Tim Ferriss doing what Tim Ferriss does best: interviewing a wide-range of successful individuals and finding out what makes them tick. Essentially his podcast in book form. I read the chapters of the individuals I was most interested in. Definitely interesting if you want to know more about how the people he interviews think.
5 Starts....I could give it more starts but 5 is the maximum the system allows.
Give yourself a favor and read each page.
This book is not about Tim Ferriss' advice but the dozens of successful people he interviewed.
It is a large book with more than 600 pages. But the advice in each page is priceless.
Some of the items were funny, some were interesting, others sounded like a passing fad. A bunch of it sounded like an extended advertisement for different products with cross-marketing incorporated. My mileage wasn't great, yours may be better. One size doesn't fit all and this size didn't fit me. On to the next book. :-)
Mixed bag of advice. Some of the advice given are very "new age" and in my opinion not to be followed.
Reading this book is like drinking advice from a fire hose.
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.
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.
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.
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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