My Own Thoughts
I received my copy of this book on Saturday 7th January 2017. And what I love the most about Tools of Titans is the fact that Tim himself allows you to Skim and Skip to that parts that serve you best. See Tim's rules below for the book.
Since getting my own copy of this book I knew from reading the first couple of pages that this was THE book that was going to have a HUGE impact in my life.
The day of writing this for you, and sharing this one great insight about ONE BREATH, is Tuesday 10th January 2016.
I woke at 5.30am. Poured myself a coffee and sat in my office to write in my journal. This is not new for me, but today I followed a simple "5 minute journal" technique recommended by Adam Gazzalley (co-founder of Akili Interactive (page 146 in the book).
There's just 3 prompts for you to answer each morning.....
#1 I Am Grateful For........ Write 3 things
#2 What Would Make Today A Great Day.......
#3 Daily Affirmations.....Write 3 things
After following this simple exercise, and finishing with 3 Affirmations for the day, I felt a sense of confidence in myself. This got me thinking more about how I wanted to start my day every day.
Getting up early is no mean feat. However, I'm not adverse to now waking up at 5.30am, or even 5am, as this is a peaceful time of the day for me. However, I don't always stick to the "morning routine I want for myself " - many days I have dived straight into my "To Do List" as there will be projects that weight heavy on my mind.
I feel as though I've had a HUGE revelation this morning. I decided the night before that I was going to read a chapter from Tools of Titan, but what I didn't expect to do was to write this straight afterwards.
Whilst 'skimming' the book I stopped at "Three Tips From A Google Pioneer" and immediately spotted "Take One Breath A Day". After reading the Chapter about ONE BREATH I felt compelled to share what I'd read. (see below Tim's suggestions about 'skimming' this book).
I was going to create a short video using Spark Video (by Adobe) highlighting some key phrases and add this to my Facebook Business Page. But then decided to check out the Spark Page. What a great experience this morning has been for me. Not only have I learnt from one of the Titans in the book, but I have also created this stunning looking webpage from scratch.
(I'll create a tutorial Blog to show you how to create a stunning page like this using Spark, so be sure to sign up to the Socially Ribbitting news so that I can email you once I've created it - there's a button below for you to click and register).
My Lightbulb Moment
This has felt like the most relaxing morning I have had in a long time.
Not just because I have done my own morning ritual, but it made me realise that I can use this time as my own creative time. Doing something that I really enjoy. Not only is this serving my own needs and filling me with joy, but I know by the time I finish this I will have created something for you too.
Has this helped you? If so then I have achieved what I set out to do. Created a peaceful enjoyable morning ritual for myself, and made an impact on the life of someone else - YOU!
If you want to follow the 5-minute journal evening routine, these are the prompts to follow:
#1 What 3 Amazing Things Happened Today
#2 How Could I have Made Today Better
Tim's Rules For The Book
Tim says: THIS BOOK IS A BUFFET - HERE'S HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT.
RULE #1 Skip Liberally: "I want you to skip anything that doesn't grab you. This book should be fun to read, and it's a buffet to choose from. Don't suffer through anything. If you hate shrimps, don't eat the goddamn shrimp. Treat it as a choose-your-own-adventure guide, as that's how I've written it. My goal is for each reader to like 50%, love 25%, and never forget 10%. Here's why: For the millions who've heard the Podcast, and the dozens who proofread this book, the 50/25/10 highlights are completely different for every person. It's blown my mind.
#RULE #2 Skip, But Do So Intelligently: All that said, take a brief mental note of anything you skip. Perhaps put a little dot in the corner of the page or highlight the headline. Perhaps it's skipping and glossing over precisely these topics or questions that has created blind spots, or bottlenecks, and unresolved issues in your life? That was certainly true for me.
If you decide to flip past something, note it, return to it later at some point, and ask yourself "Why did I skip this?" Did it offend you? Seem beneath you? Seem too difficult? And did you arrive at that by thinking it through, or is it a reflection of biases inherited from your parents and others? Very often "our" beliefs are not our own.
This type of practice is how you create yourself, instead of seeking to discover yourself. There is value in the latter, but it's mostly past-tense: It's a rearview mirror. Looking out the windshield is how you get where you want to go.
Just Remember Two Principles
#1 Success, however you define it, is achievable if you collect the right field-tested beliefs and habits.
#2 The superheroes you have in your mind (idols, icons, titans, billionaires, etc) are nearly all walking flaws who've maximised 1 or 2 stengths