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Tag: Tim Ferriss (Page 1 of 3)

Ask a question

I remember my teacher handing out an assignment in Grade 3 and I did not understand what to do next. The room was silent except for the vigorous scratching of pencils on paper as all the other students got to work. I was scared to raise my hand and ask a question because I thought it would make me look bad.

I have learned a lot since then. Continue reading

Power through

I was listening to author Elizabeth Gilbert on the Tim Ferriss podcast last week and she fueled my soul.  She spoke about how the language of our experience is always that we should ‘power through.’  But sometimes we can’t.  We need to stop and take care of ourselves.  And then begin again. Continue reading

The lessons of history

As I listened to his podcast on my morning walk this week, Tim Ferriss reminded me about a book he recommended that I read a few years back.  It is called The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.  It condenses 10,000 years of history into about 120 pages.  Tim said that when you look at that kind of snapshot, you realize we have been here before.  Plagues, famines, wars.  And we got through it.  As we will again. Continue reading

The cost of learning the lessons he needed to learn

Entrepreneur Tim Ferriss toyed with getting an MBA after his undergrad.  But instead, he took the $100,000 he would have paid in tuition and invested it in start-ups.  He knew that he’d most likely lose it all.  But he looked at it as the cost of learning the lessons he needed to learn.  Just like you don’t get your tuition back after earning a degree.  He lost money but he also learned a massive amount.  Invaluable experience. Continue reading

Moved for the fourth time in four years

Last week we moved for the fourth time in four years.  I must admit, I was in denial the last few weeks before the big day.  The schedule was full of appointments and events and dance competitions.  The packing and purging loomed before me.   Our elementary school was having a book bonanza so I ended up donating about 12 bags of books to the cause.  It looked like I had robbed a library. Continue reading

80,000 hours

I recently heard Will MacAskill on the Tim Ferriss podcast.  In his early thirties, Will is likely the youngest associate professor in the world and teaches Philosophy at Oxford.  He co-founded a non-profit called 80,000 Hours which helps people figure out how to make the most impact with their career.  He is all about effective altruism and donating money to charities that make the most difference.  He donates anything he makes above $36,000 to various causes. Continue reading

Democratizing philosophy

I was listening to philosopher and author Alain de Botton on the Tim Ferriss podcast and I am so drawn in to what he was saying.  He was talking about democratizing philosophy so that everyone realizes how helpful it is to ask questions about what makes us happy, what we want to do every day, and how love fits into our lives.  Philosophy is not just meant for universities and theoretical thinkers.  It’s meant for all of us. Continue reading

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