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作者:Tim Ferriss
出版社:Vermilion
中譯本:《巨人的工具:健康、財富與智慧自助寶典》簡體中文,中信出版社

  •  作者被《富比士Forbes》雜誌評價為「你必須知道的人物」之一。
  • 作者是一位技術投資和咨詢領域的先驅者,曾與Facebook、Twitter等超過40家知名企業合作。
  • 主持知名播客電台《The Tim Ferriss Show》,也曾在TED發表經典演講《無所畏懼,學無止境》(Smash Fear, Learn Anything)。

預估閱讀時間:03:34
文章難度:★★★★★

In 2007 Tim Ferriss invented the concept of 'lifestyle design' and became a sort of personal growth and entrepreneurship guru. Then he went on to do his podcast The Tim Ferriss Show. In the process of doing his show, he conducted hundreds of interviews with illustrious folks including Arnold Schwarzenegger (Or The Governator, as we so love to call him), Peter Thiel (co-founder of PayPal, Palantir Technologies, and Founders Fund), Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink, Outliers, and The Tipping Point), and Casey Neistat (world famous filmographer and vlogger). Ferriss' relentless information gathering through interviews and personal research is very readable and satisfying, while offering up boatloads of ways that we can use to improve our work processes, business skills, and personal health. His book is organized into three sections; 'Healthy', 'Wealthy' and 'Wise', after a famous idiom by the American Founding Father Benjamin Franklin ("Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise").

2007年提姆.費里斯提出全新的概念「生活設計」,一舉成為個人成長及創業的泰斗,接著主持他個人的播客電台The Tim Ferriss Show。製作播客節目的過程中,他訪問許多知名人士,如阿諾.史瓦辛格(暱稱「州長終結者」)、彼得.泰爾(PayPal、Palantir及Founders Fund的共同創辦人)、麥爾坎.葛拉威爾(《決斷2秒間》、《異數》和《引爆趨勢》的作者)和凱西.奈斯塔特(世界知名微電影製作人及網紅)。費里斯透過訪談及私人研究累積的大量資訊,都非常有可看性,並提供許多增進工作效率、商業技巧及個人健康的建議。書分作幾個篇幅,分別為「健康」、「財富」及「智慧」,出自典故美國開國元勳班傑明.富蘭克林的經典名言(「早睡早起,使你健康、富有、聰明」)。

The book's lessons are enlivening.Arnold Schwarzenegger shares about how he won the bodybuilding grand championship, Mr. Universe title, when he was 20, then he talked about how he made his fortune through business and real estate before he making it as an actor. Peter Thiel, of PayPal fame, talks about the decision-making process he used to produce his repeated successes. Chade-Meng "Meng" Tan was Google employee #107, and was the project lead for a mindfulness training and emotional intelligence course within Google which routinely had a 6-month waitlist. She shares practical and approachable advice about how to meditate ("I tell my students that all they need to commit to is one mindful breath a day.").

書中內容非常有趣,阿諾.史瓦辛格分享他如何在20歲時,獲得健美冠軍賽宇宙先生的頭銜,談論在成為演員之前透過經商和投資房地產賺錢的經歷。彼得.泰爾在知名訪談中,剖析致使他重複成功經驗的抉擇過程。陳一鳴曾是編號107的Google員工,在公司舉辦正念訓練及EQ管理課程,通常學員都需排候補等6個月才能上課,他在課程中分享實際又好上手的靜坐法(「我都告訴我的學員,他們最需要投入的是每天做一次正念呼吸。」)。

This is a book that invites us to think about how we can improve on what we do every day, regardless of how small or large the challenges might seem to be. Reading it has encouraged me to me search out the books the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing and 1,000 True Fans, as well as follow the book's leads to research more efficient thinking strategies, meditation, and intermittent fasting. Tools of Titans is filled with polished gems that work well as guideposts on the journey for business excellence, health, and more free time.

這本書帶領我們去思考,我們能如何改善每日的例行事項,不論大小輕重。藉由閱讀這本書的機會,讓我延伸閱讀了另一本書《不敗行銷》,並隨著書去探索更有效率的思考策略、冥想和定期齋戒的研究。《巨人的工具》就像充滿智慧寶石的藏寶箱,裡頭的智慧便是路標,指引通往成功經商、健康和掌握更多自由時間的康莊大道。


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