Podcast – The Tim Ferriss Show with Derek Sivers (Ep. #125 + #128) Notes

Podcast – The Tim Ferriss Show – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

Link Episode #125 (Spotify) | Link Episode #128 (Spotify)

  • Sivers book — Anything You Want (you can get it for free by clicking this link, all chapters on his site)
  • You are what you pretend to be
  • He read Awaken the Giant Within at 19 (same as Tim)
  • “The standard pace is for chumps”
  • Relaxing for the same effort – bike story. You can recognize it when you feel the internal pain
  • Respond to other people’s demands. No need to create demand
  • Either hell yes or no
  • Busy isn’t good.
  • The first thing that comes to mind isn’t all that interesting. For example, “What’s the first painting that comes to mind?“ Mona Lisa. “What’s the first president that comes to mind?“ George Washington. The first thing that comes to mind doesn’t necessarily give any substance. To find out the substantive answer, maybe look for the third thing that comes to mind.
  • Bike story (43 minutes vs. 45 minutes)
  • Teach whatever it is you just learned, while you remember what it’s like to not know it. Once you get used to knowing it, you can’t imagine what it’s like to not know.
  • Share your work online. If your work isn’t online, it basically doesn’t exist.
  • Share the process and the residue of your work. People want to see how the sausage gets made.
  • Release your creations sometimes after completion. That way the critiques won’t feel like they’re personal attacks, you’ll be more detached to the work.
  • If more information was the answer, we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs. Just start running.
  • When Derek went with his introverted nature, instead of trying to do extroverted things, it made him really happy
  • Whatever idea you have, you need to argue against it… because everything sounds better in theory. 
    • So: Do little tests. Give yourself an exit plan in the chance you don’t like it. If you want to live somewhere new, try moving there for a month or two. If you want to try a new job, try it with the chance you’ll hate it.
  • Was Robin Williams a “successful actor”? Your initial answer might be yes, but that would be to define success in terms of metrics from other people (external). Not happiness. Define success first by your inner game.
  • If you only help yourself but help nobody else, then we’d call you happy, but wouldn’t call you a success
  • If you want to be undeniably successful, you need to help yourself (master your emotions and actions) and help lots of people.
  • Here’s what actually makes Derek Sivers happy: a quiet little place to live alone, working laptop, access to the Internet and books, enough money for food, good health, and good friends (everything past that is bullshit)
  • Focus, Learn, Practice

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.