The Best Tim Ferriss quotes

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Tim Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He has written four books that have sold over a million copies in total and been translated into forty languages. His blog covers topics such as health, technology, entrepreneurship, popular science & psychology. Tim has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice since the publication of his first book in 2007; he also hosted the television series The 4-Hour Workweek for the Discovery Channel ’s new digital channel TLC Go with best selling author Timothy Ferriss.
Tim is one of Fast Company ‘s Most Innovative Business People (2009), Esquire’s Best and Brightest (2010) and Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 (2012).

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About Tim Ferriss

birth of the author

July 20, 1977

occupation of the author

Author, Podcaster, Investor

education of the author

Princeton University

genre of the author

Self-Help, Physical Fitness

award of the author

Notable Works:
The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef, Tools Of Titans


If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. — Tim Ferriss

Believe it or not, it is not only possible to accomplish more by doing less, it is mandatory. Enter the world of elimination. — Tim Ferriss

In a digital world, there are numerous technologies that we are attached to that create infinite interruption. — Tim Ferriss

The goal is not to simply eliminate the bad, which does nothing more than leave you with a vacuum, but to pursue and experience the best in the world. — Tim Ferriss

if you are insecure guess what the rest of the world is too Tim Ferriss quote

World barista champions use the AeroPress to make coffee on the folding tray tables of airplanes. — Tim Ferriss

The downstream effects are unknown. Do your best and hope for the best. If you’re improving the world–however you define that–consider your job well done. — Tim Ferriss


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The way that you become world–class is… by asking good questions. — Tim Ferriss

One of the bigger misconceptions of learning is that many skills take a lifetime to get world–class at, or 10,000 hours to become world–class at. — Tim Ferriss

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

the way that you become world class is by asking good questions Tim Ferriss quote

Reality is negotiable. — Tim Ferriss

The manifesto of the dealmaker is simple: Reality is negotiable. — Tim Ferriss


I work hard, but in spurts. — Tim Ferriss

Ask questions like, ‘i know this is impossible, but if there were a way to make it work, what would it be? — Tim Ferriss

For most people, life would be boring without meaningful work. — Tim Ferriss

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If you don’t have time, the truth is, you don’t have priorities. Think harder; don’t work harder. — Tim Ferriss

The biggest misconception about work is that you need to spend the majority of your time doing it. — Tim Ferriss

Just because something has been a lot of work or consumed a lot of time doesn’t make it productive or worthwhile. — Tim Ferriss

Don’t follow a model that doesn’t work. If the recipe sucks, it doesn’t matter how good a cook you are. — Tim Ferriss

Work is an activity that is financially–driven or one that you’d like to do less of. — Tim Ferriss

for most people life would be boring without meaningful work Tim Ferriss quote

Personally, I now aim for one month of overseas relocation or high–intensity learning (tango, fighting, whatever) for every two months of work projects. — Tim Ferriss

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

Exercise is overrated. — Tim Ferriss

It’s not enough to have the right answers. You have to have the right questions. — Tim Ferriss


Focus on being productive instead of busy. — Tim Ferriss

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There are different challenges in different phases, but as far as i can tell, most of them come down to maintaining focus. — Tim Ferriss

Being selective–doing less–is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest. — Tim Ferriss

Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant. Being selective–doing less–is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest. — Tim Ferriss

Am I being productive, or just active? Am I inventing things to do, to avoid the important? Focus on demonstrating results instead of showing dedication. — Tim Ferriss

Avoid results–by volume approach, instead focus on few critically important but uncomfortable actions. — Tim Ferriss

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! — Tim Ferriss


If you don’t have time, you don’t have priorities. — Tim Ferriss

Poisonous people do not deserve your time. To think otherwise is masochistic. — Tim Ferriss

Lack of time is actually lack of priorities. — Tim Ferriss

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

if you don t have time you don t have priorities Tim Ferriss quote

You can lose money and make it back, you can’t do that with time. — Tim Ferriss

Requiring a lot of time does not make a task important. — Tim Ferriss

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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Most inputs are useless and time is wasted in proportion to the amount that is available. — Tim Ferriss

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

poisonous people do not deserve your time to think otherwise is masochistic Tim Ferriss quote

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

Every time I find myself stressed out, it’s because I do things primarily driven by growth. — Tim Ferriss

Relative income uses two variables: the dollar and time, usually hours. — Tim Ferriss

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

I will take as a given that, for most people, somewhere between six and seven billion of them, the perfect job is the one that takes the least time. — Tim Ferriss

lack of time is actually lack of priorities Tim Ferriss quote

If you do something as simple as 15–minute ice baths three days a week, and you time those baths properly, you can significantly multiply your fat loss. — Tim Ferriss

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

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. — Tim Ferriss

I tend to split my activities into fun, income and legacy. The number of things in that finance bucket is pretty few and far between and doesn’t consume much time at all. — Tim Ferriss


A goal without real consequences is wishful thinking. Good follow–through doesn’t depend on the right intentions. It depends on the right incentives. — Tim Ferriss

Being busy is a form of laziness–lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. — Timothy Ferriss

It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box. — Tim Ferriss

Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of mental laziness–lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. — Tim Ferriss

Being busy is a form of laziness–lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions. — Tim Ferriss

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

Short, sweet, and to the point. Clear writing, and therefore clear commands, comes from clear thinking. Think simple. — Tim Ferriss


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

Happiness can be bought with a bottle of wine and has become ambiguous through overuse. — Tim Ferriss

Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure–all. — Tim Ferriss

Which 20% of sources are causing 80% of my problems and unhappiness? Which 20% of sources are resulting in 80% of my desired outcomes and happiness? — Tim Ferriss

the opposite of love is indifference and the opposite of happiness is boredom Tim Ferriss quote


I really feel like knife skills–not just in the kitchen, but in life–are really critical. — Tim Ferriss

I still feel there are much smarter self–promoters out there than me. I am very methodical about my messaging, and I know how to gain attention very quickly. — Tim Ferriss

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

People feel personally slighted if you don’t respond to them in 30 seconds and treat email as instant messenger. — Tim Ferriss

You think you’re fatigued, therefore you can’t exercise. In fact, you choose not to move, therefore you feel fatigued. — Tim Ferriss

i really feel like knife skills not just in the kitchen but in life are really critical Tim Ferriss quote

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

Ninety–nine percent of people believe they can’t do great things, so they aim for mediocrity. — Tim Ferriss

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