After casual reading over the past 4 months, I've finally finished this anthology of responses from some of the most successful people on the planet. The list of names spans practically every career from athlete to scientist. And each of them provides a short and sweet insight to the way they live, what they've learned, and what's made them who they are over time. The key is the way in which Tim Ferriss extracts these tidbits from each interviewee. It's through the set of 11 questions that are very telling of a person's character. Every answer is allows you to peer into their lives. But truly more importantly, the Q&A found within this book helps the reader do some soul searching themselves.
What do you believe in? What makes you tick? How do you dig deep to avoid future failure? How do you react? What do you read? Oh, this happens to celebrities too? I thought I was the only one. Are you introspective? Do you know who you are?
These are some of the questions and thoughts that you often formulate about yourself when you read about others. The beauty in all of this is that despite how big-ticket their name may be, you can relate to them. Their experiences can be taken away for your personal use. You can learn from them even without being connected.
I've tried this experiment myself. I've circulated the same series of questions used by Ferriss to my tribe, a short-list of the people who I've surrounded myself with over the years - family, friends, colleagues. I've gotten some phenomenal answers and have created my own anthology for my family and (eventually) children to look upon, similar to how I've read this book. I hope to grow this collection of answers, not by making more friends or acquaintances, but by asking these same questions to these same people maybe 10 years from now. I think it'll show us a different perspective or further ground our original learning.
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