That was dumb. Tim Ferriss is better than that. His new book, Tools of Titans, is more than just a random assortment of tools and tactics. It’s a conceptual problem-solving kit. You have problems. This book has ideas than can help and point you in the right direction. It’s pretty simple really.
But my objective here isn’t to blow smoke up Tim’s ass. It’s to highlight one of the simplest and most valuable ideas in the entire book. It comes from the section that features Marc Andreesen:
TWO RULES TO LIVE BY
Marc and I are both huge fans of Steve Martin’s autobiography, Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life. Marc highlighted one takeaway:
“He says the key to success is, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’”
TF: Marc has another guiding tenet: ‘Smart people should make things.’ He says: ‘If you just have those two principles—that’s a pretty good way to orient.’”
Put those two principles together and you end up with seven words. Seven words which contain the simplest and most effective career advice out there. Unsure what to do with your life? Don’t know where to go from here or what to do next? No problem. Here’s some advice:
Be really fucking good and build shit.