American entrepreneur Tim Ferriss has sold millions of books and has secured a cult following for his advice about productivity, but he says his bumpy path to success is more about fear than enthusiasm.
Ferriss recently addressed the TED2017 conference, explaining he didn’t want to come on stage with a “recipe of success”, and instead wanted to talk about the tough times.
He says his bipolar depression has led to more than 50 depressive episodes across his lifetime, but credits his success and ability to set goals in the face of this to an approach that was originally used by Stoic philosophers in ancient Greek times.
In this exercise, which Ferris calls “fear-setting”, he considers big choices in response to three key areas.
In the first part of his risk-evaluation process, he digs into what might go wrong if he makes a decision, including defining a full list of possible disaster scenarios.
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