Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss
This is the first time that I’ve produced a review for a book that I haven’t read right through from the beginning to the end.
Although that makes this feel a little wrong, the author does not advise reading the book from front to back and instead encourages you to ‘skip liberally’.
Where did this book come from?
Tools of Titans is a great example of repurposing content.
The author, Timothy Ferris, has taken some of the best interviews which he has conducted through his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, and had them transcribed in order to create this (very large) book.
By repurposing his content into a different format (from audio to written) he can use it to reach a new audience and create an additional revenue stream.
Even by not reading the book, the mere creation of it can still teach a valuable lesson to entrepreneurs.
The book’s structure
Tools of Titans has been organized into three sections: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise. The interviews have then been organized into one of those categories, however, as would expect, there is a certain degree of overlap.
Each interview begins with a small introduction into the history and successes of the interviewee, followed by the best parts and takeaways from that podcast episode.
A nice little touch is that, where possible, Tim has provided an illustration of the interviewee’s chosen spirit animal which adds a bit of humor.
But there is a downside …
This book is packed with lots of helpful advice! You can pretty much open the book on any page and find something useful.
BUT, I did find that there is a downside to this book.
Because the chapters of the interviews are very clear cut (one interview does not lead into the next), it provides you with a stopping point to put the book back on the shelf and to never pick it back up again.
Unlike reading a ‘normal’ book, where you’re always being led into the next chapter and have some ‘unfinished business’, Tools of Titans gives you multiple places to close the book. There is no real beginning and there is no real end.
I was guilty of this myself, and after putting the book down, it took me a long time (many months) before I picked it back up again to continue.
But luckily for you, I have a solution to that problem…
Introducing the ‘Breakfast Book’
Conversely, the downside that I’ve just described above can also be an upside; because you can pick it up and put it down at will, you can learn something new without having to spend ages reading the whole thing.
This type of book suits, what I like to call, the ‘breakfast book’. Meaning that this book is perfect to read whilst you have your breakfast.
So, every morning, read one interview as you chow down on your porridge, pancakes, egg muffins, of whatever else you have for breakfast. Then digest what you’ve read during the day, and then read another interview over breakfast the next morning, and so on until the book is finished.
This is an easy way to build a good reading habit and also to ensure that this book doesn’t spend most of its life on a shelf remaining largely unread.
So, would I recommend this book?
Yes, I would, especially if you are a business owner or entrepreneur.
This book is similar to an entrepreneurial encyclopedia that you can dip into when you want. A great reference book to have within reach when you need a bit of guidance.
Have you read “Tools of Titans?”
This review is my own personal and honest opinion.
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