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The 12 Self-Help Reads on Tim Ferriss' Bookshelf

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Tim Ferriss, the human guinea pig who coined the phrase “lifestyle design,” is best known for authoring books like The 4-Hour Workweek and the more recent Tools of Titans, which comes directly from interviews on his podcast.

If that’s not enough, the angel investor and teacher will soon be bringing the premise of his podcast to the Vince Vaughn-produced, Fearless With Tim Ferriss, where he’ll continue to deconstruct world-class performers.

Whatever sparks your interest in Tim Ferriss, here are some of the books that shaped him:

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus

Creating the Good Life by James O'Toole

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Happiness by Matthieu Richard

Dialogues and Essays by Seneca

Stepping Stones To-Go by Shigemi Kishikawa

Total Immersion Swimming by Terry Laughlin

Mastery by Robert Greene

Letters From A Stoic by Seneca

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande