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144 Inspiring Quotes by Tim Ferriss

Wikipedia Summary for Tim Ferriss

Timothy Ferriss is an American entrepreneur, investor, author, and lifestyle guru.

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People are smarter than you think. Give them a chance to prove themselves.

--Tim Ferriss

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Focus on being productive instead of busy.

--Tim Ferriss

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It is predicated on the assumption that you dislike what you are doing during the most physically capable years of your life. This is a nonstarter--nothing can justify that sacrifice.

--Tim Ferriss

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The fishing is best where the fewest go and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits.

--Tim Ferriss

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Even if you are predisposed to being overweight, you're not predestined to be fat.

--Tim Ferriss

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It is possible to become world-class, enter the top 5% of performers in the world, in almost any subject within 6-12 months, or even 6-12 weeks.

--Tim Ferriss

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Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe.

--Tim Ferriss


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Pure hell forces action, but anything less can be endured with enough clever rationalization.

--Tim Ferriss

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The best results in life are often held back by false constructs and untested assumptions.

--Tim Ferriss

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Your network is your net worth.

--Tim Ferriss

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The decent method you follow is better than the perfect method you quit.

--Tim Ferriss

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Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.

--Tim Ferriss



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For all their bitching about what's holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they're being held from.

--Tim Ferriss

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The superheroes you have in your mind (idols, icons, titans, billionaires, etc.) are nearly all walking flaws who've maximized 1 or 2 strengths.

--Tim Ferriss

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Reality is negotiable.

--Tim Ferriss

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Language learning deserves special mention. It is, bar none, the best thing you can do to hone clear thinking.

--Tim Ferriss

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Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.

--Tim Ferriss

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The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for.

--Tim Ferriss

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Often, all that stands between you and what you want is a better set of questions.

--Tim Ferriss

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I have scary eyes. I look like the guy in 'American History X,' yes. I remember coming home from school and asking my mum if I could get an eye transplant, and of course she declined.

--Tim Ferriss


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Learn to slow down. Get lost intentionally.

--Tim Ferriss

Longer Version:

Learn to slow down. Get lost intentionally. Observe how you judge both yourself and those around you.


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Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W's you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.

--Tim Ferriss

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Just a few words on time management: forget all about it.

--Tim Ferriss



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If it's important to you and you want to do it 'eventually,' just do it and correct course along the way.

--Tim Ferriss



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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.

--Tim Ferriss


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People don't want to be millionaires -- they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy.

--Tim Ferriss


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Doing the unrealistic is easier than doing the realistic.

--Tim Ferriss

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I think that survivorship bias, the survivorship bias is something I'm very acutely familiar with because of investing.

--Tim Ferriss

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The start of the day is often the best time to get things done. This is somewhat related to willpower.

--Tim Ferriss

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My parents didn't have much money growing up, but they always had a budget for books.

--Tim Ferriss

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Money doesn't change you; it reveals who you are when you no longer have to be nice.

--Tim Ferriss

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Requiring a lot of time does not make a task important.

--Tim Ferriss

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Dreamlining is so named because it applies timelines to what most would consider dreams.

--Tim Ferriss

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If only I had more money is the easiest way to postpone the intense self-examination and decision-making necessary to create a life of enjoyment -- now and not later.

--Tim Ferriss

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Learn the art of the pitch and of messaging.

--Tim Ferriss


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Writing is thought crystalized on a piece of paper, which can then be reviewed.

--Tim Ferriss

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That's precisely the question everyone should be asking-why the hell not? -- Why not you, why not now.

--Tim Ferriss

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Three ingredients of luxury lifestyle design are time, income, and mobility.

--Tim Ferriss

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Perfection is an impossible destination.

--Tim Ferriss

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Turning 40 didn't, as a number, scare me or throw me off at all.

