We are huge Tim Ferris fans at The Refined Beast. Since his first book “The 4-hour work week debuted in 2009, Tim Ferris has launched an amazing career so far as an author, entrepreneur, pod-caster and fearless “human guinea pig”
Unlike his previous books that usually involve him trying and testing new diets, workouts, pharmaceuticals etc. His new book: “TOOLS OF TITANS: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers” is the culmination of 2 years of interviews from his (also Excellent) podcast: “The Tim Ferris Show”
The Podcast is focused on deconstructing world-class performers and is essentially a long format interview with a different expert or elite performer/expert is a their respective field.
Unlike most cookie cutter interviews where you hear the same things about “believing in your self” and “hard work” and so forth, Tim Ferris really takes a deep dive in the daily routines and psyche of these people.
Here is an excerpt from the author himself explaining the methodology of his new book:
“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview.
“What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?
Is this book worth your time? Does it stand above the multitude of authors that promise to help make your life better and more efficient?
We believe it does in spades. The first thing that has always struck me about any Tim Ferris book is the level of genuine curiosity that seems to drive him. You get the feeling he would be doing this kind of stuff regardless if he was getting paid to do so.
Most books in the “self help” section are often written by weak charlatans that want to fleece you of your hard earned money. Ferris has always stood out because his recommendations are always hard earned and real. Any extreme diet or workout he writes about he has actually done personally. For better or worse. He’s always honest about his failures and success equally.
This book is a treasure of tangible and fascinating insights. Furthermore, you do not have to read this front to back. On the contrary, its ideal to jump and back and forth from the various characters that inhabit the book.
The success of The Tim Ferris Podcast has provided him access to some of the most interesting people on the planet. The great thing about “Tools” is that he takes some of the very best stuff from interviews that sometimes go past the 3 hour mark on his podcast. We all have busy lives. Sometimes our responsibilities don’t allow us to listen to a 3 hour podcast. Ferris does an excellent job at taking the most relevant and worthwhile sections from his podcast and presenting in a tangible and digestible way in the book.
The length and size can be intimidating but like mentioned earlier, its really not designed to be read front to back like a traditional book. Its best to take a free flowing path
For anyone interested in cultivating your self, growing stronger and smarter, becoming more powerful: this is a solid addition to your library.