Summary of “10 lessons from Tim Ferriss that took him a decade to learn”

I’ve been a huge Tim Ferriss fan since his first book The 4-Hour Workweek.
Over the last 10 years Tim realized that “Too much optimizing can be self-destructive.” Like with many things in life, things in excess tend to take on the characteristics of their opposites.
Tim said, “You can feel complete without becoming complacent and still seek new challenges in life.” It’s definitely a balancing act, and easier said than done, but awareness of your wholeness can transform the way you choose to improve your life.
When most people leave their jobs to pursue what they love, their mentality is “I’d rather fail doing what I want than succeed in chains doing what someone else wants.” However, Tim said, “You can start your own business and put handcuffs on yourself if you decide to be someone you aren’t.” Long ago, Tim decided to be himself and it was one of the most important decisions of his life.
Right after Tim releases a new book or finishes a big project, people always ask him, “What’s next?” Well, it turns out he doesn’t know! He doesn’t have a 5-year plan he sticks to, instead he focuses on projects 6 months at a time.
Since Tim doesn’t have much motivation or intrinsic willpower to get things done, he uses incentives to do what he says he’s going to do.
One of Tim’s friends said on his podcast, The Tim Ferris Show, “If Will Smith doesn’t do a movie in three years, no one says, what ever happened to Will Smith?!” Tim said, “You can take some time and disappear to do deep thinking. You can opt-out for a week. You can escape and be a hermit for a while. Then when you’re ready to come back and reenter the world, you can continue where you left off.”
Tim knows a lot of successful people who are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Summary of “You Don’t Know Tiger Woods”

We reflexively made our proclamations about how sad we were for Tiger, how concerned we were for him, but that sentiment said more about ourselves than any understanding of Tiger’s circumstances.
Tiger immediately said he hadn’t been drinking and had a bad reaction to pain medication after a recent back surgery.
Because we’ve known Tiger for so long, we immediately ascribe a tragic narrative to him, whether it’s real or not.
Tiger might not have won any more majors after the 2009 incident, but he did win the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year award in 2013, the second oldest man ever to receive the honor.
Tiger did not collapse once his life became tabloid fodder, and in fact he returned to near his previous greatness.
Tiger Woods isn’t winning golf tournaments anymore, but it’s not because he has lived some wild life.
We all want to find a reason that Tiger was once that and is now this.
That’s trying to convince ourselves that we know Tiger Woods.

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Summary of “Giving Away Your Billion”

People in disorganized neighborhoods need to grow up enmeshed in the loving relationships that will help them rise.
A collective would be a group of people who met once a week to share and discuss life.
Members of these chosen families would go on retreats and celebrate life events together.
The collectives would be set up for people at three life stages.
These collectives would identify the rising stars in local and national life, and would help build intimate bonds across parties and groups, creating a baseline of sympathy and understanding these people could carry as they rose to power.
Head: Each collective would have a curriculum, a set of biographical and reflective readings, to help members come up with their own life philosophies, to help them master the intellectual virtues required for public debate.
Soul: In a busy world, members would discuss fundamental issues of life’s purpose, so that they might possess the spiritual true north that orients a life.
My billion would support collectives across society, supporting the homes and retreats where these communities would happen, offering small slush funds they could use for members in crisis.

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Summary of “70 Powerful Habits That Will Get Your Life Back on Track”

What can I do to quickly get myself back on track? originally appeared on Quora-the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
Wounding people binds them to you more deeply than kindness.
Most of the time, people are not trying to hurt you on purpose.
The most successful people in life are salespeople and actors.
The ability to persuade people and craft a narrative and tell your story will get you further than any skill you could possibly develop in your life.
Keep in touch with people you think are interesting, even if they’re a million miles away.
Contact as many people as you possibly can to schedule informational interviews and coffee chats, especially people who are doing things you want or might want to do.
People who go through adversity in their lives tend to be much more interesting than people who don’t.

