Today's Book Nugget Comes From... The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss Use the above link to buy the book through Amazon, and The Pizza Bats will receive a small commission.
Yes, it is a sizeable book. But he advises to read it buffet-style, so it's not like you read the whole thing at once.
Tim Ferriss the author of Four Hour Work Week, which I haven't read yet, but comes up in conversation a lot when you start talking books on entrepreneurship. As far as I understand, one of the main points he makes is that as an entrepreneur, you can outsource everything in your business and make twice as much money. But, focus! This nugget doesn't come from that book, but a different one which riffs off of the same name: The Four Hour Body.
I'm not into "dieting." I've experimented with my diet within my lifestyle, but I've always looked at trying to lose a few pounds as a psychological risk I didn't want to habituate. That said, I am into health and nutrition using whole foods and exercise.
However, health, says Ferriss, is one of those "scientific-sounding words that are so over used as to have no agreed-upon meaning... To eliminate words you shouldn't use in body redesign, the question to ask is: can I measure it?"
Now, Tim Ferriss describes this habit of measuring and experimenting with his body as his obsession, and he can afford to buy all the medical equipment to track "everything from galvanic skin response to REM sleep," which he claims is useful to know if only for the fact that he's done all the nerdy experiments using himself as a guinea pig. And I think he's got a valid point here.
Now the part where we cross contaminate information about health to apply to my passion!
My consistency in doing scale exercises on my bass went way up when I started tracking the tempos at which I could play each exercise and keeping myself accountable for putting in time every day. It's the same with songwriting: now that I put in 5 minutes a day, I'm much more prolific than when I wait for some good idea to come my way. A big part of that is being able to track my progress on paper. The more I can see that I have invested, the more committed to a project I feel, and the more rewarding it is to build upon.
Lots of successful people are only successful by measurement anyway. Of course, the Forbes list is measured in monetary wealth, but we measure up our environments constantly when we congratulate someone on a great achievement or we measure ourselves when we make it on time to an appointment.
I'm sure you can think of measurements you already make. If we fine tune these measurements to apply to the things we're passionate about or the things we want to really grow in, then, Ferriss says, we will start to achieve results.