I reopened Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans today. This is a must buy. I have it in hardback but also wanted to on kindle so I could read it whenever the opportunity was available. If you care about improving yourself than there is absolutely no reason you should not own this book.
Here’s what I learned (and re-learned) today.
A. I need an accountability partner.
I need someone to keep me focused and energized. I also need someone that is depending on me. If you follow Gretchen Rubin than you are aware of the 4 tendencies. I forget the names of all of them. I remember Rebel but not because I am one. I fit into the category that most of us fit into. ButI forget which one it is. Bottom line is I will stop at nothing to not let you down. But I will fall short every time on keeping up with my own goals. That’s why I need an accountability partner. Someone that is depending on me as much as I am depending on them.
This will help with working out, meditating, eating a healthy diet and any other habit you are trying to introduce into your life.
B. Taking one breath a day is OK.
This is about meditation. I have been trying to start meditating again. I had a pretty good habit down a couple years ago but it has been difficult lately. I just haven’t made the time for it. In Titans, Ferriss discusses a few tips from author and Google pioneer, Chade-Meng “Meng” Tan. A, above, also comes from the mind of Meng.
The one breath a day idea is that you need to build momentum for your meditation practice. You can’t just sit down for 30 minutes right from the start. Instead, take one breath. Every Day. Doing this everyday will help build that practice and will also enable you to focus on mindfulness. Just commit to one breath every day. You will see benefits.
C. 10 Seconds is all it takes to change your life.
OK so this one I will be doing ASAP! Ferriss talks about something he calls the joy of loving-kindness. The idea is that for 10 seconds you wish for someone else to be happy. Just take 10 seconds and think of someone. Could be an old friend, a new acquaintance, a family member or even a frenemy! Take 10 seconds and wish them happiness.
In the book, Tim talks about a talk he gave one time at a meditation center. The talk was on a Monday, Ferriss gave the group homework for the next day. While at work, the audience was to do this exercise: Once an hour, every hour, randomly identify two people walking by their office. You don’t need to identify them, it could and should be done with total secrecy. Just think, ” I wish for this person to be happy.”
The next day Ferriss received an email from someone that had attended the talk. She had been at her job for 7 years. She explained how she hates her job, hates coming in every day. She went on to say that was the happiest day she has had in 7 years! Just 10 seconds 8 times on that day changed everything.
I’m working on finding an accountability partner. Let me know if you are too, maybe we can work together. I’m going to redownload Headspace and try to meditate again. The app comes with a free 10-day program that will help you jumpstart the practice. And I will definitely focus on wishing for the happiness of others.
That’s what I learned today. How about you? Leave a comment with something beneficial that you learned!