Monday, 14 August 2017

Of Tools of Titans Part V

As I read through “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss I find myself constantly changing my mind in terms of the advice I rate the most. Here’s another five that are strong candidates for the top spots that merit not only prolonged contemplation but action and implementation too.

    1.   “Two is one and one is none”

This is a common expression among SEALS Jacko explains “It just means “Have a back-up” If you have two of something you will break or lose one and end up with one remaining “Better to have and not need than to need and not have.”

 2.   Single Tasking as a Superpower

In a world of distraction single-tasking is a superpower. Much of today’s Internet/Social media is designed to distract the viewer. Throw them something to claim their first 5 seconds and you’ve likely got them for a good few minutes. These minutes add up and waste huge amounts of time. The person who can concentrate routinely throughout the day by managing and eliminating distraction enjoys a significant advantage over others.

 3.   The importance of not judging

What ToTs says about not judging is insightful.
“And I think ultimately, sometimes when we judge other people, it’s just a way to not look at ourselves; a way to feel superior or sanctimonious or whatever. My trauma therapist said every time you meet someone, just in your head say “I love you” before you have a conversation with them, and that conversation is going to go a lot better”.

 4.   Planshopping

Apparently, this is one of the latest trends in New York. But are we ever guilty of it too? My guess is at least once or twice. And yes it’s nasty.
“Planshopping” is deferring committing to any one plan for an evening until you know what all your options are and then picking the one most likely to be fun/advance your career/have the most girls at it, in other words treating people like menu options or products in a catalogue.

 5.   Putting your thoughts on paper

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer putting your thoughts on paper is the best way to develop ideas and review and improve your thinking. The benefits of even 30 minutes a week of scribbling can transfer to everything else you do

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