This book is all about taking your life in your own hands and challenging your self-imposed rules so that you can produce less wasteful and more meaningful opportunities for yourself and others.
Several quotes from the book that have resonated with me and some of my own experiences:
- “Resolve to grab the reins-the rest of your life depends on it.”
- “Different is better when more effective or more fun.”
- “Retirement planning as a goal or final redemption is flawed. It’s nothing more than a hedge against the absolute worst-case scenario.”
- “For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks.”
- “For years, I set goals, made resolutions to change direction, and nothing came of either. I was just as insecure and scared as the rest of the world.”
- “This is how most people work until death: “I’ll just work until I have X dollars and then do what I want.”
- “Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness-lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.”
- “For the entrepreneur, the wasteful use of time is a matter of bad habit and imitation.”
I’ve always been a work smarter not harder kind of person and Timothy Ferriss seems to be an expert. Working smarter isn’t in order to negate responsibility, but instead it is testing everything by the Pareto Law. This concept suggests 20% of what you do is really important and 80% is unnecessary. He provides practical tips and applications that are usable right now in moving into the 20% a reality. He also addresses how to limit the negative and wasteful intake in this information crazed age so that you can maximize your time and your output.
His concepts on limiting your intake have a lot to do with how capable you are at self-control and giving over control…allowing others to take the reins for you. He suggests that those that will be living in the middle class in the future are those who resort to doing everything themselves and therefore have no time for what they really need to be doing or want to be doing. Instead, they spend the majority of their time taking care of concerns that can work themselves out on their own if they would only let them.
This book has allowed me to see how I can put this into play in my own life right now. How controlling everything and not allowing others to take on responsibility (and often forcing them too regardless of whether they want to or not) is truly in your best interest AND in their best interest resulting in motivation and challenge. Tim states, “It’s amazing how someone’s IQ seems to double as soon as you give them responsibility and indicate that you trust them.”
So, get this book if you’re interested in challenging yourself and seeing practical tips to increase productivity, limit wasteful and unimportant processes, coming up with new entrepreneurial ideas, and living life now (without ignoring responsibility) rather than presuming upon retirement to provide “the good life” in some distant fairytale.