Tim Ferriss Discusses Turning 40 and His Personal Battles

I came across this article a while ago and thought it would be worthwhile sharing. It was posted by Tim Ferriss on LinkedIn towards the end of last year and casts him in a different light, reflecting on his personal battles on the way to 40.

Tim Ferriss and his best friend
Tim Ferriss and his Doggo

The article shares a great example of the power of resilience despite the challenges along the way:

“Truth be told, I never thought I’d make it to 40. My first book was rejected 27 times by publishers. The things that worked out weren’t supposed to work, so I realized on my birthday: I had no plan for after 40.”

There’s a lot of great quotes and content here. I found the following to be a particularly worthwhile takeaway:

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

This quote, originally by American writer Anaïs Nin, made me reflect on my own personal approach to life. I think’s it’s a good barometer for examining whether you are expanding and whether your life is heading in the right direction. Tim Ferriss goes on to point out that success can be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations and actions you are willing to endure.

The following is a really powerful quote for introspection as well:

“Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific ask.”

The article is also a great lead in to Tim’s new book, Tribe of Mentors. I hope to have a review of this for you in the next little while.

Check out the article here. Let me know what you think.

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