50+ Inspirational Tim Ferriss Quotes That Will Get You Through 2020

Tim Ferriss is an American entrepreneur, investor, author, and podcaster.

He's been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40.”

Tim is also the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, most popularly known for "The 4-Hour Workweek."

We put together 50+ inspirational Tim Ferriss quotes to help you get through 2020 & beyond.

“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”

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

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

“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”

“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”

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

“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”

“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”

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

“Writing is thought on paper”

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

“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?’”

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

“The most important actions are never comfortable”

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

“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”

“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”

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

“Focus on being productive instead of busy”

“Emphasize strengths, don’t fix weaknesses”

“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”

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

“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”

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

“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”

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

“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?’”

“The first book was turned down by 26 publishers”

“Lack of time is actually lack of priorities”

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

“The most important actions are never comfortable”

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

“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…”

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

“What’s the worst that could happen?

“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”

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

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

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

“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”

“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”

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

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

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

“Dedication is often just meaningless work in disguise”

“Life is too short to think small”

“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”

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

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

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

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