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Book Review

Tools of Titans

Source | LinkedIn : BY Peter Diamandis

This past week, I picked up and read Tim Ferriss’ new book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers.

The book has already shot to the top of the Best Sellers list (#4 on Amazon this morning… and climbing).

I’m proud and honored that Tim featured me as one of the 100+ interviewed for his book.

In this blog, I’ve chosen to feature the tools and tips from five amazing people highlighted in Tim’s book, specifically: Tony Robbins, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman and Seth Godin.

Those five titans offer the following five nuggets:

  1. Morning priming
  2. Not waiting to pursue your dreams
  3. Conviction without stubbornness
  4. Stimulating the subconscious mind
  5. Starting extremely small

All of these are ripe for your upcoming New Year’s resolutions. Congrats again to Tim on his book… Let’s dive in.

Morning Priming (Tony Robbins)

Tony Robbins introduced to me to morning priming years ago, and it has become a staple of my morning routine ever since. Upon waking, Tony immediately goes into his priming routine, which is intended to produce rapid change in his psychology and physiology. Tony says, “To me, if you want a primetime life, you’ve got to prime daily.” Priming with Tony’s method only takes around 10 minutes, and here are the three steps:

1.Expressing Gratitude (3 minutes): Tony describes this step as, “Feeling totally grateful for three things. I make sure that one of them is very, very simple: the wind on my face, the reflection of the clouds that I just saw. But don’t just think gratitude. I let the gratitude fill my soul, because when you’re grateful, we all know there’s no anger. It’s impossible to be angry and grateful simultaneously. When you’re grateful, there is no fear. You can’t be fearful and grateful simultaneously.”

2.Spiritual Exercise (3 minutes): Tony describes this step as, “Total focus on feeling the presence of God, if you will, however you want to language that for yourself. But this inner presence coming in, and feeling it heal everything in my body, in my mind, my emotions, my relationships, my finances. I see it as solving anything that needs to be solved. I experience the strengthening of my gratitude, of my conviction, of my passion…“

3.Three to Thrive (3 minutes): Tony describes this final step as, “Focusing on three things that I’m going to make happen, my ‘three to thrive.’ … See it as though it’s already been done, feel the emotions, etc.”

There is No Need to Wait (Peter Thiel)

Peter Thiel’s contrarian ideas have become gospel in Silicon Valley. He has been an advocate of dropping out of school in favor of entrepreneurship, and there have been tens of thousands of applications for his Thiel Fellowship since he launched it in 2011.

Here is Peter Thiel’s answer to the question, “What do you wish you had known about business 20 years ago?”

“If you go back 20 or 25 years, I wish I would have known that there was no need to wait. I went to college. I went to law school. I worked in law and banking, though not for terribly long. But not until I started PayPal did I fully realize that you don’t have to wait to start something. So if you’re planning to do something with your life, if you have a 10-year plan of how to get there, you should ask: Why can’t you do this in 6 months? Sometimes, you have to actually go through the complex 10-year trajectory. But it’s at least worth asking whether that’s the story you’re telling yourself, or whether that’s the reality.”

Read On…..

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