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“I’m a compulsive note taker…My goal is to learn things once and use them forever.” – Tim Ferriss. And with that opening quotation, I was hooked on Tim Ferriss’ book, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. I immediately started saving my favorite leadership tips and takeaways to Evernote as I read. I deeply believe the best way to improve your leadership skills is by learning from others.


And, wow, did I learn from this book—all 700+ pages of it. (Before you let the daunting length be a deterrent, I encourage you to take the advice Ferriss offers to treat the book like a “buffet,” that is, selecting the parts that are most appealing to you.). I’ve already learned a lot from Ferriss’ previous books—his 4-Hour Workweek in particular. Before reading that book, I’d never heard of the concept of a virtual assistant. After reading the book, I went out and hired one immediately. As anyone knows who has worked with me over the past few years, my amazing VA Eileen of Delegate Solutions has been a true gamechanger.

Tools of Titans lived up to my high expectations (except for the notable and inexplicable dearth of women among the “titans”). While many of the people Ferriss included are illustrious names, I also learned of new thought leaders, such as Derek Sivers. (I bought his book, Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur, the minute I finished reading his interview).

“I distinctly remember [my dad] saying not to worry about what I was going to do because the job I was going to do hadn’t even been invented yet. . . . The interesting jobs are the ones that you make up. That’s something I certainly hope to instill in my son: Don’t worry about what your job is going to be. . . . Do things that you’re interested in, and if you do them really well, you’re going to find a way to temper them with some good business opportunity.”


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