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Tim Ferriss – The Four Hour X

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# Episode 159


In Episode #159 Ari is joined by productivity man, myth and legend [Tim Ferriss]( of [The 4 Hour Work Week]( fame. During this hour-plus interview, Ari asks Tim about the origins of his success, the keys to his continued habits of excellence and what makes “The Four Hour X” approach to life so radically helpful.

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**Time Stamped Show Notes:**

  • – 25:59 – Introduction of [Tim Ferriss]( of [The 4 Hour Work Week](
  • – 26:52 – Talking about the [Tim Ferriss Experiment](
  • – 29:08 – Tim has “failed” at TV twice
  • – 31:14 – It’s not enough to be a positive thinker—you need the “feet on the ground” strategies
  • – 32:00 – Mastery comes through teaching
  • – 32:38 – Tim didn’t learn how to swim until he was in his 30s
  • – 33:12 – When you suddenly overcome an “impossible” other impossibles in your life start to fall
  • – 37:30 – Tim’s next “skill” to develop?
  • – 39:03 – Tim’s to-do list
  • – 41:14 – Becoming proficient in any activity creates far-reaching transferrable skill
  • – 42:38 – [The Checklist Manifesto](
  • – 42:45 – No matter how dexterous of mind and body you are, checklists (processes) will make you better
  • – 43:40 – Is there blowback from people who are offended by the notion that Tim can “learn” a task in one-week?
  • – 46:12 – Be unorthodox and challenge the “best-practices” of your given skill
  • – 46:29 – “This takes a lifetime to learn” is something people say when they’re trying to defend their fiefdom
  • – 46:44 – More often than not, it is said to deter people from trying
  • – 48:31 – Tim’s key tools for automation
  • – 48:47 – Boomerang as a Gmail extension
  • – 50:14 – Delegate anything that consumes attention rather than time
  • – 53:32 – Ari —

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