The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of World-Class Performers | Robert Rodriguez on Tools of Titans

Key Takeaways

  • There’s a certain freedom with having restraints such as not having a ton of funding
    • “There’s freedom [in] limitations. It’s almost more freeing to know I’ve got to use only these items…you’re almost completely free with that.” – Robert Rodriquez
  • Use unexpected events to your advantage; some things will go wrong while filmmaking
    • “You use those gifts because nothing ever goes according to plan”  – Robert Rodriquez
  •  Don’t always follow the herd
    • “If everyone’s going that way, you go this other way. You’re gonna stumble, but you’re also gonna stumble upon an idea no one came up with”  – Robert Rodriquez
  • “I always found success by just going the opposite way”Robert Rodriquez
    • Instead of trying to compete to get on TV, Robert bought his own TV network
  •  Start your creative project, inspiration will come after
    • “You have to act first before inspiration will hit. You don’t wait for inspiration and then act, or you’re never going to act because you’re never going to have the inspiration”  – Robert Rodriquez

Intro

  • Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) is a director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and musician
  • Host: Tim Ferriss (@tferriss

Books Mentioned

Advice for Filmmakers 

  •  The term “Rodriquez list” has come to mean writing down all of your assets and building a film around the list
    • Robert spent only $7,000 to make his movie El Mariachi and used the assets he had: a friend’s ranch, his cousin’s bar, his other cousin’s bus, etc.
  • There’s a certain freedom with having restraints such as not having a ton of funding
    • “There’s freedom [in] limitations. It’s almost more freeing to know I’ve got to use only these items…you’re almost completely free with that.” – Robert Rodriquez
  • Use unexpected events to your advantage; some things will go wrong while filmmaking
    • “You use those gifts because nothing ever goes according to plan”  – Robert Rodriquez

Go Where No One Else Is Going

  •  Don’t always follow the herd
    • “If everyone’s going that way, you go this other way. You’re gonna stumble, but you’re also gonna stumble upon an idea no one came up with”  – Robert Rodriquez
  • “I always found success by just going the opposite way”Robert Rodriquez
    • Instead of trying to compete to get on TV, Robert bought his own TV network
  • Even if a project fails, there’s always a ton of learning lesson you can take away from it
    • “There’s a key to success in every failure”  – Robert Rodriquez
      • “Failure isn’t always durable”

Advice for Creatives

  •  Start your creative project, inspiration will come after
    • “You have to act first before inspiration will hit. You don’t wait for inspiration and then act, or you’re never going to act, because you’re never going to have the inspiration”  – Robert Rodriquez
  • Not even the professionals know whether or not a piece of art will take off
    • The director of Forrest Gump wasn’t sure if people would like the film, today it’s a classic
  • Creativity is a gift, but it must be cultivated
    • Pursue your creative passion and curiosity

Additional Notes

  • Robert loves journaling, it’s a great way to capture memories and revisit them later
  • Robert’s most-gifted book is Start With Why by Simon Sinek
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