Smash Fear, Learn Anything – with Tim Ferris

Tim Ferris TEDThink of something you’re afraid of. Swimming, approaching a girl, dancing, cooking, interviews or whatever it may be. Now ask yourself this, “What’s the worst that could happen?” – This is all you need to do to face that fear and learn to do anything.

“It’s often times what you do, not how you do it, that is the determining factor.”

“This is the difference between being affective, doing the right things, and being efficient. Doing things well, whether or not they’re important.”

Fear is your friend

“It shows what you should do and what you shouldn’t do.”

“Fear is an indicator. Sometimes it shows you what you shouldn’t do, more often than not it shows you exactly what you should do. And the best results that I’ve had in life and most enjoyable times have all been by asking a simple question. What’s the worst that can happen? Especially with fears you gained as a child.”

“The Idea of living life at the whim of other people seems to me to be a very scary proposition. Therefore through my understanding of both this video and my personal experience, the idea of being fearless to ask for help seems to be a necessary part of life.” – Simon King

Editor’s note: Tim Ferriss is author of the bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek, a self-improvement program of four steps: defining aspirations, managing time, creating automatic income and escaping the trappings of the 9-to-5 life. You can follow his blog here.


  1. I always love reading or listening to anything Tim Ferris has to say. Thanks for the speech!

    • My pleasure! The guy makes a lot of good points. And wow does he travel a lot! Having spent some time in Japan myself I can verify that his Japanese pronunciation is perfect.

  2. Listening to Tim got me started (or I should say focused) on getting stuck into the online world. My goal is to be location independent in five years time, just need to build that list!

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