I aim to read one book per week. I started reading at the beginning of this year and I made it up to 30 books. Which I’m pretty happy with. A book every 2 weeks. Tools Of Titans took me 3 weeks. Not because it’s a long book or hard to read but because every few pages I was writing down notes about something new I wanted to try.
I wish I had read it at the start of the year because I have ended up changing almost everything I do thanks to this book outlining a better way of doing it.
Trust me when I say this, if you haven’t already, read it…
The reason it’s so good is because It’s not just information coming from Tim Ferris, but it’s coming from dozens of people at the top of their game.
It’s split into categories; Healthy, Wealthy and Wise and is like the book version of Toy Story (Really fucking good).
I’m so pumped about writing this! I want to show you the best tips I got from the book.
I’ll tell you now, it was really hard to pick out just 10.
Tip 1 – Dark Means Dark – Kelly Starrett
There were a few little things in the book that I picked up and this was one of them. It means that while you’re sleeping, your room needs to be pitch black. No phones, no Tv’s, no anything making light.
Tip 2 – Worrying About It Now Isn’t Going To Change A Damn Thing – Paul Levesque
This is one I’ve used for a while. If you’re worried, then you’re not prepared.
Preparation is the key to beating the competition. Whether it’s a test, a proposal, a race, anything. If you’ve done you’re homework, you’ll be OK.
This means that when your time is up and it’s time to perform no matter how much your worry, it won’t change anything.
It’s better to be relaxed.
Tip 3 – 5 Morning Rituals That Help Me Win The Day
- Make Your Bed – 3 Minutes
- Meditate – 10 to 20 minutes (recently started thanks to Tools Of Titans)
- Do 5 to 10 reps of something – Less than 1 minute
- Tea – combine black tea, green tea and ginger shavings – 2 to 3 minutes
- 5 minute journal – 5 minutes
Tip 4 – Cowboy Shirts – Chris Sacca
Chris Sacca is known for his cowboy shirts. The reasoning behind it is that it’s important people know who you are and a way to establish that is to do something different to everyone else.
Tip 5 – “Busy” = Out Of Control – Derek Sivers
Pointed out in Tools Of Titans was a topic that I make a habit of focusing on daily.
Busy doesn’t equal productivity
In more cases than not it’s the complete opposite. People have this obsession that being busy means make progress.
Which is a huge myth.
Pick out one or two tasks that would mean you’ve had a successful day if accomplished and do them as best you can. Instead of having 10,20,30 things you need to get done.
Tip 6 – A Focus On “Me” = Suffering – Tony Robbins
This is actually one of the reasons I started to rethink my 2018 goals.
It started with a conversation of the direction I wanted to take my blog. Which was helping people with Chronic Illness to chase their goals. Then reading this section in Tools Of Titans pushed me over the edge.
Tip 7 – Write Down 10 Ideas – James Altucher
I adopted this tip as soon as I read it.
Every morning, write down 10 ideas.
They can be about anything. It doesn’t have to be business related.
Here’s a few from my list from yesterday:
- Start being active on Quora.
- Write 1x 2500+ word blog post per week.
- Create a petition to get me a ‘voice over’ in a Disney movie.
Tip 8 – “When You Complain, Nobody Wants To Help You” – Tracy DiNunzio
Tip 9 – Peter’s Laws – Peter Diamonds
There’s a total of 28 laws. These are the ones outlined in Tools Of Titans.
Law 2: When given a choice… take both.
Law 3: Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
Law 6: When forced to compromise, ask for more.
Law 7: If you can’t win, change the rules.
Law 8: If you can’t change the rules, then ignore them.
Law 11: “No” simply means begin again at one level higher.
Law 13: When in doubt: THINK.
Law 16: The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.
Law 17: The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.
Law 19: You get what you incentivize.
Law 22: The day before something is a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea.
Law 26: If you can’t measure it, you can’t prove it.
Tip 10 – Be Different, Not Just “Better” – Cal Fussman
If you want to find out the million other useful things I learnt from this book, you can buy it here.
Have you read the book and you have other points you picked up one? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear them.