Tim Ferriss is a bestselling author and entrepreneur best known for his book The 4-Hour Workweek. He also hosts The Tim Ferriss Show which is the first business/interview podcast to pass 200 million downloads.


Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers is a book that has compiled the best pieces of wisdom accumulated from more than 200 interviews with the worlds most successful people. The book is divided into three parts: healthy, wealthy, and wise.

In the beginning of the book Ferriss said that it is meant to explore the book to ones own interest and it’s OK to skip liberally.

Interesting Ideas

5 ideas/advice particularly stood out for me. The first piece of advice was from Jocko Willink, a former US Navy Seal when he said “take extreme ownership of your world.” I just enjoyed his strong no-excuses attitude.

The second idea that stood out to me was the importance of contemplating mortality for perspective.

A third interesting idea was the utility of stargazing as therapy. This was in discussion with BJ Miller, a palliative care physician in San Francisco. Observing the universe is important for putting our values and concerns into perspective.

A quote that struck me as true was from Tony Robbins when he mentioned one of his favorite quotes that “Losers react, leaders anticipate.”

Lastly, a brilliant section that I particularly enjoyed was from Marc Andreessen on overestimating the people on pedestals. He wrote that successful people were people just like you when they got started, and they are not that different from you. Everything around us is made up by people that were no smarter than you. Thus, there is nothing stopping any of us from doing similar things.


The book was in a very engaging format and advice was kept succinct.

Overall the book was also quite honest, such as Tim Ferriss’s personal experiences with the misconceptions of successful people and his experiences with mental health.

Some Criticisms

No major criticisms.

Check out his book, here: (Amazon link)

If you are into topics about wisdom and empowerment, you may enjoy my essay The Search for Truth (on religion, science, language, and the meaning of life).


Ferriss, Tim. Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.