Tim Ferris on how some truly important things cannot be measured
Stop stressing if you work more than four hours a week and maybe stress if you don’t ;-). Tim Ferris, author of the bestselling book, The 4-Hour Work Week, concedes, “Not everything that is meaningful can be measured easily.”
He also quotes Tara Brach, who wrote in her book, Radical Acceptance:
“As a friend of mine put it, ‘Feeling that something is wrong with me is the invisible and toxic gas I am always breathing.’ When we experience our lives through this lens of personal insufficiency, we are imprisoned in what I call the trance of unworthiness. Trapped in this trance, we are unable to perceive the truth of who we really are.”
After spending much of his career chasing after external markers of success—money, time, skills—he says he still knew something was missing. (He’s also been vocal about a lifelong struggle with his own mental health, specifically bipolar depression.) “Certainly I found myself, after checking a lot of those boxes, still suffering,” he says.
In a rare interview while promoting the Audible exclusive version of Tribe of Mentors and Tools of Titans, Ferriss reflects on what he’s learned throughout his career, and how the success he set out to find 13 years ago looks very different from the success he’s after now.
Except, we always knew this, right? How do you measure beauty, connection, contribution, life? Definitely not in finite ways.