--Tim Ferriss

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If someone's criticism is completely unfounded on data, then I don't want to hear it. It doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

--Tim Ferriss


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Most people can do absolutely awe-inspiring things. Sometimes they just need a little nudge.

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I don't journal to 'be productive.' I don't do it to find great ideas or to put down prose I can later publish. The pages aren't intended for anyone but me. It's the most cost-effective therapy I've ever found.

--Tim Ferriss

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If you're wasting time having fun, you're not wasting time.

--Tim Ferriss

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What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.

--Tim Ferriss

Longer Version:

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. As I have heard said, a person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear. I got into this habit by attempting to contact celebrities and famous businesspeople for advice.


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There is always more information than attention.

--Tim Ferriss

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Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

--Tim Ferriss


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I think about willpower almost never. I realize for myself, trying to be more disciplined is pretty nebulous and it's often a slippery target. For me, I've just thought about incentives.

--Tim Ferriss

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Pacifists become militants. Freedom fighters become tyrants. Blessings become curses. Help becomes hindrance. More becomes less.

--Tim Ferriss

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The blind quest for cash is a fool's errand.

--Tim Ferriss

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Be bold and don't worry about what people think. They don't do it that often anyway.

--Tim Ferriss

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The key to having more time is doing less, and there are two paths to get there, both of which should be used together: (1) Define a short to-do list and (2) define a not-to-do list.

--Tim Ferriss


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I learned to associate discomfort with getting better. And that transcended wrestling and applied to a lot of other things in life.

--Tim Ferriss

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I was never the most technical wrestler. But my coaches definitely instilled in me the belief that if you can push yourself and practice smarter than the other guy, you can beat him.

--Tim Ferriss

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I open each class with an explanation of the singular importance of being a "dealmaker." The manifesto of the dealmaker is simple: Reality is negotiable.

--Tim Ferriss

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If the challenge we face doesn't scare us, then it's probably not that important.

--Tim Ferriss

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One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.

--Tim Ferriss

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Focus on impact, not approval.

--Tim Ferriss

Longer Version:

Focus on impact, not approval. If you believe you can change the world, which I hope you do, do what you believe is right and expect resistance and expect attackers. Keep calm and carry on!



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Nothing can match the wonderment that comes from staring up into the star-filled canopy above and realizing that you are a part of that creation.

--Tim Ferriss

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I encourage active skepticism -- when people are being skeptical because they're trying to identify the best course of action. They're trying to identify the next step for themselves or other people.

--Tim Ferriss



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To do the impossible, you need to ignore the popular.

--Tim Ferriss

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I am a human guinea pig and a professional dilettante.

--Tim Ferriss


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

--Tim Ferriss

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Are you better off than you were one year ago, one month ago, or one week ago? If not, things will not improve by themselves.

--Tim Ferriss

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What you do is infinitely more important than how you do it.

--Tim Ferriss

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Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.

--Tim Ferriss

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If you're sitting in a monastery, where your schedule is set and you have very few uncontrolled variables, that's fantastic that you can do loving kindness meditation, but that's not the world I live in.

--Tim Ferriss


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Don't suffer fools or you'll become one.

--Tim Ferriss

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Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!

--Tim Ferriss

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It's not enough to have the right answers. You have to have the right questions.

--Tim Ferriss

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Being able to quit things that don't work is integral to being a winner.

--Tim Ferriss

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If we define risk as 'the likelihood of an irreversible negative outcome,' inaction is the greatest risk of all.

--Tim Ferriss

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Typically, people don't overcome their fears because the fears are nebulous and undefined.

--Tim Ferriss

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The most important actions are never comfortable.

--Tim Ferriss




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You think you're fatigued, therefore you can't exercise. In fact, you choose not to move, therefore you feel fatigued.

--Tim Ferriss

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The manifesto of the dealmaker is simple: Reality is negotiable.

--Tim Ferriss

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The way that you become world-class is... by asking good questions.

