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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.”
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
“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?
No clutter He has multiple pieces of artwork up and books with the cover facing out,
that elicit positive emotions/memories. Some of these books include:
Tim thinks a lot about what is placed around his home and what kind of emotional states they prompt 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
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”