"5-Bullet Friday" — 5 Things I've Been Loving, Using, and Reading

Absolutely the best for flying. But which one? The booze, hat, or weird footwear?
Absolutely the best for flying. But which one? The booze, hat, squat, or weird footwear?

Greetings, friends.

Here are some popular links, thoughts, and articles that have appeared in my “5-Bullet Friday” e-mail newsletter, which is free and goes out every Friday.  I cheated in this post and gave you six.


Article I’m enjoying (and pondering)How Bold Entrepreneurs Are Breaking $1 Million In One-Person Businesses by Elaine Pofeldt for Forbes.com

Clothing I’m loving — Check out Myles’ “everyday shorts.”  I originally got these as a gift from Huckberry, and they are now my go-to shorts for nearly everything. I swim in them (quick drying), I wear them while working at coffee shops, and you can even wear them to a nice dinner if you have decent shoes. Multi-purpose rocks.

My most popular Facebook post recently — Japan’s Michael Jordan of Day Trading. His “one rule” is quite smart, methinks…

A quote that’s on my mind — “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs

Responses I’ll be practicing (yet again) next week — How to graciously say no to anyone by Austin Kleon. This is worth revisiting constantly.

New footwear, long overdue — I’ve needed Adidas slip-ons for years. No idea why it took me so long to get them. They’re perfect as indoor Japanese-style slippers, or for wearing outside when you don’t want flip-flops killing your toe webbing. I’m typing this on an airplane, where I’m wearing them with socks. #GermanStyle

Would you like to get a very short (five-bullet) e-mail from me every Friday with the five coolest things I’ve found that week?

It might include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff I dig up around the world.

These “5-Bullet Friday” emails are only available if you subscribe to my e-mail newsletter.  They will not be on the blog or anywhere else.  This post is just a teaser to entice you to sign up.

Try it out for a week! Unsubscribing is easy, and there’s great stuff coming next Friday. Just submit your email address in the opt-in below (or here) and you’re set.

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P.S.  If you haven’t seen this short commencement speech, you’re in for a treat.  Perfect weekend viewing.

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496 Replies to “"5-Bullet Friday" — 5 Things I've Been Loving, Using, and Reading”

  1. Hi Tim,

    I see a theme here. I tell you, I like Diary of a Madman, followed with some with some quality time with The Power of Now. This really gets in there and rots things out for me. Love your stuff.


  2. Dude-about the “what you are listening to this week” comment about folks hating it today, you are right, but for the wrong reasons. Why are you fixated on MOR LCD (ie: Lowest Common Denominator) total formulaic shit metal? Listen to Subrosa, Ufomammut, QOTSA, Bong, Electric Wizard, Earth, Gnod, Godflesh, Windhand, Snail, OM, Domovoyd, etc. for example instead. All can easily be checked out on youtube this weekend by you.

  3. Tim, your Cyrus the Great quote was…well…Great! The Army has been doing this for a long long time. The private, desk side talks with the boss are times to voice either question or desention, but when it is time to be in a large forum or (God forbid) in the public eye, we must portray a unified command. Thanks so much for what you do.

  4. Enjoy everything you do man but could do without the f bombs…you have such a great volcabulary to be going down there so often my man. No worries just my take as I fight it myself! Trying to improve you know…

  5. The way you think really rocks my world, man! I can see you as being organized in your way of thinking. I really admire your humor. Specially the line, “A quote that’s on my mind”, that you deduced from Steve Jobs’ line, we know that he’s such a successful person, and I believe that this quotation really inspired you and so do I! Keep it up, man!

  6. What ever happened with the purchase of amazon box cutters knives that was mentioned in a previous 5 bullet (will you provide the link if they are worth the value)? Do you ever write follow-ups to the 5 bullets? Thanks Tim – you’re a true boss!

  7. Come to Newcastle when you come to Australia Tim! It’s a really chilled town 2 hours north or Sydney and know for its surfing culture. I’ve grown up here and I’m sure you would love it.

    Keep up the inspiring work!

  8. 5 Bullet Friday is the kick. And Australia …check out our Volvo 60 ocean racing yacht, ‘Merit’, in the Whitsunday Islands. Time trials on the grinder. Diving Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island. Michael sails her hard.

  9. Curious about Bluebonnet Whey because the price point seems reasonable. I’ve been using a Native Whey Isolate from NZ that is supposedly made just from milk and not a cheese byproduct and it’s much more expensive. Have you had any experience with some of these? [Moderator: link removed]

  10. Hey Tim, I’m from Australia and enjoy receiving your weekly 5 bullet Friday emails, however I get them on Saturday morning (probably due to time zone difference). Would it be possible to use a different email application so people from different time zones also receive it at the intended local time?