--Tim Ferriss

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If you're offended easily, you're a bad resource allocator. It's a waste of energy and attention, which is a greater sin than wasting time.

--Tim Ferriss

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What I don't like is snark for snark's sake. If you are going to make fun of me, at least be witty while doing it.

--Tim Ferriss

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Learn to be difficult when it counts.

--Tim Ferriss

Longer Version:

Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.




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I'll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead: What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.

--Tim Ferriss

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The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.

--Tim Ferriss

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I didn't even like white wine. Then I tasted it and bought a case. It was the first case of any wine I'd ever bought.

--Tim Ferriss

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I view my job more almost as a field biologist or anthropologist, where I'm collecting practices. I'm collecting techniques.

--Tim Ferriss

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Simplicity requires ruthlessness.

--Tim Ferriss

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If you spend your time, worth $20-25 per hour, doing something that someone else will do for $10 per hour, it's simply a poor use of resources.

--Tim Ferriss

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What's the worst that could happen?

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Most people are good at a handful of things and utterly miserable at most.

--Tim Ferriss

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By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It's the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.

--Tim Ferriss

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In excess, most endeavors and possessions take on the characteristics of their opposite.

--Tim Ferriss

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If you believe you can change the world, do what you believe is right and expect resistance and expect attackers.

--Tim Ferriss

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Awareness, even at a subconscious level, beats fancy checklists without it, track or you will fail.

--Tim Ferriss

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If you don't have time, you don't have priorities.

--Tim Ferriss

Longer Version:

If you don't have time, the truth is, you don't have priorities. Think harder; don't work harder.


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I work hard, but in spurts.

--Tim Ferriss

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True freedom is much more than having enough income and time to do what you want.

--Tim Ferriss

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The best entrepreneurs I've ever met are all good communicators. It's perhaps one of the very few unifying factors.

--Tim Ferriss

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Luxury is feeling unrushed. It is designing a life that allows you to do what you want with high leverage, with many options, all while feeling unrushed.

--Tim Ferriss

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Creating demand is hard. Filling demand is easier. Don't create a product, then seek someone to sell it to. Find a market -- define your customers -- then find or develop a product for them.

--Tim Ferriss

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Many a false step was made by standing still.

--Tim Ferriss

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The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect.

--Tim Ferriss

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The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- these are very often exactly what we most need to do.

--Tim Ferriss

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I think that whenever you feel reactive or are being reactive as opposed to proactive, that inherently -- consciously or subconsciously -- creates a lot of stress.

--Tim Ferriss


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Emphasize strengths, don't fix weaknesses.

--Tim Ferriss

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Just as modern man consumes both too many calories and calories of no nutritional value, information workers eat data both in excess and from the wrong sources.

--Tim Ferriss

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I always thought I was going to end up teaching ninth grade, specifically, because I had a lot of really formative influences, I think, at that fork in the road, where a lot of crucial decisions are made by young folks.

--Tim Ferriss



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Being selective-doing less-is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.

--Tim Ferriss

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Age doesn't matter. An open mind does.

--Tim Ferriss


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The only rules and limits are those we set for ourselves.

--Tim Ferriss

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Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear.

--Tim Ferriss

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I discourage passive skepticism, which is the armchair variety where people sit back and criticize without ever subjecting their theories or themselves to real field testing.

--Tim Ferriss

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Sometimes, what we fear the most is what we most need to do.

--Tim Ferriss

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To enjoy life, you don't need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren't as serious as you make them out to be.

--Tim Ferriss

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Everyone is going to binge on a diet, for instance, so plan for it, schedule it, and contain the damage.

--Tim Ferriss

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Observe your thoughts, instead of being constantly the victim of your thoughts.

--Tim Ferriss

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I've had a very good stretch with startup investing, and I think it's very important to know when to hold your chips.

--Tim Ferriss

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An entrepreneur isn't someone who owns a business, it is someone who makes things happen.

--Tim Ferriss

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