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36 Tim Ferriss Quotes That Truly Inspire

Dan Western



36 Tim Ferriss Quotes That Truly Inspire

For those of you who don’t know, Tim Ferriss is an American entrepreneur and self-development author. He’s written a multiple number of books, including his best seller; ‘The 4 Hour Work Week‘.

Some of Tim’s other books include:

  • The 4 Hour Body
  • The 4 Hour Chef
  • Tools of Titans

We’ve found Tim’s advice over the years to be incredible, and the quotes below show just how much sense he really makes.

Here’s our collection of 36 Tim Ferriss quotes that truly inspire people:


36 Tim Ferriss Quotes That Truly Inspire

1. “By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.” – Tim Ferriss

2. “To enjoy life, you don’t need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren’t as serious as you make them out to be.” – Tim Ferriss

3. “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” – Tim Ferriss

4. “The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?” – Tim Ferriss

5. “Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress – stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.” Tim Ferriss

6. “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” – Tim Ferriss

7. “It is possible to become world-class, enter the top 5% of performers in the world, in almost any subject within 6-12 months, or even 6-12 weeks.” – Tim Ferriss

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8. “The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.” – Tim Ferriss


9. “For all their bitching about what’s holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they’re being held from.” – Tim Ferriss


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“Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitate to get in the way if you’re moving.” – Tim Ferriss


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11. “If you let pride stop you, you will hate life.” – Tim Ferriss


12. “Poisonous people do not deserve your time. To think otherwise is masochistic.” – Tim Ferriss

13. “Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.” – Tim Ferriss

14. “Pareto’s Law can be summarized as follows: 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs.” – Tim Ferriss

15. “The fishing is best where the fewest go and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone is aiming for base hits.” – Tim Ferriss


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16. “Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.” – Tim Ferriss


17. “People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.” – Tim Ferriss

18. “Many a false step was made by standing still.” – Tim Ferriss

19. “Age doesn’t matter: an open mind does.” – Tim Ferriss


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“The goal is not to simply eliminate the bad, but to pursue and experience the best in the world.” – Tim Ferriss


21. “People are fond of using the its not what you know, its who you know adage as an excuse for inaction, as if all successful people are born with powerful friends.” – Tim Ferriss

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22. “Life is too short to be small.” – Tim Ferriss


23. “The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for.” – Tim Ferriss

24. “Remember – boredom is the enemy, not some abstract “failure.” – Tim Ferriss

25. “Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.” – Tim Ferriss

26. “$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows.” – Tim Ferriss

27. “Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.” – Tim Ferriss

28. “The golden years become lower-middle-class life revisited. That’s a bittersweet ending.” – Tim Ferriss


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“Alternating periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive.” – Tim Ferriss


30. “It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming.” – Tim Ferriss

31. “If you spend your time, worth $20-25 per hour, doing something that someone else will do for $10 per hour, it’s simply a poor use of resources.” – Tim Ferriss

32. “It is predicated on the assumption that you dislike what you are doing during the most physically capable years of your life. This is a nonstarter—nothing can justify that sacrifice.” – Tim Ferriss

33. “I will take as a given that, for most people, somewhere between six and seven billion of them, the perfect job is the one that takes the least time.” – Tim Ferriss

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34. “Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner.” – Tim Ferriss


35. “Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined. Otherwise, you waste someone else’s time instead of your own, which now wastes your hard-earned cash.” – Tim Ferriss

36. “You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.” – Tim Ferriss


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Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance and investment for the last 7 years, whilst traveling the world and being able to call Bali, Indonesia, his HQ. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing self-development sites in the world; with over 160 million views worldwide, and more than 200,000 followers on social media. Dan's mission is simply, to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up."