Notes from The 4 Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferris, from Derek Sivers:

“It is far more fun and lucrative to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix your weaknesses.

What are you putting off, out of fear?

What is it costing you (financially, emotionally, physically) – to postpone action?

What are you waiting for?

Doing the unrealistic is easier than doing the realistic.

It’s lonely at the top.  99% of the world is convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre.

Therefore, competition is fiercest for “realistic” goals.  Easier to raise $10M than $1M.  Easier to pick up the one “perfect 10” in a bar, than the 5 “8”s.

Having an unusually large goal is an adrenaline infusion that provides the endurance needed to the end.  Realistic goals are uninspiring and will only fuel you through the first couple hurdles, then you give up.

Excitement is a more practical synonym for happiness, and is precisely what you should strive to chase.  It is the cure-all.

Don’t ask “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” – but : “WHAT WOULD EXCITE ME?”

Boredom is the enemy, not failure.

I’m not a believer in long-term planning and far-off goals.  I set 3-6 months dreamlines.  The future becomes an excuse for postponing action.

If the next state is some form of research, get in touch with someone who knows the answer instead of spending too much time in books or online, which can turn into paralysis by analysis.  Find someone who’s done it and ask them how.  Schedule a meeting you’ll feel bad canceling.

The most important actions are never comfortable.

Propose solutions instead of asking for them.

Elicit desired responses instead of react.

Be assertive without burning bridges.

Develop the uncommon habit of making decisions, for yourself and others.

Being selective – doing less – is the path of the productive.

You should have, at most, two primary goals per day.  Do them from start to finish without distraction.

Write emails that have the if-then in them so they don’t need a response.

People are smarter than you think.  Give them a chance to prove themselves.

Don’t lose sight of dreams and fall into work for work’s sake.”

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