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Greetings, friend! 

Welcome to tim.blog, my home on the interwebs. My name is Tim Ferriss, and I am an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans. I am the host of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which has more than 800 million downloads. I also publish “5-Bullet Friday,” a free, weekly email that describes the five coolest things I’ve found or explored that week. It goes out to a few million people and takes just a few minutes to read. You can find more of my bio here

Since this blog has been ongoing for more than a decade, I created this page as a helpful place for new visitors to discover some of the most popular content. 

It’s easier than wandering through 1,000+ posts!

If you like what you see, I invite you to sign up for “5-Bullet Friday” by clicking here. You can also subscribe to The Tim Ferriss Show podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotifyOvercastStitcherPodcast AddictPocket CastsCastboxGoogle PodcastsAmazon Music, or on your preferred platform for listening to podcasts.

Please enjoy! 

CONTENTS 

PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY 

11 Reasons Not to Become Famous (or “A Few Lessons Learned Since 2007”)

Testing The “Impossible”: 17 Questions That Changed My Life

Fear-Setting: The Most Valuable Exercise I Do Every Month

Why You Need a “Deloading” Phase in Life

How to Say “No” When It Matters Most (or “Why I’m Taking a Long ‘Startup Vacation”)

Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide

On The Shortness of Life: An Introduction to Seneca

Forget New Year’s Resolutions and Conduct a ‘Past Year Review’ Instead

How to Use Philosophy as a Personal Operating System: From Seneca to Musashi

Stoicism 101: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs

The Top 5 Reasons to Be a Jack of All Trades

How to Cure Anxiety — One Workaholic’s Story, Six Techniques That Work

Real Mind Control: The 21-Day No-Complaint Experiment

The 30-Day Challenge: No Booze, No Masturbating (NOBNOM)

Tao of Seneca – Free PDFs

FITNESS & HEALTH 

The Morning Cocktail I Drink Instead Of Coffee

5 Morning Rituals That Help Me Win the Day

From Geek to Freak: How I Gained 34 lbs. of Muscle in 4 Weeks

The Science of Fat-Loss: Why a Calorie Isn’t Always a Calorie

How to Lose 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days… Without Doing Any Exercise

The Perfect Posterior: Kettlebell Swings and Cheap Alternatives

How To Lose 20–30 Pounds In 5 Days: The Extreme Weight Cutting and Rehydration Secrets of UFC Fighters

How to Keep Feces Out of Your Bloodstream (or “Lose 10 Pounds in 14 Days”)

Pavel: 80/20 Powerlifting and How to Add 110+ Pounds to Your Lifts

PRODUCTIVITY

“Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)

The Psychology of Automation: Building a Bulletproof Personal-Finance System

Public Speaking — How I Prepare Every Time

The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now

What My Morning Journal Looks Like

The 4-Hour Workweek Tools

Apps I Use

BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP 

Ideal Lifestyle Costing (Incl. Monthly Expense Calculator, Dreamlining Calculators, and Worksheet) 

How to Create Your Own Real-World MBA (I) 

How to Create Your Own Real-World MBA (II) 

How I Built a #1-Ranked Podcast With 60M+ Downloads

The Margin Manifesto: 11 Tenets for Reaching (or Doubling) Profitability in 3 Months

How to Create a Million-Dollar Business This Weekend (Examples: AppSumo, Mint, Chihuahuas)

How to Gather 100,000 Emails in One Week (Includes Successful Templates, Code, Everything You Need)

Real-World Blueprint for a $5-Million Week

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days

LANGUAGE LEARNING

12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time — The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour

How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS 

The Best Books and Articles I Read in 2019

My Favorite and Most Impactful Reads of 2020

My Favorite and Most Impactful Reads of 2021

Books I’ve Loved — Tim’s Four Must-Read Books

The Tim Ferriss Book Club

You Are What You Read: 14 Thought Leaders Share Their Bookshelves

Tribe of Mentors — Recommended Books from Mentors and Top Books from Tools of Titans

Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose Discuss Their Top 5 Must-Read Books

The Top 10 Fiction Books for Non-Fiction Addicts

The Unusual Books That Shaped 50+ Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

GENERAL LEARNING 

How to Take Notes Like an Alpha-Geek

Ten Lessons I Learned While Teaching Myself to Code

Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes 

Total Immersion: How I Learned to Swim Effortlessly in 10 Days and You Can Too

TRAVEL

How to Never Check Luggage Again

How to Travel: 21 Contrarian Rules 

How to Be Jason Bourne: Multiple Passports, Swiss Banking, and Crossing Borders

How to Travel to Exotic, Expensive Cities on $50 a Day

How I Journal and Take Notes

How to Remember What You Read

How to Use Writing to Sharpen Your Thinking

Should You Specialize or Be a Generalist?

Life Is Short: How to Add a Sense of Urgency

How to Use Your Phone… So That It Doesn’t Use You

My Daily Practices and Habits to Fight Depression

How to Speed Read

Breakfast Routine with Tim Ferriss

Evening Routine with Tim Ferriss

How To Tie A Perfect Tie… Every Time

How To Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs Without Peeling

How to Cope with Feeling Unfocused or Overwhelmed

How to Start a Business or Podcast From Scratch

How to Apply Stoic Philosophy to Your Life

How to Create a Better Morning Routine

Skills to Master to be More Productive

Smart Drugs With Tim Ferriss

Why you should define your fears instead of your goals | 2nd TED talk

Tim Ferriss shares how to master any skill by deconstructing it 

Smash fear, learn anything | 1st TED talk

”How to Cage the Monkey Mind” | Talks at Google

Tricks for Combatting Procrastination

Tim Ferriss on Super Learning and Pushing the Limits | Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Tim Ferriss Interview: How to Overcome Fear, Practice Self Love & Build a Writing Routine | MarieTV with Marie Forleo

“The 4-Hour Body” at NEXT Conference

“The 4-Hour Body” | Talks at Google

Google IO Ignite — Practical Pessimism 

Tim Ferriss on Ketosis, Microbiome, Lyme Disease, and Biomarkers | Found My Fitness with Dr. Rhonda Patrick

STAY IN TOUCH 

You can follow me on Twitter (1.7M+ people do), visit me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and subscribe on YouTube. I tend to stir the pot, and some of it is definitely NSFW.

I also invite you to sign up for “5-Bullet Friday,” my uber-popular, short bullet-point email that describes the five coolest things I’ve found or explored that week. It sometimes includes VIP treatment only for subscribers, such as exclusive content, private Q&As, invitations to events, etc. Simply click here to subscribe

And what is The Tim Ferriss Show that I mentioned earlier? It’s one of the most popular podcasts in the world with more than 800 million downloads. It has been selected for “Best of Apple Podcasts” three times, it is often the #1 interview podcast across all of Apple Podcasts, and it’s been ranked #1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on many occasions.

Past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sarah Silverman, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric Schmidt, Michael Lewis, Dr. Andrew Huberman, Joe Gebbia, Michael Pollan, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Vince Vaughn, Brian Koppelman, Ramit Sethi, Sia, Dax Shepard, Tony Robbins, Jim Dethmer, Dan Harris, Ray Dalio, Naval Ravikant, Vitalik Buterin, Elizabeth Lesser, Amanda Palmer, Katie Haun, Sir Richard Branson, Chuck Palahniuk, Arianna Huffington, Reid Hoffman, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Rick Rubin, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Darren Aronofsky, Balaji Srinivasan, Dr. Michio Kaku, and many more.

In each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.

To listen to any of the past episodes for free, check out this page. You can also subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your preferred platform for listening to podcasts. You can find the most popular episodes from 2021 here, from 2020 here, from 2019 here, and some earlier popular episodes here.