What Makes High Achievers Different?

I just started reading a book called “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferris. A lot of you know him from his super popular book, “The 4-hour Workweek” which was a great read too. His new book is a little different because it’s more like a small encyclopedia. The book is a collection of interviews he has done and so far the book is great.

The one thing that quickly became apparent was that world class performers have uncommon habits and ask bigger questions. One example that Tim Ferris gave was that of Peter Thiel, he asks, “If you have a 10-Year plan of how to get [somewhere], you should ask: Why can’t you do this in 6 months?”

That is indeed an amazing question! When I make my 5-year plan and I analyze it I begin to break it down by year, then by months then by weeks. When I read Peter Thiel’s question I have to start thinking way outside of my “Box”. I begin to instantly think differently and I start to think how I can achieve something in a much quicker and condensed timeline.

What I noticed is that it got me to think differently, I thought outside of my possibilities and I began to think about what was impossible and how to achieve that. This exercise made me re-analyze the questions I had been asking myself and those around me. I have often say, “your life is a reflection of the quality of questions you ask yourself”, and this is truer now to me than before.

The group Lab Coat Agents often talks about Mindset and about a morning routine. Tim Ferris touches on this as well and notices that 80% of all the people he interviewed work on their mindset routinely. The other noticeable point he makes is that these “Super Human Beings” all have flaws and they are functioning at a high level with their flaws. It’s a great reminder to all of us that even with our flaws we can succeed at a high level. The people who have succeeded have maximized 1 or 2 of their strengths to the highest level possible. They weren’t scattered, they were very concentrated.

Take a moment to think about the questions you are asking yourself and take the time to expose yourself to great thinkers of our time. Pick up Tim Ferris’s new book and read it.

Look around you and think about who you are spending your time with the most. Are they making you better or are they bringing you down?

Sigmund Freud said it best, “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes.”

When I look at the people around me I can appreciate who lifts me up, people like my wife, kids, Nick Baldwin, Michael Hellickson, Amanda Todd, Kevin Markarian, Don Mowery, Regina Brown, and so many others that I have met through Lab Coat Agents.


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