Welcome to a special episode called Tea Time with Tim, in which I solicited phone numbers and called a handful of you to field any questions that you might have.
Among other topics, we discuss:
- How to go about finding a mentor.
- The meaning of life.
- How to extinguish anxiety.
- Relationship advice.
- Training into confidence.
Without further ado, please enjoy this tea-fueled Q&A!
Want to hear another episode that had me calling up listeners and answering their questions? — Listen to this one, in which I tackled how to reassess existing projects, how to learn to care less about what other people think, how to ask better questions, and much more. (Stream below or right-click here to download):
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan
- Entrepreneurs Organization
- Young Presidents Organization
- The Indus Entrepreneurs
- Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs
- Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield
- 5 Reasons Why Creatine Monohydrate Is the Best by Grant Tinsley, PhD, Healthline
- The Pet Rock Captured a Moment and Made Its Creator a Millionaire by Dan Good, ABC News
- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
- How to Build a World-Class Network in Record Time, The Tim Ferriss Show
- South by Southwest
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- Treatment-Resistant Depression, The Mayo Clinic
- Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony de Mello
- My TED Talks
- Broadhead vs. Elk, Montana Wild
- Black Belt Karate Test, Tom Leeman
- Kodokan Judo Institute
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
- Fear-Setting: The Most Valuable Exercise I Do Every Month by Tim Ferriss
- Old-Fashioned Cocktail Recipe: The Whiskey Classic by Colleen Graham, The Spruce Eats
- The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch
- Living the 80/20 Way: Work Less, Worry Less, Succeed More, Enjoy More by Richard Koch
- Acquisition of Japanese Kanji: Conventional Practice and Mnemonic Supplementation by Timothy Ferriss
- The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss
- The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
- Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
- Nonviolent Communication, Wikipedia
- Nonviolent Communication: Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values by Marshall Rosenberg
- Death Star Assault, Star Wars
- The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
- The right and wrong questions to ask when you’re in search of a mentor. [06:26]
- What’s my opinion on sending the often advised handwritten follow-up letter? [18:51]
- I may not have the answer to the meaning of life, but here’s how I pursue purpose. [19:57]
- What’s my method for staying calm and focused during potentially stressful times? [33:23]
- Should you spend the time leading up to a physical evaluation (like a black belt test) training more rigorously, or resting? [52:29]
- If I had to identify as a cocktail, what would it be and why? [55:19]
- Why identifying a lack of purpose at some point in your life shouldn’t be seen as a character flaw, but an opportunity to reassess your options. Here’s how I proceed when this happens to me. [58:36]
- Ways to identify, understand, and learn from what seem to be relationship incompatibilities. [1:12:13]
- The basics of nonviolent communication for coping with sources of friction in a relationship. [1:28:59]
Posted on: March 11, 2019.
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