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Summary of “Life Is a Video Game-Here Are the Cheat Codes”

HOW TO WIN AT LIFE. The goal of Life is simple: it is to Level Up as much as possible.
Each Level in life presents a particular challenge that you must overcome.
Level 5 just means making sure your life mattered when you’re dead. Good luck with that champ.
This steady barrage of unexpected problems gives the player a sense that she lacks control over her own Life, when in fact, the purpose of Life is not to control what happens to you, but rather control and choose higher level reactions to what happens to you.
A player, once they’ve found a Solution to a Level, must employ that Solution enough times to make it a Habit, thus mastering that level and allowing them to move on to the next Level.
Solutions move us towards the next Level, Distractions keep us on the same Level.
Since gaining Levels in Life requires solving problems, distracting ourselves from our problems guarantees that we will become stuck on the same Level.
Below are the five cheat codes to help you navigate your way through Life and reach the end fully satisfied and Leveled-Up. Entering these cheat codes is easy: just press Tab at the View Screen to access your Mind’s Eye.

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Summary of “The formula for winning at life is actually incredibly simple”

The goal of life is simple: it is to level up as much as possible.
Each level in life presents a particular challenge that you must overcome.
Level 5 just means making sure your life mattered when you’re dead. Good luck with that champ.
This steady barrage of unexpected problems gives the player a sense that she lacks control over her own life, when in fact, the purpose of life is not to control what happens to you, but rather control and choose higher level reactions to what happens to you.
A player, once they’ve found a solution to a level, must employ that solution enough times to make it a habit, thus mastering that level and allowing them to move on to the next level.
Solutions move us towards the next level, distractions keep us on the same level.
Since gaining levels in life requires solving problems, distracting ourselves from our problems guarantees that we will become stuck on the same level.
The formula for winning at the game of life is therefore actually incredibly simple: Correctly identify your solutions and distractions.

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Summary of “Psychology shows it’s a big mistake to base our self-worth on our professional achievements”

Contemporary society has some very wrong-headed ideas about what constitutes success.
For my book, The Power of Meaning, I spoke to many people who defined their identity and self-worth by their educational and career achievements.
These are the criteria that we should be using to gauge our own success in life and the success of others, especially our children.
As he dealt with the fallout of the failed IPO, Tjan realized that his definition of success had led him down the wrong path.
At the time, he assumed success meant, in his word, “Winning.” He writes: “We’d defined our success, by what an initial public offering could bring us, rather than by any of the meaningful roles or innovations we had created, or their impact on the world.” In time, he realized that true success lies in, he said, “Using your strengths in the service of a higher calling”-in other words, generativity.
“I don’t want my children thinking about success in terms of winning and losing,” Tjan told me.
He had rewritten his story about what success was.
Or we can embrace a different definition of success, one rooted in generativity-in doing the quiet work of maintaining our “Stores” in our own little corners of the world, and making sure that someone will mind them after we’re gone.

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Summary of “7 Ways to Go From Ordinary to Extraordinary”

What does living an extraordinary life really look like?
An extraordinary life, on the other hand, is one you design.
You don’t have to live a life of extraordinary wealth, though there’s nothing wrong with that.
To me, the best definition of an extraordinary life is a happy life.
Here are seven specific ways to transform your life from ordinary to extraordinary.
If you want to live an extraordinary life, you have to focus on improving yourself every day.
What sets you apart is the ability to go through life, grow through life and weather the storm.
If one level of effort will get you ahead, then the next level of effort will get you to an extraordinary life.

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Summary of “7 Ways to Go From Ordinary to Extraordinary”

What does living an extraordinary life really look like?
An extraordinary life, on the other hand, is one you design.
You don’t have to live a life of extraordinary wealth, though there’s nothing wrong with that.
To me, the best definition of an extraordinary life is a happy life.
Here are seven specific ways to transform your life from ordinary to extraordinary.
If you want to live an extraordinary life, you have to focus on improving yourself every day.
What sets you apart is the ability to go through life, grow through life and weather the storm.
If one level of effort will get you ahead, then the next level of effort will get you to an extraordinary life.

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Summary of “If You’re Too Busy For These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off-Course Than You Think”

Organizing Your LifeI don’t think I’m alone in being slightly scattered and sloppy about certain areas of my life.
Most people spend their life prioritizing urgent and “Shallow” activity.
When you organize your spiritual life, you become clear on what your life is about.
The fastest way to move forward in life is not doing more.
My why is to help people get clarity on the life they want to live, and to help them achieve their goals as quickly as possible.
Thus, your life will continue getting better and more in line with your ideal vision.
If you’re not tracking the key areas of your life, than you’re probably more off-course than you think.
As Jim Collins said in Good to Great, “If you have more than three priorities you have none.” Your priorities reflect your why, and thus, your life should be build around your priorities.

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