  11. Hey Tim

    Regarding your most recent 5BF e-mail mentioning your experiment between IF and 30g protein within 30 minutes: Of the two, which would you recommend for greater fat loss, assuming an otherwise 4hb isocaloric diet?

  12. Hi Tim,

    I noticed that you reduced the commercial (sponsored) junk in your emails lately. It was getting so bad that I was about to unsubscribe from the whole thing. Thank god you’re going back to the essentials a little bit. Cheers for that :-).

  13. Tim, I’m a great fan of your 4-hour work week. Come to think of it your slow-carb diet’s pretty damn good too. For the first time in a decade I’m under 200 pounds and still falling.

    In my quest for a low-information diet, I don’t read all the emails you send me (!) and when I saw one about investments, I thought who needs investments when you’ve got a muse to fund your life? I thought you had turned native. So, I was really relieved to get your email saying you’re not doing any more of that VC stuff. It feels like you’ve come home. Best decision, you have my support. Thank you.

    Bis gleich.


  14. Instead of simply repeating the same old “Five Bullet Friday” subject line each week, why not put in a colon after it, and then add a few hints on what you’re covering?

    My guess is you’ll have a lot more people opening up the email.

    1. If you do not want to open it unsubscribe! This is the lamest post ever! In the famous words of the late great Big L, “#$%&ing punk, you ain’t a leader what, nobody followed you!

      You was never $#!t, your mother should have swallowed you!”

  15. Tim-First, thanks for your “Never Get Tired of It” podcast. I cannot think of anyone who can engage & draw practical information from people so well.

    Second, SO GLAD you’re into Zion’s. I live in nearby St. George, and love this area; straight up otherworldly and jaw-dropping beauty where you wouldn’t expect. I bought a Jeep and a DSLR to really get out there.

    Be sure to make the Angel’s Landing hike in Zion’s. Despite hating heights, I had one of the most Zen/Zen-like(?) experiences of my life on that trail. It is an experience everyone should have. Enjoy your time in southern Utah; and if you want some “locals only” sights and info, shoot me a line!

    Thanks again!


  16. Hey Tim, I barely graduated high school with a 1.5 GPA and did the only thing I could possibly do to get out of my west Texas town, join the Air Force. It was during my 9 years I was exposed to and fascinated by high achievers, mainly the officers who saw some potential in me and gave me good advice. At 27, on their suggestions, I decided to do something I never thought I’d do, attend college. I had the GI Bill to pay for it and a lifetime of possible regret of not trying and so after 3 years I graduated Cum Laude. I took an entry-level position in real estate at a highly regarded banking/financial institution and got my first exposure to the corporate world. (I must say that it wasn’t a career goal but rather a lack of options once I realized I would not get a call back from the many resumes I sent out). After 3 years in the trenches I made a lateral move to our digital technology side and am now learning how to manage all aspects of our mobile banking app. I am now in an industry that had always fascinated me but I had no clue on how to gain entry into, since my 1.5GPA and Air Force logistics background didn’t quite equate to engineer, programmer or developer. I now get to read and study all aspects of the tech world (bank/fin tech) and grow professionally in the field. I am a very grateful and appreciative of where I now find myself and am so optimistic of the future. 😀

    I had first heard about your books awhile back but I was not in the correct mindset to see any usefulness in your words at the time. (I’m a late bloomer in every sense of the word) It was only a couple months ago that I was suggested to your podcast (by a former colleague that now works at Apple) and now I’m a daily listener. My commute into work, Bluetooth headphones while I walk from my parked truck to my desk and while grabbing breakfast/coffee in our cafeterias, to/from meetings, walk to my parked truck at the end of the day and my commute home. I find it incredible that I can directly relate, in some ways, to yourself and your interviewed guests. Just as you say at the start of almost every show, I love how you pick apart and gain insights into who they are and how they operate. I gained an appreciation of learning and self-improvement later in life, and am playing catch up on many key areas but your podcast helps guide me in directions that will help me improve in those weak spots.

    I’ve also been intrigued by entrepreneurship which your show and your thinking are so much a part of. I have resources available to me to get a business off the ground (many veterans small business programs) but I am struggling to find a product or service that would be marketable and potentially profitable. Profit is not my ultimate goal but rather something that people could benefit from. (If it also allows me freedom/autonomy/money then that’s always welcomed, duh). Do you have any suggestions that could help in solving such a dilemma? Is my current thinking incorrect? What suggestions could you provide that could better assist my creative process in moving forward with my aspirations of entrepreneurship? Any help is always appreciative.

    Keep up the good work brother. You’re truly an inspiration.

  17. Tim,

    Thanks for a good cry with Nim! Love your 5 bullet Fridays. There actually isn’t anyone on the web with as interesting material as you post.

  18. As u have a dog. Let see if you can do dog agility in 6 months up to national level? From my experience, the human is the problem.

  19. Tim, I miss your music. While I can’t say I liked everything you posted, I did like the variety and the chance to discover new music.

  20. I have been following you since 2 years, Tim. Thanks for all the thoughtful insights you give. Reading indeed is powerful. [Moderator: link removed]

  21. Tim, really like all of what you write, the honesty, sincere desire to help others and all the good stuff is there for the taking! I’m wondering if you have read or heard of Eckhart Tolle (Power of Now…blockbuster book) as you have had interviews with Tara Brach and they in similar categories. Jw. Thanks. It would be great to have you interview him. You are so great at interviewing!!!

  22. Hi Tim, you often mention the book Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, can you recommend which one has the best translation? Thank you!

  23. Hey Tim, can you recommend any vitamins or regiments that my recently retired dad can use to keep his mind going. He is doing a lot of gardening but not really conversing with a lot of people and I am seeing how he seems to be slipping a little. I had him listen to the Tara Brach podcast and he is going to start meditating.

  24. Hey Tim,

    I am a little nervous writing this comment – I have never left a comment on any social / webpage before 🙂

    I just wanted you to know you are doing great things, I love your work and the journey you are on – many people are now on the same journey thanks to your inspiration.

    I can empathize with the topics you discuss surrounding depression, anxiety, insomnia and how meditation can access peace – I would highly recommend looking into Eckhart Tolle for some further insights into these area’s and how to transcend them.

    In anycase, I am sure you have heard of Eckhart, and I would love for you to try and interview him on your Podcast. I would see this as the world’s ultimate interview between the best rational & logical mind (You) AND the best spiritual & intuitive mind (Eckhart). WOW, that would be good! 🙂

    “The secret of life is to die before you die and realise that there is no death” Eckhart Tolle.

    All the best and keep up the great work!


    Melbourne, Australia

  25. Hi Tim, Would like to hear you do something about psychopathy and its roll in Society. Im not talking about murderers and rapists but the strong element of psychopathy in the business, celebrity world etc. I read “The Psychopath Test” by Jon Ronson recently. It changed my life. I had already diagnosed myself as an empath, and I was able to come to some conclusions about how I influence my own life by constantly feeling like a victim. I am actually in the process of “rewiring”, conditioning myself to be more psychopathic, if you will. I suffer from severe anxiety and I have had a noticeable reduction in occurences and intensity. I am not healed by any means but it has helped me to become more functional. Don’t know if you see any congruence in what you write and talk about but it would be interesting.

  26. Somehow, despite being a huge Bruce Lee fan, I don’t recall ever reading that quote before. I’ll definitely remember it now–Thanks!

  27. Hi Tim,

    My wife and I have been following the 4 hour body fat loss programme for several years successfully. For me it’s almost 5 years now, I went from 72 to 62kg in the first 3 months and have been thereabouts ever since. Similar results were achieved by my wife 3 years ago down to 48kg. Thank you from both of us! Life changer!

    However, this year we moved from a hot to cool climate (Dubai to London) and for my wife, the programme seems to have broken down, her weight is creeping up week on week (measured on the day before the cheat day) slowly but surely. I still have the weekly cycle although a little off my weigh lows.

    Any suggestions are very gratefully welcome. Has anyone else found a climate shift affecting fat gain? My wife is considering an alternative fat reduction programme but it looks to me like a material reduction in life quality vis-a-vis the 4 hour body, which makes feel great and we enjoy the cheat day together so much!

    Thank you for all the great content

  28. Hi Tim! I love your podcast. An interview suggestion: Maria Eitel. She is the President and CEO of the Nike Foundation, which she helped create.

  29. Hi Tim,

    I saw you using some straps on your legs when you were doing meditation, (it’s in that clip where they follow you to the shooting range)

    Are they a commercial item I can buy somewhere ?

    Keep up the good work



  30. Hi Tim –

    I hope all is well! Quick question, my boyfriend is hearing impaired and actually told me about 5 bullet Fridays and encouraged me to sign up for your newsletter – which has been a game changer by the way. In listening to your pod casts he would really benefit but because he’s hearing impaired they don’t translate to close captions. Do you have any ideas how he could listen to your broadcasts? Thanks so much! Allison

  31. Hi Tim,

    Anxiety dreams are from the vitamin B6 often included in Melatonin preparations, that is what pushes up those type of dreams, and may be revealing an imbalance in your B vitamins overall.

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring musings.

    Anyways wishing you all the best.

  32. dear fellow writer, i love ‘how to graciously say no to anyone’ references. very useful for replying to professors and peddlers of any kind. congrats with the puppy! i used to have five dogs, all died or got eaten by neighbours (no joke. #bataktribe). luckily i wrote a poem about it and tell anyone who would listen. keep writing! cheers.

  33. My favorite quote is my own (I’m not too vain). The author of the novel, Demon Crossfire, quoted me for a chapter lead-in: “I don’t understand all the interest in Ouija boards. I don’t even like talking to the living!”

  34. Hi Tim! Luv 5 Bullet Fridays! In response to L-Lysine article, thirty years ago my Dr. Suggested lysine to combat cold sores. Been using ever since and very rarely have an episode. Just my experience.

  35. hi Tim,

    Challenge for you Tim. I know you have vast knowledge of studying books.

    Can you come up with the ways or strategy to out witting the Devil?

    Napoleon Hills did it so can you??? This work would save a lot of Souls…



  36. I had been buying those same sardines at the store, but packed in water. People at work hate me cause I stink up the lunch room. Still, I ordered the ones packed in olive oil. They do stink!

  37. Hi Tim

    I always get a lot from your content (thank you!) but don’t always have the attention span to delve in to all the points. Your 5-Bullet Friday post today resonated with me for various reasons. I am wondering how you manage to travel extensively while having a dog, or how you plan to in the future. Are you now based in the Bahamas? As a dog owner who never goes anywhere, I need to make some changes.

    Happy holidays, E.Z.

  38. Tim, your email newsletter format is not ‘responsive’, so I can’t read it propperly on my mobile. I would fix this ASAP as it’s a reason for me (and many others I presume) to unsubscribe. Hope you have this fixed by next week and have a great Xmas.

  39. The Amazing Randi is not so amazing. His war on alternative health is disgusting and fraught with the fallacies and misinformation so common with so-called skeptics that disavow anything that isn’t so-called traditional pharma-backed medicine.

  40. Tim, merry Christmas and thanks for all the good you have brought into my life, and so many others. Keep up the great work, and a happy and healthy New Year to you also.

  41. Hi Tim,

    I enjoy your 5 bullet fridays and am a keen listener to many of your pod casts. I’m not on facebook or twitter so am replying to your request re dog training here: please write about how to handle n agressive dog or a dog attack; how to help a dog learn about what to be wary of (roads, cars, snakes) without instilling lifelong anxiety (depending on the temperament of the dog); and what we really know about dogs emotions and whether they really are laughing and smiling… 🙂 Thanks, Hilary

  42. Make sure you’re feeding your dog what dogs are “designed” to eat, even in her kibble–especially in her kibble. Two things you may want to consider: 1) “Taste of the Wild” organic grain-free dry dog food, in several different meat-recipes; 2) book that includes recipes by James Coghlan DVM, “Paleopet: The Real Reason Your Dog or Cat Eats Grass”.

    Love those sardines, btw, been eating them for a couple of years.

  43. Should we be looking for “4 Hour Dog Training” in the future?

    I work with Rescues in the DFW area and do obedience training. The biggest issue I have and that I see other people having is time. People are busy and the dog is usually one of the first losers when people shuffle their priorities around. Sucks but true.

    I’m glad to see you posting about this and hope that it helps other people appreciate how awesome dogs can be. Compared to all of our technology (I’m a software developer) dogs are one of our greatest creations – think about it. We’ve been breeding and training them for centuries. Properly trained they can do things that we wont be able to do with computers for a while yet. And computers won’t ever choose to give you affection and loyalty.

  44. Aloha Tim, this is my #timdog since I don’t Tweet.

    Living on Kauai where feral chickens parade along every single road, trail and beach, it is difficult to break a chicken-killing terrier of her habit. I adopted Flip from the shelter so she came with this habit well established. Even on leash, if we are hiking and she gets within striking distance… well, it’s a shit storm of feathers.

    How do you out-fun chicken killing?

  45. Kong’s are great. As she got older, our Aussie used to get the kibble too quickly so we added Advanced level: use a Kong with bigger opening on top. 1. Put kibble in. 2. Layer of peanut butter to cover. 3. Take half a milk bone biscuit and push in top.

  46. Hi Tim,

    I’m not sure if you’re going to get to read this comment. I love your 5 bullet Fridays but one of your posts really made me feel so very sad and quite angry. In your review of the documentary about Algiers, you wrote about the brutality and torture the French inflicted upon Algerians in their own land. This documentary only begins to shed light on what the French did to the Algerians. What angered and surprised me is when you said the Algerians resorted to ‘terrorism’ in their quest for independence. Please tell me how a people in their own country are resorting to terrorism when they were tortured, raped and traumatised in every way imaginable by outsiders who colonised their lands. Outsiders who forbade them from speaking in their mother tongues, outsiders who stole their land and then made them to labour as workers. Children who were forced to starve and take shelter in the mountains for fear of rape and torture. Please tell me how a country who initially tried to seek independence by political means are resorting to terrorism. Who were lied to and betrayed by the French when certain agreements were made. If outsiders are inflicting this level of physical, emotional and psychological trauma on the people in their own country and take arms and fight back, please tell me how this is deemed to be terrorism. I thought your mind was more open than what I read in that 5 bullet post.

  47. Hey Tim – what was that supplement you take when you travel to help ward off colds and flu? You mentioned it in one of your 5 bullets

  48. Love you Tim! following on your podcast! Come to Montreal…learn some French first you will have the best time that way…any time of the year…of course at the moment you may be hit by a-20 Celsius day, but hey just wear warm clothes and enjoy the sunshine…the summer is amazing too in this city…Keep up the good work!

  49. From 8 Jan 16: All filmed in Wellington NZ, coolest little capital in the world. Be sure to visit next time you are in NZ.

    What I’m watching — What We Do In The Shadows. This movie is f*ing hilarious. I think it’s ~95% on Rotten Tomatoes. It chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal the details of their nightly routine.

  50. Tim, I’m enjoying everything you’re writing. Bought 4HWW and 4HD as Christmas presents to me, and really appreciate the practical advice, humor and especially your transparency about some struggles. I’m a new follower and I just bought your 4HWW for a good friend who is beginning a new career at 65! Listened to a podcast and loved it, but wow – you are a potty mouth! 😉 But your guest did keep getting disconnected, so I understand your frustration. Keep up the good work and the good life! I’ll keep reading and listening!

  51. Hi Tim, I received my first 5-bullet Friday this week and loved it. It arrived at 6.30pm (GMT+1). Just a thought (partly selfish) – if you sent it just an hour earlier, it would arrive for us guys before we leave the office and would be a perfect way to finish the working week and start the weekend (at 6.30 I’m heading out of the door…). Not sure how many subscribers you have on this time zone, but it could be of use! Thanks again

  52. Hi Tim

    with this new year well under way please could you advise if you know any online mentors for coaching I’m in the stuck faze and need direction .


    Jon from UK

  53. Love all your stuff Tim! You’re the man. I’ve gotten a lot of value out of all your content and I’ve learned a ton from your guests. In particular, your suggestions of developing a morning routine (which currently includes reading/journaling) have been a phenomenal boost to my days. While I haven’t quite gotten to meditating yet, I’m on the path to exploring that as well.

    One suggestion I had for a future guest on a podcast is Dan Inosanto. If you don’t know of him, he was one of Bruce Lee’s best friends and students and is not only the most influential martial artist of our time but, his students have gone on to do amazing things in Hollywood (fight choreography for most every action film) as well. He’s approaching 80 but, he still teaches at his Academy in Marina Del Rey, CA and travels up to 40 weekends a year or more spreading the martial arts. He still moves like someone in his 20-30s but, I haven’t seen anyone move like he does in there 20-30s. I think your listeners would not only be inspired by him but also, they’d gain some great insights into health and longevity….. just a thought?

    Thanks for all that you do.

  54. Tim, saw on 5 Bullet Friday of your support of research in psych meds at Johns Hopkins. Hope you know of Dr. Richard Strassman’s research with psychedelic dimethyltryptamine (DMT) at UNM Med School in early 90’s with human subjects. . Another naturally occurring substance and the essence of Ayahuasca. and check out his book The Spirit Molecule DMT http://www.rickstrassman.com

  55. Tim, Love your Friday Posts, I look forward to receiving them every Friday Morning. Don’t know if its possible to receive them earlier in the morning like 6 or 7 am; It has such a mood changer for me.

  56. Tim, love the shameless call-out to Daisy Ridley in your last five bullet Friday! Last time I checked though she’s only 23? Oh well, I guess 15 years isn’t that much 🙂

  57. Tim,

    So there is two parts of my life. Life before Tim Ferris and life after Tim Ferris. I heard you on Rogan’s podcast and I checked you out and I have been bumping you more lately (sorry Joe, still love you homes). Anyhow, I love how you put down you favorite song of the week and the quotes-I am a song and quote head. You five bullet Friday is super legit! I sent you a tweet but I got a recommendation for some tunes. If you do not already know who Dj Shadow is check out “Midnight in Perfect World” great music; and it is REAL hip-hop. Also, you should interview a real underground hip hop head or group that has been in the game for a while like Evidence of Dilated Peoples, or the The Grouch, or The Psycho Realm..That would be super sick wit it! Love you podcast! HMU if you need a co-host or paid servant. Ha ha..Bless Up Homie! I am out. ONE!

    Eddie J. Saucedo

    AKA Home Sauce AKA Home Boy Sauce AKA Homie Sauce

  58. Tim – super congrats on securing the rights to The Tim Ferriss Experiment! If you’d like to explore selling your show directly to your audience, may I suggest you check out Zype’s video platform? (spoiler alert: I work there)

    We support whatever flavor of monetization you like (subscription, transaction, season passes, ads) and we can even get you on Apple TV, Roku, etc. 🙂

    Cheers from a long time listener and first time caller.

  59. Tim, love your podcasts and 5-Bullet Fridays and have filled the time on long drives to the hospital. Jill’s DIY Scientist story is really inspiring and timely. My 12 year old son has cancer and I find myself having to seek the latest treatments and weave together his medical story as only someone this close to it can. Your podcasts including the Dom D’Agostino have brought a new angle to my “research”. Please let me know if you have any other similar content to this that would be useful.



  60. TIm,

    we should talk. We have some technology that you might find interesting. Please reach out if you would like to learn more. WE were previously the CIO’s or CTO’s of Merrill Lynch, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Aflac, Allstate and Robertson Stephens. We are the future of end user computing and we own the glass.

  61. Tim I just want to say thank you again for being so damn cool. I was fortunate enough to meet you this past Thursday in Detroit and I am absolutely blown away by how down to earth and genuine you are.

    Your advice you gave to me on reaching out to fitness professionals is being put into place and I am taking action right now to get to my goals.

    My email is ben.boudro@gmail.com

    If you have any time in your busy day I’d love to be able to hear from you again.

    Ben Boudro

  62. Hey Tim, you’re a very intersting guy, in a way like a modern day polymath, or rennaisance man. I’m 18 years old, don’t have my high school diploma, soon to have my GED, and I’m very lost in terms of what I should do with my life. I have a fairy decent interest in languages, and I think that this is a path I could go about for my life. Do you have any suggestions on what I should do? Where to start? Any advice would sincerely help. Thanks Tim.

    – Justin

  63. You forgot to add “legendary” in front of Dan Gable’s name. I think that would have gotten the point across without making the blurb longer. …”Perfect Olympic gold medalist, two time NCAA Champion, and one of the greatest college wrestling coaches. ever.”

  64. Tim,

    I love your work. As an Iowa Hawkeye and a fan of wrestling in general, I loved seeing the Gable quote in your 5-Bullet Friday this week. I have another Gable quote for you that I’ve looked to in the past for inspiration. As a bit of context, it was said after Terry Brands lost to Kendall Cross in the finals of the ’96 Olympic Trials (Cross went on to win gold in Atlanta that year as did Terry’s twin brother Tom).

    “Terry Brands isn’t crying right now because he spent all that time and didn’t get first. He’s crying because he didn’t put in the time to get first.”

  65. Hey Tim

    I know this is totally unrelated but referring to the “4 hour body”,I find it challenging to incorporate the eating “plans” suggested in the book, since I’m a shift worker,where I’m required to work 12 hour night shifts (6pm to 6am).

    Any suggestions?



  66. Sup Tim. Will you consider making this 6 bullets by adding new meals(ingredients) etc which you tried out. Since we are what we eat. Cool…..tx

  67. Rumble Roller! Yes this is an essential (but extremely painful!) piece of kit, brings a tear to the eye on the IT band! Oh and thank you SO MUCH for the Seneca! nothing has had this much impact in such a short amount of time, I have downloaded all the audios and cannot get enough, thank you again!

  68. Had to laugh: “I’m wearing them with socks. #GermanStyle”.

    Btw: I know what you mean with knowing that you have to have or need something but you delay it again and again until you get it years later and finally enjoy the fun/relief/comfort.

    Rock on!


  69. Hey Tim, I am probably your biggest fan in Dubai. I have been listening to your podcasts for a few months. I am meditating almost daily and basically really benefiting from your amazing work so thank you. I just started receiving the 5 bullet Friday email and I love it. I want to ask you to address and discuss sharing/helping others by for example, sharing your blog. Even though we may want to help people, and they need and ask for help at times, our advice is not always welcome. The feeling I usually come out with is why did I do this? Just stay quiet dude and focus your own $#%#.

  70. I will try that back acupuncture mat. As a tall guy 6’5″ I always pull my back muscles when I over do the lat pull downs or back rows. Thoroughly impressed you got to meet those cirque du soleil acrobats who seem to defy logic with their amazing flexibility. Never miss those shows when they’re in town.

    I’ve also found that when I work on the core muscles more consistently (abs especially) I don’t get pulled back muscles quite as often. Something I’m sure you’re aware of.

    I’m also happy to hear you stopped taking on more investment projects and spending more time with the things you truly love and get the most fulfillment from. We all have to do that, take time to evaluate where we find more satisfaction from and cut out the bs projects and time-wasting things that suck the fun out of our days.

    Keep up the great work! If I leave any more comments my girlfriend might get jealous. Haha really admire everything you do Tim. I wish there were more folks like you.

  71. Would like to send you a sample of our Rollga Roller for myofascial release and trigger point therapy. Where can I send it?

  72. Love the 5-bullet Fridays – lots of excellent stuff to think about/do/read. But I think the Drucker quote is actually “What’s measured gets improved.” It was as much a warning as anything. His point was that if you measure the wrong thing, it will start improving, even if improving it results in an overall bad outcome.

    E.g., you notice the correlation “sales people who make more calls make more sales.” So you start measuring the # of calls that sales people make. The result will be that they’ll make more calls (# of calls improves). That will almost certainly happen. But often sales don’t go up, because the calls are now lower quality. That is, the thing you’re measuring is improving, but it’s not the thing you want to actually improve.

    He also never said the converse, that you can only manage things you can measure. This is important, because there are lots of important things a good manager pays attention to that aren’t measurable.

  73. Love the podcasts, grateful I found you and all the madness and insight that comes with it.

    Always loved science shizzle, and anything to do with human development.

    You are the common man in the way you go about these things and get the detail across, but you are the common man in the uncommon situation.

    love that, keep up the great work. Happy Friday, Peace out .

    PS I think you must have some English ancestry, surely? ;o)

  74. Hi Tim! May we interview you for the new TribeLA magazine, a new arts, cultures and lifestyles publication in Los Angeles. We launch this spring. I am also producing Off the Page again for CBSradio (independently this time). Do you remember you, Seth Godin, Alice Schroeder and a few others were my first interviewees for KNX newsradio back in 2008? You had just bought your home in SF and was full of excitement. I know you have done thousands of interviews and may not remember, but it happened. Thank you! Seth is on board with a few excerpts from “Tribes” and a 10-minute broadcast interview that we will use for the “Off the Page” vignette series. Hope we can speak soon. I saw that you were here recently. Found out too late. Stay great, deborah

  75. Hey Tim – I am grateful for the knowledge and perspectives I’ve acquired from your books, podcasts, and blog. All of these things help facilitate my work to become a more knowledgeable, competent, happy and generally well-rounded human. I thought I would attempt a tiny favor in return; in your most recent 5 Bullet Friday, you referred to the country “Ukraine,” as “the Ukraine,” which is unfortunately, a totally common error. This misnomer is not only inaccurate but fraught with troubling implications, especially when considering the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia. I’m sure if you get to view this comment, you would be interested, so I’m just including a link to an article which explains a little of the history. I hope you get to check this out, and I hope I’m putting the link in the right place.

    Thanks and take care.


  76. Tim! I really love your Bullet 5! Whenever I see it, it give me constant inspiration/motivation to grow and learn and be excited!! I wish you can add favorite or recommended books. Your books are great! Thank you!!

  77. Tim- it was great to meet you and Molly. I’m curious if you’ve read Steal Like an Artist? Thinking about this in light of being immersed in “Everything is a Remix”.

