The New Yorker magazine has labeled Tim Ferriss, an American author, entrepreneur and public speaker as “this generation’s self-help guru.” His wildly popular books The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef have all swiftly reached the top of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists.
On December 6th, 2016, Ferriss released his latest book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. The book is based on his interviews with over 200 world-class performers, including celebrities, athletes and scientists, for his podcast The Tim Ferriss Show.
In recent articles Ferriss wrote for The Observer he revealed that the one routine common to “titans” in any field of life is meditation.
Ferriss says that over 80% of the world-class performers he interviewed were using meditation to get better results with less stress and to effectively recover from the feeling of “being in a trench on the front lines” throughout the day.
Ferriss himself practices Transcendental Meditation, which he credits for kicking off his consistent daily meditation practice two years ago.
“Rick Rubin and Chase Jarvis convinced me to bite the bullet on the cost when I was going through a hard period in my life. I’m glad they did.
The social pressure of having a teacher for 4 consecutive days was exactly the incentive I needed to meditate consistently enough to establish the habit,” Ferris explains the benefits of the structured course.
Ferriss also addressed one of the common fears that prop up regarding meditation:
“I was also afraid of “losing my edge,” as if meditation would make me less aggressive or driven.
That was unfounded; meditation simply helps you channel drive toward the few things that matter, rather than every moving target and imaginary opponent that pops up.”
On top of this neat description, Ferriss also nicely summed it all up with a quote by Abraham Lincoln: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
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