Advice on Getting Advice: Whose Advice Should You Follow

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Ramit Sethi on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast:

Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is usually my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types to tease out the habits, routines, favorite books, and so on that you can apply and test in your own life. This time, we have a slightly different format, and I’m the guest.

As some of you know, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of The 4-Hour Workweek, which was first published on April 24th, 2007 (4/24/07), I signed 424 copies of the book. As thousands of you threw your hat in the ring to win a signed copy, I wanted to do something special for all the entrants. So, I invited those folks to a private YouTube Q&A. This episode is the recording of that session.

I answered many questions on a variety of topics, including startup investments, IFS therapy, my views on wealth and money, C.S. Lewis, lower-back pain, solitary time and its challenges, lessons from Kevin Kelly, books I’m currently reading, maintaining relationships, Japan travel tips, from whom to take advice (and how to evaluate advice), self-awareness, behavior change, my current alcohol consumption (or lack thereof), and much, much more.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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8 Replies to “Advice on Getting Advice: Whose Advice Should You Follow”

  1. Brave of Tim to select this question. The idea that childless people over 35 have somehow failed, or are less worthy of trust and respect is warped. Almost anyone can impregnate someone, or give birth, so that’s not much of an achievement. Raising healthy, stable, conscious, pro-social children with a suitable lifelong partner on the other hand is something intelligent people don’t take lightly. I’ve no doubt Tim will be an exceptional father, if that’s a path he chooses and I’m sure he’d be highly selective about his wife too, which takes time/forethought. In the absence of children, memetic transmission is also a valuable contribution to society. 🧠

  2. God’s advice. Ideas that are rooted in teaching of Jesus. It’s outlasted kings and kingdoms. You might be persecuted for it, I’ll probably be blasted for even suggesting it.

  3. I mean, if dude want to be a 40 year old, childless, rich man, than that seems like it's his demographics, amirite?!

  4. I appreciate the question and I appreciate Tim, the range of guests you feature, lots of wise women in the mix. Glad you brought up “cult of personality”. One book that shaped my outlook as much as any other seems even more relevant than ever: Eric Hoffer’s True Believer. Hoffer’s deep dive into groupthink – long before that term was coined – is as invaluable to impressionable wisdom seekers today as when it was published in 1951. Any person in a country facing the juvenile regression that is nationalism would be wise to read it.

  5. ❤Only for fans over 18 year⤵️ Alles sehr schön. Aber zuerst zusammen die Nummern 10 und 1. Eine empr.ONLINE Brünette und eine andere Blondine. Es wäre unfair, wenno ich 4 wählen würde

  6. Alles sehr schön. Aber zuerst zusammen die Nummern 10 und 1. Eine warmthhh.Online Brünette und eine anderev Blondine. Es wäre unfair, wenn ich 4 wählen würde

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