Tim Ferriss

Author, Entrepreneur, Podcaster

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON December 09, 2016

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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
Hi ProductHunt, I’m Tim Ferriss - author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”, “The 4-Hour Body”, “The 4-Hour Chef” and my most recent, “Tools of Titans”, which was released Tuesday. “Tools of Titans” is the playbook I created after interviewing 200+ world-class performers on my podcast The Tim Ferriss Show, which recently passed 100,000,000 downloads. I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you. I’m excited to be here and answer your questions!
Philip Kuklis
@philipkuklis · Co-Founder, Hubble
Hi Tim, what does your daily routine look like right now?
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@philipkuklis The middle varies wildly, but this is how I tend to start: http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015... During the insanity of 24/7 book launch (which I actually enjoy for just 1-2 weeks), I will strip down breakfast and add exogenous ketones (e.g. Pruvit), powdered MCT (Quest), or an RTD protein like Isopure. During a week like this, I rely more on Russian baths and cold/heat exposure to maintain and elevate mood.
Jose Verastegui
@joseverastegui
Hi Tim, thanks for your time today! I have some questions for you: 1) What are the beliefs you have that makes you different and separate you from others? 2) What characteristics do you admire in people? 3) What currently on your reading list? Can you name some of your fav books? Un abrazo fuerte!
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@joseverast 1) You are the average of the 5 people you associate with most. Also, that you don't need to get much right to be and feel successful. Just form habits around 1-2 strengths. 2) Curiosity, listening, obsession over details 3) Will be reading book about CBT and Stoicism. Fave books: Dune, Zorba the Greek, Letters from a Stoic, etc.
Jack Schuss
@yakschuss · Web Developer
@tferriss @joseverast Who are your 5 people, Tim?
A Allen Rowe
@a_allen_rowe · Ph.D. Top 100 Tim Ferriss commenter
@tferriss @joseverast is cbt cognitive based therapy?
Jack Schuss
@yakschuss · Web Developer
@a_allen_rowe @tferriss @joseverast Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - it's a technique used in anxiety and mindfulness psychology
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
Joshua Pinter
@joshuapinter · Product Dev at CNTRAL. Maker of ntwrk.
Have you ever found out something that you've promoted (e.g. ice baths) to be wildly wrong and had to recant what you said?
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@joshuapinter I redact or update things all the time. Ice baths aren't an example of recanting, though I've added more cautionary notes for people with cardiac conditions, etc.
Krishaan Khubchand
@krishaan_khubchand
Tim, thanks for doing this AMA - I'm a huge fan. I have a couple questions: 1. You've deconstructed and rapidly learnt numerous skills EG cooking, language learning etc. From you convos with different people in technical fields, how would you go about self-teaching/learning technical subjects, more specifically Computer Science // Engineering (not just mechanical, civil as well)? 2. What are your recommendations for longevity? In terms of diet/exercise/habits and are there any books you'd recommend?
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@krishaan_khubchand 1) The DiSSS framework in 4-Hour Chef (e.g. deconstruction, selection, sequencing, and stakes). Also see the Derek Sivers chapter in Tools of Titans. 2) For longevity, the jury's still out, but I'm interested in more studies related to metformin, rapamycin, regular fasting, and intense/infrequent resistance training.
Jack Schuss
@yakschuss · Web Developer
Thanks Tim!!! Huge fan! You're a self professed type-A note taker, and that's enabled you to keep a strict log of your progress. What do you say to people who don't have that proclivity, and need a push in the note-taking direction?
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@yakschuss I'd start with The 5-Minute Journal, as it's a very brief commitment. Build the habit, then start alternating with Morning Pages (per Julia Cameron). For latter, Google "Ferriss Morning Pages Cameron"
Jack Schuss
@yakschuss · Web Developer
@tferriss Thanks! Started after reading ToT morning routine two days ago. :D
Jack Schuss
@yakschuss · Web Developer
@tferriss Just wanna say, this chat is all that came up when I googled that :D
Andrew Bass
@andrewdbass · Startup junkie and improving hacker
What exercises or questions do you use to enhance lateral thinking? What about to challenge assumptions?
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@andrewdbass There are a bunch. Here are 17 of my favorites! http://fourhourworkweek.com/2016...
A Allen Rowe
@a_allen_rowe · Ph.D. Top 100 Tim Ferriss commenter
@tferriss @andrewdbass I really loved 14. One must want what one has to have what one wants. Is that paraphrase OK?
Harry Stebbings
@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@tferriss the legend and the reason behind me starting @twentyminutevc and naming it 20VC after being so inspired by 4HWW. My question is, if there is no such thing as a bad answer, only a bad question, how do you look to improve your question answering for the podcast and think beyond the traditional? Love to hear your thoughts.
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@harrystebbings @twentyminutevc That's awesome to hear about 4HWW! Thanks. On questions -- Study all the greats like James Lipton, Larry King, Terry Gross, etc.; collect your favorite questions; test them; modify and make your own. It's then a process of testing, tweaking, or abandoning questions. I also hired someone who works with Inside the Actor's Studio to look at transcripts and analyze where my order of questions, or lack of follow-up questions, was an issue. Some trial lawyers are good at helping with this, too.
Vazgen Badalyan
@fogueiravb · Product & Analytics
Hi Tim, Thanks for this AMA! Also huge kudos to you for the "Tools of Titans" - it's a tremendous resource for anyone willing to become better. Q: You've experimented with tons of different things, and you've talked to numerous great experts - after reflecting back on all your experiences, what would be your top-3 "must-have" habits to implement into a daily routine? Doesn't matter what category they fall into.
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@fogueiravb 1) morning journaling 2) some type of physical training/movement such as GST (Coach Sommer), "Effortless Superhuman" from Barry Ross, or AcroYoga (or many others; could even be 500m ergometer in morning) 3) regular 10-20 min meditation first thing upon waking
Andrew Christison
@mrchristison · Attempting Actualization
Hi Tim, Long time fan from 4HWW-forward and am pumped to dive into Tools for Titans. I heard your interview on @jaltucher 's Podcast, after I had been deeply discussing psilocybin for depression treatment several weeks back with a friend that's been suffering and not reacting well to Zoloft, Lexapro, etc. Earlier this week, they sent me a New York Times article about the Johns Hopkins study speaking about positive results specifically in regards to depression alleviation, PTSD, etc., which my friend has been diagnosed with, and I heard in your interview that you (at least, partially) funded this research. As I understand, there's a full section in Tools for Titans dedicated to this, however, can you dive into what led you to take the drastic steps from investing in hot startups to investing in cutting-edge psychedelic research, what the results (and dosages) have been thus far, any other studies we should keep our eyes out for, and if there is an anticipation for a "next step" in the research, after validating the increase in wellbeing hypothesis, what is it? Thank you for your meaningful societal contributions, Andrew #toomanyquestions #butcuriositykills Christison
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Tim Ferriss
@tferriss · Human Guinea Pig (itunes.com/timferriss)
@mrchristison @jaltucher Hi Andrew. I'd love to dig in, but given time constraints here, I'm going to point you to any and all of the following A) The research being done by Roland Griffiths teams at Johns Hopkins B) the two very long chapters in Tools of Titans on psychedelics (including my personal story and use), and C) The Tim Ferriss Show podcast episodes with James Fadiman, Martin Polanco, and Dan Engle.
Andrew Christison
@mrchristison · Attempting Actualization
@tferriss Thank you! I'll dive in. I appreciate your time. 😬