Tim Ferriss – My Brain’s Gateway Drug

My dear readers,

Today I’m introducing a new column on my blog that is dedicated to highlighting the works of unique people across the world who inspire me through their life’s calling. The first of these individuals that I want to share with you all is Tim Ferriss. FYI, I don’t get paid for any endorsements of people or products on my blog – I’m passing the goodwill forward.

Nowadays, I often ask friends and strangers alike in conversation if they’ve ever heard of Tim Ferriss. Most of them say no, which then leads me to give a rambling and inadequate description of a modern day renaissance man who is best described as a jack of all trades and a master of many.

Tim Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, self-proclaimed “human guinea pig”, and public speaker. He has written a number of self-help books on the “4-hour” theme, some of which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, starting with The 4-Hour Workweek. Ferriss is also an angel investor and an advisor to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Evernote, and Uber, among other companies.

Over the last few years, he’s dedicated the majority of his time to his radio podcast, which now has exceeded 100 million downloads, and is consistently rated among the best of iTunes for several years running. He is the “Oprah of audio” – in his 2 hour+ conversations, Tim engagingly interviews elite performers across all industries (finance, creative, military, sports, political, etc) and teases out their routines, tactics and mindset to the benefit of his listeners. Over the years, he’s featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Sharapova, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Amanda Palmer, Malcolm Gladwell, Vince Vaughn, Rick Rubin, Reid Hoffman, Jocko Willink, Whitney Cummings, Mike Shinoda, and 200+ more.

Here are three of my favorite interviews:

Tim Ferriss & Jocko Willink (The scariest NAVY SEAL alive, and what he taught me)

Tim Ferriss & Cory Booker (Senator from NJ – Street Fights, 10-Day Hunger Strikes, and Creative Problem-Solving)

Tim Ferriss & Ray Dalio (Founder of Bridgewater Associates – The Steve Jobs of Investing)


Recently, Tim published a book called Tools of Titans: which distills morsels of wisdom from his countless radio interviews organized generally along the lines of “health, wealth and wisdom (shoutout to Ben Franklin!)”.


In Tools of Titans, one particular entry on building morning routines resonated with me greatly, and I can say with absolute certainty that it has changed my life for the better. I strongly recommend that you guys check out the full audio explanation here.

In short, if we win the morning, we win the day. Here are 5 things to help us kick start our routines.

  1. Make your bed (countless people have stressed the importance of this)
  2. Meditate (more than 85% of people interviewed on his radio podcast have some type of mindfulness ritual, even if its 10 minutes a day in the morning with Calm or Headspace. I use Calm)
  3. Do 5 to 10 reps of any physical activity (or a quick morning routine to get the blood flowing. Typically I’ll do a combination of burpees, pushups and air squats while I’m boiling water for coffee)
  4. Make some coffee/tea
  5. Write in a journal (TF introduced me to the 5-minute journal which is a short and structured form of writing that helps me prime my brain to more grateful, to see the greatness that exists every day, and to critically assess where I can make things even better. I can’t stress how beneficial this formatted writing exercise has been, from a former frat bro who wouldn’t be caught dead doing something like meditating or journalingproduct-journal-infographic_2160x1166

There are many other positive things to say about Tim Ferriss and his work, but I’m continuously grateful for his content (all free) and for the insightful takeaways from his conversations with high achievers that I admire personally and professionally. If you guys don’t know TF yet, go check out what he has to offer!