Books & Principles To Base Your Life On

This is just the beginning. I will add to this list week by week.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

To this day this is the book I gave away most often. The book title is misleading. It’s a great example, that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. In short this book is about maximizing your per hour output. Ever since there’s certain chapters I review regularly. One of them introduces the idea of cultivating selective ignorance. In a knowledge industry, the amount of information available exceeds the capacities of our attention by far. If we want to get things done one big leverage point is to go on a low information diet:

“Lifestyle design is based on massive action— output. Increased output necessitates decreased input. Most information is time-consuming, negative, irrelevant to your goals, and outside of your influence. I challenge you to look at whatever you read or watched today and tell me that it wasn’t at least two of the four.”

Tim adds as a directive:

“Develop the habit of asking yourself, “Will I definitely use this information for something immediate and important? It’s not enough to use information for “something”— it needs to be immediate and important. If “no” on either count, don’t consume it. 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.”