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9 Ways Tim Ferriss Can Teach You About the Life Hacking Mindset

I don’t think Tim Ferriss needs an introduction. If the name doesn’t ring the bell you should look him up. Tim is the Author of thee #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers (including my favorite The 4-Hour Workweek). Investor, and host of The Tim Ferriss Experiment. Above all, Tim is a world-class life hacker who utilizes the principles of meta learning to increase productivity and performance. 

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Here are a couple of impressive things said about Timothy Ferriss:

“A cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.”

-The New York Times

“Tim is Indiana Jones for the digital age. I’ve already used his advice to go spearfishing on remote islands and ski the best hidden slopes of Argentina. Simply put, do what he says and you can live like a millionaire.”

-Albert Pope, Derivatives Trading, UBS World Headquarters

Among many other things, Tim is an innovative businessman, author, and angel investor. Tim’s diverse background ranges from breakdancing on MTV to being a guest lecturer at Princeton University (and nearly everything in between). With all of these life experiences and passions, it’s safe to say Tim knows a thing or two about life hacking. How else could you get so much done?!

Check out the 9 Ways Tim Ferriss Can Teach You About the Life Hacking Mindset

“As a business owner, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of being busy, and being busy is not necessarily productive.”

Trapped

Well said, Tim. Well said. Just because you feel stressed and busy doesn’t mean you’re getting much done. Having excellent time management skills is a must-have for any would be lifehacker.

“Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitate to get in the way if you’re moving.”

There’s something to be said about the power of momentum. Use momentum to your advantage and you’ll find the haters are difficult to hear as you’re blasting by them!

“Massive elimination is the most important step and the most neglected step for entrepreneurs.”

Remember that quote about how being busy isn’t necessarily the same as being productive? Yeah, massive elimination is the perfect way to weed out the non-essential tasks from the essentials.

“Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner.”

Maybe the best lifehacking advice of all…stop doing things that are not moving you forward.

“In the world of behavioral change, simple works.”

Tim Ferriss Quotes

You don’t necessarily have to shift the paradigm each time you want to make a change. Try simple changes first and see if you don’t get big results.

“Many a false step was made by standing still.”

This one is deep! Standing still can be detrimental to any entrepreneur looking to make it big. The key takeaway here is to keep moving (and always in the right direction).  

“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.”

Time Management

You get 24 hours each day, so use them wisely. Fill each hour with the important things, and if you are able to make it through them all, move onto the other things.

“Remember—boredom is the enemy, not some abstract “failure.”

There’s no point thinking about failure that hasn’t happened yet. Tim makes it clear that sitting around with nothing to do is much worse than fearing the unknown.

“Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.”

Want to change things up a bit? Try something fun for a change. Chances are you’ll be successful at something when you’re having fun. Passion creates purpose!

Do you have a favorite Tim Ferriss quote? Please share!

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