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Tim Ferriss, the productivity expert, author and inspirational speaker, is an avid reader, and has highlighted many books on his show and through his blog, seeking to share some of the same wisdom that inspires him.
From self-help to science fiction, there is something for everyone, and these 10 tomes have been selected from the many that make up Ferriss’s library. See what he recommends and why, and get ready to spend your Sunday mornings curled up with one — or several — of these books.
1. Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
What’s worth doing in life? This is the question that fabled entrepreneur Derek Sivers answers in this audiobook, packing 10 years of experience into a compact 90 minutes.
Ferriss’s take: “Short, hilarious and profoundly practical. I’ve reread these 40 lessons dozens of times,” Derek is a philosopher-king among startup contrarians, and he knows how to get what he wants, however odd. I love this guy.”
2. Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Tara Brach, a Buddhist student and therapist, wants to show the world how to trust in the innate goodness of humanity. Self-doubt is a part of the modern human condition, leading to many profound sources of suffering, but through a variety of storytelling techniques from case histories to guided meditations, readers can emerge from this book free of constrictions.
Ferriss’s take: “This book was recommended to me by a PhD neuroscientist and is what finally helped me tame anger, one of my most destructive (and persistent) emotions. It’s easy to aim for ‘successful’ and be miserable. This book is the antidote.”
3. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
The creator of the Dilbert comic strip in this book wants to help you succeed, but by telling you all about his failures. Scott Adams doesn’t offer a roadmap in his book, but rather examples to glean tips and tricks from that make it easier for luck to find you.
Ferriss’s take: “Scott, the creator of Dilbert, has an incredible approach to ‘career planning’ that’s as effective as it is unusual. He’s beaten all the odds and can help you do the same.”