In three words: light, motivating, interesting
The reason why Tim Ferriss wrote this book is the same reason I write this blog. His intention was to create something of a “super-notebook” – a compendium of lessons learned from 100+ friends and acquaintances – all of whom are celeb status in their respective fields. Initially, he didn’t even plan to publish it! Though the book weighs in at 687 pages – don’t be too intimidated. It’s written in a conversational tone, with spacious margins and roomy formatting. So it’s not quite as long as the spine’s girth might lead to you to believe.
Given that Ferriss is a dude, about nine in ten of the interviewees are dudes also. So it is a little heavy on the testosterone. Even with the gender imbalance, it was a good read, and fun to observe the things that many of the people seemed to have in common. For example, the Sapiens is cited as a favorite book by a number of the interviewees. I now have it on my reading cue as well. Also, no one had an easy rise to the top. Arnold Schwarzenegger had to get very creative about financing a movie that would show his more comedic side. Amelia Boone (yay a woman!), an obstacle course racing champion, explained that she would train in the rain and cold in order to prepare herself for a worst-case scenario. There are many other anecdotes like these. And the benefit I find is that by reading how others have achieved success, it makes it seem more possible. The recipes are out there – it’s up to us to develop the ingredients – creativity, perseverance, and receptivity.