and about as bad for you as can be!)
Do not waste your time by spending it with crazy or toxic people.
“A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him” -G.K. Chesterton
It is better to figure out what customers need then to ask them what they want.

Recommendations I found interesting:
7 Samurai (movie)
Managing by Harold Geneen
Poor Charlie’s Almanac (Have and will review!)
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine (Looks basic bitch, but its hard to find ANY book on sex based brain differences)

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I left my overall thoughts on these books for the end here because I did not want my criticism to discolor the good information above before you read it.

To be blunt- while the info above is good shit, there are only 3 pages of notes.
From TWO 600 page books!

I do not recommend you buy these books. Tools Of Titans is ok, but Tribe Of Mentors…

That thing is a piece of dog shit and Tim Ferriss should feel ashamed for scamming ppl out of 17+ dollars for it.

The greatest insight these books gave was that I have been on exactly the right track.
It was absolutely amazing how many different people, using different wordings and explanations, laid out the principles behind ENERGY, MOMENTUM, and FOCUS (And other principles).
The meta-patterns of success have been confirmed even more by these two books and for that I am very grateful!

4 Comments

    1. >Platonic ideal of a boildown
      Very suprising, though looking at the review you’re right. Almost no repeated or previously mentioned info. The books were so low in signal/noise that the review is all signal. Huh.
      >Process
      Process wise its pretty enjoyable. I take notes while reading and do not edit generally. Cant wait for school to get out so I can read two books a day again.

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      1. >Almost no repeated or previously mentioned info. The books were so low in signal/noise that the review is all signal.

        Precisely.

        >Process wise its pretty enjoyable. I take notes while reading and do not edit generally. Cant wait for school to get out so I can read two books a day again.

        ^how you win

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