Tim Ferriss is one of Fast Company‘s “Most Innovative Business People” Fortune‘s “40 under 40”, and an early-stage technology investor/advisor, who saw the success of Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba (and 50+ others) before anyone else. He’s the author of four No. 1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and his latest, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.
He claims reading Seneca has changed his life.
Tim Ferriss is slightly hoarse (speaking after a 10 day water-only fast) in his fascinating introduction to the Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master, where he covers the few central teachings of the philosophy –how it aims to remind us how unpredictable the world can be. How brief our moment of life is. How to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on senses rather than logic.
“Thought leaders in Silicon Valley tout the benefits of Stoicism, and NFL management, coaches, and players (Patriots, Seahawks, etc.) alike have embraced it because the principles make them better competitors. If you study Seneca, you’ll be in good company. He was popular with the educated elite of the Greco-Roman Empire, but Thomas Jefferson also had Seneca on his bedside table. This philosophy is a no-nonsense system designed to produce dramatic real-world effects. Think of it as an ideal operating system for thriving in high-stress environments.”
Seneca was born 2,000 years ago, so it’s extraordinary his teaching is still so practical and applicable to personal and business life. Written in a series of letters, its now available on audible, and with limited space here, I urge you to explore it for yourself: Try it here