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Quick Read: 20 Hand-Picked Motivational Quotes Curated Just For You!

We're huge readers. We love to devour a good self-help book on the balcony on a sunny day surrounded by our plants!

One of our favorite books, by far, is a rather long read (about 700 pages) but worth it. The book is authored by Tim Ferriss and it's called "Tools of Titans". This book is ripe with fantastic excerpts and discussions of the routines and habits of "billionaires, icons and world-class performers" as Tim refers to them.

We've highlighted a handful of our favorite bits of wisdom from this amazing book.

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1. Routine, in an intelligent woman, is a sign of ambition.

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2. The superheroes you have in your mind (idols, icons, titans and billionaires) are nearly all walking flaws who have maximized one or two strengths.

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3. The tripod upon which life is balanced: Healthy, Wealthy, Wise. One needs to have all three to have any sustainable success or happiness.

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4. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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5. It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

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6. In the end, winning = sleeping better.

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7. Five morning rituals to win the day: Make your bed, Meditate, Do 5 to 10 Reps of something, Prepare cup of tea, 5 minute journal.

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8. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe. - Abe Lincoln

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9. Diversify every area of your life to reduce stress. Two is one, one is none! 

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10. Being in a good mood for creative work is worth the hours it takes to get in a good mood.

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11. On one level, wisdom is nothing more than the ability to take your own advice. It’s actually very easy to give people good advice. It’s very hard to follow the advice that you know is good. If someone came to me with my list of problems, I would be able to sort that person out very easily.

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12. Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. MOST PEOPLE WILL CHOOSE UNHAPPINESS OVER UNCERTAINTY.

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13. The difference between the people you admire and everybody else is that the former are people who read.

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14. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect. 

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15. If you eat, invest, and think according to what the media advocates, you’ll end up nutritionally, financially and morally bankrupt.

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16. One difference between home cooks and pros is acidity level. When you think it’s ready, add another lemon. Pros bump up the acidity level. It’s one of the secrets — we add a little more acid, and it makes everything taste better.

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17. A lion that spent it’s day hunting and eating field mice would slowly starve to death. A lion can’t live on field mice. A lion needs antelope. Ask yourself at the end of the day… “Did I spend today chasing mice or hunting antelope?”

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18. When two extreme opinions meet, the truth lies generally somewhere in the middle. Without exposure to the other side you will naturally drift toward the extremes and away from the truth of the matter.

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19. There are four ways to make people feel important, and they each start with the letter A.

1. Appreciation.

2. Approval.

3. Admiration.

4. Attention.

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20. Leaders follow seven steps for achieving goals.

- 1. IDENTIFY YOUR MAJOR GOALS. Decide exactly what it is you want to achieve, whether it’s for your business or your personal life. Clarity is essential.

- 2. WRITE IT DOWN. Be specific and detailed, make it measurable. As an example, your goal might be to double your sales in the next two years. If it’s not in writing, it’s nothing more than a vague fantasy.

- 3. SET A DEADLINE FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GOAL. If it’s a big goal, then break it down into pieces and set deadlines for each of those pieces. We are energized by time-specific goals. Give yourself deadlines.

- 4. MAKE A LIST OF EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO ACHIEVE EACH MAJOR GOAL. Be comprehensive. As you think of more things, add them to the list until it is complete.

- 5. CREATE AN ACTION PLAN. This is where you take the list and turn it into specific steps. There are two things to think about, priority and sequence. What items on the list are most important? What must be done first? When setting priorities, remember the 80/20 rule. 20 percent of the things you do will 80 percent of your results. You don’t want you or your people spending time on unimportant things. Identify what’s really going to help you and your organization achieve your goals.

- 6. TAKE ACTION. Now that you have a plan, and you know the hurdles on the path before you, you must act — immediately. There can be no more delays. Many people fail because they don’t take action on their goals and plans. Leaders don’t make that mistake.

- 7. DO SOMETHING EVERYDAY. When you get up in the morning, do something, anything, that pushes you forward toward achieving your goals.

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