My Answers To Tim Ferriss' 11 Questions

by - December 20, 2018

I saw this on The Skinny Confidential and I just had to share with it with you!


If you haven't heard of Tim Ferriss, he is an author, entrepreneur, podcaster, and public speaker. He has written several books, including Tribe of Mentors, which is where today's questions come from. Ferriss' podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, is also a great resource and in each episode, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas, digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use. I can't begin to tell you just how many valuable things I have learned from his podcast alone.

In Tribe of Mentors, Ferriss asks these 11 questions and after seeing that Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential shared her own answers, I knew that I wanted to share mine with you, too. I challenge you to answer these for yourself and share them with a friend! Also, read the freakin' book. It's a good one!


1.) What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?

I haven't given many books as gifts just yet, so let's go with three books that have influenced my life. Unashamed by Christine Caine, Fail Until You Don't: Fight, Grind, Repeat by Bobby Bones, and Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis are probably my top three at the moment. Each book tells stories of the author's lives while sharing lessons that they learned along the way to life happy, free, and successful lives. There's so many lessons in those three books. 

2.) What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)? 

I'm going with my Swell water bottle for this one. I am all about staying hydrated and it is one of my number one tips when people ask about health. Drink your dang water. A few other standout purchases: Essential Cleansing Solution from Demologica, this sleep mask, and this shampoo from Bumble & Bumble.

3.) How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours? My readers love specifics like brand and model, where you found it, etc.

If you've been reading for the past year, then you might remember that I went to Myrtle Beach for a job interview with a news station. The position was between me and another candidate, but to be honest.. it seemed very promising. I was so excited and I really felt as though God was leading me there. As you know now, I did not get that job. I was upset, because that job was a dream and moving to Myrtle Beach was going to be this fun, new adventure. Had I gotten that job, I wouldn't be where I am today. My job today is pretty similar to the job I was up for, but I think this job is so much for fun and quite honestly, God knew that I needed to be a close to home in this season. I think I would have enjoyed that job in Myrtle Beach, but I would have also been miserable. Also, had I moved to Myrtle Beach, I probably would have never read Bobby's book (mentioned in question one!!).

4.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)

Do what makes your heart happy. Be kind. Love everyone. We all live different lives and nobody should feel less than for living their life a certain way. Do you! We can all be kind to each other. There is no need for hate. The biggest and most important commandment in the Bible is to love others. I think we forget that far too often.

5.) What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made? (Could be an investment of money, time, energy, etc.)

David (my boyfriend of 7 years...woah) and I recently made it a thing to have one date night every month. We see each other about once a week, but life gets in the way, money is scarce right now, and there are just other things we focus on instead of quality time together. We take turns planning a date for each month and it can be something as simple as a themed dinner and movie at home. We've made it a point to invest our time, energy, and a little money into our relationship. We're only in our twenties, but so far, this has changed our relationship for the better and I can't wait to see how regular date nights make our relationship even better in 10, 20, even 50 years down the road.

6.) What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

I love routines. Seriously. When I was a kid, I would schedule out my entire day like this...
7:00 Wake Up
7:02 Brush my teeth
7:05 Come back to room and make my bed
7:08 Brush my hair
As you can see, I would schedule by day out by the minute. I love sticking to a schedule. I love sticking to a routine, which is great. Routines add stability to our already hectic and crazy lives, but one thing I've had to learn is that it is okay not to rigidly follow a routine. If I'm invited out for drinks with my friends and won't get home until 9, that's cool. If I'm feeling run down and need to sleep in an extra hour one day, I can do that. Balance is key.

7.) In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Setting a morning routine for sure. How you start your mornings is so important for the rest of your day. I'm all about getting moving and getting hydrated when I get up. Journaling and devotions are also vital to my mornings. When you have a morning routine, you just feel more in control of your day.

8.) What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?
Live your life in a way that makes you happy and get rid of what doesn't serve you. Don't let anyone tell you that you have to have it all figured out at 22. Hint: you won't.
9.) What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

Probably that getting a degree is the most important thing. For me, being in college was what allowed me to get internships and yes, it gave me some experience, but experience is key in this industry. Intern, shadow people, network. Get as much experience as you can and learn. You will never stop learning in this industry.

10.) In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to (distractions, invitations, etc.)? What new realizations and/or approaches helped? Any other tips?

Distractions! I am able to really focus and prioritize on what is important. Having some sort of routine really helps and I think that structure is so important.

11.) When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (If helpful: What questions do you ask yourself?)

 I take a walk. In college, this was easy because I lived right in Atlanta, but now that I don't live in the city anymore, that looks more like walking down my driveway or walking around the parking lot at work. Walking with some music or a podcast can do wonders.

I'd love to hear your answers to one of these questions, too! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

x,
Amanda


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