Tim Ferriss Quotes

Author of The 4-Hour Workweek, entrepreneur, blogger, angel investor and TED-speaker, Tim Ferriss is one of the most curious people of today.

In an entrepreneurial culture where everything seems to be about “the grind” and sleepless nights, the progressive thinking of Timothy has made him the perhaps most inspiring entrepreneur of this decade, with “Lifestyle Design” leading the way for millions of people all over the world, learning – and realizing ways of working smarter, not harder, in order to live life to the fullest. What is more, the progressive thinking doesn’t stop there as Tim is constantly pushing his body and mind to the next level, effectively growing his potential as a businessman and human being.

These Tim Ferriss quotes are about smart living, smart marketing, and about challenging preconceived boundaries of who we are as human beings. Welcome to the future.

“I leaned against the wall and slid down until I was sitting on the floor. I closed my eyes, smiled, and took a deep breath. Things were about to change. Everything was about to change”

– Tim Ferriss

“The first book was turned down by 26 publishers”

– Tim Ferriss

“When everything and everyone is failing, what is the cost of a little experiment outside of the norm? Most often, nothing”

– Tim Ferriss

“The question no one really seemed to be answering was: ‘Why do it all in the first place? What’s the pot of gold that justifies spending the best years of you life hoping for happiness in the last?’”

– Tim Ferriss

“The commonsense rules of the ‘real world’ are a fragile collection of socially reinforced illusions”

– Tim Ferriss

“The most common approach is very seldom the most effective and most efficient”

– Tim Ferriss

“The options are limitless, but each path must begin with the same first step: replacing assumptions”

– Tim Ferriss

“Different is better when it is more effective or more fun”

– Tim Ferriss

“Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance is NOT laziness. This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity”

– Tim Ferriss

“Focus on being productive instead of busy”

– Tim Ferriss

“Get good at being a troublemaker and saying sorry when you really screw up”

– Tim Ferriss

“Emphasize strengths, don’t fix weaknesses”

– Tim Ferriss

“It’s far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor”

– Tim Ferriss

“The most important actions are never comfortable”

– Tim Ferriss

“To have an uncommon lifestyle you need to develop the uncommon habit of making decisions, both for yourself and for others”

– Tim Ferriss

“There is a direct correlation between an increased sphere of comfort and getting what you want”

– Tim Ferriss

“Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions”

– Tim Ferriss

“Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe”

– Tim Ferriss

“What you do is infinitely more important that how you do it. Efficiency is still important, but is useless unless applied to the right things”

– Tim Ferriss

“The most important actions are never comfortable”

– Tim Ferriss

“Pareto’s Law can be summarised as follows: 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs”

– Tim Ferriss

“The goal is to find your inefficiencies in order to eliminate them and to find your strengths so you can multiply them”

– Tim Ferriss

“Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action”

– Tim Ferriss

“Lack of time is actually lack of priorities”

– Tim Ferriss

“Dedication is often just meaningless work in disguise”

– Tim Ferriss

“I’m really excited about the future of content marketing. But in the same fashion that you have Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon – who all used to be very cleanly separate – on this collision course where they are competing on the same verticals, I think you’re going to end up having television producers, movie producers, writers, song writers, all competing for the same mental bandwidth”

– Tim Ferriss

“It has never been easier to create content self-published, but it has never been harder to get the attention you want, or need, to really put something into orbit”

– Tim Ferriss

“Marketing to me means to identify exactly who your ideal customer is: knowing their behavior, knowing their age, knowing their gender, knowing their location. And 9 times out of 10, in my opinion, the easiest way to do that is to just sell to people who are as similar to you as possible”

– Tim Ferriss

“I think the ‘soft sell’ is very undervalued”

– Tim Ferriss

“For reaching influential people, I think that in-person is the least crowded and most effective way, because they have to trust the messenger before they will endorse the message”

– Tim Ferriss

“Seemingly unrelated [things] that are in fact really related, that’s the stuff I like to talk about. Like dancing, language learning, swimming, three-pointers…”

– Tim Ferriss

“Writing is thought on paper”

– Tim Ferriss

“I recommend to all people, even if they don’t plan on being a writer per se, that if they want to tighten up their thinking and have it improve everything else, they should focus on short-writing exercises with people who can edit their work. And the person who edit’s their work, for let’s say extra fluffy language, doesn’t have to be a great writer, they have to be a good thinker”

– Tim Ferriss

“Whatever you feel you have been assigned in life, the hand you have been dealt genetically, is actually very, very malleable”

– Tim Ferriss

“The guiding tenant, which I encourage you all to embrace, whether it’s looking at split testing for a start-up, whether it’s looking at increasing profits per user, average revenue per user or changing your body, is to pause and reflect whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority”

– Tim Ferriss

“I would emphasize that by improving your physical machine, which includes the brain, you improve all of your performance, and the transfer is incredible to business”

– Tim Ferriss

“This is just a general rule – and it sounds really silly – but I would remove gluten from your diet”

– Tim Ferriss

“As long as you are keeping your blood-sugars in check, and your insulin levels in check, I think that the demonization of fat – including saturated fat – is completely unwarranted”

– Tim Ferriss

“The advice I give for sustainable behavioral change, including diet, is that you make one change at a time”

– Tim Ferriss

“My art, if I have an art, is deconstructing things that really scare the living hell out of me”

– Tim Ferriss

“The best results in life are often held back by false constructs and untested assumptions”

– Tim Ferriss

“It’s often what you do, not how you do it, that is the determining factor. This is the difference from being effective; doing the right things, and being efficient; doing things well whether they are important”

– Tim Ferriss

“Fear is your friend. Fear is an indicator. Sometimes is shows you what you shouldn’t do, but more often than not it shows you exactly what you should do”

– Tim Ferriss

“The best results I have had in my life; the most enjoyable times, have all come from asking the simple question: ‘What is the worst that could happen?’”

– Tim Ferriss

“Take the analytical frameworks; the capabilities that you have and apply them to old fears, apply them to very big dreams”

– Tim Ferriss

“I know nothing. I am a beginner. But I ask a lot of question and I would love your advice”

– Tim Ferriss

“I’m in it for the long haul; the adventure continues”

– Tim Ferriss

“What’s the worst that could happen?

– Tim Ferriss

“Deep down, you know it’s all an illusion, but with everyone participating in the same game of make believe, it’s easy to forget”

– Tim Ferriss