This book is a somewhat strange book that I really enjoyed a lot. The author hosts a very popular podcast called The Tim Ferriss Show that gets hundreds of thousands of downloads. It is basically interviews of successful people, not just the rich and famous, but people that are world class at whatever they do. This book summarizes some of their best advice and stories from the podcast in book form.
When I first heard about this book, I wasn’t interested at all. Eventually I saw that one portion of the book was about Rick Rubin and I decided that I would probably like it more than I imagined. Rick Rubin is a very influential music producer who has produced songs for Johnny Cash, Jay Z, Slayer and Frank Ocean, just to name a few. Point is, he might not be super famous, but you have almost certainly enjoyed several of his songs. Anyway, seeing that the book had sections dedicated to people like Rick Rubin made me pay closer attention to the other sections. Other interesting people interviewed include Marc Andreessen, the co-author of the first web browser, Mosaic.
The book is divided into three sections, healthy, wealthy and wise. There are anywhere from one page to 10 or more dedicated to each interviewee. The format is such that it encourages you to flip to random pages rather that read straight through. There is too much information in the book to absorb if you do not read it slowly.
The author is also a good interviewer that asks very good questions. One of the questions, “what is the most impactful purchase you have ever made for under $100”? leads to some of the more memorable things in the book. One quote in particular that I remember off the top of my head is “If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you are the asshole.”
Another part of the book that I particularly enjoyed are the recommendation sections at the end of the book. Typically, each guest would recommend books, music, tv shows or movies to the audience. A huge list of these recommendations is provided at the end of the book. I have found several of the books I have read from this section of this book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot and recommend it to anyone. There are things in here that will help you and that you will not forget. I placed this on level 1.