  78. Hello Mr. Ferris! I truely enjoy your bullet friday mail, but I just subscribed recently! Is there a way please that you can send me a few more from before! Thank you for you. You are so inspirational! Great work and more happiness for you!

  79. Tim,

    Ty Clark here, buddies with Del Ponter and a number of Summiters:) I have something you might be interested in and would love to send you a copy. I have been working on a film about the man who developed the modern day jump shot in basketball (Kenny Sailors look him up) , we have been fighting to get him inducted into the Hall of Fame– a rediculous uphill battle. I recently wrote a 100 page research paper on the history of the jump shot for the director of the Hall of Fame and am working with Bob Knight and some others to get Kenny (just passed away at 95) inducted. Kenny is a forgotten legend and pioneer with an imcredible story. Would love to send you a copy of the research.

  80. I loved the Valve employee handbook. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that. I plan to use it in my networking meetings for our business group and in my presentations. You rock Tim!

  81. Hi Tim,

    “I am often filled with wonder when I see some men demanding the time of others and those from whom they ask it most indulgent. Both of them fix their eyes on the object of the request for time, neither of them on the time itself; just as if what is asked were nothing, what is given, nothing.”

    Please let me assure you that I understand any response to this is taking your most precious resource, so hopefully by writing this here others can get a lot out of it as well. I am also hoping to draw you in with a Seneca quote obviously. A bit cheeky I know but if you can answer the following that would be amazing!

    1) Do you know the impacts of having yerba mate (Mi adiccion de Agentina!) or green tea whilst fasting? I know you do a strictly water only fast but I find that drinking mate helps me a lot. Just worried about the impact as I want to start moving into slightly longer fasting periods.

    2) I fell in love with 4 hour workweek the minute you mentioned my favourite country Argentina. I absolutely love it there because they seem as mental as Aussies (Yes Australian, I don’t swear via text though so all good moderators). I am going back to Argentina for a 2 month (work away agreement yay :D) and was just wondering if, off the top of your head, you had an easily importable product I could take and sell in BA. I was originally intending on making use of the “blue dollar” again but recently that little trick has disappeared. Do you have any other ideas of something I could do to recover some of my flight costs? (the more legal the better obviously!)

    3) In your podcast with I thiiiink James Fadiman you mentioned some ill symptoms you get on I think DMT or perhaps moreso interactions with certain ingredients in psychedelics such as ayahuasca (even though I believe you haven’t tried that..yet :D..). I’m just wondering because when I went to Peru for a retreat I stopped drinking after the 3rd ceremony we did due to an ever increasing severity of what I would call “convulsions”. It seemed to be a cumulative effect over the days, each time I drank and In my past experience I am an extreme light weight on any stimulant. The shaman of course told us that everyone “purges” differently but largely due to fear at the time and having received some pretty amazing experiences I was content and stopped drinking. It wasn’t until you mentioned it in your podcast that I started to question just how much danger I may have been in?

    4) One idea I had after reading a lot of your stuff and Senecas Shortness of life was to actually include our finite “Time” as another part of a financial portfolio or perhaps just as a decision making tool. As you can understand it can be hard to think long term and whether it is better to do overtime now, or work a second job…or cut back to 3 days a week, quit to start a business, continue on with current job etc etc at any one moment. And considering we all give up part of our freedom to work…to essentially buy freedom…I was wondering if you knew of or had any ideas of creating a calculator to make it a purely logical decision. For example: I know that by doing an extra 2 hours work overtime now that in 5 years time, this effort compounded will result in 4 hours free time….and therefore it is logical to work now. Maybe I am overthinking this here to think of time like this. Not sure. :S

    Appreciate all that you do, you’re a legend, not to blow smoke up your…behind…(didn’t swear) but thank you a million!

    Kind regards,


  82. Here is a quote for you: “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them well… I have others.” – Groucho Marx

  83. Tim, love you 5 bullets. Please do a podcast on lyme. I saw the one you did with the research woman at your appt. But frankly a bit too medical for my understanding. Recently found out I have lyme. Need to get rid of this. I will certainly appreciate and I’m sure others will as well. God bless. Jim

  84. Tengo que decir que eres un descubrimiento, no solo haces que nos motivemos y nos superemos sino que también cuentas cosas divertidas. La verdad es que no está siendo un año fácil y con tus libros y el blog, ayudas a que sea más llevadero.

    Disculpa por escribir el comentario en español, espero que no sea un problema.

    Por cierto, lo mejor de la foto son definitivamente los zapatos. 😛

    Saludos desde Valencia, España.