Tools of Titans
Updated: Mar 1, 2020
When I first opened my copy of Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferris, I noticed that it was printed upside down and backwards. I've seen some books reviewed negatively because of similar printing errors. I found that my dyslexic edition did not effect the content whatsoever.
At first glance, the thickness of the book is a bit intimidating. I started reading it on a bus ride back from a road game, and one of the other coaches asked me if I was reading a dictionary.
Yes and no.
Tools of Titans isn't a dictionary in the traditional sense of the word, but it is a dictionary of sorts. Ferris distills conversations he has had with many highly influential, intelligent, and successful people on his podcast, The Tim Ferris Show.
Broken down into 3 sections - Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise - the book is a smorgasbord of information, thoughts, and ideas from people who are much healthier, wealthier, and/or wiser than I am in my current state.
Ferris is unapologetically unfiltered and authentic, good for him. He'll be the first to tell you, and does so in the introduction, that not all of the parts are for everybody. He encourages the reader to take notes (in life, not just while reading the book) and to keep an open mind in an attempt to "create yourself, instead of seeking to discover yourself."
If I ever decide to go into venture capitalism, or go on the keto diet, or experiment with ayahuasca or LSD, I'll go back and check out some of the more detailed content that I skipped over. Still, I read at least 95% of the book and pulled out plenty of immediately applicable and useful information.
It even has a pretty comprehensive book list in the back that I used to add a number of titles and authors to my own ever growing list.
I've also already begun to incorporate a number of the fitness recommendations into my routine as well.
After reading it, many of the pages are now heavily marked up. Here are a couple few of my favorites from each section:
"Never underestimate the power of one breath. Mental fitness and joy on demand start here, with one breath."
"Don't overestimate the world and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think."
"If you let your learning lead to knowledge, you become a fool. If you let your learning lead to action, you become wealthy." - Jim Rohn, from the Tony Robbins section
"Clear the path for the people above you and you will eventually create a path for yourself." - Ryan Holiday
"If you don't regularly appreciate the small wins, you will never appreciate the big wins...Look for the good, practice finding the good, and you'll see it more often."
"I think that creativity is one of the greatest gifts we were born with that some people don't cultivate, that they don't realize it could be applied to literally everything else in their lives." - Robert Rodriguez