The Tim Ferriss Show: How to Secure Financial Freedom, Maximize Productivity, and Protect Your Health


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  • These are questions answered, by Tim, from his 5-Bullet Friday newsletter subscribers
    • More than 1,000 subscribers and a 60% open rate (wow!)
What are the top 5 health markers to track and watch regularly?
  • For a better answer, check out this episode with Dr. Peter Attia
  • Peter suggests
    • ApoE genotype – indicative of predisposition to things like Alzheimers – test with the 23andme DNA Test
    • LDL particle number – Peter Attia has a great series of blog posts explaining why this matters
      • Seriously read the posts, it’s a great investment, and by the end of it you’ll probably know more about cholesterol than your doctor
    • LP(a) – as mentioned by Dr. Joel Kahn in these Podcast Notes
    • OGTT – Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
    • IGF-1
How does Tim Manage his contacts?
  • He doesn’t have a specific tool/software for this
  • Instead of focusing on meeting/knowing the greatest quantity of people, just know 1 or 2 people who are very strong in any given field, who would in turn be able to get you in contact with anyone you want
  • Focus on just in time introductions/contacts, not just in case contacts
    • Same with – focus on just in time information, not just in case information
      • So don’t read business books on how to sell a startup, when you’re in the early stages
Does Tim have any strategies to prevent or minimize binge eating during times of stress?
  • Don’t keep food you’d binge on in the house, simple as that – system over willpower
  • Get your breakfast right
    • Tim recommends something like 3 whole eggs, with fiber (like spinach) and a slow carb (like beans) – this prevents craving throughout the day
What’s next now that Tribe of Mentors has launched?
  • Tim is focusing on a number of things
    • Blocking out time for extended trips with family – he realized this is a good idea after reading The Tail End, an article by Tim Urban
    • Taking weekend trips with friends where he can disconnect from internet/social media
    • Blocking out an entire month to go off the grid – no social media/electronics
      • This would help “develop a higher sensitivity and ability to perceive” – this allows you to be less reactive in normal life
What does Tim keep on himself as EDC (every day carry), and how does he carry it?
What are the most valuable skills for securing financial freedom and being better with money?
  • If you are in debt, check out anything by Dave Ramsey and the book Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Ramit Sethi’s book, I Will Teach You to Be Rich is amazing
  • You have to ask yourself what financial freedom means to you
  • “A good investment is one that increases your quality of life”
    • If you are an investor in crypto, but can’t help but check the charts every 15 minutes and are constantly anxious, it’s probably not the best investment
  • With investments – cap the downside first, vs. evaluating just the upside
    • This is what Richard Branson did – he negotiated a way to return the planes from Boeing if Virgin Atlantic didn’t work out (Podcast Notes)
  • Tim does well with binary investments – things where if he’s in, he’s in – investments where you don’t have to consider buying/selling every day
  • For more on investment advice, check out Tim’s episode with Naval Ravikant
  • “Being better with money is in part not being afraid of money. Learn how to take small steps, moderate actions, and limit the downside, rather than being paralyzed by any fears you may have about money.”
  • Financial Freedom
    • Being full time employed, and being an entrepreneur do not exist separately
    • Tim recommends side gigging first, before quitting your job, to assess and evaluate your ideas
    • This also serves as a time to assess your ability to work in an unstructured environment, to structure time that is otherwise unstructured – not everyone is suited to do this
Does Tim have a philosophy about having children?
  • He’s conflicted – the divorce rates in the U.S are sky high
  • He wouldn’t bet on a marriage to have a fantastic outcome, given the statistics
  • For fertility issues – a lot of the time, the problem lies with the man
Should introverts become more extroverted or just embrace their introverted tendencies?
  • You can do both
  • Embrace your inner introvert, but it’s useful to train yourself to become extroverted for short periods of time
  • If you’re an introvert, and at a long dinner party, take short 5 minute bathroom breaks every hour or so to recharge
  • Tim believes he is an INTJ on the Myers Briggs Test
  • Tim agrees that public speaking skills are very important
    • Consider joining your local Toastmasters club
    • “When you take the ability to communicate messages effectively to groups of people, and layer it on top of almost anything else, you automatically put yourself into rare company”
How does Tim arrange his home’s interior to optimize his mental state and effectiveness?
Productivity advice for ambitious people who eschew the daily grind of routines
  • Reframe routines as something that serve as a positive constraint that avoids decision fatigue, and allows you to allocate your brain power and creativeness to the things that actually matter 
  • “Routine in the intelligent man should be seen as a sign of ambition” – W.H. Auden
  • Reframe routines as a scaffolding around which you can craft your best life
What questions should a person ask themselves to determine their “where” of happiness?
  • The where of happiness is often overlooked, we more so think about the “what”, but the city you’re living in/ your geography plays a large role
  • Do an 80/20 analysis of your last calendar year
    • See which 20% of people/activities produced 80% of the peak positive emotional states – see the locations that have a high density/ease of encountering those things
If Tim could only record one more podcast, who — living or dead — would he interview?
  • His parents, but he wouldn’t release the episode
What are the pros and cons of a silent meditition retreat?
  • For more on Tim’s retreat, check out these Podcast Notes
  • Pros and Cons – similar to some psychedelic experiences
    • You will see the best, the worst, you will be restless, anxious, and have profound moments of peace/thoughtlessness – all through meditation
  • It will show you the breadth and depth of the experiences possible through meditation
  • Tim estimates 10-15% of people who go to a silent meditation retreat, will have a psychotic break/or as close to it as one can imagine – this happened to him
The 21-Day no complaint experiment
  • Try it – There is an over abundance of complaining/criticism on the internet, and we lose sight of the fact that positive reinforcement elicits change
  • “If you want to tip the domino, that tips many other dominoes that affect your quality of life, doing a 21-day no complaint experiment is a really effective way to go about that”


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