1922 novel captures the approach every high performer takes – Tim Ferriss

Since starting his podcast in 2014, bestselling author Tim Ferriss has interviewed well over 100 highly successful people, from Navy SEALs to billionaire entrepreneurs.

He uses his interviews to pick apart the, as he puts it, “tactics, routines, and habits,” that have brought these subjects to the tops of their fields. He’s collected his favorite lessons from these discussions, along with a few new ones, in his book “Tools of Titans.”
Ferriss recently stopped by Business Insider’s New York office for a Facebook Live Q&A, and explained that there is a passage in Herman Hesse’s 1922 novel “Siddhartha” that offers a suitable lens for all of the “tools” he shares in his book.

The novel “Siddhartha” tells the story of a young monk’s quest for enlightenment (the Buddha narrative). Four of Ferriss’ guests included in “Tools of Titans” said it was the book they most often gave as a gift to others, including renowned Silicon Valley investor Naval Ravikant.

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Ravikant was the person to highlight for Ferriss the passage in which the protagonist is asked by a merchant how he can offer anything to the world if he has discarded all of his possessions. Siddhartha tells the merchant that, “Everyone gives what he has,” and the merchant replies, “Very well, and what can you give? What have you learned that you can give?”

“I can think, I can wait, I can fast,” Siddhartha says.

Ferriss said that this deceptively simple response is the foundation for all high performers. He explains in “Tools of Titans”:

I can think: Having good rules for decision-making, and having good questions you can ask yourself and others.

“I can wait: Being able to plan long-term, play the long game, and not mis-allocate your resources.

“I can fast: Being able to withstand difficulties and disaster. Training yourself to be uncommonly resilient and have a high pain tolerance.”

“Those are three very, very powerful tools and they’re very flexible,” Ferriss told us.

– Business Insider

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Abundance Tip: The magical 1% rule

Imagine if there was one small thing you could do each day which would instantly change your manifestation results.

Something that would transform your love life and relationships…your career…your emotional strength and self belief…your confidence…even your financial abundance.

Allow me to share with you EXACTLY such a secret. I’ve seen this magic 1% rule work again and again for people looking for a true personal breakthrough.

You see, I’ve been blessed in my life to have many people coming to me to learn more about abundance. One of the things I do for my students is play a game. It’s something you may think you already understand but when you truly get it, it’s a life changer.

I ask them as a group “Which do you want…A million dollars in your hand right now, or a single penny? If you take the penny, I’ll double it tomorrow and I’ll continue to double it each day for 31 days.”

And the clincher for this imagination exercise to really work…

“You have just 3 seconds to make your decision or the money box slams shut forever.”

Of course the vast majority of my training group will take the safe million. Their intuition suggests it’s the best answer. But the truth is if you take the 1 penny then in 31 days you’ll have a suitcase containing $10.7 million.

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This is a stunning example of what happens when you banish scarcity from your mindset. Instead you embrace abundant thinking and the principles of unlimited potential.

It’s absolutely critical for you to grasp the fact that small changes and baby steps really DO pay huge dividends.

And there’s another reason why the magic of quantum change is something you must fully digest and understand.

It’s this…

If you don’t commit to making a 1% positive shift every day, what happens is that you will almost certainly move in the opposite direction.

It’s a well known law of physics. Things never stay the same. We are always growing in one direction or the opposite.

I can’t tell you how many clients of mine acknowledge that some gremlin from the past (an unkind word in the schoolyard…a bullying spouse…a cheating partner) is hurting them still.

However what really horrifies them is when they realize that the damage is constantly growing, just like the penny (but in a much darker way).

But here’s the truly wonderful news…

Tell me honestly. Could you commit to improving some aspect of your life by 1% each day?

Perhaps 1% more forgiveness. 1% more positive energy. 1% professional improvement? Even 1% more growth in your relationship with yourself?

If so, within a year, your life can be approximately 70,000 times better!

No exaggeration. This is what Einstein called the eighth wonder of the world – The miracle of compound interest. What would have happened if you’d started this tiny commitment a year ago, or a month ago? The most important thing to grasp is this.

Even in just a week or two of following the 1% rule, it will feel as if you have DOUBLED your feelings of energy, confidence and abundance.

Wow! If this doesn’t inspire you, maybe it’s time to check your pulse.

By the way, you can apply this magic formula to anything: Health, relationships, financial abundance, your business, your career. Even if you bounce from one to the other it’s fine. The universe doesn’t care. So long as you invest in yourself. So long as you’re improving SOME aspect of your inner or outer life every day by 1%, you’ll experience the magic results faster than you’d imagine possible.

The best news of all?

You can start this miraculous process of transformation right now!

– Ed Lester