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Tim Ferries - Avoid these 9 mistakes

Avoid these 9 mistakes 👇


Losing sight of dreams and falling into work for work’s sake (W4W).

next email: 2024-04-28


Micromanaging and e-mailing to fill time.

Set the responsibilities, problem scenarios and rules, and limits of autonomous decision-making—then stop, for the sanity of everyone involved.

next email: 2024-05-12


Working where you live, sleep, or should relax.

Separate your environments—designate a single space for work and solely work—or you will never be able to escape it.

next email: 2024-05-13


Not performing a thorough 80/20 analysis every two to four weeks for your business and personal life.

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Striving for endless perfection rather than great or simply good enough, whether in your personal or professional life.

Recognize that this is often just another W4W excuse. Most endeavors are like learning to speak a foreign language: to be correct 95% of the time requires six months of concentrated effort, whereas to be correct 98% of the time requires 20–30 years. Focus on great for a few things and good enough for the rest. Perfection is a good ideal and direction to have, but recognize it for what it is: an impossible destination.

next email: 2024-04-20


Blowing minutiae and small problems out of proportion as an excuse to work.

next email: 2024-04-21


Making non-time-sensitive issues urgent in order to justify work.

Focus on life outside of your bank accounts, as scary as that void can be in the initial stages. If you cannot find meaning in your life, it is your responsibility as a human being to create it, whether that is fulfilling dreams or finding work that gives you purpose and self-worth—ideally a combination of both.

next email: 2024-05-03


Viewing one product, job, or project as the end-all and be-all of your existence.

Life is too short to waste, but it is also too long to be a pessimist or nihilist. Whatever you’re doing now is just a stepping-stone to the next project or adventure. Any rut you get into is one you can get yourself out of. Doubts are no more than a signal for action of some type. When in doubt or overwhelmed, take a break and 80/20 both business and personal activities and relationships.

next email: 2024-05-18


Ignoring the social rewards of life.

Surround yourself with smiling, positive people who have absolutely nothing to do with work. Happiness shared in the form of friendships and love is happiness multiplied.

next email: 2024-04-28

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