35 Priceless Timothy Ferriss Quotes

Tim Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, investor, and public speaker. Best known for his book ‘The 4 Hour Workweek,’ Ferriss has appeared in a number of publications to include the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Here is a look at some of the most notable Tim Ferriss quotes of all time.

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

“Alternating periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive. Capacity, interest, and mental endurance all wax and wane. Plan accordingly.”

“Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner.”

“But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”

“By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.”

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


“Doing less is not being lazy. Don’t give in to a culture that values personal sacrifice over personal productivity.”

“Doing something unimportant well does not make it important.”

“Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.”

“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”

“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time.”

“For all their bitching about what’s holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they’re being held from.”

“I will take as a given that, for most people, somewhere between six and seven billion of them, the perfect job is the one that takes the least time.”

“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”

“If you spend your time, worth $20-25 per hour, doing something that someone else will do for $10 per hour, it’s simply a poor use of resources.”

“I’ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead: What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”

“Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.”

“It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre.”

“Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.”

“Life is too short to be small.”

“Many a false step was made by standing still.”

“Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitate to get in the way if you’re moving.”

“Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined.”

“People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”

“Poisonous people do not deserve your time. To think otherwise is masochistic.”

“Remember—boredom is the enemy, not some abstract “failure.”"

“The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for.”

“The fishing is best where the fewest go and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits.”

“The goal is not to simply eliminate the bad, which does nothing more than leave you with a vacuum, but to pursue and experience the best in the world.”

“The golden years become lower-middle-class life revisited. That’s a bittersweet ending.”

“The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.”

“The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”

“To enjoy life, you don’t need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren’t as serious as you make them out to be.”

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”

“When you try to do something big its hard to fail completely.”

Here is a special look into the life of author of the ‘Four Hour Workweek’ as he is joined by Morgan Spurlock Production to file a day in the life of Tim Ferriss.

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