Tim Ferris, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”, had started his own podcast named “The Tim Ferris Show”.
He initiated the project to have meaningful conversations with successful people from various fields. His podcast show has had guests that include decorated NAVY SEAL officers, actors, and even billionaires.
Ferris compiled all the powerful lessons from his interviews in his new book “Tools of Titans”.
Ferris conducted a Q&A session on social media at the Business Insider office at New York and shared with his audience the two common habits he found in every person he has interviewed.
Their ‘Absurd’ Queries
Ferris said, “The people who get uncommon results generally ask really uncommon questions”.
Peter Thiel, the billionaire founder of PayPal and Facebook investor, once asked, “Why can’t you accomplish your 10-year plan in the next six months?”
He had a similar experience with the Chairman of X Prize Foundation, Peter Diamandis, who asked fellow entrepreneurs to increase the financial capacity of their companies by 10 times. Diamandis refused to believe that it is impossible and didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
“These types of questions force you to abandon your previous constraints and assumptions and all of that you’re used to make … incremental decisions”, Ferris adds.
He feels that when successful people ask these sorts of questions, they change the entire game. You become free from the shackles of conservative thinking and are bound to think differently. This in turn provides excellent growth in your work life.
Their Deconstruction of Fear
Ferris says that even though successful people are risk takers, they are not reckless.
For example, Jamie Foxx who has been given the highest honours in two different fields, acting and music in his case, has deconstructed fear from a place of self-developed confidence and not recklessness.
Ferris says that Foxx teaches his kids not to be afraid of anything and to rationally deconstruct any fear originating within, until there is no fear left.
He adds, “Once you really get specific with your fears and take the time to put them under a microscope, they lose their power over you, generally, because they end up being temporary or reversible or tiny risks, or all three”.
In his latest book, “Tools of Titans”, Ferris writes how director Robert Rodriguez gets over his fear by understanding the benefits of the worst case scenario.
Rodriguez learned this from Francis Ford Coppola. Ferris says:
“Failure is not necessarily durable,” Coppola told Rodriguez. Rodriguez explained that, “You can go back and you can look at it and go, ‘Oh, that wasn’t a failure. That was a key moment of my development that I needed to take, and I can trust my instinct. I really can.”