I started letting myself shop on Amazon and the first things I bought are Timothy Ferriss two books: The 4-Hour Workweek (to read again) and The 4-Hour Body (to read a first time). Lucky for you, this means I have lots of new Notes & Quotes for our blog!
Every Popular Diet
- Eat more greens.
- Eat less saturated fat.
- Exercise more and burn more calories.
- Eat more omeg-3 fatty acids.
To be perceived as fluent in conversational Spanish, you need an active vocabulary of approximately 2,500 high-frequency words. This will allow you to comprehend more than 95% of all conversation. To get to 98% comprehension would require at least five years of practice instead of five months. Doing the math, 2,500 words is a mere 2.5% of the estimated 100,000 words in the Spanish language.
- 2.5% of the total subject matter provides 95% of the desired results.
- This same 2.5% provides just 3% less benefit than putting in 12 times as much effort.
This incredibly valuable 2.5% is the key, the Archimedes lever, for those who want the best results in the least time. The trick is finding that 2.5%.
The minimum effective dose (MED) is defined simply: the smallest does that will produce a desired outcome. Example: To boil water, the MED is 212*F (100*C) at standard air pressure. Boiled is boiled.
- 80 secs. Of 20 lbs.
- 10:00 mins. Of 54*F
- 200 mg of allicin extract before bed
Charles Munger likes to quote Charles Darwin: Even people who aren’t geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits. In the 4HB, the following mental models, pulled from a variety of disciplines, are what will separate your results from the rest of mankind. *These “mental models” are often referred to as heuristics or analytical frameworks.
That hour on the Stairmaster was worth seven calories. Three small stalks of celery are six calories.
“Instead of focusing on calories-out as exercise-dependent, we will look at two underexploited paths: heat and hormones.”
“Calling something a ‘drug,’ a ‘dietary supplement,’ ‘over-the-counter,’ or a ‘nutriceutical’ is a legal distinction, not a biochemical one. None of these labels mean that something is safe or effective. Legal herbs can kill you just as dead as illegal narcotics.”
“Split peas are all-natural, but so is arsenic.”
“Human growth hormone (HGH) can be extracted from the brains of all-natural cadavers, but unfortunately it often brings Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with it, which is why HGH is now manufactured using recombinant DNA.”
“Besides whole foods (which we’ll treat separately as ‘food’), anything you put in your mouth or your bloodstream that has an effect – whether it’s a cream, injection, pill, or powder – is a drug. Treat them all as such. Don’t distract yourself with labels that are meaningless to us.”
Everything above is credited to Timothy Ferriss, and I take full responsibility for having potentially fat-thumbed or mis-quoted Tim. If you like Tim’s books or have never read his books, please buy them.