Top 5 Must Reads Recommended by Tim Ferriss


Dolly Bhati

Senior editor

Parul Saxena

Chief editor

Last updated: February 11, 2021

Super successful author Tim Ferriss recommends a list of top 5 books, an offbeat collection from writers who’ve achieved greatness.

For those wanting to achieve greatness, there are more than a million books claiming to help you. Right from classics to management, productivity, and teamwork to persuasion, there’s a whole list of “get more work done” guides.

Compare your reading list to your diet. Consuming the same nutrition does not aid in overall development, it’s best if made up of a varied fare. Similarly, your information diet should be spiced up with a wide range of interesting ingredients.

Need more validation on this? Here’s a list of 5 must-reads as recommended by Tim Ferriss, author of best-seller “4 Hour Weekly”. Stack up your Amazon wish list with these books that range from ancient wisdom to classics and sci-fi.

Moral letters to Lucilius1. Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca

Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher wrote a collection of 124 letters titled “Letters to Lucilius” that focusses on a man’s journey of self-exploration. Tim Ferriss converted this book into an audiobook series titled “The Tao of Seneca: Letters from a Stoic Master”.

The philosophy of Stoicism has become popular in Silicon Valley, brought back to life by influencers such as Tim Ferriss and best-selling author Ryan Holiday. For those looking to pursue the path of entrepreneurship, Moral Letters to Lucilius teaches them perseverance, morality and how to deal with the challenges associated with this journey.

“All we have is time. Do not waste it and live each moment for a purpose.”

2. Zorba the Greek by Nicolas Kazantzakis

Zorba the Greek is a novel that revolves around a Greek academician who breaks free Zorba the Greekfrom a monotonous life, helped by Alexis Zorba, a chef, storyteller, adventurer, and musician passionately in love with life.

According to Tim, this book is the best source of inspiration leading the reader to a more philosophically intellectual living. This book teaches how to appreciate things we have rather than striving for accomplishments.

To dive headfirst into something new, you often need some inspiration. This 1946 novel acts as the much sought after encouragement that you might be seeking. The novel’s enigmatic characters fill the reader with a deep sense of appreciation for the world and ignite the passion to break free from the shackles holding them. Let Zorba become a mentor, role model and treasured friend in your entrepreneur path. Introduce yourself to Zorba; he’ll change your life! This one is must-read book to inculcate a sense of zeal to help you deal professional life in a better way.

“A man needs a little madness…or else he never dares to cut the rope and be free!” 

3. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

VagabondingEveryone needs a break from their daily activities once in a while. The author discusses various aspects of travel, from financial support during a long-term travel to planning an extended vacation. Tim has written the foreword for “Vagabonding: An uncommon guide to the art of long-term travel”. It guides on a philosophy of practical living.

Starting as a traveling guide, the book compels the reader to meditate on life and ponder on how to become successful. It teaches how to handle life’s biggest day-to-day challenges, a feeling every entrepreneur is acquainted with.

It’s also the first book in the Tim Ferriss Book Club. This must-read book can make the journey to success really easy.

And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” 

 4. Dune by Frank HerbertDune

A 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune’s story is about the power struggles on the arid yet resourceful planet of Arrakis. Along with being history’s best science fiction, for Tim, this book is a solid source of leadership insights.

This novel pictures the intersection of knowledge, power, cultures, and technology, the mythology keeps the reader hooked on even 50 years after it was published. The main character gradually nurtures himself as a leader. Learn how to live life successfully as your own boss. A must-read book to inculcate leadership qualities in yourself.

“Arrakis teaches the attitude of life – chopping off what’s incomplete and saying: Now it’s complete because it’s ended here”.

5. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking BigThe timeless advice offered in The Magic of Thinking Big has helped millions of readers improve their life by setting more ambitious goals. Tim also believes – to overcome your weakness, you need to set higher goals and be willing to accomplish them. Successful people were not born with those genes, their thinking and behavior made them reach great heights.

For both amateur and experienced entrepreneurs, this teaches how to change the way you think, work better, earn more, work smarter, crush your goals and set bigger ones. It is a must-read for those wishing to live a happier and fuller life.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

+1 Bonus – The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

“99% of the people in the world are convinced that they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre”.

The 4-Hour Workweek makes you rethink your life, making you happier, smarter and more productive (Working efficiently than working more).

There is no set mantra to become a successful entrepreneur. But this book teaches how to master the process of perfection and Tim has streamlined it in the most efficient way.

Be it a successful entrepreneur or any business person; inspiration is the key to achieve success. You can even read B2B Sales books to ignite your inspiration towards sales.

Dolly works as a content analyst at SoftwareSuggest. As a person she is ardent and happy always. When free, she loves to explore on ancient yoga. Follow her on twitter @serenedolly13 to know more.

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