Tools of Titans

Tools of Titans

The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-class Performers

Book - 2016
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The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek .

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"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. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.

"This book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and 'inside baseball' you won't find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new 'guests' you haven't met.

"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?

"I don't view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can't test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I'm not interested.

"Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I've used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.

"I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It's changed my life, and I hope the same for you."
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
ISBN: 9781328683786
Branch Call Number: 158 Fer
Characteristics: xxvii, 673 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Geoffroi, Remie - Illustrator

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TechLibrarian Sep 29, 2017

This book was recommended to me by a library patron who gushed about its awesomeness, so I took it home when I had the chance. It's not something you would read cover-to-cover; I took "dips" when I had a minute here and there, skipping around as I saw fit. Some of what I read resonated, while other ideas didn't. I will likely check it out a few more times on down the road. It seems very popular right now, maybe because of Tim Ferris' podcast or word-of-mouth or because our community seems to be very committed to living the good life! Check it out for yourself, I do think it offers something for everyone.

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maggie0287
Jul 18, 2017

This is a quick read that is meant to be skimmed, per the author's intro. It's meant for the reader to skip around to topics of interest, and forgo anything that's not of interest (that would be all the psychedelic gurus, for me). Like any other self help book, this one didn't magically '*~change my life`*~ but I did encounter some really interesting ideas and people that I'll go read more about. It may look daunting because of the size, but the formatting takes up a lot of space. It's worth borrowing from the library, and may be worth buying if you're the type of person who'll read something then pass it along to someone else to read.

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peteglover
May 06, 2017

If you are a fan of Tim Ferriss' podcast, then you will likely enjoy this book. But, then again, if you are a fan of the podcast, you have already heard nearly everything in this book already, as Tools of the Titans is just a compilation of sound bytes from the many guests on the show.
And by "Titans" we are referring to mostly Silicon Valley tech millionaires and self-help guru millionaires... nearly all white men, of course.
Like nearly all self-help books like this, you are likely to pull a few great tidbits, advice, and references to other sources that can be useful out of the 500 pages, and that will make it worth checking out from the library and giving it a quick read. I certainly would recommend purchasing it.
And there really isn't that much profanity. Other than a few quotes that feature conversational use of the f-word, there isn't much to get offended by there.

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fledge
Jan 27, 2017

There are a few helpful tactics one can glean from this book, though most boil down to common sense and asking yourself a series of questions. However, some of the routines and habits of these so-called titans are downright dangerous. Namely, the consumption of hallucinogens, ketogenic diets (think Atkins), and other reckless behaviors. A lot of the interviewees swear like sailors, making them sound overly modern and stupid.

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